Portal:Current events/March 2018

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March 2018 was the third month of the current common 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This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from March 2018.

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  • An explosion followed by a building collapse kills four and injures 20 in Poznan, Poland. (Reuters)
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  • Online advertising
    • Advertisers remove their ads from InfoWars founder Alex Jones' YouTube channels. Many of the brands say they were not aware their adverts were being shown on the channel until being contacted by CNN. (The Independent) (CNN)

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  • Global warming
    • NIWA declares that the previous summer, which had an average temperature of 18.8 °C (65.8 °F), was the hottest in New Zealand history. (The New Zealand Herald)
  • Children's rights
    • A UNICEF report says that 20% of girls under 18 are married, compared to 25% ten years ago, with an estimated 25 million marriages having been prevented in the past decade. (BBC) (Voice of America)

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  • 2018 Vienna stabbing
    • Two connected stabbings occurred in Vienna, Austria: three people were seriously injured outside a Japanese restaurant, and one man in a later stabbing. The perpetrator was arrested. (The Independent)
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  • Visa policy of the United Kingdom
    • Far-right activist and journalist Lauren Southern is detained at Calais and prevented from entering the United Kingdom, with the reason given by the UK Home Office that her presence 'was not conducive to the public good'. (London Evening Standard), (Fox News)
  • 2018 Vienna embassy stabbing
    • An Austrian soldier was stabbed and injured in front of the Iranian embassy in Vienna. The attacker, which had Islamist sympathies according to the authorities, was shot dead.(Reuters)

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  • Austin package explosions
    • Police in Austin, Texas announce that three package bombs in recent days that have killed two people and injured one more appear to be connected. The packages were left off at three separate locations and were not placed there by any delivery service, police say. (CNN)

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  • Syrian Civil War
    • A rocket fired from rebel-held Eastern Ghouta strikes a popular market in Damascus, killing at least 35 people, according to Syrian state TV SANA. (Reuters) (Channel News Asia)
    • An airstrike in Eastern Ghouta kills two women and 15 children in an underground school. (BBC)
  • Military activity of ISIL
    • Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj tells Parliament DNA testing on remains in a mass grave in Iraq confirms 39 Indian nationals believed to have been kidnapped by ISIL have been killed. (The Guardian)

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  • Human genetics
    • DNA tests confirm Ata, an unusual six-inch-long mummy found in Chile in 2003, to be the remains of a newborn human with genetic mutations. (BBC)
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  • The Times reports their journalist, Bel Trew, had been expelled from Egypt shortly after her February 20 arrest. Trew had been given the option of a military trial or leaving the country. (AP) (The Guardian)
  • 2018 Kids' Choice Awards
    • The 31st annual Kids' Choice Awards takes place. (Hollywood Reporter)
Disasters and accidents
  • The Kofu District Public Prosecutor’s Office in Japan announces nobody will be prosecuted over the collapse of the Sasago Tunnel, which killed nine and injured three. Officials say the collapse would have been difficult to predict. (The Japan Times)
  • Two men are rescued from a capsized dredger off Malaysia after 50 hours in an air pocket in the engine room. The death toll so far is nine, with rescue efforts underway to search for more survivors. (Sky News)

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  • 2018 inter-Korean summit
  • Poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal
    • A friend of poisoned exiled Russian spy Sergei Skripal claims Skripal had written to Vladimir Putin asking to return to Russia. Russia denies receiving such a letter. (BBC)
    • The 23 British diplomats and their families expelled from the Russian Federation arrive on a flight from Moscow. (BBC)
    • Investigators discover the Skripals switched off their mobile phones for four hours shortly before falling ill, and begin examining mobile phone data from everyone in Salisbury the day of the crime in a bid to link a phone to the poisoner. (Daily Mirror)

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  • A car is deliberately driven into a group of schoolgirls in Glasgow, Scotland, injuring five. Police launch an attempted murder probe. (BBC)

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  • A suspected drunk driver loses control while fleeing police in Maputo, Mozambique, strikes a crowd, and kills 21 people, injuring 30 more. (The Nation)

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  • Crime in France
    • French police detain two men in connection with the murder of an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor who was found in the burned remains of her apartment. The prosecutor's office is investigating if the killing was "motivated by the real or supposed adherence to a religion". (Reuters)
  • Carbanak
    • Spanish police in Alicante arrest the suspected leader of a bank hacking scheme believed to have stolen over 1 billion. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • Carcassonne and Trèbes attack
    • In regards to the March 23 attack that killed four people, French state prosecutor François Molins charges attacker Radouane Lakdim's 18-year-old girlfriend with terrorist conspiracy. (The Guardian)

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  • Australian Aboriginal languages
    • The linguistics journal Diachronica publishes Australian research implying that a tracement of the country's indigenous languages can be made back to a single, common language known as Proto-Australian, which was spoken around 10,000-years ago. (BBC)
  • Giant-impact hypothesis
    • Research published in the journal Science Advances implies the Earth may have had water earlier than thought, and that terrestrial water could have survived the impact that created the Moon, the event which was previously hypothesised to be responsible for our planet's water. (New Scientist), (Science Advances)
  • Galaxy formation and evolution
    • Research published in the journal Nature implies the existence of a galaxy that appears to contain no dark matter, dubbed NGC1052-DF2. If confirmed it would be the first such galaxy discovered. (BBC), (Nature)
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  • A bus carrying migrant workers from Myanmar catches fire near Bangkok, Thailand, killing twenty people and injuring one other. (Evening Standard)
  • Stansted Airport in the United Kingdom is evacuated after a bus catches fire outside the main terminal. (The Telegraph)
  • A hot air balloon hits a tree near Sydney, Australia, wounding 16 people. (Sky News)
  • An overloaded bus carrying migrants from Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan crashes into a light pole on the Igdir-Kars highway in Turkey and catches fire. A second bus hits some of the ejected passengers, killing at least 17 people and wounding 36 others. (The Times of Israel)
  • An overloaded bus explodes a tyre and crashes near Bhanjyang, Nepal, killing at least two people and wounding dozens of others. A riot follows. (ABC)
  • The government of Russia declares a state of emergency in Volokolamsk over toxic hydrogen sulphide fumes leaking from a dump at at least ten times permitted concentrations. (BBC)

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  • U.S.-based automobile manufacturer Tesla confirms that one of their Model X cars was placed into Autopilot mode moments before a fatal crash in California, United States. Tesla's Autopilot system is not intended to operate independently and as such the driver is meant to have their hands on the wheel at all times. The recorder of the system logged that the driver did not have their hands on the wheel at the time of the crash. (BBC)
  • Updated analysis by the European Space Agency and Aerospace Corporation suggests that the derelict Chinese space station Tiangong-1 will crash on tomorrow evening or the day thereafter in the morning. Although the prediction remains highly uncertain, the station may impact around Africa. (Space.com)
  • A fire destroys four World Food Programme warehouses in Hudaydah, Yemen, which contained 50 tonnes of food as well as fuel and mattresses. (BBC)
  • Stansted Airport in the United Kingdom reopens after a shuttle bus fire. (The Guardian)
  • In Japan, Kyushu Electric Power shuts down their Genkai Nuclear Power Plant because of a steam leak less than a week after being restarted for the first time in seven years. (The Mainichi)
  • An explosion at a market in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, kills one person and injures three others. (Tolo News)
  • A bulldozer damages a gas line with a subsequent explosion at a construction site in al-Jalala mountain, Egypt, killing two people and wounding nine more. (The Egypt Independent)
  • A hotel collapses in Indore, India, killing at least 10 people. (CNBC)
  • A fairground ride collapses in Neuville-sur-Saône, central France. Occupied pods attached to the ride fall to the ground, ejecting some riders, with one man dead. (Channel News Asia)
  • 2018 Balikpapan oil spill
    • As workers attempt to clean up an oil spill, a fire breaks out off the coast of Borneo near Balikpapan, Indonesia, killing at least two fishermen. Search and rescue personnel evacuate all 20 crew from a nearby ship. (AFP via Channel News Asia)

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  • Poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal
  • The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency claims a Vietnamese fishing vessel tried to ram one of their boats when they tried to detain it for illegally entering and fishing from Malaysian waters. (The Sun Daily)
  • 2018 Gaza border protests
    • Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accuses Israel of responsibility for the deaths of 16 protestors at the border with Gaza. Israel accuses Palestinian terrorists of using civilians as human shields. A video begins circulating on social media appearing to show an unarmed teenager being shot. (Bloomberg)
    • Israel claims to have identified ten of the dead as members of terrorist organisations, and publishes a list of their names and the groups Israel says they belonged to. (The Times of Israel)
  • An unknown source supposedly leaks a report from the German defence ministry which suggests the nation's Tornado fighter jets may not meet NATO requirements for secure encrypted communications and are therefore potentially unsuitable for NATO missions. (Reuters)
  • The French ambassador to Italy is summoned to the Italian foreign ministry to explain an incident in which French police cross over the sovereign border of Italy, enter a migrant clinic in Turin, and force a refugee to take a urine test. (BBC)
  • In order to make sea room for expanding berthing facilities in Trincomalee Harbour, the Sri Lankan navy raises the SS Sagaing, a British passenger ship sunk when it was bombed in an April 1942 Japanese air strike during World War II. (BBC)

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