Portal:Current events/February 2015

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February 2015 was the second month of that common year. The month, which began on a Sunday, ended on a Saturday after 28 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from February 2015.

Business and economy
  • The United Steelworkers union strikes against Royal Dutch Shell Plc at nine U.S. oil and chemical plants. Up until recently oil prices had undergone steep drops since June, but the union's action as part of the supply chain caused the market price to soar more than eight percent. (Reuters)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
  • Pro-democracy protesters peacefully return to the streets of Hong Kong for the first time since the end of Occupy Central protests in December. (AFP France 24) (Reuters)
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Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
  • The four remaining original copies of the Magna Carta go on public display at the British Library in London to commemorate the 800th anniversary signing of the document in June 1215. (AFP via AsiaOne)
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Science and technology
  • Iran successfully puts the Fajr satellite in orbit using a Safir-B1 rocket. (Spaceflight Now)
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Arts and culture
  • American author Harper Lee announced plans to publish her second book, a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, that was completed in the 1950s but misplaced. July 14, 2015 will be the release date for Go Set a Watchman. (The Telegraph) (ABC News)
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  • Syrian Civil War
    • The United Arab Emirates suspends air strikes against the Islamic State after a video of a Jordanian air force pilot being burned alive is published online. The suspension involves concerns over a lack of coalition search and rescue capabilities in Syria to recover downed pilots. (NBC News)
    • State news agency SANA claims that insurgent group Jaysh al-Islam has conducted a rocket attack on Damascus with at least eight people injured. (Reuters Trust)
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Business and economy
  • German engineering firm Siemens announces plans to axe 7,800 jobs, 3000 of which are in Germany. (AFP via France24)
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Arts and culture
Business and economy
  • The management of Twentieth Century Fox considers granting permission to a group of investors, including some hedge funds, seeking to amend the company's charter and turn their type of voting shares of stock into non-voting shares, a conversion that might raise that type of shares' market price and that also would further concentrate control in the hands of Rupert Murdoch and his family. (Reuters)
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
  • A gunman shoots six people, killing four, including several children, in Douglasville, Georgia, ending with the gunman committing suicide. (AP via FOX News)
  • A 17-year-old male opens fire on a man at the Monroeville Mall in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, striking his intended target as well as two bystanders hospitalizing three people. (AP via News24) (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • In Cairo, Egypt, clashes between police and fans of Zamalek SC kill 22 people. Egyptian authorities indefinitely suspend football league matches. (BBC), (AP)
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Sports
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Law and crime
  • Samsung reveals potential for next generation smart TVs to eavesdrop. (AP)
Politics and elections
  • Bahrain suspends the newly launched Alarab News Channel. On February 1, 2015, Alarab's first day of operations, Bahrain's Information Affairs Authority had ordered the channel to cease broadcasting since it had not done enough to combat “extremism and terrorism.” Alarab had debuted with a Shia opposition politician interview. (Al Jazeera) (The Nation (Pakistan))
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economy
International relations
Law and crime
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Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Iraqi clashes and attacks kill at least 31 people. (AP)
Business and economy
  • Rite Aid, one of the largest chains of pharmacies in the United States, announces that it is purchasing EnvisionRx, a pharmacy benefits manager, from TPG Capital, for $2 billion. (Reuters)
Disasters and accidents
International relations
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Science and technology
Sports
  • Little League Baseball strips Chicago's Little League championship team Jackie Robinson West of their 2014 Little League World Series US title after an investigation revealed the team had falsified boundaries to field ineligible players. The league names Mountain Ridge Little League of Las Vegas, Nevada, the US champion due to the vacating of Jackie Robinson West's wins. (AP)(Little League.org)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economy
Law and crime
  • Six Taiwanese prisoners commit suicide after releasing hostages captured yesterday in Kaohsiung. The prisoners were protesting their sentences and alleged poor conditions of the Taiwanese prison system. (BBC)
  • The FBI launches a hate crime investigation into the February 11 killing of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (News Observer)
Politics and elections
Science and technology
  • A large meteorite falls in northern New Zealand. kelownanow.com stuff.co.nz
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
  • A bus crashes with a freight train in the Mexican state of Nuevo León, killing at least sixteen people and injuring 30. (Reuters)
Health
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Politics
Arts and culture
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Health
  • Twelve people die of swine flu in the Indian state of Gujarat taking the death toll to 136 since January with 130 new cases reported. (IBN live)
International relations
Law and crime
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
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Law and crime
  • A Turkish court remands seventeen police officers into custody for allegedly being part of an illegal wiretapping program targeting politicians, bureaucrats, and businessmen. (LBC)
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Health
  • EBioMedicine publishes research by University of Leuven scientists describing their findings of a so-called Cuban variant of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (the virus that causes A.I.D.S.) which is an aggressive strain that can rapidly progress to AIDS. (FOX News)
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  • Greece requests its partners in the eurozone for a six month loan program extension in an apparent compromise attempt; Germany has rejected the request. (BBC News)
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Science
  • Research published in the journal Nature claims that a large portion of the lithium in the universe was produced by novae. (ABC News Australia)
Armed conflicts and attacks
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Health
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Sports
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Business and economy
  • The United Steelworkers union notifies the owner of the largest refinery in the United States that its members are on strike. The notification to Motiva constitutes a major escalation of ongoing labor-management confrontation in that industry. (Reuters)
  • More than 5,000 workers at a General Motors plant in Brazil joins in a strike against the dismissal of proposal for another 800 factory employees. (GloboNews) (The Peninsula Qatar)
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International relations
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Science and technology
  • NASA astronauts perform one of three ISS spacewalks to reroute cables needed in preparation for the 2017 arrival of the first commercial spacecraft capable of transporting astronauts. (AP)
Sports
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Politics
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Law and crime
  • Entertainer Rolf Harris is stripped of his Order of Australia honours following recent convictions in the United Kingdom for indecent assault. (ABC News Australia)
  • Egyptian political activist Alaa Abdel Fatah is sentenced to five years in jail for violating a rule against organising political protests without permission. (Al-Arabiyah)
  • The High Court of Kenya throws out key aspects of an anti-terrorism law following a legal challenge from the Opposition. (BBC)
  • Two young Thai playwrights, Patiwat Saraiyaem and Porntip Mankong, are sentenced to two years in prison for alleged lese majeste for a play set in a fictional kingdom. (AFP via Google News)
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  • Somali pirates release four Thai hostages after nearly five years of captivity. (Reuters)
Arts and culture
  • American actor Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Spock from the Star Trek franchise, dies at the age of 83 from complications of COPD. (Variety via MSN)
Law and crime
Armed conflicts and attacks
International relations
Law and crime
  • The municipal intermediate people’s court for the eastern city of Dongying convicts Ni Fake, former Vice-Governor of Anhui province in China, on charges of bribery and "amassing wealth of unclear origin", and sentences him to seventeen years in prison. (The Guardian)
  • The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference removes disgraced senior official Ling Jihua from the office of Vice-Chairman and also strips him of his ordinary delegate status. (Straits Times)
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