Portal:Current events/May 2013

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May 2013 was the fifth month of that common year. The month, which began on a Wednesday, ended on a Friday after 31 days.

Portal:Current events

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  • Flash floods leave 16 people dead and 3 others missing in Saudi Arabia, with authorities urging citizens to avoid low-lying wadis. At least two others were killed in neighboring Oman in some of the heaviest rainfall in more than 25 years. (Al Arabiya)
  • Heavy rain and a whirlwind sweeps over eights districts and towns in Lào Cai Province, northern Vietnam, destroying 52 houses and 2 schools, ripping roofs off of 1600 houses, and damaging crops of local people. (Talkvietnam)
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  • The last known rhinoceroses in Mozambique are revealed to have been killed by poachers. (The Telegraph)
  • The central northern United States experiences record snow fall. (USA Today)
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  • Harvard scientists unveil RoboBee, a robot with the smallest ever man-made wings capable of flight. (Los Angeles Times)
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  • The Stockholm School of Economics, one of Sweden's most prestigious universities, is hit by scandal amidst revelation that top official Justin Jenk forged CMC documents about his conviction of insider trading in Greece. (Dagens Industri) (Swedish)
  • Heavy construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar announces it plans to lay off an additional 300 employees by July. (Chicago Tribune)
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  • 2013 Savar building collapse:
    • The death toll in Bangladesh rises to 547. (CNN)
    • Bangladesh's finance minister, Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, downplays the impact of last week's factory-building collapse on his country's garment industry. (AP via News24)
    • A top investigator probing the disaster says that vibrations from four huge generators placed on the roof of the building caused it to collapse. (AFP via News24), (BBC)
  • A U.S. KC-135 tanker aircraft on its way to Afghanistan crashes in northern Kyrgyzstan after a mid-flight explosion. (The Globe and Mail), (BBC)
  • Wildfires continue to spread in the U.S. state of California. (Los Angeles Times)
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  • An international team of scientists announce the discovery in China of a new meat-eating Theropod dinosaur, Aorun zhaoi, dating from 161 million years ago. It is the oldest Coelurosaur known to date. (Design & Trend)
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  • War in Afghanistan (2001-present)
    • Five US soldiers are killed when a bomb detonates in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Additionally, three more are killed in separate incidents. (The New York Times)
  • Syrian civil war:
    • Israeli forces, in a second attack in as many days, bomb a weapons shipment of sophisticated missiles suspected as being transported from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon. (The Washington Post)
    • Activists claim that 77 people are massacred in the Syrian city of Baniyas by government forces; the government claims it was fighting against "terrorist groups." (BBC)
  • 39 people are killed during religiously motivated clashes at a funeral in Wukari, Nigeria. (Bloomberg)
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  • Hundreds of protestors gather in Chinese cities to rally against planned large-scale industrial projects. (Bloomberg)
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  • A train carrying toxic flammable chemicals derails and causes a major fire near the Belgian town of Wetteren, killing two and wounding forty-nine. (BBC)
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  • Wal-Mart passes ExxonMobil as the largest company by revenue on the annual Fortune 500 list. (Economic Times)
  • Bank of America agrees to pay US$1.6 billion to insurer MBIA to settle a long-running dispute between MBIA and two companies Bank of America had since acquired. (The New York Times)
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  • Germany arrests a 93-year-old, alleged former Auschwitz guard, Hans Lipschis, on charges of murder. (AFP via Google News), (BBC)
  • According to the FBI, a terror attack is disrupted when US authorities raid a mobile home in Montevideo, Minnesota, United States. (AP via News24)
  • U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Krusinski, who was in charge of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, is arrested on charges of sexual assault. (ABC News)
  • A stolen dinosaur skeleton is returned to Mongolia. (Los Angeles Times)
  • Three women missing for more than a decade are found alive in the U.S. city of Cleveland, Ohio, while a 52-year-old man, Ariel Castro, is taken into custody. (The Guardian), (News Limited)
  • American singer Lauryn Hill is sentenced to prison for three months after being convicted of tax evasion. (Huffington Post)
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  • Mayon Volcano erupts in the Philippines killing four mountain climbers and requiring four other climbers trapped near the summit to be rescued. (AP via New Zealand Stuff)
  • A gas tanker explodes in Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico, killing at least 20 and injuring 36. (BBC), (Reuters)
  • A Nigerian warplane involved in operations within Mali crashes in Niger, killing two pilots. (BBC)
  • Bears attack villages in Orissa, India, killing eight people and injuring a dozen more. The bears are said to have become aggressive due to excessive consumption of the mahua flower. (BBC)
  • The Italian cargo ship Jolly Nero crashes into the port of Genoa, destroying the traffic control tower. Seven people die, four are injured and at least two are missing. (News.com.au)
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  • It is revealed today that in February hackers stole $45 million from worldwide bank ATM's with large numbers of criminals using fradulent debt cards. (AP via FOX News)(The New York Times)
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  • 2013 Savar building collapse:
    • The death toll reaches 1,042 with many people still missing. (BD Today)
    • A survivor, Reshma Begum, is found alive 17 days after the collapse. (AP via Miami Herald)
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  • ISS crew members prepare for a contingency spacewalk to stop an anticipated ammonia coolant leak. (NASA) (nasaspaceflight.com) (nasaspaceflight.com)
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  • A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake occurs in southern Iran with reports of injuries and property damage. (AFP via AsiaOne)
  • A landslide in the city of Aizawl in India's Mizoram state kills at least eight people with 25 injured and 11 missing. (Indian Express)
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  • A 2,300-year-old Mayan pyramid at Nohmul in Belize is destroyed by a construction company seeking road fill gravel. (Fox News)
  • Veteran U.S. broadcaster Barbara Walters announces her 2014 retirement. (ABC News America)
Business and economy
  • Kevyn Orr, a state-appointed emergency manager of the finances of the city of Detroit, Michigan, issues a report describing the city as "clearly insolvent on a cash flow basis." (BBC)
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  • Greek civil servants hold a 24-hour strike after the government proposes to use emergency powers to stop striking teachers from disrupting university exams. (AP via ABC)
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  • An alleged CIA agent is arrested in Moscow for trying to recruit a Russian intelligence officer. (BBC), (Sky News)
  • The United States fines the Indian pharmaceutical company Ranbaxy Laboratories US$500 million after they are found guilty of selling adulterated drugs to the United States. (AFP via Google News)
  • Convicted murderer, abortion physician Kermit Gosnell, in a plea bargain, trades away his appeals in exchange for a life sentence without the possibility of parole. (CNN)
  • The U.S. Internal Revenue Service admits that it targeted certain classes of conservative groups (mainly those who had the words "Tea Party", "Patriot", and other related words in their titles) for special scrutiny. (FOX News)
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  • American graphic designer Richard Swanson dies after being struck by a pickup truck in Oregon while attempting to dribble a soccer ball all the way to Brazil to raise money for charity. (AP via National Public Radio)
  • The 2013 Cannes Film Festival opens with a showing of The Great Gatsby. (Guardian)
  • Plans for a £200m fifteen year expansion of Britain's Pinewood Studios are turned down by the local authority that oversees the area where the studios are situated. (BBC)
Business and economy
  • A man who found what he believes to be the secret recipe for Coca-Cola at an estate sale sells the instructions on eBay for $15 million. (Time)(EBAY)
  • The Eurozone records its sixth straight quarter of recession with France, Italy and Spain all recording negative growth and Germany growing weakly. (BBC)(News Limited)
  • The Bank of England upgrades its forecast for the UK economy, and says that inflation will fall faster than previously predicted. (BBC)
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  • In a study published in Nature, University of Oregon researchers describe the first creation of human embryonic stem cells by cloning. (Nature)
  • NASA's Kepler telescope suffers a critical hardware failure, possibly putting an end to its planet hunting mission. (Discovery News)
  • New fossils provide evidence on the evolutionary split between apes and monkeys. (Design & Trend)
  • New evidence suggests that Mount Everest's glaciers are melting. (NBC News)
  • Scientists release pictures of what they believe the lost city of la Ciudad Blanca in La Mosquitia, Honduras.(NBC News)
  • A new study finds that the white blood cell levels in men decrease faster during aging than in women, possibly providing one clue as to why women have longer average lifespans. (Telegraph)
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  • Bill Gates becomes the world's richest person for the first time since 2007 with a fortune of approximately $72.7 billion. (abcnews)
  • The Venezuelan government attempts to put an end to a toilet paper shortage. (The Guardian)
Disasters and accidents
  • A shoe factory collapses in Cambodia, killing three. (Reuters)
  • A plane crashes while attempting to land on a mountain airstrip in northern Nepal, injuring all 21 passengers. (The Washington Post)
International relations
  • The Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, Saeed Jalili, reiterates that Iran will never give up its right to use nuclear energy for peaceful means, but it will not seek nuclear weapons. (Xinhua)
  • The United States announces new sanctions against the Syrian government. (Los Angeles Times)
  • Pope Francis calls for worldwide "financial reform along ethical lines" to fight the "tyranny [of] financial speculation". (Irish Times)
Law and crime
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  • Rolf Wolff, president of the Stockholm School of Economics, is fired amidst a scandal where he promoted a convicted insider trader for a top position at the university and allegedly he lied about his academic credentials. (Dagens industri) (Dagens Nyheter)
  • Water dating back 2.6 billion years, by far the oldest ever found, is discovered in a Canadian mine. (Fox News)
  • A study suggests that marijuana may improve blood sugar by decreasing insulin resistance. (Healthline)
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  • The United States government paves the way for expanded exportation of natural gas by approving a US$10 billion facility in Texas. (Reuters)
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  • A million dollars worth of jewelry meant for use by celebrities at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival is stolen from a Novotel hotel room in Cannes. (BBC)
  • An anti-homophobia march in the Georgian capital Tbilisi results in a riot with dozens of people injured as opponents attack the march. (Institute for War and Peace Reporting)
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  • One hundred thousand people march in Rome, the capital of Italy, to protest the austerity measures of the new government, demanding a new policy focus on the creation of jobs. (BBC)
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  • US Airways Express Flight 4560, with 34 people aboard is forced to make a belly landing at Newark International Airport after experiencing landing gear trouble. No injuries are reported (AP via News24) (CNN)
  • A Boeing 737 carrying more than 130 people catches fire while landing in Moscow. No injuries are reported. (AP via News24)
  • A car drives into a crowd at a parade in Damascus, Virginia, injuring at least 50 people. (CNN)
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  • Syrian civil war:
    • Heavy fighting is reported in Qusair, Syria, as the Syrian army launches a major counter-offensive against rebel forces. (BBC)
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  • 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)
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  • Paralympian Oscar Pistorius' agent confirms that he will not take part in any sports this year as he awaits his trial for murder. (BBC Sports), (Sky News)
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  • The death toll from the 2013 Moore tornado in the U.S. state of Oklahoma is revised sharply downward to 24, with over one hundred people injured and many missing. (Reuters)
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  • Xinhua reports that North Korea has released 16 Chinese fishermen after their boat was seized on May 6. (AFP via Asia One)
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  • One fourth-grade child is fatally injured, one is missing, and two others (from a St. Louis Park, Minnesota elementary school) were rescued by firefighters, after a gravel slide at St. Paul, Minnesota's Lilydale Regional Park, near the Mississippi River. The rescue effort was suspended for the night, after conditions got worse. (NBC)
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  • Documents are secured as Dutch authorities execute a tax raid on Spyker Cars' headquarters on behalf of the Swedish tax authorities. (Dagens industri)
  • Australian politician Craig Thomson is charged with an additional 19 charges including 15 of fraud and 4 of theft. (ABC News)
  • In Orlando, Florida, Ibragim Todashev, a suspect under FBI questioning with ties to the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings suspects, after initially being cooperative, goes on to attack an agent (in the course of the questioning) and is shot dead as a result. (NBC)
  • In London, a uniformed soldier is murdered in the street. Two men carrying knives and a meat cleaver are subsequently shot and apprehended by police. The UK government is treating it as a terrorist incident. (Metro) (BBC)
  • A decorated combat veteran of the Iraq War and United States Military Academy (West Point) U.S. Army staff member, Sgt. 1st Class Michael McClendon, is relieved of his duties for allegedly planting cameras to spy on female cadets. (NBC)
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  • The victim of yesterday's attack in London is confirmed to have been a serving British soldier, and named as Drummer Lee Rigby of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. (BBC)
  • Abdul-Baki Todashev, the father of Ibragim Todashev (the man who had confessed to the FBI the day before in Orlando, Florida, to working with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the deceased older brother in the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, in a previously unsolved 2011 triple homicide, and subsequently while being questioned attacked an agent with a knife and was killed) claims that his son is innocent and that federal investigators are biased against Chechens and made up their case against him. (NBC)
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  • A collision between a hotel shuttle bus and a tractor-trailer occurs near the Atlanta airport, injuring eighteen people. (AP via News24)
  • An 8.3 magnitude earthquake in East Russia leads to widespread evacuations, but no casualties. (New York Times)
  • Five mountain climbers are missing and feared dead on Kanchenjunga. (AP via USA Today)
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  • Fifty people are arrested ahead of a major rally against France's new law allowing same-sex marriage. (AFP via Google)
  • Russia arrests 30 gay-rights supporters in Moscow after they attempt to hold a rally in spite of a law forbidding gay-rights demonstrations. (Voice of America)
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  • An Apple I computer sells for US$671,000 at auction. (PC Magazine)
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  • The Governor of the Bank of Japan says that although interest-rate increases will cause some stress to Japanese financial institutions, they have "sufficient resilience against such shocks." (Reuters)
  • Electric car company Better Place announces it will file for bankruptcy. (Reuters)
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  • An estimated 150,000 people rally against gay marriage in Paris, France, with 100 people arrested. (BBC), (Sky News)
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  • Seventeen people die during an H1N1 outbreak in Venezuela, and a further 250 are infected. (Reuters)
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  • Nurse Roger Dean pleads guilty to eleven counts of murder in relation to a fire at a nursing home in the Sydney suburb of Quakers Hill. (Sydney Morning Herald)
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  • A boat carrying 100 passengers capsizes in the Rajang River in Malaysia's Sarawak state with over 20 passengers missing. (AFP via NDTV), (BNO via Wire Update)
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  • At least 13 people are dead and at least 20 injured following a collision between a bus and a tanker near the Indian town of Dahanu in Maharashtra state. (IBN)
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  • Syrian civil war:
    • An Israeli official says the Israeli government is looking into reports that Syria received a shipment of S-300 missiles. (The Jerusalem Post)
    • Doctors in the besieged city of Qusayr request urgent medical aid as they run out of supplies to treat eight-hundred wounded. (The Jerusalem Post)
    • Syrian state television reports that forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have killed three westerners including an American woman and a British man fighting for the Opposition. (CNN)
  • Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):
    • A series of bombings across Iraq kills at least eleven people. (BBC)
  • Abdul-Baki Todashev, father of Ibragim Todashev who was killed by the FBI last week, describes U.S. agents as "bandits" who killed his son "execution-style". (The Guardian) (Al Jazeera)
Arts and culture
  • Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine makes an "unpatriotic" comment on television, prompting calls for him to be removed to a "Communist country" or pursued by secretive anti-terrorism hit squads. Levine responds by tweeting dictionary definitions of words such as "joke", "humourless" and "lighthearted" but is later forced to apologise for his indiscretion. (The Guardian)
  • It is announced that Internet sensation Grumpy Cat will star in a feature-length movie. (Reuters)
Health and environment
  • There is no added benefit obtained from a double dose of Tamiflu according to a new study. (Reuters)
International relations
  • Following the controversial discovery of genetically modified wheat on a U.S. farm on May 29, Japan suspends imports of wheat from the U.S. (Associated Press via The Washington Post) (The Huffington Post)
  • Nigeria soldiers uncover a large stock of weapons that they believe belonged to Hezbollah. (Fox News)
Law and crime
  • Parents in Polk County in the U.S. state of Florida protest against their children having their irises scanned by authorities without permission by schools. The EyeSwipe-Nano program is temporarily suspended. (RT)
  • U.S. president Barack Obama appoints James Comey, a former member of the Bush administration, as the new director of the FBI. (The Guardian) (The Independent)
  • After a three-year trial, a U.N. tribunal in The Hague acquits two former Serbian security officials accused of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity during the 1990s Bosnian War. (Al Jazeera)
  • A court in Mold, Wales, finds Mark Bridger guilty of abducting and murdering five-year-old April Jones in October 2012. (BBC)
  • Nigeria passes a law banning same-sex marriage. (AP via News12)
  • Seton Hall University is shut down due to a bomb threat that turns out to be a hoax. (USA Today)
Science and technology
  • New analysis suggests that turtles evolved a shell 40 million years earlier than previously thought. (Nature World News)
  • Russian scientists discover a "perfectly preserved" woolly mammoth carcass containing liquid blood. (Newsday)
  • Stanford University researchers unveil a zinc–air battery that is more energy-dense and cheaper than lithium-ion counterparts. (GlobalPost)
  • The asteroid (285263) 1998 QE2, expected to approach within 3.6 million miles of Earth on May 31, is discovered to have its own moon.(Los Angeles Times)
Sport
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  • Turkish protestors are removed from Gezi Park in Taksim Square, Istanbul, in a violent crackdown by police after days of anti-government unrest. (Reuters)
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  • Starbucks announces it will no longer allow customers to smoke in any of its locations. (The Guardian)
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