Today in History - November 26
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1095 Nov 26,
Pope Urban urged the faithful to wrest the Holy Land from the
Muslims, heralding start of Crusades.
1126 Nov 26, Al-Borsoki, emir
of Aleppo-Mosoel (Syria), was assassinated.
1240 Nov 26, Edmund Van
Abingdon, archbishop of Canterbury and Saint, died.
1267 Nov 26, Gozzolini
Silvester, Italian hermit and Saint, died.
1346 Nov 26, Charles of
Luxembourg was crowned German king. He succeeded his father John of
Luxemburg as King of Bohemia and Count of Luxembourg.
(PC, 1992 ed, p.128)
1504 Nov 26, Isabella I (53),
Catholic Queen of Castille and Aragon (1474-1504), patron of
1580 Nov 26, French Huguenots
and Catholics signed a peace treaty. France’s 7th War of Religion
broke out and ended with the Peace of Fleix.
(TL-MB, p.23)(PCh, 1992, p.200)(MC, 11/26/01)
1607 Nov 26, This day is
believed to be the birth date of London-born clergyman John Harvard,
the principal benefactor of the original Harvard College in
1640 Nov 26, Carl Rosier,
composer, was born.
1648 Nov 26, Pope Innocent X
condemned the Peace of Westphalia, which ended 30 Years War one
1651 Nov 26, Henry Ireton (40),
English general and parliament leader (Marston Moor), died.
1653 Nov 26, Andreas Anton
Schmelzer, composer, was born.
1688 Nov 26, King James II
escaped back to London.
1688 Nov 26, Louis XIV declared
war on the Netherlands.
1702 Nov 26, Colley Cibber's
"King Imposter" made its premier.
1703 Nov 26-27, Heavy storms
hit England and 1000s were killed. Bristol, England, was damaged by
the hurricane. The Royal Navy lost 15 warships.
1716 Nov 26, The 1st lion
exhibited in America was in Boston.
1731 Nov 26 William Cowper,
English pre-romantic poet (His Task), was born. [see Nov 15]
1736 Nov 26, Charles-Joseph
Panckoucke, French publisher (Mercure de France), was born.
1764 Nov 26, France banned
1774 Nov 26, A congress of
colonial leaders criticized British influence in the colonies and
affirmed their right to “Life, liberty and property.”
1778 Nov 26, Captain Cook
discovered Maui in the Sandwich Islands, later named Hawaii.
1783 Nov 26, The city of
Annapolis, Maryland, was the first peacetime U.S. capital. The U.S.
Congress met at Annapolis November 26, 1783-June 3, 1784, following
the signing of the Treaty of Paris on September 3, 1783, formally
ending hostilities between Great Britain and her former colony. New
York was the capital from 1785 until 1790, followed by Philadelphia
until 1800 and then Washington, D.C.
1789 Nov 26, George Washington
proclaimed this a National Thanksgiving Day in honor of the new
Constitution. He made it clear that the day should be one of prayer
and giving thanks to God, to be celebrated by all the religious
denominations. This date was later used to set the date for
(HFA, '96, p.42)(AP, 11/26/97)(HN, 11/26/98)
1793 Nov 26, Republican
calendar replaced the Gregorian calendar in France.
1812 Nov 26, Napoleon
Bonaparte's army began crossing the Beresina River over two hastily
1825 Nov 26, The first college
social fraternity, the Kappa Alpha Society, was formed at Union
College in Schenectady, N.Y.
(AP, 11/26/97)(HN, 11/26/98)
1827 Nov 26, Ellen Gould White,
founder of the Seventh Day Adventists, was born.
1832 Nov 26, Public streetcar
service began in New York City. The fare: 12 1/2 cents.
1835 Nov 26, HMS Beagle left
Tahiti for NZ.
1846 Sarah Josepha Hale,
editor of the influential Godey's Lady's Book, began a tireless
campaign to establish a national Thanksgiving holiday in November.
She was the editor and founder of the Ladies' Magazine in Boston.
Her editorials in the magazine and letters to President Lincoln
urging the formal establishment of a national holiday of
Thanksgiving resulted in Lincoln’s proclamation in 1863, which
designated the last Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day.
1847 Nov 26, Alfred de Musset's
"Un Caprice," premiered in Paris.
1855 Nov 26, Several thousand
people staged a parade and banquet at South Park, SF, to celebrate
the Allied victory over the Russians in the Crimean War, the capture
of the Malakoff fortress in Sevastopol.
(SFC, 7/21/00, p.WBb3)
1855 Nov 26, Adam Bernard
Mickiewicz (b.1798) died in Constantinople. He was a poet,
dramatist, essayist, publicist, translator, professor of Slavic
literature, and political activist. Mickiewicz is regarded as
national poet in Poland, Lithuania (Adomas Mickevičius) and Belarus.
1857 Nov 26, First Australian
Parliament opened in Melbourne.
1863 Nov 26, The first of our
modern annual Thanksgivings was held following the Oct 3
proclamation of Pres. Lincoln to assign the last Thursday in Nov for
(HN, 11/26/98)(HNPD, 11/26/98)
1864 Nov 26, Skirmish at Sylvan
Brutal and Waynesboro, Georgia.
1864 Nov 26, Colonel Kit
Carson led the attack in the first Battle of Adobe Walls. Carson,
leading a column of 335 officers and men of the 1st New Mexico
Volunteer Cavalry, surprised an encampment of Kiowa Indians on the
site of adobe buildings on the South Canadian River in Texas. After
routing the Kiowa, Carson's forces were counterattacked by hundreds
of Comanches from nearby villages and forced to retreat.
1865 Nov 26, "Alice in
Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll was published in US.
1867 Nov 26, A refrigerated
railroad car was patented by JB Sutherland of Detroit. [see Jan 16,
1876 Nov 26, Willis Haviland
Carrier, inventor, was born. He invented the first air conditioning
system to control both temperature and humidity.
1883 Nov 26, Sojourner Truth,
former slave and abolitionist, died in Battle Creek, Mich.
1885 Nov 26, The 1st photograph
of a meteor was made.
1885 Nov 26, Bulgaria moved
1894 Nov 26, Norbert Weiner,
American mathematician who is considered the father of automation
(cybernetics), was born.
(HN, 11/26/98)(MC, 11/26/01)
1895 Nov 26, Bertil Lindblad,
Swedish astronomer (Milky Way system), was born.
1895 Nov 26, Hawaiian Sugar
Planters Assn. formed.
1896 Nov 26, Coach Amos Alonzo
Stagg of Univ. of Chicago created the football huddle.
(SFEC, 12/5/99, Z1 p.5)(MC, 11/26/01)
1896 Nov 26, Russia disclosed a
plan to seize Constantinople if Britain intervenes in Crete.
1898 Nov 26, The SS Portland, a
280-foot side-wheeler, left Boston for Cape Cod. A major storm arose
that killed over 400 people in the next 36 hours [see Nov 27].
1901 Nov 26, The Hope diamond
was brought to New York.
1905 Nov 26, George Emlyn
Williams, Welsh actor and playwright (portrayed Charles Dickens),
1907 Nov 26, The Russian Duma
lent support to Czar in St. Petersburg, who claimed that he had
1909 Nov 26, Eugene Ionesco
(d.1994), Romanian-born French dramatist, was born. [see Nov 13,
1909 and Nov 26, 1912]
1911 Nov 26, In San Francisco
John Edwards, known as “The King of the Opium Ring,” was arrested
near his home at 133 Fillmore St. Police secured the biggest haul of
morphine, cocaine and opium ever found in the possession of one man.
(SSFC, 11/27/11, DB p.42)
1912 Nov 26, Eric Sevareid,
American CBS News broadcast journalist, was born.
1912 Nov 26, Eugene Ionesco,
dramatist (Rhinoceros), was born in Slatina, Romania. [see Nov 13
and Nov 26, 1909]
(WUD, 1994 p.750)(MC, 11/26/01)
1913 Nov 26, San Francisco
Chief of Police White issued an order prohibiting women from
visiting local pavilions during local prizefights.
(SSFC, 11/24/13, DB p.46)
1913 Nov 26, Russian kingdom
forbade Polish congregation of speakers.
1917 Nov 26, Bolsheviks offered
armistice between Russian and the Central Powers.
1918 Nov 26, Montenegro deposed
its king who opposed union and voted to join the new Kingdom of
Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. [see Dec 1]
1920 Nov 26, Cyril Cusack,
Irish actor, was born.
1922 Nov 26, Charles M. Shultz,
American cartoonist who created “Peanuts” starring Charlie Brown,
1922 Nov 26, Lord Carnarvon and
Howard Carter, archeologists, opened King Tut’s tomb in Egypt.
(HN, 11/26/98)(AP, 11/26/02)
1924 Nov 26, George Segal,
sculptor, was born.
1924 Nov 26, The Mongolian
People’s Republic was officially proclaimed. Close political,
economic, cultural, and ideological ties with the Soviet Union
1925 Nov 26, Linda Hunt,
actress (Bostonians, Eleni, Silverado), was born in Morristown, NJ.
1925 Nov 26, Rama VI,
Thailand’s King Vajiravudh (b.1881), died. Vajiravudh succeeded his
father as Rama VI and formed a private army, the Wild Tiger Corps,
on his accession. Vajiravudh's reign was characterized by the
creation and promotion of Siamese nationalism. He modernized the
military and sent troops to join Allied forces in World War One. He
quashed an attempted coup in 1912 by disgruntled military officers
who accused the king of financial extravagances and sought to
establish democratic rule.
1928 Nov 26, Philip Barry's
"Holiday," premiered in NYC.
1928 Nov 26, US Justice Byron
S. Waite ruled in Brancusi v. United States that Brancusi’s abstract
sculpture, “Bird in Space,” qualified as part of a new school of art
and that Edward Steichen should receive a refund for a tariff he had
paid when customs officials classified it under the heading “Table,
household, kitchen utensils and hospital supplies.” Brancusi
(1876-1957) ended up producing 16 different versions of Bird in
Space, one of which was donated the New York’s Museum of Modern Art
in 1934. In 2005 an early marble version of Bird in Space sold for
$27,456,000 in a Christie’s auction to an anonymous bidder.
(ON, 8/09, p.6)
1933 Nov 26, In California a
mob attacked the Santa Clara County Jail and dragged out John M.
Holmes and Thomas H. Thurmond for the kidnapping and murder of
Brooke Hart (22), heir to a San Jose department store fortune. The 2
men were hung and stripped from 2 sycamores at St. James Park, one
of which Pres. McKinley had stood under in 1901 to deliver a speech
on American liberties and the US Constitution. Gov. Rolph said that
if anyone was arrested for the lynching, he would pardon them. [see
(Ind, 4/28/01, 5A)(SFEC, 5/2/99, Z1 p.4)(SFC,
1933 Nov 26, A judge in New
York ruled the James Joyce book "Ulysses" was not obscene and could
therefore be published in the United States.
1934 Nov 26, German theologian
Karl Barth surrendered to Nazis.
1938 Nov 26, Poland renewed a
non-aggression pact with the USSR to protect against a German
1939 Nov 26, Tina Turner, U.S.
pop singer, was born.
1939 Nov 26, Soviets charged
Finland with an artillery attack on border leading to a 105-day
Winter War. Soviet Foreign Minister V.M. Molotov accused Finnish
troops of firing at the Russians across the 800-mile (1,300km)
border near the southeastern village of Mainila.
(AP, 11/26/02)(AP, 11/30/09)
1940 Nov 26, The half-million
Jews of Warsaw, Poland, were forced by the Nazis to live within a
1941 Nov 26, The US issued an
edict that “the government of Japan will withdraw all military,
naval, air and police forces from China and Indochina.”
(SFC, 1/19/02, p.A19)
1941 Nov 26, Congress adopted a
joint resolution, permanently setting the date of Thanksgiving on
the fourth Thursday of November. President Franklin Roosevelt signed
a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as the national
(HN, 11/26/98)(HNPD, 11/26/98)
1941 Nov 26, The Japanese fleet
departed from the Kuril Islands en route for its attack on Pearl
1941 Nov 26, Free French
General Georges Catroux was placed in control of Syria and Lebanon.
Shortly after taking up this post, Catroux recognized the
independence of Syria and Lebanon in the name of the Free French
1942 Nov 26, The film
“Casablanca” with Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart was made. It
had its world premiere at the Hollywood Theater in NYC. It was based
on a play by Murray Burnett (d.1997 at 86) titled: “Everybody Comes
to Rick’s.” The 1931 song “As Time Goes By” by Herman Hupfield was
used. It won an Oscar for best movie.
(SFC, 2/14/97, p.D5)(SFC, 9/30/97, p.A21)(AP,
1942 Nov 26, President
Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing, beginning Dec. 1.
1942 Nov 26, The German ship SS
Donau prepared to leave the Oslo wharf with 332 Norwegian Jews bound
for death camps.
1943 Nov 26, Bruce Paltrow,
U.S. director and producer (d.2002), was born
1943 Nov 26, During World War
II, the HMT Rohna, a British transport ship carrying American
soldiers, was hit by a German missile off Algeria; 1,138 men were
killed, including 1,015 American troops.
1943 Nov 26, Edward H "Butch"
O'Hare, US pilot, lt-comdr (Chicago Airport named for him), died in
1947 Nov 26, France expelled 19
Soviet citizens, charging intervention in internal affairs.
1949 Nov 26, India adopted a
constitution as a republic within the British Commonwealth. Pandit
Nehru became Prime Minister. B.R. Ambedkar (1891-1956), a Dalit, was
the chief architect of the constitution.
1950 Nov 26, China entered the
Korean conflict, launching a counter-offensive across the Yalu River
against soldiers from the United Nations, the United States and
South Korea. North Korean and Chinese troops halted the UN
(WSJ, 6/24/96, C1)(AP, 11/26/97)(HN,
1951 Nov 26, Illona Staller,
Italian member of Parliament (La Cicciolina), was born in Budapest,
(MC, 11/26/01)(AP, 11/26/02)
1952 Nov 26, Helen
Frankenthaler (b.1928), New York artist, created her painting
“Mountains and Sea.” It was later recognized as her arrival as a
major artist and a work that changed the course of abstract art.
(WSJ, 11/8/08, p.W11)
1952 Nov 26, The 1st modern 3-D
film "Bwana Devil" starred Robert Stack and premiered. It was made
in 3-D by cameraman Lothrop Worth (d.2000 at 96) and inspired a
series of 1950s 3-D movies.
(SFC, 3/18/00, p.A21)(MC, 11/26/01)
1954 Nov 26, Velupillai
Prabhakaran (d.2009), founder of the Tamil New Tigers (TNT later
renamed to LTTE), was born in Velvettithurai Sri Lanka.
1954 Nov 26, Jonas
Zemaitis (b.1909), a founder of the Lithuanian independence movement
and presidium head, was shot to death in Moscow.
1955 Nov 26, An emergency
crisis was proclaimed in Cyprus.
1956 Nov 26, Bandleader Tommy
Dorsey died in Greenwich, Conn., a week after his 51st birthday.
1957 Nov 26, President
Eisenhower suffers a minor stroke. [see Nov 25]
1959 Nov 26, Albert William
Ketelby (84), composer, died.
1961 Nov 26, Pro Baseball Rules
Committee voted 8-1 against legalizing the spitball.
1962 Nov 26, The Beatles made
their 1st recording session under the "Beatles" name.
1965 Nov 26, Arlo Guthrie (17)
was arrested in Stockbridge, Mass., for dumping some trash following
a Thanksgiving feast at a restaurant run by Alice Brock. He wrote a
song about the event that became a folk classic and was turned into
a movie in 1969.
(WSJ, 11/22/06, p.A1)
1965 Nov 26, France launched
its first satellite, sending a 92-pound capsule into orbit.
1967 Nov 26, Cloudburst over
Lisbon, Portugal, killed 250-450.
(MC, 11/26/01)(AP, 11/26/02)
1968 Nov 26, Arnold Zweig (81),
German antifascist and author (Junge frau 1914), died.
1969 Nov 26, Pres. Nixon signed
Executive Order 11497, the Lottery for Selective Service draftees.
1971 Nov 26, Giacomo Alberione
(b.1884), Italian priest who also believed in using modern means to
bring God to the faithful, died. He had founded the Paoline Family,
which includes a publishing operation printing many religious books
as well as Famiglia Cristiana, a top-selling weekly that covers
issues of daily life, from homemaking to education, and religious
1973 Nov 26, President Nixon's
personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court that she'd
accidentally caused part of the 18 1/2-minute gap in a key Watergate
1975 Nov 26, A federal jury in
Sacramento, Calif., found Lynette Fromme, a follower of Charles
Manson, guilty of trying to assassinate President Ford. [see Sep 5]
(HN, 11/26/98)(AP, 11/26/99)
1978 Nov 26, Muslim religious
leaders and politicians seeking to topple Shah of Iran called a
general strike that virtually paralyzed the country.
1978 Nov 26, Albert Miles,
governor of the maze prison, was murdered when gunmen forced their
way into his home and shot him while restraining his wife. Two men
were later convicted of his murder and given life sentences.
1982 Nov 26, Yasuhiro Nakasone
of the LDP was elected 71st Japanese prime minister.
(HN, 11/26/98)(Econ, 10/8/05, Survey p.10)
1983 Nov 26, Angela Bugay of
Antioch, Ca., 5-years-old, was found in a shallow grave in Concord,
Ca. She had been kidnapped a week earlier. Larry Graham, who dated
Angela’s mother, was later arrested as a suspect and prosecutors in
1995 received a court order to draw his blood for DNA evidence. In
1996 police matched the DNA of Graham, with samples recovered from
the girl’s body and arrested him on charges of murder. Use of the
DNA evidence was cleared in 1998. Graham was convicted Aug 20, 2002,
and sentenced to death Oct 22. Graham (58) was found dead in his
cell on June 16, 2009, of apparent suicide.
(SFC, 4/26/96, p.A-19)(SFC, 5/20/98, p.A19)(SFC,
3/18/99, p.A19)(SFC, 4/15/02, p.A1)(SFC, 8/21/02, p.A15)(SFC,
10/23/02, p.A16)(SFC, 6/17/09, p.B6)
1983 Nov 26, Over £25m worth of
gold bullion bound for the Far East was stolen from the Brinks Mat
warehouse, about one mile (1.6km) outside the airport perimeter, in
Heathrow, England. At least 6 men stole of 6,800 gold bars worth
1984 Nov 26, US and Iraq
resumed diplomatic relations after Pres. Reagan met with Deputy PM
(SFC, 9/24/02, p.A11)
1984 Nov 26, The San Francisco
Chronicle first reported on cellular phone technology. Cellular
phone service came to the SF Bay Area in 1985 with phones costing
between $1900 and $4100 for installation in a car with a $39 per
month base price.
(SFC, 9/8/18, p.C1)
1985 Nov 26, The space shuttle
Atlantis roared into the nighttime sky over Cape Canaveral, Fla.,
carrying seven astronauts on a seven-day mission.
1986 Nov 26, President Reagan
appointed a commission headed by former Sen. John Tower to
investigate his National Security Council staff in the wake of the
Iran-Contra affair. The 3-person Tower Commission exposed an
elaborate network of official deception, private profiteering and
White House cover-up in Reagan’s administration. The Tower
Commission investigated the Iran-Contra scandal in which weapons
were secretly sold to Iran for the release of American hostages with
the proceeds then illegally funneled to the Nicaraguan contras. It
was sharply critical of the president for failing to control the
activities of the National Security Council staff. Fawn Hall was the
dedicated secretary of Oliver North, who shredded incriminating
(AP, 11/26/97)(HNQ, 12/30/98)(SFC, 2/1/99, p.A3)
1986 Nov 26, An Iranian missile
slammed into crowded residential district of Baghdad, Iraq, killing
48 civilians and wounding 52.
1987 Nov 26, Cuban detainees
concerned about the possibility of being sent back to Cuba continued
to hold hostages at a prison in Atlanta and a detention center in
1987 Nov 26, Peter Hujar
(b.1934), photographer, died in NYC from complications of AIDS. He
had captured images of New York’s gay underground.
1987 Nov 26, Powerful typhoon
whipped across Philippines, killing 270 people and damaging or
destroying 14,000 homes.
1989 Nov 26, In the Comoro
Islands Pres. Ahmed Abdallah was assassinated in his presidential
palace in Moroni. In 1999 Bob Denard (Gilbert Bourgeaud), a French
mercenary and head of the presidential guard, and Dominique
Malacrino were put on trial for the killing. Denard was acquitted.
(SFC, 5/6/99, p.A15) (SFC, 5/20/99,
1989 Nov 26, El Salvador broke
relations with Nicaragua after a weapons-loaded plane from that
country was downed in El Salvador.
1989 Nov 26, In a national
referendum, voters decided that Hungary's next president would be
chosen by parliament, following free elections.
1990 Nov 26, Five permanent
members of U.N. Security Council agreed on peace plan for Cambodia.
1990 Nov 26, Japanese business
giant Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. agreed to acquire MCA Inc.
for $6.6 billion.
1991 Nov 26, The Stars and
Stripes were lowered for the last time at Clark Air Base in Angeles
City, Philippines, as the United States abandoned one of its oldest
and largest overseas installations, which was damaged by a volcano.
(SFEC, 11/17/96, p.A12)(AP, 11/26/01)
1991 Nov 26, Condoms were
handed out to thousands of NYC High School students.
1991 Nov 26, UNICEF said
fighting and crop failures in southern Sudan had forced an
unprecedented exodus of 200,000 people.
1992 Nov 26, An aid agency
predicted disaster if the United States sends a large military force
1992 Nov 26, The British
government announced that Queen Elizabeth II had volunteered to
start paying taxes on her personal income, and would take her
children off the public payroll.
1993 Nov 26, The first session
of the US 103rd Congress concluded as lawmakers adjourned for the
1993 Nov 26, A U.S. diplomat
was kidnapped by Yemeni tribesmen. Government officials negotiate
for his release in the first known kidnapping of a diplomat in
1994 Nov 26, Thirty clergymen
were elevated to the rank of cardinal in a Vatican ceremony presided
over by Pope John Paul II.
1994 Nov 26, A major offensive
by the Russian-backed opposition fails to wrest Grozny, the capital
of Chechnya from its government.
1994 Nov 26, Margaret Garrish,
a 72-year-old Detroit woman, committed suicide in the presence of
Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
1995 Nov 26, Senior US
officials declared the Dayton treaty on Bosnia was final, rejecting
demands from Bosnian Serbs that provisions relating to the future of
Sarajevo be changed.
1995 Nov 26, Two men set fire
to a subway token booth in Brooklyn, N.Y., fatally burning the clerk
1995 Nov 26, Rebel jets bombed
Kabul, the Afghan capital, killing 35 people and wounding 140
1996 Nov 26, Fees to national
parks and wilderness areas in the US were increased.
(SFC, 11/27/96, p.A1)
1996 Nov 26, The Sands Hotel in
Las Vegas was blown up to make room for a new Sheldon Adelson 6,000
room Venetian themed resort.
(SFC, 11/27/96, p.D2)
1996 Nov 26, Major-league
baseball owners reversed course, approving the same collective
bargaining agreement they had rejected just three weeks earlier.
1996 Nov 26, President Clinton
ended his 12-day Pacific trip with a stopover in Thailand.
1996 Nov 26, O.J. Simpson
finished three days of testimony at a civil trial in Santa Monica,
1996 Nov 26, Separatists in
Nagorno-Karabakh elected their first president, Robert Kocharian,
despite opposition from Azerbaijan.
(SFC, 11/27/96, p.A13)
1996 Nov 26, In Belarus
supporters of President Alexander Lukashenko broke away from
Parliament, setting up their own assembly.
1996 Nov 26, In Peru Gen’l
Rodolfo Robles was arrested at the request of the Supreme Military
Justice Council for insubordination. [see 1992]
(SFC, 11/27/96, p.A13)
1997 Nov 26, In a small but
symbolic step, the United States and North Korea held high-level
discussions at the State Department for the first time.
1997 Nov 26, In the Aleutian
Islands 800 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska, the freighter,
Kuroshima, ran aground off Dutch Harbor in heavy winds. Two crewmen
were reported dead and 10,000 gallons of oil was reported to have
leaked. As much as 240,000 gallons was reported on board. Emergency
workers removed 57,000 gallons on Dec 5 and 30,000 gallons still
(SFC, 11/28/97, p.B9)(SFC, 12/1/97, p.A3)(SFC,
1997 Nov 26, In Indonesia a
recent visitor reported that some 40,000 Indonesian troops were
stationed in East Timor among a population of 800,000.
(SFC, 11/26/97, p.C2)
1997 Nov 26, In Iraq Sadam
Hussein invited foreign diplomats but not weapons inspectors to
examine his presidential palaces. Under heavy international pressure
Saddam Hussein said he would allow visits to presidential palaces
where U.N. weapons experts suspected he might be hiding chemical and
(SFC, 11/27/97, p.A1)(SFC, 11/28/97, p.A16)(AP,
1997 Nov 26, In Japan Nomura
Securities admitted funneling $2.9 million in profits to Ryuichi
Koike, a suspected racketeer.
(SFC, 11/27/97, p.B5)
1997 Nov 26, It was reported
that gas reserve of 4 trillion cubic feet around Kutubu, in Papua
New Guinea, was planned to be delivered to Australia across a 1,500
mile pipeline by Chevron Corp. by mid-2001.
(SFC, 11/26/97, p.B1)
1997 Nov 26, Pres. Yeltsin
signed a decree to allow Russians to freely buy and sell municipal
land under residential and industrial buildings.
(SFC, 11/28/97, p.B5)
1997 Nov 26, In Sri Lanka
Amnesty Int’l. reported that the military killed 600 people arrested
in the war zone that were reported missing over the last 18 months.
(SFC, 11/27/97, p.B5)
1998 Nov 26, In the first
speech ever by a British prime minister to an Irish parliament, Tony
Blair predicted that Northern Ireland's troubled peace accord would
ultimately work because of a strengthened cooperative spirit uniting
Britain and Ireland.
1998 Nov 26, The Supreme Court
of Canada ruled authorities at elementary and secondary schools have
the right to search a student without first obtaining a search
1998 Nov 26, In the Punjab
state of India a passenger train derailed near Khanna in the path of
an express train in the northwest and at least 211 people were
(SFC, 11/26/98, p.B5)(WSJ, 11/27/98, p.A1)(AP,
1998 Nov 26, In Indonesia
Suharto signed over control of 7 foundations holding over $530
(WSJ, 11/27/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 26, In southern
Lebanon 2 Israeli soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb blew up
their armored vehicle.
(SFC, 11/28/98, p.A10)
1998 Nov 26, In Zimbabwe former
Pres. Canaan Banana was convicted of 11 sex charges that included
sodomy and homosexual assault against aide Jefta Dube. He jumped
bail and fled to Botswana and then South Africa.
(SFC, 12/17/98, p.A20)
1999 Nov 26, In New Jersey a
small plane crashed in Newark. Pilot Itzhak Jacoby (56), his wife
Gail and daughter Atira (13) were killed. 22 people were injured on
(SFC, 11/27/99, p.A3)
1999 Nov 26, Ashley Montegu,
British-born anthropologist and author, died in New Jersey at age
95. His over 60 books included "Man's Most Dangerous Myth: The
Fallacy of Race" and "The Natural Superiority of Women."
(SFC, 11/29/99, p.A26)
1999 Nov 26, Leaders of 71
developing countries demanded that the world's poorest countries be
allowed to export goods duty-free to wealthy economies. The ACP
group was meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
(SFC, 11/27/99, p.A14)
1999 Nov 26, In the first
speech ever by a British prime minister to an Irish parliament, Tony
Blair predicted that Northern Ireland’s troubled peace accord would
ultimately work because of a strengthened cooperative spirit uniting
Britain and Ireland.
1999 Nov 26, In Germany the
parliament approved $16 billion in spending cuts for next year that
included cuts in pensions and jobless benefits.
(SFC, 11/27/99, p.A18)
1999 Nov 26, In India, at least
211 people died when two trains collided in the northern state of
1999 Nov 26, A Norwegian
passenger ferry, the catamaran Sleipner, sank at the mouth of the
Boemla Fjord. There were 16 people killed.
(SFC, 11/27/99, p.A14)(AP, 11/26/02)
1999 Nov 26, Russian commanders
announced that they would begin pursuing Chechen guerrilla forces
into their mountain hideouts.
(SFC, 11/27/99, p.A1)
1999 Nov 26, Sudan signed a
peace agreement with the opposition Umma Party in Djibouti to end
the 16-year old civil war.
(SFC, 11/27/99, p.A15)
1999 Nov 26, In Ukraine Reactor
No. 3, the functioning power plant at Chernobyl and site of the 1986
(SFC, 11/26/99, p.A22)(SFC, 11/27/99, p.A18)
2000 Nov 26, Sec. of State
Katherine Harris certified Gov. George W. Bush as winner in the
state’s presidential election, 2,912,790 to 2,912,253, a 537-vote
margin. Ralph Nader received 97,488 votes.
(SFC, 11/27/00, p.A1)(AP, 11/26/01)(Econ,
2000 Nov 26, In Haiti major
opposition parties boycotted the presidential elections and charged
that legislative actions favored the candidates of Jean-Bertrand
Aristide. Aristide won 92% of the votes.
(SFC, 11/27/00, p.A8)(SFC, 11/30/00, p.A18)
2000 Nov 26, Israel attacked
targets in southern Lebanon after a roadside bomb killed one Israeli
soldier and wounded 2 others near the border. 4 armed Palestinians
were killed as they left Qalqilya into an area on Israeli control.
(SFC, 11/27/00, p.A8)
2000 Nov 26, In Romania
presidential elections were held. A Dec 10 runoff was expected
between Social Democrat Ion Iliescu and ultranationalist Corneliu
Vadim Tudor. Annual inflation stood at 45%.
(SSFC, 11/26/00, p.A18)(SFC, 11/27/00, p.A8)
2001 Nov 26, President Bush
appealed to Congress to outlaw human cloning after scientists in
Worcester, Mass., reported they had created the first cloned human
2001 Nov 26, The US National
Board of Economic Research declared that the US has been in a
recession since March. The recognized arbiter of when recessions
begin and end in the United States, declared that the country had
entered a downturn the previous March.
(SFC, 11/27/01, p.A1)(AP, 11/26/06)
2001 Nov 26, In Pensacola,
Fla., Terry Lee King was murdered and his house set afire. His 2
sons, Derek (14) and Alex (13) confessed to the murder, but later
said Rick Chavis (40), a local handyman, killed the father and had
gotten the boys to take the blame. Derek and Alex were convicted of
2nd degree murder on Sep 6, 2002. Rick Chavis was acquitted. Derek
was sentenced to 8 years in prison and Alex was sentenced to 7
(SFC, 9/3/02, p.A3)(AP, 9/7/02)(SFC, 11/15/02,
2001 Nov 26, The Taliban
surrendered the border town of Spinbaldak as US Marines directed air
attacks on a column of enemy vehicles. Fighting continued with
prisoners at Qala Jangi and most were reported killed along with
40-50 Northern Alliance soldiers.
(SFC, 11/27/01, p.A1,10)
2001 Nov 26, Former French
intelligence chief General Paul Aussaressess testified that the
orders he issued to torture and kill prisoners during the Algerian
independence war were justifiable acts of duty.
2001 Nov 26, French and Belgian
police arrested 14 people suspected of organizing the Sep 9
assassination of Northern Alliance leader Ahmed Shah Masood. Belgium
released 12 of its suspects the next day.
(WSJ, 11/27/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/28/01, p.A1,12)
2001 Nov 26, Nepal went into a
state of emergency as the death toll from recent Maoist rebels
attacks mounted to 76.
(SFC, 11/27/01, p.A6)
2001 Nov 26, A Palestinian
suicide bomber sd’d (self destructed) at an Israeli checkpoint on
the edge of the Gaza Strip.
(SFC, 11/26/01, p.A9)
2002 Nov 26, WorldCom and the
government settled a civil lawsuit over the company's $9 billion
2002 Nov 26, The World Health
Organization confirmed an outbreak of flu in rebel-controlled
northern Congo, and the country's health minister said more than 500
people have died.
2002 Nov 26, A United Nations
report said that for the first time in the 20-year history of the
AIDS epidemic, about as many women as men were infected with HIV.
2002 Nov 26, A poll of 50,000
people, commissioned by Durex condom makers SSL International and
released in Malaysia, showed the French had sex an average 167 times
a year, pipping the Danes and the Dutch for the number one spot. It
was a bad year for sex in the United States, which came in eleventh
with an average of 138, after heading the rankings in 2001. Britons
scored an average of 149 times. At the bottom of the pile,
Singapore's 110 times was two less than Thailand's. Four in 10
people in India did not have sex until they were married and
Norwegians were most likely to have sex on the first date, the
survey showed. Norwegians, along with South Africans, were also more
likely than any other nationality to have a one-night stand. Those
in Taiwan were least likely; just 20 percent surveyed had a
2002 Nov 26, Cuban musician
Polo Montanez (47), born as Fernando Borrego, died from head
injuries suffered in a Nov 20 car crash. His country-style music was
hugely popular throughout Latin America.
(AP, 11/27/02)(SFC, 11/29/02, p.A27)
2002 Nov 26, French air traffic
controllers walked off the job as part of a nationwide protest by
2002 Nov 26, Iraqi air defense
units fired at American and British warplanes that carried out
dozens of sorties in the country.
2002 Nov 26, Israeli aircraft
attacked a building in Jenin's refugee camp and killed 2 Palestinian
(WSJ, 11/27/02, p.A1)
2002 Nov 26, In Kashmir's
Kralapora village 3 schoolboys were killed when they hit a live
grenade that they mistook for a cricket ball.
(SFC, 11/27/02, p.A17)
2002 Nov 26, About 2,000
members of Mexico's former ruling party seized government buildings
in two Guerrero state towns, claiming fraud in the recent election
of the towns' mayors.
2002 Nov 26, The Astra-1K
satellite was launched atop a Russian Proton rocket from the
Baikonur cosmodrome in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan. The
world's largest communications satellite, manufactured by France's
Alcatel Space corporation for Societe Europeene des Satellites of
Luxembourg, was lost after it went into the wrong orbit.
(AP, 11/26/02)(WSJ, 11/27/02, p.A1)
2003 Nov 26, Human rights
activist Gao Zhan pleaded guilty in Alexandria, Va., to illegally
selling American high-tech items with potential military uses to
China. She had been recently freed from a Chinese prison after the
US government interceded on her behalf. Gao later received a reduced
sentence of seven months in prison for her cooperation with
2003 Nov 26, In Georgia Mikhail
Saakashvili (35), a US educated lawyer, said he would run for
president as the sole candidate of the opposition National Movement
party. His campaign later became known as the “rose revolution.”
(SFC, 11/27/03, p.A9)(Econ, 11/17/07, p.16)
2003 Nov 26, Ayatollah Sadeq
Khalkhali (77), a judge known for sentencing hundreds of people to
death following Iran's revolution, died.
(AP, 11/27/03)(Econ, 12/13/03, p.86)
2003 Nov 26, Maj. Gen. Abed
Hamed Mowhoush, an air defense general captured Oct. 5 in a raid
near the Syrian border, died. He was being questioned while in
American custody in Qaim near the Syrian border when he lost
consciousness after complaining he didn't feel well. In 2004 4 US
soldiers were charged with murder.
(AP, 11/27/03)(SFC, 10/5/04, p.A3)
2003 Nov 26, Japan threatened
to impose $85 million in retaliatory duties on American imports
unless the US backs away from steel tariffs ruled unfair by the WTO.
2003 Nov 26, Northern Ireland
voted for representatives to their provincial legislature.
Hard-liners defeated moderates in Northern Ireland's legislative
2003 Nov 26, Israeli troops in
the Gaza Strip killed 2 Palestinians and wounded one after the
soldiers disturbed a group of men apparently setting up an ambush on
a road used by Jewish settlers.
2003 Nov 26, Taiwan arrested
Maj. Pai Chin-yang (42), an intelligence officer, on charges of
spying for rival China to raise money to pay off stock market debts.
It was the 3rd espionage case announced by the military in less than
2003 Nov 26, The UN Children's
Fund warned that AIDS has already orphaned more than 11 million
African children under the age of 15, and "the worst is yet to
2003 Nov 26, The UN nuclear
watchdog agency, IAEA, condemned Iran over an 18-year cover-up of
its nuclear energy program and said future violations of
non-proliferation obligations would not be tolerated.
2004 Nov 26, The dollar reached
a new low against the euro at 1.3288 euros per dollar. The euro
peaked at 1.3329.
(SFC, 11/27/04, p.C1)(WSJ, 11/29/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 26, A
Cyprus-registered tanker spilled 30,000 gallons of crude oil into
the Delaware River between Philadelphia and southern New Jersey,
creating a 20-mile-long slick that killed dozens of birds and
threatened other wildlife.
2004 Nov 26, In NYC a man
jumped to his death from the 86th-floor observation deck at the
Empire State Building.
2004 Nov 26, Philippe de Broca
(71), French movie director ("King of Hearts"), died.
2004 Nov 26, Leading Iraqi
politicians called for a six-month delay in the Jan. 30 election
because of spiraling violence; President Bush said, "The Iraqi
Election Commission has scheduled elections in January, and I would
hope they'd go forward in January." The vote took place as
2004 Nov 26, In Mosul 17 more
Iraqi bodies were found following 15 discovered a day earlier. 65
bodies were reported found over the last 8 days with 20 confirmed as
members of the new Iraqi security forces.
(SFC, 11/27/04, p.A13)
2004 Nov 26, The ruling party
in the Palestinian Authority set Aug. 4 as the date for an internal
election in an apparent attempt to persuade the head of Fatah's
restless young guard to drop out of the January presidential
2004 Nov 26, Rwanda said it was
ready to hold talks with Democratic Republic of Congo Pres. Joseph
Kabila to defuse growing tensions over Rwandan rebels based in
2004 Nov 26, Sudan's
pro-government Janjaweed militia killed 16 people in a western
village in the troubled Darfur region.
2004 Nov 26, A UN spokesman
said the son of Secretary-General Kofi Annan received payments from
a firm with a UN Iraqi oil-for-food contract more than four years
longer than the world body previously admitted.
2004 Nov 26, The World Trade
Organization gave final approval to the EU, Japan and others to hit
the US with an initial $150 million in trade sanctions in a row over
the 2000 Byrd amendment, an illegal anti-dumping law. Penalties on
US exports ranged from apples to textiles.
(AP, 11/27/04)(SFC, 11/27/04, p.A4)
2005 Nov 26, The US military
said 4 US soldiers face disciplinary action for burning the bodies
of two Taliban rebels, but they will not be charged with crimes
because their actions were motivated by hygienic concerns.
2005 Nov 26, The SF Bay Area
crab fleet ended their pricing standoff after pacific Seafood agreed
to a $1.75 price per pound.
(SSFC, 11/27/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 26, Stan Berenstain
(82), who with wife Jan wrote and illustrated the Berenstain Bear
books, died in suburban Philadelphia.
2005 Nov 26, Afghanistan’s
defense ministry said troops foiled a bomb attack in Kabul with the
arrest of six suspected militants and their explosives-packed
2005 Nov 26, Suspected Taliban
militants burned down a district police headquarters and abducted
2005 Nov 26, In Azerbaijan
truncheon-wielding police in riot gear beat opposition protesters
who gathered in Baku shouting "Freedom!" and demanding a revote of
disputed parliamentary elections.
2005 Nov 25, In Bangladesh
thousands of women rallied in Dhaka to demand that developed nations
open their doors to workers and products from poor nations.
2005 Nov 26, Bosnia's southern
town of Mostar unveiled the world's first statue of kung fu legend
Bruce Lee, paying homage to a childhood hero of all its divided
2005 Nov 26, A magnitude 5.7
earthquake shook part of central China, killing at least 15 people,
injuring more than 450 and destroying hundreds of buildings.
2005 Nov 26, Police detained at
least 140 members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood as Egyptians voted
in a parliamentary runoff.
2005 Nov 26, In India
Sohrabuddin Sheikh, a suspected extortioner whose murdered. The
police initially claimed that Sohrabuddin was a terrorist with
Lashkar-e-Toiba connections, and had died while trying to escape.
The killing was orchestrated by senior police officers of the Indian
Police Service, and was allegedly ordered by Gujarat minister for
home Amit Shah.
2005 Nov 26, Vijaypat Singhania
(67), an Indian textile millionaire, apparently broke the world
record for the highest flight in a hot air balloon. His son Gautam
Singhania said the 44-ton balloon climbed nearly 70,000 feet. The
previous world record was 64,997 feet, set by Sweden's Per
Lindstrand in Plano, Texas, in June 1988.
2005 Nov 26, In Iraq a suicide
bomber drove his pickup truck into a crowded gas station north of
Baghdad and killed 12 people. A 2nd car bomb targeting a convoy of
foreigners killed four others in the capital.
2005 Nov 26, A US Marine died
when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb near Camp Taqaddum, 45
miles west of Baghdad. Iraqi police arrested 8 Sunni Arabs in the
northern city of Kirkuk for allegedly plotting to assassinate the
investigating judge who prepared the case against Saddam Hussein.
2005 Nov 26, In Iraq 4
humanitarian workers, including two Canadians, were kidnapped.
Canadian hostages James Loney (41), and Harmeet Singh Sooden (32);
Tom Fox (54), of Clear Brook, Va., and Norman Kember (74), of
London, had been warned repeatedly by Iraqi and Western security
officials before being abducted that they were taking a grave risk
by moving around Baghdad without bodyguards. Fox’s body was found
Mar 9, 2006.
(CP, 11/27/05)(AP, 1/28/06)(AP, 3/11/06)
2005 Nov 26, Japan reported
that its space probe Hayabusa had landed on the surface of the
Itokawa asteroid and then collected rock samples that could give
clues to the origin of the solar system. Data on the sample
collection was later subject to question.
(Reuters, 11/26/05)(AP, 12/07/05)
2005 Nov 26, Preliminary
results showed jailed Palestinian uprising leader Marwan Barghouti
and other younger activists swept Fatah primaries, signaling a
change of generations that could make the corruption-tainted ruling
party more attractive to voters in Jan. 25 parliament elections.
2005 Nov 26, In Zimbabwe senate
elections drew a low turnout under partial boycotting by the
opposition over accusations the poll is designed to consolidate
President Robert Mugabe's rule.
2006 Nov 26, In New York City
an angry crowd demanded to know why police officers killed Sean
Bell, an unarmed man, on the day of his wedding by firing dozens of
shots that also wounded two of Bell's friends.
2006 Nov 26, David Hermance
(59), a US engineer for Toyota, was killed when his experimental
plane, a Interavia E-3, crashed off San Pedro near Los Angeles, Ca.
Hermance’s job had been to take technology developed in Japan, as in
the Prius hybrid, and bring it to the US.
(SFC, 11/27/06, p.A5)
2006 Nov 26, Stephen Heywood
(37), co-founder with his family of the ALS Therapy Development
Foundation, died of amyotrophic lateral schlerosis.
(WSJ, 12/9/06, p.A5)
2006 Nov 26, In southeastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber blew himself up at a restaurant,
killing 15 people and wounding 24, including an Afghan special
forces commander and a district chief who were apparently targeted
for the attack.
2006 Nov 26, In Bahrain
preliminary results showed Islamist candidates victorious in
parliamentary elections, splitting the vote between hardline Shiite
and Sunni Muslims while female and liberal candidates fared poorly
in the US-allied kingdom.
2006 Nov 26, In eastern Chad
government forces entered Abeche, one day after rebels launched an
attack and claimed to have seized the town.
2006 Nov 26, In China
construction of the $3.7 billion Xiangjiaba project formally began.
Completion was set for 2015. The 6-gigawatt project Xiangjiaba dam
on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River and the nearby
12.6-gigawatt Xiluodu dam together are expected to match or exceed
the capacity of the Three Gorges dam. An explosion triggered by a
gas buildup in a coal mine in northern China killed 24 miners at the
Luweitan Coal Mine in Linfen, Shanxi province.
2006 Nov 26, Abu Khavs, a
Jordanian who commanded foreign mercenaries in Chechnya and was
reportedly al-Qaida's top emissary in the troubled North Caucasus,
died along with 4 other militants in a shootout with police in
2006 Nov 26, Ecuador held
presidential elections. Rafael Correa (43), a US-trained economist
who has pledged radical reforms to clean up corruption, faced Alvaro
Noboa (56), a billionaire and Ecuador's wealthiest man. Ecuador is
an oil-exporting country, but three-quarters of its 13.4 million
inhabitants live in poverty.
2006 Nov 26, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he would help the US calm Iraq if
Washington changes what he described as its "bullying" policy toward
2006 Nov 26, Iraq's leaders
promised to track down those responsible for the war's deadliest
attack by insurgents, and urged the country's Shiite, Sunni and
Kurdish politicians to stop fanning sectarian violence by arguing
with one another. A suicide car bomber slammed into an Iraqi police
checkpoint on a highway near a Sunni mosque in Mahmoudiya city,
killing five policemen and wounding 23. In Baquoba at least 17
insurgents were killed and 15 detained. 20 civilians were kidnapped
and three bodies found in Diyala province. US soldiers shot and
killed 11 civilians and wounded five in Husseiniya. 3 US soldiers
were killed and two wounded during combat operations in Baghdad. The
New York Times reported that the Iraq insurgency has become
financially self-sustaining, raising tens of millions of dollars a
year from oil smuggling, kidnapping, counterfeiting, corrupt
charities and other crimes.
(AP, 11/26/06)(Reuters, 11/26/06)(AP, 11/27/06)
2006 Nov 26, Israeli troops
withdrew from the Gaza Strip as an unexpected truce took hold, but
two major Palestinian militant groups, saying they had no intention
of stopping their attacks, fired volleys of homemade rockets into
2006 Nov 26, In Mexico bands of
youths rampaged through downtown Oaxaca, torching buildings and cars
hours after federal police used tear gas to drive off a violent mob
of leftists in the latest spasm of protests against the state
governor. 30 to 40 armed men entered the La Barranca hunting ranch
near the US border and kidnapped five men including 3 Texans.
Librado Pina Jr. (49), owns the popular deer-hunting ranch near
Hidalgo, was released on Dec 18. His son and 2 others had been
released earlier. There was no word on the ranch's Mexican cook,
(AP, 11/26/06)(AP, 11/29/06)(AP, 12/18/06)
2006 Nov 26, Raul Velasco (73),
who hosted one of Mexico's most popular and enduring television
programs, "Siempre en Domingo," died at his home in Acapulco.
2006 Nov 26, In eastern
Pakistan a passenger van veered off the road and plunged into a
canal, killing 10 people.
2006 Nov 26, Paraguay's Pres.
Nicanor Duarte unexpectedly fired the armed forces chief and 58
military and police officers, calling it a routine reshuffling of
the military high command and dismissing suggestions it was
2006 Nov 26, Mestnye (meaning
Locals), a pro-government youth group raided outdoor markets in the
Moscow region to help authorities find illegal migrants. Police
detained several dozen people after fighting broke out.
2006 Nov 26, South Korean
quarantine officials began slaughtering more than 200,000 poultry
after an outbreak of the virulent H5N1 form of bird flu at a chicken
2006 Nov 26, In Sudan the
National Redemption Front said its fighters had seized the Abu Jabra
oil field on the edge of South Darfur and Southern Kordofan.
Sudanese military said its forces had repelled the attack and were
in full control of the field.
2006 Nov 26, More than 20,000
Muslims in Istanbul held the biggest protest so far against Pope
Benedict's controversial visit to Turkey this week.
2007 Nov 26, President Bush
signed a deal setting the foundation for a potential long-term US
troop presence in Iraq, with details to be negotiated over matters
that have defined the war debate at home. Bush also met with the
leaders of Israel and Palestine ahead of the Middle East peace talks
(AP, 11/27/07)(SFC, 11/27/07, p.A15)
2007 Nov 26, Mississippi Sen.
Trent Lott announced his retirement after a 35-year career in
2007 Nov 26, Citigroup
announced that the investment arm of the Abu Dhabi government will
take a 4.9% stake and provide a $7.5 billion capital infusion.
(WSJ, 11/27/07, p.A3)
2007 Nov 26, Amsterdam based
Royal Philips Electronics announced the purchase of Genlyte Group,
based in Louisville, Kentucky, for $2.7 billion. The deal made
Philips the biggest lighting firm in the American market.
2007 Nov 26, Rotary
International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced
a $200 million donation for the global campaign to wipe out polio.
2007 Nov 26, A new report said
the US District of Columbia has the highest rate of AIDS of any city
in the country. An estimated one in 20 residents had HIV and one in
50 had AIDS.
(SFC, 11/27/07, p.A3)
2007 Nov 26, A new study by the
University of Michigan bolstered claims that Native Americans are
descended from one migrant group that crossed a lost land link from
modern Siberia to Alaska. The study examined genes of indigenous
people from North to South America and from two Siberian groups.
2007 Nov 26, In Michigan a find
of dioxin at the bottom of the Saginaw River could be the highest
level of such contamination ever discovered in the nation's rivers
and lakes, according to a federal scientist involved in cleanup
efforts downstream from a Dow Chemical Co. plant.
2007 Nov 26, Roger Lee Dillon
(22), his girlfriend, Nicole N. Boyd (24), and Dillon’s mother,
Sharon Lee Gregory (48), stole $7.4 million in cash and checks from
an Ohio armored car company. They were arrested Dec 1 in West
(AP, 12/1/07)(SFC, 12/17/07, p.A8)
2007 Nov 26, Washington
Redskins star safety Sean Taylor was mortally wounded when he was
shot during a botched armed robbery at his home in Palmetto Bay,
Fla. Taylor died the next day.
2007 Nov 26, Bill Hartack (74),
Hall of Fame jockey, died in Freer, Texas.
2007 Nov 26, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb struck an Afghan army vehicle, killing 4 soldiers and
wounding two others in eastern Paktia province. 4 civilians were
killed by a roadside blast in the Musayi district of Kabul province.
In eastern Afghanistan US-led coalition troops killed 14 road
construction workers in airstrikes after receiving faulty
(AP, 11/26/07)(AP, 11/27/07)(AP, 11/28/07)
2007 Nov 26, The Bahamas
ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, bringing to 141
the number of nations that have done so. The treaty, which bans all
nuclear explosions, will not enter into force until it has been
ratified by all 44 states listed in an annex, that participated in a
1996 disarmament conference and had nuclear power or research
reactors at the time. 34 of those countries have ratified the pact.
The holdouts include the United States, China, India, Pakistan,
Israel and North Korea.
2007 Nov 26, Peter Watt, the
general secretary of Britain’s Labor Party, resigned after admitting
that he knew of an arrangement in which David Abrahams, a north-east
property developer, had donated money to the party through
intermediaries since 2003. PM Brown claimed not to have known of the
arrangement and promised to return the money.
(Econ, 12/1/07, p.69)
2007 Nov 26, In eastern Chad
rebels and government soldiers fought gunbattles near the border
with Sudan's Darfur region after two rebel groups ended a month-long
ceasefire. A rebel group, Union of Forces for Development and
Democracy, claimed to have killed over 200 government soldiers with
20 of its fighters lost.
(Reuters, 11/26/07)(AP, 11/27/07)(SFC, 11/27/07,
2007 Nov 26, Croatia's ruling
conservative HDZ party looked on course to win another four years in
power and take the nation into the EU after a close-fought
parliamentary election. The ruling conservatives and center-left
opposition sought allies after the vote left no clear winner.
(AP, 11/26/07)(WSJ, 11/27/07, p.A1)
2007 Nov 26, In Ecuador about
60 miners were trapped after the blast in the village of Ponce
Enriquez, 230 miles southwest of Quito.
2007 Nov 26, France netted
deals in China for nuclear reactors and passenger jets worth a
combined $29.62 billion on the second day of a state visit by
President Nicolas Sarkozy.
2007 Nov 26, In France youths
rioted for a 2nd night in Paris' suburbs, leaving 82 officers
(AP, 11/27/07)(SFC, 11/28/07, p.A4)
2007 Nov 26, In Indonesia the
capital of Jakarta was partially flooded, forcing thousands of
people to flee homes and cutting off a highway to the international
2007 Nov 26, An Iranian air
force F-4 Phantom jet crashed into the Oman Sea off the southeastern
coast of Iran, killing both pilots.
2007 Nov 26, An Israeli
aircraft pounded a squad of militants and Israeli border guards shot
two Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
2007 Nov 26, High school
students clashed with riot police in Amsterdam and demonstrated in
cities across the Netherlands to protest a national increase in
2007 Nov 26, Former Pakistani
prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif signed up to run in
a January election while a spokesman for President Pervez Musharraf
said he would be sworn in as a civilian on Nov 29.
2007 Nov 26, Philip Alston, a
New York University law professor charged by the UN Human Rights
Council with investigating extra-judicial killings in the
Philippines, reported that the military was in a state of denial
about its role in the deaths of about 800 opposition activists over
the past six years.
2007 Nov 26, In the Philippines
the death toll from Typhoon Mitag rose to 17, as search operations
began for a missing air force jet and a fishing vessel with 27
2007 Nov 26, A South Korean aid
group said North Korea has resumed frequent public executions, among
them a factory chief accused of making international phone calls who
was shot in a stadium before 150,000 spectators.
2007 Nov 26, In Sri Lanka
rebels said 11 schoolchildren and two others were killed when Sri
Lanka's military activated a roadside bomb near a car traveling near
2008 Nov 26, Edna Parker (115),
the world’s oldest person, died in Shelbyville, Indiana.
(WSJ, 11/28/08, p.A10)
2008 Nov 26, British data
showed its economy shrank 0.5% in the 3 months to September, placing
it perilously close to recession as it feels the chill from the
global financial crisis.
2008 Nov 26, China cut interest
rates by more than a percentage point to 5.58%, the most significant
cut in 11 years, as the economic conditions worsened.
(SFC, 12/9/08, p.A10)(Econ, 11/29/08, p.80)
2008 Nov 26, China executed
Wang Zhendong, a businessman convicted of bilking thousands of
investors out of $416 million in a bogus ant-breeding scheme.
2008 Nov 26, European ministers
pledged euro10 billion ($12.8 billion) to an ambitious list of 30
space missions, including one to put a robotic rover on Mars.
2008 Nov 26, In India 110
people were killed and over 300 injured when suspected Islamic
militants attacked 10 sites in Mumbai including the five-star Taj
Mahal Palace and Tower and the 19th century Chhatrapati Shivaji
railroad station. On Oct 3, 2009, David Headley (b.1960 as Daood
Sayed Gilani), a US citizen of Pakistani descent, was arrested in
Chicago on suspicion of doing reconnaissance Mumbai attack. In 2010
Gilani pleaded guilty and testified that the Pakistani spy agency
provided individual handlers for the Lashkar-e-Taiba attackers. In
2013 Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy authored “The Siege: Three
Days of Terror Inside the Taj.
11/27/08)(SFC, 10/20/10, p.A5)(Econ, 11/23/13, p.81)
2008 Nov 26, In Iran a court
sentenced a man who blinded a woman with acid also to be blinded
with acid under the country's Islamic law. Majid Movahedi (27)
confessed to attacking Ameneh Bahrami (24) in 2004 to dissuade
anyone from marrying the woman he loved. Movahedi was sentenced to
be blinded in both eyes in February, 2009. In 2011 Bahrami announced
that it would cost Movahedi two million euros to escape a
court-ordered blinding. In 2011 Bahrami pardoned Mohavedi as he
knelt in an operating room with her attacker waiting for her to drop
acid in his eyes.
(AP, 11/27/08)(AP, 5/17/11)(AP, 7/31/11)
2008 Nov 26, In Iraq intense
deal making among political factions delayed by one day a
parliamentary vote on a security pact that would allow American
forces to stay in the country through 2011 under tight Iraqi
supervision. A roadside bomb killed two civilians and wounded four
in central Baghdad. 18 young women, purportedly belonging to a
suicide bombing network in northern Iraq, surrendered and signed a
form promising not to conduct attacks as part of a reconciliation
(AP, 11/26/08)(AP, 11/27/08)
2008 Nov 26, Nigeria's food and
drug control agency NAFDAC said 25 children have died in the last
fortnight after taking a teething mixture discovered to contain a
harmful substance. Laboratory tests on the drug found out that it
contains a killer element known as diethylene glycol. The agency
shut down the premises of the Nigerian manufacturer. The death count
soon rose to 34 as more children lost their lives after being given
"My Pikin" teething syrup contaminated with diethylene glycol,
blamed for causing kidney failure.
(AFP, 11/26/08)(Reuters, 12/3/08)
2008 Nov 26, The UN and other
aid agencies appealed to the international community to send $462
million in emergency assistance to address what they said is a
humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian territories.
2008 Nov 26, In North Ossetia
Vitaly Karayev, the mayor of Vladikavkaz, was shot and killed in the
latest violence to hit a region. The next day An obscure Islamic
group claimed responsibility for the assassination of a mayor in
Russia's troubled North Caucasus, saying he had sanctioned
persecution of Islamic women.
(AP, 11/26/08)(AP, 11/27/08)
2008 Nov 26, In Peru suspected
rebels armed with machine guns and grenades ambushed a police patrol
in the central jungle, killing four officers and wounding five
2008 Nov 26, Qatar based Al
Jazeera launched Sharek, a website where photos and videos can be
submitted for use, once verified, in Al Jazeera’s television and
(Econ, 7/9/11, SR
2008 Nov 26, Off Sierra Leone
pirates from neighboring Guinea attacked a Chinese fishing vessel in
a rare attack that ended with four suspects dead. Two pirates were
shot, two drowned and the other pirates were arrested by the Sierra
2008 Nov 26, In northern
Somalia 2 foreign journalists were kidnapped while doing a story on
the rampant piracy in the region. The Britain and journalist and his
Spanish counterpart were released on Jan 4, after almost six weeks
in captivity in Somalia's breakaway Puntland state.
(AP, 11/26/08)(AFP, 1/4/09)
2008 Nov 26, South Africa's
health minister said Zimbabwe faced a humanitarian crisis after a
major outbreak of cholera, vowing not to turn away anyone who
crosses the border for treatment. Botswana's foreign minister said
Zimbabwe's neighbors should close their borders in an attempt to
bring down Pres. Robert Mugabe, in the strongest call yet for action
2008 Nov 26, Sudanese police
demolished about 10,000 homes in a shanty town south of Khartoum,
using tear gas to disperse protesting residents.
2008 Nov 26, The UN Security
Council approved the deployment of a EU mission (Eulex) throughout
Kosovo under the UN umbrella.
(AP, 11/26/08)(Econ, 11/15/14, p.55)
2008 Nov 26, In Venezuela
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed to help start a local
nuclear energy program and said Moscow is willing to participate in
a socialist trade bloc in Latin America led by President Hugo
2009 Nov 26, The Univ. of
Michigan announced that football player Charles Woodson is donating
$2 million to its new Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital.
2009 Nov 26, In Jupiter,
Florida, 3 women and a child, Makayla Sitton, in bed were shot to
death during a family Thanksgiving gathering. Police officers were
looking for Paul Michael Merhige (35) of Miami. Merhige, a cousin of
the 6-year-old victim, was arrested on Jan 2, 2010, at a motel in
the Florida Keys.
(AP, 11/27/09)(AP, 1/3/10)
2009 Nov 26, In Vienna Mohamed
ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA), said that his probe of allegations that Iran tried to make
nuclear arms is at "a dead end" because Tehran is not cooperating
and warned that confidence in Tehran had shrunk in the wake of its
belated revelation of a previously secret nuclear facility.
2009 Nov 26, In the Central
African Republic the rebel Convention of Patriots for Justice and
Peace (CPJP) claimed they had taken control of the key north central
town of Ndele after an attack. The rebels said three of their men
had been killed, four were wounded, and that about a dozen soldiers
were killed. The CPJP is led by Charles Massi, who was a prime
minister under Ange-Felix Patasse, the president toppled in a
bloodless coup by Bozize in 2003.
2009 Nov 26, China announced
plans to cut its carbon emissions by up to 45 percent as measured
against its economic output, a commitment from the world's largest
polluter that builds momentum ahead of a widely anticipated climate
conference in Copenhagen next month.
2009 Nov 26, In China 172
miners were underground when an explosion occurred at the Zhenxing
coal mine. 10 miners were killed in the gas explosion.
2009 Nov 26, In the Congo four
UN peacekeepers were wounded in northern Congo after a UN helicopter
was attacked by armed men.
2009 Nov 26, European banks
were hit by concern about potential exposure to debt problems in
Dubai, while companies where Middle Eastern investors own big stakes
also came under pressure.
2009 Nov 26, In Lyon, France,
thieves used a sledgehammer to smash through the reinforced glass on
a downtown Cartier storefront. They then swiped jewelry and watches
from display cases. In Dec police recovered nearly euro800,000
($1,181,900) in jewels stolen in the holdup. Officers came across
the stash by accident while searching the apartment of a suspect in
another jewelry theft. The suspect was still at large.
2009 Nov 26, Georgia’s foreign
minister said his country is very worried about the possible sale of
French warships to Russia and intends to press the issue of security
guarantees in France.
2009 Nov 26, In southern
Hungary a student (23) opened fire at a university in the city of
Pecs, killing one student and wounding three other people.
2009 Nov 26, In Indonesia
police broke up a protest by the environmental group Greenpeace
against deforestation on the island of Sumatra, arresting 12 foreign
and six Indonesian demonstrators.
2009 Nov 26, A human rights
group said Iran has brought new espionage charges against Kian
Tajbakhsh (47), an Iranian-American scholar, who was already
convicted of spying and sentenced to 15 years in prison in the
country's crackdown following June's disputed presidential election.
Prominent political activist Behzad Nabavi (67) was released on
$800,000 bail. Shapoor Kazemi, opposition leader Mousavi's
brother-in-law, was freed on $50,000 bail.
2009 Nov 26, Shirin Ebadi, 2003
Nobel Peace Prize, said that Iranian authorities took her medal
about three weeks ago from a safe-deposit box, claiming she owed
taxes on the $1.3 million she was awarded. Ebadi said that such
prizes are exempt from tax under Iranian law. In Norway, where the
peace prize is awarded, the government said the confiscation of the
gold medal was a shocking first in the history of the 108-year-old
2009 Nov 26, In Ireland an
official report said the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Dublin
obsessively covered up widespread sexual abuse of children by
priests until the mid-1990s in a misuse of the Church's central role
in Irish society.
2009 Nov 26, In the Philippines
Andal Ampatuan Jr., mayor of Ampatua, surrendered to presidential
adviser Jesus Dureza in the provincial capital. He had allegedly led
dozens of police and pro-government militiamen in the Nov 23
massacre of an election convoy.
2009 Nov 26, Polish defense
ministry spokesman Robert Rochowicz said the US and Poland have
agreed terms for stationing US troops in Poland so that the
deployment of US Patriot missiles can start next year.
2009 Nov 26, The Swiss Justice
Ministry said Roman Polanski will be placed under house arrest at
his Alpine chalet as soon as possible, announcing it would not
appeal a court's decision to release the 76-year-old director on
2009 Nov 26, In Tunisia Taoufik
Ben Brik (49), a journalist known for his critical stance toward
Tunisia's government, was sentenced to six months in prison for what
his lawyer called a trumped-up assault charge. Brik was released on
April 27, 2010.
(AP, 11/26/09)(AP, 4/27/10)
2010 Nov 26, US federal agents
in a sting operation arrested Mohamed Osman Mohamud (19), a
Somali-born teenager, just as he tried blowing up a van he believed
was loaded with explosives at a crowded Christmas tree lighting
ceremony in Portland.
2010 Nov 26, In Argentina the
newspaper Clarin published the comments of a woman who has accused
her father of sexually abusing her for 30 years and having 10
children with her, including one who killed himself after learning
that his grandfather was his father. Elvira Gomez (43) did not
report the alleged abuse until her father, Armando Gomez (62), was
recently arrested for robbery.
2010 Nov 26, In Brazil
residents of Rio's northern slums braced for more violence as
hundreds of reinforcements joined a widening crackdown on drug gangs
that has killed at least 30 people in six days. Some 800 troops
backed a police operation at the Alemao complex of shantytowns as
drug gang members stood their ground.
(AFP, 11/26/10)(SFC, 11/27/10, p.A4)
2010 Nov 26, The Central
African Republic government announced its forces had retaken Birao,
captured by rebels in a deadly assault two days earlier, but the
rebels said they were still in control.
2010 Nov 26, In Chile the
lawyer for a group of men who accused Fernando Karadima, a prominent
Chilean priest, of sexually abusing them as teenagers said his
clients will not appeal a ruling in favor of the clergyman. Five
men, now adults, had alleged that Karadima began abusing them about
20 years ago, when they were between 14 and 17 years old. In 2011
the Vatican said Karadima was guilty of abusing minors and must
(AP, 11/26/10)(SFC, 2/19/11, p.A2)
2010 Nov 26, Danish actor Palle
Huld (98), who reportedly inspired a Belgian cartoonist to create
the comic book reporter Tintin, died. He was a stage actor with
Denmark's Royal Theater, and he appeared in 40 Danish films between
1933 and 2000. In 1928 Huld won a competition organized by Danish
newspaper that wanted to send a teenager would-be-reporter around
the globe. For 44 days the 15-year-old traveled to North America,
Japan, Siberia and Germany, and was greeted by 20,000 people upon
his return to Copenhagen. Herge, the pen name of Belgian author
Georges Remi, heard of Huld's journey which reportedly inspired him
to create Tintin, the globe-trotting reporter.
2010 Nov 26, An Egyptian
judicial source said courts have ordered the cancellation of Nov 28
parliamentary elections in 24 districts after orders to reinstate
opposition and independent candidates were ignored. The Alexandria
criminal court sentenced 11 Islamists to two years in prison for
election campaigning for the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
(AFP, 11/26/10)(Reuters, 11/26/10)(AFP, 11/27/10)
2010 Nov 26, In Indonesia 5
endangered Sumatran elephants were found dead in Riau province on
Sumatra island. Conservationists suspected that farmers poisoned the
animals to stop them from damaging crops.
2010 Nov 26, The Japanese
parliament passed an extra budget worth 58 billion dollars to cover
a new stimulus package aimed at averting the threat of a
2010 Nov 26, Kenya’s Wildlife
Service said its agents shot dead 2 suspected poachers shooting at a
herd of elephants in a national park.
(SFC, 11/27/10, p.A2)
2010 Nov 26, Myanmar published
laws, signed by junta chief Gen. Than Shwe, stipulating that
parliamentarians will be allowed freedom of expression unless their
speeches endanger national security, the unity of the country or
violate the constitution. They also provide a two-year prison term
for those who stage protests in the parliament compound or
physically assault a lawmaker on its premises.
2010 Nov 26, The Dutch navy
said it has captured 20 suspected pirates off the Somali coast in
two operations in the last week and is holding them on a warship on
suspicion of involvement in hijacking a South African yacht.
2010 Nov 26, A Nigerian court
annulled the election of the governor of the southwestern state of
Osun and installed his opposition rival, in the latest blow to the
ruling party ahead of national elections next April. The court ruled
that Osun state governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola of the ruling People's
Democratic Party (PDP) had been wrongly elected in the 2007 polls
and installed his rival Rauf Aregbesola of the opposition Action
Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
2010 Nov 26, Pakistan said
security forces arrested two would-be suicide bombers in the capital
Islamabad, adding that the thwarted attacks targeted parliament and
a mosque in an upmarket neighborhood. Suspected US missiles fired by
an unmanned plane hit a vehicle killing three alleged militants in
2010 Nov 26, Portugal adopted a
raft of debt-reducing austerity measures, which the government
claimed would be enough to restore market confidence in its public
finances without resorting to a bailout.
2010 Nov 26, Russia said it
will miss an April, 2012, deadline for destroying all of its
chemical weapons, as officials inaugurated a major new plant to
dispose of them. Pochep, the latest of six plants built in Russia in
recent years, will process nearly 19 percent of Russia's stockpile,
or 7,500 tons of nerve agent used in aircraft-delivered munitions.
The US has acknowledged it will also miss the deadline.
2010 Nov 26, Saudi Interior
Ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki said authorities have arrested
nearly 150 al-Qaida suspects over the past eight months, foiling
planned attacks on Saudi government officials, civilians and media
2010 Nov 26, Serbia sent a
formal request for the extradition of Peter Egner (88), a
naturalized American citizen who is suspected of serving in a Nazi
unit that killed some 17,000 Jewish and other civilians here during
World War II. Egner was born in Yugoslavia and emigrated to the
United States in 1960, gaining American citizenship six years later.
2010 Nov 26, South African
President Jacob Zuma arrived in Harare to try to smooth over
disputes threatening Zimbabwe's troubled power-sharing government.
Zuma said he had persuaded President Mugabe and PM Tsvangirai to
start talking again to address the rifts in their power-sharing
(AFP, 11/26/10)(Reuters, 11/26/10)
2010 Nov 26, In South Africa a
study led by the government-funded Medical Research Foundation says
that in Gauteng province, home to Johannesburg, more than 37% of men
said they had raped a woman. A quarter of the women interviewed said
they'd been raped, but the study said only one in 25 rapes are
reported to police.
2010 Nov 26, In South Africa
lightning and a storm killed seven people and injured 67 at a
Christmas party at a nursery school in KwaZulu Natal.
2010 Nov 26, Spain’s PM Jose
Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said there was no chance Spain would seek a
2010 Nov 26, In Taiwan a gunman
opened fire on a campaign rally on the eve of key local elections,
killing one man and critically wounding the son of former
Vice-President Lien Chan. A suspect was in custody and may belong to
2010 Nov 26, In Yemen a suicide
car bomber struck Shiite mourners heading to a funeral to Saada
province, killing at least two people.
2011 Nov 26, NASA launched a
rover of "monster truck" proportions toward Mars on an 8½-month, 354
million-mile journey, the biggest, best equipped robot ever sent to
explore another planet. Curiosity will reach Mars next summer.
2011 Nov 26, Afghan MPs
approved Noorullah Delawari, a US-educated banker, as governor of
the troubled central bank. MPs also granted a trust vote to
Rahmatullah Nabeel, President Karzai's candidate to head
Afghanistan's intelligence agency (NDS). Karzai approved a second
list of areas, home to half the nation's population, where Afghan
forces will soon start taking the lead from foreign troops.
(AFP, 11/26/11)(AP, 11/27/11)
2011 Nov 26, Britain’s Finance
Ministry said it plans to spend an extra 600 million pounds on
so-called "free schools" outside municipal control over the next
2011 Nov 26, Colombia's main
rebel group executed four captives, held hostage for between 12 and
13 years, during combat between guerrillas and soldiers searching
for the men. Sgt. Luis Alberto Erazo (48), held by the Revolutionary
Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) for nearly 12 years, survived.
2011 Nov 26, In CongoDRC police
fired bullets and tear gas into a crowd that included tens of
thousands of opposition supporters in Kinshasa. The violence
prompted officials to ban further rallies before the Nov 28 poll. At
least 12 opposition partisans and bystanders were shot dead as the
Republican Guard, the former presidential guard, quashed a rally by
supporters of President Joseph Kabila's chief rival.
(AP, 11/26/11)(AP, 11/27/11)(AFP, 12/2/11)
2011 Nov 26, Egyptian security
forces clashed with protesters camped outside the Cabinet building,
leaving one man dead, as tensions rose two days ahead of
parliamentary elections being held despite mass demonstrations
against military rule. Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi met separately
with Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei and another presidential
hopeful Amr Moussa, who was the former Arab League chief. 24 protest
groups, including two political parties, have announced they are
creating their own "national salvation" government to be headed by
2011 Nov 26, In central
Indonesia a busy bridge collapsed in East Kalimantan province,
killing at least 4 people and injuring 17 others as a bus, cars and
motorcycles crashed into the Mahakam river. 40 people were missing.
(AP, 11/26/11)(AP, 11/27/11)
2011 Nov 26, In central Iraq
bomb and gun attacks killed at least 16 people and wounded more than
2011 Nov 26, In Libya dozens of
women rallied in Tripoli to pressure the new government to do more
to help women raped during the country's civil war.
2011 Nov 26, Malaysia
reportedly said it will amend a new law banning street
demonstrations, amid further protests by critics who say the bill
clamps down on their right to peaceful assembly.
2011 Nov 26, Mexican
authorities arrested three members of the Zetas drug cartel who
later confessed to the June slaying of bodyguards for the governor
of the northern state of Nuevo Leon. They were identified as Arturo
Garcia Celaya (24), Jose Daniel Hernandez Guzman (25), and Nicolas
Yepes Alvarez (34).
2011 Nov 26, New Zealand PM
John Key convincingly won a second term in elections that opened the
door for the sales of billions of dollars worth of government assets
as part of a plan to reduce the country's debt.
2011 Nov 26, In northeast
Nigeria at least four people died in an apparent attack that saw
churches and businesses burned to the ground in the city of Geidam,
2011 Nov 26, Chukwuemeka
Odumegwu Ojukwu (78), the secessionist leader during Nigeria's civil
war in the late 1960s and a pivotal figure in the country's history,
died in Britain. Ojukwu's 1967 declaration of independence for
Biafra came largely in response to the killing of large numbers of
Igbos in the country's north.
(AFP, 11/26/11)(Econ, 12/3/11, p.114)
2011 Nov 26, Pakistan accused
NATO helicopters and fighter jets of firing on two army checkpoints
in the country's northwest and killing 24 soldiers. Afghan troops,
who came under fire while operating near the Pakistan border, called
in the NATO airstrikes. Islamabad retaliated by closing the border
crossings used by the international coalition to supply its troops
in neighboring Afghanistan. The Pakistani government demanded the US
vacate an air base within 15 days that the CIA is suspected of using
for unmanned drones.
(AP, 11/26/11)(AP, 11/27/11)
2011 Nov 26, Palestinian
militants in the Gaza Strip fired a Qassam rocket into the Eshkol
region of southern Israel. The attack only damaged a farm
2011 Nov 26, In Syria one
civilian was reported killed as security forces launched raids in
Deir Ezzor and carried out arrests. At least 12 civilians were
killed in Homs province.
(AFP, 11/26/11)(SSFC, 11/27/11, p.A8)
2011 Nov 26, In Uruguay Silvia
Martinez (61), the wife of national soccer coach Oscar Tabarez, was
attacked with a corrosive liquid that burned her face and arms.
Several days ago authorities released a former female employee of
Tabarez who was arrested in December for allegedly swindling
$500,000 from the coach.
2011 Nov 26, A Yemeni security
official said government warplanes over the last 48 hours have
killed 80 anti-government tribesmen who overran part of a military
camp in the Arhab region north of the capital Sanaa. About 20
soldiers were reported killed by the tribesmen.
2012 Nov 26, The US Food and
Drug Administration halted operations of the country's largest
organic peanut butter processor, cracking down on salmonella
poisoning for the first time with new enforcement authority the
agency gained in a 2011 food safety law. FDA officials had found
salmonella all over Sunland Inc.'s New Mexico processing plant.
2012 Nov 26, In eastern
Afghanistan several thousand university students demonstrated to
denounce Israel's recent offensive in the Gaza Strip, burning
Israeli and US flags as well as a Christian cross. A bomb strapped
to a bicycle exploded, wounding 26 civilians in Khost. A service
member with the international military coalition was killed in a
roadside bombing in the south.
2012 Nov 26, In Austria
ceremonies were held to launch a Saudi-sponsored and funded center
in Vienna meant to promote dialogue between the world's main
religions. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke and urged Israel and
Hamas to respect their cease-fire.
2012 Nov 26, In Bahrain riot
police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse thousands of
marchers trying to reach a heavily guarded square that was once the
hub of their anti-government uprising.
2012 Nov 26, Britain named
Canadian central bank chief Mark Carney to head the Bank of England.
2012 Nov 26, A man (22) from
Northern Ireland was arrested in Britain in connection with the
death of Northern Ireland policeman Ronan Kerr, who was killed in
April last year when a bomb exploded under his car.
2012 Nov 26, Toronto's Rob
Ford, a magnet for controversy during two years as mayor of Canada's
largest city, was ordered out of office on after a judge found him
guilty of breaking conflict-of-interest laws.
2012 Nov 26, France's EDF and
partner Centrica have received the first UK site licence for a new
nuclear plant in 25 years, paving the way for Britain's first new
nuclear station since 1995.
2012 Nov 26, In Germany 14
people were killed and eight injured when a fire broke out at a
workshop for disabled people in Titisee-Neustadt in the Black Forest
region. Scores had to be rescued from the building as it quickly
filled with smoke.
2012 Nov 26, Israeli Defense
Minister Ehud Barak (70) abruptly announced he was quitting
politics, injecting new turmoil into the Israeli political system
weeks ahead of general elections.
2012 Nov 26, In Nigeria gunmen
attacked a major police station near Abuja that held members of Boko
Haram a radical Islamist sect, freeing some 30 prisoners. 25 were
quickly recaptured. Two policemen were killed. Gunmen in army
uniforms sprayed bullets from a van as they sped along the road
leading to Plateau state's airport. 9 people died in the attack on a
(AP, 11/26/12)(AP, 11/27/12)
2012 Nov 26, In Pakistan a bomb
hidden in a cement construction block exploded in Karachi, killing
one person. Islamabad police found and defused a bomb planted under
the car of a prominent TV anchor threatened by the Taliban for his
coverage of a schoolgirl shot by the militants.
2012 Nov 26, Pakistani police
said 13 people have died over the last 3 days in Lahore after
drinking cough syrup suspected of being toxic. The victims were all
drug addicts who apparently drank the cough syrup in an attempt to
2012 Nov 26, Swaziland
government officials saidy salary spending by the government will
rise to $528 million, a roughly $23 million increase year-over-year,
despite the country's weakened economy.
2012 Nov 26, Syrian rebels
captured a hydroelectric dam on the Euphrates River in the country's
north after days of heavy clashes. Rebels and pro-government Kurdish
gunmen struck a truce to end days of fighting in the town of Ras
al-Ayn. Airstrikes by government warplanes killed and wounded
several people in the border town Atmeh.
2012 Nov 26, UN talks on a new
climate pact resumed in Qatar, where negotiators from nearly 200
countries will discuss fighting global warming and helping poor
nations adapt to it.
2013 Nov 26, In China the
Xinjiang Daily reported that students in western Xinjiang region
will not graduate unless their political views are approved, as the
country wages what school administrators called an ideological war
2013 Nov 26, Egyptian police
fired a water cannon to disperse dozens of protesters near the
Ministry of Interior after they defied a new law that restricts
demonstrations. Egyptian troops killed a leader of an al-Qaida
inspired group in the northern Sinai Peninsula. Mohammed Hussein
Muhareb and his son were killed after troops closed in on his
motorcade and a firefight ensued.
(Reuters, 11/26/13)(AP, 11/26/13)
2013 Nov 26, Egyptian security
sources said police in Cairo are investigating the disappearance of
an Egyptian-born German author and critic of Islam, months after a
cleric declared him an infidel and called for his death. Hamed
Abdel-Samad, author of "The Downfall of the Islamic World: A
Prognosis", went missing in recent days.
2013 Nov 26, France said it
would send hundreds of extra troops to the strife-torn Central
African Republic after the UN warned the country was descending into
2013 Nov 25, Guinea’s
government said Abu Dhabi investment fund Mubadala and Dubai
Aluminium (DUBAL) have signed a five-billion-dollar deal with Guinea
that should secure resources for UAE aluminium makers.
2013 Nov 26, An Indian court
sentenced dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar to life in
prison for the murder of their 14-year-old daughter and a Nepalese
servant in 2008.
2013 Nov 26, In Libya shops and
schools closed across Benghazi as residents responded to calls for
civil disobedience to protest deadly clashes between radical
Islamists and the army.
2013 Nov 26, Archeologists in
Nepal said they have discovered traces of a wooden structure dating
from the sixth century BC inside the sacred Mayadevi Temple in
Lumbini. They believed this is the world's oldest Buddhist shrine.
2013 Nov 26, Gunmen in central
Nigeria's Plateau state killed 37 people in a pre-dawn raid. The
area has been gripped by a decade-long sectarian conflict between
Muslim herdsmen and Christian agriculturalists.
2013 Nov 26, Pakistan’s PM
Nawaz Sharif ceremonially broke ground on a $9.59 billion nuclear
power complex to be built in Karachi with China’s help. China
National Nuclear Cooperation (CNNC) promised to grant a loan of at
least $6.5 billion to finance the project which will have two
reactors with a capacity of 1,100 megawatts each.
(SFC, 11/27/13, p.A2)(Reuters, 12/24/13)
2013 Nov 26, In Pakistan
militants released 11 teachers who had been kidnapped in the lawless
northwest during a polio vaccination campaign last week.
2013 Nov 26, Scotland’s first
minister Alex Salmond launched an independence campaing and unveiled
a 667-page plan for independence. A referendum was scheduled for
(Econ, 11/30/13, p.55)
2013 Nov 26, In Switzerland the
director-general of the World Trade Organization said negotiators
have failed to craft the first global trade deal in more than a
decade, which could have given the world economy a $1 trillion
2013 Nov 26, In Syria a suicide
bomber blew up a vehicle at a bus stop west of Damascus, killing at
least 15 people. An Al-Qaeda-affiliated group in Syria announced the
execution of two soldiers and three "collaborators" with President
Bashar al-Assad's regime near Damascus. Syria's main opposition
group in exile said it had not made a final decision yet on whether
it would participate in a peace conference to be held in Geneva. The
commander of the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) said his group would
not join a planned peace conference in Switzerland in January and
would pursue its fight to topple President Bashar al-Assad
(AFP, 11/26/13)(AP, 11/26/13)(Reuters, 11/26/13)
2013 Nov 26, The World Health
Organization said it has discovered two additional cases of the
highly contagious polio virus in Syria, bringing the total number of
cases in the country to 17.
2013 Nov 26, Thai PM Yingluck
Shinawatra fought a two-front political war, fending off attacks
during a parliamentary no-confidence debate while protesters
besieged and occupied several ministries in their attempt to topple
her from power.
2013 Nov 26, In Ukraine several
thousand students ditched classes and joined protests in the center
of Kiev against the government's abrupt move to freeze integration
with the West and tilt toward Moscow.
2013 Nov 26, Pope Francis
issued the mission statement for his papacy, outlining how the
Catholic Church and the papacy itself must be reformed to create a
more missionary and merciful church that gets its hands dirty as it
seeks out the poor and oppressed. The Pope denounced the global
financial system that excludes the poor as he issued “Evangelii
Gaudium” (The Joy of the Gospel).
(AP, 11/26/13)(SFC, 11/27/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 26, In Yemen unknown
gunmen killed a foreign military expert and wounded his colleague in
a drive-by shooting in Sanaa. The two were Belarussian citizens who
were working "on private contract."
2013 Nov 26, A Zimbabwean court
freed prominent rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, who had faced charges
of obstructing the course of justice during a police raid.
2014 Nov 26, US Central Command
said the US led 17 air strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq and
Syria since Nov 24 as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.
2014 Nov 26, In Texas a Harris
County judge indicted investigators Lonnie Blevins (39) and Dustin
Deutch (41) for stealing rare comic books valued at hundreds of
thousands of dollars from a storage unit in 2012.
(SFC, 11/27/14, p.A6)
2014 Nov 26, The Bahamas
government, working to reduce the population in a detention center,
sent two planeloads of migrants to Haiti. New immigration rules took
effect Nov 1.
2014 Nov 26, Britain unveiled
draft legislation to ban extremist preachers from universities,
increase surveillance on suspected radicals and stem the flow of
jihadists joining the Islamic State group.
2014 Nov 26, In China a fire
sparked by underground tremors tore through a mine run by the
state-owned Fuxin Coal Corp. 26 miners were killed and several
others left with life-threatening injuries in Liaoning province.
2014 Nov 26, China's official
Xinhua News Agency said that a tiger, named Ustin, bit and killed 15
goats and left another three missing On Nov 23-24. Russian experts
rescued five tiger cubs two years ago. Ustin was one of three
released by Pres. Putin in May in a remote part of the Amur region.
2014 Nov 26, Egypt opened the
Rafah border crossing for the first time in a month to allow
thousands of stranded Palestinians to return to the Gaza Strip. The
frontier remained closed in the other direction.
2014 Nov 26, Greek journalists
went on a 24-hour strike, pulling all newscasts off the air a day
before a nationwide general strike against austerity measures.
2014 Nov 26, Hong Kong police
cleared one of the largest protest sites that has choked the city
for months, arresting scores of pro-democracy activists in what
could be a turning point in the fight to wrest greater political
freedom from Beijing's control. Seven police officers were arrested
for the beating of a pro-democracy protester last month.
(Reuters, 11/26/14)(SFC, 11/27/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 26, In Iraq a bomb
blast near an outdoor market in southern Baghdad killed three people
and wounded seven others. A car bomb exploded at a commercial street
in the Shiite neighborhood of Sadr city, killing 7 people and
wounding 15 others.
2014 Nov 26, Lebanese singer
Sabah (b.1927), whose real name was Jeanette Feghali, died. She came
to prominence in the 1940s as a singer and actress in the Egyptian
movies and was married and divorced at least nine times.
2014 Nov 26, Dutch researchers
sought to add a new, largely untapped renewable energy source to the
world's energy mix with the opening of a "Blue Energy" test
facility. Blue energy takes advantage of the difference in salt
concentration between sea water and fresh water to produce
2014 Nov 26, The Central Bank
of Nigeria said it has devalued the naira, setting the new official
exchange rate at 168 to the dollar from its previous rate of 155 due
to falling oil prices.
2014 Nov 26, In Pakistan a US
drone killed 5 suspected militants in North Waziristan.
2014 Nov 26, In Pakistan gunmen
killed 3 female polio workers and their driver as they were on their
way to meet a police escort in Quetta. Polio cases this year stand
at a 15-year high of 265 in Pakistan.
2014 Nov 26, It was reported
that Qatar is covertly training moderate Syrian rebels with US help
to fight both President Bashar al-Assad and Islamic State and that
the program has been running for nearly a year.
2014 Nov 26, Slovenia police
said they have seized 175 kg (385 pounds) of cocaine in one of the
biggest drug busts in the nation in years. The drugs' street value
was estimated at more than $12.5 million.
2014 Nov 26, Spain’s Health
Minister Ana Mato resigned after an investigating judge accused her
of benefiting from a kickback scheme.
2014 Nov 26, Syrian government
forces killed at least 30 rebels in an ambush in the suburbs of
Damascus where troops and allied gunmen have been on the offensive
2014 Nov 26, Thai police said
land deeds, illegal ivory, golden amulets and other antiques have
been found on properties owned by former Central Investigation
Bureau chief Lt. Gen. Pongpat Chayapan and one of his subordinates,
Col. Kowit Muangnual. In March, 2015, authorities began auctioning
off 27,000 objects seized from Chayapan.
(AP, 11/26/14)(SFC, 3/6/15, p.A5)
2014 Nov 26, In Thailand a
diplomat from the Greek Embassy died after she fell under a moving
2014 Nov 26, In Yemen saboteurs
blew up the country’s main oil export pipeline, halting crude flows.
Five people were killed in clashes between Shi'ite Houthi fighters
and Sunni tribal opponents in Sanaa.
2014 Nov 26, Zimbabwe state
media reported that VP Joice Mujuru (59), once seen as a top
contender to succeed Pres. Mugabe, has been blocked from seeking a
seat on the 245-member soviet-style Central Committee of the ruling
Zanu-PF party. Party rivals and state newspapers have linked Mujuru
to an alleged plot against Mugabe.
2015 Nov 26, Azerbaijan said 2
policemen and 4 alleged members of the Movement for Muslim Unity
have been killed in a shootout during a raid in the village of
2015 Nov 26, In northern
Bangladesh at least five assailants opened fire on devotees during
evening prayers at a Shiite mosque, leaving one person dead and
three others wounded in Haripur village.
2015 Nov 26, Britain's
financial regulator fined Barclays bank £72 million ($109 million,
102 million euros) for failing to carry out proper checks on a vast
so-called "elephant" deal for ultra-wealthy clients.
2015 Nov 26, In southwest
Burkina Faso 22 people drowned after the minibus they were
travelling in veered off a road.
2015 Nov 26, Anastasia Lin,
Canada's outspoken Miss World contestant, said she was barred from
entering China to take part in this year's pageant and accused
Beijing of overreach in extending its campaign of censorship even to
2015 Nov 26, China said that it
planned to establish a military facility in Djibouti to resupply
navy ships serving in the area.
(SFC, 11/27/15, p.A7)
2015 Nov 26, In China Gao Yu
(71), a journalist imprisoned on a state secrets conviction, was
released for medical reasons after pleading guilty during a
closed-door appeal hearing.
2015 Nov 26, El Salvador's
Roman Catholic Church announced it has suspended a well-known
priest, saying he acknowledged sexually abusing a young girl.
Monsignor Jesus Delgado (77) was the vicar general of the
Archdiocese of San Salvador and was considered a close associate of
assassinated Archbishop Oscar Romero.
2015 Nov 26, Ten European
governments signed a letter to the European Commission calling for a
summit-level debate on the Nord Stream II project, Russia's plans to
extend its gas link to Germany.
2015 Nov 26, French President
Francois Hollande arrived in Moscow for talks on Syria with Russia's
Vladimir Putin. They agreed to tighten cooperation in the fight
against the Islamic State group, although they remained at odds over
their approach toward Syrian President Bashar Assad.
(AFP, 11/26/15)(AP, 11/27/15)
2015 Nov 26, Germany confirmed
that it will deploy Tornado reconnaissance jets to support France in
the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria.
2015 Nov 26, Voters on the
disputed British colony of Gibraltar re-elected Fabian Picardo's
left-leaning coalition in parliamentary elections.
2015 Nov 26, Hundreds of
Algerians, Moroccans, and Pakistanis tried to storm the border
between Greece and Macedonia, tearing down part of the barbed wire
fence at the crossing and demanding to be allowed to carry on into
2015 Nov 26, Sixteen migrants
from India, Nepal and Bangladesh and their Indonesian skipper were
found stranded in Indonesia's part of Timor Island. The next day
Indonesia said Australian officials had destroyed a boat carrying
asylum seekers and then pushed them back to sea in another vessel.
2015 Nov 26, Iraq said its
forces have cut Islamic State's last supply line into the western
city of Ramadi by seizing a key bridge.
2015 Nov 26, Italian police
said they have seized almost 800 shotguns bound for Belgium from
Turkey from a truck that arrived in the northeastern port of
2015 Nov 26, In Kenya Pope
Francis held his first open-air mass in Africa with huge crowds
hailing heavy rains as "God's blessing" as they sang and danced in
2015 Nov 26, In Lebanon
AL-Manar, a Hezbollah TV station, said a joint operation by the
Lebanese militant group and Syrian security agents killed
Abdul-Salam Hendawi, also known as Abu Abdo, an Islamic State figure
suspected of involvement in Beirut's deadly bombing earlier this
2015 Nov 26, Moldovan police
said they have detained a total of 13 suspected members of a
paramilitary group allegedly planning to attack the capital and a
northern city with a majority Russian population, with the aim of
creating a new separatist republic similar to the one in eastern
2015 Nov 26, North and South
Korean officials met for talks at the border truce village of
Panmunjom after the two sides signed an agreement in which Pyongyang
expressed regret over landmine blasts near the border that wounded
two South Korean soldiers.
2015 Nov 26, Three Palestinians
were shot and killed in separate clashes with Israeli security
forces in the West Bank as Israel announced plans to strengthen a
fence near the flashpoint city of Hebron in an effort to contain a
two-month spate of violence.
(AP, 11/26/15)(SFC, 11/27/15, p.A3)
2015 Nov 26, Philippine marines
killed 8 suspected sympathizers of the Islamic State group in a
clash in the southern Philippines, seizing bomb-making equipment,
assault rifles and black flags in Sultan Kudarat province.
2015 Nov 26, Russia threatened
economic retaliation against Turkey and said it was still awaiting a
reasonable explanation for the shooting down of its warplane, but
Turkey dismissed the threats as "emotional" and "unfitting".
2015 Nov 26, Russia vowed to
work "very actively" with track and field's governing body to
eradicate the doping culture that led to its blanket ban from
2015 Nov 26, In Russia 10
people on board a Mi-8 helicopter, including employees of Russia's
state oil company Rosneft, died when the aircraft crashed in the
Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia.
2015 Nov 26, A South African
court opened the way to allowing local trade in rhino horns,
alarming some conservationists who warned the ruling leaves rhinos
even more vulnerable to poachers who are slaughtering them in record
2015 Nov 26, On the South Sudan
border with Sudan a 4-year-old girl and an Ethiopian peacekeeper
were killed and three others wounded in an attack in the contested
2015 Nov 26, Syrian residents
said that Russian warplanes bombed the rebel-held town of Saraqeb,
Idlib province, along the Turkish border a day after hitting a truck
depot near a crossing between the two countries.
2015 Nov 26, Ugandan lawmakers
passed a bill that would give authorities sweeping powers to
regulate civil society, which rights groups say will "strangle"
criticism of the government, just before Pope Francis arrived on a
2015 Nov 26, It was reported
that the United Arab Emirates has secretly dispatched hundreds of
Colombian mercenaries to the conflict in Yemen. 450 Latin American
troops also included Panamanian, Salvadoran and Chilean soldiers.
(SFC, 11/26/15, p.A8)
2016 Nov 26, In North Dakota
organizers of the protest against the Dakota Access pipeline said
they will not follow a government directive to leave the federal
land at the Oceti Sakowin camp. A day earlier they received a letter
from the US Army Corps of Engineers that said all lands north of the
Cannonball River will be closed to public access on Dec 5 for safety
(SSFC, 11/27/16, p.A10)
2016 Nov 26, In Burundi
thousands of people took part in street protests across the country
in support of the government's opposition to United Nations
investigators who are looking into alleged human rights abuses in
the east African country.
2016 Nov 26, China’s official
Xinhua news agency reported that police in Jincheng city, Shanxi
province, have arrested 94 members of a $72 billion cross-border
gambling ring whose activities stretched into Southeast Asia.
2016 Nov 26, In Germany pilots
at Lufthansa staged a fourth consecutive day of strikes, with
chances of an immediate resolution to the pay dispute looking slim
after their union rejected a new offer from the company. The Cockpit
union targeted Lufthansa's long-haul services, prompting 137 flight
cancellations and affecting some 30,000 passengers.
2016 Nov 26, Iraq's parliament
voted to accord full legal status to 110,000 government-sanctioned
Shiite popular mobilization forces (PMF) as a "back-up and reserve"
force for the military and police and empower them to "deter"
security and terror threats facing the country, like the Islamic
State group. The legislation, supported by 208 of the chamber's 327
members, was promptly rejected by Sunni Arab politicians and
lawmakers who said it was evidence of what they called the
"dictatorship" of the country's Shiite majority.
(AP, 11/26/16)(Econ, 1/7/17, p.39)
2016 Nov 26, In Israel fires
raged in several locations for a fifth day, including in a Jewish
West Bank settlement where 40 homes were burned and all 1,000-plus
of its residents evacuated.
2016 Nov 26, Kuwaitis voted in
an election energized by the participation of opposition candidates
for the first time since 2012 and focused on recent government
austerity measures aimed at tackling the oil-rich nation's deficit.
Opposition candidates won an estimated 20 seats of 50 in the
elections that saw most parliament members replaced in favor of
candidates who promised to confront the government over recent
(Reuters, 11/26/16)(Reuters, 11/27/16)(Econ,
2016 Nov 26, Libyan forces
faced fierce resistance from Islamic State militants defending a
final strip of land in their former stronghold of Sirte, losing at
least five men.
2016 Nov 26, Malaysian
political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque (54), or Zunar as he is
popularly known, was arrested under the country's Sedition Act for
cartoons that allegedly insulted PM Najib Razak.
2016 Nov 26, In New Zealand
five people were killed and three others were left missing in a
boating accident in Kaipara Harbour near Auckland.
2016 Nov 26, Pakistan's office
of the prime minister announced that Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa has been
appointed as the new army chief and Gen. Zubair Mahmood Hayat as
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.
2016 Nov 26, In northwestern
Pakistan four heavily-armed suicide bombers attacked a military
facility and killed two soldiers, but failed to storm a busy mosque
inside. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat-ur-Ahrar (TTP-JA), claimed
responsibility for the attack on Ghalani Camp in Mohmand Agency.
2016 Nov 26, Six Pakistanis
working for a Polish oil and gas surveying company were kidnapped in
northwestern Pakistan, years after a Polish engineer from the same
company was beheaded by Pakistani militants.
2016 Nov 26, Philippine troops,
backed by bomber aircraft, assaulted local sympathizers of the
Islamic State group, including dozens of Maute militants who took
cover in an unoccupied Islamic school in Butig's Bayabao village.
2016 Nov 26, In Somalia a car
bomb exploded near a police station in a busy market in Mogadishu,
killing at least 11 people and injuring 16 others.
2016 Nov 26, In South Korea for
the fifth straight weekend, masses of protesters occupied major
avenues in downtown Seoul demanding the ouster of President Park
Geun-hye. Organizers estimated the crowd at 1.5 million.
2016 Nov 26, South Sudan's
government said it has accepted with "no conditions" increase the
peacekeeping force in the country as mandated by the UN Security
Council in August.
2016 Nov 26, The Syrian army
said troops have captured a neighborhood in Aleppo days after the
government resumed its offensive on the besieged rebel-held eastern
part of the city. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an
agreement to start evacuating rebels and their weapons from
rebel-held Khan al-Shih will start to be implemented. Another
agreement was reached to evacuate rebels from al-Tal.
(AP, 11/26/16)(Reuters, 11/26/16)
2016 Nov 26, In Taiwan veteran
Chinese director Feng Xiaogang picked up the best director award for
his social satire "I Am Not Madame Bovary" at the 53rd Golden Horse
Awards, considered the equivalent of the Oscars for
2016 Nov 26, In Thailand a
gunman walked up to two women eating at a street stall in Pattani
province's Panarae district, shooting both before fleeing. A
nine-months-pregnant woman was shot dead, her companion survived.
2016 Nov 26, Turkey's state-run
news agency said a Turkish soldier was killed and three wounded in
an attack during an anti-IS operation in north Syria, raising to
five the number of Turkish troops killed in Syria this week. Turkish
warplanes destroyed 12 Islamic State targets during the offensive.
(AP, 11/26/16)(Reuters, 11/26/16)
2016 Nov 26, Turkish
authorities detained two reporters working for the BBC and Voice of
America in the town of Sirvan, the latest journalists taken into
custody in the government's sweeping crackdown following July's
2016 Nov 26, In Uganda 41
tribal insurgents and 14 police officers were killed in clashes in
the west of the country. Charles Wesley Mumbere, the king of the
Rwenzururu Kingdom who supports the opposition, was detained for
2017 Nov 26, US Rep. John
Conyers (88), D-Mich., stepped aside as the top Democrat on the
House Judiciary Committee amid sexual harassment allegations.
Conyers said he would not resign from Congress and would fight the
(SFC, 11/27/17, p.A5)
2017 Nov 26, In Louisiana
fatally shot three people at a home in Slaughter and a 4th person at
a nearby gas station in Zachary. Suspect Taurus Ike Hamilton (36)
was arrested the next day in Alabama.
(SFC, 11/28/17, p.A6)
2017 Nov 26, The Meredith
Corp., owner of magazines such as Family Circle and Better Homes and
Gardens, agreed to purchase Time Inc. in an all cash transaction
valued at nearly $3 billion. The deal was made possible in large
part by an infusion of $650 million from billionaire brothers
Charles and David Koch.
(SFC, 11/27/17, p.A6)
2017 Nov 26, Cigarette
companies began advertising in US newspapers about the health
effects of smoking following a federal court order.
(SSFC, 11/26/17, p.A5)
2017 Nov 26, In China a
powerful explosion killed two people and injured over 30 in the port
city of Ningbo, toppling several disused buildings. Local
authorities said two people died and two were seriously injured.
2017 Nov 26, In China Tibetan
monk Tenga (63) set himself alight in Sichuan province's Kardze
county while shouting "We want freedom in Tibet." Security forces
put out the flames and carried Tenga away.
2017 Nov 26, In Cuba Armando
Hart (87), a confidant of Fidel Castro and the first education
minister of Communist Cuba, died in Havana. His ministry nearly
wiped out illiteracy on the island.
(SSFC, 12/3/17, p.C10)
2017 Nov 26, Hondurans went to
the polls with President Juan Orlando Hernandez seeking a second
mandate despite a constitutional one-term limit, sparking fears that
his bid could usher a crisis in the poverty and crime-wracked
2017 Nov 26, Hungarian Foreign
Minister Peter Szijjarto said that China and 16 European countries
would sign 23 cooperation agreements as China's Premier Le Keqiang
arrived in Hungary to participate in a summit with countries from
central and eastern Europe.
2017 Nov 26, Indonesian and
regional authorities heightened flight warnings around Bali's Mount
Agung as the volcano's eruptions sent a plume of volcanic ash and
steam more than 6,000 meters into the skies above the popular
2017 Nov 26, Iraq’s oil
ministry said Iraq is to build a new pipeline to allow oil exports
to resume from the northern province of Kirkuk to neighboring
2017 Nov 26, Israel's health
minister Yaakov Litzman, who heads a powerful ultra-Orthodox
political party in Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition, resigned saying
he opposed continued maintenance work on the country's railways on
the Sabbath, when all labor is strictly prohibited by Jewish law.
Netanyahu met with his ultra-Orthodox party allies and agreed to a
series of measures to limit labor on the Jewish Sabbath and preserve
the religious status quo in exchange for their continued allegiance.
(AP, 11/26/17)(AP, 11/27/17)
2017 Nov 26, In Nepal residents
of mountain villages and foothill towns voted in the country’s first
provincial polls, with the hope of bringing government closer to the
Himalayan nation's rural and remote areas.
2017 Nov 26, A Nepali
government official said a state-owned power company will develop
the Himalayan country's biggest hydroelectric plant after the
government scrapped a deal with a Chinese company.
2017 Nov 26, In Pakistan
Islamist party activists clashed with security forces for a second
day outside Islamabad, burning vehicles before withdrawing into an
uneasy stand-off at a protest camp they have occupied for two weeks.
2017 Nov 26, Pakistani police
arrested ten people for killing a newly-wed couple who entered into
a free-will marriage in the southern port city of Karachi. Abdul
Hadi (24) and Hasina Bibi (19) were killed by relatives last week
for marrying without permission from their elders earlier this
2017 Nov 26, In Saudi Arabia
officials from 40 Muslim countries gathered in Riyadh in the first
meeting of an Islamic counter-terrorism alliance. Prince Mohammed
bin Salman vowed to "pursue terrorists until they are wiped from the
face of the earth." The meeting excluded Saudi Arabia's arch-rival,
Shiite-dominated Iran, as well as Syria and Iraq, whose leaders have
close ties to Tehran.
2017 Nov 26, A Sudanese general
and nine soldiers were killed in clashes in the war-damaged region
of Darfur after their vehicles were ambushed by militants. Prominent
Darfur militia leader Musa Hilal was arrested and the situation in
2017 Nov 26, Syrian government
airstrikes and shelling outside Damascus killed at least 23
civilians. Six Russian Tu-22M3 long-range bombers hit Islamic State
targets in Deir al-Zor province. The Britain-based Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes on Al-Shaafa, an
Islamic State-held village, killed 34 civilians, including 15
(AP, 11/26/17)(Reuters, 11/26/17)(AFP, 11/26/17)
2017 Nov 26, The United Nations
children's fund warned that more than 11 million children in
war-torn Yemen are in desperate need of humanitarian aid.
2018 Nov 26, US prosecutors
working for special counsel Robert Mueller said Paul Manafort had
repeatedly lied to federal investigators in breach of a plea
agreement he signed two months ago.
(SFC, 11/27/18, p.A12)
2018 Nov 26, Five int'l.
charities urged the US to halt all military support for the
Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels, saying the move
would save millions of lives.
(SFC, 11/27/18, p.A2)
2018 Nov 26, San Francisco
State Univ. said alumni George and Judy Marcus are donating $26.8
million, the largest gift in campus history.
(SFC, 11/27/18, p.C1)
2018 Nov 26, In the SF Bay Area
Google said it has purchased the former site of LinkedIn's Mountain
View headquarters, the 12-building Britannia Shoreline Technology
Park, for $1 billion.
(SFC, 11/27/18, p.D1)
2018 Nov 26, American marine
cartoonist Stephen Hillenburg (57), creator of SpongeBob Square
Pants (1999), died of Lou Gehrig's disease in San Marino, Ca.
2018 Nov 26, Detroit-based
General Motors said it will lay off 14,700 factory and white-collar
workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure
as it restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and
2018 Nov 26, A NASA spacecraft
designed to burrow beneath the surface of Mars landed on the red
planet Monday after a six-month, 300 million-mile (482 million-km)
journey and a perilous, six-minute descent through the rose-hued
2018 Nov 26, In Afghanistan
minority Shiites took to the streets in Kabul for the second day to
protest the arrest of a local militia commander.
2018 Nov 26, Human Rights Watch
asked Argentina to use a war crimes clause in its constitution to
investigate any involvement by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed
bin Salman in possible crimes against humanity in Yemen and
2018 Nov 26, Trains stopped
running across Austria as last-minute pay negotiations failed to
avert a planned two-hour strike, disrupting travel for 100,000
travelers in Europe.
2018 Nov 26, In Bangladesh
Rohingya refugees from Myanmar began a protest demanding that
Bangladesh recognize their ethnicity as Rohingya and that officials
and aid agencies stop sharing their family information with Myanmar.
2018 Nov 26, Socialite,
codebreaker, British government minister and bon vivant Jean Barker
(b.1922), better known by her title, Baroness Trumpington, died.
2018 Nov 26, Police in Cambodia
arrested more than 200 Chinese citizens accused of defrauding people
in China over the internet.
2018 Nov 26, Chile said it is
returning a second planeload of Haitian immigrants to their native
country and will make use of the return flight from the Caribbean
island to bring home Chileans stranded in crisis-stricken Venezuela.
2018 Nov 26, Chinese researcher
He Jiankui of Shenzhen claimed that he helped make the world's first
genetically edited babies, twin girls born this month, whose DNA he
said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the
very blueprint of life. He said his goal was not to cure or prevent
an inherited disease, but to try to bestow a trait that few people
naturally have — an ability to resist possible future infection with
HIV, the AIDS virus.
2018 Nov 26, The WHO said Congo
last week began the first-ever trial to test the effectiveness and
safety of four experimental Ebola drugs, the first time scientists
have directly compared such treatments.
2018 Nov 26, The French
government unveiled a planned bill to invest 13.4 billion euros
($15.2 billion) by 2022 aimed to develop the rail network,
car-pooling, electric cars and unmanned shuttles. The government
also said it has dropped plans that would have eased the
introduction of urban tolls amid nationwide protests against rising
(AP, 11/26/18)(Reuters, 11/26/18)
2018 Nov 26, In northern Greece
four migrants were killed late today by a train near the land border
with Turkey. Blankets were found by the lines at the point of
impact, suggesting that the migrants had wrapped up for sleep.
2018 Nov 26, Israeli police
arrested 32 Palestinians in east Jerusalem, accusing them of
illegally working with Palestinian security services.
2018 Nov 26, Italian police
said they have detained five Egyptians accused of smuggling a
boatload of 264 migrants from Libya to Sicily.
2018 Nov 26, Italian filmmaker
Bernardo Bertolucci (b.1941), one of cinema's most talented
directors, died of cancer at his home in Rome.
2018 Nov 26, Japanese police
said they found six bodies believed to be members of a family in a
farmhouse in a remote mountain village, and the body of a seventh
person who jumped or fell from a nearby bridge.
2018 Nov 26, Japanese police
arrested 11 Chinese nationals in northern Japan for allegedly
working at a construction site without passports or proper visas.
Officials looked for 46 other Chinese who disappeared from the
construction site after the arrests.
2018 Nov 26, Latvia's Pres.
Raimonds Vejonis nominated Aldis Gobzems from the populist party KPV
LV as prime minister and gave him two weeks to form a cabinet and
secure majority support in parliament following an inconclusive
election last month.
2018 Nov 26, In Lebanon British
radio presenter Gavin Ford (53), who hosted one of Lebanon's most
popular shows, was killed during a robbery at his home in Beit Meri.
Two Syrians, born in 1991 and 1995, were soon arrested and confessed
to his killing.
2018 Nov 26, In Malaysia 21
people were arrested over rioting that broke out amid a dispute over
the relocation of an Indian temple outside Kuala Lumpur. 12 people
were reported injured, one critically.
2018 Nov 26, The Maldives
Supreme Court canceled former president Mohamed Nasheed’s 13-year
jail sentence after a review of the controversial terrorism
2018 Nov 26, Maldives' new
finance minister said that China is executing infrastructure
projects at vastly higher prices than originally proposed but the
island nation cannot get out of its commitments now.
2018 Nov 26, The incoming
Mexican government said voters over the weekend have approved all
ten pet projects of President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in a
referendum questioned because of low voter turnout.
2018 Nov 26, North Korea's
ceremonial leader Kim Yong Nam arrived in Caracas and was expected
to meet with socialist Venezuelan Pres. Nicolas Maduro the next day.
2018 Nov 26, A Palestinian
rammed his car into a group of Israeli soldiers in the West Bank
before being shot and killed.
2018 Nov 26, State-owned Qatar
Airways said it will add more flights to Iran from January, just
weeks after the United States re-imposed sanctions aimed at
crippling Tehran's economy.
2018 Nov 26, Saudi energy giant
Aramco said it has signed 31 agreements and memoranda of
understandings worth $27.5 billion with local and international
2018 Nov 26, Somalia was hit by
two violent attacks, one killing Islamic cleric Sheikh Abdiweli Ali
Elmi and 17 of his followers for playing music and a second killing
at least six people in a car bomb blast in Mogadishu.
2018 Nov 26, South Africa's
President Cyril Ramaphosa signed into law the national minimum wage
bill, part of efforts by the government to tackle wage inequality in
Africa's most industrialized economy. The National Minimum Wage Act
sets South Africa's minimum wage at 20 rand ($1.45) an hour, equal
to 3,500 rand per month.
2018 Nov 26, George Soros's
Open Society Foundation said it would cease operations in Turkey,
days after President Tayyip Erdogan accused the billionaire
philanthropist of trying to divide and destroy nations.
2018 Nov 26, Ukrainian
President Petro Poroshenko halved his proposal for martial law in
the country to 30 days, an apparent concession to opponents,
effective from 9 am on November 28.
2018 Nov 26, Ukraine's biggest
state-run bank said an arbitration court in Paris has ruled that
Russia must pay $1.3 billion in damages for property seized in the
annexation of Crimea.
2018 Nov 26, UNESCO said Korean
wrestling was added to a list of "Intangible Cultural Heritage of
Humanity" on the basis of an application by the two Koreas.
2018 Nov 26, The United Arab
Emirates pardoned and released British academic Matthew Hedges (31),
jailed for life on spying charges, granting a request for clemency
after showing a video of him purportedly confessing to membership of
the UK's MI6 intelligence service. The UAE president issued the
pardon as part of a mass clemency of more than 700 prisoners to mark
the country's National Day.
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