Portal:Current events/June 2018

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June 2018 was the sixth month of the current common year. The month, which began on a Friday, ended on a Saturday after 30 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from June 2018.

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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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  • 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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  • 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 accused ISIL recruiter Awso Peshdary is adjourned after three days of hearings in which the court hears 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 a London Underground 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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  • A BNSF Railway freight train with 33 oil tanker cars derails in Lyon County, Iowa; some of the crude leaks into the rain-swollen Rock River. A mandatory evacuation was ordered; there are no injuries. (Des Moines Register)
  • Police say the safety driver of an Uber self-driving car that fatally struck a pedestrian in Arizona was distracted by watching a TV show on her phone. (Reuters)
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  • Terrorism in France
    • French police arrest ten members of the far-right group Action des Forces Operationnelles (Operational Forces Action) across the nation, questioning them on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack against Muslims. (The Local)
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  • An explosion in Wuppertal, Germany, destroys a building and injures at least 25 people, four of them seriously. (The Independent)
  • Firefighters extinguish a blaze on bulk freighter MV Iron Chieftain, which was burning for almost a week while docked at Port Kembla in New South Wales, Australia. Police say they will remain on-scene to assist the owner and operator with salvage operations. (Illawarra Mercury)
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  • European migrant crisis
    • 16 European Union leaders meet in advance of the 28 June full EU summit on migration. (PBS Newshour)
    • Two ships, MV Lifeline and MV Alexander Mærsk, carrying hundreds of rescued migrants, await a port to disembark. The commercial Maersk ship rescued migrants following a request from Italian authorities but Italy and Malta have refused permission to dock. (Deutsche Welle) (euronews)
    • Politicians from Germany, Spain, and Portugal visit MV Lifeline amid negotiations for the ship to dock in Malta or Italy, both of which have refused permission. (CNN)
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  • Flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains kill at least seven people and leave 12 others missing in northern Vietnam. (News.com.au)
  • A Filipino container ship runs aground on a coral reef near Raroia, Tuamotus, French Polynesia. France sends an aircraft to survey the scene in response to a request for help by Raroia's mayor. (Radio NZ)
  • International mining firm BHP Billiton signs an agreement with Brazilian authorities over criminal culpability and civil compensation liability over a mine site collapse that killed nineteen. The deal halts litigation for up to two years but does not confirm a final amount for a settlement. (Reuters)
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  • The Ethiopia Federal Police Commission announces the arrests of 30 people suspected of involvement in a bombing of a rally for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The attack killed two and injured 156. The United States announces the deployment of FBI specialists to assist the probe. (Reuters)
  • Mexican authorities arrest the entire police force of Ocampo, Michoacán, on suspicion of murdering a mayoral candidate. (BBC)
  • Zimbabwean authorities report two people have died following Saturday's bomb attack on President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Bulawayo, with several others in critical condition. (BBC)
  • A judge in Nauru declares the Civil Procedures Amendment 2018 unconstitutional and strikes it down. The act restricted the ability of those facing prosecution to obtain legal representation. The court orders Nauru's government to pay Australian lawyers acting for those who brought the legal challenge. (Radio NZ)
  • A ban on single-use plastics including cups, bags, and bottles in Mumbai, India, comes into effect. Mumbai is the nation's largest city with such a law, and those in violation face fines and up to three months in prison. (The Guardian)
  • A U.S. judge dismisses legal action brought by two Californian cities against oil companies, regarding their contributions towards climate change. (The Hill')
  • German officials announce the arrest of a former aide to Osama bin Laden and plan to deport him to his native Tunisia. (Yahoo!)
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  • Economy of Iran, 2017–18 Iranian protests
    • Protests in Iran, particularly the capital, Tehran, enter their second day as thousands of protestors demand action following a collapse in the value of the Iranian rial. President Hassan Rouhani takes to live TV to call the protests "foreign media propaganda" and says the United States is waging "psychological, economic and political war" with Iran. Protestors blame the Iranian government for the crisis, saying billions are being wasted on expensive conflicts. Iran blames sanctions imposed by US President Donald Trump. (The Times of Israel)
    • The protests become the biggest in Tehran since 2012. (The Independent)
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  • A van is driven into the headquarters of De Telegraaf in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The building is severely damaged in an ensuing fire. Terrorism has not been ruled out. (NL Times)
  • Authorities in France and French Polynesia meet to discuss rescue plans for MV Thorco Lineage, a freighter hauling zinc that is grounded with eighteen people on board on a coral reef near Raroia, Tuamotus. (Radio New Zealand)
  • A lorry and a bus collide in Guyhirn, Cambridgeshire, UK. Two people are killed and twelve are injured, five seriously. (BBC)
  • 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue
    • Navy divers attempting to rescue a children's football team and their adult coach after they became trapped in Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand, on Saturday resume searching after rising waters earlier hampered efforts. They report finding fresh footprints in the cave. (BBC)
  • The US National Transportation Safety Board reveals the lithium ion battery on a Tesla Model S involved in a double-fatality crash in Florida reignited twice after initially being extinguished by firefighters. It also reveals the vehicle was traveling at 116mph when the accident occurred; Tesla has introduced speed limiters on their cars as a result. (Engadget)
  • Latvia opts to describe an ongoing drought as "a natural disaster of a national scale" that can be dealt with using normal laws, in preference over declaring a state of emergency. (LSM)
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  • European migrant crisis
  • An Israeli official says that the nation has asked Cyprus to consider allowing Israel to set up a shipping point on the island for goods destined for Gaza. (Reuters)
  • The Palestinian Authority rejects proposals from Israel and the United States to reduce sanctions that the PA has imposed on Hamas-controlled Gaza. The PA says that there is a "conspiracy" afoot to create a "humanitarian issue" out of the disagreements. (The Jerusalem Post)
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  • Shares in African international airline Fastjet fall by 72% amid equity talks amongst shareholders, with the airline warning that trading may be suspended entirely and the company liquidated if a solution is not found. (BBC)

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  • FIFA World Cup title-holders Germany's football team are knocked out of the 2018 competition in the group stage for the first time since 1938 after losing to South Korea. This is the fourth time that the reigning champions have been knocked out in the group stage in the last five tournaments. (BBC)
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  • 2018 UY Aviation King Air C90 crash
    • A light aircraft crashes in the Ghatkopar district of Mumbai, India, killing all four occupants and one person on the ground. (NDTV) (BBC)
  • 2018 Gikomba fire
    • A fire breaks out at the Gikomba market in Nairobi, Kenya, with 15 people confirmed dead and many homes and stalls being destroyed. (BBC)
  • A landslide killed 14 people in northern Myanmar. (BNI Multimedia Group)

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  • 2018 United Kingdom wildfires
    • As the Saddleworth Moor wildfire continues to burn for a sixth day, the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service have requested for military assistance in fighting the fire to be extended for at least another three days. (HuffPost)
    • A 22-year-old man from Bolton is arrested on suspicion of arson in relation to a large wildfire that is now burning on Winter Hill in Lancashire. The fire has now destroyed four square kilometres of moorland close to a radio transmission mast and is continuing to spread. (BBC)
    • NI Water have introduced a hosepipe ban in Northern Ireland for the first time since 1995 due to the threat of drought. Elsewhere, firefighters are tackling a large wildfire in Glenshane Pass for a third day. (BBC)
  • Volcanoes in Indonesia
    • Ash from Mount Agung's first volcanic eruption since late-2017 results in the closure of Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport until at least 7 pm local time (11:00 UTC). The ash cloud cancels 48 flights, affecting 8,334 passengers. (Reuters)
  • 18 people were killed and 14 others injured in a head-on collision between a passenger bus and a truck on a highway in central China. (IOL)

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  • Crime in Toronto
    • Two persons are killed, and one injured, in a shooting in downtown Toronto. These are the 49th and 50th murders this year, marking a surge of violence in the city. (CBC)

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