Friday 22 June 2012
It was Friday, 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.
Ted, directed by Seth MacFarlane, 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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- Syrian uprising (2011-present):
- The Syrian military shoots down a Turkish F-4 Phantom fighter jet after it had entered Syrian airpsace over the Mediterranean Sea. (BBC)
- Twenty-six people believed to belong to the pro-government armed group Shabiha are killed in northern Aleppo Governorate. (Al Jazeera)
- Saudi Arabia announces it plans to pay salaries of the Free Syria Army, in an attempt to encourage more defections from Assad's forces. (''The Guardian'')
- NATO-backed Afghan security forces end a 12-hour siege carried out by Taliban insurgents on the Spozhmai Hotel outside Kabul, killing all five insurgents. (BBC)
- Anti-austerity protests spread through the Sudanese city of Khartoum, with security forces breaking them up. (Al Jazeera)
- At least 14 people are killed and 106 others wounded in two successive bombings at a popular market on the northern outskirts of Baghdad. (Reuters)
- Carol Ann Duffy, Jeanette Winterson, Simon Armitage, Melvin Burgess and the creator of ''Coronation Street'' are among signatories calling for the destruction of books to stop in Manchester. (''The Guardian'')
- Thousands of students in rebel Islamist-controlled northern Mali leave schools after the imposition of Sharia law. (IRIN)
- Torrential rain causes chaos at the Isle of Wight musical festival. (''The Guardian'')
- The Philippines lends the International Monetary Fund $1 billion. ''(Philippine Daily Inquirer)''
- Wells Fargo plans to move jobs to India and the Philippines. (Reuters)
- WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange gives an interview on Australian radio as his attempt to gain political asylum in Ecuador continues. (''The Guardian'')
- South China Sea dispute:
- China criticizes Vietnam for passing a law that claims sovereignty of the Spratly Islands. (''The Sydney Morning Herald'')
- China asks the Philippines to refrain from ampquotinfluencing public opinionampquot in their dispute over the Scarborough Shoal. (''Philippine Daily Inquirer'')
- Ugandan ethics minister Simon Lokodo signs a government statement saying that it does not discriminate against homosexuals and that they are free to meet. (IOL)
- Khilal Mamedov, a prominent Azeri human rights activist and journalist, is arrested on suspicion of drug possession, a move a fellow rights watchdog says is politically motivated. (MSNBC)
- Jerry Sandusky, former American football coach at Pennsylvania State University, is convicted on 45 charges of child sex abuse. He is on suicide watch. (MSNBC)
- Protests over pay by police officers in Bolivia spread a police building is ransacked while president Evo Morales offers concessions. (France 24)
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