1217 Nov 29, Arab traveler Ibn
Jubayr (b.1145) died in Alexandria. His travel chronicle describes
the pilgrimage he made to Mecca from 1183 to 1185, in the years
preceding the Third Crusade.
1314 Nov 29, Philippe IV, the
Handsome, King of France (1285-1314), died.
1349 Nov 29, Jews of Augsburg,
Germany, were massacred.
1530 Nov 29, Cardinal Thomas
Wolsey (55), former adviser to England's King Henry the VIII, died.
He had served as Lord Chancellor from 1514-1529. Wolsey had amassed
a fortune second only to that of the king.
(AP, 11/29/97)(PCh, 1992ed, p.176)
1592 Nov 29, An admiral’s
report said an English warship was lost off the coast of Alderney. A
block of mineral was later found on the wreck. In 2013 scientists
reported that the rock was likely a sunstone (Iceland spar), used to
reveal the sun’s direction and thus assist in navigation.
(Econ, 3/9/13, p.80)
1643 Nov 29, Claudio Giovanni
Monteverdi (76), Italian composer (L'Arianna), died.
1745 Nov 29, Bonnie Prince
Charlie's army moved into Manchester and occupied Carlisle. [see Nov
1760 Nov 29, Major Roger Rogers
took possession of Detroit on behalf of Britain. French commandant
Belotre surrendered Detroit.
(HN, 11/29/98)(MC, 11/29/01)
1775 Nov 29, The American
Congress formed the Committee of Secret Correspondence with the
mission of corresponding with friends in Great Britain, Ireland and
other parts of the world. It April, 1777, its title was changed to
Committee for Foreign Affairs. Members included Benjamin Franklin,
Benjamin Harrison, John Jay, Thomas Johnson and John Dickinson.
(AH, 2/06, p.54)
1775 Nov 29, Sir James Jay
invented invisible ink.
1780 Nov 29, Maria Theresa
Hapsburg (63), Queen of Austria, died.
1784 Nov 29, American Dr. John
Jeffries paid Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard £100 pounds for a
balloon flight in England during which he made some atmospheric
(ON, 10/03, p.6)
1787 Nov 29, In France Louis
XVI promulgated an edict of tolerance, granting civil status to
(HN, 11/29/98)(WSJ, 11/1/01, p.A19)
1797 Nov 29, Domenico Gaetano
Maria Donizetti, composer (Lucia di Lamermoor, l'Elisir d'Amore),
1799 Nov 29, Amos Bronson
Alcott, US educator and poet (Concord Days), was born.
1803 Nov 29, Christian Doppler
(d.1853), Austrian physicist who discovered the Doppler effect, was
born. Hubble used his name for the Doppler Effect, that describes
the apparent change in the frequency of a wave depending on whether
the wave is approaching or receding.
(WUB, 1994, p.426)(HN, 11/29/98)
1811 Nov 29, Wendell Phillips,
women's suffrage, antislavery, prison reformer, was born.
1812 Nov 29, The last elements
of Napoleon Bonaparte's Grand Armee retreated across the Beresina
River in Russia. Tens of thousands of French troops and civilians
perished when the Russians attacked Napoleon's army as it crossed
the Berezina River in Belarus on the punishing retreat from Moscow.
The following Spring it was recorded that 32,000 bodies were rounded
up and burned on the river banks near Studianka.
1813 Nov 29, Giambattista
Bodoni (73), Italian stamp cutter, publisher, and type font designer
1825 Nov 29, 1st Italian opera
in US, "Barber of Seville," premiered in NYC and was welcomed by the
legendary librettist for Mozart (and friend of Casanova), Lorenzo
DaPonte, who was Professor of Italian at King's (later Columbia)
1830 Nov 29, In Warsaw young
Polish officers from the local Army of the Congress, Poland's
military academy revolted against the Russian Empire. They were led
by lieutenant Piotr Wysocki and were soon joined by large segments
of societies of Lithuania, Belarus, and the Right-bank Ukraine.
Nicholas I ruthlessly repressed the insurrection and by October 1831
Polish forces capitulated.
1832 Nov 29, Louisa May Alcott
(d.1888), American author who wrote "Little Women," was born in
Germantown, Pa. Under the pen name A.M. Barnard she wrote stories of
violence and revenge that included "Pauline’s Passion and
Punishment." "It takes people a long time to learn the difference
between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and
(WUD, 1994, p.35)(SFC, 6/17/97, p.E3)(AP,
1847 Nov 29, A small group of
Cayuse Indians assaulted the Whitman Mission, Walla Walla,
Washington, at the time sheltering 74 people, most of them
emigrants. The attackers killed 13 people, including Marcus and
Narcissa Whitman. It temporarily ended Protestant missionary efforts
in the Oregon country. The Whitman Creek massacre set off the Cayuse
1849 Nov 29, Ambrose Fleming,
inventor of the diode, was born.
1863 Nov 29, The Battle of Fort
Sanders, Knoxville, Tenn., ended in Confederate withdrawal. There
were 8-900 casualties.
(HN, 11/29/98)(MC, 11/29/01)
1864 Nov 29, 4th and last day
of skirmishes took place at Waynesboro, Georgia.
1864 Nov 29, The Battle of
Spring Hill, Ten., a prelude to the Battle of Franklin (aka
Thomason's Station), was fought. General John Bell Hood’s Army of
Tennessee marched from Columbia toward Spring Hill to isolate major
portions of Union forces from each other, hoping to defeat each in
turn before they could unite and overwhelm him.
1864 Nov 29, In retaliation for
an Indian attack on a party of immigrants near Denver, 750 members
of a Colorado militia unit, led by Colonel John M. Chivington,
attacked an unsuspecting village of Cheyenne and Arapahoe Indians
camped on Sand Creek in present-day Kiowa County. Some 300 
Indians were killed in the attack, including women and children,
many of whose bodies were mutilated. Ten soldiers died in the
attack. The Sand Creek Massacre, as this incident came to be called,
provoked a savage struggle between Indians and the white settlers.
It also generated two Congressional investigations into the actions
of Chivington and his men. The House Committee on the Conduct of the
War concluded that Chivington had "deliberately planned and executed
a foul and dastardly massacre which would have disgraced the varied
and savage among those who were the victims of his cruelty."
(HNPD, 11/29/98)(HN, 11/29/98)(SFC, 9/15/00,
p.A9)(SSFC, 2/1/04, p.C13)
1870 Nov 29, Compulsory
education was proclaimed in England.
1872 Nov 29, Horace Greeley
(b.1811), founder of the New York Tribune, died. The daily paper
reflected much of the morality of his New England upbringing and he
partnered a high standard of news gathering with printed arguments
and urges against drinking, gambling, capital punishment
and—increasingly in the 1850s—slavery. The slavery issue and his
lifelong desire for high political office led him away from his
political party, the Whigs, and to the newly emerging Republican
Party. He usually sided with the radical wing of the Republicans,
advocating early emancipation of slaves. Still unsuccessful in state
and national bids, he eventually joined a group of Republican
dissenters who formed the Liberal Republican Party to oppose Grant.
While he received almost 44% of the popular vote, he received only
18% of the electoral vote, which were cast for other candidates due
to his death. In 2006 Robert C. Williams authored “Horace Greeley.
(HNQ, 11/3/00)(WSJ, 5/25/06, p.D8)
1874 Nov 29, Antonio Egas
Moniz, lobotomist (Nobel 1949), was born in Portugal.
1887 Nov 29, US received rights
to Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Hawaii.
1890 Nov 29, The first
Army-Navy football game was played, at West Point, New York. Navy
defeated Army by a score of 24-to-nothing.
1890 Nov 29, The Imperial Diet,
forerunner of Japan's national legislature, opened its first
session, four days after its members were summoned by Emperor Meiji.
1895 Nov 29, Busby Berkeley,
director, was born. His work included "42nd Street."
1898 Nov 29, C.S. Lewis
(d.1963), British author, was born. His work included "The
Chronicles of Narnia." Clive Staples Lewis chose a theistic view of
reality over a materialistic one and affirmed the mutual existence
of soul, god and nature. His autobiography was titled "Surprised by
Joy." His work included "The Abolition of Man," "Miracles" and "The
Problem of Pain." "Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like
art. ... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things
that give value to survival."
(AP, 12/20/97)(WSJ, 10/8/98, p.W13)(SFEC,
1900 Nov 29, Mildred Elizabeth
Sisk, the infamous American-born Axis Sally, was born. She broadcast
propaganda for Radio Berlin from Nazi Germany to Allied troops
during the Second World War.
1903 Nov 29, Inquiry into U.S.
Postal Service demonstrated the government had lost millions in
1908 Nov 29, Adam Clayton
Powell, Jr., later New York Congressman, was born in New Haven,
1911 Nov 29, Konrad Fuchs,
German atomic physicist, was born. He worked on developing the
atomic bomb in the United States during World War II while giving
its secrets to the Soviet Union.
1916 Nov 29, US declared
martial law in Dominican Republic.
1918 Nov 29, Madeleine L'Engle,
writer, was born. Her work included "A Wrinkle in Time."
1923 Nov 29, International
commission headed by American banker Charles Dawes was set up to
investigate the German economy.
1924 Nov 29, Italian composer
Giacomo Puccini (b.1858) died in Brussels before he could complete
his opera "Turandot." Franco Alfano finished it. His death marked
the end of a 300-year tradition of Italian opera. In 2003 Mary Jane
Phillips-Matz authored "Puccini."
(AP, 11/29/97)(SFC, 12/28/99, p.C1)(WSJ, 4/11/03,
1926 Nov 29, W. Somerset
Maugham's "Constant Wife" premiered in NYC.
1927 Nov 29, Vince Scully,
sportscaster (NBC Baseball Game of the Week), was born.
1927 Nov 29, Genevieve
Paddleford arrived as the 1st woman inmate at the new women’s
quarters at San Quentin Prison. She was serving 1 to 10 years for
stealing $600 worth of clothing.
(SFC, 11/29/02, p.E9)
1928 Nov 29, Paul Simon
(d.2003), later Senator of Illinois, was born in Eugene, Or.
(SFC, 12/10/03, p.A2)
1929 Nov 29, Navy Lt. Cmdr.
Richard E. Byrd radioed that he'd made the first airplane flight
over the South Pole: "My calculations indicate that we have reached
vicinity of South Pole." He was wrong [see 1888-1957, Byrd].
(TMC, 1994, p.1929)(HFA, '96, p.42)(AP,
11/29/97)(NPub, 2002, p.12)
1931 Nov 29, The Spanish
government seized large estates for land redistribution.
1932 Nov 29, Cole Porter's
musical "Gay Divorcee," premiered in NYC.
1932 Nov 29, The Committee on
Cost of Medical Care urged socialized medicine in the United States.
1933 Nov 29, Japan began the
persecution of communists.
1935 Nov 29, The Pan Am China
Clipper under Captain Ed Musick landed in manila Bay in the
Philippines after stops in Hawaii, Midway Island, Wake Island and
Guam. It was the company's first trans-Pacific flight.
(HFA, ‘96, p.18)(HN, 11/22/98)(Ind, 5/1/99,
p.5A)(SFEM, 2/13/00, p.35)
1939 Nov 29, Soviet planes
bombed an airfield at Helsinki, Finland.
1941 Nov 29, The passenger ship
Lurline sent a radio signal of sighting Japanese war fleet steaming
east across the northern Pacific.
1941 Nov 29, In Riga, Latvia,
the Nazis separated the men over 16 from their families. That night
half the ghetto population were massacred.
(SFEC, 11/1/98, p.A15)
1942 Nov 29, Coffee rationing
went into effect in the U.S., and lasted until the next summer.
1943 Nov 29, US aircraft
carrier Hornet was launched.
1943 Nov 29, In Yugoslavia
partisan Tito formed a temporary government in Jajce, Bosnia.
1943 Nov 29, U-86 sank in the
1944 Nov 29, Mary Forni
(1915-2006) reported 2 unusual men on the side of a rural road near
Bar Harbor, Maine. They turned out to be Erich Gimpel, a German spy,
and William Colepaugh, an American defector, who had slipped ashore
as spies from a German U-boat. Both men were later captured, tried
and sentenced to death. Pres. Truman later pardoned them.
(SSFC, 12/24/06, p.D7)
1944 Nov 29, Johns Hopkins
hospital performed the 1st open heart surgery. A surgical fix for a
fetal heart defect, tetralogy of Fallot or blue baby syndrome, was
first performed at Johns Hopkins by surgeon Alfred Blalock and
Vivien Thomas, a black assistant who perfected the procedure. Thomas
authored an autobiography in 1985.
(BS, 5/12/01, p.1A)(MC, 11/29/01)
1944 Nov 29, Albania was
liberated from Nazi control (National Day). Germans withdrew from
Tirana and communists entered the capital. The Communists
established a provisional government with Enver Hoxha as prime
(www, Albania, 1998)(Econ, 3/22/08, p.97)(SSFC,
1947 Nov 29, The U.N. General
Assembly passed a resolution calling for the partitioning of
Palestine [Jerusalem] between Arabs and Jews.
(SFC, 10/18/96, C8)(AP, 11/29/97)
1948 Nov 29, The popular
children's television show, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, moved to the NBC
1948 Nov 29, The NYC
Metropolitan Opera was televised for the first time as the season
opened with "Othello." It featured Ramon Vinay, Licia Albenese, and
Leonard Warren and was conducted by Fritz Busch
(HN, 11/29/98)(MC, 11/29/01)
1949 Nov 29, U.S. announced it
would conduct atomic tests at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific.
1949 Nov 29, Petra Kelly,
German peace activist and MP for the Green Party, was born.
1949 Nov 29, Nationalist regime
of China left for Formosa (Taiwan). [See Dec 7]
1949 Nov 29, Uranium mine
explosions in East Germany killed 3,700.
1951 Nov 29, Winston Churchill
was re-elected British premier. [see Oct 25,26]
1952 Nov 29, President-elect
Dwight D. Eisenhower kept his campaign promise to visit Korea to
assess the ongoing conflict.
1952 Nov 29, In San Francisco a
Pacific Heights mansion at 2030 Broadway opened as the American
Academy of Asian Studies, the 1st accredited US graduate school
devoted exclusively to Asian lands and people.
(SFC, 11/29/02, p.E9)
1952 Nov 29, A plane carrying
CIA paramilitary officers on their first overseas assignment, John
T. Downey (22) of New Britain, Conn., and Richard G. Fecteau (25),
of Lynn, Mass., was shot down over Jilin province. Pilots, Robert C.
Snoddy (31), a native of Roseburg, Ore., and Norman A. Schwartz (29)
of Louisville, Ky., did not survive. Downey and Fecteau were
captured. They had been assigned to a covert program called "Third
Force," intended to create a resistance network. Fecteau was
released by China in December 1971 and Downey in March 1973, shortly
after President Richard Nixon publicly acknowledged Downey's CIA
(SFC, 7/3/98, p.A11)(SFC, 7/10/02, p.A12)(AP,
1953 Nov 29, American Airlines
began 1st regular commercial NY-LA air service.
1956 Nov 29, The musical "Bells
Are Ringing," starring Judy Holliday, opened at Shubert Theater in
NYC for 925 performances. It was written by Betty Comden, Adolph
Green and Jule Styne.
(AP, 11/29/01)(WSJ, 4/18/01, p.A20)
1957 Nov 29, John Coltrane and
the Thelonius Monk quartet performed together for a show at Carnegie
Hall. Tapes of the performance, recorded by Voice of America, were
mislabeled and lost until 2005.
(SFC, 10/4/05, p.E8)
1957 Nov 29, Erich Wolfgang
Korngold (60), Austrian-US composer (Kathrin, sound tracks for
Captain Blood, Don Juan), died.
1957 Nov 29, Adolfas
Ramanauskas-Vanagas, born in the US in 1918, was shot to death in
Vilnius for partisan activities in southern Lithuania.
1961 Nov 29, Freedom Riders
were attacked by white mob at bus station in Miss.
1961 Nov 29, NASA launched Enos
the chimp from Cape Canaveral aboard the Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft,
which orbited earth twice before returning.
(AP, 11/29/97)(HN, 11/29/98)
1962 Nov 29, Algeria banned the
1962 Nov 29, Great Britain and
France agreed on a joint venture to build the super sonic Concorde
(WSJ, 7/26/00, p.A26)(MC, 11/29/01)
1963 Nov 29, President Lyndon
B. Johnson appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren head of a commission
to investigate the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
(AP, 11/29/97)(HN, 11/29/98)
1964 Nov 29, The US Roman
Catholic Church instituted sweeping changes in the liturgy,
including the use of English instead of Latin. [see Nov 23]
1967 Nov 29, Secretary of
Defense Robert S. McNamara announced he was leaving the Johnson
administration to become president of the World Bank.
1967 Nov 29, The British
finally pulled out of Yemen, leaving Aden under National Liberation
Front (NLF) control.
1970 Nov 29, The orchestral
work "Yale-Princeton" by Charles Ives premiered in NYC.
1974 Nov 29, Haroldson L. Hunt
(b.1889), Texas oil man and multi-millionaire, died.
1975 Nov 29, President Ford
required states to provide free education for handicapped.
1980 Nov 29, Dorothy Day
(b.1897), journalist, anarchist, human rights advocate, and
co-founder of the Catholic Worker Newspaper and movement.
"Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story" was a film based on her
life made by Paulist Productions. Day converted to Catholicism in
1927 after the birth of her daughter and from then on rejected the
idea of class struggle.
(WSJ, 9/26/96, p.B1)(SFC, 10/11/96, p.C14)(SFC,
1981 Nov 29, Actress Natalie
Wood (b.1938) drowned off Santa Catalina, Calif. In 2001 Suzanne
Finstad authored "Natasha: The Biography of Natalie Wood." In 2004
Gavin Lambert authored "Natalie Wood: A Life." In 2013 officials
released a 10-page addendum to her autopsy. It cited unexplained
bruises and scratches on her face and arms. In 2018 new witnesses
emerged prompting investigators to deem her case a “suspicious
(AP, 11/29/97)(SSFC, 7/22/01, DB p.62)(SSFC,
1/25/04, p.M2)(SFC, 1/15/13, p.A4)(SFC, 2/2/18, p.A7)
1981 Nov 29, Honduras held
presidential elections. A total of 1,214,735 Hondurans, 80.7 percent
of those registered, voted, giving the PLH a sweeping victory.
1982 Nov 29, US submarine
Thomas Edison collided with a US Navy destroyer in the South China
1986 Nov 29, Actor Cary Grant
died in Davenport, Iowa, at age 82.
1986 Nov 29, In Suriname 39
people were massacred in the village of Moiwana by the military
dictatorship. Desi Bouterse was fighting an armed opposition force
called the Jungle Commandos. Many of the rebels were Maroons, as was
the group's leader, Ronnie Brunswijk. In 2006 the government
officially apologized and compensated relatives and victims of the
1987 Nov 29, Joe Montana of
49ers completed an NFL record 22 consecutive passes.
1987 Nov 29, Cuban detainees
released 26 hostages that they'd been holding for more than a week
at the Federal Detention Center in Oakdale, La.
1987 Nov 29, A Korean Air
jetliner, Flight 858, disappeared off Burma over the Indian Ocean,
with the loss of all 115 people aboard. North Korean spies had
planted a time-bomb on the South Korean Air jet a day earlier and
got off in Abu Dhabi. Kim Hyon-hui and her accomplice were arrested
two days later in Bahrain, where they tried to kill themselves by
taking cyanide. The man died, but Kim recovered and was extradited
to Seoul. She was convicted of the bombing and was sentenced to
death. Even while on trial, she won admirers for her classic good
looks. She was eventually pardoned and became a best-selling author,
writing books about her time as a spy.
(WSJ, 9/9/96, p.A18)(AP, 11/29/97)(AP, 7/20/10)
1988 Nov 29, US Senate
Democrats elected George Mitchell of Maine to be majority leader,
the post vacated by Robert Byrd of West Virginia.
1988 Nov 29, A divided US
Supreme Court ruled that the rights of criminal defendants are not
violated when police unintentionally fail to preserve potentially
1989 Nov 29, The Czechs ended
the Communist party's 40-year monopoly on power. The revolution in
Czechoslovakia was called the "Velvet Revolution" because of the
(HFA, '96, p.18)(SFEC, 2/2/97, DB. p.34)(AP,
1989 Nov 29, India president
Rajiv Gandhi resigned.
1990 Nov 29, Pres. George H.
Bush signed the US Immigration Act of this year allowed up to 10,000
foreign citizens to gain an "employment creation" visa if they would
put up $1 million in a job creating enterprise. Immigrant Investor
Program, also known as EB-5, was set up to lure foreigners by giving
them the right to live and work in the US if they created jobs. The
H-1B visa allowed companies to hire a limited number of temporary
foreign labor in specialized occupations.
12/3/11, p.40)(SFC, 2/17/17, p.C1)
1990 Nov 29, The UN Security
Council (Resolution 678), led by the United States, voted 12-to-two
to authorize military action if Iraq did not withdraw its troops
from Kuwait and release all foreign hostages by January 15th, 1991.
(AP, 11/29/00)(SFC, 9/24/02, p.A12)
1991 Nov 29, Seventeen people
were killed in a 164-vehicle pileup during a dust storm on
Interstate 5 near Coalinga, Calif. Over 250 vehicles were involved
and over 100 were injured.
(SFC, 11/17/97, p.A23)(AP, 11/29/01)(MC,
1991 Nov 29, Actor Ralph
Bellamy (87) died in Santa Monica, Calif.
1992 Nov 29, A refugee center
in western Germany was firebombed as violence against foreigners
continued, despite a police crackdown on neo-Nazis.
1992 Nov 29,
Jean-Alexandre-Eugene Dieudonne b.1906), French mathematician, died.
He is known for research in abstract algebra and functional
analysis, and for close involvement with the Nicolas Bourbaki
pseudonymous group and as a historian of mathematics, particularly
in the fields of functional analysis and algebraic topology.
1992 Nov 29, Emilio Pucci
(b.1914), Italian fashion designer (Jackie Kennedy), died in
Florence, Italy. In 2000 his firm was acquired by LVMH Moet Hennessy
(http://tinyurl.com/7ec3n)(WSJ, 8/22/03, p.B1)
1993 Nov 29, Kathleen Willey
sought assistance from Pres. Clinton, who allegedly made a sexual
advance upon her. She was requesting a job due to her husband’s
financial difficulties. It was later learned that her husband
committed suicide that same day.
(SFC, 3/16/98, p.A1)
1993 Nov 29, The British
government won praise and encouragement in the House of Commons as
it defended its secret contacts with the Irish Republican Army.
1994 Nov 29, The US House
passed, 288-146, the revised General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
1994 Nov 29, Fighter jets
attacked the capital of Chechnya and its airport hours after Russian
President Boris Yeltsin demanded the breakaway republic end its
1994 Nov 29, Seoul, Korea,
celebrated the 600th anniversary of its founding.
1995 Nov 29, President Clinton
opened a five-day European trip in London, where he met with Prime
Minister John Major and addressed the British Parliament.
1996 Nov 29, John C. Salvi III,
serving a life sentence for fatally shooting two receptionists at an
abortion clinic, hanged himself in his Massachusetts prison cell.
1996 Nov 29, A U.N. court
sentenced Bosnian Serb army soldier Drazen Erdemovic to 10 years in
prison for his role in the massacre of 1,200 Muslims -- the first
international war crimes sentence since World War II.
1996 Nov 29, A Canadian-led
int’l. force won approval to provide humanitarian aid. The force
would be based in Uganda.
(SFC, 11/30/96, p.A12)
1996 Nov 29, In France truckers
signed agreements to end a 12-day strike. The government agreed to
allow early retirement at age 55 with boosts in sick pay. An issue
of work hours was still pending.
(SFC, 11/30/96, p.A14)
1996 Nov 29, In Serbia the
opposition coalition Zajedno (Together) continued protests in
Belgrade against Slobodan Milosevic.
(SFC, 11/30/96, p.A12)
1997 Nov 29, In Washington DC
some 28,000 couples, according to the church, gathered at Robert F.
Kennedy stadium for "Blessing 97," a marital re-dedication in the
Unification Church of Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his wife Hak Ja Han
(SFEC, 11/30/97, p.A12)
1997 Nov 29, It was reported
that a 65-foot, 70-ton finback whale died on Spain’s northern coast
from ingesting 30 plastic bags, a rubber glove and several hard
plastic objects that formed into a ball and blocked its digestive
(SFC, 11/29/97, p.A20)
1997 Nov 29, Coleman Young (b.
May 24, 1918 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.- d. Nov 29, 1997), former mayor of
Detroit (1973-1993), died. The city's first black mayor held office
for an unprecedented five terms.
(SFEC, 11/30/97, p.C10)(AP, 11/29/98)
1997 Nov 29, It was reported
that an earthquake rocked Bangladesh and eastern India and that 21
people were killed in Chittagong.
(SFC, 11/29/97, p.A14)
1997 Nov 29, From Chile it was
reported that giant rats, fattened from feeding on droppings of
hormone-fattened poultry, were attacking barnyard animals in the
Maipu suburb of Santiago.
(SFC, 11/29/97, p.A20)
1997 Nov 29, In Columbia at
least 15 people were killed during the night. 7 peasants were found
dead outside the town of Pitalito and another 8, including 2
children, in 2 attacks in Medellin.
(SFEC, 11/30/97, p.A22)
1997 Nov 29, In Israel dozens
were injured after a Palestinian march in Bethlehem erupted into a
clash with Israeli troops.
(SFEC, 11/30/97, p.A22)
1997 Nov 29, In Mexico some
25,000 demonstrators marched in Mexico City to protest crime,
violence and police corruption.
(WSJ, 12/1/97, p.A1)
1997 Nov 29, In Taiwan the
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won 12 of 23 mayoral and county
seats and for the first time received more votes than the
(SFC, 12/1/97, p.A12)
1998 Nov 29, In
Muskegon, Mich., Seth Stephen Privacky (b.1980) shot a killed his
father (50), mother (49), grandfather (78), brother (19) and
brother’s girlfriend, April A. Boss (19). Privacky pleaded no
contest to the charges and was sentenced to life in prison on May
27, 1999. Privacky confessed that he committed the murders because
his father had threatened to kick him out of the house. Privacky was
shot killed during a failed prison escape attempt on July 15, 2010.
1998 Nov 29, In Algeria 7
people were killed by suspected Muslim militants on the eve of
Ramadan in 4 separate attacks in the western mountains.
(SFC, 11/30/98, p.B10)
1998 Nov 29, In Congo rebel
leaders said ne cease-fire would take place until Pres. Kabila
negotiates directly with them.
(SFC, 11/30/98, p.B10)
1998 Nov 29, In Jakarta the
opposition Muslim Party began a 4-day rally.
(WSJ, 11/30/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 29, In Indonesia a 7.6
earthquake was centered near Taliabu Island in the Maluku Sea. At
least 25 people were killed on Mangole Island and some 89 were
(SFC, 11/30/98, p.B10)(SFC, 12/1/98, p.A11)
1998 Nov 29, Five Russian
policemen were killed in Dagestan by gunmen believed to be from
(WSJ, 11/30/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 29, The Swiss voted on
whether to legalize drug use. The proposal was defeated by a 3-1
(SFEC, 11/29/98, p.A21)(WSJ, 11/30/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 29, In Zimbabwe Pres.
Mugabe imposed a 6-month ban on national strikes and threatened to
suspend unions that defy the ban and imprison organizers.
(WSJ, 11/30/98, p.A1)
1999 Nov 29, Pres. Clinton
signed the Satellite Television Home Viewers Act which allowed
satellite companies to compete with cable TV. It was part of a $391
billion spending bill.
(SFC, 11/30/99, p.A1)
19999 Nov 29, The National
Labor Relations Board ruled that medical interns can unionize and
negotiate wages and hours. This overturned a 1976 precedent.
(WSJ, 11/30/99, p.A1)
1999 Nov 29, In Seattle as many
as 50,000 protestors gathered to oppose "the march of corporate
(WSJ, 11/30/99, p.A1)
1999 Nov 29, Astronomer
reported finding 6 planets orbiting sunlike stars as close as 65
light years from Earth.
(SFC, 11/30/99, p.A3)
1999 Nov 29, John Berry (b.1917
as Jak Szold), American film director, died at age 82.
1999 Nov 29, Gene Rayburn (81),
game show host, died in Gloucester, Mass.
1999 Nov 29, In Kosovo ethnic
Albanians killed Dragoslav Basic (62) and attacked his wife and
mother-in-law during a night of festivities celebrating Kosovo's
first Flag Day since the ouster of Serbian forces. An ethnic
Albanian (27) was arrested in Dec. for the murder.
(SFC, 11/30/99, p.A14)(SFC, 12/28/99, p.A10)
1999 Nov 29, In Malaysia Prime
Minister Mahathir Mohamad and his ruling National Front coalition
won over a two-thirds majority in Parliament. Wan Azizah Ismail,
wife of Anwar Ibrahim, led the newly formed National Justice Party
(Keadilan) and won her husband’s former seat. The Pan-Malaysian
Islamic Party (Pas), whose leaders favor strict Islamic law, won
control of Trengganu state and kept control of Kelantan state.
(SFC, 11/13/99, p.A12)
1999 Nov 29, Authorities worked
with a US FBI team to unearth as many as 100 bodies of disappeared
Mexicans and Americans near Ciudad Juarez. Drug traffickers were
believed responsible. By Dec 7 eight bodies were recovered. Nine
bodies were discovered after 3 weeks and initial estimates were
deemed in error. In 2000 Vicente Carillo Fuentes, believed to be in
charge of all drug trafficking in Ciudad Juarez, was charged with
killing 10 people in the area.
(SFC, 11/30/99, p.A1)(SFC, 12/8/99, p.A16)(SFC,
12/18/99, p.A16)(SFC, 9/15/00, p.A18)
1999 Nov 29, Protestant and
Catholic adversaries formed an extraordinary Northern Ireland
government to bring together every branch of opinion within the
bitterly divided society.
(SFC, 11/30/99, p.A1)(AP,
1999 Nov 29, In Sudan the rebel
Sudan People's Liberation Army rejected the Djibouti reconciliation
between the government and an exiled opposition group.
(SFC, 11/30/99, p.D3)
2000 Nov 29, Al Gore asked the
Florida Supreme court for a spedup recount. Gore said in a series of
TV interviews that he was prepared to contest the Florida
presidential vote until "the middle of December." A judge ordered
all ballots from Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties sent to
Tallahassee. Florida legislators planned a special session to name
electors for George W. Bush.
(SFC, 11/30/00, p.A1)(AP, 11/29/01)
2000 Nov 29, Lou Groza (76),
the Cleveland Browns' Hall of Fame kicker and lineman affectionately
known as The Toe," died.
2000 Nov 29, In Albania police
made a brief arrest of President Sali Berisha the day after a riot
in Tropoja where 2 people were killed.
(SFC, 11/30/00, p.C7)
2000 Nov 29, In Colombia gunmen
killed the mayor-elect of a town in the Putumayo region.
(SFC, 11/30/00, p.C7)
2001 Nov 29, American warplanes
continued to bomb Taliban positions around Kandahar.
(SFC, 11/30/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 29, The SEC
investigation of Enron Corp. was expanded to include the Anderson
(SFC, 1/26/02, p.A15)
2001 Nov 29, George Harrison
(b.1943), lead guitarist for the Beatles, died of cancer in LA. His
ashes were scattered in the Ganges Dec 4.
(SFC, 11/30/01, p.A1)(SFC, 12/4/01, p.A2)(NW,
2001 Nov 29, John Knowles
(b.1926), author of the 1959 novel "A Separate Peace," died in
Florida at age 75.
(SFC, 11/30/01, p.A27)
2001 Nov 29, Int’l.
representatives of the diamond industry agreed that all shipments of
rough stones must contain certificates of origin.
(SFC, 11/30/01, p.A7)
2001 Nov 29, A bomb attack in
northern Israel and shootings in the West Bank left 4 Israelis and 3
(SFC, 11/30/01, p.A3)
2001 Nov 29, The U.N. Security
Council unanimously approved a resolution extending for 6 months the
U.N. humanitarian program in Iraq and setting the stage for an
overhaul of U.N. sanctions against Baghdad the following year. The
US and Russia agreed to overhaul the program before the next vote.
(WSJ, 11/30/01, p.A1)(AP, 11/29/02)
2002 Nov 29, The White House
quietly announced that federal workers would get a smaller pay raise
the following month because President Bush was freezing part of the
increase, citing the fight against terrorism.
2002 Nov 29, Celebrity
publicist Lizzie Grubman left the Suffolk County, N.Y., jail after
serving 37 days of a 60-day sentence for backing her sport utility
vehicle into a crowd outside a trendy Hamptons nightclub and
2002 Nov 29, It was reported
that TransOrbital Inc. had signed a $20 million contract with
Kosmotras, Moscow's int'l. space company, to use decommissioned
ballistic missiles for commercial launches to the moon.
(SFC, 11/29/02, p.K3)
2002 Nov 29, In Colombia the
AUC, the largest right-wing paramilitary group, announced that it
would begin a unilateral cease-fire Dec 1.
2002 Nov 29, Israeli troops
blew up the homes of two Palestinian gunmen who attacked an office
of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Likud Party during a primary vote,
killing six Israelis and wounding more than 20.
2002 Nov 29, Tens of thousands
of people demonstrated across the Middle East in a day of solidarity
with Palestinians in the annual Jerusalem Day, which marked the 1947
UN partition of Palestine.
2002 Nov 29, Romania urged the
EU to reject a request by Hungarian producers for the exclusive
right to sell a regional brandy in EU countries under the generic
name "palinka." The Eastern European brandy, made from fermented
fruit pears, plums, apricots or grapes, has been produced in the
region under different names. In Hungary and in Romania's northwest
region of Transylvania, it is called "palinka," or "palinca," while
in southern Romania it is called "tuica," and in Moldova and
2002 Nov 29, Denis Solovyov, a
Russian soldier, on patrol along the Georgia border, opened fire on
fellow servicemen killing at least eight of them and wounding three
others. Solovyov was apparently under the influence of narcotics.
2002 Nov 29, Five Russian
servicemen and a paramilitary policeman serving in Chechnya were
killed in clashes with rebels and from mine explosions.
2002 Nov 29, A gold mining
operation owned by a Canadian company planned to begin constructing
a $97 million mine early next year on a mining concession in
2003 Nov 29, A Chechen leader
wanted in Russia on charges of terrorism and murder has been granted
refugee status in Britain. A British judge had rejected a Russian
government request to extradite Akhmed Zakayev earlier this month.
2003 Nov 29, China said it
broke diplomatic relations with Kiribati after the tiny Pacific
island nation opened ties with rival Taiwan.
2003 Nov 29, In central Congo a
Soviet-made plane crashed, killing 33, including 13 people on the
(AP, 11/29/03)(AP, 12/2/03)
2003 Nov 29, In Iraq US
senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jack Reed met with local
officials in the oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk. Attackers in
Mahmudiyah killed 7 members of a Spanish intelligence team as it
returned from a mission. In northern Iraq gunmen ambushed and
murdered two Japanese diplomats and their Iraqi driver.
(AP, 11/29/03)(SSFC, 11/30/03, p.A1)(AP,
2003 Nov 29, A Japanese rocket
carrying two spy satellites for monitoring North Korea failed to
reach orbit and had to be destroyed, space officials said, a blow to
Japan's space program.
2003 Nov 29, Bhaddanta Vinaya
(93), one of Myanmar's most revered Buddhist monks and a spiritual
adviser to pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, died.
2003 Nov 29, Beyonce Knowles,
Bono, Peter Gabriel and other musicians from around the world took
to the stage for an AIDS benefit concert hosted by former South
African President Nelson Mandela.
2004 Nov 29, Pres. Bush
nominated Carlos Gutierrez, head of Kellogg Co., to serve as
secretary of commerce.
(SFC, 11/30/04, p.C1)
2004 Nov 29, The US Supreme
Court rejected a challenge to a gay-marriage law in Massachusetts.
2004 Nov 29, John Drew
Barrymore (72), the sometimes troubled heir to an acting dynasty and
absent father of movie star Drew Barrymore, died in Los Angeles.
2004 Nov 29, Butteur Metayer, a
street gang leader who led the rebellion that forced Haiti's
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to flee, was arrested in Miami.
2004 Nov 29, A US Army Black
Hawk helicopter crashed near Fort Hood, Texas, and 7 soldiers were
(SFC, 11/30/04, p.A3)
2004 Nov 29, Congo said it will
send up to 10,000 soldiers to its eastern province of North Kivu to
prevent rebels and Rwandan forces from launching cross border
2004 Nov 29, Rwandan troops
attacked a town in eastern Congo. The next day a Congolese commander
said at least 19 civilians were killed.
2004 Nov 29, President Jacques
Chirac's office said French Agriculture Minister Herve Gaymard is to
succeed Nicolas Sarkozy as Finance Minister.
2004 Nov 29, More than a dozen
people hunting rabbits being smoked out of a Honduran sugarcane
field were engulfed by the fast-moving flames. Eleven children and
four adults died.
2004 Nov 29, In western Iraq a
car bomb exploded at a police checkpoint, killing seven government
security force members and injuring nine.
2004 Nov 29, A powerful
earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 struck Japan's
northern island of Hokkaido, injuring at least 24 people.
2004 Nov 29-Dec 3, Kenya hosted
a conference on landmines in Nairobi. An estimated 40 people per day
were killed by landmines. 144 countries had signed the 1997 Ottawa
treaty banning landmines, but China, Russia, Pakistan, India and the
US still refused to sign.
(www.reviewconference.org/)(Econ, 12/4/04, p.46)
2004 Nov 29, The annual ASEAN
summit opened in Vientiane, Laos.
(Econ, 11/27/04, p.43)(Econ, 12/4/04, p.42)
2004 Nov 29, Southeast Asian
nations and China signed an accord to create the world's biggest
free trade area by removing tariffs for their 2 billion people by
2004 Nov 29, The Sudanese
government declared the representatives of two British humanitarian
organizations persona non-grata and gave them 48 hours to leave the
2005 Nov 29, Broad areas of the
Dakotas remained shut down by the Plains' first blizzard of the
season, with highways closed by blowing, drifting snow and thousands
of people without electricity as temperatures hit the low teens. In
Colorado eastbound I-70 was closed.
(AP, 11/29/05)(WSJ, 11/29/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 29, In Gainesville,
Ga, Lisa Lynette (37) was indicted on charges of child molestation,
statutory rape and enticing a child for indecent purposes. She was
arrested soon after her Nov 8 wedding to the boy whose child she
(SFC, 12/1/05, p.A3)
2005 Nov 29, Ohio carried out
the nation's 999th execution since 1977, putting to death a man who
strangled his mother-in-law while high on cocaine and later killed
his 5-year-old stepdaughter to cover up the crime.
2005 Nov 29, In Virginia Gov.
Mark Warner granted clemency to convicted killer Robin Lovitt, who
faced death for the 1998 killing of Clayton Dicks, a pool hall
manager in Arlington.
(SFC, 11/30/05, p.A16)
2005 Nov 29, Actress Wendie Jo
Sperber (47), who starred opposite Tom Hanks on TV's "Bosom Buddies"
and who in his words became "a walking inspiration" after she
contracted cancer, died in Los Angeles.
2005 Nov 29, In Bangladesh
suicide bombers targeting courthouses in 2 cities killed at least
eight people and injured 66 in what appeared to be the latest attack
by militant Muslims intent on imposing harsh Islamic law.
(AP, 11/29/05)(SFC, 11/30/05, p.A14)
2005 Nov 29, France's lower
house of parliament overwhelmingly approved a tough new
anti-terrorism bill that, among other measures, would increase the
use of video surveillance and allow police more time to question
2005 Nov 29, Iraq's interior
ministry banned all non-Iraqi Arabs from entering the country until
further notice as part of security measures for the Dec. 15 general
elections. Al-Jazeera broadcast video of four Western peace
activists held hostage by a previously unknown group, the Swords of
Righteousness Brigade. 3 of the hostages were later released, but
one of them, American Tom Fox, was killed. Photos broadcast showed a
blindfolded German woman being led away by armed captors in the
latest kidnapping of a Westerner in Iraq. Six Iranian pilgrims,
meanwhile, were abducted by gunmen north of Baghdad. Two US soldiers
were killed when their patrol was hit by a roadside bomb north of
(AP, 12/02/05)(AP, 11/29/06)
2005 Nov 29, In Jordan more
than 370 members of the clan of al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab
al-Zarqawi joined his family in publishing a full-page letter in
Jordanian newspapers disowning him.
2005 Nov 29, Mexico's Supreme
Court ruled that suspects facing life in prison can be extradited,
overturning a 4-year-old ban that had prevented many of the
country's most notorious criminals from being sent to the United
2005 Nov 29, CINTRA sold
Mexicana airlines and its subsidiary, Click Mexicana, to the Mexican
hotel chain Grupo Posadas for USD$165.5 million.
2005 Nov 29, In Northern
Ireland 2 bank employees were arrested on suspicion of involvement
in the Dec 20, 2004, robbery of their Belfast bank, raising
questions about whether the British-record theft could have been an
2005 Nov 29, A panel in North
Ossetia investigating last year's bloody school hostage siege in the
southern Russian town of Beslan blamed the authorities for botching
the rescue efforts and urged them to punish the culprits.
2005 Nov 29, In South Africa
the mother of Deon van der Walt (47), acclaimed opera singer, found
her son in his bedroom with two gunshot wounds to his chest. She
also found her husband with a gunshot wound to the temple and a gun
by his side. The family lived on a wine estate in the town of Paarl,
just outside Cape Town.
2005 Nov 29, A Sudanese Darfur
rebel faction said it attacked a town in West Darfur state, killing
37 soldiers and police, to push for its inclusion in peace talks due
to open in the Nigerian capital Abuja later in the day.
2005 Nov 29, The Vatican
published its long-awaited document on gays in the clergy, saying
men with "deep-seated" homosexual tendencies should not be ordained
but those with a "transitory problem" could be if they had overcome
them for three years.
2005 Nov 29, Thousands of
people lined the streets as the Roman Catholic Church ordained 57
new priests in an unprecedented ceremony that added the single
largest number of priests in Vietnam at one time.
2006 Nov 29, Commerce Secretary
Carlos Gutierrez said the US is banning exports of luxury items to
North Korea, arguing that the Stalinist state's ruling elite is
"splurging" while its population suffers. According to reports, the
list of items specifically targeting North Korea's bon vivant leader
Kim Jong-Il includes iPods, jet skis and plasma televisions.
2006 Nov 29, A US federal judge
ordered FEMA to resume housing payments to Katrina victims.
(WSJ, 11/30/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 29, Still losing money
after job and factory cuts, Ford Motor Co. said 38,000 workers,
almost half of its hourly production force, had accepted buyouts or
early retirement offers.
2006 Nov 29, Allen Carr
(b.1934), English promoter of anti-smoking campaigns, died of lung
cancer. He stopped smoking in 1983 and opened a clinic to help
others quit using his Easyway method. He later authored “The Easy
Way to Stop Smoking" (1985).
(Econ, 12/9/06, p.93)
2006 Nov 29, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up next to
a NATO convoy, killing two civilians.
2006 Nov 29, The Texas-based
China Aid Association said in a statement 3 leaders of the Three
Grade Servant church had been put to death in northeast China's
Heilongjiang province over the past week. It said another 12 members
of the congregation had also been previously executed, bringing the
total number to 15. The case involved accusations that the Three
Grade Servant Church was involved in the murder of members of
another Christian cult, the Eastern Lightning.
2006 Nov 29, NATO leaders
finished a two-day summit without agreement on some members' refusal
to send troops into combat in Afghanistan's most dangerous regions.
NATO vowed to give its troubled mission in Afghanistan the "forces,
resources and flexibility needed" to tackle increasingly ferocious
Taliban fighters. Leaders invited Serbia, Montenegro and
Bosnia-Herzegovina to join a program considered a first step toward
eventual membership, but urged Serbia and Bosnia to fully cooperate
with the UN war crimes tribunal.
(AP, 11/29/06)(AFP, 11/29/06)
2006 Nov 29, North Korean
envoys left China after meeting with US negotiators with no
agreement reached on a resumption of 6-nation nuclear talks.
(WSJ, 11/30/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 29, In India at least
3 people died and dozens were hurt as low-caste Hindus rioted in the
western Indian state of Maharashtra over the vandalism of a statue
of their late leader, B.R. Ambedkar.
2006 Nov 29, Iran's President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed a letter to the American people to be
released at UN headquarters in New York. He urged the American
people to demand the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and reject
what he called the Bush administration's "blind support" for Israel
and its "illegal and immoral" actions in fighting terrorism.
2006 Nov 29, Iraqi lawmakers
and Cabinet ministers loyal to anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr
said they have carried out their threat to suspend participation in
Parliament and the government to protest PM Nouri al-Maliki's summit
with US Pres. George W. Bush in Jordan. The first of two
high-profile meetings in Jordan between Bush and PM al-Maliki was
abruptly canceled amid conflicting explanations. Bush met al-Maliki
the next day. 13 insurgents and 15 citizens were killed in Iraq,
including two females who were caught up in a coalition raid north
of the capital. Iraqi forces found 28 bodies in what may be a mass
grave south of the city of Baqouba. In Basra gunmen killed Nasir
Gatami, the deputy of the local Sunni Endowment chapter, and three
of his bodyguards in an attack on their two-car convoy. A US army
soldier died from wounds suffered in Anbar province. A US soldier
was killed during combat in Baghdad.
(AP, 11/29/06)(AP, 11/30/06)(AP, 11/29/07)
2006 Nov 29, A Mexican court
reinstated an arrest warrant for former President Luis Echeverria,
just four months after a federal judge had dismissed the same
charges of genocide in connection with a 1968 student massacre.
2006 Nov 29, Fire struck a
workshop at Russia's largest steel mill, killing six people, as
firefighters' efforts were hampered by temperatures that fell to 17
degrees below zero.
2006 Nov 29, The UN Security
Council condemned a "significant increase" in the flow of weapons to
and through Somalia in violation of a 1992 arms embargo and voted
unanimously to keep monitoring weapons trafficking in the poor and
lawless Horn of Africa nation.
2007 Nov 29, The Bush
administration announced that China has agreed to eliminate improper
trade subsidies it was using to the detriment of US and other
2007 Nov 29, Florida state
officials froze withdrawals from the state’s Local Government
Investment Pool (LGIP) as panicky investors pulled out nearly half
of the fund’s assets in the wake of the US mortgage mess. School and
municipal officials found themselves short of money to pay bills.
Other states faced similar problems due to purchases of high yield
debt known as structured investment vehicles (SIVs).
(Econ, 12/8/07, p.87)
2007 Nov 29, The jazz club
Yoshi’s in San Francisco held its grand opening at 1330 Fillmore.
(SFC, 11/30/07, p.E1)
2007 Nov 29, Cancer researchers
reported a link between night-shift work and a higher incidence of
(WSJ, 11/30/07, p.A1)
2007 Nov 29, In Richmond
County, Georgia, Jeanette Michelle Hawes (22) fatally stabbed her
two young children in a Food Mart convenience store bathroom.
2007 Nov 29, Henry Hyde
(b.1924), former Illinois Republican Representative (1975-2007),
died. In 1976 he attached an amendment to a spending bill barring
the use of federal funds for abortions. In 1998 he led House efforts
to impeach Pres. Clinton for allegedly lying about his affair with
intern Monica Lewinsky.
2007 Nov 29, Roger B. Smith
(82), former chairman and CEO of General Motors, died in Detroit. He
was the target of Michael Moore’s 1989 film “Roger & Me." During
his term GM’s market share dropped from 45% to 36%. It currently
stood at 24%.
(SFC, 12/1/07, p.B5)
2007 Nov 29, In Afghanistan 2
Danish soldiers were killed in a gunbattle with the Taliban. They
were part of a Danish reconnaissance unit that came under fire in
Gereshk Valley in Helmand Province. Denmark has some 600 troops in
Helmand province that are part of NATO's 40,000-member force in
2007 Nov 29, Al-Qaida chief
Osama bin Laden released a new tape calling on Europeans to stop
helping the US in the war in Afghanistan.
2007 Nov 29, Algeria's ruling
National Liberation Front (FLN) won local elections on a turnout of
2007 Nov 29, Armenia approved a
plan to shut down its lone nuclear power plant, following years of
pressure from foreign nations concerned about its Soviet-era design
2007 Nov 29, Australia’s
PM-elect Kevin Rudd named his Cabinet, choosing a woman as deputy
leader for the first time, a former rock singer as environment
minister and a lawyer from the Outback as foreign minister.
2007 Nov 29, In eastern Chad
new fighting erupted near the border with Sudan's strife-torn Darfur
region between the army and a leading rebel group.
2007 Nov 29, The European
Parliament voted to allow Britain and Ireland to keep some of their
old imperial measurements so pubs can still serve pints and road
signs can show miles instead of kilometers.
2007 Nov 29, According to a new
report released by the UN and the Chinese government the number of
people estimated to be living with HIV in China has risen to
700,000, with increases among intravenous drug users and sex
2007 Nov 29, It was reported
locals in eastern Ethiopia have accused soldiers fighting an
insurgency of burning villages to the ground, committing gang rape
and killing people "like goats." A September report by a UN
fact-finding mission said villagers had been told not to speak to
2007 Nov 29, Germany’s
Chancellor Angela Merkel surrendered to demands by the Social
Democrats, a junior partner in the grand coalition, for a minimum
wage for postal workers.
(Econ, 12/8/07, p.60)
2007 Nov 29, Iraqi police
pulled six bodies from the Tigris River about 25 miles south of
Baghdad. The bodies were handcuffed and had signs of torture and
five, including a young child, had been beheaded. In Baghdad, a bomb
on a minibus killed one person.
2007 Nov 29, A wildcat protest
by cab drivers caused gridlock in downtown Rome, leaving Italians
and tourists alike stranded at airports and train stations across
the capital. Unions had been negotiating with Mayor Walter Veltroni
over planned fare increases, but they walked away from the talks and
called the sudden protest after authorities said they wanted to
issue 500 new taxi licenses.
2007 Nov 29, ZMP of Japan began
selling a two-legged walking robot that runs on Microsoft's new
robotics software, a product the companies said will make it easier
to transfer technology from one robot to another.
2007 Nov 29, The top defense
officials from North and South Korea agreed on security arrangements
for the first-ever regular train service across their heavily
2007 Nov 29, Pakistan’s Pervez
Musharraf embarked on a new five-year term as a civilian president,
promising to lift a state of emergency by Dec. 16 and restore the
constitution before January elections, a key demand of his domestic
opponents and foreign backers.
2007 Nov 29, Philippines’
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo quickly quashed the latest threat
to her rule, dispatching troops and SWAT teams when dissident
military officers commandeered a five-star hotel after walking out
of their coup trial.
2007 Nov 29, In Russia tycoon
and Kremlin critic Boris Berezovsky was convicted in absentia of
embezzling millions of dollars from the national airline, Aeroflot,
and reportedly sentenced to six years in prison.
2007 Nov 29, Gillian Gibbons,
the British teacher arrested in Sudan on Nov 25 for insulting Islam
by allowing her students to name a teddy bear "Muhammad," was
sentenced to 15 days in prison and deportation. She avoided the more
serious punishment of 40 lashes. Gibbons was pardoned after spending
more than a week in custody; she then left the country.
(AP, 11/30/07)(AP, 11/29/08)
2007 Nov 29, In Uganda a senior
Ministry of Health official said an Ebola outbreak has killed at
least 16 people out of 51 confirmed cases. The first case was
reported Nov. 10 in Bundibugyo district, 210 miles west of the
capital, Kampala. Uganda last had an outbreak of Ebola in October
2000, when 173 people died. A new form of the Ebola virus was
detected in the outbreak. The death toll soon climbed to 21,
including 8 doctors and health workers.
(AP, 11/29/07)(AP, 11/30/07)(Reuters,
12/1/07)(SFC, 12/8/07, p.B6)
2007 Nov 29, Ukraine's two
pro-Western parties forged a majority coalition in parliament,
paving the way for forming a government.
2007 Nov 29, in Venezuela more
than 100,000 people flooded the streets to protest constitutional
changes that would boost President Hugo Chavez's power. Students
again showed they are a key force behind the re-energized
2008 Nov 29, Joern Utzon
(b.1918), the Danish architect who designed the iconic Sydney Opera
House (1957), died. In 2003 Utzon won the Pritzker prize.
(AP, 11/29/08)(Econ, 12/13/08, p.104)
2008 Nov 29, In Afghanistan a
soldier with the NATO-led force shot and killed an Afghan policeman
in a car in Lashkar Gah that was driving toward a NATO patrol at
2008 Nov 29, In Bangladesh
police in Dhaka arrested eight members of a hard-line Islamic group
for damaging a 41-foot outdoor sculpture of a group of white storks.
The statue by sculptor Mrinal Haque has stood at a road intersection
2008 Nov 29, In southern China
about 300 taxi drivers went on strike in Chaozhou, smashing cars and
demanding a crackdown on unlicensed taxis in the latest protest
against illegal taxi competition in China.
2008 Nov 29, In Gambia British
missionary David Fulton (60) and his wife (46) were arrested for
alleged sedition. Fiona Fulton was released in December, 2009. David
Fulton was freed in 2010 after serving nearly two years for
2008 Nov 29, Georgia said it is
cutting diplomatic relations with Nicaragua after the Central
American nation recognized the breakaway regions of South Ossetia
2008 Nov 29, In India a 60-hour
terror rampage that killed at least 173 people across Mumbai,
India's financial capital, ended when commandos killed the last
three gunmen inside the 565-room Taj Mahal hotel while it was
engulfed in flames. A group called Deccan Mujahideen, which alludes
to a region in southern India traditionally ruled by Muslim kings,
claimed responsibility for the attack. Officials said they believed
that just 10 gunmen had taken part in the attack. Nine were killed
and one was captured. The 10th gunman was later identified as
Mohammad Ajmal Amir Imam from Faridkot village in Pakistan. 19
foreigners were killed including 6 Americans.
(AP, 11/29/08)(WSJ, 11/29/08, p.A1)(AP,
12/1/08)(WSJ, 12/5/08, p.A1)(SFC, 12/10/08, p.A9)(Econ, 12/6/08,
2008 Nov 29, In Iraq a rocket
attack in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone killed 2 people. In Diyala
province Mayor Sayid al-Anbaki of Salam district announced the
discovery of 7 mass graves in the village of Botoama. Al-Qaida in
Iraq had dominated the region in 2006-2007.
(SSFC, 11/30/08, p.A19)
2008 Nov 29, In Nigeria
witnesses said hundreds of people have been killed in the central
city of Jos as Christians and Muslims clashed over the result of a
local election. The violence began following a rumor that the mostly
Muslim All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) had lost the election to
the mainly Christian federal ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP).
Over 10,000 people were displaced from their homes and sought refuge
in churches, mosques and army and police barracks.
2008 Nov 29, Pakistan's foreign
minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told a press conference that Pakistan
will take action against any group within its borders if it was
involved in the Mumbai attacks. A suspected US missile strike killed
at least two people near Miran Shah in northwestern Pakistan.
2008 Nov 29, In Qatar French
President Nicolas Sarkozy told Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir to
take action to end the conflict in Darfur.
2008 Nov 29, Officials in Sri
Lanka said floods caused by days of heavy rains killed at least
seven people, left four soldiers missing and displaced tens of
thousands in insurgency-ravaged northern Sri Lanka.
2009 Nov 29, San Francisco
Mayor Gavin Newsom led a 50-person Bay Area delegation to Bangalore,
India, on a 3-day trip to sign business deals as part of the San
Francisco-Bangalore Sister City Initiative.
(SSFC, 11/29/09, p.D1)
2009 Nov 29, Andrew Conley (17)
of Rising Sun, Indiana, strangled his 10-year-old brother as the two
wrestled. The teen told investigators he had had fantasies about
killing someone since he was in eighth grade, including cutting
somebody's throat, and felt "just like" the serial killer Dexter on
the Showtime television series of the same name.
2009 Nov 29, In Washington
state Maurice Clemmons (37) shot and killed four police officers
from the Tacoma suburb of Lakewood as they worked on their laptop
computers in a coffee house at the beginning of their shifts in
Parkland. On Dec 1 Clemmons was shot and killed by a lone patrolman
investigating a stolen car. Four people were arrested for allegedly
helping the suspect elude authorities during a massive two-day
manhunt. Clemmons had been paroled in 2000 by Arkansas Gov. Mike
Huckabee. 7 people were soon arrested for helping Clemmons elude
(AP, 11/30/09)(AP, 12/1/09)(SFC, 12/1/09,
p.A10)(SFC, 12/5/09, p.A6)
2009 Nov 29, In southwest
Afghanistan a rogue police officer opened fire at a checkpoint in
Nimroz province, killing six police officers and injuring two before
being killed. In northern Jowzjan province two gunmen on a motorbike
shot and killed the head of logistics for the provincial
intelligence service. In southern Helmand province, Afghan and
international forces killed two militants responsible for planting
2009 Nov 29, An Algiers court
sentenced Ahmed Belbacha, an Algerian Guantanamo inmate who refuses
to be sent home, to 20 years in prison for belonging to an "overseas
terrorist group." Belbacha, who has been held at the US prison camp
since February 2002 following his arrest in Pakistan, has been
deemed by US authorities as no longer an "enemy combatant" and
cleared for release to Algeria. Belbacha said that he fears torture
at home and refuses to be repatriated. Instead, he has requested
political asylum in the United States.
2009 Nov 29, In Argentina
Solange Magnano (38), a mother of twins who won the Miss Argentina
crown in 1994, died of a pulmonary embolism after three days in
critical condition following a gluteoplasty in Buenos Aires.
2009 Nov 29, Equatorial Guinea
held elections. It was expected that results would extend the
30-year rule of Teodoro Obiang Nguema (67), a man accused of
draining his nation's oil wealth to fabulously enrich family and
cronies while his people suffered in slums. Obiang gave only six
weeks' notice for the election and coverage in the state-controlled
media was skewed. Nguema won power for another term with 95.37% of
votes cast. Opponents and international human rights groups
denounced the electoral process in Africa's No. 3 oil producer as
(AP, 11/29/09)(AP, 11/30/09)(AP, 12/4/09)
2009 Nov 29, France and Rwanda
agreed to restore diplomatic ties three years after they were cut
off amid tensions over a French judicial investigation.
2009 Nov 29, Honduras held
elections. Porfirio Lobo and Elvin Santos, two prosperous
businessmen from the political old guard, were the front-runners.
Conservative rancher Porfirio Lobo conservative rancher gathered a
strong lead and his Santos conceded defeat.
(AP, 11/29/09)(AP, 11/30/09)
2009 Nov 29, In India senior
government officials said workers at the Kaiga nuclear power plant
in southern Karnataka state were treated for poisoning after
drinking water was deliberately spiked with radiation.
2009 Nov 29, Iran's parliament
passed a law earmarking $20 million to support militant groups
opposing the West and to investigate alleged US and British plots
against the Islamic Republic. Iran’s Cabinet ordered an expansion of
the country’s nuclear program that included an additional 10 nuclear
(AP, 11/29/09)(SFC, 11/30/09, p.A4)
2009 Nov 29, In Iraq an
American soldier died of injuries unrelated to combat.
2009 Nov 29, In Mauritania 3
Spanish volunteers were kidnapped by gunmen. Spain's interior
minister said the next day that he suspected al-Qaida-linked
Islamists were behind the attack. On Dec 2 a Mauritanian official
said the 3 aid workers were being taken by their captors to
neighboring Mali. Aid worker Alicia Gamez (35) was released on March
10, 2010. Businessmen Roque Pascual and Albert Vilalta remained
captive. Al-Qaida's offshoot in North Africa said on March 12 that
it had released Gamez because she voluntarily converted to Islam.
Pascual and Vilalta were released in August 2010.
(AP, 11/30/09)(AP, 12/2/09)(AP, 3/10/10)(AP,
2009 Nov 29, In Mexico weekend
violence left 17 people dead. 7 women were murdered, including one
(19) who was beheaded in the southern beach resort of Cancun. 4 of
the women were killed in Ciudad Juarez, where two were shot to
death, another beaten with a baseball bat and a fourth, a school
teacher, also was beaten to death. 2 women were found shot to death
in Mexicali. Jesus Alfredo Portillo (27), a university student and
rights activist, was killed in Ciudad Juarez. Her mother-in-law and
women's group founder Marisela Ortiz had recently complained of
death threats against her. Elsewhere, 8 men were found murdered in
northern Chihuahua state, 5 of them in Ciudad Juarez.
(AP, 11/29/09)(AFP, 12/1/09)
2009 Nov 29, Rwanda was
admitted to the Commonwealth as its 54th member during a summit in
2009 Nov 29, Saudi officials
said 5 people died from swine flu during the hajj, a relatively
small number considering the event is the largest annual gathering
in the world and was seen as an ideal incubator for the virus.
2009 Nov 29, Somali pirates
seized the Greece-flagged Maran Centaurus, a tanker carrying more
about $150 million of crude oil from Saudi Arabia to the US, in the
waters off East Africa. The tanker was released on Jan 18 following
a $5.5 million ransom. A shootout between rival Somali pirate gangs
over their biggest ransom ever threatened to turn the supertanker
and the 28 hostages aboard into a massive fireball until bandits
begged the anti-piracy force for help. Ransom after 50 days was said
to be between $5.5 and $7 million.
(AP, 11/30/09)(AP, 12/4/09)(AP, 1/18/10)(Econ,
2009 Nov 29, Pirates attacked a
Spanish fishing vessel in the Indian Ocean, firing small arms and a
rocket-propelled grenade, but private security guards aboard the
ship shot back and repelled them.
2009 Nov 29, Switzerland held a
nationwide referendum on a proposal by the right-wing Swiss People’s
Party to ban Muslim minarets. Over 57% of Swiss voters approved the
ban. The four minarets already attached to mosques in the country
are not affected by the initiative.
(SFC, 11/28/09, p.A4)(AP, 11/29/09)
2009 Nov 29, The United Arab
Emirates' central bank said it would offer additional liquidity to
banks, signaling a push by the federal government to reassure
investors worried about the country's banking sector and its
exposure to Dubai's crushing debt.
2009 Nov 29, Uruguay held
elections. Jose Mujica (74), a plain-talking socialist, won the
presidential run-off keeping the center-left coalition in power for
another 5 years. He once led an armed revolutionary movement but now
rejected the ideologies of the 1970s. Mujica won 53% of the vote, to
43% for Luis A. Lacalle, with 97% of the vote counted.
(AP, 11/29/09)(AP, 11/30/09)
2010 Nov 29, President Barack
Obama announced a two-year pay freeze for federal employees, a move
White House officials say is the first of many difficult decisions
that must be made to reduce the nation's mounting deficit.
2010 Nov 29, David Schmauder
(48), a former Denver area postal worker, was sentenced to 2½ years
in federal prison for stealing over 11,000 packages and then selling
(SFC, 12/1/10, p.A6)
2010 Nov 29, In Virginia Jama
Idle Ibrahim, a Somali citizen, was sentenced to 30 years in prison
for his role in an attack on a US Navy ship on April 10.
(SFC, 11/30/10, p.A9)
2010 Nov 29, In Wisconsin
sophomore Samuel Hengel (15) took 23 of his classmates and a teacher
hostage in a classroom at the Marinette High School, shooting
himself as police broke in. No one else was injured. Hengel died the
(Reuters, 11/30/10)(SFC, 12/1/10,
2010 Nov 29, Managed care
consortium Kaiser Permanente of Oakland, Ca., announced $10.5
million in donations including $7.5 million over 3 years for Oakland
(SFC, 11/30/10, p.C1)
2010 Nov 29, Wal-Mart said it
will pay $2.3 billion for a 51% stake in Massmart, giving the
world's largest retailer a substantial presence in South Africa and
paving the way for further expansion across the continent.
2010 Nov 29, Richard Goldman
(b.1920), San Francisco philanthropist and founder of the Goldman
Environmental Prize (1989), died.
(SFC, 11/30/10, p.A1)
2010 Nov 29, The dismembered
body of Herbert White (49) was found by a maid in a backpack in a
Los Angeles hotel room. Authorities linked the $40-a-night hotel
room to Edward Garcia Jr. (36) and his wife, Melissa Hope Garcia
(25). The Pennsylvania couple were arrested on Dec 9.
(SFC, 12/11/10, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/27gm7lw)
2010 Nov 29, Afghanistan said
its relations with the United States would not be affected by leaked
cables portraying President Hamid Karzai as weak and paranoid, and
his brother as a corrupt drugs baron. 6 NATO troops were shot dead
by a man wearing an Afghan border police uniform during a training
exercise in Nangarhar province. The shooter was killed. 9 Afghan
private security guards from a construction company were kidnapped
in Kabul province. Coalition forces killed Haji Ibrahim, a former
chief of Gereshk district, Helmand province, and arrested six
members of his family.
(AFP, 11/29/10)(Reuters, 11/29/10)(AFP,
2010 Nov 29, The British
government said it has issued an order to control the export of a
sedative used to execute death-row prisoners in the US. Exporters
will now be required to prove drugs will be used for legitimate
medical reasons, not execution.
2010 Nov 29, British pay-TV
giant BSkyB and Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corp. said they will
launch a free-to-air Arabic language news channel under a joint
2010 Nov 29, In eastern China a
man detonated explosives near the president of Tianjin Normal
University, killing himself and possibly injuring the president in
an apparent suicide bombing.
2010 Nov 29, In Egypt
demonstrations and riots swept across the country protesting alleged
fraud by the ruling party in parliamentary elections. The opposition
said its candidates had been heavily defeated. Rights groups
estimated turnout for the elections was only 10 to 15 percent.
2010 Nov 29, The French daily
Liberation reported that Pierre Le Guennec (71), a retired French
electrician, and his wife have come forward with 271 undocumented,
never-before-seen works by Pablo Picasso estimated to be worth at
least $79.35 million. Police on Oct. 5 raided the couple's home,
questioned them and hauled off the works, which are now held by
France's official agency in charge of battling the illegal traffic
of cultural items.
2010 Nov 29, International
election monitors declared Haiti's vital post-quake elections valid,
while two leading presidential candidates rowed back on allegations
the polls had been rigged.
2010 Nov 29, Iran’s President
Ahmadinejad admitted that "several" uranium enrichment centrifuges
were damaged by "software installed in electronic equipment," amid
speculation Iran's nuclear activities had come under cyberattack.
2010 Nov 29, In Iran assailants
on motorcycles attached magnetized bombs to the cars of two nuclear
scientists as they were driving to work in Tehran, killing Majid
Shahriari and wounding Fereidoun Abbasi. Pres. Ahmadinejad accused
Israel and the West of being behind the attacks.
2010 Nov 29, An Iraqi court
convicted Tariq Aziz (74), Saddam Hussein's longtime foreign
minister, of terrorizing Shiite Kurds during the Iran-Iraq war,
sentencing him to 10 years in prison. He already faced an execution
sentence from another case. The Iraqi military said its forces have
thwarted an attempt by a suicide bomber to blow up a vehicle by the
French embassy using intelligence gathered after a bloodbath at a
(AP, 11/29/10)(AFP, 11/30/10)
2010 Nov 29, Israel gave
preliminary approval for 130 new apartments in disputed east
Jerusalem, the area the Palestinians want as the capital of their
2010 Nov 29, In Indian Kashmir
3 suspected militants and a policeman were killed in a gunbattle in
a busy market in Srinagar, as panicked locals ran for cover. Police
said one of the slain militants was identified as Abdul Rehman,
alias Naveed of Lashkar, a Pakistani national active in the area for
the last four years.
2010 Nov 29, In southern
Kyrgyzstan at least four Islamic militants were killed in a clash
with security forces.
2010 Nov 29, In Lithuania the
skeletons of 18 of Napoleon’s soldiers were laid to rest, 200 years
following the French invasion of Russia. Their remains were found
last year by road builders outside Vilnius. The new graves were
added to some 2,000 others found during excavations in 2002.
(SFC, 11/30/10, p.A2)
2010 Nov 29, Mexican federal
police arrested Jose Alfredo Landa Torres (37), a leader of the La
Familia operations in Morelia, Michoacan state. La Familia recently
made an unusual offer to disband if the government proves it can
protect citizens from other criminals in Michoacan. Mexican soldiers
found 18 bodies buried on a ranch near the Texas border. Gunmen
killed Hermila Garcia (36), a female police chief of the town of
Meoqui in Chihuahua state.
(AP, 11/30/10)(Reuters, 11/30/10)
2010 Nov 29, In Mexico a 2-week
UN conference opened on global warming. Some 15,000 negotiators,
environmental activists, businessmen and journalists convened at
Cancun to overcome the disconnect between rich and poor nations on
fighting global warming.
2010 Nov 29, Nigerian union
leaders ordered their tanker drivers to halt the supply of petrol
nationwide for 7 days in protest at alleged maltreatment and killing
of their members by the military. The strike was suspended the next
day after a group of soldiers behind the killing of one of their
colleagues were handed over to police.
(AFP, 11/30/10)(AFP, 11/30/10)
2010 Nov 29, Pakistan's central
bank raised its benchmark interest rate by 0.5% to 14%, warning for
the second time in two months that rising inflation was impacting
2010 Nov 29, A Sierra
Leone-flagged cargo ship, Karam 1, sank after colliding with the
Dutch tanker Alessandro DP, 10 miles (16 km) off Cape Emine in the
Black Sea. 5 sailors were rescued and 5 were missing.
2010 Nov 29, Investors fled
Spanish debt, pushing 10-year bond rates to an eight-year high, as
Ireland's 85-billion-euro rescue failed to stop fears the crisis may
2010 Nov 29, Turkey complied
with a European Court of Human Rights ruling and returned a
19th-century orphanage to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul,
the center of Orthodox Christianity around the world. Turkey took
control of the building in 1997, many years after it was abandoned,
on the grounds that it belonged to another foundation and had fallen
into disuse. The Patriarchate said the government had refused to
issue necessary permits for the maintenance and repair of the
structure, one of the largest wooden buildings in the world.
2010 Nov 29, Uganda launched a
program to circumcise over a million men every year in an effort to
stem AIDS infections.
(SFC, 11/30/10, p.A2)
2010 Nov 29, The United Nations
released a report saying armed groups in volatile eastern Congo,
including the army, have bypassed international efforts at reform
and have instead formed criminal networks to exploit the nation's
2010 Nov 29, The UN launched an
appeal for $252 million (193 million euros) in international aid to
respond to the urgent needs of some 32 million West Africans in
2011 Nov 29, Arthur Morgan III
(27) was captured without incident at a home in San Diego, Calif.
The arrest came one week after he allegedly killed Tierra
Morgan-Glover during a court-approved visit in New Jersey and then
fled the state. The girl's mother, Imani Benton, called police after
Morgan failed to return the child on Nov. 21.
2011 Nov 29, Dr. Conrad Murray
(58), convicted in the 2009 overdose of pop singer Michael Jackson
(1958-2009), was sentenced in Los Angeles to 4 years behind bars.
(SFC, 11/30/11, p.A12)
2011 Nov 29, Authorities in San
Diego uncovered a 600-yard cross border tunnel and seized 32 tons of
(SFC, 12/1/11, p.A13)
2011 Nov 29, AMR Corp., the
parent of American Airlines, filed for bankruptcy and replaced CEO
Gerard Arpey. The company still had some 8 billion in cash to keep
(SFC, 11/30/11, p.D5)
2011 Nov 29, In Aruba US
businessman Gary Giordano was released on the order of a judge, who
ruled authorities had failed to justify continuing to hold him
nearly four months since his companion, Robyn Gardner, vanished
during their five-day excursion to the Dutch Caribbean island. Once
back in the US, he would be free to file a claim to redeem the
American Express travel insurance policy he took out on Gardner.
2011 Nov 29, Three-quarters of
British-grown oysters contain norovirus, a bug which causes diarrhea
and vomiting, according to new research published by the Food
Standards Agency (FSA).
2011 Nov 29, China's central
government raised the country's rural poverty line by more than 80
percent as part of efforts to increase aid to its struggling
low-income population. Veteran activist Chen Xi (57) was arrested.
He was accused of writing 36 essays that incited subversion. On Dec
23 he charged with subversion. On Dec 26 he was sentenced to 10
years in prison.
(AFP, 11/29/11)(AP, 12/24/11)(AP, 12/26/11)
2011 Nov 29, China pledged more
than $2.3 million in military assistance to Uganda during a
high-profile visit to Kampala by Beijing's defense minister.
2011 Nov 29, CongoDRC officials
extended voting to a second day in an attempt to prevent further
unrest in sub-Saharan Africa's largest nation. The election was
marred by missing ballots and violence.
2011 Nov 29, In the Dominican
Rep. 2 men driving in Santo Domingo were slain in a gun attack.
Their stolen government car then crashed into a small truck, killing
an adult and a child.
2011 Nov 29, In Egypt long
lines formed at polling stations for a second day of voting and the
head of the election commission, Abdel-Mooaez Ibrahim, proclaimed
turnout so far had been "massive and unexpected." The voting process
is staggered over the next six weeks across 27 provinces, divided
into thirds with runoffs held a week after the first round in each
2011 Nov 29, German police
arrested Ralf Wohlleben (36), a right-wing extremist on suspicion he
helped arm a small group of neo-Nazis accused of a string of
killings of minorities and a policewoman.
2011 Nov 29, Hard-line Iranian
students stormed British diplomatic sites in Tehran, bringing down
the Union Jack flag, burning an embassy vehicle and throwing
documents from windows in scenes reminiscent of the seizing of the
US compound in 1979.
2011 Nov 29, Iran hanged three
convicted rapists and six drug traffickers, one of them a woman, in
2011 Nov 29, Jamaica’s
Transport Minister Mike Henry issued a statement announcing he is
resigning due to "ongoing attacks" on the management of a five-year
initiative launched in 2010 to upgrade rutted roadways. Allegations
that a $400 million road project has been mismanaged led to his
2011 Nov 29, Rockets fired from
Lebanon struck northern Israel for the first time in more than two
years, drawing a burst of Israeli artillery fire across the tense
border. No casualties or major damage were reported.
2011 Nov 29, Aisha Kadhafi, the
daughter of the slain Libyan leader, called for the overthrow of
Libya's interim government in an audio message aired on Syrian-based
2011 Nov 29, Malaysia's
parliament enacted a ban on street protests. Demonstrators denounced
the law as a violation of constitutional protections of free speech
and a sign that PM Najib Razak was breaking his pledge to bolster
2011 Nov 29, Morocco’s King
Mohammed VI received Abdelilah Benkirane, the secretary general of
the Justice and Development Party, in the mountain town of Midelt
and named him head of government with the task of forming a
2011 Nov 29, A Myanmar
government delegation held talks in China with representatives of
the Kachin Independence Organization, led by its chairman Zaung
Hara, with which it has had armed clashes since June.
2011 Nov 29, Nepalese MPs
extended parliament's term for a fourth and final time to allow the
drafting of a new constitution in line with a peace accord brokered
after the civil war ended in 2006. The current 601-member
parliament, or Constituent Assembly, was given an initial two-year
mandate to write a new constitution for the young republic.
2011 Nov 29, Nigeria's Senate
voted to criminalize gay marriage, gay advocacy groups and same-sex
public displays of affection, the latest legislation targeting a
minority already facing discrimination in Africa's most populous
nation. The bill must be passed by Nigeria's House of
Representatives and signed by President Goodluck Jonathan before
2011 Nov 29, Norwegian
prosecutors said confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik was
insane when he killed 77 people in a July 22 bomb and shooting
rampage, and should be sent to a psychiatric ward instead of prison.
2011 Nov 29, Pakistan decided
to boycott a key international conference on Afghanistan next month
in Bonn, widening its protest over lethal cross-border NATO strikes
and exacerbating a deep crisis in US ties. Islamabad communicated
with the alliance to prevent an exchange of artillery fire from
turning into another international incident.
(AFP, 11/29/11)(AP, 11/30/11)
2011 Nov 29, Philippine
authorities in Zamboanga captured Hussein Ahaddin, an
al-Qaida-linked bomber suspected in at least six attacks, including
a 2002 karaoke bar explosion that killed an American Green Beret and
a hotel blast this week that killed three people.
2011 Nov 29, President Dmitry
Medvedev officially commissioned a new military early warning radar
in the Kaliningrad region, saying it shows Russia's readiness to
respond to US missile defense plans.
2011 Nov 29, The World Health
Organization (WHO) said its offices in southern Somalia were looted
during rebel raids while children's relief agency UNICEF said its
base in the area remained occupied. By Feb, 2012, al-Shabaab
militants seized 480,000 pounds ($744,400) of UK-funded humanitarian
aid supplies. They raided warehouses and offices of organizations
partnered with the UK's Department for International Development,
which spent 102.9 million pounds in Somalia that year.
(AFP, 11/29/11)(AP, 8/11/13)
2011 Nov 29, South Ossetia’s
Supreme Court invalidated the results of the election due to alleged
violations and barred Alla Dzhioyeva from a new election set for
2011 Nov 29, Tunisia’s state
news said interim President Fouad Mebazza has signed a decree
extending the state of emergency for the fourth time since it was
first enacted during street unrest after the fall of Tunisia's
longtime autocratic leader in January.
2011 Nov 29, The UN weather
office said world temperatures keep rising, and are heading for a
threshold that could lead to irreversible changes of the Earth.
2011 Nov 29, The Yemeni army
killed six Qaeda-linked militants in their stronghold of Zinjibar,
capital of the restive southern province of Abyan. A rocket attack
by Houthi rebels killed some 24 students at a religious school run
by ultra-orthodox Sunnis near the town of Saada. The Houthis claim
themselves to be champions Zaydism, a Shia-derived version of Islam.
(AFP, 11/30/11)(Econ, 12/3/11, p.61)(Econ,
2011 Nov 29, Zimbabwe state
radio reported that militant youth group loyal to Pres. Mugabe is
calling for a boycott of a restaurant chain whose latest
advertisement depicts the aging, authoritarian president as "the
last dictator standing." The head of Chipangano called for South
Africa-based Nando's to withdraw the ad.
2012 Nov 29, US Interior
Secretary Ken Salazar ordered the shut down of a popular oyster farm
at Drakes Bay, an estuary at Point Reyes National Seashore. The
Drakes Bay Oyster Co. had accounted for almost 40% of the state’s
oyster production. The National Park Service intends to turn the
2,700-acre area into the first federally designated marine
wilderness on the West Coast.
(SFC, 11/30/12, p.A1)
2012 Nov 29, Florida brothers
Alam Qazi (30) and Raees Alam Qazi (20), originally from Pakistan,
were arrested in Fort Lauderdale for plotting to providing support
for terrorists and to use a weapon of mass destruction within the
(SFC, 12/1/12, p.A5)
2012 Nov 29, In New York
lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn and house keeper Nafissatou
Diallo reportedly reached an agreement to settle a suit she had
brought against him for sexual assault. Attorneys the next day
denied a settlement saying they merely “discussed a resolution." A
settlement was agreed to on Dec 10.
(SFC, 11/30/12, p.A10)(SFC, 12/1/12, p.A5)(SFC,
2012 Nov 29, In Cleveland,
Ohio, Timothy Russell (43) and Melissa Williams (30) were killed
following a chase that ended with 13 officers firing 137 rounds.
Russell was hit by 24 shots, Williams by 23. The chase began with a
pop, perhaps a gunshot or backfire from a car speeding past police
headquarters. Only officer Michael Brelo was later charged
criminally because prosecutors said he waited until the car had
stopped and the pair no longer a threat to fire 15 shots through its
windshield while standing on the hood of the car. On May 23, 2015,
Brelo was acquitted. In 2016 six police officers involved in the
shooting were terminated; six others faced suspensions.
p.28)(AP, 5/23/15)(SFC, 1/27/16, p.A7)
2012 Nov 29, Rebecca Jeanette
Rubin (39), a Canadian citizen and environmental radical, turned
herself in to the FBI at border in Blaine, Washington. She was part
of a cell in Eugene, Oregon, known as the Family, and was sought for
setting fires at a Vail ski resort and a lumber mill in Medford,
(SFC, 11/30/12, p.A8)
2012 Nov 29, In Afghanistan 2
roadside bombs exploded in Khost and Uruzgan provinces, killing at
least 12 people and injuring 16 others.
2012 Nov 29, Algeria held
municipal elections. The ruling National Liberation Front party kept
the upper hand in the elections along with its second-place
2012 Nov 29, Botswana said it
will ban hunting by 2014 because of fears that the nation is losing
its wildlife. Hunts by local communities and with special hunting
licenses would still be allowed.
2012 Nov 29, Britain’s Lord
Justice Brian Leveson said a new regulatory body should be
established in law to prevent more people from being hurt by "press
behavior that, at times, can only be described as outrageous,"
following a yearlong inquiry into newspaper wrongdoing.
2012 Nov 29, A British
environmental group released a report saying China is helping to
propel a $4 billion trade in illegally harvested timber and spurring
the destruction of fragile ecosystems across the globe.
(SFC, 11/30/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 29, Ethiopia’s PM
Hailemariam Desalegn fired the country's civil minister, Junedin
Sado, whose wife is one of 29 people facing terrorism charges
related to protests by Muslims who accuse of the government of
meddling in their religious affairs. Hailemariam also promoted two
ministers to double as deputy prime ministers, giving the country
three deputy prime ministers for the first time.
2012 Nov 29, In southern Iraq
back-to-back explosions tore through tents housing Shiite pilgrims
in Hillah killing at least 29 people. A wave of bombings nationwide
killed at least 43 people. The nationwide death toll was the highest
since Oct. 27 when 40 people were killed in a string of bombings and
2012 Nov 29, In northern Mali
Islamist extremists controlling the city of Timbuktu publicly
whipped 6 young people, males and females aged between 16 to 22
years, who each received 100 lashes for having talked with each
other on the city streets.
2012 Nov 29, Myanmar security
forces used water cannons, tear gas and smoke bombs to clear
protesters from a copper mine in the northwest, wounding villagers
and Buddhist monks in by far the biggest use of force against
demonstrators since the reformist government of President Thein Sein
took power last year. Protesters who opposed the mine's
environmental and social impact had occupied the area for 11 days.
2012 Nov 29, In Pakistan a
teenage suicide bomber attacked and wounded Maulvi Nazir, a
prominent militant commander in the country's northwest. He is
believed to have a nonaggression pact with the army. 7 other people
were killed. A few hours later a US drone fired a pair of missiles
at a house several km from the bombing site, killing three suspected
(AP, 11/29/12)(SFC, 11/30/12, p.A5)
2012 Nov 29, Qatari poet
Muhammad ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami was sentenced to life in prison for
an Arab Spring-inspired verse that officials claim insulted Qatar's
emir and encouraged the ruler's overthrow. Al-Ajami was jailed in
November 2011, months after an Internet video was posted of him
reciting "Tunisian Jasmine." His life sentence was later cut on
appeal to 15 years.
(AP, 11/29/12)(Econ, 12/7/13, p.63)
2012 Nov 29, Syrian activists
said authorities have blocked Internet and cell phone signals in
parts of the nation's capital. Two US-based Internet-monitoring
companies say Syria has shut off Internet nationwide. Syrian rebels
in Daraa bombed the house of Hussein Rifai, a top member of the
country's ruling Baath party, killing him and his three body guards.
2012 Nov 29, A UN war crimes
tribunal acquitted Kosovo's former PM Ramush Haradinaj for the
second time of murdering and torturing Serbs and their supporters in
Kosovo's war for independence. PM Hashim Thaci said the ruling
vindicated the ethnic-Albanian guerrilla force that fought Serbia in
2013 Nov 29, Images from
spacecraft showed a light streak continuing past the sun indicating
that at least part of comet ISON remained on one piece.
(SFC, 11/30/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 29, Officials said the
Obama administration has decided to tell US commercial airlines to
comply with China’s deamnds to be notified of any flights through a
broad swath of int’l. airspace that China has claimed as part of an
air defense zone.
(SFC, 11/30/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 29, The US Department
of Treasury said in a statement that the Cayman Islands, a British
territory, will share tax information about US account holders with
the US Internal Revenue Service.
2013 Nov 29, In southwest
Alaska a Hageland Aviation Cessna 208 turboprop crashed near St.
Marys. 4 people were killed and six injured. Melanie Coffee (25)
left her 5-month-old baby to reach St. Marys and direct rescuers
back to the crash site. Her baby died.
(SSFC, 12/1/13, p.A15)
2013 Nov 29, Abu Dhabi
authorities said two new cases of the potentially deadly MERS
respiratory virus, including a heavily pregnant woman, have been
reported in the United Arab Emirates.
2013 Nov 29, In Bangladesh a
devastating fire ripped through a garment factory supplying major
Western retailers, in a blaze set by workers angered over rumors of
a colleague's death in police firing.
2013 Nov 29, Colombia's FARC
rebels acknowledged that they collected taxes from coca cultivators
but rejected accusations of "narco-terrorism."
2013 Nov 29, Cuba was hit by
torrential rains that caused multiple buildings to collapse in
Havana. 2 people were killed.
(SSFC, 12/1/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 29, In Egypt hundreds
of Islamist demonstrators took to the streets in cities across the
country, days after a disputed protest law was adopted and police
forcefully broke up unauthorized gatherings.
2013 Nov 29, Georgia and
Moldova signed important agreements on political cooperation, reform
and free trade with the EU at the summit of EU leaders in Vilnius.
2013 Nov 29, Thousands of young
Haitians demonstrated in several cities demanding that President
Michel Martelly step down.
2013 Nov 29, Honduras
ppposition candidate Xiomara Castro announced that she won't
recognize the result of the presidential election because of alleged
voter fraud and called on her supporters to protest the win by the
ruling party candidate.
2013 Nov 29, Iraqi police
discovered the bodies of 18 men who were abducted from their homes
and shot in the head in a town near Baghdad, the deadliest this year
in a spate of execution-style killings across Iraq. A wave of
violence killed 52 people across the country, most of whom were
kidnapped and shot dead with their corpses abandoned.
(Reuters, 11/29/13)(AFP, 11/29/13)
2013 Nov 29, Japan's PM Shinzo
Abe named the country's first ever female aide to the prime
minister, just weeks after Caroline Kennedy arrived as the first
woman US ambassador to Tokyo.
2013 Nov 29, In Libya 40
inmates have escaped from a prison in the southern city of Sabha
after it came under attack by unknown gunmen.
2013 Nov 29, In northern Mali
separatist Tuareg rebels said they were ending a five-month-old
ceasefire with the government and taking up arms following violence
in the northern city of Kidal.
2013 Nov 29, A Mozambique
Airlines plane carrying 33 people crashed in a Namibian national
park, killing all on board. On Dec 21 a preliminary investigation
reported that the captain had a "clear intention" to crash.
(AP, 11/30/13)(AP, 12/1/13)(AFP, 12/21/13)
2013 Nov 29, Standard &
Poor's stripped the Netherlands of its triple-A credit rating,
saying that the country's growth prospects have deteriorated and it
is not performing as well as peers.
2013 Nov 29, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone strike killed an alleged militant in North
Waziristan overnight, the latest indication Washington has no
intention of throttling back its unmanned aircraft attacks despite
increasing tension with Pakistan over the attacks.
2013 Nov 29, Russian poet
Natalia Gorbanevskaya (77) died in Paris. She was among the eight
demonstrators arrested in in 1968 in Moscow’s Red Square for
protesting the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.
(Econ, 12/7/13, p.94)
2013 Nov 29, In Scotland a
police helicopter crashed onto a crowded Glasgow pub. 10 people were
killed with more than two dozen injured.
(AP, 11/30/13)(AFP, 12/1/13)(AFP, 12/2/13)(AP,
2013 Nov 29, Swaziland's Senate
chief said lawmakers should not divorce to avoid embarrassing the
country's polygamous king, who has declared that only death can undo
2013 Nov 29, In Syria a mortar
round fell in front of a historical mosque in Damascus, killing 4
people and wounding 26. Six Syrians died and nine others were
rescued after a boat sank off the coast of Turkey while trying to
cross to the Greek island of Lesbos.
(AP, 11/29/13)(Reuters, 11/29/13)
2013 Nov 29, In Thailand about
1,500 anti-government protesters forced their way into the compound
of the army headquarters, the latest escalation in a city-wide
demonstration seeking to topple PM Yingluck Shinawatra.
2013 Nov 29, In Ukraine
thousands protested in Kiev, demanding the president's resignation
after he shelved a landmark agreement with the European Union in
favor of closer ties with Russia.
2014 Nov 29, In southern
California deputies in Santee, San Diego County, found the body of
Stephen Lee Hissom (55), a homeless man. Six teenagers were soon
arested on suspicion of beating Hissom to death.
(SFC, 12/2/14, p.A6)
2014 Nov 29, Activists in
Ferguson, Missouri, began a 120-mile march to the state capita in
Jefferson City to protest the killing of an unarmed black teen by a
white police officer.
2014 Nov 29, Mark Strand,
former US poet laureate (1990-1991), died in Brooklyn. He won a 1999
Pulitzer Prize for his collection “Blizzard of One."
(SSFC, 11/30/14, p.A14)
2014 Nov 29, The Dallas Morning
News reported that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials
took Margarita Del Carmen Orellana Rivas (25) to El Salvador this
week where she's wanted on suspicion of aggravated murder and has
warrants accusing her of solicitation or conspiracy in other
2014 Nov 29, In Afghanistan
Taliban suicide attackers killed the South African leader of a
foreign aid group, his son and daughter and an Afghan worker in an
assault on the agency's Kabul offices. A 3rd day of Taliban attacks
in southern Helmand province killed least 6 Afghan soldiers and 20
Taliban fighters at Camp Bastion. A suicide bombing targeting a
military base in the province's Sangin district, killed 5 soldiers
and wounded eight.
(AP, 11/29/14)(AP, 11/30/14)(SSFC, 11/30/14,
2014 Nov 29, Antigua &
Barbuda PM Gaston Brown appointed actor Robert De Niro as special
economic envoy of the twin-island nation in the eastern Caribbean.
The appointment came after De Niro signed a memorandum of agreement
a day earlier for a $250 million hotel investment in Barbuda.
2014 Nov 29, Bahraini voters
returned to the polls for a runoff election being boycotted by the
opposition. Pro-government candidates took the majority of contested
seats in the parliamentary election.
(AP, 11/29/14)(AP, 11/30/14)
2014 Nov 29, Brazilian
officials said Sao Paulo, the drought-hit megacity of 20 million,
has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining as it taps
into the second of three emergency reserves.
2014 Nov 29, The British
government reported that up to 13,000 people in Britain are victims
of trafficking, sexual exploitation or other forms of modern
2014 Nov 29, In Central African
Republic Patrice Edouard Ngaissona, the national coordinator of the
anti-Balaka Christian militia, announced that the militia would,
from now on, only fight through political means.
2014 Nov 29, An Egyptian court
dropped its case against former Pres. Hosni Mubarak (86) over the
killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his 30-year
rule and symbolized hopes for a new era of political openness and
accountability. Two people were killed and nine were wounded, when
security forces fired tear gas and birdshot to disperse about 1,000
protesters who attempted to enter Tahrir Square.
(Reuters, 11/29/14)(Reuters, 11/30/14)
2014 Nov 29, In Iraq 17 people
of the Albu Hishma tribe were mistakenly killed in air strikes
targeting areas controlled by Islamic State militants.
2014 Nov 29, In Israel a
classroom at the Hand in Hand school in Jerusalem was torched and
"Death to Arabs" daubed on a wall in the yard. On July 22, 2015,
Shlomo (21) and Nahman Twito (19) were sentenced to 2 years and 2
and 1/2 years in prison respectively for the overnight.
2014 Nov 29, In southern Mexico
students continued to hold three dozen or more bus drivers and their
buses. The students have justified the mass bus seizure as "an
expropriation" and say they need the vehicles to ferry them to and
from the many protests that have erupted in Guerrero state since the
Sept. 26 disappearance and likely killing of their colleagues.
Drivers said they are being forced by activists from the school to
live as captives and act as chauffeurs.
2014 Nov 29, A Saudi man was
arrested after he stabbed a Canadian citizen shopping in a mall with
his family in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province.
2014 Nov 29, The Islamic State
group launched an attack on the Syrian border town of Kobani. The
latest fighting killed at least 8 Kurdish fighters and 17 jihadis.
The US-led coalition launched an airstrike morning on the eastern
side of the town. Turkey denied that IS fighters had used its
territory for the raid.
2014 Nov 29, Taiwan's
China-friendly ruling party lost a slew of traditional strongholds
in local elections, triggering the resignation of the island's
premier and the cabinet. The departure of premier Jiang Yi-huah just
hours after polls closed left President Ma, who is also KMT
chairman, to rebuild a government.
2014 Nov 29, The World Health
Organization said the death toll from the worst Ebola outbreak on
record has reached nearly 7,000 in West Africa.
2015 Nov 29, The United States
and its allies conducted 15 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
2015 Nov 29, Collection of
telecommunication metadata by the National Security Agency (NSA)
ended today following a halt ordered by Congress last June. The
program had begun in secret in 2001 under Pres. George W. Bush.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA_Freedom_Act)(SFC, 11/28/15, p.A4)
2015 Nov 29, Burkina Faso held
presidential and legislative elections. Preliminary results released
on Dec 1 gave Roch March Christian Kabore (58) an outright win.
(AP, 11/29/15)(AP, 12/1/15)
2015 Nov 29, In Burundi gunmen
in Bujumbura shot dead army Major Salvator Katihabwa and wounded the
husband of the senate's deputy speaker.
2015 Nov 29, Cameroon
reportedly ended a 3-day operation against Nigeria's Boko Haram
Islamists, killing around 100 fighters and freeing 900 hostages.
2015 Nov 29, The Central
African Republic welcomed Pope Francis as he brought a message of
peace to the divided country, visiting people displaced by months of
bloody sectarian violence and calling for unity. Interim president
Catherine Samba-Panza asked for "forgiveness" from Pope Francis for
two years of "evil" sectarian violence.
2015 Nov 29, Environmental
activist group Sea Shepherd warned Japan against resuming "research"
whaling in the Antarctic and called on the Australian government to
2015 Nov 29, French riot police
fired tear gas at climate change protesters at the Place de la
Republique in central Paris, near where climate change activists had
earlier formed a human chain.
2015 Nov 29, Tens of thousands
of people from Sydney to London joined one of the biggest days of
climate change activism, telling world leaders gathering for a
summit in Paris there is "No Planet B" in the fight against global
warming. More than 2,000 events were being held in cities including
London, Sao Paulo and New York, making it perhaps the biggest day of
climate action in history.
2015 Nov 29, In Germany clashes
broke out between hundreds of asylum seekers at a shelter in Berlin,
in the second mass brawl to erupt over the weekend in the crowded
2015 Nov 29, In Guatemala
gunfire broke out at the Canada Rehabilitation Farm, a prison
designed to hold 600 inmates, but which housed 3,092. The death toll
in the brawl rose to 16, including 3 inmates who were decapitated.
2015 Nov 29, In India hundreds
of gay rights activists danced to drum beats and held colorful
balloons as they marched in a parade in New Delhi, celebrating what
they call the diversity of gender and sexuality.
2015 Nov 29, In Moldova
thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in Chisinau and
other towns demanding better governance and an end to widespread
2015 Nov 29, In Nigeria Boko
Haram destroyed a military base as soldiers fled. Self-defense
fighters prevented the insurgents from retaking Gulak town.
Extremists kidnapped dozens of girls and set ablaze hundreds of
buildings in Bam, Borno state.
(AP, 11/30/15)(SFC, 12/1/15, p.A2)
2015 Nov 29, A Palestinian
stabbed an Israeli police officer in Jerusalem before being shot
dead by security forces.
2015 Nov 29, Russia’s National
Anti-Terrorist Committee announced that security forces had killed
the three militants in Dagestan after they refused to surrender.
2015 Nov 29, Hundreds of Saudi
women began campaigning for public office, in a first for women in
the conservative Muslim kingdom's slow reform process even as two
activists were disqualified.
2015 Nov 29, Three Saudi border
soldiers were killed after exchanging fire with "enemy elements"
trying to cross the border from Yemen to attack two watch towers.
2015 Nov 29, In northeastern
Spain a snorkeler found eight apparently human skulls, and other
bones, in shallow waters just off Els Palangrers beach.
2015 Nov 29, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said airstrikes believed to have been
carried out by Russian warplanes killed at least 18 people and
wounded dozens in the insurgent held town of Ariha. Ariha Today, a
Facebook page that covers events in the town, said the airstrikes
killed 40 people and wounding more than 70.
2015 Nov 29, Turkish PM Ahmet
Davutoglu struck a deal with EU leaders to prevent migrants from
traveling to Europe in return for 3 billion euros (dollars) in cash,
a deal on visas and renewed talks on joining the 28-nation bloc.
2015 Nov 29, Turkey recovered
the body of Russian pilot Oleg Peshkov from northern Syria and
presented it to Russian diplomats, five days after shooting down his
warplane in an incident that wrecked relations between the two
2015 Nov 29, Yemeni loyalists
supported by a Saudi-led coalition battled to oust Iran-backed
rebels from a southern province where they have made gains in recent
weeks, with at least 16 reported dead.
2016 Nov 29, US President-elect
Donald Trump nominated Tom Price as health secretary, indicating he
plans to fulfill a campaign promise to tear up the divisive
healthcare reform law. The congressman from Georgia and former
orthopedic surgeon has been a fierce Obamacare critic.
2016 Nov 29, In Afghanistan
General Muhayuddin Ghori, commander of the 207th Zafar Corps based
in the city of Herat, died after the aircraft he was in went down in
Baghdis province on the border with Turkmenistan.
2016 Nov 29, Scientists
reported that warming oceans have caused the largest die-off of
corals ever recorded on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
(SFC, 11/30/16, p.A4)
2016 Nov 29, Pirates hijacked
the Greek-flagged Saronic Breeze off the coast of Benin and sailed
the vessel to Nigeria before abandoning it near the southeastern oil
capital of Port Harcourt. A Russian captain and two crewmen were
2016 Nov 29, In Cyprus two
female high school students and the driver of their school bus were
killed when the vehicle collided head-on with a truck along a busy
mountain road in the northern, Turkish Cypriot half of the island's
2016 Nov 29, In Egypt an
amended law that toughens penalties for female genital mutilation to
up to 15 years in jail came into effect.
2016 Nov 29, Airbus said it
wants to cut more than 1,100 jobs across Europe after presenting a
reorganization plan to the works council in Toulouse.
2016 Nov 29, Germany took over
the presidency of the G20 leading economies, a platform Chancellor
Angela Merkel wants to use to safeguard multilateral cooperation
under threat following Donald Trump's U.S. election victory.
2016 Nov 29, In northern India
militants attacked an army base near the city of Jammu, Jammu and
Kashmir state, killing at least seven security personnel and taking
hostages in the boldest assault on a military base in the region in
2016 Nov 29, An Iraqi official
said water supplies to about 650,000 residents of Mosul have been
cut off after a pipeline was hit during fighting between the army
and Islamic State militants.
2016 Nov 29, The Hashed
al-Jabour militia, made up of Sunni tribal fighters backed by the
government, killed four men it had captured in a village north of
Mosul. Witnesses said the men were shot in the presence of Iraqi
security forces without any judicial proceedings.
2016 Nov 29, Libyan military
commander Khalifa Haftar, the dominant figure in the divided
country's east, met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow
and said he was seeking Russia’s help in his fight against Islamist
militants at home.
2016 Nov 29, In northern Mali
militants struck two airports with an explosives-laden truck and
rockets, in attacks that caused no victims but pointed to desert
jihadists intensifying their insurgency.
2016 Nov 29, The Dutch
parliament voted to ban face veils in some public places, a law the
government said was essential for security but which opponents said
pandered to anti-Muslim sentiment.
2016 Nov 29, Palestinian
president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah re-elected him party head as the
movement opened its first congress since 2009 with talk mounting of
who will eventually succeed the 81-year-old.
2016 Nov 29, In southwestern
Poland an earth tremor at the Rudna copper mine left at least 5
people dead. Three miners remained missing.
2016 Nov 29, Russian government
officials said they plan to send 100,000 tons of wheat in
humanitarian aid to Syria this year.
2016 Nov 29, In northern
Somalia Islamist insurgents killed four pro-government soldiers and
injured 11 others when a roadside bomb destroyed a military pickup.
Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack in the Galgala
2016 Nov 29, South Korean Pres.
Park Geun-hye said that she'll resign, if parliament arranges the
technical details, in her latest attempt to fend off impeachment
efforts. Opponents immediately called Park's conditional resignation
offer a stalling tactic.
2016 Nov 29, Sudanese
authorities banned three more newspapers, seizing all copies ahead
of distribution as a general strike against fuel subsidy cuts and
price hikes continued for the third day.
2016 Nov 29, In Syria renewed
airstrikes killed at least 20 civilians as they fled government
advances in the eastern part of Aleppo. The United Nations said up
to 16,000 people have already been displaced in recent days of
2016 Nov 29, Thailand's
parliament named Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn as the new king,
completing a formal step for the heir to take the throne following
the death of his father last month.
2016 Nov 29, Tunisia won
pledges of more than a billion dollars in financial support at an
investment conference aimed at reviving the country's struggling
economy. More than 2,000 business, finance and political leaders
from 40 countries attended the two-day "Tunisia 2020" conference.
2016 Nov 29, In Turkey a deadly
fire at a dormitory for schoolgirls left 12 people dead in the
southern region of Adana. Twelve people were detained the next day
as anger grew over possible negligence that caused the tragedy.
2016 Nov 29, Ugandan
prosecutors charged Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere with
murder, accusing him of backing a separatist militia where weekend
fighting between his guards and security forces left at least 87
2017 Nov 29, President Donald
Trump threatened new sanctions on North Korea after its most
powerful missile test yet and urged China's leader "to use all
available levers" to convince its wayward ally to "return to the
path of denuclearization." Trump called on Chinese President Xi
Jinping to exert Beijing's pressure on North Korea.
(AP, 11/29/17)(Reuters, 11/29/17)
2017 Nov 29, Washington urged
tough action at an emergency meeting of the Security Council held
today to respond to North Korea's launch of an intercontinental
ballistic missile (ICBM). US Ambassador Nikki Haley’s call for
nations to "cut off all ties with North Korea" was rejected by
2017 Nov 29, US President
Donald Trump posted anti-Islam videos on Twitter that had originally
been posted by a leader of a far-right British party convicted
earlier this month of abusing a Muslim woman.
2017 Nov 29, In NYC
Turkish-Iranian mogul Reza Zarrab (34) admitted he bribed former
Turkish economy minister Zafer Caglayan in order to facilitate
illegal gold transactions with Iran. His testimony implied that
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan knew how he and defendant Mehmet
Hakan Atilla, deputy chief executive of Turkish lender Halkbank,
circumvented sanctions on Iran and laundered money from Iranian
2017 Nov 29, John Eastman of
Connecticut (50) was sentenced to 17 years in prison for pretending
to be a pop star and enticing young girls into performing sexual
acts during video chats. Eastman was also sentenced to a
lifetime of probation.
(SFC, 11/30/17, p.A6)
2017 Nov 29, NBC fired Matt
Lauer, the co-host of the “Today," program over allegations of
inappropriate sexual behavior. Lauer had $25 million a year
(SFC, 11/30/17, p.A8)
2017 Nov 29, An Argentine court
sentenced 48 former military personnel to prison for involvement in
so-called "death flights" and other crimes committed at a notorious
torture center when a junta ruled the country (1976-1983).
2017 Nov 29, British PM Theresa
May paid a surprise visit to Baghdad where she met her Iraqi
counterpart Haider al-Abadi and praised the country's efforts to
battle the Islamic State group.
2017 Nov 29, In Cameroon two
police officers were killed by militants seeking independence for
English-speaking regions in the town of Out in the Southwest Region.
2017 Nov 29, The Czech
center-left government of PM Bohuslav Sobotka stepped down, making
way for billionaire Andrej Babis, who won an election last month, to
take power in time for an EU summit in December.
2017 Nov 29, Greek police used
tear gas to hold back dozens of protesters trying to disrupt
foreclosed property auctions that resumed after a hiatus of several
2017 Nov 29, In Iceland over
400 women political leaders from around the world met for an annual
summit, sponsored by the Women Political Leaders Global Forum, aimed
at promoting gender equality inside and outside of the political
2017 Nov 29, It was reported
that 66,000 people out of Iran's 80 million people have HIV, though
about 30,000 of them have no idea they have the virus. The report
cited government statistics.
2017 Nov 29, Israel launched a
new shuttle service for Gazans who need to travel to the US
Consulate in Jerusalem — briefly easing one of the many restrictions
it places on Palestinians who want to exit the blockaded territory.
2017 Nov 29, An Israeli court
sentenced three Palestinians to life in prison over a gun attack
that left four people dead at a popular Tel Aviv nightspot in June,
2017 Nov 29, In Myanmar Pope
Francis urged religious leaders and ordinary faithful to help the
country heal its old wounds, preaching a message of forgiveness and
tolerance as the country emerges from military dictatorship and
seeks to make peace with its many ethnic minorities after decades of
2017 Nov 29, At The Hague
appeals judges at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal upheld the
convictions of six Bosnian Croats found guilty of war crimes and
crimes against humanity during the 1990s.
2017 Nov 29, At The Hague
Slobodan Praljak (72), a convicted Bosnian Croat war criminal, died
after drinking from a small bottle in court. Praljak drank from a
bottle shortly after judges at the tribunal upheld his sentence for
involvement in a campaign to drive Muslims out of a would-be Bosnian
Croat mini-state in Bosnia in the early 1990s. A toxicological test
revealed potassium cyanide in Praljak’s blood.
(AP, 11/29/17)(SSFC, 12/3/17, p.A7)
2017 Nov 29, A Norwegian train
smashed into a herd of reindeer in the country's Arctic region,
killing 17 animals. Reindeer have been hit eight times between Nov.
22 and 25, resulting in the death of 110 animals.
2017 Nov 29, It was reported
that generations of native Sami people living in remote northern
Norway have been victims of rape and child sex abuse that has gone
largely unreported and uninvestigated. A police report covering the
period from 1953 to August 2017 documented at least 151 sexual
assaults, including 43 rapes, in the Arctic municipality of
Tysfjord, which has a population of less than 2,000.
2017 Nov 29, In Pakistan gunmen
opened fire at the main gate of a Shiite mosque in Islamabad killing
a worshipper and wounding three others.
2017 Nov 29, Kremlin-backed RT
published a letter from the Executive Committee of the Congressional
Radio And Television Correspondents Gallery saying the channel's
Congressional press credentials had been withdrawn due to its
registration as a foreign agent in the United States.
2017 Nov 29, Inocente Orlando
Montano Morales (76) arrived in Madrid following extradition from
the US to face charges that he helped plot the 1989 massacre of six
Jesuit priests and two others in El Salvador.
(SFC, 11/30/17, p.A2)
2017 Nov 29, In Sri Lanka
powerful winds and torrential rain battered much of the island late
today, toppling trees and damaging buildings. Seven people were
killed with five others left missing.
2017 Nov 29, In Thailand Surin
Pitsuwan (68), former Association of Southeast Asian Nations
Secretary-General (2008-2012), died in Bangkok of a heart attack.
2017 Nov 29, Turkish police
staged an operation to detained 360 people, including 333 soldiers,
as part of a probe into the Gulen network in the armed forces.
2017 Nov 29, Human Rights Watch
said Venezuelan state security forces systematically abused
opposition protesters detained earlier this year during months of
deadly political unrest.
(SFC, 11/30/17, p.A2)
2017 Nov 29, In Vietnam Uber
Technologies Inc. signed a deal with MoMo, Vietnam's leading
financial technology firm, enabling Uber riders to pay for trips
using MoMo's e-wallets in a country where most transactions are done
2017 Nov 29, In Yemen clashes
erupted late today near the capital's Saleh mosque, killed nine
Huthi rebels and five supporters of former president Ali Abdullah
2018 Nov 29, President Donald
Trump headed to Argentina for a fractious weekend of G20 summitry
boasting that his trade war with China had injected billions into
the US economy.
2018 Nov 29, It was reported
that the Trump administration has granted nearly 3,000 requests that
could exempt Chinese-made metal products from tariffs enacted in
(SFC, 11/29/18, p.A4)
2018 Nov 29, In Arizona US
Marshall Ryan White (41) was shot and killed while serving a warrant
in Tucson. Ryan Schlesinger (26) was arrested after an hours long
(SFC, 12/1/18, p.A6)
2018 Nov 29, In southern
California an attempt to smuggle immigrants into the country
illegally ended with three people dead and eight seriously injured
in Campo, San Diego County.
(AP, 12/1/18)(SFC, 12/1/18, p.A6)
2018 Nov 29, It was reported
that Puerto Rico's largest public university has paid the US
government $1.7 million as part of a settlement after the
institution was accused of misusing grant money.
2018 Nov 29, In Brazil Rio de
Janeiro Gov. Luiz Fernando Pezao was arrested for allegedly taking
about $10 million in bribes since 2007, adding to a string of
corruption arrests of senior political figures.
2018 Nov 29, Hundreds of
Bulgarian coal miners and energy workers protested to demand
government guarantees that their jobs will be preserved amid bids by
the European Union to close mines and tackle climate change. 150,000
jobs were reportedly at risk.
2018 Nov 29, In Burkina Faso
several thousand people took the streets of Ouagadougou as workers
downed tools in a nationwide strike over higher fuel prices.
2018 Nov 29, Canada announced
targeted sanctions against 17 Saudi nationals it said were linked to
the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month.
2018 Nov 29, Top leaders from
Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon held talks in N'Djamena (Chad) to
discuss the recent escalation of attacks by Boko Haram jihadists in
the Lake Chad area.
2018 Nov 29, China's government
ordered a halt to work by a medical team that claimed to have helped
make the world's first gene-edited babies, as a group of leading
scientists declared that it's still too soon to try to make
permanent changes to DNA that can be inherited by future
2018 Nov 29, China said it has
assembled a standby force of thousands of United Nations
peacekeepers, furthering its leading role in the global body's
efforts to tamp down conflicts worldwide.
2018 Nov 29, It was reported
that China has called upon all electric vehicle manufacturers in
China to report the precise location of their customer's cars to the
2018 Nov 29, Gabon's President
Ali Bongo (59) arrived in Morocco to convalesce after a month's
treatment at a Saudi hospital for an illness that has not been
2018 Nov 29, Grigol Vashadze,
Georgia's defeated opposition candidate for the presidency, said he
did not recognize the victory of his ruling party rival and called
for peaceful protests on Dec. 2.
2018 Nov 29, In Germany some
170 police officers, investigators and prosecutors raided the
offices of Deutsche Bank on the suspicion bank employees helped
clients set up offshore companies in tax havens to launder hundreds
of millions of euros.
2018 Nov 29, Hundreds of
schoolchildren took part in rival protests in Greece over the
country's name deal with Macedonia aimed at ending a three-decade
dispute but which has sparked controversy.
2018 Nov 29, A Honduran court
found seven people guilty of participating in the 2016 murder of
indigenous and environmental rights activist Berta Caceres, while
acquitting one suspect in a case that has drawn international
2018 Nov 29, Indian police said
they have arrested nearly two dozen people on suspicion of
defrauding people around the world by sending fake pop-up messages
warning them that their computers were infected with a virus and
offering to fix the problem at a price. Those arrested over the last
two days posed as representatives of Microsoft and other companies
and used their logos.
2018 Nov 29, An Israeli court
extended the remand of Adnan Gheith, the Palestinian governor of
Jerusalem, for three days following his Nov. 25 arrest in connection
with an investigation related to a land sale.
2018 Nov 29, Up to 90 pilot
whales beached themselves at Hanson Bay on the Chatham Islands of
New Zealand. 51 died by the next day, less than a week after 145
pilot whales and nine pigmy whales perished in two other strandings.
(SFC, 12/1/18, p.A2)
2018 Nov 29, Pakistan's
recently elected PM Imran Khan said his government will introduce a
new law that will reward whistleblowers who help authorities
identify corrupt politicians, bureaucrats and private citizens who
stash money in Pakistan and in foreign banks.
2018 Nov 29, A Philippine court
found three police officers guilty of killing a student they alleged
was a drug dealer. Kian Loyd delos Santos (17) was killed during a
raid in Caloocan city's slums in the Manila metropolis last year.
The court sentenced officers Arnel Oares, Jeremias Pereda and Jerwin
Cruz, to be imprisoned for up to 40 years without parole, although
they can appeal.
2018 Nov 29, Portugal's
parliament approved in the final reading the minority Socialist
government's 2019 budget bill that aims to nearly eliminate the
deficit in an election year, further reducing Portugal's debt
burden, still one of Europe's heaviest. PM Antonio Costa announced
that his fiscal consolidation policies will allow the early
repayment of the remaining part of bailout loans provided by the
International Monetary Fund by the end of this year.
2018 Nov 29, Police in Russia's
fourth-largest city of Yekaterinburg seized children's paintings
over what they consider to be depictions of gay love. A high school
drawing competition on the subject of tolerance had featured several
drawings which depicted same-sex couples.
2018 Nov 29, South Korea's top
court ordered Japanese company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to
financially compensate 10 Koreans for forced labor during Tokyo's
1910-45 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula, in the second such
ruling in a month that again drew quick, vehement protests from
2018 Nov 29, South Korea sent
about 50 tons of insecticide to North Korea to help stop a pine tree
disease from spreading.
2018 Nov 29, In Spain thousands
of Catalan civil servants joined strikes and ongoing protests by
students and health workers to demand more funding and better
2018 Nov 29, Sri Lankan
lawmakers approved a motion barring disputed PM Mahinda Rajapaksa
from using state funds after he lost two no-confidence votes, in an
escalation of the country's political crisis.
2018 Nov 29, Sri Lanka penned
two multi-million dollar contracts with Chinese firms for a port
upgrade project in the middle of a political hiatus that has raised
doubts over the legitimacy of the government and the legality of the
2018 Nov 29, The Syrian
National Coalition said that Leila Shuweikani, a Syrian-American
woman detained two years, ago died on Dec. 28 shortly after being
detained and that she was tortured. The Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights said it has documented 16,065 persons who were killed in
government detention centers.
2018 Nov 29, An investigation
by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) of its
widely-praised refugee program in Uganda said it has found
corruption costing millions of dollars and misconduct.
2018 Nov 29, Ukrainian
President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia's Vladimir Putin of
wanting to annex his entire country and called for NATO to deploy
warships to a sea shared by the two nations. Ukrainian border guards
said all non-Ukrainians will be barred from crossing into the
Russia-occupied Crimean peninsula by land after martial law went
(Reuters, 11/29/18)(AP, 11/29/18)
2018 Nov 29, Ukraine's
infrastructure minister, Volodymyr Omelyan, said two Ukrainian Azov
Sea ports, Berdyansk and Mariupol, are effectively under blockade by
Russia as vessels are being barred from leaving and entering.
2018 Nov 29, In Zimbabwe
Several thousand anti-government demonstrators marched through the
capital Harare, closely watched by armed police in the first rally
since a deadly crackdown on an election protest in August.
2019 Nov 29, In Arizona a
vehicle was swept away while attempting to cross a runoff-swollen
creek in the Tonto National Forest. Six people were rescued and
three children were missing. Authorities soon found the bodies of
two young children. A third child remained missing. Snow and rain
slammed Arizona as a blizzard bore down on the Midwest. Flagstaff
was buried under 9 inches of snow. On Dec 13 searchers recovered the
body of a missing six-year-old girl at a lake northeast of Phoenix.
(AP, 11/30/19)(AP, 12/1/19)(Reuters, 12/13/19)
2019 Nov 29, Two people were
killed in a terrorist attack in the heart of London. Three others
were injured in the stabbing incident in the London Bridge area. The
attacker, soon identified as convicted terrorist Usman Khan (28),
was restrained until police arrived. After he flashed what looked
like a suicide vest police shot him dead.
(AP, 11/29/19)(AP, 11/30/19)
2019 Nov 29, In eastern Congo
DRC suspected Islamist fighters killed 14 people in the village of
Kukutama, North Kivu state.
2019 Nov 29, In Gabon the
spokesman for President Ali Bongo was transferred to the capital's
main prison, one of eight people held in custody under a new
2019 Nov 29, Iranian
authorities in Tehran closed down all kindergartens, schools and
universities because of high levels of air pollution.
2019 Nov 29, Iraqi PM Adel
Abdul Mahdi announced his resignation following the Nov. 27
firebombing of the Iranian consulate in Najaf and weeks of
antigovernment protests that have left hundreds dead. Four
protesters were killed amid ongoing violence in Baghdad and southern
Iraq, hours after Adel Abdul-Mahdi announced his intention to
2019 Nov 29, Israeli troops
shot dead Palestinian teen Fahed al-Astal (16) near the Gaza-Israel
frontier and Palestinian militants fired a rocket into southern
Israel in the evening, apparently in response to the fatal shooting.
Earlier today an Islamic Jihad militant died of wounds he sustained
during the fighting, becoming the 20th gunman to have been killed in
the round of violence. Fifteen non-combatants also died in the
2019 Nov 29, Yasuhiro Nakasone
(b.1918), former prime minister of Japan (1982-1987), died in Tokyo.
(SSFC, 12/1/19, p.B9)
2019 Nov 29, In Lebanon angry
motorists blocked roads with their vehicles in Beirut and other
parts of the country, creating traffic jams to protest a strike by
owners of gas stations demanding an increase in gasoline prices as
the local currency drops and the nation slides deeper into a
2019 Nov 29, Malta’s government
turned down a request by a prominent businessman for immunity from
prosecution in connection with the 2017 killing of investigative
reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia. Yorgen Fenech was arrested just
over a week ago as he tried to leave the Mediterranean island aboard
his luxury yacht and is considered to be a person of interest in the
2019 Nov 29, In the Netherlands
three teens were stabbed on a street in The Hague that was crowded
with Black Friday shoppers. Two girls (15) and a boy (13), were
treated in a hospital and released.
2019 Nov 29, In Peru Keiko
Fujimore, a two-time presidential candidate, left prison after a
13-month stay for alleged corruption in the Odebrecht scandal.
(SSFC, 12/1/19, p.A2)
2019 Nov 29, Students took to
the streets in eight cities across Portugal to call for action on
climate change, but Swedish activist Greta Thunberg was unable to
join them because she was held up by bad weather in mid-Atlantic.
Thousands of people in Asia and Europe joined rallies demanding more
action on climate change, aiming to force political leaders to come
up with urgent solutions at a United Nations conference next week.
2019 Nov 29, Singapore's
government said that it has ordered Facebook to publish a correction
on a user's social media post under a new "fake news" law, raising
fresh questions about how the company will adhere to government
requests to regulate content. a correction notice was soon embedded
at the bottom of the original post without any alterations to the
2019 Nov 29, Sudan’s
transitional government announced that it overturned a moral
policing law that criminalized revealing clothing for women and
drinking alcohol and moved to dissolve the country’s former ruling
party, fulfilling two major demands from the country’s pro-democracy
2019 Nov 29, A court in
Suriname convicted President Desi Bouterse of murder for the
execution of 15 opponents in 1982 following a coup to seize power,
sentencing the man who has dominated the former Dutch colony's
recent history to 20 years in prison. No arrest warrant was issued.
(Reuters, 11/29/19)(SFC, 12/2/19, p.A2)