October 2011


October 2011

October 2011 is the tenth month of the current year. It began on a Saturday and ended after 31 days on a Monday.

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Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from October 2011.

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In the heavily besieged city of Sirte, heavy fighting continues as aid workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross deliver desperately needed medical supplies. Due to growing fears of a humanitarian disaster, National Transitional Council (NTC) forces have granted safe passage to European aid workers' vehicles. (Reuters)

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  • Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the self-confessed assassin of Pakistani politician Salmaan Taseer, is sentenced to death by a Pakistani court. (Express Tribune)
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  • Eight people are injured following an explosion and fire at a factory in Surrey, United Kingdom. (BBC)
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  • Regulators in the European Union are close to making a formal announcement that they object to a proposed merger of NYSE Euronext with Deutsche Boerse AG, according to an anonymous source cited by Reuters. (Reuters).
  • Technology company Apple Inc. announces its much-anticipated iPhone 4S at Apple's Cupertino campus. (USA Today)
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  • The European Court of Justice rules against "the imposition of national borders to sell broadcasting rights on a territory-by-territory basis", as this is in contravention of EU laws on free trade. It would allow members of the public to seek cheaper providers of Premier League football, whilst finding against a landlady who used Greek television to show live football in her public house. (The Guardian)
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  • The Detroit Tigers defeat the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the 2011 American League Division Series. They move on to play the Texas Rangers in the 2011 ALCS. (New York Times)
  • The Milwaukee Brewers defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 5 to move onto the 2011 National League Championship Series. (USA Today)
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  • Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney marries American heiress Nancy Shevell at a ceremony in London. (BBC)
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  • The Cabinet of Israel approves a prisoner swap deal with Hamas for the release of the Israeli Army soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held in captivity for five years. In exchange, Israel agrees to release a thousand Palestinian prisoners held in Israel, among them hundreds of prisoners serving multiple life sentences for planning and perpetrating murderous attacks against Israeli civilians.(Xinhuanet) (Ynet)
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  • The first results of the Liberian general election are due to be announced, with a runoff election likely in the presidential race between incumbent President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and ex-diplomat Winston Tubman. (BBC) (VOA)
  • The Parliament of Slovakia passes a law providing for a parliamentary election on March 10, as part of a deal to allow the passage of the European Union's European Financial Stability Fund. (Xinhua)
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  • A ceremony is held to officially re-name the English town of Wootton Bassett with the prefix "Royal" in honour of its role in the repatriation of British military personnel killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is the first town to receive such an honour since 1909. (BBC)
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  • Apple Inc. releases its sales report for the iPhone 4S smartphone, which has reportedly sold over 4 million units worldwide in under four days, breaking company sales records. (Computer World)
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  • 2011 Syrian uprising: At least 25 people are killed in the Syrian city of Homs after tanks and security troops open fire on anti-regime protesters. (Reuters)
  • Kenyan Army soldiers, supported by aerial forces, continue their advance into Somalia, approaching an al-Shabab-controlled town 120 kilometres (75 mi) from the Kenyan border. (BBC)
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  • The World Health Organisation reports that global malaria deaths have fallen by over 20% since 2001, claiming that over 30 countries are on course to eradicate the mosquito-borne disease by 2020. (BBC)
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  • Floodwaters threaten the Thai capital of Bangkok as the 2011 Thai floods - which have killed 317 people and affected nearly nine million in Thailand since August - continue unabated. (Washington Post)
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  • 56 animals are intentionally released by their owner from an exotic animal farm in Muskingum County, Ohio. The owner subsequently commits suicide. (CBS/AP)
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  • The government of Germany states that national GDP growth in 2012 will be significantly lower than initially predicted, due to the eurozone's ongoing economic crisis. (AFP)
  • Japanese optical and imaging equipment company Olympus faces a possible credit downgrade and plunging share prices, due to a spreading scandal over the recent dismissal of its chief executive, Michael Woodford. (Reuters)
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  • A man is killed and at least 74 people are injured in major riots in the Greek capital Athens on the second day of a nationwide general strike, as Greeks protest in their thousands against new austerity measures intended to alleviate the country's ongoing debt crisis. (ABC)
  • Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange: The leading commander of the military wing of Hamas, Ahmed Jabari, confirms in an interview with the Saudi Arabian newspaper Al-Hayat that the prisoners released in exchange for captured Israeli Gilad Shalit were collectively responsible for the deaths of 569 Israeli civilians. (Haaretz)
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  • The Tokyo Stock Exchange announces that it is asking for more disclosure from the embattled Japanese camera and imaging equipment manufacturer Olympus, which is facing a stock price collapse following the dismissal of its CEO, Michael Woodford. The TSE cannot at this time confirm violations of any listing requirements by Olympus. (Reuters)
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  • Julian Assange's whistleblowing website Wikileaks announces that it will suspend the publication of classified files and will instead focus on fundraising, after a "financial blockade" by numerous American companies reportedly destroys 95% of the site's revenue. (The Guardian)
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  • Residents in the Mexican city of Cancún brace for Hurricane Rina, which is expected to make landfall on Thursday. (CNN)
  • Turkish earthquake:
    • The search for survivors of the Van earthquake in eastern Turkey enters its third day, with 459 confirmed deaths and over 1,300 injured. (Reuters) (Daily Mail)
    • Turkey announces it will accept offers of aid from foreign countries to cope with the aftermath of the earthquake. (BBC)
    • The Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, blames the high death toll on shoddy construction. (AP via Google News)
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  • European Union leaders hold an emergency meeting to discuss the European sovereign debt crisis. (BBC)
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  • American scientists confirm that a transmissible fungus, Geomyces destructans, is responsible for the white-nose syndrome that has decimated bat populations across North America since 2006. (BBC)
  • The United Nations states that the world population will reach seven billion people by October 31, 2011. (CNN)
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  • 2011 Thailand floods:
    • Tens of thousands of people attempt to flee the Thai capital Bangkok as floodwaters rise. (News Limited)
    • The Governor of Bangkok, Sukhumphand Baripatra, urges people in the flood-threatened Sai Mai District to evacuate. (Bangkok Post)
  • The death toll from the 2011 Van earthquake in Turkey reaches 523, with rain and snow making conditions worse for people left homeless by the earthquake. (AP via Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
  • Twelve thousand people are evacuated from the German city of Halle, following the discovery of an unexploded World War II-era bomb. (Big pond News)
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  • A Wahhabi Islamist armed with hand grenades and an automatic weapon opens fire outside the United States embassy in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, resulting in two people being injured, including the gunman. (AP via Google)
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  • A 6.9 magnitude earthquake strikes 51 kilometres south-west of the city of Ica in Peru at a depth of 35 km. No reports of casualities are issued. News.com.au
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  • Fair Work Australia orders the Australian airline Qantas and its unions to reach an agreement within 21 days meaning that services will resume on Monday. (News Limited)
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