2013 Week 19

This includes events from Sunday, May 5, 2013 through Saturday, May 11, 2013.


May 5, 2013 (2013-05-05) (Sunday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks Syrian civil war: Israeli aircraft hit at least six targets near Damascus, targeting Iranian-made Fateh-110 missile shipments en route to Hezbollah. (BBC) (The Times of Israel) Syria's foreign ministry accuses Israel of helping and working with the Syrian rebels to coordinate airstrikes (Xinhua) (ABC) (The New York Times) Communist insurgency in the Philippines: New People's Army attack a mining site at Sipalay, Negros Occidental and burn equipment. A firefight ensues leaving five soldiers dead and two wounded. (Philippine Star) War in Somalia (2009–present): Eight people are dead after a suicide bomber rams an explosive-laden car into a convoy carrying Qatari officials through the center of Somalia's capital Mogadishu. Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for the attack. (Voice of America) Three people are dead and over 200 are injured when Hefajat-e-Islam and Jamaat-e-Islami clash with police in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (The Hindu) One person is dead and another 57 are injured after a bomb detonates inside a Roman Catholic church in Arusha, Tanzania. (Reuters) Nigerian Sharia conflict: 10 people are killed in an attack on a church and a local market in Njilan, Adamawa State, Nigeria. (AP via The Montana Standard) Disasters A limousine catches fire on the San Mateo Bridge in Hayward, California, United States killing five women and injuring four trapped inside. (Boston.com) A military aircraft crashes during an air show killing the pilot and injuring another 19 on the ground in Madrid, Spain. (Kuwaiti News Agency) 2013 Savar building collapse: The death toll in Bangladesh rises to 622. (Washington Post) Law and crime Six people are wounded during a drive-by shooting outside a McDonald's restaurant in East Palo Alto, California, United States. (Huffington Post) (San Francisco Chronicle) Politics and elections Malaysia's ruling coalition Barisan Nasional retains a majority of parliamentary seats in the general election. (FT) Helmin Wiels, leader of the largest political party in Curaçao, is assassinated. (BBC) Science and Technology A test of an M51 missile by the French military ends in failure when it self-destructs in midair. (RFI) The world's first gun produced by Defense Distributed using a 3-D printer is fired successfully in Austin, Texas, United States. Security officials worry that such plastic weapons could evade detection at airport screenings. (BBC),(WGBH)

Current events of May 6, 2013 (2013-05-06) (Monday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks Afghanistan–Pakistan skirmishes: An Afghan border police guard is killed and two Pakistani troops are injured in border violence. (BBC) Syrian civil war: Rebels shoot down a Syrian Military helicopter in Deir ez-Zor Governorate killing all eight soldiers on board. (AP via Anchorage Daily News) A UN official on a Swiss television station says the UN has "concrete" suspicions that the rebels have used Sarin gas. The UN later released a statement in response stressing that it has not reached any official conclusions, and has yet to have acquired proof that either side used chemical weapons. (The New York Times),(BBC) Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): At least 10 people are killed and 26 others injured in attacks across Iraq. (Xinhua) 13 people die in clashes between Islamist protesters and Bangladesh Police officers in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka and the outlying suburb of Kanchpur. (AP via Fox News) War in North-West Pakistan: 15 people are killed and another 50 are injured when a bomb detonates at a political rally of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam in Kurram Valley, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan. (Xinhua) Business and economy Wal-Mart passes ExxonMobil as the largest company by revenue on the annual Fortune 500 list. (Economic Times) Bank of America agrees to pay US$1.6 billion to insurer MBIA to settle a long-running dispute between MBIA and two companies Bank of America had since acquired. (The New York Times) Health and environment A new Swedish study published in the journal Pediatrics finds that children whose parents suck on their pacifiers have fewer allergies later in life. (The New York Times) Law and crime Germany arrests a 93-year-old, alleged former Auschwitz guard, Hans Lipschis, on charges of murder. (AFP via Google News), (BBC) According to the FBI, a terror attack is disrupted when US authorities raid a mobile home in Montevideo, Minnesota, United States. (AP via News24) U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Krusinski, who was in charge of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, is arrested on charges of sexual assault. (ABC News) A stolen dinosaur skeleton is returned to Mongolia. (Los Angeles Times) Three women missing for more than a decade are found alive in the U.S. city of Cleveland, Ohio, while a 52-year-old man, Ariel Castro, is taken into custody. (The Guardian), (News Limited) American singer Lauryn Hill is sentenced to prison for three months after being convicted of tax evasion. (Huffington Post) Politics and elections Seven-time Prime Minister of Italy Giulio Andreotti dies in Rome at 94-years-old. (BBC) The US Senate passes a bill allowing states to tax internet sales. (Nordonia Hills News-Leader)

Tuesday May 7, 2013

May 7, 2013 Armed conflicts and attacks Syrian civil war: Four Filipino UN peacekeepers are kidnapped by armed men while patrolling the demilitarized area between Syria and the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. (Al Jazzeera), (BBC) Nigerian Sharia conflict: An attack in Nigeria, suspected to be perpetrated by Islamic sect Boko Haram, kills 55 people. (The Independent) Art and culture American special effects innovator Ray Harryhausen dies at the age of 92. (Chicago Sun-Times) American As I Lay Dying frontman and lead vocalist Tim Lambesis is arrested on charges of attempting to hire a hitman. (MTV)

May 7, 2013 Business and economy 2013 Korean crisis: The Bank of China halts business with a North Korean bank accused by the United States of financing Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programs. (AP) Microsoft acknowledges and plans to address complaints with its Windows 8 operating system – changes will be available later this year. (AP) The Reserve Bank of Australia cuts its benchmark interest rate to 2.75%, down from 3.00%. (BBC) The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the 15,000 mark for the first time, setting a record. The S&P 500, up 0.5%, sets a record high as well. (USA Today) China's April import and export figures beat expectations, potentially easing concerns that its economy is lagging. (Reuters)

May 7, 2013 Disasters and accidents Mayon Volcano erupts in the Philippines killing four mountain climbers and requiring four other climbers trapped near the summit to be rescued. (AP via New Zealand Stuff) A gas tanker explodes in Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico, killing at least 20 and injuring 36. (BBC), (Reuters) A Nigerian warplane involved in operations within Mali crashes in Niger, killing two pilots. (BBC) Bears attack villages in Orissa, India, killing eight people and injuring a dozen more. The bears are said to have become aggressive due to excessive consumption of the mahua flower. (BBC) The Italian cargo ship Jolly Nero crashes into the port of Genoa, destroying the traffic control tower. Seven people die, four are injured and at least two are missing. (News.com.au) Health and environment India has the highest first day infant mortality rate in the world, according to a new study. (Times of India) Alzheimer's drug Gammagard fails to produce results in a large-scale clinical trial. (USA Today) A new strain of gonorrhea, HO41, is reported to be incurable and extremely virulent. (Times of India)

May 7, 2013 International relations India agrees to demolish some bunkers near the Chinese border in order to end a three-week-long standoff in the Himalayas. (Reuters) Law and crime A Pentagon study finds a sharp rise in sexual assaults among U.S. military personnel. (The New York Times) Paperwork filled on behalf of Aurora shooting suspect James E. Holmes states that he plans to plead not guilty by reason of insanity. (The New York Times)

May 7, 2013 Politics and elections Thousands of striking bus workers march through South Africa's biggest city, Johannesburg. (News 24) Ireland's parliament, the Oireachtas, passes legislation pardoning thousands of soldiers who left the Irish Army to fight with the Allies during World War II. (BBC) Governor Jack Markell signs a bill making Delaware the 11th U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage. (Delaware Online) Former Governor of South Carolina Mark Sanford wins a special election for South Carolina's 1st congressional district defeating Elizabeth Colbert Busch. (MSNBC) The United Kingdom's Queen Elizabeth II announces she will miss a Commonwealth meeting for the first time in 40 years. Prince Charles will attend on her behalf. (Los Angeles Times)

May 7, 2013 Science and technology A new study by the University of California, Davis suggests that all Europeans are related to small group of ancestors dating back only 1,000 years. (Nature World News) Researchers discover statistical evidence for the proposed Eurasiatic language superfamily, dating back 15,000 years. (Los Angeles Times) In a study published in Nature Communications, scientists unearth in Alberta, Canada and identify what may be the earliest known pachycephalosaur (bone-headed dinosaur), Acrotholus audeti. (Latinos Post)

May 7, 2013 Sports In North American baseball, Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher J. A. Happ is carted off the field after getting hit in the head by a line drive. (ABC News) In tennis, unseeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov pulls off a major upset over world number one Novak Djokovic at the Madrid Open. (Reuters)

Wednesday May 8, 2013

Armed conflict and attacks War in North-West Pakistan: A suicide car bombing hits a police station in the Bannu District of northwest Pakistan, killing at least two people and injuring twenty. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) War in Somalia (2009–present): Nineteen people are killed in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, in suicide bombings and firefights between Al-Shabaab militants and government forces. (Xinhua) Amid protests for free education by tens of thousands of people in major cities across Chile, police clash with protesters. (BBC) Arts and culture Following consultations with fellow academics, Stephen Hawking boycotts the Israeli Presidential Conference Facing Tomorrow 2013 in Jerusalem. (BBC)

Politics and elections Indian National Congress won ?legislative assembly election of Indian state Karnataka with clear majority. (NDTV) British Conservative Party MP Nadine Dorries is allowed to rejoin the party, having been suspended in November 2012 for her appearance on a reality television show during parliamentary time. (BBC)

Law and crime Police in France, Belgium and Switzerland arrest more than two dozen people in connection with the Brussels Airport diamond heist. (Wall Street Journal) An Italian appeals court upholds the conviction of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on tax fraud and sentences him to four years in prison. (Macleans Canada) Jodi Arias is convicted of the first-degree murder of her boyfriend by a court in Arizona. (BBC) Ariel Castro is charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape relating to the 2013 Cleveland, Ohio, missing trio. (Reuters) An 83-year-old nun and two others are found guilty of breaking into the Y-12 National Security Complex nuclear facility in Tennessee. (AP)

Disasters and accidents 33 people are killed in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh when an overloaded bus falls into a fast-flowing river. (BBC), (Xinhua) 2013 Savar building collapse: The death toll in Bangladesh rises to 823. (CNN) International relations The United Nations appoints a three-member panel led by Australian High Court judge Michael Kirby to investigate alleged human rights breaches in North Korea. (BBC) The World Trade Organization advised that Roberto Azevêdo of Brazil will be the next Director-General effective September 1, 2013. The formal announcement will be made following a special meeting of the General Council on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. (The Guardian)

Sport In football, Sir Alex Ferguson announces his retirement as the Manager of Manchester United at the end of the 2012–13 Premier League season after 26 years in charge having won 38 trophies. (BBC)

Thursday May 9, 2013

International relations Pakistani militant Sanaullah Haq dies after being assaulted in an Indian jail as a revenge attack following the death of Sarabjit Singh in Pakistan last week. (Reuters)

Armed conflicts and attacks War in North-West Pakistan: Ali Haider Gillani, the son of former Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani, is abducted by unidentified gunmen at an election rally in the city of Multan two days before the May 11 general election. (BBC) Indonesian police shoot dead seven terror suspects in raids on the island of Java including some allegedly planning to bomb the Sri Lankan embassy. (AFP via The News International) Suspected Sudanese ivory poachers shoot dead an unknown number of elephants at the Dzanga-Ndoki National Park world heritage site in the Central African Republic, close to the border with Cameroon and the Republic of the Congo. (BBC)

Friday, May 10, 2013

Saturday, May 11, 2013

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May 9, 2013 It is revealed today that in February hackers stole $45 million from worldwide bank ATM's with large numbers of criminals using fradulent debt cards. (AP via FOX News)(The New York Times)

May 11, 2013 A Ghanaian national goes on a spree attack with a pickaxe in Milan, Italy killing a passerby and wounding four others in an apparently random attack. (AP via News24)

May 10, 2013 After yesterday's attack, preserve park authorities discover that twenty-six elephants, including four calves, were killed by poachers in the Dzanga-Ndoki National Park in the Central African Republic. (The Guardian)

May 10, 2013 ISS crew members prepare for a contingency spacewalk to stop an anticipated ammonia coolant leak. (NASA) (nasaspaceflight.com) (nasaspaceflight.com)

Peoples of the world including major groups of Western Civilization, Asiatic peoples, African peoples, and American Indian peoples can be connected. Nations such as Nigeria, Russia, Bangladesh, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Egypt, Germany, Iran, Turkey, Congo DR, Thailand, France, United Kingdom, Italy, South Africa, South Korea, Burma, Colombia, Spain, Ukraine, Tanzania, Argentina, Kenya, Poland, Algeria, Canada, Iraq, Uganda, Morocco, Sudan, Peru, Uzbekistan, Malaysia, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Yemen, Afghanistan, Ghana, North Korea, Mozambique, Taiwan, Australia, Syria, Côte d'Ivoire, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Angola, Cameroon, Romania, Chile, Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Niger, Burkina Faso, Guatemala, Mali can be connected.

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May 9, 2013 A fuel train derails in Russia's Rostov Oblast causing a massive fire with one person missing, 27 injured and 3,000 evacuated. (RT)

May 10, 2013 A Guatemala court finds former military leader Efraín Ríos Montt guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity and sentences him to 80 years in prison. (BBC)

May 11, 2013 In Germany, Bayern Munich sets a number of Bundesliga records including most points, most away goals and best start as they are presented with the 2012–13 Fußball-Bundesliga trophy. (Reuters)

May 11, 2013 In Spain, FC Barcelona wins its fourth La Liga title in five years. (BBC Sport)

Anglic peoples such as those of the United States can be connected.

May 9, 2013 Current Everton manager David Moyes is confirmed as Alex Ferguson's successor at Manchester United. (BBC)

May 9, 2013 The Australian government announces that it will hold a referendum on recognition of local government in the constitution simultaneously with the federal election on September 14. (The Australian)

May 9, 2013 In sailing training for the America's Cup, British, two-time Olympic medallist Andrew Simpson dies in San Francisco Bay as part of the Swedish team, Artemis Racing. (San Francisco Chronicle)

May 10, 2013 Boston Marathon bombings: Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is buried in the al-Barzakh Cemetery in Doswell, Virginia, United States. (Reuters via News24)

May 10, 2013 Evidence mounts that the brothers may be involved in an unsolved triple murder in Waltham, Massachusetts, United States from September 11, 2011 - one of the victims, Brendan Mess, was once a roommate of Tamerlan. (ABC News)

May 10, 2013 A paramedic in West, Texas, United States is arrested for possession of an explosive device, but authorities do not elaborate as to whether there is a connection to the deadly explosion last month at the town's fertilizer plant. (Reuters via News24)

May 11, 2013 Canadian Senator and former Conservative Party campaign director Doug Finley dies of cancer. (CTV)

May 11, 2013 Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, says that the finance ministers and central bankers of the G7 have agreed there must be co-ordinated action against tax evaders. (BBC)

May 11, 2013 A manhunt is issued for a suspect in the shooting deaths of his wife and two children in Shasta County, California, United States. (AP via FOX News)

May 11, 2013 In NASCAR, American Matt Kenseth wins the 2013 Bojangles' Southern 500 at the Darlington Raceway. (USA Today)

May 11, 2013 Association football: In England, Wigan Athletic, playing in their first FA Cup Final, defeat Manchester City with a last minute goal by Ben Watson at Wembley Stadium. (The Guardian)

Asiatic peoples including those of Pakistan can be connected.

May 10, 2013 Bombs explode outside two police stations in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi. (Reuters)

May 11, 2013 Syrian civil war: 43 killed and over 100 injured in two car bombings in Reyhanli, Turkey, near the Syrian border. (Russia Today)

May 11, 2013 A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake occurs in southern Iran with reports of injuries and property damage. (AFP via AsiaOne)

May 11, 2013 A retrial of former President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak begins in Cairo for his alleged complicity in the deaths of protesters in the 2011 Egyptian revolution. (Al Jazeera)

South Asian peoples such as those of India can be connected.

May 9, 2013 2013 Savar building collapse: The death toll rises to 1,006 - Bangladesh's worst industrial accident and the deadliest structural collapse in modern human history. (Channel News Asia)

May 10, 2013 Savar building collapse: The death toll reaches 1,042 with many people still missing. (BD Today) A survivor, Reshma Begum, is found alive 17 days after the collapse. (AP via Miami Herald)

May 11, 2013 War in North-West Pakistan: A bomb explodes near the Awami National Party offices in Karachi killing 11 people. (News Limited)

May 11, 2013 Pakistan elections: Voters in Pakistan go to the polls for a general election with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan threatening to carry out attacks. There was a record turnout despite 24 people being killed. (News Limited)

May 11, 2013 Nawaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League-N declares victory, despite not having gained a majority in the parliament. (ABC News Australia)

May 11, 2013 A landslide in the city of Aizawl in India's Mizoram state kills at least eight people with 25 injured and 11 missing. (Indian Express)

Oriental peoples such as those of China can be connected.

May 10, 2013 Taiwan demands an apology from the Philippines related to an incident where a Taiwanese fisherman died after a Philippine Coast Guard intercepted his fishing vessel in the disputed waters of the Bashi Channel. (BBC)

Southeast Asian and Oceanic peopless such as those of Indonesia can be connected.

May 10, 2013 Albert del Rosario, the Philippines Secretary of Foreign Affairs, wants to withdraw Filipino peacekeepers from the Golan Heights subsequent to Syrian rebels kidnapping four troops. (Straits Times)

American Indian peoples such as those of Brazil can be connected. Middle American Indian peoples such as those of the southwestern United States can be connected. North American Indian peoples such as those of the United States can be connected.

Communities such as Tokyo, Seoul, Mexico City, New York City, Mumbai, Jakarta, Sao Paulo, Delhi, Shanghai, Manila, Karachi, Cairo, Beijing, Osaka, Canton, Moscow, Los Angeles, Calcutta, Dacca, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, Shenzhen, Lagos, Paris, Nagoya, Lima, Chicago, Kinshasa, Tianjin, Chennai, Bengaluru, London, Saigon, Donguan, Hyderabad, Chengdu, Lahore, Jonannesburg, can be connected.

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Created 21 June 2013 Last updated 16 July 2014