This includes events of Sunday, March 24, 2013 through Saturday. March 30, 2013.
March 24, 2013 Sport Sebastian Vettel wins the 2013 edition of Formula One's Malaysian Grand Prix ahead of Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton. (BBC) India defeats Australia by six wickets in the final test match to clean-sweep the 2013 BorderGavaskar Trophy 40. (BBC) (ESPN Cricinfo) In road bicycle racing, Daniel Martin wins 2013 Volta a Catalunya, the fifth stage of the 2013 UCI World Tour season, ahead of Joaquim Rodríguez. (The Guardian) (Cycling News) In curling, Scotland wins the 2013 World Women's Curling Championship defeating Sweden 65 in the final. (BBC) (WWCC2013) In association football, the Costa Rican Football Federation files an official protest with FIFA requesting that their national team's 10 loss to the USA on March 22 in near-blizzard conditions in Commerce City, Colorado be replayed. (AP/ESPN)
March 25, 2013 Disasters and accidents Thousands of homes in Scotland and Northern Ireland are without electricity and many roads are closed after snowfall and strong winds hit over the weekend. (BBC) Six sleeping workers are killed by a fire in a car seat factory outside Bangalore, India. (BBC)
March 25, 2013 Sports American professional golfer Tiger Woods returns to World Number One with victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. (ESPN) (The Boston Globe)
March 25, 2013 Health and environment Around 1,000 dead ducks have been pulled from Sichuan River in southwest China, sparking health and environmental concerns among residents. Also, more than 16,000 dead pigs have been pulled from Shanghai's Huangpu River over the past two weeks. (BBC)
March 26, 2013 Sport 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification: Japan, on the verge of becoming the first team to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, suffer a shock loss to Jordan, whose own chances of qualifying for their first ever World Cup are boosted by the result in Amman. (Reuters) (AFP via NDTV) In the UEFA Group I, Spain, the defending World Cup champions, defeat France 10, with a Pedro-winning goal at the Stade de France. (BBC) (FIFA) In the UEFA Group H, Montenegro secure a 11 draw against England in Podgorica. (BBC) (FIFA) Based on the fact that it was not filed properly, FIFA rejects a protest filed by the Costa Rica against a match played against the United States during a snowstorm at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado. (AP via USA Today) The United States and Mexico draw 0-0 in a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier at Estadio Azteca, giving the United States a point in World Cup qualifying at Azteca for only the second time ever. (ESPN) In cricket, England manage to bat through the 5th day of the final test match against New Zealand in Auckland, to draw the three match series 00. (ESPN Cricinfo) (BBC)
March 27, 2013 Arts and culture The Rolling Stones are to headline Glastonbury Festival 2013 in Pilton, Somerset. (The Guardian) (The Daily Telegraph) Patricia McCarthy wins the 2013 National Poetry Competition. (The Guardian) Kate Tempest wins the Ted Hughes award for innovation in poetry. (The Guardian)
March 27, 2013 Disasters and accidents At least one person is killed and 19 others are injured when a 6.1-magnitude earthquake strikes near Taipei, Taiwan, causing a fire and shaking buildings. (AFP via The Star Malaysia) (The Washington Post) A mini-tornado in the Philippines kills 12 people when a motorboat capsized. (AFP via The Star Malaysia) International relations North Korea renews war threats against South Korea and the United States, saying conditions "for a simmering nuclear war" have been created on the Korean peninsula. The country also says it is cutting a military hotline, which facilitates the travel of South Korean workers to a joint industrial complex in Kaesong. (Al Jazeera) (BBC) Canada becomes the first country to withdraw from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. (CTV News)
March 27, 2013 Sports In ice hockey, Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames is traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, with Calgary acquiring prospects Ben Hanowski and Kenneth Agostino, and also Pittsburgh's first-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. Iginla has played for the Flames since the 1996 Stanley Cup playoffs, and has served as Flames captain since 2003. NHL.com
March 28, 2013 Disaster and accidents Two people are killed and one seriously injured when a century-old wall collapses on them in Carlton, Australia. (The Age) At least 100 people are left homeless after a fire razes 40 houses in Samal, Davao del Norte, Philippines. (ABS-CBN News Online)
March 28, 2013 Entertainment Longtime newswoman and host of the American talk show The View, Barbara Walters, announces plans to retire in May 2014. (USA Today)
March 28, 2013 Science and technology American researchers at Stanford University build a transistor out of DNA and RNA molecules. (Discovery News)
March 28, 2013 Sport Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE), a pan-European anti-racism group, reports England's football fans to FIFA over racist chants roared throughout last Friday's World Cup qualifying match in San Marino. Among the chants were songs referring to the IRA and Second World War and a ditty calling for Anton and Rio Ferdinand to be tossed on a bonfire. England face a heavy fine as punishment and the prospect of further sanctions, such as playing qualifiers behind closed doors. (GOAL) (The Guardian) New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder is in a critical condition in hospital, after being severely beaten as he left a bar in Christchurch. (Channel NewsAsia) It is announced that American race car driver Denny Hamlin has a compression fracture in his back resulting from a crash March 24. (ESPN) A judge allows South African sprint runner Oscar Pistorius to travel abroad to compete in games if he complies with certain conditions (The Guardian) (BBC)
March 29, 2013 Arts and culture The electronic music band Kraftwerk is not allowed to perform at a music festival in China due to unspecified "political reasons". (The Guardian) Olivier and Tony Award winning actor Richard Griffiths dies at the age of 65. (The Telegraph) After 25 years on the air, the American TV show America's Most Wanted is cancelled. (CBS News)
March 29, 2013 Disasters and accidents At least twenty people are killed and around 25 more are trapped when a 16-floor building collapses in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. (BBC) A large landslide buries 83 gold miners in China's Tibetan Autonomous Region near Lhasa. (Washington post) More than 220 people are rescued from two ice floes that broke off of Latvia and were blown into the Gulf of Riga. (CNN) A United States Navy SEAL is killed in a training accident. (USA Today)
March 29, 2013 Health and environment A study published in the Journal of Pediatrics confirms that there is no scientific evidence of a link between vaccines and autism. (CBS News) International relations Iran, North Korea and Syria block adoption of a United Nations treaty that would regulate the international arms trade, a proposal which required agreement by all 193 UN member states. (AL Jazeera) North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un orders preparations for strategic rocket strikes on the US mainland at an overnight meeting with top army commanders, in response to the use of nuclear-capable B-2 Stealth Bombers in joint US-South Korea military drills. China appeals for calm on all sides. (Channel NewsAsia)
March 29, 2013 Science and technology A Soyuz spacecraft docks with the International Space Station after being in orbit for less than six hours, setting a record, in a test conducted to reduce the time crew members have to spend in the ferry craft. (CBS News) Scientists from New Jersey Institute of Technologys Swarm Lab announce that they have created robotic ants that behave very similarly to real ants. (National Geographic)
March 29, 2013 Sports American professional wrestler Reid Flair dies at age 25 from unknown causes. (LA Times) In horseracing, Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom wins the Dubai World Cup. (BBC)
March 30, 2013 Arts and culture Musical innovator and fourteen-time Grammy Award winning producer Phil Ramone dies at age 79. (Washington Post)
March 30, 2013 Science and technology Famous panda Mei Xiang is artificially inseminated after natural breeding failed to occur. (Reuters) Scientists announce that a green meteorite found in Morocco may have originated on Mercury, which, if proven, would be the first known meteorite from that planet. (Space.com) (Fox News)
March 30, 2013 Sport Jesse Ryder, the New Zealand cricketer who was assaulted outside a bar, is now out of the induced coma and off the ventilator, but has no recollection of the attack. (Channel NewsAsia) The UCLA Bruins men's basketball team hires Steve Alford as its new head coach. (LA Times) Long time University of Alabama athletics director Mal Moore dies at age 73. (USA Today) The University of Michigan wins the 2013 NCAA men's swimming and diving championships. (Detroit Free Press)
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March 30, 2013 The Supreme Court of Kenya unanimously confirms that Uhuru Kenyatta is the rightful winner of the recent disputed presidential election. (LA Times)
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March 30, 2013 Politics and elections President of Italy Giorgio Napolitano forms two groups of people, both politicians and entrepreneurs, who will propose ideas to solve the Italian economic and political crisis. The government led by Mario Monti will be in charge until a new government can be formed. (BBC)
March 30, 2013 The Eiffel Tower was evacuated for a time after an anonymous caller made a bomb threat. No explosives were found; police are still searching for the caller. (Fox News)
March 30, 2013 Three people are shot (one critically, in the torso) at three stores at the Edgewood Towne Center shopping plaza near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the victims were taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital while police searched the area.(NBC News)
March 30, 2013 The most senior surviving Khmer Rouge leader, Nuon Chea, is declared fit for trial by a United Nations-backed court in Cambodia. (CNN)
March 30, 2013 International relations North Korea declares it is in a state of war with South Korea, and will conduct any further dealings under "wartime regulations". Russia urges calm on both sides. North Korea threatens to shut down the industrial plant in Kaesong, on the border with South Korea. (Reuters) (RT)
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March 24, 2013 International relations Bolivia's President Evo Morales vows to take a border dispute with Chile to the International Court of Justice in The Hague. (Channel NewsAsia) US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Iraq on an unannounced visit to press for greater co-operation over the conflict in Syria. (BBC)
March 24, 2013 Armed conflicts and attacks War on Terror: A suicide bomber strikes a Pakistani military checkpoint in the tribal district of North Waziristan, killing at least 17 soldiers. (Al Jazeera) 201213 Central African Republic conflict: Rebels in the Central African Republic reportedly take the presidential palace in Bangui, as President François Bozizé flees to the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. (BBC) (Al Jazeera) Golan Heights clashes (2012present): Israeli soldiers fire an anti-tank missile at a Syrian Army post after coming under fire for the second time in 12 hours in the Golan Heights area. (Al Jazeera) (The Times of Israel) Nigerian Sharia conflict: 25 people are killed in coordinated attacks by unidentified men armed with machine guns, bombs and rocket-propelled grenades in Northern Nigeria Adamawa State. (Indian Times)
March 24, 2013 Law and crime American politician Jessica Upshaw dies, reportedly after being shot in the head in the small town of Mendenhall, Mississippi. (CBS News) Politics and elections Tens of thousands gather in Lahore as Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan launches an election bid for the country's polls in May. (Al Jazeera) Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf leaves Dubai for Karachi, ending his self-imposed exile and defying death threats from the Taliban. (BBC) Syria's opposition chief Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib resigns from the Syrian National Coalition after inconclusive talks with the European Union. (Al Jazeera) Hundreds of thousands of people march in Paris against proposals to legalise same-sex marriage in France with violent clashes after police deny marchers access to the Champs-Elysees. (AP via NBC News)
March 24, 2013 Business and economy 20122013 Cypriot financial crisis: Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades begins a series of emergency meetings in Brussels in a last-ditch attempt to finalize a bailout. (BBC)
March 25, 2013 International relations The United States agrees to hand over Bagram Jail, its main detention facility in Afghanistan, to the country's government. (Al Jazeera) South Korea has signed a new military plan with the United States to counter a possible incursion or a limited attack from North Korea. (BBC) China's President Xi Jinping vows to intensify ties with Africa, as he addresses leaders in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on his first trip to the continent. (Channel NewsAsia) The European Union has suspended sanctions against 81 officials and eight firms in Zimbabwe, but those against President Robert Mugabe and his top aides remain in place. (BBC) United States Secretary of State John Kerry meets with the President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai to talk about the two countries' strained relations. (The Wall Street Journal) The European Union and Japan say that they will begin talks to restart free trade between the two entities beginning in April. (Bloomberg)
March 25, 2013 - 201213 Central African Republic conflict: Seleka chief Michel Djotodia declares himself President of the Central African Republic and promises to retain power-sharing government as part of peace deal and put end to looting. (Al Jazeera) South Africa's President Jacob Zuma says that thirteen of the country's soldiers were killed in the Central African Republic as rebels seized the capital, Bangui. (BBC) Syria conflict: Rebel Free Syrian Army chief Colonel Riad al-Asaad is injured after a blast targets his car. (CNN) Arab League officials say the Syrian opposition, the National Coalition will represent the country in the upcoming summit in Doha, Qatar. (Al Jazeera)
March 25, 2013 Law and crime The bodies of seven men, all shot in the head as if executed, are found dumped in plastic chairs placed along the side of a street in Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico. (Al Jazeera) The former President of Zambia Rupiah Banda is arrested for alleged corruption and abuse of authority. (Fox News)
March 25, 2013 Business and economy 20122013 Cypriot financial crisis: Cyprus reportedly reaches an outline bank bailout deal with international lenders including the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. (Reuters via the Sydney Morning Herald) Eurozone finance ministers approve the deal, which includes a radical downsizing of the island's Russian-fueled financial sector. (Reuters) (Channel NewsAsia)
March 26, 2013 International relations Italy's Court of Cassation overturns the acquittals of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in the murder of Meredith Kercher and orders a retrial. However, Knox, who returned home immediately upon release, is not expected to be there as the U.S. tends not to extradite its citizens to face legal action. (The Journal) (The Guardian) (Al Jazeera) (CNN) A post-mortem examination finds Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky's death was "consistent with hanging", after the examination found nothing to indicate a violent struggle or involvement of another party. (BBC) The Arab League summit begins in Qatar, Doha, with the Syria conflict and possible talks between the Afghanistan government and the Taliban among the key issues. (Al Jazeera) North Korea issues a new threat to strike targets on the United States mainland, Hawaii and Guam, as well as South Korea, days after a new USSouth Korea military pact. (AFP via Channel NewsAsia) Vietnam accuses a Chinese vessel of firing on one of its fishing boats in disputed waters in the South China Sea, setting it on fire. (BBC)
March 26, 2013 Armed conflicts and attacks War in Afghanistan: Australia announces that it will be closing its base in Tarinkot in Urozgan Province, with the majority of troops returning home by the end of this year. (ABC News Australia) A suicide attack on a police station in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, kills five police officers while seven attackers die. (BBC) One British soldier is killed and nine are wounded by Taliban insurgents in an attack on a patrol base with a truck bomb and small arms fire in Helmand Province, Nad Ali District, Afghanistan. (The Daily Telegraph) 201213 Central African Republic conflict: After declaring himself President of the Central African Republic, Seleka chief Michel Djotodia says that he has suspended the constitution of the country and dissolved its parliament. (BBC) Syrian civil war: The United Nations prepares to move about half of its international staff in Syria out of the country as violence creeps closer to UN facilities. (AFP via Channel NewsAsia) Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): A roadside bombing kills the head of a local town council and a member of a provincial council in Tuz Khormato, Saladin Province, Iraq. (CNN)
March 26, 2013 Politics and elections Italian foreign minister Giulio Terzi resigns from his post in protest over the return of two Italian marines to India to face charges for allegedly murdering fishermen. (BBC) (Reuters) (CNN) (AFP via Channel NewsAsia) Former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband confirms he is to resign as an MP and move to the United States to become head of the International Rescue Committee in New York. (BBC)
March 26, 2013 Law and crime Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda appears before the International Criminal Court at The Hague for the first time, following his surprise surrender last week. (BBC) Thousands of people sign an online petition requesting the Daily Mail to sack its controversial columnist Richard Littlejohn after the possible hounding to death of a primary school teacher Lucy Meadows by the British media. (BBC) A court in South Africa sentences Nigerian militant Henry Okah to 24 years' imprisonment for his involvement in the Abuja car bombings which killed at least 12 people in October 2010. (BBC) The United States Supreme Court weighs the case of a California constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions, passed after gay marriage became legal there. (BBC)
March 26, 2013 Business and economy 20122013 Cypriot financial crisis: Cyprus's Ministry of Finance says banks will remain shut until Thursday to give regulators time to guard against a run on deposits, and that big depositors in Cypriot banks can lose up to 40% of their funds, while depositors with less than 100,000 euros in their accounts will not be affected by bailout plans. (BBC) (CNN) Leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa meet in Durban for the 2013 BRICS summit. (BBC) T-Mobile USA removes the contract requirement from its mobile phone payment plans, becoming the first of the four major national wireless carriers in the U.S. to do so. (The New York Times)
March 27, 2013 Armed conflicts and attacks South Thailand insurgency: The Thailand government prepares for peace talks with Muslim separatist groups with the hope of ending a decade-long insurgency. (Channel NewsAsia) Northern Mali Conflict: The Government of Mali announces that 63 of their soldiers have been killed fighting jihadists since the French led intervention Operation Serval in January 2013. A row between a spam-fighting group and hosting firm sparks retaliatory attacks, flooding core infrastructure of the Internet, in what security experts are describing as the biggest cyberattack in history. (BBC) Wildlife officials in Cameroon find over 40 elephant carcasses, clustered in Nki and Lobeke national parks, with a horseback-riding band of about 300 poachers from Sudan being the chief suspects. (CNN) A bomb explodes outside the residence of a Greek shipowner near Acropolis in central Athens; no one is injured. (The Wall Street Journal)
March 27, 2013 Law and crime A German property developing firm removes parts of the East Side Gallery, a historic stretch of the Berlin Wall amid heavy police presence, despite a week of protests. (BBC) China sentences 20 men of the ethnic Uighur group to jail terms of up to life imprisonment on charges of terrorism and inciting secession in Xinjiang. (BBC) Oscar Pistorius's brother appears in court charged with murder over the death of motorcyclist's in a road accident in 2008. (BBC) Police in Wales say they will call off the search for missing April Jones in about a month. (Sky News)
March 28, 2013 Religion New research suggests that the cloth in The Shroud of Turin likely dates from between 300 B.C. and 400 A.D.. (Huffington Post) As part of the Maundy Thursday service Pope Francis washes the feet of prisoners at a juvenile detention centre in Rome. (BBC)
March 28, 2013 International relations The members of the United Nations are scheduled to decide on Australian diplomat Peter Woolcott's draft for the first ever treaty to regulate the conventional arms trade. (Channel NewsAsia) The Syrian opposition opens its first embassy in Qatar, a day after it was given Damascus's seat at the Arab League. (Al Jazeera) (The New York Times) Russia conducts unscheduled military exercises in the Black Sea, drawing criticism from NATO. (The Hindu)
March 28, 2013 Armed conflicts and attacks Six gunmen (presumed to be of the Mombasa Republican Council) and one policeman die during an attack on a casino in coastal town of Malindi, Kenya. (Al Jazeera) The United Nations Security Council authorizes a new intervention force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in attempt to end rebel attacks and bring peace to the region. (Time) South Sudan internal conflict (2011present): A battle for an airstrip in Pibor County kills 143 rebels and 20 government troops. The rebels reportedly belong to a group led by David Yau Yau. (Associated Press) Syrian civil war Mortar fire hits Damascus University cafeteria section killing 15 students and injuring 7 others (BBC News)
March 28, 2013 Politics and elections Former President of Chile Michelle Bachelet announces that she is running in the November 17 presidential election. (Channel NewsAsia) Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela is hospitalised with a lung infection. (ABC News) Italy remains in political gridlock as Pier Luigi Bersani announces that the latest attempts to form a stable government have failed. (USA Today)
March 28, 2013 Law and crime Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting New details about the school shooting are revealed, showing that the massacre was less than 300 seconds long. (USA Today) (CNN) Search warrants show that perpetrator Adam Lanza had an arsenal in his home. (USA Today) Edwin Ernesto Rivera Gracias, a Salvadoran national recently added to the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list for allegedly committing a 2011 murder in Colorado, surrenders after agreeing to face charges. (CNN) British-Italian fraudster Giovanni Di Stefano is sentenced to 14 years in jail for fraud. BBC News (BBC) Former British Cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell says he will take legal action against The Sun over claims he swore and called police officers plebs in a row in Downing Street. (BBC)
March 28, 2013 Business and economy 20122013 Cypriot financial crisis: Security tightens in Cyprus as banks prepare to reopen after nearly two weeks, following a controversial international bailout that was negotiated with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. (BBC)
March 29, 2013 Religion Christians across the globe celebrate Good Friday. (Toledo Blade)
March 29, 2013 Armed conflicts and attacks A blast near the United States Consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan, kills 10 people and wounds at least 31 others. (CNN) Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal) Coordinated car bombings against five Shiite mosques in Baghdad and Kirkuk kill 23 worshipers. (ABC News)
March 29, 2013 Politics and elections Former premier of Alberta Ralph Klein dies in Calgary, Alberta at the age of 70. CTV
March 29, 2013 Law and crime A Pakistani lawyer throws a shoe at the former President Pervez Musharraf at the Sindh High Court, as Musharraf successfully extends his bail on charges of conspiracy to murder and sacking judges. (Al Jazeera) Several people are injured in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo when Buddhist monks lead hundreds of people to attack a Muslim owned clothing warehouse. (BBC) A Bosnian court sentences Veselin Vlahovic to 45 years in jail for murders, tortures, rapes and lootings during the Bosnian war. (ABC News)
March 29, 2013 Business and economy 20122013 Cypriot financial crisis: Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades says the island has no intention of abandoning the Euro, despite the tough conditions imposed by its 10 billion euro bailout deal with the European Union and International Monetary Fund. (BBC)
March 30, 2013 Business and economy A judge dismisses the majority of the lawsuit charges against a group of American banks related to the Libor scandal. (USA Today)
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Created 26 Mar 2013 Last updated 17 Jan 2014