Portal:Current events/June 2010

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Armed conflicts and attacks
  • At least 5 people are killed in an attack on the Lahore hospital in Pakistan where many of the injured in Friday's attack on members of the Ahmadis sect, as well as one of the captured militants, are undergoing treatment. (Geotv) (The Hindu) (USA Today) (CNN)
  • Al-Qaeda's top leader in Afghanistan, and Osama bin Laden's third in command, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, is reported killed. (The Australian) (CNN)
  • Israeli–Palestinian conflict
    • The Israeli Defense Forces kill two Palestinians terrorists in Gaza who were attempting to cross the border fence, after an exchange of gunfire. Israel closes four settlements, Route 323 and schools as a result of the incident. (The Jerusalem Post)
    • The Jerusalem Post reports that Israeli soldiers have engaged and killed what they describe as three "terrorists" who had fired Kassam Rockets into Israeli lands. No injuries were reported from the rocket attacks.(The Jerusalem Post)
    • The head of Gaza emergency services confirms that these three Palestinian bodies were retrieved and brought to a morgue in Gaza City. (Aljazeera)
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
International relations
  • The Iranian ambassador in Baghdad says the recent release of two Iranians from Iraqi custody is not an indication of any impeding deal to free three Americans held in Tehran on spying charges since their capture in July 2009 while hiking in northern Iraq's mountainous Kurdish region. (USA Today)
  • The United States insists any Afghan peace deal must ensure women's rights as Afghanistan prepares to open a peace conference aimed at persuading Taliban leaders to put down their weapons. (USA Today)
  • Aftermath of the Gaza flotilla raid
    • Survivors of the Israeli assault on the Gaza-bound international aid flotilla return to Greece and Turkey, providing the first eyewitness accounts of the attack. (The Guardian) (BBC)
    • Israel announces it has imprisoned an official figure of 487 of the people it captured in its commando raid on the Gaza-bound international aid flotilla, while 48 others will be officially expelled after being brought into Israel by Israeli authorities yesterday. (The Sydney Morning Herald) (AFP)
    • Israel's ambassador to Denmark, Arthur Avnon, announces that the Israeli military had received rumours of a report which asserted a link between the flotilla and Al-Qaida. (FOX News) (News24)
    • Hundreds of Israelis gather outside the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv in protest against Turkey's involvement in the Gaza flotilla. (Ynetnews)
    • Turks protest for a second day, marching in front of Istanbul's Israeli consulate, and several are arrested in Ankara after encountering police in front of the Israeli Embassy there. (ABC News)
    • Coalition parties in the Northern Ireland Assembly clash over the Israeli commando attack on the aid convoy. (The Belfast Telegraph)
    • Reports are released regarding the nationalities of those captured after the flotilla raid. (Asia One News) (The Age)
    • Reports are also released expressing concern for captured international journalists, including those from Aljazeera and Astro Awani, while media organisations are asked to act for the release of all journalists in Israeli custody and to request their freedom to practice their profession without pressure and harassment. (ArabNews) (NDTV)
    • Egypt announces that it will temporarily open its border with Gaza for aid. (AP via Fox News)
    • Turkey calls for sanctions against Israel. The United States, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, acts to mitigate the language of the Security Council's draft statement which condemned Israel's action "in the strongest terms", opting instead for one that requests an "impartial" investigation of the deaths and condemns the "acts" that led to it. (The Times)
    • Twenty Israeli trucks deliver cargo from the captured ships to the Gaza Strip via Kerem Shalom crossing. (YnetNews) (YouTube)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Science and technology

Armed conflicts and attacks

  • The crew of the Libyan M/V Rim takes back the ship from Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. Another ship, the Panamanian M/V QSM Dubai, is captured. (BBC) (Daily Nation) (CNN)
  • Gaza flotilla raid:
    • The Israel Defense Forces claims that the 10 tonnes of aid delivered in the Free Gaza flotilla was turned back by Hamas when delivered to the border at Rafah, with Hamas stating that it will only accept the aid if all flotilla activists imprisoned in Israel are freed, and that the aid be delivered by the flotilla organizers. (CNN)
    • Turkey announces its intention to cut all ties with Israel unless the dead and captured flotilla activists are returned by the end of the day, and sends doctors to Israel to supervise the treatment of wounded Turkish activists in Israeli hospitals. (Aljazeera)
    • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejects the "hypocrisy" of critics of Israel's raid against the Gaza-bound international aid shipment during a nationally televised address in Jerusalem. (BusinessWeek) (Reuters) (Xinhua)
    • Israeli-Arab MP Haneen Zoubi, who accompanied the flotilla and was arrested but released before the other activists due to parliamentary immunity, tells a press conference in Nazareth that Israel intended to kill peace activists as a way to deter future aid convoys and says she witnessed two passengers slowly bleed to death, while Hebrew messages requesting medical assistance for them were ignored. (The National)
    • Arab League foreign ministers meet in Cairo and reach an agreement to ask the United Nations Security Council to force Israel to end the blockade of Gaza. (Reuters)
    • UK Prime Minister David Cameron calls the Israeli raid on an unarmed aid convoy "completely unacceptable". (BBC)
    • Irish Taoiseach Brian Cowen asks that the Israeli government exercise "absolute restraint" in relation to its dealings with Irish citizens captured in the raid. (RTÉ)
    • Israel releases all activists captured during the Gaza flotilla raid and sends them for deportation as the Attorney General states "keeping them here would do more damage to the country's vital interests than good". (Al Jazeera) (BBC) (The Guardian)
  • Cumbria shootings:
    • At least 12 people are killed and 25 injured during shootings carried out by a taxi driver in the Whitehaven, Egremont and Seascale areas of west Cumbria, England. He is found dead, an apparent suicide, in Boot. (Cumbria Police) (BBC) (The Guardian) (RTÉ) (The Times) (Los Angeles Times)
    • It is confirmed as the worst incident of this kind in the UK since the 1996 Dunblane massacre. (TIME) (Aljazeera) (Xinhua)
    • ITV's scheduled broadcast of the television series Coronation Street, which was to mirror events in Cumbria, is cancelled and replaced with TV Burp. (STV) (Digital Spy) (Daily Mail)

Art, culture and entertainment

Disasters

  • The Government of Kenya announces that 2.3 million bags of maize are unfit for human consumption due to contamination with high levels of aflatoxins, which have killed at least one child. (BBC)
  • 15 people die after a minibus drives off a cliff in the Philippines. (Hindustan Times)
  • 14 people are killed and injuries are caused when a four-storey building collapses in Tejgaon, Dhaka. (BBC)
  • 3 people are killed and 6 wounded when a leftover bomb from World War II explodes while being defused in Göttingen, Lower Saxony. (AFP) (Aljazeera) (BBC) (The Times of India)
  • A heatwave strikes India and South Asia, reaching 53C (127F) and killing many hundreds of people. (Guardian)

International relations

Law and crime

Politics and elections

Science

  • The South Korean government says that it will spend 11.3 billion won (US$9.3 million) until 2013 to support research on key three-dimensional 3D TV technologies. (Yonhap News)

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General News

  • British Airways issues an apology for a photograph in a staff magazine which implied Osama Bin Laden had a frequent flyer boarding pass for first class. (BBC)

Armed conflicts and attacks

  • Gaza flotilla raid:
    • United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution calling for an independent fact-finding mission into Israel's interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla. (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
    • Turkey buries its citizens killed in the raid. Israel states there is "no need" for an international inquiry because it expects its own inquiry to meet the "highest international standards." President of Turkey Abdullah Gül states relations between the two countries would "never be the same". (BBC) (Aljazeera)
    • A United States Department of State official says a 19-year-old with dual American-Turkish citizenship was among those shot dead, four times in the head at close range and five times overall, during the raid. (The Associated Press)
    • South Africa recalls its ambassador to Israel to show what it describes as its "strongest condemnation of the attack". (Aljazeera)
    • An Irish citizen captured and taken to Beersheba detention camp by Israel during their raid on the Gaza-bound international aid flotilla is hospitalised after becoming ill in Tel Aviv. (The Press Association) (Lynnnews)
    • The Israeli Foreign Ministry says 527 of the captured activists, as well as the bodies of those killed, have been placed on flights bound for Turkey and Greece: seven more are still in hospital: three other captured activists — one man and two women from Australia, Ireland and Italy — remain in Israel "for technical reasons". (New Straits Times)
    • The Sydney Morning Herald's chief correspondent Paul McGeough and photographer Kate Geraghty are among the captives to have been released. (The Sydney Morning Herald)
    • 37 British nationals captured by Israel during the raid begin returning home. (Channel 4 News)
    • Israeli protesters wave Armenian and Kurdish flags in front of the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv, during a violent demonstration in which Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan is called "a fascist".(YnetNews)(VideoPedia)
  • Somalia:
    • At least 20 people are killed and 60 injured in heavy fighting between government forces and Islamist militants in the capital Mogadishu. (CNN) (BBC) (Sify)
    • Somali forces from the semi-autonomous region of Puntland storm a hijacked Panamanian-flagged cargo ship, capturing the pirates and freeing the crew. (AfricaNews) (BBC) (Xinhua)

Art, culture and entertainment

Business and economy

Disasters

  • The death toll from a fire in Dhaka rises to at least 87 people, injures more than 100 more and leaves others trapped and in danger. (Philippine Daily Inquirer) (BBC) (The Mercury)
  • The death toll from rain-triggered landslides and flooding in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region rose to 44. (Xinhuanet)
  • A lion fatally wounds a South African woman working at the Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage in Bulawayo, the sanctuary's first human fatality since its establishment three decades ago. (BBC) (Mail & Guardian) (ABC News)

International relations

Law and crime

Politics and elections

Science

  • The MARS-500 project begins, with six men - three Russians, two Europeans and a Chinese man - entering the sealed facility in Moscow where they will spend 18 months in isolation from the outside world. (BBC) (RIA Novosti)
  • The earliest surviving complete census of Ireland is made available online for the first time and reveals details on the early life of James Joyce as well as other famous writers and politicians. (The Irish Times) (RTÉ)

Armed conflicts and attacks

Business and economy

Disasters

Law and crime

Politics and elections

Science

  • North Korea unveils a "super drink" to multiply brain cells and stop skin ageing which it says attracted attention from China and Germany at a trade fair in Pyongyang. (BBC) (Reuters) (The Daily Telegraph)
  • SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket is successfully launched on its maiden test flight. (BBC)

Disasters

  • A cap is placed on the leaking pipe of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, allowing the spill to slow but not stop. (New York Times)

International relations

Religion

Sports

Armed conflicts and attacks

  • 41 people have been killed in fighting over the past three days in Sudan's western region of Darfur according to a Sudan tribal leader. (AFP)
  • An attack of rockets kills six US soldiers and wounds about a dozen others in Baghdad, Iraq. Two more bombs go off elsewhere but no deaths are reported. (Aljazeera) (CNN)

Disasters

Ecology

International relations

Law and crime

Religion

Science

  • NASA scientists discover that Titan, one of Saturn's moons, has the necessary atmosphere to support life. (USA Today)

Armed conflicts and attacks

  • The Israeli Navy kills four Palestinians wearing diving gear; Israel says they were carrying weapons and planning an attack, off the coast of Gaza. (Ynetnews) (Haaretz) (BBC) (RTÉ) (Aljazeera)

Art, culture and entertainment

Business and economy

Disasters

International relations

  • The Cyprus-based Free Gaza Movement packs up and leaves Cyprus for London after the Cypriot government's decision to interfere with and disrupt last week's international aid flotilla. (Xinhua)
  • Veteran American journalist Helen Thomas announces she is retiring, after apologizing for making remarks saying Jews should leave Israel and return to Europe are widely condemned in the United States. (Ynetnews) (BBC) (The Guardian) (RTÉ) (The Sydney Morning Herald)

Law and crime

  • 13 executed in Iran's Qezel Hessar Prison. (fcnn)
  • The main suspect in the murder of Stephany Flores Ramírez, Joran van der Sloot, confesses to her murder in Peru. (CNN)
  • The Magistrate court in Bhopal, India convicts eight people, one posthumously, for their role in the Bhopal disaster industrial castastrophe 25 years ago in 1984. (Times of India) (AFP) (BBC) (Aljazeera)
  • A Chubb Security security guard is shot dead in a gunfight after being ambushed by gunmen whilst delivering cash to a Bank in the Sydney CBD, Australia. (Daily Telegraph) (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • 22-year-old U.S. Army intelligence analyst, SPC Bradley Manning, is named as the alleged source of the leak of the Collateral murder video, along with the Granai massacre video and other documents, said to be in the possession of Wikileaks. (Wired) (BBC)

Politics and elections

Science

  • The genetically modified variety of maize known as NK603, outlawed across the European Union, is sown and contaminates fields in seven German states. (Deutsche Welle) (BBC)
  • A nearly 25-year study published today in Paediatrics concludes that children raised in lesbian households are "psychologically well-adjusted" and have "fewer behavioral problems than their peers". (CNN)

Sports

Armed conflicts and attacks

  • At least 11 people die and injuries are caused in various fatal incidents across Iraq, including several civilians, a Sunni Imam and a Christian. (BBC)

Art, culture and entertainment

Disasters

  • At least 12 people drown and 9 others disappear after a boat sinks in Sunamganj District, Bangladesh. (Aljazeera) (Bangkok Post) (BBC) (TIME) (Xinhua)

International relations

Law and crime

Politics and elections

Religion

  • The 11th Panchen Lama, the 20-year-old living Buddha on Monday visited south Tibet's Shannan Prefecture, held large prayer services and gave head-touch blessings to more than 5,000 local devotees. (tibet.cn) (Chinamil) (Tibet culture)

Science

  • Scientists find evidence that large seas once existed on Mars. (BBC)

Armed conflicts and attacks

Art, culture and entertainment

International relations

Law and crime

Politics and elections

Science

  • The 2010 Millennium Technology Prize is awarded to Swiss solar innovator Michael Grätzel. (BBC)
  • A new in-depth genetic study on Jewish history is published in Nature: researchers analysed genetic samples from 14 international Jewish communities and 69 international non-Jewish communities. (BBC)
  • Researchers find that many species of snakes are in decline. The causes are unknown.(BBC) (Biol. Lett.)
  • The world's oldest leather shoe was found in Vayots Dzor, Armenia by a team of international archeologists. (National Post)

Sports

Armed conflicts and attacks

Art, culture and entertainment

Disasters

  • Gulf of Mexico oil spill:
    • The Obama administration announces that BP will speed up claims payments stemming from the massive Gulf oil spill, to fishermen, property owners and businesspeople who have filed damage claims and are complaining of delays, excessive paperwork and inadequate compensation. (USA Today) (AP)
    • British Prime Minister David Cameron offers to help the US deal with the oil as clean-up costs mount and BP shares slide to their lowest levels in 13 years. (Reuters) (BBC)
    • A new government calculation suggests that an amount of oil equivalent to approximately 25,000 to 30,000 barrels of oil could have been flowing into the Gulf of Mexico before BP capped some of the flow on June 3, an amount that is far above the previous estimate of 12,000 to 19,000 barrels a day. (The New York Times)

International relations

  • A group of German Jews prepare to send a ship with humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip. (AFP)
  • Russia announces plans to sell Iran S-300 ground-to-air missiles, stating that the new United Nations sanctions do not cover stationary air defense weaponry. (Ynetnews)

Law and crime

Politics and elections

  • The Palestinian Authority (PA) indefinitely postpones local elections scheduled for July 17: no reason is provided. (Aljazeera)
  • Ireland's Labour Party tops an opinion poll, the first time in the country's history that this has occurred and an event which would "radically alter" Irish politics in a general election. (Reuters Africa) (The Irish Times) (RTÉ) (The Wall Street Journal)

Science

Sports

  • Burmese Democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi turns 65, as international and domestic pressure for her release from house arrest intensify. Guards surrounding her home allow her to receive a birthday cake and a bouquet of flowers from political supporters. (Yahoo! News)
  • A gunman shoots 4 people then turns the gun on himself in San Bernardino, California. (AP via Atlanta Journal Constitution)
  • A former Rwandan army chief in exile, Faustin Nyamwasa, is shot in South Africa. (BBC) (News24) (Al Jazeera)
  • At least 48 people are killed in rival clashes between nomadic groups in the Darfur region of Sudan. (BBC) (AFP)
  • Gunfire at a combat post in Afghanistan killed a French soldier and wounded an Afghan translator. (CNN)
  • A drone attack on a militant hideout in North Waziristan in Pakistan, killed at least 13 people and injured six others. (CNN)
  • 5 policemen are killed and 14 others injured in four separate attacks against the police forces in Pakistan. (Xinhua)
  • Four suspected al-Qaida gunmen blast their way into the intelligence headquarters. The attack on the heavily protected security complex kills 18 in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen. (China Daily) (Washington Post)
  • Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria marries Daniel Westling; Westling becomes Duke of Västergötland. (BusinessWeek)
  • 10 Turkish soldiers are killed during clashes with Kurdish rebels on the border of Turkey and Iraq, in Şemdinli township of Hakkâri province and in the Gediktepe-Tekeli region. (TRT) (CNN)
  • Roadside bomb blast kills 4, wounds 12 in bus carrying soldiers in Istanbul. (AA)
  • 8 Turkish troops are killed in an attack by Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey. In response, Kurdish positions are targeted by Turkish airstrikes in Northern Iraq. Twelve Kurdish rebels are killed. (BBC) (IOL)
  • Nauruan parliamentary election:
  • Flooding in South China kills at least 88 people, and forces nearly 750,000 people to leave their homes. (BBC News) (Le Monde) (nzherald) (ABC)

Current Events

Science

  • Australian Winter
    • Sydney experiences its coldest June day in 27 years. (The Sydney Morning Herald)
    • Ballarat experiences its coldest day of the decade. (Ballarat Courier)
    • Melbourne experiences its coldest day in 2 years. (The Age) (Herald Sun)
  • At least 21 people die and hundreds are evacuated after major floods in the northeast of Romania. (Yahoo News) (Hindustan Times) (Reuters)
  • Hurricane Alex becomes the first hurricane of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season with warnings posted from Baffin Bay, Texas south to Mexico. (Canadian Press via Amherst Daily News)
  • 21 suspected cases of swine flu A (H1N1), with one death, have been reported in Thanjavur in India. (EB) (The Times of India) (The Hindu)

Politics and Elections

News

Politics and Elections

Science

  • Ireland officially exits recession. (The Wall Street Journal) (RTÉ) (The Independent) (The Daily Telegraph) (BBC)
  • Rescuers have recovered eight bodies from the ruins of a southwest China village, two days after a devastating rain-triggered landslide destroyed 37 houses and buried 99 villagers under mud. 91 residents of Dazhai Village, Guanling County, Guizhou Province, remained missing. (Xinhua)
  • 13 people are killed during attacks in Iraq: 4 people die in the town of Beiji. (TRT)

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