Portal:Current events/March 2011

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Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from March 2011.

Armed conflicts and attacks
  • 2011 Iranian protests: Tear gas is fired on anti-government demonstrators during clashes in the capital Tehran. (BBC) (AFP via Google News)
  • 2011 Jordanian protests: Relatives of jailed Islamists in Jordan demand their release in a demonstration in the capital Amman. (Sify India) (Ynet)
  • 2011 Libyan civil war
    • Al-Jazeera reports that forces supporting Muammar Gaddafi have bombed targets in the Libyan city of Misrata. (Al-Jazeera)
    • Forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi attack the city of Nalut near the Tunisian border. (Reuters via Hindustan Times)
    • The United Nations says the situation on the Libyan/Tunisian border has reached "crisis point". (BBC)
  • 2011 Omani protests: A fourth day of protests take place, with security forces firing into the air in an attempt to disperse protesters. (Al Arabiya)
  • NATO forces kill 9 Afghan children while they collected firewood; this is the third NATO attack on civilians in the last 2 weeks.(Democracy Now!)
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Business and economy
  • Ally Financial, the company formerly known as General Motors Acceptance Corporation, announced in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that the U.S. Treasury Department will be selling some of Ally's preferred securities. This is part of the unwinding of the Treasury's investment in the auto industry as a result of the 2008 financial crisis. (Bloomberg).
Disasters
  • 2011 Canterbury earthquake
    • New Zealand holds a two-minute silence in respect for the victims of the 2011 Canterbury earthquake. (New Zealand Herald)
    • The death toll from the earthquake has reached 154 with the final toll expected to be around 240. (New Zealand Herald)
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  • New Zealand authorities state that they have given up finding survivors from the 2011 Canterbury earthquake with the final death toll expected to be approximately 240. (AP, Reuters, via MSNBC)
  • 40 people die in northern India after two vehicles plunge into a deep gorge. (Rediff), (AP via Breitbart)
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  • A 6.2 magnitude earthquake shakes northern Chile and southern Peru. (Andina)
  • Nine people are killed and 12 injured in a fire in a bar in Taichung, Taiwan. (Focus Taiwan) (BBC)
  • Three people are killed and 28 others are hospitalised in a shipping incident on the Greek island of Crete. (Al Jazeera)
  • Seven people are missing after a mobile home park fire near Lake Granbury, Texas. (WFAA)
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  • A possible discovery of extraterrestrial life forms in samples of CI1 meteorites is reported in the Journal of Cosmology by Richard B. Hoover. (Daily Times) (The Star) However, NASA formally distanced itself from Hoover's claim and his lack of expert peer-reviews. (ABC News)
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Business and economy
  • Oil companies and banks have stopped trading with Libya after the introduction of sanctions leading to a shutdown of exports and further pressure on oil prices. (Wall Street Journal)
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Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Libyan Civil War:
    • The Gaddafi regime offers US$400,000 bounty for rebel leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil. (RIA Novosti) (Haaretz)
    • Activists in London calling themselves Topple the Tyrants occupy the mansion of Gaddafi's son, saying they would stay "until this property can be returned to the Libyan people." (BBC) (Huffington Post)
    • The city of Ra's Lanuf comes under heavy shelling by government forces. (Al Jazeera)
    • Egypt has been secretly aiding Libyan rebels, apparently has sent around 100 Special Forces troops, while Cairo has made no official comment on the report.(UPI) (Daily Mirror)
    • A BBC team is subjected to a mock execution by Libyan soldiers. (AP via Google) (The Daily Telegraph)
  • 2011 Yemeni protests:
    • Two people die in continuing demonstrations across the country. (Al Jazeera)
    • Doctors suspect nerve gas was used on protesters. (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • 2010–2011 Ivorian crisis: Unrest continues in Côte d'Ivoire as the internationally-recognised President Alassane Ouattara heads to a mediation summit. (AFP via Google News)
  • Police in Uganda fire tear gas at demonstrators protesting the win of incumbent President Yoweri Museveni in elections. (Reuters)
  • Clashes between Christian Copt and Muslims in the Egyptian capital Cairo kill 13 people and injure 140. (Times of India)
  • According to the United Nations, Afghan civilian deaths increased by 15% in 2010, to 2777. (Bloomberg)
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Business and economy
  • A government-sponsored study in Canada concludes that heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic compounds found in the Athabasca River downstream of oil sands plants, are not a natural occurrence but pollution resulting from those plants. (Reuters)
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  • North Korea posts a rare interview with the families of defectors urging them to return home. (AFP via Google News) (Yonhap)
  • Taiwan says it will end restrictions on Philippine workers imposed after a row over the deportation of 14 Taiwanese to mainland China. (Straits Times)
  • Denmark upgrades its relation with Palestine to a mission, the second highest rank, following many other western nations recent upgrades.(Haaretz)
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Business and economy
  • China posts a trade deficit for the first time since March 2010, amid slowing exports. (BBC) (Shanghai Daily)
  • The Bank of Korea increases the main interest rate in South Korea by a quarter percentage point to 3% due to concerns over inflation. (Yonhap) (Market Watch via Fox Business News)
  • Moody's downgrades Spain's credit rating to Aa2 due to the cost of restructuring the Spanish banking system. (Financial Times)
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  • Tens of thousands of Portuguese young people march in protest at budget cuts. (Washington Examiner)
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  • Donald Elmer, the Chief Executive of a small U.S.–based pharmaceutical company, Koronis, said that he is looking to raise money through London's Alternative Investment Market, thus enabling the next stage of clinical tests for his company's anti-HIV product, KP-1461. (Reuters)
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International relations
  • West Bank
    • UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemns the Palestinian Itamar attack that stabbed and murdered an Israeli family of five. (Ynetnews)
    • Israel approves the construction of hundreds of homes for Israeli settlers in the West Bank in response to a Palestinian attack. (AFP via Google News) (BBC)(JTA)
Law and crime
  • Two Chinese dissidents Xu Wei, a former reporter, and Jin Haike, a writer, are released from prison after serving a ten–year sentence. (Washington Post)
  • 3,001 people are arrested by Chinese authorities on charges of product piracy. (Straits Times)
  • Four police officers are shot in Buchanan County in the US state of Virginia with two killed. (WYCB)
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  • The hacker group Anonymous releases e-mails obtained from the Bank of America. (Reuters)
  • The Tokyo Stock Exchange falls more than five per cent in opening trade in the first day of trading since the 2011 Sendai earthquake. (The Australian)
  • China adopts a new 5-year plan which aims to boost spending on public services, decrease economic inequality, and increase employment and wages. (Xinhua)
  • The French carmaker Renault apologises to three executives accused of industrial espionage after no credible evidence was found to substantiate the claims. (Al Jazeera)
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  • Nasdaq OMX Group is preparing a bid for NYSE Euronext. Such a bid would, at the least, complicate the planned merger between NYSE and Deutsche Boerse. Reuters reported the planned counter-bid citing "a source familiar with the situation." (Reuters)
Disasters
  • 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami:
    • Dozens of workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex (also called Fukushima I) have stayed behind to end the radiation leaks, known as the Fukushima 50, risking fatal radiation exposure. (Guardian)
    • There is a third explosion in four days at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami causing damage to its steel containment structure, the withdrawal of emergency workers and expected increases in radiation. (AP) (New York Times) (New York Times) (Daily Telegraph)
    • Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano reports that as of 10.22 a.m. local time, radiation levels of 30 millisieverts per hour were measured between the No. 2 and No. 3 reactors, while at the No. 3 reactor 400 millisieverts per hour were detected, a harmful level to humans. (Bloomberg)
    • A senior adviser to the Prime Minister of Japan Naoto Kan says that a fire has broken out in a fourth reactor at the Fukushima I power plant but it is later extinguished, with the radiation reading at 0831 local time (2331 GMT) climbing to 8,217 microsieverts an hour. (CNN) (AP)(news.com.au)(BBC)
    • Prime Minister Kan warns people living within a 30 kilometre radius of the plant to stay indoors and a 30-km no-fly zone is established around the plant. (AP via The Guardian) (IAEA)
    • A rise in radiation levels in Tokyo leads to panic buying and some residents leaving the capital. (Reuters)
    • The United States Geological Survey revises the strength of the earthquake to 9.0. (USGS)
    • The National Police Agency advises that the official death toll from the quake is 2,414 dead with 3,118 injured. (AFP via News Limited)
    • Share prices on the Tokyo Stock Exchange decline by 12 per cent with the TOPIX index recording its largest fall since 1987. (Market Watch) (Reuters)
    • A magnitude 6.2 aftershock hits Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture southwest of Tokyo. (USGS) (Kyodo) (Sky News Australia) (Adelaide Now)
History
  • The passing of the United States generation that fought in World War I is marked by the funeral of Frank Buckles, who died on 27 February 2011, aged 110, and was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. (The Sydney Morning Herald), (The Los Angeles Times), (The Washington Post}, (The Daily Mail)
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Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Arab Spring:
  • The Israeli Air Force attacks a training site of the Palestinian militant group Al Qassam brigades in the southern part of Gaza City in response to a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip at the Israeli southern communities in the Sdot Negev Regional Council in the southern district of Israel. Palestinians reported that three people were killed in the attack and three were wounded. (Palestine News Network)(idfspokesperson.com)
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  • Police in Cambodia ask prosecutors to charge recruitment firm T&P with illegally detaining its staff. (BBC)
  • Raymond Davis, an official with the United States embassy in Pakistan, is acquitted of charges of two counts of murder and released from jail after compensation is paid to the victims' families, the result of intense diplomatic talks between the United States and Pakistan.(CNN) (Times of Pakistan)
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Transport 
  • Indian Railways driver Surekha Yadav loco pilot mail, drives the Deccan Queen from Pune to Mumbai CST, for Central Railways division, and becomes the first woman from this country to do so.
Armed conflict and attacks
  • United States bombing of civilians in Pakistan:
    • At least 40 people, most believed to be civilians, are killed near Miranshah after United States drones bomb Pakistan in the deadliest such attack by the United States since 2006. Tribesmen describe a "massacre" as tribal people, elders, local traders and members of the tribal police are killed. (BBC) (The Nation)
    • The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani condemns the U.S. drone attack on civilians in Pakistan, criticising events which saw elders "carelessly and callously targeted with complete disregard to human life [...] in complete violation of human rights". (The News International) (DAWN) (AP via Google News) (BBC)
  • Thousands of opposition supporters rally in Yerevan, Armenia, demanding the resignation of the government. (Channel News Asia) (Armenia News)
  • Hundreds of people protest in western China after the self-immolation of a Tibetan monk in Aba, Sichuan. (BBC)
  • Arab Spring
    • Libyan Civil War:
      • The International Committee of the Red Cross withdraws from the rebel held city of Benghazi, Libya, fearing an attack from forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi. (BBC)
      • The Libyan military says it will cease fighting on Sunday in order for the rebels to give themselves in. (Al Arabiya)
      • Saif al-Islam Gaddafi claims that Nicolas Sarkozy received funding from Libya ahead of the 2007 French presidential election. (BBC)
      • The United Nations Security Council after the failure of Libyan authorities to comply with its "1970 resolution" of 26 February 2011, adopts "Resolution 1973" (UN Security Council resolutions 1970 & 1973) that imposes a No-fly zone over Libya (The Guardian), (CNN), enforcing the arms embargo, freezing Libya's assets, and banning travel of Libyan officials involved in recruiting mercenaries, by "All means necessary" an addition that bypasses the UNSCR 1970's military intervention prevention and imposes a "no-fly zone", initially rejected on UNSCR 1970.
    • 2011 Bahraini protests:
      • The United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay condemns the "shocking" use of force against protesters. (BBC). While UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon spoke by telephone with Bahrain’s King Hamad ibn Isa al Khalifa, expressing his deepest concern over reports of excessive and indiscriminate use of force by the country’s police and security forces against unarmed civilians, including medical personnel. (UN News Centre)
      • Leaders of the opposition are arrested. (Al Jazeera) (ABC Radio Australia)
      • Bangladeshi expatriates report being forced to take part in pro-government demonstrations. (BBC)
    • Yemen arrests human rights activist Tawakel Karman. (The Guardian)
  • Dozens of people are killed in nationwide violence in Côte d'Ivoire, as fears of a civil war grow. (AFP via Google News), (BBC)
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  • The moon reaches its closest point to the Earth since March 1993, and will appear 30% brighter and 14% larger than at its furthest point. (NASA) (The Press-Enterprise)
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Armed conflict and attacks
  • Arab Spring
    • 2011 Libyan civil war:
      • Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani says Qatar will join the anti-Gaddafi forces, making it the first Arab country to commit military forces. (Bloomberg)
      • The United Arab Emirates sends aircraft to Sardinia to join the anti-Gaddafi effort. (AFP)(Reuters)
      • Amr Moussa of the Arab League expresses concerns about Gaddafi retaliation after supporting the imposition of a no-fly zone. (Christian Science Monitor)
      • A Libyan army spokesman says Libyan armed forces have been issued a command to observe an immediate ceasefire following air bombardment from American, French and British forces aiming to implement a UN resolution authorising the use of force to protect Libyan civilians from government troops. (The Jerusalem Post)
      • Libyan state television claims that 48 people have been killed and 150 injured in Operation Odyssey Dawn. (AP)
      • Residents of Misrata claim that snipers loyal to Muammar Gaddafi are posted on rooftops in the town. (Reuters)
      • The Opposition claim that more than 8,000 people have been killed. (Al-Jazeera)
      • The Arab League speaks out against the military airstrikes on Libya as civilians are killed. (Press TV)
      • Germany's foreign minister Guido Westerwelle defends his country's refusal to participate in the invasion of Libya, speaking of "the risks of a lengthy mission". (Press TV)
      • NATO's top decision-making body approves a plan to implement a United Nations arms embargo but fail to agree on plans to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya. (AP via the Seattle Times)
      • A missile totally destroys an administrative building in Muammar Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli. (Sydney Morning Herald)
    • 2011 Syrian protests:
      • Thousands of people demonstrate for a third consecutive day in Daraa, Syria, with crowds setting fire to the headquarters of the ruling Baath Party while one protester is killed by security forces. (The Jerusalem Post)(BBC)
      • The Syrian government announces its intention to release children it locked up for their pro-democracy actions. (Al Jazeera)
    • 2011 Bahraini protests:
      • Opposition groups in Bahrain call for prisoners to be released amid the country's two-month-long pro-democracy demonstrations. (Al Jazeera)
      • Iran and Bahrain expel diplomats following Iran's criticism of the crackdown on the protesters. (AFP via Google News) (BBC)
    • 2011 Yemeni protests:
      • The Yemeni human rights minister, Huda al-Baan, resigns in protest after a sniper attack on anti-government demonstrators. (AFP via Google News)
      • The country's most powerful tribal confederation Hashed requests that Saleh resign. Hashed includes Saleh's own tribe. (Al Jazeera)
      • Saleh sacks his cabinet. (BBC)
    • 2011 Saudi Arabian protests:
      • Security forces in Saudi Arabia break up a protest outside the interior ministry in the capital Riyadh demanding the release of political prisoners. (CNN) (Press TV)
      • Saudi forces arrest and take away around 15 people as they gather outside the interior ministry building to request details of the whereabouts of their friends or family members who have been imprisoned without trial. Such expressions of opinion are outlawed in Saudi Arabia. (Al Jazeera)
    • 2011 Moroccan protests:
      • Thousands of people rally across the country demanding more civil rights and an end to corruption. (Reuters)
  • Israeli–Palestinian conflict:
    • Palestinian militants fire a Grad-type rocket from Gaza into southern Ashkelon, Israel; two residents are taken to a clinic for medical treatment. (The Jerusalem Post) (Ynet)
    • The bodies of two 17-year-old Palestinians, shot dead by the Israeli military near the Gaza-Israel border yesterday, are retrieved; the military says the army opened fire on two men who were spotted moving suspiciously toward a frontier "no-go" zone, after fierce cross-border exchanges in which militants fired dozens of shells into Israel. (AFP via Google News) (BBC)
    • Israel shuts down every crossing with the Gaza Strip, citing "security reasons", ahead of the Purim Jewish holiday. (Press TV)
  • 12 people are killed in clashes between Transitional Federal Government troops and al-Shabaab rebels in southern Somalia. (AFP via Google News) (Press TV)
  • Demonstrations against the treatment of Bradley Manning:
    • A protest against the alleged "appalling" treatment by the United States of Bradley Manning occurs in London, with supporters from Wales, where Manning attended school, attending. (BBC) (Wales Online)
    • A rally occurs in Quantico in the U.S. state of Virginia where Manning is currently imprisoned. (AP via WTKR) (Huffington Post)
    • American security forces arrest 35 people protesting against the "torture" of Manning at Quantico during an event addressed by, among others, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. (Inside NoVA) (AP via Google News) (Newsday) (Washington Examiner)
    • Ellsberg, who leaked information about U.S. government lies during the Vietnam War, says he does not mind being arrested in Manning's name, claiming "I was that young man; I was Bradley Manning". (CNN)
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  • After a gag order is lifted and Sunday publication is permitted, Israel's security service admits it has arrested Gazan engineer Dirar Abu Sisi who disappeared in Ukraine almost two weeks ago and whose wife thought he had been abducted by Mossad. (Haaretz) (CP via Google News) (AFP via Google News) (Ma'an News Agency) (Ynetnews)
  • U.S. president Barack Obama visits a favela and delivers a speech in Rio de Janeiro as part of his five-day Latin American journey. (BBC)
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  • Police are growing concerned for the safety of Sian O'Callaghan, a 22-year-old woman who went missing while walking home from a nightclub in the English city of Swindon in the early hours of Saturday 19 March. (BBC)
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  • A US judge blocks an agreement between Google and publishers about efforts to digitize books online at Google Books. (BBC)
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  • China denies it is disrupting access to Google's email service in the country. (BBC) (Peace FM Ghana) (Sify India)
  • Nigeria accuses the international community of taking action in Libya while doing little to resolve the crisis in Côte d'Ivoire. (Reuters)
  • Robert Cooper, special advisor to Baroness Catherine Ashton (High Representative of the European Union for political, foreign affairs and security), despite serious concerns over excessive and indiscriminate use of force expressed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon (UN News Centre), speaking to MEPs in the foreign affairs committee in Brussels after visiting Bahrain (Saudi News Today), defended Bahrain's protests crackdown: "It's not easy dealing with large demonstrations in which there may be violence. It's a difficult task for policemen. It's not something that we always get right in the best Western countries and accidents happen" (Guardian). Cooper's endorsement disturbed one MEP at the debate. "'Accidents happen?' ... I'm sorry this is a funny picture as you describe it," German Green deputy Franziska Brantner said. "What are you talking about? I find this very scary."
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  • Lian Yang, a US citizen, pleads guilty to conspiring to violate the Arms Export Control Act by trying to sell radiation-hardened" military and aerospace technology to the People's Republic of China. (Seattle Times)
  • Serial rapist Delroy Grant is convicted of 18 sexual assaults and rapes in London, England, with fears that he may have committed hundreds of offences. (PA via Sydney Morning Herald)
  • British Police find the body of 22-year-old Sian O'Callaghan in Oxfordshire, five days after she went missing in Swindon, Wiltshire. A 47-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of murder and police are also searching for the body of an unnamed missing woman who is feared to have been murdered. (BBC)
  • Two girls (11 and 8 years old) were brutally murdered in their home in Krailling, Bavaria (Germany). (The Local)
Politics and elections
  • European Council Summit on 24-25 March 2011 (Invitation letter by President Van Rompuy to the European Council -PDF-), focusing on 1) its economic policy (Washington Post), 2) On the finalisation of the ESM (European Stability Mechanism) and the adoption of the Euro Plus Pact, 3) On the developments on its southern neighbourhood under the light of the 2011 Libyan civil war and the UN Security Council Resolution 1973 and 4) On possible assistance to Japan, and the necessary steps to review the safety of both European and neighbouring nuclear facilities. (Summit Conclusions -PDF-)
  • Moriarty Tribunal in Ireland:
    • Former government minister Michael Lowry refuses to resign the seat he recently claimed back in Dáil Éireann in the aftermath of the Moriarty Tribunal's findings that he assisted billionaire businessman Denis O'Brien "beyond doubt" in gaining a mobile phone license for Esat Digifone, in actions judged "disgraceful and insidious" by the tribunal. Taoiseach Enda Kenny admits Fine Gael accepted a donation worth thousands of dollars from Esat at the time. (Irish Examiner) (The Daily Telegraph)
    • Libertas founder and chairman Declan Ganley urges Michael Lowry to resign, calling it "embarrassing for Ireland to have someone like that in Dáil Éireann". (The Irish Times)
    • Journalist Sarah Carey uses her column in The Irish Times to call her lies to the tribunal a "black spot on my record" amid calls for her to be immediately dismissed by the newspaper. (The Irish Times) (Irish Central)
    • Mr Justice Moriarty judges that Michael Lowry and his associates "went to great lengths" to cover up payments of thousands and then to mislead the tribunal. (The Irish Times)
  • Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is among the MPs to have been revealed in the latest MPs' interests register to have received gifts, including iPods and concert tickets, from Bono. (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • The Governor of the US state of California Jerry Brown signs off on billions of savings to the budget but acknowledges that billions more in savings or revenue increases need to be found to resolve the ongoing budget crisis. (San Francisco Chronicle)
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  • Chinese human rights activist Liu Xianbin is sentenced to ten years in jail on charges of inciting subversion. (AP via The Statesman) (Straits Times)
  • Domonique Ramirez wins a lawsuit against the Miss San Antonio pageant which means she will regain her title and crown, this after being stripped of her title for being "overweight". (Fox News)
  • Delroy Grant, a 53-year-old London taxi driver who was found guilty on a total of 29 charges including indecent assault, burglary and rape committed against 10 elderly people between 1992 and 2009, is sentenced to life imprisonment at Woolwich Crown Court with a recommendation that he should serve at least 27 years in prison before parole can even be considered. (BBC)
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  • Levels of radiation in Tokyo's water supply return to normal. (Japan Times)
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  • A woman becomes the first person to be jailed for violating a ban on non-recyclable plastic bags in Mandalay, Burma. (Straits Times)
  • British Police are granted an extension by magistrates to continue questioning a Swindon man suspected of the murder of Sian O'Callaghan. (Sky News)
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  • A 47-year-old taxi driver is charged with the murder of Sian O'Callaghan, who vanished while walking home from a night club in the English city of Swindon last weekend. (BBC) (Telegraph and Argus)
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  • Qatar recognizes Libyan rebels as the representative of the Libyan people, after a deal to market crude oil. (EuroNews) (WorldNews.com) (Qatar News Agency)
  • Volkswagen recalls 71000 2011 model Jetta sedans due to a wiring problem. (Detroit News)
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  • Local residents on Italy's southern islands protest over the arrival of more migrants from North Africa on boats. (Reuters) (AFP via Google News)
  • India and Pakistan agree to set up a "terror hotline" to share information about terror threats. (Channel News Asia) (Indian Express)
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  • Nine people are killed after a train crashes into a minibus in Hanoi, Vietnam. (Vietnam Net) (Straits Times)
  • The death toll from flooding in Southern Thailand rises to thirteen. (Phuket Wan)
  • Thousands of people are evacuated in Perlis, northern Malaysia, due to flooding. (Bernama)
  • Radiation exceeding evacuation levels is found 40 kilometres from the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, outside the exclusion zone. (Herald Sun)
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References

  1. ^ "She's aged well: Face of incredibly preserved 700-year-old mummy found by chance by Chinese raod workers". DailyMail. 8 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-08. 
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