Portal:Current events/December 2013

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December 2013 was the twelfth and final month of that common year. The month, which began on a Sunday, ended on a Tuesday after 31 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from December 2013.

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  • Assem Allam, the Egyptian-born businessman and owner of Premier League club Hull City, tells the club's fans, whom he refers to as "hooligans", that they can "die as soon as they want" following protests against his plans to rename the club Hull Tigers. (ITV News) (Daily Mail)
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  • In the New Hampshire's U.S. District Court, the former medical technician David Kwiatkowski is sentenced to 39 years in prison for infecting unknown numbers of patients in various states with hepatitis C through the reuse of his contaminated syringes. (FOX News)
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  • An extremely well-preserved baby Chasmosaurus dinosaur fossil has been unearthed in Alberta, Canada. (Postmedia News via Canada.com)
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  • At least one person is dead, one missing and thousands evacuated as floods hit Malaysia with the states of Johor, Pahang and Terengganu worst affected. (Jakarta Post)
  • Sixty are ill with fifteen others requiring treatment for smoke inhalation when a BART train makes an emergency stop in the Berkeley Hills Tunnel near the Rockridge station due to mechanical problems. (KRON)
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  • Xavier Bettel becomes the first openly gay prime minister in Luxembourg and the third openly gay prime minister in Europe as the country's first government without participation of the Christian Social People's Party since 1979 takes office; Bettel's deputy, Étienne Schneider, is also openly gay, making Luxembourg the first country in the world with the two highest-ranking leaders of government being openly gay. (Al Jazeera)
  • After Estonian Minister of Culture, Rein Lang´s, resignation, new minister - Urve Tiidus - takes office, after President Toomas Hendrik Ilves approval. (Postimees)
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  • A new island is discovered in the Laptev sea, and is given the name Yaya. (Vesti.Ru)
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  • Indonesia jails 14 Rohingya asylum seekers for their role in a deadly brawl in a North Sumatra detention centre that claimed 8 lives. (AP via ABC News America)
  • Pope Francis, in his first major action on the still very pressing issue, gives his assent during meetings on reform of the Roman Curia to the creation of a permanent expert-member Pontifical Commission which would advise the Catholic Church on how to deal with cases of the sin and crime of sex abuse of minors by those in Church ministries (as of now, it would not be able to take corrective action against lax Bishops; dioceses and then the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith are in charge of laicizing abusive clerics). (Catholic News Service)
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Environment
  • Pollution in China:
    • A record level of smog is reported in Shanghai causing officials to issue the highest level health warning and delaying of hundreds of flights.(Reuters)
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  • Typhoon Haiyan:
    • The death toll reaches 5,800, with 26,233 injured and 1,779 still missing. (BW)
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  • At least seven are dead following a train accident near Bintaro, Indonesia. (The Jakarta Globe)
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  • Iraqi Jewish artifacts that were rescued from Saddam Hussein's palace by a Jewish-American scholar and brought to the United States are scheduled to be returned to Iraq by the end of the summer in 2014, despite objections from American Jews citing instability in Iraq. (Los Angeles Times)
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  • Jean-Claude Mas, the founder of Poly Implant Prothèse is sentenced in a French court to four years in prison for fraud for selling faulty breast implants. (France 24)
  • Looters in Argentina kill at least five people as mobs take advantage of strikes by police demanding pay raises. (USA Today)
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  • The U.S. National Security Agency is secretly piggybacking on the tools that enable internet advertisers to track consumers, such tools are known as cookies; specifically, Google cookies are being tracked in order to determine targets for hacking. (The Washington Post)
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  • Four former Icelandic bank bosses are jailed over concealing illegal activities within the bank Kaupthing. (BBC)
  • Mexico's Congress passes a bill that will allow foreign investment in its state-run oil company, Pemex. The measure still requires the approval of a majority of the country's federal entities. [citation needed]
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  • The United States announces that it will enforce sanctions on more than two dozen companies who assisted Iran with its nuclear program. (AP via ABC News America)
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  • Prince Harry and his "Walking with the Wounded" team reach the South Pole after three weeks trekking in the Antarctic. (BBC)
  • Beyoncé unexpectedly releases her fifth self-titled album without any prior announcement or promotion, ultimately changing the global release date of all future albums to Friday.[1]
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  • 2013 Middle East cold snap:
    • The storm spreads to Egypt with some Cairo suburbs seeing snowfall. Local news reports claimed it was the capital's first snowfall in 112 years. Night temperatures are expected to drop as low as 2°C / 36°F. (The Daily Star) (Huffington Post) (Al-Ahram)
  • Typhoon Haiyan:
    • The death toll passes 6,000, officially making it the deadliest recorded typhoon in the Philippines. (Fox News)
International relations
  • A three-day summit is held in Tokyo between the leaders of Japan and ASEAN that will likely discuss the recent encroachment of China. (BBC)
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Science and technology
  • Chang'e-3:
    • China's mission begins the descent phase to the moon that will likely make it one of only three countries to reach it. The landing is estimated to occur at 8:40 a.m. EST, December 14. (CNN) (Universe Today)
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  • A carjacking resulted in the death of a Hoboken lawyer who was murdered in front of his wife while returning to his vehicle after shopping. (NBC New York)
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  • The 'stars' of the reality show Sister Wives win a landmark ruling that struck out a portion of a polygamy law in Utah. (CNN)
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  • A bus falls from an elevated highway in the Philippines capital Manila killing at least 21 people with 20 injured. (The Telegraph)
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  • The center-left candidate Michelle Bachelet is elected as president of Chile for the second time. She is the first leader in Chile to be elected to serve two terms since military rule ended in 1990. (BBC)
  • 27-year-old Sebastian Kurz becomes Austria's youngest foreign minister. (BBC)
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  • Target refuses to sell the album Beyoncé after it was flash released by the artist. (USA Today)
  • Several prominent Turkish businessmen and the sons of three cabinet ministers are arrested as part of an investigation into alleged bribery and corruption. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • American businessman Jacob Ostreicher escapes Bolivia two years after being imprisoned without charge. (BBC)
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  • The United Nations condemns Syria, Iran, and North Korea for human rights violations. (The New York Times)
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  • Part of the ornate ceiling of the Apollo Theatre in London collapses during a performance, injuring at least 81 people in the audience. (CNN)
  • Seats at a football stadium in India collapse, injuring at least 100 people. (Business Insider)
Law and crime
  • Same-sex marriage is legalized in the U.S. state of New Mexico. (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin says he will pardon jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky after more than a decade in prison. (Washington Post)
  • A recommendation against practices by the National Security Agency is presented to United States President Barack Obama. (The New York Times)
  • Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale are convicted of the murder of British Army soldier Lee Rigby. (BBC)
  • Pelsender Didier, a 75-year-old Belgium national, who has been internationally wanted by Interpol since 2006 for sexually abusing two of his adopted daughters, is arrested in Vietnam’s Nha Trang beachside city. (Tuoi Tre News)
  • Berlin city-state officials says that a police investigation has traced vehicles stolen in recent years in Germany to Tajikistan, some 3,500 miles away. German authorities alleged that relatives and other people close to Tajikistan's president are driving stolen luxury cars from Germany, as a long-running criminal probe escalated into a diplomatic spat between two countries. (The Wall Street Journal)
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  • Syrian Civil War:
    • Syrian government warplanes drop barrel bombs on the city of Aleppo killing 63 people, including civilians. (World Bulletin)
  • Post-civil war violence in Libya:
    • 13 people are killed and 10 injured in a suicide car bomb attack at a military checkpoint near the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. (Financial Times) (Los Angeles Times)
  • An alert passenger averts a mass casualty bus bombing
  • A bomb explodes on a bus in Bat Yam, Israel, but an alert passenger averts a mass casualty incident after noticing the device and the bus driver orders the vehicle evacuated. (The Times of Israel)
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  • At least ten people are injured but no deaths after a cargo train crashed into the Nairobi slum of Kibera. (BBC) (Standard Media)(Zegabi)
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  • Euromaidan:
    • Ukraine's opposition vows to continue the pro-EU protests over the holiday period, despite an economic deal signed with Russia a few days ago. (BBC)
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  • American Express is ordered to pay US$75.7 million in restitution and fines to customers and federal regulators over billing people for services they never received. (Bloomberg)
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  • Today is the deadline for U.S. residents to sign up without penalty for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. (Fox News)
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  • At least 29 people died and four others were seriously injured when a bus went off the Huay Tong Bridge in Phetchabun Province, Thailand. (CNN)
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  • Russia's Soyuz-2-1v rocket makes its maiden flight. (RIA Novosti) (Reuters)
  • Four new species of sea creatures discovered at a cold seep on the seabed near Rockall (BBC) (Courier)
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  • Volgograd bombings:
    • A bomb blast rips a trolleybus apart in Volgograd, Russia, killing at least 15 people in the second deadly attack in the southern city in less than 24 hours. (BBC)
  • An attack on an army base in south Yemen by gunmen with rifles and antitank rockets killed at least five government soldiers and three militants. Four soldiers also went missing. Globalpost
  • Syrian Civil War:
    • The Lebanese army fires on Syrian warplanes after they violate its airspace for the first time in the conflict. (Lebanon Daily Star)
  • The Congolese army regains control after multiple attacks by around 40 gunmen across the capital at the airport and state television headquarters. (Al Jazeera) (VOA)
  • Eight people are killed by police in Xinjiang, western China, after an apparent terrorist attack. (Al Jazeera)
  • Shots are fired at the German ambassador's residence in Athens, Greece; no casualties are reported. (Deutsche Welle)
  • 10 people are killed in violence as Iraqi security forces dismantle an anti-government protest camp in the western city of Ramadi. (BBC)
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  • Islamist militants are suspected in an attack on a gas pipeline in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. There were no injuries Reuters
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  • Thousands of protestors gather at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur to begin protests against the Malaysian government's introduction of price hikes. (Channel News Asia)
  • A fire was set in the stairway of a gay nightclub in Seattle on New Year's Eve which was quickly extinguished. An empty gasoline container was found at the top of the stairway. (Huffington Post)
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