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March 2011

March 2011 was the third month of that common year. It began on a Tuesday and ended after 31 days on a Thursday.

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Portal:Current events

This is an Current events Portal from March 2011.
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • 2011 Iranian protests: Tear gas is fired on anti-government demonstrators during clashes in the capital Tehran. (BBC) (AFP via Google News)
  • 2011 Jordanian protests: Relatives of jailed Islamists in Jordan demand their release in a demonstration in the capital Amman. (Sify India) (Ynet)
  • 2011 Libyan civil war
    • Al-Jazeera reports that forces supporting Muammar Gaddafi have bombed targets in the Libyan city of Misrata. (Al-Jazeera)
    • Forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi attack the city of Nalut near the Tunisian border. )Hindustan Times(Reuters via
    • The United Nations says the situation on the Libyan/Tunisian border has reached "crisis point". (BBC)
  • 2011 Omani protests: A fourth day of protests take place, with security forces firing into the air in an attempt to disperse protesters. (Al Arabiya)
  • NATO forces kill 9 Afghan children while they collected firewood; this is the third NATO attack on civilians in the last 2 weeks.(Democracy Now!)
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Business and economy
  • Ally Financial, the company formerly known as General Motors Acceptance Corporation, announced in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that the U.S. Treasury Department will be selling some of Ally's preferred securities. This is part of the unwinding of the Treasury's investment in the auto industry as a result of the 2008 financial crisis. (Bloomberg).
Disasters
  • 2011 Canterbury earthquake
    • New Zealand holds a two-minute silence in respect for the victims of the 2011 Canterbury earthquake. )New Zealand Herald(,
    • The death toll from the earthquake has reached 154 with the final toll expected to be around 240. )New Zealand Herald(
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  • New Zealand authorities state that they have given up finding survivors from the 2011 Canterbury earthquake with the final death toll expected to be approximately 240. (AP, Reuters, via MSNBC)
  • 40 people die in northern gorge. (Rediff), (AP via Breitbart)
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  • A 6.2 magnitude earthquake shakes northern Chile and southern Peru. (Andina)
  • Nine people are killed and 12 injured in a fire in a bar in Taichung, Taiwan. (Focus Taiwan) (BBC)
  • Three people are killed and 28 others are hospitalised in a shipping incident on the Greek island of Crete. (Al Jazeera)
  • Seven people are missing after a mobile home park fire near Lake Granbury, Texas. (WFAA)
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  • A possible discovery of extraterrestrial life forms in samples of CI1 meteorites is reported in the Journal of Cosmology by Richard B. Hoover. )Daily Times( )The Star( However, NASA formally distanced itself from Hoover's claim and his lack of expert peer-reviews. (ABC News)
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Business and economy
  • Oil companies and banks have stopped trading with Libya after the introduction of sanctions leading to a shutdown of exports and further pressure on oil prices. )Wall Street Journal(
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Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Libyan Civil War:
    • The Gaddafi regime offers US$400,000 bounty for rebel leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil. (RIA Novosti) )Haaretz(
    • Activists in London calling themselves Topple the Tyrants occupy the mansion of Gaddafi's son, saying they would stay "until this property can be returned to the Libyan people." (BBC) )Huffington Post(
    • The city of Ra's Lanuf comes under heavy shelling by government forces. (Al Jazeera)
    • Egypt has been secretly aiding Libyan rebels, apparently has sent around 100 Special Forces troops, while Cairo has made no official comment on the report.(UPI) )Daily Mirror(
    • A BBC team is subjected to a mock execution by Libyan soldiers. (AP via Google) )The Daily Telegraph(
  • 2011 Yemeni protests:
    • Two people die in continuing demonstrations across the country. (Al Jazeera)
    • Doctors suspect nerve gas was used on protesters. )The Sydney Morning Herald(
  • 2010–2011 Ivorian crisis: Unrest continues in Côte d'Ivoire as the internationally-recognised President Alassane Ouattara heads to a mediation summit. (AFP via Google News)
  • Police in Uganda fire tear gas at demonstrators protesting the win of incumbent President Yoweri Museveni in elections. (Reuters)
  • Clashes between Christian Copt and Muslims in the Egyptian capital Cairo kill 13 people and injure 140. )Times of India(
  • According to the United Nations, Afghan civilian deaths increased by 15% in 2010, to 2777. (Bloomberg)
Arts and culture
Business and economy
  • A government-sponsored study in Canada concludes that heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic compounds found in the Athabasca River downstream of oil sands plants, are not a natural occurrence but pollution resulting from those plants. (Reuters)
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International relations
  • North Korea posts a rare interview with the families of defectors urging them to return home. (AFP via Google News) (Yonhap)
  • Taiwan says it will end restrictions on Philippine workers imposed after a row over the deportation of 14 Taiwanese to mainland China. )Straits Times(
  • Denmark upgrades its relation with Palestine to a mission, the second highest rank, following many other western nations recent upgrades.)Haaretz(
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  • China posts a trade deficit for the first time since March 2010, amid slowing exports. (BBC) )Shanghai Daily(
  • The Bank of Korea increases the main interest rate in South Korea by a quarter percentage point to 3% due to concerns over inflation. (Yonhap) (Market Watch via Fox Business News)
  • Moody's downgrades Spain's credit rating to Aa2 due to the cost of restructuring the Spanish banking system. )Financial Times(
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