Portal:Current events/October 2016

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October 2016 was the tenth month of that leap year. The month, which began on a Saturday, ended on a Monday after 31 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from October 2016.

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  • Mexico's Volcán de Colima erupts forcing the evacuation of two nearby villages. (Reuters via ABC News Australia)
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  • Authorities arrest a Japanese man for killing as many as 48 elderly patients at the Oguchi Hospital in Yokohama. (The Independent)
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  • Bass Pro Shops acquires Cabela's for $5.5 billion, combining two retailers for outdoor enthusiasts. (Reuters)
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  • 2016 Turkish purges
    • Turkish authorities suspend nearly 12,800 police officers from duty over their suspected links with U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. (Reuters)
    • Turkish security forces raid the headquarters of IMC TV in Istanbul, cutting its transmissions while it was live on air, for allegedly broadcasting "terror propaganda". (Gulf News)
  • German prosecutors drop a case against comedian Jan Böhmermann, who had been indicted for a satirical poem about Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. (BBC)
  • The scandal over improper practices of unauthorized accounts at Wells Fargo extends to thousands of small-business owners. (Reuters)
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  • Mexican tequila producer Jose Cuervo will delay its IPO until after the U.S. presidential election due to concern over potential market volatility. (Reuters)
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  • Pakistan's government removes a loophole allowing those behind so-called honor killings to go free with the new legislation instead requiring a mandatory life sentence. (BBC)
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  • The pound sterling sustains a flash crash, dropping from an exchange rate of $1.23 per pound to $1.13 in a few minutes of trading today, then gaining much of it back. Observers blame this development on algorithmic trading. (MIT Technology Review)
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  • Mylan pays US$465 million to settle its underpayment to U.S. government healthcare programs by misclassifying its epinephrine autoinjector emergency allergy treatment. (Reuters)
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  • Pope Francis announces the upcoming creation of 17 new Cardinals; 13 of them will be under the age of 80 and thus able to vote in a future papal conclave to select the new Pope. (The Vatican Information Service)
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  • An Afghan Armed Forces Mi-17 helicopter crashes in northern Afghanistan with all seven people onboard, four crewmen and three passengers, dying. (AFP via The Bangkok Post)
  • A man driving the wrong way on Interstate 89 in Williston, Vermont, kills five people, all local high school juniors. (The Burlington Free Press), (AP via Fox News)
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  • 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, Hurricane Matthew
    • The death toll in the United States from Hurricane Matthew rises to 27 with at least five people still missing in North Carolina. Governor Pat McCrory warns that the state's swollen rivers are still rising with flooding continuing to pose threats to life and property this week. The storm, downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone yesterday, moves away from the U.S. coastline on an east-northeast track. (The Washington Post), (The National Hurricane Center), (GPS locator)
    • Matthew's death toll in Haiti rises to at least one thousand, with victims being buried in mass graves. An unknown number of people remain missing and authorities report that cholera is spreading in the hardest hit-areas in the country's southwest. (AP/Reuters via ABC News Australia)
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  • A residential building collapses in the eastern China city of Wenzhou, leaving at least 22 people dead. (CNN)
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  • Jordanian student pilot Feras Freitekh kills himself and attempts to kill his flight instructor, when their small Piper PA-34 Seneca airplane crashes in East Hartford Connecticut. Investigators conclude the crash was an intentional act motivated by suicide based on the surviving instructor who said there was an argument and struggle for control. The FBI investigates. Reuters
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  • The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in a patent dispute between Apple Inc. and Samsung concerning both company's smart phone designs (Samsung Electronics v. Apple (15-777)). (Reuters)
  • The Obama administration through the U.S. Department of Justice announces that they will file criminal contempt of court charges against Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio for violating a judge's order to stop immigration patrols that led to a court finding of racial profiling. The charges carry a maximum penalty of six months in jail. (NPR), (Arizona Central)
  • The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Oklahoma City reports that an unarmed black man, Terence Crutcher, shot dead on September 16, by a white police officer, Betty Jo Shelby, had acute PCP intoxication. Authorities charged her with first-degree manslaughter. (AP via Fox News)
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  • Astronomers announce that 2014 UZ224 is the third most distant Solar System object known from our Sun, currently over 90 times the Earth's distance from the Sun (90.8 AU or 8.44 billion miles), after Eris (96.2 AU) and V774104 (~103 AU). (The International Astronomical Union Minor Planet Center)
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  • American popstar Janet Jackson announces that she is pregnant with her first child at the age of 50. (CNN)
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  • John Stumpf resigns as CEO and chairman of Wells Fargo amid a scandal over its sales practices. (BBC)
  • The U.S. firm Concentrix, which is used by the British government to cut tax credit payments, suffers a data protection breach where some claimants have had their personal information such as bank statements, self assessment details, and National Insurance numbers sent to other claimants. (BBC)
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  • Cyberthieves inject 5,925 online web retailers with website software malicious code that is stealing the credit card details of customers. (BBC)
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  • Yemeni Civil War
    • The United Nations announces that the warring parties in Yemen have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire starting October 19 at 23:59 AST (4:59 EDT). (AP), (Reuters)
  • Syrian Civil War
    • The European Union condemns Russia's air campaign in Syria, saying it may be guilty of war crimes, and it vowed to impose more sanctions on President Bashar al-Assad's government. The bloc's 28 foreign ministers sought to show their anger at the Russian-backed campaign, which has killed several hundred people including dozens of children since the collapse of a truce brokered by Russia and the United States. (Reuters)
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  • American conservative undercover video producer James O'Keefe releases a series of videos allegedly showing conversations with, among others, Scott Foval, the former national field director of Americans United for Change, speaking about his hiring of people to sabotage rallies for Donald Trump by staging fights in them in a process Foval called "bird dogging". (Salon)
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  • The Attorney General of Mexico issues an arrest warrant for the former Governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte, for suspected involvement in organized crime and money laundering. (Reuters)
  • A police dispersal occurs between combined minority groups and anti-U.S. activists and the Philippine National Police in front of the U.S. Embassy in Manila. Police arrest 30 protesters with 60 people injured, several rammed by a police van driven during the dispersal. (Rappler), (The Manila Bulletin), (Al Jazeera)
  • Czech police announce the arrest of a man at a Prague hotel two weeks ago who they claim is a Russian hacker suspected of targeting the U.S. (CBS News)
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  • Brazilian prosecutors file homicide charges against 21 people employed by the companies Samarco, Vale, and BHP Billiton for the November 2015 iron ore mine dam burst in the state of Minas Gerais that killed 19 people and polluted waterways. (BBC)
  • Following his October 5 arrest, U.S. federal prosecutors in Baltimore charge Harold T. Martin III, a former National Security Agency contractor, for violating the Espionage Act, specifically, with felony theft of government property. Prosecutors state that, over a 20-year time period, Martin stole at least 50 terabytes of data and "six full bankers boxes" of classified and other documents. The prosecutors state that Martin had an “arsenal” of weapons in his home. (The Washington Post)
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  • A gas explosion in the Russian city of Ryazan kills at least three people and injures 13 others. (RT)
  • A collision between a tour bus and a tractor-trailer kills at least 13 people, and injures 31 others in Desert Hot Springs, California, United States. (The Los Angeles Times)
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  • Two explosions in a park in the Japanese city of Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, kill at least one person and injure three others. Local media report that a 72-year-old ex-military officer is responsible for the blasts. A fire the same day destroyed the suspect's house. (The Guardian), (BBC)
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  • Wendy Demchick-Alloy, a Montgomery County court judge in Norristown, sentences former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane to serve 10 to 23 months in county jail for leaking confidential grand jury information and then lying about it to investigators. Specifically, she was convicted on August 15 on charges of perjury, false swearing, obstruction of justice, official oppression, and conspiracy. (Reuters)
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  • Illegally stored explosives cause an explosion in a house in northwestern China that kills at least 14 people and injures 147 others in the town of Xinmin in Shaanxi province. (Reuters)
  • A fire breaks out in the ICU ward and Maternity ward of Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Johor, Malaysia, killing six patients and injured two others. All of the patients killed were dependent on ventilators in the ICU ward. (Mediacorp News Group)
  • An accident on board the Thunder River Rapids Ride at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, leaves four people dead. (News Limited)
  • Rockfall inside the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel causes an indefinite closure of the tunnel, closing the only road access to and from Whittier, Alaska, and halting freight train service between Whittier and interior Alaska. (KTUU-TV)
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  • Ontario Provincial Police charge a former Canadian nurse, Elizabeth Tracy Mae Wettlaufer, in Woodstock, Ontario, with killing eight elderly patients between August 2007 and August 2014 at two Caressant Care Nursing and Retirement Homes facilities. (CBC)
  • U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer in San Francisco approves German automaker Volkswagen $14.7 billion settlement with federal and California regulators and the owners of the 475,000 polluting diesel vehicles over diesel emissions cheating scandal. Volkswagen still faces billions of dollars more in fines and litigation. (Reuters)
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  • A research team led by an evolutionary biologist at the University of Arizona publishes a paper in Nature on the genetic history of HIV proving that Gaëtan Dugas, the Canadian flight attendant who had been identified for years as "Patient Zero" of the AIDS epidemic in the U.S., did not spread the virus to the country. The study indicates that HIV first spread to the U.S. from the Caribbean around 1970. (BBC) (The New York Times)
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  • United States Republican Party vice presidential candidate Mike Pence's campaign plane skids off the runway at LaGuardia Airport with no injuries reported. The runway is said to have sustained damage causing the closure of the airport; a planned fundraiser was also canceled. (Reuters)(CNN)(ABC)
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  • Hillary Clinton email controversy
    • James Comey informs Congress that "the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear pertinent to the investigation." He says the FBI has not yet assessed the importance or significance of these emails. (CNN)
    • Representatives in the Trump and Clinton campaigns call for Comey to reveal more information about this new investigation. (Observer)
    • Law enforcement officials say the emails in question were found during the course of an investigation into illicit texts sent to a fifteen year old girl by former Congressman Anthony Weiner, on electronic devices formerly shared by Weiner and his estranged wife, Huma Abedin. (The New York Times)
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  • Rain and flooding in Egypt kills at least 18 people. (Naharnet)
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  • Sinai insurgency
    • A military operation in North Sinai Governorate left 4 soldiers and 6 insurgents dead. (Al-Ahram)
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  • At least 13 people are killed and 20 others are missing following a gas explosion in a coal mine in western China's Chongqing region. (AP)
  • One person is killed and at least five others injured following an explosion and fire along one of Colonial Pipeline's conduits in rural Alabama (US), the second incident on this section of the line in less than two months. One pipeline reopened this evening while a second is expected to working by Saturday. (AP/NBC News) (WSB-TV)
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