Portal:Current events/August 2011

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This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from August 2011.

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  • At least 11 people, including 5 suspects, are killed and 15 others are injured on Sunday's violence in China's Xinjiang region, raising the death toll to 20 over the weekend attacks in Kashgar. (CRI) (The Guardian)
  • 2011 Syrian uprising:
    • More than 142 people are killed across the country in a continuing crackdown on protests. (Al Jazeera)
    • Russia calls for an end to the "use of force" against civilians. (Lebanon Now) (The Moscow Times)
  • The Lebanese Armed Forces exchanged fire with the Israeli Defense Forces patrolling the border, with one Lebanese soldier being injured. (Jerusalem Post)
Business and economy
  • The HSBC bank announces plans to cut 5,000 jobs now and 25,000 by 2013. (Reuters)
  • Foxconn Technology, a computer assembler headquartered in Taiwan, plans to add one million robots to its plants over the next three years, according to a Reuters report. (Reuters)
  • BBC journalists stage another 24-hour strike in protest at planned redundancies. (Mail Online) (The Guardian)
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  • French and Ugandan scientists discover a 20-million-year-old skull of a tree-climbing ape in the Karamoja region of Uganda. (Reuters) (Hindustan Times)
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  • A judge rules that Donald Rumsfeld can be sued personally for damages by a U.S. Army veteran in his 50s who says he was imprisoned unjustly and tortured by the U.S. military in Iraq. (Huffington Post)
  • Heather Mills claims that a Mirror Group journalist admitted hacking into her phone and listening to a message from then-boyfriend Paul McCartney - Piers Morgan has admitted to hearing it although he was not the journalist involved. (BBC)
  • The Virginia Tech campus, site of an April 2007 mass shooting, goes on lockdown as a precaution after reports of a man, possibly armed with a gun, on or near the campus were made by teenagers attending a camp there. [1]
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  • 500,000 people are evacuated in eastern China as Typhoon Muifa approaches. (Channel NewsAsia)
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  • One person is killed and six are missing after a landslide in eastern Malaysia. (Xinhua)
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  • 2011 London riots
    • The Metropolitan Police Service restores order in Tottenham, north London, after a riot on Saturday night in which twenty-six police officers were injured. (AFP via Hindustan Times) (BBC)
    • Outbreaks of looting and civil disorder are reported in a number of areas including Hackney, Brixton and Walthamstow. (The Guardian) (The Telegraph)
  • Nepal bans smoking in public places. [http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Asia/Story/STIStory_699698.html (Straits Times)

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  • Final approval is given for the building of 1,600 Israeli settler homes in disputed East Jerusalem by Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai despite a diplomatic rebuke Tuesday from the United States over earlier construction plans. (BBC) (Toronto Globe and Mail)
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  • Egyptian activist Asmaa Mahfouz is charged with inciting violence in what seems to be a clear violation of human rights. (Al-Ahram) (Almasry Alyoum) (Associated Press) (Washington Post)
  • Six people are killed in a stabbing incident on the Channel Island of Jersey (BBC)
  • 2011 England riots
    • A third person is charged with the murder of three men hit by a car in Birmingham. (BBC)
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  • Japan's economy shrinks by 0.3% in the April-June quarter confirming the country is in a recession caused in part by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and subsequent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. (Market Watch)
  • Authorities in the north-eastern Chinese city of Dalian order a petrochemical plant, which produces paraxylene (PX), to be shut down and relocated, after tens of thousands of local residents protested through the streets on Sunday, fearing potential pollution. The protests resembled to a similar case, when citizens went on a protest "stroll" in the southeastern city of Xiamen in June 2007. (China Daily) (The Guardian) (The Atlantic) (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Google announces a proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobility. (Reuters)
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  • Australian airline Qantas announces that it will be cutting 1000 jobs while steel maker OneSteel announces the loss of 400 jobs. (AAP via News Limited)
  • The economy of Germany grows by only 0.1% in the second quarter of 2011, raising concerns about the European economy as a whole. (AP via Washington Post)
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  • Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang visits Hong Kong on a three-day official tour; observers indicate that this solidifies his status as the next Premier of China. (Wall Street Journal)
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  • At least fourteen people die after a minibus hits a roadside bomb in Afganistan's Herat province. (Voice of America)
  • Turkey launches an air strike on PKK positions in northern Iraq. (AP via Google News)
  • Southern Israel attacks
    • Eight people are killed and dozens are injured in southern Israel near the Egyptian border, after a string of terrorist attacks on a highway targeting two civilian buses and cars as well a military bus responding to the attacks. (Ynetnews) (New York Times)
    • In retaliation, Israel launches an air raid on the town of Rafah killing five Palestinians terrorists from the Popular Resistance Committee according to officials in Gaza. (The Guardian), (AFP via Sydney Morning Herald) (New York Times)
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  • A rabbi in the U.S. state of New Jersey has been indicted for alleged sex crimes against two 13-year-old Israeli boys who were visiting the rabbi through a scholarship fund. The two boys had reported the abuse separately following their return. (Jerusalem Post)
  • Seven people are killed and 17 injured after a fight in a western Venezuelan prison in the town of Cabimas. (AP via Google News)
  • The BBC airs a special edition of its Crimewatch programme aimed at identifying people involved in the 2011 England riots. (The Telegraph) (The Guardian)
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  • A Taliban attack on a British Council centre in Kabul, Afghanistan, results in the death of at least eight people. (BBC) (CNN) (Reuters) (AFP via The Strait Times)
  • Rocket attacks in southern Israel kill eight people. (Ha'aretz)
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  • The announcement of possible wreck relocation of Swedish 16th century warship Mars in the Baltic Sea. (AFP via Dawn.com)
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  • Striking Verizon Communications workers will return to work from a strike on the night of Monday, August 22, 2011, even without a formal contract. (Journal Star of Peoria)
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  • A tornado hits the town of Goderich in the Canadian province of Ontario causing significant damage and one death. (Vancouver Sun), (AP via the Washington Post)
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  • A team of Australian and British geologists claim to have the found the world's oldest fossils in the Strelley Pool rock formation in the outback of the Australian state of Western Australia. According to the Monday, August 22 Huffington Post online video and short article about them [3] they "are thought to be 3.4 billion years old. Some believe that the organisms could also have lived on Mars, as at the time when they lived there was very little oxygen on Earth, and Mars was known to have had both the water and sulphur necessary to sustain the life forms." (New York Times)
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  • 2011 Libyan civil war, 2011 Battle of Tripoli:
    • Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Chairman of the National Transitional Council, announces that Muammar Gaddafi's regime has collapsed. (TABNAK)
    • National Transitional Council forces take control of Tripoli as Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is reported captured by rebels. (ABC News Australia) (Washington Post)
      • The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague call for Saif al-Islam to stand trial for his role in the civil war. (Evening Standard) (Huffington Post) (TABNAK)
    • In an audio message, Gaddafi urges the people of Tripoli to "purge the capital" even as fighters sweep through the city and take control of the symbolic Green Square, which is subsequently renamed Martyrs' Square. (Press TV) (TABNAK)
    • Heavy fighting is reported near Gaddafi's residence in southern Tripoli, while reports claim that Gaddafi and his family are moving to the Park Hotel in Tunisia. (AFP/Reuters via ABC News Online) (Farsnews)
    • Anti-Gaddafi forces capture the house of Gaddafi's daughter, Ayesha Gaddafi. (TABNAK)
    • People celebrate their victory in the streets of Tripoli by saying Shahada, ending to 42 years of dictatorship. (TABNAK)
    • Large anti-Gaddafi protests take place, with some coming under fire from snipers perched on rooftops. (Yahoo! News)
    • France announces plans to host a summit on Libya as early as next week. (Reuters)
    • South Africa is reported to be involved in negotiations with Muammar Gaddafi's camp to offer him a place of refuge, though the government denies reports a plane has been sent for him. (Press TV) (The Daily Telegraph)
    • More than 900 people are released from Ain Zara jail in Tripoli. (TABNAK)
    • Iran's Foreign Ministry calls for the release of Musa al-Sadr, who they claim has been held in Libya since 1978. (IRNA)
  • Palestinian militants on the Gaza Strip fire rockets and mortars into Israel despite a truce. (AP via Google) (Reuters)
  • Pakistan announces it will send more troops to Bahrain in support of the King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. (The Nation)
  • The Australian Army reports that another Australian soldier has been killed by an improvised explosive device lost in fighting in Afghanistan. (The Courier Mail) (The Australian)
  • The UN says 600 people have been killed in clashes in South Sudan. (New York Times)
Arts and culture
  • Jerry Leiber, the American lyricist of the Leiber and Stoller duo that wrote many of the most popular songs in the early years of rock and roll, dies at the age of 78 in Los Angeles. (New York Times)
  • Nick Ashford, American R&B singer-songwriter and one half of the husband-and-wife songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson, dies from throat cancer aged 69. (The Telegraph)
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  • Swiss bank UBS AG announces plans to cut 3,500 jobs. (Financial Times)
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  • Dozens of dead bodies are found at the Abu Salim Hospital in Tripoli which had been abandoned by medical staff earlier in the week when it came under heavy gunfire. (NPR)
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  • Hurricane Irene:
    • At least 65 million people on the East Coast of the United States will be in the direct path of Hurricane Irene over the next few days. (News Limited)
    • Hurricane Irene makes landfall in the U.S. state of North Carolina near Cape Lookout. (Washington Post) (ABC News)
    • At least 4 people die in North Carolina as a result of Hurricane Irene. (CBS News) (CNN)
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  • Muslims celebrate Eid ul-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. In Indonesia, however, the government rules that the end of Ramadan should be delayed one day. (Wall Street Journal) (Hindustan Times)
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