Each year that passes by leaves certain traits of it for which it continues to be a vital part of human debates. Likewise, even the year 2013 was no less while examining some of the big stories it had unfolded as months rolled over. In fact the year had been an onlooker of many events that had garnered happiness, anger as well as fright among the people. These incidents caught the attention of international media and had been a topic of discussion across the globe. So let’s not waste time and peep back into 2013 to know these events.
Top Ten International News Stories 2013
Know more about the events that made into the record of top ten international stories 2013.
1. Alberta floods
Rainfall that washed Alberta from 19th June till 12th July 2013 happened to be the worst precipitation witnessed in the history of the western province of Canada. This led to the declaration of 32 states of local emergency along with the activation of 28 emergency operations centres. The flood which happened to be one among the leading international news headlines of 2013 not only claimed four lives and displaced almost 100,000 people but as well cost Canada $1.7 billion.
2. Passing away of Nelson Mandela
The former President cum anti-apartheid revolutionary leader from South African, Nelson Mandela became a part of the top international news 2013 when he breathed his last on 5th December 2013 after suffering from a drawn out respiratory infection. The southernmost nation of Africa observed a ten days long national mourning to honour their leader. Beside several other memorial services were observed across the continent as well as around the globe. Nelson Mandela was 95 years when he passed away.
3. Boston Marathon Blast
The Boston Marathon that took place on 15th April, 2013 was shook with shock and fright when two pressure cooker explosives went off at 2:49 pm EDT. The incident took place 13 seconds and 210 yards apart near the finish line on Boylston Street, claiming the lives of three innocent participants and injuring 264 others. According to investigations it was concluded that two brother – Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were the culprits.
4. NSA leaks
The moment it was revealed that ex-NSA-contractor Edward Snowden had leaked NSA’s program of massive data collection of American’s internet records and phone, it became an international discussion. The first news about the disclosure caught media attention during June 2013 and continued to do so throughout the year. The incident had even thrown light on many secret treaties signed by members of the UKUSA community in order to execute global surveillance.
5. Birth of Prince George
The birth of Prince George, the third in line to the British throne became an international new the moment his father informed British media about the addition in the royal family. Prince William and Catherine welcomed their first child on 22nd July 2013. The birth of the little prince was an overwhelming moment for the whole of Britain and inquisitive news for the rest of the world. As soon as Kate was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital, London; media camped outside her hospital along with numerous well wishers to have a glace of the new born.
6. Typhoon Haiyan
November 8, 2013 proved unlucky and devastating for Southeast Asia, especially Philippines as Typhoon Haiyan swept passed the sub-region of Asia. It was termed as the most destructive Philippine typhoon since it was responsible for taking 6,201 lives in the nation. Till January 2014, relatives and families continued to search their dear ones who went missing during the storm. Typhoon Haiyan was also the strongest storm which moved at a velocity of 315 km/h.
7. Gigantic meteor shocks Russia
A gigantic meteor not only shocked Russia but also made an international news headlines when it entered the earth’s atmosphere on 15th February 2013, crossing the northern Eurasia with a velocity that is sixty times the speed of sound. The meteor was a surprise for those who have witnesses it as it was brighter than the sun and even emitted heat resembling a fireball. Later, the Russian Federal Space Agency reported that it was part of an asteroid moving at about 30 km/s.
8. Bradley Manning sentenced
When a military judge sentenced the United States Army soldier, Bradley Manning to 35 years of imprisonment, a wave of mixed reaction was sent among the Americans. Manning was found leaking thousands of secret information and classified documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. He was arrested in may 2010 and was awarded with the criminal penalty in August 2013. Beside this, he was also found committing twenty two other offences.
9. Obamacare rollout
The rollout of “Obamacare” or the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during 2013 is the greatest failure that President Barack Obama had faced as of now. The act representing the overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system, starting facing challenges from in Congress and federal courts and from few conservative advocacy groups, state governments and small business organizations. By October 2013 only 2% of the total American population rolled into it, making it a topic of discuss across the nation.
10. Pope Francis inauguration
As Rome welcomed their new Pope, on 13th March 2013 by electing Jorge Bergoglio in place of Pope Benedict XVI, the Roman Catholic had observed a new event in its history. It was for the first time in 600 years that a Pope had resigned and a new one had been elected. Holy Mass commemorated by Pope Francis before political and religious leaders from around the world. This even became one of the international world news during 2013.