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November 2017 Current Events: World News

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news events you need to know so far for November 2017:

  1. France Ends State of Emergency
  2. US Citizen Charged in Zimbabwe
  3. Future Saudi King Seeks Anti-Corruption
  4. Kenyatta’s Victory Challenged by Petition
  5. Syria Claims Defeat over Islamic State
  6. New Delhi Declares Pollution Emergency
  7. U.S. Citizen Imprisoned in Zimbabwe Released on Bail
  8. Fire on a Congo Train Kills 30
  9. 61 Dead in Syrian Market Town Airstrike
  10. Australians Favor Gay Marriage
  11. Zimbabwe’s President Under House Arrest
  12. France Announced as Host of 2023 Rugby World Cup
  13. 70 Years of Marriage for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
  14. 50 Killed in Nigeria Mosque Attack
  15. 100 Militants in Somalia Killed with Airstrike
  16. Egypt Mosque Attack Death Toll Reaches 305
  17. Zimbabwe’s New President Sets Sight on Citizens’ Needs
  18. Rohingya Refugees to be Housed by Bangladesh
  19. Kenyan President Kenyatta Sworn In
  20. War Criminal Dies in Court
  21. Australia Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill
  22. North Korea Successfully Launches Missile

France Ends State of Emergency

Police Officers Stand in Front of Eiffel Tower

On November 1, France announced that two years after the terrorist attack in Paris, it would be ending its state of emergency, replacing it with a new anti-terrorism law. This new law grants police extensive power, which has caused many citizens to fear that their individual liberties are at stake. (Reuters)

Photo Source: Christian Hartman, Pool via AP

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US Citizen Charged in Zimbabwe

Martha O'Donovan

The Zimbabwe government charged a US citizen with attempting to overthrow the government on November 3. Martha O’Donovan allegedly tweeted that President Mugabe was a “selfish and sick man,” prompting the police to arrest her. If convicted, O’Donovan could face up to twenty years in prison. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

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Future Saudi King Seeks Anti-Corruption

King Salman

The future king of Saudi Arabia, King Salman, has announced that he is going to perform an anti-corruption purge on both political and business elites. On November 5, Prince Alwaleed, who has been accused of money laundering, was among those arrested. Shortly after this announcement, a helicopter crashed near Saudi Arabia’s border, killing Prince Mansour bin Muqrin and seven officials as he was returning from an inspection tour. Information regarding the crash has not yet been released. (Reuters)

Photo Source: Saudi Press Agency, via AP

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Kenyatta’s Victory Challenged by Petition

Kenyatta Accepting his Win

After winning 98% of the vote late last month, a petition was filed on November 6, challenging President Kenyatta’s victory. The petition was filed by lawyer Harun Mwau, and the courts have until November 14 to make a decision regarding the results. Otherwise, Kenyatta will be sworn in on November 28. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/ Sayyid Abdul Azim

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Syria Claims Defeat over Islamic State

Syrian Troops

On November 9, Syria declared victory against the Islamic State after its three year rule. The announcement came after Syria captured the jihadists’ last town, though the Islamic State still remains in control in the desert regions of the country.(Reuters)

Syrian Central Military Media, via AP

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New Delhi Declares Pollution Emergency

New Delhi Pollution

Entry of trucks and construction work was halted in New Delhi as the capital of India declared a pollution emergency on November 9. According to Reuters, the U.S. embassy reported that the “measure of tiny particulate matter PM 2.5 showed a reading of 608… when the safe limit is 50.” (Reuters)

AP Photo/R S Iyer

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U.S. Citizen Imprisoned in Zimbabwe Released on Bail

Martha O'Donovan

Imprisoned earlier this month, Martha O’Donovan was released from a Zimbabwe prison on bail early morning of November 10. O’Donovan and her lawyers have remained silent about the case. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

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Fire on a Congo Train Kills 30

Congo Train Accident

On November 12, a derailed train in Congo caught fire, killing about 30 passengers and wounding another 26. Eleven of the thirteen cars caught fire. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Lionel Healing, Pool

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61 Dead in Syrian Market Town Airstrike

Syria Market Place

Three air strikes hit Aterab on November 13, killing an estimated amount of 61 people. Aterab is a de-escalation zone, which had noticed less bloodshed before this attack. (Reuters)

Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP

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Australians Favor Gay Marriage

Australia Pride

In a poll performed on November 14, 61.6% of voters in Australia voted in favor of legalizing gay marriage. The Senate has been presented with a bill to change the law that could potentially amend the law. (BBC)

AP Photo/Rick Rycroft

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Zimbabwe’s President Under House Arrest

President Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe, was placed on house arrest by the military on November 15. The military seized the local TV station and claimed their goal was to eliminate “criminals.” The President has been reported as safe, as well as his family. (BBC)

AP Photo

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France Announced as Host of 2023 Rugby World Cup

France poses with Rugby World Cup

On November 15 it was announced that France beat South Africa and Ireland in votes to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. This will be France’s second time hosting the event, after successfully doing so in 2007. (BBC)

AP Photo/Alastair Grant

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70 Years of Marriage for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip

France poses with Rugby World Cup

Queen Elizabeth of England will celebrate her 70th wedding anniversary with Prince Philip on November 15. The happy couple will celebrate with a small family gathering rather than hold a public event. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Alastair Grant

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50 Killed in Nigeria Mosque Attack

The Attack in Nigeria

An estimated 50 people died at a mosque in Nigeria on November 16 after a suicide bomber entered. Though no group has claimed responsibility, the act is suspected to have been performed by Boko Haram, an Islamist militant group. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Jossy Ola

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100 Militants in Somalia Killed with Airstrike

Somalia

On November 21, the U.S. launched an airstrike against al Shabaab, claiming to have killed over 100 of its militants. The Pentagon stated that the attack was coordinated with Somalia’s government. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh

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Egypt Mosque Attack Death Toll Reaches 305

Egypt mosque that was attacked

A militant attack on a mosque in Egypt on November 24 has left 305 people dead and another 128 wounded. More details have yet to be released. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Tarek Samy

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Zimbabwe’s New President Sets Sight on Citizens’ Needs

President of Zimbabwe

Emmerson Mnangagwa, the new President of Zimbabwe, revealed his plan for the country on November 24. Mnangagwa highlighted his intention to focus on the needs of citizens, attempting to bridge many gaps that have appeared between groups. In another speech on November 28, Mnangagwa granted a three month amnesty period for the return of public funds in hopes of mending the country. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Ben Curtis

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Rohingya Refugees to be Housed by Bangladesh

Refugees

On November 28, Bangladesh announced that they will temporarily house 100,000 refugees fleeing Myanmar. The country plans to develop Bhasan Char island into a liveable community for the Rohingya muslims seeking to escape violence. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Bernat Armangue

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Kenyan President Kenyatta Sworn In

Opposition supporters are arrested

On November 28, President Kenyatta was sworn in after a controversial election period. Riot police used teargas on the scene shortly after Raila Odinga, the opposition leader, promised he would be sworn in later in December. During his speech, Kenyatta did his best to urge citizens overcome the division that had occurred during the election. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Khalil Senosi

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War Criminal Dies in Court

Croatia War Criminal

On November 29, Slobodan Praljak, a former Bosnian Croat general accused of war crimes, swallowed poison after proclaiming his innocence. The judge immediately suspended the trial as an ambulance rushed to the courtroom; however, Praljak later died in the hospital. The courtroom is now being treated as a crime scene. (CNN)

Robin van Lonkhuijsen,Pool Photo via AP

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Australia Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Gay Marriage Passed by Australian Senate

On November 29, the Australian Senate passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. The vote was passed 43-12, after an overwhelming amount of people expressed their support in a recent survey. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Rick Rycroft

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North Korea Successfully Launches Missile

North Korea Missle

On November 30, North Korea successfully launched a missile, stating that it now possesses the power to hit the U.S. mainland. President Trump has commented, stating, “we will handle it.” (CNN)

AP Photo/Vincent Yu

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