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January 2012 was the first month of that leap year. The month, which began on a Sunday, ended on a Tuesday after 31 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from January 2012.

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  • A 7.0-magnitude earthquake strikes south of Japan; no damage is caused. (Wall Street Journal) (Reuters) (Newsday)
  • A boat capsizes near Lamu Island off the Kenyan coast with at least seven people dead. (Reuters)
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  • Firefighters in Chile battle three large wildfires, which have reportedly killed at least one person. (CTV)
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  • Unemployment in Spain reaches a record high. (The Guardian)
  • Germany's unemployment rate reportedly reaches its lowest level since 1991. (BBC)
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  • After 18 years of investigations and inquests, Gary Dobson and David Norris are convicted of the murder of Stephen Lawrence in the London suburb of Eltham on 22 April 1993. Dobson and Norris are later sentenced to 15 years and 14 years' imprisonment, respectively. (BBC) (The Independent)
  • An Ecuadorean appeals court upholds an $18 billion judgement against the US oil company Chevron Corporation. (Reuter via Yahoo! News)
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  • Storms kill seven, with local states of emergency declared in Southeast Region, Brazil. (New Straits Times) (Latin American Herald Tribune) (Monsters and Critics) (Xinhua via People's Daily)(Daily Star)
  • At least 16 people die after a bus runs off a bridge in China's Guizhou province. (AP via IBN Live)
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  • 2011–2012 Syrian uprising: According to Syrian state media, 26 people are killed and 63 wounded when a suicide bomber blows himself up at a police station in Damascus. The Syrian opposition blames the Syrian government for orchestrating the attack, and alleges that they have leaked information from security forces that Aleppo is next. (Al Arabiya) (CNN)
  • Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq, the Iranian-backed Shiite militia that carried out deadly attacks on U.S. troops agrees to lay down its arms and join the political process in Iraq. (ABC News)
  • Eight people are killed and 10 wounded in Kano, in the latest in a series of attacks on church in northern Nigeria. (VOA)(CNN)
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  • The Ramnit worm steals more than 45000 Facebook logins and passwords. (Vancouver Sun) (Euronews Youtube) (CNet)
  • Symantec, maker of the popular Norton antivirus software, acknowledges that hackers have acquired "a segment of its source code," a partial confirmation of claims made by the Lords of Dharmaraja. (Reuters)
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  • Piracy in Somalia: Georgia announces 15 Georgian sailors held hostage by pirates for over a year are released through the government's efforts. (AFP via Google News)
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  • A bombing in Khyber Agency, Pakistan, kills at least 29 people and leaves over 50 others injured. (Vancouver Sun)
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  • A power transformer malfunction in Bursa, Turkey, leaves millions without electricity, including the metropolis of Istanbul. (Washington Post)
  • Rescue teams find two survivors trapped inside the capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia, which ran aground off the coast of Tuscany on January 13, killing at least three people. The ship's captain is detained by police for questioning. (New Zealand Herald)
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  • The Russian tanker Renda, accompanied by the US Coast Guard icebreaker USCGC Healy, prepares to deliver fuel to Nome, Alaska. A fall storm had blocked an earlier fuel delivery, leaving the city facing fuel shortages. (AP via Google)
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  • A fuel freighter, the Doola No. 3, explodes near the South Korean port city of Incheon, killing at least three crew members. (CNN) (Los Angeles Times) (MSNBC)
  • Three trapped survivors are rescued from the capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia, over 24 hours after it ran aground off the coast of Italy. Two corpses are also found, bringing the known death toll of the incident to five. (BBC)
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  • South Sudan accuses neighboring Sudan of "stealing" its oil exports. (Al Jazeera)
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  • At least 26 people are killed after a truck's brakes fail along a busy street in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (BBC)
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  • India and China agree to establish a working mechanism to deal with border issues. (The Hindu)
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  • Severed human hands and feet are found near the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, California, close to where a man's severed head was recently discovered. Los Angeles police continue their search for more body parts connected with the case. (Huffington Post)
  • Federal prosecutors in the United States charge seven people with insider trading in shares of computer firm Dell Inc., alleging that the ring made a criminal profit of nearly $62 million. (Reuters)
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  • Five people are killed and thousands of others are affected following the first tropical storm to hit Mozambique since 1984. (AFP via Google News)
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  • Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke dies from complications of injuries she received in a skiing accident nine days earlier. (BBC)
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  • Costa Concordia disaster: The body of a woman is discovered by search teams aboard the stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia, bringing the confirmed death toll of the ship's capsizing to 12. Rescue efforts continue apace, as it is feared the ship may soon slip into deeper waters off the Italian coast. (MSNBC)
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  • Leading international virologists agree to temporarily halt work on a more virulent strain of the H5N1 influenza virus, due to fears that an airborne strain of the lethal virus could be used by bioterrorists. (New Scientist)
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  • Sri Lanka orders 161 foreign clerics from the Tablighi Jamaat movement to leave the country for breaking the terms of their tourist visas. (Times of India)
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  • China reports the death of a second person this month to H5N1 bird flu. (AFP)
  • At least 16 people drown after a passenger boat sinks off Iran's southern coast. (Al Jazeera)
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  • The death toll of the Costa Concordia disaster rises to 15 as divers find two more bodies in the capsized ship. (Al-Jazeera)
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  • Apple Inc. announces that the technology generated over $127 billion in revenue during 2011. Apple sold over 37 million iPhones and over 15 million iPads during the fourth quarter of 2011. (CNN)
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  • Floods in Mozambique cut off the country's main north-south motorway. (IOL)
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  • Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón, who indicted the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1998, is put on trial for supposedly overstepping his powers after he tried to investigate the disappearance of 114,000 people between 1936 and 1975 during the reign of Francisco Franco. (BBC)
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  • 2011–2012 Syrian uprising: 18 protesters are shot dead by Syrian security forces. (Naharnet)
  • A Tibetan monk is shot dead in Sichuan, China, in the second violent clash this week as unrest spreads. (Times of Oman) (BBC)
  • Protesters in Egypt commemorate the first anniversary of the revolution. (Al Jazeera)
  • Riots break out in a prison in central Colombo, Sri Lanka, injuring 31 inmates and guards. (UPI)
  • 10 people are injured in a grenade attack in southern Rwanda. (Reuters)
  • A United States rescue operation in Somalia frees two foreign hostages and kills nine pirates. (Times of India)
  • A truck bomb detonates at an Ethiopian military base in Somalia. (IOL)
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  • A landslide in central Papua New Guinea leaves four people dead and 60 missing. (AP)
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  • Three people are killed and 16 missing after three office buildings collapse in Cinelândia square in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (IOL)(Washington Post)(USA Today)(BBC)(Wall Street Journal)
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  • At least 20 people are killed in a fire at a drug rehabilitation centre in Lima. (BBC)
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  • The African Union opens its new headquarters in Addis Ababa. (BBC)
  • A German government plan is leaked proposing a eurozone "budget commissioner" to take control of Greece's economic affairs. (BBC)
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  • A poll finds most voters in Ireland want to see any new European Treaty put to a referendum, though the government remains undecided. (RTÉ News)
  • The lawyer of former Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) leader Tommy Sheridan says authorities are trying to gag him. (The Telegraph) (BBC)
  • Approximately 300 people are arrested in the US city of Oakland, California during Occupy Oakland protests. (AP via Yahoo! News)
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