Portal:Current events/May 2015

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May 2015 was the fifth month of that common year. The month, which began on a Friday, ended on a Sunday after 31 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from May 2015.

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  • Expo 2015 opens in Milan, Italy, with the theme Feeding the planet, energy for life and with 145 countries participating.(BBC)
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  • Australian east coast low
    • Fifteen people have had to be rescued from floodwaters as the town of Bellingen is likely to be cut off. (Weatherzone)
    • The death toll from the storms has risen to six with five people dead in Queensland and a six year old boy dying after being pulled from rough seas in the New South Wales town of Ballina. (9 News)
  • April 2015 Nepal earthquake: The death toll from last month's earthquake rises to 7,040 people and a total of 14,025 injured with thousands missing. Authorities in Nepal have given up hope of finding more survivors in the rubble. (Xinhua), (BBC), (CNN)
  • More than 2400 migrants have been rescued after boats they were travelling on were rescued off the Libyan coast. (Al-Jazeera)
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  • New research has suggested lung cancer patients could benefit from the use of statin drugs. Dr. Chris Cardwell, Ph.D., and researchers at Queens University Belfast in Northern Ireland found lung cancer patients who used statins within a year of diagnosis had a reduced risk of death from the disease, the American Association for Cancer Research reported. To make their finding, the research team looked at data on about 14,000 patients who were newly diagnosed with lung cancer between the years of 1998 and 2009 and were a part of the English cancer registry. (HNGN) (AACR)
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  • April 2015 Nepal earthquake
    • Kathmandu International Airport closes to large aircraft flying in relief because its runway can no longer stand the strain.(AP)
    • The death toll from the earthquake passes 7000 and is expected to rise much higher. (Reuters via ABC News Australia)
  • At least eighteen people are killed in a traffic accident in Afghanistan's Badghis Province. (TOLO News)
  • Italy reports nearly 4,100 migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast with more rescues expected as people smugglers take advantage of the safe conditions. (Reuters via Daily Mail) (Reuters)
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  • Curtis Culwell Center attack: Two gunmen attacked the Curtis Culwell Center in the US city of Garland, Texas, which is holding an exhibition of drawings of the Prophet Muhammad. Both gunman were shot dead by police. Their car was found to contain no explosives. One security guard was hospitalized and is expected to recover. The attacks were reminiscent of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris in January 2015. ISIL claimed responsibility for the attack. (CBS Dallas Fort Worth) (CNN)
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  • Curtis Culwell Center attack
    • One of the two attackers, Elton Simpson, had linked himself to ISIL on Twitter before his attack on the exhibition of drawings of the prophet Mohammed at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas. He had been a member of a since-closed Phoenix mosque; he and his partner, 34-year-old Nadir Hamid Soofi, who had gone to college in Utah, had been known to and were investigated by law enforcement, but nevertheless, officers did not know that they were planning an imminent attack of this type, and they were not thought to be an imminent threat, despite having admired the late Anwar al-Awlaki, and swearing loyalty to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, prominent figures in al-Qaeda in Iraq and in ISIL, respectively. (CNN)
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  • Italy reports that ten people have died and 5,800 people have been rescued in the Mediterranean Sea as people smugglers attempt to take advantage of calmer waters. (Reuters)
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  • Curtis Culwell Center attack: ISIS claims responsibility for the attack on an exhibition of drawings of the Prophet Muhammad in the American city of Garland, Texas. One of the suspects was previously interrogated and surveilled by the FBI having visited Somalia, and both suspects praised ISIS in social media. (Washington Post)
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  • A local tsunami warning is issued after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake occurs in the Pacific Ocean near the island of New Britain in Papua New Guinea. There is a small tsunami and some property damage. (National Nine News), (AP via ABC News America)
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  • Scores of flights are cancelled after a fire devastates part of terminal three at Rome's Fiumicino Airport. The fire was triggered by an electrical fault. (AFP via News24)
  • The wreck of the migrant boat which sank in April 2015 with 700 people on board is located by the Italian Navy 136km off the Libyan coast at a depth of 375m. (AFP via News24)
  • The Royal Navy's HMS Bulwark rescues 110 migrants from a dinghy off the coast of Libya, the first for a British ship during 2015. (BBC)
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  • The United States Senate passes a bill giving the Congress a voice in any nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and world powers. (New York Times)
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  • Bill Simmons will leave American broadcaster ESPN in fall 2015 when his contract expires. (The New York Times)
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  • Russia and China agree to a US$2 billion fund for agricultural investments in both countries. (CNBC)
  • Burkina Faso and Niger agree to exchange 18 towns in order to resolve a long-running border dispute with Burkina Faso receiving 14 and Niger 4. (AFP via The Guardian)
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  • Former President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak and his two sons are sentenced to three years imprisonment and a fine for corruption. (AP via Washington Post)
  • A man is arrested in Paraguay for allegedly raping and impregnating his ten-year-old stepdaughter. (AFP via ABC Online)
  • Two police officers are shot dead in the American town of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. (AP via ABC News America)
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  • Mexico suspends vaccination of infants and authorises an inquiry after two babies die and 29 injured in the municipality of Simojovel in Chiapas state. (AP via ABC News)
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  • The President of Cuba, Raul Castro, is received in an official private audience with Pope Francis, who will become the third Pope to visit the still officially Communist island before visiting the U.S. this October. Some restrictions on exercise of religion, and a few restrictions on other rights, have been lifted or relaxed, especially after Pope John Paul II's historic 1998 meeting with Fidel Castro, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's trip during his reign, and especially in 2014 and earlier this year, after Raul and Francis and U.S. President Barack Obama's diplomatic team dramatically improved U.S.-Cuba relations. President Castro went there to thank Francis, whom he publicly has stated his admiration for, for his efforts, and spoke of the possibility of converting and of officially restoring the Church. (Holy See Press Office)
  • Two boats carrying 500 members of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim people arrive in western Indonesia. (AAP via SBS)
  • King Salman of Saudi Arabia will not meet with President of the United States Barack Obama at Camp David or at a summit meeting sending senior Ministers instead reportedly due to disagreement over a nuclear deal with Iran. (New York Times)
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  • Japanese carmakers Toyota and Nissan recall 6.5 million vehicles due to fears over exploding airbags. (AFP via Yahoo!)
  • The United States Department of Agriculture reports that more than 40% of honey bee colonies died in the preceding year. Farmers rely on honey bees to pollinate over half the country's food supply annually. (Wall Street Journal)
  • International conglomerate Danaher announces plans to acquire water filtration company Pall for US$13.8 billion and to split off its industrial businesses into a new company. (Bloomberg)
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  • Rescue efforts resume in Nepal after yesterday's earthquake which killed at least 63 in Nepal and 17 in northern India. (BBC), (CNN)
  • 2015 Philadelphia train derailment
    • The death toll from the derailment rises to seven with over 200 people injured. (WCAU), (US News and World Report)
    • Search teams recover the black box. (AFP via News24)
    • Reports indicate that train is believed to have been traveling in excess of 100 mph (161 km/h), about twice the speed limit for the curve.(CNN)
  • 2015 Valenzuela fire: At least 72 people die after a fire engulfs a rubber sandal factory in Valenzuela City, a northern suburb of Manila, Philippines. (CNN) (Al-Jazeera)
  • Rescue workers attempt to rescue at least 15 gold miners trapped by floods in a mine in Colombia's Caldas Department. (BBC)
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  • April 2015 Nepal earthquake
    • Wreckage from the American helicopter missing since Tuesday has been located, with bodies of some of the occupants. (CNN)
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  • Jim Murphy announces his resignation as Scottish Labour Party leader. (BBC News)
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  • Study suggests inflammation may be to blame for brain injury in newborn bloodstream infections. The findings were published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. (Harvard Medical School) (Journal article)
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  • 2015 Waco shootout
    • At least 9 people are killed and 18 injured, some by law enforcement and others in gunfire exchanges, in a shootout between rival biker gangs in Waco, Texas, at the Twin Peaks Restaurant. (KWTX), (The Guardian)
    • At least 25 members of outlaw motorcycle clubs are being held as witnesses and possible suspects. (Austin American-Statesman)
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  • 2015 Indianapolis 500
    • In practice runs for the annual auto race, driver James Hinchcliffe crashes, suffering severe blood loss after debris punctures his legs. He is in stable condition, but not expected to return to competition in 2015. (Sporting News)
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  • Zambia lifts a ban on hunting big cats imposed over corruption in hunting concessions in the past. (AFP via Yahoo News)
  • Five big banks Barclays, RBS, Citi, JP Morgan and UBS are fined $5.7 billion after a United States Department of Justice investigation into collusion by forex traders in several countries. The investigations estimated the banks profited over $100 billion from these crimes. (The Guardian)
  • An arrest warrant is issued for Daron Dylon Wint in the U.S. capital Washington, D.C. in connection to the alleged murder of four people on May 14. (WJLA)
  • The legislature in the American state of Nebraska votes to abolish the death penalty. (Washington Post)
  • Julio Suárez, the head of the Guatemalan Central Bank, is arrested together with the head of the Social Security Administration on corruption charges. (AFP via France24)
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  • Robert Gates, the President of the Boy Scouts of America, calls on the movement to end the ban on gay adult leaders and says the movement will no longer revoke the charters of chapters that accept gay male leaders. (Yahoo News)
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  • Brazilian anti-corruption blogger Evany José Metzker is found dead after investigating a drug dealing and prostitution case. (Deutsche Weller)
  • Death of Freddie Gray
    • A grand jury in the American city of Baltimore indicts six police officers relating to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. All six officers will face charges of reckless endangerment. (AP via ABC News America), (ABC2)
  • Daron Dylon Wint is arrested in the American capital of Washington D.C. in relation to the murder of four people on May 14. (NBC Washington)
  • Mexican Drug War
    • Mexican police find three dismembered bodies in a search for ten missing people in Chilapa, a city occupied by vigilantes with alleged links to drug rings between May 9-14. (AP)
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  • Amnesty International accuses Qatar of failing to meet commitments on labor market reforms for migrant workers to be introduced before the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Among other charges, Qatar uses North Korean labourers who are not paid personally but instead the money goes to their government. (AFP via Google News)
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  • Li Hejun, formerly China's richest man, loses an estimated US$14 billion when his energy shares plunge nearly 50%. (Forbes)
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  • Surrounding areas of Wembley Stadium, London, UK have been evacuated following the discovery by construction crews of a still-live World War II-era 50-kg (110-llb) conventional-explosive bomb, a remnant of the Blitz. (MSN)
  • The Myanmar Navy rescues two boats carrying 208 migrants as it faces growing international pressure to tackle the Rohingya migration crisis. (AFP via Yahoo! News)
  • Over 3,000 cases of cholera resulting in at least 31 deaths breaks out in a refugee camp for Burundians fleeing the recent political unrest in their country. (Al Jazeera)
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  • Cleveland Police Department officer Michael Brelo is acquitted of manslaughter in relation to the 2012 deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams following a a police chase. There are multiple arrests in protests afterwards (Los Angeles Times via WA Today), (Newsnet)
    • The U.S. Justice Department announced it will review the decision to determine if further action is required. (The Guardian)
  • Nigerian drug agents arrest senator-elect Buruji Kashamu for extradition to the United States for his alleged involvement in a drug deal 20 years ago that is claimed to be the basis for the television show Orange is the New Black. (AP)
  • The President of Myanmar, Thein Sein, signs the Population Control Health Care Bill requiring some parents to space each child three years apart. (AP via Daily Mail)
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  • Flash floods and heavy storms in the American states of Texas and Oklahoma claim at least two lives with at least eight people missing and hundreds of homes destroyed. (AP via Yahoo!, (CNN), (KXAN)
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  • Authorities in Malaysia find mass graves in more than a dozen camps near the border with Thailand where Rohingya migrants are held. (AP)
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  • Australia announces that it will repatriate the bodies of up to 25 soldiers killed in the early stages of the Vietnam War. (AP via Yahoo! News)
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  • Malaysia announces the discovery of 139 mass graves near the border with Thailand with some graves containing more than one body. (Reuters viaDaily Mail)
  • Former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Olmert is sentenced to eight months in jail following a conviction on corruption charges for unlawfully accepting multiple envelopes with cash from an American supporter. There are 3 more criminals prosecutions against him. (BBC), (AP via The Guardian)
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  • The Hellenic Coast Guard rescues 218 migrants off the coast of Greece who sailed illegally from Turkey making the total number of people arriving more than 1,500 in a week. (AFP via Daily Star)
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  • NASA awards Boeing a commercial contract to build and fly the next passenger spacecraft, the CST-100. (Fin24)
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  • Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht is given a life sentence after being convicted for narcotics trafficking. (The Verge)
  • American television actor Dustin Diamond is convicted of two misdemeanor charges stemming from a stabbing at a Wisconsin bar last year but acquitted on felony charges. (AP)
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  • Sepp Blatter is elected to a fifth term as president of FIFA after Prince Ali bin Hussein withdraws his candidacy before a second round of voting could take place. The first round of voting had ended with Blatter falling seven votes short of the 2/3 majority needed to win. (ESPN), (CNN)
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  • A mystery disease has killed over 120,000 saiga antelopes – more than a third of the world's total population – in Kazakhstan in recent weeks. (AFP via ABC Online)
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  • 2015 Indian heat wave
    • The death toll from the heat wave reaches 2,100 with intense heat to continue until Monday. (NHK)
  • April 2015 Nepal earthquake
    • Thousands of schools open in Nepal after the devastating earthquake of April 2015 which destroyed more than 25,000 classrooms and killed more than 8,000 people. (BBC)
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