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Wednesday 16-Aug-2017
SELECTED WORLD EVENTS
● BREAKING NEWS: 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 -- Manila, Philippines: President Roderigo Duterte's drug war: Police killed 32 people in drug raids [Time]
● 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, includig "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]
● 20-Jun-2017 -- Brussels, Belgium: Small explosion at Brussels Central Station; suspected would-be suicide bomber was killed [BBC News]
● 20-Jun-2017 -- Mogadishu, Somalia: Suicide car bomber killed 15+ people; al-Shabaab claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 19-Jun-2017 -- Arctic shelf, Russia: Rosneft discovered a potentially massive new oil deposit [RT]
● 19-Jun-2017 -- UK: Brexit talks begin [WaPo: AP]
● 19-Jun-2017 -- Paris, France: June 2017 Champs-Élysées car ramming attack; the attacker was killed [Wikipedia]
● 19-Jun-2017 -- London, UK: A man drove a van into worshippers near Finsbury Park Mosque; one man was killed [BBC News]
● 18-Jun-2017 -- Bamako, Mali: Jihadis attacked Campement Kangaba, a tourist resort, and killed 2 people; 4+ jihadis were also killed [WaPo: AP, 19-Jun-2017]
● 18-Jun-2017 -- Shada, Yemen: Saudi coalition air strike targeted the al-Mashnac market and killed 25+ Yemeni civilians [Al Jazeera: Reuters]
● 18-Jun-2017 -- Gardez City, Afghanistan: Taliban attacked police headquaters; 5+ police officers and 7 attackers were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 18-Jun-2017 -- Bogota, Colombia: Bomb killed 3 people at the Andino shopping center [BBC News]
● 17-Jun-2017 -- Portugal: Forest fires killed 62 people [BBC News, 18-Jun-2017]
● 17-Jun-2017 -- India: 5 farmers were killed during a farmers' protest demanding change; "thousands of farmers commit suicide each year because of debt, poor crop yields, and competition from cheap imports" [C. Malone, Al Jazeera]
● 16-Jun-2017 -- Japan: U.S. Navy destroyer and a merchant ship collided; 7 U.S. sailors are missing [WaPo, 17-Jun-2017]
● 16-Jun-2017 --  Amazon to acquire Whole Foods Market in an all-cash transaction valued at ~$13.7 billion, including Whole Foods Market’s net debt [Amazon]
● 15-Jun-2017 -- Mogadishu, Somalia: Assault by 6 Shabaab militants, and a suicide car bombing, killed 18 people in 2 restaurants [Yahoo! News: AFP]
● 15-Jun-2017 -- Fengxian, China: Explosion killed 8 people at a kindergarten [RT-CCTV, 16-Jun-2017]
● 14-Jun-2017 -- Washington, USA: The Pentagon proposed new export controls to limit China's access to artificial intelligence technology [BBC News-Reuters]
● 14-Jun-2017 -- Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is investigating Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election, decided to investigate Trump for alleged obstruction of justice [WaPo]
● 14-Jun-2017 -- San Francisco, CA: Gunman killed 4 people, Including himself, at a UPS facility [CNN]
● 14-Jun-2017 -- Alexandria, VA: Gunman shot 5 people, including House Majority Steve Scalise; the gunman died in a shootout with police [Wikipedia] 
● 13-Jun-2017 -- Bangladesh: Landslides killed 140+ people [USA Today: AP]
● 13-Jun-2017 -- London, UK: Huge fire at Grenfell Tower; 79 people are dead or presumed dead [BBC News, 19-Jun-2017]
● 11-Jun-2017 -- According to an investigative report by O. Wilkinson and S. Manar, "Understanding recent movements of Christians from Syria and Iraq to other countries across the Middle East and Europe," at least 50% of the Christians in Syria and Iraq have fled the Middle East since 2011 [Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post]
● 9-Jun-2017 -- Marawi, Philippines: 13 marines killed in battle against ISIS-linked fighters; Philippines forces have U.S. military help; death toll over ~3 weeks: 138+ militants and 58 government troops [Time: AP, 10-Jun-2017]
● 9-Jun-2017 -- UK general election 2017: Conservatives won 48.9% and labour 40.5% of 650 seats; PM Theresa May promised "certainty" [BBC News]
● 8-Jun-2017 -- Puntland, Somalia: Al-Shabab group attacked an army base and killed 20+ soldiers [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
● 7-Jun-2017 -- Canada: CBC reportedly received ~1,000 emails from bank employees (RBC, BMO, TD, CIBC, Scotiabank) alleging pressure on employees to "upsell, trick and even lie to customers"; banks denied the claims [A. Blatchford, Toronto Star: the Canadian Press]
● 7-Jun-2017 -- Myanmar: Chinese-made Y-8-200F military plane carrying 122 people cradshed over the Andaman Sea [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
● 7-Jun-2017 -- Tehran, Iran: +12 people killed in attacks on Iran's parliament and Khomeni shrine; ISIS claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 6-Jun-2017 -- Paris, France: A "lone wolf" who pledged allegiance to ISIS attacked a police officer outside the Notre Dame cathedral with a hammer; he was shot [Le Monde-AFP]
● 6-Jun-2017 -- Mosul, Iraq: UN human rights chief: ISIS killed 163+ people to prevent them from fleeing Mosul [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 6-Jun-2017 -- Herat, Afghanistan: Explosion near police offices and a mosque killed 10+ people [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 5-Jun-2017 -- Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Yemen, Egypt and the Maldives cut ties with Qatar [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 4-Jun-2017 -- Human Rights Watch: "Fifty years after Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip, it controls these areas through repression, institutionalized discrimination, and systematic abuses of the Palestinian population’s rights… Israeli troops killed well over 2,000 Palestinian civilians in the last three Gaza conflicts (2008-09, 2012, 2014)... Israeli authorities have expropriated thousands of acres of Palestinian land for settlements and their supporting infrastructure"
● 3-Jun-2017 -- London, UK: 11 people, including the 3 attackers, were killed in 2 terrorist incidents [CBS News: AP, 4-Jun-2017; WaPo, 7-Jun-2017]
● 2-Jun-2017 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Thousands of people protested against the government; 6 demonstrators were killed [WaPo]
● 2-Jun-2017 -- Manila, Philippines: A gunman targeted a resort hotel-casino; 37 people were killed; ISIS claimed responsibility [WaPo]
● 1-Jun-2017 -- Washington, DC: President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of the US from Paris climate accord [WaPo, 2-Jun-2017]
● 1-Jun-2017 -- Chantilli, VA, USA: The 2017 Bilderberg Meeting, 1-4 Jun-2017
● 31-May-2017 -- Los Angeles, CA: Homelessness in Los Angeles County and in the city of Los Angeles soared 23% and 20%, respectively [L.A. Times]
● 31-May-2017 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Massive suicide bomb killed 150+ people in Kabul's diplomatic quarter [Al Jazeera-News Agencies, 6-Jun-2017]
● 30-May-2017 -- Baghdad, Iraq: 2 car bombs killed 20+ people [HUFFPOST: Reuters]
● 29-May-2017 -- Collapse of Azeri Bank, the biggest bank in Azerbaijan, triggering concern regarding the viability of Kazakhstan's Kazkommertsbank [N. Gizitdinov and O. Voitova, Bloomberg Markets]
● 29-May-2017 -- India: New bankruptcy law in India favors vultures feeding on distressed assets and bad debts [NYT-Dealbook]
● 28-May-2017 -- Marawi City, Philippines: 61 terrorists were killed; as of 26-May-2017, 11 military and 4 policement were killed [CNN-AFP]
● 28-May-2017 -- Equilar and NYT: Top 30 CEOs in technology sector made $662 million in 2016 [Business Insider]
● 27-May-2017 -- Afghanistan: Suicide car bomber targeting a convoy of security guards killed 18+ people [Fox News]
● 26-May-2017 -- Minya, Egypt: Gunmen attacked vehicles carrying Coptic Christians killing 26+ people; ISIS claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
● 26-May-2017 -- Taormina, Sicily: G7 summit; German Chancellor Angela Merkel: Europe "really must take our fate into our hands"  [WaPo, 28-May-2017]
● 25-May-2017 -- Greece: Lucas Papademos, a former Greek Prime Minister, VP of the European Central Bank, and governor of the Bank of Greece, was injured by a letter bomb explosion [NBC News]
● 24-May-2017 -- Jakarta, Indonesia: Islamic State linked attack at a bus station killed 3 police officers [Reuters, 25-May-2017]
● 24-May-2017 -- Moody's Investors Service: "Rating Action: Moody's downgrades China's rating to A1 from Aa3 and changes outlook to stable from negative"
● 22-May-2017 -- Manchester, UK: Suiside bombing after a pop concert killed 22 people; Islamic State claimed responsibility [BBC News, 23-May-2017]; the attacker is believed to be of Libyan descent [Wikipedia, 23-May-2017]
● 20-May-2017 -- China crippled US spying on China by killing or imprisoning CIA sources [Mark Mazzetti et al., NYT]
● 20-May-2017 -- US and Saudi Arabia signed agreements (memorandums of understanding) potentially worth ~$110 billion [Steven Mufson, WaPo]
● 20-May-2017 -- Shah Joi, Afghanistan: 20+ officers were killed in Taliban ambushes; dozens of Taliban fighters were also killed [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
● 19-May-2017 -- Baghdad and Basra, Iraq: Suicide car bomb attacks killed 50+ people [Al Jazeera-News Agencies, 20-May-2017]
● 19-May-2017 -- Iran: President Hassan Rouhani won Iran's presidential election with 57% [Al Jazeera-News Agencies, 20-May-2017]
● 18-May-2017 -- Libya: Attack on a Libyan airbase by UN-backed GNA (Government of National Accord) killed 141 people, mostly LNA (Libyan National Army) soldiers [The Guardian: AFP, 19-May-2017]
● 17-May-2017 -- NY, USA: The Dow lost 370 points (or 1.8%) [CNN Money]
● 17-May-2017 -- Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece; ~18,000 people marched against new pension and tax-break cuts imposed by EU-IMF creditors; violence was reported [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 17-May-2017 -- U.S.: Consumer debt in 2017Q1 rose to $12.73 trillion; student debt rose from 3.3% of consumer debt in 2003 to 10.6% in 2017 [NYT]
● 16-May-2017 -- China to reduce debt risk as its debt hit ~300% of GDP [Reuters]
● 15-May-2017 -- Ford Motor to cut ~10% of its global workforce [MarketWatch: WSJ]
● 14-May-2017 -- DPRK test-launch of an IRBM (intermediate range ballistic missile) capable of carrying a "large-size heavy nuclear warhead" was successful [Reuters, 16-May-2017]
● 13-May-2017 -- Gwadar, Pakistan: Gunmen killed 10+ construction workers; separatist Baloch Liberation Army claimed responsibility [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 12-May-2017 -- Matsung, Pakistan: Islamic State suicide bomber killed 25+ people [VOA, 13-May-2017]
● 12-May-2017 -- WannaCry ransomware cyber attack spread around the world; over 200,000 victims in 150+ countries, including Russia [BBC News-Europol]
● 11-May-2017 -- Moody's downgraded the credit ratings for Canada's 6 Big Banks citing high debt levels and high house prices [CBC News]
● 9-May-2017 -- South Korea: Moon Jae-in won South Korea's presidential election [Bloomberg Politics]
● 7-May-2017 -- China: Kushner Companies soliciting investors in China; EB-5 visas can be purchased with investments of $500,000 or more [NYT]
● 7-May-2017 -- France: Emmanuel Macro won France's presidential election [BBC News]
● 6-May-2017 -- France: Hackers targeted presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron [BBC News]
● 5-May-2017 -- Somalia: One U.S. service member [Navy SEAL] was killed during an operation against al-Shabaab {U.S. Africa Command; NYT]
● 3-May-2017 -- Puerto Rico sought bankruptcy relief; Puerto Rico's debt and pension obligations are ~123 billion [NYT-Dealbook]
● 3-May-2017 -- Iran: Coal mine explosion killed 21 people [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
● 3-May-2017 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Suicide bombing targetted NATO convoy; 8+ were killed [Fox News World]
● 2-May-2017 -- Irvine, CA: Radiological Security Workshop hosted by The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), in collaboration with the California Governor's Office and the California Department of Public Health, 2-3 May, 2017 [NTI, 3-May-2017]
● 2-May-2017 -- Italy: Alitalia filed for bankruptcy [NYT]
● 2-May-2017 -- China's HNA Group Co. has become the top shareholder in Deutsche Bank AG [Bloomberg Markets]
● 29-Apr-2017 -- Washington, DC: ~150,000 to 200,000 protesters demanded action on climate change; protests were held in ~300 locations in the U.S. [Fox News]
● 28-Apr-2017 -- Rio De Janeiro, Brazil: Thousands protested against corruption, unemployment, and changes to labor law and the pension system; violence was reported [WaPo: AP]
● 28-Apr-2017 -- Manguzum, Nigeria: Boko Haram jihadist suicide truck attack on a military convoy killed 5+ soldiers [News24: AFP]
● 28-Apr-2017 -- Apostolic Trip of the Holy Father Francis to Egypt (28-29 April 2017) [NEWS.VA]
● 27-Apr-2017 -- Damascus, Syria: Israeli missile strike targeted a Hezbollah arms depot [Al Jazeera News]
● 24-Apr-2017 -- Sukma, India: Maoist rebels attacked a convoy; 25+police officers were killed [CNN World]
● 23-Apr-2017 -- France: French mainstream media biased in favor of Emmanuel Macron (worked as a banker at Rothschild & Co.) [Ali Saad, Al Jazeera, Opinion]
● 22-Apr-2017 -- Venezuela: Violent wave of anti-government demonstrations and looting; cumulative death toll: 21 people [Fox News]
● 22-Apr-2017 -- Balch, Afghanistan: Taliban fighters attacked a military base; the death toll exceeded 160 [WaPo]
● 22-Apr-2017 -- Washington, DC: March for Science co-hosted with the Earth Day Network: "rally will be a call for politicians to implement science based policies, as well as a public celebration of science and the enormous public service it provides in our democracy, our economy, and in all our daily lives" [March for Science]
● 21-Apr-2017 -- Khabarovsk, Russia: Gunman (with alleged neo-nazi links) killed 2 people at an office of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB); the gunman was also killed [RT]
● 20-Apr-2017 -- Paris, France: Shooting in the Champs-Elysées; one policemen and the attacker were killed [CNN World]
● 18-Apr-2017 -- Fresno, CA: A gunman shot and killed 4 people [Wikipedia]
● 17-Apr-2017 -- Israeli jails: ~1,500 Palestinian political prisoners launch a hunger strike and demand basic rights [Al Jazeera News]
● 17-Apr-2017 -- Panmunjom, South Korea: VP Mike Pence at DMZ: "We're going to abandon the failed policy of strategic patience" [CNN Politics]
● 16-Apr-2017 -- Turkey: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won in the referendum on "replacing the parliamentary system with an executive presidency" [BBC News]
● 15-Apr-2017 -- USA: Tens of thousands marched in more than 150 cities demanding President Donald Trump release his tax returns [Yahoo! News: Reuters]
● 15-Apr-2017 -- Aleppo, Syria: Suicide car bombing targeting a bus convoy killed 126 people, including 68+ children [CNN World]
● 14-Apr-2017 -- Shadow Brokers released information showing NSA accessed the SWIFT money-transfer system [Fortune: Reuters] 
● 13-Apr-2017 -- Caracas, Venezuela: 5 people were killed in anti-government protests triggered by food shortages; the protests broke out on 6-Apr-2017 [Yahoo! News: AFP]
● 13-Apr-2017 -- Achin, Afghanistan: The U.S. military dropped its "mother of all bombs" targeting ISIS tunnels (GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb); 94 people were killed [CNN, 15-Apr-2017]
● 13-Apr-2017 -- Damascus, Syria: President Bashar al-Assad claimed (in an interview with AFP) the chemical attack on 4-Apr-2017 was "100% fabrication" [CNN World]
● 12-Apr-2017 -- Dortmund, Germany: 3 explosions near Borussia Dortmund football team bus; 1 athlete was injured; terrorism is suspected [DW-News Agencies]
● 11-Apr-2017 -- Tabqah, Syria: Misdirected U.S.-led airstrike killed 18 Syrian Democratic Forces personnel allied with the U.S. [NYT-U.S. Central Command]
● 11-Apr-2017 -- Diyarbakir, Turkey: Massive blast from explosives planted in a tunnel under police headquarters killed 3 people; PKK claimed responsibility [BBC News, 12-Apr-2017]
● 10-Apr-2017 -- USA: Tesla Inc. surpassed General Motors Co. in market capitalization [Bloomberg Markets]
● 9-Apr-2017 -- Mogadishu, Somalia: Suicide car bomb targeting Ahmad Mohamed Irfid, the new military chief, killed 15+ people [Omar Nor and Jamie Gray, CNN World]
● 9-Apr-2017 -- Korea: A U.S. Navy strike group, including the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and 2 guided-misissile destroyers, was dispatched toward the Korean peninsula [Anna Fifiels, WaPo]
● 9-Apr-2017 -- Egypt: Two blasts targeting Coptic Christians killed 44+ people (27 at St. George's Coptic church in Tanta and 17 at St. Mark's Coptic church in Alexandria); ISIS claimed responsibility [BBC News]
● 7-Apr-2017 -- Cape Town, South Africa: ~60,000 protestors around South Africa demanded the resignation of President Jacob Zuma [News24]
● 7-Apr-2017 -- Stockholm, Sweden: Truck attack rammed people, killing 4+ people [BBC News]
● 6-Apr-2017 -- U.S. launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase; the attack was in retaliation against a Syrian chemical attack on 4-Apr-2017 that targeted civilians [WaPo]; 13+ people were killed [WaPo, 7-Apr-2017]
● 6-Apr-2017 -- USA: Amazon.com to create 30,000+ part-time jobs, including 5,000 part-time work-from-home jobs in Virtual Customer Service [Amazon]
● 6-Apr-2017 -- Mayadeen, Syria: ISIS murdered 33 young men [Fox News]
● 5-Apr-2017 -- Tikrit, Iraq: Islamic State attack killed 31+ people, icluding 14 police officers [Globe and Mail: Reuters]
● 5-Apr-2017 -- Lahore, Pakistan: Bomb attack targeting census workers killed at least 6 People [NYT]
● 4-Apr-2017 -- Khan Sheikhoun, Syria: Suspected chemical attack killed 86+ people, including 27 children [Aljazeera, 6-Apr-2017]
● 3-Apr-2017 -- Washington, DC: "Trump signs bill repealing US internet privacy rules. Rules would have required wireless and broadband providers to get your permission before sharing your sensitive, private information" [Steven Musil, CNET, 4-Apr-2017]
● 3-Apr-2017 -- St. Petersburg, Russia: St. Petersburg Metro station blast killed 14 people [RT]
● 2-Apr-2017 -- Atlantic ocean: South Korean cargo ship with 24 crew members disappeared [UPI]
● 2-Apr-2017 -- Pakistan: 20 people were tortured then murdered at a Sufi shrine [Reuters]
● 1-Apr-2017 -- Chechnia: Novaya Gazeta reported that Chechen authorities arrested and killed gay men after a gay-rights group applied for gay-pride parade permits; authorities denied the report [Andrew E. Kramer, NYT]
● 1-Apr-2017 -- Dubai, UAE: Fire hit the 60-story Fountain Views complex [Bloomberg: AP]
● 31-Mar-2017 -- Colombia: Heavy rains, flooding, and mudslides killed 250+ people; 200 people are missing [CBC News:AP, 2-Apr-2017]
● 31-Mar-2017 -- Paraguay: Violent anti-government protests spread across Paraguay; 1 activist was killed; protesters set the Congress building on fire [Reuters, 1-Apr-2017]
● 31-Mar-2017 -- Parachinar, Pakistan: Suicide car bomb explosion killed 24+ people near a Shia mosque; a Pakistani Taliban faction claimed responsibility [NYT: AP]
● 30-Mar-2017 -- Toronto, Canada: CIBC to eliminate up to 130 jobs in finance and to outsource the jobs to India; employees are "bitter"--they have to train the trainers who will train the workers in India [Sophia Harris, CBC News]; CIBC net income in 2017Q1=$1,407 million [CIBC, 23-Feb-2017]
● 30-Mar-2017 -- China: Debt collectors harassed and beat a small business owner and his mother (re: repayment of a $196,000 loan at 120% annual interest rate; the legal maximum interest rate in China is 36%); feeling threatened, the business owner, in self defense. stabbed one of the debt collectors; the debt collector died; the case triggered intense public debate [Anthony Kuhn, NPR]
● 29-Mar-2017 -- Brussels, EU: UK Brexit formally initiated [FT]
● 28-Mar-2017 -- USA: "Republicans Just Voted to Let Internet Service Providers Sell Your Browsing History. Advertisers will be able to track your habits without you even knowing." [Josh HarkinsonMother Jones]
● 28-Mar-2017 -- Washington, DC: The House Committee on oversight and government reform approved legislation allowing a government watchdog to audit the Federal Reserve; the bill is opposed by the Federal Reserve and by Democrats [Creg Robb, MarketWatch]
● 26-Mar-2017 -- Bern, Switzerland: Turkey demanded a Swiss investigation into the display of the banner "Kill Erdogan with his own weapons" during an anti-Erdogan protest on 25-May-2017 [Swiss Info]
● 26-Mar-2017 -- "The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has strongly criticized a recent decision by a court in Luxembourg to seize $1.6 billion of the Islamic Republic's assets" [Press TV]
● 26-Mar-2017 -- Moscow, Russia: Thousands of people joined an anti-corruption march [BBC News]
● 26-Mar-2017 -- Sanaa, Yemen: Hundreds of thousands of people protested against Saudi-led airstrikes [RT]
● 24-Mar-2017 -- Ukraine: Denis Voronenkov, a critic of President Putin, was gunned down [CNN World]
● 23-Mar-2017 -- Balakleya, Ukraine: Massive explosions at munitions depot; ~20,000 were evacuated; saboteurs are blamed [RT]
● 23-Mar-2017 -- Ashkelon, Israel: Dual US-Israeli citizen suspected of being behind bomb threats targeting Jewish Community Centers was arrested [Jerusalem Post]
● 22-Mar-2017 -- Mosul, Iraq: Coalition airstrikes killed 200+ civilians, including mostly women and children [Josie Ensor, Telegraph, 23-Mar-2017]
● 22-Mar-2017 -- Greece: Anarchists allegedly targeted 8 European officials involved in bailout talks [Kevin Hope, FT]
● 22-Mar-2017 -- London, UK: "Marauding attack": Parliament on lockdown; 4 people, including a police officer and the attacker, were killed [BBC News]; an injured victim died on 23-Mar-2017 [NYT]
● 21-Mar-2017 -- Mogadishu, Somalia: Suicide car bomb attack near the Presidential Palace killed 5+ people [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 20-Mar-2017 -- Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR): US-led coalition attack targeting ISIS hit a school and killed 33+ near Raqqa, Syria; 20 civilians were also killed by coalition airstrikes in Tabqa, Syria on 21-Mar-2017; 116+ civilians, "including 18 children and 23 women," were killed in US-led airtstrikes over 2 weeks [BBC News, 22-Mar-2017]
● 20-Mar-2017 -- Zaki Biyam, Nigeria: Gunmen killed 17+ people in a "grazing rights" dispute [Al Jazeera: News Agencies, 21-Mar-2017]
● 20-Mar-2017 -- World Happiness Report 2017: 1 Norway, 2 Denmark, 3 Iceland, 4 Switzerland, 5 Finland, 6 Netherlands, 7 Canada … 14 USA … 16 Germany … 19 UK … 31 France … 49 Russia … 79 China … 122 India [UN-SDSN]
● 18-Mar-2017 -- Paris, France: A man tried to seize the weapon of a female soldier at Orly airport; 2 other soldiers shot the man dead [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 17-Mar-2017 -- Houthi rebel missiles killed 22 troops at a mosque in an arrmy camp [San Luis Obispo Tribune: AP]
● 17-Mar-2017 -- Bab al-Mandeb strait, Yemen: Helicopter attack killed 42 Somali refugees [BBC News-International Organization for Migration]
● 17-Mar-2017 -- Syria: Israeli fighter jets targeted a Syrian military site; Syria's General Command of the Army accused Israel of "supporting ISIS terrorist gangs" [SANA]
● 16-Mar-2017 -- Aleppo, Syria: Fighter jet attack killed 42+ people at a mosque [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 16-Mar-2017 -- Tikrit, Iraq: Car bomb attack killed 8 people [Reuters]
● 16-Mar-2017 -- Paris, France: Letter bomb exploded at the Paris IMF office injuring one employee [Reuters]
● 15-Mar-2017 -- ESCWA, UN: "Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid: Palestine and the Israeli Occupation, Issue No. 1"
● 15-Mar-2017 -- Berlin, Germany: Explosive package found at the ministry of finance; a militant Greek group claimed responsibility [Reuters, 16-Mar-2017]
● 15-Mar-2017 -- Damascus, Syria: Suicide bomber targeted the Palace of Justice and killed 25+ people [BBC News]
● 13-Mar-2017 -- Mogadishu, Somalia: Car bombing near a hotel kiled 6+ people [Al Jazeera]
● 13-Mar-2017 -- "Texas lawmaker Jessica Farrar wants men fined for masturbating" [Flora Drury, BBC News]
● 12-Mar-2017 -- Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, expressed concern about 3 new trends: (1) "We’ve lost control of our personal data"; (2) "It’s too easy for misinformation to spread on the web"; (3) "Political advertising online needs transparency and understanding" [World Wide Web Foundation]
● 11-Mar-2017 -- Essen, Germany: Police shut down Limbecker Platz mall following a terror threat [CNN World]
● 11-Mar-2017 -- Damascus, Syria: Twin suicide bombings targeting Iraqi Shia killed 74 people [Huffington Post: Reuters]
● 10-Mar-2017 -- UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien: "... we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis [starvation/famine for 20 million in 4 countries] since the creation of the UN" [UN News]
● 10-Mar-2017 -- Istanbul, Turkey: Sikorsky S-76 helicopter crashed; 7 people were killed [ABC News: AP]
● 9-Mar-2017 -- Dusseldorf, Germany: Ax attacker "from the former Yugoslavia" injures 9+ people at Dusseldorf's main train station [DW-dpa-AFP-AP]
● 9-Mar-2017 -- South Korea: The Constitutional Court ousted President Park Geun-hye, South Korea's first female president [NYT]
● 8-Mar-2017 -- Greece: Farmers protested against bailout and tax and pension reforms; violence reported [Reuters]
● 8-Mar-2017 -- USA: Estimated times per year American adults had sex fell from 65 in 1996 to 53 in 2014 [J.M. Twenge et al., Arch Sex Behav, Springer, 2017]
● 8-Mar-2017 -- China: Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned the U.S. and North Korea are set for a "head-on collision": the US deployed the THAAD system in South Korea; North Korea launched 4 ballistic missiles [Ben Westcott, CNN World]
● 8-Mar-2017 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Attackers bombed and stormed a military hospital close to the U.S. embassy; 30+ people were killed [CNN World]
● 7-Mar-2017 -- WikiLeaks: "WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named "Vault 7" by WikiLeaks... This extraordinary collection, which amounts to more than several hundred million lines of code, gives its possessor the entire hacking capacity of the CIA"
● 7-Mar-2017 -- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Malaysian police foiled a planned attack on Saudi royals [BBC News]
● 6-Mar-2017 -- Laikipea, Kenya: A former British army officer turned rancher was killed; herdsmen are invading ranches and taking over land; some are concerned the invasions are politically motivated [BBC News]
● 6-Mar-2017 -- Mali: Attack on a military base near the Burkina Faso border killed 11 soldiers [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
● 5-Mar-2017 -- Pakistan: Taliban tartgeted border posts; 15+ people, including 5 soldiers, were killed [Al Jazeera News, 6-Mar-2017]
● 4-Mar-2017 -- London, UK: ~250,000 people protested against cuts to National Health Service (NHS) [Independent]
● 4-Mar-2017 -- Mogadishu, Somalia: 110+ people died of hunger/diseases over 48 hours [VOA News]
● 1-Mar-2017 -- Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) hit 21,000--an all-time record [MarketWatch]
● 1-Mar-2017 -- Canada: Secret documents reveal plans for blocking or mitigating a 9/11-like terrorist attack on Toronto's CN tower [Kristen Everson, CBC News]
● 1-Mar-2017 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Taliban attacks targeted police headquarters and the National Directorate for Security; 15+ people were killed [Mirwais Harooni et al., Reuters]
● 1-Mar-2017 -- Montreal, Canada: Bomb threats target Muslim students at Concordia University [Montreal Gazette]
● 1-Mar-2017 -- USA: Anti-semitism threat spread: 100+ Jewish community centers have been threatened with bombs [CNN U.S.]
● 28-Feb-2017 -- South Korea: Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong and 4 other executives were indicted in bribery and embezzlement scandal [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 28-Feb-2017 -- Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan: Taliban fighters targeted a checkpoint and killed 11 policemen; in a separate attack, 12 policemen were killed [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 28-Feb-2017 -- Idlib, Syria: CIA drone missile killed al-Qaeda leader Abu al-Khayr al-Masri [Reuters, 2-Mar-2017]
● 26-Feb-2017 -- Haifa, Israel: ~3,000 demonstated against an ammonia storage facility that could potentially kill 600,000 people [RT]
● 26-Feb-2017 -- Germany: Hate crime statistics: migrants in Germany suffered ~10 attacks per day in 2016 [BBC News]
● 26-Feb-2017 -- U.K.: According to Max Hill, UK threat of terrorism is "as great as the threat to London in the 1970s when the IRA were active" [BBC News]
● 26-Feb-2017 -- Moscow, Russia: Thousands marched to remember Boris Nemtsov, a critic of President Vladimir Putin [BBC News]
● 25-Feb-2017 -- Bern, Switzerland: "War against the police": Rioters protested against court-ordered eviction of squatters and "ever growing rent" [RT]
● 25-Feb-2017 -- Homs, Syria: Suicide attacks targeting the headquarters of state security and military intelligence killed 32+ people (42 people according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights) [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 24-Feb-2017 -- Al-Bab, Syria: Turkey anf Free Syrian Army rebels take control of al-Bab from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL); 2 Turkish soldiers were killed [Hurriet Daily News]
● 24-Feb-2017 -- Al-Bab, Syria: Car bomb killed ~60 people [CNN World]
● 23-Feb-2017 -- Lahore, Pakistan: Bomb blast in a shopping center killed 10+ people [Yahoo! News: Reuters]
● 21-Feb-2017 -- Charsadda, Pakistan: Law enforcement action foiled a terrorist attack; 8+ people were killed [Daily Pakistan]
● 19-Feb-2017 -- Mogadishu, Somalia: Suicide car bomb explosion in a market killed 39 people [Huffington Post: Reuters]
● 17-Feb-2017 -- President Trump tweeted "The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!" [WaPo]
● 17-Feb-2017 -- Viransehir, Turkey: Suspected PKK car bomb attack targeting the judiciary killed 2 people [Daily Sabah-Anadolu Agency, 18-Feb-2017]
● 16-Feb-2017 -- Sehwan, Pakistan: Suicide attack in a revered Sufi shrine killed 72+ people [BBC News]
● 16-Feb-2017 -- Baghdad, Iraq: Car bombing killed 55+ people; ISIL claimed responsibility; other attacks killed 8+ people [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 15-Feb-2017 -- 2017 Edelman TRUST BAROMETER Reveals Global Implosion of Trust; CEO Credibility at Lowest Level Ever [Edelman]
● 15-Feb-2017 -- Sadr City, Iraq: Suicide bombing killed 15+ people [Al Jazeera-News Agencies, 16-Feb-2017] 
● 15-Feb-2017 -- India: Indian Space Research Orgaization (ISRO): PSLV-C37 successfully launched 104 satellites in one fell swoop; international customer satellites launched: from USA (96), The Netherlands (1), Switzerland (1), Israel (1), Kazakhstan (1) and UAE (1) [ISRO]
● 14-Feb-2017 -- Baghdad, Iraq: Car bombing killed 4+ people [Al Jazeera-News Agencies, 16-Feb-2017]
● 14-Feb-2017 -- Kinshasa, Congo: Police clashed with a separatist group, the Bundu Dia Mayala group; 4+ people were killed, including 2+ members of the group [NYT: AP]
● 13-Feb-2017 -- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of DPRK leader Kim Jong-um, was killed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport with Vx nerve agent, a chemical weapon [RT, 24-Feb-2017]
● 13-Feb-2017 -- Vatican: "the Council of Cardinals pledges its full support for the Pope’s work, assuring him at the same time of its adhesion and loyalty to the figure of the Pope and to his Magisterium" [Holy See Press Office]
● 13-Feb-2017 -- Brazil: 144+ people were murdered during a police strike which started on 4-Feb-2017 [Al Jazeera News]
● 13-Feb-2017 -- Lahore, Pakistan: Bomb explosion during a protest killed 14+ people; Pakistani Taliban and "Avengers of Waziristan" claimed responsibility [E. Levenson et al., CNN World]
● 12-Feb-2017 -- Mexico: Thousands of Mexicans protested against US President Donald Trump [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 12-Feb-2017 -- Bobigny, France: 2,000+ people protested sodomization incident by police; violence reported [CNN World]
● 12-Feb-2017 -- Indian-Administered Kashmir: Gun battle between security forces and militants killed 8+ people [BBC News]
● 11-Feb-2017 -- Banghyon air base, DPRK: Musudan intermediate-range missile capable of flying 4,000 km was tested [BBC News, 12-Feb-2017]
● 11-Feb-2017 -- Helmand, Afghanistan: Air strikes killed 60+ Taliban insurgents [Hindustan Times]
● 7-Feb-2017 -- People's Bank of China (PBoC) foreign exchange reserves fell to $2.998 trillion in Jan-2017, down from $4 trillion 3 years ago [Keith Bradsher, NYT]
● 7-Feb-2017 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: Suicide blast outside Afghanistan's Supreme Court killed 21 people [WSJ]
● 7-Feb-2017 -- Israel: "Israel's parliament has passed a law that retroactively legalizes almost 4,000 settler homes built unlawfully on private Palestinian land in the West Bank" [Merrit Kennedy, NPR]; Related Macroknow Library Quotations: [1] "And God spake all these words, saying, ... Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house ..." [Exodus 20:13-17]; [2] "Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every cornfloor... My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations" [Hosea 9:1 and 17]
● 4-Feb-2017 -- Bucharest, Romania: ~330,000 people demonstrated against legislation that decriminalizes corruption and abuses of power valued at less than $48,000 [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 29-Jan-2017 -- Quebec City, Canada: Shooting at a mosque in the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec killed 6 people; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the attack a “terrorist attack on Muslims" [CBC News]
● 27-Jan-2017 -- Washington, DC: President Donald Trump bans Muslims and refugees in a new executive order he issued on Holocaust Remembrance Day [W. Frej and E. Foley, Huffington Post]
● 25-Jan-2017 -- Demand for George Orwell's "1984" surged to #1 on Amazon's best-selling books list
● 25-Jan-2017 -- Washington, DC: Doomsday Clock: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: "It is now two and a half minutes to midnight"; top existential threats: nuclear weapons and climate change
● 25-Jan-2017 -- Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) hit 20,000--an all-time record; Trump pro-business policies expected to include regulations rollback, tax cuts, fiscal spending [Mark DeCambre, MarketWatch]
● 25-Jan-2017 -- Mogadishu, Somalia: 2 truck bomb explosions killed 21+ people; al-Shabaab claimed responsibility [CNN World]
● 23-Jan-2017 -- Washington, DC: President Trump cancelled the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) [WaPo]
● 21-Jan-2017 -- Yemen: 2 suspected U.S. drone strikes killed 3 alleged al-Qaida operatives [Military Times: A. al-Haj, B. Rohan, AP, 22-Jan-2017]
● 21-Jan-2017 -- Thousands join "inauguration" and "pussyhat" protests in Boston, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles [CNN]
● 21-Jan-2017 -- Parachinar, Pakistan: An improvised explosive device (IED) blast killed 20+ people in a vegetable market [PakTribune]
● 20-Jan-2017 -- Syria: U.S. Air Force strike killed 100+ Al Qaeda fighters [Fox News]
● 20-Jan-2017 -- Washington, DC: Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president [WaPo]
● 19-Jan-2017 -- Libya: U.S. attack involving B-2 bombers and drone-launched missiles targeted ISIS training camps killing ~85 "terrorists" [Fox News]
● 19-Jan-2017 -- "Bernard-Henri Levy: Jews, Be wary of Trump" [NYT Op-Ed]
● 18-Jan-2017 -- US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: "CFPB Sues Nation's Largest Student Loan Company Navient for Failing Borrowers at Every Stage of Repayment -- Navient, Formerly Part of Sallie Mae, Illegally Cheated Borrowers Out of Repayment Rights Through Shortcuts and Deception" [CFPB]
● 18-Jan-2017 -- NASA & NOAA declared 2016 the warmest year on record globally [NASA]
● 18-Jan-2017 -- Gao, Mali: Suicide bomber targeted the Joint Operational Mechanism killing 50 people [CBC News: AP]
● 17-Jan-2017 -- Rann, Nigeria: Nigerian air force fighter jet bombed by error a refugee camp killing 100+ people; the target was supposedly Boko Haram militants [NYT: AP] [according to BBC News, 52+ were killed]
● 17-Jan-2017 -- Davos-Klosters, Switzerland: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017: Responsive and Responsible Leadership, 17-20-Jan-2017
● 16-Jan-2017 -- Playa del Carmen, Mexico: Shooting at the BPM Music Festival at the Blue Parrot nightclub killed 5 people, including 2 Canadians [CBC News: AP]
● 16-Jan-2017 -- Stephen Fidler: "In the Wake of a Tumultuous Year, the Global Elite Face a World of Uncertainty--Trump’s victory, Brexit vote and rising European populism threaten the march of globalization" [WSJ]
● 16-Jan-2017 -- Dacha-Suu, Kyrgyzstan: Turkish Boeing 747 cargo plane crashed killing 37 people [CNN World]
● 15-Jan-2017 -- South Korea: A prosecutor is seeking the arrest of Jay Y. Lee, vice chairman of Samsung, on charges of bribing President Park Geun-hye [Choe Sang-Hun, NYT]
● 14-Jan-2017 -- Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket deployed 10  Iridium communications satellites [Spaceflight Now]
● 11-Jan-2017 -- US Department of Justice: "Volkswagen AG Agrees to Plead Guilty and Pay $4.3 Billion in Criminal and Civil Penalties; Six Volkswagen Executives and Employees are Indicted in Connection with Conspiracy to Cheat U.S. Emissions Tests"
● 11-Jan-2017 -- Global Risks Report 2017: "Trends such as rising income inequality and societal polarization triggered political change in 2016 and could exacerbate global risks in 2017 if urgent action is not taken" [World Economic Forum]
● 10-Jan-2017 -- Kabul, Afghanistan: 2 suicide bombings targeting members of Afghaistan intelligence killed 31+ people; the Taliban claimed responsibility [J. Hanna & E. Popalzai, CNN]
● 9-Jan-2017 -- El-Arish, Egypt: Garbage truck bomb attack targeting a police checkpoint killed 8 people; 5 attackers were also killed [NYT: AP]
● 8-Jan-2017 -- Baghdad, Iraq: Bombers tartgeted Shia districts killing 20+ people [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
● 8-Jan-2017 -- Jerusalem: Truck attacker killed 4 Israeli soldiers; the attacker, a suspected ISIS sympathizer, was also killed [CNN]
● 7-Jan-2017 -- London, UK: "Israel plot to 'take down' Tory minister …" [Simon Walters, Mail Online]
● 7-Jan-2017 -- Israel: "First Week of 2017: Israel Demolishes Homes of 151 Palestinians, Almost Four Times Last Year's Average--The IDF's Civil Administration is carrying out Netanyahu’s vow to demolish the homes of Arabs with a vengeance" [Amira Hass, Haaretz]
● 7-Jan-2017 -- Azaz, Syria: Car bomb attack outside a courthouse killed 60+ people [Anadolu Agency]
● 6-Jan-2017 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL: A US Army National Guard veteran killed 5 people at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood airport [Yahoo! News: AP]
● 5-Jan-2017 -- Izmir, Turkey: Blast outside a courthouse killed 2+ people; 2 attackers were killed in a gunfight [Al Jazeera-News Agencies]
● 5-Jan-2017 -- Jableh, Syria: Car bomb attack killed 9+ people [Al Jazeera: News Agencies]
● 3-Jan-2017 -- Mark Zuckerberg said he is no longer an atheist [S. Petkar, Metro.co.uk]
● 2-Jan-2017 -- Baghdad, Iraq: Suicide car bomb attack targeting a Shia district killed 35+ people; Islamic State claimed responsibility [BBC News]
● 2-Jan-2017 -- Mogadishu, Somalia: Suicide bombers targetted the headquarters of the African Union peacekeeping force AMISOM killing 3 people [Yahoo! News: Reuters]
● 1-Jan-2017 -- Istanbul, Turkey: Attackers targetted the Reina nightclub killing 39+ people [BBC News, 31-Dec-2016] [Deadly attacks in Turkey in 2016]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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