2013

The year 2013 went down in history as the international year of water cooperation and the international year of Quinoa.

2013

Frozen, the animation film was the highest grossing film of 2013. The Academy Award, Critics’ Choice Award, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Supporting Actress went to Kenyan actor Lupita Nyong’o for the brilliant performance in 12 years a slave. We Are Young a song by Fun won the song of the year at the 55th annual Grammy Awards.

On February 28, Pope Benedict true to his word three weeks prior stepped down as the Pope of the Catholic Church. He became the first pontiff to relinquish power in 600 years after Pope Gregory XII in 1445. Pope Benedict cited advancement of age as the reason for his stepping down as the leader of the 1.2 billion strong Catholics in the world.

Two weeks later Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the new pontiff and chose the name, Pope Francis. Born Joseph Ratzinger, he became the 265th Pope after the death of Pope John Paul II on April 19, 2005.

At the 117th edition of the Boston Marathon on April 15, two homemade bombs exploded left three people dead and fatally wounding over 260 marathon goers. Following a four-day manhunt, police apprehended one of the bombing suspects, 19-year old Dzhohkar Tsarnaev. His brother and fellow suspect 26-year old Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a shootout with law enforcement officers.

On December 5, the world was in mourning after the passing of the first South African president Nelson Mandela. Mandela was a champion for equal rights especially against the apartheid regime in South Africa. He served as president between 1994 and 1999.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was the Nobel Peace Prize laureate for their efforts in eliminating chemical weapons. 64-year-old Diana Nyad went down as the first person without a shark tank for protection to swim from Cuba to Florida.

Discover how the world looked like in 2013

Oscar

Oscar Winners

All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 86th edition of the Oscar ceremony


Best picture

12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

Directed by: Steve McQueen

Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

Best director

Alfonso Cuarón

Gravity

Gravity

Best actor

Matthew McConaughey

Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club

Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Steve Zahn

Best actress

Cate Blanchett

Blue Jasmine

Blue Jasmine

Directed by: Woody Allen

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, Sally Hawkins

Best supporting actor

Jared Leto

Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club

Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Steve Zahn

Best supporting actress

Lupita Nyong'o

12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

Directed by: Steve McQueen

Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

Books

Which were the most popular books released in 2013 ?
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Zealot by Reza Aslan

Zealot

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The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

The Longest Ride

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In the tradition of his beloved first novel, The Notebook, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with the remarkable story of two couples whose lives intersect in profound and surprising ways.Ira

Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard

Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

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A riveting historical narrative of the shocking events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the follow-up to mega-bestselling author Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln. More than a million readers have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the page-turning work …

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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken

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Nobel Prize

Nobel Prizes

All Nobel Prize winners of 2013


Peace Prize

  • Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Literature

  • Alice Munro

Physics

  • François Englert
  • Peter W. Higgs

Economic Sciences

  • Eugene F. Fama
  • Lars Peter Hansen
  • Robert J. Shiller

Chemistry

  • Martin Karplus
  • Michael Levitt
  • Arieh Warshel

Physiology or Medicine

  • James E. Rothman
  • Randy W. Schekman
  • Thomas C. Südhof

Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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Tangerines

Tangerines

Directed by: Zaza Urushadze

Starring: Lembit Ulfsak, Elmo Nüganen, Giorgi Nakashidze, Misha Meskhi

The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey

Country: United States of America

Prisoners

Prisoners

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo

Country: United States of America

Rush

Rush

Directed by: Ron Howard

Starring: Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara

Before Midnight

Before Midnight

Directed by: Richard Linklater

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Ariane Labed

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 2013 in the USA ?

world population

World Population

Demographic statistics of the year 2013


Population statistics

  • Total population: 7.2 billion (7,210,581,976 to be precise!)
  • Urban population: 3.8 billion, that is 53.0% of the total population of 2013 lives in cities
  • Yearly change: +84.8 million, corresponding to a percentage increase of +1.19%
  • Average density: 48.0 persons per km2
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 2013?


Events

  • 01 Jan Syrian civil war:: Fierce clashes erupt near the Aleppo International Airport in the battle of Aleppo in Syria, with unconfirmed reports it has been temporarily closed. (BBC)
  • 02 Jan Syrian civil war:: An airstrike on a petrol station outside the capital Damascus kills and injures dozens of people. (Al Jazeera)The United Nations says the death toll from the conflict could be more than 60,000 people. (UN)
  • 03 Jan Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: A suicide bombing in Mussayab kills 27 Shiite pilgrims and injures 60 others. (Reuters)
  • 04 Jan Israeli–Palestinian conflict:: Hundreds of thousands of people rally in Gaza in a show of unity between the governing Hamas, elected in 2006, and Fatah, in opposition since then. (BBC) (Al Jazeera) (The Guardian)
  • 05 Jan 2013 Tasmanian bushfires: Thousands of people are stranded by four major fires burning out of control in the Australian state of Tasmania. (AAP via TV New Zealand)
  • 06 Jan Syrian civil war:: The President of Syria Bashar al-Assad delivers a rare television appearance addressing the Syrian crisis and denounces the Syrian rebels as "enemies of God and puppets of the West". It is his first television appearance since June 2012. (BBC)
  • 07 Jan An explosion in a coal mine in the Turkish province of Zonguldak kills eight mine workers. (Hürriyet Daily News)
  • 08 Jan War in North-West Pakistan:: Four are killed and a further four are wounded in a U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan, Pakistan. (AFP)
  • 09 Jan Syrian civil war:: Forty-eight Iranians who were kidnapped by Free Syrian Army rebels in the capital Damascus in August 2012 are released in exchange for 2,130 prisoners held by the Syrian government. (BBC)
  • 10 Jan January 2013 Pakistan bombings:: Twin bombings at a billiard hall in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta kill at least 81 people and wound up to 120 others, hours after a bombing at a market area killed 11 people in the same city. (BBC) (CBC News) (The Guardian)
  • 11 Jan Syrian civil war:: Rebel forces take over the strategic Taftanaz airbase in northern Syria. (AP via USA Today)
  • 12 Jan Northern Mali conflict (2012–present):: A French pilot is killed in a helicopter raid in northern Mali, according to French Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian. (CNN)
  • 13 Jan Kachin conflict:: President of Burma Thein Sein defends the army’s response to the ethnic Kachin rebellion, despite a recent escalation of violence that has further dimmed peace prospects. (The News International)
  • 14 Jan Syrian civil war:: Government forces conduct air raids against rebels south of Damascus, as well as in Aleppo, with local observers reporting dozens of deaths, including children. (Al Jazeera)At least 57 countries submit a petition to the UN Security Council, calling on it to refer the conflict to the International Criminal Court for a pending war crimes investigation. (Al Jazeera)
  • 15 Jan Syrian civil war:: Aleppo University bombings: 83 people are killed and more than 150 injured in a rocket barrage aimed at Aleppo University, as government forces and rebels continue fighting in the suburbs of Damascus. Both sides accused each other of launching the missiles. (Times of India) (Reuters) (Antiwar.com)
  • 16 Jan Syrian civil war:: Three car bombs explode near military checkpoints and government buildings in Idlib Governorate, Syria, leaving 24 people dead. Two other bombs were defused by government forces. (Reuters)
  • 17 Jan 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)
  • 18 Jan Kachin conflict:: President Thein Sein of Myanmar orders the Myanmar Armed Forces to observe a ceasefire with Kachin rebels. (Reuters) (CNN) (BBC)
  • 19 Jan Syrian civil war:: The children death toll of the Syrian civil war reaches 3,538, with over 60,000 people killed overall. (Al Jazeera)
  • 20 Jan Syrian civil war:: Syrian refugees fleeing the violence from the Syrian civil war are gunned down by the Syrian Army while trying to cross the Jordanian border. (Al Arabiya)
  • 21 Jan Syrian civil war:: Russian authorities announce a plan to evacuate 100 Russian citizens from Syria by sending in two passenger planes to Beirut. (BBC) (AP via Yahoo!)A car bombing in Salamiyeh kills over 30 people. (Al Jazeera)
  • 22 Jan Syrian civil war:: The government of Jordan says that more than 12,000 Syrians have fled to Jordan in the past six days. (AFP via IOL)The Russian government organizes an evacuation for some of its citizens by transporting them to Lebanon and then flying them to Russia. (AP via Google News)
  • 23 Jan Iraqi insurgency:: A suicide bombing at a mosque in the Iraqi town of Tuz Khormato kills at least 23 people. (BBC)
  • 24 Jan Insurgency in the North Caucasus:: Russian police announces that 13 rebels, including Khuseyn Gakayev and his brother, are killed in fighting in the Vedeno District, Chechnya. (Reuters)
  • 25 Jan Syrian civil war:: Two car bombs explode in the Syrian controlled part of Golan Heights killing 8 people. (AP via Fox News) (Voice of America) (AP via Washington Post)
  • 26 Jan War in North-West Pakistan:: At least 24 militants are killed in clashes between the Tehrik-e-Taliban and Ansarul Islam in Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan. (AP via News Limited)
  • 27 Jan War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: At least twenty members of the Afghan National Police have been killed in bomb attacks over the past day with eight police officers killed in the latest attack in Kandahar. (Reuters)
  • 28 Jan Northern Mali conflict (2012–present):: French troops take over Timbuktu Airport as they enter the city without any resistance from the Islamists. Residents report that the French now control all access to the city. (BBC)The fleeing Islamists set on fire the Timbuktu library containing the Timbuktu Manuscripts. The extent of the damage is still unknown. (Sky News) (Al Jazeera) (The Guardian)
  • 29 Jan Somali Civil War (2009–present):: A suicide attack against the Somali government offices kills at least two people and injures dozens in Mogadishu. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 30 Jan Northern Mali conflict (2012–present):: French forces enter the city of Kidal in northern Mali after seizing its airport overnight. (BBC) (Reuters) (France 24)
  • 31 Jan 2013 Pretoria train collision: Two passenger trains packed with schoolchildren and rush-hour commuters collide near Pretoria, South Africa, injuring up to 300 people in a crash. (BBC) (Reuters) (AFP via Google)
  • 01 Feb 2013 United States embassy bombing in Ankara:: A suicide bombing outside the U.S. embassy in the Turkish capital, Ankara, kills at least two people. (BBC) (CNN) (Reuters)
  • 02 Feb War in North-West Pakistan:: Militants attack a Pakistani Army base in the Lakki Marwat District in Pakistan killing at least 23 and injuring at least 8. (BBC) (CNN) (Los Angeles Times)
  • 03 Feb Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: At least 33 people are killed in Kirkuk, Iraq, when a suicide bomber detonates a truck packed with explosives outside a police headquarters and gunmen disguised as officers tried to storm the compound. (Reuters) (BBC) (ITV) (Sky News)
  • 04 Feb Syrian civil war: At least 20 people die in Aleppo, Syria, after an apartment complex is struck by a rocket belonging to the forces of Bashar Assad. (NBC News) (Toronto Star)
  • 05 Feb Senkaku Islands dispute:: Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera states that the country has lodged a protest with China after a People's Liberation Army Navy frigate directed weapon-targeting radar at a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer near the disputed Senkaku Islands. (BBC)
  • 06 Feb Plans to liquidate IBRC, formerly Anglo and regarded as "the world's worst bank", are abruptly announced and get underway in dramatic circumstances. (The Guardian) (RTÉ News) (Irish Central) (BBC)
  • 07 Feb Eugène Delacroix's famous painting Liberty Leading the People is vandalized while on display at the new Louvre-Lens museum in France. (Le Nouvel Observateur) (France 3) (The Independent)
  • 08 Feb Syrian civil war:: Over 110 people are killed nationwide by the Syrian army in Syria. (Al Arabiya)
  • 09 Feb Clashes between government forces continue around Damascus and Homs, with heavy aerial bombardment by the Syrian Air Force being reported. (Al Jazeera)
  • 10 Feb Northern Mali conflict (2012–present):: Firefights between Islamists and the Malian Army break out in Gao, Mali. (BBC) (AFP via Google) (Voice of America)
  • 11 Feb Northern Mali conflict (2012–present):: Insurgents launch an attack on the strategic city of Gao, capturing a police station and sparking a day-long firefight that included Malian troops, as well as French attack helicopters. (Al Jazeera)
  • 12 Feb 2013 North Korean nuclear test:: The South Korean officials report that an "artificial earthquake" has occurred in North Korea suggesting that a nuclear test has occurred. (The Australian) (CNN)North Korea confirms that it has successfully tested a nuclear device, claiming that it is small enough to be weaponized. (Reuters) (BBC) (AP via The Miami Herald)
  • 13 Feb Syrian civil war:: Rebels clash with the Syrian military at an army base protecting Aleppo's international airport. The opposition claims that 40 Syrian soldiers were killed in the fighting, as large parts of the base are overrun. (AP via USA Today)
  • 14 Feb Bahraini uprising (2011–present):: A 16-year-old child is shot dead at close range in Al-Daih, a village west of Manama, Bahrain. (Al Jazeera)A police officer is also killed after rioters threw firebombs at his patrol in Sehla, a village west of Manama, Bahrain. (Gulf Daily News)Amnesty International calls on the Bahraini regime to release prisoners of conscience it is holding in captivity. (BBC)
  • 15 Feb 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)
  • 16 Feb February 2013 Quetta bombing:: At least 84 people are killed and more than 190 injured after a bomb explodes at a market in Hazara Town on the outskirts of Quetta, in Pakistan. Most of the victims are members of the predominantly Twelver Shia Hazara minority that was targeted by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi only a month earlier. The organization later claims responsibility for the blasts. (Al Jazeera) (RT) (Dawn.com) (Ary News)
  • 17 Feb Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: A series of car bombs kill at least 37 people and injure more than 130 others in mostly Shiite areas of the capital Baghdad. (BBC) (AP) (Los Angeles Times)
  • 18 Feb Artist Ruth Stage, who uses the ancient egg tempera painting technique, wins the 2013 Lynn Painter-Stainers art prize for her work The Isabella Plantation. (BBC)
  • 19 Feb Nigerian Sharia conflict:: Seven French tourists are kidnapped by gunmen near Waza National Park in northern Cameroon, near the border with Nigeria. President of France François Hollande states that the Islamist group Boko Haram may be responsible. (BBC)
  • 20 Feb The 2013 BRIT Awards are held in London with Ben Howard winning best British male artist and British breakthrough act, Emeli Sande winning best British female act and album of the year for Our Version of Events and Mumford & Sons winning Best British group. (The Daily Telegraph)
  • 21 Feb 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)
  • 22 Feb Syrian civil war:: Three missiles launched by the Syrian army crash into residential areas of Syria's northern city of Aleppo, killing at least 29 civilians and injuring 150 others. (Reuters) (BBC)
  • 23 Feb South Yemen insurgency:: Three people are killed and 14 injured in clashes between civilians and government security forces in Aden and Mukalla, as thousands turn up for a day of planned protests. In a separate attack, a senior Yemeni security chief and two of his bodyguards are injured in a shooting. (Reuters)
  • 24 Feb Syrian civil war:: French freelance photographer Olivier Voisin, who was wounded near Idlib in January 2013, dies in Antakya, Turkey, after surgery. (France24)
  • 25 Feb Terrorism in Thailand:: At least four people are dead and 20 injured after a homemade bomb is detonated at a Buddhist festival in Thailand's Maha Sarakham Province. (AAP via News Limited)
  • 26 Feb Israeli–Palestinian conflict:: A rocket is fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel, marking the first such attack since a ceasefire was signed in November 2012. (The New York Times)
  • 27 Feb War in Afghanistan:: Taliban insurgents kill 17 Afghan government-affiliated militia personnel in an overnight attack in Andar District of eastern Ghazni Province. (AP via ABC News)
  • 28 Feb South Thailand insurgency:: Thailand agrees to peace talks with Muslim rebels for the first time after 20 years of conflict. (BBC)
  • 01 Mar 2013 Bangladesh protests:: The death toll in Bangladesh rises to 44 as protests continue following the sentencing of Delwar Hossain Sayeedi. (The New York Times)
  • 02 Mar 2013 Bangladesh protests:: The death toll in Bangladesh rises to at least 50 as protests continue following the sentencing of Delwar Hossain Sayeedi. (Xinhua)
  • 03 Mar 2013 Lahad Datu standoff:: Fighting erupts in Sabah, Malaysia, leaving seven dead, including five policemen. Four people are taken hostage. In response, the Malaysian Military doubles their troop presence in the area. (BBC) (Reuters) (The New York Times)
  • 04 Mar Northern Mali conflict:: French officials announce that a soldier was killed in action during contact with Islamic militants over the weekend. It is France's third casualty since operations began in Operation Serval. (BBC)France claims that it is "probable" that al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb chief Abdelhamid Abou Zeid was killed in Mali in late February. (AP via Navy Times)
  • 05 Mar 2013 Lahad Datu standoff:: The Malaysian Army launches an attack on an armed Filipino group on the island of Borneo in an effort to end the standoff. (BBC)
  • 06 Mar Battle of Ar-Raqqah: Syrian rebels capture Ar-Raqqah, the first major city to be under rebel control in the Syrian civil war. (AP via Fox News)
  • 07 Mar 2013 Lahad Datu standoff:: The death toll rises to at least 60 persons in the conflict between the Sultanate of Sulu and Malaysian Armed Forces. (The New York Times)
  • 08 Mar Piracy in Somalia:: The Greek-owned oil tanker MT Smyrni is released along with its 26 crew members for a reported ransom of $9.5 million after being held hostage for 10 months. (Reuters)
  • 10 Mar War in Afghanistan:: President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai alleges that the U.S. armed forces are collaborating in some way with the Afghan Taliban in an effort to ensure that some troops remain after the scheduled 2014 pullout. (AP via MSN News)
  • 11 Mar War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: Two US and three Afghan soldiers are killed in Wardak Province in the latest insider attack against coalition forces. In a separate incident, two Afghan civilians are shot dead by American soldiers after failing to stop at a checkpoint near Kabul. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • 12 Mar Syrian civil war:: Syrian Army forces kill 30 army deserters in an ambush on the Damascus Airport road. (Reuters)The Syrian army launches intensive air strikes on Homs following the rebel's capture of the Baba Amr district. (Reuters) (BBC)
  • 13 Mar 2013 Srinagar attack:: Five Indian paramilitary soldiers are killed and three civilians injured by two militants near a school in Bemina area of Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir, later two militants being killed by CRPF. (BBC)
  • 14 Mar Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: A string of coordinated car bombs and suicide bombers strike central Baghdad, followed by a militant attack on the Justice Ministry building. At least 25 people are killed, including 7 police officers and 3 militants, along with 50 wounded. (CNN) (Reuters)
  • 15 Mar American rapper Lil Wayne has a seizure in Los Angeles, United States. (CNN)
  • 16 Mar British Lance Corporal James Ashworth, who died in southern Afghanistan in 2012 while protecting his colleagues from a grenade blast, is to be awarded the Victoria Cross. (BBC) (The Telegraph)
  • 17 Mar Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: A car bombing near a bus station in Garmat Ali near the Iraqi city of Basra kills at least 10 people. (BBC)
  • 18 Mar Syrian civil war:: Fighter jets from the Syrian Air Force fire rockets into northern Lebanon with no casualties reported. (CNN)The Syrian Opposition claims that the regime of President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons in an attack on their forces in Aleppo. (US News & World Report)
  • 19 Mar 19 March 2013 Iraq attacks:: A series of bombings and shootings kills at least 98 people and injures 240 others across Iraq. (BBC) (Reuters) (CNN)
  • 20 Mar British horror writer James Herbert dies at the age of 69 in Sussex, England. (BBC) (The Bookseller) (The Guardian)
  • 21 Mar Gaza–Israel conflict:: Two rockets fired from Gaza strip land in Sderot, Israel, in violation of the ceasefire brokered after the eight-day conflict in November 2012. (ABC News)
  • 22 Mar Drone attacks in Pakistan:: Pakistan officials say that a US drone strike has killed 4 suspected insurgents in a car in Datta Khel in North Waziristan. (The New York Times) (PressTV) (The Hindu)
  • 23 Mar War on Terror:: Pakistani Taliban threaten to assassinate former President Pervez Musharraf if he returns to the country. (CNN)An Australian man kidnapped in the Philippines by an al-Qaeda-linked group for ransom has been freed following "joint efforts" by the two countries. (Al Jazeera)
  • 24 Mar War on Terror:: A suicide bomber strikes a Pakistani military checkpoint in the tribal district of North Waziristan, killing at least 17 soldiers. (Al Jazeera)
  • 25 Mar 2012–13 Central African Republic conflict:: Seleka chief Michel Djotodia declares himself President of the Central African Republic and promises to retain power-sharing government as part of peace deal and put end to looting. (Al Jazeera)South Africa's President Jacob Zuma says that thirteen of the country's soldiers were killed in the Central African Republic as rebels seized the capital, Bangui. (BBC)
  • 26 Mar Australia announces that it will be closing its base in Tarinkot in Urozgan Province, with the majority of troops returning home by the end of this year. (ABC News Australia)
  • 27 Mar South Thailand insurgency:: The Thailand government prepares for peace talks with Muslim separatist groups with the hope of ending a decade-long insurgency. (The Guardian) (Al Jazeera)
  • 28 Mar Terrorism in Kenya:: Six gunmen (presumed to be of the Mombasa Republican Council) and one policeman die during an attack on a casino in coastal town of Malindi, Kenya. (Al Jazeera)
  • 29 Mar Terrorism in Pakistan:: A blast near the United States Consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan, kills 10 people and wounds at least 31 others. (CNN)
  • 30 Mar Musical innovator and fourteen-time Grammy Award winning producer Phil Ramone dies at the age of 79. (The Washington Post)
  • 31 Mar Terrorism in Pakistan:: A bomb kills two people and injures six others, including Adnan Wazir, a former Member of Parliament of the Awami National Party, in Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. (AFP via Channel NewsAsia)
  • 01 Apr Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: A suicide attacker blows up a tanker lorry at the police headquarters in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, killing at least nine people. Three people are killed in a separate shooting in Baghdad. (CNN)
  • 02 Apr Mexican Drug War:: The Mexican police find 9 mutilated bodies inside a SUV with Texas license plates in the northern state of Tamaulipas, Mexico. (EFE via GlobalPost)
  • 03 Apr Israeli–Palestinian conflict:: Israeli warplanes strike targets in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire, the first air strikes launched by Israel since an informal ceasefire ended eight days of cross-border fighting between Israel and Hamas-ruled Gaza in November 2012. (AP via Houston Chronicle)
  • 04 Apr War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: An airstrike conducted by NATO kills at least five people in the eastern Afghan province of Ghazni. (BBC)
  • 05 Apr Mexican Drug War:: Recent report from Stratfor indicates that at least 60 people were killed in Tamaulipas state in March, after the Gulf Cartel leaders Miguel El Gringo Villarreal and Mario Ramírez Treviño fought for control of the organization. (Proceso)
  • 06 Apr Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: At least 22 people are killed and more than 60 others injured when a suicide bomber blows himself up in a busy election campaign tent in the Iraqi city of Baquba. (Reuters)
  • 07 Apr Syrian civil war:: An air strike on Aleppo by the Syrian Air Force kills 15 people, including nine children. (Euronews) (Al Arabiya)Syrian Armed Forces fire OTR-21 Tochka missiles at Baraza region of Damascus. (Al Arabiya)
  • 08 Apr Syrian civil war:: A car bomb explodes in the center of the capital, Damascus, killing at least 15 people and wounding 53 others. (BBC)
  • 09 Apr South Sudan internal conflict (2011–present):: Gunmen kill 12 United Nations peacekeepers and civilian staff in an ambush in Jonglei, South Sudan. (AFP via Google News) (CNN) (Al Jazeera)
  • 10 Apr Worldwide sales of personal computers fall 14% during the first quarter of 2013, the largest drop on record since tracking began in 1994. (eWeek) (The New York Times)
  • 11 Apr Mexican Drug War:: At least 14 people are killed in a series of clashes between alleged drug traffickers and police in the Mexican state of Michoacán. The government states that a high-profile drug lord was killed in the battle. (AP via The Washington Post)
  • 12 Apr War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: Thirteen soldiers of the Afghan National Army are killed and one is injured in an ambush in the eastern Kunar Province. (CNN) (AP via ABC News)
  • 13 Apr War in North-West Pakistan:: A bomb explodes on a bus in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing at least eight people. (BBC) (AP via USA Today)
  • 14 Apr Somali Civil War (2009–present):: At least 20 people are killed in a series of bombings and gun attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia. (BBC) (Los Angeles Times) (AP via Fox News)
  • 15 Apr Boston Marathon bombings:: Two explosions in Boston, United States, near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon leave 3 people dead and 183 injured. (BBC) (CNN) (Reuters)The Pakistani Taliban denies any involvement in the Boston marathon bombings. (Los Angeles Times)
  • 16 Apr 2013 ricin attacks:: Mail to the US Senate is suspended after letter sent to U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) tests positive for the poisonous substance ricin at an offsite Congressional mail facility. The letter is being sent to the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, for further testing. (NBC News) (The New York Times)
  • 17 Apr War in North-West Pakistan:: A United States drone attack kills at least five people in the Pakistani city of Wana, located in the South Waziristan Agency. (The Nation)
  • 18 Apr Boston Marathon bombing:: U.S. President Barack Obama visits the city of Boston in the wake of the recent marathon attack. (Los Angeles Times)The Federal Bureau of Investigation posts photos of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. (BBC) (Reuters) (FBI)A campus police officer is shot dead in his vehicle at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S. city of Cambridge, Massachusetts. (ABC News Australia) (Reuters)
  • 19 Apr The Boston Police Department chases two carjacking suspects in the MIT shooting death of a campus policeman to the nearby suburb of Watertown where, after a gunfight that included explosives, an MBTA officer is injured, one suspect is dead, and the other flees but is later captured. (Boston Herald)
  • 20 Apr War in North-West Pakistan:: A female suicide bomber kills four and injures four outside a hospital in Khaar, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan. (PTI via The Hindu)
  • 21 Apr Syrian civil war:: Locals and activists in Damascus report that the Syrian Army killed over 500 people in the suburb of Jdeit al-Fadel. (CNN)
  • 22 Apr 2013 Belgorod shooting:: A man goes on a shooting rampage outside a firearm shop in Belgorod, Russia, killing six. (BBC)
  • 23 Apr Syrian civil war:: An Israeli military intelligence analyst states that Syria has used chemical weapons repeatedly over the past month. He also criticizes the international community for not responding to the use of the weapons. (The New York Times)Two Orthodox Christian bishops kidnapped by gunmen in a rebel-held area in northern Syria are released. (BBC)
  • 24 Apr A 5.7 magnitude earthquake strikes 25 kilometers from Jalalabad, Afghanistan, leaving 33 people dead and another 115 injured. Heavy damage of buildings are reported across Nangarhar Province. (Voice of America)
  • 25 Apr Boston Marathon bombings:: Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor of New York City, claims that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation briefed him that suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said that the bombers intended to attack New York City next. (CBC)
  • 26 Apr War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Six police officers are poisoned and fatally shot in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan while another one is missing. (Los Angeles Times)
  • 27 Apr Syrian Civil War:: The Free Syrian Army accuses the government of Iraq of conducting an airstrike against its forces in Deir ez-Zor, a town in eastern Syria. (The New York Times)
  • 28 Apr Syrian civil war:: Syrian rebels capture three military airbases in the north. (The Washington Post)
  • 29 Apr War in North-West Pakistan:: A suicide bomber kills at least four people in an attack on a police station in Peshawar, Pakistan. (AP via Fox News)
  • 30 Apr Syrian civil war:: A bomb explodes in the center of the capital, Damascus, killing at least 13 people. (BBC)A purported chemical weapons attack launched by the Syrian army kills at least 2 people in Saraqib, Idlib. (United Press International)
  • 01 May South Thailand insurgency:: Insurgents kill six people, including a two-year-old boy, in a deadly shooting in Pattani, Thailand. (ABC News)
  • 02 May The Chad government announces that it foiled a coup attempt that "had been in preparation for several months." (Reuters)
  • 03 May Syrian civil war:: Israeli warplanes bomb a Syrian weapons facility in an overnight attack. (The New York Times)
  • 04 May War in Afghanistan: Five US soldiers are killed when a bomb detonates in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Additionally, three more are killed in separate incidents. (The New York Times)
  • 05 May Syrian civil war:: Israeli aircraft hit at least six targets near Damascus, targeting Iranian-made Fateh-110 missile shipments en route to Hezbollah. (BBC) (The Times of Israel)Syria's foreign ministry accuses Israel of helping and working with the Syrian rebels to coordinate airstrikes (Xinhua) (ABC) (The New York Times)
  • 06 May Afghanistan–Pakistan skirmishes:: An Afghan border police guard is killed and two Pakistani troops are injured in border violence. (BBC)
  • 07 May Syrian civil war:: Four Filipino UN peacekeepers are kidnapped by armed men while patrolling the demilitarized area between Syria and the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. (Al Jazeera), (BBC)
  • 08 May War in North-West Pakistan:: A suicide car bombing hits a police station in the Bannu District of northwest Pakistan, killing at least two people and injuring twenty. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 09 May War in North-West Pakistan:: Ali Haider Gillani, the son of former Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani, is abducted by unidentified gunmen at an election rally in the city of Multan two days before the May 11 general election. (BBC)
  • 10 May Bombs explode outside two police stations in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi. (Reuters)
  • 11 May War in North-West Pakistan:: A bomb explodes near the Awami National Party offices in Karachi killing 11 people. (News Limited)
  • 12 May Syrian civil war:: Four Filipino UN peacekeepers that had been taken captive by Syrian rebels on May 7 are released. (Los Angeles Times)
  • 13 May Aftermath of the Libyan civil war:: A car bomb explodes near a hospital in the Libyan city of Benghazi, killing at least nine people. (BBC)
  • 14 May War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: The Taliban kills four US soldiers in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. (BBC)
  • 15 May Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: Gunmen using silenced weapons attack at least nine alcohol stores in western Baghdad, killing twelve people. (Al Jazeera)Thirty-five people, including three police officers, are killed in bomb attacks in Shi'ite sections of Baghdad and parts of northern Iraq. (Reuters)
  • 16 May War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: Many people are killed in two suicide bombings in Afghanistan, at least fifteen of which are killed in the capital Kabul when a suicide bomber from Hizb-i-Islami, a Taliban affiliate, targeted a convoy carrying foreign troops, injuring another 40. (Xinhua) (NBC)
  • 17 May Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: A string of bombings, most of them in Sunni areas of Iraq, kill at least 90 people and injured more than 200 others. (Times of India)
  • 18 May Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: Gunmen break into the home of an anti-terrorism police officer in the Baghdad suburbs, killing him and his family. (Voice of America)
  • 19 May Syrian civil war:: Heavy fighting is reported in Qusair, Syria, as the Syrian army launches a major counter-offensive against rebel forces. (BBC)
  • 20 May Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: A wave of violence continues, with attacks across the country killing 133 and leaving 283 others injured. Almost 400 people have been killed in the last six days alone, as tribal leaders warn of impending civil war. (BBC) (Antiwar.com via AP)
  • 21 May Syrian civil war:: Israel and Syria exchange gunfire on the Golan Heights. (Reuters)Elite Hezbollah reinforcements are sent from Lebanon across the border to al-Qusayr, Syria. Activists report that much of the city has been destroyed. (Al Arabiya)
  • 22 May Eric Holder, the Attorney-General of the United States, confirms that four US citizens have been killed in drone aircraft attacks since 2011 including radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki killed in 2011. (CBS News)
  • 23 May Syrian Civil War:: Friends of Syria calls on Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah to withdraw from Syrian territory. (Ynet)
  • 24 May Afghanistan War:: Afghan security forces battle Taliban insurgents in central Kabul. An Afghan policeman, a Nepalese soldier, and numerous insurgents are killed. (BBC)
  • 25 May Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar claims responsibility for two suicide bombing attacks that killed 30 people in Niger on May 23. (New York Times)
  • 26 May Two rockets strike the Lebanese capital of Beirut in the predominantly Shiite southern suburbs, which also serves as the stronghold of Hezbollah. (AP via Sydney Morning Herald)
  • 27 May Seven Philippine police officers are killed by a New People's Army land mine in the municipality of Allacapan, Cagayan. (Philstar)
  • 28 May Syrian civil war:: United States Senator John McCain travels to Syria to meet with rebel fighters and discuss with them America's possible involvement in the nation's civil war.(Reuters)Le Monde reports continued use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria. (Le Monde)Russia evacuates 130 people as the situation in Syria continues to worsen. (IANS via OneIndia)
  • 29 May War in North-West Pakistan:: Drone attacks in Pakistan: Pakistani intelligence officials claim that a US drone attack has killed 5 alleged foreign militants, including Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan commander Wali-ur-Rehman, in the North Waziristan town of Miran Shah. (New York Times)
  • 30 May 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)
  • 31 May Turkish protestors are removed from Gezi Park in Taksim Square, Istanbul, in a violent crackdown by police after days of anti-government unrest. (Reuters)
  • 01 Jun Two drone strikes kill at least seven suspected al-Qaeda militants in the Abyan Governorate of Yemen. (Reuters)
  • 02 Jun Syrian Civil War:: A car bomb explodes near a police station in the Damascus suburb of Jobar, killing at least eight members of the security forces and injuring civilians. (CNN)
  • 03 Jun 2013 protests in Turkey:: Riot police fire tear gas at people in Istanbul and Ankara amid calls for the downfall of the current Turkish government. (Al Jazeera) (RT) (RFERL)The Turkish Doctors' Union (TTB) says one person has been killed in Taksim Gezi Park. (Xinhua)Turkey's public sector unions start a two-day strike in support of the anti-government demonstrations. (BBC)
  • 04 Jun 2013 protests in Turkey:: Turkish public servants go on a two-day strike in support of the protests as a second fatality is reported. (AFP via The Daily Telegraph)Support for the protests in Turkey spread across Europe with demonstrators gathering outside the EU Parliament in Brussels, and France. (Al Jazeera)
  • 05 Jun Turkey's Ahmet Davutoğlu announces an investigation into police attacks on civilians with tear gas and water cannon in cities nationwide. (Al Jazeera)
  • 06 Jun Gunmen ambush a bus in Al Anbar Governorate, Iraq, killing 10 border police and 5 civilians. (Reuters)
  • 07 Jun Drone attacks in Pakistan: A U.S. drone attack kills at least seven people in Pakistan. (The New York Times)
  • 08 Jun War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: In Afghanistan, a man wearing an Afghan military uniform attacks and kills three American soldiers, in what appears to be an insider attack on U.S. International Security Assistance Force soldiers, based in east Afghanistan's Paktika Province. (Voice of America)In a separate unrelated incident, an Italian soldier is killed and three are wounded when a child throws a grenade at a NATO convoy in west Afghanistan's Farah Province. (NBC)
  • 09 Jun A Lebanese man protesting against Hezbollah's role in the Syrian civil war is shot dead outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut. (BBC)
  • 10 Jun Bombs explode across Iraq, killing at least 70 people and wounding many more, following a month of attacks bloodier than any the country has experienced since June 2008. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • 11 Jun 2013 protests in Turkey:: Turkish police carry off dozens of lawyers, with reports that some have been kicked in the head and subjected to other assaults. (RT) (The Guardian)Police move past the barricades in Istanbul's Taksim Square, occupied by protesters. (AP via CBC News)Riot police fill Taksim Square with tear gas, while clashes between protesters and police continue into the night. (CNN) (Reuters)
  • 12 Jun Syrian Civil War:: United Nations peacekeepers from Austria start withdrawing from the Golan Heights. (AP via the Idaho Statesman)
  • 13 Jun Syrian civil war:: The United Nations estimates that the death toll was just under 93,000 as at the end of April. (New York Times)The United States establishes and concludes that the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime has used chemical weapons. (ABC News)
  • 14 Jun Syrian civil war:: The United States offers unspecified military equipment to the rebels after determining that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against the opposition. (Al Jazeera)
  • 15 Jun 2011–present Libyan factional fighting:: Clashes between Libyan army forces and armed protesters in the city of Benghazi kill at least six soldiers. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 16 Jun A series of car bombings by insurgents across central and southern Iraq kill at least twenty people. (BBC)
  • 17 Jun The 39th G8 summit gets underway in Northern Ireland with the Syrian civil war high on the agenda. (BBC)
  • 18 Jun Several Mozambican soldiers are killed following an attack on an armoury in Dondo, Mozambique. (BBC)
  • 19 Jun Nigerian Sharia conflict:: Boko Haram gunmen kill nine children in an attack on a school in Maiduguri. (BBC)
  • 20 Jun Israeli–Palestinian conflict: The Committee on the Rights of the Child accuses Israeli soldiers of torturing Palestinian children and using them as human shields. (Reuters)
  • 21 Jun A suicide bomber kills 15 and injures 20 in a Shi'ite mosque in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. (Bangkok Post)
  • 22 Jun 2013 protests in Turkey:: Police use water cannon, tear gas and rubber bullets on thousands of civilians gathered in Istanbul's Taksim Square for a memorial to the 4 protestors killed in previous days. (The Guardian)
  • 23 Jun Syrian civil war spillover in Lebanon:: Six Lebanese Army soldiers are killed and several others injured in clashes at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Sidon. (Al Jazeera)
  • 24 Jun Syrian civil war spillover in Lebanon:: Clashes between the Lebanese Army and supporters of the Salafist cleric Ahmed Al-Assir continue for a second day around the Ain el-Hilweh camp near Sidon. The government reports at least 15 soldiers killed and 38 others injured in the violence, as it promises crackdown on ethnic strife across the country. (Al Jazeera)
  • 25 Jun War in Afghanistan:: Taliban forces attack near the Presidential Palace in Kabul. (BBC)
  • 26 Jun At least nine people are killed and several others injured as a bomb targeted at Sindh High Court judge Justice Maqbool Baqar explodes in the Pakistani city of Karachi. (The Express Tribune) (Dawn)
  • 27 Jun European leaders agree to back a deal on the European Union's long-term budget after a deal is done on a rebate for the United Kingdom. (Reuters)
  • 28 Jun One trainee member of the Philippine National Police is killed and six injured in an ambush in Mountain Province. (ABS-CBN News)
  • 29 Jun Eight Royal Thai Army soldiers are killed during an ambush in Krong Pinang District in Yala Province located in Southern Thailand. (BBC)
  • 30 Jun 175 prisoners in the southern Nigeria town of Akure are freed by armed gunmen who also kill two civilians during the raid. (Reuters)
  • 01 Jul Demonstrations across Egypt gather about 15 million people nationwide calling for the resignation of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. (The Atlantic)
  • 02 Jul July 2013 Egyptian protests:: At least 16 people are killed and over 200 injured in clashes near Cairo University. (Ahram Online)Mohamed Kamel Amr resigns as the Foreign Minister of Egypt along with five other ministers who also submit their resignations after Sunday protests. (Reuters via MSN)The President of Egypt Mohammed Morsi vows to stay in office despite the protests. (The Telegraph)
  • 03 Jul Egypt's military deposes President Mohamed Morsi, and installs Adly Mansour, the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, as the country's new interim leader. (CNN)
  • 04 Jul The Statue of Liberty opens for the first time since Hurricane Sandy caused extensive damage to Liberty Island in New York harbor in late October 2012. (The Atlantic Wire)
  • 05 Jul Islamist gunmen stage multiple attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula with one soldier and five policemen reported dead. (Reuters)
  • 06 Jul English rock band, Muse held a concert in Rome, which is called "Live at Rome Olympic Stadium". The concert become the first ever live concert recorded in 4K resolution.
  • 07 Jul A serial blast injures 5 people near Mahabodhi temple at Bodh Gaya, in the Indian state of Bihar. (TOI)
  • 08 Jul Aftermath of the 2013 Egyptian coup d'état:: At least 42 people have been killed and hundreds injured after the Army raids a sit-in by supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi in the Nasr City district of Cairo. (BBC)
  • 09 Jul Syrian civil war:: Ban Ki-Moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, calls for a ceasefire during Ramadan. (Al Jazeera)A car bomb targeting the office of the Shia militant group Hezbollah located in the Lebanese capital Beirut injures 53 people. (BBC) (The Independent) (The Guardian)
  • 10 Jul Syrian civil war:: Syrians in Aleppo stage a protest against a rebel siege of government-held areas in the city. (BBC)
  • 11 Jul Bomb and gun attacks across Iraq kill more than 30 people including members of the Iraqi security forces. (BBC)
  • 12 Jul The Moro National Liberation Front kidnaps eight civilians in the Philippines Basilan province later releasing four of them. (Inquirer)
  • 13 Jul The African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur confirms that seven peacekeepers were killed and 17 injured in a patrol while returning to their base in Manawashi near Nyala, the capital of Sudan's South Darfur state. (France 24)
  • 14 Jul Syrian civil war:: Syria's opposition claims that 200 civilians are trapped in a mosque in a Damascus suburb while fighting rages outside. (CTV)
  • 15 Jul Mexican Drug War: The Mexican Army captures Miguel Treviño Morales, the supreme leader of Los Zetas drug cartel. (CBS News)
  • 16 Jul Pro-government militiamen kill six mediators in the Syrian province of Homs. (BBC)
  • 17 Jul Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula confirms that its former deputy Said Ali al-Shihri was killed in a US drone strike. (ABC Online)
  • 18 Jul Eight Afghan labourers are killed on their way to work at a U.S. military base in Logar Province. (BBC)
  • 19 Jul Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: A suicide bombing inside a Sunni mosque in the eastern Iraqi province of Diyala kills at least twenty people. (BBC)
  • 20 Jul American veteran journalist Helen Thomas, who covered the White House for nearly five decades, dies at 92. (BBC)
  • 21 Jul Hundreds of al-Qaeda prisoners escape during armed raids on two Iraqi prisons, including the Baghdad Central Prison (formerly known as Abu Ghraib). (The Telegraph)
  • 22 Jul Six people – including army officers and policemen – are killed and another eleven wounded in a series of militant attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. (Reuters)
  • 23 Jul Nine people are killed in Cairo, Egypt, as fighting between supporters and opponents of former President Mohamed Morsi continues. (BBC)
  • 24 Jul Mexican Drug War:: Clashes between the Knights Templar Cartel and the Mexican federal police leave 22 dead in the state of Michoacán. According to government press reports, two of the dead were law enforcement officials, while the rest were cartel gunmen. (BBC)
  • 25 Jul The United Nations states that the death toll of the ongoing Syrian civil war has exceeded 100,000. (CNN)
  • 26 Jul Aftermath of the 2013 Egyptian coup d'état:: Mass rival demonstrations are held across Egypt three weeks after Mohamed Morsi was deposed as president in a military coup d'état. At least eight people die and hundreds are injured in violence during the rallies. (Reuters) (BBC) (Times of Israel) (Al-Jazeera)
  • 27 Jul Aftermath of the 2013 Egyptian coup d'état:: Over 100 people are killed and around 1,500 injured in a violent crackdown against protesters in the Egyptian capital of Cairo. (BBC) (The Guardian)
  • 28 Jul Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): A suicide bombing in the Iraqi town of Tuz Khormato kills at least eight policemen. (BBC)
  • 29 Jul Iraqi insurgency (2011–13):: A wave of twelve car bombs targeting Shiite communities in Iraq kills at least 44 people. (Reuters)
  • 30 Jul Nigerian Sharia conflict:: 28 people are killed in a series of explosions targeting bars in the northern Nigerian city of Kano. (BBC)
  • 31 Jul 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)
  • 01 Aug War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: NATO forces in Afghanistan launch an investigation after a US airstrike in Nangarhar Province kills five Afghan policemen and injures another two. (ABC News Australia)
  • 02 Aug Syrian Civil War:: An ammunition depot explodes in Homs, Syria, killing at least 40 people and critically injuring many more. (Sentinel Source)
  • 03 Aug War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: Nine children die in a suicide bombing near the Indian consulate in the Afghan city of Jalalabad. (CNN)
  • 04 Aug Worldwide embassy closings: The United States closes 22 embassies in the Middle East and North Africa due to intelligence of an Al-Qaeda attack. (CNN)Canada closes its embassy in Bangladesh amid terror threats. (Toronto Sun)Britain, France and Germany close their embassy in Yemen amid terror threats. (BBC)
  • 05 Aug War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: A bomb explodes at a market in the Afghan city of Kandahar, killing at least four people. (BBC)
  • 06 Aug 2013 India–Pakistan border incidents: Five Indian Army soldiers are killed in an attack near the Pakistan border in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. (Reuters)
  • 07 Aug Syrian civil war:: The Syrian Army launches a large missile on the southern Damascus neighborhood of Yarmouk, largely inhabited by Palestinian refugees. (Now Lebanon)
  • 08 Aug Balochistan conflict:: A suicide bombing at a funeral in the Pakistani city of Quetta kills at least 28 people. (BBC)
  • 09 Aug An American drone strike kills five suspected Al Qaeda terrorists in eastern Yemen. (Reuters)
  • 10 Aug Gunmen kidnap four Thai tourists traveling in Nigeria's Rivers State. (Reuters)
  • 11 Aug War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: Three U.S. soldiers are killed in an attack in Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province. (Al Jazeera)
  • 12 Aug Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: Eight people are killed and 25 are injured in a suicide bomb attack on a cafe in Balad north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. (Reuters)
  • 13 Aug Footage of the isolated and previously unseen Kawahiva tribe is recorded for the first time in the Amazon rainforest, in Brazil. (GloboNews)
  • 14 Aug Aftermath of the 2013 Egyptian coup d'état:: Hundreds are reported dead - including 43 police - across Egypt as security forces disperse two pro-Morsi sit-ins; one at Rabaa Square and one at al-Nahda Square. (Al Jazeera) The civilian death toll according to Human Rights Watch was a minimum of 817. (The Guardian)Egypt declares a one month state of emergency. (BBC)Egyptian Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei resigns to protest the killing of protesters by security forces. (Associated Press)
  • 15 Aug Aftermath of 2013 Egyptian coup d'état:: The death toll from the previous day's clashes climbs to 638. (Washington Post)A government building is stormed and set on fire by the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo. (Sky News) (The Independent)President Barack Obama cancels joint military exercises between the United States and Egypt. (New York Times)
  • 16 Aug Aftermath of 2013 Egyptian coup d'état:: Security in Cairo is tightened amid Friday prayers and protest marches called by the Muslim Brotherhood nationwide. (AlJazeera)Ammar Badei, son of Mohammed Badie, the Muslim Brotherhood's leader, is killed in the clashes in Cairo.(NBC News) (Egypt Independent)
  • 17 Aug Mexican Drug War:: Gulf Cartel leader Mario Ramírez Treviño is arrested in the state of Tamaulipas. (Reuters)
  • 18 Aug Syrian civil war: A team of twenty UN weapons inspectors arrives in the capital, Damascus, to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in the conflict. (BBC)
  • 19 Aug Sinai insurgency:: At least 24 Egyptian policemen are killed in an attack near Rafah in the Sinai peninsula. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 20 Aug Insurgency in the North Caucasus:: Russian police kill nine suspected Islamist militants in the North Caucasus region. (Reuters)
  • 21 Aug Syrian civil war:: Syrian activists claim that chemical weapon attacks have killed over 600 people in the outskirts of Damascus. (The Guardian) (Today's Zaman)
  • 22 Aug War in North-West Pakistan:: 5 Taliban militants are killed in bomb attack in South Waziristan. (The News Pakistan)
  • 23 Aug Syrian civil war:: The United Nations reports that there are a million child refugees. (AP via Fox News)The Syrian government prevents UN inspectors from visiting the site of the reported chemical massacre. (Reuters)
  • 24 Aug Syrian civil war:: Médecins Sans Frontières report treating 3,600 cases of "neurotoxic symptoms", with 355 fatalities. (BBC)
  • 25 Aug Syrian civil war:: The Syrian government allows UN inspectors to visit the site of suspect chemical weapons attack outside the outskirt of Damascus. (BBC)
  • 26 Aug Newly declassified CIA documents show that top officials in the Reagan administration agreed to give Iraq information on the location of Iranian troops during the Iran-Iraq War despite awareness of Saddam Hussein's intention to use chemical weapons. (Daily Mail) (New York)
  • 27 Aug The Russian foreign ministry warned that an attack on the Syrian government could be "catastrophic" and told Western countries to show "prudence" over the crisis happening there. (France 24)
  • 28 Aug Moscow evacuates nationals; Iran dismisses "ridiculous" reports of Assad in Tehran; UN inspectors return to site of alleged chemical attack. (The Times Of Israel)
  • 29 Aug The French frigate Chevalier Paul leaves the port city of Toulon, though the shipping authorities declined to confirm a media report that it was headed to Syria. (Reuters) (Voice of Russia)
  • 30 Aug British Prime Minister David Cameron says that a "robust response" to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria is needed despite UK military action being ruled out. (BBC)
  • 31 Aug Syrian civil war:: American President Barack Obama says that he is ready to order a limited strike, but will seek approval from Congress. (CNN)The UN inspectors leave Damascus after concluding their inspection. (Los Angeles Times)Several countries advise their citizens against traveling to Lebanon as regional tensions grow over a possible US military strike on Syria. (Jerusalem Post)
  • 01 Sep Syrian civil war:: The Arab League discusses the ongoing crisis in Syria at a closed-door meeting in Cairo. (Al Jazeera)Secretary of State John Kerry asserts the United States now has evidence of sarin gas use in Syria from hair and blood samples. (AP via News24)
  • 02 Sep Mexican Drug War: Mexican forces arrest Alberto Carrillo Fuentes, the alleged leader of the Juárez Cartel. (The Telegraph)
  • 03 Sep France claims to possess documentation of the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war. (Huffington Post)
  • 04 Sep Reuters reports that the former defense minister of Syria, Ali Habib Mahmud, has defected to Turkey. (Reuters)
  • 05 Sep Syrian civil war:: According to Turkey, almost all G20 summit leaders support operations against Syria. (Reuters)Russian opposition to military intervention in Syria gains increasing international support. (The Daily Telegraph)
  • 06 Sep Syrian civil war:: UN chief Ban Ki-moon says military action against Syria could worsen sectarian violence in the country. (Al Jazeera)Russia sends four more warships to Syria, one with alleged "special cargo," (The Washington Post) (Ynetnews)
  • 07 Sep Syrian civil war:: Heavy government shelling of rebel positions near the Syrian capital kills 14 rebels and two civilians in the south of Damascus. (USA Today)
  • 08 Sep Syrian civil war:: The Islamist al-Nusra Front captures the historic Christian town of Ma'loula from the Syrian Army; Russia calls for protection of the town. (CNN) (Interfax)
  • 09 Sep Aftermath of the Central African Republic conflict (2012–13):: At least 60 people are killed in Central African Republic during clashes between pro-Séléka rebels and forces loyal to ousted President François Bozizé. (BBC)
  • 10 Sep Human Rights Watch issues a report concluding that Syrian government forces were most likely to be responsible for chemical weapons attacks on two suburbs in Damascus on August 21. (Human Rights Watch)
  • 11 Sep The UN accuses both the Syrian government and, to a lesser extent, the rebels of war crimes. Out of 9 massacres they investigated, 8 were attributed to the Syrian Army. The remaining massacre was attributed to insurgents. (The New York Times)
  • 12 Sep Islamic insurgency in the Philippines:: The Moro National Liberation Front attacks the Philippines town of Lamitan with five people missing and two injured. (AP)
  • 13 Sep Taliban insurgents attack the United States consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, with two members of the Afghan National Police reported as killed and about 20 civilians injured. (BBC)
  • 14 Sep Syrian civil war:: The United States and Russia reach a deal on Syrian chemical weapons. (Washington Times)
  • 15 Sep Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: Bombings in Baghdad and Shia provinces kill at least 21 people. (Reuters) (Al Jazeera)
  • 16 Sep Syrian civil war:: The United Nations confirms the use of sarin gas in the Ghouta Attacks. (The Guardian)
  • 17 Sep The videogame company Rockstar Games releases its fifth installment of the Grand Theft Auto series Grand Theft Auto V, which nets 800 million U.S. Dollars on its launch day.
  • 18 Sep The United States Federal Reserve announces that it will continue its stimulus program due to concerns about weakening growth. (The Age)
  • 19 Sep Political violence in Egypt, 2013:: Egyptian security forces clash with militants in the town of Kerdasah on the outskirts of Cairo with one member of the security forces dead. (BBC)
  • 20 Sep Al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen:: Separate attacks on army bases in Shabwa Governorate kill at least 38 soldiers and 8 militants. (CBS News)
  • 21 Sep Islamic insurgency in the Philippines:: Zamboanga City crisis: Six people die in the Philippines city of Zamboanga as fighting continues between the Army and Moro National Liberation Front insurgents. (AP via The Sun Herald)
  • 22 Sep Two suicide bombers attack a church in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing at least 78 people. (BBC)
  • 23 Sep Westgate shopping mall shooting:: Explosions and gunfire are reported from the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi where Al-Shabaab gunmen are still holed up. (BBC)The Kenyan Interior Minister says that three gunmen were killed and that his troops are in control of all five floors of the building. (Euronews)
  • 24 Sep Hundreds of garment factories in Bangladesh shut down due to strikes by workers seeking higher pay. (Bloomberg)
  • 25 Sep A three-day national mourning period begins in Kenya for the victims of a four-day siege that began on September 21 when heavily armed Al-Shabaab militants stormed the Westgate shopping mall in the capital, Nairobi, killing 61 civilians and 6 soldiers. (BBC)
  • 26 Sep Terrorists attack a police station in India's Jammu and Kashmir state, killing six people, before attacking an Army camp. (Reuters)
  • 27 Sep Syrian civil war: United Nations inspectors are investigating three alleged instances of use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war since the Ghouta chemical attack on 21 August. (BBC)
  • 28 Sep Sudanese protests (2011–present):: Sudanese security forces fire live ammunition on a march that followed the funeral of a demonstrator killed the day before. (The Washington Post)
  • 29 Sep Islamist insurgency in Nigeria:: Gunmen from the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram kill 42 people, mostly students, in an attack on a college in the town of Gujba, Yobe State. (The Telegraph)
  • 30 Sep Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: Fourteen car bombs targeting Shi'ite neighborhoods in Baghdad leave 54 people dead. (Reuters)
  • 01 Oct Syrian civil war:: A team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons enters Syria to begin work on dismantling the Assad regime's stockpile of chemical weapons. (BBC)
  • 02 Oct Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: Gunmen shoot down a military helicopter in northern Iraq killing all four crew members. (Reuters)
  • 03 Oct Islamist insurgency in Nigeria:: Air Force fighter jets bomb camps belonging to suspected Islamist militants in northeast Nigeria in response to a massacre of students at an agricultural college. (Reuters)
  • 04 Oct Islamist protests in Egypt (July 2013–present):: Four people are killed after supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi clashed with opponents and security forces. (Reuters), (BBC)
  • 05 Oct Post-civil war clashes in Libya:: Gunmen attack a military checkpoint near Bani Walid leaving 15 soldiers dead. (BBC)
  • 06 Oct Islamist protests in Egypt (July 2013–present):: At least 53 people are killed during clashes between supporters and opponents of former president Mohamed Morsi on the 40th anniversary of Egypt's crossing of the Suez Canal in 1973. (Reuters) (Euronews)
  • 07 Oct Islamist protests in Egypt (July 2013–present): Six Egyptian soldiers are killed in an ambush west of Ismaïlia, close to the Suez Canal. In the South Sinai, a suicide bomber kills 3 and injures 55 others after an attack against security buildings in the provincial capital El-Tor. (Reuters) (Al Jazeera)
  • 08 Oct Reuters reports that major money market fund managers are avoiding U.S. Treasury debt due to mature in the next few months, as the debt ceiling nears and Governmental deadlock deepens. (Reuters)
  • 09 Oct Clashes between local militias and former Séléka rebels leave an estimated 60 people dead in Central African Republic. (Reuters)
  • 10 Oct Post-civil war violence in Libya:: The Prime Minister of Libya Ali Zeidan is kidnapped from a hotel in Tripoli but later released. (The Telegraph) (AFP via France 24)
  • 11 Oct Syrian civil war:: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is accused by Human Rights Watch of killing at least 190 villagers in pro-government areas and kidnapping hundreds more. (Washington Post)
  • 12 Oct Cyclone Phailin is expected to make landfall on the east coast of India today. (AFP via Australia Network)
  • 13 Oct Syrian civil war:: Gunmen kidnap seven workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross from northern Syria. (Fox News)Opposition activists say Syrian army tanks killed 11 civilians including 3 children in a crossfire incident during the battle for the city center of Daraa. (Haaretz)
  • 14 Oct Ethiopian officials report that a plot by a group of Somali nationals to attack Sunday's 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match in Addis Ababa failed when their explosives detonated inside their home, killing two of the would-be suicide bombers. (Reuters UK)
  • 15 Oct War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: A bomb in a mosque in Afghanistan's Logar Province kills the governor Arsala Jamal and results in other injuries. (Reuters via IOL)
  • 16 Oct Syrian civil war:: At least 21 civilians are killed when their minibus hits a land mine in southern Syrian town of Nawa, with opposition activists blaming the Syrian army. (Reuters), (BBC)
  • 17 Oct Naxalite–Maoist insurgency: A Naxalite landmine kills three police officers in the Gadchiroli district of India's Maharashtra state. (Zee News)
  • 18 Oct China's economy grew at a rate of 7.8 percent in the third quarter. (Reuters)
  • 19 Oct Syrian Civil War:: A suicide bomber kills 16 Syrian Army soldiers at a checkpoint near Damascus. (Wall Street Journal)
  • 20 Oct Syrian civil war:: A suicide truck bomber attack by the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front on a government checkpoint outside Hama, Syria, kills at least 30 people, including a number of soldiers. (AP via USA Today)
  • 21 Oct A female suicide bomber detonates an explosive vest on a bus in the Russian city of Volgograd, killing at least 6 and injuring at least 28 others, 8 of them critically. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 22 Oct Islamist insurgency in Nigeria:: Nigerian troops kill 37 Boko Haram Islamist militants in air and ground strikes in their bases in the northeast. (Reuters)
  • 23 Oct Syrian civil war:: The Al-Nusra Front captures the Syriac Orthodox village of Sadad, killing at least 9 people and sparking heavy fighting with Syrian Army forces. (Reuters)Syrian rebels attack a gas pipeline close to Damascus International Airport, causing a country-wide power outage. (Reuters)
  • 24 Oct Nyanasamvara Suvaddhana, the 19th Supreme Patriarch of Buddhism in Thailand, dies at the age of 100. (ABC News via Associated Press)
  • 25 Oct Islamist insurgency in Nigeria:: Military officials report that 74 members of Boko Haram have been killed in a combined ground and aerial assault on militant camps in northeastern Borno State. (Reuters)
  • 26 Oct War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: A gunfight between Afghan and foreign soldiers on the outskirts of the capital Kabul, kills at least one Afghan serviceman and injures a number of other soldiers. (Reuters)
  • 27 Oct 8 bomb blasts rock the city of Patna in the Indian state of Bihar killing 5 and injuring over 70 people.(Firstpost)
  • 28 Oct Two Thai police die while trying to defuse a bomb in Narathiwat province. (Bangkok Post)
  • 29 Oct 2013 Tiananmen Square incident: Police in China name two suspects from Xinjiang linked to an apparent suicide attack car crash outside the Forbidden City on Tiananmen Square in the capital Beijing. (BBC)
  • 30 Oct There are at least three dead and seven injured when a bomb explodes near the official residence of the Chief Minister of India's Manipur state Okram Ibobi Singh in the city of Imphal. (IBN) (NDTV)
  • 31 Oct Israeli–Palestinian conflict:: After having rocks hurled at them, Israeli troops respond and shoot dead a Palestinian man in the West Bank. (Reuters)An IED injures 5 IDF soldiers, causing clashes that leave 2 Hamas militiamen dead and 2 wounded. (The Times of Israel)
  • 01 Nov Syrian civil war:: Israeli aircraft carry out a strike near the Syrian coastal city of Latakia targeting Russian-made S-125 air defense missiles allegedly intended for use by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. (BBC)
  • 02 Nov Two French journalists working for RFI are kidnapped and killed in the town of Kidal in northern Mali. (BBC)
  • 03 Nov An overcrowded ferry with 200 passengers on board sinks off Pattaya, Thailand, killing at least six people. (BBC)
  • 04 Nov Syria civil war:: Colonel Abdul Jabbar Akaidi, top rebel leader and chief recipient of U.S. aid, quits his position blaming recent losses on rebel infighting. (Washington Post)
  • 05 Nov Post-civil war violence in Libya:: Rival militias battle each other in firefights on the streets of Tripoli. No deaths are reported despite the use of rocket-propelled grenades and anti-aircraft artillery by the combatants. (Reuters)
  • 06 Nov Syrian civil war:: A bomb explodes in the center of the capital, Damascus, killing at least 8 people and injuring more than 50 others. (BBC)A suicide bomber kills 8 people and injures 41 others in an attack against an intelligence building in the southern city of As-Suwayda. Among those killed is a Syrian Air Force major. (Reuters)
  • 07 Nov War in North-West Pakistan:: The Pakistani Taliban names Maulana Fazlullah as its new leader six days after Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a drone attack in North Waziristan. (BBC)
  • 08 Nov Somali Civil War (2009–present):: At least 11 people are killed in the Somalian capital Mogadishu after a bomb explodes in a carpark. (AFP via Yahoo News Australia)
  • 09 Nov A gunman kills eight people in a bar in the Colombian city of Cali. (Reuters)
  • 10 Nov Typhoon Haiyan:: Philippines: A Philippines police official estimates that 10,000 people have died in the central province of Leyte. (Weatherzone Australia)Vietnam: 600,000 civilians have been evacuated. (Bangkok Post)
  • 11 Nov A general strike in Nepal against next week's election shuts down schools, markets and industries. (AP via New Zealand Herald)
  • 12 Nov Two people are killed and five others injured when a bomb explodes in Bedfordview, South Africa, near the Eastgate shopping mall. (SAPA via News24)
  • 13 Nov Syria civil war:: Syrian army retakes strategically important Damascus suburb of Hujaira from the rebels. (Reuters)Four Palestinians are killed in a bombing attack at the Yarmouk refugee camp. (Maan News)Syrian Kurds announce transitional autonomous authority amidst fighting with rebels. (BBC)
  • 14 Nov Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: 39 people are killed in Iraq in attacks against Shiites Muslims. (Daily Star)
  • 15 Nov Syrian civil war:: North Korea denies giving military aid to Syria. (Al Jazeera)Hezbollah vows to keep fighters in Syria. (News.com)Albania says it will not allow the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons on its soil after days of protests. (BBC)
  • 16 Nov Syrian civil war:: The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons agrees to a Syria arsenal destruction plan. (The Australian)
  • 17 Nov Post-civil war violence in Libya:: Libya's deputy intelligence chief Mustafa Noah is kidnapped outside Tripoli airport. (Reuters)
  • 18 Nov A gunman attacks the offices of the newspaper Libération and the bank Société Générale in Paris, three days after attacking the offices of the news channel BFM TV. (BBC)
  • 19 Nov Syrian civil war spillover in Lebanon, Iranian embassy bombings:: Two suicide bombers target the Iranian embassy in the Lebanese capital Beirut killing at least 23 people. (Reuters via ABC News Australia)An Al Qaeda-linked group known as the Abdullah Azzam Brigades claims responsibility for the attacks. (Daily News Egypt) (France 24)
  • 20 Nov War in North-West Pakistan:: A Taliban suicide bomber kills two Pakistan Army soldiers in the North Waziristan tribal district. (The Express Tribune)
  • 21 Nov Drone attacks in Pakistan:: Pakistani officials claim that an American drone strike on an Islamic seminary has killed six people, including two Afghan Taliban leaders and a leader of the Haqqani network. (AP)
  • 22 Nov Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: 23 people are killed in bombing and shootings in Iraq. (Reuters)
  • 23 Nov Syrian civil war:: Syrian government air strikes around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo kill 40 people. (Reuters)
  • 24 Nov War in North-West Pakistan:: Three people are killed in explosions in northwest Pakistan. (PTI via Business Standard)
  • 25 Nov Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: Two bombs exploded outside a cafe in Baghdad in the district of Sadriya, home to mainly Shiite Muslims, killing at least 17 and wounding 37. (Reuters)
  • 26 Nov Central African Republic conflict (2012–13):: France announces that it plans to intervene in the conflict in the Central African Republic. (Bloomberg)
  • 27 Nov Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: 33 people are killed in bombings and shootings across Iraq. (BBC)
  • 28 Nov Syrian civil war:: Syrian Army forces capture Deir Atiyah while rebels capture Otayba. (AFP) (Daily Star) (ABC)Three million people are now refugees from the conflict, as estimated by the United Nations. (SBS)One Syrian is killed and nine others injured in mortar shelling of the Russian embassy in Damascus. (Reuters)The US offers to destroy Syria chemical weapons at sea using the US Navy auxiliary vessel MV Cape Ray . (BBC) (One News)
  • 29 Nov Chief of Army Staff (Pakistan): Genral Raheel Sharif took over the command of army chief of Pakistan Army.(New Army Chief - Dawn News)
  • 30 Nov Syrian civil war spillover in Lebanon:: Six people are killed in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli on Saturday in exchanges of fire between neighborhoods which support rival sides in Syria's civil war. (Reuters)
  • 01 Dec 2013 Thai protests:: Anti-government protests cause the Prime Minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra to flee to a secret location as a pro-Thai government protester is killed. (The Guardian)
  • 02 Dec The Right Livelihood Award, sometimes understood as a critique of the Nobel Prize, is presented at a ceremony in the Swedish Parliament building to Dr. Paul Walker, Raji Sourani, Denis Mukwege, and Hans Herren. (Right Livelihood Award)
  • 03 Dec Russian ballet dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko is convicted of organizing an acid attack on Sergei Filin, artistic director of the Bolshoi Theatre. (BBC)
  • 04 Dec Northern Mali:: A mass grave is discovered near Bamako holding the remains of 21 loyalist soldiers said to have gone missing last year during Mali's coup. (Al Jazeera)
  • 05 Dec Unidentified militants attack a Defense Ministry compound in Sana'a, Yemen, killing at least 52 people and injuring 167 others. Most of the victims appear to be doctors and nurses, working at a hospital within the property. (Al Jazeera) (CNN)
  • 06 Dec Al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen:: The Yemeni Defense Ministry regains control of their military compound in Sana'a, Yemen, killing 11 militants in the process. (Reuters)
  • 07 Dec Syrian civil war:: The Islamic Front has taken over Bab al-Hawa bases from the Free Syrian Army. (Reuters)
  • 08 Dec Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: At least 30 people are killed as a result of car bombings in Iraq. (Reuters via IOL)
  • 09 Dec Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: Attacks around Iraq kill at least 18 people, including a car bombing at a cafe in the town of Buhriz which killed 12 people. (AP via Miami Herald)
  • 10 Dec Central African Republic conflict under the Djotodia administration:: Two French soldiers die in overnight fighting in the capital Bangui. (BBC)
  • 11 Dec Syrian Civil War:: Salim Idris, top commander of the Free Syrian Army, flees Syria. Islamist fighters take over his headquarters and key warehouses. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • 12 Dec An air strike intended to target an al Qaeda convoy in Al-Bayda province in central Yemen mistakenly attacks a wedding procession, killing 15 civilians. (Reuters)
  • 13 Dec Syrian Civil War:: The European Union is criticized by Amnesty International for meager assistance of Syrian refugees. (Los Angeles Times)
  • 14 Dec A car bombing in the Malian town of Kidal kills two United Nations peacekeepers. (BBC)
  • 15 Dec War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: The last Australian combat troops leave Afghanistan. (BBC)
  • 16 Dec 2013 South Sudanese political crisis:: Heavy gunfire and explosions are reported in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. The government says it has quelled an attempted coup. (The Washington Post) (AFP via Zia News)
  • 17 Dec Cat Stevens, Hall & Oates, Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, and Nirvana are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Variety)
  • 18 Dec 2013 South Sudanese political crisis:: The United Nations says that 400 to 500 people may have been killed and up to 800 wounded in recent attacks in the country. (Reuters)
  • 19 Dec Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: A series of attacks across Iraq kills 22 Shiite pilgrims. (The Daily Star)
  • 20 Dec A gunman opens fire outside a terminal at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines, killing four people, including the mayor of Labangan, Ukol Talumpa. (CNN)
  • 21 Dec Syrian Civil War:: Battle of Aleppo: Rebel forces capture the Al-Kindi hospital after a huge suicide truck bombing destroys part of the building. (BBC)
  • 22 Dec Syrian Civil War:: Syrian government warplanes drop barrel bombs on the city of Aleppo killing 63 people, including civilians. (World Bulletin)
  • 23 Dec War in North-West Pakistan:: The Pakistani army launches a military offensive against Taliban insurgents near the Afghan border. There are accusations that dozens of civilians are killed. (Reuters)
  • 24 Dec Islamist protests in Egypt (July 2013–present):: A huge explosion hits the Dakahlia security directorate in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, killing 16 and injuring at least 134. (Al Ahram) (Reuters)
  • 25 Dec Euromaidan:: Tetiana Chornovol, a Ukrainian civic activist and journalist, is dragged from her car and beaten by a group of men. Authorities say that this is the latest attack on government opponents. (CNN)
  • 26 Dec Central African Republic conflict under the Djotodia administration:: Six peacekeepers from Chad are killed in clashes in the Central African Republic. (BBC)
  • 27 Dec Syrian Civil War spillover in Lebanon:: A car bomb explodes in the Central District of Beirut, Lebanon, killing eight people, including the former ambassador to the U.S. Mohamad Chatah, and wounding 71 others. (CNN)
  • 28 Dec Islamist protests in Egypt (July 2013–present): Supporters of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood clash with police at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. One person is killed and two campus buildings are set on fire. (BBC)
  • 29 Dec A suicide bomb attack at the Volgograd-1 railway station in the southern Russian city of Volgograd kills at least 16 people and wounds 40 others. (BBC), (CNN), (Reuters)
  • 30 Dec 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)
  • 31 Dec Islamist militants are suspected in an attack on a gas pipeline in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. There were no injuries Reuters