2017 Week 18

This includes material from Sunday April 30, 2017 through Saturday, March 6, 2017.



Sunday April 30, 2017 Saeed Karimian, the founder and director of GEM TV, a Persian language network based in Dubai, is shot dead in Istanbul, Turkey, along with his Kuwaiti business partner. Karimian had previously been tried in absentia by a Tehran court and sentenced to six years in prison for spreading propaganda against Iran. (BBC)

Sunday April 30, 2017 Swiss mountain climber Ueli Steck dies in a mountaineering accident near Mount Everest. (AP)

Sunday April 30, 2017 Science and technologyZoologists led by the University of Papua announce the first sighting of a pack of New Guinea highland wild dogs in the wild of New Guinea, near the Grasberg mine, in over four decades. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Sunday April 30, 2017 Sodimejo, an Indonesian man who made an unverified claim to have been born in 1870, which would have made him 146 years old, has died. (The Guardian)

Monday May 1, 2017 International relations The Momentum Movement holds a pro-EU, anti-Russia march attended by approximately 10,000 in Budapest, Hungary, chanting “Europe, not Moscow” in support of the EU and against Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. (Euractiv) (BBJ) North Korea–United States relations Two Rockwell B-1B Lancer heavy bombers are flown over the Korean Peninsula by the United States, leading North Korea to accuse the US of preparing for nuclear warfare. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Monday May 1, 2017 Armed conflicts and attacks International Workers' Day Workers' Party of Belgium representative Raoul Hedebouw gets stabbed in the thigh, moments before holding a speech in Liège, Belgium. The presumed assailant is arrested. (Sudinfo) Turkish police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at demonstrators marching to Taksim Square. Over 200 people are arrested at protests around the city of Istanbul. (Reuters) Marches in Paris are disrupted as French riot police fire tear gas at violent protesters ahead of the second round of the presidential election. (Evening Standard)

Monday May 1, 2017 Law and crimeSaudi Arabia announces the arrest of 46 of what it describes as militants connected with the summer 2016 suicide bombing of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina. (Reuters) A knife attack leaves one dead and three injured at the University of Texas at Austin. (CNN)

Monday May 1, 2017 Disasters and accidents A series of earthquakes, the largest registering 6.3, strike near Mosquito Lake, Alaska, near the Alaskan border with British Columbia, Canada. At least one office building and two schools were heavily damaged and evacuated in the Yukon. (USA Today) (CBC News) Severe clear-air turbulence on an Aeroflot flight from Sheremetyevo International Airport, Moscow to Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, subjects 27 passengers to injuries including bone fractures. (CNN)

Tuesday May 2, 2017 International relationsNorth Korea and weapons of mass destruction, North Korea–United States relations North Korea vows to accelerate its nuclear weapons programme to “maximum pace” and test a nuclear device “at any time” in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's aggressive stance towards the regime. (The Guardian)

Tuesday May 2, 2017 Politics and elections United Kingdom general election, 2017 Conservative leader Theresa May states she will be a "bloody difficult woman" in her negotiations with Jean-Claude Juncker regarding the rights of EU nationals after Brexit. (BBC) French presidential election, 2017 Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen is accused of plagiarising a speech by François Fillon. (BBC) Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has announced that he will submit his government's resignation because of a disagreement with Finance Minister Andrej Babiš. (BBC) Philippine Drug War Philippine vice president Leni Robredo faces an impeachment charge before the House of Representatives for condemning the country's war on drugs at the United Nations. (Philippine Star) 2014–17 Venezuelan protests President Nicolas Maduro announces the drafting of a new constitution amid massive protests. (Los Angeles Times)

Tuesday May 2, 2017 Armed conflicts and attacks Syrian Civil War According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 38 people are killed, including civilians and Syrian Democratic Forces fighters, after ISIL militants attack a camp for displaced Syrian and Iraqi refugees near Al-Shaddadah, Al-Hasakah Governorate. (BBC)

Wednesday May 3, 2017 Politics and electionsFrench presidential election, 2017 Candidates Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron face off in a debate. (The Guardian) United Kingdom general election, 2017 Conservative politician Theresa May accuses European Union officials of trying to influence the upcoming elections. (The Scotsman)

Wednesday May 3, 2017 Armed conflicts and attacks War in Afghanistan (2015–present) A suicide bombing attack on a NATO convoy in Kabul kills eight civilians and wounds at least 28 people. (Reuters) Somali Public Works Minister Abbas Abdullahi Sheikh Siraji is shot and killed inside his vehicle by security forces near the Villa Somalia in the capital Mogadishu, after mistaking him for a militant. (BBC) (BNO News)

Wednesday May 3, 2017 Business and economy Puerto Rico government-debt crisis Puerto Rico files for the largest "local government" bankruptcy in the United States. (Reuters)

Wednesday May 3, 2017 Arts and culture Plans for a Chicago-based presidential library in honour of the former U.S. President Obama are revealed. (NBC)

Wednesday May 3, 2017 Disasters and accidentsAn explosion at a coal mine near Azadshahr, Iran, kills at least 35 miners and traps 39 others, according to state media. (BBC) A car crash at an auto auction in Billerica, Massachusetts, kills at least three and injures nine, two critically. (CNN)

Thursday May 4, 2017 International relationsThe Holy See and Myanmar establish full diplomatic relations following a meeting between Pope Francis and Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. (National Catholic Reporter) A memorandum is signed by Russia, Iran, and Turkey calling for de-escalation of the Syrian Civil War, although neither the Syrian government nor the Syrian opposition are signatories. (The New York Times)

Thursday May 4, 2017 Politics and elections United Kingdom local elections, 2017 The British people vote locally. (The Telegraph) Georgia's 6th congressional district special election, 2017 The campaign of Jon Ossoff wins a lawsuit extending voter registration. (Atlanta Journal Constitution) Algerian legislative election, 2017 Voter turnout is predicted to be low as Algerians go to the polls to elect members of the People's National Assembly. (Al Jazeera) Efforts to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, American Health Care Act of 2017 The Republican-controlled United States House of Representatives votes in favor of the repeal of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and passage of the House's 2017 American Health Care Act, by a narrow, 217–213 vote. Twenty Republicans and all Democrats opposed the bill, which now heads to the United States Senate for its legislative action. (CNN), (Fox News)

Thursday May 4, 2017 Armed conflicts and attacks 2017 Venezuelan protests A student is killed amid gunfire in El Tigre, raising the death toll in protests against Nicolás Maduro's government to at least 37 in the past month. (ABC News)

Thursday May 4, 2017 Arts and culture Buckingham Palace announces that 95-year-old Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince consort of Queen Elizabeth II, will retire from royal duties in August. (BBC)

Thursday May 4, 2017 Disasters and accidents Asian Dust A severe dust storm impacts North China, causing flight cancellations at Beijing Capital International Airport. (The Daily Star)

Thursday May 4, 2017 Science and technologyScientists confirm that Denmark has its first wild pack of Gray wolves for the first time in 200 years. (The Guardian)

Friday May 5, 2017 International relationsUnited States senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) file a bill restricting arms sales to the Philippine National Police over its drug war. (Rappler)

Friday May 5, 2017 Politics and electionsUnited Kingdom local elections, 2017 Results from yesterday's elections show significant swings towards the Conservative Party and away from the Labour Party. (The Guardian) Algerian legislative election, 2017 Results from yesterday's election give a reduced majority of seats to Abdelaziz Bouteflika's incumbent coalition. (Al Jazeera) French presidential election, 2017 Files purportedly from the campaign of Emmanuel Macron are posted online. Macron campaign officials say the files are a mix of fake and authentic documents and drew parallels with what happened in the 2016 US Presidential elections. (CNN) Political appointments of Donald Trump Tennessee state senator and former Army flight surgeon Mark E. Green withdraws his name from consideration as Secretary of the Army because of political opposition. Green was the Trump Administration's second nominee for this position. (The New York Times) (AP via U.S. News & World Report)

Friday May 5, 2017 Armed conflicts and attacks Syrian Civil War Russia, Iran and Turkey reach an agreement, effective this midnight, to establish four "safe zones" in Syria over which all military aircraft, including Turkish, Russian, and American aircraft, will be barred from flying. (Reuters) (Fox News) The United Nations welcomed the long discussed safe zones, although they have been rejected by Syrian rebels and the Kurdish PYD. (Reuters) (Fox News) (Reuters) Afghan border police and the Pakistani military clash at a border crossing near Chaman, killing at least 13 people and wounding over 80 others. Both sides blame each other for the flareup in fighting. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)

Friday May 5, 2017 Law and crime2012 Delhi gang rape The Indian Supreme Court upholds the death sentences imposed on four men convicted in the 2012 gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman on board a bus in South Delhi. (Reuters) Hundreds of prisoners escape from an overcrowded jail in Pekanbaru, Indonesia. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Friday May 5, 2017 Science and technologyThe Comac C919 makes its maiden flight from Shanghai Pudong International Airport, China. (FlightGlobal) ISRO has successfully launched a new communications satellite for South Asia from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, India. (BBC)

Saturday May 6, 2017 Politics and electionsFrench presidential election, 2017 Voting begins in territories and diplomatic missions west of Metropolitan France for the second round of the presidential election between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. (Bloomberg) France's electoral commission orders French media not to publish contents of Emmanuel Macron's leaked campaign emails to avoid influencing the presidential election, warning journalists could face criminal charges for publishing the material. (The Independent) Socialist Party National Assembly member Corinne Erhel dies after collapsing during a speech at a rally in support of Emmanuel Macron in Plouisy. (Sky News) The current French President François Hollande vows to respond to the Macron hack attack. (BBC) Hamas, which is seeking to reconcile with rival Palestinian organizations, elects former Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh its new leader, replacing term-limited Khaled Meshaal. Last week, Hamas dropped its longstanding call for Israel's destruction, and severed ties with the Muslim Brotherhood. (Reuters)

Saturday May 6, 2017 Armed conflicts and attacksWar in Afghanistan (2015–present) Pope Francis criticizes naming the U.S. military's biggest non-nuclear explosive as the Mother of All Bombs, saying that the word "mother" should not be used in reference to a deadly weapon. (Reuters) War in Somalia (2009–present) A United States Navy SEAL is killed, becoming the first U.S. service member killed in Somalia since 1993, and three others are injured in a gunfight with al-Shabaab militants, west of Mogadishu. (NBC News) 2017 Venezuelan protests A young man is shot dead in Valencia, Carabobo, amid ongoing protests against the government of Nicolás Maduro. Protesters tear down a statue of former President Hugo Chávez in Rosario de Perijá. (The Guardian) Boko Haram insurgency, Chibok schoolgirls kidnapping Nigerian officials report, as a result of negotiations, Boko Haram has released an estimated 82 schoolgirls who were among about 220 kidnapped from a secondary school in Chibok in Borno State in April 2014. (Reuters)

Saturday May 6, 2017 Disasters and accidents2016–17 South Pacific cyclone season Severe Tropical Cyclone Donna is upgraded to a Category Four, and continues to damage houses and infrastructure in the north of Vanuatu, particularly in Torba Province. (Radio New Zealand) As many as 30 people, mostly children, are killed after a school bus plunges off a road into a steep ravine in the Arusha Region of northern Tanzania. (BBC) At least 36 people are dead after two buses crash on the Lagos–Ibadan Expressway in Nigeria. (Daily Post)

Saturday May 6, 2017 Sports 2017 Kentucky Derby Always Dreaming wins the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Looking at Lee finished second and Battle of Midway was third. (Los Angeles Times) Canelo Álvarez vs. Julio César Chávez Jr. In boxing, Canelo Álvarez defeats fellow Mexican Julio César Chávez Jr. by unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring Álvarez as the winner of all 12 rounds. (ESPN)

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Sunday April 30, 2017 Democratic Party (Italy) leadership election, 2017 Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi regains the role of Secretary of the Democratic Party, after his resignation in February, in an open primary election. (The Telegraph)

Sunday April 30, 2017 2017 United States federal budget U.S. Congressional negotiators reach a bipartisan agreement on the FY 2017 federal government budget that, once approved by both Houses, will fund the entire fiscal year through September 30. The current spending authorization expires Friday, May 5. (Bloomberg) (The New York Times)

Sunday April 30, 2017 One person is killed and seven are injured in a shooting at a pool party in San Diego, California. The suspect is killed by police. (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Sunday April 30, 2017 Tornado outbreak and floods of April 28–30, 2017 The death tolls from tornadoes and floods in the midwestern and southern United States rises to ten with two people missing. (Fox News)

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Created 20 May 2017 Last updated 10 Nov 2017