2013 Week 47

This will include events from Sunday, November 17, 2013 through Saturday, November 23, 2013.


November 17, 2013 (2013-11-17) (Sunday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks Post-civil war violence in Libya: Libya's deputy intelligence chief Mustafa Noah is kidnapped outside Tripoli airport. (Reuters) Arts and culture British author Doris Lessing, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007, dies at the age of 94. (The Independent) Business and economy Sony announces they sold one million PlayStation 4 units in the first day. (Joystiq) Disasters and accidents Typhoon Haiyan: The number of people displaced reaches 1.9 million people. Numbers vary between 1,000-20,000 for estimates about missing people. (NPR) (Voice of America) Flooding in Vietnam has killed at least 28 people with nine more missing and nearly 80,000 displaced. (Reuters) Fifty people are killed after a passenger Boeing 737 crash lands in the city of Kazan in central Russia. (RT) Following the issuance of a rare High Risk for severe weather (only the fifth documented such case in November and also extending to areas further north than any previous known high risk issued in the November through February timeframe), several midwestern states in the United States are placed under multiple tornado watches, with multiple tornadoes touching down, causing at least four deaths and up to 50 injured in the area; one leveled parts of a suburb of Peoria, Illinois. Around six dozen tornadoes occur in total with activity most concentrated in Illinois and Indiana but extending from Tennessee to Michigan. (Peoria Journal Star) (CNN) (NBC News) Politics and elections Abdulla Yameen is sworn in as the President of the Maldives following yesterday's election victory. (ABC News Australia) Giorgi Margvelashvili is sworn in as the President of Georgia following the victory in the October election. (Civil Georgia) Voters in Chile go to the polls for a general election of president, senators, deputies, and regional advisers. The presidential election looks likely to go to a runoff between former President Michelle Bachelet and Evelyn Matthei of the ruling Coalition. (BBC) (Reuters) Sports In motorsport: Sebastian Vettel wins an eighth consecutive Formula One race at the 2013 United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas breaking the record previously held by Michael Schumacher. (AFP via Sydney Morning Herald) Jimmie Johnson wins his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship title, one title short of the all-time record of seven held by both Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty. (USA Today)

Current events of November 18, 2013 (2013-11-18) (Monday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks A gunman attacks the offices of the newspaper Libération and the bank Société Générale in Paris, three days after attacking the offices of the news channel BFM TV. (BBC) Disasters and accidents Typhoon Haiyan: Philippine President Benigno Aquino III encamps in Tacloban to oversee the rescue and relief operations after receiving criticism for his disorganized response early into the tragedy. (USA Today) At least twenty people are dead after an Egyptian train collides with a minibus and other vehicles south of Cairo. (BBC) Mounts Merapi and Sinabung erupt in Indonesia forcing residents of Central Java and North Sumatra to flee. (Fox News) International relations Destruction of Syria's chemical weapons Belgium ruled itself out as a candidate to host the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile and said it would prefer the arsenal to be eradicated close to Syria itself. (AP) Indonesia recalls its ambassador to Australia and will "review" Australian diplomatic positions in Jakarta following revelations that Australia had tapped the phone of the President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his wife. (Sydney Morning Herald) Science and technology NASA successfully launches its MAVEN space probe on a mission to study Mars' atmosphere. (The Verge)

Current events of November 19, 2013 (2013-11-19) (Tuesday) edit history watch Armed conflict and attacks Syrian civil war spillover in Lebanon, Iranian embassy bombings: Two suicide bombers target the Iranian embassy in the Lebanese capital Beirut killing at least 23 people. (Reuters via ABC News Australia) An Al Qaeda-linked group known as the Abdullah Azzam Brigades claims responsibility for the attacks. (Daily News Egypt) (France 24) War in Somalia (2009–present): An African Union base in Beledweyne, Somalia, is stormed by armed attackers, resulting in the deaths of 19 people. (BBC) Syrian Civil War, Battle of Qalamoun: The Syrian Army captures the town of Qarah. (AP via The Hindu) Arts and culture The United States commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. (Sydney Morning Herald) Business and economy Bombardier Aerospace, a Canadian manufacturer, signs a letter of intent to sell Iraq's national carrier five CSeries jets with options for 11 more. (Reuters) Disasters and accidents Typhoon Haiyan: The World Bank offers a US$500 million loan to the Philippines. (NBC News) Cyclone Cleopatra: At least 18 people are dead after Cyclone Cleopatra hits the Italian island of Sardinia, causing heavy floods. (BBC) The Prime Minister of Italy, Enrico Letta, declares a state of emergency. (ABC Australia/Reuters) An under construction shopping mall collapses in the South African town of Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal, with 50 people trapped and at least one person dead. (AFP via the Melbourne Age) Fort Lauderdale Air Ambulance crash: An Air Evac International Learjet 35 crashes shortly after take-off from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, on its way to Cozumel, Mexico, after calling mayday and during an attempt to return to the airport, possibly due to engine failure, leaving 2 persons dead and two missing as a result. (CNN) Law and crime Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds was stabbed multiple times at his home by his son Austin "Gus" Deeds. His son, Gus was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the home. (ABC News) U.S. Representative Trey Radel is arrested and charged with cocaine possession. (CBS News) George Zimmerman is accused of felony aggravated assault and other charges for interactions with his current girlfriend. (BBC) In the largest-ever settlement with the U.S. government, banking giant JPMorgan Chase agrees to pay $13 billion and admits to making serious misrepresentations over mortgage-backed securities. (FOX Business) Politics and elections Voters in Nepal start voting to elect a Constituent Assembly to draw up a new Constitution. (Reuters) The Venezuelan National Assembly votes to hand President Nicolás Maduro decree powers over the economy with the opposition concerned about a potential crackdown on political opponents. (Reuters)

Current events of November 20, 2013 (2013-11-20) (Wednesday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks War in North-West Pakistan: A Taliban suicide bomber kills two Pakistan Army soldiers in the North Waziristan tribal district. (The Express Tribune) Sinai insurgency: At least 11 Egyptian Army soldiers are reported killed and 37 are injured following a suicide bomb attack in the city of al-Arish. (BBC) (ITV) Disasters and accidents Typhoon Haiyan: China sends a 'peace ark' loaded with aid to the Philippines after it was criticized for not giving enough. (BBC) (Voice of America) Law and crime U.S. Representative Trey Radel (R–FL) pleads guilty on all charges of cocaine possession following his arrest yesterday and faces 1 year supervised probation. (The Washington Post) Politics and elections The Supreme Court of the Philippines abolishes the Priority Development Assistance Fund, otherwise known as the 'pork barrel', prompting Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to fly back to Manila. (Bloomberg) Religion The General Synod of the Church of England votes in favour of legislation to allow the ordination of women bishops by 2014. (BBC) Sport In baseball, the Canberra Cavalry from the Australian Baseball League wins the 2013 Asia Series defeating the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions of Taiwan 14-4 in the final. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Current events of November 21, 2013 (2013-11-21) (Thursday) edit history watch Armed conflicts Drone attacks in Pakistan: Pakistani officials claim that an American drone strike on an Islamic seminary has killed six people, including two Afghan Taliban leaders and a leader of the Haqqani network. (AP) Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): A truck bomb detonates in a vegetable market in northeastern Iraq, killing at least 31 people. (AP via ABC) Disasters and accidents 2013 Riga Maxima superstore collapse: At least six people are killed and 35 injured as a Maxima superstore collapses in the Latvian capital Riga. (AFP via ABC Online) International relations 2013 global surveillance disclosures: Indonesian protesters gather outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta and protesters burn Australian flags to protest alleged bugging of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's phone. (AAP via Weekly Times) Law and crime A Honduran Vice-minister of Defense states that the Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, Mexico's most-wanted drug lord, may be hiding in Honduras. (InSight Crime) Metropolitan Police arrested two suspects after three women are rescued from a residential address in Lambeth, South London, after thirty years of captivity. (BBC) The parole board in the U.S. state of Alabama grants posthumous pardons to three members of the Scottsboro boys falsely accused of raping a white teenager. (Wall Street Journal) Science The Japanese Coast Guard claims that a volcanic eruption has created a new islet in the Bonin Islands south of Japan. (AP) Sports Sheffield City Council begins the demolition of the Don Valley Stadium athletics stadium in Sheffield, England. (BBC)

Current events of November 22, 2013 (2013-11-22) (Friday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): 23 people are killed in bombing and shootings in Iraq. (Reuters) Arts and culture The United States commemorates the 50th anniversary of the day when John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. (ABC Online) Disasters 2013 Riga Maxima superstore collapse: The death toll rises to at least 48, with others feared trapped and rescue efforts continuing. (BBC) (NBC News) Typhoon Haiyan: The death toll in the Philippines tops 5000. (BBC) 2013 North Indian Ocean cyclone season: Cyclone Helen hits India's Andhra Pradesh state killing at least six people and knocking out power to thousands of villages. (AP via Miami Herald) At least 35 people are killed in an explosion after a leaking oil pipeline caught fire in the city of Qingdao, China. (BBC) At least two people are dead from windstorms in Northern California, U.S. (San Francisco Chronicle) International relations 2013 global surveillance disclosures: The United States has snooped on the Netherlands since 1946, according to files published in NRC Handelsblad. (HLN) (NOS) (ANP via Volkskrant) Law and crime Crystal Mangum, the accuser in the 2006 Duke lacrosse case, is convicted of second-degree murder by a North Carolina jury in the 2011 stabbing death of her boyfriend, and is sentenced to serve between 14 and 18 years in prison. (AP via Fox News) Sport World Chess Championship 2013: Magnus Carlsen of Norway defeats defending champion Viswanathan Anand of India 6½–3½ in a series played in Chennai. (Reuters via SBS)

Current events of November 23, 2013 (2013-11-23) (Saturday) edit history watch Attacks and conflicts Syrian civil war: Syrian government air strikes around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo kill 40 people. (Reuters) Senkaku Islands dispute: China delimits an "air-defence identification zone" over an area of the East China Sea, covering Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands, also claimed by Japan. (BBC News) Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): A car bomb and a suicide bomber kills nine people and wounds 54. (Reuters) Islamist insurgency in Nigeria: Gunmen kill 12 people in a raid on a Northeastern Nigerian village. (Reuters) Arts and Culture "The Day of the Doctor" premieres in 94 countries simultaneously to celebrate the 50th anniversary of British science-fiction show Doctor Who. (BBC News) 1D day premieres live all over the world for over seven hours to celebrate the release of One Direction's new album, Midnight Memories. Disasters Typhoon Haiyan: The Armed Forces of the United States scales back its operations. (Reuters) International relations P5+1 foreign ministers meet in Geneva for talks on Iran's nuclear program. (RIA Novosti) Egypt expels the Turkish ambassador, citing "interference". (AP via Chron) Sport In boxing, Filipino Manny Pacquiao defeats American Brandon Rios to win the World Boxing Organization International Welterweight title. (Sports Illustrated via CNN)

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Created 27 Dec 2013 Last updated 23 July 2014