Portal:Current events/August 2010

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August 2010 was the eighth month of that common year. The month, which began on a Sunday, ended on a Tuesday after 31 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from August 2010.

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  • Philippine Airlines tells 25 airline pilots to return to work after quitting without notice forcing the airline to cancel flights. (Bloomberg via Business Week)
  • Manufacturing output in China grows at its slowest rate in 17 months in July, with the Purchasing Managers Index falling 0.9% to 51.2%. (BBC) (Xinhua)
  • The United Arab Emirates will suspend some BlackBerry mobile services from October amid concerns that data from some equipment is being exported offshore and managed by foreign organisations. Saudi Arabia plans to suspend some services later this month. (BBC) (Aljazeera)
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  • Thousands of troops are mobilised in Russia to tackle forest fires spreading in 17 regions, the worst in decades, as the death toll rises to 30. (Voice of Russia) (AFP)
  • Floods in northeastern China kill more than 100 people and sweep 3,000 chemical-filled barrels into the Songhua River. (Aljazeera) (Xinhua) (AFP) (Times of India)
  • Pakistan floods
    • The death toll from floods in northwestern Pakistan exceeds 1,000. (BBC) (Aljazeera) (The Nation)
    • The United States pledges $10 million in foreign aid to Pakistan to help the nation respond. (AFP via Sydney Morning Herald)
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  • United Kingdom - Sarah's Law, a scheme which allows parents to check if someone with access to their children is a sex offender, will be extended to cover the whole of England and Wales by Spring 2011 after proving successful in four pilot areas. (BBC)
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  • Scientists announce the discovery of the world's first active undersea river, in the Black Sea. (The Daily Telegraph)
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  • An antiques dealer is imprisoned for handling a copy of the First Folio by poet and playwright William Shakespeare, though cleared of actually stealing it, in the UK. (BBC)
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  • The trial of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges is deferred until August 9. (CNN)
  • A drunk man on a tractor kills 11 people and injures many others in a rampage in northern China. (Reuters Africa) (BBC) (The Hindu)
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  • The Census of Marine Life is released after 10 years of study of the worlds oceans showing that there are 230,000 species of animal living there. (Fox News), (The Guardian)
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  • Adaisseh incident:
    • Three Lebanese soldiers, one Israeli soldier, and a journalist are killed, and others are wounded, in clashes along the Israel-Lebanon border. (Aljazeera) (BBC) (The Guardian) (AFP via Google News)
    • The United Nations Security Council goes into closed-door consultations. (The Sydney Morning Herald)
    • Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu claims that IDF soldiers did not cross the border. (The Jerusalem Post)
    • UNIFIL confirms that the IDF did not cross the border. (The Jerusalem Post)
    • Lebanese officials maintain it was the fault of Israel and expresses dissatisfaction at Israel's "aggression" against their country. (Gulf Daily News)
  • Assassination of Raza Haider:
    • Around 46 people are killed and more than 100 others are wounded in Karachi during violent scenes that follow the assassination. (Aljazeera) (Daily Mail) (AP via The Guardian)
    • Police fill the streets of Karachi and Hyderabad is also deserted. (Reuters)
  • Twin explosions kill at least 3 people and injure at least 50 others in a crowded shopping area in Kut, Wasit; women and children are seen bleeding in the streets. (BBC)
  • Authorities shoot dead at least 2 people for protesting on a highway near Srinagar in Kashmir. (Aljazeera)
  • Hundreds of people supporting Lech Kaczyński are sprayed with lachrymator by police outside Warsaw's Presidential Palace. (BBC) (Reuters) (The Washington Post)
  • Jordan says it has evidence that a fatal Grad-type rocket strike on Aqaba originated in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • At least 5 police officers are shot dead at a checkpoint in Baghdad, Iraq. (Aljazeera)
  • A battle erupts as the Taliban attacks the Kandahar Air Field, the main NATO base in southern Afghanistan. The battle lasts an hour, after which the Taliban flee. (Aljazeera)
  • A worker kills 9 people, including himself, in a workplace incident at Hartford Distributors Inc in Connecticut, United States. (France24) (Xinhua) (BBC)
  • A car bomb explodes in Derry, Northern Ireland, injuring no one. (The Guardian) (RTÉ) (The Irish Times)

Arts, culture and society

  • The daughter of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston once again call off their engagement after it's revealed that Johnston fathered a child with another woman. (ABC)
  • A letter is unveiled demonstrating how Robert Burns was "reduced and shattered" in his final days; it will soon be exhibited in Edinburgh, Scotland. (BBC)
  • Tokyo's "oldest woman" cannot be located, casting doubts upon her claim to the title. (BBC) (The Guardian)

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  • The first major Earth-directed solar eruption in a decade will generate aurorae visible in non-polar areas from early August 4th to August 5th. (Foxnews.com) (CNN)

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  • About 70 Indian police personnel are reported missing in Chhattisgarh forests amid a major engagement with Maoist guerrillas; they are later found. No casualties have been reported. (The Times of India) (BBC) (Aljazeera)
  • Lebanon arrests a man it suspects has spied for Israel. (Aljazeera)
  • Israeli shellfire kills a Palestinian militant and wounds 1 other in Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip as the search gets underway for further casualties. (Reuters)
  • Corpses belonging to 59 migrants are located in a desert in the U.S. state of Arizona. (BBC)
  • Police in Karachi arrest suspects in its investigation into a recent assassination, as the death toll in riots reaches 63. (BBC)
  • At least 6 people are killed and around 50 others are injured in twin car bombings in Kut. (BBC)
  • A suicide attack kills 4 people, a paramilitary commander Sifwat Ghuyur and three bodyguards, in Peshawar. (Aljazeera) (Reuters via ABC Online) (BBC)
  • Adaisseh incident:
  • Officials say more than 28,000 people have died in Mexican drug violence since December 2006, thousands more than previously thought. (BBC)
  • India expresses deep regret that its police had to kill at least 28 people this week in Kashmir, with its Home Affairs Minister requesting that protesters stop. (BBC)
  • New Zealand experiences its first combat fatality in Afghanistan; he was also the country's first military death in fighting anywhere for a decade. (BBC) (The New Zealand Herald) (The Washington Post)
  • A man found dead in forest near Trongsa is thought to have been killed by a tiger, possibly Bhutan's first such death in 15 years. (BBC)
  • A controlled explosion is carried out on a device discovered beneath the car of a serving soldier, believed to be an army major, in Bangor, County Down in Northern Ireland. (The Guardian)

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  • South Korea begins a huge anti-submarine exercise in the Yellow Sea, near the disputed maritime border, in what it sees as a show of strength against North Korea and "to be fully prepared for combat"; North Korea disapproves of the exercise. (BBC) (The Jakarta Post) (Reuters) (The Sydney Morning Herald) (The Times of India)
  • At least 25 or 32 Afghans, including civilians, are killed by NATO airstrikes in Nangarhar Province, many bombed by NATO planes while attending the funeral of a flood victim; relatives are displeased. (BBC) (France24) (The New York Times)
  • At least 17 more people are killed during a third day of violence in Karachi, with police given orders to shoot on sight as buildings burn. Current death toll: At least 80. (BBC)
  • Kyrgyzstan:
    • Troops in Bishkek fire shots as protesters travel to support Urmat Baryktabasov, an opposition politician who arrived back in Kyrgyzstan from overseas. (BBC) (UPI)
    • Tear gas is fired and 27 people, including Baryktabasov, are arrested. (France24) (China Daily)
  • At least six Afghan policemen are killed during a suicide attack in Kunduz, by the Tajikistan border. (BBC) (The Asian Age) (IOL)
  • Somali pirates seized a Syrian freighter flagged in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines carrying sugar with 24 crew (22 Syrian and 2 Egyptian) in the Gulf of Aden. (AFP)
  • Israel releases the MV Mavi Marmara, the aid ship which it impounded after killing nine activists during May's Gaza flotilla raid. (BBC) (Arab News) (Indian Express) (The Sydney Morning Herald)

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  • Newly released files, which can be freely downloaded for the next month, show that the British government felt threatened by UFOs in the 1950s and that Winston Churchill and Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered the cover-up of one unexplained encounter. (BBC) (France24) (News24) (Reuters) (The Times of India)

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  • NATO admits it killed "between four and a dozen or more civilians" in Nangarhar Province as a result of air strikes on August 5. (The Sydney Morning Herald) (The New York Times)
  • Germany offers compensation of 3,800 to each family of 91 of the 142 people it killed and 11 it injured in an air strike near Kunduz, an incident which provoked outrage and led to political and military resignations. The Bundeswehr does not admit guilt and families say they may sue. (BBC) (Der Spiegel)
  • Pakistan's Major-General Tariq Khan urges NATO to do more to control the border with Afghanistan, amid increasing UK and U.S. pressure for Pakistan to deal with it. (BBC)
  • Israeli authorities shut down all crossings into Gaza for the day. (Bernama)
  • An international aid ship, the Saint Mariam, bearing only female passengers from all backgrounds, including singer May Hariri and several Americans, is to leave Tripoli bound for Gaza after overcoming an Israeli diplomatic mission designed to prevent it from setting sail. (The Guardian)
  • The United Arab Emirates says the incident in which the Japanese tanker, the MV M. Star, was damaged in the Strait of Hormuz near Oman last week involved an explosives-laden dinghy. (Aljazeera) (BBC) (Emirates News Agency) (AFP)
  • An explosion at Zamboanga International Airport in the southern Philippines kills two people and injures 24. (BBC) (Philippine Inquirer)
  • French police dismantle Romani camps in Saint-Étienne by order of the president. (BBC) (Expatica France) (The Irish Times)

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  • At least 12 million people are now affected by the worst floods in the history of Pakistan with 1,600 people being killed and 650,000 homes being destroyed. (Aljazeera) (BBC) (Sky News) (The Irish Times)
  • Flash floods in the Ladakh region of India's Jammu and Kashmir state kill at least 113 people and leave lots of others missing. (Aljazeera) (The Times of India)
  • Rescue efforts continue to save 34 people trapped in a mine after a rock collapse near Copiapó. (BBC) (Reuters via Mineweb) (Mining Weekly)
  • China suspends traffic on the Yalu River and evacuates more than 40,000 people from Dandong over fears of flooding amid unprecedented levels of rainfall. (BBC) (BusinessWeek)
  • Smoke from Russian wildfires covers famous landmarks and delays more than 140 flights at Moscow airports while official figures indicate that 14,340 people died in Moscow during July 2010; 4,824 more than the same month last year. (Sky News) (Bloomberg) (The Guardian)
  • Mount Karangetang, a volcano on the Indonesian island of Siau, erupts. (AP via Seattle PI)

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  • A Turkish court annuls an arrest warrant issued against 102 military officers over an alleged coup plot in 2003. (Aljazeera)
  • An appeals court in Iran upholds a five year jail sentence against the owner of Mehdi Karroubi's opposition website. (IOL)
  • A man accused by witnesses of domestic violence informs a New Zealand court that he and his wife were performing the Turkish kolbasti traditional dance at the time of the alleged incident in Hawera. (BBC) (Canadian Press) (The New Zealand Herald) (The Daily Telegraph) (The Age)
  • Saudi Arabia BlackBerry ban:
    • Saudi Arabia decides it will not ban BlackBerry instant messaging after agreeing a deal to iron out security fears. (The Daily Telegraph)
    • According to Saudi officials, a deal is close to prevent the ban of the devices. (BBC)
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  • North Korea detains a South Korean fishing boat with four South Koreans and three Chinese on board. (BBC) (Straits Times) (Aljazeera)
  • At least 8 people are killed and 32 others injured during a car bomb outside a restaurant in Ramadi, Iraq. (Aljazeera)
  • The death toll of Saturday's explosion in Basra, Iraq, rises to 43, with the number of injured people being over 100. Police say the explosion was as a result of a power generator short-circuiting but other sources claim it was due to a car bomb. (Aljazeeera) (Euronews) (BBC)
  • Adaisseh incident:
    • United States Representative Ron Klein calls for an investigation into American military aid to Lebanon to determine whether the Lebanese soldiers involved used American-supplied military equipment or received American-funded training. (The Jerusalem Post)
  • Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu orders his attorney-general to find out who leaked embarrassing details about a feud among some of his generals, one of whom is trying to smear his rivals. (Reuters India)
  • The Anatolian Agency reports that two Turkish Army soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in Mardin Province near the Turkish border with Syria. (Canadian Press via Google News)
  • A bridegroom accidentally shoots dead three relations and injures eight others while celebrating with an AK-47 at his wedding in Akcagoze, Gaziantep in Turkey; the man has been detained. (BBC) (News24)
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  • 127 people are killed and 2,000 missing in landslides in Gansu Province, China, due to ongoing flooding. (China Daily) (The Times of India) (Aljazeera) (BBC)
  • The death toll rises to 132 and injury toll is at least 400 as severe flash floods devastate Kashmir. (Press TV)
  • 2010 Pakistan floods:
    • Torrential rains worsen the ongoing flood crisis across Pakistan, which has so far affected 14 million people, as rescue helicopters are forced to stay on the ground in the northwest of the country. (Aljazeera) (BBC)
    • Landslips wreak further destruction in Pakistan: 28 corpses retrieved so far in 2 villages. (BBC)
    • Food prices soar in Pakistan as the floods destroy one million acres of crops so far. (The Express Tribune)
  • Flash floods in the Baltic and Central Europe:
  • There is a further cave-in at the mine near Copiapó, Chile where people have been working since Thursday to rescue 34 miners trapped underground; work is currently suspended in an incident that is rare in that part of the world. (BBC)
  • Several countries evacuate staff from their embassies in Moscow due to the 2010 Russian wildfires including Germany, Austria, Poland and Canada, (RIA Novosti) as Russia experiences its hottest year on record. (Voice of America)
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  • Honda recalls more than 384,000 vehicles due to ignition difficulties. (BBC) (Japan Today) (The Age) (The Times of India) (Los Angeles Times)
  • Mexicana de Aviación cancels flights to and from Europe and the Americas as it goes bankrupt. (BBC) (Mexicana de Aviación)
  • Luxembourg's Skype files for an initial public offering in the United States. (BBC) (The Guardian) (Sky News)
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  • A much-publicised project backed by Spain's government sells just 16 of the 2,000 electric cars it had intended so far in 2010. (BBC) (The Guardian) (The Hindu) (BusinessWeek)
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  • Usain Bolt sustains a back injury that rules him out of all competition for the remainder of the year. (Jamaica Observer) (BBC Sport) (Herald Sun) (The Mercury)
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  • Millions of Muslims begin the holy month of Ramadan in which they are required to fast between sunrise and sunset. (The Guardian)
  • Pope Benedict XVI refuses the resignations of Irish bishops Eamonn Walsh and Raymond Field, who resigned at Christmas over criticism in the Murphy Report into child sexual abuse. (BBC) (The Irish Times) (RTÉ) (The Guardian) (The Washington Post)
  • The Buggles, known for "Video Killed the Radio Star", the first song played on MTV, announce they are to reunite for a one-off first ever live performance. (BBC) (NME) (The Guardian)
  • An American museum launches an appeal designed to restore 5 dresses that actress Vivien Leigh wore in the film Gone with the Wind (1939) ahead of 2014's 75th anniversary. (BBC)
  • The internet parody video "Newport State of Mind", which had received hundreds of thousands of hits, is taken off YouTube due to a "copyright claim" by EMI Publishing. (BBC)
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  • Four British police officers are charged with beating, dragging, punching, stamping and mocking "terror suspect" Babar Ahmad after arresting him in Tooting, South London in 2003; the suspect, a 36-year-old IT worker, was later deemed innocent. (BBC) (Wandsworth Guardian) (The Independent) (The Guardian) (ABC News) (CNN)
  • China announces an investigation into a brand of powdered milk that caused infant girls to grow breasts. (BBC) (Sify)
  • Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, sentenced to death in Iran, "confesses" to adultery and murder in a televised broadcast. (The Guardian) (Reuters Africa)
  • Federal Judge Vaughn R. Walker, after deciding for the plaintiffs in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, mandates that same-sex marriage in the U.S. state of California should resume on August 18. (The New York Times) (BBC) (The Guardian)
  • Iran commutes several death sentences from stoning to hanging. (The Guardian)
  • Australia convicts a man it accuses of the 2001 smuggling more than 500 asylum seekers aboard a boat from Indonesia. (BBC)
  • Charles Taylor's defence lawyer Courtenay Griffiths is told not to speak, on a temporary basis, at Taylor's trial due to loss of temper; Griffiths apologises and is permitted to continue. (BBC)
  • India issues the producer of the controversial Blackberry devices a 31 August deadline to give the Indian government access to its services or be shut down over concerns the devices could be used to commit a repeat of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. (BBC) (Aljazeera)
  • Israeli citizen Elias Abuelazam, a suspected serial killer from Flint, Michigan, is arrested while attempting to leave the United States. (Haaretz) (BBC) (Japan Today)
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  • Peru's health ministry is deployed into the Amazon to battle the vampire bats blamed for the deaths of four children from rabies. (BBC)
  • India's health ministry completely rejects as "unscientific" and a "conspiracy" claims by researchers that medical tourists are spreading a new "superbug" that is alleged to have originated in the country. India states that its hospitals are safe. (Aljazeera)
  • Scientists find evidence that 250 rare Caquetá Titi monkeys survive in Colombia. (CBS) (ScienceNews)
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  • 6 Eritrean migrants attempting to enter Israel are shot dead by smugglers and Egyptian border guards, while several others are injured. (BBC) (Reuters Africa) (Al-Masry Al-Youm)
  • 2 more people are killed during protests in Kashmir. (Press TV)
  • 16 people are killed by gunmen in the Balochistan province of Pakistan in the towns of Aab-e-Ghum and Quetta. (BBC) (Voice of America)
  • 9 people are killed during clashes in Puntland. (Press TV)
  • Lebanon fatally shoots and kills Abd-al-Rahman Awad, the suspected leader of Fatah al-Islam. (BBC) (AFP via The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • 6 policemen are killed during 2 attacks in Baghdad, with 2 of the corpses burning in public. (Aljazeera) (AFP via Google News)
  • 4 people are fatally shot outside a Buffalo restaurant in the U.S. state of New York, with 3 others sustaining injuries. (AP via Google News) (Press TV)
  • 3 children are wounded after a wheelie bin explodes in Lurgan, County Armagh. (BBC) (RTÉ) (The Guardian)
  • Two UNAMID peacekeepers are abducted by armed men in Nyala in the Darfur region of Sudan. (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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  • A rally takes place outside Google's offices in the U.S. state of California against a proposal to change online data treatment. (BBC)
  • Gabon signs over US$4 billion of contracts with Indian and Singaporean companies for infrastructure projects, on the eve of the country's 50th anniversary since independence. (AFP) (Xinhua) (Press TV)
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  • Children's TV presenter Holly Walsh breaks bones and dislocates a shoulder whilst leaping from a pier during a festival in Worthing, West Sussex, England, UK; the festival is briefly halted. (BBC) (Press Association via Google News) (Daily Mail)
  • Hungarian American actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is reported to be in an "extremely serious condition" after further surgery yesterday and has requested the Last Rites. (The Daily Telegraph) (Reuters) (AFP via news.com.au) (CNN)
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  • Romani evictions and deportations from illegal campsites by French authorities:
    • A major road bridge is barricaded near Bordeaux during a holiday weekend by Romani objecting to forced evictions by French authorities. (BBC)
    • Politicians, some from within President Nicolas Sarkozy's own party, object to the treatment of the Romani as "reminiscent of roundups during the war". (Deutsche Welle)
  • Australia and Malaysia remember the 1945 Sandakan Death Marches on their 65th anniversary. (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Sri Lanka unveils a new seaport in southern Hambantota which received a large amount of financial assistance from China. (BBC) (Reuters India)
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  • 2010 Thai political protests:
    • Protest leaders plead innocence in court, denying charges of terrorism in Bangkok. (BBC) (The Sydney Morning Herald)
    • Thailand lifts its state of emergency in 3 provinces but retains it in 7 others, including Bangkok. (Reuters) (The Irish Times) (ABC News)
  • American Lori Berenson, convicted of collaborating with a left-wing group in Peru, apologises after her release from a 20-year prison sentence; she denies any form of violence or murder. (Peruvian Times) (BBC) (Democracy Now) (Japan Today) (MercoPress)
  • Mexico's Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation upholds a Mexico City law allowing gay adoption. (AP via New York Times)
  • Israeli courts deem that its government was "responsible" for the death of a female Palestinian child, who was hit by a rubber bullet in 2007. (BBC) (Aljazeera)
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  • Archaeologists in Afghanistan discover the remains of a Buddhist site south of the capital Kabul. (Reuters Africa)
  • Fiji officially designates the word "Fijian" as the term for the nationality of all the people of the islands including Indo-Fijians. The word was previously used only for indigenous inhabitants. (People's Daily) (Fijivillage)
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  • The Chilean military removes 1,000 protesters who had occupied government buildings, museums and a hotel on Easter Island. (Radio New Zealand International)
  • 3 more Cuban dissidents released on humanitarian grounds arrive with their families in Madrid, Spain. (BBC)
  • Romania expresses dismay at Russia after it arrests and expels one of its diplomats; it is now to do the same in return. (BBC) (Xinhua)
  • Lebanon grants Palestinian refugees the right to work legally. (BBC) (Arab News)
  • A U.S. report claims that the Chinese military has been secretly expanding; the U.S. asks for dialogue with China to avert a "miscalculated" response. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • Two kidnapped Jordanian peacekeepers from the joint African Union - United Nations force in Darfur, Sudan, are released. (Al Jazeera) (BBC) (Xinhua)
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  • Protesters in Potosí and the Bolivian government resolve a three-week disagreement. (BBC)
  • Former Israeli soldier Eden Aberjil is criticized for her Facebook images of herself smiling with blindfolded and bound Palestinian prisoners. (BBC)
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  • The American Ballet Theatre is given permission by its country's President, Barack Obama, to perform in Cuba; it would be the first time in 50 years. American tourists are still banned by their government from travelling to Cuba. (BBC) (AFP via France24)
  • Soul singer Erykah Badu is fined and punished by the city of Dallas, Texas, United States, after being convicted of disorderly conduct for removing her clothes and re-enacting a controversial scene from the country's history while filming a music video. (BBC) (China Daily) (Sky News) (TIME)
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  • Rupert Murdoch provides $1 million to the U.S. Republican Party ahead of an important election in November, more than doubling the party's funds with one of the largest handouts by a media organisation; critics declare Fox News is not impartial. (BBC) (Channel 4) (The Irish Times)
  • More than 1 million state workers in South Africa go on strike to demand an increase in pay. (Reuters) (Al Jazeera) (Times Live)
  • Iceland lowers its interest rate to 7%. (BBC)
  • Foxconn holds employee rallies in a bid to stem the recent huge increase in suicides by its employees. (BBC) (iAfrica) (AFP via The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • United States car maker General Motors files for an Initial Public Offering. (The New York Times)
  • Japanese carmaker Mazda recalls 215,000 vehicles in the United States and 11,000 vehicles in China due to power steering flaws. (CBS Marketwatch)
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  • A court in Israel court jails a man who broke into the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv and asked for asylum; his lawyer says the man was once an Israeli informer whose life is now under threat. (BBC) (News24) (Citizen.co.za)
  • A court in Colombia declares as unconstitutional a controversial deal allowing the United States to freely use its military bases and says it will have to be redrafted; other Latin American countries have expressed concern that the United States is exerting excessive influence on the region. (BBC) (The Age) (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • A Peruvian court revokes the parole of Lori Berenson, a United States citizen convicted in the 1990s of collaborating with the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement. (The New York Times) (BBC) (AP via The Age)
  • Venezuela's government begins a trial ban of the publication of "violent, bloody or grotesque" photographs in newspapers, as a result of controversy over pictures of bloodied corpses riddled with bullets appear on the front page of newspapers. (BBC)
  • Nathan Mutei, a Kenyan man, is jailed for 17 years in Tanzania after being convicted of attempting to sell an albino man; the prized albino is escorted back to Kenya under armed guard. (BBC)
  • The Philippines is shocked by mobile phone footage apparently demonstrating police torture of a naked man charged with theft; many suspensions occur. (BBC)
  • Jeremy Ractliffe resigns from the board of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund after revealing he kept diamonds given to him by Naomi Campbell. (BBC)
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  • South Africa deploys its army to deal with public sector workers striking in a bid to earn an increased wage; police shoot rubber bullets and water cannon into crowds outside a hospital in Soweto. At least five people have been killed so far during the strikes. (BBC) (The Citizen) (iAfrica) (Mail & Guardian) (Times Live) (Reuters Africa)
  • Human rights groups express dismay at Kenya for the secret sending to Uganda of four suspects after the 2010 FIFA World Cup attacks in Kampala. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents are also said to have engaged in illegal interrogation of three of them. (BBC) (News24) (The Star)
  • Seven people are killed and fourteen injured in a bomb attack in China's Xinjiang province. Although the region has recently been embroiled in violence including Muslim separatists and majority Han Chinese, the attack is being investigated as a criminal case. (AP) (Al Jazeera)
  • The last United States brigade combat team leaves Iraq: there are still 56,000 members of the United States armed forces in the country. (CNN)
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  • Carworkers in South Africa end their eight-day strike with a 10% pay deal. (BBC)
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  • 6 police officers in Mexico are arrested and accused of participating in the kidnap and murder of Mayor Edelmiro Cavazos. (BBC) (AP via Arab News) (Japan Today)
  • South African health minister Aaron Motsoaledi accuses of murder public sector workers who disrupt important treatment of patients while striking for better pay. (BBC) (News24)
  • Remains of a 104-year-old woman's body are discovered in her son's backpack during a nationwide search in Japan for missing centenarians. It is thought they may have been there for a decade. (AFP) (BBC)
  • A Thai appeals court rules to extradite alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout to the United States; Russia expresses its disagreement with the ruling. (The Independent) (AP via CBS) (Thai News Agency) (BBC)
  • An Irish-born Australian man who admitted after initially pleading innocence to breaching the state of emergency during the anti-government protests in Thailand is deported to Australia; he says he was beaten, was treated harshly and was not shown an arrest warrant. (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Shining Path leaders Abimael Guzmán and Elena Iparraguirre marry at a maximum-security prison near Lima; they fought for their right to marry by going on hunger strike earlier this year. (BBC) (Reuters via The Independent)
  • A judge rules that former President of Guatemala Alfonso Portillo must stand trial. (BBC)
  • A quadriplegic man leaves hospital in Hong Kong for his own home after 19 years, having written to the country's leader 6 years ago to ask that he be allowed to die. (BBC)
  • The last remaining free inmate to have escaped from a prison in the U.S. state of Arizona is captured alongside his accomplice. (The New York Times)
  • A man sues game-maker NCsoft, stating he would not have begun to play one of their games, Lineage II, if he had known it was addictive and claims it has left him unable to function. (GameSpy)
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  • Amnesty International urges Saudi Arabia not to sever the spine of a man as punishment; the man has been convicted of paralysing another man. (BBC) (The Age)
  • Swedish prosecutors issue and then revoke an arrest warrant against Wikileaks spokesperson Julian Assange. Assange calls the incident "deeply disturbing" as Wikileaks prepares to release 15,000 documents which the U.S. military would like to keep secret. (Aljazeera) (AP via The Independent) (Channel 4) (CNN)
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  • 5,000 people are evacuated in North Korea after the Yalu River on the border with China floods; 94,000 in China are also evacuated. (AFP) (Xinhua) (BBC)
  • 2010 Pakistan floods:
    • Around 150,000 people flee their homes in Sindh as the devastating floods worsen in Pakistan. (Al Jazeera) (The Independent on Sunday) (BBC)
    • International pledges currently total $800 million, say government figures. (Aljazeera)
  • All 33 Chilean miners trapped deep underground are located alive after 17 days, though they have not yet been removed from the mine and remain trapped. (AP via Google News) (BBC) (Reuters via France24) (Aljazeera)
International relations
  • A Bolivian-flagged all-female international aid ship bound for Gaza is delayed as Cyprus bans it from passing, with Israel's Ehud Barak calling on France and the United States to prevent it from sailing because, he says, it is "a needless provocation". (Haaretz) (euronews) (Press TV) (Buenos Aires News)
  • Iran unveils a long range unmanned bomber, the Karrar drone their latest addition in a number of recently disclosed military hardware. (The Guardian), (Los Angeles Times)
  • Palestinian official Wassel Abu Yousef objects to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's talk of "preconditions" that the Palestinians should recognize Israel as the state of Jews and says such comments are a threat to direct talks next month. (Xinhua)
Law and crime
  • South African trade unions state that a court injunction successfully sought by the government is intended to "intimidate" workers who are striking in the hope of receiving better pay. (BBC) (News24)
  • Supporters of Julian Assange of Wikileaks credit American intelligence agencies with recent smears against his character and express surprise that it has not happened sooner. (The Guardian) (Aljazeera)
  • After a federal investigation by the United States, 47 foreign-born gang members are arrested in New England, including members of the "True Somali Bloods", "True Sudanese Bloods" and the "Asian Boyz". Over half are arrested in the U.S. state of Maine. (Portland Press Herald)
  • 4 mutilated and decapitated corpses are located by police hanging by their ankles from a bridge outside Cuernavaca, Morelos. (BBC)
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  • United States authorities give the green light to human trials of an Ebola drug said to have worked during tests on monkeys. (BBC)
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  • Flooding in China and North Korea:
    • More than 250,000 people are evacuated due to floods across China and North Korea. (Al Jazeera) (UK Press Association via Google News)
    • 4 people die in floods in Dandong, China after flood waters cause the Yalu River to burst its banks. (AP via The Independent)
  • It is expected to take 120 days (4 months) to free the 33 miners trapped underground near Copiapó in the Atacama Desert after it is confirmed that they are all currently alive. (The Guardian)
  • The United Nations describes the humanitarian situation caused by the 2010 Pakistan floods as critical. (BBC)
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  • A solar system is discovered for the star HD 10180 including a possible planet 1.4 times the size of the Earth. (Christian Science Monitor) (New York Times)
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  • Mass protests by civil servants in South Africa continue, demanding improved pay and benefits. (Al Jazeera)
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  • As many as 30 children die of lead poisoning in northern Nigeria. (BBC) (AllAfrica.com)
  • 12 people are killed in landslides after heavy rains in northern Turkey. (Hürriyet Daily News) (BBC)
  • The Indus River breaches its banks near the southern Pakistan city of Thatta forcing the evacuations of hundreds of thousands of people. (ABC Online and AFP)
  • A magnitude 5.7 earthquake strikes northern Iran, killing two people. (WireUpdate) (Xinhua) (Radio New Zealand)
  • Floods and landslides have killed at least 34 people in Nicaragua and affected 84,000 since the start of the rainy season on May 15. (AFP via Google News)
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  • Pakistan
  • Suspected Taliban insurgents attack two coalition allied military bases in eastern Afghanistan; both attacks are repelled by coalition forces, killing 24 militants while taking no casualties. (BBC)
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  • Cuba eases property laws, allowing foreign investors to lease government land for up to 99 years. (AP) (Al Jazeera)
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  • 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards
    • Mad Men wins the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. (Los Angeles Times)
    • Modern Family wins the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. (Los Angeles Times)
  • The final episode of Last of the Summer Wine airs on BBC One after 37 years. (The Guardian) (The Daily Telegraph) (Daily Mail)
  • A small semi-train is driven through the streets of Gaza after six months of construction, to the delight of children living in harsh conditions. (Xinhua)
Disasters
  • Floods worsen in Pakistan as more towns are threatened. (Press TV)
  • 1 person dies as the Sumatran volcano Sinabung prompts a red alert by erupting for the first time in over 400 years, leading to Indonesia evacuating thousands of people. (ABC News Online) (AFP via Google News) (DPA via Monsters and Critics)
  • At least 38 people, including the driver, are killed in Ecuador when a bus falls down a cliff outside the capital Quito, reportedly after the driver fell asleep. (Reuters Africa) (Sky News Australia)
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  • 2010 Pakistan floods
    • The historic city of Thatta is preserved by troops and volunteers fighting severe floodwaters in Pakistan; it had been thought of as being at great risk. (AP via Google News) (The Independent) (Daily Times)
    • More than 175,000 people flee, as the city virtually empties. (Aljazeera)
  • Chile mining accident
    • The 33 miners involved in the accident make telephone contact with their families for the first time in 3 weeks. (BBC)
    • Rescuers are to begin drilling to rescue the trapped miners. (Santiago Times) (Al Jazeera)
  • 2010 Atlantic hurricane season
    • Category 4 Hurricane Earl takes aim at the northern Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico with winds of up to 135 miles per hour (215 km/h) prompting hurricane warnings. (msnbc.com) (CNN) (BBC)
    • Tropical Storm Fiona forms in the central Atlantic Ocean with the potential to become the fourth hurricane of the season. (Huffington Post)
  • Indonesia's Mount Sinabung continues to erupt with 21,000 people now evacuated from nearby areas of north Sumatra and two people dead. (AP via Fox News) (CNN)
  • 9 people die and 480 are rescued following a fire at a retirement home in the Tver region of Russia. (CNN) (Al Jazeera)
  • It is announced that a preserved corpse belonging to William Holland, an American mountaineer lost in the Canadian Rockies in 1989, has been located in Jasper National Park. (BBC) (AP via Google News)
  • 42 killed, 11 injured in bus crash 55 miles south of Quito, Ecuador.(CNN)
International relations
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  • Italian health minister Ferruccio Fazio apologises while visiting a woman subjected to violent confrontation between two doctors as her baby was on the verge of being born at a hospital in Messina, Sicily. (BBC) (The Daily Telegraph) (AP via CBC News) (The Washington Post)
  • Talks begin between the government and workers striking for better conditions in South Africa in the third week of a conflict which has seen troops deployed. (BBC) (TIMES Live) (Reuters)
Science
  • The InterAcademy Panel on International Issues issues a report finding that The IPCC assessment process has been successful overall but making seven formal recommendations for improving the IPCC's assessment process, and that "“Straying into advocacy can only hurt I.P.C.C.’s credibility.” (Aljazeera) (The Irish Times) (The New York Times) (The New Zealand Herald)InterAcademy Council news release 30.August.2010
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  • The Russian embassy in the Belarussian capital Minsk is attacked with firebombs; Russia says the incident is "outrageous". (RIA Novosti) (Times of India) (Reuters)
  • Iran's foreign ministry criticises state media for branding French first lady Carla Bruni as a "prostitute" over her support for Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani who faces death by stoning after being convicted of adultery. (ABC News) (IOL) (AP)
  • Following an Israeli-course on editing Wikipedia to further a national agenda, a Palestinian group initiates a plan to establish its view on the encyclopaedia.[5][6]
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