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Portal:Current events

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  • Former Iranian Vice-President Hossein Marashi is jailed after being accused of spreading propaganda. (BBC) (TIME) (FOX News) (MSNBC)
  • NASA announces that "It is nearly certain that a new record 12-month global temperature will be set in 2010", in a new draft paper based on GISS temperature analysis. (Climate Progress)
  • Dutch officials object to "ridiculous" and "out of the realm of fiction" claims by retired American general John J. Sheehan, a former NATO commander, that the use of gay soldiers in 1995 meant Dutch forces were "under-strength" and "poorly led" when attempting to protect Bosnian civilians in Srebrenica. (Al Jazeera) (CBC) (The Daily Telegraph)
  • A hoax stating that at least 200 people have died in a mining accident in Bo, Sierra Leone, makes headlines around the world. (The Washington Post) (Reuters)
  • At least 13 people die during clashes in Sudan. (Al Jazeera)
  • President of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh declares an end to his country's six-year war against the Houthis. (Al Jazeera)
  • Catholic sex abuse cases:
    • Pope Benedict XVI signs his letter to Irish Catholics, sent as his first official documented response to the issue of child sex abuse and due to be published by the Vatican on Saturday and read at Sunday Mass. (The Irish Times) (CBC) (Deutsche Welle) (Christian Science Monitor) (CNN)
    • Catholic child sex abuse cases reach "tsunami" levels in Germany. (CBC)
    • An 82-year-old Brazilian Catholic priest from Arapiraca is defrocked after being filmed on camera engaging in sexual activity with a male teenage altar attendant. The activity was filmed by an alleged abuse survivor and broadcast on a news channel this week. (AHN) (CNN) (Radio Netherlands Worldwide) (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • China's State Commission of Disaster Relief says severe drought has affected 51 million Chinese and left more than 16 million people and 11 million livestock with drinking-water shortages. (Xinhua)
  • Middle East:
  • Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi says radio station the Voice of America (VOA) is promoting "destabilising propaganda" that is inciting genocide in his country. (BBC) (News24.com) (TheStar.com.my)
  • Egyptian mosques pray for President Hosni Mubarak—who is ill and whose health is taboo—as images of his recovery in Germany are broadcast on television screens, boosting stock markets. (BBC)
  • Switzerland ceases to deport asylum seekers in response to the death of a Nigerian man at Zürich Airport as he was being forcefully deported. Nigeria condemns the occurrence. (BBC) (THISDAY) (The Scotsman) (Taiwan News) (The New Zealand Herald)
  • South African police fire water cannon at 2,000 students protesting at the release of hip-hop performer Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye, accused of killing four school pupils. (BBC)
  • President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak names Sheikh Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed al-Tayeb as head of Al-Azhar University. (Al Jazeera)
  • A judge in the United States rejects a $657.5 million deal for 10,000 people involved in the aftermath of 9/11. (BBC) (Miami Herald) (The New York Times)
  • FIFA dismisses the bid of Indonesia for the 2022 FIFA World Cup after the country failed to provide "guarantees". (BBC) (San Francisco Chronicle) (CBC)
  • The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) breaks its own record. (BBC) (The Daily Telegraph)
  • Amnesty International asks Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to intervene in the case of a Lebanese man sentenced to death for "sorcery". (CNN)
  • An investigation is urged into the assassination of Colombian human rights activist Johnny Hurtado. (BBC)
  • Colombian journalist, radio reporter and El Pulso magazine editor Clodomiro Castilla is shot to death while reading a book at his Montería home. (The Washington Post) (Press Trust of India) (Latin American Herald Tribune)
  • A series of severe sandstorms hit north China, affecting the regions of Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia and the provinces of Shanxi, Shaanxi and Hebei. (China Daily)
  • Death of Girija Prasad Koirala:
    • Former Prime Minister and Acting Head of State of Nepal Girija Prasad Koirala, "the elder statesman of South Asia" who brought down the King, dies in Kathmandu at the age of 86. (Press TV) (The Times of India) (Xinhua) (Arab News) (ABC) (BBC)
    • The government declares a national day of mourning for his funeral. (The Washington Post)
  • Child sex abuse in the Catholic Church:
    • The Pope's special pastoral letter to Irish Catholics on the issue of child sex abuse within the Church is published by the Vatican but fails to impress some survivors organisations. (RTÉ) (BBC) (CBC) (CNN)
    • The Swiss Catholic Church investigates its own sex allegations, including some said to have occurred since 2001. (Reuters)
  • Middle East:
    • A Palestinian teenager is killed, and another wounded by Israeli Security Forces. According to Israeli authorities, a mob of Palestinians were holding a "violent, illegal riot", and were approaching an Israeli settlement in a "threatening matter", and were dispersed by tear gas and rubber bullets. Israel promises an investigation into the incident. (Yahoo! News)
    • Major politicians in the United States urge in a letter addressed to United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to resolve tensions with Israel "quietly, in trust and confidence, as befits longstanding strategic allies". (The Jerusalem Post)
    • Four people are charged with spying for Israel in Lebanon and admit being recruited by Mossad; two of them flee to Israel; Israel does not comment. (Ynetnews) (The Jerusalem Post) (Press Trust of India)
  • Unidentified gunmen assassinate Sheikh Daud Ali Hasan, a senior commander of the Al-Shabab militant group in the southern city of Kismayo, Somalia. (Reuters) (African Press Agency)
  • Thousands of Russians demonstrate across the country against the policies of the government of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. (Al Jazeera) (RIA Novosti) (BBC)
  • A severe sandstorm affecting northern parts of China hits the capital Beijing, with health authorities urging people to stay inside. (China Daily) (BBC) (Bernama)
  • Cabin crew at British Airways begin a three-day strike. (BBC) (The Times) (The Guardian)
  • 67 people are arrested and several people are injured during a clash between members of the English Defence League and Unite Against Fascism in the town centre of Bolton, UK. (BBC) (The Daily Telegraph) (The Times)
  • A Western Saharan human rights campaigner alleges abuse by Moroccan police after being interviewed by the BBC for their Tropic of Cancer programme. (BBC)
  • Hundreds of thousands of people attend a rally in support of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Rome ahead of this month's elections. (France24) (BBC) (The Sydney Morning Herald) (Al Jazeera) (Reuters)
  • A teenager is arrested in New Jersey, United States in connection with the recent Wal-Mart announcement telling "all blacks" to leave the shop. (CNN) (CBS News) (The New York Times)
  • David Bowie and Sir Elton John are among those to publicly mourn the death of Lesley Duncan, who also appeared on albums by Pink Floyd and Dusty Springfield. (BBC) (The Scotsman)
  • In international rugby union, France achieve the Grand Slam—their first since 2004—to win the 2010 Six Nations Championship. (BBC) (RTÉ) (The Times) (The Globe and Mail)
  • A Pakistani Christian dies after being burned alive for refusing a conversion to Islam. (Asia News)
  • United States health care reform
  • Google stops censoring its search results in China, redirecting users to its Hong Kong site. (BBC) (Bangkok Post) (Radio Television Hong Kong) (China Daily)
  • The Rio Tinto Group bribery trial opens in China. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • Child sex abuse in the Catholic Church:
    • Polls in Germany, particularly Bavaria, indicate the church's credibility has decreased and government data indicates people are leaving the church. (The Wall Street Journal)
    • The Pope's letter to Irish Catholics is met with a negative response, with further calls for him to force controversial Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland Cardinal Seán Brady out if he maintains his refusal to resign. (The New York Times) (The Sunday Business Post) (The Independent)
    • The Pope is criticised again after failing to mention his apology to Irish Catholics during his weekly Vatican address. (The Daily Telegraph) (The Globe and Mail)
  • Middle East:
    • Israeli warplanes bomb a smuggling tunnel east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip in an early morning raid close to the Egyptian border in response to a Palestinian rocket attack which landed in an open area south of the city of Ashkelon, causing no damage or casualties. (Xinhua)
  • Kirsty Sword Gusmão, wife of East Timor's Prime Minister, backed by head of East Timor's child protection agency Carmen da Cruz, demands Australian woman Lala Noronha return to Dili 15 Timorese teenagers she has in Malaysia. However, the youths have stated that they do not want to go back. (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Perth, Western Australia suffers worst severe thunderstorm in many years, resulting in a 'disastrous' amounts of insurabce claims.
  • Earth Hour
    • Approximately 4,000 cities around the world dimmed their building lights to commemorate Earth Hour. (MSNBC)
    • Irish Green Party leader John Gormley is criticised for delivering a televised speech during his party's national convention which coincides with Earth Hour. (Irish Independent) (RTÉ) (Irish Examiner)
  • The BBC reports it has found evidence of a massacre which occurred in Democratic Republic of Congo last December in which at least 321 people, including children, were killed. Human Rights Watch calls it "one of the worst massacres carried out by the LRA". (BBC)
  • Catholic Church child sexual abuse scandal:
  • Middle East:
    • Israel announces its plan to seal off the West Bank from midnight tonight until midnight on 6 April during the Passover holiday. (Ha'aretz)
    • Chief Justice of Palestine Sheikh Tayseer Rajab Al-Tamimi appeals for Palestinian citizens to protect Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem in response to posters showing the Jewish Temple plastered on Jerusalem bus routes. (Saba News Agency) (The Jerusalem Post)
    • The 22nd Arab League (AL) Summit ends with Arab leaders agreeing that all attempts by Israel to change occupied Jerusalem and its "demographic, humanitarian and historic situation" are invalid and cannot be accepted, while appealing to the international community, including the United Nations Security Council, European Union and UNESCO, to save East Jerusalem and preserve the threatened Al-Aqsa Mosque. (Xinhua)
    • Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu states that his "policy of retaliation is forceful and decisive" and alleges that "Hamas and the other terror organizations need to know that they are the ones that are responsible for their own actions". (Ha'aretz) (Reuters Africa)
    • Netanyahu condemns the anonymous remarks in the Israeli press that US President Barack Obama is a “tragedy” for Israel as unacceptable. (The Jerusalem Post) (The New York Times) (Ynetnews)
    • President of Israel Shimon Peres says Netanyahu's administration is going too far with its building plans in East Jerusalem. (Ha'aretz)
  • U.S. President Barack Obama, in his first visit to Afghanistan as commander in chief, meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and speaks to American troops deployed there. (Washington Post)
  • One male is killed and two other people are injured in the Patissia area of the Greek capital Athens after a bomb explodes outside a public building. It is the first fatal bombing in Greece for many years. (Reuters) (RTÉ) (BBC) (Sky News) (The Daily Telegraph) (Al Jazeera)
  • At least 152 coal miners are trapped after a pit floods in Shanxi, while 109 others escape. (BBC) (China Daily)
  • 6 die and 33 are injured in five co-ordinated bombings targeting militia leader Sheikh Turki Hamad Mikhlif in Qaim, Iraq. (BBC) (Xinhua) (RTÉ) (Washington Post) (France24) (The New York Times)
  • 2 journalists are shot dead, in the northeastern region of Olancho in Honduras. (Xinhua) (People) (The Associated Press)
  • Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva meets with leaders of the National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship on live television to help bring about an end to the political crisis in the country. (CNN) (Thai News Agency) (The Daily Telegraph)
  • A Chinese dissident lawyer, Gao Zhisheng, who has been missing for over a year, says he is "free" and wanting to spend time away from media attention. (Al Jazeera) (AP) (BBC)
  • Italians test Silvio Berlusconi in regional elections. (BBC)
  • First step in Russian time zone reform comes into force. The number of time zones drops from 11 to 9, eliminating Samara Time and Kamchatka Time. (RT) (The Moscow Times) (Reuters) (AP)
  • America's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducts raids in southeastern Michigan in an investigation involving members of Hutaree, a Christian-oriented militia group. (AnnArbor.com) (WDIV) (AP)
  • 24 is cancelled. (BBC)
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