Timeline 2021 October - December
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2021        Oct 1, President Joe Biden's administration urged a judge to block a near-total ban on abortion imposed by Texas - the strictest such law in the nation - in a key battle in the ferocious legal war over abortion access in the United States.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, The US Department of Justice said billionaire Oleg Tinkov, whose online bank is Russia's second biggest credit card issuer, pleaded guilty to filing a false US tax return and agreed to pay $507 million in taxes, interest and penalties.
    (Reuters, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 1, Juan Gonzalez, the US National Security Council’s senior director for the Western Hemisphere, apologized for how Haitian migrants were treated along the US-Mexico border, during a two-day official visit to Haiti to talk with local leaders about migration and other issues.
    (AP, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 1, US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor refused to block New York City's requirement that its public school teachers and employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. Sotomayor handled the case for the Supreme Court because she is the justice assigned to deal with emergency requests arising from cases in states in a region that includes New York.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, It was reported that many hundreds of Afghan evacuees are simply leaving US military bases before receiving US resettlement services.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, Steven Donziger, a disbarred American lawyer who spent decades battling Chevron Corp over pollution in the Ecuadorian rainforest, was sentenced to six months' imprisonment for criminal contempt charges arising from a lawsuit brought by the oil company.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, Former US President Donald Trump asked a federal judge in Florida to ask Twitter to restore his account, which the company removed in January citing a risk of incitement of violence.
    (Reuters, 10/2/21)
2021         Oct 1, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 43,481,064 with the death toll at 698,301. A Reuters tally said worldwide deaths related to COVID-19 surpassed 5 million, with unvaccinated people particularly exposed to the virulent Delta strain. Reuters said the United States has surpassed 700,000 coronavirus-related deaths.
    (sfist.com, 10/2/21)(Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, Arizona reported 55 additional coronavirus deaths and more than 3,600 confirmed cases, the 11th highest among the US states.
    (SSFC, 10/3/21, p.A7)
2021        Oct 1, In Arizona a helicopter crashed and burned, killing both of its occupants, after the copter collided in midair over suburban Phoenix with a single-engine plane that landed safely.
    (AP, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, Louisiana approved a plan to tap $400 million from the American Rescue Plan to help build two super-size prisons.
    (SSFC, 10/3/21, p.A14)
2021        Oct 1, It was reported that New York City officials have suspended nine firefighters without pay in connection with a string of racist messages and memes they shared on their phones, including ones that mocked the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year.
    (AP, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 1, Texas man Seth Aaron Pendley (28), who wanted to blow up an Amazon data center in Virginia to disrupt the internet and upset "the oligarchy," was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Pendley had communicated with an undercover FBI agent instead of an explosives supplier.
    (NBC News, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, Oil rose above $78 a barrel, within sight of this week's three-year high, supported by tight supplies due to OPEC+ supply curbs, recovering demand and a weaker US dollar.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, Christian Broadcasting Network announced that Pat Robertson (91), who turned a tiny Virginia television station into a global religious broadcasting network, is stepping down after a half-century running the “700 Club" on daily TV.
    (AP, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, Merck & Co announced that its experimental oral drug for COVID-19, molnupiravir, reduced by around 50% the chance of hospitalization or death for patients at risk of severe disease.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, In Afghanistan Taliban fighters raided an Islamic State hideout in Charikar, Parwan province, killing and arresting an unspecified number of militants.
    (SFC, 10/2/21, p.A3)
2021        Oct 1, The premier of Australia's biggest state economy New South Wales (NSW), Gladys Berejiklian, resigned after a corruption watchdog said it was investigating whether she was involved in conduct that "constituted or involved a breach of public trust".
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that hundreds of people had been detained following a Sept. 28 shooting incident in which an IT worker and a KGB officer died.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, Britain's pig farmers warned of a pork crisis unless the government urgently eased an acute shortage of abattoir workers and butchers that has left up to 150,000 pigs backed up on farms and facing a costly cull.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, Climate change protesters temporarily disrupted an access road close to Heathrow Airport, Britain's biggest travel hub, before police cleared the protest and arrested 13 people.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, UK nationals visiting India this month will have to undergo mandatory quarantine even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in retaliation for UK curbs on Indian citizens. The new rules, which take effect Oct. 4.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, Canadian health officials said that data suggests reported cases of rare heart inflammation were relatively higher after Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine compared with the Pfizer/BioNTech shots.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, Lawyers said Canadian fashion designer Peter Nygard (80) has consented to extradition to the United States, where he faces sex trafficking and racketeering charges. Toronto Police Service issued a statement saying it had an arrest warrant for Nygard on six charges of sexual assault and three charges of forcible confinement between 1987 and 2006.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, In the Canary Islands lava flowed from a newly opened crack in the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma island, carving a different path from previous flows and raising fears of more destruction, while fine ash forced islanders to don masks and goggles.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, China marked its national day with mass air incursion near Taiwan. Taiwan's air force scrambled again to warn away 25 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defence zone.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, In Colombia an influx of thousands of mostly Haitian migrants seeking transport northward toward the United States is pushing locals in the beach town of Necocli out of housing, residents said, as landlords favor migrants able to pay in dollars.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, Expo 2020 opened in Dubai, pushed back a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The US pavilion was paid for by the UAE after America struggled to come up with funding.
    (SFC, 10/2/21, p.A2)
2021        Oct 1, An officials said Ecuador is planning to pardon up to 2,000 inmates in order to relieve overcrowding at its detention centers after 118 inmates died and a further 79 were injured in the country's worst-ever prison riot earlier this week.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, The BepiColombo mission, a joint European-Japanese spacecraft launched in 2018, made the first of six flybys of Mercury. The mission plans to deliver two probes into orbit in 2025.
    (SSFC, 10/3/21, p.A6)
2021        Oct 1, Georgia's ex-president and opposition politician Mikheil Saakashvili (53) was arrested after he returned to Georgia and called on his supporters to vote for the opposition and stage a post-election street protest.
    (Reuters, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 1, Shareholders in Daimler AG, maker of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars, approved the spinoff of the truck division as a separate company. Stuttgart-based Daimler will rename itself as Mercedes-Benz Group AG as of Feb. 1, 2022.
    (AP, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, Guinea junta leader Mamadi Doumbouya was inaugurated as interim president to oversee what regional powers hope will be a short transition to constitutional rule after the Sept. 5 overthrow of president Alpha Conde.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, Indian utilities scrambled to secure coal supplies as inventories hit critical lows after a surge in power demand from industries and sluggish imports due to record global prices push power plants to the brink.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, Hundreds of Iraqis marched in the center of Baghdad to mark two years since mass anti-government protests erupted in the Iraqi capital and southern provinces calling for reforms.
    (AP, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, Japan fully came out of a coronavirus state of emergency for the first time in more than six months as the country starts to gradually ease virus measures to help rejuvenate the pandemic-hit economy as the infections slowed.
    (AP, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd said that "human error" caused metal contaminants to get into Moderna Inc COVID-19 vaccine doses, leading to a recall last August.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, In western Libya a major crackdown in the town of Gargaresh resulted in the detention of 500 illegal migrants, including hundreds of women and children. The number detained soon rose to over 5,000.
    (AP, 10/2/21)(AP, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 1, Malaysia said it recorded 9,671 deaths due to COVID-19 in September, the deadliest month since the pandemic began. About 62% of Malaysia's 32 million population are now fully vaccinated, including 86% of adults.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, New Zealand logged 19 more cases of the highly infectious Delta coronavirus variant - all in Auckland, making it highly likely that the country's biggest city will continue to be sealed off even if some restrictions are eased next week.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, Nigeria got approval for $400 million in World Bank financing to procure and deploy COVID-19 vaccinations.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said it has halted its work in Burkina Faso on the order of the government after the aid group voiced concern about local authorities' capacity to register the fast-rising number of displaced people.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, In Romania seven people died in Constanta when a fire broke out in an intensive care unit treating COVID-19 patients, the country's third deadly hospital fire in less than a year.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, Switzerland said it is offering gift certificates to people who persuade others to be jabbed against COVID-19, part of efforts to increase the country's low vaccination rate.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, Karpowership, a Turkish company supplying electricity to Lebanon from two power barges off the coast of Beirut, said it has halted supplies after its contract with the Lebanese state electricity company expired. It has said Lebanon's state power company owes Karpowership overdue payments in excess of $100 million.
    (AP, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, Senior Russian envoy Sergei Ryabkov said President Vladimir Putin is no longer interested in a joint freeze of nuclear weapons production with the United States. Ryabkov protested American inspections requests and a recent agreement to provide nuclear-powered submarines to Australia.
    (Washington Examiner, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 1, Ukraine called on the United States and Germany to impose sanctions on Russia's Gazprom, which it accused of using energy as a weapon after the energy giant implemented a transit deal with Hungary that deprives Kyiv of gas supplies.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Oct 1, The UN agency helping Palestinian refugees said it is facing an “existential" budget crisis and appealing for urgent funding of $120 million to keep essential education, healthcare and other services running.
    (AP, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 1, Venezuela launched its second monetary overhaul in three years by cutting six zeros from the bolivar currency in response to hyperinflation, simplifying accounting but doing little to ease the South American nation's economic crisis.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21) 
 
2021        Oct 2, US Climate Envoy John Kerry said that Egypt had already been selected as the nominee to host the COP27 UN climate conference due to take place next year.
    (Reuters, 10/2/21)
2021         Oct 2, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 43,647,229 with the death toll at 700,775.
    (sfist.com, 10/3/21)
2021        Oct 2, Alaska activated emergency crisis protocols that allow 20 health care facilities to ration care if needed as the state recorded the nation's worst COVID-19 diagnosis rates in recent days.
    (SFC, 10/4/21, p.A5)
2021        Oct 2, In California a large oil spill off the Pacific coast began washing ashore at Huntington Beach over the weekend after an oil rig pipeline was breached, leaving dead fish and birds strewn on the sand. The Coast Guard later suspected that the MSC DANIT, a large cargo ship, may have dragged its anchor during heavy weather and caused the pipeline rupture. Later container ship Beijing was also cited as a suspect in the spill. The pipeline owned by Amplify Energy leaked about 25,000 gallons of crude.
    (Reuters, 10/3/21)(SFC, 10/18/21, p.A6)(SSFC, 11/7/21, p.A4)(SSFC, 11/21/21, p.A12)
2021        Oct 2, Women's rights advocates gathered in Austin, Texas, to protest against the country's most restrictive abortion law, launching a series of 660 marches around the United States in support of reproductive freedom.
    (Reuters, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 2, Tesla Inc said it had delivered 241,300 electric cars in the third quarter, beating Wall Street estimates after Chief Executive Elon Musk asked staff to "go super hardcore" to meet targets.
    (Reuters, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 2, Australia reported 2,357 new cases of the Delta coronavirus variant, as the push to vaccinate the country's population continues in order to end lockdowns and allow for the reopening of international borders.
    (Reuters, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 2, Brazilian demonstrators gathered in several state capitals to protest against the federal government and call for the impeachment of President Jair Bolsonaro.
    (Reuters, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 2, An earthquake of magnitude 5.9 struck the Brazil-Peru border region.
    (Reuters, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 2, It was reported that Clayton, Dubilier & Rice has won the auction for Morrisons with a 7 billion pound ($9.5 billion) bid, paving the way for the US private equity firm to take control of Britain's fourth-biggest supermarket group.
    (Reuters, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 2, Britain recorded a further 121 daily COVID-19 deaths and 30,301 new cases, both slight falls from the previous day's tallies of 127 and 35,577 respectively.
    (Reuters, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 2, China's top anti-corruption watchdog said it is investigating a former justice minister, Fu Zhenghua, the latest high-ranking domestic security official to be brought before the authorities in a broad crackdown.
    (Reuters, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 2, China flew 39 military planes toward Taiwan, the second large display of force in as many days. The Defense Ministry said 20 planes took part in the daytime flights and another 19 at night.
    (AP, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 2, Dubai’s Expo 2020 offered conflicting figures for how many workers had been killed on site during construction of the massive $7 billion world's fair, first saying 5 and then later 3.
    (AP, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 2, Members of Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, the Oromo, protested against the government and called for the release of jailed opposition figures as they gathered in the capital for their annual Thanksgiving festival of Irreecha.
    (AP, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 2, Georgians voted in local elections that could escalate a political standoff between the ruling party and the opposition a day after the arrest of ex-president and opposition politician Mikheil Saakashvili. The ruling Georgian Dream party won 46.7% of votes to 30.7% for the United National Movement (UNM), founded by Saakashvili
    (Reuters, 10/2/21)(Reuters, 10/3/21)
2021        Oct 2, In Honduras a huge fire destroyed or damaged more than 200 houses and businesses on the island of Guanaja, forcing hundreds of residents to flee for safety and ravaging the tourism-dependent resort.
    (Reuters, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 2, India-based Reliance Industries said it had set up a wholly owned subsidiary in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for trading in crude oil, petroleum, petrochemical products and agricultural commodities.
    (Reuters, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 2, Italy reported 25 coronavirus-related deaths against 52 the day before. The daily tally of new infections fell to 3,312 from 3,405.
    (Reuters, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 2, Kosovo's border crossing with Serbia was reopened as Serbs removed trucks and cars and NATO troops moved in under a European Union-mediated deal to end a dispute between the neighboring countries over car license plates.
    (Reuters, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 2, In northern Mali a UN peacekeeper was killed and four more were severely wounded when their convoy hit an improvised explosive device.
    (Reuters, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 2, It was reported that Mauritius-based AFRICNIC, a non-profit that assigns internet addresses in Africa, has been sued by Lu Heng, a Hong Kong-based arbitrage specialist. AFRICNIC has revoked 6.2 million African addresses obtained by Heng under contested circumstances from 2013 to 2016.
    (SFC, 10/2/21, p.A3)
2021        Oct 2, New Zealand officials reported 27 new cases of the highly infectious Delta coronavirus variant in Auckland, as protestors took to the streets to rally against an almost two-month lockdown in the country's biggest city.
    (Reuters, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 2, In northwestern Nigeria nurse Mohammad Hassan (37), employed by Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), was killed when armed men opened fire on the public transport vehicle in which he was travelling in Zamfara state.
    (Reuters, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 2, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said he was retiring from politics, a surprise move that fuelled speculation he was clearing the way for a presidential run by his daughter.
    (Reuters, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 2, Police in Poland confiscated the computer equipment of journalist Piotr Bakselerowicz, a reporter for the liberal Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper, a leading newspaper which has carried out investigations of the country's right-wing government.
    (AP, 10/3/21)
2021        Oct 2, Qataris began voting in the Gulf Arab state's first legislative elections for two-thirds of the advisory Shura Council in a vote that has stirred domestic debate about electoral inclusion and citizenship. Voters chose none of the 26 women who stood for election.
    (Reuters, 10/2/21)(Reuters, 10/3/21)
2021        Oct 2, In Romania thousands of people demonstrated in the main squares of Bucharest against new coronavirus restrictions announced by the government this week to fight a steep rise in infections.
    (Reuters, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 2, COP26 president Alok Sharma said delegates heading to the COP26 UN climate summit in Glasgow agreed they must deliver on the $100 billion per year pledge to help most vulnerable nations tackle climate change.
    (Reuters, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 2, In Turkey two electrical workers were killed when explosives struck their vehicle in the eastern province of Bingol. The interior ministry blamed the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group.
    (Reuters, 10/2/21)
2021        Oct 2, In Yemen clashes between separatists backed by the UAE and a rival splinter group in the southern port city of Aden killed at least 10 people including four civilians.
    (AP, 10/2/21)

2021        Oct 3, "Venom: Let There be Carnage" roared to $90.1 million in its debut, setting a new pandemic record. It's an impressive result, one that provides a lifeline to struggling movie theaters and (once again) proves Marvel's might at the box office.
    (Reuters, 10/3/21)
2021        Oct 3, The International Handball Federation updated its rules so that women will no longer be required to play in bikini bottoms, responding to months of pressure from female players and coaches who described the uniform requirements as sexist. The new rules will go into effect on Jan. 1.
    (NY Times, 11/1/21)
2021        Oct 3, It was reported that Alaskan king and chum salmon have dwindled to almost nothing for the first time in memory. The state has banned salmon fishing on the Yukon.
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    (SSFC, 10/3/21, p.A11)
2021         Oct 3, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 43,673,870 with the death toll at 701,110.
    (sfist.com, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 3, A massive leak of financial documents was published by several major news organizations that allegedly tie world leaders to secret stores of wealth, including King Abdullah of Jordan, Czech PM Andrej Babis and associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The files were linked to about 35 current and former national leaders, and more than 330 politicians and public officials in 91 countries and territories. The report by the Int'l. Consortium of Investigative Journalists, dubbed the Pandora Papers, shed light on how world leaders, powerful politicians, billionaires and others have used offshore accounts to shield assets collectively worth trillions of dollars over the past 25 years.
    (Reuters, 10/3/21)(SFC, 10/5/21, p.A6)
2021        Oct 3, In Afghanistan a blast killed several civilians at a mosque in Kabul where people were holding prayers for the mother of the Taliban's spokesperson. A Taliban soldier who said he saw the explosion said two people were killed and eight wounded.
    (Reuters, 10/3/21)
2021        Oct 3, A fifth chartered flight carrying civilians from Afghanistan to Qatar since US forces withdrew in August left Kabul with 235 passengers, most of them Afghan citizens.
    (Reuters, 10/3/21)
2021        Oct 3, Australia reported more than 1,900 new infections of the Delta coronavirus, with authorities struggling to quell the outbreak in the two most populous states and cases spreading to new states.
    (Reuters, 10/3/21)
2021        Oct 3, Brazilian healthcare company Hapvida Participacoes said in a securities filing late today that it had prescribed hydroxychloroquine to COVID patients in the early days of the health crisis. The company added it is no longer prescribing the drug.
    (Reuters, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 3, Britain reported 30,439 new COVID-19 cases, up from 30,301 a day earlier, and 43 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, a drop on the previous day's 121.
    (Reuters, 10/3/21)
2021        Oct 3, Dubai's Expo 2020 acknowledged for the first time that three workers had died from the coronavirus over the course of building the world's fair during the pandemic.
    (AP, 10/3/21)
2021        Oct 3, Egypt's national carrier made its first official direct flight to Israel since the two countries signed an historic 1979 peace treaty as an EgyptAir jet landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport. The airline's affiliate, AirSinai, has for decades operated flights to Israel without the company logo, out of fear of public backlash.
    (AP, 10/3/21)
2021        Oct 3, Ethiopia's Sisay Lemma won the men's London Marathon in a time of two hours, four minutes and one second after breaking away from the leading pack late in the race.
    (Reuters, 10/3/21)
2021        Oct 3, It was reported that the French Catholic Church has had an estimated 3,000 pedophiles in its ranks over the past 70 years, the head of an independent commission investigating the sex abuse scandal.
    (Reuters, 10/3/21)
2021        Oct 3, Bernard Tapie (78), a French businessman and former Olympique de Marseille (OM) president who led the soccer club to the Champions League title in 1993, died.
    (Reuters, 10/3/21)
2021        Oct 3, The Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU), the city's largest independent trade union, disbanded, stoking concerns over the space for civil society groups as a national security law stifles dissent in the global financial center.
    (Reuters, 10/3/21)
2021        Oct 3, In India 6 people were reported killed when violence broke out in India's Uttar Pradesh state after a car linked to a federal minister ran over two farmers taking part in a protest against controversial farm laws. On Oct 9 Ashish Mishra, son of junior home minister Ajay Mishra Teni, was arrested on accusations he ran over and killed four protesting farmers.
    (Reuters, 10/3/21)(Reuters, 10/10/21)
2021        Oct 3, The Israeli government said it was enlisting the military and the Shin Bet internal security agency as it tries to rein in a wave of violence in the country's Arab sector.
    (AP, 10/3/21)
2021        Oct 3, Millions of people in Italy started voting for new mayors, including in Rome and Milan, in an election widely seen as a test of political alliances before nationwide balloting just over a year away.
    (AP, 10/3/21)
2021        Oct 3, Italy reported 33 coronavirus-related deaths against 25 the day before. The daily tally of new infections fell to 2,968 from 3,312.
    (Reuters, 10/3/21)
2021        Oct 3, In northern Italy a small private plane crashed into an empty building on the outskirts of Milan, killing all eight people onboard.
    (Reuters, 10/3/21)
2021        Oct 3, Jordan's King Abdullah II received a call from Syrian Pres. Bashar Assad, the first conversation between the two leaders after a decade of strain over Syria's civil war.
    (SFC, 10/4/21, p.A2)
2021        Oct 3, New Zealand reported 32 new coronavirus cases in Auckland. The Delta variant outbreak spread beyond Auckland, prompting PM Jacinda Ardern to put additional regions into a snap lockdown.
    (Reuters, 10/3/21)
2021        Oct 3, Tropical Cyclone Shaheen hit land in Oman having already killed least three people, its high winds prompting evacuations from coastal areas and delaying flights to and from the capital, Muscat. 7 more people were killed as heavy winds and rain swept through the country. Iranian deputy parliament speaker Ali Nikzad said he feared as many as six fishermen had been killed because of the cyclone. The total death toll was later raised to 14.
    (Reuters, 10/3/21)(AP, 10/3/21)(AP, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 3, Russia reported a record daily death toll from COVID-19, the fifth time in a week that deaths have hit a new high. The national coronavirus task force said 890 deaths were recorded over the past day, exceeding the 887 reported on Oct 1.
    (AP, 10/3/21)
2021        Oct 3, Swedish artist Lars Vilks (75), who stirred worldwide controversy in 2007 with drawings depicting the Prophet Mohammad with the body of a dog, was killed in a car crash near the southern town of Markaryd.
    (Reuters, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 3, Tunisian police arrested Aloui Abdellatif, a member of parliament, and Ameur Ayed, a television presenter, who have been prominent critics of President Kais Saied since his seizure of power in July. Thousands of supporters of Tunisian President Kais Saied rallied in the capital and other cities to back his suspension of parliament and promises to change the political system, acts his critics call a coup.
    (Reuters, 10/3/21)
2021        Oct 3, Yemen’s rebels fired three ballistic missiles at the government-held city of Marib, killing two children and wounding more than 30 people.
    (AP, 10/3/21)

2021        Oct 4, The Biden administration reversed a ban on abortion referrals by family planning clinics, lifting a Trump-era restriction.
    (SFC, 10/5/21, p.A7)
2021        Oct 4, American scientists David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian won the 2021 Nobel Prize for Medicine for the discovery of receptors in the skin that sense temperature and touch and could pave the way for new pain-killers.
    (Reuters, 10/4/21)
2021         Oct 4, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 43,689,601 with the death toll at 701,234.
    (sfist.com, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 4, Federal and state investigators focused on the 41-year-old San Pedro Bay Pipeline as the likely source of an oil spill that killed wildlife and fouled the coast of southern California, and an approaching storm threatened cleanup efforts.
    (AP, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, Facebook and its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms suffered a worldwide outage that has lasting more than five hours. Facebook's internal systems used by employees also went down.
    (AP, 10/4/21)(NY Times, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 4, McDonald’s said it aims to bring its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.
    (Chicago Tribune, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, British military personnel in combat fatigues arrived at a BP storage depot after the government ordered the army to help deliver fuel to tackle an acute shortage of truckers.
    (Reuters, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, Britain reported 35,077 new daily COVID-19 cases, up from the 30,439 cases reported a day earlier and a further 33 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test result.
    (Reuters, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, London-based drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline PLC said it signed a deal to supply 10,000 doses of its COVID-19 monoclonal antibody therapy to the Canadian government.
    (AP, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, Climate change activists blocked major routes into London, causing huge tailbacks and chaos for rush hour traffic into the British capital in the latest disruptive protest which ministers have vowed to put an end to. PM Boris Johnson said Britain was aiming to produce "clean power" by 2035 as part of the country's goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions.
    (Reuters, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, Interpol said Chilean police have dismantled a crime ring that helped smuggle hundreds of children of Haitian migrants, sometimes without their parents, from Chile north to Mexico and the United States.
    (Reuters, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, Chinese media said Evergrande will sell a majority stake in its property management business for more than $5 billion, a deal which would be the largest asset sale yet at the debt-laden property developer if it goes ahead.
    (Reuters, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, Chinese property developer Fantasia Holdings Group Co Ltd said it had failed to repay $206 million in debts due on October 4, the latest sign of distress and liquidity issues in China's property sector.
    (Reuters, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, The Czech prime minister, the king of Jordan and the chairman of India's biggest conglomerate were among global figures denying wrongdoing, after the Pandora Papers leak of what major news outlets called a secret trove of documents about offshore finance. Jordan’s King Abdullah II denied any impropriety in his purchase of luxury homes abroad.
    (Reuters, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, Ethiopia's parliament confirmed incumbent Abiy Ahmed as prime minister for a five-year term, cementing his power domestically amid mounting international concern of his government's handling of the conflict in northern Ethiopia.
    (Reuters, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, Greek counterterrorism police arrested an asylum-seeker (34) in central Athens who is suspected of membership in the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, Government data showed that Hungary's COVID-19 deaths and new infections jumped over the weekend to their highest level since the start of the fourth wave of the pandemic. Health authorities registered 1,492 new infections and 31 deaths over the past three days, bringing the total number of cases to 824,876 and deaths to 30,230 since the start of the pandemic.
    (AP, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, India said it would investigate cases linked to the Pandora Papers leak of financial documents, though it added that the "names of only a few Indians have appeared so far in the media".
    (Reuters, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, Farmers in India vowed to intensify their months-long protest against laws aimed at liberalizing agriculture as tension flared a day after eight people were killed over the last 24 hours in clashes between growers and ruling party supporters.
    (Reuters, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, A Mumbai court sent the son (23) of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan to three days' custody, after he was arrested on Oct. 2 in a drugs investigation.
    (Reuters, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, An Italian court suspended a case regarding Spain's request to extradite self-exiled Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, pending a decision by the EU Court of Justice.
    (Reuters, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, Three small Italian studies showed that COVID-19 vaccines are less effective on people with weakened immune systems, which the studies' researchers say highlight the need to deploy booster shots for this group of vulnerable people.
    (AP, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, Fumio Kishida was officially elected as Japan's 100th prime minister after winning a majority of votes in both houses of parliament.
    (Reuters, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, It was reported that the family of Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta secretly owned a network of offshore companies for decades, according to the Pandora Papers, a huge leak of financial papers published a day earlier.
    (BBC, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, Lebanon's former prime minister Hassan Diab said he had given up shares in a company he was linked to in a leak of financial documents, and denied wrongdoing.
    (Reuters, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, Libya's parliament passed a law on legislative elections, its spokesman said, ahead of a planned national vote set for December 24 under a United Nations-led peace process.
    (AFP, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he was in favor of investigating Mexican nationals who appear in a series of documents released as part of the so-called 'Pandora Papers'.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 4, Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi urged Islamist militants in its far north to surrender, saying they had nowhere to run, after allied Rwandan, Mozambican and southern African forces pushed them out of territory they had been occupying.
    (Reuters, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, In Myanmar US journalist Danny Fenster (37), who has spent more than four months in pretrial detention, was charged with a second criminal offense, while authorities refused to disclose the reason behind his arrest.
    (AP, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, In the Netherlands more than 80 Greenpeace activists blocked the entrance to Shell's oil refinery in the Dutch port of Rotterdam to draw attention to the launch of the European Citizens' Initiative calling for the advertising ban. A coalition of more than 20 environmental and climate groups launched a campaign calling for a ban on fossil fuel advertising and sponsorship across the European Union, similar to bans on tobacco advertising.
    (AP, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, New Zealand abandoned its longstanding strategy of eliminating coronavirus amid a persistent Delta outbreak, and will instead look to live with the virus and control its spread as its vaccination rate rises.
    (AP, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, Resident doctors in Nigerian public hospitals called off a nine-week strike, saying some of their grievances had been addressed but others including salary arrears remained outstanding.
    (Reuters, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, The two Koreas restored their hotlines that the North severed months ago, with Pyongyang urging Seoul to step up efforts to improve relations after criticizing what it called double standards over weapons development.
    (Reuters, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, It was reported that Panama has recovered at least 50 sets of remains from migrants crossing the Darien Gap, a number officials believe is only a portion of those who died in the dense, lawless jungle.
    (AP, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, The Russian military said that it had successfully test-fired a hypersonic "Tsirkon" missile from a submarine for the first time.
    (CBS News, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, Russia reported 25,781 new coronavirus infections reported nationwide, the most since Jan. 2. The Kremlin implored people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, calling it the only way to stop the virus' spread.
    (Reuters, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, The Pandora Papers revealed that Svetlana Krivonogikh, President Vladimir Putin's alleged mistress, is worth an estimated $100 million in secret assets.
    (Washington Examiner, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, Senegal said it logged only two new daily COVID-19 infections, the lowest number since the pandemic reached the country and two months after the rate of new cases hovered at record highs.
    (Reuters, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, Spanish court officials and lawyers said an administrative court has ordered tax authorities to reimburse Colombian singer Shakira, while a separate criminal lawsuit she faces over a 14.5 million euros ($16.8 million) tax dispute continues.
    (Reuters, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, Sudan's security forces killed four suspected Islamic State group militants in lengthy raids on their hideouts in Khartoum, in an operation that also left one military officer dead.
    (AP, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, Sweden's Public Health Agency said it recommended the use of Pfizer-BioNTech's, Comirnaty vaccine against COVID-19 for children between 12-15, opting against rival Moderna's Spikevax.
    (AP, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, Taiwan reported the largest ever incursion by China's air force into its air defence zone at 56 aircraft.
    (Reuters, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, Thailand rolled out COVID-19 vaccines to high school students for the first time, as it seeks to boost its immunization rate ahead of a planned school reopening next month.
    (AP, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, Turkey said its troops have captured a major base belonging to Kurdish militants in northern Iraq. The Defense Ministry said 12 members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, were “neutralized" in the operation.
    (AP, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, Ukrainian police said they had arrested a 25-year-old man who hacked more than 100 foreign companies and caused damage worth more than $150 million.
    (AP, 10/4/21)
2021        Oct 4, A UN investigation revealed that war crimes and crimes against humanity, including the use of child soldiers, have been committed in Libya since 2016.
    (AP, 10/4/21)

2021        Oct 5, US President Joe Biden said that he has spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping about Taiwan and they agreed to abide by the "Taiwan agreement", as tensions have ratcheted up between Taipei and Beijing.
    (Reuters, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, The Biden administration ordered Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to stop using that state's federal pandemic funding on a pair of new education grants that can only be directed to schools without mask mandates.
    (SFC, 10/6/21, p.A7)
2021        Oct 5, Frances Haugen, the Facebook whistle-blower, told a Senate panel that the company had ignored its harmful effects on young people in pursuit of profit. FB CEO Mark Zuckerberg rebutted the claims.
    (NY Times, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, The Nobel Prize in Physics went to Syukuro Manabe of Princeton University, Klaus Hasselmann of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany, and Giorgio Parisi of the Sapienza University of Rome, for their work in helping to understand complex systems, including how humanity influences the climate.
    (NY Times, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, It was reported that a fund created by a group of social-justice-minded foundations including Ford and Rockefeller and donors like Jack Dorsey and MacKenzie Scott shortly after COVID hit has more than quadrupled in size to $48 million and is now pouring money into activities and advocacy to strengthen the social safety net and increase worker pay.
    (AP, 10/5/21)
2021         Oct 5, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 43,858,922 with the death toll at 703,550.
    (sfist.com, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 5, California became one of the first states to ban a class of harmful chemicals, know as PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, linked to multiple types of cancer.
    (SFC, 10/6/21, p.C1)
2021        Oct 5, Missouri executed Ernest Lee Johnson for three 1994 murders. His supporters, including Pope Francis, said his intellectual disabilities made the execution unconstitutional.
    (NY Times, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, The FBI raided the office of one of New York City’s main police unions, prompting union president Edward D. Mullins to resign.
    (NY Times, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 5, In Arizona a federal DEA agent was killed and another left in critical condition following a shooting on an Amtrak train in Tucson. The suspected shooter was found dead on the train and a second suspect was taken into custody.
    (CBS, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, NYC city officials announced that the city's public libraries will no longer charge late fees and will waive existing fines for overdue books and other materials. Late fees had already been suspended since March 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic and will now be permanently eliminated. New Yorkers will still need to pay replacement fees if they lose books or other materials.
    (AP, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, It was reported that Volvo is recalling nearly 260,000 older cars in the US because the front driver’s air bag can explode and send shrapnel into the cabin.
    (AP, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, Lidar developer Ouster Inc said it has agreed to buy solid-state lidar startup Sense Photonics in an all-stock deal, and will set up a new automotive division to be run by Sense CEO Shauna McIntyre.
    (AP, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, The International Maritime Organization said that its members will aim for “net-zero" carbon emissions by 2050, following a commitment to the same goal by the world's airline industry a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, PM Scott Morrison said Australia will buy 300,000 courses of Merck & Co's experimental antiviral pill, as Victoria logged the highest number of daily infections of any state in the country since the pandemic began.
    (Reuters, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, British military personnel in fatigues began delivering fuel to ease an acute trucker shortage that triggered panic buying at the pumps, though PM Boris Johnson denied the world's fifth largest economy was heading into crisis.
    (Reuters, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, Britain has reported 33,869 new cases of COVID-19, meaning cases reported between Sept. 29 and Oct. 5 were down 2.3% compared with the previous seven days.
    (Reuters, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, In the Central African Rep. at least 12 people were killed when rebel fighters ambushed and set fire to three semi-trucks ferrying passengers from a regional capital. Militants linked to the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) attacked from the forest in Ouaka prefecture. The death toll was soon raised to 20 with six injured.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)(Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 5, The Czech Republic said it has signed a $630 million deal to buy a new air defense system for its military from the Israeli government.
    (Reuters, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, A majority in Denmark's parliament agreed that the agricultural and forestry sector must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% and 65% by 2030 compared with 1990 levels.
    (Reuters, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, A report by the Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church said clergy members in the Roman Catholic Church in France sexually abused more than 200,000 minors over the past seven decades. The independent commission concluded the problem was far more pervasive and systematic than previously known.
    (NY Times, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, German chipmaker Infineon Technologies said it plans a 50% hike in investments next year, boosting its shares as it looks to benefit from soaring demand and a global shortage in semiconductors.
    (Reuters, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, It was reported that India's top court ordered state authorities to pay $672 (50,000 rupees) as compensation for each death caused by COVID-19, as a way to help families cope with the loss.
    (Reuters, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, Authorities said Israeli archeologists have found a rare ancient toilet in Jerusalem dating back to more than 2,700 years, when private bathrooms were a luxury. A deep septic tank had been dug underneath.
    (SFC, 10/6/21, p.A5)
2021        Oct 5, It was reported that Japan's COVID-19 case numbers have plummeted to the lowest in nearly a year. Japan has vaccinated 61% of its population and the government was gearing up for booster shots to head off the breakthrough cases seen elsewhere in the world.
    (Reuters, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, Kosovo sentenced an ethnic Serb to 20 years in prison after being convicted of war crimes, including involvement in a massacre during the 1998-1999 war.
    (AP, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, A trove of leaked documents confirmed that for years, Lebanon’s politicians and bankers have stowed wealth in offshore tax havens and used it to buy expensive properties — a galling revelation for masses of newly impoverished Lebanese caught in one of the world's worst economic meltdowns in decades.
    (AP, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, In western Libya at least 17 bodies, likely of Europe-bound migrants, washed ashore.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 5, It was reported that Mexico is nearing a grim milestone: 100,000 disappeared people, according to Mexico’s National Search Commission, which keeps a record that goes back to 1964. Between September 2020 and the end of July, an additional 6,453 people have been reported disappeared or missing.
    (NY Times, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, Peru's government said it had reached an agreement with MMG Ltd's Las Bambas mine and the local Chumbivilcas community to avoid road blockades that have threatened production at the huge copper mine.
    (Reuters, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, Romania's parliament toppled the nine-month-old minority government of PM Florin Citu in a vote of no-confidence, but key parties said they would work to return the previous majority coalition to power soon.
    (Reuters, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, A Russian actress and a film director blasted off for the International Space Station, beating Tom Cruise in the race to shoot the first movie in space.
    (Reuters, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, In Slovenia Police fired tear gas and water cannons at anti-government protesters in Ljubljana, on the eve of a major European Union summit.
    (AP, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, South Africa's biggest metalworkers union launched an indefinite strike, seeking pay rises and threatening to block supplies of parts to make new cars and accessories.
    (Reuters, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, In south-eastern Tunisia a military helicopter crashed overnight in Gabes, killing three soldiers.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 5, It was reported that Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has imposed sanctions on 95 Ukrainian and Russia citizens in connection with the holding of Russian parliamentary elections in annexed Crimea.
    (Reuters, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, The UN said government forces have rescued abducted children who were forcefully recruited by the Al-Shabab jihadist group in northern Mozambique.
    (Reuters, 10/5/21)
2021        Oct 5, A court in Ajman, UAE, sentenced five foreigners to death who had been convicted in the first-degree murder and robbery of a businessman whose body was discovered in a refrigerator.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)

2021        Oct 6, The Biden administration announced changes to the federal student loan forgiveness program that would allow thousands more public sector workers, including members of the military, to seek a reprieve on their educational debts. The new policies would affect an estimated 550,000 borrowers and give them an extra two years of progress toward forgiveness.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, US Supreme Court justices questioned why the US government will not allow Abu Zubaydah, a suspected high-ranking al Qaeda figure held at the American naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to testify about his torture at the hands of the CIA.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, Three US Supreme Court justices proposed that Abu Zubaydah, the first detainee the CIA subjected to brutal interrogation after 9/11, be allowed to testify about his treatment.
    (NY Times, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, A federal judge granted the Justice Department’s request to halt enforcement of the recently passed Texas law that bans nearly all abortions in the state while the legal battle over the statute makes its way through the federal courts.
    (NY Times, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 6, US Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco unveiled two new Justice Department enforcement initiatives aimed at targeting cryptocurrencies and government contractors who fail to report cyber breaches.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021         Oct 6, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 43,971,311 with the death toll at 705,831.
    (sfist.com, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 6, Heavy rain flooded parts of Alabama near Birmingham late today, killing at least one person, closing roads and prompting several water rescues after a flash-flood emergency was issued for several counties. By the next day at least 4 people reported killed.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)(SFC, 10/8/21, p.A6)
2021        Oct 6, The Los Angeles City Council approved a new law that will require proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, gyms and other indoor businesses.
    (NY Times, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, Case Breakers, group of volunteer sleuths made up of former investigative specialists, claimed to have identified the Zodiac Killer, one of the most notorious serial killers in the world, who terrorized San Francisco in the late 1960s. They allege that Gary Francis Poste (d.2018) was the Zodiac Killer, pointing to clues they uncovered over several years. The FBI said the claim is inaccurate.
    (The Independent, 10/6/21)(NBC News, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 6, New Jersey man Khalil Wheeler-Weaver (25), who used dating apps to lure and kill three women five years ago, was sentenced to 160 years in prison. His trial revealed that friends of one victim did their own detective work on social media to ferret out the suspect.
    (AP, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, Amazon-owned Twitch, a live-streaming platform for video gamers, said it has suffered a data breach. No further details were provided.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, Pfizer Inc said it will study the effectiveness of its vaccine against COVID-19 by inoculating the whole population over the age of 12 in a town in southern Brazil.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, It was reported that two saponin molecules, made from the bark of branches pruned from older trees in Chile’s forests, are being used for a COVID-19 vaccine developed by drugmaker Novavax Inc. The chemicals are used to make adjuvant, a substance that boosts the immune system.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Benjamin List, a German chemist and director at the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research in Mülheim an der Ruhr, and David W.C. MacMillan, a Scottish chemist and a professor at Princeton University, for their development of a new tool to build molecules, work that has spurred advances in pharmaceutical research and lessened the impact of chemistry on the environment.
    (NY Times, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, Hundreds of Afghans flocked to the passport office in Kabul, just a day after news that it would re-open this week to issue the documents, while Taliban security men had to beat back some in the crowd in efforts to maintain order.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, British PM Boris Johnson rallied his Conservative party faithful, vowing a far-reaching overhaul to wean the UK economy off cheap foreign labor after Brexit.
    (AP, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, England's High Court ruled that Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum (72) ordered the phones of his ex-wife, Princess Haya bint al-Hussein (47), and her lawyers to be hacked as part of a "sustained campaign of intimidation and threat" during the custody battle over their children. This came 19 months after the court concluded that Mohammed had abducted two of his daughters, mistreated them and held them against their will.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, Britain reported 39,851 new cases of COVID-19, meaning cases reported between Sept. 30 and Oct. 6 were down by 2.0% compared with the previous seven days.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, Amazon opened its first general store, called "4-star," outside the United States in a mall in Britain, selling the online retailer's most popular products including books, toys, games and consumer electronics.
    (AP, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, Canadian officials said federal employees who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and are not exempt from getting the shots will be put on administrative leave without pay. Domestic air, train and cruise ship travelers and workers will soon have to show proof of vaccination.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, Chinese Estates Holdings, a major shareholder of embattled developer China Evergrande, said it had proposed to be taken private by Solar Bright Ltd for HK$1.91 billion ($245.30 million).
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, In CongoDRC a 3-year-old boy tested positive for Ebola near the eastern city of Beni, one of the epicenters of the 2018-2020 outbreak, and died from the disease.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 6, A court in Cyprus extended the detention of a man, arrested on Sept. 27, that Israel alleges was a would-be assassin recruited by Iran to attack Israeli businesspeople on the island.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, The Czech Republic reported more than 1,000 new cases in one day for the first time since May 18.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, Denmark and Sweden said they will pause the use of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine for younger age groups after reports of possible rare side effects, such as myocarditis.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, The environmental law firm ClientEarth warned the European Union that it would be breaching its own laws if it labels investments in gas-fuelled energy as "green" in upcoming finance regulations.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 6, Police in Germany carried out large-scale raids in 25 cities, after a chance discovery last year put investigators on the trail of a money-laundering network alleged to have funneled millions in ill-gotten gains abroad. They targeted 67 suspects, including 44 Syrians, 10 Germans, five Jordanians and four Lebanese. 11 people were arrested.
    (AP, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, Germany repatriated 23 children and their eight mothers from the Roj camp in northeastern Syria this evening, while Denmark brought back 14 children and three women.
    (AP, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, The organization that handles claims on behalf of Jews who suffered under the Nazis said that Germany has agreed to extend compensation to Jewish survivors who endured the World War II siege of Leningrad and two other groups who had not received any monthly pensions from Germany.
    (AP, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, Guinea's military junta named Mohamed Beavogui (68), a former civil servant and expert in agricultural finance, as prime minister to preside over a promised transition back to democratic rule following a coup in September.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam's annual policy address, the last in her current term, mapped out priorities for the former British colony. Her plans included a Northern Metropolis on the border with the mainland's technology hub of Shenzhen, covering 300 square km.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, Indonesia conducted its first test flight using jet fuel partially from palm oil, as the country plans to commercialize the fuel as it seeks creative ways to use the edible oil domestically.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, Iraq signed a contract with Masdar, a UAE-based renewable energy developer to build five solar power plants in the oil-rich country with a chronic energy problem.
    (AP, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 6, Libyan health authorities started to vaccinate migrants in the country against the coronavirus, in cooperation with the UN migration agency.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, New Zealand's central bank hiked interest rates for the first time in seven years, becoming the second major developed economy to raise rates and one of several to dial back hefty stimulus unleashed in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, Tens of thousands of Palestinians lined up outside chambers of commerce across the Gaza Strip, hoping to get permits to work inside Israel after rumors circulated that more would be issued to residents of the territory.
    (AP, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, Peru's President Pedro Castillo swore in Mirtha Vasquez, a left-wing former head of Congress, as prime minister, replacing her predecessor who resigned after two months in the job, as the administration grapples with political instability.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, An indigenous community in Peru's Espinar province that blocked a key mining road said it plans to continue the blockade indefinitely, a local leader said, in protest against the government and Glencore PLC's Antapaccay copper mine.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, Philippines human rights groups staged protests to denounce an attempt by the son and namesake of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos to return his family to power by vying for the presidency.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, Poland's central bank unexpectedly raised interest rates as the central European nation faces an accelerating inflation rate that is currently the highest in the EU.
    (AP, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, Russian authorities said they had fired five senior prison officials and opened a slew of criminal investigations into alleged torture and sexual assaults at a jail in the Saratov region.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, Russia's sovereign fund RDIF said the UAE has authorized the Russia-developed one-shot Sputnik Light as both a standalone COVID-19 vaccine and a booster shot.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, Slovakia reported 1,971 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily tally since March 23.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, In Ukraine the Babi Yar Holocaust memorial center revealed the initial 159 names of hundreds of Nazi troops who took part in the Babi Yar massacre on Sept. 29-30, 1941, when 33,771 Jews were murdered.
    (AP, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, The UN cultural agency said India's school closures and its children's lack of smartphone and internet facilities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic have worsened an educational divide.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, United Nations veteran diplomat Staffan de Mistura was named as the organization's envoy to the Western Sahara conflict, nearly two and a half years after the post had become vacant as a dozen other candidates were rejected by either Morocco or the Polisario Front rebel movement.
    (AP, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 6, The World Health Organization recommended that the world’s first malaria vaccine should be given to children across Africa.
    (AP, 10/6/21)
2021        Oct 6, The World Health Organization said it has started shipping COVID-19 medical supplies into North Korea, a possible sign that the North is easing one of the world’s strictest pandemic border closures to receive outside help.
    (AP, 10/6/21)

2021        Oct 7, US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that Senate leaders have agreed to raise the Treasury Department's borrowing authority until early December, averting a potential debt default later this month.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, A report by the Senate Judiciary Committee's Democratic majority detailed Donald Trump’s extraordinary effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election that he lost, with the Justice Department brought to the brink of chaos and top officials there and at the White House threatening to resign.
    (AP, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, The Central Intelligence Agency said it has created a new group to focus solely on China and the national security challenges it poses, calling it the most important threat the United States faces.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, Eighteen former National Basketball Association players were charged with defrauding the league's health and welfare benefit plan out of approximately $3.9 million.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021         Oct 7, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 44,078,439 with the death toll at 708,125.
    (sfist.com, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 7, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill that prohibits "stealthing," or removing a condom during sex without consent, making it a civil sexual battery offense.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, California's Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB331, or the Silenced No More Act. It allowed workers to speak about workplace harassment or discrimination despite signing a company's nondisclosure agreement.
    (https://tinyurl.com/23hjat5u)(SFC, 10/9/21, p.C1)
2021        Oct 7, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he would not enforce the county's vaccine mandate in his agency for his roughly 18,000 employees. County employees were required to be vaccinated by Oct. 1 with only religious or medical exemptions.
    (https://tinyurl.com/yskjnw8c)(SSFC, 10/10/21, p.A7)
2021        Oct 7, A second spill in less than two weeks at a US Steel plant in northwest Indiana sent an oily sheen onto a Lake Michigan tributary, prompting officials to close some nearby lake access as a precaution.
    (AP, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 7, US remote-control maker Universal Electronics Inc told Reuters it struck a deal with authorities in Xinjiang to transport hundreds of Uyghur workers to its plant in the southern Chinese city of Qinzhou, the first confirmed instance of an American company participating in a transfer program described by some rights groups as forced labor.
    (NY Times, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, Microsoft said Russia’s relentless hacking efforts accounted for 58% of all state-sponsored cyberattacks over the past year, and the county appears to have gotten significantly more efficient in its digital assault.
    (NY Daily News, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, Moderna said it plans to invest up to $500 million to build a factory in Africa to make up to 500 million doses of mRNA vaccines each year, including its COVID-19 shot, as pressure grows on the pharmaceutical industry to manufacture drugs on the continent.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, It was reported that international officials are preparing to fly in cash for the needy while avoiding financing the Taliban government.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, Australia-based BHP Group, the world's largest listed mining company, announced that from the end of January all workers and visitors entering its workplaces in Australia will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, Brazil's Health Ministry registered 451 new COVID-19 deaths, taking the total to 599,810 since the pandemic began.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 7, Britain's NatWest pleaded guilty to failing to prevent the laundering of nearly 400 million pounds ($544 million) and faces a heavy fine after becoming the first bank in Britain to admit to a criminal offence of this sort.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, Britain recorded 40,701 new cases of COVID-19, up 12% on a week ago and marking the biggest total since Sept. 6.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, Sky, the pay-TV company that bought multi-channel viewing to millions of Britons via satellite, said it is launching a smart TV called Sky Glass that does away with set-top boxes, cables and a dish on the side of the house.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, Croatia launched an investigation into new allegations that members of its police carry out systematic violent pushbacks of migrants and asylum-seekers attempting to illegally enter the country from neighboring Bosnia.
    (AP, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, Estonia signed on to a 15 percent minimum tax rate. Nearly 140 countries were expected to settle on a 15 percent global minimum tax rate.
    (NY Times, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 7, The European Commission suspended funding to the World Health Organization's programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo due to concerns over the UN agency's handling of the sexual abuse scandal.
    (Reuters, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 7, Finland paused the use of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine for younger males due to reports of a rare cardiovascular side effect, joining Sweden and Denmark in limiting its use.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, India-based Reliance Industries Ltd's retail arm said it would roll out 7-Eleven Inc convenience stores in India, days after Future Retail Ltd ended a similar deal with the US chain.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, Indonesia said it has approved a COVID-19 vaccine produced by a unit of China's Chongqing Zhifei Biological Products for emergency use, the fourth Chinese vaccine cleared for use in the country.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, Ireland said it was ready to accept a 15 percent minimum tax rate after PM Michael Martin told the Irish cabinet that the rate would only apply to multinational giants like Facebook and Apple, but not to Irish companies operating in Ireland.
    (NY Times, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 7, Israel ceremonially opened its gleaming pavilion at the world's fair in Dubai, over a year after normalizing ties with the United Arab Emirates.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, The Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center, a Palestinian rights group, says Israel is holding the bodies of at least 82 Palestinians since the policy was established in 2015. It says many are buried in secret cemeteries where the plots are only marked by plaques of numbers. Hamas holds the remains of the two Israeli soldiers killed during the 2014 Gaza war in an undisclosed location.
    (AP, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 jolted Tokyo and surrounding areas late today, stopping train lines and causing sporadic power cuts, but there were no reports of major damage.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, In Kashmir suspected militants shot and killed two teachers in a government school in , the latest in a spate of targeted killings in the heavily militarized Himalayan region. The victims were members of the region's minority Sikh and Hindu communities.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, Morocco's King Mohammed named a new government after last month's election, keeping the foreign and interior ministers in place but appointing Nadia Fettah Alaoui as finance minister.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the organization withdrew the accreditation of eight Russian officials to the military alliance in response to a rise in “malign activities" by Moscow.
    (AP, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, It was reported that the Dutch antitrust authority has found that Apple’s rules requiring software developers to use its in-app payment system are anti-competitive and ordered it to make changes, four people familiar with the matter said, in the latest regulatory setback for the iPhone maker.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, Nigerian security agents rescued 187 people who had been abducted by armed gangs in the northwestern state of Zamfara.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, A 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit Pakistan early this morning. At least 23 people died and hundreds of buildings collapsed.
    (AP, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, Poland's Constitutional Tribunal ruled that some provisions of the EU treaties and some EU court rulings go against Poland’s highest law. Two of the 14 judges who considered the case dissented from the majority opinion.
    (AP, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, Investigators in Russia's Orenburg region opened criminal cases into the deaths of nine people from alcohol-poisoning this week after they consumed locally-produced spirits. The death toll from the mass poisoning rose to 34 Oct. 11, and 24 more people were being treated in hospital.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)(Reuters, 10/10/21)
2021        Oct 7, A Moscow court told state bailiffs to enforce the collection of 26 million rubles ($361,400) in fines imposed on US social media giant Facebook for failing to delete content that Russia deems illegal.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, A Scottish court handed BP a win over Greenpeace after the environmental group tried to void the energy company's license to exploit a North Sea oilfield, saying the climate impact of the end-use of oil should not affect permits.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, Serbian rights lawyer Nikola Kovacevic (32) became the first winner of UNHCR's regional Nansen Refugee Award from Serbia and the Balkans.
    (AP, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, A South Korean soldier who committed suicide earlier this year after being dismissed by the army following gender reassignment surgery won a posthumous victory, as a court told the army to recognize her as a woman and annul her dismissal.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, Spain's coronavirus incidence dropped below 50 cases per 100,000 people, reaching the threshold considered "low risk" by the Health Ministry for the first time in over a year.
    (AP, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, Rifaat Al-Assad, the exiled uncle of Syria's Pres. Bashar Al-Assad, arrived in Damascus in order to prevent his imprisonment in France after a court ruling was issued and after the confiscation of his property and money in Spain as well.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 7, A leading Syrian Kurdish politician said the United States will stay on in Syria to destroy Islamic State, build infrastructure and remain a player in the search for a political settlement after more than 10 years of civil war.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah (72) won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee." His novels include "Paradise", set in colonial East Africa during the First World War and short-listed for the Booker Prize for Fiction, and "Desertion".
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, The UN Human Rights Council agreed to appoint a special rapporteur on Afghanistan to probe violations carried out by the Taliban and other parties to the conflict there.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, The United Nations Human Rights Council narrowly agreed to end the mandate of its independent investigators who have found that all sides in Yemen's conflict have committed acts that may amount to war crimes.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed for $8 billion to help equitably vaccinate 40% of people in all countries by the end of the year, as the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a plan that aims to inoculate 70% of the world by mid-2022.
    (Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, The UN migration agency said fighting over the key Yemeni city of Marib has displaced around 10,000 people in the past month.
    (AP, 10/7/21)
2021        Oct 7, In Zimbabwe seven people, including six foreign nationals, died when some gas cylinders exploded at the SAS gold mine in the Mazowe district.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)

2021        Oct 8, Pres. Joe Biden signed into law a new program to compensate CIA officers, State Dept. diplomats and other federal officials who have suffered traumatic neurological injuries for what is known as "Havana syndrome," first identified five years ago at the US Embassy in Cuba.
    (SSFC, 10/10/21, p.A11)
2021        Oct 8, Pres. Joe Biden reinstated and slightly expanded the original 1.3 million acre boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument, and restored the original 1.8 million acre boundaries of Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah. Biden also restored protections covering the Atlantic Ocean’s first marine monument, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts.
    (NY Times, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, President Joe Biden issued the first-ever presidential proclamation of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, lending the most significant boost yet to efforts to refocus the federal holiday celebrating Christopher Columbus toward an appreciation of native peoples. Biden also issued a proclamation of Columbus Day, Oct. 11, which is established by Congress.
    (AP, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, Documents released by a House committee investigating former President Donald Trump's business said his company lost more than $70 million operating his Washington, DC, hotel while in office, forcing him at one point to get a reprieve from a major bank on payments on a loan.
    (AP, 10/8/21)
2021         Oct 8, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 44,175,158 with the death toll at 710,530.
    (sfist.com, 10/9/21)
2021        Oct 8, California's Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a measure requiring high school students in the state to complete one semester of ethnic studies before graduation starting in 2029.
    (SSFC, 10/10/21, p.E2)
2021        Oct 8, NYC officials said the elementary school gifted and talented program, known for the last several decades, will no longer exist for incoming kindergarten students next fall, and within a few years, it will be eliminated completely. It will be replaced by a program that offers accelerated learning to all students in the later years of elementary school.
    (NY Times, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, A US appeals court late today temporarily reinstated Texas's restrictive abortion law, which bars the procedure as early as six weeks into pregnancy and outsources enforcement of the ban to ordinary citizens. On Oct. 14 an appeals court denied a US request to halt the Texas law pending arguments in the week of December 6.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)(SFC, 10/15/21, p.A5)
2021        Oct 8, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in northeastern Kunduz province, killing 46 people and wounding more than 140.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, Argentine Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero and Brazilian counterpart Carlos Alberto Franco França agreed on a framework to reduce Mercosur's common external tariff.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, Britain announced that it will offer new vaccinations to thousands of people who volunteered for trials of the Novavax coronavirus vaccine, which has not yet been approved for use in any country. Britain’s health department said more than 15,000 participants will be given two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in order to let them travel.
    (AP, 10/8/21)(Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, Britain recorded 127 deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test, a slight increase on a day earlier when 122 people died.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, It was reported that China has added cryptocurrency mining to a draft list of industries in which investment is restricted or prohibited, although it reduced the number of sectors on the list overall.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, State media said Chinese former journalist Luo Changping, whose work exposed official corruption, has been detained by police on suspicion of insulting "heroes and martyrs" of the Korean War after comments he made about a patriotic film.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, It was reported that remnants of solidified lava brought back by a Chinese mission were 1 billion years younger than material acquired by other missions decades ago. Samples brought back from US and Soviet missions were more than 2.9 billion years old. The samples acquired on China's Chang'e-5 mission late last year were around 1.96 billion years old.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, The Czech Rep. began elections.
    (Reuters, 10/9/21)
2021        Oct 8, In Ethiopia a spokesman for the Tigrayan forces said airstrikes against Tigrayan forces in the northern region of Amhara have intensified over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, President Emmanuel Macron said France will give back to Benin artworks that were taken from the former French colony's Royal Palaces of Abomey, which has since become a UNESCO World Heritage site.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, In Georgia the body of British guitarist Thomas Kennedy (28) was found in the Mtkvari River near the village of Kvakhvreli in Gori municipality. He had been out drinking when a verbal and physical fight broke out with a group of local men. Four Georgian men and one boy were soon arrested on suspicion of murder.
    (The Independent, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 8, India's government said Tata Sons will resume control of Air India after bidding $2.4 billion, including equity and debt, marking the end of years of struggle to privatize the financially troubled airline.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, It was reported that North Indian states have suffered electricity cuts and face further outages because of a lack of coal, contradicting government assurances there is enough power.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, Iran said it aims to continue sending fuel products to Lebanon in the future and hopes a bilateral agreement can be struck for that purpose.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, In Iraq soldiers, prisoners and displaced people voted in special early polls as the country prepared for a general election on Oct 10 where turnout will show how much faith voters have left in a still young democratic system.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, Japan's new PM Fumio Kishida said he had agreed in his first talks with Chinese Pres. Xi Jinping since taking office on the need to work together on issues of shared concern.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, Japanese scientists say they have succeeded in recreating Wagyu, renowned for its fat marbling, in a laboratory to produce something that could eventually look and taste like the real steak.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, The eastern side in Libya's conflict said it had agreed with its opponents on a plan for a phased withdrawal of foreign forces and mercenaries, but gave no details or timeline for a move seen as crucial to cementing a year-old ceasefire.
    (Reuters, 10/9/21)
2021        Oct 8, In Libya at least six migrants were shot dead at a Tripoli detention center, as many reportedly escaped from the facility and others gathered in nearby streets.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, In Libya a leak at the Farwah facility owned by Mabruk Oil Operations occurred while a tanker was loading oil. On Oct. 10 Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) said it has brought the oil spill under control.
    (Reuters, 10/10/21)
2021        Oct 8, In Nigeria five more students who were kidnapped by gunmen from a school in Kaduna three months ago have been released after ransoms were paid.
    (Reuters, 10/9/21)
2021        Oct 8, Norway's leftwing Labor Party and the rural Center Party said they have agreed to form a minority government, the culmination of almost four weeks of negotiations following last month's election win.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov (59) of Russia won the Nobel Peace Prize. Muratov dedicated the Peace Prize to six of his paper's journalists murdered for their work.
    (NY Times, 10/8/21)(Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, The Philippines' week-long registration for candidates in the 2022 election closed without an application from President Rodrigo Duterte's daughter, disappointing many of her supporters, who up to the last minute were egging her to run.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, A Polish court ruling challenging the supremacy of European Union law plunged the EU into an existential crisis, increasing fears among EU policymakers and many Poles that Poland could eventually leave the bloc.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, Portugal’s parliament approved four bills that enshrine in law the country’s rules and procedures on blood donations, amid reports people are being turned away due to their sexual orientation. Discrimination in blood donations has been specifically prohibited in Portugal since 2010.
    (AP, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, Russia designated the Bellingcat investigative news outlet a "foreign agent" along with nine people who work for Russian language news outlets or non-governmental organizations.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, Russia's state statistic service Rosstat said at least 49,389 people died in Russia in August due to the coronavirus and related causes, taking the toll to around 418,000 people since the pandemic began.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi movement in Yemen said a hostile projectile launched by the group hit King Abdullah airport in Jizan, injuring five civilians.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, South African travel agencies reported a surge in reservations for travel to and from Britain ahead of the country being removed from the UK's COVID-19 red list next week.
    (AP, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, Syrian air defenses intercepted an Israeli missile attack above the Homs countryside, injuring six soldiers and causing some material damage.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, The UN Human Rights Council recognized access to a clean and healthy environment as a fundamental right, formally adding its weight to the global fight against climate change and its devastating consequences.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021        Oct 8, Zambia suffered a major power outage affecting most parts of the country after a problem at an important hydropower station. The state utility said it was working to restore supply.
    (Reuters, 10/8/21)

2021         Oct 9, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 44,296,778 with the death toll at 712,704.
    (sfist.com, 10/10/21)
2021        Oct 9, California became the first state to say large department stores must display products like toys and toothbrushes in gender-neutral ways, a win for LGBT advocates who say the pink and blue hues of traditional marketing methods pressure children to conform to gender stereotypes.
    (AP, 10/9/21)
2021        Oct 9, In Georgia police Officer Dylan Harrison (26) was killed early today in Alamo, about 124 miles west of Savannah. Authorities identified the suspect as Damien "Luke" Anthony Ferguson (43) and said he should be considered armed and dangerous.
    (FN, 10/10/21)
2021        Oct 9, Republican Sen. Charles Grassley and Gov. Kim Reynolds embraced Donald Trump’s return to Iowa, standing by the former president as he repeated his false claims of voter fraud and a stolen election to a crowd of thousands.
    (AP, 10/9/21)
2021        Oct 9, In Louisiana Master Trooper Adam Gaubert, a 19-year-veteran of the force, was shot and killed in an area where an early morning homicide occurred. Suspect Matthew Mire (31) was taken into custody after a daylong manhunt in area woods.
    (Fox News, 10/10/21)
2021        Oct 9, Pride in Football, the alliance of LGBT+ supporters' groups in Britain, criticized Newcastle United's takeover by a Saudi Arabia-led consortium and called for reforms to the Premier League's owners' and directors' test.
    (Reuters, 10/9/21)
2021        Oct 9, Britain recorded 133 deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test, a slight increase on a day earlier when 127 people died.
    (Reuters, 10/9/21)
2021        Oct 9, In the Canary Islands buildings near the volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma were engulfed by rivers of lava. Since the Cumbre Vieja volcano began erupting on Sept. 19 it has destroyed nearly 1,150 buildings and engulfed 480 hectares (1,190 acres) of land.
    (Reuters, 10/9/21)
2021        Oct 9, Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to achieve "peaceful reunification" with Taiwan, and did not directly mention the use of force after a week of tensions with the Chinese-claimed island that sparked international concern.
    (Reuters, 10/9/21)
2021        Oct 9, Czech PM Andrej Babis's populist ANO party appeared headed for an election win, according to partial results and projections. Czech voters evicted the communists from parliament for the first time since the end of World War Two, voting out a party whose forebears ruled the central European nation from 1948 until the Velvet Revolution of 1989 that ushered in democracy. Czech center-right opposition group Together beat PM Andrej Babis's ANO party in a surprise parliamentary election.
    (Reuters, 10/9/21)
2021        Oct 9, President Nayib Bukele said El Salvador will invest some of the $4 million gains it has obtained from its bitcoin operations to build a veterinary hospital.
    (Reuters, 10/9/21)
2021        Oct 9, President Emmanuel Macron said France will launch a campaign for the worldwide abolition of the death penalty as part of its upcoming presidency of the European Union.
    (Reuters, 10/9/21)
2021        Oct 9, In Germany climate activist Vanessa Nakate of Uganda visited the vast open-pit, Garzweiler coal mine and a village that is to be bulldozed for its expansion, saying the destruction is “really disturbing" and has implications far beyond Germany.
    (Reuters, 10/9/21)
2021        Oct 9, Iran said it has produced more than 120 kg (265 pounds) of 20% enriched uranium, far more than what the UN nuclear watchdog reported last month.
    (AP, 10/10/21)
2021        Oct 9, Abolhassan Bani-Sadr (88), who became Iran's first president after the 1979 Islamic revolution before fleeing into exile in France, died in Paris following a long illness.
    (Reuters, 10/9/21)
2021        Oct 9, PM Viktor Orban signed a Hungarian government decree, welcoming the ruling by Poland's Constitutional Court which has plunged the EU into an existential crisis.
    (Reuters, 10/9/21)
2021        Oct 9, In Italy some 10,000 people took to the streets of Rome against a government drive to make the COVID-19 "Green Pass" mandatory for all workers. 12 people, including the leaders of the extreme right-wing party Forza Nuova, were arrested.
    (Reuters, 10/10/21)
2021        Oct 9, Italy's health ministry reported 46 coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, up from 30 during the prior period, while the daily tally of new infections fell to 2,748 from 3,023.
    (Reuters, 10/9/21)
2021        Oct 9, A government official said Lebanon has no centrally generated electricity after fuel shortages forced its two largest power stations to shut down. Lebanon's power network completely stopped working at noon, and was unlikely that it will work for several days.
    (Reuters, 10/9/21)
2021        Oct 9, Lebanese militant group Hezbollah said Ali Atwa, a senior Hezbollah operative, has died. Atwa was placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in 2001 with two other alleged participants in the 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847.
    (Reuters, 10/9/21)
2021        Oct 9, Mali's presidency said a Colombian nun who was kidnapped in 2017 by Islamist militants in Mali has been freed.
    (Reuters, 10/9/21)
2021        Oct 9, In Saudi Arabia ten people were injured in two explosives-laden drone attacks at King Abdullah airport in the southern city of Jizan over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 10/9/21)
2021        Oct 9, UN officials signed a deal with Bangladesh to help provide basic services to thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees who have been moved to camps on a remote island in the Bay of Bengal.
    (Reuters, 10/9/21)
2021        Oct 9, A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck the Vanuatu region.
    (Reuters, 10/9/21)

2021        Oct 10, According to studio estimates "No Time to Die," the final James Bond film of the Daniel Craig era, grossed $56 million from 4,407 North American theaters this weekend.
    (AP, 10/10/21)
2021         Oct 10, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 44,326,894 with the death toll at 712,993.
    (sfist.com, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 10, A mysterious boom jolted New Hampshire. Some complaints were registered next door in Massachusetts. The source of the boom has confounded residents. Meteorologists later said that a bolide, a type of large meteor explosion in the atmosphere, might have been the source of a disturbance.
    (NY Times, 10/10/21)(NY Times, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 10, Southwest Airlines canceled more than 1,000 flights and just over 800 a day earlier, wreaking havoc on weekend travel plans for thousands of passengers. Air traffic control staffing shortage and weather in Florida was blamed. The disruption appeared to be limited to Southwest.
    (NY Times, 10/10/21)
2021        Oct 10, Austria's ruling coalition soldiered on after Chancellor Sebastian Kurz quit to keep it alive, but a top newspaper likened his future role in parliament to Russian leader Vladimir Putin's stint as prime minister in name only.
    (Reuters, 10/10/21)
2021        Oct 10, In Belgium thousands of demonstrators marched through Brussels to push world leaders to take bolder action to fight climate change at the UN climate summit in Glasgow starting this month.
    (Reuters, 10/10/21)
2021        Oct 10, Britain recorded 34,574 new cases of COVID-19 and 38 new deaths within 28 days of a positive test for coronavirus. This compared with 34,950 new cases and 133 deaths reported a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 10/10/21)
2021        Oct 10, Czech President Milos Zeman (77) was receiving treatment in an intensive care unit, creating uncertainty at a time when he is due to lead political talks about forming a new government after a parliamentary election.
    (Reuters, 10/10/21)
2021        Oct 10, Dubai's media office said police have seized 500 kilograms of pure cocaine worth more than 500 million dirhams ($136 million) in a drugs raid. One person of Middle-Eastern origin was arrested.
    (Reuters, 10/10/21)
2021        Oct 10, Dream11, one of India's most popular gaming apps, said it has suspended operations in the southern state of Karnataka after a complaint was registered against its founders claiming it was in violation of a new state gambling law.
    (Reuters, 10/10/21)
2021        Oct 10, Iraqis voted in a parliamentary election. Turnout at 41% was a record low, after many lost faith in the democratic system brought in by the US-led invasion of 2003.
    (Reuters, 10/10/21)(Reuters, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 10, Italy reported 27 coronavirus-related deaths, down from 46 the previous day, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections fell to 2,278 from 2,748. Italy reached the target of fully vaccinating 80% of the population over the age of 12 against COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 10/10/21)
2021        Oct 10, Lebanon's power supplies were back to normal after a blackout the previous day. Lebanon's energy ministry said it received central bank approval to for $100 million in credit to issue fuel import tenders for electricity generation.
    (Reuters, 10/10/21)
2021        Oct 10, Malaysia lifted interstate and international travel restrictions for residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as the country achieved its target of inoculating 90% of its adult population.
    (Reuters, 10/10/21)
2021        Oct 10, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un urged officials to focus on improving citizens' lives in the face of a "grim" economic situation on the 76th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea.
    (AP, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 10, In Pakistan Abdul Qadeer Khan (85), lionized at home as the father of Pakistan’s atomic bomb despite admitting he was at the center of a nuclear proliferation ring, died.
    (Reuters, 10/10/21)
2021        Oct 10, Poles gathered in cities across the country to show support for the EU after the nation’s constitutional court ruled this week that the Polish constitution overrides some EU laws.
    (AP, 10/10/21)
2021        Oct 10, President Tsai Ing-wen said Taiwan will keep bolstering its defenses to ensure nobody can force them to accept the path China has laid down that offers neither freedom nor democracy. China's government denounced her National Day speech.
    (Reuters, 10/10/21)
2021        Oct 10, Thousands of Tunisians protested against President Kais Saied's seizure of almost total power protested in the capital as the growing numbers taking to the street in recent weeks has raised the risk of the political crisis unleashing unrest.
    (Reuters, 10/10/21)
2021        Oct 10, Pope Francis launched a two-year worldwide consultative process that could change the way the Roman Catholic Church makes decisions and leave its mark long after his pontificate is over.
    (Reuters, 10/10/21)
2021        Oct 10, Venezuela received a second batch of 2.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines via the COVAX mechanism, while the government said it hoped to reach immunity for 70% of Venezuelans by the end of the month.
    (Reuters, 10/10/21)
2021        Oct 10, In Yemen a car bomb targeting the governor's convoy shook the southern port city of Aden killing at least six people and wounding seven. Governor Ahmed Lamlas and agriculture minister Salem al-Suqatri, both members of a southern separatist group, survived.
    (Reuters, 10/10/21)

2021        Oct 11, The US State Department and EU confirmed that two dozen countries have joined a US- and EU-led effort to slash methane emissions 30% by 2030 from 2020 levels. The new signatories included Canada, the Central African Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Micronesia, France, Germany, Guatemala, Guinea, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Malta, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Rwanda, Sweden and Togo.
    (Reuters, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, It was reported that White House officials and Democrats in Congress say the US Treasury is being held hostage by Republican Senator Ted Cruz's efforts to halt a Russia-to-Germany gas pipeline, blocking critical appointments when the federal debt limit remains a pressing issue.
    (Reuters, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, Nicolas Chaillan, the Pentagon's first chief software officer, said China has won the artificial intelligence battle with the United States and is heading towards global dominance because of its technological advances. Chaillan resigned in September in protest against the slow pace of technological transformation in the US military.
    (Reuters, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, The Nobel in economics went to US-based David Card, Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens. Card has made a career of studying unintended experiments to examine economic questions — like whether raising the minimum wage causes people to lose jobs. Angrist and Imbens have developed research tools that help economists to use real-life situations to test big theories, like how additional education affects earnings.
    (NY Times, 10/11/21)
2021         Oct 11, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 44,346,045 with the death toll at 713,432.
    (sfist.com, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 11, In Half Moon Bay, Ca., Jeff Uhlmeyer of Olympia, Wa., won the 48th annual Pumpkin Weigh-Off with a 2,191-pound gourd.
    (SFC, 10/11/21, p.C1)
2021        Oct 11, In California the Alisal Fire began north of Santa Barbara. After 4 days it grew to 16,901 acres and was 41%% contained.
    (SFC, 10/13/21, p.C3)(SFC, 10/16/21, p.A7)
2021        Oct 11, In California a twin-engine plane killed at least two people and left a swath of destruction in a San Diego suburb. It nose-dived into the ground after repeated warnings that it was flying dangerously low.
    (AP, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott, responding to what he called "bullying" by the Biden Administration, barred all COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the state by any entity, including private employers.
    (Reuters, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, It was reported that scientists have unearthed evidence of a milestone in human culture, the earliest-known use of tobacco, in the remnants of a hearth built by early inhabitants of North America's interior about 12,300 years ago in Utah's Great Salt Lake Desert. Until now, the earliest documented use of tobacco came in the form of nicotine residue found inside a smoking pipe from Alabama dating to 3,300 years ago.
    (Reuters, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, DC Comics announced that the new Superman, Jonathan Kent — who is the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane — will soon begin a romantic relationship with a male friend.
    (NY Times, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 11, Southwest Airlines canceled hundreds more flights following a weekend of major service disruptions.
    (AP, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, It was reported that US prices for organic soybeans used to feed livestock and manufacture soy milk have surged to record highs as imports that make up most of the country's supply have declined, triggering price increases for food including organically raised chicken.
    (Reuters, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, The IMF’s executive board said that Kristalina Georgieva would remain as managing director, clearing her of allegations of manipulating data to placate Beijing.
    (NY Times, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 11, In Australia the Fortune of War, Sydney's oldest pub, opened one hour early to welcome back its regulars after the city emerged from a more than 100-day lockdown, allowing COVID-19 vaccinated locals to enjoy new freedoms including a morning beer.
    (Reuters, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, Austria's Pres. Alexander Van Der Bellen swore in former foreign minister Alexander Schallenberg as chancellor.
    (SFC, 10/11/21, p.A2)
2021        Oct 11, British police announced they will not take any action against Prince Andrew after a review prompted by a Jeffrey Epstein accuser who claims that he sexually assaulted her.
    (AP, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, Britain reported a further 40,224 COVID-19 cases and 28 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
    (Reuters, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, AstraZeneca said it antibody cocktail against COVID-19, which has proven to work as a preventative shot in the non-infected, was also shown to save lives and prevent severe disease when given as treatment within a week of first symptoms.
    (Reuters, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, In northern China at least 28 people were left dead following heavy rains and violent floods. The death toll included 13 people who died after a commuter bus fell into a river near the city of Shijiazhuang.
    (SFC, 10/13/21, p.A2)
2021        Oct 11, It was reported that scientists at Estonia's Tartu University say they have found a way to use peat in sodium-ion batteries, which reduces the overall cost, although the technology is still in its infancy.
    (Reuters, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, Ethiopia's national army launched a ground offensive against forces from the northern region of Tigray.
    (Reuters, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, The German city of Cologne said it will start permitting mosques to broadcast muezzin calls for prayer. The initiative will be limited to two years and then be re-evaluated.
    (AP, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, India's largest port operator Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone said that its terminals would no longer handle export and import of container cargoes from Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan from Nov. 15. The decision came weeks after Indian officials seized nearly three tons of heroin originating from Afghanistan worth an estimated 200 billion rupees ($2.65 billion) from two containers at western Gujarat's Mundra Port.
    (Reuters, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, Iraqi PM Mustafa Al-Kadhimi said security forces have captured Sami Jasim, a senior member of the Islamic State group. Jasim was a deputy to slain leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and oversaw Islamic State finances.
    (Reuters, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, Paddy Maloney (83), frontman and bagpiper for the Chieftain's, died in Dublin. The group's 1992 album "Another Country" won the Grammy for best contemporary folk album. Maloney on his own branched into writing and arranged music for such films as "Barry Lyndon" (1975), and "Gangs of New York" (2002).
    (SSFC, 10/17/21, p.F8)
2021        Oct 11, PM Naftali Bennett said Israel will keep the Golan Heights, which it captured from Syria in a 1967 war, even if international views on Damascus change.
    (Reuters, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, Israeli archaeologists said they have unearthed a massive ancient winemaking complex dating back some 1,500 years in the central town of Yavne.
    (AP, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, In Kashmir at least five Indian soldiers and two militants were killed in a series of gun battles, where security forces have stepped up operations after several civilian killings last week.
    (Reuters, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, In Libya hundreds of migrants protested for the 10th straight day outside a UN facility in Tripoli demanding evacuation from the North African nation.
    (AP, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that well-known foreign companies had engaged in what he described as fuel smuggling and he named global energy trader Trafigura as an example of the practice.
    (Reuters, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, In Mozambique Mariano Nyongo, the leader of Renamo military junta, was killed early this morning in fighting between the Defence and Security Forces (FDS) and the insurgents in Sofala province.
    (Reuters, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, In the Netherlands hundreds of protesters from climate activist group Extinction Rebellion blocked a busy intersection near the temporary home of the parliament, marking the start of a week of protests the group plans in The Hague before a UN climate conference that opens on Oct. 31.
    (AP, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, PM Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand will require teachers and workers in the health and disability sectors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as she extended restrictions in Auckland, its largest city, for another week.
    (Reuters, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, In Nigeria Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State met with six women and their nine children after they were held by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group in a forest in Buni Yadi, an area of Yobe State. They had escaped and walked for six days to the town of Damboa in neighboring Borno.
    (Reuters, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 11, In northwestern Nigeria gunmen seized three student priests from a Catholic seminary in Kaduna state. Six seminarians were injured in the attack.
    (AP, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 11, In Russia jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said that a prison commission had designated him an extremist and a terrorist, but officially no longer regarded him as an escape risk.
    (Reuters, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, Russia's state coronavirus task force reported 29,409 new confirmed cases, the highest number since the year’s start and just slightly lower than the pandemic record reached in December.
    (AP, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, In Syria at least four people were killed when a car bomb exploded in the city of Afrin, the latest such attack in the northwestern region that is controlled by Turkey and Syrian rebels it supports. Turkey has blamed previous bomb attacks in Afrin on the Syrian Kurdish YPG group.
    (Reuters, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, Tunisia's Pres. Kais Saied unveiled a new government, but gave no hint when he would relinquish his near total control after seizing most powers in July, or start reforms needed for a financial rescue package to avert economic disaster. The new Cabinet of 24 ministers and a secretary of state has an unprecedented 10 women.
    (Reuters, 10/11/21)(AP, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, The UN refugee agency said it had recovered the bodies of 15 migrants and 177 survivors from two coastguard boats returning to Libya people who had sought to cross the Mediterranean.
    (Reuters, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, The UN children's agency UNICEF said some 19,000 migrant children have crossed the dangerous Darien Gap on the border between Panama and Colombia so far this year. At least five children have been found dead in the jungle.
    (Reuters, 10/11/21)
2021        Oct 11, The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended that immunocompromised people be given an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine, due to their higher risk of breakthrough infections after standard immunization.
    (AP, 10/11/21)

2021        Oct 12, The US House passed a short-term bill to lift the debt limit, temporarily averting default. The legislation lifts the debt ceiling by $480 billion, which the Treasury Department has estimated is enough to last until at least Dec. 3.
    (NY Times, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 12, The Pentagon said it wants defense contractors to cut the ultimate cost of hypersonic weapons, as the next generation of super-fast missiles being developed currently cost tens of millions per unit.
    (Reuters, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 12, The Food and Drug Administration for the first time authorized an electronic cigarette to be sold in the United States, a significant turn in one of the most contentious public health debates in decades. The agency signaled that it believed that the help certain vaping devices offer smokers to quit traditional cigarettes is more significant than the risks of ensnaring a new generation.
    (NY Times, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 12, New draft guidelines by a US panel of experts said doctors should no longer routinely start most people who are at high risk of heart disease on a daily regimen of low-dose aspirin.
    (NY Times, 10/12/21)
2021         Oct 12, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 44,481,045 with the death toll at 714,553.
    (sfist.com, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 12, Scientists at the US Food and Drug Administration said that Moderna Inc had not met all of the agency's criteria to support use of booster doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, possibly because the efficacy of the shot's first two doses has remained strong.
    (Reuters, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 12, It was reported that more than 24,000 nurses and other health-care workers at Kaiser Permanente in California and Oregon have overwhelmingly authorized a strike, threatening to walk out over pay and working conditions strained by the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 12, Walgreens said it would close 5 stores in San Francisco citing concerns over retail theft in the city.
    (SFC, 10/13/21, p.C5)
2021        Oct 12, In Tennessee two US postal workers in Memphis were fatally shot and a third employee, identified as the shooter, died from a self-inflicted gunshot.
    (SFC, 10/13/21, p.A3)
2021        Oct 12, Two Texas-based carriers said the federal mandate superseded an order by Republican Governor Greg Abbott barring COVID-19 vaccine mandates by any entity, including private employers. American Airlines and Southwest Airlines said they would comply with US President Joe Biden's executive order to require that their employees be vaccinated for COVID-19 by a Dec. 8 deadline.
    (Reuters, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 12, Northern Texas federal Judge Mark Pittman issued a temporary retraining order barring United Airlines Holdings Inc. from placing unvaccinated workers with a religious or medical exemption on unpaid leave.
    (SFC, 10/14/21, p.A6)
2021        Oct 12, Boeing management told its US employees in an internal message that with limited exceptions they must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 8 or face termination.
    (https://tinyurl.com/xyncyw2d)(SFC, 10/14/21, p.A6)
2021        Oct 12, Britain reported 38,520 further cases of COVID-19 and 181 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
    (Reuters, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 12, In the Canary Islands over 700 residents were ordered to abandon their homes on the Spanish island of La Palma as red-hot lava advanced towards their neighborhood. A day earlier Lava gushing from the volcano engulfed a cement plant.
    (Reuters, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 12, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the launch of a 1.5 billion yuan ($232.47 million) fund to support biodiversity protection in developing countries, as talks continue on a new post-2020 global pact to tackle species loss.
    (Reuters, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 12, China allowed coal-fired power plants to pass on the high costs of generation to some end-users via market-driven electricity prices, adding to worries about building global inflationary pressures. China, the world's largest coal consumer, has been grappling with a growing energy crisis brought on by shortages and record high prices for the fuel.
    (Reuters, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 12, Cuba denied government opponents permission to stage what they said would be a peaceful march for civil liberties in Havana and a few other provinces on grounds it was part of efforts to overthrow the government, according to a letter handed to organizers.
    (Reuters, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 12, The European Union said it will give an additional 700 million euros ($809.2 million) in emergency aid to Afghanistan and its neighboring countries ahead of today's Group of 20 Afghan summit.
    (Reuters, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 12, The EU imposed cuts on catches of cod and herring in the Baltic Sea to make sure threatened stock have a chance for survival.
    (SFC, 10/13/21, p.A3)
2021        Oct 12, EU leaders vowed to uphold Ukraine's energy security and signed deals intended to bolster ties during a summit in Kyiv.
    (AP, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 12, President Emmanuel Macron said France wants to be a leader in green hydrogen by 2030 and build low-carbon planes and small nuclear reactors as part of a 30 billion euro ($35 billion) investment plan dubbed "France 2030".
    (Reuters, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 12, The French president’s office announced the death of Hubert Germain (101), the last of an elite group of decorated French Resistance fighters who helped liberate France from Nazi control in World War II.
    (AP, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 12, French bank Societe Generale said it will cut 3,700 jobs between 2023 and 2025 as it merges its retail network with that of its unit Credit du Nord.
    (Reuters, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 12, Germany-based CureVac NV said it will give up on its first-generation COVID-19 vaccine candidate and instead focus on collaborating with GSK to develop improved mRNA vaccine technology.
    (Reuters, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 12, Protesters in Guatemala tried to topple a Christopher Columbus statue amid protests against the treatment of indigenous people by European conquerors. Another group of protesters succeeded in tearing away the head on a monument to former President Jose Maria Reina Barrios, who served from 1892 to 1898, after splashing it with red paint.
    (Reuters, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 12, India recommended emergency use of Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 shot in the 2 to 18 age-group. India has so far fully vaccinated around 29% of about 944 million eligible adults.
    (Reuters, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 12, Indian security forces killed at least five militants in Indian-ruled Kashmir as hundreds of Hindus fled the disputed Muslim-majority region after a wave of violence.
    (Reuters, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 12, IRNA news agency reported that Iran's intelligence agency has arrested 10 people after “sophisticated and continuous" surveillance in Bushehr province.
    (AP, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 12, Italian PM Mario Draghi hosted a special summit of the Group of 20 major economies to discuss Afghanistan, as worries grow about a looming humanitarian disaster following the Taliban's return to power.
    (Reuters, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 12, Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) pledged to double defence spending.
    (Reuters, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 12, In Lebanon a probe into the catastrophic Beirut port explosion was frozen for the second time in less than three weeks after two politicians wanted for questioning filed a new complaint against the lead investigator, Judge Tarek Bitar.
    (Reuters, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 12, In Libya a Sudanese migrant (25) was beaten, shot and killed after escaping from the government-run Mabani detention in Tripoli.
    (AP, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 12, In Nepal a bus skidded off a mountain road and into a gorge leaving at least 28 people dead.
    (SFC, 10/13/21, p.A3)
2021        Oct 12, Respected Dutch climate scientist Geert Jan van Oldenborgh (59) died. He co-founded the World Weather Attribution network, a group that rapidly analyzes the possible effects of climate change on extreme weather events. He and co-founder Friederike Otto were recognized as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2021.
    (AP, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 12, Norwegian PM Erna Solberg (60) said she will step down as head of a three-party, minority center-right government after a left-leaning bloc won last month’s parliamentary election. The leader of Norway’s Labor Party, Jonas Gahr Stoere, is expected to take over later this week.
    (AP, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 12, In the Philippines nine people were killed and 11 left missing due to floods and landslides caused by heavy rain from tropical cyclone Kompasu. The death toll was later raised to at least 19 people. Another 14 people were reported missing.
    (Reuters, 10/12/21)(SFC, 10/15/21, p.A5)
2021        Oct 12, Romania reported nearly 17,000 coronavirus infections and 442 deaths, its highest numbers since the pandemic started.
    (SFC, 10/13/21, p.A4)
2021        Oct 12, The Kremlin said it disagreed with comments by new Japanese PM Fumio Kishida that Japan's sovereignty extended to a chain of islands known by Tokyo as the Northern Territories, and that they were in fact part of Russia.
    (Reuters, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 12, Russia hit another record of daily coronavirus deaths as the country struggled with a rapid surge of infections and lagging vaccination rates, but authorities have been adamant that there would be no new national lockdown.
    (AP, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 12, Pomp, pageantry and a grand military parade marked Spain’s national day ceremonies in Madrid, overshadowing protests against what some see as a misguided celebration of Spanish colonial history. A 1987 law which made Oct. 12 the national holiday.
    (AP, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 12, The top UN top court (ICJ) ruled largely in favor of Somalia in its dispute with Kenya, setting a sea boundary in part of the Indian Ocean believed to be rich in oil and gas.
    (Reuters, 10/12/21)
2021        Oct 12, Former Venezuelan Defense Minister and retired general Raul Baduel, considered a political prisoner by the opposition, died after contracting coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 10/13/21)

2021        Oct 13, The United States accused Cambodia of lacking transparency about Chinese construction activities at its biggest naval base, and urged the government to disclose to its people the full scope of Beijing's military involvement.
    (Reuters, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 13, The Biden administration announced that it will help develop up to seven offshore wind farms on the East and West coasts and in the Gulf of Mexico.
    (SFC, 10/14/21, p.A8)
2021        Oct 13, The Social Security Administration said US Social Security benefits for more than 70 million Americans will rise by 5.9% for next year.
    (Reuters, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 13, The FDA released new guidelines aimed at reducing sodium intake. High salt levels have been linked to high rates of high blood pressure.
    (SFC, 10/14/21, p.A9)
2021         Oct 13, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 44,590,780 with the death toll at 717,158.
    (sfist.com, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 13, Gary Paulsen (82), a prolific writer whose young-adult novels like “Hatchet" and Dogsong" inspired generations of would-be adventurers with tales of survival, exploration and nature red in tooth and claw, died at his home in Tularosa, N.M.
    (NY Times, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 13, Hollywood actor William Shatner (90) and three fellow passengers flew to an altitude of 66.5 miles aboard a Blue Origin ship over the West Texas desert.
    (SFC, 10/14/21, p.A9)
2021        Oct 13, Ennahar TV said Algerian security forces foiled a plot to carry out an armed attack by separatists aided by "the Zionist entity" (Israel) and a North African country.
    (Reuters, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 13, The Argentine government said it has struck a deal with retailers to freeze the prices of 1,247 food and household products for 90 days to combat inflation as the country heads toward congressional elections next month.
    (Reuters, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 13, The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said Barbados is reporting the highest number of COVID cases and deaths since the pandemic started, with a five-fold increase in COVID infections over the last month.
    (Reuters, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 13, The British trade department said Britain and Italy have agreed to pursue a new trade partnership, following talks on the sidelines of a G20 ministerial meeting in Italy.
    (Reuters, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 13, Britain reported 42,776 new COVID-19 cases, the highest number since mid-July, and 136 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
    (Reuters, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 13, Bank of England Deputy Governor Jon Cunliffe said a collapse in cryptocurrencies is a "plausible scenario" and rules are needed to regulate the fast-growing sector as a "matter of urgency".
    (Reuters, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 13, In Bulgaria about 1,000 miners and workers from the country's largest coal-fired power plant marched in Sofia to protect their jobs and to urge the government to support their industry.
    (Reuters, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 13, Chilean opposition lawmakers launched impeachment proceedings against President Sebastian Pinera over possible irregularities in the sale of a mining company, after new details emerged about the deal in the Pandora Papers leak.
    (Reuters, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 13, In China more than 100 countries pledged to put the protection of habitats at the heart of their government decision-making but they stopped short of committing to specific targets to curb mass extinctions at the UN Biodiversity Conference in Kunming.
    (Reuters, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 13, Medics in eastern Congo began an Ebola vaccination campaign, days after the death of a two-year old boy raised fears of another major outbreak. CongoDRC confirmed a second case of Ebola after a woman (42) tested positive in the city of Beni.
    (Reuters, 10/13/21)(Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 13, In Eswatini, formerly Swaziland, soldiers were deployed to the streets following protests this week that included demonstrations in schools by students.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)   
2021        Oct 13, Ethiopian military and allies from the Amhara region fought the Tigrayan forces on several fronts, in both the Amhara and Afar regions which neighbor Tigray.
    (Reuters, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 13, The European Union announced plans to open a representation in the Arctic and vowed to protect environment in a region the bloc says is of key strategic importance.
    (AP, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 13, It was reported that Finnish scientists have produced coffee from cell cultures with an aroma and taste resembling the real thing.
    (Reuters, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 13, Officials said India has resumed a small amount of exports of COVID-19 vaccines and will increase exports significantly in the next few months as domestic stocks build up and most of its own large population is inoculated.
    (Reuters, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 13, Senior Israeli and Sudanese officials held a rare public meeting, pledging to strengthen the nascent ties between the former adversaries.
    (AP, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 13, Israel is currently holding more than 4,600 Palestinians in connection with the Mideast conflict. Officials said at least 250 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel have begun a hunger strike to protest their relocation to isolated cells.
    (AP, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 13, Oracle opened the first of two planned public cloud centers in Israel, enabling companies and other Israeli customers to keep their data on local servers rather than rely on other countries.
    (Reuters, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 13, A court in Naples convicted the captain of an Italian commercial ship of abandonment-related charges for returning 101 migrants rescued at sea to Libya in 2018. He was sentenced to a year in prison.
    (AP, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 13, Athletics Kenya said long-distance runner Agnes Tirop (25), Kenya's two-times World Championship bronze medalist, was found stabbed to death at her home. She was allegedly stabbed by her husband.
    (Reuters, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 13, In Kenya Masten Wanjala (20), a man who confessed to killing more than 10 children, escaped from police cells in Nairobi. Wanjala was soon traced by villagers to a house in Bungoma town and beaten to death.
    (BBC, 10/14/21)(BBC, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 13, In Kosovo ten Serbs and 10 police officers were injured when police fired tear gas to disperse a crowd that became hostile after raids on suspected smugglers in a volatile area of Kosovo populated by the Serb minority.
    (Reuters, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 13, A Namibian court ruled that the son of a gay couple, born via surrogacy in South Africa in 2019, is a Namibian citizen by descent, in a decision hailed as "big win" for same-sex couples.
    (Reuters, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 13, New Caledonian miner Prony Resources said Tesla Inc had agreed to purchase around 42,000 tons of nickel in a multi-year deal, a pact that is set to make the miner a key supplier of the metal to the US electric car maker.
    (Reuters, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 13, In Norway a bow-and-arrow attack reportedly killed five people in Kongsberg. Suspect Espen Andersen Braathen (37), a Danish convert to Islam, was arrested. A relative described him as mentally ill and said the family had suffered threats for several years. Police later said the five people killed were all stabbed to death and not shot with a bow and arrows as initially suspected.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)(Reuters, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 13, Russia's sovereign wealth fund said that the Sputnik Light vaccine shows 70% effectiveness against the Delta variant of COVID-19 three months after injection and the single product is likely to become the country's main vaccine.
    (Reuters, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 13, Sudan's security service slapped a travel ban on members of a task force overseeing the country's transition to democracy. The travel ban affected 11 civilian officials, most members of the Committee tasked with dismantling former Pres. Omar al-Bashir's financial and political legacy.
    (Reuters, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 13, In Syria an Israeli strike over the Palmyra area of Homs province targeted a communications tower, caused some material losses and killed one soldier. Iran-backed forces in Syria said they would respond forcefully.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 13, A UN investigator said North Koreans living under strict pandemic restrictions are facing a growing food crisis and the most vulnerable children and elderly people in the isolated Asian nation are at risk of starvation.
    (AP, 10/13/21)
2021        Oct 13, The WHO named 26 scientists to a new advisory group charged with studying the origins of the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 10/15/21, p.A65)

2021        Oct 14, US President Joe Biden signed legislation temporarily raising the government's borrowing limit to $28.9 trillion, pushing off the deadline for debt default only until December.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, President Joe Biden told visiting Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta that the United States will make a one-time donation of more than 17 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to the African Union.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, The US Justice Department reversed the 2018 firing of Andrew McCabe (53), the FBI’s deputy director, settling a lawsuit he filed asserting that he was dismissed for political reasons. President Donald J. Trump had been hounding him over his role in the Russia investigation.
    (NY Times, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, The United States and Greece signed an agreement which renews a long-standing defence cooperation among the two countries.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, The Renew America Movement (RAM), a group of anti-Trump Republicans, said they will endorse a slate of Democratic lawmakers facing tough races in next year's midterm elections and back vulnerable Republicans, in a bid to stop the Republican Party from retaking control of Congress.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021         Oct 14, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 44,694,149 with the death toll at 719,760.
    (sfist.com, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 14, In Alabama Christopher Henderson (46) was sentenced to death for killing his estranged wife, her unborn child and three other people six years ago.
    (SFC, 10/15/21, p.A5)
2021        Oct 14, BART leadership said all employees of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit system must be vaccinated by Dec. 13. BART said 833 of 4,000 plus employees were still unvaccinated.
    (SFC, 10/15/21, p.C1)
2021        Oct 14, In Los Angeles real estate heir Robert A. Durst (78) was sentenced to life in prison for the execution-style killing in 2000 of a close confidante. Durst was born into a family whose Manhattan real estate empire is valued today at about $8 billion.
    (NY Times, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, It was reported that California's summer drought this year was the worst on record since 1895.
    (SFC, 10/14/21, p.A1)
2021        Oct 14, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered a “whole-of-government" response to elevated levels of lead in Benton Harbor's water and vowed to accelerate the replacement of the southwestern Michigan' community's lead pipes.
    (AP, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, Republican Gov. Mike Parson condemned one of Missouri's largest newspapers for exposing a flaw in a state database that allowed public access to thousands of teachers' Social Security numbers, even though the paper held off from reporting about the flaw until after the state could fix it.
    (AP, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller pleaded guilty to all six misdemeanor charges that mainly focused on insubordination during court-martial hearing at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
    (Washington Examiner, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, Alex Murdaugh (53), the South Carolina lawyer who has endured a dramatic downfall since his wife and son were shot in an unsolved killing in June, was arrested and charged with swindling millions of dollars from the sons of his former housekeeper. In Sept. Murdaugh had arranged to have himself shot so his son could collect an insurance payout.
    (NY Times, 10/14/21)(Reuters, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 14, The Texas House of Representatives passed a bill that bans transgender women and girls from participating in female school sports after three previous attempts failed, all but assuring Republican Governor Greg Abbott will sign it into law.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, More than 10,000 Deere & Co. workers went on strike, the first walkout at the agricultural machinery company in more than three decades.
    (SFC, 10/15/21, p.C2)
2021        Oct 14, Reliable Robotics, a Silicon Valley startup aiming to automate conventional fixed-wing planes to ferry cargo and eventually passengers, said it has raised $100 million from investors.
    (AP, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, Britain reported 45,066 new COVID-19 cases and 157 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test. COVID-19 infections in children in England rose in September after schools returned from summer holidays.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, In Cameroon a military police officer in the capital of the restive English-speaking South West Region killed a five-year-old girl when he fired on a car at a checkpoint, sparking angry protests. The girl's parents had refused to pay a bribe of 500 CFA francs ($0.88).
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, In the Canary Islands around 300 more people fled their homes early today as flows of molten rock pouring from the Cumbre Vieja volcano threatened to engulf another area on the island of La Palma. A 4.5-magnitude earthquake shook La Palma overnight.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)(AP, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, China coal prices held near record highs as cold weather swept into the country's north and power plants stocked up on the fuel to ease an energy crunch that is fuelling unprecedented factory gate inflation.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, Egypt and Greece clinched an agreement that sets the stage for an undersea cable that will transmit power produced by renewables from North Africa to Europe, the first such infrastructure in the Mediterranean.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, Hungary reported 1,141 new COVID-19 infections, with the number rising above 1,000 for the first time during the fourth wave of the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, India's annual wholesale price-based inflation, a proxy for producers' prices, loitered in the double digits for the sixth month in a row in September. Government data showed that India's merchandise trade deficit widened to a record $22.6 billion in September, the highest in at least about 14 years, as crude oil and gold imports surged.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, Indonesia's holiday island of Bali reopened to foreign tourists after 18 months of pandemic hiatus, but the island still lacked international flights.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man who was throwing fire-bombs at cars near a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, Italy's bankrupt Alitalia national airline made its final flights after 74 years of operations.
    (SFC, 10/15/21, p.A5)
2021        Oct 14, Japan dissolved its parliament, setting the stage for an election at the end of the month that will pit new PM Fumio Kishida against unpopular opposition in a battle over who can better fix the pandemic-battered economy.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, Human Rights Watch called on Kuwait to overturn a conviction against Maha al-Mutairi (40), a transgender Kuwaiti woman, sentenced this month to two years in prison for "imitating the opposite sex" online and to amend a law that allows such prosecutions.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, Latvian President Egils Levits tested positive for COVID-19, prompting Finland's President Sauli Niinisto, who had breakfast with him a day earlier, to self-isolate. Levits had visited Sweden a day earlier for an inter-governmental forum. Latvia confirmed 2,408 new novel coronavirus cases and 21 deaths. Only 52% of Latvian adults are fully vaccinated.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, In Lebanon at least six Shi'ites were shot dead in Beirut, in an attack on protesters who were heading for a demonstration called by Hezbollah to demand the removal of the judge investigating the explosion that ripped through the city's port last year. Hezbollah accused the Lebanese Forces (LF), a Christian party that has close ties to Saudi Arabia, of mounting the attack.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, New Zealand reported 71 new local cases of COVID-19, its biggest rise in infections in six weeks with all cases detected in Auckland, raising prospects of a further extension of lockdown restrictions in the country's largest city beyond next week.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, Nigeria's top general said that Abu Musab al-Barnawi, leader of the insurgent group Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), was dead. ISWAP, an offshoot of the Boko Haram, has been fighting against the Nigerian armed forces for 12 years.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) suspended flights to Kabul after what it called heavy-handed interference by Taliban authorities.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, Peru's ruling Marxist party said that the government of President Pedro Castillo has swerved towards the right and that it would withhold support for what it called a "caviar cabinet" in the opposition-dominated Congress.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, The Polish embassy in Tehran said Poland is donating a million AstraZeneca COVID-19 shots to Iran, the latest foreign delivery to be made from emerging Europe's largest economy after a slowdown in its vaccination program.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, Qatar's emir named two women among his new appointments to the Gulf state's advisory Shura Council, after partial elections held for the first time earlier this month saw not one of the more than 20 women candidates secure a seat.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, A Russian court imposed one year of restrictions on Anastasia Vasilyeva, a doctor who treated and supported Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, after finding her guilty of breaching COVID-19 safety rules.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, A Russian-led security bloc said more than 3 million refugees from Afghanistan are trying to reach Iran and Pakistan and the displacement of ethnic and religious minorities in the country may escalate tensions to a critical level.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, Industry officials said South Africa's biggest engineering union has rejected a new wage offer as a strike that has already hit output at carmaker BMW enters its second week and threatens more assembly lines.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, In Taiwan a fire in a residential building in the southern city of Kaohsiung killed 46 people and injured another 41.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, It was reported that Turkey has expanded its exports of armed drones by negotiating sales deals with Morocco and Ethiopia after their successful use in international conflicts.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, In eastern Ukraine the Russia-backed separatist authorities in the Donetsk region, population 2.2 million, reported 1,0005 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 97 deaths in the past 24 hours. The region has seen a total of 5,578 deaths.
    (SFC, 10/15/21, p.A6)
2021        Oct 14, The United Arab Emirates and South Korea agreed to start negotiations on a bilateral trade deal targeting a broad expansion of economic ties.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, The UN said that the deteriorating security situation in Colombia represents a "considerable challenge" to the country's 2016 peace accords.
    (AP, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, The UN General Assembly elected the United States to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, more than three years after the Trump administration quit the 47-member body over what it called chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform.
    (Reuters, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, A new study by the World Health Organization said only one in seven COVID-19 infections in Africa are being detected, meaning the continent's estimated infection level may be 59 million people. The WHO also said the number of people killed by tuberculosis has risen for the first time in more than a decade.
    (AP, 10/14/21)
2021        Oct 14, In Yemen tribal leaders and security officials said fighting between government forces and the country’s Houthi rebels in the central province of Marib killed at least 140 fighters this week.
    (AP, 10/14/21)

2021        Oct 15, US authorities said suspected ransomware payments totaling $590 million were made in the first six months of this year, more than the $416 million reported for the whole of 2020, as Washington put the cryptocurrency industry on alert about its role in combating ransomware attacks.
    (Reuters, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 15, The US Embassy in Pakistan said that Washington is sending an additional 9.6 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to Islamabad in partnership with the COVAX global vaccine initiative.
    (SFC, 10/16/21, p.A4)
2021        Oct 15, The Pentagon said it has offered unspecified condolence payments to the family of 10 civilians who were killed in the Aug. 29 botched US drone attack in Afghanistan during the final days before American troops withdrew from the country.
    (Reuters, 10/16/21)
2021        Oct 15, The CFTC said cryptocurrency Tether and crypto exchange Bitfinex will pay $42.5 million to settle civil charges from the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) over allegedly making misleading statements and making illegal transactions.
    (Reuters, 10/15/21)
2021         Oct 15, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 44,787,489 with the death toll at 722,000.
    (sfist.com, 10/16/21)
2021        Oct 15, In Washington, DC, Indigenous groups and other environmental activists marched to the Capitol as they continued a weeklong protest demanding that Congress and the Biden administration stop new fossil fuel projects and act with greater urgency on climate change. Nearly 80 people were arrested on the fifth day of the “People vs. Fossil Fuels" protest.
    (AP, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 15, In Florida Parkland school gunman Nikolas Cruz (23) pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his November 2018 assault on a Broward deputy who was guarding him at the Broward main jail. Cruz also planned to plead guilty to all charges stemming from the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, during which he killed 17 students and staff and physically injured 17 more.
    (AP, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 15, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said that she took her fight with the head of the city's police officers union to court, arguing that his call for officers to ignore the order to report their COVID-19 vaccination status was illegal.
    (AP, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 15, Maine's beloved puffins suffered one of their worst years for reproduction in decades this summer due to a lack of the small fish they eat.
    (AP, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 15, In Washington state some 200 Boeing Co employees and others staged a protest over the plane maker's COVID-19 vaccine requirement for US workers.
    (Reuters, 10/16/21)
2021        Oct 15, In Afghanistan a large explosion tore through a Shi'ite mosque in the southern city of Kandahar killing at least 35 people, the second week in a row that militants bombed Friday prayers and killed dozens of worshippers from the minority sect.
    (Reuters, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 15, In western Albania four Russian tourists were found asphyxiated in a hotel sauna in the village of Qerret.
    (AP, 10/16/21)
2021        Oct 15, Argentine senior officials met with private investors in New York, touting a much sought-after economic "roadmap" for the embattled country and playing up the chances of a positive deal with the International Monetary Fund.
    (Reuters, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 15, Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at an emergency meeting excluded exclude Myanmar junta chief Min Aung Hlaing from a regional meeting this month. They chose invite to invite a non-political representative of the country.
    (Reuters, 10/16/21)
2021        Oct 15, David Amess (69), a lawmaker from PM Boris Johnson's Conservative Party, was stabbed to death by a 25-year-old man who lunged at him at a meeting with voters from his constituency at the red-brick Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, east of London. Ali Harbi Ali, the son of an ex-media adviser to a former prime minister of Somalia, was soon arrested by British police under anti-terrorism laws following the killing of lawmaker David Amess
    (Reuters, 10/15/21)(Reuters, 10/17/21)
2021        Oct 15, Britain recorded 145 more deaths from COVID-19, taking the total number of fatalities within 28 days of a positive test to 138,379.
    (Reuters, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 15, The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said a private COVID-19 testing laboratory, run by Immensa Health Clinic in central England, has been suspended over concern that it has been incorrectly giving negative PCR test results to people who are infected.
    (Reuters, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 15, Cambridge University's Jesus College said that it would return a looted bronze cockerel to Nigeria later this month, making it the first UK institution to hand back one of the artifacts known as the Benin Bronzes.
    (AP, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 15, The Canadian city of Iqaluit in the country's northern territory said lab results confirmed that fuel had entered its water supply. Officials suspected the fuel entered the city's water tanks from soil or ground water contamination.
    (Reuters, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 15, Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadera declared a unilateral cessation of fighting against armed groups, saying he hoped it would lead to peaceful dialogue.
    (Reuters, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 15, China's energy crisis deepened as cold weather swept into much of the country and power plants scrambled to stock up on coal, sending prices of the fuel to record highs.
    (Reuters, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 15, China and Russia held joint naval drills in the Sea of Japan and practiced how to operate together and destroy floating enemy mines with artillery fire.
    (Reuters, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 15, China launched a rocket carrying three astronauts, including one woman, to the core module of a future space station where they will live and work for six months, the longest-ever duration in orbit for Chinese astronauts.
    (Reuters, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 15, India reopened to fully vaccinated foreign tourists traveling on chartered flights in the latest easing of its coronavirus restrictions as infection numbers decline.
    (AP, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 15, In India a victim (35) was beaten to death by a group of men who had accused him of desecrating Sikh holy texts. One of the man's hands was hacked off. A member of a Sikh warrior sect called the Nihangs was soon taken into custody after the attack close to Singhu village, on the northwest border of New Delhi.
    (Reuters, 10/16/21)
2021        Oct 15, In Indonesia 11 students drowned during a school outing for a cleanup along the banks of the Cileueur River in West Java province.
    (SFC, 10/16/21, p.A3)
2021        Oct 15, Protests erupted in Italy as one of the most stringent anti-coronavirus measures in Europe went into effect, requiring all workers, from magistrates to maids, to show a health pass to get into their place of employment.
    (AP, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 15, It was reported that drought in northern Kenya is pushing millions towards hunger. The United Nations World Food Program said the lack of rain means 2.4 million people in the region will struggle to find enough to eat by November.
    (Reuters, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 15, In Lithuania two of the three largest hospitals in the capital Vilnius stopped accepting non-urgent patients due to influx of COVID-19 cases. Around 71% of Lithuanian adults have been fully vaccinated so far. The country has reported the worst infection numbers in the EU in the fortnight up to Oct. 10, with 864 new cases per 10,000 people.
    (Reuters, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 15, The Philippines started vaccinating young people aged 12-17 against the coronavirus, hoping it will enable schools to safely reopen even as the country battles one of Asia's worst COVID-19 outbreaks.
    (Reuters, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 15, A Russian firm said it had begun trials of the Betuvax-CoV-2 vaccine against COVID-19, the second vaccine of its kind produced by a private Russian company.
    (Reuters, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 15, South African police said they have arrested 56 people who will likely face charges of kidnapping after two government Cabinet ministers and a deputy minister were held hostage for three hours when a meeting with military veterans of the fight against apartheid ended in disagreement.
    (AP, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 15, Sudan's PM Abdallah Hamdok unveiled a road map to end what he described as the country's "worst and most dangerous" political crisis in its two-year transition.
    (Reuters, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 15, The UN Security Council voted unanimously to extend the UN political mission in Haiti for nine months.
    (AP, 10/15/21)
2021        Oct 15, In Venezuela an Iran-flagged supertanker finished loading oil and prepared to set sail to Iran carrying 2 million barrels of heavy crude provided by state-run oil firm PDVSA. The vessel arrived in Venezuela in September with its transponder turned off while carrying 2.1 million barrels of Iranian condensate. The exchange provides Venezuela with a stable supply of blending material needed to convert its extra heavy oil into exportable grades. The pact also delivers heavy oil to Iran for blending, refining or marketing.
    (Reuters, 10/16/21)

2021        Oct 16, NASA launched a first-of-its kind mission to study Jupiter's Trojan asteroids, two large clusters of space rocks that scientists believe are remnants of primordial material that formed the solar system's outer planets. The space probe, dubbed Lucy and packed inside a special cargo capsule, lifted off on schedule from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. A solar panel jammed soon after launch.
    (Reuters, 10/16/21)(SFC, 10/29/21, p.A4)   
2021         Oct 16, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 44,895,611 with the death toll at 723,785.
    (sfist.com, 10/17/21)
2021        Oct 16, Bloomberg News reported that "Squid Game," Netflix Inc's biggest original series launched last month, is estimated to be worth almost $900 million for the streaming giant. The nine-episode thriller, in which cash-strapped contestants play childhood games with deadly consequences in a bid to win 45.6 billion won ($38.58 million), became an international hit.
    (Reuters, 10/17/21)
2021        Oct 16, CNN reported that COVID-19 is the leading cause of death for US police officers even though members of law enforcement were among the first to be eligible to receive the vaccine.
    (Axios, 10/17/21)
2021        Oct 16, It was reported that Real estate heir Robert Durst (78), who was sentenced this week to life in prison for murdering a friend in 2000, has COVID and is on a ventilator.
    (Reuters, 10/17/21)
2021        Oct 16, In Australia thousands of Sydney residents flocked to a prominent horse race, as the country's biggest city emerges from a strict COVID-19 lockdown and the nation begins to live with the coronavirus through extensive vaccination.
    (Reuters, 10/16/21)
2021        Oct 16, In Brazil two members of the Kaingang tribe were killed in a dispute over renting land to soy farmers. The murders were related to an arrangement to grow cash crops on the Serrinha reservation, a 12,000-hectare area in the southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 16, Britain reported 43,423 new COVID-19 cases, with the total number of cases recorded between Oct. 10 and Oct. 16 up 12.8% from the previous seven days.
    (Reuters, 10/16/21)
2021        Oct 16, Africa's premier film festival opened in Burkina Faso. This was the 27th edition, launched in 1969, of the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO).
    (Reuters, 10/17/21)
2021        Oct 16, Cape Verde national radio reported the extradition of Colombian businessman Alex Saab to the US. The Venezuelan government in September had named Saab - who was arrested in June 2020 when his plane stopped in Cape Verde to refuel - as a member of its negotiating team in talks with the opposition in Mexico.
    (Reuters, 10/17/21)
2021        Oct 16, CongoDRC police used tear gas to break up clashes between supporters of the president and an opposition leader, as lawmakers selected a new head of the electoral commission. Around 10,000 supporters of opposition leader Martin Fayulu marched through the streets of Kinshasa in protest over several issues.
    (Reuters, 10/17/21)   
2021        Oct 16, In Haiti gang members in Port-au-Prince kidnapped as many as 17 American missionaries and their family members as they were leaving an orphanage. 16 Americans and one Canadian were in Haiti to visit an orphanage. The gang soon asked for $17 million to release them. The 400 Mawozo, a self-mocking name that loosely translates to "400 idiots," controls the city known as Croix-des-Bouquets where the mission of Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries was traveling.
    (NY Times, 10/17/21)(Reuters, 10/18/21)(Reuters, 10/19/21)(Reuters, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 16, Seven Hong Kong democracy campaigners, including former lawmakers, were sentenced to up to 12 months in jail for their role in a protest last year against a sweeping national security law imposed by China.
    (Reuters, 10/16/21)
2021        Oct 16, In Indian Kashmir militants shot and killed two civilians as a security crackdown in the disputed region intensified.
    (Reuters, 10/16/21)
2021        Oct 16, In Indonesia a magnitude 4.8 struck earthquake Bali island morning, killing at least three people.
    (Reuters, 10/16/21)
2021        Oct 16, In Iran Valiollah Seif, a former governor of Iran’s Central Bank, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on corruption charges involving the mismanagement of millions of dollars. Two of his deputies also received jail terms.
    (Reuters, 10/16/21)
2021        Oct 16, Iranian naval forces intervened to repel pirates who attacked an Iranian oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden.
    (Reuters, 10/16/21)
2021        Oct 16, It was reported that an Iranian appeals court has upheld a verdict sentencing Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, an Iranian-British woman long held in Tehran, to another year in prison.
    (AP, 10/16/21)
2021        Oct 16, Israeli sniper fire allegedly killed former Syrian Druse lawmaker Midhat Saleh in Ein el-Tinneh, a village along in the Golan Heights where he ran a Syrian government office. Israeli media said Saleh had been assisting the Iranian military against Israel.
    (AP, 10/17/21)
2021        Oct 16, In Italy tens of thousands of union members and others gathered in Rome to stand up against rising fascism, a week after right-wing extremists forced their way into the headquarters of Italy's most powerful labor confederation while protesting a COVID-19 certification requirement for workplaces.
    (AP, 10/16/21)
2021        Oct 16, Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo (76) launched a new political party, the African People’s Party — Ivory Coast, formally breaking ties with those who ran his former party while he spent years facing war crimes charges at the International Criminal Court.
    (AP, 10/16/21)
2021        Oct 16, Mexico's government said it has identified in one day nearly 2,000 migrants in the country irregularly.
    (Reuters, 10/16/21)
2021        Oct 16, New Zealand vaccinated at least 2.5% of its people as the government tries to accelerate inoculations and live with COVID-19. 41 new cases were reported, 40 of them in Auckland. More than 130,000 people received shots in the "Vaxathon" festival.
    (Reuters, 10/16/21)(SSFC, 10/17/21, p.A10)
2021        Oct 16, Russia's national coronavirus task force reported 1,002 deaths in the previous day, up from 999 on Friday, along with 33,208 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, more than 1,000 higher than the day before.
    (AP, 10/16/21)
2021        Oct 16, Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund, announced the launch of "THE RIG", which it said would be the world's first tourism destination on offshore platforms.
    (Reuters, 10/16/21)
2021        Oct 16, Thousands of Sudanese took to the streets in the capital, Khartoum, to call for the dissolving of the joint military-civilian government of PM Abdalla Hamdok.
    (AP, 10/16/21)
2021        Oct 16, Syrian government shelling of a rebel-held town near the border with Turkey killed four people and wounded more than a dozen.
    (AP, 10/16/21)
2021        Oct 16, Venezuela said it would suspend negotiations with the opposition that were set to resume this weekend, after Cape Verde extradited Colombian businessman Alex Saab, a Venezuelan envoy, to the United States on money laundering charges. Hours after Saab's extradition, Venezuela revoked the house arrest of six former executives of refiner Citgo, a US subsidiary of state oil company PDVSA.
    (Reuters, 10/17/21)

2021         Oct 17, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 44,928,323 with the death toll at 724,281.
    (sfist.com, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 17, Britain reported 45,140 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily number since the middle of July, and 57 new deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
    (Reuters, 10/17/21)
2021        Oct 17, In southern CongoDRC about 50 people were killed when a truck overturned and plunged into a river in Haut Katanga province.
    (Reuters, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 17, Milan and Costa Rica were among the winners of the Earthshot Prize, an environmental award created by Britain's Prince William, who has criticized world leaders for an uninspiring response to the climate change crisis.
    (Reuters, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 17, In the Canary Islands 42 seismic movements were recorded on the island of la Palma, the largest of which measured 4.3. President Angel Víctor Torres said there is no immediate end in sight to the volcanic eruption that has caused chaos on the island.
    (Reuters, 10/17/21)
2021        Oct 17, Cape Verde voted for a new president who faces the task of stabilizing its tourism-driven economy after the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Opposition candidate and former prime minister Jose Maria Neves (61) won Cape Verde's presidential election. His main rival, the ruling party's flagbearer Carlos Veiga, conceded defeat.
    (Reuters, 10/17/21)(Reuters, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 17, The People's Bank of China Governor Yi Gang said China's economy is "doing well", but faces challenges such as default risks for certain firms due to "mismanagement".
    (Reuters, 10/17/21)
2021        Oct 17, In El Salvador thousands of people took to the streets in protest against President Nayib Bukele who has stoked concern that he is steadily concentrating power.
    (Reuters, 10/17/21)
2021        Oct 17, Egypt's government said that as of Nov. 15 it require public servants to have a vaccination certificate or show a weekly negative COVID-19 test before entering their workplaces.
    (AP, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 17, In Israel Some 300 male and female volunteers stripped naked and donned white body paint for an artistic installation by American photographer Spencer Tunick meant to draw attention to the shrinking Dead Sea.
    (AP, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 17, Italians began voting in a two-day run-off for the local governments of 65 large cities and smaller towns, including the capital Rome.
    (Reuters, 10/17/21)
2021        Oct 17, Kyodo news agency reported that Japan's new PM Fumio Kishida sent a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead for the autumn festival, prompting the South Korean government to express "disappointment".
    (Reuters, 10/17/21)
2021        Oct 17, In northern Nigeria gunmen killed at least 30 people in an attack on a market in Goronyo, Sokoto state.
    (Reuters, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 17, In Poland thousands of protesters marched in two cities in solidarity with migrants and asylum-seekers at the Poland-Belarus border who have been pushed back by Polish authorities.
    (SFC, 10/18/21, p.A4)
2021        Oct 17, A Russian actor and a film director making the first move film in space returned to Earth after spending 12 days on the International Space Station (ISS).
    (Reuters, 10/17/21)
2021        Oct 17, A Tunisian court ordered lawmaker Mehdi Ben Gharbia to be detained over suspected tax fraud and money laundering - the fourth parliamentarian to be taken into custody since President Kais Saied seized near total control of the country in July.
    (Reuters, 10/17/21)
2021        Oct 17, Tunisian officials said at least two migrants died and 21 have disappeared after their boat capsized off the Tunisian coast in the Mediterranean Sea. 7 people were rescued.
    (AP, 10/17/21)
2021        Oct 17, The Organization for Security and Cooperation on Europe (OSCE) said it has suspended its monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine following protests near its headquarters in separatist-controlled Donetsk.
    (Reuters, 10/17/21)
2021        Oct 17, The United Arab Emirates recorded a drop in daily COVID-19 cases to below 100 for the first time since the start of the outbreak last year as it hosts a huge world fair to which it hopes to attract millions of visits.
    (Reuters, 10/17/21)
2021        Oct 17, Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement said it has seized new territory in the energy-rich provinces of Shabwa and Marib, gains confirmed by sources, as it presses an offensive likely to further complicate international peace efforts. Rebels continued their weekslong blockade of a district in the central province of Marib, cutting off humanitarian aid and halting movement of its 37,000 people.
    (Reuters, 10/17/21)(AP, 10/17/21)

2021        Oct 18, The Biden administration said it would require chemical manufacturers to test and publicly report the amount of a family of chemicals known as PFAS that is contained in household items like tape, nonstick pans and stain-resistant furniture, the first step toward reducing their presence in drinking water.
    (NY Times, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, President Joe Biden's administration asked the US Supreme Court to block a Texas law that imposes a near-total ban on abortion after a lower court reinstated the Republican-backed measure.
    (AP, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin signed an agreement to continue American support for Georgia’s military for six years.
    (AP, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, The US Supreme Court signaled that it is not retreating from its inclination to grant a legal protection called "qualified immunity" to police accused in lawsuits of using excessive force, ruling in favor of officers in separate cases from California and Oklahoma.
    (Reuters, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, Colin Powell (84), the first Black US secretary of state and top military officer during decades as one of America's most prominent leaders, died from complications of COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated. His reputation was tainted in 2003 when he touted spurious intelligence at the United Nations to make the case for war with Iraq despite deep misgivings.
    (Reuters, 10/18/21)
2021         Oct 18, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 44,937,414 with the death toll at 724,417.
    (sfist.com, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 18, Pamela McCorduck (80), the author of “Machines Who Think: A Personal Inquiry Into the History and Prospects of Artificial Intelligence" (1979), died at her home in Walnut Creek, Ca. She described the book as "a dream in urgent need of being realized".
    (NY Times, 11/4/21)
2021        Oct 18, Manuel Neri, (b.1930), a San Francisco Bay area sculptor, died in Sacramento. He sculpted the human form in plaster, bronze and marble.
    (SSFC, 10/24/21, p.F1)
2021        Oct 18, A former Chicago college student was convicted of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State group. Prosecutors said Thomas Osadzinski (22) designed a computer code to help IS bypass programs designed to block the group's propaganda. He was arrested in 2019 during an FBI sting and faced up to 20 years in prison.
    (AP, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, New York City officials voted unanimously to remove a statue of Thomas Jefferson from Council chambers, but delayed a decision on where to put it. For the last two decades, some Black and Latino Council members, citing Jefferson’s history as a slaveholder, called for the statue to be banished.
    (NY Times, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 18, Two cryptocurrency lending platforms were asked to cease activities in New York by the state's attorney general and three other platforms were directed to provide information about their business.
    (Reuters, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, Texas Republicans approved redrawn US House maps that favor incumbents and decrease political representation for growing minority communities, even as Latinos drive much of the growth in the nation’s largest red state.
    (AP, 10/19/21)   
2021        Oct 18, Washington DC's regional Metro system abruptly pulled more than half its fleet of trains from service early today over a lingering problem with the wheels and axles that caused a dramatic derailing last week.
    (AP, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, Washington State University announced that it has fired football coach Nick Rolovich, and four of his assistants, for not getting vaccinated.
    (NY Times, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 18, At the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Azerbaijan's deputy foreign minister accused Armenia of “ethnic cleansing" and continuing to lay landmines in Nagorno-Karabakh even after a cease-fire ended a six-week war in the disputed region late last year.
    (AP, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, Belarus ordered a halt to routine medical care at state clinics in order to devote more resources to coronavirus patients. Only about 20% of the population have been fully vaccinated.
    (AP, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, Britain reported the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in three months with 49,156 new COVID-19 cases and 45 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
    (Reuters, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, Burundi began vaccinations in the commercial capital, Bujumbura. Health workers said that barely more than a dozen people had received doses by mid-afternoon.
    (AP, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, The World Health Organization (WHO) said 3 new Ebola cases have been confirmed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, bringing the total to five in the last 10 days.
    (Reuters, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, China's power shortages hit growth in the world's second biggest economy, threatening more pain for global supply chains, while Europe's gas squeeze looked set to continue as Russia's Gazprom showed no sign of hiking exports to the region in October.
    (Reuters, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, In China Zhu Xianjian (37), a defector from North Korea, escaped from prison in Jilin province. In 2013 he was caught defecting from North Korea. After swimming across the Tumen River Zhu stole around $230 in cash, several cellphones, and some clothes from homes in a nearby village and also stabbed an elderly woman who tried to stop him. In 2014 he was imprisoned for 11 years.
    (Business Insider, 11/10/21)
2021        Oct 18, In the Czech Rep. the head of parliament's upper house said President Milos Zeman is currently unable to carry out his duties. Zeman has been in intensive care for more than a week.
    (Reuters, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, Ecuadorean President Guillermo Lasso declared a state of emergency in the Andean country as part of a crackdown on the consumption and trafficking of drugs.
    (Reuters, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 18, Rebellious Tigrayan forces accused the Ethiopian government of launching air strikes on the capital of Tigray region. The government initially denied the reports, but later said the attacks had targeted rebel's communications and weapons facilities. Three civilians were reported killed.
    (Reuters, 10/18/21)(BBC, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, In Greece human rights activists unfurled a banner reading "No Genocide Games", waved a Tibetan flag and called for a boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics during the torch-lighting ceremony.
2021        Oct 18, Haitians joined a nationwide general strike to protest a growing wave of kidnappings, days after the abduction of a US-based group of missionaries fueled international concerns over gang violence in the crisis-stricken Caribbean nation.
    (Reuters, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, In India leaders in the southern state of Kerala opened near-overflowing dams after at least 22 people died when heavy rains lashed the region over the weekend. The death toll soon rose to 28.
    (Reuters, 10/18/21)(AP, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, The Indian government said Dubai has signed an accord to build infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir.
    (Reuters, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, Indian authorities moved thousands of migrant workers in Kashmir to safer locations overnight, while hundreds have fled the Himalayan valley after a wave of targeted killings.
    (Reuters, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, Iraq said it has detained the mastermind behind a deadly 2016 bombing in a Baghdad shopping center, which killed around 300 people and wounded 250. Ghazwan al-Zobai (29) was detained in an unidentified foreign country and transported to Iraq two days ago. Al-Zobai was an al-Qaida militant when he was imprisoned by the Americans in Iraq at Cropper prison until 2008, and then escaped from Abu Ghraib prison in 2013.
    (AP, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, Italy’s Pres. Sergio Mattarella strongly criticized the violence that has erupted amid protests over the country's new coronavirus workplace health pass requirement, saying it appeared aimed at jeopardizing Italy’s economic recovery.
    (AP, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's Hezbollah, said that his Iran-backed movement has 100,000 "trained" and "armed" fighters at its disposal, speaking after deadly violence in Beirut last week.
    (AFP, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, PM Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand's biggest city of Auckland will retain its lockdown for two more weeks in the battle on the Delta variant of coronavirus, as the country pushes to step up vaccinations.
    (Reuters, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, Russia said it would halt the activities of its diplomatic mission to NATO after the Western military alliance expelled eight Russians saying they were spies.
    (Reuters, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, Slovakia reimposed coronavirus restrictions in the hardest-hit parts of the country amid the latest surge of infections. Slovakia has registered around 438,000 cases and 12,856 deaths.
    (AP, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, Slovenia reported 364 new confirmed cases, almost double compared to a week ago. Populist PM Janez Jansa blamed a rise in COVID-19 infections on protests in early October that erupted into clashes between police and thousands of opponents of vaccination and coronavirus restrictions.
    (AP, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, South Korea set a new goal for fighting climate change over the next decade, saying it will aim to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 2018 levels by 2030.
    (AP, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, In Sudan a sit-in calling on the military to dissolve the government grew into the thousands, with the country grappling with what its civilian leadership has called the biggest crisis of a two-year-old transition from autocracy.
    (Reuters, 10/18/21)
2021        Oct 18, WHO and the UN children’s agency UNICEF said in a statement that they welcomed the decision by the Taliban leadership supporting the resumption of house-to-house polio vaccinations across the country.
    (AP, 10/19/21)

2021        Oct 19, The US Justice Department charged Representative Jeff Fortenberry, a Nebraska Republican, with lying to investigators about campaign donations.
    (NY Times, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 19, The US committee investigating the Capitol attack recommended charging Steve Bannon with contempt for defying a subpoena.
    (NY Times, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, It was reported that the FBI is conducting "law enforcement activity" at US-blacklisted Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska's home in Washington, DC. Deripaska (53) has been subject to the US sanctions since 2018. Washington blacklisted him along with several other influential Russians because of their ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin following alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.
    (Reuters, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, US cybersecurity company CrowdStrike said a hacking group with suspected ties to China burrowed into mobile telephone networks around the world and used specialized tools to grab calling records and text messages from telecommunication carriers. CrowdStrike said the group, which it dubbed LightBasin, had been acting since at least 2016.
    (AP, 10/19/21)
2021         Oct 19, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 45,059,288 with the death toll at 726,439.
    (sfist.com, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 19, A wildlife official told a House committee that manatees have starved to death by the hundreds along Florida’s east coast because algae blooms and contaminants are killing the seagrass the beloved sea mammals eat.
    (AP, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, It was reported that surgeons in New York have attached a kidney grown in a genetically altered pig to a human and found that the organ worked normally.
    (NY Times, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 19, "Water's Soul," an 80-foot statue of a woman's head, by Barcelona-based artist Jaume Plensa, with her index finger pressing on her lips now faces lower Manhattan along the Hudson River, inviting the chaotic metropolis to stop and listen.
    (Reuters, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, It was reported that the number of homicides in Portland, Oregon, has now surpassed its previous annual record of 66, set in 1987 – and there are still more than two months to go in the calendar year.
    (Fox News, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, Washington state said 127 individual's had separated from employment with the state police patrol because of the state's coronavirus mandate. They included 53 civil servants and 74 commissioned officers.
    (SFC, 10/20/21, p.A6)
2021        Oct 19, ProShares Bitcoin Strategy Fund (BITO) listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The ETF closed up 2.59% at $41.94 in its first day of trading.
    (Reuters, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, Facebook said it has shut down two large networks targeting users in Sudan in recent months, as civilian and military leaders spar with one another over the future of an interim power-sharing arrangement.
    (Reuters, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, Austrian media reported that the bodies of two men were found in a minibus carrying dozens of migrants near the border with Hungary.
    (AP, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, Brazilian senators investigating the handling of the country's COVID-19 outbreak dropped a recommendation from their draft report that President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with genocide and homicide, instead accusing him of "crimes against humanity".
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 19, British PM Boris Johnson set out his ambition for a green revolution that he hopes will force countries around the world to kick their addiction to fossil fuels and commit to net zero carbon emissions.
    (Reuters, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, Britain reported 223 deaths within 28 days of a positive test for COVID-19, the highest figure since March.
    (Reuters, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, Bulgaria said it will make a COVID-19 "Green Certificate" mandatory for indoor access to restaurants, cinemas, gyms and shopping malls as of Oct. 21, as the country struggles with a rising number of coronavirus infections.
    (Reuters, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, Costa Rica's Congress approved the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes, despite opposition from conservative groups and President Carlos Alvarado who still needs to put his stamp of approval on the law.
    (Reuters, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, Human Rights Watch released a report saying the Cuban government engaged in systematic abuses against people arrested for protesting in July as part of a plan to suppress dissent.
    (AP, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, In Egypt 98 women became the first female judges to join the State Council, one of the country’s main judicial bodies.
    (AP, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, The European Commission's chief executive warned Poland that its challenge to the supremacy of European Union law called into question the very foundations of the 27-nation bloc and could not go unpunished.
    ((Reuters, 10/19/21), 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, In Germany the body of a man (35) was found early today by Berlin police officers guarding the Russian Embassy in Berlin. Security services later said he was an undercover agent of Russia's FSB intelligence service and had fallen from an upper floor at the embassy. The was officially listed as a second secretary at the embassy.
    (Reuters, 11/5/21)
2021        Oct 19, In India, the world's biggest onion exporter, onion prices have risen after heavy rainfall in the country's key growing regions damaged the summer-sown crop and delayed winter crop planting. Onion price spikes have contributed to the fall of more than one state government in the past.
    (Reuters, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, Israel announced that it has approved registration as West Bank residents for some 4,000 Palestinians who have been living for years in the Israeli-occupied territory without official status.
    (Reuters, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, Israeli startup AIR unveiled its first "easy-to-operate" electric, vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft that it aims to sell directly to consumers predominantly in the United States starting in 2024.
    (Reuters, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, Latvia's PM Krisjanis Karins imposed a 3-week lockdown from Oct. 21 to Nov. 15, becoming the first EU country to shut down again since the bloc began reopening this year as vaccines became widely available.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)(SFC, 10/20/21, p.A6)
2021        Oct 19, The Maltese government responded to a critical European human rights evaluation by vowing to soon propose new legislation to better protect journalists in the wake of the 2017 assassination of investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia.
    (AP, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, It was reported that Myanmar's military rulers have freed hundreds of political prisoners in recent days, including Aung San Suu Kyi's party spokesman and a famous comedian, although about 40 were swiftly re-arrested.
    (Reuters, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, Dutch authorities placed Eritrean national Kidane Zekarias Habtemariam (37) on the Netherlands' most-wanted list, as they seek to prosecute him for his alleged involvement in large-scale human trafficking, abuse of migrants trying to reach Europe and extortion.
    (AP, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, New coronavirus infections in the Netherlands jumped 44% in the week through today, forcing several hospitals in the country to cut back on regular care to deal with a rising number of COVID-19 cases. Some 48 COVID-19 deaths were recorded, twice as many as in the previous week.
    (Reuters, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, New Zealand recorded 94 new COVID-19 infections, of which 87 were in Auckland, the highest number of daily cases since the pandemic began last year, taking the total number of cases in the current outbreak to 2,099.
    (Reuters, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) off its east coast.
    (Reuters, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, Romania reported record numbers of daily coronavirus deaths and infections, as a hospital system stretched to breaking point by the EU's second-lowest vaccination rate ran out of intensive care beds. New infections in the preceding 24 hours topped 18,800 while 574 people died of the virus.
    (Reuters, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, Moscow's mayor announced four months of stay-home restrictions for unvaccinated over-60s and the Russian government proposed a week-long workplace shutdown as the national death toll from COVID-19 hit yet another daily high.
    (Reuters, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, Senegal's navy said it has seized more than two tons of pure cocaine from a ship off its Atlantic coast, in the West African country's largest ever cocaine bust.
    (Reuters, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, South Korea opened its largest defence expo ever, showing off its next-generation fighter jet, drones, and other technology in an effort to boost exports as economies around the world rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (Reuters, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, Spain announced new rules smoothing the path for unaccompanied young migrants to obtain residence and work permits, with around 15,000 expected to benefit from changes.
    (AP, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, State-owned Anadolu news agency said Turkish prosecutors have ordered the arrest of 158 suspects including 33 serving soldiers in an operation targeting people allegedly linked to a Muslim preacher who Turkey says was behind a 2016 failed coup.
    (Reuters, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, The UN children's agency UNICEF said ten thousand Yemeni children have been killed or maimed since a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia intervened in March 2015 after the Iran-aligned Houthi group ousted the government.
    (Reuters, 10/19/21)
2021        Oct 19, The World Health Organization said there was a 7% rise in new coronavirus cases across Europe last week, the only region in the world where cases increased. Britain, Russia and Turkey accounted for the most cases.
    (AP, 10/20/21)

2021        Oct 20, All 50 US Senate Republicans voted to block Democrats from advancing a scaled-back voting rights bill.
    (NY Times, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, The US and several European countries condemned North Korea’s recent missile tests and said Pyongyang’s technical advances demonstrate the urgent need to ramp up implementation of UN sanctions on its nuclear and missile programs and its economic activities.
    (AP, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, Trump Media and Technology Group and Digital World Acquisition Corp, a Special Purpose Acquisition Vehicle, said they would merge to create a new social media app called TRUTH Social. Trump's company said it plans a beta launch next month and a full roll-out in the first quarter of 2022.
    (Reuters, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 20, US federal health officials said more than 650 people in 37 states have been sickened in a salmonella outbreak linked to imported onions.
    (NY Times, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, The US Food and Drug Administration authorized booster doses. The FDA cleared Moderna, J&J COVID-19 boosters, backed use of different vaccine for boost, and said Americans can choose a different shot from their original inoculation.
    (Reuters, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 20, The US Commerce Department announced new rules intended to curb the sale of offensive cybersecurity products to some countries with "authoritarian" practices.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021         Oct 20, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 45,148,142 with the death toll at 728,470.
    (sfist.com, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 20, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a Hungarian American psychologist, died at his home in Claremont, Calif. He showed how everyone from artists to assembly-line workers can be transported to a state of focused contentment by getting caught in the “flow," a term he coined and later popularized.
    (NY Times, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 20, The body of Brian Laundrie (23) was found in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in Sarasota County, Fla. The FBI said he had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A notebook found nearby included a written confession of his killing fiancee Gabrielle Petito (22). Her remains were found Sept. 19 in a camping area in Wyoming.
    (SSFC, 1/23/22, p.A11)
2021        Oct 20, Bitcoin rallied to a record, topping $66,000 for the first time, amid a wave of excitement about how the financial establishment is increasingly accepting the digital currency's rise.
    (AP, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said it will spend $120 million to boost access to generic versions of drugmaker Merck’s antiviral COVID-19 pill for lower income countries, if the drug gets approved by regulators.
    (AP, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, Shares of Novavax Inc fell 16% after a report from Politico said the company faces significant hurdles in proving it can manufacture its experimental COVID-19 vaccine that meets regulators' quality standards, resulting in production delays.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, In Florida accused shooter Nikolas Cruz (23) pleaded guilty to 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the deadliest ever at a US high school.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered all city employees to show proof of inoculation against COVID-19 or be placed on unpaid leave, drawing criticism from a police union which vowed to fight the mandate in court.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, A report from the Climate Council said Australia ranks dead last among comparable nations in addressing the climate challenge at its source — by cutting emissions.
    (AP, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, Benin's parliament voted to legalize abortion in most circumstances, becoming one of only a handful of African countries to do so.
    (Reuters, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 20, Barbados elected Sandra Mason (72) as its first-ever president to replace Britain's Queen Elizabeth as head of state in a decisive step toward shedding the Caribbean island's colonial past.
    (Reuters, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 20, It was reported that the giant Itaipu hydroelectric power plant, wedged between Brazil and Paraguay on the Parana River, is facing an energy crunch amid record low river and rainfall levels that experts say could last into next year.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, Britain and New Zealand reached agreement in principle on a free trade deal designed to reduce tariffs, improve services trade, and take London one step closer to membership in a broader trans-Pacific trade agreement.
    (Reuters, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 20, Britain's competition regulator said it has fined Facebook 50.5 million pounds ($69.4 million) for breaching an order imposed during its investigation into the US social media giant's purchase of GIF platform Giphy.
    (AP, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, British lender Lloyds Banking Group said it will close a further 48 branches across England and Wales, as it seeks to further cut costs by trimming its physical network.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, It was reported that the AY.4.2 variant of the delta virus now accounts for about 8% of sequenced coronavirus cases in Britain.
    (SFC, 10/20/21, p.C2)
2021        Oct 20, Britain's competition watchdog fined Facebook $69.4 million for violating rules during the UK investigation into the social media giant's purchase of the GIF-sharing platform.
    (SFC, 10/21/21, p.C2)
2021        Oct 20, Britain reported 49,139 new COVID-19 cases and 179 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test. The number of new cases has been rising rapidly, with infections in the last seven days up 17% compared to the week before.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, It was reported that Bulgaria, where only a quarter of the population has taken a first dose of vaccine, banned access to indoor public spaces this week for anyone who cannot show proof of vaccination, a negative test or recovery from a recent infection.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, Statistics Canada data showed inflation increased to 4.4% in September, beating the average analyst estimate of 4.3%, to reach its fastest clip since February 2003.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, Canada's House of Commons said it will require all 338 lawmakers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 when they return to work next month, potentially locking out some members of parliament from the official opposition Conservatives.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, China reported a fourth day of new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in a handful of cities across the country, prompting alarmed local governments to double down on efforts to track potential carriers amid the country's zero-tolerance policy. A total of 17 new local cases were reported for Oct. 19, up from nine a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, Colombia's Congress approved the 350.4 trillion peso ($93 billion) spending package proposed by the government for its 2022 budget, the second consecutive year it has approved a record sum.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, In eastern CongoDRC at least 16 people were killed and several others kidnapped by rebels near Beni. Ugandan-based ADF rebels were blamed. The Islamic State later claimed responsibility for the attack.
    (AP, 10/21/21)(Reuters, 10/23/21)
2021        Oct 20, The presidents of Costa Rica, Panama and the Dominican Republic asked for US assistance in stemming the flow of thousands of migrants crossing the dangerous jungles that divide Panama and Colombia as they make their way to the United States.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, The Czech government said it will force restaurants to check patrons' COVID-19 status, among other measures it decided today, to stem a spike in infections that is the highest since April.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, In Egypt at least 17 people were killed when a truck and a microbus collided on the Ring Road in Greater Cairo.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, El Salvador's congress voted to uphold the country's complete abortion ban, ruling against terminations even in exceptional circumstances. Forty women were currently serving prison terms of 10 to 30 years for convictions related to abortions.
    (SFC, 10/21/21, p.A4)
2021        Oct 20, Ethiopian government air strikes hit the capital of the northern Tigray region, the third such attack this week in a stepped up a campaign to weaken rebellious Tigrayan forces.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, Indian officials said floods unleashed by days of unseasonal heavy rain have wrecked crops, blocked roads and washed away bridges in northern India, killing at least 46 people, as they mounted rescue efforts for those stranded.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, COGAT, the Israeli defense body in charge of Palestinian civilian affairs, said an additional 3,000 Gazans will be allowed into Israel to work, bringing the total of recently announced new permits to 10,000.
    (AP, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, In Japan the Mount Aso volcano erupted on the main southern island of Kyushu, blasting ash several miles into the sky and prompting officials to warn against the threat of lava flows and falling rocks, but there were no reports of injuries or casualties.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, PM Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said Kuwait has lifted all COVID-19 restrictions for vaccinated people.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, Lebanon’s government raised the price of fuel by about 25%, effectively removing all subsidies on fuel products and pricing them at market rate amid a worsening economic crisis.
    (AP, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, In southern Mexico two foreign tourists were killed in the apparent crossfire of a drug cartel shootout in Tulum, Quintana Roo state. Three other tourists were wounded.
    (SSFC, 10/24/21, p.A4)
2021        Oct 20, Norwegian robotics firm AutoStore said it had priced its initial public offering (IPO) at 31 Norwegian crowns per share, the top of its target range, valuing the company at 103.5 billion crowns ($12.4 billion).
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, President Vladimir Putin ordered most Russians to stay off work for a week later this month amid rising COVID-19 infections and deaths, and he strongly urged reluctant citizens to get vaccinated.
    (AP, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was awarded the European Parliament's annual human rights prize for his efforts to challenge President Vladimir Putin's grip on power.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, Senegal said it recorded zero new COVID-19 cases today for the first time since the pandemic began. The health ministry has registered 73,875 cases and 1,873 deaths since the outbreak began.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, Serbia introduced COVID-19 passes for indoor venues late at night following weeks of surging infections and relatively low vaccination rates.
    (AP, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, Singapore's health ministry recorded 18 new deaths due to COVID-19, the highest since the beginning of the pandemic, while it reported 3,862 cases of the disease.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, Spain's High Court agreed to extradite former Venezuelan spymaster Hugo Carvajal to the United States, where he faces drug trafficking charges, after he was denied asylum in Spain.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, In Syria a blast on an army bus in Damascus killed 14 people. This was quickly followed by army shelling in rebel-held Idlib which rescue workers said killed 12 people. In an apparent third incident a blast during maintenance at a Syrian army ammunition depot killed five people and injured four on the road between the cities of Homs and Hama.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)
2021        Oct 20, Syria executed 24 people after convicting them on terrorism charges for igniting last year’s devastating wildfires, leaving three people dead and burning thousands of hectares of forests.
    (AP, 10/21/21)

2021        Oct 21, Human Rights Watch said US asylum officers have documented dozens of incidents since 2016 of migrants alleging US border agents physically abused them after they were apprehended at the US-Mexico border.
    (Reuters, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 21, Tom Morey, inventor of the surfing Boogie Board (1971), died in Laguna Hills, Ca.
    (https://tinyurl.com/4pe46k5v)
2021        Oct 21, Edward O. Wilson (92), Harvard naturalist hailed as the Darwin of the 21st century, said humankind is not too polarized to save the planet. He has called for setting aside half the planet as a nature preserve says the slope of human history will always be downward unless there is global cooperation to save existing species.
    (Reuters, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 21, Prof. Quandra Prettyman (88) died at her home in Manhattan. She had developed some of the country’s first courses in Black women’s literature as the first Black full-time faculty member at Barnard College.
    (NY Times, 11/12/21)
2021        Oct 21, A Minnesota judge sentenced former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor to 57 months in prison, the maximum penalty possible, for fatally shooting an Australian woman after she called police to report a possible sexual assault in 2017.
    (Reuters, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 21, In New Mexico Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer and wounded a director when he discharged a prop gun on set during filming of movie "Rust." Baldwin (63) was handed what was described as a safe "cold gun" on the set of his movie "Rust", but the gun contained live rounds when it was fired.
    (Reuters, 10/22/21)
2021        Oct 21, WeWork became a publicly traded company after a spectacular collapse during its first attempt to do so two years ago. Shares at the opening rose almost 9%, to $11.27 each.
    (AP, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 21, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan were among 11 countries singled out by US intelligence agencies as being "highly vulnerable" in terms of their ability to prepare for and respond to environmental and societal crises caused by climate change.
    (Reuters, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 21, Austria, Britain, France, Italy, Spain and the United States said they have reached an agreement on the transition from national digital services taxes contested by Washington to a new global tax deal.
    (Reuters, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 21, Britain reported 52,009 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily amount since July 17, and 115 deaths within 28 days of a positive test. PM Boris Johnson Britain is sticking with its current plan for managing COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 21, China reported 13 new domestically transmitted cases for Oct. 20, bringing the total number since Oct. 16 to 42. The latest cluster, involving mostly northern and northwestern China, has reached the capital, Beijing, and the neighboring Hebei province.
    (Reuters, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 21, In eastern CongoDRC at least 16 people were killed and several others kidnapped by rebels near Beni. Ugandan-based ADF rebels were blamed.
    (AP, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 21, It was reported that mobile operators in the southern African kingdom of Eswatini, formerly Swaziland, have been told to suspend access to Facebook and its messenger app, after protests against King Mswati III (53) flared up. Southern African nations have sent envoys to Eswatini to engage with King Mswati III about the political and civil unrest.
    (Reuters, 10/21/21)(AP, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 21, Ethiopia carried out an air strike on the city of Mekelle for the third day this week, in a campaign to weaken rebellious Tigrayan forces they have been fighting for nearly a year.
    (Reuters, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 21, In France the world’s biggest triceratops skeleton, known as “Big John," was sold for 6.6 million euros ($7.7 million) at a Paris auction house. The skeleton, estimated to be over 66 million years old, was found in 2014 in South Dakota.
    (AP, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 21, India celebrated the milestone of administering 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses, with the government promoting the achievement in song and video even as a recent drop in inoculations worries healthcare providers.
    (Reuters, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 21, It was reported that more than 150 people have died in flooding across India and Nepal in recent days, as heavy late monsoon rains triggered flash floods, destroyed homes, crops and infrastructure and left thousands stranded. The death toll in Nepal passed 100. in India at least 88 died people were killed.
    (Reuters, 10/21/21)(SFC, 10/23/21, p.A3)
2021        Oct 21, In Iran Ruhollah Parazideh (38) died two days after he poured gasoline over himself, and put a lit match to his neck outside the local office of the Foundation for Martyrs and War-Disabled People in Yasuj. The father of three had pleaded for job assistance.
    (AP, 11/4/21)
2021        Oct 21, NATO defence ministers agreed a new master plan to defend against any potential Russian attack on multiple fronts, reaffirming the alliance's core goal of deterring Moscow despite a growing focus on China.
    (Reuters, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 21, The Dutch government's forensic lab said it had decrypted electric carmaker Tesla Inc's closely guarded driving data-storage system, uncovering a wealth of information that could be used to investigate serious accidents.
    (Reuters, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 21, Niger said six members of its national guard have been killed and several others left injured and missing after an armed attack on a convoy in the country's western Tillaberi region.
    (AP, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 21, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said Poland will not bow to European Union "blackmail" but will seek to solve ongoing disputes, as he arrived to defend his nation before a meeting of fellow leaders in an escalating ideological battle.
    (Reuters, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 21, In Poland four people were killed and 18 injured in a storm that battered the country with hurricane-force winds late today, damaging properties and felling trees across western and central areas of the country.
    (Reuters, 10/22/21)
2021        Oct 21, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said Moscow will reintroduce COVID-19 lockdown measures from Oct. 28, with supermarkets and pharmacies the only shops allowed to stay open in an effort to cut soaring infections and deaths.
    (Reuters, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 21, South Africa's biggest metalworkers union said that it had accepted a three-year wage offer in the steel and engineering sector, paving the way for a strike to end.
    (Reuters, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 21, South Korea's first domestically built space rocket blasted off, but failed to fully place a dummy satellite into orbit, delivering mixed results for a test launch that represents a major leap for the country's ambitious space plans.
    (Reuters, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 21, In Sudan thousands of people took to the streets of Khartoum demanding a fully civilian government.
    (AP, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 21, Sweden said it has extended the pause of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 30 and younger due to rare heart-related side effects.
    (Reuters, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 21, Turkey's state broadcaster TRT News reported that six suspects, including four Russians, have been jailed pending trial over an alleged plot against Chechen dissidents in Turkey.
    (AP, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 21, In Ukraine coronavirus infections and deaths surged to all-time highs amid a laggard pace of vaccination, with overall inoculations among the lowest in Europe. Authorities reported 22,415 new confirmed infections and 546 deaths in the past 24 hours. Only about 15% of the population is fully vaccinated.
    (AP, 10/21/21)
2021        Oct 21, United Nations human rights experts urged Pakistan to release Stephen Masih, a Christian man, who was detained two years ago for insulting Islam's Prophet Muhammad and is believed to be mentally ill.
    (AP, 10/21/21)

2021        Oct 22, The US budget deficit totaled $2.77 trillion for 2021, the 2nd highest on record but an improvement from the all-time high of $3.13 trillion reached in 2020.
    (SFC, 10/23/21, p.A5)
2021        Oct 22, The US State Department announced a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of Colombian businessman Alvaro Pulido over money laundering charges in connection with an alleged Venezuela bribery scheme.
    (Reuters, 10/22/21)
2021        Oct 22, The US military killed Abdul Hamid al-Matar, a senior al-Qaida leader, in an airstrike in northwest Syria.
    (SFC, 10/23/21, p.A3)
2021        Oct 22, Lev Parnas, a onetime associate of Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, was found guilty in NYC of violating US campaign finance laws during the 2018 elections.
    (Reuters, 10/22/21)
2021        Oct 22, The US military reportedly killed Abdul Hamid al-Matar, a senior al-Qaida leader, in a drone strike in northwest Syria.
    (AP, 10/22/21)
2021        Oct 22, In northern California the sale of the 50,500-acre N3 Ranch in Livermore was finalized. Danville entrepreneur Bill Brown, the founder and board chairman of Walnut Creek wholesaler Central Garden and Pet. Co. acquired the property, which had been listed for $68 million. The property is covered by the 1965 Williamson Act, which gives owners a property tax break in exchange for preserving an area as farmland and open space.
    (SFC, 10/25/21, p.C3)
2021        Oct 22, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued an executive order requiring workers in licensed day care centers to be vaccinated by Dec. 3 or undergo weekly testing.
    (https://www.illinois.gov/news/press-release.24044.html)
2021        Oct 22, Environmental activists staged protests across several continents to press their demands for more government action to curb global warming ahead of the UN climate summit in Glasgow.
    (SFC, 10/23/21, p.A3)
2021        Oct 22, In Bangladesh at least six people were killed in an attack at a Rohingya camp in the Cox Bazar's Ukhiya area.
    (Reuters, 10/22/21)
2021        Oct 22, China said there is "no room" for compromise or concessions over the issue of Taiwan.
    (SFC, 10/23/21, p.A2)
2021        Oct 22, Colombia's police chief said Jamaica will extradite a former Colombian military member implicated in the assassination of former Haiti President Jovenel Moise to Port-au-Prince.
    (Reuters, 10/22/21)
2021        Oct 22, Nurses in Eswatini were refusing to treat police officers as they accuse them of shooting colleagues during a pro-democracy rally on Oct. 20.
    (BBC, 10/22/21)
2021        Oct 22, In India movie theaters in Mumbai reopened after more than 18 months of closure. Entry required COVID-19 certificates or "safe status" on a state-run health app.
    (SFC, 10/23/21, p.A4)
2021        Oct 22, Israel designated six Palestinian civil society groups as terrorist organizations and accused them of funneling donor aid to militants, a move that drew criticism from the United Nations and human rights watchdogs.
    (Reuters, 10/22/21)
2021        Oct 22, In Paraguay Bernard Raymond von Bredow, a museum owner and luthier, was found slain along with his daughter (14) at their home in Aregua. Police in November arrested two Germans and a Chilean suspected in the killing. Police said they were trying to get documents proving the authenticity of valuable violins.
    (https://tinyurl.com/ycknd4hy)(SFC, 11/11/21, p.A4)
2021        Oct 22, Russia reported a fourth straight daily record of COVID-19 deaths, with still a week to go before the start of a nationwide workplace shutdown ordered by President Vladimir Putin to try to curb a rise in infections. The government  coronavirus task force reported 37,141 new infections and 1,064 deaths in the last 245 hours.
    (Reuters, 10/22/21)(SFC, 10/23/21, p.A4)
2021        Oct 22, Tunisia imposed COVID-19 vaccine passes on Tunisians and all foreign visitors.
    (Reuters, 10/22/21)
2021        Oct 22, Ukraine shut schools in coronavirus hotspots and announced a requirement for vaccine certificates or negative tests to access public transport in the capital, after COVID-19 deaths hit a record high.
    (Reuters, 10/22/21)

2021         Oct 23, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 45,408,150 with the death toll at 735,416.
    (sfist.com, 10/24/21)
2021        Oct 23, In Nevada eleven Pablo Picasso artworks sold for a combined $109 million in a Las Vegas auction coinciding with the artist's 140th birthday.
    (SFC, 10/25/21, p.A4)
2021        Oct 23, In Texas a driver lost control during a drag racing event at the Kerrville-Kerr County Airport and slammed into a crowd of spectators, killing two children and injuring eight other people.
    (AP, 10/24/21)
2021        Oct 23, The top decision-making body of the Chinese parliament said it will roll out a pilot real estate tax in some regions.
    (Reuters, 10/23/21)
2021        Oct 23, China passed a law to strengthen border protection amid a protracted standoff with India, worries about spillover effects from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan and the spread of COVID-19 from Southeast Asia.
    (Reuters, 10/24/21)
2021        Oct 23, The official Xinhua news agency said China has passed an education law that seeks to cut the "twin pressures" of homework and off-site tutoring in core subjects.
    (Reuters, 10/23/21)
2021        Oct 23,  China reported 26 new coronavirus cases concentrated in the northern provinces and linked to domestic vacation travel.
    (SFC, 10/25/21, p.A6)
2021        Oct 23, Dairo Antonio Usuga, known as Otoniel, was caught by Colombia's armed forces during an operation in a rural area of the Uraba region, Antioquia province. Otoniel had reportedly trafficked between 180 tons and 200 tons of cocaine a year with the Clan del Golfo, and was responsible for the deaths of more than 200 members of Colombia's security forces.
    (Reuters, 10/24/21)
2021        Oct 23, Croatia reported a surge in daily new coronavirus cases and Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic urged citizens to get vaccinated. 50% of the population have received shots.
    (SSFC, 10/24/21, p.A7)
2021        Oct 23, Ecuador's SNAI prison authority said it has found the bodies of seven prisoners in the same jail where violence between gangs lead to the deaths of 119 inmates last month.
    (Reuters, 10/23/21)
2021        Oct 23, In Pakistan thousands of supporters of Saad Rizvi, head of the banned Tehreek-e-Labiak Pakistan party, departed Lahore for Islamabad to pressure the government to release Rizvi, who was arrested last year. The supporters clashed with police for a 2nd straight day.
    (SSFC, 10/24/21, p.A6)
2021        Oct 23, Saudi Arabia pledged to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2060, deepened its 2030 targets and joined an international coalition seeking to cut emissions of the potent planet-warming gas methane by 30% in nine years.
    (Axios, 10/23/21)
2021        Oct 23, Serbia introduced a limited COVID-19 pass requirement.
    (SSFC, 10/24/21, p.A7)
2021        Oct 23, It was reported that Spain's government will reimburse all Spanish citizens who paid fines during a nearly 3-month state of emergency last year. Police had meted out some 1.1 million fines to citizens who defied a stay-at-home order and other restrictions.
    (SFC, 10/25/21, p.A6)
2021        Oct 23, Slovenia said its number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has reached a nine-month high.
    (SSFC, 10/24/21, p.A7)
2021        Oct 23, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he had ordered the foreign ministry to declare 10 ambassadors from Western countries 'persona non grata' for calling for the release of philanthropist Osman Kavala.
    (Reuters, 10/23/21)
2021        Oct 23, In Uganda a bomb packed with nails and shrapnel killed at least one person in a pork restaurant on the outskirts of Kampala.
    (Reuters, 10/24/21)

2021         Oct 24, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 45,428,030 with the death toll at 735,799.
    (sfist.com, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 24, A powerful storm drenched wildfire-scarred Northern California, triggering mudslides and flooding, while heavy winds toppled utility poles and downed trees in what meteorologists called a "bomb cyclone".
    (Reuters, 10/24/21)
2021        Oct 24, James Michael Tyler (59), who played the deadpan, smitten barista Gunther on the TV show “Friends," died at his home in Los Angeles.
    (NY Times, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 24, San Francisco recorded 4.02 inches of rain, its wettest day ever for October.
    (SFC, 10/26/21, p.C3)
2021        Oct 24, Microsoft said in a blog post that the Russian-based agency behind last year's massive SolarWinds cyberattack has targeted hundreds more companies and organizations in its latest wave of attacks on US-based computer systems.
    (Reuters, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 24, The Chaman border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan was briefly opened to let people with urgent medical needs into Pakistan. The crossing, a vital source of customs revenue for the cash-strapped government in Afghanistan, has been closed for about three weeks, despite repeated protests by truckers and others stuck waiting at the border.
    (Reuters, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 24, Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of UK charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been detained for more than five years in Iran, began a hunger strike again after a court decided she has to spend another year in prison. His effort was to pressure PM Boris Johnson to secure the release of his wife and other detained dual British-Iranian nationals.
    (AP, 10/24/21)
2021        Oct 24, Pakistan resoundingly beat India at the Twenty20 World Cup, for its first cricket win against its bigger neighbor in such a match, triggering celebrations at home and in Muslim-majority Kashmir. Three Kashmiri students were arrested on Oct. 27 for hailing the victory. Authorities said six people had been detained in adjoining Jammu, where social media posts showed more than two dozen people celebrating after India's loss.
    (Reuters, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 24, The UN children's agency UNICEF said fuel shortages in Haiti are putting the lives of hundreds of women and children at risk as hospitals run low on supplies for electricity.
    (Reuters, 10/24/21)
2021        Oct 24, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev was re-elected for a second five-year term, winning 80.1% of the vote in a poll which Western observers said was not truly competitive despite improvements brought by recent reforms.
    (Reuters, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 24, The MV Southys, a Vietnamese oil tanker, was seized at gunpoint by Iranian soldiers in the Gulf of Oman. Analysts later suspected it was trying to transfer sanctioned Iranian crude oil to Asia. The tanker was reported free on Nov. 10 after the Revolutionary Guard had drained the Iranian oil from it, under a court order.
    (AP, 11/4/21)(AP, 11/10/21)

2021        Oct 25, The Biden administration said it will invest $70 million to boost the availability and lower costs of rapid, over-the-counter COVID-19 tests in the United States, as it looks to ease a nationwide shortage that drove up testing costs.
    (Reuters, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 25, US President Joe Biden signed an order imposing new vaccine requirements for most foreign national air travelers and lifting severe travel restrictions on China, India and much of Europe effective Nov. 8.
    (Reuters, 10/25/21)
2021         Oct 25, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 45,470,130 with the death toll at 736,305.
    (sfist.com, 10/26/21)
2021        Oct 25, In Idaho two people were killed and five injured during a shooting at a mall in Boise this afternoon in which the assailant traded gunfire with the police. Suspect Jacob Bergquist (27) was taken into custody in critical condition and died the next day.
    (NY Times, 10/25/21)(Reuters, 10/27/21)(SFC, 10/27/21, p.A4)
2021        Oct 25, Authorities in Cook County said they have identified another victim of John Wayne Gacy, the serial killer who terrorized Chicago in the 1970s, murdering dozens of young men and burying their bodies at his suburban home. The latest identification is Francis Wayne Alexander, a native of North Carolina who was living in Chicago at the time of his death.
    (NY Times, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 25, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a bill banning transgender girls from participating in female sports at public schools, due to take effect on Jan. 18.
    (Reuters, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 25, Hertz said that it would convert more than 20 percent of its rental fleet to Tesla’s electric cars by the end of next year, an announcement that helped propel Tesla’s stock value beyond $1 trillion for the first time. Hertz said it will buy 100,000 electric vehicles from Tesla.
    (NY Times, 10/25/21)(SFC, 10/26/21, p.C2)
2021        Oct 25, US tech giant Google said it has paid Russia more than 32 million rubles ($455,079) in fines for failing to delete content Moscow deems illegal.
    (Reuters, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 25, Mastercard Inc said it would allow partners on its network to enable their consumers to buy, sell and hold cryptocurrency using a digital wallet, as well as reward them with digital currencies under loyalty programs.
    (Reuters, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 25, Moderna that a low dose of its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and appears to work in 6- to 11-year-olds, as the manufacturer moves toward expanding shots to children.
    (AP, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 25, Australia’s PM Scott Morrison announced that a fifth National's party minister will join his Cabinet as part of deal to cement the junior coalition partner's support for a national target of zero net carbon emissions by 2050.
    (AP, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 25, Senior officials from Canada and Germany who were tasked with breaking a deadlock in negotiations ahead of next week's summit announced that current data shows the goal won't be reached until 2023 — three years later than agreed.
    (AP, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 25, President Xi Jinping vowed that China would always uphold world peace and international rules, amid concerns expressed by the United States and other countries over its increasing assertiveness globally.
    (Reuters, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 25, Tougher Covid-19 restrictions came into force in Romania and the Czech Republic, while in Slovakia stricter rules were expanded to more regions. In Bulgaria, police began imposing fines on people who break restrictions.
    (Reuters, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 25, Egypt’s president said he will not extend the state of emergency that had been imposed across the country for more than four years.
    (AP, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 25, Estonia reported 1,787 new coronavirus cases, equal to its March pandemic peak. Proof of vaccination or having recovered from COVID-19 was now required for obtaining a coronavirus certificate to attend public events.
    (SFC, 10/26/21, p.A4)
2021        Oct 25, Hong Kong activist Ma Chun-man (31), dubbed "Captain America 2.0" for wielding the superhero's shield during protests, was found guilty of incitement to secession, the second person convicted under a China-imposed national security law in a crackdown on dissent.
    (Reuters, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 25, Amnesty International said it would close its Hong Kong offices because a China-imposed security law had now made it "effectively impossible" for rights groups to work freely without the risk of reprisals.
    (Reuters, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 25, The Bank of Japan said Japan and China have extended a currency swap arrangement, signed in 2018, for three years to October 2024, as part of efforts to ensure financial system stability.
    (Reuters, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 25, The eye of Hurricane Rick came ashore on Mexico's Pacific coast early today lashing the region with 100 mile-per-hour (MPH) winds and heavy rains that could trigger flash flooding and mudslides.
    (Reuters, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 25, New Zealand reported 109 new locally acquired coronavirus cases, the bulk of them in its largest city, Auckland, as the country saw its second-worst day of daily infections since the pandemic began.
    (Reuters, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 25, In northern Nigeria armed men on motorbikes killed at least 18 people at a mosque in Niger state.
    (Reuters, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 25, Poland said it is increasing the number of troops on its border with Belarus to around 10,000, as the country tries to stem a surge in migration which it blames on Minsk.
    (Reuters, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 25, Russia reported 37,930 new COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, its highest single-day case tally since the start of the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 25, A senior ASWJ official said fighting in Somalia's Galmudug state between the Somali army and its former ally, the Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama'a militia, has killed 120 people over the past three days. The fighting has displaced at least 100,000 people.
    (Reuters, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 25, Sudan’s top generals seized power, arresting the prime minister, imposing a state of emergency and opening fire on protesters. Sudan's ruling council head Abdel Fattah al-Burhan announced a state of emergency across the country.
    (NY Times, 10/25/21)(Reuters, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 25, Switzerland-based Novartis said its canakinumab drug had failed in another trial, missing targets to improve overall survival rates for lung cancer patients and prevent the progression-free survival of people with the condition.
    (Reuters, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 25, An official in the Syrian foreign ministry said Israel had attacked the southern region early today.
    (Reuters, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 25, The United Nations said greenhouse gas concentrations hit a record last year and the world is "way off track" on capping rising temperatures, showing the task facing climate talks in Glasgow aimed at averting dangerous levels of warming.
    (Reuters, 10/25/21)
2021        Oct 25, A UN investigator reported that Iran so far this year has carried out 230 executions that included nine women and one child who was executed in secret.
    (AP, 10/25/21)

2021        Oct 26, The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved an order to expel a unit of China Telecom Ltd., one of China's three major state carriers, from the American market as a national security threat amid rising tensions with Beijing.
    (SFC, 10/28/21, p.C2)
2021        Oct 26, The US Justice Dept. said law enforcement officials in the US and Europe have arrested 150 people and seized more than $31 million in an international drug trafficking investigation stemming from sales on the darknet.
    (SFC, 10/27/21, p.A5)
2021         Oct 26, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 45,553,214 with the death toll at 737,779.
    (sfist.com, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 26, Comedian Mort Sahl (94) died at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. He confronted Eisenhower-era cultural complacency with acid stage monologues, delivering biting social commentary in the guise of a stand-up comedian and thus changing the nature of both stand-up comedy and social commentary.
    (NY Times, 10/26/21)
2021        Oct 26, The North Dakota Department of Health switched off comments on its social media accounts, saying it was doing so to combat the spread of misinformation.
    (SFC, 10/27/21, p.A5)
2021        Oct 26, It was reported that Philadelphia will spend $14 million to equip all of its officers with stun guns, train them on how to use them and require officers to wear them while on duty.
    (AP, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 26, It was reported that Becton Dickinson and Co has partnered with Amazon.com Inc to begin shipment of a new at-home rapid COVID-19 test that can confirm results using an entirely automated smartphone app.
    (Reuters, 10/26/21)
2021        Oct 26, Raytheon Technologies' top boss warned the US aerospace and defense firm will lose 'several thousand' employees who refused to take COVID-19 vaccines, as it prepares to meet the Biden administrations Jan. 1 deadline for immunization. The company has a total of 125,000 US employees.
    (AP, 10/26/21)
2021        Oct 26, Belgium reimposed mask restrictions that it relaxed a few weeks ago and expanded a nationwide use of the COVID-19 pass as deaths reached an average of 13 per day.
    (SFC, 10/27/21, p.A5)
2021        Oct 26, A Brazilian Senate investigative committee approved a report that calls for President Jair Bolsonaro to be indicted for nine crimes related to his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, including crimes against humanity. The panel also recommended charges against 77 other people.
    (Reuters, 10/26/21)(SFC, 10/29/21, p.A5)
2021        Oct 26, Official data showed that full-time earnings in Britain rose by the most since 2008 in April, up by 4.3% from a year earlier, although the government's furlough scheme and other distortions related to COVID-19 probably pushed up growth.
    (Reuters, 10/26/21)
2021        Oct 26, A jump in the number of people in China infected with bird flu this year is raising concern among experts, who say a previously circulating strain appears to have changed and may be more infectious to people. China has reported 21 human infections with the H5N6 subtype of avian influenza in 2021.
    (Reuters, 10/26/21)
2021        Oct 26, Colombia said some 42,600 hectares (105,267 acres) of rainforest were destroyed in its Amazon region across three of the country's provinces in the first half of 2021. The figure represents a 34% decrease in deforestation across the provinces.
    (Reuters, 10/26/21)
2021        Oct 26, In Ecuador thousands of demonstrators protested against the economic policies of conservative President Guillermo Lasso, days after he raised gasoline prices, blocking roads in some parts of the country.
    (Reuters, 10/26/21)
2021        Oct 26, India's health minister said that a government panel of experts was looking into a Delta coronavirus subvariant, AY.4.2, that has been detected in the United Kingdom.
    (Reuters, 10/26/21)
2021        Oct 26, Iran said a cyberattack has disrupted the sale of heavily subsidized gasoline, causing long lines at gas stations across the country weeks before the anniversary of 2019 street protests that followed fuel price hikes.
    (Reuters, 10/26/21)
2021        Oct 26, In Iraq Islamic State gunmen attacked a village in Diyala province, killing at least 11 civilians and wounding six others.
    (AP, 10/26/21)
2021        Oct 26, Japanese Princess Mako quietly married a commoner without traditional wedding celebrations.
    (AP, 10/26/21)
2021        Oct 26, In Japan startup A.L.I. Technologies, backed by soccer player Keisuke Honda, put their 77.7 million yen ($680,000) hoverbike on sale. It promised to fly for 40 minutes at up to 100 kph (62 mph).
    (Reuters, 10/26/21)
2021        Oct 26, King Abdullah II of Jordan visited Poland for talks with President Andrzej Duda on security issues and further defense cooperation.
    (AP, 10/26/21)
2021        Oct 26, A Dutch appeals court ruled that a collection of ancient Crimean gold artefacts, claimed both by Ukraine and by museums in the Russian-annexed peninsula, should be returned to the Ukrainian state.
    (Reuters, 10/26/21)
2021        Oct 26, Qatar's ruling emir warned the Gulf state against excessive tribalism he said endangered national unity, proposing a plan to promote equal citizenship through changes to legislation that has inflamed tribal sensitivities.
    (Reuters, 10/26/21)
2021        Oct 26, Russia ordered regional leaders to step up their fight against COVID-19 as the daily death toll hit a record for the sixth time in eight days.
    (Reuters, 10/26/21)
2021        Oct 26, A powerful cyclonic storm hit Sicily causing widespread flooding around the city of Catania, turning streets and squares into rivers and lakes, and causing at least two deaths.
    (Reuters, 10/26/21)
2021        Oct 26, South Korean former president Roh Tae-woo (88) died. The decorated war veteran played a pivotal but controversial role in the transition to democratic elections from rule by authoritarian leaders.
    (Reuters, 10/26/21)
2021        Oct 26, Sweden registered 9 new COVID-19 deaths since Oct. 22, pushing the death toll since the start of the pandemic past 15,000.
    (Reuters, 10/26/21)
2021        Oct 26, Switzerland said it was recommending COVID-19 booster shots for people over 65 but not for the general population.
    (Reuters, 10/26/21)
2021        Oct 26, Syria’s electricity ministry signed a $115 million contract with an Iranian company to rehabilitate a power station in a central province of the war-torn country.
    (AP, 10/26/21)
2021        Oct 26, Ukraine's health minister urged more citizens to get vaccinated as coronavirus deaths hit a daily record of 734, with hospitalizations up more than a fifth on the previous week.
    (Reuters, 10/26/21)
2021        Oct 26, A UN report said current commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions put the planet on track for an average 2.7 degrees Celsius temperature rise this century.
    (Reuters, 10/26/21)
    (AP, 10/26/21)

2021        Oct 27, The US State Department said it has issued its first passport with an “X" gender designation — a milestone in the recognition of the rights of people who do not identify as male or female — and expects to be able to offer the option to nonbinary, intersex and gender-nonconforming people early next year.
    (AP, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 27, US federal prosecutors said two sheriff's deputies in Maine accepted new cars and an ownership stake in an operation that illegally sold more than $13 million in pot grown for the state’s medical marijuana program.
    (AP, 10/28/21)
2021         Oct 27, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 45,638,297 with the death toll at 739,254. It was reported that new daily COVID-19 cases in the US has plunged 57% since peaking on Sept. 1.
    (sfist.com, 10/28/21)(SFC, 10/27/21, p.A1)
2021        Oct 27, A former nurse in East Texas was sentenced for killing four patients at a hospital in Tyler, Texas. William George Davis was found guilty of capital murder on October 19.
    (CBS News, 10/29/21)
2021        Oct 27, Merck said it has granted the Medicines Patent Pool, a United Nations-backed nonprofit, a royalty-free license for molnupiravir, its oral antiviral COVID-19 pill.
    (Axios, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 27, Uber Technologies Inc said it is launching a new partnership with rental car company Hertz to offer 50,000 Tesla Inc vehicles as a rental option to its ride-hail drivers by 2023.
    (Reuters, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 27, It was reported that Argentina’s Parana River, South America's second-largest river behind only the Amazon, has retreated this year to its lowest level since its record low in 1944, hit by cyclical droughts and dwindling rainfall upriver in Brazil.
    (Reuters, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 27, Australia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed during a summit to establish a comprehensive strategic partnership between them.
    (Reuters, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 27, Britain’s finance minister Rishi Sunak said stronger economic growth and lower borrowing would allow him to increase public spending as Britain emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, and he vowed to protect households from rising inflation.
    (Reuters, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 27, Bulgaria's tally of coronavirus infections rose by 6,813 in the past 24 hours, a record daily increase as the European Union's least vaccinated country grappled with a fourth wave of the pandemic. The virus killed 124 people in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 23,440.
    (Reuters, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 27, China insisted that Taiwan had no right to join the United Nations, after the United States ratcheted up tensions with a call for the democratic island to have greater involvement in the world body.
    (AFP, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 27, It was reported that vegetable prices are surging in China after heavy rain swamped crops this month, fuelling concern over food prices at a time when consumers must brace for a hike in energy costs in the run-up to winter.
    (Reuters, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 27, Ecuador's President Guillermo Lasso called for dialogue following a second day of demonstrations by indigenous and civil society groups against gasoline price rises, and said his government would keep security forces on highways to maintain order.
    (Reuters, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 27, The European Union's top court said it had ordered Poland to pay a penalty of 1 million euros ($1.16 million) per day for not suspending the disciplinary chamber of the Supreme Court.
    (Reuters, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 27, A severe fuel shortage was pushing Haiti to the brink of collapse because gangs, not the government, ruled about half of the nation’s capital.
    (NY Times, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 27, Hong Kong's legislature passed a new film censorship law to "safeguard national security", though critics say it will dampen creativity in its world famous movie industry and further reduce freedoms in the former British colony.
    (Reuters, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 27, India rejected calls to announce a net zero carbon emissions target and said it was more important for the world to lay out a pathway to reduce such emissions and avert a dangerous rise in global temperatures.
    (Reuters, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 27, India's antitrust watchdog raided the offices of Associated Alcohols & Breweries and Some Distilleries as part of an investigation into alleged price fixing in liquor products.
    (Reuters, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 27, Indonesia's 2019 decision to block internet access during periods of social unrest was lawful, its constitutional court ruled, in a move activists said sets a dangerous precedent for internet freedom in the world's third largest democracy.
    (Reuters, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 27, In Iran a lesbian woman, identified only as Sareh (28), was arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. She was held by authorities on charges of “supporting homosexuality" and human trafficking. She had been living in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region and was attempting to enter Turkey to seek asylum, but she had to cross through Iran.
    (https://6rang.org/english/3240/)
2021        Oct 27, An Israeli committee approved about 3,000 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, a day after the Biden administration issued its strongest condemnation yet of the proposed construction.
    (AP, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 27, Lao police seized a record haul of illicit drugs in the Golden Triangle region. The United Nations said was Asia's largest single drug bust ever.
    (Reuters, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 27, Thousands of mostly Central American migrants trekking across southern Mexico advanced only a short distance, with children and painfully blistered feet, the latest human caravan seeking to reach either Mexico City or the US border.
    (Reuters, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 27, In Myanmar midday bombings near a busy government office injured at least nine people in Mandalay, in what appeared to be the latest high-profile attack by militants opposed to the country’s military rulers.
    (AP, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 27, In Pakistan thousands of demonstrators from the banned Tehrik-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) Islamist group clashed with police, killing and wounding several people from both sides. Thousands of TLP activists have blocked Pakistan's busiest highway, demanding the release of their leader and the expulsion of France's ambassador over the publication by a satirical magazine of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad.
    (Reuters, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 27, Poland reported 8,361 daily COVID-19 cases and 133 deaths, with the number of new infections reaching the highest level since late April.
    (Reuters, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 27, Russia’s Pres. Vladimir Putin told Alexei Miller, the head of state-controlled gas giant Gazprom, to start pumping gas into the company's storage facilities in Austria and Germany after it fills domestic depots by Nov. 8. The EU depends on Russia for more than 40% of its gas imports.
    (AP, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 27, Russia hit another record for daily COVID-19 deaths as authorities across the country moved to keep most people off work in line with a Kremlin order aimed at stemming the spread.
    (AP, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 27, Saudi Arabia said it had licensed 44 international companies to set up regional headquarters in the capital Riyadh under the kingdom's push to become a regional commercial hub and vie for foreign capital and talent.
    (Reuters, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 27, Sudan’s state oil company workers and doctors said they were joining protests against the military coup that has derailed the country's planned transition to democracy. The World Bank halted disbursements for operations in Sudan in response to the military's seizure of power from a transitional government
    (Reuters, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 27, Sweden announced it will be offering a third vaccine shot to people 65 and over as well as to health care workers and nursing home staff.
    (AP, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 27, President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey had signed a memorandum of understanding under which it will receive loans worth $3.2 billion to help it meet clean energy goals set out in the Paris climate accord.
    (Reuters, 10/27/21)
2021        Oct 27, The UAE sent 12 Yemenis, initially detained at the Guantanamo Bay US military prison, to Yemen where they were expected to be released.
    (Reuters, 10/28/21)

2021        Oct 28, US President Joe Biden held an unusually long meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican as a debate raged back home about the Catholic president's support for abortion rights.
    (Reuters, 10/29/21)
2021        Oct 28, The US Justice Department detailed a series of policy changes aimed at rooting out repeat corporate misconduct and prioritizing individual prosecutions, signaling a shift to a tougher tone toward white collar crime.
    (Reuters, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 28, The US State Department said the Russian government last week approved US air carriers' requests for overflights. Some cargo and passenger airlines sought additional flights.
    (Reuters, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 28, The US Treasury sanctioned two top Lebanese contractors and a lawmaker close to the Hezbollah movement over alleged large-scale corruption that undermined the rule of law in Lebanon.
    (Reuters, 10/29/21)
2021        Oct 28, It was announced that the US Justice Department will pay $88 million, which includes $63 million for the families of the nine people killed and $25 million for five survivors who were inside a Black South Carolina church in 2015. A faulty background check allowed Dylann Roof to purchase the gun he used in the massacre.
    (AP, 10/28/21)
2021         Oct 28, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 45,785,675 with the death toll at 742,281.
    (sfist.com, 10/29/21)
2021        Oct 28, UCSF opened the Weill Neurosciences Building, the largest center for integrated neuroscience in the US, at its Mission Bay campus in San Francisco.
    (SFC, 10/28/21, p.C1)
2021        Oct 28, The state of Florida sued President Joe Biden's administration over its coronavirus vaccine mandate for federal contractors, opening yet another battleground between Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and the White House.
    (AP, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 28, In Louisiana the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal in Shreveport ruled that the state's largest health system cannot fire or otherwise discipline employees who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19 while the mandate's legality is being litigated in court.
    (SFC, 10/30/21, p.A4)
2021        Oct 28, Condemned Oklahoma prisoner John Grant (60) convulsed and vomited before dying from a cocktail of drugs as the state conducted its first execution in years despite questions about its lethal injection protocol.
    (Reuters, 10/29/21)
2021        Oct 28, It was reported that an estimated 30 million to 50 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine made early this year sits idle in Emergent BioSolutions Inc's plant in Baltimore awaiting a green light from US regulators to ship.
    (Reuters, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 28, Majid Khan (41), a suburban Baltimore high school graduate turned Al Qaeda courier, spoke to a US military jury for the first time and gave a detailed account of the brutal forced feedings, crude waterboarding and other physical and sexual abuse he endured during his 2003 to 2006 detention in the C.I.A.’s overseas prison network. Following the testimony a US military jury condemned torture by the CIA after 9/11, calling it “a stain on the moral fiber of America."
    (AP, 10/28/21)(NY Times, 10/31/21)
2021        Oct 28, Facebook changed its corporate name to Meta. It’s a reference to the “metaverse," a more immersive online world that may be Mark Zuckerberg’s escape hatch.
    (NY Times, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 28, Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE said they expect to deliver 50 million more doses of their COVID-19 vaccine to the US government by April-end, as the country prepares to vaccinate children.
    (Reuters, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 28, Salesforce announced $300 million in new climate-related commitments from the company and CEO Marc Benioff, along with his wife, Lynne.
    (SFC, 10/29/21, p.C1)
2021        Oct 28, The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said it has agreed with China to upgrade their relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership, a day after reaching a similar deal with Australia.
    (Reuters, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 28, Austria-based chipmaker AT&S said it sees the global chip shortage taking at least another year to stabilize and for production capacities to cover demand.
    (Reuters, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 28, A Supreme Court justice said Brazil's authorities will not tolerate the dissemination of fake news in next year's elections, after an electoral court acquitted far-right President Jair Bolsonaro of such a crime in the 2018 election.
    (Reuters, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 28, British teenager Danyal Hussein (19), who murdered two sisters in a London park in 2020 as part of a pact he believed he had made with demonic forces to kill women every six months in exchange for a future lottery win, was jailed for a minimum of 35 years.
    (Reuters, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 28, David Henderson (67), the businessman who organized the 2019 flight that crashed and killed pilot David Ibbotson and soccer player Emiliano Sala (28), was found guilty by the Cardiff Crown Court of endangering the safety of the aircraft. Ibbotson, who regularly flew for Henderson, did not hold a commercial pilot's license or a qualification to fly at night.
    (Reuters, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 28, In Bulgaria thousands of restaurant owners, chefs, waiters and bartenders took to the streets in cities across the country to protest a government decision to impose a mandatory COVID-19 health pass on all people seeking to enter indoor entertainment venues.
    (SFC, 10/29/21, p.A5)
2021        Oct 28, A Chinese central banker warned that online brokerages not licensed in China are acting illegally if they serve Chinese clients via the Internet, sending New York-listed shares of Futu Holdings Ltd and UP Fintech Holding sharply lower.
    (Reuters, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 28, The health authority in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong said that one case of a human being infected with the H5N6 strain of bird flu has been reported in the city of Dongguan. Experts considered the risk of transmission to be low at this stage.
    (Reuters, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 28, It was reported that Beijing city is demanding a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot for some key workers, making it the first key Chinese metropolis to publicly articulate a booster mandate, as the country combats a fresh outbreak caused by the Delta variant.
    (Reuters, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 28, Democratic Republic of Congo's environment minister said the country intends to ban all log exports and implement other measures to lessen threats to its carbon-absorbing tropical rainforest, a major bulwark against climate change.
    (Reuters, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 28, Cuba's National Assembly approved a raft of laws broadening citizens' legal rights even as the Communist-run country comes under fire at home and abroad for a crackdown on protests earlier this year.
    (Reuters, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 28, The World Bank said it has approved a $360 million development policy financing (DPF) loan to support Egypt's post-pandemic recovery.
    (Reuters, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 28, An Ethiopian air strike hit the capital of the northern region of Tigray, with Tigrayan forces saying it killed three civilians in their homes, while the government said the strike hit a factory where military equipment was stored.
    (Reuters, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 28, France detained a British fishing boat in French waters overnight. Britain warned Paris against further retaliation in a rapidly deteriorating row over post-Brexit fishing rights.
    (Reuters, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 28, French drugmaker Sanofi said the COVID-19 vaccine that it is developing with British partner GlaxoSmithKline will have a price tag of less than 10 euros.
    (Reuters, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 28, Germany's coronavirus caseload took its biggest jump in two weeks, with over 28,000 new infections, adding heft to worries about restrictions this winter.
    (Reuters, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 28, The Mexican army arrested five suspected drug smugglers in Culiacan and seized a record 260 pounds of the synthetic opioid fentanyl.
    (SSFC, 11/7/21, p.A4)
2021        Oct 28, It was reported that Myanmar security forces have killed more than 1,200 people since February, including at least 131 detainees tortured to death.
    (AP, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 28, Qatar launched a national climate change action plan aimed at achieving a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
    (Reuters, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 28, Moscow started a nonworking period intended to stem coronavirus infections as new daily cases and deaths from COVID-19 surged to all-time highs.
    (AP, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 28, Scotland’s University of Aberdeen handed over to a Nigerian delegation a Benin Bronze that was among thousands looted by British troops in 1897, the third European institution in two days to return cultural artefacts to their African homelands. Aberdeen had acquired the bronze head at an auction in 1957.
    (Reuters, 10/28/21)
2021        Oct 28, South Korea’s intelligence agency told a closed-door parliamentary hearing that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had issued orders calling for every grain of rice to be secured and all-out efforts devoted to farming.
    (Reuters, 10/29/21)
2021        Oct 28, In Yemen at least 11 civilians, including women and children, were killed when a ballistic missile launched by Houthi rebels struck their house in the central province of Marib.
    (AP, 10/29/21)

2021        Oct 29, The United States issued a fresh round of Iran-related sanctions targeting four individuals and two entities linked to Tehran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
    (Reuters, 10/29/21)
2021        Oct 29, The Biden administration made a renewed attempt to end a Trump-era immigration program that forced asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for US court hearings.
    (Reuters, 10/29/21)
2021         Oct 29, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 45,836,469 with the death toll at 743,565.
    (sfist.com, 10/30/21)
2021        Oct 29, It was reported that Merriam-Webster has added 455 new words to its venerable dictionary, including a number of abbreviations and slang terms that have become ubiquitous on social media.
    (AP, 10/29/21)
2021        Oct 29, US drugmaker AbbVie Inc raised its 2021 adjusted profit forecast for the third time this year and said it expects its newer drugs to recreate the success of its blockbuster treatment Humira over the next few years.
    (Reuters, 10/29/21)
2021        Oct 29, Apple Inc lost its crown as the world's most valuable public company to Microsoft Corp, as the iPhone maker's shares continued their downward slide.
    (Reuters, 10/29/21)
2021        Oct 29, The Belarusian interior ministry classified three of the country's most popular opposition social media channels as extremist organizations, meaning that people can face up to seven years in prison for subscribing to them.
    (Reuters, 10/29/21)
2021        Oct 29, It was reported that Belarus has forced the closure of the US Embassy’s Public Diplomacy and USAID offices as of Nov. 20 in a move that comes amid the tensions with the U.S. and its allies over Belarusian authorities' crackdown on protests.
    (AP, 10/29/21)
2021        Oct 29, Britain's Prince Andrew rejected Virginia Giuffre's accusations that he sexually abused her more than two decades ago when she was 17, and urged a US judge to dismiss her civil lawsuit.
    (Reuters, 10/29/21)
2021        Oct 29, Britain's Office for National Statistics said the prevalence of COVID-19 infections in England hit its highest level since the start of the year, reaching around 1 in 50 people in the week ending Oct. 22.
    (Reuters, 10/29/21)
2021        Oct 29, In northern Burkina Faso several people were missing after a convoy belonging to Canadian mining company Iamgold was attacked.
    (Reuters, 10/29/21)
2021        Oct 29, China published rules that require its globally systemically important banks to beef up capacity to absorb losses to head off financial instability.
    (Reuters, 10/29/21)
2021        Oct 29, China’s Inner Mongolia region said 2,428 visitors had been placed under observation at hotels in the cities of Baotou and Ordos. The region accounted for 19 of the 48 new cases of domestic COVID-19 transmission.
    (AP, 10/29/21)
2021        Oct 29, India-based Reliance Industries said its low-cost 4G smartphone, jointly developed by the group's Jio telecoms venture and Alphabet's Google, will launch in stores from this festive season of Diwali for 6,499 rupees ($87).
    (Reuters, 10/29/21)
2021        Oct 29, In India Puneeth Rajkumar (46), a dashing lead in films and a member of an illustrious movie family, died of a heart attack. Offices and shops in Bengaluru shut down and police were brought in to control swarming crowds of fans in anticipation of violence after the popular actor’s death.
    (Reuters, 10/29/21)
2021        Oct 29, In Indonesia Heather Mack, an American woman jailed in 2015 with her boyfriend for murdering her mother and stuffing the remains in a suitcase on the Indonesian island of Bali, was released from prison after serving a chunk of her 10-year sentence. On Nov. 3 Mack was taken into custody as she arrived at Chicago's O'Hare Int'l. Airport. She was indicted on murder conspiracy charges.
    (Reuters, 10/29/21)(SFC, 11/4/21, p.A3)
2021        Oct 29, Win Htein, a senior aide to Myanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges of high treason.
    (Reuters, 10/29/21)
2021        Oct 29, Government formation talks in the Netherlands became the longest on record, 226 days after the March 17 elections delivered a fractured political landscape that made parties more reluctant than ever to compromise.
    (Reuters, 10/29/21)
2021        Oct 29, Philippine government troops killed Muslim militant leader Salahuddin Hassan and his wife at a hideout of the Daulah Islamiya group in Maguindanao province. More than two dozen other gunmen managed to escape.
    (SFC, 10/30/21, p.A3)
2021        Oct 29, Russia recorded another record of daily coronavirus deaths as authorities hoped to stem contagion by keeping most people off work. The government’s coronavirus task force reported 1,163 deaths in 24 hours, the largest daily number since the pandemic began.
    (AP, 10/29/21)
2021        Oct 29, Russia's natural gas giant Gazprom and the Moldovan government said they had signed a new five-year contract for Russian gas supplies.
    (Reuters, 10/30/21)
2021        Oct 29, Saudi Arabia expelled Lebanon's envoy and banned all Lebanese imports, and Bahrain and Kuwait followed suit, giving the top Lebanese diplomats 48 hours to exit. The row came over critical comments made by Lebanese Information Minister George Kordahi about the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen.
    (Reuters, 10/30/21)
2021        Oct 29, South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Pope Francis, giving him a cross made from barbed wire from the peninsula's demilitarized zone and again urging him to visit North Korea.
    (Reuters, 10/29/21)   
2021        Oct 29, Ukraine's Pres. Volodymyr Zelenskyy pleaded with citizens to get vaccinated quickly as daily infections soared to another all-time high, fueled by a slow vaccine uptake. The Health Ministry reported 26,870 new confirmed infections in the last 24 hours and 648 deaths, bringing the total toll to 66,852.
    (AP, 10/29/21)(SFC, 10/30/21, p.A4)
2021        Oct 29, The UN Security Council extended the UN peacekeeping mission in the disputed Western Sahara for a year, expressing concern at the breakdown of the 1991 cease-fire between Morocco and the pro-independence Polisario Front and calling for a revival of UN-led negotiations.
    (AP, 10/29/21)   

2021        Oct 30, A US intelligence briefing said that a natural origin and a lab leak were both plausible hypotheses to explain how SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, first infected humans, but that the truth may never be known.
    (Reuters, 11/1/21)
2021         Oct 30, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 45,932,838 with the death toll at 745,495.
    (sfist.com, 10/31/21)
2021        Oct 30, In California one person died early today and another 13 people were pulled from the Pacific Ocean after a large group attempted to cross the US-Mexico border by swimming around a barrier in San Diego.
    (AP, 10/31/21)
2021        Oct 30, American Airlines said it has canceled more than 1,400 flights over the weekend due to staff shortages and unfavorable weather.
    (AP, 10/30/21)
2021        Oct 30, US tractor maker Deere & Co agreed on a new six-year contract with the United Auto Workers (UAW) union that would be subject to a vote by the company's striking workers.
    (Reuters, 10/30/21)
2021        Oct 30, The Taliban called on the United States and other countries to recognize their government in Afghanistan, saying that a failure to do so and the continued freezing of Afghan funds abroad would lead to problems not only for the country but for the world.
    (Reuters, 10/30/21)
2021        Oct 30, In Australia 76.8% of those 16 and older were fully vaccinated.
    (Reuters, 10/30/21)
2021        Oct 30, In Canada a suspected ransomware cyber attack against the healthcare system in Newfoundland province disrupted services and forced the cancellation of some appointments.
    (Reuters, 11/1/21)
2021        Oct 30, China warned Lithuania and European officials not to disrupt ties over decisions by Taiwan and the Baltic country to open reciprocal representative offices.
    (Reuters, 10/30/21)
2021        Oct 30, China's latest COVID-19 outbreak was developing rapidly. National Health Commission spokesperson Mi Feng said China has given 1.07 billion people complete COVID-19 vaccine doses as of Oct. 29.
    (Reuters, 10/30/21)
2021        Oct 30, Rebellious Tigrayan forces said they had seized the strategic town of Dessie in Ethiopia's Amhara region where tens of thousands of ethnic Amharas have sought refuge from an escalation in fighting, but the government denied this.
    (Reuters, 10/30/21)
2021        Oct 30, Israeli missiles hit northwest of Damascus. The areas contained arms depots for Lebanon's Hezbollah group, and positions of the Syrian military and Iran-backed militias. Syrian air defenses reportedly shot down several incoming missiles from northern Israel.
    (AP, 10/30/21)
2021        Oct 30, In Rome the heads of the world's 20 biggest economies kicked off two days of talks where they acknowledged the existential threat of climate change, but stopped short of radical new commitments to tame global warming. Thousands of people marched during the summit, calling on G20 leaders to act against climate change and ensure fair access to COVID-19 vaccines.
    (Reuters, 10/30/21)
2021        Oct 30, Seven Malian soldiers were killed in two separate attacks on patrols in the center-west of the country, the latest bloodshed to indicate violence is shifting southward into previously peaceful areas.
    (Reuters, 10/30/21)
2021        Oct 30, In northwestern Myanmar more than 160 buildings, including at least two churches, were destroyed by fires caused by shelling by government troops in Thantlang, Chin state.
    (AP, 10/30/21)
2021        Oct 30, In New Zealand 74% of eligible people were fully vaccinated and 76.8% of those 16 and older in Australia.
    (Reuters, 10/30/21)
2021        Oct 30, Philippine forces killed Jorge Madlos (aka Ka Oris), a key commander in the communist New People's Army, in Bukidnon province.
    (SFC, 11/2/21, p.A2)
2021        Oct 30, The Philippines reported its highest single-day coronavirus deaths, mostly due to the reclassification of previous cases. The health ministry recorded 423 COVID-19 deaths, eclipsing the 401 casualties reported on April. 9.
    (Reuters, 10/30/21)
2021        Oct 30, Tens of thousands of Sudanese staged protests in Khartoum and other cities to demand the restoration of a civilian-led government to put the country back on a path to democracy after a military coup. The Central Doctors Committee said two protesters were shot dead by troops in the capital Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman.
    (Reuters, 10/30/21)
2021        Oct 30, In Yemen at least eight people were killed by a car bomb in the southern city of Aden.
    (AP, 10/30/21)

2021        Oct 31, President Joe Biden announced at the G-20 summit that the US had reached a deal to roll back tariffs on billions of dollars of European steel and aluminum, easing a trade war that had strained the trans-Atlantic relationship since the Trump administration.
    (NBC News, 10/31/21)
2021         Oct 31, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 45,959,154 with the death toll at 745,725.
    (sfist.com, 11/1/21)
2021        Oct 31, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order allowing hospitals to redirect incoming patients as the state experienced its worst coronavirus wave in a year.
    (SFC, 11/4/21, p.A4)
2021        Oct 31, American Airlines canceled nearly 850 domestic and international flights, citing staffing shortages and unfavorable weather, pushing total cancellations to 1,739 and counting since Oct 29.
    (Reuters, 10/31/21)
2021        Oct 31, Elon Musk, the richest person in the world, said he will sell $6 billion worth of Tesla stock and donate the proceeds to the United Nations’ food agency if it could show how the money would solve world hunger.
    (AP, 11/1/21)
2021        Oct 31, Algeria shut off a gas pipeline that fuels Morocco and Spain, heightening tensions.
    (AP, 11/3/21)
2021        Oct 31, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said a declassified US intelligence report saying it was plausible that the COVID-19 pandemic originated in a laboratory is unscientific and has no credibility.
    (Reuters, 11/1/21)
2021        Oct 31, Chinese bishops and religious leaders briefed senior Hong Kong Catholic clergymen on President Xi Jinping's vision of religion with "Chinese characteristics" in an unprecedented meeting organized by the mainland's representative office in the city.
    (Reuters, 12/30/21)
2021        Oct 31, In Rome leaders of the Group of 20 major economies reached an agreement on the wording of the final communique. G20 leaders made a compromise commitment to reach carbon neutrality “by or around mid-century" as they wrapped up a two-day summit. They agreed to end public financing for coal-fired power generation abroad, but set no target for phasing out coal domestically.
    (AP, 10/31/21)
2021        Oct 31, On the sidelines of the G20 in Rome Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and US President Joe Biden agreed to form a joint mechanism to improve strained ties.
    (Reuters, 10/31/21)
2021        Oct 31, Japan held general elections. New PM Fumio Kishida’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) was on track to keep its majority in the powerful lower house. The LDP won a solid majority of 261 seats. The conservative Japan Innovation Party (JIP), which almost quadrupled its haul to 41 seats in the 465-seat legislature, ended up the election's biggest winner, overtaking even the Komeito party, the LDP's coalition partner.
    (Reuters, 10/31/21)(Reuters, 11/1/21)
2021        Oct 31, In Japan Kyota Hattori (24), a drifter who admired the Joker from Batman and dressed as him, carried out a Halloween attack on a Tokyo train. The stabbing and arson attack left 17 people injured. Hattori was arrested on the spot.
    (Reuters, 11/2/21)
2021        Oct 31, In central Mexico an illegal tap on a natural gas line caused three explosions that rocked the city of Pueblo killing at least one person.
    (SFC, 11/2/21, p.A4)
2021        Oct 31, Mexican photojournalist Alfredo Cardoso died from his injuries after being shot two days earlier, the second reporter to be killed in less than a week in the country.
    (Reuters, 11/1/21)
2021        Oct 31, North Macedonia's PM Zoran Zaev resigned after his party lost the second round of mayoral elections in several towns in the country, including the capital Skopje.
    (Reuters, 10/31/21)
2021        Oct 31, Russia’s national coronavirus task force reported 40,993 new infections over the previous day, up more than 700 on the previous record of a day earlier.
    (AP, 10/31/21)
2021        Oct 31, Swiss police in Zermatt, a resort town at the foot of the famed Matterhorn peak, swept into the 19th century Walliserkanne restaurant and sealed it off after its owners had defied a closure order and kept serving. The owners had flouted a government requirement to check patrons’ COVID-19 passes.
    (AP, 11/1/21)
2021        Oct 31, The UN climate summit in Glasgow opened with appeals for action and prayers, kicking off two weeks of intense diplomatic negotiations by almost 200 countries on how to tackle the common challenge of intensifying global warming.
    (AP, 10/31/21)
2021        Oct 31, In Yemen at least 10 civilians were killed and 25 wounded when two ballistic missiles from Houthi rebels stuck a religious educational facility in the central province of Marib.
    (AP, 11/1/21)

2021         Nov 1, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 45,972,717 with the death toll at 745,883.
    (sfist.com, 11/2/21)
2021        Nov 1, In California Orange County Superior Court Judge Peter Wilson issued a tentative ruling that said the governments hadn’t proven the pharmaceutical companies used deceptive marketing to increase unnecessary opioid prescriptions and create a public nuisance.
    (AP, 11/1/21)
2021        Nov 1, A US judge in Florida dismissed money laundering counts against Alex Saab, an ally of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, but he remained accused of one count of conspiracy to launder money. US prosecutors requested that seven of the initial eight charges contained in a July 2019 indictment be dropped to comply with assurances that officials made to the government of Cape Verde in seeking Saab's extradition.
    (Reuters, 11/2/21)
2021        Nov 1, Mayor Bill de Blasio said about 9,000 New York City municipal workers were put on unpaid leave for refusing to comply with a COVID-19 vaccine mandate that took effect today. Thousands of city firefighters called out sick in an apparent protest over the requirement.
    (AP, 11/1/21)
2021        Nov 1, New York woke up to its first full workday under Mayor Bill de Blasio's order that all city workers be vaccinated for COVID-19, with many police officers and firefighters still refusing the shot and one labor leader calling the mandate a recipe for disaster.
    (Reuters, 11/1/21)
2021        Nov 1, Oklahoma's Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt sent a letter asking Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin to consider suspending a vaccination mandate for members of the Oklahoma National Guard. Acting on an order from Stitt, the state's adjutant general later sent a memo telling troops that they aren’t required to get the shot.
    (SFC, 11/18/21, p.A5)(https://tinyurl.com/4fwfpbkb)
2021        Nov 1, Dr. Aaron T. Beck (100) died at his home in Philadelphia. His brand of pragmatic, thought-monitoring psychotherapy became the centerpiece of a scientific transformation in the treatment of depression, anxiety and many related mental disorders. Beck's work along with that of Albert Ellis, a psychologist working independently, provided the architecture of what is known as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT).
    (NY Times, 11/1/21)(SSFC, 11/7/21, p.F8)
2021        Nov 1, It was reported that West Virginia's vaccination rate has plummeted to the lowest among the US states. 41% of the population is fully vaccinated.
    (SFC, 11/1/21, p.A5)
2021        Nov 1, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced a $2 billion commitment to fight climate change at the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), in Scotland.
    (Fox News, 11/2/21)
2021        Nov 1, Facebook said that last month it removed a troll farm with more than 1,000 Facebook and Instagram accounts which it was said was run by the Nicaraguan government and the country's ruling party, the Sandinista National Liberation Front.
    (Reuters, 11/1/21)
2021        Nov 1, Yahoo stopped allowing its services to be accessible from mainland China "in recognition of the increasingly challenging business and legal environment", the second Western tech brand to quit the country in recent weeks.
    (Reuters, 11/2/21)
2021        Nov 1, The Nur-Sultan cabinet and Facebook owner Meta Platforms said Facebook has granted the Kazakh government access to its content reporting system, after the Central Asian nation threatened to block the social network for millions of local users.
    (Reuters, 11/1/21)
2021        Nov 1, Novavax Inc and partner Serum Institute of India said they received emergency use authorization for their COVID-19 vaccine in Indonesia, making it the first approval anywhere in the world for Novavax.
    (Reuters, 11/1/21)
2021        Nov 1, Australia’s government said it will introduce two permanent residence visas for Hong Kong citizens who have been living in Australia.
    (Reuters, 11/1/21)
2021        Nov 1, Australia, Israel and Thailand eased international border restrictions significantly for the first time in 18 months, offering a broad test of demand for travel worldwide amid the coronavirus pandemic.
    (Reuters, 11/1/21)
2021        Nov 1, Britain gave France 48 hours to back down in a fishing row that threatens to spiral into a wider trade dispute between two of Europe's biggest economies or face tortuous legal action under the Brexit trade deal.
    (Reuters, 11/1/21)
2021        Nov 1, Britain recorded 40,077 new COVID-19 cases and 40 deaths of people who had tested positive for the disease within 28 days.
    (Reuters, 11/1/21)
2021        Nov 1, China's President Xi Jinping in a written statement called on all COP26 parties to take stronger action to jointly tackle the climate challenge.
    (Reuters, 11/2/21)
2021        Nov 1, China’s government said it will strengthen efforts to reduce the amount of grain lost at harvest and food wasted in kitchens across the country, as part of a broad action plan to further boost food security.
    (Reuters, 11/1/21)
2021        Nov 1, China's Ganfeng Lithium Co Ltd and its unit GFL International Co Ltd said they have signed a contract to supply battery-grade lithium products to US electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla Inc.
    (Reuters, 11/1/21)
2021        Nov 1, Egyptian authorities arrested the suspect in a gruesome beheading in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia, soon after shocking footage of the slaying set off an uproar on social media. The suspect had a history of mental illness and had been previously treated for drug addiction. On January 5, 2922, Abdel-Rahman Nazmy was sentenced to death.
    (AP, 11/1/21)(AP, 1/5/22)
2021        Nov 1, Ethiopia's government accused rebellious Tigrayan forces of killing 100 youths in the key town of Kombolcha, as the United States expressed concern about Tigrayan advances a year into the fighting.
    (Reuters, 11/1/21)
2021        Nov 1, French President Emmanuel Macron said his government was postponing implementation of sanctions on Britain over a fishing row until the end of Tuesday while the two sides discuss fresh proposals to resolve the dispute.
    (Reuters, 11/1/21)
2021        Nov 1, India's PM Narendra Modi used the COP26 climate talks to announce 2070 as the target for his country to reach net zero carbon emissions, two decades beyond what scientists say is needed to avert catastrophic climate impacts.
    (Reuters, 11/1/21)
2021        Nov 1, Indonesia said it has approved the Sinovac Biotech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 6-11, following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for younger kids.
    (Reuters, 11/1/21)
2021        Nov 1, Iraqi media said the government plans to sign energy contracts worth tens of billions of dollars with Saudi Arabia. State newspaper Al-Sabaah reported that Baghdad is discussing a partnership with Saudi Aramco to explore and develop natural gas fields in Iraq's western desert.
    (Reuters, 11/1/21)
2021        Nov 1, Israel authorized some 1,300 Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank days after advancing plans to build more than 3,000 housing units for Jewish settlers.
    (AP, 11/1/21)
2021        Nov 1, Namibia suspended imports of live poultry, birds and poultry products from Germany and the Netherlands after outbreaks of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu in the European countries.
    (Reuters, 11/1/21)
2021        Nov 1, In Nigeria rescuers searched for survivors in the wreckage of a 21-storey apartment building that collapsed under construction in Lagos. The death toll soon rose to 43 with dozens still missing.
    (Reuters, 11/3/21)(SFC, 11/2/21, p.A4)(AP, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 1, In Northern Ireland two masked and armed men hijacked and set fire to a bus in the pro-British unionist town of Newtownards early today. Local media said the attack was linked to tensions over post-Brexit trade barriers.
    (Reuters, 11/1/21)
2021        Nov 1, Authorities in Russia's Novgorod region ordered most residents to stay off work for one more week starting Nov. 8 as coronavirus infections and deaths remained at all-time highs.
    (AP, 11/1/21)
2021        Nov 1, At COP26 in Scotland more than 100 countries, including Brazil, China and the US, pledged to stop deforestation by the end of the decade and slash emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane.
    (Reuters, 11/2/21)
2021        Nov 1, A Singapore minister said the city-state could see as many 2,000 COVID-19 deaths annually over time, mainly among the elderly, but that it was focused on avoiding excess mortality, as the country battles its biggest surge in infections.
    (Reuters, 11/1/21)
2021        Nov 1, New rules aimed at moving South Koreans toward "living with COVID-19" came into effect, with the easing of a range of curbs and the introduction of vaccine passports at high-risk venues such as gyms, saunas and bars. More than 75% of the country's population has been fully vaccinated.
    (Reuters, 11/1/21)
2021        Nov 1, Tonga said its main island will go into lockdown for a week after the South Pacific nation reported its first case of the coronavirus. A traveler arriving from New Zealand had tested positive and isolated at a quarantine hotel.
    (AP, 11/1/21)
2021        Nov 1, The Ukrainian capital Kyiv implemented tough new restrictions in an attempt to stem a surge in COVID-19 infections that is affecting many countries across eastern Europe amid a low take-up of vaccinations. Less than a fifth of the total population of around 41 million, has been fully vaccinated so far.
    (Reuters, 11/1/21)
2021        Nov 1, The United Arab Emirates said it has approved for emergency use the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11.
    (AP, 11/1/21)

2021        Nov 2, President Joe Biden said in a letter to Congress said the United States plans to remove Ethiopia, Mali and Guinea from the agreement that gives them duty-free access to the United States, citing human rights violations.
    (Reuters, 11/2/21)
2021        Nov 2, An analysis done by the Urban Institute said the 2020 US census missed an estimated 1.6 million people, but given hurdles posed by the pandemic and natural disasters, the undercount was smaller than expected.
    (AP, 11/2/21)
2021        Nov 2, A US panel of experts for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave its blessing for a lower dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to protect younger children against Covid-19.
    (NY Times, 11/2/21)
2021         Nov 2, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 46,102,397 with the death toll at 747,401.
    (sfist.com, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 2, The San Francisco Police Dept. said that it has placed as many as 70 employees on leave who failed to meet the city's vaccination deadline this week.
    (SFC, 11/3/21, p.C4)
2021        Nov 2, California-based electric vehicle maker Fisker Inc said it has struck a battery supply deal for its flagship Fisker Ocean SUV with Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd.
    (Reuters, 11/2/21)
2021        Nov 2, The Atlanta Braves won the World Series — one of the city’s only major sports titles in decades — beating the Houston Astros, 7-0, in Game 6.
    (NY Times, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 2, Michelle Wu, a protégée of Senator Elizabeth Warren, was elected as the next mayor of Boston.
    (NY Times, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 2, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan won a third term, a sign that voters approve of his job leading the city out of bankruptcy and restoring basic services like streetlights.
    (NY Times, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 2, Voters in Minneapolis, Minn., rejected a ballot measure that would have replaced the city’s police department with a Department of Public Safety.
    (NY Times, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 2, In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, won a surprisingly close race.
    (NY Times, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 2, Eric Adams became New York’s mayor-elect, easily winning the general election after having relied on an anti-crime message to defeat more progressive candidates in the Democratic primary.
    (NY Times, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 2, In NYC Daniel Rendon Herrera (56), once considered Colombia's most wanted drug lord, accepted responsibility for trafficking at least 73,645 kg (81 tons) of cocaine that spread addiction and death in his home country and the United States.
    (Reuters, 11/2/21)
2021        Nov 2, Glenn Youngkin became the first Republican to win the governor’s race in Virginia since 2009, beating Terry McAuliffe, 50.7 to 48.6 percent.
    (NY Times, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 2, The Taliban announced a complete ban on the use of foreign currency in Afghanistan, a move sure to cause further disruption to an economy pushed to the brink of collapse by the abrupt withdrawal of international support.
    (Reuters, 11/2/21)
2021        Nov 2, In Afghanistan at least 25 people were killed and 34 wounded when two explosions followed by gunfire hit the country’s biggest military hospital in Kabul.
    (NY Times, 11/2/21)
2021        Nov 2, It was reported that Bolivia's highlands city of La Paz has been hit by an unusual heatwave, with levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation soaring off the charts, exacerbated by unusually low levels of cloud cover some experts link to climate change.
    (Reuters, 11/2/21)
2021        Nov 2, In southern Chile a freight train was derailed and some of its cargo units burned by unknown assailants, amid tensions between the state and the local Mapuche indigenous group demanding the return of ancestral lands.
    (Reuters, 11/2/21)
2021        Nov 2, Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai (35) posted that Zhang Gaoli (75), a former vice-premier and member of the powerful Politburo Standing Committee, had forced her to have sex despite repeated refusals following a round of tennis three years ago. The post was quickly removed. Zhang retired in 2018 and has largely disappeared from public life.
    (SFC, 11/5/21, p.A6)
2021        Nov 2, The five Czech centrist and center-right parties reached an agreement on forming a majority coalition government and its key agenda.
    (Reuters, 11/2/21)
2021        Nov 2, Ethiopia declared a state of emergency and called on its citizens to pick up arms and prepare to defend the capital as rebel forces from the northern region of Tigray pressed south toward the city following the capture of two key towns.
    (NY Times, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 2, Greenland's government said it has taken a first step toward joining the Paris Agreement on climate and aims to develop the Arctic island's vast hydro power potential.
    (Reuters, 11/2/21)
2021        Nov 2, Israel's justice ministry said Google had blocked sites of a hacking group that leaked user details of an Israeli LGBTQ dating site, an attack some security experts blamed on Iran.
    (AFP, 11/2/21)
2021        Nov 2, It was reported that the English-language Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star has told its staff they will all be laid off, joining a list of Lebanese media outlets that have been forced to close or scale back due to financial pressures.
    (Reuters, 11/2/21)
2021        Nov 2, The Dutch government decided to re-impose measures, including the wearing of face masks, aimed at slowing the latest spike in COVID-19 infections.
    (Reuters, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 2, In Niger at least 69 people were killed in an attack by suspected Islamist insurgents near the border with Mali.
    (BBC, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 2, In Nigeria gunmen abducted six people, four staff members and two children, overnight from the staff quarters of the Univ. of Abuja.
    (AP, 11/2/21)
2021        Nov 2, Palestinian families rejected an offer that would have delayed their eviction by Jewish settlers in a tense Jerusalem neighborhood, where protests and clashes helped ignite the 11-day Gaza war in May.
    (AP, 11/2/21)
2021        Nov 2, The Peruvian Ministry of Energy and Mines said a rural community will lift its blockade of the country's largest copper mine Antamina after protests forced miners to suspend operations.
    (Reuters, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 2, Romania reported a record daily number of 591 COVID-19 deaths amid a persistently low vaccination rate and a wave of coronavirus infections that has overwhelmed the country's ailing health care system. Only 37% of adults in Romania have been fully vaccinated.
    (AP, 11/2/21)
2021        Nov 2, Coronavirus deaths in Russia hit another daily record. The state coronavirus task force reported 39,008 new confirmed cases and 1,178 COVID-19 deaths.
    (AP, 11/2/21)
2021        Nov 2, Slovenia registered a record high 3,456 COVID-19 infections, or 44.7% of the number of people tested. Medical experts suggested tighter restrictions to rein in the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 2, In South Africa early results from local elections gave the ruling African National Congress (ANC) 46% of the vote. Local polls showed support for the legacy party of Nelson Mandela dipping below half for the first time. The Democratic Alliance (DA), South Africa's largest opposition party, won mayoral posts in three major cities in the country's economic heartland, a blow to the governing African National Congress (ANC) in the wake of its worst-ever election result.
    (Reuters, 11/2/21)(Reuters, 11/4/21)(Reuters, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 2, In South Sudan five people died when a small cargo plane crashed shortly after take-off from Juba Airport.
    (Reuters, 11/2/21)
2021        Nov 2, Spain said it has adopted a European Union copyright directive that allows third-party online news platforms to negotiate directly with content providers, setting the stage for Alphabet's Google News to return to the country.
    (Reuters, 11/2/21)
2021        Nov 2, Syrian singer Sabah Fakhri (88) died. He was known across the Arab world for performing traditional music from Aleppo in concerts that could go on for hours.
    (Reuters, 11/2/21)
2021        Nov 2, The United Nations mission in Central African Republic accused the country's presidential guard of opening fire on unarmed Egyptian peacekeepers and wounding 10 of them, but the government said the accusation was inaccurate. In an attempt to leave the area a bus transporting the Egyptian unit struck and killed a woman.
    (Reuters, 11/2/21)

2021        Nov 3, US lawmakers approved legislation calling for more sanctions and other punitive measures to ratchet up pressure on Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega just days before an election there that Washington has denounced as a sham.
    (Reuters, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, The US Commerce Department added four companies from Israel, Russia and Singapore to its "entity list", saying they engaged in "activities that are contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States".
    (AP, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, The FBI released hundreds of pages of newly declassified documents about its long effort to explore connections between the Saudi government and the Sept. 11 attacks, revealing the scope of a strenuous but ultimately fruitless investigation whose outcome many question to this day.
    (AP, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, The US started vaccinating children aged 5 to 11 against COVID-19, with roughly 28 million school-age kids now eligible for the shots that provide protection against the illness.
    (Reuters, 11/3/21)
2021         Nov 3, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 46,182,380 with the death toll at 748,943.
    (sfist.com, 11/4/21)
2021        Nov 3, Connecticut officials and refugee advocates called on landlords to rent apartments to dozens of families that fled Afghanistan and will be resettling in the state, saying they'll guarantee rent is paid and even co-sign rental agreements if necessary.
    (AP, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, Karim Codrington (32), Army veteran from Radcliff, sued three Louisville Metro Police officers and former police Chief Steve Conrad, saying he was unlawfully searched on Aug. 10, 2018, and charged with drug offenses during a traffic stop because he is Black.
    (The Courier Journal, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 3, It was reported that an Iowa study showed that hundreds of white-tailed deer infected with the coronavirus likely contracted the disease from humans and have rapidly spread it among other animals. 80% of the deer sampled from April 2020 to January 2021 were infected.
    (SFC, 11/3/21, p.A4)
2021        Nov 3, In eastern Afghanistan roadside bomb struck a Taliban patrol in a stronghold of Islamic State militants, killing two people and wounding three.
    (AP, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, The Algerian president's office said that three Algerians were killed by a military strike on their trucks, and it accused Moroccan forces in the disputed Western Sahara of being behind the attack.
    (AP, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, Belarus declared the Poland-based Belsat news channel an "extremist" organization, meaning its employees and viewers can face up to seven years in prison. Belsat, a Warsaw-based satellite channel, provides Belarusians an alternative to state media.
    (Reuters, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, Beijing shoppers stocked up on cabbage, rice and flour for the winter, after the government urged people to keep stores of basic goods in case of emergencies, though it assured them there were sufficient supplies after some panic buying.
    (Reuters, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, Damon Galgut won the Booker Prize for “The Promise," a satirical novel about a white family in post-apartheid South Africa.
    (NY Times, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, In Chile a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Valparaiso early today.
    (Reuters, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, China's government ordered 38 apps from a number of companies including social media giant Tencent Corp to rectify what it called the excessive collection of personal information.
    (Reuters, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, China's new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases spiked to a near three-month high and tighter curbs to contain the spread were expected in the capital Beijing ahead of a key gathering of the highest-ranking members of the Communist Party next week.
    (Reuters, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, Colombia’s top cop said authorities are focused on breaking up the Clan del Golfo gang - whose network extends to 28 countries around the world - after the capture of the group's leader late last month.
    (Reuters, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, In Congo DRC 9 people were killed in clashes in the eastern city of Bukavu early today after an incursion by unidentified gunmen.
    (Reuters, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, A Hong Kong court ruled that Tony Chung (20), the former leader of pro-independence group Studentlocalism, was guilty of secession under the city's sweeping national security law, as well as money laundering, following a plea bargain with the prosecution.
    (Reuters, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, India-based Bharat Biotech said its COVID-19 vaccine has been granted an extension of shelf life for up to 12 months from the date of manufacture by India's drug regulator. The World Health Organization (WHO) said it had approved Indian drugmaker Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, paving the way for the homegrown shot to be accepted as a valid vaccine in many poor countries.
    (Reuters, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, Israel said it has begun testing a massive inflatable missile detection system designed to hover at high altitudes and detect long-range threats.
    (AP, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, Italy's medicines agency AIFA recommended a booster of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine to those inoculated with the Johnson & Johnson shot.
    (AP, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, Myanmar's ruling military stood by its decision to deny a Southeast Asian envoy access to detained former leader Aung San Suu Kyi, resisting growing international pressure to comply with a regional peace plan agreed in April.
    (Reuters, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said that local government officials will be punished for falling behind their targets for COVID-19 vaccinations as the country seeks to open up the economy.
    (Reuters, 11/3/21)   
2021        Nov 3, Russia’s state coronavirus task force reported over 40,000 new confirmed cases from a day earlier, the most since the start of the pandemic. Coronavirus cases and deaths remained at all-time highs as more regions announced extending existing restrictions in an effort to tame the country's unrelenting surge of infections.
    (AP, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the country's arms manufacturers to develop even more advanced hypersonic missiles and high-energy lasers to maintain the country's edge in military technologies.
    (AP, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, A Russian Antonov An-12 cargo plane carrying seven people crash-landed in Siberia and was engulfed in flames after disappearing from radar just outside the city of Irkutsk. At least two people were killed.
    (Reuters, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, It was reported that South Africa is set to receive $8.5bn (£6.2bn) to help end its reliance on coal in a deal announced at the COP26 climate summit.
    (BBC, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, In Scotland banks, insurers and investors with around $130 trillion or 40% of the world's capital at their disposal pledged to put limiting climate change at the center of their work.
    (Reuters, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, South Korea said it would ramp up COVID-19 testing at schools after a sharp rise of infections among children, weeks ahead of a plan to fully reopen schools nationwide.
    (Reuters, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, Syria’s military said Israel has carried out an air raid that hit a military post on the outskirts of the capital of Damascus early today, causing material damage.
    (AP, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, Taiwan welcomed its first official European Parliament delegation amid heightened tension between Taipei and Beijing. Taiwan does not have formal diplomatic ties with any European nations except tiny Vatican City.
    (Reuters, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, Police in Thailand announced the arrest of the head of a company suspected of cheating overseas buyers of millions of dollars they paid for undelivered medical rubber gloves during the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, New data showed that Turkey's annual inflation rate rose to its highest in more than 2-1/2 years in October (19.89%), as the central bank, under political pressure to provide more monetary stimulus, has aggressively cut its policy rate in recent months.
    (Reuters, 11/3/21)
2021        Nov 3, In Ukraine more than a thousand blocked several streets in Kyiv protesting against COVID-19 vaccine certificates and state-imposed restrictions aimed at halting the spread of the virus.
    (SFC, 11/4/21, p.A4)
2021        Nov 3, The United Nations children's agency said it was planning to set up a system to directly fund Afghan teachers, after the international community placed a freeze on funding to the Taliban-led administration.
    (AP, 11/3/21)

2021        Nov 4, Officials said President Joe Biden will begin enforcing his mandate that private-sector workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be tested weekly starting Jan. 4, in a reprieve to companies struggling with labor shortages during the crucial US holiday season. A requirement that federal contractors be vaccinated was moved back a month to the same date.
    (Reuters, 11/4/21)
2021        Nov 4, The US justice department said Igor Danchenko, a Russian analyst who was the main source for Christopher Steele’s dossier on Donald Trump and Moscow, has been arrested by US authorities. A five-page indictment released today accused Danchenko of lying repeatedly to the FBI when interviewed in 2017 – a criminal offense.
    (AP, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 4, The US Justice Department sued Texas, arguing that the state’s new voting law would disenfranchise people.
    (NY Times, 11/4/21)
2021         Nov 4, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 46,262,847 with the death toll at 750,623.
    (sfist.com, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 4, Alphabet's said it plans to allow third-party payment systems in South Korea to comply with a new law, marking the first time the US tech giant has amended its payment policy for a specific country.
    (Reuters, 11/4/21)
2021        Nov 4, Emergent BioSolutions said the US government has canceled a $600 million deal with the company, a COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer that ruined millions of doses.
    (NY Times, 11/4/21)
2021        Nov 4, Australia charged Terence Darrell Kelly (36) with various offenses related to the abduction of Cleo Smith (4), who was recently found after an 18-day search following her disappearance from a family tent.
    (SFC, 11/5/21, p.A4)
2021        Nov 4, Austria's daily new coronavirus infections surged towards the record set a year ago, making a lockdown for the unvaccinated ever more likely as the government struggles to convince holdouts to get their shot. Roughly 64% of Austria's population is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 11/4/21)
2021        Nov 4, The presidents of Belarus and Russia signed an array of measures to deepen the integration of the two countries but stop short of a full merger.
    (AP, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 4, Belgium reported a steep rise in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations back to levels last experienced in October 2020, three days after the United States advised its citizens against travelling to the country that hosts EU and NATO headquarters.
    (Reuters, 11/4/21)
2021        Nov 4, Britain became the first country in the world to approve molnupiravir, a potentially game-changing COVID-19 antiviral pill jointly developed by US-based Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, in a boost to the fight against the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 11/4/21)(SFC, 11/5/21, p.A7)
2021        Nov 4, Beijing issued its first heavy pollution alert for the fall and winter, requiring the suspension of some outdoor construction, factory operations and outdoor school activities.
    (Reuters, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 4, Sinopec, China's state-owned oil giant, signed a contract with the US Venture Global LNG to buy 4 million tons of LNG annually for 20 years at a ceremony in Shanghai.
    (South China Morning Post, 11/6/21)
2021        Nov 4, In Congo DRC thousands of historic artefacts were destroyed late today in the town of Gungu after a private museum burnt to ashes.
    (BBC, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 4, Croatia reported 6,310 infections of COVID-19 which is the highest daily number of infections since the beginning of the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 11/4/21)
2021        Nov 4, In Ethiopia a wave of fear spread across Addis Ababa as the authorities accelerated their campaign against members of the once-powerful Tigrayan ethnic group accused of sympathizing with rebels now pressing toward the city.
    (NY Times, 11/4/21)
2021        Nov 4, Coronavirus infections were hitting record levels in many countries across Europe as winter takes hold, prompting a call for action from the World Health Organization which described the new wave as a "grave concern".
    (Reuters, 11/4/21)
2021        Nov 4, Germany's disease control agency reported the highest number of new coronavirus infections since the outbreak of the pandemic.
    (AP, 11/4/21)
2021        Nov 4, Hungary's governing party acknowledged that that the government had purchased the military-grade spyware Pegasus, produced by Israel-based NSO Group. The spyware was allegedly used it to target journalists, business people and an opposition politician.
    (SFC, 11/5/21, p.A4)
2021        Nov 4, The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) said India, Indonesia and the Philippines will join South Africa as the first recipients of a multibillion dollar pilot program aimed at accelerating their transition from coal power to clean energy.
    (Reuters, 11/4/21)
2021        Nov 4, Israel's parliament passed a national budget for the first time in three years early today, avoiding a November deadline that would have brought down the new government and triggered another election.
    (AP, 11/4/21)
2021        Nov 4, The Latvian parliament allowed businesses to fire workers who refuse to either get a COVID-19 vaccine or transfer to remote work, as the country battles one of the worst COVID-19 waves in European Union.
    (Reuters, 11/4/21)
2021        Nov 4, Lebanese PM Najib Mikati said he had agreed with President Michel Aoun on a "roadmap" to solve a diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia.
    (Reuters, 11/4/21)
2021        Nov 4, It was reported that Lithuania has built the first stretches of a steel wall on its border with Belarus since migrants from the Middle East and other areas began entering from Belarus this year.
    (Reuters, 11/4/21)
2021        Nov 4, In Mexico dozens of migrants traveling north to Mexico City clashed with the National Guard in the southern state of Chiapas, near to where a Cuban national was killed on Sunday by the militarized police force.
    (Reuters, 11/4/21)
2021        Nov 4, In Mexico two suspected drug gang members were shot dead on a beachfront near the southern resort of Cancun.
    (Reuters, 11/4/21)
2021        Nov 4, The Netherlands reported a new outbreak of highly pathogenic H5 bird flu among ducks at a poultry farm in the central province of Flevoland. About 10,000 animals will be culled at the farm.
    (Reuters, 11/4/21)
2021        Nov 4, Environmental campaigners awarded their ‘Fossil of the Day’ award to the Polish government for giving — and then apparently backtracking on — a pledge to speed up its phaseout of coal power.
    (AP, 11/4/21)
2021        Nov 4, Portugal’s Pres. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa announced that he is dissolving parliament and calling a snap election for Jan. 30, following the minority Socialist government’s defeat in a key vote on post-pandemic plans to spend billions of euros in EU funding.
    (AP, 11/4/21)
2021        Nov 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin marked the national Unity Day holiday with a trip to Crimea, declaring the region will always be a part of Russia.
    (AP, 11/4/21)
2021        Nov 4, Russia’s national coronavirus task force said 1,195 people died of COVID-19 over the past day, exceeding the 1,189 recorded the previous day.
    (AP, 11/4/21)
2021        Nov 4, In Scotland more than 40 countries pledged to phase out coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel, in a deal announced today at the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow. several of the biggest coal consumers were notably absent from the accord, including China and India, which together burn roughly two-thirds of the world’s coal, as well as Australia. The United States, which still generates about one-fifth of its electricity from coal, also did not sign the pledge.
    (NY Times, 11/4/21)
2021        Nov 4, The Scotland registered Cornelis Gert Jan scallop dredger, impounded by France amid the dispute over post-Brexit fishing rights, arrived in the UK after being released by French authorities.
    (AP, 11/4/21)
2021        Nov 4, Roche Pharma announced a $20.7 billion move to buy back nearly a third of its voting stock from fellow Swiss drugmaker Novartis.
    (Reuters, 11/6/21)
2021        Nov 4, The United Arab Emirates' Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) said it has completed construction of Unit 3 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, the Arab world's first multi-unit operating nuclear energy plant.
    (Reuters, 11/4/21)
2021        Nov 4, The UN food agency said world food prices rose for a third straight month in October to reach a fresh 10-year peak, led again by increases in cereals and vegetable oils.
    (Reuters, 11/4/21)

2021        Nov 5, US Democrats set aside divisions between progressives and centrists to pass a $1 trillion package of highway, broadband and other infrastructure improvement, sending it on to President Joe Biden to sign into law. The infrastructure bill passed with the support of 13 Republicans.
    (Reuters, 11/6/21)
2021        Nov 5, A senior Biden administration official said the US government has seen proof that at least some members of the group of American and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti last month are alive.
    (Reuters, 11/5/21)
2021         Nov 5, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 46,346,347 with the death toll at 751,776.
    (sfist.com, 11/6/21)
2021        Nov 5, In Florida administrative Judge Brian Newman rejected a case from school officials in six counties that challenged a state ban on coronavirus mask mandates.
    (SSFC, 11/7/21, p.A12)
2021        Nov 5, It was reported that Montana's Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte's administration quashed plans for a public service campaign to promote COVID-19 vaccinations for eligible teenagers over the summer. 55% of Montana's eligible population are now fully vaccinated, compare with 68% of people nationally age 12 and up.
    (SFC, 11/5/21, p.A7)
2021        Nov 5, A federal jury in Ohio convicted Yanjun Xu, who worked for China's Ministry of State Security, of conspiring and attempting to commit economic espionage and theft of trade secrets. Xu had been lured to Belgium, where he was arrested in April 2018. He was the first Chinese intelligence officer ever to be extradited to the US.
    (CBS, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 5, In Texas at least eight people were killed and many others injured in a crush at the opening night of Houston's Astroworld music festival triggered by a surge of fans pushing toward the stage. Days later the death of a college student (22) raised the toll to nine. On Nov. 14 a boy (9) became the 10th, and youngest, person to die from injuries sustained at the Astroworld festival in Texas.
    (Reuters, 11/6/21)(Reuters, 11/11/21)(NY Times, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 5, Pfizer said a trial of the company’s experimental antiviral pill for COVID-19 was stopped early after the drug was shown to cut by 89% the chances of hospitalization or death for adults at risk of developing severe disease. The results appeared to surpass those seen with Merck & Co Inc's pill, molnupiravir.
    (Reuters, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 5, Social network Twitter Inc said it has temporarily disabled its Trends section in Africa's conflict-hit nation of Ethiopia over threats of physical harm.
    (Reuters, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 5, Austria said it is barring those not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from cafes, restaurants and hairdressers as infections approach the record set a year ago and the government struggles to convince holdouts to get the shot.
    (Reuters, 11/6/21)
2021        Nov 5, Belize said it has settled its cash tender offer to purchase US dollar bonds due in 2034 and redeem all bonds that were not tendered into the offer in a switch to bolster marine conservation.
    (Reuters, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 5, In Bosnia flooding caused by heavy rains overnight caused power cuts in many parts of Sarajevo, with roads blocked, school classes cancelled and a plant filling oxygen tanks for COVID-19 patients submerged.
    (Reuters, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 5, In Brazil protesters blocked the entrance to an iron ore mine in Minas Gerais state owned by Samarco Mineracao SA, a joint venture of Vale SA and BHP Group PLC, to mark the sixth anniversary of a dam failure there that led to 19 deaths.
    (Reuters, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 5, Britain reported 193 deaths people who had tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 28 days, and an extra 34,029 cases.
    (Reuters, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 5, A government funded feasibility study confirmed a report that Britain could revive domestic production of super strong magnets used in electric vehicles (EVs) and wind turbines with government support, to reduce its reliance on China and achieve vital cuts in carbon emissions.
    (Reuters, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 5, It was reported that British scientists have identified a gene that doubles the risk of dying from COVID-19, providing new insights into why some people are more susceptible to the disease than others, while opening up possibilities for targeted medicine. Researchers said around 60% of people with South Asian ancestry carry the high-risk gene.
    (Reuters, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 5, A spokeswoman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office said China will make people who support Taiwan independence criminally liable for life.
    (Reuters, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 5, China's most populous province Guangdong said that its two biggest metropolises Guangzhou and Shenzhen must allocate at least 10% of their land for rental housing to meet rising demand for homes especially among the young.
    (Reuters, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 5, China has now given 1.072 billion people, 75.96% of the nation's 1.41 billion population, complete COVID-19 vaccine doses.
    (Reuters, 11/6/21)
2021        Nov 5, Costa Rican officials said that they would require Covid-19 vaccinations for people under 18 “to safeguard the best interests" of children, becoming one of the first countries to implement such a mandate.
    (NY Times, 11/6/21)
2021        Nov 5, Croatia reported 6,932 new cases of COVID-19 and decided to tighten measures against the spreading of the disease, including introducing obligatory digital certificates for public sector employees.
    (Reuters, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 5, It was reported that nine anti-government factions were forming an alliance to push for a political transition in Ethiopia.
    (Reuters, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 5, The French government put the entire country on high alert for bird flu as the virus spread across Europe.
    (Reuters, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 5, German state leaders warned the country may need a new lockdown unless it takes urgent action. Health minister Jens Spahn said Germany's COVID-19 situation is entering a very difficult period with rising numbers of intensive care patients.
    (Reuters, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 5, In India residents of New Delhi woke up under a blanket of smog darkening the city, the most dangerous air pollution of the year after Diwali revelers defied - as usual - a fireworks ban during India's annual Hindu festival of lights.
    (Reuters, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 5, Indonesia's government over land assets linked to an automaker company owned by the son of late president Suharto, in its latest attempt to recover money from the once-powerful family.
    (Reuters, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 5, Iran’s atomic agency said that its stockpile of 20% enriched uranium has reached over 210 kg (463 lbs), the latest defiant move ahead of upcoming nuclear talks with the West.
    (AP, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 5, Iraqi police fired tear gas and live ammunition into the air as scores of the protesters threw stones and tried to advance towards Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign embassies. At least one protester was killed along with injuries of demonstrators and security forces. The next day PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi ordered an investigation.
    (Reuters, 11/6/21)(AP, 11/6/21)
2021        Nov 5, It was reported that Trieste, Italy, has emerged as the center of a COVID-19 outbreak two weeks after protesters marched along dockside workers saying an expansive health pass infringed on their right to work.
    (SFC, 11/5/21, p.A7)
2021        Nov 5, The Dutch Supreme Court handed Russia at least a temporary victory in an appeal of what’s believed to be the world’s largest award in an arbitration case after former shareholders of bankrupted Russian oil giant Yukos accused the Kremlin of taking down the company in 2003 to silence Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin.
    (AP, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 5, In Nigeria an oil spill was discovered in the Niger Delta. Aiteo Eastern E&P later reported an "extremely high order" oil spill from the jointly owned well and has had to abort immediate efforts to control the leak due to the pressure emanating from the well head.
    (Reuters, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 5, A Palestinian boy (13) was shot and killed by Israeli fire during clashes in the occupied West Bank. Mohammad Daadas, died as a result of a gunshot wound to the stomach during clashes with Israeli forces near the northern West Bank village of Deir al-Hatab.
    (AP, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 5, Portugal’s parliament approved a reworded bill to allow euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill and seriously injured people, after a court blocked the initial version because of what it said was unclear terminology. The legislation still required the signature of Portugal’s president to become law, and he is known to have deep reservations.
    (AP, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 5, A senior Russian official said the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened in 10 Russian regions despite a week-long nationwide workplace shutdown designed to curb a surge in infections.
    (Reuters, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 5, In Sierra Leone at least 99 people were killed and more than 100 injured in Freetown late today when a fuel tanker exploded following a collision. More than 100 casualties were being treated in hospitals and clinics. On Nov. 13 health ministry data showed that the death toll from the fuel tanker explosion had risen to 144 from a previous estimate of 115.
    (Reuters, 11/6/21)(Reuters, 11/13/21)
2021        Nov 5, Spain’s health minister signed an order granting single women, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people access to medically assisted reproduction in the public health system, where it is performed free of charge.
    (AP, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 5, The Turkish lira weakened 0.5% as investor concerns persisted over the combination of lower rates and higher inflation, and after the government denied a newspaper report that the finance minister had offered his resignation.
    (Reuters, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 5, It was reported that Uzbekistan's government has signed its first contract to buy electricity from a household equipped with solar panels.
    (Reuters, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 5, The UN's theme today in Glasgow was youth involvement, with leaders talking about how important young people are in the battle to keep the world from getting too hot and wild from extreme weather. Mostly young activists carried banners with slogans such as “I have to clear up my mess, why don’t you clear up yours?" and "Stop climate crimes".
    (Reuters, 11/5/21)
2021        Nov 5, The United Nations' top human rights official condemned actions by military leaders following a coup in Sudan and said that excessive use of force by security forces had left at least 13 people dead and more than 300 injured.
    (Reuters, 11/5/21)

2021        Nov 6, A US federal appeals panel temporarily blocked a new coronavirus vaccine mandate for large businesses, in a sign that the Biden administration may face an uphill battle in its biggest effort yet to combat the virus among the American work force.
    (NY Times, 11/7/21)
2021        Nov 6, A US Navy ship named for slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk, who served four years in the Navy before being forced out, was christened and launched in San Diego Bay.
    (AP, 11/6/21)
2021         Nov 6, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 46,446,788 with the death toll at 754,061.
    (sfist.com, 11/7/21)
2021        Nov 6, Australia reached a full inoculation rate of 80% of those aged 16 and older, which PM Scott Morrison called a "magnificent milestone" on the path to becoming one of the world's most vaccinated countries against COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 11/6/21)
2021        Nov 6, More than 1,000 people demonstrated in Australia's biggest cities of Sydney and Melbourne to protest against the government's climate policies and the strategies it offered at a UN climate summit in Glasgow.
    (Reuters, 11/6/21)
2021        Nov 6, Britain reported 155 deaths of people who had tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 28 days, and a further 30,693 new infections.
    (Reuters, 11/6/21)
2021        Nov 6, Around 3,000 Georgian protesters held a rally in support of jailed former president Mikheil Saakashvili outside the prison where he says he is on hunger strike. The state security service said the protests were part of a planned coup devised and directed by Saakashvili.
    (Reuters, 11/6/21)
2021        Nov 6, In India fire swept through the intensive care unit (ICU) of a government hospital in the western city of Ahmednagar, Maharashtra state, killing 11 people and injuring several.
    (AP, 11/6/21)
2021        Nov 6, Israeli PM Naftali Bennett said there was no room in Jerusalem for another American mission.
    (SFC, 11/8/21, p.A2)
2021        Nov 6, New Zealand's 206 new daily community infections carried it past the double-hundred mark for the first time during the coronavirus pandemic, as the nation scrambles to vaccinate its population of 5 million.
    (Reuters, 11/6/21)
2021        Nov 6, Russia’s national coronavirus task force reported 41,335 new cases since the previous day, exceeding the previous daily record of 40,993 from Oct. 31. The task force reported about 57.2 million full-course vaccinations, or less than 40% of the country’s 146 million people.
    (AP, 11/6/21)
2021        Nov 6, In Scotland tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in Glasgow to call for urgent climate action.
    (NY Times, 11/7/21)
2021        Nov 6, Zambia experienced a nationwide power blackout after an unidentified problem. The state utility said it was working to restore electricity supply.
    (Reuters, 11/6/21)

2021         Nov 7, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 46,482,837 with the death toll at 754,391.
    (sfist.com, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 7, In NYC Peres Jepchirchir, who won gold at the Tokyo Olympics, took first at the New York City Marathon among women. Albert Korir, also from Kenya, won the men’s race.
    (NY Times, 11/7/21)
2021        Nov 7, Dean Stockwell (85), American film and TV actor, died in New Mexico. His films included "Anchors Away" (1945), "Gentleman's Agreement" (1947), "Song of the Thin Man" (1947), "Compulsion" (1959), "Long Days Journey Into Night" (1962), "Paris, Texas" (1984), "Blue Velvet" (1986), 'Married to the Mob" (1988), "Tucker: The Man and His Dream" (1988) and "The Player" (1992).
    (SFC, 11/10/21, p.A6)
2021        Nov 7, Abu Dhabi state news agency WAM said non-Muslims will be allowed to marry, divorce and get joint child custody under civil law in Abu Dhabi according to a new decree issued today by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan.
    (Reuters, 11/7/21)
2021        Nov 7, The Taliban-run Afghan public health ministry announced the start of a four-day nationwide polio vaccination campaign aimed at inoculating children under age 5.
    (AP, 11/7/21)
2021        Nov 7, China's weather agency issued the winter's first snowstorm orange alert, the second-highest level, while nationwide cold wave alarms fuelled concerns over traffic disruptions and flu outbreaks amid rising COVID-19 cases.
    (Reuters, 11/7/21)
2021        Nov 7, China administered about 8.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines today, bringing the total number of doses given to 2.3 billion.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 7, In Ethiopia tens of thousands rallied in Addis Ababa in support of PM Abiy Ahmed's government as federal troops fought rebellious forces who are threatening to march on the city.
    (Reuters, 11/7/21)
2021        Nov 7, India's manufacturing capital Chennai came to a standstill with many areas flooded after the southern Indian coast was battered by heavy rainfall overnight, prompting authorities to issue warnings and evacuate people from low-lying areas.
    (Reuters, 11/7/21)
2021        Nov 7, Iraqi PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi escaped unharmed in an assassination attempt by armed drone in Baghdad. Iraqi security officials soon said the attack was carried out by at least one Iranian-backed militia group. A top Iranian general visited Baghdad after the assassination attempt, and said Tehran and its allies had nothing to do with the drone attack.
    (Reuters, 11/7/21)(Reuters, 11/8/21)(AP, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 7, Local media said Japan recorded no daily deaths today from COVID-19 for the first time in more than a year. Vaccinations have increased now to cover more than 70% of Japan's population.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 7, Nicaraguans voted in a presidential election marked by longtime President Daniel Ortega's ruthless campaign to extend his tight grip on power by jailing critics in a contest the United States has dismissed as a sham. Ortega easily secured a fourth consecutive term as president, after the former guerrilla fighter suppressed political rivals in a vote critics said was rigged but which won Russian recognition.
    (Reuters, 11/7/21)(Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 7, In Northern Ireland four masked men boarded the double decker bus on the outskirts of Belfast. The group ordered the driver and passengers off the bus before setting it ablaze. It was the fourth attack this year amid discontent over the trade deal struck as part of the UK’s departure from the European Union.
    (AP, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 7, Poland's Health Ministry issued instructions to doctors confirming that it is legal to terminate a pregnancy when the woman's health or life is in danger.
    (SFC, 11/8/21, p.A4)
2021        Nov 7, Portuguese police found the charred body of a three-year-old British-German boy in a burned-out car and his father's body nearby in a rural area some 100 km south of Lisbon in what they believe was a murder-suicide.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 7, South African whistleblower Athol Williams, who testified at a state inquiry into massive corruption allegations, left the country fearing for his life. Athol had named 39 people and companies involved in the scandal.
    (BBC, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 7, Sudanese pro-democracy groups launched two days of civil disobedience and strikes in protest at last month's military coup, though participation appeared to be limited by continuing interruptions to internet and phone connections. Security forces dispersed demonstrators and rounded up more than 100 people in Khartoum.
    (Reuters, 11/7/21)(AP, 11/7/21)
2021        Nov 7, In Yemen a court run by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels sentenced actress and model Intisar al-Hammadi (20) to five years in prison on charges of committing an indecent act and having drugs in her possession. Three other female travel companions were also handed prison terms.
    (AP, 11/8/21)

2021        Nov 8, International travelers were allowed to enter the US with proof of vaccination and a negative Covid test. The US-Mexico-Canada borders reopened after 20 months of COVID disruption.
    (NY Times, 11/8/21)(Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, The US Justice Department said that it had brought charges against Yevgeniy Polyanin (28), a Russian national, whom it accused of conducting ransomware attacks against American government entities and businesses, including one that temporarily shut down the meat supply giant JBS. The department also unsealed a separate indictment accusing a Ukrainian national, Yaroslav Vasinskyi (22), with conducting multiple ransomware attacks, including the July 2021 assault on the technology company Kaseya. Europol said seven hackers linked to REvil and another ransomware family have been arrested since February.
    (NY Times, 11/8/21)(SFC, 11/9/21, p.A8)
2021        Nov 8, A US federal judge ruled that United Airlines Holdings Inc can impose a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on its employees that only provides unpaid leave for workers who are exempted for medical or religious reasons.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021         Nov 8, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 46,490,680 with the death toll at 754,474.
    (sfist.com, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 8, Chicago police said 10 people were killed and 50 others were wounded in shootings across the city this weekend.
    (Fox News, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, Four astronauts inside a SpaceX capsule splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico after almost 200 days in orbit in the ISS.
    (NY Times, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 8, Global COVID-19 cases surpassed 250 million as some countries in eastern Europe experience record outbreaks, even as the Delta variant surge eases and many countries resume trade and tourism. More than half the world's population has yet to receive a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, In Afghanistan the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN children's agency kicked off a polio vaccination campaign with Taliban backing, the first nationwide campaign to fight the disease in three years.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, Britain’s farm ministry confirmed that an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5 bird flu has been reported at a small poultry unit in central England.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, Bulgarian veterinary authorities reported a new outbreak of African swine fever at an industrial farm that has a total of 180 pigs in the southern village of Radinovo.
    (AP, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, Cambodia PM Hun Sen said Australia has pledged more than three million COVID-19 vaccine doses helping the Southeast nation give booster shots to its people.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, Chin’s port city Dalian ordered all businesses handling imported chilled and frozen foods to suspend operations after an outbreak of COVID-19 that began last week.
    (Reuters, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 8, Two Chinese astronauts completed a space walk outside the core module of a future space station, with 41-year-old Wang Yaping becoming the first Chinese woman to perform the maneuver.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, In eastern Congo DRC gunmen seized at least two villages overnight near the border with Uganda and Rwanda. A local official blamed fighters from the M23 rebel group.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, The Czech Republic's prospective new center-right prime minister promised rapid change, after reaching an agreement among a coalition of five parties to form a government and oust PM Andrej Babis following an election last month.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, Egypt and Israel said they agreed on an increase in Egyptian border forces in a restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, where Egypt has battled Islamic militants for years.
    (AP, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, French health authorities said the number of people hospitalized because of COVID-19 went up by 156 over the past 24 hours, the highest daily rise since Aug. 23, to reach a one-month peak of 6,865.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, France's Catholic Church agreed to financially compensate sex abuse victims in what the president of the country's Bishop Conference hailed as a “decisive step".
    (AP, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, Germany's coronavirus infection rate has risen to its highest level since the start of the pandemic. Doctors warned they will need to postpone scheduled operations in coming weeks to cope.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili was transferred to a prison hospital in the capital Tbilisi, just over five weeks after he declared a hunger strike in jail.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, In India many students in New Delhi stayed at home rather than return to reopened schools as a toxic smog shrouded the city.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, In India the health department of Kampur said at least 89 people, including 17 children, have tested positive for the Zika virus in a surge of cases in city.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, Indian drugmaker Zydus Cadila said India has placed an order for 10 million doses of its DNA COVID-19 vaccine at a price of 265 rupees ($3.57) per dose.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, Iran’s judicial authorities reportedly banned a newspaper for publishing a front-page graphic that appeared to show Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's hand drawing the poverty line in the Islamic Republic amid widespread anger over the nation's cratering economy.
    (AP, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, An Italian judge found 70 defendants guilty in the first sentencing at one of the country's largest-ever mafia trials. The fast-track trial, held over the weekend, involved 91 defendants and allowed those convicted to have their sentences reduced by a third.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, Kuwait's government submitted its resignation to the ruling emir for a 2nd time this year, a move which along with an amnesty pardoning political dissidents could help end a standoff with opposition lawmakers that has hindered fiscal reform.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)(AP, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, Santiago Nieto, the head of Mexico's financial intelligence unit (UIF), was replaced, days after large amounts of cash were found in the possession of guests on the way to his wedding in Guatemala.
    (Reuters, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 8, Nepalese police said a local rescue team has recovered the bodies of three French climbers who went missing nearly two weeks ago. They had been out of contact with the expedition organizers since Oct. 26 when an avalanche hit an area of Kantega mountain.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, New Zealand began hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Week entirely online. Leaders of the Asia-Pacific trade group APEC focused on the region's economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, In southern Niger at least 25 children aged five to six died after their straw-hut classrooms caught fire in the Maradi region..
    (BBC, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, Amnesty International and internet security watchdog Citizen Lab said mobile phones of six Palestinian rights workers in the Israeli-occupied West Bank were hacked using Israeli technology firm NSO Group's Pegasus spyware.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, Polish authorities accused Belarus of trying to spark a major confrontation and said they had mobilized additional soldiers as footage on social media showed hundreds of migrants walking towards the Polish border.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said Poland has reported several outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu at poultry farms with flocks totaling nearly 650,000 birds.
    (AP, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, Police in Portugal searched premises across the country, acting on a tip-off that Portuguese troops stationed with a UN force in Africa have smuggled diamonds, drugs and gold back into Europe.
    (AP, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, Russia reported 39,400 new COVID-19 cases, including nearly 5,000 in Moscow alone. Most Russians went back to work for the first time in more than a week as a nationwide workplace shutdown was lifted across most regions.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, In Russia a top human rights lawyer who defended the Anti-Corruption Foundation of jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny was added to the Justice Ministry's list of "foreign agents." Ivan Pavlov and four other lawyers were placed on the list, now comprising 93 names.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, Slovakia expanded strict coronavirus restrictions including hotel, bar and restaurant closures to almost a half of the country amid a record surge of infections.
    (AP, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, Tunisian police fired tear gas at protesters who refused an authority's decision to reopen a controlled landfill in the southern town of Agareb.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, The United Arab Emirates said it will require all gold refineries to undergo annual audits to ensure their suppliers are responsible.
    (Reuters, 11/8/21)
2021        Nov 8, UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths urged Myanmar’s military leaders to provide unimpeded access to the more than 3 million people in need of life-saving humanitarian assistance since government forces seized power on Feb. 1.
    (AP, 11/8/21)

2021        Nov 9, A US federal judge ruled that the House of Representatives committee investigating the deadly attack on the US Capitol can access former President Donald Trump's White House records.
    (Reuters, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 9, A US federal investigation reported that at least 13 former Trump administration officials violated the law by intermingling campaigning with their official government duties.
    (SFC, 11/10/21, p.A3)
2021        Nov 9, The US Holocaust Memorial Museum said it has compiled evidence of increasing government repression against Uyghur Muslims in China’s western Xinjiang region.
    (AP, 11/9/21)
2021         Nov 9, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 46,629,359 with the death toll at 755,988.
    (sfist.com, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 9, Jeff Carpoff (50), a SF Bay Area businessman, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for running a billion-dollar Ponzi scheme. He and his wife, Paulette Carpoff (47), had pleaded guilty in January 2020 to a scheme that involved selling investors mobile solar generators, at least half of which didn’t exist.
    (NY Times, 11/10/21)(SFC, 11/11/21, p.C1)
2021        Nov 9, The Oklahoma Supreme Court overturned a $465 million opioid ruling against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson, finding that a lower court wrongly interpreted the state's public nuisance law in the first case of its kind in the US to go to trial.
    (SFC, 11/10/21, p.A3)
2021        Nov 9, General Electric announced plans to split into three companies focused on energy, aviation and health care.
    (NY Times, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 9, Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc said the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had lifted a partial clinical hold on late-stage trial of its COVID-19 vaccine within the country.
    (Reuters, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 9, Satellite internet company Viasat said it will enter Latin America as an internet provider targeting remote communities with limited connectivity, seeking to win customers where telecoms have failed to make inroads. A day earlier Viasat announced that it was buying rival Inmarsat for $7.3 billion.
    (Reuters, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 9, Analysts said the latest national pledges submitted to the UN climate conference in Glasgow to tackle climate change this decade would lead to around 2.4 degrees Celsius of global warming this century, far above safe levels.
    (Reuters, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 9, Australia’s PM Scott Morrison announced plans to encourage people to buy electric vehicles weeks after his government was accused at a UN conference in Scotland of being a laggard in fighting climate change.
    (AP, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 9, Benin's President Patrice Talon signed an agreement to take back from France 26 artworks seized from the former French colony in the 19th century, and said he hoped it would pave the way for more cultural treasures to be handed back.
    (Reuters, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 9, Brazil's lower house of Congress approved a constitutional amendment that would allow far-right President Jair Bolsonaro to spend an additional 92 billion reais ($16.5 billion) next year to ramp up welfare spending ahead of elections. The measure advanced to the Senate, where Bolsonaro has said it may face resistance.
    (Reuters, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 9, Britain’s health minister Sajid Javid said health workers in England will have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by April 1.
    (Reuters, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 9,  The UK's telecoms regulator said thousands of Britain's iconic red phone boxes will be protected from removal under new rules, saying they can still be a lifeline for people in need.
    (SFC, 11/10/21, p.A3)
2021        Nov 9, Bulgaria reported a record 334 daily coronavirus deaths as the European Union's least vaccinated country grappled with a fourth wave of the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 9, President Sebastián Piñera was impeached by the lower house of Chile's congress, setting up a trial in the nation's Senate over allegations he favored the sale of a family property while in office. The vote to impeach got the bare minimum of 78 votes needed in the 155-member Chamber of Deputies. It's unlikely he will be removed by the 43-member Senate, where the opposition has only 24 of the 29 votes needed to remove a president.
    (AP, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 9, The Czech Republic reported 14,539 new coronavirus cases, not far from an all-time peak seen in January, and again had to start limiting non-urgent hospital care to cater for admissions of COVID-19 patients.
    (Reuters, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 9, A UN spokesperson said at least 16 United Nations staff and dependents have been detained in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, amid reports of widespread arrests of ethnic Tigrayans.
    (Reuters, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 9, European Union governments partially suspended a visa facilitation deal for Belarusian officials in response to a "hybrid attack" that Brussels says Minsk is waging by pushing migrants across its borders with Poland and Lithuania. The UN refugee agency UNHCR expressed concern about hundreds of migrants camped out near the Belarus border with Poland and called for an end to vulnerable people being used as political pawns.
    (Reuters, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 9, New Delhi pledged "game-changing" steps to clean its foul air, including intensive water sprinkling and a crackdown on the burning of garbage, as eye-stinging smog covered the Indian capital for a fifth straight day.
    (Reuters, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 9, New Zealand beefed up security measures at its parliament as thousands of people gathered to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and government lockdowns aimed at controlling the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 9, It was reported that at least 18 people were killed in Niger and 7 injured after a gold mine collapsed over the weekend in the village of Dan Issa in the Maradi region.
    (AP, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 9, The Pakistani government and the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan entered into a cease-fire agreement. The militant group failed to the extend the agreement in December accusing the government of not honoring the truce and failing to release 102 of their fighters.
    (SSFC, 12/12/21, p.A8)
2021        Nov 9, Protesters in Peru's Cotabambas province blocked once again a key mining corridor used by the huge MMG Ltd's Las Bambas copper mine, despite a preliminary agreement to keep the road free. The government and the mine had failed to send senior representatives or scheduled talks.
    (Reuters, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 9, It was reported that hundreds of people have been dying each day for the past two months in Romania, which has been among the hardest-hit in the current virus onslaught raging through Central and Eastern European nations. About 40% of the population has been fully vaccinated.
    (AP, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 9, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov suggested that the European Union could provide financial assistance to Belarus in order to encourage it to stop migrants from crossing into the bloc.
    (Reuters, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 9, Russia said the nationwide workplace shutdown it ended this week had helped turn the tide on a wave of COVID-19 cases, even as officials reported the largest one-day death toll of the pandemic so far. The state coronavirus task force reported 1,211 COVID-19 deaths.
    (Reuters, 11/9/21)(SFC, 11/10/21, p.A4)
2021        Nov 9, It was reported that cancer rates in the Serbian town of Radinac have quadrupled in under a decade. The nearby Chinese-owned Smedrevo steel mill has coated the town in red dust.
    (Reuters, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 9, A Singapore court stayed the execution of a Malaysian man convicted of heroin smuggling on grounds that he was not of sound mind. Nagaenthran Dharmalingam was set to be executed on Nov. 10.
    (Reuters, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 9, Slovakia reported a record high 7,055 new coronavirus infections and again had to start limiting non-urgent hospital care to cater for admissions of COVID-19 patients.
    (Reuters, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 9, It was reported that South African officials are investigating an alarming rise in seal deaths along the west coast near Cape Town, with malnutrition one potential cause.
    (Reuters, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 9, It was reported that South Korean diesel vehicle drivers have started panic buying urea after China's custom's last month introduced a new export requirement, effectively halting exports in order to boost supplies to the domestic market.
    (Reuters, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 9, South Korean engineer Kim Gwang-ho was awarded more than $24 million by the whistleblower program of the US auto safety regulator for a tip-off about safety lapses at Hyundai Motor Co, his employer of 26 years. His action led to an agreement last year by Hyundai and its affiliate, Kia, to pay a record civil penalty of $210 million over recalls involving nearly 1.7 million vehicles.
    (Reuters, 11/12/21)
2021        Nov 9, Tunisian protesters angered by an authority's decision to reopen a controlled landfill in the southern town of Agareb set fire to a police station.
    (Reuters, 11/9/21)
2021        Nov 9, A Yemeni journalist and her child were killed in an explosion that targeted her family’s vehicle in the southern city of Aden.
    (AP, 11/10/21)

2021        Nov 10, President Biden acknowledged the rising cost of living, issuing a statement on the heels of the report saying that “reversing this trend is a top priority for me." Consumer prices surged at the fastest pace in more than three decades in October as fuel costs picked up, supply chains remained under pressure and rents moved higher.
    (NY Times, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 10, US President Joe Biden signed into law a bill calling for more sanctions and other punitive measures against the government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.
    (Reuters, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 10, The United States stepped up its campaign against corruption in Cambodia, issuing an advisory to US businesses and blacklisting two government officials accused of scheming to profit from construction work at Cambodia's biggest naval base.
    (Reuters, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 10, A surprise deal between China and the United States, the world's two biggest greenhouse gas emitters, boosted the COP26 UN climate summit as it entered two final days of tough bargaining to try to stop global warming becoming catastrophic.
    (Reuters, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 10, The US vowed to support Taiwan in hopes of preventing a Chinese invasion, standing firm ahead of long-awaited talks between leaders Joe Biden and Xi Jinping.
    (AFP, 11/10/21)
2021         Nov 10, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 46,711,908 with the death toll at 757,792.
    (sfist.com, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 10, In Florida a SpaceX rocket carried four astronauts into orbit late today, including the 600th person to reach space in 60 years.
    (AP, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 10, A federal judge approved a settlement worth $626 million for victims of the lead water crisis in Flint, Michigan, in a case brought by tens of thousands of residents affected by the contaminated water.
    (Reuters, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 10, Former New Jersey gym owner Scott Fairlamb, who was the first person to plead guilty to assaulting a police officer during the attack on the Capitol in January, was sentenced to 41 months in prison, the most severe punishment given so far to any of the more than 650 people charged in the riot.
    (NY Times, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 10, A US federal judge ruled that Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on mask mandates in Texas schools violates the rights of students with disabilities, clearing the path for districts in the state to issue their own rules for face coverings, a decision that could affect more than five million students.
    (NY Times, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 10, It was reported that William “Doc" Gallagher (80), a Texas Christian radio host who called himself the “Money Doctor," has been sentenced to three life sentences plus 30 years by a Tarrant County judge after pleading guilty to operating a Ponzi scheme that prosecutors allege stole $32 million from elderly listeners.
    (Axios, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 10, Alphabet unit Google lost an appeal against a 2.42-billion-euro ($2.8-billion) European antitrust decision, a major win for the bloc's competition chief Margrethe Vestager in the first of three court rulings that will strengthen the EU's push to regulate big tech.
    (Reuters, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 10, Shares of DoorDash Inc jumped 16% after the US food delivery firm inked an $8 billion deal to buy Finnish startup Wolt to grab a slice of the European market and maintain its blistering pace of growth.
    (AP, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 10, Merck & Co Inc and partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics said the Japanese government will pay about $1.2 billion for 1.6 million courses of their COVID-19 antiviral pill molnupiravir.
    (Reuters, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 10, As many as 4,000-5,000 Afghans have been crossing into Iran daily since the Taliban seized Kabul in August and hundreds of thousands more are expected to arrive in the coming winter according to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
    (Reuters, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 10, Belarusian police detained and fined freestyle skier Aliaksandra Ramanouskaya (25) in the capital Minsk for allegedly violating protest laws.
    (Reuters, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 10, Britain's parliament was embroiled in a growing sleaze scandal as allegations of lawmakers being paid for external work which may have breached parliamentary rules dominated the headlines.
    (Reuters, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 10, In an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, Prince Charles anointed rock star and charity patron Elton John as a member of the Order of the Companions of Honor.
    (AP, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 10, In Cameroon an explosive device wounded at least 11 university students when it was thrown on to the roof of a lecture hall in a part of western Cameroon where English-speaking separatists are at war with government forces.
    (Reuters, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 10, China's foreign ministry said that a visit to Taiwan by a US congressional delegation violates the One China policy, and that the United States must immediately stop all forms of official interaction with Taiwan.
    (Reuters, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 10, It was reported that China's factory gate inflation hit a 26-year high in October as coal prices soared amid a power crunch in the country's industrial heartland, further squeezing profit margins for producers and heightening stagflation concerns.
    (Reuters, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 10, In Denmark an investigation concluded that between 1970 and 2010 a culture of sexual misconduct, occasions of heavy drinking and incidents of bullying were common at the Danish Radio Girls’ Choir, made up of teenagers and young women. The 34-page report concluded that most cases went back 20-50 years.
    (AP, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 10, Rights group Amnesty International said fighters from Ethiopia's Tigray region have gang-raped and abused women in neighboring Amhara region.
    (Reuters, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 10, A UN spokesperson said Ethiopian authorities have detained 72 drivers working with the United Nations in Semera, the capital city of Afar region, amid international alarm over reported widespread arrests of ethnic Tigrayans as the war in the country's north escalates.
    (Reuters, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 10, Guinea said it will begin vaccinating children aged 12-17 against COVID-19 with a consignment of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
    (Reuters, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 10, In India diplomats and security analysts from Afghanistan's neighbors, with the notable exceptions of China and Pakistan, gathered in New Delhi to discuss how to engage with the country's Taliban rulers.
    (Reuters, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 10, It was reported that Kazakhstan is struggling to meet the energy needs of its booming cryptocurrency mining industry, which is flourishing thanks to cheap power and an exodus of crypto miners from neighboring China.
    (AP, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 10, Russia reported a record 1,239 deaths from COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours, two days after most of its regions emerged from a week-long workplace shutdown designed to curb the spread of the virus.
    (Reuters, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 10, In Scotland automakers, airlines and governments unveiled a raft of pledges at the UN climate summit to slash greenhouse gas emissions from global transport, albeit with some conspicuous absences. A coalition of 19 countries including Britain and the US agreed to create zero emissions shipping trade routes between ports to speed up the decarbonization of the global maritime industry.
    (Reuters, 11/10/21)(AP, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 10, It was reported that Singapore will no longer cover the medical costs of COVID-19 patients who are eligible to get vaccinated against the virus but choose not to.
    (SFC, 11/10/21, p.A4)
2021        Nov 10, It was reported that South Korea has rejected refugee status for ethnic Chinese people who have been “stateless" since they fled North Korea years ago.
    (AP, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 10, A Sudanese court ordered the country’s three main telecommunications providers to restore internet access. However, authorities did not show any sign yet of carrying out that order.
    (AP, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 10, Swedish center-left PM Stefan Lofven formally resigned, opening the way for Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson to become the country's first woman premier if she can win parliament's approval.
    (Reuters, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 10, A Thai court ruled that three anti-government activists who had called for reform of the country's powerful monarchy had violated the constitution by making what it called a veiled attempt to overthrow the institution.
    (Reuters, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 10, The United Nations said it has paid nearly $8 million in salaries to some 23,500 health workers across Afghanistan over the past month, bypassing the Taliban-run health ministry in a test case to inject much needed liquidity into a dire Afghan economy.
    (Reuters, 11/10/21)
2021        Nov 10, The United Nations Security Council issued a press statement expressing “deep concern" about ongoing violence in Myanmar, whose military-installed government is using force against opponents.
    (AP, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 10, The UN Security Council slapped sanctions on three Houthi rebels linked to cross-border attacks from Yemen into Saudi Arabia and to fighting in the government’s last stronghold in the country’s north.
    (AP, 11/11/21)

2021        Nov 11, The US State Department called on Iran-backed Houthi rebels to release Yemeni US Embassy staff the fighters detained in the northern city of Sanaa after breaching the compound in the war-ravaged country.
    (Axios, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, A federal appeals court issued a short-term injunction blocking the National Archives from turning over to Congress documents from the Trump White House related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, a day before the House committee investigating the attack was set to receive the first batch.
    (NY Times, 11/11/21)
2021         Nov 11, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 46,798,462 with the death toll at 759,154.
    (sfist.com, 11/12/21)   
2021        Nov 11, It was reported that companies in North America added a record number of robots in the first nine months of this year as they rushed to speed up assembly lines and struggled to add human workers.
    (Reuters, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, Jay Last, physicist and one of the original founders of Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957, died in Los Angeles. Last had retired from the chip business in 1974 and spent the rest of his life as an investor, art collector, writer and amateur mountain climber.
    (SFC, 11/23/21, p.C4)
2021        Nov 11, Ruth Ann Minner, former governor of Delaware (86), died at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. She was raised by a sharecropper and dropped out of high school but went on to become the first and only woman to serve as governor of Delaware.
    (NY Times, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, Graeme Edge (80), drummer and co-founder of the British Moody Blues band, died at his home in Bradenton, Florida.
    (SFC, 11/14/21, p.F7)
2021        Nov 11, Medical research software mogul Glen de Vries, who flew to space last month with actor William Shatner aboard a rocketship operated by Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, died in a small plane crash in New Jersey.
    (Reuters, 11/12/21)
2021        Nov 11, Armistice remembrances took place around the world after the coronavirus pandemic wiped out ceremonies last year to mark the end 1918 end of World War I.
    (AP, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, John Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control, said Moderna Inc has offered to sell its COVID-19 vaccines to the African Union at $7 a shot, half the price paid by the United States earlier in the year.
    (Reuters, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko raised the possibility he could shut down the transit of natural gas to Europe via Belarus in retaliation against any new EU sanctions imposed over his country's handling of migrants. Russian gas flows on the Yamal-Europe pipeline halved over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, Migrants stranded inside Belarus threw rocks and branches at Polish border guards and used logs to try to break down a razor wire fence overnight in new attempts to force their way into the EU. Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia condemned "the deliberate escalation of the ongoing hybrid attack by the Belarusian regime, which is posing serious threats to European security", referring to charges that Belarus is using migrants as a weapon.
    (Reuters, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, The Canadian government said it was temporarily withdrawing non-essential personnel from its embassy in Haiti, citing a rapidly deteriorating security situation in the country.
    (Reuters, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, China's ruling Communist Party approved a rare resolution elevating President Xi Jinping's status in its history.
    (Reuters, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, Authorities in Beijing city imposed new curbs on conferences and events after confirming six locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, including individuals who had attended conferences in person in the city.
    (Reuters, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, China’s port city of Dalian reported 52 locally transmitted infections with confirmed symptoms, a daily count higher than any other Chinese city affected in an ongoing nationwide outbreak since mid-October, and more than doubling from 21 cases a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 11/12/21)
2021        Nov 11, In eastern Congo DRC at least two people drowned and dozens left missing after a passenger boat sank on Lake Kivu. Volunteers counted 15 bodies by the time the search was called off in the evening due to heavy rain.
    (Reuters, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, Czech PM Andrej Babis and his government resigned in a formal step required by the Constitution following last month’s parliamentary election. President Milos Zeman was expected to ask Babis to stay in office until a new government is appointed.
    (AP, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele deployed the military to patrol streets throughout the country in response to a surge in murders this week.
    (Reuters, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, The European Commission said the EU will seek to blacklist airlines that transport to Belarus migrants who later attempt to cross the EU border and will coordinate its planned sanctions against Minsk with the United States.
    (Reuters, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, The European Union’ parliament condemned Poland’s recent near-total ban on abortions and called on the Polish government to make sure it no longer leads to the death of pregnant women.
    (AP, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, Europe's drug regulator recommended adding a rare type of spinal inflammation called transverse myelitis as a side-effect of Johnson & Johnson's single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.
    (Reuters, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, Authorities said heavy rains across southern India and Sri Lanka have killed at least 41 people, 16 in Tamil Nadu and 25 in Sri Lanka.
    (Reuters, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, Indonesia's foreign minister defended her country's objection to a global deforestation pledge made last week.
    (Reuters, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, It was reported that Iran is sending tens of thousands of Afghan migrants back to Taliban-ruled Afghanistan every week despite the threat of famine, with many Afghans alleging they have been mistreated by Iranian authorities.
    (AFP, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, Palestinian prisoner Miqdad al-Qawasmi ended a 113-day hunger strike after Israel agreed not to extend his detention without trial beyond February.
    (Reuters, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said it has detected spyware developed by the Israeli hacker-for-hire company NSO Group on the phones of three senior officials and accused Israel of using the military-grade Pegasus software to eavesdrop on them.
    (AP, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, Security forces in Poland were tasked with securing the nation's eastern border amid a migration fight with Belarus while also protecting the capital and other cities during Independence Day marches organized by far-right groups that turned violent in the past.
    (AP, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, Portugal's Roman Catholic Church said it would create an independent commission to investigate historical child sexual abuse allegedly committed by members of the clergy following pressure from prominent congregants to lift a veil of silence around the issue.
    (Reuters, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, Russia reported 40,759 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 1,237 deaths. Fewer than 40% of the country's 146 million population have been fully vaccinated.
    (SFC, 11/12/21, p.A6)
2021        Nov 11, Saudi Arabia issued a royal decree which grants citizenship to "experts and exceptional global talents" who will contribute to the growth of the kingdom under its ambitious reform plans.
    (Reuters, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 11, Sierra Leone's chief auditor Lara Taylor-Pearce, who has been widely praised for her efforts to improve government accountability, said President Julius Maada Bio had suspended her while the attorney general investigates her office.
    (Reuters, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, F.W. de Klerk (85), former president of South Africa, died at his home near Cape Town. As president he dismantled the apartheid system that he and his ancestors had helped put in place.
    (NY Times, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, Sudan's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan was sworn in as head of a new 14-member transitional council he appointed to lead the country following the military takeover late last month, shrugging off domestic and international pressure to reverse the coup. Sudanese medic Mohamed Nagi Al-Assam, prominent in the uprising against Bashir and a vocal critic of the coup, was arrested earlier today and taken to an unknown location.
    (Reuters, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, Syria signed a contract Thursday with a group of companies from the United Arab Emirates to build a solar power station in a Damascus suburb.
    (AP, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, Turkish authorities reportedly arrested an American diplomat working for the US Consulate in Lebanon for allegedly providing a fake passport to a Syrian man. The Syrian was detained for questioning after he attempted to travel to Germany on the false passport, which was in D.J.K.’s name. Police also seized an envelope containing $10,000 from the diplomat. The US later denied that the arrested man was a diplomat.
    (AP, 12/22/21)(AP, 12/23/21)
2021        Nov 11, Ukraine said it will deploy another 8,500 troops and police officers, and 15 helicopters, to guard its border with Belarus, aiming to prevent possible attempts by migrants to breach the frontier.
    (Reuters, 11/11/21)
2021        Nov 11, The UN refugee agency said that the number of people around the world forced to abandon their homes likely increased to more than 84 million in the first half of this year, an increase fueled in particular by conflicts in Africa.
    (AP, 11/11/21)

2021        Nov 12, The United States and Qatar agreed that Qatar will represent the diplomatic interests of the United States in Afghanistan, an important signal of potential direct engagement between Washington and Kabul in the future after two decades of war.
    (Reuters, 11/12/21)
2021        Nov 12, Congressional Democrats introduced a motion to censure Republican Representative Paul Gosar over a cartoon video that depicted him killing Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and swinging swords at President Joe Biden.
    (Reuters, 11/12/21)
2021        Nov 12, Washington announced sanctions targeting Eritrea for its role in the year-long war in neighboring northern Ethiopia.
    (Reuters, 11/13/21)
2021        Nov 12, Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, was indicted on two counts of criminal contempt of Congress after he defied a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the US Capitol.
    (AP, 11/13/21)
2021        Nov 12, Officials said Medicare's “Part B" outpatient premium will jump by $21.60 a month to $170.10 in 2022, one of the largest increases ever. A new Alzheimer's drug, Aduhelm made by Biogen, was responsible for about half of that.
    (AP, 11/12/21)(SFC, 11/14/21, p.A10)
2021        Nov 12, In Connecticut nursing home officials said eight residents have died during a coronavirus outbreak while 89 residents and employees have tested positive for the disease at the Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Canaan.
    (AP, 11/13/21)
2021        Nov 12, Johnson & Johnson said it plans to spin off its consumer health division that sells Listerine and Baby Powder to focus on pharmaceuticals and medical devices in the biggest shake-up in the US company's 135-year history.
    (Reuters, 11/12/21)
2021         Nov 12, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 46,872,659 with the death toll at 759,827.
    (sfist.com, 11/13/21)
2021        Nov 12, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said Austria is implementing a lockdown for unvaccinated people in two hard-hit regions next week and looks poised to move forward with similar measures nationwide.
    (AP, 11/12/21)
2021        Nov 12, Belarus said it has sent some 2,000 migrants back to their countries as part of efforts to stop illegal migration, as Minsk faces accusations of encouraging the migrants to cross into Poland and Lithuania via its territory.
    (Reuters, 11/12/21)
2021        Nov 12, Brazil's Supreme Court suspended a government order that prevented companies from requiring employees to provide proof that they have been vaccinate against COVID-19 and stopped dismissals of those not immunized.
    (Reuters, 11/12/21)
2021        Nov 12, Satellite data showed that deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest rose in October from a year ago, undercutting vows by the government of President Jair Bolsonaro that it is curbing destruction of a crucial bulwark against climate change.
    (Reuters, 11/12/21)
2021        Nov 12, China's President Xi Jinping, via video link, told fellow Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders that economic and technological cooperation is important for the bloc and should receive further investment. APEC leaders vowed to address economic recovery in the region by shoring up supply chains, tackling labor issues and continuing to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (Reuters, 11/12/21)
2021        Nov 12, It was reported that China's Singles' Day, the world's biggest online shopping fest, lost its gloss and braced for more modest growth in coming years, hurt by a slower economy and tighter regulatory scrutiny. The 11 day event grew by just 8.5%.
    (Reuters, 11/12/21)
2021        Nov 12, China reported the first COVID-19 cases among foreign athletes at preparatory events for the upcoming Beijing 2022 Winter Games.
    (Reuters, 11/12/21)
2021        Nov 12, A Chinese court ruled against Kangmei Pharmaceutical Co and some of its former executives, handing victory to investors in China's first class-action lawsuit against corporate fraud.
    (Reuters, 11/12/21)
2021        Nov 12, The Czech government said it is requiring children to get tested for COVID-19 as part of efforts to curtail a recent steep rise in cases. The students will be tested in two waves on Nov. 22 and Nov. 29.
    (AP, 11/12/21)
2021        Nov 12, Ecuador's Attorney General's Office said that through a local court it had frozen the bank accounts of many business leaders and former government officials, including former Pres. Rafael Correa and members of his administration, who were sentenced last year for breaking campaign finance laws.
    (Reuters, 11/12/21)
2021        Nov 12, Locusts were added to the European Union's list of approved food as part of the bloc's push towards more sustainable farming and diets. The dried yellow mealworm larvae of beetle tenebrio molitor was authorized in June.
    (Reuters, 11/12/21)
2021        Nov 12, Germany's disease control center is calling for people to cancel or avoid large events and to reduce their contacts as the country's coronavirus infection rate hit the latest in a string of new highs. The Robert Koch Institute said that Germany's infection rate climbed to 263.7 new cases per 100,000 residents over seven days, up from 249.1 the previous day.
    (AP, 11/12/21)
2021        Nov 12, India's federal pollution control board ordered states and local bodies to be in "complete readiness" for emergency measures to tackle New Delhi's worsening smog conditions due to a drop in temperature and wind speeds.
    (Reuters, 11/12/21)
2021        Nov 12, Latvia's parliament voted to ban lawmakers who refuse COVID-19 vaccine from voting on legislature and participating in discussions. The restriction will last from Nov. 15 until mid-2022.
    (AP, 11/12/21)
2021        Nov 12, A Myanmar court sentenced the American journalist Danny Fenster (37) to 11 years in prison, the maximum possible sentence. Amnesty International declared Mr. Fenster a prisoner of conscience and called for him to be freed immediately and unconditionally.
    (NY Times, 11/12/21)
2021        Nov 12, The Netherlands announced a partial lockdown. Bars and restaurants will close early and sporting events will be held without spectators under a three-week effort to contain a rapid surge in COVID-19 cases.
    (Reuters, 11/12/21)
2021        Nov 12, The president's office of the Philippines said people coming to work in offices will have to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or get tested frequently, as the country battles one of Asia's worst outbreaks.
    (Reuters, 11/12/21)
2021        Nov 12, In Poland the body of a young Syrian man was found near the border with Belarus. At least eight migrants have already died and fears grew for the safety of others as harsh winter conditions set in. Gaylan Delir Ismael (25) of Kurdistan was one of at least 11 people known to have died in the border crisis.
    (Reuters, 11/13/21)(AP, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 12, Spanish police investigated the early morning robbery of a 'bitcoin ATM' in a raid on a cryptocurrency exchange outlet in a wealthy Barcelona neighborhood.
    (AP, 11/12/21)
2021        Nov 12, Turkey banned Syrian, Yemeni and Iraqi citizens from flights to Minsk, potentially closing off one of the routes used by migrants that the EU says have been flown in by Belarus to create a deliberate humanitarian crisis on its frontier.
    (Reuters, 11/12/21)
2021        Nov 12, The UN Security Council extended the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic at a meeting that saw Russia and the West clash over Russia’s military presence in the conflict-wracked nation.
    (AP, 11/12/21)

2021        Nov 13, The FBI and security specialists said hackers compromised a Federal Bureau of Investigation email system and sent tens of thousands of messages warning of a possible cyberattack.
    (Reuters, 11/13/21)
2021         Nov 13, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 47,017,389 with the death toll at 762,681.
    (sfist.com, 11/14/21)
2021        Nov 13, Ed Bullins (86), among the most significant Black playwrights of the 20th century, died at his home in Roxbury, Mass. He was a leading voice in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and ’70s and produced nearly 100 plays that reflected the Black urban experience.
    (NY Times, 11/16/21)(SSFC, 11/21/21, p.F7)
2021        Nov 13, In Michigan four of five people on a commuter plane died when it crashed on Beaver Island, west of Mackinaw City.
    (AP, 11/13/21)
2021        Nov 13, In Afghanistan a magnetic bomb attached to a minivan exploded in a heavily Shi'ite area of Kabul, causing an unknown number of casualties. At least six people were killed.
    (Reuters, 11/13/21)
2021        Nov 13, It was reported that Boris Johnson's Conservatives have lost their lead in two opinion polls after a growing parliamentary standards scandal prompted almost two thirds of respondents in one survey to say the British prime minister's party was disreputable.
    (Reuters, 11/13/21)
2021        Nov 13, Britain’s Economist Magazine said that Hong Kong declined to renew the visa of one its journalists, urging the city to maintain foreign media access as concerns grow about media freedoms in the global financial hub.
    (Reuters, 11/13/21)
2021        Nov 13, The UK recorded 157 deaths from COVID-19 and a further 38,351 cases.
    (Reuters, 11/13/21)
2021        Nov 13, In Ecuador at least 68 prisoners were killed and more than two dozen injured in overnight violence at the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison, in what officials characterize as fights among rival gangs.
    (Reuters, 11/13/21)
2021        Nov 13, Honduras' outgoing Prs. Juan Orlando Hernandez visited Taiwan and said he hoped his country would continue its friendship, as Taipei sought to maintain relations with the Central American country amid a diplomatic tug-of-war with Beijing.
    (Reuters, 11/13/21)
2021        Nov 13, The Chief Justice of India asked the central government to come up with an emergency plan to tackle New Delhi's toxic air quality and dangerous smog conditions, calling the situation "very serious".
    (Reuters, 11/13/21)
2021        Nov 13, A provocative exhibit by dissident Chinese artist Badiucao opened in the industrial northern Italian city of Brescia despite pressure from the Chinese embassy in Rome to cancel it.
    (AP, 11/13/21)
2021        Nov 13, Police in India's western state of Maharashtra killed at least 26 Maoist militants, including a top leader, in an ambush operation in dense forest. The Naxals, including six women were killed in Gadchiroli district along with Milind Teltumbde, a central committee member. Five soldiers and two civilians were killed in an ambush by suspected rebels in Manipur state.
    (Reuters, 11/14/21)(SFC, 11/15/21, p.A24)
2021        Nov 13, Kuwait's state news agency (KUNA) said emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah has issued two decrees for amnesty, pardoning and reducing sentences imposed on 35 people.
    (Reuters, 11/13/21)
2021        Nov 13, A Nigerian army general and three soldiers were killed during an attack by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) militants in the northeast of the country.
    (Reuters, 11/13/21)
2021        Nov 13, In northern Pakistan two policemen were killed and six injured, including a young girl, by an improvised explosive device in attacks near Afghanistan as local Taliban militants agreed a month's ceasefire after talks with the government.
    (Reuters, 11/13/21)
2021        Nov 13, In Poland a group of about 50 migrants broke through defenses on the border and entered the country near the village of Starzyna. All of the people were caught by Polish uniformed services and brought back to the border.
    (Reuters, 11/13/21)
2021        Nov 13, Russia’s national coronavirus task force said that a record 1,241 people died from the virus over the past day.
    (AP, 11/13/21)
2021        Nov 13, Negotiators took the two-week UN climate talks in Scotland into an extra day, wrestling with a fresh draft of an agreement intended to give the world a realistic shot at avoiding the worst effects of global warming. Diplomats from nearly 200 countries struck a major agreement aimed at intensifying global efforts to fight climate change by calling on governments to return next year with stronger plans to curb their planet-warming emissions and urging wealthy nations to “at least double" funding to protect poor nations from the hazards of a hotter planet.
    (Reuters, 11/13/21)(NY Times, 11/13/21)
2021        Nov 13, Sudanese security forces fired tear gas to disperse crowds in the capital Khartoum as protesters gathered for nationwide mass rallies against a military takeover last month. Five demonstrators were killed in pro-democracy protests. Two more Sudanese protesters died days later in the hospital from wounds after being shot during mass protests raising the total death toll to seven.
    (Reuters, 11/13/21)(BBC, 11/13/21)(AP, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 13, Syria’s private Cham Wings Airlines suspended flights between Damascus and the Belarus capital of Minsk because of the “critical circumstances" along the Belarus-Poland border where thousands of migrants have been trying to cross into the European Union.
    (AP, 11/13/21)
2021        Nov 13, Yemen's warring sides clashed south of the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah late today, after Iranian-backed Houthi fighters moved into territory ceded by forces allied to a Saudi-led coalition.
    (Reuters, 11/14/21)

2021        Nov 14, The US Treasury Department said it will partner with Israel to combat ransomware, with the two countries launching a joint task force to address cybersecurity.
    (Reuters, 11/14/21)
2021         Nov 14, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 47,061,192 with the death toll at 763,056.
    (sfist.com, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 14, It was reported that satellite data has revealed nearly 800 major methane leaks at oil and gas facilities from four countries: the US, Algeria, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
    (SFC, 11/14/21, p.A24)
2021        Nov 14, Cuban Americans in Miami held rallies and led prayers to support dissidents on the Communist-run Caribbean island whose planned protests largely fizzled under pressure from authorities and government supporters.
    (Reuters, 11/1421)
2021        Nov 14, The WSJ reported that former President Donald Trump's family hotel company has reached a deal to sell the rights to its Washington, D.C., hotel for $375 million. Miami-based investment firm CGI Merchant Group was in contract to acquire the lease.
    (Reuters, 11/14/21)
2021        Nov 14, Argentines headed to the polls for midterm elections that will establish the power balance in Congress, with the ruling Peronist party battling to avoid damaging losses that could erase its majority in the Senate held for almost 40 years.
    (Reuters, 11/14/21)
2021        Nov 14, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said Austria is placing millions of people not fully vaccinated against the coronavirus in lockdown as of midnight tonight to deal with a surge in infections to record levels.
    (AP, 11/14/21)
2021        Nov 14, In southern Bulgaria a fire broke out on a ward for COVID-19 patients in Sliven, killing three people.
    (SFC, 11/15/21, p.A6)
2021        Nov 14, In England an explosion engulfed a taxi in flames outside a hospital in Liverpool. Police the next day identified Emad Al Swealmeen (32), a suspected terrorist who was killed in the blast.
    (Reuters, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 14, Bulgarians began voting in a third parliamentary election this year. With nearly 76% of the ballots counted, results showed that the We Continue the Change party, founded few weeks ago by two Harvard graduates, has captured 25.3% of the vote, edging out the opposition center-right GERB party of former PM Boyko Borissov by nearly 3%.
    (Reuters, 11/14/21)(AP, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 14, In western Canada storms wrecked roads in the British Columbia, forced an oil pipeline to close and limited land access to Vancouver. Hundreds of people were trapped in their vehicles when mudslides cut off a highway near the mountain town of Agassiz.
    (Reuters, 11/16/21)
2021        Nov 14, In Burkina Faso 49 military police officers and four civilians were killed in an attack on a gendarmerie post near a gold mine in Inata, a territory in the northern Soum region.
    (Reuters, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 14, Chinese authorities recorded 32 new domestically transmitted COVID-19 infections with confirmed symptoms, most of which were in northeastern Dalian city. Nearly 1,500 university students at Dalian were soon confined to their dormitories and hotels.
    (Reuters, 11/15/21)(SFC, 11/16/21, p.A4)
2021        Nov 14, China’s anti-graft watchdog said a former president of a domestic branch of Bank of China suspected of embezzlement was repatriated to China after fleeing to the US. Xu Guojun was suspected of embezzlement with another two former presidents of the Kaiping branch of BOC before he fled to the US in 2001.
    (Reuters, 11/14/21)
2021        Nov 14, Dubai began banning travelers from Iraq from passing through the emirate on their way to Belarus, cutting off the last major air route from the Middle East to Minsk. The UAE barred Afghan, Syrian, Yemeni and Iraqi citizens from flights to Minsk.
    (NY Times, 11/14/21)(Reuters, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 14, Police in India's central Madhya Pradesh state arrested two men with 20 kg of marijuana and found they were using the Amazon India website to order and further smuggle the substance in the guise of stevia leaves, a natural sweetener, to other Indian states.
    (Reuters, 11/20/21)
2021        Nov 14, In Iran at least one person died after two moderate earthquakes struck the southern province of Hormozgan.
    (Reuters, 11/14/21)
2021        Nov 14, Israel approved giving the COVID-19 vaccine to children between the ages of 5 and 11.
    (AP, 11/14/21)
2021        Nov 14, It was reported that floating pumice spewed last August from an undersea volcano in Japan's Ogasawara Islands has damaged boats and ports as far north as Okinawa and Kyushu.
    (SFC, 11/14/21, p.A24)
2021        Nov 14, Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmed al-Sabah accepted the resignation of the government, as the oil-rich country's rulers seek to end a feud with lawmakers that has hindered fiscal reforms.
    (Reuters, 11/14/21)
2021        Nov 14, Kuwait released a group of prisoners pardoned by the emir in an amnesty intended to defuse a political row, including Shi'ite Muslim Kuwaitis convicted in 2016 for spying for Iran and Lebanon's Iran-allied Hezbollah.
    (Reuters, 11/14/21)
2021        Nov 14, In northwest Nigeria armed men killed at least 15 people in raids in Sokoto state. The death toll was soon raised to at least 43.
    (Reuters, 11/16/21)(Reuters, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 14, Russia news reported that Russia has started supplying India with S-400 air defence missile systems.
    (Reuters, 11/14/21)
2021        Nov 14, Spain’s foreign minister summoned Cuba’s top diplomat in Madrid to explain why Havana has revoked the press credentials of five journalists on the island working for Spanish state news agency Efe.
    (AP, 11/14/21)
2021        Nov 14, Thousands of Tunisians protesting against Pres. Kais Saied's seizure of political power four months ago tried to march on the suspended parliament, as hundreds of police blocked off the area.
    (Reuters, 11/14/21)

2021        Nov 15, US President Joe Biden met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in a virtual meeting meant to reduce the chances of a superpower conflict. The two leaders pledged to improve cooperation, but offered no concrete action after three and a half hours of talks.
    (NY Times, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 15, President Biden signed the $1 trillion infrastructure bill into law.
    (NY Times, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 15, President Joe Biden announced a step toward prohibiting oil and gas development outside the boundaries of a major Native American park in the Southwestern US as part of a tribal summit he is hosting. Biden also signed an executive order aimed at improving public safety and justice for Native Americans.
    (Reuters, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 15, Daniel Hsu of Seattle, an American who had been blocked for years from leaving China, returned to the United States. His release came just hours before the two countries' leaders met.
    (Reuters, 11/18/21)(AP, 11/23/21)
2021         Nov 15, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 47,084,497 with the death toll at 763,168.
    (sfist.com, 11/16/21)
2021        Nov 15, Los Angeles-based Air Lease Corp. sealed a deal to acquire 111 new aircraft from European plane maker Airbus at the Dubai Air Show.
    (SFC, 11/16/21, p.C2)
2021        Nov 15, Florida's Gov. Ron DeSantis announced plans to give $5,000 bonuses to unvaccinated police officers who relocate to his state. DeSantis said his plan has nothing to do with Covid-19 vaccine mandates roiling big-city police departments.
    (SFC, 11/19/21, p.A10)(https://tinyurl.com/frvsfern)
2021        Nov 15, Michigan reported 3,040 adults hospitalized with the coronavirus, its largest number since late April. Days later the CDC said Michigan leads the nation in new COVID-19 cases with 504 per 100,000 residents.
    (SFC, 11/18/21, p.A5)
2021        Nov 15, International Business Machines said it has designed a new quantum computing chip that its executives believe will let quantum systems start to outperform classical computers at some tasks within the next two years.
    (Reuters, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 15, In Afghanistan a bomb blast in Kabul wounded two people, just two days after a similar explosion that was claimed by the Islamic State militant group.
    (Reuters, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 15, Austria imposed a lockdown on people unvaccinated against the coronavirus as winter approaches and infections rise across Europe, with Germany considering tighter curbs and Britain expanding its booster program to younger adults.
    (Reuters, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 15, The Belgian government put the country on increased risk for bird flu as the virus spreads across Europe.
    (Reuters, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 15, Officials said Britain's COVID-19 booster vaccine rollout is to be extended to people aged between 40 and 49, in a bid to boost waning immunity in the population ahead of the colder winter months.
    (Reuters, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 15, Royal Dutch Shell said it would scrap its dual share structure and move its head office to Britain from the Netherlands, pushed away by Dutch taxes and facing climate pressure in court as the energy giant shifts from oil and gas.
    (Reuters, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 15, Cambodia reopened its borders to fully vaccinated travelers, two weeks earlier than originally planned, as it emerges from a lengthy lockdown bolstered by one of the world's highest rates of immunization against COVID-19.
    (AP, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 15, In Egypt a ban on public sector employees entering their offices if they are unvaccinated and untested for COVID-19 took effect as the government pushed to accelerate vaccination rates in the final weeks of the year.
    (Reuters, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 15, The European Union stepped up sanctions against Belarus, which denounced as "absurd" Western accusations that it was driving a migrant crisis that has left up to 4,000 people stranded in freezing forests on its border with Poland. EU members Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia said Belarus is forcing migrants to breach the European Union border, and the government of President Alexander Lukashenko must be held accountable for human trafficking.
    (Reuters, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 15, The EU imposed sanctions on four ministers recently appointed to the Syrian government, blaming them for playing a role in the continued repression on civilians in the war-torn country.
    (Reuters, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 15, Germany's coronavirus infection rate rose to its highest level since the start of the pandemic, as the three parties in talks to form a new government plan an expansion of measures to tackle the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 15, Guatemala extradited a son of former Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli to the United States, where he and his brother face bribery and money laundering charges linked to Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht.
    (Reuters, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 15, Haitian businesses began opening their doors and activities were resuming on the country's streets as the G9 gang coalition eased a blockade on fuel deliveries that caused crippling shortages for nearly a month.
    (Reuters, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 15, India's Supreme Court told authorities to shut offices in the capital and nearby cities, allowing millions to work from home as officials seek ways to reduce hazardous air pollution that led to the closure of schools.
    (Reuters, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 15, India began allowing fully vaccinated foreign tourists to enter the country on regular commercial flights, in the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions as infections fall and vaccinations rise.
    (AP, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 15, Kenya's High Court jailed four policemen found guilty of the manslaughter of Alexander Monson, the son of a British aristocrat who was found dead in a police cell in the beach town of Diani in 2012.
    (Reuters, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 15, In Kenya three Islamist militants, described as dangerous, escaped from a maximum-security prison just outside Nairobi. Seven prison wardens were soon arrested. The militants, one of whom had taken part in a 2015 attack that killed 148 people, were recaptured on Nov. 18.
    (BBC, 11/16/21)(Reuters, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 15, Danny Fenster, an American journalist, was released from prison in Myanmar and will be allowed to leave the country. Myanmar's military-owned Myawaddy TV said Fenster had been granted an amnesty following requests from former US state governor and diplomat with longstanding Myanmar ties Bill Richardson. Myawaddy TV also credited for the release Yohei Sasakawa, the chairman of the Nippon Foundation, who doubles as Japan's special envoy on Myanmar for national reconciliation, as well as former Japanese minister Hideo Watanabe.
    (NY Times, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 15, The number of COVID-19 patients in Dutch hospitals increased to around 2,000, including almost 400 in intensive care, reaching the highest level since May.
    (Reuters, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 15, Russia carried out an antisatellite missile test, obliterating one of its own satellites in orbit. The test created a vast cloud of debris that continues to orbit Earth, and some of the material loomed dangerously close to the International Space Station, forcing astronauts to take shelter for hours in a pair of spacecraft capable of returning them to Earth.
    (NY Times, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 15, A new round of fighting between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists began with a dispute over grocery shopping. One Ukrainian soldier was killed.
    (NY Times, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 15, The United Nations announced it will provide $40 million in emergency funding for conflict-wracked northern Ethiopia and drought-affected southern areas, and welcomed the release of 34 truck drivers waiting to deliver aid to war-torn Tigray.
    (AP, 11/15/21)
2021        Nov 15, A court in Vietnam sentenced Nguyen Tri Gioan (42), an aquaculture farmer, to seven years in prison after finding him guilty of spreading "anti-state propaganda" on Facebook.
    (Reuters, 11/15/21)

2021        Nov 16, President Joe Biden banned members of the Nicaraguan government from entering the United States as he issued a broad proclamation in response to an election that Washington has denounced as rigged in favor of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.
    (Reuters, 11/16/21)
2021        Nov 16, The US State Department again urged US citizens in Ethiopia to leave the country immediately, adding that the United States has no plans to facilitate an evacuation via military or commercial aircraft as Washington steps up pressure to bring an end to the conflict in Ethiopia.
    (Reuters, 11/16/21)
2021        Nov 16, A Frida Kahlo self-portrait fetched $34.9 million at Sotheby’s, the most expensive artwork by a Latin American artist sold at auction.
    (NY Times, 11/16/21)
2021         Nov 16, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 47,223,923 with the death toll at 764,440.
    (sfist.com, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 16, A federal appeals court ruled against the National Rifle Association in the gun rights group's lawsuit challenging New York state's closing of gun stores early in the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (Reuters, 11/16/21)
2021        Nov 16, Facebook said hackers from Pakistan used Facebook to target people in Afghanistan with connections to the previous government during the Taliban's takeover of the country.
    (Reuters, 11/16/21)
2021        Nov 16, Google said it will spend A$1 billion ($736 million) in Australia over five years, resetting ties months after a threat to pull its services to avoid tougher government regulation.
    (Reuters, 11/16/21)
2021        Nov 16, Drugmaker Pfizer Inc. said it has signed a deal with a UN-backed group to allow other manufacturers to make its experimental COVID-19 pill, a move that could make the treatment available to more than half of the world’s population.
    (AP, 11/16/21)
2021        Nov 16, Armenia's parliament said that 15 Armenian soldiers had died in clashes on the country's border with Azerbaijan. Armenia asked Russia to help defend its territorial sovereignty against Azerbaijan.
    (Reuters, 11/16/21)
2021        Nov 16, Britain reported 37,243 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 compared with 39,705 a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 11/16/21)
2021        Nov 16, In Burkina Faso hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Ouagadougou demanding President Roch Kabore resign for failing to rein in militants who roam the north and east and last weekend killed 28 soldiers and four civilians.
    (Reuters, 11/16/21)
2021        Nov 16, It was reported that China and the US have agreed to ease restrictions on each other's journalists amid a slight relaxation of tensions between the two sides.
    (AP, 11/16/21)
2021        Nov 16, China's ruling Communist Party slammed the "money worship", "extreme individualism" and corruption that emerged in the four decades since the country opened up, calling for stronger party leadership and moral discipline.
    (Reuters, 11/16/21)
2021        Nov 16, It was reported that authorities in Ethiopia have detained at least 1,000 people, most of them of Tigrayan origin, under a state of emergency the government declared earlier this month after a brutal yearlong war with rival Tigray forces.
    (AP, 11/16/21)
2021        Nov 16, Germany's energy regulator suspended the approval process for a major new pipeline bringing Russian gas into Europe, throwing up a new roadblock to the contentious project and driving up regional gas prices.
    (Reuters, 11/16/21)
2021        Nov 16, The president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong said she is resigning as she cannot appeal to the city's government to ease COVID-19 restrictions at the same time as having to undergo quarantine herself.
    (Reuters, 11/16/21)
2021        Nov 16, India's Akasa Air placed an order for 72 Boeing 737 MAX jets, valued at nearly $9 billion at list prices - a deal that could help the US plane maker regain lost ground in one of the world's most promising markets.
    (Reuters, 11/16/21)
2021        Nov 16, Indonesia's counter-terrorism police arrested a member of the Indonesian Ulema Council on charges of raising funds for the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah (JI) group blamed for deadly bombings. Ahmad Zain An-Najah was arrested along with two associates.
    (Reuters, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 16, Israel and the United Arab Emirates launched talks to establish a free trade agreement between the two countries.
    (Reuters, 11/16/21)
2021        Nov 16, Japan distanced itself from a visit to Myanmar by its special envoy during which he played a role in the release from jail of US journalist Danny Fenster.
    (Reuters, 11/16/21)
2021        Nov 16, The Mexican Supreme Court declared unconstitutional a bid by the country's ruling party to extend the period in office of the tribunal's chief justice, which President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had supported.
    (Reuters, 11/16/21)
2021        Nov 16, Mexico's military arrested the wife of Mexican drug lord Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, best known as "El Mencho", in the western Jalisco state. Oseguera's daughter, Jessica Johanna Oseguera Gonzalez, was arrested in February 2020, and last May pleaded guilty in a US court to carrying out financial dealings with Mexican firms identified as narcotics traffickers.
    (Reuters, 11/16/21)
2021        Nov 16, Saddam Hussein Beni Odeh (26), Palestinian man, was shot and killed by Israeli fire at the entrance to Tammun in the occupied West Bank.
    (AP, 11/16/21)
2021        Nov 16, Philippine boats, which were transporting food to military personnel based on a Philippine-occupied atoll in the South China Sea, had to abort their mission after three Chinese coast guard vessels used water cannon to block the resupply boats.
    (Reuters, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 16, Polish security forces turned water cannon on migrants who threw rocks across the Belarusian border, where thousands have gathered in a chaotic attempt to reach the European Union.
    (Reuters, 11/16/21)
2021        Nov 16, A Warsaw court confirmed the arrest order for Michal Sobansk (46), a Polish businessman who is a descendant of one of Poland's aristocratic families. The businessman, charged with committing crimes relating to property valued at 44 million zlotys ($11 million) while he acted as an “intermediary" for his “clients" in exchange for a “commission" has been held in isolation in a prison in the western Polish city of Wroclaw since June.
    (AP, 11/16/21)
2021        Nov 16, Turkish media reported that Samir Handal, a suspect of "great interest" in the July assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, was detained at the Istanbul Airport by authorities as he was flying transit from the United States to Jordan.
    (Reuters, 11/16/21)
2021        Nov 16, In Uganda a triple suicide bombing killed at least three people in the heart of Kampala, sending members of parliament and others rushing for cover as cars burst into flames in the latest in a wave of bomb attacks. Officials blamed the attacks on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an armed group based in the DR Congo.
    (Reuters, 11/16/21)(BBC, 11/16/21)
2021        Nov 16, Ukraine recorded a record number of daily COVID-19 deaths. Only 19.8% of the population has been vaccinated so far.
    (SFC, 11/17/21, p.A6)

2021        Nov 17, The US House censured Paul Gosar (223-207), an Arizona Republican, for posting an animated video depicting him killing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Just two Republicans, Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, joined Democrats in favor.
    (NY Times, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 17, A cybersecurity alert published by the US Homeland Security Department (DHS) said a hacking group "sponsored" by Iran's government is launching disruptive cyberattacks against a wide range of US companies, including healthcare providers and transportation firms.
    (Reuters, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, Law enforcement agencies in the US, Britain, and Australia issued a joint statement labeling an Iran-sponsored group as a serious threat to cyber security.
    (Fox News, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, The US Justice Department said a federal jury in New Jersey has convicted three El Salvadoran nationals in the international criminal gang MS-13 of murder and racketeering offenses.
    (Reuters, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, Jacob Chansley (34) of Arizona, the man known as the "QAnon Shaman," who stormed the Senate chamber on January 6 adorned in face paint and wearing a fur helmet with horns, was sentenced to 41 months behind bars on for his involvement in the attack on the Capitol.
    (CBS News, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, Jason Mott won the National Book Award for his novel “Hell of a Book." The nonfiction prize went to Tiya Miles for "All That She Carried".
    (NY Times, 11/17/21)
2021         Nov 17, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 47,331,191 with the death toll at 766,232.
    (sfist.com, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 17, Data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that over 100,000 people in the United States died from drug overdoses during the 12-month period ending April 2021.
    (Reuters, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, Florida lawmakers, at the request of Gov. Ron DeSantis, passed new laws sharply curtailing mask and vaccine mandates. Fringe anti-vaccination views met with little pushback.
    (NY Times, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 17, Illinois-based Deere & Co. workers approved a new contract that will deliver 10% raises and end a month-long strike.
    (SFC, 11/19/21, p.C2)
2021        Nov 17, A Mississippi man who shot his estranged wife to death and sexually assaulted his stepdaughter during an eight-hour 2010 standoff with police was put to death. David Cox was the first prisoner executed in Mississippi in nine years. Prior to his execution Cox told his attorneys he killed Felicia Cox in 2007, providing detailed instructions on where investigators could find her remains and waiving his attorney-client privilege after death. On Dec 12 her body was found on land that had once belonged to her family in Pontotoc County.
    (Reuters, 11/17/21)(AP, 12/13/21)
2021        Nov 17, Dave Frishberg (88), the jazz songwriter whose sardonic wit as a lyricist and melodic cleverness as a composer placed him in the top echelon of his craft, died in Portland, Ore. His songs included "My Attorney Bernie" (1983) and "Peel Me a Grape" (1967), sung by Blossom Dearie.
    (NY Times, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 17, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee released a video trying to persuade officers to join the Tennessee Highway Patrol because it doesn't have any coronavirus related mandates.
    (SFC, 11/19/21, p.A10)(https://tinyurl.com/62y86sbj)
2021        Nov 17, A new quantum computer startup born from researchers at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology called QuEra Computing said it has raised $17 million from investors, including Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc.
    (Reuters, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, In Afghanistan two explosions hit Kabul, killing at least one person and wounding at least six, including three women.
    (Reuters, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, Four Afghan journalists threatened by the Taliban regime arrived in North Macedonia where they were being given temporary shelter.
    (AP, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, Austrian coronavirus infections hit a new daily record, the third day of a lockdown for those not fully vaccinated aimed at halting the surge.
    (Reuters, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, A British court sentenced nine members of the climate action group Insulate Britain to up to six months in prison for breaching an injunction designed to prevent road blockades.
    (AP, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, Britain recorded 38,263 new COVID-19 cases and a further 201 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
    (Reuters, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, It was reported that hundreds of people have gone missing in Burkina Faso amid extremist violence. Reports of missing relatives quadrupled from 104 to 407 between 2019 and 2020.
    (AP, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, Cambodia released 26 political, environmental and youth activists facing charges of incitement against the government, which human rights groups said was a positive step but that many more remained incarcerated.
    (Reuters, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, Lawmakers in eastern CongoDRC said at least 144 civilians have been killed this month. Parliament approved a motion to extend the state of siege as it as done every two weeks despite objections by lawmakers in North Kivu and Ituri provinces.
    (Reuters, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, Cuban protest leader Yunior Garcia and his wife landed at Madrid's Barajas airport. El Pais quoted sources close to Garcia as saying he left due to the "brutal police pressure" he had suffered in recent weeks ahead of the planned demonstration.
    (Reuters, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, Czech PM Andrej Babis said authorities will ban people who have not been vaccinated or have not recovered from coronavirus infection from access to public events and services from Nov. 22.
    (Reuters, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, An Egyptian court sentenced Zyad Elelaimy, a prominent human rights lawyer and former member of parliament, to five years in prison for his conviction on charges that rights advocates have decried as baseless and politically motivated. The court also sentenced journalists Hossam Monis and Hisham Fouad to four years in prison on the same charges. Two other defendants got three-year sentences.
    (Reuters, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, Greece reported 6,682 new coronavirus infections and 87 deaths, bringing total infections to 853,841 since the pandemic began last year, while 17,012 people have died.
    (Reuters, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 17, In Haiti Gilbert Dragon (52), a suspect in the July assassination of Haitian Pres. Jovenel Moise, died while being transferred to a hospital from pretrial detention after suffering coronavirus symptom.
    (Reuters, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, Hong Kong authorities captured and euthanized seven wild boars late as they began a campaign to reduce their numbers in urban areas around the financial center after one bit a policeman last week.
    (Reuters, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 17, Indian troops in Kashmir killed five militants believed to belong to a group named The Resistance Front (TRF), which claimed recent killings of migrants in the disputed territory, in two gun battles south of Srinagar.
    (Reuters, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, In India more children were in hospital with breathing problems as pollution levels remained dangerously high in New Delhi. The government shut five power stations and extended school closures to try to contain the crisis.
    (Reuters, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, Indian budget airline SpiceJet said US plane maker Boeing had agreed to settle the outstanding claims related to the grounding of its 737 MAX aircraft.
    (Reuters, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, An Israeli military court handed down a reduced sentence to a Spanish woman who admitted in a plea bargain to raising funds for a West Bank charity that were diverted to a banned militant group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Juana Ruiz Sánchez was sentenced to 13 months in prison and ordered to pay a fine of 50,000 shekels.
    (AP, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, It was reported that ten people were found dead at the bottom of an overcrowded wooden boat packed with 99 surviving migrants and refugees who were rescued off Libya.
    (AP, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, Dutch health authorities said they were running short of COVID-19 tests, as the Netherlands registered more than 20,000 new coronavirus cases for the second day in a row, the highest since the pandemic began.
    (Reuters, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, Pakistan's parliament passed a law allowing electronic vote counting despite furious protests from the opposition which said it had been pushed through by the government to rig the next election.
    (Reuters, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, Pakistan introduced chemical castration as a possible punishment for serial rapists under a law that also calls for faster trials of suspected sexual offenders.
    (Reuters, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 17, A Palestinian teen allegedly stabbed two Israeli border police officers in Jerusalem's Old City before being fatally shot.
    (AP, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, Russia said it would deploy a new paratroop regiment on annexed Crimea by the beginning of December and complained about a British deal to boost Ukraine's navy which it said showed British military activities were expanding near its borders.
    (Reuters, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, South Korea reported 3,187 new coronavirus cases and 21 deaths, the 16th  consecutive day of double-digit fatalities.
    (SFC, 11/18/21, p.A5)
2021        Nov 17, Thousands of Sudanese protested against last month's coup in Khartoum and other cities. Security forces shot dead at least 15 people and wounded dozens as thousands of protesters took to the streets in three cities on the deadliest day in a month of demonstrations against military rule.
    (Reuters, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, Sweden said it is introducing a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate for public gatherings and events with more than 100 people indoors as of Dec. 1. Sweden recorded 13 new coronavirus deaths raising its official total to 15,107.
    (AP, 11/17/21)(SFC, 11/18/21, p.A5)
2021        Nov 17, Syrian state TV said Israel launched two missiles early today targeting an empty building in southern Damascus from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
    (Reuters, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accelerated a market meltdown when he pledged to continue his battle against interest rates "to the end", sending the lira to new depths and prompting opposition leaders to call for early elections.
    (Reuters, 11/17/21)
2021        Nov 17, In Uganda four suspected ADF operatives were killed near the border.
    (BBC, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 17, The UN's nuclear watchdog IAEA reported that Iran has again boosted its stock of highly enriched uranium.
    (AP, 11/17/21)

2021        Nov 18, US President Joe Biden and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador pledged to create a working groups on arms trafficking and related transborder crime and border security.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 18, The United States said it is lifting restrictions on four Burundians whom it had sanctioned in 2015 over violence in the country.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 18, US prosecutors announced sex-trafficking charges alleging that girls and young women were coerced to have sex with the founder of a Philippines-based church who is a friend and adviser to President Rodrigo Duterte.
    (Reuters, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 18, The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted unanimously to require wireless carriers to allow texting to the new "988" National Suicide Prevention hotline that will begin use by July 2022.
    (Reuters, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 18, A US study said first known COVID-19 case was a market vendor in the Chinese city of Wuhan, not an accountant who appeared to have no link to the market but whose case contributed to speculation the virus could have leaked from a lab.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021         Nov 18, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 47,428,697 with the death toll at 767,515.
    (sfist.com, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 18, The Latin Grammy Awards named the Cuban protest anthem “Patria y Vida!" (or “Homeland and Life!") song of the year.
    (NY Times, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 18, A rare first printing of the US Constitution, one of 13 known copies, sold at Sotheby’s in New York for $43.2 million, a record price for a document or book sold at auction.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 18, In California Gary Stephen Maynard (47), a college professor from San Jose, was indicted of arson on federal property. Prosecutors said he was responsible for setting the Cascade Fire, Everitt Fire, Ranch Fire and the Conard Fire during his alleged spree.
    (SFC, 11/19/21, p.C3)
2021        Nov 18, Peter Buck (90), founder of the Subway sandwich chain, died in Danbury, Conn. His $1,000 investment in a family friend's Connecticut sandwich shop in 1965 provided the genesis for what is now the world's largest restaurant chain.
    (AP, 11/24/21)
2021        Nov 18, Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma called off the execution of a death-row inmate just hours before the man was scheduled to die today by lethal injection, culminating an extraordinary campaign for clemency that drew in celebrities, his fellow conservatives and Christian leaders.
    (NY Times, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 18, Oregon authorities seized 250 tons of illegal marijuana from several industrial warehouses in White City.
    (SFC, 11/22/21, p.A3)
2021        Nov 18, Rhode Island-based CVS Health said it plans to close 900 stores over the next three years.
    (SFC, 11/19/21, p.C2)
2021        Nov 18, Pfizer Inc said the US government would pay $5.29 billion for 10 million courses of its experimental COVID-19 antiviral drug, as the country rushes to secure promising oral treatments for the disease.
    (Reuters, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 18, Belarus authorities cleared the main camps where migrants had huddled at the border with Poland, in what appeared to be a major development in a crisis that has spiraled in recent weeks into an East-West confrontation. Hundreds of Iraqis who have camped for weeks at Belarus' borders with the EU checked in for a flight back to Iraq.
    (Reuters, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 18, Brazil's annual government report showed that deforestation in its Amazon rainforest soared 22% in a year to the highest level since 2006.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 18, Britain's Environment Agency and water regulator Ofwat said it had launched a major investigation into sewage treatment after water companies admitted that they could be releasing unpermitted sewage discharges into rivers and watercourses.
    (Reuters, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 18, Britain recorded 46,807 daily COVID-19 cases, the highest since Oct. 22, and 199 deaths.
    (Reuters, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 18, Canada struggled to reach 18,000 people stranded in British Columbia after floods and mudslides destroyed roads, houses and bridges in what could be the costliest natural disaster in the country's history.
    (Reuters, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 18, Ecuador's President Guillermo Lasso renewed a 30-day state of emergency in nine of the country's 24 provinces, as his government seeks to curb crime it says is connected to drug consumption and trafficking.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 18, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the launch of a new app against school bullying as well a change to the law aiming to widen parental control on all electronic devices used by children.
    (Reuters, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 18, Greece ordered private sector doctors in five regions in the north of the country to assist its health system as it grapples with a surge in COVID-19 infections.
    (Reuters, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 18, Hungary said will make a third, booster shot against COVID-19 mandatory for all healthcare workers and will require protective mask wearing in most closed places as of Nov. 20.
    (Reuters, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 18, Israel charged a man, employed as a cleaner in the home of Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz with attempting to spy for the Black Shadow hacking group which is purportedly linked to Iran. Omri Goren Gorochovsky (37) was arrested on Nov. 4.
    (AFP, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 18, Lebanon instructed airlines to limit passengers traveling to Belarus to those having visas, residency permits or Belarusian citizenship.
    (Reuters, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 18, In Mexico migrant groups from Haiti and Central America joined forces as they left the southern Mexican city of Tapachula to head towards the US border.
    (Reuters, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 18, Mexican authorities discovered 10 bodies, nine of them hanging from an overpass, in Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, Zacatecas state. One of the bodies fell to the ground before authorities arrived at the scene.
    (SFC, 11/20/21, p.A3)
2021        Nov 18, The Philippines condemned "in strongest terms" the actions of three Chinese coast guard vessels that it said blocked and used water cannon on resupply boats headed towards a Philippine-occupied atoll in the South China Sea.
    (Reuters, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 18, Russian natural gas flows through the Yamal-Europe pipeline to Germany eased this morning, but gas prices dropped despite ongoing uncertainty over Russian supplies this winter.
    (Reuters, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 18, Russia recorded 1,251 coronavirus deaths, a record high for a 2nd straight day.
    (SFC, 11/19/21, p.A10)
2021        Nov 18, Saudi state media said a Saudi-led coalition carried out a wide operation against targets in Yemen after intercepting and destroying a drone that attempted to attack Saudi Arabia's Abha international airport.
    (Reuters, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 18, The Swiss Digital Exchange (SDX) said its new digital trading and settlement arm will issue a bond to show how blockchain can benefit mainstream securities and not just the crypto assets it was originally intended for.
    (Reuters, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 18, Taiwan's Pres. Tsai Ing-wen commissioned into service 64 upgraded F-16V fighter jets at an air force base in Chiayi.
    (SFC, 11/19/21, p.A4)
2021        Nov 18, Taiwan opened a de facto embassy in Lithuania in a diplomatic breakthrough for the Chinese-claimed island, brushing aside Beijing's strong opposition to the move.
    (Reuters, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 18, The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said Togo has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus on a poultry farm.
    (Reuters, 11/18/21)
2021        Nov 18, It was reported that security forces in Uganda have shot dead Muslim cleric Sheikh Muhammad Abas Kirevu, just outside Kampala. He was accused of working with an armed group linked to suicide bombings in the capital.
    (BBC, 11/18/21)

2021        Nov 19, The White House confirmed that President Joe Biden is nominating two former government officials to serve on the US Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors, replacing the current chairman, Ron Bloom.
    (AP, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 19, President Joe Biden's $1.75 trillion bill to bolster the social safety net and fight climate change passed the US House of Representatives and headed to the Senate, where divided moderates and liberals still need to reach agreement.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 19, The US Transportation Department said it was awarding nearly $1 billion in infrastructure grants as the Biden administration prepares to dramatically boost funding on the nation's roads, bridges, rail, transit and other projects.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 19, US Interior Secretary Deb Haaland declared “squaw" to be a derogatory term and said she is taking steps to remove the term from federal government use and to replace other derogatory place names.
    (AP, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 19, The US Food and Drug Administration authorized booster doses of Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE's COVID-19 vaccine for all adults, a move aimed at addressing waning protection among fully vaccinated Americans in the face of Delta variant-driven breakthrough cases of the illness.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021         Nov 19, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 47,539,865 with the death toll at 768,789.
    (sfist.com, 11/20/21)
2021        Nov 19, In San Francisco six suspects were arrested late today, accused of leaving a Louis Vuitton store in the city’s Union Square shopping district "emptied out." Other high-end retailers, including Fendi and Yves Saint Laurent, also were struck.
    (Fox News, 11/20/21)
2021        Nov 19, It was reported that the family of Elijah McClain has settled a civil rights lawsuit with the city of Aurora, Colorado, for $15 million, reportedly the highest police settlement in the history of the state.
    (The Grio, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 19, Ian Fishback (42), an Army whistle-blower, died an adult foster care facility in Bangor, Mich. His allegations that fellow members of the 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq routinely beat and abused prisoners prompted the Senate to approve anti-torture legislation in 2005.
    (NY Times, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 19, In Oregon law enforcement in Portland declared a riot late today as about 200 demonstrators protested the acquittal of a teen who killed two people and injured another in Wisconsin.
    (AP, 11/20/21)
2021        Nov 19, A Wisconsin jury acquitted teenager Kyle Rittenhouse (18) of murder in the fatal shooting of two men during racial justice protests marred by arson, rioting and looting on Aug. 25, 2020 in Kenosha. The decision that re-ignited fierce debate about gun rights and the boundaries of self defense in the United States.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 19, BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc's injection for children with the most common type of dwarfism received clearance from the US health regulator, making it the first approved therapy for achondroplasia in the country.
    (AP, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 19, Austria said it will become the first country in western Europe to reimpose a full COVID-19 lockdown. In addition to lockdown it would require the whole population to be vaccinated from Feb. 1.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 19, Britain's interior minister Priti Patel said she had banned the Palestinian militant group Hamas in a move that brings the UK's stance on Gaza's rulers in line with the US and the EU.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 19, Britain's health ministry said it would add booster shots to the COVID-19 pass for outbound international travel, though it added they would not be added to the domestic pass at this time. Britain reported 44,242 new COVID-19 cases and 157 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 19, It was reported that the Chinese government's revenue from land sales slumped for a fourth month in October compared with year-ago levels, as cash-strapped developers moved cautiously on land buying after tighter regulatory curbs on new borrowing.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 19, In the Czech Rep. the daily tally of coronavirus infections jumped to 22,936, almost 500 more than the previous record set Nov. 16.
    (AP, 11/20/21)
2021        Nov 19, It was reported that heavy rain around Aswan, Egypt, has forced fat-tailed scorpions into people's homes. Some 450 residents were reported stung with at least three deaths.
    (https://tinyurl.com/r4zk9hkt)(SSFC, 11/21/21, p.B10)
2021        Nov 19, The European Union's drug regulator advised that an experimental COVID-19 pill from Merck should be given within five days of first symptoms to treat adults who do not need oxygen support and are at risk of their disease worsening.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 19, Authorities imposed a curfew on the French overseas territory of Guadeloupe following five days of civil unrest over COVID-19 protocols that have seen barricades burned in the streets and firefighters and doctors walk out on strike.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 19, Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili agreed to end a 50-day hunger strike in prison after authorities offered to move him to a military hospital from a prison hospital where an independent rights commissioner had said he was being abused by fellow inmates and not receiving appropriate medical treatment..
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 19, Haiti opened a consulate in the southern Mexican border city of Tapachula in a bid to help manage migration, amid a steep increase in Haitians attempting to cross the US-Mexico frontier.
    (Reuters, 11/20/21)
2021        Nov 19, It was reported that Hong Kong's banking regulator has fined four banks, including local units of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and UBS, a combined HK$44.2 million ($5.67 million) for breaches of anti-money laundering rules.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 19, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Indexes Company said embattled developer China Evergrande Group will be removed from Hong Kong's Hang Seng China Enterprises Index.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 19, Indian PM Narendra Modi said he would repeal agriculture laws that farmers have been protesting against for more than a year, sparking celebrations for what farmers called a hard-fought victory.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 19, In India at least 17 people died and dozens were reported missing in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh after days of heavy rains.
    (AP, 11/20/21)
2021        Nov 19, Indonesian police said they are investigating claims by a hacker who said this week they have stolen personal data of thousands of police officers, the latest in a spate of cyber attacks that has highlighted the country's digital vulnerabilities.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 19, In central Iran thousands of farmers and their supporters gathered in the city of Isfahan, in a major protest over water shortages in the drought-stricken region.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 19, Japan's Cabinet approved a record 56 trillion yen ($490 billion) stimulus package to help the economy out of the doldrums worsened by the coronavirus pandemic.
    (SFC, 11/20/21, p.A4)
2021        Nov 19, In Kenya Kate Mitchell, a British national who worked for BBC Media Action in a number of African countries, was found dead in Nairobi. Police told local media they were investigating it as a murder and exploring possible motives.
    (BBC, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 19, Malawi police fired teargas to quell an anti-government protest over alleged corruption and economic mismanagement by President Lazarus Chakwera's administration.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 19, In eastern Mexico migrants from 12 countries were among more than 400 people found hidden in the back of two semi-trailers, most of them from neighboring Guatemala.
    (Reuters, 11/20/21)(SSFC, 11/21/21, p.A5)
2021        Nov 19, In the Netherlands three people were hospitalized after police in Rotterdam fired shots during a violent protest late today against COVID-19 measures. 51 people were arrested.
    (Reuters, 11/20/21)
2021        Nov 19, Nicaragua's government announced that it will withdraw from the Organization of American States (OAS). The regional body has accused Pres. Daniel Ortega's government of acts of repression and rigging this month's election.
    (SFC, 11/20/21, p.A3)
2021        Nov 19, Norway officials said the country is imposing stricter border controls in a bid to tackle a rise in coronavirus infections.
    (SFC, 11/20/21, p.A4)
2021        Nov 19, A government official said Pakistan has removed a clause from a new criminal law that had allowed chemical castration as a possible punishment for serial rapists.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 19, It was reported that the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has suspended a probe at Manila's request into suspected rights abuses during Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on drugs. Manila had filed the deferral request on Nov. 10, citing the country's own investigations into drug war killings.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 19, Poland accused Belarus of trucking hundreds of migrants back to the border and pushing them to attempt to cross illegally, only hours after clearing camps at a frontier that has become the focus of an escalating East-West crisis. The number of migrants trying to force their way into Poland from Belarus fell again after an apparent change in tack by Minsk that could help calm a crisis that has escalated into a major East-West confrontation.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)(Reuters, 11/20/21)
2021        Nov 19, The International Labour Organization (ILO) said Qatar is not adequately investigating and reporting worker deaths including unexplained fatalities among seemingly healthy laborers.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 19, The Geo Barents vessel, run by charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF), arrived in Sicily carrying the bodies of 10 migrants found dead at sea, along with dozens of people it rescued this week as they tried to cross the Mediterranean.
    (Reuters, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 19, Spanish authorities said a group of 39 Palestinian refugees has sought asylum in Spain after refusing to get back on a plane during a Barcelona stopover on their flight from Cairo.
    (AP, 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 19, World Toilet Day. The UN started World Toilet Day in 2012, and this year's campaign is designed to raise awareness of the 3.6 billion people — roughly half of the world's population — living without access to safe sanitary systems.
    (Journal Inquirer, Manchester, Conn., 11/19/21)
2021        Nov 19, The UN said Somalia's "rapidly worsening" drought has left more than two million people facing severe food and water shortages.
    (AP, 11/19/21)

2021         Nov 20, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 47,672,306 with the death toll at 770,804.
    (sfist.com, 11/21/21)
2021        Nov 20, About 80 looters in ski masks ransacked a Nordstrom location in Walnut Creek, about 25 miles outside San Francisco, in a scene described by witnesses as "insane" and like something "out of a movie." Most of the looters got away. Three people were arrested.
    (Fox News, 11/20/21)
2021        Nov 20, The Walt Disney Company paused a coronavirus vaccine mandate for employees of its Florida theme park after the State Legislature and the governor made it illegal for employers to require all workers get the shots.
    (NY Times, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 20, Officials said Afghanistan's Taliban administration will begin paying the overdue salaries of government workers today.
    (Reuters, 11/20/21)
2021        Nov 20, In Austria thousands of people, many of them far-right supporters, protested in Vienna against coronavirus restrictions a day after Austria's government announced a new lockdown and said vaccines would be made compulsory next year.
    (Reuters, 11/20/21)
2021        Nov 20, The British government said it is seeking to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste. Under proposals in a 12-week public consultation, businesses and consumers will need to move towards more sustainable alternatives.
    (Reuters, 11/20/21)
2021        Nov 20, Britain recorded 40,941 daily COVID-19 cases, a decrease on a day earlier when 44,242 cases were recorded.
    (Reuters, 11/20/21)
2021        Nov 20, Wu Liangyou, an official at the National Health Commission (NHC), said China had given 76.3% of its population complete COVID-19 vaccine doses by Nov. 19. A total of 1.076 billion people in the country have received the required number of doses for their COVID vaccination. 65.73 million people have received a booster dose.
    (Reuters, 11/20/21)
2021        Nov 20, President Nayib Bukele said El Salvador plans to build the world's first "Bitcoin City", funded initially by bitcoin-backed bonds, doubling down on his bet to harness the crypto currency to fuel investment in the Central American country. The city will be built near the Conchagua volcano to take advantage of geothermal energy to power both the city and Bitcoin mining.
    (Reuters, 11/20/21)(SFC, 11/22/21, p.A2)  
2021        Nov 20, In France tens of thousands of people marched through Paris and other cities to demand more government action to prevent violence against women.
    (SSFC, 11/21/21, p.A6)
2021        Nov 20, Indian police said they had charged senior executives of Amazon.com's local unit under narcotics laws in a case of alleged marijuana smuggling via the online retailer.
    (Reuters, 11/20/21)
2021        Nov 20, Iran's Revolutionary Guards said they had seized a foreign ship in Gulf waters loaded with what they described as smuggled diesel.
    (Reuters, 11/20/21)
2021        Nov 20, Iran announced it has now fully vaccinated 44 million people, more than half of its population of 85 million. The country has been hit the worst by the pandemic in the Middle East.
    (AP, 11/20/21)
2021        Nov 20, The coalition of Malaysian PM Ismail Sabri Yaakob scored a crucial win in a state election seen as a test for the country's fractured political parties as they gear up for national polls that could be called by next year.
    (Reuters, 11/20/21)
2021        Nov 20, Five police officers were injured in the Netherlands and at least 40 people detained across three provinces as violent protests against COVID-19 restrictions continued for a second night.
    (Reuters, 11/21/21)
2021        Nov 20, Prominent Somali journalist Abdiaziz Mohamud Guled, also known as Abdiaziz Afrika, a critic of the Islamist militant group al-Shabab, was killed in a suicide bomb attack in Mogadishu.
    (BBC, 11/20/21)
2021        Nov 20, Two hundred vaccinated foreign tourists arrived in Vietnam's beach-fringed island of Phu Quoc, the first wave of visitors to the country in nearly two years as it seeks to resurrect its pandemic-ravaged tourism economy.
    (Reuters, 11/20/21)
2021        Nov 20, Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement said it had fired 14 drones at several Saudi Arabian cities, including at Saudi Aramco facilities in Jeddah. Saudi state news said the Saudi-led coalition has attached 13 targets during a military operation against the Houthis in Yemen.
    (Reuters, 11/20/21)

2021         Nov 21, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 47,711,609 with the death toll at 771,044.
    (sfist.com, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 21, In the SF Bay Area 30-40 suspects staged break-ins in Larkspur and Palo Alto. The Larkspur store reported over $250,000 in lost merchandise and damage.
    (SFC, 11/27/21, p.C1)
2021        Nov 21, Robert Bly (94), the Minnesota poet, author and translator, died at his home in Minneapolis. He articulated the solitude of landscapes, galvanized protests against the Vietnam War and started a controversial men’s movement with a best seller that called for a restoration of primal male audacity. His work included more than books of poetry.
    (NY Times, 11/22/21)(SSFC, 11/28/21, p.F6)
2021        Nov 21, In northwest Nebraska three people died in a plane crash near Chadron.
    (AP, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 21, In Wisconsin at least five people were killed and 40 others wounded after a car plowed into a holiday parade in Waukesha, a Milwaukee suburb. One person was in custody. Darrell Edward Brooks Jr (39) was taken into custody after a red Ford Escape SUV drove into the parade. Days later a boy (8) became the 6th victim.
    (NY Times, 11/22/21)(The Independent, 11/22/21)(NY Times, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 21, It was reported that the class of US Rhodes Scholars for 2022 includes the most women ever selected for the scholarship in one year. Of the 32 students chosen to study at the University of Oxford in England, 22 are women.
    (AP, 11/20/21)
2021        Nov 21, In Belgium police and protesters clashed in the streets of Brussels in demonstrations over government-imposed COVID-19 restrictions, with police firing water cannon and tear gas at demonstrators throwing rocks and smoke bombs.
    (Reuters, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 21, Britain called for international action on the issue of medical devices such as oximeters that work better on people with lighter skin, saying the disparities may have cost lives of ethnic minority patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Britain reported 40,004 new cases and 61 deaths.
    (Reuters, 11/21/21)(Reuters, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 21, Bulgarians voted to choose the country's next president in a run-off election, weary of widespread corruption in the European Union's poorest member state amid rising energy costs and high death toll from the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 11/21/21)
2021        Nov 21, Chileans began to vote in what is widely seen as the nation's most divisive presidential election since the country's 1990 return to democracy. On the Right, Jose Antonio Kast (55), a Catholic and father of nine, has promised to crack down on crime. On the Left, lawmaker Gabriel Boric (35) has pledged to scrap the nation's laissez-faire economic model. Former congressman Jose Antonio Kast finished on top in the first-round vote. Both men were well short of the majority needed to win outright.
    (Reuters, 11/21/21)
2021        Nov 21, China downgraded its diplomatic ties with Lithuania, expressing strong dissatisfaction with the Baltic State after Taiwan opened a de facto embassy there, escalating a row that has sucked in Washington.
    (Reuters, 11/21/21)
2021        Nov 21, Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, whose whereabouts have been a matter of international concern for weeks, attended a tennis tournament in Beijing, according to official photos published by the tournament organized by China Open.
    (Reuters, 11/21/21)
2021        Nov 21, Colombia and Ecuador agreed to the bilateral reopening of their shared border from the start of December after it was closed amid the coronavirus pandemic, and pledged to work together to combat drug trafficking.
    (Reuters, 11/21/21)
2021        Nov 21, The French overseas territory of Guadeloupe was hit by a third night of looting and rioting amid protests against COVID-19 measures, with gunmen shooting at police and firefighters.
    (Reuters, 11/21/21)
2021        Nov 21, In Haiti two of the 17 aid workers kidnapped more than a month ago were released. Christian Aid Ministries, based in Ohio, said it would not make public their names or say why they were freed.
    (NY Times, 11/21/21)
2021        Nov 21, A cyberattack disrupted access to Iran's privately owned Mahan Air, marking the latest in a series of cyberattacks on Iranian infrastructure that has put the country on edge.
    (Reuters, 11/21/21)
2021        Nov 21, Kenya's government issued a directive that residents must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination by Dec. 21 to access services. Only 8.8% of people are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Kenya so far.
    (Reuters, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 21, In the Netherlands riots broke out in cities across the country, the third night in a row that police clashed with mobs of angry youths who set fires and threw rocks to protest COVID-19 restrictions.
    (NY Times, 11/21/21)
2021        Nov 21, A Palestinian gunman from the Islamist group Hamas killed an Israeli and wounded three other people in Jerusalem's Old City before being shot dead by police.
    (Reuters, 11/21/21)
2021        Nov 21, Sudan's military reinstated PM Abdalla Hamdok and announced the release of all political detainees after weeks of deadly unrest triggered by a coup. Under an agreement signed with military leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Hamdok will lead a civilian government of technocrats for a transitional period.
    (Reuters, 11/21/21)
2021        Nov 21, Uganda's Jacob Kiplimo shaved one second off the world half-marathon record when he clocked 57 minutes 31 seconds in the Lisbon Half Marathon road race.
    (Reuters, 11/21/21)
2021        Nov 21, Venezuelans headed to the polls in local and regional elections which represent a major challenge for electoral authorities and opposition politicians alike.
    (Reuters, 11/21/21)

2021        Nov 22, It was reported that the US Justice Department will pay $130 million to survivors and families of victims of the 2018 massacre in Parkland, Fla., settling a lawsuit that accused the FBI of failing to properly investigate two tips.
    (NY Times, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State Department advised against travel to Germany and Denmark because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases in those countries.
    (Reuters, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, A unanimous Supreme Court rejected a claim that the Memphis, Tennessee, area has been taking water that belongs to Mississippi from an underground aquifer that sits beneath parts of both states.
    (AP, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, The Obama Foundation said Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is donating $100 million to the foundation in honor of Congressman John Lewis, a hero of the US civil rights movement of the 1960s who died last year.
    (AP, 11/22/21)
2021         Nov 22, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 47,731,686 with the death toll at 771,122.
    (sfist.com, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 22, A Nordstrom department store in a Los Angeles mall became the latest target in a string of "smash-and-grab" robberies that have hit luxury retailers in California and Illinois. The LAPD said it had taken 3 suspects into custody. Local reports said as many as 20 people may have been involved in the break-in and theft.
    (Reuters, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 22, A federal judge in Denver ruled that lawyers Gary D. Fielder and Ernest J. Walker more than $180,000 in attorney's fees for defendants Dominion Voting Systems, Facebook and others, saying their lawsuit, alleging the 2020 presidential election stolen from Donald Trump, was intended to manipulate gullible members of the public.
    (SFC, 11/25/21, p.A8)
2021        Nov 22, The US Navy said a water and fuel mixture had leaked into a fire suppression system drain line in a tunnel at a massive fuel storage facility 3 miles (4.8 km) inland of Pearl Harbor. The Navy said it removed about 14,000 gallons (53,000 liters) of the mixture, and said the liquid hadn’t leaked into the environment.
    (AP, 12/3/21)
2021        Nov 22, Minnesota set another record for COVID-19 patients receiving hospital care. The statewide total for fatalities reached 9,229.
    (SFC, 11/25/21, p.A9)
2021        Nov 22, New York City said it severing ties with CORE Services Group, one of the largest nonprofit organizations running homeless shelters, citing the charity’s repeated management failures, conflicts of interest and excessive executive salaries. A New York Times investigation published last month found that CORE CEO Jack A. Brown III had collected more than $1 million a year, hired his relatives and steered millions of dollars in business to for-profit companies he controlled.
    (NY Times, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, In New York a legislative investigation was released showing that former Gov. Andrew Cuomo had sexually harassed women and ordered state workers to help produce a book on pandemic leadership during work hours.
    (SFC, 11/23/21, p.A5)
2021        Nov 22, New York University’s medical center said it has received a $166 million gift from Jeff Bezos and his family.
    (AP, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, It was reported that the Minderoo Foundation, owned by Andrew Forrest, chairman of iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group, plans to help 18 small publishers by applying to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on their behalf so they can negotiate together without breaching competition laws to secure licensing deals with Google and Facebook.
    (Reuters, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, Austria powered down public life as its fourth national COVID-19 lockdown began, making it the first western European country to reimpose the drastic and unpopular measure this autumn in the face of surging coronavirus infections.
    (Reuters, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, Bahrain said its security forces have arrested a number of suspected militants ahead of a planned attack and confiscated weapons and explosives that had come from Iran.
    (Reuters, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, In Brazil residents on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro found the corpses of at least seven people in a mangrove after a sustained gunbattle with local police. The bodies were found after a weekend-long operation in the area, which began after a local police officer died while on patrol Nov. 20.
    (Reuters, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, The organizers of the Brit Awards announced they are scrapping separate male and female artist categories in a shakeup designed to make the music prizes more inclusive. Next year’s awards will feature trophies for UK and international artist of the year, replacing male and female awards in each category.
    (AP, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, Britain reported 44,917 further cases of COVID-19 and 45 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
    (Reuters, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, Cambodia police said three refugees deported by Thailand have been jailed on charges of conspiracy and incitement. pressure grew on Thailand to protect activists at risk of persecution at home.
    (Reuters, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 21, It was reported that Canada is ending its pandemic-era policy of turning back asylum-seekers trying to cross into the country between ports of entry.
    (Reuters, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, Chinese leader Xi Jinping said his country will not seek dominance over Southeast Asia or bully its smaller neighbors, amid ongoing friction over the South China Sea.
    (AP, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, China's government said Taiwan firms operating in China need to draw a line between themselves and independence supporters, after punishing a major Taiwanese firm ostensibly for business violations.
    (Reuters, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, Ecuador's President Guillermo Lasso pardoned prisoners jailed for minor traffic crimes and others suffering terminal illnesses to alleviate overcrowding in penitentiaries across the country.
    (Reuters, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 22, The German military and soldiers' representatives agreed to add the coronavirus shot to the list of vaccines that soldiers must get.
    (SFC, 11/24/21, p.A5)
2021        Nov 22, Greece introduced a wide range of new restrictions aimed at curbing a spike in coronavirus infections.
    (SFC, 11/23/21, p.A4)
2021        Nov 22, Indian farmers held a mass rally to demand minimum support prices be extended to all produce, not just rice and wheat.
    (Reuters, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, It was reported that India's salesmen face ruin as mom-and-pop stores are targeted by JioMart, an app rolled out by Reliance Industries billionaire Mukesh Ambani in his drive to revolutionize retail distribution in India.
    (Reuters, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, Israel’s internal security agency said that it had arrested more than 50 members of a Hamas cell in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem in recent weeks that were involved in planning attacks on Israelis.
    (AP, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, Italian customs police dismantled a Nigerian organized crime syndicate that forced dozens of young women into prostitution and begging on the streets of Italy and then smuggled out millions of euros in ill-gained revenues to Nigeria, with cash hidden in suitcase handles or pasta packages.
    (AP, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, Khurram Parvez, a prominent activist in Indian-administered Kashmir, was arrested late today by India's federal National Investigation Agency (NIA) on terror funding charges.
    (Reuters, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 22, PM Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand will adopt a new system of living with the coronavirus virus from Dec. 3, which will end tough restrictions and allow businesses to operate in its biggest city.
    (Reuters, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, Nicaragua announced that it is lifting the visa requirement for Cuban nationals in a move which could make it easier for Cubans to migrate north toward the United States.
    (Reuters, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, Oman and Qatar signed agreements on military cooperation, taxation, tourism, ports, labor and investment as Oman seeks to invigorate its debt-burdened economy.
    (Reuters, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, Palestinian hunger strikers Kayed Fasfous (34) and Ayyad al-Harimi (28) suspended their strikes against Israel’s controversial policy of detaining them without charge after reaching a deal that will allow them to go free in the coming months.
    (AP, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, It was reported that Portugal shut down its last remaining coal plant over the weekend, ending the use of the polluting material for electricity generation and becoming the fourth country in the European Union to do so.
    (Reuters, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, Romania's centrist Liberals and the leftist Social Democrats finalized their grand coalition and the country's president nominated retired army general Nicolae Ciuca as prime minister, hoping to end a two-month long political stalemate.
    (Reuters, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, Sudanese doctors said security forces have targeted hospitals and blocked injured protesters from treatment since the military seized control of the country last month, after raising the total number of anti-coup protesters killed to 41.
    (AP, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, Uganda said that seven suspects had been killed and 106 people detained during operations by the security services linked to three suicide bombings in the capital Kampala last week.
    (Reuters, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, The United Nations pushed for urgent action to prop up Afghanistan's banks, warning that a spike in people unable to repay loans, lower deposits and a cash liquidity crunch could cause the financial system to collapse within months.
    (Reuters, 11/22/21)
2021        Nov 22, Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE) awarded victory to the ruling Socialist party in 20 governorships and three to opposition politicians in an initial announcement following local and regional elections.
    (Reuters, 11/22/21)

2021        Nov 23, The White House said The United States will release 50 million barrels of crude from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help cool oil prices, that will start hitting the market in mid- to late-December.
    (Reuters, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, The United States and India agreed to expand trade of some agricultural products, including US cherries, alfalfa and distiller dried grains as well as Indian mangoes, grapes, shrimp and water buffalo meat.
    (Reuters, 11/23/21)
2021         Nov 23, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 47,974,891 with the death toll at 773,581.
    (sfist.com, 11/24/21)
2021        Nov 23, A federal jury in Cleveland found that three of the nation’s largest pharmacy chains — CVS Health, Walmart and Walgreens — had substantially contributed to the crisis of opioid overdoses and deaths in two Ohio counties.
    (NY Times, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that Samsung plans to build a $17 billion semiconductor factory outside of Austin, Texas, amid a global shortage of chips used in phones, cars and other electronic devices.
    (SFC, 11/25/21, p.C2)(https://tinyurl.com/w793r3s)
2021        Nov 23, A jury found the organizers of the 2017 far-right rally in Charlottesville, Va., liable for injuries and awarded more than $25 million in damages. The jury deadlocked on two federal conspiracy charges.
    (NY Times, 11/24/21)
2021        Nov 23, A senior Red Cross official warned that "serious problems" remain with a remote island off southern Bangladesh housing Rohingya refugees, as officials prepared to ship thousands more people there this week.
    (Reuters, 11/24/21)
2021        Nov 23, Thousands of miners halted work at Bosnia's seven coal mines in support of colleagues protesting in Sarajevo against what they said were government violations of work and pay regulations.
    (Reuters, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, Britain said it will allow privately-held oil reserves to be released voluntarily in answer to a global stockpile release effort led by the United States.
    (Reuters, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, Britain reported 42,484 further cases of COVID-19 and 165 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
    (Reuters, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, In western Bulgaria a bus carrying North Macedonian tourists crashed in flames on a highway before daybreak, killing at least 45 people, including 12 children.
    (Reuters, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, Chile's lower house approved a bill that would permit same-sex marriage in the South American country of 19 million, sending the measure back to the Senate where it appears to have the support needed to become law.
    (Reuters, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, Colombia's armed forces seized 10 tons of cocaine, the largest shipment so far this year, and destroyed two drug labs in an anti-narcotics mission in the southeast of the country.
    (Reuters, 11/24/21)
2021        Nov 23, France's Health Minister Olivier Veran announced that there were more than 30,000 new infections recorded in the last 24 hours, the highest single day number since early August and nearly six times the 5,226 new cases recorded a day earlier..
    (The Telegraph, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, Tony Chung (20), the former leader of Hong Kong pro-independence group Studentlocalism, was sentenced to a total of 43 months in prison for trying to separate the city from China, and for money laundering. His plea bargain led to a 25% reduction in his sentence.
    (Reuters, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, India said it will release 5 million barrels of oil from its strategic reserves in coordination with other buyers including the United States, China, Japan and South Korea.
    (Reuters, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, India reported 7,579 new coronavirus infections, the smallest rise in one-and-a-half-years despite huge festival gatherings in recent weeks, thanks to rising vaccinations and antibodies from prior infections.
    (Reuters, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, In Italy Rudy Guede, the only person convicted in the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher, was freed after serving most of his 16-year prison sentence. He has denied killing Kercher.
    (AP, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, A spokesman said Kazakhstan's former president, Nursultan Nazarbayev (81), will hand over his role as the leader of the ruling Nur Otan party to President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev (68).
    (Reuters, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, Kuwait state media said PM Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid has been reappointed and tasked with forming a cabinet that would be the Gulf OPEC oil producer's third this year in a domestic political standoff.
    (Reuters, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, Officials said thousands of migrants in southern Mexico have accepted a government offer to quit a US-bound caravan in exchange for Mexican visas.
    (Reuters, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, In central Mexico the bodies of six people were found hanged from a bridge and a tree in Zacatecas state, a region ravaged by criminal gang violence, the second such incident in the area in less than a week.
    (Reuters, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, A shadow government in Myanmar said it has raised $6.3 million of its Nov. 22 inaugural bonds sale, in its biggest move yet to generate funds for its "revolution" to topple the ruling military junta.
    (Reuters, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, Dutch coronavirus infection numbers hit a new weekly record, climbing 39% while hospital and intensive care unit admissions also rose sharply, prompting the government to make social distancing mandatory again for all adults.
    (AP, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, Lahore, Pakistan, became the world's 3rd most polluted city behind Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
    (SFC, 11/24/21, p.A4)
2021        Nov 23, The Philippine navy successfully transported food supplies to Filipino forces guarding a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, a week after China’s coast guard used water cannons to force the supply boats to turn back, sparking outrage and warnings from Manila.
    (AP, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, Poland said that groups of migrants had made new attempts to cross over the border from Belarus and it would be premature to say that the worst of the crisis on the European Union's eastern frontier was over.
    (Reuters, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, Qatar detained two journalists from Norway and deleted footage they had gathered at a migrant labor camp as they tried to report on worker issues ahead of the FIFA 2022 World Cup. The journalists were released after 30 hours.
    (SFC, 11/25/21, p.A6)
2021        Nov 23, Yevgeny Smirnov Irina Fatyanova, involved with Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's recent political campaign, said they have fled Russia as the jailed opposition leader launched a new bid to challenge his designation by prison authorities as an extremist.
    (Reuters, 11/24/21)
2021        Nov 23, In Serbia a series of explosions ripped through an munitions factory on the outskirts of Belgrade, killing at least two workers and injuring at least 16.
    (AP, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, Chun Doo-hwan (90), South Korea’s most vilified former military dictator, died at his home in Seoul. He had seized power in a coup and ruled his country with an iron fist for most of the 1980s, dispatching paratroopers and armored vehicles to mow down hundreds of pro-democracy protesters.
    (NY Times, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, Catalonia's separatist party Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) said the Spanish government will pass a new 5% tax on audiovisual production and force streaming platforms, such as Netflix, to air shows in regional languages.
    (Reuters, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, In eastern Sri Lanka at least six people died and around ten were missing after a ferry they were traveling in capsized.
    (Reuters, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, Turkey's lira nose-dived 15% in its second-worst day ever after President Tayyip Erdogan defended recent sharp rate cuts, and vowed to win his "economic war of independence" despite widespread criticism and pleas to reverse course.
    (Reuters, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, It was reported that whistleblower Emma Reilly, who warned her bosses at the UN Human Rights office that China was getting information on dissidents coming to speak at the world body, has been fired. Reilly was dismissed within 24 hours of her giving an interview to the leading French newspaper Le Monde. It washer case that alerted many to the growing influence of China within the UN system.
    (Fox News, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, The World Health Organization and the UN-backed Medicines Patent Pool said the Spanish National Research Council had signed a licensing agreement for its COVID-19 antibody test. It is the first time any manufacturer has allowed its coronavirus test to be included in a technology pool set up by WHO.
    (AP, 11/23/21)
2021        Nov 23, In Yemen a Saudi-led coalition airstrike gutted a plastics factory in the rebel-held capital of Sanaa, the latest attack amid an escalation in fighting in recent weeks.
    (AP, 11/23/21)

2021        Nov 24, The US Trade Representative's office said that it is moving to terminate its trade retaliation case against India after Washington and New Delhi agreed on a global tax deal transition arrangement that will withdraw India's digital services tax.
    (Reuters, 11/24/21)
2021        Nov 24, NASA launched a spacecraft to test a plan to save humanity from killer asteroids. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test spacecraft could be the first to alter an asteroid’s path, a technique that may be used to defend the planet in the future.
    (NY Times, 11/24/21)
2021         Nov 24, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 48,002,161 with the death toll at 774,120.
    (sfist.com, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 24, In Los Angeles the Nordstrom store at the Westfield Topanga Mall was robbed by five people this evening, with the robbers taking seven to eight expensive purses. An Apple store in Santa Rosa was also robbed today of $20,000 in merchandise. The district attorney for San Francisco charged nine people in connection to multiple organized robberies in the city.
    (The Hill, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 24, A Georgia jury found three white men guilty of murder in the Feb. 2020 shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man.
    (NY Times, 11/24/21)
2021        Nov 24, Apple Inc issued alert messages to at least six Thai activists and researchers who have been critical of the government, warning it believed their iPhones had been targeted by "state-sponsored attackers".
    (Reuters, 11/24/21)
2021        Nov 24, The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said new COVID-19 cases have jumped 23% in the Americas in the last week, mostly in North America where both the United States and Canada reported increasing infection rates.
    (Reuters, 11/24/21)
2021        Nov 24, Australia classified neo-Nazi organization The Base and Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shia Islamist political party and militant group, as terrorist organizations.
    (Reuters, 11/24/21)
2021        Nov 24, Bahrain announced plans for over $30 billion in spending to spur investment and build up infrastructure over the next several years, promising to create five brand-new cities on man-made islands.
    (AP, 11/24/21)
2021        Nov 24, Britain reported 43,676 further cases of COVID-19 and 149 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
    (Reuters, 11/24/21)
2021        Nov 24, Authorities in Cyprus said they will deny access to indoor areas such as shopping malls, restaurants and supermarkets to anyone who hasn’t received a third booster shot seven months after being vaccinated against COVID-19.
    (AP, 11/24/21)
2021        Nov 24, A Danish frigate killed four pirates in waters south of Nigeria in an operation to protect shipping in the Gulf of Guinea. Four pirates remaining were taken on board the frigate, and no Danish personnel were hurt in the incident.
    (Reuters, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 24, State-affiliated media reported that Ethiopia's PM Abiy Ahmed has gone to direct the war from the front lines, as two Olympian athletes announced they were enlisting in the military. Germany and France became the latest countries to advise their citizens to leave Ethiopia, amid an escalation in the country's civil war.
    (Reuters, 11/24/21)(BBC, 11/24/21)
2021        Nov 24, European Union ambassadors approved the renewal of sanctions on four Chinese officials and one Chinese entity as part of an extension of a human rights blacklist.
    (Reuters, 11/24/21)
2021        Nov 24, Coronavirus infections broke records in parts of Europe. Slovakia, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Hungary all reported new highs in daily infections.
    (Reuters, 11/24/21)
2021        Nov 24, French media reported that a boat with migrants sank in the English channel off the French coast. 27 migrants died after their dinghy capsized while trying to cross the Channel from France to Britain. A manslaughter lawsuit was later filed by Utopia 56, a French humanitarian organization, accusing Channel authorities of not doing enough to prevent the deaths. 
    (Reuters, 11/24/21)(SSFC, 11/28/21, p.A4)(SFC, 12/21/21, p.A2)
2021        Nov 24, In Germany Olaf Scholz and his coalition partners from the progressive Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats stepped in front of the cameras to announce a 177-page governing deal they have negotiated under strict secrecy since the Sept. 26 election.
    (NY Times, 11/24/21)
2021        Nov 24, Haiti's PM Ariel Henry swore in his new Cabinet as the country struggled with a rise in violence, kidnappings and ongoing fuel shortages blamed on powerful gangs.
    (SFC, 11/26/21, p.A6)
2021        Nov 24, It was reported that plans by the Indian government for a new bill that would bar most private cryptocurrencies has triggered heavy selling in the country's digital currency markets, as investors look to exit positions despite the losses.
    (Reuters, 11/24/21)
2021        Nov 24, Iran and the UAE agreed to open a new chapter in bilateral relations.
    (Reuters, 11/24/21)
2021        Nov 24, Beny Steinmetz (65), the Israeli billionaire convicted of bribery weeks apart in Romania and Switzerland, was arrested by Greek police when the private jet he was on landed at Athens airport. He was released 24 hours later on condition he didn’t leave Greece.
    (Bloomberg, 12/9/21)
2021        Nov 24, Italy tightened the screws on people still unwilling to take an anti-COVID jab, sharply restricting access to an array of services and making vaccines mandatory for a wider group of public sector workers.
    (Reuters, 11/24/21)
2021        Nov 24, Libya's top electoral body disqualified Seif al-Islam Khadafy, the sone of former dictator Moammar Khadafy, from running in next months presidential election.
    (SFC, 11/26/21, p.A6)
2021        Nov 24, Mexican officials began dispersing several hundred migrants gathered in the southern city of Tapachula by busing them to other states, heading off the prospect of a new caravan heading north.
    (Reuters, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 24, The Searching Mothers of Sonora announced that they have found more than 20 bodies in clandestine graves in a town east of Hermosillo, Mexico. Collective Pres. Patricia Cecilia Flores Armenta called for the United Nations' Committee on Enforced Disappearances to get involved in the investigation and speed up the exhumation of the bodies.
    (AZCentral, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he has taken an experimental nasal vaccine against the coronavirus, three days after he received his booster shot, as Russia faces its worst surge of infections and deaths since the pandemic began.
    (AP, 11/24/21)
2021        Nov 24, South Korea reported a new daily record of 4,116 cases and battles a spike in serious cases straining hospitals. It was reported that a little known sect led by a pastor who pokes eyes to heal is at the center of a COVID-19 outbreak in in Cheonan city. South Korea this month switched to a "living with COVID-19" plan aimed at lifting rigid distancing rules and ultimately reopening after reaching vaccination goals last month. South Korea has recorded 425,065 total infections, with 3,363 deaths.
    (Reuters, 11/24/21)
2021        Nov 24, Sweden's first female prime minister, Social Democrat Magdalena Andersson, resigned after less than 12 hours in the top job after the Green Party quit their two-party coalition, stoking political uncertainty.
    (Reuters, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 24, Syria’s military said Israeli warplanes attacked army positions in the country’s central region early today, leaving two civilians dead and seven people wounded — six of them soldiers.
    (AP, 11/24/21)
2021        Nov 24, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates signed accords on energy and technology investments after talks between President Tayyip Erdogan and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan in Ankara.
    (Reuters, 11/24/21)
2021        Nov 24, The UN said a convoy of about 40 trucks carrying relief supplies, including food, had left for Tigray from neighboring Afar. The UN estimates 100 trucks should be entering Tigray each day to meet humanitarian needs.
    (Reuters, 11/25/21)
 2021        Nov 24, Zambia's central bank raised interest rates by 50 basis points to 9.0% to help bring down stubbornly high inflation, with price rises only seen falling back within the bank's target range in 2023.
    (Reuters, 11/24/21)

2021         Nov 25, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 48,107,102 with the death toll at 775,628.
    (sfist.com, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 25, Members of Native American tribes gathered in Plymouth, Mass., to mourn Indigenous people worldwide who have suffered centuries of racism and mistreatment in a tradition that began in 1970.
    (SFC, 11/26/21, p.A8)
2021        Nov 25, Spectators once again lined the streets of Manhattan for the 95th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade after last year's spectacle was scaled down and closed to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic.
    (Reuters, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 25, Australia announced it is sending police, troops and diplomats to the Solomon Islands to help after anti-government demonstrators defied lockdown orders and took to the streets for a second day in violent protests.
    (AP, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 25, Austria said it has found a case of bird flu on a small chicken farm near Vienna airport and is ordering poultry farms with more than 350 birds to keep them indoors.
    (AP, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 25, Belarusian and Russian fighter jets jointly patrolled Belarus' border, in the latest sign of Moscow's support for its ally in a standoff with the EU over migrants camped at the frontier with Poland.
    (Reuters, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 25, Britain reported 47,240 new cases of COVID-19. A further 147 people were reported as having died within 28 days of a positive test for COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 25, Burkina Faso President Roch Kabore promised to end "dysfunction" within the military in a speech, as the nation braced for more protests against worsening insecurity.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 25, Statistics Canada said the murder rate in Canada last year rose to its highest level since 2005.
    (Reuters, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 25, China's Shanghai city detected three domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases with confirmed symptoms. This prompted Shanghai to limit tourism activities and a nearby city to cut public transport services, as China insisted on zero tolerance against letting clusters spread.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 25, State-backed media said Chinese tech group Baidu Inc and self-driving startup Pony.ai have won approval to launch paid driverless robotaxi services that will see the firms deploy not more than 100 vehicles in an area in China's capital Beijing.
    (Reuters, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 25, The Czech government declared a 30 day state of emergency involving early closure of bars and clubs and a ban on Christmas markets as the continent battled a surge in coronavirus cases.
    (Reuters, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 25, Egypt's highest civilian court issued a final ruling upholding a death sentence for 21 suspected Islamist militants. The defendants were convicted of belonging to Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis group, which changed its name to Sinai Province after pledging allegiance to the Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 25, Egypt unveiled a restored road connecting two ancient temple complexes in Karnak and Luxor in a lavish ceremony aimed at raising the profile of one of the country's top tourist spots.
    (Reuters, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 25, Ethiopia’s government issued a new order aiming to restrict media reporting of the country’s yearlong war, prohibiting the sharing of non-official information on “military-related movements, battlefront results and situations".
    (AP, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 25, The EU's drug regulator approved the use of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of five and 11 paving the way for them to be given a first shot as Europe struggles with a surge in cases.
    (Reuters, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 25, French authorities announced that booster shots would be made available to everyone aged over 18, rather than just the over-65s and those with underlying health issues.
    (Reuters, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 25, Investigators with Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission delivered a final report to the president Thursday, identifying and recommending prosecution for those most responsible for crimes and human rights abuses committed during the 22-year rule of former President Yahya Jammeh.
    (AP, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 25, Germany said a case of African swine fever (ASF) has been found in a wild boar in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, close to a case found on a farm in the state earlier in November.
    (AP, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 25, The number of new daily cases in Germany hit a record of 75,961 and its total death toll reached 100,119 since the start of the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 25, Indonesia's Constitutional Court ordered the government to amend parts of a 2020 job creation law within two years, citing procedural flaws in how the controversial legislation was handled.
    (Reuters, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 25, Protests against COVID-19 restrictions in the French territory of Martinique intensified and the situation is "very strained," after rioters injured police officers, attacked journalists and set fire to the state representative's residence.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 25, It was reported that the Mexican government is rapidly running out of tools to control the expansion of the feared Jalisco cartel on the front lines of Mexico’s narco war in the western state of Michoacan and the stalled ground effort is being supplemented by an increasingly sophisticated aerial conflict.
    (AP, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 25, Portugal said it is bringing back some tight pandemic restrictions as of Dec. 1 in response to a recent rise in coronavirus infections.
    (SFC, 11/26/21, p.A7)
2021        Nov 25, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis swore in a new coalition government led by a Liberal former army general and declared an end to a months-long political crisis that had gripped the Eastern European nation.
    (AP, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 25, A methane explosion at a coal mine in Russia's Siberia killed 11 people and injured more than 40, with dozens of others remaining trapped at the Listvyazhnaya mine in the Kemerova region. The death toll soon rose to at least 52.
    (AP, 11/25/21)((SFC, 11/26/21, p.A4)
2021        Nov 25, Sierra Leone's anti-corruption commission indicted six officials on corruption allegations, including an opposition front-runner for the 2023 presidential election.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 25, Slovakia went into a two-week lockdown, as the country with one of the EU's lowest vaccination rates reported a critical situation in hospitals and new infections that topped global tables.
    (Reuters, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 25, In Somalia a large explosion outside a school in Mogadishu killed at least eight people including students.
    (AP, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 25, South African scientists said they have detected a new COVID-19 variant in small numbers and are working to understand its potential implications. They said variant B.1.1.529 has a "very unusual constellation" of mutations, which are concerning because they could help it evade the body's immune response and make it more transmissible.
    (Reuters, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 25, South Korea said it will start a task force to consider outlawing the centuries-old practice of dog meat consumption.
    (SFC, 11/26/21, p.A2)
2021        Nov 25, In Sudan tens of thousands protested in the streets of Khartoum and other cities, keeping up the pressure on military leaders after they struck a deal to bring back a civilian prime minister deposed in a coup one month ago.
    (Reuters, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 25, In Turkey riot police fired pepper gas to disperse demonstrators who gathered in Istanbul to protest violence against women, some chanting "government resign", nearly five months after Turkey withdrew from a treaty on the issue.
    (Reuters, 11/25/21)
2021        Nov 25, Pope Francis declared five Catholic priests who were killed during the Paris Commune revolutionary government that took control of Paris in 1871 were martyrs who were killed out of “hatred for the faith".
    (AP, 11/25/21)
 2021        Nov 25, Vietnam said an African swine fever outbreak is spreading widely in the country and is hurting the local farming industry, forcing the culling of three times the number of hogs culled last year.
    (Reuters, 11/25/21)

2021        Nov 26, The United States and six other nations issued a joint statement calling on the international community to suspend all assistance to Myanmar's military, and expressing grave concern over reports of human rights abuses by its security forces.
    (AP, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, President Joe Biden said the United States will bar entry to most travelers from eight southern African countries starting on Nov. 29, after a potentially more-contagious new coronavirus variant was identified in South Africa.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021         Nov 26, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 48,133,538 with the death toll at 775,833.
    (sfist.com, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 26, In Lakewood, Los Angeles County, a group of suspects ages 15 to 20 stormed a Home Depot store around 8:30 p.m. and grabbed tools such as crowbars, mallets and sledgehammers before getting away in vehicles that were waiting outside. In the Beverly Grove section of Los Angeles, a large group entered a Bottega Veneta store and used pepper spray against some who tried to stop them while grabbing high-end merchandise there.
    (AP, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 26, Stephen Sondheim (91), Broadway composer and lyricist, died at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut. He helped American musical theater evolve beyond pure entertainment and reach new artistic heights with such works as "West Side Story," "Into the Woods" and "Sweeney Todd".
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, New York Governor Kathy Hochul issued a COVID-19 "disaster emergency" declaration, citing increasing rates of infections and hospitalizations.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, Merck & Co said updated data from its study of its experimental COVID-19 pill showed the drug was significantly less effective in cutting hospitalizations and deaths than previously reported.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, Hundreds of Afghan girls took entrance exams for a Turkish foundation in Kabul that runs some of Afghanistan's most highly regarded schools, despite a delay by the Taliban in allowing the 13-year-olds to return to the classroom.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, Australia said it was investigating the newly identified COVID-19 variant spreading in South Africa and warned it may close its borders to travelers from the African nation if risks from the new strain rise.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, Belgium detected Europe's first confirmed case of the new variant of COVID-19, and at the same time announced measures aimed at curbing a rapidly spreading fourth wave of coronavirus infections. A case of variant B.1.1.529 had been found in an unvaccinated person who had developed symptoms and tested positive on Nov. 22.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko told migrants stranded at the border with Poland that his country would help them to return home if they wanted but would not force them. Lukashenko said it was the EU that deliberately provoked a humanitarian crisis.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, Brazil said it will shut its borders to travelers arriving from six southern African countries as of Nov. 29 due to the new coronavirus variant.
    (Reuters, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 26, The head of the COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium said it is likely that the new coronavirus variant B.1.1.529 that is spreading in South Africa will end up in Britain, but efforts to buy time and reduce transmission would help.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, Central London shops and businesses hoping to receive a much-needed boost from Black Friday sales were hit by disruption to the tube network as drivers held their biggest strike since 2018.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, Britain reported 50,091 new COVID-19 cases, the highest since October 21, government statistics showed, adding there had been a further 160 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, Members of Extinction Rebellion targeted 13 Amazon fulfilment centers in the United Kingdom with the aim of disrupting 50% of the company's deliveries on Black Friday, which marks the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season. They staged similar protests in Germany and the Netherlands.
    (Reuters, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 26, Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly urged citizens to leave Ethiopia immediately, saying Canada was very worried by the "rapidly deteriorating security situation".
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, Authorities in the eastern Chinese city of Wenzhou said their investigation had found that Alvin Chau, the founder of junket operator Suncity, had formed a junket agent network in the mainland to help citizens engage in offshore and cross-border gambling activities.
    (Reuters, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 26, The border port of Wanding in China's Yunnan province resumed trade with neighboring Myanmar after being closed for 136 days due to the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi agreed to a joint operation with Uganda's army against Islamist rebels accused of suicide bombings in Kampala this month.
    (Reuters, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 26, Coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic jumped to a new record high, a surge that hit the country's president and delayed the appointment of the new prime minister.
    (AP, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, Ethiopia's PM Abiy Ahmed vowed to "bury the enemy" in what state media said was his first message from the battlefront, as the United Nations warned that the year-long conflict has left more than nine million people in need of food aid.
    (AFP, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, The EU said it will ease its restrictions on exporting COVID-19 vaccines.
    (SFC, 11/27/21, p.A4)
2021        Nov 26, French fishermen disrupted cross-Channel traffic for several hours in protest at the post-Brexit fishing rights granted by Britain, blocking ferries and freight traffic through the Channel Tunnel.
    (AFP, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, Hong Kong's government said it will ban non-Hong Kong residents arriving from eight southern African states from entering the territory if they had stayed in those countries within the past 21 days.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, The Indian government advised people against subscribing to Starlink Internet Services, a division of billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX aerospace company, as it does not have a license to operate in the country.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, India said it will resume international passenger flights from mid-December with COVID-19 linked curbs for "at risk" countries, and ordered tightened screening at borders as fears over a new coronavirus variant spread globally.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, India restarted exports of COVID-19 shots to the global vaccine-sharing network COVAX for the first time since April, and producer Serum Institute of India (SII) forecast a substantial increase in supplies from early next year.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, Iranian police fired tear gas and fought protesters with batons in Isfahan, a city that has seen days of demonstrations demanding government action over a drought.
    (AP, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, Iran banned the entry of travelers from South Africa and five neighboring countries after the discovery of a new coronavirus variant in the region.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, Ireland, one of the world's most vaccinated nations, said it will make COVID-19 booster shots available to all adults in a sharp ramping up of plans to provide additional protection.
    (AP, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, Israel imposed a travel ban on most African states, after reporting cases of a new and potentially vaccine-resistant coronavirus variant first detected in South Africa.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, Italy reported 51 coronavirus-related deaths against 71 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections fell slightly to 13,686 from 13,764.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, Japan said it will tighten border controls for people arriving from six African nations from midnight after a new and possibly vaccine-resistant coronavirus variant was detected in South Africa.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, Japan’s Cabinet approved a 770 billion yen ($6.8 billion) request for an extra defense budget through March to expedite the purchase of missiles, anti-submarine rockets and other weapons amid rising concern over the escalation of military activities by China, Russia and North Korea.
    (AP, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, Several thousand Jordanians protested against a water-for-energy deal with Israel and the United Emirates, calling on their government to scrap its peace agreement with Israel and saying any normalization was a humiliating submission.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, Lebanon's Hezbollah leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said the group had spent more than $10 million on free and subsidized fuel sourced from Iran for the Lebanese people since September.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, In Lebanon a small group of protesters broke into a ministry building in Beirut early today and removed a photo of the president from one of its main rooms, as the Lebanese pound hit a new low amid a worsening economic and political stalemate.
    (AP, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, In central Mexico at least 19 people were killed and 20 more injured when a passenger bus traveling on a highway in Mexico state crashed into a house.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, Myanmar's ruling military threatened to arrest citizens who invest in bonds offered by a shadow government, warning of lengthy prison sentences for their involvement in what it called "terrorist" financing.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, Romania's central bank unveiled a new 20 lei banknote celebrating World War I lieutenant Ecaterina Teodoroiu, the first named woman to be depicted on Romanian money.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted the leaders of regional rivals Armenia and Azerbaijan for talks marking the first anniversary of a Moscow-brokered peace deal that ended fighting in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
    (AP, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, A Russian cargo craft carrying a new docking module successfully hooked up with the International Space Station after a two-day space journey.
    (AP, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, In the Solomon Islands more than a hundred people looted shops, before Australian Federal Police officers arrived. Australian police began taking control of hotspots following three days of violent protests in the South Pacific island nation. Police found three bodies in a burned-out building, as police made more than a hundred arrests following rioting in Honiara in the past several days.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)(Reuters, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 26, South African sport began to shut down after the detection of a new coronavirus variant in the country, with the imposition of travel bans forcing rugby teams and golfers to scramble to try and leave and the European golf tour to cancel one of its tournaments.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, The Spanish region of Catalonia postponed the introduction of mandatory COVID passes at bars, restaurants and gyms after thousands of people attempted to download the certificate from a local government website and crashed the system.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, It was reported that several Sudanese political figures arrested since a coup last month have started a hunger strike in protest at their continued detention.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Ukraine had uncovered a plot to overthrow his government next week, involving individuals from Russia caught on tape talking about roping Ukraine's richest businessman into backing a coup.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, The United Nations' committee against enforced disappearances expressed concern that the Mexican government has not adopted its recommendations aimed at preventing disappearances in the Latin American country.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)
2021        Nov 26, The World Trade Organization (WTO) became the first major diplomatic casualty of the new coronavirus variant when it postponed its first ministerial meeting in four years due to the deteriorating health situation.
    (Reuters, 11/26/21)

2021         Nov 27, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 48,186,332 with the death toll at 776,385.
    (sfist.com, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 27, Algerians voted to elect mayors and regional leaders amid widespread worry and frustration over rising prices for basic goods, housing and health care.
    (AP, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 27, Australia and several other countries joined nations imposing restrictions on travel from southern Africa after the discovery of the new Omicron coronavirus variant sparked global concern and triggered a sell-off on financial markets.
    (Reuters, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 27, Austria said it has detected its first suspected case of the new Omicron coronavirus variant in the Tirol.
    (Reuters, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 27, Bahrain banned entry to travelers from four more African states, increasing the number of banned countries on its red list to 10, due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 27, In Britain at least two people died and tens of thousands were left without power as Storm Arwen brought strong winds across many parts of the UK, with gusts of up to 100 miles per hour (160 kph).
    (Reuters, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 27, Britain announced new measures to try to slow the spread of the newly identified Omicron coronavirus variant. Health minister Sajid Javid said two linked cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant have been detected in Britain connected to travel to southern Africa.
    (Reuters, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 27, In Burkina Faso protesters burned tires and pillaged a government building in Ouagadougou after police fired tear gas to disperse a march against the state's failure to stop a wave of violence by Islamist militants.
    (Reuters, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 27, Authorities in Beijing said Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi Corp (1810.HK) will build a plant that can produce 300,000 vehicles annually in Beijing for its electric vehicle unit.
    (Reuters, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 27, Czech President Miloš Zeman (77) was discharged from the capital's military hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus.
    (AP, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 27, France's farm ministry said it has detected a highly pathogenic bird flu virus on a poultry farm in the north of the country.
    (Reuters, 11/27/21)   
2021        Nov 27, Officials in the western state of Hesse said the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has probably arrived in Germany, after mutations were found in a passenger arriving from South Africa.
    (Reuters, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 27, Hungary said it will impose restrictions on travelers from Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, after a new coronavirus variant was detected in South Africa.
    (Reuters, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 27, Indian PM Narendra Modi told officials to review plans to ease travel restrictions as concerns rise over the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 27, In northern Iraq a roadside bomb attack by Islamic State group fighters killed five Kurdish forces and wounded four others.
    (AP, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 27, Israel said it would ban the entry of all foreigners into the country, making it the first country to shut its borders completely in response to a new and potentially more contagious coronavirus variant. PM Naftali Bennett said Israel would use counter-terrorism phone-tracking technology in order to contain the spread of the Omicron variant. On Dec. 2 Israel said it was halting the use of a controversial phone tracking technology to trace possible cases of the new coronavirus variant.
    (Reuters, 11/27/21)(AP, 12/2/21)
2021        Nov 27, Japan said it will tighten border controls for the southern African nations of Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia, as of midnight requiring a 10-day quarantine for any entrants.
    (Reuters, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 27, Macau said police were questioning Alvin Chau, after a Chinese city issued an arrest warrant for the junket mogul, accusing him of operating gambling activities in mainland China.
    (Reuters, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 27, Malaysian police said it will look into a claim a factory worker of Dyson supplier ATA IMS Bhd was beaten at its station but that it had not received any formal complaints. British home appliance maker Dyson has said that it was ending its contract with ATA after an audit of the company's labor practices and allegations by a whistleblower.
    (Reuters, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 27, Dutch health authorities said they had detected 61 COVID-19 cases among people who flew from South Africa a day earlier and were now doing further tests to see whether any are infected with the new Omicron variant.
    (Reuters, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 27, A Russian court ordered five people to remain in pre-trial detention for two months pending an investigation into a devastating blast in a coal mine in Siberia that resulted in dozens of deaths.
    (AP, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 27, Russia's US Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said that 27 more Russian diplomats and their families were expelled from the United States and would leave on Jan. 30.
    (AP, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 27, The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen launched air strikes on military targets in Sanaa, asking civilians not to gather around or approach the targeted sites.
    (Reuters, 11/27/21)   
2021        Nov 27, In Serbia skirmishes erupted between police and anti-government demonstrators who blocked roads and bridges in the Balkan country in protest against new laws they say favor interests of foreign investors devastating the environment.
    (AP, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 27, South Africa said it was being punished for its advanced ability to detect new COVID-19 variants early, as travel bans and restrictions imposed because of the new Omicron variant threaten to harm tourism and other sectors of the economy.
    (Reuters, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 27, In Spain thousands of police officers marched through Madrid to protest against a proposed reform of a 2015 security law which they say will hamper their ability to do their work. The legislation allows authorities to fine media organizations for distributing unauthorized images of police, strictly limits demonstrations and imposes heavy fines for offenders. Police would also have to use less harmful materials at protests.
    (Reuters, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 27, Sri Lanka said it was barring travelers from six Southern African countries over concerns about the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 27, Sudan's military claimed that Ethiopian military and militia forces attacked the border area of al-Fashaqa, a disputed agricultural area that straddles the two countries.
    (AP, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 27, It was reported that Sudan's former minister of cabinet affairs Khalid Omer Yousif was released from detention along with others less than a day after beginning a hunger strike.
    (Reuters, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 27, Switzerland widened quarantine requirements to stem the spread of the new Omicron coronavirus variant to travelers arriving from Britain, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Egypt and Malawi, where cases have been detected.
    (Reuters, 11/27/21)
2021        Nov 27, The United Arab Emirates said a new criminal code would come into force in January as part of what it called the most sweeping legal reform in the Gulf state's history.
    (Reuters, 11/27/21)

2021        Nov 28, Former US Defense Secretary Mark Esper filed a lawsuit against the Department of Defense for withholding parts of a memoir about the time he spent in the administration of Donald Trump.
    (Reuters, 11/29/21)
2021         Nov 28, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 48,207,699 with the death toll at 776,578.
    (sfist.com, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 28, In southern California four children, including an infant, and their grandmother were found shot to death. The father, Germarcus David (29), turned himself in to deputies at the Lancaster sheriff's station soon after the mother found the bodies.
    (SFC, 11/30/21, p.A3)
2021        Nov 28, Lee Elder (87), the first African American to take part in the Masters tournament (1975), died in in Escondido, Ca.
    (NY Times, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 28, Fashion designer Virgil Abloh (41), whose work bridged streetwear and the luxury world, died of cancer in Chicago.
    (NY Times, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 28, Phil Saviano (69), a clergy sex abuse survivor and whistleblower, died in Douglas, Mass. He played a pivotal role in exposing decades of predatory assaults by Roman Catholic priests in the United States.
    (AP, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 28, Australia confirmed that two people arriving from southern Africa over the weekend had tested positive for the Omicron coronavirus variant, adding to a growing number of countries fighting the highly infectious strain.
    (Reuters, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, Botswana's health minister said the country had detected 15 more cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant, adding to the four confirmed cases it declared on Nov. 26.
    (Reuters, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, Tens of thousands of people northern England and Scotland remained without power after a storm brought sleet, subzero temperatures and disruptions across much of the UK.
    (AP, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, Britain said it has recorded the third case of the newly identified Omicron coronavirus variant. The infected individual, who was no longer in Britain, was linked to travel to Southern Africa.
    (Reuters, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, In Burkina Faso suspected militants killed four soldiers in northern Loroum province.
    (Reuters, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 28, Cambodian former prime minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh (77), the current king's half-brother, died in France. He spent his later years in the political shadow of his one-time rival PM Hun Sen.
    (Reuters, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, A study by Peking University mathematicians said China could face more than 630,000 COVID-19 infections a day if it dropped its zero-tolerance policies by lifting travel curbs.
    (Reuters, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, Czech President Milos Zeman appointed the leader of a center-right alliance Petr Fiala as prime minister in a ceremony he performed from a plexiglass cubicle after testing positive for COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, In the Czech Rep. several thousand people protested in Prague against anti-coronavirus restrictions as many Czech hospitals halted non-urgent procedures in the face of one of the world's fastest rates of new infections.
    (Reuters, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, France began repatriating some of its nationals from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa after chartering a special flight to bring them back to Paris.
    (Reuters, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, France's health minister said the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is probably already circulating in France, adding that the government was tightening restrictions to contain its spread.
    (Reuters, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, Germany said it had detected a total of three cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant after a suspected infection in the western state of Hesse was confirmed.
    (Reuters, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, In Germany police shut down vaccine operations by Winfried Stöcker, a millionaire doctor in Lübeck. He facing criminal charges after vaccinating an estimated 20,000 people with a COVID-19 vaccine that he concocted. Stöcker is also the owner of the Lübeck Airport.
    (The Hill, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 28, Ghana said it will ramp up its COVID-19 inoculation campaign next month and make the vaccine mandatory for targeted groups including all public sector and health workers from Jan. 22. Only 1.4 million people of Ghana's 30 million are fully vaccinated.
    (Reuters, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, Hondurans headed to the polls in what could be their country’s most significant elections in more than a decade. Xiomara Castro, the opposition candidate, led in initial results. She would be the first woman to lead the country.
    (NY Times, 11/28/21)(NY Times, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 28, Iceland's current government coalition, consisting of three parties from the left to the right, said it has agreed to continue for another term after they bolstered their majority in a Sept 25 general election.
    (Reuters, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, Indonesia said it will ban the entry of travelers who have been in eight African countries and extend quarantine times for all arrivals to curb the spread of the new Omicron coronavirus variant.
    (Reuters, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, Israel's government approved the immigration of several thousand Jews from war-torn Ethiopia, some of whom have waited for decades to join their relatives in Israel.
    (AP, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, Italy reported 47 coronavirus-related deaths, against 90 the day before. The daily tally of new infections rose slightly to 12,932 from 12,877.
    (Reuters, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, Kyrgyzstan held parliamentary elections. Allies of Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov appeared set to win the election by a landslide.
    (Reuters, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said that the NATO military alliance needed to adjust its stance towards Belarus, whose military, he said, was becoming more integrated with Russian armed forces.
    (Reuters, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, Macau police said they had arrested 11 people in an investigation into an illegal gambling and money-laundering syndicate, a day after businessman Alvin Chau, who organizes trips to Asian casinos for big spending gamblers, was questioned at a police station.
    (Reuters, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, Maldives said it was barring travelers from seven African countries as of today over concerns about the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, Morocco said it is suspending all incoming air travel from around the world starting Nov. 29 for two weeks because of the rapid spread of the new omicron variant.
    (AP, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, Dutch health authorities said that 13 cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant have been found in the Netherlands among passengers that were on two flights from South Africa that arrived on Nov. 26.
    (Reuters, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, In Nigeria gunmen freed more than 260 inmates late today during an attack on a prison in the central city of Jos, in the country's fourth such raid this year. A gunbattle left one guard and nine prisoners dead.
    (Reuters, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 28, A magnitude of 7.5 earthquake struck northern Peru early today, damaging some buildings and blocking several roads with rubble.
    (AP, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, The Philippines further tightened border controls to keep out the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, adding seven European countries to a travel ban that initially covered seven African nations.
    (Reuters, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, In Serbia thousands of people rallied in Belgrade to demand an end to alarming levels of air pollution.
    (AP, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, Singapore-based virtual currency exchange Coinstore said it has begun operations in India at a time when the Indian government is preparing legislation to effectively bar most private cryptocurrencies.
    (Reuters, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, A South African doctor, who was one of the first to suspect a different coronavirus strain among patients, said that symptoms of the Omicron variant were so far mild and could be treated at home. Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa condemned travel bans enacted against his country and its neighbors over the new coronavirus variant Omicron.
    (Reuters, 11/28/21)(BBC, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 28, Spain detected its first case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in a 51-year-old man who arrived from South Africa after a layover in Amsterdam. The patient was in fair condition with light symptoms.
    (Reuters, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 28, Sudan’s armed forces said that six of its forces were killed in fighting in the country’s border region with Ethiopia.
    (AP, 11/28/21)
2021        Nov 28, Switzerland's government said the first probable case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been detected in the country, as entry restrictions tightened to check its spread.
    (Reuters, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 28, Swiss voters backed legislation authorizing special COVID-19 certificates under which only people who have been vaccinated, recovered or tested negative can attend public events and gatherings.
    (SFC, 11/29/21, p.A4)
2021        Nov 28, Four more people died on Tanzania's Pemba island after eating poisonous turtle meat, raising the death toll over the last two days to seven. In rare cases turtle meat can be toxic due to a type of food poisoning known as chelonitoxism.
    (BBC, 11/29/21)

2021         Nov 29, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 48,253,807 with the death toll at 776,890.
    (sfist.com, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 29, Michigan recorded a record 4,181 adults hospitalized with the coronavirus, the most since the pandemic began.
    (SFC, 11/30/21, p.A4)
2021        Nov 29, It was reported that Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has stepped down as CEO of the social media platform. He was succeeded by Twitter's current chief technology officer, Parag Agrawal.
    (AP, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 29, Negotiators in Vienna resumed talks over reviving Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, with hopes of quick progress muted after a hard-line new government in Tehran led to a more than five-month hiatus. The US remained outside of the negotiations as it has for other talks since leaving the deal under then-President Donald Trump's “maximum pressure" campaign against Tehran.
    (AP, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 29, Botswana's Court of Appeal upheld a 2019 ruling that decriminalized gay sex, a decision hailed by gay community as establishing the southern African country as a "true democracy".
    (Reuters, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 29, Britain said it will offer a COVID-19 booster shot to all adults in a bid to accelerate its vaccination program amid concern over the new Omicron coronavirus variant, as eight more cases were found in the country. Britain reported 42,583 further cases of COVID-19 and 35 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test, according to official data.
    (Reuters, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 29, Canada said a further two cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant have been detected in Ottawa, bringing the country's total number of cases to five.
    (Reuters, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 29, Chad's ruling military council said it has granted a general amnesty to members of armed groups as one of its steps towards a proposed national dialogue.
    (Reuters, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 29, President Xi Jinping said China would offer another 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to African countries and would encourage Chinese companies to invest no less than $10 billion in Africa over the next three years.
    (Reuters, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 29, The Colombian, Chilean and Peruvian stock exchanges approved a merger into a regional holding company, creating Latin America's second biggest bourse.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 29, It was reported that the Commonwealth of Dominica has approved a bilateral agreement with Switzerland, enabling Dominica to sell its carbon credits to help Switzerland meet its Paris Agreement emissions pledge.
    (PR Newswire, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 29, It was reported that Ghana’s government is ordering access to beaches, restaurants, night clubs and stadiums be limited to people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, as part of its efforts to fight the spread of the virus.
    (AP, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 29, Hong Kong authorities issued arrest warrants for former democratic legislator Ted Hui and former district councilor Yau Man-chun, now living abroad, for inciting people not to vote or to cast blank votes at a Dec. 19 legislative election.
    (Reuters, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 29, Hong Kong banned non-residents from entering the city from four African countries and plans to expand that to travelers who have been to Australia, Canada, Israel and six European countries in the past 21 days due to fears over Omicron.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 29, India's parliament passed a bill to repeal three laws aiming at deregulating agricultural markets, bowing to pressure from farmers who have protested for over a year to demand that the laws be rolled back.
    (Reuters, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 29, Kazakhstan suspended flights with Egypt, a popular holiday destination for residents of the central Asian nation, citing a case of the Omicron variant of coronavirus found in Belgium in a passenger arriving from the African country.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 29, Defence Minister Artis Pabriks said Latvia needs a permanent US military presence to deter Russia and wants to boost its defenses with US Patriot missiles, as NATO's chief visited allied troops in the Baltic country.
    (Reuters, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 29, Malaysia and Singapore reopened one of the world's busiest land borders, allowing vaccinated travelers to cross after nearly two years of being shut due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (Reuters, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 29, Myanmar's navy seized a boat carrying 228 Rohingya and arrested all on board after the latest attempt by members of the persecuted Muslim minority group to leave the country.
    (Reuters, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 29, Paraguay said it has imposed a travel ban on foreigners from 10 African countries in a bid to prevent entry of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, amid concerns about its spread worldwide.
    (Reuters, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 29, Poland said it would ban flights to seven African countries from Dec 1-17, extend quarantines for some travelers and further limit numbers allowed into places like restaurants, amid concerns over the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 29, Portugal detected 13 cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant, all involving players and staff of top division soccer club Belenenses SAD, one of whose players recently returned from South Africa.
    (Reuters, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 29, It was reported that a dispute between Airbus and Qatar Airways over paint and surface flaws on A350 jets stretches beyond the Gulf, with at least five other airlines raising concerns since the high-tech model entered service.
    (Reuters, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 29, The developer of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine said that it will immediately start working on adapting that COVID-19 vaccine to counter the omicron variant. A new version of Sputnik V could be ready for mass production in 45 days.
    (AP, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 29, Sweden's first female prime minister Magdalena Andersson was reappointed days after she quit amid political turmoil and jostling ahead of elections.
    (Reuters, 11/29/21)
2021        Nov 29, The WHO said the Omicron coronavirus variant carried a very high risk of infection surges as more countries closed their borders and reported cases of the new strain.
    (Reuters, 11/29/21)

2021        Nov 30, The US warned of "serious consequences" if Russia escalates the conflict in Ukraine, sending a clear message to Russian President Vladimir Putin as he continues to mobilize troops on the border of his neighboring country.
    (The Hill, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, The United States revoked its designation of the Colombian group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) as a foreign terrorist organization five years after it reached a peace deal with the Colombian government.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, A US federal judge issued a preliminary injunction to halt the start of President Biden’s national vaccine mandate for health care workers, which had been set to begin next week.
    (NY Times, 12/1/21)
2021        Nov 30, A US judge sentenced Emma Coronel Aispuro (32), the wife of imprisoned Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, to three years in prison, after she pleaded guilty to helping the Sinaloa drug cartel.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, A US federal appeals court reinstated California's voter-approved ban on possessing large-capacity gun magazines, those holding more than 10 cartridges.
    (SFC, 12/1/21, p.C1)
2021        Nov 30, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease expert, said the COVID-19 pandemic has diverted scientific and financial resources from the fight against AIDS, seriously impeding global efforts to achieve the U.N. goal of ending AIDS by 2030.
    (AP, 12/1/21)
2021        Nov 30, A panel of US health advisors backed the benefits of molnupiravir, a COVID-19 pill from Merck. The FDA panel voted 13-10 that the drug's benefits outweigh its risks.
    (SFC, 12/1/21, p.A5)
2021         Nov 30, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 48,454,229 with the death toll at 778,870.
    (sfist.com, 12/1/21)
2021        Nov 30, The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to ban so-called ghost guns, untraceable firearms that are typically sold in kits for at-home assembly without serial numbers or background check requirements.
    (The Hill, 12/1/21)
2021        Nov 30, Los Angeles, Ca., began enforcing one of the strictest vaccine mandates in the US. It required proof of shots for everyone entering a wide variety of businesses.
    (SFC, 12/1/21, p.A5)
2021        Nov 30, Atlanta City Council member Andre Dickens won a runoff election to become the city's next mayor.
    (SFC, 12/1/21, p.A4)
2021        Nov 30, Three students were killed in a shooting at a high school in Oxford, Mich. The police arrested Ethan Crumbley, a 15-year-old suspect. Crumbley carried out the shooting in a Detroit suburb using a handgun his father had bought four days earlier. A fourth injured student died the next day. On Dec. 3 Crumbley's parents were charged with involuntary manslaughter.
    (NY Times, 11/30/21)(NY Times, 12/1/21)(AP, 12/3/21)
2021        Nov 30, In an attempt to curb a surge in overdose deaths caused by increasingly potent street drugs, New York City authorized two supervised injection sites in Manhattan that began operating today.
    (NY Times, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was suspended indefinitely by the network after new details emerged about his efforts to assist his brother, Andrew M. Cuomo, the former governor of New York, as he faced a cascade of sexual harassment accusations that led to the governor’s resignation.
    (NY Times, 12/1/21)
2021        Nov 30, Rev. C. Herbert Oliver (96), a civil rights apostle who confronted the segregationist police commissioner Bull Connor in Birmingham, Ala., and challenged the way the public school system in New York City educated Black children, died in Brooklyn.
    (NY Times, 12/11/21)
2021        Nov 30, Scientists unveiled plans to map the world's huge underground webs of fungi for the first time, to identify hotspots that could better protect natural ecosystems and store carbon dioxide to help tackle climate change.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, A Human Rights Watch investigation reported that more than 100 former members of the military and police have been killed or forcibly disappeared by the Taliban since the group came into power.
    (NY Times, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, Australian authorities confirmed a person with COVID-19 had the new Omicron variant after disclosing that the person had been active in the community, but urged calm as they weighed up the severity of the strain.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, Barbados removed Britain's Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and become a republic, as it severed imperial ties some 400 years after English ships first reached the Caribbean island. President-elect Sandra Mason replaced Queen Elizabeth.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, Belgium and Britain said they will cooperate more closely to fight illegal migration, days after France snubbed Britain and said it needed to get serious before talks on the matter could resume.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, The UK said a further eight cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 have been identified in England, taking the total number to 13. New mask mandates and other measures aimed at curbing the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant came into force.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, Burkinabe Security Minister Maxime Kone said Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo have carried out a joint military operation to counter increased attacks by Islamist insurgent groups in parts of West Africa.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, China said it expects to hold the 2022 Winter Olympics "smoothly" and on schedule, despite challenges posed by the emergence of the new Omicron coronavirus variant.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, In eastern CongoDRC one Congolese and one international staff member of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were abducted in North Kivu province. Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo mounted air and artillery strikes in a joint operation in North Kivu province against an Islamic State-linked militia.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, The Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that El Salvador had violated the rights of a woman who was sent to prison for breaching the country's tough abortion laws and died in 2010 while serving her 30-year sentence.
    (Reuters, 12/1/21)
2021        Nov 30, The European Union called on Beijing to show proof of the wellbeing of tennis star Peng Shuai, adding its voice to international concern about her fate since she alleged sexual assault by a former top Chinese official.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, French police tore down a makeshift camp near the northern port of Dunkirk where scores of migrants who say they are fleeing war, poverty and persecution in the Middle East were hunkered down with hopes of reaching Britain.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, France honored US-born Josephine Baker (1906-1975) by inducting her into the French Pantheon, the first Black woman to receive the nation's highest honor.
    (SFC, 12/1/21, p.A3)
2021        Nov 30, France said it has registered about 47,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, the highest one-day tally since April 8 at the height of the third wave of the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, French police reinforcements arrived in the Caribbean territory of Martinique to restore order after unrest that erupted over COVID-19 measures, in particular the mandatory vaccination of healthcare workers.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, A German court jailed Taha al-Jumailly (29), a former Islamic State militant, for life for involvement in genocide and crimes against humanity against minority Yazidis in Iraq and Syria, including the murder of a five-year-old girl.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Greece will impose fines of €100 (£85) at monthly intervals from mid-January on those who refuse vaccination.
    (BBC, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, Honduras' conservative ruling party candidate late today conceded defeat in the presidential election, paving the way for his leftist rival Xiomara Castro to become the first female leader of the struggling Central American country.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30,  India's health ministry said states should ramp up COVID-19 testing as the world battles the new coronavirus variant Omicron, while some cities delayed the reopening of schools as a precautionary measure.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30,  Iraq released final results from the Oct. 10 general election, confirming populist Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's movement's victory as the biggest bloc, with 73 seats in the fractious 329-seat house.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, Japan confirmed its first case of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, a day after closing its borders to all foreigners in one of the world's toughest precautionary measures.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, Lesotho's former prime minister, Thomas Thabane (82), was charged over the 2017 murder of his estranged wife in a case that has shocked the southern African highland kingdom. His current wife, Maesaiah Thabane (43), has also been charged over the murder.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, Maldives' former president Abdulla Yameen was freed from house arrest after a top court overturned a money-laundering and embezzlement conviction, allowing him to potentially make a return to politics.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, The Mozambican government said that it had detected two cases of Omicron variant in the country.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, It was reported that Myanmar's military government has filed a new corruption charge against deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and former President Win Myint. The new charge relates to the purchase and rental of a helicopter and falls under the anti-corruption law, violations of which are punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, Hundreds of civil society organizations in Myanmar joined their international colleagues in signing a letter asking Total's CEO to stop payments to military-controlled accounts.
    (AP, 12/14/21)
2021        Nov 30, In northern Nigeria a boat carrying students capsized on the Watari dam in Kano state, killing at least 29.
    (Reuters, 12/1/21)
2021        Nov 30, It was reported that Gaza's Hamas rulers have reached an agreement by which Qatar will resume subsidizing the salaries of public employees by sending fuel to the impoverished territory.
    (AP, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, Poland's president signed into law legislation that will limit the access of aid charities and journalists to its border with Belarus as the country grapples with a simmering migrant crisis.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, Russian President Vladimir Putin sternly warned NATO against deploying its troops and weapons to Ukraine, saying it represents a red line for Russia and would trigger a strong response.
    (AP, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, A rebel Russian monk who castigated the Kremlin and denied that the coronavirus existed was convicted on accusations of encouraging suicides and given a 3½-year prison sentence. Father Sergiy was arrested in December 2020 on charges of inciting suicidal actions through sermons in which he urged believers to "die for Russia".
    (AP, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the nine cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant in Scotland were all linked to the same Nov. 20 private event, and none of the people who had tested positive for the variant had required hospital treatment.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, Slovenia said it may ban Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine except when people request it, after concluding a young woman's death was linked to the shot.
    (AP, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, Sudanese security forces deployed tear gas on tens of thousands of protesters gathering in central Khartoum to oppose military rule following last month's coup.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, The Swedish health agency recommended that all travelers above the age of 6 entering Sweden from outside the Nordic region take a COVID-19 test within seven days due to the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, Syrian authorities said they seized over 500 kg (1,000 pounds) of amphetamine pills known by the brand name Captagon hidden in pasta packages in a van bound for Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 11/30/21)
2021        Nov 30, Ukraine PM Denys Shmygal accused Russia of being "absolutely" behind what he called an attempt to organize a coup to overthrow the pro-Western government in Kyiv, citing intelligence.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)

2021        Nov, A company started by Bill Gates, TerraPower, announced it had chosen Kemmerer, Wyoming, for a nontraditional, sodium-cooled nuclear reactor that will bring on workers from a local coal-fired power plant scheduled to close soon.
    (AP, 1/17/22)
2021        Nov The National Museum of Afghanistan reopened for the first time since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in mid-August amid the chaotic withdrawal of US and NATO troops.
    (AP, 12/6/21)
2021        Nov, Radio Free Asia reported that copies of Squid Game had been smuggled into North Korea on USB drives and SD cards. A man who is said to have smuggled in the show was later sentenced to death by a firing squad. NK News later cited experts who said this was unlikely.
    (Kotaku, 11/24/21)(Business Insider, 11/26/21)

2021        Dec 1, Health officials identified Omicron in the US: a patient in California who had returned from South Africa.
    (NY Times, 12/2/21)
2021         Dec 1, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 48,577,181 with the death toll at 780,443.
    (sfist.com, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 1, In southern California Jacqueline Avant (81), wife of music executive Clarence Avant, died from a gunshot wound as her home in Beverly Hills was burglarized. On March 3 Aariel Maynor (30) pleaded guilty to her fatal shooting and the attempted murder of a security guard.
    (SFC, 3/5/22, p.A3)
2021        Dec 1, O.J. Simpson (74) was granted good behavior credits and discharged from parole. He had served 9 years in a Nevada prison for armed robbery and was released on parole in 2017. He had been acquitted in 1995 of the double slayings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. A civil court later found him responsible for the killings.
    (SFC, 12/15/21, p.B8)
2021        Dec 1, The Women’s Tennis Association suspended tournaments in China after the star player Peng Shuai (35) vanished from public life.
    (NY Times, 12/1/21)
2021        Dec 1, Planned Parenthood said its Los Angeles clinics suffered a ransomware attack in October and personal information of 400,000 patients was stolen. An "unauthorized person" gained access to the Los Angeles affiliate's network between Oct. 9 and 17 and installed ransomware and malware.
    (Reuters, 12/1/21)
2021        Dec 1, Tesla said it has officially moved its headquarters to a large factory under construction outside of Austin, Texas.
    (SFC, 12/2/21, p.C3)
2021        Dec 1, A senior politician from Belize pledged "steadfast" support for Taiwan during a meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen, amid doubts whether fellow Central American nation Honduras will maintain ties with the island following a presidential election.
    (Reuters, 12/1/21)
2021        Dec 1, In northern Benin two people were killed and several wounded when Islamist militants attacked an army position in the Porga region. One jihadist was killed by troops in an attack a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 1, Brazil reported a third case of the Omicron coronavirus variant, casting doubt on plans to loosen containment curbs ahead of year-end holidays in response to a fall in infection numbers.
    (Reuters, 12/1/21)
2021        Dec 1, PM Boris Johnson issued a "call to get jabs in arms" as Britain stepped up its COVID-19 booster program to fend off the Omicron variant after another 10 cases of the new strain were identified.
    (Reuters, 12/1/21)
2021        Dec 1, Miroslav Zikmund (102), a legendary Czech travel writer, died.
    (AP, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 1, Ethiopia's PM Abiy Ahmed said soldiers supported by regional forces have recaptured territory from rebellious Tigrayan fighters.
    (Reuters, 12/1/21)
2021        Dec 1, Fiji welcomed back its first tourists in more than 600 days, despite a threat posed by the newly detected omicron variant of the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 12/2/21, p.A6)
2021        Dec 1, France said the Channel island of Guernsey has approved all licenses its fishermen are entitled to under the terms of Britain's post-Brexit trade agreement, but dozens more were still being withheld by Britain and Jersey.
    (Reuters, 12/1/21)
2021        Dec 1, Ghana's health ministry said it detected the country's first cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant on passengers who arrived at Accra international airport following sequencing carried out on Nov. 21.
    (Reuters, 12/1/21)
2021        Dec 1, It was reported that India's northern Haryana and Punjab states have suffered electricity cuts after a directive to stop operating six of the 11 coal-fired power plants around national capital New Delhi in a bid to reduce pollution.
    (Reuters, 12/1/21)
2021        Dec 1, Indonesian police detained eight Papuan students after a rally in Jayapura marking the 1963 end of Dutch colonial occupation of the resource-rich and remote Papua region. The students were charged with treason. On Dec. 3 Amnesty International called for their release.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 1, Japan's flag airlines halted new reservations and the government widened a travel ban amid escalating alarm over Omicron after a second case of the coronavirus variant was detected in the country. Japan's ban on incoming int'l. flights was retracted the next day.
    (Reuters, 12/1/21)(SFC, 12/2/21, p.A6)
2021        Dec 1, Macau-based Suncity Group announced in a statement that CEO Alvin Chau had resigned from all his positions in the company. All of its VIP gaming rooms in Macau, the world's largest gambling hub, were closed after the company's CEO was arrested.
    (Reuters, 12/1/21)
2021        Dec 1, Nigeria confirmed its first cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in air passenger arrivals, but amended an earlier statement to say the travelers had arrived in Nigeria only over the past week.
    (Reuters, 12/1/21)
2021        Dec 1, Portugal said it is entering a so-called state of calamity to curb an upward trend in coronavirus infections.
    (SFC, 12/2/21, p.A6)
2021        Dec 1, Russia said it was ordering US embassy staff who have been in Moscow for more than three years to fly home by Jan. 31, a retaliatory move for what Moscow said was a U.S. decision to limit the terms of Russian diplomats.
    (Reuters, 12/1/21)
2021        Dec 1, It was reported that Saudi Arabia has confirmed its first case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant coming from a north African country.
    (Reuters, 12/1/21)
2021        Dec 1, Organizers halted a music festival for young people on the South African coast after 36 people tested positive for COVID-19 at the site, the latest impact from a new wave of infections sweeping across the country.
    (Reuters, 12/1/21)
2021        Dec 1, President Tayyip Erdogan said Turks should act with reason and avoid panic after the lira slumped to record lows, adding that Turkey's current 20% annual inflation could be solved rapidly.
    (Reuters, 12/1/21)
2021        Dec 1, Hundreds of Ugandan soldiers in armored vehicles crossed the border into eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, as a joint offensive against an Islamic State-linked armed group appeared to expand.
    (Reuters, 12/1/21)
2021        Dec 1, The United Arab Emirates announced its first known case of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron. The variant was detected in an African woman who had travelled from an African country and transited through an Arab country. The woman had received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
    (Reuters, 12/1/21)
2021        Dec 1, The UN nuclear watchdog (IAEA) said Iran has started the process of enriching uranium to 20% purity with advanced centrifuges at its Fordow facility buried inside a mountain.
    (Reuters, 12/1/21)
2021        Dec 1, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said UN flights between Tigray’s capital Mekelle and Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa had also restarted. 157 trucks with food and humanitarian aid arrived in Tigray’s capital for the first time in more than six weeks and another aid convoy was moving.
    (AP, 12/1/21)

2021        Dec 2, Pres. Joe Biden said the US government will require private health insurance companies to reimburse customers for the cost of over-the-counter at-home COVID-19 tests under new measures to combat the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, The US, EU, Britain and Canada slapped simultaneous sanctions on dozens of officials, organizations and companies in Belarus taking aim at those accused of taking part in an attack on the EU using migrants.
    (SFC, 12/3/21, p.A7)
2021        Dec 2, US and Mexican officials said the Biden administration will restart a controversial Trump-era border program that forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for US immigration hearings, in keeping with a federal court order.
    (Reuters, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued to block Nvidia’s $40 billion acquisition of a fellow chip company, Arm, halting what would be the biggest semiconductor industry deal in history, as federal regulators push to rein in corporate consolidation.
    (NY Times, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 2, The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said Chinese companies that list on US stock exchanges must disclose whether they are owned or controlled by a government entity, and provide evidence of their auditing inspections.
    (Reuters, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, Democratic and Republican leaders in the US Congress agreed on a proposal to fund federal agencies through mid-February, clearing the way for a House of Representatives vote that would be a critical step in averting a partial government shutdown.
    (Reuters, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, US federal officials said Félix Delgado, prominent mayor in Puerto Rico accused of awarding 50 contracts worth nearly $10 million to an asphalt company, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and receive kickbacks. He faced up to 20 years in prison.
    (AP, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, Spacewalking astronauts replaced a broken antenna outside the International Space Station after getting NASA’s all-clear for orbiting debris.
    (AP, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, Major League Baseball is in a work stoppage for the first time in nearly three decades after the owners of M.L.B.’s 30 clubs and the players failed to reach a new collective bargaining agreement before the expiration of the previous five-year pact.
    (NY Times, 12/2/21)
2021         Dec 2, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 48,775,512 with the death toll at 782,794.
    (sfist.com, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 2, Los Angeles police said more than a dozen people have been arrested for coordinating a series of tandem smash-and-grab thefts across Los Angeles. All 14 were immediately released from custody due to a zero-bail policy implemented last year in a bid to reduce overcrowding at Los Angeles County jails during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (Daily News, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 2, US health officials reported a case of the omicron coronavirus variant in a Colorado woman who had recently traveled to South Africa.
    (SFC, 12/3/21, p.A8)
2021        Dec 2, It was reported that the US Navy's water system in Pearl Harbor has become contaminated by petroleum. The Navy said that tests had identified petroleum in its Red Hill well which taps into an aquifer near the base.
    (AP, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 2, The US state's health department said a case of the Omicron coronavirus variant has been identified in Minnesota.
    (Reuters, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, Nicholas Mitchell (39) of Dover, New Hampshire, accused of putting razor blades and screws in pizza dough at supermarkets in Maine and New Hampshire, was sentenced to four years and nine months in federal prison. Mitchell was arrested in October 2020 after razor blades were found in pizza dough sold at a Hannaford store in Saco.
    (AP, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, US Health officials reported multiple cases of the omicron coronavirus variant in New York City. An adult male had a recent travel history to New York City, and had been fully vaccinated. He developed mild symptoms on Nov. 22 and sought COVID-19 testing on Nov. 24.
    (Reuters, 12/2/21)(SFC, 12/3/21, p.A8)
2021        Dec 2, Kellogg Co said it has reached an agreement with the union on a new five-year contract for its employees at a few breakfast-cereal plants in the United States, potentially bringing a near two-month long strike to an end.
    (Reuters, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, US health officials reported multiple cases of the omicron coronavirus variant in New York City.
    (SFC, 12/3/21, p.A8)
2021        Dec 2, Novavax Inc said it could begin commercial manufacturing of a COVID-19 vaccine tailored for the Omicron coronavirus variant in January next year, while it tests whether or not its current vaccine works against the variant.
    (Reuters, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, Uber Technologies Inc. agreed to pay a $9 million settlement for its failure to comply with California regulators for information about sexual assault claims made by its customers and drivers over nearly two years.
    (SFC, 12/4/21, p.C2)
2021        Dec 2, Australia's tally of people with the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 edged higher, prompting state governments to bolster domestic border controls as health experts wait to learn more about the dangers posed by the strain. New South Wales reported its seventh case of the variant, a person who arrived on Nov. 23 from Doha, Qatar, and noted that the person had not been in southern Africa, suggesting they caught the virus on the flight.
    (Reuters, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, Former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (35) stunned Austria and left a power vacuum in his governing conservative party by announcing he was leaving politics, after coming under criminal investigation for suspected corruption.
    (Reuters, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, Meghan, Britain's Duchess of Sussex, called for an overhaul of tabloid newspapers after she won victory in her long-running privacy battle with a British newspaper which had printed a personal letter she wrote to her estranged father.
    (Reuters, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, Britain recorded 53,945 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily figure since July 17, as the dominant Delta variant spreads and measures come in to curb the Omicron variant of concern.
    (Reuters, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, British drugmaker said GSK said laboratory analysis of the antibody-based COVID-19 therapy it is developing with US partner Vir has indicated the drug is effective against the new Omicron variant.
    (Reuters, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, China's aviation regulator cleared the Boeing 737 Max to return to flying with technical upgrades.
    (SFC, 12/3/21, p.C2)
2021        Dec 2, Manzhouli, a Chinese city adjacent to Russia, said that starting Dec. 3, it would suspend certain activities for goods transported via highway, its latest move to tighten virus curbs along borders amid its COVID-19 resurgence. Manzhouli reported 53 locally transmitted COVID-19 infections with confirmed symptoms for Dec. 1, bringing the total number to 151 since Nov. 28.
    (Reuters, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, Cuban health authorities said that researchers in the communist-run country are upgrading its homegrown COVID vaccines to ensure protection against the new Omicron variant.
    (Reuters, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, Germany agreed on new COVID-19 restrictions.
    (Reuters, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, Ghana said it detected the Omicron coronavirus variant in 34 samples from travelers who returned to the country from Nov. 21-25.
    (AP, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, Greek authorities said 17 Turkish nationals received permission to enter Greece and apply for asylum there after they crossed the border from Turkey.
    (AP, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, India's capital New Delhi ordered the closure of schools and colleges until further notice from Dec. 3 after the Supreme Court criticized the city government for reopening educational institutions despite "very poor" air quality.
    (Reuters, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, India reported its first two cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant but the government said it had no immediate plan to authorize booster vaccine shots despite demands from lawmakers.
    (Reuters, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, Israel on urged world powers to halt nuclear talks with Iran immediately, citing a UN watchdog's announcement that Tehran has started producing enriched uranium with more advanced centrifuges.
    (Reuters, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, Laos held a Buddhist ceremony to bless its new $6 billion high-speed rail line. The Chinese-led initiative connects China's southeastern city of Kunming to the Laos capital Vientiane, stretching more than 1,000 km (621.37 miles).
    (Reuters, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, A Libyan court ruled that Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, a son of the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, can compete in upcoming presidential elections, overturning a decision by the country's top electoral body to disqualify him.
    (AP, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, Dutch health authorities said most of the 62 people who tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving on two flights from South Africa last week had been vaccinated, lending weight to a call for pre-flight testing regardless of vaccination status. All 14 passengers who were later found to have been infected with the Omicron variant were vaccinated.
    (Reuters, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, Officials in Norway said at least 50 people in and around Oslo have been infected with the omicron coronavirus variant, and the cases are connected to a Norwegian company’s Christmas party in an Oslo restaurant.
    (AP, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, It was reported that Russia has deployed its Bastion coastal missile defence system to a remote part of the Kuril island chain in the Pacific near Japan.
    (Reuters, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, Health officials in South Africa said the new coronavirus variant Omicron has now become dominant in South Africa and is driving a sharp increase in new infections.
    (BBC, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, South Korea broke its daily record for coronavirus infections for a 2nd straight day with more than 5,200 new cases.
    (SFC, 12/3/21, p.A8)
2021        Dec 2, Regional authorities in Madrid said they had detected Spain's first domestic case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in a vaccinated person without links to risk countries, and were investigating two other similar suspected cases.
    (Reuters, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, It was reported that ten oil workers were killed and one was injured in an attack that targeted a bus carrying them in Syria's eastern Deir al-Zor countryside.
    (Reuters, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, Pope Francis arrived on the divided island of Cyprus, calling for people to "welcome and integrate one another" in a county that has found itself on one of the frontlines of Europe's migration crisis.
    (Reuters, 12/2/21)
2021        Dec 2, Zimbabwe said it has identified its first case of the omicron variant of Covid-19, a day after announcing a 10-day mandatory quarantine of all travelers entering the country.
    (https://tinyurl.com/2p9227tb)

2021        Dec 3, It was reported that Apple Inc iPhones of at least nine US State Department employees were hacked by an unknown assailant using sophisticated spyware developed by the Israel-based NSO Group. The hacks, which took place in the last several months, hit US officials either based in Uganda or focused on matters concerning the East African country.
    (AP, 12/3/21)
2021         Dec 3, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 48,833,401 with the death toll at 785,916.
    (sfist.com, 12/4/21)
2021        Dec 3, The California Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling asked the California attorney general and regulator CalRecycle to crack down on what it claims is illegal labeling that's undermining the state's efforts to tackle plastic pollution.
    (Reuters, 12/28/21)
2021        Dec 3, In the SF Bay Area Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch announced a statewide halt to use the pesticide sulfoxaflor, which kills insects on many crops but is toxic to honeybees. He said a statewide ban would be issued within 30 days, unless a higher court intervened.
    (SFC, 12/7/21, p.C3)
2021        Dec 3, Charlotte Maillard Shultz (88), San Francisco protocol chief for more than five decades, died at her Stanford home.
    (SFC, 12/4/21, p.A1)
2021        Dec 3, Nebraska's state's health department said six cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 have been found, marking the sixth US state with confirmed cases.. New Jersey, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Utah each reported their first cases of the Omicron variant.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, The National Weather Service said 19.04 inches (48.4 cm) of rain fell in Seattle, Wa., between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30, breaking a record set in 2006.
    (AP, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, Afghanistan's Taliban government released a decree which said women should not be considered "property" and must consent to marriage.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, Austria's ruling conservatives picked Karl Nehammer, an immigration hardliner and the current interior minister, to lead them and the nation after a wave of resignations by senior officials set off by their fallen star Sebastian Kurz.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, Belarus said it would retaliate after the United States and its allies imposed sanctions against dozens of individuals and entities there, and it complained that its economy was facing unprecedented external pressure.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, A Belarus court sentenced Volha Zalatar, a neighborhood activist and mother of five, to four years in prison for creating an “extremist group" on the messaging app Telegram.
    (AP, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, Belgium tightened its coronavirus restrictions for the third consecutive week to fight one of Europe's worst spikes of COVID-19 cases, but stopped short of the strict curbs imposed in the neighboring Netherlands or Austria.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, A Brazilian Supreme Court justice ordered that a probe be opened into President Jair Bolsonaro for having said during a live broadcast on multiple social media platforms in October that COVID-19 vaccines may raise the chance of contracting AIDS.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, Britain reported 50,584 further cases of COVID-19 and 143 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, Didi, a China-based ride-hailing giant, said it will immediately start delisting on the New York stock exchange and start preparations for listing in Hong Kong.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, It was reported that Ethiopian authorities have closed all secondary schools so pupils can harvest crops for those on the frontline of the civil war.
    (BBC, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, Europe crossed 75 million coronavirus cases, according to a Reuters tally, as the region braced for the new Omicron variant at a time when hospitals in some countries are already strained by the current surge.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) told Turkey it was preparing "infringement proceedings" over its failure to release imprisoned philanthropist Osman Kavala, a move that could lead to Ankara's suspension from the body.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, Germany's health minister said that more than 1% of the population — almost a million people — are currently infected with the coronavirus, and called on citizens to get vaccinated if they haven’t done so yet. The country confirmed 74,352 new daily COVID-19 cases and 390 additional deaths.
    (AP, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, Authorities in Germany said a former employee at the British embassy in Berlin accused of passing documents to the Russian intelligence service is facing extradition to Britain. The British national named only as David S. in accordance with German privacy conventions, was arrested in August on suspicion of providing information to Russian intelligence in exchange for cash since at least November 2020.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law, speaking from London, called on voters in his home city to ignore a legislative election this month, the first under sweeping new rules imposed by Beijing, saying they should not lend the vote any legitimacy.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, It was reported that India has revoked a patent for a potato variety grown exclusively for PepsiCo Inc's popular Lay's potato chips.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, In northern Iraq an attack early today by Islamic State militants on a village killed three villagers and 10 Kurdish soldiers.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, In northern Israel a night of violence ignited when a man was shot and killed in the Arab town of Umm al-Fahm ended with police shooting and killing a man involved in an alleged car-ramming attack that wounded two officers.
    (AP, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, In Mali unidentified armed men northeast of the town of Bourem attacked a convoy belonging to the UN peacekeeping mission, killing one civilian worker and wounding another. Militants killed at least 31 people in central Mali when they fired upon a bus ferrying people to a market in Bandiagara.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, Mexico said it has confirmed its first case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The infected person arrived from South Africa on Nov. 21, and six days later presented symptoms of the highly-contagious respiratory disease.
    (AP, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, Myanmar state media reported that more than 400 telecommunication towers in the country have been destroyed by opponents of a Feb. 1 coup.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, In The Netherlands dozens of flag-waving demonstrators from a Kurdish organization broke into the Dutch grounds of the global chemical weapons watchdog to protest what they alleged was the use of chemical weapons by Turkish forces.
    (AP, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, Aucklanders returned to nightclubs, cinemas and cafes as New Zealand's biggest city exited pandemic lockdown after more than 100 days.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, A mob of factory employees in eastern Pakistan tortured and burned a Sri Lankan manager in a "horrific" attack that PM Imran Khan said brought shame on the country. Investigators believed the attackers in Sialkot had accused the manager of blasphemy for tearing down a poster with Islamic holy verses. Over 100 people were soon identified and arrested.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)(The Independent, 12/4/21)
2021        Dec 3, The Philippine Court of Appeals granted a request by Maria Ressa to travel to Oslo to receive her Nobel Prize Peace Prize on Dec. 10, noting that "she is not a flight risk." Ressa's news site, Rappler, has had its license suspended and she is embroiled in various legal cases.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, Senegal recorded its first case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in a tourist who attended a demonstration in the capital Dakar last month with about 300 people of varying nationalities.
    (Reuters, 12/5/21)
2021        Dec 3, Slovakia reported 15,278 new COVID-19 cases, the highest number in a single day since the pandemic broke out, but the Health Ministry said a technical issue inflated the number.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, A South African high court struck down an urgent application brought by environmentalists to stop oil major Royal Dutch Shell starting seismic surveys to explore for petroleum systems off the eastern seaboard's popular Wild Coast.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, South Africa said it is being hit by a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections driven by the Omicron variant which has been detected in seven of the country's nine provinces.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, It was reported that severe flooding has hit South Sudan's northern state of Unity, cutting off communities from accessing supplies of food and other vital commodities.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, Swiss-based Power trader and operator Energy Financing Team (EFT) said it has signed an agreement on the construction of a 60-megawatt (MW) solar plant in Bosnia with China's Dongfang Electric International Corporation (DEC).
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, Thai authorities intercepted nearly 900 kg (2,000 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine hidden in a cargo shipment at Bangkok's Port Custom Office and bound for Taiwan where it could be sold for up to $88 million.
    (Reuters, 12/4/21)
2021        Dec 3, The United Arab Emirates ordered 80 Rafale fighter jets and 12 military helicopters, deepening economic and political ties with France through an arms contract worth 17 billion euros ($19.20 billion).
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, The United Nations Development Program said it aims to almost triple its plastic waste management to 100 cities in India by 2024. India generates about 3.4 million tons of plastic waste annually.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, A UN expert said contemporary forms of slavery exist in Sri Lanka, with vulnerable groups such as children, women, ethnic minorities and older people particularly affected.
    (AP, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, The UN Security Council voted unanimously o allow international naval forces to continue using all necessary means to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia — but only for the next three months because the Somali government says there has been no piracy incident for over four years and it’s time to end the operation.
    (AP, 12/3/21)
2021        Dec 3, It was reported that Venezuela has denied visa extensions for electoral observers from the European Union, requiring them to leave the South American country this weekend.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)

2021         Dec 4, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 49,018,649 with the death toll at 787,898.
    (sfist.com, 12/5/21)
2021        Dec 4, The Louisiana Department of Health said  a cruise ship set to dock in New Orleans with over 3,000 passengers has detected 10 cases of COVID-19 among its crew and guests.
    (Reuters, 12/5/21)
2021        Dec 4, James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of the teen charged in the Oxford High School shooting, were located and arrested early today in Detroit after a citizen saw their vehicle and called police.
    (Detroit Free Press, 12/4/21)
2021        Dec 4, The star anchor Chris Cuomo was fired by CNN over his efforts to help his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, fight off a sexual harassment scandal.
    (NY Times, 12/5/21)
2021        Dec 4, Stonewall Jackson (89), the honky-tonk singer who overcame an abusive, hardscrabble childhood and went on to enjoy a long, successful career in country music, including more than 60 years as a member of the cast of the Grand Ole Opry, died in Nashville.
    (NY Times, 12/5/21)
2021        Dec 4, The Omicron coronavirus variant spread in Australia, testing plans to reopen the economy as a cluster in Sydney grew to 13 cases and an infection was suspected in the state of Queensland.
    (Reuters, 12/4/21)
2021        Dec 4, In Austria more than 40,000 people marched through Vienna to protest against a lockdown and plans to make vaccinations compulsory to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
    (Reuters, 12/4/21)
2021        Dec 4, In central Austria an avalanche killed three skiers in the Tweng area of Salzburg province.
    (SFC, 12/6/21, p.A4)
2021        Dec 4, It was reported that Antwerp has become the main port of entry into Europe for cocaine, which is being blamed for a surge of violence that has prompted some Belgian officials to call for a war on drugs.
    (NY Times, 12/4/21)
2021        Dec 4, Britain reported 42,848 new COVID-19 cases, a drop in daily cases following two straight days where more than 50,000 cases were recorded.
    (Reuters, 12/4/21)
2021        Dec 4, Chilean health authorities reported that they detected the first case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in a person who had arrived in the copper-producing South American country from Africa.
    (Reuters, 12/4/21)
2021        Dec 4, El Salvador President Nayib Bukele said the Central American country had acquired an additional 150 bitcoins after the digital currency's value slumped again, enlarging his bet on the cryptocurrency despite criticism.
    (Reuters, 12/4/21)
2021        Dec 4, French President Emmanuel Macron met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the final leg of a two-day Gulf tour. France and Saudi Arabia agreed to do more to help the Lebanese population, work to solving a diplomatic row between Beirut and the Gulf states and jointly push to get the government there running.
    (AP, 12/4/21)(Reuters, 12/4/21)
2021        Dec 4, Gambians cast their votes for president using a unique voting system - marbles dropped into each candidate's ballot drum. President Adama Barrow comfortably won re-election, though he may face a legal challenge from opposition candidates who rejected the results because of unspecified irregularities.
    (Reuters, 12/4/21)(Reuters, 12/5/21)
2021        Dec 4, German Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholz's center-left party gave its overwhelming approval to forming a new government with environmentalist and pro-business parties — the first of three such decisions needed for Scholz to take office next week.
    (AP, 12/4/21)
2021        Dec 4, In Germany five bodies with gunshot and stabbing wounds were found in a house just outside Berlin. The victims included three children. A prosecutor later said the father had faked a vaccination certificate and feared his children would be taken away from him when the forgery was discovered,
    (AP, 12/4/21)(Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 4, In India at least 14 civilians and one member of the security forces were killed in Nagaland state late today, after Indian forces mistook a group of laborers for militants and opened fire.
    (Reuters, 12/5/21)
2021        Dec 4, India reported 8,603 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total to 34.62 million. Deaths rose by 415 to 470,530. India also reported its third case of the Omicron coronavirus variant.
    (Reuters, 12/4/21)
2021        Dec 4, The Semeru volcano on the Indonesian island of Java erupted, killing one person, injuring at least 35 and trapping some people in buildings as it spewed out huge clouds of smoke and ash. The death toll soon rose to 48 with 36 others left missing.
    (Reuters, 12/4/21)(Reuters, 12/5/21)(SSFC, 12/26/21, p.B8)
2021        Dec 4, Israeli police shot a Palestinian after he stabbed and wounded an ultra-Orthodox Jew near Damascus Gate just outside Jerusalem's Old City, a crowded area that is often the scene of demonstrations and clashes.
    (AP, 12/4/21)
2021        Dec 4, In Kenya at least 20 people drowned after a bus traveling to a wedding plunged into the Enziu River.
    (BBC, 12/4/21)
2021        Dec 4, Myanmar troops leveled more than 580 structures in Thantlang, Chin state.
    (SFC, 1/1/21, p.A2)
2021        Dec 4, In The Netherlands several thousand people gathered in the central town of Utrecht to protest against new coronavirus restrictions that came into force last weekend. Dutch health authorities said the final tally of passengers on two flights from South Africa last week who had tested positive for the Omicron coronavirus variant was 18.
    (Reuters, 12/4/21)
2021        Dec 4, Pakistan received a $3 billion loan from Saudi Arabia as part of an economic support package.
    (Reuters, 12/4/21)
2021        Dec 4, Saudi Aramco said it has signed five agreements with French companies, including an agreement to explore a hydrogen-powered vehicle business with Gaussin.
    (Reuters, 12/4/21)
2021        Dec 4, In Serbia thousands of protesters in Belgrade and other Serbian towns blocked roads and bridges to decry a planned lithium mine.
    (SSFC, 12/5/21, p.A8)
2021        Dec 4, South Korea reported 5,128 new COVID-19 cases, a slight decline after reporting a record daily tally of 5,352 a day earlier. The country has reported a total of 473,034 cases, with 3,852 deaths.
    (Reuters, 12/5/21)

2021        Dec 5, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has been found in about 15 US states so far, but the Delta variant remains the majority of COVID-19 cases nationwide.
    (Reuters, 12/5/21)
2021         Dec 5, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 49,062,819 with the death toll at 788,271.
    (sfist.com, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 5, Bob Dole (98), former US Senate majority leader from Kansas, died. He grew up in Dust Bowl deprivation and suffered grievous wounds during World War II.
    (NY Times, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 5, It was reported that insurance companies operating in Louisiana will be charged at least $100 million to pay the claims of two failed property insurers who went belly up in Hurricane Ida’s aftermath. But the cost of dealing with the insolvent insurers ultimately will fall on the state after companies recoup the dollars through a series of tax credits.
    (AP, 12/5/21)
2021        Dec 5, In Afghanistan women’s rights activists in Kabul insisted Sunday they would continue fighting for their right to education, employment and participation in Afghan political and social life, and said a recent Taliban decree banning forced marriage was not enough to address the issue of women’s rights.
    (AP, 12/5/21)
2021        Dec 5, Argentina said it has detected its first case of the Omicron coronavirus variant in a person who had traveled from South Africa.
    (Reuters, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 5, In Belgium police fired teargas and used water cannons to disperse protesters pelting officers with cobblestones and fireworks as a demonstration in Brussels over government-imposed COVID-19 restrictions turned violent.
    (Reuters, 12/5/21)
2021        Dec 5,  Britain's health security agency reported 86 new cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, taking the total number identified so far to 246.
    (Reuters, 12/5/21)
2021        Dec 5, In Haiti three missionaries who were kidnapped in October were released. Another 12 remained abducted.
    (Reuters, 12/6/21)(SFC, 12/7/21, p.A3)
2021        Dec 5, In India protesters threw stones and set fire to areas around a camp belonging to Indian forces in the remote northeast, with one civilian shot dead in renewed violence. 14 civilians and a soldier were killed over the last 24 hours in a series of attacks in the northeastern state of Nagaland. Twelve of men, most of them coal miners, were from Oting village.
    (Reuters, 12/5/21)(AP, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 5, Israeli authorities freed Kayed Fasfous (32), a prominent Palestinian prisoner, two weeks after striking a release deal that ended his marathon 131-day hunger strike.
    (AP, 12/5/21)
2021        Dec 5, A Jordanian court sentenced five senior health officials to three years in jail for causing the death of 10 COVID-19 patients following an oxygen outage in a major state hospital.
    (Reuters, 12/5/21)
2021        Dec 5, In Myanmar five people were killed and at least 15 arrested after security forces in a car rammed into an anti-coup protest this morning in Yangon.
    (Reuters, 12/5/21)
2021        Dec 5, South Africans took to their beaches to protest against plans by Royal Dutch Shell to do seismic oil exploration they say will threaten marine wildlife such as whales, dolphins, seals and penguins on a pristine coastal stretch.
    (Reuters, 12/5/21)
2021        Dec 5, South Korea reported three more Omicron coronavirus variant cases, bringing its total confirmed so far to 12.
    (Reuters, 12/5/21)
2021        Dec 5, It was reported that a Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed rebels in Yemen accelerated airstrikes on the capital and elsewhere in the conflict-stricken country in recent weeks, as government forces advanced in the west coast and the key province of Marib.
    (AP, 12/5/21)
2021        Dec 5, In Sudan tribal clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs killed at least 24 people in the western Darfur region. Days later the death toll was raised to 88.
    (AP, 12/5/21)(AP, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 5, It was reported that an illegal drug industry run by powerful associates and relatives of President Bashar al-Assad has grown into a multibillion-dollar operation, eclipsing Syria’s legal exports and turning the country into the world’s newest narcostate.
    (NY Times, 12/5/21)

2021        Dec 6, Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said administration officials did not believe it was appropriate to send a delegation of US officials to the Games in February after “genocide and crimes against humanity" in Xinjiang.
    (NY Times, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 6, The US Justice Department said it has closed its investigation into the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, without charges.
    (NY Times, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 6, The United States imposed sanctions on Alain Mukonda, a Democratic Republic of Congo national, it accused of providing support to Israeli mining magnate Dan Gertler, part of a policy to target corruption in the central African country.
    (Reuters, 12/6/21)
2021         Dec 6, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 49,097,146 with the death toll at 788,418.
    (sfist.com, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 6, Georgia's prison system agreed to pay $2.2 million to the parents of Jenna Mitchell (25), a transgender inmate, who hung herself in her cell on Dec. 4 2017. She had been housed in solitary confinement for more than two weeks before hanging herself.
    (NBC News, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 6, In Hawaii a strong storm  flooded roads knocked out power across the state.
    (SFC, 12/7/21, p.A3)
2021        Dec 6, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said hedge fund billionaire and philanthropist Michael Steinhardt has surrendered $70 million of stolen antiquities and accepted a first-of-its-kind lifetime ban on acquiring antiquities to resolve a criminal probe. Steinhardt, who turns 81 on Dec. 7, built his wealth running the hedge fund Steinhardt Partners, which he closed in 1995 to focus on Jewish philanthropic issues.
    (Reuters, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 6, New York City declared that all private-sector employers must implement COVID-19 vaccine mandates for their workers, as the highly transmissible Omicron variant has spread to at least one-third of US states. NYC set a Dec. 27 deadline for all 184,000 businesses within its limits to make their employees show proof that they have been vaccinated.
    (Reuters, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 6, The US Dept. of Justice sued Texas over new redistricting maps, saying the plans discriminate against voters in the state's booming Latino and black populations.
    (SFC, 12/7/21, p.A3)
2021        Dec 6, Drugmaker Merck & Co announced a deal with Thermo Fisher Scientific to manufacture its experimental COVID-19 pill at the medical device maker's site in Whitby, Ontario.
    (Reuters, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 6, It was reported that in the past three months, more than 300,000 Afghans have crossed illegally into Iran, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council, and that more are coming at the rate of 4,000 to 5,000 a day.
    (AP, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 6, Austria's third conservative chancellor in two months, Karl Nehammer (49), took office seeking to bring the coalition government out of months of scandal-tainted turmoil and guide the country out of its coronavirus lockdown.
    (Reuters, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 6, Belarus announced retaliatory restrictions on airlines from the European Union and the UK, as well as a ban on imports of Western goods from countries that have introduced sanctions against the former Soviet nation.
    (AP, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 6, Britain reported 51,459 further cases of COVID-19 and 41 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
    (Reuters, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 6, China Evergrande Group said it has set up a risk management committee as the cash-strapped property developer inches closer to a debt restructuring that has loomed for months over global markets and the world's second-largest economy.
    (Reuters, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 6, Croatia confirmed its first two cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 6, In southern Egypt an apartment building collapsed in Beni Suef province, killing at least three children.
    (AP, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 6, Ethiopia's government said its forces have recaptured the strategic towns of Dessie and Kombolcha from rebellious Tigrayan forces.
    (Reuters, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 6, Gambian police fired tear gas to disperse supporters of losing presidential candidate Ousainou Darboe who had taken to the streets outside the capital Banjul to contest the re-election of President Adama Barrow.
    (Reuters, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 6, India and Russia signed 28 investment pacts, including deals on steel, shipbuilding, coal and energy. Moscow and New Delhi also signed a deal that will see India produce more than 600,000 AK-203 assault rifles.
    (Reuters, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 6, Indonesia's Mt. Semeru volcano was active again, spewing out hot clouds of ash, two days after a powerful eruption killed at least 34 people and left dozens missing.
    (Reuters, 12/6/21)(Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 6, Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters recaptured Luhaiban village in northern Iraq after Islamic State militants took it over the previous day.
    (Reuters, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 6, Israel said that countries interested in buying its cyber technologies would have to commit to using them to prevent only a limited list of terrorist acts and serious crimes.
    (AP, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 6, Mexican officials continued the transfer of thousands of migrants from southern Mexico to other regions as northern border states prepare to receive asylum seekers sent back to Mexico from the United States.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 6, A 16-year-old Palestinian rammed a vehicle into an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank overnight, wounding a security guard before being shot and “neutralized" at the scene.
    (AP, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 6, Italy tightened curbs on people still not vaccinated against COVID-19, limiting their access to an array of places and services.
    (Reuters, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 6, The leader of Myanmar’s junta, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, reduced the sentence meted out to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (76) to two years, hours after a court handed down a four-year term to the country’s ousted civilian leader.
    (NY Times, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 6, Namibia said it has detected 18 cases of Omicron variant and will continue to strengthen surveillance and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (http://www.news.cn/english/2021-12/06/c_1310354863.htm)
2021        Dec 6, Nepal said it has detected its first two cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 6, The Palestinian Authority (PA) said it would cut wages paid to its employees in response to a cash crunch exacerbated by a renewed dispute with Israel over payments it makes to Palestinians held in Israeli jails.
    (Reuters, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 6, Russia-based Rosneft said it has signed a deal to supply refiner Indian Oil with up to 2 million tons of crude next year.
    (Reuters, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 6, Russia confirmed its first two cases of the omicron variant in travelers who returned from South Africa.
    (SFC, 12/7/21, p.A4)
2021        Dec 6, Solomon Islands PM Manasseh Sogavare survived a no-confidence motion in parliament after accusing the Pacific island nation's most populous province of being "Taiwan's agent" and anti-government protesters of attempting a coup.
    (Reuters, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 6, Spanish health authorities said nearly 70 nurses and doctors working in the intensive care unit at a Spanish hospital have tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a Christmas party.
    (AP, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 6, Thousands of Sudanese took to the streets in Khartoum and other cities in the latest protests against the October military coup and subsequent deal that reinstated PM Abdalla Hamdok.
    (AP, 12/6/21)
2021        Dec 6, Thailand said it has detected its first case of the Omicron coronavirus variant in a US citizen who had traveled to the country from Spain late last month.
    (Reuters, 12/6/21)

2021        Dec 7, President Biden met with Vladimir Putin by video to discuss tensions at the Russia-Ukraine border. Putin and Biden set out their opposing positions on Ukraine and agreed that Russia and the United States should keep talking.
    (NY Times, 12/7/21)(Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, The US Treasury Department imposed financial sanctions on Uganda's chief of military intelligence, Major General Abel Kandiho, over alleged human rights abuses committed under his watch.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, The United States marked the 80th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the US naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, The US Federal Trade Commission and seven states, including California, announced a settlement of up to $40 million against Vyera Pharmaceuticals for raising the price of Daraprim,  a potentially life-saving medication, from $17.50 to $750 per tablet, after obtaining exclusive rights to the drug in 2015. Company founder and former CEO Martin Shkreli still faced a trial.
    (SFC, 12/9/21, p.C5)
2021         Dec 7, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 49,293,764 with the death toll at 789,997.
    (sfist.com, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 7, Kellogg Co said a majority of its US cereal plant workers have voted against a new five-year contract, forcing it to hire permanent replacements as employees extend a strike that started more than two months ago.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, It was reported that Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook signed an agreement with Chinese officials, estimated to be worth about $275 billion, to placate threats that would have hobbled its devices and services in the country.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, Ford Motor Co said it plans to launch a new subscription software service aimed at small businesses, in collaboration with enterprise software company Salesforce.com Inc.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, The African Union called for an urgent end to travel restrictions imposed on some of its member states, saying the measures effectively penalize governments for timely data sharing in line with international health regulations.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, Judges at the International Court of Justice, examining Armenian allegations that Azerbaijan breached a convention against racial discrimination, ordered Azerbaijan to prevent incitement of racial hatred against Armenians and protect Armenian prisoners of war. The court has yet to rule on a similar case from Azerbaijan's side.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, In Belgium several thousand health workers rallied in Brussels to oppose mandatory COVID-19 vaccines and to demand better working conditions as a surge in new cases weighed heavily on hospitals.
    (SFC, 12/7/21, p.A5)
2021        Dec 7, Britain said it has found a further 101 confirmed cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant, taking the total number of cases to 437.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, British drugmaker GSK said its antibody-based COVID-19 therapy with US partner Vir Biotechnology is effective against all mutations of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, citing new data from early-stage studies.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, In Burundi at least 38 inmates were killed and dozens more injured in a fire at the main prison in Gitega.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, In Canada cases of COVID-19 were on the rise Ontario province due to the Delta variant. An expert panel said Omicron "will hit us hard and fast" next year.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, Canada-based Medicago said its plant-based COVID-19 vaccine was 71% effective at preventing COVID-19 infection. Study results did not include the emerging omicron variant.
    (SFC, 12/8/21, p.A5)
2021        Dec 7, Canadian police said Matthew Philbert (31) of Ottawa has been arrested on suspicion of mounting ransomware attacks in the United States and Canada after a joint probe that took almost two years.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, Chilean lawmakers legalized same-sex marriage following more than a decade of legal campaigns to change the rules as social mores shift in the largely Catholic country.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, China said the United States has betrayed Olympic principles and will have to "pay a price" for its diplomatic boycott of the Winter Games in Beijing.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, China reported 74 new confirmed coronavirus cases, down from 94 a day earlier. Of the new infections, 44 were locally transmitted.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 7, In CongoDRC Vital Kamerhe, former chief of staff to President Felix Tshisekedi, was granted provisional release from prison where he was serving a 13-year sentence for embezzling $48 million in public funds.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, Danish health authorities said the new Omicron coronavirus variant has spread across the country. Denmark has registered a total of 398 cases of infection with the variant first identified in South Africa.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, An Egyptian court ordered the release pending trial of Patrick George Zaki (29), a rights activist, who has been imprisoned for nearly two years in a case that has drawn significant international attention. Zaki walked free the next day.
    (AP, 12/7/21)(AP, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 7, The European Union drug regulator gave its backing to mixing different types of vaccines in initial vaccination and booster campaigns to battle the coronavirus.
    (AP, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, French RTL radio reported that one of the suspected killers of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was arrested today at the Roissy airport near Paris as he was about to board a flight to Riyadh. He was released the next day after officials concluded it was a case of mistaken identity.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)(Reuters, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 7, In southern Iraq a motorbike rigged with explosives killed four people in Basra. Islamic State militants were suspected of carrying out the attack.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, Israel announced the completion of a sensor-equipped underground wall on its side of the Gaza border, a counter-measure developed after Hamas militants used tunnels to blindside its troops in a 2014 war.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike announced that a same-sex partnership system would be allowed early next year and made legal in the fiscal year beginning April 2022, vastly expanding the number of people in Japan who can benefit.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 7, A Kenyan police officer shot dead six people in a rampage in a neighborhood in Nairobi and then shot and killed himself.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, In western Kenya a suspected member of Somali Islamist group al Shabaab detonated an explosive device that killed two people at their home and himself.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 7, Mali said it has indefinitely suspended exports of rice, maize and other grains to protect its food supply as the United Nations warned of worsening hunger in West Africa.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, Myanmar soldiers reportedly rounded up 11 people in a village in Sagaing in a central area of the strife-torn country before shooting them and setting fire to their bodies. Residents said some of the victims were still alive when burned. About 50 soldiers stormed Done Tow village killing 10 people including five teenagers.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)(SFC, 1/1/21, p.A2)
2021        Dec 7, New Zealand said it will not be sending diplomatic representatives at a ministerial level to the Beijing Winter Olympics in February citing COVID-19 as the reason.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, In Nigeria at least 30 passengers on a bus in Sokoto state were burnt to death when gunmen torched it.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, It was reported that up to one million COVID-19 vaccines are estimated to have expired in Nigeria last month without being used, one of the biggest single losses of doses that shows the difficulty African nations have getting shots in arms.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, The Norwegian government said it is introducing gathering limits for the holidays and urged people to work from home for the next four weeks to counter an uptick in COVID-19 cases.
    (SFC, 12/9/21, p.A6)
2021        Dec 7, Peruvian President Pedro Castillo gained breathing room after Congress voted against a motion to impeach him amid protests in capital city Lima both for and against the under-fire leftist leader.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, In Poland the body of a migrant believed to be from Nigeria was found in a forest near the border with Belarus.
    (AP, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 7, The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said it bombed military targets in the capital Sanaa after the Iran-aligned Houthis launched ballistic missiles and armed drones into Saudi Arabia, including at Aramco oil facilities in Jeddah.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, Sweden said it will reintroduce a raft of measures to curb rising COVID-19 infections, urging renewed social distancing and the use of masks in public transportation.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, Syria said Israeli warplanes fired missiles that struck the port of Latakia early today, hitting containers and igniting a huge fire.
    (AP, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, Uganda reported its first seven cases of the omicron variant. 
    (SFC, 12/7/21, p.A5)
2021        Dec 7, Ukrainian authorities charged that Russia is sending tanks and snipers to the line of contact in war-torn eastern Ukraine to “provoke return fire," an accusation that comes amid fears that a Russian troop buildup near the Ukrainian border might indicate plans for an invasion.
    (AP, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, A government circular said the UAE will shift to a working week of four and half days with a Saturday-Sunday weekend from the start of next year to better align its economy with global markets, but private companies will be free to choose their own working week.
    (Reuters, 12/7/21)
2021        Dec 7, Experts at the World Health Organization recommended against using blood plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 as a treatment for patients with the illness, saying evidence has not shown the costly, time-consuming transfusions to be effective in preventing severe illness or death.
    (AP, 12/7/21)

2021        Dec 8, President Biden set in motion a plan to make the federal government carbon neutral, ordering federal agencies to buy electric vehicles, to power facilities with wind, solar and nuclear energy, and to use sustainable building materials.
    (NY Times, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 8, US authorities sent the first two migrants back to Mexico under the reinstated “Remain in Mexico" policy.
    (AP, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 8, The United States imposed an arms embargo and new export restrictions on Cambodia to address human rights abuses and corruption, as well as the growing influence of China's military.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 8, The United States imposed sanctions on dozens of individuals and entities across Europe and the Western Hemisphere, targeting El Salvador officials over alleged negotiations with the MS-13 gang and an organized crime group based in northern Kosovo.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 8, The US FDA authorized an AstraZeneca treatment that protects people with weakened immune systems. The antibody treatment, to be sold under the brand name Evusheld, is engineered to be “long-acting," meaning the body metabolizes it more slowly so that it can stay active for months.
    (NY Times, 12/9/21)
2021         Dec 8, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 49,410,379 with the death toll at 791,705.
    (sfist.com, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 8, In California David Scott Smith (66) and his son, Travis Shane Smith (32) were arrested on suspicion of starting the massive Caldor wildfire that destroyed many homes and forced tens of thousands of people to flee Lake Tahoe communities earlier this year.
    (AP, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 8, Scott Peterson (49) was resentenced to life in prison without parole by a California court for the 2002 murder of his wife and unborn son.
    (Today, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 8, In San Francisco blues and jazz singer Denise Perrier (b.1939), died. Her albums included "I Wanna Be Loved" (1966) and "East Meets West" (2002).
    (SSFC, 12/26/21, p.F1)
2021        Dec 8, The Manhattan, NY district attorney’s office said several mail carriers for the United States Postal Service were paid by a ringleader to steal credit cards from mail they delivered in a $750,000 identity theft scam. Michael Richards (37) who was the ringleader according to authorities, was charged with recruiting several USPS workers to steal credit cards.
    (Miami Herald, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 8, The North Carolina Supreme Court ordered a two-month delay in the state’s 2022 primary elections, giving critics of the state legislature’s gerrymandered political maps additional time to pursue a legal battle to redraw them.
    (NY Times, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 8, Scientists reported that one of the largest planets ever detected orbits at an enormous distance around two stars with a combined mass up to 10 times greater than our sun. The gas giant apparently similar in composition to Jupiter, but about 11 times more massive, is about 325 light years from Earth. Its orbit is 560 times wider than Earth's.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 8, Drugmaker AbbVie Inc agreed to pay $200 million to settle claims by New York that it helped fuel an epidemic of opioid addiction in the state, on the day jurors were expected to hear closing arguments at the end of a five-month trial.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 8, Meta Platforms Inc, formerly known as Facebook, said it would ban all Myanmar-military controlled businesses from having a presence on its platforms in an expansion of its earlier curbs on the country's security forces.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 8, Australia and Britain said they will join the United States in a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, as other allies weighed similar moves to protest at China's human rights record.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 8, British PM Boris Johnson apologized after a video surfaced showing his staff laughing and joking about a party in Downing Street during a Christmas COVID-19 lockdown last year when such festivities were banned.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 8, Britain reported 51,342 new cases of COVID-19 and a further 161 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test result. Cases were up 11.3% over the last seven days compared to the previous seven days. Britain reported 131 new cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 568.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 8, Burkina Faso President Roch Kabore fired PM Christophe Dabire amid an escalating security crisis that has killed thousands and led to street protests calling for his ouster.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 8, Canada joined Australia, Britain and the United States in a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, with China calling the boycotts "political posturing" and a smear campaign.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 8, It was reported that Alberta's government from 2018-2020 granted Canada's most emissions-intense oil sands facility reductions in payments that polluters are required to make for generating higher emissions than most of the industry.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 8, China's medical products regulator said it had approved the use of Brii Biosciences' neutralizing antibody cocktail for COVID-19, the first treatment of its type against the virus given the go-ahead in the country.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 8, The Czech government approved a plan to deploy 150 service members in Poland to help guard the border with Belarus. They will have a mandate to stay in Poland for 180 days.
    (AP, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 8, Finland said it plans to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for health and social care workers. Finland has to date recorded 197,476 cases and 1,389 deaths and has vaccinated 81.8% of people that are 12 years or older with two vaccine doses.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 8, In Germany Social Democrat Olaf Scholz was sworn in as chancellor, ending Angela Merkel's 16 years of conservative rule and paving the way for his coalition government that has promised to boost green investment and strengthen European unity.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 8, Germany recorded the highest number of deaths from COVID-19 since February as it battles to stop a fourth wave of the pandemic. A total of 69,601 new infections were reported, 2,415 more than the same time a week ago, and another 527 people died.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 8, Germany-based BioNTech and US-based Pfizer said a three-shot course of their COVID-19 vaccine was able to neutralize the new Omicron variant in a laboratory test and they could deliver an upgraded vaccine in March 2022 if needed.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 8, The head of India's armed forces, General Bipin Rawat, was among 13 people killed when the military helicopter they were traveling in crashed. A lone survivor succumbed to his injuries on Dec. 15.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)(Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 8, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa (46) set out to became the first space tourist in more than a decade to travel to the International Space Station (ISS) when he blasted off from Kazakhstan on a voyage he sees as a dry run for his planned trip around the moon with Elon Musk's SpaceX in 2023.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 8, Kuwait said it has detected its first case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 8, A Malaysian court upheld former premier Najib Razak's conviction on corruption charges over a multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), dealing a blow to his hopes of a political comeback.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 8, In central Mali an explosion killed seven United Nations peacekeepers and seriously wounded three others.
    (Reuters, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 8, It was reported that four lecturers at a leading university in Morocco have appeared in court over accusations of offering students better grades in exchange for sex. A fifth lecturer faced charges of indecent assault and battery.
    (BBC, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 8, In Nigeria a state minister said a wellhead that has been spilling oil and gas in Bayelsa state has been successfully shut, more than a month after it started polluting the Delta creeks.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 8, Filipino journalist Jesus "Jess" Malabanan (58), who formerly worked with Reuters was killed late today while watching television at home in Calbayog, Samar province.
    (Reuters, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 8, South Africa reported nearly 20,000 new COVID-19 cases, a record since the Omicron variant was detected, and 36 new COVID-related deaths.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)
2021        Dec 8, Sri Lanka ordered a countrywide recall of cooking gas cylinders after hundreds of unexplained explosions and fires in recent weeks which have injured several people, including about 60 such explosions on Dec. 2.
    (Reuters, 12/8/21)

2021        Dec 9, Pres. Joe Biden opened the first White House Summit for Democracy. He spoke to representatives of more than 100 countries in a video gathering and sounded an alarm about a global slide for democratic institutions.
    (SFC, 12/10/21, p.A8)
2021        Dec 9, It was reported that the United States will put Chinese artificial intelligence company SenseTime on an investment blacklist on Dec. 10. The Financial Times cited people familiar with the decision, as the company is finalizing its Hong Kong IPO.
    (Reuters, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, The US Senate passed and sent to President Joe Biden the first of two bills needed to raise the federal government's $28.9 trillion debt limit and avert an unprecedented default.
    (Reuters, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, The US Treasury Department targeted government officials and companies it accused of corruption, including officials in El Salvador and Guatemala involved in their countries COVID-19 responses.
    (Reuters, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, The US Food and Drug Administration authorized booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE for those aged 16 and 17.
    (Reuters, 12/9/21)
2021         Dec 9, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 49,570,424 with the death toll at 793,597.
    (sfist.com, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 9, In  Florida former US narcotics agent Jose Irizarry (47) was sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison for conspiring to launder money with a Colombian cartel. Prosecutors said he and his co-conspirators had used diverted $9 million from undercover money laundering investigations.
    (SFC, 12/11/21, p.A7)
2021        Dec 9, It was reported that Georgia Republicans have purge Black Democrats from county election boards.
    (Reuters, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, A jury in Chicago found the actor Jussie Smollett guilty of falsely reporting to the police that he had been the victim of a racist and homophobic assault in 2019, an attack that investigators concluded was a hoax directed by the actor himself.
    (NY Times, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, Al Unser (82), 4-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, died at his home in New Mexico. He won the Indy 500 in 1970, 1971, 1978 and 1987.
    (SFC, 12/11/21, p.B8)
2021        Dec 9, The New York City Council approved a measure that would let noncitizens who are legal residents vote in local elections. Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he would not veto it.
    (NY Times, 12/9/21)(SFC, 12/10/21, p.A4)
2021        Dec 9, In Buffalo, NY, Starbucks workers voted to unionize, a first for the 50-year-old coffee retailer in the US.
    (SFC, 12/10/21, p.C2)
2021        Dec 9, Oklahoma executed Bigler Stouffer II (79) for the 1985 shooting death of Linda Reaves, an Oklahoma City-area school teacher.
    (SFC, 12/10/21, p.A7)
2021        Dec 9, A judge in Texas ruled that a law prohibiting abortions after about six weeks violated the state's constitution because it allows private citizens to sue abortion providers.
    (NY Times, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, US railroad operators Union Pacific Corp and BNSF Railway said they were suspending their COVID-19 vaccine mandate for their employees, two days after a judge blocked the Biden administration's inoculation rule for federal contractors.
    (Reuters, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, Crypto startup Palm NFT Studio said it had raised $27 million in an early-stage funding round led by Microsoft Corp's venture fund M12 with participation from venture firm Griffin Gaming Partners.
    (Reuters, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, SpaceX launched NASA's newest X-ray observatory from Kennedy Space Center. The Imaging X-ray Polarization Explorer (IXPE) rocketed into orbit and was expected to unveil dramatic and extreme parts of the universe as never before.
    (SFC, 12/10/21, p.A4)
2021        Dec 9, Brazil's Senate approved the extension of a payroll tax exemption for 17 economic sectors until December 2023, a measure seen as necessary to save jobs during a period of stagnant growth caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
    (Reuters, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, Britain said it had agreed a digital trade deal with Singapore, the first digitally-focused trade pact signed by a European nation.
    (Reuters, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, Britain said it will send 140 military engineers to Poland this month to provide support at its border with Belarus, in response to what it termed pressures from "irregular migration".
    (Reuters, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, Britain's farming and environment minister George Eustice said the UK is experiencing it worst ever outbreak of bird flu. Around 500,000 birds had been culled as a result of 36 confirmed outbreaks.
    (Reuters, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, The British-based Uyghur Tribunal, an unofficial tribunal of lawyers and campaigners, said Chinese President Xi Jinping bore primary responsibility for what it said was genocide, crimes against humanity and torture of Uyghurs and members of other minorities in the Xinjiang region.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 9, In Cameroon a regional government official said a resurgence of tit-for-tat violence between herders and farmers has killed at least 22 people and injured more than 30 others this week in the Far North region.
    (Reuters, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, Judges at the International Criminal Court confirmed war crimes and crimes against humanity charges levied by prosecutors against Mahamat Said Abdel Kain, a former commander of the "Seleka" faction in Central African Republic.
    (Reuters, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, Chile's center-right President Sebastián Piñera signed into law a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, days after it was approved by Congress in a historic vote.
    (Reuters, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, It was reported that China has told multinationals to sever ties with Lithuania or face being shut out of the Chinese market, dragging companies into a dispute between the Baltic state and Beijing.
    (Reuters, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said it has removed 106 apps from Chinese app stores including movie review app Douban, karaoke app Changba, and phone reseller Aihuishou, citing violations of privacy law.
    (Reuters, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, Equatorial Guinea oil minister Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima said Chevron and his government have signed a production-sharing agreement for an offshore block in the in the country's Douala Basin.
    (Reuters, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, The World Food Program (WFP) said it has suspended distribution of food aid in two northern Ethiopian towns after gunmen looted its warehouses.
    (BBC, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, Germany's independent vaccination advisory panel said it was recommending COVID-19 shots for children aged 5 to 11 with pre-existing conditions or who are in close contact to vulnerable people.
    (AP, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, In Hong Kong tycoon and prominent pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai and two others were convicted for their roles in last year's banned Tiananmen candlelight vigil, amid a crackdown on dissent in the city and Beijing's tightening political control.
    (SFC, 12/10/21, p.A4)
2021        Dec 9, Indian farmers called off a year-long protest after the government conceded a clutch of demands, including assurances to consider guaranteed prices for all produce, instead of just rice and wheat.
    (Reuters, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, Iraq and the US-led coalition said they have concluded a final round of technical talks to formally transition from a combat mission tasked with rooting out the extremist Islamic State group to an advisory mission to assist Iraqi forces.
    (AP, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, Italy's antitrust authority fined Amazon $1.3 billion, accusing the company of exploiting its dominant position against independent sellers on its website in violation of EU competition rules.
    (SFC, 12/10/21, p.C2)
2021        Dec 9, In Italy film director Lina Wertmüller (93) died overnight at her home in Rome. She combined sexual warfare and leftist politics in the provocative, genre-defying films “The Seduction of Mimi," “Swept Away" and “Seven Beauties," which established her as one of the most original directors of the 1970s.
    (NY Times, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, The Jordanian health ministry announced that it had identified its first two cases of the omicron variant of coronavirus.
    (AP, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 9, In Mexico at least 55 people died after a truck carrying more than 100 migrants crashed in southern Chiapas State. Most of the victims were Guatemalan migrants.
    (Reuters, 12/9/21)(Reuters, 12/11/21)
2021        Dec 9, New Zealand unveiled a plan to eventually ban all sales of cigarettes in the country, a decades-long effort unique in the world to prevent young people from taking up smoking. The proposed legislation would leave current smokers free to continue buying cigarettes. But it would gradually raise the smoking age, year by year, until it covers the entire population.
    (NY Times, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, The International Monetary Fund said it has approved a three-year loan deal for Niger worth around $276 million, warning that security risks threatened the West African nation's economic outlook.
    (Reuters, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, Singapore said it has detected its first locally transmitted case of the COVID-19 variant Omicron in a member of staff at the city state's airport, warning that more Omicron cases are likely to be detected.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 9, Slovakia's parliament approved a plan to give people 60 and older up to $339 if they are vaccinated against COVID-19.
    (SFC, 12/10/21, p.A5)
2021        Dec 9, In South Korea several parents associations held protests against a vaccine pass mandate for children aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19 among teenagers. From February, those aged 12 or older will have to show a vaccine pass to enter public spaces, including private tuition centers, libraries and study cafes.
    (Reuters, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, Switzerland's supreme court overturned the conviction of a Geneva doctor who helped a healthy 86-year-old woman commit suicide so she would not have to outlive her dying husband. It sent the case back to see if he should be retried under the Narcotics Act.
    (AP, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, The Tunisian presidency said the political problem in Tunisia today stemmed from the current 2014 constitution which was no longer valid.
    (Reuters, 12/9/21)
2021        Dec 9, Turkey said three of its soldiers were killed in an attack by Kurdish militants during cross-border operations in northern Iraq. The Turkish Defence Ministry added that six of the militants were "neutralized".
    (Reuters, 12/9/21)

2021        Dec 10, The US White House announced that Australia, Denmark and Norway would join it in an effort to curb technology exports to governments that use the products for repression. Canada, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom also supported the move.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, The United States formalized guidance allowing personal remittances to flow to Afghanistan, providing protection to senders and financial institutions from US sanctions on the Taliban as the country faces a deepening humanitarian crisis and economic collapse.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, The United States imposed extensive human rights-related sanctions on dozens of people and entities tied to China, Myanmar, North Korea and Bangladesh, and added Chinese artificial intelligence company SenseTime Group to an investment blacklist.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, The US Supreme Court allowed abortion providers to pursue a legal challenge to a ban on most abortions in Texas, with the fate of the Republican-backed measure that allows private citizens to enforce it now hanging in the balance.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, US federal prosecutors said Evan Neumann (49), a California man charged with assaulting police in the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol and using a metal barricade as a battering ram, has fled the United States and is believed to have taken refuge in Belarus.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21) 
2021        Dec 10, US Navy Cmdr. Lucian Kins was relieved of his duties as 2nd in command of the destroyer Winston Churchill because he refused to get a vaccine and refused to be tested for the coronavirus. He was the first naval officer to be fired for vaccine refusal.
    (SSFC, 12/12/21, p.A10)
2021        Dec 10, A US CDC report said most of the 43 COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant identified in the United States so far were in people who were fully vaccinated, and a third of them had received a booster dose.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021         Dec 10, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 49,687,827 with the death toll at 794,941.
    (sfist.com, 12/11/21)
2021        Dec 10, In northeastern Arkansas a score of people were trapped in a nursing home after it was struck by a tornado that killed two people and injured five.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, A federal jury in Florida awarded $22.5 million to a US Army veteran who alleged that combat earplugs sold by 3M Co caused him to suffer hearing loss and tinnitus, the biggest verdict yet in massive litigation over the product. More than 272,000 lawsuits have been filed by servicemembers and veterans who say defective earplugs made by 3M caused their hearing damage.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, Days after announcing his candidacy for governor, Republican David Perdue furthered embraced debunked claims of electoral fraud in Georgia's 2020 presidential race by joining a lawsuit seeking to prove he and former President Donald Trump were cheated out of election victories.
    (AP, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, At least two workers were confirmed dead when an Amazon.com Inc warehouse collapsed in Edwardsville, Illinois. A day later six Amazon workers were confirmed dead.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)(Reuters, 12/11/21)
2021        Dec 10, Kentucky's Gov. Andy Beshear declared the state's chronic nursing shortage to be an emergency, taking executive actions to boost enrollment in nurse training programs.
    (SFC, 12/11/21, p.A5)
2021        Dec 10, A devastating swarm of tornadoes ripped through six US states, killing more than 90 people in 6 states and leaving a trail of destroyed homes and businesses along a path that stretched more than 200 miles. At least 64 people, including six children, lost their lives in Kentucky. The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center said it received 36 reports of tornadoes touching down in Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Arkansas, and Mississippi.
    (Reuters, 12/11/21)(NY Times, 12/13/21)(Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 10, New York Governor Kathy Hochul said that starting next week, face coverings must be worn inside all businesses and venues unless they have implemented a vaccine requirement. The measure will be in effect from Dec. 13 to Jan. 15 in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, Alan Swinney (51), a self-professed member of the Proud boys from Texas, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting a man in the eye with a paintball gun during violent protests in Oregon last year. Prosecutors said he led a small group of like minded people in Portland on Aug 15 and Aug. 22, 2020, in multiple acts of violence during demonstrations stemming from the murder of George Floyd.
    (AP, 12/10/21)(SFC, 12/14/21, p.A7)
2021        Dec 10, Cybersecurity firm Cloudstrike said a software vulnerability in the online game Minecraft is rapidly emerging as a major threat to internet-connected devices around the world. New Zealand's computer emergency response team was among the first to report the flaw a day earlier. The flaw in open-source Apache software was discovered on Nov. 24 by the Chinese tech giant Alibaba.
    (SFC, 12/11/21, p.A5)
2021        Dec 10, Brazil's health ministry said its website was hit by a hacker attack that took several systems down, including one with information about the national immunization program and a second one used to issue digital vaccination certificates.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, Softbank-backed Brazilian company 2TM, which runs the largest cryptocurrency exchange in Latin America, said it has launched a venture capital unit focusing on blockchain companies around the world.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, Britain said it had signed a trilateral agreement with Norway and the European Union on fishing catch limits for 2022 for six jointly managed fish stocks in the North Sea.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, Britain granted another 23 licenses to French fishermen meeting to resolve a post-Brexit battle over fishing rights. The EU had set London a December 10 deadline to grant licenses to dozens of French fishing boats under a Brexit deal signed last year.
    (AFP, 12/11/21)
2021        Dec 10, Britain recorded 58,194 new cases of COVID-19 and a further 120 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations gathering for a weekend in Liverpool, with the British hosts seeking elusive unity to ease growing tensions with Russia, China and Iran.
    (AP, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, Bulgaria's new centrist We Continue The Change (PP) party said it had sealed a broad coalition deal with socialist, populist and center-right factions after eight months of political paralysis.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, Burkina Faso's military said that its joint operation with Niger's army killed about 100 extremist rebels between Nov. 25 and Dec. 9. The joint force also arrested 20 suspects and seized significant equipment from the rebels in the past two weeks. At least 13 soldiers were killed during this time and seven others were wounded.
    (AP, 12/10/21)(Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 10, In Canada David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General launched a consultation, cooperation and engagement process with Indigenous peoples to advance implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.
    (CNW Group, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, Ottawa warned that COVID-19 cases in Canada have started to increase and severity trends could also rise, saying the rapid spread of the Omicron variant abroad should be a "serious alarm bell" for those wanting to travel.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, The International Monetary Fund approved a three-year extended credit facility worth $570 million for Chad.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, In Chile more than a hundred homes were burned overnight by a forest fire that spread to the town of Castro on the tourist island of Chiloe.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, Chinese leaders promised tax cuts and support for entrepreneurs to shore up slumping economic growth after a campaign to rein in surging corporate debt caused bankruptcies and defaults among real estate developers.
    (AP, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, China and Nicaragua re-established diplomatic ties after the Central American country broke relations with Chinese-claimed Taiwan, boosting Beijing in a part of the world long considered the United States' backyard and angering Washington.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, Democratic Republic of Congo's environment minister said unidentified officials forged her signature to grant conservation licenses for the country's vast forests that play a pivotal role in regulating the Earth's climate.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, ExxonMobil and partner Qatar Energy expanded their stake in potential oil and gas deposits off Cyprus by signing a deal with the east Mediterranean island nation for a second exploration license in waters that Turkey partly claims.
    (AP, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, France announced that it will soon open to the public the most highly classified parts of its national archives about the Algerian war of independence, shedding light on some of the darkest chapters in France's 20th century history.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, It was reported that Germany has pledged to admit 25,000 Afghans deemed most at risk following the Taliban takeover in Kabul from about 40,000 such people that European Union states are to accept. The Netherlands agreed to admit more than 3,100 Afghans whose life and safety is now seen most at risk. France and Spain will take in 2,500 people, followed by 2,000 who will head to Sweden.     
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, Workers at German hospitals, doctor's offices and nursing homes must prove that they are vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 by mid-March as part of new legislation passed by the parliament.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, It was reported that Ghana is introducing some of the world's strictest Covid travel rules, by banning any adult who has not been vaccinated from flying in with effect from Dec 13.
    (BBC, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, Police in Greece arrested 11 members of a self-styled vigilante group who handcuffed a high school principal (61) ahead of a daily COVID-19 entry check of students. The group had taken the principal to a nearby precinct and asked police to charge him, but were themselves detained.
    (SSFC, 12/12/21, p.A10)
2021        Dec 10, Israeli forces shot and killed Palestinian amil Abu Ayyash (31) during clashes in the occupied West Bank.
    (AP, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency reported that arms stored for Hamas have exploded in the Burj Shamali camp, killing and injuring a number of people. On Dec. 11 the Hamas group said that the explosions were caused by an electrical short-circuit in a storage area for oxygen bottles used to treat coronavirus patients. A Lebanese security official said that the exploded in the camp was clearly ammunition.
    (AP, 12/11/21)
2021        Dec 10, Protesters in Myanmar closed businesses and stayed off the streets in a "silent strike" against rule by the military and its ousting of the Southeast Asian country's democratically elected government in a February coup.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority announced that it was restricting Emirates to just one weekly flight from 21 that had been initially approved. The Emirates airline in response said it will suspend all flights to Nigeria from next week.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, Police in North Macedonia discovered 41 migrants from Cuba and India, including five children, in a routine police check on country's main highway and arrested the van's driver.
    (AP, 12/11/21)
2021        Dec 10, Romania introduced new travel restrictions and isolation measures for people entering the country as officials seek to avert another health care crisis following the emergence of the omicron variant of the coronavirus.
    (AP, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that the Omicron coronavirus variant was growing exponentially and would overtake Delta as the dominant strain within days, as she tightened self-isolation rules.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, Serb lawmakers voted to start work on pulling their autonomous Serb Republic out of Bosnia's armed forces, judiciary and tax system, in a non-binding motion meant to pave the way for secession from Bosnia.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, South Korea's coronavirus infections exceeded 7,000 for a 3rd consecutive day. The worst surge since the start of the pandemic overwhelmed hospitals and depleted the healthcare workforce.
    (SFC, 12/11/21, p.A5)
2021        Dec 10, Severe flooding in Spain's Navarre region submerged cars and houses and killed at least one person as heavy rains from Storm Barra caused rivers to burst their banks.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, A Sudanese medical group said renewed tribal clashes this week between Arabs and non-Arabs in Darfur have killed at least 33 more people, warning of still escalating violence in the war-wracked region.
    (AP, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, In Sweden Volvo Cars, majority owned by China's Geely Holding, said it had launched an investigation into a cyber security breach and the theft of some research and development data that could impact the company's operation.
    (AP, 12/10/21)
2021        Dec 10, The World Bank said donors agreed to transfer $280 million from a frozen, trust fund to the World Food Program (WFP) and UNICEF to support nutrition and health in Afghanistan.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)

2021        Dec 11, US President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration for Kentucky after the state was battered by a swarm of tornadoes.
    (Reuters, 12/11/21)
2021         Dec 11, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 49,849,846 with the death toll at 796,947.
    (sfist.com, 12/12/21)
2021        Dec 11, Bryce Young became the second consecutive Alabama player to win the Heisman Trophy.
    (NY Times, 12/12/21)
2021        Dec 11, California Gov. Gavin Newsom pledged to empower private citizens to enforce a ban on the manufacture and sale of assault weapons in the state, citing the same authority claimed by conservative lawmakers in Texas to outlaw most abortions once a heartbeat is detected.
    (AP, 12/11/21)
2021        Dec 11, Armed smash-and-grab looters broke into a high-end exotic car dealership in Chicago, stealing millions of dollars in watches.
    (Fox News, 12/12/21)
2021        Dec 11, Novelist Anne Rice (80) died in Rancho Mirage, Ca. Her lush, best-selling gothic tales, including “Interview With a Vampire" (1976), reinvented the blood-drinking immortals as tragic antiheroes.
    (AP, 12/12/21)(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Rice)
2021        Dec 11, A Blue Origin New Shepard rocket blasted off from western Texas carrying four paying customers and two VIP guests on a 10-minute flight into space. Laura Shepard Churchly, the daughter of astronaut Alan Shepard, was one of the two guests.
    (SSFC, 12/12/21, p.A8)
2021        Dec 11, A court in Benin convicted Reckya Madougou, one of President Patrice Talon's main opponents, for complicity in acts of terrorism. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison after a trial her lawyers denounced as a political hit job.
    (Reuters, 12/11/21)
2021        Dec 11, Brazil's Supreme Court Justice Luis Roberto Barroso ruled that the country must demand proof of vaccination for visitors seeking to enter the country.
    (Reuters, 12/11/21)
2021        Dec 11, The G7 democracies sought to present a united front against Russian aggression toward Ukraine as Britain hosted a meeting of foreign ministers in the northern English city of Liverpool.
    (Reuters, 12/11/21)
2021        Dec 11, Britain reported 54,073 new COVID-19 cases and 132 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
    (Reuters, 12/11/21)
2021        Dec 11, Teen pilot Zara Rutherford (19) landed in Seoul from Russia, the first Asia stop on her attempt to become the youngest woman to fly around the world solo. The British-Belgian departed from Kortrijk-Wevelgem Airport in western Belgium on her 51,000-km (32,000-mile) journey, which is to span five continents and 52 countries.
    (Reuters, 12/11/21)
2021        Dec 11, Extreme winds hit the Canadian province of Ontario to plunge more than 280,000 homes and businesses into darkness. Power supplies were soon restored to some.
    (Reuters, 12/12/21)
2021        Dec 11, China's government-backed newspaper Dahe Daily reported late today that e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding has dismissed a female employee who accused a former co-worker of sexual assault earlier this year.
    (Reuters, 12/12/21)
2021        Dec 11, Israeli researchers said they found that a three-shot course of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine provided significant protection against the new Omicron variant.
    (Reuters, 12/11/21)
2021        Dec 11, Italy reported 96 coronavirus-related deaths, down from 118 the day before, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 21,042.
    (Reuters, 12/11/21)
2021        Dec 11, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken agreed on the need to fortify their countries' alliance amid a tougher regional security environment.
    (Reuters, 12/11/21)
2021        Dec 11, Palestinians held municipal elections in the Israeli-occupied West Bank in a rare democratic exercise and amid rising anger with President Mahmoud Abbas after he cancelled planned legislative and presidential votes earlier this year.
    (Reuters, 12/11/21)
2021        Dec 11, Portuguese police said Joao Rendeiro, a former bank head who vanished to escape a jail sentence for tax fraud and other crimes, has been captured in South Africa three months after he disappeared.
    (Reuters, 12/11/21)
2021        Dec 11, In Serbia hundreds of people braved sleet and cold weather to block roads across the country for the third straight weekend to protest government plans to allow Rio Tinto's open a lithium mine.
    (Reuters, 12/11/21)
2021        Dec 11, In Sicily three people were killed and six are still missing after a gas explosion late today caused several residential buildings in the town of Ravanusa to collapse. Rescuers soon pulled four more bodies out of the rubble of houses bringing the total death toll to seven.
    (Reuters, 12/12/21)(Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 11, Two Tibetan students chained themselves to the Olympic rings outside the Swiss headquarters of the International Olympic Committee to call for an international boycott of next year's winter games.
    (Reuters, 12/11/21)
2021        Dec 11, Pope Francis drew attention to a problem that the Vatican has long sought to downplay: the abuses of power by mother superiors against nuns who, because of their vows of obedience, have little recourse but to obey. He said “Veil of Silence: Abuse, Violence, Frustrations in Female Religious Life" by Salvatore Cernuzio doesn’t detail “striking" cases of violence and abuse "but rather the everyday abuses that harm the strength of the vocation".
    (AP, 12/11/21)
2021        Dec 11, The World Bank said it has approved a $600 million loan for a Philippine reform program to position the Southeast Asian country for a competitive and resilient economic recovery.
    (Reuters, 12/11/21)

2021         Dec 12, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 49,921,405 with the death toll at 797,346.
    (sfist.com, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 12, Studio estimates said Steven Spielberg's lavish “West Side Story" revival made little noise at the box office, debuting with $10.5 million in ticket sales despite critical acclaim and two years-worth of anticipation.
    (AP, 12/12/21)
2021        Dec 12, It was reported that that a federal panel has approved renaming Squaw Mountain in Colorado to Mestaa'ehehe Mountain, after a Cheyenne woman who facilitated relations between white settlers and Native American tribes in the early 19th century.
    (SSFC, 12/12/21, p.A18)
2021        Dec 12, It was reported that the drought and heat waves that led to the huge wildfires in southern Australia in 2019 and 2020 have killed up to 60% of the trees that escaped the blazes.
    (SSFC, 12/12/21, p.B12)
2021        Dec 12, Austria ended lockdown restrictions for vaccinated people across most of the country, three weeks after reimposing strict rules to combat a rising wave of coronavirus infections.
    (AP, 12/12/21)
2021        Dec 12, Britain raised its COVID alert level to 4 from level 3 on its 5-point scale in response to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the virus. Medical authorities warned that hospitalizations are likely to rise sharply over the coming weeks.
    (Reuters, 12/12/21)
2021        Dec 12, G7 delegates meeting in L:iverpool warned that Russia faces massive consequences and severe costs if President Vladimir Putin attacks Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 12/12/21)
2021        Dec 12, In the Czech Rep. several thousand people marched through Prague, protesting a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for certain groups including people age 60 and over.
    (AP, 12/12/21)
2021        Dec 12, It was reported that Tigrayan forces have recaptured the town of Lalibela in Ethiopia, less than two weeks after government forces and their allies took control.
    (Reuters, 12/12/21)
2021        Dec 12, France's interior minister said it has opened 400 investigations into networks providing fake COVID-19 health passes, as virus-related hospitalizations rise sharply across the country.
    (AP, 12/12/21)
2021        Dec 12, In Lebanon four people were killed and others were injured in a shooting in the Palestinian camp of Burj al-Shemali. Officials blamed rival movement Fatah for the bloodshed.
    (Reuters, 12/12/21)
2021        Dec 12, Legendary Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez (81), an emblematic figure of ranchera music, died. The singer of classic hits like "Mujeres Divinas" and "Por Tu Maldito Amor" performed to packed houses on stages in Europe, the United States and Latin America.
    (Reuters, 12/12/21)     
2021        Dec 12, The French territory of New Caledonia voted against independence in a referendum, amid a big drop in turnout due to a boycott of the vote by the independence movement. The indigenous Kanak population, who largely favor independence, had called for non-participation in the referendum because they are in a 12-month mourning period following a September surge in coronavirus infections.
    (Reuters, 12/12/21)
2021        Dec 12, PM Naftali Bennett began the first official visit by an Israeli leader to the United Arab Emirates, seeking to strengthen Gulf ties at a time of heightened regional tension as world powers try to revive a nuclear deal with Iran.
    (Reuters, 12/12/21)
2021        Dec 12, Nigeria said it plans to ban flights from Argentina, Britain, Canada and Saudi Arabia from this week in retaliation for being added to those countries' red lists over the detection of the Omicron coronavirus variant last month.
    (Reuters, 12/12/21)
2021        Dec 12, Heavy snowfall covered Belgrade and much of the Balkans, hampering traffic, canceling flights at the Serbian capital’s main airport and disrupting public transportation.
    (AP, 12/12/21)
2021        Dec 12, South Africa's 69-year-old President Cyril Ramaphosa tested positive for COVID-19, though is showing only mild symptoms.
    (Reuters, 12/12/21)
2021        Dec 12, Vietnam's biggest conglomerate Vingroup said it had started building a $174 million battery cell plant for its VinFast electric vehicles business so the company can own its battery supply chain.
    (Reuters, 12/12/21)

2021        Dec 13, US Vice President Kamala Harris announced new investment in Central America from companies such as Pepsico and Cargill, that boost her efforts to lower migration from the region into the United States.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, The US Congress gave final approval to legislation that would raise the debt ceiling by $2.5 trillion, moving over nearly unanimous Republican opposition to stave off the threat of a first-ever federal default until at least early 2023.
    (NY Times, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 13, A divided US appeals court rebuffed a request by six employees to block United Airlines from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for workers that imposes unpaid leave on those who are granted religious or medical exceptions.
    (Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 13, It was reported that victims of disgraced former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar have reached a $380 million settlement with USA Gymnastics, the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee and their insurers after a five-year legal battle.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, A survey released by the New York Federal Reserve said US consumers' short-term inflation expectations pushed higher in November and expectations for future earnings growth dropped, suggesting they anticipate price increases will outpace wage gains at an even faster rate in the near term.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021         Dec 13, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 49,938,379 with the death toll at 797,456.
    (sfist.com, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 13, California state officials said a new mask mandate will go into effect on Dec. 15 and will remain until at least Jan. 15.
    (NY Times, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, Kentucky officials confirmed that 74 people had died as tornadoes hit the state on Dec. 10. The toll was expected to grow as crews continued to pick through mountains of rubble.
    (NY Times, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, New York State began requiring people wear masks indoors in public if proof of full vaccination was not required, a policy that is in effect at least until Jan. 15. The US Supreme Court refused to block New York’s requirement that health care workers be vaccinated against the coronavirus even when they cite religious objections.
    (NY Times, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk was named Time magazine's "Person of the Year" for 2021, a year that saw his electric car company become the most valuable carmaker in the world and his rocket company soar to the edge of space with an all-civilian crew.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, It was reported that Meta Platforms Inc, the owner of social media platform Facebook, is behind a $60 million deal to acquire the trademark assets of US regional bank Meta Financial Group.
    (AP, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, Australia signed a A$1 billion ($716.5 million) defence deal with South Korea, boosting Seoul's efforts to grow its military exports.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, British PM Boris Johnson said the first patient had died after contracting the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The United Kingdom has recorded a further 54,661 cases of COVID-19 and 38 more deaths.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, NatWest was fined 265 million pounds ($350.9 million) for failing to prevent the laundering of nearly 400 million pounds, capping the first criminal money laundering case against a British bank.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, UK-based Virgin Atlantic said it has received 400 million pounds ($530 million) of new funding from its shareholders to help the airline ride out the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, Bulgarian lawmakers voted in Kiril Petkov (41), a Harvard-educated entrepreneur, as prime minister and approved the lineup of his broad coalition government, ending months of political deadlock in the European Union's poorest member state.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, It was reported that Burundi’s government has signaled that it won’t allow a recently appointed UN special rapporteur on human rights into the East African nation.
    (AP, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, Officials said Canada is setting aside C$40 billion ($31.2 billion) to compensate Indigenous children and families in foster care for suffering discrimination, and will start paying out once a protracted lawsuit is settled.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, The Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma fell silent as constant tremors stopped late today, though experts cautioned this did not necessarily mean the eruption is nearing an end after 85 days.
    (Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 13, It was reported that health authorities in northern China's port city of Tianjin have detected the first case of the Omicron coronavirus variant in the country's mainland. The infection was discovered in a traveler who arrived in the city from overseas on Dec. 9.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, More than a dozen Chinese-listed companies said they had suspended production in coronavirus-hit parts of eastern Zhejiang province in response to local government's tightened COVID-19 curbs, causing their share prices to plunge. Zhejiang reported a total of 173 locally transmitted cases with confirmed symptoms during the Dec. 6-12 period.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, One of two Danish crew members missing from a capsized barge was found dead in the hull after an overnight collision with a British cargo vessel in a busy Baltic Sea route off Sweden. Two crew members on a British cargo vessel were found to be over the legal limit for alcohol after the collision.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)(Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 13, Pirates took six hostages during an attack on the Tonsberg, a Greek-operated container ship, in international waters in the Gulf of Guinea near Bioko Island, a territory belonging to Equatorial Guinea.
    (Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 13, The EU imposed sanctions on a group of private Russian military contractors it accuses of fomenting violence and committing human rights abuses in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine.
    (AP, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, The operator of Ghana's main international airport said it will fine airlines $3,500 for every passenger they fly in who is not vaccinated against COVID-19 or who tests positive for the coronavirus upon arrival.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, Eight Hong Kong pro-democracy activists were sentenced to up to 14 months in prison for organizing, taking part in and inciting participation in a banned vigil last year for victims of China's 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, In Hungary seven people were killed and four injured when a car with a Serbian license plate carrying migrants crashed into a house late today in the village of Morahalom near the Serbian border. The car was carrying 10 migrants.
    (Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 13, India's PM Narendra Modi opened part of a large-scale development project in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh state, looking to garner support ahead of key state elections. The Shri Kashi Vishwanath Dham mega project was first commissioned in 2019.
    (SFC, 12/14/21, p.A2)
2021        Dec 13, India's western state of Gujarat has acknowledged more COVID-19 deaths than its official tally, according to a court document filed today, lending weight to fears that the country's actual toll was much higher than reported.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, Italy reported 98 coronavirus-related deaths against 66 the day before. The daily tally of new infections fell to 12,712 from 19,215. Italy has registered 134,929 deaths linked to COVID-19 since its outbreak emerged in February last year.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, It was reported that Ivory Coast cashew processors are being driven towards bankruptcy by Asian exporters who buy up all the local supply, thwarting a government plan to invigorate the sector.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, In Indian Kashmir two police personnel were killed and at least 14 others injured when militants attacked their bus on the outskirts of Srinagar. Fatalities soon rose to three as a policeman who was on a bus succumbed to his injuries.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)(Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 13, Israeli forces shot dead Jamil Kayyal (31), a Palestinian man, early today during clashes that erupted in the West Bank city of Nablus.
    (AP, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, Japanese billionaire fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa (46) rejected criticism from those who questioned his decision to pay a fortune for a trip to the International Space Station, saying the “amazing" experience was worth it.
    (AP, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, Malaysian authorities said American chip manufacturer Intel Corporation will invest 30 billion ringgit ($7.10 billion) in a new, state-of-the-art facility.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, Nigeria said it will destroy around one million expired COVID-19 vaccines. Some COVID-19 doses donated by rich Western countries had a remaining shelf life of only weeks.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, It was reported that a violent mafia-style gang in Nigeria linked to murder and fraud has infiltrated the country's political system and launched a global scamming operation well beyond Nigeria's borders. The "Black Axe" gang has been operating for decades in Nigeria and is among the country's most-feared organized crime syndicates.
    (BBC, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, PM Jonas Gahr Stoere Norway will further tighten restrictions in a bid to limit an expected surge of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, Pakistan said it has confirmed its first case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, in the country's most populous city of Karachi.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, Former students and faculty members from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music arrived with their families in Portugal, where they are being granted asylum and where they hope to rebuild their acclaimed school.
    (AP, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, Russia vetoed a first-of-its-kind UN Security Council resolution casting climate change as a threat to international peace and security, sinking a years-long effort to make global warming more central to decision-making in the UN's most powerful body.
    (AP, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, Saudi Arabia's energy minister said that the kingdom plans to invest 380 billion riyals ($101 billion) in renewable energy projects and a further 142 billion riyals in energy distribution through 2030.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, The head of Senegal's immunization program said at least 200,000 COVID-19 vaccines have expired without being used in the past two months and another 200,000 are set to expire at the end of December because demand is too slow.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the US, North Korea, his country and China have agreed "in principle" to declare a formal end to the Korean War. But they've yet to meet on the matter due to Pyongyang's demands.
    (Axios, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, Sudanese security forces fired tear gas to disperse protesters in Khartoum in the latest street demonstrations against the October military coup and subsequent deal that reinstated deposed PM Abdalla Hamdok. Thousands of people took to the streets in Khartoum and other Sudanese cities as part of relentless demonstrations that have engulfed the country since the military seized power on Oct. 25.
    (AP, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, Syrian Kurdish-led forces said their ant-terrorism unit, with US-led coalition support, killed five suspected Islamic State group fighters in a raid to break up a militant cell in Syria’s east.
    (AP, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, Turkey's lira crashed as much as 7% to a record near 15 to the dollar before whip-sawing back after the central bank intervened, gripped by worries over President Tayyip Erdogan's risky new economic policy and prospects of another rate cut.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, The UAE's state news agency WAM said Israel and the United Arab Emirates plan to establish a joint research and development fund.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, It was reported that a Vatican department has apologized for "causing pain to the entire LGBTQ community" by removing from its website a link to resource material from a Catholic gay rights advocacy group.
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, A Vietnamese court jailed a former head of Hanoi's governing body for a further eight years for abuse of power. Nguyen Duc Chung (54) was found guilty of charges stemming from the siphoning of 36 billion dong ($1.57 million) from a public investment project, which he used to help a company owned by his family    .
    (Reuters, 12/13/21)
2021        Dec 13, In Yemen Maj. Gen. Nasser al-Dhaibani, who headed military operations of the government’s armed forces, was killed on the front line in the Balaq mountain range, south of the city of Marib.
    (AP, 12/13/21)

2021        Dec 14, US Vice President Kamala Harris and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen announced more than $8.7 billion in capital investments in community development financial institutions and minority-owned banking firms to boost lending in disadvantaged areas.
    (AP, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, A US judge dismissed a bid by former President Donald Trump to keep his tax returns from a House of Representatives committee, ruling that Congress' legislative interest outweighed any deference Trump should receive as a former president.
    (Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, US passenger railroad Amtrak said it will temporarily suspend a vaccine mandate for employees and now no longer expects to be forced to cut some service in January.
    (Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021         Dec 14, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 50,142,292 with the death toll at 798,942. The number of deaths compiled by Johns Hopkins Univ. topped 800,000.
    (sfist.com, 12/15/21)(SFC, 12/15/21, p.A5)
2021        Dec 14, Rain drenched Southern California as a powerful storm slid down the drought-stricken state, snarling traffic as vehicles spun out and raising the threat of mudslides in areas scarred by wildfires.
    (AP, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, The San Francisco Board of supervisors unanimously passed groundbreaking legislation to provide paid sick leave for cleaners, nannies, gardeners and other domestic workers.
    (SFC, 12/16/21, p.C1)
2021        Dec 14, Ken Kragen (85), the founding president of USA for Africa, the foundation set up to administer the aid money raised by “We Are the World" (1985), died at his home in LA.
    (NY Times, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 14, A New York State ethics board ordered former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to turn over millions of dollars in profits from his coronavirus pandemic memoir, giving him 30 days to comply.
    (NY Times, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, Ricardo Martinelli, a son of the former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, pleaded guilty in NYC to a US money laundering charge linked to Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht, becoming the second of his children to admit wrongdoing.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 14, Scientists announced that NASA's Parker Solar Probe has officially “touched" the sun, plunging through the unexplored solar atmosphere known as the corona. The probe actually flew through the corona in April during the spacecraft’s eighth close approach to the sun. Scientists said it took a few months to get the data back and then several more months to confirm.
    (AP, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 14, A World Trade Organization panel ruled in favor of Brazil, Australia and Guatemala in their trade disputes with India over sugar subsidies and asked New Delhi to conform with global rules.
    (Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, Afghanistan's central bank said it was working to ensure the stability of the afghani, a day after the currency lost almost 12% of its value against the dollar in a matter of hours amid a deepening economic crisis and soaring inflation.
    (Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, Albania's Special Prosecutor’s Office Against Corruption and Organized Crime said Lefter Koka (57), environment minister, has been arrested following months of investigation and is accused of abuse of post, corruption and money laundering.
    (AP, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, A court in Belarus sentenced Syarhei Tsikhanouski (43), the opposition leader's husband, to 18 years in jail after he was arrested during an attempt to run for president against incumbent Alexander Lukashenko, a verdict his wife called political revenge.
    (Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, Britain reported 59,610 new COVID-19 cases, the highest figure since early January, as it faces what PM Boris Johnson has called a "tidal wave" on infections from the Omicron variant.
    (Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, It was reported that Chinese social media platform Weibo Corp has been slapped with a 3 million yuan ($470,000) fine by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), China's internet regulator, for repeatedly publishing illegal information.
    (Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, It was reported that multiple companies have suspended operations in Zhejiang province, one of China's biggest and busiest manufacturing hubs, as authorities double down to contain a COVID-19 outbreak, halting some production of goods from batteries and clothing to textile dyes and plastics.
    (Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, In Colombia a bombing at an airport in the northern city of Cucuta left three people dead.
    (Reuters, 12/28/21)
2021        Dec 14, It was reported that the Congolese rumba, now has Unesco-protected status. It is the culmination of campaigning by two countries - the Democratic Republic of Congo and neighboring Congo-Brazzaville.
    (BBC, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, The European Court of Human Rights issued a ruling urging Russia to introduce measures tackling domestic violence against women, which it said is happening on a “staggering scale" amid “systematic problems in securing prosecutions and convictions".
    (AP, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, The European Court of Justice said a child with two mothers certified in one EU nation must also be recognized by the other EU members as such.
    (AP, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, French forces left the city of Timbuktu late today, the latest sign that the former colonial power is drawing down its presence in northern Mali nearly nine years after driving Islamic extremists from power there in a military intervention. The Malian military has occupied the former French military base.
    (AP, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, German supplier of chemicals and materials used in making semiconductors, Merck KGaA, announced it is to invest 500 million euros in Taiwan over the next five to seven years, primarily in semiconductor technologies.
    (Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, In Haiti more at least 75 were killed when a fuel truck exploded overnight in a street in the city of Cap-Haïtien.
    (NY Times, 12/14/21)(Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 14, Indian troops killed a suspected militant during a gunbattle in the federally-controlled Jammu and Kashmir region.
    (Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, Vaccine producer the Serum Institute of India (SII) and a government official said India is struggling to export its surplus of COVID-19 vaccines as logistical hurdles delay their use in many countries despite low levels of inoculation.
    (Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, Japan pledged $3.4 billion in its largest contribution to the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank, to ensure the recovery of low-income countries from the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, Kenya Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe told a press conference in the coastal city of Mombasa that the country had detected cases of the Omicron variant for the first time.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 14, A Kenyan court temporarily halted the government's plan to require COVID-19 vaccination for access to public services until a petition challenging it is heard and ruled upon.
    (Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, It was reported that Lebanese officials have agreed that losses in the country's financial sector amount to between $68 billion and $69 billion as it seeks to negotiate an International Monetary Fund (IMF) support program.
    (Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, It was reported that photographer Soe Naing, detained after an anti-coup protest in Myanmar's biggest city last week, has died while in custody.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 14, Dutch broadcaster RTL said schools in the Netherlands will close a week early for Christmas this year as coronavirus infections remain high and hospitals struggle with a wave of COVID-19 patients.
    (Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, The African Development Bank (AfDB) said it will lend Nigeria $210 million to support smallholder farmers producing strategic crops and livestock.
    (Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte withdrew his bid to become a senator, the same day his preferred successor quit the presidential race, adding to uncertainty about the mercurial leader's political future and the scope of his influence.
    (Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he wants "immediate" talks with the United States and NATO over security guarantees, as tensions soar between Moscow and the West over Ukraine.
    (AP, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, Rwanda's health ministry said the small central African country had detected six cases of the Omicron variant as it pushed for people to get vaccinated.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 14, Gulf Arab leaders gathered in Riyadh for an annual summit expected to stress cohesion after a deep rift, at a time of regional concern over Iran and rising economic rivalry within the oil-producing bloc.
    (Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, Somali Islamists captured the town of Eldheere in the semi-autonomous central state of Galmudug, part of a string of incursions underscoring the group's gains amid divisions between the central government and its erstwhile allies in the region.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 14, South Korea's Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) posted 7,850 cases, with the number of patients in serious condition also reaching a fresh high at 964.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 14, Spanish police arrested Moroccan national Fikri Amellah, an internationally wanted drug trafficker suspected of using the proceeds from importing tons of hashish and cocaine to splash out on luxury cars, yachts and high-end watches.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 14, The United Arab Emirates suspended talks on a $23 billion deal to purchase American-made F-35 planes, armed drones and other equipment. Emirati officials blamed an American insistence on restrictions on how and where the F-35s could be used and say they are a violation of the UAE's sovereignty.
    (AP, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, The UN said more than 100 former Afghan national security forces and others have been killed since the Taliban takeover in August, most at the hands of the hardline Islamist group which is recruiting boy soldiers and quashing women's rights. The WFP said almost all Afghans do not have enough to eat.
    (Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021        Dec 14, The UN weather agency said it has certified a 38-degree Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) reading in the Russian town of Verkhoyansk on June 20, 2020, as the highest temperature ever recorded in the Arctic.
    (AP, 12/14/21)

2021        Dec 15, A majority of the US Senate (89-10) backed the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, sending the $770 billion bill to President Joe Biden's desk for his signature.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, Citing high-quality filtration systems aboard planes, Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly stated that “masks don’t add much, if anything, in the air cabin environment." On Dec 17 Kelly tested positive for COVID-19 after returning home from the Senate hearing.
    (AP, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 15, A US federal appeals court in New Orleans revived in 26 states a Biden administration COVID-19 vaccine mandate requiring millions of US healthcare workers to get vaccinated if they work in federally funded facilities. It ruled that a lower court only had the authority to block the mandate in the 14 states that had sued.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, It was reported that that the US Air Force has discharged 27 people for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, making them the first service members to be removed for disobeying the mandate to get shots.
    (SFC, 12/15/21, p.A5)
2021         Dec 15, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 50,261,30 with the death toll at 800,983.
    (sfist.com, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 15, Water agencies in southern California, along with Arizona and Nevada, reached an agreement to significantly reduce the amount of water they take from the Colorado River to avoid dangerously low levels of water in Lake Mead.
    (SFC, 12/16/21, p.A4)
2021        Dec 15, A freakish wind storm brought "Dust Bowl" conditions and gusts of more than 100 mph (161 kph) to parts of the Great Plains and Upper Midwest. The storm closed highways in western Kansas, spawned reported tornadoes in Nebraska and Iowa and raised concerns about fires because of unusually high temperatures. At least five people died due to the storm, one in Minnesota, 3 in Kansas and one in Iowa.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)(AP, 15/15/21)(SFC, 12/17/21, p.A7)
2021        Dec 15, Black writer bell hooks (69) died at her home in Berea, Ky. She insisted on using all lowercase letters in her name. Her writing on gender and race helped push feminism beyond its white, middle-class worldview to include the voices of Black and working-class women. Her books included “Ain’t I a Woman? Black Women and Feminism" (1981).
    (NY Times, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin (45) pleaded guilty in a federal court to charges he violated George Floyd's civil rights, likely extending his prison sentence after his earlier conviction for the Black man's murder.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, Minnesota reported 54 more COVID-19 deaths raising the state's total to 10,018.
    (SFC, 12/17/21, p.A6)
2021        Dec 15, Eric Adams, New York City’s mayor-elect, named Keechant Sewell, a Long Island police official, as the city’s next police commissioner, making her the first woman to lead the nation’s largest police force.
    (The Guardian, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, The New York City Council voted to ban the use of natural gas in new buildings, following in the footsteps of dozens of smaller US cities seeking to shift from fossil fuels to cleaner forms of energy.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, Bristol Myers Squibb Co's Orencia became the first drug to win US approval for the prevention of acute Graft versus Host Disease (aGvHD), a potentially fatal complication that could occur after a stem cell transplant.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, It was reported that state-sponsored hackers from countries including Iran and China are actively exploiting a major vulnerability in Apache logging package log4j to target vulnerable organizations around the world.
    (The Hill, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, Ghulam Isaczai, the former Afghan government’s ambassador to the United Nations, resigned after the country’s current Taliban rulers sought to replace him with their own envoy. Taliban leaders have been trying to put their own representative, Mohammad Suhail Shaheen, in their country’s seat at the UN.
    (AP, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 15, Australia reopened borders to vaccinated skilled migrants and foreign students after a nearly two-year ban on their entry, in a bid to boost an economy hit by stop-start COVID-19 lockdowns.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, In Australia four children were killed and several more badly injured after strong winds lifted an inflated jumping castle into the air during end-of-year school celebrations, causing them to fall 10 meters (33 feet) in Devonport, Tasmania state. Four days later a boy (11) died from the accident, taking the death toll from the tragedy to six children.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)(Reuters, 12/19/21)
2021        Dec 15, In Belgium the young adult daughter of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny received a standing ovation from European Union lawmakers as she accepted the EU's top human rights prize on her father's behalf.
    (AP, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, The UK recorded its most daily coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic as a senior British health chief said there could be a "staggering" rise over the next few days. A further 78,610 COVID-19 infections were reported, about 10,000 more than the previous high reported in January.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, In London David Fuller (67), a double murderer who sexually abused more than 100 corpses in hospital mortuaries was sentenced, to life in prison. Fuller had filmed himself carrying out the attacks on at least 102 bodies in mortuaries inside the now-closed Kent and Sussex Hospital and the Tunbridge Wells Hospital, in Pembury, where he had worked as an electrician since 1989.
    (AP, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, Britain-based GlaxoSmithKline and France-based Sanofi said they expect data from late-stage clinical trials of its booster dose of their COVID-19 vaccine candidate in the first quarter, instead of this year. Preliminary data from trials showed the single-dose booster provided strong immune responses.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, It was reported that efforts using poison to eradicate invasive mice on Britain's Gough Island, home to one of the world's largest seabird colonies, have failed. A remote camera recently revealed that at least one mouse had survived on the South Atlantic island.
    (BBC, 12/15/21)(SSFC, 12/19/21, p.B10)
2021        Dec 15, It was reported that Chilean authorities have registered more than 25,000 people arriving this year through the Atacama Desert, as compared to 16,500 for all of 2020. Most of the migrants were said to be from Venezuela, with some from Colombia and Haiti.
    (SFC, 12/15/21, p.A4)  
2021        Dec 15, Presidents Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin agreed in a video call that China and Russia should stand firm in rejecting Western interference and defending each other's security interests.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, A private jet crashed minutes after taking off outside Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, killing all nine people on board, including Puerto Rican music producer Flow La Movie.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, Six European supermarket chains, including two owned by Dutch firm Ahold Delhaize and a Carrefour subsidiary, said they would stop selling some or all beef products from Brazil due to links with destruction of the Amazon rainforest.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz 963) said his government would make Europe's largest economy fit for the future by fostering investment in climate protection and digitalization, vowing no one would be left behind in this major transformation. He also underscored the importance of strengthening the European Union and standing shoulder-to-shoulder with transatlantic allies in the face of security threats like the Russian military build-up in Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, It was reported that India has approved a $10 billion incentive plan to attract semiconductor and display manufacturers, as part of a deepening push to establish the country as a global electronics production hub.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, Iran and a UN watchdog said they have reached agreement on replacing cameras at a nuclear complex, as Western powers warn time is running out to revive a deal on Tehran's atomic program.
    (AFP, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, The Israeli government said it was donating 1 million coronavirus vaccines to the UN-backed COVAX program.
    (AP, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, Lebanon’s interior minister ordered the deportation of members of Bahrain’s outlawed Shiite opposition party after they criticized from Beirut their country’s human rights record.
    (AP, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, Lithuania's diplomatic delegation to China left the country in a hastily arranged exit, as relations soured further over Taiwan, which opened a de facto embassy in Vilnius last month.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, A boat capsized off Malaysia killing 11 people, among them suspected undocumented migrants. A search and rescue mission was underway for 25 missing Indonesians.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, Nigeria's upper chamber of parliament approved President Muhammadu Buhari's request for $5.8 billion in borrowing from international lenders.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, Nigerian senators rejected, for the third time in five years, a bill that seeks to promote gender equality, citing “socio-cultural and Islamic concerns".
    (AP, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 15, North Korea's state media reported that Kim Yong Ju (b.1920), the younger brother of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung who was once regarded as the country’s No. 2 official before his nephew was anointed as the next ruler, has died.
    (AP, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, The Philippines said it has detected two imported cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant of concern, its first reported cases.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, South Africa's high court ordered former President Jacob Zuma to return to jail, after setting aside an earlier decision to release him on medical parole.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, South Africa reported a record number of new daily COVID-19 infections in a fourth wave believed to be largely caused by the Omicron coronavirus variant. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reported 26,976 new cases in the past 24 hours, surpassing a peak of 26,485 in early July.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, The Seoul-based Transitional Justice Working Group, in a report titled report titled "Mapping Killings under Kim Jong Un: North Korea's Response to International Pressure," documented 27 executions, most by firing squad, on charges that included of watching or distributing South Korean videos, drugs, prostitution and human trafficking.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, Five Turkish healthcare unions representing more than 250,000 health workers, doctors and other medical personnel went on a one-day strike, protesting poor wages and harsh working conditions amid a currency meltdown.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, The UN migration agency said it has launched a coronavirus vaccination campaign for stranded migrants in war-torn Yemen.
    (AP, 12/15/21)
2021        Dec 15, A Vietnamese court sentenced Facebook users Trinh Ba Phuong to 10 years in prison and five years of house arrest and Nguyen Thi Tam to six years in jail and three years of house arrest for anti-state activities.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)

2021        Dec 16, President Joe Biden signed a bill raising the US debt limit into law, averting what would have been an unprecedented default.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, The US Commerce Department hit several Chinese companies with export restrictions, citing national security reasons including what Washington says is their role in oppressing China's Uyghurs or helping Beijing's military.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, The US federal government permanently lifted a major restriction on access to abortion pills. It will allow patients to receive the medication by mail instead of requiring them to obtain the pills in person from specially certified health providers.
    (NY Times, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, A federal judge overturned Purdue Pharma’s opioid settlement, ruling that the company’s owners, members of the Sackler family, could not receive protection from civil lawsuits.
    (NY Times, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, The US Marine Corps said it has discharged 103 Marines so far for refusing the vaccine, and the Army said it has reprimanded more than 2,700 soldiers and will begin discharge proceedings in January.
    (AP, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it had received reports of eight cases of myocarditis, a type of heart inflammation, in children aged 5-11 years who received Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)
2021         Dec 16, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 50,381,441 with the death toll at 802,542.
    (sfist.com, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 16, Ophthalmologist Alan Scott (89), the “Father of Botox," died in Greenbrae, Calif. He turned a toxin into a medical treatment — and then watched as his innovation became a cosmetic phenomenon. Dr. Scott first injected the powerful paralytic Clostridium botulinum into the eye muscles of a patient (1978) who had undergone retinal detachment surgery that had left his eye pulled to one side.
    (NY Times, 1/12/22)
2021        Dec 16, In Florida even though there have been practically no cases of clinical infection, wastewater samples show that the new omicron variant is now the dominant strain of COVID-19 in Orange County, home to the nation's largest theme park resorts.
    (AP, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, A teen's death in Kentucky pushed the total of the Dec. 10 storm-related casualties in five states to 90, including 76 in Kentucky.
    (AP, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 16, Former McDonald’s chief executive Steve Easterbrook, who was ousted by the company in 2019 for having an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate, has returned $105 million in cash and stock to the company in one of the largest clawbacks in the history of corporate America.
    (NY Times, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, Intel said it will invest 30 billion ringgit ($7.1 billion) to expand its manufacturing operation in Malaysia as chipmakers work to diversify their global supply chains that were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (AP, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, Australia-based Qantas Airways picked Airbus as the preferred supplier to replace its domestic fleet, switching from Boeing in a major win for the European plane maker that also triggered an upheaval in engine supplies.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said that he has asked for the names of health officials that had approved COVID-19 vaccines for children in Brazil, saying he planned to make their identities public despite previous death threats.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, Britain became the first G7 economy to hike interest rates since the onset of the pandemic, with the US Federal Reserve also signaling plans to tighten in 2022 but the European Central Bank only slightly reining in stimulus.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, New cases of COVID-19 in Britain hit a record high for the second day running. Britain reported 88,376 new infections, the highest since the start of the pandemic and up around 10,000 over the previous day.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, AstraZeneca said a lab-study of its COVID-19 antibody cocktail, Evusheld, found that the treatment retained neutralizing activity against the Omicron coronavirus variant, showing promise for wider use of the therapy.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, Human Rights Watch accused separatist fighters in Cameroon's Anglophone regions of systematically targeting schools, students and teachers during a civil war that has killed thousands of people.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, Canada, Britain, Sweden and Ukraine set a new deadline for Iran to negotiate reparations for families of victims of the Jan 8, 2020, downed Ukrainian flight, warning that their "patience is wearing thin." They said Tehran must indicate by January 5 if it is willing to engage in negotiations.
    (AP, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 16, Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo declared the end of its 13th Ebola outbreak that emerged in early October in North Kivu province and infected 11 people, killing six of them.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, Denmark approved Merck & Co Inc's molnupiravir antiviral pill for COVID-19 patients at risk of serious illness, including the elderly.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) said armed forces from Ethiopia's Amhara region have stepped up killings, mass detentions and expulsions of ethnic Tigrayans in neighboring western Tigray.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, France announced that because of surging COVID-19 cases in Britain only designated categories of people would be allowed to travel between the two countries, and anyone arriving from Britain would have to self-isolate.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, It was reported that the remaining 12 missionaries of a group of Canadian and American missionaries, kidnapped on October 16 by a gang in Haiti, have been released. Ransom money was raised to pay for the release of the group, but a dozen of them escaped captivity on their own.
    (BBC, 12/16/21)(Reuters, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 16, In India three people were killed and 10 injured in a fire at a plant owned by Indian chemicals maker Gujarat Fluorochemicals Ltd in the western state of Gujarat.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, Indonesia's Pres. Joko Widodo urged people to refrain from traveling abroad after the county detected its first case of the omicron variant.
    (SFC, 12/17/21, p.A6)
2021        Dec 16, Jewish settler Yehuda Dimentman was killed and two others were wounded in a Palestinian shooting attack near a Jewish settler outpost in the occupied West Bank. Israeli forces soon arrested four Palestinian suspects believed to have taken part in the deadly shooting.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)(AP, 12/18/21)
2021        Dec 16, Japan officially approved Moderna Inc's COVID-19 vaccine for its booster program while Novavax Inc filed for first approval of its shot in the country.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, Masayuki Uemura (78), Japanese engineer who developed the Nintendo Entertainment system (1983), died in j in Japan.
    (SSFC, 12/19/21, p.F8)
2021        Dec 16, Lebanon's central bank said it would sell US dollars to commercial banks at the rate on its Sayrafa foreign exchange platform, but analysts said offering more hard currency would do little to steady the already crippled Lebanese pound.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, It was reported that Malta has become the first EU country to agree to formally legalize the use and growing of marijuana for recreational purposes.
    (SFC, 12/16/21, p.A4)
2021        Dec 16, NATO stood by its promise to open a path to Ukrainian membership amid warnings from Western intelligence agencies that Moscow could soon begin a military incursion.
    (NY Times, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, Thousands marched in New Zealand's capital Wellington to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and lockdowns, as the country reached the 90% fully vaccinated milestone.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, Norway's central bank raised its benchmark interest rate as widely expected, and said more hikes were likely next year although that would depend on the impact of a surge in coronavirus infections and the emergence of the Omicron variant.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, The Palestinian Health Ministry said it has identified its first three cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in the occupied West Bank.
    (AP, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, Electoral authorities in the Philippines rejected the first of a series of complaints seeking to disqualify presidential contender Ferdinand Marcos Jr (64), the early frontrunner ahead of next year's election. The decision was made public on Dec. 18.
    (Reuters, 12/18/21)
2021        Dec 16, Typhoon Rai rapidly intensified to a Category 5 storm before making landfall in the southern Philippines, forcing mass evacuations and flight cancellations as floodwaters reached chest-high in low-lying communities. At least 72 people died in the central province of Bohol in the wake of Typhoon Rai. The death toll soon passed 400 people with 82 still missing.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)(Reuters, 12/19/21)(Reuters, 12/31/21)
2021        Dec 16, Russia said it was ready to send a government minister to "any neutral country" for talks with the United States on its proposals for security in Europe, and presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden could speak again before New Year.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, Russia fined Twitter, Facebook owner Meta Platforms and TikTok for failing to delete content the government deems illegal, the latest in a string of penalties against foreign technology firms.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, The authorities in Serbia's western town of Loznica said it was scrapping a plan adopted this year to open a lithium mine in the area after opposition from activists, although developer Rio Tinto said it had not given up on the project.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, South Korea said it will reinstate stricter social distancing rules a month-and-a-half after easing them under a 'living with COVID-19' policy, as the number of new infections and serious cases spirals. Curbs will return from Dec. 4 to Jan. 2, limiting gatherings to no more than four people - as long as they are fully vaccinated.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, Syria’s military said Israeli rockets hit army posts in the country’s south early today, killing one soldier and causing material damage.
    (AP, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, Sweden said it will require visitors from other Nordic nations to have a vaccine pass to cross the border as it tightens restrictions in the face of rising number of COVID-19 infections and worries about the Omicron variant.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey will hike its minimum wage by a massive 50% to 4,250 lira ($275.44) per month next year to address a currency crash and inflation spike.
    (Reuters, 12/16/21)
2021        Dec 16, The United Nations cultural agency placed a traditional Haitian soup, widely seen as a symbol of the nation's independence, on its prized intangible cultural heritage list.
    (AP, 12/16/21)

2021        Dec 17, The US government imposed sanctions on Ali Darassa, a militia leader in Central African Republic (CAR) whose forces it accused of murder, torture, rape and kidnapping.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, A US federal appeals court panel allowed Pres. Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for larger private employers to move ahead.
    (SFC, 12/18/21, p.A5)
2021        Dec 17, A federal judge sentenced Robert Scott Palmer (54), a US Capitol rioter, to 63 months in prison on charges that he threw a wooden plank and a fire extinguisher at police during the Jan. 6 attack on the seat of government. He was the first rioter to be sentenced on the charge of assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers using a dangerous or deadly weapon.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, It was reported that the US Postal Service (USPS) and NAACP have reached a settlement to resolve a 2020 lawsuit over election mail that the Justice Department said would ensure prioritizing delivering ballots in future elections.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, A US CDC report said most of the 43 COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant identified in the United States so far were in people who were fully vaccinated, and a third of them had received a booster dose.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new strategy called "test-to-stay" that allows unvaccinated children to stay in school even if they have been exposed to the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021         Dec 17, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 50,381,441 with the death toll at 803,851.
    (sfist.com, 12/18/21)
2021        Dec 17, SF Mayor London Bree declared a state of emergency in the Tenderloin in an effort to stem a tide of fatal overdoses and street crime.
    (SFC, 12/18/21, p.A1)
2021        Dec 17, Former SF Public works Director Mohammed Nuru (59) agreed to plead guilty to a federal fraud charge involving multiple bribes and kickbacks.
    (SFC, 12/18/21, p.A1)
2021        Dec 17, A board of the regulatory Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to keep the shrimp fishery shuttered for at least three more years because of concerns about the health of the crustacean's population amid warming ocean temperatures.
    (AP, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, New York state reported that slightly more than 21,000 people had tested positive for COVID-19, a new high since tests became widely available.
    (AP, 12/18/21)
2021        Dec 17, Virginia police said Anthony Robinson (35), a suspected serial killer dubbed the “shopping cart killer," has been arrested after he was suspected to be linked to the killings of at least four women.
    (The Independent, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen (52), a staunch conservative, died. His death came weeks after he said he had tested positive for the coronavirus while in El Salvador. He was an outspoken critic of Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 emergency orders, and had introduced legislation aimed at protecting the rights of people who do not wish to get vaccinated.
    (AP, 12/18/21)
2021        Dec 17, JPMorgan Chase was fined $200 million by regulators for failing to track work-related communication on employees' personal phones and email. Staff members in the bank's security division had avoided oversight by discussing company business on their personal devices.
    (SFC, 12/18/21, p.C2)
2021        Dec 17, Eve Babitz (78), the voluptuous bard of Los Angeles, who wrote with sharp wit and a connoisseur’s enthusiasm of its outsize characters and sensuous pleasures and found critical acclaim and a new audience late in life, died at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.
    (NY Times, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 17, The NOAA’s Arctic Report Card documented the numerous ways that climate change continues to fundamentally alter this once reliably frozen region. The Arctic is warming two to three times faster than the rest of the planet.
    (https://tinyurl.com/35mtfwym)(SSFC, 12/19/21, p.B10)
2021        Dec 17, A Brazilian federal police document said President Jair Bolsonaro had a "direct and relevant" role in spreading disinformation about the country's electoral process during live streams on social media.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, In Brazil a summit of the South American trade bloc Mercosur ended without a final presidential statement, as member nations failed to reach an agreement to reduce import tariffs amid a sharp rise in inflation.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, British PM Boris Johnson said he took personal responsibility for the loss of a Conservative stronghold in an election defeat that showed public dismay over a litany of scandals and stepped up pressure on the British prime minister from mutinous lawmakers.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, A British study showed that the risk of reinfection with the Omicron coronavirus variant is more than five times higher and it has shown no sign of being milder than Delta. Britain reported a new high of 93,045 COVID-19 infections, breaking the record set a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, Officials in Canada said a that all travelers would need a negative PCR test to re-enter the country. The test would have to be taken in a country other than Canada.
    (SFC, 12/20/21, p.A4)
2021        Dec 17, China's commerce ministry said it firmly opposed action taken in the United States to put investment and export curbs on eight Chinese technology firms and pass a bill that would ban imports from China's Xinjiang region.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, It was reported that China is pressuring German car parts giant Continental to stop using components made in Lithuania, amid a dispute between Beijing and the Baltic state over the status of Taiwan.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, China's securities regulator said a stock connect scheme linking Shanghai and London will be broadened to include Shenzhen-listed companies, as well as capital markets in Germany and Switzerland.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, The new center-right government of Czech PM Petr Fiala (57) took office facing soaring inflation and energy costs, record budget deficits and the dragging COVID-19 pandemic.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, Egyptian health authorities said they have identified the country’s first cases of the highly transmissible omicron variant of the coronavirus.
    (AP, 12/18/21)
2021        Dec 17, France said it has detected bird flu on a duck farm in the southwest of the country, marking a return of the disease to the foie gras production region where duck flocks were decimated by outbreaks last winter.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, India's health ministry said it has detected a total of 101 cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, adding some districts were showing a rise in overall infections relative to tests.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, India's antitrust agency suspended Amazon.com's 2019 deal with Future Group, potentially denting the US e-commerce giant's attempts to block the sale of Future's retail assets to an Indian market leader.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, Talks aimed at salvaging Iran's tattered 2015 nuclear deal with world powers adjourned to allow the Iranian negotiator to return home for consultations after a round marked by tensions over new demands from Tehran.
    (AP, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, Iraqi officials said at least eight people have died and more are feared injured amid severe flooding caused by torrential rainfall in Irbil province in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region.
    (AP, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, Jewish settlers burst into several villages in the occupied West Bank, smashing homes and cars and beating up at least two people. The attacks came a day after Palestinian gunmen killed an Israeli man in a shooting ambush in the territory.
    (AP, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, Associated Press photographer Mahmoud Illean was pushed and beaten by Israeli police in an unprovoked attack while covering a protest in a tense Jerusalem neighborhood, sending him to the hospital with head injuries.
    (AP, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, Ivory Coast workers blocked access to the main ports of Abidjan and San Pedro. Stevedores and dockers walked away over demands that the government respect a 2019 agreement to pay them three euros ($3.40) per hour, in line with international standards. The week-long strike comes at a time when cocoa exporters are rushing to ship out beans from the previous season without penalty.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, In Japan 24 people were killed after a fire swept through a psychiatry clinic in Osaka. Police were investigating possible arson after reports a man had spilled liquid that fueled the blaze. Police soon identified Morio Tanimoto (61) as a prime suspect behind the fire. Days later the death toll rose to 25. Tanimoto died on Dec. 30 due to carbon monoxide inhalation from the fire.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)(Reuters, 12/18/21)(Reuters, 12/20/21)(Reuters, 12/30/21)
2021        Dec 17, At least 102 migrants were reported dead after their wooden boat capsized off Libya.
    (AP, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 17, A court in Madagascar convicted two French citizens of having plotted a failed coup against President Andry Rajoelina and sentenced them to 10 years and 20 years of forced labor. Paul Rafanoharana was sentenced to 20 years in prison and Philippe François was given a 10-year prison sentence.
    (AP, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, Mali's foreign affairs ministry said that Chad planned to deploy 1,000 additional soldiers to Mali to reinforce its troops battling insurgents there, as France scales back its military presence in Africa's Sahel region.
    (Reuters, 12/18/21)
2021        Dec 17, Mexican officials said the former chief of security for Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has been arrested in Canada on charges of protecting a fuel theft racket within the state-run oil company, and his extradition process has begun.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, For the 10th anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death, North Koreans were required to enter an 11-day mourning period and adhere to several bans the government imposed, such as laughing, drinking alcohol and participating in leisure activities.
    (Radio Free Asia, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, Poland's parliament unexpectedly passed a bill that would force Discovery Inc. to sell its controlling share of TVN, Poland’s largest television network.
    (AP, 12/19/21)
2021        Dec 17, Qatar said it has registered its first four cases of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, Russia said it wanted a legally binding guarantee that the NATO military alliance would give up any military activity in Eastern Europe and Ukraine, part of a wish list of ambitious security guarantees it wants to negotiate with the West.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, Saudi state news agency (SPA) said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has launched the plan and main features of the Jeddah Central Project, previously known as New Jeddah Downtown, with total investments of 75 billion riyals ($19.99 billion).
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, In Sudan tear gas was fired at thousands of supporters of the opposition Forces for Freedom and Change movement who had gathered in the capital Khartoum.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, Switzerland's highest court dismissed a final appeal by Vladislav Klyushin, a Kremlin-linked Russian businessman seeking to block his extradition to the United States, by arguing he was a victim of a US political campaign to snare him on trumped-up charges.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, Thai authorities said at least 2,500 people including hundreds of children have fled a flare-up in fighting between the Myanmar army and ethnic minority rebels and have taken refuge across the border in Thailand.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, In Tunisia several thousand people demonstrated against President Kais Saied, pointing to growing opposition to his seizure of power and suspension of parliament five months ago.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, UAE billionaire Majid Al Futtaim died. He rose from working as a bank clerk to creating an eponymous business empire most known for its massive Dubai mall with an indoor ski slope.
    (AP, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, A UN-backed court set up to try leaders of the brutal Khmer Rouge dropped genocide charges against Cambodian ex-navy commander Meas Muth. The court said it was terminating the case "in the absence of a definitive and enforceable indictment".
    (AP, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said clashes between herders, fishermen and farmers in the far north of Cameroon have driven at least 100,000 people from their homes in the past two weeks, creating a humanitarian emergency.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, The UN Human Rights Council voted to set up an independent investigation into abuses in the Ethiopian conflict.
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)
2021        Dec 17, The World Health Organization issued an emergency use listing to Serum Institute of India's version of US-based Novavax Inc's COVID-19 vaccine, paving the way for the two companies to ship their doses for the COVAX program. This was the 9th vaccine to be granted emergency use by the WHO
    (Reuters, 12/17/21)(SFC, 12/18/21, p.A5)

2021        Dec 18, Republican US Senator Ted Cruz will get a vote in January on his bill to slap sanctions on Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline in a deal struck with Democrats in which he agreed to lift holds on dozens of President Joe Biden's nominees for ambassador posts.
    (Reuters, 12/18/21)
2021         Dec 18, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 50,718,428 with the death toll at 806,058.
    (sfist.com, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 18, In southern California rapper Drakeo the Ruler was fatally stabbed at a Los Angeles music festival where he and others were scheduled to perform.
    (SFC, 12/20/21, p.A3)
2021        Dec 18, The Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas ship docked in Port Miami with 48 passengers testing positive for the coronavirus. 98% of the those testing positive had been fully vaccinated. The 7-night cruise had left Miami on Dec. 11 with 95% of passengers and crew fully vaccinated.
    (SFC, 12/20/21, p.A4)
2021        Dec 18, In Minnesota seven people were found dead inside a home in Moorhead. The victims included four adults and three children. Blood samples showed a lethal level of carbon monoxide in the immigrant family from Honduras.
    (AP, 12/20/21)(SFC, 12/21/21, p.A3)(Fox News, 12/24/21)
2021        Dec 18, David Wagoner (96), novelist and a leading figure in poetry circles, especially in the Pacific Northwest, died in Edmonds, Wa. His novel "The Escape Artist" (1965) was turned into a 1982 movie starring Griffin O'Neal.
    (SSFC, 1/2/22, p.F7)
2021        Dec 18, Australia reported record high new COVID-19 cases for a third day, with outbreaks growing in the two most populous states, however Prime Minister Scott Morrison continued to downplay the risks as the country eases pandemic curbs.
    (Reuters, 12/18/21)
2021        Dec 18, Former Brexit negotiator David Frost resigned from the government with immediate effect, topping a torrid week for British PM Boris Johnson after a party rebellion on new coronavirus curbs and by-election humiliation.
    (AP, 12/18/21)
2021        Dec 18, London Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a "major incident" to help the capital's hospitals cope with a surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the fast-spreading Omicron coronavirus variant. The UK reported 90,418 new COVID-19 cases, down from a record of just over 93,000 a day earlier, and 125 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.
    (Reuters, 12/18/21)
2021        Dec 18, Beijing city said it is advising residents not to leave town during a major holiday season in early 2022, part of efforts to limit coronavirus risks while the Winter Olympics Games are being held.
    (Reuters, 12/18/21)
2021        Dec 18, In China four people were killed and another eight injured when part of a bridge ramp collapsed in Ezhou City, in central Hubei province.
    (Reuters, 12/19/21)
2021        Dec 18, Germany's national disease control center, the Robert Koch Institute, added Britain to its list of “virus variant areas" late today.
    (AP, 12/19/21)
2021        Dec 18, Guatemalan authorities said that 12 people were killed in the village of Chiquix, 155 kms (96 miles) east of the capital, where a long-running land dispute has sparked conflicts between the residents of two municipalities.
    (Reuters, 12/19/21)
2021        Dec 18, In India a Chennai district government said more than 150 employees at a Foxconn factory that makes iPhones for Apple Inc were hospitalized for food poisoning this week but almost all have now been discharged. Indian police detained scores of people for blocking highways in a protest against the food poisoning incident. Dozens of those detained were soon released.
    (Reuters, 12/18/21)(Reuters, 12/19/21)(Reuters, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 18, In India a man was beaten to death in the northern city of Amritsar after he allegedly attempted to commit a sacrilegious act inside the historic Golden Temple, one of Sikhs' most revered shrines.
    (AP, 12/18/21)
2021        Dec 18, Israeli officers arrested a Palestinian woman (65) after she stabbed and lightly wounded a settler (38) in the center of the highly contested city of Hebron.
    (AP, 12/18/21)
2021        Dec 18, Italy's national health institute (ISS) said the highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus is spreading quickly, with new cases identified in the country's north and south.
    (Reuters, 12/18/21)
2021        Dec 18, The Libyan coast guard retrieved at least 62 bodies of migrants following a 2nd shipwreck off its coast.
    (AP, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 18, Malaysian officials said thousands of people have been displaced by flash floods following non-stop rainfall over the last 24 hours. At least eight people died in the floods. At least 10,000 people were trapped by the flooding.
    (Reuters, 12/18/21)(Reuters, 12/20/21)(SFC, 12/21/21, p.A3)
2021        Dec 18, In Pakistan at least 12 people were killed and 11 others injured in an explosion in a sewer system in Karachi's industrial area. A gas leak beneath a local bank was suspected.
    (SSFC, 12/19/21, p.A6)
2021        Dec 18, In Senegal the 19th annual Fashion Week event opened in Dakar with the dual themes of inclusiveness and sustainability.
    (Reuters, 12/19/21)
2021        Dec 18, In Spain thousands of Catalans took to the streets of Barcelona to protest a court decision that mandates that 25% of all schools subjects be taught in Spanish, reducing the still predominant use of the local Catalan language in classrooms.
    (SSFC, 12/19/21, p.A12)
2021        Dec 18, Taiwan's opposition suffered a major setback after voters rejected four referendums it had championed as a show of no confidence in the government.
    (Reuters, 12/18/21)
2021        Dec 18, Ukraine said it has detected its first case of the Omicron coronavirus variant. So far Ukraine has reported 3.6 million cases of COVID-19 and 92,929 deaths.
    (Reuters, 12/18/21)
2021        Dec 18, The Vatican warned conservative Roman Catholics who have balked at Pope Francis' decision to restrict the old traditionalist Latin Mass that they were sowing division and engaging in "sterile polemics".
    (Reuters, 12/18/21)   
2021        Dec 18, It was reported that Cardinal Peter Turkson (73) of Ghana, seen by some as a candidate to become the first African pope in about 1,500 years, has abruptly offered his resignation from a key Vatican department.
    (Reuters, 12/18/21)
2021        Dec 18, The World Health Organization said the omicron variant of the coronavirus has been detected in 89 countries, and COVID-19 cases involving the variant are doubling every 1.5 to 3 days in places with community transmission and not just infections acquired abroad.
    (AP, 12/18/21)

2021        Dec 19, US Senator Joe Manchin, a West Virginia moderate Democrat who is key to President Joe Biden's hopes of passing a $1.75 trillion domestic investment bill, said he would not support the package.
    (Reuters, 12/19/21)
2021         Dec 19, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 50,796,445 with the death toll at 806,343.
    (sfist.com, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 19, Sally Ann Howes (91), an English-born grande dame of American and British musical comedy, died Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. She captivated children as Truly Scrumptious in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," the 1968 film featuring a magic jalopy that floats and flies into fantasy adventures.
    (NY Times, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 19, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said the death toll from the Dec. 10 tornadoes left 78 people killed in the state and that those missing have been accounted for. Officials in Tennessee reported a 5th death from the storm leaving a total 92 people confirmed dead. Kentucky's death toll was later revised to 77.
    (SSFC, 12/19/21, p.A12)(Reuters, 12/27/21)
2021        Dec 19, The Interfax news agency reported that Facebook has paid 17 million rubles ($229,643) in fines owed in Russia for failing to delete content Moscow deems illegal.
    (Reuters, 12/19/21)
2021        Dec 19, Distributor Sony Corp "Spider-Man: No Way Home" racked up roughly $253 million in US and Canadian ticket sales over the weekend, crushing pandemic records and ranking as the third-biggest domestic debut in Hollywood history.
    (Reuters, 12/19/21)
2021        Dec 19, A light plane crashed into waters off Australia's east coast this morning, killing all four people on board including two children.
    (Reuters, 12/19/21)
2021        Dec 19, In Belgium thousands of peaceful protesters demonstrated in Brussels for a third time against reinforced COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the Belgian government to counter a spike in infections as the omicron variant sweeps across Europe.
    (AP, 12/19/21)
2021        Dec 19, PM Boris Johnson was left reeling after his Brexit minister resigned, ending a difficult week during which his Conservative party suffered a humiliating defeat in a local by-election and his own MPs rebelled over new coronavirus curbs. Johnson announced the appointment of Foreign Secretary Liz Truss to become the country's lead negotiator with the EU.
    (AFP, 12/19/21)(AP, 12/19/21)
2021        Dec 19, Britain reported more than 12,000 further confirmed cases of the fast-spreading Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The UK reported 82,886 new COVID-19 cases and 45 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
    (Reuters, 12/19/21)
2021        Dec 19, Sky News reported that GlaxoSmithKline Plc has picked former Chief Executive Officer of Tesco Plc Dave Lewis to head GSK's consumer healthcare unit, which is being spun off into a standalone business.
    (Reuters, 12/19/21)
2021        Dec 19, Carlos Marín (53), a Spanish baritone, died Manchester, England. He rocketed to international fame after the impresario Simon Cowell chose him to be a member of Il Divo, the multinational quartet whose slick pop music delivered in operatic style sold millions of records and filled arenas.
    (NY Times, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 19, Chileans headed to the polls to vote in the Andean nation's most divisive presidential election in decades, with two candidates offering starkly different visions for the future from pensions and privatization to human rights. Gabriel Boric (35), a former student protest leader allied to the Communist Party, faced ultra-conservative Jose Antonio Kast (55), a law-and-order candidate and defender of former dictator Augusto Pinochet. Chileans elected Gabriel Boric as their next president
    (Reuters, 12/19/21)(NY Times, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 19, Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai (35) said that she had never accused anyone of sexually assaulting her, and that a social media post she had made early last month had been misunderstood. After that post, she was absent from public view for nearly three weeks.
    (Reuters, 12/19/21)
2021        Dec 19, Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti said France will make it easier for citizens to take their mother's name once they are adults.
    (Reuters, 12/19/21)
2021        Dec 19, German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht said NATO will discuss Russia's security proposals but it will not let Moscow dictate the alliance's military posture.
    (Reuters, 12/19/21)
2021        Dec 19, Hong Kong government efforts and last-ditch campaigning by candidates struggled to boost turnout in an overhauled legislative election, the first under a sweeping new security law. Only candidates screened by the government as "patriots" could run. Pro-Beijing candidates swept to victory in the legislative election that critics described as undemocratic. Turnout hit a record low amid a crackdown on the city's freedoms by China.
    (Reuters, 12/19/21)(Reuters, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 19, Indonesia's Semeru volcano on Java island erupted early spewing a two km (1.24 miles) high ash column, prompting authorities to warn people to stay away from the eruption range.
    (Reuters, 12/19/21)
2021        Dec 19, State TV reported that Iran has detected its first case of infection by the new omicron variant of the coronavirus.
    (AP, 12/19/21)
2021        Dec 19, Dutch urban centers were largely deserted as the country began a snap lockdown that, aimed at stemming an expected COVID-19 surge caused by the fast-spreading Omicron variant, left people's Christmas plans in disarray.
    (Reuters, 12/19/21)
2021        Dec 19, Pakistan's PM Imran Khan warned of chaos if the worsening emergency in Afghanistan was not urgently addressed. Islamic countries pledged to set up a humanitarian trust fund for Afghanistan as, with millions facing hunger and a harsh winter setting in.
    (Reuters, 12/19/21)
2021        Dec 19, Poles marched in cities across the country to defend a US-owned television network that is being targeted by the country's right-wing government and to protect media freedoms in a European Union nation where democratic norms are eroding.
    (AP, 12/19/21)
2021        Dec 19, A Russian court handed the retired father of one of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's allies a three-year suspended sentence, in a corruption case that critics say is without merit. Yury Zhdanov (67) spent several months in pre-trial detention, but was released from custody after sentencing.
    (AP, 12/19/21)
2021        Dec 19, In Spain thousands of people dressed as Santa Claus took part in a charity run through Madrid to raise money for people affected by a three-month volcanic eruption on the Spanish island of La Palma.
    (Reuters, 12/19/21)
2021        Dec 19, In Sudan hundreds of thousands of people marched to the presidential palace in Khartoum in protest at the Oct. 25 military coup, drawing volleys of tear gas and stun grenades from security forces. One man was shot dead in the protests.
    (Reuters, 12/19/21)(Reuters, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 19, It was reported that that Swedish scientists have found evidence that microbes in the soil and sea are evolving to eat plastic.
    (AP, 12/19/21)
2021        Dec 19, A senior Thai official said Thailand has sent over 600 Myanmar refugees who fled fighting between the military and ethnic rebels back across the border.
    (Reuters, 12/19/21)
2021        Dec 19, The UAE announced that it will no longer censor films released in cinemas, the country's latest effort to boost its brand as a liberal hub attractive to foreigners.
    (AP, 12/19/21)
2021        Dec 19, United Nations human rights envoy Tom Andrews warned that a decision by Bangladesh to close schools for Rohingya refugees risks leaving a generation of children "practically uneducated".
    (AP, 12/19/21)

2021        Dec 20, The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said it has banned imports from Malaysian glove manufacturer Brightway Group over suspected forced labor practices.
    (Reuters, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, US federal health officials announced more than $280 million to smooth the transition from the current 10-digit suicide-prevention number to three digits, to be available on July 16. The new 988 number will also handle text and chat.
    (SFC, 12/21/21, p.A5)
2021        Dec 20, The United States named Under Secretary of State Uzra Zeya as special coordinator for Tibet, drawing warnings from China to stay out of its internal affairs.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 20, The US Navy seized 1,400 AK-47 rifles and ammunition from a fishing boat it claimed was smuggling weapons from Iran to Huthi rebels in war-torn Yemen.
    (AP, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 20, The US State Department said American citizens should reconsider travel to Ukraine amid increased threats from Russia and that it continues to advise against to travel to the country due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
    (Reuters, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, The Biden administration raised vehicle mileage standards to significantly reduce emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases, reversing a Trump-era rollback that loosened fuel efficiency standards. The EPA announced strengthened limits on pollution from automobile tailpipes in a bid to reduce a major source of the carbon dioxide emissions that are heating the planet. The more stringent rule would require passenger vehicles to travel an average of 55 miles per gallon of gasoline by 2026, from just under 38 miles per gallon today.
    (AP, 12/20/21)(NY Times, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, US authorities charged Vladislav Klyushin (41) and four others with gleaning material nonpublic information about company performance announcements and trading ahead of the news. One of the others charged, an employee of Klyushin’s named Ivan Ermakov (35), a former Russian military intelligence officer, was previously charged for his alleged role in hacking and an influence effort related to the 2016 presidential election. Klyushin was extradited by the US from Switzerland on Dec. 18. The four other co-defendants remained at large.
    (Bloomberg, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, The National Hockey League and its players’ association agreed to pause play until next week because of the coronavirus, becoming the first North American professional sports league to suspend games en masse amid the rapid rise of the Omicron variant.
    (NY Times, 12/21/21)
2021         Dec 20, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 50,927,640 with the death toll at 806,817.
    (sfist.com, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 20, Los Angeles called off its New Year's Eve party as coronavirus cases surged across the country.
    (SFC, 12/21/21, p.A4)
2021        Dec 20, Mayor Muriel Bowser said Washington, DC will reinstate an indoor mask mandate beginning December 21, until the morning of January 31.
    (Reuters, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz tested positive for COVID-19, along with his wife and teenage son. All three had been vaccinated.
    (AP, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 20, The New York Times reported that former US President Donald Trump has sued NY state Attorney General Letitia James, seeking to halt her long-running investigation of his business practices.
    (Reuters, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, In Rhode Island a new mask mandate went into effect as coronavirus cases surged across the country.
    (SFC, 12/21/21, p.A4)
2021        Dec 20, Texas' Harris County reported its first death related to the Omicron COVID-19 variant, a man who was unvaccinated.
    (Reuters, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, Biogen said it is slashing the price of Aduhelm, its new Alzheimer's treatment, in half from about $56,000 annually to $28,200.
    (SFC, 12/21/21, p.C2)
2021        Dec 20, Moderna said a booster shot of its coronavirus vaccine significantly raises the level of antibodies that can thwart the Omicron variant.
    (NY Times, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, Britain reported 91,743 new COVID-19 cases, the second highest figure since the start of the pandemic, as the Omicron variant continues to spread rapidly.
    (Reuters, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, Quebec, Canada's second-most-populous province, ordered bars, gyms and casinos shut and directed people to work only from home. The province had a record 4,500 new cases of the coronavirus a day.
    (Reuters, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, China cut its lending benchmark loan prime rate (LPR) for the first time in 20 months, in a bid to prop up growth in the slowing economy, although it remains wary of loosening conditions in the country's highly leveraged property market.
    (Reuters, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, Chinese researchers said in a paper that COVID-19 booster shot produced by China's Sinopharm had "significantly lower" neutralizing activity against the Omicron variant, although they added the vaccine's efficacy against Omicron remained unclear.
    (Reuters, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, Top Chinese e-commerce live streamer Viya, whose real name is Huang Wei, was fined by the tax bureau in Hangzhou, for hiding personal income and other offences in 2019 and 2020.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 20, In eastern CongoDRC residents of Goma launched violent protests in which at least two people died over fears that police from neighboring Rwanda had entered the country.
    (AP, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, It was reported that Cuba has vaccinated over 90% of its population with at least one dose, and 83% of the population is now fully inoculated, placing it second globally behind only the United Arab Emirates among countries of at least 1 million people.
    (Reuters, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, Prominent Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah was sentenced to five years in prison, after being tried on charges of spreading fake news. Blogger Mohamed Ibrahim and lawyer Mohamed El-Baqer, who faced the same charges, were sentenced to four years.
    (Reuters, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, In Ethiopia Tigrayan forces fighting the central government said they have withdrawn from neighboring regions in Ethiopia's north, a step towards a possible ceasefire after major territorial gains by the Ethiopian military.
    (Reuters, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, The EU approved the use of Novavax's COVID-19 vaccine in people 18 years and older, giving a boost to the US biotech after long delays and paving the way for a fifth shot in the region as the Omicron variant spreads quickly.
    (Reuters, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, India's market regulator ordered a year-long suspension of futures trading in key farm commodities, as the world's biggest importer of vegetable oils, and a major producer of wheat and rice, struggles to tame food inflation.
    (Reuters, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, India allowed imports of refined palm oil until December 2022, as the world's biggest vegetable oil buyer tries to bring down edible oil prices.
    (Reuters, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, Indian vaccine maker Bharat Biotech said it has submitted an application to the country's drug regulator to conduct a late-stage trial for a booster dose of its intranasal COVID-19 vaccine.
    (Reuters, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, Israel added the United States to its "no-fly" list, citing concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. Other countries banned included Belgium, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Switzerland and Turkey.
    {Israel, USA, COVID-19}
    (Reuters, 12/20/21)(SFC, 12/21/21, p.A4)
2021        Dec 20, Japan said a cluster of coronavirus infections linked to a US military base has grown to at least 180, raising fears over the spread of the virus in the community.
    (Reuters, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, A cargo ship carrying 130 illegal passengers sank off Madagascar's northeastern coast, killing at least 19 people and leaving 66 missing. The death toll soon rose to 83 with five still missing.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)(Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 20, New Zealand authorities said they had linked a 26-year-old man's death to Pfizer Inc's COVID-19 vaccine after the person suffered myocarditis, a rare inflammation of the heart muscle, after taking his first dose.
    (Reuters, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, It was reported that a female soldier has been arrested in Nigeria for accepting a marriage proposal while on duty.
    (BBC, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, Qatar Airways said it is taking Airbus to court charging the manufacturer of failing to correct what it says is accelerated surface degradation impacting the Airbus A350 aircraft.
    (AP, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, Poland and Lithuania joined Ukraine to call for stronger Western sanctions against Moscow amid a Russian troop buildup near the Ukrainian border that has fueled fears of an invasion.
    (AP, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, Russia said it urgently needed a response from the United States on its sweeping security demands and again warned of a possible Russian military response unless it saw political action to assuage its concerns.
    (Reuters, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, Russia ordered two German diplomats to leave in response to the expulsion of two Russian envoys after a German court's ruling that blamed Moscow for the killing of a Chechen man in Berlin two years ago.
    (AP, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, A Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iran-backed rebels in Yemen launched “precision airstrikes" against rebel targets at the airport in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa.
    (AP, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, Singapore's ministry of health said preliminary tests had detected two suspected cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 linked to a gym, with results for a third coronavirus case related to the gym pending.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 20, Thailand's health ministry said a Thai woman has tested positive to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in the country's first reported case of local transmission.
    (Reuters, 12/20/21)
2021        Dec 20, Ukrainian authorities placed former president Petro Poroshenko under formal investigation for high treason, accusing him of links to financing separatist forces in the eastern Donbass region.
    (Reuters, 12/20/21)

2021        Dec 21, The Biden administration said it will open federal COVID-19 testing sites in New York City this week and buy 500 million at-home rapid tests that Americans can order online for free starting in January as it tries to tackle the Omicron variant of the coronavirus sweeping the country.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States is providing the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund and five other global aid groups an additional $580 million to fight COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, The US Justice Department announced it would not force federal inmates who were sent home due to the coronavirus pandemic to return to prison once the emergency is lifted.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 21, The US Secret Service said nearly $100 billion at minimum has been stolen from COVID-19 relief programs set up to help businesses and people who lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Most of the loss came from unemployment fraud.
    (SFC, 12/22/21, p.A3)
2021        Dec 21, Officials said 55 agents with an investigative unit of the Department of Homeland Security will wear body cameras for the first time as part of a six-month pilot program that will focus on the costs and benefits of using the technology in federal law enforcement.
    (AP, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, Former President Donald Trump said he would hold a news conference on Jan. 6, one year after the deadly riots at the US Capitol, which the Republican has been accused of fomenting.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, US Representative Scott Perry, an ally of former President Donald Trump, said he would not provide information requested by a congressional committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol.
    (AP, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, It was reported that at least 16 US cities and counties are handing out no-strings-attached payments to some low-income residents. At least 31 other local governments plan to do so in the months ahead.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, A US federal jury found Harvard Prof. Charles Lieber (62) guilty of two counts of making false statements to the US government about whether he participated in Thousand Talents Plan, a program designed by the Chinese government to attract foreign-educated scientists to China.
    (NY Times, 12/21/21)(SFC, 12/23/21, p.A8)
2021        Dec 21, It was reported that researchers at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research have developed a pan-coronavirus vaccine effective against all variants, including Omicron, Defense One reports.
    (Defense One, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, It was reported that two of the three monoclonal antibody treatments that doctors have depended on to keep Covid-19 patients from becoming seriously ill do not appear to thwart the latest version of the coronavirus. The one monoclonal antibody treatment that has performed well against Omicron in laboratory experiments is also the most recently authorized: sotrovimab, made by GlaxoSmithKline and Vir Biotechnology and cleared in May.
    (NY Times, 12/21/21)
2021         Dec 21, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 51,118,897 with the death toll at 808,051.
    (sfist.com, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 21, US officials announced approval of two solar projects in California and moved to open up public lands in three other Western states to potential solar development, as part of the Biden administration’s effort to counter climate change by shifting from fossil fuels.
    (AP, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, A new five-year deal ended months-long stalemate between Kellogg and its factory workers in Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that residents who get a COVID-19 vaccine booster by the end of the year will receive $100 from the city.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, It was reported Burlington, Vermont, is paying the price of slashing its police force by nearly 30% amid the defund the police movement that spread across the country in 2020. The city averaged about 95 active-duty officers before defunding, and now has only about 64.
    (Fox News, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, A US study showed that older adults taking Bayer AG's blockbuster blood thinner pill Xarelto for a common type of irregular heart rhythm had significantly higher rates of serious bleeding and stroke compared to those taking rival pill Eliquis.
    (AP, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, Walgreens Boots Alliance said it is limiting sales of at-home COVID-19 tests to four per customer due to a surge in demand, as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads rapidly across the United States.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, It was reported that Brazilian environmental agents this week shut down schemes involving hundreds of companies the agents said were covering up illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, Britain announced 1 billion pounds ($1.3 billion) of extra support for businesses hit hardest by the wave of Omicron variant coronavirus cases, which is hammering the country's hospitality sector and other businesses.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, Britain said it had agreed a new deal with Norway for fishing in each other’s waters in 2022.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, Britain reported 90,629 new COVID-19 cases, and total cases in the seven days to Dec. 21 were 63% higher than in the previous seven-day period.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, British PM Boris Johnson apologized in a letter for not disclosing an exchange of messages with a Conservative Party donor to the head of an investigation into how his flat refurbishment was funded. the letter was made public on Jan. 6, 2022.
    (Reuters, 1/6/22)
2021        Dec 21, In southern Chile some 30 properties were burned in an arson attack in a region shaken by a long conflict between the government and members of the Mapuche ethnic group. Congress extended the state of emergency in four provinces of the southern regions of Bio Bio and La Araucania., effective from mid-October, until Jan. 10.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 21, China said it has barred entry to four people from a US commission on religious freedom, following US sanctions this month against Chinese people and entities over accusations of human rights abuses in Xinjiang.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, was ordered by the High Court in London to provide a British record of more than 554 million pounds ($733 million) to settle a custody battle with his ex-wife, Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, over their two children.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, In East Timor Richard Daschbach (84), a defrocked Catholic missionary priest, was found guilty and sentenced to 12 years in prison for sexually abusing orphaned and disadvantaged young girls.
    (SFC, 12/22/21, p.A3)
2021        Dec 21, A government spokeswoman said the Ethiopian army was clearing rebellious Tigrayan forces from the northern Amhara and Afar regions.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, The European Commission adopted rules that will make the EU COVID-19 certificate valid for travel nine months after the completion of the primary vaccination schedule.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, PM Viktor Orban said Hungary will not change its immigration policies despite a recent ruling from the EU’s top court that found them in contradiction with the bloc's laws.
    (AP, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, It was reported that Apple supplier Foxconn's plant near Chennai in southern India remained shut this week following protests sparked by a food poisoning incident.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, In eastern India a fire at Indian Oil Corp's Haldia refinery killed three people and injured 44.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, Ambassador Hassan Irloo, Iran's top diplomat to Yemen, died after reportedly contracting the coronavirus, just days after he was abruptly recalled from his mission in the war-torn nation.
    (AP, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, Ireland said it will begin a "phased exit" from its 71% stake in Allied Irish Banks over the next six months, as it pares back state ownership of its largest banks.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, Officials said Israel, which late last year was an early trailblazer in its efforts to administer a first coronavirus vaccine dose to its citizens, now plans to offer fourth doses in a bid to curb the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.
    (NY Times, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, Israeli troops killed a Palestinian man who allegedly tried to ram his vehicle into a military checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.
    (AP, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, New Zealand postponed its phased border re-opening plans until the end of February over concerns of the rapid global spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, Portugal said it is reimposing coronavirus restrictions because of fears over the threat from the omicron variant, despite the country having one of the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the world. From midnight Dec. 24, working from home will be mandatory and discotheques and bars will be closed.
    (AP, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, Romanian protesters tried to force their way into parliament, blocking traffic and vandalizing some cars in the capital Bucharest in an attempt to prevent lawmakers from making a COVID-19 health pass mandatory for workers.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, President Vladimir Putin warned that Russia was prepared to take military steps in response to "unfriendly" Western actions over the Ukraine conflict, in a sharp escalation of rhetoric.
    (AFP, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said public New Year's Eve celebrations in Scotland would be cancelled as she set out plans for post-Christmas restrictions on large scale events to try to slow the spread of the Omicron variant.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, Fighting between elements of Somali pro-government forces killed at least seven people and injured 50 in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 21, It was reported that South African scientists are investigating the "highly plausible hypothesis" that the emergence of new Covid-19 variants could be linked, in some cases, to mutations taking place inside infected people whose immune systems have already been weakened by other factors, including, though not limited to, untreated HIV.
    (BBC, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, Sweden said it will urge all employees to work from home if possible and impose tighter rules for social distancing, as it ratchets up restrictions to fight a surge in new infections and the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, Thailand reinstated its mandatory COVID-19 quarantine for foreign visitors and scrap a quarantine waiver due to concerns over the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, The United Nations Human Rights Office said that it had received 13 allegations of rape and gang rape by security forces during protests in Sudan on Dec. 19. Opposition medics reported a second person killed.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)
2021        Dec 21, The UN Human Rights office urged Belarus and Poland to "ensure that refugees' and migrants' human rights are at the center of their actions". Refugees were being back and forth across their border and left with little if any food, clean water or shelter.
    (Reuters, 12/21/21)

2021        Dec 22, The United States formally exempted US and UN officials doing official business with the Taliban from US sanctions, clearing the way for proposed UN payments next year of some $6 million to the Islamists for security.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 22, US President Joe Biden said that his administration was extending the pause on student loan repayment for an additional 90 days.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 22, The US Justice Department said it resolved probes into Balfour Beatty Communities, one of the US military's largest private landlords, after it pleaded guilty on to one count of major fraud and agreed to pay over $65 million in fines and restitution.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 22, US auto safety regulators said they have opened a formal safety investigation into 580,000 Tesla vehicles sold since 2017 over the automaker's decision to allow games to be played on the front center touchscreen.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 22, The National Hockey League said it will not send its players to compete in the men's ice hockey tournament at the Beijing Winter Olympics due to COVID-19 concerns, as the league entered a pause following an outbreak of the Omicron variant.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 22, The US Food and Drug Administration authorized Paxlovid, Pfizer's antiviral COVID-19 pill, making it the first at-home treatment for the coronavirus. It is expected to become an important tool in the fight against the fast spreading Omicron variant.
    (NY Times, 12/22/21)
2021         Dec 22, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 51,366,058 with the death toll at 810,566.
    (sfist.com, 12/23/21)
2021        Dec 22, An Illinois board overseeing state employee pension funds voted to bar funds from holding Unilever PLC shares due to sales limits by the company's Ben & Jerry's ice cream brand in Israel, joining at least five other US states moving to restrict the stock.
    (Reuters, 12/23/21)
2021        Dec 22, Franklin Thomas (87), former head of the Ford Foundation (1967-1996), died at his home in Manhattan. He was the first Black person to run a major American philanthropic group.
    (SSFC, 12/26/21, p.F6)
2021        Dec 22, Amazon, which faces mounting scrutiny over worker rights, agreed to let its warehouse employees more easily organize in the workplace as part of a nationwide settlement with the National Labor Relations Board.
    (NY Times, 12/23/21)
2021        Dec 22, Pfizer Inc said it will provide an additional 2.5 million doses of its COVID-19 pill Paxlovid to the United Kingdom.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 22, It was reported that over 300 Brazilian senior officials have resigned from their posts over budget cuts to the country's tax and customs agency, amid anger over President Jair Bolsonaro's decision to grant police pay rises.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 22, The British government said that it was reducing the COVID-19 self-isolation period to seven days from 10 days for people in England who get a negative result on a lateral flow test two days in a row. Britain said it has signed contracts to buy a further 4.25 million courses of antivirals for its health service to help combat the new Omicron variant of coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 22, Britain reported more than 100,000 new daily COVID-19 cases for the first time since widespread testing was introduced, with 106,122 compared with 90,629 a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 22, A Canadian court approved a settlement in which the government would need to commit at least C$6 billion ($4.68 billion) for safe drinking water infrastructure for First Nations and pay C$1.5 billion in compensation for individuals deprived of clean drinking water.
    (Reuters, 12/23/21)
2021        Dec 22, Tax officials from China's most economically prosperous cities and provinces posted identical notices on their websites ordering celebrities and live streamers to conduct a self-review of any tax-related misdoings, correct these issues, and report to the relevant tax authorities.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 22, China's Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt said it would pay a total $422 million to acquire the Arcadia hard-rock lithium mine in Zimbabwe.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 22, Denmark scrapped extraordinary travel restrictions for ten countries in southern Africa, originally imposed to curb the spread of the Omicron variant, after authorities said they did not contribute to controlling the epidemic.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 22, A Danish woman (49) was remanded in custody over her alleged involvement in a money laundering case in which more than 30 billion Danish crowns ($4.5 billion) was channeled through Danske Bank's Estonian branch.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 22, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said that new subsidy cards for basic goods will cover no more than two people, warning newly weds they should no longer expect the state to feed their children.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 22, The EU and the UK announced that they have struck a fishing deal on their shared stocks. Environmentalists said fish will continue to be overexploited under the new rules.
    (AP, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 22, France said it has cancelled its order for Merck & Co's COVID-19 antiviral drug following disappointing trial data and hopes instead to receive Pfizer's competing drug before the end of January.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 22, The new German-language broadcast of Russia's international television station RT went off the air days after its launch after German authorities ruled that it did not have the license it needed to operate in the country.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 22, Greece ramped up a sea-and-air search after a migrant smuggling vessel sank leaving at least three people dead and dozens reported missing. 12 people were rescued.
    (SFC, 12/23/21, p.A4)
2021        Dec 22, Hong Kong University (HKU) fenced off a statue on its campus that for more than two decades has commemorated pro-democracy protesters killed during China's Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 22, India's capital New Delhi banned Christmas and other celebrations ahead of New Year to contain a possible surge in the Omicron coronavirus variant, as the city reported the country's highest number of cases along with Maharashtra state.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 22, It was reported that Sony's India unit has finalized a deal with local rival Zee Entertainment to merge their television channels, film assets and streaming platforms, joining forces to take on the likes of Netflix and Disney in India.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 22, Kenya announced new rules demanding proof of vaccination to access public places and transport. The rules were met by a combination of bemusement, dismissal and the occasional spot of enforcement as people headed home for Christmas.
    (Reuters, 12/23/21)
2021        Dec 22, Libya's parliament said the planned presidential election for Dec. 24 would not go ahead, leaving the internationally-backed peace process in chaos and the fate of the interim government in doubt.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 22, Morocco said it is ready to restore diplomatic cooperation with Germany, apparently thanks to a perceived shift in position toward the disputed Western Sahara.
    (AP, 12/24/21)
2021        Dec 22, Myanmar said it will start accepting Renminbi as an official settlement currency next year for trade with China, as it looks to restart several joint projects and forge closer economic ties with Beijing.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 22, Nigeria destroyed more than a million doses of expired AstraZeneca vaccines in a bid to assure a wary public that they have been taken out of circulation.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 22, Northern Ireland reported an all-time high of 3,231 COVID-19 cases, up from an average of just over 2,000 in the previous seven days.
    (Reuters, 12/22/21)
2021        Dec 22, North Macedonia’s P