Chronology of news events in 2015

AP News
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Posted: Dec 25, 2015 5:38 PM

JUNE

June 1

— A Chinese cruise ship carrying elderly passengers sinks in the Yangtze River during a storm and the death toll eventually goes over 400.

June 2

— Sepp Blatter, the longtime head of FIFA, international football's governing body, steps down amid a U.S-led corruption investigation, just days after he celebrated his re-election.

June 3

— The U.S. Defense Department discloses that it inadvertently shipped possibly live anthrax to at least 51 laboratories across the U.S. and three foreign countries.

June 4

—Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Russia should never be allowed back in the Group of 7 as long as Vladimir Putin is president.

June 5

— A state prosecutor says a co-pilot with a history of depression who crashed a Germanwings airliner into the French Alps had reached out to dozens of doctors ahead of the disaster, which suggests he was seeking advice about an undisclosed ailment.

June 6

— Yemeni rebels fire a Scud missile into Saudi Arabia in a potentially major escalation of the months-long war, indicating that despite repeated airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition they still have the firepower to threaten far away cities.

June 7

— Turkish voters rebuke President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ambitions to expand his powers, stripping his party of its simple majority in parliament while a Kurdish party crossed the threshold required to enter the chamber.

June 8

— President Barack Obama says the United States still lacks a 'complete strategy" for training Iraqi forces to fight the Islamic State group.

June 9

— The first remains of victims from the Germanwings crash are flown from France to Germany about 11 weeks after the disaster that killed all 150 people on board the plane that was flown into the Alps by its co-pilot.

June 10

— Pope Francis takes the biggest step yet to crack down on bishops who cover up for priests who rape and molest children, creating a new tribunal inside the Vatican to hear cases of bishops accused of failing to protect their flocks.

June 11

— The top American general says the U.S. military reach could extend even further into Iraq if the anti-Islamic state campaign gains and holds out the possibility of a greater role for U.S troops on the ground.

June 12

— U.S. officials say hackers linked to China have gained access to sensitive background information submitted by U.S. intelligence and military personnel for security clearances; China denies any involvement.

June 13

— Spain's biggest cities complete one of the nation's biggest political upheavals in years by swearing in far-left mayors, radical leaders who have promised to cut their own salaries, halt homeowner evictions and eliminate perks enjoyed by the rich and famous.

June 14

— Severe flooding in the Georgian capital leaves at least 12 people dead and triggers a big game hunt across the city for lions, tigers, a hippopotamus and other wild animals that escaped from Tbilisi's ravaged zoo.

June 15

-_U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters capture large sections of a strategic town on the Syrian-Turkish border, dealing the biggest setback yet to the Islamic State group.

June 16

— Real estate mogul Donald Trump launches his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, denouncing Mexican immigrants as criminals and vowing to build a wall along the U.S. southern border.

June 17

__ A 21-year-old white man espousing racist views shoots and kills nine people in a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina.

June 18

— Talks about Greece's bailout end in acrimony, intensifying fears that the country is heading for bankruptcy and an exit from the euro.

June 19

— President Vladimir Putin says Russia is not seeking dominance or superpower status but wants its interests to be respected by the United States and its Western allies.

June 20

— A prominent Al-Jazeera Arabic journalist is detained in Germany over an Egyptian arrest warrant, the latest in a long series of entanglements between Egypt and satellite news channels.

June 21

— Iran's parliament approves draft legislation that would bar inspection of military sites as part of a nuclear deal with the U.S. and five other world powers.

June 22

—European officials extend sanctions against Russia for another six months over its involvement in Ukraine, prompting an angry Kremlin to warn of a possible retaliation of its own.

June 23

— WikiLeaks publishes documents that it says shows the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on the last three French presidents.

June 24

— Wind from the sea and pre-monsoon rains cool southern Pakistan, likely ending a scorching heat wave that killed at least 749 people.

June 25

—Myanmar's parliament votes against several constitutional amendments, ensuring the military's veto power remains intact and that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi cannot become president in an election this year.

June 26

— A big die-off of giant frogs has been the most dramatic sign yet of the damage being done by sewage to Bolivia's Lake Titicaca, the source of food and livelihoods for the indigenous Aymara people.

June 27

— Same-sex couples in the U.S. win the right to marry nationwide as a divided Supreme Court hands a crowning victory to the gay rights movement.

June 28

— Greek parliament votes in favor of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' motion to hold a July 5 referendum on creditor proposals for reforms in exchange for loans.

June 29

—A solar-powered plane takes off from Japan to attempt a five-day flight over open water to Hawaii, the eighth leg of its bid to fly around the world without fuel.

June 30

— Egypt deploys heavy security forces across Cairo amid preparations for the funeral of the country's prosecutor general killed in a car bombing the day before in the first assassination of a top Egyptian official in a quarter of a century.