Portal:Current events/2012 May 19

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Armed conflicts and attacks
  • A car bomb explodes near a military complex in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, killing 9 people. (Al Jazeera)
  • A bomb, made of three gas cylinders, explodes in front of a vocational school in the Italian city of Brindisi, killing a 16-year-old female student. (BBC) (La Repubblica)
  • A suicide bombing at a police checkpoint in the eastern Afghan province of Khost kills 10 people, including a number of police officers. (BBC)
  • Sri Lanka marks the third anniversary of the end of its 26-year civil war with a large military parade in Colombo. (BBC)
Arts and culture
Disasters
  • At least 20 people are killed in an explosion in a road tunnel being constructed in central China. (BBC)
  • At least two people are killed and 17 others are injured when a rally car plows through a crowd of spectators in the Var region of southern France. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
International relations
Science
  • Retired American psychiatrist Robert Spitzer apologises for his "fatally flawed" study, published in 2001, which falsely lent credence to the myth that gay people could be "cured". (The Guardian)
Sport
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