Portal:Current events/January 2015

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January 2015 was the first month of that common year. The month, which began on a Thursday, ended on a Saturday after 31 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from January 2015.

Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Terrorism in Yemen
    • The death toll of the suicide bombing in Ibb, Yemen, that occurred on December 31 rises to 49 with the injury count rising to 70. (AFP via Business Standard)
  • A shooting kills one and injures six people in Killarney, Calgary, Canada, with police making no arrests. (National Post)
Business and economy
  • Lithuania adopts the euro as its official currency, becoming the 19th member of the Eurozone. (CNN)
  • U.S. fast-food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A warns that a security breach may have leaked credit card details of 9,000 customers in five states. (Daily Mail)
International relations
Law and crime
  • Vietnam’s new marriage law goes into effect, abolishing regulations that “prohibit marriage between people of the same sex.” (Bloomberg)
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • The MS Norman Atlantic ferry fire death toll rises to at least eleven with as many as 19 people still unaccounted for. (The Independent)
International relations
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Boko Haram
    • Fleeing villagers from a remote part of the Borno State report that Boko Haram had three days prior kidnapped around 40 boys and young men. (BBC)
Arts and culture
  • Turkey permits the building of a Syriac church in Istanbul, the first construction of a Christian house of worship allowed since the founding of the modern republic in 1923. (DAWN) (BGN News)
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • A six-story building collapse in Nairobi, Kenya, kills one person and leaves several others injured. (New Zealand Herald)
Religion
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economics
Disasters and accidents
International relations
Law and crime
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economics
  • American luxury fashion company Coach, Inc. agrees to purchase shoe brand Stuart Weitzman for $574 million. (Wall Street Journal)
  • The price of crude oil drops to $48 per barrel, the lowest since April of 2009. (KGO)
Disasters and accidents
Health
International relations
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Science and technology
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Charlie Hebdo shooting
    • Gunmen attack the Paris office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing twelve people and injuring ten. Some witnesses report that the gunmen identified themselves as belonging to al-Qaeda in Yemen. A 2011 issue had depicted a cartoon of the Islamic prophet Muhammed. (BBC)
    • French police identify three suspects in the killings with raids being conducted in the city of Reims for the assailants, brothers Said and Cherif Kaouchi, aged 32 and 34, respectively, and Hamyd Mourad, 18. (Washington Post), (Bloomberg via Washington Post)
  • al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen
    • A car bomb explodes outside a police college in the Yemeni capital Sana'a with at least 38 people reported dead and more than 50 wounded. (Reuters), (BBC), (Al Jazeera)
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
Health
International relations
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Charlie Hebdo shooting
    • One of the suspects in the killings, Hamyd Mourad, voluntarily surrenders to police in Charleville-Mézières while the other two suspects are still at large. (The New York Times) (CNN)
    • On the night of January 7 and morning of January 8, assailants throw grenades and fire guns at three mosques throughout France. (ForeignPolicy.com)
  • 2015 Baga massacre
    • Boko Haram militants raze the entire town of Baga in north-east Nigeria. Bodies lay strewn on Baga's streets with as many as 2,000 people having been killed. Boko Haram now controls 70% of Borno State, which is the worst-affected by the insurgency. (BBC)
  • Iraqi insurgency (2011–present)
Business and economy
  • Dunkin' Donuts signs a franchise agreement for 1,400 new cafes in China by the year 2035. (Reuters)
  • Coca-Cola announces that it plans to cut 1,800 jobs worldwide. (CNBC)
  • Subaru recalls 199,000 vehicles (2008-2014), citing brake line rust issues. (NBC Bay Area)
Disasters and accidents
  • Schools in the Midwestern and Northeast United States close for a second successive day due to bitterly cold temperatures. (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
  • A Princess Tours catamaran, Pura Vida Princess, catches fire and capsizes off the coast of Punta Leona, Costa Rica, while carrying 98 passengers and ten crew; the Costa Rican Red Cross confirms that three are dead. (AP via The Costa Rican Times),(The Costa Rican Times)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Charlie Hebdo shooting
    • The two suspect brothers take a hostage at a sign printing company, Création Tendance Découverte, in the French town of Dammartin-en-Goële. (AAP via SBS)
      • The standoff ends with the two brothers dead and the hostage released. (CNBC) (BBC) (CNN)
    • A second hostage situation of unclear connection occurs at a Jewish market, Hypercacher, in the eastern Paris suburb of Vincennes. There are two suspected hostage takers, Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, and Amedy Coulibaly, 32, who were previously suspected of shooting a policewoman dead earlier in the week. There are at least sixteen hostages. (Herald-Sun)
      • The concurrent standoff ends with Coulibaly dead as well as four hostages. Four additional hostages and two police officers require hospitalization. Boumeddiene remains at large. (MSNBC)
  • 2015 Baga massacre
    • Refugees flee Nigeria's Borno State following the Boko Haram massacre in the town of Baga. 7,300 flee to neighbouring Chad while over 1,000 are trapped on the island of Kangala in Lake Chad. Nigeria's army vows to recapture the town, while Niger and Chad withdraw their forces from a transnational force tasked with combating militants. (UNHCR) (NPR via BBC)
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
  • A 193-vehicle pileup along a snowy Interstate 94 highway in Kalamazoo County, Michigan leaves one motorist dead and 20 injured. A fire among the vehicles which includes a chemical tanker and a truck loaded with fireworks further compounds the disaster. The debris and fire closes the expressway for over 14 hours. Exploding fireworks hit rescue workers injuring an additional three. (ABC News) (CNN)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Science and technology
  • The Lovejoy Comet enters its brightest phase to roughly magnitude 4 or 5. (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
  • A bomb threat on Tigerair Flight 539 at Melbourne Airport, Victoria, Australia, causes disruptions for passengers and airlines throughout the airport. (News.com.au)
  • A shooting spree in Moscow, Idaho, U.S., leaves three dead and one injured. After a high-speed chase on Highway 195 ten miles away in the neighboring state of Washington, Pullman police arrest the suspect, John Lee. (AP)
  • A mass poisoning at a funeral in Mozambique involves beer that was deliberately contaminated with crocodile bile leaving at least 56 dead and 146 hospitailized. (FOX8LIVE)
Science and technology
  • SpaceX successfully launches a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, as part of boosting its Dragon spacecraft into space for a Monday arrival at the ISS in the SpaceX CRS-5 resupply mission. However, an experimental recovery attempt of the first stage fails when it crash-lands on a floating platform possibly due to insufficient hydraulic fluid, resulting in damage to the platform. The state of the destruction of the launch vehicle is publically unknown. (Space.com),(Twitter)
  • The Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District temporarily closes the Golden Gate Bridge until Monday to install a $30 million moveable barrier between opposite traffic flows. (SF Gate)
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
Politics and elections
Science and technology
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
Science and technology
  • The SpaceX CRS-5 supply ship arrives at the ISS with groceries and Christmas gifts. (AP)
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501
    • Divers recover the cockpit voice recorder from the crashed jet. The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee states that by using the now collected recorders a preliminary report on the accident will be produced within a month and a final report after a year. (AFP/Reuters via ABC News Australia)
  • The death toll from contaminated beer in the Mozambique rises to at least 72. (AP via Business Week)
Health
International relations
Law and crime
  • Egypt's highest court overturns and initiates a retrial on the only remaining conviction against former President Hosni Mubarak (a May 2014 sentencing of three years in prison for embezzlement). (Reuters)
  • The U.S. Supreme Court rules 9–0 in favor of homeowners that the Truth in Lending Act clearly states that a simple notice by the homeowner to the bank within three years seeking to rescind their mortgage suffices over an actual court-filed lawsuit. (Reuters)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
  • A collision between a train and a prison transport bus near Penwell, Texas leaves at least eight prisoners and two corrections officers dead. (BBC)
  • Floods devastate Mozambique and Malawi, with at least 73 deaths and over 70,000 homeless. (BBC)
International relations
  • The cabinet of Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe approves a record defence budget with a plan to buy surveillance aircraft and Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter jets to improve security of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea claimed by both Japan and China. (AP)
  • Taiwan protests China’s new air routes near the median line of the Taiwan Strait and vows to step up surveillance of aviation activity. (Bloomberg)(Reuters)
  • On the second day of his papal visit to Sri Lanka, Pope Francis canonizes Saint Joseph Vaz at a beachfront park at the Indian Ocean, and later visits the northern portion of the island for a prayer service at the Sri Lankan Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu, which was a prominent area landmark damaged in the Sri Lankan Civil War. (Catholic News Service)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economy
  • The World Bank states that the Philippines can end poverty in a single generation. (AP via The Philippine Star)
  • The Swiss franc to euro exchange rate jumps by 30% immediately following a Swiss National Bank announcement. The bank will abandon its three-year-old cap on the swiss franc's value against the euro as well as lower the interest rate on sight deposits (instant access accounts) to -0.75% (the negative number meaning that the depositor has to pay the bank 0.75% per year to hold the depositor's money). (BBC) (Bloomberg)
  • Target will close all of its 133 stores in Canada and put Target Canada into bankruptcy. (Reuters)
  • Electronics retailer RadioShack Corp will file for bankruptcy protection by next month. (Reuters)
Disasters and accidents
Health
Law and crime
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
Environment
  • Chinese officials impose an emergency ban on tourists approaching pandas subsequent to the death of two pandas from a canine distemper virus. (USA Today)
Law and crime
Science
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
  • The rescue and recovery efforts at the wreckage of the January 15 capsized tugboat on China's Yangtze River near the city of Jingjiang finds that twenty-one people are dead while three are rescued. (Straits Times)
  • An entourage plane accompanying the Pope and carrying government officials experiences high winds and blows off the runway minutes after the pontiff's aircraft takes off safely in the Philippines. (The Independent)
  • The Bridger Pipeline Company spills up to 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River, near Glendive, Montana. (CBS)
Law and crime
  • Pemberton Township, New Jersey police arrest a woman and charge her with the murder of her newborn baby girl which she set on fire. Officers extinguish the fire, but the child later dies. (AP via MSN)
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
  • Indonesia executes six people for drug trafficking including foreign citizens from Brazil, Malawi, the Netherlands, Nigeria, and Vietnam. Brazil and the Netherlands withdraw their ambassadors in protest. (News Limited), (ABC Australia), (BBC)
  • Chinese police shoot dead two ethnic Uighurs in Pingxiang, Guangxi while they attempt to cross into Vietnam after members of their group resisted arrest with knives. The public security ministry accuses a separatist group of orchestrating hundreds of cases of human smuggling. (The New York Times)
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Science and technology
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • Oil services company Baker Hughes will lay off 7,000 people due to falling crude oil prices. (AP via ABC News America)
Disaster and accidents
  • A fire in a bowling alley causes a roof collapse in Taoyuan City, Taiwan killing six firefighters. (AP)
  • An overpass of I-75 in Cincinnati, Ohio collapses while undergoing demolition, killing one worker and injuring a trucker whose vehicle was struck by debris. (Cincinnati.com)
  • According to preliminary tests at the Glendive, Montana city water treatment plant, the January 17 oil spill in the Yellowstone River contains benzene, a chemical that causes cancer. (National Geographic)(LA Times)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
  • Lutz Bachmann resigns as a leader of PEGIDA, a German anti-Islamist organisation, after controversy was sparked by a headshot photo of himself posing as Adolf Hitler. (Christian Science Monitor)
Business and economy
  • eBay announces plans to spin off its PayPal business and fire 2,400 employees during 2015. (CNBC)
  • American Express plans to cut more than 4,000 jobs. (Reuters)
Disasters and accidents
Health
International relations
  • Russian state-owned gas company Gazprom announces a plan to shift its European natural gas pipeline from Ukraine to Turkey, through a proposed link under the Black Sea to Turkey. (Bloomberg)(The New York Times)
Law and crime
  • Italian police seize 5,361 ancient artifacts worth $64 million from a Swiss-Italian trafficking ring. The discoveries come after various raids on warehouses against Italian art dealer Gianfranco Becchina, who owns an art gallery in Switzerland. (AFP via ABC.Net.AU)
Science and technology
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
  • Edgewater Police Chief William Skidmore says that workers doing plumbing work accidentally started the January 21 fire in The Avalon at Edgewater apartments in Edgewater, New Jersey that caused the destruction of 240 units and displaced 1,000 residents. (AP)
Politics and elections
Sports
Disasters and accidents
International relations
  • The Doomsday Clock moves two minutes forward, leaving only three minutes from midnight due to the threat of global nuclear war and climate change. It is the closest it has been to midnight since 1984. (The Guardian) (The Independent) (The Washington Post)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • Subsequent to the January 15 announcement that Target Canada would close all 133 stores, they announce the layoff of 17,000 employees. (CBC)
Health
  • The measles outbreak at Disneyland (Anaheim), which originated on December 28, 2014 (patient zero being an unvaccinated California woman who apparently transmitted the virus through airports and the theme park), but was unreported until January 7, spreads from California to six other states, including Nebraska, and Mexico. It now involves at least eighty-five cases. (AJC) (CBS)
Politics and elections
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
  • A massive blackout strikes Pakistan, leaving as much as 80 percent of the country without electricity at its height as officials rush to restore power. (AP)
International relations
Politics and elections
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Religion
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
  • Pope Francis holds a private meeting with a transsexual man and his fiancée at the Vatican. (The Daily Mail)
Disasters and accidents
Science and technology
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
Politics and elections
  • Akram Hasson becomes leader of Israel's former government party Kadima and thus the first Druze ever to lead a Jewish party. (Israel National News)
Science and technology
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • The Philippine economy grew by more than 6% in 2014 making it the second fastest growing economy in Asia after China. This is the longest sustained growth period in the country since the 1950s. (Economic Times)
Disasters and accidents
  • A Nieto Express propane gas tanker truck explodes near the loading dock of a maternity and children's hospital (Hospital Materno Infantil Cuajimalpa) in Mexico City, collapsing much of the hospital with at least three deaths and 70 people injured, 22 of whom are children. (AP), (AFP/Reuters via ABC News Australia), (New York Daily News)
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
    • Without recovering any physical evidence, including the data recorders, Malaysia officially declares the loss of Flight 370 over the Indian Ocean an accident meaning that victims families can seek compensation. (USA Today)
  • Heavy snowfall in northern England leads to the closures of hundreds of schools, roads and Manchester Airport. (BBC)
Law and crime
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • Greek government-debt crisis
    • The new Greek government, represented by finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, meets with Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the head of the Eurogroup, and declares that Greece now rejects any further cooperation with its main international lenders known as the troika (the Eurogroup, the IMF, and the ECB); instead, it wants to negotiate directly with other European countries. (Deutsche Welle)
Health
International relations
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Science and technology
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501
    • France orders an official investigation into the crash of AirAsia Flight 8501 which had a French copilot flying the aircraft at the time of its crash. (AFP via France 24)
Politics and elections
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