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This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from October 2011.

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  • Eight people are injured following an explosion and fire at a factory in Surrey, United Kingdom. (BBC)
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  • US golfer Tiger Woods drops out of the top 50 in the world ranking for the first time in nearly 15 years, ending a streak of 778 consecutive weeks inside the top 50, dating to when Woods was No. 61 on October 13, 1996. (Los Angeles Times)
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  • The European Court of Justice rules against "the imposition of national borders to sell broadcasting rights on a territory-by-territory basis", as this is in contravention of EU laws on free trade. It would allow members of the public to seek cheaper providers of Premier League football, whilst finding against a landlady who used Greek television to show live football in her public house. (The Guardian)
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  • In Thailand, more than 200 people are killed by floods during a severe monsoon season, with 58 of the country's 77 provinces affected. (ABC News Australia)
  • A container ship runs aground on a reef off the coast of Tauranga, New Zealand, causing a large oil spill into the Bay of Plenty and affecting wildlife. (Television New Zealand)
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  • South Korea rejects North Korea's demands that two citizens from the north who crossed the border be repatriated. (Yonhap)
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  • The ongoing allied war in Afghanistan marks its tenth anniversary, with the death toll among ISAF personnel reaching 2,670. (AFP via Sydney Morning Herald)
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  • The NYPD busts a Queens-based identity theft and retail crime ring, arresting over 110 people. It was the largest identity theft ring in the history of the United States, making an annual profit of over $13 million. (New York Daily News) (Reuters)
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  • Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney marries American heiress Nancy Shevell at a ceremony in London. (BBC)
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  • A magnitude 4.3 earthquake hits the southern coast of El Hierro in the southwestern Canary Islands of Spain, the strongest such earthquake to occur in an earthquake swarm on the island. The quake is believed to have been caused by rising magma, which has forced evacuations amid fears of an impending volcanic eruption, which last occurred on El Hierro in 1793. (Irish Weather Online) (Daily Mail) (Philippine Star)
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  • Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr is sentenced to 90 lashes of the cane and a year's jail in Tehran for appearing in the film My Tehran For Sale which criticises the Government of Iran's harsh policies on the arts. (ABC News Australia)
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  • The Cabinet of Israel approves a prisoner swap deal with Hamas for the release of the Israeli Army soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held in captivity for five years. In exchange, Israel agrees to release a thousand Palestinian prisoners held in Israel, among them hundreds of prisoners serving multiple life sentences for planning and perpetrating murderous attacks against Israeli civilians.(Xinhuanet) (Ynet)
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  • Burmese comedian, actor and dissident Zarganar is released as part of an amnesty by the government of Myanmar for over 6,000 dissidents. (AP via Google News)
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  • Qantas passengers in Australia face long delays and flight cancellations, as another strike by the airline's ground crew begins. (News Limited)
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  • The United States Department of Commerce reports that U.S. retail sales rose at their fastest rate for seven months in September, having risen by 1.1% over the previous month. (BBC)
  • U.S. energy company Kinder Morgan agrees to buy natural gas exploration and pipeline company El Paso for $21.1 billion in cash and stock. (New York Times)
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  • A ceremony is held to officially re-name the English town of Wootton Bassett with the prefix "Royal" in honour of its role in the repatriation of British military personnel killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is the first town to receive such an honour since 1909. (BBC)
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  • Apple Inc. releases its sales report for the iPhone 4S smartphone, which has reportedly sold over 4 million units worldwide in under four days, breaking company sales records. (Computer World)
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  • 2011 Syrian uprising: At least 25 people are killed in the Syrian city of Homs after tanks and security troops open fire on anti-regime protesters. (Reuters)
  • Kenyan Army soldiers, supported by aerial forces, continue their advance into Somalia, approaching an al-Shabab-controlled town 120 kilometres (75 mi) from the Kenyan border. (BBC)
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  • The World Health Organisation reports that global malaria deaths have fallen by over 20% since 2001, claiming that over 30 countries are on course to eradicate the mosquito-borne disease by 2020. (BBC)
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  • Turkey launches a military operation against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, in response to attacks by the Kurdistan Workers Party that killed at least 24 Turkish soldiers in southeastern Turkey. (Hurriyet Daily News) (BBC)
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  • The government of Germany states that national GDP growth in 2012 will be significantly lower than initially predicted, due to the eurozone's ongoing economic crisis. (AFP)
  • Japanese optical and imaging equipment company Olympus faces a possible credit downgrade and plunging share prices, due to a spreading scandal over the recent dismissal of its chief executive, Michael Woodford. (Reuters)
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  • A man is killed and at least 74 people are injured in major riots in the Greek capital Athens on the second day of a nationwide general strike, as Greeks protest in their thousands against new austerity measures intended to alleviate the country's ongoing debt crisis. (ABC)
  • Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange: The leading commander of the military wing of Hamas, Ahmed Jabari, confirms in an interview with the Saudi Arabian newspaper Al-Hayat that the prisoners released in exchange for captured Israeli Gilad Shalit were collectively responsible for the deaths of 569 Israeli civilians. (Haaretz)
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  • The Tokyo Stock Exchange announces that it is asking for more disclosure from the embattled Japanese camera and imaging equipment manufacturer Olympus, which is facing a stock price collapse following the dismissal of its CEO, Michael Woodford. The TSE cannot at this time confirm violations of any listing requirements by Olympus. (Reuters)
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  • The death toll from Turkey's recent earthquake reaches 279, and is expected to increase further as rescue teams search the rubble of the city of Van for survivors. Meanwhile, thousands made homeless by the quake are forced to endure freezing overnight temperatures in the open. (CNN) (Reuters and ABC News Australia) (BBC)
  • Torrential rain causes flooding in parts of the United Kingdom, with Cornwall, West Devon, Pembrokeshire and Northern Ireland most affected. (BBC)
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  • Julian Assange's whistleblowing website Wikileaks announces that it will suspend the publication of classified files and will instead focus on fundraising, after a "financial blockade" by numerous American companies reportedly destroys 95% of the site's revenue. (The Guardian)
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  • Residents in the Mexican city of Cancún brace for Hurricane Rina, which is expected to make landfall on Thursday. (CNN)
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    • The search for survivors of the Van earthquake in eastern Turkey enters its third day, with 459 confirmed deaths and over 1,300 injured. (Reuters) (Daily Mail)
    • Turkey announces it will accept offers of aid from foreign countries to cope with the aftermath of the earthquake. (BBC)
    • The Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, blames the high death toll on shoddy construction. (AP via Google News)
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  • American scientists confirm that a transmissible fungus, Geomyces destructans, is responsible for the white-nose syndrome that has decimated bat populations across North America since 2006. (BBC)
  • The United Nations states that the world population will reach seven billion people by October 31, 2011. (CNN)
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  • Trading on the Australian Stock Exchange is suspended for four hours due to a technical fault. (News Limited) (Herald-Sun)
  • The Bank of Korea reports that the South Korean economy grew at the slowest rate in three quarters. (Yonhap)
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    • Reports indicate that European private banks have agreed to accept a 50% loss on Greek bonds, therefore removing the last apparent roadblock to a solution for the European sovereign debt crisis. (AP via Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
    • European Union leaders agree to a deal to reduce Greece's debts and provide an additional 100 billion euros for a bailout fund. (AP via USA Today)
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  • A 6.9 magnitude earthquake strikes 51 kilometres south-west of the city of Ica in Peru at a depth of 35 km. No reports of casualties are issued. News.com.au
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  • Three people are killed in attacks on the offices of the International Relief and Development (IRD) in the Afghan city of Kandahar. (AFP via Yahoo News)
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  • A jury in the US state of Arizona convicts Mark Goodeau on all charges related to the Baseline Killer murders. (AP via Atlanta Journal Constitution)
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