2013 Week 23

This includes events from Sunday, June 2, 2013 through Saturday, June 8, 2013.



Sunday, June 2, 2013

Armed conflict and attacks Syrian Civil War: A car bomb explodes near a police station in the Damascus suburb of Jobar, killing at least eight members of the security forces and injuring civilians. (CNN) War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Taliban insurgents attack two checkpoints in the Kamdesh District in eastern Afghanistan killing four Afghan police officers (ABC)

Politics Two British Labour Party peers are suspended by their party after allegations they offered to undertake Parliamentary work in exchange for payment. A third peer, from the Ulster Unionist Party resigns the whip following the allegations. (BBC) The Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt rules that the country's Islamist dominated Parliament and Constituent Assembly of Egypt were illegally elected. (AP via Fox News)

Arts and culture Mandawuy Yunupingu, frontman of the Aboriginal band Yothu Yindi dies at 56. (The Guardian)

Disasters and accidents A 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes central Taiwan, killing at least one person. (CNN) 2013 European floods: Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the Czech Republic are hit by floods after days of heavy rain. (AP via ABC News) The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Petr Necas, declares a state of emergency after two people die and the swollen Vltava River threatens the centre of the capital Prague. (Reuters) It is announced that three professional storm chasers who were members of TWISTEX were among those killed by tornadoes in Oklahoma, US, on May 31. (Washington Post) Wildfires in Southern California, USA, lead to hundreds of evacuations. (USA Today)

Sport N. Srinivasan steps aside as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India in the wake of the 2013 Indian Premier League spot-fixing case to allow an investigation. (AFP via Sydney Morning Herald) In a friendly soccer match in Washington, D.C. organized to celebrate the centennial of the United States Soccer Federation, the USA defeats Germany 4–3. (AP via ESPN)

Science and technology New research finds that graphene is the strongest material in the world, even when patched together. (Science Recorder)

Monday June 3, 2013

International relations Former U.S. president Bill Clinton is paid $500,000 to give a speech in honour of Israeli president Shimon Peres. (Press TV) (Xinhua) (Khaleej Times) Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), says the agency's latest report verifies that Iran is having "technical and scientific success in its peaceful nuclear activities" and that this is "an important message to the whole world". (Press TV) Park Geun-Hye, the President of South Korea, warns North Korea that it will be held responsible for the fate of nine young asylum seekers repatriated from Laos. (AFP via France 24) Speaking during the ongoing Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) in Yokohama, Zambian President Michael Sata says developed nations have used Africa as a "guinea pig" for the past 50 years, taking its raw materials while pretending to help it. (Xinhua) Over 65 countries sign the Arms Trade Treaty. (USA Today)

Armed conflicts and attacks 2013 protests in Turkey: Riot police fire tear gas at people in Istanbul and Ankara amid calls for the downfall of the current Turkish government. (Al Jazeera) (RT) (RFERL) The Turkish Doctors' Union (TTB) says one person has been killed in Taksim Gezi Park. (Xinhua) Turkey's public sector unions start a two-day strike in support of the anti-government demonstrations. (BBC) Bahraini uprising (2011–present): Three people who previously demonstrated against the regime are jailed for 5, 10 and 15 years respectively. (RT) (Gulf News) War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A suicide bombing in eastern Afghanistan kills at least 20 people, including 10 children. (India Express) An unmarked mass grave containing around 200 bodies is found in the Israeli town of Jaffa. (Al Jazeera)

Politics and elections An estimated 10,000 Ethiopians participate in anti-government protests. (Reuters) More than 3 million people take part in "the world's largest gay pride parade" in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (The Telegraph) The International Criminal Court delays the trial of Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto for "crimes against humanity" until September. (BBC) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav gives away 8,000 laptops to local students. (Times of India) Democrat United States Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey dies at age 89 from pneumonia. Republican governor Chris Christie is tasked with choosing a replacement Senator. (Washington Post)

Law and crime The trial of United States Army private Bradley Manning for leaking classified material to WikiLeaks begins in Fort Meade, Maryland. (AP via ABC News) (Channel 4 News) Political activist Ahmed Douma is given a six-month suspended jail sentence for insulting the President of Egypt. (BBC) Police find the bodies of three activists who were supporting local farmers in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Five others remain missing. (BBC) Deciding Maryland v. King, the United States Supreme Court rules that police have the right to collect DNA samples from criminal suspects without their consent. (Chicago Tribune)

Business and economics The Obama administration expands its sanctions against Iran, targeting its auto industry and, for the first time, its currency the Iranian rial. (Xinhua) (Al Jazeera) The International Air Transport Association agrees to a plan aimed at curbing emissions by 2020. (The Guardian) Telecommunications company Vodafone is fined Rs. 1,263 crores for under reporting its income from 2007-11. (Hindustan Times)

Arts and culture Bollywood actress Jiah Khan dies of an apparent suicide at age 25. (India Today)

Disasters and accidents At least 119 people are killed in a fire at a poultry farm in Jilin Province in northeastern China. (Al Jazeera) (AP via Silicon Valley Mercury), (Xinhua) 2013 European floods: Flooding across Europe kills seven people and leaves others unaccounted for. (The Guardian) (Al Jazeera) The Czech Republic experiences its worst flooding of the decade with huge volumes of water surging towards Prague. (BBC) A Cebu Pacific flight carrying 165 passengers inbound from Manila, overshoots the runway during heavy rain in Davao City, Philippines. There are no fatalities, however the plane is heavily damaged. (ABS-CBN News)

Science and technology Software engineer Atul Chitnis, known as India's "open source guru", dies at age 50. (Firstpost) A set of three unusually well preserved triceratops specimens is unearthed in the U.S. state of Wyoming. (CNN)

Sports In basketball, NBA star Jason Kidd retires after 19 seasons. (Reuters) In rugby league, the New Zealand Warriors are fined AU$15,000 for Russell Packer urinating on the field before a game. (The Australian)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

International relations A Swiss diplomat is arrested in Paris on drunk driving charges after leading police on a high speed chase through the city. (ABC News)

Armed conflicts and attacks 2013 protests in Turkey: Turkish public servants go on a two-day strike in support of the protests as a second fatality is reported. (AFP via The Daily Telegraph) Support for the protests in Turkey spread across Europe with demonstrators gathering outside the EU Parliament in Brussels, and France. (Al Jazeera) War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Three corpses are dug up near a former U.S. military base in Narkh bringing the number of corpses whose deaths locals blame on the presence of United States personnel to 10; people flood the streets of Maidan Shar calling for the U.S. to leave. (The Guardian) Two British soldiers are court martialed for "sexually and racially abusing civilians" during their time in Afghanistan. (RTT) The United States expands its military presence in Jordan, sending a Patriot missile battery and an undeclared number of F-16 fighters to the area. (Al Jazeera) (RT) (BBC) Syrian Civil War: A United Nations human rights team says there are "reasonable grounds" to believe that chemical weapons have been used in Syria. (Reuters via ABC News Australia) French foreign minister Laurent Fabius claims that the nerve agent sarin has been used on several occasions. (Haaretz)

Politics and elections A group of approximately 300 indigenous manifestants march toward the Brazilian capital of Brasilia to protest the death of Oziel Gabriel. (GloboNews) A commemoration is held in Tehran to mourn Ruhollah Khomeini. (Al Jazeera) (Arab News) Thousands commemorate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation at Westminster Abbey. (BBC) Swaziland, Africa's last absolute monarchy, announces that it will hold elections in September. (South African Broadcasting Corporation) Members of the House of Lords vote in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, paving the way for gay marriage in the United Kingdom. (BBC)

Law and crime United States v. Bradley Manning: The trial of U.S. serviceman Bradley Manning for leaking classified material to WikiLeaks continues in Fort Meade, Maryland. Former computer hacker Adrian Lamo, who turned Manning in to his persecutors, gives evidence at the court martial. (The Guardian) (The Washington Post) Lawyers gather outside Britain's Ministry of Justice to demonstrate against £220 million of proposed legal aid cuts and removal of the right of defendants to choose their own solicitor. (The Guardian) South African athlete Oscar Pistorius appears in court charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (RTE) A woman in Malleswaram, India is freed from an apparent four-year house confinement by her parents. (The Hindu) An America tourist is allegedly gang raped and robbed by three men in Manali, India. (Times of India)

Business and economy The United States trade deficit widens 8.5% during April as growth in imports outpaces growth in exports. (New York Times) IBM agrees to buy cloud computing firm SoftLayer Technologies for US$2 billion. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Arts and culture Krystian Zimerman, one of the world's leading concert pianists, angrily exits a concert in Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, over a dispute with YouTube which he says is "destroying music". (The Guardian) Ohio State University president E. Gordon Gee announces his retirement effective July 1 amidst controversy over insulting remarks he made in December 2012. (USA Today)

Disasters and accidents German chancellor Angela Merkel pledges 100 million euros of aid to flood victims as the death toll from ongoing flooding hits 11. The Australian It is determined that the May 31 tornado that hit El Reno, Oklahoma, US, was the widest ever on record and a rare EF5. (USA Today)

Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup: Japan becomes the first side to qualify for the 2014 World Cup with a 1–1 draw against Australia at Saitama Stadium. (Goal.com) Iran defeats Qatar 1–0 with a goal from Reza Ghoochannejhad at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium. (Goal.com) In hockey, the NHL and the NHL Players Association reach an agreement, making the use of helmet visors mandatory. (NHL.com) ESPN reports that Major League Baseball is preparing to suspend about 20 players that have used performance-enhancing drugs, the largest in American sports history. (ESPN) In tennis, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeats Roger Federer in the quarter finals of the French Open. (The Telegraph)

Health and environment More than 150 scientists urge the government of Australia to slow development near the Great Barrier Reef. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Science and technology Researchers describe the recently rediscovered Hula painted frog, long thought to be extinct, as a "living fossil". (BBC) A newly discovered prehistoric lizard, Barbaturex morrisoni, is named after Doors singer Jim Morrison who called himself "The Lizard King". (BBC)

Wednesday June 5, 2013

Armed conflicts and attacks 2013 protests in Turkey: Turkey's foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu announces an investigation into police attacks on civilians with tear gas and water cannon in cities nationwide. (Al Jazeera) An image known as "The Lady in the Red Dress" showing a policeman in a gas mask hosing a woman with pepper spray becomes the defining image of Turkey's pro-democracy demonstrations thus far. (The Huffington Post) (The Guardian) (The National) Following Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's denunciation of Twitter as a "menace to society", police arrest 25 people on charges relating to the use of social media to speak ill of the government. (The Guardian) Kandahar massacre: U.S. staff sergeant Robert Bales avoids the death penalty by pleading guilty to the murder of 16 Afghan civilians, including 9 children. (Al Jazeera) (New York Times) After a long-running battle, Britain announces a compensation fund of £2,600 each for more than 5,000 survivors of the prison camps it operated across Kenya in the 1950s. (The Guardian) Syrian civil war: The Syrian Army regains control of the strategic town of Al-Qusayr, as rebels pull out. (Reuters) (BBC) In an official statement, the Iranian government congratulates the Syrian army and people for capturing Al-Qusayr. (The Guardian) Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): Fourteen people are killed at a fake security checkpoint manned by gunmen in western Iraq. (BBC)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Friday, June 7, 2013

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Other history including prehistory, antiquity, and classical and medieval history can be connected. Other modern history including the 16th century, 17th century, 18th century, and 19th century can be connected. Other periods of the 20th century including the early 20th century, early mid 20th century, mid 20th century, late mid 20th century, and late 20th century can be connected. Other periods of the early 21st century including the early 2000s and late 2000s can be connected. Other periods of the early 2010s including 2011 and 2012 can be connected. Other events of 2013 including the first quarter 2013 can be connected. Other events of the second quarter 2013 including events of April 2012 and May 2013 can be connected. Other events of June 2013 including week 22 can be connected, 2013 week 24 and 2013 week 25 can be connected. The third quarter 2013 and fourth quarter 2013 can be connected. 2014 can be connected. The future can be connected.

Sociology including 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 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 can be connected.

Western Civilization including Mexico can be connected.

June 8, 2013 Flooding in Central Europe spreads to Hungary. (CBC)

June 8, 2013 Princess Madeleine of Sweden marries British-born American businessman Christopher O'Neill in a lavish ceremony. (Washington Post)

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

June 5, 2013 As the ongoing Guantánamo Bay hunger strikes enters its 120th day, the United States House of Representatives votes to keep the prison camp open. (RT)

June 5, 2013 Tom Donilon resigns his post as U.S. National Security Advisor and is replaced by Susan Rice. (Financial Times)

June 5, 2013 United States v. Bradley Manning: The judge disallows discussion of Bradley Manning's motives for leaking classified material to WikiLeaks at this time. (The Guardian) Brian Madrid, who trained Manning, testifies that he ordered him to undergo "corrective training" for an unauthorized use of the phrase "top secret". (The Guardian)

June 5, 2013 The jailing for two years of former Met Police officer Paul Flattley, who sold information to News International daily tabloid The Sun about Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Paul Gascoigne and a 15-year-old girl who died of an overdose, is revealed for the first time today, "legal reasons" having prevented its disclosure until now. (The Guardian) (The Independent)

June 5, 2013 The Australian dollar hits a 20-month low against the United States dollar. (Daily Telegraph)

June 5, 2013 The United States International Trade Commission rules that Apple is infringing on a Samsung patent and bans the import of several popular older Apple products. (Reuters)

June 5, 2013 Actor Stephen Fry reveals that he nearly died after taking a cocktail of drugs and alcohol last year. (The Independent) (The Daily Telegraph)

June 5, 2013 An 84-year-old woman from the U.S. state of Florida comes forward as the sole winner of the record-breaking $590 million Powerball lottery drawing in May. (Reuters)

June 5, 2013 Prince Philip is admitted to a London hospital for an exploratory operation. (CNN)

June 5, 2013 Paris Jackson, Michael Jackson's daughter, tries to commit suicide by cutting her wrists and overdosing on pills. (MSN Music Wonderwall)

June 5, 2013 22nd and Market building collapse. A building collapse in Philadelphia in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania kills 6, wounds 13, and traps at least 10. (CNN) (Jacksonville.com)

June 5, 2013 A second case of Legionnaires' Disease in less than a week is confirmed in Australia, leading to fears of a possible outbreak of the rare disease. (Herald Sun)

June 6, 2013 Delegates, among them billionaire businessmen, royalty and elected politicians, arrive in England for the 61st summit of the annual Bilderberg Group at The Grove, Watford. (The Irish Times) (The Guardian) (RT)

June 6, 2013 The Guardian obtains a copy of a court order signed on April 25 by Judge Roger Vinson of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). The order permits the FBI, and thereby the Obama administration, to indiscriminately collect phone records of millions of Verizon Communications customers on an "ongoing, daily basis", with all domestic and international calls affected. The permit is similar to one issued to the Bush administration. The Guardian's report does not state from whom they obtained the document. (The Guardian)

June 6, 2013 PRISM (U.S. government surveillance program): The Guardian obtains a copy of a document from April that reveals that the NSA is mining data using PRISM, spying on the e-mails and web activities of American citizens through direct access to Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, YouTube, Skype, Yahoo, Paltalk and AOL. The Guardian's report does not state from whom they obtained the document. (USA Today) (PC World) (The Guardian)

June 6, 2013 The Obama administration defends its secret surveillance policies. (Al Jazeera)

June 6, 2013 It is reported that an increasing number of hunger-striking Guantánamo inmates are being force fed by military medical teams since Barack Obama's recent speech promised again to close the prison camp. (The Guardian) (Press TV) (The Washington Post)

June 6, 2013 New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appoints Jeffrey Chiesa (R-NJ) as a U.S. Senator following the death of Frank Lautenberg. He will serve until a special election is held later this year. (NBC News)

June 6, 2013Kevin Barry wins one of the world's richest literary awards, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. (BBC)

June 6, 2013 Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is admitted to a London hospital for an exploratory operation after experiencing abdominal pains. (BBC)

June 7, 2013 U.S. president Barack Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping begin a two-day meeting of Sino-American relations. (BBC)

June 7, 2013 UK premier David Cameron attracts criticism for attending the 61st annual summit of the secretive Bilderberg Group at The Grove, Watford. (The Guardian)

June 7, 2013 A gunman opens fire at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, California, after setting a house on fire nearby, killing five people, including the suspect. (CNN)

June 7, 2013 PRISM (U.S. government surveillance program): The US government comes under heavy criticism at home and abroad when news of its secret PRISM surveillance program to monitor emails and other person information is leaked. (Welt)

June 7, 2013 The Wall Street Journal reveals the NSA's monitoring of American citizens includes credit-card transactions and customer records from the three major phone networks. (The Wall Street Journal)

June 7, 2013 Democratic Senator Joe Manchin calls on Attorney General Eric Holder to resign over the U.S. Department of Justice's seizure of journalist phone records. (TPM)

June 7, 2013 The Guardian reveals Barack Obama ordered a list of foreign targets for cyber-attacks "to advance US national objectives around the world with little or no warning to the adversary or target and with potential effects ranging from subtle to severely damaging". Obama's order also authorizes hits on foreign nations without their government's consent. (The Guardian)

June 7, 2013 U.S. director of national intelligence James Clapper denounces the revelations of government surveillance into civilian lives as "reprehensible". (The Guardian)

June 7, 2013 British Prime Minister David Cameron is urged to launch an investigation into allegations that the UK's electronic listening post GCHQ had access to data from the program. (BBC)

June 7, 2013 Richard Ramirez, a prolific American serial killer during the 1980s, dies on death row from liver failure. (Reuters)

June 7, 2013 Ariel Castro, the man accused of kidnapping 3 Cleveland, Ohio women is indicted on 329 charges, including 2 counts of murder. (CBS News)

June 7, 2013 Southern California Edison announces it will permanently close its San Onofre nuclear power plant near San Diego. (Christian Science Monitor)

June 7, 2013 The U.S. Justice Department approves SoftBank's proposed $20.1 billion purchase of Sprint Nextel. The FCC is the final hurdle in the way of the deal's final approval. (Bloomberg)

June 7, 2013 Air New Zealand agrees to a record-setting AU$7.5 million fine for its part in a price-fixing scandal. (National Business Review)

June 7, 2013 Elizabeth II appears in the BBC newsroom behind the BBC News Channel's newsreaders while they are live on air. (The Guardian) (BBC)

June 7, 2013 In association football, on the night he becomes Ireland's most capped player, Robbie Keane scores a hat-trick to take his international goals tally to 59 and become the 5th all-time goal scorer in European football, after Puskás, Kocsis, Müller and Klose. (Sky Sports) (The Guardian) (RTÉ)

June 8, 2013 Michael Polley, Australia's longest serving current Member of Parliament, retires. (ABC Online)

June 8, 2013 Former governor of Massachusetts and US ambassador Paul Cellucci dies at age 65. (ABC News)

June 8, 2013 U.S. government surveillance programs (including PRISM): The existence of Boundless Informant, an NSA tool used by the U.S. government to watch every country on planet Earth, is revealed. (The Guardian) (Gizmodo)

June 8, 2013 Larry Page of Google and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook deny having any knowledge of PRISM as Barack Obama confirms the existence of the program used to spy on U.S. citizens, in part through their websites. (The Guardian) The New York Times contradicts some of the company figureheads by reporting that companies which negotiated with the U.S. government on spying on their customers include Google (owner of YouTube), Microsoft (owner of Hotmail and Skype), Yahoo!, Facebook, AOL, Apple and Paltalk. (The Guardian) (The New York Times)

June 8, 2013 With governor Peter Shumlin signing the law, Vermont becomes the 17th state to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis. (Los Angeles Times)

June 8, 2013 US-China summit: US president Barack Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping finish up their two day summit by discussing cyber espionage. (The Hindu)

June 8, 2013 The United States and China agree to work together to reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons which are thought to contribute significantly to global warming. (AFP via Google)

Latin peoples such as those of Brazil can be connected.

June 6, 2013 French Left wing activist Clement Meric dies after being attacked on Wednesday in Paris shopping district by a group of skinheads. (News Limited)

June 6, 2013 The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, approves a bill to modernize the infrastructure of all national ports in her country. She vetoes 13 contradictory sections. (GloboNews)

June 7, 2013 A suspected rapist is attacked and buried alive by an angry mob in Bolivia. (Reuters)

Northeast European peoples such as those of Russia can be connected.

June 5, 2013 A fire in the Moscow Metro leads to large-scale evacuations and 47 injuries. (The Telegraph)

June 6, 2013 12 Russian citizens appear in a Moscow court charged with offences at a 2012 anti-Vladimir Putin rally; critics claim it is reminiscent of the Soviet-era show trials. (BBC)

June 7, 2013 Russian president Vladimir Putin and his wife of thirty years announce their divorce on live television. (BBC)

Asiatic peoples such as those of Vietnam can be connected.

June 5, 2013 An Egyptian court sentences 43 non-profit workers who advocated for democracy, many of them foreigners, to prison. (Washington Post)

June 5, 2013 Novelist Turki al-Hamad, who was jailed in December for six months without trial over his calls for reform in Saudi Arabia, is released. (Al Jazeera)

June 6, 2013 Gunmen ambush a bus in Al Anbar Governorate, Iraq, killing 10 border police and 5 civilians. (Reuters)

June 6, 2013 Two Tunisian soldiers are killed and two wounded by a roadside bomb while hunting Al-Qaeda militants in a mountainous region near the Algerian border. (ABC), (BBC)

June 6, 2013 War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Seven Georgian servicemen are killed and nine wounded in an insurgent attack with a truck bomb on the ISAF base in Shir Ghazay, Afghanistan. (Civil Georgia)

June 7, 2013 Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): At least 19 people are killed when two suicide bombers drive cars packed with explosives into targets in the Baghdad area. (Newsday)

June 7, 2013 Syrian civil war: The United Nations appeals for $4.4 billion of aid for refugees, the largest such request in the UN's history. (Xinhua)

June 7, 2013 Iranian presidential election: Candidates hold a third and final televised debate, giving their plans on domestic and foreign policies and also criticizing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's nuclear and human rights policies. (PressTV) (Reuters)

June 7, 2013 Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf clashes with Hassan Rouhani over the July 1999 student protests and reminds Rouhani that he did not give permission for students to protest during his time as Secretary of Supreme National Security Council. (Live Blog)

June 8, 2013 War in Afghanistan (2001-present): In Afghanistan, a man wearing an Afghan military uniform attacks and kills three American soldiers, in what appears to be an insider attack on U.S. International Security Assistance Force soldiers, based in east Afghanistan's Paktika Province. (Voice of America)

June 8, 2013 In a separate unrelated incident, an Italian soldier is killed and three are wounded when a child throws a grenade at a NATO convoy in west Afghanistan's Farah Province. (NBC)

June 8, 2013 Syrian civil war: The Syrian military captures the town of Al-Buwaydah al-Sharqiyah. (Bloomberg) Clashes between protestors and militia members in Benghazi, Libya, leads to at least 27 deaths and 117 injuries. (Tripoli Post)

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

June 5, 2013 Bangladesh lifts a ban on YouTube that had been in effect since September 2012. (Tri-Valley Herald)

Pakistan can be connected.

June 5, 2013 Nawaz Sharif is sworn in as the Prime Minister of Pakistan and calls for an end to U.S. drone attacks. (Al Jazeera) (BBC)

June 7, 2013 Drone attacks in Pakistan: A U.S. drone attack kills at least seven people in Pakistan. (The New York Times)

India can be connected.

June 5, 2013 Online retailer Amazon.com begins operations in India. (Economic Times)

June 5, 2013 At least 44 people are killed by lightning in the Indian state of Bihar during a severe storm. (Independent Online)

June 7, 2013 Villagers in Assam kill a 55-year-old man suspected of practicing black magic to "appease" a goddess. (India Today)

June 7, 2013 A bus plunges off a mountain road in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, killing at least 18 people and injuring 14 others. (BBC)

Oriental peoples such as those of Japan can be connected.

June 6, 2013 North Korea restores the Red Cross link with South Korea used for government-to-government communications. (Al Jazeera)

China can be connected.

June 5, 2013 Chen Xitong, who was mayor of Beijing during the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, dies at age 82. (New York Times)

June 5, 2013 The Chinese government pledges to upgrade workplace safety in the aftermath of the Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Plant fire which killed 120 people. (Xinhua)

June 7, 2013 A bus catches fire in the Chinese city of Xiamen, killing at least 42 people and injuring more than 30 others. (AP via ABC News)

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

June 7, 2013 Cambodia passes a controversial law that makes it illegal to deny atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge regime. (BBC)

June 7, 2013 Bangkok tops the list of world's most visited cities. (Forbes)

June 7, 2013 A passenger bus hits a mountainside near Nha Trang, Viet Nam, killing at least nine people and injuring many others. (vietnambreakingnews)

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

June 5, 2013 Juan Ponce Enrile resigns as the President of the Senate of the Philippines; President pro tempore Jinggoy Estrada assumes the position of interim Senate President until assumption of the new Congress in July. (Rappler)

African peoples such as those of Ethiopia can be connected.

June 8, 2013 Former South African president Nelson Mandela is readmitted to a Pretoria hospital in a serious condition with a recurring lung infection. (AP via News24) (BBC)

June 8, 2013 Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir orders the closure of oil pipelines coming from South Sudan. (Fox News)

June 8, 2013 Clashes between the Ras Kamboni Movement and pro-government militia leave at least 18 dead in the Somali port of Kismayu. (Reuters)

West African peoples such as those of Nigeria can be connected.

June 8, 2013 Nigerian Sharia conflict: At least 21 people are killed in Maiduguri, Nigeria, as the government continues its crack down on Boko Haram militants. (Voice of America)

June 8, 2013 Northern Mali conflict (2012–present): The government of Mali opens talks with Tuareg separatists in the hopes of reaching a ceasefire agreement. (Reuters)

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

Institutions including religion, government, economics, education, and families can be connected.

June 5, 2013 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it underestimated the damage[clarification needed] austerity would do to Greece. (The Guardian)

Culture including behavioral culture, conceptual culture, and material culture can be connected.

June 7, 2013 In tennis, Rafael Nadal edges Novak Djokovic in five sets to advance to the finals of the French Open where he will play David Ferrer. (ABC News)

June 8, 2013 In tennis, Serena Williams wins the French Open by defeating Maria Sharapova. (USA Today) In horse racing, Palace Malice wins the Belmont Stakes. (USA Today)

June 5, 2013 In tennis, Maria Sharapova beats Jelena Jankovic to advance to the semi-finals of the French Open; Victoria Azarenka wins her match, setting up a showdown between her and Sharapova. (ESPN)

Anthropology including particular groups, human geography, human ecology, physical anthropology, demography, and social foundations can be connected.

Personal studies including biography, psychology, and the human body can be connected.

June 7, 2013 Breast milk boosts brain development by 30%, as compared to formula-fed babies, according to a new study. (Daily Mail)

Science will be connected as the site develops.

June 8, 2013 Asteroid 2013 LR6 passes within 65,000 miles of Earth the day after it is discovered. (Nature World News)

June 5, 2013 A newly discovered fossil species, Archicebus achilles, is described as the oldest known primate. (BBC)

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