May 2011


May 2011

May 2011 was the fifth month of the current year. It began on a Sunday and ended after 31 days on a Tuesday.

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This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from May 2011.

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  • As part of one of the four cases currently against him, Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi appears in court on charges of corruption and attacks his prosecutors again. (BBC)
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  • Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu calls on Palestinian Authority President Abbas to choose peace with Israel and not Hamas, saying that the Fatah-Hamas unity government deal would jeopardize the already-stalled peace process because Hamas opposes the existence of Israel; Abbas rejects the call as “unacceptable interference”. (CNN) (Ynet) (The Jerusalem Post)
  • European Union Foreign Affairs head, Catherine Ashton, condemns Iran for its ongoing executions of juvenile offenders following the public execution of two juveniles in Bandar Abbas, Iran. (The Jerusalem Post)
  • A Tibetan parliament-in-exile delegation appeals to foreign embassies in New Delhi, India, for help to release three monks from the Kirti monastery in northeastern Tibet detained by Chinese authorities and to address additional human rights violations in Tibet by China. (The Tibet Post)
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  • Public executions, death by starvation and torture are common in North Korean political prisoner camps, according to testimony given to human rights group Amnesty International, which they say could contain as many as 200,000 prisoners. (CNN) (The New York Times) (AFP)
  • Sarah Shourd, an American hiker released last year from an Iranian prison on $500,000 bail because of a medical condition said she will not return to Tehran to face espionage charges in a court hearing scheduled for next week; her fiancé, Shane Bauer, and their friend, Josh Fattal, are still being held in Evin Prison in Iran. (CNN)
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  • The trial of two Rwandan rebel leaders charged in connection with their part in crimes against humanity and war crimes carried out by their militias in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2008 and 2009, begins in the Stuttgart high court, Germany. (CNN)
  • China announces the creation of a State Internet Information Office to 'direct, coordinate, and supervise' online content management, prompting fears that online censorship will grow even more stringent. (RFA)
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  • FC Porto and SC Braga, both from Portugal, qualify for the 2011 UEFA Europa League Final at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, after aggregate wins over Villarreal CF and Benfica respectively. The final is also the first ever time that two finalists have been situated less than 50 kilometers from each other. (UEFA)
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  • CNET reports that a group of computer hackers is planning another cyberattack against Sony over its handling of the PlayStation Network outage. (CNET)
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  • There is a near riot in the Beijing Apple Store as the Apple iPad 2 goes on sale in the People's Republic of China. (AFP via Straits Times)
  • Peter Beale, Nick Stephenson, John Edwards and John Towers - the so-called "Phoenix Four" who ran MG Rover following its collapse - have agreed to be disqualified from serving as company directors for between 3 and 6 years. The deal was made with the UK's Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, following a "lengthy and complex investigation" into the affair. (BBC)
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  • Former Football Association chairman David Triesman alleges that four members of FIFA sought "bribes" in return for backing England's failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup. (BBC)
  • The Minnesota Vikings NFL team and Ramsey County announce plans to build a $1.2 billion stadium for the team at Arden Hills. (Star Tribune)
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  • Anti-retroviral drugs reduce the risk of people spreading HIV to uninfected partners by 96%, according to a new study. (BBC) (Mail & Guardian)
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  • 2011 Bahraini uprising:
    • The Bahraini government tortures doctors into confessions of "trying to overthrow the monarchy" by aiding wounded civilians who protested during the uprising. (Al Jazeera)
  • 2011 Yemeni uprising:
    • 3 people are killed and 18 others are wounded as troops shoot at medics, witnesses and people protesting against the Saleh regime in Ibb, Ta'izz and Sana'a, though Saleh remains defiant. Qatar withdraws from mediation efforts, saying Saleh has been full of "indecision and delays". (BBC)
  • 2011 Syrian uprising:
    • Soldiers are reportedly ordered not to fire on protesters. (Buenos Aires Herald)
    • Authorities close off entire areas in cities across Syria, setting up roadblocks and checkpoints in an attempt to prevent protests after Friday prayers. (AP via Google News)
    • At least 3 people are killed in the centre of the city of Homs, with one being seen to be shot in the head after forces loyal to the regime fire into crowds of people. Gunfire erupts in the city of Daraa. (BBC)
  • 2011 Libyan civil war:
    • A video shows 11 dead imams and 45 wounded Muslim holy men, 5 of whom are in a coma, alleged to have been caused by a NATO airstrike. Those attacked were said to have been at rest and sleeping while participating in a long peace march; Muslims and Christians unite in condemnation of the attack. (The Guardian)
    • Upon speculation that Gaddafi was injured in a NATO air-strike, Libyan State TV released an audio tape of what it claims to be Gaddafi giving a message saying that he was not hurt and is alive. (Al Jazeera)
  • 2011 Egyptian revolution:
    • Authorities extend for 15 more days the detention of Hosni Mubarak, whose regime was overthrown by a recent popular revolution. (BBC)
    • Suzanne Mubarak, the wife, is detained for 15 days on allegations of corruption and has a heart attack. (BBC)
    • Tens of thousands of people gather in Tahrir Square to display unity against sectarian tension and solidarity with the plight of the Palestinian people and the other popular uprisings against regimes in the region. Cheers erupt as Suzanne Mubarak is incarcerated. (The Guardian)
  • Dozens of people are injured in a petrol bomb attack on a bank in Gansu, northwest China. (BBC) (Xinhua) (Times of India)
  • Catholic priest Father Mussie Zerai alleges that as many as 400 people, mainly Eritreans, are being held for ransom by human traffickers in the Sinai Desert, and that at least one has been killed after experiencing electric shock torture. (BBC) (UPI)
  • 2011 Charsadda bombing. 80 people were killed when two suicide bombs exploded in the Frontier Constabulary training center in Charsadda District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.


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  • Japan's government approves a compensation plan to assist with the tens of billions of dollars for those affected by the malfunctions of the country's tsunami-crippled nuclear plant, fearing that Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) could go bankrupt without the money. (BBC)
  • A funeral Mass occurs in Lorca, Murcia, following the fatal disaster of Wednesday. (BBC)
  • Two TTC buses collide at Wilson Station in Toronto, injuring 14 people. (CBC) (Toronto Star) (Inside Toronto)
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  • Pakistan's parliament adopts a resolution that demands an immediate stop to drone strikes and an end to raids by U.S. troops within Pakistan's borders and threatens to cut off access to a facility used by NATO forces to ferry troops into Afghanistan, as the rift between the US and Pakistan grows, following the killing of Osama bin Laden. (CNN)
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  • 22 people are killed when Sol Líneas Aéreas Flight 5428 crashes in southern Argentina. (CNN)
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake hits western Turkey, about 230 km south of Istanbul, killing at least two people and leaving many injured. (The Associated Press)
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  • The 2011 Spanish protests continue in the Puerta del Sol in central Madrid, despite a ruling by Spain's electoral board that it should end by the weekend. (BBC)
  • Tens of thousands of people protest in Santiago, Chile about plans to build two dams on wild rivers in southern Patagonia with an minority of people turning violent. (AP via MSNBC)
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  • Hundreds of Twitter users post the name of an English Premier League footballer who won a superinjunction to stop details of his affair going public, in protest at the player's attempts to sue the social networking site. (BBC)
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  • Hamid Baqai, the Chief of Staff of the Iranian President, is banned from public office for four years, after it was exposed that he was involved in a multi-million dollar embezzlement during the construction of a building on Kish Island in 2010. (NCR)
  • Scottish newspaper The Sunday Herald names a footballer accused of being linked to a privacy superinjunction by users of social networking website Twitter, arguing that the injunction is only enforceable under English law and does not apply in Scots law. (BBC)
  • The Attorney General for England and Wales is being asked to consider prosecuting a journalist who allegedly broke a privacy order on Twitter in respect of another footballer who has taken out an injunction. (BBC)
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  • Jared Lee Loughner, accused of murder in the 2011 Tucson shootings, is found to be incompetent to face a trial because of mental health issues. (ABC Australia)
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  • Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa issue a joint statement criticising Europe's 66-year stranglehold on the leadership of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), calling it "obsolete" and requesting that developing nations be given a chance. (Al Jazeera)
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  • The World Health Organization classifies cell phone radiation as a "carcinogenic hazard" and "possibly carcinogenic to humans." It was classified as such after a team of scientists reviewed peer-review studies on cell phone safety. (CNN)
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