Today in History - November 17

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331        Nov 17, Flavius Claudius Julianus, [Julian the Apostate], emperor (361-363), was born.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

375        Nov 17, Enraged by the insolence of barbarian envoys, Valentinian, the Emperor of the West, died of apoplexy in Pannonia in Central Europe.
    (HN, 11/17/98)

474        Nov 17, Leo II (b.467), Roman Byzantine Emperor, died.
    (www.roman-emperors.org/leo2.htm)

1278        Nov 17, In England 680 Jews were arrested for counterfeiting coins. 293 were hanged. [see May 10]
    (MC, 11/17/01)

1494        Nov 17, Charles VIII (1470-1498) of France entered Florence, Italy. 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.
    (Econ, 12/17/11, p.147)(http://tinyurl.com/6px6fbp)

1503        Nov 17, Il Bronzino, Florentine painter (Eleanor de Toledo & her Son), was born.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

1512        Nov 17, Kempo Roeper, Frisian rebel, was quartered.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

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.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

1636        Nov 17, Henrique Dias, Brazilian general, won a decisive battle against the Dutch in Brazil.
    (HN, 11/17/98)

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 p.5)(www.nndb.com/people/405/000087144/)

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.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

1790        Nov 17, August Ferdinand Mobius, mathematician, inventor (Mobius strip), was born.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

1796        Nov 17, Napoleon Bonaparte defeated an Italian army near the Alpone River, Italy, in the Battle of Arcole.
    (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 Nov 7]
    (MC, 11/17/01)

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.
    (HN, 11/17/98)
1842        Nov 17, Gaetano Donizetti's Opera "Linda di Chamounix" was produced (London).
    (MC, 11/17/01)

1862        Nov 17, Union General Burnside marched north out of Washington, D.C. to begin the Fredericksburg Campaign.
    (HN, 11/17/98)

1863        Nov 17, Lincoln began the 1st draft of his Gettysburg Address.
    (MC, 11/17/01)
1863        Nov 17-Dec 4th, Battle of Knoxville, Ten.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

1866        Nov 17, Ambroise Thomas' opera "Mignon" was produced (Paris).
    (MC, 11/17/01)

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.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Budapest)

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 humanity.
    (Smith., 5/95, p.114)(MC, 11/17/01)(WSJ, 5/17/02, p.W15)

1877        Nov 17, Gilbert & Sullivan's operetta "The Sorcerer," premiered (London).
    (MC, 11/17/01)
1877        Nov 17, Russians launched a surprise night attack that overran Turkish forces at Kars, Armenia.
    (HN, 11/17/98)

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]
    (HNPD, 11/17/98)

1884        Nov 17, Cops arrested boxer John L. Sullivan in 2nd round for being "cruel."
    (MC, 11/17/01)

1885        Nov 17, The Serbian Army, with Russian support, invaded Bulgaria.
    (HN, 11/17/98)

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, was born.
    (HN, 11/17/98)

1888        Nov 17, Peter Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony premiered in St. Petersburg.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

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.
    (AP, 11/17/97)

1902        Nov 17, Lee Strasberg, acting coach and actor (And Justice for All), was born in Austria.
    (MC, 11/17/01)
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.
    (MC, 11/17/01)
1904        Nov 17, George Cohan's musical "Little Johnny Jones," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

1906        Nov 17, Soichiro Honda, founder and CEO of Honda Motor Co., was born in Japan.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

1908        Nov 17, Lydia Thompson (b.1838), English-born vaudeville actress, died.
    (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lydia_Thompson)

1913        Nov 17, The first ship sailed through the Panama Canal.
    (HN, 11/17/98)

1914        Nov 17, US declared Panama Canal Zone neutral.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

1916        Nov 17, Shelby Foote, American writer famous for his three volume book on America’s Civil War, was born.
    (HN, 11/17/98)

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, 11/17/97)
1917        Nov 17, Lenin defended the "temporary" removal of freedom of the press.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

1918        Nov 17, Influenza deaths reported in the U.S. far exceeded World War I casualties.
    (HN, 11/17/98)
1918        Nov 17, German troops evacuated Brussels.
    (HN, 11/17/98)

1919        Nov 17, Hershy Kay, composer and arranger, was born Philadelphia, Penn.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

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 Remo, Italy.
    (AP, 4/3/12)(www.turkeyswar.com/whoswho/who-vahidettin.htm)

1925        Nov 17, Actor Rock Hudson was born in Winnetka, Ill.
    (AP, 11/17/97)
1925        Nov 17, Charles Mackerras, Australian conductor, was born in Schenectady, NY.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

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 p.G4)

1927        Nov 17, A tornado hit Washington DC.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

1928        Nov 17, The Boston Garden officially opened.
    (MC, 11/17/01)
1928        Nov 17, Notre Dame finally lost a football game after nearly 25 years.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

1930        Nov 17, Musical "Sweet & Low" with Fanny Brice premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

1931        Nov 17, Lindbergh inaugurated Pan Am service from Cuba to South America in a Sikorsky flying boat American Clipper.
    (HN, 11/17/98)

1932        Nov 17, German government of von Papen resigned paving the way for a Nazi takeover.
    (www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/riseofhitler/collapse.htm)

1933        Nov 17, US recognized USSR and opened trade.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

1934        Nov 17, Lyndon Baines Johnson married Claudia Alta Taylor, better known as "Lady Bird," in San Antonio, Texas.
    (AP, 11/17/07)
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 Cosmo Place.
    (SSFC, 10/11/09, DB p.46)

1937        Nov 17, Peter Edward Cook, actor, comedian (Beyond the Fringe, Bedazzled), was born in Torquay, England.
    (MC, 11/17/01)
1937        Nov 17, Britain's Lord Halifax visited Germany and marked the beginning of appeasement.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

1938        Nov 17, Gordon Lightfoot, folksinger (Sundown), was born in Ontario, Canada.
    (MC, 11/17/01)
1938        Nov 17, Italy passed its own version of anti-Jewish Nuremberg laws.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

1939        Nov 17, Jerome Kern's and Oscar Hammerstein's "Very Warm for May," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 11/17/01)
1939        Nov 17, German U-boat torpedoed a passenger ship.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

1940        Nov 17, The Wisconsin Green Bay Packers became the 1st NFL team to travel by plane.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

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 accident.
    (HN, 11/17/00)

1942        Nov 17, Martin Scorsese, film director, was born in Queens. His films include "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull."
    (HN, 11/17/00)

1944        Nov 17, Danny DeVito, actor (Taxi, Ruthless People, Twins), was born Neptune, NJ. [see Mar 17]
    (MC, 11/17/01)

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.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

1951        Nov 17, Britain reported the development of world’s first nuclear-powered heating system.
    (HN, 11/17/98)

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.
    (MC, 11/17/01)
1959        Nov 17, Heitor Villa-Lobos (b.1887), Brazilian composer, pianist and conductor, died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heitor_Villa-Lobos)

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 the US.
    (Hem., 5/97, p.68)(AP, 11/17/97)(Econ, 11/26/05, p.80)
1962        Nov 17, Arthur Vining Davis (95), CEO (Alcoa-1910-57), died in Miami.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

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 correspondent.
    (HN, 11/17/00)(SSFC, 4/18/04, p.E1)
1965        Nov 17, General Meeting of UN refused admittance of China.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

1966        Nov 17, The Leonid meteor shower peaked at 150,000+ per hour.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

1967        Nov 17, Surveyor 6 made a six-second flight on moon, the first lift off on lunar surface.
    (HN, 11/17/98)
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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regis_Debray)

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, 43-to-32.
    (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 17.
    (AP, 11/17/97)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunokhod_1)

1972        Nov 17, Juan Peron (1895-1974) returned to Argentina after 17 years of exile.
    (www.jstor.org/pss/2502592)

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."
    (AP, 11/17/97)
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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athens_Polytechnic_Uprising)(AFP, 11/17/18)

1977        Nov 17, The "Elephant Man," by Bernard Pomerance (b.1940), premiered in London.
    (www.answers.com/topic/1977)

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.
    (AP, 11/17/97)

1980        Nov 17, WHHM Television in Washington, D.C. became the first African American public-broadcasting television station.
    (HN, 11/17/98)
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.
    (Reuters, 10/1/11)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clifford_Olson)

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.
    (USAT, 3/24/99, p.18A)(http://jamestown.org/terrorism/news/article.php?articleid=2373425)

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.
    (http://www.skog.de/writers/e040831.htm)
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.
    (Econ, 5/17/14, p.86)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gheorghe_Ursu)(AP, 8/1/16)

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).
    (www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1986/111786a.htm)(http://tinyurl.com/nphxt8)
1986        Nov 17, Renault President Georges Besse was shot to death by leftists of the Direct Action Group in Paris.
    (HN, 11/17/98)

1987        Nov 17, Retiring Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger received an elaborate send-off on the grounds of the Pentagon.
    (AP, 11/17/97)
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 Berg.
    (AP, 11/17/97)
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.
    (AP, 10/26/07)

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.
    (AP, 11/17/98)

1989        Nov 17, A US Senate Ethics Committee hired an outside counsel to look into allegations of improprieties against six senators.
    (AP, 11/17/99)
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.
    (www.worldofquotes.com/history/11_17/7/index.html)
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.
    (http://archiv.radio.cz/history/history15.html)

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.
    (AP, 11/17/00)

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. goals.
    (AP, 11/17/01)

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.
    (AP, 11/17/97)
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.
    (www.whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/LIE/nbc.)

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.
    (AP, 11/17/98)

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.
    (AP, 11/17/99)
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 President Clinton.
    (AP, 11/17/99)
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 Bosnia.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/17/00)

1996        Nov 17, "Present Laughter" opened at Walter Kerr Theater NYC.
    (MC, 11/17/01)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/97)
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 16]
    (AP, 11/17/01)

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 20.
    (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 1997.
    (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 2003.
    (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 the clash.
    (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, 10/4/98, p.A11)
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 Times."
    (AP, 11/17/99)
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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotland_Act_1998)
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 March.
    (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 hours.
    (www.ifex.org/china/1998/11/18/german_journalist_interrogated/)
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 spoke out.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/17/00)
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 to 1985.
    (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 counties.
    (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 Business Dialogue.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/17/02)
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 accelerators.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/17/02)
2001        Nov 17, The Taliban confirmed the death of Osama bin Laden's military chief Mohammed Atef in an airstrike three days earlier.
    (AP, 11/17/02)
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 Kandahar.
    (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 expected.
    (WSJ, 11/16/01, p.A1)(SFC, 11/19/01, p.A13)(WSJ, 11/19/01, p.A1)
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.
    (AP, 11/21/02)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/02)
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 Aviv.
    (Reuters, 11/18/02)
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 decades.
    (AP, 11/17/02)
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 muckraking journalist.
    (AP, 11/18/02)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/02)
2002        Nov 17, Leaders from Latin America, Spain and Portugal closed their summit with new pledges of support for struggling coffee-growing countries.
    (AP, 11/17/02)
2002        Nov 17, Voters in Peru backed opposition candidates in first-ever regional elections intended to shift power from the capital to the provinces.
    (AP, 11/18/02)
2002        Nov 17, In the Mbeya region of southwestern Tanzania at least 19 prisoners died from suffocation in an overcrowded jail cell.
    (AP, 11/19/02)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/02)

2003        Nov 17, John Allen Muhammad was convicted of two counts of capital murder and masterminding the 2002 sniper attacks in the Washington DC region. 
    (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 revenue.
    (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 painkiller addiction.
    (AP, 11/17/08)
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 Player award.
    (AP, 11/17/04)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/03)
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, 1/4/05, p.A1)
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, 11/17/05)
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 Bush.
    (AP, 11/18/04)
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.
    (AP, 11/18/04)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/04)
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, p.A1)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/04)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/06)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlie_Brucia)
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.
    (AFP, 11/18/05)
2005        Nov 17, Austria’s Interior Ministry said British historian David Irving has been arrested on a warrant accusing him of denying the Holocaust.
    (AP, 11/17/05)
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 programs.
    (AP, 11/17/05)
2005        Nov 17, In Brazil a congressional investigation said it found no evidence of an alleged bribes-for-votes scheme.
    (AP, 11/17/05)
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.
    (AP, 11/18/05)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/05)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/05)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/05)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/05)
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.
    (AP, 11/18/05)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/05)
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 infertility.
    (AP, 11/17/05)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/05)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/05)
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.
    (Econ, 11/26/05, p.54)(www.worldcybergames.com/main.asp)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/05)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/05)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/05)

2006        Nov 17, Pres. Bush arrived in Vietnam ahead of a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders and individual meetings with a handful of leaders.
    (AP, 11/17/06)
2006        Nov 17, Cast into the minority in midterm elections, House Republicans chose John Boehner of Ohio to lead them.
    (AP, 11/17/07)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/06)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/07)
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.
    (SFC, 6/24/10, p.C5)(www.theunion.com/article/20061220/NEWS/112200133)
2006        Nov 17, Ruth Brown (78), Grammy- and Tony-winning singer, died.
    (AP, 11/17/07)
2006        Nov 17, Bo Schembechler (b.1929), former Univ. of Michigan football coach, died in Southfield, Mich.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/17/06)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/06)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/06)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/06)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/06)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/06)
2006        Nov 17, Japan’s Sony Corp. launched its new PlayStation 3 (PS3) in the USA.
    (AP, 11/17/06)
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.
    (AP, 11/18/06)
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 Ofor.
    (AFP, 11/17/06)
2006        Nov 17, In northwestern Pakistan a suicide bomber wounded two policemen in the latest attack targeting security forces.
    (AP, 11/17/06)
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 the government.
    (AP, 11/17/06)
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 others.
    (AP, 11/18/06)
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 "circus."
    (AP, 11/18/06)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/06)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/06)

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 elections.
    (AP, 11/17/08)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/08)
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 another eight.
    (AFP, 11/17/07)
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 a decade.
    (AP, 11/17/07)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/07)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/07)
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 transport strikes.
    (AP, 11/17/07)
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."
    (AP, 11/17/07)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/07)
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, p.58)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/07)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/07)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/07)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/07)
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 dead.
    (AP, 11/17/07)
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 Fund (IMF).
    (AP, 11/17/07)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/07)
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 the state."
    (AP, 11/20/07)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/08)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/08)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/08)
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 company’s board.
    (SFC, 11/18/08, p.A1)
2008        Nov 17, In Afghanistan 5 insurgents died in the clash in Farah's Bala Buluk region.
    (AP, 11/18/08)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/08)
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 studied.
    (AP, 11/17/08)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/08)
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 hundreds more.
    (AP, 11/17/08)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/08)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/08)
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 last year.
    (AP, 11/17/08)
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 separatists.
    (AP, 11/17/08)
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.
    (AP, 11/22/08)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/08)
2008        Nov 17, A Mexican newspaper's offices were damaged by two grenades in the violence-plagued city of Culiacan in northwestern Mexico.
    (AP, 11/18/08)
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 last week.
    (AP, 11/18/08)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/08)
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 process.
    (AFP, 11/17/08)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/08)
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 censorship.
    (AFP, 11/17/08)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/08)

2009        Nov 17, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger visited his native Austria.
    (AP, 11/18/09)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/09)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/09)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/09)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/09)
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.
    (AP, 11/18/09)
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.
    (AP, 11/18/09)
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 international reinforcements.
    (AP, 11/18/09)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/09)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/09)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/09)
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.
    (AFP, 11/19/09)

2010        Nov 17, US House Democrats elected Nancy Pelosi to remain as their leader despite massive party losses in this month's congressional elections.
    (AP, 11/17/10)
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 organization.
    (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.
    (http://washingtontechnology.com/articles/2010/11/17/booz-allen-ipo.aspx)
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.
    (AP, 11/18/10)
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 unrest.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/17/10)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/10)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/18/10)
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.
    (AFP, 11/18/10)
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.
    (AP, 11/18/10)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/10)
2010        Nov 17, Ireland agreed to work with an EU-IMF mission on urgent steps to shore up its shattered banking sector.
    (Reuters, 11/17/10)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/10)
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.
    (AP, 11/19/10)
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 his government.
    (AP, 11/17/10)
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 him.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/22/10)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/18/10)
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 duties.
    (AP, 11/17/10)
2010        Nov 17, In Somalia artillery shelling and gunfire between African Union troops and Islamist insurgents killed at least 21 civilians in Mogadishu.
    (AFP, 11/17/10)

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 cost.
    (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 nationwide.
    (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 replace him.
    (AFP, 11/17/11)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/11)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/11)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/11)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/11)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/11)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/11)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/11)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/11)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/11)
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 bankruptcy.
    (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.
    (AFP, 12/2/11)
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 disseminated.
    (AP, 11/17/11)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/11)
2011        Nov 17, Somalia's Islamist rebels attacked government and African Union troops positions in Mogadishu, killing four civilians and wounding 12 others.
    (AFP, 11/17/11)
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 Sudan.
    (AFP, 11/28/11)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/11)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/11)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/11)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/11)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/12)(http://tinyurl.com/opcf8zo)
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 violence.
    (AP, 11/17/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/18/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/12)   
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 of Baghdad.
    (AP, 11/17/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/19/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/12)

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 houses.
    (Reuters, 11/18/13)
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 Bangui.
    (AFP, 11/17/13)
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 agency.
    (AFP, 11/18/13)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/13)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/13)
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.
    (AP, 11/18/13)
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 10 people.
    (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.
    (AFP, 11/19/13)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/13)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/13)
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 weekend.
    (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 their clothing.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/17/13)
2013        Nov 17, Sudanese rebels struck a town near the border of troubled South Kordofan state, where witnesses confirmed fighting was underway.
    (AFP, 11/17/13)
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 the money.
    (Reuters, 11/17/13)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/13)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/13)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/14)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/14)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/14)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/14)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/14)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/14)
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.
    (AP, 11/19/14)
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 meters.
    (Reuters, 11/17/14)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/14)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/14)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/14)
2014        Nov 17, In Iraq a pair of car bombs targeted busy commercial areas in Baghdad, killing at least 14 people and wounding 31.
    (AP, 11/17/14)
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 the march.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/17/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/14)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/14)
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.
    (AP, 11/19/14)
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.
    (AP, 11/19/14)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/14)
2014        Nov 17, A Thai military helicopter carrying 9 army personnel crashed in northern Thailand killing all on board in Phayao province.
    (Reuters, 11/17/14)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/14)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/14)

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.
    (AP, 11/17/15)
2015        Nov 17, The US-led coalition fighting Islamic State conducted 16 air strikes in Iraq and 13 in Syria.
    (Reuters, 11/18/15)
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 this week.
    (AP, 11/17/15)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/15)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/15)   
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 powers.
    (Reuters, 11/17/15)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/18/15)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/15)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/15)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/15)
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 deadly events.
    (Reuters, 11/17/15)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/15)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/15)
2015        Nov 17, In Greece a magnitude 6.5 earthquake off the western coast killed 2 elderly women.
    (AP, 11/17/15)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/15)
2015        Nov 17, Ireland celebrated its first gay marriages, six months after voters overwhelmingly chose to legalize the practice.
    (AP, 11/17/15)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/15)
2015        Nov 17, Japan sued its southern region of Okinawa over local resistance to a new US military base.
    (AFP, 11/17/15)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/15)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/18/15)
2015        Nov 17, In Nigeria  a blast struck a market in the northeastern city of Yola, killing 32 people and wounding 80 others.
    (Reuters, 11/18/15)
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 people.
    (AP, 11/17/15)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/15)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/15)
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 work together.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/17/15)
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 the northwest.
    (AFP, 11/18/15)
2015        Nov 17, Turkish security forces killed one suspected Islamic State (IS) militant seeking to cross into Turkey from Syria and arrested 21 others.
    (AFP, 11/18/15)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/15)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/15)

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.
    (AP, 11/17/16)
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 disorder.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/18/16)
2016        Nov 17, In Illinois a gas explosion rocked downtown Canton killing one person and injuring several others.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/17/16)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/16)
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 convoy.
    (AP, 11/18/16)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/16)
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 2012.
    (AP, 11/17/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/16)
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 government.
    (AP, 11/17/16)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/16)
2016        Nov 17, Egypt pardoned 82 detainees, including many students and a former TV host convicted of "defaming religious symbols."
    (AP, 11/17/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/16)
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 take office.
    (AP, 11/17/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/16)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/16)
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 critical condition.
    (AFP, 11/18/16)(SFC, 11/17/16, p.A2)(AFP, 11/21/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/18/16)
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.
    (AP, 11/18/16)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/16)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/16)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/16)
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.
    (AP, 11/18/16)

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.
    (AFP, 2/13/17)

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 conservation facts."
    (Reuters, 11/18/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/19/17)
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, 11/22/17, p.A6)
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 an election.
    (AFP, 11/17/17)
2017        Nov 17, In Britain an aircraft and helicopter collided in mid-air northwest of London and a "number of casualties" were reported.
    (AP, 11/17/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/17)
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 people.
    (AP, 11/18/17)
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 Colombia.
    (Reuters, 11/17/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/17)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/17)
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 accord.
    (AP, 11/17/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/17)
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 self-proclaimed caliphate.
    (Reuters, 11/17/17)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/17)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/17)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/17)
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.
    (AP, 11/18/17)
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.
    (AFP, 11/17/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/18/17)
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 2040s.
    (AP, 11/17/17)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/17)   
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.
    (AP, 11/17/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/18/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/17)

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 one worker.
    (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.
    (AFP, 11/17/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/18)
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 abdomen.
    (AP, 11/18/18)
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.
    (AP, 11/18/18)
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 seriously.
    (AP, 11/17/18)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/18)
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.
    (AFP, 11/18/18)
2018        Nov 17, In Chechnya a young woman blew herself up near a police checkpoint in Grozny, but nobody else was killed or injured.
    (Reuters, 11/17/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/18)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/18)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/18)
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 Africa.
    (AP, 11/17/18)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/18)
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.
    (AP, 11/18/18)
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 recovered.
    (AP, 11/17/18)
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 infrastructure boom.
    (Reuters, 11/17/18)
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.
    (AP, 11/18/18)
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 Black Pete.
    (AP, 11/17/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/18)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/17/18)   
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 corruption probe.
    (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 Netherlands.
    (AFP, 11/17/18)   
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 corruption.
    (AFP, 11/17/18)
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.
    (AP, 11/19/18)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/18)

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