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News on Wikipedia: New exoplanet discovered, Tour de France concludes, and more

Find out how Wikipedia is covering this week’s current news events: NASA’s Kepler space telescope discovers potentially rocky exoplanet Kepler-452b; Pierre Nkurunziza is elected to a third term as President of Burundi in controversial circumstances; British cyclist Chris Froome wins the 2015 Tour de France; One of Zimbabwe’s most famous lions is killed in the Hwange National Park; Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 10, officially launches.

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Wikipedia Picks: a ‘bad-boy’ bishop and expensive tulips

The second installment of ‘Wikipedia Picks’ includes a so-called “bad-boy bishop,” expensive tulips, and several swindlers.

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It’s all due to hockey: Kunal Mehta’s journey from casual editor to programming mentor

Wikimedia Foundation software engineer Kunal Mehta started editing Wikipedia due to his passion for hockey and statistics. Having learned programming from Wikibooks, he now actively contributes to the software that also powers Wikipedia, and gives back to the community by mentoring new software developers.

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News on Wikipedia: New Horizons and Iran agreement

Find out how Wikipedia is covering this week’s current news events:
NASA’s New Horizons probe finally reaches, and photographs, Pluto and Charon.
The P5+1 countries, and Iran, sign an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program.
Formula One driver Jules Bianchi dies following an accident at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.
The United States and Cuba formally renew diplomatic relations in the so-called Cuban Thaw.
A bomb blast in the Turkish border region of Suruç kills 32 people and injures more than a hundred.

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“Becoming involved in making the changes you want to see”: Leigh Thelmadatter

A university teacher by profession and a Wikipedia volunteer by hobby, Leigh Thelmadatter has contributed articles ranging from Mexican dishes and beverages to biographies and churches. Today, she works with students to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of Mexico and its culture, and travels across the country in search of information worth sharing.

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News on Wikipedia: possible bailout for Greece and a prison escape in Mexico

Find out how Wikipedia is covering this week’s current news events: The Greek government agrees terms on a third bailout package; Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams win in the 2015 Wimbledon Championships; Mexican drug lord “El Chapo” escapes from his maximum-security prison; The Confederate battle flag is removed from the South Carolina State House after 54 years; Nintendo’s long-serving president, Satoru Iwata, dies aged 55.

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Raising awareness of endangered species, one Wikipedia page at a time: Christian Cariño

Christian Cariño is a biologist from Mexico interested in conservation of endangered species. For her, Wikipedia was the obvious place to help improve coverage of and interest in these creatures.

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Wikimedia Highlights, June 2015

Here are highlights from across the Wikimedia movement, as reported on this blog in May 2015: A Wikipedian’s quest to improve an article; Secure access to Wikimedia sites with HTTPS; Print Wikipedia from Michael Mandiberg; A Wikipedian’s recommended Wikipedia articles; How English Wikipedia covered Caitlyn Jenner’s transition; And fighting link rot with Geoffery Bilder.

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News on Wikipedia: Reddit controversy and the Women’s World Cup final

Find out how Wikipedia is covering this week's current news events: Voters in Greece reject terms on a new bailout in a snap referendum; The United States wins the 2015 Women's World Cup, while Chile wins the 2015 Copa América; A series of Boko Haram attacks kill at least 250 people in Nigeria; Several subforums on popular site Reddit are locked in protest; Al-Waleed bin Talal announces his intention to donate his US$32 billion wealth to charitable causes.

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Growing the Wikimedia blog

Much has happened on the Wikimedia blog in the past six months. Here’s an update on our goals, accomplishments, lessons learned — and new improvements under development. The stories we share on the blog bring together readers and contributors from around the world — and help spread knowledge across diverse cultures.

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