Portal:Current events/April 2015

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April 2015 was the fourth month of that common year. The month, which began on a Wednesday, ended on a Thursday after 30 days.

Portal:Current events

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Politics and elections
  • Thailand's military junta repeals martial law in favor of an imposed constitutional provision that allows the leader of the government to make extra-constitutional orders. (AP)
Armed conflicts and attacks
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International relations
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Politics and elections
  • Indiana Senate Bill 101
    • A Christian-owned Indiana pizza shop closes its doors after receiving death and arson threats in response to the restaurant's saying it would not cater a same-sex wedding; the owners are afraid they may close permanently or leave town. (The Washington Times)
    • A GoFundMe page gets over US$50,000 from supporters. (The Washington Post)
Accidents and disasters
Armed conflicts and attacks
International relations
Law and crime
  • Plaintiffs withdraw a lawsuit against Google that had asserted that it was illegally tying its licensing of the Android operating system to the favorable treatment of Google apps. (Reuters)
Miscellaneous news
  • An American sailor who was lost for 66 days in the Atlantic Ocean is found by a German tanker. He survived on a diet of solely raw fish and rainwater. (BBC) (CTV news) (Yahoo news)
Health and Medicine
Politics and elections
Accidents and disasters
  • 6 people die in a Malaysian helicopter crash. (ABC) (CBC)
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Sinai Insurgency
    • Egypt launches strikes around Sheikh Zuweid in retaliation for the 15 Egyptian soldiers that were killed by ISIL-affiliated groups in the past week, killing about 100 terrorists according to Egyptian military sources. (PressTV)
    • ISIL affiliated groups have claimed responsibility for killing the 15 soldiers. (ABC)(CTV)
International relations
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Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • Devastating floods in northern Chile leave at least 25 dead and more than 100 missing. (CNN)
International relations
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Science and technology
Business and economy
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Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Intervention in Yemen
    • The World Health Organisation estimates that 560 people have died, more than 1,700 people have been injured and more than 100,000 people have fled their homes following the intensification of fighting three weeks ago. (AP via Virginia Gazette)
Disasters and accidents
  • Following the deployment of 350 police, over 600 firefighters and over 400 soldiers, the fire at the Dragon Aromatics chemical plant in Zhangzhou (southeast China) restarts, forcing the evacuation of residents within a radius of 18km from the plant. (South China Morning Post)
  • Widespread power outages are reported in Washington D.C. after an explosion at a Maryland power substation. (CNN), (ABC 6)
Law and crime
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Armed conflicts and attacks
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Disasters and accidents
  • At the Dragon Aromatics chemical plant in Fujian in southeast China, a fourth tank of about 1,500 tonnes of liquid hydrocarbon catches fire and explodes. More than 14,000 residents have been evacuated. (BBC)
  • A shipwreck off the Haiti coast claims the life of 21 people. (AFP via Global Post)
Law and crime
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
  • At least 24 people are killed and 22 injured in a bus accident in southwestern Bangladesh. (AP via TVNZ)
  • A ship spills toxic bunker fuel into English Bay, Vancouver. The fuel has washed up on Vancouver's beaches, prompting a warning from city officials. (CBC)
  • Tornadoes of 2015
    • A violent storm system spawns at least one tornado killing two people and injuring seven others in the American state of Illinois and causing widespread damage especially in the small towns of Rochelle and Fairdale. (Chicago Tribune)
Law and crime
  • A gunman attacks the Palace of Justice in Milan, killing three people, including a judge. A fourth person found dead at the scene apparently died from a heart attack.(AP) (The Telegraph)
  • Former Chinese Communist Party official Liao Shaohua is sentenced to 16 years in prison after being convicted of bribery and abuse of power. (Global Times)
  • A fire on April 1 that disrupted power and internet access throughout London is now suspected to have been part of a robbery at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company. (The Register)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Law and crime
  • Malaysia toughens its sedition laws to cover all online media and provide for mandatory jail sentences. (Reuters)
  • In a response to a cyberattack on TV5Monde, the French Minister of Culture and Communications Fleur Pellerin has called for an emergency meeting of the heads of various major media outlets and groups based in France, to take place sometime today at an undisclosed location. (The Guardian)
  • Ronald Anderson is arrested in connection with a kidnapping his girlfriend, the fatal shooting of a guard at US Census Bureau headquarters and police chase into H Street night life district on April 9. (abcnews) (Fox News)
  • "Serial bride" pled not guilty to felony fraud for marrying 10 husbands, up to 8 at once in New York City. She married men from "red flagged" nations such as Egypt, Turkey, Georgia, Pakistan, Mali, and Bangladesh who sought resident status. (WTKR)
Accidents and Disasters
  • Head-on collision of fuel tanker truck and bus with young athletes kills 33 on Morocco highway where accidents are a "significant hazard" (ABC News)
Politics and elections
  • Multiple sources have reported that former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will announce her candidacy for the office of President in the 2016 election on Sunday, April 12. (The Guardian)
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Yemeni Civil War (2015)
    • Heavy Saudi Arabian air strikes hit southern Yemen resulting in at least 20 deaths of Houthis soldiers and two members of rival militias. Saudi Arabia claims to have killed 500 rebels since the start of military operations in March. (Reuters), (CNN)
    • India evacuates 5600 people including 960 foreign nationals from Yemen under Operation Raahat. Several flights were allowed to take off and land in Yemen despite the no-fly zone declared on the country. (NYT)
  • Turkey–PKK conflict
    • Turkey sends additional troops and aircraft into Ağrı Province which borders Iran, after four soldiers are injured in clashes with PKK insurgents. (Reuters)
Business and economy
International relations
Law and crime
Politics and elections
  • Voters in Nigeria go to the polls for gubernatorial and state Assembly elections. At least nine people are killed in election day violence, most of them in Rivers State. (BBC), (Deutsche Welle)
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • One student is killed and another 100 injured in a stampede caused by an exploding generator at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. (Al-Arabiyah)
Politics and elections
Sports
Accidents and disasters
Armed conflicts and attacks
Health
  • An American man working at Managua's U.S. embassy provokes a security scare in Nicaragua; the country's health ministry quarantines the Ebola suspect and asks that he be removed from the country immediately. (BBC)
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Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
Health
  • More than 100 passengers out of 1,100 on the cruise ship Crown Princess may be suffering from symptoms of Norovirus. (Reuters)
International relations
Law and crime
Science and technology
  • SpaceX's latest attempt at recycling its Falcon 9 rocket by landing it on an ocean platform fails. (AFP via Yahoo! News)
  • Stone tools found at Lomekwi 3 are dated to 3.3 million years ago, which, if confirmed, would represent the oldest known stone tools. (Science)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • Nokia announces plans to buy telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent for €15.6 billion (US$16.6 billion). (The Verge)
  • The European Union formally charges Google with antitrust breaches. (Sky News)
International relations
Law and crime
  • British police arrest six people on suspicion of terrorism after Turkish authorities stop a group crossing the Syrian border. (Al-Arabiyah)
  • Former American football player Aaron Hernandez is convicted of murder in the first degree in the town of Fall River, Massachusetts. Hernandez shot a former friend Odin Lloyd in 2013. He was automatically sentenced to life in prison without parole. (CNN)
  • In Arizona, dashcam video showed a police officer intentionally running over an armed suspect. The suspect had stolen a rifle from a nearby Walmart, and had discharged the weapon in a neighborhood. (CNN)
  • A mailman from Florida was arrested after he made an unauthorized landing of a small gyrocopter with postal service markings on the Capitol West Front Lawn. He had told a newspaper that a terrorist would not have informed the public that he planned a non-violent protest flight for campaign finance reform. (Washington Post)
  • Two former Colombian ministers Sabas Pretelt and Diego Palacio are sentenced to six years in prison for corruption in bribing lawmakers to support the 2006 re-election bid of former President Alvaro Uribe. (AP via WTOP)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
  • More than 40 people have drowned as a migrant boat sinks travelling between Libya and Italy. In a separate incident, 15 Muslim migrants from another Italy-bound boat have been arrested, after allegedly throwing 12 Christian migrants overboard. (BBC)
International relations
Law and crime
  • Five people are found dead after a business dispute in Phoenix, Arizona. (AP)
  • Five are shot in Toronto, Ontario, in a neighbourhood with children around playing, two critically and one in life-threatening condition, having been shot by the police. Four suspects detained. (CP24)
  • One year after the Sinking of the MV Sewol, police blockade a memorial in response to public anger at inactivity by the government to rescue or salvage the bodies of victims from the ship's wreck. (Amnesty.org)
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
  • Univisión announce that Sábado Gigante, the longest-running television variety series in history, will end after 53 years on September 19, 2015. (THR)
Business and economy
  • Mylan, a manufacturer of generic drugs, announced that its board has no interest in much-discussed prospect of purchase by Teva Pharmaceuticals, one of the 15 largest pharmaceutical concerns in the world. (Reuters)
International relations
Religion
Science
  • Bouvier's red colobus, a species of monkey last seen in the 1970s and thought to possibly be extinct, is rediscovered in the Republic of Congo.(Discovery News)
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
  • At least 19 people are killed as a gold mine collapses in Tanzania's Msalala district. (AFP via Daily Mail)
  • Hundreds of people are feared dead after a boat carrying people from Libya to Italy capsizes in the Mediterranean Sea. Twenty-eight people have been rescued. (Times of Malta)
Health
  • A mystery disease that kills patients within 24 hours has killed at least 18 people within the past week in the Nigerian town of Ode-Irele in Ondo State. (AFP via ABC Australia)
Law and crime
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
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Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
  • A strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake occurs off the east coast of Taiwan. (Reuters via Daily Mail)
  • At least three people are dead after a boat carrying dozens of migrants runs aground on the Greek island of Rhodes. (The Independent)
  • Two people are missing in the Hunter Region of New South Wales as an Australian east coast low causes widespread flooding, gale force winds and the loss of power to 140,000 properties. (ABC News Australia)
Health
Law and crime
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • War in Somalia (2009–present)
    • A deadly explosion in a Mogadishu restaurant kills at least four people and injures ten others. (Al-Jazeera)
  • Yemeni Civil War
  • Forty armed men in camouflaged uniforms and speaking Albanian take several police officers hostage in northern Macedonia, the armed men are apparently calling for the creation of "an Albanian state". The incident was reminiscent of an insurgency in Macedonia in 2001 when Skopje's security forces battled rebels demanding greater rights for the former Yugoslav republic's large ethnic Albanian minority. (Reuters)
Arts and culture
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Armed conflicts and attacks
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Armed conflicts and attacks
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Disasters and accidents
  • Macedonian state television reports that 14 migrants died after being hit by a train near the city of Veles while travelling through the Balkans towards Western Europe. (Reuters via Daily Mail)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
  • A 6.4 magnitude earthquake occurs near the town of Kaikoura on the South Island of New Zealand. (New Zealand Herald)
  • Chilean authorities urge further evacuations near the Calbuco volcano after mudflows of volcanic debris are located in a nearby river after this week's eruption. (AP)
Law and crime
Science and technology
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and Economy
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International relations
Law and crime
  • Death of Freddie Gray
    • Twelve people are arrested in the American city of Baltimore as protests against the death of Freddie Gray in police custody turn violent. (Baltimore Sun)
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • American for profit education company Corinthian Colleges announces that it will close its remaining more than two dozen colleges in the western United States due to state and federal investigations into its job-placement practices. (Los Angeles Times)
Disasters and accidents
Politics and elections
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Boko Haram
    • Hundreds of people have been found dead in the northern Nigerian town of Damasak, most likely killed by Boko Haram. (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
  • April 2015 Nepal earthquake
    • The death toll from the earthquakes in Nepal rises to more than 3,700 with reports that tens of thousands of people are homeless. There are fears that the death toll could rise to over 5,000. (AP), (Reuters via Daily Mail)
International relations
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Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
  • April 2015 Nepal earthquake
    • The official death toll exceeds 5,000 with the United Nations estimating that 1.4 million people in the region need emergency food assistance. (CNN)
    • At least 250 people are missing after a mudslide and avalanche in Ghodatabela, a remote village near the epicenter of the earthquake. (AP via News24)
  • Two trains crash in Johannesburg killing a driver and injuring 90 passengers. (Zee News)
  • At least 52 people are missing, feared dead, after a landslide in a remote village in Afghanistan's Badakhshan province. (Reuters)
  • The Trasmediterranea passenger ferry Sorrento, en route from Palma de Mallorca to Valencia in Spain, catches fire. All 170 passengers are rescued. (AFP via News24)
Law and crime
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Businesses and economy
Disasters and accidents
  • April 2015 Nepal earthquake
    • The death toll for the earthquake reaches 6,100 as the first food aid reaches Nepal. This includes 6000+ people in Nepal, 19 people on Mount Everest, 76 in India, 25 in China, and 4 in Bangladesh. (AP via Daily Mail)
    • Thousands of people are fleeing Kathmandu due to uncertainty over food supply. (Xinhua)
  • At least 15 are dead and dozens missing after flash flooding in the southwestern Kenyan town of Narok. (International Business Times)
  • Firefighters in Ukraine try to stop a large forest fire from reaching the site of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. (Euronews)
Health
International relations
Politics and elections
Science and technology
  • Scientists discover the first known dinosaur with membranous wings, Yi Qi. (NY Times)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Businesses and economy
Disasters and accidents
International relations
  • Seizure of Maersk Tigris
    • Iran claims that the seizure of the Maersk Tigris in the Strait of Hormuz was related to an unpaid debt. (NBC News)
    • The United States Navy says it will accompany American-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz. (AP via ABC News)
Law and crime
  • The Chinese city of Helong reports three recent deaths along the border with North Korea with North Korean border guards accused of recent murders and thefts. (AP)
  • An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan's Swat District sentences ten people to life imprisonment after finding them guilty of an attack on Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and two other school girls. (Pakistan Tribune)
  • Death of Freddie Gray: The Baltimore Police Department completes its investigation into the death of Freddie Gray and hands it over to prosecutors. (New York Times)
  • A woman, identified Friday morning as Alexia Christian, 25, who had earlier stolen a car, fires a handgun at two Atlanta Police Department officers, barely missing them. She is subsequently shot and killed. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Science
  • NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft crashes into Mercury after surpassing its one year primary mission by three years. (NBC News)
Sport
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