Portal:Current events/March 2005

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March 2005 was the third month of that common year. The month, which began on a Tuesday, ended on a Thursday after 31 days.

Portal:Current events

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  • In Belgium, Naïma Amzil, a Muslim woman leaves her job after her employer is targeted with a seventh death threat, sent by a group named New Free Flanders (Dutch: Nieuw Vrij Vlaanderen). She is targeted because she is Muslim and wears a headscarf at work. (BBC) (Middle East Online)
  • Four officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are shot dead while investigating a man suspected of stealing a pickup truck, west of Edmonton, Alberta. This is the largest single death toll for RCMP officers since the Northwest Rebellion. (CBC)
  • Five men who had been sentenced to death for the rape of Mukhtar Mai, who was raped as punishment for another rape falsely attributed to her brother, are acquitted on appeal. A Pakistani tribal council allegedly ordered the rape of Mukhtar Mai in February 2002. (BBC)
  • The People's Republic of China issues a report condemning the human rights record of the United States, three days after the United States issued a report condemning China's human rights record. (BBC) (People's Daily)
  • In Indonesia, Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir is found guilty of conspiracy for his involvement in the 2002 Bali bombing, but was found not guilty of all charges surrounding the 2003 bombing of the Marriott hotel in Jakarta. He received a two and a half year jail sentence. (BBC)(Jakarta Post) (Reuters)
  • In China, a dynamite explosion in a home of a miner kills 20 people, most of them schoolchildren (Xinhua) (Reuters) (BBC)
  • In Japan, Yoshiaki Tsutsumi, millionaire and chairman of Kokudo Corporation, is indicted in insider trading and false financial reports (Daily Yomiuri) (Asahi Shimbun) (Reuters)
  • Steve Fossett's GlobalFlyer touches down at Salina, Kansas, completing his nonstop around-the-world flight. Fossett had overcome earlier fuel problems to become the first person to achieve the flight solo. (CNN)
  • After 5 months in prison, Martha Stewart is released from Camp Cupcake at 12:30 EDT. (CNN)
  • In South Africa, police look for the three killers of Thulani Zulu, a Zulu prince and an ANC official. Thulani Zulu was killed in a drive-by shooting. IFP also condemns the act (SABC (IOL) (News24) (BBC)
  • Zimbabwe intends to release 62 mercenaries connected to failed coup attempt in the Equatorial Guinea last year. Most of the suspected mercenaries are South African. (Reuters SA) (IAfrica) (BBC)
  • FBI sends a special agent to Azerbaijan to help in the investigation of murder Elmar Huseynov. editor in chief of Monitor magazine. The magazine has often criticized the government of the country. (Baku Today) (IJNet) (BBC) (CASCFEN)
  • World Trade Organization upheld a ruling that orders US to stop subsidies to its cotton farmers. (Bloomberg) (New York Times) (BBC)
  • Mexico allocates equivalent to US$ 2.7 million to compensate relatives of more than 300 women killed in Ciudad Juárez since 1993. (UN News Centre) (KLTV) (BBC)
  • In Angers, France, 66 people go into trial for sexual child abuse and child prostitution of 45 victims of various ages. (Reuters) (Guardian) (BBC)
  • In Naples, Italy, police has arrested at least 42 people during a large operation against Camorra. (AGI) (News.Com.Au) (BBC)
  • Scientists at Florida State University conclude that Homo floresiensis is a separate species from Homo sapiens and belongs in the Homo genus through computer mapping of its brain. (Reuters), (CBC)
  • At 18:17Z, a 3500-tonne freighter, M/V Karen Danielsen, crashes into the Western bridge of the Great Belt Bridge of Denmark, 800 m from Funen. All traffic across the bridge stopped, effectively separating Denmark in two. (News24)
  • U.S. Representative Henry Waxman sends a scathing letter to President George W. Bush, accusing the administration of having withheld until after the election a damaging audit regarding overcharges by Halliburton for services in Iraq (such as charging $27,000,000 for transporting $82,000 worth of fuel from Kuwait to Iraq). (Guardian) (Philadelphia Daily News)
  • OPEC announces that it's unable to control oil prices. (MSNBC)
  • The dedication of the new Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, Israel: leaders from 40 states and the UN General Secretary Kofi Annan attend inauguration of Holocaust museum. President of Israel Moshe Katzav said that the new museum serves as "an important signpost to all of humankind, a signpost that warns how short the distance is between hatred and murder, between racism and genocide." (Haaretz)
  • In the Philippines, police storm the Camp Bagong Diwa prison. 26 die during the fighting, three of them Abu Sayyaf members. Six police officers are wounded. (Reuters) (Bloomberg) (Sun Star, Manila) (BBC)
  • In Kosovo, an explosion hits the motorcade of president Ibrahim Rugova in the capital Pristina. (Reuters) (CNN) (BBC)
  • The International Criminal Court will hear its first case, the allegations of war crimes during a civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Daily Times) (BBC)
  • The government of Italy announces that it will begin to withdraw its troops from Iraq in several months. (BBC)
  • Thousands of protesters demonstrate violently outside parliament against rising prices and high tax increases. Some of them call for resignation of the president Mamadou Tandja (AllAfrica) (Reuters SA) (BBC)
  • In Zimbabwe, new electoral court rules that jailed opposition politician Roy Bennett, member of the Movement for Democratic Change, can take part of parliamentary elections on March 31. (AllAfrica) (Reuters AlertNet) (BBC)
  • In Paris, France, French-Algerian Djamel Beghal is sentenced to 10 years in jail for plotting to bomb the US embassy in 2001. Five others received shorter sentences. (Reuters) (IHT) (BBC)
  • In Lebanon, United Nations team that investigates murder of Rafik Hariri, completes its mission. They will present their findings to secretary general Kofi Annan in New York (Reuters AlertNet) (BBC)
  • In Italy, cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Roman Catholic archbishop of Genoa, speaks against what he describes as "lies" in the popular book "The Da Vinci Code"; the book effectively claims that, among other things, the church suppresses information about Jesus' marriage with Mary Magdalene (Catholic News Service) (Catholic World News) (Reuters) (BBC)
  • A 7.0 magnitude earthquake hits Japan's southernmost main island of Kyūshū. Japan's Meteorological Agency emits warnings for tsunamis that could hit areas including the coast of Kyūshū. (CNN)
  • One Briton killed and 12 people wounded by a car bomb in Doha, Qatar. (Al-Jazeera) (BBC)
  • Pakistan successfully test-fires a long-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile, Shaheen-II, the latest in a series of tests. Shaheen-II can travel up to 2,000 km and carry all kinds of warheads. (Pakistan Times) (Daily Times, Pakistan) (Times of India)
  • G20 group of the developing countries calls on rich nations to end their farming subsidies in five years (Reuters) (Business Week) (Bloomberg) (BBC)
  • Manny Pacquiao and Erik Morales met for their first of three epic boxing matches. Morales won the 12-round bout by unanimous decision. Pacquiao would later revenge the bout, fighting Morales two more times, winning both by knockout.
  • Christians around the world celebrate Easter Sunday. (AP via Yahoo! News)
  • In comments posted in a German newspaper Easter Sunday, Chancellor Gerhard Schröder expressed the hope that German-based companies will stop outsourcing, that they'll invest in employment opportunities within Germany. German companies have long complained of the stifling labor/regulatory/tax climate at home. (New York Times)
  • Grey's Anatomy debuts on ABC
  • The last day to apply for the Sales Tax Amnesty Program from the California State Board of Equalization was March 31, 2005.
  • The rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, members of which had participated in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, announces that it is giving up its armed struggle. The FDLR has been a key source of instability in the aftermath of the Second Congo War. (BBC)
  • Pope John Paul II's condition has once again worsened. The pontiff, 84, suffers from a drop in blood pressure and a high fever. He is reportedly given Last Rites. (CNN)
  • Terri Schiavo dies 13 days after her feeding tube was removed by court order in Florida, US. (Reuters) (BBC)
  • Two days after surgery to repair a brain aneurysm, Neil Young collapses on a New York street, bleeding from a rupture in a femoral artery. He cancels a scheduled appearance at the Juno Awards and reveals his surgery to the press for the first time.[1]
  • Matthew Nagle, a 25-year-old paralysed man, has become the first person known to have benefited from a microchip implanted into his brain which can "read" thoughts. He can think his TV on and off, change channels and alter the volume thanks to the technology and software linked to devices in his home.(BBC)
  • A UN report has stated that malnutrition rates in Iraqi children under five have almost doubled since the US-led invasion of Iraq. (BBC)
  • The UN-backed Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the most comprehensive survey of the Earth's ecological condition to date, finds that the condition of the world's ecosystems is deteriorating at a dangerous rate. There has been "substantial and largely irreversible" loss of biodiversity, the report says. Basic resources like timber, water, and food are at risk in some areas, and may be put at risk in more. (BBC) (Seattle PI) (Discovery) (UN News Centre)
  • The elections in Zimbabwe have proceeded with large queues seen at many polling stations. No violence has been reported, and Incumbent president Robert Mugabe of the ZANU-PF party has declared the elections to be free and fair. Opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai of the party MDC, disputes this, but still believes his party will win. The election has already been branded unfair by both the U.S. and the EU and their observers have been barred from monitoring the poll. Results are expected in two days.(Bloomberg) (CNN) (News24) (Reuters) (BBC)
  • Israel has allowed people who received non-Orthodox training in Israel but were converted overseas to become Jews. These people will now be eligible for Israeli citizenship. (BBC)
  • Malta commemorates the 26th anniversary of the departure of the last British forces from the island (di-ve)
  • Marburg virus death toll in Angola rises to 127 (AllAfrica) (IOL) (Reuters AlertNet) (Medical News Today)
  • Canada and European Union plan to impose a 15% tariff on some US exports because Washington has not repealed anti-dumping law the Byrd Amendment. World Trade Organization declared the law illegal last August. The products include paper, cigarettes, oysters and live swine (Reuters) (Bloomberg) (Forbes)
  • In South Africa, Johannesburg's Labour Court rules that the mining strike of the 30,000 employees of mining company Gold Fields is "unlawful and unprotected" and orders them to go back to work. The National Union of Mineworkers states that it expects its members to obey the ruling (Reuters SA) (BusinessWeek, SA) (SA)
  • In Pakistan, Pakistan Oppressed Nations Movement organizes partial strikes in various cities to protest over Punjabi influence in the country (KeralaNext) (BBC)
  • In Ukraine, security service states that the death of former interior minister Yuri Kravchenko was probably suicide (Moscos Times) (BBC)
  • Sukhraj Singh Gill was born
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  1. ^ The Resurrection of Neil Young. In Time, 2005-09-26, page found 2010-11-28.
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