|This includes events from Sunday, April 28, 2013 through Saturday, May 4, 2013.|
April 28, 2013 (2013-04-28) (Sunday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks Syrian civil war: Syrian rebels capture three military airbases in the north. (The Washington Post) Men in technicals, pickup trucks with anti-aircraft guns, block off and surround the Libyan foreign ministry in the capital Tripoli demanding a ban on Gaddafi-era officials working in the government (BBC) (Al Jazeera) War in North-West Pakistan: At least eight people are dead and dozens injured as a result of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan attacks on election candidates in Kohat and Peshawar. (The New York Times) Disasters At least three people die and fourteen are injured when an apartment building in the French city of Reims collapses after a suspected gas explosion, leaving people trapped under debris. (AFP via News24) Four people are killed when a small bridge collapses near Thailand's ancient capital of Ayutthaya. (ABC News) Law and crime A man stabs and wounds four people at a church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States. (CNN) In Italy, a man shoots and wounds two policemen outside Palazzo Chigi, during the swearing ceremony of the new Prime Minister Enrico Letta. (BBC) In Valley Springs, California (a rural town of about 2,500 people) authorities are searching for an intruder who fatally stabbed an 8-year-old girl, Leila Fowler, at her home. After her 12-year-old brother discovered him, the intruder fled. (NBC News)
April 29, 2013 Armed conflicts and attacks War in North-West Pakistan: A suicide bomber kills at least four people in an attack on a police station in Peshawar, Pakistan. (AP via Fox News) Syrian Civil War: Syrian state TV reports that the Prime Minister Wael Nader Al-Halqi escaped an assassination attempt in the western Damascus suburb of Mazzeh when a bomb explodes near his convoy. (AP via CTV News) 2012 Northern Mali conflict A sixth French soldier is killed in Mali when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb, seriously injuring two more. (BBC news) 201213 Iraqi protests: The government of Iraq shuts down 10 television stations including Al Jazeera, accusing them of encouraging the sectarian violence by Sunni muslims in the country. (Los Angeles Times) 2013 ricin attacks: It is revealed that Everett Dutschke was, earlier this month, charged with two child molestations involving three girls younger than 16. (Fox News) Boston Marathon bombings: Prosecutors discuss a plea deal (avoidance of the death penalty in exchange for a likely sentence of life in prison without parole) for the surviving Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Police have taken DNA from Tamerlan Tsarnaev's wife and are exploring the brothers' connection to two deceased Russian extremists. (NBC)
April 29, 2013 Business and economy The U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear a petition (Eaton Corp v. Z F Meritor) from Eaton Corp., letting stand a U.S. 3rd Circuit Court ruling on an antitrust issue that may limit the use of loyalty discounts in the form of rebates as a way of locking in customers. (Reuters)
April 29, 2013 Disasters A powerful explosion occurs in an office building in Prague, Czech Republic, believed to have been caused by natural gas, injures 35 people. Both the nearby Faculty of Arts and Sciences building of Charles University and the National Theater also sustain damage. (NBC News)(AP via Vancouver Sun) A Boeing 747 crashes near a American military base in Bagram, Afghanistan, killing all seven American crew members onboard. (AP via Belfast Telegraph UK)
April 29, 2013 Sports NBA news: Veteran center Jason Collins becomes the first active player in one of the United States' Big Four sports leagues to announce he is gay. (Sports Illustrated) (The New York Times) A league committee unanimously recommends that NBA owners reject the bid of a Seattle-based group led by Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer to purchase the Sacramento Kings and move the team to Seattle. (ESPN)
Armed conflicts and attacks Syrian civil war: A bomb explodes in the center of the capital, Damascus, killing at least 13 people. (BBC) A purported chemical weapons attack launched by the Syrian army kills at least 2 people in Saraqib, Idlib. (United Press International) War in Afghanistan (2001present): A roadside bomb kills three members of NATO's ISAF force in Afghanistan. (Reuters) 2013 Savar building collapse: Police in Dhaka clash with factory workers protesting the disaster and advocating for capital punishment to be administered to the factory's owner. (BBC) An Israeli air strike on Gaza City kills Hitham Maskhal, a well known Palestinian militant and injures another in the first such attack since the November ceasefire. Both suspected Palestinian militants were part of the militant group which fired rockets at the southern Israeli city of Eilat two weeks ago. (BBC)
Business Apple initiates the largest ever non-bank bond offering, valued at $17 billion. (Reuters)
Arts and culture Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands signs the official acts of abdication in favor of her son the Prince of Orange, who becomes King Willem-Alexander, the first male monarch in 123 years. (The Telegraph)
Sports The 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs begin, with the Los Angeles Kings attempting to defend their 2012 Stanley Cup title.
Science and technology In Illinois, United States, 2-year-old Korean-Canadian Hannah Warren, who was born without a trachea, becomes the youngest patient to receive a bioengineered organ made from stem cells. (The New York Times) NASA extends its contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency, paying $424 million for the RKA to deliver and receive astronauts shuttled to the ISS thru 2016. (RIA Novosti)
International relations The UN Human Rights Office says that the force-feeding of hunger-strikers at the U.S. Guantánamo Bay Prison is a violation of international law. (AFP via France24) Several British overseas territories, including Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, sign agreements to share tax information with UK and other EU members. (BBC) Law and crime A May Day protest in Seattle, Washington, United States escalates into violence, causing injuries to eight police officers and damage to storefront property. (Seattle Pi) (CNN) British Coronation Street star William Roache, the world's longest-serving soap actor, is arrested and charged with two counts of raping a 15-year-old girl in 1967. (TVNZ),(The Guardian) Seven Venezuelan legislators are injured as a fight breaks out between the Socialist Party and the opposition over the outcome of the last month's presidential election. (The Daily Beast)
Armed conflicts and attacks South Thailand insurgency: Insurgents kill six people, including a two-year-old boy, in a deadly shooting in Pattani, Thailand. (ABC News) Boston Marathon bombings: Boston Police state that three more individuals are implicated and arrested. (CNN) A report states that Dzhokhar has told detectives he was motivated by wanting to defend Islam because of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. (NBC) Insurgency in the North Caucasus: A bomb detonates in a busy shopping center in Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia, killing 3 and injuring 2 others. (Ria Novosti) Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): Multiple bomb attacks across Iraq kill at least 15 people. (The Daily Star)
Business and economy T-Mobile US debuts on the New York Stock Exchange with the ticker symbol TMUS. (Reuters)
Disasters and accidents Flash floods leave 16 people dead and 3 others missing in Saudi Arabia, with authorities urging citizens to avoid low-lying wadis. At least two others were killed in neighboring Oman in some of the heaviest rainfall in more than 25 years. (Al Arabiya) Heavy rain and a whirlwind sweeps over eights districts and towns in Lào Cai Province, northern Vietnam, destroying 52 houses and 2 schools, ripping roofs off of 1600 houses, and damaging crops of local people. (Talkvietnam)
Science and technology in San Jose, California, IBM researchers release A Boy and His Atom, the smallest movie ever made, which was created by manipulating individual carbon monoxide molecules with a scanning tunneling microscope. (BBC) An international group of researchers announce in Nature the creation of a digital camera that can mimic the compound eyes of insects. (CNN) The Wyoming, United States discovery of a tiny prehistoric bird, Eocypselus rowei, may help explain the origins of hummingbirds. (Science World Report)
International relations North Korea sentences American Kenneth Bae to 15 years of prison labor for "hostile acts" against the regime. The United States calls for amnesty. (The Australian) (BBC)
Armed conflicts and attacks The Chad government announces that it foiled a coup attempt that "had been in preparation for several months." (Reuters) Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): At least 14 members of the Sons of Iraq are killed in two separate attacks within Fallujah. (BBC) Syrian civil war: Up to 100 people are killed in a raid of al-Bayda, Baniyas by the Syrian Army. (The Daily Star)
Politics and government The Egyptian government announces it will replace six cabinet ministers. (Reuters) Voters in England and the Isle of Anglesey in Wales go to the polls for local elections. (BBC) Voting also gets underway in the South Shields by-election to fill the parliamentary seat vacated by former Foreign Secretary David Miliband. (BBC) Religion Two months after his resignation, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI returns to live in Vatican City at the Mater Ecclesiae. (BBC)
Law and crime A man fires two shots into the ceiling of Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas, United States with a rifle before killing himself. (CNN) The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rules that five relatives of Osama bin Laden and a construction company started by his father cannot be held liable for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. (NBC) English broadcaster Stuart Hall pleads guilty to 14 charges of sexual assault. (BBC) British businessman James McCormick, who sold ADE 651 fake bomb detector to Iraq and other countries, is jailed for ten years at the Old Bailey. (BBC) Convicted Indian spy Sarabjit Singh dies after being attacked by fellow inmates in a Pakistani prison. He is flown home to India where the government of Punjab has declared him a martyr. (NDTV) The U.S. state of Rhode Island becomes the tenth state to legalize same-sex marriage. (AP via Fox News) Two kindergarteners are poisoned to death by the owner of a rival school in northern China. (International Business Times)
Business and economy U.S. jobless claims fall to their lowest level in five years. (New York Daily News) Intel elects American Brian Krzanich as their new CEO. (MarketWatch) Disasters and accidents More than 60 miners die when a recently reopened gold mine collapses in Jebel Amir, North Darfur, Sudan. (Reuters) Hundreds of homes in California, U.S. are evacuated due to wildfires in the region. (Reuters)
Health and environment The last known rhinoceroses in Mozambique are revealed to have been killed by poachers. (The Telegraph) The central northern United States experiences record snow fall. (USA Today)
Science and technology Harvard scientists unveil RoboBee, a robot with the smallest ever man-made wings capable of flight. (Los Angeles Times)
Armed conflicts and attacks Syrian civil war: Israeli warplanes bomb a Syrian weapons facility in an overnight attack. (The New York Times)
Politics and elections United Kingdom local elections, 2013: Results of the elections show gains for Labour and UKIP and losses for the Liberal Democrats and the Conservative Party.BBC The UK Independence Party wins 140 seats, achieving 25% of the votes in areas where it fielded candidates, the party's most significant results to date. (BBC) Labour's Emma Lewell-Buck retains the South Shields Parliamentary seat for the party following Thursday's by-election, but with a reduced majority after the UK Independence Party secures almost a quarter of the votes cast. (BBC) Google calls one of its search engine websites "Google Palestine" instead of "Google Palestinian territories". (FOX) (BBC)
Law and crime British Brian Shivers is acquitted of any involvement in the 2009 Massereene Barracks shooting. Mr. Shivers, who has cystic fibrosis, has his life sentence overturned, having been jailed since January 2012 in what his solicitor describes as a miscarriage of justice. (BBC) (RTÉ) Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali, a prosecutor with Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency leading the prosecution of former President Pervez Musharraf over alleged involvement in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, is shot dead on the way to court in Islamabad. (The Guardian) Daryl Washington, an American football player with the Arizona Cardinals, is arrested on aggravated assault charges in Phoenix, Arizona. (AP) Police in China arrest more than 900 people as they shutdown a million dollar crime ring that was selling rat meat as mutton. (Reuters)
Arts and culture The world's largest rubber duck is moved to Hong Kong. (ABC News) The Metropolitan Museum of Art announces that it will return two Koh Ker statues to Cambodia. (ABC News)
Disasters and accidents 2013 Savar building collapse: The death toll in Bangladesh rises to 547. (CNN) Bangladesh's finance minister, Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, downplays the impact of last week's factory-building collapse on his country's garment industry. (AP via News24) A top investigator probing the disaster says that vibrations from four huge generators placed on the roof of the building caused it to collapse. (AFP via News24), (BBC) A U.S. KC-135 tanker aircraft on its way to Afghanistan crashes in northern Kyrgyzstan after a mid-flight explosion. (The Globe and Mail), (BBC) Wildfires continue to spread in the U.S. state of California. (Los Angeles Times)
Business and economics The Stockholm School of Economics, one of Sweden's most prestigious universities, is hit by scandal amidst revelation that top official Justin Jenk forged CMC documents about his conviction of insider trading in Greece. (Dagens Industri) (Swedish) Heavy construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar announces it plans to lay off an additional 300 employees by July. (Chicago Tribune)
Science and technology An international team of scientists announce the discovery in China of a new meat-eating Theropod dinosaur, Aorun zhaoi, dating from 161 million years ago. It is the oldest Coelurosaur known to date. (Design & Trend)
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May 4, 2013 39 people are killed during religiously motivated clashes at a funeral in Wukari, Nigeria. (Bloomberg)
May 4, 2013 Nigel Evans, a deputy speaker of the United Kingdom House of Commons, is arrested for allegedly raping two men. (The Guardian) (Daily Mail)
May 4, 2013 Cuban Filin pioneer César Portillo de la Luz dies at the age of 90. (The Miami Herald)
May 4, 2013 American author Harper Lee files a lawsuit claiming that a literary agent tricked her into relinquishing the copyright on her book, To Kill a Mockingbird. (The Guardian)
May 4, 2013 A train carrying toxic flammable chemicals derails and causes a major fire near the Belgian town of Wetteren, killing two and wounding forty-nine. (BBC)
May 4, 2013 The National Health Service in England says it is investigating seven "potentially serious" incidents involving its recently-established non-emergency medical helpline, NHS 111. (BBC)
May 4, 2013 In the U.S., Alaska's Cleveland Volcano experiences a low-level eruption. (AP via Fox News)
May 4, 2013 War in Afghanistan (2001-present) Five US soldiers are killed when a bomb detonates in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Additionally, three more are killed in separate incidents. (The New York Times)
May 4, 2013 Syrian civil war: Israeli forces, in a second attack in as many days, bomb a weapons shipment of sophisticated missiles suspected as being transported from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon. (The Washington Post)
May 4, 2013 Activists claim that 77 people are massacred in the Syrian city of Baniyas by government forces; the government claims it was fighting against "terrorist groups." (BBC)
May 4, 2013 Hundreds of protestors gather in Chinese cities to rally against planned large-scale industrial projects. (Bloomberg)
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May 4, 2013 In horse racing, Dominican Joel Rosario rides Orb to win the Kentucky Derby. (USA Today)
May 4, 2013 In boxing, American Floyd Mayweather retains his WBC Welterweight title by defeating Robert Guerrero in a unanimous decision. (The New York Times)
May 4, 2013 In association football, Juventus F.C. win their 29th Scudetto. (BBC)
Created 21 June 2013 Last updated 20 Jan 2014