Portal:Current events/March 2012

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March 2012 was the third month of that leap year. The month, which began on a Thursday, ended on a Saturday after 31 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from March 2012.

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  • Australian floods:
    • Heavy rains in the Australian state of New South Wales leads to evacuations or warnings in the towns of Cooma, Goulburn, Queanbeyan and near the town of Kiama. (The Australian) (ABC News Australia) (Daily Telegraph)
    • The Warragamba Dam, the primary water source for the city of Sydney, is expected to overflow within 24 hours causing nearby areas to flood as well as the Nepean River. (News Limited)
    • Hundreds of people in the northern part of the state of Victoria, with the town of Tallygaroopna the worst affected. (Stock and Land)
    • Heavy flooding is also reported in the region of the capital city Canberra with the Old Cotter River dam going under for the first time in a hundred years. (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • The stricken liner Costa Allegra arrives at the Seychelles after losing power three days ago due to an engine room fire. (BBC)
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  • New research concludes that the Earth's oceans may be growing more acidic at a faster rate than any time in the past 300 million years. (MSNBC)(Reuters)
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  • Syria:
    • The United Nations demands that Syria allow in humanitarian aid after a Red Cross relief mission was denied access to Homs yesterday. (AFP via The Australian)
    • A suicide bomber kills at least two people and injures several others in the town of Deraa. (Reuters)
  • At least three people are killed in a bombing that targeted a Republican Guard building in Badya, Yemen. (Al Jazeera)
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  • The Lorax brings in US$70.7M during its opening weekend, the highest opener of 2012, and fifth highest total for an animated film ever. (CBS News)
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  • Swedish media report that the country has been helping Saudi Arabia plan the construction of a weapons factory. (Al Jazeera)
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  • Indian police arrest a freelance journalist for alleged involvement in a bombing incident last month in New Delhi targeting an Israeli diplomat's wife. (BBC)
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  • A bankruptcy court appointed examiner, Susheel Kirpalani, issues a detailed report highly critical of the pre-bankruptcy restructuring of Dynegy Inc at the expense of bondholders and for the benefit of Carl Icahn and other shareholders. (Dealbook)
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  • Oxfam warns of a major food crisis in West Africa unless immediate action is taken. (Al Jazeera)
  • One person is killed and 20 injured in a hotel fire in Bangkok, Thailand. (Channel News Asia)
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  • China returns 31 North Korean refugees to North Korea, according to activists. (Bangkok Post)
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  • A fire in Peru destroys half a million textbooks and other education materials. (BBC)
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  • Slovakia's Krásna Hôrka castle is heavily damaged in a fire. (BBC)
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  • Sri Lanka orders media outlets to get prior approval before sending mobile phone alerts about the military or police. (Straits Times)
  • Tens of thousands of people demonstrate in Dhaka, Bangladesh, demanding the government step down and hold elections. (Al Jazeera)
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  • Syrian uprising: The Syrian army attacks rebels in northern Syria; dozens of people in the city of Idlib are reported killed with heavy shelling in areas around Idlib and around Homs; rebels kill at least 10 troops in an ambush in the same area (New York Times) (CBS) (Jerusalem Post)
  • 19 people are shot dead in an attack on a bus in southwest Ethiopia. (News 24)
  • According to the Nigerian military, the group Boko Haram has killed 1200 people since the end of 2009. (La Repubblica)
  • Israeli-Palestinian clashes subside as a truce between Israel and Palestinians militants in the Gaza Strip comes into effect. (BBC)(CNN) (The Jerusalem Post)
  • Afghanistan:
Arts and culture
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica, the oldest encyclopedia still in print in the English language, announces that it will no longer be producing printed versions but continuing online editions. (Reuters via Yahoo 7 Australia)
  • Interviews Before Execution, a Chinese television talk show that interviews death row inmates shortly before they are executed, is reportedly cancelled as a result of a BBC documentary on the programme which has attracted international attention. (MSNBC) (The Independent)
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  • A research study conducted by Harvard Medical School shows that red meat increases the risk of death and has other negative health implications. (BBC)
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  • Unemployment in the United Kingdom reaches 2.67 million, the most people since 1995. (Office for National Statistics)
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  • Ethiopian forces launch attacks on three militant camps inside Eritrea. (BBC)
  • 2011-2012 Syrian uprising:
    • Turkish intelligence reports claim that approximately 20,000 Syrian soldiers have deserted from the government forces in less than a month. (Bloomberg)
    • Turkey threatens to launch a military incursion into northern Syria to protect fleeing refugees. (The Telegraph)
    • The United Nations will send experts on a government-led humanitarian mission. (Al Jazeera)
    • Thousands of Syrians take part in a pro-government rally in the capital Damascus. (The New York Times)
  • Two French soldiers are killed and one injured in a drive-by shooting in southern France. (CBC)
  • 2012 insurgency in northern Mali: 195,000 people flee their homes amid violence in northern Mali between government troops and Tuareg rebels. (IOL)
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  • Nicolae Timofti becomes the fourth President of Moldova, after nearly 3 years without an elected head of state and political stalemate in the country. (AP via The Seattle Times)
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  • Syria:
    • At least two bombings are reported of government facilities in the Syrian capital Damascus with several police and civilians reported dead. (Ninemsn) (BBC) (CNN)
    • Saudi Arabia is sending weapons to rebels in Syria, according to a top Arab diplomat. (Times of India)
  • A Tibetan monk sets himself on fire in southwest China, in the latest in a series of similar incidents where nearly 30 monks have now self-immolated. (Times of India) (Straits Times)
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  • Three people are killed in a shooting incident in the city of Don Benito, Spain. (RTVE)
  • Canadians riot with firefighters and police in London, Ontario. (BBC)
  • Pakistani villagers find 13 bodies with bullet wounds in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas near Afghanistan as security forces step up an offensive. (Reuters)
  • British journalists Gareth Montgomery-Johnson and Nicholas Davies-Jones, detained last month in Libya after being accused of entering the country illegally, have been released the country's Interior Ministry confirms. (BBC)
  • Detachment 88 of the Indonesian National Police kills five people suspected of planning terrorist operations on the island of Bali. (AAP and Sydney Morning Herald)
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  • Syrian uprising:
    • At least 30 people are reported killed in fighting between Syrian rebels and government forces in the Damascus neighborhood of al-Mazzeh. (CNN)
    • Russian anti-terror troops reportedly enter Syria. (Fox News)
    • Confidential documents that surfaced provide a look into the regime's strategy to suppress the anti-government protests. (Al Jazeera) (The Guardian)
  • Bahraini uprising: Bahraini opposition groups prepare to talk to the ruling monarchy as the government continues to crackdown on protests across the nation. (Al Jazeera)
  • Indonesian police kill five men suspected of planning robberies in order to fund terrorism. (BBC)
  • A rabbi and his two children, along with the daughter of the school principal, are killed by an attacker at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France. (BBC) (The Washington Post) (The Times of Israel)
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  • A gravel ship sinks off the coast of Taiwan with six crew members dead and two missing. (AP via Greenfields Reporter)
  • Six tourists are buried in an avalanche in Kaafjord, Norway, leaving four dead and one missing. (BBC)
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  • Doctors monitoring the condition of Fabrice Muamba report that he has regained movement in his arms and legs, and his heart is now beating again without the aid of medication. (The Daily Telegraph) (The Guardian) (CNN) (Daily Mail) (Daily Mirror) (PA via The Guardian)
  • Fans and police clash and damage the Olympic Stadium in Athens two hours ahead of a match between Panathenians and Piraeus. (CNN)
  • Gaelic football and Aussie rules icon Jim Stynes dies at the age of 45. (Melbourne Age) (RTE) (The Australian)
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  • India's official poverty rate falls to an all-time record low of 29.8% for the 2009-2010 survey. (BBC)
  • The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rejects two patents held by Prometheus Laboratories, a unit of Nestlé S.A., continuing a trend in recent years toward a narrowing of the grounds of patentability. (Reuters)
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  • Syrian uprising:
  • Rebelling government troops in Mali storm the state broadcaster in the capital Bamako. (Al Jazeera)
  • The annual report of the Jerusalem-based B'Tselem organisation states that in 2011, 105 Palestinians were killed by Israeli security forces in the Gaza Strip, 37 of whom are listed as non-combatants, and that Palestinian militants killed 11 Israeli civilians, among them a couple and three of their children murdered in their home. (Al Jazeera)(Ynet)
  • Iraq is terrorised by unconfirmed reports of extremists crushing the skulls of emos with blocks of cement. (BBC)
  • A car bomb explodes in central Mogadishu, Somalia, injuring two people. (Al Jazeera)
  • French police engage in a shootout with Mohammed Merah, a suspect in recent shootings in Toulouse, with the suspect allegedly linked to al-Qa'ida. (France 24) (Al Jazeera) (AFP via The Australian) (Reuters via MSNBC)
  • Nigerian Army soldiers kill nine gunmen suspected of belonging to the Boko Haram Islamist group after they attack a police station and a bank. (Bloomberg)
Business and economy
  • The Greek parliament votes in favour of an international bailout deal. (AP via MSN)
Law and crime
  • Five former members of right-wing Guatemalan paramilitaries are sentenced to a total of 7,710 years in jail for their role in the 1982 Plan de Sánchez massacre. (BBC) (AFP via France 24)
Politics
  • Burma invites observers from ASEAN, the European Union and the United States to monitor next week's series of by-elections. (The Daily Telegraph)
  • George Osborne delivers the 2012 British budget cutting the top rate of income tax. (The Guardian) (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Nick Smith resigns as New Zealand's Minister for the Environment, Minister for Climate Change Issues and Minister for Local Government due to improper conduct. (AP via Washington Post)
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  • A massive fire raging on Mount Kenya devours thousands of hectares of ancient forests and threatens wildlife. (Al Jazeera)
  • A large fire sweeps through Hatibagan market, one of the oldest in the Indian city of Calcutta, destroying most of the buildings. (BBC)
  • More bodies are dug out of the wreck of the Costa Concordia. (Al Jazeera)
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  • The parents of an unarmed black teen boy killed by gunshot wound in a suburb of Orlando in the U.S. state of Florida address a mass rally in New York to call for justice. (BBC)
  • A court hears that two British men shot dead in the U.S. state of Florida last April were found with their shirts off and trousers round their thighs. (BBC)
  • Malcolm Naden, Australia's most wanted man, is captured after seven years on the run near the town of Gloucester in the state of New South Wales and will face murder charges today. (News Limited) (Al Jazeera)
Politics
  • After 15 years, the Mahon Tribunal into political corruption in Ireland concludes with findings against high-profile politicians, including two former Taoisigh. (BBC) (Financial Times) (RTÉ)
  • A draft report by government auditors estimates India lost $210 billion by selling coalfields too cheaply. Opposition politicians denounce the government for "looting the country". (BBC) (The Times of India) (Al Jazeera)
  • In Montreal the biggest protest in Quebec's history sets out against the government's tuition hikes and for free access to post-secondary education, with more than 200 000 people marching in the streets ("Huffington Post")
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  • 15 Kurdish militants, all women, are killed by Turkish security forces in south-eastern Bitlis Province. The women were members of the PKK. (BBC)
  • 30 people are killed across Syria as Syrian Army tanks storm the town of Saraqeb and are met by resistance from Syrian Army defectors. (Ynet News)
  • The African Union deploys a 5,000-strong force in the hope of catching or killing warlord Joseph Kony. (BBC)
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  • One person is killed and several homes destroyed in a wildfire outbreak in Jefferson County, Colorado. (AP via Google)
  • One person is killed, three people declared missing, and three people rescued after a sailboat sinks off the southwestern coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. (CBC)
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  • Six South African rugby players from the Motherwell Rugby Club are feared dead after being swept out to sea from Port Elizabeth. (BBC)
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  • Al-Jazeera announces that it has decided not to broadcast video footage of the 2012 Midi-Pyrénées shootings that had been filmed by the gunman with a camera strapped to his body. (The Irish Times)
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  • The Government of Fiji seizes a controlling interest in subsidiary Air Pacific from the Australian airline Qantas. Qantas remains in control of its equity in the airline. (Channel News Asia)
  • The Mega Millions jackpot in the United States hits a record $500 million dollars, a world record in lottery history. (CNN)
International relations
  • The United States suspends planned food aid to North Korea, after the latter plans to launch a rocket next month. (Times of India)
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  • The death is announced of award-winning poet, essayist and public intellectual Adrienne Rich, credited with bringing the oppression of women and lesbians to the forefront of poetic discourse. (The Guardian)
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  • Two Italians set themselves on fire in Bologna and Verona. (BBC) (IOL) (Indian Express)
  • Police in Ankara fire tear gas and water cannons on thousands of demonstrators. (Al Jazeera)
  • Hana Shalabi ends her 43-day hunger strike and is exiled to the Gaza Strip. (BBC)
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  • The Spanish government cuts 27 billion euros from the country's budget as part of one of the toughest austerity drives in its history. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • VISA and MasterCard warn banks across the United States about a "massive" breach of security with more than ten million credit card numbers potentially compromised. (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • The Mega Millions jackpot in the United States is up to $640 million, becoming the world's largest lottery jackpot. (CBS News)
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  • London's Metropolitan Police is embroiled in a racism scandal after a black man used his mobile phone to record police officers subjecting him to a tirade of abuse in which he was told: "The problem with you is you will always be a nigger". (The Guardian)
  • Indian police introduce a curfew in the city of Sangareddi in Andhra Pradesh due to an outbreak of communal violence. (Times of India)
  • French police arrest 19 suspected Islamists in dawn raids. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • Leonid Shebarshin, the former head of the KGB's foreign intelligence branch, apparently shoots himself dead. (BBC)
  • Nine top officials are jailed for their role in the near-bankruptcy of one of Vietnam's largest state-owned companies. (BBC)
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  • In the Republic of Ireland government figures indicate less than half of the country's households have paid the household charge by today's deadline as thousands of people march on the governing Fine Gael party's annual conference at the Convention Centre Dublin. (CBS News) (The Journal) (The Irish Times) (BBC)
  • Turkey reduces its purchases of Iranian oil by 20%. (Financial Times)
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  • Floods in Fiji cause at least two deaths and the evacuation of thousands of residents. (AAP via News Limited)
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  • Chinese police arrest six people and shut down 16 websites for allegedly spreading rumours that military vehicles were on the streets of Beijing. (BBC)
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