2013 Week 40

This will include events from Sunday, September 29, 2013 through Saturday, October 5, 2013.



Current events of September 29, 2013 (2013-09-29) (Sunday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks Islamist insurgency in Nigeria: Gunmen from the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram kill 42 people, mostly students, in an attack on a college in the town of Gujba, Yobe State. (The Telegraph) Mexican Drug War: Shootings erupt over the weekend in three Mexican cities (Cuernavaca, Fresnillo, Monterrey) where drug gangs are fighting turf battles, killing at least nine people and wounding six more. (ABC News) Syrian civil war: Activists fighting Syrian government forces say that at least 16 people, most of them students, were killed in an air strike from Syrian government warplanes that hit a secondary school in the rebel-held Syrian city of Raqqa. (Reuters) Arts and culture Award-winning American television series Breaking Bad airs its final episode on AMC, concluding the series after five seasons and 62 episodes. (Associated Press via NPR) Disasters and accidents The death toll from a building that collapsed in Mumbai, India, on September 27 rises to 60 as the rescue operation is called off. (BBC) Heavy rains in Rajkot, Gujarat, India, lead to damage valued at over 100 million rupees. (Times of India) Politics and elections Voters in Austria go to the polls for a legislative election. (BBC)

Current events of September 30, 2013 (2013-09-30) (Monday) edit history watch Armed conflict and attacks Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): Fourteen car bombs targeting Shi'ite neighborhoods in Baghdad leave 54 people dead. (Reuters) Business and economy Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline agrees to sell its thrombosis drug brands to Aspen Pharmacare. (Reuters) Disasters and accidents Tropical Storm Wutip lashes central Vietnam, uprooting trees, cutting power lines and damaging more than 1,000 houses. (The Weather Channel) Thirteen refugees drown off the Italian coast swimming to shore from their leaky vessel. (U.N. High Commission for Refugees)

October 1, 2013 (2013-10-01) (Tuesday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks Syrian civil war: A team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons enters Syria to begin work on dismantling the Assad regime's stockpile of chemical weapons. (BBC) Politics and elections United States federal government shutdown of 2013: U.S. President Barack Obama, the White House Office of Management and Budget, issues a partial shutdown of government agencies after the House and Senate fail to come to an agreement on a spending bill to keep government operations running. (NBC News) Law and crime A Buddhist mob torches more than 70 Muslim homes and stabs a 94 year-old woman to death in Rakhine State, Myanmar. (AP via The Times of India) Bangladeshi politician Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury is sentenced to death for war crimes including murder, torture, and genocide for his atrocities in the Bangladesh Liberation War. (BBC) International relations The government of Venezuela expels three United States diplomats after accusing them of "economic sabotage". (BBC)

Current events of October 2, 2013 (2013-10-02) (Wednesday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): Gunmen shoot down a military helicopter in northern Iraq killing all four crew members. (Reuters) The Russian embassy in Libya's capital Tripoli came under fire after an attempted attack by gunmen who tried to force their way into the compound. One of the attackers was killed and four others were injured according to Libyan authorities. (Reuters) Arts and culture American author Tom Clancy, best known for his military thriller novels, dies at the age of 66. (The New York Times) Disasters and accidents An accident involving a church bus, a tractor-trailer, and an SUV on I-40 in Jefferson County, Tennessee, leaves eight dead and 14 injured. (NBC) Law and Crime Law enforcement in the U.S. shuts down "Silk Road," an internet marketplace for various illegal activities including the illicit drug trade, and arrests its alleged principal, Ross Ulbricht. (Reuters) The jury in the Michael Jackson Estate vs. AEG Live court case finds AEG Live not guilty of negligence in hiring musician Michael Jackson's physician Conrad Murray. Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in 2011. (Sky News)

Current events of October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03) (Thursday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks Islamist insurgency in Nigeria: Air Force fighter jets bomb camps belonging to suspected Islamist militants in northeast Nigeria in response to a massacre of students at an agricultural college. (Reuters) The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan attacks a compound belonging to former Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan commander Nabi Hanfi leaving 15 dead near the border of North Waziristan. (Sky News) Business and economy The antitrust chief of the European Union, Joaquin Almunia, discusses coming charges against Gazprom, the Russian natural gas monopolist. (Reuters) Twitter Inc. publicly files IPO related disclosure documents. (Reuters) International relations The Gambia is to withdraw from the Commonwealth, 48 years after joining the 54-member grouping, which includes the United Kingdom and most of its former colonies. (Daily Telegraph) Russia evacuates Libya of all Russian diplomats and their families one day after an attack on their embassy left one dead. (AP via ABC) Disasters and accidents 2013 Mediterranean Sea migrant shipwreck. A fire engulfs a boat carrying African migrants off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy, killing at least 114 people, 200 remain missing. (The New York Times) (AP) A passenger plane carrying 27 people crashes at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, with 13 deaths reported. (BBC) Law and crime Indian politician Lalu Prasad Yadav is sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for illegally taking money out of the Chaibasa treasury. (New York Daily News) A woman is fatally shot by police after striking a barrier at a White House security checkpoint followed by a car chase. (BBC) (The Washington Post) Adobe reveals that 2.9 million customers' data was stolen in a security breach which included credit card information. (BBC)

Current events of October 4, 2013 (2013-10-04) (Friday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks Islamist protests in Egypt (July 2013–present): Four people are killed after supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi clashed with opponents and security forces. (Reuters), (BBC) US forces initiate two major raids against terror in Africa. (FOX News) Health A man sets himself on fire at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Though he was breathing, conscious, and talking when airlifted, he died later that night at MedStar Washington Hospital Center due to the extensive severe gas burns to his face and arms. A motive was unclear. (Huffington Post) (AP via San Francisco Chronicle) (Washington Post) Politics and elections The Cabinet of India's approval of the bifurcation of the state of Andhra Pradesh causes protests and strikes in the Seemandhra region as a part of the ongoing Samaikyandhra Movement (Times of India) Voters in the Republic of Ireland take part in a referendum to decide whether the Seanad Éireann (Irish Senate) – the upper house of their parliament – should be abolished, and reforms made to the Court of Appeal. (BBC)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

October 5, 2013 - Armed conflict and attacks Post-civil war clashes in Libya: Gunmen attack a military checkpoint near Bani Walid leaving 15 soldiers dead. (BBC) Arts and culture Prince Harry of Wales arrives in Sydney, Australia, to celebrate 100 years of the Royal Australian Navy. (ABC News) Politics and elections The United States Department of Defense calls back 350,000 of its furloughed civilian workers. (Washington Post) In two referendums, voters in the Republic of Ireland reject government proposals to abolish Seanad Éireann, the upper house of the country's parliament, but support plans to create a Court of Appeal. (BBC) Sports In IndyCar Racing, Scott Dixon wins Race 1 in the Grand Prix of Houston at Reliant Park. (IndyCar) Wladimir Klitschko Won the WBA (regular) World Heavyweight Championship

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Created 1 Nov 2013 Last updated 8 Feb 2013