Today in History - November 24
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1105 Nov 24,
Rabbi Nathan ben Yehiel of Rome completed a Talmudic dictionary.
1434 Nov 24, The Thames River
1542 Nov 24, The English
defeated the Scots under King James at the Battle of Solway Moss, in
1572 Nov 24, John Knox (67),
Scottish preacher, died.
1628 Nov 24, John Ford's
"Lover's Melancholy," premiered in London.
1632 Nov 24, Baruch (Benedict)
de Spinoza (d.1677), Dutch rationalist philosopher, was born in
Amsterdam. "Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear."
(AP, 9/24/99)(MC, 11/24/01)
1639 Nov 24, A 2nd predicted
transit of Venus occurred. Jeremiah Horrocks of England predicted
and observed the event with his friend William Crabtree.
(MC, 11/24/01)(Econ, 5/29/04, p.78)
1642 Nov 24, Abel Janszoon
Tasman (d.1659) discovered Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania).
1650 Nov 24, Manuel Cardoso
(83), composer, died.
1655 Nov 24, English Lord
Protector Cromwell banned Anglicans.
1674 Nov 24, Franciscus van
Enden (72), Flemish Jesuit and free thinker, was executed.
1688 Nov 24, General strategist
John Churchill met William III.
1690 Nov 24, Charles Theodore
Pachelbel, composer, was born.
1713 Nov 24, Junipero Serra
(d.1784), Spanish Roman Catholic missionary to the Indians in
California and Mexico was born on the Spanish isle of Palma de
Mallorca. He came to the New World in 1749 accompanied by 14 other
Mallorcans including the geographer Crespi and Father Francisco
Palou, biographer of Serra and historian of the missions. Serra was
beatified in 1988.
(SFC, Z1, 4/28/96, p.6)(SFEC, 9/14/97,
1713 Nov 24, Laurence Sterne
(d.1768), novelist and satirist (Tristram Shandy), was born in
Ireland. "Free thinkers are generally those who never think at all."
(MC, 11/24/01)(AP, 6/19/97)
1715 Nov 24, The Thames River
1722 Nov 24, Johann Adam
Reincken (99), German organist and composer, died.
1759 Nov 24, There was a
destructive eruption of Vesuvius.
1784 Nov 24, Zachary Taylor,
the 12th president of the United States (1849-1850), was born in
Orange County, Va.
(AP, 11/24/97)(HN, 11/24/98)
1800 Nov 24, Weber's opera "Das
Waldmadchen," premiered in Freiburg.
1826 Nov 24, Carlo Collodi, the
creator of Pinocchio, was born.
1832 Nov 24, South Carolina
passed an Ordinance of Nullification. The US government had enacted
a tariff. South Carolina nullified it and threatened to secede.
Pres. Jackson threatened armed force on his home state but a
compromise was devised by Henry Clay that ducked the central
1832 Nov 24, The doctrine of
nullification involved an argument concerning the nature of the
union as defined by the writers of the Constitution and addressed
the question: "Was the US a compact of sovereign states, each
retaining ultimate authority, or was the US one nation formed by the
people through the writing of the Constitution?" John C. Calhoun,
supporter of the doctrine of nullification, was Pres. Jackson's
principal opponent in the nullification crises.
1835 Nov 24, Texas Rangers, a
mounted police force, was authorized by the Texas Provisional
1847 Nov 24, Bram Stoker, Irish
theater manager and author (Dracula), was born. [see Nov 8]
1848 Nov 24, Lilli Lehmann,
opera singer, was born.
1849 Nov 24, Frances Hodgson
Burnett, author, was born. Her work includes “Little Lord
Fauntleroy” and “The Secret Garden.”
1853 Nov 24, William Masterson
(Bat Masterson), journalist, gambler, frontier lawman, was born in
Henryville, Quebec. He died at his desk as a NYC sports reporter.
[see Nov 24, 1856]
(SFC, 8/2/97, p.E3)(MC, 11/24/01)
1856 Nov 24, Bat Masterson was
born in Quebec, Canada. [see Nov 24, 1853]
1859 Nov 24, Cass Gilbert
(d.1934), architect, was born. His work included the NYC Woolworth
Building, completed in 1913.
(HN, 11/24/00)(WSJ, 1/10/00, p.A20)
1859 Nov 24, British naturalist
Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species," or “The
Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life.” The first
printing of 1,250 copies sold out in a single day. It explained his
theory of evolution.
(V.D.-H.K.p.280)(WSJ, 2/24/97, p.A20)(AP,
1862 Nov 24, M. Levy published
Gustave Flaubert’s "Salammbo."
1863 Nov 24, In the Battle
Above the Clouds, Union Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker's forces took
Lookout Mountain, near Chattanooga, Tenn. The battle for Lookout
Mountain was fought in a layer of fog whose lower level began at the
Cravens House, used as Rebel headquarters. Gen’l. Hooker later
commissioned painter James Walker to render a picture of the battle
(HFA, ‘96, p.42)(HT, 4/97, p.56)(HN, 11/24/98)
1864 Nov 24, Henri
Toulouse-Lautrec (d.1901), French post-impressionist painter, was
1864 Nov 24, Kit Carson and his
1st Cavalry, New Mexico Volunteers, attacked a camp of Kiowa Indians
in the First Battle of Adobe Walls.
1868 Nov 24, Scott Joplin was
born in Texas. By the time he was a teenager, Joplin could play the
banjo and the piano, and had begun to work as a saloon musician. In
the late 1890s, he was performing and composing at the Maple Leaf
Club in Sedalia, Missouri, and in 1899 his "Maple Leaf Rag" made
ragtime popular. Ragtime was a mixture of classical European and
African-American styles of music, and it influenced the later
development of jazz. Joplin was not considered a serious composer
until ragtime resurfaced in the 1970s, when his composition "The
Entertainer" was the theme to the movie The Sting. The first grand
opera composed by an African American was Joplin's Treemonisha
(1911), which was not very successful at the time. In 1976, however,
more than 50 years after Joplin died, Treemonisha won the Pulitzer
(HNPD, 11/24/98)(WSJ, 7/5/00, p.A20)
1871 Nov 24, The National Rifle
Association was incorporated in NYC, and its first president named:
Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside.
(AP, 11/24/97)(MC, 11/24/01)
1874 Nov 24, Farmer Joseph
Glidden's patent for barbed wire was granted. Glidden designed a
simple wire barb that attached to a double-strand wire, as well as a
machine to mass-produce the wire. The invention was a welcome
alternative to other types of fencing for farming on the arid Great
Plains--wood fences and stone walls were difficult to construct
because of the lack of sufficient rocks and trees, and the existing
wire fences were easily broken when cattle leaned against them. The
use of barbed-wire fences changed ranching and farming life. Farmers
could keep roaming cattle and sheep off their land, but open-range
cowboys and Native American farmers were restricted to the land and
resources not claimed and marked by the new fences. As more settlers
moved onto the plains, the amount of public, shared land decreased
and open-range farming became obsolete.
(HNPD, 11/23/98) (HN, 11/24/98)
1886 Nov 24, Margaret Anderson,
editor, was born. She founded “The Little Review.”
1887 Nov 24, Victorien Sardou's
"La Tosca," premiered in Paris.
1888 Nov 24, Dale Carnegie
(d.1955), public speaker, was born in Missouri. He authored "How to
Win Friends and Influence People" (1937).
1899 Nov 24, Abdullah ibn
Mohammed al-Ta'a'ishi, Mahdi of Sudan (1883-99), died.
1901 Nov 24, Andre Victor
Tchelistcheff, winemaker, was born.
1902 Nov 24, The first Congress
of Professional Photographers convened in Paris.
1903 Nov 24, Clyde Coleman of
NYC patented an automobile electric starter.
1908 Nov 24, Harry Kemelman, US
detective author (rabbi omnibus), was born.
1910 Nov 24, Robert
Baden-Powell, who founded the scout movement in Britain in 1907,
organized the first scout meeting in Africa at a church in Nairobi.
1912 Nov 24, Garson Kanin,
writer and director, was born. His work included “Born Yesterday.”
1912 Nov 24, Austria denounced
Serbian gains in the Balkans; Russia and France backed Serbia while
Italy and Germany backed Austria.
1914 Nov 24, Benito Mussolini
left Italy's socialist party.
1916 Nov 24, Forrest J.
Ackerman, coined the term "sci-fi,” was born.
1918 Nov 24, Frank O. King
premiered his comic strip "Gasoline Alley" in the Chicago Tribune.
He aged his characters over time.
(SFC, 7/8/98, Z1 p.3)(WSJ, 6/20/01,
1921 Nov 24, John V. Lindsay,
(Mayor-R/D-NY, 1965-73), was born.
1922 Nov 24, Italian parliament
gave Mussolini dictatorial powers "for 1 year."
1925 Nov 24, William F.
Buckley, Jr. (d.2008), journalist who founded the conservative
magazine National Review, was born in Manhattan, as the 6th of 10
children. His father had made a fortune in the oil fields of Mexico.
(HN, 11/24/98)(SFC, 2/28/08, p.A2)
1927 Nov 24, Alfredo Kraus,
tenor (La Scala), was born in Las Palmas, Canary Islands.
1927 Nov 24, In California
troops battled 1,200 inmates after Folsom prisoners revolted. On
Thanksgiving Day there was a prison break at Folsom. One prisoner
was shot in the ensuing uprising and five others were later hung.
(SFEC, 1/26/97, p.B4) (HN, 11/24/98)
1929 Nov 24, Georges Clemenceau
(b.1841), French journalist and premier (1917-20), died. He is noted
for the quote: “La guerre! C’est une chose trop grave pour la
confier à des militaires.” (War is too serious a matter to
entrust to military men).
1936 Nov 24, Noel Coward's
"Tonight at 8:30," premiered in NYC.
1938 Nov 24, Clifford Odets'
"Rocket to the Moon," premiered in NYC.
1938 Nov 24, Mexico seized oil
land adjacent to Texas.
1939 Nov 24, In Czechoslovakia,
the Gestapo executed 120 students who were accused of anti-Nazi
1941 Nov 24, "Life
Certificates" were issued to some Jews of Vilna. The rest were
1941 Nov 24, Indian infantry
attacked German tanks at Sidi Omar.
1942 Nov 24, Field marshal
Erich von Manstein arrived in Starobelsk.
1944 Nov 24, American B-29
bombers based on Saipan attacked Tokyo in the first raid against the
Japanese capital by land-based planes.
(HN, 11/24/98)(AP, 11/24/05)
Nov 24, Heinrich Himmler ordered the destruction of the Auschwitz
and Birkenau crematoriums.
1946 Nov 24, Ted Bundy
(d.1989), serial murderer, was born Burlington, Vt.
1947 Nov 24, John Steinbeck's
novel "The Pearl" was first published.
1947 Nov 24, Congress voted to
cite the Hollywood Ten, who opposed the HUAC hearings, as
“unfriendly witnesses” for contempt of Congress for refusing to
answer questions about alleged Communist influence in the movie
industry. At the same time 50 top Hollywood executives convened and
decided to discharge or suspend the Hollywood Ten until acquittal or
declaration that they were not Communists. Among the ten were
director Edward Dmytrak, who later recanted and gave names of
suspected Communists, Lester Cole, and writer Ring Lardner Jr.
Lester Cole later wrote “Hollywood Red.”
(SFEC, 5/18/97, DB p.65)(AP, 11/24/97)
1948 Nov 24, In Venezuela Gen.
Pérez Jiménez and Lt. Colonel Carlos Delgado Chalbaud staged a
coup. A military junta headed by Delgado Chalbaud, Luis Felipe
Llovera Páez and Pérez Jiménez overthrew the elected president
Rómulo Gallegos and ruled for the next four years.
1949 Nov 24, Alexander C.
Cushing (1914-2006) opened the Squaw Valley Development Company with
his wife Justine Bayard Cushing (d.2003 at 85). The new Lake Tahoe
area ski resort opened with a double chairlift and 2 rope tows.
1949 Nov 24, The Iron and Steel
Act nationalized the steel industry in Britain.
1949 Nov 24, In Germany the
Petersberg agreement provided concessions to Western Germany from
the Allied high commission in return for German membership in the
Int’l. Ruhr Authority. The influx of 8 million Germans from the east
caused widespread unemployment.
(EWH, 1968, p.1180)
1950 Nov 24, The musical "Guys
and Dolls," based on the writings of Damon Runyon and featuring
songs by Frank Loesser, opened on Broadway.
1950 Nov 24, UN troops began an
assault with the intent to end the Korean War by Christmas.
1954 Nov 24, France sent 20,000
soldiers to Algeria.
1956 Nov 24, "Pajama Game"
closed at St James Theater NYC after 1063 performances.
1959 Nov 24, The new TV show
Twilight Zone ran “The Time Element” about a bartender returning to
Pearl Harbor Dec 6, 1941.
(SFC, 11/25/02, p.A15)
1961 Nov 24, The UN adopted
bans on nuclear arms over American protest.
1962 Nov 24, The BBC TV series
"That Was the Week That Was" began and ran through 36 episodes to
1963. Willie Rushton impersonated PM Harold McMillan.
1963 Nov 24, Jack Ruby shot and
mortally wounded Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of
President Kennedy in front of TV cameras in the garage of the Dallas
Police Department. Ruby used a .38 Colt Cobra purchased at Ray’s
Hardware and Sporting Goods in Dallas run by Lawrence Brantley
(1921-1996). Sometime earlier Oswald had made an attempt to murder
right-wing Gen’l. Edwin A. Walker. In 2002 Thomas Mallon authored
“Mrs. Paine’s Garage and the Murder of John F. Kennedy.”
(SFC, 10/17/96, C2)(AP, 11/24/97)(HN,
11/24/00)(WSJ, 1/18/02, p.W8)
1964 Nov 24, Residents of Wash
DC were permitted to vote for the 1st time since 1800.
1964 Nov 24, The UC Berkeley
Academic Senate defeated a motion to support the position of the
Free Speech Movement by a vote of 274-261.
(SSFC, 9/21/14, p.A13)
1965 Nov 24, Congo had a
military coup under Gen. Mobutu and Pres. Kasavubu was overthrown.
Larry Devlin, US CIA station chief, had encouraged Mobutu to launch
the coup. In 2007 Devlin authored “Chief of Station, Congo: Fighting
the Cold War in a Hot Zone.”
1967 Nov 24, Cambodian triple
agent Inchin Lam was murdered. Special Forces Captain John J.
McCarthy was accused and later tried for the murder in a court in
Vietnam. [see Jan 29, 1968]
1968 Nov 24, Eldridge Cleaver
fled the US with his wife rather face assault charges from 1958. He
returned to the US in 1975.
1968 Nov 24, Three Latins
hijacked a US B-707 jet, from New York’s Kennedy Int’l. to Cuba.
Pena Soltren, a US citizen, and two accomplices used weapons hidden
in a diaper bag to hijack Pan Am Flight 281. In 2009 Luis Armando
Pena Soltren (66) voluntarily returned to the same airport to
surrender and face prosecution. On Jan 4, 2011, Soltren was
sentenced to 15 years in prison.
1969 Nov 24, Gen. William
Westmoreland assigned Lt. Gen. William R. Peers to investigate the
My Lai incident (March 16, 1968).
1969 Nov 24, Apollo 12 splashed
down safely in the Pacific, ending the second manned mission to the
1971 Nov 24, On Thanksgiving
eve DB Cooper boarded Flight 305 in Portland, Or., and demanded
$200,000 with the threat of a bomb. He parachuted from a Northwest
Airlines 727 with the money over the Cascade Mountains near Ariel,
Wash., and was never seen again. FBI agent Ralph Himmelsbach
wrote the book NORJAK that described the case. A packet containing
$5,880 of the ransom money was found in 1980 on the north shore of
the Columbia River, just west of the Washington city of Vancouver.
In 2011 evidence was presented that Lynn Doyle Cooper (d.1999) of
Oregon, a Korean war veteran, was the hijacker. On July 13, 2016,
the FBI said it is no longer investigating the case.
(SFEC, 11/17/96, Z1 p.5)(AP, 11/24/97)(SFC,
8/4/11, p.A8)(SFC, 7/13/16, p.A6)
1971 Nov 24, A prison rebellion
took place at Rahway State Prison, NJ.
1976 Nov 24, In Argentina
military and law enforcement officials descended on the La Plata
home of Daniel Enrique Mariani, and his wife, Diana Esmeralda
Terugi, as part of an official campaign against people deemed to be
subversives. Their home housed a printing press for the leftist
group Montoneros. Terugi and four others were killed in the raid.
Daniel was not home, but was killed less than a year later.
Witnesses later said their daughter Clara Anahi, aged 3 months, was
taken from the home.
(SSFC, 8/26/18, p.C9)
1977 Nov 24, Greeks announced
the discovery of the tomb of King Philip II, father of Alexander the
1979 Nov 24, U.S. admitted that
thousands of troops in Vietnam were exposed to the toxic Agent
1982 Nov 24, FCC dropped limits
on the duration and frequency of TV ads.
1983 Nov 24, An IRA unit
disguised as police officers seized Don Tidey, an American former
chief executive of Ireland's Superquinn grocery stores, outside his
Dublin home. They held him for more than three weeks in woods near
the Irish border and demanded the equivalent of US$7.5 million in
ransom. A joint Irish police-army search stumbled on the kidnappers'
hideaway, freeing Tidey, but the IRA kidnappers killed a police
officer and soldier as they escaped.
1983 Nov 24, PLO exchanged 6
Israeli prisoners for 4,500 Palestinians and Lebanese.
1985 Nov 24, The hijacking of
an EgyptAir jetliner parked on the ground in Malta ended violently
as Egyptian commandos stormed the plane. Fifty-eight people died in
the raid, in addition to two others killed by the hijackers. Ali
Rezaq of the Abu Nidal terrorist group was imprisoned in Malta for 7
years and then released. The US FBI apprehended him in Nigeria in
1993 and he was convicted by a US federal jury in 1996 and sentenced
to life in prison.
(SFC, 7/20/96, p.A6)(SFEC, 10/8/96, D1)(AP,
1987 Nov 24, The United States
and the Soviet Union agreed to scrap shorter- and medium-range
missiles in the first superpower treaty to eliminate an entire class
of nuclear weapons.
1988 Nov 24, A state of
emergency was declared in the cities of Kirovabad and Nakhichevan in
(WSJ, 8/7/96, p.A15)
1988 Nov 24, South Africa's
justice minister announced that Nelson Mandela would not be returned
to prison upon his recovery from tuberculosis, but would instead
remain in custody in another location.
1989 Nov 24, Czechoslovakia's
hard-line Communist party leadership resigned after more than a week
of protests against its policies.
1989 Nov 24, In Peshawar,
Pakistan, Abdulla Yusuf Azzam, a Palestinian intellectual, was
assassinated in a car bombing reportedly ordered by Osama bin Laden
for suspected CIA ties.
1989 Nov 24, Romanian leader
Nicolae Ceausescu was unanimously re-elected Communist Party chief.
Within a month, he was overthrown in a popular uprising and executed
along with his wife, Elena, on Christmas Day.
1990 Nov 24, President Bush
returned home from an eight-day tour of Europe and the Middle East,
during which he’d lobbied foreign leaders on behalf of his Persian
1990 Nov 24, In Texas Rosemary
Diaz (15) went missing. Her remains were found in 2015 near the
Wharton-Matagorda county line following a tip from the family of a
man considered a suspect in the case. The suspect had recently died
1991 Nov 24, The space shuttle
Atlantis blasted off from Cape Canaveral with six astronauts and a
1991 Nov 24, Freddie Mercury
(45), Zanzibar-born rock singer, died in London of pneumonia brought
on by AIDS. Mercury and the rock group Queen made the 1975 hit
(AP, 11/24/01)(SSFC, 11/10/02, p.A2)
1992 Nov 24, Former Defense
Secretary Caspar Weinberger pleaded innocent to making a false
statement in the Iran-Contra affair. However, Weinberger was
pardoned by President Bush before the case could come to trial.
1992 Nov 24, The US military
closed the Subic Bay Naval Station and left the Philippines.
(HFA, '96, p.18)(SFEC, 11/17/96, p.A12)
1992 Nov 24, Bob Lurie, owner
of the San Francisco Giants, agreed to sell the baseball team to a
group of city business leaders for $100 million. Safeway Chairman
Peter Magowan will be the managing general partner of the investment
group. Lurie will retain a $10 million share for the next four
(SSFC, 11/19/17, DB p.50)
1992 Nov 24, In China, a
domestic jetliner crashed, killing 141 people.
1993 Nov 24, President Clinton
met at the White House with Salman Rushdie, the British author
condemned to death by Iran for writing "The Satanic Verses."
1993 Nov 24, The US Congress
gave its final approval to the Brady handgun control bill. It
established a 5-day waiting period for handgun sales.
1993 Nov 24 Two 11-year-old
boys, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, were convicted of the
February murder of 2-year-old James Bulger of Liverpool, England.
Shortly after the trial, Lord Taylor of Gosforth, the Lord Chief
Justice, ordered that the two boys should serve a minimum of ten
years behind bars. Thompson and Venables were released on a “life
license” in June 2001, after serving eight years of their life
sentence. An injunction remained in force following their release,
so that details of their new identities and locations could not be
1994 Nov 24, Rebel Serbs
refused to withdraw from the U.N. designated safe area around Bihac
and continued to advance on the city, despite recent NATO air
1994 Nov 24, In Sri Lanka a
Tiger suicide bomber killed opposition pres. candidate Gamini
Disanayake and 51 others.
(SFC, 7/24/96, p.A9)
1995 Nov 24, The American
Visionary Art Museum opened in Baltimore. It was founded by
development consultant Rebecca Hoffberger (43), who succeeded in
raising most of the $7.5 mil for the museum.
1995 Nov 24, Bosnian Serb
leader Radovan Karadzic promised during a televised address to
accept a U-S-brokered peace plan.
1995 Nov 24, Voters in Ireland
narrowly ended a 70-year ban on divorce and approved a
constitutional amendment legalizing divorce and remarriage by
(SFC, 1/18/96, p.A8)(AP, 11/24/00)(MC, 11/24/01)
1996 Nov 24, On the eve of an
Asia-Pacific trade conference in the Philippines, President Clinton
met with Chinese President Jiang Zemin. Both sides signaled their
troubled relations were on the mend, and agreed to exchange
presidential visits over the next two years.
1996 Nov 24, In Argentina
evangelist Sun Myung Moon began a new Spanish newspaper for all of
Latin America with the assistance of former US president George
Bush. Bush was reportedly paid $100,000. They then traveled to
Uruguay to inaugurate a seminary to train 4,200 Japanese women to
spread the word of his Church across Latin America.
(SFC, 11/25/96, p.B1)(WSJ, 11/26/96, p.A1)
1996 Nov 24, In Belarus
parliament set its own date for a vote to approve the abolishment of
the office of the president. Lukashenko has the backing of the
security apparatus which numbers about 150,000 in the pop. of 10
(WSJ, 10/8/96, p.A17)
1996 Nov 24, In Serbia a court
controlled by Pres. Milosevic annulled the electoral victory of the
opposition. The opposition had one 67 of 110 seats of the Belgrade
City Council. The court annulled 52 of the opposition seats.
(SFC, 11/25/96, p.A8)
1997 Nov 24, Pres. Clinton and
APEC Asian leaders in Vancouver discussed ways of calming the Asian
economic crisis and agreed on the rough details of a $68 billion
bailout with loans from the IMF.
(SFC, 11/25/97, p.A1) (AP, 11/24/98)
1997 Nov 24, Space-walking
astronauts from the shuttle Columbia grabbed a spinning satellite
with their hands, enabling the cockpit crew to use the shuttle's
robot arm to return it to the cargo bay.
1997 Nov 24, In the SF Bay Area
Thomas Franklin Wheelock (20) murdered his Armored Transport
partner, Rodrigo Cortez (30), and escaped with $300,000. Most of the
money was found in a Sacramento motel. Wheelock was pronounced
guilty in 2001 and sentenced to life in prison.
(SFC,11/26/97, p.A1)(SFC, 9/5/01, p.A16)(SFC,
1997 Nov 24, French Singer
Monique Serf, stage-name Barbara, died at 67. She was famous for her
songs “Aigle Noir,” “Nantes,” “La Solitude,” and “Une Petite
(SFC, 11/26/97, p.C4)
1997 Nov 24, It was reported
that Iraq continued to withhold access to 63 weapons sites that
included 47 presidential compounds.
(SFC, 11/24/97, p.A13)
1997 Nov 24, Israeli warplanes
and soldiers attacked supposed guerilla infiltration trails in
southern Lebanon. Three Hezbollah were reported killed.
(SFC, 11/25/97, p.A12)
1997 Nov 24, In Japan the
Yamaichi Securities firm, the nation's 4th largest, announced a
shutdown due to debts totaling $24 billion. It was the third, after
Sanyo Securities and Hokkaido Takushoku Bank, Japanese financial
company to collapse in a month.
(SFC, 11/24/97, p.A1)(AP, 11/24/98)(Econ,
1997 Nov 24, In Somalia all
hostages were released by the rival Marjeteen and Wasangeli
(SFC, 11/24/97, p.A11)
1998 Nov 24, America Online
confirmed it was buying Netscape Communications in a deal ultimately
worth $10 billion.
1998 Nov 24, Bill Gates,
chairman of Microsoft Corp., donated $20 million to the Seattle
Public Library system.
(SFC, 11/24/98, p.A3)
1998 Nov 24, A UN report on
AIDS said 33 million people were infected, and that two-thirds of
them were in sub-Saharan Africa.
(WSJ, 11/25/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 24, In Britain Queen
Elizabeth announced plans by the Blair government to make the House
of Lords more democratic by stripping aristocrats of their right to
sit in it.
(WSJ, 11/25/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 24, In Lebanon Pres.
Elias Hrawi was scheduled to step down and be replaced by Emile
(SFC, 10/16/98, p.D2)
1998 Nov 24, The OECD
(Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) ratified an
anti-bribery convention. It came into force in 1999.
p.18)(Econ, 12/6/14, p.73)
1998 Nov 24, The first
Palestine Airlines flight touched down at Gaza International
1998 Nov 24, A funeral was held
in St. Petersburg for liberal Russian lawmaker Galina Starovoitova,
who had been assassinated four days earlier.
1998 Nov 24, Russia, Kazakstan
and a group of major oil companies agreed to build a pipeline to
connect the Tengiz oil field to a Russian port on the Black Sea.
(SFC, 11/25/98, p.A16)
1998 Nov 24, The UN Security
Council voted to allow Iraq an additional $5.2 billion in oil sales
over the next 6 months to cover humanitarian aid.
(SFC, 11/25/98, p.A14)
1999 Nov 24, American Indian
farmers filed a $19 billion class-action lawsuit against the
Agriculture Department for an alleged 20-year history of
(SFC, 11/25/99, p.A4)
1999 Nov 24, It was reported
that US married couples with children comprised 26% of the
population as opposed to 45% in 1972.
(SFC, 11/24/99, p.A3)
1999 Nov 24, In Britain
authorities intercepted Scud missile components labeled as auto
parts originating in Taiwan and destined for Libya.
(SFC, 1/10/00, p.A10)
1999 Nov 24-1999 Nov 25, The
Chinese ferry, Dashun, with 312 passengers caught fire and sank in
stormy seas on the Bohai Strait near Yantai in Shandong province.
Only 22 passengers were rescued.
(SFC, 11/26/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/26/99, p.A1)(SFC,
11/27/99, p.A14)(AP, 11/24/00)
1999 Nov 24, In Croatia the
parliament passed a constitutional amendment that declared Pres.
Tudjman (77) to be temporarily disabled and acted to pass power to
Vlatko Pavletic, speaker of parliament.
(SFC, 11/25/99, p.A14)(WSJ, 11/26/99, p.A1)
1999 Nov 24, In Indonesia
security forces deployed hundreds of reinforcements to Aceh province
where 6 people were killed over the past week.
(SFC, 11/25/99, p.A16)
1999 Nov 24, Mexico and the EU
agreed on terms for a free trade treaty.
(SFC, 11/25/99, p.A14)
2000 Nov 24, The U.S. Supreme
Court stepped into the bitter, overtime struggle for the White
House, agreeing to consider George W. Bush's appeal whether the
extended Florida ballot counting violates federal law..
(SFC, 11/25/00, p.A1)(AP, 11/24/01)
2000 Nov 24, In Cambodia
several dozen gunmen attacked government offices in Phnom Penh. At
least 7 people were killed and 12 wounded. Police fought a US-based
anti-communist group known as the Cambodian Freedom Fighters (CFF).
8 were killed and 60 rounded up. 38 people, including 4 American
citizens, were later charged with terrorism. In 2002 a court
sentenced 20 people to prison terms of 5 years to life for the
plotting to overthrow the government.
(SFC, 11/25/00, p.A18)(WSJ, 11/27/00, p.A1)(SFC,
11/30/00, p.C3)(SFC, 3/1/02, p.A17)
2000 Nov 24, Germany and the
Portuguese Azores Islands recorded new cases of mad cow disease.
Main land Portugal has reported 467 cases since 1990.
(SFC, 11/25/00, p.A16)
2000 Nov 24, In the Philippines
Salvador "Bubby" Dacer, a publicist who represented top political
figures, was kidnapped and later killed along with his driver.
Police boss Sen. Panfilo Lacson was later linked to the killing. In
2009 Cesar Mancao, a former senior Philippine police official
accused of the double homicide, was extradited from the US after
agreeing to testify in the case.
2000 Nov 24, In Serbia police
gave NATO a 72-hour deadline to stop incursions from Kosovo by
ethnic Albanian militants.
(SFC, 11/25/00, p.A15)
2000 Nov 24, From Russia
Vladimir Putin arranged for Yasser Arafat and Ehud Barak to agree by
telephone to reopen 10 joint security offices in the West Bank and
(SFC, 11/25/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 24, It was reported
that monsoon flooding killed 10 people in Malaysia and at least 5
people in Thailand. The death toll from flooding in Thailand reached
over 30, mostly children. Over 100 people died from the flooding and
mudslides in West Sumatra.
(SFC, 11/24/00, p.D8)(WSJ, 11/27/00, p.A1)(SFC,
2001 Nov 24, Heavy storms hit
the US and at least 12 people were killed in the lower Mississippi
(SSFC, 11/25/01, p.A19)
2001 Nov 24, Thousands of
Taliban fighters surrendered at Kunduz. A few turned out to be
suicide bombers, who killed 5-6 Northern Alliance commanders. Afghan
troops captured Salim Ahmen Hamdan in southern Afghanistan in a car
with four other alleged al-Qaida associates who exchanged fire with
the Afghan troops. Three of the other men in the car, including a
son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, were killed. Hamdan, who was sent to
Guantanamo, admitted working as bin Laden's driver in Afghanistan.
(SSFC, 11/25/01, p.A1)(NW, 8/26/02, p.22)(AP,
2001 Nov 24, In Brazil a fire
at a dance club in Belo Horizonte killed at least 6 people.
(SSFC, 11/25/01, p.A18)
2001 Nov 24, British actress
Rachel Gurney (81), who played Lady Marjorie Bellamy on the popular
television series "Upstairs Downstairs," died.
2001 Nov 24, Tens of thousands
of Palestinians marched in the West Bank and Gaza city to protest
the Israeli killing of Mahmoud Abu Hanoud and 2 assistants. A
Palestinian mortar attack killed one Israeli soldier.
(SSFC, 11/25/01, p.A14)(SFC, 11/26/01, p.A9)
2001 Nov 24, In Switzerland a
Swiss Crossair Jumbolino Avro RJ-100 crashed with 33 people on
board. 24 were killed including American pop singer Melanie
(SSFC, 11/25/01, p.A18)(WSJ, 11/26/01, p.A1)(AP,
2001 Nov 24, Mathew Hardman
(17) killed widow Mabel Leyshon (90) at her home in the north Wales
town of Llanfairpwll. Prosecutors later said he wanted to be a
vampire. In 2002 Hardman was convicted of fatally stabbing Leyshon,
cutting out her heart and drinking her blood.
2002 Nov 24, Harriet Doerr
(b.1910), author of "Stone for Ibarra" (1984), died in Pasadena.
(SFC, 11/28/02, p.A30)
2002 Nov 24, John Rawls (81),
philosopher, died in Boston. His work included "A Theory of Justice"
(1971), which advanced the concept of a social compact. The Rawls
test: would the best off accept the arrangements if they believed at
any moment they might find themselves in the place of the worst
(WSJ, 11/26/02, p.A1)(SFC, 11/29/02, p.A27)
2002 Nov 24, In Austria
Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel's conservative party made large gains
to dominate parliamentary elections.
2002 Nov 24, A tanker carrying
20,000 tons of liquefied petroleum gas was on fire in Chinese waters
about 38 kilometers east of Hong Kong, risking a huge explosion.
2002 Nov 24, The Central
Colombian Pipeline, known by its Spanish acronym Ocensa, had to be
shut down after an attack near the town of Aguazul.
2002 Nov 24, Negotiations
between the Congolese government and two rebel groups produced an
agreement in principle on the workings of a transitional government.
2002 Nov 24, In Ecuador Lucio
Gutierrez (45), who led a Jan 2000 coup against Pres. Jamil Mahuad,
was elected over billionaire Alvaro Noboa (52) in a runoff election.
(SSFC, 11/24/02, p.F1)(AP, 11/25/02)(SFC,
2002 Nov 24, In a letter to UN
Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Iraqi government complained that
the small print behind upcoming weapons inspections would give
Washington a pretext to attack.
2002 Nov 24, In Maan, Jordan,
one person was killed and several wounded in shootings between
officers and crowds who attacked police patrols. The city is home to
conservative Bedouin tribesmen who are heavily armed and oppose the
government's pro-Western stance and Jordan's 1994 peace treaty with
2002 Nov 24, In Kashmir
militants stormed a Hindu temple and engaged security forces in a
10-hour gunfight that killed 14 people.
(SFC, 11/27/02, p.A17)
2002 Nov 24, Philippine
communist rebels killed four soldiers when about 30 rebels opened
fire on a military convoy returning to base from a mission.
2002 Nov 24, The government of
Vietnam estimated AIDS at 107,000 cases and pointed to the estimated
40,000 prostitutes as the chief source. AIDS workers said 70% of the
infected were drug users and claimed 200,000 cases.
(SSFC, 11/24/02, p.A3)
2003 Nov 24, Pres. Bush signed
a $401.3 billion Pentagon spending bill. The president then traveled
to Fort Carson, Colo., where he paid tribute to the sacrifices of
U.S. troops in Iraq.
(WSJ, 11/25/03, p.A1)(AP, 11/24/08)
2003 Nov 24, A new US FCC
regulation allowed cell phone users to transfer their numbers to a
different carrier beginning today.
(SFC, 11/24/03, p.A1)
2003 Nov 24, The US Dept. of
Commerce said it would impose tariffs on Chinese-made television
sets that it ruled were being sold below fair market price in the
(SFC, 11/27/03, p.C3)
2003 Nov 24, A Virginia jury
decided that John Allen Muhammad, convicted of masterminding the
2002 sniper attacks in the Washington DC region, should be executed.
(SFC, 11/25/03, p.A3)
2003 Nov 24, Warner Music was
born when Edgar Bronfman Jr. and a group of investors paid $2.6
billion for Time Warner’s music division. In 2011 oil magnate Len
Blavatnik agreed to pay $3.3 billion for Warner Music Group.
(Econ, 5/14/11, p.82)
2003 Nov 24, Warren Spahn (82),
the Hall of Fame pitcher who won more games than any other
left-hander in history, died in Broken Arrow, Ok.
2003 Nov 24, British PM Tony
Blair and French President Jacques Chirac confronted the sensitive
issue of European defense and in a show of unity announced plans for
a small rapid-reaction force of EU peacekeepers.
2003 Nov 24, The Croatian
Nationalist Democratic Union (HDZ), which led the drive to
independence and later into isolation, began negotiating with
potential partners to form a new government after winning
2003 Nov 24, The US-appointed
government raided the offices of Al-Arabiya television, banned its
broadcasts from Iraq for broadcasting an audiotape a week ago of a
voice it said belonged to Saddam Hussein.
2003 Nov 24, Gunmen in Mosul
ambushed US soldiers on patrol with a roadside bomb then opened fire
on them, wounding one.
2003 Nov 24, In Russia an
early-morning fire raced through a Moscow dormitory packed with
students from Africa, Asia and Latin America, killing at least 32
people and injuring 139. The toll climbed to 42 with the death of a
Chinese student who suffered serious burns.
(AP, 11/24/03)(AP, 12/18/03)
2004 Nov 24, Arthur Hailey
(b.1920), author of the 1968 novel “Airport,” died in the Bahamas.
(SFC, 11/26/04, p.B3)
2004 Nov 24, In southern
Afghanistan a bomb exploded near a US patrol, killing two American
soldiers and wounding another.
2004 Nov 24, The US military
ended a 9-year peacekeeping role in Bosnia but kept on a small
contingent to hunt down top war crimes suspects Radovan Karadzic and
2004 Nov 24, Canada’s PM Paul
Martin visited Burkina Faso. Canada is investing about $20 million
in a Basic Education Plan to pump $140 million into building schools
across the country.
2004 Nov 24, In Fallujah the US
military uncovered the largest arms cache yet inside the mosque of
an insurgent leader. 5 Arab foreign fighters who had escaped from
Fallujah were arrested near southern Basra. They were planning to
attack coalition bases and police stations.
2004 Nov 24, An Iraqi woman,
working as a translator, was shot and killed by 2 US soldiers
playing with a firearm. In 2005 Spc. Charley Hooser was convicted of
involuntary manslaughter and Spc. Rami Dajani of accessory after the
(SSFC, 1/23/05, p.A5)
2004 Nov 24, President Jacques
Chirac arrived in Libya in the first ever visit by a French head of
2004 Nov 24, Paraguayan police
captured Ivan Mezquita, a leading Brazilian drug trafficking
suspect, after a gunbattle with occupants of a cocaine-laden plane
near the border with Brazil.
2004 Nov 24, The UN mission
said Rwanda has warned it will launch an attack "very soon" on
Rwandan Hutu rebels sheltering in eastern Congo.
2004 Nov 24, Ukraine's election
commission declared Viktor Yanukovych, the Kremlin-backed prime
minister, as winner. Ukraine's opposition called for a new round of
presidential elections to resolve the political crisis gripping the
nation. EU leaders, alleging fraud, warned of "consequences" if the
poll was not reviewed.
2004 Nov 24, Venezuela’s
Congress passed a bill that lays down strict guidelines for sex and
violence in broadcast programming and threatens multimillion dollar
fines or even closure for media outlets that disobey.
2005 Nov 24, A giant balloon in
the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York snagged a street
light and caused part of it to fall, injuring a woman and a child.
2005 Nov 24, Actor Pat Morita
(73), whose portrayal of the wise and dry-witted Mr. Miyagi in "The
Karate Kid" (1984) earned him an Oscar nomination, died at his home
in Las Vegas.
2005 Nov 24, In Canada
opposition parties introduced a no-confidence motion that is
expected to topple PM Paul Martin's government and force a
parliamentary election campaign during the Christmas holidays.
2005 Nov 24, Former Chilean
dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet was indicted on human rights charges
and placed under house arrest, hours after he made bail on unrelated
corruption charges filed only a day earlier.
2005 Nov 24, A man in south
China was sentenced to death for leading a gang that kidnapped 38
children and sold them to other families for adoption.
2005 Nov 24, In China a slick
of river-borne toxins from a chemical plant explosion flowed into
Harbin as the government dug wells after shutting down its water
system to protect residents. A 50-mile-long patch of water carrying
toxic benzene began entering Harbin, a city of 3.8 million people in
China's northeast, before dawn. A chemical plant explosion Nov. 13
in the nearby city of Jilin spewed toxic benzene into the Songhua
2005 Nov 24, In southwestern
China an explosion at the Yingte Chemical Company in Dianjiang
killed one worker. This prompted fears of a 2nd benzene leak and
warnings to residents not to drink river water.
2005 Nov 24, Colombian
President Alvaro Uribe met with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez to try to
help bridge differences in Latin America.
2005 Nov 24, In southwestern
Colombia the Galeras volcano became active at dawn and dumped heaps
of ash on the city of Pasto, 12 miles away.
2005 Nov 24, In Costa Rica
thousands of supporters of a free trade pact for Central America
marched through San Jose. The group of about 5,000 mainly workers
and business owners urged Congress to approve the pact known as
2005 Nov 24, Indonesia expelled
Sidney Jones, an American expert on Southeast Asian terrorist
networks for one year, saying her activities could cause public
2005 Nov 24, In central Iraq a
suicide car bomber targeting US troops handing out toys to children
at a hospital killed 34 people, including 4 police guards, 3 women
and 2 children.
(AP, 11/24/05)(Reuters, 11/24/05)
2005 Nov 24, A suicide car
bomber attacked a crowded market in Hilla, south of Baghdad, on
Thursday killing at least 4 people and wounding 23 others.
2005 Nov 24, In Israel Ariel
Sharon's fledgling political party "Forward" officially registered
2005 Nov 24, The anti-terror
bureau of PM Ariel Sharon's office issued an unprecedented alert,
warning that Hezbollah has launched an effort to kidnap Israelis
anywhere in the world.
2005 Nov 24, Iyad Abu Rob, a
top Islamic Jihad militant, surrendered to Israeli soldiers in
Jenin. In a separate operation, 2 wanted men surrendered after
Israeli troops surrounded two houses in the village of Kfar Kalil
near Nablus. Another man was shot, but his condition was not known.
2005 Nov 24, Japan finalized an
agreement to forgive $6.1 billion of Iraqi debt, or about 80% of the
total owed by Baghdad.
2005 Nov 24, Jordan's King
Abdullah II named Marouf al-Bakhit as the new prime minister hours
after the resignation of Adnan Badran. The king urged the new PM to
launch an all-out war against Islamic militancy in the wake of the
triple hotel bombings earlier this month that killed 63 people.
(AP, 11/24/05)(SFC, 11/25/05, p.A3)
2005 Nov 24, In Northern
Ireland Abbas Boutrab (32), an Algerian man, was convicted of
possessing information on making a concealed bomb that could be used
to blow up a commercial airliner. Police initially arrested Boutrab
in 2003 on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant.
2005 Nov 24, Peruvian lawmakers
voted to trim a hefty year-end bonus, bowing to public outrage in
one of Latin America's poorest countries.
2005 Nov 24, In Peru 16 people
were killed when a passenger bus plunged into a river.
2005 Nov 24, Russia’s Pres.
Putin vowed to make sure a controversial bill tightening state
control over the nonprofit sector doesn’t harm civil society.
(WSJ, 11/25/05, p.A9)
2005 Nov 24, Serbia's president
Boris Tadic formally proposed dividing Kosovo between its
independence-seeking Albanian majority and a Serb minority as the
chief UN mediator met with government officials.
2005 Nov 24, The UN food agency
said the United States has thrown a lifeline to six southern African
countries, donating food aid valued at $45 million. The food will be
distributed across Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia
2005 Nov 24, Uzbek authorities
arrested Rukhitdin Fahrutdinov (38), an alleged Islamic radical and
their most wanted fugitive, who had been hiding out in neighboring
Kazakhstan. Human Rights Watch said Fahrutdinov was detained in
Shymkent with at least 8 other Uzbek suspects and that all were
extradited secretly and forcibly.
2006 Nov 24, The US Dept. of
Agriculture declared LL601, an experimental variety of genetically
engineered rice, to be safe for human consumption. Bayer
Crop-Science designed it to resist Bayer’s Liberty weed killer. It
escaped from test plots after the company dropped the project in
(SFC, 11/25/06, p.A3)
2006 Nov 24, In Chicago a
gunman who took his neighbor hostage for 23 hours over Thanksgiving
ended the standoff by killing the woman and himself.
2006 Nov 24, In California
Richmond police officer Kaliah Ashante Harper was shot and killed by
her former boyfriend, Quartus Lee Hinton (28), during a funeral
ceremony in Fairfield. Hinton was arrested the next day. In 2008
Hinton was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 38
years in prison.
(SSFC, 11/26/06, p.B1)(SFC, 7/16/08, p.B6)(SFC,
2006 Nov 24, Robert McFerrin
Sr. (b.1921), opera singer and the father of Grammy-winning
conductor-vocalist Bobby McFerrin, died in suburban St. Louis at age
85. He was the first black man to sing as a member of the NY
Metropolitan Opera (1955).
(SFC, 11/30/06, p.B7)(AP, 11/24/07)
2006 Nov 24, In Afghanistan
US-led coalition troops clashed with Taliban insurgents killing
seven of the militants.
2006 Nov 24, Authorities cut
off broadcasts from Azerbaijan's first independent TV station and
ordered the eviction of opposition newspapers and organizations from
their offices in the capital, moves government opponents called part
of a campaign to silence dissent.
2006 Nov 24, Canadian police
found 22 apartments in a 13-story Toronto building rigged up to grow
marijuana with a value of $5 million.
(WSJ, 11/25/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 24, Chadian rebels
rolled into the east of the country in their second offensive within
a month against President Idriss Deby Itno. Chad extended a state of
emergency for six months in the country's eastern provinces, where
ethnic clashes have killed as many as 400 people and raised fears
that Sudan's Darfur conflict is spilling across the border.
2006 Nov 24, In southern Chile
a twin-engine plane crashed, killing the Chilean pilot and five
2006 Nov 24, China signed a
five-year free trade pact with Pakistan, promised to continue joint
development of nuclear energy, and pledged to play a "constructive"
role in resolving disputes between Pakistan and neighboring rival
2006 Nov 24, France said it
will give Tanzania 46 million euros (60 million dollars) to fund
development projects in the east African nation over the next five
2006 Nov 24, Shiite militiamen
grabbed six Sunnis during worship services, doused them with
kerosene and burned them alive. Iraqi soldiers at a nearby army post
failed to intervene in the assault by suspected members of the
Shiite Mahdi Army militia or subsequent attacks that killed a total
of 25 Sunnis, including women and children. Another 87 people were
killed or found dead in sectarian violence across Iraq. A US Marine
died from wounds sustained while fighting in Anbar province.
(AP, 11/24/06)(AP, 11/25/06)
2006 Nov 24, In Lebanon
factories, banks and schools closed on orders from business leaders,
who demanded a resolution to the political crisis before it spirals
into wider violence. A cluster bomb left over from Israel's war
against Hezbollah in southern Lebanon wounded two members of an
international team of land mine-clearing experts.
(AP, 11/24/06)(AP, 11/25/06)
2006 Nov 24, In Lesotho
Samuella Jacobina Verwey (36), a Dutch aid worker with the Clinton
Foundation, was shot to death at the house of Mpho Malie, Lesotho's
trade and industry minister. Malie is seen as a major contender for
the leadership of the ruling Lesotho Congress for Democracy after
the current leader, PM Pakalitha Mosisili, quits.
2006 Nov 24, Michael Stone
(51), a Protestant extremist, triggered a panicked evacuation of the
Northern Ireland Assembly. He was charged the next day with
attempting to murder 4 people. In 2008 Stone was found guilty of
trying to murder Sinn Fein leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness
at the Northern Ireland Assembly. He was sentenced to 16 years in
(AP, 11/25/06)(AP, 11/14/08)(AFP, 12/8/08)
2006 Nov 24, Police said
Pakistan has handed over 240 suspected Taliban fighters to Afghan
authorities this week as a hunt for the Islamist militants continues
in the country's southwest.
2006 Nov 24, PM Ismail Haniyeh
of Hamas said that Palestinian factions had agreed to halt rocket
fire if Israel reciprocates by stopping its military offensives in
the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israel rejected the offer, saying it
would respond positively only to a total truce.
2006 Nov 24, Panama’s
government said heavy rains and flooding have left at least eight
people dead and damaged hundreds of homes.
2006 Nov 24, A Defense Ministry
official said Russia has begun delivery of Tor-M1 air defense
missile systems to Iran, confirming that Moscow would proceed with
arms deals with Tehran in spite of Western criticism.
2006 Nov 24, Rwanda cut
diplomatic ties with France and gave France's ambassador to Rwanda
24 hours to leave the central African country. This was in response
to a French judge’s call for President Paul Kagame to stand trial
over the 1994 killing of a former leader, sparking the genocide of
2006 Nov 24, Taiwan's president
won a reprieve when opposition lawmakers failed for the third time
to muster enough support for a referendum on removing him from
2006 Nov 24, In Thailand
attackers shot a school principal, and then set his body on fire.
The principal became the 59th teacher or school official killed in
three years of violence.
2006 Nov 24, The UN said its
investigators have discovered three mass graves at a northeast Congo
military camp containing the bodies of 30 people, including women
and children, who were allegedly killed by soldiers.
2006 Nov 24, A UN anti-torture
panel said it had credible reports of unofficial detention centers,
abuse and disappearances in Russia's restive southern province of
2006 Nov 24, Fishing nations
led by Iceland and Russia blocked UN negotiators from imposing a
full-fledged ban against destructive bottom trawling on the high
seas. After weeks of talks in New York, a United Nations committee
that oversees high seas fisheries failed to gain unanimous support
this week for ending unregulated bottom trawling.
2007 Nov 24, In southern
California a fast-moving wildfire destroyed more than a dozen homes
and spread through the canyons and hills above Malibu, forcing
dozens of residents to flee ahead of the flames. 53 homes were
destroyed with 7 square miles scorched. On Dec 13 authorities
arrested five men on allegations they caused the fire which caused
over $100 million in losses in Malibu.
(AP, 11/24/07)(SSFC, 11/25/07, p.A1)(WSJ,
11/26/07, p.A1)(AP, 12/14/07)
2007 Nov 24, Beginning today
and continuing for less than a week, bad guys loaded up more than
40,000 Web pages with malicious software and thousands of common
search terms. The culprits' use of botnets to push a dark form of
SEO (search-engine optimization), called a "Google bomb," to boost
their sites' Google rankings.
2007 Nov 24, A Taliban suicide
bomber killed eight people, including three children and an Italian
military engineer, when he blew himself up in a scenic town near
Kabul. Insurgents attacked police in the Pathan district and were
targeted by airstrikes from NATO or coalition helicopters. The
bodies of 69 dead militants were said to be left in the area. Among
those killed were four Taliban who were traveling with two cars full
of explosives and ammunition.
(AFP, 11/24/07)(AP, 11/25/07)
2007 Nov 24, In Australia
conservative PM John Howard suffered a humiliating defeat at the
hands of the left-leaning opposition. Labor Party leader Kevin Rudd
has promised to immediately sign the Kyoto Protocol on global
warming and withdraw Australia's combat troops from Iraq.
2007 Nov 24, in southwestern
Bangladesh a section of a bridge collapsed under the weight of
thousands of hungry cyclone victims rushing toward a relief center.
At least 3 people died and dozens were injured.
2007 Nov 24, In Bolivia
soldiers clashed with students protesting a constitutional assembly
in a second day of unrest against the pending legal overhaul. 2
people died in the violence.
(AP, 11/25/07)(WSJ, 11/26/07, p.A1)
2007 Nov 24, Robert Knipstrom
(36) of British Columbia man died four days after police used a
Taser stun-gun on him because he reportedly was acting erratically
in a store. He was the third person to die in recent weeks in Canada
after being shocked by the hand-held weapon.
2007 Nov 24, Full service was
restored on the Paris Metro and most French trains were running
after transport workers ended a crippling strike so that talks on
pension reform could run their course.
2007 Nov 24, In India
protesting tea plantation workers in the remote northeast clashed
with area residents, in violence that left six people dead and 60
others injured. A group of nearly 10,000 workers from tea
plantations all over the state of Assam, led by the All Assam Tea
Tribes Students Association, had been marching in the state capital
of Gauhati to demand that the government recognize them as a
separate tribal group.
2007 Nov 24, In central
Indonesia a fire on a crowded passenger bus killed 12 people,
including three children.
2007 Nov 24, In Iraq a US
operation near Samarra killed 10 suspected Sunni militants. In the
same area 2 men who were confronted in a vehicle detonated a suicide
vest leaving both dead.
(SFC, 11/26/07, p.A18)
2007 Nov 24, Lebanon awoke a
republic without a president amid mounting worries over a power
vacuum that has intensified the nation's yearlong political turmoil.
2007 Nov 24, Militants struck
at the heart of Pakistan's security establishment, killing up to 35
people in suicide attacks on a checkpoint outside army headquarters
and a bus carrying intelligence agency employees. The attacks in
Rawalpindi coincided with the announcement that Nawaz Sharif, a
former prime minister overthrown in 1999 by the country's current
military leader Gen. Pervez Musharraf, would return from exile the
2007 Nov 24, Russian police in
Moscow detained opposition leader and former world chess champion
Garry Kasparov and several other anti-Kremlin protesters when
thousands of people marched against President Vladimir Putin.
2007 Nov 24, South Korea's
first bird flu outbreak in eight months forced the slaughter of
thousands of ducks in the country's south. The government said the
deadly H5N1 virus was not involved.
2007 Nov 24, More than 100
Chinese engineers arrived in Sudan's war-torn Darfur as part of the
vanguard for a joint African Union-UN peacekeeping mission to be in
place next year. Rebels demanded Beijing pull its peacekeepers out
of Darfur, just hours after a unit of Chinese army engineers
(AFP, 11/24/07)(AP, 11/25/07)
2007 Nov 24, Pope Benedict XVI
elevated 23 churchmen from around the world to the top ranks of the
Catholic Church hierarchy, telling them they must be willing to shed
their blood to spread the Christian faith.
2008 Nov 24, The Bush
administration, after a long legal battle, agreed to send Salim
Hamdan, Osama bin Laden’s driver, home to Yemen. Hamdan was
transferred to Yemen the next day.
(WSJ, 11/25/08, p.A1)(AP, 11/26/08)
2008 Nov 24, The US government
won a terrorism conviction against Texas-based Holy Land, what had
been the nation's largest Muslim charity, and five of its leaders
for funneling millions of dollars to the Palestinian militant group
Hamas. Holy Land supporters accused the government of politicizing
the case as part of its war on terrorism, while attorneys for the
foundation said Holy Land's mission was philanthropy and providing
aid to the Middle East.
2008 Nov 24, Delaware’s Gov.
Ruth Ann Miner named Edward Kaufman, a former aide to Sen. Joe
Biden, to fill the Senate seat Biden was leaving for the vice
(SFC, 11/25/08, p.A14)
2008 Nov 24, Cecil Underwood
(b.1922), former 2-time governor of West Virginia, died. He won his
first term in 1956 to become the state’s youngest governor. In 1996
he was elected again and became the state’s oldest governor.
(SFC, 11/25/08, p.B4)
2008 Nov 24, In eastern
Afghanistan US troops killed six militants and detained 12 others in
2008 Nov 24, Bhutan opened its
4th annual Gross National Happiness (GNH) conference.
(SFC, 12/4/08, p.A1)
2008 Nov 24, China's President
Hu Jintao arrived in Greece for a three-day visit timed to coincide
with the signing of a 831.2 million euro ($1 billion) port deal.
2008 Nov 24, Congolese soldiers
went on an overnight looting and shooting spree in a sprawling
Congolese refugee camp, stealing from hungry and traumatized people
who have fled fighting in the country's east.
2008 Nov 24, A Haitian teen
shot and killed a classmate in a rare outbreak of school violence in
the troubled country.
2008 Nov 24, The National Bank
of Hungary cut its key interest rate by half a percentage point to
an annual rate of 11% to support the economy amid the global
2008 Nov 24, In Indonesia
health workers and rights activists sharply criticized a plan by
lawmakers in remote Papua province, who have thrown their support
behind a controversial bill requiring some HIV/AIDS patients to be
implanted with microchips, part of extreme efforts to monitor the
2008 Nov 24, In Iraq a female
suicide bomber blew herself up near an entrance to the US-protected
Green Zone killing 7 people. A bomb tore through a minibus carrying
Iraqi government employees and killed at least 13 people, most of
them women. Three more people were killed in bomb attacks on police
patrols in Baghdad and Baqouba. An American soldier died of
noncombat-related causes in Diyala province.
(AP, 11/24/08)(AP, 11/25/08)(SFC, 11/25/08,
2008 Nov 24, Adel Hussein was
sentenced six months in jail by a court in Irbil, capital of the
Kurdish-ruled region, for violating a public decency law by writing
a story about homosexuality. The case centered on an April 2007
article Hussein wrote for the independent weekly Hawlati that
detailed the physical effects of homosexual sex.
2008 Nov 24, Malaysia released
suspected terrorist Yazid Sufaat, an alleged biological weapons
expert who was also linked to the September 11 attacks in the United
2008 Nov 24, North Korea
detailed plans to radically curtail ties with South Korea,
announcing the end of daily cross-border train service and tours of
a historic city in response to what it called Seoul's
2008 Nov 24, In Pakistan
government forces killed 15 militants in the Swat valley. An
official said a two-week operation to secure the frontier city of
Peshawar, which sits on a key supply route for US and NATO troops in
Afghanistan, killed 25 suspected militants.
(AP, 11/24/08)(SFC, 11/25/08, p.A13)
2008 Nov 24, Pakistan, the
front-line country in the battle against Islamist terrorism, won
final approval for a $7.6 billion loan from the IMF to help stave
off a possible economic meltdown.
2008 Nov 24, Gazans crowded
into banks to withdraw money amid a worsening currency shortage
resulting from Israeli sanctions.
(WSJ, 11/25/08, p.A1)
2008 Nov 24, Shipping officials
from around the world called for a military blockade along the coast
of Somalia to intercept pirate vessels heading out to sea.
2008 Nov 24, In Thailand
thousands of anti-government protesters fanned out across Bangkok,
causing Parliament to shut down and forcing a group of riot police
to retreat in what the activists called their final bid to oust a
2009 Nov 24, President Barack
Obama showered praise on India and PM Manmohan Singh in an elaborate
welcoming ceremony, declaring it was only fitting the Indian leader
should be the first state visitor of his administration. Virginia
couple, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, met Pres. Obama in the receiving
line of the state dinner for PM Singh. A "deeply concerned and
embarrassed" Secret Service later acknowledged that its officers
never checked whether the two were on the guest list before letting
them onto the White House grounds.
(AP, 11/24/09)(AP, 11/28/09)
2009 Nov 24, In Alaska the
Catholic diocese of Fairbanks and representatives of almost 300
alleged victims of sex abuse by clergy agreed on a settlement of
almost $10 million.
(SFC, 11/25/09, p.A4)
2009 Nov 24, Afghanistan’s
attorney general's office said 15 current and former Afghan
ministers are under investigation over allegations of corruption
that have plagued the government of President Hamid Karzai.
2009 Nov 24, Lloyds launched
the country's largest-ever rights issue to raise 13.5 billion pounds
from existing shareholders.
2009 Nov 24, Brazilian
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva gave a welcoming bear hug
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and urged Western nations to
drop threats of punishment over the Iranian nuclear program and
instead negotiate a fair solution.
2009 Nov 24, Rio de Janeiro's
posh beach neighborhoods lost power for hours in sweltering summer
weather, prompting restaurants to toss out spoiled food and business
owners to send employees home.
2009 Nov 24, China executed
Zhang Yujun and Geng Jinping for their roles in a contaminated milk
powder scandal last year that led to the deaths of at least six
infants and sickened up to 300,000.
2009 Nov 24, A report was
leaked on the UN’s peacekeeping mission in the CongoDRC, better
known as MONUC. The report alleged collusion between peacekeepers
and Congo’s army to help various rebel groups in exchange for cash
and access to mineral wealth.
2009 Nov 24, Iran released on
$500,000 bail prominent reformist Mohammad Atrianfar who has been
convicted in connection with street protests after June's disputed
(AFP, 11/24/09)(AP, 11/24/09)
2009 Nov 24, Iran said it was
ready to exchange its low-enriched uranium with a higher enriched
material, but only on its own soil, to guarantee the West follows
through with promises to give the fuel.
2009 Nov 24, Israel carried out
three airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, targeting a
weapons-manufacturing facility and weapons smuggling tunnels. They
came in response to two rockets Palestinian militants fired at
southern Israel from Gaza a day earlier. Gaza's Islamic Hamas rulers
reported that two of the group's militants were killed when a rocket
they were handling blew up prematurely.
2009 Nov 24, In Italy
prostitute Patrizia D'Addario’s memoir, "Gradisca, Presidente," (At
Your Pleasure, Premier), went on sale. In it she claimed that she
had slept with Premier Silvio Berlusconi on the understanding he
would help her set up a countryside inn but that she got "nothing"
2009 Nov 24, In Nepal the 2-day
Gadhimai festival, celebrated every five years, was attended by many
Hindus from India as well as Nepal. More than 200,000 buffaloes,
pigs, goats, chickens and pigeons were expected to be slaughtered
(AP, 11/20/09)(AP, 11/24/09)
2009 Nov 24, Pakistan’s
government offered peacemaking proposals to separatists in
Baluchistan, including an end to military operations and a payment
of $1.4 billion to the province in increased gas royalties.
(Econ, 11/28/09, p.29)
2009 Nov 24, In Thailand Samak
Sundaravej (74), a firebrand right-wing politician and TV cooking
show host who served a brief and tumultuous term last year as prime
minister, died of cancer.
(AP, 11/24/09)(Econ, 12/5/09, p.96)
2010 Nov 24, In Virginia 5
Somali men, accused of attacking the USS Nicholas on April 1, were
convicted on federal piracy charges. On March 14, 2011, the 5 men
were sentenced to life in prison.
(SFC, 11/25/10, p.A19)(SFC, 3/15/11, p.A4)
2010 Nov 24, Former US House
Majority Leader Tom DeLay, once one of the most powerful and feared
Republicans in Congress, was convicted on charges he illegally
funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.
2010 Nov 24, The US Federal
Transit Administration sent an invoice to New Jersey for some $271
million for work done on the cancelled $8.7 billion Hudson River
rail tunnel connecting the state with NY.
(SFC, 11/30/10, p.A9)
2010 Nov 24, In California Rep.
Steve Cooley conceded defeat to Dem. Kamala Harris for the office of
attorney general. Harris became the state’s first woman, the first
African American and the first Indian American in California history
to be elected as state attorney general.
(SFC, 11/24/10, p.A1)
2010 Nov 24, In southern
California Carlie Rose Attebury (31), a former El Modena High School
high school band teacher, was convicted of 4 counts stemming from
her sexual relationship with a boy (15).
(SFC, 11/26/10, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/2g9r229)
2010 Nov 24, The National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it had closed 4,200
square miles/10,880 square kms of federal waters in the Gulf of
Mexico to royal red shrimping after a commercial shrimper discovered
tar balls in his net.
2010 Nov 24, Afghan election
officials announced final vote totals for 33 of 34 provinces. 1.3m
of 5.6m ballots were discarded for fraud and 19 candidates were
disqualified for cheating. The top prosecutor announced a new
investigation into allegations of ballot manipulation, potentially
dealing another setback to a fraud-marred parliamentary election
just as many had hoped a declaration of final results would allow
the country to move on. Emerging opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah
said that more than 90 of his supporters had won seats in
parliament, following the announcement of certified results. Abdul
Hadi, a Taliban leader, was killed when he pulled a pistol on Afghan
and NATO forces who were trying to arrest him during a raid in the
Khogyani district of Ghazni province.
(AP, 11/24/10)(AFP, 11/24/10)(AP, 11/25/10)(SFC,
11/26/10, p.A5)(Econ, 11/27/10, p.50)
2010 Nov 24, Australia said
that a Thai-owned oil firm's "widespread and systematic
shortcomings" caused the worst offshore drilling accident in the
country's history, which created a massive oil slick. Thousands of
barrels of oil gushed into the sea from a damaged well after a blow
out on the West Atlas rig on August 21, 2009, prompting the
evacuation of workers.
2010 Nov 24, In Brazil heavily
armed men halted buses and cars, robbed their passengers and set the
vehicles ablaze in Rio de Janeiro, continuing a wave of violence
that has rattled rich and poor alike. Police raided gang-ruled
shantytowns, setting off clashes that killed 14 people as
authorities tried to halt a wave of violent crime.
2010 Nov 24, In Britain a
student mob attacked a police van in central London as violence
marred a second mass protest in the last fortnight against the
government's plans to triple university fees.
2010 Nov 24, In the Central
African Republic rebels killed four soldiers and captured an unknown
number of troops in an attack on Birao, the main town of northern
2010 Nov 24, In Egypt hundreds
of Christians smashed cars and windows in Cairo and clashed with
police in protests over the halt in the construction of a church
that left one person dead in Giza's Omraniya neighborhood. A 2nd
person died of injuries on Nov 26. The Coptic community said
authorities in Egypt are reluctant to approve permits to build
churches. Egypt’s attorney general decided to hold the 156
protesters for 15 days on suspicion of inciting the riots.
(AP, 11/24/10)(Reuters, 11/25/10)(AP, 11/26/10)
2010 Nov 24, In Guatemala
Francisco Dall'Anese, the head of a special UN-backed commission
(CICIG) prosecuting high crimes there, accused the government of
sabotaging efforts to bring back Carlos Vielmann, a former interior
minister, on charges of ordering extrajudicial killings of prison
inmates. On Nov 23 a Spanish judge freed Vielmann from prison.
2010 Nov 24, In India Chief
Minister Nitish Kumar's National Democratic Alliance won 206 seats
in the 243-seat Bihar assembly, a huge jump from the 143 seats it
controlled in the last assembly. Bihar's reputation as one of
India's most crime-ridden states forced officials to hold the
elections in six phases over a month to allow the limited police
force to protect the polls.
2010 Nov 24, In India a local
official said the northern Lank village council in Uttar Pradesh
state has banned unmarried women from using cell phones for fear
they will arrange forbidden marriages that are often punished by
2010 Nov 24, In India police
arrested eight people, including senior executives of leading state
banks, in Mumbai on accusations of taking bribes of more than 200
million dollars to smooth large corporate loans to builders. Those
arrested include the chief executive of LIC Housing Finance, India's
second largest housing loan firm, as well as executives of the Bank
of India, Central Bank of India and Punjab National Bank.
2010 Nov 24, In India police in
the central state of Chhattisgarh arrested 11 people including a
"witchdoctor" and his wife after the body of a boy (2) was
discovered in their house. Further searches of the property in the
industrial town of Bhilai, about 45 km (30 miles) from state capital
Raipur, revealed the skeletal remains of a second victim, a girl
(6). The accused man had confessed to killing both children to
acquire "occult power and good fortune."
2010 Nov 24, Indonesian Muslim
cleric Pujiono Cahyo Widianto (46), who sparked a national outcry by
marrying a 12-year-old girl, was sentenced to four years in prison.
2010 Nov 24, In Iraq a roadside
bomb killed four people in the town of Shurqat, 155 miles (250 km)
northwest of Baghdad.
2010 Nov 24, Ireland set out a
four-year plan, aiming to make 15 billion euros worth of savings to
bring down its record deficit.
2010 Nov 24, A court in
southern Kyrgyzstan sentenced 17 people to life in jail for violence
that wracked the region in June. Judge Damirbek Nazarov ruled the
men killed 16 people on the highway linking the south with the
capital, Bishkek. All defendants in the trial that ended the
previous day were ethnic Uzbeks. International rights activists
largely agree the Uzbek minority sustained the bulk of the violence
that left 370 people dead.
2010 Nov 24, In southern Mexico
Ciro Diaz Sanchez, the mayor of Pueblo Nuevo Solistahuacan, and
mayor-elect Pedro Bautista, disappeared after Mexico's army detained
members of the municipal police force and other local officials on
suspicion they were working for a drug cartel. The two, both members
of the leftist Democratic Revolution Party, went missing ahead of
searches of their houses, which turned up high-caliber weapons and
two stolen cars at Bautista's.
2010 Nov 24, A Mexican air
force cargo plane crashed at Monterrey International Airport killing
five military personnel.
2010 Nov 24, In New Zealand a
second explosion occurred in the Pike River mine, almost exactly
five days after the first blast there. All 29 workers missing
underground were believed to have died after a second explosion.
(SFC, 11/24/10, p.A2)
2010 Nov 24, Nigeria said it
has seized another illegal arms shipment at its main port, including
pistols and military vehicles, weeks after the discovery of a
weapons cache sent from Iran. The military items which were packed
inside a vehicle painted in army green. The illegal arms shipment
came from Belgium through Germany,
(AFP, 11/24/10)(AFP, 11/25/10)
2010 Nov 24, In northwestern
Pakistan one soldier was killed and another wounded when a roadside
bomb exploded during a foot patrol in South Waziristan.
2010 Nov 24, Portuguese labor
unions mounted a general strike, pressing the government to scrap
austerity measures intended to ward off a debt crisis spreading
through the euro zone.
2010 Nov 24, In Somalia Bashir
Ahmed Abdi (51), a Minneapolis-based Somali lawyer, was shot dead in
Mogadishu. Relative Abdirahman Moalin said he was driving Abdi to a
meeting in Mogadishu when a single shot fired from what looked like
a government pickup truck hit Abdi beneath his shoulder, killing him
2010 Nov 24, Sudan's south
accused the northern army of carrying out an airstrike on an army
base in southern Sudan in an attempt to derail a January 9
referendum on southern independence.
2010 Nov 24, Emirati (UAR)
leaders prepared a lavish welcome for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II,
who is making her first state visit in more than 30 years to a
country with deep British ties.
2010 Nov 24, The UN human
rights office says a new international treaty against enforced
disappearances will come into effect on Dec. 23 after Iraq became
the 20th country to ratify it. The 2006 International Convention for
the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance declares
widespread or systematic kidnappings a crime against humanity. The
US has not signed the treaty.
2010 Nov 24, The Vatican
denounced China for ordaining a bishop without papal consent,
accusing the government-backed church of gravely damaging the faith
and warning that the bishop risked excommunication. The Vatican also
accused Chinese authorities of committing "grave violations of
freedom of religion and conscience" by forcing Vatican-approved
bishops to attend the ordination ceremony of Rev. Joseph Guo Jincai.
2010 Nov 24, In Yemen a suicide
car bomber struck a convoy of Shiites on their way to a religious
ceremony, killing at least 17 and wounding more than 15 people.
Al-Qaida was suspected though it would be the extremist
organization's first reported direct assault on the country's Shiite
2011 Nov 24, The body of
alleged Mafia boss Salvatore Montagna, who US authorities said once
led New York's notorious Bonanno crime family, was fished out from a
river north of Montreal.
2011 Nov 24, Pres. Karzai
accused NATO-led international forces of killing 7 civilians, most
of them children, in an air strike in the southern province of
Kandahar. At least 10 Afghan security guards were killed when
Taliban militants ambushed a logistics convoy destined for NATO
forces in Farah province. Pres. Karzai nominated Noorullah Delawari
to head the central bank.
(AP, 11/24/11)(AFP, 11/24/11)
2011 Nov 24, Belarus' leading
human rights activist, Ales Belyatsky (49), was convicted of tax
evasion and sentenced to 4.5 years in prison at a trial condemned by
US and European Union officials as politically motivated.
2011 Nov 24, Bosnian police
said they have discovered around 1.5 million pornographic images of
children on the computer of a man they suspect of blackmailing
United States citizens with money transfers amounting to some $3000.
2011 Nov 24, Egypt's military
rulers said that parliamentary elections will start on schedule next
week despite escalating unrest and they rejected protesters' calls
for them to immediately step down. A court ordered the release of 3
American university students arrested on Nov 21. Mona Eltahawy (44),
a prominent Egyptian-born US columnist, was sexually assaulted by
local police, who beat and blindfolded her after she was detained
near Tahrir Square during clashes, leaving her left arm and right
hand broken and in casts.
2011 Nov 24, The EU said that
protecting civilians caught up in Syria's crackdown on
anti-government protests "is an increasingly urgent and important
aspect" of responding to the bloodshed there. At least three more
people were killed by Syrian security forces. The British-based
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination
Committees said 15 defectors were either killed or wounded in
clashes near Rastan. 6 elite pilots and 4 technical officers were
killed in an ambush in Homs. The Arab League gave Syria 24 hours to
agree to an observer mission or face sanctions.
(AP, 11/24/11)(AP, 11/25/11)
2011 Nov 24, Gambia,
continental Africa's smallest country, held elections. Voters popped
a glass marble into a colored drum representing their candidate.
President Yahya Jammeh (46) was widely expected to win a fourth term
in office. The 15-nation Economic Community of West African States
(ECOWAS) withdrew from observing the poll after a fact-finding
mission. Jammeh won with 72% of the vote.
(AFP, 11/24/11)(SFC, 11/26/11, p.A2)
2011 Nov 24, India's cabinet
cleared a plan to throw open the nation's huge retail sector to
global supermarket chains in a reform that could herald a consumer
revolution. It also raised the foreign investment cap to 100% from
51% at present for single-brand retail operations.
2011 Nov 24, India’s West
Bengal police killed Koteswara Rao (58), better known as Kishenji,
one of the nation’s most wanted Maoist guerrillas in a major blow to
the armed leftwing insurgency which has spread across a wide swathe
of the country.
(AFP, 11/24/11)(Econ, 12/3/11, p.52)
2011 Nov 24, Iran’s official
IRNA news agency reported that Iran has arrested 12 agents of the
American Central Intelligence Agency. Parviz Sorouri, a member of
the powerful parliamentary committee on foreign policy and national
security, said the alleged agents were operating in coordination
with Israel's Mossad and other regional agencies, targeting the
country's military and its nuclear program.
2011 Nov 24, Iraq executed 16
Al-Qaeda members convicted of involvement in the massacre of 70
people at a wedding in 2006, although they were officially put to
death for other murders. A string of bombings in Basra killed 19
(AFP, 11/24/11)(SFC, 11/25/11, p.A7)
2011 Nov 24, Israeli ministers
decided, for the time being, to maintain a freeze on the transfer of
tens of millions of dollars in tax monies to the Palestinian
Authority. This followed hours after Palestinian president Mahmud
Abbas held top-level talks with Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal at which
they announced a new era of "partnership."
2011 Nov 24, Israeli women's
rights activists marched through Tel Aviv carrying black coffins to
raise awareness about domestic violence in Israel, which so far this
year has claimed 24 women's lives.
2011 Nov 24, A Jordanian
prosecutor said the country's military court has freed 22 suspected
Islamists on bail as a goodwill gesture. It brings up the total
number of freed Salafis to 37. They were part of 103 Salafis on
trial on charges of terrorism and stabbing policemen with swords
during an April protest.
2011 Nov 24, Kenya said its
warplanes destroyed two Islamist insurgent bases in neighboring
Somalia. Two grenade attacks in the eastern town of Garissa close to
the border with Somalia killed three people and injured 27.
2011 Nov 24, Lebanon’s PM Najib
Mikati threatened to resign should his Hezbollah-dominated cabinet
refuse to fund a UN court probing the murder of ex-premier Rafiq
2011 Nov 24, Madagascar's
former Pres. Didier Ratsiraka returned home, ending a 9-year exile
in France, and urged reconciliation to resolve the country's
long-running political crisis.
2011 Nov 24, Malaysian PM Najib
Razak repealed another security law, setting the stage for hundreds
detained without trial to be freed or face criminal charges.
2011 Nov 24, The UN human
rights chief urged the Maldives to end the "degrading" practice of
flogging women found to have had sex outside marriage. The country
of 300,000 people forbids practicing religions other than Islam.
2011 Nov 24, In Mali a gang
kidnapped two French geologists at gunpoint from their hotel in the
eastern desert village of Hombori. The body of geologist Philippe
Verdon was found and identified in July, 2013. Serge Lazarevic was
freed on Dec 9, 2014.
(AFP, 11/24/11)(Reuters, 7/14/13)(SFC, 12/10/14,
2011 Nov 24, In Mexico the
bound and gagged bodies of 26 young men were discovered in vehicles
abandoned in the heart of Guadalajara, Mexico's second-largest city.
Evidence identified the assassins as being from the Zetas and a
smaller, allied gang, the Milenio Cartel.
2011 Nov 24, Myanmar's
Parliament approved a law guaranteeing the right to protest, one of
a series of reforms under the new elected government.
2011 Nov 24, In Nigeria Muslim
and Christian groups said 12 more people are dead after an apparent
reprisal clash in the Barkin Ladi area near the city of Jos.
2011 Nov 24, Pakistani police
in Karachi arrested Zainab Bibi (32), a woman who had killed her
husband and was attempting to cook his body parts after he planned
to marry another woman without her permission.
2011 Nov 24, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas and Khaled Mashaal, chief of the Islamic
militant Hamas, said they significantly narrowed differences and
opened a new page in relations in reconciliation talks in Cairo.
2011 Nov 24, Portugal’s credit
rating was downgraded to junk status and a major strike gave voice
to broad public outrage over austerity measures that have squeezed
(SFC, 11/25/11, p.A8)
2011 Nov 24, Saudi Arabia's
Interior Ministry said minority Shiite Muslims have staged protests
in the eastern city of Qatif, and four were shot dead. Shiites make
up 10 percent of the kingdom's 23 million citizens and complain of
2011 Nov 24, In Tunisia an
overnight curfew was declared across the central mining region of
Gafsa, in the wake of violence that began late Wednesday over job
2011 Nov 24, Uganda ruled that
Heritage Oil must pay a $404 million tax bill, dismissing an appeal
by the UK-listed company. Heritage argues it is not liable to pay
tax in the country on the $1.45 billion sale last year of stakes in
two oil blocks in western Uganda to Anglo-Irish firm Tullow Oil.
Uganda in March allowed Tullow to sell two-thirds of its Uganda
interests to France's Total and China's CNOOC in a $2.9 billion
deal, after Tullow agreed to pay over $300 million as security
against Heritage's unpaid taxes.
2011 Nov 24, Yemen President
Ali Abdullah Saleh's agreement to step down failed to end violence
as security forces killed five protesters demanding that the ousted
leader be put on trial for past crimes ranging from corruption to
bloodshed during the current uprising.
2012 Nov 24, In Afghanistan a
fight between Shiite and Sunni students broke out at Kabul Univ.
killing one student and injuring six others. Classes were postponed
for 10 days.
2012 Nov 24, In Bangladesh a
fire raced through the seven-story factory operated by Tazreen
Fashions just outside of Dhaka. 112 people were killed including 12
people who had suffered injuries after jumping from the building to
escape the fire. On Dec 31, 2013, a court issued arrest warrants for
two of the factory owners and four employees on homicide charges.
The two owners, Delwar Hossein and his wife Mahmuda Akter, and
eleven others were indicted on Sep 3, 2015.
(AP, 11/25/12)(SFC, 1/1/14, p.A3)(SFC, 9/4/15,
2012 Nov 24, In China a coal
mine accident in the southwest killed 18 workers and trapped five
more in the state-owned Xiangshui coalmine in Guizhou province.
2012 Nov 24, Egypt's highest
body of judges slammed a recent decision by the president to grant
himself near-absolute power, calling the move an "unprecedented
assault" on the judiciary. Several hundred protesters remained in
Cairo's Tahrir Square, where a number of tents have been erected in
a sit-in following nearly a week of clashes with riot police.
2012 Nov 24, In western France
protesters squatting in treetop tents and makeshift shelters battled
for a 2nd day with French riot police trying to expel them from the
site of a planned airport near Nantes.
2012 Nov 24, India began
issuing Chinese citizens visas embossed with maps of India showing
all territories claimed by New Delhi. The move was in response to
China’s newly revised passports that show disputed territory near
their shared border as part of China.
(SSFC, 11/25/12, p.A6)
2012 Nov 24, Israel's Shin Bet
internal security arrested Azzam Mashahara, a Palestinian man of
East Jerusalem, for relaying information to Hezbollah guerrillas in
Lebanon about sensitive government sites, including parliament.
2012 Nov 24, In Italy a car was
struck by a train near the southern city of Cosenza. 6 Romanian farm
workers were killed.
(SSFC, 11/25/12, p.A6)
2012 Nov 24, Lebanese soldiers
raided an apartment in the country's south and arrested five Syrian
nationals for possession of explosives.
2012 Nov 24, In Mexico Maria
Susana Flores Gamez (20), a Sinaloa state beauty queen, died in a
gun battle between soldiers and the alleged gang of drug traffickers
with whom she was traveling.
2012 Nov 24, In northwestern
Pakistan a roadside bomb killed at least seven people, including
three children, and wounded 30 others at a Shiite Muslim procession
in Dera Ismail Khan, as minority Shiites prepared to observe the
holy day of Ashoura.
2012 Nov 24, Gaza residents
said that Israel has eased some border restrictions as part of its
truce with the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers, allowing
farmers to visit land near its security fence and letting fishermen
head further out to sea.
2012 Nov 24, Russian physicist
Valentin Danilov, convicted in 2004 of spying for China, was
released on parole and continued to protest his innocence.
2012 Nov 24, Police in South
Africa shot dead seven suspected robbers and wounded nine others in
a botched theft at an armored car company. A gunfight began as
officers tried to arrest the suspects.
2012 Nov 24, In South Africa
Christopher Preece (54), a British man, was killed in an attack at
his farm near Ficksburg, a town near the border with Lesotho. Preece
had gone outside to check to see why the power had been cut at his
farm called Fleur des Lis when three men attacked him with machetes.
His wife was seriously wounded.
2012 Nov 24, In Thailand some
10,000 royalist protesters of the new Pitak Siam movement, calling
for Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra to step down, rallied in the heart
of Bangkok, clashing with police in the first major demonstration
against the government since it came to power last year.
(AP, 11/24/12)(Econ, 12/8/12, p.42)
2012 Nov 24, Regional leaders
meeting in Uganda called for an end to the advance by M23 rebels
toward Congo's capital, and also urged the Congolese government to
sit down with rebel leaders as residents fled some towns for fear of
more fighting between the rebels and army. Locals in Minova reported
that the retreating army troops had gone on a rampage over the last
2012 Nov 24, Pope Benedict XVI
presided over a ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica to formally elevate
six men as Cardinals. They hailed from Colombia, India, Lebanon,
Nigeria, the Philippines and the United States.
2012 Nov 24, In Yemen four
Shiites were killed when unknown assailants fired a rocket-propelled
grenade into a gathering of worshippers observing the holy day of
2013 Nov 24, US media reported
that a major winter storm that has dumped freezing rain and snow in
the US southwest has killed at least 13 people in Arizona (1),
California (3), Oklahoma (4), New Mexico (1) and Texas (4).
2013 Nov 24, An Afghan grand
assembly endorsed a crucial security agreement allowing some US
troops to stay on after 2014, although President Hamid Karzai set
conditions for signing the deal.
2013 Nov 24, A Bahraini court
sentenced 12 Shiites to 10-year jail terms after convicting them of
trying to kill policemen in a village near the capital. State media
said authorities have arrested two Gulf citizens who were former
Guantanamo detainees on suspicion of preparing a "terrorist act."
2013 Nov 24, Dominican Rep.
soldiers expelled 244 Haitians following the deaths of 3 people
killed near the border.
(SFC, 11/25/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 24, Egypt's interim
Pres. Adly Mansour signed a new bill into law restricting rallies
and other public gatherings, a move likely to raise fresh questions
about the army-backed government's democratic credentials.
2013 Nov 24, In France
thousands of riding enthusiasts protested a sales tax increase.
France planed to nearly triple the value added tax on riding schools
as of January, 2014.
(SFC, 11/25/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 24, Honduras held
elections. Ruling National Party's candidate Juan Hernandez, the
head of Congress and considered to be Honduras' most powerful
politician, faced deposed Pres. Manuel Zelaya's wife, Xiomara Castro
(54). Honduran voters gave the ruling National Party four more years
in the presidency.
(Reuters, 11/24/13)(AP, 11/25/13)
2013 Nov 24, In India gay
rights activists paraded through New Delhi to demand an end to the
stigmatization of gays.
(SFC, 11/25/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 24, Iran struck a
historic deal with the United States and five other world powers,
agreeing to a temporary freeze of its nuclear program in the most
significant agreement between Washington and Tehran in more than
three decades of estrangement.
2013 Nov 24, Israel's PM
Netanyahu harshly condemned the international community's nuclear
deal with Iran.
2013 Nov 24, Japan warned of
the danger of "unpredictable events" and South Korea voiced regret
following China's unilateral declaration of an air defence zone over
areas claimed by Tokyo and Seoul.
2013 Nov 24, In Macao Manny
Pacquiao of the Philippines defeated American Brandon Rios for the
World Boxing welter-weight title fight. The Filipino Court of Tax
Appeals soon ordered Pacquiao’s bank deposits frozen saying he owed
the government $50 million in back taxes.
(SSFC, 12/1/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 24, Mali held
legislative elections. In the north ballot boxes were reportedly
stolen in the Timbuktu region, including one by armed men and
several by a politician, in the first sign of disruption in
parliamentary polls. In preliminary results announced on Dec 18,
Pres. Keita's RPM party finished first after the second of two legs,
securing 61 of a total of 147 seats in parliament.
(AFP, 11/24/13)(Reuters, 12/18/13)
2013 Nov 24, In Northern
Ireland masked men wearing boiler suits hijacked a car, loaded it
with a bomb containing about 60 kg (130 pounds) of home-made
explosives and told the terrified driver to go to a shopping center.
He left his vehicle near the mall car park and raised the alarm,
causing police to evacuate the area. As army disposal experts began
to disable the bomb the detonator exploded, but failed to trigger
the rest of the device, damaging only the empty car.
2013 Nov 24, Pakistani
demonstrators protesting US drone strikes roughed up drivers as they
sought to stop trucks carrying NATO troop supplies and equipment
from passing through northwest Pakistan.
2013 Nov 24, Saudi press said a
court has sentenced a man to death and 19 others to prison terms of
up to 25 years in connection with the 2004 armed assault on the US
Consulate in Jiddah that killed five employees in an attack blamed
2013 Nov 24, Saudi Arabia said
one more person has died from a new respiratory virus related to
SARS, bringing to 55 the number of deaths in the kingdom at the
center of the outbreak.
2013 Nov 24, In Sudan attackers
killed a Rwandan peacekeeper in an ambush on a UN convoy in
2013 Nov 24, In Syria fierce
fighting to the east of Damascus has killed more than 160 people in
the past two days as rebels struggled to break a months-long
blockade by forces loyal to President Assad.
2013 Nov 24, The Oxford
Research Group said more than 11,000 children have died in Syria's
civil war, including 128 killed by chemical weapons in a notorious
attack and hundreds targeted by snipers.
2013 Nov 24, Thailand police
estimated that about 90,000 opponents of PM Yingluck Shinawatra and
her crisis-hit administration had gathered in three sites in
Bangkok, calling for her government to be toppled.
2013 Nov 24, Some 50,000
Ukrainians, bearing EU flags and chanting "Down with the gang!",
marched through Kiev in a pro-Europe rally denouncing President
Yanukovich's U-turn in policy back towards Russia.
2013 Nov 24, In Yemen Huda
al-Niran (22), a young Saudi woman, urged a court to let her stay in
Yemen and marry the man she loves, defying norms in both deeply
conservative countries. On Nov 26 a Yemeni judge decided to release
Niran into the custody of the UNHCR for a period of three months
during which she should be able to obtain the refugee status.
2014 Nov 24, Pres. Obama
recognized 18 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Honor, the
nation’s highest civilian honor. They included new reporter Tom
Brokaw, singer Stevie Wonder and actress Meryl Streep.
(SFC, 11/25/14, p.A6)
2014 Nov 24, In California
thousands of UC students walked out of their classrooms to protest
steep tuition hikes.
(SFC, 11/25/14, p.A1)
2014 Nov 24, In southern
California workers at Sony Pictures discovered that its computer
system had been beached. They were greeted with an image of a
skeleton and a message that said “Hacked by #GOP,” a reference to a
group calling itself Guardians of Peace.The cyberattack was later
expected to cost the studio tens of millions. On Feb 4, 2015, Sony
Corp. said it has spent an estimated 15 million in investigating and
recovering from the cyberattack.
(SFC, 12/6/14, p.D4)(SFC, 2/5/15, p.C3)
2014 Nov 24, In southern
California Michael Hanline (69) was freed after serving 34 years of
a life sentence for murder. The charges were formally dismissed on
April 22, 2015. Hanline had been charged with the 1978 killing of a
friend, Ventura resident J.T. McGarry.
2014 Nov 24, SF police found
Tai Lam (67) a homeless man, dead in his sleeping in an alcove at
137 Sutter St. A security video showed three suspects viciously
beating Lam. In 2016 police arrested Joseph Stull (21) in Idaho and
David Peters (21) in Stockton, Ca., following new DNA leads. Both
men said their attack was random. On Nov 16 Anthony Gobson-Brum (22)
was arrested as the 3rd suspect.
(SFC, 12/3/14, p.E1)(SFC, 11/1/16, p.C4)(SFC,
2014 Nov 24, A US judge in
Chicago sentenced Alfredo Vasquez-Hernandez (59), a reputed
lieutenant of captured Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman,
to 22 years in prison.
2014 Nov 24, A Missouri grand
jury cleared a white police officer in the fatal August shooting of
an unarmed black teenager, sparking a night of violent and racially
charged rioting in Ferguson.
2014 Nov 24, In Afghanistan
bombings across the country killed 6 civilians. 2 US soliders were
killed by a magnetic bomb in Kabul.
(AP, 11/24/14)(Reuters, 11/25/14)
2014 Nov 24, In Bangladesh a
special tribunal sentenced Mobarak Hossain, a former commander of a
collaborators' group, to death for his role in killings during
Bangladesh's 1971 independence war.
2014 Nov 24, Belgium’s trade
unions opened a month of intermittent strike action by paralyzing
the port of Antwerp and slowing train traffic through much of the
2014 Nov 24, Thousands of
British nurses, midwives and hospital cleaners went on a four-hour
strike calling for a pay rise, weeks after walking out for the first
time in 32 years.
2014 Nov 24, China’s state
media said authorities in the northern region of Inner Mongolia
arrested 31 people on suspicion of trafficking women because they
had held 14 people, 11 of them from Myanmar.
2014 Nov 24, Iran and six
powers failed for a second time this year o resolve their 12-year
dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven
more months to overcome the deadlock that has prevented them from
clinching an historic deal.
2014 Nov 24, In Iraq a car bomb
near a crowded Baghdad marketplace killed 9 people and wounded 20.
US Central Command said coalition aircraft have carried out 15
airstrikes in Iraq and nine in Syria over the past four days
targeting the Islamic State group.
2014 Nov 24, Italy’s health
ministry said an Italian doctor, who has been working in Sierra
Leone, has tested positive for the Ebola virus and is being
transferred to Rome for treatment. In Freetown Dr. Aiah Solomon
Konoyeima also tested positive for Ebola.
(AP, 11/24/14)(AP, 11/25/14)
2014 Nov 24, Libyan PM Omar
al-Hassi said the Cabinet will now adopt "a policy of confrontation
and war," comments directed at his rivals in Libya's internationally
recognized government based in the country's east.
2014 Nov 24, Morocco reported
that floods triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 32 people,
swept away buildings, vehicles and roads and forced the evacuation
of more than 200 people, mostly in the southern region of Guelmim.
2014 Nov 24, In Nigeria
insurgents attacked Damassak town. Some 16,000 people fled Damassak
in Niger, to a makeshift emergency camp at Gagamari village.
2014 Nov 24, A Philippine court
fined nine Chinese fishermen $102,000 each after they were caught
last May with hundreds of sea turtles in a disputed shoal in the
South China Sea.
2014 Nov 24, Russia further
tightened its control over Georgia's breakaway province of Abkhazia
with a new treaty envisaging closer military and economic ties, a
move that has drawn outrage in Georgia.
2014 Nov 24, Russia’s Finance
Minister Anton Siluanov said lower oil prices and Western financial
sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis will cost Russia around
$130-140 billion a year, equivalent to around 7 percent of its
2014 Nov 24, A Russian Soyuz
rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to
deliver three new crew members to the International Space Station,
including Italy's first female astronaut.
2014 Nov 24, Popular Spanish
author Juan Goytisolo (83) won the 2014 Cervantes Prize, the
Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor. His works include
"Marks of Identity", "Count Julian" and "Juan the Landless".
2014 Nov 24, In Spain 3 priests
and a lay person were arrested in Granada on suspicion of child sex
abuse in a case which Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said
Pope Francis has taken a special interest in uncovering.
(AP, 11/24/14)(Reuters, 11/24/14)
2014 Nov 24, Switzerland’s
Kunstmuseum Bern agreed to accept a priceless collection of
long-hidden art from the late German collector Cornelius Gurlitt,
saying it will work closely with Germany to make sure that any
pieces looted by the Nazis are returned to their Jewish owners.
2014 Nov 24, In Thailand a
military court sentenced a Web editor to 4 1/2 years in jail for
publishing an article five years ago that it said defamed the
nation's king. The sentence against Nut Rungwong was cut in half
because he pleaded guilty to the charge.
2014 Nov 24, Turkey’s Pres.
Erdogan set off a new controversy, declaring that women are not
equal to men and accusing feminists of not understanding the special
status that Islam attributes to mothers.
2014 Nov 24, Ukraine reported
that 3 servicemen have been killed in the past 24 hours in fighting
with pro-Russian separatists in the east despite a ceasefire in
place since early September. President Petro Poroshenko said
Lithuania is to provide Ukraine with some military aid to help in
its fight against pro-Russian separatists.
2015 Nov 24, President Barack
Obama recognized 17 people with the nation's highest civilian award,
the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
2015 Nov 24, Kentucky’s
outgoing Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order to restore the
right to vote and hold public office to thousands of nonviolent
felons who’ve seved out their sentences.
(SFC, 11/25/15, p.A6)
2015 Nov 24, In NYC Abid Naseer
(29) a Pakistani former school cricket captain, was jailed for 40
years over an Al-Qaeda plot to bomb a British shopping center in
2009. He was extradited to the United States from Britain in 2013
for helping al-Qaida target attacks on the New York subway.
2015 Nov 24, A rocket from Jeff
Bezos’ Blue Origin private space company landed upright following a
test flight in West Texas.
(SFC, 11/25/15, p.C1)
2015 Nov 24, In Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents captured 16 people in Faryab province after their
helicopter made an emergency landing in territory under the
militants' control. 3 people were killed in a shootout followed.
(Reuters, 11/24/15)(AP, 11/24/15)
2015 Nov 24, In Algeria a fire
sparked by an electrical fault killed 18 African migrants, including
children, and injured 50 others at a camp housing over 650 migrants
2015 Nov 24, Brazil's
environmental assets exchange BVRio launched an app that promises to
help foreign traders and buyers of Brazilian timber make sure the
product hasn't been illegally logged.
2015 Nov 24, Canada's New
Liberal government announced its plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian
2015 Nov 24, China’s Xinhua
news agency reported that the world's largest animal cloning factory
is under construction in in the northern port of Tianjin, with plans
to churn out dogs, horses and up to a million beef cattle a year.
2015 Nov 24, Power cuts in
Crimea affected nearly 940,000 people as tensions raged between Kiev
and Moscow over the annexed peninsula and Russia threatened to cut
off gas supplies to Ukraine.
2015 Nov 24, In Egypt an
elaborate militant attack, involving a suicide car bombing and
claimed by Islamic State group, targeted a hotel in El-Arish,
killing 4 policemen, 2 judges and a civilian in the restive north of
the Sinai Peninsula.
(AP, 11/24/15)(AFP, 11/25/15)
2015 Nov 24, President Francois
Hollande of France arrived in Washington for talks with US President
Barack Obama on how to confront the threat posed by the Islamic
State group in the wake of the Paris attacks.
2015 Nov 24, A Japanese rocket
lifted off and successfully put the national space program's first
commercial satellite into orbit.
2015 Nov 24, Kenya’s President
Uhuru Kenyatta fired five government ministers embroiled in
corruption scandals in a cabinet reshuffle late today amid growing
criticism of runaway graft.
2015 Nov 24, A female Pakistani
air force pilot was killed when her trainer jet crashed near the
central town of Mianwali.
2015 Nov 24, The Philippines
asked global judges to recognize its right to exploit waters in the
South China Sea.
2015 Nov 24, A Scottish court
handed oil major Royal Dutch Shell a 22,500 pound ($33,919) fine by
for a spill of more than 200 tons of oil into the central North Sea
in August 2011.
2015 Nov 24, Int’l. experts
meeting in Singapore said more than half the world's primates,
including apes, lemurs and monkeys, are facing extinction.
2015 Nov 24, Syrian fighters
destroyed a Russian helicopter with a missile, shortly after they
forced it to make an emergency landing in a nearby government-held
area in Latakia province.
2015 Nov 24, A Tanzanian court
charged four Chinese nationals for smuggling rhino horns.
2015 Nov 24, In Tunisia a
suicide bomber attacked a presidential guard bus killing at least 12
people. Pres. Beji Caid Essebsi declared a 30-day state of emergency
and imposed on overnight curfew in the capital. A day later the
Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.
(Reuters, 11/25/15)(AP, 11/25/15)(SFC, 11/25/15,
2015 Nov 24, Turkish PM Ahmet
Davutoglu unveiled a new cabinet stacked with loyal allies of
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, including his son-in-law who was
named energy minister.
2015 Nov 24, Turkey shot down a
Russian warplane near the Syrian border, saying it had repeatedly
violated its air space, one of the most serious publicly
acknowledged clashes between a NATO member country and Russia for
half a century. The pilot was shot dead by rebels as he parachuted
to the ground.
(Reuters, 11/24/15)(Reuters, 11/25/15)
2015 Nov 24, Vanuatu President
Baldwin Lonsdale dissolved parliament and called a snap election
after a corruption scandal destabilized the government.
2015 Nov 24, Vietnam’s National
Assembly passed a law recognizing the rights of transgenders
effective in 2017 as part of a revised civil code.
(SFC, 11/26/15, p.A7)
2016 Nov 24, It was reported
that the former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has
raised the necessary $1.1 million to request a vote recount in
Wisconsin. Donald Trump also won by a slim margin in Pennsylvania,
where a recount filing fee costs $500,000, due on November 28. The
filing fee in Michigan, where Trump has a razor-thin lead in
unofficial results so far, is $600,000 due by November 30.
2016 Nov 24, In the SF Bay Area
a Thanksgiving luncheon at the American Legion in Antioch left 3
people dead and another 18 suffering symptoms of nausea, vomiting
and diarrhea. On Dec 20 CDC officials said the illness was caused by
(SFC, 12/3/16, p.D2)
2016 Nov 24, In Detroit,
Michigan, Wayne State Univ. police Officer Collin Rose (29) died a
day after he was shot in the head while on patrol near the campus.
On Nov 25 DeAngelo Davis (31) was charged with murder and gun
(SFC, 11/25/16, p.A6)(SFC, 11/26/16, p.A3)
2016 Nov 24, William Mandel
(b.1917), leftist activist and long-time broadcaster on the SF Bay
Area KPFA radio, died. He wrote eight books on Soviet history,
politics and culture. His 1999 autobiography was titled “Saying No
(SFC, 12/8/16, p.D9)
2016 Nov 24, In Pennsylvania
Demetrius Coleman (22) of Pittsburgh fled police and crashed into a
car that burst into flames killing two adults and a child.
(SFC, 11/26/16, p.A3)
2016 Nov 24, In Belgium close
to 20,000 protesters from the non-profit sector took to the streets.
Their anger centered on plans to limit days off for veteran workers
in the future.
2016 Nov 24, In southern
Bulgaria about 2,000 migrants, most from Afghanistan, were involved
in a conflict that reportedly erupted over the Harmanli refugee camp
being put under quarantine following an alleged outbreak of
infectious diseases and an outbreak of panic among local residents.
About 400 migrants were detained after clashes with police that left
2016 Nov 24, In Burkina Faso
doctors and nurses continued a 3-day strike at public health centers
throughout the West African country, leaving only medical students
to help the sick amid outbreaks of dengue fever and meningitis.
2016 Nov 24, Burundi's
government refused to cooperate with a UN inquiry into months of
political violence, saying accusations of abuses by its officials
were part of a political plot. The UN released a report by
independent experts in September identifying government officials
suspected of ordering political opposition to be tortured or killed.
2016 Nov 24, In Cameroon two
young female suicide bombers attacked Mora town in the Far North
region, the fourth strike near the Nigerian border by suspected Boko
Haram militants this week. Both girls were killed.
2016 Nov 24, In eastern China a
platform under construction at a power plant collapsed early today,
killing 74 people in Fengcheng, Jiangxi province. 13 people were
soon detained over the collapse of the scaffolding.
(Reuters, 11/24/16)(AP, 11/25/16))
2016 Nov 24, Colombia's
President Juan Manuel Santos signed, for the second time in under
two months, a historic peace accord with leftist rebels. The accord
will be sent to congress where a solid pro-peace majority is
expected to easily ratify it in the coming days. After that, the
FARC's 8,000-some fighters will begin concentrating in rural areas
where they will turn over their weapons to United Nations-sponsored
monitors over the next six months.
2016 Nov 24, The European
Parliament voted to freeze membership talks with Turkey over its
"disproportionate" post-coup crackdown, further escalating tensions
with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
2016 Nov 24, European
Parliament lawmakers backed a data-sharing deal with the United
States for security and terrorism investigations which aims to
safeguard data exchanged between national authorities.
2016 Nov 24, German flagship
carrier Lufthansa said it is scrapping 830 flights for tomorrow,
grounding more than 100,000 passengers, as a strike by pilots over
wages extends to a third day.
2016 Nov 24, German media
reported that authorities in northern Germany have killed 16,000
turkeys and ordered 92,000 chickens slaughtered after detecting an
outbreak of bird flu.
2016 Nov 24, German defense
company Rheinmetall and Romania's Uzina Automecanica Moreni launched
a joint venture to produce eight-wheeled armored military vehicles
2016 Nov 24, Greek
public-sector workers went on strike to protest labor and pension
reforms and state asset sales which the leftist-led government
agreed with the country's official creditors in exchange for bailout
2016 Nov 24, In eastern India
protests over land rights flared for a second day in the Jharkhand
state, as activists and indigenous people took to the streets after
the state assembly approved amendments to colonial-era land laws
despite strong opposition.
2016 Nov 24, Indonesia's
military lost contact with an army helicopter carrying four soldiers
in Indonesia's part of Borneo. On Nov 27 a search team found the
wreckage and rescued an injured pilot. Four people remained missing.
(AP, 11/24/16)(AP, 11/27/16)
2016 Nov 24, In Iraq a car bomb
attack at a gas station near the city of Hilla killed at least 73
people including about 40 Iranians returning from Karbala. The
Islamic State group claimed responsibility. The death toll was later
raised to 92.
(AP, 11/25/16)(AP, 12/3/16)
2016 Nov 24, In Israel tens of
thousands of residents were ordered to leave Haifa as wildfires tore
across central and northern Israel. The country's chief of police
said politically motivated arson may be behind some of the blazes.
2016 Nov 24, Hurricane Otto hit
Nicaragua and then Costa Rica where it left nine people dead and
caused millions of dollars of damage before exiting into the
2016 Nov 24, Amnesty
International accused Nigeria's security forces of killing at least
150 pro-Biafra protesters and injuring hundreds since August 2015.
2016 Nov 24, Peru's president
signed off on the extradition of Manuel Burga, the country's former
soccer boss, to the US for his alleged involvement in a
multibillion-dollar FIFA bribery scandal involving marketing and
2016 Nov 24, Philippine troops
launched an assault on the Maute group militants in Butig due to
intelligence reports that they were continuing to make bombs after
being blamed for a Sept. 2 bomb attack that killed 15 people in
southern Davao city, the president's hometown.
2016 Nov 24, Sudanese security
agents detained dozens of foreign exchange dealers for black market
trading, as the authorities struggled to curb speculation against
the pound. The local currency has lost 60 percent of its value
against the dollar in the past six months.
2016 Nov 24, Syrian rebels in
besieged east Aleppo agreed to a UN plan for aid delivery and
medical evacuations, but the United Nations still awaited a green
light from Russia and the Syrian government.
2016 Nov 24, In northern Syria
three Turkish soldiers were killed in what the military said was a
suspected Syrian air strike. Turkey said it would retaliate.
2016 Nov 24, In southern Turkey
a car bomb exploded in the car park of the governor's office in
Adana killing two people and wounding 33. Police shot and captured a
suspect. The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK) later claimed
(AFP, 11/24/16)(AP, 11/24/16)(Reuters, 11/29/16)
2017 Nov 24, US President
Donald Trump said that he had informed Turkey's President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan in a call that Washington is adjusting military
support to partners on the ground in Syria.
2017 Nov 24, In Ohio Abdel
latif Bashiti (12) was killed and five others, ages 12-16, wounded
in a shooting in Cleveland.
(SSFC, 11/26/17, p.A9)
2017 Nov 24, An Afghan
airstrike killed Taliban commander Dilawar Khan and two women and
three children from his family in the northeastern Kapisa province.
Khan's brother, who apparently escaped during the strike, was firing
shots at Afghan helicopters from his home before the airstrike.
2017 Nov 24, In Argentina a
judge said indigenous rights activist Santiago Maldonado (27), found
dead October 17 in an Argentinian river 78 days after he went
missing on August 1, died by drowning.
2017 Nov 24, Argentina
authorized the use of genetically modified soybean seeds resistant
to herbicides other than glyphosate, as the European Union (EU)
debates whether to extend the license of weed-killers containing the
2017 Nov 24, Chinese President
Xi Jinping met with Myanmar's top military general in Beijing and
discussed China's support amid international criticism over its
treatment of the Rohingya minority.
2017 Nov 24, China said it is
temporarily closing its main road connection with North Korea.
Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the China-North Korea
Friendship Bridge across the Yalu River at the Chinese city of
Dandong will be closed while North Korea repairs the approach road
on its side.
2017 Nov 24, A Danish girl
(17), who offered to fight for Islamic State, was found guilty in
Copenhagen of planning bomb attacks at two schools, one of them
2017 Nov 24, In Egypt armed
attackers killed at least 235 worshippers in a bomb and gun assault
on the packed Rawda mosque, frequented by Sufis, in the North Sinai
province. The death toll soon rose to 305, including 27 children,
and 128 people injured.
(AFP, 11/24/17)(Reuters, 11/25/17)
2017 Nov 24, The EU pledged to
deepen ties with six former Soviet states (Ukraine, Georgia,
Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus), as part of efforts to
counter Russian influence, but warned them they had no chance of
joining the bloc any time soon.
2017 Nov 24, A French court
halted sales of two pesticides made by US chemicals giant Dow after
an environmental group raised fears that the substances could be
harmful to bees.
2017 Nov 24, In Georgia a fire
at a luxury hotel in the Black Sea resort city of Batumi left 11
people dead and 21 others hurt.
2017 Nov 24, Iraqi forces said
that Islamic State group fighters are withdrawing deep into the
desert to escape an offensive aimed at a final defeat of the
2017 Nov 24, Ireland's minority
government looked set to collapse after the party propping it up
submitted a motion of no confidence in the deputy prime minister,
weeks before a summit on Britain's plans to leave the European
2017 Nov 24, Italian police
launched a campaign to reduce the murder rate against women on the
eve of the UN-backed International Day for the Elimination of
Violence Against Women. Femicides now account for 37 percent of the
total compared to 24 percent a decade ago.
2017 Nov 24, Japan expressed
strong regret over San Francisco's decision to give city property
status to a statue commemorating Asian women who worked in military
brothels for Japanese troops during World War II, with Osaka
declaring it will terminate its 60-year sister-city ties. In 2018
Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura sent a letter to Mayor London Breed
terminating the sister city relationship due to the "Comfort Women"
(AP, 11/24/17)(SFC, 10/4/18, p.C5)
2017 Nov 24, Kosovo police
arrested three lawmakers, including the popular main opposition
leader whom they handcuffed in the street, after the three failed to
appear in court on charges of releasing tear gas in parliament in
2015 and 2016.
2017 Nov 24, In northeastern
Mali four UN peacekeepers and one Malian soldier were killed and
several others were wounded in an attack by unidentified assailants.
(Reuters, 11/24/17)(SSFC, 11/26/17, p.A8)
2017 Nov 24, Mexico's President
Enrique Pena Nieto designated the Revillagigedo Archipelago, located
some 390 km (242 miles) southeast of the Baja California peninsula,
as a national park.
2017 Nov 24, In Mexico the
mayor of Ixhuatlan de Madero and his wife were killed by gunmen.
2017 Nov 24, Dutch Saint
Martin's PM William Marlin announced his resignation after a spat
with The Netherlands over aid following a devastating hurricane that
hit the Caribbean island.
2017 Nov 24, Pakistani
authorities acting on a court order released Hafiz Saeed, a
US-wanted militant, who allegedly founded a banned group linked to
the 2008 Mumbai, India attack that killed 168 people.
2017 Nov 24, In Papua New
Guinea the last asylum seekers abandoned a closed immigration camp,
ending a three-week standoff between police and hundreds of men who
had been prepared to suffer squalid conditions without power or
running water rather than move to other residences where they feared
2017 Nov 24, Peru's attorney
general's office said it was investigating former President
Alejandro Toledo for allegedly taking millions of dollars in bribes
from the Brazilian company Camargo Correa in exchange for a highway
2017 Nov 24, Poland’s lawmakers
approved a law that will phase out Sunday shopping by the year 2020
despite criticism that it may eliminate thousands of jobs. The bill
still needed approval from the Senate and from President Andrzej
2017 Nov 24, Russia's Defense
Ministry said six TU-22M3 long-range bombers had carried out air
strikes on Islamic State targets on the western bank of the
Euphrates river in Syria.
2017 Nov 24, South Africa's
Supreme Court more than doubled Oscar Pistorius' murder sentence,
accepting prosecutors' argument that the original jail term of six
years for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was
"shockingly lenient". A new sentence of 13 years and five months was
2017 Nov 24, The organization
behind the "Alternative Nobel" said that a 2017 prize winner from
Azerbaijan would not be able to attend the Dec. 1 award ceremony in
Stockholm because of a travel ban linked to a suspended sentence she
is serving. Azeri investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova
claimed in a statement issued by the Right Livelihood Award that she
is under the travel ban "because I criticize the government when it
steals the people's money."
2017 Nov 24, Turkey said that
US President Donald Trump told President Tayyip Erdogan he had
issued instructions that weapons should not be provided to Kurdish
YPG fighters in Syria, and that the Turkish government hoped to see
that order carried out.
2017 Nov 24, In Turkey an
Istanbul district authority banned a one-day festival that had been
set to showcase short films on gay issues the next day, claiming the
event posed a threat to public order.
2017 Nov 24, Ukraine said five
of its soldiers had died during fighting in the east over the last
24 hours, as it accused Russia of ramping up its military presence
in the region amid squabbles among warring rebel factions. Eight
rebels were reported killed and another nine wounded.
2017 Nov 24, In eastern Ukraine
the region's news agency said Igor Plotnitsky, the leader of the
self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic, has resigned following a
week of tensions between rival factions.
2017 Nov 24, A UN official said
the Saudi-led coalition has authorized the resumption of UN flights
to the Yemeni capital starting Nov. 25.
2017 Nov 24, Zimbabwe
inaugurated new President Emmerson Mnangagwa. He laid out a grand
vision to revitalize the country’s ravaged economy and vowed to rule
on behalf of all the country's citizens.
(AFP, 11/24/17)(Reuters, 11/24/17)
2018 Nov 24, The Washington
Post reported that the administration of US President Donald Trump
has won support from the Mexican president-elect's team for a plan
dubbed "Remain in Mexico." Mexico's incoming government denied the
2018 Nov 24, In northern
California three more bodies were discovered in the area burned by
the Camp Fire, which was now 98 percent contained. 475 people were
still reported missing.
(SSFC, 11/25/18, p.A18)
2018 Nov 24, Ricky Jay
(b.1946), noted American magician, author and actor, died at his
home in Los Angeles. His acting credits included the films
"The Prestige" (2006), "The Spanish Prisoner" (1997), "Mystery Men"
(1999), "Heist" (2001), "Boogie Nights" (1997), "Tomorrow Never
Dies" (1997), "House of Games" (1987", and "Magnolia" (1999), as
well as the HBO series "Deadwood" (2004-2006).
2018 Nov 24, In Utah police
Officer David Romrell (31) died after he was intentionally struck by
a driver while responding to a burglary call in Salt Lake City. Car
driver Felix Anthony Calata was fatally shot by police and an
accomplice was arrested.
(SFC, 11/26/18, p.A4)
2018 Nov 24, In Afghanistan US
Army Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso (25) was killed, bringing the US combat
death toll this year to eight. Two Afghan soldiers died when their
helicopter made an "emergency landing" in the southern Kandahar
province due to a technical problem. In Kabul a senior religious
scholar was shot and killed. No one immediately claimed the killing
of Abdul Basir Haqqani, but police arrested a man with a pistol near
the scene of the shooting.
(Reuters, 11/24/18)(AP, 11/24/18)(SFC, 11/26/18,
2018 Nov 24, Bahrainis voted in
a parliamentary election from which opposition groups have been
barred, in a crackdown on dissent in the small Sunni-led,
2018 Nov 24, Congo DRC
ministers in the outgoing government of Joseph Kabila awarded
themselves "golden-handshake" benefits in two decrees, that
safeguarded lifetime cash payments. The decrees will benefit 71
ex-ministers, 11 former deputy ministers and two government
secretaries, along with "personalities who carry out duties
equivalent in rank to members of the government in the cabinet of
the president of the republic and the cabinet of the prime minister.
The two decrees were published in the official government gazette on
2018 Nov 24, In Ethiopia seven
employees of Indian company Infrastructure Leasing & Financial
Services (IL&FS) were taken hostage by local staff due to
non-payment of salaries by the debt-laden firm. The Indian
government took control of IL&FS in October after it defaulted
on some of its debt. On Dec. 1 Two of the 7 employees were reported
2018 Nov 24, The European Union
removed the last major obstacle to sealing an agreement on Brexit
after Spain said it had reached a deal with Britain over Gibraltar
on the eve of an EU summit.
2018 Nov 24, French police
firing tear gas and using water cannon clashed with protesters in
Paris who are angry over rising fuel costs and President Emmanuel
Macron's economic policies, the second weekend of "yellow vest"
protests across the country.
2018 Nov 24, Gabon authorities
said they have banned an opposition party from state media for three
months over statements about the health of President Omar Bongo, who
has been in a Saudi hospital for a month.
2018 Nov 24, In southern India
at least 25 people, many of them schoolchildren, were killed when a
speeding bus fell into a canal in Karnataka state.
2018 Nov 24, Malaysian
authorities said office of former Malaysian premier Najib Razak
ordered changes to a 2016 audit report of scandal-plagued state fund
1MDB, including removing mention of financier Low Taek Jho's
presence at a board meeting.
2018 Nov 24, In southeastern
Niger about 50 unidentified armed men kidnapped 15 girls overnight
in the Diffa region.
2018 Nov 24, Police in Pakistan
said they have arrested some 300 supporters of a detained radical
Islamic cleric who disrupted daily life with nationwide rallies
following the acquittal of a Christian woman sentenced to death for
blasphemy. Supporters of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik party were picked up
in sweeps across Punjab province following the arrest overnight of
its leader, Khadim Hussain Rizvi.
2018 Nov 24, South Korea said
that the United Nations Security Council granted an exemption to
sanctions that will allow surveys on North Korean railroad sections
the Koreas want to connect with the South.
2018 Nov 24, Spanish police
said they have arrested 79 people suspected of producing and
distributing child pornography on the Internet an operation that
started in 2016.
2018 Nov 24, In Syria
government shelling killed three children and two women in the
rebel-held Idlib province, where Russia and Turkey agreed on a
2018 Nov 24, In Syria an
alleged chemical attack late today was carried out by "terrorist
groups positioned in Aleppo countryside" that fired shells
containing toxic gases on three neighborhoods in Syria's largest
city. Government shelling in Idlib province killed at least seven
(AP, 11/25/18)(SSFC, 11/25/18, p.A6)
2018 Nov 24, In Syria coalition
raids overnight killed 17 civilians, including five children, in an
IS-pocket in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor. 27 IS jihadists
were also reported killed in clashes and air strikes over the last
2018 Nov 24, Taiwan's President
Tsai Ing-wen resigned as head of the ruling Democratic Progressive
Party after the party was handed a major defeat in local elections
seen as a referendum on the administration of the island's
independence-leaning president amid growing economic and political
pressure from China.
2018 Nov 24, In Uganda the MV
Templa, a boat on a routine pleasure cruise and full of mostly
youthful revelers, overturned and sank this evening in Lake
Victoria. The vessel was believed to be overcrowded with nearly 100
passengers. At least 27 people were rescued overnight. Divers
retrieved 31 bodies and were expected to find more in the capsized
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