Portal:Current events/June 2015

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June 2015 was the sixth month of that common year. The month, which began on a Monday, ended on a Tuesday after 30 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from June 2015.

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  • A ship carrying 458 people capsizes on Yangtze River in China's Hubei province. So far, just seven have been rescued. (Xinhua via Twitter), (News Limited)
International relations
Law and crime
  • Nigeria's anti-graft authority arrests six senior officials from the Central Bank of Nigeria and 16 people from commercial banks for fraud. (AFP via Fraud)
Politics and elections
Politics
  • Former German chancellor, "architect of German reunification" and one of the authors of the European single currency Helmut Kohl is reported to be in a "critical condition" after surgery at a Heidelberg hospital. (Guardian)
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  • Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen
  • The Grozny Chechnya office of the Committee Against Torture NGO is attacked by masked men who came out of a crowd of protesters. They broke down the door and trashed the office. National Leader Ramzan Kadyrov speculated the attack could have been carried out by relatives of Dzhambulat Dadayev upset that the NGO which investigates torture did not lead protests of the shooting of Dadayev by law enforcement officers from another region. Moscow Times
  • War in Donbass
    • Pro-Russian separatists launch an offensive to take Marinka, Ukraine, 5 kilometers from the separatist capital of Donetsk. At least 19 people have died in fighting. Ukrainian sources claimed at least 10 tanks took part in the battle. (AFP via Yahoo! News), (New York Times)
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  • Several rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel and exploded near the cities of Ashdod, Netivot and Ashkelon causing no casualties. The IDF retaliated with airstrikes against empty Hamas training camps in Gaza. (Al Jazeera)
  • Naxalite Insurgents kill at least 20 Indian Army soldiers and injure 12 in an attack on a convoy in the state of Manipur. (BBC)
Arts and culture
Business and economy
  • Officials of the ruling Syriza party in Greece say that they cannot accept a last-minute deal proposed by the country's creditors: default deadline looms. (AP)
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  • Nestlé temporarily removes its Maggi noodles product from the shelves in India following a health scare. (Economic Times)
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  • Sinking of the Dong Fang Zhi Xing
    • The death toll from the sinking of the ship on the Yangtze River rises to 82 with officials giving up hope of finding more survivors. Only 15 out of over 450 people on the boat were rescued. (Sky News Australia)
  • Two bodies have been removed from Borneo's Mount Kinabalu following the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that hit Malaysia's Sabah province Friday morning. Previously-stranded climbers, reported at 137, have descended to the Laban Rata resthouse. (The Star) (CNN) (Asia Straits Times) (The Rakyat Post)
  • 2015 Accra explosion
    • The death toll from an explosion at a gasoline station on Wednesday in the Ghanaian capital Accra rises to over 200. (Zee News)
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International relations
  • The number of migrants arriving in Italy from Africa in 2015 passes 50,000 with over 5000 arriving in the past few days. (The Guardian)
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Business and economy
  • HSBC announces plans to cut 8,000 jobs in the United Kingdom, one-sixth of its U.K. workforce, via "natural attrition" as it restructures its banking business. A total of 25,000 jobs could be axed globally. (BBC)
Disasters and accidents
  • Several firefighters are killed after an explosion at a military oil depot near Kiev, Ukraine, with several people missing and hundreds evacuated. (Reuters UK) (AFP via Sydney Morning Herald)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
  • The Turkish cabinet led by current Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu submits its resignation, but is asked to stay on until a new government forms after the election. (AFP via France 24)
Sports
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Disasters and accidents
  • Indonesia's Mount Sinabung eruption resumes spewing gas leading to the evacuation of 3,000 nearby residents. (AFP and AP via Economic Times)
Health
  • 2015 South Korean MERS outbreak:
    • The death toll from the MERS outbreak in South Korea rises to nine, with 13 new cases reported. More than 2,200 schools have closed or cancelled classes as a result of the outbreak. (Reuters)
Law and crime
  • Catholic Church sexual abuse cases
    • Pope Francis approves the outline of a new system giving power to the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to judge bishops "with regard to crimes of the abuse of office when connected to the abuse of minors." (National Catholic Reporter)
Sports
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Arts and culture
  • Spain gives the late writer Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, a formal burial at a Madrid convent nearly 400 years after his death in 1616. (AP)
Business and economics
Disasters and accidents
Health
  • Health officials in the United States are advising doctors to be on the lookout for MERS following an outbreak in South Korea. (AP via Washington Post)
International relations
  • NGO Save the Children
    • Federal Interior Ministry of Pakistan has sealed the offices of the NGO Save the Children in Pakistan and issued order for its foreign staff to leave the country within 15 days on account of the NGO’s anti-Pakistan activities. (Express Tribune).
  • Nuclear program of Iran:
    • A new version of the Israeli-linked malware Duqu is found at hotels hosting Iran nuclear talks by Kaspersky; Israel denies involvement. (The Guardian)
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  • Residents of the Galápagos Islands conduct a strike and protest over decisions by the Ecuador National Assembly to axe cost of living subsidies causing cancellation of flights to and from the islands. (AP via ABC News)
  • Public school teachers in the Brazilian state of São Paulo vote to return to work after three months of strike action. (BBC)|
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  • A man opens fire at policemen outside the police headquarters in the Texan city of Dallas, while a bag containing a pipe bomb is also found. He was later shot dead by police snipers following a car chase and standoff. (AP), (CNN)
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Health
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues a mandate that all artificial trans fatty acids (trans fats) must be eliminated within three years (2018) from all foods grown, imported to, or sold within the United States. It is the strictest and most final type of ruling, even more so than a black-box warning or a warning to list ingredients, that can be given from the federal agency, which has ultimate jurisdiction over the safety of all food and drug products, public or private, in the United States. The substances occur in processed meats and other foods, and have been repeatedly implicated in atherosclerotic coronary heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. (MSN), (Washington Post),(CNN Money), (FDA's statement)
  • 2015 Middle East respiratory syndrome outbreak in South Korea
Law and crime
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Sport
Arts and culture
  • The American NBC network announces that Lester Holt will continue as the host of the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams returning in an undisclosed role. (The Wrap)
Business and economy
  • U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announces that the Treasury will supplement Alexander Hamilton's depiction on the U.S. ten-dollar bill with that of a woman, the identity of which is to be chosen after public debate. (The Hill)
  • In the United States, the California Labor Commission ruled that a San Francisco Uber driver is a company employee, not a contractor. Uber is appealing this ruling, that would increase the company's costs and liabilities, to the state's court system. A hearing for a class certification of a similar lawsuit against Uber is scheduled for August 2015. (NPR), (Time Magazine) (U.S. News & World Report)
Disasters and accidents
  • North Korea runs a campaign to fight water drought, which according to United Nations is the worst within the past 100 years. (Reuters)
International relations
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Attacks and armed conflicts
Business and economy
Law and crime
  • Charleston church shooting
    • Suspected shooter Dylann Roof is arrested at a traffic stop. Roof is suspected of killing nine people including a South Carolinian state senator. He was charged with multiple drug possession in April and reportedly (by CNN) legally bought the gun at a store after passing a background check despite his criminal record. (ABC News) (ITV News)
  • The Roman Catholic Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish on the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel is damaged by a suspected arson attack. (i24), (Haaretz), (Times of Israel), (BBC)
Politics and elections
Religion
  • At the Vatican, Pope Francis's officials in the Roman Curia formally release the text of his most recent encyclical, Laudato si'. The text, which had been quite anticipated by many sides on the climate change debate and been criticized by some for his involvement in the politicized and charged issue, had been previously leaked. (Reuters), via MSN, (CNN), (Vatican)
  • Muslims begin fasting at the start of the lunar calendar month of Ramadan, 2015.
Attacks and armed conflicts
Business and economy
  • The European Central Bank increased the cap on cash available to Greek banks through emergency liquidity assistance, as those banks continue to experience steady withdrawals. Greek citizens have withdrawn over 3 billion Euros in the last month. (Reuters)
Politics and elections
Attacks and armed conflicts
  • Second Libyan Civil War
    • Dozens of ISIL militants are killed following a militia attack on the eastern city of Derna. ISIL has had a significant presence in Derna since the end of 2014. (Yahoo)
Law and crime
Politics
  • Anti-austerity movement
    • Tens of thousands in London demonstrate anti-austerity protests outside the Parliament. (Reuters UK)
Sport
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
  • Ten people are injured in a shooting at a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania block party. (AFP via News24) (NBC Philadelphia)
  • One person dies and nine others are injured in a shooting at a block party on a basketball court in Detroit, Michigan. (AP via News24) (ABC News)
  • A Palestinian teenager is in police custody after he stabbed a policeman who was administrating Jerusalem's Damascus Gate border in the neck, critically injuring the policeman. The policeman then shot and injured the teenager and collapsed. (YNet)
Politics
  • Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras makes a new offer for reforms which could signal a late deal in the country's debt talks. (ITV News)
Sport
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  • The deputy speaker of the Greek parliament, Alexis Mitropoulos, warns that the body may reject concessions the government had made to the country's creditors. (Reuters)
Disasters and accidents
Health
  • South Sudan declares a cholera outbreak after 18 people die and 171 are infected. (Al-Jazeera), (REUTERS)
International relations
Law and crime
Sport
  • The suspension appeal hearings for Tom Brady's 4-game suspension over Deflategate begin today. (New York Times)
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Disasters and accidents
Health
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Law and crime
  • A Dutch court orders the Netherlands to reduce its carbon emissions by at least 25% by 2020. (BBC)
  • Boston Marathon bombing
    • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is formally sentenced to death in a federal court. He confirms his guilt and apologizes to the victims. (CNN)
    • Tsarnev is sent to the US Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, where 61 other inmates are awaiting their lethal injections. (NBC News)
  • China's customs officers seize more than 100,000 t (98,000 long tons; 110,000 short tons) of meat, many of which expired, some more than 40 years ago. (China Daily)(NPR)
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  • Suspected Islamist militants attack an army base in Nara, Mali leaving three soldiers and eight attackers dead. (Voice of America) (Reuters via News24)
  • 2015 Kuwait mosque bombing
    • Kuwait declares a day of mourning for the victims of the bombing of a Shia mosque yesterday. (AFP via Melbourne Age)
    • A mass funeral for the victims of the bombing draws thousands of mourners in Kuwait City. (Brisbane Times)
  • 2015 Sousse attacks
    • Tunisia announces plans to close down 80 "propagandist" mosques following yesterday's attacks in which 39 people died. (BBC)
    • Nineteen victims have so far been identified with fifteen from the United Kingdom and one each from Belgium, Germany, Ireland and Portugal. (Boston Herald)(BBC)
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  • The Israeli Navy intercepts and takes control of the lone ship still involved in Freedom Flotilla III and pilots it to Ashdod. The other three ships involved had already turned back after being intercepted. Israel offered all ships to unload their humanitarian aid cargo in Israeli ports and transport it into Gaza for free but the ships refused. (Israel National News)(Times Of Israel)
  • The United States Office of Personnel Management closes down its system for employee background checks following the theft of millions of records in a computer hacking incident suspected to be conducted by Chinese hackers. (Breaking News)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Science and technology
  • A robot kills a man, who was a contractor, at a Volkswagen production plant in Baunatal, Germany. Spokesman Heiko Hillwig said the 22-year-old victim was part of a team that was setting up the robot when it grabbed and crushed him against a metal plate. The death was preliminarily attributed to human error, rather than any issue with the robot itself; prosecutors are contemplating whether to charge anybody. (MSN)
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