Portal:Current events/September 2005

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September 2005 was the ninth month of that common year. The month, which began on a Thursday, ended on a Friday after 30 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from September 2005.

  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict: PNA President Mahmoud Abbas said that 97.5 percent of Gaza Strip lands that Israel would evacuate from were state-owned lands and that the Islamic University was entitled to receive lands in order to expand its facilities.(IPC)
  • Hurricane Katrina:
    • Estimates of the death toll in New Orleans are made by H&HS Secretary Michael Leavitt: "I think it's evident it's in the thousands. It's clear to me that this has been sickeningly difficult and profoundly tragic circumstance" (Express News)
    • The Coast Guard asks people in the New Orleans area to hang brightly colored or white sheets, towels or anything else that might help draw attention to those needing assistance. (The Times-Picayune)
    • Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visits her native Alabama and defends President Bush's response to the hurricane saying "Nobody, especially the president, would have left people unattended on the basis of race." (Express News)
    • With 250,000 refugees already in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry ordered emergency officials to begin preparations to airlift some of them to other states that have offered to help. (Denton Record Chronicle)
    • 1,800 aerial photos of Gulf Coast destruction areas are posted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on the web which display each neighborhood in high resolution. (NOAA)
    • The United States receives offers of financial and humanitarian assistance from multiple nations and international groups, including NATO and Iran. Iran says all aid will be sent through the Red Crescent organization. (CNN) (Reuters)
  • Typhoon Talim brings torrential rains and landslides in east People's Republic of China's Anhui Province, claiming 53 lives and leaving 12 missing. (Xinhua)(BBC)
  • Wistar Institute scientists say they will present details of research on their creation of "miracle mice" next week at a Cambridge University conference on Regeneration. The experimental animals are able to regenerate amputated limbs or body organs.(The Australian)
  • In Bregenz, Austria, a German woman attacks the Roy Lichtenstein painting Nudes in Mirror with a jackknife. Witnesses say that the woman claimed that the painting was not authentic. Although there were several slashes in the painting, valued at €4 million, it can be repaired. (Reuters)
  • Israeli-Palestinian Conflict:
  • Hurricane Katrina:
    • Jefferson Parish, Louisiana President Aaron Broussard told CBS's Early Show anchor Harry Smith today: "Bureaucracy has murdered people in the Greater New Orleans area and bureaucracy needs to stand trial in Congress today. Take whatever idiot they have at the top and give me a better idiot." (News Busters)
    • President George W. Bush announces he will head an investigation into the New Orleans disaster response. He tells reporters in the Cabinet Room: "People want us here to play a blame game. We got to solve problems. We're here to solve problems. There'll be ample time for people to figure out what went right and what went wrong." (Al Jazeera)
    • Barbara Bush comes under criticism while visiting Hurricane Katrina relief centers in Houston, TX. Mrs. Bush stated on the NPR program "Marketplace: "So many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this (chuckles)--this is working very well for them." The former First Lady also said that the fact that the 15,000 evacuees in the Astrodome might want to stay in Texas was "kind of scary". (EditorAndPublisher.com)
  • Cairo: At least 34 people were killed and 60 injured by flames and an ensuing stampede when a fire broke out in the theater run by Egypt's Culture Ministry; about 1,000 people were watching the play. (Y! & AP) (BBC)
  • Four people died and 27 were wounded following an explosion in Gaza City at the home of Nidal Farhat, a senior Hamas member.(Haaretz & AP)
  • Typhoon Nabi kills at least 21 in Japan with over 50 still missing. (AFP) Over 100,000 people were told to evacuate. (CBC)
  • Almost 600 people have now been officially declared dead in an outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis in India. Officials fear the actual death toll might be much higher because many deaths in rural areas are not reported. (BBC)
  • Australian telecommunication company Telstra's share price tumbles to a two year low of $4.32AU as Prime Minister John Howard condemns their new management team as disgraceful and the Australian Securities and Investment Commission launches a criminal probe of Telstra's leaked and negative statements. (The Australian) (The Australian)
  • Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo survives the 2005 political crisis as the plenary session of the House of Representatives of the Philippines dropped the impeachment complaint filed against her. (SFGate.com) (ABS-CBN News) (ABC Australia)
  • In Colombia, an airplane hijacker and his son surrender peacefully after five hours of negotiations. Officials coaxed him out with what he later learned was a worthless bank cheque. (CNN)
  • In Norway, the Red-Green Coalition led by Jens Stoltenberg wins the 2005 election to the Storting (Legislature). (Reuters)
  • Los Angeles Power Outage:
    • According to the Department of Water and Power, the power outage is of "non-malicious cause" triggered by an accidental error in connecting lines to a newly installed computer. DWP (Dept of Water and Power) General Manager Ron Deaton says repairs have been made and the system will be restored in an orderly manner. (Newsday)
    • Despite the disruption to two million customers, the system's successfully controlled shutdown prevented a blackout from extending beyond the region.
  • Michael D. Brown resigns as the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the United States (FEMA) following several days of criticism concerning his handling of the disaster following Hurricane Katrina, and allegations that his official biography is misleading and contains unsubstantiated claims. (MSNBC)
  • Israeli-Palestinian Conflict:
  • According to witnesses, the Egyptian border patrol police opened fire at crowds swarming the Egypt-Gaza border at Rafah, killing a Palestinian man and injuring another. An Egyptian spokesman later denied that Egyptian troops fired the shots that killed the man. (Reuters) (Al Jazeera), (BBC)
  • Three Palestinian teenagers drowned as they rushed into the beachside at Neve Dekalim without knowing how to swim. (The Guardian)
  • eBay announced it will buy Skype, the Luxembourg-based web telephone network, in a $2.6 billion deal. (BBC)
  • Hong Kong Disneyland opens in a partnership between Disney and the Hong Kong government. This marks the first attempt of Disney tapping into the Chinese and southeastern Asian market. (BBC) (CNN)
  • Premier Dalton McGuinty of Ontario, Canada rejects the use of Islamic sharia law as well as religious arbitration of all other faiths, declaring that one public law is to be used for all family disputes. The decision follows a year of debate and worldwide protests. (Globe and Mail)
  • Oracle Corporation announced that it has agreed to purchase Siebel Systems for approximately $5.85 billion in cash. (BBC)
  • England wins the 2005 Ashes 2-1. Final Test match ends in a draw. (BBC)
  • Panic buying of petrol and diesel is in full swing across Britain, with long queues outside service stations in a worrying echo of the 2000 Fuel Protest. (BBC)
  • Hurricane Rita is forecast to become a major storm in the Gulf of Mexico this week. Mayor Ray Nagin has ordered an evacuation of New Orleans. (KHON.com), (BBC), (CTV)
  • Conflict in Iraq:
    • A US diplomat and three American security guards are killed following an insurgent Suicide car bomb attack in Mosul, northern Iraq. (BBC), (Washington Post)
    • Two undercover UK soldiers are detained on claims they had been planting bombs, evading arrest, exchanging fire with police, killing one, and failing to stop at a checkpoint. An operation to free the two prisoners ends with civilians gathering around the tanks sent to free the prisoners and setting the tanks they were in alight. Soldiers from the tanks flee the scene while being stoned by the locals, one man, Sergeant George Long, of the Staffordshire Regiment, was seen on fire and another man was seen being surrounded and beaten by locals. One Iraqi official claimed that 150 prisoners escaped including the two soldiers. (China view)(The Times)(BBC) (Washington Post), (the Independent)
    • At least 10 people, nine police and one civilian, have died following a series of explosions at a Shia festival marking the birth of the Imam Mehdi in Karbala. (BBC)
  • Former president Bill Clinton under pressure from Democratic party leaders criticises President George W. Bush's policies on Iraq, Hurricane Katrina and budget deficits. (Yahoo News) (Link dead as of 21:23, 14 January 2007 (UTC))
  • Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: An Israeli judicial inquiry rules out prosecuting police officers who allegedly shot dead 13 Israeli Arabs during a violent demonstration in 2000 due to lack of sufficient evidence, as fellow soldier refused to testify against the man. (BBC) (Ha'aretz)
  • At least 154 of the dead in New Orleans were patients in hospitals and nursing homes. They represent more than 25 percent of the bodies recovered to date. (CivilRights.org)
  • One person is injured following an apparent letter bomb attack in the British Embassy in the Croatian capital Zagreb. (BBC)
  • 7th Heaven officially became the longest running family drama in television history when former network The WB began airing the series' 10th season.
  • One person dies following an apparent grenade explosion at the Kuwait information office in the Lebanese capital Beirut. (BBC)
  • North Korea agrees to drop all nuclear weapons programs and return "at an early date" to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. (Yahoo News/AP) (Link dead as of 21:23, 14 January 2007 (UTC)) (Reuters)
  • Santana Moss makes two miracle touchdown catches in the final minutes of a Redskins-Cowboys game to win 14-13, bringing the first Washington Redskins victory at Texas Stadium in ten years. [1]
  • Conflict in Iraq: Five U.S. troops die following three insurgent attacks, two in Ramadi and one in Baghdad. (BBC)
  • North Korea announces that its offer to end its nuclear arms program is dependent on it being allowed to build a civilian nuclear reactor. (ABC), (BBC)
  • 14 Indian soldiers die following an insurgent attack in the eastern state of Manipur. (BBC)
  • Federal elections in Germany:
    • There is still no clear course for coalition building, with deadlocks for all possible coalitions.
    • Angela Merkel (CDU) and Franz Müntefering (SPD) were elected chairpersons of their respective Parliamentary parties.
    • German green politician Joschka Fischer announced his retirement from leading the Green party in the newly elected Parliament, retiring to become an "elder statesman" in the back benches. Spiegel online
  • JetBlue Airways Flight 292 en route to New York from Burbank, California, experiences nose gear malfunctions shortly after takeoff when the nose wheels rotated 90 degrees to the left. The Airbus A320-232 circles Los Angeles to burn off fuel before landing at Los Angeles Airport without serious incident or injury.(Los Angeles Times)
  • Hurricane Rita reaches Category 5 intensity, the third most intense in recorded history. The current path tracks landfall at Galveston, Texas on Saturday. The inbound causeway to the Island has been closed and mandatory evacuation has been ordered. Residents on the Gulf Coast south of Galveston are urged to evacuate. (Houston Chronicle)(NHC)
  • At least 50 people die following a series of storms and floods that hit the Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh and India; many more are missing, and officials fear for the safety of over a hundred fishermen. (BBC)
  • South Thailand insurgency: Two Thai soldiers were taken hostage and subsequently murdered. (CNA)
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