Wikipedia: Portal: Current eventshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Current_eventsWikipedia: Portal: Current eventsFri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0000Current events: 2017-07-21https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Current_events/2017%20July%2021 <dl><dt>Armed attacks and conflicts </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian%20Civil%20War">Syrian Civil War</a> </li><ul><li>Violent clashes break out between the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian%20opposition">Syrian rebels</a> and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian%20Democratic%20Forces">Syrian Democratic Forces</a> on the outskirts of al-Muhsenli Village, in the northeastern countryside of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleppo">Aleppo</a>, but no casualties are reported. <a href="http://www.iraqinews.com/arab-world-news/clashes-break-sdf-rebels-near-aleppo/">(Iraqi News)</a> </li><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian%20Army">Syrian Army</a> forces shell, using heavy artillery, the residential neighborhoods in Zaitan Village, in the countryside of Aleppo, destroying civilian property. <a href="http://www.iraqinews.com/arab-world-news/clashes-break-sdf-rebels-near-aleppo/">(Iraqi News)</a> </li></ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israeli%E2%80%93Palestinian%20conflict">Israeli–Palestinian conflict</a> </li><ul><li>Several thousand <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinians">Palestinians</a> protest <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel">Israel</a>'s installation of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/metal%20detector">metal detector</a>s and a ban on Muslim men under the age of 50 in response to the killing of two Israeli policemen last Friday at a contested <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem">Jerusalem</a> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple%20Mount">holy place</a>, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount. </li><li>Protest marches also held in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesia">Indonesia</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordan">Jordan</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lebanon">Lebanon</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysia">Malaysia</a>, and Turkey </li><li>Three Palestinians are killed, 390 people injured with dozens hospitalized in clashes in Jerusalem and the West Bank, according to the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International%20Red%20Cross%20and%20Red%20Crescent%20Movement">Red Crescent</a>. <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel%20Police">Israeli police</a> report five officers are wounded. </li><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017%20Halamish%20stabbing%20attack">2017 Halamish stabbing attack</a>: Three Israelis <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017%20Halamish%20stabbing%20attack">are stabbed</a> to death by a Palestinian in their home while eating dinner, according to Israeli officials. </li><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United%20Nations">United Nations</a> deputy spokesman Farhan Haq calls for a <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/de-escalation">de-escalation</a> of violence and tensions at this site. </li><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egypt">Egypt</a> calls for an immediate halt to the violence underway around this site, urging Israel to show respect for <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim">Muslim</a> sacred sites while accusing it of fomenting these tensions. </li><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime%20Minister%20of%20Turkey">Turkish Prime Minister</a> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binali%20Y%C4%B1ld%C4%B1r%C4%B1m">Binali Yıldırım</a> says his country is in dialogue with Israel to end the crisis. </li><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President%20of%20the%20State%20of%20Palestine">Palestinian President</a> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmoud%20Abbas">Mahmoud Abbas</a> says the Palestinian leadership will “freeze contacts” with Israel “on all levels.” </li><ul><li><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/the-latest-group-says-10-prominent-palestinians-detained/2017/07/21/872c2a76-6ddc-11e7-abbc-a53480672286_story.html?utm_term=.39e9105b4282">(AP via <i>The Washington Post</i>)</a> <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/al-aqsa-mosque-tensions-israel-bans-men-under-50-jerusalem-n785141">(NBC News)</a> <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40678746">(BBC)</a> <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/21/middleeast/old-city-prayer-restrictions-imposed/index.html">(CNN)</a> <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/21/world/middleeast/jerusalem-israel-protests-al-aqsa-mosque.html">(<i>The New York Times</i>)</a> <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestine-idUSKBN1A62IS">(Reuters)</a> </li></ul></ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CPP-NPA-NDF%20rebellion">CPP-NPA-NDF rebellion</a> </li><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President%20of%20the%20Philippines">President of the Philippines</a> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodrigo%20Duterte">Rodrigo Duterte</a> indefinitely freezes the peace talks with the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist%20Party%20of%20the%20Philippines">Communist Party of the Philippines</a> after numerous attacks by the communist rebels on government forces. The President also vowed to re-orient anew the offensive against the Party's armed wing the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New%20People%27s%20Army">New People's Army</a>. <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/philippines-freezes-peace-talks-communist-rebels-170721062205681.html">(<i>Al-Jazeera</i>)</a> </li></ul></ul><dl><dt>Arts and culture </dt></dl><ul><li>The remains of surrealist painter <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvador%20Dal%C3%AD">Salvador Dalí</a> are exhumed following a Madrid court order on settling the paternity claim of a woman who is allegedly the painter's natural daughter. Various experts contest the claim, noting Dalí's sexual eccentrism (including a public boast about his "impotency") and that the action being against the state (Dalí bequeathed his estate to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spain">Spain</a>). If proven, this woman could assume part of Dalí's estate. <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40677828">(BBC News)</a> </li></ul><dl><dt>Disasters and accidents </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017%20Aegean%20Sea%20earthquake">2017 Aegean Sea earthquake</a> </li><ul><li>A 6.7 magnitude <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/earthquake">earthquake</a> in the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aegean%20Sea">Aegean Sea</a> near <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greece">Greece</a> and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkey">Turkey</a> kills two people and injures more than 520 others. <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-21/earthquake-kills-two-people-on-kos-rocks-turkey-greece/8730854">(Reuters via ABC)</a> </li></ul></ul><dl><dt>International relations </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North%20Korea%E2%80%93United%20States%20relations">North Korea–United States relations</a> </li><ul><li>The <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S.%20State%20Department">U.S. State Department</a> announces that it will ban travel to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North%20Korea">North Korea</a>, following the death of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto%20Warmbier">Otto Warmbier</a>. <a href="http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-fg-norkor-travel-ban-20170721-story.html">(<i>Los Angeles Times</i>)</a> </li></ul></ul><dl><dt>Law and crime </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting%20of%20Justine%20Damond">Shooting of Justine Damond</a> </li><ul><li> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minneapolis%20Chief%20of%20Police">Minneapolis Police Chief</a> Janeé Harteau, upon reflection and at Mayor <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betsy%20Hodges">Betsy Hodges</a>'s request, resigns in the wake of last Saturday’s tragedy as well as some other recent incidents. <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/minneapolis-police-chief-resigns-wake-fatal-shooting-bride/story?id=48783798">(ABC News)</a> <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/21/us/minneapolis-police-chief-resigns-days-after-officer-fatally-shot-a-woman.html">(<i>The New York Times</i>)</a> </li></ul></ul><dl><dt>Politics and election </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political%20appointments%20by%20Donald%20Trump">Political appointments by Donald Trump</a> </li><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White%20House%20Press%20Secretary">White House Press Secretary</a> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean%20Spicer">Sean Spicer</a> announced his intention to resign as White House Press Secretary due to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald%20Trump">Donald Trump</a>'s appointment of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony%20Scaramucci">Anthony Scaramucci</a> as the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White%20House%20Communications%20Director">White House Communications Director</a>, and will formally step down from the role in August 2017. <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah%20Huckabee%20Sanders">Sarah Huckabee Sanders</a> will take over as the White House Press Secretary in August 2017. <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/21/us/politics/sean-spicer-resigns-as-white-house-press-secretary.html?_r=0">(<i>New York Times</i>)</a> <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/21/politics/sean-spicer-resigns-anthony-scaramucci/index.html">(CNN)</a> </li></ul></ul>Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0000Current events: 2017-07-20https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Current_events/2017%20July%2020 <dl><dt>Armed attacks and conflicts </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian%20Civil%20War">Syrian Civil War</a> </li><ul><li>Syrian rebels, who have benefited from the "covert" <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central%20Intelligence%20Agency">CIA</a> military aid program, say they have not been officially informed of the U.S. decision to stop this aid, and add that its full impact depends on whether U.S. allies <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordan">Jordan</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudi%20Arabia">Saudi Arabia</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qatar">Qatar</a>, and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkey">Turkey</a> continue to support their fight. A <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free%20Syrian%20Army">Free Syrian Army</a> commander warns this decision risks triggering the collapse of the moderate opposition. <a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-syria-usa-idINKBN1A52BQ">(Reuters)</a> </li></ul></ul><dl><dt>Arts and Culture </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester%20Bennington">Chester Bennington</a>, lead vocalist of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linkin%20Park">Linkin Park</a>, dies at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palos%20Verdes%20Estates%2C%20California">Palos Verdes Estates, California</a>. <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/20/entertainment/chester-bennington-dead/index.html">(CNN)</a> </li></ul><dl><dt>International relations </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine%20Drug%20War">Philippine Drug War</a> </li><ul><li>A hearing in the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United%20States">U.S.</a> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United%20States%20Senate">Senate</a> is held about alleged <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/human%20rights%20in%20the%20Philippines">human rights violations</a> in the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine%20Drug%20War">Philippines's war against illegal drugs</a>. <a href="http://www.rappler.com/nation/176216-watch-us-hearing-human-rights-war-drugs">(<i>Rappler</i>)</a> </li></ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017%20electronics%20ban">2017 electronics ban</a> </li><ul><li>Citing improved airport security, U.S. officials lift the ban on electronics on certain flights to some Middle Eastern countries. <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/laptop-ban-lifted-airplane-cabins-homeland-security-john-kelly/">(CBS News)</a> </li></ul><li>Six teenagers, four males and two females, from a <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burundi">Burundi</a> robotics team are reported missing after competing in the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIRST%20Robotics%20Competition">FIRST Global Robotics Competition</a> in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington%2C%20D.C.">Washington, D.C.</a> A 16-year-old boy and a 17-year old girl reportedly crossed the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United%20States">United States</a> border into <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada">Canada</a>. There is no indication of foul play. <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-burundi-missing-usa-idUSKBN1A529Y">(Reuters)</a> </li></ul><dl><dt>Law and crime </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O.%20J.%20Simpson%20robbery%20case">O. J. Simpson robbery case</a> </li><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O.%20J.%20Simpson">O. J. Simpson</a> is granted <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/parole">parole</a> by the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nevada%20Department%20of%20Public%20Safety">Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners</a> after spending nearly nine years in prison. <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/07/20/what-to-expect-from-the-o-j-simpson-parole-hearing/">(<i>The Washington Post</i>)</a> </li></ul></ul><dl><dt>Politics and elections </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian%20presidential%20election%2C%202017">Indian presidential election, 2017</a> </li><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram%20Nath%20Kovind">Ram Nath Kovind</a> has won the Indian <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian%20presidential%20election%2C%202017">presidential election</a> after securing over <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermajority%23Two-thirds_vote">two-thirds</a> of the total <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral%20College%20%28India%29">electoral college</a> votes. <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/nda-candidate-ram-nath-kovind-is-the-14th-president-of-india/article19316904.ece">(<i>The Hindu</i>)</a> </li></ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal%20Democrats%20leadership%20election%2C%202017">Liberal Democrats leadership election, 2017</a> </li><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vince%20Cable">Vince Cable</a> is acclaimed as <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leader%20of%20the%20Liberal%20Democrats">Leader of the Liberal Democrats</a> in the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United%20Kingdom">United Kingdom</a> after running unopposed. <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-40662737">(BBC)</a> </li></ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabinet%20of%20Beata%20Szyd%C5%82o">Cabinet of Beata Szydło</a> </li><ul><li>Thousands of Poles continue to protest against the bill concerning the Supreme Court. <a href="http://www.politico.eu/article/protests-in-warsaw-as-government-moves-on-courts/">(<i>Politico</i>)</a> </li></ul></ul><dl><dt>Science and technology </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceX">SpaceX</a> CEO <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon%20Musk">Elon Musk</a> says he has received federal government approval for <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The%20Boring%20Company">The Boring Company</a> to build an underground 760mph <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperloop">Hyperloop</a> that will connect <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New%20York%20City">New York City</a> and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington%2C%20D.C.">Washington, D.C.</a>. <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/elon-musk-hyperlook-new-york-dc-approval-announcement-philidelphia-baltimore-twitter-a7851481.html">(<i>The Independent</i>)</a> </li></ul>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0000Current events: 2017-07-19https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Current_events/2017%20July%2019 <dl><dt>Arts and culture </dt></dl><ul><li>Singer <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara%20Weldens">Barbara Weldens</a>, whose recently released first album had won several awards, collapses and dies on stage while singing in Festival <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%A9o%20Ferr%C3%A9">Léo Ferré</a> in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gourdon%2C%20Lot">Gourdon</a> in southwestern France. The 35-year-old singer and poet apparently was <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrocution">electrocuted</a>. <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40667429">(BBC)</a> <a href="https://theqtimes.com/death-of-the-french-singer-barbara-weldens-on-stage-in-full-concert-here/15203">(<i>The Quebec Times</i>)</a> </li></ul><dl><dt>Disasters and accidents </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017%20California%20wildfires">2017 California wildfires</a> </li><ul><li>Thousands of residents are evacuated from <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariposa%2C%20California">Mariposa</a> and several other communities in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariposa%20County%2C%20California">Mariposa County, California</a>, following the rapid spread of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detwiler%20Fire">Detwiler Fire</a> near <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yosemite%20National%20Park">Yosemite National Park</a>. <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-wildfires-idUSKBN1A40WB">(Reuters)</a> </li></ul></ul><dl><dt>International relations </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doklam%232017%20Doklam%20crisis">2017 Doklam crisis</a> </li><ul><li>Amid a stalemate between <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India">India</a> and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China">China</a> over <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doklam">Doklam</a>, disputed between the latter and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhutan">Bhutan</a>, China renews a call for India to withdraw its troops from Doklam. It follows reports claiming China held live firing drills in the region. <i><a href="http://www.arabnews.com/node/1131641/world">(Arab News)</a></i> </li></ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comfort%20women">Comfort women</a> </li><ul><li>South Korea plans to establish a national memorial day (set to be celebrated on every 14 August) to remember and honor the country's comfort women victims. <a href="http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2017/07/356_233246.html">(<i>The Korea Times</i>)</a> </li></ul></ul><dl><dt>Law and crime </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting%20of%20Justine%20Damond">Shooting of Justine Damond</a> </li><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime%20Minister%20of%20Australia">Australian Prime Minister</a> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm%20Turnbull">Malcolm Turnbull</a> expresses shock and demands answers after an <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting%20of%20Justine%20Damond%23Victim">Australian woman</a>, who called <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9-1-1">9-1-1</a> for help because of a suspected assault near her home, was shot and killed on Saturday by a U.S. police officer who had responded in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minneapolis">Minneapolis</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota">Minnesota</a>. <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-19/justine-damond-malcolm-turnbull-demands-answers-shooting/8722652">(ABC News)</a> </li></ul></ul><dl><dt>Politics and elections </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre%20de%20Villiers">Pierre de Villiers</a> resigns as the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chief%20of%20the%20Defence%20Staff%20%28France%29">Chief of the Defence Staff</a> of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French%20Armed%20Forces">French Armed Forces</a> due to disagreements with President <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmanuel%20Macron">Emmanuel Macron</a> over proposed budget cuts. <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/emmanuel-macron-pierre-de-villiers-head-of-french-armed-forces-quits-france-budget-cuts-army-resigns-a7848186.html">(<i>The Independent</i>)</a> </li><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United%20States%20Senate">U.S. Senator</a> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John%20McCain">John McCain</a> is diagnosed with a malignant <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/brain%20cancer">brain cancer</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/glioblastoma">glioblastoma</a> multiforme. This is his second battle with cancer, after having been successfully treated for malignant <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/melanoma">melanoma</a>. <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/sen-john-mccain-diagnosed-brain-tumor-n784661">(NBC News)</a> </li><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political%20appointments%20by%20Donald%20Trump">Political appointments by Donald Trump</a> </li><ul><li>U.S. President <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald%20Trump">Donald Trump</a> nominates <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark%20Esper">Mark Esper</a> as <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretary%20of%20the%20Army">Secretary of the Army</a>. <a href="https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-eyes-raytheon-lobbyist-army-secretary/3951150.html">(<i>Voice of America</i>)</a> </li></ul></ul><dl><dt>Science and technology </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam">Vietnam</a> pledges on ending the trafficking and farming of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/bear">bear</a>s. <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/wildlife-watch-bear-bile-farms-vietnam-rescue/">(<i>National Geographic</i>)</a> </li></ul><dl><dt>Sports </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugby%20union">Rugby union</a> </li><ul><li>In the wake of reports by various media outlets, including the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC">BBC</a>, that the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro12">Pro12</a> competition would expand beyond its <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celtic%20nations">Celtic</a>–<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italy">Italian</a> base to include two <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South%20Africa">South Africa</a>n teams, league organiser Celtic Rugby Limited confirms that "advanced & positive discussions" are ongoing with the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South%20African%20Rugby%20Union">South African Rugby Union</a> to add the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central%20Cheetahs">Cheetahs</a> and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern%20Kings">Southern Kings</a> to the competition from <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017%E2%80%9318%20Pro12">the coming season</a>. <a href="http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/40649652">(BBC)</a> <a href="http://www.pro12rugby.com/2017/07/19/statement-pro12-talks-with-south-african-rugby-union/">(Celtic Rugby)</a> </li></ul></ul>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0000Current events: 2017-07-18https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Current_events/2017%20July%2018 <dl><dt>Disasters and accidents </dt></dl><ul><li>A 7.7 <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moment%20magnitude%20scale">magnitude earthquake</a> strikes off <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia">Russia</a>'s <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamchatka%20Peninsula">Kamchatka Peninsula</a>, west of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska">Alaska</a>n Aleutian Island of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attu%20Island">Attu</a>, in the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific%20Ocean">North Pacific Ocean</a>. No immediate reports of casualties or damage; a <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/tsunami">tsunami</a> warning was cancelled. <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-quake-alaska-idUSKBN1A22FB">(Reuters)</a> <a href="https://apnews.com/7c512f9760e740b3918567f5ee8e3326/Tsunami-advisory-canceled-after-Russia-7.8-earthquake">(AP)</a> <a href="https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us20009x42#region-info">(USGS)</a> </li><li>A shrinking glacier in Switzerland has revealed two frozen bodies believed to be of a couple who went missing in 1942 and had never been found, despite extensive searches. Swiss authorities said that a DNA test will be conducted in several days' time. <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40645745">(BBC News)</a> </li></ul><dl><dt>International relations </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukrainian%20crisis">Ukrainian crisis</a> </li><ul><li>DPR leader <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander%20Zakharchenko">Alexander Zakharchenko</a> announced that the self-declared <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donetsk%20People%27s%20Republic">Donetsk People's Republic</a> (DPR) and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luhansk%20People%27s%20Republic">Luhansk People's Republic</a> (LPR) would form a new state called <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little%20Russia">Malorossiya</a> (Little Russia) as an official successor to what he called the "<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/failed%20state">failed state</a>" of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukraine">Ukraine</a>, with <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donetsk">Donetsk</a> replacing <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiev">Kiev</a> as the country's capital. Ukrainian president <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petro%20Poroshenko">Petro Poroshenko</a> and LPR leader <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igor%20Plotnitsky">Igor Plotnitsky</a> denounced the plans. <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/ukrainian-separatists-proclaim-state-48695669">(ABC News)</a> <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/18/separatists-ukraine-declare-creation-new-state-malorossiya/">(<i>The Telegraph</i>)</a> </li></ul></ul><dl><dt>Law and crime </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politics%20of%20Turkey">Politics of Turkey</a> </li><ul><li>Turkey arrests six people, including the director of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amnesty%20International">Amnesty International</a>, for allegedly "helping an armed terrorist organisation". <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/turkey-arrests-human-rights-activists-170718084827520.html">(<i>Al Jazeera</i>)</a> </li></ul></ul><dl><dt>Politics and elections </dt></dl><ul><li>Canadian-born <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larissa%20Waters">Larissa Waters</a> resigns as a <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian%20Senate">Senator</a>, and as deputy leader of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian%20Greens">Australian Greens</a>, after discovering she remains a dual <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian%20nationality%20law">citizen of Canada</a>, rendering her election <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section%2044%20of%20the%20Constitution%20of%20Australia">unconstitutional under section 44</a>. The move comes four days after <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott%20Ludlam">Scott Ludlam</a>, Waters' co-deputy, resigned due to his New Zealand citizenship. <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-18/larissa-waters-greens-resigns-senate-over-citizenship-bungle/8720066">(Australian Broadcasting Corp.)</a> </li><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bermudian%20general%20election%2C%202017">Bermudian general election, 2017</a> </li><ul><li>Voters in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bermuda">Bermuda</a> go to the polls to elect their <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List%20of%20Premiers%20of%20Bermuda">Premier</a> and members of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House%20of%20Assembly%20of%20Bermuda">House of Assembly</a>. <a href="http://www.royalgazette.com/news/article/20170717/dunkley-makes-final-call-for-voter-support">(<i>The Royal Gazette</i>)</a> </li></ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Efforts%20to%20repeal%20the%20Patient%20Protection%20and%20Affordable%20Care%20Act">Efforts to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act</a> </li><ul><li>A Republican Senate bill to repeal and replace large portions of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient%20Protection%20and%20Affordable%20Care%20Act">Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act</a> fails to win enough support to pass. <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/18/us/politics/republicans-obamacare-repeal-now-replace-later.html">(<i>The New York Times</i>)</a> </li></ul></ul>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0000Current events: 2017-07-17https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Current_events/2017%20July%2017 <dl><dt>Armed conflicts and attacks </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moro%20conflict">Moro conflict</a> </li><ul><li>A new set of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piracy%20in%20the%20Sulu%20Sea">kidnappings</a> and a <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime%20in%20the%20Philippines">jail break</a> plague <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulu">Sulu</a> province in the southern region of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindanao">Mindanao</a> in the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines">Philippines</a>. <a href="http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/07/16/world/new-kidnappings-jailbreak-hit-restive-sulu-province-southern-philippines/">(<i>The Japan Times</i>)</a> </li></ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War%20in%20Afghanistan%20%282001%E2%80%93present%29">War in Afghanistan (2001–present)</a> </li><ul><li>Officials announce that Afghan security forces have retaken <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nawa%20District">Nawa District</a> from the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taliban">Taliban</a>. <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-idUSKBN1A2181">(Reuters)</a> </li></ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian%20Civil%20War">Syrian Civil War</a> </li><ul><li>The Syrian army seizes oil wells in south-west <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raqqa%20Governorate">Raqqa Governorate</a> from <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic%20State%20of%20Iraq%20and%20the%20Levant">ISIL</a>. <a href="http://www.skynews.com.au/news/world/mideast/2017/07/16/syrian-army-seizes-oil-wells-in-raqqa-from-is.html">(Sky News Australia)</a> </li></ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinai%20insurgency">Sinai insurgency</a> </li><ul><li>A two stage attack targeting <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/police">police</a> kills 5 officers and wounds 11 in the city of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/el-Arish">el-Arish</a>. A later <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Improvised%20explosive%20device">roadside bomb</a> south of the city wounds a further 6 officers. <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/militants-kill-police-complex-attack-egypts-sinai-48679899">(ABC News)</a> </li></ul></ul><dl><dt>Disasters and accidents </dt></dl><ul><li>Aftermath of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysia%20Airlines%20Flight%2017">Malaysia Airlines Flight 17</a> </li><ul><li>In <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vijfhuizen">Vijfhuizen</a>, the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlands">Netherlands</a>, exactly three years after the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysia%20Airlines%20Flight%2017">Malaysia Airlines Flight 17</a> (MH17) disaster, the National Memorial for the victims is opened in the presence of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List%20of%20monarchs%20of%20the%20Netherlands">King</a> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willem-Alexander%20of%20the%20Netherlands">Willem-Alexander</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen%20M%C3%A1xima%20of%20the%20Netherlands">Queen Máxima</a> and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime%20Minister%20of%20the%20Netherlands">Prime Minister</a> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark%20Rutte">Mark Rutte</a>. <a href="http://nos.nl/artikel/2183659-onthulling-nationaal-monument-mh17-deze-dag-sloeg-een-gat-in-ons-leven.html">(NOS)</a> </li></ul></ul><dl><dt>International relations </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign%20trade%20of%20the%20United%20States">Foreign trade of the United States</a> </li><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert%20Lighthizer">Robert Lighthizer</a> sends a document to U.S. lawmakers outlining the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trump%20Administration">Trump Administration</a>'s <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic%20policy%20of%20Donald%20Trump">priorities</a> for renegotiating <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAFTA">NAFTA</a>, including lower <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/trade%20deficit">trade deficit</a>s and efforts to deter <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/currency%20manipulation">currency manipulation</a>. <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-nafta-statement-idUSKBN1A2272">(Reuters)</a> </li></ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European%20Union%E2%80%93Libya%20relations">European Union–Libya relations</a> </li><ul><li>The <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European%20Union">European Union</a> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Export%20restriction">restricts the exports</a> of inflatable boats to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libya">Libya</a>. <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/eu-limits-sales-inflatable-boats-libya-170717190239391.html">(<i>Al Jazeera</i>)</a> </li></ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joint%20Comprehensive%20Plan%20of%20Action">Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action</a> </li><ul><li>The White House tells <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S.%20Congress">U.S. Congress</a> that Iran is complying with its nuclear deal, and promises to impose new sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile program. <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/iran-legally-complying-nuclear-deal-defaulting-spirit-agreement/story?id=48693039">(ABC News)</a> </li></ul></ul><dl><dt>Politics </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martial%20law%20in%20the%20Philippines">Martial law in the Philippines</a> </li><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President%20of%20the%20Philippines">President of the Philippines</a> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodrigo%20Duterte">Rodrigo Duterte</a> plans to appeal to the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congress%20of%20the%20Philippines">Congress of the Philippines</a> to extend <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proclamation%20No.%20216">Proclamation No. 216</a> (martial law on the whole of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindanao">Mindanao</a>, which will end on 22 July 10 PM <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine%20Standard%20Time">PST</a>) until the end of 2017, due to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution%20of%20the%20Philippines">constitutional constraints</a> as well as the ongoing <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marawi%20crisis">Marawi crisis</a>. <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/18/world/asia/philippines-rodrigo-duterte-martial-law.html">(<i>The New York Times</i>)</a>, <a href="http://www.yahoo.com/news/philippines-duterte-seeks-martial-law-extension-south-093019912.html">(Yahoo News)</a>. </li></ul></ul>Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0000Current events: 2017-07-16https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Current_events/2017%20July%2016 <dl><dt>Arts and culture </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jodie%20Whittaker">Jodie Whittaker</a> has been announced to be replacing <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter%20Capaldi">Peter Capaldi</a> as the thirteenth incarnation of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The%20Doctor%20%28Doctor%20Who%29">The Doctor</a>, becoming the first woman to take the lead role of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC">BBC</a>'s long-running <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/science%20fiction">science fiction</a> television series, <i><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor%20Who">Doctor Who</a></i>. <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/av/entertainment-arts-40626273/doctor-who-s-13th-time-lord-unveiled">(BBC)</a> </li></ul><dl><dt>Disasters and accidents </dt></dl><ul><li>An early morning fire in the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People%27s%20Republic%20of%20China">Chinese</a> city of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Changshu">Changshu</a> in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiangsu">Jiangsu</a> province kills 22 people and injures three. <a href="http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/22-killed-in-fire-in-china-s-jiangsu-province/story-U15HeBpKER0Dkf1EItSJyI.html">(<i>Hindustan Times</i>)</a> </li><li>A flash flood near <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Payson%2C%20Arizona">Payson, Arizona</a>, leaves at least nine people dead and one person missing, according to the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gila%20County%20Sheriff%27s%20Office">Gila County Sheriff's Office</a>. <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40627025">(BBC)</a> </li></ul><dl><dt>International relations </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doklam%232017%20Doklam%20crisis">2017 Doklam crisis</a> </li><ul><li>A stalemate between <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China">China</a> and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India">India</a> leads to fears that the ongoing stand-off over <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doklam">Doklam</a> in the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Himalayas">Himalayas</a>, disputed by <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhutan">Bhutan</a>, may continue into the winter. It comes after rumors that Indian National Security Adviser <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajit%20Doval">Ajit Doval</a> may travel to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beijing">Beijing</a> later this month. <i><a href="http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/beijing-wont-have-formal-talks-with-india-stand-off-may-continue-till-winter-chinese-expert/articleshow/59615025.cms">(Economic Times)</a></i> </li></ul></ul><dl><dt>Politics and elections </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic%20of%20the%20Congo%20parliamentary%20election%2C%202017">Republic of the Congo parliamentary election, 2017</a> </li><ul><li>Voters in the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic%20of%20the%20Congo">Republic of the Congo</a> participate in the first round of an election of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National%20Assembly%20%28Republic%20of%20the%20Congo%29">National Assembly</a> members. <a href="http://www.africanews.com/2017/07/14/photos-au-observers-meet-congo-s-sassou-ahead-of-july-16-legislative-polls/">(africanews)</a> </li></ul><li> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabinet%20of%20Beata%20Szyd%C5%82o">Cabinet of Beata Szydło</a> </li><ul><li> Thousands of Poles have held rallies in the capital Warsaw and other cities to condemn a controversial reform of the judiciary. Protestors claim the bill, passed by the Senate on Saturday, will erode judges' independence and undermine democracy.<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40622896">(BBC)</a> </li></ul></ul><dl><dt>Sports </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017%20Wimbledon%20Championships">2017 Wimbledon Championships</a> </li><ul><li>In <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/tennis">tennis</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger%20Federer">Roger Federer</a> of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland">Switzerland</a> defeats <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marin%20%C4%8Cili%C4%87">Marin Čilić</a> of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croatia">Croatia</a> 6–3, 6–1, 6–4 to win the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017%20Wimbledon%20Championships%20%E2%80%93%20Men%27s%20Singles">men's singles</a> tournament. Federer wins his eighth Wimbledon singles title, surpassing <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William%20Renshaw">William Renshaw</a> and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete%20Sampras">Pete Sampras</a> for the most by a male player; becomes the oldest player in the Open Era to win the Wimbledon men's singles; becomes the first player to win the men's singles at Wimbledon without losing a set since <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bj%C3%B6rn%20Borg">Björn Borg</a> in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1976%20Wimbledon%20Championships%20%E2%80%93%20Men%27s%20Singles">1976</a>; and extends his Open Era record for <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand%20Slam%20%28tennis%29">Grand Slam</a> men's singles titles to 19. <a href="http://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/40625069">(BBC Sport)</a> </li></ul></ul>Sun, 16 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0000Current events: 2017-07-15https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Current_events/2017%20July%2015 <dl><dt>Disasters and accidents </dt></dl><ul><li>At least eight people are killed in a stampede at a football stadium in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakar">Dakar</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senegal">Senegal</a>, that started after police used tear gas to break up a fight between the rival teams' fans. <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-soccer-senegal-stampede-idUSKBN1A00SQ?il=0">(Reuters)</a> </li></ul><dl><dt>International relations </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South%20China%20Sea%20disputes">South China Sea disputes</a> </li><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesia">Indonesia</a> renames part of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South%20China%20Sea">South China Sea</a> as "North <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natuna%20Islands">Natuna</a> Sea," angering <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China">China</a>. <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/15/asia/indonesia-south-china-sea-territorial-claims/index.html">(CNN)</a> </li></ul></ul><dl><dt>Law and crime </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime%20in%20Iran">Crime in Iran</a> </li><ul><li>An attack by a man armed with a knife in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tehran%20Metro">Tehran Metro</a>'s <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahr-e-Rey%20Metro%20Station">Shahr-e-Rey Station</a> leaves two injured. The attacker is shot dead by the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iranian%20Police">police</a>. <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-stabbing-idUSKBN1A006Y">(Reuters)</a> </li></ul></ul><dl><dt>Politics and elections </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politics%20of%20Hong%20Kong">Politics of Hong Kong</a> </li><ul><li>Thousands protest silently in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong%20Kong">Hong Kong</a> honoring the life of dissident <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liu%20Xiaobo">Liu Xiaobo</a>. <a href="http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/thousands-march-in-hong-kong-in-memory-of-liu-xiaobo-9035134">(Channel NewsAsia)</a> </li></ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politics%20of%20China">Politics of China</a> </li><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chen%20Min%27er">Chen Min'er</a> replaces <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun%20Zhengcai">Sun Zhengcai</a> as <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist%20Party%20Secretary">Communist Party Secretary</a> of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chongqing">Chongqing</a>; <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun%20Zhigang">Sun Zhigang</a> becomes party chief of Guizhou. <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-politics-idUSKBN1A001G">(Reuters)</a> </li></ul></ul><dl><dt>Science and technology </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fields%20Medal">Fields Medal</a> </li><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maryam%20Mirzakhani">Maryam Mirzakhani</a>, the first woman and first <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iranian%20people">Iranian</a> to win the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fields%20Medal">Fields Medal</a> in mathematics, dies at 40 of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/breast%20cancer">breast cancer</a>. <a href="http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/maryam-mirzakhani-first-woman-to-win-fields-medal-dies/">(AP via the <i>Seattle Times</i>)</a> </li></ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tardigrade">Tardigrade</a> </li><ul><li>A newly-published paper suggests that some <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/tardigrade">tardigrade</a>s may outlive most <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/life">life</a> on <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth">Earth</a>. <a href="https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/7/15/15972854/tardigrades-end-of-the-world">(<i>Vox</i>)</a> </li></ul></ul><dl><dt>Sports </dt></dl><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017%20Wimbledon%20Championships">2017 Wimbledon Championships</a> </li><ul><li>In <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/tennis">tennis</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garbi%C3%B1e%20Muguruza">Garbiñe Muguruza</a> of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spain">Spain</a> defeats <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus%20Williams">Venus Williams</a> of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United%20States">United States</a> 7–5, 6–0 to win the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017%20Wimbledon%20Championships%20%E2%80%93%20Women%27s%20Singles">women's singles</a> tournament. It is Muguruza's second <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand%20Slam%20%28tennis%29">Grand Slam</a> title after her win in the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016%20French%20Open%20%E2%80%93%20Women%27s%20Singles">2016 French Open</a>. <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-16/wimbledon:-garbine-muguruza-defeats-venus-williams-in-final/8712628">(ABC)</a> </li></ul></ul>Sat, 15 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0000