375 Nov 17, Enraged by the
insolence of barbarian envoys, Valentinian, the Emperor of the West,
died of apoplexy in Pannonia in Central Europe.
474 Nov 17, Leo II (b.467),
Roman Byzantine Emperor, died.
1278 Nov 17, In England 680
Jews were arrested for counterfeiting coins. 293 were hanged. [see
1494 Nov 17, Charles VIII
(1470-1498) of France entered Florence, Italy, to press his claim to
the Kingdom of Naples. The First Italian War pitted Charles VIII of
France, who had initial Milanese aid, against the Holy Roman Empire,
Spain, and an alliance of Italian powers led by Pope Alexander VI.
(http://tinyurl.com/6px6fbp)(Econ, 3/28/20, p.73)
1503 Nov 17, Il Bronzino,
Florentine painter (Eleanor de Toledo & her Son), was born.
1512 Nov 17, Kempo Roeper,
Frisian rebel, was quartered.
1558 Nov 17, Queen Mary
(1553-58), Mary I Tudor (42), "Bloody Mary", died. Over 280
Protestants were burned under her rule. Elizabeth I ascended the
English throne. With the reign of Elizabeth I a new statement of
doctrine of the Church of England was needed. The Church of England
was reestablished. In 1996 Carolly Erickson authored "Bloody Mary."
(AP, 11/17/97)(HNQ, 10/20/98)(HN, 11/17/98)(ON,
5/00, p.5)(Econ, 9/18/10, p.72)
1558 Nov 17, Reginald Pole
(58), English cardinal, scholar, "heretic", died.
1636 Nov 17, Henrique Dias,
Brazilian general, won a decisive battle against the Dutch in
1717 Nov 17, Jean Le Rond
d'Alembert (d.1783), French mathematician, philosopher and
physicist, was born. He and Denis Diderot (1713-1784) designed and
edited the "Encyclopedie," a massive reference work and polemical
attempt to reform French society. In 1998 Andrew Crumey authored the
novel "D'Alembert's Principle: A Novel in Three Panels."
(SFEC, 12/27/98, BR
1734 Nov 17, John Zenger was
arrested for libel against NY colonial governor William Cosby.
Zenger was later acquitted.
(ON, 11/04, p.9)
1755 Nov 17, Louis XVIII, 1st
post-revolutionary king of France (1814-24), was born.
(HN, 11/17/98)(MC, 11/17/01)
1785 Nov 17, Church of England
was organized in New England.
1790 Nov 17, August Ferdinand
Mobius, mathematician, inventor (Mobius strip), was born.
1796 Nov 17, Napoleon Bonaparte
defeated an Italian army near the Alpone River, Italy, in the Battle
(HN, 11/17/98)(MC, 11/17/01)
1796 Nov 17, Catharine II (67),
empress of Russia known as Catharine the Great (1762-96), died. [see
1800 Nov 17, The Sixth Congress
(2nd session) convened for the first time in Washington, DC, in the
partially completed Capitol building. Previously, the federal
capital had briefly been in other cities, including New York,
Philadelphia, and Annapolis, Maryland. George Washington- a surveyor
by profession- had been assigned to find a site for a capital city
somewhere along the upper Potomac River, which flows between
Maryland and Virginia. Apparently expecting to become president,
Washington sited the capital at the southernmost possible point, the
closest commute from Mount Vernon, despite the fact that this placed
the city in a swamp called Foggy Bottom.
(HN, 11/17/98)(AP, 11/17/07)
1842 Nov 17, A grim
abolitionist meeting was held in Marlboro Chapel, Boston, after the
imprisonment under the Fugitive Slave Bill (1793) of a mulatto named
George Latimer, one of the first fugitive slaves to be apprehended
in Massachusetts. Four hundred dollars was collected to buy his
freedom, and plans to storm the jail were prepared as an alternative
to secure his release.
1842 Nov 17, Gaetano
Donizetti's Opera "Linda di Chamounix" was produced (London).
1862 Nov 17, Union General
Burnside marched north out of Washington, D.C. to begin the
1863 Nov 17, Lincoln began the
1st draft of his Gettysburg Address.
1863 Nov 17-Dec 4th, Battle of
1866 Nov 17, Ambroise Thomas'
opera "Mignon" was produced (Paris).
1869 Nov 17, The Suez Canal was
opened in Egypt, linking the Mediterranean and the Red seas. The 100
mile canal eliminated a 4000-mile trip around Africa. Empress
Eugenie, the wife of Napoleon III, together with Ferdinand de
Lesseps, chief architect of the canal, led the first file of ships
from on board the French imperial yacht Aigle. It was financed by
the Rothschild banking empire. In 2003 Zacharay Karabell authored
"Parting the Desert: The Creation of the Suez Canal."
(I&WWI, p.1041)(SFC, 7/12/96, p.A11)(AP,
11/17/97)(MC, 11/17/01)(WSJ, 7/10/03, p.D8)
1873 Nov 17, Budapest was
formed from 2 rival cities, Buda and Obuda on the west bank of the
Danube and Pest on the east bank.
1875 Nov 17, The American
Theosophical Society was founded by Mme. Blavatsky and Col. Olcott.
Colonel H.S. Olcott helped found the Theosophical Society in New
York after a group of third-century Alexandrian scholars. It was set
up to study occult phenomena and literature. Early members included
Thomas Edison and Gen. Abner Doubleday. Its 3 main principles were:
"To form a nucleus of the universal brotherhood of humanity without
distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or color; to encourage the
comparative study of religion, science and philosophy; and to
investigate the unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in
(Smith., 5/95, p.114)(MC, 11/17/01)(WSJ, 5/17/02,
1877 Nov 17, Gilbert &
Sullivan's operetta "The Sorcerer," premiered (London).
1877 Nov 17, Russians launched
a surprise night attack that overran Turkish forces at Kars,
1881 Nov 17, Under Samuel
Gompers (d.1924), the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Union
of the United States was formed--a precursor to the American
Federation of Labor. Gompers emigrated from England to New York with
his family as a boy. He grew up working in a sweatshop and amid
discussion about labor reform. Gompers led the AFL for 40 years,
sometimes using strikes and boycotts to demand workers' rights. He
successfully changed the unionism of the 19th century in the United
States, uniting different labor groups and keeping away from
political influence to guide American laborers. [see Nov 15]
1884 Nov 17, Cops arrested
boxer John L. Sullivan in 2nd round for being "cruel."
1885 Nov 17, The Serbian Army,
with Russian support, invaded Bulgaria.
1887 Nov 17, Bernard Law
Montgomery, British Field Marshall who defeated Rommel in North
Africa and lead allied troops from D-day to the end of World War II,
1888 Nov 17, Peter
Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony premiered in St. Petersburg.
1889 Nov 17, The Union Pacific
Railroad Co. began direct, daily railroad service between Chicago
and Portland, Ore., as well as Chicago and San Francisco.
1902 Nov 17, Lee Strasberg,
acting coach and actor (And Justice for All), was born in Austria.
1902 Nov 17, Eugene Paul
Wigner, Hungarian-born mathematician and physicist, was born. He won
the Nobel Prize in 1963.
(HN, 11/17/00)(MC, 11/17/01)
1903 Nov 17, Vladimir Lenin’s
efforts to impose his own radical views on the Russian Social
Democratic Labor Party split the Party into two factions, the
Bolsheviks, who supported Lenin, and the Mensheviks. The followers
of the Marxist revolutionary line espoused by V.I. Lenin called
themselves the majority, or Bolsheviks, and referred to their rivals
as the minority, or Mensheviks. The Mensheviks took a less radical
position, seeking cooperation with middle-class parties. The two
factions grew into separate parties, with Bolshevism becoming the
strategy that led to the overthrow of Russian czarism and the
establishment of soviet power in the revolutions of 1917. The
Bolsheviks renamed themselves the Russian Communist Party in 1918
and the word Bolshevik was finally dropped from the official title
of the Soviet Communist Party in 1956.
(HN, 11/17/98)(HNQ, 3/17/00)
1904 Nov 17, Isamu Noguchi,
sculptor (1963 Fine Arts Medal), was born.
1904 Nov 17, George Cohan's
musical "Little Johnny Jones," premiered in NYC.
1906 Nov 17, Soichiro Honda,
founder and CEO of Honda Motor Co., was born in Japan.
1913 Nov 17, The first ship
sailed through the Panama Canal.
1914 Nov 17, US declared Panama
Canal Zone neutral.
1916 Nov 17, Shelby Foote,
American writer famous for his three volume book on America’s Civil
War, was born.
1917 Nov 17, The French
Sculptor Rodin (77) froze to death in an unheated attic in Meudon,
France. He had applied to the government for quarters as warm as
those wherein his statues were stored, but the government turned him
down. His studio was called La Villa des Brillants. He worked with
sculptor A.-E. Carrier-Belleuse and for years spent a considerable
amount of time on decorative work for public monuments. His work
included several versions of a "Monument to Victor Hugo," "The
Kiss," "The Burghers of Calais" and "The Thinker." His famous
"Balzac" wasn’t cast in bronze until 1939. The film "Camille
Claudel" told the story of Rodin’s mistress, a brilliant sculptress
who went mad after their love affair.
(SFC, 12/4/94, p. S-8)(SFEC, 8/25/96, p.T10)(AP,
1917 Nov 17, Lenin defended the
"temporary" removal of freedom of the press.
1918 Nov 17, Influenza deaths
reported in the U.S. far exceeded World War I casualties.
1918 Nov 17, Live theater
re-opened in San Francisco as the Spanish flu threat appeared to
(SSFC, 8/30/20, p.J2)
1918 Nov 17, German troops
1919 Nov 17, Hershy Kay,
composer and arranger, was born Philadelphia, Penn.
1922 Nov 17, Mahmet VI
(1861-1926), the last Ottoman Sultan (aka Sultan Vahdettin), left
the Dolmabahce Palace on board the British gunship Malaya and went
to Malta. He spent just 37 days on this island and went to Mecca
upon the invitation of a local leader. His subsequent attempts to
restore himself as Caliph in Hejaz proved a failure. He died in San
1925 Nov 17, Actor Rock Hudson
was born in Winnetka, Ill.
1925 Nov 17, Charles Mackerras,
Australian conductor, was born in Schenectady, NY.
1926 Nov 17, George Sterling
(d.1926), California poet and critic, committed suicide by swallowed
cyanide in the locker room of the Bohemian Club on Taylor Street in
SF. His wife had committed suicide by poison in 1918.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Sterling)(SFC, 11/16/01, WB
1927 Nov 17, A tornado hit
1928 Nov 17, The Boston Garden
1928 Nov 17, Notre Dame finally
lost a football game after nearly 25 years.
1930 Nov 17, Musical "Sweet
& Low" with Fanny Brice premiered in NYC.
1931 Nov 17, Lindbergh
inaugurated Pan Am service from Cuba to South America in a Sikorsky
flying boat American Clipper.
1932 Nov 17, German government
of von Papen resigned paving the way for a Nazi takeover.
1933 Nov 17, US recognized USSR
and opened trade.
1934 Nov 17, Lyndon Baines
Johnson married Claudia Alta Taylor, better known as "Lady Bird," in
San Antonio, Texas.
1934 Nov 17, Victor J. Bergeron
(1903-1984), aka Trader Vic, opened Hinky Dink’s, a small
food-and-beer joint at 65th and San Pablo in Oakland, Ca. He
expanded his business and in 1951 opened Trader Vic’s in SF at 20
(SSFC, 10/11/09, DB p.46)
1937 Nov 17, Peter Edward Cook,
actor, comedian (Beyond the Fringe, Bedazzled), was born in Torquay,
1937 Nov 17, Britain's Lord
Halifax visited Germany and marked the beginning of appeasement.
1938 Nov 17, Gordon Lightfoot,
folksinger (Sundown), was born in Ontario, Canada.
1938 Nov 17, Italy passed its
own version of anti-Jewish Nuremberg laws.
1939 Nov 17, Jerome Kern's and
Oscar Hammerstein's "Very Warm for May," premiered in NYC.
1939 Nov 17, German U-boat
torpedoed a passenger ship.
1940 Nov 17, The Wisconsin
Green Bay Packers became the 1st NFL team to travel by plane.
1941 Nov 17, German Luftwaffe
general and World War I fighter-ace Ernst Udet committed suicide.
The Nazi government told the public that he died in a flying
1942 Nov 17, Martin Scorsese,
film director, was born in Queens. His films include "Taxi Driver"
and "Raging Bull."
1944 Nov 17, Danny DeVito,
actor (Taxi, Ruthless People, Twins), was born Neptune, NJ. [see Mar
1948 Nov 17, Howard Dean,
governor of Vermont (1991-2002), was born.
(SFC, 6/24/03, p.A4)
1948 Nov 17, Britain's House of
Commons voted to nationalize steel industry.
1951 Nov 17, Britain reported
the development of world’s first nuclear-powered heating system.
1956 Nov 17, Soviet Sec. Gen.
Nikita Khrushchev told Western diplomats "We will bury you." A later
translation of his statement quoted the phrase as “be present at the
funeral" of the West.
(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F3)(Econ, 8/11/07, p.14)
1959 Nov 17, William Shea
proposed a NYC stadium with transparent roof.
1959 Nov 17, Heitor Villa-Lobos
(b.1887), Brazilian composer, pianist and conductor, died.
1962 Nov 17, Washington's
Dulles International Airport opened in rural Virginia and was
dedicated by President Kennedy. The terminal was designed by
Finnish-born architect Eero Saarinen. The airport spawned a
high-tech corridor that by 2005 sat in the fastest growing county in
(Hem., 5/97, p.68)(AP, 11/17/97)(Econ, 11/26/05,
1962 Nov 17, Arthur Vining
Davis (95), CEO (Alcoa-1910-57), died in Miami.
1965 Nov 17, The NVA ambushed
American troops of the 7th Cavalry at Landing Zone Albany in the Ia
Drang Valley, almost wiping them out. Some 500 US troops from
Landing Zone X-Ray encountered some 500 North Vietnamese troops at
L-Z Albany and more soldiers were killed than in the previous 3 days
of fighting. Among the wounded was Jack Smith (d.2004), son of TV
commentator Howard K. Smith. Jack Smith went on to become an ABC New
(HN, 11/17/00)(SSFC, 4/18/04, p.E1)
1965 Nov 17, General Meeting of
UN refused admittance of China.
1966 Nov 17, The Leonid meteor
shower peaked at 150,000+ per hour.
1967 Nov 17, Surveyor 6 made a
six-second flight on moon, the first lift off on lunar surface.
1967 Nov 17, French author
Regis Debray (b.1940) was sentenced to 30 years in Bolivia. Debray
(b.1940) was jailed in Bolivia shortly before Che Guevara was
captured and was convicted of having been part of Guevara's
guerrilla group. He was released in 1970 after an international
campaign for his release which included Jean-Paul Sartre, André
Malraux, General De Gaulle and Pope Paul VI.
1968 Nov 17, NBC outraged
football fans by cutting away from the final minutes of a New York
Jets-Oakland Raiders game to begin a TV special, "Heidi," on
schedule. The jets led 32-29 with one minute remaining. Viewers were
deprived of seeing the Raiders come from behind to beat the Jets,
(AP, 11/17/98)(SFC, 11/14/03, p.I8)
1970 Nov 17, The Soviet Union
landed an unmanned, remote-controlled vehicle on the moon, the
Lunokhod 1. The spacecraft which carried Lunokhod 1 was named Luna
1972 Nov 17, Juan Peron
(1895-1974) returned to Argentina after 17 years of exile.
1973 Nov 17, President Nixon
told an Associated Press managing editors meeting in Orlando, Fla.,
that "people have got to know whether or not their president is a
crook. Well, I'm not a crook."
1973 Nov 17, Greek regime
attacked students with tanks and at least 24 people were killed in
the military crackdown at the Athens Polytechnic. The left-wing
November 17 terror group took this date for their name and engaged
in over 23 killings through 2002.
1977 Nov 17, The "Elephant
Man," by Bernard Pomerance (b.1940), premiered in London.
1979 Nov 17, Iran's Ayatollah
Khomeini ordered the release of 13 female and black American
hostages being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
1980 Nov 17, WHHM Television in
Washington, D.C. became the first African American
public-broadcasting television station.
1980 Nov 17, Gerald Gallego and
Charlene Williams were arrested in Omaha, Nebraska on murder charges
for crimes in Nevada and California.
(SFC, 10/28/97, p.A17)
1980 Nov 17, In California
Contra Costa County opened a new $24.5 million jail in Martinez with
single rooms for 382 inmates.
(SFC, 11/11/05, p.F7)
1980 Nov 17, Clifford Olson
(1940-2011) began a murder spree killing 3 girls and 8 boys, ages 9
to 18, in British Columbia over an eight month period. The victims
were tortured and sexually assaulted. Olson, who had an extensive
criminal history, was arrested on August 12, 1981. He later
confessed to the murders and, in a controversial deal, gave police
information on the location of the victims' bodies in return for a
C$100,000 ($95,000) payment to his family.
1982 Nov 17, In Iraq the
Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) was
created to increase Iranian control over Iraqi opposition groups
belonging to the same Shiite faith as most Iranians. In 1999 it had
4-8000 fighters in southern Iraq.
1985 Nov 17, Olof Palme stopped
an illegal shipment of 80 HAWK missiles through Sweden from Israel
to Teheran, as he mediated an end of the Iran-Iraq war for the UN.
1985 Nov 17, Gheorghe Emil Ursu
(b.1926), Romanian construction engineer, poet, diarist and
dissident, died after being beaten for weeks by police. Security
police had raided his home and discovered his diary, in which he had
joted down scathing secret poems by Nina Cassian about Nicolae
Ceausescu self-importance and stupidity. In 2016 military
prosecutors said four former communist officials, including the
former chief of the feared Securitate secret police, will stand
trial for Ursu’s death.
1986 Nov 17, Pres. Reagan
signed the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act. It
designated over 292,000 acres in Oregon and Washington states as
federally regulated land. Much of the work in getting the act passed
was done by Nancy Russell (d.2008).
1986 Nov 17, Renault President
Georges Besse was shot to death by leftists of the Direct Action
Group in Paris.
1987 Nov 17, Retiring Secretary
of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger received an elaborate send-off on
the grounds of the Pentagon.
1987 Nov 17, A federal jury in
Denver convicted two neo-Nazis and acquitted two others of civil
rights violations in the 1984 slaying of radio talk show host Alan
1987 Nov 17, Richard McNair
(28) killed Jerome Theis, of Circle Pines, Minn., during a burglary
at a Minot, North Dakota, grain elevator. Richard Kitzman, an
elevator employee, was shot three times but survived. McNair was
convicted and sentenced to life in prison, but escaped a number of
times. In 2007 he was again captured in New Brunswick, Canada.
1988 Nov 17, President-elect
Bush announced his choice of New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu to be
White House chief of staff. Sununu had earlier said "In Iowa they
grow corn, in New Hampshire, we grow presidents."
(AP, 11/17/98)(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.D1)
1988 Nov 17, Hollywood gossip
columnist Sheilah Graham died in West Palm Beach, Fla., at age 84.
1989 Nov 17, A US Senate Ethics
Committee hired an outside counsel to look into allegations of
improprieties against six senators.
1989 Nov 17, The Cosmic
Background Explorer Satellite (COBE) was launched. It provided
evidence for the "Big Bang" that spawned the universe 10-20 billion
years ago. Dr. David T. Wilkinson (1935-2002) was the driving force
behind the launch.
(SFEC, 9/28/97, p.A14)(SFC, 9/16/02, p.A20)
1989 Nov 17, Emerson Buckley
(b.1917), conductor and composer, died.
1989 Nov 17, In Prague,
Czechoslovakia, a protest began as a legal rally to commemorate the
death of Jan Opletal, but turned instead into a demonstration
demanding democratic reforms. Riot police stopped the students
halfway in their march, in Narodni trida. After a stand-off in which
the students offered flowers to the riot police and showed no
resistance, the police began beating the young demonstrators with
night sticks. The six-week period between November 17 and December
29, 1989, also known as the "Velvet Revolution" brought about the
bloodless overthrow of the Czechoslovak communist regime.
1990 Nov 17, President Bush, on
the first visit to Czechoslovakia by a US president, told a cheering
crowd of 100,000 in Prague that "America will stand with you"
through hard times ahead.
1991 Nov 17, Secretary of State
James A. Baker III concluded a three-day visit to China, touting an
arms control agreement and progress on human rights and trade as
"clear gains," but acknowledging that the gains fell short of U.S.
1992 Nov 17, Senators John
Kerry of Massachusetts, Tom Daschle of South Dakota and Hank Brown
of Colorado made an unprecedented tour of Vietnam's military
headquarters but found nothing to substantiate reports of American
prisoners sighted there after the Vietnam War.
1992 Nov 17, Dateline NBC aired
a demonstration that showed a General Motors trucks blowing up on
impact. It was later revealed that NBC rigged the test.
1993 Nov 17, By a surprisingly
wide margin, 234-200, the House of Representatives voted to approve
legislation implementing the North American Free Trade Agreement in
what was seen as a major political victory for President Clinton.
1994 Nov 17, The Andrew Lloyd
Webber musical "Sunset Boulevard" opened at Minskoff Theater on
Broadway with Glenn Close as faded movie star Norma Desmond. It ran
for 977 performances.
1994 Nov 17, Francisco Martin
Duran, the Colorado man accused of an assault-rifle attack on the
White House, was indicted on a new charge of trying to assassinate
1994 Nov 17, Irish Prime
Minister Albert Reynolds resigned.
(SFC, 6/18/96, p.A8)
1995 Nov 17, Pres. Clinton and
Monica Lewinsky engaged in their 2nd sexual encounter. This occurred
during a phone call to Rep. H. L. "Sonny" Callahan (R., Ala.) to
secure his vote against an attempt to deny funds to commit troops in
(SFC, 9/12/98, p.A12)(WSJ, 9/28/98, p.A28)
1995 Nov 17, The commander of
US forces in the Pacific called the rape of a 12-year-old Okinawan
girl "absolutely stupid" and said in Washington the incident could
have been avoided if the US servicemen involved had simply paid for
sex. Admiral Richard C. Macke later apologized for his
remarks, and took early retirement.
1996 Nov 17, "Present Laughter"
opened at Walter Kerr Theater NYC.
1996 Nov 17, The World Food
Summit concluded a five-day meeting in Rome, with delegates
promising a wide-ranging effort to ease hunger around the globe.
1996 Nov 17, In Romania
centrist reformer Emil Constantinescu defeated the incumbent Ion
Iliescu in presidential elections.
(SFC, 11/18/96, p.A11)
1996 Nov 17, A Russian Mars
space probe carrying plutonium plunged into the South Pacific after
failing to break out of Earth orbit following its launch. [see Nov
1997 Nov 17, In California
Tyler, the 18 month-old son of Gina Barnett (25) and James Nivette
(54) was found abandoned in San Bruno. The next day Gina’s body was
found in Folsom. James Nivettte was the prime suspect and was
thought to have fled the country. He was arrested in France on Nov
(SFC, 11/19/97, p.A1)(SFC, 11/21/97, p.1)
1997 Nov 17, From LaPlace, La.
it was reported that Daniel Bank, a mechanic, was arrested and
charged on 3 counts of murder. He was said to have confessed to 6
murders committed to feed a gambling habit from Oct 1966 to Jun
(SFC, 11/17/97, p.A7)
1997 Nov 17, In Egypt 6 gunmen
killed 62 people, including 58 foreign tourists, at the Hatshepsut
Temple in Luxor. The assailants, members of the Gamaa al-Islamiya,
were all killed. The attack was meant to force the US to release
Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman who was serving a life term for a plot to
bomb NYC landmarks. The assailants, members of the Gamaa
al-Islamiya, were all killed. It was later reported that Mustafa
Hamza ordered the attack and that he was financed by Osama bin
Laden. Mohamed Ali Hassan Mokhlis, a suspected planner of the
attack, was arrested in Uruguay in 1999 and handed over to Egypt in
(SFC, 11/18/97, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/19/97, p.A1)(SFC,
11/22/97, p.C1)(SFC, 5/14/99, p.A15)(AP, 11/17/07)
1997 Nov 17, In Japan
authorities announced that the Hokkaido Takushoku Bank Ltd., the
country’s 11th largest bank, would be dissolved due to bad loans and
that its operations would be transferred to a regional bank. The
news sent the Tokyo stock exchange soaring.
(SFC, 11/17/97, p.A17)
1997 Nov 17, In Rwanda at least
27 civilians were killed by suspected rebels in Mukamara. Nearly 300
people were killed when Hutu rebels attacked a prison in the
northwest at Giciye. 200 rebels, 88 prisoners and 2 soldiers died in
(SFC, 11/21/97, p.D3)
1998 Nov 17, The US signed the
Tampere Convention, negotiated in Finland in June, to end excessive
import duties and minimize barriers across national borders for
telecommunications under emergency situations.
(SFC, 11/18/98, p.C5)
1998 Nov 17, The US Federal
Reserve cut short-term interest rates to 4.75. Both the federal
funds rate and the discount rate were cut.
(SFC, 11/18/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 17, The US House
Judiciary Committee released 22 hours of telephone tape recordings
secretly made of Monica Lewinsky by Linda Tripp.
(SFC, 11/18/98, p.A1)(AP, 11/17/99)
1998 Nov 17, The Leonid meteor
storm was expected to peak and damage was feared to the nearly 500
satellites in orbit. The storm was the result of the Earth’s
intersection with the debris field of the comet Tempel-Tuttle, last
seen 33 years ago.
(SFC, 4/28/98, p.A5)(WSJ, 8/28/98, p.A1)(SFEC,
1998 Nov 17, Actress Esther
Rolle died in Culver City, Calif., at age 78. She was the Emmy
award-winning black matriarch in the 1970s television series "Good
1998 Nov 17, In Angola renewed
fighting had created some 331,000 refugees since April.
(WSJ, 11/18/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 17, The Scotland Act
of this year, introduced by the Labour government, was passed by the
UK Parliament and received royal assent two days later. It
established the devolved Scottish Parliament.
1998 Nov 17, In Beijing Ma
Yulan (41) was sentenced to death for running a brothel disguised as
a restaurant and sauna. She was the first person to receive the
death penalty for prostitution since new statutes were approved in
(SFC, 11/18/98, p.C5)
1998 Nov 17, China accused
Juergen Kremb of the German magazine Der Spiegel of possessing state
secrets. The next day he was ordered to leave the country within 48
1998 Nov 17, In Ethiopia over
650 Eritreans were deported after being detained for 4 months.
(SFC, 11/18/98, p.C5)
1998 Nov 17, Israel's
parliament overwhelmingly approved the Wye River land-for-peace
accord with the Palestinians with a 75 to 19 vote.
(SFC, 11/18/98, p.A12)(AP, 11/17/99)
1998 Nov 17, In Iraq UN weapons
inspectors returned to resume work.
(SFC, 11/18/98, p.A12)
1998 Nov 17, In Russia agents
of the Federal Security Service (FSB) reported under cover that they
had received orders to kill billionaire businessman Boris
Berezovsky, and that they were threatened with punishment if they
(SFC, 11/18/98, p.A14)
1998 Nov 17, In Turkey a
Kurdish guerrilla killed herself and wounded 6 others in a suicide
bombing in Yuksekova.
(SFC, 11/18/98, p.A12)
1999 Nov 17, Ha Jin, a former
member of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, won the US National
Book Award for fiction for his novel "Waiting." John W. Dower won
the nonfiction category for "Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of
World War II."
(SFC, 11/18/99, p.E3)
1999 Nov 17, Officials close to
the investigation into the crash of EgyptAir Flight 990 said a
relief co-pilot alone in the cockpit had said, in Arabic: "I made my
decision now; I put my faith in God’s hands" just before the
jetliner began its fatal plunge. In Egypt, relatives angrily
rejected any notion that relief co-pilot Gameel el-Batouty had
deliberately crashed the plane.
1999 Nov 17, Hurricane Lenny
hit the Virgin Islands with 150 mph winds with most of the force
over St. Croix.
(SFC, 11/18/99, p.A3)
1999 Nov 17, Azerbaijan,
Georgia, Turkey agreed to a US-backed plan for a Caspian oil
pipeline from Baku to Ceyhan to be completed in 2004. The 1st
shipment was made in 2006.
(SFC, 11/18/99, p.C6)(AFP, 6/4/06)
1999 Nov 17, In Greece over
10,000 people protested against the arrival of Pres. Clinton.
(SFC, 11/18/99, p.A17)
1999 Nov 17, In Northern
Ireland the IRA said that it would back the peace agreement and
agreed to appoint a go-between to the commission charged with
disarming the paramilitaries.
(SFC, 11/18/99, p.A16)
1999 Nov 17, In Pakistan over
20 of the country's wealthiest and most powerful people were for
corruption. A law was drawn up at 2 a.m. to give the government the
right to prosecute any former official for suspected corruption back
(SFC, 11/18/99, p.A20)
2000 Nov 17, The Clinton family
was warmly received in Hanoi, Vietnam.
(SFC, 11/18/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 17, The Florida
Supreme Court froze the state's presidential tally, forbidding
Secretary of State Katherine Harris from certifying results of the
marathon vote count just as Republican George W. Bush was advancing
his minuscule lead over Democrat Al Gore. Also, a federal appeals
court refused to block recounts under way in two heavily Democratic
(SFC, 11/18/00, p.A1)(AP, 11/17/01)
2000 Nov 17, In Cincinnati at
least 6 people were arrested following protests against meetings of
corporate executives from the US and Europe for the Transatlantic
(SFC, 11/18/00, .A3)
2000 Nov 17, In Brazil gunmen
in Sao Paulo shot to death 10 people, 13 to 20, sleeping in an
abandoned house. Drug gang retaliation was suspected.
(SFC, 11/18/00, p.C16)
2000 Nov 17, In Jerusalem
Yasser Arafat announced that he had given orders for Palestinian
gunmen to halt their shooting. Barak noted the possibility for
int’l. supervisors in a peace agreement.
(SFC, 11/18/00, p.A12)
2000 Nov 17, In Panama Luis
Posada, an anti-Castro terrorist, was arrested along with 3 others
Cuban-Americans for an assassination plot against Fidel Castro at a
regional summit. They were convicted of endangering public security.
(SFC, 11/22/00, p.A19)(SFC, 5/18/05, p.A9)
2000 Nov 17, In Peru a
government report acknowledged that over 4,000 people disappeared
between 1980 and 1996 on suspicion of being leftist guerrillas.
(SFC, 11/18/00, p.A16)
2000 Nov 17, A car bomb in
Riyadh killed Christopher Rodway, a British technician. In 2001 3
Westerners were arrested in connection with the bombing.
(SFC, 11/18/00, p.A12)(SFC, 2/5/01, p.A10)
2000 Nov 17, In Somalia gunmen
killed 7 people in an attack of a convoy escorting Ahmed Dualeh
Ghellel, a prominent businessman and new legislator. This was the
2nd attack in a week against a new member of parliament.
(SFC, 11/18/00, p.C16)
2000 Nov 17, In South Africa 11
workers died from a fire while apparently locked in a floor polish
factory in Lenasia.
(SFEC, 11/19/00, p.C16)
2001 Nov 17, Lennox Lewis
knocked out Hasim Rahman in the fourth round to get back his WBC and
IBF heavyweight titles.
2001 Nov 17, Two US sailors,
Benjamin Johnson and Vincent Parker, were missing after the oil
tanker Samra sank in the northern Persian Gulf. The ship was
suspected of smuggling Iraqi oil.
(SFC, 11/19/01, p.A14)(SSFC, 11/25/01, p.A20)
2001 Nov 17, John M. Dawson,
plasma physics expert, died at age 71. He is considered the father
of computer-simulated plasma models and of plasma-based particle
(SFC, 12/1/01, p.A19)
2001 Nov 17, Former U.S. Sen.
Harrison A. Williams Jr. (81), whose political career was ended by
the Abscam bribery scandal, died in Denville, N.J.
2001 Nov 17, The Taliban
confirmed the death of Osama bin Laden's military chief Mohammed
Atef in an airstrike three days earlier.
2001 Nov 17, In Afghanistan
Burhanuddin Rabbani, the political leader of the Northern Alliance,
returned to Kabul. This complicated efforts for a board-based
government. US warplanes continued to bomb around Kunduz and
(SSFC, 11/18/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 17, In Canada finance
ministers of the G-20 nations agreed to freeze terrorist assets and
to implement a UN resolution against terrorist financing.
(SSFC, 11/18/01, p.A8)
2001 Nov 17, Israeli troops
withdrew from Tulkarem in the West Bank.
(SSFC, 11/18/01, p.A22)
2001 Nov 17, Kosovo voted in a
symbolic step toward independence. Ibrahim Rugova claimed victory
the next day and issued a call for quick independence. Ex-rebel
leader Hashim Thaci made a strong showing and a coalition was
(WSJ, 11/16/01, p.A1)(SFC, 11/19/01, p.A13)(WSJ,
2001 Nov 17, In the Philippines
communist guerrillas opened fire on soldiers in Cateel town. 18
soldiers and 10 rebels were killed.
(SFC, 11/19/01, p.A14)
2002 Nov 17, In Ankoro, Congo,
government troops torched homes and shot residents in apparent
reprisals for the beating of a soldier. Estimates of the death toll
ranged from 29 to over 100.
2002 Nov 17, Indonesian police
investigating the Bali blasts identified Imam Samudra as a key
suspect as the chief planner of the attacks and said he learned
bomb-making in Afghanistan. Samudra was the field coordinator who
decided where to place the bombs in a crowded night club district. A
colleague, named Dulmatin, then triggered the bombs by mobile phone.
2002 Nov 17, Tawfiq Fukra (23),
an Israeli Arab accused of trying to hijack an El Al Airlines
flight, wanted to copy the September 11 suicide attacks on the
United States and fly the aircraft into a public building in Tel
2002 Nov 17, Israeli statesman
Abba Eban (87) died. He helped persuade the world to approve
creation of the Jewish state and dominated Israeli diplomacy for
2002 Nov 17, An Italian court
reversed an acquittal and sentenced former Premier Giulio Andreotti
(83) to 24 years in prison for complicity in the 1979 slaying of a
2002 Nov 17, In Jamaica gunmen
opened fire outside a busy street market in a rare daylight attack
in Kingston, killing five people and injuring three.
2002 Nov 17, Leaders from Latin
America, Spain and Portugal closed their summit with new pledges of
support for struggling coffee-growing countries.
2002 Nov 17, Voters in Peru
backed opposition candidates in first-ever regional elections
intended to shift power from the capital to the provinces.
2002 Nov 17, In the Mbeya
region of southwestern Tanzania at least 19 prisoners died from
suffocation in an overcrowded jail cell.
2002 Nov 17, Ukraine Pres.
Leonid Kuchma went to China seeking support for his request that
U.N. inspectors verify that his government did not transfer radar
systems to Iraq.
2003 Nov 17, John Allen
Muhammad was convicted of two counts of capital murder and
masterminding the 2002 sniper attacks in the Washington DC
(SFC, 11/18/03, p.A1)(AP, 11/17/08)
2003 Nov 17, Arnold
Schwarzenegger, who arrived in the United States 35 years ago as a
bodybuilder dreaming of fame and fortune, was sworn in as the 38th
governor of California in a low key inauguration ceremony. He
immediately rolled back the state's 300% increase in the vehicle
license fee, which would have produced some $4 billion in annual
(AP, 11/17/03)(SFC, 11/18/03, p.A1)
2003 Nov 17, Rush Limbaugh
returned to radio after five weeks of rehabilitation for a
2003 Nov 17, Travelers and St.
Paul agreed to merge in a $16.4 billion deal that would create one
of the largest US property-casualty insurers.
(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R12)
2003 Nov 17, Texas Rangers
shortstop Alex Rodriguez won the American League Most Valuable
2003 Nov 17, An Egyptian
mediator reached agreement with Palestinian leaders to start
cease-fire talks among militants within 2 days.
(SFC, 11/18/03, p.A3)
2003 Nov 17, In Greece riot
squads fired tear gas to disperse protesters throwing gasoline bombs
and rocks at police guarding the US Embassy as thousands marched
during a rally held to mark the anniversary of a student-led
uprising in 1973. Demonstrations are held each year to protest the
belief that Washington gave vital support to the 1967-74 military
dictatorship that crushed the student rebellion.
2003 Nov 17, Mexico dismissed
UN Ambassador Adolfo Aguilar following his comments that the US
regards Mexico as a 2nd-class country.
(SFC, 11/19/03, p.A17)
2004 Nov 17, US House
Republicans adopted a rule change to allow majority leader Tom DeLay
of Texas to keep his post if he is indicted on state corruption
charges. In 2004 the change was rescinded. The US Senate passed an
$800 billion debt limit increase.
(SFC, 11/18/04, p.A3)(WSJ, 11/18/04, p.A1)(WSJ,
2004 Nov 17, In Washington
state a recount was ordered in the governor’s race between Christine
Gregoire and Dino Rossi. The Nov 2 balloting left them separated by
just a few of 2.8 million votes cast. A hand tally looked likely
after a machine recount showed Rossi 42 votes ahead. After three
counts of the ballots, Gregoire was declared the winner by just 129
votes out of 2.9 million cast.
(SFC, 11/18/04, p.A5)(WSJ, 11/26/04, p.A1)(AP,
2004 Nov 17, Kmart Holding
Corp., led by Edward Lampert, announced an $11.5 billion acquisition
of Sears Roebuck.
(SFC, 11/18/04, p.C1)
2004 Nov 17, In Chile top
government ministers from 21 Pacific Rim nations convened high-level
talks on free trade and global security as police battled university
students protesting the summit and a weekend visit by President
2004 Nov 17, Millions of
locusts swarmed into northern Egypt for the first time in 50 years,
prompting authorities to order emergency pesticide spraying to
protect the region's important agriculture industry.
2004 Nov 17, The EU will
consider giving Greece until the end of 2006 to cut its budget
deficit below 3 percent of gross domestic product.
2004 Nov 17, India's PM
Manmohan Singh paid a rare visit to the divided Himalayan region of
Kashmir, marking the start of a partial troop withdrawal that has
been hailed by rival Pakistan as an important step in easing
tensions. Pakistan's powerful Islamic parties dismissed the partial
pullout of Indian troops from Indian-administered Kashmir as
tokenistic "eyewash", saying a plebiscite was the only solution to
the half-century dispute. India began pulling an estimated 40k of
some 500k soldiers from Kashmir.
(AP, 11/17/04)(AFP, 11/17/04)(WSJ, 11/18/04,
2004 Nov 17, A car bomber
rammed a US convoy in Beiji, 155 miles north of Baghdad, during
clashes with militants that killed 10 people.
2004 Nov 17, President Vladimir
Putin said that Russia is developing a new form of nuclear missile
unlike those held by other countries.
(AP, 11/17/04)(SFC, 11/18/04, p.A3)
2005 Nov 17, Pennsylvania
Democratic congressman John Murtha argued that it was time to bring
US troops home from Iraq.
(Econ, 11/26/05, p.35)
2005 Nov 17, A jury in
Sarasota, Fla., convicted mechanic Joseph Smith (37) of kidnapping,
raping and strangling 11-year-old Carlie Brucia, whose Feb 1, 2004,
abduction had been captured by a car-wash security camera. On
December 1, 2005, a jury, by a vote of 10 to 2, returned a
recommendation for the death penalty. On March 15, 2006, the day
before what would have been Carlie's fourteenth birthday, he was
sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment on the charges of sexual
battery and kidnapping, and was sentenced to death by lethal
injection for murder.
2005 Nov 17, Robert Stein of
North Carolina, arrested on Nov 14, was charged with accepting
kickbacks and bribes during his tenure as a controller and financial
officer of the US occupation authority in Iraq. He steered
construction contracts to Philip Bloom, who was charged with a range
of crimes on Nov 16.
(SFC, 11/18/05, p.A15)
2005 Nov 17, In Chicago Conrad
Black (61), press magnate, was charged with helping to steal $51.8
million from Hollinger Int’l. Black was said to be in Canada.
(SFC, 11/18/05, p.C3)
2005 Nov 17, Australian
researchers confirmed they have scrapped 10 years of research into
genetically modified peas because the altered version caused lung
inflammation in mice.
2005 Nov 17, Austria’s Interior
Ministry said British historian David Irving has been arrested on a
warrant accusing him of denying the Holocaust.
2005 Nov 17, President Bush in
South Korea took a hardline stance against North Korea, saying the
US won't help the communist nation build a civilian nuclear reactor
to produce electricity until it dismantles its nuclear weapons
2005 Nov 17, In Brazil a
congressional investigation said it found no evidence of an alleged
2005 Nov 17, Sergei Abramov,
the prime minister of Chechnya was in a serious condition after a
car crash on the way to a Moscow airport. His aide said it was too
early to rule out an assassination attempt.
2005 Nov 17, Chinese President
Hu Jintao assured a Pacific Rim forum in South Korea that there is
nothing to fear from his fast-developing country, which he said has
great potential to contribute to global peace.
2005 Nov 17, European
parliamentarians voted 407 to 155 on the draft REACH regulation for
the registration, evaluation and authorization of chemicals.
(Econ, 11/26/05, p.77)
2005 Nov 17, French police
declared the all-clear after three weeks of rioting which has left
the government stunned, bruised and casting around for explanations.
2005 Nov 17, France released
its annual Beaujolais Nouveau from the 2005 harvest. The annual
release is made every 3rd Thursday in November.
(SFC, 11/22/05, p.F2)
2005 Nov 17, Israeli President
Moshe Katsav met with Pope Benedict XVI and other top Roman Catholic
officials to discuss a long-standing tax dispute that has irritated
relations between Israel and the Holy See.
2005 Nov 17, Israeli forces
killed two Palestinian militants during a West Bank arrest raid,
riddling their car with bullets when it tried to run a roadblock
outside the town of Jenin.
2005 Nov 17, Mexico's Supreme
Court voted 11-1 that the Pascual Cooperative, a bottler
specializing in Mexico's traditional fruit-flavored and fruit-based
soft drinks, did not rate protection as a public interest.
2005 Nov 17, In Pakistan a
court official said 3 men from an underground Pakistani tribal group
have confessed to involvement in a car bomb blast near a US fast
food chain outlet that killed 3 people. Police said the trio belong
to a group called the Baluchistan Liberation Army.
2005 Nov 17, Greenpeace
activists in small inflatable boats stopped a ship carrying
genetically engineered soybean meal from unloading in a Polish port.
Greenpeace says genetically engineered soy is causing massive
environmental problems in Argentina, including deforestation, a
dramatic increase in the use of toxic herbicides and soil
2005 Nov 17, Paul Bisengimana,
former Rwandan mayor, pleaded guilty to charges of murder and
extermination related to the 1994 genocide of more than half a
million Rwandans. He was accused of participating in the killing of
several thousand people who had sought refuge in a church. He
changed his previous plea of not guilty after striking a deal with
prosecutors under which they dropped 10 other charges.
2005 Nov 17, Saudi judicial
officials said a Saudi high-school chemistry teacher, accused of
discussing religion with his students, was sentenced to 750 lashes
and 40 months in prison for blasphemy following a trial on Nov 12.
2005 Nov 17-2005 Nov 20,
Singapore hosted the World Cyber Games (WCG). Some 700 participants
competed in 8 games with prize money topping $2.5 million.
2005 Nov 17, In Sri Lanka
well-armed rebels and sporadic explosions blocked thousands of Sri
Lankans from voting for a new president to help the country end
decades of civil war and recover from last year's devastating
tsunami. Ex-Premier Wickremesinghe, favoring Tamil rebel talks,
faced Premier Rajapakse, a skeptic on peace.
(AP, 11/17/05)(WSJ, 11/17/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 17, It was reported
that Syria had detained 4 Australian-Iraqi women at the Damascus
airport for allegedly trying to take gun parts hidden in a child's
toy onto a plane bound for Australia.
2005 Nov 17, In Venezuela
officials said the government will expand a land reform program next
year to take control of some 3.7 million acres of "idle" farm land
and turn it over to cooperatives of poor farmers.
2005 Nov 17, UN officials said
Zimbabwe has backtracked on its refusal to allow the UN to help
build emergency housing for people whose homes were demolished in a
government eviction campaign.
2006 Nov 17, Pres. Bush arrived
in Vietnam ahead of a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders and individual
meetings with a handful of leaders.
2006 Nov 17, Cast into the
minority in midterm elections, House Republicans chose John Boehner
of Ohio to lead them.
2006 Nov 17, Sonia Pierre (43)
received the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award at a ceremony in
Washington, a prize of $30,000 and a promise from the center founded
in honor of the late senator to help her cause. Her tireless work
securing citizenship and education for Dominican-born ethnic
Haitians has made her the target of threats at home, but has earned
her recognition from overseas as a fierce defender of human rights.
2006 Nov 17, The US FDA lifted
a 14 year ban on the sale of silicon-gel breast implants.
(SFC, 11/18/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 17, Former "Seinfeld"
star Michael Richards unleashed a barrage of racial epithets during
a stand-up routine at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood.
2006 Nov 17, Montana state Sen.
Sam Kitzenberg filed paperwork to change his party affiliation from
Republican to Democrat giving state Democrats a 26-24 advantage.
(SSFC, 11/19/06, p.A3)
2006 Nov 17, Ivan Hill, the
so-called Freeway Slayer, was convicted in Los Angeles of killing
six prostitutes in 1993 and 1994 in southern California. On Jan 2 a
jury recommended the death penalty.
(SFC, 1/3/07, p.B10)
2006 Nov 17, In California
Nicola Bucci (37) killed 2 children in a Toyota as he passed a
vehicle in his SUV driving uphill on Hwy 12 in Solano County. In
2010 a state appeals court upheld a double murder conviction against
Bucci. He was sentenced to 23 years in prison. In July 1994, Bucci
had pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor charges of vehicular
manslaughter after a double-fatality crash Jan. 13, 1994, on
Interstate 80 in Nevada County, according to Nevada County Superior
Court records in Truckee.
2006 Nov 17, Ruth Brown (78),
Grammy- and Tony-winning singer, died.
2006 Nov 17, Bo Schembechler
(b.1929), former Univ. of Michigan football coach, died in
(WSJ, 11/18/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 17, In southern
Argentina President Nestor Kirchner inaugurated Puerto Belgrano
naval base, a new military academy. The old Navy Mechanics' School
in Buenos Aires, a prestigious school founded in the late 19th
century and chief torture compound during Argentina's Dirty War, is
now is being converted into a museum honoring Dirty War victims.
2006 Nov 17, A British man
convicted of what has been described as the country's first
"web-rage" attack, was jailed for 2-1/2 years for assaulting a man
he had exchanged insults with over the Internet.
2006 Nov 17, The influential
Association of Muslim Scholars called on Sunni politicians to quit
Iraq's government and parliament, a day after the Shiite interior
minister issued an arrest warrant for the association's leader. In
southern Iraq British ground forces and US military helicopters
fought with gunmen where four American security contractors and
their Austrian co-worker were abducted in a convoy hijacking. An
Austrian was killed and an American was seriously wounded after
their convoy of security contractors was hijacked in southern Iraq.
2006 Nov 17, An Israeli
newspaper reported that Israel is using nanotechnology to create a
robot no bigger than a hornet that would be able to chase,
photograph and kill its targets.
2006 Nov 17, In Italy British
musician Peter Gabriel (56) has been awarded "Man of Peace 2006" at
the start of the annual summit of Nobel peace prize laureates
organized by the Gorbachev Foundation and the City of Rome.
2006 Nov 17, Italy turned over
Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed (35) an Egyptian Muslim militant convicted
of terrorism to Spain, where he is charged as a key suspect in the
2004 Madrid terror bombing.
2006 Nov 17, Japan’s Sony Corp.
launched its new PlayStation 3 (PS3) in the USA.
2006 Nov 17, Nicaragua’s
President Enrique Bolanos signed a bill banning abortion in all
cases, including when a woman's life is endangered, despite
opposition from doctors, women's rights groups and diplomats.
2006 Nov 17, Nigeria's
opposition called for an investigation into a 12-billion naira
(93-million dollar) scandal that hit the front pages with
allegations of government involvement. Several Lagos newspapers
reported that Starcrest was only a firm "on paper" and that it had
been founded in May by several figures in government including
President Olusegun Obasanjo's electoral campaign fundraiser Emeka
2006 Nov 17, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber wounded two policemen in the latest attack
targeting security forces.
2006 Nov 17, Russian
authorities said 5 senior officials at a federal health insurance
fund have been arrested on suspicion of bribery, days after Russia's
top prosecutor said that corruption has "permeated all levels" of
2006 Nov 17, Sudan reversed its
long-standing opposition to allowing UN peacekeepers within its
borders, agreeing in principle to a plan that will permit an
international force to bolster African troops in Darfur, one of the
world's bloodiest conflict zones. A former southern rebel soldier
killed 5 policemen in the Jabal Awliaa area, 30 kilometers (19
miles) south of Khartoum.
(AP, 11/17/06)(Reuters, 11/17/06)
2006 Nov 17, In southern
Thailand 3 bomb blasts killed one person and wounded at least 30
2006 Nov 17, The UN General
Assembly called for an end to Israeli military operations in the
Gaza Strip, overwhelmingly passing a resolution in an emergency
special session the Israeli ambassador blasted as a "farce" and a
2006 Nov 17, UN aid bodies said
torrential rains and floods have hit up to 1.8 million people in the
Horn of Africa, driving tens of thousands from their homes and
threatening to trigger epidemics. Torrential rains have pounded the
Horn of Africa this month, bringing misery to large parts of Kenya,
Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan and Eritrea.
2006 Nov 17, A Zambian court
ruled that ailing former president Frederick Chiluba is currently
unfit to stand trial for corruption and should be immediately sent
to South Africa for treatment.
2007 Nov 17, US Deputy
Secretary of State John Negroponte delivered a blunt message to
Pakistan's military ruler, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, telling
him emergency rule had to be lifted and his opponents freed ahead of
2007 Nov 17, A Nobel-winning UN
scientific panel said in a landmark report that the Earth was
hurtling toward a warmer climate at a quickening pace.
2007 Nov 17, A suicide bomber
on a motorbike attacked a NATO convoy in Nangarhar province's
Chaparhar district, killing an Afghan civilian and wounding another
NATO soldier. In Kandahar province Canadian and Afghan troops
battled militants and called in airstrikes in Zhari district,
leaving an Afghan soldier and at least 20 suspected militants dead.
In Helmand province 23 Taliban militants were killed during a US-led
coalition operation aimed at disrupting a weapons transfer. Also in
the south 2 Canadian soldiers and their Afghan interpreter were
killed when a bomb struck their armored vehicle. In Zabul province
the Taliban ambushed and clashed with an Afghan army patrol, leaving
11 suspected insurgents dead and four soldiers wounded. Taliban
militants tortured five abducted policemen in southern Afghanistan
and then hung their mutilated bodies from trees in a warning to
Gazak villagers against working with the government.
(AP, 11/17/07)(AP, 11/18/07)
2007 Nov 17, In eastern Algeria
a gas explosion in an old house killed six people and injured
2007 Nov 17, The official death
toll from a savage cyclone that wreaked havoc on southwest
Bangladesh reached 1,723, the deadliest storm to hit the country in
2007 Nov 17, State media
reported that China has called on Myanmar to speed up democratic
reforms, an unusual move for Beijing, which has traditionally
refrained from criticizing the military regime.
2007 Nov 17, The UN children's
agency said aid groups in Congo have secured the release of 232
child soldiers from militia fighters who forcibly recruited them in
the east of the country. The 232 children, whose average age is 14,
were separated this month in the eastern provinces of North and
South Kivu from three different factions of the Mai Mai.
2007 Nov 17, France's biggest
rail union said a new offer of talks from employers did not go far
enough, as the country headed towards a fifth day of crippling
2007 Nov 17, In Iran officials
at Niloofar Publications, which published the first edition of a
novel by Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, known in the West
as "Memories of My Melancholy Whores," confirmed they have been
forbidden to put out a second edition. The Persian translation was
titled "Memories of My Melancholy Sweethearts."
2007 Nov 17, A mass grave
filled with at least 33 badly decomposed bodies was unearthed in
southern Baghdad. It was the third mass grave found in Iraq this
month. The US military said its troops killed seven suspects and
detained 10 in raids across central and northern Iraq.
2007 Nov 17, Front-runner and
former rebel and Hashim Thaci pledged independence for Kosovo as the
breakaway province voted for a new parliament in an election shunned
by Serbs bitterly opposed to its secession. With most votes counted,
opposition leader Hashim Thaci's Democratic Party of Kosovo led with
35 percent. Kosovo’s Serbs were told to boycott the election. Only
40-45% of Kosovar Albanians turned up to vote.
(Reuters, 11/17/07)(AP, 11/18/07)(Econ, 11/24/07,
2007 Nov 17, Mauritanian
President Sidi Ould Sheikh Abdallahi met Libyan leader Moamer
Kadhafi at the start of visit to Tripoli aimed at boosting relations
after years of tension.
2007 Nov 17, Pakistan’s army
said some 15,000 troops have massed for a major assault on Islamic
militants in a scenic northern valley, whose fall has raised concern
about Pakistan's ability to withstand rising extremism.
2007 Nov 17, It was reported
that generic Viagra, made in India, was a popular item in Gaza,
selling for 75 cents a tablet.
(Econ, 11/17/07, p.56)
2007 Nov 17, The new Polish
Defense Minister Bogdan Klich said Poland will end next year its
mission in Iraq, where it currently deploys 900 soldiers.
2007 Nov 17, Slovenian trade
unions, students and pensioners staged the largest rally in the
country since independence in 1991, blocking traffic in the centre
of Ljubljana for several hours.
2007 Nov 17, Somali rebels
launched an overnight attack on a camp of Ugandan troops in
Mogadishu, triggering fighting that left at least one insurgent
2007 Nov 17, In South Africa
finance ministers from the world's largest 20 economies began talks
focusing on reforming the World Bank and the International Monetary
2007 Nov 17, Sudan’s President
Omar al-Beshir ordered the reopening of auxiliary training camps to
prepare for war and refused to accept certain countries from sending
peacekeepers to Darfur. Beshir said the "boots of those who attacked
the prophet Mohammed would never trample on Sudanese land". He was
referring to Swedes and Norwegians who want to participate in a
UN-African Union hybrid force set to deploy to Darfur. Beshir also
said Sudan would not allow Nepal or Thailand to send troops to
Darfur, although he agreed with the UN for engineering troops to
arrive from China and Pakistan.
2007 Nov 17, Police in Ho Chi
Minh City arrested two US citizens of Vietnamese descent, two
Vietnam citizens, one French citizen of Vietnamese descent and one
Thai citizen after "they participated in discussions with other
democracy activists on promoting peaceful democratic change."
Several were jailed in one-day trials for up to 8 years on charges
of defaming the Communist Party and "spreading propaganda against
2008 Nov 17, Vice President
Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales were
indicted on state charges involving federal prisons in a South Texas
county that has been a source of bizarre legal and political battles
under the outgoing prosecutor. Cheney was charged with engaging in
an organized criminal activity related to the vice president's
investment in the Vanguard Group, which holds financial interests in
the private prison companies running the federal detention centers.
It accuses Cheney of a conflict of interest and "at least
misdemeanor assaults" on detainees because of his link to the prison
companies. The indictment accused Gonzales of using his position
while in office to stop an investigation in 2006 into abuses at one
of the privately-run prisons. On Dec 1 a Texas judge dismissed the
indictments against Cheney and Gonzales.
(AP, 11/19/08)(SFC, 12/2/08, p.A8)
2008 Nov 17, The SEC charged
Mark Cuban, high-tech entrepreneur and owner of the Dallas
Mavericks, with illegal insider trading for allegedly using
confidential information to avoid over $750,000 in stock losses from
the sale of Mama.com stock in 2004.
(SFC, 11/18/08, p.D1)
2008 Nov 17, A report was
released concluded that Gulf War syndrome is a legitimate illness
suffered by more than 175,000 US war veterans who were exposed to
chemical toxins in the 1991 Gulf War.
2008 Nov 17, Citigroup Inc.
said it is cutting approximately 53,000 more jobs in the coming
quarters as the banking giant struggles to steady itself after
suffering massive losses from deteriorating debt.
2008 Nov 17, US Automakers
begged governments to save them amid a spreading global recession.
Cash-strapped General Motors Corp. said it will sell its entire
stake in Suzuki Motor Corp. for 22.37 billion yen ($230 million),
the automaker's latest move to stay afloat while awaiting a decision
on government aid for the industry.
2008 Nov 17, Yahoo said
co-founder and CEO Jerry Yang will resign his post as CEO, but
continue his previous role as “Chief Yahoo" and remain on the
(SFC, 11/18/08, p.A1)
2008 Nov 17, In Afghanistan 5
insurgents died in the clash in Farah's Bala Buluk region.
2008 Nov 17, Algeria and
Argentina signed an agreement to boost cooperation over civil
nuclear energy as part of Argentine President Cristina Kirchner's
tour of northern Africa.
2008 Nov 17, Australia said it
will invest millions of dollars in non-lethal whale research to show
Japan that the animals do not need to be killed in order to be
2008 Nov 17, Guy Peellaert
(b.1934), Belgian painter and collagist, died. His work included the
book “Rock Dreams" (1974), published in collaboration with British
rock journalist Nik Cohn.
(SSFC, 11/23/08, p.B8)
2008 Nov 17, Bolivian President
Evo Morales expressed hope for improved relations with the United
States under Barack Obama's presidency, but said he will never allow
the US anti-drug agency to resume operating in his country.
2008 Nov 17, In northwest China
a crowd of 1,000 people stormed a local Communist Party
headquarters, smashing cars and clashing with police following a
land dispute. The protesting began with just a small group of people
complaining about the demolition of their homes to make way for a
new road in Longnan city in Gansu province. Police later arrested 30
people for involvement in a two-day violent protest, that had to be
broken up with tear gas after 74 people were injured.
(AP, 11/18/08)(AFP, 11/20/08)
2008 Nov 17, In central China
flood waters trapped workers in a coal mine in Pingdingshan, Henan
province. The next day rescuers saved 33 miners who had been trapped
for 28 hours by an underground flood. One miner died.
(AP, 11/17/08)(AP, 11/18/08)
2008 Nov 17, Ethiopia’s state
news agency said the Wabe Shebelle river in the southeast highlands
burst its banks after heavy rains, killing 11 people and stranding
2008 Nov 17, French police
arrested ETA's alleged military chief, the most wanted Basque
separatist still at large and a man Spanish officials branded a
"bloodthirsty terrorist." Miguel De Garikoitz Aspiazu Rubina (35),
alias "Txeroki", was captured in Cauterets, a spa and ski resort in
the Pyrenees near the border with Spain's autonomous Basque region.
On Nov 24 Spain indicted Aspiazu and four other men over the car
bombing at a Madrid airport parking garage on Dec. 30, 2006.
(AFP, 11/17/08)(AP, 11/24/08)
2008 Nov 17, Iceland moved to
secure $6 billion in loans to refloat its collapsed financial system
as Britain said it would welcome a government promise to guarantee
its citizens' deposits in collapsed internet bank Icesave.
2008 Nov 17, In eastern
Indonesia a 7.5 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Sulawesi
killed at least 6 people, damaged hundreds of homes and briefly
triggered a region-wide tsunami warning.
(AP, 11/17/08)(SFC, 11/17/08, p.A3)(AP, 11/18/08)
2008 Nov 17, Baghdad Mayor
Sabir al-Issawi said in statement that Iraq's Cabinet has earmarked
$3 billion for a Baghdad subway project.
2008 Nov 17, A car carrying
Yaakov Alperon (51), one of Israel's top mafia kingpins, exploded as
it traveled in central Tel Aviv, killing him and threatening to
unleash an all-out war in Israel's increasingly violent underworld.
(AP, 11/17/08)(SFC, 11/18/08, p.A14)
2008 Nov 17, The mother ship in
Japan's whaling fleet left for the country's annual hunt in the
Antarctic. Greenpeace anti-whaling activists vowed to disrupt the
expedition once again after high-seas clashes forced an early halt
2008 Nov 17, Large crowds voted
in some towns in Indian Kashmir while protesters clashed with police
in others as state elections began amid boycott calls by Muslim
2008 Nov 17, In Iran Ali
Ashtari (45), convicted of spying for Israel, was hanged after being
sentenced to death on June 30 by a revolutionary court in Tehran.
The electronics salesman worked in supplying military, security and
defense centers across the Iran.
2008 Nov 17, The Kenya Wildlife
Service (KWS) said a ton of ivory items and 57 suspects were netted
in a four-month operation billed Africa's largest-ever crackdown on
wildlife crime. Operation Baba also seized cheetah, leopard, serval
cat and python skins as well as hippo teeth at several markets,
airports and border crossings in Congo Brazzaville, Ghana, Kenya,
Uganda and Zambia.
2008 Nov 17, A Mexican
newspaper's offices were damaged by two grenades in the
violence-plagued city of Culiacan in northwestern Mexico.
2008 Nov 17, Courts in
military-ruled Myanmar sentenced at least seven democracy activists
to prison, continuing a crackdown that saw about 70 people jailed
2008 Nov 17, Pakistan sent
armed troops to escort trucks along a key supply route for US and
NATO forces in Afghanistan. In northwest Pakistan a suicide car
bomber attacked an army post, killing at least 3 people. Violence
elsewhere in the region left at least five suspected militants dead.
Taliban militants attacked Pakistani tribal leaders in the Bajur
region near the Afghan border, triggering a gunbattle and a blast
that killed seven people.
(AP, 11/17/08)(AP, 11/18/08)(WSJ, 11/18/08, p.A1)
2008 Nov 17, In the Philippines
a gunman on a motorcycle killed Arecio Padrigao, a hard-hitting
Filipino radio commentator, in front of Bukindon State University in
southern Gingoog city. This was the seventh deadly attack on
reporters in the Philippines this year.
2008 Nov 17, In Somalia
witnesses said African Union (AU) peacekeepers from Burundi have
started moving into positions usually manned by Ethiopian troops in
the capital Mogadishu, as part of the ongoing Djibouti peace
2008 Nov 17, Sri Lankan troops
captured the strategic towns of Mankulam, Pannikankulam, and
Kumalamunai from Tamil Tiger rebels following fierce fighting in the
north of the island.
2008 Nov 17, Sudanese police
detained more than 60 journalists for around three hours and
instructed them to go to court for protesting against draconian
2008 Nov 17, Venezuela and Iran
announced a plan to start a new university program in the South
American country with a focus on teaching socialist principles.
2009 Nov 17, California Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger visited his native Austria.
2009 Nov 17, Australian doctors
successfully separated joined-at-the-head Bangladeshi twins after
more than 24 hours of surgery, saying the girls were "in great
shape" but faced a difficult recovery.
2009 Nov 17, In Beijing
President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao promised a
determined, joint effort to tackle climate change, nuclear
disarmament and other global troubles yet emerged from their first
full-blown summit with scant progress beyond goodwill. Obama also
raised the case of American geologist Xue Feng, who disappeared into
Chinese custody in 2007 under charges of stealing state secrets over
the purchase of a commercial database on the oil industry.
(AP, 11/17/09)(SFC, 11/20/09, p.A4)
2009 Nov 17, The European Union
joined the US in discouraging Palestinian intentions to seek
international recognition of an independent state, urging instead a
return to stalled peace talks with Israel.
2009 Nov 17, Two leading
Rwandan Hutu rebels were arrested in Germany on suspicion of crimes
against humanity and war crimes this year and in 2008 in DR Congo.
The pair, Ignace Murwanashyaka (46) and Straton Musoni (48) are the
leader and deputy leader respectively of the Democratic Liberation
Forces of Rwanda. The FDLR is estimated to have 5,000 to 6,000
fighters, many of whom took part in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda
before crossing into the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
2009 Nov 17, Iran vowed to
continue enriching uranium despite a wrist slap by the UN nuclear
watchdog, as US President Barack Obama warned of "consequences" if
Tehran refused to come clean on its atomic program.
2009 Nov 17, Iran’s state
television reported that five defendants have been sentenced to
death in a mass trial of opposition figures accused of fomenting the
unrest that followed the disputed June presidential election. They
apparently included 3 death sentences announced last month.
2009 Nov 17, Israel moved to
approve a plan to build 900 more housing units in a Jewish
neighborhood in the part of Jerusalem claimed by Palestinians,
drawing harsh criticism from the United States.
2009 Nov 17, Pakistan said that
troops waging a major ground and air offensive against the Taliban
have captured most towns once under rebel control in a key district
on the Afghan border. The military said overall, 550 militants and
70 soldiers have been killed since the army launched the offensive
on October 17. In southwestern Baluchistan province. A bomb
targeting a police chief's vehicle in Quetta killed one person and
injured six others. Three militants and one Pakistani soldier were
killed in fighting in the Bajur tribal region.
(AFP, 11/17/09)(AP, 11/17/09)(AP, 11/20/09)
2009 Nov 17, Slovakia pledged
about 250 extra soldiers to the NATO-led force in Afghanistan, the
first of what British PM Gordon Brown said would be a series of
2009 Nov 17, Somali pirates
freed 36 crew members from the Spanish trawler Alakrana after
holding them since Oct 2. A self-proclaimed pirate said the
hostage-takers were paid $3.3 million in ransom, while Spain's PM
Zapatero said the country did what it had to do.
2009 Nov 17, South Korea
announced its first greenhouse gas reduction target, pledging to cut
emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases by 4
percent below 2005 levels by 2020.
2009 Nov 17, A judge in
Tanzania said the prosecution failed to prove its case against
Father Hormisdas Nsengimana (55). He was alleged to have been at the
center of a group of Hutu extremists that planned and carried out
targeted attacks in Nyanza in 1994. Nsengimana was head of College
Christ-Roi, a prestigious Catholic school in the southern Rwandan
town. Judge Eric Mose ordered his immediate release from the UN
detention facility in Arusha. He had been imprisoned for seven years
since his 2002 arrest in Cameroon.
2009 Nov 17, Ugandan forces
shot and killed Okello Okutti, a senior commander of the rebel
Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), during a clash in Obo, near the
Central African Republic's eastern border with Sudan.
2010 Nov 17, US House Democrats
elected Nancy Pelosi to remain as their leader despite massive party
losses in this month's congressional elections.
2010 Nov 17, A US federal jury
in NYC convicted Ahmed Ghailani, a Guantanamo detainee, of one count
of conspiracy and acquitted him on 280 other counts. He was the
first Gitmo detainee to face a civilian trial.
(SFC, 11/18/10, p.A7)
2010 Nov 17, Alaska election
officials confirmed that Rep. Senator Lisa Murkowski won her US
Senate seat as a write-in candidate.
(SFC, 11/18/10, p.A1)
2010 Nov 17, Some 48 of 1,730
California doctors, who received money from pharmaceutical companies
over the past 21 months, have been the subject of disciplinary
action as reported by ProPublica, an investigative news
(SFC, 11/18/10, p.A1)
2010 Nov 17, In San Francisco
some 300 students and UC employees protested at UCSF’s Mission Bay
campus as regents met on day 2 of a 3-day meeting. Expectations of a
6th tuition increase in 4 years triggered the protests. On Nov 18
tuition was raised 8%.
(SFC, 11/18/10, p.A1)(SFC, 11/19/10, p.A1)
2010 Nov 17, Booz Allen
Hamilton, government consulting company, hit Wall Street and raised
$238 million with its initial public offering of stock.
2010 Nov 17, Researchers
reported that the new drug anacetrapib dramatically raises good
cholesterol and reduces bad cholesterol.
(SFC, 11/18/10, p.A15)
2010 Nov 17, Scientists at CERN
reported that they have stored 38 atoms of the antimatter called
antihydrogen for a tiny fraction of a second. The first antihydrogen
atoms were made 15 years ago at CERN.
(SFC, 11/18/10, p.A9)
2010 Nov 17, British officers
in Sunningdale, near Ascot, stopped a van after a tip-off, causing
four men inside to try to escape. Police arrested them before
searching the vehicle, when they found a man wrapped in bags in the
back. He had been tortured and soon died.
2010 Nov 17, China said it will
intervene to control consumer prices if they rise too quickly, a
move that will do little by itself to tame inflation but could
foreshadow harsher monetary tightening. The government
announced food subsidies for poor families as it tries to cool a
double-digit surge in prices that communist leaders worry might stir
(Reuters, 11/17/10)(AP, 11/17/10)
2010 Nov 17, In eastern Congo
Rwandan Hutu rebels attacked a truck, killing at least three people
and wounding several others. UN-run Radio Okapi earlier reported the
rebels killed 21 people in the attack in the heavily forested
Walikale territory, but a UN spokeswoman said peacekeepers on patrol
in the area confirmed only three dead.
2010 Nov 17, In Egypt a
security official said a teenage bride (19) has been beaten and
stabbed to death by brothers and an uncle after she married against
the family's wishes. The trio murdered the woman after tracking her
down to the apartment she shared with her husband, a poor farmer, in
Minya province. The men were subsequently arrested.
2010 Nov 17, Germany said it
had strong evidence Islamist militants were planning attacks in the
next two weeks and ordered security at potential targets such as
train stations and airports to be tightened.
2010 Nov 17, Guinea's military
declared a state of emergency following violence after a tense
presidential election. Pan-African rights group RADDHO said 10
people have been killed and 215 others injured in violence since the
election results were announced earlier this week.
(AP, 11/17/10)(Reuters, 11/17/10)
2010 Nov 17, Haiti's health
ministry said that 1,100 people have now died from cholera. In
Cap-Haitien anti-UN riots disrupted international efforts to tackle
a spreading cholera epidemic, increasing the risk of infection and
death for tens of thousands of poor Haitians in the north.
2010 Nov 17, Indonesia’s
disaster agency said that the death toll due to Mount Merapi had
risen to 275 and that most of the people were killed by searing gas
clouds. Others died during panicked evacuations or from respiratory
problems and other illnesses linked to the volcano.
2010 Nov 17, Iraq’s Pres. Jalal
Talabani said he would never sign former deputy premier Tareq Aziz's
execution order, stressing it was time to turn the page on Iraq's
history of capital punishment.
2010 Nov 17, Ireland agreed to
work with an EU-IMF mission on urgent steps to shore up its
shattered banking sector.
2010 Nov 17, Israel approved
the withdrawal of troops from the northern half of a village that
straddles the border with Lebanon, a step that would end its
four-year presence in the area.
2010 Nov 17, An Israeli
airstrike killed two senior members of the Army of Islam. An Israeli
statement said the men targeted were "part of a terror cell that
planned to kidnap and kill Israelis" in the Sinai peninsula.
2010 Nov 17, Italian police
captured Antonio Iovine (46), one of the country’s most wanted
mobsters. He was considered the financial brains behind the Camorra
crime syndicate clans.
(SFC, 11/18/10, p.A2)
2010 Nov 17, Kyrgyzstan put its
deposed president, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, on trial in his absence, with
prosecutors seeking a long prison term for Kurmanbek Bakiyev on
charges that he ordered troops to fire on demonstrators, killing 78
people. Bakiyev, in self-imposed exile in Belarus, was being tried
along with 27 other former officials for their alleged involvement
in the deaths during April street protests that led to the fall of
2010 Nov 17, In Madagascar Col.
Charles Andrianasoavina, who supported a politician's takeover last
year, claimed that he and other top-ranking officers have taken over
the country. The claim came on a day voters were deciding whether to
accept or reject a new constitution that calls for keeping Pres.
Rajoelina in power indefinitely. The constitutional referendum was
being held in defiance of regional efforts to find a negotiated
solution that would involve Marc Ravalomanana, the president ousted
in 2009, and other leaders. Rajoelina appeared confident of his hold
on power and told reporters the majority of the military was behind
(AP, 11/17/10)(AP, 11/18/10)
2010 Nov 17, A gunbattle
between Mexican soldiers and drug cartel gunmen near the border with
Texas killed 11 alleged gang members and prompted the US to
reinforce security at international crossings. In Cancun the owner
of a company that distributes plastic bags was shot to death in a
parking lot near the hotel zone. A mother, father and their adult
son were found dead from gunshot wounds in Majahual, a fishing
village near the border with Belize. A man was shot to death while
leaving his house in the exclusive Tijuana neighborhood of
Chapultepec. 2 other people were wounded in a shootout on one of the
city's main avenues.
(AP, 11/18/10)(AP, 11/19/10)
2010 Nov 17, In Namibia a
suspected explosive device was found on a conveyor belt with luggage
on a Germany-bound flight. On Nov 22 a court said that Nehemia
Shafuda, chief inspector of the Namibian police aviation security,
faces charges for smuggling a suspected explosive device, using the
device in an airport and giving false information that interfered
with airport operations.
2010 Nov 17, Nigeria's security
forces rescued 19 foreign and local hostages from militant camps in
the creeks of the Niger Delta oil region.
2010 Nov 17, Saudi Arabia's
King Abdullah stepped down as head of the country's National Guard
and transferred the influential position to his son, in an apparent
sign that the elderly monarch is beginning to lessen some of his
2010 Nov 17, In Somalia
artillery shelling and gunfire between African Union troops and
Islamist insurgents killed at least 21 civilians in Mogadishu.
2011 Nov 17, In California
police cleared the Occupy Cal encampment in UC Berkeley’s Sproul
Plaza, arresting 2 protesters and removing about 20 tents.
(SFC, 11/18/11, p.A13)
2011 Nov 17, In the San
Francisco Bay area Vallejo police officer James Capoot (45) was shot
and killed while attempting to apprehend Henry Albert Smith (37), a
suspect wanted in a robbery that had just occurred at the Bank of
America at Springstowne Center.
(SFC, 11/18/11, p.A1)(SFC, 11/30/11, p.C4)
2011 Nov 17, Michelle Parker
(33) of Orlando, Fl., was last seen after her episode of “The
People’s Court" aired on TV. Earlier in the day the episode aired in
which Parker and with ex-fiance Dale Smith battled over whether
Parker had to pay for a $5,000 engagement ring she tossed away
during one of their spats. The judge ruled the two should split the
(SFC, 11/23/11, p.A7)
2011 Nov 17, Police arrested
over 200 protesters who sat on the ground and blocked traffic into
New York City's financial district, part of a day of mass gatherings
in response to efforts to break up Occupy Wall Street camps
(AP, 11/17/11)(SFC, 11/18/11, p.A13)
2011 Nov 17, Algerian President
Abdelaziz Bouteflika sacked Noureddine Cherouati, the managing
director of state energy giant Sonatrach and gave his job to another
senior official in the firm. Abdelhamid Zerguine, the head of
Sonatrach's subsidiary at Lugano in Switzerland," was named to
2011 Nov 17, Australian
scientists exploring areas of the Indian Ocean said they had found
sunken parts of the megacontinent Gondwana which could offer clues
on how the current world was formed. This would hopefully shed light
on how Gondwana broke into present-day Australia, Antarctica and
India between 80 and 130 million years ago.
2011 Nov 17, The Northern Rock
bank, nationalized at the height of the global financial crisis in
2008, was sold to Richard Branson's Virgin Money at a loss for
British taxpayers. The government agreed to sell Northern Rock to
online lender Virgin Money for £747 million ($1.18 billion, 872
million euros) in cash, although the final amount could rise to
about £1.0 billion.
2011 Nov 17, Brazilian
authorities began investigating an offshore oil spill. Chevron says
that between 400 and 650 barrels of oil have leaked from a well it
was drilling off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. The leak totaled no
more than 3,000 barrels.
(AP, 11/17/11)(Econ, 12/31/11, p.23)
2011 Nov 17, Cambodia's
UN-backed tribunal ruled that Ieng Thirith (79), a former senior
Khmer Rouge leader, was unfit to stand trial for genocide and other
crimes because she has Alzheimer's disease.
2011 Nov 17, China's unmanned
spacecraft Shenzhou VIII returned to Earth, state media reported,
after completing two space dockings that have pushed forward the
nation's ambitious space program.
2011 Nov 17, In Egypt attackers
threw rocks and broken glass at a march by Coptic Christians in
Cairo, injuring 10, in the latest outbreak of sectarian violence.
2011 Nov 17, It was reported
that Aliaa Magda Elmahdy (20), an Egyptian woman activist who posted
nude pictures of herself on her blog to protest limits on free
expression, has triggered an uproar in Egypt, drawing condemnations
from conservatives and liberals alike.
2011 Nov 17, It was reported
that French company Fonroche plans invest $115 million to build a
44-megawatt solar farm in Puerto Rico. The farm will be built on 160
acres (65 hectares) and will provide power to the state-owned
electric company as part of a 20-year, $240 million contract.
2011 Nov 17, The 3-day East
Asia Summit (EAS), bringing together the 10-member Association of
South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and eight dialogue partners, opened
on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. President Barack Obama
became the first US leader to attend an East Asia summit. Leaders
from 18 nations gathered to discuss territorial disputes in the
South China Sea, democratic reforms in military-dominated Myanmar,
mitigating natural disasters, currency, trade and other issues.
(AP, 11/19/11)(Econ, 11/12/11, p.50)
2011 Nov 17, In Iraq four
people were killed when a car bomb went off next to an Iraqi
military patrol in Mahmoudiya.
2011 Nov 17, Annual figures
from Israel’s National Insurance Institute showed one in four
Israelis was living under the poverty line in 2010, although the
numbers showed an improvement since 2009.
2011 Nov 17, In Italy
anti-austerity protesters clashed with riot police as PM Mario Monti
appealed to Italians to accept sacrifices to save their country from
(SFC, 11/18/11, p.A2)
2011 Nov 17, Libyan militiamen,
who fought the regime of ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi, marched
through Tripoli demanding a voice in the formation of a new interim
government. Libya's Muslim Brotherhood, repressed under the regime
of fallen strongman Moamer Kadhafi, opened its first public congress
inside the country for almost 25 years.
(AP, 11/18/11)(AFP, 11/18/11)
2011 Nov 17, In Nigeria 3
hostages, two of them Americans, were kidnapped off the coast when
gunmen attacked the MV C-Endeavour working with oil giant Chevron.
The hostages were released on Dec 1.
2011 Nov 17, Norwegian security
officials say the Nordic country has been hit by one of the most
extensive data espionage attacks in the country's history. The
Norwegian National Security Authority said industrial secrets from
the oil, energy and defense industries have been stolen and
2011 Nov 17, In Pakistan
suspected US drones fired four missiles at a compound in North
Waziristan, killing eight alleged militants and wounding two others
in the third such strike in as many days. Pakistani security forces
pounded militant hideouts in the Orakzai tribal area, killing 25
suspected militants, and in the Kurram tribal area, killing 12
suspected militants. Saeed Abdul Salam, carrying a US and a
Pakistani passport, detonated an explosive device when troops raided
his apartment in Karachi.
(AP, 11/17/11)(AP, 11/19/11)
2011 Nov 17, Puerto Rico's
governor said he's allocating $20 million to provide police with
more training and resources as the island suffers a record number of
killings this year.
2011 Nov 17, Somalia's Islamist
rebels attacked government and African Union troops positions in
Mogadishu, killing four civilians and wounding 12 others.
2011 Nov 17, Sudan’s government
blocked South Sudanese oil exports through its Red Sea port due to a
dispute over transit fees. The pipeline was not been shut down, but
the south was not being allowed to ship its oil cargo out of Port
2011 Nov 17, Taiwan media
reported that the government is planning to send naval vessels to
waters off Somalia for the first time to protect the island's
fishing boats against pirates.
2011 Nov 17, The Tanzania-based
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) handed down a
15-year jail term for genocide to Gregory Ndahimana (59), a Rwandan
former mayor, who in 1994 failed to stop police bulldozing a church,
burying nearly 2,000 people sheltered inside.
2011 Nov 17, Syrian rebel
troops hit youth offices of Syria's ruling Baath party, a day after
a spectacular raid on a military intelligence base outside Damascus.
Mohammad Riad Shakfa, the leader of Syria's exiled Muslim
Brotherhood, said that his compatriots would accept Turkish
"intervention" in the country to resolve months of bloody unrest.
Syria said it had issued a warning to its citizens that they would
be arrested and prosecuted if they took part in further attacks as
security forces shot dead a nine-year-old girl. Government troops
made sweeping arrests in the restive Hama province.
(AFP, 11/17/11)(AP, 11/17/11)
2011 Nov 17, The UN nuclear
agency said a Hungarian manufacturer of medical radioactive
substances was "most probably" the source of increased radiation
levels measured in several European countries in the past weeks.
2011 Nov 17, The UN refugee
agency said Yemen has seen a surge of refugees from Somalia and
Ethiopia, with a record 12,545 arriving by sea last month as they
fled unrest, famine and persecution.
2011 Nov 17, Venezuela’s Pres.
Chavez ordered thousands of National Guard soldiers into the streets
of Caracas and the surrounding states of Miranda and Vargas to help
outgunned police curb widespread violent crime.
(SFC, 11/18/11, p.A2)
2012 Nov 17, In southern
California 4 suspected gang members were arrested on suspicion of
attempted murder following a shooting that wounded a sheriff’s
deputy in south Los Angeles.
(SSFC, 11/18/12, p.A11)
2012 Nov 17, In Idaho a
break-in at Zoo Boise left a Patas monkey dead from blunt force
trauma to the head and neck and police were analyzing blood found at
the scene to determine if it came from the monkey or one of two
human intruders. Michael J. Watkins (22) was soon arrested.
(AP, 11/17/12)(SFC, 11/21/12, p.A6)
2012 Nov 17, Cambodia hosted
the 10-member ASEAN summit of Southeast Asian countries. Talks for a
Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) were formally
launched between the member states at the ASEAN Summit in Cambodia.
It was scheduled to be finalized by the end of 2017.
2012 Nov 17, In CongoDRC the
U.N.'s mission (MONUSCO) launched an aerial attack on the M23 rebel
group after fighting resumed following a months long lull in
2012 Nov 17, In southern Egypt
a speeding train crashed into a bus carrying children to their
kindergarten, killing 48 children and 3 adults. On Jun2 29, 2013, a
court sentenced two railway workers to ten years in prison over the
train crash which left 52 people dead.
(AP, 11/17/12)(AP, 6/29/13)
2012 Nov 17, In France groups
opposed to President Francois Hollande's plans to legalize gay
marriage and gay adoptions took to the streets. Large groups marched
in Paris, Lyon and Toulouse.
2012 Nov 17, In India Bal
Thackeray (86), a Hindu extremist leader linked to waves of mob
violence against Muslims and migrant workers, died after an illness
of several weeks.
2012 Nov 17, In Iraq 7 people,
including 3 Iranian pilgrims, were killed when an explosives-laden
car detonated as they were exiting a rest stop in Balad, 50 km north
2012 Nov 17, In Ireland about
10,000 people marched through Dublin and observed a minute's silence
Saturday in memory of the Indian dentist who died of blood poisoning
in an Irish hospital after being denied an abortion.
2012 Nov 17, Israel bombarded
the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with nearly 200 airstrikes, widening a
blistering assault on Gaza rocket operations to include the prime
minister's headquarters, a police compound and a vast network of
smuggling tunnels. Ten people, including eight militants, were
killed and dozens were wounded in the various attacks.
2012 Nov 17, In Japan
nationalist Shintaro Ishihara said he is joining the Japan
Restoration party formed in September by Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto
seeking to become a 3rd force in the country’s politics.
(SSFC, 11/18/12, p.A6)
2012 Nov 17, Sierra Leone held
elections for the 3rd time since the 2002 end of an 11-year civil
war. Final results made public on Nov 23 said incumbent Pres. Ernest
Bai Koroma, who has expanded health care and paved roads, won with
58.7% of the vote over former military leader Julius Maada Bio.
(AP, 11/17/12)(SFC, 11/24/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 17, In Swaziland
Ellinah Wamukoya (61) was consecrated to serve as the Anglican
church's bishop and first female bishop in Africa.
2012 Nov 17, In Tunisia
Mohammed Bakhti, a prominent member of the ultraconservative Muslim
Salafi movement, died after months on a hunger strike. Fellow
detainee, Bachir al-Gholi, died Nov 15 after a heart attack brought
on by his own hunger strike. Both were suspects in the Sep 14 attack
on Tunisia's US embassy.
2012 Nov 17, Cameraman Cuneyt
Unal, captured while covering fighting in the city of Aleppo, was
released returned to Turkey. Unal and reporter Bashar Fahmi, a
Jordanian citizen of Palestinian origin, had been missing since
August. Both were working for the US-based Alhurra TV and were
believed to have been captured by Syrian government forces.
2013 Nov 17, A series of
tornadoes pounded the Midwestern United States, killing six people
across Illinois and flattening Washington, a city of 15,000 people.
The storm killed one person in Washington and destroyed 250 to 500
2013 Nov 17, In San Francisco
Melquiesha Warren (23) was killed and her friend Danisha Bean was
wounded after Michael Green opened fire on them following a fender
bender in a South of Market neighborhood. In 2017 Green (28) was
sentenced to 82 years to life in prison.
(SFC, 6/7/17, p.D3)
2013 Nov 17, In Colorado two
workers were killed in a mining accident at the Star Mine Operations
near Ouray. The powder-smoke incident also injured 20 workers.
(SFC, 11/18/13, p.A5)
2013 Nov 17, Afghan villagers
discovered the beheaded bodies of six men in Kandahar province. The
next day they were identified as policemen who had disappeared days
earlier from Zabul province. NATO said an international service
member was killed by a roadside bomb.
(AP, 11/17/13)(AP, 11/18/13)
2013 Nov 17, Doris Lessing
(b.1919), the Nobel prize-winning, free-thinking, world-traveling
and often-polarizing British author, died. Her work included "The
Golden Notebook" (1962) and dozens of other novels that reflected
her own improbable journey across the former British empire.
(AP, 11/17/13)(Econ, 11/30/13, p.90)
2013 Nov 17, In the Central
African Republic Seleka rebels assassinated magistrate Modeste
Martineau Bria and his aide-de-camp. 2 people were killed and others
suffered gunshot wounds as residents protested the killing in
2013 Nov 17, Chile held
presidential elections. Michelle Bachelet (62), a former president
(2006-2010), nearly doubled her conservative rival's votes in the
first round of the election, but her center-left coalition fell
short of the gains in Congress needed to keep many of her promises.
(AP, 11/17/13)(AP, 11/18/13)
2013 Nov 17, The Dubai Airshow
took off with huge aircraft orders and commitments worth around $100
billion for Boeing and $40 billion for Airbus from Gulf carriers.
(AFP, 11/17/13)(SFC, 11/18/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 17, In Egypt gunmen
shot dead Mohamed Mabruk, an officer in charge of the Islamist
Muslim Brotherhood file at the interior ministry's national security
2013 Nov 17, French President
Francois Hollande arrived in Israel for a visit and said France will
never tolerate nuclear proliferation. The visit will also see him
traveling to the Palestinian territories to discuss Middle East
peace talks which have been limping along for three months with
little signs of progress.
2013 Nov 17, Georgia
inaugurated philosopher and former university rector Giorgi
Margvelashvili (44) as the new president. He pledged to strengthen
ties with the West and maintain its commitment to NATO.
2013 Nov 17, In a Der Spiegel
interview last week Cornelius Gurlitt (80), a German recluse who hid
hundreds of paintings believed looted by the Nazis in his Munich
flat, said he will not give up the works without a fight, quashing
hopes of a quick settlement. The collection was put together by
Gurlitt’s father, Hildebrand Gurlitt, one of the few dealers chosen
by Joseph Goebbels, Nazi propaganda chief, to sell confiscated art.
(AFP, 11/17/13)(Econ, 11/9/13, p.56)
2013 Nov 17, In Guinea a
teenager was killed and five other civilians injured during clashes
with police after a pro-opposition journalist claimed he risked
being kidnapped by the security forces.
2013 Nov 17, Iraqi authorities
executed a dozen "terrorism" convicts, defying widespread
international condemnation of Baghdad's use of the death penalty as
violence nationwide has surged. Attacks across Iraq killed at least
(AP, 11/17/13)(AFP, 11/18/13)
2013 Nov 17, In Kenya poachers
infiltrated the privately owned Lewa Wildlife Conservancy during the
full moon and killed Meluaya," a 17-year-old black rhino suspected
to have been heavily pregnant and with a two-year-old calf.
2013 Nov 17, In Kosovo NATO
soldiers and EU police secured polling stations in the flashpoint
town of Mitrovica for a re-run election central to a
Western-sponsored plan to end the country's ethnic partition.
2013 Nov 17, Arab and African
foreign ministers met in Kuwait hoping to accelerate a strategy to
bolster economic cooperation, investment and trade ahead of a summit
this week. The Third Africa Arab Summit on Nov 19-20 will be the
first meeting of its kind since 2010.
2013 Nov 17, Libya's deputy
intelligence chief Mustafa Nuh was abducted in Tripoli shortly after
his arrival from a trip abroad. Residents of Tripoli began a
three-day general strike against militia violence and to mourn
dozens killed in clashes at an anti-militia protest over the
(AFP, 11/17/13)(SFC, 11/18/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 17, In Mexico
investigators found the bodies of 8 people bound and stabbed at a
home in Ciudad Juarez. The killers had gone to the home Romero
Sanchez a month ago trying to collect a debt that was owed by
Sanchez for a $115 stud fee for a dog. Authorities arrested two
suspects on Nov 19 after investigators found traces of blood on
(SFC, 11/18/13, p.A2)(AP, 11/21/13)
2013 Nov 17, Commonwealth
leaders meeting in Sri Lanka agreed on steps to tackle high debt and
poverty as they staged a show of unity after a summit dominated by a
bitter dispute over war crimes.
2013 Nov 17, Sudanese rebels
struck a town near the border of troubled South Kordofan state,
where witnesses confirmed fighting was underway.
2013 Nov 17, The head of
Syria's General Foreign Trade Organization (GFTO) said Syrian bank
accounts frozen abroad are gradually being freed up for use to fund
food purchases, with France being the most committed to releasing
2013 Nov 17, Syrian forces
besieged Qara, a key town in the Qalamoun mountains, a region used
by rebels to cross from Lebanon and which links the capital to
government strongholds along the coast.
2013 Nov 17, In northern Yemen
3 people were killed when Shi'ite Houthi rebels shelled a school in
Damaj where sectarian fighting has killed more than 100 people.
2014 Nov 17, The US Social
Security office reported that a small group of judges had improperly
approved disability claims for nearly 25,000 people costing
taxpayers some $2 billion over the past seven years.
(SSFC, 11/16/14, p.A9)
2014 Nov 17, US Central Command
said US military forces conducted 11 air strikes against Islamic
militants in Syria and 20 in Iraq since Nov 14.
2014 Nov 17, Dr. Martin Salia
(44), seriously ill from Ebola contracted in Sierra Leone, died at
Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha..
(SFC, 11/18/14, p.A6)
2014 Nov 17, US researchers
said they have identified a virus that has been wiping out starfish
along the US Pacific coast. It was identified as a densovirus, a
type of parvovirus, and was said to have also been found in museum
specimans dating back to 1942.
(SFC, 11/18/14, p.A1)
2014 Nov 17, Australia and
China signed a preliminary free-trade deal that would give
Australia's service industry unsurpassed access to the Chinese
market and Australian agriculture advantages over competitors from
the United States, Canada and the European Union.
2014 Nov 17, Newly elected
members of Bosnia's tripartite presidency pledge to end the
years-long political stalemate and revive reforms that would bring
the country closer to EU membership.
2014 Nov 17, Bosnia said police
have arrested 12 war crimes suspects in the northern town of
Prijedor, where Serb forces committed brutal attacks during the
1992-95 Bosnian War that left 100,000 dead. They were suspected of
an attack on Zecovi, a village where over 150 Muslim Bosnians were
killed, among them 29 women and children.
2014 Nov 17, The president of
Brazil’s Petrobras announced the creation of a compliance department
to deal with the unfurling corruption scandal that has shaken the
state-owned oil giant.
(SFC, 11/18/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 17, British jurors
were dismissed after law student Erol Incedal (26), a Turkish-born
Londoner accused of targeting Tony Blair and plotting a Mumbai-style
attack, was found guilty in a secret trial at the Old Bailey of
possessing material likely to be useful to a terrorist.
Co-defendant, Mounir Rarmoul-Bouhadjar (26) had pleaded guilty
before the trial began to having the same bomb-making document.
2014 Nov 17, In Burkina Faso
career diplomat Michel Kafando was named interim president to steer
the west African nation during a one-year transition back to
civilian rule following the toppling of its veteran leader.
2014 Nov 17, China’s official
government news agency Xinhua said a campaign dubbed “Operation Fox
Hunt" has arrested 288 fugitives suspected of committing economic
crimes as part of an aggressive anti-corruption effort aimed at
individuals who have fled abroad. The Chinese government has given
overseas graft suspects a deadline of December 1 to surrender. By
May 2015 some 680 fugitives from 69 countries were repatriated.
(Reuters, 11/17/14)(Econ., 5/2/15, p.38)
2014 Nov 17, In Colombia an
11-year-old girl was in critical condition after doctors removed
from her stomach 104 cocaine-filled capsules her father made her
swallow to smuggle drugs to Europe.
2014 Nov 17, Egypt’s state MENA
news agency said a decision has been taken to increase the buffer
zone along the border in Rafah to one km. This came after the
discovery of underground tunnels with a total length of 800 to 1,000
2014 Nov 17, In Egypt a woman
(19) diagnosed with bird flu died, the second fatality from the H5N1
virus this year in the country.
2014 Nov 17, France's top
security official said Maxime Hauchard (22), a young Frenchman, is
believed to be among the killers on an Islamic State propaganda
video showing a beheaded American aid worker and the deaths of more
than a dozen Syrian soldiers.
2014 Nov 17, In Hungary over
10,000 people gathered outside the parliament in Budapest to protest
against alleged corruption and the centralization of power.
(Econ, 11/22/14, p.46)
2014 Nov 17, Indonesia's
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo announced a sharp increase in fuel
prices, saying costly government subsidies would be better spent on
infrastructure and development.
2014 Nov 17, In Iraq a pair of
car bombs targeted busy commercial areas in Baghdad, killing at
least 14 people and wounding 31.
2014 Nov 17, Kenyan officials
said police have shot dead a man and arrested about 250 others when
they searched two mosques in Mombasa that they said were used to
recruit militants and stash weapons. About 10 youths chanting
"Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest), killed a shopkeeper who tried to
close his store in case of a riot. The youths killed the two other
men when they attacked people on public transport.
(Reuters, 11/17/14)(Reuters, 11/18/14)
2014 Nov 17, In Kenya nearly
1,000 people marched through the streets of Nairobi to protest a
recent rash of attacks by mobs of men on women who have been deemed
too provocatively dressed. A mob of Kenyan men attacked and stripped
a woman claiming she was inappropriately dressed just hours after
(AP, 11/17/14)(AP, 11/18/14)
2014 Nov 17, In Lebanon
relatives of soldiers held hostage by militants burned tires and
blocked roads in Beirut after Islamic State group extremists
threatened to kill their sons, causing hours of citywide gridlock.
The demonstration began after militants threatened to kill more
hostages unless the government revoked recent sentences handed down
to Islamist prisoners.
2014 Nov 17, Palestinian bus
driver Youssef al-Ramouni (32) was found hanged in his vehicle in
Jerusalem, an incident that led to stone-throwing protests by
Palestinians suspecting foul play but which Israeli police, citing
autopsy results, termed a suicide.
2014 Nov 17, In Puerto Rico
Miguel Ortiz Diaz (67, his wife, a 15-year-old son and his
mother-in-law were fatally shot at their home in the upscale city of
Guaynabo. Ortiz had been a professor for nearly 20 years at Puerto
Rico's American Military Academy. Police believed Ortiz was killed
by people who were renting a house he owned and were facing eviction
because they had fallen behind on the rent. Christopher Sanchez
Asencio and Jose Bosch Mulero, both 27, faced murder charges and
nearly 40 other counts, including aggravated kidnapping of a minor
and destruction of evidence.
(AP, 11/18/14)(AP, 11/20/14)
2014 Nov 17, Russia expelled
several Polish diplomats for spying, deepening the worst East-West
crisis since the Cold War as the EU eyed fresh sanctions against
Moscow over the violence in Ukraine.
2014 Nov 17, In Sierra Leone a
member of the 165-member medical team Cuba sent to fight Ebola in
Sierra Leone was diagnosed with the disease. Dr. Felix Baez Sarria
caught the disease when he rushed to help a patient who was falling
over. On Nov 19 the Swiss government said it planned to bring Baez
for medical treatment in Geneva.
2014 Nov 17, In Somalia gunmen
shot and killed Abdullahi Ali Anshur (60). The Somali-American from
Minnesota had left a well-paying job in the US to help the fledgling
city government in Mogadishu.
2014 Nov 17, In Somalia at
least two people were killed in clashes in the town of Baidoa.
Hundreds of demonstrators had taken to the streets, burning tires
and attacking vehicles, in a bid to stop elections for the local
president of the federal South West state based in Baidoa.
2014 Nov 17, A Thai military
helicopter carrying 9 army personnel crashed in northern Thailand
killing all on board in Phayao province.
2014 Nov 17, A Ugandan official
said local police are investigating the disappearance more than a
ton of ivory, valued at $1.1 million, from a government vault.
2014 Nov 17, Ukraine security
officials said 7 government soldiers and 3 police officers were
killed in the east in the past 24 hours, while one civilian was
killed and eight wounded over the weekend.
2015 Nov 17, President Barack
Obama announced that the US will hand over two ships to the
Philippine Navy to boost its maritime security capabilities, in a
bid to show the US and its allies won't be cowed by China in
disputed waters far off its coast.
2015 Nov 17, The US-led
coalition fighting Islamic State conducted 16 air strikes in Iraq
and 13 in Syria.
2015 Nov 17, House Speaker Paul
Ryan called for a pause in Syrian refugees coming to the US in the
wake of the Paris attacks and said the House will vote on the issue
2015 Nov 17, More than 100
flights were canceled at Denver International Airport early as a
powerful storm system dropped snow over the Rocky Mountains.
2015 Nov 17, It was reported
that Charles F. Feeney (84), the billionaire founder of Atlantic
Philanthropies, has donated $177 million to UCSF to create program
to address Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
(SFC, 11/17/15, p.A1)
2015 Nov 17, UCSF said
entrepreneur Sean Parker, the co-founder of Napster, has donated $10
million to create research center to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes
in five years.
(SFC, 11/18/15, p.C1)
2015 Nov 17, Pennsylvania-based
Education Management Corp. agreed to pay $96 million to settle
claims it illegally paid recruiters based on the number of students
they enrolled. Five states had participated in four lawsuits.
(SFC, 11/18/15, p.A12)
2015 Nov 17, In Washington
state 3 people were killed and about 360,000 homes and businesses in
the Seattle-area were without power as a storm packing powerful
winds downed trees and triggered mudslides.
(Reuters, 11/18/15)(SFC, 11/19/15, p.A8)
2015 Nov 17, Bosnian
authorities arrested a police commissioner, a lawyer and a third
Muslim Bosnian suspected of having committed crimes against Bosnian
Serb civilians during the 1992-95 war.
2015 Nov 17, Finance minister
George Osborne said British spies are building elite cyber offensive
forces to strike at Islamic State fighters, hackers and hostile
2015 Nov 17, A British couple
was found guilty of keeping a Nigerian immigrant enslaved for more
than two decades, forcing him to work for no pay and threatening him
with deportation if he tried to escape. Emanuel Edet (61) and Antan
Edet (58) held their victim captive from the time he was brought to
Britain when he was 14 years old.
2015 Nov 17, Chinese state
media said police have arrested 98 people connected to online
gambling networks that handled $78 billion in bets. Police in the
southern provinces of Hunan and Guangdong have shut down 12
"gambling dens" since July, but only now announced the arrests.
2015 Nov 17, Egypt said it
would take into account Russia's conclusion that a bomb brought down
a passenger plane over the Sinai Peninsula on Oct 31, but its
investigation had so far found no evidence of criminal action.
2015 Nov 17, France made an
unprecedented demand that its EU allies support its military action
against the Islamic State group. EU nations unanimously backed the
French request. French police named two of the Nov 13 French
attackers as Ismael Omar Mostefai, 29, from Chartres, southwest of
Paris, and Samy Amimour, 28, from the Paris suburb of Drancy.
(AP, 11/17/15)(Reuters, 11/17/15)(AFP, 11/17/15)
2015 Nov 17, France and Russia
staged air strikes on Islamic State targets in northern Syria,
punishing the group for the Nov 13 attacks in Paris and against a
Russian airliner on Oct 31 that together killed 353 people.
2015 Nov 17, German police
arrested two more people in connection with the Nov 13 Paris
attacks, bringing to seven the total number of arrests linked to the
2015 Nov 17, Greece struck a
deal with European creditors on economic measures it needs to make
to get its next batch of bailout money.
2015 Nov 17, A plastic boat
carrying migrants capsized in the eastern Aegean Sea near the Greek
island of Kos, killing at least 9 people including 4 children.
2015 Nov 17, In Greece a
magnitude 6.5 earthquake off the western coast killed 2 elderly
2015 Nov 17, An Indian army
colonel was killed by suspected militants who fired automatic rifles
from the forest in the Indian portion of Kashmir.
2015 Nov 17, Ireland celebrated
its first gay marriages, six months after voters overwhelmingly
chose to legalize the practice.
2015 Nov 17, Israel banned the
radical northern wing of the Islamic Movement, with the government
accusing it of inciting violence. The Islamic Movement was founded
in the early 1970s, with the goal of "establishing an Arab Islamic
state in Palestine.
2015 Nov 17, Japan sued its
southern region of Okinawa over local resistance to a new US
2015 Nov 17, Kosovo's
opposition used tear gas and pepper spray inside parliament and
pelted police with rocks and pink paint outside the building in
another attempt to force the government to renounce recent deals
with Serbia and Montenegro.
2015 Nov 17, Nigeria's
President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the arrest of Sambo Dasuki, the
country's former national security adviser, accusing him of stealing
around $2 billion received for phantom arms contracts.
2015 Nov 17, In Nigeria a
blast struck a market in the northeastern city of Yola, killing 32
people and wounding 80 others.
2015 Nov 17, In southwestern
Pakistan a train carrying 280 passengers derailed in a remote area,
killing the train driver and 11 passengers and injuring at least 57
2015 Nov 17, The Philippine
military verified reports that a Malaysian kidnap victim was
beheaded by Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines after a
large ransom demand was not paid. The militants killed Bernard Then
Ted Fen, who was abducted last May, in the jungles off Indanan town
in Sulu province.
2015 Nov 17, The Philippines
and Vietnam signed an agreement to elevate their relationship to a
strategic partnership as leaders from 21 countries and
self-governing territories gathered in Manila for the Asia Pacific
Economic Cooperation summit.
2015 Nov 17, The head of
Russia's FSB security service said a homemade explosive device
brought down a Russian passenger plane over Egypt last month.
President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian navy in the
Mediterranean to establish contact with its French counterparts and
(AP, 11/17/15)(AFP, 11/17/15)
2015 Nov 17, A Saudi appeals
court sentenced Palestinian artist Ashraf Fayadh to execution for
apostasy related to a book of poetry and alleged illicit relations
with women in a case that dated back to 2013. In 2016 his sentence
reduced to prison time and lashes instead.
(SFC, 11/26/15, p.A9)(AP, 2/3/16)
2015 Nov 17, Severe weather
along Saudi Arabia's Red Sea coast claimed three lives, including an
11-year-old child who drowned.
2015 Nov 17, In Syria
Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front said it had downed two
Russian reconnaissance drones over a military airport it controls in
2015 Nov 17, Turkish security
forces killed one suspected Islamic State (IS) militant seeking to
cross into Turkey from Syria and arrested 21 others.
2015 Nov 17, The UN refugee
agency criticized Thailand for deporting two refugees who were about
to be resettled in a third country. The US branch of Amnesty
International issued a statement on Nov 16 identifying them as Jiang
Yefei and Dong Guangping, and said they were most likely sent to
China on Nov 13.
2015 Nov 17, Yemen's exiled
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi returned to the southern port city
of Aden to rally forces loyal to him in the country's civil war and
oversee a campaign to retake the city of Taiz.
2016 Nov 17, President-elect
Donald Trump met with Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe in Trump's first meeting
with a world leader since his election last week.
2016 Nov 17, The US
Republican-led House acted to bar the sale of commercial aircraft to
Iran. The legislation prohibited the Treasury Department from
issuing the licenses US banks would need to complete transactions
potentially valued in the billions of dollars.
(SFC, 11/17/16, p.A7)
2016 Nov 17, US Surgeon General
Dr. Vivek Murthy released a report titled “Facing Addiction in
America." The report noted that 78 people in the US die each day
from opioid overdose and that 20 million have a substance abuse
(SFC, 11/17/16, p.A7)
2016 Nov 17, Delaware-based
DuPont said it will soon stop contributing to active employees'
pension plans, a move that will affect the retirement of 13,000 US
workers, including 2,800 in Delaware. DuPont closed the pension plan
to new employees in 2007.
2016 Nov 17, In Illinois a gas
explosion rocked downtown Canton killing one person and injuring
(SFC, 11/17/16, p.A7)
2016 Nov 17, It was reported
that JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay $264.4 million in
fines to federal authorities to settle charges that it hired friends
and relatives of Chinese officials in order to gain access to
banking deals in that country.
2016 Nov 17, Two former
executives were charged in a criminal complaint filed in Manhattan
federal court on charges related to the investigation of drugmaker
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc's ties to a specialty
pharmacy company. The FBI arrested Gary Tanner (39) and Andrew
Davenport (48) at their residences in Phoenix and Philadelphia.
2016 Nov 17, In Afghanistan a
Taliban attack in the country's western Farah province killed at
least 8 police officers and seized weapons and ammunitions from the
2016 Nov 17, Argentina's
Congress passed a law to ban greyhound racing in a bid to reduce the
risk of animal cruelty in the South American country.
2016 Nov 17, Argentina
extradited suspected Colombian drug boss Henry Lopez Londono (45) to
the United States to face cocaine trafficking charges. The leader of
the "Urabenos" gang was arrested on the outskirts of Buenos Aires in
2016 Nov 17, In Brazil Sergio
Cabral, the former governor of Rio de Janeiro state, was arrested as
part of a corruption investigation linked to a World Cup project and
other works worth billions of dollars, a blow to Brazil's ruling
party that may fuel political instability. Several others were also
arrested who served in Cabral’s 2007-2014 administration.
(Reuters, 11/17/16)(SFC, 11/17/16, p.A4)
2016 Nov 17, Britain said it
had ratified the Paris Agreement, the global deal to combat climate
change. The 21-day period for parliamentary scrutiny in Britain
expired with no objections on November 15.
2016 Nov 17, A Cambodian court
sentenced opposition Senator Thak Lany in absentia to 18 months in
prison for suggesting the authorities were involved in the July
killing of a popular political analyst who criticized the
2016 Nov 17, DR Congo's
president named opposition lawmaker Samy Badibanga as prime minister
under a controversial power-sharing deal that effectively extends
President Joseph Kabila's term in office.
2016 Nov 17, Egypt pardoned 82
detainees, including many students and a former TV host convicted of
"defaming religious symbols."
2016 Nov 17, European Union
states agreed to waive visas for Ukrainians on short visits, but
only after the bloc beefs up a mechanism to suspend visa-free
agreements in an emergency.
2016 Nov 17, In Germany
President Barack Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirmed a
message of solidarity and trans-Atlantic cooperation between top
trading partners and key NATO allies as Donald Trump prepares to
2016 Nov 17, Thousands of
Greeks vented frustration at their economic lot as they marched in
Athens to mark the anniversary of the bloody 1973 student uprising
that helped topple the then-military junta.
2016 Nov 17, Indonesia refused
to take the blame for the disappearance of at least six British and
Dutch World War II shipwrecks -- considered war graves -- that
investigators believe could have been salvaged for scrap. It is
believed the military wrecks -- lost in 1942 during the Battle of
the Java Sea -- were removed by illegal scavengers looking for scrap
metal, an effort that could have taken years.
2016 Nov 17, In Mozambique a
tanker truck carrying petrol exploded in Tete province. 43 people
were killed on the spot. The death toll soon rose to 80 with 35 in
(AFP, 11/18/16)(SFC, 11/17/16, p.A2)(AFP,
2016 Nov 17, PeruRail, the
company that takes hundreds of thousands of foreign visitors to the
ancient Incan ruins of Machu Picchu each year, suspended service
indefinitely due to the threat of violent protests.
2016 Nov 17, In Russia economy
minister Alexei Ulyukayev was arrested on bribery charges. He was
the first serving cabinet minister to be arrested in decades.
2016 Nov 17, Slovenia made
access to drinking water a constitutional right in a bid to protect
the Alpine nation's water resources from excessive exploitation.
2016 Nov 17, South Korea's
parliament passed a law that would allow a special prosecutor to
investigate a corruption scandal threatening the presidency of Park
Geun-hye. The opposition-controlled National Assembly also voted for
a parliamentary investigation into allegations that Park allowed a
secretive confidante to manipulate power from the shadows and amass
an illicit fortune.
2016 Nov 17, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said government air
strikes and shelling killed 25 civilians in eastern districts of
Aleppo, on the third day of a wide-ranging regime assault on
rebel-held areas. At least 13 people were killed and dozens were
injured by a car bomb which targeted a building used by a rebel
group in the northern town of Azaz near the Turkish border.
(AFP, 11/17/16)(Reuters, 11/17/16)
2016 Nov 17, Turkish police
detained the pro-Kurdish co-mayor of the southeastern city of Van,
expanding a crackdown on municipal chiefs throughout the region that
has sparked international concern.
2016 Nov 17, In Turkey a copper
mine collapsed near the town of Sirvan, Siirt province. At least 6
miners were killed and 10 remained missing. Six people were later
detained in the investigation of the mine collapse.
(AP, 11/18/16)(AP, 11/19/16)(AP, 11/20/16)
2016 Nov 17, The United Nations
said its budget to assist people suffering from Zimbabwe's worst
drought in a quarter of a century that left millions in need of food
aid had fallen short by $140 million.
2016 Nov 17, In Yemen clashes
raged killing at least 27 people as the Saudi-led coalition said
military operations will continue despite US Secretary of State John
Kerry announcing a truce.
2016 Nov 17, In Zimbabwe
opposition activists were abducted and beaten before a demonstration
against the cash-strapped government's plans to introduce a new
currency. Six people were beaten and two cars were burned in what
was seen as a warning against going ahead with the protests.
2016 Nov 17-2016 Dec 30, Syrian
government forces carried out at least eight chemical attacks during
the final weeks of the battle for Aleppo, killing nine people.
2017 Nov 17, US President
Donald Trump said in a tweet he is putting a decision to allow
imports of big game trophies on hold until he can "review all
2017 Nov 17, The United States
announced it was ending funding for Cambodian election, and promised
more "concrete steps", after the Supreme Court dissolved the
Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) at the request of the
government, on the grounds it was plotting to seize power.
2017 Nov 17, In Pennsylvania
rookie police Officer Brian Shaw (25) died after being shot
following a traffic stop that led him to chase someone on foot in
New Kensington. On Nov. 21 suspect Rahmael Sal Holt (29) was
arrested in Pittsburgh following a 4-day manhunt.
(SSFC, 11/19/17, p.A8)(SFC, 11/20/17, p.A5)(SFC,
2017 Nov 17, Britain named
Sarah Clarke as the first female "Black Rod". Tasked with banging on
the House of Commons door to summon MPs to the Queen's Speech, Black
Rod plays a key role in the opening of British parliament following
2017 Nov 17, In Britain an
aircraft and helicopter collided in mid-air northwest of London and
a "number of casualties" were reported.
2017 Nov 17, In central
Bulgaria nine people were killed and 19 others were injured when a
minibus crashed into a truck on a highway near the village of Mikre.
2017 Nov 17, Burkina Faso
government and security officials said suspected jihadists have
staged an attack in the northern Soum province, killing at least six
2017 Nov 17, Colombian
authorities said Venezuelan opposition leader Antonio Ledezma (62),
who was detained in 2015 on allegations of coup-plotting but had
been under house arrest in Caracas, has fled over the border to
2017 Nov 17, Egypt’s public
prosecutor ordered that Abdelrahim Mohamed al-Mesmari, a suspected
Libyan militant, and 14 others be held for 15 days pending an
investigation of their role in a deadly attack in Egypt's western
desert last month.
2017 Nov 17, European Union
leaders proclaimed a set of 20 "social rights" in an attempt to make
the EU more appealing to voters and counter rising eurosceptic
sentiment across the bloc.
2017 Nov 17, Paris region
authorities said 1,142 clients of prostitutes have been fined in the
French capital since a law that bans buying sex entered into effect
in April 2016.
2017 Nov 17, In Germany global
talks on curbing climate change wrapped up, with delegates and
observers claiming progress on several key details of the 2015 Paris
2017 Nov 17, In Greece more
than 10,000 protesters marched to the US Embassy in Athens to mark
the anniversary of the 1973 crackdown on a student uprising against
the military dictatorship then ruling the country. Police clashed
with hooded youths in Athens after thousands marched to mark a
bloody 1973 student uprising.
(AP, 11/17/17)(Reuters, 11/18/17)
2017 Nov 17, Iranian ambassador
Hamid Baeedinejad said Britain will soon repay a debt of over 400
million pounds ($527 million) to Iran. Britain owes the money after
Iran's Shah paid up front for 1,750 Chieftain tanks and other
vehicles, almost none of which were eventually delivered after the
Islamic Revolution of 1979 toppled the US-backed leader.
2017 Nov 17, Iraqi forces
captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under
Islamic State control, signaling the collapse of the group's
2017 Nov 17, In Italy Mafia
boss Salvatore "Toto" Riina (87) died in a hospital in Milan while
serving 26 life sentences as the mastermind of a bloody strategy to
assassinate Italian prosecutors and law enforcement trying to bring
down the Cosa Nostra.
2017 Nov 17, In Kenya at least
five people were killed as police tried to disperse supporters
cheering a convoy carrying opposition leader Raila Odinga from the
airport to central Nairobi. The interior ministry spokesman accused
the opposition supporters of blocking roads, burning vehicles and
looting businesses along the route.
(Reuters, 11/17/17)(SFC, 11/18/17, p.A4)
2017 Nov 17, Kosovo opposition
lawmaker Frasher Krasniqi and three other supporters were convicted
of terror charges and sentenced to prison for the Aug. 4, 2016,
rocket-propelled grenade attack that damaged the parliament
building's exterior but caused no casualties. Krasniqi was sentenced
to eight years in prison.
2017 Nov 17, Lebanon's national
carrier Middle East Airlines (MEA) lifted restrictions on carry-on
electronic devices on planes traveling from Beirut to London.
2017 Nov 17, A Philippine court
convicted Ikram Indama for the daring Nov. 13, 2007, motorcycle
bombing that killed Rep. Wahab Akbar, a Muslim
rebel-turned-congressman, and three other people and wounded 10,
including two legislators. Indama was sentenced to life in prison
without the possibility of parole.
2017 Nov 17, Russia cast a
second veto in as many days at the United Nations Security Council
to block the renewal of a probe to identify the perpetrators of
chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
2017 Nov 17, Sources said Saudi
authorities are striking agreements with some of those detained in
an anti-corruption crackdown, asking them to hand over assets and
cash in return for their freedom.
2017 Nov 17, Sri Lankan police
arrested 19 people after a clash between "extremists" from the
majority Buddhist and minority Muslim communities in which four
people were injured.
2017 Nov 17, Swedish utility
Vattenfall said it will invest 900 million kronor ($107 million) to
update two reactors at Sweden's largest nuclear plant, saying the
Ringhals facility will continue to supply electricity into the
2017 Nov 17, In Syria at least
five children and two rescue workers were killed in a Damascus
suburb during a government bombing campaign amid escalating violence
in and around the capital despite a truce.
2017 Nov 17, In Syria six
Russian long-range bombers struck Islamic State targets near the
town of Albu Kamal in Deir al-Zor province.
2017 Nov 17, President Tayyip
Erdogan said Turkey is pulling 40 soldiers out of a NATO exercise in
Norway, after his name appeared in a list of enemies on a poster at
the drill, an incident that drew an apology from both the military
alliance and Oslo.
2017 Nov 17, The Vatican said
it had opened an investigation into reports that a former teenage
altar boy, who allegedly repeatedly forced a dormitory mate to have
sex with him, went on to become a priest.
2017 Nov 17, In Yemen Abdulaziz
al-Muflehi, the governor of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's
interim capital Aden, resigned citing what he said was government
corruption that had undermined his efforts to restore basic services
to the city.
2017 Nov 17, The International
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said three cities in Yemen have
run out of clean water because a blockade by a Saudi-led coalition
has cut imports of fuel needed for pumping and sanitation.
2017 Nov 17, Zimbabwe's Pres.
Robert Mugabe (93) opened a graduation ceremony at Zimbabwe Open
University in Harare, as the ruling party made plans to force him to
step down after more than three decades in power.
2018 Nov 17, Pres. Donald Trump
joined Gov. Jerry Brown and Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom to tour the
devastation of California's Butte County Camp Fire. The death toll
in the fire rose to 76 with number of missing up to 1,276.
(SFC, 11/18/18, p.A14)
2018 Nov 17, In Idaho an
explosion at a hazardous waste site 50 miles south of Boise killed
(SFC, 11/19/18, p.A4)
2018 Nov 17, Jerry Frankel
(b.1930), former dress manufacturer and producer of Broadway shows,
died in Manhattan. In all he produced 53 Broadway plays wih various
partners, most ofter with Jeffrey Richards.
(SFC, 11/21/18, p.C5)
2018 Nov 17, In Texas a
privately owned vintage WWII Mustang fighter crashed in
Fredericksburg after participating in a flyover for a museum event.
The pilot and a passenger were killed.
(SFC, 11/19/18, p.A4)
2018 Nov 17, An unmanned Cygnus
cargo ship blasted off from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia
toward the International Space Station, marking the second supply
mission in 24 hours destined to carry food and supplies to the
astronauts living in space.
2018 Nov 17, In Afghanistan at
least five police officers were killed when their checkpoint came
under attack by insurgents in the northwestern Badghis province. A
roadside bomb late today killed two local officials in the eastern
Logar province. The Taliban claimed the attack.
(AP, 11/17/18)(AP, 11/18/18)
2018 Nov 17, The Argentine Navy
announced that a submarine that went missing Nov. 15, 2017, off the
country's Atlantic Coast has been found by a private company, marine
tracking contractor Ocean Infinity, involved in what had been a
massive search for the vessel and its 44-member crew. It was found
"imploded" 907 meters (2,975 feet) below the ocean surface.
2018 Nov 17, An Australia man
went into cardiac arrest at Lauderdale Beach, east of Hobart in
Tasmania, after he suffered a stingray puncture wound to his lower
2018 Nov 17, In Azerbaijan Ali
Karimli, head of the Azeri opposition party Popular Front, was
detained for leading an unsanctioned procession through Baku's Alley
of Martyrs. 52 participants were detained by the police. 41 were
soon released and 11 remained in detention.
2018 Nov 17, Hundreds of
British protesters turned out in central London and blocked off the
capital's main bridges to demand the government take climate change
2018 Nov 17, Central African
Republic (CAR) lawmaker and former militia leader Alfred Yekatom was
extradited to The Hague to stand trial in the International Criminal
Court probing war crimes and crimes against humanity.
2018 Nov 17, In the Central
African Rep. three soldiers died in a shootout between members of
military engineering units in the town of Bambari. Three other
soldiers were injured in the gunfight.
2018 Nov 17, In Chechnya a
young woman blew herself up near a police checkpoint in Grozny, but
nobody else was killed or injured.
2018 Nov 17, China's
agriculture ministry said four new outbreaks of African swine fever
have been reported in the provinces of Jiangxi, Yunnan and Sichuan
as well as the municipality of Shanghai.
2018 Nov 17, Thousands of
Czechs used the anniversary of their country's 1989 anti-communist
Velvet Revolution to rally against PM Andrej Babis. Babis has been
charged with misusing European Union subsidies for a farm he
transferred to family members.
2018 Nov 17, Egypt sentenced an
alleged Islamic State supporter to death for stabbing and killing an
82-year-old Christian doctor in Cairo in Sept. 2017.
2018 Nov 17, In Ethiopia
African Union leaders, led by Rwanda's President Paul Kagame,
convened an extraordinary summit at its headquarters in Addis Ababa
to consider reforms to encourage peace, development and a united
2018 Nov 17, In France
thousands gathered on motorways across the country to protest
against higher fuel taxes and President Emmanuel Macron's economic
policies, in a campaign of road blockades. One female protester (63)
was accidentally killed and dozens were injured.
(Reuters, 11/17/18)(AFP, 11/17/18)
2018 Nov 17, Iraq's President
Barham Salih began a visit to Iran, where he pledged to improve
relations less than two weeks after the United States restored oil
sanctions that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.
2018 Nov 17, In Iraq Wissam
al-Ghrawi, a prominent figure in demonstrations demanding clean
water and reliable electricity in Basra, was shot and killed in
front of his house by unknown assailants.
2018 Nov 17, Italy's coast
guard said it is searching for eight Algerian migrants who
apparently tried to swim to shore on Nov. 15 when the motor of their
boat failed off Sardinia's southwest coast. Two bodies were already
2018 Nov 17, New Maldives Pres.
Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (54) took office, declaring the state coffers
to have been looted and warned that the country was in financial
difficulty after racking up debt with Chinese lenders in an
2018 Nov 17, In Mexico many of
the nearly 3,000 Central American migrants who have reached the
border with California via caravan said they do not feel welcome in
the city of Tijuana, where hundreds more migrants are headed after
more than a month on the road. Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum
has called the migrants' arrival an "avalanche" that the city is
ill-prepared to handle.
2018 Nov 17, In the Netherlands
scattered confrontations broke out between supporters and opponents
of the divisive helper of the Dutch version of Santa Claus, amid a
fierce and increasingly polarized debate about the helper known as
2018 Nov 17, In Norway
thousands of protesters demonstrated in cities against restricting
women's access to abortion, the subject of talks between the ruling
minority coalition and a small party seeking to join the government.
2018 Nov 17, Papua New Guinea
hosted leaders from Pacific Rim countries, including the United
States, Russia and China, this weekend in a coming-out party for the
jungle-clad nation that is regarded as one of the world's last
frontiers for trade and investment. Chinese President Xi Jinping and
US Vice President Mike Pence traded barbs in speeches at the summit,
outlining competing visions for global leadership as trade and other
tensions between them simmer.
2018 Nov 17, Speaking in Papua
New Guinea US Vice President Mike Pence said the United States will
join Pacific ally Australia to build a naval base on Papua New
Guinea's Manus Island.
2018 Nov 17, In Peru former
Pres. Alan Garcia sought diplomatic asylum in Uruguay's mission in
Lima hours after a judge retained his passport as part of a
(SFC, 11/19/18, p.A2)
2018 Nov 17, In Romania a
painting believed to be "Tête d’Arlequin" by Pablo Picasso, stolen
in 2012 from Rotterdam’s Kunsthal museum, was found in Tulcea
county. It was valued at roughly 800,000 euros ($913,440). A
Romanian ringleader and his accomplices were convicted of the theft
in 2013, but none of the artworks had been recovered. Romanian
prosecutors the next day said they were trying to verify the work's
authenticity. Dutch media soon reported that the work is more likely
a forgery created as a publicity stunt.
(Reuters, 11/18/18)(AP, 11/19/18)
2018 Nov 17, Greenpeace said
six of its activists boarded a tanker off Spain loaded with "dirty"
palm oil to protest against a Nature-damaging commodity found in
everything from soap to biscuits. The ship was travelling from
Indonesia, the world's top palm oil producer, to Rotterdam in the
2018 Nov 17, It was reported
that Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah, a former Kuwaiti minister and
one of the most powerful officials in international sports, has been
charged in Switzerland with forgery. Le Temps newspaper said Sheikh
Ahmad stands accused with four others of an intricate forgery scheme
linked to his efforts to prove that Kuwait's former prime minister
and speaker of parliament were guilty of coup-plotting and
2018 Nov 17, In Syria US-led
coalition airstrikes on the last pocket held by Islamic State
militants reportedly killed at least 43 people, mostly women and
children in the village of Abu al-Husn, a jihadist pocket in Deir
el-Zour province. The coalition confirmed strikes in the area but
said no "civilian casualties are associated" with them.
(AP, 11/17/18)(AFP, 11/18/18)
2018 Nov 17, Syrian government
forces reportedly captured the rugged southern Tulul al-Safa region
from the Islamic State group after weeks of fighting that left
scores dead on both sides. IS fighters withdrew through the desert
to hideouts in Homs province and other areas south of the capital.
2018 Nov 17, In Taiwan "An
Elephant Sitting Still" won the top prize at the Golden Horse
Awards, the Chinese-language version of the Oscars. Director Hu Bo,
who committed suicide before its release, upset the highly touted
martial-arts epic "Shadow," by veteran director Zhang Yimou. Zhang
won best director for "Shadow". The film "Our Youth in Taiwan," by
President Tsai Ing-wen, won the best documentary award.
(AP, 11/17/18)(AP, 11/19/18)
2018 Nov 17, Officials
recovered a boat that sank in rough weather off Thailand's southern
resort island of Phuket in July, killing 47 Chinese tourists. Two
tour boats sank off Phuket on July 5.
2019 Nov 17, US President
Donald Trump welcomed a "cash" payout to American farmers before the
Thanksgiving Day holiday that he attributed to China tariffs, but
that money actually is part of a US government aid package. A day
earlier the US Department of Agriculture said it will begin making a
second round of 2019 trade aid payments to US farmers next week.
2019 Nov 17, "Ford v Ferrari"
left its box office competitors in the dust as Disney's historical
sports drama sped its way to $31 million in North America. "Joker"
by Warner Bros. officially became the first R-rated movie in history
to gross over $1 billion at the global box office.
2019 Nov 17, US Defense
Secretary Mark Esper said the United States and South Korea have
indefinitely postponed a joint military exercise in an “act of
goodwill" toward North Korea.
2019 Nov 17, The New York Times
reported that rare and huge leak of Chinese government documents
have shed new light on a security crackdown on Muslims in China's
Xinjiang region, where President Xi Jinping ordered officials to act
with "absolutely no mercy" against separatism and extremism.
2019 Nov 17, In Fresno, Ca.,
four people were killed and six others were injured when a gunman
burst into a backyard and sprayed bullets toward a family who
gathered to watch football. The victims were all of Hmong descent. A
man in his 20s was shot to death earlier today at a home in another
part of the city. Police later said the Mongolian Boy Society gang
had mis-targeted the victims believing Asia Crips were responsible
for the fatal shooting of Randy Xiong (28) earlier that day.
(AP, 11/18/19)(SSFC, 11/24/19, p.A8)(SFC, 1/1/20,
2019 Nov 17, In Bangladesh at
least seven people were killed and eight injured after a gas
pipeline exploded in the port city of Chittagong.
2019 Nov 17, Belarus voted in
parliamentary elections that will be closely watched by the West to
see how much leeway President Alexander Lukashenko (65) will allow
opposition candidates while keeping his grip on power. Lukashenko
threatened to pull out of signing an integration deal with Russia
next month if Moscow failed to resolve their dispute over energy
2019 Nov 17, Bolivians suffered
long lines on the streets of La Paz to secure chicken, eggs and
cooking fuel as supporters of ousted President Evo Morales continued
to cripple the country's highways, isolating population centers from
2019 Nov 17, Chile's Pres.
Sebastian Pinera condemned for the first time what he called abuses
committed by police in dealing with four weeks of violent unrest
that have rocked the country.
2019 Nov 17, Two Nigerian table
tennis players who traveled to Croatia for a sports competition were
arrested by police, bundled into a van and forced over the border
into Bosnia. For the next three weeks they were stuck in the Miral
camp, run by the International Organization for Migration, as
organizers of the sports event tried to help get back to Croatia and
(The Telegraph, 12/6/19)
2019 Nov 17, In Egypt a
roadside bomb killed at least three members of the security forces
in the restive northern Sinai province. A military court sentenced a
Libyan national to death on terror-related charges for carrying out
an ambush on police forces southwest of Cairo two years ago. Five
Egyptians were given life sentences.
2019 Nov 17, In France yellow
vest activists staged peaceful demonstrations across the country, a
day after scuffles between Paris police and protesters marred the
anniversary of their movement for economic justice.
2019 Nov 17, A French damning
justice ministry report said police missed opportunities to save the
lives of 41 per cent of women murdered in France by current or
2019 Nov 17, In Georgia about
20,000 people rallied in the center of Tbilisi to protest against
the government and to demand an early parliamentary election.
2019 Nov 17, Georgia demanded
the release of a doctor detained by separatists after crossing into
breakaway South Ossetia, which is controlled by Russia after a war
between two ex-Soviet republics in 2008. Vazha Gaprindashvili,
president of Georgia's Association of Orthopedist and
Traumatologists, was taken to South Ossetia's regional center
Tskhinvali on Nov. 13 and given two months of pretrial custody by
2019 Nov 17, Thousands of
Greeks, including former PM Alexis Tsipras, marched through central
Athens this evening to mark the anniversary of a violently quashed
student uprising in 1973 that helped topple a military junta.
2019 Nov 17, A Hong Kong police
officer was struck by an arrow fired by a protester and an armored
vehicle set ablaze, as fires raged into the night around a campus
which has turned into a base for a pro-democracy movement that has
sunk the city into turmoil. Activists dug in around Hong Kong
Polytechnic University (PolyU), setting large fires to prevent
police from conducting a threatened raid on the campus.
2019 Nov 17, Iran's Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei backed the sharp gasoline price rises that have sparked
country-wide protests, which he blamed on the Islamic Republic's
opponents and "sabotage" by foreign foes.
2019 Nov 17, Iran's
semi-official ISNA news agency said authorities have restricted
internet access in Iran, after nearly two days of nationwide
protests triggered by a petrol price hike.
2019 Nov 17, In Iraq
anti-government protesters seized control of a third strategic
Baghdad bridge, while others blocked roads with burning tires in
parts of central and southern Iraq, halting traffic and paralyzing
work following a call for a national strike. One protester was
killed by a direct hit to the head from a tear gas cannister amid
fresh clashes on the bridge. 32 others were wounded hours after
protesters retook control of half of Ahrar Bridge.
2019 Nov 17, Lebanon slipped
deeper into political crisis after the withdrawal of Mohammad
Safadi, a top candidate for prime minister, narrowed the chances of
creating a government needed to enact urgent reforms.
2019 Nov 17, Authorities at
Libya's Misrata airport seized a Libyan Airlines aircraft operating
from Benghazi in the east of the country.
2019 Nov 17, North Korea said
nuclear issues will not be discussed when talks with the United
States restart unless the withdrawal of US "hostile policy" was put
on the agenda.
2019 Nov 17, Russian news said
Russia will return three captured naval ships to Ukraine on Nov. 18
and is moving them to a handover location agreed with Kiev.
2019 Nov 17, Samoa declared a
state of emergency this weekend, closing all schools and cracking
down on public gatherings, after several deaths linked to a measles
outbreak that has spread across the Pacific islands. The island
state of just 200,000 declared a measles epidemic late in October
after the first deaths were reported.
2019 Nov 17, Saudi Aramco is
worth up to $1.7 trillion at the price range set by the oil giant,
below the $2 trillion sought by Saudi's crown prince but putting it
in the running to become the world's biggest IPO.
2019 Nov 17, Sri Lanka's former
civil wartime defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa was declared the
winner in the presidential election, after promising to secure the
country against militant threats following Easter bombings this
2019 Nov 17, In Thailand Jeong
Kyeong-doo, the South Korean minister of defence, and his Chinese
counterpart, Wei Fenghe, agreed to set up more military hotlines and
to push ahead with a visit by Mr Jeong to China next year to “foster
bilateral exchanges and cooperation in defence".
(The Telegraph, 11/18/19)
2019 Nov 17, Turkey's defense
ministry said authorities have captured a Syrian Kurdish YPG fighter
suspected of a car bomb attack in the northern Syrian town of Al-Bab
a day earlier, which killed 18 people and wounded 30 others.
2019 Nov 17, At the Vatican
Pope Francis hosted 1,500 homeless and needy people for lunch as the
Roman Catholic Church marked its World Day of the Poor.
2019 Nov 17, Yemen's Houthi
rebels seized a Saudi vessel while it was towing a South Korean
drilling rig. Rebels said in a statement that they had seized three
vessels including, a Saudi one, allegedly for entering Yemeni
2020 Nov 17, US Attorney
General William Barr and Mexican Attorney General Alejandro Gertz
Manero said the US wanted to drop criminal charges against Gen.
Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda so that he "may be investigated and, if
appropriate, charged, under Mexican law". Cienfuegos had been
accused of helping one of Mexico's drug cartels "operate with
impunity" while using the Mexican military to hurt its rivals.
(NBC News, 11/18/20)
2020 Nov 17, The Food and Drug
Administration authorized the first at-home coronavirus test. The
test, developed by the California-based company Lucira Health,
requires a prescription from a health care provider. People under
the age of 14 also cannot perform the test on themselves. But with a
relatively simple nasal swab, the test can return results in about
half an hour, and is projected by the company to cost $50 or less.
(NY Times, 11/18/20)
2020 Nov 17, "Black Panther"
actor Michael B. Jordan (33) was named People's magazine's 'sexiest
man alive', the third Black actor in a row to be given the annual
pop culture honor.
2020 Nov 17, Drug stocks
largely outperformed, a day after Warren Buffett's conglomerate,
long underweight in the healthcare sector, revealed $5.7 billion of
new investments in Abbvie Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co, Merck &
Co and Pfizer Inc, whose vaccine has demonstrated effectiveness in
late-stage studies against COVID-19.
2020 Nov 17, California to
date had 1,048,394 cases of coronavirus and 18,317 deaths. The SF
Bay Area had 133,697 cases and 1,892 deaths. Total cases nationwide
reached over 11,342,495 with the death toll at
2020 Nov 17, Illinois Gov. J.B.
Pritzker join other governors of Great Lakes states — Democrats and
Republicans alike — in calling for help with testing, contact
tracing and hospital staffing, in addition to more money for
businesses, schools and the unemployed because of COVID-19.
2020 Nov 17, Iowa Sen. Chuck
Grassley (87), the longest-serving Republican senator and third in
the line of presidential succession, said he has tested positive for
the coronavirus. Iowa surpassed 2,000 confirmed coronavirus cases.
(AP, 11/18/20)(SFC, 11/18/20, p.A7)
2020 Nov 17, Amazon opened an
online pharmacy that allows customers to order medication or
prescription refills, and have them delivered to their front door.
(SFC, 11/18/20, p.C2)
2020 Nov 17, Drugmaker Alkermes
said the US Food and Drug Administration declined to approve its
treatment for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, citing concerns
related to a tablet coating process at its manufacturing site.
2020 Nov 17, Mars, the company
behind M&M’s and Snickers, said it is acquiring the maker of
Kind bars, the snacks that celebrate their lack of artificial
flavors and preservatives.
(NY Times, 11/17/20)
2020 Nov 17, Quest Diagnostics
Inc said the nationwide surge in coronavirus cases has led to a
slight increase in turnaround time for its COVID-19 testing.
2020 Nov 17, Twitter launched
these ephemeral tweets, dubbed "fleets", after having tested the
feature in Brazil, Italy, India, and South Korea.
2020 Nov 17, German police said
that they had three suspects in custody almost a year after what may
have been the biggest jewel heist in history. Two more people were
still being hunted in connection with the brazen theft of an
estimated $1 billion worth of treasure from the Green Vault of
(CBS News, 11/17/20)
2020 Nov 17, Authorities said
bird flu has been found on another chicken farm in Germany and a
program to slaughter up to 70,000 poultry is being prepared.
2020 Nov 17, German authorities
seized 10.2 metric tons (11.2 tons) of water pipe tobacco they say
was being smuggled into Berlin from the Mideast to avoid import
taxes. A 35-year-old accused of being the ringleader is an alleged
member of a known Berlin crime family.
2020 Nov 17, In Greece police
detained several people and fired tear gas during scuffles in Athens
as hundreds of protesters defied a ban on gatherings of more than
three people to mark the anniversary of the crushing of a 1973
student uprising against a military junta.
2020 Nov 17, In Iraq seven
rockets struck Baghdad, four of them exploding inside the heavily
fortified Green Zone, the seat of Iraq's government and home to the
US Embassy. The rockets killed a child and wounded five other
civilians. No one claimed responsibility for the attack.
2020 Nov 17, Italy registered
32,191 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, up from
27,354 the day before. The health ministry also reported 731 COVID
19-related deaths, the highest daily toll since April 3.
2020 Nov 17, It was reported
that Kenya's government has ordered an investigation into the theft
and sale of babies following a BBC investigation into the black
market trade. Police soon arrested three senior medical officers for
allegedly running a child-trafficking syndicate following a BBC
investigation into the theft and sale of babies.
(BBC, 11/17/20)(BBC, 11/18/20)
2020 Nov 17, Palestinian
officials said the PA would restore all cooperation with Israel,
including security coordination, and that meetings would be held in
the coming days to facilitate the tax transfers.
2020 Nov 17, In Somalia five
people were killed when a suicide buyer detonated an explosives belt
near the police academy in Mogadishu.
(SFC, 11/18/20, p.A2)
2020 Nov 17, South Korea said
it will impose stricter social distancing rules for the greater
Seoul area a month after easing them. Officials warned of an even
bigger crisis if anti-COVID-19 efforts fail to dampen a spike in new
2020 Nov 17, Turkey’s
parliament granted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government
permission to deploy peacekeepers to Azerbaijan to monitor a
cease-fire deal between Azerbaijan and Armenia that aims to end the
conflict in the region.
2020 Nov 17, The UN said that
thousands of people were fleeing northern Ethiopia's conflict-torn
Tigray region and the border area with Sudan now faced a full-blown
2020 Nov 17, It was reported
that fierce fighting in southern Yemen between Emirati-backed
separatists and the country’s internationally recognized government
killed nearly 50 fighters this week on both sides.