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This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from July 2016.

Armed conflicts and attacks
  • 2016 Gulshan attack
    • Gunmen storm a restaurant, exchange fire with security, and take at least twenty hostages in the Gulshan neighborhood of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Two policemen are killed. The Islamic State claims responsibility. (ABC News) (CNN) (USA Today)
  • War in Somalia
    • At least six people are shot and killed and several people wounded by suspected Al-Shabaab militants who ambushed two buses in Mandera, Kenya, near the Somalian border. (Al Jazeera) (AP)
  • Israeli–Palestinian conflict
    • A Palestinian woman, in what was construed to be an attempt to stab Israeli Border Police officers at the entrance to the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, is shot and later dies. (PNN)(The Times of Israel)
    • In response to violence in the Hebron area, including the killing yesterday of a 13-year-old Jewish girl asleep in her home in the Kiryat Arba settlement by a Palestinian assailant, the Israel Defense Forces places a closure on Hebron, brings additional troops to the area and announces a cut to tax funds it collects for the Palestinian Authority, saying it would deduct the amount the Palestinian leadership pays to the families of militants. (Al Jazeera) (The Times of Israel)
    • A 63 year old Palestinian man dies during a clash at the Qalandiya checkpoint; Palestinian sources claim his death was due to tear gas inhalation while Israeli sources say the man suffered a fatal heart attack. (Ma'an) (The Times of Israel)
    • Rabbi Michael Mark is murdered and his two children badly injured when terrorists shoot at his car on the highway south of Hebron.(The Jerusalem Post) (The Times of Israel)
    • Palestinian militants fire two rockets into Israel from the Gaza Strip; one explodes outside a preschool in the town of Sderot, causing damage to property but no injuries, and the second rocket exploded in an open area in the Sha'ar Hanegev region. (The Times of Israel)
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  • A lone gunman opened fire at a café in Žitište, Serbia, killing five people and injuring 20 more. The perpetrator was arrested shortly afterward while attempting to flee the scene. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • Four children are stabbed to death by their mother in Memphis, Tennessee. The mother was taken into custody. (Local 8 News)
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Business and economics
  • Libya's National Oil Corporation agrees to merge with the rival company of the same name in the east of the country after being split by the two rival governments. (Reuters)
Disasters and accidents
  • At least 31 people are killed and several more remain missing after flash floods ravage the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. (Al Jazeera)
  • Rescue workings in Russia's Irkutsk Oblast discover the remains of a Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane which went missing last Friday after going on a firefighting mission. Six people have been killed in the crash. (Reuters)
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  • Flooding caused by torrential rain in China kills at least 180 people, mostly along the Yangtze river. (BBC)
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  • French food company Danone agrees to buy American company WhiteWave Foods for $10 billion. (The New York Times)
Disasters and accidents
  • 2016 Pacific typhoon season
    • Taiwan and China brace for the impact of Typhoon Nepartak, the first major typhoon of 2016. Thousands of people have been evacuated in Taiwan while over 35,000 military personnel have been placed on standby to help with relief efforts. (CNN) (ABC News)
    • Typhoon Nepartak is expected to make landfall on mainland China on Friday and will make flooding worse. Nearly 200 people have died in flood waters in China in the past week with 41 people missing, 1.6 million relocated and almost 50,000 houses collapsed. (The Telegraph)
  • At least five workers are killed after a wall collapses on them at a recycling plant in Birmingham, England. (BBC)
  • A section of a Taiwanese commuter train car explodes near Songshan Station, injuring at least 21 people, some of them seriously. (AP via The New York Times) (CNA)
International relations
Law and crime
  • Human rights in the Philippines; Philippine Drug War
  • Rape in Germany
    • Germany's parliament passes a new law saying that it is rape to have sex with a person who says "No" to the sex. Under the previous law, sex was not considered rape unless the victim fought back. The new law also classifies groping as a sex crime, makes it easier to deport migrants who commit sex offences, and makes it easier to prosecute assaults committed by a large group. (BBC)
  • A French court sentences two former Rwandan mayors of the town of Kabarondo to life in prison on charges of crimes against humanity and genocide committed during the Rwandan Genocide in 1994. During the genocide, Hutu extremists massacred over 2,000 Tutsi who sought refuge in the town. (BBC)
  • Vatican leaks scandal, Journalistic freedom
    • In a so-called VatiLeaks case, a Vatican City Court dismisses charges of publishing confidential information against two Italian journalists stating it lacked jurisdiction in this case. Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi wrote books on the inner workings of the Vatican. The court did convict a Vatican priest to 18 months, and assessed a 10-month suspended sentence on an Italian communications expert, for conspiring to pass documents to the journalists; a fifth defendant was cleared of all charges. (AP) (The Guardian) (Catholic News)
  • Shooting of Philando Castile
    • Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton requests a Justice Department investigation of last night's fatal police shooting of Philando Castile (an African-American) during a traffic stop. Castile's girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds, streamed the incident live over Facebook. It showed Castile had been shot several times and was slumped against Reynolds; he died in Minneapolis's Hennepin County Medical Center. (The New York Times) (CBS News)
    • Gov. Dayton says, "Would this have happened if those passengers, the driver and the passengers, were white? I don't think it would have. So I'm forced to confront, and I think all of us in Minnesota are forced to confront, that this kind of racism exists." (NPR) (Wall Street Journal)
  • 2016 shooting of Dallas police officers
    • Eleven police officers are shot, with five dying of gunshot wounds in Dallas, Texas during a protest against two black men killed within a day of each other. Police kill the shooter with a bomb delivered on a bomb defusing robot. (New York Post)(KTLA)(NBC DFW), (ABC News Australia)
Politics and elections
Science and technology
  • Scientists manage to extract one last image from the Hitomi x-ray spacecraft, which broke up last March while orbiting Earth. Before it died, the spacecraft captured an image which measured the X-ray activity of the Perseus cluster. (BBC)
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Health and medicine
  • Zika virus epidemic
    • The death of an elderly Utah woman with a Zika virus infection in late June is the first reported Zika-related death in the continental United States. The woman had traveled to an area where Zika is spreading. The exact cause of death has not been determined; the lady had an underlying medical condition. (NBC News) (Time)
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  • 2016 Zimbabwe protests
    • Protests in Harare and elsewhere in the country continue despite police intimidation and pleas by President Robert Mugabe for them to stop. (Voice of America Zimbabwe)
    • President Mugabe, in a live national television broadcast from a stadium in Bindura, blames Western sanctions for his country's inability to pay government workers on time. (AP via The Washington Post) (AFP via Yahoo! News)
    • #ThisFlag protest leader Pastor Evan Mawarire says the movement, which uses WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter, will hold a two-day strike next week if demands, that include sacking corrupt ministers, payment of delayed salaries, lifting of roadblocks that residents say are used by police to extract bribes, etc., are not met. A drought has aggravated the country's situation as have banks that have a daily withdrawal ceiling as low as $50. (Reuters via CNBC Africa) (Ventures Africa)
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  • A bus crashes on a highway in Dagestan, Russia, killing at least nine people and injuring dozens more. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
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  • The French government calls on former European Commission chief José Manuel Barroso not to take a job with investment bank Goldman Sachs, after some EU politicians demanded Barroso be sanctioned for accepting the new position that raises questions about the EU's conflict of interest rules. (BBC)
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  • Local officials report eight people were killed on Friday when their elevator fell 18 stories in an under-construction apartment building in the port city of Longkou in Shandong province of eastern China. (AP)
  • A helicopter crashes at Breighton Aerodrome in the United Kingdom, with reports of five casualties. (BBC)
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Arts and culture
  • Netizens launch a satiric contest for apologizing to China on social media after numerous artists apologized online. (BBC) (Channel Newsasia) (Taipei Times) (The New York Times)
Business and economy
  • Japanese telecommunications company SoftBank agrees to buy British IT company ARM Holdings for more than $32 billion. (Wall Street Journal) (TechCrunch)
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Disasters and accidents
  • 26 people who were mainly from China and aboard a tour bus die after it crashes into a highway railing while en route to Taoyuan International Airport and bursts into flames. (Reuters)
  • A crane collapses across the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York. No vehicles are hit, but several contractors suffer minor injuries. (ABC News)
International relations
Law and crime
  • Former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has been acquitted of plunder. (BBC)
  • Three people are killed, including the male attacker, in a shotgun shooting outside a swimming pool in Spalding, Lincolnshire, U.K.. The victims are reported to be a 40-year-old mother and her 20-year-old daughter; both apparently knew the suspect. (Daily Mirror)
  • A Kansas City police captain has been shot dead in Kansas City, Kansas. One suspect is in custody and two others are possibly at large. (Breaking 911)
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  • European migrant crisis
    • A Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) ship rescues 209 people, including 50 children, from two dinghies in distress in the Mediterranean Sea but finds 22 dead bodies, 21 women and a child, lying in a pool of fuel in the bottom of one of the boats. The dinghies were 17 miles east of Tripoli, Libya. Cause of death is unknown, though an MSF official says it could be that fumes from mixed fuel and water rendered the people unconscious. The MSF ship is expected to arrive in the Sicilian port of Trapani on Friday.(Reuters)
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  • China begins demolishing buildings and evicting residents at Larung Gar in Tibet, one of the largest religious institutes in the world. Officials put forward overpopulation and security as the leading reasons for the planned action. (BBC) (AP via ABC News)
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Armed conflicts and attacks
  • 2016 Munich shooting
    • Munich Police Chief Hubertus Andrae identifies the attacker as a dual national, 18-year-old Iranian-German who apparently acted alone. He was found dead of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. (Reuters)
    • Chief Andrae reports there are "no indications" the teenage gunman, who killed nine people and apparently himself, had links to ISIL or any other terror group. The attack injured 27. (NBC News)
  • July 2016 Kabul bombing
    • Afghan officials report at least 80 people are killed and more than 230 injured as twin suicide blasts hit a large demonstration of the Shiite Hazara community over a power route line at Dehmazang Circle, Kabul, Afghanistan. The Islamic State claims responsibility. (Reuters) (News World India) (India Today) (Pakistan Today)
    • Afghan President Ashraf Ghani declares Sunday, 24 July 2016, a day of national mourning.(BBC)
Arts and culture
  • Rihanna has been announced to play the iconic role of Marion Crane from the 1960 classic horror film Psycho for the final season of the American television series Bates Motel. (Rolling Stone) (CNN)
  • Wikileaks reveals that Ariana Grande was prevented from perfoming in the White House because of the July 2015 donut-licking incident. (Billboard)
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  • Thousands of people in Cambodia attend the funeral of Kem Ley, a critic of the perceived corrupt and authoritarian rule of Hun Sen, who has been in power since 1985. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), (Fox News), (ABC News)
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  • A machete attack in the German city of Reutlingen by a Syrian asylum-seeker leaves one woman dead and two others injured. (BBC)
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Sport
  • 2016 Summer Olympics
    • The International Olympic Committee states it considers all Russian athletes tainted by the country’s state-run doping scheme but individual athletes can compete in 2016 Games if they are able to convince individual sports federations of their innocence. A daunting task for these organizations to handle hundreds of appeals just 12 days before the start of the Rio Games on 5 August. (The New York Times) (AP & NBC News) (rt.com)
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Business and economy
  • Verizon Communications buys Yahoo! for $4.83 billion in cash, ending the latter's over 20-year run as an independent corporation. (Los Angeles Times) (Reuters)
Disasters and accidents
  • At least 39 people are killed, including 16 children, in a fire at a residential compound in Mangidy, Madagascar. (Reuters)
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  • 2016 Fort Myers nightclub shooting
    • At least two people are killed after as many as 17 people are injured during a mass shooting at Club Blu, a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida, with most of the victims reportedly minors. Two suspects and a person of interest have been detained in connection with the shooting. (BBC), (News-Press)
  • 2016 Turkish purges
    • Turkey orders the detention of 42 journalists including well-known writer Nazli Ilicak. Earlier, Turkish satirical magazine LeMan (tr) was prevented from publishing its post-coup edition—a cartoon on the cover showed Turkish soldiers facing off against anti-coup protesters, both pushed toward each other by giant hands. (Reuters) (CNN)
    • Amnesty International reports detainees in Turkey are being subjected to beatings and torture, including rape, in official and unofficial detention centres in the country. (NPR) (AI)
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  • Sagamihara stabbings
    • At least 19 people are killed and 26 others are injured in a knife attack at a care centre for disabled people in the city of Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. A man has handed himself in to the police, according to local media. (BBC)
  • The children's music group USA Freedom Kids plans to sue the campaign of Donald Trump. (The Washington Post)
  • New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announces the arraignment of three suspects in the theft of more than $5 million in cash and valuables, including jewelry and baseball cards, from banks in Brooklyn and Queens, in April and May of this year. (Reuters)
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Science and technology
  • Solar Impulse 2 becomes the first solar-powered aircraft to travel around the world without fuel after it returns to Abu Dhabi. (Deutsche Welle)
  • Every square inch of the United States is forecasted to have hotter-than-normal temperatures for the first time in recorded history.(USA Today)
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  • Scientists have discovered that the region directly above the Great Red Spot on the planet Jupiter is about 700° F (370° C) warmer than the surrounding upper atmosphere. (Space)
  • Researchers have discovered that orangutans can control their vocal pitch, a link to human speech. (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Biologists have determined that the only 'true' species of wolf in North America is the gray wolf while the red wolf is a wolf hybridized with a coyote. (The New York Times)
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  • At least 64 people die in Nepal after heavy monsoonal rain triggers floods and landslides. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • Around 1.8 million people are affected, and the Kaziranga National Park is submerged, due to heavy rains causing flooding in Assam. (The Guardian)
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  • Tunisian lawmakers, dissatisfied with the lack of progress on a financial reforms package, vote (118-3) to dismiss Prime Minister Habib Essid from office. (Reuters)
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  • Typhoon Nida (2016)
  • At least five people are killed and 10 injured after a building collapses in the Indian city of Bhiwandi amid heavy rain. (Press Trust of India via Business Standard)
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