2013 Week 42

This will include events from Sunday, October 13, 2013 through Saturday, October 19, 2013.


October 13, 2013 (2013-10-13) (Sunday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks Syrian civil war: Gunmen kidnap seven workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross from northern Syria. (Fox News) Opposition activists say Syrian army tanks killed 11 civilians including 3 children in a crossfire incident during the battle for the city center of Daraa. (Haaretz) Disasters and accidents Indian authorities commence rescue efforts in the aftermath of Cyclone Phailin, with initial reports of at least 20 casualties and widespread damage along the landfall area. (First Post) A stampede breaks out on a bridge near the Ratangarh Mata Temple in Datia district, Madhya Pradesh, India during the Hindu festival Navratri, killing 115 people and injuring more than 110. (BBC) Law and crime Five people are injured during a shooting at a Hmong New Year's celebration in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. Two men, 19 and 21 years old, are arrested. (CNN) Over 380 people are detained after an anti-migrant Russian nationalist riot in southern Moscow. (Russia News) Politics and elections Bill Shorten is elected as the head of the federal Australian Labor Party, defeating Anthony Albanese in a leadership ballot. (Yahoo! News) Vietnamese independence hero General Vo Nguyen Giap is buried after an elaborate two-day state funeral. (BBC) Sports In Bathurst, New South Wales, Mark "Frosty" Winterbottom, driving for Ford, wins his maiden Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercars race. (V8supercars) Novak Djokovic wins the Shanghai Masters Tennis Competition for the second straight year. (The Telegraph) Frederik Van Lierde wins the 2013 edition of the Ironman Triathlon. (NY Times)

Current events of October 14, 2013 (2013-10-14) (Monday) edit history watch Armed conflict and attacks Ethiopian officials report that a plot by a group of Somali nationals to attack Sunday's 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match in Addis Ababa failed when their explosives detonated inside their home, killing two of the would-be suicide bombers. (Reuters UK) Business and Economy The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences goes to three Americans, in connection with their work in asset prices: Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen, and Robert Shiller. (Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences) Disasters and accidents The death toll from Cyclone Phailin rises to at least 18 in India as it dissipates. (AFP via Sydney Morning Herald) A judicial inquiry is ordered into a stampede during Navrati festivities near a temple in India's Madhya Pradesh state that resulted in 109 deaths and 120 people being injured. (NDTV) Law and crime A man is arrested after attempting to enter Buckingham Palace, London, while in possession of a knife. (Huffington Post) A dry ice bomb explodes in an employee restroom at Los Angeles International Airport. Nobody was injured, and no arrests were made. Terminal 2 was briefly shut down and evacuated. It was the second incident of its kind to have occurred at the airport in two days. (CNN)

Current events of October 15, 2013 (2013-10-15) (Tuesday) edit history watch Armed conflict and attacks War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A bomb in a mosque in Afghanistan's Logar Province kills the governor Arsala Jamal and results in other injuries. (Reuters via IOL) Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): A bomb detonates outside a Sunni mosque in Kirkuk, Iraq, killing 12 worshipers and injuring another 24. (The Irish Times) Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The Israeli army finds a second tunnel laden with explosives dug from the Gaza Strip into Israel and proceeds to destroy it. (AP via Fox News) (The Times of Israel) Arts and culture New Zealand author Eleanor Catton wins the 2013 Man Booker Prize for her work "The Luminaries". (AFP via Yahoo News Australia) Business and Economy United States debt-ceiling crisis of 2013: International credit rating group Fitch Ratings places the United States under a "Rating watch negative" in response to the looming financial crisis. (Reuters) Glenn Greenwald, a reporter with The Guardian who has published information provided him by NSA contractor Edward Snowden, is leaving the British newspaper to join a new journalistic enterprise to be bankrolled by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay. (Reuters) Disasters and accidents 2013 Bohol earthquake: A magnitude 7.2 earthquake is reported in the Philippines near the town of Balilihan in Bohol province resulting in at least 74 deaths. (Reuters) A state of emergency is declared in the New Zealand district of Whanganui due to flooding. (TV New Zealand) Typhoon Nari hits central Vietnam with over 122,000 people being evacuated. (Reuters) Law and crime The former Liberian President Charles Taylor arrives in the United Kingdom to serve the remainder of a 50-year sentence after becoming the first head of state to be convicted of war crimes since World War II. (BBC) The perpetrator of the 2013 Beijing Capital International Airport bombing Ji Zhongxing is sentenced to 6 years imprisonment by a Chinese court. (The Australian)

Current events of October 16, 2013 (2013-10-16) (Wednesday) edit history watch Armed conflict and attacks Syrian civil war: At least 21 civilians are killed when their minibus hits a land mine in southern Syrian town of Nawa, with opposition activists blaming the Syrian army. (Reuters), (BBC) Business and economy United States debt-ceiling crisis of 2013: The United States Senate reaches a bipartisan deal to avoid default and end the 16-day US government shutdown. The House passes the legislation by 285–144. The bill now goes to the president, who is expected to sign it. (AFP via Sydney Morning Herald), (CNBC) Disasters and accidents Lao Airlines Flight 301 crashes in the Mekong River near Pakse International Airport, killing 44 passengers and 5 crew members. (BBC) Typhoon Wipha hits Japan resulting in at least 14 deaths. (The Australian) A Panamanian registered ship sinks off the coast of South Korea, killing 9 sailors and leaving 2 others missing. Coast Guard officials rescue another 8 crew members. (Yonhap) Politics and elections Solberg's Cabinet is appointed as the 61st cabinet of Norway by the King following the parlamentary election on 9 September.[citation needed] Law and crime Malala Yousafzai will be awarded with Honorary Canadian citizenship. (CBC) A terminal at Miami International Airport was briefly evacuated after a bomb-sniffing dog discovers "a possible explosive device". (Miami Herald) Science Divers in Russia recover a 570kg (1,255lb) portion of the Chelyabinsk meteor that landed on February 15 2013. It is one of the largest meteorite fragments found to date. (BBC)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Armed conflict and attacks Naxalite–Maoist insurgency A Naxalite landmine kills three police officers in the Gadchiroli district of India's Maharashtra state. (Zee News) Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal) Attacks on Shia Muslims killed at least 59 people across Iraq, including a suicide truck bomb targeting at least 15 members of the country's Shabak people. (Reuters) Islamist gunmen kill two Tunisian policemen in clashes in the northeastern city Goubella. (Reuters) Suspected Renamo rebels kill 7 Mozambican soldiers in an ambush near Gorongosa. (Reuters) Arts and culture Swedish archaeologists in Old Uppsala unearth a great number of mysterious posts in perfect alignment for more than a kilometre in what is suggested to be a display of power of a fifth century Swedish chieftain. (Dagens Nyheter) Business and economy President of the United States Barack Obama signs a bipartisan deal approved by Congress to end the Government shutdown and the debt ceiling crisis. (The Hill) Disasters The death toll in the Philippines from the 2013 Bohol earthquake rises to 156 with 374 people injured. (Wall Street Journal) In Australia, at least seven emergency warnings have been issued for bushfires in New South Wales resulting in one death at Lake Munmorah, significant property damage and closure of airports and highways. (The Guardian), (The Guardian) At least 18 people are dead and 45 people are missing in Japan after Typhoon Wipha hit yesterday. (Zee News) Politics and elections Chad, Chile, Lithuania, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia are elected to the United Nations Security Council for a two-year term, starting on January 1, 2014. (Reuters)

Friday, October 18, 2013

International relations The Prime Minister of Canada and the European Union tentatively sign a free trade and copyright agreement. CBC Japanese cabinet minister Yoshitaka Shindo visits the controversial Yasukuni Shrine potentially causing conflict with the Philippines, South Korea and the People's Republic of China. (AFP via Google News)

Politics and Elections Saudi Arabia announces it will decline to accept a seat on the United Nations Security Council after being elected for it, citing the UN's inability to the stop the Ghouta chemical attack. (BBC) Republican U.S. House of Representatives member Bill Young of Florida dies in office. (AP via ABC News)

Law and crime Former Tijuana Cartel leader Francisco Rafael Arellano Félix is killed in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur. (Terra México) Thirty-five members of the US owned MV Seaman Guard Ohio are arrested in the Indian port of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu for alleged illegal possession of arms and ammunition. (Zee News) The Constitutional Council of France rules that the country's mayors cannot refuse to officiate at same-sex marriages. (France 24) In London, the High Court dismisses a lawsuit against former directors of the London branch of Bernard Madoff's operations, including his one living and one deceased son. The judge, Mr. Justice Popplewell, spoke rather harshly of the plaintiffs, praising the "commendable dignity and restraint" of certain of the defendants. (Financial Times)

Business and economy China's economy grew at a rate of 7.8 percent in the third quarter. (Reuters)

Science Asteroid 2013 TV135 is discovered with an approximately 1 in 63,000 chance of colliding with the earth in 2032. (CNN)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Armed conflict and attacks Syrian Civil War: A suicide bomber kills 16 Syrian Army soldiers at a checkpoint near Damascus. (Wall Street Journal) War in Somalia (2009–present): 16 people are killed and 30 wounded by a suicide bomber in an attack in a crowded restaurant in the central Somali town of Beledweyne. (Reuters) Tunisian security forces have killed 10 people (claimed by authorities to be Islamist militants) near the border with Algeria in a three-day operation against gunmen who attacked police patrols in the remote northern region. (Reuters)

Law and crime Reuters reports that the United States Department of Justice and JPMorgan Chase have reached a tentative $13 billion settlement on the issue of selling bad mortgage loans to investors, the practice that contributed to Subprime mortgage crisis. (Reuters)

Disasters and accidents At least 79 people have been injured, some seriously, in a train crash at the Once railway station in Buenos Aires. (Time) At least 11 people have been killed after a small plane carrying skydivers crashes near Namur, Belgium. (The Telegraph)

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Created 1 Nov 2013 Last updated 8 Feb 2013