Portal:Current events/December 2012

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December 2012 was the twelfth and final month of that leap year. The month, which began on a Saturday, ended on a Monday after 31 days.

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This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from December 2012.

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  • A tour bus hits a bridge at Miami International Airport, USA, killing at least two people and injuring many more. (NBC News) (BBC) (The Miami Herald)
  • At least 8 people are killed and 36 injured when a passenger bus overturns on the highway between the cities of Sucre and Potosí in southern Bolivia. (RIA Novosti)
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  • Singapore charges five Chinese bus drivers and deports 29 others for holding the country's first strike in 26 years. (BBC)
  • Dutch linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen dies in hospital after he was kicked and punched by three teenage players of a club from Nieuw Sloten, Amsterdam, while officiating at a match on Sunday. (BBC) (The Telegraph)
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  • In a setback to the movement toward banking union in the EU, Germany's finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble says he will not allow a unitary system of supervision without changes in the underlying treaties. (Financial Times).
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  • Typhoon Bopha makes landfall on the Philippines island of Mindanao with reports of floods and landslides. Authorities confirm at least 81 deaths amid widespread property damage. (AFP via MSN Malaysia) (ABC News Australia) (Reuters) (Bangkok Post)
  • The cargo ship Volgo Balt 199 sinks in the Black Sea near Istanbul with an Ukrainian and Russian crew of 12. Four crew members are rescued and one is found dead, while the rest are missing. Two rescuers are killed and two others left missing after their boat hit rocks during the search operations. (Reuters)
  • A Chinese fighter jet Chengdu J-7 crashes in the city of Shantou, Guangdong province, China, sparking a fire that injures at least four people. (Bangkok Post) (AP via The Guardian)
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  • Google announces Google+ now has more than 500 million user accounts, 235 million of which actively use Google+ features. (VentureBeat)
  • Virgin Trains is awarded a 23-month franchise to run the UK's West Coast Main Line until 9 November 2014. (BBC)
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  • Three people are dead and 250 others forced to evacuate after wild weather including a tornado hits the city of Auckland in New Zealand. (Daily Telegraph) (AP via The Washington Post) (BBC)
  • The death toll from Typhoon Bopha rises to at least 418, with 383 still missing in southern Philippines. At least 179,000 others have been left homeless after the passage of the storm. (Reuters) (Al Jazeera) (BBC) (NDRRMC)
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  • NASA's twin GRAIL probes have revealed the surface of the Moon in unprecedented detail, showing unexpectedly-deep cracks, craters and tectonic structures. (Los Angeles Times) (BBC)
  • The extinct reptile Nyasasaurus is described as the possible oldest known dinosaur from 243-million-year old fossils discovered in Tanzania. (BBC) (Huffington Post) (Nature)
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  • German business daily Financial Times Deutschland ceases publication after 12 years. (Reuters)
  • Google launches its new platform Google+ communities. (VentureBeat)
  • Irish state broadcaster RTÉ is to provide staff training on what subjects are appropriate for discussion on social media sites such as Twitter following several controversies involving tweets from its employees. (Evening Herald)
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  • Bosses at Australian radio station 2Day FM suspend all advertising until Monday after several major advertisers withdrew their business in the wake of the death of Jacintha Saldanha. (BBC)
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  • Violent clashes occur in Bangladesh as protesters stage a nationwide blockade of roads to press for an independent body to oversee the next general election. At least two people were killed and about 100 injured after police fire rubber bullets and tear gas. (Reuters) (BBC)
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  • Syrian civil war:
    • Rebel forces seize parts of the Sheikh Suleiman army base near Aleppo after weeks of heavy fighting. Ground clashes continue in the suburbs of Damascus as the government carries out further air raids against opposition forces. (Al Jazeera)
    • Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra is declared a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department. (Washington Post)
  • War in Afghanistan:
    • Mohammad Musa Rasouli, the police chief of Afghanistan's Nimroz Province, is killed by a roadside bomb while returning home from Herat Province. (AP via Yahoo! News)
    • Unknown gunmen assassinate Nadia Sediqqi, head of the women's affairs department in Laghman Province, Afghanistan. She was shot as she was getting into her rickshaw on her way to work in the provincial capital Mehtar Lam, according to a provincial government spokesperson. (NBC News)
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  • Murder of Pat Finucane:
    • Sir Desmond de Silva's report into the 1989 murder of Northern Ireland solicitor Pat Finucane is published, detailing "shocking state collusion" but, it says, absence of an "overarching conspiracy". (BBC) (RTÉ)
    • The Finucane family renew their call for a public inquiry and describe the report as a "sham" and a "whitewash", "a report into which we have had no input." Finucane's wife says, "The British government has engineered a suppression of the truth behind the murder of my husband." (The Guardian) (Irish Independent)
    • Speaking in the House of Commons, UK prime minister David Cameron says he is "deeply sorry" over British involvement in Finucane's murder but opposes a public inquiry into the killing. (Irish Independent)
  • American businessman John McAfee is deported from Guatemala to the United States despite being wanted for questioning in Belize. (The Telegraph)
  • Ecuador's National Court of Justice issues an international arrest warrant for former President Jamil Mahuad on embezzlement charges and orders that all of his assets in Ecuador be seized. (AAP via News Limited)
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  • Two incidents of shootings happened in the U.S. state of Alabama. A 38-year-old man opens fire at a hospital in Birmingham, wounding a police officer and two employees before he is fatally shot by police. In another unrelated incident, a man suspected of the fatal shooting of three people in a mobile home in Cleburne County, is shot to death near Birmingham by police after brandishing an AK-47. (CBC)
  • A man stood in the parking lot of the Fashion Island mall in Newport Beach, California, and fired 50 gunshots in the air, inducing a mass of panic from the shoppers and employees. No one was hit by the bullets, but one person was injured while trying to flee. A 42-year-old man was arrested for the shooting, and additional ammunition was found in his car. (CNN)
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  • Two police officers are fatally shot outside a supermarket in Topeka, Kansas, USA. A 22-year-old man wanted in connection with crime, David Edward Tiscareno, is at large. (Reuters via Yahoo!)
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  • Cyclone Evan hits Fiji with winds as high as 230 km/h, amid reports of flooding and structural damage at resorts and private homes. More than 8,000 people spend the storm in emergency shelters, including many foreign tourists. (Reuters) (AAP via SBS)
  • At least 18 people drown after an overloaded boat sinks north of Benin's commercial capital Cotonou. (Reuters)
  • At least 4 people are killed and 8 others injured as a gas explosion ripped through a residential building in Kharkiv, Ukraine. (Xinhua)
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  • The Parliament of Libya orders the closure of Libya's southern borders with Chad, Sudan, Algeria and Niger while declaring seven southern regions restricted military areas to stop the flow of illegal immigrants and goods. (BBC)
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  • Banking giant UBS is fined $1.5 billion for attempting to manipulate the Libor interbank lending rate, becoming the second international bank, after Barclays, to be fined over the Libor scandal. (Al Jazeera)
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  • Police in China arrest almost 1,000 people belonging to the doomsday Almighty God Christian cult for spreading rumours about the end of the world. (BBC)
  • Dozens of Michigan schools close early for holidays, sending home 80,000 students, due to rumors related to the Mayan doomsday and the Connecticut shooting. (Detroit News) (NY Times)
  • A U.S. soldier who urinated on the corpse of a dead Afghan combatant is sentenced to 30 days in jail after admitting his action at a court martial. Reports suggest he will not be sent to jail because of a plea deal reached with military prosecutors. (BBC)
  • Laos denies knowledge as to the fate of missing activist Sombath Somphone, who disappeared last week in the capital Vientiane. (AFP via Google News)
  • Former Rwandan minister Augustin Ngirabatware is sentenced to 35 years imprisonment for his role during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. (CNN)
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  • A severe cold spell kills at least 83 people in Ukraine. Across Russia, the deep freeze killed at least 45 people over the last week. (BBC) (NBC News)
  • Five people are killed and one injured in Zeebrugge, Belgium, when a bus rolled off into the water. (Deredactie.be)
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  • A man rams his car into a group of schoolchildren in Hebei, China, with at least 13 casualties reported. (BBC) (South China Morning Post) (RTHK) (The New York Times)
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  • CBB International, a financial analytics concern, releases a survey of executives indicating that China's retail sector is growing, leading a broader upswing in that nation's economy. (Reuters)
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  • A total of nine unidentified individuals are shot to death in Sinaloa state, Mexico. (Rantburg)
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  • A bus has veers off a mountain road and plunges into a river near Dasarathpur village in western Nepal, killing at least 13 people and leaving 19 others critically injured. (AP via The Washington Post)
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  • Mexican marines kill 4 gunmen who tried to steal the body of Angel Enrique Uscanga, a drug boss, in Gulf coast state of Veracruz. (Fox News) (AP via The Guardian)
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