Portal:Current events/January 2017

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January 2017 was the first month of the current common 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This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from January 2017.

Armed conflicts and attacks
  • 2017 Istanbul nightclub attack
    • A Gunman opens fire in a nightclub in Istanbul, on the European coast of the Bosphorus, killing at least 39 people with an additional 69 wounded. (BBC), (AP via ABC News Australia), (Fox News)
  • A suicide car bomb explosion and gunmen attack in Iraqi al-Qadisiya town situated in west of Najaf, kills at least 7 people and injures more than 17 others. Yesterday, 29 people were killed in a bomb explosion at a busy market in Iraq’s capital Baghdad. ISIS claims responsibility. (Reuters), (Tasnim News Agency)
  • A gunman shoots dead Burundi's environment minister Emmanuel Niyonkuru in the nation's capital, Bujumbura. (FRANCE 24)
Disasters and accidents
  • A ferry catches fire en route to Indonesia's Thousand Islands, killing at least 23 people and injuring 17 others. (The Melbourne Age)
International relations
Law and crime
  • Campinas massacre
  • Spanish and Moroccan authorities clash with migrants on the Moroccan-Spanish border along Ceuta, as they attempt to climb and rush the border fence. (Express UK)
  • Police arrest Anthony K. Boisvert after a foot chase in Lebanon, New Hampshire, charging him in the setting a fire which destroyed an abandoned building on January 2016, and two other fires, one which destroyed the historic First Baptist Church on December 2016 and stabbing two at a condominium complex December 29. (The New Hampshire Union Leader)
  • Authorities seek three men after they rob $6 million on New Year's Eve from the offices of high-end jewelry designer Gregg Ruth in New York City. (ABC NYC)
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • In Texas, four children die with an additional six others injured after they are poisoned by phosgene gas sprayed in an inappropriate attempt as a pesticide. (Fox News)
  • A wildfire destroys at least 100 homes in Valparaíso, Chile, causing the evacuation of about 400 people. The Chilean Ministry of the Interior and Public Security reports that at least 19 people suffered from minor injuries. (AAP via SBS), (Reuters)
  • A powerful storm system hits the southern United States, resulting in four deaths in Alabama and severe damage across several states. (AP)
  • A traffic collision between a minivan and a pickup truck in the Ban Bueng District of Chonburi Province, Thailand kills at least 25 people and leaves 2 others injured. Authorities investigate the cause of the accident. (Al Jazeera), (CNN)
  • Four people are killed in the crash of a Cessna 210 into rugged terrain on Mogollon Rim near Payson, Arizona. The plane had been traveling from Scottsdale, Arizona to Telluride, Colorado. (ABC News) (Arizona Republic) Victim was identified as Scottsdale attorney Eric Falbe along with his wife, Carrie, and his two daughters from a previous marriage. (Fox Spokane)
Law and crime
  • 2017 Manaus prison riot
  • In New Haven Connecticut, two men are suspected of approaching a man claiming to have a gun, took his cellphone and wallet. Then they stole his SUV and apparently lost control as they were killed when their stolen SUV accidentally crashed into and seriously damaged a synagogue (Hartford Courant)
  • In Dearborn Michigan the driver and passenger of a minivan being pursued by police for missing plates were killed when they struck a car, lost control and hit several parked vehicles. (Huron Daily Tribune)
  • In Detroit, Michigan an African American man was shot in the head driving a car which crashed, police are searching for two men who ran from the car after the crash (WXYZ)
  • A first-year New Rochelle Police officer crashed his Jeep into a tree, killing passenger Isaac "Hooshie" Ward. He will be charged with vehicular manslaughter as his Blood Alcohol Content was above the legal limit (newrochelletalk)
  • Huzaifa Shafeeq was arraigned on burglary charges after police say the stole from a Long Island mosque charity box on Christmas and New Years Day. Islamic Center board member said the amount taken wasn't large, but called police as the thief needed help. (ABC7NY)
Business and economy
  • Ford announces that it has cancelled plans to build a $1.6 billion plant in Mexico, long criticized by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, and will invest $700 million in its Michigan plant in Flat Rock, potentially creating 700 new jobs from the investment and expansion of the plant. (CNN), (Fox News)
  • The U.S. Commerce Department announces that construction spending increased 0.9 percent to $1.18 trillion in November 2016, the highest level since April 2006. (CNBC)
Law and crime
  • Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang, who is on trial for corruption, pleads not guilty to three charges of bribery and misconduct relating to a penthouse he leased in Shenzhen. (AFP, Reuters via The Straits Times), (BBC News), (South China Morning Post)
  • 2017 Kidapawan jail siege
    • More than 100 prisoners escape in the Philippines after armed suspected Muslim rebels storm a prison in Kidapawan. A prison guard dies. (ABC Australia), (Aljazeera)
Politics and elections
Sports
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Science and technology
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Kurdish–Turkish conflict
    • A shootout in İzmir kills two gunmen while another one escapes. During the shootout a car bomb explodes, killing a police officer and court employee. (The Guardian)
Business and economy
  • Following a start-of-year hike to the price of gas, widespread riots and looting mostly targeting gas stations, supermarkets and department stores take place in several cities in Mexico. Over 250 people are said to have been arrested so far while blockades to PEMEX installations potentially lead to critical situations in some states. (Reuters)
  • Sears Holdings announces that 108 Kmart and 42 Sears stores will close in the United States in 2017, affecting retailers in 40 states. The company also announced it is selling its trademark Craftsman tool brand to Stanley Black & Decker for $900 million. (USA Today), (Bloomberg)
Politics and elections
Science and technology
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • The Limited announces the closing of all of its brick-and-mortar stores and will begin operating only online after January 8. (Dayton Daily News)
Law and crime
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Armed conflicts and attacks
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Science and technology
  • Free University of Berlin chemists confirm that carbon can bond with more than four atoms, previously seen as its limit because carbon has only four shareable electrons. The researchers used X-rays to, for the first time, map the molecule — a carbon atom bonded to six other carbon atoms. (Science News), (ZME Science)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
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Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
  • Two Orange County, Florida police officers are killed in connection with an apprehension attempt of a murder suspect. (CNN), (Reuters)
  • Lawyers of former Chadian President Hissène Habré, who was convicted of crimes against humanity last May and sentenced to life in prison, appeal the verdict, claiming there were irregularities in the trial and question the credibility of some witnesses. (The Guardian)
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Armed conflicts and attacks
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Science and technology
  • Radio in Norway
    • Norway becomes the first country to start a complete switch-off of national FM radio stations. The change, from the analogue FM system to digital audio broadcasting, is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Some, such as the Norwegian Local Radio Association, are concerned about the impact on motorists and the elderly. (New Scientist) (BBC)
Arts and culture
International relations
Law and crime
  • Robert Xie is found guilty of the Lin family murders seven years after their bodies were found in the Australian city of Sydney. (9 News)
Politics and elections
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
International relations
Law and crime
  • Six more people have been charged in relation to the armed robbery of American celebrity Kim Kardashian in Paris last year. (9 News)
Politics and elections
Science and technology
  • A UCLA research team, analyzing lunar minerals brought back during the Apollo program, reports that the moon is at least 4.51 billion years old, up to 150 million years older than previous estimates.(Sci Tech Daily), (Independent)
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Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • Italian eyewear maker Luxottica and French corrective eyewear manufacturer Essilor agree to a €50 billion merger. (Reuters via Business Insider)
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Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
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Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • January 2017 Central Italy earthquakes
  • Rigopiano avalanche
    • On the afternoon of 18 January 2017, a major avalanche occurred on Gran Sasso d'Italia, a mountain in Rigopiano, a tourist destination in the province of Pescara, in Southern Italy's Abruzzo region. The avalanche struck the luxury resort Hotel Rigopiano, killing twenty-nine people and injuring eleven others. The avalanche is the deadliest in Italy since the White Friday avalanches in 1916, and the deadliest avalanche in Europe since the Galtür avalanche in 1999.
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Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economics
  • Uber agrees to pay $20 million to settle U.S. Federal Trade Commission claims the company exaggerated prospective earnings and downplayed the costs of buying/leasing a car when recruiting new drivers. (Reuters)
Disasters and accidents
  • Operation Car Wash
    • A small plane carrying Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki crashes into the sea near the tourist town of Paraty in the state of Rio de Janeiro, killing the magistrate and two other people. Zavascki had been handling the politically-charged Operation Car Wash corruption trials. (Reuters)
  • The 17-story Plasco Building collapses after a blaze in Tehran, Iran. The building was evacuated but 30 firefighters have been killed in the collapse. (Deutsche Welle), (AP)
  • An eruption on Bogoslof Island of the Aleutian Islands disrupts air transportation routes, distributing tephra over populated areas, including Kodiak Island, 660 miles (1,060 km) away from the volcano. (Alaska Dispatch News)
  • 2017 Rigopiano avalanche
    • An Italian rescue official says a number of people have been killed by an avalanche, possibly connected to Wednesday's earthquakes, that buried a ski resort on a slope of the Gran Sasso mountain in Italy's Abruzzo region. About 30 guests and staff were at the hotel. The only survivors are two men who had been outside when the disaster struck. (BBC) (Daily Express) (Reuters)
  • At least 15 children are killed and 45 more are injured after a school bus collides with a truck in Etah, India. (BBC)
  • At least six Britons from Manchester and Glasgow are killed in a bus crash in Saudi Arabia while they were on pilgrimage. (The Guardian)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economics
  • Toilets in Japan
    • Japanese toilet industries agreed to standardize the iconography of electric toilet seat controls in order to make them less confusing for users. (The Japan Times) (BBC) (The Guardian) (Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association)
Disasters and accidents
  • Search continues for missing firefighters in Tehran's Plasco Building site after the building's deadly fire and collapsing last day. (CNN)
  • 2017 Rigopiano avalanche
    • Italian emergency crews rescue 10 people, including four children, from 16½ feet of snow and wreckage from the luxury Hotel Rigopiano following yesterday's Gran Sasso mountain avalanche. Searchers find four bodies, while families of at least 16 people still missing wait for news. (CBS News)
  • 2017 Verona bus crash
    • A bus carrying Hungarian students crashes near Verona in northern Italy with at least 18 people dead and 50 injured. (The Telegraph), (BBC)
International relations
Law and crime
  • Three people have been killed and twenty injured after a man drives a car into the Bourke Street Mall in the CBD of the Australian city Melbourne. A man has been arrested and Victoria Police say the incident is not terror related. In the next few weeks, the death toll would rise to 6.(Nine Network) (AAP via Yahoo! Australia)
  • Inauguration of Donald Trump protests
    • Some protesters of the inauguration smash windows, damage cars, and clash with the police. Six police officers and at least one civilian are injured. DC police say 217 protesters have been arrested. (CNN)
Politics and elections
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  • Police discover US$20 million in a bed frame under a mattress at a Massachusetts home. The cash is believed to be linked to Telexfree, a pyramid scheme disguised as a company that claimed to provide internet phone services. A Brazilian man that police were following was charged in connection to the money. (BBC)
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
  • Over 800 homes are destroyed or flooded in Tahiti, French Polynesia, following severe storms over the weekend, with at least 4,000 people affected. (Radio New Zealand)
International relations
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Armed conflicts and attacks
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Arts and culture
  • British actor Sir John Hurt dies at the age of 77. (Hollywood Reporter)
Business and economics
  • The clothing retailer Wet Seal announces the closing of all 148 of its brick-and-mortar stores after filing for bankruptcy in 2015. The news comes on the heels of recent announcements of the closings of other major clothing chains, such as The Limited. (WHIO-TV)
Disasters and accidents
International relations
Law and crime
  • Protests take place in Cameroon following the arrest of several opposition leaders and internet services being cut off in the nation's English-speaking areas. (Al Jazeera)
Politics and elections
Science and technology
Armed conflicts and attacks
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International relations
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Armed conflicts and attacks
Law and crime
  • Executive Order 13769
    • U.S. federal judges in the states of Massachusetts, Virginia, and Washington sign orders halting implementation of parts of the executive order. (New York Daily News) (Reuters via News.com.au)
    • White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus states that people from the affected countries who have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence, i.e. have a green card, will not be prevented from returning to the United States. (The New York Times)
  • 2017 Romanian protests
    • In the largest protest since the 1989 Revolution, more than 90,000 people march through Romania's capital and other cities against a government proposal to pardon thousands of prisoners. (Business Review) (Digi24)
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Armed conflicts and attacks
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Business and economics
  • Walgreens Boots Alliance reduces its offer price for Rite Aid and defers the expected closing date by six months due to concerns about regulatory approval. (The New York Times) (Reuters)
Disasters and accidents
  • Several avalanches in Gorno-Badakhshan, Tajikistan, caused by heavy snowfall over the weekend, leave at least seven people dead. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
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Business and economics
  • Consultancy PwC says that global banks with business both in London and on the European continent must plan for a hard Brexit that entails a break with many of the benefits of the Euro system, and a short transition period. (Reuters)
International relations
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