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Portal:Current events

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Arts and culture
Business and economy
  • Power is restored in India following an earlier blackout in three grids that left over 600 million people without power. (AFP via France 24)
  • Saudi Aramco is ranked by Forbes as the first among the world's 25 largest oil companies. (Global Financial Network)
Disasters
  • Heading toward Taiwan, slow-moving Typhoon Saola's torrential rains lead to the deaths of at least 12 people and displacement of 154,000 in the Philippines. (The Washington Post)
Law and crime
  • The Tal Law, which granted a sweeping exemption from military service to a majority of the Israeli ultra-Orthodox population in Israel, expires. As a result Defense Minister Ehud Barak orders the Israeli Defense Forces to prepare for a universal draft of ultra-Orthodox Jewish males in 30 days. (BBC) (Jerusalem Post) (Ynet) (USA Today)
  • Somali security forces kill two suicide bombers trying to infiltrate a meeting of 825 Somali elders discussing the country's new constitution in Mogadishu. (AP via Chron.com)
  • Prosecutors formally charge three Mexican Army generals, including active General Roberto Dawe Gonzalez and retired General Tomás Ángeles Dauahare, and a lieutenant-colonel for their alleged links to a drug trafficking organization known as the Beltrán-Leyva Cartel. (The Washington Post)
  • Four coordinated low intensity bombs explode in the Indian city of Pune. (CNN-IBN) (DNA India)
Politics and elections
  • A second Israeli who set himself on fire in protest of economic difficulties in Tel Aviv dies of his injuries in hospital. (Reuters)
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Disasters
Law and crime
  • 20 people are jailed in China on charges of terrorism in the Xinjiang region. (The Hindu)
  • Peru seizes $2.3 million in counterfeit U.S. 50 dollar bills heading to other South American countries. (Reuters)
  • Three men are arrested due to their alleged ties with al Qaeda in Spain. (The New York Times)
Politics and elections
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters
Armed conflict and attacks
Disasters
  • North Korea raises the death toll from recent floods to 169, with 400 missing. (IOL)
  • Heavy rains in the Indian state of Uttarakhand causes the loss of at least six lives in floods and landslides. (The Times of India)
International relations
Law and crime
  • The defence lawyer for the Russian band Pussy Riot says the accused face long jail terms, and accuses the court of pressuring the defendants and witnesses. (Bangladesh News 24)
Politics
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Clashes take place between protesters and Islamists in Gao, Mali, over a planned amputation of a robber and beating of a journalist covering the demonstration. (Reuters)
  • 2012 Rakhine State riots: Renewed fighting between Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya in western Burma kills three people. (Dawn)
  • Mexican Drug War: Alleged members of Los Zetas, a drug cartel originally set up by former soldiers of the Mexican Army, attack several media outlets in Monterrey for publishing on a rumored split between the two principal Zetas bosses. (InSight Crime)
  • Arab Spring:
    • Syrian civil war
      • A bomb explodes at the headquarters of Syrian state television in Damascus. (AP via Google News)
      • Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab and his family defect to Jordan to join the opposition. State-run media claims he was fired, but the Free Syrian Army states this was only after he arrived in Jordan. (BBC)
      • Syrian rebels state that three Iranians abducted on 4 August 2012 are killed during an air attack in Damascus province by government forces, and threaten to kill the others in their custody unless the army stops its attack. (Reuters)
    • Tunisian revolution:
      • Anti-government protesters and police clash in the capital Tunis over alleged corruption and nepotism within the government. (Al Jazeera)
    • Bahraini uprising:
      • The chief prosecutor charges 15 police officers with torturing doctors who were arrested during protests. (Now Lebanon)
  • North Caucasus insurgency:
    • Two police officers are killed and one injured in an ambush in the Tsuntinsky District, Dagestan. (RIA)
    • Four people are confirmed dead and 3 wounded in an apparent suicide bombing at a police checkpoint in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya.(RIA)
  • An attack on an army base in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, kills six people. (France 24)
Arts and culture
Disasters
International relations
  • Sri Lanka arrests 37 Chinese fisherman for illegally fishing in Sri Lankan waters. (Hong Kong Standard)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Science
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters
  • Flooding in the Philippines capital Manila forces at least 20,000 people to flee their homes with the death toll after eight days of heavy rain throughout the country reaching 53. (AFP via Google)
  • The People's Republic of China evacuates 200,000 people from Shanghai ahead of Typhoon Haikui which is expected to make landfall in Zhejiang early tonight or tomorrow morning. (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Law and crime
Politics
  • A Tibetan man sets himself on fire in Sichuan, in the latest in a series of protests against Chinese rule. (Radio Television Hong Kong)
Sports
Armed conflict and attacks
Business and economy
  • China announces plan to close one-third of the nation's 23 rare earth mines and about half of 99 smelting companies. (CNN)
Disasters
Arts and culture
  • Anthropologists find the skeleton of a young woman inside a burial in Templo Mayor, surrounded by piles of 1,789 human bones. This finding is "unprecedented for the Aztec culture." (The Huffington Post)
Law and crime
Politics
Sport
  • German footballer Robert Huth is hospitalised with suspected meningitis. (ESPN)
Armed conflict and attacks
  • Syrian civil war:
    • The Syrian Army claims success in its major ground offensive against the opposition-held neighborhoods of Aleppo. (Reuters)
    • Tehran, Iran, hosts a foreign ministers' conference on Syria, but the attendees remain unknown. Russia is to be represented by its ambassador to Iran. (Reuters) (The Voice of Russia)
    • A White House government official says the United States may consider a no-fly zone over the rebel-held territory in Syria. (Reuters)
    • Retired Major-General Vladimir Kuzheyev, a Russian military adviser to the Syrian government, rejects the rebel claims of his death in clashes outside Damascus. (The Moscow Times)
  • Mexican Drug War:
    • Fourteen bodies are abandoned inside a van on a major avenue in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí. It is the fifth time this year drug traffickers leave 14 bodies as a message to their rivals, signaling that the number may be some sort of code. (Chicago Tribune)
  • North Caucasus insurgency:
  • A gunman in Afghan military uniform kills three U.S. soldiers in the southwestern Afghan province of Helmand. (BBC)
Business and economy
Disasters
Law and crime
  • The trial of Gu Kailai, wife of former Communist powerbroker Bo Xilai, for the alleged murder of British businessman Neil Haywood begins in the Chinese city of Hefei. (ABC News Australia)
  • The female Mexican drug lord Sandra Ávila Beltrán is extradited to the United States from Mexico. (The New York Times)
  • Two journalists are arrested for posing for photographs holding teddy bears in a pro-democracy stunt in Belarus. (Reuters)
Sport
Armed conflict and attacks
Disasters
International relations
Politics and elections
Law and crime
  • Disappearance of Tia Sharp: A body is discovered in Tia Sharp's grandmother's house, and police announce that they are looking for the girl's step-grandfather. (Sky News)
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Syrian civil war:
  • Mexican Drug War:
    • A total of 12 decomposing bodies are found inside an abandoned vehicle in Zacatecas. (Global Post)
    • At least five people are killed as suspected gang members go on rampage in drug-violence-ravaged western state of Michoacan. (Al Jazeera)
  • An Afghan policeman kills ten of his colleagues at a checkpoint in southwestern Afghanistan. (AP via The Wall Street Journal)
  • At least two people are killed and 18 others injured as protests held in Mumbai, India, against religious riots in Assam and Myanmar turn violent. (Al Jazeera)
Disasters
  • Two earthquakes, the strongest a magnitude 6.4, strike near the northwestern Iranian cities of Tabriz and Ahar, killing at least 250 people and injuring up to 1,800 others. (BBC)
  • At least 52 people are killed and 46 wounded in a bus crash in Himachal Pradesh state of India. (Hindustan Times)
  • At least 13 people are killed and 15 injured as a result of a lightning strike at a mosque in a remote village in northeast Bangladesh. (Al Ahram)
Politics and elections
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economy
  • Qatar is to deposit US$2bn at the Egyptian Central Bank in an effort to help support an economy battered by a year and a half of political turmoil, an Egyptian presidency statement reports. (Al Jazeera)
Politics and elections
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Syrian civil war:
    • Syrian forces kill at least 10 people at the entrance of Jdeidet Artouz district of Damascus according to opposition sources. (CNN)
    • Opposition forces in eastern Syria report downing a fighter jet; the Syrian government denies this claim, stating that the plane crashed due to technical problems. (The Telegraph)
    • Danny Al Baaj, Syria’s representative at the UN Human Rights Council, defects to Switzerland. (Arab News)
  • WikiLeaks revelations and attack:
    • WikiLeaks reveals data showing that the U.S. government has been secretly spying on the public using civilian security cameras with Trapwire. (Wired) (Daily Mail) (PC Mag)
    • The Wikileaks website is targeted by a sustained online attack. (Sky News)
Arts and culture
Disasters
Law and crime
  • Police involved shooting in College Station, Texas results in line of duty death of Constable Brian Bachmann; gunman, as well as one civilian are also killed
  • The Vatican orders Pope Benedict XVI's former butler to stand trial for his alleged involvement in leaking allegations of corruption in the Holy See. (Reuters)
  • Two Egyptian journalists, critics of President Mohammed Mursi, are to be put on trial for their alleged incitement to murder Mursi and lead sectarian discord. (BBC)
  • Three people are found dead in a burning car in a parking lot in Maine, in the United States. (AP via ABC)
Politics and elections
  • Thousands of Tunisians, mostly women, protest in Tunis against attempts by the Islamist-led government to reduce women's rights. (BBC)
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Law and crime
  • Kariem McFarlin, 35, of Alameda, California, is arrested and charged with residential burglary and selling stolen property from the Northern California home of the late Steve Jobs. (MSN)
  • Eleven bodies of individuals stabbed to death are found in the mountainous Ile Alatau national park, near Kazakh capital Almaty. (BBC)
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
  • Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is taken to hospital as a "precautionary measure" after a recurrence of a bladder infection that affected him earlier in the year. (BBC)
  • Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon is taken to hospital in grave condition due to complications of pneumonia and respiratory problems. (Korea Times)
Disasters
  • The tour bus of American heavy metal band Baroness falls off a 30-foot viaduct in Monkton Combe, near Bath. All nine passengers on board are injured, two seriously. (BBC)
International relations
Law and crime
Sports
Armed conflict and attacks
Environment and health
  • Nuclear regulators from nine countries hold an emergency meeting in Brussels after unusual fissures were detected in the basic steel material of the Doel 3 pressurized water reactor vessel. This vessel type was built by now-defunct Rotterdam Drydocks with Krupp steel in 22 operating reactors worldwide, among which 10 in the US. Two 1 GW Belgian reactors will remain shut down at least until October. (Belgian Federal Agency for Nuclear Control) (HLN, in Dutch)
  • After an outbreak of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus kills at least 17 people, the mayor of Dallas Mike Rawlings declares a state of emergency in the city. This paves the way for aerial spraying of synthetic pyrethroid insecticides from tonight on. Many residents express their concerns over safety and effectiveness; they suggest other preventive methods of mosquito control. Officials said the measures could cost as much as $1.2 million. (Al Jazeera) (Los Angeles Times) (Dallas News)
International relations
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Environment
  • An unusual spider discovered in 2010 is described as a separate family, the Trogloraptoridae. The single species will be named Trogloraptor marchingtoni, after Neil Marchington, a deputy sheriff, amateur biologist and local cave explorer who helped with the discovery. (San Francisco Chronicle)
International relations
Law and crime
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters
Environment
International relations
Law and crime
  • A U.S. District Court judge declines Facebook's $20 million offer to settle a lawsuit revolving around privacy, expressing among other concerns that up to half of that money would be paid to attorneys, and none to the victims. (Bloomberg)
  • The Treasury Committee of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom releases the first volume of a planned two-volume report on the LIBOR fixing scandal. (Commons Committees)
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Disasters
  • 32 people, among which Sudanese government officials, including Ghazi al-Sadiq, the head of the ministry of guidance and endowments, and two state ministers, are killed in a plane crash in Talodi. (BBC) (SUNA)
  • Four people are killed in a magnitude 6.6 earthquake near the city of Palu, Sulawesi in Indonesia. (CNN)
  • Typhoon Kai-tak hits southeast China, leaving at least two people dead and affecting 530,000. At least 27 people are reported dead in north Vietnam. (UPI) (BBC)
Environment and health
International relations
  • Senkaku Islands dispute:
    • At least 10 Japanese nationalist activists land on the Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands, amid a dispute between China and Japan. (BBC)
    • Anti-Japanese protests take place in more than a dozen cities across China. (Al Jazeera)
  • In the stand-off between Britain and Ecuador over Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gives a speech critical of the United States' policy against Wikileaks, "dragging us all in a dark, repressive world in which journalists live under fear of prosecution", from the balcony of Ecuador's London embassy. (Channel 4) (BBC) (Fox News)
Politics
Sports
Armed conflict and attacks
  • Syrian civil war:
    • United Nations observers leave the country as their mandate expires. The total number of casualties over the previous weekend is now estimated at more than 100 deaths. The UN envoy describes the conflict as a civil war. Russia says only the UN should decide on force against Syria. The U.S. claims it has "contingency plans" and threatens to change its "calculus" if it finds Syria moving or using chemical or biological weapons. Fighting continues. (Reuters) (Atlanta Journal Constitution) (Bloomberg) (Jerusalem Post) (Washington Post) (Christian Science Monitor)
  • War on Terror:
  • A riot in the Yare I prison in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas kills at least 20 people. (BBC)
  • At least eight people are killed by a bomb attack in the city of Gaziantep, Turkey. (BBC)
  • Officials say three suspected Islamic militants die while plotting a car bombing in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. (RFERL)
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
  • An ocean surge into nearby shanties kills one person and leaves 15 others missing off the coast of Lagos, Nigeria. (IOL)
Health
  • United States Congressman Todd Akin, who is also a candidate for the United States Senate, says "legitimate rape" would lead to pregnancy only in "really rare" cases. In a follow-up statement, he says that he "clearly misspoke" and that he holds a "deep empathy" for the "thousands of women who are raped each year". He stirs a US-wide controversy over the issue of abortion. (Fox News) (NPR) (Los Angeles Times)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Disasters
Health and environment
Politics and elections
Science
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Syrian civil war:
    • A Chinese state news commentary on recent U.S. "red line" remarks states that, once again, Western powers are digging deep for excuses to intervene militarily in another conflict-torn Middle East country. It sharply denounces the U.S.' "calculus". (Xinhua)
    • Syrian forces shell two separate districts in the capital Damascus; rebels say at least 47 people are killed. Frequent fighting is reported in Aleppo and other parts of the country. The United Nations estimate that 18,000 people have been killed in the conflict. (Reuters)
  • At least 48 people are killed during clashes, over grazing rights for cattle, between the Pokomo and Orma tribes in Kenya. (Deutsche Welle)
Arts and culture
  • Nina Bawden, the writer of seminal work Carrie's War and shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1987 and the Lost Man Booker Prize in 2010, dies at her London home. (BBC) (The Guardian) (The Daily Telegraph)
  • The BBC turns down "flat" a proposal for a statue to George Orwell who resigned from the organisation "because for some time past I have been conscious that I was wasting my time and the public money on doing work that produces no results." (The Guardian) (BBC)
Disasters
  • A plane carrying 11 tourists crashes in the Maasai Mara game reserve in southwestern Kenya, killing at least four people and injuring up to three others. (BBC)
  • A state of emergency is declared in California over wildfires threatening hundreds of buildings (Reuters)
  • Hurricane Isaac causes so much disruption that hearings at Guantánamo Bay are cancelled again. (Huffington Post)
Health
International relations
Sport
Technology
  • It becomes known that a freight train derailment, yesterday near Baltimore, caused military fiber optic cables to be cut so much that communications were quite seriously disrupted. This in turn caused to justify further delaying the start of the big-gun suspects' trial at Guantánamo Bay by two more days, to within "likely more than a year". (Huffington Post)
Disasters
Environment and health
International relations
  • Baltasar Garzón promises he has a surprise in the case against his client Julian Assange. The Swedish prosecutor refuses to travel to London. (De Standaard, in Dutch) (MSN Malaysia)
  • Russia says that it is working closely with the Syrian government to establish guarantees that Assad won't move or use Syria's chemical weapons. (AP via Haaretz)
  • Pakistan again officially protests against the U.S. drone strikes, calling them unlawful, against international law and a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty. Pakistan states emphatically that the attacks are "unacceptable". (Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Law and crime
Sport
Technology
  • The U.S. tests helium-filled surveillance balloons on the Mexican border. The two airships float about 800 meter high and are equipped with very advanced cameras. It is said that the balloons will not watch too far into Mexican territory. (Associated Press via Google)
Armed conflict and attacks
Disasters
International relations
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Syrian civil war
    • At least 330 people are killed in Syria, marking the highest single-day death toll in the uprising according to the opposition. (CNN)
    • According to activists, at least 79 dead bodies are found in Daraa. (Reuters)
    • Syrian opposition forces free one of eleven Lebanese Shiite pilgrims abducted three months ago in Syria; according to rebels, at Turkey's request. (AP via The Miami Herald) (Huffington Post)
  • Libya: Unnamed organized assailants bulldoze a Sufi mosque with graves, in broad daylight in the centre of the Libyan capital Tripoli. It is the second such razing of a Sufi site in two days. De facto head of state Mohamed Yousef el-Magariaf tells reporters: "What is truly regrettable and suspicious is that some of those who took part in these destruction activities are supposed to be of the security forces and from the revolutionaries." (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Arts and culture
Disasters
Law and crime
  • Thirty-seven Chinese nationals, arrested in Angola due to their alleged involvement in criminal acts, are extradited and due to be tried in China. (BBC)
Politics
Sports
Armed conflict and attacks
  • Seventeen villagers including two women in Afghanistan's southern Kajaki district are beheaded by unknown organised people. (AP via The Australian)
Disasters
Environment and health
International relations
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Sports
Armed conflict and attacks
Business and economics
Disasters
Politics
Sports
  • The 75-year-old official who got a javelin in the throat at a junior athletics meeting, on Sunday in Düsseldorf, dies. (Yahoo! Eurosports) (BBC)
Science and technology
  • The Mars Rover Curiosity broadcasts the first audio recording of a human voice from the surface of another planet. The message from NASA administrator Charles Bolden is beamed to Earth along with new images of the Martian surface. (The Telegraph)
Armed conflict and attacks
  • Syrian civil war:
    • Twelve people are killed in a twin-blast bomb attack by unknown people at the entrance of a Druze cemetery in the Jaramana district of southeast Damascus. (Reuters) (RIA Novosti)
  • At least one person is killed and another four injured in renewed fighting in the Indian city of Kokrajhar in the state of Assam. (BBC)
  • Clashes continue in Mombasa, protesting the killing of radical Muslim Kenyan cleric Aboud Rogo. The government of Kenya orders a swift investigation. (Reuters) (coastweek.com)
  • Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos announces the start of preliminary peace talks with the FARC-EP guerrilla group. (Washington Post)
  • A Muslim Sufi leader, Safi Afandi, is killed in a suicide bomb attack in the Russian republic of Dagestan. (Al Jazeera)
Arts and culture
Disasters
Law and crime
Politics
Science and technology
  • IBM sells a "most powerful and advanced" server. (Wall Street Journal)
Sports
  • A teen-aged boy proposes Novak Djokovic for marriage at a US Open training and gets some playtime in return. (Huffington Post)
Armed conflict and attacks
Business and economy
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International relations
Law and crime
Science and technology
  • The banana spider venom is found by Brazilian researchers in some cases to relieve erectile dysfunctions in less than 20 minutes. (Medical Daily)
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Disasters
International relations
Law and crime
  • Russian investigators find the bodies of two murdered women in an apartment in Kazan and the shout "Free! Pussy Riot" written on the wall. The perpetrator is as of yet unknown. Observers warn against radicalism and false flags. (The Guardian)
  • Three journalists jailed in Eritrea for over a decade have died in prison, according to prison guards who fled the country. (IOL)
Politics
Science and technology
  • Sky News shows a study where it is claimed that the polygraph helps reduce crime. The device is being presented as "about 85% accurate" and sufficient legal evidence in combination with "other information". (Sky News)
  • The Belgian Army assigns 16 sapping instructors to a train-the-trainer program in Katanga, DR Congo, from Saturday until year's end. (Het Laatste Nieuws)
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