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February 2013 was the second month of that common year. The month, which began on a Friday, ended on a Thursday after 28 days.

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This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from February 2013.

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  • At least 26 people are killed on the G30 Expressway in Henan province, China, after a truck carrying fireworks explodes on an elevated highway, with an 80 metres (260 ft) section of road being destroyed and part of it collapsing. (BBC) (CNN) (The New York Times) (The Guardian)
  • Three construction workers are killed and eight are injured after a wall collapses on a construction site in Zhoukou, Henan, China. (Xinhua)
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  • Eight people are killed and thirty others are injured after a bus is struck by two vehicles and flips over in Yucaipa, California, United States. (Los Angeles Times) (NBC San Diego) (KTLA)
  • A collision between a truck and a bus carrying Bangladeshi workers kills 22 people and injures 24 others in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.(Reuters) (Travelers Today) (The Australian)
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  • 2013 Africa Cup of Nations:
    • In the first semifinal, Nigeria defeats Mali with a 4–1 score, and progress to the final. (Al Jazeera) (Reuters via The Guardian)
    • The second semifinal between Burkina Faso and Ghana goes to extra-time, with Burkina Faso denied a potentially winning goal by Tunisian referee Slim Jedidi. The referee also ejects Jonathan Pitroipa, when replays show he was fouled. Burkina Faso wins, 1–1 (penalties: 3–2), and advances to the final. (Goal.com) (Al Jazeera) (BBC)
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  • The cover of the latest edition of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables arouses controversy among readers as the orphan with the "very thick, decidedly red hair" and the "much freckled" face is transformed into a blonde, buxom farm girl with come-hither eyes. This follows the recent controversy over a new cover for Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar which portrays a young woman applying make-up. (The Guardian)
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  • Prime Minister of Tunisia Hamadi Jebali says he will resign if a new "technocratic" government cannot be formed in a few days. Amid protests one policeman dies and tens of protesters are injured. (BBC) (Tunisia Live)
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  • The eurozone slides into deeper recession, making 2012 the first year with no growth in any quarter since tracking began in 1995. Economic experts, who had not expected this, say that 2013's "early indicators are all pointing upwards". (Reuters via The Irish Times)
  • The Economy of Japan declined by 0.4% from October to December 2012 indicating that Japan is still in a recession. (CNN Money)
  • US Airways and the bankrupt American Airlines announce a merger to form the world's largest air carrier trading as American Airlines. (Reuters) (The Washington Post)
  • Warren Buffett and Jorge Paulo Lemann announce that they are allying to buy H. J. Heinz Company for $28 billion. (Reuters) (BBC)
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  • The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will switch off for two years, giving time for engineers and scientists to install upgrades to the machine. (BBC)
  • Steam for Linux is released, beginning the expansion of Valve's game service onto the free and open-source platform.[1] This leads to 2000 games being ported to the platform in a span of a little over 3 years.[2]


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  • Syrian civil war:
    • After intense fighting 40,000 people become displaced in the city of Shadadah, Hasakah, adding to the 3 million people already internally displaced in Syria. (Al Jazeera)
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  • The social networking giant Facebook announces that it was the target of sophisticated hackers, who through a then-unknown bug from Oracle's Java on an infected website, managed to infiltrate employees' laptops, and then the internal networks. There was no user data collected, but certain code and corporate e-mails could have been exfiltrated. (NBC News)
  • Securities regulators file a lawsuit against traders in options on the stock of H.J. Heinz, alleging they had inside information of the planned acquisition of that company before the announcement thereof by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital. (Reuters)
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  • Government of Venezuela opens a granite processing plant in the state of Bolívar, with the intention of providing about 25% of the granite required nationwide. (Pub Memo)
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  • The jury sitting in the case of R v Huhne and Pryce fails to reach a verdict on Vicky Pryce regarding driving licence penalty points she accepted on behalf of her former husband, Chris Huhne, requiring a retrial. (BBC)
  • A United States federal grand jury in Georgia indicts four employees of bankrupt Virginia-based Peanut Corporation of America for the 2009 salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and infected hundreds. The 75–count indictment describes contaminated or misbranded food by company owner Stewart Parnell, his brother and company vice president Michael Parnell, and two company managers. The charges are conspiracy, wire fraud, and obstruction of justice. This infection triggered the most extensive food recall ever in United States history. (FoxNews)
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  • Syrian civil war:
    • At least 61 people are killed and more than 200 injured following a car bombing near Syria's Baath Party headquarters in Damascus. Three other bombings kill 22 people and injure 50 others in the suburb of Barzeh, most of them government soldiers. These are the deadliest attacks in the Syrian capital since the outbreak of the civil war. (Reuters) (AP) (BBC) (The Wall Street Journal)
  • 2013 Hyderabad blasts:
    • At least 20 people are dead and 54 injured following several bombings in the Indian city of Hyderabad. (BBC) (Sky News Australia)
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  • Several hours of heavy rain and thunderstorms in the Greek capital Athens flood roads, houses, and causes disruption to train and tram networks. (BBC)
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  • JPMorgan announces it plans to cut 17,000 jobs over the next two years, primarily from the company's mortgage unit. (Reuters)
  • Reuters reports that the Treasury of the Republic of Italy is working on the terms of a bailout for the third-largest lender in the country, Monte dei Paschi. (Reuters)
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  1. ^ http://store.steampowered.com/news/9943/ Article referenced on 2016-05-03.
  2. ^ https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/linux-now-has-2000-games-on-steam-big-milestone.6933 Article referenced on 2016-05-03.
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