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This page provides a forum for editors to suggest items for inclusion in Template:In the news (ITN), a protected Main Page template, as well as the forum for discussion of candidates. This is not the page to report errors in the ITN section on the Main Page—please go to the appropriate section at WP:ERRORS.

This candidates page is integrated with the daily pages of Portal:Current events. Under each daily section header below is the transcluded Portal:Current events items for that day (with a light green header). Each day's portal page is followed by a subsection for suggestions and discussion.

Paweł Adamowicz
Paweł Adamowicz

How to nominate an item[edit]

In order to suggest a candidate:

  • Update an article to be linked to from the blurb to include the recent developments, or find an article that has already been updated.
  • Find the correct section below for the date of the event (not the date nominated) in UTC.
    • Do not add sections for new dates. These are automatically generated (at midnight UTC) by a bot; creating them manually breaks this process. Remember, we use UTC dates.
  • Nominate the blurb for ITN inclusion under the "Suggestions" subheading for the date, emboldening the link in the blurb to the updated article. Use a level 4 header (====) when doing so.
    • Preferably use the template {{ITN candidate}} to nominate the article related to the event in the news. Make sure that you include a reference from a verifiable, reliable secondary source. Press releases are not acceptable. The suggested blurb should be written in simple present tense.
    • Adding an explanation why the event should be posted greatly increases the odds of posting.
  • Please consider alerting editors to the nomination by adding the template {{ITN note}} to the corresponding article's talk page.

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There are criteria which guide the decision on whether or not to put a particular item on In the news, based largely on the extensiveness of the updated content and the perceived significance of the recent developments. These are listed at WP:ITN.

Submissions that do not follow the guidelines at Wikipedia:In the news will not be placed onto the live template.


  • Items that have been posted or pulled from the main page are generally marked with (Posted) or (Pulled) in the item's subject so it is clear they are no longer active.
  • Items can also be marked as (Ready) when the article is both updated and there seems to be a consensus to post. The posting admin, however, should always judge the update and the consensus to post themselves. If you find an entry that you don't feel is ready to post is marked (Ready), you should remove the mark in the header.

Voicing an opinion on an item[edit]

  • Format your comment to contain "support" or "oppose", and include a rationale for your choice. In particular, address the notability of the event, the quality of the article, and whether it has been updated.
  • Some jargon: RD refers to "recent deaths", a subsection of the news box which lists only the names of the recent notable deceased. Blurb refers to the full sentences that occupy most of the news box. Most eligible deaths will be listed in the recent deaths section of the ITN template. However, some deaths may be given a full listing if there is sufficient consensus to do so.
  • The blurb of a promoted ITN item may be modified to complement the existing items on the main page.

Please do not...[edit]

  • ... add simple "support!" or "oppose!" votes without including your reasons. Similarly, curt replies such as "who?", "meh", or "duh!" are usually not helpful. Instead, explain the reasons why you think the item meets or does not meet the ITN inclusion criteria so a consensus can be reached.
  • ... oppose an item because the event is only relating to a single country, or failing to relate to one. This applies to a high percentage of the content we post and is unproductive.
  • ... accuse other editors of supporting, opposing or nominating due to a personal bias (such as ethnocentrism). Conflicts of interest are not handled at ITN.
  • ... comment on a story without first reading the relevant article(s).
  • ... oppose a WP:ITN/R item here because you disagree with current WP:ITN/R criteria (these can be discussed at the relevant Talk Page)


January 16[edit]

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January 15[edit]

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2019 Nairobi hotel attack[edit]

Article: 2019 Nairobi hotel attack (talk, history)
Blurb: ​At least 14 people are killed in a terrorist attack within a Nairobi hotel by the militant group Al-Shabaab.
News source(s): Citizen TV, CNN, BBC
Nominator: Shadychiri (talk • give credit)
Updater: No Swan So Fine (talk • give credit)
Other updaters: Beowul116 (talk • give credit) and Lopifalko (talk • give credit)

Article updated

Nominator's comments: The incident is a substantial act of terror in Kenya since Garrisa University college attack. As the Area is cordoned off, the incident is assumed to be still ongoing until the operation is complete 22:15, 15 January 2019 (UTC)

  • Support: Minimal though the article is, it appears well-sourced; this is getting play on the promos for the national evening news here in the U.S. so there's international interest. Daniel Case (talk) 23:30, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support - and ready for posting.BabbaQ (talk) 23:35, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support Should have added this after fixing up the blurb/nom for Shadychiri. Article is short but sourced and will only grow as more details unfold. --Masem (t) 00:31, 16 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Wait until the article has some meat on its bones. Right now it's a stub and we don't promote stubs on the main page. Support in principle. -Ad Orientem (talk) 01:54, 16 January 2019 (UTC)

Failed Brexit Vote in UK Parliament[edit]

Article: Brexit (talk, history)
Blurb: ​The UK Parliament votes against the Withdrawal Agreement presented by Prime Minister Theresa May, leaving in doubt whether necessary economic agreements will be in place before the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.
Alternative blurb: ​The UK Parliament votes against the European Union Withdrawal Agreement presented by Prime Minister Theresa May, triggering a vote of confidence in her government.
News source(s): NYTimes
Nominator: Masem (talk • give credit)

Article updated

Nominator's comments: This is not the end of the Brexit situation, but is a significant vote that alters what will happen in the future. In addition to a "no confidence" put forth against May by the opposition party, May has to come up with alternate Withdrawal proposals by Monday, or risk that UK will leave without any trade/economic agreements in place which is threatening to harm UK's economy. Masem (t) 20:41, 15 January 2019 (UTC)

  • Comment the last part of the sentence, "leaving in doubt whether the UK will withdrawal from the European Union" seems unnecessarily speculative. It could just as well have said ""leaving in doubt whether the UK will leave the European Union with a deal" or something similar. Nobody knows what will happen now, to be frank. Yakikaki (talk) 20:46, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose unless the government falls. Otherwise this is just the latest chapter in the never ending Brexit drama. We rarely post non-events... i.e. the Commons did not pass the government's Brexit deal. -Ad Orientem (talk) 20:48, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose if we get a new PM or a general election out of it, let's re-visit, otherwise this is just another facet of the ongoing omnishambles. The Rambling Man (talk) 20:49, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
    • If TRM (which I will take as an expert on all matters UK) deems this not appropriate, I would not be against a speedy close. Everything I read about this seems to make this a big thing, stateside, but if the UK just sees this as just part of the Brexit situation, then let's keep it to that. --Masem (t) 20:51, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
      I think most of the EU at this point just waits until 29 March is here so we can finally get rid of those drama queens on the island. Regards SoWhy 21:00, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
      I think there's more than a tiny chance we're going to stay in, so better get used to the queens once again. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:07, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
      Minor point: back in November, you said that 'Parliament voting against the "deal"' was worthy of posting. But things changes very quickly on this matter. Carcharoth (talk) 10:08, 16 January 2019 (UTC)
      Actually, no, I said it was "useful news", nothing about "worthy of posting". Given that we're now in a cycle of continual rejection, posting it is probably not actually even useful. The Rambling Man (talk) 10:20, 16 January 2019 (UTC)
      Fair enough, though you did say that in response to my post that asked 'what are the key events that would justify an ITN/C nomination?'. Anyway, when has ITN ever been about posting "useful news"? Carcharoth (talk) 10:24, 16 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose It was a fairly guaranteed fail, everyone predicted it. Wait to see if May resigns. Kingsif (talk) 20:57, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose - mainly per TRM. Nothing much has happened yet. Fallout therefrom may be a story, or may not be. The big story will be on Brexit day, currently scheduled for 29 March. Mjroots (talk) 21:02, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Wait: Defeats like this are unprecedented, and so are motions of no confidence. I'll defer judgement until tomorrow night. Sceptre (talk) 21:02, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Wait for the vote of no confidence tomorrow. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 21:06, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
    But even then there's no definitive outcome. I guess a vote of no confidence in the government itself might just about be newsworthy, but even then I'm not sure it's that big a deal compared to what's going on in the backdrop. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:07, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Ongoing Brexit is major news every day in the UK and this will continue as the deadline approaches. As there will be further twists and turns, an entry in Ongoing would be appropriate to help readers find our coverage. Andrew D. (talk) 21:23, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Comment no offence to the esteemed Wikipedians above, who of course comment in good faith, but it's at times like this that it becomes clear how unfit for purpose ITN really is. And I say this every time. This vote is by far the most significant thing to befall the UK in recent years. It was the biggest defeat by a sitting government in Parliament since democracy began. Yes, it was predicted, but it sets in motion an utterly unpredictable and potentially catastrophic series of events. The no confidence vote tomorrow is a red herring. It will not succeed. But today's story is the headline. Across the world. And of course it should be posted. It probably won't, but it should. There endeth the rant.  — Amakuru (talk) 22:35, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support one would be hard-pressed to find a country where this isn't in the news. Post now, update as new information comes. Banedon (talk) 22:42, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Change the statement : The statement isn't neutral at this moment.--1233Talk 23:31, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Wait, per others, to see if this develops into either May resigning or the government falling on tomorrow's confidence vote (which I doubt will happen, as May is too smart to let that happen if (or more likely, when) she realizes she won't win and tenders her resignation). Daniel Case (talk) 23:34, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Agree. She might just scrape though tomorrow's vote. And even if she doesn't, she is not obliged to resign or call a General Election. Martinevans123 (talk) 23:46, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Thanks. Suggested alt-blurb in box. Still not great... Moscow Mule (talk) 00:09, 16 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose because it doesn't actually decide anything, but would suggest moving to Ongoing - this is going to move quickly now and generate a lot of stories. Black Kite (talk) 23:42, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Ongoing seems to fit the bill, or lack of it, here. Espresso Addict (talk) 00:06, 16 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support a significant milestone in a major international story which has dominated headlines for years it seems absurd to not post this. --LaserLegs (talk) 00:49, 16 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Comment The problem is, this particular stage is largely not news as it was expected and everyone not living under a rock knew was going to be the result and its not even the most important step in the whole leave process. The process that started with the leglislation to leave, and will end at the end of March (assuming it doesnt get reversed by then). The no-confidence motion will be news if it passes, but not if it doesnt, but even if it does pass it then only triggers a 14 day window for the government to try and deal their way out of it, if they cant pass another no confidence motion within 14 days, it then triggers a general election (which takes place 25 days after that) - at this point we are near the end of Feb, if that results in a change of Gov, the new Gov then needs to either decide if its holding a new referendum, decide if its taking the deal on the table, attempt to negotiate a new deal with the EU, or just continue to crash out. It could also unilaterally pass legislation to reverse the leave. All of the above are important news-worthy stages, but its going to be spread out over a 2 month period, far too long for 'ongoing'. And some/all of the various options might not take place. So it might be better to have a quick RFC on what main results to include rather than waiting for them to come up individually (if they do). Only in death does duty end (talk) 01:01, 16 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Question for BrExperts: Is "Meaningful vote" really the best name for this article? Will people looking for it be able to find it in a few years' time? Hawkeye7 (discuss) 01:45, 16 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose as blurb; Ongoing would get my support. At the moment it's just another step on a very long path (and is "bill failed to pass" really an ITN story?) There are several potential outcomes to this which may be on the MP in the next few days/weeks. - SchroCat (talk) 08:29, 16 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Well, the vote was 432 against and 202 in support of the deal, which was the largest majority against a United Kingdom government ever. Surprised this is not in the proposed blurb. Martinevans123 (talk) 08:47, 16 January 2019 (UTC)
  • True, which is certainly a better blurb, but on reflection I still think Ongoing is better for now - there will be more of this to rumble on over the next 11+ weeks (or even longer) that will be more newsworthy than a parliamentary voting record. - SchroCat (talk) 09:42, 16 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Wait for the outcome of the confidence vote. If May loses the confidence vote, then I would support, with that information added to the blurb. If May wins the confidence vote, then I would oppose and would wait until Brexit itself, which is only a couple of months away if May wins. (NorthernFalcon (talk) 09:22, 16 January 2019 (UTC))
  • I'm glad you have a crystal ball - Brexit is only one possible outcome, whether she wins or loses! - SchroCat (talk) 09:42, 16 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Comment I would support an entry in ongoing, or potentially an individual entry with wording similar to Martin's comment above. To quote the live news feed from the BBC (entry at 08.39 today), "Theresa May's historic Commons defeat is splashed across the front pages of papers across the globe" (my emphasis). To those who say that this was expected and just another chapter, well, we currently have the US federal government shutdown in 'ongoing', and I don't see that as substantively more significant than the whole Brexit shenanigans. PaleCloudedWhite (talk) 09:25, 16 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Comment - back in November, I started a section at WT:ITN (the talk page for 'In The News', link is to the archived version) to see what thoughts people had about how to handle potential ITN items relating to Brexit and related articles. It may be worth resuming that discussion in the coming days and weeks. User:Sca commented back then that posting the result of the vote should be considered. I think the scale of the historic defeat is what should possibly be posted here. If this was not Brexit, but a parliamentary defeat of this scale on another matter in 'normal' times, we would very likely be posting it (because it would lead to the government collapsing/resigning). But these are not normal times for British parliamentary democracy. Back in November, when opining what would rise to the level of an ITN entry, I said: actual change of PM and/or government, result of any new referendum, formal moment of any Brexit, and hardly anything else. Though this comes close. On balance, I would say an entry now is justifiable. The scale of the defeat will be seen as one of the key moments. Carcharoth (talk) 10:02, 16 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Comment - as usual, the purpose of ITN is utterly ignored in the rush to come up with reasons why this shouldn't be posted. Purpose #1 is To help readers find and quickly access content they are likely to be searching for because an item is in the news. It undoubtedly meets that. Purpose #2 is To showcase quality Wikipedia content on current events. The update on this particular vote is admittedly short, but the Brexit article as a whole is well-written and informative, and there is no doubt that readers will be looking for it this week. I acknowledge the caveat about not posting continual updates on the same topic, and I wouldn't have supported any of the previous "developments" that have been rumbling on day after day for the past two months, but this is really the big one. The vote we've been waiting for forever, the government lost it by the biggest margin in history, and despite being predicted, it still changes the course of things completely and has been the top story in all major countries of the world. And going forward I would not expect any further blurbs on Brexit until either a referendum is held, or we crash out in March with no deal, or a deal is agreed and we leave. But those are all weeks or months away. So yes I think we should post this one, but no I don't think that would set a precedent that every other Brexit item will be posted. This is the biggy.  — Amakuru (talk) 10:36, 16 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Voyager is leaving the solar system and Britain is leaving the EU. Rather than trying to figure out the milestones from our own opinions, look at any major news outlet in the world. What is today’s headline? This. Either post it or put it in ongoing. Voyager has no practical impact on daily life. Jehochman Talk 10:51, 16 January 2019 (UTC)

Laurent Gbagbo acquitted of crimes against humanity[edit]

Article: Laurent Gbagbo (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Former President of Ivory Coast Laurent Gbagbo is acquitted of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court
News source(s): The Guardian
Nominator: Dumelow (talk • give credit)

Nominator's comments: I know we don't often post acquittals but this is a pretty big case and has been described as a big blow for the ICC, especially as the judges halted the trial early and found the prosecution had not provided sufficient evidence. Worth a discussion, I think - Dumelow (talk) 18:52, 15 January 2019 (UTC)

  • Tentative support, however, the update is thin and the blurb should mention the 2010 crisis. --Tone 19:58, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Comment Article has a severe referencing issue. Entire sections without a single reference.--SirEdimon (talk) 19:59, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose on referencing/quality. Otherwise an appropriate ITN blurb. --Masem (t) 20:18, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support acquittals are as notable as convictions. Banedon (talk) 22:42, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support The acquital of Gbagbo brings into fore the chain of mistrials and acquitals that have befelled the ICC. They stated they had a strong case only for it to wither away. this is something that shouldn't be let go silently Shadychiri (talk) 22:58, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support - per notable judgement.BabbaQ (talk) 23:36, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Comment: Would like to see some reactions to the acquittal in the article before posting. SpencerT•C 00:40, 16 January 2019 (UTC)
    • I have added a couple (mass celebrations in IC, but general concern about the ICC's role in future cases). --Masem (t) 00:56, 16 January 2019 (UTC)

RD: Carol Channing[edit]

Article: Carol Channing (talk, history)
Recent deaths nomination
News source(s): NYT
Nominator: WaltCip (talk • give credit)

Per this RFC and further discussion, the nomination of any individual human, animal or other biological organism with a standalone Wikipedia article whose recent death is in the news is presumed to be important enough to post. Discussion should focus only on the quality of the article. See also WP:ITNRD.

Nominator's comments: Renowned Broadway star, passed away at 97 years old. WaltCip (talk) 12:58, 15 January 2019 (UTC)

  • Weak oppose some paras unreferenced in the main prose and the awards/noms table almost completely uncited. The Rambling Man (talk) 13:03, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support. With the exception of some redlinked husbands, it seems gtg. — Wyliepedia @ 15:33, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Weak support. A couple of citations needed but awards nominations referenced. The two instances where citations are missing are not essential to the article and the text could be amended pending references. Capitalistroadster (talk) 16:14, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
    Actually there looks like there are currently six [citation needed] tags. The Rambling Man (talk) 16:16, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose The citations needed tags are just the beginning of the problem. Several of references are to YouTube video clips of her movies and interviews on television talk shows. Much of this article may be original research. Her YouTube videos are worth a watch and very entertaining but they are not reliable sources.--- Coffeeandcrumbs 18:26, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
    • Not necessarily, but they do pose a problem. If she talked about herself on a television interview on a recognized television program, and we can cite show, episode, air date, etc. then that's acceptable as a reliable source. We cannot however link to YouTube videos that aren't uploaded by the show's copyright holder. Spot-check shows most of the video links are clear copyright vios in this sense. That's a major problem, but if they can be changed to {{cite video}} templates without the YouTube link, then that's better. --Masem (t) 18:48, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
      • The reliance on primary sources is pretty bad. Large portions of the personal life section is sourced to divorse court documents hosted on Justia. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 20:49, 15 January 2019 (UTC)

January 14[edit]

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  • Over 31,000 teachers, nurses, counselors and librarians in Los Angeles, who have been without a contract for more than a year, go on a strike to demand higher pay after negotiations for improved compensation and work conditions failed. (CBS News) (Al Jazeera)

(Posted blurb) Paweł Adamowicz[edit]

Article: Paweł Adamowicz (talk, history)
Recent deaths nomination
Blurb: Mayor of Gdańsk Paweł Adamowicz dies after being stabbed on stage at a charity concert.
News source(s): The Guardian
Nominator: Ammarpad (talk • give credit)

Per this RFC and further discussion, the nomination of any individual human, animal or other biological organism with a standalone Wikipedia article whose recent death is in the news is presumed to be important enough to post. Discussion should focus only on the quality of the article. See also WP:ITNRD.

Nominator's comments: Polish politician stabbed to death, the article is short though. –Ammarpad (talk) 16:06, 14 January 2019 (UTC)

  • Comment I actually think a blurb would be more appropriate here. The story is headline news in the UK whereas him dying of natural causes would not be. Thryduulf (talk) 17:12, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Weak Support Blurb article is close to a stub. power~enwiki (π, ν) 17:35, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support blurb...RD is useless. Political asassinations in Europe are extremely rare. - EugεnS¡m¡on 17:38, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support blurb - rare assassination of a politician, in Europe.BabbaQ (talk) 17:43, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose too much is unreferenced for a BLP. The Rambling Man (talk) 17:43, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
    • That issue has been resolved now. --BorgQueen (talk) 06:46, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose Pretty much everything save for the assault is unreferenced. Support blurb Mayor of a major Polish city killed by a madman - worth the ITN Openlydialectic (talk) 17:53, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support blurb. The article is in much better shape now. --BorgQueen (talk) 18:11, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support RD While there are a few cites missing from the awards section the article is adequate, if barely, for RD. Oppose blurb This was a mayor, not a national political office holder. And the article, while acceptable for RD, is nowhere near good enough for a blurb. It is only barely a start class. -Ad Orientem (talk) 18:18, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose A few of the awards still lack citations. ―Susmuffin Talk 18:25, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support RD - It's pretty big deal here in Poland. It's the first assassination since 1930's --TheDFPL (talk) 18:28, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support Blurb It seems this is a major story in European news. In my opinion it satisfies the criteria in WP:ITNRD. — bieχχ (talk) 18:29, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • I'd support blurb but the article needs some work with references, for example, most of the awards are unreferenced (blue links do not count). --Tone 19:39, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support RD on improvements, oppose blurb It's an assassination, but of a city's mayor by a criminal that blames the city for his incarceration. It's a very localized domestic situation, and not a result of some international plot. --Masem (t) 19:47, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support blurb Assassinations of European politicians during these times in this manner nonetheless an assassination of a major city mayor in Poland is even rarer. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 19:57, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • plus Posted I have posted as RD but consensus is emerging for a blurb if sourcing can be improved on the article — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 20:48, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support blurb. I fixed both citation-needed tags. wumbolo ^^^ 21:28, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support blurb All citation-needed tags have been resolved. Uses x (talk) 21:34, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support blurb notable and acceptable quality --DannyS712 (talk) 22:05, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Pull it's not adequately referenced, no-one appears to have checked this thoroughly enough before it was posted. The Rambling Man (talk) 22:09, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
    • Apart from a few minor awards ("Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Golden Cross") which could justifiably be removed from the article entirely, what isn't sourced? power~enwiki (π, ν) 22:22, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
    • The only unreferenced parts are four medals, and I would agree that these could be removed from the article if necessary. Uses x (talk) 22:29, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
      • Then fix it or remove it. Right now it's a blatant BLP violation and one which should have prevented any admin from posting it. The Rambling Man (talk) 22:39, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
        • Unsourced awards have been removed, as per BLP Uses x (talk) 22:44, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
          • Thank you, of course that should have happened before it sat on the main page for a couple of hours, especially considering those concerns had been raised some hours before. The Rambling Man (talk) 22:45, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
            • "Blatant BLP violation" is a blatant stretch. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 02:11, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
              • Of course, unverifiable awards are just fine. Little wonder there's so little trust in some admins to reinforce such important policies here. The Rambling Man (talk) 10:50, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
                • Quality is not binary, and there's a spectrum of quality between "not good enough to post" and "perfect". "Fine" lies somewhere in the middle. --Jayron32 16:07, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
                  • Yes, brilliant. But BLP is a bright line, we simply don't attribute awards to people without verification. Even you know that. The Rambling Man (talk) 16:08, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support blurb Notable assassination, article now fully sourced. Davey2116 (talk) 03:35, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • I've marked it Ready for blurb. --BorgQueen (talk) 06:49, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Posted, waiting for protection to kick in before adding the image. Smurrayinchester 09:08, 15 January 2019 (UTC)

(Posted) 2019 Saha Airlines Boeing 707 crash[edit]

Article: 2019 Saha Airlines Boeing 707 crash (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Sixteen people are killed when a Boeing 707 of Saha Airlines crashes on landing at Fath Air Base, Iran.
News source(s): (Tehran Times), (BBC News)
Nominator: Mjroots (talk • give credit)

Article updated

 Mjroots (talk) 14:37, 14 January 2019 (UTC)

  • Weak support worst aircrash of the year so far (I know...) and multiple fatalities. Article is okay considering the lack of details available. The Rambling Man (talk) 15:58, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support Significant number of deaths from a commercial aviation disaster qualifies for ITN, and the article is short but well-sourced. --Masem (t) 16:02, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support The article looks good and the death toll is quite high. –Ammarpad (talk) 16:13, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support - ready to go. and death toll is significant.BabbaQ (talk) 18:07, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • plus Posted — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 21:13, 14 January 2019 (UTC)

January 13[edit]

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  • Syrian Civil War
    • The Syrian government and pro-government militants fire artillery into villages inside the Idlib de-escalation zone, killing one civilian and leaving two civilians injured. (AA)

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(Posted) RD: Mel Stottlemyre[edit]

Article: Mel Stottlemyre (talk, history)
Recent deaths nomination
News source(s): USA Today
Nominator: Muboshgu (talk • give credit)

Article updated

Per this RFC and further discussion, the nomination of any individual human, animal or other biological organism with a standalone Wikipedia article whose recent death is in the news is presumed to be important enough to post. Discussion should focus only on the quality of the article. See also WP:ITNRD.

Nominator's comments: Needs a little more sourcing, but I can get it there tonight. Should be good now. – Muboshgu (talk) 01:01, 15 January 2019 (UTC)

  • Support Good to go. I tip my hat to you for the good work.--- Coffeeandcrumbs 05:12, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support good to go. The Rambling Man (talk) 13:02, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Posted good as gone. --Jayron32 16:02, 15 January 2019 (UTC)

(Closed) Extradition of Cesare Battisti[edit]

Consensus will not develop to post this. power~enwiki (π, ν) 17:36, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

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Article: Cesare Battisti (born 1954) (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Far-left terrorist Cesare Battisti (pictured) is extradited to his homeland Italy after his capture in Bolivia.
News source(s): Avvenire ABC
Nominator: ArionEstar (talk • give credit)
Nominator's comments: Notorious fugitive. Sentenced to life imprisonment since 1995. ArionEstar (talk) 12:17, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose Plenty of issues - including referencing, updating ("Italy plans to appeal") and POV ("expiate his sentence") - but I'm going to oppose on significance. Good faith due to the long fight, but I don't think extradition itself is ever be important enough to post (outside of a head of state). ghost 12:36, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose – On notability, significance. (In rare cases, extradition could be worth a blurb – that of Julian Assange, for a hypothetical example.)Sca (talk) 14:01, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose Just the fact that (Born 1954) has to be added to the article name shows that notability is in question. Good faith, but there's not a snowball's chance of this getting posted. Brendon the Wizard ✉️ 15:50, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose Support. Important, finally the world has started to realize the radical left's danger, probably plenty more to come. Openlydialectic (talk) 16:05, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
Openlydialectic I don't get it. Do you support it or oppose it?--SirEdimon (talk) 17:32, 14 January 2019 (UTC)

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(Posted) RD: Phil Masinga[edit]

Article: Phil Masinga (talk, history)
Recent deaths nomination
News source(s): BBC Guardian
Nominator: Black Kite (talk • give credit)

Article updated

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Nominator's comments: International footballer, I've tidied it up and cited it, I think it's acceptable now. Black Kite (talk) 11:42, 13 January 2019 (UTC)

  • Support the source given says cancer. The Rambling Man (talk) 13:39, 13 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support Seems ready. –Ammarpad (talk) 13:54, 13 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support covers all the main details and well sourced. Joseph2302 (talk) 18:04, 13 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Posted – Muboshgu (talk) 18:07, 13 January 2019 (UTC)

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(Posted) RD: Patricia Wald[edit]

Article: Patricia Wald (talk, history)
Recent deaths nomination
News source(s): washington post
Nominator: DannyS712 (talk • give credit)

Article updated

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Nominator's comments: American judge DannyS712 (talk) 17:42, 12 January 2019 (UTC)

  • Support Seems well referenced.--SirEdimon (talk) 20:16, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • plus Posted — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 23:32, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose five citation needed tags on a BLP? The Rambling Man (talk) 13:40, 13 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Yeah, that's poor. I've cited two of them and the other three sentences weren't really relevant to her, so I've removed them. All sourced now. Black Kite (talk) 18:01, 13 January 2019 (UTC)

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(Posted) RD: Georgy Brady[edit]

Article: George Brady (Holocaust survivor) (talk, history)
Recent deaths nomination
News source(s): czeck radio
Nominator: DannyS712 (talk • give credit)

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Nominator's comments: Holocaust survivor DannyS712 (talk) 17:42, 12 January 2019 (UTC)

RD: Meera Sanyal[edit]

Article: Meera Sanyal (talk, history)
Recent deaths nomination
News source(s): [1]
Nominator: DannyS712 (talk • give credit)

Article updated

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Nominator's comments: Indian banker turned politician DannyS712 (talk) 17:53, 12 January 2019 (UTC)

  • plus Posted — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 23:30, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose The article has a promotional tone without sufficient secondary sources to back it up. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 19:28, 13 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose per above, sources and tone are dubious. The Rambling Man (talk) 19:56, 13 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Removed; reposting to RD depends on article improvements per above. SpencerT•C 21:51, 13 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose This article relies heavily on primary sources. Also, the tone is questionable at best. ―Susmuffin Talk 18:31, 14 January 2019 (UTC)

(Posted) Acting Presidency of Juan Guaidó[edit]

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Article: 2019 Venezuelan Presidential crisis (talk, history)
Blurb: ​In an ongoing Venezuelan Presidential crisis, Juan Guaidó (pictured) and the National Assembly prepare to usurp start to take rule try to take over from the incumbent Nicolás Maduro.
Alternative blurb: ​In an ongoing Venezuelan Presidential crisis, Juan Guaidó (pictured) and the National Assembly declare incumbent Nicolás Maduro "illegitimate" and start the process of attempting to remove him.
News source(s): The Guardian, Venezuelan Assembly
Nominator and updater: Kingsif (talk • give credit)

Article updated

Nominator's comments: Kind of a coup, but not being called a coup because everyone thinks it's legitimate... Kingsif (talk) 22:07, 10 January 2019 (UTC)

  • Comment He says he is ready to assume office, not that he has assumed office. Very different implication. --Masem (t) 21:57, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
  • His speech said he was ready, then the NA press release says "the president of the National Assembly, deputy Juan Guaidó, assumed the powers of the Presidency of the Republic". Very specifically "assumed", as in, already did it. Kingsif (talk) 22:00, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
  • This suggests tons of miscommunication going on here. And this suggests that for Guaido to take up the presidency, they have to have the military backing to knock Maduro out so that Guaido can step in. --Masem (t) 22:05, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
  • I'm going to assume the press release of the National Assembly of Venezuela knows a bit more about its leader than the Miami Herald does. Honestly, I did not think it would happen this immediately, but it seems to have done. (I've read the Caracas Chronicles piece, and yeah, it shows confusion, it's trying to interpret the words of Guaidó at the rally where he says a leader needs more than just saying he's leader. No matter what he meant, I think the later press release overwhelms any confusion.) Kingsif (talk) 22:09, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
  • I cannot access the press release but I am going to assume it is in Spanish based on the link title. If that is the case, we need absolutely assurance on the translation, which I haven't seen yet in news. --Masem (t) 22:23, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Here's a more recent report that suggests that the National Assembly is working a plan to transition the govt in a few weeks (by pleading to military offices to defect to their side), suggesting they have yet to put Gauido in office. --Masem (t) 22:26, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
  • They seem to be operating on "assumed Presidency, now we're working on kicking out the guy who won't leave". And, for your checks, the original text from the press release is "el presidente de la Asamblea Nacional, diputado Juan Guaidó, asumió las competencias de la Presidencia de la República" — asumió is a preterite ("actions completed in the past") form of asumir (to assume) [2]. Absolute assurance. Kingsif (talk) 22:31, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Now I can see the press release (your second source above, I presume) but do not see anything of that quoted Spanish language in there. Google Translate doesn't given anything of the impression that the NA has made the assumption Guaido is president, only that they want him to be president in the next few weeks as they build up support. --Masem (t) 22:36, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
  • I just reopened the page. Yes, it has changed. That's strange -- the older version with my quoted text says 5:48pm, which is just over an hour ago. Both Guaidó's statements and the closing paragraph of the new version still say "Guaidó is legitimate and recognized as President, but we need to stage a coup before he can actually fulfill that role" Kingsif (talk) 22:54, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
  • That's the impression I get off a Google translate too, and more in line with how English news sources are reporting this. The NA is presenting Guaido as whom they want to put in as president once they can oust Maduro, hoping that helps to draw some military support to support a coup. Because this appears to be happening over a few weeks this might make this more a ongoing story. But I would also add that we are starting to see protests/rallys (100s to 1000s, but not large yet) in protest, so that may be part of a larger story. --Masem (t) 23:02, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
Venezuelan here. The main problem is the conflict between a de facto and a de jure presidency, and which one is it. Some argue that Guaidó assumed the presidency, and the OAS Secretary General recognized him as such, but others don't. In any case, I support a blurb about the new since it is noteworthy. --Jamez42 (talk) 22:18, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose just purely on the kind of tabloid-esque blurb being proposed. This is an encyclopedia, we're not going to post a blurb which makes some such "claim". The Rambling Man (talk) 23:00, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Propose a better one? Kingsif (talk) 23:02, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
  • A good blurb should mention both Maduro and Guaido and their conflicting appointments. As written, it sounds as if the crisis was over and Guaido will be ruling from now on, which is hardly the actual case. Cambalachero (talk) 00:31, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support - I support this, per unusual"coup".BabbaQ (talk) 00:42, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support Alt blurb II - article looks ok after a cursory look. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 01:00, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • The time has certainly come to post something...just what the **** that is I do not know. I'm going to go with a tenuous support ongoing for 2019 Venezuelan Presidential crisis. ghost 03:52, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support this or ongoing per ghost. Definitely a significant story, and the article is pretty good. Davey2116 (talk) 05:31, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • As pointed out above, neither Guaidó nor the National Assembly has assumed Guaidó as president. They are preparing Guaidó to be president if they can usurp power. So Alt2 is completely wrong. I have provided Alt3 that describes the situation as I read it from sources. --Masem (t) 05:56, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • The issue with that is "prepare" is just begging to be told Wait, when they've made the biggest move in the last decade of crisis already, so I've tweaked it into Alt4 without changing the "not quite President yet"-ness. Kingsif (talk) 06:03, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support this or ongoing per ghost and Davey2116. But strongly oppose altblurb3 with its use of the word usurp, a thoroughly POV word which, as used in altblurb3, implies that Maduro is legitimate and Guaido and the National Assembly are illegitimate. Tlhslobus (talk) 09:46, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Comment We have far too many unusable altblurbs up there and should perhaps remove the ones that have been crossed out. Altblurb4 is seemingly the least bad at present, but it probably needs to be changed to 'and start the process of attempting to remove him' because the current wording leaves the impression that removing him is something fairly easy to do. Tlhslobus (talk) 09:59, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Comment Alt3 is now "blurb", alt4 is now alt1. Kingsif (talk) 11:50, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
Thanks, but I've reworded the new blurb, as 'start to take rule' is bad English (at least where I come from). But other wording such as 'begin to try to remove the incumbent Nicholas Maduro' may perhaps better convey the original intended meaning (though I'm not sure of what exactly that was). Tlhslobus (talk) 15:58, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
In both blurb and altblurb1 'President' may perhaps also be preferable to 'the incumbent' (which may make some readers ask 'incumbent what?').Tlhslobus (talk) 16:40, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
"presidential crisis" probably makes it clear. Kingsif (talk) 17:54, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Comment – Looks like this belongs in Ongoing. Sca (talk) 13:23, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support and per ghost I'd be willing to support either as a blurb or as ongoing but this situation is too critical to not post something. That being said, the altblurbs have changed many times as the story developed, so while it is blurb-worthy on notability, ongoing is also a viable option while the crisis continues. Brendon the Wizard ✉️ 14:20, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support this or ongoing per ghost and Davey2116.--Panam2014 (talk) 19:38, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support ongoing or the "Alternative blurb".--SirEdimon (talk) 19:44, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support ongoing or the Alternative blurb. --Cambalachero (talk) 22:57, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • plus Posted. Wording still seems a bit awkward, but the ERRORS crowd will help out there I'm sure. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 23:18, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Suggestion I'd replace "presidential crisis" with "constitutional crisis." -Ad Orientem (talk) 00:04, 13 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Comment Juan Guaidó has been detained which means now he won't be able to take over incumbent president Maduro I believe we should change the blurb to mention this. (BBC) --Bluecrab2 (talk) 17:17, 13 January 2019 (UTC)
    • "Briefly detailed" means he's free again. Not a major change yet. --Masem (t) 17:19, 13 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Note I've tweaked the blurb to closer match the text of the article; the article discusses that Guaidó was declared acting president by the NA, and that the NA disputed the election results. --Jayron32 14:21, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Wait – Developing, still murky. Either wait or OngoingSca (talk) 13:30, 15 January 2019 (UTC)

(Posted to RD) Michael Atiyah[edit]

Article: Michael Atiyah (talk, history)
Recent deaths nomination
Blurb: Sir Michael Francis Atiyah, a mathematician and the winner of both the Fields Medal and Abel Prize, dies at the age of 89.
News source(s): oxford university
Nominator: DannyS712 (talk • give credit)

Article updated

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 DannyS712 (talk) 19:55, 11 January 2019 (UTC)

  • Comment a few {{cn}}s but overall fairly good shape. Will support in a few hours, once the initial updates are done. power~enwiki (π, ν) 19:58, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
    @Power~enwiki: I added a citation that I could find. The 2 remaining tags are very technical details that I couldn't find specific sources for, but the claims are backed up by other (wikipedia) articles that don't have CN tags, suggesting that, in this specific field, it may be common knowledge. --DannyS712 (talk) 21:33, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support RD - article is in decent shape; hugely notable and influential mathematician Spiderone 10:16, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
I certainly wouldn't oppose a blurb either Spiderone 16:59, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support blurb. Only a handful of living mathematicians can be considered more influential, and the article is in solid shape. wumbolo ^^^ 12:59, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support blurb Fields medalist, very influential in mathematics. Davey2116 (talk) 15:08, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support blurb, one of the eminent 20th century mathematicians, winner of both the Fields Medal and Abel Prize, the highest honors in mathematics. Nsk92 (talk) 17:18, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
    @Nsk92, Davey2116, Wumbolo, Spiderone, and Power~enwiki: given the supports for a blurb, I have added one. Pinging those who previously commented on the RD nom - what do you think of the blurb? (blurb inspired by Msk92's reasoning) --DannyS712 (talk) 18:02, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
    Yes sure, looks good to me, thanks. Nsk92 (talk) 19:19, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
Agreed. Davey2116 (talk) 22:56, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support RD, Oppose blurb I would reserve RD-blurbs either for particularly shocking events, or for artists or statesmen who are household names whose deaths are making front pages around the world. Yes, the Atiyah-Singer theorem is important. But he is not in the same league of impact on the popular consciousness as a Mandela, a Thatcher, a Bowie. (For the record also, winning both the Abel prize and the Fields medal is not particularly unique: according to Wikidata ( six Abel prize winners out of the 20 so far were also Fields medallists). Jheald (talk) 20:00, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • plus Posted to RD. If consensus for a blurb emerges, then we can relocate. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 23:23, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose RD The article was not ready for Main Page. There are several issues that need to be resolved and copy edited. Oppose blurb as not meeting our criterion.--- Coffeeandcrumbs 16:58, 13 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support blurb He proved the Riemann hypothesis. It's hard to get more significant than that. (talk) 17:12, 13 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support blurb, per Nsk92. He was at the top of his field internationally for decades in the second half of the 20th century. I've done some minor c/e to the article but can't help with the maths. Espresso Addict (talk) 20:17, 13 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support RD, oppose blurb While Atiyah was famous in the field of maths, he's nowhere close to the same league as Thatcher, Bush, David Bowie, and other household names who have merited a blurb. 1779Days (talk) 21:41, 13 January 2019 (UTC)
  • But the ITNRD guidelines say "major transformative world leaders in their field" qualify for a blurb. There's no question that Atiyah was hugely transformative in his field (which is not by any means a narrow one). Davey2116 (talk) 03:37, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Comment As I have in the CFP debate every year, I will caution against inventing new criteria ("household name") to reject a candidate. My reading of the rule is basically: "There was no greater living X than Y" (one may have equals but not betters), assuming X is not overly narrow. ghost 13:10, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support blurb as nom. Also, I have changed the section heading to "(Posted to RD) Michael Atiyah" to make it clear that it is still being debated for inclusion as a blurb. --DannyS712 (talk) 04:58, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose blurb His death isn't on the Mandela/Thatcher/Bowie level in terms of reaction. That's what it'd take to get me to support a blurb for the death of an 89 year old. – Muboshgu (talk) 05:09, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • This really isn't a valid !oppose since the "Mandela/Thatcher/Bowie standard" is not policy. Davey2116 (talk) 16:19, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose Blurb, a blurb would be a travesty flying in the face of years of consensus. Abductive (reasoning) 05:46, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose blurb This is what RD is for.-- Pawnkingthree (talk) 16:44, 15 January 2019 (UTC)

Macedonia renaming[edit]

Article: Macedonia naming dispute (talk, history)
Blurb: ​The Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia approves a constitutional change for the new name of the country, the Republic of North Macedonia.
News source(s): AP, Bloomberg
Nominator: Brandmeister (talk • give credit)

Nominator's comments: While I'm not 100% sure it's the right time, this looks like a very significant development in the country's naming dispute. The target article is oversized, however, with minimal update. Brandmeistertalk 19:29, 11 January 2019 (UTC)

  • Support pending updatesOppose Not yet ratified (that will be in the next few weeks) according to the AP. (Noting that a previous ITNC nom suggested waiting until it is official). --Masem (t) 19:36, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
I read the AP as saying the full deal (where Greece supports EU membership) isn't approved, but the name change is approved. power~enwiki (π, ν) 20:02, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
My bad, you are right, its the deal with Greece still needed ratification, the naming needing to be done before Greece seemed ready to talk. --Masem (t) 20:10, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
But now it looks like sources say your initial read was correct: Macedonia will start using it only after the parliament in Athens also ratifies the agreement. The Guardian. power~enwiki (π, ν) 01:17, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support - Historic decision.BabbaQ (talk) 00:40, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Wait - This has been a very slow-moving process (people at the Macedonia talk page archives have been trying to rename the page to North Macedonia since last June) and while this is absolutely a major step in the process, it's not done just yet. Brendon the Wizard ✉️ 04:27, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Wait - We seemingly need to see formal Greek approval first (and the Greek Government has seemingly just lost its majority in Parliament). Tlhslobus (talk) 09:57, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Comment- Re article quality, I fail to see any explanation in the article as to why the new name is an improvement (as distinct from a logical disimprovement that is being welcomed for other short-term reasons). Perhaps there are no reliable sources to explain this (possibly because it makes little or no sense to add a longer name, and one that logically implies that Northern Macedonia should try to reunite with the rest of Macedonia, which is seemingly at least partly why the Greeks objected to the old name in the first place, only the new name seems to make that problem worse). I suspect I may not be the only reader who is thus a bit confused and dissatisfied with article quality.Tlhslobus (talk) 09:57, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • I don't understand [tha name] logically implies that Northern Macedonia should try to reunite with the rest of Macedonia at all. Are you suggesting that South Africa considers itself just temporarily separated from the rest of Africa, or that North Carolina secretly dreams of its troops one day marching triumphantly into Charleston? ‑ Iridescent 10:32, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Wait - most likely but it wont be just this article that would need to be changed. In the past because this area about the 'name' had attracted controversies, after much discussion a WP:MOSMAC decided on a naming convention and for now that is in force until a new one is done etc.Resnjari (talk) 10:26, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose – Process evidently not complete; broader significance debatable. Ongoing at best. Sca (talk) 13:33, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support how long are we going to wait for? This has passed several milestones already. Banedon (talk) 22:43, 15 January 2019 (UTC)

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(Closed) RD: Kevin Fret[edit]

Article: Kevin Fret (talk, history)
Recent deaths nomination
News source(s): CNN
Nominator: Thsmi002 (talk • give credit)

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Nominator's comments: Notable as one of the first openly gay Latin trap artist. Thsmi002 (talk) 03:59, 16 January 2019 (UTC)

  • Stale, he died on 10 January and the oldest item in RD is from 11. Check if you can still nominate it at DYK. --Tone 07:11, 16 January 2019 (UTC)

(Posted) RD: Theo Adam[edit]

Article: Theo Adam (talk, history)
Recent deaths nomination
News source(s): NZZ
Nominator and updater: Gerda Arendt (talk • give credit)

Article updated

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Nominator's comments: German opara singer, legendary Wotan in Bayreuth and at the Met, - the article was not sourced much but is now. It would be nice to add more obituaries, and expand, but I'm too tired. Help? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:55, 12 January 2019 (UTC)

  • plus Posted — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 23:38, 12 January 2019 (UTC)

(Closed) Inauguration of Nicolás Maduro[edit]

Closed in relation to the assumption of Guaidó on Jan 11th, posted separately Kingsif (talk) 21:58, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
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Articles: Second inauguration of Nicolás Maduro (talk, history) and Nicolás Maduro (talk, history)
Blurb: Nicolás Maduro is sworn-in as President of Venezuela, while the President of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, declares a State of emergency and calls for a coup-de-etat due to Maduro's "illegitimate" election.
Alternative blurb: Nicolás Maduro is sworn-in as President of Venezuela for a second term, whilst countries including the United States and Canada request his resignation and recognize his opposition as the legitimate leaders.
Alternative blurb II: President of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, calls for a political coup after the "illegitimate" inauguration of incumbent Republic President Nicolás Maduro. This action is supported by nations including the United States and Canada.
News source(s): Reuters, Venezuelan Assembly
Nominator and updater: Kingsif (talk • give credit)

Article updated
Nominator's comments: The second inauguration of Maduro as President of Venezuela but with extra juice: everyone is pretty sure he wasn't actually elected, so he's forcing the country into its first actual illegal dictatorship, with the elected government declaring a State of Emergency and announcing a coup. Also, yeah, it's the succession of a Head of State of a sovereign state where it's not been elected, so ITN/R? Alternatively post to Ongoing/but I don't recommend "wait" for even more chaos Kingsif (talk) 22:07, 10 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Since Maduro was already President, the head of state is not actually changing so this is not ITNR(I say this without commenting on the merits as a regular nomination). 331dot (talk) 22:12, 10 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose We did post when Maduro was re-elected back last May [3], and we do not generally post inaugurations. The call for a coup as well as various international reactions is not sufficient to pst as ITN. --Masem (t) 23:19, 10 January 2019 (UTC)
State of emergency & international NA support refs
    • As a comment, I cannot find any source that confirms a state of emergency has been declared (at least, from English sources). --Masem (t) 00:36, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
      • This has been reported in Spanish-language sources [4] [5], although whether this specific declaration grants the National Assembly special powers in Venezuela is not clear from the articles (as is implied by the State of emergency article), and seems to be more the NA calling for drastic action and stating that Venezuela is in an emergency (rather than a State of Emergency). SpencerT•C 03:26, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
        • Pretty sure it allows the NA to bypass the Supreme Court, not 100%, though. Kingsif (talk) 04:15, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
          • The NA declared themselves in "an emergency". And I don't think that grants any special power to them, because in fact they don't have any power despite being elected. The fact is that Venezuela is now in a caos, with a president who has no recoginition from any important country in the region, but holds the "de facto" power since he controls the army and a NA that despite legally elected and internationally recognised has no real power in the country.--SirEdimon (talk) 04:28, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
            • This is why I think this is not yet notable for ITN. If they are simply stating that Maduro's new term is similar to a emergency as to try to draw citizen and foreign support, that's just talk and not anything actionable. If it truly a state of emergency declared, that's different. --Masem (t) 06:43, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
              • It’s at least a true state of emergency to the extent that other nations are willingly cutting diplomatic ties to Maduro’s government and officially recognising Guaidó’s. (Would the limits of being able to have a state of emergency under dictatorial pressure add to the emergency, discuss?) Kingsif (talk) 10:31, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
                • Who has "officially" recognized? That's a game-changer. ghost 12:20, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
                  • Germany is the one ref I can easily find (it's in current). I definitely read that maybe Mike Pence (someone high in US) Mike Pompeo that is, gave a statement on it. Here's the US and Canada. Yeah. Also, there's a lot more news for "state of emergency" if you use the term "cabildo abierto" instead - an archaic Latin American term for big emergency meeting that's probably being used by the NA for patriotism points. Kingsif (talk) 12:47, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
                    • Sorry, but there is a world of difference criticizing a leader and official recognition of the opposition (re: US & Canada; no hablo espanol re:Germany) ghost 13:12, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
      • @GreatCaesarsGhost: US statements from Pence and Pompeo (the latter saying "Today, we reiterate our support for Venezuela’s National Assembly, the only legitimate branch of government duly elected by the Venezuelan people. It is time for Venezuela to begin a transitional process that can restore the constitutional, democratic order by holding free and fair elections that respect the will of the Venezuelan people.") go quite a bit further than that, if you want to read. The Germany article opens with "El gobierno de Alemania expresó su apoyo a la Asamblea Nacional de Venezuela para que asuma el Poder Ejecutivo", which I'm sure you can put in google translate. Not sure what you're reading for Canada, the linked article directly says "[Canada] rejects the legitimacy of the new presidential term of Nicolás Maduro. We call on him to immediately cede power to the democratically-elected National Assembly". Another nation is Kosovo, small but still. Kingsif (talk) 13:24, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
      • I feel the altblurb accurately reflects the sources, no?
  • Support The situation in Venezuela is the most serious crisis in the Western Hemisphere within a generation. The article on the office of president of Venezuela is not up to scratch and should not be bolded (or even linked IMO). Otherwise we can discuss the wording of the blurb, but I agree that this is an ITN worthy event. -Ad Orientem (talk) 23:54, 10 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose: the re-election of Maduro has already been posted; an inauguration is just a logical consequence and I would only post it if some game-breaking event took place in it that grows beyond the mere inauguration (but I'm not aware of any such development here). I'm even less inclined to post the inauguration of a re-elected president, as it is just a ceremony, and the same person keeps ruling the country. As for the state of emergency, as said above, that only counts if the country was actually in a formal state of emergency; the dictator has deprived the NA of any actual power, so Guaidó's words may be meaningless. And for the call of a coup, again, that's newsworthy only if a coup (or a significant coup attempt) actually takes place. Cambalachero (talk) 14:04, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose – Per Cambalachero, Masem. – Sca (talk) 14:20, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support Bolded articles are up-to-snuff, and the Venezuelan crisis is a major event being covered extensively in reliable news sources. I'd like to see a rewritten blurb, because the one we have is not great, it buries the lead. The lead is not the inauguration, the lead is the NA President calling for revolution. --Jayron32 14:24, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
    • Alt2 is clumsy, but is reordered to put the significant story first. Kingsif (talk) 15:05, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Comment – "Calling for" is not the same as doing, launching, leading. (Also, at 36 words – or 37 with the grammatically necessary "The" before "president" – Alt2 is rather long.)Sca (talk) 21:32, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
  • He's begun the process of, but that's even longer. Kingsif (talk) 21:39, 11 January 2019 (UTC)

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(Posted) 2018 Democratic Republic of the Congo general election[edit]

Article: 2018 Democratic Republic of the Congo general election (talk, history)
Blurb: Félix Tshisekedi is declared the winner of the 2018 Democratic Republic of the Congo presidential election.
News source(s): Associated Press, BBC, Guardian
Nominator: Power~enwiki (talk • give credit)

Nominated event is listed at WP:ITN/R, meaning that the recurrence of the event should in itself merit a post on WP:ITN, subject to the quality of the article and any update(s) to it.

Nominator's comments: Some reports suggest that Martin Fayulu or his supporters might dispute the results. For reference, French wiki article on the presidential election. power~enwiki (π, ν) 02:45, 10 January 2019 (UTC)

  • Support ITN drought. 100 million country. There was a chance Kabila would try to remain a president, so the fact that opposition won is both a surrpise and an important event in the history of this country as it closes the Kabila chapter for good. Openlydialectic (talk) 03:31, 10 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support The article looks fairly good. –Ammarpad (talk) 11:18, 10 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support Sufficiently detailed and referenced prose, current event, covered appropriately by news sources. Checks all of the boxes. --Jayron32 11:44, 10 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Posting. --Tone 11:48, 10 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Post-posting Support - Major election & the article is very detailed. Brendon the Wizard ✉️ 15:07, 10 January 2019 (UTC)

January 9[edit]

Portal:Current events/2019 January 9
Disasters and accidents

Law and crime
  • German prosecutors say, based on CCTV images, that most of AfD politician Frank Magnitz's injuries yesterday may have been sustained as he hit the ground after having been elbowed once by three people and falling over. Magnitz says the attack may have been an attempted robbery. (Deutsche Welle)

Politics and elections

Science and technology

(Posted) RD: Anatoly Lukyanov[edit]

Article: Anatoly Lukyanov (talk, history)
Recent deaths nomination
News source(s): The New York Times
Nominator: TDKR Chicago 101 (talk • give credit)

Article updated

Per this RFC and further discussion, the nomination of any individual human, animal or other biological organism with a standalone Wikipedia article whose recent death is in the news is presumed to be important enough to post. Discussion should focus only on the quality of the article. See also WP:ITNRD.

Nominator's comments: Updated and well sourced --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 05:53, 10 January 2019 (UTC)

  • The second paragraph in the lede seems to contain heavy editorializing and is the only unsourced paragraph there. –Ammarpad (talk) 11:26, 10 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support Now sourced. –Ammarpad (talk) 01:39, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support Looks ok.-- Pawnkingthree (talk) 16:59, 10 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Posting. --Tone 09:25, 11 January 2019 (UTC)


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