June 2015 Current Events: World News
Here are the key events in world news for the month of June 2015.
Millions Exposed by Computer Hacking Linked to China (June 4): U.S. officials announce that at least four million federal employees are involved in a data breach by hackers who have been traced to China. The breach is one of the largest ever of federal employee data and involves employees past and present. The Obama administration announces that the breach was first discovered in April of this year, but may have started in late 2014.
Canada Hosts the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup (June 6): The seventh FIFA Women's World Cup (WWC) begins in Canada. Six cities spanning the breadth of the North American country, including Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Winnipeg, will play host to 24 international teams playing in 52 total matches to determine which team will bring home the championship cup on July 5. Teams to watch include the defending champions, Japan; a team Germany has its eye on, France; highest ranked Germany, and the United States, looking for its third WWC win.
Serena Williams and Stan Wawrinka Win French Open (June 6-7): Serena Williams wins her third French Open women's championship by beating Lucie Safarova, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2. The win gives Williams her 20th singles title, putting her third on the all-time list behind Margaret Court (24 titles) and Steffi Graf (22 titles). Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka beat favorite, world number one Novak Djokovic, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 to take the men's crown for the first time. This is Wawrinka's second title overall, having won the Australian Open in 2014.
Erdogan Loses Majority in Turkey's Elections (June 7): President Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) loses its majority in Parliament in Turkey's election. The party wins 41% of the vote and 258 seats in the 550-seat parliament, down from its current 327 seats. The result puts the brakes on Erdogan's plan to amend the constitution to further consolidate power and were considered a referendum on his increasingly authoritarian leadership. The pro-Kurdish party, the People's Democratic Party, takes 13% of the vote, enough to land representation in Parliament for the first time. The party will have 80 seats. Turnout is high, 87%.
Gunman Kills Dozens at Beach Resort in Tunisia (June 26): A gunman, identified as 23-year-old Seifeddine Rezgui, opens fire at the Port El Kantaoui resort, killing 38 tourists. It is the second attack on tourists in Tunisia in three months. In March, at attack on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis killed 22 people. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for both attacks.
Greece Misses Debt Payment (June 29): Greece misses a critical debt payment of 1.5 billion euros to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), increasing the country's financial crisis. Greece's international creditors refuse to extend the country's bailout program. The IMF places Greece in arrears, a classification used to avoid saying a country that doesn't pay its debt on time is in default. The missed payment creates alarm and chaos. Greece shuts down its banking system, ordering its banks to close for six days. Standard & Poor's releases a statement about Greece that said, "a commercial default is inevitable within the next six months." Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras calls for a referendum where voters will decide whether or not to accept the terms of the country's creditors. Tsipras urges voters to choose "no," which is met with Pro-European protests in Athens. Tsipras writes a letter to the international creditors, which says that Greece will accept the bailout offered if many of the conditions are changed. However, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany dismisses Tsipras' letter, saying that the letter is too late and that there should be no more negotiations until Greece holds its referendum on July 5.