Portal:Current events/July 2013

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July 2013 was the seventh month of that common year. The month, which began on a Monday, ended on a Wednesday after 31 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from July 2013.

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Politics and elections
  • Former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet gets a landslide victory, becoming the presidential candidate of the Nueva Mayoría centre-left coalition for the next November elections. Pablo Longueira, former Minister of Economy, wins the centre-right primary. (The New York Times)
  • Vítor Gaspar, Minister of Finance of Portugal, resigns due to lack of support and willingness to strengthen austerity measures, prompting a political crisis. The Minister is replaced by Treasury Secretary Maria Luís Albuquerque. (Globe and Mail)
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International relations
  • Diversion of Bolivian president Evo Morales' flight:
    • The presidential jet of Bolivia is denied access to European airspace and forced to land in Vienna amid concerns that Edward Snowden is on board. (BBC)
    • Bolivia files a complaint at the United Nations over what is called the "kidnapping" of its president. (The Guardian)
    • Morales's fellow South American leaders condemn what they consider to be an act of aggression by the U.S. and its allies. Protests take place at the French Embassy in Bolivia. (Al Jazeera)
Law and crime
  • Ecuador announces the discovery of a bugging device used to listen in on its embassy in the United Kingdom. Ecuador's foreign minister Ricardo Patiño declares it as "another instance of a loss of ethics at the international level in relations between governments". (The Guardian) (Al Jazeera)
Politics and elections
Arts and culture
  • A 4,000-year-old pyramid at El Paraíso in Peru is destroyed by property developers. (BBC News)
Arts and culture
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International relations
  • South Korea offers to hold talks with North Korea over reopening a joint factory complex in the North Korean town of Kaesong which shut down in April. (AP via The Hindu)
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Business and economy
  • Samsung Electronics announces its second quarter results, missing its forecasts and disappointing investors. (Reuters)
  • The European Central Bank and the European Commission release a joint report on the banking system in Spain, indicating that system is solvent and will not require "further program disbursements." (Reuters)
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  • Abu Qatada, a Palestinian Muslim cleric allegedly affiliated with al-Qaeda, is deported from the United Kingdom to Jordan to face charges of terrorism. (BBC)
  • Police in Sweden fatally shoot a knife-wielding man after he allegedly stabbed three people, an elderly woman fatally. (AP via News 24)
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Disasters and accidents
  • At least twelve people are killed and a dozen injured when a dilapidated hotel collapses in the Indian city of Hyderabad. (The Hindu)
  • After six days with temperatures over 40°C (104°F), Portugal officially has a heat wave. Temperatures have reached as high as 45°C in some places in Alentejo and Ribatejo.
  • In the Greater Toronto Area, Canada, 126 mm of rain falls causing major flooding bursting most rivers and creeks. It is the single highest rain total in a day since Hurricane Hazel. (CBC News)
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Science and technology
Religion
  • Pope Francis visits the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, holds a mass to pay tribute to the many immigrants who have drowned trying to reach Europe and condemns the "global indifference" to their plight. (BBC), (The Guardian)
Armed conflicts and attacks
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  • Francesco Schettino, former captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, goes on trial in Italy for manslaughter and abandoning ship during the disaster on 13 January 2012. (AP via the Houston Chronicle)
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Politics
  • President of Mongolia Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj is sworn into office for his second term as President of Mongolia in front of Genghis Khan's monument, the Parliament and public on main Sükhbaatar Square in Ulaanbaatar. This is the first time Mongolian President took oath in front of public in the country's history. (Montsame News Agency)
  • Prominent Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny registers himself to stand in September's vote for Moscow mayor. (BBC)
  • Portuguese political crisis, 2013
    • The President of Portugal Cavaco Silva calls for a national salvation understanding between the three main parties: the Socialists, and the governing coalition PSD and CDS-PP. In a statement after the President's communication to the country, the Socialists said they will not support such Government and called for early elections. (Reuters)
Sports
Science
  • With still two years until its closest approach, NASA's New Horizons team releases the spacecraft's first high resolution view of the Pluto/Charon dwarf planet system. (JHUAPL)
Armed conflict and attacks
Disasters and accidents
International relations
  • An Iranian exile group claims that it has evidence of secret nuclear facilities located in tunnels beneath a mountain near the town of Damavand. (AFP via France 24)
  • Six women climb western Europe's tallest skyscraper, The Shard, towering over Shell's headquarters in London, to protest against Arctic drilling. (BBC)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
  • The Prime Minister of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker resigns over a scandal in the Service de Renseignement de l'État (State Intelligence Service), leading to an election being called. (BBC)
  • The Mali government returns to the northern city of Kidal. (ABC), (Washington Post)
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  • At least ten people are killed in Brazil's Minas Gerais state after a bus accident. (AP via New Straits Times)
  • Eighteen people are killed and at least 40 injured after a gravel truck smashes into a bus near Podolsk, Russia. (Rappler)
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Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Syrian civil war:
    • Syria's opposition claims that 200 civilians are trapped in a mosque in a Damascus suburb while fighting rages outside. (CTV)
  • Unknown attackers kill six people in and near the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. (Press Association via Independent Ireland)
  • Four policemen are killed in Russia's restless Dagestan region as gunmen open fire on their car. (Reuters)
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Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
  • International linguists announce the discovery of a new language in Australia called Light Warlpiri. (news.com.au)
Business and finance
Disasters and accidents
  • Two British soldiers die during a training exercise as they take part in a gruelling selection process for the elite SAS unit on the hottest day of the year. (AFP via News24)
International relations
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Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Pro-government militiamen kill six mediators in the Syrian province of Homs. (BBC)
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Science
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula confirms that its former deputy Said Ali al-Shihri was killed in a US drone strike. (ABC Online)
  • Protests break out in Egypt when envoys from the European Union visit the country, protesting for Morsi to be brought back to power. (Al Jazeera)
  • Syrian civil war:
    • 1 man and a 15-year-old boy are killed near the Turkish border town of Ceylanpınar after clashes erupted between Al-Nausra and female Kurds of the YPG. (Hurriyet Daily News), (Daily star News)
    • 7 people are killed by a car bomb close to Damascus. (Sky News)
  • A bomb detonates inside a teahouse in Mosul, Iraq killing at least 10 people. (Reuters)
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Politics and government
Science
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Politics and elections
  • The Hellenic Parliament passes a bill that will cut thousands of public sector jobs. (Reuters)
Science
  • A study published in The Archives of Diseases in Childhood states that breastfeeding, in addition to its numerous more well-known physical and psychosocial benefits, may increase the infant's future upward mobility. (MSN)
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International relations
Law and justice
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Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
  • Two US marine harrier jets forced to drop several unarmed bombs on the world-heritage listed Great Barrier Reef due to an emergency during a training exercise. (news.com.au)
  • Bihar school meal poisoning incident:
    • Police say that a forensic report confirmed the cooking oil contained "very toxic" levels of monocrotophos, an agricultural pesticide. (The Guardian),(BBC)
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Armed conflict and attacks
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Law and crime
  • At least 12 people have been killed or wounded in a clash between two Muslim families in the province of Lanao del Sur in the southern Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner)
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Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
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Science
  • The United Kingdom experiences its hottest day since July 2006, with a temperature of 33.5C (92.3F) recorded at Heathrow and Northolt in London. (BBC)
  • American scientists report that dolphins have unique names for one another, which they respond to just as humans do. (National Geographic)
Sports
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Business and economy
  • China begins a major effort to boost its economic growth with business tax breaks and export liberalization, amid an increasing industrial slowdown. (BBC)
Disasters and accidents
  • Santiago de Compostela derailment:
    • Mariano Rajoy, the Prime Minister of Spain, declares three days of national mourning for the 78 people killed in the derailment, Spain's worst train accident since 1944. (RTE)
    • The driver of the Alvia high-speed train involved in the accident is arrested, as investigations show that the train was travelling at more than double the local speed limit at the time of the crash. (Reuters)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Science
  • British scientists discover the mechanism which causes human allergy to cats, and state that a general cure for the condition could become available within five years. (Daily Mail)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
  • Landslides caused by heavy rain kill at least nine people and trap eight others south of Dingxi, China. (AP via Fox News)
  • A state of emergency is declared in Ireland as torrential rain floods a hospital in the north-west of the country and shuts roads and other transport links in the east. (RTÉ)
  • Qatar Airways grounds one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners following a "minor" technical issue, as pressure mounts on Boeing over possible new electrical problems with the newly released jet. (Reuters)
Law and crime
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • Three people are killed and several more are injured, some critically, after a bus overturns outside Indianapolis, Indiana. (NBC)
Law and crime
  • More than 1,000 inmates escape from prison in Benghazi, Libya. (AFP via Raw Story)
Politics and elections
  • Voters in Kuwait go to the polls for a general election, with Shiite candidates losing half their parliamentary seats. (Al-Arabiya) (AFP via The Telegraph)
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
International relations
  • In a first, India has offered a $100-million credit line to Vietnam to purchase military equipment. It will be used for purchasing four patrol boats. (The Hindu)
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Sports
Armed conflict and attacks
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Law and crime
  • €103 million worth of diamonds and other jewels are stolen from the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel in Cannes, in one of Europe's biggest jewelry heists in recent years. (AP via News24)
  • FBI announces the arrests of 150 suspects, during a three-day sweep that took place in 76 cities across the United States, on charges of child sex-trafficking. (Reuters)
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Nigerian Sharia conflict:
    • 28 people are killed in a series of explosions targeting bars in the northern Nigerian city of Kano. (BBC)
  • Syrian civil war:
    • 17 people are killed and 26 wounded in a mortar attack in the government held district of Homs and the town of Dablan (ABC) (The Times of Israel)
    • A car bomb kills Syrian Kurdish politician Isa Huso outside his home near the Turkish border. (Reiters)
  • 134 people are reported to have been killed in a new wave of violence between two rival tribes in Sudan's Darfur region. (Voice of America)
Arts and culture
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
  • At least nine children are killed and another twenty injured after their school bus collides with a truck in the Indian city of Hanumangarh in Rajasthan state. (AP via ABC News America)
  • A mass funeral is held near the southern Italian town of Pozzuoli for the 38 victims of Sunday's bus crash. (BBC News) (CNN)
  • Eight people are injured in a gas explosion in the US state of Florida. (BBC)
  • The driver of a train that derailed in Spain last week, killing 79 people, is reported to have been on the phone with railway staff when the train crashed, possibly distracting him shortly before the crash, expert say. (CNN)
  • Honduras declares a state of emergency after an outbreak of dengue fever kills 16 people and sickens 12,000. (AP via CTV News)
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Law and crime
Politics and elections
Disasters and accidents
  • At least ten people die as a result of a heatwave in the Shanghai which has recorded its highest temperatures on record, surpassing 40 °C (104 °F). (AFP via France 24)
  • Forty people are missing and presumed drowned after a bus plunges into a canal near Sirhind-Fategarh, Punjab, India. (The Hindu Times)
  • At least seven people have been killed and another 40 hospitalised from drinking illegal alcohol in the Cuban capital Havana. (BBC)
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