Aug 30Cleopatra, the 7th and most famous queen of ancient Egypt, committed suicide about this time.


Aug 30Rosa de Lima of Peru became the first American saint to be canonized.


Aug 30, In Colombia a series of abductions began with the kidnapping of Diana Turbay, a Bogota TV news director and daughter of former president Julio Cesar Turbay. The abductions were by the Medellin drug cartel under Pablo Escobar. In 1997 Gabriel Garcia Marquez published his documentation of the events in “News of a Kidnapping.”


Aug 30, At a lavish opening ceremony in Beijing, organizers of a major women’s conference vowed to fight for empowerment and equality.


Aug 30, In Iowa Leticia Aguilar (31) was found dead with her 5 children at her home in Sioux City. A 7th victim, Ronal Fish (58) was also found. Adam Matthew Moss (24) was arrested the next day and charged in the murders. Moss pleaded guilty on Sep 25 and was sentenced to 7 consecutive life terms.


Aug 30, In Gerlach, Nevada, a woman riding an “art car” at the counterculture Burning Man festival died when she accidentally fell under the vehicle’s wheels. The weeklong festival, theme name “Beyond Belief,” peaked Saturday night with the torching of a 70-foot-high wooden effigy of a man.


Aug 30, In the Philippines impeachment proceedings against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo fell into chaos, as opposition lawmakers walked out of a committee hearing and claimed her backers were unjustly trying to quash the case.


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Aug 30, In eastern China, Yu Xiaochun (37) was going home when she was surrounded by five Wal-Mart employees, four men and one woman, all in their 20s, who accused her of shoplifting. They fought and Yu fell to the ground and was taken to a hospital, where she died on Sept. 2. Two employees, a man surnamed Liu and a man surnamed Yu, were detained following her death.


Aug 30, Russia officials said the bodies of two slain women were found beneath a scrawled message demanding freedom for the jailed members of the Pussy Riot band. Russia’s Investigative Committee said the women, aged 76 and 38, were killed late last week in their apartment in the central city of Kazan with the words “Free Pussy Riot” written on the wall in English, “presumably” with blood. Police detained Igor Danilevsky, a 38-year-old university professor. Investigators said Danilevsky wrote “Free Pussy Riot” because he wanted the deaths of the 38-year-old woman he dated and her mother, 76, to appear as if they were a “ritual killing.”


Aug 30, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said several dozen Yazidi women, kidnapped by Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, have been taken to Syria, forced to convert and sold into marriage to militants.

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