2013 Week 46

This will include events from Sunday, November 10, 2013 through Saturday, November 6, 2013.


November 10, 2013 (2013-11-10) (Sunday) edit history watch Disasters and accidents Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines: A Philippines police official estimates that 10,000 people have died in the central province of Leyte. (Weatherzone Australia) Vietnam: 600,000 civilians have been evacuated. (Bangkok Post) Law and crime Greek Coast Guard intercepts a Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship, Nour M, with around 20,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles on board. The ship's Turkish captain and seven crew members were arrested. (RT) (The Sydney Morning Herald) Sports Egyptian football club Al Ahly SC wins the CAF Champions League with a record of eight titles after a 2-0 win secured a 3-1 aggregate victory over South Africa's Orlando Pirates in the final. (CAF) (Goal.com) In motor sports, Marc Márquez of Spain becomes the youngest motorcyclist to win the 2013 MotoGP World Championship at the age of 20. (AFP via The Australia)

Current events of November 11, 2013 (2013-11-11) (Monday) edit history watch Business and economy A general strike in Nepal against next week's election shuts down schools, markets and industries. (AP via New Zealand Herald) Disasters and accidents An international aid effort is underway to help the Philippines cope with the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. (ABC News Online) At least four people are killed and eight injured as a seven story building catches fire in Vikhroli, a suburb of the Indian city of Mumbai. (Zee News) At least 100 people are killed in a tropical cyclone in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region. (Reuters) Law and crime Three members of the Iranian rock band The Yellow Dogs are shot and killed in Brooklyn, New York by a member of a different band. The shooter then commits suicide. (CNN)

Current events of November 12, 2013 (2013-11-12) (Tuesday) edit history watch Armed conflict and attacks Two people are killed and five others injured when a bomb explodes in Bedfordview, South Africa, near the Eastgate shopping mall. (SAPA via News24) Arts and culture British composer John Tavener dies at age 69. (BBC) Business and economy U.S. stock exchanges jointly announce a plan to improve the technical functioning of their markets, in the face of recent high-profile glitches such as the trading halt in Nasdaq in August. (Reuters) Disasters and accidents The Philippines faces a health crisis in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan with the official death toll at 1,774 and expected to rise quickly. (CNN) Laws and crime Hawaii becomes the 15th state in the United States to legalize same-sex marriage. (Washington Post) A U.S. District Court judge, Victor Marrero, denies a motion by former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, the former CEO of MF Global, to dismiss investor litigation intended to hold him accountable for MF Global's blow-up in October 2011. (Reuters) Politics and elections The Senate of Thailand rejects an asylum bill that could have seen the return of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. (BBC)

Current events of November 13, 2013 (2013-11-13) (Wednesday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks Syria civil war: Syrian army retakes strategically important Damascus suburb of Hujaira from the rebels. (Reuters) Four Palestinians are killed in a bombing attack at the Yarmouk refugee camp. (Maan News) Syrian Kurds announce transitional autonomous authority amidst fighting with rebels. (BBC) Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): Bombs across Iraq detonate, killing 18 people. (Voice of America) Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Israel cancels proposed plans to build new settlements in the West Bank after US and Palestinian opposition. (AP via Fox News) Arts and culture Francis Bacon's painting of his friend Lucian Freud, Three Studies of Lucian Freud (1969), is sold for $142.4 million. (BBC) A 14.82-carat orange diamond sets a world record after it is sold at a Christie's auction in Geneva for $35.5 million. (Forbes) At the same auction, a pink diamond is sold for US$83.2 million, setting a new world record. BBC One World Trade Center becomes the tallest building in the United States. (CNN) Business and economics Poppy farmers in Afghanistan report record yields for their opium crops. (The Guardian) Starbucks is ordered to pay Kraft Foods $2.76 billion in damages over a dispute about packaged coffee. (BBC) Disasters and accidents Typhoon Haiyan: The official death toll in the Philippines is actually reported that 2,500 people were killed. (Newsinfo) The total international aid for the typhoon victims reaches over $140 million. (CNN) Four members of the United States Marine Corps are killed after ordnance accidentally explodes after a training exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in Southern California. (NBC News) Politics and elections The United States State Department designates Boko Haram as a "terrorist" group. (Reuters) China, Russia, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, and Algeria are elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council. (The Washington Post)) Kevin Rudd announces his retirement from Australian politics. (Herald Sun) Wikileaks publishes a secret draft chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (The Guardian) The United States Government announces that 106,185 people signed up for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act during its first month of release on October. (The New York Times) Science and technology A gigantic iceberg is floating in the Southern Ocean after breaking off the Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica. (The Australian) Scientists discover Panthera blytheae in Tibet, the oldest big cat fossil ever discovered. (Los Angles Times) WWF releases a photo, taken by a camera trap in a forest in central Vietnam in September, of one of Earth's rarest mammals, the saola, which hadn’t been seen in 15 years. (The Washington Post)

Current events of November 14, 2013 (2013-11-14) (Thursday) edit history watch Attacks and conflicts Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): 39 people are killed in Iraq in attacks against Shiites Muslims. (Daily Star) A French priest is kidnapped in Cameroon near the border with Nigeria. (BBC) Disasters and accidents Typhoon Haiyan: Philippine President Benigno Aquino III is criticized by survivors, aid agencies, and international and local media for his inadequate response to the tragedy. (BBC) International relations Russian ministers led by Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov including Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu arrive in Cairo and meet with their Egyptian counterparts including the head of Egypt's military General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in talks over a new era of enhanced military co-operation. (BBC) (Reuters) Protests are held in Albania against the proposal to bring Syria's chemical weapons stockpile to be destroyed in the country. (TIME) (The Washington Post) (Reuters) Law and crime Canadian police reveal that 348 people have been arrested internationally and 386 children rescued as a result of a three-year child pornography investigation called "Project Spade". (RT) (BBC) Politics and elections Following the heightened scrutiny from the April 2012 controversy, two U.S. Secret Service agents are relieved of duty from Barack Obama's security detail after charges of sexual harassment towards a female subordinate. (TIME) Sport In cricket, Indian player Sachin Tendulkar, the leading run scorer of all time, starts his 200th and final test match in Mumbai. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Current events of November 15, 2013 (2013-11-15) (Friday) edit history watch Armed conflict and attacks Syrian civil war: North Korea denies giving military aid to Syria. (Al Jazeera) Hezbollah vows to keep fighters in Syria. (News.com) Albania says it will not allow the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons on its soil after days of protests. (BBC) Disasters and accidents Typhoon Haiyan: The United Nations tallies the death toll to around 4,400. The Red Cross estimates that around 20,000 are still missing, many of whom are feared dead. This is contrary to a previous estimate by Benigno Aquino III, who put the death toll to a low 2,000. (NBC News) The official death toll is now at 3,631. (The Huffington Post) At least five people are killed and 10 injured after four coaches of the Mangala Lakshadweep Express derail near the Indian city of Nashik in Maharashtra state. (NDTV) (Times of India) Two people die after a light aircraft crashes near the runway at Airbus Facilities in Broughton, Flintshire. (ITV News) 12 migrants drown off the coast of Greece. (Reuters) International relations Gambia cuts diplomatic relations with Taiwan. (BBC) Police in Ethiopia arrest dozens of people outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in the capital Addis Ababa who were protesting against attacks on Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia. (Al Jazeera) Law and crime Prosecutors in the Australian state of Queensland drop manslaughter charges against American surgeon Jayant Patel, who pleads guilty to charges of fraud. (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court says that it will hear a securities fraud case this term that arises out of the asbestos liabilities of Halliburton, an oilfield services company. (Reuters) Politics and elections China is to relax some elements of its one-child policy and announces it will end its "re-education through labour" camps. (BBC) (Xinhua) Burma announces the release of 69 political prisoners in ongoing reform. (BBC) The Australian Electoral Commission petitions the High Court of Australia for a new Senate election in the state of Western Australia due to the loss of 1,370 ballot papers and the closeness of the result. (The Australian) The Brazilian Supreme Federal Court issues a long-time awaited order to arrest for bribery 12 former top officials who had served under ex-president Lula, in one of the nation's biggest corruption cases. (Bloomberg)

Current events of November 16, 2013 (2013-11-16) (Saturday) edit history watch Armed conflict and attacks Syrian civil war: The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons agrees to a Syria arsenal destruction plan. (The Australian) Post-civil war violence in Libya: Second day of fighting in Tripoli as death toll from violence at anti-militia protest topped 40. (Al Jazeera) Islamist protests in Egypt (July 2013–present): Lawyers in the UK accuse Egypt's military of committing crimes against humanity after July's ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. (Al Jazeera) War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Suicide car bombing in Kabul kills six people and injures twenty. (Al Jazeera) Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): A series of attacks in Baghdad and north Iraq kills four policemen and wounds dozens. (Daily Star) Disasters and accidents Typhoon Haiyan: David Cameron commits an additional £30 million to the victims. (BBC) Law and crime A San Diego, California family of four, who disappeared in 2010, is found buried in the desert; local authorities are now treating the case as multiple homicides. (CBS News) International relations The Brazilian Federal Police officially asks the Interpol to search and arrest in Italy the former Banco do Brasil marketing director chief, the italian Henrique Pizzolato, who has allegedly fled following a Supreme Federal Court order to arrest him for bribery, amongst others involved. (BBC) (GloboNews) Aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya is commissioned into the Indian Navy at the Russian shipbuilding complex of Sevmash in Severodvinsk, ending a five-year delay to the $2.33 billion project. Russian deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and Indian Defense Minister AK Antony attend the handing over ceremony. (Times of India) (RT) (Reuters) Politics and elections Voters in the Maldives go to the polls for a presidential election with Abdulla Yameen winning the election with 51.3% of the vote. (ABC News Australia) Sports Sachin Tendulkar retires from all forms of cricket following his final Test at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium, scoring 74 runs in his career's last innings. (ESPN Cricinfo)

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Created 26 Dec 2013 Last updated 23 July 2014