Portal:Current events/July 2005

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July 2005 was the seventh month of that common year. The month, which began on a Friday, ended on a Sunday after 31 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from July 2005.

  • Kansas City Southern Railway names Francisco Javier Rión as the new CEO, succeeding interim CEO Vicente Corta Fernandez, for its subsidiary Grupo Transportación Ferroviaria Mexicana. Before joining TFM, Rión was president of Bombardier's Rail Control Solutions Division in London, England, from 2001 to 2005, president and managing director of Bombardier's Mexican division from 1995 to 2001, and general director of Dina Autobuses/Consorción-Grupo Dina from 1991 to 1995. (Business Journal of Kansas City) (KCS)
  • The Al Jazeera Network states it will be expanding by broadcasting English language content into the United States by March 2006. (CNN)
  • The United Church of Christ becomes the first mainline U.S. Christian denomination to officially support same-sex marriages by passing a resolution calling for member churches to consider wedding policies "that do not discriminate against couples based on gender." It also asks churches to consider supporting legislation granting equal marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples and to work against laws banning gay marriage. (San Jose Mercury News) (BBC) (Turkish Weekly) (United Church of Christ) (AP)
  • Scientists uncover evidence that humans lived in the Americas 45,000 years ago, 30,000 years earlier than previously thought. (BBC)
  • Elections in Albania: Vote tallying in the 2005 Albanian general election continues. Voter turnout was over 50% and results are expected later in the day. International observers, including OSCE, have expressed reservations about the voting process. Three people have been killed during the election. (Euro-Reporters) (Reuters) (Guardian Unlimited)
  • In Indonesia, an earthquake ranking from 6.0-6.7 on the Richter scale hits Sumatra. No reports on any damage have yet been released. (Channel News Asia) (Malaysian Star) (Reuters AlertNet)
  • In India, militants attack and try to storm a makeshift temple of Ram in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh; most of them die in a firefight with the security forces. There are differing reports about the number of attackers and how many were killed. The temple site is a source of dispute between Muslims and Hindus. (Newindpress) (Rediff) (Reuters AlertNet)
  • In Germany, Sven Jaschan, suspected creator of Sasser worm, goes on trial. (BBC)
  • In Brazil, secretary general Silvio Pereira of the ruling Worker's Party resigns for the duration of the parliamentary inquiry into vote-buying. (BBC)
  • In Iraq, gunmen attack envoys from Pakistan and Bahrain. The attacks come three days after Egypt's top envoy was ambushed in the street and injured. The attempted kidnappings are meant to discourage other nations from having ties with Iraq. (LA Times)
  • The government of Indonesia announced the extension of its immunization campaign against polio. The second round in this campaign was originally scheduled to end yesterday. (Bloomberg)
  • In Germany, workmen remove the unofficial Berlin Wall memorial in Berlin, after the original builders refuse to obey a court order to do so. (Deutsche Welle) (IHT)
  • In Peru, former president Alberto Fujimori receives new identity papers and may return to the country. Peru still wants him for charges of murder and corruption. (Reuters AlertNet)
  • In Austria, state prosecutors investigate allegations that Iran's president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would have been involved with the 1989 assassination of Kurdish leader Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou in Vienna. (Reuters AlertNet) (BBC)
  • In France, large forest fires rage in the French Riviera. Authorities evacuate thousands. (BBC)
  • Sudanese government and two rebels groups, including Sudan Liberation Movement and Justice and Equality Movement, sign a declaration of principles towards the peace talks. This ends three weeks of negotiations in the Nigerian capital Abuja. Talks are adjourned until August 24. (Reuters AlertNet) (Reuters) (BBC)
  • United States The ABC reality series Dancing with the Stars premiered, Kelly Monaco won the competition.
  • Yahoo! Answers, Yahoo!'s current question-and-answer service, is launched. Their first question is posted just a couple of hours after their 9 A.M. launch time.
  • The European Parliament says there will be "No directive on software patents" by rejecting the proposed Directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions by a 648-14 vote with 18 abstentions, ending four years of intense debate and lobbying. (BBC) (Forbes) (Bloomberg) (BusinessWeek) (Link dead as of 04:20, 16 January 2007 (UTC))
  • Twenty-four people confirmed dead after more than 300 heavily-armed UN troops, assisted by the Haitian National Police, carry out a major pre-dawn military raid in Cité Soleil, one of the poorest communities in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in what eyewitnesses claim was not a firefight, but a slaughter, using machine guns, tanks, 83-CC grenades, and tear gas. Eyewitnesses reported that when people fled to escape the tear gas, UN troops shot them from behind. The UN military commander, Lieutenant General Augusto Heleno, claimed the operation a success, and that the victims were "outlaws". UN Colonel Morano suggests that ballistics tests be done on the dead. Records from Medicine Without Borders (the single hospital that serves Cité Soleil) show an influx of civilian casualties, starting at 11:00 a.m. on July 6: twenty-six live victims -- 20 of them women or children -- from Cité Soleil suffering mostly from gunshot wounds. (DemocracyNow.org); (HaitiAction); (BBC) (RBN) (video link, requires RealPlayer)
  • New York Times reporter Judith Miller is jailed for refusing to divulge her source in an investigation around the leak of a CIA operative's name. (CNN) (New York Times)
  • The International Olympic Committee names London, United Kingdom as the site of the 2012 Summer Olympics. (BBC) (ABC) (Link dead as of 04:20, 16 January 2007 (UTC)), (CNN) (Wikinews)
  • In India, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party calls for a nationwide strike in protest of the Tuesday attack on the Ayodhya site. The police are on high alert in case of religious violence. (Newindpress) (registration required), (Reuters AlertNet) (Link dead as of 04:20, 16 January 2007 (UTC)), (BBC) (Bloomberg)
  • In Bolivia, the senate decides to call for early elections. There will also be a referendum on regional autonomy next July. (Bloomberg) (BBC)
  • In Burundi, the former Hutu rebel group Forces for the Defence of Democracy wins 58% of the vote in parliamentary elections. (News24) (Reuters AlertNet) (Link dead as of 04:20, 16 January 2007 (UTC))
  • Prince Albert II of Monaco admits publicly that he is a father of an illegitimate son by Nicole Coste (BBC)
  • In Egypt, Cairo court postpones the trial of presidential candidate Ayman Nour until September 25, allowing him to contest the election (Egypt election) (Link dead as of 04:20, 16 January 2007 (UTC)), (BBC)
  • In Chile, court strips Augusto Pinochet of presidential immunity from prosecution in the investigation of disappearance of political opponents in so-called Operation Colombo (IHT) (BBC) (Bloomberg)
  • In China, explosion in a Zhengde shopping mall in Liaoyang County of Liaoning Province injures 47. According to local police, it was a case of attempted revenge (Xinhua) (China Daily) (Reuters AlertNet) (Link dead as of 04:20, 16 January 2007 (UTC))
  • Burma/Myanmar releases 249 dissidents from jail. Aung San Suu Kyi remains in house arrest (Democratic Voice of Burma) (Channel News Asia)
  • In Nigeria, treason charges against 53 football players are dropped and changed to charges of membership of illegal organization. They are member of pro-Biafra group MASSOB (BBC) (Reuters SA) (Link dead as of 04:20, 16 January 2007 (UTC))
  • In Niger, thousands of people flee to Nigeria to escape crop failure and famine. Government says it cannot afford any food aid (AllAfrica) (subscription required), (Reuters AlertNet) (Link dead as of 04:20, 16 January 2007 (UTC)), (BBC)
  • In Somalia, interim president Abdullah Yusuf states that he's going to march towards Mogadishu from Jowhar, collecting support and militia as he goes (BBC)
  • In India 1000 demonstrators protesting attack in Ayodhya clash with riot police in New Delhi. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. There are small protests in other cities as well but police state that disturbances are minor compared to clashes in previous years. Congress president Sonia Gandhi warns that opposition should not "politicize" the incident (Newindpress) (registration required), (Reuters India) (Link dead as of 04:20, 16 January 2007 (UTC)), (BBC)
  • George W. Bush collides with a police officer while riding a bike. Bush suffers minor scrapes and the officer's ankle is injured. (Yahoo! News) (Link dead as of 04:20, 16 January 2007 (UTC))
  • In Rome, Italy, the soundtrack to The Passion of the Christ is performed as a world premiere after being as the #1 bestseller for soundtracks.
  • 7 July 2005 London bombings: Four explosions are reported on the London Underground and bus system, leading to the entire transport network being shut down. A previously unheard-of splinter group of al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility, though their involvement has not yet been verified. The attacks have left at least 50 people dead and roughly 700 others injured. (BBC (1)) (BBC (2)) (Wikinews)
  • Malta becomes the 12th European Union member to ratify the EU constitution and the first to do so unanimously. (di-ve)
  • In the Philippines, president Gloria Arroyo asks all the members of her cabinet to resign. (Channel News Asia)
  • The United States raises the terror level from code yellow to code orange for mass transit systems in response to the London bombings. (Guardian) (EmergencyEmail) (CNN) (Wikinews)
  • Egypt confirms its most senior envoy to Iraq, Ihab al-Sherif, has been killed after being kidnapped last week. A group related to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has claimed responsibility. (CNN) (Guardian)
  • Researchers halt a study in Africa after results indicate that circumcised men are 70% less likely to contract AIDS. The study will be presented at the Third International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment later this month. Meanwhile, others argue that ritual circumcision increases the risk of infection because of poor sanitary conditions. (Advocate) (AllAfrica)
  • The Brazilian congress announces a referendum on banning firearms sales. (Reuters AlertNet)
  • In Turkey, a land mine placed on the tracks derails a freight train. There are no reports of casualties. (NTV-MSNBC) (Reuters AlertNet)
  • In Hungary, a hoaxed bomb threat forces evacuation of three shopping malls. (Pestiside.Hu) (Reuters)
  • In Mexico, the city of Nuevo Laredo chooses Omar Pimentel as the new chief of police. When gangsters assassinated the previous chief a month ago, Mexican federal police occupied the city and arrested the whole police force for investigation. (El Universal) (BBC)
  • Following general elections in May, Ethiopia releases the first round of official results for 307 of 527 parliamentary seats. The ruling EPRDF has won 139 seats, while opposition parties CUD and UEDF won 93 and 42, respectively. Smaller parties and independent candidates won the remaining 33 seats. CUD and UEDF announced plans to form a coalition government. (BBC News)
  • Hurricane Dennis, the first hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, approaches Cuba. It is heading towards the Gulf Coast of the United States, with landfall expected on Sunday or Monday. (NOAA) (Wikinews)
  • In the Bulacan province of the Philippines, medical authorities report the country's first case of avian influenza. (Channel News Asia) (Reuters AlertNet) (Science Daily)
  • Also in the Philippines, resigned ministers, other politicians and businessmen call president Gloria Arroyo to resign as well and hand the reins of the country over to vice president Noli de Castro. (Channel News Asia) (ABS-CBN) (Reuters)
  • Florida Governor Jeb Bush closes the inquiry into the case of Terri Schiavo, having been informed by prosecutors that there is no evidence of any crime leading to her 1990 collapse. (Reuters)
  • File-swapping service iMesh confirms that it has entered into a licensing agreement with music giant Sony/BMG. The deal is widely considered a reaction to a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court threatening liability for file swapping software providers.
  • Ten Afghan soldiers are decapitated by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan. (Guardian)
  • Hurricane Dennis makes landfall in the United States, slamming into the Florida Panhandle with 120 mph winds. (CNN)
  • taly announces that it will begin its withdrawal of troops from Iraq in September by pulling 300 of Italy's 3,000 soldiers out of the country. (Guardian)
  • Luxembourg says "yes" to the EU Constitution in a referendum. (wikinews)
  • Former rebel leader John Garang is sworn in as vice president of Sudan as part of the agreement ending the Second Sudanese Civil War. (Sudan Tribune), (Boston Globe)
  • In Azerbaijan, about 30,000 (other sources varying from 10,000 up to 50,000) opposition members demonstrated in the country's capital, calling for fair parliamentary elections. (Photos)
  • Karl Rove's lawyer, Robert Luskin, acknowledges that Rove was connected to the leak that led to the revelation of Valerie Plame's position as a CIA agent. Luskin confirmed that Rove had been interviewed by Cooper for the article. It is unclear, however, what passed between Cooper and Rove. "Rove did not mention her name to Cooper," Luskin said. "This was not an effort to encourage Time [magazine] to disclose her identity. What he was doing was discouraging Time from perpetuating some statements that had been made publicly and weren't true." Luskin had previously said that Rove "absolutely did not identify Valerie Plame." (Newsweek), (Washington Post)
  • In Turkey, bomb in Cesme injures 22. Group called the Kurdish Liberation Hawks takes responsibility (Zaman Online) (Al-Jazeera) (Reuters)
  • The Maccabiah Games have started.
  • Police in Pakistan have detained about 200 suspected Islamist extremists in a series of raids on religious schools, mosques and other properties. (BBC)
  • Canada becomes the 4th nation in the world to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.(National Post)
  • In mainland China, authorities evacuate more than a million people from Fujian and Zhejiang provinces due to Typhoon Haitang. In Taiwan, death toll rises to 7 with one missing and 31 injured. The typhoon also causes significant agricultural damage (People's Daily) (Xinhua) (Taipei Times) (Channel News Asia) (Reuters AlertNet)
  • Government of Thailand changes the new emergency laws, weakening two articles that would have, among other things, enforced curfews and censorship of personal communication. (Bangkok Post)
  • Saudi Arabian long-time ambassador to the US, prince Bandar bin Sultan, resigns for "personal reasons" (New York Times) (Al-Jazeera) (Bloomberg)
  • In Yemen, 8-13 people die during demonstrations against oil price increases (Al-Jazeera) (MENAFN) (Reuters AlertNet)
  • Indonesian government confirms first deaths connected to bird flu (Reuters)
  • In China, coal mine explosion in Shaanxi province kills 24–26 (Xinhua) (China Daily) (Reuters)
  • In Brazil, Delubio Soares, former treasurer for the ruling Worker's Party, admits in a parliamentary hearing that the party did not declare contributions worth $17 million (Bloomberg) (BBC)
  • Indian Army announces that it has unveiled a scam where contractors responsible for transportation of fuel to depots of its Northern Command had sold off the fuel and filled the tanks with water (Times of India) (NDTV)
  • James Doohan, the actor best known for playing Scotty on Star Trek: The Original Series and the first seven Star Trek films, dies at his home in Redmond, Washington.
  • A bomb explodes from beneath a car in the Lebanese capital of Beirut causing injuries, but no deaths. (BBC)
  • About 88 people are killed and 200 injured in a series of car bombs in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh at about 0100 local time (2200 UTC Friday). (BBC)
  • Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi says that he feels it is his duty to prevent Islam and its symbols from being used to propagate violence. He has set three missions for himself – continuing to remind the world community to understand the root causes of terrorism, explaining that Islam is a religion of peace and opposed to violence, and showcasing Malaysia as a modern Islamic country and a safe place to invest and visit. (The Star) (Iranian Quran News Agency) (Islam Online)
  • Berlin, Germany: a small plane crashes near the Reichstag and the Federal Chancellor's Office, killing the pilot. Suicide suspected, rather than terrorism. (Deutsche Welle) (Reuters AlertNet) (BBC)
  • In Dubai, police are on alert due to the wedding of Junaid Miandad and Mahrukh Ibrahim. Junaid is the son of former Pakistani cricket captain Javed Miandad. Mahrukh is the daughter of India's most wanted crime boss, Dawood Ibrahim. (Sify)
  • Microsoft announces that the former codenamed "Windows Longhorn" will now officially be known as "Windows Vista". The first beta test will be launched on August 3.
  • In Mumbai, India, LeT militant and alleged Al-Qaida operative, Mohammed Afroze, is convicted of criminal conspiracy, conspiracy to disturb relations between friendly nations, and forging documents. However, he is acquitted on charges of waging war against the nation. (NDTV)
  • At least 36 people are dead after two days of violent fuel riots in Yemen. (BBC)
  • At least 15 people are killed when a dam collapses in south-west China. (BBC)
  • A South Asian-looking man, suspected of being an attempted suicide bomber, having been chased by plainclothes police has been reportedly pinned to the ground then shot five times at Stockwell tube station in London, and has been confirmed dead by the police. (Wikinews), (the Guardian), (BBC) (CNN) (Sky). The man was actually an innocent Brazilian killed without cause.
  • A mosque in east London and the surrounding area is evacuated for an hour following receipt of a bomb warning. The all-clear is given after the mosque is searched by police. (Wikinews), (Sky News)
  • Two ships collide off Japan's Chiba prefecture and the Chinese-crewed freighter Wei Hang 9 sinks. One crewmember is dead, with 8 missing. (Japan Today) (Xinhua) (Reuters)
  • The Pentagon confirms that 52 detainees of the Guantanamo camp have gone on hunger strike. (New York Times) (BBC) (Al-Jazeera)
  • Leaked excerpts from the United Nations' report into Zimbabwe's Operation Murambatsvina state that the operation has been a "disastrous venture" that has violated international law and created a grave humanitarian crisis. It further suggests that the act might qualify as a crime against humanity and urged Zimbabwe to prosecute those responsible. (Guardian).
  • The insolvent car-building company MG Rover Group is bought by the Nanjing Automobile Group for around 53 million pounds. (BBC) (Times Online)
  • Conflict in Iraq:
  • Over 200 people have been killed in intense rain storms in Maharashtra, India, described by the Chief Minister of the state as the heaviest recorded rainfall in a single day in India. One third of the state Capital, Mumbai, is said to be underwater causing more than a two hundred thousand people to be stranded in offices and roads for about 24 hours. (Rediff), (BBC)
  • Several protesters have been injured again in India on this second day of protests. (BBC)
  • The Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off at 1039 EST this morning on mission STS-114. The NASA commentator says during launch "Lift-off, lift-off, and return to America's journey to the Moon, Mars, and beyond". (BBC).
  • Lebanese Christian militia leader, Samir Geagea, has been released from prison after 11 years. (BBC)
  • South Korean ambassador to the US, Hong Seok-Hyun, resigns for alleged involvement with slush fund scandal of illegal donations during a presidential campaign in 1997 (Chosun Ilbo) (Channel News Asia)
  • Burma/Myanmar forgoes 2006 chairmanship of ASEAN (Channel News Asia)
  • At least 1,000 protesters have staged a demonstration outside the main US base of Bagram in Afghanistan. (BBC)
  • In the Netherlands, Mohammed Bouyeri receives life sentence for murder of Theo van Gogh (Expatica) (IHT) (Al-Jazeera)
  • In Canada, geneticists in the University of Alberta are testing hairs that allegedly belong to sasquatch (CBC) (Reuters)
  • In Israel, there are reports that Jewish ultranationalists have cast a Pulsa diNura death curse over Ariel Sharon (Ynet) (Reuters Alertnet)
  • Chilean judge Sergio Muñoz calls for search of new suspected secret foreign accounts of Augusto Pinochet (International Justice Tribune) (Reuters)
  • In Mexico, court rules that there is insufficient evidence to try former president Luis Echeverría for genocide for a student massacre in 1971 (Reuters AlertNet)
  • In Israel, Omri Sharon, MP and son of Ariel Sharon, is indicted for involvement in illegal campaign contributions, perjury and forging documents. Omri Sharon states that he would give up his parliamentary immunity and stand trial (Jerusalem Post) (Haaretz) (Arutz Sheva) (Reuters)
  • In Somalia, transitional president Abdullahi Yusuf arrives in the town of Jowhar, intending to make it a base for his new government (BBC)
  • In Nepal, king's court sentences Sher Bahadur Deuba and three others to two years in jail for alleged embezzling. Deuba denounces the sentence as "character assassination". (Kantipur Online) (rising Nepal) (Reuters AlertNet)
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