Portal:Current events/August 2015

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August 2015 was the eighth month of that common year. The month, which began on a Saturday, ended on a Monday after 31 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from August 2015.

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Balochistan war A blast in Quetta capital of Balochistan province killed 42 and over 50 injured[[]]

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  • A court in Egypt postpones a verdict in the prominent trial of two journalists with Al-Jazeera, who have been charged with aiding the Muslim Brotherhood. (Reuters)
  • A Catholic and a Baptist church in Las Cruces, New Mexico are rocked by explosions at a mailbox and a trash can. (USA Today)
  • Services are held outdoors after Dustin Connor allegedly stole a computer, discharged fire extinguishers, and damaged a cross and other structures at a church in Piqua, Ohio. He is aleady a person of interest in similar vandalism to another church in the town.(The Washington Times and The Dayton Daily News)
  • Authorities jail a man in Melbourne, Florida, after he tries to rob the church during a sermon with an airsoft gun before being subdued by the Pastor. (The San Francisco Chronicle and Florida Today)
  • In an apparent road rage incident in Reedley, California, an 18-year-old pregnant woman is shot in the left eye after passing a slow-driving SUV which subsequently pulls up alongside and opens fire.(Sky News)
  • On University Hill in Boulder, Colorado, police arrest James Hammack on suspicion of attempted murder. In an apparent attack on a group of four college-age men, witnesses say he yelled ""You trying to die tonight?," before rushing into the group and stabbed one man.(The Daily Camera)
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  • Syrian Civil War
    • A Syrian fighter jet crashes into a marketplace in the town of Ariha leaving at least 31 people dead and dozens injured. (TC via AP), (ABC), (YNET News)
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  • Flooding caused by heavy monsoon rains has caused over 100 deaths in India over the past week with tens of thousands of people taking shelter in refugee camps. (BBC)
  • Two cranes overturn on several houses while installing a part of the Julianabrug at Alphen aan den Rijn in the Netherlands leaving twenty people injured. (The Netherlands Times), (BBC)
  • After days of heavy rain, a fifty-year-old building collapses in the Indian city of Thane killing at least twelve people with many more feared trapped in the rubble. (NDTV), (AP)
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  • A street-corner sized sinkhole forms at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 64th Street in Sunset Park in Brooklyn, New York City, ruining the street corner. The northbound N Broadway Local train undergoes delays; there is at least one disconnected pipe and some gas lines requiring repair by National Grid workers. Local police cordon off the area. No fatalities or injuries are reported. (Business Insider, via MSN)
  • Two express passenger trains (12 coaches of the Kamayani Express; to Varanasi from Mumbai, or Bombay) derail, after being partially swept off a bridge while crossing flooded tracks in India's Madhya Pradesh state leaving at least 31 people killed and about 100 others injured. Related to this incident are monsoon rains and the end of a cyclone which have killed more than 100 people in India. (NDTV), (Reuters via MSN)
  • Two boats collide between Kiwa and Remba Islands on Lake Victoria leaving several people dead. (The Nation)
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  • American news satire program The Daily Show airs its last broadcast with comedian Jon Stewart as host. (The New Yorker)
  • Many people throughout the world commemorate the 70th anniversary of the dropping of an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. (Reuters via The Melbourne Age)
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  • A helicopter crash in the southern province of Zabul kills at least 17 people, including 12 Afghan army soldiers. (Al-Jazeera)
  • A Pakistani military helicopter crashes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province resulting in at least 11 deaths. (AP)
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  • Attacks on secularists in Bangladesh
    • A Bangladeshi blogger known for his atheist views is hacked to death by a gang armed with machetes, the fourth such incident this year, in the capital Dhaka. (BBC), (The Telegraph), (The Hindu)
  • The jury in the penalty phase of the trial of Aurora theater shooter James Holmes reaches a verdict to sentence him to life in prison without the possibility of parole. (Reuters), (AP), (WABC)
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  • 2015 Pacific typhoon season
    • Typhoon Soudelor makes landfall in Taiwan killing at least four people with four people missing and 64 injured. (CNA via Focus Taiwan), (AP via The New York Times)
    • Typhoon Soudelor makes landfall in mainland China in Fujian province with 250,000 having been evacuated from that province and Zhejiang province. (AFP via ABC News)
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  • An arrest warrant is issued for the cousin of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Suleiman Hilal Al-Assad, who is accused of shooting and killing Colonel Hassan Al-Sheikh of the Syrian Armed Forces at what can be described as a traffic dispute. (The News Hub), (France 24)
  • Ferguson unrest
    • Tyrone Harris, Jr is shot in Ferguson, Missouri after allegedly firing shots at police. He is in a critical condition.(The St Louis Post-Dispatch)
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  • The death toll from floods in Myanmar tops 100 with more than a million people affected. (AAP via Sky News Australia)
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  • A night parrot is captured for the first time in over a hundred years in Australia's outback. (The Guardian), (The Australian)
  • A study, part of the Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) survey, examined huge blocks of space as distant as several billion light years away and concluded that the universe is "slowly dying" as more stars gradually go out faster than they are being replaced by light-emitting active ones. In cosmological terms, the demise of the universe (the current age calculated at approximately 13.8 billion years) is billions, perhaps trillions of years away. (The Guardian via MSN), (CNN), (The South African Times Live)
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  • In talks held regarding the course of the Syrian Civil War, Russia and Saudi Arabia fail to reach agreement over cooperation in the fight against ISIL, with the Saudi representative refusing any common struggle with Assad's regime. (The News Hub)
  • Georgia accuses Russia of cutting off its citizens from their farmland by installing border signposts demarcating the breakaway South Ossetia region, calling on Moscow to refrain from "escalation". (The Daily Star)
Law and crime
  • In Puyallup, Washington, a gunman on a mass shooting spree kills a man, then fired at homes and people before driving a stolen SUV through the garage door, crashing into several cars, and shooting at police until stopped when his SUV was rammed by a police car. (KIRO)
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  • New Zealand flag debate
    • A government appointed panel chooses 40 finalist flag designs out of more than 10,000 submitted. (Miami Herald) (The New York Post)
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  • Kasur child sexual abuse scandal
    • In a two year period, 280 to 300 children have been sexually abused and filmed doing forced sex acts in Pakistan by a gang consisting of 20 to 25 culprits. (CNN), (Anadolu Agency), (BBC)
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  • 2015 Tianjin explosions
    • The death toll rises to 50. (AP)
  • An unspecified-type Egyptian military aircraft crashes due to a 'technical failure' near the Libyan border killing four crew members and injuring two others. (ABC via AP)
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  • A road accident near the Indian city of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand state kills thirteen pilgrims killed and leaves 11 injured. (The International Business News Live)
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  • Masked gunmen kill 19 people and wound seven others at multiple locations of São Paulo's suburbs Thursday night. (BBC), (ABC)
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  • 2015 Tianjin explosions
    • The death toll from the explosions in Tianjin rises to at least 85. In a further update, Chinese state media says that the death toll is at least 104. (AP via MSN), (AFP, AP, via The Daily Telegraph)
    • Police order further evacuations near the blast site following reports of more explosions. (The Guardian)
  • Suffocation in the hold of a boat in the Mediterranean Sea near the Libyan coast kills at least 40 migrants. (Reuters)
  • Ecuador evacuates several villages around the Cotopaxi volcano ahead of a possible eruption. (AFP via Makhtoob Yahoo)
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  • Crowds gather throughout Brazil to demand the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff due to a bribery and corruption scandal involving senior members of the governing Workers' Party. Recent polls show her approval ratings below 10%. (France 24)
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  • War in Donbass
    • Fighting intensifies near the ceasefire line in eastern Ukraine with both the Government of Ukraine and the rebels blaming each other. The separatist-held cities of Donetsk and Horlivka have been bombed with hundreds of shells and rockets in the last 72 hours. (The New York Times)
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  • Two women pass the United States Army's Ranger School becoming the first to do so, and earning Ranger tabs on their uniforms. (AP via MSN)
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  • A brush fire burning near the American town of Twisp, Washington, kills three firefighters, injures as many as four others, and forces the evacuation of the towns of Twisp and Winthrop. (KREM), (The Seattle Times)
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  • Following a July 15 hacking, user data of the infidelity-promoting dating website Ashley Madison is leaked with over 30 million users having their information compromised. (BBC)
  • Police in the U.S. city of St. Louis, Missouri make nine arrests and use tear gas to disperse protesters after a killing of an armed man allegedly aiming a gun at police officers earlier in the day. (CNN)
  • A drive by shooting outside of a Boys & Girls Club in Rochester, New York leaves three people killed and four injured. (WGRZ)
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  • Within hours of a government announcement that Kazakhstan will abandon its currency-band exchange-rate system to implement a free-floating exchange rate, the tenge loses 26% of its value against the US dollar. (Radio Free Europe/Radio liberty)
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  • A mid-air collision between two aircraft near Bratislava, Slovakia leaves at least seven people killed. (The Independent)
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  • The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that July was the hottest month globally since record keeping began in 1880. Global temperatures were 1.46°F (0.81°C) warmer than the 20th century average. NOAA scientists expect 2015 will go down as the warmest year on record. (CBS News), (NOAA)
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  • A bottle with a letter left inside by British marine biologist George Parker Bidder III is discovered by a woman vacationing in Germany. The bottle dating from 1906, if confirmed, would be the world's oldest message in a bottle found to date. (The International Business Times via MSN)
  • Britain's Information Commissioner's Office orders Google, Inc. to remove, from its search engines, links to news stories about Google's implementation of a "right to be forgotten" request, that include identifying information about a decade-old shoplifting conviction, which the Information Commission's Office considers as being no longer relevant. The order applies only in the United Kingdom. (Irish Examiner)
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  • Yemeni Civil War (2015)
    • Al-Qaeda militants take over parts of the strategic southern Yemeni port city of Aden. The militants reportedly raised their black flag above the city's port and government buildings. The city was recaptured by pro-government forces last week. (Reuters)
    • Cross-border fire from Yemen kills a Saudi general making him the highest-ranking officer to be killed in border attacks by Houthi militants since March. (AFP via Yahoo)
    • A United Arab Emirates military intelligence operation in Yemen frees a British hostage. (BBC)
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  • Britain and Iran reopen embassies in each others' capitals that had been closed after Iranian protesters stormed the British embassy on November 29, 2011. (Reuters)
  • North and South Korea resume talks in the border village of Panmunjon in efforts to defuse recent tensions. (AP)
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  • The People's Bank of China cuts interest rates and lowers minimum requirements for bank reserves for the second time in two months. (Reuters)
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  • A record number of migrants crossing the Balkans results in a record number of people in Hungary despite the government building a wall on the border with Serbia. (AP via The Columbian)
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  • European migrant crisis
    • A Swedish rescue crew finds 51 dead migrants in the hold of a boat off the coast of Libya during a rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea that has saved 439 other people. In addition, three women are found dead in another migrant boat and another corpse is found during ten rescue operations on Wednesday that have saved around 3,000 people, according to the Italian coast guard. (Reuters), (AP via The Columbus Republic)
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  • David H. Murdock, the CEO and chairman of Dole Food Company, along with a fellow confidant, are ordered to pay $148 million for misleading directors and shareholders. (AP via The Washington Post)
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  • Conservationists report in Oryx, the International Journal of Conservation that the Sumatran Rhino is now considered extinct in the wild in Malaysia. No new wild animals have been spotted since 2007, elsewhere fewer than 100 Rhinos remain in the wild. (MSN)
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