2013 Week 36

This will include events from Sunday, September 1, 2013 through Saturday, September 7, 2013.


Sunday, September 1, 2013

September 1, 2013 Syrian civil war: The Arab League discusses the ongoing crisis in Syria at a closed-door meeting in Cairo. (Al Jazeera)

September 1, 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry asserts the United States now has evidence of sarin gas use in Syria from hair and blood samples. (AP via News24)

September 1, 2013 Armed militants stage an unsuccessful attack on a container ship passing through the Suez canal in an attempt to disrupt the flow of ships through the waterway. (Al Jazeera)

September 1, 2013 War in North-West Pakistan: A roadside bomb targeting a passing Pakistani army convoy kills nine soldiers in North Waziristan near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan. (ABC) (Reuters)

September 1, 2013 Disasters and accidents A 5.9-magnitude earthquake kills at least four people in southwestern China. (CNN)

September 1, 2013 The controversial spiritual guru Asaram Bapu is arrested on a rape charge filed by a teenage girl in northwest India. (AP via News24)

September 1, 2013 Politics and elections Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela is discharged from hospital in the capital Pretoria. (BBC)

Current events of September 2, 2013 (2013-09-02) (Monday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks Mexican Drug War Mexican forces arrest Alberto Carrillo Fuentes, the alleged leader of the Juárez Cartel. (The Telegraph) Arts and culture The new eastern span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge opens to the public after a decade-long project to replace the old span which was damaged during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. (KTVU) Business and economy Verizon Communications agrees to acquire Vodafone's stake in Verizon Wireless for $130 billion, the third largest M&A deal ever. (Reuters) Sports Diana Nyad successfully completes a swim from Cuba to Florida, the first person to do so without a shark cage. (BBC)

September 3, 2013 (2013-09-03) (Tuesday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks Syrian civil war: France claims to possess documentation of the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war. (Huffington Post) Anticipating a retaliatory strike from Syria, Israel carries out a joint missile test with the United States in the Mediterranean. (BBC) (Sky News) U.S. government officials say that they are willing to rewrite a proposed resolution to clarify that any operation would be limited in scope and duration and would not include the use of ground troops. (Washington Post) A former US army chief claims that Barack Obama is eyeing intervention in Syria that would go beyond a mere deterrent against chemical weapons to damage the military capacity of the Assad regime. (The Telegraph) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon questions the legality of US plans to strike Syria without UN backing, saying that the use of force is only legal when it is in self-defence or with Security Council authorization. (Reuters) Sinai insurgency: An Egyptian army helicopter kills 15 militants in the Sinai Peninsula. (Reuters) Business and economy Microsoft purchases Nokia's mobile device division for $7.2 billion. (MarketWatchPulse) Law and crime Ariel Castro, the Cleveland, Ohio kidnapper, hangs himself in his prison cell. (CNN)

Current events of September 4, 2013 (2013-09-04) (Wednesday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks Syrian civil war: Reuters reports that the former defense minister of Syria, Ali Habib Mahmud, has defected to Turkey. (Reuters) The Russian government releases a report that claims to show a makeshift weapon used in a chemical attack near the Syrian city of Aleppo in March was similar to ones made by rebels. (Reuters) The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee approves a resolution authorizing a limited US military intervention in Syria, setting the stage for a debate in the full Senate next week on the use of military force. (Reuters) Law and crime Police arrest a student for allegedly stabbing another student to death and injuring three more at Spring High School in Spring, Texas, U.S. (CNN) Sport The FIBA EuroBasket 2013 tournament starts in Slovenia. (NBC Sports) Al-Shorta win the 2012–13 Iraqi Premier League by defeating Al-Talaba 3-0 on the last day of the season. (The AFC)

Current events of September 5, 2013 (2013-09-05) (Thursday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks Syrian civil war: According to Turkey, almost all G20 summit leaders support operations against Syria. (Reuters) Russian opposition to military intervention in Syria gains increasing international support. (The Daily Telegraph) Political violence in Egypt (July 2013–present): Egyptian interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim Moustafa survives an assassination attempt as his convoy traveled through the Nasr City district in Cairo. (The Guardian) (Wall Street Journal) Business and economy Smartphone wars: Microsoft wins a much-watched lawsuit, with a federal judge finding that Motorola had breached agreements about the licensing of its patents. (BBC) Disasters and accidents Sixty-eight people are injured as more than 130 vehicles are involved in a series of crashes in thick fog on the Sheppey Crossing, a major road bridge in the United Kingdom. (BBC) A hunter is blamed for starting the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park. (BBC) Deaths Bengali writer and Social Worker Sushmita Banerjee, whose book about her escape from Taliban-ruled Afghanistan was made into the Bollywood movie Escape from Taliban, is shot by suspected Taliban militants. (BBC) Rochus Misch, the last witness to Adolf Hitler’s suicide in the Führerbunker dies at the age of 96. (Washington Post) Politics and elections The new Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif says Iran doesn't deny the Holocaust. "The man who was perceived to be denying it is now gone. Happy New Year," he adds. (Time) Sport US Open in tennis: In the men's singles quarterfinals, defending champion Andy Murray is beaten in straight sets by Stanislas Wawrinka 6–4, 6–3, 6–2. (AP via ESPN) In the men's doubles semifinals, Leander Paes and Radek Štepánek defeat Bob and Mike Bryan 3–6, 6–3, 6–4, denying the American twins a chance at a calendar-year Grand Slam. (AP via ESPN)

Current events of September 6, 2013 (2013-09-06) (Friday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks Syrian civil war: UN chief Ban Ki-moon says military action against Syria could worsen sectarian violence in the country. (Al Jazeera) Russia sends four more warships to Syria, one with alleged "special cargo," (The Washington Post) [1] (Ynetnews) Nigerian Sharia conflict: Suspected Islamist militants armed with guns and machetes kill at least 20 people in villages in northeast Nigeria. (Reuters) Environment The elusive Australian Central Rock Rat, not seen since 1960, is rediscovered in Central Australia. (9 News National) Health South Korea bans all fishery imports from eight Japanese prefectures, amid concern over leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. (BBC) Law and crime Zimbabwean police arrest six men accused of killing 41 elephants with cyanide in the Hwange National Park. (ABC News) Politics Egypt's army-backed authorities decide to annul the Muslim Brotherhood's non-governmental organization status. (Reuters)

Current events of September 7, 2013 (2013-09-07) (Saturday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks Syrian civil war: Heavy government shelling of rebel positions near the Syrian capital kills 14 rebels and two civilians in the south of Damascus. (USA Today) Sinai insurgency: The Egyptian army launches a major operation against Islamist militants in North Sinai killing at least 30 people. (Reuters) (BBC) A car bomb and suicide bomber kills 15 at a restaurant in Mogadishu, Somalia. Al-Shabaab claims responsibility. (Reuters) Arts and culture Sacro GRA, directed by Gianfranco Rosi, wins the Golden Lion at the 70th Venice International Film Festival. (France 24) Law and crime A man is arrested on suspicion of burglary, trespass and criminal damage after scaling a fence to get into Buckingham Palace. (BBC) Politics and elections Australian federal election, 2013: Voters in Australia go to the polls for a federal election with the Liberal-National Coalition Opposition led by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott winning government. (Sydney Morning Herald) Conceding defeat, outgoing Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says he will not seek re-election as Labor Party leader. (BBC) Former SNP politician Bill Walker resigns as a Member of the Scottish Parliament following conviction for a series of domestic abuse offences. (BBC) Voters in the Maldives go to the polls for a Presidential election with no candidate achieving an outright majority with a runoff election to be held on September 28. (BBC) Sport During the 125th IOC Session, the IOC announces the winning bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics to be held in Tokyo, Japan. (National Post)

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Created 3 Sep 2013 Last updated 10 Nov 2013