Portal:Current events/April 2018

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April 2018 was the fourth month of the current common year. The month, which began on a Sunday, ended on a Monday after 30 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from April 2018.

Armed conflicts and attacks

Business and economy
  • Bahraini state media reports the discovery of the nation's largest known deposit of oil and gas in an offshore field. (Bloomberg)
  • Iraq's Oil Ministry brings forward the proposed date for awarding oil exploration contracts for new fields offshore and near the Iranian and Kuwaiti borders to April 15. (CNBC)

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  • In response to the suicide of a student, protestors attack Crossroads Higher Secondary School in Pampady, India, and clash with police. (Gulf News)
  • California Highway Patrol says a crash that left five dead and three children missing after a car fell off a cliff into the sea may have been intentional. (NBC News)
  • An overnight prison riot kills seven police officers in Amatlán de los Reyes, Veracruz, Mexico. (BBC)

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  • China–United States relations
  • South Africa's Winnie Madikizela-Mandela OLS, also known as Winnie Mandela dies.Winnie Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, and the ex-wife of Nelson Mandela and a well respected ANC Stalwart.

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  • Following the bankruptcy of UK engineering outsourcing firm Carillion, the Official Receiver reveals more than half of the roughly 20,000 employees have found new jobs. (Sky News)
  • UK retailer Conviviality, owner of Bargain Booze, says it intends to appoint administrators within ten days. (Citywire)

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Health and environment
  • The WWF describes Germany's rivers as being in a state "bordering on critical" after it emerges more than 90% do not meet European Union standards for cleanliness and ecological quality. (The Local)

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Law and crime
  • 2017 Saint Petersburg Metro bombing
    • On the first anniversary of the attack Russia's Investigative Committee releases a statement saying they have identified all participants, have eleven suspects in custody, and have almost concluded their investigation. (The Moscow Times)
  • Police say a firebombing of a bus in Driekop, South Africa, killed six people. (Independent Online)
  • A court in Kuwait sentences a Lebanese man and his Syrian wife to death in absentia for the murder of their Filipino maid. The case sparked an Interpol manhunt and diplomatic tensions. (CNN) (News.co.au)
  • Three men plead not guilty to arson and manslaughter in connection to the deaths of five people in an explosion at a shop in Leicester, England. (BBC)
  • YouTube headquarters shooting
    • A shooting at YouTube headquarters wounds four. The gunwoman takes her own life. (The Guardian)
  • German police defuse a parcel bomb in Berlin. It is thought to be the fourth device sent by a blackmailer targetting DHL. (The Local)
  • The editor of Citylife Chiang Mai apologises to Chiang Mai's governor after being threatened with criminal charges for sharing on Facebook a painting by a student that depicted historic kings in anti-pollution masks. (The Bangkok Post)

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  • Earthquakes in California
    • A magnitude 5.3 earthquake, the strongest in the region in four years, takes place near Santa Cruz Island off the coast of California, being felt as far as Riverside. No injuries are reported. (Los Angeles Times)
  • A bus crash in Makomero, Tanzania, kills 12 people and injures 46. (News24)
  • An F-15K fighter jet crashes on a mountainside in Chilgok, South Korea. One pilot is killed and another is missing, presumed dead. (The Washington Post)
  • A fire breaks out on the roof of a hospital in Gaziosmanpasa, Istanbul, and spreads down the outside to ground level. Minister of Health Ahmet Demircan say all patients have been evacuated and transferred to hospitals elsewhere by ambulances. (CNN)

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Armed conflicts and attacks

Arts and culture
  • Weinstein effect
    • Three members of the Swedish Academy leave their seats after failing to oust another member whose husband is accused of sexual misconduct including raping young female writers. (Expressen)

Business and economy
  • Economy of the United Kingdom
    • A report reveals that 2017 saw over ten thousand new businesses in the technology sector throughout the United Kingdom, with all areas seeing growth over 2016. Scotland saw a 77% increase with 440 new firms. (The Scotsman)
  • Trump tariffs
    • U.S. stocks drop by about 2 percent in light of U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariff statement yesterday concerning Chinese imports. (Reuters)

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Health and environment
  • Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, invites bids for oil and gas exploration at Northeast Newfoundland Slope, a protected marine area that was closed to fishing in December. (CBC)

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  • Brenna Spencer, a female supporter of Donald Trump, goes viral after carrying a handgun in her pants while taking a photo. (Yahoo News)

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  • Shipwrecks in 2018
    • Firefighters contain a fire on FV Dong Won 701 in the Port of Timaru, New Zealand. The ongoing blaze, which broke out yesterday, has injured three people. (The New Zealand Herald)
    • A court in Istanbul issues a warrant for the seizure of MV Vitaspirit, a Maltese tanker that crashed into a historic waterfront mansion on the Bosphorus on April 7, until the mansion's owners receive US$50 million. (Hurriyet Daily News)
  • Humboldt Broncos bus crash
    • The Alberta Transportation Ministry suspends operations by Adesh Deol Trucking Ltd pending investigation into a crash with a bus which killed 15 people. (Global News)
  • US-Bangla Airlines Flight 211
    • Nepalese investigators release their preliminary report into the disaster. (The Aviation Herald)
  • Two buses collide head-on in Luton, England, resulting in thirteen people injured. (Sky News)
  • A French military jet accidentally drops an inert bomb on a car factory in Nogent-sur-Vernisson, France. Two are injured and gendarmes evacuate 150. (The Express)
  • Thousands are left without power and flights are grounded after a powerful storm hits Auckland, New Zealand. (Radio New Zealand)
  • A 53-metre (174 ft) tower collapses the wrong way during demolition in Vordingborg, Denmark, severely damaging many buildings, including a cultural centre. (The Independent)
  • 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash
    • Poland's ruling Law and Justice unveils a new monument on the eighth anniversary of the disaster, which killed 96 including then-President Lech Kaczyński near Smolensk, Russia. Initial investigations primarily blamed errors on the flight crew but Poland is conducting a new investigation with a new report expected to claim Russian air traffic controllers purposely misled the jet about its location before it was destroyed in an explosion. (Radio Poland)
    • Law and Justice's Jarosław Kaczyński, twin brother of ex-President Lech, calls off Marches of Remembrance held in Warsaw every month since the disaster, saying they are not needed owing to the new monument. (Poland Radio)
International relations
Law and crime
  • Indonesia announces the capture of MV STS-50, a stateless vessel wanted by Interpol for illegal fishing, and her crew following a chase. MV STS-50 previously evaded capture in Mozambique and escaped after being detained in China. Following the ship's detention Indonesia launches a slavery investigation into working conditions on board. (Channel News Asia) (The Independent)
  • Inn Din massacre
  • Ukraine detains a Russian ship in Odessa suspected of illegally extracting sand. (TASS)
  • An Italian judge says a mafia clan has been plotting the murder of Spia.it journalist Paolo Borrometi. Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni voices his support to the journalist. (ANSA)
  • Terrorism in Iraq

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  • 2018 Hamburg stabbing attack
    • A man fatally stabs his ex-wife and his one-year-old daughter at a crowded subway platform in central Hamburg, Germany. (Washington Post)
  • Terrorism in Iraq
    • Counterterror forces in Ninevah arrest and charge four suspected Islamic State members over a fatal bombing at a market in regional capital Mosul last year. Separately, authorities discover an unidentified corpse in Mosul thought to be connected. (al-Bawaba News)
    • A mass grave containing burnt bodies is found in al-Tarabisha, Anbar. (Iraqi News)
  • Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer pleads guilty to conspiracy and money laundering and agrees to assist in the prosecution of other Backpage employees, including co-founders Michael Lacey and James Larkin, who were charged with several counts of human trafficking on April 6 after the site was seized by the FBI. (The Wall Street Journal)

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Armed conflicts and attacks

Disasters and accidents
  • Shipwrecks in 2018
  • A bus overturns near the village of Vakarel, Bulgaria, killing six people and injuring 20. (Reuters)
  • Vanuatu plans another evacuation from Ambae Island due to volcanic activity from Manaro Voui. (RNZ)
  • Summit Air Flight 409
    • The Nepalese Accident Investigation Commission concludes its investigation, finding the plane stalled after the flight crew lost situational awareness and began a rapid ascent to avoid terrain whilst still configured for landing. (The Aviation Herald)
  • Russian authorities say a Kamov Ka-29 belonging to the Baltic Fleet crashed late yesterday whilst attempting to land on a ship, killing two people. (RadioFreeEurope / Radio Liberty)

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Armed conflicts and attacks
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  • A storm blasts central US with heavy snow, winds, and hail, forcing flight cancellations, creating treacherous road conditions and killing at least three people. (ABC News)
  • The US Navy concludes its investigation into the October crash of a T-45C Goshawk military training jet in Tennessee that killed both on board, concluding pilot error caused the accident. (Navy Times)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Science and technology
  • March for Science 2018
    • A second March for Science is held with various rallies happening internationally. (Mother Jones)
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Science and technology
  • Asteroid close approaches to Earth in 2018
    • An asteroid, 2018 GE3, sized between 37 and 138 metres (121 and 453 ft) passes 193,000 kilometres (120,000 mi) from Earth, possibly the largest known asteroid to ever pass that close in observational history. (Minor Planet Center)
    • Another asteroid, 2018 GY3, which had passed 301,000 kilometres (187,000 mi) from Earth on April 10, is identified as the lost asteroid 2008 GY21, which had passed similarly close to Earth in 2008. (Minor Planet Center)
  • Scientists say that they have identified genes that cause deadly heart condition pulmonary arterial hypertension which kills 50% of those affected within five years. (BBC News)
  • USS Portland, a new United States naval ship costing $1.6 billion, arrives and docks in Portland, Oregon, ahead of being formally commissioned later this month. (KGW)

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Armed conflicts and attacks

Arts and culture

Disasters and accidents
  • Grenfell Tower fire
    • A leaked draft report by fire investigators BRS Global for the Metropolitan Police reveals new details of mistakes in the construction and refurbishment of Grenfell Tower in London. As well as flammable cladding the report finds errors in window and cavity installation. It concludes the fire would have not spread beyond a single flat and all 71 victims would have survived had refurbishment not been performed, and that victims may also have survived had they sought refuge behind fire doors protecting waste chute rooms on each floor. (The Evening Standard) (The Independent) (The Evening Standard)
  • Disasters in Indonesia
  • Shipping accidents in 2018
    • An initial report on a collision between container ships MV Tolten and MV Hamburg Bay near Karachi, Pakistan, that caused millions of rupees in damage and lost cargo last month suggests errors by MV Toltens captain caused the collision and better tug provision by Karachi Port would have prevented it. (Geo)
    • Firefighters reopen the sealed Korean fishing ship FV Dong Won 701 in the Port of Timaru, New Zealand, in a bid to finally extinguish the fire that broke out on April 9. (NZCity.co.nz)
  • Railway accidents in 2018

Health and environment
  • An international team researching a plastic-consuming bacterium discovered in 2016 at a Japanese landfill site announce the accidental synthesis of an artificial enzyme that breaks down plastics more efficiently than the bacterium. The team suggest the molecule could be used for environmentally sound plastics disposal. (The Guardian)

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  • Prosecutors in Minnesota say nobody will be charged over the death of Prince, who accidentally overdosed on counterfeit fentanyl pills. (BBC)
  • Yom Ha'atzmaut
    • Israel celebrates the 70th anniversary of its existence as a Jewish state. (CBC)

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International relations

Law and crime
  • Murder in English law
    • A woman goes on trial in England accused of murdering a man who was voluntarily euthanised in Belgium after she allegedly attacked him with acid. Prosecutors say medical evidence indicates "he could not bear to live in that condition." (BBC)
  • The High Court in Glasgow jails corrupt juror Catherine Leahy for six years in the first case of its kind in Scotland. (The Guardian)
  • Terrorism in Norway
    • The police bomb group moved out to an apartment in Rosenhoff, Oslo, when informed that there might be explosives in the apartment. One person was found slightly injured. (Aftenposten)
  • Two deputies are shot dead at a Chinese restaurant in Trenton, Florida, in what appears to be a targeted killing. The gunman was found dead outside the restaurant. (CNN)
  • A court in Tajikistan sentenced a 71-year old woman to 12 years in prison after having links to the Islamic State group. (EurasiaNet)
  • A US federal judge rules the Department of Defence cannot transfer an unidentified ISIS suspect with US-Saudi dual citizenship to an unnamed foreign country. (CNN)

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  • UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt writes to social media firms including Google and Facebook giving them until the end of the month to come up with ways to counter online bullying, underage usage, and unhealthy amounts of interaction online. He says they will face new legislation if they do not comply. (BBC)
  • Tanzania's Communications Regulatory Authority issues a two week deadline for bloggers, Internet TV shows, and other online content creators and distributors to register with the government. (Xinhua)

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  • 2018 London Marathon
    • It is confirmed runner Matt Campbell, a former MasterChef semifinalist, died in hospital after collapsing during yesterday's London Marathon. The race was the hottest since the annual event began. (BBC)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
International relations
Law and crime
  • Toronto van attack
    • Alek Minassian appears in court in Toronto charged with ten murders and thirteen attempted murders. (BBC)
  • Yahoo! data breaches
  • Crime in Italy
    • Italian police arrest a Bosnian driver driving a van loaded with weapons bound for Barcelona. (The New York Times)
  • The United States Supreme Court rejects a case brought by foreign nationals under the Alien Tort Statute attempting to sue the Arab Bank over terror attacks in Israel. (USA Today)
  • A former MP from Poland's Samoobrona party is charged with spying for Russia and China. (Radio Poland)
  • Crime in Texas
    • Three people are shot and critically wounded, two of them Dallas Police officers and the other a security guard, at a Home Depot in Dallas, Texas. The suspected shooter, who was also attempting to shoplift merchandise, was arrested soon after. One of the police officers died from his injuries the next day. (CBS News)(ABC News)
  • In Lima, Peru, a 36-year-old man gets on a public transport bus and sets fire to the passengers, after spraying them with gasoline, leaving 10 people injured. The most affected, a 22-year-old young woman, was seriously injured and believed to be the target of the attack. (Panamericana Televsión) (Diario Correo)
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  • Conservative media site RedState fires most of its staff and its owner Salem Media Group freezes the site, stating they could "no longer support the entire roster of writers and editors". Staff claim they were fired for their opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump. (The Hill)
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  • A communal toilet collapses in Bhandup, Mumbai, India. Several people are trapped and require rescue, with two dying en route to hospital. (First Post)
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Armed conflicts and attacks
  • 2018 Gaza border protests
    • The Israel Defense Forces arrest a suspected Hamas member caught tampering with equipment at the Karni Crossing on the Israeli-Gazan border. (Haaretz)
    • An Israeli military officer states IDF snipers are targeting the legs of protestors and deaths are largely the unintentional result of protestors bending over, missing shots, and the subsequent rounds ricocheting from intended targets. (Haaretz)
    • A Palestinian youth is shot and injured at the border near al-Awdeh after approaching the border fence. (W.A.F.A.)
    • In response to a Yesh Din petition to the Israeli High Court calling for a ban on the use of live rounds to prevent protestors breaching the border fence, the Israeli government says its rules of engagement meet local and international law, that intelligence used to justify decisions will be submitted to the court, and that the protests are considered part of the ongoing conflict with Hamas. (Ynetnews)
    • Amnesty International makes a fresh call for an arms embargo against Israel, claiming "malicious tactics" and "murderous" attacks on Gazan civilians justify one. (The Jerusalem Post)
  • Syrian Civil War, American-led intervention in the Syrian Civil War
    • The Syrian Army, along with what is believed to be Iranian-backed militias, took control villages east of the Euphrates river near the city of Deir ez-Zor that were under the control by Kurdish-led forces in a rare clash with the Syrian Democratic Forces. The territory was later recaptured by U.S.-backed forces in a counter-attack spearheaded by the YPG with help from U.S.-led coalition jets that took off from American bases in northern Syria. The U.S. military says in a statement that the "coalition used established deconfliction channels to de-escalate the situation". (Reuters)
    • Syrian state media, Syrian Arab News Agency, reports missile strikes have targeted military sites in the Hama Governorate and Aleppo Governorate. It is unclear who carried out the strikes. (Xinhuanet)

Business and economy
  • T-Mobile US and Sprint agree to merge in a deal valued at US$146 billion. The merger is subject to approval from regulators. (USA Today)

Disasters and accidents
  • A truck collides with a bus in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh, India, killing at least seven people with at least 25 more injured. (Xinhua)
  • A fire in a circuit board factory in Taoyuan City, Taiwan, kills seven people including five firefighters. It is the city's third major industrial fire this year. (The New Indian Express)

International relations

Law and crime
  • A bomb explodes outside the Arun III Hydroelectric Power Plant in Tumlingtar, Nepal. The plant was codeveloped with India and is due to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi within weeks. (The New Indian Express)
  • The Central Criminal Court in Baghdad, Iraq, sentences nineteen Russian women, six Azerbaijani women, and four Tajikistani women to life in prison for membership to ISIL. (The Sunday Times)
  • The Israel Defense Forces detain one of two Lebanese shepherds who they say crossed the United Nations-patrolled border between the two nations. Lebanon calls the detention an "abduction". The IDF says the female shepherd, detained in the disputed Shebaa region, was quickly repatriated. (The Jerusalem Post)
  • A police operation in nine commercial premises of the district of La Victoria, in Lima, Peru, managed to seize two tons of pharmaceutical and natural products with a expired shelf life, without sanitary registration, and allegedly falsified. The police officers in charge of this raid on informed that now they will continue to find the whereabouts of all the people involved in the commercialization of this merchandise. (Perú 21)

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  • Brazil surfer Rodrigo Koxa breaks the record for the largest wave ever surfed. The wave occured off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal and measured 24.4 meters (80 feet). (BBC)
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  • The Mezhegei coal mine in Tuva, Siberia, Russia, suffers a collapse. A total of 79 miners are rescued but one remains missing. (The Moscow Times)
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  • Terrorism in Sweden
    • SAPO arrests three in the greater Stockholm area suspected of plotting a terror attack. SAPO says the case has an international connection; local media reports one of the detainees is an Uzbekistani citizen. (ABC News)
  • Terrorism in the United Kingdom
  • 2008 Mumbai attacks
    • Pakistan's Interior Ministry removes chief prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar from the case, which concerns the murders of 166 people. The Interior Ministry said Azhar did "not take the government line". Seven alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba members have been facing charges since 2009 but nobody has yet been convicted in Pakistan. (The Times of India)
  • The United Nations suspends Miriam Maluwa as director of the UNAIDS programme in Ethiopia. Maluwa is a key witness in allegations of sexual assault against a programme director, Luiz Loures. Loures is accused of attacking colleague Martina Brostrom in a lift and is due to leave his post today. Brostrom today said she has no confidence the UN will deliver justice as it reopens its investigation. (The Times of India) (The Times of India)

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