2013 Week 43

This will include events from Sunday, October 20, 2013 through Saturday, October 26, 2013.


October 20, 2013 (2013-10-20) (Sunday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks Syrian civil war: A suicide truck bomber attack by the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front on a government checkpoint outside Hama, Syria, kills at least 30 people, including a number of soldiers. (AP via USA Today) Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): Suicide bombers targeting police and local officials in Rawa, northwest of Baghdad, kill 15 people. (AFP) At least 37 people are killed in a suicide bombing at a cafe in the Shia-dominated area of Baghdad. (BBC) South Sudan internal conflict (2011–present): Cattle raiders believed to be led by David Yau Yau attack villages in Jonglei state, leaving at least 78 dead. (BBC) Gunmen open fire on a Christian wedding in a Cairo suburb in Egypt, with at least three people killed and nine others injured. (BBC) Business and economy Toyota Motor Corporation recalls 885,000 vehicles due to electrical problems that could prevent airbags from deploying. (NBC) Disasters and accidents Barry O'Farrell, the Premier of the Australian state of New South Wales, declares a state of emergency due to bushfires that have already claimed one life and destroyed hundreds of homes. (BBC) Politics and elections Jamalul Kiram III, claimant to the Sultanate of Sulu and leader of the militant group behind the 2013 Lahad Datu standoff, dies in Manila. (The Washington Post) At Luxembourg's general election, Jean-Claude Juncker's Christian Social People's Party loses three seats, but remain the largest party in the Chamber of Deputies with 23 of the 60 seats. (BBC)

Current events of October 21, 2013 (2013-10-21) (Monday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks A female suicide bomber detonates an explosive vest on a bus in the Russian city of Volgograd, killing at least 6 and injuring at least 28 others, 8 of them critically. (BBC) (Reuters) War in North-West Pakistan: An explosion on the Jaffar Express, travelling between the Pakistani cities of Rawalpindi and Quetta, kills 7 people and injures at least another 10. (The Express) Disasters and accidents 2013 New South Wales bushfires: Authorities warn that three fires burning out of control in Australia's Blue Mountains region near the towns of Lithgow, Springwood and Mount Victoria could merge and form a "megafire". (ABC) Heavy smog envelopes the Chinese city of Harbin leading to the closure of schools and highways. (Xinhua) International relations Laurent Fabius, the Foreign Minister of France, summons the United States ambassador over allegations of US spying on millions of French phone calls reported in Le Monde. (France 24), (BBC) Law and crime Sparks Middle School shooting. A student at Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nevada, U.S. kills a teacher and injures two other students before killing himself. (AP via San Francisco Chronicle) (CNN) Politics New Jersey becomes the 14th U.S. state to allow same-sex marriages. (NBC New York)

Current events of October 22, 2013 (2013-10-22) (Tuesday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks Islamist insurgency in Nigeria: Nigerian troops kill 37 Boko Haram Islamist militants in air and ground strikes in their bases in the northeast. (Reuters) Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): Militants kill 22 security forces in police and military checkpoints in Anbar Province. (Reuters) Business and economy Apple announces the introduction of iPad Air and the availability of the newest version of OS X, Mavericks. (CNN) Law and crime Australian Capital Territory becomes the first Australian territory to legalize same-sex marriage while the Government of Australia launches a legal challenge in the High Court. (News.com.au) Politics and elections The Maldives sets a new date for a presidential election to be held on November 9. (AP via The Hindu)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Armed conflicts and attacks Syrian civil war: The Al-Nusra Front captures the Syriac Orthodox village of Sadad, killing at least 9 people and sparking heavy fighting with Syrian Army forces. (Reuters) Syrian rebels attack a gas pipeline close to Damascus International Airport, causing a country-wide power outage. (Reuters) Eight police officers and two Islamist militants are killed in clashes near Sidi Bouzid in the southern part of Tunisia. (Global Post) A suicide bomber kills two Chadian troops and injures six other MINUSMA peacekeepers in an attack on a checkpoint at the entry to the northern town of Tessalit, Mali. (Reuters) A teenager in Bahrain dies following an explosion in the village of Bani Jamra, east of the capital Manama. (BBC) International relations China and India sign a new border defence agreement aimed at improving bilateral relations. (Al Jazeera) (ABC) Law and crime Iran spares the life of a convicted drug trafficker who survived a hanging. (Bangkok Post) A 14 year old student from Danvers, Massachusetts is accused of killing his math teacher at Danvers High School and dumping the body in the woods. (ABC)(CNN) Politics 2013 protests in Tunisia: Thousands of Tunisian protesters take to the streets calling for the Islamist government led by the Ennahda Movement to step down hours before crisis talks between the government and opposition leaders. (Reuters) A Chinese newspaper publishes a rare appeal for the release of one of its journalists held by police. (BBC) Thousands of opposition supporters protest in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh following disputed July elections which saw incumbent Prime Minister Hun Sen re-elected. (Times of India) President Obama's staff has unmasked and fired a national security official who tweeted critical comments under a pseudonym. (USA Today) Sports 2013 World Series: Jon Lester, Red Sox win Game 1 against mistake-ridden Cardinals (washingtonpost.com)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

International relations Germany summons the United States Ambassador over claims that the US monitored Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel's mobile phone. (BBC)

Politics and elections Voters in the Scottish Parliament constituency of Dunfermline go to the polls for a by-election following the resignation of Bill Walker. (Express & Star)

Law and crime Portuguese Police reopen the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. (BBC)

Business and economy Twitter sets a modest-seeming goal of US$1.6 billion for its forthcoming initial public offering. (Reuters)

Arts and culture Nyanasamvara Suvaddhana, the 19th Supreme Patriarch of Buddhism in Thailand, dies at the age of 100. (ABC News via Associated Press)

Sport France's top football clubs announce plans for a strike in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 at the end of November in protest at the President François Hollande's 75% supertax proposal. (AFP via Yahoo! Singapore) 2013 World Series: The St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Boston Red Sox 4-2 to tie the World Series at 1-1. (ESPN)

Disasters and accidents China's Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources will send inspection teams to Chinese regional cities to inspect air quality following the 2013 Harbin smog incident. (Reuters Trust) An NSW Rural Fire Service pilot dies when his plane crashes while fighting fires near the town of Ulladulla, New South Wales, Australia. (Courier Mail)

Health The World Health Organization reports that a polio outbreak has begun in the war-torn city of Deir Ezzor, Syria. (Reuters)

Friday, October 25, 2013

International relations In a joint statement, leaders of the European Union say that recent claims about the United States spying on European leaders, such as Germany's Angela Merkel and citizens, "could prejudice co-operation in intelligence gathering". " (BBC)

Armed conflict and attacks Islamist insurgency in Nigeria: Military officials report that 74 members of Boko Haram have been killed in a combined ground and aerial assault on militant camps in northeastern Borno State. (Reuters)

Politics and elections Cara Hilton of the Scottish Labour Party wins the Dunfermline by-election, taking the seat from the Scottish National Party. (BBC)

Disasters and accidents Japan's emergency agencies declare a tsunami warning after an earthquake of magnitude 7.3 strikes off the east coast. (AP via News24)

Science The complete nuclear genome of a Siberian boy who died 24,000 years ago suggests that about a third of the ancestry of today's Native Americans can be traced to Western Eurasia, with only two-thirds coming from Eastern Asia. (Science Magazine/AAAS)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Armed conflict and attacks War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A gunfight between Afghan and foreign soldiers on the outskirts of the capital Kabul, kills at least one Afghan serviceman and injures a number of other soldiers. (Reuters) Iran hangs 16 rebels in retaliation for 14 border guards being killed in clashes on its border with Pakistan. (BBC)

Politics and elections Results of the Czech legislative election are very fragmented, the big winner being the new centrist liberal ANO 2011 which gains 47 out of 200 seats. (BBC)

Law and crime Michael Guzzo shoots and kills four people and two dogs in their house, and then commits suicide in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. (AP via Huffington Post)

Sports 2013 World Series, Game 3 ends on a controversial obstruction call, giving the Cardinals a 2-1 series lead over the Red Sox. (NY Times)

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Created 1 Nov 2013 Last updated 31 Jan 2014