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Nov 16, Tiberius Claudius Nero (d.37AD, Roman Emperor, was born.
Tiberius was chosen by Augustus in 4AD as emperor of Rome.
0013 Nov 16, Tiberius made his
triumphant procession through Rome after siege of Germany.
1271 Nov 16, Henry III
(b.1207), king of England (1216-71), died.
1380 Nov 16, French King
Charles VI declared no taxes forever.
1512 Nov 16, Jemme Herjuwsma,
Fries rebel, was beheaded.
1532 Nov 16, Pizarro first
encountered Incan emperor Atahualpa at Cajamarca, who declined
conversion to Christianity. Pizzaro and 167 fellow Spaniards,
armored and on horseback, killed or wounded some 6,000 to 7,000
natives and captured emperor Atahualpa. In 2007 Kim MacQuarrie
authored “The Last Days of the Incas.
(SSFC, 7/8/07, p.M2)
1569 Nov 16, Paul Sartorius,
composer, was born.
1632 Nov 16, Battle at Lutzen:
Sweden beat the imperial armies under Wallenstein.
1676 Nov 16, 1st colonial
prison was organized at Nantucket Mass.
1724 Nov 16, Jack Sheppard,
English robber, was hanged.
1763 Nov 16, John Wilkes
(b.1725), English journalist, MP, and friend of American Colonies,
was injured in duel. His protest of the Treaty of Paris of 1763 had
appeared in the April 23 issue of North Briton No. 45.
(ON, 12/11, p.8)
1764 Nov 16, Indians
surrendered to British in Indian War of Chief Pontiac.
1766 Nov 16, Rodolphe Kreitzer,
French composer and virtuoso violinist (Paris Conservatory), was
1776 Nov 16, British troops
captured Fort Washington on the north end of Manhattan during the
(AP, 11/1697)(MC, 11/16/01)
1794 Nov 16, Warsaw capitulated
to the Russian Army and the revolution ended.
(Voruta #27-28, 7/1996, p.5)
1798 Nov 16, Kentucky became
the 1st state to nullify an act of Congress.
1798 Nov 16, The British
boarded the U.S. frigate Baltimore and impressed a number of crewmen
as alleged deserters, a practice which contributed to the War of
1801 Nov 16, The 1st edition of
New York Evening Post was published. Alexander Hamilton helped found
the paper and served as editor. In 1976, Rupert Murdoch bought the
Post for US$30.5 million. Since 1993, the Post has been owned by
News Corporation and its successor, News Corp, which had owned it
previously from 1976 to 1988.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Post)(WSJ, 12/3/01, p.A17)
1806 Nov 16, Moses Cleaveland
(52), the land surveyor for whom the city of Cleveland is named,
died in Canterbury, Conn.
1811 Nov 16, John Bright,
British Victorian radical, was born. He founded the Anti-Corn Law
1811 Nov 16, An earthquake in
Missouri caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards. [see Dec
1824 Nov 16, NY City's Fifth
Avenue opened for business.
1813 Nov 16, The British
announced a blockade of Long Island Sound, leaving only the New
England coast open to shipping.
1821 Nov 16, Trader William
Becknell reached Santa Fe, N.M., on the route that will become known
as the Santa Fe Trail.
1829 Nov 16, Anton G.
Rubinstein, Russian pianist, conductor and composer, was born.
1831 Nov 16, Karl von
Clausewitz (51), Prussian strategist (Campaign 1813), died.
1835 Nov 16, Charles Darwin's
voyage account was published in Cambridge Philosophical Society.
1839 Nov 16, Louis-Honore
Frechette, Canadian poet, was born.
1841 Nov 16, Life preservers
made of cork were patented by Napoleon Guerin in NYC.
1846 Nov 16, General Zachary
Taylor took Saltillo, Mexico. General, cried Brig. Gen. John Wool in
despair, we are whipped! I know it, replied Maj. Gen. Zachary
Taylor, but the volunteers don't know it. Let them alone; we'll see
what they do.
1850 Nov 16, George Wombell
(b.1777), famous English menagerie exhibitor, died. He had founded
"Wombwell's Travelling Menagerie."
1851 Nov 16, In France
officials drew the winning numbers for the Lottery of the Golden
Ingots. Some 7 million tickets had been sold for one franc each to
finance the shipment of hand-picked French emigrants to California.
From October 1851 to January 1853 a lottery ship sailed every month
from Le Havre. 3,293 passengers of 4,016 arrived in San Francisco.
The rest disembarked en route.
(SFC, 9/5/15, p.C2)
1861 Nov 16, Vaclav Suk,
composer, was born.
1863 Nov 16, At the Battle of
Campbell's Station, Ten., there were 492 causalities.
1864 Nov 16, Union Gen. William
T. Sherman and his troops departed Atlanta and began their "March to
the Sea" during the Civil War.
(AP, 11/1697)(HN, 11/16/98)
1873 Nov 16, William
Christopher Handy, W.C. Handy, father of the blues famous for “St.
Louis Blues,” was born in Alabama.
(HN, 11/16/98)(MC, 11/16/01)
1875 Nov 16, William Bonwill
(1833-1899), a Philadelphia dentist, provided specifications for a
patent for an electrical tooth-filling Instrument, a dental mallet
to impact gold into cavities. The patent application was filed in
1873 and accepted in 1888.
1875 Nov 16, Jasper O’Farrell
(b.1817), the first surveyor for San Francisco and architect of its
streets, died after taking a drink at a tavern on Hardie Place at
1884 Nov 16, William Wells
Brown (b~1814), African-American abolitionist lecturer,
novelist, playwright, and historian, died in Massachusetts. His
novel “Clotel” (1853) is considered the first novel written by an
African American. In 2014 Ezra Greenspan authored “William Wells
Brown: An African American Life.”
1885 Nov 16, Canadian rebel
Louis Riel was executed for high treason.
1887 Nov 16, Philip Frohman, US
architect, was born.
1889 Nov 16, George S. Kaufman,
American playwright and screenwriter, was born in Pittsburgh, Pa.
His plays included "Dinner at Eight," "You Can't Take it With You"
and "The Man Who Came to Dinner."
(HN, 11/16/99)(MC, 11/16/01)
1892 Nov 16, King Behanzin of
Dahomey (now Benin), led soldiers against the French.
1894 Nov 16, 6,000 Armenians
were massacred by Turks in Kurdistan.
1895 Nov 16, Paul Hindemith
(d.1963), composer and violinist, was born in Hanau, Germany. His
work included “Cardillac.”
(WUD, 1994, p.672)(WSJ, 8/20/96, p.A8)(MC,
1896 Nov 16, Lawrence Tibbett,
baritone (Metropolitan Opera 1923-50), was born in Bakersfield
1896 Nov 16, Oswald Mosley,
baron and British Nazi, was born.
1899 Nov 16, Vincas Kudirka
(d.1858), author of the Lithuanian national anthem, died.
(LC, 1998, p.30)(LHC, 12/31/02)
1902 Nov 16, A cartoon appeared
in the Washington Star, prompting the Teddy Bear Craze, after
President Teddy Roosevelt refused to kill a captive bear tied up for
him to shoot during a hunting trip to Mississippi.
1903 Nov 16, V. Herbert's and
H. Smith's musical "Babette," premiered in NYC.
1907 Nov 16, Burgess Meredith,
actor, was born in Cleveland. He died Sep 10, 1997 at 89. He played
the Penguin on TV’s Batman and numerous films in a 60 year film
(HIR, 9/11/97, p.5B)(SFC, 9/11/97, p.A18)
1907 Nov 16, The Gila Cliff
Dwellings in New Mexico was established as a national monument.
People of the Mogollon culture lived in these cliff dwellings from
the 1280s through the early 1300s.
1907 Nov 16, Indian Territory
and Oklahoma Territory were unified to make Oklahoma, which was made
the 46th state. Black settlers founded some 30 towns before
statehood was achieved. Osage Indian Reservation became Osage
County, one of the largest in the US.
(WSJ, 11/10/97, p.A1)(NG, 5/95, p.92)(HN,
11/16/98)(SFCM, 3/9/08, p.20)
1908 Nov 16, Conductor Arturo
Toscanini made his debut with the New York Metropolitan Opera as he
led a performance of Verdi's "Aida."
1913 Nov 16, “Swann's Way,” the
first volume of Marcel Proust's 7-part novel “Remembrance of Things
Past,” was published.
1914 Nov 16, Federal Reserve
System formally opened. [see Apr 2, 1914]
1917 Nov 16, British occupied
Tel Aviv and Jaffa.
1917 Nov 16, Georges Clemenceau
(76) again became prime minister of France. He appointed himself as
minister of war as well as chief of state. For his contribution to
the victory of the Allies in World War I, premier Clemenceau was
referred to as the "Father of Victory." A physician, journalist,
author and statesman, Clemenceau was an ardent upholder of the
French Third Republic. He strove to create an indomitable "will to
victory" and proclaimed "To be entirely in unity with the soldier,
to live, to suffer, to fight with him." Clemenceau, declared he
would wage war "to the last quarter hour, for the last quarter hour
will be ours." Born on September 28, 1841, Clemenceau died on
November 24, 1929.
(HNQ, 3/23/99)(AP, 11/16/07)
1920 Nov 16, Metered mail was
born in Stamford, Connecticut, with the first Pitney Bowes postage
1925 Nov 16, American
Association for Advancement of Atheism was formed in NY.
1927 Nov 16, Austin Norman
Palmer (b.1860), American developer of the Palmer method of script,
1929 Nov 16, In NYC the Daily
Building Report announced that the final height of the new Chrysler
Building would be 1,046 feet.
(ON, 12/08, p.11)
1930 Nov 16, Chinua Achebe,
Nigerian novelist and poet, was born.
1933 Nov 16, The United States
and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations. President
Roosevelt sent a telegram to Soviet leader Maxim Litvinov,
expressing hope that U.S.-Soviet relations would "forever remain
normal and friendly."
1933 Nov 16, American pilot and
adventurer Jimmie Angel (1899-1956) flew over the world's tallest
waterfall in Venezuela, while searching for a cloud-shrouded,
flat-topped mountain where he had previously discovered gold. The
falls became known as Angel Falls. In 2009 Pres. Hugo Chavez said
that the waterfall should revert to its original indigenous name,
1934 Nov 16, Carl P.G. von
Linde (92), German physicist, died.
1935 Nov 16, Richard Rodgers'
and Lorenz Hart's musical "Jumbo," premiered NYC.
1938 Nov 16, Swiss chemist
Albert Hofmann synthesized lysergic acid diethylamide-25 (LSD) while
studying the medicinal uses of a fungus found on wheat and other
grains at the Sandoz pharmaceuticals firm, later part of Novartis.
It was set aside for five years, until 16 April 1943, when Hofmann
decided to reexamine it. While re-synthesizing LSD, he accidentally
absorbed a small amount of the drug through his fingertips and
discovered its powerful effects.on 19 April 1943, Hofmann
intentionally ingested 250 micrograms of LSD. This day is now known
as "Bicycle Day", because he began to feel the effects of the drug
as he rode home on a bike.
1939 Nov 16, Al Capone was
freed from Alcatraz.
1939 Nov 16, German U-boat
torpedoed the tanker Sliedrecht near Ireland.
1945 Nov 16, Eighty-eight
German scientists, holding Nazi secrets, arrived in the U.S.
1947 Nov 16, 15,000
demonstrated in Brussels against mild sentences of Nazis.
1948 Nov 16, Steve Railsback,
actor (Blue Monkey, Helter Skelter, Green Monkey, Escape 2000), was
1948 Nov 16, President Harry S.
Truman rejected four-power talks on Berlin until the blockade was
removed. Truman relied heavily on Dean Acheson for his most
significant foreign policy achievements.
1948 Nov 16, Operation Magic
Carpet began with the 1st plane from Yemen carrying Jews to Israel.
1949 Nov 16, John Nash
(1928-2015), a Princeton PhD candidate in mathematics, sent a note
to the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences in which he
laid out the concept that has since become known as the “Nash
equilibrium.” His work led to a Nobel Prize in 1994.
(Econ, 8/20/16, p.59)
1950 Nov 16, US Pres. Truman
proclaimed an emergency crisis caused by communist threat.
1950 Nov 16, Egyptian king
Farouk demanded the departure of all British troops.
1951 Nov 16, Glenn T. Seaborg
(1912-1999) and Edwin McMillan (1907-1991) of UC shared the Nobel
Prize in Chemistry for their discoveries in the chemistry of
transuranium elements beginning with plutonium, the first element
ever known to be heavier than uranium. In 1974 Seaborg co-discovered
element 106, named seaborgium.
(SFC, 10/6/98, p.A22)(SFC, 2/27/99, p.A17)(SFC,
11/16/01, WB p.G4)
1953 Nov 16, The US joined in
the condemnation of Israel for its raid on Jordan.
1956 Nov 16, "Love Me Tender,"
the first Elvis Presley film, premiered in NYC.
(SFC, 8/11/97, p.A1)(Internet)
1955 Nov 16, Big Four talks,
taking place in Geneva on German reunification, ended in failure.
1957 Nov 16, Edward Gein
butchered his last victim. Gein, a handyman in Plainfield, Wis.,
liked to dig up fresh graves, cut the skin off corpses, wear the
skin on his own body and dance in the moonlight. He was picked up in
this year and evidence showed that he’d been collecting body parts
for years. He had skulls on bedposts, a human heart in a saucepan,
and a lady out in his barn dressed like a deer. The 1974 film "Texas
Chainsaw Massacre" was based on his story.
(SFC, 5/18/96, p.E-4)(MC, 11/16/01)
1959 Nov 16, The Rodgers and
Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music" opened on Broadway at Lunt
Fontanne Theater, NYC, for 1443 performances. Theodore Bikel created
the role of Capt. Von Trapp in the original production.
(AP, 11/16/97)(SFC, 7/23/15, p.D4)
1960 Nov 16, After the
integration of two all white schools, 2,000 rioted in the streets of
1960 Nov 16, Clark Gable (59),
actor (Gone With the Wind), died.
(WUD, 1994 p.578)(SFC, 11/18/00, p.B7)(MC,
1960 Nov 16, Nnamdi Azikiwe
became the 1st governor-general of Nigeria. He was a member of the
southern Ibo people.
(WSJ, 12/15/95, p.A-16)(EWH, 1st ed., p.1172)
1961 Nov 16, House Speaker
Samuel T. Rayburn died in Bonham, Texas, having served as speaker
since 1940 except for two terms.
1961 Nov 16, Great Britain
limited immigration from Commonwealth countries.
1963 Nov 16, Touch-tone
telephone was introduced.
1964 Nov 16, Albert Hay Malotte
(69), composer, died.
1965 Nov 16, Walt Disney
launched Epcot Center: Prototype Community of Tomorrow in Florida.
Epcot opened in 1982.
1965 Nov 16, In the last day of
the fighting at Landing Zone X-Ray, regiments of the U.S. 1st
Cavalry Division repulsed NVA forces in the Ia Drang Valley. Joe
Galloway served at LZ X-ray. He later received the Bronze Star for
his actions during the epic battle. Based on that and his subsequent
actions in Vietnam, Galloway came to be regarded by the military
leadership and the GIs alike as a journalist who was fair,
objective, and who could be trusted to get the story right. He
co-authored with Lt. Gen. Hal More “We Were Soldiers Once...Any
(HN, 11/16/99)(HNQ, 10/2/02)
1966 Nov 16, Dr. Samuel H.
Sheppard, after 9 years in jail, was acquitted in his second trial
of charges he had murdered his pregnant wife, Marilyn, in 1954.
(AP, 11/1697)(MC, 11/16/01)
1967 Nov 16, Haiphong shipyard
in North Vietnam was hit by U.S. planes for the first time.
1970 Nov 16, Yemen’s Saba News
Agency (SABA), also known as the Yemen News Agency, was founded as
the official state news agency of Yemen and headquartered in Sanaa.
1971 Nov 16, Edie Sedgwick
(28), actress and model for Andy Warhol, died in California from a
1972 Nov 16, The Convention
Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage
(the World Heritage Convention) was adopted by the General
Conference of UNESCO. As of 2009 it was ratified by 186 states and
had placed some 890 sites under its purview.
1973 Nov 16, President Nixon
signed the Trans Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act into law. Oil
companies formed a consortium that gave British Petroleum 50.1%
control of the pipeline.
1973 Nov 16, Skylab 3 carrying
a crew of three astronauts, was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla.,
on an 84-day mission.
(HFA, '96, p.18)(AP, 11/1697)
1974 Nov 16, In Rome the first
UN World Food Conference ended. At the conference, which had opened
on Nov. 5, governments examined the global problem of food
production and consumption, and solemnly proclaimed that "every man,
woman and child has the inalienable right to be free from hunger and
malnutrition in order to develop their physical and mental
1974 Nov 16, Walther Meissner
(b.1882), German physicist (Meissner Effect), died.
1977 Nov 16, Oksana Baiul,
Ukraine figure skater (Olympic-gold-1994), was born.
1979 Nov 16, American Airlines
was fined $500,000 for improper DC-10 maintenance.
1979 Nov 16, Lidia Gueiler
(1921-2011) became the second woman to lead a Latin American nation.
She served as president of Bolivia when she held the post for about
eight months in 1979-80 between coup d'etats. She assumed the
presidency after a deadly popular revolt ousted coup leader Gen.
Alberto Natusch Busch.
1981 Nov 16, Actor William
Holden (63) was found dead in his apartment in Santa Monica, Calif.
He likely died Nov 12 following a fall in his home.
1982 Nov 16, Tom Stoppard's
"Real Thing," premiered in London.
1982 Nov 16, The National
Football League ended a 57-day strike, the longest in the history of
(AP, 11/1697)(HN, 11/16/98)
1982 Nov 16, A replica of the
original 1854 "Pope’s Stone," donated by the Vatican, was dedicated
at the Washington Monument. The original from Pope Pius IX, arrived
in October 1853. It was taken by force in 1854 by unknown men. The
common idea is that the men were part of a group called the
1982 Nov 16, The Space Shuttle
Columbia completed its first operational flight.
1982 Nov 16, Christian Klar
(b.1952), a leading member of the German Red Army Faction, was
arrested close to Hamburg. In the following trials he was convicted
for his involvement in the 1977 murders of Siegfried Buback, Jurgen
Ponto and Hanns-Martin Schleyer together with fellow RAF member
Brigitte Mohnhaupt. Klar was set for release in Jan, 2009, after
serving 26 years in prison.
1983 Nov 16, In San Francisco
Nikolaus Crumbley was found murdered in McLaren Park. In 2012 police
with DNA evidence from the scene arrested William Payne (47). Payne
had been arrested in 1984 in connection with a sexual assault on a
(SFC, 2/1/12, p.C8)
1987 Nov 16, The US Supreme
Court, by an 8-0 vote, upheld the federal mail and wire fraud
convictions of former Wall Street Journal reporter R. Foster Winans
and two co-defendants in connection with an insider-trading scheme.
1988 Nov 16, Estonia's
parliament declared the Baltic republic "sovereign," but stopped
short of complete independence.
1988 Nov 16, Voters in Pakistan
cast ballots in their first open election in 11 years, resulting in
victory for populist candidate Benazir Bhutto.
1989 Nov 16, In El Salvador 6
Jesuit priests and two other people were slain by uniformed gunmen
at the Jose Simeon Canas University in an attack later blamed on
army troops. In 2020 it was reported that two days before the
killing, members of an elite military group, the Atlacatl Battalion,
had done a "cateo," or targeted reconnaissance, of the priests'
residence. Later 19 Salvadoran soldiers, trained at the US Army
School of the Americas, were linked to the killing. In 2006 US
police in Los Angeles arrested a Salvadoran ex-lieutenant convicted
of killing the 6 Jesuits. In 2009 a Spanish judge opened an
investigation into 14 ex-Salvadoran military officials and
considered indicting them over the killings. In 2009 the 6 Jesuits
were decorated with the country's highest honor. In 2011 twenty
Salvadorans were indicted in Spain for their alleged roles in the
killings. On Feb 5, 2016, police arrested four former soldiers
wanted in Spain for the murder of the six Jesuit priests.
(AP, 11/16/99)(SFC, 9/21/96, p.A3)(WSJ, 10/27/06,
p.A1)(AP, 1/13/09)(AP, 11/16/09)(SFC, 9/12/12, p.A8)(AP, 2/6/16)(NBC
1990 Nov 16, Four of the
so-called “Keating Five” went before the Senate Ethics Committee to
deny any wrongdoing in helping failed savings-and-loan owner Charles
H. Keating Junior.
1990 Nov 16, Soviet President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev told an angry Soviet legislature he would fire
government and military officials blocking his reform plans.
1991 Nov 16, Former Louisiana
Gov. Edwin Edwards won a landslide victory in his bid to return to
office, defeating state representative David Duke, a former Ku Klux
1992 Nov 16, President-elect
Clinton and Democratic congressional leaders held a news conference
in Little Rock, Ark., in which they pledged a "new era" of action.
1992 Nov 16, United Nations
Security Council voted to authorize a naval blockade on the Danube
River and the Adriatic coast to tighten economic sanctions on
1993 Nov 16, The US Senate
voted, 69-30, to approve a measure designed to protect people who
provide or seek abortions from physical attacks or intimidation by
1993 Nov 16, The US Congress
enacted the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). It instructed
government officials to bend the rules for persons whose actions are
based on their religion. In 1997 the Supreme Court said the federal
one applied only to the federal government.
1993 Nov 16, Russian President
Yeltsin shut the Lenin museum.
1993 Nov 16, Lucia Popp (54),
Slovakia-born soprano (Vienna Opera), died in Munich.
1994 Nov 16, President Clinton,
ending a five-day trip to Asia, discussed human rights with
Indonesian President Suharto.
1994 Nov 16, The US government
reported consumer prices rose 0.1 percent in October.
1994 Nov 16, A US federal judge
issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting the state of
California from implementing most provisions of Proposition 187, the
voter-approved measure that would deny most public services to
1994 Nov 16, The UN Law of the
Sea (UNCLOS), ratified in 1993, took effect. Arvid Pardo (d.1999 at
85), Maltese delegate to the UN, proposed in 1967 that the bounty of
the sea should be considered "the common heritage of mankind" and
asked that some of the sea's wealth be used to bankroll a fund to
help close the gap between rich and poor nations. The International
Seabed Authority came into existence as the law took effect. The
first Secretary-General of the Authority, Satya Nandan (Fiji) was
elected in March 1996, and the Authority became fully operational as
an autonomous international organization in June 1996, when it took
over the premises and facilities in Kingston, Jamaica. The UN Law of
the Sea treaty, which extended internationally recognized
territorial waters to 200 miles offshore, came into force one year
after the sixtieth state, Guyana, signed it. As of 2015 it was still
not ratified by the US.
p.A22)(Econ, 10/31/15, p.42)
1995 Nov 16, Thursday, Roland
Shephard, happy son of Doug and Andrea, and brother to Adriana (aka
Boo-boo) was born in Daly City, Ca.
1995 Nov 16, Refusing to yield,
President Clinton threatened anew to veto the latest Republican
offer to end a three-day partial government shutdown; Democrats
savaged House Speaker Newt Gingrich for claiming Clinton had snubbed
him recently aboard Air Force One.
1995 Nov 16, Attorney General
Janet Reno disclosed she has Parkinson’s disease.
1995 Nov 16, Bosnian Serbs
Radovan Karadzic and Gen’l. Ratko Mladic were again indicted for
genocide by the UN War Crimes Tribunal for ordering the slaughter of
Muslims after the takeover of Srebrenica.
(SFC, 11/30/96, p.A15)
1996 Nov 16, President Clinton
spent the first full day of a shortened vacation in Hawaii that
preceded a trip to Australia, Thailand and the Philippines.
1996 Nov 16, The Russian Mars
96 probe was launched on a Proton rocket. The upper stage rocket
failed and the probe crashed into the South Pacific. [see Nov 17]
(SFC, 11/19/96, p.B1)
1996 Nov 16, In Russia an
explosion at a military housing project in Kaspiysk in the Dagestan
Republic killed 56.
(SFEC, 11/17/96, p.A15)(WSJ, 11/19/96, p.A1)
1996 Nov 16, Into Rwanda
thousands of refugees went home from Zaire in a column that
stretched 28 miles.
(SFEC, 11/17/96, p.A1)
1997 Nov 16, Some 600
protestors at Fort Benning, Ga., called for the closing of the
Army’s School of the Americas, which trains Latin American soldiers.
(SFC, 11/17/97, p.A3)
1997 Nov 16, The LA Times
reported that the Utility Dept. of LA was $7.5 billion in debt. $4.8
billion of the debt was off the books.
(SFC, 11/17/97, p.A26)
1997 Nov 16, China's most
prominent pro-democracy campaigner, Wei Jingsheng, arrived in the
United States after being released from a prison where he'd spent
nearly 18 years.
(SFEC, 11/16/97, p.A2) (AP, 11/15/98)
1997 Nov 16, In El Salvador it
was reported that 22 murders a day occur. Vehicles in the capital
have increased fivefold in 5 years and the garbage dump in San
Salvador is full. The opposition FNLN now controls 45% of the
(SFEM, 11/16/97, p.20)
1997 Nov 16, In Iraq Deputy
Prime Minister Tariq Aziz said Baghdad would allow US arms
inspectors if Security Council permanent members had equal
representation on the UN teams. The proposal was rejected.
(WSJ, 11/17/97, p.A1)
1997 Nov 16, In Italy in
weekend municipal elections center-left parties won a landslide
victory bolstering support for Prime Minister Prodi’s government.
(WSJ, 11/18/97, p.A1)
1997 Nov 16, In Mexico it was
reported that the maquiladora plants along the US border have for
years regularly demanded female employees to provide periodic
evidence of non-pregnancy in order to avoid mandated 3-month
(SFEC, 11/16/97, p.A26)
1998 Nov 16, Monica Lewinsky
signed a million dollar book deal. Her “Monica’s Story” was to be
written by Andrew Morton and published by St. Martin’s Press in
(SFC, 11/17/98, p.A2)
1998 Nov 16, The Supreme Court
ruled that union members can file discrimination lawsuits against
employers even when labor contracts require arbitration.
1998 Nov 16, House Democrats
re-elected Dick Gephardt as their leader.
1998 Nov 16, Congo rebels said
that they captured the port of Moba on Lake Tanganyika. UN officials
said that over 65,000 people had been displaced since Aug 2.
(SFC, 11/17/98, p.B3)
1998 Nov 16, In southern
Lebanon 3 Israeli soldiers were killed when Hezbollah detonated a
(WSJ, 11/17/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 16, Japan announced a
$195 billion economic stimulus package. This was the 17th month in a
row that the number of bankruptcies increased.
(SFC, 11/16/98, p.A10)(SFC, 11/17/98, p.B3)
1998 Nov 16, A UN tribunal
convicted a Bosnian Croat and 2 Muslims for murder, torture and rape
at the Celebici Camp in central Bosnia in 1992. Hazimn Delic, deputy
commander, received a 20 year sentence; Zdravko Mucic, camp warden
received 7 years; and Esad Landzo received 15 years.
(SFC, 11/17/98, p.A14)
1999 Nov 16, The US Federal
Reserve raised interest rates by .25%.
(SFC, 11/17/99, p.A1)
1999 Nov 16, California sued
the federal government to block extensions on 36 undeveloped
offshore oil leases signed by the Clinton administration Nov 12.
(SFC, 11/17/99, p.A3)
1999 Nov 16, Nathaniel Abraham,
at 13 one of the youngest murder defendants in US history, was
convicted in Pontiac, Michigan, of second-degree murder for shooting
a stranger outside a convenience store with a rifle when he was
eleven. Nathaniel was sentenced to juvenile detention. He will be
released Jan. 13, 2007, when he turns 21.
1999 Nov 16, Genentech agreed
to settle a 10-year patent infringement dispute with the University
of California for $200 million. $150 million was to be in cash and
$50 million for the construction of a research campus in SF.
(SFC, 11/17/99, p.C1)
1999 Nov 16, WSJ ran an article
on the nightmare of recycling plastic. PET and HDPE plastics were
(WSJ, 11/16/99, p.B1)
1999 Nov 16, UN Sec. Gen'l.
Kofi Annan, in China for a 4-day visit, said he had a "better
understanding" of the government crackdown on the Falun Gong.
(SFC, 11/17/99, p.A17)
1999 Nov 16, A 2-day
Ibero-American summit for heads of state from Latin America, Spain
and Portugal met in Havana. Int'l. finance and the effects of
economic globalization on developing countries was the central
theme. The 18 heads of state signed a Havana Declaration.
(SFEC, 11/14/99, p.A22)(SFC, 11/17/99, p.A20)
2000 Nov 16, Pres. Clinton
arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam, to develop economic and political ties.
He flew in from an economic summit in Brunei where it was agreed to
restart global trade talks in 2001.
(SFC, 11/16/00, p.A14)(SFC, 11/17/00, p.A1)(WSJ,
2000 Nov 16, The US and
Yugoslavia agreed to reopen embassies in each others capitals.
(SFC, 11/17/00, p.A20)
2000 Nov 16, The Florida State
Supreme Court ruled that “there is no legal impediment to the
recounts continuing.” Al Gore won a legal fight to expand manual
recounts as he struggled to trim George W. Bush's 300-vote lead in
Florida's presidential race.
(SFC, 11/17/00, p.A1)(AP, 11/16/01)
2000 Nov 16, Amtrak christened
its new bullet train, the Acela Express, with an inaugural run from
Washington DC to New York City and Boston.
(SFC, 11/16/00, p.A3)
2000 Nov 16, The Internet Corp.
for Assigned Names and Numbers adopted 7 new domains: .aero for
airports, .biz for businesses, .coop for business cooperatives,
.info for general use, .museum for accredited museums, .name for
individuals, and .pro for professionals.
(SFC, 11/17/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 16, A US Air Force
F-16 collided with a small plane near Sarasota, Fla. The pilot of
the Cessna was killed, the fighter pilot ejected safely.
(WSJ, 11/17/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 16, Hosea Williams,
civil rights leader and Lt. to Martin Luther King Jr., died in
Atlanta at age 74.
(SFC, 11/17/00, p.A18)
2000 Nov 16, In Colombia police
and US Secret Service cracked a billion dollar counterfeiting
operation. One man was arrested. The operation was believed to be
master-minded by Ramiro Sepulveda.
(SFC, 11/18/00, p.A14)
2000 Nov 16, Israeli forces
attacked 4 targets associated with Fatah. 2 Palestinians were killed
in clashes. Israel also reported a freeze on tax transfers to the
(SFC, 11/16/00, p.A14)(SFC, 11/17/00, p.A21)(WSJ,
2000 Nov 16, In Kenya officials
reported that 68 people had died over the last 2 days from
home-brewed alcohol laced with high-octane fuel and mentholated
spirit. The toll was raised to 113 a day later.
(SFC, 11/17/00, p.D2)(SFC, 11/18/00, p.C16)
2000 Nov 16, In Papua New
Guinea a tidal wave followed a magnitude 8.0 earthquake and left at
least one person dead and at some 5,000 people homeless.
(WSJ, 11/22/00, p.A1)(SFC, 11/25/00, p.D8)
2000 Nov 16, In Syria Pres.
Bashar Assad announced an amnesty for some 600 political prisoners.
(SFC, 11/17/00, p.A20)
2001 Nov 16, The film “Harry
Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” opened to record audiences across
(SFC, 11/17/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 16, US Treas. Sec.
Paul O’Neill signed off on a plan for war bonds to be issued as
Series EF with an interest of 4.07%.
(SFC, 11/17/01, p.A13)
2001 Nov 16, An anthrax laced
letter was found in quarantined congressional mail addressed to Sen.
Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.). It was found to contain billions of
spores, enough to kill 100,000 people.
(SFC, 11/17/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/21/01, p.A8)(SFC,
2001 Nov 16, A University of
Georgia football fan rushing to catch his flight ran past guards and
through a passenger exit at Hartsfield Atlanta International
Airport, forcing officials to halt flights; the man, Michael
Lasseter, was later sentenced to five weekends or 10 days in jail
and 500 hours of community service.
2001 Nov 16, Texas storms
abated and left 9 people dead.
(SFC, 11/17/01, p.A15)
2001 Nov 16, Tommy Flanagan
(71), jazz pianist, died in NYC.
(SFC, 11/20/01, p.A24)
2001 Nov 16, In Afghanistan US
air strikes killed 20 civilians at Zani Khel and at least 65 at
Khost. US bombing began at Tora Bora.
(SSFC, 7/21/02, p.A14)(NW, 8/26/02, p.38)
2001 Nov 16, The Taliban was
reported ready to abandon Kandahar. The Northern Alliance took over
Radio Kabul and other key city offices.
(SFC, 11/17/01, p.A1,3)
2001 Nov 16, This was the 1st
day of the annual month of Ramadan, the Islamic commemoration of
God’s revelation of the Koran.
(SFC, 11/17/01, p.A2)
2001 Nov 16, In Macedonia the
parliament adopted constitutional changes giving ethnic minority
Albanians more rights.
(SFC, 11/17/01, p.A17)
2001 Nov 16, The MDC
headquarters in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, were destroyed by pro-government
militants. They were protesting the recent killing of Cain Nkala,
who helped lead violent occupations of white-owned farms. 6
opposition activists arrested for an alleged role in the murder were
acquitted in 2004.
(SFC, 11/22/01, p.A20)(SFC, 8/7/04, p.A9)
2002 Nov 16, A high-ranking
Russian officer was killed and a top Chechen official abducted at
gunpoint in new fighting in the southern Russian republic.
2002 Nov 16, Hussein Bicar
(89), Egypt's well-known portrait artist and painter, died.
2002 Nov 16, In an open letter
to the Iraqi Parliament, Pres. Saddam Hussein said he had no choice
but to accept a tough new UN weapons inspection resolution because
the US and Israel had shown their "claws and teeth" and declared
unilateral war on the Iraqi people.
2002 Nov 16, Israeli troops
retook control of Hebron blindfolding Palestinian suspects and
herding them into army buses, after militant gunmen ambushed a
procession of Jewish worshippers, killing 12 Israelis, mostly
2002 Nov 16, In Italy thousands
of anti-globalization demonstrators marched in Rome, Florence and
Naples to protest the arrests of 20 people, including a leader of
the movement, on charges stemming from violent protests last year.
2002 Nov 16, Kyrgyzstan police
detained more than 200 activists who traveled to the Kyrgyz capital,
Bishkek, for an anti-government assembly calling on Pres. Askar
Akayev to resign. They were all released by the next day.
2002 Nov 16, In Mexico
unidentified assailants killed a family of five, including two
children aged 8 and 14 and two of the family's servants, by slitting
their throats or shooting them.
2002 Nov 16, Abdullah Gul, a
moderate politician from a party with Islamic roots, was chosen to
be Turkey's next prime minister, but he was widely regarded as a
stand-in for the party's real leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
2002 Nov 16, Ukraine Pres.
Leonid Kuchma fired the government of Prime Minister Anatoly Kinakh
and nominated Victor Yanukovych, governor of the Danetsk coal
region, as PM.
(AP, 11/16/02)(SSFC, 11/17/02, p.A19)
2002 Nov 16, In Venezuela Pres.
Hugo Chavez ordered the federal takeover of the Caracas police
force, sending soldiers and armored vehicles to stations throughout
the capital. His opponents vowed to block the move and mounted
2002 Nov 16, Zimbabwe's
government froze prices on a range of products from tractors to
diapers, moving to ease an economic crisis that has been worsened by
continuing political violence.
2003 Nov 16, In Afghanistan
Bettina Goislard, a French UN worker, was shot and killed by a man
on a motorcycle who opened fire on her car. In 2004 Zia Ahmad and
Abdul Nabi were sentenced to death for the murder.
(AP, 11/16/03)(SFC, 2/11/04, p.A3)
2003 Nov 16, Burundi's
government signed a comprehensive power-sharing plan with the Hutu
FDD, country's largest rebel group, a major step toward ending a
10-year war that has killed at least 200,000 people.
(AP, 11/16/03)(Econ, 8/14/04, p.44)
2003 Nov 16, Serbia failed for
a 3rd time in just over a year to elect a president because voter
turnout was below the 50 percent minimum required by the law.
Tomislav Nikolic, head of the nationalist Serbian Radical Party, led
(WSJ, 11/13/03, p.A1)(AP, 11/17/03)(Econ,
2003 Nov 16, Catalans chose
among parties all pledging to seek greater autonomy or independence
from Spain in elections that will give the wealthy region a new
leader for the first time in almost a quarter century.
2004 Nov 16, President Bush
picked National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice as Sec. of State,
replacing Colin Powell.
2004 Nov 16, US Senate
Democrats selected Harry Reid of Nevada as party whip for the 109th
(SFC, 11/17/04, p.A3)
2004 Nov 16, A NASA unpiloted
X-43A jet, part of its Hyper-X program, reached a record speed of
6,500 mph, Mach 9.6. It used the new scramjet engine.
(SFC, 11/17/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 16, In northeast
Australia a speeding high-speed passenger train derailed, injuring
nearly all 163 people on board.
2004 Nov 16, In northeastern
Colombia leftist rebels ambushed a police convoy, killing at least
nine officers and wounding three others.
2004 Nov 16, India said its
army will start reducing the number of troops in revolt-hit Kashmir
to coincide with a visit to the state by Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh. Military experts estimate that India has about 250,000 troops
2004 Nov 16, US and Iraqi
troops pushed into insurgent-heavy neighborhoods and stormed police
stations in Mosul. US forces arrested a senior member of an
influential Sunni political party after a dawn raid on his Baghdad
home. The US military said it was investigating the videotaped fatal
shooting of a wounded and apparently unarmed Iraqi prisoner by a US
Marine in a mosque in Fallujah. Sunni Muslims in Iraq expressed
anger over videotape showing the fatal shooting of a wounded and
apparently unarmed man in a Fallujah mosque by a US Marine. In 2007
the marine Corps charged a Marine sergeant with unpremeditated
murder in the killing of the unarmed Iraqi prisoner in Fallujah.
Another Marine was also charged in the same incident. In 2008 Sgt.
Ryan Weemer became the 3rd person charged in the shooting.
(AP, 11/16/04)(AP, 11/16/05)(SFC, 8/21/07,
p.A13)(SFC, 3/19/08, p.A4)
2004 Nov 16, In Iraq a
blindfolded woman, believed to be aid worker Margaret Hassan (59),
was the shown being shot in the head by a hooded militant on a video
obtained but not aired by Al-Jazeera television.
2004 Nov 16, Saudi police
arrested 5 suspected militants in al-Qassim, 220 miles northwest of
Riyadh, following a shootout that killed a policeman.
2004 Nov 16, Spanish police
arrested 17 suspected members of the armed Basque separatist group
ETA in a series of pre-dawn raids in northern Spain.
2004 Nov 16, Darfur rebels from
the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) handed over 20 prisoners of war to
the African Union (AU).
2005 Nov 16, US President
George W. Bush arrived in South Korea ahead of a summit of Asia
Pacific leaders after making a bold call for China to launch
2005 Nov 16, Vice President
Dick Cheney joined the chorus of Republican criticism of Democrats
who contended the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence
on Iraq, an accusation Cheney called "one of the most dishonest and
reprehensible charges ever aired in this city."
2005 Nov 16, Hoping to reverse
the deterioration of pension plans, the US Senate voted to force
companies to make up underfunding and live up to promises made to
2005 Nov 16, The US House
passed a bill authorizing up to $38 million in federal funds to
preserve and restore 10 WW II internment camps, including Tule Lake
and Manzanar in California, as well as 17 assembly centers.
Nonprofits would need to come up with 75% of the money for the
(SFC, 11/17/05, p.A15)
2005 Nov 16, Former President
Clinton in Dubai, UAR, told Arab students that the US made a "big
mistake" when it invaded Iraq, stoking the partisan debate back home
over the war.
2005 Nov 16, Philip H. Bloom,
an American businessman living overseas, was charged for paying
kickbacks to U.S. occupation authorities to win reconstruction
contracts in Iraq.
(AP, 11/17/05)(SFC, 11/18/05, p.A15)
2005 Nov 16, At the National
Book Awards ceremony in NYC William T. Vollmann (46) won the fiction
award for “Europe Central.” Joan Didion (70) won the nonfiction
award for “The Year of Magical Thinking.” W.S. Merwin won the poetry
prize for “Migration: New and Selected Poems.” Special awards went
to Lawrence Ferlinghetti (86) and Norman Mailer (82).
(SFC, 11/17/05, p.A2)
2005 Nov 16,
IntercontinentalExchange (ICE), founded in 2000, made its debut on
the NYSE. Shares offered at $26 reached $39.25 at close.
(Econ, 11/19/05, p.79)
2005 Nov 16, Nokia Corp. said
it is paying $430 million to acquire Intellisync Corp., a provider
of wireless e-mail service for cellular carriers, adding to the
mobile phone maker's growing arsenal of products to compete with
2005 Nov 16, Kentucky reported
that drainage from land disturbed by mining and road construction
has caused acid levels to rise beyond acceptable levels in portions
of at least 35 streams across the state, killing fish and insects.
2005 Nov 16, Ralph Edwards
(b.1913), broadcasting pioneer and TV host of “This is Your Life”
(1952-1961), died in West Hollywood. Edwards first hit it big in
radio with “Truth or Consequences” in 1940.
(SFC, 11/17/05, p.B5)
2005 Nov 16, Henry Taube
(b.1916), Canadian-born Nobel Prize winner (1983) and former
Stanford Univ. chemist, died at his home on the Stanford campus.
(SFC, 11/19/05, p.B5)
2005 Nov 16, Afghan Defense
Minister Rahim Wardak said Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network has
increased its activities in Afghanistan, smuggling in explosives,
high-tech weapons and millions of dollars in cash for a resurgent
2005 Nov 16, A suicide bomber
rammed a car laden with explosives into a convoy carrying Westerners
in the main southern city of Kandahar, killing three Afghan
civilians and wounding four others.
2005 Nov 16, Home Secretary
Charles Clarke ordered that British citizen Babar Ahmad be
extradited to the United States to face terrorism charges under
controversial new rules allowing countries to seek extradition
without producing evidence of a crime.
2005 Nov 16, Britain’s National
Statistics office said the number of people claiming jobless
benefits increased by a higher-than-expected 12,100 from September
to a total of 890,100 people at the end of October.
2005 Nov 16, In Chechnya a
group of Russian soldiers, alleged to be drunk, began flagging down
cars and demanding money in the Grozny suburb of Staraya Sunzha. 3
civilians were killed and 3 servicemen were detained.
(SSFC, 11/20/05, p.A22)
2005 Nov 16, Chinese President
Hu Jintao arrived in Seoul for talks with South Korea's president
and an annual meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders, the first time in a
decade a Chinese president has visited South Korea.
2005 Nov 16, China reported its
first three confirmed human cases of bird flu as the government
raced to vaccinate billions of chickens, ducks and other poultry in
a massive effort to stop the spread of the virus. 2 cases were
confirmed in the province of Hunan in central China and one in Anhui
in the east.
2005 Nov 16, Two dozen
Colombian rebels laid down their arms in the 1st group
demobilization ceremony of leftist guerrillas since Pres. Alvaro
Uribe took office 3 years ago.
2005 Nov 16, In Egypt the
Muslim Brotherhood won 20% of the overall vote in the first round of
parliamentary elections, according to initial official results
released after a day of intense runoff balloting. The group is
banned but members as individuals doubled their parliamentary seats
to 34. The ruling party won 112 seats.
(AP, 11/16/05)(WSJ, 11/17/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 16, The Italian Senate
passed constitutional reform that imposed an eccentric form of
proportional representation. It was designed to give the prime
minister presidential powers.
2005 Nov 16, A private research
agency said corporate bankruptcies in Japan climbed 23 percent to
825 cases in October from the previous month, the first increase in
2005 Nov 16, In Kashmir a car
bomb exploded in the main business district of Srinagar, the summer
capital of India's Jammu-Kashmir state, killing at least two people
and injuring 40.
2005 Nov 16, Mexico’s Supreme
Court ruled that rape within marriage is a crime.
(SFC, 11/17/05, p.A12)
2005 Nov 16, A court set up by
Sudan to try war crimes in its violence-plagued Darfur region issued
its 1st sentences, condemning to death 2 soldiers in the torture
killing of a Sudanese citizen.
2005 Nov 16, In Thailand
suspected Muslim separatists stormed 2 houses in a southern village
and opened fire on the families with assault rifles, killing 9
people and injuring 9 others.
2005 Nov 16, A UN technology
summit opened in Tunisia after an 11th-hour agreement that leaves
the United States with ultimate oversight of the main computers that
direct the Internet's flow of information, commerce and dissent.
2005 Nov 16, More than 150
international rights groups petitioned African governments and the
continent's main political union to act on what they called a
humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe.
2006 Nov 16, Pres. Bush in
Singapore voiced tentative support for a free trade agreement
covering all 21 members of APEC and warned North Korea against
trying to sell nuclear arms.
(SFC, 11/17/06, p.A4)(WSJ, 11/17/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 16, Nancy Pelosi was
unanimously named speaker-elect by US House Democrats, the first
woman set to take the post that is second in line of succession to
the presidency, but then selected Steny Hoyer as majority leader
against her wishes.
(AP, 11/16/06)(AP, 11/16/07)
2006 Nov 16, In SF federal
agents arrested 24 people on drug charges following a 4-month
undercover investigation targeting gangs in the Western Addition.
(SFC, 11/17/06, p.B3)
2006 Nov 16, A state regulatory
board approved Gov. Ed Rendell's proposal to make deeper cuts in
mercury emissions from Pennsylvania's coal-fired power plants,
despite opposition from power plants and mining companies.
2006 Nov 16, The Vermont based
Conservation Fund partnered with the state of California to purchase
16,000 acres in northern California from the Hawthorne Timber Co.
for $48.5 million.
(WSJ, 11/17/06, p.A4)
2006 Nov 16, In North Carolina
a tornado struck Riegelwood, a tiny riverside community, killing 8
people as thunderstorms continued a path of destruction across the
South. Another person died earlier in Louisiana, and a car crash
death near Charlotte was also blamed on the storms.
(AP, 11/16/06)(SFC, 11/17/06, p.A4)
2006 Nov 16, Minnesota Twins
ace Johan Santana won the AL Cy Young Award.
2006 Nov 16, Milton Friedman
(b.1912), American economist and Nobel Prize winner (1976), died in
SF. He popularized the belief that free markets rather than
government actions were the best tools to improve living standards.
In 2007 Lanny Ebenstein authored “Milton Friedman: A biography.”
(SFC, 11/17/06, p.A1)(Econ, 2/24/07, p.97)
2006 Nov 16, In western
Afghanistan flash floods caused by heavy rains killed nearly 60
people with 100 more missing.
2006 Nov 16, Canada said it had
arrested a foreign man who it branded a threat to national security
and who one national newspaper identified as a possible Russian spy.
On Nov 21 the government released a document saying: "The Canadian
Security Intelligence Service has reasonable grounds to believe that
the foreign national alleging to be Paul William Hampel is a member
of the Sluzhba Vneshney Razvedki (SVR), the foreign intelligence
service of the Russian intelligence services."
(AP, 11/16/06)(Reuters, 11/21/06)
2006 Nov 16, Juang Jiefu,
China’s Deputy Health Minister, acknowledged that human organs used
in transplants have been taken from executed prisoners and that
foreign recipients have paid large sums to avoid a long wait.
(SFC, 11/18/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 16, Citigroup in a
consortium with IBM, China Life, State Grid and Citic Trust signed
an agreement to take control of Guangdong Development Bank.
2006 Nov 16, In France Segolene
Royal (53) overwhelmingly won the backing of the main opposition
Socialist Party in her bid to become France's first female
2006 Nov 16, In Germany Mounir
El Motassadeq, a Moroccan man, was convicted of acting as an
accessory to murder in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks by a
federal appeals court that ruled that he played a direct role in the
2006 Nov 16, The Iraqi Interior
Ministry issued an arrest warrant for Harith al-Dhari, the head of
the influential Sunni Association of Muslim Scholars. A government
official said kidnappers who snatched scores of Iraqis from a
government ministry building in Baghdad tortured and killed some of
them. Gunmen opened fire on a bakery in Baghdad, killing seven
people and wounding two. In southern Iraq 4 American security
contractors and their Austrian co-worker were held hostage after
their convoy was hijacked. 9 civilians who were traveling with the
convoy when it was hijacked, including men from India, Pakistan and
the Philippines, were soon released. In 2008 Steve Fainaru authored
“Big Boy Rules: America’s Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq,” which
described the kidnapping of the Crescent Security Group staffers.
(AP, 11/16/06)(AP, 11/17/06)(SFC, 11/28/08, p.E2)
2006 Nov 16, In Kenya the UN
conference on climate change ended. The participating 180 countries
reached no agreement on how to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
2006 Nov 16, Jose Manuel Nava
(53), a former general manager of one of Mexico's oldest newspapers,
was found slain in his apartment in the capital, officials said, a
week after he went public with his book criticizing the federal
government, the business community and newspaper employees.
2006 Nov 16, Pakistan President
Pervez Musharraf commuted a British man's death sentence, officials
said, paving the way towards his likely release after 18 years
awaiting the hangman's noose. Mirza Tahir Hussain will instead be
given a life sentence for the 1988 murder of a taxi driver, meaning
the 36-year-old could be eligible to go free because of the time he
has already served in prison. Hussain was freed the next day and
(AP, 11/16/06)(AP, 11/17/06)
2006 Nov 16, Konstantin
Romodanovsky, Russia’s director of the Federal Migration Service,
said foreigners should no be allowed to create ethnic enclaves in
which they outnumber native Russians. The Muslim population has
risen to about 25 million and it was estimated to make up a fifth of
the population by 2020.
(SSFC, 11/19/06, p.A20)
2006 Nov 16, In Russia Yuri
Levada (76), pioneering sociologist, died. He was shut out of his
profession in Soviet times but came back to track public opinion as
Russia made the transition from communism, died at his institute in
2006 Nov 16, A Rwandan military
court sentenced Father Wenceslas Munyeshyaka, a Roman Catholic
Rwandan priest living in exile in France, to life in prison for rape
and helping extremist militias during the country's 1994 genocide.
Also convicted and sentenced to life in prison was former Rwandan
army general Laurent Munyakazi, who commanded the military in the
capital's Nyarugenge district.
2006 Nov 16, Spain, France and
Italy unveiled a five-point Middle East peace initiative, calling
Israeli-Palestinian violence intolerable and saying that Europe must
take a lead role in ending the conflict.
2006 Nov 16, South Korea said
it will reverse its long-standing refusal to join international
efforts criticizing North Korea's human rights record and vote in
favor of a UN resolution against the communist regime's alleged
2006 Nov 16, Sri Lanka's
President Mahinda Rajapakse appealed to Tiger rebels to resume talks
to end bloodshed on the island as a British envoy met with the
guerrillas to try to jumpstart stalled peace efforts.
2006 Nov 16, In Tonga youths
infuriated by a lack of political reform attacked the prime
minister's offices and other government buildings, smashing windows,
looting shops and setting fires in Nuku’alofa, the capital of this
near-feudal South Pacific kingdom. 8 people were killed and some
four-fifths of the commercial district was destroyed.
(AP, 11/16/06)(Econ, 11/25/06, p.42)
2006 Nov 16, Turkey's PM
Erdogan offered training for the Iraqi police and army, and he urged
power-sharing among ethnic groups in the Iraqi oil center of Kirkuk.
2006 Nov 16, The Vatican
reaffirmed the value of celibacy for priests after a summit led by
Pope Benedict XVI that was spurred by a married African archbishop
who has been excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.
2006 Nov 16, UN
Secretary-General Kofi Annan worked with key African, Arab, European
leaders in Ethiopia to break the deadlock over worsening violence in
Sudan's Darfur region. Leaders agreed in principle to a joint
African Union-United Nations peacekeeping force for Darfur. UN
humanitarian chief Jan Egeland arrived in Darfur to find security so
bad he could not visit the camps outside el-Geneina town housing
tens of thousands of displaced Darfuris.
(Reuters, 11/16/06)(AP, 11/16/06)(AP, 11/16/07)
2006 Nov 16, In Uruguay a judge
ordered the arrest of former president-turned-dictator Juan Maria
Bordaberry and his foreign minister in connection with four
political killings in 1976.
2006 Nov 16, Zimbabwe invited
more than 1,000 white farmers to collect compensation for property
seized during controversial lands reforms launched by President
Robert Mugabe's government.
2007 Nov 16, US President
George W. Bush and Japanese PM Yasuo Fukuda met for talks aimed at
bridging rifts on North Korea and Tokyo's military role in the "war
2007 Nov 16, US Senate
Republicans blocked a $50 billion bill by Democrats that would have
paid for several months of combat but also would have ordered troop
withdrawals from Iraq to begin within 30 days.
2007 Nov 16, Marchers
surrounded the Justice Department headquarters to demand federal
intervention in the Jena Six case in Louisiana and stepped-up
enforcement of hate crimes.
2007 Nov 16, US federal
biologists signed off on a plan to reduce the flow of water from
Lake Lanier, Atlanta’s main water source, as the southeast contends
with a historic drought.
(WSJ, 11/17/07, p.A1)
2007 Nov 16, San Diego County
District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis, the Regional Auto Theft Task
Force (RATT), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives (ATF) announced an undercover operation resulting in the
break up of an extensive and highly organized auto theft ring in the
South Bay. The auto theft ring bust is the largest in San Diego
County and possibly in the state of California.
2007 Nov 16, In Oakland, Ca.,
Francis William Reimers (62), formerly from Danville, Ca., was
sentenced to 9 years in federal prison for mail fraud and money
laundering. Reimers had attempted suicide in Dec, 2005, following
allegations that he swindled million from former friends.
(SFC, 11/17/07, p.B3)
2007 Nov 16, The first summit
of women leaders opened in NYC. The two-day "International Women
Leaders Global Security Summit," opened under the co-chairmanship of
former Irish president Mary Robinson and former Canadian prime
minister Kim Campbell. At the close over 70 women leaders issued a
call for action on global warming, terrorism, poverty and women's
security. The women leadership initiative was launched in October
2007 Nov 16, Mubadala
Development, an investment arm of Abu Dhabi, announced that it would
pay $622 million for 8.1% of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).
(Econ, 11/24/07, p.70)
2007 Nov 16, In western
Afghanistan a suicide attacker blew up a car bomb near an Italian
military convoy killing only himself. 4 police officers were killed
when their vehicle was hit by a remotely detonated bomb as they
traveled to work in the southern province of Kandahar. The UN said
profits from opium fuel the Taliban insurgency, in a new call on
NATO to tackle Afghanistan's burgeoning drugs trade. In the western
province of Ghor, between 4 and 9 police were killed after militants
attacked them during a police operation in Shahark district.
(AP, 11/16/07)(Reuters, 11/16/07)(AP, 11/17/07)
2007 Nov 16, A coroner urged
the Australian government to seek war crimes charges against former
Indonesian military officers over the 1975 killing of five
Australian newsmen during Indonesia's invasion of East Timor.
2007 Nov 16, Belgium
researchers studying the collective behavior of insects said tiny
robots programmed to act like roaches were able to blend into
cockroach society. Cockroaches tend to self-organize into leaderless
groups, seeming to reach consensus on where to rest together.
2007 Nov 16, Ethiopian officers
claimed their forces had killed some 100 rebels in the Ogaden region
over the past month where its forces are cracking down on
2007 Nov 16, French transport
workers voted to keep a national strike going through the weekend
over President Nicolas Sarkozy's plans to strip away generous
2007 Nov 16, Georgia’s
President Mikhail Saakashvili dismissed the prime minister and
nominated an influential banker for the post in an apparent attempt
to win votes ahead of a hastily called presidential election.
2007 Nov 16, Guyana rushed
troops and police to its western border a day after Venezuelan
soldiers allegedly blew up two Guyanese gold-mining dredges on a
river near the frontier.
2007 Nov 16, The communist
parties that support India's ruling coalition backed off their
strong opposition to a landmark nuclear deal with the US, clearing
the way for the pact to go forward after months of high-stakes
2007 Nov 16, Iraqi police said
8 al-Qaida fighters were killed in a Shiite village near Muqdadiyah.
One civilian killed by a roadside bomb outside a motorcycle shop in
central Baghdad. Police found the bodies of two men, both with
bullet wounds to the head, dumped in a barren area near Sadiyah, 60
miles north of Baghdad. The two were identified as brothers who had
disappeared the previous evening in the same town. Muntadhar
al-Zaidi (28), a reporter for the Iraqi satellite channel
al-Baghdadiyah, disappeared. US helicopters dropped 600 troops into
two villages south of Baghdad before sunrise, launching an assault
on militants believed to be involved in the May kidnapping of three
(AP, 11/16/07)(AP, 11/17/07)
2007 Nov 16, North and South
Korea agreed to launch rail service across their heavily armed
border for the first time in more than half a century, a move
symbolizing the growing reconciliation between the two sides.
2007 Nov 16, The Organization
for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said its election
observers would be unable to monitor next month's Russian
parliamentary balloting because Moscow had refused to issue them
visas. All 56 OSCE member countries, including Russia, agreed in
1990 to invite international observers to monitor their elections.
2007 Nov 16, Between 35 and 40
rebels were killed as Pakistani gunship helicopters launched fresh
attacks on pro-Taliban bunkers in the troubled northwest. The
clashes left nearly 100 militants dead as they entered a 4th day.
(AP, 11/16/07)(AP, 11/17/07)
2007 Nov 16, Thousands of Hamas
loyalists protested outside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's
Gaza City home, warning that violence would erupt if he makes
concessions to Israel in a US-sponsored peace conference.
2007 Nov 16, Poland's new PM
Donald Tusk formally took office along with a team of former
2007 Nov 16, Rwandan
investigators probing alleged French involvement in the country's
1994 genocide handed their report to President Paul Kagame, but
officials refused to divulge details.
2007 Nov 16, In Spain
negotiators concluded a policy guide for governments on global
warming that declares climate change is here and is getting worse.
2007 Nov 16, Turkish
authorities took steps to ban the country's leading pro-Kurdish
political party and expel several of its lawmakers from parliament
on charges of separatism.
2008 Nov 16, In Afghan suicide
car bombers struck a NATO convoy in the northern Baghlan province
and a US convoy in western Herat province. One civilian was killed
in the northern attack.
2008 Nov 16, In Australia a
storm in Brisbane damaged about 4,000 homes, destroying at least 30,
flattened cars and felled power lines, plunging large swathes of the
city into darkness.
2008 Nov 16, Reg Varney (92), a
comic actor who played a cheery Cockney bus driver in British sitcom
"On the Buses," died.
2008 Nov 16, On Canada's
Pacific coast 7 people were killed and one was injured when the
charter plane they were flying in crashed on Thormanby Island.
2008 Nov 16, Congo's main rebel
leader promised a UN envoy to support a cease-fire and UN efforts to
end the fighting, and the diplomat said he hoped the warring sides
would hold peace talks in Kenya. Congo government troops abandoned
their position at Rwindi, 130 km (80 miles) north of Goma in North
Kivu province, after a battle with the rebels involving small arms
and heavier weapons. UN peacekeeping troops at Rwindi stayed in
their base during the fighting.
(AP, 11/16/08)(AP, 11/17/08)
2008 Nov 16, Guinea Bissau,
seen as a major African drugs hub, went to the polls for
parliamentary elections, which observers hoped would bring stability
to the West African nation. The African Party for the Independence
of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), which has been dominant since
independence from Portugal in 1974, is favorite to win the election.
(AP, 11/16/08)(AFP, 11/17/08)
2008 Nov 16, Iraq's Cabinet
approved a security pact with the United States that will allow
American forces to stay in Iraq for three years after their UN
mandate expires at the end of the year. 7 people died and 7 others
were wounded in a suicide car bombing at a police checkpoint in
Diyala province. A roadside bomb in a Sunni enclave of Baghdad
killed three people and wounded 7 at a checkpoint belonging to
US-backed fighters. The US military said Iraq's Shiite-dominated
government is making good on promises to pay thousands of US-backed
Sunni fighters in Baghdad, despite some government unease over the
2008 Nov 16, Israeli leaders
made a secret journey to neighboring Jordan, listening to pleas from
King Abdullah II to avert a large-scale military operation in the
Gaza Strip. An Israeli airstrike killed 4 Palestinian militants as
they were firing mortars at Israel from the Gaza Strip, just hours
after another group of militants struck Israel in a separate rocket
(AP, 11/16/08)(AP, 11/20/08)
2008 Nov 16, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir a bridge under construction over an icy
Himalayan river collapsed, killing four workers and leaving 19
others missing and feared dead.
2008 Nov 16, The party
representing New Zealand's indigenous Maori people will get its
first Cabinet posts under a multiparty deal signed by PM-elect John
Key to form a center-right minority government.
2008 Nov 16, Officials said
Nigeria's anti-drugs agency had seized 30,000 kilograms of cannabis
contained in 5,923 bags in southern Edo state earlier this week. In
June, the agency seized 80 ton of cannabis in its largest ever
single haul, in the southwestern city of Ibadan.
2008 Nov 16, Pakistan
temporarily barred oil tankers and container trucks from a key
passageway to Afghanistan, threatening a critical supply route for
US and NATO troops and raising more fears about security in the
militant-plagued border region. NATO troops in eastern Afghanistan
fired 20 artillery rounds at insurgents inside Pakistan in an attack
the alliance said was coordinated with the government in Islamabad.
(AP, 11/16/08)(AP, 11/18/08)
2008 Nov 16, In Peru Edwin
Valladolid was arrested in Lima carrying a box of 36 grenades ahead
of the arrival next week of 18 world leaders for a Pacific Rim
2008 Nov 16, Russian liberals
launched a pro-Kremlin political party promising to defend middle
class values but rivals said it was just a tool for the authorities
to suck support away from genuine opposition groups.
2008 Nov 16, Somali pirates
freed another vessel after securing a ransom and a Russian frigate
repelled an attack on a Saudi ship.
2008 Nov 16, Sri Lanka's air
force pounded the Tamil Tiger rebels' main northern defense line in
the Muhamalai area of Jaffna peninsula.
2008 Nov 16, Sudanese and rebel
forces traded accusations that the other is initiating a new wave of
fighting in the ravaged Darfur region just days after the government
had offered a cease-fire.
2008 Nov 16, In Vietnam weekend
flooding killed at least 11 people in the southern and central
regions, submerged thousands of homes in Ho Chi Minh city and
stranded air and railway passengers.
2009 Nov 16, US federal
prosecutors said the Kuwait logistics firm, Public Warehousing co.,
had inflated prices and defrauded the US government under its
multi-billion dollar contract to feed American troops. The contract
was set to expire in December 2010.
(SFC, 11/17/09, p.D2)
2009 Nov 16, In Los Angeles the
new $898 million Metro Gold Line extension began regular service
from Union Station to Atlantic Boulevard.
(SFC, 11/16/09, p.A6)
2009 Nov 16, General Motors Co.
says it lost $1.2 billion from the time it left bankruptcy
protection through Sept. 30, far better than it has reported in
previous quarters and a sign that the auto giant is starting to turn
around its business.
2009 Nov 16, In Michigan the
Pontiac Silverdome, built 3 decades ago for $56 million, sold at
auction for $583,000. Greek-born Toronto-area businessman Andreas
Apostolopoulos was the winning bidder.
(SFC, 11/25/09, p.A4)
2009 Nov 16, NASA’s shuttle
Atlantis lifted off from Cape Canaveral with 6 astronauts on a
mission to supply the international with spare parts and
(SFC, 11/17/09, p.A17)
2009 Nov 16, The Afghan
government said it had formed a major crime unit to tackle
corruption, following escalating Western pressure on President Hamid
Karzai to fight graft. Afghan insurgents fired a pair of rockets
into a crowded marketplace in Kapisa province as a French general
met local leaders nearby, killing 14 civilians.
(AFP, 11/16/09)(AP, 11/17/09)
2009 Nov 16, In Argentina 2 men
were granted a marriage license in Buenos Aires, breaking ground in
a country and region where laws ban gay marriage.
2009 Nov 16, Australia’s PM
Kevin Rudd issued an historic apology to thousands of impoverished
British children shipped to Australia with the promise of a better
life. But his government ruled out paying compensation for the abuse
and neglect that many suffered.
2009 Nov 16, In London,
England, Geeta Aulakh (28), a receptionist at a local Asian radio
station and mother of two young boys, was found by a passerby in
Greenford near Ealing. A week later Sher Singh (18) was court
charged with the mutilation and murder of the Asian mother of 2
young boys. Family members say Aulakh, who had recently separated
from her husband of 11 years and was filing for divorce, had been
threatened in the months leading up to her death.
2009 Nov 16, In Shanghai
President Barack Obama pointedly nudged China to stop censoring
Internet access, offering an animated defense of the tool that
helped him win the White House and suggesting Beijing need not fear
a little criticism.
2009 Nov 16, The EU Commission
said over 45 countries who catch tuna have agreed to cut catches of
the threatened Atlantic bluefin tuna next year.
2009 Nov 16, French tire maker
Michelin announced plans to invest nearly 900 million dollars to
build a tire plant to supply India's fast-growing vehicle market.
2009 Nov 16, In Kirkuk a parked
car bomb exploded in a market, killing two civilians and wounding 10
others. An American soldier died of injuries sustained in a vehicle
accident during a patrol. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
dropped in on US troops in Iraq, thanking them for the sacrifices
they and their families are making.
(AP, 11/16/09)(AP, 11/17/09)(SFC, 11/17/09, p.A8)
2009 Nov 16, Some Israeli
troops refused to follow orders during the military's evacuation of
settlers at an unauthorized outpost and hoisted a sign opposing
settlement evacuations. Four soldiers were sent to a military prison
for up to a month, while two others were ordered confined to their
base for a month.
2009 Nov 16, A 3-day summit on
world hunger opened in Rome. Zimbabwe’s Pres. Mugabe used the UN
summit on world hunger to lash out at the West and defend land
reforms blamed for plunging his people into starvation. Some 60
heads of state and dozens of minister rejected a UN call to commit
$44 billion annually for agricultural development in poor countries.
(AP, 11/17/09)(SFC, 11/17/09, p.A8)
2009 Nov 16, In Mexico federal
police officer Luis Angel Leon Rodriguez disappeared along with six
fellow police as they headed to the western state of Michoacan to
fight drug traffickers.
2009 Nov 16, In Mozambique a
trail opened for former Transport Minister Antonio Munguambe and
four former officials of a company that runs the country's airports.
They were accused of stealing nearly $2 million from the company. It
was the biggest corruption case to go to court in Mozambique since
independence in 1975.
2009 Nov 16, It was reported
that thousands of people, including children, are being secretly
recruited and trained inside Kenya to battle Islamic insurgents in
neighboring Somalia. Recruiters, about 2 months ago, started openly
operating in Kenyan towns and in nearby huts and tents of the
2009 Nov 16, In northwestern
Pakistan a pickup truck laden with explosives blew up outside a
police station, killing four people in an area that has become the
focal point for militant retaliation against an army offensive along
the nearby Afghan border.
2009 Nov 16, The Palestinians
asked the European Union to support their plan to ask the UN to
recognize an independent Palestinian state without Israeli consent.
2009 Nov 16, In Russia Ivan
Khutorskoi (26), an anti-hate crimes campaigner, was killed in the
entrance of his Moscow apartment building with a shot to the head.
The former punk rocker, known as the Bonebreaker, had provided
security for meetings of antifascists. He also was known for
organizing underground bare-knuckle boxing matches among them, and
taking part in violent attacks on ultranationalists.
(AP, 11/17/09)(AP, 11/18/09)
2009 Nov 16, Russian lawyer
Sergei Magnitsky (37) died after being denied medical assistance for
pancreatitis while in pretrial detention at Moscow's Butyrskaya
jail. He was arrested in November 2008 on tax-evasion charges linked
to his work with William Browder, a British investor barred from
Russia in 2005, as an alleged security risk. On Nov 15, 2010,
authorities claimed that Magnitsky was suspected of stealing the
$230 million that he said Interior Ministry officers had defrauded
from the state. Magnitsky originally testified against Interior
Ministry officers Pavel Karpov and Artyom Kuznetsov, accusing them
of stealing the money before the same officers initiated proceedings
against him. On Nov 28, 2011, a private investigation, compiled by
Browder, a US-born investor, concluded that Magnitsky was severely
beaten and denied medical treatment in prison, and accused the
government of failing to prosecute those responsible.
p.57)(AP, 11/15/10)(AP, 11/28/11)
2009 Nov 16, In southern Sudan
47 people were killed in ethnic clashes in the Lakes state region.
The violence followed an attack a day earlier in which five were
killed and a minister in the semi-autonomous south’s government was
wounded in Central Equatoria state. It was all a continuation of
traditional cattle raids, but with the use modern automatic weapons.
2009 Nov 16, A North
Korean-crewed, Kiribati-flag, UK-British Virgin Islands owned,
single-hulled chemical tanker named the MV Theresa VIII was hijacked
with 28 crew members in the south Somali Basin, 180 nautical miles
North West of the Seychelles. The ship was released on March 16,
2010, following a ransom payment.
2009 Nov 16, Thai police
arrested Samart Chokechoyma (36) and Kanokwan Wongsaroj (38) on
charges of smuggling African ivory into the country to supply shops
that sell jewelry and trinkets, including to customers in the US.
DNA tests showed that it was of African origin.
2009 Nov 16, A Yemeni security
official and the Japanese Embassy said armed tribesmen have
kidnapped a Japanese engineer working on the construction of a
school and demanded the government release one of their imprisoned
tribe members. Takeo Mashimo was released on Nov 23.
(AP, 11/17/09)(AP, 11/24/09)
2010 Nov 16, The United States
said it has banned four senior Kenyan government officials and a
prominent Kenyan businessman from traveling to the US because they
are suspected of being involved in drug trafficking.
2010 Nov 16, US Senators Tom
Coburn, M.D. (R-OK), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), John McCain (R-AZ) and
Mark Udall (D-CO) announced their intention to force the US Senate
to hold a public vote on a binding earmark moratorium at the
earliest opportunity. The moratorium would go into effect
immediately and last through fiscal year 2013.
2010 Nov 16, US officials
arrested Bruce Beresford-Redman, a former producer of hit TV show
"Survivor," at his home in Los Angeles and held him for extradition
to Mexico where he has been accused of murdering his wife in April.
2010 Nov 16, A US congressional
panel found New York Rep. Charles Rangel (80) guilty of 11
violations of House ethics rules.
(SFC, 11/17/10, p.A7)
2010 Nov 16, In Mississippi the
Southern Poverty Law Center sued the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional
Facility on behalf of 13 plaintiffs who alleged sexual abuse and
denial of medical treatment.
(SFC, 11/17/10, p.A7)
2010 Nov 16, Viktor Bout (43),
a suspected Russian arms dealer dubbed the "Merchant of Death," was
flown out of Thailand to face trial in the United States following a
long legal battle and fierce opposition from Moscow.
2010 Nov 16, Hollywood
publicist Ronni Chasen (64) was shot to death in her car in Beverly
Hills as she drove home after the party. Police later attributed her
murder to a botched robbery by small-time convict Harold Martin
Smith, who killed himself on Dec 1 as detectives attempted to
2010 Nov 16, Afghan Pres. Hamid
Karzai urged insurgents to abandon violence and accept offers of
reconciliation from the government, using the Muslim holiday of Eid
al-Adha to issue a plea for peace. In Kunduz province two Afghan men
with government ties were killed by a bomb that had been hidden near
the grave of one of their relatives. A British soldier was killed by
insurgent gunfire in the southern province of Helmand. A homemade
bomb also killed an ISAF service member in southern Afghanistan.
(AP, 11/16/10)(Reuters, 11/18/10)
2010 Nov 16, It was reported
that Britain has agreed to pay hefty settlements to a group of
former Guantanamo Bay detainees who sued the government for alleged
complicity in their torture, one of the first big pay-outs stemming
from the US-led war on terrorism.
2010 Nov 16, Chinese Vice
President Xi Jinping began a trip to mineral-rich South Africa aimed
at securing resources for the Asian economic power, looking to
extend its influence in the African continent.
2010 Nov 16, In Egypt a senior
Brotherhood official said Egyptian police have rounded up about 600
Muslim Brotherhood members ahead of this month's parliamentary
election and some 250 are still detained. In southern Egypt Muslims
set fire overnight to at least 10 houses belonging to Coptic
Christians in the village of al-Nawahid over rumors that a Christian
resident had an affair with a Muslim girl. Coptic Christians make up
about 10% of Egypt's population of 80 million.
(AFP, 11/16/10)(AP, 11/16/10)
2010 Nov 16, The European Union
issued a stark assessment of the Irish debt crisis, warning that the
future of the 27-nation bloc was at risk as ministers headed for
talks on an increasingly probable rescue.
2010 Nov 16, In Greece dozens
of far-right activists and local residents in Athens threw eggs and
taunted hundreds of Muslim immigrants as they gathered to pray in a
central square for Eid al-Adha surrounded by a protective cordon of
2010 Nov 16, India's national
auditors slammed a former telecommunications minister over a
multi-billion-dollar scandal in which government contracts were
handed out at "unbelievably low prices." The row over the
second-generation (2G) spectrum for mobile phones being sold in 2008
at far below market rates forced Andimuthu Raja to quit on Nov 14.
2010 Nov 16, Lebanese officials
said Russia will provide the Lebanese army with free helicopters,
tanks and munitions in a deal that will boost the country's poorly
equipped military. This news came just days after two key members of
the U.S. Congress released their holds on $100 million in US
military aid to the Lebanese army.
2010 Nov 16, In Mexico
Francisco Alberto Ruiz (35), a Colombian billing manager for
Swiss-based oil services company Weatherford International, was
found shot dead at the company's property in Tihuatlan, Veracruz
2010 Nov 16, Myanmar's military
government warned against filing complaints over the Nov. 7
election, a move that could spell trouble for pro-democracy leader
Aung San Suu Kyi who has vowed to probe alleged voting
2010 Nov 16, In Pakistan
suspected American missiles slammed into a home and a speeding
vehicle near the Afghan border, killing 20 alleged militants.
2010 Nov 16, In Saudi Arabia
pilgrims performing the annual hajj cast pebbles at three stone
walls representing Satan in a symbolic rejection of temptation, as
Muslims around the world celebrated Islam's biggest holiday, the
festival of sacrifice.
2010 Nov 16, The UN Education,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognized everything
from the growing of corn, beans and chilies to Mexican dishes
prepared with grinding stones and mortars as an ancient process
worth safeguarding in the face of encroaching global influences.
France's multi-course gastronomic meal, Flamenco in Spain and
carpet-weaving in Azerbaijan also made the list.
2011 Nov 16, US President
Barack Obama arrived in Australia and announced a new security
agreement with Australia. Obama said the US would keep sending a
clear message that China needs to accept the responsibilities that
come with being a world power. Obama also announced that US Marines
would begin rotating through Darwin as part of the US military pivot
(AP, 11/16/11)(SFC, 7/20/16, p.A2)
2011 Nov 16, A California
Legislative Analyst’s Office report said the state will collect
billions of dollars less in revenue than expected and expect a
budget deficit of $13 billion in the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
California State Univ. trustees raised tuition by 9% as police in
Long Beach clashed protesters at the system’s headquarters.
(SFC, 11/17/11, p.A1)
2011 Nov 16, In San Francisco
police arrested 95 protesters who occupied a downtown BofA office at
Davis and California streets.
(SFC, 11/17/11, p.A14)
2011 Nov 16, In Missouri Shelby
Dasher (20) was charged with murdering her son, after prosecutors
say she admitted beating him because he wouldn't stop crying. She
had claimed her 13-month-old son vanished from his crib. People
walking their dog found Tyler Dasher's body a day earlier near a
cemetery about a mile from his home.
2011 Nov 16, The Nebraska
legislature voted 45-0 to advance a proposed law that would reroute
the $7 billion TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline, avoiding the
SandHills and Ogallala aquifer that environmental groups and many
residents fear could be polluted by a spill.
2011 Nov 16, Oscar Ramiro
Ortega-Hernandez (21), a man with an apparent obsession with
President Barack Obama, was arrested in Pennsylvania after the
Secret Service discovered two bullets struck the White House while
the president was away.
2011 Nov 16, In Washington DC a
band of millionaires stormed Capitol Hill to urge Congress to tax
2011 Nov 16, Google launched
its new online music service.
(Econ, 11/19/11, p.68)
2011 Nov 16, At least six
people were killed and dozens more injured as a storm system that
spawned several possible tornadoes moved across the Southeast.
Suspected tornadoes were reported in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama
and South Carolina.
2011 Nov 16, Afghan Pres.
Karzai, at the opening of a grand council, or "loya jirga," told
tribal elders that any ongoing partnership with the United States
would need to include an end to widely unpopular nighttime raids by
NATO and on the international forces handing over control of
detention centers to Afghan troops. NATO said that three of its
service members were killed in attacks in the south.
2011 Nov 16, London officials
attached eviction notices to protest tents outside St. Paul's
Cathedral, asking the demonstrators to remove them within a day or
face legal action. More than 200 tents have been pitched outside the
iconic church since Oct. 15 in a protest against capitalist excess
inspired by New York's Occupy Wall Street, and the protesters said
they would resist attempts to move them.
2011 Nov 16, Outspoken Chinese
artist Ai Weiwei said he feels like he has paid a ransom, after
depositing $1.3 million into a government account while he contests
a huge tax bill months after being held in police detention.
2011 Nov 16, In western China
an overloaded school minibus crashed head-on with a truck, killing
21 people including 19 kindergarten children on their way to class
in Gansu province.
(AP, 11/16/11)(AFP, 11/17/11)
2011 Nov 16, Student leaders in
Colombia called off a monthlong boycott of classes at public
universities after the government met their demand to withdraw
educational reform legislation.
2011 Nov 16, Iran’s Cabinet
approved a new regulation allowing tea houses to again offer water
pipes to customers. The ban remains in place for other institutions,
along with the general 2005 ban on smoking in restaurants, parks and
other public places.
2011 Nov 16, Iraq executed a
Tunisian man convicted of the 2006 bombing of a revered Shiite
shrine that set off the worst of the country's sectarian violence.
Yusri Fakhir was convicted earlier this year of the bombing on the
al-Askari shrine in Sunni city of Samarra.
2011 Nov 16, In Iraq two
Iranian pilgrims visiting Shiite shrines were killed when a bomb
went off next to a minibus in which they were traveling.
2011 Nov 16, Israel's domestic
security agency Shin Bet said in a statement that Israeli forces
have arrested four Palestinians accused of attacks against Israelis,
including shooting at an army patrol. Israel allowed the first
truckloads of a rare shipment of construction materials into Gaza to
allow the reconstruction of 10 privately owned factories.
(AFP, 11/16/11)(SFC, 11/17/11, p.A2)
2011 Nov 16, Italy’s new
premier Mario Monti (68) formed a new government of bankers,
diplomats and business executives.
(SFC, 11/17/11, p.A5)
2011 Nov 16, In Jordan Najm
Zoubi (20) hung himself after he and two others were arrested for
questioning in a case whose details remain unknown. Relatives,
suspecting that policemen beat Zoubi to death, torched the state
building and four cars in the northern town of Ramtha.
2011 Nov 16, The presidents of
Kenya, Uganda and Somalia said the dual-fronted fight against
Islamist al-Shabab militants presents a "historic opportunity" to
restore stability in Somalia.
2011 Nov 16, In Kuwait
opposition activists stormed the parliament building as opposition
lawmakers called for the prime minister to be questioned over
accusations that officials transferred state funds to bank accounts
outside the country. On Nov 24 twenty opposition activists were
arrested for the melee.
(SSFC, 11/27/11, p.A10)
2011 Nov 16, Lithuania’s
government decided to nationalize Snoras Bankas. On Nov 23 arrest
warrants were issued for Vladimir Antonov and Raimondas Baranauskas,
former shareholders in the bank, on charges including embezzlement
and forgery. At least €300 was thought to be missing.
(Econ, 11/19/11, p.87)
2011 Nov 16, In Mexico Victor
Manuel Martinez Cortez, a federal prosecutor for the border state of
Coahuila, was about to leave his home in Torreon when he was
attacked and killed while sitting in his car.
2011 Nov 16, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb hit a minibus in the northwestern Tirah valley,
killing six passengers and wounding two others. Militants attacked a
military checkpoint in the Murghan area of the Kurram tribal region,
killing one officer and wounding a soldier.
2011 Nov 16, On board the USS
Fitzgerald in Manila Bay US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and
Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario signed a declaration
calling for multilateral talks to resolve maritime disputes such as
those in the South China Sea, contrasting China's policy of
negotiating one-on-one with the Philippines and other Asian
2011 Nov 16, Federal agents in
Puerto Rico said they have seized 225 kg (nearly 500 pounds) of
cocaine more than $4 million from a house owned by pro boxer Ivan
Calderon. Calderon said the house was one of a number of investment
properties he owns and that he was not aware of any illegal
2011 Nov 16, A court in Romania
ordered the arrest of a Romanian man accused of hacking into NASA's
servers in December, 2010, causing NASA losses of about $500,000
(euro371,000). A court spokesman said Robert Butyka (26) would be
arrested for 29 days as he awaits trial.
2011 Nov 16, The rebel Free
Syrian Army announced the creation of a temporary military council
with the aim of ousting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and
protecting civilians from his forces. Army defectors attacked
military and intelligence bases near the capital and an army
checkpoint during a spate of assaults, killing at least 8 soldiers
and security forces in the central province of Hama. Arab ministers
gave Damascus "three days to stop the bloody repression," as at
least 23 people were killed in violence.
(AFP, 11/16/11)(AP, 11/16/11)(AP, 11/17/11)
2011 Nov 16, US Secretary of
State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced a $10 million aid package for
flood-ravaged Thailand during a visit to express solidarity.
2011 Nov 16, Yemeni troops
killed seven al-Qaida-linked militants, including an Iranian, a
Pakistani and two Somali nationals, in the latest fighting in
Zinjibar, provincial capital of Abyan. Anti-regime protesters,
inspired by the suspension of Syria from the Arab League, staged a
massive rally in Sanaa to urge the regional grouping to do the same
(AP, 11/16/11)(AFP, 11/16/11)
2011 Nov 16, A Zimbabwe
magistrate court freed three businessmen accused of espionage for
allegedly selling state secrets to the United States, Canada and
Afghanistan. Farai Rwodzi and Simba Mangwende, both executives at
Africom Holdings, and Oliver Chiku of Global Satellite System still
faced a lesser charge of violating the Post and Telecommunications
2012 Nov 16, The US National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a "heads up" directive
putting officials on alert for an increase in human interaction with
dolphins in the waters across Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
Authorities were investigating several attacks on dolphins in the
northern Gulf of Mexico after some were found with gunshot wounds,
cuts and missing jaws.
2012 Nov 16, Hostess Brands,
the bankrupted maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other baked goods,
said it is closing all of its 33 plants and 565 distribution centers
nationwide and laying off 18,500 workers.
(SFC, 11/17/12, p.A1)
2012 Nov 16, A string of crimes
in San Jose, Ca., left one man dead and a police officer injured.
Jonathan Wilbanks (26) was arrested following a gunbattle with
police. Adonis Muldrow (15) escaped but was arrested on Nov 23 in
(SFC, 11/28/12, p.C4)
2012 Nov 16, In Independence,
Mo., 3 men broke into a house and fatally shot a woman, her son and
her boyfriend. A 4th victim was critically injured.
(SFC, 11/17/12, p.A4)
2012 Nov 16, In NYC Adis
Medunjanin (28), a Bosnian immigrant convicted of plotting to blow
up New York subways and other targets in 2010, was sentenced to life
(SFC, 11/16/12, p.A6)
2012 Nov 16, In NYC Shopkeeper
Rahmatollah Vahidipour (78) was shot a killed in Brooklyn.
Ballistics evidence indicated that he was killed by the same gun
that recently killed 2 other shopkeepers in the same area.
(SFC, 11/19/12, p.A5)
2012 Nov 16, An oil platform of
Texas-based Black Elk Energy caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico
critically injuring 4 men with left 2 missing. A body of one of the
missing was recovered the next day. In 2017 Houston-based Wood Group
PSN was ordered to pay $9.5 million in penalties in cases arising
from the fire that left three workers dead.
(SFC, 11/17/12, p.A7)(SSFC, 11/18/12, p.A11)(SFC,
2012 Nov 16, In western
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed 17 civilians traveling to a
wedding in Farah province. 2 service members with the US-led
military coalition were killed by a roadside bomb in eastern
2012 Nov 16, The body of
Albania's only post-independence monarch, King Ahmet Zog I, was
returned home more than 50 years after he died in exile in France.
2012 Nov 16, Britain suspended
all aid to the government of Uganda over new evidence that British
taxpayers' money may have been stolen.
2012 Nov 16, Thousands of
Egyptians protested against Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip as
Egypt's PM Hesham Kandil visited the Palestinian enclave in a
symbolic show of support for the territory's Hamas rulers.
2012 Nov 16, Haitian officials
confirmed 3,593 cases of cholera and 837 more suspected cases since
Hurricane Sandy’s passage.
(SFC, 11/17/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 16, In Iraq Ali Mussa
Daqduq, a Hezbollah commander wanted by the United States, was
released from house arrest in Baghdad. The US believes Daqduq was
the mastermind of a 2007 raid on an American military base in
Karbala that killed five US soldiers.
2012 Nov 16, Iraqi government
forces and Kurdish guards clashed for the first time, sparked by a
police hunt for a smuggler who sought refuge in a Kurdish political
party office. A civilian was killed.
2012 Nov 16, Japanese PM
Yoshihiko Noda dissolved the lower house of parliament, paving the
way for elections in which his ruling party will likely give way to
a weak coalition government divided over how to solve the nation's
2012 Nov 16, Thousands of
Jordanians took to the streets across the country to call for the
ouster of their US-backed monarch in the fourth day of unrest
sparked by fuel price hikes that have threatened the stability of
this Arab kingdom.
2012 Nov 16, Gaza militants
targeted Tel Aviv for a 2nd day. Israeli aircraft targeted rocket
launching operations of Gaza militants, but offered to suspend its
offensive in the Gaza Strip during a brief visit by Egypt's premier.
2012 Nov 16, A Syrian general
and a dozen other officers defected with their families to Turkey.
2012 Nov 16, The Yugoslav war
crimes tribunal in The Hague overturned the convictions of Ante
Gotovina and Mladen Markac, two Croat generals for murdering and
illegally expelling Serb civilians in a 1995 military blit. Both men
returned home to a hero's welcome. The acquittals enraged hardline
opponents of the UN court in Serbia who accuse its judges of
2013 Nov 16, The governing body
on the Hawaiian island of Kauai voted to override their mayor's veto
of a bill that seeks to reign in widespread pesticide use and the
testing of new genetically modified crops.
2013 Nov 16, In North Dakota
Craig Cobb was arrested along with Kynan Dutton over accusations
they were brandishing firearms and sticks and threatening residents
in the town of Leith. The white supremacists were charged on Nov 18
with terrorizing residents of Leith, where Cobb had sought to create
a white enclave. On April 29, 2014, a state judge sentenced Cobb to
four years probation but no additional jail time.
(Reuters, 11/18/13)(SFC, 4/30/14, p.A6)
2013 Nov 16, In Texas Franklin
Davis of the Dallas area was sentenced to death for the killing his
children’s babysitter, Shania Gray (16), to prevent her from
testifying that he had raped her.
(SSFC, 11/17/13, p.A8)
2013 Nov 16, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber rammed his car into an Afghan army vehicle providing
security for a compound in Kabul where political and tribal elites
are due to gather next week to debate a security pact with the US.
12 people were killed and 22 wounded.
(Reuters, 11/16/13)(AP, 11/17/13)
2013 Nov 16, In Brazil Jose
Genoino, the former chairman of the ruling Workers' Party,
surrendered to police after a court ruled that those convicted in a
corruption scandal should serve their terms immediately.
2013 Nov 16, In Brazil the 12th
edition of the Games of the Indigenous People ended in Cuiba, Mato
(SSFC, 11/17/13, p.A7)
2013 Nov 16, PM David Cameron
announced that Britain was providing a further 30 million pounds to
help the relief effort after the devastating typhoon in the
2013 Nov 16, Britain's PM David
Cameron threatened to push for an independent international inquiry
into allegations of war crimes at the climax of Sri Lanka's 26-year
civil war if the island nation does not conduct its own probe by
2013 Nov 16, In Bulgaria tens
of thousands of supporters of the main political parties gathered in
Sofia and Plovdiv at pro- and anti-government rallies, reflecting
the division that has paralyzed the nation for months.
2013 Nov 16, In China 9
attackers and 2 auxiliary police officers were killed in an attack
on a police station in Serikbuya township, near the historic Silk
Road city of Kashgar, Xinjiang province. The clash reportedly
erupted after a Uighur youth was shot dead, with 8 others
subsequently being killed.
2013 Nov 16, In Dagestan Dmitri
Sokolov, the husband of suicide bomber Naida Asiyalova, died after a
stand-off with police. The Oct 21 Volgograd bombing killed six
people on a bus.
2013 Nov 16, In Egypt a Muslim
Brotherhood-led alliance said it is ready for a national dialogue to
end the political standoff in the country, in an announcement that
did not demand the return of the nation's toppled president to
2013 Nov 16, In France between
2,000 and 4,000 freight trucks have closed off major highways and
slowed traffic to a crawl on nine roadways to protest a proposed
environmental tax on heavy loads.
2013 Nov 16, In Germany some
20,000 people marched through central Berlin to demand the
government lift its 20-year ban on the Kurdistan Workers' Party
2013 Nov 16, In Guinea
anti-government demonstrators barricaded roads and threw stones in
Conakry in protest at a Supreme Court ruling handing September's
controversial elections to the president's governing party.
2013 Nov 16, In Iraq a series
of attacks in Baghdad and north Iraq left 4 policemen dead and a
dozen people wounded.
2013 Nov 16, Masoud Barzani,
the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, called on Turkey's Kurds to back a
flagging peace process with Ankara, making his first visit to
southeastern Turkey in two decades in a show of support for PM
2013 Nov 16, "Tir," by director
Alberto Fasulo, an Italian film about a truck driver's travels
across Europe, took the top award of best film at the Rome film
2013 Nov 16, In Italy thousands
of families marched in Naples to demand a quick cleanup of toxic
waste that has been dumped by the local Camorra crime syndicate for
2013 Nov 16, A local official
said thousands of Syrian refugees have poured into Lebanon over the
past two days as fighting between government forces and rebels has
flared near the border.
2013 Nov 16, In Libya fresh
clashes erupted in Tripoli leaving 4 people dead. The weak,
post-revolutionary government appealed for restraint.
(AFP, 11/16/13)(SSFC, 11/17/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 16, Libya's National
Oil Company said Berber protesters have ended their occupation of a
gas terminal in western Libya that prompted the shutdown of an
export pipeline to Italy.
2013 Nov 16, The Maldives held
runoff elections. Abdulla Yameen, the half brother of former
strongman Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, defeated former president
Mohamed Nasheed, securing 51.3% of the popular vote.
(AFP, 11/16/13)(Econ, 11/23/13, p.41)
2013 Nov 16, In Mexico local
media reported that the bodies of 7 people were found buried in
several hidden graves in a rural area near the resort city of
Acapulco. Six other bodies were found on Nov 14 in hidden graves in
El Salto, another small town in the rural area outside of Acapulco.
18 bodies were found on Nov 15 buried in several buildings in
Michoacan, which borders Guerrero to the north.
2013 Nov 16, Niger said it has
arrested around 30 people, including defense and security personnel,
as part of a crackdown on human traffickers after the bodies of
dozens of migrants were found in the Sahara desert last month.
2013 Nov 16, Pakistan called in
its army to quell sectarian unrest in three cities, after 9 people
were killed and nearly 90 wounded in violent attacks across the
country. The government imposed a rare curfew in Rawalpindi.
(AFP, 11/16/13)(AP, 11/16/13)
2013 Nov 16, Russia handed over
a $2.3 billion aircraft carrier to India after years of delays,
extending India's maritime reach in the Indian Ocean as it looks to
counter China's assertive presence in the region.
2013 Nov 16, In South Korea a
helicopter belonging to LG Electronics crashed after its propeller
clipped the side of a 38-story apartment building. Its 2 pilots were
(SSFC, 11/17/13, p.A5)
2013 Nov 16, Sudan state radio
reported that heavy fighting in a border region of Darfur has killed
2013 Nov 16, Syrian forces went
on the offensive against rebels positioned along a major highway
linking the capital with the coast, a strategic road that is likely
to be used to extract chemical weapons from the country.
2013 Nov 16, Tajikistan's
long-running President Emomali Rakhmon was inaugurated for a fourth
term, as he promised to alleviate the grinding poverty in the former
2013 Nov 16, Vietnam’s state
media said flooding has killed at least 28 people over the last 24
hours, with 9 others missing and nearly 80,000 people displaced in
Quang Ngai province.
2014 Nov 16, In southern
California the Crown Princess cruise ship arrived in San Pedro, Los
Angeles County, with 172 people ill with the highly contagious
norovirus. The ship had over 4,100 people on board.
(SFC, 11/17/14, p.A8)
2014 Nov 16, In Afghanistan
Shukria Barakzai, an outspoken female lawmaker, survived a suicide
bombing attack on her vehicle, suffering slight wounds, but 3
civilian bystanders were killed.
2014 Nov 16, In Australia
leaders from the G20 group of nations agreed to boost flagging
global growth, tackle climate change and crack down on tax
avoidance. Leaders completed a plan to boost global GDP by more than
$2 trillion over five years. Russian President Vladimir Putin left
summit in Brisbane early as US President Barack Obama accused Russia
of invading Ukraine and Britain warned of a possible "frozen
conflict" in Europe.
(Reuters, 11/16/14)(SFC, 11/17/14, p.A6)
2014 Nov 16, In China a fire in
a carrot-packaging plant killed 18 people at the Longyuan Food Co.
facility in Shouguang, Shandong province.
2014 Nov 16, In western
Colombia Gen. Ruben Dario Alzate was surveying a rural energy
project along the remote Atrato River when he and two others were
snatched by armed men. The surprise capture by leftist rebels
prompted President Juan Manuel Santos to suspend two-year-old peace
2014 Nov 16, French President
Francois Hollande said he would not be pressured into delivering two
warships to Russia, after delaying their handover due to the Ukraine
2014 Nov 16, In India a mob of
junior doctors in Kolkata killed a suspected mobile phone thief at a
medical college in a gruesome case of vigilante justice, tying him
up and slashing his penis with a razor.
2014 Nov 16, In northern India
a collision between a minibus and a truck killed 12 people in Uttar
Pradesh state. 8 others were killed in Maharashtra state when a
truck hit people waiting at a roadside bus station.
2014 Nov 16, In Iraq a series
of explosions in Baghdad killed at least 5 people. A bombing claimed
by the Islamic State militant group near the Baghdad International
Airport left 5 wounded.
2014 Nov 16, On the
Italian-Swiss border at least 4 people were killed as landslides
triggered by torrential rain slammed into houses and buildings on
either side of the border.
2014 Nov 16, Authorities in the
Netherlands said they have identified a "highly pathogenic" strain
of bird flu at a farm in the central area of the Netherlands and
announced a temporary ban on all transport to and from poultry farms
across the country. They said it was the highly contagious H5N8
strain first detected in Europe less than two weeks ago.
2014 Nov 16, In the southern
Philippines a bomb exploded on a pedestrian overpass in Kabacan in
North Cotabato province, a town threatened by Muslim rebels in the
past, wounding at least 17 people.
2014 Nov 16, Poland held
regional elections. On Nov 22 official results said the ruling
center-right Civic Platform (PO) won 179 seats in provincial
assemblies. The conservative bloc led by PiS came 2nd, with 169
2014 Nov 16, Gulf states agreed
to welcome Qatar back to the fold following a row over its support
for Islamists. Last March Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE
announced the withdrawal of their envoys from Qatar in protest at
its "interference" in their internal affairs by supporting
2014 Nov 16, Romanians voted to
choose their next president, with current PM Victor Ponta (42) the
overwhelming favorite to win. Klaus Iohannis won a surprise victory
against the leftist PM Victor Ponta.
(AFP, 11/16/14)(Reuters, 12/21/14)
2014 Nov 16, In northern Spain
a fire has destroyed one of the country’s largest meat producing
plants and created a plume of black smoke that forced the closure of
a highway in the northern city of Burgos.
2014 Nov 16, In Syria the
US-led coalition against the Islamic State jihadist group carried
out a series of air strikes overnight on Kobane. The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said that the toll since fighting began
had risen to 1,153, including 27 civilians, 398 Kurdish YPG
fighters, 16 non-Kurdish rebels backing the YPG and 712 Islamic
2014 Nov 16, An Islamic State
group video released today purported to show extremists beheading a
dozen Syrian soldiers. It ended with a militant claiming to have
killed US aid worker Peter Kassig (26). Kassig had formed the aid
organization Special Emergency Response and Assistance, or SERA, in
Turkey to aid Syrian refugees. He delivered food and medical
supplies and provided trauma care to wounded Syrian civilians before
being captured in eastern Syria last year.
2014 Nov 16, Tanzanian
officials said parliament has received a report on the findings of
an investigation into corruption allegations in the energy sector
and will present its findings to parliament on November 26.
2014 Nov 16, Zimbabwe's vice
president Joice Mujuru hit back at charges of plotting to challenge
President Robert Mugabe and said calls for her to resign were
unconstitutional, her first public response to weeks of attacks by
2015 Nov 16, US officials said
the State Department has approved the sale of thousands of smart
bombs worth a total of $1.29 billion to Saudi Arabia to help
replenish supplies used in its battle against insurgents in Yemen
and air strikes against Islamic State in Syria.
2015 Nov 16, Indiana Gov.
Michael Pence suspended the resettlement of Syrian refugees three
days after the terror attacks in Paris. As many as 30 other
Republican governors and one Democrat soon made similar moves. On
Feb 29, 2016, a federal judge ruled the Gov. Pence’s order to cut
federal funds for the resettlement of Syrian refugees in his state
was unconstitutional. On March 8 Indiana filed an appeal.
(Econ, 3/19/15, p.30)
2015 Nov 16, In Minnesota Jamar
Clark, a 24-year-old black man, died after he was shot by
Minneapolis police a day earlier. Community activists said he was
unarmed, handcuffed and shot in the head. The officers were later
identified as Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze. On March 30,
2016, it was announced that the police officers would not be
(SFC, 11/18/15, p.A8)(YahooNews, 11/18/15)(SFC,
11/19/15, p.A8)(CSM, 3/31/16)
2015 Nov 16, Marriott Int’l.
Inc. agreed to buy Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. in a
$12.2 billion deal creating the world’s largest lodging company.
(SFC, 11/17/15, p.D1)
2015 Nov 16, In Burundi three
grenades exploded in different parts of the capital following a
night of violence in which 5 people, including a policeman, were
killed. 60 injured people were treated after suffering injuries in
(AP, 11/16/15)(AP, 11/18/15)
2015 Nov 16, In Cambodia
opposition leader Sam Rainsy was stripped of his lawmaker status and
parliamentary immunity, paving the way for his arrest in connection
with a defamation case. Rainsy was on a visit to South Korea.
(SFC, 11/17/15, p.A2)
2015 Nov 16, Egypt said its
security forces have shot dead 24 militants belonging to the
country's Islamic State affiliate in central Sinai, 70 km from the
crash site of a Russian passenger plane the group claimed it brought
2015 Nov 16, French police
raided homes of suspected Islamist militants across the country
overnight arresting 23 people. Investigators identified Abdelhamid
Abaaoud, a Belgian national living in Syria, as the possible
mastermind behind the Nov 13 attacks in Paris.
(Reuters, 11/16/15)(SFC, 11/17/15, p.A4)
2015 Nov 16, Islamic State
warned in a new video that countries taking part in air strikes
against Syria would suffer the same fate as France, and threatened
to attack in Washington.
2015 Nov 16, Israeli forces
shot dead 2 Palestinians, ages 21 and 28, when heavy clashes erupted
during an operation to destroy the West Bank home of Muhammad Abu
Shaheen, a Palestinian who the army says fatally shot an Israeli
motorist this summer.
(AFP, 11/16/15)(SFC, 11/17/15, p.A3)
2015 Nov 16, In Somalia at
least 7 people were killed and 12 others wounded when a gunfight
broke out between rival security forces as they waited for cards for
food aid just outside Mogadishu.
2015 Nov 16, Yemeni loyalists
and Saudi-led coalition forces launched an offensive to retake the
key battleground province of Taez from Iran-backed rebels. Saudi-led
airstrikes and clashes killed some 40 Shiite rebels and their allies
over the past 24 hours. 25 pro-Hadi fighters were killed in an
ambush laid for them by Houthi and Saleh forces at the Bab
al-Mandeb. 20 Houthi fighters were killed in fighting and coalition
air strikes. A family of 8 were killed in an air strike on Taiz.
(AFP, 11/16/15)(AP, 11/16/15)(Reuters, 11/17/15)
2015 Nov 16, Zimbabwe media
said the government has passed new regulations ordering some 300,000
beneficiaries of President Robert Mugabe's controversial land
reforms to pay annual rent and levies.
2016 Nov 16, Colson Whitehead
won the US National Book Award for fiction for his novel “The
Underground Railroad.” Ibram X. Kendi won the nonfiction award for
“Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas
in America. The poetry award went to Daniel Borzutzky for “The
Performance of Becoming Human.”
(SFC, 11/17/16, p.A11)
2016 Nov 16, The US Geological
Survey said the Wolfcamp Shale geologic formation in the Midland
area of West Texas could yield 20 billion barrels of oil.
(SFC, 11/17/16, p.A8)
2016 Nov 16, Melvin Laird (94),
former US defense secretary, died in Florida. Pres. Richard Nixon
had appointed Laird as the nation’s 10th defense secretary in 1969.
(SFC, 11/17/16, p.A10)
2016 Nov 16, Journalist and
author Peter Binzen (1922) died in Pennsylvania. His books included
“Whitetown, USA” (1970).
(SFC, 11/24/16, p.D2)
2016 Nov 16, Georgia executed
Steven Frederick Spears (54) for the 2001 slaying of his
ex-girlfriend, Sherri Holland. This was the state’s 8th execution
(SFC, 11/17/16, p.A8)
2016 Nov 16, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber on a motorbike killed six people in Kabul in an
attack targeting a minibus with security agents working for the
government. The Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan promptly
2016 Nov 16, Albania's Defense
Ministry says Manushaqe Shehu (51) has been promoted to the rank of
general, becoming the first female general for the nation.
2016 Nov 16, Brazilian federal
police arrested, Anthony Garotinho, a former Rio de Janeiro state
governor, for his alleged involvement in a vote-buying scheme.
Military police in Rio de Janeiro shot pepper spray at demonstrators
protesting austerity measures. Thousands of state employees have not
been paid, or have been paid months late.
2016 Nov 16, The British
Foreign Office said Indian Ocean islanders expelled from the
British-ruled Chagos archipelago during the Cold War to make way for
a U.S. military base will not be given the right to return to
2016 Nov 16, Greek authorities
said four people believed to be migrants have been found dead on a
crippled boat in the northern Aegean Sea and another 15 survivors
have been rescued.
2016 Nov 16, Hong Kong’s high
court ruled that newly elected pro-democracy lawmakers Yau Wai-ching
(25) and Sixtus Leung (30) were unfit to take up their posts in
(Econ, 11/19/16, p.36)
2016 Nov 16, Indonesian police
named Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, the Christian governor of
Jakarta, as a suspect in a blasphemy investigation in a major test
of the Muslim-majority nation's reputation for religious tolerance.
2016 Nov 16, In Iraq heavy
fighting broke out in Mosul's eastern Tahrir neighborhood, where a
suicide car bomber from the Islamic State group disabled an Abrams
tank belonging to the Iraqi army. Special forces now controlled 70
percent of the Tahrir district, where most residents were sheltering
2016 Nov 16, Israel's
parliament gave preliminary approval to a disputed bill that would
retroactively legalize Jewish ettlement outposts built on
privately-owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.
2016 Nov 16, Kenya agreed to
suspend the closure of Dabaab refugee camp, the world's largest, for
six months after coming under fire over the fate of its 280,000
inhabitants, most of them Somalis.
2016 Nov 16, In Libya at least
20 members of the Libyan National Army (LNA) were reported killed
and 40 injured in two days of fighting in the eastern city of
2016 Nov 16, Another migrant
shipwreck took place off the Libyan coast, raising the number of
those missing feared drowned this week to 340.
2016 Nov 16, Advocates for
Myanmar's Muslim ethnic Rohingya community said that more than 100
members of the minority group have been killed in recent government
counterinsurgency sweeps in the western state of Rakhine. Ko Ko Linn
of the Arakan Rohingya National Organization said that according to
villagers, at least 150 people had been killed in Maungdaw district
by security forces since Nov 12.
2016 Nov 16, In Pakistan
Karachi mayor Waseem Akhta, accused of helping militants and
instigating political violence, was released from prison after a
court granted him bail in the last of 39 cases against him.
2016 Nov 16, Pakistan ordered
400 Turkish nationals to leave the country ahead of a visit by
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
2016 Nov 16, Pakistani
authorities arrested eight alleged Islamic State militants in Lahore
who were taking orders from commanders in Syria.
2016 Nov 16, Poland's lawmakers
voted to lower the retirement age in a reversal of a 2012 reform,
despite questions about financing of the new system. The lower house
voted 262-149 with 19 abstentions to allow women to retire at the
age of 60 and men at 65, as of October 2017. The lower chamber also
voted 269-170 for a bill establishing the Territorial Defense Forces
that are starting to recruit men and women.
2016 Nov 16, Russia dealt the
International Criminal Court a fresh blow as the court's top
officials urged nations to support the tribunal hit by a wave of
unprecedented defections. Moscow has never ratified the world's only
permanent war crimes court, but in a heavily symbolic move on the
opening day of the ICC's annual meeting, it said it was formally
withdrawing its signature to the tribunal's founding Rome Statute.
2016 Nov 16, Russia overturned
a criminal conviction against opposition politician Alexei Navalny
following a European court decision, but ruled he must face a fresh
trial. He was convicted of embezzlement in 2013 along with a
businessman associate in a trial he and his supporters see as
2016 Nov 16, Russian security
services raided the offices of Rosnano, a state technology company
headed by Anatoly Chubais, an economic reformer of the 1990s.
(Econ, 11/19/16, p.45)
2016 Nov 16, South Sudanese
soldiers and rebels clashed in Unity State, killing at least 15
people, as rebels loyal to former vice president Riek Machar tried
to steal cattle in the small village of Adaab el Bahr.
2016 Nov 16, The Swedish
Academy said music icon Bob Dylan will not attend the Nobel ceremony
in December to accept his literature prize because he has other
2016 Nov 16, Syrian government
and Russian warplanes pounded rebel-held parts of northern Syria,
including battered second city Aleppo, where food aid rations were
all-but-exhausted after months of regime siege. At least 54 people
were killed in air strikes and artillery shelling across northern
Syria. An airstrike in Batbo village, Aleppo province, killed at
least 18 people, including six women.
(AFP, 11/16/16)(AP, 11/16/16)(SFC, 11/17/16,
2016 Nov 16, Tunisia said
authorities have dismantled a jihadist cell that was planning
attacks against a security station and a commercial center in the
2016 Nov 16, In Yemen heavy
fighting between government forces and rebels in the north and west
left 51 dead over the last 24 hours, as a new peace efforts appeared
2017 Nov 16, President Donald
Trump exhorted three suspended UCLA basketball players to thank
Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) for their freedom
following a shoplifting incident while they were in China.
2017 Nov 16, The US federal
bribery trial of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez (63) ended in a
mistrial with the jury hopelessly deadlocked on all charges against
the New Jersey politician and Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen.
2017 Nov 16, Conservation
groups decried US President Donald Trump's decision to allow trophy
hunters who kill elephants in Zambia and Zimbabwe to bring home the
endangered animals' tusks or other body parts as trophies.
(Reuters, 11/16/17)(SFC, 11/16/17, p.A6)
2017 Nov 16, San Francisco’s
Recreation and Park Commission voted 4-2 to strip Justin Herman’s
name from the plaza on the Embarcadero that has borne the name for
more than four decades. It will be called Embarcadero Plaza until a
new name is decided.
(SFC, 11/17/17, p.A1)
2017 Nov 16, A Chicago judge
threw out the convictions of 15 men who said former Sgt. Ronald
Watts, a convicted corrupt police sergeant, manufactured evidence
that sent them to prison.
(SFC, 11/17/17, p.A6)
2017 Nov 16, In Nebraska Sidney
Loofe (24) of Lincoln was reported missing. Her body parts were
found in ditches along a highway weeks after her disappearance.
Bailey Boswell and her boyfriend, Aubrey Trail, were later charged
with first-degree murder and other crimes in the killing. In 2019
Trail was convicted by a Saline County jury and waived his right to
have a jury decide whether he should be eligible for the death
penalty. He maintained that Loofe's death happened accidentally
during rough sex. Bailey requested that her trial be moved and
testimony about rough sex and the occult barred.
2017 Nov 16, Ann Wedgeworth
(b.1934), American film, TV and Broadway actress, died in NYC. She
was best know for her brief 1979 tenure on the TV sitcom “Three’s
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Wedgeworth)(SFC, 11/20/17, p.C4)
2017 Nov 16, In South Dakota
TransCanada Corp. shut down its Keystone pipeline after a drop in
pressure was detected from a leak. An estimated 210,000 gallons of
oil spilled onto agricultural land.
(SFC, 11/17/17, p.A6)(SFC, 11/18/17, p.A6)
2017 Nov 16, Long Beach-based
Virgin Orbit announced that the it has won its first military
contract, a demonstration flight that would carry “technology
demonstration satellites” for the US Air Force by early 2019.
(SFC, 11/17/17, p.A6)
2017 Nov 16, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber killed 14 people at a political gathering in Kabul in
an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Police Lt. Sayed Basam
Pacha threw his arms around the bomber just before the bomb
detonated saving a number of others from death.
(AP, 11/16/17)(SFC, 11/17/17, p.A3)
2017 Nov 16, Prosecutors in
Brazil said a court has convicted mining tycoon Bernardo Paz of
money laundering and sentenced him to more than nine years in
prison. A judge issued the conviction earlier this year. Paz founded
the Inhotim park in Minas Gerais state, which has become one of the
most important art centers in Latin America.
2017 Nov 16, The London-based
International Maritime Organization (IMO) said ships which do not
meet cuts to the amount of sulfur they can burn in their engines
risk being declared "unseaworthy".
2017 Nov 16, Cambodia's Supreme
Court ordered the main opposition party to be dissolved, dealing a
crushing blow to democratic aspirations in the increasingly
oppressive Southeast Asian state.
2017 Nov 16, China reiterated
its call for an agreement between North Korea and the US under which
the North would gain concessions if it freezes its nuclear weapons
program, apparently contradicting remarks a day earlier by President
2017 Nov 16, Egypt's armed
forces said that they have killed three "high-level" suspected
militants and arrested 74 others in sweeps in the troubled northern
Sinai Peninsula in recent days.
2017 Nov 16, A fireball lit up
the skies of Arctic Finland with a glow of 100 full moons. Experts
scrambled to find where the meteorite landed.
(SSFC, 11/19/17, p.A4)
2017 Nov 16, France said
Lebanese PM Saad Hariri has accepted an invitation to come to France
after his surprise resignation from Saudi Arabia nearly two weeks
ago that stunned Lebanon and rattled the region.
2017 Nov 16, Alice Zeniter (31)
won the Students' Goncourt prize, France's most lucrative book prize
for her novel "The Art of Losing," a powerful account of what
happened to an Algerian "harki" family who sided with the French
during the country's war of independence.
2017 Nov 16, German police said
they have arrested a Dutch man earlier this week accused of running
an international narcotics business from his apartment, after
seizing drugs with an estimated street value of 3 million euros
2017 Nov 16, In Germany
delegates at UN climate talks in Bonn said at least 15 countries
have joined an international alliance to phase out coal from power
generation before 2030. China and 18 other nations representing half
the world's population said they planned to increase the use of wood
and other plant matter from sustainable sources to generate energy
as part of efforts to limit climate change.
2017 Nov 16, In northern Iraq
two Turkish soldiers were killed and one was wounded in northern
Iraq's Avasin Basyan region by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)
2017 Nov 16, In Iraq a KDP
lawmaker said Kurdish lawmakers are returning to Baghdad in hopes
that their presence in Baghdad will bring the prime minister to the
2017 Nov 16, Italy's former
prime minister Silvio Berlusconi won an appeal against paying his
ex-wife alimony, as a court told Veronica Lario to repay checks
totaling some 60 million euros ($70 million). Berlusconi had
insisted Lario was wealthy enough to support herself with her
portfolio of 16 million euros, family jewels and publishing house.
2017 Nov 16, In Libya Dr. Salem
al-Selhab, who worked in the surgical department of the Sabha
Medical Center, the biggest hospital in southern Libya, was
kidnapped by an unknown group.
2017 Nov 16, Mexico’s Pres.
Enrique Pena Nieto signed a law aimed at addressing the
disappearances of some 30,000 people. The law would create a
National Search System with local branches in the states.
2017 Nov 16, In Nigeria police
broke up a sit-in protest in Lagos, dispersing hundreds of former
slum-dwellers demanding compensation after being evicted from their
waterfront homes. Earlier this week, Amnesty International published
a report calling the evictions "unlawful" and demanded an
investigation into the violence.
2017 Nov 16, Pakistan army said
troops had killed a Baluch separatist commander involved in the
slaying of 15 men from Punjab in Baluchistan, where separatist
groups have waged a low-level insurgency.
2017 Nov 16, The Palestinian
Authority received a letter from the US State Department saying that
the Secretary of State had not found enough reasons to keep the
office open. This was the first refusal since the 1980s.
2017 Nov 16, President Vladimir
Putin signed a decree which said Russia's armed forces numbered just
over 1.9 million people, including over 1 million military
2017 Nov 16, Russia named nine
US government-sponsored news outlets likely to be labeled "foreign
agents" under a new law that is being rushed through parliament in
response to what Moscow says is unacceptable US pressure on Russian
2017 Nov 16, In central Russia
at least 14 people were killed in a collision involving a bus and a
logging truck in the Mariy El region.
2017 Nov 16, Spain’s Education
and Culture Minister Inigo Mendez de Vigo announced that Nicaraguan
author and former politician Sergio Ramirez Mercado has won the 2017
Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary
2017 Nov 16, In Syria at least
six people were killed and 45 others were wounded in rocket and
mortar fire on several parts of Damascus. State news agency SANA
said the attacks originated from the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta
region outside the capital. Activists said government shelling and
airstrikes have killed nearly two dozen civilians in three days of
fighting in the suburbs of Damascus.
(AFP, 11/16/17)(AP, 11/16/17)
2017 Nov 16, In Syria
Kheyrollah Samadi, a commander in Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards,
was killed fighting the Islamic State in the Albu Kamal region.
2017 Nov 16, Turkey detained
136 people, including former police, teachers and soldiers, in four
separate operations over suspected links to last year's attempted
2017 Nov 16, In Turkey four
militants were killed in the southeastern province of Tunceli.
2017 Nov 16, Venezuela's ousted
chief prosecutor asked the International Criminal Court to open an
investigation into President Nicolas Maduro and four other senior
officials for alleged crimes against humanity.
2017 Nov 16, A United Nations
General Assembly committee called on Myanmar to end military
operations that have "led to the systematic violation and abuse of
human rights" of Rohingya Muslims in the country's Rakhine state.
2017 Nov 16, The heads of three
UN agencies said thousands of civilians will die, including many
children, unless a Saudi-led coalition fully lifts a blockade that
has "choked off" aid supplies to Yemen.
2017 Nov 16, The World Bank
agreed to grant war-torn Yemen $150 million to help some of its
hardest-hit cities restore basic services and fight a cholera
2017 Nov 16, Zimbabwe
opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said President Robert Mugabe
should resign in the interest of the country after the military
2018 Nov 16, It was reported
that the CIA believes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered
the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, complicating
President Donald Trump's efforts to preserve ties with a key US
2018 Nov 16, The United States
said it would oppose for the first time an annual resolution at the
United Nations calling on Israel to rescind its authority in the
occupied Golan Heights, drawing praise from Israeli officials.
2018 Nov 16, A US federal judge
directed the White House to restore the press credentials of Jim
Acosta of CNN ruling the the Trump administration had likely
violated his due process rights when it revoked his press badge last
(SFC, 11/17/18, p.A6)
2018 Nov 16, A US federal judge
ruled that John Hinckley Jr. (63), the man who tried to assassinate
Pres. Ronald Reagan in 1981, can now move out of his mother's house
in Williamsburg and live within 75 miles of the city with the
approval of his doctors.
(SSFC, 11/18/18, p.A9)
2018 Nov 16, In northern
California the death toll in the Butte County Camp Fire rose to 71.
The number of missing skyrocketed to 1011.
(SFC, 11/17/18, p.A1)
2018 Nov 16, William Goldman
(87), American novelist and Oscar-winning screenwriter, died in
Manhattan. His work included more than 20 novels and more than 20
screenplays. His original screeplay for "Butch Cassidy and the
Sundace Kid" sold for $400,000.
(SSFC, 11/18/18, p.C10)
2018 Nov 16, In Australia
Shinzo Abe became the first prime minister of Japan to visit Darwin
since the northern city was bombed by Japanese forces in World War
II, as he and PM Scott Morrison spoke of strengthening defense and
other ties between their countries ahead of the APEC meeting in
Papua New Guinea.
2018 Nov 16, Investigative
group Bellingcat and Russian website The Insider published a report
suggesting that Russian intelligence has infiltrated the computer
infrastructure of a company that processes British visa
2018 Nov 16, In Cambodia Nuon
Chea (92) and Khieu Samphan 987), the last surviving leaders of the
Khmer Rouge regime that ruled Cambodia in the 1970s, when their
reign of terror was responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.7
million people, were convicted by an international tribunal of
genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
(AP, 11/16/18)(SFC, 11/17/18, p.A2)
2018 Nov 16, Meeting in
Versailles, France, 50-plus nations unanimously approved a
ground-breaking overhaul to the international system of measurements
that underpins global trade and other vital human endeavors, uniting
together behind new scientific definitions for the kilogram and
other units in a way that they have failed to do on so many other
2018 Nov 16, In India thousands
of protesters blocked all the exits at a southern airport for more
than 14 hours, stopping rights activist Trupti Desai from heading to
a Hindu temple to defy a centuries-old ban on most women entering.
Desai has led a successful campaign to give women the right to enter
the inner sanctums of three temples in the western state of
Maharashtra under the slogan "Right to Pray".
2018 Nov 16, Cyclone Gaya made
landfall in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, killing at
least 11 people, uprooting trees and knocking down electricity poles
after more than 80,000 people were moved out of its path to safety.
2018 Nov 16, An Indonesian
conservation official said a Sumatran elephant was found dead
earlier this week in Aceh province with its tusks removed in an
apparent poaching case targeting the critically endangered animal.
2018 Nov 16, Iraq's central
government said it has agreed with Kurdish authorities to resume oil
exports from Kirkuk, a year after federal forces seized the
2018 Nov 16, It was reported
that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu will take over the defense
portfolio in his government after his defense minister resigned this
2018 Nov 16, North Korea said
it will deport Bruce Byron Lowrance, an American citizen it detained
for illegal entrance, an apparent concession to the United States
that came even as it announced the test of a newly developed but
unspecified "ultramodern" weapon that will be seen as a pressuring
tactic by Washington.
2018 Nov 16, A senior North
Korean official on a visit to South Korea called for Japan to
apologize for the wartime forced labor of thousands of Koreans.
2018 Nov 16, World leaders
began landing in Papua New Guinea for the Asia-Pacific Economic
2018 Nov 16, In Poland Sister
Cecylia Roszak (b.1908) died. During the German occupation of Poland
during World War II she was one of several nuns who set up a new
convent near Vilnius, today in Lithuania, sheltering Jews who had
escaped the ghetto there.
2018 Nov 16, The Russian
Defense Ministry said that nearly 6,000 people have returned to
Syria in the last week alone and that nearly 270,000 Syrian refugees
have returned home in recent months, a fraction of the estimated 5.6
million Syrians who have fanned out across the world fleeing the
2018 Nov 16, Russian
investigators opened a criminal case after finding pollution levels
in the Novaya river in St. Petersburg far exceeded norms, with ethyl
alcohol levels charted at 5,400 times the acceptable limit.
2018 Nov 16, A Russian Soyuz
rocket launched its first cargo mission to the International Space
Station since a Soyuz rocket carrying astronauts failed last month.
2018 Nov 16, In Sri Lanka
lawmakers in Parliament supporting disputed PM Mahinda Rajapaksa
threw books, chairs and chili powder mixed with water to try to
block proceedings. Parliament for the second time passed a
no-confidence motion against Rajapaksa and his government by a voice
2018 Nov 16, Turkish
police detained 13 people including two prominent academics under an
investigation into jailed rights activist Osman Kavala, accusing
them of following him in a bid to unseat the government through mass
protests in 2013.
2018 Nov 16, In southern
Zimbabwe at least 42 people were feared dead after flames swept
through a passenger bus overnight driving towards South Africa.
2019 Nov 16, In southern
California five family members were killed, and another underwent
emergency surgery following a shooting at a San Diego home, just a
day after one of the victims obtained a restraining order against
the alleged suspect. The estranged husband had turned a gun on
himself and was among the dead. One child was in critical condition.
(ABC News, 11/16/19)(SSFC, 11/17/19, p.A8)
2019 Nov 16, Louisiana Governor
John Bel Edwards, a conservative Democrat seeking a second term,
faced an election run-off against Eddie Rispone, a Republican who
has tightly aligned himself with President Donald Trump.
2019 Nov 16, It was reported
that sport fish have declined significantly in portions of the Upper
Mississippi River infested with Asian carp, adding evidence to fears
about the invader’s threat to native species.
2019 Nov 16, In Australia
dozens of wild fires burned across broad swaths of the country's
east and west as firefighters scrambled to shore up defenses ahead
of hotter weather and stronger winds expected to bring more danger
in the coming days. The death toll was now at four as about 60 fires
burned in New South Wales.
(Reuters, 11/16/19)(SFC, 11/16/19, p.A2)
2019 Nov 16, Eight Burundian
soldiers were killed when gunmen attacked their camp close to the
Rwandan border. Burundi said the invaders retreated back into Rwanda
after the attack.
2019 Nov 16, The first of
around 700 Cuban doctors were scheduled to fly home from strife-torn
Bolivia as officials railed against what they charged was slander
and mistreatment by Bolivia's conservative interim government.
2019 Nov 16, More than 200,000
Czechs gathered on the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution
that brought an end to decades of communist rule in the country to
give PM Andrej Babis an ultimatum — sell your business or quit your
2019 Nov 16, In Egypt nine
people were killed when a minibus collided with a small truck on a
highway in the southern province of Sohag.
2019 Nov 16, French police
fired water cannon and fired tear gas in Paris to drive back
protesters marking the first anniversary of anti-government "yellow
2019 Nov 16, In Iran protests
spread across the country after a surprise decision to impose petrol
price hikes and rationing in the sanctions-hit country.
2019 Nov 16, Iran informed the
UN IAEA that its stock of heavy water, a moderator used in a type of
reactor it is developing, had exceeded 130 metric tons.
2019 Nov 16, Iraq closed its
southern Shalamcheh border crossing with Iran to travelers from both
countries because of ongoing public protests in both Iran and Iraq.
2019 Nov 16, Israeli aircraft
hit military sites for Gaza’s Hamas rulers early today after two
rockets were fired from the Palestinian enclave.
2019 Nov 16, Malaysia's ruling
coalition lost its fourth electoral contest since coming to power
last May, uncovering deepening cracks in the young alliance mired by
uncertainty over a succession plan for its top leadership.
2019 Nov 16, In the Netherlands
anti-racism campaigners held protests in cities across the country
as Dutch children hailed the annual arrival of St. Nicholas and a
blackface character who traditionally accompanies him.
2019 Nov 16, In Spain dozens of
protesters crowded into Barcelona's main railway station in the
latest show of dissent to grip the city more than a month after a
Spanish court handed stiff prison sentences to nine Catalan
2019 Nov 16, Sri Lankans packed
into polling stations to choose a new president for the
island-nation still struggling to recover from Easter Sunday attacks
on hotels and churches that have heavily weighed on its
tourism-dependent economy. Former defence secretary Gotabaya
Rajapaksa, who oversaw the military defeat of Tamil separatists 10
years ago, and government minister Sajith Premadasa were locked in a
2019 Nov 16, In Switzerland
climate-change activists blocked Geneva airport's private jet
terminal in protest against what they said is an absurd form of
2019 Nov 16, In northern Syria
a car bomb exploded in the town of al-Bab, Aleppo province,
controlled by Turkey-backed opposition fighters, killing at least 18
people and wounding several others. Turkey’s Defense Ministry blamed
the main Kurdish militia, known as the People’s Protection Units.
2019 Nov 16, Turkey removed
four more mayors from their posts as part of a widening government
crackdown against the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP),
and replaced them with state appointees.
2019 Nov 16, The Venezuelan
opposition held nationwide protests in the hope of reviving a
stalled movement to oust President Nicolas Maduro, who has held on
to power despite an economic crisis and aggressive US sanctions.
2020 Nov 16, The Trump
administration announced that it would begin the formal process of
selling leases to oil companies in a last-minute push to achieve its
long-sought goal of allowing oil and gas drilling in the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
(NY Times, 11/16/20)
2020 Nov 16, It was reported
that President Trump plans to make significant troop reductions in
Afghanistan and smaller cuts in Iraq before he leaves office in
(The Week, 11/17/20)
2020 Nov 16, US President
Donald Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, said he
will ensure a professional transition to the team led by Democrat
Joe Biden if Biden is deemed the winner of the 2020 presidential
election and "obviously things look like that now."
2020 Nov 16, The Dow Jones
Industrial Average and S&P 500 surged to close at record highs
after drug maker Moderna announced that its potential COVID-19
vaccine proved nearly 95 percent effective in late-stage trials.
(The Week, 11/17/20)
2020 Nov 16, Some 88,500 claims
of sexual abuse have been filed against the Boy Scouts of America as
the deadline arrived for submitting claims in the organization's
(SFC, 11/17/20, p.A5)
2020 Nov 16, The prestigious
University of California system filed a proposed $73 million
settlement with seven women who accused former gynecologist Dr.
James Heaps of sexual abuse. As part of the class-action lawsuit,
more than 6,600 patients of Dr. James Heaps could receive part of
the settlement. A federal judge must still approve the deal.
2020 Nov 16, California to
date had 1,044,001 cases of coronavirus and 18,304 deaths. The SF
Bay Area had 132,342 cases and 1,885 deaths. Total cases nationwide
reached over 11,202,980 with the death toll at
2020 Nov 16, Georgia Secretary
of State Brad Raffensperger (R) said that Republicans, including
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), have been pushing him to question the
validity of absentee ballots that were legally cast.
(The Week, 11/17/20)
2020 Nov 16, Peter Brand, a
former Harvard University fencing coach, and Jie "Jack" Zhao, the
chief executive of a telecommunications company, were arrested on
charges that they engaged in a bribery scheme aimed at securing the
admission of the businessman's two sons to the Ivy League school.
2020 Nov 16, New Jersey
Governor Phil Murphy announced stricter capacity restrictions for
both indoor and outdoor gatherings as more US states took steps to
combat the latest coronavirus surge.
2020 Nov 16, Home Depot Inc
said it would buy HD Supply Holdings Inc in a deal valued at about
$8 billion, setting itself up to regain control over the industrial
materials wholesaler after spinning it off over a decade ago.
2020 Nov 16, Inovio
Pharmaceuticals Inc said it has received US health regulator's
clearance to begin a mid-stage study of its COVID-19 vaccine
candidate. INO-4800 is administered through a device called
Cellectra, which sends out an electrical pulse to open pores in a
cell so DNA molecules can enter.
2020 Nov 16, Johnson &
Johnson launched a new large-scale late-stage trial to test a
two-dose regimen of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine and evaluate
potential incremental benefits for the duration of protection with a
2020 Nov 16, Moderna Inc
delivered the latest good news from COVID-19 vaccine developers,
saying its experimental vaccine is 94.5% effective in preventing the
disease based on interim data from a late-stage trial. Moderna's
interim analysis was based on 95 infections among trial participants
who received either a placebo or the vaccine.
2020 Nov 16, SpaceX’s newly
launched capsule with four astronauts arrived at the International
Space Station, their new home until spring.
2020 Nov 16, South Australia
reported 14 new coronavirus cases, a rapid spike in the state's
first outbreak since April, prompting officials to impose social
2020 Nov 16, In Belarus crowds
of retirees marched in Minsk, marking 100 days since mass protests
began and became an almost-daily feature of life in the country
after authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko won his sixth
term in a widely disputed election.
2020 Nov 16, Amnesty
International said Belgian authorities “abandoned” thousands of
elderly people who died in nursing homes during the coronavirus
pandemic and did not seek hospital treatment for many who were
infected, violating their human rights. Belgium has reported more
than 531,000 confirmed virus cases and more than 14,400 deaths
linked to the coronavirus.
2020 Nov 16, Germany ordered
around 16,100 turkeys to be slaughtered after the H5N8 bird flu was
found on another poultry farm.
2020 Nov 16, Hungary and Poland
blocked the adoption of the EU 2021-2027 budget and recovery fund at
a meeting of ambassadors, over a clause making access to money
conditional on respect for the rule of law.
2020 Nov 16, New Delhi's top
health official said the latest surge of coronavirus infections in
the Indian capital, that has swamped its intensive care wards and
killed hundreds of people, has passed its peak.
2020 Nov 16, Iran reported a
record 13,053 new coronavirus infections and 486 deaths over the
past 24 hours as the government planned tougher restrictions to curb
the pandemic in the Middle East's worst-affected country. The total
number of infected cases reached 775,121, while total fatalities had
increased to 41,979.
2020 Nov 16, Iraq hanged 21
prisoners in Nasiriyah Central Prison. Among them were men with
suspected IS-links convicted under a 2005 counter-terrorism law.
They had been charged with detonating explosives in the northern
Iraqi town of Tal Afar during battles to dislodge the militant
group. Amnesty International soon called the executions “an
2020 Nov 16, Italy registered
27,354 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, down from
33,979 the day before, with the fall reflecting the usual drop in
the number of swabs conducted on Sundays. The ministry also reported
504 COVID 19-related deaths, down from 546 the previous day.
2020 Nov 16, Libya's rival
sides wrapped up a week of UN-brokered talks without agreeing on a
transitional government that would lead the county to an election in
December next year.
2020 Nov 16, An Amsterdam
appeals court upheld the terror conviction of an Afghan
asylum-seeker who stabbed two American tourists, seriously injuring
them, at Amsterdam’s main railway station in 2018. Judges slightly
reduced the sentence of the attacker, who has been identified only
as Jawed S. (21), from nearly 27 years to 25 years based on
sentences in similar cases and on his young age.
2020 Nov 16, Hurricane Iota,
the 13th of the Atlantic season, made landfall in northeastern
Nicaragua at 10:40 p.m. Eastern time as a Category 4 storm, with
wind speeds of up to about 155 miles per hour.
(SFC, 11/16/20, p.A2)(NY Times, 11/17/20)
2020 Nov 16, Pakistan banned
public political rallies after recording its highest daily
coronavirus infections since July for four days running.
2020 Nov 16, Peru's Congress
chose Francisco Sagasti (76), an engineer from the centrist Purple
Party, as the legislature's new president. By law the head of
Congress should become the country's new interim president.
(SFC, 11/17/20, p.A3)
2020 Nov 16, The Philippines'
health ministry recorded 1,738 new coronavirus infections and seven
additional deaths, the lowest daily increase in casualties in nearly
three months. Total confirmed cases increased to 409,574, while
deaths reached 7,839.
2020 Nov 16, Pres. Vladimir
Putin approved the creation of Russia’s first naval base in the
Indian Ocean, expanding his country’s global military footprint and
cementing its defence ties with African nations. The facility in
Sudan, which will be able to accommodate up to four military vessels
and 300 personnel.
(The Telegraph, 11/17/20)
2020 Nov 16, Russia reported a
record 22,778 new daily coronavirus cases as the authorities in
Moscow turned to a temporary hospital built inside an ice rink to
handle the influx of COVID-19 patients.
2020 Nov 16, Russia resumed the
vaccination of new volunteers in its trial for its flagship COVID-19
Sputnik V vaccine after a short pause.
2020 Nov 16, The UN refugee
agency said Ethiopia’s growing conflict has resulted in more than
25,300 refugees fleeing the Tigray region into Sudan.
2020 Nov 16, The Swedish
government moved to cut the size of public gatherings sharply as it
sought to come to grips with a second wave of the pandemic that has
seen record daily numbers of new cases and growing pressure on
2020 Nov 16, Syria’s longtime
Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem (79), a career diplomat who became
one of the country’s most prominent faces to the outside world
during the uprising against President Bashar Assad, died.
2020 Nov 16, Kurdish-led
authorities released 120 Syrian families from one of the largest
camps in northeastern Syria holding tens of thousands of women and
children, many of them linked to the Islamic State group.
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