Portal:Current events/January 2005

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January 2005 was the first 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This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from January 2005.

Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict:
    • Israeli troops allegedly misfire a tank shell and kill a 9-year-old Palestinian girl; her 11-year-old sister was also injured. (Al Bawaba)
    • Palestinian militants allegedly misfire a Qassam rocket and kill a Palestinian girl in Jabalia. (Haaretz)
    • IDF soldiers kill 11 Palestinians, 9 of whom are alleged to have been militants and 2 said to have been civilians in Khan Yunis. (Haaretz)
    • IDF soldiers kill 3 suspected Palestinian militants who were allegedly planting explosives near the border with Egypt in Rafah. (Haaretz)
      • Palestinian sources say the 3 men killed by the IDF near the border with Egypt in Rafah were unarmed. (Haaretz)
    • Palestinian militants fire four Qassam rockets at the Negev and 3 at Sderot, Israel causing damage but no casualties. (Haaretz)
Arts and culture
  • The world rings in 2005. Some nations observe a moment of silence with candles and white roses for the at least 150,000 dead and 5,000,000 left homeless after the 26 December tsunamis. In many countries flags are flown at half staff. (Reuters)
Business and economy
Law and crime
Politics and elections
  • Global tsunami aid donations exceed USD 2 billion (EUR 1.5 billion). (Xinhua)
  • Aníbal Acevedo Vilá officially becomes governor of Puerto Rico. He is the eighth popularly elected governor of the Commonwealth. (El Vocero, in Spanish)
  • The Washington Post and Reuters report that the US government is preparing to keep suspected terrorists in detention without charge for life. (Reuters)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami:
    • The United Nations accepts Singapore's offer to set up a UN Regional Coordination Centre to coordinate relief efforts to stricken areas. This centre will see an influx of UN staff and it is likely to be a long-term infrastructure to help reconstruction efforts. John Budd, UNICEF head of communications in Indonesia, said, "The Singapore government's military (SAF) response to the emergency in Aceh has been nothing less than outstanding. It has done a phenomenal job; all the aid agencies and the UN are very grateful for the enormous and fast response the military in Singapore brought to bear on this disaster." (CNA)
    • Three U.S. Presidents – George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George H. W. Bush – make a joint appeal urging Americans to aid the tsunamis' victims. (BBC) Bush makes a presidential proclamation to fly the U.S. flag at half staff from 3-7 Jan in honor of the tsunami victims. (whitehouse.gov)
    • The United Kingdom's Metropolitan Police announces that they have arrested a suspect in a hoax case where Britons missing relatives or friends in the earthquake received e-mail messages informing them that the person had died. The messages came from the improbably fake address [email protected]. (Telegraph) (BBC) (London Free Press)
Politics and elections
  • Conflict in Iraq:
    • Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr joins Sunnis in calling for a delay in the assembly election, saying that it cannot happen if Sunnis cannot fairly participate. President of Iran Mohammad Khatami says his country opposes a postponement because the elections will facilitate "the exit of occupation forces". (Boston Globe) (BBC)
    • The Iraqi interior ministry reports that U.S. soldiers mistakenly shot and killed two Iraqi policemen and two civilians after an attack on their convoy.
    • Gunmen kill the deputy police chief of the city of Samarra, Major Muhammad Muzaffar. (BBC)
    • The U.S. military frees about 230 prisoners it was holding at Abu Ghraib. Around 7,400 remain in custody. (BBC)
  • Arab–Israeli conflict: A French officer, working for the United Nations, is killed by shelling in the disputed Shebaa Farms area of Southern Lebanon. Israeli planes and artillery had been firing on suspected Hezbollah positions in the area in retaliation for Hezbollah's attack which killed an Israeli officer. (BBC)
  • After a 66% turnout and extended hours, an exit poll shows Mahmoud Abbas winning the Palestinian presidential election with two-thirds of the vote and challenger Mustafa Barghouti getting 19.7%. (AP) (BBC)
  • Storm winds sweep across northern Europe, leaving at least 13 people dead and millions without electricity. (CNN) (BBC)
  • In Nairobi, Kenya, a peace treaty is signed between warring factions in the Sudanese civil war, which has claimed over 1.5 million lives in more than 20 years. (BBC)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
  • The Airbus A380 is officially launched at a ceremony in the main French Airbus factory in Toulouse. Carrying between 550 and 840 passengers (depending on configuration), the double decker A380 is now the largest passenger airliner in the world. (Reuters) (BBC)
Health and environment
International relations
Law and crime
Politics and elections
  • In Belize, the unrest continues for a second day. Water has been cut and government buildings have been torched. (Belize channel 5) (Belize channel 7)
  • Israeli-Palestinian Conflict:
  • B15A, the world's largest iceberg with 160 km length, seems to have run aground in Antarctica, threatening to cut off supply ships for a number of scientific research stations and to starve tens of thousands of penguins. (CBC)
  • Conflict in Iraq:
    • 5 Danish troops, including an army intelligence officer, have been charged with mistreating Iraqi prisoners in southern Iraq last year. (BBC)
    • At least 14 people die in a car bombing at a Shi'a mosque in Iraq's capital, amid threats of a long war from a key militant. (BBC)
  • In Lucerne, Switzerland, a trial opens against a nurse accused of killing 24 patients. (SwissInfo)
  • The Italian government condemns the destruction of an Italian cemetery in Mogadishu, Somalia. Local militia wanted to clear the area for a base. (BBC)
  • Italian police have arrested number of people connected to smuggling of illegal immigrants from Libya. (AGI) (BBC)
  • Chilean judge Sergio Munoz intends to launch an international investigation for secret bank accounts of Augusto Pinochet. (Reuters) (BBC)
  • In France, teachers and civil servants join the growing numbers of strikers to protest over job cuts in the public sector. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • The relatives of victims of Kursk submarine disaster appeal to the European Court of Human Rights for an additional investigation into the catastrophe. (Mosnews) (St.Petersburg Times)
  • France extradites Holger Pfahls, former German deputy defence minister suspected of corruption. (Deutsche Welle) (Bloomberg) (PolitInfo)
  • Riggs Bank agrees to pay a $16 million fine after pleading guilty to violating the Bank Secrecy Act by hiding transfers of millions of dollars in accounts controlled by Chilean despot Augusto Pinochet and top officials of Equatorial Guinea. (The Seattle Times)
  • Michael McManus, author of the U.S.-wide syndicated newspaper column "Ethics & Religion", was paid $10,000 by the DHHS for writing articles promoting a marriage initiative. (Salon)
  • An Australian recently freed from Guantanamo Bay claims U.S. agents told him they killed his whole family and strung the interrogation room with faked photos of his wife and children with animals' heads. He also says he was sexually assaulted and menstrual blood had been put all over him before being left alone in a cell with no water. (news.com.au) (yahoo/AP)
  • Asia's richest woman, Nina Wang, is formally charged with forgery of her kidnapped husband's will. (BBC)
  • Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Hamas, contesting their first election, have swept to power in local elections in Gaza. (BBC)
  • Kim Beazley is re-elected to the leadership of the Australian Labor Party unopposed, succeeding Mark Latham, in the fourth leadership change since losing government in 1996. (ABC News).
  • A month after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunamis, more than 1000 bodies a day are still being recovered in Aceh. (Melbourne Herald Sun)
  • Latest investigation into the career of UK serial killer Dr. Harold Shipman increases the count of his victims to 284, the first having been killed just after he left medical school. (Reuters) (Telegraph) (BBC)
  • 70 Nobel Prize laureates have released a statement that supports United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan in the face of US Republican calls for him to resign (Reuters) (BBC)
  • Thailand's prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra demands that Malaysia extradite separatist leader of Gerakan Mujahidin Islam Patani party known as 'Jehkumir Kuteh' or 'Abdul Rahman Ahmad' (in addition to other names). Malaysian government refuses because he is Malaysian but they would cooperate the best they can (Malaysia Star)(Bangkok Post) (Reuter AlertNet) (Channel News Asia)
  • In Russia, special forces have killed seven people in a fight against what they described as islamic militants. The fight happened in an apartment block in Nalchik near Chechnya border (Reuters) (MosNews) (BBC)
  • President of Ireland Mary McAleese causes an uproar when she says that Nazis taught their children to hate Jews like Northern Ireland Protestants taught theirs to hate Irish Catholics (Ireland Online) (RTE) (BBC)
  • A heavy blizzard in Algeria causes death of at least 13 people and paralyzes traffic in the capital Algiers (Reuters) (BBC)
  • Conflict in Iraq:
    • Polls close in Iraq marking the first multi-party election in 50 years. Electoral officials estimate about a 50–70% turnout. A series of election day attacks across the country killed at least 44 people, mainly in Baghdad. The 275-member National Assembly will create a new constitution, choose a new president and two new vice presidents. Most candidate names on the various party lists remained anonymous. (BBC) Reuters News24
    • Between nine and fifteen British soldiers die as a C-130 Hercules transport plane crashes about 40km north west of Baghdad. The cause of the crash is under investigation. (BBC), (CNN)
  • A firefight leaves 3 suspected militants and one Kuwaiti police officer dead after security forces raid an alleged hideout in Kuwait City. (BBC)
  • In eastern Sudan, demonstrators on their way to a meeting with tribal leaders clash with police leaving up to 17 protestors dead. A Sudanese general states that the protestors were looting and inciting violence against his men. Members of eastern tribes, mainly Beja, presented a list of demands which included better representation to the provincial governor three days ago. (BBC)
  • Former UK Labour Culture Secretary, Chris Smith, states he has been HIV positive for 17 years. (BBC)
  • In Spain, a bomb explodes at a hotel in the southwest town Denia injuring one. Police officials say the detonation occurred after a telephone warning from the Basque ETA group. Spanish parliament is scheduled to debate and vote on a Basque plan for independence from Spain in two days. (BBC)
  • Talks between the Indonesian government and Free Aceh Movement leaders in Helsinki end a day early, possibly signaling a breakdown in negotiations. (IHT)
  • The deadline passes for the finalization of constituencies for Afghanistan's May 21 parliamentary elections, UN officials say. Though the constituencies were supposed to be set up 120 days before the election, officials have not yet announced an election delay. Violence continues, particularly in the south of the country where the Taliban still remains active. (Pakistan Daily Times) (Reuters)
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