November 2011


November 2011

November 2011 is the eleventh month of the current year. It began on a Tuesday and will end after 30 days.

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  • 2011 Syrian uprising:
    • At least 20 people and 13 soldiers are killed in ongoing fighting in the city of Homs. (Reuters)
    • President of Syria Bashar al-Assad agrees with the Arab League to end the crackdown on the uprising in Syria, releasing political prisoners and allowing international news agencies back into Syria. (CNN)
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  • Flooding continues in Italy with seven people having died in the past week and thousands of people ordered to evacuate in Turin as the Po River continues to rise. (BBC)
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  • 2011 Syrian uprising:
    • The Syrian government continues its crackdown on protesters and army defectors in the city of Homs, killing dozens of civilians in the process. (Al Jazeera)
    • The United Nations reports that the death toll of the eight-month-old Syrian uprising has reached 3,500. (BBC)
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  • Italy's cost of borrowing reaches a record high, with interest rates on 10-year loans rising to 7%, as fears grow of an escalating economic crisis. (BBC)
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  • Russia's Fobos-Grunt mission to the Martian moon of Phobos runs into problems shortly after its launch, with no telemetry reported from the spacecraft. (MSNBC)
  • Dutch scientists build a nanoscopic electric car made of a single complex molecule. Currently the world's smallest vehicle, the nanocar is capable of travelling small distances when an electric current is applied to it. (BBC) (AdelaideNow)
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  • Hinchingbrooke Hospital in the English county of Cambridgeshire becomes the first NHS hospital to be run by a private firm. Healthcare partnership Circle has been awarded a ten-year contract, and will take over administration of the hospital – which has heavy financial debts – in February 2012. (BBC)
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  • An inquest opens into the deaths of 7 people killed in last Friday's multiple vehicle pile-up on the M5 in the English county of Somerset. (BBC)
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  • The death toll from the 2011 Thailand floods rises to 562. (Bangkok Post)
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  • Chinese artist Ai Weiwei pays 8.45 million yuan in taxes after receiving a large number of donations from supporters who believe the debt was politically motivated because of his criticism of the Chinese government. (CNN)
  • Police in the English city of Birmingham arrest four men in the Sparkhill district in a major anti-terrorism operation. (BBC)
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  • Thai authorities consider constructing a waterway linking existing natural canals into a 200-km long "super-canal" that would hold 1.6B cubic meters of water and speed the draining of run-off to prevent flooding like that currently inundating Bangkok and other parts of the country. (CNN)
  • Eighteen children and two adults die after an overloaded school bus collides with a coal truck in northwest China's Gansu province. (CNN)
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  • Two bullets are found to have been fired at the White House in Washington, DC., one into a window that was stopped by bullet-proof glass. (CNN)
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  • China's unmanned Shenzhou 8 spacecraft successfully returns to Earth, landing in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region after docking twice with the Tiangong-1 orbital laboratory module. (Xinhua)
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  • Hewlett-Packard adds Ralph Whitworth of Relational Investors, the corporate-governance activists—to its board of directors. (Bloomberg)
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  • The United States successfully tests a new hypersonic weapon system, capable of striking targets 3,700 kilometres (2,300 mi) away in under 30 minutes, as part of its Prompt Global Strike program. (BBC)
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