Portal:Current events/February 2016

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February 2016 was the second month of that leap year. The month, which began on a Monday, ended on a Monday after 29 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from February 2016.

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  • Chinese authorities arrest 21 people involved in the Ezubao online finance scheme accused of allegedly defrauding 900,000 people of 50bn yuan ($7.6bn; £5.3bn) in a Ponzi scheme. (BBC)
  • Two men are sentenced to death for the murder of Tibetan religious leader Akong Rinpoche, his nephew and his driver in 2013. (Reuters)
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  • Negotiators for the European Commission and the United States agree on a pact protecting data transfers across the North Atlantic by companies such as Google and Amazon, imposing on such companies certain privacy shield obligations. (Reuters)
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  • Twitter claims to have closed down 125,000 accounts linked to ISIL. (Reuters via ABC News Australia)
  • The Vatican commission on sexual abuse announces that Peter Saunders, a sexual abuse survivor from the U.K., is suspended from commission proceedings. "I am not leaving my position," Saunders said, adding only the person who appointed him, the Pope, can dismiss him. (Buenos Aires Herald) (Patheos) (Al Jazeera)
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  • 2016 Taiwan earthquake
    • The death toll from yesterday's earthquake in Taiwan rises to at least 29, with at least 120 trapped under collapsed buildings in Tainan, while 198 people have been rescued. (AP) (Taipei Times)
  • A man is killed and three other employees are injured following a suspected meteorite strike in a garden outside the Bharathidasan Engineering College in Tamil Nadu, India. Witnesses say they saw a mysterious object fall from the sky. If confirmed, this would be the first recorded fatality from a meteorite strike. (Metro) (The Indian Express)
  • One person is killed and six others injured in an explosion at JCG Farms, an American feed mill near Atlanta, Georgia. (AP)
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  • Two people are killed and ten others are injured in a shooting outside an Orlando, Florida nightclub. (Click Orlando)
  • One person is killed and seven others are injured in a shooting outside a Rochester, New York sports bar. (ABC News)
  • Hamas reports it has executed one of its commanders, Mahmoud Eshtewi, for “moral and behavioral violations.” Human Rights Watch, contacted by Eshtewi’s family, had been monitoring the case. (AP via The Washington Post)
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  • Politicians in Haiti agree to a process to select an interim President to replace Michel Martelly. Presidential elections will be held on April 14 with the winner to be sworn in on 14 May. (BBC)
    • Haiti delays Carnival celebrations over concern that anti-government protests might turn violent. (Reuters) (The Guardian)
  • The Parliament of Algeria considers a new constitution imposing term limits for the President and recognising Amazigh as an official language. (AP)
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  • Dubai says that it will continue with its Mall of the World project, despite the financial pressures created by falling oil prices. (Reuters)
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  • 2016 Taiwan earthquake
    • The death toll from Saturday's earthquake in Taiwan rises to 41 with 109 people missing. (Focus Taiwan)
    • Taiwan authorities arrest three construction company executives of the Wei-guan Golden Dragon Building, which collapsed Saturday, on suspicion of negligent homicide. Almost all of those killed have been recovered from the rubble from this building; the 100-plus missing are likely buried in the debris. (Reuters) (AP via The Washington Post)
  • Bad Aibling rail accident
    • Two passenger trains collide in the German town of Bad Aibling in the state of Bavaria. At least ten people are dead, one person is missing and presumed dead, about 80 are wounded, and 17 are seriously or critically injured. The rescue is difficult – resembling a mountain-type rescue – because of a nearby river and a steep incline and a curve in the tracks; rescue helicopters had to be used. It is one of Bavaria's and Germany's deadliest-ever railroad accidents. Human error is being examined as a possibility. (BBC) (CNN)
  • One Indian soldier, buried in the snow for six days, is rescued from last week's Siachen Glacier avalanche, however the other nine soldiers from the army post in the Himalayan region of Kashmir didn't survive. (AP via Appeal-Democrat)
  • A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Ovalle in Chile's central region. No injuries or damage have been reported. (AP via ABC News)
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  • An Indonesian Air Force plane on a routine training flight crashes into a house in the city of Malang in the East Java province, killing four people and injuring one. (International Business Times)
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  • The owners of Liverpool F.C. scrap a controversial £77 ticket pricing plan for the 2016–17 season following a backlash by the club's supporters and a mass walkout during last week's game with Sunderland A.F.C. at Anfield. (Sky News)
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  • A yellow fever outbreak has killed 37 people in Angola since December 2015. (AAP via News Limited)
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  • 2016 Taiwan earthquake
    • The death toll from the earthquake rises to 94 with 550 people injured, and at least 30 more missing and believed buried in the apartment complex rubble in Tainan. (CNN)
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  • Pakistan arrests 97 people allegedly involved in terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi who were allegedly plotting a variety of attacks including a plan to get Daniel Pearl's killer out of prison. (Reuters via Channel News Asia)
  • Two people are killed on the campus of Independence High School in Glendale, Arizona, near Phoenix. The campus is on lockdown, but there is no active shooter situation any longer. (The Arizona Republic)
  • In Cairo, thousands of doctors protest against police impunity following the assault, allegedly by Egyptian police officers, of two doctors in a hospital last week. Protests here are rare since enactment of a law limiting demonstrations to those with prior police approval. Another protest is planned across all hospitals for February 20. (Reuters)
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  • European migrant crisis
    • Slovenia announces that it will be clamping down on the number of migrants that it will allow to enter the country. (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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  • Former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Olmert starts a 19-month prison sentence for bribery and obstructing justice. In the last decade, he was found or admitted guilty in four different corruption investigations. (AP via Yahoo! News)
  • Two German intelligence officers are suspected of having given money to Al Qaeda in 2010. (Sputniknews) (Berliner Morgenpost)
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  • Experts confirm the discovery of a lost Spanish settlement in Florida from an expedition led by Tristan de Luna. (Associated Press via MSN)
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  • Iran says that it plans to increase its crude oil output until it achieves pre-sanction levels, although that contravenes OPEC efforts to restrain output. (Reuters)
  • Canadian multinational aerospace and transportation company Bombardier Inc. is to cut 7,000 jobs worldwide over the next two years, including over a thousand jobs in the United Kingdom. (The Guardian)
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  • At least 71 people are killed in a head-on collision between a bus and a truck in Ghana. (Sky News) (BBC)
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  • Zika virus outbreak
    • Pope Francis indicates that contraceptives could be allowed, as the "lesser of two evils" vis-à-vis the sin of abortion, in addressing the life-threatening problem the Zika virus presents. He noted that Pope Paul VI, "in a difficult situation in Africa, permitted nuns to use contraceptives in cases of rape". (CNN) (The Washington Post) (AP)(Katholiek Nieuwsblad)(Patheos)
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  • Xenophobic mob blocks a refugee bus in Clausnitz, German state of Saxony. (Deutsche Welle) (Deutsche Welle) (Deutsche Welle) (The New York Times) (The New York Times)
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  • American author Harper Lee dies at the age of 89. (BBC)
  • Italian author and philosopher Umberto Eco dies at the age of 84. (BBC)
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  • Yahoo Inc. says that it has created a committee of independent directors that will explore strategic alternatives, notably the sale of its core internet business. (Reuters)
  • William C. Dudley is reappointed as the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for another five years. (Reuters)
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  • Jat protesters shut down 70% of Delhi's water supply meaning the Indian city could run out of water by the end of the weekend. At least nine people are killed in fighting. (The Times of India), (BBX)
  • Calais migrant crisis
    • French authorities give up to 1000 migrants, mostly Syrians and Iraqis, until 8pm local time on 23 February to leave the Calais jungle camp. Those who refuse to leave will be forcibly removed by police. (Sky News)
  • 2016 Kalamazoo shootings
    • Seven people are killed and another injured in multiple shooting incidents in Kalamazoo County in the American state of Michigan. A 45-year-old man was later arrested in the city of Kalamazoo (RT), (Press Association via Irish Independent)
  • A planned refugee shelter is set on fire in Bautzen, German state of Saxony.(Deutsche Welle) (Deutsche Welle)
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  • 2016 Kalamazoo shootings
    • Kalamazoo County, Michigan authorities say last evening's shooting spree resulted in six deaths with two others seriously wounded. Each victim was shot multiple times. Police acknowledge that an earlier report that a 14-year-old girl died is incorrect; she is alive, but "severely, gravely" injured. The suspect, a 45-year-old man who is a Uber driver without a prior criminal record, was taken into custody without a struggle. (USA Today) (CNN)
  • Terrorism in Malaysia
    • Australia issues a security alert, warning that terrorists may be planning attacks in and around the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. It also recommended that Australians avoid travel to the coastal region of eastern Sabah, where the beaches and islands are popular with foreign tourists. (Reuters via Daily Mail)
  • Pope Francis calls for a worldwide ban on the death penalty and urges Christian leaders to work to stop executions as part of the church's Holy Year of Mercy. (UPI)
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  • Dow Chemical agrees to pay $835 million to settle a decade-long, price-fixing, class-action dispute. Dow states that the uncertainty about the U.S. Supreme Court makeup following Justice Antonin Scalia's death means there is an "increased likelihood for unfavorable outcomes for business involved in class action suits." The urethane chemicals case, from 2005, was against a number of companies; Dow had been the only defendant not to settle. (Reuters) (Reuters via Winnipeg Sun)
  • A federal appeals court rules in favor of Samsung on several issues arising out of that company's long-running patent dispute with Apple, overturning a $120 million jury verdict in Apple's favor in 2014. (Reuters)
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  • Syrian Civil War peace process
    • The Syrian cessation of hostilities truce is in effect, as of midnight, Saturday, local Syrian time (10:00 p.m. UTC Friday/5:00 p.m. EST Friday). (Reuters)
    • The United Nations Security Council, via resolution 2268, endorses the truce which has been agreed to by nearly 100 rebel factions. The ceasefire does not apply to military actions against terrorist organizations, such as ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Qaeda in Syria). (RT) (text via U.S. State Dept.)
    • United Nations special envoy Staffan de Mistura says, assuming the ceasefire holds, he will reconvene formal peace talks in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday, March 7. (The Daily Telegraph)
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  • Three people are stabbed, including one person critically wounded, and several people are arrested after a Ku Klux Klan (KKK) rally in Anaheim, California turns violent. (Los Angeles Times)
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  • A man fatally stabs 14 family members before taking his own life in the Indian city of Thane. (India Today)
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  • China says it expects to lay off 1.8 million state workers in the coal and steel sectors, or about 15 percent of the industries' workforce, as part of efforts to reduce industrial overcapacity. (Reuters)
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  • One person has died and hundreds of people have been evacuated after heavy rain in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. (Jakarta Post)
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  • Pakistani authorities hang Mumtaz Qadri for his role in the murder of reformist Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer in 2011. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • Calais migrant crisis
    • Clashes break out inside the Calais jungle camp in the port city of Calais between migrants and riot police as officials attempted to evict hundreds of migrants from the southern section of the camp. Several tents and wooden shacks were set on fire by migrants. (The Telegraph)
  • In the United States, a 14-year-old shoots two students, who were hospitalized in stable condition, in the Madison Local School cafeteria. Two other teenagers are injured, none seriously. The southwestern Ohio school, which had practiced for such an event, immediately went into lockdown; Tuesday classes are cancelled. (AP via The Citizen) (UPI) (School website)
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