Portal:Current events/November 2012

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November 2012 was the eleventh month of that leap year. The month, which began on a Thursday, ended on a Friday after 30 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from November 2012.

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  • Astronomers detect what appears to be light from the first stars in the universe based on data from high-energy radiation, indicating that stars were present at least as early as 500 million years after the “big bang”. (National Geographic) (Science News)
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  • Dozens of young men are shot dead by the military in Maiduguri, Nigeria, according to residents of the city. (BBC)
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  • Lirak Bejko, the Albanian former political prisoner who set himself on fire in protest at delays in government compensation for communist-era dissidents, is dead. (BBC)
  • The New York City Marathon is canceled due to the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Sandy. (RTE)
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  • Syrian civil war: A major assault by rebel forces in Syria takes place against the Taftanaz airbase. (Al Jazeera)
  • Two suicide bombers attack a restaurant in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, and a security guard is killed in the attack. (The Daily Star)
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  • Syrian civil war:
    • Syrian opposition groups hold a meeting in Doha, Qatar, to discuss reforming the structure of the group, a few days after a War Crime investigation commenced at the UN. (BBC)
    • Rebels capture a strategic oilfield in eastern Deir ez-Zor Governorate. (BBC)
  • A car bomb detonates in Semdinli, Turkey, killing 1 and injuring 12. The attack is blamed on Kurdish rebels. (Reuters)
  • A policeman is killed and 11 others are injured in a grenade attack on a church in the Kenyan town of Garissa near the border with Somalia. (BBC)
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  • Syrian civil war:
    • The brother of the Syrian parliament speaker is shot and killed by gunmen in the capital Damascus. (Daily Star Lebanon)
    • Seven generals defect to Turkey. (CNN)
  • Charcoal shipments continue in the Somali port of Kismayo under the watch of African Union peacekeepers, despite a national and international ban on such shipments. (Al Jazeera)
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  • AFP reports on Israel's plans to counter a Palestinian bid for enhanced United Nations status later this month. (Al Jazeera)
  • Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy criticises Catalonia's drive for independence on radio, claiming its such an attempt "goes against history, goes against the sign of the times, and goes against simple common sense". (Al Jazeera)
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  • Malawi suspends its anti-homosexual law amid a parliamentary and public debate on whether to repeal it altogether. (The Daily Telegraph)
  • At least five people are reported shot at a workplace (Apple Valley Farms, a poultry and meat processing plant with about 50 employees) in central Fresno, California, according to the Fresno Bee newspaper. Initial reports have said that the gunman then shot himself nearby. (MSN)
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  • Two days ahead of the Irish children's referendum, the Supreme Court—ruling against the government's distribution of information on the referendum—finds the government has breached the 1995 McKenna judgement requiring that referendums be explained to the public in an unbiased manner. The referendum's website is immediately taken down. (Irish Independent)
  • The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China is opened in Beijing, during which current Paramount Leader Hu Jintao is expected to step down to make way for presumptive leader Xi Jinping. (BBC)
    • Tibetans launch protests in response to the congress. (Los Angeles Times)
  • U.S. President Barack Obama announces his intention to visit Burma later this month, which would make him the first U.S. President to visit the country. (BBC)
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  • A train carrying liquid fuel crashes and bursts into flames in northern Burma, killing at least 25 people and injuring up to 62 others. (BBC)
  • An Algerian C-295 military transport plane with six people on board crashes near Avignon in southern France. Rescuers locate the remains of four of the passengers, while two others remain missing. (Reuters) (Trust.org)
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  • North Wales child abuse scandal and fallout of the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal:
    • The UK broadcaster ITV faces an investigation by the media regulator Ofcom after television presenter Phillip Schofield handed Prime Minister David Cameron an internet-generated list of potential suspects in a child abuse case involving a care home during a live interview on Thursday, and asked him to comment. (The Independent) (BBC)
    • An individual included on the list issues a lengthy statement denying all involvement in the abuse case, dating from the 1980s. (The Daily Telegraph) (Statement)
    • The BBC issues an apology after a key witness in a Newsnight report aired on 2 November wrongly identified a senior politician as a pedophile. (The Daily Telegraph)
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  • Syrian civil war:
    • Two suicide bombings in Daraa killed at least 20 Syrian troops. (Fox News)
  • At least 27 people are killed and dozens are wounded in conflicts between inmates and guards at Welikada prison in Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka. (BBC)
  • Palestinian militants fire a barrage of rockets from Gaza into southern Israel, in a cross-border escalation following an earlier attack in which four Israeli soldiers are injured, two seriously, when an anti-tank missile fired from the Gaza Strip hits an Israeli army jeep patrolling some 200 meters inside the Israeli border with Gaza; Israel carries out counter-strikes, killing five Palestinians and wounding 30. (The Times of Israel)
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  • Seventeen Turkish soldiers are killed in a helicopter crash on Herekol mountain in the Pervari area of Siirt province. The crash occurred due to bad weather conditions. (Reuters)
  • A married couple is presumed dead, seven are hospitalized, and five houses are completely destroyed (at least 27 were damaged and up to 81 were affected) in a massive explosion in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of the far southside of Indianapolis. A faulty furnace or gas leak is suspected. The blast, with an affected area of several blocks, was so large it registered on IUPUI earthquake detectors and was felt for several miles. (Indianapolis Star)
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  • Mohammad al-Dahabi, the former spy chief of Jordan, is sentenced to 13 years imprisonment after being convicted of corruption. (Al Jazeera)
  • Authorities in Paraguay arrest a Bolivian drug lord and seize nearly 1700kg of cocaine near the border with Brazil. (AP via Google News)
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  • Syrian civil war:
    • A second mortar shell from Syria has been fired at an Israeli military outpost in the Golan Heights, after a similar incident the day before. The Israel Defence Forces have responded with tank fire at the source of the bombardment, scoring several direct hits on artillery units belonging to the Syrian Army. (NY Times)
  • At least 38 police officers are killed in northern Kenya amid clashes with cattle rustlers. (CNN)
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  • Scott Routley, a 39-year-old Canadian man, makes medical history by becoming the first person believed to have been in a vegetative state to tell scientists that he is not in any pain. The discovery requires the rewriting of medical textbooks. (BBC)
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  • The death of a pregnant woman from septicaemia in an Irish hospital prompts international outrage, protests and condemnation. University College Hospital Galway refused numerous requests from Savita Halappanavar and her family for an abortion on the grounds that "this is a Catholic country." (The Independent) (Irish Independent) (NDTV)
  • A 23-year-old man who accused the award-winning Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash of abusing him while under-age admits he lied. (BBC)
  • John Logue, President of the Union of Students in Ireland, is arrested and taken from Dáil Éireann in handcuffs after turning his back on legislators while peacefully protesting against budget cuts. (Donegal Daily) (University Times)
  • Backed by the Russian domestic security service, Federal Security Service, Russian president Vladimir Putin signs a new treason law, which opponents expect him to use to silence critics and almost anyone who associates with foreigners. (Reuters) (Daily Times)
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  • Syrian civil war:
    • At least 95 people are killed across Syria according to the Local Coordination Committees, including 46 in Damascus and its suburbs. (CNN)
    • According to the UN refugee office, at least 414,838 Syrians are in neighboring countries registered as refugees or waiting to register. Turkey has the single highest number, with 114,944. (CNN)
    • Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced that his government recognizes the newly formed Syrian National Coalition as the legitimate leader of the Syrian people, two days after France became the first Western country to recognize the council. (New York Times)
  • Operation Pillar of Defense:
    • Three Israeli civilians are killed in Kiryat Malachi, Israel, in a further barrage of rocket attacks on southern Israel from Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Rockets have hit apartment buildings, schools and private houses so far. (The Times of Israel)
    • The Palestinian death toll rises to at least 16, including 2 children. Officials in Gaza report at least 150 have been injured since the start of the Israeli operation. (Al Jazeera)
    • Two rockets are fired at Tel Aviv, with one landing in the sea and the other hitting an uninhabited area in the city's suburbs. Islamic Jihad has claimed responsibility for the incident, which was the first attack against the city since the 1991 Gulf War. (The Jerusalem Post) (KleineOnline)
  • As nationwide protests over fuel price hikes continue in Jordan, unidentified gunmen storm a police station in the northern town of Irbid, leading to the fatal shooting of 22-year-old civilian, and injuries to 13 police officers and 4 protesters. Protests and sporadic looting are reported from Al Karak, Salt and Madaba. (Al Jazeera)
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  • Hostess Brands announces it will file for bankruptcy and liquidate its assets, stating that a bakery union's worker strike stemming from contract disputes "crippled" its operations. 18,500 workers are expected to be laid off. (Bloomberg)
  • The furniture retailer IKEA says it "deeply regrets" the use of political prisoners in the former German Democratic Republic as forced labour by some of its suppliers. (BBC)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II, published by Activision, grossed $500 million within 24 hours, becoming the biggest entertainment launch of all time. (The Telegraph)
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  • In the Netherlands a 45-year-old man is arrested following a DNA profiling match in connection with a high-profile rape and murder case of a sixteen-year-old girl on May 1, 1999. (DutchNews)
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Drain orders the baker's union and Hostess Brands to negotiate through mediation, which was skipped when the company gave its ultimatum to shut down and release its employees and the strike continued. This halts the shutdown process and the moves by other companies to acquire it, for now. (Peoria Journal Star)
  • Indianapolis and Indiana state homeland security and police authorities now say that the $4.4 million explosion in Richmond Hill neighborhood may not be due to gas or a faulty furnace, but may somehow have been an intentional criminal homicide; they are seeking a white van that was seen in that subdivision the day of the blast with a $10,000 reward. (MSN) (The Indianapolis Star)
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  • Operation Pillar of Defense:
    • The pro-Israel non-governmental organization HonestReporting brings attention to footage captured by the BBC and transmitted by CNN that shows a Palestinian man being carried away from a bomb blast only to reappear moments later uninjured. CNN's Anderson Cooper who was reporting on the original story issued a retraction during his television show. (Honest Reporting) (Fox News)
    • The BBC is further caught in controversy after tweeting a photograph of a young girl on a stretcher as being killed in Gaza when the photograph is 3 weeks old and of a child killed in Syria. (Fox News)
    • In another instance brought forward by Breitbart, a dead child was featured on CNN as being killed by an Israeli airstrike, with the body being kissed by Ismail Haniyeh and Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil. Later investigation by Palestinian Center for Human Rights revealed the child was killed by a Hamas rocket which had malfunctioned and landed within the Gaza Strip. (The Telegraph) (Breitbart)
    • Israel's President Shimon Peres accuses Iran of encouraging the Palestinians to continue rocket attacks on Israel rather than negotiating a ceasefire, saying "they are out of their mind." (SBS)
    • Russia’s Foreign Ministry urges an immediate ceasefire and UN Chief Ban Ki-moon is to meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders as he calls on an end to the violence as over 100 die. (Al Jazeera) (RT)
    • Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly delays an IDF ground invasion into Gaza by 24 hours; the announcement precedes a series of critical international negotiations pushing for a ceasefire between the two sides. (RT) (BBC)
    • Hamas gunmen publicly and summarily execute without trial 6 men they accused of spying for Israel. One of the men is dragged through the streets by a motorcycle. (National Post) (The Times of Israel)
  • Colombian conflict:
    • Move comes as FARC rebels declare two-month unilateral truce after holding meetings in Cuba with peace negotiators. (Al Jazeera)
  • Syrian civil war:
    • Islamist rebel groups in Aleppo denounce what they call a "conspiratorial project" and the new Syrian opposition, and say they seek to establish an "Islamic state". (Al Jazeera)
  • 2012 East DR Congo conflict:
    • Tension between central African neighbours is reaching breaking point over an uprising in Congo's eastern hills. (Al Jazeera)
    • M23 fighters reportedly enter centre of Goma after seizing military airport in largest city in mineral-rich east. (Al Jazeera)
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  • Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash, known for being the voice of Elmo, resigns after a second accuser files a complaint that Clash had underage sexual relations with him. (BBC)
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  • Two military OV-10 Bronco aircraft collide in the air during a demonstration flight near military El Libertador Air Base in the state of Aragua, Venezuela. One of the pilots, guiding his aircraft away from a populated area, is killed. Three soldiers are also injured in the crash. (Pravda) (Bernama)
  • The pilot of a Czech subsonic one-seat military aircraft Aero L-159 Alca that crashed in central Bohemia has been found dead in its wreckage. (Prague Daily Monitor)
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  • Opposition leaders in Egypt call for large protests after President of Egypt Mohamed Morsi passed a decree giving himself sweeping new powers. Protests for and against his decision are taking place in Cairo, and violence has occurred throughout Egypt. (BBC) (RT)
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  • Around 10,000 people demonstrate against austerity in Dublin amid calls for a general strike to shut the country down. (BBC)
  • Retail analysis says more Americans went out to shop (as opposed to shopping online) on Black Friday, 23 November. However, total sales decreased 1.8% from the previous Black Friday. (CNN)
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  • Egypt's top judges accuse President of Egypt Mohamed Morsi of staging an "unprecedented attack" on the judiciary, after he passes a decree granting himself extensive new powers. Critics and supporters have staged rallies. Crowds gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square, vowing to stage a sit-in protest. (BBC)
  • Palestinian officials announce the body of former leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed to investigate whether his death in Paris in 2004 was caused by poisoning. (BBC)
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  • A Chinese-made training airplane K-8 crashes during an air force flying exhibition in Venezuela, the two pilots ejected successfully. The French-made military helicopter Cougar sent to rescue the pilots also crashes, no one is injured. (The Montreal Gazette)
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  • The UK government is to create a new wave of universities both in the private and public sector, the first new universities in the country for two decades. (BBC)
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  • Syrian civil war:
    • At least 54 people are killed and more than 120 injured by two car bomb explosions in a south-eastern district of Damascus, Syria's capital. (BBC) (AFP via MSN News)
  • 2012 East D.R. Congo conflict:
    • M23 rebels announce their withdrawal from territory captured from government troops after a pullout deal was reached in Uganda. (Al Jazeera)
  • More than 200 people are wounded in a second day of clashes between Tunisian security forces and thousands of protesters in Siliana, Tunisia. (BBC) (Al Arabiya)
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  • Seven students and a teacher are injured as the result of a small explosion in an eighth-grade science classroom in Wilson Middle School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA. Two of the students were flown by helicopter to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. One was released that evening, the other is in fair condition. (AP via MSN)
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  • British student Richard O'Dwyer reaches an agreement with authorities in the United States to avoid being extradited from the United Kingdom to stand trial over infringement of U.S. copyright laws over his TVShack website which hosted links to pirated films and television shows. (BBC)
  • Zachary Holly, 28, of Bentonville, Arkansas, is charged with the rape and capital murder of his nextdoor neighbor, 6-year-old Jersey Bridgeman, whom he was babysitting. (NBC News)
  • No violent crime is reported in New York City for an entire day, 26 November, the first time in recent memory. (BBC) (Reuters)
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  • Train services in the Channel Tunnel are suspended after a freight train fire on the French side. Everybody on the train is safely evacuated, traffic is resumed two hours after. (BBC)
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  • An unpublished list compiled by Mexico's Attorney General's Office is leaked showing that more than 25,000 people disappeared in Mexico's drug war, placing the probable death toll of the six-year conflict at around 100,000 deaths. (The Independent)
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