As the world forges ahead into the digital age, privacy has become an increasingly rare commodity; a privilege that many people no longer have. Law enforcement agencies’ need to adopt new technology to better catch criminals has further complicated the matter. Source link No related […]
1990 Jun 17, South African black nationalist Nelson Mandela and his wife, Winnie, arrived in Ottawa, Canada, en route to an eleven-day tour of the United States.
1991 Jun 17, The South African Parliament abolished the Population Registration Act, the last major apartheid law still in effect.
1996 Jun 17, In Liberia health workers have dug up an additional 150 bodies, many of them headless, along the beach at Mamba Point. Exhumations started 2 weeks ago and about 500 bodies have been found and reburied.
1997 Jun 17, In Sierra Leone Major Johnny Paul Koroma was sworn in as head of state and pledged to work to restore democracy.
1998 Jun 17, In Cairo Sheik Mohammed Sharawi died at age 87. The popular cleric lectured on Egyptian TV and his teachings were widely acclaimed. He supported female circumcision and ruled that women should not be appointed to top government positions or become judges.
2000 Jun 17, In Kenya an ongoing drought was reported to have caused hungry baboons into villages in search of food. A crop failure for the 3rd consecutive year placed 22 million Kenyans on the brink of starvation.
2000 Jun 17, Zimbabwe Pres. Mugabe said that whites may live in Zimbabwe, but they will never have a voice equal to that of blacks.
2002 Jun 17, In South Africa Lulu Petersen said she hoped a class-action lawsuit against foreign companies that dealt with the racist, white regime would finally bring her family justice.
2003 Jun 17, Liberia’s President Charles Taylor pledged to yield power as part of a cease-fire with rebels, but his government quickly hedged on the resignation.
2004 Jun 17, Algerian troops killed one of North Africa’s most-wanted terrorist leaders, who allied his group with Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida network. Nabil Sahraoui (also known as Abu Ibrahim Mustapha), one of his key right-hand men and a “good number” of other Salafist lieutenants were killed in a military sweep.
2006 Jun 17, In Libya engineer Ismail Al Khazmi (30) was arrested. He died from injuries while in detention. A medical report dated November 15, 2006, said he had died of natural causes from a heart attack. A 2nd autopsy, performed by a committee of three forensic medical doctors on September 11, 2007, concluded that his death was injury induced… from blows with a hard, blunt object of some sort. In 2010 the human rights groups Alkarama, Trial and Human Rights Watch charged that an investigation into his death was opened, but that it was blocked by General Saleh Ragab, Libya’s public security secretary.
2009 Jun 17, In Nigeria a Ukrainian plane made an emergency landing due to technical problems in the northern city of Kano. Eighteen crates of mines and ammunition, destined for Equatorial Guinea, were found aboard the aircraft. The crew and a Nigerian collaborator were detained and soon transferred to Abuja for questioning.
2010 Jun 17, Royal Dutch Shell PLC warned Nigeria that $40 billion of planned investments in the oil-rich nation could be in jeopardy if lawmakers pass a proposed bill to overhaul the petroleum industry. Government officials say the bill would allow more oil money to return to Nigeria’s people. The bill also would require the government-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corp., which partners with all foreign oil firms, to seek profits like a private business and not rely on government subsidies.
2011 Jun 17, Libyan rebels and pro-Gaddafi forces exchanged heavy artillery fire near the western city of Zlitan as the rebels tried to push deeper into government-held territory east of the capital. NATO warplanes dashed into the Libyan capital Tripoli, pounding a target in the south of the city and sending a thick cloud of black smoke rising high into the air.
2012 Jun 17, Sudanese riot police attacked a Khartoum student demonstration against high food prices, firing tear gas and beating some of the protesters with batons. Sudanese security agents seized all the copies of three independent newspapers, the latest such move in a week long crackdown on local independent dailies.
2012 Jun 17, Togolese authorities released three protest leaders, including the coordinator of Let’s Save Togo.
2013 Jun 17, In Kenya police in Mombasa killed Kassim Omolo Otieno and Salim Mohammed Nero for suspected links with terrorists. Family and witnesses later said the suspects were arrested without a fight. One was handcuffed, one begged for his life and both were executed.
2014 Jun 17, Egypt released Abdullah Elshamy (26), a jailed Al-Jazeera journalist, citing health conditions. Elshamy had been on a hunger strike for over four months to protest his prolonged detention without charges.
2014 Jun 17, A Liberian a health official said 7 people believed to have the Ebola virus have died in recent days in the first deaths reported in Monrovia since the outbreak began. 16 people were now believed to have died from the virus in the West African country.
2014 Jun 17, In Nigeria at least 14 people were killed and 26 wounded in a bomb blast as soccer fans were viewing the Brazil-Mexico match in Damaturu, Yobe state. A “terror kingpin” was reported captured among 486 suspects in a convoy of 33 buses in Enugu state.