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| November 17, 2006 (Friday)
- Abkhazia, the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, South Ossetia, and Transnistria mutually recognized each other.
- In an interview British Prime Minister Tony Blair says Iraq "is pretty much a disaster." (The Times)
- The Government of the Netherlands announces it will introduce a bill banning the wearing of the burqa in public, stating that burqas disturb public order, citizens and safety. About 5% of the Dutch population is Muslim, but only a small percentage of those wear the burqa. (BBC)
- Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant reports that officers of the Military Intelligence and Security Service of the Netherlands have physically abused prisoners in the Iraqi governorate of Al Muthanna. (BBC)
- 2006 Tonga riots:
- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev calls on the Government to switch the alphabet used in the Kazakh language from Cyrillic letters to Latin. (EurasiaNet)
- Former Uruguayan dictator Juan María Bordaberry is arrested in connection with the 1976 abduction and assassination of two Congressmen. (BBC) (CNN)
- President of the United States George W. Bush and Prime Minister of Australia John Howard discuss Iraq strategy over lunch. The two leaders are attending an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Hanoi. (ABC News Australia)
- The Government of the People's Republic of China blocks internet access to Wikipedia in China less than one week after a year-long ban was lifted. (CNN), (RSF)
- Greg Anderson, personal trainer to U.S. professional baseball player Barry Bonds, is ordered to go to prison for the third time for contempt of a grand jury for refusing to testify against Bonds regarding alleged perjury in connection to an earlier steroids investigation. (ESPN)
- A change to Nicaragua's abortion law bans abortion in all cases, removing an exception where the woman's life was in danger. (Guardian)
- Sony releases its new console in North America with 14 launch titles, the PlayStation 3.