2013 Week 21

This includes events from Sunday, May 19, 2013 through Saturday, May 25, 2013.



Sunday, May 19, 2013

International relations North Korea fires three short-range guided missiles into its eastern waters. (New York Times) North Korea captures a Chinese fishing boat and demands a ransom for its return. (The Guardian)

Armed conflict and attacks Syrian civil war: Heavy fighting is reported in Qusair, Syria, as the Syrian army launches a major counter-offensive against rebel forces. (BBC)

Law and crime Authorities in hazardous-materials suits search a downtown Spokane, Washington apartment, investigating the recent discovery of two letters containing the deadly poison ricin. (AP via News24) Clashes break out between police and supporters of the Ansar al-Sharia Islamic organization in Tunisia. (al-Jazeera) Politics Nigel S. Wright resigns as the Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada as a result of his role in an expenses scandal involving Senator Mike Duffy. (BBC)

Arts and culture Taylor Swift wins eight awards, including top album and top artist, at the Billboard Music Awards. (The Guardian) Star Trek Into Darkness earns an estimated US$70.6 million during its opening weekend in the US and Canada. (Bloomberg)

Disasters and accidents At least one person is killed and a dozen injured after a series of tornadoes hits the US states of Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa and Illinois. (BBC), (CNN)

Sport In cricket, the Board of Control for Cricket in India holds an emergency meeting to tackle the 2013 Indian Premier League spot-fixing case which has resulted in the arrest of three cricketers and eleven bookmakers. (DDI news) In golf, Bae Sang-moon wins his first PGA tour event at the Byron Nelson Championship. (USA Today) Sweden defeats Switzerland 5-1 to win the Ice Hockey World Championships. (USA Today) Salisbury University defeats Trinity College 12-5 to win the Division III NCAA women's Lacrosse championship. (The Baltimore Sun) Raha Moharrak becomes the first Saudi woman to summit Mount Everest. (CNN) Samina Baig becomes the first Pakistani woman to summit Mount Everest. (Jagran Josh)

Science and technology US Navy dolphins find a rare nineteenth-century torpedo off the coast of California. (USA Today)

Monday, May 20, 2013

Religion The Church of Scotland's General Assembly votes to allow openly gay men and women to become ministers. (BBC)

International relations The President of Myanmar Thein Sein visits the White House as part of his visit to the United States, the first by a Burmese head of state in 47 years. (Reuters)

Armed conflicts and attacks Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): A wave of violence continues, with attacks across the country killing 133 and leaving 283 others injured. Almost 400 people have been killed in the last six days alone, as tribal leaders warn of impending civil war. (BBC) (Antiwar.com via AP) Insurgency in the North Caucasus: Twin car bombs explode in Makhachkala, capital of the Russian republic of Dagestan, killing 4 and injuring almost 50 others. Hours later authorities announced they have foiled a terror attack in Moscow.(Reuters) North Korea launches short-ranged projectiles off its coast for the third day in a row. (The New York Times)

Law and crime Guatemala's Constitutional Court overturns a genocide conviction against former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt due to a dispute over jurisdiction. (The Guardian) Immigrant youths riot in Stockholm suburb Husby, burning more than 100 vehicles. (Washington Post)

Disasters and accidents A massive two mile wide tornado strikes south of the US city of Oklahoma City, causing widespread damage and causing the National Weather Service to issue a rare tornado emergency. (MSN) (NPR)(NBC News), (ABC News) A 6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Chile. (Christian Science Monitor) A morning peak Tranz Metro commuter train derails near central Wellington, New Zealand, after part of the undercarriage comes loose and punctures the carriage floor, injuring four people and delaying tens of thousands of commuters as services are cancelled. (Fairfax NZ) A hot air balloon crashes in Cappadocia, Turkey, killing 2 tourists and injuring another 20. (BBC) The BBC documentary series Panorama airs unseen footage from the 1989 Hillsborough disaster that casts doubt on medical evidence given at the inquest. (BBC)

Health and environment North Korea confirms a bird flu outbreak that has forced authorities to kill over 160,000 ducks in Pyongyang. (Yonhap News Agency)

Sport Paralympian Oscar Pistorius' agent confirms that he will not take part in any sports this year as he awaits his trial for murder. (BBC Sports), (Sky News)

Tuesday May 21, 2013

Wenesday, May 22, 2013

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

Saturday, May 25, 2013

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Sociology including communities and social structure and change can be connected. Peoples of the world including major groups of Western Civilization, Asiatic peoples, African peoples, and American Indian peoples can be connected. Nations such as 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.

May 21, 2013 Xinhua reports that North Korea has released 16 Chinese fishermen after their boat was seized on May 6. (AFP via Asia One)

May 21, 2013 Syrian civil war: Israel and Syria exchange gunfire on the Golan Heights. (Reuters) Elite Hezbollah reinforcements are sent from Lebanon across the border to Al-Qusayr, Syria. Activists report that much of the city has been destroyed. (Al Arabiya)

May 21, 2013 Iranian presidential election, 2013: Final list of candidates are announced by Guardian Council. This included Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf, Hassan Rouhani, Saeed Jalili, Mohsen Rezaei and four others. (PreesTv) Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei are rejected by the council due to their age and health problems. (newser)

May 21, 2013 Carl Pistorius, the brother of Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius, is acquitted of culpable homicide over the death of a motorcyclist in South Africa. (BBC)

Western Civilization including Russia can be connected.

May 21, 2013 French historian Dominique Venner shoots himself dead inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. (BBC)

May 21, 2013 Criminal investigation of Saab Automobile: Three former top executives of Swedish car manufacturer Saab Automobile, Jan-Åke Jonsson (President and CEO), Kristina Geers (Chief Counsel), and Karl Lindström (CFO), are arrested on suspicion of accounting fraud and tax evasion during the bankruptcy procedure of the company. (Göteborgs-Tidningen) (Sveriges Radio)

May 22, 2013 Prime Minister elect of Iceland, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, declares that a January decision to freeze European Union membership talks will be extended indefinitely. (Bloomberg)

May 22, 2013 Documents are secured as Dutch authorities execute a tax raid on Spyker Cars' headquarters on behalf of the Swedish tax authorities. (Dagens industri)

May 23, 2013 Riots continue for a fourth night in suburbs of the Swedish capital Stockholm heavily populated by immigrants with unrest spreading. (Irish Times)

May 24, 2013 The 2013 Stockholm riots enter their fifth night. (UPI)

May 24, 2013 An 8.3 magnitude earthquake in east Russia leads to widespread evacuations, but no casualties. (New York Times)

May 24, 2013 In association football, Gibraltar is accepted as a full UEFA member at the organization's XXVIII congress. (Panorama)

May 25, 2013 Insurgency in the North Caucasus: A female suicide bomber injures at least 11 police officers and civilians, including two children, in Makhachkala in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan. (AP via News24)

May 25, 2013 Russia arrests 30 gay-rights supporters in Moscow after they attempt to hold a rally in spite of a law forbidding gay-rights demonstrations. (Voice of America)

May 25, 2013 In football, Bayern Munich defeats Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League Final. (The Guardian)

Anglic peoples including those of the United States can be connected.

May 21, 2013 MPs in the House of Commons vote 366-161 in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill taking an important step towards allowing gay marriage in England and Wales. (BBC)

May 21, 2013 The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary approves immigration reform legislation that would give citizenship to millions living in the country illegally. (AP via Washington Post)

May 21, 2013 The Commanding General of the U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, is suspended from his duties because of an investigation into alleged adultery (which is treated as a criminal violation, not just a civil matter, in the U.S. military), and for allegedly being in a physical altercation. (NBC)

May 21, 2013 The death toll from the 2013 Moore tornado in the U.S. state of Oklahoma is revised sharply downward to 24, with over one hundred people injured and many missing. (Reuters)

May 21, 2013 In basketball, the Cleveland Cavaliers win the NBA Draft Lottery for number one pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. (USA Today)

May 22, 2013 Eric Holder, the Attorney-General of the United States, confirms that four US citizens have been killed in drone aircraft attacks since 2011 including radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki killed in 2011. (CBS News)

May 22, 2013 Australian politician Craig Thomson is charged with an additional 19 charges including 15 of fraud and 4 of theft. (ABC News)

May 22, 2013 In Orlando, Florida, Ibragim Todashev, a suspect under FBI questioning with ties to the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings suspects, after initially being cooperative, goes on to attack an agent (in the course of the questioning) and is shot dead as a result. (NBC)

May 22, 2013 In London, a uniformed soldier is murdered in the street. Two men carrying knives and a meat cleaver are subsequently shot and apprehended by police. The UK government is treating it as a terrorist incident. (Metro) (BBC)

May 22, 2013 A decorated combat veteran of the Iraq War and United States Military Academy (West Point) U.S. Army staff member, Sgt. 1st Class Michael McClendon, is relieved of his duties for allegedly planting cameras to spy on female cadets. (NBC)

May 22, 2013 One fourth-grade child is fatally injured, one is missing, and two others (from a St. Louis Park, Minnesota elementary school) were rescued by firefighters, after a gravel slide at St. Paul, Minnesota's Lilydale Regional Park, near the Mississippi River. The rescue effort was suspended for the night, after conditions got worse. (NBC)

May 22, 2013 Former professional Major League Baseball slugger Jose Canseco, 48, a former Oakland Athletics Rookie of the Year (who also played for six other teams, from 1985 to 2001, and admitted to steroid use) is accused of sexual assault in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has not yet been formally charged, and claimed on social media that the woman's accusations were false. (FOX Sports)

May 23, 2013 Code Pink's Medea Benjamin condemns Barack Obama's use of drones and the Guantanamo hunger strikes during Obama's speech outlining U.S. drone policy. (AP) (The Hill) (Business Insider)

May 23, 2013 The victim of yesterday's attack in London is confirmed to have been a serving British soldier, and named as Drummer Lee Rigby of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. (BBC)

May 23, 2013 Abdul-Baki Todashev, the father of Ibragim Todashev (the man who had confessed to the FBI the day before in Orlando, Florida, to working with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the deceased older brother in the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, in a previously unsolved 2011 triple homicide, and subsequently while being questioned attacked an agent with a knife and was killed) claims that his son is innocent and that federal investigators are biased against Chechens and made up their case against him. (NBC)

May 23, 2013 Ford Motor Company announces the closure of its Australian manufacturing operations in October 2016, including a car factory in Broadmeadows and an engine plant in Geelong with a loss of 1,200 jobs. (The Australian)

May 23, 2013 The Boy Scouts of America vote to allow openly gay youth to join. (Time)

May 23, 2013 The Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River collapses in the US town of Mount Vernon, Washington, dumping vehicles in the river but with no fatalities. (KOMO News), (CBC News Canada), (AP via ABC News America)

May 23, 2013 Most of the population in Montreal, Canada, is advised to boil water before drinking after sediments are found in the reservoir of a major water treatment plant. (CBC)

May 23, 2013 A cluster of mysterious and serious respiratory illnesses that affected Southeast Alabama and killed 2 people was ordinary common cold, mostly rhinovirus, and seasonal influenza A. (NBC)

May 24, 2013 As part of "a policy of reducing the impact of rough sleepers on the community" London's Metropolitan police seize belongings including sleeping bags from homeless people. (The Guardian)

May 24, 2013 A collision between a hotel shuttle bus and a tractor-trailer occurs near the Atlanta airport, injuring eighteen people. (AP via News24)

May 24, 2013 Main Street Family Pharmacy of Newbern, Tennessee, US voluntarily recalls a steroid injection (preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate), used for arthritis and allergy relief in at least 11 states. No serious infections are reported. (CNN)

May 25, 2013 British counter-terrorism police arrest a man who was a childhood friend of the terrorist Michael Adebolajo after he gives an interview to the BBC in which he claims that the MI5 had contacted him in the past. (CNN)

May 25, 2013 A Spring Ford High School (Royersford, PA) senior, Julianne Siller, 17, is allegedly stabbed to death by her boyfriend, 16-year-old Tristan Stahley after a fight during a breakup. (NBC)

May 25, 2013 48 people are rescued from a boat which was taking on water after it collided with a rock off the coast of Pembrokeshire, Wales. (BBC)

May 25, 2013 Two people are killed when the US city of San Antonio, Texas, experiences heavy flooding. (Chicago Times)

May 25, 2013 Two freight trains collide in southeast Missouri, United States, causing a highway overpass to collapse. (CNN)

Latin peoples such as those of Brazil can be connected.

May 24, 2013 Rafael Correa is sworn in as President of Ecuador for an unprecedented third term. (BBC)

May 24, 2013 A necklace worth €1.9 million is stolen during the Cannes film festival. (BBC)

May 24, 2013 In cycling, 2007 Giro d'Italia winner Danilo Di Luca of Italy tests positive for Erythropoietin (EPO). (Cycling Weekly)

May 25, 2013 Thousands of people attend the beatification of Pino Puglisi, a Roman Catholic priest murdered by the Sicilian Mafia for speaking out against crime. (BBC), (Herald Sun)

May 25, 2013 A French anti-terror soldier is stabbed in the neck in a suspected copycat of the 2013 Woolwich attack. (Sky News), (Daily Mail)

May 25, 2013 Fifty people are arrested ahead of a major rally against France's new law allowing same-sex marriage. (AFP via Google)

Asiatic peoples such as those of Japan can be connected.

May 23, 2013 Syrian Civil War: Friends of Syria calls on Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah to withdraw from Syrian territory. (Ynet)

May 24, 2013 Afghanistan War: Afghan security forces battle Taliban insurgents in central Kabul. An Afghan policeman, a Nepalese soldier, and numerous insurgents are killed. (BBC)

May 24, 2013 Al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen: Attackers blow up Yemen's main oil pipeline, halting the flow of crude oil. (The Star)

May 25, 2013 Syrian civil war: Dozens of people are killed in Al-Qusayr, Homs, Syria, as the Syrian Army and Hezbollah bombard the rebel-held town with heavy artillery. (CNN)

May 25, 2013 A bomb explodes near a bus north of Baghdad, Iraq, killing six Iranians, one Iraqi, and wounding fourteen people. (ABC)

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

May 24, 2013 Five mountain climbers are missing and feared dead on Kanchenjunga. (AP via USA Today)

India can be connected.

May 23, 2013 Five people are killed and thirty eight injured in a road accident in the eastern Indian state of Odisha. (Xinhua)

May 25, 2013 Suspected Maoist rebels kill at least 27 people in an attack on a convoy of Indian National Congress politicians in Chhattisgarh, India. (NDTV) The Times of India

Pakistan can be connected.

May 24, 2013 War in North-West Pakistan: A suicide bombing in the Pakistani city of Peshawar kills at least three people and leaves several injured. (Dawn)

May 24, 2013 Police arrest two men on suspicion of endangering an aircraft, after British fighter jets escort a Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane to London Stansted Airport. (Reuters via News24)

May 25, 2013 A gas cylinder explodes on a school bus in the Pakistani city of Gujrat, killing at least 17 children. (BBC)

Oriental peoples such as those of China can be connected.

May 22, 2013 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un dispatches a special envoy to the People's Republic of China amid signs of strained relations. (New York Times)

May 25, 2013 Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura becomes the oldest person ever the summit Mount Everest at the age of 80. (Philippine Star)

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

May 24, 2013 Malaysian police arrest four people for sedition including opposition politician Chua Tian Chang, the Vice-President of Parti Keadilan Rakyat. (Radio Australia)

African peoples such as those of Nigeria can be connected.

May 21, 2013 Chinua Achebe's body is flown into Lagos to be greeted by a funeral processional. His remains await burial in Ogidi, the author's hometown. (AllAfrica)

May 23, 2013 Two suicide bombers strike in the northern Niger towns of Agadez and Arlit with twenty-one dead and ten more people killed in a gun battle between soldiers and Islamist fighters. (Euronews)

May 24, 2013 President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni removes Aronda Nyakairima as head of the military and names him as Minister of the Interior. (Reuters)

May 25, 2013 Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar claims responsibility for two suicide bombing attacks that killed 30 people in Niger on May 23. (New York Times)

May 25, 2013 The African Union celebrates its 50th anniversary. (News 24)

May 23, 2013 Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, visits the Democratic Republic of the Congo as fighting continues near the eastern city of Goma. (BBC)

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

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

May 21, 2013 Premier League club Stoke City unexpectedly sack manager Tony Pulis after seven years in charge. Pulis led the side to the Premier League, then the 2011 FA Cup Final and the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League. (The Guardian)

May 21, 2013 Gerbrand Bakker wins the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for translation. (The Guardian)

May 21, 2013 Iain Banks posts an update on his cancer battle for the first time since announcing his impending death. (The Guardian)

May 21, 2013 Microsoft announces their eighth generation console, the Xbox One. (IGN)

May 24, 2013 A study of more than 10,000 people finds a correlation between cesarean section birth and childhood obesity. (Reuters)

May 25, 2013 Thousands of people across 36 countries rally in protest of genetically modified seed producer Monsanto. (The Guardian) (USA Today)

May 25, 2013 An Apple I computer sells for US$617,000 at auction. (PC Magazine)

Created 21 June 2013 Last updated 20 Jan 2014