Portal:Current events/April 2011

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Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from April 2011.

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  • Ireland's government agrees to bank bailout number five, valued at €24 billion, and does not force senior bondholders into burden-sharing. (The Irish Times)
  • It is revealed that chief executive of nationalised Anglo Irish Bank Mike Aynsley received €1 million, including a "housing allowance" for his second home in Australia, while the bank admits billions were squandered last year in the biggest corporate loss in the country's history. (Irish Independent)
  • Microsoft lodged an antitrust complaint against Google with the European Commission. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Unemployment in the United States falls to 8.8 per cent on the back of 216,000 jobs being added. (MSNBC)
  • Nasdaq, in cooperation with Intercontinental Exchange, bids $11.3 billion for NYSE Euronext, the holding company that owns the New York Stock Exchange, in an attempt to interfere with a planned merger between NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Borse. (Reuters)
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  • FIFA suspends Bosnia and Herzegovina from international football after its failure to drop a rotating presidential system between a Muslim, a Serb and a Croat, which is similar to the country's complex political system. (BBC Sport)
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  • India charges former telecom minister Andimuthu Raja, several executives and three firms in a telecoms scandal. (The Times of India) (Reuters)
  • The North Korean government cracks down on IT gadgets such as computers and phones amid fears that news about the Arab Spring could influence its citizens. (The Straits Times)
  • Almost half of China's dairies are to close after failing to obtain new licenses following a safety audit. (BBC) (Xinhua)
  • Gunmen attack a bar in Ciudad Juárez in northern Mexico, killing five people. (AP via The Ledger)
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  • The whereabouts of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei remain undetermined 48 hours after his disappearance as the U.S., France, Germany, Britain and Amnesty International ask that he be released immediately. (Al Jazeera)
  • A public civil partnership between a same-sex couple takes place in Dublin, the first time this has happened in Ireland. (The Irish Times)
  • Sathya Sai Baba is reported to be in a critical condition as thousands of followers gather outside the hospital. (BBC) (The Times of India) (AFP via The Asian Age) (news.com.au)
  • Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb cancels performances in Brazil due to abdominal pains. (BBC)
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  • Police investigating the murder of Sian O'Callaghan have identified human remains found at a second site as those of Swindon woman Becky Godden-Edwards, who had been missing for eight years. (BBC)
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  • A Mexican Drug War-related march inspired by the killing of seven people, one of whom was the son of prominent poet and journalist Javier Sicilia, occur in more than 20 Mexican cities, with marchers chanting "No more blood!". (BBC)(LA Times)
  • 1.5 million people participate in nationwide street demonstrations against the policies of President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos, with police using tear gas on protesters. (BBC)
  • Bahrain:
    • Médecins Sans Frontières releases a report accusing Bahrain's military of deliberately targeting doctors and hospitals, "paralyzing" them, and turning them into "places to be feared". (Al Jazeera)
  • Libya:
    • NATO kills at least 13 Libyan rebels and injures many more in an air raid near Ajdabiya after rebels reportedly fired on NATO planes, though there is speculation that the air-strike may have come from Gaddafi's fighter jets evading the no fly zone. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
    • The United States considers putting troops on the ground. (CBS)
  • Syria:
    • The Assad regime grants nationality to thousands of Kurds in al-Hasaka in a bid to appease protesters. (Al Jazeera)
  • Israeli–Palestinian conflict:
    • Hamas militants fire an anti-tank missile at an Israeli school bus, critically injuring a teenage boy and the driver, and then fire 45 mortars and 3 rockets at towns in southern Israel; the Israeli army launches a counterattack in Gaza, killing five people and injuring a number of others (Ynet) (The Jerusalem Post)(Al Jazeera)(CNN)
    • The Iron Dome mobile air defense system successfully intercepted a Grad rocket launched from the Gaza Strip at the Israeli city Ashkelon, marking the first time in history a short-range rocket was ever intercepted.(Haaretz)
    • The United States and Britain condemn the attack in southern Israel after Hamas claims responsibility for firing an anti-tank missile at a school bus. (AFP) (The Jerusalem Post)
    • Following a day of missile attacks on southern Israeli communities, Hamas declares a deal for militant groups in Gaza to ceasefire, a truce it says is intended to halt an escalation of Israeli "aggression". (BBC) (Ynet)
  • A man bursts into a school with a gun and kills 12 people in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, before he commits suicide. (Folha de S.Paulo) (Al Jazeera)
  • An Iranian asylum seeker self-immolates to death in central Amsterdam. (BBC)
  • 25 people are killed in a bomb assault in the Nigerian town Suleja. (THEWILL)
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  • The death toll from yesterday's aftershock from the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami rises to three and 140 wounded. (CNN)
  • Eight people are killed and 130 injured in a massive car pile-up caused by a sandstorm on the German autobahn A 19 near Rostock. The pile-up involves about 80 vehicles and causes at least 30 of them to catch fire, making it the worst accident in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. (BBC) (TheLocal)
  • Three children die after drinking suspected nitrite- (as opposed to 2008's melamine-) tainted milk in China; 35 others are hospitalized. (BBC) (China.org.cn)
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  • Wildfires in the US state of Texas destroy more than 230,000 acres of land, including about 20 homes in the small town of Fort Davis. (Reuters)
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  • India repatriates 39 Pakistani prisoners in a goodwill gesture. (Times of India) (Dawn)
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  • Almost all of 169 Chinese Christians detained on Sunday, after they tried to hold an outdoor prayer session, are released; the unofficial Chinese church vows to hold more services. (MSN Malaysia News) (BBC)
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  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict
    • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mulls withdrawing IDF forces from parts of the West Bank and handing over full security control to the Palestinian Authority to demonstrate an Israeli diplomatic initiative that would block a possible "diplomatic tsunami" that could follow international recognition of a Palestinian state. (Haaretz)
  • Pakistan seeks CIA reduction in the country by 25%-40% (BBC)
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  • Chinese authorities continue a crackdown on dissent, with some activists placed on labour camps according to rights groups. (Taipei Times) (Radio Television Hong Kong) (The Daily Telegraph)
  • Former US Senator Rick Santorum announces that he has formed a committee to explore a bid for the Republican Party nomination in the presidential election. (USA Today)
  • The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the United States Senate releases a report on the financial crisis of 2008, focusing largely on the role played by Goldman Sachs in "creating and selling structured finance products" that had their customers betting in one direction while Goldman itself bet the other way. (Subcommittee Release)
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  • Encyclopedia Dramatica shuts down and is replaced by "oh internet", provoking protests by 4chan members and former readers of the site. (Geekosystem)
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  • Ford Australia announces plans to cut 240 jobs and cut production in its plants at Geelong and Broadmeadows due to falling demand for larger vehicles. (The Australian)
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  • Five months after his expulsion from the Shas party, Israeli rabbi Chaim Amsellem forms the Whole Nation party, and announces plans to run for the 19th Knesset on a secular-religious unity platform. (Ynetnews)
  • Syrian President Bashar al-Assad forms a new government with Adel Safar confirmed as new Prime Minister, and orders the release of protesters detained over past couple of weeks.(Al Jazeera)
  • British Business Secretary Vince Cable criticises Prime Minister David Cameron as "very unwise" for making a speech on immigration in which he spoke of reducing the number of immigrants into the UK from hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands. He said the comments "risked inflaming extremism", although Cameron dismissed these concerns. (BBC)
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  • At least four people are shot dead by security forces during anti-government protests in Syria. (CBC) (AFP via Channel News Asia)
  • 2011 Libyan civil war
    • Rebel forces in Libya regain the town of Ajdabiya. (Al Jazeera)
    • Heavy fighting continues in Misrata with reports of seventeen people dying. (AP via Houston Chronicle)
  • NATO announces that eight soldiers from member countries died in fighting in Afghanistan. (AP via Atlanta Journal Constitution) (AP via Fox News)
  • Fourteen people claimed to be responsible for shooting 52 protestors in Sana’a in March are referred to the state prosecutor. (Al-Arabiya)
Business and economy
  • China raises its bank reserves requirements as an anti-inflation move, an increase of 50 basis points (half of a percent) effective April 21. (Financial Times)
  • Oman is to spend 1 billion rials in an attempt to prevent further anti-government protests. (IOL)
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  • A 16-year-old Israeli boy injured by a Palestinian missile attack on his school bus on April 7 dies. (BBC) (Wikinews)
  • 2011 Libyan civil war:
  • Suspected Muslim insurgents detonate a bomb in southern Thailand, killing one and injuring 23 people. (Straits Times)
  • 2011 Syrian protests:
    • Eight killed in Syrian Protests. (BBC)
    • Syrian city of Homs "boiling" after deaths of 25 protesters. (Haaretz)
    • A Syrian officer is reportedly killed for his unwillingness to open fire at protesters. (Haaretz)
  • Suicide Bombing in Iraq kills 9 and wounds 25. (BBC)
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  • Storms in Guangdong, southern China, kill at least 18 people and leave 150 injured. (BBC) (Xinhua)
  • A landslide kills 10 people in Indonesia's East Java province. (Jakarta Post) (The Hindu)
  • 14 people killed in mudslide in Colombia. (BBC)
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  • Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye is arrested during a protest against high food and fuel prices in the capital Kampala. (Reuters) (Al Jazeera)
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  • Hamas fatally shoots two of the suspects in last week's murder of Italian pro-Palestinian activist Vittorio Arrigoni in Gaza. (Al Jazeera)
  • 2011 Libyan civil war:
    • NATO and the civilian council of Misrata request ground troops to protect the city of Misrata from Gaddafi's forces, after NATO admits it is unable to stop the artillery shelling of Misrata. (Hotair)
  • 2011 Syrian protests:
    • Thousands of anti-government protesters occupy and start a sit-in at Al-Saa Square in Homs, the third largest city in Syria. (BBC)
    • President Assad lifts the 48-year controversial state of emergency following demands by protests. (AlJazeera) (BBC)
  • 2011 Yemeni protests:
  • 2011 Egyptian revolution:
    • Long-time intelligence chief Omar Suleiman is questioned about the Hosni Mubarak regime's attacks on the people of Egypt. (Al Jazeera)
  • U.S. serviceman Bradley Manning is moved by officials to a military prison in Kansas amid increased international concerns about the U.S. military's policy of forcing him to strip naked in his cell and taking away his clothes. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • Three kindergarteners are wounded after a gun goes off in a school cafeteria in the U.S. state of Texas. The gun was brought to the school by a six-year-old child. (BBC) (The Guardian) (South Africa Star) (Philippine Daily Inquirer) (AP via Los Angeles Times) (Houston ABC 13)
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  • Devastating fire in Manila, Philippines leaves about 8,000 people homeless and nine injured in a Makati City squatter community. (Inquirer) (Mindanao Examiner) (AP via Greenfield Daily Reporter)
  • A donation campaign raises less money than expected towards a newer containment shell at Chernobyl. (Al Jazeera)
  • Skynet goes live at 8.12pm.
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  • Singapore's Parliament is dissolved for the 14th General Election which is to be held on 7 May 2011. (Channel News Asia) (Channel News Asia)
  • Fidel Castro resigns from the Cuban Communist Party's central committee, formalising his gradual retreat from the spotlight that started in 2006. (Euronews.net)
  • An error by an American air traffic controller leads to the plane carrying Michelle Obama of the United States to come two miles too close to another plane near Washington, D.C. (BBC)
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  • Two prominent Chinese human rights lawyers Jiang Tianyong and Liu Xiaoyuan are released. (BBC) (Angola Press) (Al Jazeera)
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  • 2011 Libyan civil war:
    • Muammar Gaddafi's forces continue to use artillery shelling against civilians and rebels in Misrata. Rebels from the Nafusa Mountains region capture Libya's west border, where over 100 loyalist soldiers surrender to Tunisian authorities after being chased out by rebels. (Al Jazeera)
    • United State Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says NATO will begin using armed predator drones to combat Muammar Gaddafi's forces. (The New York Times)
  • Sri Lanka asks the United Nations not to publish a report on alleged war crimes. (Straits Times) (Hindustan Times)
  • Apple / Google smartphone tracking:
    • U.S. Congressman Ed Markey (D-Mass.) sends Apple chief executive Steve Jobs a letter asking him to explain the purpose of a file embedded on iPhones and iPads that keeps a detailed log of the devices' location. (Los Angeles Times)
    • The controversy escalates as some governments announce an intent to investigate any violation of privacy laws. (The New York Times)
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  • Prominent Vietnamese dissident Cu Huy Ha Vu appeals his sentence for "anti-state propaganda". (Straits Times)
  • Protests take place in Uganda after the arrest of opposition leader Kizza Besigye during a demonstration. (Al Jazeera) (Reuters) (Daily Monitor)
  • Chinese truck drivers stage a second day of protests in Shanghai at rising inflation. (Al Jazeera) (BBC)
  • Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's name is to be removed from all public places including schools and streets by order of an Egyptian court. (Al Jazeera)
  • U.S. Senator John Ensign, a Nevada Republican, announces his resignation from his Senate seat effective May 3, due to allegations he had an affair with the wife of a member of his staff. (Bloomberg)
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  • Cambodia and Thailand exchange fire across their mutual border; with casualties on both sides. (The Hindu) (Bangkok Post) (BBC)
  • 3 people are killed and 3 others are wounded as a result of a blast in a factory in the Gaza Strip. (AFP via Google News) (PNN)
  • Arab Spring
    • 2011 Syrian protests: At least 88 people are killed as a result of police firing at massive "Great Friday" anti-government protests across the country, the deadliest day of protest there yet. (Al Jazeera) (Press TV)
    • 2011 Yemeni protests: Rallies occur in Sana'a. (Al Jazeera) (BBC) (Press TV)
    • 2011 Omani protests: Thousands of protesters demonstrate in pro-reform protests in Oman. (The National) (Al Jazeera) (Press TV)
    • 2011 Bahraini protests: Non-governmental organisations call upon Bahrain to end a crackdown on doctors and patients who joined anti-government protests. (Reuters) (BBC) (Press TV)
    • 2011 Libyan civil war: The head of America's military says the war is moving towards stalemate, even after its air strikes destroy 30-40 per cent of Libya's ground forces. American senator John McCain visits Benghazi. (BBC)
    • 2011 Egyptian revolution: The detention of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is extended by a further 15 days. (The Times of India) (Al Jazeera)
  • Amid a protest against the construction of a new Tesco superstore in the Stokes Croft area of the English city of Bristol, 9 people are arrested and 8 police officers are injured. (BBC)
  • A farmer in Los Pozos, Veracruz, Mexico opens fire outside a local church after its Good Friday sermon, killing a woman and two children. (WLOS)
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  • Good Friday celebrations occur internationally. (The Sydney Morning Herald) (The Times of India) (Malaysia Star) (BBC)
  • 24 Filipinos are nailed to crosses in to San Fernando, near Manila, though celebrations are cancelled in Syria due to ongoing incidents there. (Daily Mail)
  • Pope Benedict XVI becomes the first pontiff to take part in a televised question-and-answer session, a pre-recorded programme for Italian television. (BBC) (The Guardian)
  • Anne Robinson leaves The Weakest Link, prompting the BBC to end the quiz show. (The Guardian)
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  • Dozens of people are feared dead in a landslide in the southern Philippines. (Xinhua) (BBC)
  • The United Nations says children in drought-infected Somalia are suffering some of the highest malnutrition rates in the world. (BBC)
  • Japan's government announces a 4 trillion yen emergency budget to deal with the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country last month. (BBC)
International relations
  • France calls for changes to the Schengen Agreement after Italy allows people from Tunisia and Libya into the passport-free Schengen Area. (BBC)
  • New research reveals Apple and Google are running their iPhone and Android software to build gigantic databases from owners' movements as governments move to investigate. (The Guardian) (Xinhua) (The New York Times)
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  • Police in China raid a Tibetan monastery in Sichuan, killing two people according to a rights group. (BBC) (Radio Television Hong Kong)
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  • More than 500 people are killed in Nigeria. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • Military clashes kill 57 people in Sudan. (CNN) (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • NATO fires on Iranian fishermen, wounding them and killing some civilians. (Press TV)
  • At least 4 people are wounded at the entrance of a Catholic church after Easter Mass in Baghdad. (BBC)
  • A group of 15 Israeli Jewish worshipers entered the Palestinian city of Nablus to pray in the Jewish holy site Joseph's Tomb, without coordinating their visit with the IDF as required by law. After finishing praying, as the Jewish worshipers were leaving Nablus, their cars came under fire from a Palestinian Authority police jeep. Five Israelis were injured in the attack and the nephew of Israeli Culture and Sport Minister Limor Livnat was killed.(The Jerusalem Post) (Ynet)
  • After the shooting, Ynet reports "Palestinian sources reported local Palestinian youths gathered around the Joseph Tomb's compound shortly after the incident and set it on fire." (Ynet) (The Jerusalem Post)
  • Arab Spring:
    • Tunisian revolution: Thousands of people demonstrate in Tunis to demand both the resignation of interim prime minister Beji Caid el Sebsi, a link with the old guard brought down in January's popular revolution, and the prosecution of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who fled to Saudi Arabia after being ousted, on charges such as murder and drug-trafficking. (Press TV)
    • 2011 Syrian protests: Police and soldiers open fire from rooftops in Jabla, killing and injuring nearby people; no protest was taking place at the time. An independent investigation is urged into Friday's massacre of close to 100 people as well as Saturday's killings of mourners at the funerals. (BBC) (CNN) (Al Jazeera)
    • 2011 Moroccan protests: Thousands of people participate in massive peaceful demonstrations against the government on streets across Morocco, calling for an end to corruption and torture. (Press TV) (Al Jazeera)
    • 2011 Saudi Arabian protests: Amid demonstrations by the unemployed, women protesters gather to demand a vote but are defeated and rounded up by authorities. (Press TV)
    • 2011 Yemeni protests: Mass protests continue nationwide in defiance of the Saleh regime's claims the country's leader is to soon resign from his 32-year rule; protesters demand his immediate removal from power. (BBC) (CNN) (Al Jazeera) (Press TV)
    • 2011 Libyan civil war: Deaths continue to climb in the besieged Libyan city of Misrata, while Spanish photojournalist Manu Brabo telephones his parents from the military prison in which he is being held in Tripoli. (CNN) (BBC)
    • 2011 Egyptian revolution: Hosni Mubarak, ousted from the presidency by popular revolution in February, is to be moved to a military hospital in Cairo amid pressure to have him stand trial over corruption and the killing of protesters. (BBC) (Press TV) (Al Jazeera)
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  • Scottish football:
    • UK police express relief after an Old Firm match between Celtic and Rangers plays out without descending into expected violence related to parcel bombs sent amid increasing sectarian tensions. (The New York Times) (The Irish Times) (The Guardian)
    • Celtic manager Neil Lennon is reported to the Strathclyde Police after making a gesture, but police announce they will not pursue the matter. (The Guardian)
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  • Guantanamo Files: (The Guardian) (WikiLeaks) (Al Jazeera)
    • WikiLeaks releases classified cables detailing the interrogations carried out by the United States at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, as well as the imprisonment in the camp of Afghans and Pakistanis, children, elderly and mentally ill, before later being released without charge. (The Guardian) (The Sydney Morning Herald)
    • The cables show the United States relied on the internationally widely available Casio F91W digital watch as "the sign of al-Qaida" and as "evidence" to imprison its captives in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. (The Guardian)
    • Staff at Guantánamo Bay were instructed that any Muslim traveling to Afghanistan after 11 September 2001 was likely to have gone there "to support Osama bin Laden through direct hostilities against the US forces", with any other reasons being dismissed as "total fabrications", making it difficult for the interrogated to plead their innocence. (The Guardian)
    • Details of U.S. collaboration with at least 10 foreign intelligence agencies emerge, with Chinese, Tunisian, Moroccan, Russian, Saudi, Tajik, Jordanian, Algerian, Yemeni and Kuwaiti delegations assisting the U.S. with interrogations at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, and China and Russia vowing to prosecute and punish any repatriated Uighurs or Uzbeks. (The Guardian)
    • A British resident, an organiser of hunger strikes imprisoned for nine years without trial and whose release has been repeatedly requested by William Hague, remains locked up in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. (The Guardian)
    • Details of how an al-Qaeda-linked militant duped Canadian intelligence agents also emerge. (The Globe and Mail)
    • It is disclosed that an Al Jazeera journalist imprisoned by the United States at Guantánamo for six years was interrogated about the news network. He claims to have been beaten and sexually assaulted. (The Guardian)
    • The controversial detention in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp of anti-extremist author Abdul Badr Mannan emerges. (The Guardian)
    • It emerges that the U.S. government released dozens of Guantánamo inmates it regarded as "high risk" and that one of the rebels it is backing in the ongoing 2011 Libyan Civil War fought for the Taliban against the Soviet Union and served as Osama bin Laden's driver in Sudan. (The Straits Times)
    • The U.S. government "strongly condemns" international media outlets, specifically The New York Times, for publishing the files it had wanted to keep secret. (The Jerusalem Post)
  • Arab Spring
  • Violence in Nigeria:
  • Cambodian and Thai troops exchange fire for a fourth consecutive day. (Al Jazeera)
  • Iran claims that a second cyberattack (Stuxnet previously) has been attempted via Stars, a computer worm. (UPI) (Al Jazeera)
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  • Nintendo announces its intention to launch the Wii 2 in a bid to increase its profits as sales of the Wii decline. (BBC) (Reuters via IOL)
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  • U.S. television personality Katie Couric announces that she will no longer host the CBS Evening News at the end of June. (USA Today)
  • BBC television personality Andrew Marr admits to having taken out a high court superinjunction after Private Eye launches a challenge, though Marr states he "did not come into journalism to go around gagging journalists". (The Guardian)
  • The Russian capital Moscow is to allow its first gay pride rally in May. (AFP via Google News)
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  • U.S. president Barack Obama is criticised by supporters of imprisoned Welsh-born U.S. serviceman Bradley Manning for interfering in any future trial after Obama is caught on camera accusing Manning of breaking the law. (AFP via Google News) (MSNBC)
  • An Indian court orders Suresh Kalmadi, the chief organiser of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, to remain in custody while corruption charges against him are investigated. (Straits Times)
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  • Sony's PlayStation Network remains offline after a worldwide security breach obtains 77 million of users' personal information, making this the largest breach of personal information in history. (PlayStation.com)
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Constellation Energy Group in a stock swap valued at $7.9 billion. (Reuters)

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  • Israeli officials say they will refuse to deal with the Palestinian unity government composed of Fatah and Hamas because Hamas has carried out bombings and rocket attacks against Israel for years and does not recognise its right to exist.(The Jerusalem Post) (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
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  • 2011 Syrian uprising:
    • A "Day of Rage" is set to get underway in Syria as the popular uprising against Bashar al-Assad's regime continues. (BBC)
    • Security forces shut off Daraa's water supply and electricity, and begin confiscating food, in an effort to starve the people of the city. (News24) (Al Jazeera)
    • At least 62 people are killed as scores of people die in the "Day of Rage". (Al Jazeera) (BBC)
    • The United Nations Human Rights Council condemns Syria for using deadly force against peaceful protesters and calls for an investigation into the killing of civilians and other alleged crimes; China, Russia and Pakistan vote against measures as "meddling in Syria's internal affairs".(The Jerusalem Post)
  • 2011 Yemeni protests:
    • 100,000 people march through central Sanaa in one of the largest protests yet to have taken place against the Saleh regime, with protesters demanding that he resign immediately rather than wait for the phased handover of power he has orchestrated. (Al Jazeera)
  • Protests in Bahrain, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia:
    • Thousands march across Bahrain, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in defiance of yesterday's death sentences handed down to anti-government protesters by the ruling Bahraini regime, with people in Lahore (Pakistan) carrying symbolic coffins in solidarity. (Al Jazeera)
  • 2011 Libyan civil war in Tunisia:
    • Muammar Gaddafi brings the 2011 Libyan civil war over the border into Tunisia, prompting complaints from the Tunisian foreign ministry. (BBC) (PA via Google News)
    • NATO reports it has intercepted Muammar Gaddafi's forces in the act of laying mines in Misrata as Tunisia successfully captures some of the troops who have brought the Libyan civil war onto its territory. (BBC)
  • 2011 Moroccan protests:
    • People gather to demonstrate against terrorism in Marrakesh. (Al Jazeera)
  • Riots take place in the Ugandan capital Kampala after opposition leader Kizza Besigye is attacked, leaving two people dead and dozens injured. (AFP via Google News) (Reuters)
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Business and economy
  • Air India pilots continue a strike for a third successive day with 120 flights cancelled. (Hindustan Times)
  • Unemployment figures in Spain increase to a 14-year high; nearly 5,000,000 people are unemployed. (BBC)
  • Demand for Samsung Electronics products plummets again, with the company only managing net profits of $2.6 billion for the first three months of 2011. (BBC)
Disasters
  • Renowned Swiss climber Erhard Loretan is killed after falling off a mountain in the Swiss Alps on his 52nd birthday. (BBC) (The Guardian)
  • At least 43 people are killed and others are missing after a minibus of mourners falls from a ferry on the River Nile. (BBC)
  • The death toll for the April 25–28, 2011 tornado outbreak in the United States reaches 300. (Fox Alabama)
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  • The French Football Federation (FFF) announces an internal inquiry over allegations of a secret racial quota targeting blacks and Arabs and supported by its own officials. (BBC News)
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  • The recent US tornado outbreak becomes the second deadliest single day tornado event in US history with at least 340 people dead. (CNN)
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  • Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning, imprisoned by the United States on charges of disclosing government information to the general public, is found competent to stand trial by a "panel of experts", despite having earlier been thought of as a "suicide risk" and having his clothes removed. (The Hindu)
  • 6 major U.S. tobacco companies, accused of delivering an "unreasonably dangerous" product, defeat a lawsuit taken by 37 hospitals in the U.S. state of Missouri. The hospitals were looking for financial assistance with the treatment of illnesses caused by smoking. (BBC) (Bloomberg / The Irish Times)
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  • Ministers in Uganda disagree over the arrest of opposition leader Kizza Besigye. (Daily Nation)
  • Current U.S. officials and former president Jimmy Carter disagree over allegations that the U.S. is deliberately keeping food aid from North Korea despite severe food shortages among people there. (BBC)
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References

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