2013 Week 12

This includes events from Sunday, March 17, 2013 through Saturday, March 23, 2013


Sunday, March 17, 2013

March 17, 2013 Religion Thousands of people gather in Rome's Saint Peter's Square to hear Pope Francis deliver his first Angelus prayer and blessing. (BBC)

March 17, 2013 Armed conflicts and attacks Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): A car bombing near a bus station in Garmat Ali near the Iraqi city of Basra kills at least 10 people. (BBC)

March 17, 2013 Law and crime An Albanian hitman serving time in Greece takes six people hostage in an apparent escape attempt. (BBC) Prominent French lawyer Olivier Metzner is found dead of an apparent suicide. (Bloomberg) Two members of the Steubenville High School football team have been found guilty of raping a sixteen-year-old girl in the U.S. town of Steubenville, Ohio. (Sky News Australia)

March 17, 2013 Business and economy Following a train derailment, Amtrak temporarily suspends service along the busy New York-to-Boston route. (AP via Google News)

March 17, 2013 Arts and culture Japanese architect Toyo Ito wins the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize. (AP via Google News) (The Guardian)

March 17, 2013 Sport In Formula One, Kimi Räikkönen wins 2013 Australian Grand Prix, the first stage of the 2013 season, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel. (BBC) (Reuters) In tennis, Rafael Nadal wins men's singles and Maria Sharapova wins women's singles at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, United States. (BBC) (NDTV) Greek football player Giorgos Katidis is banned from his national team for life after giving a Nazi style salute while celebrating a goal in the 2012–13 Superleague Greece match. (Daily Mail) In men's field hockey, Australia defeats Malaysia 3–2 in the final of the 2013 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. (NDTV) In basketball, the field for the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament is announced. (CNN) In volleyball, Russia's Lokomotiv Novosibirsk defeats Italy's Bre Banca Lannutti Cuneo 3–2 in the thriller final to win the 2012–13 CEV Champions League. (CEV) In snooker, Ding Junhui defeats Neil Robertson 4–3 to win the Grand Final of the Players Tour Championship 2012/2013. (BBC) (Eurosport) In Alpine skiing, Austrian Marcel Hirscher and Slovenian Tina Maze win the overall men's and women's 2013 Alpine Skiing World Cup titles, respectively. (AP via Yahoo! News) In biathlon, last stage of the 2012–13 Biathlon World Cup ends in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Martin Fourcade wins men's overall title and Tora Berger wins the women's overall title. (CBC) (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

March 17, 2013 Science and technology New data suggests that the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the World Ocean, is home to a large amount of bacterial life forms. (LiveScience)

Monday March 17, 2013

March 18, 2013 International relations Japan protests to France about the sale of DCNS helicopter landing equipment to the People's Republic of China. (AFP via Google News) Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner appeals to Pope Francis for assistance in settling Argentina's dispute over the Falkland Islands with the United Kingdom. (BBC) China says that United States plans to bolster missile defences in response to provocations by North Korea would only intensify antagonism, and urges Washington to act prudently. (The Guardian) North Korea threatens Japan with a nuclear strike. (NK News)

March 18, 2013 Armed conflicts and attacks Syrian civil war: Fighter jets from the Syrian Air Force fire rockets into northern Lebanon with no casualties reported. (CNN) War in Somalia: A car bombing in the center of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, kills at least 10 people and injures 20 others. (BBC) Terrorism in Pakistan: A suspected militant suicide bombing at a court and prison complex in the Pakistani city of Peshawar kills at least 4 people and injures 47 others. (BBC) (The Guardian) Nigerian Sharia conflict: A series of explosions kill at least 25 people in a bus park in the northern Nigerian city of Kano. (Reuters) M23 rebellion: M23 Movement leader Bosco Ntaganda surrenders himself at the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, having been wanted by the ICC since 2006 on war crimes charges. (AP via USA Today)

March 18, 2013 Politics and elections Ghassan Hitto is elected as the Syrian National Coalition's provisional Prime Minister. He will be tasked with forming a government amid the Syrian civil war. (AP via USA Today) (Reuters) The UK's three main political parties reach an agreement on measures to regulate the British press. (BBC) Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton officially announces her support for same-sex marriage. (AP via Boston.com) US President Barack Obama nominates Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez to be the next United States Secretary of Labor. (Yahoo! News)

March 18, 2013 Disasters and accidents Seven U.S. Marines are killed and seven others are injured when a mortar explodes during a training exercise in the Hawthorne Army Depot in Hawthorne, Nevada, United States. (Fox News) (CNN) (Reuters)

March 18, 2013 Law and crime Six men accused of raping a Swiss woman tourist appear in an Indian court. (Bloomberg) The Sun newspaper apologizes for accessing private information on a stolen mobile phone belonging to Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh. (BBC) Oliver Seevakumaran, a 30-year-old student at the University of Central Florida, pulls the fire alarm and plans to attack the school. Instead, after brandishing a gun at another student, he commits suicide in his dorm in Orlando, Florida, United States. The entire campus is evacuated when improvised explosive devices are found in the room. (Los Angeles Times) (AP via Fox News)

Tuesday March 19, 2013

March 19, 2013 Religion Hundreds of thousands of people attend the papal inauguration ceremony for Pope Francis in Rome's Saint Peter's Square. (BBC) (AFP via Straits Times)

March 19, 2013 Armed conflicts and attacks 19 March 2013 Iraq attacks: A series of bombings and shootings kills at least 98 people and injures 240 others across Iraq. (BBC) (Reuters) (CNN) Kurdish–Turkish conflict: Two people are injured in explosions at Turkey's justice ministry and the headquarters of the governing AK Party in Ankara. (BBC)

March 19, 2013 Politics and elections In Ukraine, a fight breaks out during a session of the Verkhovna Rada over the use of the Russian language in politics. (Sky News) (Kyiv Post) (MSN)

March 19, 2013 Law and crime Saudi Arabia police arrest one Iranian, one Lebanese and 16 Saudis on charges of spying. (BBC) An American man is sentenced to between five and ten years in prison for the murder of Irish tourist Nicola Furlong in Japan. (The Irish Times) (Irish Independent) A suspect, Qari Abdul Saeed, is arrested in Pakistan for the 2002 beheading of The Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. (CNN) (NBC News) In the U.S. state of Ohio, Thomas Lane receives three life sentences for the child murders at Chardon High School that he committed in February 2012 as a 17-year-old. (AP) The United States Supreme Court holds in a 6–3 decision that the first-sale doctrine applies to the domestic sale of foreign copies of copyrighted work lawfully made abroad. (IP-Watch)

March 19, 2013 Business and economy 2012–2013 Cypriot financial crisis: Cypriot lawmakers overwhelmingly reject the EC–ECB–IMF troika plan to tax all bank deposits. (BBC) (RTÉ News)

March 19, 2013 Disasters and accidents A bus crash in the Indian state of Maharashtra kills at least 37 people and injures 14 others. (AAP via Herald Sun) At least 16 people are dead after landslides in a mountainous area north of the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. (BBC)

March 19, 2013 Science and technology NASA's Mars rover Curiosity extends evidence of water-bearing minerals when studying the rock Tintina. (BBC) (NASA) (JPL) The United States Air Force successfully launches an Atlas V 401 rocket carrying a missile defense satellite SBIRS-GEO 2. (Space.com)

March 19, 2013 Sport English footballer Michael Owen, who plays for Stoke City, announces his retirement from football at the end of the 2012–13 Premier League season. (BBC) (The Guardian) Former Danish road bicycle racer Rolf Sørensen admits in a press release that he utilised EPO and cortisone during his professional career. (Cycling News) In baseball, the Dominican Republic wins the 2013 World Baseball Classic defeating Puerto Rico 3–0 in the final. (MLB) (The Guardian) (ESPN)

Wednesday March 20, 2013

March 20, 2013 International relations President of the United States Barack Obama begins a four day visit to the Middle East, visiting Palestine and Israel. (BBC) (New York Daily News) (The Guardian) Venezuela cuts off an informal channel of communication with the United States because of comments by a US State Department official about next month's presidential election. (Reuters)

March 20, 2013 Politics and elections President of Bangladesh Zillur Rahman dies in office at the age of 84 after a long illness at a hospital in Singapore. (BBC) (AP via ABC News)

March 20, 2013 Law and crime South Korea is suspected to be the target of recent cyberattacks as major TV stations and bank's computer systems infrastructures experience disruptions followed by shutdown. Recent reports indicate that the systems were brought down by a computer virus. (BBC) (AP via Fox News)

March 20, 2013 Business and economy President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades presents a new bailout package for Cypriot banks as Cyprus is hit with a liquidity crisis. (BBC) (ABC News Australia)

March 20, 2013 Arts and culture British horror writer James Herbert dies at the age of 69 in Sussex, England. (BBC) (The Bookseller) (The Guardian)

March 20, 2013 Disasters and accidents 19 miners, who were trapped underground, are rescued from the Rudna mine after a small earthquake hits the heavily industrialized region of Silesia, Poland. (BBC) (The Guardian)

March 20, 2013 Sport Leigh Nugent resigns as the head coach of the Australian swimming team following negative reports into the culture of the team. (ABC News Australia)

March 20, 2013 Science and technology Scientists debate the possibility that the Voyager 1 spacecraft, launched in September 1977, may have left the Solar System. (BBC) (AGU) Belgium's Pierre Deligne wins the 2013 Abel Prize in mathematics for seminal contributions to algebraic geometry. (Abel Prize) (The Hindu) (AP via The Washington Post)

Thursday March 21, 2013

Religion Justin Welby is formally enthroned as the new Archbishop of Canterbury. (BBC)

International relations U.S. President Barack Obama, in a formal visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, states that "Palestinians deserve a state of their own". (NBC News) North Korea threatens to attack American military bases in Japan in response to the use of nuclear-capable B-52 bombers in joint military drills with South Korea. (Al Jazeera)

Armed conflicts and attacks Gaza–Israel conflict: Two rockets fired from Gaza strip land in Sderot, Israel, in violation of the ceasefire brokered after the eight-day conflict in November 2012. (ABC News) Terrorism in Pakistan: A car bombing at the Jalozai refugee camp near the Pakistani city of Peshawar kills at least 12 people and wounds up to 30 others. (BBC) Kurdish–Turkish conflict: Jailed Kurdistan Workers' Party leader Abdullah Öcalan makes historic calls for dialogue with Turkey after almost thirty years of violent conflict. (BBC) (CNN) (Al Jazeera) (The Guardian) Al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen: Three members of Ansar al-Sharia and two pro-government militia fighters are killed in an attack in Abyan Governorate. (Reuters) Syrian civil war: At least 42 people are killed and 84 injured after a reported suicide bombing at a Damascus mosque. Senior pro-government Sunni cleric Mohammed al-Buti is amongst those killed. (Reuters) President of the Syrian National Coalition Moaz al-Khatib condemns the attack, while placing his suspicion on the Syrian government for orchestratring it. The Free Syrian Army denies involvement in the attack on the grounds that it doesn't target mosques. (Al Jazeera)

Politics and elections Leader of the Australian Labor Party Julia Gillard calls a spill for all leadership positions. (ABC News Australia)

Law and crime A dispute between a Muslim gold shop owner and Buddhist sellers escalates into communal violence that leaves 10 people dead, 20 injured, and 4 mosques burnt to the ground in Myanmar. (CNN) India's Supreme Court sentences actor and politician Sanjay Dutt to 5 years in prison over illegal arms possession, related to the 1993 Mumbai bombings. The death sentence of Yakub Memon, convicted mastermind of the bombings, has been upheld. (Times of India) (BBC) Several BBC Twitter accounts are hacked including its Weather, Arabic and Radio Ulster feeds by a group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army. (BBC) The suspect wanted in connection with the shooting death of prison chief Tom Clements in Colorado, is believed to be the man that was killed in a shootout with deputies in Montague County, Texas, United States. A deputy was seriously injured in the shootout. (CNN)

Disasters and accidents 2013 Berlin helicopter crash: Two helicopters collide and crash near Berlin's Olympic Stadium in Germany, killing the pilot of one helicopter and injuring four people. (BBC) (Daily Mail) At least 45 people drown and 60 are missing after a boat carrying Nigerian migrants capsizes and sinks off shore from Libreville, Gabon. (BBC) At least 24 people are killed and more than 100 injured in a tornado and hail storm in southern China. (AFP via ABC News Australia)

Science and technology The European Space Agency releases the Planck space observatory's first all-sky map of the cosmic microwave background, the most accurate ever created. It determines that the Universe is older than expected, at 13.82 billion years old. (BBC) (NASA) (The New York Times)

Sport In speed skating, the 2013 World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships begins today at the Adler Arena Skating Center in Sochi, Russia. (ISU) New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur is credited with his third NHL goal when Jordan Staal of Carolina Hurricanes accidentally put the puck in his own empty net. (CBC) (SB Nation) (National Post)

Friday March 22, 2013

International relations Xi Jinping heads to Russia on the first stop of his maiden overseas tour as President of China. (BBC) (CNN) (The New York Times) The UN human rights council has set up an inquiry into human rights abuses in North Korea for the first time. (BBC) (Brookings Institution) South Korea s Ministry of Unification allows humanitarian aid shipments to North Korea despite recent military tensions. (AFP via FMT) Israel–Turkey relations: Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologizes to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the death of nine activists during a flotilla raid in Gaza in 2010 and offers compensation for their families. (BBC) President of the United States Barack Obama announces that Israel and Turkey have reached an agreement to normalize relations between both countries. (Reuters) (The New York Times) (CBS News) Two Italian marines accused of murdering Indian fishermen in international waters return to India to face legal charges, defusing a standoff between the two countries. (Al Jazeera)

Armed conflicts and attacks Drone attacks in Pakistan: Pakistan officials say that a US drone strike has killed 4 suspected insurgents in a car in Datta Khel in North Waziristan. (The New York Times) (PressTV) (The Hindu) Al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen: Two al-Qaeda fighters and two pro-government militiamen are killed in clashes in Jaar, Yemen. (AP via Google News)

Politics and elections Najib Mikati announces his resignation as Prime Minister of Lebanon. (The Wall Street Journal) Several Ministers and Australian Labor Party figures resign or are sacked following a leadership spill including Simon Crean, Martin Ferguson, Chris Bowen, Kim Carr, Richard Marles, Ed Husic and Joel Fitzgibbon. (3 News) (Herald Sun) Former President of France Nicolas Sarkozy is being investigated over claims of illegal donations received from the country's richest woman, Liliane Bettencourt of L'Oréal. (Al Jazeera) Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is granted protective bail in several cases, paving the way for his return to Pakistan from self-imposed exile. (BBC)

Law and crime Two tourists, an Israeli and a Norwegian, are kidnapped in the South Sinai of Egypt by armed tribesmen. (Xinhua) (Kuwait News Agency) (BBC) Rwandan accused war criminal Bosco Ntaganda is transferred into the custody of the International Criminal Court. (AP via USA Today) A shooting at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia, United States, kills three people, including the suspected shooter. (WTOP) (USA Today) (CNN) A state of emergency is imposed in the Burmese town of Meiktila after at least twenty people are killed in communal violence. (BBC)

Business and economy The People's Republic of China levies anti-dumping charges on the chemical resorcinol imported from the United States and Japan. (Reuters) 2012–2013 Cypriot financial crisis: Minister of Finance of Cyprus Michael Sarris says that his talks with officials in Russia about a possible rescue package for Cypriot banks have led nowhere. (Bloomberg)

Arts and culture Nigerian writer and literary icon Chinua Achebe dies at the age of 82. (Premium Times Nigeria) (The Guardian) (BBC) Australian painter Del Kathryn Barton wins the 2013 Archibald Prize for her portrait of actor Hugo Weaving. (ABC News Australia) (The Australian Financial Review) (Vogue Australia)

Disasters and accidents Heavy snowfall causes widespread disruption to many parts of the United Kingdom, while torrential rain brings floods to South West England. (BBC) At least 30 people are killed and 200 are injured after a fire destroys a camp containing Burmese refugees near Ban Mae, Thailand. (BBC) (The New York Times)

Sport 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification: In the UEFA Group I, defending champions Spain are held to 1–1 draw at home by Finland. (FIFA) (BBC) In the UEFA Group H, England defeat San Marino 8–0 at the Stadio Olimpico in Serravalle while Ukraine defeat Poland with a 3-1 away win. (FIFA) (Eurosport)

Science and technology Two new species of lizards are discovered in the Andes Mountains in Peru. (TopNews Arab Emirates)

Health and environment 2013 meat adulteration scandal: Britain's Food Standards Agency says that 100kg of horse meat imported from Hungary and labelled as beef has been discovered in Lancashire. (BBC)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

March 23, 2013 Religion Newly elected Pope Francis meets his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI for lunch at the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo, the first time the two are meeting since the change of guard. (CNN)

March 23, 2013 International relations US President Barack Obama concludes his visit to the Middle East with a trip to the famous ruins of the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. (BBC) (CBC) (CNN)

March 23, 2013 Armed conflicts and attacks War on Terror: Pakistani Taliban threaten to assassinate former President Pervez Musharraf if he returns to the country. (CNN) An Australian man kidnapped in the Philippines by an al-Qaeda-linked group for ransom has been freed following "joint efforts" by the two countries. (Al Jazeera) Northern Mali conflict (2012–present): France formally confirms death of Islamist commander Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, a senior al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in February, after DNA tests. (BBC) 2012–13 Central African Republic conflict: All non-essential United Nations staff are removed from Central African Republic, as Seleka rebels move to within 75km of the capital, Bangui. (Al Jazeera) Rebels claims to have entered Bangui with Reuters reporting running battles between the rebels and government forces. (BBC) (Reuters)

March 23, 2013 Politics and elections Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir announces he will step down in 2015 after nearly 25 years in power. (The Daily Telegraph) (Daily Mail) The US Senate approves its first budget in four years by a margin of 50–49. (Fox News)

March 23, 2013 Law and crime Brazilian police charge 16 people in connection with the Kiss nightclub fire last January including the owner of the club which killed 241 people and injured 168. (The Daily Telegraph) Eleven inmates are missing and two guards injured after gunmen attacked a prison in Trikala, Greece, less than a week after a hostage siege at a different jail. (BBC) Dominican Republic authorities arrest 35 people including military, police, and custom officials in a drugs bust. (CNN)

March 23, 2013 Business and economy 2012–2013 Cypriot financial crisis: The Cyprus Parliament approves three bills that aim to raise enough money to qualify the country for a broader bailout package and stave off financial collapse. (Al Jazeera) Exiled Russian business oligarch Boris Berezovsky is found dead at his home in Surrey, England. (BBC)

March 23, 2013 Disasters and accidents At least 20 people are killed and more than 200 injured when a powerful tornado rips through the southeastern district of Brahmanbaria in Bangladesh. (CNN) The death toll from a fire in a Thai refugee camp for Karen refugees from Myanmar rises to at least 45 with more than a hundred injured. (Bernama) 23 people are killed and 30 injured in a road accident in Pakistan's Punjab province. (The Times of India)

March 23, 2013 Sport Kyle Dake of Cornell University defeats David Taylor of Penn State in the final of the 165-pound (75 kg) weight class at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, becoming the first wrestler to win four individual NCAA titles in four different weight classes. (AP/ESPN)

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Created 19 Mar 2013 Last updated 17 Jan 2014