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SPECIAL NOTE (updated August 1, 2012): The daily current events “blank” boxes are now generated daily, as needed, by an efficient "bot", so the note below this one only applies if the bot has been disabled.

NOTE: If you reached this page via the current date box's "edit" link, check whether the portal box has already been initiated, and already contains the following (parsed) wiki code (use copy/paste from the code below, if necessary, to correct any syntax errors):

{{Current events|year={{subst:CURRENTYEAR}}|month={{subst:CURRENTMONTH}}|day={{subst:CURRENTDAY}}|content=
<!-- All news items below this line -->
<!-- All news items above this line -->}}

Then save the page, before adding any news items. This will help insure the new day displays according to the Current Events portal design.

Note that the above items: CURRENTYEAR, CURRENTMONTH, and CURRENTDAY, all will display as positive integers once the page is saved.
For example, the code to generate March 27, 2009 (Friday) in the box should appear as " . . .Current events|year=2009|month=3|day=27. . . "

Before posting, please make sure you are familiar with posting guidelines:

  • Please log news events as complete sentences, in the present tense.
  • Only list items with news sources; stories without links will be removed.
  • News stories must be in the English language; no other languages please.
  • For each item, please update the most relevant linked article if it is appropriate.
  • Stories added to the main portal page should be of international interest. Stories of only regional or topical interest belong in their appropriate sub-pages, if any.
  • Do not list the ordinary deaths of prominent persons here. That's what recent deaths is for. Exceptions to this rule are made for prominent persons who died in office (such as Pope John Paul II and Omar Bongo) or other instances where the death in itself has a major impact.
  • Please do not link to subscription-only sites such as AOL or WSJ (except in the unlikely event that a story is covered substantially better there than anywhere else).
  • Please avoid Yahoo! news links, as those URLs are temporary and die quickly! (You can use a search engine to get the original source.)

Example news item:
* Early elections in November are announced in the [[Netherlands]]. [,20281,19657647-5001028,00.html (Daily Telegraph)]

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