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Sunday 10-Dec-2017
SELECTED WORLD EVENTS
● BREAKING NEWS: 10-Dec-2017 -- Jakarta, Indonesia: 5,000+ Indonesians protested against US President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel [The Jakarta Post: AFP]
● BREAKING NEWS: 10-Dec-2017 -- Israel: Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman: "Don't buy from Arabs" [RT]
● 9-Dec-2017 -- Gothenburgh, Sweden: A synagogue was firebombed; 3 alleged attackers were arrested [WaPo: Jari Tanner, AP, 10-Dec-2017]
● 9-Dec-2017 -- Stavropol, Russia: Law enforcement authorities foiled alleged terrorist attack; 3 suspects were killed [New China Xinhua-Sputnik]
● 8-Dec-2017 -- West Bank and East Jerusalem, Palestine: Demonstrations against Trump's decision on the status of Jerusalem spread from Palestine to Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, Tunisia, Iran, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indian-administered Kashmir and Indonesia; Israeli forces killed a Palestinian in Gaza and injured 217+ Palestinians; ~250 Israeli rabbis thanked Trump [BBC News]
● 8-Dec-2017 -- North Kivu, DRC: 12+ UN peacekeepers and 5+ of Congo's military forces were killed [Joe Sterling, et al., CNN World]
● 7-Dec-2017 -- Jerusalem and Gaza Strip, Palestine: "Days of Rage": Thousands of Palestinians protested against President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel; 149+ Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces [Al Jazeera News]
● 7-Dec-2017 -- GE to cut 12,000 jobs and $3.5 billion in costs through 2018 [Bloomberg]
● 6-Dec-2017 -- Washington, DC: President Trump: "It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel" [Mark Lander, NYT]
● 6-Dec-2017 -- London, UK: Alleged plot to assassinate PM Theresa May was thwarted [Vikram Dodd, The Guardian]
● 5-Dec-2017 -- US President Donald Trump told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that he intends to relocate the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; President Abbas warned of the "dangerous consequences" of such a decision [Al Jazeera]
● 4-Dec-2017 -- Sanaa, Yemen: Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed by Houthi rebels [Al Jazeera News]
● 3-Dec-2017 -- Sanaa, Yemen: Clashes were reported between Houthis and supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh; the Iranian embassy in Sanaa was attacked; 200+ militants were killed [New China-Xinhua]
● 3-Dec-2017 -- Tel Aviv, Israel: "March of Shame": ~20,000 people protested against corruption and against Prime Minister Netanyahu [RT]
● 2-Dec-2017 -- Hanover, Germany: Thousands of people protested against the far-right AfD party [Elizabeth Schumacher, DW]
● 2-Dec-2017 -- Biu, Nigeria: 2 suspected Boko Haram suicide bombings killed 17+ people [Al Jazeera News]
● 1-Dec-2017 -- Peshawar, Pakistan: Gunmen killed 13+ people at the Agricultural Training Institute; the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera]
● 30-Nov-2017 -- New York, NY: The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) soared above 24,000, an all time record [MarketWatch]
● 30-Nov-2017 -- Canada: "New Mulroney Institute (Mulroney Institute of Government at St. Francis Xavier University) is bankrolled by billionaires steeped in scandal; Ex-PM raised part of funds for N.S. university site from businessmen tied to bribery schemes, tax havens" [Zach Dubinsky, CBC News-ICIJ]
● 29-Nov-2017 -- Moscow, Russia: Russian Orthodox Church/Russia's Investigative Committee: “Investigators plan to undertake psychological and historical analysis to establish if the shooting of the Russian royal family was a ritual killing (Kabbalah ritual organized by Jewish members of the Bolshevik Party)" [RT]
● 29-Nov-2017 -- North Korea: DPRK launched successfully a "most powerful" ICBM (Hwasong-15) capable of hitting any target in the US mainland [BBC News]
● 27-Nov-2017 -- Vatican, Holy See: Vatican bank IOR sacked Deputy Director-General Giulio Mattietti [ANSA, 29-Nov-2017]
● 27-Nov-2017 -- Syria: Suspected Russian-Syrian government air strikes killed 80+ people [Al Jazeera News]
● 25-Nov-2017 -- Pakistan: Massive protests against government blasphemy erupted throughout Pakistan; violent clashes were reported; 2 people were killed [Sophia Saifi, et al., CNN World]
● 24-Nov-2017 -- Canada: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized to former students of Newfoundland and Labrador residential schools [Geoff Bartlett, CBC News]
● 24-Nov-2017 -- Bir Al-Abed, North Sinai, Egypt: Gunmen attacked the Sufi Al Rawdah mosque and killed 305+ worshipers; 128+ people were injured [Ahram Online, 25-Nov-2017]
● 23-Nov-2017 -- "Chief Liberal Party fundraiser [Stephen Bronfman, key "member/shareholder" of Claridge Israel LLC] tied to $8M loan to offshore trust in Cayman Islands"; Bronfman denied the link [Harvey Cashore, CBC-ICIJ]
● 23-Nov-2017 -- Sochi, Russia: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir: "We need protection from the U.S. aggressive actions" [AP News]
● 23-Nov-2017 -- Sochi, Russia: President Vladimir Putin: "The ability of our economy to increase military production and services at a given time is one of the most important aspects of military security... To this end, all strategic, and simply large-scale enterprise should be ready, regardless of ownership" [Vice News]
● INFORMATION: 21-Nov-2017 -- Palestine: "Israel's settlements: 50 years of land theft explained"; statistics on Israeli violations of UN Security Council Resolution 242: illegal setlers, 600,000-750,000; settlements, 150; outposts, 119; percent of West Bank land controlled by settlements, 42%; number of Palestinian homes in occupied Palestine demolished by Israeli authorities since 1967, 27,000 [Zena Tahhan, Al Jazeera]
● 21-Nov-2017 -- Japan: U.S. Navy plane carrying 11 people crashed into the sea; 3 are missing [Kyodo News]
● 21-Nov-2017 -- Federal Communications Commission: "Chairman [Ajit] Pai circulates draft order to restore internet freedom and eliminate heavy-handed internet regulations" [FCC]
● 21-Nov-2017 -- Somalia: U.S. air strike against al-Shabaab killed +100 fighters [Daily Online: AFP]
● 21-Nov-2017 -- Mubi, Nigeria: A suicide bomb attack at a mosque killed 50+ people [Al Jazeera News]
● 21-Nov-2017 -- Zimbabwe: President Robert Mugabe resigned [Bloomberg Politics]
● 20-Nov-2017 -- USA: The US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit to block AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner (owner of CNN) [BBC News]
● 20-Nov-2017 -- Washington, DC: President Donald Trump designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism [Jeremy Diamond, CNN Politics]
● INFORMATION: 20-Nov-2017 -- Pakistan's anti-tank missile, a home-made variant of China's HJ-8 missile, outperforms Israel's Spike missile; spike is produced by Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems [Vishnu Som, NDTV]
● 20-Nov-2017 -- New Delhi, India: India reportedly cancelled $500 million deal for Israeli anti-tank missiles from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, in favor of a "home-grown" version [Ruth Schuster, Haaretz]
● 19-Nov-2017 -- Israel archives: Israel released declassified documents: "Strategy to ‘suffocate’ Gaza strip revealed in Israeli govt docs from Six Day War" [RT]
● 19-Nov-2017 -- Athens, Greece: Thousands of Greeks demonstrated (starting on 17-Nov-2017) to commemorate the Athens Polytechnic student uprising which toppled the "Junta" in 1974 [Patrick Strikland, Al Jazeera]
● 19-Nov-2017 -- Germany: FDP called off coalition talks with CDU/CSU block and the Greens [DW-AP-AFP-dpa-Reuters]
● 19-Nov-2017 -- Harare, Zimbabwe: The ZANU-PF party replaced Robert Mugabe as party leader with former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa [Kevin Sieff, WaPo]
● 18-Nov-2017 -- Honda recalled 900,000 Odyssey minivans [Mahita Gajanan, Fortune]
● 18-Nov-2017 -- Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir: 6 separatists and one Indian Air Force commando were killed in a gun battle [Al Jazeera News]
● 18-Nov-2017 -- Zimbabwe: Thousands of Zimbabweans protested and called for the resignation of President Robert Mugabe [BBC News]
● 17-Nov-2017 -- Argentina: The Argentine navy initiated a search for ARA San Juan, a missing submarine with 44 sailors aboard [WaPo-Argentine Navy]
● 17-Nov-2017 -- Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Financial Times Report: "Saudi officials are offering the arrested royals a deal – pay up to 70 percent of your wealth and go free" [RT]
● INFORMATION: 17-Nov-2017 -- On "a mysterious international cabal of Jewish financiers who plotted with the Gesi "looters" to undermine Turkey's international credit worthiness," see Jenny White, "Muslim Nationalism and the New Turks," Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2013, p. 207
● 17-Nov-2017 -- Ankara, Turkey: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to intensify fight against the "interest rate lobby, an alleged cabal of financiers and lobbyists … conspiring to keep Turkey's interest rates artificially high" [Selcan Hacaoglu, et al., Bloomberg Markets]
● 16-Nov-2017 -- USA: "The House just voted to bankrupt graduate students" [Erin Rousseau, NYT Opinion]
● 15-Nov-2017 -- North Korea: "Trump is ‘sentenced to death’ for insulting Kim Jong Un" [Julia Manchester, The Hill]
● 15-Nov-2017 -- Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's military seized control of the country; Zimbabwe's Major General SB Moyo, Chief of Staff Logistics: "We are only targeting criminals around him [President RG Mugabe] who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice" [Al Jazeera-Reuters]
● 14-Nov-2017 -- Libya: Refugees and migrants are being auctioned for sale as slaves [Nima Elbagir, et al., CNN World-Exclusive Report]
● 14-Nov-2017 -- Washington, DC: USA House Republicans and Democrats approved a $700 billion defense bill: ~$634 billion for core Pentagon operations and ~$66 billion for wartime missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria ... [Military.com] [Richard Lardner, AP]
● 14-Nov-2017 -- Lebanon: "RPT-ANALYSIS-Fears for Lebanese economy if Saudis impose Qatar-style blockade" [Reuters]
● 14-Nov-2017 -- Tehama County, CA: 5+ people, including the gunman, were killed at multiple locations, including a school [Los Angeles Times]
● 14-Nov-2017 -- Zurich, Switzerland: Credit Suisse, Research Institute: Global Wealth Report 2017: "The Richest 1% Now Own More Than 50% of the World’s Wealth," [David Meyer, Fortune]
● 13-Nov-2017 -- World: 15,364 scientists from 184 countries issue a 2nd warning concerning "potentially catastrophic climate change" -- "World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice" [William J. Ripple, et al., BioScience, doi:10.1093/biosci/bix125]
● 13-Nov-2017 -- USA: The FDA approved the first digital pill to monitor medicine-taking; concerns include: privacy and coercion -- "biomedical Big Brother" [Pam Belluck, NYT]
● 13-Nov-2017 -- Washington, DC: "Senate lawmakers strike deal to free dozens of large banks from rigorous post-crisis rules" -- raising the "too big to fail" bank assets threshold from $50 billion to $250 billion [Renae Merle, WaPo]
● 12-Nov-2017 -- Iran-Iraq border: Magnitude-7.3 earthquake killed 530+ people and injured 8,000+ people; ~12,000 residential buildings collapsed [RFE/RL's Radio Farda-AFP-AP-Reuters-BBC, 15-Nov-2017]
● 12-Nov-2017 -- USA: Shadow Brokers have infiltrated the NSA hacking group, Tailored Access Operations (TAO) -- they have hacking tools the NSA used to spy on countries [Scott Shane, et al., NYT]
● 12-Nov-2017 -- UK: "Prince Charles blames 'foreign Jews' for Middle East turmoil in 1986 letter; "The Prince of Wales also called on the US to ‘take on the Jewish lobby’" [Chantal Da Silva, Independent]
● 11-Nov-2017 -- Warsaw, Poland: Tens of thousands (~60,000, according to police) of nationalists disrupted Poland's independence day events [CNN World]
● 9-Nov-2017 -- Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia's attorney general: "we estimate that at least $100bn has been misused through systematic corruption and embezzlement over several decades" [BBC News]
● 8-Nov-2017 -- New Delhi, India: Pollution levels soared to 969 -- way above 25, the level WHO considers to be unsafe [CNN Health, 9-Nov-2017]
● 7-Nov-2017 -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT): "A handful of billionaires own and control a significant part of the global economy … these billionaires and multinational corporations get richer by hiding their wealth and profits and avoid paying their fair share of taxes" [J. Corbett, MPN]
● 7-Nov-2017 -- Israel: "Secret leaked Israeli Cable Confirm Israeli-Saudi coordination to provoke war" [MPN-ZeroHedge.com-Israeli Channel 10 news]
● 7-Nov-2017 -- South Korea: President Donald Trump signaled willingness to negotiate with Pyongyang (and sell military equipment to Japan and South Korea) [Al Jazeera: AP]
● 6-Nov-2017 -- "Harvey Weinstein paid ex-spies and private detectives to find dirt on accusers and journalists" -- a report on how "powerful men in Hollywood and in society at large ... get away with being sexual predators" (Weinstein used "former officers of Mossad and other Israeli intelligence agencies") [Los Angeles Times: AP, 7-Nov-2017]
● 6-Nov-2017 -- Saudi Arabia: Prince Mansour bin Muqrin, the deputy governor of Asir province, and 7 other officials were killed in a helicopter crash near the border with Yemen [BBC]
● 6-Nov-2017 -- Leaked financial documents reveal how billionaires and politicians can avoid paying taxes; users of offshore accounts/financial services reportedly include Queen Elizabeth II, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Jared Kushner (President Trump's son-in-law), Stephen Bronfman (adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau), and Russian oligarchs; the documents were obtained by Süddeutsche Zeitung [R. Noack, WaPo]
● 5-Nov-2017 -- Aden, Yemen: Islamic State attack killed 17+ people; Saudi-Iranian tension escalated [Fox News: AP]
● 5-Nov-2017 -- Sutherland Springs, TX: A gunman (a former U.S. Air Force member) killed 26+ people at the First Baptist Church; the gunman died later [NYT]
● 5-Nov-2017 -- Deir Az Zor, Syria: Car bomb attack killed 75+ people, including women and children; ISIL claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera News]
● 4-Nov-2017 -- Aden, Yemen: Car bomb attack outside the CID building killed 15+ people; ISIS claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera News, 5-Nov-2017]
● 4-Nov-2017 -- Saudi Arabia: Billionaire investor Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, 10+ other princes, and 14 current and former ministers were arrested in a Saudi anti-corruption drive [D.D. Kirkpatrick, NYT]
● 4-Nov-2017 -- Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Saudi air defense forces intercepted a missile fired from Yemen [CBS News]
● 4-Nov-2017 -- Ryadh, Saudi Arabia: Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned; he accused Iran of meddling in Lebanon and fears threats to his life [Al Jazeera News]
● 3-Nov-2017 -- Kunduz, Afghanistan: U.S. airstrikes killed 13+ people [The Guardian, 4-Nov-2017]
● 3-Nov-2017 -- Somalia: U.S. Africa Command launched 2 air strikes against ISIL; several people were killed [Al Jazeera News, 4-Nov-2017]
● 2-Nov-2017 -- Caracas, Venezuela: Suffering a financial U.S. blockade, Venezuela seeks debt relief; according to Torino Capital, Venezuela and state entities hold $143 billion in foreign debt [K. Porzecanski, et al., Bloomberg Markets]
● 2-Nov-2017 -- Turkey: Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants clashed in 3 provinces; 39 people were killed [WaPo: AP]
● 2-Nov-2017 -- Palestine: 100 years since the Balfour Declaration ["of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations"] on 2-Nov-1917 [Z. Tahhan, et al., Al Jazeera, 31-Oct-2017]
● 31-Oct-2017 -- Derna, Libya: Airstrike killed 17+ people [Al Jazeera News]
● 31-Oct-2017 -- New York City, NY: An attacker plowed a rented truck into cyclists and pedestrians killing 8 people; the terror attack was made in ISIS's name [CNN US]
● 31-Oct-2017 -- North Korea: 200+ workers were reportedly killed in a tunnel collapse at a nuclear test site [The Japan Times-TV Asahi]
● 31-Oct-2017 -- Wittenberg, Germany: Germany celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation; Martin Luther nailed his "95 Theses" to the door of Wittenberg's Castle Church on 31-Oct-1517 [DW]
● 31-Oct-2017 -- Israel: IDF blew up a Palestinian tunnel; 7 Palestinians were killed by "inhalation" of smoke/dust (according to IDF) or poisonous gas (according to Hamas) [The Times of Israel]
● 31-Oct-2017 -- Adrian Lovett: "am I pessimistic or optimistic about the future of the web? ... We worry that our democracies are being hijacked by peddlers of online propaganda and that filtered news diets polarise civic discourse. We’re anxious that our privacy is under siege as companies capture more and more of our data and use it in ways few of us understand... We see the risk of artificial intelligence and automation undermining job security and discriminating against the most vulnerable" [World Wide Web Foundation]
● 31-Oct-2017 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Suicide bomber targeted Kabul's diplomatic zone and killed 3+ people [The Economic Times-News Agencies]
● 30-Oct-2017 -- Paris, France: Triggered by the Harvey Weinstein scandal in the US, thousands protested against sexual harassment [Al Jazeera]
● 30-Oct-2017 -- World Meteorological Organization: "Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surged at a record-breaking speed in 2016 to the highest level in 800,000 years" [Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, WMO]
● 29-Oct-2017 -- Central Europe: Storms killed 5+ people [ABC News: AP]
● 29-Oct-2017 -- Afghanistan: Taliban insurgents attacked checkpoints over the weekend and killed 22 policemen [Yahoo! News: AFP]
● 29-Oct-2017 -- Barcelona, Spain: ~300,000 people (police estimate) joined anti-secessionist march [Yahoo! News: AFP]
● 28-Oct-2017 -- Mogadishu, Somalia: Two car bomb explosions and a firefight killed 23+ people; 2 attackers were killed; al-Shabaab claimed responsibility [CNN World, 29-Oct-2017]
● 27-Oct-2017 -- Russia: Massive Strategic Nuclear Forces training exercise, including launch of ballistic missiles; "the exercise focused on practicing the coordination between Russian Strategic Missile Troops, nuclear submarines of the Northern and Pacific fleets, and strategic aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces" [President of Russia]
● 27-Oct-2017 -- USA: "JFK assassination records: The promise of revelations derailed by CIA and FBI" [I. Shapira, et al., WaPo]
● 27-Oct-2017 -- Barcelona/Madrid, Spain: Catalonia declared independence; Spain prepared to impose direct rule [Reuters]
● 26-Oct-2017 -- Tangerang, Indonesia: Explosion at a fireworks factory killed 47+ people [CNN World]
● 25-Oct-2017 -- Beijing, China: Xi Jinping was elected general secretary of CPC Central Committee [News.cn: Xinhua]
● 25-Oct-2017 -- China to launch the "petro-yuan" to counter the dollar's global dominance [RT]
● 24-Oct-2017 -- Washington, DC: Senate Republicans overturned the rule allowing class-action lawsuits against financial institutions (credit card companies and banks) [J. Silver-Greenberg, NYT]
● 24-Oct-2017 -- Beijing, China: 19th CPC National Congress: Resolution on amendment to CPC Constitution [News.cn: Xinhua]
● 23-Oct-2017 -- Al-Qaryatain, Syria: Islamic State "executed" over a period of 20 days 116 civilians; these were accused of collaborating with "regime forces" [MEE and Agencies]
● 22-Oct-2017 -- Oramia, Ethiopia: anti-government protests; 11 people were killed [Fox News: AP]
● 22-Oct-2017 -- Barcelona, Spain: ~450,000 protested for independence and against Madrid's "coup"/direct rule [Al Jazeera News]
● 21-Oct-2017 -- Mogadishu, Somalia: Roadside explosion killed 11+ people [Al Jazeera News]
● 20-Oct-2017 -- Kabul and Doleena, Afghanistan: Suicide attackers targeted 2 mosques (one Shia and one Sunny) and killed ~60 people [CNN World]
● 20-Oct-2017 -- Al-Wahat al-Bahriya, Egypt: Egyptian police targeted a hideout of fighters; 52+ police and conscripts were killed [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
● 19-Oct-2017 -- Example of fake news [Hoax Alert, Lead Stories]: Sebastian Kurz, the incoming Chancellor of Austria, banned George Soros from Austria; Soros has donated $18 billion to his Open Society Foundation; Kurz: "Today we will deal with Soros. Tomorrow: The Rothschilds." [J. Greenberg, Neon Nettle]
● 19-Oct-2017 -- Maywand, Afghanistan: Taliban forces targeted the Afghan National Army base killing 43 soldiers; a US airstrike killed 9 Taliban fighters [WaPo]
● 18-Oct-2017 -- Germany: "More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in protected areas" [C.A. Hallmann, et al., PLOS]
● 18-Oct-2017 -- Mogadishu, Somalia: Thousands protested against the bombing that killed 300+ people in Mogadishu on 14-Oct-2017 [The Guardian]
● 18-Oct-2017 -- Beijing, China: 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) [Xinhua]
● 17-Oct-2017 -- USA: Opioid epidemic: 64,070 people died from drug overdoses in 2016 (up 21% YOY) [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]; the American death toll in the Vietnam War is 58,200 [Police Executive Research Forum]; [A. Welch, CBS News]
● 17-Oct-2017 -- Afghanistan: Taliban militants targeted police forces; 70+ people were killed and 170 injured [Press TV]
● 17-Oct-2017 -- Barcelona, Spain: ~200,000 people protested the detention of 2 Catalan independence leaders [Yahoo! News: AFP]
● 17-Oct-2017 -- Raqqa, Syria: US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces "liberated" Raqqa, ISIS's de facto capital [NYT]
● 17-Oct-2017 -- Afghanistan-Pakistan border: 2 suspected US drone strikes killed 31 people over 2 days [Nasdaq: Reuters]
● 16-Oct-2017 -- USA: "Nearly half of African American borrowers defaulted on a student loan … 75% of African American dropouts from for-profit colleges defaulted" [Ben Miller, Center for American Progress]; "an analysis of federal student loan figures shows black students still owe more than they originally borrowed 12 years later" [L. Camera, U.S. News and World Report, 17-Oct-2017]
● 16-Oct-2017 -- Austria: Sebastian Kurz's People's Party won 31% of the national elections vote; union with the far-right Freedom Party is expected [Al Jazeera News]
● 16-Oct-2017 -- Kirkuk, Iraq: Iraqi forces seized a military base, an oil field and the airport from Kurdish soldiers [WaPo]
● 15-Oct-2017 -- Sheikh Zweid, Egypt: Attackers targeted security posts; 6+ Egyptian soldiers and 24 attackers were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 15-Oct-2017 -- "Ivanka Trump volunteers as mentor at World Bank and IMF meeting" [S. Rattansi, Al Jazeera]
● 14-Oct-2017 -- Lokichogio, Kenya: 3 attackers killed 5+ students and a security guard [BBC News]
● 14-Oct-2017 -- Mogadishu, Somalia: Massive truck bombing attack killed 512 people and injured 312 (62 are classified as missing) [Abdi Guled, AP, 2-Dec-2017]
● 14-Oct-2017 -- Abidjan, Ivory Coast: A cargo plane crashed into the sea killing 4 Moldovans; the plane was chartered by the French army [BBC News-AFP]
● 13-Oct-2017 -- Palo Alto, CA: Tesla Motors fired from 400 to 700 employees [L. Hansen, Mercury News]
● 13-Oct-2017 -- Washington, USA: President Donald Trump disavowed the Iran nuclear deal [NYT]
● 12-Oct-2017 -- USA to withdraw from Unesco, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; reasons: UNESCO's alleged "anti-Israel bias" and US being $550 million in arrears to UNESCO [NYT]
● 12-Oct-2017 -- Vietnam: Floods and landslides killed 54 people; 39 people were missing [Yahoo! News: AFP, 13-Oct-2017]
● 12-Oct-2017 -- Cairo, Egypt: Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation agreement [Al Jazeera News]
● 11-Oct-2017 -- Damascus, Syria: 3 suicide bombers attacked police headquarters and a market; 1 person was killed [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
● 11-Oct-2017 -- Bandipora, Indian-administered Kashmir: 2 Indian Air Force commandos and 2 rebels were killed in a gun battle; 2 "terrorists" were also killed [R. Fareed, Al Jazeera News]
● 10-Oct-2017 -- London, UK: BAE Systems to revise its organizational structure and cut ~1,915 jobs [BAE Systems plc]
● 10-Oct-2017 -- Napa, Yuba, Mendocino and Sonoma, CA: Wildfires killed 40+ people, destroyed ~5,700 structures; damages estimated at $1.2 billion [LA Times, 13-14-Oct-2017]
● 8-Oct-2017 -- Stockholm, Sweden: The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2017 was awarded to Richard H. Thaler "for his contributions to behavioural economics" [Nobelprize.org]
● 8-Oct-2017 -- Nairobi, Kenya: 37+ people, including 3 children, were killed in a protest following elections [Al Jazeera News]
● 8-Oct-2017 -- Asia: Turkey's lira plunged; lira's volatility in the emerging-market foreign exchange (EM FX) was triggered by political tensions (suspending visa services) between the US and Turkey [M. Wilson, et al., Bloomberg]
● 8-Oct-2017 -- Turkey: Turkey issued arrest warrants for 2 US consulate workers over one week; the US suspended non-immigrant visa services [BBC News]
● 8-Oct-2017 -- Kohistanat, Afghanistan: Airstrike by Afghan forces targeted a militant training center and killed 7+ militants; separately, militants attacked a checkpoint and killed 2 police officers [Fox News: AP]
● 7-Oct-2017 -- Moscow, Russia: Protests "in 80 Russian cities" called for President Vladimir Putin to resign; according to Interfax, ~700 people protested on Pushkin Square [USA Today-AP]
● 7-Oct-2017 -- Accra, Ghana: A tanker caught fire at a gas-filling station triggering 2 huge blasts [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 7-Oct-2017 -- Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: A gunman killed 2+ security guards at a gate of the king's Al-Salam Palace; the gunman was killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 7-Oct-2017 -- Deir Az Zor, Syria: Russian air raids killed ~120 ISIL fighters [Al Jazeera News]
● 6-Oct-2017 -- Oslo, Norway: The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) [ICAN]
● 6-Oct-2017 -- Saudi Arabia to buy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) (44 THAAD launchers, 360 missiles, fire control stations and radars) worth $15 billion [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 6-Oct-2017 -- Saudi Arabia signed a preliminary agreement to buy S-400 air defense systems from Russia [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 5-Oct-2017 -- Central America: Tropical Storm Nate killed 25+ people; Nate may hit New Orleans [Reuters]
● 5-Oct-2017 -- Waat, South Sudan: 100+ killed in clashes between rebels and government armed forces starting on 1-Oct-2017 [Indian Express: ANI]
● 5-Oct-2017 -- USA: "The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ... finalized a rule that is aimed at stopping payday debt traps by requiring lenders to determine upfront whether people can afford to repay their loans" [CFPB]
● 5-Oct-2017 -- Togo: Thousands of Togolese demand the resignation of President Faure Gnassingbe [Al Jazeera-New Agencies]
● 4-Oct-2017 -- London, UK: "'Kleptocracy Tour' Spotlights Nigerian Corrupt Money Funneled Through Britain" [H. Ridwell, VOA News]
● 4-Oct-2017 -- Niger: 3 US Army Green Berets were killed in an ambush near Niger's border with Mali [NYT]
● 4-Oct-2017 -- Brussels, Belgium: "State aid: Commission finds Luxembourg gave illegal tax benefits to Amazon worth around €250 million (~$293 million)" [European Commission]
● 3-Oct-2017 -- Moscow, Russia: Central Bank of Russia (CBR) added 1,250 tons of gold to its gold reserves (according to the World Gold Council) [RT]
● 3-Oct-2017 -- USA: "IRS awards fraud-prevention contract (worth $7.25 million) to Equifax: report" [R. Schroeder, MarketWatch]
● 3-Oct-2017 -- Rainer Weiss, emeritus professor of physics at MIT, on respect for science being in jeopardy: "We live in an epoch where rational reasoning associated with evidence isn't universally accepted and is in fact in jeopardy. That worries me a lot." [S. Malone, Reuters]
● 3-Oct-2017 -- Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne and Barry Barish win the Noel Prize in Physics for their gravutational wave discovery (LIGO experiment); Weiss: “I view this more as a thing that recognizes the work of about 1000 people ... It’s really a dedicated effort that has been going on, I hate to tell you, for as long as 40 years ..." [Symmetry]
● 2-Oct-2017 -- Barcelona, Spain: Massive pro-independence anti-police violence march in Catalonia (~900 people were injured during the independence referendum) [WaPo]
● 2-Oct-2017 -- Damascus, Syria: Coordinated bombings targeted a police station; 10+ people were killed [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
● 1-Oct-2017 -- Las Vegas, NV: A (multi-millionaire) gunman targeted a country music festival on the Vegas Strip and killed 58+ people; 500+ people were also injured [CBS Miami, 3-Oct-2017] [CNN]
● 1-Oct-2017 -- Crossville, TN: Annual Stormfront forum summit; Stormfront has 330,000 members [Al Jazeera News]
● 1-Oct-2017 -- Marseille, France: A man killed 2+ women at Saint-Charles train station; military police killed the suspect [CNN World]
● 1-Oct-2017 -- Catalonia, Spain: Catalonia independence referendum: almost 90% of the voters voted for independence; turnout was 42.3%; violence by Spanish police was reported; injury toll was ~900+ [BBC News]
● 30-Sep-2017 -- Edmonton, Canada: A man stabbed a police officer and plowed into pedestrians; 5 people were injured [CBC News, 1-Oct-2017]
● 30-Sep-2017 -- Amanaz, Syria: 28+ civilians, including 4 children, were killed in aerial attacks [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
● 29-Sep-2017 -- Mumbai, India: 22+ people were killed in a stampede triggered by falling concrete [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
● 29-Sep-2017 -- San Juan, Puerto Rico: Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, on Puerto Rico's recovery from Hurricane Maria being not "a good news story," as alleged by Elaine Duke, the acting Homeland Security Secretary, but "a 'people are dying' story" [D. Diaz, CNN]
● 28-Sep-2017 -- Mogadishu, Somalia: Car bomb explosion killed 7 people [Reuters] 
● 28-Sep-2017 -- Maroof, Afghanistan: Suicide attacker targeted government and police HQs; 12+ Afghan security forces were killed; the Taliban claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
● 27-Sep-2017 -- Findings from a psychiatric assessment of President Donald Trump: Trump is "the most dangerous man in the world," he is violent, immature, and insecure [Dr. Bandy Lee (Violence Prevention Alliance, Yale University), ed., "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Professionals Assess a President"; Dr. Lance Dodes et al., Newsweek]
● 27-Sep-2017 -- Beverly Crawford, on the rise of the far right in Germany: "It's the German economy, stupid! ... [W]hile the incomes of the richest 10 percent grew by 27 percent between 1991 and 2014, households at the bottom of the scale saw their incomes drop by 8 percent during the same period... [T]he richest 10 percent of Germans own 60 percent of the wealth and manage to save almost half of what they earn, while the share of the bottom 40 percent is negligible" [Berkeley Blog]
● 27-Sep-2017 -- Ramadi, Iraq: ISIL suicide bombing and attacks killed 7+ Iraqi soldiers [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
● 27-Sep-2017 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Attack on Kabul airport claimed by IS and Taliban attackers; 3 attackers were killed [Reuters]
● 27-Sep-2017 -- Iraqi Kurds voted to split from Iraq: "yes"=92%; turnout=72% [Al Jazeera]
● 27-Sep-2017 -- Possible US-Canada trade war? US Commerce Department to impose a 219.6% tariff on Bombardier CSeries jets -- threatening Canada's aerospace sector; one Canadian option is to cancel Canada's planned purchase of Boeing Super Hornet jet fighters [CBC News]
● 26-Sep-2017 -- Saudi Arabia: Women will be allowed to drive by Jun-2018
● 26-Sep-2017 -- Har Adar, West bank: A Palestinian shot and killed an Israeli policeman and 2 security guards near a settlement; the attacker was killed [WaPo]
● 25-Sep-2017 -- Oxfam International: "Brazil’s six richest men have the same wealth as poorest 50 percent of the population; around 100 million people. The country's richest 5 percent have the same income as the remaining 95 percent"
● 25-Sep-2017 -- Ethiopia: Hundreds were killed in recent clashes between ethnic Somali and Oromo forces [Africanews-AFP-Reuters, 26-Sep-2017]
● 24-Sep-2017 -- Antioch, TN: An African-American man shot and killed one person and wounded 7 others at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ [CNN]
● 24-Sep-2017 -- Germany federal elections: Chancellor Angela Merkel won a 4th term; the Alternative for Germany (AfD) won 13.1% of the votes [BBC News]
● 23-Sep-2017 -- Holy See: 62 Catholic conservatives accused Pope Francis of propagating heretical positions on marriage and sacraments [Fox News-AP]
● 23-Sep-2017 -- North Korea: Up to 100,000 North Koreans rallied in support for Kim Jong-un [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
● 23-Sep-2017 -- Tehran, Iran: Iran successfully test-fired Khorrashahr, a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km [Press TV]
● 22-Sep-2017 -- Libya: U.S. air strikes on an IS camp killed 17 militants [Reuters, 24-Sep-2017]
● 22-Sep-2017 -- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Violent shootouts pitting drug gangs against police forces were reported; ~950 troops to be deployed [NY Daily News: AP]
● 21-Sep-2017 -- S&P Global Ratings downgraded China's sovereign credit rating from AA- to A+; soaring debt is claimed [Bloomberg]
● 21-Sep-2017 -- Manila, Philippines: Thousands rally against the dictatorship of President Rodrigo Duterte [Reuters]
● 20-Sep-2017 -- San Juan, PR: Hurricane Maria (Category 4) makes a direct hit with flashfloods and mudslides [NYT]
● 19-Sep-2017 -- Moscow, Russia: New legislation to make the ruble the main currency at all Russian seaport by 2018 [RT]
● 19-Sep-2017 -- Mexico City, Mexico: Magnitude 7.1 earthquake killed 225+ people [Los Angeles Times, 20-Sep-2017]
● 19-Sep-2017 -- UN: "U.S. President Donald Trump warned ... that the United States will be forced to "totally destroy" North Korea unless Pyongyang backs down from its nuclear standoff" [CBC News]
● 19-Sep-2017 -- Norway: Norway’s sovereign wealth fund hit $1 trillion [Bloomberg]
● 18-Sep-2017 -- Negev, Israel: US establishes an air defense military base in Israel [The Times of Israel]
● 18-Sep-2017 -- US Department of Justice: "Justice Department Secures $907,000 from Citifinancial for Illegally Repossessing Active Duty Servicemembers’ Vehicles"
● 17-Sep-2017 -- "Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Turkey are in possession of nuclear weapons which are deployed under national command against Russia, Iran and the Middle East" [Prof. M. Chossudovsy, Global Research, 12-Feb-2010, updated 17-Sep-2017]
● 15-Sep-2017 -- DR Congo: Congolese security forces killed 18+Burundi refugees [Al Jazeera-News Agencies, 16-Sep-2017]
● 15-Sep-2017 -- Kurram, Pakistan: US drone strike killed 3+ suspected terrorists [VOA News]
● 15-Sep-2017 -- London, UK: IED (improvised explosive device) blast on a London Underground train injured 22 people [CNN World]
● 14-Sep-2017 -- Sunan, North Korea: DPRK launched an ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) over Japan [USA Today]
● 14-Sep-2017 -- Nasiriyah, Iraq: Twin suicide attacks -- a gun attack targeting a restaurant and a car bomb attack targeting a security checkpoint -- killed 74 people; ISIS claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 14-Sep-2017 -- Moscow, Russia: To launch "Zapad" 2017, a massive military exercise involving 13,000 troops ("100,000+ troops" according to Western sources) [J. Dettmer, VOA News, 13-Sep-2017]
● 14-Sep-2017 -- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Fire at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, an Islamic school, killed 23 people, mostly teenagers [VOA News]
● 13-Sep-2017 -- Venezuela stops accepting U.S. dollars as payment for oil  [ZeroHedge: GoldCore, 14-Sep-2017]
● 13-Sep-2017 -- Ethiopia: Ethnic Somali and Oromo forces clashed in Oromia and Somali regions; 32+ were killed [VOA News]
● 13-Sep-2017 -- Statistics Canada: 1.2 million or ~17% of all Canadian children lived in poverty in 2015 [L. Young, Global News]
● 13-Sep-2017 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: A suicide bomber killed 3+ people outside a criket stadium [Los Angeles Times: AP]
● 12-Sep-2017 -- Joint report published by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN): U.S. Department of Defense has reportedly given $2.2 billion worth of weapons to anti-IS groups in Syria; the weapon acquisition process involved suppliers in Eastern Europe and former Soviet republics with links to organized crime, and "spotty business records" [R. Dubin, FP]
● 12-Sep-2017 -- Israel: IDF is conducting a massive military drill to simulate war with Hezbollah [D. Shahtahmasebi, The Anti-Media]
● 12-Sep-2017 -- New York, NY: Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan & Co. CEO, called Bitcoin a "fraud" [Bloomberg] 
● 12-Sep-2017 -- Amazon, Brazil: Gold miners reportedly murdered 10+ members of an "uncontacted" tribe [K. Mendes, Thomson Reuters Foundation]
● 12-Sep-2017 -- Turkey signed a deal with Russia to acquire Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missiles; the deal is valued at ~$2.5 billion [BBC New]
● 12-Sep-2017 -- France: ~4,000 strikes against changes to labor laws giving more flexibility to corporations and less to workers [BBC News]
● 11-Sep-2017 -- Sinai, Egypt: ISIL fighters ambushed an Egyptian police convoy; 18 soldiers were killed [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
● 11-Sep-2017 -- Barcelona, Spain: Thousands of Catalans marched in support for independence [BBC News]
● 10-Sep-2017 -- Yemen: ~145 Al Houthis were killed in heavy fighting in one week [Gulf News]
● 10-Sep-2017 -- Category 4 Hurricane Irma hit Florida [CBC News: AP]
● 8-Sep-2017 -- Mexico: Magnitude 8.1 quake hit Oaxaca, Tabasco and Chiapas; 65+ people were killed [BBC]
● 7-Sep-2017 -- Portland, OR: Equifax discovered it was hacked in late Jul-2017; the hack reportedly compromised the data of ~143 million people; Equifax faces a class-action lawsuit [P. Mosendz, Bloomberg]
● 7-Sep-2017 -- Category 5 Hurricane Irma killed 9 people in Caribbean islands [CNN US] 
● 7-Sep-2017 -- Hama, Syria: Israeli fighter jets targeted a Syrian military site killing 2 people [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 6-Sep-2017 -- Vatican: Apostolic journey of Pope Francis to Colombia [Holy See Press Office]
● 6-Sep-2017 -- Julian Assange: "UK libel law is being used to silence critics of Israel's racist policies" [@JulianAssange, Twitter]
● 5-Sep-2017 -- Brazil: Supreme Federal Tribunal alleged former presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff extracted ~$480 million in bribes; Lula and Rousseff deny the charges [PressTV, 6-Sep-2017]
● 5-Sep-2017 -- Copenhagen, Denmark: Lego to cut ~1,400 jobs [Reuters]
● 4-Sep-2017 -- Jerusalem: The Patriarchs and Heads of the Churches of Jerusalem are united in their opposition to "a systematic attempt [by Israel] to undermine the integrity of the Holy City" and "to weaken the Christian presence in the Holy City" [Agenzia Fides, 5-Sep-2017]
● 4-Sep-2017 -- Elon Musk: "China, Russia, soon all countries w strong computer science. Competition for AI superiority at national level most likely cause of WW3 imo." [Twitter]
● 4-Sep-2017 -- Africa: Sierra Leone, Niger, DR Congo, Nigeria: Heavy rains, floods and mudslides killed 1,240+ people in Aug-2017 [Y. Kazeem, Quartz]
● 3-Sep-2017 -- Punggye-ri, DPRK: North Korea tested successfully its most powerful nuclear bomb (100-kiloton H-bomb) [WaPo] 
● 2-Sep-2017 -- Germany: The Bundesbank has repatriated half of its gold reserves -- all of its gold held in Paris and the third held in the US [Sputnik News]
● 2-Sep-2017 -- Banki, Nigeria: Boko Haram fighters raided a camp for displaced civillians and killed 11+ people [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
● 1-Sep-2017 -- "More than 100,000 people signed a petition [posted on the White House petition website on 20-Aug-2017] accusing billionaire investor George Soros of sedition against the US, demanding that he and his affiliates be declared “domestic terrorists” and that his assets be seized" [RT]
● 1-Sep-2017 -- Vatican: Pope Francis said he consulted a Jewish psychoanalyst in the 1970s [BBC News]
● 31-Aug-2017 -- Fraudulent accounts scandal: Wells Fargo review indicates the bank created 528,000 unauthorized accounts [S. Cowley, NYT-DealBook]
● 31-Aug-2017 -- Bangladesh: Boat carrying Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar capsized; 26 women and children died [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 31-Aug-2017 -- Bariire, Somalia: Joint US-Somali raid killed 10 civilians; "blood money will be paid" [F. Omar et al., Reuters]
● 30-Aug-2017 -- India: Monsoon season floods killed 950+ people across South Asia [CBS News: AP]
● 29-Aug-2017 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Taliban suicide bomber targeted security forces withdrawing money at a bank; 5 people were killed [WaPo]
● 29-Aug-2017 -- Financial markets are edgy: gold climbed 1.9% to $1,322/ounce [DW: Reuters-AFP]
● 29-Aug-2017 -- DPRK: North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan; South Korea responded by testing its "capability to destroy the North Korean leadership" [J. Berlinger et al., CNN Politics]
● 28-Aug-2017 -- Zerkoh, Afghanistan: Airstrikes by foreign forces targeting a Taliban base killed 16+ civilians, including women and children [TOLO News, 29-Aug-2017]
● 28-Aug-2017 -- Houston, TX: Catastrophic flooding caused by hurricane and "years of building and expanding on flood plains and wetlands"; scientist's "sitting duck" warning ignored; 39 people are dead; 44,000+ homes are destroyed/damaged; cost of disaster: ~$190 billion [P. Armstrong, CBC News, 2-Sep-2017]
● 28-Aug-2017 -- Baghdad, Iraq: Car bomb killed 12+ people in Shia district; ISIL claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera: AP]
● 27-Aug-2017 -- Nawa, Afghanistan: Car bomb attack killed 13 people, including soldiers and civilians [Reuters]
● 26-Aug-2017 -- USA: Steve Bannon, former Chief Strategist, described 2 Jewish members of the Trump administration, Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, and Steve Mnuchin, Treasury Secretary, of being "globalists"; Cohn aspires to be "the next chair of the Federal Reserve" [WaPo: J. Lemire & C. Lucey, AP]
● 26-Aug-2017 -- Pulwana, Indian-administered Kashmir: Rebels attacked a police facility; 8 security personnel and 3 militants were killed [Al Jazeera News]
● 25-Aug-2017 -- France: President Emmanuel Macron spent $30,000 on makeup ["maquillage"] over 3 months [WaPo]
● 25-Aug-2017 -- Panchkula and Sirsa, India: A court declared guru Singh, a religious leader, guilty of rape triggering deadly riots; 32+ people were killed and up to 800 detained [Al Jazeera: News Agencies, 26-Aug-2017]
● 25-Aug-2017 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Attackers targeted Shia Imam Zaman mosque; 14+ people were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 24-Aug-2017 -- First commercial LNG tanker crossed the northern sea without an ice breaker; the tanker is Russian owned [BBC]
● 24-Aug-2017 -- Seoul, South Korea: Jay Y. Lee, head of Samsung Group, was sentenced to 5 years in jail for bribery; Lee denied wrongdoing [Reuters]
● 23-Aug-2017 -- Arhab, Yemen: Saudi-led air strike on a hotel killed 35+ people near Sanaa [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 23-Aug-2017 -- Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan: A Taliban suicide bomber targeted police at a bank branch inside a police station; 7+ people were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 22-Aug-2017 -- Raqqa, Syria: US-led strikes on Islamic State killed 170+ civilians over one week [US News: Reuters]
● 21-Aug-2017 -- Los Angeles, CA: US court ordered Johson & Johnson to pay $417 million in a case involving alleged risk of talc use [Bloomberg]
● 21-Aug-2017 -- Washington, DC: President Donald Trump announced a new plan for victory over the Taliban in Afghanistan; the Taliban are "Happy to Continue" the war [M. Usufzai et al, NBC News, 22-Aug-2017]
● 21-Aug-2017 -- Singapore: USS John S McCain destroyer collided with a tanker; 10 sailors are missing; the US Navy ordered an "operational pause" of the US fleet [BBC News]
● 19-Aug-2017 -- Boston, MA: Pro-"free speech" protesters vs. thousands of counterprotesters [CNN]
● 19-Aug-2017 -- Surgut, Russia: An attacker stabbed 7 people; Islamic State claimed the attacker was "an IS soldier" [WaPo: AP] 
● 18-Aug-2017 -- Bujumbura, Burundi: Grenade attacks on 2 bars killed 3+ people [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
● 18-Aug-2017 -- Washington, DC: President Donald Trump "directed that United States Cyber Command [a division of NSA] be elevated to the status of a Unified Combatant Command focused on cyberspace operations" [White House]
● 18-Aug-2017 -- Beijing, China: China concerned about overseas acquisitions fueled by excessive debt [NYT: Dealbook]
● 18-Aug-2017 -- DOJ, US: "Former CEO of Arthrocare Corporation Convicted for Orchestrating $750 Million Securities Fraud Scheme" [DOJ]
● 18-Aug-2017 -- Turku, Finland: Police shot a man who reportedly stabbed several people; 2 people were killed [BBC News]
● 18-Aug-2017 -- Cambrils, Spain: Car attack killed one person; police shot dead 5 suspects [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 17-Aug-2017 -- Barcelona, Spain: Van attack targeting crowds in Las Ramblas killed 13+ people and injured 100+ [BBC News]
● 17-Aug-2017 -- Manila, Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs and crime: Police killed 80 people in drug raids over 4 days [Al Jazeera: Reuters, 18-Aug-2017]
● 16-Aug-2017 -- Puerto Ayacuchio, Venezuela: 37+ people were killed in clashes between inmates and security forces [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
● 16-Aug-2017 -- "Daily Stormer," banned by GoDaddy and Google, gets a Russian web domain: "dailystormer.ru" [T.B. Lee, ars Technica]
● 15-Aug-2017 -- Maiduguri, Nigeria: 3 women suicide bombers killed 27+ people [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 14-Aug-2017 -- New York, NY: Thousands protested against President Donald Trump; Others, including "Jews for Trump," rallied in support of Trump [WaPo: AP]
● 14-Aug-2017 -- Ougadougou, Burkina Faso: Suspected Islamist militants targeted a restaurant killing 18+ people [Reuters]
● 13-Aug-2017 -- Quetta, Pakistan: A suicide bomber targeted a military truck killing 15+ people, including 8 soldiers; Islamic State claimed responsibility [NYT]
● 12-Aug-2017 -- Charlottesville, VA: Violent clashes mar "Unite the Right" rally; a car plowed into a crowd killing one woman; 2 VSP troopers were killed in a helicopter crash; state of emergency declared [CNN, 13-aug-2017]
● 12-Aug-2017 -- Gorakhpur, India: Pushpa Private Limited allegedly cut oxygen supply to a hospital over payment arrears; ~60 children died; "lack of of coordination and laxity on the part of the CMO" was blamed [Virendra Singh Rawat, Business Standard]
● 12-Aug-2017 -- Kisumu, Kenya: Protests against the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta; looting reported; police killed 11+ people [Reuters]
● 11-Aug-2017 -- Haska Meena, Afghanistan: US airstrikes reportedly killed 16 civilians, including women and children [NYT]
● 10-Aug-2017 -- Marawi, Philippines: Military forces killed 9+ fighters linked to ISIS; death toll for Marawi fighting: 548 Maute/Abu Sayyaf fighters, 122 soldiers, 45 civilians [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
● 9-Aug-2017 -- Pyongyang, DPRK: Tens of thousands of North Koreans rallied against new UN sanctions and President Donald Trump's "fire and fury" threat [RT]
● 9-Aug-2017 -- Gambo, Central African Republic (CAR): Clashes in the first week in August 2017 killed 30+ civilians, including 6 Red Cross volunteers [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
● 9-Aug-2017 -- Paris, France: Car attacker targeted anti-terrorist soldiers; 6 people were injured; the attacker was shot and arrested [The Local: AFP]
● 8-Aug-2017 -- North Korea has produced a nuclear warhead for ICBM delivery [WaPo-DIA, 28-Jul-2017] 
● 7-Aug-2017 -- Jamouna, Syria: 40+ Iraqi Shia militia were killed; the militia blamed U.S. forces; the U.S.-led coalition dismissed the allegation [Q. Abdul-Zahra; ABS News: AP, 8-Aug-2017]
● 7-Aug-2017 -- Moscow, Russia: To reduce dependence on US payment systems and the dollar as payment currency [Sputnik]
● 6-Aug-2017 -- Nigeria: Gunmen attacked St. Philip Catholic Church and killed 11+ people [ABC News]
● 6-Aug-2017 -- Sar-E Pul, Afghanistan: Taliban and Islamic State fighters killed 50+ mainly Shia civilians, including women and children; the Taliban claim they killed 28 militia members [BBC News]
● 6-Aug-2017 -- Valencia, Venezuela: Anti-government paramilitary attack at a military base is crushed; 2 of 10 attackers were killed [CNN World]
● 5-Aug-2017 -- Kashmir: Indian troops killed 3+ suspected fighters; thousands of anti-India protested; death toll over one week: 10+ fighters, 2 Indian troops, 4 civilians [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
● 4-Aug-2017 -- Kasai, DR Congo: UN team report "that between 12 March and 19 June, some 251 people became the victims of extrajudicial and targeted killings, including 62 children" [UN News]
● 4-Aug-2017 -- New York, NY: Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed at 22,092.81, an all-time record high [Yahoo!Finance]
● 4-Aug-2017 -- Israel: Ari Harow, Netanyahu's former chief of staff, signed a deal to deliver "damning evidence" against Netanyahu: "the PM will be indicted" [G. Weitz, Haaretz]
● 3-Aug-2017 -- USA: Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) team of scientists. led by Juan Collar of University of Chicago, built a prototype of the world's smallest neutrino detector -- a "monumental" feat [J. Dunietz, Scientific American]
● 3-Aug-2017 -- Dubai, UAE: Firefghters put out a fire at the Torch Tower residential building [Reuters]
● 3-Aug-2017 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Taliban suicide bomber targeted a convoy; 3+ civilians and one NATO soldier were killed [Al Jazeera News]
● 3-Aug-2017 -- Mark Zuckerberg and his wife hired Democratic pollster Joel Benenson [A. Karni, Politico]; Zuckerberg reportedly dumped atheism and found religion (see 3-Jan-2017)
● 3-Aug-2017 -- London, UK: Bank of England (BoE) voted to keep Bank Rate at 0.25%, a record low [Reuters]
● 2-Aug-2017 -- Egypt: President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi signed off on a program to raise drinking water and sewage fees by up to 50%; as part of the 3-year US$12 billion IMF loan agreement, the government raised in Jul-2017 electricity prices by up to 42% and fuel prices by up to 50% [Zawya: Reuters]; (on IMF's "cushion of support," see http://www.imf.org/en/Countries/Egypt/QandA/Egypt-qandas#Q4)
● 2-Aug-2017 -- USA: Scientists at OHSU used the DNA-editing method CRISPR to repair a gene defect in human embryos [Science Magazine]
● 2-Aug-2017 -- Washington, DC: President Trump signed legislation imposing sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea [NYT]
● 1-Aug-2017 -- Herat, Afghanistan: Suicide bombers targeted a Shia mosque; 50 people were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies, 2-Aug-2017]
● 1-Aug-2017 -- Islamabad, Pakistan: Parliament elected a new Prime Minister: Shahid Khakan Abbasi [NYT]
● 31-Jul-2017 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: IS targeted Iraq Embassy; 4 attackers, including a suicide bomber, were killed [ABC News: AP]
● 30-Jul-2017 -- Somalia: Al-Shabaab fighters ambushed African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops: 24+ soldiers were killed (according to an official); 39 were killed (according to al-Shabab) [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
● 30-Jul-2017 -- Russia: To expel 755 American diplomats by 1-Sep-2017 in response to new anti-Russia sanctions [NYT]
● 30-Jul-2017 -- Venezuela: Vote for a constitutional assembly [WaPo]
● 29-Jul-2017 -- Sydney, Australia: Police thwarted an "islamic-inspired" terrorist plot potentially targeting aviation [WaPo, 30-Jul-2017]
● 28-Jul-2017 -- DPRK: North Korea launched a ballistic missile that reportedly flew for 45 minutes and reached an altitude of 3,000 km [38 North]
● 28-Jul-2017 -- Hamburg, Germany: Knife attacker from UAE "known" to be radicalized killed one person near a supermarket [DW, 29-Jul-2017]
● 28-Jul-2017 -- Islamabad, Pakistan: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stepped down after the Supreme Court ruled he lied about his assets during a corruption probe; Sharif denied the allegations [Al Jazeera News]
● 27-Jul-2017 -- Venezuela: anti-government protests: 3 people were killed; the death toll since Apr-2017 reached 106 [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 27-Jul-2017 -- Jeff Bezos becomes world's richest man with a fortune estimated at $90+ billion [Forbes] [Mindhat editor: "most people thought he was selling books online; in fact, he was building a global fully automated marketplace"]
● 27-Jul-2017 -- Israel threatens Freedom of the Press: "Al Jazeera slams Netanyahu bid to shut Jerusalem office" [Al Jazeera]
● 26-Jul-2017 -- Israel: "Israel through the force of military occupation seizes 87% of the Palestinian water in the occupied lands and devotes a large portion of it to illegal settlements" [Mustafa Barrghouti, Ahram Online]
● 26-Jul-2017 -- Raqqa, Syria: Air strikes by US-backed forces killed 18+ civilians [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 25-Jul-2017 -- Karzali, Afghanistan: Taliban fighters attacked a military base and killed 26+ Afghan soldiers [Al Jazeera-News Agencies, 26-Jul-2017]
● 25-Jul-2017 -- USA: Justification for continued US military presence in Aghanistan: exploitation of resources, including mineral deposits; Stephen Feinberg, billionaire owner of DynCorp International, is reportedly advising President Trump [NYT]
● 25-Jul-2017 -- Three Square Market (Wisconsin) has partnered with Biohax (Sweden) to offer "implantable microchips" to employees [M. Astor, NYT]
● 24-Jul-2017 -- Amman, Jordan: An Israeli guard killed 2 Jordanians, including one attacker [BBC News]
● 24-Jul-2017 -- Lahore, Pakistan: An explosion targeting police officials near the Arfa Software Technology Park killed 25+ people [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 24-Jul-2017 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Suicide car bomb targeted ministry staff in a bus and killed 35+ people; the Taliban claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 24-Jul-2017 -- Poland: President Duda vetoed bills on Supreme Court, Judicial Council [Bloomberg Politics]
● 23-Jul-2017 -- Poland: Tens of thousands of protestors demanded for the 8-th day President Duda veto legislation allowing politicians to interfere in judicial matters [Bloomberg Politics]
● 22-Jul-2017 -- Iran: A Sayyad-3 Missile production line was launched; the missile has a range of 120 km and a flight altitude of 27 km and can deal with threats from drones, stealth aircrafts, cruise missiles, helicopters, and other aircrafts [Mehr News Agency]
● 22-Jul-2017 -- Turkey: Turkey's government seized 950+ companies since the failed coup of 15-Jul-2016; the expropriated companies were purportedly linked to Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen [NYT]
● 21-Jul-2017 -- Amman, Jordan: Thousands protested against Israel installing metal detectors outside Haram al-Sharif [BBC News, 24-Jul-2017]
● 21-Jul-2017 -- Afghanistan: Errant US air raid killed 16 Afghan policemen [Al Jazeera News, 22-Jul-2017]
● 21-Jul-2017 -- Mexico: Authorities recorded 2,234 murders in Jun-2017, a 20-year record [Al Jazeera: AP, 22-Jul-2017]
● 21-Jul-2017 -- Occupied East Jerusalem: Massive protests rage against Israeli discriminatory measures at al-Aqsa Mosque; 3+ Palestinian were killed; 3 Israelis were also killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies, 22-Jul-2017]
● 20-Jul-2017 -- Al-Hoceima, Morocco: Social unrest: Thousands of people protest the "lack of infrastructure, hospitals, schools and job opportunities" [O. Calvo, Al Jazeera, 29-Jul-2017]
● 20-Jul-2017 -- China: China plans to dominate the world in artificial intelligence (AI) by 2025 [Nasdaq: Reuters, 21-Jul-2017]
● 20-Jul-2017 -- Venezuela: Nationwide anti-government strike: 3 people were killed; the death toll since Apr-2017 reached 100 [Yahoo!: AFP]
● 20-Jul-2017 -- Iraq: Some fear ISIS is preparing for guerilla warfare [The Straits Times: Reuters]
● 20-Jul-2017 -- Europol: Operations led by the FBI, the DEA and the Dutch National Police, with support of Europol, dealt a "massive blow to criminal dark web activities" [Europol]
● 20-Jul-2017 -- India: NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind wins 2017 Presidential elections [Times of India]
● 19-Jul-2017 -- Washington, USA: A secret "deniable" CIA program authorized by President Obama to arm Syrian rebel groups to topple President Bashar al-Assad of Syria was ended by President Trump [NYT]
● 19-Jul-2017 -- Palestine: Palestinians clashed with Israeli occupation forces outside al-Aqsa Mosque [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 19-Jul-2017 -- Paris, France: Pierre de Villiers, France's armed forces chief, clashed with President Emmanuel Macron over defense budget cuts and resigned [Reuters]
● 18-Jul-2017 -- Yemen: Saudi-led air strike killed 20+ civilians including women and children [UNHCR] [Independent-AP]
● 15-Jul-2017 -- Virgin Islands, USA: Carries huge debt -- ~$6.5 billion to pensioners and creditors [Toronto Star: NYT, 25-Jun-2017]
● 14-Jul-2017 -- Hurghada, Egypt: An attacker killed 2 German female tourists at a sea resort; 5 policemen were also killed near Egypt's pyramids outside Cairo [Miami Herald: AP]
● 14-Jul-2017 -- Jerusalem: 3 Arabs killed 2 police officers; all 3 assailants were killed [NYT]
● 13-Jul-2017 -- DOJ, USA: On "The largest ever health care fraud enforcement action by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, involving 412 charged defendants ..., including 115 doctors, nurses ..., for their alleged participation in health care fraud schemes involving approximately $1.3 billion in false billings" [DOJ]
● 13-Jul-2017 -- Wold: Environmental defenders (of land, natural resources, wild life) are being killed at the rate of ~4 per week; many killings are reportedly financed by "corporations or state forces" [J. Watts and J. Vidal, The Guardian-Global Witness]
● 12-Jul-2017 -- Waza, Cameroon: 2 female suicide bombers killed 12+ people [Al Jazeera: News Agencies, 13-Jul-2017]
● 12-Jul-2017 -- Antarctica: A massive iceberg broke off the Larsen C ice shelf in Antartica [WaPo-Project MIDAS]
● 12-Jul-2017 -- Brazil: Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sentenced to 9.5 years on corruption charges [Bloomberg Politics]
● 12-Jul-2017 -- Canada: Bank of Canada raised its target for the overnight rate to 0.75%; the Bank Rate is correspondingly 1% and the deposit rate is 0.5%.
● 11-Jul-2017 -- Maiduguri, Nigeria: 4 female suicide bombers killed 15+ people [Al Jazeera: News Agencies, 12-Jul-2017]
● 11-Jul-2017 -- Syrian Observatory: Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed [Reuters]
● 11-Jul-2017 -- Kashmir: Militants killed 7 pilgrims [NPR]
● 11-Jul-2017 -- Mississippi: Marine Corps cargo plane crashed killing 16+ special ops troops [T. Gibbons-Neff, WaPo]
● 9-Jul-2017 -- Mosul Iraq: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared "victory" over Islamic state [Reuters]
● 9-Jul-2017 -- Istanbul, Turkey: Hudreds of thousands of protesters "march for justice" [NYT]
● 7-Jul-2017 -- Aden, Yemen: Thousands protested for independence [Middle East Eye]
● 7-Jul-2017 -- European Stability Mechanism: "The Board of Directors of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) ... approved the third tranche of €8.5 billion of ESM financial assistance to Greece" [ESM]
● 7-Jul-2017 -- Rafah, Egypt: A suicide car bomb and gunfire attack targeted a military checkpoint: 10 security troops were killed; 40 militants were killed [New York Post: AP]
● 7-Jul-2017 -- Hamburg, Germany: G20 summit, 7-8-Jul-2017 [G20.org]; ~100,000 protesters demonstrated against the G20; anti-capitalists launched massive "Welcome to Hell" protests [DW]
● 6-Jul-2017 -- Microsoft to cut 3,000 to 4,000 sales and marketing jobs, mostly outside the USA [NYT]
● 6-Jul-2017 -- Acapulco, Mexico: 28 inmates were killed in a prison riot [Mexico News Daily]
● 6-Jul-2017 -- CERN: Scientists detected a new particle (Xi-cc++) at the Large hadron Collider (LHCb); the particle has 2 heavy quarks; it likely will shed light on the "strong force";  [BBC News]
● 4-Jul-2017 -- North Korea: DPRK launched successfully a 2-stage KN-14 ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) [CNN World]
● 3-Jul-2017 -- "Odd Lots: Why a Natural Gas Company Is Shaking the Islamic Finance World--A $2 trillion industry, shook" [T. Alloway & J. Weisenthal, Bloomberg]
● 3-Jul-2017 -- Israel is proceeding with plans to demolish Palestinian homes and build 1,800 new settlement housing units for Jews on Palesttinian land in East Jerusalem [The Guardian]
● 2-Jul-2017 -- Kilo 60, Iraq: A suicide bomber killed 14 people at a camp for displaced Iraqis; Islamic State claimed responsibility [BBC News, 3-Jul-2017]
● 2-Jul-2017 -- Hamburg, Germany: 10,000 anti-G20 anti-globalization people protested ahead of G20 summit [Reuters]
● 2-Jul-2017 -- Bekaa Valley, Lebanon: Huge fire decimates a refugee camp for Syrians; 1+ person died [BBC News]
● 2-Jul-2017 -- Damascus, Syria: A suicide car bomber killed 19+ people; 2 other car bombers were intercepted [BBC News]
● 1-Jul-2017 -- "A Saudi-led coalition of countries, backed by US President Donald Trump, is demanding Qatar's government shuts down its prized Al Jazeera Media Network. Qatar refuses and says the future of Al Jazeera is non-negotiable" [Al Jazeera]
● 1-Jul-2017 -- India rolled out a new goods and services tax (GST) [Bloomberg]
● 1-Jul-2017 -- Hong Kong, China: More than 60,000 protestors (according to organizers) called for democracy [Reuters]
● 30-Jun-2017 -- NYC, USA: A disgruntled doctor killed a doctor and wounded 6 other people before committing suicide at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center [NYT]
● 28-Jun-2017 -- Caracas, Venezuela: Police helicopter fired on Supreme Court and Interior Ministry; anti-government protests and looting reported [The Guardian]
● 27-Jun-2017 -- Canada: Top 5 banks -- BMO, CIBC, RBC, Scotiabank, and TD -- "slapped with a multi million penalty for overcharging clients" [S. Harris, CBC News, 26-27-Jun-2017]
● 27-Jun-2017 -- Europol: New wave of ransomware targeted "critical infrastructure and business systems" [Europol, 28-Jun-2017]
● 27-Jun-2017 -- Kiev, Ukraine: Car bomb killed a military intelligence colonel [Reuters]
● 27-Jun-2017 -- Brussels, European Commission: Antitrust: "The European Commission has fined Google €2.42 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service"
● 26-Jun-2017 -- Brasilia, Brazil: President Michel Temer was charged with "taking multimillion-dollar bribes" [B Brooks and R. Brito, Reuters]
● 25-Jun-2017 -- Bahawalpur, Pakistan: Fuel tanker overturned and exploded; 146+ people were "burnt alive" [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 24-Jun-2017 -- Herat, Afghanistan:Taliban fighters attack a checkpoint; 10+ police officers and 4 Taliban fighters were killed [Al Jazeera: News Agencies, 25-Jun-2017]
● 24-Jun-2017 -- Xinmo, China: 120+ people are missing after a landslide [BBC News]
● 24-Jun-2017 -- Israel is "weaponizing civilian freighters": Israeli defense contractor test-fired a LORA missile with a 400-kilometer range that "can fit into a standard shipping container" [RT]
● 23-Jun-2017 -- EU: The European Central Bank (ECB) declared Banca Popolare di Vicenza SpA and Veneto Banca SpA "failing or likely to fail" [S. Sirletti and M. Bertacche, Bloomberg, 25-Jun-2017]
● 23-Jun-2017 -- Mecca, Saudi Arabia: Bombing plot targeting the Grand Mosque was foiled; the suicide bomber blew himself up [WaPo: AP, 24-Jun-2017] 
● 23-Jun-2017 -- Two Russian Navy frigates and a submarine fired 6 cruise missiles targeting Islamic State command and control centers and ammunition depots in Syria [RT]
● 22-Jun-2017 -- Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan: Car bomb targeted security forces collecting salaries at a bank; 29+ people were killed; Taliban militants claimed responsibility [WaPo]
● 22-Jun-2017 -- London, UK: 600 high-rises may have cladding similar to that used at Grenfell Tower [NBC News]
● 22-Jun-2017 -- Iran: Commander-in-Chief Hamid Reza Moghadam Far: "the US is not as influential a player as it used to be and it can no longer manipulate regional equations… It now has to associate with countries like Saudi Arabia whose negative role in supporting terrorism, whose dictatorship, and whose dark face is known to everyone in the region... The world has come to realize that the US, despite leading a coalition against [IS] and terrorism in Syria and Iraq, Syria in particular, does not fight terrorism in practice and is in fact [is] supporting it…" [RT]
● 21-Jun-2017 -- Raqqa, Syria: Russian Air Force targeted Islamic State convoys, killing 80 militants [RT]
● 21-Jun-2017 -- Canada: Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) to cut ~450 jobs [Financial Post]
● 21-Jun-2017 -- Saudi Arabia: King Salman appointed his son, Mohammed bin Salman -- replacing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a nephew of the king --, as heir [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
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