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World in 2013


‘Pope emeritus’ Benedict XVI (R) greets Pope Francis upon his arrival at the heliport in Castel Gandolfo. Photo – AFP / OSSERVATORE ROMANO/HO
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January

-Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban in October 2012  because of her campaigning for women's right to education, is discharged from Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
-Barack Obama inaugurated for his second term as US president

February

-The South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is charged with the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, in an incident in his home in Pretoria.
-At the Academy Awards, Daniel Day-Lewis wins best actor, Jennifer Lawrence wins best actress and Argo wins best film.

March

-Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela, dies at the age of 58. He had been ill with cancer for over a year.
-UN Security Council passes strict new sanctions against North  Korea, following a nuclear test conducted by the state the previous month

April

-Baroness Thatcher, former Britian prime minister dies
-Rana Plaza, an eight-storey commercial building, collapses in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 1,129  people and injuring a further 2,515. 

May

-Sir Alex Ferguson retires as Manchester United manager.
-Angelina Jolie reveals that she had a double mastectomy after a BRCA1 gene test revealed that she had an 87 per cent chance of breast cancer.

June


-Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old a former employee of Booz Allen Hamilton, which provides consulting services to the US government, reveals himself as the source of the National Security Agency leaks.
-Julia Gillard, Australia's first female prime minister, is forced to step down after a ballot by Labor MPs installs Kevin Rudd as party leader.

July

-President Mohamed Morsi is deposed in a military coup. The head of Egypt's armed forces, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, announces Morsi's fall on national television.
-At least 78 people are killed near Santiago de Compostela, in the worst train crash in Spanish
history.

August

-Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos purchases The Washington Post for $250m.
-Around 1,429 people (according to US estimates), including many children, are killed in chemical attacks in the suburbs of Damascus, apparently involving sarin gas.

September

-Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran, writes an article in The Washington Post which seems to herald a dramatic thaw in his nation's relationship with the West.
-The UN Security Council agrees a resolution that formally requires Syria to hand over its chemical weapons.

October

-Peter Higgs and Francois Englert win the Nobel Prize in Physics. The physicists are honoured for their discovery of the Higgs boson (or "God Particle").
-The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

November


-Around 6,000 people are killed as Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm ever recorded at landfall, hits the Philippines.
-Following lengthy negotiations with the US and other world powers, Iran agrees to limit its nuclear development programme.

December

-Nelson Mandela, South Africa's ex-president, dies, aged 95.
-UN makes its biggest ever appeal, for £4bn aid for Syria.

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