Portal:Current events/July 2019

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July 2019 was the seventh month of the current common year. The month, which began on a Monday, ended on a Wednesday after 31 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from July 2019.

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  • France's interior minister, Christophe Castaner, has asked the Paris police chief to provide explanations about a video that went viral on social media, where law enforcement officers are seen spraying with pepper spray and dragging protesters from the Extinction Rebellion anti-climate change movement. Although the police needed to evict the protesters, who obstructed a transit route, the mechanisms that they used generated negative reactions. (The Guardian)

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  • A fire on the Russian Navy's Losharik submarine kills 14 crew members while the vessel conducts tests in Russian territorial waters. (Sky News) (RFERL)
  • At least 18 people have died and more than a dozen are still missing in devastating floods that swept southeastern Siberia, Russia. (The Japan Times)

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  • Over one million people in the Japanese prefectures of Miyazaki and Kagoshima are ordered to evacuate their homes due to torrential rainfall. An elderly woman in Kagoshima city died after a mudslide hit her home. (BBC)
  • One tourist is killed and several injured when Mt. Stromboli in Italy erupts. (BBC)
  • At least 26 people have died after a fishing boat capsized off the coast of Honduras. (BBC)
  • At least six people are killed and 190 injured after a tornado hits the city of Kaiyuan in Liaoning Province, China. (Global News)

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  • Death of Otto Warmbier, North Korea–United States relations
    • The parents of Otto Warmbier, an American student who died in North Korean custody after allegedly being tortured, file a claim for a seized North Korean cargo ship in an attempt to collect on a $501 million judgment they received after suing the country. (Associated Press)

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  • Lightsource BP, a solar energy developer headquartered in London, has announced that it will acquire utility-scale solar projects in Brazil, 1.9 gigawatts of projects, for an undisclosed sum. This is a major expansion for Lightsource, which is 43% owned by the energy giant BP. (Reuters)

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  • 2019 Ridgecrest earthquakes
    • A magnitude 7.1 earthquake hits Southern California just a day after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in the same area. (USGS)
  • Seven Americans, including coal billionaire Chris Cline, are found dead in a helicopter crash in the Bahamas. (Los Angeles Times)

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  • Plantation explosion
    • 23 people are injured in a gas explosion at a shopping mall in Plantation, Florida. (WPLG), (CNN)
  • Monotaro Imamura explosion
    • At least 2 company employees are confirmed killed and two more are critically injured in the explosion at the industrial waste processing plant owned by Monotaro due improper handling of spray cans.(nikkei.com)
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  • American billionaire Jeffrey Epstein is arrested and faces new charges related to alleged sex crimes involving minors. (ABC News)
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  • Deutsche Bank announces lay-offs – roughly 18,000 job cuts – around the globe as part of a "reinvention", scrapping its global equities and cutting its fixed income operations. (Deutsche Bank) (The New York Times)

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  • Flash flooding in Washington, D.C. delivers a month's worth of rain on the local area in the span of an hour. The torrential rain leaves commuters stranded on car rooftops, floods several metro stations and causes flooding in the White House. (CNET)

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  • Assailants raid a village in Papua New Guinea's Hela province, killing and dismembering 16 women and children, and burning buildings. (The Guardian)
  • Three or five of Iran's IRGC Navy gunboats unsuccessfully attempt to seize control of British oil tanker British Heritage in the Persian Gulf, according to UK's Ministry of Defense as well as two anonymous U.S. officials. The Royal Navy's HMS Montrose reportedly warns the boats to back away from the BP Shipping-owned tanker, which they do. The incident is allegedly captured on a U.S. aircraft's camera. (CNN)

Business and economy
  • Three large shipbuilders in the People's Republic of China announce that they are in talks to merge. This is part of an ongoing shake-up and consolidation of that industry in the face of high operational costs and sluggish new orders. (Caixin Eng.)

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  • An unexpected violent storm hits the Greek region of Halkidiki with heavy rain, hail, and strong winds, killing six foreign tourists. (BBC)

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  • British right-wing activist Tommy Robinson is sentenced to nine months in prison for contempt of court — minus time served equals about another 10 weeks in prison. Supporters attacked police and journalists following the court proceedings. Police say no new arrests were made. (BBC)
  • American R&B singer R. Kelly is arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges. (NBC News)

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  • U.S. Vice President Mike Pence says the conditions under which asylum seekers are being held in facilities along the U.S. border with Mexico are unacceptable, after visiting two federal detention centers in Texas, remaining the highest-ranking member of the Trump administration to say so. He calls upon the U.S. Congress to act. (CNN)
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  • A police raid on a neo-Nazi group in northern Italy results in the arrest of three people. Sophisticated weaponry, including a Matra Super 530F air-to-air missile, are seized during the operation. (BBC)
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  • Syrian Civil War
    • Syrian government airstrikes targeting residential areas in the towns of Jisr al-Shughur, Khan Shaykhun, Maar Shoreen, Hantoteen and Ain Al Bardeh in Idlib province, kill at least nine civilians and injure 14 others. (AA)

Business and economy
  • Nate Sutton, associate general counsel of Amazon, in testimony before a committee of the U.S. Senate, denies that the company uses individual data to compete unfairly with smaller sellers using its third-party platform. (Seeking Alpha)

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  • Astronomers rule out the chances of ~30-meter asteroid 2006 QV89's impacting Earth in September 2019 by eliminating the possibility of its passing through an area where it would have to be if it were on an impacting orbit. Prior to this, the asteroid had been given a one-in-7,000 chance of impacting Earth. (phys.org)
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  • British Airways halts flights to Cairo for at least seven days, citing security concerns. Lufthansa also halts all flights, although only for one day. (Reuters)

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  • An explosion at a gas factory in China's Henan Province kills at least 15 people and leaves 256 injured. (DW)

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  • German airline Lufthansa resumes flights between Cairo and Frankfurt and Munich, while British Airways flights to Cairo remain cancelled for six more days. The UK Foreign Office warns against "all travel" to certain parts of Egypt, but its standard advice for Cairo is for passengers to check for changes. (BBC) (UK Foreign Office)

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  • Taiwan Customs officers discover 9800 cartons of cigarettes worth more than 200,000 USD smuggled in five trucks of presidential motorade when President Tsai Ing-wen has returned from an official trip to the Caribbean and leaves the airport via a VIP lane. A security agent of National Security Bureau within Tsai's entourage allegedly pre-ordered the cigarettes duty-free from China Airlines and stored them at a warehouse of the airline's catering company at Taoyuan International Airport. National Security Bureau Director-General Peng Sheng-chu resigns over the scandal on the following day. (Taiwan News)(CNA)(Taipei Times)
  • 2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protests
    • A mob of suspected masked triad members dressed in white and armed with batons attack commuters indiscriminately at Yuen Long station, injuring 45, including a pro-democracy legislator and a pregnant woman. Hong Kong police have been accused of allowing the violence to happen due to their delayed response and decision to limit emergency services in the area. (The Guardian) (SCMP)
    • Pro-Beijing legislator Junius Ho applauds the assailants for their actions, saying they should be "pardoned for defending their homes" and calling them his "heroes". (HKFP) (SCMP)
  • A former Venezuelan state oil executive at PDVSA, Juan Carlos Márquez, is found hanged in an apartment in Madrid. He had been taken into custody in connection with an investigation into corruption and money laundering. (BBC)

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  • Due to declining sales, American retailer GNC announces it will close between 700 and 900 stores. (USA Today)

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  • Boeing 737 MAX groundings
    • Boeing reports its largest-ever quarterly loss, of US$2.9 billion, as a result of the grounding of its 737 MAX series, with the company saying that it could halt its production. (The Guardian)

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Health and environment
  • July 2019 European heat wave
    • A number of national maximum temperature records are broken, several surpassing records set the previous day: Germany sees 42.6 °C (108.7 °F) at Lingen, Belgium 41.8 °C (107.2 °F) at Begijnendijk and The Netherlands 40.7 °C (105.3 °F) at Gilze en Rijen. (Accuweather) (The Guardian)
    • The United Kingdom reports a temperature reading of 38.1 °C (100.6 °F) in Cambridge, the second highest UK temperature yet recorded. It is subsequently confirmed that a reading of 38.7 °C (101.7 °F) is verified, also in Cambridge, beating the previous record of 38.5 °C (101.3 °F) set in Faversham, Kent on 10 August 2003 to become the new national record. (The Guardian)
    • All-time records for various cities and towns in Western Europe are broken, most notably Paris, reaching a temperature of 42.6 °C (108.7 °F).

Law and crime
  • Capital punishment in the United States
    • U.S. Attorney General William Barr resumes the federal usage of the death penalty. Five inmates are expected to be executed between December 2019 and January 2020. If carried out, these would be the first federal executions in the United States in sixteen years. (CNBC) (The New York Times)
  • At least four people are killed and two wounded in a shooting spree that spread across multiple Los Angeles neighborhoods. Police tackled and arrested the suspect, Gerry Zaragoza, after a 12-hour manhunt. (CNN) (Reuters via AOL.com)

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  • Heavy rains in Al Haouz Province, Morocco, trigger a landslide, resulting in the deaths of 15 people. (The New York Times) (Morocco World News)
  • Two people die and more than 17 are injured when an internal balcony collapses at a nightclub in the South Korean city of Gwangju. (BBC)
  • 2019 Batanes earthquake
    • At least nine people are killed and 60 others injured when two earthquakes strike the province of Batanes in the Philippines. (InquirerNet)

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  • At least 42 people die in a landslide striking a village in southern China. (BBC)
  • Heavy storms across central Italy kill three people and cause damages. One death was caused by lightning, one by a tornado, and one by getting caught in a flood. (Il Messaggero)
  • The death toll of the heavy floods in Nepal rise to 113. (India Today)

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  • An eight-year-old boy is killed and his mother injured after being pushed by a man into the path of an oncoming train at Frankfurt's main station, in Hesse, Germany. The attacker, a 40-year-old immigrant Eritrean man who lives in Switzerland, also attempted to knock a third person onto the tracks. The suspect and the victims did not know each another. (Sky News)
  • 2019 Altamira prison riot
    • At least 62 people are killed, including sixteen who were beheaded, during prison riots in Pará, Brazil, which saw rival gangs battle for five hours. (CNN)
  • Three are killed in a shooting at a garlic festival in Gilroy, California. (The Washington Post)

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  • At least 18 people, including thirteen civilians and five crew members, are killed and 12 others injured after a small military plane crashes into a residential area near the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi. (BBC)
  • Eleven deaths and multiple hospitalizations are attributed to the ongoing heat wave in Japan. (BBC)

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  • 2019 Hong Kong protests
    • At least 10 people are injured after fireworks were shot from a moving car into a crowd of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. (BBC)
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