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September 2016 was the ninth month of that leap year. The month, which began on a Thursday, ended on a Friday after 30 days.

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This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from September 2016.

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  • Samsung Electronics recalls all Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that have fire-prone batteries, and halts sales in 10 markets. A Samsung official says phones with the problematic battery account for less than 0.1 percent of those sold. (Reuters) (The Verge)
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  • 2016 Atlantic hurricane season
    • Residents of the American state of Florida prepare for the impact of Hurricane Hermine which is expected to make landfall today. A state of emergency has been declared in 51 of the 67 counties in the state. (Reuters/AFP via ABC News Australia)
    • Hermine, as a Category 1 storm, kills one person and leaves a quarter-million others without electricity during its trek through Florida. Now a tropical storm over North Carolina, Hermine should re-strengthen when it moves into the Atlantic Ocean tomorrow. Tropical storm warnings and watches are issued from Georgia to Rhode Island. (UPI) (NHC)
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  • Flooding in Niger kills at least 38 people and leaves more than 92,000 people displaced. (The New Indian Express)
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  • A beachgoer in Australia discovers dinosaur footprints believed to be around 130 million years old while combing the shore for shells. (CNN)
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  • International banking company Wells Fargo agrees to pay $190 million, including $100 million to the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (largest ever for the agency), to settle a case involving deceptive sales that pushed customers into fee-generating accounts they never requested. The bank fired 5,300 employees over "inappropriate sales conduct." The firings took place over a five-year period. (Reuters)
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  • American swimmer Ryan Lochte agrees to a 10-month suspension while his other colleagues get four. (USA Today)
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  • The alert level for the Mayon Volcano in the Philippines is increased after more than a hundred earthquakes were detected in its vicinity. (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
  • Millions of people in Nigeria are at risk of famine. (U.S. News and World Report)
  • A train derails at a station in the town of O Porriño in Galicia, Spain, killing at least four people. (BBC)
  • More than a hundred tourists in the French Alps spend an evening suspended in midair inside cable cars that ceased to move. (NPR)
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  • A boiler explodes causing a fire in a factory in the Bangladeshi city of Tongi killing at least 25 people and injures 70 others. (AFP via ABC News Australia)
  • 2016 Tanzanian earthquake
    • A magnitude 5.7 earthquake occurs in northern Tanzania, near Lake Victoria, killing at least 13 people and injuring 200 others. Tanzanian authorities report significant damage in the town of Bukoba. The governments of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda report tremors. (BBC) (AFP via The Daily Mail)
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  • Fiji authorities detain two opposition party leaders, a prominent trade unionist, and another opposition activist, following their participation in Wednesday's forum on the Pacific island's 2013 constitution. A police spokesperson told the Fiji Times that several people were being questioned about comments made at the forum that, "Could affect the safety and security of all Fijians." (Reuters) (Radio New Zealand)
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  • Proceedings begin in the trial of Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, former chairman of the giant insurance company AIG, on charges of accounting fraud. The 2005 indictment accuses Greenberg and AIG's former CFO of setting up bogus reinsurance transactions to conceal the insurer's financial difficulties in 2000 and 2001. (Reuters) (The New York Times)
  • Imprisoned former American Army intelligence analyst and transgender person Chelsea Manning, who is serving a 35-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth, will have the military provide the costs of gender reassignment surgery. She was convicted by court-martial in July 2013 of violations of the Espionage Act and other offenses, after disclosing to WikiLeaks nearly three-quarters of a million classified or unclassified but sensitive military and diplomatic documents. (CNN)
  • The Cuban-born American arsonist who torched 87 people in March 1990 at The Bronx Happy Land fire, Julio González, dies in prison at the age of 61. (The New York Daily News)
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  • German chemicals company Bayer AG will announce that it has acquired American seeds company Monsanto Co. for US$66 billion. (Reuters)
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  • Human rights in Venezuela
    • The South American trading bloc Mercosur threatens to suspend Venezuela if it does not protect human rights and enact a law guaranteeing the free movement of Mercosur citizens. The bloc sets a deadline of December 1, 2016, for Venezuela to comply with their requirements. (BBC)
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  • Presidency of Rodrigo Duterte, Davao Death Squad
    • A former militiaman claims while testifying at a hearing by the Philippine Senate that President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte ordered the deaths of criminals and political opponents, allegedly Leila de Lima, critic and journalist Juan Pala, and unidentified Filipino Muslims in 1993, while he was mayor of Davao City. The witness also revealed that Duterte's son Paolo may also have been involved in the murders as an accomplice to his father. (Interaksyon), (Bloomberg) (AP via WTOP), (The New York Times)(Rappler)
  • Death of Sandra Bland
    • Texas authorities agree to pay $1.9 million to the family of Sandra Bland, the woman who was found hanged in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas, in July 2015. A grand jury did not issue an indictment. (CBS News)
  • The U.S. House Intelligence Committee releases a summary of its two-year investigation into former NSA contractor Edward Snowden which downplays his alleged status as a whistleblower while acknowledging "tremendous damage to national security" as a result of the classified documents he stole. (NPR)
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  • The iPhone 7 was released by Apple, along with the Plus version. [1]
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  • A local doctor in Belgium grants euthanasia to a terminally-ill minor, marking the first case of such procedure performed since the 2014 removal of age restrictions. (BBC)
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  • A tourist boat carrying about 150 people capsizes on the Chao Phraya River in Thailand, killing at least 12 people with dozens missing. (Reuters)
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  • Mexican authorities find the bodies of two priests who were kidnapped yesterday in Poza Rica, Veracruz. Authorities find the third abducted person, the driver, alive. (AP)
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  • Citing irreconcilable differences, Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt and seeks full custody of their six children. The couple married in 2014 and had been in a relationship since 2005. (CNN)(The New York Times)
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  • Tiangong program
  • August 2016 becomes the world's hottest on record (since records began 136 years ago) and 16th 'hottest on record' month in a row. (Australian Geographic)
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  • The Obama administration through federal prosecutors announces corruption charges against nine defendants, including a former close aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, over their roles in alleged bribery and fraud schemes tied to the awarding of large state contracts and other activities. (Reuters)
  • 2014 Yahoo! data breach
    • Yahoo! discloses a data breach that compromised the details of 500 million users. (Reuters)
  • Operation Car Wash
  • In a standoff which has continued for two days, an exchange of gunfire with a barricaded suspect in Anchorage, Alaska, injures two police officers. The standoff is one of two occurring in the Alaskan city. (Alaska Public Radio Network)
  • A gunman shoots dead two people and then himself at the Tennessee factory Thomas & Betts Corp. (ABC News)
  • A man in Philadelphia firebombs a man's car, referring to the injured burned man as being Muslim. (The Independent)
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  • Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts merge into one company with Marriott International purchasing Starwood for $13 billion and making Marriott the largest hotel company in the world. (USA Today)
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  • The New South Wales State Emergency Service warns residents of the Australian town of Forbes to evacuate as the Lachlan River floods. (Weather Zone)
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  • A Muslim preacher from a local mosque shoots and kills Jordanian writer and cartoonist Nahed Hattar in front of a courthouse in the capital Amman. Authorities take the gunman into custody.(CNN)
  • A gunman kills one person and injures three others in Malmö, Sweden. An explosion occurs later. (Express)
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  • A gunman opens fire at a Houston shopping center and injures nine people. Responding police kill the shooter afterwards. (Fox News)
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  • 2016 Pacific typhoon season
    • Taiwan authorities close schools and offices as Typhoon Megi approaches the island. (AP via Star-Telegram)
  • A bus skids off a mountain road in central Nepal, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than a dozen others. (The Hindustan Times)
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  • The Anti-Defamation League declares that the "Pepe the Frog" meme is a hate symbol, particularly when used alongside other racially-charged symbolism. (USA Today), (The Anti-Defamation League)
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  • The Royal Bank of Scotland announces that it will pay US$1.1 billion to resolve some of its mortgage claims in the United States. (Reuters)
  • A shooting at an elementary school in Townville, South Carolina, leaves two students and a teacher wounded. Police take the teenage suspect into custody. Authorities find the shooter's father dead. One of the students dies two days later. (The Washington Post), (NBC News), (Greenville Online)
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  • 2016 India–Pakistan military confrontation
    • The Indian Army claims it conducted surgical strikes on militant camps in Pakistan across the Line of Control, allegedly-killing several suspected militants. However, Pakistan rejects this claim and terms it cross-border firing that killed two of its soldiers. (India Today), (Reuters), (Dawn)
  • Syrian Civil War
    • A video from besieged eastern Aleppo's al-Shaar neighborhood emerges showing the moment a young girl, identified as Ghazal Qasim, trapped beneath rubble of a five floor building blown to smithereens by a deadly Assad government's bunker buster bomb attack on September 27, is rescued by the Syrian Civil Defense, better known as the white helmets. (International Business Times)
    • The UN's children's charity UNICEF has called the effect of the war in Aleppo on children as the worst seen since the conflict began, and says at least 96 children have been killed and 223 have been injured in Eastern Aleppo September 23. (International Business Times)
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