Portal:Current events/January 2013

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January 2013 was the first month of that common year. The month, which began on a Tuesday, ended on a Thursday after 31 days.

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This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from January 2013.

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  • Two people are killed and three wounded in a shooting in Sacramento during the New Year's Eve celebrations. (Fox News) (CNN) (AP via The Sacramento Bee)
  • Celebratory gunfire kills a four-year-old boy and more than 400 others are injured by powerful firecrackers in typically rowdy New Year celebrations in the Philippines. (AFP via Google)
  • Similar to numbers in previous years, 1193 empty parked cars are set on fire during New Year's Eve 'celebrations' across France. (AP via Yahoo!)
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  • Officials in South Korea note a significant decrease in the number of refugees from North Korea reaching the country. (Pakistan Daily Times)
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  • British comedian Jim Davidson is arrested for alleged historic sexual assaults. (The Daily Telegraph)
  • Mauritania bans the use of plastic bags. (BBC)
  • An unnamed gunman, 33, kills 3 women and injures 2 men in the village of Daillon, Switzerland, opening fire from his apartment, and pursuing the attack in the street; he threatened police when they arrived and was shot and hospitalized (it is speculated this will renew debate about males retaining their arms after their mandated military service). (Chicago Tribune)
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  • Joblessness in the United States remains constant, with latest official figures showing a modest job creation total of 155,000. (Al Jazeera)
  • Swiss bank Wegelin & Co., the nation's oldest, will cease to operate after pleading guilty to a US tax evasion case and being fined $57.8 million. (BBC)
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  • The Church of England drops its prohibition on gay clergy in civil partnerships becoming bishops, so long as they promise to be celibate. (BBC) (The Guardian)
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  • The male friend of the Delhi gang-rape victim – the only witness in the case – on Friday spoke for the first time in front of the nation and exclusively told Zee News that his friend was "positive" and wanted to live even after the horrific incident that took place on the night of December 16. (Zee News)
  • An armed standoff between a gunman and police leaves three hostages and the perpetrator dead in an Aurora, Colorado home. (CNN) (BBC) (Fox News)
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  • At Apple, applications developers say they gave Apple plenty of warning about issues with its iOS maps issues. (CNET)
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  • A court in Delhi, India, charges five men with the murder of a 23-year-old woman who was gang-raped on a bus in Delhi on December 16, 2012. (BBC)
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  • AIG, the insurance giant that has recently paid the U.S. treasury back funds it received on "too big to fail" grounds in 2008, says that it may join a lawsuit against the U.S. for the supposedly harsh nature of the bailout terms. (Reuters)
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  • A new inquest begins into the death of British singer Amy Winehouse after it was discovered that the original coroner was not qualified to conduct the inquiry. A second inquiry into Winehouse's death concludes that the singer died of alcohol poisoning. (AFP via France 24) (CNN)
  • An Illinois man is killed by cyanide poisoning after winning the lottery. (CNN)
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  • The United States records its hottest year on record in 2012. (Associated Press)
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  • 18 people die after a landslide buries a village in the Yunnan province of China, while 40 people are feared to be buried. (BBC)
  • 29 people die and 12 people are injured after a bus veers off a mountain road in Doti, Nepal. (BBC)
  • A fire sweeps through a complex containing housing for foreign workers in Manama, Bahrain, leaving 13 foreign nationals dead. (BBC)
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  • The death toll in landslides in the province of Yunnan, China rises to 46, according to state media. (BBC)
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  • In Aménas hostage crisis:
    • An Algerian official reports that a group of hostages has escaped from the natural gas complex that was taken over by Islamist militants. It is reported as many as 20 escaped, including Americans. (BBC) (Los Angeles Times) (Fox News)
    • The Algerian Army assaults the complex with helicopter gunships, reportedly killing 15 kidnappers and as many as 34 hostages. According to local sources, at least 7 hostages remain alive and in captivity. (Al Jazeera)
    • Algerian news agency ANP reports that during the Algerian Army assault 600 hostages were freed. Terrorists claim that they killed 35 hostages during the battle and that 15 terrorists were killed. (USA Today)
  • Syrian civil war:
    • 106 people are massacred in the Basatin al-Hasawiya district of Homs, Syria, including children. People were shot, stabbed, and burned to death by forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad known as the Shabiha. (Reuters) (BBC) (Al Jazeera) (The Guardian)
  • Northern Mali conflict (2012–present):
    • The number of French forces in the country rises to 1,400, more than half of the planned 2,500 strong force, as its troops continue to fight insurgents in Konna and Diabaly. Chad prepares to send the first 200 troops of a 2000-strong force to assist in the military operations as part of a regional mission. The European Union votes to send 450 to 500 "non-combat" troops to Mali, half of them are trainers. (Al Jazeera)
    • The first West African troops enter Mali. 100 soldiers from the Togolese military enter the country with Nigerian military due to enter shortly afterward. (Reuters)
  • Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):
    • Two car bombs explode in the city of Dujail, Iraq, leaving at least 7 dead and 25 wounded. (Xinhua)
    • A bomb detonated on a bus carrying pilgrims in Iraq. In a separate incident a roadside bomb detonated and injures two pilgrims walking to Hussein ibn Ali. Another bomb detonated at a bus stop killing 7 people and wounding 28. Also a civilian vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb leaving 2 dead. In total 33 people were killed in one of the most violent days this month. (AP via USA Today)
  • War in Somalia (2009–present):
    • Militants belonging to Somali group al-Shabaab announce they have executed the French intelligence agent who was the target of the unsuccessful French rescue attempt on January 11. French officials believe the hostage was killed during the mission itself, and the group is using the incident to manipulate the media. (Al Jazeera)
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  • Russian dissident Alexandre Dolmatov commits suicide in Rotterdam.(Wall Street Journal)
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  • Syrian civil war:
    • The children death toll of the Syrian civil war reaches 3,538, with over 60,000 people killed overall. (Al Jazeera)
  • In Aménas hostage crisis:
    • The Algerian army stages a final assault on a gas facility near the town of In Aménas, where militants took an unknown number of foreign workers hostage on January 16. Totally at least 23 hostages and 32 terrorists were killed for the four days of crisis. (BBC) (CNN) (Reuters)
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  • A NASA spacecraft, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, is providing new evidence of a wet underground environment on Mars that adds to an increasingly complex picture of the Red Planet's early evolution. (NASA)
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  • The finance ministers of the European Union are ready to give their needed approval to those countries within the EU that want to establish a Tobin tax, that is, a tax in financial transactions. (Reuters)
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  • 2013 Vienna train collision: Two trains packed with morning commuters collide in Vienna suburb, Austria, leaving 41 people injured, five of them seriously. (BBC) (Reuters) (AFP via The Telegraph)
  • In Brazil, a helicopter crashes in São Paulo's north zone, leaving one pilot dead and four more people injured. (IG News)
  • Five people are killed in an explosion at a healer's home in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe, causing hundreds to flee and nearby building damage. (Reuters via IOL)
  • A passenger bus veers off the Yungas Road and plunges from a height of 300 meters into a ravine in the Yungas region of Bolivia, killing 18 people and injuring 24 others. (Bernama) (RIA Novosti) (Voice of Russia)
  • A 14-year-old girl is killed and 15 people are injured in a 5.9-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia. (CNN) (AFP via ABC)
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  • An Irishman, who pleads guilty in court to repeatedly raping his daughter as a child, is released on bail with a suspended sentence. His daughter, who says she was raped "as frequently as having dinner", is said to be devastated. (Irish Independent) (Irish Examiner)
  • A war crimes tribunal trying those accused of crimes during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War sentences Abul Kalam Azad (Bachchu Razakar) to death. (The Hindu)
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  • NASA's Kepler space telescope is placed in a precautionary 10-day safe mode after engineers noticed a problem with the instrument's orientation mechanism. (Space.com) (Discovery News)
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  • The 2013 World Economic Forum begins in Davos, Switzerland. (USA Today) (WEF)
  • Three of the largest managers of U.S.-based money market funds announce a change of policy toward greater transparency – they will give daily rather than monthly data on fund assets. (Reuters)
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  • A court in Thailand sentences a magazine editor to ten years' imprisonment for publishing articles that were deemed to have insulted the monarchy. (BBC)
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  • Seventeen people are killed and 34 others are injured in a bus crash near the town of Taperas, Bolivia, along a newly built highway to Brazil. (AP via Washington Post) (EFE via La Prensa)
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  • Scuffles occur on the streets of Moscow as supporters and opponents clash over the Russian parliament's attempts to implement anti-gay legislation. If legalised it would result in fines for those who promote events with a gay theme. (AP via ABC) (BBC) (Reuters)
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  • A bouncer is critically injured and a woman is also wounded after a gunman opens fire in a bar in the Central District of Seattle, Washington, United States. The perpetrator was killed by authorities. (Fox News)
  • A Manila court finds Philippine social activist, artist and tour guide Carlos Celdran guilty of offending religious feeling and is sentenced with an indeterminate sentence of 2 months and 21 days of imprisonment to a maximum of one year, 1 month and 11 days of imprisonment. Celdran will file an appeal. (Philippine Daily Inquirer) (Manila Bulletin) (Rappler)
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  • The New York Times claims that Chinese hackers have broken into their computers and stolen passwords of high-profile members and reporters over the past four months, around the same time the paper began an investigation involving wealth accumulation by relatives of Premier Wen Jiabao. (CNN) (The New York Times)
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