Portal:Current events/May 2011

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Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from May 2011.

Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Death of Osama bin Laden:
  • Syrian civil war:
    • Citizens of the city of Daraa, a focal point of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, report being fired on by government soldiers and tanks. (BBC) (The Jerusalem Post)
    • Activists vow to begin a "week of breaking the siege" protests in Daraa, with Damascus to join in tomorrow. (Al Jazeera)
    • UK Prime Minister David Cameron condemns Syria's crackdown on anti-regime protesters and calls for more pressure to be put on the government after Syrian troops continue to kill civilians in the city of Daraa. (AFP via Google News) (Voice of America News)
    • Syrian forces arrest a prominent human rights lawyer, Abdallah Khalil, in the city of Raqqa after he criticised the authorities' reaction to anti-government protests. (The Jerusalem Post)
  • Libyan Civil War:
    • Witnesses report that Gaddafi's forces in Misrata are preparing to use chemical weapons against the civilian and rebel population. (Times of Malta)
    • The United Nations is withdrawing all its international staff from Tripoli after "angry" crowds protest outside US, UK and Italian embassies against NATO airstrikes. (BBC)
    • Following an attack on the British embassy in Tripoli, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague says that Britain will expel the Libyan ambassador to the UK; smoke is also seen rising from the Italian embassy in Libya.(The Jerusalem Post)
  • 2011 Saudi Arabian protests:
    • Saudi Arabia increases media restrictions, threatening fines and closure of publications that "threaten" the country's stability. (Al Jazeera) (AFP)
  • 2011 Yemeni revolution:
    • Ali Abdullah Saleh refuses to sign a Gulf Arab states-brokered agreement intended to resolve the situation, and the deal has collapsed. The opposition in Yemen promises to escalate the protests. (BBC)
    • As a result of Saleh's refusal, Yemeni opposition cancels its trip to meet Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) foreign ministers in Riyadh. (Al Jazeera)
  • The Taliban stages offensives in two provinces of Afghanistan, killing six people. (AP via MSNBC)
  • Police use tear gas and batons on people protesting against their government in Maldives. (BBC)
  • A crowd of hundreds of people attack a Christian seminary, a church and houses of local Christians in Gujranwala, Pakistan, after finding out that two Christians who had been accused of blasphemy have been released from protective custody by the police. (The Express Tribune)
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Business and economy
  • British head teachers vote 99.6 per cent in favour of staging a ballot on a strike over pension cuts in what would be a first national strike by the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT). (BBC)
  • Hong Kong introduces a minimum wage after public pressure to resolve a wealth gap, though business leaders complain about the cost. (BBC)
  • Hundreds of thousands of people attend May Day parades in Cuba. (BBC)
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  • Israel withholds 300 million NIS ($89 million) in tax and customs revenue collected on behalf of the Palestinians to the Palestinian Authority after Fatah and Hamas agree a unity deal intended to lead to a transitional government and fresh elections. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expresses his disregard for the agreement. (Al Jazeera) (The Jerusalem Post)
  • Israel opposes Egypt's plan to open the Rafah Border Crossing with Gaza to two-way traffic due to its fears of "terror operatives". (Xinhua) (The Jerusalem Post)
Law and crime
  • It is reported that the United States has denied the United Nations access to imprisoned serviceman Bradley Manning whom the U.S. accuses of disclosing government information to the general public. (GLW)
  • German officials say they have foiled a terror plot with the arrest of three suspected al-Qaeda bomb-makers. (The Denver Post)(The Times of India)
  • China outlaws smoking in public places, affecting one third of smokers internationally. (BBC)
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  • As part of one of the four cases currently against him, Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi appears in court on charges of corruption and attacks his prosecutors again. (BBC)
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  • Reaction to the death of Osama bin Laden:
    • White House Press Secretary Jay Carney reveals that Osama bin Laden was not armed but did put up resistance when U.S. forces entered his compound. (CNN)
    • US officials deliberate releasing “gruesome” photographs of the corpse of Osama bin Laden, to dispel doubt by Islamic militants that U.S. forces really killed him. (Reuters)
    • Hundreds of people in Quetta, Pakistan, join a rally in honour of Osama bin Laden. (One Pakistan)
    • Pakistani officials criticize the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden, saying that the United States had made “an unauthorized unilateral action” that would be not be tolerated in the future. (The New York Times)
    • US officials caution that bin Laden’s death does not remove the threat of terrorist attacks and say that the battle against al-Qaida and other terrorist groups will continue. (VOA News)
    • US officials describe remarks by leader of militant Islamic group Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, condemning the killing of bin Laden as "outrageous", while UK Foreign Secretary William Hague criticizes Hamas for mourning bin Laden's death. (VOA News) (AFP) (JTA)
    • UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the UN wants more details regarding the death of bin Laden and that all counter-terrorism operations must respect international law, even though bin Laden had committed crimes against humanity and "the most appalling acts of terrorism.”. (Reuters) (Huffington Post)
  • 2011 Libyan civil war
    • Thousands of people are at risk of death from thirst and starvation in Yafran due to Muammar Gaddafi's forces besieging the city, shutting off water and blocking food supplies. (Libya TV)
    • Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi bombard the rebel-held town of Zintan with Grad rockets. (Alertnet)
  • Saudi Arabian protests
    • Human Rights Watch has asked the government of Saudi Arabia to release a rights activist who was arrested for participating in peaceful demonstrations, saying a recent wave of arrests is jeopardizing any chance of reform. (VOA News) (Bloomberg News)
  • Syrian protests
    • Syrian forces and gunmen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad moved into the center of the city of Baniyas, which had been under the control of pro-democracy demonstrators in recent weeks. (The Jerusalem Post)
    • More than 1,000 people have been detained across Syria since Saturday in security crackdowns in to keep people off the streets and aimed at suppressing the uprising against President al-Assad, according to human rights activists. (RTT) (AP)
    • UK Foreign Secretary William Hague says that Britain is working with European allies to impose targeted sanctions on Syrian leaders, including asset freezes and travel bans, in response to the ongoing government suppression of pro-democracy protesters. (Los Angeles Times) (The Telegraph)
  • At least nineteen people die in northern Kenya in clashes with raiders from Ethiopia. (Reuters via Yahoo News)
  • A car bomb in Baghdad, Iraq, kills at least 16 people in a cafe with young men watching a football match. (AP)
  • Up to ten Afghan police officers are killed in a NATO air strike on a highway in Ghazni Province. (AFP via The News)
  • Dozens of people are killed in fighting between the National Armed Forces of Côte d'Ivoire and forces loyal to former President of the Ivory Coast Laurent Gbagbo in Abidjan. (Al Jazeera)
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  • 2011 Syrian uprising
    • Syrian security forces arrest two people outside of the University of Damascus as student demonstrators rally for the release of political detainees and army convoys and tanks rolled into the capital city, setting up what eyewitnesses described as a base in the central square. (CNN) (Sky News)
    • More than 1,000 people are arrested in Syria amid ongoing protests (UPI)
    • Eye-witness reports say dozens are killed in clashes as thousands of people across Syria rallied to show support for residents of the southern border city of Daraa who have been living under siege since government forces attacked earlier this week. (CNN)
    • UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and urges him to immediately end the violent crackdown against anti-government protesters in Syria, as Syrian tanks and armored vehicles deployed around the town of Rastan, witnesses said, raising fears of another deadly attack on protesters challenging Assad's rule. (The Jerusalem Post) (Channel 6 News)
    • Syrian officials confirm the detention of an Al Jazeera reporter, Dorothy Parvaz, who has been missing since Friday. (CNN)
  • 2011 Libyan civil war
    • The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, reports that there are "reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed and continue being committed in Libya, and says he will soon request arrest warrants against three individuals who are "most responsible for the crimes committed." (CNN) (The Telegraph)
    • An aid ship is forced to cut short its mission to evacuate civilians from Libya after Muammar Gaddafi's forces shell the port of Misrata shortly after it docked; at least four people, including a woman and two children, were killed in the shelling. (The Telegraph)
  • Reactions to the death of Osama bin Laden:
    • Barack Obama decides not to release photos of Osama bin Laden following his death but Reuters releases photos taken at the Abbotabad compound. (CBS News), (The Guardian) (CNN)
    • An official of the radical Palestinian Islamist party, Hizb ut-Tahrir, calls Osama bin Laden a "lion" and denounces President Barack Obama as a "dog who deserves to be hanged”. (The Telegraph)
    • Newspapers and television in Uzbekistan have still not reported the death of Osama bin Laden three days after it occurred. (The Telegraph)
  • Russian security forces kill Doger Sevdet, an al-Qaeda emissary who fought alongside Chechen insurgents, in the northern Caucasus region of Russia. (CNN)
  • One policeman is killed and another injured when Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's convoy is attacked after a campaign rally in northern Turkey; Erdoğan was not in the convoy at the time of the attack. (CNN) (The Telegraph)
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  • Public executions, death by starvation and torture are common in North Korean political prisoner camps, according to testimony given to human rights group Amnesty International, which they say could contain as many as 200,000 prisoners. (CNN) (The New York Times) (AFP)
  • Sarah Shourd, an American hiker released last year from an Iranian prison on $500,000 bail because of a medical condition said she will not return to Tehran to face espionage charges in a court hearing scheduled for next week; her fiancé, Shane Bauer, and their friend, Josh Fattal, are still being held in Evin Prison in Iran. (CNN)
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  • 2011 Libyan civil war
  • 2011 Syrian protests:
    • Dozens of tanks have been sent to the Syrian city of Homs as the Government continues to crack down on protesters. (Sky News)
    • Syrian troops arrest 300 people in a raid on the Damascus suburb of Saqba and tanks and troops are also reported to have been sent to other to quell anti-government demonstrations in Homs and Hama.(BBC) (The Telegraph)
    • About 100 tanks and troop transports converge on the town of Al-Rastan, after anti-regime protesters toppled a statue of the late Syrian president Hafez al-Assad and pledged to press ahead with their "revolution" despite sweeping arrests by Bashar al-Assad's regime. (The Australian)
    • Syrian military forces begin withdrawing from the town of Daraa after a mission to "restore security and calm," according to Syrian state TV, after more than 500 people were killed during the clashes and thousands more detained. (CNN)
  • A car bomb explodes in the southern Iraqi city of Hilla, killing at least 21 police officers and injuring 65; in northern Iraq and in Baghdad, four people are killed in other attacks. (Reuters via Yahoo News) (New York Times) (CNN)
  • Vietnamese soldiers clash with thousands of Hmong Christians in Dien Bien Province demanding religious freedom and autonomy in the northwest of the country, in the worst ethnic unrest in Vietnam in years. The US-based Center for Public Policy Analysis claims that at least 28 protesters were killed and hundreds more were missing, while 3,000 protesters remained at the site, according to officials. (BBC) (Straits Times) (Bangkok Post)
  • A US drone attack kills two suspected al-Qaeda members in Shabwa province, Yemen. (The Telegraph)
  • Claude Choules, the last known combat veteran from World War I, dies in Perth, Western Australia. (AP via MSNBC) (BBC)
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  • A report warns of accumulating mercury in the Arctic regions and that global emissions of mercury could increase by 25% by 2020, after another report suggested a global sea level rise by 1.6 metres by 2100, while a previous study detected chemical changes from elemental mercury to neurotoxic monomethylmercury occurring in the Arctic Ocean. (The Canadian Press) (Montreal Gazette) (Nunatsiaq Online)
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  • East Timor rejected Chinese plans to build a radar on its territory in 2007, due to fears it would be used for intelligence purposes, according to Wikileaks. (Straits Times)
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  • Anti-retroviral drugs reduce the risk of people spreading HIV to uninfected partners by 96%, according to a new study. (BBC) (Mail & Guardian)
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • 2011 Bahraini uprising:
    • The Bahraini government tortures doctors into confessions of "trying to overthrow the monarchy" by aiding wounded civilians who protested during the uprising. (Al Jazeera)
  • 2011 Yemeni uprising:
    • 3 people are killed and 18 others are wounded as troops shoot at medics, witnesses and people protesting against the Saleh regime in Ibb, Ta'izz and Sana'a, though Saleh remains defiant. Qatar withdraws from mediation efforts, saying Saleh has been full of "indecision and delays". (BBC)
  • 2011 Syrian uprising:
    • Soldiers are reportedly ordered not to fire on protesters. (Buenos Aires Herald)
    • Authorities close off entire areas in cities across Syria, setting up roadblocks and checkpoints in an attempt to prevent protests after Friday prayers. (AP via Google News)
    • At least 3 people are killed in the centre of the city of Homs, with one being seen to be shot in the head after forces loyal to the regime fire into crowds of people. Gunfire erupts in the city of Daraa. (BBC)
  • 2011 Libyan civil war:
    • A video shows 11 dead imams and 45 wounded Muslim holy men, 5 of whom are in a coma, alleged to have been caused by a NATO airstrike. Those attacked were said to have been at rest and sleeping while participating in a long peace march; Muslims and Christians unite in condemnation of the attack. (The Guardian)
    • Upon speculation that Gaddafi was injured in a NATO air-strike, Libyan State TV released an audio tape of what it claims to be Gaddafi giving a message saying that he was not hurt and is alive. (Al Jazeera)
  • 2011 Egyptian revolution:
    • Authorities extend for 15 more days the detention of Hosni Mubarak, whose regime was overthrown by a recent popular revolution. (BBC)
    • Suzanne Mubarak, the wife, is detained for 15 days on allegations of corruption and has a heart attack. (BBC)
    • Tens of thousands of people gather in Tahrir Square to display unity against sectarian tension and solidarity with the plight of the Palestinian people and the other popular uprisings against regimes in the region. Cheers erupt as Suzanne Mubarak is incarcerated. (The Guardian)
  • Dozens of people are injured in a petrol bomb attack on a bank in Gansu, northwest China. (BBC) (Xinhua) (Times of India)
  • Catholic priest Father Mussie Zerai alleges that as many as 400 people, mainly Eritreans, are being held for ransom by human traffickers in the Sinai Desert, and that at least one has been killed after experiencing electric shock torture. (BBC) (UPI)
  • 2011 Charsadda bombing. 80 people were killed when two suicide bombs exploded in the Frontier Constabulary training center in Charsadda District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.
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  • Vietnam unveils a five year plan to tackle widespread prostitution in the country. (AFP via Google News)
  • 8 decapitated corpses, including that of a deputy prison governor, are located by police in Durango, Northwest Mexico. (BBC)
  • A 62-year-old British woman is beheaded in a supermarket on the Spanish island of Tenerife in what officials say appears to be a random attack. An individual is arrested. (BBC) (The Guardian)
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Armed conflicts and attacks
  • 2011 Libyan civil war:
    • More than 400 people fleeing Libya and Tunisia arrive on the Italian island of Lampedusa in two boats, the latest in a stream of refugees fleeing the ongoing conflicts in North Africa. (CNN)
    • Muammar Gaddafi is among three Libyans facing arrest warrants from the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity including the killing of unarmed protesters, forced displacement, illegal detentions and airstrikes on civilians. (CNN)
    • Opponents of the Gaddafi regime seek recognition in Europe after the United States stopped short of granting the National Transitional Council full diplomatic recognition, but the White House said it was a "legitimate and credible interlocutor". (Al Jazeera)(VoA)(Tripoli Post)(BBC)
  • 2011 Syrian protests:
    • 3 people are killed and others are injured as the regime shells Talkalakh, a city near the border with Lebanon; injured Syrians are taken to Lebanese hospitals with at least one man reported to have died. (BBC) (Al Jazeera) (CNN)
    • Syrian Army troops pull out of the cities of Banias and Deraa after operations to crack down on anti-government protests. (BBC)
    • At least six people were killed in demonstrations yesterday, as the government promises to hold national dialogue. (Journal of Turkish Weekly)
  • 2011 Yemeni protests:
    • Pro-government republican guard forces attack a defected military unit near the capital Sana'a. Three soldiers are killed. (Xinhua)
    • Gunmen open fire on protesters in the city of Ta'izz with 35 people being injured. (Reuters)
  • 2011 Egyptian revolution:
  • Suspected al-Qaeda militants kill six soldiers and injure five others in the town of Rada in Yemen while security forces in other cities injure three dozen anti-government protesters demanding the departure of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. (CNN)
  • Six people are killed and at least 19 injured in a blast on a passenger bus in the Punjab province, Pakistan. (CNN)
  • Street preachers clash with gays and lesbians during a peaceful rally to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Adelaide, Australia. (ABC News)
  • There are clashes in east Jerusalem ahead of "Nakba Day" commemorations, with Palestinians being arrested by Israeli police. (Al Jazeera)
  • Turkey requests that Israel pass on the names and addresses of the soldiers who raided a Gaza-bound flotilla, killing nine Turks last May. (AFP via Google News)
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  • Pakistan's parliament adopts a resolution that demands an immediate stop to drone strikes and an end to raids by U.S. troops within Pakistan's borders and threatens to cut off access to a facility used by NATO forces to ferry troops into Afghanistan, as the rift between the US and Pakistan grows, following the killing of Osama bin Laden. (CNN)
Law and crime
  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), is arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport in the U.S. city of New York for alleged sexual assault. (New York Post) (New York Daily News) (BBC)
  • The US Justice Department says that two South Florida imams and a third family member were arrested on charges of providing support to the Pakistani Taliban. (CNN)
  • A human rights group urges Iranian authorities not to put acid in the eyes of a man found guilty of blinding a woman who scorned him; a seni-official Iranian news agency reports that the punishment has been postponed. (CNN)
  • A supporter of imprisoned Welsh-born U.S. serviceman Bradley Manning sues the U.S. government after it confiscates his laptop without a warrant. (UPI)
  • Tenerife's randomly beheaded British woman is named by her family as 60-year-old Jennifer Mills-Westley. (BBC) (The Guardian)
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  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn sex, rape and imprisonment charges:
    • New York City police question International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, arrested yesterday, over allegations that he sexually attacked a hotel maid near Times Square. Strauss-Kahn's schedule is threatened with interruption, with a meeting over the bailouts of Portugal and Greece with European Union finance ministers due in Brussels tomorrow. (BBC)
    • Police announce that Strauss-Kahn is expected to be formally arrested and charged. (Al Jazeera)
    • Strauss-Kahn is charged with a criminal sexual act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment. (Sky News)
    • The leadership of the IMF, and plans for banking bailouts of European countries, are thrown into disarray. (The Wall Street Journal)
    • Former United States Treasury official John Lipsky is named as the acting Managing Director. (New York Times)
  • Sony starts restoring its PlayStation Network following the recent PlayStation Network outage on a country-by-country basis, with all services to be restored by the end of May. (Reuters via MSNBC) (The Australian)
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  • The 2011 Spanish protests continue in the Puerta del Sol in central Madrid, despite a ruling by Spain's electoral board that it should end by the weekend. (BBC)
  • Tens of thousands of people protest in Santiago, Chile about plans to build two dams on wild rivers in southern Patagonia with an minority of people turning violent. (AP via MSNBC)
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  • Dawn, Pakistan's largest English-language newspaper, begins publication of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables it has obtained in a deal with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. The cables show that the Pakistani military asked the United States to increase its drone attacks against insurgents on Pakistani territory, a request Pakistani authorities have not admitted in public. (Al Jazeera)
  • Arab Spring:
    • 2011–2012 Syrian uprising:
      • Several people are killed and dozens of others are injured in Homs as Syrian security forces attack the funeral of protesters killed in yesterday's protest events during the country's uprising against the regime. (Al Jazeera)
      • The Syrian regime attacks women protesters, shooting them dead during all-women marches and arresting the female relatives of male protesters. (The Guardian)
    • 2011 Libyan civil war:
      • The cities of Yafran and al-Qalaa in the Nafusa Mountains are in critical condition following ongoing attacks by Muammar Gaddafi's forces, with heavy artillery shelling continuing, water supplies shut off, and no food or medical supplies coming into the towns for weeks. (CNN)
      • A bus carrying foreign journalists is attacked by a pro-Muammar Gaddafi crowd; soldiers fire into the air to disperse the crowd. (Reuters)
    • 2011 Yemeni uprising: The opposition sign a deal that will allow President Ali Abdullah Saleh out of power within a month. (Reuters) (Al Jazeera)
    • 2011 Egyptian revolution:
      • Scuffles in court (as families reportedly yell "Butcher! Butcher!") lead to the postponement of the trial of Hosni Mubarak's former interior minister Habib el-Adly and six others after "three or four minutes". Habib el-Adly is accused of massacring people who demonstrated against the Mubarak regime, prior to its downfall as a result of a popular revolution in February 2011. (Al Jazeera)
      • Egyptian border guards shoot and injure an Eritrean woman as she attempts to cross into Israel. (Journal of Turkish Weekly)
  • Other anti-government protests:
  • At least 15 people are killed near the town of Landi Kotal in Pakistan after a bomb destroys an Afghanistan-bound oil tanker. (AFP via WA Today)
  • At least 3 people are killed in a suicide attack at the Charsad Bestar Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • A bomb explodes in a bank in the city centre of Derry, Northern Ireland; no damage is done. (BBC)
  • Sudanese invasion of Abyei:
  • Police clashed with protesters in Valparaíso, Chile over the government's proposed hydro-electric dam project and education and labour policies which, student leaders say, are going "in the opposite way from those the population were demanding". The demonstration coincides with Sebastián Piñera's state of the nation address. (BBC)
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  • Harold Camping's May 21, 2011 end times prediction:
    • Hundreds of Hmong people are reportedly forced into hiding in north-west Vietnam, after security forces disperse thousands awaiting the supposed Second Coming of Christ. (Straits Times)
    • According to American Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping, May 21 is the date of the Rapture for all Christians around the world, happening at 6:00pm in their respective time zones. (The New York Times) (New York magazine)
    • The date passed without incident around the world, while protesters gather outside Harold Camping's Family Radio Network headquarters to celebrate the failed rapture claim. (The New York Times)
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  • At least 42 people are killed and over 50 injured in dust storms and thunderstorms in Uttar Pradesh, northern India, adding to the three-day toll of over eighty dead. (Xinhua) (Times of India) (Rediff)
  • 24 people are buried alive following a landslide at an orphanage in Malaysia, and 16 people are killed. (Bernama) (Reuters) (Al Jazeera), (AP via MSNBC)
  • Iceland's most active volcano, Grímsvötn, erupts, triggering 50 small earthquakes. (Ice News) (AP via MSNBC)
  • A tornado in the US town of Reading, Kansas kills at least one person and destroys 20 homes. (CNN), (KSN)
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  • Hundreds of Twitter users post the name of an English Premier League footballer who won a superinjunction to stop details of his affair going public, in protest at the player's attempts to sue the social networking site. (BBC)
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  • US company Jimmy Choo is sold to private equity firm Labelux for $800 million. (New York Times)
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  • Malaysian authorities break up a mass gathering of Shiite Muslims, detaining four. (Straits Times)
  • Security forces in Somalia seize two planes carrying ransom money for pirates, and detain six foreigners. (Reuters) (Bernama)
  • Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons are to be tried over the deaths of anti-government protesters. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • Human Rights Watch calls for the release of a Saudi woman detained for driving. (AFP via Google News)
  • A British police officer is to be charged with manslaughter over the death of newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson during the 2009 G-20 protests. (BBC)
  • Thai authorities lift a special security law used to curtail violent demonstrations ahead of elections on 3 July. (Thai News Agency) (CP)
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  • A small plane carrying 10 people crashes into a suburban area of New Delhi, India, killing all on board. (Xinhua)
  • Severe storms in the US city of Atlanta, Georgia, kill at least three people and leave 193,000 people without power. (Atlanta Georgia-Constitution)
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  • India gives Tanzania US$180 million in aid to support its development. (Reuters)
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  • Martial law is declared in the city of Xilinhot, Inner Mongolia, China after days of protests. (CNN) (Pakistan Daily Times)
  • Protesting indigenous people take over half of the city of Puno in south-eastern Peru, demanding an end to a Canadian mining project. (BBC)
  • Malta votes on the introduction of divorce. (Times of Malta)
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  • 3 Greenpeace activists successfully evade a Danish warship to scale an oil rig off the coast of Greenland, attempting to begin deepwater drilling in the arctic. (Irish Independent)
  • Dennis Daugaard, the Governor of the US state of South Dakota, warns residents living south of the state capital of Pierre to prepare evacuation plans ahead of likely flooding of the Missouri River. (AP via MSNBC)
  • Storms in the US state of Michigan lead to the loss of power to 100,000 houses. (Detroit Free Press)
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  • 27 people are killed after their bus plunges into a gorge in Assam, eastern India. (Kuwait News Agency) (AFP via Google News)
  • Seventy-five additional bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of an Air France plane that crashed off the coast of Brazil two years ago, killing all 228 people aboard, bringing the total recovered so far to 127. (CNN)
  • New Zealand government experts predict that there is an almost one in four chance of another powerful earthquake in the Canterbury Region in the next 12 months. (SBS News)
  • In Germany fourteen people have been reported dead from hemolytic-uremic syndrome outbreak as of 30 May, with another 329 confirmed and up to 1,200 suspected cases.(ABC)
  • The centenary of the launch of the RMS Titanic is celebrated. (BBC)
  • Curt Zimbelman, the mayor of the US town of Minot, North Dakota orders the mandatory evacuation of streets near the flooding Souris River. (Minot Daily News)
  • The names of 123 victims of the tornado that hit the US city of Joplin, Missouri are released. (KCTV)
  • At least 20 people die after a bus plunges off a cliff in the Peruvian Andes. (AFP via News Limited)
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  • The Dalai Lama formally relinquishes his political and administrative powers, following the exiled Tibetan parliament's amendment to its charter to relieve him of his political role; the Dalai Lama remains Tibetan Buddhists' spiritual figurehead. (CNN)
  • Adil Abdul-Mahdi, First Vice President of Iraq, resigns after Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki fends off critics who say he has not delivered on power-sharing promises. (Arabnews)
  • Ireland cables:
    • The Irish Independent and The Belfast Telegraph begin a week-long joint publication of the Ireland Cables, the latest batch of U.S. diplomatic cables, in co-operation with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. The cables, dating back more than 25 years, feature government members, diplomats, alleged terrorists, oil companies and Vatican insiders. (Irish Independent) (The Belfast Telegraph) (Sociable) (Irish Central)
    • Former government minister Mary Hanafin is outed as one of those who briefed American embassy officials on sensitive government information. Hanafin says she was ordered to do so by U.S. Ambassador Dan Rooney. (Irish Independent)
    • Julian Assange gives a series of video interviews to journalists from his base in the English countryside. (Irish Independent)
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