2013 Week 20

This includes events from Sunday, May 12, 2013 through Saturday, May 18, 2013.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

May 12, 2013 Armed conflicts and attacks Syrian civil war: Four Filipino UN peacekeepers that had been taken captive by Syrian rebels on May 7 are released. (Los Angeles Times)

May 12, 2013 Disasters and accidents 2013 Savar building collapse: The death toll reaches 1,126 with many people still missing; the accident is now the third worst industrial disaster in history. (Xinhua) At least 28 people are killed in a mining accident in China's Sichuan Province. (CNN)

May 12, 2013 Health and environment The first group of what is an expected to be more than a trillion 17-year cicadas to emerge in the eastern United States is spotted in North Carolina. (Design & Trend) WHO says that it appears likely the novel coronavirus can be transmitted from close person-to-person contact. (BBC)

May 12, 2013 Law and crime Nineteen people are injured during a shooting at a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. (NOLA.com) Four people are found fatally shot in Waynesville, Indiana, United States. (CNN) A 12-year-old boy is arrested in connection to the April 27 Valley Springs, California, United States stabbing of his 8-year-old sister. (FOX News) Andrew Moran, one of Britain's most wanted criminals, is arrested in Costa Blanca, Spain. (BBC)

May 12, 2013 Politics and elections 2013 Pakistani general election: Partial results reveal former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to be the winner, though no party manages to obtain an absolute majority in the 342-seat National Assembly. (Al Jazeera) Voters in Bulgaria go to the polls for a parliamentary election. Boyko Borisov's GERB party wins between 30% and 32% of the votes, closely followed by Sergei Stanishev's resurgent BSP with 26 to 28 percent. No party manages to obtain a majority, while analysts predict a political deadlock amid low voter turnout and economic woes. (BBC) (Al Jazeera) The Murrawarri Republic begins a sovereignty campaign with the UN. (SBS) Religion Pope Francis canonizes a record-breaking 800+ new Catholic Church saints - Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI had submitted the 813 "Martyrs of Otranto" who had been beheaded by Ottoman soldiers for refusing to convert to Islam. (Atlantic Wire), (Cleveland Leader)

May 12, 2013 Science and technology In a study by SUNY Buffalo, it is discovered that Utricularia gibba, a carnivorous bladderwort plant, has the shortest known DNA sequence of any multicellular plant and that it lacks "junk DNA", sequences of code that do not encode proteins. (Design & Trend)

May 12, 2013 Sport In association football: Paris Saint-Germain wins the French Ligue 1 championship, their third Ligue 1 title and first since 1994. (BBC) Manchester United win 2-1 at home to Swansea City in Sir Alex Ferguson's last game at Old Trafford as club manager, with the coach lifting the record 20th Premier League trophy at the end of the game. (Al Jazeera) Veteran midfielder Paul Scholes announces his second retirement from football after the end of the current season. (Al Jazeera) In American football, Hall of Fame member Jack Butler dies at the age of 85. (The New York Times)

Monday, May 13, 2013

International relations Myanmar state television announces that President Thein Sein will make the first official visit to the United States, the first by a leader of that country in nearly fifty years. (ABC News)

Armed conflicts and attacks Aftermath of the Libyan civil war: A car bomb explodes near a hospital in the Libyan city of Benghazi, killing at least nine people. (BBC) War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Three Georgian soldiers are killed and several wounded in a large-scale insurgent attack on an ISAF base in the Helmand Province. (Civil Georgia)

Politics and elections The Senate in the U.S. state of Minnesota passes a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. Governor Mark Dayton says he intends to sign it into law. (ABC News) Voters in the Philippines go to the polls for House of Representatives and Senate elections with police on heightened security. (ABS CBN) Siddaramaiah of the Indian National Congress party is sworn in as the 22nd Chief Minister of the southern Indian state of Karnataka. (Zee News) In Canada's Newfoundland and Labrador Province, Liberal Party's Yvonne Jones won a by-election to the province's Labrador electoral riding, formerly held by Conservative Party's Peter Penashue. The by-election was widely viewed as a crucial test for new Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau. (CBC News)(CTV News)

Law and crime Attorney General Eric Holder, acting for the Obama Administration, testifies before the House Judiciary Committee that he was not party to the U.S. Justice Department's secret seizure of telephone records of the news agency the Associated Press. The Justice Department seized two months worth of telephone records from AP offices and reporters. (Fox News),(CBS News)(AP) In Mexico City, Mexico, two men are arrested in connection with the May 9 murder of 28-year-old American Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson and first male descendant of Malcolm X. (NPR) Iranian man Azim Aghajani is convicted in Nigeria of attempting to smuggle weapons to The Gambia. He is sentenced to five years imprisonment. (BBC) Kermit Gosnell, a U.S. abortion physician, is found guilty in Pennsylvania of three counts of murder of newborn infants, one count of involuntary manslaughter, and various other charges. (The Washington Post)(BBC) The U.S. Department of Treasury may probe why Bloomberg News reporters were monitoring how investment bank employees searched their site for financial information, including U.S. Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. (The New York Times),(BBC)

Business and economy Kevyn Orr, a state-appointed emergency manager of the finances of the city of Detroit, Michigan, issues a report describing the city as "clearly insolvent on a cash flow basis." (BBC)

Arts and culture A 2,300-year-old Mayan pyramid at Nohmul in Belize is destroyed by a construction company seeking road fill gravel. (Fox News) Veteran U.S. broadcaster Barbara Walters announces her 2014 retirement. (ABC News America)

Disasters and accidents A military aircraft crashes in residential area in Yemen's capital of Sana'a. (Xinhua) The search of the wreckage of the 2013 Savar building collapse in Bangladesh ends with 1,127 people found dead. (CTV News)

Sport In association football, Premier League and FA Cup runners-up Manchester City sack manager Roberto Mancini. (BBC)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Armed conflicts and attacks War in Afghanistan (2001–present): The Taliban kills four US soldiers in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. (BBC) Nigerian Sharia conflict: The President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, declares a state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe to fight an Islamist insurgency. (AP via Houston Chronicle)

Politics and elections Voters in Canada's British Columbia Province go to the polls to select members to the province's Legislative Assembly. (CTV News) Former President of the Philippines Joseph Estrada is declared as the winner of the mayoral election in the capital Manila. (AP via Brooklyn News 12) The British Conservative Party publishes a draft European Union (Referendum) Bill aimed at holding a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union by 2017. (BBC) Kenyan protestors release dozens of pigs in front of parliament to protest perceived greed. (AFP via Google News) Brazil becomes the fifteenth country to legalise same-sex marriage. (Huffington Post)

Business and economy Greek civil servants hold a 24-hour strike after the government proposes to use emergency powers to stop striking teachers from disrupting university exams. (AP via ABC)

Law and crime An alleged CIA agent is arrested in Moscow for trying to recruit a Russian intelligence officer. (BBC), (Sky News) The United States fines the Indian pharmaceutical company Ranbaxy Laboratories US$500 million after they are found guilty of selling adulterated drugs to the United States. (AFP via Google News) Convicted murderer, abortion physician Kermit Gosnell, in a plea bargain, trades away his appeals in exchange for a life sentence without the possibility of parole. (CNN) The U.S. Internal Revenue Service admits that it targeted certain classes of conservative groups (mainly those who had the words "Tea Party", "Patriot", and other related words in their titles) for special scrutiny. (FOX News)

Arts and culture American actress Angelina Jolie announces that she underwent an elective double mastectomy due to her family history of lethal cases of breast cancer. (USA Today)

Disasters and accidents A tunnel collapses at Freeport-McMoRan’s Grasberg mine in Indonesia's Papua province trapping approximately thirty workers. (AFP via Inquirer) Several boats carrying over 100 Rohingya Muslims away from an oncoming cyclone capsize off the coast of Myanmar leaving only 42 survivors. (Wall Street Journal)

Science and technology A Soyuz capsule carrying astronauts Chris Hadfield of Canada, Thomas Marshburn of the United States and Roman Romanenko of Russia of Expedition 35 back from the International Space Station lands safely in Kazakhstan. (Herald-Sun)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

International relations China, India, and four other nations join the Arctic Council with observer status. (The New York Times) The United Nations General Assembly passes a resolution condemning the Syrian government for human rights violations. (AlJazeera)

Armed conflicts and attacks Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): Gunmen using silenced weapons attack at least nine alcohol stores in western Baghdad, killing twelve people. (Al Jazeera) Thirty-five people, including three police officers, are killed in bomb attacks in Shi'ite sections of Baghdad and parts of northern Iraq. (Reuters) Syrian civil war: Rebel fighters launch a massive assault on a prison in Syria's northern city of Aleppo. (BBC) A rebel attack on army positions in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo town of Beni leaves at least 31 people dead, including 23 Mai Mai and three FARDC troops. (Reuters)

Politics and elections Steven Miller, the acting commissioner of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, resigns amidst pressure from the fallout surrounding the agency's targeting of Tea Party groups. (Los Angeles Times) In the United Kingdom House of Commons, an amendment to last Wednesday's Queen's Speech expressing regret that it did not contain legislation for a referendum on EU membership is defeated 277–131. (BBC)

Law and crime The jury in the U.S. state of Arizona that convicted Jodi Arias of first-degree murder last week quickly decide that she should either face the death penalty or life in prison without parole during the penalty phase of trial. (NBC) According to the U.S. ATF, no evidence has yet been found that a bomb blast was responsible for the April West Fertilizer Company explosion that killed fifteen people in West, Texas. (NBC)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Friday, May 17, 2013

Saturday, May 18, 2013

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May 15, 2013 The Eurozone records its sixth straight quarter of recession with France, Italy and Spain all recording negative growth and Germany growing weakly. (BBC)(News Limited)

May 16, 2013 Pope Francis calls for worldwide "financial reform along ethical lines" to fight the "tyranny [of] financial speculation". (Irish Times)

May 18, 2013 Emmelie de Forest of Denmark wins the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Only Teardrops". (Reuters via Chicago Tribune) (BBC)

May 18, 2013 A Boeing 737 carrying more than 130 people catches fire while landing in Moscow. No injuries are reported. (AP via News24)

May 18, 2013 In rugby union, RC Toulonnais beats ASM Clermont Auvergne 16-15 in an all-French 2013 Heineken Cup Final at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. (BBC)

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

May 15, 2013 The Bank of England upgrades its forecast for the UK economy, and says that inflation will fall faster than previously predicted. (BBC)

May 15, 2013 American graphic designer Richard Swanson dies after being struck by a pickup truck in Oregon while attempting to dribble a soccer ball all the way to Brazil to raise money for charity. (AP via National Public Radio)

May 15, 2013 Plans for a £200m fifteen year expansion of Britain's Pinewood Studios are turned down by the local authority that oversees the area where the studios are situated. (BBC)

May 15, 2013 A tornado hits Granbury, Texas, United States, killing several people and injuring at least 100. (CNN)

May 15, 2013 NASA's Kepler telescope suffers a critical hardware failure, possibly putting an end to its planet hunting mission. (Discovery News)

May 15, 2013 The NBA's Board of Governors votes against allowing the Sacramento Kings basketball franchise to move to Seattle. (ABC News)

May 15, 2013 In horse racing, Orb draws the rail for the Preakness Stakes. (ABC News)

May 15, 2013 In association football, Chelsea wins the UEFA Europa League after beating Benfica 2–1. (BBC)

May 15, 2013 In a study published in Nature, University of Oregon researchers describe the first creation of human embryonic stem cells by cloning. (Nature)

May 16, 2013 The United States announces new sanctions against the Syrian government. (Los Angeles Times)

May 16, 2013 Two brothers are arrested in connection with the Mother’s Day parade shooting that wounded 20 in New Orleans. (The Washington Post) (AFP via News24)

May 16, 2013 Bill Gates becomes the world's richest person for the first time since 2007 with a fortune of approximately $72.7 billion. (abcnews)

May 16, 2013 The American adaptation of the television series The Office airs its last episode on the National Broadcasting Company after nine seasons. (Reuters)

May 16, 2013 British author Jenny Colgan wins the 2013 Romantic Novel of the Year Award for her book Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams. (BBC)

May 16, 2013 A topless painting of actress Bea Arthur sells for US$2 million at auction. (New York Post)

May 16, 2013 Rolf Wolff, president of the Stockholm School of Economics, is fired amidst a scandal where he promoted a convicted insider trader for a top position at the university and allegedly he lied about his academic credentials. (Dagens industri) (Dagens Nyheter)

May 16, 2013 Fossil water dating back 2.6 billion years, by far the oldest ever found, is discovered in a Canadian mine. (Fox News)

May 16, 2013 In association football, midfielder David Beckham announces his retirement effective at season's end, a decision that came days after he won the Ligue 1 title with his last club, Paris Saint-Germain. (CNN) Former NASCAR driver Dick Trickle dies at age 71 from an apparent suicide. (Fox Sports)

May 17, 2013 The United States government paves the way for expanded exportation of natural gas by approving a US$10 billion facility in Texas. (Reuters)

May 17, 2013 Ottawa experiences a 5.2 magnitude earthquake. (CTV)

May 17, 2013 A US Navy Seal is killed and 7 others are injured as their Humvee rolls over during a training exercise. (Reuters)

May 17, 2013 Two Metro-North commuter trains collide near Bridgeport, Connecticut injuring at least 72 people and resulting in the cancellation of Amtrak services between New York City and Boston. (USA Today)(CNN)

May 17, 2013 In golf, former U.S. Open winner and longtime TV analyst Ken Venturi dies at age 82. (ABC News)

May 18, 2013 A winner is found for a record $590 million Powerball jackpot with the winning ticket sold at an agent in Zephyrhills, Florida. (NBC News)

May 18, 2013 US Airways Express Flight 4560, with 34 people aboard is forced to make a belly landing at Newark International Airport after experiencing landing gear trouble. No injuries are reported (AP via News24) (CNN)

May 18, 2013 A car drives into a crowd at a parade in Damascus, Virginia, injuring at least 50 people. (CNN)

May 18, 2013 Football League Two: Bradford City A.F.C win the Football League Two Play-off final 3-0 against Northampton Town to win promotion to the 2013-14 Football League One. (The Telegraph)

May 18, 2013 In horse racing, American horse Oxbow wins the 2013 Preakness Stakes held at Pimlico Race Course. (News Limited)

Latin peoples such as those of Brazil can be connected.

May 15, 2013The 2013 Cannes Film Festival opens with a showing of The Great Gatsby. (Guardian)

May 15, 2013 Scientists release pictures of what they believe the lost city of la Ciudad Blanca in La Mosquitia, Honduras.(NBC News)

May 16, 2013 The Venezuelan government attempts to put an end to a toilet paper shortage. (The Guardian)

May 17, 2013 Jorge Rafael Videla, who served as President of Argentina after the 1976 Argentine coup d'état, dies at the age of 87 in a jail of Marcos Paz, Buenos Aires. (USA Today)

May 17, 2013 A million dollars worth of jewelry meant for use by celebrities at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival is stolen from a Novotel hotel room in Cannes. (BBC)

May 18, 2013 One hundred thousand people march in Rome, the capital of Italy, to protest the austerity measures of the new government, demanding a new policy focus on the creation of jobs. (BBC)

Asiatic peoples such as those of Pakistan can be connected.

May 15, 2013 Authorities in Myanmar and Bangladesh prepare for the arrival of Cyclone Mahasen, which has already killed at least seven people and displaced nearly 4,000 in Sri Lanka. (Reuters)

May 16, 2013 The Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, Saeed Jalili, reiterates that Iran will never give up its right to use nuclear energy for peaceful means, but it will not seek nuclear weapons. (Xinhua)

May 16, 2013 War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Many people are killed in two suicide bombings in Afghanistan, at least fifteen of which are killed in the capital Kabul when a suicide bomber from Hizb-i-Islami, a Taliban affiliate, targeted a convoy carrying foreign troops, injuring another 40. (Xinhua) (NBC)

May 16, 2013 Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): Seventeen people are killed when car bombs detonate and gunman attack people in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP via USA Today)

May 16, 2013 Suspected militants abduct six security personnel in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. (AP via Bloomberg)

May 17, 2013 Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): A string of bombings, most of them in Sunni areas of Iraq, kill at least 90 people and injured more than 200 others. (Times of India)

May 17, 2013 An anti-homophobia march in the Georgian capital Tbilisi results in a riot with dozens of people injured as opponents attack the march. (Institute for War and Peace Reporting)

May 18, 2013 Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): Gunmen break into the home of an anti-terrorism police officer in the Baghdad suburbs, killing him and his family. (Voice of America)

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

May 16, 2013 A plane crashes while attempting to land on a mountain airstrip in northern Nepal, injuring all 21 passengers. (The Washington Post)

May 17, 2013 War in North-West Pakistan: Two bombs explode near two separate mosques in the Malakand District of Pakistan, killing 15 people and wounding at least 100 others. (Dawn)

May 18, 2013 Zahra Shahid Hussain, a senior vice-president of Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Party is shot dead by a gunman outside her home in Karachi. (BBC)

Oriental peoples such as those of China can be connected.

May 18, 2013 2013 Korean crisis: North Korea launches three short-range missiles off its east coast and into the Sea of Japan - two in the morning and one in the afternoon. (NBC)

Southeast Asian and Oceanic peoples such s those of Indonesia can be connected.

May 16, 2013 Disasters and accidents A shoe factory collapses in Cambodia, killing three. (Reuters)

African peoples such as those of Nigeria can be connected.

May 16, 2013 Nigerian Sharia conflict: The Nigerian military imposes a dusk to dawn curfew in Adamawa State. (Xinhua)

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

Institutions, culture, anthropology, personal studies, and science will be connected as the site develops.

May 15, 2013 A man who found what he believes to be the secret recipe for Coca-Cola at an estate sale sells the instructions on eBay for $15 million. (Time)(EBAY)

May 15, 2013 New fossils provide evidence on the evolutionary split between apes and monkeys. (Design & Trend)

May 15, 2013 New evidence suggests that Mount Everest's glaciers are melting. (NBC News)

May 15, 2013 A new study finds that the white blood cell levels in men decrease faster during aging than in women, possibly providing one clue as to why women have longer average lifespans. (Telegraph)

May 16, 2013 A study suggests that marijuana may improve blood sugar by decreasing insulin resistance. (Healthline)

May 17, 2013 NASA records the brightest lunar meteor impact yet observed. (National Geographic)

May 17, 2013 A specific form of mild electric shock is shown to provide lasting improvement to mathematical ability. (Nature)

Created 21 June 2013 Last updated 20 Jan 2014