Thursday 21 June 2012
It was Thursday, under the sign of Cancer. The US president was Barack Obama (Democratic). In that special week of June people in US were listening to Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen.
Magic Mike, directed by Steven Soderbergh, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2012
while Fifty Shades Freed by E L James was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened that day: find out below..
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- Arab Spring:
- Syrian uprising: The pilot of a Syrian MiG 21 fighter plane defects to Jordan after landing in a military air base in northern Jordan. (Al Jazeera)
- In Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, ousted from power in last year's revolution, is reported to be ampquotclinging to lifeampquot as his deterioration adds further to Egyptian uncertainty. (IBN Live)
- Human Rights Watch expresses concern over the Egyptian military's level of commitment to handing over power to civilian rule. (Al Jazeera)
- War on Drugs:
- Mexican Drug War: Mexican marines detain Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar, the son of Joaquín Guzmán Loera (alias ''El Chapo''), Mexico's most-wanted drug lord in the western state of Jalisco. (''The Washington Post'')
- The Uruguayan government announces plans to start selling marijuana in limited amounts to registered users. (RT)
- In Afghanistan, Taliban soldiers invade a hotel in Kabul, kill guests, and hold some hostages. (Reuters)
- U.S. artist LeRoy Neiman, one of the world's most commercially successful contemporary artists and an official painter of five Olympiads famed for his instant renditions of sporting action, dies in New York. (BBC)
- A Lucian Freud self portrait painted on an egg shell is sold at auction to a private collector for £27,000. (BBC)
- Vassilis Rapanos, chairman of Greece's largest private bank, is named finance minister. (RTE)
- Air France announces its decision to cut just under 10% of the total workforce (more than 5,000 jobs) by the end of next year in an attempt to restore profitability. (BBC)
- Moody's downgrades the credit rating of 15 major world banks: UK (Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays and HSBC), US (Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan), Rest of world (Credit Suisse, UBS, BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole, Societe Generale, Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Canada and Morgan Stanley). (BBC)
- Avianca, Copa Airlines and TACA Airlines join Star Alliance, becoming the 26th, 27th and 28th member airlines. This will prompt TAM Airlines to transfer to Oneworld in the foreseeable future (Fox Business)
- The US Dow Jones Industrial Average falls by 251 points on the back of weak economic data and poor news from the Eurozone. (CNBC)
- An Indonesian Air Force Fokker 27 crashes in a residential complex in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, killing at least six people. (BBC)
- A boat carrying up to 200 asylum seekers capsizes north of Christmas Island, between Indonesia and Australia with 110 survivors rescued. (AAP via ''Brisbane Times'')
- President of Ecuador Rafael Correa decides on the issue of granting asylum to WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange as Assange remains in the Ecuadorian embassy of London, risking arrest by the British authorities. (Al Jazeera)
- Oakland-based group Courage to Resist asks participants in the 42nd annual Pride parade this Sunday to march in celebration of the imprisoned U.S. serviceman Bradley Manning, imprisoned by the U.S. government for alleged leaking of classified information into the public domain. (''San Francisco Examiner'')
- The father of previous President of Chile Michelle Bachelet was probably tortured to death after the 1973 coup led by Augusto Pinochet, a judge says. (BBC)
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