2013 Week 44

This will include events from Sunday, October 27, 2013 through Saturday, November 2, 2013.


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Armed conflicts and attacks 8 bomb blasts rock the city of Patna in the Indian state of Bihar killing 5 and injuring over 70 people.(Firstpost) Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal) A series of car bombings around the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, kills at least 38 people. (BBC) War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan kills 18 people. (Reuters)

Politics and elections Voters in Georgia go to the polls for a presidential election with Giorgi Margvelashvili winning a landslide victory. (BBC), (AFP via NineMSN) Voters in Argentina go to the polls for mid-term elections, where races for one third of the Senate and half the Chamber of Deputies will be decided. The governing Front for Victory maintained an absloute majority in both chambers (adding one Senator and five Deputies); but the new Renewal Front won by 12% in the largest district, the Province of Buenos Aires. (New York Times)

Law and crime A 37-year-old woman and four children are stabbed to death in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. A man is arrested in connection with the murders. (CNN)

Arts and culture Lou Reed, lead singer of the band The Velvet Underground, dies at the age of 71.[citation needed]

Disasters and accidents The United Kingdom braces itself for the St Jude storm, the worst since 1987, which is due to make landfall tonight. (BBC)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Armed conflict and attacks Two Thai police die while trying to defuse a bomb in Narathiwat province. (Bangkok Post) An Indian Army soldier is reported killed and another injured along the Line of Control on the border with Pakistan in Kashmir. (Hindustan Times) Islamist protests in Egypt (July 2013–present): Three Egyptian policemen are killed by masked men in an attack at a checkpoint in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura. (Reuters) Syrian civil war: The Syrian army retakes the ancient Christian town of Sadad. (Press TV) (The Huffington Post) Syrian civil war spillover in Lebanon: Two people are killed in the northern city of Tripoli in fighting between supporters and opponents of the Syrian government and the Lebanese army. (Reuters) Israeli–Palestinian conflict: Two rockets fired from the Gaza strip at a southern Israeli coastal city are shot down. (Reuters) (The Guardian) War in Somalia (2009–present): A suspected U.S. drone strike kills at least two Islamist Al-Shabaab insurgents and commander driving in a car south of the Somali capital Mogadishu. (Reuters) (BBC) War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Australia declares its war in Afghanistan over while the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, visits Afghanistan. (Herald Sun)

Politics and elections 2013 Tunisian protests: Government and opposition leaders launch talks discussing a new premier. (The Daily Star) Ennahda party leader Rashid al-Ghannushi announces in a televised interview that the party may be willing to give up the government but not power. (Al Arabiya) Voters in Canada's Nunavut Province go to the polls to select members to the province's Legislative Assembly.[citation needed]

Law and crime Three Chinese anti-graft activists go on trial in Xinyu in west-central Jiangxi province. (Reuters) Dr Conrad Murray is released from prison in the American city of Los Angeles for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. (ABC News)

Business and economy Copper fabricator Southwire Co. drops its lawsuit against two giant Wall Street firms over a possible copper exchange-traded fund, as market and regulatory conditions make such an ETF seem decreasingly likely. (Reuters)

Disasters and accidents Five people are killed after a car crashes into barriers just outside the Forbidden City in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China. (Al Jazeera) (BBC) St Jude storm: The storm hits England and Wales, causing at least one death with flights and train services cancelled. (BBC) (AP via CBS News)

Science Three new species of animals are discovered (a leaf-tailed gecko, a golden-coloured skink, and a boulder-dwelling frog) in the Cape York Peninsula of the Australian state of Queensland. (news.com.au)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Armed conflicts and attacks 2013 Tiananmen Square incident: Police in China name two suspects from Xinjiang linked to an apparent suicide attack car crash outside the Forbidden City on Tiananmen Square in the capital Beijing. (BBC) Syrian civil war: Syrian civilians leave the besieged Damascus suburb of Moadamiya. (BBC) Four French hostages held in Niger by an Al-Qaeda offshoot since 2010 are released. (France 24)

Politics and elections Marilyn Tavenner, the Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, becomes the first Obama administration official to apologise for the troubled roll out of the healthcare.gov website as part of the Affordable Care Act or "Obamacare" system. (CNN)

Law and crime Three judges in Egypt chairing the trial of the leaders Muslim Brotherhood step down, citing reasons of conscience. (Al Jazeera) Two Kenyan soldiers are jailed for looting during the attack on the Westgate shopping centre attack in September. (BBC) The leader of the Boeremag and 23 others are sentenced to 35 years in jail in South Africa for conspiring to kill former president Nelson Mandela. (News24) A man shoots and kills five people and then commits suicide at a house in Greenwood County, South Carolina, U.S. (CNN)

Business and economy The Nasdaq Composite and NASDAQ-100 stock indices froze for an hour before resuming at around 1 PM EST. (CNBC) Turkey opens a sea tunnel connecting Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul. (Al Jazeera)

Disasters and accidents St Jude storm: At least 13 people are confirmed dead after the storm hits northern Europe. (ABC News Australia) The United Nations confirms an outbreak of polio in Syria. (CBC) At least three people are dead after a dust storm causes an accident on Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak, Arizona, United States. (ABC)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

International relations Israel releases 26 Palestinians convicted of homicide as part of a limited amnesty process. (Reuters) Mongolian president Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj visits North Korea and becomes the first head of state to meet with Kim Jong-un since Kim's taking office as Supreme Leader. (The Diplomat)

Armed conflicts and attacks There are at least three dead and seven injured when a bomb explodes near the official residence of the Chief Minister of India's Manipur state Okram Ibobi Singh in the city of Imphal. (IBN), (NDTV) Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): Twenty people are killed in bombings in Iraq. (BBC) A suicide bomber blows himself up in the Tunisian tourist resort of Sousse and police foil another attempted attack in Habib Bourguiba's tomb in Monastir. No casualties are reported. (Reuters)

Law and crime 2013 Tiananmen Square car attack: Chinese police arrest five suspects in connection to the Tiananmen square suicide attack. (The Guardian) (Daily Telegraph)

Disasters and accidents Forty-four people die after a bus fuel tank catches fire in the Indian city of Mahbubnagar near Hyderabad. (NDTV)

Sports In baseball, the Boston Red Sox win the 2013 World Series defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in game 6 with a score of 6-1. This is the first series to be won in Boston by the Red Sox since 1918. (ABC News) (USA Today)

Thursday, October 31, 2013

International relations The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons declares that Syria has destroyed 21 of 23 known chemical weapons facilities, and now must destroy the chemical weapons themselves. (Reuters)

Armed conflicts and attacks Israeli–Palestinian conflict: Israeli troops respond and shoot a Palestinian man during clashes in West Bank. (Reuters) While unearthing an IED near Khan Yunis, clashes erupt resulting in at least four Israeli and three Hamas wounded, including one killed. (The Times of Israel)

Disasters and accidents A report by the New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission into the 2012 Carterton hot air balloon crash that killed 11 people recommends the introduction of random drug testing for transport operators following a finding that the pilot had smoked marijuana before getting on board. (AP)

Science After a two-year research project conducted by scientists at the National Chemistry Institute of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Vietnam becomes the world's tenth country to successfully apply nanotechnology to produce nano curcumin, a substance that can help treat cancer. (People's Daily)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Armed conflicts and attacks Syrian civil war: Israeli aircraft carry out a strike near the Syrian coastal city of Latakia targeting Russian-made S-125 air defense missiles allegedly intended for use by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. (BBC) War in North-West Pakistan: A US drone strike kills Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban (whom the United States had a reward for $5 million) and five others. (BBC), (Reurters) 2013 Tiananmen Square attack: China's top security official blames the East Turkestan Islamic Movement for a suicide attack that killed five people at the Tiananmen Gate in Beijing on Monday. (AP)

Law and crime 2013 Los Angeles International Airport shooting: A gunman opens fire at Los Angeles International Airport, killing a US Transportation Security Administration employee, and wounding several other people. It prompts a terminal evacuation. (NBC Los Angeles), (Fox News) Two people, members of the far-right Greek political party Golden Dawn, are killed in a drive-by shooting, outside the offices of Golden Dawn in Neo Iraklio, Athens. (Reuters), (Kathimerini)

Business and economy Fannie Mae files a lawsuit for $800 million against nine different banks including Citigroup and Bank of America for manipulating the London benchmark interbank offered rate. (Bloomberg via SFGate)

Disasters and accidents Flash floods and heavy rains sweep across central Texas, United States killing 2 people. (AP via Fox News)

Technology A person claiming to be a member of Anonymous takes down the website for Singaporean newspaper The Straits Times. (BBC) The smartphone wars are re-ignited, as Rockstar Consortium, a consortium owned by companies including Apple and Microsoft starts wide-ranging legal action against Google, Samsung, and other makers of Android phones. (Reuters),(Ars Technica)

Science Scientists discover three new species of marsupial Antechinus in Queensland, Australia. (News.com.Au)

Saturday, November 2, 2013

November 2, 2013 Two French journalists working for RFI are kidnapped and killed in the town of Kidal in northern Mali. (BBC)

November 2, 2013 - 2013 Tunisian protests: Tunisian government and opposition leaders are deadlocked during talks over the determination of a new PM tasked with steering the country out of a months-long political crisis. (Gulf News)

November 2, 2013 Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, due to leave office this month, names Interior Minister Irakli Garibashvili as his successor. (Reuters)

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November 2, 2013 Paul Anthony Ciancia is charged with murder of a federal officer and commission of violence in an international airport in relation to the 2013 Los Angeles International Airport shooting. (CNN)

November 2, 2013 Two planes carrying skydivers collide in mid-air in northern Wisconsin with no deaths or serious injuries reported. (National Post)

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Created 1 Nov 2013 Last updated 31 Jan 2014