Today in History - November 24

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1105        Nov 24, Rabbi Nathan ben Yehiel of Rome completed a Talmudic dictionary.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1434        Nov 24, The Thames River froze.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1542        Nov 24, The English defeated the Scots under King James at the Battle of Solway Moss, in England.
    (HN, 11/24/98)

1572        Nov 24, John Knox (67), Scottish preacher, died.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1628        Nov 24, John Ford's "Lover's Melancholy," premiered in London.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1632        Nov 24, Baruch (Benedict) de Spinoza (d.1677), Dutch rationalist philosopher, was born in Amsterdam. "Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear."
    (AP, 9/24/99)(MC, 11/24/01)

1639        Nov 24, A 2nd predicted transit of Venus occurred. Jeremiah Horrocks of England predicted and observed the event with his friend William Crabtree.
    (MC, 11/24/01)(Econ, 5/29/04, p.78)

1642        Nov 24, Abel Janszoon Tasman (d.1659) discovered Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania).
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1650        Nov 24, Manuel Cardoso (83), composer, died.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1655        Nov 24, English Lord Protector Cromwell banned Anglicans.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1674        Nov 24, Franciscus van Enden (72), Flemish Jesuit and free thinker, was executed.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1688        Nov 24, General strategist John Churchill met William III.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1690        Nov 24, Charles Theodore Pachelbel, composer, was born.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1713        Nov 24, Junipero Serra (d.1784), Spanish Roman Catholic missionary to the Indians in California and Mexico was born on the Spanish isle of Palma de Mallorca. He came to the New World in 1749 accompanied by 14 other Mallorcans including the geographer Crespi and Father Francisco Palou, biographer of Serra and historian of the missions. Serra was beatified in 1988.
    (SFC, Z1, 4/28/96, p.6)(SFEC, 9/14/97, p.A18)(www.beachcalifornia.com/carmel2.html)
1713        Nov 24, Laurence Sterne (d.1768), novelist and satirist (Tristram Shandy), was born in Ireland. "Free thinkers are generally those who never think at all."
    (MC, 11/24/01)(AP, 6/19/97)

1715        Nov 24, The Thames River froze.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1722        Nov 24, Johann Adam Reincken (99), German organist and composer, died.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1759        Nov 24, There was a destructive eruption of Vesuvius.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1784        Nov 24, Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the United States (1849-1850), was born in Orange County, Va.
    (AP, 11/24/97)(HN, 11/24/98)

1800        Nov 24, Weber's opera "Das Waldmadchen," premiered in Freiburg.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1826        Nov 24, Carlo Collodi, the creator of Pinocchio, was born.
    (HN, 11/24/00)

1832        Nov 24, South Carolina passed an Ordinance of Nullification. The US government had enacted a tariff. South Carolina nullified it and threatened to secede. Pres. Jackson threatened armed force on his home state but a compromise was devised by Henry Clay that ducked the central problem.
    (WSJ, 9/19/97, p.A13)(www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/Nullification.html)
1832        Nov 24, The doctrine of nullification involved an argument concerning the nature of the union as defined by the writers of the Constitution and addressed the question: "Was the US a compact of sovereign states, each retaining ultimate authority, or was the US one nation formed by the people through the writing of the Constitution?" John C. Calhoun, supporter of the doctrine of nullification, was Pres. Jackson's principal opponent in the nullification crises.
    (www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/butowsky2/constitution4.htm#17)

1835        Nov 24, Texas Rangers, a mounted police force, was authorized by the Texas Provisional Government.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1847        Nov 24, Bram Stoker, Irish theater manager and author (Dracula), was born. [see Nov 8]
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1848        Nov 24, Lilli Lehmann, opera singer, was born.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1849        Nov 24, Frances Hodgson Burnett, author, was born. Her work includes “Little Lord Fauntleroy" and “The Secret Garden."
    (HN, 11/24/00)

1853        Nov 24, William Masterson (Bat Masterson), journalist, gambler, frontier lawman, was born in Henryville, Quebec. He died at his desk as a NYC sports reporter. [see Nov 24, 1856]
    (SFC, 8/2/97, p.E3)(MC, 11/24/01)

1856        Nov 24, Bat Masterson was born in Quebec, Canada. [see Nov 24, 1853]
    (MesWP)

1859        Nov 24, Cass Gilbert (d.1934), architect, was born. His work included the NYC Woolworth Building, completed in 1913.
    (HN, 11/24/00)(WSJ, 1/10/00, p.A20)
1859        Nov 24, British naturalist Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species," or “The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life." The first printing of 1,250 copies sold out in a single day. It explained his theory of evolution.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.280)(WSJ, 2/24/97, p.A20)(AP, 11/24/97)(HN, 11/24/00)

1862        Nov 24, M. Levy published Gustave Flaubert’s "Salammbo."
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1863        Nov 24, In the Battle Above the Clouds, Union Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker's forces took Lookout Mountain, near Chattanooga, Tenn. The battle for Lookout Mountain was fought in a layer of fog whose lower level began at the Cravens House, used as Rebel headquarters. Gen’l. Hooker later commissioned painter James Walker to render a picture of the battle for $20,000.
    (HFA, ‘96, p.42)(HT, 4/97, p.56)(HN, 11/24/98)

1864        Nov 24, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (d.1901), French post-impressionist painter, was born.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_de_Toulouse-Lautrec)
1864        Nov 24, Kit Carson and his 1st Cavalry, New Mexico Volunteers, attacked a camp of Kiowa Indians in the First Battle of Adobe Walls.
    (HN, 11/24/98)

1868        Nov 24, Scott Joplin was born in Texas. By the time he was a teenager, Joplin could play the banjo and the piano, and had begun to work as a saloon musician. In the late 1890s, he was performing and composing at the Maple Leaf Club in Sedalia, Missouri, and in 1899 his "Maple Leaf Rag" made ragtime popular. Ragtime was a mixture of classical European and African-American styles of music, and it influenced the later development of jazz. Joplin was not considered a serious composer until ragtime resurfaced in the 1970s, when his composition "The Entertainer" was the theme to the movie The Sting. The first grand opera composed by an African American was Joplin's Treemonisha (1911), which was not very successful at the time. In 1976, however, more than 50 years after Joplin died, Treemonisha won the Pulitzer Prize.
    (HNPD, 11/24/98)(WSJ, 7/5/00, p.A20)

1871        Nov 24, The National Rifle Association was incorporated in NYC, and its first president named: Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside.
    (AP, 11/24/97)(MC, 11/24/01)

1874        Nov 24, Farmer Joseph Glidden's patent for barbed wire was granted. Glidden designed a simple wire barb that attached to a double-strand wire, as well as a machine to mass-produce the wire. The invention was a welcome alternative to other types of fencing for farming on the arid Great Plains--wood fences and stone walls were difficult to construct because of the lack of sufficient rocks and trees, and the existing wire fences were easily broken when cattle leaned against them. The use of barbed-wire fences changed ranching and farming life. Farmers could keep roaming cattle and sheep off their land, but open-range cowboys and Native American farmers were restricted to the land and resources not claimed and marked by the new fences. As more settlers moved onto the plains, the amount of public, shared land decreased and open-range farming became obsolete.
    (HNPD, 11/23/98) (HN, 11/24/98)

1886        Nov 24, Margaret Anderson, editor, was born. She founded “The Little Review."
    (HN, 11/24/00)

1887        Nov 24, Victorien Sardou's "La Tosca," premiered in Paris.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1888        Nov 24, Dale Carnegie (d.1955), public speaker, was born in Missouri. He authored "How to Win Friends and Influence People" (1937).
    (HN, 11/24/00)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dale_Carnegie)

1899        Nov 24, Abdullah ibn Mohammed al-Ta'a'ishi, Mahdi of Sudan (1883-99), died.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1901        Nov 24, Andre Victor Tchelistcheff, winemaker, was born.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1902        Nov 24, The first Congress of Professional Photographers convened in Paris.
    (HN, 11/24/98)

1903        Nov 24, Clyde Coleman of NYC patented an automobile electric starter.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1908        Nov 24, Harry Kemelman, US detective author (rabbi omnibus), was born.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1910        Nov 24, Robert Baden-Powell, who founded the scout movement in Britain in 1907, organized the first scout meeting in Africa at a church in Nairobi.
    (AP, 11/24/10)

1912        Nov 24, Garson Kanin, writer and director, was born. His work included “Born Yesterday."
    (HN, 11/24/00)
1912        Nov 24, Austria denounced Serbian gains in the Balkans; Russia and France backed Serbia while Italy and Germany backed Austria.
    (HN, 11/24/98)

1914        Nov 24, Benito Mussolini left Italy's socialist party.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1916        Nov 24, Forrest J. Ackerman, coined the term "sci-fi," was born.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1918        Nov 24, Frank O. King premiered his comic strip "Gasoline Alley" in the Chicago Tribune. He aged his characters over time.
    (SFC, 7/8/98, Z1 p.3)(WSJ, 6/20/01, p.A1)(www.toonopedia.com/gasalley.htm)

1921        Nov 24, John V. Lindsay, (Mayor-R/D-NY, 1965-73), was born.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1922        Nov 24, Italian parliament gave Mussolini dictatorial powers "for 1 year."
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1925        Nov 24, William F. Buckley, Jr. (d.2008), journalist who founded the conservative magazine National Review, was born in Manhattan, as the 6th of 10 children. His father had made a fortune in the oil fields of Mexico.
    (HN, 11/24/98)(SFC, 2/28/08, p.A2)

1927        Nov 24, Alfredo Kraus, tenor (La Scala), was born in Las Palmas, Canary Islands.
    (MC, 11/24/01)
1927        Nov 24, In California troops battled 1,200 inmates after Folsom prisoners revolted. On Thanksgiving Day there was a prison break at Folsom. One prisoner was shot in the ensuing uprising and five others were later hung.
    (SFEC, 1/26/97, p.B4) (HN, 11/24/98)

1929        Nov 24, Georges Clemenceau (b.1841), French journalist and premier (1917-20), died. He is noted for the quote: “La guerre! C’est une chose trop grave pour la confier à des militaires."  (War is too serious a matter to entrust to military men).
    (http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Georges_Clemenceau)

1936        Nov 24, Noel Coward's "Tonight at 8:30," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1938        Nov 24, Clifford Odets' "Rocket to the Moon," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 11/24/01)
1938        Nov 24, Mexico seized oil land adjacent to Texas.
    (HN, 11/24/98)

1939        Nov 24, In Czechoslovakia, the Gestapo executed 120 students who were accused of anti-Nazi plotting.
    (HN, 11/24/98)

1941        Nov 24, "Life Certificates" were issued to some Jews of Vilna. The rest were exterminated.
    (MC, 11/24/01)
1941        Nov 24, Indian infantry attacked German tanks at Sidi Omar.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1942        Nov 24, Field marshal Erich von Manstein arrived in Starobelsk.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1944        Nov 24, American B-29 bombers based on Saipan attacked Tokyo in the first raid against the Japanese capital by land-based planes.
    (HN, 11/24/98)(AP, 11/24/05)
1944            Nov 24, Heinrich Himmler ordered the destruction of the Auschwitz and Birkenau crematoriums.
    (http://tinyurl.com/9nycv)

1946        Nov 24, Ted Bundy (d.1989), serial murderer, was born Burlington, Vt.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1947        Nov 24, John Steinbeck's novel "The Pearl" was first published.
    (AP, 11/24/97)
1947        Nov 24, Congress voted to cite the Hollywood Ten, who opposed the HUAC hearings, as “unfriendly witnesses" for contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about alleged Communist influence in the movie industry. At the same time 50 top Hollywood executives convened and decided to discharge or suspend the Hollywood Ten until acquittal or declaration that they were not Communists. Among the ten were director Edward Dmytrak, who later recanted and gave names of suspected Communists, Lester Cole, and writer Ring Lardner Jr. Lester Cole later wrote “Hollywood Red."
    (SFEC, 5/18/97, DB p.65)(AP, 11/24/97)

1949        Nov 24, Alexander C. Cushing (1914-2006) opened the Squaw Valley Development Company with his wife Justine Bayard Cushing (d.2003 at 85). The new Lake Tahoe area ski resort opened with a double chairlift and 2 rope tows.
    (SFC, 8/21/06, p.B1)(www.squaw.com/winter/history_overview.html)
1949        Nov 24, The Iron and Steel Act nationalized the steel industry in Britain.
    (HN, 11/24/98)
1949        Nov 24, In Germany the Petersberg agreement provided concessions to Western Germany from the Allied high commission in return for German membership in the Int’l. Ruhr Authority. The influx of 8 million Germans from the east caused widespread unemployment.
    (EWH, 1968, p.1180)

1950        Nov 24, The musical "Guys and Dolls," based on the writings of Damon Runyon and featuring songs by Frank Loesser, opened on Broadway.
    (AP, 11/24/06)
1950        Nov 24, UN troops began an assault with the intent to end the Korean War by Christmas.
    (HN, 11/24/98)

1954        Nov 24, France sent 20,000 soldiers to Algeria.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1956        Nov 24, "Pajama Game" closed at St James Theater NYC after 1063 performances.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1959        Nov 24, The new TV show Twilight Zone ran “The Time Element" about a bartender returning to Pearl Harbor Dec 6, 1941.
    (SFC, 11/25/02, p.A15)

1961        Nov 24, The UN adopted bans on nuclear arms over American protest.
    (HN, 11/24/98)

1962        Nov 24, The BBC TV series "That Was the Week That Was" began and ran through 36 episodes to 1963. Willie Rushton impersonated PM Harold McMillan.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/That_Was_The_Week_That_Was)(SFC, 12/12/96, p.C8)

1963        Nov 24, Jack Ruby shot and mortally wounded Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President Kennedy in front of TV cameras in the garage of the Dallas Police Department. Ruby used a .38 Colt Cobra purchased at Ray’s Hardware and Sporting Goods in Dallas run by Lawrence Brantley (1921-1996). Sometime earlier Oswald had made an attempt to murder right-wing Gen’l. Edwin A. Walker. In 2002 Thomas Mallon authored “Mrs. Paine’s Garage and the Murder of John F. Kennedy."
    (SFC, 10/17/96, C2)(AP, 11/24/97)(HN, 11/24/00)(WSJ, 1/18/02, p.W8)

1964        Nov 24, Residents of Wash DC were permitted to vote for the 1st time since 1800.
    (MC, 11/24/01)
1964        Nov 24, The UC Berkeley Academic Senate defeated a motion to support the position of the Free Speech Movement by a vote of 274-261.
    (SSFC, 9/21/14, p.A13)

1965        Nov 24, Congo had a military coup under Gen. Mobutu and Pres. Kasavubu was overthrown. Larry Devlin, US CIA station chief, had encouraged Mobutu to launch the coup. In 2007 Devlin authored “Chief of Station, Congo: Fighting the Cold War in a Hot Zone."
    (www.briefbio.com/pages/2974/Seko-Mobutu-Sese.html)(Econ, 2/24/07, p.95)

1967        Nov 24, Cambodian triple agent Inchin Lam was murdered. Special Forces Captain John J. McCarthy was accused and later tried for the murder in a court in Vietnam. [see Jan 29, 1968]
    (HN, 11/24/98)(http://www.copvcia.com/Mac.htm)(www.geocities.com/larryjodaniel/17.html)

1968        Nov 24, Eldridge Cleaver fled the US with his wife rather face assault charges from 1958. He returned to the US in 1975.
    (www.pbs.org/hueypnewton/people/people_cleaver.html)
1968        Nov 24, Three Latins hijacked a US B-707 jet, from New York’s Kennedy Int’l. to Cuba. Pena Soltren, a US citizen, and two accomplices used weapons hidden in a diaper bag to hijack Pan Am Flight 281. In 2009 Luis Armando Pena Soltren (66) voluntarily returned to the same airport to surrender and face prosecution. On Jan 4, 2011, Soltren was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
    (http://cuban-exile.com/doc_176-200/doc0180.html)(AP, 10/12/09)(SFC, 1/5/11, p.A4)

1969        Nov 24, Gen. William Westmoreland assigned Lt. Gen. William R. Peers to investigate the My Lai incident (March 16, 1968).
    (www.choices.web.aplus.net/guidebooks/WAV/calley.pdf)
1969        Nov 24, Apollo 12 splashed down safely in the Pacific, ending the second manned mission to the moon.
    (AP, 11/24/97)

1971        Nov 24, On Thanksgiving eve DB Cooper boarded Flight 305 in Portland, Or., and demanded $200,000 with the threat of a bomb. He parachuted from a Northwest Airlines 727 with the money over the Cascade Mountains near Ariel, Wash., and was never seen again. FBI agent Ralph Himmelsbach wrote the book NORJAK that described the case. A packet containing $5,880 of the ransom money was found in 1980 on the north shore of the Columbia River, just west of the Washington city of Vancouver. In 2011 evidence was presented that Lynn Doyle Cooper (d.1999) of Oregon, a Korean war veteran, was the hijacker.
    (SFEC, 11/17/96, Z1 p.5)(AP, 11/24/97)(SFC, 8/4/11, p.A8)
1971        Nov 24, A prison rebellion took place at Rahway State Prison, NJ.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rahway_State_Prison)

1977        Nov 24, Greeks announced the discovery of the tomb of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great.
    (HN, 11/24/98)

1979        Nov 24, U.S. admitted that thousands of troops in Vietnam were exposed to the toxic Agent Orange.
    (HN, 11/24/98)

1982        Nov 24, FCC dropped limits on the duration and frequency of TV ads.
    (http://tinyurl.com/2tcl6k)

1983        Nov 24, An IRA unit disguised as police officers seized Don Tidey, an American former chief executive of Ireland's Superquinn grocery stores, outside his Dublin home. They held him for more than three weeks in woods near the Irish border and demanded the equivalent of US$7.5 million in ransom. A joint Irish police-army search stumbled on the kidnappers' hideaway, freeing Tidey, but the IRA kidnappers killed a police officer and soldier as they escaped.
    (AP, 3/7/06)(http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/othelem/chron/ch83.htm)
1983        Nov 24, PLO exchanged 6 Israeli prisoners for 4,500 Palestinians and Lebanese.
    (http://tinyurl.com/2lejkm)

1985        Nov 24, The hijacking of an EgyptAir jetliner parked on the ground in Malta ended violently as Egyptian commandos stormed the plane. Fifty-eight people died in the raid, in addition to two others killed by the hijackers. Ali Rezaq of the Abu Nidal terrorist group was imprisoned in Malta for 7 years and then released. The US FBI apprehended him in Nigeria in 1993 and he was convicted by a US federal jury in 1996 and sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 7/20/96, p.A6)(SFEC, 10/8/96, D1)(AP, 11/24/97)

1987        Nov 24, The United States and the Soviet Union agreed to scrap shorter- and medium-range missiles in the first superpower treaty to eliminate an entire class of nuclear weapons.
    (AP, 11/24/97)

1988        Nov 24, A state of emergency was declared in the cities of Kirovabad and Nakhichevan in Azerbaijan.
    (WSJ, 8/7/96, p.A15)
1988        Nov 24, South Africa's justice minister announced that Nelson Mandela would not be returned to prison upon his recovery from tuberculosis, but would instead remain in custody in another location.
    (AP, 11/24/98)

1989        Nov 24, Czechoslovakia's hard-line Communist party leadership resigned after more than a week of protests against its policies.
    (AP, 11/24/99)
1989        Nov 24, In Peshawar, Pakistan, Abdulla Yusuf Azzam, a Palestinian intellectual, was assassinated in a car bombing reportedly ordered by Osama bin Laden for suspected CIA ties.
    (SFC, 8/19/98, p.A16)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdullah_Yusuf_Azzam)
1989        Nov 24, Romanian leader Nicolae Ceausescu was unanimously re-elected Communist Party chief. Within a month, he was overthrown in a popular uprising and executed along with his wife, Elena, on Christmas Day.
    (AP, 11/24/04)

1990        Nov 24, President Bush returned home from an eight-day tour of Europe and the Middle East, during which he’d lobbied foreign leaders on behalf of his Persian Gulf policy.
    (AP, 11/24/00)
1990        Nov 24, In Texas Rosemary Diaz (15) went missing. Her remains were found in 2015 near the Wharton-Matagorda county line following a tip from the family of a man considered a suspect in the case. The suspect had recently died of cancer.
    (http://tinyurl.com/p6hvtsh)(SFC, 11/26/15, p.A10)

1991        Nov 24, The space shuttle Atlantis blasted off from Cape Canaveral with six astronauts and a military satellite.
    (AP, 11/24/01)
1991        Nov 24, Freddie Mercury (45), Zanzibar-born rock singer, died in London of pneumonia brought on by AIDS. Mercury and the rock group Queen made the 1975 hit "Bohemian Rhapsody."
    (AP, 11/24/01)(SSFC, 11/10/02, p.A2)

1992        Nov 24, Former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger pleaded innocent to making a false statement in the Iran-Contra affair. However, Weinberger was pardoned by President Bush before the case could come to trial.
    (AP, 11/24/97)
1992        Nov 24, The US military closed the Subic Bay Naval Station and left the Philippines.
    (HFA, '96, p.18)(SFEC, 11/17/96, p.A12)
1992        Nov 24, In China, a domestic jetliner crashed, killing 141 people.
    (AP, 11/24/97)

1993        Nov 24, President Clinton met at the White House with Salman Rushdie, the British author condemned to death by Iran for writing "The Satanic Verses."
    (AP, 11/24/98)
1993        Nov 24, The US Congress gave its final approval to the Brady handgun control bill. It established a 5-day waiting period for handgun sales.
    (AP, 11/24/98)
1993         Nov 24 Two 11-year-old boys, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, were convicted of the February murder of 2-year-old James Bulger of Liverpool, England. Shortly after the trial, Lord Taylor of Gosforth, the Lord Chief Justice, ordered that the two boys should serve a minimum of ten years behind bars. Thompson and Venables were released on a “life license" in June 2001, after serving eight years of their life sentence. An injunction remained in force following their release, so that details of their new identities and locations could not be published.
    (AP, 11/24/98)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_James_Bulger)

1994        Nov 24, Rebel Serbs refused to withdraw from the U.N. designated safe area around Bihac and continued to advance on the city, despite recent NATO air strikes.
    (AP, 11/24/99)
1994        Nov 24, In Sri Lanka a Tiger suicide bomber killed opposition pres. candidate Gamini Disanayake and 51 others.
    (SFC, 7/24/96, p.A9)

1995        Nov 24, The American Visionary Art Museum opened in Baltimore. It was founded by development consultant Rebecca Hoffberger (43), who succeeded in raising most of the $7.5 mil for the museum.
    (WSJ, 4/3/96, p.A20)(www.avam.org/stuff/whois.html)
1995        Nov 24, Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic promised during a televised address to accept a U-S-brokered peace plan.
    (AP, 11/24/00)
1995        Nov 24, Voters in Ireland narrowly ended a 70-year ban on divorce and approved a constitutional amendment legalizing divorce and remarriage by 50.23%.
    (SFC, 1/18/96, p.A8)(AP, 11/24/00)(MC, 11/24/01)

1996        Nov 24, On the eve of an Asia-Pacific trade conference in the Philippines, President Clinton met with Chinese President Jiang Zemin. Both sides signaled their troubled relations were on the mend, and agreed to exchange presidential visits over the next two years.
    (AP, 11/24/97)
1996        Nov 24, In Argentina evangelist Sun Myung Moon began a new Spanish newspaper for all of Latin America with the assistance of former US president George Bush. Bush was reportedly paid $100,000. They then traveled to Uruguay to inaugurate a seminary to train 4,200 Japanese women to spread the word of his Church across Latin America.
    (SFC, 11/25/96, p.B1)(WSJ, 11/26/96, p.A1)
1996        Nov 24, In Belarus parliament set its own date for a vote to approve the abolishment of the office of the president. Lukashenko has the backing of the security apparatus which numbers about 150,000 in the pop. of 10 mil.
    (WSJ, 10/8/96, p.A17)
1996        Nov 24, In Serbia a court controlled by Pres. Milosevic annulled the electoral victory of the opposition. The opposition had one 67 of 110 seats of the Belgrade City Council. The court annulled 52 of the opposition seats.
    (SFC, 11/25/96, p.A8)

1997        Nov 24, Pres. Clinton and APEC Asian leaders in Vancouver discussed ways of calming the Asian economic crisis and agreed on the rough details of a $68 billion bailout with loans from the IMF.
    (SFC, 11/25/97, p.A1) (AP, 11/24/98)
1997        Nov 24, Space-walking astronauts from the shuttle Columbia grabbed a spinning satellite with their hands, enabling the cockpit crew to use the shuttle's robot arm to return it to the cargo bay.
    (AP, 11/24/07)
1997        Nov 24, In the SF Bay Area Thomas Franklin Wheelock (20) murdered his Armored Transport partner, Rodrigo Cortez (30), and escaped with $300,000. Most of the money was found in a Sacramento motel. Wheelock was pronounced guilty in 2001 and sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC,11/26/97, p.A1)(SFC, 9/5/01, p.A16)(SFC, 9/21/01, p.D6)
1997        Nov 24, French Singer Monique Serf, stage-name Barbara, died at 67. She was famous for her songs “Aigle Noir," “Nantes," “La Solitude," and “Une Petite Cantate."
    (SFC, 11/26/97, p.C4)
1997        Nov 24, It was reported that Iraq continued to withhold access to 63 weapons sites that included 47 presidential compounds.
    (SFC, 11/24/97, p.A13)
1997        Nov 24, Israeli warplanes and soldiers attacked supposed guerilla infiltration trails in southern Lebanon. Three Hezbollah were reported killed.
    (SFC, 11/25/97, p.A12)
1997        Nov 24, In Japan the Yamaichi Securities firm, the nation's 4th largest, announced a shutdown due to debts totaling $24 billion. It was the third, after Sanyo Securities and Hokkaido Takushoku Bank, Japanese financial company to collapse in a month.
    (SFC, 11/24/97, p.A1)(AP, 11/24/98)(Econ, 7/22/06, p.66)
1997        Nov 24, In Somalia all hostages were released by the rival Marjeteen and Wasangeli militiamen.
    (SFC, 11/24/97, p.A11)

1998        Nov 24, America Online confirmed it was buying Netscape Communications in a deal ultimately worth $10 billion.
    (AP, 11/24/99)
1998        Nov 24, Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corp., donated $20 million to the Seattle Public Library system.
    (SFC, 11/24/98, p.A3)
1998        Nov 24, A UN report on AIDS said 33 million people were infected, and that two-thirds of them were in sub-Saharan Africa.
    (WSJ, 11/25/98, p.A1)
1998        Nov 24, In Britain Queen Elizabeth announced plans by the Blair government to make the House of Lords more democratic by stripping aristocrats of their right to sit in it.
    (WSJ, 11/25/98, p.A1)
1998        Nov 24, In Lebanon Pres. Elias Hrawi was scheduled to step down and be replaced by Emile Lahoud.
    (SFC, 10/16/98, p.D2)
1998        Nov 24, The OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) ratified an anti-bribery convention. It came into force in 1999.
    (http://tinyurl.com/otqm8xp)(Econ, 12/23/06, p.18)(Econ, 12/6/14, p.73)
1998        Nov 24, The first Palestine Airlines flight touched down at Gaza International Airport.
    (AP, 11/24/99)
1998        Nov 24, A funeral was held in St. Petersburg for liberal Russian lawmaker Galina Starovoitova, who had been assassinated four days earlier.
    (AP, 11/24/99)
1998        Nov 24, Russia, Kazakstan and a group of major oil companies agreed to build a pipeline to connect the Tengiz oil field to a Russian port on the Black Sea.
    (SFC, 11/25/98, p.A16)
1998        Nov 24, The UN Security Council voted to allow Iraq an additional $5.2 billion in oil sales over the next 6 months to cover humanitarian aid.
    (SFC, 11/25/98, p.A14)

1999        Nov 24, American Indian farmers filed a $19 billion class-action lawsuit against the Agriculture Department for an alleged 20-year history of loan-granting discrimination.
    (SFC, 11/25/99, p.A4)
1999        Nov 24, It was reported that US married couples with children comprised 26% of the population as opposed to 45% in 1972.
    (SFC, 11/24/99, p.A3)
1999        Nov 24, In Britain authorities intercepted Scud missile components labeled as auto parts originating in Taiwan and destined for Libya.
    (SFC, 1/10/00, p.A10)
1999        Nov 24-1999 Nov 25, The Chinese ferry, Dashun, with 312 passengers caught fire and sank in stormy seas on the Bohai Strait near Yantai in Shandong province. Only 22 passengers were rescued.
    (SFC, 11/26/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/26/99, p.A1)(SFC, 11/27/99, p.A14)(AP, 11/24/00)
1999        Nov 24, In Croatia the parliament passed a constitutional amendment that declared Pres. Tudjman (77) to be temporarily disabled and acted to pass power to Vlatko Pavletic, speaker of parliament.
    (SFC, 11/25/99, p.A14)(WSJ, 11/26/99, p.A1)
1999        Nov 24, In Indonesia security forces deployed hundreds of reinforcements to Aceh province where 6 people were killed over the past week.
    (SFC, 11/25/99, p.A16)
1999        Nov 24, Mexico and the EU agreed on terms for a free trade treaty.
    (SFC, 11/25/99, p.A14)

2000        Nov 24, The U.S. Supreme Court stepped into the bitter, overtime struggle for the White House, agreeing to consider George W. Bush's appeal whether the extended Florida ballot counting violates federal law..
    (SFC, 11/25/00, p.A1)(AP, 11/24/01)
2000        Nov 24, In Cambodia several dozen gunmen attacked government offices in Phnom Penh. At least 7 people were killed and 12 wounded. Police fought a US-based anti-communist group known as the Cambodian Freedom Fighters (CFF). 8 were killed and 60 rounded up. 38 people, including 4 American citizens, were later charged with terrorism. In 2002 a court sentenced 20 people to prison terms of 5 years to life for the plotting to overthrow the government.
    (SFC, 11/25/00, p.A18)(WSJ, 11/27/00, p.A1)(SFC, 11/30/00, p.C3)(SFC, 3/1/02, p.A17)
2000        Nov 24, Germany and the Portuguese Azores Islands recorded new cases of mad cow disease. Main land Portugal has reported 467 cases since 1990.
    (SFC, 11/25/00, p.A16)
2000        Nov 24, In the Philippines Salvador "Bubby" Dacer, a publicist who represented top political figures, was kidnapped and later killed along with his driver. Police boss Sen. Panfilo Lacson was later linked to the killing. In 2009 Cesar Mancao, a former senior Philippine police official accused of the double homicide, was extradited from the US after agreeing to testify in the case.
    (AP, 6/4/09)(http://dic.academic.ru/dic.nsf/enwiki/3133909)
2000        Nov 24, In Serbia police gave NATO a 72-hour deadline to stop incursions from Kosovo by ethnic Albanian militants.
    (SFC, 11/25/00, p.A15)
2000        Nov 24, From Russia Vladimir Putin arranged for Yasser Arafat and Ehud Barak to agree by telephone to reopen 10 joint security offices in the West Bank and Gaza.
    (SFC, 11/25/00, p.A1)
2000        Nov 24, It was reported that monsoon flooding killed 10 people in Malaysia and at least 5 people in Thailand. The death toll from flooding in Thailand reached over 30, mostly children. Over 100 people died from the flooding and mudslides in West Sumatra.
    (SFC, 11/24/00, p.D8)(WSJ, 11/27/00, p.A1)(SFC, 11/29/00, p.C20)

2001        Nov 24, Heavy storms hit the US and at least 12 people were killed in the lower Mississippi valley.
    (SSFC, 11/25/01, p.A19)
2001        Nov 24, Thousands of Taliban fighters surrendered at Kunduz. A few turned out to be suicide bombers, who killed 5-6 Northern Alliance commanders. Afghan troops captured Salim Ahmen Hamdan in southern Afghanistan in a car with four other alleged al-Qaida associates who exchanged fire with the Afghan troops. Three of the other men in the car, including a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, were killed. Hamdan, who was sent to Guantanamo, admitted working as bin Laden's driver in Afghanistan.
    (SSFC, 11/25/01, p.A1)(NW, 8/26/02, p.22)(AP, 12/5/07)
2001        Nov 24, In Brazil a fire at a dance club in Belo Horizonte killed at least 6 people.
    (SSFC, 11/25/01, p.A18)
2001        Nov 24, British actress Rachel Gurney (81), who played Lady Marjorie Bellamy on the popular television series "Upstairs Downstairs," died.
    (AP, 11/24/02)
2001        Nov 24, Tens of thousands of Palestinians marched in the West Bank and Gaza city to protest the Israeli killing of Mahmoud Abu Hanoud and 2 assistants. A Palestinian mortar attack killed one Israeli soldier.
    (SSFC, 11/25/01, p.A14)(SFC, 11/26/01, p.A9)
2001        Nov 24, In Switzerland a Swiss Crossair Jumbolino Avro RJ-100 crashed with 33 people on board. 24 were killed including American pop singer Melanie Thornton.
    (SSFC, 11/25/01, p.A18)(WSJ, 11/26/01, p.A1)(AP, 11/24/02)
2001        Nov 24, Mathew Hardman (17) killed widow Mabel Leyshon (90) at her home in the north Wales town of Llanfairpwll. Prosecutors later said he wanted to be a vampire. In 2002 Hardman was convicted of fatally stabbing Leyshon, cutting out her heart and drinking her blood.
    (AP, 8/2/02)

2002        Nov 24, Harriet Doerr (b.1910), author of "Stone for Ibarra" (1984), died in Pasadena.
    (SFC, 11/28/02, p.A30)
2002        Nov 24, John Rawls (81), philosopher, died in Boston. His work included "A Theory of Justice" (1971), which advanced the concept of a social compact. The Rawls test: would the best off accept the arrangements if they believed at any moment they might find themselves in the place of the worst off."
    (WSJ, 11/26/02, p.A1)(SFC, 11/29/02, p.A27)
2002        Nov 24, In Austria Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel's conservative party made large gains to dominate parliamentary elections.
    (AP, 11/24/02)
2002        Nov 24, A tanker carrying 20,000 tons of liquefied petroleum gas was on fire in Chinese waters about 38 kilometers east of Hong Kong, risking a huge explosion.
    (Reuters, 11/24/02)
2002        Nov 24, The Central Colombian Pipeline, known by its Spanish acronym Ocensa, had to be shut down after an attack near the town of Aguazul.
    (AP, 11/25/02)
2002        Nov 24, Negotiations between the Congolese government and two rebel groups produced an agreement in principle on the workings of a transitional government.
    (AP, 11/24/02)
2002        Nov 24, In Ecuador Lucio Gutierrez (45), who led a Jan 2000 coup against Pres. Jamil Mahuad, was elected over billionaire Alvaro Noboa (52) in a runoff election.
    (SSFC, 11/24/02, p.F1)(AP, 11/25/02)(SFC, 11/25/02, p.A3)
2002        Nov 24, In a letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Iraqi government complained that the small print behind upcoming weapons inspections would give Washington a pretext to attack.
    (AP, 11/24/03)
2002        Nov 24, In Maan, Jordan, one person was killed and several wounded in shootings between officers and crowds who attacked police patrols. The city is home to conservative Bedouin tribesmen who are heavily armed and oppose the government's pro-Western stance and Jordan's 1994 peace treaty with Israel.
    (AP, 11/27/02)
2002        Nov 24, In Kashmir militants stormed a Hindu temple and engaged security forces in a 10-hour gunfight that killed 14 people.
    (SFC, 11/27/02, p.A17)
2002        Nov 24, Philippine communist rebels killed four soldiers when about 30 rebels opened fire on a military convoy returning to base from a mission.
    (Reuters, 11/25/02)
2002        Nov 24, The government of Vietnam estimated AIDS at 107,000 cases and pointed to the estimated 40,000 prostitutes as the chief source. AIDS workers said 70% of the infected were drug users and claimed 200,000 cases.
    (SSFC, 11/24/02, p.A3)

2003        Nov 24, Pres. Bush signed a $401.3 billion Pentagon spending bill. The president then traveled to Fort Carson, Colo., where he paid tribute to the sacrifices of U.S. troops in Iraq.
    (WSJ, 11/25/03, p.A1)(AP, 11/24/08)
2003        Nov 24, A new US FCC regulation allowed cell phone users to transfer their numbers to a different carrier beginning today.
    (SFC, 11/24/03, p.A1)
2003        Nov 24, The US Dept. of Commerce said it would impose tariffs on Chinese-made television sets that it ruled were being sold below fair market price in the US.
    (SFC, 11/27/03, p.C3)
2003        Nov 24, A Virginia jury decided that John Allen Muhammad, convicted of masterminding the 2002 sniper attacks in the Washington DC region, should be executed.
    (SFC, 11/25/03, p.A3)
2003        Nov 24, Warner Music was born when Edgar Bronfman Jr. and a group of investors paid $2.6 billion for Time Warner’s music division. In 2011 oil magnate Len Blavatnik agreed to pay $3.3 billion for Warner Music Group.
    (Econ, 5/14/11, p.82)
2003        Nov 24, Warren Spahn (82), the Hall of Fame pitcher who won more games than any other left-hander in history, died in Broken Arrow, Ok.
    (AP, 11/24/03)
2003        Nov 24, British PM Tony Blair and French President Jacques Chirac confronted the sensitive issue of European defense and in a show of unity announced plans for a small rapid-reaction force of EU peacekeepers.
    (AP, 11/24/03)
2003        Nov 24, The Croatian Nationalist Democratic Union (HDZ), which led the drive to independence and later into isolation, began negotiating with potential partners to form a new government after winning parliamentary elections.
    (AP, 11/24/03)
2003        Nov 24, The US-appointed government raided the offices of Al-Arabiya television, banned its broadcasts from Iraq for broadcasting an audiotape a week ago of a voice it said belonged to Saddam Hussein.
    (AP, 11/24/03)
2003        Nov 24, Gunmen in Mosul ambushed US soldiers on patrol with a roadside bomb then opened fire on them, wounding one.
    (AP, 11/24/03)
2003        Nov 24, In Russia an early-morning fire raced through a Moscow dormitory packed with students from Africa, Asia and Latin America, killing at least 32 people and injuring 139. The toll climbed to 42 with the death of a Chinese student who suffered serious burns.
    (AP, 11/24/03)(AP, 12/18/03)

2004        Nov 24, Arthur Hailey (b.1920), author of the 1968 novel “Airport," died in the Bahamas.
    (SFC, 11/26/04, p.B3)
2004        Nov 24, In southern Afghanistan a bomb exploded near a US patrol, killing two American soldiers and wounding another.
    (AP, 11/24/04)
2004        Nov 24, The US military ended a 9-year peacekeeping role in Bosnia but kept on a small contingent to hunt down top war crimes suspects Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic.
    (AP, 11/24/04)
2004        Nov 24, Canada’s PM Paul Martin visited Burkina Faso. Canada is investing about $20 million in a Basic Education Plan to pump $140 million into building schools across the country.
    (AP, 11/24/04)
2004        Nov 24, In Fallujah the US military uncovered the largest arms cache yet inside the mosque of an insurgent leader. 5 Arab foreign fighters who had escaped from Fallujah were arrested near southern Basra. They were planning to attack coalition bases and police stations.
    (AP, 11/25/04)
2004        Nov 24, An Iraqi woman, working as a translator, was shot and killed by 2 US soldiers playing with a firearm. In 2005 Spc. Charley Hooser was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and Spc. Rami Dajani of accessory after the fact.
    (SSFC, 1/23/05, p.A5)
2004        Nov 24, President Jacques Chirac arrived in Libya in the first ever visit by a French head of state.
    (AP, 11/24/04)
2004        Nov 24, Paraguayan police captured Ivan Mezquita, a leading Brazilian drug trafficking suspect, after a gunbattle with occupants of a cocaine-laden plane near the border with Brazil.
    (AP, 11/25/04)
2004        Nov 24, The UN mission said Rwanda has warned it will launch an attack "very soon" on Rwandan Hutu rebels sheltering in eastern Congo.
    (AP, 11/24/04)
2004        Nov 24, Ukraine's election commission declared Viktor Yanukovych, the Kremlin-backed prime minister, as winner. Ukraine's opposition called for a new round of presidential elections to resolve the political crisis gripping the nation. EU leaders, alleging fraud, warned of "consequences" if the poll was not reviewed.
    (AP, 11/24/04)
2004        Nov 24, Venezuela’s Congress passed a bill that lays down strict guidelines for sex and violence in broadcast programming and threatens multimillion dollar fines or even closure for media outlets that disobey.
    (AP, 11/25/04)

2005        Nov 24, A giant balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York snagged a street light and caused part of it to fall, injuring a woman and a child.
    (AP, 11/24/06)
2005        Nov 24, Actor Pat Morita (73), whose portrayal of the wise and dry-witted Mr. Miyagi in "The Karate Kid" (1984) earned him an Oscar nomination, died at his home in Las Vegas.
    (AP, 11/25/05)
2005        Nov 24, In Canada opposition parties introduced a no-confidence motion that is expected to topple PM Paul Martin's government and force a parliamentary election campaign during the Christmas holidays.
    (AP, 11/24/05)
2005        Nov 24, Former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet was indicted on human rights charges and placed under house arrest, hours after he made bail on unrelated corruption charges filed only a day earlier.
    (AP, 11/24/05)
2005        Nov 24, A man in south China was sentenced to death for leading a gang that kidnapped 38 children and sold them to other families for adoption.
    (AP, 11/25/05)
2005        Nov 24, In China a slick of river-borne toxins from a chemical plant explosion flowed into Harbin as the government dug wells after shutting down its water system to protect residents. A 50-mile-long patch of water carrying toxic benzene began entering Harbin, a city of 3.8 million people in China's northeast, before dawn. A chemical plant explosion Nov. 13 in the nearby city of Jilin spewed toxic benzene into the Songhua River.
    (AP, 11/24/05)
2005        Nov 24, In southwestern China an explosion at the Yingte Chemical Company in Dianjiang killed one worker. This prompted fears of a 2nd benzene leak and warnings to residents not to drink river water.
    (AP, 11/25/05)
2005        Nov 24, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe met with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez to try to help bridge differences in Latin America.
    (AP, 11/24/05)
2005        Nov 24, In southwestern Colombia the Galeras volcano became active at dawn and dumped heaps of ash on the city of Pasto, 12 miles away.
    (AP, 11/24/05)
2005        Nov 24, In Costa Rica thousands of supporters of a free trade pact for Central America marched through San Jose. The group of about 5,000 mainly workers and business owners urged Congress to approve the pact known as CAFTA.
    (AP, 11/24/05)
2005        Nov 24, Indonesia expelled Sidney Jones, an American expert on Southeast Asian terrorist networks for one year, saying her activities could cause public disorder.
    (AP, 11/25/05)
2005        Nov 24, In central Iraq a suicide car bomber targeting US troops handing out toys to children at a hospital killed 34 people, including 4 police guards, 3 women and 2 children.
    (AP, 11/24/05)(Reuters, 11/24/05)
2005        Nov 24, A suicide car bomber attacked a crowded market in Hilla, south of Baghdad, on Thursday killing at least 4 people and wounding 23 others.
    (Reuters, 11/24/05)
2005        Nov 24, In Israel Ariel Sharon's fledgling political party "Forward" officially registered itself.
    (AP, 11/24/05)
2005        Nov 24, The anti-terror bureau of PM Ariel Sharon's office issued an unprecedented alert, warning that Hezbollah has launched an effort to kidnap Israelis anywhere in the world.
    (AP, 11/26/05)
2005        Nov 24, Iyad Abu Rob, a top Islamic Jihad militant, surrendered to Israeli soldiers in Jenin. In a separate operation, 2 wanted men surrendered after Israeli troops surrounded two houses in the village of Kfar Kalil near Nablus. Another man was shot, but his condition was not known.
    (AP, 11/24/05)
2005        Nov 24, Japan finalized an agreement to forgive $6.1 billion of Iraqi debt, or about 80% of the total owed by Baghdad.
    (AP, 11/24/05)
2005        Nov 24, Jordan's King Abdullah II named Marouf al-Bakhit as the new prime minister hours after the resignation of Adnan Badran. The king urged the new PM to launch an all-out war against Islamic militancy in the wake of the triple hotel bombings earlier this month that killed 63 people.
    (AP, 11/24/05)(SFC, 11/25/05, p.A3)
2005        Nov 24, In Northern Ireland Abbas Boutrab (32), an Algerian man, was convicted of possessing information on making a concealed bomb that could be used to blow up a commercial airliner. Police initially arrested Boutrab in 2003 on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant.
    (AP, 11/24/05)
2005        Nov 24, Peruvian lawmakers voted to trim a hefty year-end bonus, bowing to public outrage in one of Latin America's poorest countries.
    (AP, 11/24/05)
2005        Nov 24, In Peru 16 people were killed when a passenger bus plunged into a river.
    (AP, 11/24/05)
2005        Nov 24, Russia’s Pres. Putin vowed to make sure a controversial bill tightening state control over the nonprofit sector doesn’t harm civil society.
    (WSJ, 11/25/05, p.A9)
2005        Nov 24, Serbia's president Boris Tadic formally proposed dividing Kosovo between its independence-seeking Albanian majority and a Serb minority as the chief UN mediator met with government officials.
    (AP, 11/25/05)
2005        Nov 24, The UN food agency said the United States has thrown a lifeline to six southern African countries, donating food aid valued at $45 million. The food will be distributed across Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
    (AP, 11/24/05)
2005        Nov 24, Uzbek authorities arrested Rukhitdin Fahrutdinov (38), an alleged Islamic radical and their most wanted fugitive, who had been hiding out in neighboring Kazakhstan. Human Rights Watch said Fahrutdinov was detained in Shymkent with at least 8 other Uzbek suspects and that all were extradited secretly and forcibly.
    (AP, 12/24/05)

2006        Nov 24, The US Dept. of Agriculture declared LL601, an experimental variety of genetically engineered rice, to be safe for human consumption. Bayer Crop-Science designed it to resist Bayer’s Liberty weed killer. It escaped from test plots after the company dropped the project in 2001.
    (SFC, 11/25/06, p.A3)
2006        Nov 24, In Chicago a gunman who took his neighbor hostage for 23 hours over Thanksgiving ended the standoff by killing the woman and himself.
    (AP, 11/24/06)
2006        Nov 24, In California Richmond police officer Kaliah Ashante Harper was shot and killed by her former boyfriend, Quartus Lee Hinton (28), during a funeral ceremony in Fairfield. Hinton was arrested the next day. In 2008 Hinton was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 38 years in prison.
    (SSFC, 11/26/06, p.B1)(SFC, 7/16/08, p.B6)(SFC, 11/1/08, p.B3)
2006        Nov 24, Robert McFerrin Sr. (b.1921), opera singer and the father of Grammy-winning conductor-vocalist Bobby McFerrin, died in suburban St. Louis at age 85. He was the first black man to sing as a member of the NY Metropolitan Opera (1955).
    (SFC, 11/30/06, p.B7)(AP, 11/24/07)
2006        Nov 24, In Afghanistan US-led coalition troops clashed with Taliban insurgents killing seven of the militants.
    (Reuters, 11/24/06)
2006        Nov 24, Authorities cut off broadcasts from Azerbaijan's first independent TV station and ordered the eviction of opposition newspapers and organizations from their offices in the capital, moves government opponents called part of a campaign to silence dissent.
    (AP, 11/24/06)
2006        Nov 24, Canadian police found 22 apartments in a 13-story Toronto building rigged up to grow marijuana with a value of $5 million.
    (WSJ, 11/25/06, p.A1)
2006        Nov 24, Chadian rebels rolled into the east of the country in their second offensive within a month against President Idriss Deby Itno. Chad extended a state of emergency for six months in the country's eastern provinces, where ethnic clashes have killed as many as 400 people and raised fears that Sudan's Darfur conflict is spilling across the border.
    (AP, 11/24/06)
2006        Nov 24, In southern Chile a twin-engine plane crashed, killing the Chilean pilot and five Brazilian tourists.
    (AP, 11/24/06)
2006        Nov 24, China signed a five-year free trade pact with Pakistan, promised to continue joint development of nuclear energy, and pledged to play a "constructive" role in resolving disputes between Pakistan and neighboring rival India.
    (AP, 11/24/06)
2006        Nov 24, France said it will give Tanzania 46 million euros (60 million dollars) to fund development projects in the east African nation over the next five years.
    (AFP, 11/24/06)
2006        Nov 24, Shiite militiamen grabbed six Sunnis during worship services, doused them with kerosene and burned them alive. Iraqi soldiers at a nearby army post failed to intervene in the assault by suspected members of the Shiite Mahdi Army militia or subsequent attacks that killed a total of 25 Sunnis, including women and children. Another 87 people were killed or found dead in sectarian violence across Iraq. A US Marine died from wounds sustained while fighting in Anbar province.
    (AP, 11/24/06)(AP, 11/25/06)
2006        Nov 24, In Lebanon factories, banks and schools closed on orders from business leaders, who demanded a resolution to the political crisis before it spirals into wider violence. A cluster bomb left over from Israel's war against Hezbollah in southern Lebanon wounded two members of an international team of land mine-clearing experts.
    (AP, 11/24/06)(AP, 11/25/06)
2006        Nov 24, In Lesotho Samuella Jacobina Verwey (36), a Dutch aid worker with the Clinton Foundation, was shot to death at the house of Mpho Malie, Lesotho's trade and industry minister. Malie is seen as a major contender for the leadership of the ruling Lesotho Congress for Democracy after the current leader, PM Pakalitha Mosisili, quits.
    (AP, 11/25/06)
2006        Nov 24, Michael Stone (51), a Protestant extremist, triggered a panicked evacuation of the Northern Ireland Assembly. He was charged the next day with attempting to murder 4 people. In 2008 Stone was found guilty of trying to murder Sinn Fein leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness at the Northern Ireland Assembly. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
    (AP, 11/25/06)(AP, 11/14/08)(AFP, 12/8/08)
2006        Nov 24, Police said Pakistan has handed over 240 suspected Taliban fighters to Afghan authorities this week as a hunt for the Islamist militants continues in the country's southwest.
    (Reuters, 11/24/06)
2006        Nov 24, PM Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas said that Palestinian factions had agreed to halt rocket fire if Israel reciprocates by stopping its military offensives in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israel rejected the offer, saying it would respond positively only to a total truce.
    (AP, 11/24/06)
2006        Nov 24, Panama’s government said heavy rains and flooding have left at least eight people dead and damaged hundreds of homes.
    (AP, 11/24/06)
2006        Nov 24, A Defense Ministry official said Russia has begun delivery of Tor-M1 air defense missile systems to Iran, confirming that Moscow would proceed with arms deals with Tehran in spite of Western criticism.
    (AP, 11/24/06)
2006        Nov 24, Rwanda cut diplomatic ties with France and gave France's ambassador to Rwanda 24 hours to leave the central African country. This was in response to a French judge’s call for President Paul Kagame to stand trial over the 1994 killing of a former leader, sparking the genocide of 800,000 people.
    (Reuters, 11/24/06)
2006        Nov 24, Taiwan's president won a reprieve when opposition lawmakers failed for the third time to muster enough support for a referendum on removing him from office.
    (AP, 11/24/06)
2006        Nov 24, In Thailand attackers shot a school principal, and then set his body on fire. The principal became the 59th teacher or school official killed in three years of violence.
    (AP, 11/25/06)
2006        Nov 24, The UN said its investigators have discovered three mass graves at a northeast Congo military camp containing the bodies of 30 people, including women and children, who were allegedly killed by soldiers.
    (AP, 11/24/06)
2006        Nov 24, A UN anti-torture panel said it had credible reports of unofficial detention centers, abuse and disappearances in Russia's restive southern province of Chechnya.
    (AP, 11/24/06)
2006        Nov 24, Fishing nations led by Iceland and Russia blocked UN negotiators from imposing a full-fledged ban against destructive bottom trawling on the high seas. After weeks of talks in New York, a United Nations committee that oversees high seas fisheries failed to gain unanimous support this week for ending unregulated bottom trawling.
    (AP, 11/24/06)

2007        Nov 24, In southern California a fast-moving wildfire destroyed more than a dozen homes and spread through the canyons and hills above Malibu, forcing dozens of residents to flee ahead of the flames. 53 homes were destroyed with 7 square miles scorched. On Dec 13 authorities arrested five men on allegations they caused the fire which caused over $100 million in losses in Malibu.
    (AP, 11/24/07)(SSFC, 11/25/07, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/26/07, p.A1)(AP, 12/14/07)
2007        Nov 24, Beginning today and continuing for less than a week, bad guys loaded up more than 40,000 Web pages with malicious software and thousands of common search terms. The culprits' use of botnets to push a dark form of SEO (search-engine optimization), called a "Google bomb," to boost their sites' Google rankings.
    (www.pcworld.com/article/id,141796/article.html)(PCWorld, 1/28/08)
2007        Nov 24, A Taliban suicide bomber killed eight people, including three children and an Italian military engineer, when he blew himself up in a scenic town near Kabul. Insurgents attacked police in the Pathan district and were targeted by airstrikes from NATO or coalition helicopters. The bodies of 69 dead militants were said to be left in the area. Among those killed were four Taliban who were traveling with two cars full of explosives and ammunition.
    (AFP, 11/24/07)(AP, 11/25/07)
2007        Nov 24, In Australia conservative PM John Howard suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the left-leaning opposition. Labor Party leader Kevin Rudd has promised to immediately sign the Kyoto Protocol on global warming and withdraw Australia's combat troops from Iraq.
    (AP, 11/24/07)
2007        Nov 24, in southwestern Bangladesh a section of a bridge collapsed under the weight of thousands of hungry cyclone victims rushing toward a relief center. At least 3 people died and dozens were injured.
    (Reuters, 11/24/07)
2007        Nov 24, In Bolivia soldiers clashed with students protesting a constitutional assembly in a second day of unrest against the pending legal overhaul. 2 people died in the violence.
    (AP, 11/25/07)(WSJ, 11/26/07, p.A1)
2007        Nov 24, Robert Knipstrom (36) of British Columbia man died four days after police used a Taser stun-gun on him because he reportedly was acting erratically in a store. He was the third person to die in recent weeks in Canada after being shocked by the hand-held weapon.
    (AP, 11/25/07)
2007        Nov 24, Full service was restored on the Paris Metro and most French trains were running after transport workers ended a crippling strike so that talks on pension reform could run their course.
    (AP, 11/24/07)
2007        Nov 24, In India protesting tea plantation workers in the remote northeast clashed with area residents, in violence that left six people dead and 60 others injured. A group of nearly 10,000 workers from tea plantations all over the state of Assam, led by the All Assam Tea Tribes Students Association, had been marching in the state capital of Gauhati to demand that the government recognize them as a separate tribal group.
    (AP, 11/24/07)
2007        Nov 24, In central Indonesia a fire on a crowded passenger bus killed 12 people, including three children.
    (AP, 11/24/07)
2007        Nov 24, In Iraq a US operation near Samarra killed 10 suspected Sunni militants. In the same area 2 men who were confronted in a vehicle detonated a suicide vest leaving both dead.
    (SFC, 11/26/07, p.A18)
2007        Nov 24, Lebanon awoke a republic without a president amid mounting worries over a power vacuum that has intensified the nation's yearlong political turmoil.
    (AP, 11/24/07)
2007        Nov 24, Militants struck at the heart of Pakistan's security establishment, killing up to 35 people in suicide attacks on a checkpoint outside army headquarters and a bus carrying intelligence agency employees. The attacks in Rawalpindi coincided with the announcement that Nawaz Sharif, a former prime minister overthrown in 1999 by the country's current military leader Gen. Pervez Musharraf, would return from exile the next day.
    (AP, 11/24/07)
2007        Nov 24, Russian police in Moscow detained opposition leader and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov and several other anti-Kremlin protesters when thousands of people marched against President Vladimir Putin.
    (Reuters, 11/24/07)
2007        Nov 24, South Korea's first bird flu outbreak in eight months forced the slaughter of thousands of ducks in the country's south. The government said the deadly H5N1 virus was not involved.
    (AP, 11/24/07)
2007        Nov 24, More than 100 Chinese engineers arrived in Sudan's war-torn Darfur as part of the vanguard for a joint African Union-UN peacekeeping mission to be in place next year. Rebels demanded Beijing pull its peacekeepers out of Darfur, just hours after a unit of Chinese army engineers arrived.
    (AFP, 11/24/07)(AP, 11/25/07)
2007        Nov 24, Pope Benedict XVI elevated 23 churchmen from around the world to the top ranks of the Catholic Church hierarchy, telling them they must be willing to shed their blood to spread the Christian faith.
    (AP, 11/24/07)

2008        Nov 24, The Bush administration, after a long legal battle, agreed to send Salim Hamdan, Osama bin Laden’s driver, home to Yemen. Hamdan was transferred to Yemen the next day.
    (WSJ, 11/25/08, p.A1)(AP, 11/26/08)
2008        Nov 24, The US government won a terrorism conviction against Texas-based Holy Land, what had been the nation's largest Muslim charity, and five of its leaders for funneling millions of dollars to the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Holy Land supporters accused the government of politicizing the case as part of its war on terrorism, while attorneys for the foundation said Holy Land's mission was philanthropy and providing aid to the Middle East.
    (AP, 11/25/08)
2008        Nov 24, Delaware’s Gov. Ruth Ann Miner named Edward Kaufman, a former aide to Sen. Joe Biden, to fill the Senate seat Biden was leaving for the vice presidency.
    (SFC, 11/25/08, p.A14)
2008        Nov 24, Cecil Underwood (b.1922), former 2-time governor of West Virginia, died. He won his first term in 1956 to become the state’s youngest governor. In 1996 he was elected again and became the state’s oldest governor.
    (SFC, 11/25/08, p.B4)
2008        Nov 24, In eastern Afghanistan US troops killed six militants and detained 12 others in two operations.
    (AP, 11/25/08)
2008        Nov 24, Bhutan opened its 4th annual Gross National Happiness (GNH) conference.
    (SFC, 12/4/08, p.A1)
2008        Nov 24, China's President Hu Jintao arrived in Greece for a three-day visit timed to coincide with the signing of a 831.2 million euro ($1 billion) port deal.
    (AP, 11/24/08)
2008        Nov 24, Congolese soldiers went on an overnight looting and shooting spree in a sprawling Congolese refugee camp, stealing from hungry and traumatized people who have fled fighting in the country's east.
    (AP, 11/24/08)
2008        Nov 24, A Haitian teen shot and killed a classmate in a rare outbreak of school violence in the troubled country.
    (AP, 11/24/08)
2008        Nov 24, The National Bank of Hungary cut its key interest rate by half a percentage point to an annual rate of 11% to support the economy amid the global financial crisis.
    (AP, 11/24/08)
2008        Nov 24, In Indonesia health workers and rights activists sharply criticized a plan by lawmakers in remote Papua province, who have thrown their support behind a controversial bill requiring some HIV/AIDS patients to be implanted with microchips, part of extreme efforts to monitor the disease.
    (AP, 11/24/08)
2008        Nov 24, In Iraq a female suicide bomber blew herself up near an entrance to the US-protected Green Zone killing 7 people. A bomb tore through a minibus carrying Iraqi government employees and killed at least 13 people, most of them women. Three more people were killed in bomb attacks on police patrols in Baghdad and Baqouba. An American soldier died of noncombat-related causes in Diyala province.
    (AP, 11/24/08)(AP, 11/25/08)(SFC, 11/25/08, p.A13)
2008        Nov 24, Adel Hussein was sentenced six months in jail by a court in Irbil, capital of the Kurdish-ruled region, for violating a public decency law by writing a story about homosexuality. The case centered on an April 2007 article Hussein wrote for the independent weekly Hawlati that detailed the physical effects of homosexual sex.
    (AP, 12/3/08)
2008        Nov 24, Malaysia released suspected terrorist Yazid Sufaat, an alleged biological weapons expert who was also linked to the September 11 attacks in the United States.
    (AFP, 12/10/08)
2008        Nov 24, North Korea detailed plans to radically curtail ties with South Korea, announcing the end of daily cross-border train service and tours of a historic city in response to what it called Seoul's "confrontational" policy.
    (AP, 11/24/08)
2008        Nov 24, In Pakistan government forces killed 15 militants in the Swat valley. An official said a two-week operation to secure the frontier city of Peshawar, which sits on a key supply route for US and NATO troops in Afghanistan, killed 25 suspected militants.
    (AP, 11/24/08)(SFC, 11/25/08, p.A13)
2008        Nov 24, Pakistan, the front-line country in the battle against Islamist terrorism, won final approval for a $7.6 billion loan from the IMF to help stave off a possible economic meltdown.
    (AP, 11/25/08)
2008        Nov 24, Gazans crowded into banks to withdraw money amid a worsening currency shortage resulting from Israeli sanctions.
    (WSJ, 11/25/08, p.A1)
2008        Nov 24, Shipping officials from around the world called for a military blockade along the coast of Somalia to intercept pirate vessels heading out to sea.
    (AP, 11/24/08)
2008        Nov 24, In Thailand thousands of anti-government protesters fanned out across Bangkok, causing Parliament to shut down and forcing a group of riot police to retreat in what the activists called their final bid to oust a corrupt administration.
    (AP, 11/24/08)

2009        Nov 24, President Barack Obama showered praise on India and PM Manmohan Singh in an elaborate welcoming ceremony, declaring it was only fitting the Indian leader should be the first state visitor of his administration. Virginia couple, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, met Pres. Obama in the receiving line of the state dinner for PM Singh. A "deeply concerned and embarrassed" Secret Service later acknowledged that its officers never checked whether the two were on the guest list before letting them onto the White House grounds.
    (AP, 11/24/09)(AP, 11/28/09)
2009        Nov 24, In Alaska the Catholic diocese of Fairbanks and representatives of almost 300 alleged victims of sex abuse by clergy agreed on a settlement of almost $10 million.
    (SFC, 11/25/09, p.A4)
2009        Nov 24, Afghanistan’s attorney general's office said 15 current and former Afghan ministers are under investigation over allegations of corruption that have plagued the government of President Hamid Karzai.
    (AP, 11/24/09)
2009        Nov 24, Lloyds launched the country's largest-ever rights issue to raise 13.5 billion pounds from existing shareholders.
    (AFP, 11/24/09)
2009        Nov 24, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva gave a welcoming bear hug Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and urged Western nations to drop threats of punishment over the Iranian nuclear program and instead negotiate a fair solution.
    (AP, 11/24/09)
2009        Nov 24, Rio de Janeiro's posh beach neighborhoods lost power for hours in sweltering summer weather, prompting restaurants to toss out spoiled food and business owners to send employees home.
    (AP, 11/24/09)
2009        Nov 24, China executed Zhang Yujun and Geng Jinping for their roles in a contaminated milk powder scandal last year that led to the deaths of at least six infants and sickened up to 300,000.
    (AFP, 11/24/09)
2009        Nov 24, A report was leaked on the UN’s peacekeeping mission in the CongoDRC, better known as MONUC. The report alleged collusion between peacekeepers and Congo’s army to help various rebel groups in exchange for cash and access to mineral wealth.
    (Econ, 11/28/09, p.54)(http://congosiasa.blogspot.com/2009/11/leak-un-expert-report.html)
2009        Nov 24, Iran released on $500,000 bail prominent reformist Mohammad Atrianfar who has been convicted in connection with street protests after June's disputed presidential election.
    (AFP, 11/24/09)(AP, 11/24/09)
2009        Nov 24, Iran said it was ready to exchange its low-enriched uranium with a higher enriched material, but only on its own soil, to guarantee the West follows through with promises to give the fuel.
    (AFP, 11/24/09)
2009        Nov 24, Israel carried out three airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, targeting a weapons-manufacturing facility and weapons smuggling tunnels. They came in response to two rockets Palestinian militants fired at southern Israel from Gaza a day earlier. Gaza's Islamic Hamas rulers reported that two of the group's militants were killed when a rocket they were handling blew up prematurely.
    (AP, 11/24/09)
2009        Nov 24, In Italy prostitute Patrizia D'Addario’s memoir, "Gradisca, Presidente," (At Your Pleasure, Premier), went on sale. In it she claimed that she had slept with Premier Silvio Berlusconi on the understanding he would help her set up a countryside inn but that she got "nothing" in return.
    (AP, 11/24/09)
2009        Nov 24, In Nepal the 2-day Gadhimai festival, celebrated every five years, was attended by many Hindus from India as well as Nepal. More than 200,000 buffaloes, pigs, goats, chickens and pigeons were expected to be slaughtered this year.
    (AP, 11/20/09)(AP, 11/24/09)
2009        Nov 24, Pakistan’s government offered peacemaking proposals to separatists in Baluchistan, including an end to military operations and a payment of $1.4 billion to the province in increased gas royalties.
    (Econ, 11/28/09, p.29)
2009        Nov 24, In Thailand Samak Sundaravej (74), a firebrand right-wing politician and TV cooking show host who served a brief and tumultuous term last year as prime minister, died of cancer.
    (AP, 11/24/09)(Econ, 12/5/09, p.96)

2010        Nov 24, In Virginia 5 Somali men, accused of attacking the USS Nicholas on April 1, were convicted on federal piracy charges. On March 14, 2011, the 5 men were sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 11/25/10, p.A19)(SFC, 3/15/11, p.A4)
2010        Nov 24, Former US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, once one of the most powerful and feared Republicans in Congress, was convicted on charges he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.
    (AP, 11/25/10)
2010        Nov 24, The US Federal Transit Administration sent an invoice to New Jersey for some $271 million for work done on the cancelled $8.7 billion Hudson River rail tunnel connecting the state with NY.
    (SFC, 11/30/10, p.A9)
2010        Nov 24, In California Rep. Steve Cooley conceded defeat to Dem. Kamala Harris for the office of attorney general. Harris became the state’s first woman, the first African American and the first Indian American in California history to be elected as state attorney general.
    (SFC, 11/24/10, p.A1)
2010        Nov 24, In southern California Carlie Rose Attebury (31), a former El Modena High School high school band teacher, was convicted of 4 counts stemming from her sexual relationship with a boy (15).
    (SFC, 11/26/10, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/2g9r229)
2010        Nov 24, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it had closed 4,200 square miles/10,880 square kms of federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico to royal red shrimping after a commercial shrimper discovered tar balls in his net.
    (Reuters, 11/24/10)
2010        Nov 24, Afghan election officials announced final vote totals for 33 of 34 provinces. 1.3m of 5.6m ballots were discarded for fraud and 19 candidates were disqualified for cheating. The top prosecutor announced a new investigation into allegations of ballot manipulation, potentially dealing another setback to a fraud-marred parliamentary election just as many had hoped a declaration of final results would allow the country to move on. Emerging opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah said that more than 90 of his supporters had won seats in parliament, following the announcement of certified results. Abdul Hadi, a Taliban leader, was killed when he pulled a pistol on Afghan and NATO forces who were trying to arrest him during a raid in the Khogyani district of Ghazni province. 
    (AP, 11/24/10)(AFP, 11/24/10)(AP, 11/25/10)(SFC, 11/26/10, p.A5)(Econ, 11/27/10, p.50)
2010        Nov 24, Australia said that a Thai-owned oil firm's "widespread and systematic shortcomings" caused the worst offshore drilling accident in the country's history, which created a massive oil slick. Thousands of barrels of oil gushed into the sea from a damaged well after a blow out on the West Atlas rig on August 21, 2009, prompting the evacuation of workers.
    (AFP, 11/24/10)
2010        Nov 24, In Brazil heavily armed men halted buses and cars, robbed their passengers and set the vehicles ablaze in Rio de Janeiro, continuing a wave of violence that has rattled rich and poor alike. Police raided gang-ruled shantytowns, setting off clashes that killed 14 people as authorities tried to halt a wave of violent crime.
    (AP, 11/24/10)
2010        Nov 24, In Britain a student mob attacked a police van in central London as violence marred a second mass protest in the last fortnight against the government's plans to triple university fees.
    (AFP, 11/24/10)
2010        Nov 24, In the Central African Republic rebels killed four soldiers and captured an unknown number of troops in an attack on Birao, the main town of northern CAR.
    (AFP, 11/25/10)
2010        Nov 24, In Egypt hundreds of Christians smashed cars and windows in Cairo and clashed with police in protests over the halt in the construction of a church that left one person dead in Giza's Omraniya neighborhood. A 2nd person died of injuries on Nov 26. The Coptic community said authorities in Egypt are reluctant to approve permits to build churches. Egypt’s attorney general decided to hold the 156 protesters for 15 days on suspicion of inciting the riots.
    (AP, 11/24/10)(Reuters, 11/25/10)(AP, 11/26/10)
2010        Nov 24, In Guatemala Francisco Dall'Anese, the head of a special UN-backed commission (CICIG) prosecuting high crimes there, accused the government of sabotaging efforts to bring back Carlos Vielmann, a former interior minister, on charges of ordering extrajudicial killings of prison inmates. On Nov 23 a Spanish judge freed Vielmann from prison.
    (AP, 11/24/10)
2010        Nov 24, In India Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's National Democratic Alliance won 206 seats in the 243-seat Bihar assembly, a huge jump from the 143 seats it controlled in the last assembly. Bihar's reputation as one of India's most crime-ridden states forced officials to hold the elections in six phases over a month to allow the limited police force to protect the polls.
    (AP, 11/24/10)
2010        Nov 24, In India a local official said the northern Lank village council in Uttar Pradesh state has banned unmarried women from using cell phones for fear they will arrange forbidden marriages that are often punished by death.
    (AP, 11/24/10)
2010        Nov 24, In India police arrested eight people, including senior executives of leading state banks, in Mumbai on accusations of taking bribes of more than 200 million dollars to smooth large corporate loans to builders. Those arrested include the chief executive of LIC Housing Finance, India's second largest housing loan firm, as well as executives of the Bank of India, Central Bank of India and Punjab National Bank.
    (AFP, 11/25/10)
2010        Nov 24, In India police in the central state of Chhattisgarh arrested 11 people including a "witchdoctor" and his wife after the body of a boy (2) was discovered in their house. Further searches of the property in the industrial town of Bhilai, about 45 km (30 miles) from state capital Raipur, revealed the skeletal remains of a second victim, a girl (6). The accused man had confessed to killing both children to acquire "occult power and good fortune."
    (AFP, 11/25/10)
2010        Nov 24, Indonesian Muslim cleric Pujiono Cahyo Widianto (46), who sparked a national outcry by marrying a 12-year-old girl, was sentenced to four years in prison.
    (AP, 11/24/10)
2010        Nov 24, In Iraq a roadside bomb killed four people in the town of Shurqat, 155 miles (250 km) northwest of Baghdad.
    (AP, 11/24/10)
2010        Nov 24, Ireland set out a four-year plan, aiming to make 15 billion euros worth of savings to bring down its record deficit.
    (Reuters, 11/24/10)
2010        Nov 24, A court in southern Kyrgyzstan sentenced 17 people to life in jail for violence that wracked the region in June. Judge Damirbek Nazarov ruled the men killed 16 people on the highway linking the south with the capital, Bishkek. All defendants in the trial that ended the previous day were ethnic Uzbeks. International rights activists largely agree the Uzbek minority sustained the bulk of the violence that left 370 people dead.
    (AP, 11/24/10)
2010        Nov 24, In southern Mexico Ciro Diaz Sanchez, the mayor of Pueblo Nuevo Solistahuacan, and mayor-elect Pedro Bautista, disappeared after Mexico's army detained members of the municipal police force and other local officials on suspicion they were working for a drug cartel. The two, both members of the leftist Democratic Revolution Party, went missing ahead of searches of their houses, which turned up high-caliber weapons and two stolen cars at Bautista's.
    (AP, 11/26/10)
2010        Nov 24, A Mexican air force cargo plane crashed at Monterrey International Airport killing five military personnel.
    (AP, 11/25/10)
2010        Nov 24, In New Zealand a second explosion occurred in the Pike River mine, almost exactly five days after the first blast there. All 29 workers missing underground were believed to have died after a second explosion.
    (SFC, 11/24/10, p.A2)
2010        Nov 24, Nigeria said it has seized another illegal arms shipment at its main port, including pistols and military vehicles, weeks after the discovery of a weapons cache sent from Iran. The military items which were packed inside a vehicle painted in army green. The illegal arms shipment came from Belgium through Germany,
    (AFP, 11/24/10)(AFP, 11/25/10)
2010        Nov 24, In northwestern Pakistan one soldier was killed and another wounded when a roadside bomb exploded during a foot patrol in South Waziristan.
    (AP, 11/24/10)
2010        Nov 24, Portuguese labor unions mounted a general strike, pressing the government to scrap austerity measures intended to ward off a debt crisis spreading through the euro zone.
    (Reuters, 11/24/10)
2010        Nov 24, In Somalia Bashir Ahmed Abdi (51), a Minneapolis-based Somali lawyer, was shot dead in Mogadishu. Relative Abdirahman Moalin said he was driving Abdi to a meeting in Mogadishu when a single shot fired from what looked like a government pickup truck hit Abdi beneath his shoulder, killing him instantly.
    (AP, 11/25/10)
2010        Nov 24, Sudan's south accused the northern army of carrying out an airstrike on an army base in southern Sudan in an attempt to derail a January 9 referendum on southern independence.
    (Reuters, 11/24/10)
2010        Nov 24, Emirati (UAR) leaders prepared a lavish welcome for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, who is making her first state visit in more than 30 years to a country with deep British ties.
    (AP, 11/24/10)
2010        Nov 24, The UN human rights office says a new international treaty against enforced disappearances will come into effect on Dec. 23 after Iraq became the 20th country to ratify it. The 2006 International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance declares widespread or systematic kidnappings a crime against humanity. The US has not signed the treaty.
    (AP, 11/24/10)
2010        Nov 24, The Vatican denounced China for ordaining a bishop without papal consent, accusing the government-backed church of gravely damaging the faith and warning that the bishop risked excommunication. The Vatican also accused Chinese authorities of committing "grave violations of freedom of religion and conscience" by forcing Vatican-approved bishops to attend the ordination ceremony of Rev. Joseph Guo Jincai.
    (AP, 11/24/10)
2010        Nov 24, In Yemen a suicide car bomber struck a convoy of Shiites on their way to a religious ceremony, killing at least 17 and wounding more than 15 people. Al-Qaida was suspected though it would be the extremist organization's first reported direct assault on the country's Shiite minority.
    (AP, 11/24/10)

2011        Nov 24, The body of alleged Mafia boss Salvatore Montagna, who US authorities said once led New York's notorious Bonanno crime family, was fished out from a river north of Montreal.
    (AP, 11/25/11)
2011        Nov 24, Pres. Karzai accused NATO-led international forces of killing 7 civilians, most of them children, in an air strike in the southern province of Kandahar. At least 10 Afghan security guards were killed when Taliban militants ambushed a logistics convoy destined for NATO forces in Farah province. Pres. Karzai nominated Noorullah Delawari to head the central bank.
    (AP, 11/24/11)(AFP, 11/24/11)
2011        Nov 24, Belarus' leading human rights activist, Ales Belyatsky (49), was convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to 4.5 years in prison at a trial condemned by US and European Union officials as politically motivated.
    (AP, 11/24/11)
2011        Nov 24, Bosnian police said they have discovered around 1.5 million pornographic images of children on the computer of a man they suspect of blackmailing United States citizens with money transfers amounting to some $3000.
    (AP, 11/24/11)
2011        Nov 24, Egypt's military rulers said that parliamentary elections will start on schedule next week despite escalating unrest and they rejected protesters' calls for them to immediately step down. A court ordered the release of 3 American university students arrested on Nov 21. Mona Eltahawy (44), a prominent Egyptian-born US columnist, was sexually assaulted by local police, who beat and blindfolded her after she was detained near Tahrir Square during clashes, leaving her left arm and right hand broken and in casts.
    (AP, 11/24/11)
2011        Nov 24, The EU said that protecting civilians caught up in Syria's crackdown on anti-government protests "is an increasingly urgent and important aspect" of responding to the bloodshed there. At least three more people were killed by Syrian security forces. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees said 15 defectors were either killed or wounded in clashes near Rastan. 6 elite pilots and 4 technical officers were killed in an ambush in Homs. The Arab League gave Syria 24 hours to agree to an observer mission or face sanctions.
    (AP, 11/24/11)(AP, 11/25/11)
2011        Nov 24, Gambia, continental Africa's smallest country, held elections. Voters popped a glass marble into a colored drum representing their candidate. President Yahya Jammeh (46) was widely expected to win a fourth term in office. The 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) withdrew from observing the poll after a fact-finding mission. Jammeh won with 72% of the vote.  
    (AFP, 11/24/11)(SFC, 11/26/11, p.A2)
2011        Nov 24, India's cabinet cleared a plan to throw open the nation's huge retail sector to global supermarket chains in a reform that could herald a consumer revolution. It also raised the foreign investment cap to 100% from 51% at present for single-brand retail operations.
    (AFP, 11/24/11)
2011        Nov 24, India’s West Bengal police killed Koteswara Rao (58), better known as Kishenji, one of the nation’s most wanted Maoist guerrillas in a major blow to the armed leftwing insurgency which has spread across a wide swathe of the country.
    (AFP, 11/24/11)(Econ, 12/3/11, p.52)
2011        Nov 24, Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported that Iran has arrested 12 agents of the American Central Intelligence Agency. Parviz Sorouri, a member of the powerful parliamentary committee on foreign policy and national security, said the alleged agents were operating in coordination with Israel's Mossad and other regional agencies, targeting the country's military and its nuclear program.
    (AP, 11/24/11)
2011        Nov 24, Iraq executed 16 Al-Qaeda members convicted of involvement in the massacre of 70 people at a wedding in 2006, although they were officially put to death for other murders. A string of bombings in Basra killed 19 people.
    (AFP, 11/24/11)(SFC, 11/25/11, p.A7)
2011        Nov 24, Israeli ministers decided, for the time being, to maintain a freeze on the transfer of tens of millions of dollars in tax monies to the Palestinian Authority. This followed hours after Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas held top-level talks with Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal at which they announced a new era of "partnership."
    (AFP, 11/25/11)
2011        Nov 24, Israeli women's rights activists marched through Tel Aviv carrying black coffins to raise awareness about domestic violence in Israel, which so far this year has claimed 24 women's lives.
    (AFP, 11/24/11)
2011        Nov 24, A Jordanian prosecutor said the country's military court has freed 22 suspected Islamists on bail as a goodwill gesture. It brings up the total number of freed Salafis to 37. They were part of 103 Salafis on trial on charges of terrorism and stabbing policemen with swords during an April protest.
    (AP, 11/24/11)
2011        Nov 24, Kenya said its warplanes destroyed two Islamist insurgent bases in neighboring Somalia. Two grenade attacks in the eastern town of Garissa close to the border with Somalia killed three people and injured 27.
    (AFP, 11/24/11)
2011        Nov 24, Lebanon’s PM Najib Mikati threatened to resign should his Hezbollah-dominated cabinet refuse to fund a UN court probing the murder of ex-premier Rafiq Hariri.
    (AFP, 11/24/11)
2011        Nov 24, Madagascar's former Pres. Didier Ratsiraka returned home, ending a 9-year exile in France, and urged reconciliation to resolve the country's long-running political crisis.
    (AFP, 11/24/11)
2011        Nov 24, Malaysian PM Najib Razak repealed another security law, setting the stage for hundreds detained without trial to be freed or face criminal charges.
    (AFP, 11/24/11)
2011        Nov 24, The UN human rights chief urged the Maldives to end the "degrading" practice of flogging women found to have had sex outside marriage. The country of 300,000 people forbids practicing religions other than Islam.
    (AP, 11/24/11)
2011        Nov 24, In Mali a gang kidnapped two French geologists at gunpoint from their hotel in the eastern desert village of Hombori. The body of geologist Philippe Verdon was found and identified in July, 2013. Serge Lazarevic was freed on Dec 9, 2014.
    (AFP, 11/24/11)(Reuters, 7/14/13)(SFC, 12/10/14, p.A3)
2011        Nov 24, In Mexico the bound and gagged bodies of 26 young men were discovered in vehicles abandoned in the heart of Guadalajara, Mexico's second-largest city. Evidence identified the assassins as being from the Zetas and a smaller, allied gang, the Milenio Cartel.
    (AP, 11/24/11)
2011        Nov 24, Myanmar's Parliament approved a law guaranteeing the right to protest, one of a series of reforms under the new elected government.
    (AP, 11/24/11)
2011        Nov 24, In Nigeria Muslim and Christian groups said 12 more people are dead after an apparent reprisal clash in the Barkin Ladi area near the city of Jos.
    (AFP, 11/24/11)
2011        Nov 24, Pakistani police in Karachi arrested Zainab Bibi (32), a woman who had killed her husband and was attempting to cook his body parts after he planned to marry another woman without her permission.
    (AFP, 11/24/11)
2011        Nov 24, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Khaled Mashaal, chief of the Islamic militant Hamas, said they significantly narrowed differences and opened a new page in relations in reconciliation talks in Cairo.
    (AP, 11/24/11)
2011        Nov 24, Portugal’s credit rating was downgraded to junk status and a major strike gave voice to broad public outrage over austerity measures that have squeezed living standards.
    (SFC, 11/25/11, p.A8)
2011        Nov 24, Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry said minority Shiite Muslims have staged protests in the eastern city of Qatif, and four were shot dead. Shiites make up 10 percent of the kingdom's 23 million citizens and complain of discrimination.
    (AP, 11/24/11)
2011        Nov 24, In Tunisia an overnight curfew was declared across the central mining region of Gafsa, in the wake of violence that began late Wednesday over job hiring.
    (AFP, 11/24/11)
2011        Nov 24, Uganda ruled that Heritage Oil must pay a $404 million tax bill, dismissing an appeal by the UK-listed company. Heritage argues it is not liable to pay tax in the country on the $1.45 billion sale last year of stakes in two oil blocks in western Uganda to Anglo-Irish firm Tullow Oil. Uganda in March allowed Tullow to sell two-thirds of its Uganda interests to France's Total and China's CNOOC in a $2.9 billion deal, after Tullow agreed to pay over $300 million as security against Heritage's unpaid taxes.
    (AFP, 11/24/11)
2011        Nov 24, Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh's agreement to step down failed to end violence as security forces killed five protesters demanding that the ousted leader be put on trial for past crimes ranging from corruption to bloodshed during the current uprising.
    (AP, 11/24/11)

2012        Nov 24, In Afghanistan a fight between Shiite and Sunni students broke out at Kabul Univ. killing one student and injuring six others. Classes were postponed for 10 days.
    (AP, 11/24/12)
2012        Nov 24, In Bangladesh a fire raced through the seven-story factory operated by Tazreen Fashions just outside of Dhaka. 112 people were killed including 12 people who had suffered injuries after jumping from the building to escape the fire. On Dec 31, 2013, a court issued arrest warrants for two of the factory owners and four employees on homicide charges. The two owners, Delwar Hossein and his wife Mahmuda Akter, and eleven others were indicted on Sep 3, 2015.
    (AP, 11/25/12)(SFC, 1/1/14, p.A3)(SFC, 9/4/15, p.A4)
2012        Nov 24, In China a coal mine accident in the southwest killed 18 workers and trapped five more in the state-owned Xiangshui coalmine in Guizhou province.
    (AP, 11/24/12)
2012        Nov 24, Egypt's highest body of judges slammed a recent decision by the president to grant himself near-absolute power, calling the move an "unprecedented assault" on the judiciary. Several hundred protesters remained in Cairo's Tahrir Square, where a number of tents have been erected in a sit-in following nearly a week of clashes with riot police.
    (AP, 11/24/12)
2012        Nov 24, In western France protesters squatting in treetop tents and makeshift shelters battled for a 2nd day with French riot police trying to expel them from the site of a planned airport near Nantes.
    (AP, 11/24/12)
2012        Nov 24, India began issuing Chinese citizens visas embossed with maps of India showing all territories claimed by New Delhi. The move was in response to China’s newly revised passports that show disputed territory near their shared border as part of China.
    (SSFC, 11/25/12, p.A6)
2012        Nov 24, Israel's Shin Bet internal security arrested Azzam Mashahara, a Palestinian man of East Jerusalem, for relaying information to Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon about sensitive government sites, including parliament.
    (AP, 11/25/12)
2012        Nov 24, In Italy a car was struck by a train near the southern city of Cosenza. 6 Romanian farm workers were killed.
    (SSFC, 11/25/12, p.A6)
2012        Nov 24, Lebanese soldiers raided an apartment in the country's south and arrested five Syrian nationals for possession of explosives.
    (AP, 11/24/12)
2012        Nov 24, In Mexico Maria Susana Flores Gamez (20), a Sinaloa state beauty queen, died in a gun battle between soldiers and the alleged gang of drug traffickers with whom she was traveling.
    (AP, 11/26/12)
2012        Nov 24, In northwestern Pakistan a roadside bomb killed at least seven people, including three children, and wounded 30 others at a Shiite Muslim procession in Dera Ismail Khan, as minority Shiites prepared to observe the holy day of Ashoura.
    (AP, 11/24/12)
2012        Nov 24, Gaza residents said that Israel has eased some border restrictions as part of its truce with the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers, allowing farmers to visit land near its security fence and letting fishermen head further out to sea.
    (AP, 11/24/12)
2012        Nov 24, Russian physicist Valentin Danilov, convicted in 2004 of spying for China, was released on parole and continued to protest his innocence.
    (AP, 11/24/12)
2012        Nov 24, Police in South Africa shot dead seven suspected robbers and wounded nine others in a botched theft at an armored car company. A gunfight began as officers tried to arrest the suspects.
    (AP, 11/25/12)
2012        Nov 24, In South Africa Christopher Preece (54), a British man, was killed in an attack at his farm near Ficksburg, a town near the border with Lesotho. Preece had gone outside to check to see why the power had been cut at his farm called Fleur des Lis when three men attacked him with machetes. His wife was seriously wounded.
    (AP, 11/26/12)
2012        Nov 24, In Thailand some 10,000 royalist protesters of the new Pitak Siam movement, calling for Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra to step down, rallied in the heart of Bangkok, clashing with police in the first major demonstration against the government since it came to power last year.
    (AP, 11/24/12)(Econ, 12/8/12, p.42)
2012        Nov 24, Regional leaders meeting in Uganda called for an end to the advance by M23 rebels toward Congo's capital, and also urged the Congolese government to sit down with rebel leaders as residents fled some towns for fear of more fighting between the rebels and army. Locals in Minova reported that the retreating army troops had gone on a rampage over the last two nights.
    (AP, 11/24/12)
2012        Nov 24, Pope Benedict XVI presided over a ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica to formally elevate six men as Cardinals. They hailed from Colombia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, the Philippines and the United States.
    (AP, 11/24/12)
2012        Nov 24, In Yemen four Shiites were killed when unknown assailants fired a rocket-propelled grenade into a gathering of worshippers observing the holy day of Ashoura.
    (AP, 11/24/12)

2013        Nov 24, US media reported that a major winter storm that has dumped freezing rain and snow in the US southwest has killed at least 13 people in Arizona (1), California (3), Oklahoma (4), New Mexico (1) and Texas (4).
    (AFP, 11/245/13)
2013        Nov 24, An Afghan grand assembly endorsed a crucial security agreement allowing some US troops to stay on after 2014, although President Hamid Karzai set conditions for signing the deal.
    (AFP, 11/24/13)
2013        Nov 24, A Bahraini court sentenced 12 Shiites to 10-year jail terms after convicting them of trying to kill policemen in a village near the capital. State media said authorities have arrested two Gulf citizens who were former Guantanamo detainees on suspicion of preparing a "terrorist act."
    (AFP, 11/24/13)
2013        Nov 24, Dominican Rep. soldiers expelled 244 Haitians following the deaths of 3 people killed near the border.
    (SFC, 11/25/13, p.A2)
2013        Nov 24, Egypt's interim Pres. Adly Mansour signed a new bill into law restricting rallies and other public gatherings, a move likely to raise fresh questions about the army-backed government's democratic credentials.
    (AFP, 11/24/13)
2013        Nov 24, In France thousands of riding enthusiasts protested a sales tax increase. France planed to nearly triple the value added tax on riding schools as of January, 2014.
    (SFC, 11/25/13, p.A2)
2013        Nov 24, Honduras held elections. Ruling National Party's candidate Juan Hernandez, the head of Congress and considered to be Honduras' most powerful politician, faced deposed Pres. Manuel Zelaya's wife, Xiomara Castro (54). Honduran voters gave the ruling National Party four more years in the presidency.
    (Reuters, 11/24/13)(AP, 11/25/13)
2013        Nov 24, In India gay rights activists paraded through New Delhi to demand an end to the stigmatization of gays.
    (SFC, 11/25/13, p.A2)
2013        Nov 24, Iran struck a historic deal with the United States and five other world powers, agreeing to a temporary freeze of its nuclear program in the most significant agreement between Washington and Tehran in more than three decades of estrangement.
    (AP, 11/24/13)
2013        Nov 24, Israel's PM Netanyahu harshly condemned the international community's nuclear deal with Iran.
    (AP, 11/24/13)
2013        Nov 24, Japan warned of the danger of "unpredictable events" and South Korea voiced regret following China's unilateral declaration of an air defence zone over areas claimed by Tokyo and Seoul.
    (AFP, 11/24/13)
2013        Nov 24, In Macao Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines defeated American Brandon Rios for the World Boxing welter-weight title fight. The Filipino Court of Tax Appeals soon ordered Pacquiao’s bank deposits frozen saying he owed the government $50 million in back taxes.
    (SSFC, 12/1/13, p.A6)
2013        Nov 24, Mali held legislative elections. In the north ballot boxes were reportedly stolen in the Timbuktu region, including one by armed men and several by a politician, in the first sign of disruption in parliamentary polls. In preliminary results announced on Dec 18, Pres. Keita's RPM party finished first after the second of two legs, securing 61 of a total of 147 seats in parliament.
    (AFP, 11/24/13)(Reuters, 12/18/13)
2013        Nov 24, In Northern Ireland masked men wearing boiler suits hijacked a car, loaded it with a bomb containing about 60 kg (130 pounds) of home-made explosives and told the terrified driver to go to a shopping center. He left his vehicle near the mall car park and raised the alarm, causing police to evacuate the area. As army disposal experts began to disable the bomb the detonator exploded, but failed to trigger the rest of the device, damaging only the empty car.
    (AFP, 11/25/13)
2013        Nov 24, Pakistani demonstrators protesting US drone strikes roughed up drivers as they sought to stop trucks carrying NATO troop supplies and equipment from passing through northwest Pakistan.
    (AP, 11/24/13)
2013        Nov 24, Saudi press said a court has sentenced a man to death and 19 others to prison terms of up to 25 years in connection with the 2004 armed assault on the US Consulate in Jiddah that killed five employees in an attack blamed on al-Qaida.
    (AP, 11/24/13)
2013        Nov 24, Saudi Arabia said one more person has died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing to 55 the number of deaths in the kingdom at the center of the outbreak.
    (AP, 11/24/13)
2013        Nov 24, In Sudan attackers killed a Rwandan peacekeeper in an ambush on a UN convoy in conflict-stricken Darfur.
    (AFP, 11/24/13)
2013        Nov 24, In Syria fierce fighting to the east of Damascus has killed more than 160 people in the past two days as rebels struggled to break a months-long blockade by forces loyal to President Assad.
    (Reuters, 11/24/13)
2013        Nov 24, The Oxford Research Group said more than 11,000 children have died in Syria's civil war, including 128 killed by chemical weapons in a notorious attack and hundreds targeted by snipers.
    (AFP, 11/24/13)
2013        Nov 24, Thailand police estimated that about 90,000 opponents of PM Yingluck Shinawatra and her crisis-hit administration had gathered in three sites in Bangkok, calling for her government to be toppled.
    (AFP, 11/24/13)
2013        Nov 24, Some 50,000 Ukrainians, bearing EU flags and chanting "Down with the gang!", marched through Kiev in a pro-Europe rally denouncing President Yanukovich's U-turn in policy back towards Russia.
    (AP, 11/24/13)
2013        Nov 24, In Yemen Huda al-Niran (22), a young Saudi woman, urged a court to let her stay in Yemen and marry the man she loves, defying norms in both deeply conservative countries. On Nov 26 a Yemeni judge decided to release Niran into the custody of the UNHCR for a period of three months during which she should be able to obtain the refugee status.
    (AFP, 11/25/13)

2014        Nov 24, Pres. Obama recognized 18 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest civilian honor. They included new reporter Tom Brokaw, singer Stevie Wonder and actress Meryl Streep.
    (SFC, 11/25/14, p.A6)
2014        Nov 24, In California thousands of UC students walked out of their classrooms to protest steep tuition hikes.
    (SFC, 11/25/14, p.A1)
2014        Nov 24, In southern California workers at Sony Pictures discovered that its computer system had been beached. They were greeted with an image of a skeleton and a message that said “Hacked by #GOP," a reference to a group calling itself Guardians of Peace.The cyberattack was later expected to cost the studio tens of millions. On Feb 4, 2015, Sony Corp. said it has spent an estimated 15 million in investigating and recovering from the cyberattack.
    (SFC, 12/6/14, p.D4)(SFC, 2/5/15, p.C3)
2014        Nov 24, In southern California Michael Hanline (69) was freed after serving 34 years of a life sentence for murder. The charges were formally dismissed on April 22, 2015. Hanline had been charged with the 1978 killing of a friend, Ventura resident J.T. McGarry.
    (AP, 4/23/15)
2014        Nov 24, SF police found Tai Lam (67) a homeless man, dead in his sleeping in an alcove at 137 Sutter St. A security video showed three suspects viciously beating Lam.
    (SFC, 12/3/14, p.E1)
2014        Nov 24, A US judge in Chicago sentenced Alfredo Vasquez-Hernandez (59), a reputed lieutenant of captured Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, to 22 years in prison.
    (AP, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, A Missouri grand jury cleared a white police officer in the fatal August shooting of an unarmed black teenager, sparking a night of violent and racially charged rioting in Ferguson.
    (Reuters, 11/25/14)
2014        Nov 24, In Afghanistan bombings across the country killed 6 civilians. 2 US soliders were killed by a magnetic bomb in Kabul.
    (AP, 11/24/14)(Reuters, 11/25/14)
2014        Nov 24, In Bangladesh a special tribunal sentenced Mobarak Hossain, a former commander of a collaborators' group, to death for his role in killings during Bangladesh's 1971 independence war.
    (AP, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, Belgium’s trade unions opened a month of intermittent strike action by paralyzing the port of Antwerp and slowing train traffic through much of the country.
    (AP, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, Thousands of British nurses, midwives and hospital cleaners went on a four-hour strike calling for a pay rise, weeks after walking out for the first time in 32 years.
    (AFP, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, China’s state media said authorities in the northern region of Inner Mongolia arrested 31 people on suspicion of trafficking women because they had held 14 people, 11 of them from Myanmar.
    (Reuters, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, Iran and six powers failed for a second time this year o resolve their 12-year dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more months to overcome the deadlock that has prevented them from clinching an historic deal.
    (AP, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, In Iraq a car bomb near a crowded Baghdad marketplace killed 9 people and wounded 20. US Central Command said coalition aircraft have carried out 15 airstrikes in Iraq and nine in Syria over the past four days targeting the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, Italy’s health ministry said an Italian doctor, who has been working in Sierra Leone, has tested positive for the Ebola virus and is being transferred to Rome for treatment. In Freetown Dr. Aiah Solomon Konoyeima also tested positive for Ebola.
    (AP, 11/24/14)(AP, 11/25/14)
2014        Nov 24, Libyan PM Omar al-Hassi said the Cabinet will now adopt "a policy of confrontation and war," comments directed at his rivals in Libya's internationally recognized government based in the country's east.
    (AP, 11/25/14)
2014        Nov 24, Morocco reported that floods triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 32 people, swept away buildings, vehicles and roads and forced the evacuation of more than 200 people, mostly in the southern region of Guelmim.
    (Reuters, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, In Nigeria insurgents attacked Damassak town. Some 16,000 people fled Damassak in Niger, to a makeshift emergency camp at Gagamari village.
    (AP, 12/13/14)
2014        Nov 24, A Philippine court fined nine Chinese fishermen $102,000 each after they were caught last May with hundreds of sea turtles in a disputed shoal in the South China Sea.
    (Reuters, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, Russia further tightened its control over Georgia's breakaway province of Abkhazia with a new treaty envisaging closer military and economic ties, a move that has drawn outrage in Georgia.
    (AP, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, Russia’s Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said lower oil prices and Western financial sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis will cost Russia around $130-140 billion a year, equivalent to around 7 percent of its economy.
    (Reuters, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to deliver three new crew members to the International Space Station, including Italy's first female astronaut.
    (Reuters, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, Popular Spanish author Juan Goytisolo (83) won the 2014 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor. His works include "Marks of Identity", "Count Julian" and "Juan the Landless".
    (AP, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, In Spain 3 priests and a lay person were arrested in Granada on suspicion of child sex abuse in a case which Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said Pope Francis has taken a special interest in uncovering.
    (AP, 11/24/14)(Reuters, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, Switzerland’s Kunstmuseum Bern agreed to accept a priceless collection of long-hidden art from the late German collector Cornelius Gurlitt, saying it will work closely with Germany to make sure that any pieces looted by the Nazis are returned to their Jewish owners.
    (AP, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, In Thailand a military court sentenced a Web editor to 4 1/2 years in jail for publishing an article five years ago that it said defamed the nation's king. The sentence against Nut Rungwong was cut in half because he pleaded guilty to the charge.
    (AP, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, Turkey’s Pres. Erdogan set off a new controversy, declaring that women are not equal to men and accusing feminists of not understanding the special status that Islam attributes to mothers.
    (AP, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, Ukraine reported that 3 servicemen have been killed in the past 24 hours in fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the east despite a ceasefire in place since early September. President Petro Poroshenko said  Lithuania is to provide Ukraine with some military aid to help in its fight against pro-Russian separatists.
     (Reuters, 11/24/14)

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