Today in History - December 11
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International Mountain Day. In 2002 the UN General
Assembly adopted resolution 57/245 designating 11 December as
International Mountain Day.
(Econ, 11/24/12, p.68)
Dec 11, Justitianus II (~42), emperor of Byzantium, died.
1282 Dec 11, Llywelyn ap
Gruffydd (b.~1223), the last prince of an independent Wales, died
after he was lured into a trap and killed at the Battle of Orewin
Bridge by forces under Edward I.
1419 Dec 11, Heretic Nicolaas
Serrurier was exiled from Florence.
1524 Dec 11, Henry Van Zutphen,
Dutch Protestant martyr, was burned at stake.
1620 Dec 11, 103 Mayflower
pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.
1688 Dec 11, King James II
attempted to flee London as the "Glorious Revolution" replaced him
with King William (of Orange) and Queen Mary. James attempted to
flee to France, first throwing the Great Seal of the Realm into the
River Thames. He was, however, caught in Kent. Having no desire to
make James a martyr, the Prince of Orange let him escape on December
23, 1688. James was received by Louis XIV, who offered him a palace
and a generous pension. In 2007 Michael Barone authored “Our First
Revolution: The Remarkable British Upheaval That Inspired America’s
1718 Dec 11, Charles XII, King
of Sweden (1697-1718), was shot dead.
1719 Dec 11, The first recorded
sighting of the Aurora Borealis in the US took place in New England.
1725 Dec 11, George Mason
(d.1792), American Revolutionary statesman, was born at Gunston Hall
Plantation, situated on the Potomac River some 20 miles south of
Washington D.C. Mason framed the Bill of Rights for the Virginia
Convention in June 1776. This was the model for the first part of
fellow Virginian Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence and
the basis of the first 10 Amendments to the federal Constitution.
Mason died at Gunston Hall on October 7, 1792.
1781 Dec 11, David Brewster,
physicist and inventor (kaleidoscope), was born in Scotland.
1792 Dec 11, France's King
Louis XVI went before the Convention to face charges of treason.
Louis was convicted and executed the following month.
1803 Dec 11, Hector Berlioz
(d.1869), French composer and conductor, was born. He introduced
arresting and gaudy instrumental colors in combinations that had not
been dreamed of before him. He composed “Romeo and Juliet” in 1939
and conducted its first performance. He also composed the “Death of
Cleopatra.” He composed "Symphonie Fantastique" and "La Damnation de
Faust." [see Dec 1]
(T&L, 10/80, p. 58)(SFC, 10/5/96, p.E1)(HN,
1816 Dec 11, Indiana was
admitted to the Union as the 19th state.
(AP, 12/11/97)(HN, 12/11/98)
1843 Dec 11, Robert Koch
(d.1910), German physician, bacteriologist, and medical researcher,
was born. He won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1905.
1844 Dec 11, The 1st dental use
of nitrous oxide was at Hartford, Ct.
1851 Dec 11, In Philadelphia 37
men, on trial in federal court for defying the Fugitive Slave Law,
were deemed not guilty by a jury with 15 minutes of deliberation.
(AH, 10/02, p.54)
1861 Dec 11, A raging fire
swept the business district of Charleston, South Carolina, adding to
an already depressed economic state.
1862 Dec 11, Union General
Burnside occupied Fredricksburg and prepared to attack the
Confederates under Robert E. Lee.
1863 Dec 11, Union gunboats
Restless, Bloomer and Caroline entered St. Andrew’s Bay, Fla., and
began bombardment of both Confederate Quarters and Saltworks.
1872 Dec 11, America's first
black governor took office as Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback
became acting governor of Louisiana.
1880 Dec 11, Louis Pasteur
(57), French scientist, began an experiment to identify the microbe
that causes rabies.
(ON, 6/08, p.4)
1882 Dec 11, Fiorella H. La
Guardia (d.1947), mayor of New York City, 1934-1945, was born.
(AP, 1/8/98)(WSJ, 12/9/98,
1882 Dec 11, Boston's Bijou
Theatre, the first American playhouse to be lighted exclusively by
electricity, gave its first performance: Gilbert and Sullivan's
"Iolanthe, Or The Peer and the Peri."
1901 Dec 11, Marconi sent his
1st transatlantic radio signal from Cornwall, England to
Newfoundland, Canada. The first transmission failed, but another the
next day succeeded.
1902 Dec 11, Matthias Hohner
(b.1833), German clockmaker and harmonica manufacturer, died. He
began making harmonicas in 1857. Exports to America began in 1862.
1911 Dec 11, Naguib Mahfouz
(d.2006), Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian novelist, was born.
(HN, 12/11/00)(SFC, 8/31/06, p.A13)
1918 Dec 11, Alexander
Solzhenitsyn (d.2008), Russian writer, was born. He won the 1970
Nobel Peace Prize and is famous for “One Day in the Life of Ivan
Denisovich” (1962) and "The Gulag Archipelago" (1973). Daniel J.
Mahoney later authored "Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Ascent From
1922 Dec 11, Grace Paley, short
story writer, was born.
1922 Dec 11, Gabriel Narutowicz
(b.1865), a Lithuanian-born, Swiss banking engineer, served as
Poland’s first post WWI president. Five days later he was
1926 Dec 11, Willie “Big Mama”
Thorton, blues singer, was born.
1927 Dec 11, Nearly 400 world
leaders signed a letter to President Calvin Coolidge asking the U.S.
to join the World Court.
1928 Dec 11, Police in Buenos
Aires thwarted an attempt on the life of President-elect Herbert
1929 Dec 11, John Jacob Raskob
(1879-1950), former General Motors executive, announced a 102-story
design for his Empire State Building.
1930 Dec 11, As the economic
crises grew, the Bank of the U.S. closed its doors.
1931 Dec 11, The Statute of
Westminster recast the British Empire as a Commonwealth of Nations.
1933 Dec 11, Reports said
Paraguay had captured 11,000 Bolivians in the war over Chaco.
1936 Dec 11, Brian Richard
Boylan, author, adventurer and director, was born.
1936 Dec 11, Hannibal Harris,
man of letters, epic poet, was born.
1936 Dec 11, An eerie glow over
Chicago took place that some believe was a rare display of the
1936 Dec 11, Britain's King
Edward VIII abdicated the throne in order to marry American divorcee
Wallis Warfield Simpson. Edward VIII had been king of Great Britain
and Ireland for less than a year when he abdicated the throne to
marry "the woman I love,"--the twice-divorced American Wallis
Warfield Spencer Simpson. The eldest child of King George V and
Queen Mary, Edward met the Baltimore-born Mrs. Simpson in 1931 while
she was still married to her second husband. Their relationship
caused much consternation among British traditionalists since the
Church of England forbade divorced persons to remarry and would not
recognize a marriage between Edward and Mrs. Simpson. After his
ascension to the throne on January 20, 1936, Edward VIII expressed
his desire to marry Mrs. Simpson and, if he could not do so and
remain king, he said he was "prepared to go." After his abdication,
Edward was awarded the title Duke of Windsor by his brother, King
George VI. Edward and Mrs. Simpson married on June 3, 1937.
(AP, 12/11/97)(HNPD, 12/11/98)
1937 Dec 11, Jim Harrison,
novelist and poet (Legends of the Fall), was born.
1937 Dec 11, Italy withdrew
from the League of Nations.
1939 Dec 11, Tom McGuane,
novelist and screenwriter, was born. His work includes “The Sporting
Club” and “Bushwacked Piano.”
1939 Dec 11, New anti Jewish
measurements in Poland were proclaimed.
1941 Dec 11, Germany and Italy
declared war on the United States; the U.S. responded in kind.
(AP, 12/11/97)(HN, 12/11/98)
1941 Dec 11, A Japanese
invasion fleet attacked Wake Island, which was defended by 439 US
marines, 75 sailors and 6 soldiers. The defenders sank 4 Japanese
ships, damaged 8 and destroyed a submarine.
(SFC, 12/12/01, p.A2)
1941 Dec 11, Guam was occupied
by Japanese troops.
(WUD, 1944, p.1683)
1943 Dec 11, John Kerry,
Massachusetts Senator and 2004 Democrat presidential candidate, was
born in Denver, Colorado.
(SSFC, 2/29/04, p.D2)
1943 Dec 11, Donna Mills,
actress (Knots Landing, Incident), was born in Chicago, Illinois.
1943 Dec 11, U.S. Secretary of
State, Cordell Hull, demanded that Hungary, Rumania, and Bulgaria
withdraw from the war.
1945 Dec 11, B-29 Superfortress
shattered all records by crossing the U.S. in five hours and 27
1946 Dec 11, The United Nations
International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established.
The organization received a Nobel Prize in 1965.
(AP, 12/11/97)(MC, 12/11/01)
1946 Dec 11, Spain was
suspended from the UN.
1948 Dec 11, United Nations
General Assembly Resolution 194 was passed near the end of the 1948
Arab-Israeli War. The resolution expresses appreciation for the
efforts of UN Envoy Folke Bernadotte after his assassination by
members of the Stern Gang. It was later often quoted in support of
the Palestinian right of return.
1951 Dec 11, Joe DiMaggio
announced his retirement from baseball.
1952 Dec 11, Stanford scientist
demonstrated the new $1,750,000 linear electron accelerator. Its
200-foot barrel fired electrons at 99.99% the speed of light.
(SFC, 12/6/02, p.E16)
1952 Dec 11, The outbound
Norwegian ship Fernstream was sliced open by the inbound SS Hawaiian
Rancher under heavy fog inside the Golden Gate. The Fernstream sank
in 30 minutes but all passengers escaped.
(SFC, 12/6/02, p.E16)
1955 Dec 11, Archer Milton
Huntingon (b.1970) died in NYC. He had inherited a fortune from his
father, who had built ships and railroads. In 1904 he founded the
Hispanic Society of America in New York City and used his fortune to
carry out his goal of building a museum of Hispanic culture, which
opened to the public in Manhattan in 1908.
1955 Dec 11, Israel launched an
attack on Syrian positions along the Sea of Galilee.
(EWH, 1968, p.1241)(HN, 12/11/98)
1957 Dec 11, The movie "Peyton
Place," based on the novel by Grace Metalious, starred Lana Turner
and had its world premiere in Camden, Maine, where most of it had
(AP, 12/11/07)(SFC, 8/13/14, p.E8)
1961 Dec 11, "Please, Mr.
Postman" by Marvelettes was released.
1961 Dec 11, A U.S. aircraft
carrier carrying Army helicopters arrived in Saigon. This was the
first direct American military support for South Vietnam's battle
against Communist guerrillas. JFK provided 425 US military
helicopter crewmen to South Vietnam to provide training and support
for South Vietnamese forces.
(AP, 12/11/97)(MC, 12/11/01)
1961 Dec 11, Adolf Eichmann was
found guilty of war crimes in Israel.
1962 Dec 11, In San Francisco
the L’Italia building at Stockton and Green fell under the wrecker’s
ball. The 45-year-old building had housed the largest
Italian-language newspaper this side of New York. The newspaper,
founded in 1886 had merged with the La Voce Popolo in 1939. It now
moved to new quarters at 70 Otis Street.
(SSFC, 12/9/12, DB p.46)
1964 Dec 11, Frank Sinatra Jr.
was returned to his parent’s home after being kidnapped for the
ransom amount of $240,000.
1965 Dec 11, Sam Cooke
(b.1931), pop singer, was shot to death by a motel manager in Los
Angeles after a prostitute stole his clothes and money. His hits
included “You Send Me,” “Cupid,” and “Chain Gang.” In 2005
Peter Guralnick authored “Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke.”
1967 Dec 11, The Concorde, a
joint British-French venture and the world’s first supersonic
airliner, was unveiled in Toulouse, France.
1970 Dec 11, Walt Disney's
"Aristocats" was released.
1972 Dec 11, Challenger, the
Lunar Lander for Apollo 17, touched down on the Moon's surface. It
was the last time that men visited the Moon. The last two men to
walk on the surface of the moon were Harrison Schmitt and Eugene
Cernan. Cernan and Schmitt conducted the longest lunar exploration
of the Apollo program (75 hours), driving the lunar rover about 36
kilometers (22 miles) in all, ranging as far as 7.37 kilometers (4.5
miles) from the lunar module Challenger and collecting some 243
pounds of soil and rock samples.
(HNQ, 7/21/99)(HN, 12/11/99)
1972 Dec 11, In Paris peace
negotiations between Kissinger and Le Duc Tho collapsed after
Kissinger presented a list of 69 changes demanded by South
Vietnamese President Thieu. President Nixon now issues an ultimatum
to North Vietnam that serious negotiations must resume within 72
hours. Hanoi does not respond. As a result Nixon ordered Operation
Linebacker II (see Dec 18), eleven days and nights of maximum force
bombing against military targets in Hanoi by B-52 bombers.
1974 Dec 11, In Chile General
Augusto Pinochet took the title of president of the republic.
(SFC, 12/11/06, p.A4)
1976 Dec 11, Hungarian art
forger Elmyr de Hory (b.1906) died of a lethal overdose of
barbiturates in Ibiza, Spain. The 1969 book "Fake" by Clifford
Irving was about De Hory and both Irving and de Hory were featured
in the 1975 Orson Welles film "F" for Fake.
1978 Dec 11, Six masked men
bound 10 employees at Lufthansa cargo area at NY Kennedy Airport
& made off with $5.8 M in cash & jewelry. Nicholas Pileggi
wrote "Wise Guys," which described his participation in the heist.
The robbery inspired the movie "Goodfellas." On Jan 23, 2014,
Vincent Asaro (78) was arrested at his home in NYC and charged with
helping direct the heist as well as a 1969 murder.
p.A3)(SFC, 1/24/14, p.A22)
1978 Dec 11, Massive
demonstrations took place in Tehran against the Shah. In Isfahan,
Iran, 40 people were killed and 60 wounded during riots against the
(WUD, 1994, p.1691)(HN, 12/11/98)
1979 Dec 11, Charles J. Haughey
(1925-2006) was elected in Ireland as Taoiseach and leader of Fianna
Fail. He led 3 administrations 1979-1981, 1982, and 1987-1992. In
2000 he agreed to pay $1.23 million in back taxes for gifts received
while in office.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Haughey)(SFC, 4/4/00, p.A12)
1980 Dec 11, "Magnum P.I.,"
starring Tom Selleck, premiered on CBS television.
1980 Dec 11, President Carter
signed into a law legislation creating a $1.6 billion environmental
"superfund" to pay for cleaning up chemical spills and toxic waste
dumps. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and
Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA or Superfund) was established by the
US Congress to clean up America's worst hazardous waste sites.
Fifteen years later more than $20 billion had been spent with 1300
waste sites identified but only a small fraction cleaned. The fund
was established in response to toxic chemicals seeping into a
housing development at Love Canal in New York. The aim was to
require private parties to clean up past pollution when they could
be found. The Fed would pay where the responsible parties could not
be determined. It took 21 years and the removal of 1,200 cubic
meters of soil to clean up Love Canal.
10/25/95, p.A-18)(SFC, 6/8/96, p.A13)(Econ 6/10/17, p.24)
1980 Dec 11, Pres.-elect Ronald
Reagan nominated Caspar Weinberger as Sec. of Defense.
(SFC, 12/9/05, p.F2)
1980 Dec 11, Massachusetts Sec.
of State Michael Connolly banned the sale of Apple Computer stock
arguing that the $22 price per share was too high.
(SFC, 12/9/05, p.F6)
1981 Dec 11, Concerned about
the safety of Americans in Libya, the Reagan administration asked
them to leave. It also invalidated the use of US passports for
travel to Libya.
1981 Dec 11, The UN Security
Council chose Javier Perez de Cuellar of Peru to be the fifth
secretary-general of the world body. He served to 1992.
(SFC, 12/14/96, p.A1)(AP, 12/11/97)
1981 Dec 11, In El Salvador
hundreds of people were killed over 3 days in the village of El
Mozote by an elite US-trained army battalion. In 1991 the office of
Maria Julia Hernandez (1939-2007) published the first investigation
into El Mozote. In 1992, under a UN sponsored Truth Commission, the
Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team found 143 skeletons, 131 of
which belonged to children under 12. The bullet cartridges showed
manufacture in Lake City, Mo. In Dec, 2012, the Inter-American Court
of Human Rights ruled that El Salvador should reopen its
investigation into the army’s killing of some 1000 civilians.
(SFC, 5/12/96, Z1p.4)(Econ, 4/14/07, p.97)(SFC,
1983 Dec 11, Pope John Paul II
visited a Lutheran church in Rome, the first visit by a Roman
Catholic pontiff to a Protestant church in his own diocese.
1984 Dec 11, Kimberly Billy
(19) of Stockton, Ca., went missing. Her remains were found in 2012
in a compacted well in Linden, Ca., and attributed to Speed Freak
Killers Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog.
(SFC, 3/31/12, p.C1)
1987 Dec 11, NATO allies urged
the U.S. Senate to ratify the intermediate-range missile treaty
quickly and underscored their support by pledging to let the Soviet
Union inspect missile bases in five European countries.
1988 Dec 11, SES Astra SA, a
subsidiary of SES Global, launched a communications satellite, made
by GE Astrospace. Sky Television, later BSkyB (1990), became its 1st
customer when it bought 4 transponders in 1989.
1988 Dec 11, Sixty-two people
were killed when tons of illegal fireworks exploded in a Mexico City
1988 Dec 11, A Soviet military
transport plane crashed, killing nearly 80 people involved in
Armenian earthquake relief efforts.
1989 Dec 11, President Bush,
facing criticism at home for sending two U.S. officials to China,
defended the diplomatic overture despite the Beijing government's
crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators the previous June.
1990 Dec 11, Ivana Trump was
divorced from real estate mogul Donald Trump after 12 years of
1990 Dec 11, Four people died
near downtown Columbus, Ohio, after their hot air balloon hit a
television tower and deflated.
1990 Dec 11, In Chattanooga,
Ten., 12 died in a 99 vehicle accident on I-75 due to fog.
1990 Dec 11, Hundreds of
foreigners flew out of Iraq and Iraqi-occupied Kuwait, ending four
months of captivity following Iraq’s invasion of its oil-rich
1991 Dec 11, A jury in West
Palm Beach, Fla., acquitted William Kennedy Smith of sexual assault
and battery, rejecting the allegations of Patricia Bowman.
1991 Dec 11, European Community
leaders meeting in the Dutch city of Maastricht hammered out a
compromise for a loose federation of their countries. The Maastricht
treaty was signed on February 7, 1992, and entered into force on
November 1, 1993. It set entry terms for joining a European monetary
(WSJ, 11/18/96, p.A10)(WSJ, 3/3/97, p.A1)(AP,
1992 Dec 11, President-elect
Clinton tapped Robert Reich to be labor secretary and Donna Shalala
to be secretary of Health and Human Services.
1992 Dec 11, A severe storm
pounded the upper Atlantic coast with snow, rain and high winds.
1993 Dec 11, President Clinton,
in his weekly radio address, said the nation must fight "violence
with values" and praised radio stations that refused to play songs
advocating violent crime or showing contempt for women.
1993 Dec 11, Eduardo Frei
(b.1942) was elected president of Chile.
1994 Dec 11, Leaders of 34
Western Hemisphere nations signed a free-trade declaration in Miami.
1994 Dec 11, A Philippine
Airlines flight from Manila to Tokyo was bombed. A Japanese
passenger was killed and 10 people were injured. Later US
prosecutors accused Ramzi Ahmed Yousef of placing the bomb and of
masterminding the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Yousef
denied placing the airline bomb because he was imprisoned at the
(SFC, 5/31/96, A4)
1994 Dec 11, Thousands of
Russian troops backed by armored columns and jets rolled into
breakaway republic of Chechnya in a bid to restore Moscow's control
over the region. Russia under Yeltsin sent in troops to put down the
Chechnya rebellion but met strong resistance and suffered heavy
casualties. There was no attempt by Pres. Yeltsin to legitimize the
military action in parliament.
(SFC, 9/5/96, p.A10)(SFC, 12/26/96, p.B1)(SFC,
5/13/97, p.A12)(SFC, 9/9/98, p.A10) (AP, 12/11/99)
1995 Dec 11, Utah Congresswoman
Enid Greene Waldholtz held an emotional news conference in which she
publicly addressed the scandal surrounding her personal and campaign
finances and blamed the mess on her estranged husband, Joe.
1995 Dec 11, The Malden Mills
textile manufacturing plant in Lawrence, Mass., burned down. Owner
Aaron Feuerstein retained all his employees on full pay until the
plant was rebuilt. The plants manufactured Polartec and
Polarfleece synthetic fabrics.
(SFEC, 9/8/96, Par p.4)
1996 Dec 11, William McNeill,
American historian, won the Erasmus Prize and $172,000. The prize is
awarded to people or institutions that have made an exceptionally
important contribution to European culture, society or social
(SFC, 12/13/96, p.C10)
1996 Dec 11, In Hong Kong a
China-organized panel of 400 business leaders approved shipping
tycoon Tung Chee-hwa as the chief executive of the semi-autonomous
government when China recovers sovereignty on Jul 1, 1997.
(SFC, 12/11/96, p.C3)(AP, 12/11/97)
1996 Dec 11, A mother and son
were killed and 5 others wounded when Palestinian militants raked a
settler’s car with gunfire in the West Bank. The Popular Front for
the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a Damascus based faction that
opposed the PLO’s peace with Israel was blamed. It was the 28th
anniversary of the PFLP.
(SFC, 12/12/96, p.C2)
1996 Dec 11, In Russia union
leaders decided to end the coal miners’ strike. Up to 400,000 miners
had taken part.
(WSJ, 12/12/96, p.A13)
1996 Dec 11, In Rwanda the
government published a list of 1,946 suspects ineligible for any
punishment less than the firing squad for the 1994 genocide.
(SFC, 12/11/96, p.C2)
1997 Dec 11, Henry Cisneros,
President Clinton's first housing secretary, was indicted for
conspiracy, obstructing justice and making false statements about
payments to former mistress. Cisneros, who later pleaded guilty to a
misdemeanor, was eventually pardoned by President Clinton.
1997 Dec 11, A US federal judge
ordered Microsoft not to bundle IE4 in Windows.
1997 Dec 11, From Austria
scientists reported in Nature that they had demonstrated a form of
tele-transportation. They teleported the physical condition of a
photon using a phenomenon called entanglement.
(SFC, 12/11/97, p.A4)
1997 Dec 11, The 55-member
Organization of the Islamic conference ended their meeting in Iran
with the declaration that “the killing of innocents is strictly
forbidden in Islam.” The group also called for full respect for the
dignity and rights of Muslim women and criticized Israel for “state
(SFC, 12/12/97, p.B2)
1997 Dec 11, Sinn Fein leader
Gerry Adams became the first political ally of the IRA to meet a
British leader in 76 years as he conferred with Prime Minister Tony
Blair in London.
1997 Dec 11, In Kyoto, Japan,
negotiators at the conference on global warming reached a compromise
with a commitment by some 38 industrialized nations to cut
greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 5% from 1990 levels over
the next 10-15 years. Over 160 nations endorsed the treaty that
binds industrialized nations to cut greenhouse gases. It was signed
by 171 nations. Int’l. aviation was excluded from the protocol on
condition that by 2007 countries and airlines of the Int’l. Civil
Aviation Organization (ICOA) come up with a way of reducing
emissions through a trading scheme.
(SFC, 12/11/97, p.A1)(WSJ, 12/11/97, p.A1)(SFC,
5/29/98, p.A2)(Econ, 6/10/06, p.67)
1997 Dec 11, Russia announced
that it would terminate a recently negotiated 10-year contract with
the US on uranium sales, and planned to sell its uranium on the open
market. The decision could bring Russia an extra $500 million.
(SFC, 12/12/97, p.B6)
1997 Dec 11, In Spain Jose Luis
Caso, a former town councilor in Renteria, was killed by two
suspected Basque separatists in Irun.
(SFC, 12/12/97, p.B6)
1997 Dec 11, From Vietnam it
was reported that 56 people have died of dengue fever in southern
Kien Giang province following Typhoon Linda.
(SFC, 12/11/97, p.C7)
1998 Dec 11, Pres. Clinton
appealed for forgiveness but majority Republicans on the House
Judiciary Committee voted 21 to 16 to approve 3 articles of
(SFC, 12/12/98, p.A1)(AP, 12/11/99)
1998 Dec 11, The Mars Climate
Orbiter blasted off on a 9 ½ month journey to the Red Planet. The
probe disappeared in September 1999, apparently destroyed because
scientists had failed to convert English measures to metric values.
(SFC, 12/11/98, p.D6)(SFC, 12/12/98, p.A10)(AP,
1998 Dec 11, Hutomo “Tommy”
Mandala Putra, Suharto’s youngest son, was charged as a suspect in a
corruption case. Also charged was Beddu Amang, a former chief of the
state-run food distribution agency known as Bulog.
(SFC, 12/12/98, p.B2)
1998 Dec 11, Israeli troops
fired on hundreds of protesting Palestinians killing 2 and wounding
(SFC, 12/12/98, p.A14)
1998 Dec 11, A Thai Airways
Airbus A310-200 jet crashed near the airport at Surat Thani. 45
people survived and 101 died.
(SFC, 12/12/98, p.A15)(WSJ, 12/14/98, p.A1)
1999 Dec 11, Ron Dayne,
Wisconsin’s record-setting tailback, was a landslide winner in the
Heisman Trophy balloting.
1999 Dec 11, Agreeing with his
wife, President Clinton told CBS Radio his 1993 “don’t ask, don’t
tell” policy on gays in the military wasn’t working, and he pledged
to work with the Pentagon to find a way to fix it.
1999 Dec 11, In Algeria 15
people were massacred outside Blida. Many of the victims were burned
alive in a van.
(SFC, 12/15/99, p.B3)
1999 Dec 11, In the Azores a
SATA airline ATP turboprop crashed on Sao Jorge island and all 35
people aboard were killed.
(SFEC, 12/12/99, p.D1)
1999 Dec 11, In Chechnya
Russian forces halted attacks on Grozny to give an estimated
10-40,000 civilians a chance to leave. An estimated 4,000 rebel
fighters were holed up there.
(SFEC, 12/12/99, p.A26)
1999 Dec 11, In Chile
presidential elections were held. Ricardo Lagos, a leftist moderate,
was the candidate for the governing Concertacion. Joaquin Lagos, a
right-wing populist, was a member of Opus Dei, a conservative
(SFC, 12/11/99, p.A16)
1999 Dec 11, In Sri Lanka
rebels led by Villupillai Prabhakaran pushed toward Jaffna with an
attack at Elephant Pass. The Defense Ministry claimed that 261
rebels were killed as opposed to 12 soldiers and 4 civilians. Rebels
put their losses at 38.
(SFC, 12/15/99, p.A17)
1999 Dec 11, In Uganda
anti-government rebels killed at least 21 people in 2 attacks. In
one the Congo-based Allied Democratic Forces raided police
headquarters in Bundibugyo and killed 9 people.
(SFC, 12/14/99, p.B2)
2000 Dec 11, Shortstop Alex
Rodriguez agreed to a $252 million deal with the Texas Rangers, by
far the most lucrative contract with any sports team.
2000 Dec 11, Pres. Clinton
signed a bipartisan $7.8 billion bill to revive the Florida
Everglades. It was the largest environmental restoration effort in
(Sm, 3/06, p.48)
2000 Dec 11, The U.S. Supreme
Court heard arguments from lawyers representing George W. Bush and
Al Gore concerning the Florida presidential vote recount.
2000 Dec 11, A federal appeals
court declared the Cleveland school voucher program
(SFC, 12/12/00, p.A3)
2000 Dec 11, The space shuttle
Endeavour landed in Florida following its mission to install solar
panels on the int’l. space station.
(WSJ, 12/12/00, p.A1)
2000 Dec 11, A US Marine Osprey
aircraft crashed in North Carolina and all 4 people aboard were
killed. The fleet was grounded the next day.
(SFC, 12/13/00, p.A3)
2000 Dec 11, The EU in Nice
reached a compromise in the early hours on a treaty that gave the 4
most populous countries a stronger voice in decision making and
paved the way for as many as 13 new members over the next decade.
(SFC, 12/11/00, p.A12)(Econ, 3/17/07, SR p.9)
2000 Dec 11, The UN indicted 11
people in East Timor for last year’s terrorism following
(SFC, 12/12/00, p.B2)
2000 Dec 11, In Iraq Saddam
Hussein sent troops into the northern Kurdish zone. Kurds and other
non-Arab Iraqis were being displaced further north.
(WSJ, 12/12/00, p.A1)(SFC, 12/13/00, p.B6)
2000 Dec 11, Syria freed some
50 Lebanese political prisoners to placate an anti-Syria movement in
(SFC, 12/12/00, p.B2)
2000 Dec 11, In Trinidad Prime
Minister Basdeo Panday, head of the United National Congress,
announced victory for 19 parliamentary seats vs. 16 for the
black-dominated People’s National Movement.
(SFC, 12/12/00, p.B3)
2001 Dec 11, The US Federal
Reserve cut short-term interest rates by .25% to 1.75% in the 11th
cut this year. The Dow rose 33 to 9888. the Nasdaq 9 to 2001.
(WSJ, 12/12/01, p.A1)
2001 Dec 11, In the first
criminal indictment stemming from Sept. 11, a US grand jury in
Virginia charged Zacarias Moussaoui, a French citizen of Moroccan
descent, with conspiring to murder thousands in the suicide
hijackings. Moussaoui pleaded guilty to conspiracy in 2005 and was
sentenced to life in prison.
(WSJ, 12/12/01, p.A1)(SFC, 12/12/01, p.A1)(AP,
2001 Dec 11, US Federal agents
carried out dozens of raids and seized computers in some 27 cities
and 21 states suspected of pirating software over the Internet. The
“Warez” network of software pirates was targeted.
(SFC, 12/12/01, p.A3)
2001 Dec 11, US bombers
continued to hit sites at Tora Bora, Afghanistan, as a deadline for
al Qaeda surrender passed.
(SFC, 12/12/01, p.A1)
2001 Dec 11, A federal appeals
court struck a Louisiana law that allowed vocal classroom prayer.
The state had passed a 1976 law that required schools to allow a
brief time in “silent meditation.” In 1992 the wording was changed
to “silent prayer or meditation.” In 1999 the word “silent” was
(SFC, 12/12/01, p.A7)
2001 Dec 11, The chairman of
the militant Jewish Defense League, Irv Rubin, and an associate,
Earl Krugel, were arrested on suspicion of plotting to blow up a Los
Angeles mosque and the office of an Arab-American congressman. Rubin
died November 14th, 2002, 10 days after what federal officials
described as a suicide attempt in jail.
2001 Dec 11, The US government
approved Swiss food giant Nestle SA's $10.3 billion purchase of
2001 Dec 11, Nasa agreed in
principle to let Russia’s space agency send Mark Shuttleworth, a
South Africa Internet tycoon, to the space station in April for some
(WSJ, 12/12/01, p.A1)
2001 Dec 11, Australia reported
that an Australian citizen, David Hicks (26), who had trained with
the al Qaeda, had been captured in Afghanistan.
(SFC, 12/12/01, p.A19)(SFC, 12/15/01, p.A16)
2001 Dec 11, China’s official
entry to the World Trade Organization (WTO), approved in Qatar on
Nov 10, became effective.
2001 Dec 11, Israeli helicopter
attacks in the Gaza Khan Younis refugee camp killed 3 people and
(WSJ, 12/12/01, p.A1)(SFC, 12/12/01, p.A3)
2001 Dec 11, Pakistani
officials said 2 nuclear scientists, Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood and
Abdul Majid, talked with Osama bin Laden last August in Kabul about
nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
(SFC, 12/12/01, p.A19)
2002 Dec 11, It was reported
that the US had filed allegations that tens of millions of dollars
paid by American oil companies to Kazakstan during the 1990s wound
up in Swiss bank accounts of top Kazakstani officials.
(SFC, 12/11/02, p.A15)
2002 Dec 11, The United States
let an intercepted shipment of North Korean missiles proceed to the
Persian Gulf country of Yemen a day after the vessel was detained.
2002 Dec 11, A congressional
report found that intelligence agencies that were supposed to
protect Americans from the Sept. 11 hijackers failed to do so
because they were poorly organized, poorly equipped and slow to
pursue clues that might have prevented the attacks.
2002 Dec 11, It was reported
that the Chicago-based Pritzker family planned to break up its $15
billion empire over the next decade.
(WSJ, 12/12/02, p.B1)
2002 Dec 11, Bank of America
agreed to pay $1.6 billion for a 25% stake in Grupo Financiero
Santander Serfin, one of Mexico's largest banks.
(WSJ, 12/12/02, p.A1)
2002 Dec 11, A US Black Hawk
helicopter on routine training crashed and killed five American
soldiers in the hills of central Honduras.
(AP, 12/14/02)(SFC, 12/13/02, p.A14)
2002 Dec 11, Chile's Pres.
Ricardo Lagos announced it had reached an agreement for a free trade
accord with the United States.
(AP, 12/11/02)(SFC, 12/12/02, p.A20)
2002 Dec 11, In Indonesia a
mudslide above a resort in East Java killed at least 60 people.
Tree-cutting above the resort was blamed and a suit against a
state-owned forestry company was planned.
(SFC, 12/14/02, p.A7)
2002 Dec 11, Israeli troops
killed a suspected Palestinian militant in a West Bank refugee camp
as he tried to escape.
2002 Dec 11, Israeli troops in
Gaza shot and killed 5 unarmed Palestinians trying to penetrate a
(SFC, 12/13/02, p.A22)
2002 Dec 11, A Nicaraguan judge
ordered three U.S. companies to pay $490 million to 583 banana
workers allegedly affected by the use of the pesticide Nemagon.
2002 Dec 11, A Pakistan human
rights group said 461 women had been killed this year by family
members in so-called honor killings in Punjab and Sindh, up from 372
(SFC, 12/12/02, p.A14)
2002 Dec 11, Yemen said Scud
missiles found hidden aboard a North Korean ship seized by Spain and
the United States were destined for its army and demanded them back.
Pres. Bush ordered them released. Bush later created a coalition of
members to block arms shipments "of proliferation concern."
(Reuters, 12/11/02)(SFC, 12/12/02, p.A19)(WSJ,
2003 Dec 11, US officials
delayed a conference for companies seeking $18.6 billion in
reconstruction contracts in Iraq by eight days until Dec. 19.
2003 Dec 11, Pentagon officials
said efforts to create a new Iraqi army to help take over the
country's security have suffered a setback with the resignations of
a third of the soldiers trained.
2003 Dec 11, A new 2nd home for
the National Air and Space Museum opened in Chantilly, Va., some 28
miles west of the original's home in Washington D.C.
2003 Dec 11, US health
officials reported an early flu outbreak had hit all 50 states and
was widespread in 24.
2003 Dec 11, Striking Kroger
workers in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio ratified a new contract.
The strike began Oct 13.
(SFC, 12/12/03, p.B4)
2003 Dec 11, The DJIA closed
over 10,000 (10,008) for the 1st time in over 18 months.
(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R12)
2003 Dec 11, ASEAN members met
for a 2-day summit in Tokyo. Japan joined the 10 Southeast Asian
nations in a pledge to expand trade and join forces on regional
2003 Dec 11, In Quebec, Canada,
labor protests left hundreds of buses idle at the beginning of a day
of province wide protests against Premier Jean Charest's government.
2003 Dec 11, In China's far
northwest a coal mine fire in Urumqi killed nine miners, and rescue
efforts were hampered by repeated gas explosions.
2003 Dec 11, In Ecuador
teachers striking for raises and parents demanding better schools
clashed with police in protests that sought symbolically to take
over the capital's downtown.
2003 Dec 11, A French panel
recommended a national ban on Islamic head scarves, Jewish skullcaps
and large crucifixes at public schools.
(WSJ, 12/12/03, p.A1)
2003 Dec 11, A German court
freed a Moroccan accused of supporting the Sept. 11 al-Qaida terror
cell in Hamburg, saying there was new evidence he did not know about
2003 Dec 11, In Haiti police
fired tear gas and warning shots at thousands of students calling
for President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's ouster, as four private radio
stations shut down because government supporters called in death
(AP, 12/11/03)(SFC, 12/12/03, p.A3)
2003 Dec 11, In Iraq a suicide
bomber killed 1 US soldier and wounded 14 others at a military base
(SFC, 12/12/03, p.A22)
2003 Dec 11, In Israel
explosives at a currency exchange in Tel Aviv killed 3 people and
wounded 12 in what was labeled a criminal matter.
(SFC, 12/12/03, p.A16)
2003 Dec 11, The Italian
Parliament imposed controls on medically assisted reproduction.
(SFC, 12/12/03, p.A17)
2003 Dec 11, Ahmadou Kourouma,
Ivorian writer, died. His 5th novel, incomplete, was published in
French in 2004.
(Econ, 8/28/04, p.76)
2003 Dec 11, The UN children's
fund said some 65 million girls worldwide are kept out of school,
increasing the risks that they will suffer from extreme poverty, die
in childbirth or from AIDS and pass those dangers on to future
2003 Dec 11, Uzbekistan said it
will let the US station troops to help fight terrorism, but would
not permit permanent deployment.
(WSJ, 12/12/03, p.A1)
2004 Dec 11, Vitali Klitschko
stopped Danny Williams in the eighth round to retain his WBC
2004 Dec 11, Southern
California quarterback Matt Leinart won the 70th Heisman Trophy.
2004 Dec 11, Said Barkat,
Algeria’s Agriculture Minister, said almost 170 million euros (225
million dollars) have been spent since 2003 dealing with locust
infestation of farmland.
2004 Dec 11, In Bangladesh
millions of opposition activists formed a 900-km "human chain" to
demonstrate no confidence in the government. Up to 100 people were
injured in clashes.
2004 Dec 11, Ramiro Velez,
regional leader of the National Liberation Army, or ELN, the smaller
of Colombia's two rebel groups, was arrested during an operation in
Chachaui. He is suspected of masterminding the May 30, 1999,
kidnapping of an entire church congregation from a Roman Catholic
church in Cali.
(AP, 12/12/04)(SFC, 12/13/04, p.A3)
2004 Dec 11, China ended
restrictions limiting foreign retailers to joint ventures.
(WSJ, 12/14/04, p.A13)
2004 Dec 11, Rival factions of
Congo's army battled in the eastern region of the vast country,
killing several people.
2004 Dec 11, In Iraq insurgents
killed 5 Iraqi police officers in Baghdad. A US Marine was killed in
(SSFC, 12/12/04, p.A10)
2004 Dec 11, Marcello
Dell'Utri, a close political ally of Italian Premier Silvio
Berlusconi, was convicted of ties with the Sicilian Mafia and
sentenced to nine years in prison.
2004 Dec 11, Myanmar's state
media announced the military junta would release a further 5,070
2004 Dec 11, Somalia's
parliament passed a motion of no-confidence against the country's
new prime minister and his Cabinet, effectively sacking the
government. Some 153 members of the 275-member transitional
parliament voted against Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gedi, accusing
him of failing to respect power-sharing arrangements agreed to by
warlords and the country's main clans.
2004 Dec 11, Taiwan's
pro-independence parties were defeated in legislative elections.
2004 Dec 11, Doctors in Austria
determined that Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko
had been poisoned with dioxin, which caused the severe disfigurement
and partial paralysis of his face.
2005 Dec 11, Paramount Pictures
announced it was buying independent film studio DreamWorks SKG Inc.
2005 Dec 11, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber set off explosives near a US and Afghan military
convoy in the southern city of Kandahar, killing himself and
wounding three civilians.
2005 Dec 11, In Australia
racial tension erupted into violence on a Sydney beach when around
5,000 people, some yelling racist chants, attacked youths of a
Middle Eastern background. White youths were angered by reports that
youths of Lebanese descent had assaulted two lifeguards. Young men
of Arab descent retaliated in several Sydney suburbs, fighting with
police and smashing cars.
(AP, 12/11/05)(AP, 12/11/06)
2005 Dec 11, Bangladesh
President Iazuddin Ahmed approved an ordinance that allows law
enforcers to tap telephones, a measure set to aid the fight against
2005 Dec 11, In Britain a huge
inferno followed explosions at the Buncefield oil depot. 43 people
were injured. In 2009 a court said French oil giant Total must pay
bills valued at more than 750 million pounds for people whose homes
and businesses were damaged in the fire. In 2010 five companies were
ordered to pay fines and costs of more than £9 million (13.8 million
dollars, 10.6 million euros).
2005 Dec 11, In Chile Michelle
Bachelet easily defeated two feuding right-wing candidates with 46
percent of the vote, but fell shy of the 50 percent needed for
2005 Dec 11, China’s government
said the commander of forces that shot and killed people protesting
land seizures in a southern village has been detained, as police in
riot gear patrolled the community and appealed for order.
2005 Dec 11, About 4,000
anti-globalization activists some carrying a giant spider and others
wheeling statues of emaciated people marched in the first mass
protest against the World Trade Organization's summit in Hong Kong.
2005 Dec 11, Iran's parliament
approved Kazem Vaziri Mahaneh, who has been acting minister for the
past three months, the 4th nominee for the key post of oil minister.
2005 Dec 11, Iran offered the
United States a share in building a new nuclear power plant in an
apparent effort to curb U.S. opposition to its atomic program.
2005 Dec 11, Japanese peace
envoy Yasushi Akashi invited Sri Lanka and Tamil Tiger rebels to
meet in Japan for talks to save their ceasefire, which is threatened
with collapse after 34 people were killed in fresh violence.
2005 Dec 11, In eastern
Pakistan a firecracker thrown by a celebrant at a wedding set fire
to a bus filled with guests, killing at least 40 people.
2005 Dec 11, In South Korea the
government ordered striking pilots at Korean Air back to work on the
4th day of a walkout.
(WSJ, 12/12/05, p.A17)
2006 Dec 11, US Military
experts gave Pres. Bush a dire assessment of the war in Iraq, but
shared a skeptical view of the recent Iraq Study Group report.
(SFC, 12/12/06, p.A1)
2006 Dec 11, Scientists from
IBM, Macronix and Qimonda said they developed a material that made
"phase-change" memory 500 to 1,000 times faster than the
commonly-used "flash" memory, while using half as much power. Intel
said it would introduce products in 2007. Samsung said it expected
to introduce products in 2008.
(AFP, 12/11/06)(SFC, 12/12/06, p.B3)
2006 Dec 11, Siemens, a German
conglomerate, filed papers with the SEC to account for some $265
million siphoned out of secret bank accounts in Liechtenstein,
Austria and Switzerland.
(Econ, 12/16/06, p.65)
2006 Dec 11, The Hague-based
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said it
has granted the US and Russia a five-year extension to the 2007
deadline for destroying their chemical weapon stockpiles. The
Chemicals Weapons Convention which went into effect in April 1997.
Extensions were also granted to India and Libya as well as one
country that requested anonymity.
2006 Dec 11, After a two-day
journey, space shuttle Discovery reached the international space
station for a weeklong stay.
2006 Dec 11, In Azerbaijan
authorities said they would allow a top independent TV station back
on the air, but warned that it would have to bid for a broadcasting
license next year.
2006 Dec 11, Four advisers to
Bangladesh's interim government resigned as soldiers patrolled towns
and cities to try to end weeks of often-violent protests.
2006 Dec 11, In Britain fears
mounted that a serial killer could be at large after the naked
corpse of a third prostitute was found within weeks near Ipswich,
and a fourth sex worker went missing. The first two murdered women
went missing in the red light district of Ipswich, near the eastern
coast of England, on November 15 and October 30 respectively.
2006 Dec 11, Four British
soldiers admitted charges relating to an alleged plot to smuggle
guns out of Iraq to sell them for cash in Germany, as they appeared
at a court martial.
2006 Dec 11, China's banking
industry officially opened to full foreign competition, a landmark
for the country's financial sector and a day of reckoning for the
country's mostly state-owned banks.
2006 Dec 11, European Union
foreign ministers decided to suspend 8 out of 35 parts of entry
talks with Turkey over Ankara's refusal to open its ports to trade
with EU member Cyprus.
(AP, 12/11/06)(Econ, 12/16/06, p.53)
2006 Dec 11, Fiji's military
regime banished ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase from the
capital and warned that open opposition to the takeover would be met
2006 Dec 11, German
investigators confirmed that a car used by Russian businessman
Dmitry Kovtun, a contact of fatally poisoned ex-spy Alexander
Litvinenko before the two men met, was contaminated with the rare
radioactive substance polonium-210.
2006 Dec 11, In Indonesia
Irwandi Yusuf, a former GAM rebel leader, headed to easy victory in
the first elections in Aceh province since the government and the
separatists signed a peace deal in the tsunami-ravaged region last
(AP, 12/11/06)(Econ, 12/16/06, p.40)
2006 Dec 11, Iran opened a
Holocaust conference that it said would examine whether the genocide
2006 Dec 11, Iran promised $250
million to Palestine’s Hamas-led government.
(WSJ, 12/12/06, p.A1)
2006 Dec 11, Iraqi soldiers
rushed to Ghazaliyah, a primarily Sunni area of west Baghdad, to
free 23 Iraqis right after they were taken hostage at a checkpoint
set up by suspected Shiite militiamen. One terrorist was killed and
4 others arrested. Three explosions struck Baghdad within a span of
two hours, after a roadside bomb in the capital killed 3 US soldiers
and wounded two on a late-night patrol. A parked car bomb detonated
near al-Maamoun college in western Baghdad, killing one student and
wounding two others and two policemen. A suicide car bomb hit an
abandoned house being used by policemen as an outpost in Dora
killing one policeman and wounding five. In Baghdad 3 mortar rounds
killed four people and wounded 15, and gunmen stole $1 million from
a bank truck and kidnapped its four guards. 3 policemen and four
civilians were gunned down in a village near Kirkuk. A huge fire
broke out at an oil storage facility after explosions in a volatile
area south of Baghdad. At least 66 people were killed or found dead
across Iraq. They included 46 men who were bound, blindfolded and
shot to death in Baghdad.
(AP, 12/11/06)(AP, 12/12/06)
2006 Dec 11, The Netherlands
ended transmission of "free to air" analog television, becoming the
first nation to switch completely to digital signals.
2006 Dec 11, Palestinian gunmen
killed three young sons of a senior Palestinian intelligence
officer, pumping dozens of bullets into their car as it passed
through a street crowded with schoolchildren in an apparent botched
assassination attempt that could ignite widespread factional
2006 Dec 11, Two Rwandan
ex-soldiers told a panel probing alleged French complicity in the
1994 massacres that France armed and trained members of the
Interahamwe militia, a radical militia blamed for most of the
killings in Rwanda's 1994 genocide.
2006 Dec 11, More than 30
prominent Islamic clerics from Saudi Arabia called on Sunni Muslims
around the Middle East to support their brethren in Iraq against
Shiites and praised the insurgency.
2006 Dec 11, Official sources
said the Sudanese government has approved a budget of 11.7 billion
dollars for 2007 and is targeting a growth rate of 10%. Rebels in
Sudan's western region of Darfur said a government warplane killed
eight civilians, mostly children, in a northern village.
(AP, 12/11/06)(Reuters, 12/12/06)
2006 Dec 11, In Turkey a boiler
explosion knocked down part of a five-story building housing
military families in Diyarbakir, killing at least four people and
trapping about four others.
2006 Dec 11, In his farewell
address, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan criticized the Bush
administration's leadership on the global stage, warning that
America must not sacrifice its democratic ideals while waging war
2006 Dec 11, UN officials said
Israel has blocked a UN fact-finding mission to the Gaza Strip that
was to be led by Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu. Israeli Foreign
Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said that no final decision has been
2006 Dec 11, Zimbabwe said its
inflation spiral had risen to 1,098.8 percent last month, a 28.6%
hike, as experts cast doubts on state efforts to slash it to the
three-digit level. The inflation rate peaked at 1,204.6% in August.
Zimbabwe clinched a deal to export 5,000 tons of beef to Hong Kong
from next year, the first such long-distance order in five years.
2007 Dec 11, Pres. Bush granted
pardons to 29 people.
(WSJ, 12/12/07, p.A1)
2007 Dec 11, The US Senate
Intelligence Committee took closed-door testimony from CIA Director
Michael Hayden on how videotapes of terror suspect interrogations
were made, then destroyed.
2007 Dec 11, The United States
and China signed two deals to safeguard the quality of food and
drugs ranging from pet food to certain types of antibiotics imported
into the US from China.
2007 Dec 11, US officials in
Florida arrested 4 people, 3 from Venezuelan and one from Uruguay,
and accused them of being agents of the Venezuelan government.
Prosecutors later said the 4 were seeking to silence Guido Alehandro
Antonini Wilson, a citizen of both the USA and Venezuela. In August
Wilson was detained in Argentina for carrying $800,000 in a
suitcase, which prosecutors said was intended to aid the campaign of
Cristina Kirchner. Franklin Duran, multimillionaire owner of
Industrias Venoco CA, was one of the arrested Venezuelans. In 2008 a
federal jury convicted Duran on charges that he was a foreign agent
involved in a conspiracy.
(WSJ, 12/13/07, p.A16)(WSJ, 3/10/08, p.A5)(SFC,
2007 Dec 11, In eastern
Afghanistan US-led coalition and Afghan forces killed Mullah
Sangeen, a senior militant commander responsible for roadside
bombings and other attacks. Sangeen was second-in-command to Siraj
Haqqani, a militant leader in eastern Afghanistan.
2007 Dec 11, In Algeria car
bombs exploded minutes apart in central Algiers, heavily damaging UN
buildings and ripping the facade off the wing of a government
office. 37 people were killed, including 17 UN employees. Two
convicted terrorists who had been freed in an amnesty carried out
the suicide bombings at UN and government buildings. The interior
ministry later said the blasts were the work of the El Farouk
Brigade, which was responsible for a number of other attacks in the
last two years. Al-Qaida's self-styled North African branch claimed
(Reuters, 12/11/07)(AP, 12/12/07)(AP,
12/13/07)(AFP, 2/6/08)(AP, 12/11/08)
2007 Dec 11, Australia's Deputy
PM Julia Gillard (46) took charge of government in the absence of
the prime minister, becoming the first woman to run the country in
its 106 years as an independent nation. Gillard will lead the
government for just 60 hours while PM Kevin Rudd is in Bali for the
United Nations climate conference.
2007 Dec 11, Australian
officials conceded that the welfare system failed a girl who was
removed from a remote Aboriginal community after being sexually
abused at age 7, then gang raped in 2006 at age 10 when she was
returned to live in the town.
2007 Dec 11, Guatemalan
legislators approved a new law that tightens adoptions, while
allowing pending cases, mostly involving US couples, to go through
without meeting stricter requirements.
2007 Dec 11, It was reported
that policewomen in Iraq have been told to hand in their guns.
Female recruits had dropped to zero since Iraqi authorities took
over police recruitment and training in 2006. The US had begun
training women in 2004 and graduated 1000 from the police academy. A
suicide car bomber detonated his explosives at a checkpoint
protecting the compounds of Iraq's former prime minister and a Sunni
lawmaker, killing two guards in a neighborhood bordering the
fortified Green Zone.
(WSJ, 12/12/07, p.B12)(AP, 12/11/07)
2007 Dec 11, Israeli tanks and
bulldozers backed by attack aircraft moved into the southern Gaza
Strip, killing four militants in the widest operation in the
territory since Islamic Hamas forces wrested control in June.
2007 Dec 11, Trucking unions
cut short a meeting with the Italian transport ministry, ending hope
that the chaos-causing strike disrupting traffic and petrol
deliveries would end soon.
2007 Dec 11, In southeast
Nigeria 20 people were killed and several injured when the driver of
a truck lost control and rammed into a crowd by the roadside in
Awka, Anambra state.
2007 Dec 11, North and South
Korea began regular freight train service across their heavily armed
border for the first time in more than a half century, in another
symbolic step in their reconciliation.
2007 Dec 11, Pakistan's
military vowed a strong response to any international attempt to
seize its atomic arsenal as the army successfully test-fired a
nuclear-capable cruise missile.
2007 Dec 11, In Peru former
President Alberto Fujimori was convicted of abuse of authority and
sentenced to six years in prison at the end of the first in a series
of trials on charges that include murder, kidnapping and corruption.
2007 Dec 11, A judge from the
top court in southern Russia's violence-plagued Dagestan region was
fatally shot by an unidentified attacker. Dagestan Supreme Court
Justice Kurban Pashayev was shot more than 10 times with a pistol in
the entranceway of his apartment building in the provincial capital,
Makhachkala. In Ingushetia an 18-year-old rookie in an elite police
unit was fatally shot by attackers who fired at him at close range
from a passing car as he was walking home after work.
2007 Dec 11, Environmentalists
warned that a scenic coastal region could take years to recover from
South Korea's worst oil spill, as over 19,000 people worked to
contain or clean up the slick.
2007 Dec 11, Darfur rebel group
the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) said it had attacked and
taken over a Chinese-run oilfield in central Sudan.
2007 Dec 11, Ukraine's
parliament narrowly rejected the candidacy of Orange Revolution
leader Yulia Tymoshenko for prime minister, but was expected to hold
a further vote.
2008 Dec 11, The $14 billion
package to aid General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC
collapsed amid disputes over union wage cuts. A band of mostly
Republican Southern senators, including states that subsidized
foreign auto makers, formed the heart of the opposition.
(AP, 12/12/08)(WSJ, 12/12/08, p.A3)
2008 Dec 11, US Interior Sec.
Dirk Kemphorne announced major changes to the Endangered Species Act
causing environmental groups to charge that the ‘midnight rules” set
to go into effect before Pres. Obama takes offices were intended to
eviscerate the wildlife protection law.
(SFC, 12/12/08, p.A1)
2008 Dec 11, Bernard Madoff
(70), a quiet force on Wall Street for decades, was arrested and
charged with allegedly running a $50 billion "Ponzi scheme" in what
may rank among the biggest fraud cases ever.
2008 Dec 11, California’s air
quality board approved the nation’s most sweeping plan to reduce
global warming by curbing emissions.
(SFC, 12/12/08, p.A1)
2008 Dec 11, California
conservation officials said a $9.9 million deal to buy the Sonoma
Ranch, also known as the Walsh Property, would be completed by the
end of the year.
(SFC, 12/12/08, p.B1)
2008 Dec 11, In Los Angeles the
husband and daughter of Karine Hakobyan were killed. On March 26,
2010, Karine Hakobyan was shot to death in Hollywood.
2008 Dec 11, Ron Carey (72),
former Teamsters president (1992-1997), died in NYC.
(SFC, 12/13/08, p.B5)
2008 Dec 11, Bettie Page (85),
the 1950s secretary-turned-model, died. Her controversial
photographs in skimpy attire or none at all helped set the stage for
the 1960s sexual revolution.
2008 Dec 11, Australian police
said detectives have charged 22 men including a policeman, a senior
lawyer and a child care worker in connection with a child
pornography-sharing network spanning 70 countries. Brazilian
information, which was shared via the international policing network
Interpol, identified more than 200 suspects in 70 countries.
2008 Dec 11, Police in Brussels
and eastern Belgium detained 14 suspected al-Qaida-linked extremists
in raids, including one militant who allegedly was plotting a
2008 Dec 11, As Greece suffered
through its sixth day of violence, there were troubling signs of
unrest spreading across Europe. Angry youths smashed shop windows,
attacked banks and hurled bottles at police in small but violent
protests in Spain and Denmark, while cars were set alight outside a
consulate in France.
2008 Dec 11, Hong Kong's
government confirmed that the deadly H5N1 virus was found at a
poultry farm, the first outbreak on a farm here in nearly six years.
2008 Dec 11, Indian authorities
reported an outbreak of bird flu in Assam state. Some 245,000 birds
had been culled and the outbreak was localized.
(WSJ, 12/12/08, p.A12)
2008 Dec 11, Indonesia and
Malaysia agreed to heighten intelligence cooperation to anticipate
rising cross-border crime due to the impact of the global economic
2008 Dec 11, In northern Iraq a
suicide bomber struck a crowded restaurant where Kurdish officials
were meeting with Arab tribal leaders to discuss long-standing
ethnic tensions, killing at least 48 people and wounding nearly 100.
(AP, 12/11/08)(SFC, 12/12/08, p.A4)
2008 Dec 11, Malaysia's
government drew flak after admitting it spent 1.68 million dollars a
year on PM Badawi’s sprawling residence in the administrative
2008 Dec 11, Esther Chavez, a
women's rights activist, was named the winner of Mexico's National
Human Rights Award. She first drew attention to the slayings of
young women in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez in the
2008 Dec 11, Mexican soldiers
shot to death Silvia Arzate (35), a pregnant woman, after she
reportedly failed to stop at a highway checkpoint in the northern
state of Chihuahua.
2008 Dec 11, In southern Nepal
a crowded school bus skidded off a bridge on a highway, killing at
least 20 students and two teachers. At least 57 others were injured.
2008 Dec 11, Multilateral talks
with North Korea failed to break an impasse on checking Pyongyang’s
nuclear declarations. This led the US to halt fuel oil shipments
until specific steps are taken to verify nuclear activities.
(WSJ, 12/13/08, p.A10)
2008 Dec 11, Pakistan ordered
the closure Jemaat-u-Dawa, a charity linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba, the
militant group suspected in the Mumbai attacks, a day after the
outfit was declared a front for terrorists by the United Nations. A
suspected US strike killed six people on the Pakistan side of the
Afghan border, a lawless region believed to be a stronghold of
2008 Dec 11, In northern Russia
an explosion and fire ripped through a mine, killing 12 workers.
2008 Dec 11, The South African
Reserve Bank cut a key interest rate by a half percentage point to
11.5 percent in a bid to stimulate the flagging economy.
2008 Dec 11, South Korea’s
central bank cut its main interest rate by a percentage point to 3%,
its 4th and largest cut in two months.
(WSJ, 12/11/08, p.A12)
2008 Dec 11, Venezuelan
prosecutors formally charged Manuel Rosales, a leading opposition
figure, with corruption, as President Hugo Chavez pushed forward
with plans for a referendum to end term limits. Rosales denied any
wrongdoing, saying the accusations are politically motivated.
2008 Dec 11, President Robert
Mugabe declared that Zimbabwe's cholera crisis was over, even as the
UN raised the death toll from the epidemic to 783.
2009 Dec 11, A US
counterterrorism official said Saleh al-Somali, a senior al-Qaida
operations planner, was killed in an American missile strike this
week in western Pakistan. Officials believed that he helped organize
plots in New York, Manchester and Norway.
(AP, 12/12/09)(AP, 1/30/12)
2009 Dec 11, US immigration
agents arrested 280 people in California as they fanned out across
the state for a 3-day search for illegal immigrants.
(SFC, 12/12/09, p.A5)
2009 Dec 11, SF Mayor Newsom
called on owners of commercial buildings to conduct an energy audit
within 5 years to secure their business license renewal. The results
would be provided to the city which would make the information
available in a public database.
(SFC, 12/12/09, p.A1)
2009 Dec 11, Spc. Marc A. Hall
was jailed, two days before his brigade with the Army's 3rd Infantry
Division out of Ft. Stewart, Georgia, was scheduled to leave for
Iraq. He was charged with the military offense of communicating a
threat after telling his battalion commander that he might shoot or
otherwise attack a fellow US soldier. Hall was dismissed in April,
2010, and lost all military benefits earned over at least four years
of service, including an earlier tour in Iraq.
2009 Dec 11, Jenny Sanford,
South Carolina's first lady, filed for divorce more than five months
after his tearful public confession of an affair with an Argentine
woman. The former Wall Street vice president helped launch her
husband's political career and has been a quiet presence since her
husband took office in 2003.
2009 Dec 11, US golfer Tiger
Woods announced that he will take a break from his PGA Tour career
as he scrambles to salvage his marriage.
(SFC, 12/12/09, p.A1)
2009 Dec 11, Australia's PM
Kevin Rudd threatened legal action against Japan if it does not stop
its research whaling program that kills up to 1,000 whales a year.
2009 Dec 11, In Brazil a new
presidential decree suspended up to an estimated $5.7 billion in
fines and gave landowners two more years to comply with
environmental regulations meant to stop the razing of the Brazilian
2009 Dec 11, The Canadian
government said that it has approved a request from Egyptian-backed
telecom Globalive Wireless Management Corp. to launch its mobile
phone service in Canada.
2009 Dec 11, Cyprus police said
grave robbers over night had stolen the corpse of former Cyprus
President Tassos Papadopoulos after digging up his coffin on the eve
of the first anniversary of the statesmen's death. Police discovered
the missing body of former President Papadopoulos in another grave
on March 8.
(AP, 12/11/09)(AP, 3/9/10)
2009 Dec 11, EU leaders agreed
to commit euro2.4 billion ($3.6 billion) a year until 2012 to help
poorer countries combat global warming, as they sought to rescue
their image as climate change innovators and bolster the talks in
Copenhagen. A new draft agreement at the climate talks pulled
together the main elements of a global pact but left gaping holes on
financing and cutting greenhouse gas emissions for world leaders to
fill in next week.
2009 Dec 11, German officials
said Berlin's new airport will be named after Willy Brandt
(1913-1992), the former West German leader who championed East-West
relations and won the Nobel Peace Prize (1971).
2009 Dec 11, Ousted Honduran
President Manuel Zelaya said he will leave the Brazilian Embassy in
Honduras by Jan. 27, when his presidential term ends.
2009 Dec 11, In India
protesters took to the streets of Hyderabad, setting public buses on
fire and clashing with police, in anger over the government’s
decision to carve a new state out of the southern region of Andhra
Pradesh. Leaders of the Gorkhas, a group of ethnic Nepalis living in
West Bengal, called for an indefinite strike to push their
decades-old demand for the creation of Gorkhaland.
2009 Dec 11, Thousands of
Iranian government supporters staged rallies denouncing opposition
students who burned photos of the supreme leader in protests this
2009 Dec 11, In Iraq at least
six people were killed after a two-pronged bomb attack south of
Baghdad that was apparently designed to ambush bystanders. A US
soldier in northern Iraq died of injuries unrelated to combat.
(AP, 12/11/09)(AP, 12/12/09)
2009 Dec 11, Iraq struck deals
with consortiums led by Anglo-Dutch and Chinese giants Shell and
CNPC over massive southern oil fields, as part of a two-day auction
that seeks to dramatically boost the country's crude output.
2009 Dec 11, Mexico's foreign
minister met with Cuban President Raul Castro for three hours, the
latest sign her country and the island have repaired recently chilly
2009 Dec 11, In Mexico police
found the bodies of three women and two men inside a home in the
town of Almoloya de Juarez. A third man died on the way to a
hospital. Soldiers raided a drug cartel's Christmas party south of
Mexico City, outside the mountain town of Tepoztlan. They found 16
automatic rifles, $280,000 in cash, and Latin Grammy winner Ramon
Ayala and his norteno band, Los Bravos del Norte. 3 gunmen were
killed and 11 others suspected of working for the Beltran Leyva drug
cartel were detained.
(AP, 12/11/09)(AP, 12/15/09)
2009 Dec 11, Assailants in the
West Bank vandalized a Palestinian mosque, burning prayer carpets
and holy books, and leaving behind Hebrew graffiti indicating the
rampage was the work of settlers angry over Israel's plans to curb
2009 Dec 11, In the Philippines
government-armed former militiamen freed 10 more hostages seized in
the remote south, and their leader demanded that murder charges
against them be dropped before they release 47 others.
2009 Dec 11, Romania's
Constitutional Court ordered a re-examination of ballots declared
void in the Dec 6 presidential election amid allegations of
2009 Dec 11, In Spain the A400M
military transport plane, that has been causing Airbus and European
defense ministers budgetary and logistical headaches, finally took
to the skies for its maiden flight.
2009 Dec 11, At the Vatican
Vietnam’s President Nguyen Minh Triet met with Pope Benedict XVI for
40 minutes, twice as long as was scheduled and the first time that
the head of state of Vietnam has met with the pope since the
communists took power in 1954. Vietnam's 6 million Roman Catholics
is one of the largest Catholic communities in Asia.
2010 Dec 11, Nissan North
American delivered its first all-electric Leaf to Olivier Chalouhi
(31) of Redwood City at a dealership in Petaluma, Ca. His cost was
$33,500, but rebates were expected to drop the price to about
(SSFC, 12/12/10, p.C2)
2010 Dec 11, Mark Madoff (46),
one of Bernard Madoff's sons, was found dead of an apparent suicide
in his Manhattan apartment on the second anniversary of his father's
2010 Dec 11, In Afghanistan a
car bomb blast near the police headquarters in Kandahar City wounded
four Afghan police and two civilians. The suicide attacker in Kunduz
province drove a police vehicle and targeted an Afghan National Army
convoy, wounding five soldiers and four civilians. An air strike by
the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) killed
seven road construction company employees overnight. ISAF said
Afghan and foreign troops were approached and then fired on by armed
men while hunting an insurgent and shot back, killing seven. The
disputed incident sent hundreds pouring onto the streets of Gardez
city in a protest that turned violent.
2010 Dec 11, Egypt’s minister
of electricity said his country plans to build its first nuclear
power plant and have it operational by 2019.
(SSFC, 12/12/10, p.A10)
2010 Dec 11, In Cancun, Mexico,
almost 200 countries agreed to modest steps to combat climate
change, including a Green Climate Fund to help poor nations, but
they put off tough decisions on cutting greenhouse gas emissions
until next year.
2010 Dec 11, In northwest
Pakistan gunmen on motorcycles shot dead two police officers in
Hayatabad, while security forces killed four militants in fighting
elsewhere in the region.
(AP, 12/11/10)(SSFC, 12/12/10, p.A10)
2010 Dec 11, Somali pirates
captured the MV Renuar, a Panama-flagged, Liberian-owned cargo
vessel, about 1,000 miles (1,610 km) east of Somalia.
2010 Dec 11, The Sudanese army
attacked a village in South Darfur for a second consecutive day in
violence that has left one person dead and driven at least 250
civilians from their homes.
2010 Dec 11, South Sudan’s
ruling party formally confirmed for the first time that it will
support secession in a January independence referendum that could
lead to the break-up of Africa's largest nation.
2010 Dec 11, In Sweden two
blasts rocked central Stockholm, killing the suspected bomber, later
identified as Taymour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly (b.1981). Two people were
wounded. Police had good leads into what they said were "terror
crimes." On March 8, 2011, police in Scotland arrested Ezedden
Khalid Ahmed Al Khaledi (30) on suspicion of aiding the suicide
bomber who had targeted Christmas shoppers in Stockholm.
(Reuters, 12/12/10)(Reuters, 12/13/10)(SFC,
12/14/10, p.A3)(AP, 3/8/11)(AP, 3/14/11)
2010 Dec 11, Turkmenistan
signed broad agreements with Afghanistan, India and Pakistan at a
summit in its capital Ashgabat on the 1,700-km (1,050-mile) TAPI
pipeline. Afghanistan the next day said it will deploy up to 7,000
troops to secure the major transnational gas pipeline, slated to run
through some of the most dangerous parts of the war-torn country.
2011 Dec 11, San Francisco
police cleared the city’s last remaining Occupy protest camp
arrested 55 people in front of the Federal Reserve Bank at 101
(SFC, 12/12/11, p.C2)
2011 Dec 11, Christopher Artes
(25) and Medeana Hendershot (22), were found dead under a mound of
coal at a Florida power plant. The young couple shared a passion for
illegally hopping freight trains and traveling the country without a
2011 Dec 11, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai said foreigners are fueling the problem of corruption
by, for example, awarding contracts to high ranking government
2011 Dec 11, Police in Brazil's
southeastern Sao Paulo state said they are investigating the theft
of 50 metric tons (55 US tons) of corn from a moving train.
2011 Dec 11, In China Xue Jinbo
(42) died after two days in police custody. He had led protests in
the fishing village of Wukan in opposition to government land
confiscations and was arrested on Dec 9.
(SFC, 12/16/11, p.A13)
2011 Dec 11, Former French PM
Dominique de Villepin, who gained international renown as France's
spokesman against the war in Iraq, announced he'll run as an
2011 Dec 11, In India Anna
Hazare held a seven-hour fast to demand sweeping legislation to end
India's culture of corruption, in which bribes are paid for
everything from health care to marriage certificates.
2011 Dec 11, In Iran a blast
caused by leftover ammunition killed at least seven workers
including foreign nationals at a steel mill in the central city of
2011 Dec 11, The Israeli
Cabinet voted unanimously to finance a $160 million program to
stanch the flow of illegal African migrants by stepping up
construction of a border fence and expanding a detention center.
Several thousand Bedouin demonstrated outside Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu's office, protesting over a plan they say will displace
tens of thousands of people from their land.
(AP, 12/11/11)(AFP, 12/11/11)
2011 Dec 11, Ivory Coast held
parliamentary elections. The 2nd national poll in 11 years drew
little voter interest. The opposition party of former strongman
Laurent Gbagbo, which had called for a boycott of the poll,
estimated that as few as 10 percent of voters participated. Official
results published by the Independent Electoral Commission on March
8, 2012, said Ouattara's Rally of Republicans (RDR) party won 138 of
the parliament's 253 seats on 54.54% of the vote.
(AP, 12/11/11)(AFP, 3/8/12)
2011 Dec 11, In Indian Kashmir
a policeman was killed and a civilian injured when suspected Muslim
militants opened fire. The region's senior minister escaped unhurt
in the attack.
2011 Dec 11, In northern Kenya
twin blasts killed one police officer and wounded nine soldiers, in
the latest in a string of attacks since Kenyan troops crossed the
border into Somalia two months ago.
2011 Dec 11, In Mexico
unidentified assailants tossed a bomb into a building in Veracruz
where a cockfight was being held. One man was killed and nine others
2011 Dec 11, Pakistan’s PM
Yousuf Raza Gilani said President Asif Ali Zardari will likely need
two weeks to rest in Dubai following medical treatment there before
he returns home. Zardari flew to Dubai last week for treatment
related to a heart condition.
2011 Dec 11, A Pakistani
Taliban spokesman denied an earlier announcement by the militant
group's deputy chief that it was holding peace talks with the
government. Prominent al-Qaida and Afghan Taliban fighters asked
Pakistani militants to set aside their differences and step up
support for the battle against US-led forces in Afghanistan: "For
God's sake, forget all your differences and give us fighters to
boost the battle against America in Afghanistan," senior al-Qaida
commander Abu Yahya al-Libi told Pakistani fighters in South
Waziristan. An earlier meeting was held on November 27 in North
(AP, 12/11/11)(AP, 1/2/12)
2011 Dec 11, In Pakistan the US
vacated Shamsi airbase following a deadline given by Islamabad in
the wake of anger over NATO air strikes last month that killed 24
soldiers. US officials and intelligence analysts have said the
covert drone war would not be affected by the closure of the base as
Washington could fly Predator and Reaper drones out of air fields in
2011 Dec 11, A Palestinian
father and his daughter were wounded in an Israeli air strike on
2011 Dec 11, Ex-Panama dictator
Noriega was flown home for new punishment after 22 years in US,
2011 Dec 11, Peruvian President
Ollanta Humala replaced more than half his Cabinet, a day after
accepting its chief minister's resignation in a move widely
interpreted as signaling less tolerance for social protests.
2011 Dec 11, Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev posted a comment on his Facebook page saying he has
ordered a probe into the allegations of electoral fraud during the
Dec. 4 parliamentary vote.
2011 Dec 11, In South Africa a
UN climate conference reached a hard-fought agreement on a
far-reaching program meant to set a new course for the global fight
against climate change. The 194-party conference agreed to start
negotiations on a new accord that would ensure that countries will
be legally bound to carry out any pledges they make. It would take
effect by 2020 at the latest. The conference also agreed on a Green
Climate Fund, which would funnel some of the $110 billion, promised
by rich countries to poor ones, to help them cut emissions and adopt
to climate change.
(AP, 12/11/11)(Econ, 12/17/11, p.140)
2011 Dec 11, In South Sudan
suspected rebels under the command of renegade general George Athor
attacked Atar town, in Pigi county, killing 9 people, while another
raid cost the lives of two people in Kapat, near the state capital
2011 Dec 11, Syrian troops
battled army defectors in clashes that set several military vehicles
ablaze. Opposition activists called for a general strike starting
today in a bid to squeeze the government and push it to stop its
bloody crackdown. About a dozen Syrians attacked their embassy in
Jordan’s capital, Amman, injuring at least two diplomats and four
other consulate employees. As many as 23 people were killed as
government forces clashed with armed insurgents and protesters.
(AP, 12/11/11)(SFC, 12/12/11, p.A2)
2011 Dec 11, Hundreds of
thousands of Yemenis demonstrated to demand President Ali Abdullah
Saleh face trial for his regime's deadly crackdown on months of
2011 Dec 11, In Taiwan almost a
thousand protesters took to the streets of Taipei demanding that the
government make a weekly day off a legal right for Taiwan's 200,000
foreign live-in caregivers.
2012 Dec 11, The US Air Force
launched an unmanned X-37B, a secret military version of the space
shuttle, atop an Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral.
(SFC, 12/12/12, p.A5)
2012 Dec 11, In Georgia
Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair (28) and Randy Lamar Wilson (25)
were charged with conspiring to kill persons or damage property
outside the US. FBI agents arrested Wilson at the Atlanta airport as
he boarded a flight to Mauritania. Abukhdair was arrested at a bus
station in Augusta. On April 19 Wilson pleaded guilty in Mobile,
Ala., to one charge of conspiracy to provide material support to
terrorists. On Dec 20, 2013, both men were sentenced to 15 years in
(SFC, 12/12/12, p.A5)(SFC, 4/19/13, p.A4)(SFC,
2012 Dec 11, A federal appeals
court struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois,
the only remaining state where carrying concealed weapons is
entirely illegal. It gave lawmakers 180 days to write a law that
2012 Dec 11, Michigan enacted a
ban on mandatory union membership, dealing a stunning blow to
organized labor in the state that is home to US automakers and the
symbol of industrial labor in the United States.
2012 Dec 11, In Oregon a masked
gunman opened fire at Clackamas Town Center, a mall in suburban
Portland. Jacob Tyler Roberts (22), armed himself with an AR-15
semiautomatic rifle he stole from someone he knew, went on a rampage
that left two people dead and one injured before he killed himself.
(SFC, 12/12/12, p.A5)(AP, 12/13/12)
2012 Dec 11, Delta Airlines
agreed to buy a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. For $360
(SFC, 12/12/12, p.D3)
2012 Dec 11, Ravi Shankar
(b.1920), India-born sitar virtuoso, died in San Diego.
(SFC, 12/12/12, p.A6)
2012 Dec 11, A US watchdog
agency said that Afghan officials were resisting US efforts to help
track billions of dollars being flown out of Kabul airport every
year, some likely linked to crime and drugs.
2012 Dec 11, Britain's Serious
Fraud Office (SFO) and London police made the first arrests as part
of a global investigation into the manipulation of interbank lending
rates, a scandal that has rocked the banking industry.
2012 Dec 11, British bank HSBC
agreed to pay a fine of $1.9 billion over money-laundering
allegations by American regulators.
(Econ, 12/15/12, p.73)
2012 Dec 11, Canadian
aboriginal Chief Theresa Spence, from the remote northern Ontario
community of Attawapiskat, began a hunger strike urging PM Stephen
Harper to "open his heart" and meet with native leaders angered by
2012 Dec 11, Premier McKeeva
Bush (57), the leader of the Cayman Islands' government, was
arrested on suspicion of theft, abuse of office and breach of trust
in the famed Caribbean tax haven.
2012 Dec 11, Cuba formally
authorized the creation of the first non-agricultural cooperatives,
a measure expected to permit the growth of midsize businesses as
part of President Raul Castro's plan to open the economy to some
2012 Dec 11, Doctors in Cuba
operated on Venezuelan President Hugo for cancer, after the illness
reappeared despite a year and a half of surgeries and treatments.
2012 Dec 11, In Egypt masked
gunmen attacked anti-Morsi protesters in Cairo's central Tahrir
Square before dawn, firing birdshot at them and wounding nine.
Thousands of opponents and supporters of Egypt's Islamist president
staged rival rallies in the nation's Cairo.
2012 Dec 11, Ghana's opposition
party said that they plan to contest the results of the recent
presidential election. Police and soldiers raided an office where
the opposition party was re-tabulating votes in their preparation to
contest the results of last week's presidential poll, which handed a
slim victory to the incumbent.
(AP, 12/11/12)(AP, 12/12/12)
2012 Dec 11, In Guinea three
people were killed, dozens wounded and at least three women raped in
an army crackdown on protesters in the town of Gueckedou, 700 km
(430 miles) southeast of Conakry.
2012 Dec 11, Iran's official
news agency reported that the country has closed its consular
section in the western Afghan city of Herat, after anti-Iranian
protests at the site on Dec 9. Afghan demonstrators were protesting
the alleged killing of Afghan emigrants at nearby border crossings
in recent months.
2012 Dec 11, Tehran's chief
prosecutor said authorities have arrested 28 Iranians for alleged
links to foreign-based TV networks advocating the Baha'i religion,
which is banned in the Islamic Republic.
2012 Dec 11, A Kazakhstan court
convicted border guard Vladislav Chelakh (19) of killing 14 of his
comrades along with a park ranger and sentenced to life in prison.
2012 Dec 11, South Sudan
soldiers were being blamed for the deaths of up to 23 civilians in
two separate regions. The first incident took place in Jonglei state
last week. An official said soldiers rounded up civilians and fired
on the group, killing 13. The UN mission confirmed that nine people
were killed during the two days of violence over the weekend in
Western Equatoria state.
2012 Dec 11, Syrian rebels,
backed by Islamic extremist fighters of Jabhat al-Nusra, took full
control of the Sheik Suleiman military base near Aleppo after a
two-day battle that killed at least 35 government troops. In Aleppo
four mortar rounds hit the predominantly Kurdish neighborhood of
Sheik Maksoud, killing 11, including 3 children and 2 women, and
wounding a dozen other people.
2012 Dec 11, In southern
Thailand armed men with assault rifles burst into the canteen of Ban
Ba Ngo school in Pattani province and shot dead two teachers. In
Narathiwat's Rangae district gunmen on a pickup truck fired AK-47
and M16 assault rifles into a tea shop, killing three people
instantly including a toddler, and wounding six others at the scene.
One of the wounded died later in hospital.
(Econ, 1/19/13, p.44)(
2012 Dec 11, In Yemen Brig.
Gen. Ahmed Ba Ramada, deputy head of intelligence for Hadramawt, was
killed by two unknown assailants on a motorbike.
2013 Dec 11, The United States
and Britain suspended all non-lethal aid to the opposition in
northern Syria after Islamist rebels seized key bases and warehouses
belonging to the Western-backed Free Syrian Army.
2013 Dec 11, The US FDA said it
will begin curbing the use of some medically important antibiotics
commonly fed to animals to fatten them up for market. A 3-year plan
to implement this was called the Veterinary Feed Directive.
(SFC, 12/12/13, p.A1)
2013 Dec 11, Time magazine
selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year, saying the Catholic
Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old
institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.
2013 Dec 11, A small plain
crashed off of Molokai, Hawaii, killing Loretta Fuddy, the director
of the state health dept. Eight other people survived.
(SFC, 12/13/13, p.A13)
2013 Dec 11, In Illinois inmate
Stanley Wrice (59) was freed from prison after spending 30 years
behind bars for confessing under torture to a rape that he did not
commit. He had confessed to the 1982 sexual assault after two
officers under former Lt. Jon Burge beat him in the groin and face.
(SFC, 12/12/13, p.A10)
2013 Dec 11, A $122 million
Powerball lottery draw went to two winners, a couple in Nebraska and
a couple in Massachusetts.
(SFC, 1/3/14, p.A6)
2013 Dec 11, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber attacked a convoy of German troops near the
international airport in Kabul. The attacker was killed and there
were no ISAF casualties to report.
2013 Dec 11, A Bahraini court
sentenced 12 Shiite Muslims to 15-year jail terms for attacking a
car warehouse during unrest in the Sunni-ruled kingdom in February
2013 Dec 11, In Bangladesh
deposed military dictator Hussein Mohammad Ershad was detained by
Rab (Rapid Action Battalion). The hybrid crime-fighting force picked
the Jatiya Party chief up from his residence in Dhaka.
2013 Dec 11, British regulators
announced a record £28 million fines against state-rescued Lloyds
Banking Group after finding staff were at risk of selling unsuitable
products amid the lure of bonuses.
2013 Dec 11, G8 health
ministers met in London to tackle what experts warn is a dementia
time-bomb, with cases set to soar as the world's population ages.
2013 Dec 11, Canada's postal
service said it will phase out door-to-door mail delivery in
response to falling mail volumes and big financial losses. Canadians
will instead have to collect their mail from corner community
mailboxes that are to be set up in cities nationwide.
2013 Dec 11, Air Canada
announced it had placed a firm $6.5 billion order for 61 Boeing 737
MAX narrow-body aircraft, with options on 18 more planes and
purchase rights for 30 others.
2013 Dec 11, Chinese sources
said authorities have put Zhou Yongkang, one of the most powerful
politicians of the last decade, under virtual house arrest while the
ruling Communist Party investigates accusations of corruption
2013 Dec 11, The trial of
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood chief and his deputies on charges related
to protest deaths came to an abrupt end when the judges quit in
protest at chaos in the dock.
2013 Dec 11, Germany police
said a sapling cloned from the tree that lifted Anne Frank's spirits
while she hid from the Nazis in Amsterdam was felled and stolen over
the weekend from outside a school in Frankfurt bearing the name of
the Jewish teenage diarist.
2013 Dec 11, In western Germany
a building crane collapsed onto a supermarket, killing one person
and injuring at least five others in Bad Homburg.
2013 Dec 11, India's Supreme
Court struck down a 2009 lower court decision to decriminalize
homosexuality, dealing a blow to gay activists who have fought for
years for the chance to live openly in India's deeply conservative
society. The court said only lawmakers can change a colonial era law
that bans same-sex relations. Gay sex was reinstated as a criminal
offense, punishable up to 10 years in prison.
(AP, 12/11/13)(SSFC, 12/15/13, p.A20)(Reuters,
2013 Dec 11, Iran released the
last two of eight Slovak paragliders arrested for allegedly spying
after PM Robert Fico and Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak flew in to
secure their release.
2013 Dec 11, Italian PM Enrico
Letta won a parliamentary confidence vote triggered by the fall of
Silvio Berlusconi, promising to push through a pro-European reform
agenda and fight populism.
2013 Dec 11, Myanmar freed 41
political detainees, bringing the country close to fulfilling a
pledge by President Thein Sein to release all prisoners of
conscience by the end of the year.
2013 Dec 11, Saudi Arabia and
its Gulf Arab neighbors wrapped up a summit meeting in Kuwait by
agreeing to establish a joint military command, paving the way for
tighter security coordination.
2013 Dec 11, In Syria 32 people
were killed in the town of Adra northeast of Damascus after an
al-Qaida-linked rebel faction attack. The dead were primarily
members the Alawite sect, as well as a few Druse and Shiite Muslims.
2013 Dec 11, Ukrainian police
pulled back as protesters claimed victory after an overnight
face-off in which authorities removed barricades and tents and
scuffled with demonstrators occupying Kiev's main square.
2014 Dec 11, The US House of
Representatives narrowly passed a $1.1 trillion federal spending
bill, sending it to the Senate after it was ushered through barely
two hours before a midnight deadline.
2014 Dec 11, San
Francisco-based Lending Club, a peer-to-peer online lending service
founded by Renaud LaPlanche, went public. In May 2016 LaPlanche
(Econ, 5/14/16, p.64)
2014 Dec 11, The California
State Dept. of Finance estimated the current state population to be
(SFC, 12/12/14, p.D1)
2014 Dec 11, Rain and high
winds lashed Northern California overnight, leaving thousands
without power, as a major winter storm that marched across the
Pacific Ocean was set to pound the state.
2014 Dec 11, Delaware police
arrested Seth Ramsey (17) of Harrington after his father was found
dead with a single arrow wound to the abdomen. Ramsey admitted to
killing his father with a crossbow.
(SSFC, 12/14/14, p.A8)
2014 Dec 11, Google announced
it will close Google News in Spain and block reports from Spanish
publishers from more than 70 Google News international editions due
to a new Spanish law requiring aggregators to pay to link content.
2014 Dec 11, The Int’l.
Weightlifting Federation said eight weightlifters, including two
gold medalists, have been provisionally suspended after failing
doping tests at last month's world championship in Almaty,
2014 Dec 11, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber targeted a bus carrying Afghan army personnel,
killing 6 soldiers and wounding 11. Hours later a teenaged suicide
bomber targeted a packed auditorium at a French-run high school in
Kabul, killing a German citizen.
(Reuters, 12/11/14)(AP, 12/11/14)
2014 Dec 11, Algeria's justice
minister said a second member of the group that kidnapped and
beheaded French hiker Herve Gourdel last September has been
identified and killed by the army.
2014 Dec 11, In Vienna,
Austria, several states (Britain, Norway, Netherlands and the US)
pledged to back a UN nuclear agency (IAEA) request for 4.6 million
euros ($5.7 million) as soon as possible to pay for its monitoring
of an extended, interim nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
2014 Dec 11, Brazil’s National
Truth Commission report named 377 people allegedly responsible for
434 deaths and disappearances, and thousands of acts of torture
during the military regime of 1964-1985. The truth commission said
more than 8,000 members of indigenous tribes could have been killed
at the hands of authoritarian regimes between 1946 and 1988, the
vast majority during the 1964-1985 dictatorship.
(SSFC, 12/14/14, p.A22)(AP, 3/8/19)
2014 Dec 11, Britain's Scout
Association was warned that sexual abuse claims that have led to
payouts of £500,000 were only the "tip of the iceberg."
2014 Dec 11, In London
Aravindan Balakrishnan (74), the leader of an obscure Maoist
collective, was charged with false imprisonment, rape, cruelty to a
person under 16 years old and indecent assault. He allegedly held
three women, freed last year, against their will in a London house
for 30 years.
2014 Dec 11, In Bulgaria some
6,000 people protested in Sofia against government plans to raise
the retirement age by four months to 63 years and 8 months for men
and to 60 years and 8 months for women.
2014 Dec 11, In the southeast
CongoDRC at least 129 people drowned when the passenger ship M/V
Mutambala capsized on Lake Tanganyika.
2014 Dec 11, The EU banned
Libya's seven airlines from operating in European skies, citing
safety concerns linked to the ongoing fighting there.
2014 Dec 11, Greece's former
finance minister, George Papaconstantinou, was indicted before a
special court on criminal charges over his handling of data on
Greeks holding Swiss bank accounts.
2014 Dec 11, Hong Kong police
arrested some 209 pro-democracy activists and cleared most of the
main protest site, marking an end to more than two months of street
demonstrations in the Chinese-controlled city.
(Reuters, 12/11/14)(AP, 12/11/14)
2014 Dec 11, The head of
Hungary's tax authority sued a senior American diplomat in Budapest
for libel after the envoy said the US had knowledge of corruption at
the tax office.
2014 Dec 11, Indian PM Narendra
Modi told President Vladimir Putin that Russia will remain India's
top defense supplier. Modi spoke after a one-day summit in which the
two sides signed billions of dollars of deals in nuclear power, oil
and defense. The Russian Direct Investment Fund and India's IDFC
agreed to invest up to $1 billion in Indian infrastructure projects
including in ports, toll roads and hydropower, to deepen economic
ties between the two countries.
2014 Dec 11, Iran media
reported that authorities have arrested 12 people for syphoning off
more than $4.5 billion (3.6 billion euros) from one of the country's
main banks over several years. The suspects embezzled from the
Kerman branch of Tejarat Bank from 2009 until their arrest in 2013.
2014 Dec 11, Iraq's powerful
Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr put his militia on alert to battle
Islamic State militants for the city of Samarra. An Islamic State
suicide bomber blew up a Humvee west of the Anbar provincial capital
Ramadi, destroying a bridge and killing two soldiers.
2014 Dec 11, The International
Criminal Court ordered a close ally of former Ivorian president
Laurent Gbagbo, Charles Ble Goude, to stand trial for crimes against
humanity linked to a 2010-11 post-election crisis.
2014 Dec 11, In Kenya more than
20 machete-wielding men, said to be members of the outlawed Mombasa
Republican Council (MRC), attacked a police camp. The outlawed group
wants independence for Kenya's Indian Ocean coastal regions, citing
decades of neglect by the government.
2014 Dec 11, Malaysia police
said they have arrested 20 people in a widening investigation into
the murder of at least 18 Myanmar nationals in the state of Penang
since January. Police said twelve Myanmar migrants have confessed to
their role in nine of the murders.
2014 Dec 11, In central Nigeria
twin explosions killed about 120 people in downtown Jos. Extremists
attacked Gajigana, a border town between Niger and Nigeria, and 11
people were killed. Major buildings were burned down but Boko Haram
did not succeed in capturing the town.
(SFC, 12/12/14, p.A9)(AP, 12/13/14)
2014 Dec 11, In the Philippines
Rep. Vicente Belmonte was slightly wounded in an attack by gunmen
who killed at least 2 of his bodyguards and a driver in Misamis
(SFC, 12/12/14, p.A2)
2014 Dec 11, Saudi Arabia-based
Islamic Development Bank said the Saudi king has pledged $35 million
to help fight Ebola in hard-hit West African countries.
2014 Dec 11, South Africa said
its loss-making national airline will be placed under the control of
the Treasury, as the carrier battles to turn around its fortunes.
2014 Dec 11, South African
police expressed shock at the gruesome and mysterious murder of six
men, aged 18-30, found with their hands bound and their heads
apparently crushed by rocks.
2014 Dec 11, South African
doctors performed the world's first successful penis transplant in a
nine-hour operation at the Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town. This
followed a botched circumcision at a traditional initiation
ceremony. On March 13, 2015, doctors announced that the man (21) had
made a full recovery.
2014 Dec 11, Swiss authorities
charged Herve Falciani, a fugitive banking analyst, with data theft
in what is considered to be one of the biggest security breaches in
the country's often-secretive banking sector. He has been accused of
stealing stole information between 2006 and 2007 relating to 24,000
customers of the Swiss division of HSBC.
2014 Dec 11, In Uganda Ryan
Gustafson, an American man, was arrested for forging currency in his
Ugandan home. Police alleged that Gustafson has forged more than $2
million that is in circulation around the world. On Dec 3, 2015, a
local court ordered Gustafson to be extradited to the US.
(AP, 12/23/14)(AP, 12/3/15)
2014 Dec 11, Ukraine's
parliament approved the new government's economic program of tough
reforms aimed at securing billions of dollars in financial aid from
the International Monetary Fund and other backers. a military
spokesman said 3 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and eight wounded in
attacks by pro-Russian separatists in the past 24 hours.
2015 Dec 11, The US and Cuba
announced they have struck a deal to re-established direct mail
service, which was cut in 1963.
(SFC, 12/12/15, p.A2)
2015 Dec 11, The United States
and its allies targeted Islamic State with 12 strikes in Iraq and
five in Syria.
2015 Dec 11, In California a
Sky Life air ambulance crashed near McFarland, Kern County, killing
all 4 people aboard.
(SFC, 12/12/15, p.A6)
2015 Dec 11, Several big-name
Silicon Valley figures said they have pledged $1 billion to support
a non-profit firm that would focus on the "positive human impact" of
artificial intelligence. Backers of the OpenAI research group
include Tesla and SpaceX entrepreneur Elon Musk, Y Combinator's Sam
Altman, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, and PayPal cofounder Peter
2015 Dec 11, DuPont and Dow
Chemical said they have agreed to merge. On Dec 29 DuPont CEO Ed
Breen sent a letter to employees saying that some 1,700 Delaware
jobs would be eliminated at the beginning of the new year.
(SFC, 12/12/15, p.D1)(SFC, 12/30/15, p.C1)
2015 Dec 11, It was reported
that Pep Boys agreed to be acquired by Bridgestone for $863 million
in cash after the tires and auto service company sweetened its offer
following a bid from Carl Icahn's investment firm.
2015 Dec 11, In Afghanistan
three Taliban insurgents staged a car bomb attack on a guest house
near the Spanish embassy in Kabul. 7 people were killed in addition
to the 3 attackers.
(Reuters, 12/11/15)(SFC, 12/12/15, p.A2)(AFP,
12/13/15)(SSFC, 12/13/15, p.A7)
2015 Dec 11, Jaguar Land Rover
signed a deal with the Slovak government to build a new plant for
the luxury car maker in Slovakia.
2015 Dec 11, In Burundi gunmen
stormed three military installations before dawn. At least 15 people
were killed as gunfire and explosions rocked the capital. 87 people
were reported killed in the violence.
(AP, 12/11/15)(AP, 12/12/15)
2015 Dec 11, Cameroon said a
suicide bomber has killed 7 people and wounded 27 in its Far North
2015 Dec 11, Chinese e-commerce
giant Alibaba said it's buying Hong Kong's leading English-language
newspaper, the South China Morning Post, as part of a plan to create
a global platform for news about China.
2015 Dec 11, China’s business
magazine Caixin reported that police have arrested a former chief of
one of the country’s top investment banks. Xue Rongnian, who headed
Ping An Securities from 2008 to 2011, was arrested on suspicion of
insider trading in connection to two cement businesses.
2015 Dec 11, China’s Fosun
Group said Chairman Guo Guangchang (48), one of the country’s
richest men, was assisting relevent judicial organs with an
investigation. His disappearance a day earlier had forced suspension
of trading in company shares.
(SFC, 12/12/15, p.A4)
2015 Dec 11, In Ethiopia at
least 17 people were injured when a grenade was thrown into the main
Anwar Mosque in Addis Ababa after Friday prayers.
2015 Dec 11, In France an armed
man robbed the famed Parisian jeweler Chopard, making off with gems
worth around 1 million euros ($1.1 million). The robbery took place
across the street from the Elysee palace.
2015 Dec 11, France detected a
case of the highly pathogenic H5N9 bird flu in the
Pyrenees-Atlantiques region, taking to five the number of regions
affected by the outbreak in the country's southwest.
2015 Dec 11, Gambia's President
Yahya Jammeh declared the formerly secular country an Islamic
republic in a move he said was designed to distance the West African
state further from its colonial past.
2015 Dec 11, Indian officials
investigating the death of a 30-year-old pregnant woman working at a
brick kiln in Telangana state said they had uncovered an organized
racket where hundreds of people were being trafficked and forced to
work in inhumane conditions.
2015 Dec 11, The Israeli army
killed Issa Hroug (55), a Palestinian who it said tried to ram his
car into soldiers near Hebron. Palestinian Oday Ersheid (22) was
shot dead by Israeli forces during a violent demonstration in the
flashpoint West Bank city. Army gunfire in the Gaza Strip killed a
Palestinian (38) and wounded five as Palestinians massed at the
fenced-off border with Israel.
(Reuters, 12/11/15)(SFC, 12/12/15, p.A2)
2015 Dec 11, A three-person
crew from the International Space Station landed safely in the snowy
steppes of Kazakhstan.
2015 Dec 11, In Kazakhstan
former PM Serik Akhmetov (2012-2014) was sentenced to 10 years in
prison, the first time a former official of such stature will serve
jail time in the country. Akhmetov (57) was found guilty on four
corruption-related charges including embezzlement and abuse of
power, in a huge case involving more than 20 defendants.
2015 Dec 11, The Mexican
government granted the first permits allowing the cultivation and
possession of marijuana for personal use.
2015 Dec 11, Romanian
prosecutors detained Prince Paul in a case of alleged real estate
fraud involving a top aide to a former prime minister and a
newspaper editor. Prosecutors also ordered businessman Remus Truica,
the former head of Cabinet of ex-Premier Adrian Nastase, be put
under house arrest.
2015 Dec 11, President Vladimir
Putin said that Russia has provided air cover, weapons and supplies
to a leading Western-backed opposition group in Syria and called for
closer coordination with the US-allied coalition.
2015 Dec 11, Russian
investigators charged ex-oil tycoon and Kremlin critic Mikhail
Khodorkovsky with organizing the 1998 murder of a mayor in Siberia.
Khodorkovsky, who now lives in London, has claimed that the new
probe into the mayor's murder was ordered personally by President
2015 Dec 11, Russia officially
launched its own rating agency as it seeks to counterbalance the
influence of Western agencies which have taken a pessimistic line on
the country's crisis-hit economy.
2015 Dec 11, South Africa
expelled a North Korean diplomat. He was arrested in neighboring
Mozambique in May on charges related to rhino horn smuggling.
2015 Dec 11, Spanish police
said they have seized 40 pallets made out of 1.4 tons of compressed
cocaine that was made to look like wood that arrived on a shipping
container from Colombia. Authorities arrested 12 people in Spain,
Dubai and Britain as part of the operation, including two Colombian
experts in using chemicals to process cocaine into different
2015 Dec 11, Swiss authorities
arrested two people of Syrian origin on suspicion of transporting
"explosives and toxic gases" as part of a probe into a terror
2015 Dec 11, President Tayyip
Erdogan declared he would not bow to Iraqi demands he withdraw
Turkish troops from a camp close to the Islamic State-held city of
Mosul. Baghdad said it would ask the UN Security Council to order
them to leave.
2015 Dec 11, Turkey issued
arrest warrants for US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen and 66 others,
pressing President Tayyip Erdogan's campaign to root out the
influence of the former ally he accuses of trying to topple him.
2015 Dec 11, Turkey's state-run
news agency said the country's communications authority has imposed
a 150,000 Turkish Lira (US$51,000) fine on Twitter for failing to
remove content it said praised terror and incited violence.
2016 Dec 11, US President-elect
Donald Trump said the United States did not necessarily have to
stick to its long-standing position that Taiwan is part of "one
China," questioning nearly four decades of policy in a move likely
to antagonize Beijing.
2016 Dec 11, In Brazil Yuri
Lourenco da Silva (19), the son of singer Tati Quebra Barraco, was
killed along with and another man in a police operation early today
in the City of God slum.
2016 Dec 11, In Egypt a suicide
bombing at the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Church next to St Mark's
Cathedral, Cairo's largest Coptic cathedral, killed 25 people and
wounded 49, many of them women and children attending Sunday mass.
Islamic State supporters celebrated the attack on social media. The
suicide bomber was identified as Mahmoud Shafik Mohamed Mostafa
(22). Four people suspected of involvement were soon arrested. The
death toll soon rose to 27.
(Reuters, 12/11/16)(AFP, 12/12/16)(SFC, 12/13/16,
2016 Dec 11, In India police
arrested moviegoer S. Viji in Chennai for failing to stand during
the playing of the national anthem.
(SFC, 12/13/16, p.A2)
2016 Dec 11, In India a
helicopter crashed and caught fire in Mumbai, killing the pilot and
injuring three passengers. The Robinson R-44 helicopter belonged to
Aman Aviation, a company that offers aerial viewing of the city.
2016 Dec 11, Iran's flag
carrier finalized a major deal with US plane maker Boeing Co. to buy
$16.6 billion worth of passenger planes in one of the most tangible
benefits yet for the Islamic Republic from last year's landmark
2016 Dec 11, Italian Foreign
Minister Paolo Gentiloni was tapped to form a new, Democrat-led
government and end a political crisis so the country can quickly
tackle pressing problems.
2016 Dec 11, Tokyo held a
groundbreaking ceremony for a $1.5 billion National Stadium to host
the 2020 Olympic Games.
2016 Dec 11, Kuwait's emir told
a new parliament that cutting public spending has become inevitable
because of the sharp drop in oil prices. Candidates who opposed
planned public sector wage restraint and other price hikes won
nearly half of the seats in the 50-member National Assembly last
2016 Dec 11, Kyrgyzstan voters
cast ballots in a constitutional referendum that includes amendments
that boost the power of prime minister — something opposition groups
have criticized in the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation.
2016 Dec 11, Macedonians voted
in a general election called two years early as part of a
Western-brokered agreement to end a paralyzing political crisis.
Former conservative PM Nikola Gruevski, who had headed the
government since 2006, sought a new mandate. His VMRO-DPMNE party
led a 25-party coalition called "For a Better Macedonia." Main
opponent Zoran Zaev headed a left-leaning coalition called "For Life
in Macedonia." Neither party won enough seats to form a government.
Gruevski, his former transport minister and twelve others have been
charged over violence during a 2013 demonstration.
(AP, 12/11/16)(AP, 12/12/16)(SFC, 12/17/16, p.A2)
2016 Dec 11, In Nigeria two
girl suicide bombers died when they exploded in a crowded area near
a market in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, injuring 17 people.
2016 Dec 11, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte said that he has decided to accept an arms
deal being offered by China under concessional terms, in the latest
sign of cozying relations between the once-hostile neighbors.
2016 Dec 11, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte rejected a demand by Maoist-led rebels to
free more prisoners as part of a ceasefire deal, saying he had made
enough concessions and was willing to let peace talks collapse if
necessary. Three Filipino soldiers were killed and 17 others wounded
in nearly two hours of fighting with about 150 Abu Sayyaf Muslim
militants in the south.
(Reuters, 12/11/16)(AP, 12/11/16)
2016 Dec 11, Romanians voted in
parliamentary elections that are forecast to see the
corruption-tainted left stage a remarkable comeback, a year after a
deadly nightclub fire forced them from office. Romania's leftist
Social Democrat Party (PSD) won 46% of the vote and the most seats
in both houses of parliament for a combined 221 deputies and
(AFP, 12/11/16)(AP, 12/12/16)(Reuters,
12/15/16)(Econ, 12/17/16, p.46)
2016 Dec 11, In Serbia several
hundred members of the police and army staged a protest complaining
of low wages and poor living standards. The gathering was the second
in two weeks.
2016 Dec 11, In Somalia more
than 20 people were killed in a suicide truck bombing in Mogadishu,
in a fresh strike claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group.
2016 Dec 11, In Switzerland the
35-mile Gotthard base tunnel, the world’s longest tunnel, opened for
2016 Dec 11, The Syrian army
and its allies made new gains in Aleppo, forcing rebels back into an
ever shrinking pocket crammed with civilians, but lost control of
the desert city of Palmyra to a swift Islamic State attack. Syria's
state news agency said at least 4,000 people fled Aleppo today. The
state TV channel said more than 70,000 of eastern Aleppo's estimated
275,000 residents have fled in recent days.
(Reuters, 12/11/16)(AP, 12/11/16)
2016 Dec 11, Venezuela’s Pres.
Maduro announced that the government would pull from circulation its
100-bolivar bill, the country’s largest-denominated. It was only
worth 3 US cents at the black market rate. They will eventually be
replaced with new ones in denominations as high as 20,000 bolivars.
(SFC, 12/13/16, p.A2)(Econ, 12/17/16, p.69)
2017 Dec 11, Three women who
have previously accused Pres. Trump of sexual harassment shared
their stories on NBC’s “Megan Kelly Today” and later called for a
congressional investigation into Trump’s alleged behavior.
(SFC, 12/12/17, p.A4)
2017 Dec 11, The Fairy tale
romance "The Shape of Water" led the Golden Globe nominations with
seven as Hollywood launched an awards season expected to be
overshadowed by the sexual misconduct scandal engulfing the movie
2017 Dec 11, In California the
4,100-acre (1,660 hectare) Lilac Fire north of San Diego was 90
percent contained after destroying 151 structures.
2017 Dec 11, Louisiana
investigator Jordan Hamlett (32) pleaded guilty to misusing Donald
Trump’s Social Security number in repeated attempts to access the
president’s federal tax information.
(SFC, 12/12/17, p.A4)
2017 Dec 11, In NYC there was
an explosion in an underground passageway connecting two of
Manhattan's busiest stations. Akayed Ullah (27) of Bangladesh had
strapped on a crude pipe bomb with Velcro and plastic ties, slipped
unnoticed into the nation's busiest subway system and set off the
device. He was the only person seriously wounded and was
hospitalized with burns to his hands and stomach and held on state
terrorism charges. On Nov. 6, 2018, Ullah was convicted of
(AP, 12/12/17)(SFC, 11/7/18, p.A4)
2017 Dec 11, A futures Bitcoin
contract that expires in January surged $2,730 to $18,190 on the
Chicago Board Options Exchange. Trading began a day earlier, and the
price rose as high as $18,850, according to data from the CBOE.
2017 Dec 11, Bulgaria said it
has asked Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG to overhaul and maintain
its 15 aged MiG-29 fighter jets in a four-year deal worth up to 81.3
million levs ($49 million).
2017 Dec 11, China failed to
stop the fourth annual UN Security Council meeting on human rights
abuses in North Korea, saying it was not the right forum to discuss
the issue and warning that it could further escalate tensions in the
2017 Dec 11, Cuba told senior
US officials during talks on migration in Havana that the US
decision to suspend visa processing at its embassy on the island was
"seriously hampering" family relations and other people exchanges.
2017 Dec 11, Egypt and Russia
signed a final contract for the building of Egypt's first nuclear
power plant, during a visit to Cairo by President Vladimir Putin.
2017 Dec 11, The European Union
said it will resume political contact "at all levels" with Thailand,
after putting relations on hold following a 2014 coup by the Thai
2017 Dec 11, High winds and
heavy snow in Europe stranded thousands of travelers, kept
schoolchildren at home and even played havoc with international
diplomacy. A second day of snowfall closed schools and disrupted
travel across parts of Britain and the Netherlands.
(AFP, 12/11/17)(Reuters, 12/11/17)
2017 Dec 11, French Pres.
Emmanuel Macron awarded 18 scientists from the US and elsewhere
million of euros to relocate to France for climate research for the
rest of Donald Trump’s presidential term.
(SFC, 12/12/17, p.A3)
2017 Dec 11, French baby milk
maker Lactalis and French authorities ordered a global recall of
millions of products over fears of salmonella bacteria
contamination. The company said it was warned by health authorities
in France that 26 infants have become sick since December 1.
2017 Dec 11, India's main
opposition Congress party named Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the
country's Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty, as party president.
2017 Dec 11, Two Indonesian
assembly members said The speaker of parliament, who is being
investigated for his suspected involvement in a $170 million graft
scandal, has tendered his resignation. Setya Novanto was arrested
last month over his suspected role in the scandal linked to a
national electronic identity card scheme.
2017 Dec 11, Indonesian
activists burned US and Israeli flags in front of the American
embassy in Jakarta in a fourth day of protests in Indonesia against
President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's
2017 Dec 11, Indonesian police
searched for American citizen Chrishan Beasley (32), who escaped
from an overcrowded and understaffed prison on the resort island of
Bali. He was arrested in August at a post office in the Kuta tourist
area of Bali with a package containing 5.7 grams of hashish.
2017 Dec 11, It was reported
that Indonesia is immunizing millions of children and teenagers
against diphtheria after the disease killed 38 people, mostly
children, since January.
2017 Dec 11, In Israel the
Nazareth District Court sentenced Yinon Reuveni (22) over his
involvement in the 2015 attack on the Church of the Multiplication
of the Loaves and Fish. Reuveni was also ordered to pay $14,000 to
the church in compensation.
2017 Dec 11, Ivory Coast
documents showed that the country will pay thousands of soldiers 15
million CFA francs ($25,782) each as part of buy-outs aimed at
reducing the size of its unruly and mutiny-prone military.
2017 Dec 11, The International
Criminal Court (ICC) said it would refer Jordan to the UN Security
Council for failing to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when
he visited Amman in March.
2017 Dec 11, Kuwait replaced
its oil, finance and defense ministers in a cabinet reshuffle.
2017 Dec 11, In Lebanon tens of
thousands of supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah demonstrated in
Beirut, chanting "Death to America!" and "Death to Israel!" in
protest over the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's
2017 Dec 11, Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin flew into Syria and ordered "a significant part" of
Moscow's military contingent there to start withdrawing, declaring
their work largely done. Putin added that Russia would keep the
Hmeymim air base in Syria's Latakia Province and its naval facility
in the port of Tartous.
(Reuters, 12/11/17)(Reuters, 12/12/17)
2017 Dec 11, Saudi Arabia
lifted a 35-year-old ban on cinemas, prompting celebrations from
film fans, directors and movie chains eyeing the last untapped mass
market in the Middle East. In a nod to conservatives, the government
said the films would be censored.
2017 Dec 11, South Korea added
20 North Korean groups, several banks and 12 individuals to its
sanctions list in a largely symbolic move that is part of efforts to
cut off funding for the North's weapons programs.
2017 Dec 11, Spanish police
escorted two trucks loaded with pieces of medieval religious art
from a museum in the city of Lleida amid protests after a court
ordered Catalan authorities to hand them over to the neighboring
regional government of Aragon. The 44 pieces were originally housed
in Aragon's Sijena monastery, but were bought by Catalonia from nuns
in 1983. In 2015 a court ruled the sale illegal and ordered the
2017 Dec 11, Turkey's armed
forces said its warplanes hit Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets
in northern Iraq and killed 17 of the group's militants.
2017 Dec 11, The United Nations
appealed to countries worldwide to take in 1,300 mainly African
refugees stranded in Libya, many of them mistreated while kept in
appalling conditions in detention.
2017 Dec 11, Yemen's
official news agency said the Shiite rebels have killed at least 20
people and detained dozens across the country's north since killing
their top ally, former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The agency also
reported that the Houthis have arrested 49 people in Mahwet, a
2018 Dec 11, US Pres. Donald
Trump clashed angrily with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on funding for a border wall in
an Oval Office meeting carried live on television.
2018 Dec 11, US Secretary of
State Mike Pompeo added mainly Muslim Pakistan to the US list of
"countries of particular concern", which have violated religious
freedoms or tolerated abuses against religious groups.
2018 Dec 11, The US returned
three bells to the Philippines that were seized in 1901 from the
town of Balangiga following a rebel attack on an American garrison.
US troops were ordered to kill every male citizen ten or older and
capable of bearing arms to avenge the death of 48 US soldiers.
(SFC, 12/12/18, p.A2)
2018 Dec 11, Time magazine
named a group of journalists, including a slain Saudi Arabian writer
Jamal Khashoggi, as its "Person of the Year," in a cover story
headlined "The Guardians and the War on Truth." Also named were
Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, Reuters reporters Wa Lone and
Kyaw Soe Oo -- currently imprisoned in Myanmar -- and the staff of
the Capital Gazette in the US city of Annapolis, including five
members killed in a June shooting.
(Reuters, 12/11/18)(AFP, 12/11/18)
2018 Dec 11, In Los Angeles a
federal judge ordered porn star Stormy Daniels to pay Pres. Trump
nearly $293,000 for his attorney's fees and another $1000 in
sanctions after her defamation suit against the president was
(SFC, 12/12/18, p.A5)
2018 Dec 11, North Carolina
reported three deaths after melting snow from a winter storm in
several southern states transformed to ice.
(SFC, 12/12/18, p.A7)
2018 Dec 11, Texas executed
Alvin Braziel Jr. for the 1993 robbery and slaying of Douglas White
(27), who was attacked as he and his wife walked on a jogging trail.
(SFC, 12/12/18, p.A5)
2018 Dec 11, Thousands of
Albanian university students took to Tirana's streets for their
biggest show of strength yet in a protest movement demanding lower
tuition fees and more investment in public education.
2018 Dec 11, In Argentina a
court sentenced former Ford Motor Co. executives Pedro Muller and
Hector Francisco Sibilla to prison for crimes against humanity
committed during the country's 1976-1983 military dictatorship.
(SFC, 12/12/18, p.A2)
2018 Dec 11, An Australian
court sentenced a Sydney teenager (18) to at least 12 years in
prison for planning an attack inspired by the Islamic State group in
2018 Dec 11, An Australian
court found Cardinal George Pell (77), one of the highest ranking
Vatican officials and a former top adviser to Pope Francis, guilty
on five charges of child sexual offences committed more than two
decades ago against 13-year-old boys. The verdict was only made
public on Feb. 26, 2019.
2018 Dec 11, In southern Brazil
a man opened fire at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Campinas killing
four people and wounding four more before taking a bullet in the
ribs and then shooting himself in the head.
(SFC, 12/12/18, p.A2)
2018 Dec 11, Six Cambodian
union leaders each received suspended 2 1/2-year prison terms in
connection with labor protests in January, 2014, in which four
garment workers were killed and around 20 others hurt.
2018 Dec 11, In Canada Meng
Wanzhou (46) a top executive of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei
Technologies Co Ltd was granted bail by court, 10 days after her
arrest in Vancouver at the request of US authorities sparked a
diplomatic dispute. US President Donald Trump said he would
intervene in the US Justice Department's case against Meng if it
would serve national security interests or help close a trade deal
2018 Dec 11, China's economy
czar and US trade envoys discussed plans for talks on a tariff
battle, indicating negotiations are going ahead despite tension over
the arrest of a Chinese tech executive.
2018 Dec 11, In CongoDRC two
supporters of opposition candidate Martin Fayulu were killed and 43
hurt as he went for a rally in Lubumbashi.
2018 Dec 11, Traders in Cairo
said Egyptian authorities have unofficially restricted the sale of
"yellow vests," signaling fears of possible protests inspired by
those in France.
2018 Dec 11, In France a man
killed three people in a gun attack on a Christmas market in
Strasbourg and escaped the scene. 12 other people were wounded. He
was soon identified as Strasbourg-born Cherif Chekatt (29), was
known to have been religiously radicalized while in jail, and was on
an intelligence services watch list as a potential security risk.
(Reuters, 12/12/18)(SFC, 12/12/18, p.A4)
2018 Dec 11, India's ruling
party lost power in three key states, dealing PM Narendra Modi his
biggest defeat since he took office in 2014 and boosting the
opposition ahead of national polls next year. The opposition
Congress party was a clear winner in Chhattisgarh state, and fell
one seat short of a majority in both Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
(Reuters, 12/11/18)(AP, 12/12/18)
2018 Dec 11, Iran's Arman daily
reported that human rights lawyers Ghasem Sholeh-Saadi and Arash
Keikhosravi have been sentenced to six years in prison for taking
part in an "illegal gathering" and one year for "propaganda" against
the ruling system. Lawyer Mohammad Najafi was sentenced to 10 years
for "conveying information to a hostile country" through interviews
with foreign media, two years for insulting the supreme leader and
one year for publicity in support of opposition groups.
2018 Dec 11, Israel said it had
uncovered another Hezbollah "attack tunnel" infiltrating its
territory from Lebanon -- the third since it started a search and
destroy operation along the border last week.
2018 Dec 11, Israeli forces
shot and killed a Palestinian man in the West Bank city of Hebron
after he attempted to ram his car into them. In the northern West
Bank another Palestinian drove his car toward Israeli forces, who
opened fire and arrested the driver.
2018 Dec 11, Italian Interior
Minister Matteo Salvini, arrived in Israel for a two-day visit that
has prompted criticism over his far-right policies and
2018 Dec 11, Rome's
longstanding garbage problems turned into an emergency after a huge
fire at the Salaria waste disposal plant blanketed the Eternal City
in smoke and forced authorities to scramble to find alternative
facilities to treat the capital's trash.
2018 Dec 11, A Tokyo court
ruled that Nissan Motor Co.'s former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, and
another executive will remain in custody through Dec. 20, more than
a month after their arrest. Their detention could continue for
months more under the Japanese legal system.
2018 Dec 11, In Kashmir rebels
fighting against Indian rule attacked a police post, killing four
officers in the southern Shopian area.
2018 Dec 11, In central Mexico
seven people were killed in a fireworks accident in the community of
Fuentezuelas, Queretaro state. Improperly stored fireworks were
accidentally ignited as a procession celebrating the Virgin of
Guadalupe neared a chapel.
2018 Dec 11, New Zealand's
government passed a law that will make medical marijuana widely
available for thousands of patients over time.
2018 Dec 11, Pakistan's
anti-graft body said it has arrested a senior politician from former
PM Nawaz Sharif's party over links to a multimillion-dollar housing
scam. Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother, who is also accused in
the case, were arrested in Lahore after a court refused to extend
2018 Dec 11, President Vladimir
Putin said it was unclear to him why a Russian woman, Maria Butina,
had been detained in the United States and accused of being a
Russian agent because his intelligence chiefs had told him they knew
nothing about her.
2018 Dec 11, The Russian
military said that nearly 114,000 Syrian refugees have been
repatriated this year, a fraction of the estimated 6 million who
have fled since the start of the conflict.
2018 Dec 11, Thailand's
military government lifted a ban on political activities it imposed
when it seized power in a coup more than four years ago, an action
taken in preparation for elections promised for early next year.
2018 Dec 11, A Thai court ruled
that soccer player Hakeem al-Araibi, who holds refugee status in
Australia, can be held for 60 days pending the completion of an
extradition request by Bahrain. In 2014 Bahrain sentenced him in
absentia to 10 years in prison for vandalizing a police station, a
charge he denies.
2018 Dec 11, In northern Turkey
a police officer angered that his request for a transfer was
rejected fired shots at his superiors inside a police station in
Rize, killing the local police chief and wounding two other
2018 Dec 11, Yemen's Houthi
movement and the Saudi-backed government exchanged lists of some
15,000 prisoners for a swap agreed as a confidence-building measure
at the start of UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden.
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