2013 Week 39

This will include events from Sunday, September 22, 2013 through Saturday, September 28, 2013.



Current events of September 22, 2013 (2013-09-22) (Sunday) edit history watch Armed conflict and attacks Two suicide bombers attack a church in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing at least 78 people. (BBC) Westgate centre shooting: The death toll from the Westgate centre shooting in Nairobi, Kenya, reaches 59 with 175 injured. (BBC) Kenyan troops launch an assault on cornered Somali militants holding hostages inside the shopping mall to end the deadly siege. (AFP via News24) Arts and culture The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards are held in the US city of Los Angeles, California, with Breaking Bad winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series and Modern Family winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. (CBS) Disasters and impacts Hong Kong braces for the impact of Typhoon Usagi after two people are killed in the Philippines. (AP) Law and crime A Chinese court finds former senior politician Bo Xilai guilty of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power and sentences him to life imprisonment. (BBC) Politics and elections Voters in Germany go to the polls for a federal election, with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union achieving its highest vote since 1990. (AP via USA Today), (AFP via The Australian) Sport In Gaelic football, Dublin win the Championship Final - their second in three years - by a single point (2-12 - 1-14), condemning opponents Mayo to yet another final defeat, their seventh since their last victory in 1951. (The Times) (BBC)

Current events of September 23, 2013 (2013-09-23) (Monday) edit history watch Armed conflict and attacks Westgate shopping mall shooting: Explosions and gunfire are reported from the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi where Al-Shabaab gunmen are still holed up. (BBC) The Kenyan Interior Minister says that three gunmen were killed and that his troops are in control of all five floors of the building. (Euronews) Syrian civil war: President Bashar al-Assad said he will allow international experts to access chemical weapons sites. (CBS News) Disasters and accidents At least 25 people are dead in Hong Kong and southern China after Typhoon Usagi passes through with the storm having killed eight people in the Philippines. (NBC News), (AP) Law and crime In his first public statement since his resignation, former Pope Benedict XVI denies that he covered up child sexual abuse cases involving priests during his tenure. (Reuters) Politics and elections An Egyptian court bans all Muslim Brotherhood activities nationwide and its assets will be confiscated according to the court ruling. (Reuters) Sports Australian footballer Gary Ablett Jr. wins his second Brownlow Medal in the Australian Football League 5 days before the Grand Final between Hawthorn and Fremantle on Saturday, 28th September.

Current events of September 24, 2013 (2013-09-24) (Tuesday) edit history watch Business and economy Hundreds of garment factories in Bangladesh shut down due to strikes by workers seeking higher pay. (Bloomberg) Disasters and accidents A magnitude 7.7 earthquake strikes Balochistan in western Pakistan with at least 40 people dead. (USGS) (Wall Street Journal) Twenty-one provinces in Thailand are hit by flooding, affecting over 600,000 people. (Bangkok Post) Politics and elections The Parliament of Cambodia votes for Hun Sen to continue as Prime Minister despite an opposition boycott. (AP via ABC News America) The General debate of the 68th UN General Assembly opens. (United Nations) Sport In road cycling, Ellen van Dijk won the women's time trial at the 2013 UCI Road World Championships. (Mail & Guardian)

Current events of September 25, 2013 (2013-09-25) (Wednesday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks A three-day national mourning period begins in Kenya for the victims of a four-day siege that began on September 21 when heavily armed Al-Shabaab militants stormed the Westgate shopping mall in the capital, Nairobi, killing 61 civilians and 6 soldiers. (BBC) A shooting at a workplace in East Garden City, New York, kills one person and wounds another. (CNN) Disasters and accidents The death toll from a 7.7-magnitude earthquake that struck Balochistan, Pakistan, on September 24 rises to at least 328. (BBC) Sports In sailing, Oracle Team USA wins the America's Cup by defeating Team New Zealand 9-8 after a remarkable comeback. (AAP via The Australian)

Current events of September 26, 2013 (2013-09-26) (Thursday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks Terrorists attack a police station in India's Jammu and Kashmir state, killing six people, before attacking an Army camp. (Reuters) Interpol issues a red notice arrest warrant for Briton Samantha Lewthwaite at Kenya's request. (BBC) (Irish Times) Al-Shabaab militants attack two Kenyan towns near the Somali border. (USA Today) Business and economy Authorities in the U.S. arrest Paul Konigsberg, an accountant, charging him with complicity in the Ponzi scheme of former New York financier Bernard Madoff, a scheme that unraveled in 2008. (Reuters) International relations The United States and Russia agree on a draft United Nations Security Council resolution aiming to rid Syria of its chemical weapons. (Reuters via Yahoo! News) Law and crime South Korean prosecutors charge Unified Progressive Party MP Lee Seok-ki with plotting an armed revolt in support of North Korea. (AFP via Channel News Asia) The UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague rejects an appeal against a conviction of former President of Liberia Charles Taylor on war crime charges. (BBC)

Current events of September 27, 2013 (2013-09-27) (Friday) edit history watch Armed conflict and attacks Syrian civil war United Nations inspectors are investigating three alleged instances of use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war since the Ghouta chemical attack on 21 August. (BBC) Bahraini uprising (2011–present): Tens of thousands march in Bahrain in the largest anti-government protest in months. (ABC News) Sudanese protests (2011–present): Police fire teargas to disperse thousands of demonstrators demanding the resignation of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir with the death toll of this week's unrest believed to have reached 50. (Reuters) Bombs targeting two Sunni mosques in Baghdad, Iraq, kill seven people. (AP via Vancouver Sun) A bomb detonates on a crowded bus north of Peshawar, Pakistan, killing 19 government employees and injuring 45. (The Telegraph) Disasters and accidents A ship capsizes off the island of Java carrying refugees from Indonesia to Australia. Thirty people are missing and 22 bodies have been recovered, with 31 survivors rescued. (ABC News Australia) The Japan Coast Guard is searching for six missing sailors after the Japanese cargo ship Eifukumaru No.18 capsizes after a collision with a Sierra Leone-registered ship off the coast of Izu Oshima island. (AFP via France 24) A building collapses in the Indian city of Mumbai, with at least three people killed and dozens trapped. (Sky News) (CNN) Pakistan earthquake: Officials in Pakistan make a plea to separatist militants in Balochistan province to cease operations so that search and rescue can occur for victims of this week's earthquake. (BBC) More than 100,000 people have been left homeless by the earthquake. (Al-Jazeera) International relations The first part of the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is released in Stockholm, Sweden. (Radio National ABC Australia) Iran-United States relations: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during P5+1 and Iran talks, the highest-level direct contact between the United States and Iran in six years. (Yahoo! News) President Barack Obama reveals he talked with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, marking the first time leaders from the U.S. and Iran have directly communicated since the Iranian revolution. (NBC News) (Fox News) Law and crime French police arrest six people in Paris over their suspected involvement in an attempt to steal 1.6 million euros worth of gold bars from an Air France plane on September 19. (Yahoo! News) Sport In golf, Tiger Woods is named as the PGA Tour's Player of the Year for a record 11th time. (Reuters) In swimming, retired Paralympic swimmer Natalie du Toit is awarded an honorary MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) (SAPA via News24)

Current events of September 28, 2013 (2013-09-28) (Saturday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks Sudanese protests (2011–present): Sudanese security forces fire live ammunition on a march that followed the funeral of a demonstrator killed the day before. (The Washington Post) Islamist insurgency in Nigeria: Gunmen from the Islamist group Boko Haram kill 27 villagers in two attacks in Nigeria's restive northeast. (Reuters) Syrian civil war: Syrian rebels claim taking control of a military post on the edge of the city of Deraa on Syria's southern border with Jordan after four days of heavy fighting with the Syrian Armed Forces. (Reuters) Disasters and accidents A 6.8-magnitude earthquake strikes the Pakistani province of Balochistan, four days after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake killed at least 515 people in the same region. (AP via Fox News) Law and crime Nikolaos Michaloliakos, the leader of the Greek far-right party Golden Dawn, is arrested on charges of forming a criminal organization. (BBC) U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Tim Giardina is suspended from his duties as #2 of the U.S. Strategic Command due to an investigation into gambling-related issues. (NBC) Politics and elections Voters in Guinea go to the polls for a legislative election. (BBC) All the ministers from Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party resign from the Government of Italy. (Reuters) Sports In Australian rules football, Hawthorn defeats Fremantle 77-62 to win the 2013 premiership. (AFP via Yahoo! NZ) In Hurling, Clare beat Cork by a score of 5-16 to 3-16, to win the 2013 All-Ireland Hurling Final. (RTE Sport)

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Created 1 Nov 2013 Last updated 1 Nov 2013