Portal:Current events/June 2018

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June 2018 is the sixth month of the current common year. The month, which began on a Friday, will end on a Saturday after 30 days. It is the current month.

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  • A ROCAF F-16 crashes into a mountain near New Taipei City in northern Taiwan. The pilot is confirmed dead following a search and rescue operation. (The South China Morning Post)
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  • Life on Mars
    • NASA announces the discovery of preserved organic matter in an ancient lake bed on Mars by its Curiosity rover. It has not been determined if the matter was potentially related to past life on Mars or not. (The Guardian)
  • Facebook reports an error in privacy settings that has affected 14 million users. (BBC)
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  • Over 100,000 people participate in a large protest in Bucharest, Romania, against apparent judicial abuses and "illegitimate interference" of the secret services in the political and judicial systems. The protest was organised by the governing Social Democratic Party and supported by other political parties. (The Washington Post)
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  • Terrorism in Iraq
    • A warehouse holding ballot boxes from elections last month burns down in Baghdad. Several politicians say the fire was a criminal act aimed at destabilising the state following a disputed election result. (BBC)
  • Authorities in Afghanistan announce the seizure of 156 sacks of ammonium nitrate being imported on a truck from Pakistan. This is one of the largest seizures of the compound, most commonly used as a fertilizer, but also used to manufacture explosives. (Reuters)
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  • History of AT&T
    • A U.S. federal judge approves AT&T's $85 billion merger with Time Warner. (NPR)
  • Tesla announces that it intends to cut 3000 jobs in an attempt to improve profitability. Many of those workers will be offered alternative jobs under the same employer. (BBC)
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  • Politics of France
    • The Senate of France approves a bill to reform the SNCF railway company. The French state writes off 35 billion of SNCF's €47 billion debt, but remains the sole owner of the joint-stock company with two subsidiaries: operator SNCF Mobility and infrastructure manager SNCF Network. (International Railway Journal) (Reuters)
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  • 2018 lower Puna eruption
    • The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency states that the eruption of lower Puna has destroyed 467 homes in total. (Upi)
  • At least 17 people are killed in a stampede at a nightclub in Caracas, Venezuela. The stampede was reportedly triggered when a tear-gas canister was set off during a brawl. Seven people have been arrested. (BBC)
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  • A missing Indonesian woman's body is found inside a python, being one of only two fully documented cases of a human being consumed by a snake. (The Hindu)
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  • Boko Haram insurgency
    • Twin suicide bombings in Damboa, Nigeria, leave at least 31 people dead. The explosions are reportedly followed by rockets fired from outside the town. (BBC)
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  • 2018 Osaka earthquake
    • A magnitude 5.5 earthquake strikes Osaka, Japan, at 7:58 a.m. local time on 18 June (22:58 UTC). At least five people have been killed and several are transported to hospitals with injuries. Electrical services are disrupted citywide, affecting 170,000 buildings. (NHK)
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  • Wynn Resorts Ltd. says that two board members, including one investigating sexual misconduct allegations against former Chief Executive Steve Wynn, will leave their posts after Elaine Wynn, the company's largest shareholder, presses for additional board changes. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • A shooting takes place at the Art All Night art festival in Trenton, New Jersey. A suspect is killed and 20 other people injured. (Fox News via MSN)
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  • Terrorism in Germany
    • German authorities arrest a Tunisian man accused of building a ricin bomb.(The South China Morning Post)
  • Trump administration family separation policy
    • U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order to "maintain family unity", amid global outrage over the separation of migrant children from their families, reversing the administration's policy. It affirms the U.S. policy of "detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources." (BBC) (Boston Globe)
  • Operation Impact
    • The terror trial of ISIL recruiter Awso Peshdary is adjourned after three days of hearings in which the court hears a testimony about the path to jihad allegedly taken by two of his associates, Ottawa students John Maguire and Khadar Khalib. (Ottawa Citizen)
  • Following a battery short circuit causing an explosion at Southgate tube station station last night, a 26-year-old man is arrested and bailed on suspicion of causing it deliberately to cause damage or endanger life. Metropolitan Police counterterror investigators hand the probe back to British Transport Police, concluding the incident which injured five was not a terror attack. (The Guardian)
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