2017 Week 48

This includes material from Sunday Nov 26, 2017 through Saturday, Dec 2, 2017.



November 26, 2017 (Sunday) edithistorywatch Armed conflicts and attacks Syrian Civil War Russian airstrikes hit residential buildings in the ISIS-held village of Al-Shafah in Deir Ezzor province, killing at least 53 civilians, including 21 children. (Japan Times) Disasters and accidents A large factory explosion in Ningbo, China, kills at least 2 people and injures more than 30. (BBC) Popocatépetl volcano continues to erupt in Mexico. (CNN) Politics and elections 2017 Tehreek-e-Labaik protest Pakistan's government calls for troops to be deployed in the capital, Islamabad, after violence breaks out during protests by Islamists that were organized by the Tehreek-e-Labaik. (BBC) Honduran general election, 2017 Voters in Honduras go to the polls to elect a president for the country, with current President Juan Orlando Hernández running for a second term, marking the first time a sitting president sought reelection. (Al Jazeera) Nepalese legislative election, 2017 Voters in Nepal go to the polls for the first phase of an election to choose members for the House of Representatives and Parliament. (BBC) 2017 United States political sexual scandals John Conyers stands down as the ranking Democrat on the United States House Committee on the Judiciary following a series of sexual harassment allegations. (The Globe and Mail) November 27, 2017 (Monday) edithistorywatch Arts and culture Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Prince Harry announces his engagement to American actress Meghan Markle. (NBC News) Disasters and accidents Morlanwelz train collision and runaway A passenger train collides with a car on a level crossing at Morlanwelz, Hainaut, Belgium, and is damaged by the subsequent fire. During recovery operations, it breaks free from the train hauling it, runs away for 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) and collides with a passenger train at Strépy-Bracquegnies. Two people are killed, seven are injured. (The Brussels Times) Health and environment Health in Europe A European Union appeal committee votes to reauthorise the use of glyphosate as a herbicide for a five-year period. (The Guardian) International relations International reactions to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, Pastoral visits of Pope Francis Pope Francis arrives in Yangon to begin a six-day trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh, where he is expected to meet with the Rohingya people. (BBC), (Channel NewsAsia) Law and crime Forced evictions in China Authorities in Beijing evict thousands of its migrant population in wake of a fire that left 19 people dead earlier this month, leaving many homeless in sub-zero temperatures. (Radio Free Asia) (Quartz) Politics and elections 2017 Tehreek-e-Labaik protest The Pakistan Minister for Law Zahid Hamid resigns after days of protest over proposed changes to blasphemy laws. (CNN) 2017 Spanish constitutional crisis The Attorney General of Catalonia, José María Romero de Tejada, unexpectedly dies in Barcelona of pneumonia at the age of 69, few days after the death of the Attorney General of the State. (El País) November 28, 2017 (Tuesday) edithistorywatch Armed conflicts and attacks 2017 North Korean missile tests North Korea fires another missile in a test, landing in the Sea of Japan. (BBC) Law and crime 2017 New York City truck attack Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect of the attack, pleads not guilty to all charges of murder and terrorism. (The Guardian) Seminole Heights serial killer Tampa, Florida police arrest Howell Emanuel Donaldson III and charge him with four counts of murder. (CBS) Police in Reno, Nevada, kill a man after he held a hostage and opened fire from the eighth floor of a luxury high-rise condominium, in a scenario similar to the 2017 Las Vegas shooting two months earlier. No one was injured. (Los Angeles Times) (Fox News) (Mercury News) Politics and elections Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 The U.S. Senate Budget Committee votes to move the Trump administration's tax bill to the full U.S. Senate. (Business Insider) Science and technology 2017 in spaceflight A Soyuz-2.1b's Fregat upper stage malfunctions during Meteor-M No.2-1's launch from the Vostochny Cosmodrome. The status of the satellite and 18 other payloads is unknown, as they are either stranded in a wrong orbit or they reentered the atmosphere and crashed in the ocean. (Spaceflight Now) Elsagate YouTube removes thousands of child abuse videos related to Elsagate. (CBS News) November 29, 2017 (Wednesday) edithistorywatch Arts and culture 2017 in archaeology Archaeologists from the University of Leicester announce the discovery of evidence that Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain started in Pegwell Bay, Kent. (BBC) Business and economy Corporate bankruptcies Cumulus Media files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization and enters into a restructuring agreement with some of its lenders to reduce more than $1 billion of the debt accrued by the Atlanta-based radio broadcasting group since its 2011 purchase of Citadel Broadcasting, towards the end of a 30-day period for the company to secure a financing plan after defaulting on a $23.6-million debt payment on November 1. In a statement, Cumulus representatives said that the company expects all operations, programming and sales for its 459 radio stations across the U.S. to continue as normal during the restructuring process. (Reuters) (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Law and crime Euthanasia in Australia Victoria becomes the first state to pass euthanasia legislation. (ABC News Australia) International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia Retired Croatian Army general Slobodan Praljak, upon hearing at a UN tribunal that the international tribunal upheld his war crime conviction, drinks a small vial that apparently contained poison, and later dies in a hospital in The Hague. (The New York Times) (The Guardian) Weinstein effect NBC News announces that it has terminated their employment of Matt Lauer after a female employee filed a complaint about him conducting "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace". (CNN) (The New York Times) Garrison Keillor, the former host of A Prairie Home Companion, is fired from Minnesota Public Radio after the public broadcaster discloses that it had become aware of allegations of "inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him". (The Washington Post) Politics and elections Donald Trump on social media, Islamophobia in the United States U.S. President Donald Trump re-tweets three anti-Muslim videos that were originally tweeted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of British far-right political party Britain First, prompting international condemnation and criticism. (BBC) (The New York Times) (The Guardian) (CNN) (MSNBC) (The Washington Post) November 30, 2017 (Thursday) edithistorywatch Armed conflicts and attacks Aftermath of the 14 October 2017 Mogadishu bombings A Somali committee determined that the death toll of the twin bombing in Mogadishu last October is way higher than expected, rising up to 512. This makes the attack the third-deadliest terrorist attack worldwide. (Reuters) Arts and culture Weinstein effect American producer Russell Simmons announces his resignation from his companies after a sexual assault allegation was made by screenwriter Jenny Lumet against him. (The Guardian) Business and economy Economy of South Korea The Bank of Korea raises interest rates for the first time in more than six years by lifting borrowing costs to 1.50 percent from 1.25, citing economic recovery. (AFP) (Reuters) Disasters and accidents Yemeni Civil War (2015–present) The International Committee of the Red Cross is buying 750,000 liters of diesel fuel to help provide clean water for a million people living in Yemen. (BBC) A rare minor earthquake centered seven miles (11 km) northeast of Dover, Delaware, is felt throughout the Mid-Atlantic United States. (ABC) Disappearance of ARA San Juan The Argentine Navy decides to cancel the search and rescue effort for the missing 44 crew members of San Juan, 15 days after it went missing, in order to focus on the search for the submarine itself. (Reuters via The Independent) Law and crime Shooting of Kathryn Steinle José Inés García Zarate, a suspect in a 2015 shooting in San Francisco, is acquitted of murder charges and found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm. (NBC News)

December 1, 2017 (Friday) edithistorywatch Armed conflicts and attacks 2017 Peshawar Agriculture Directorate attack Four attackers storm the Directorate of Agricultural Training Institute in Pakistan and exchange fire with police and army personnel. The four attackers are killed in the attack, and at least 12 people are killed and 35+ are injured. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan claims responsibility. (Arab News) Business and economy Economics of bitcoin The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission gives a go-ahead for Bitcoin futures to trade on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board Options Exchange. (Fortune) Health and environment 2017 Philippine dengue vaccination crisis The Philippine Department of Health temporarily suspends a school-based dengue vaccination program after Dengvaxia vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur made a statement that its product poses higher risks to people without prior dengue infection. (Rappler) (Philippine Daily Inquirer) Law and crime Links between Trump associates and Russian officials Michael Flynn, former U.S. National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump, pleads guilty to one count of making a false statement to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials. It is also announced that Flynn will cooperate with Robert Mueller's Special Counsel investigation. (The New York Times) (New York Daily News) Politics and elections Aftermath of the Honduran general election, 2017 The government of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández, who is seeking re-election, imposes a ten-day curfew after allegations of electoral fraud and calls for an election recount resulted in violent protests across the country. (AP via ABC News) Abdication of Emperor Akihito Emperor Akihito announces his intentions to abdicate the throne on April 30, 2019. (CNN) Science and technology A 100-megawatt Tesla Powerpack system, which is the world's largest lithium-ion battery, is launched in Jamestown, South Australia. (AAP via The Guardian) Sport 2018 FIFA World Cup seeding The draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup takes place at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia. (The Telegraph) December 2, 2017 (Saturday) edithistorywatch Armed conflicts and attacks Israeli involvement in the Syrian Civil War Israel launches surface-to-surface missiles at a military installation outside the Syrian capital Damascus overnight, Syrian state TV reports. (BBC) Arts and culture ABC News suspends journalist Brian Ross for four weeks without pay as a consequence for an erroneous report on Michael Flynn. (CNBC) Disasters and accidents Heavy rainfall causes flooding in southern Albania. At least one person has died and 3,000 houses have been flooded. (Fox News) 2017 North Indian Ocean cyclone season Cyclone Ockhi hits southern India causing 13 deaths in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The cyclone kills 15 people and displaces another 200,000 persons in Sri Lanka. (NDTV) (Economy Next) International relations Bangladesh–Holy See relations, Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh Pope Francis ends his six-day trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh by visiting the Rohingya refugees in Dhaka. (AFP) Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen The former president of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh suggests that he is open to talking to the Saudi-led coalition that his forces have been fighting for years. (BBC) United States and the United Nations The Trump administrations withdraws the United States from the Global Compact on Migration of the United Nations. (Voice of America) Politics and elections Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 The United States Senate passes the Republican tax reform bill with a 51–49 vote. (CNN) Science and technology Voyager program Voyager 1 successfully fires backup maneuvering thrusters, that had previously remained inactive for 37 years. Those thruster firings are to keep the spacecraft's antenna pointed at Earth, which is vital to maintain communications. (Ars Technica)

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Created 19 Dec 2017 Last updated 11 Feb 2018