Portal:Current events/August 2018

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August 2018 was the eighth month of the current common year. The month, which began on a Wednesday, ended on a Friday after 31 days.

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This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from August 2018.

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  • Researchers from Australia report the success of a plan to use mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria to prevent the spread of dengue fever in an Australian town, stating that they intend to bring the program to other locales. (BBC)
  • Reddit reports a data breach consisting of emails and usernames. The site states that the perpetrators had access to information on accounts which were subscribed to their newsletter between the 3rd and 17th of June, as well as those created between 2005 and 2007. (NBC)
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  • Oakland Raiders cornerback Daryl Worley is sentenced to three days in jail and two years of probation in June after pleading guilty to firearms and resisting arrest charges stemming from an incident in April. (NFL) (ABC News)
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  • Crime in Germany
    • A German couple is jailed for twelve years each for selling the woman's son to a Spanish pedophile on the dark web, who repeatedly abused him. The couple themselves previously abused the boy and a three-year-old girl, whom they are ordered to pay 42,500 in compensation. The Spaniard is sentenced to ten years. (BBC)

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  • The death toll from heavy floods that triggered landislides in Kerala, India, which started on 8 July, rises to 37. (India.com)

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  • School violence
    • A school official in Bicol Central Academy, a school in Libmanan, Camarines Sur, Philippines burned students' bags and other personal belongings as a punishment for students who violated the no-bag policy set for the school's event during that time. It was met with huge outrage from the netizens. (Rappler)

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  • War in Afghanistan
    • Mortars are fired at the diplomatic quarter of Kabul during a speech by President Ashraf Ghani. After several hours of fighting, including a helicopter attack on a building behind the Id Gah Mosque, police say the attackers are dead and four people are wounded. (BBC)

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  • 2018 California wildfires
    • Authorities arrest 32-year old John Colin Eagle Skoda after investigators concluded that a debris fire he started turned into a 60-square-mile blaze that killed one person and destroyed 35 homes. (ABC News)

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  • A bus plunges off a bridge onto a train track due to a malfunction near Kuopio, Finland, killing four people and injuring 20 others. (Yle News)

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  • War in Afghanistan
    • Afghan authorities say that, in a joint ground and air operation on Saturday night, Afghan and foreign forces killed the head of ISIL/K, along with ten other members of the militant group. (Reuters) (CNN)

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  • Irish paper production and packaging firm Smurfit Kappa release a statement explaining that one of its production facilities was seized a week earlier on August 21 by the Venezuelan government and its managers were arrested, with the company accused of not setting their prices at government-approved levels and smuggling. It says that the government have taken over operation of the plant. (BBC)

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  • Air Canada reports a data breach in which passport information was accessed. (BBC)

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