2017 Week 17

This includes events of Sunday April 23, 2017 through Saturday, April 29, 2017.


Sunday April 23, 2017

Sunday April 23, 2017 Prominent Italian-born conservationist Kuki Gallmann is shot and injured in an ambush in northern Kenya. (BBC)

Monday April 24, 2017

Monday April 24, 2017 International relationsSyria–United States relations The United States imposes sanctions on 271 employees of the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center for their alleged role in developing weapons used in the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack. (Deutsche Welle)

Monday April 24, 2017 Politics and elections2017 French presidential election Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen announces she is stepping down as leader of the National Front. (BBC) Muhammad V is formally installed as the 15th King of Malaysia. (Berita Harian) United Kingdom general election, 2017 The Communist Party of Britain announces it will not field any candidates in the upcoming general election for the first time since its formation in 1920, and endorses Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, saying victory for Mr Corbyn at the general election in June would be “the first step towards a formation of left-led government at Westminster”. (The Independent)

Monday April 24, 2017 Armed conflicts and attacks2017 Camp Shaheen attack The Afghan Minister of Defense, Abdullah Habibi and the Chief of Staff of the Afghan National Army, Qadam Shah Shahim, resign after a Taliban attack on Camp Shaheen near Mazar-i-Sharif that claimed over 140 lives. (CNN) (UPI) 2017 Sukma attack Suspected Maoist insurgents kill at least 24 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officers in the Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, India. (BBC)

Monday April 24, 2017 Law and crimeIn Paraguay, around 50 armed men, allegedly belonging to the Brazil-based Primeiro Comando da Capital criminal gang, storm a security vault and police headquarters in Ciudad del Este, escaping with around $6 million in a daring cross-border raid. (The Guardian) Philippine Drug War A Filipino lawyer files a complaint of "mass murder and crimes against humanity" against Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte and eleven other officials at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. (The New York Times) The accused include PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa, Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, Edilberto Leonardo, Royina Garma, House speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, former Interior secretary Ismael Sueno, Sonny Buenaventura, Solicitor General Jose Calida, Dante Gierran, Senator Richard J. Gordon, and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano. (Philippine Daily Inquirer) List of offenders executed in the United States in 2017 Arkansas becomes the first U.S. state since Texas in 2000 to hold two executions on the same day as executes convicted murderers Jack Jones, Jr. and Marcel Williams. (BBC), (AP via Yahoo News)

Monday April 24, 2017 Science and technologyPeggy Whitson, commander of the International Space Station (ISS), breaks the record for most total days spent in space by any NASA astronaut, at more than 534 days. (Mirror)

Tuesday April 25, 2017

Tuesday April 25, 2017 International relationsSaudi Arabia is among twelve countries newly elected to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, despite the nation's conflicts with women's rights. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) North Korea–United States relations The USS Michigan docks at Busan, South Korea, amid growing concerns over North Korean weapons development. (BBC) Germany–Israel relations Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu cancels a visit with the foreign minister of Germany Sigmar Gabriel after the latter's refusal to cancel a meeting with the Israel Defense Forces veterans NGO Breaking the Silence saying the group "slanders IDF soldiers as war criminals"(New York Daily News)

Tuesday April 25, 2017 Armed conflicts and attacks April 2017 Turkish airstrikes in Syria and Iraq Turkish air strikes kill 18 Kurdish YPG fighters and media officials in northeastern Syria. Also five Peshmerga fighters are killed during a Turkish attack on Sinjar in Iraq. Turkey also claims to have destroyed "terror hubs". Iraq denounces the strike as a violation of its sovereignty. (Reuters) (Hurriet Daily News)

Tuesday April 25, 2017 Law and crimeIndia is to provide every cow with a biometric dog tag, in an effort to prevent cattle smuggling. (Times of India) The United States announced it will end a six-year Central-African hunt for Joseph Kony the following day. (AFP via Pulse.ng) Gun politics in the United States An affiliate of the NRA sues California for alleged discrimination. (Fox News) Immigration policy of Donald Trump U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick rules that President Donald Trump's executive order withholding federal funds from sanctuary cities is unconstitutional. (The Washington Post)

Tuesday April 25, 2017 Business and economyUnited States Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke says that Donald Trump plans to review U.S. national monuments. (The Washington Post)

Tuesday April 25, 2017 Arts and cultureWikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales announces plans for a crowdfunded news website, Wikitribune, that will publish stories by journalists, with contributions, including fact checking, by volunteers to, among other goals, counter the recent spread of so-called "fake news". (NBC News) (Nieman Foundation for Journalism)

Tuesday April 25, 2017 Disasters and accidentsTwenty-seven people are killed in Kenya's Makueni County when a bus and a truck collide on the Nairobi–Mombasa Road. (The Standard)

Tuesday April 25, 2017 SportsIn auto racing, longtime NASCAR Cup Series star Dale Earnhardt Jr. announces that he will retire at the end of the 2017 season. (ESPN)

Wednesday April 26, 2017

Wednesday April 26, 2017 International relationsNorth Korea–South Korea relations The United States deploys parts of its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense in South Korea amidst high tension caused by North Korea's escalation of its missile and nuclear weapons programs. (The Guardian) China's foreign minister Wang Yi calls for restraint and urges all sides to take part in the resumption of negotiations. (Reuters) United States' policy of deterrence The United States test launch a Minuteman III missile from California to the Marshall Islands. (Los Angeles Times) Venezuela says it will withdraw from the Organization of American States after the organization decided to call a meeting without Venezuela. (Al Jazeera) (The Telegraph)

Wednesday April 26, 2017 Politics and electionsTwo political parties with federal representation in Australia merge as the Australian Conservatives absorbs the Family First Party. (News.com.au) The Moroccan Assembly of Representatives votes 208 to 91 in favor of approving of a coalition cabinet led by Saadeddine Othmani. (AP via Fox News)

Wednesday April 26, 2017 Armed conflicts and attacksIraqi Civil War (2014–present) The pro-government Popular Mobilization Forces militia takes control of the mostly destroyed ancient city of Hatra in Iraq's Nineveh Governorate, following clashes with ISIL, who seized the ruins in 2014. (BBC) Sistan and Baluchestan insurgency At least ten Iranian border guards are killed in an ambush in the southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan Province on the border with Pakistan. Sunni militant group Jaish ul-Adl claims responsibility. (The Guardian) Kamwina Nsapu rebellion The United Nations MONUSCO reports that 20 Chowe-Pende community members have been killed in clashes with the Lulua-Luba community in Kasaï-Central, Democratic Republic of Congo. (AP by KoamTV)(Al Jazeera)

Wednesday April 26, 2017 Law and crimePolice in Anchorage, Alaska, confirm that James Dale Ritchie, killed by an Anchorage police officer whom Ritchie had tried to kill in the fall of 2016, was a serial killer who had used the same gun to kill 5 people, apparently at random. Two of the murders were double homicides, with some of the deaths occurring along Anchorage's expansive Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. (U.S. News & World Report) (Alaska Public Radio Network) David Hittner, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas, rules ExxonMobil Corporation should pay a $19.95 million penalty for pollution from its Baytown, Texas, refining and chemical plant complex for 16,386 days of violations and 10 million pounds (4.5 Gg) of pollutants that were released in violation of operating permits between 2005 and 2013. (Reuters)

Wednesday April 26, 2017 Arts and cultureAmerican film director Jonathan Demme, winner of the Academy Award for Best Director for The Silence of the Lambs, dies of complications from esophageal cancer. (CNN)

Wednesday April 26, 2017 Science and technology A speculative study hypothesizes that a species of Homo may have lived in California 130,000 years ago. (National Geographic), (Ars Technica) Results, published in The Lancet medical journal, of the WOMAN (World Maternal Antifibrinolytic) international study that began in 2010, finds use of a cheap and widely available drug, tranexamic acid (Lysteda in the U.S. and Australia), could save the lives of thousands of women who die in childbirth from excessive bleeding. The medication is already in use for blood loss from major trauma, surgery, tooth removal, nose bleeds, and heavy menstruation. (The New York Times) (The Guardian) (The Lancet)

Thursday April 27, 2017

Thursday April 27, 2017 International relationsSouth Korea–United States relations A South Korean adviser says it is "impossible" for South Korea to purchase the THAAD missile complex since control of its operation would remain with the United States. The remarks come after United States president Donald Trump suggested that South Korea pay for the $1 billion system. (Reuters)

Thursday April 27, 2017 Politics and elections2017 storming of Macedonian Parliament The Macedonian Parliament is stormed by protesters opposing the election of Talat Xhaferi, an ethnic Albanian, as Speaker of the Assembly. (RT) The Bundestag approves a ban on burqas being worn by members of the German civil service. (Deutsche Welle)

Thursday April 27, 2017 Armed conflicts and attacksSyrian Civil War The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports a large explosion near Damascus International Airport followed by a fire. The Syrian government says Israel struck the military site with several missiles. Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz states that the strike "corresponds completely with Israel's policy". (BBC) (Wires via Sydney Morning Herald) The Israeli Air Defense Command shoots down a Syrian Air Force drone using a MIM-104 Patriot missile. (Times of Israel) War in Afghanistan (2015–present) Two U.S. service members are killed and a third is injured during a raid against ISIL militants in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province. (ABC News)

Thursday April 27, 2017 Law and crimeTerrorism in the United Kingdom A 27-year-old man carrying several knives in a backpack is arrested at Parliament Square, London, near the site of last month's Westminster attack. (Sky News) Kenneth Williams is executed at the Cummins Unit, Arkansas, by injection of midazolam, marking the state's fourth execution within eight days before the drug passes its expiration date. (NBC News) The Extraordinary African Chambers tribunal in Dakar, Senegal, upholds its conviction of former Chadian president Hissène Habré for crimes against humanity, but acquits him of rape. (The Guardian)

Thursday April 27, 2017 Business and economyU.S. President Donald Trump announces that he intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, softening earlier claims that he would terminate the trade bloc. (Reuters)

Thursday April 27, 2017 Arts and cultureA congress of female Islamic clerics in Cirebon, Indonesia, issues several fatwas, one of which opposes child marriage. (Channel NewsAsia)

Thursday April 27, 2017 Disasters and accidentsA Russian Navy spy ship sinks off the coast of Turkey after colliding with a Togo-flagged freighter. All 78 crew aboard the ship were safely evacuated, according to Turkish officials. (BBC)

Thursday April 27, 2017 SportsIn American football, the Cleveland Browns select Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett first in the 2017 NFL Draft. (ESPN)

Friday April 28, 2017

Friday April 28, 2017 International relationsWestern Sahara conflict The United Nations Security Council extends the MINURSO mission for another year and attempts to restart Western Sahara peace process negotiations after both sides retracted their military from a standoff position in Guerguerat, near the border with Mauritania. (Reuters)

Friday April 28, 2017 Politics and electionsAlbanian presidential election, 2017 Ilir Meta is elected the new President of Albania, winning 87 votes out of 140 members of the Assembly. (Top Channel) (ABC News) Accession of Montenegro to NATO The Parliament of Montenegro votes 46–0 to ratify Montenegro's membership of NATO, while opposition politicians boycott the vote and hold protests. (AP via ABC News) Iranian presidential election, 2017 The first six-man televised debate is held, which focused mostly on social issues. (PressTV) (Radio Free Europe) French presidential election, 2017 Jean-François Jalkh, who replaced current presidential finalist Marine Le Pen as leader of the National Front, steps down from this role after three days following the reemergence of his comments questioning the logistics of Holocaust extermination camps, and is replaced by Steeve Briois. (Bloomberg) A general strike is held in Brazil, the first one in twenty years. (Los Angeles Times) Georgia's 6th congressional district special election, 2017 In a meeting for the NRA, U.S. president Donald Trump criticizes Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff. (Politico)

Friday April 28, 2017 Law and crime2011 Helmand Province incident Sergeant Alexander Blackman, also known as Marine A, a Royal Marine who shot dead a wounded Taliban insurgent in 2011 during Operation Herrick, is released from HM Prison Erlestoke after serving more than three years of a seven-year sentence. (BBC) Richard Vallières, convicted of stealing 3,000 tonnes of maple syrup from a Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers warehouse in 2012, is sentenced to eight years in prison and fined $9.4 million, adjustable to fourteen years on non-payment of the fine. (CBC)

Friday April 28, 2017 Disasters and accidentsA 6.8 earthquake strikes off the coast of Mindanao, Philippines triggering tsunami warnings. (The Telegraph)

Saturday April 29, 2017

Saturday April 29, 2017 International relationsNorth Korea and weapons of mass destruction The U.S. Pacific Command and South Korean defense officials report that a North Korean missile was fired in the early morning, but quickly failed and did not travel beyond North Korea, echoing a similar failed attempt by North Korea thirteen days ago. (The Washington Post)

Saturday April 29, 2017 Politics and electionsPeople's Climate March Tens of thousands of people protest in Washington, D.C. to bring awareness to climate change. (The Guardian) University of Puerto Rico strikes, 2017 Strikes continue in the University of Puerto Rico because of university budget cuts from the Puerto Rico Oversight Board (PROMESA). (Pasquines) Brexit European Union leaders approve negotiating guidelines that seek to secure "sufficient progress" on the rights of European Union expatriates living in the United Kingdom, on the financial terms of the separation and on a "soft border" between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, before committing to talk about a new free trade deal. (Reuters) The 2017 White House Correspondents' Dinner is held while Donald Trump decides not to attend, becoming the first incumbent president to do so since Ronald Reagan, who did not attend the dinner while recovering from a 1981 assassination attempt. (The Washington Post)

Saturday April 29, 2017 Law and crimeMedia freedom in Turkey, Government censorship of Wikipedia, 2017 block of Wikipedia in Turkey: Monitoring group Turkey Blocks reports that a provisional administrative order blocks access to all language editions of Wikipedia in Turkey. (AFP via SBS)

Saturday April 29, 2017 Disasters and accidentsAt least 24 people are killed by a landslide in the small village of Ayu in southern Kyrgyzstan. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) 2017 Aerogaviota Antonov An-26 crash An Aerogaviota-operated Antonov An-26 plane crashes in western Artemisa Province, Cuba, killing eight troops on board. (Daily Mail) (AP via Miami Herald) April 2017 North American storm complex At least 7 people are killed in the US states of Missouri, Arkansas and Texas due to tornadoes and floods. (CNN)

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Sunday April 23, 2017 North Korea–United States relations Yonhap reports that North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen as he sought to leave the country. (BBC)

Sunday April 23, 2017 2017 French presidential election Voters in France go to the polls to elect a new president; Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron qualify for the second round. (The Wire) (The Washington Post)

Sunday April 23, 2017 War in Donbass A U.S. member of the OSCE monitoring mission is killed and two others injured after their vehicle drives over a land mine near Luhansk. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)

Sunday April 23, 2017 European migrant crisis An Italian prosecutor says there are "telephone calls" between people smugglers in Libya and some non-governmental organizations. Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, says the practices amount to a "taxi service". One NGO says "more would die" if they were not there. (Deutsche Welle) (BBC)

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Created 19 May 2017 Last updated 31 Aug 2017