July 2012

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July 2012 was the seventh month of that leap year. It began on a Sunday and ended after 31 days on a Tuesday.

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This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from July 2012.

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  • The Shard, the tallest building in Europe and the tallest habitable free-standing structure in the UK at 309.6 metres (1,016 ft), is officially opened. (LondonSEI) (Gulf Times)
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  • The Episcopal Church is poised to become the first major religious denomination in the United States to approve a rite for blessing gay marriages this December, just after its bishops approved such a liturgy. (The Guardian)
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  • A train derails south of Egypt's capital Cairo, injuring at least 15 people. (BBC)
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  • The US city of San Bernardino, California, declares that it has an "immediate and severe" fiscal emergency allowing it to declare bankruptcy without negotiating with creditors. (Bloomberg)
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  • DirecTV and Viacom agree to a long-term deal for DirecTV to carry Viacom channels. (CNN)
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  • 21 people were killed and 29 others were injured in bus accident in the Mexican state of Nayarit. (Fox News)
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  • The custody of three anti-Putin protesters from the Pussy Riot group is extended for another six months before their trial begins. (RIA Novosti) (AP via Google News)
  • David Burgess, already serving life imprisonment on two counts of murder, is given a fresh life sentence after being convicted of the 1966 murder of Yolande Waddington, a nanny from Berkshire, England. (BBC)
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  • United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges countries to bridge differences ahead of a deadline for a draft of a new global agreement to control international arms sales. Despite this, no agreement is reached. (BBC), (Miami Herald)
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  • Four people are sentenced to death for their involvement in a bank fraud scandal in Iran. (BBC)
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  • Advertiser accuses Facebook of fraud after discovering that 80% of the clicks they're paying for are from bots, and not actual potential customers. (Business Insider)
  • Following the @ reply and # hashtag, social media service Twitter introduces the $ symbol, a way for users to click on stock symbols and see related tweets. (CNN Money)
  • German global financial services company Deutsche Bank announces plans to cut 1,900 jobs. (Reuters)
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