Portal:Current events/2013 May 19

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Armed conflict and attacks
  • Syrian civil war:
    • Heavy fighting is reported in Qusair, Syria, as the Syrian army launches a major counter-offensive against rebel forces. (BBC)
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
International relations
  • North Korea fires three short-range guided missiles into its eastern waters. (New York Times)
  • North Korea captures a Chinese fishing boat and demands a ransom for its return. (The Guardian)
Law and crime
  • Authorities in hazardous-materials suits search a downtown Spokane, Washington apartment, investigating the recent discovery of two letters containing the deadly poison ricin. (AP via News24)
  • Clashes break out between police and supporters of the Ansar al-Sharia Islamic organization in Tunisia. (al-Jazeera)
Science and technology
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