Portal:Current events/2011 January 13
Current events of
January 13, 2011
Armed conflicts and attacks
Protests in Tunisia
At least six people are killed in further clashes: three in
, one in
and one in
Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
gives a televised address during which he attempts to appease protesters by vowing not to seek re-election in 2014. He also promises an end to live firing of "real bullets": three more people are killed in the
suburb of Aouina less than an hour later.
Forces loyal to incumbent
attack and burn
A British cruise ship avoids a possible
Somali pirate attack
100 miles (160 km) off the coast of
in the Indian Ocean.
stationed in northern Israel on high alert following the collapse of the
shepherd Charbel Tanious Khoury, whom it abducted on Wednesday when he crossed the
and entered Israeli territory, after interrogating him. He is the third Lebanese shepherd to be captured by Israel in the past year. Israel conducts 14 surveillance flights over Lebanese territory.
The Daily Star
(AFP via Google News)
Business and economy
Executives of the troubled U.S. book retailer
meet with publishers to appeal for financing.
United States banks
on a record one million mortgages in 2010.
(ABC News Australia)
is reported to have the highest
capacity after adding 16GW in 2010, bringing its total to 41.8
, with the
in second with 40.2GW installed.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
revokes a permit for a proposed
which would have been one of America's largest citing "destructive and unsustainable mining practices that jeopardize the health of Appalachian communities and clean water".
Major cr rating agencies
Standard & Poor’s
warn the U.S. that its increasing national debt may lead to a lowering of the nation's
New York Times
Floods in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The death toll continues to rise, with over 500 confirmed casualties.
Sydney Morning Herald
780 million ($466.2 million) emergency relief budget for the areas affected.
Floods in Queensland, Australia
Flood waters peak in
, Australia, missing historic levels but still threatening thousands of homes.
(Dow Jones via
Wall Street Journal
The death toll reaches at least 15 and is expected to rise as search and rescue efforts continue.
More than one million people are affected by flooding in
, with 21 dead and 270,000 made homeless.
10 people are killed in a hotel fire in
Three people drown and six are missing after a boat taking people home from an engagement ceremony capsized in northern
The Straits Times
capsizes in the
in Germany with two crew members missing.
's lower house of parliament ratifies an agreement to turn over 380 square miles (approx. 1,000 square kilometers) of territory to China, ending a century-old conflict over disputed territory.
Prime Minister of Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
's recent controversial comments about Turkey by advising
to replace him with another person in his role as foreign minister. Editorials in right and left-wing Israeli newspapers also call for Liberman to be sacked after his comments offended Israel's Turkish counterparts.
The Daily Telegraph
Law and crime
website honours a pledge made in July by offering financial aid to the legal team of
, a soldier accused by the United States of providing
secret U.S. embassy cables
for international public consumption.
A German pornographer is sentenced to four years imprisonment in
Thousands of members of
People's Democratic Party
begin voting on whether incumbent
should be their choice of candidate in
April presidential elections
South Sudanese independence referendum, 2011
is confirmed by organisers to have had a turnout above the necessary threshold needed for it to be valid.
again announces he is not resigning amid continuing speculation of a
motion of no confidence
following his admission that he dined and played golf with
Anglo Irish Bank
the bank's nationalisation
The Irish Times
Voters in the
Oldham East and Saddleworth
go to the polls for a
resulting in a win by
(UKPA via Google News)
Kay Bailey Hutchison
, announces she will not seek re-election in
(AP via Fox News)
Science and medicine
buries 1.4 million
an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease
spreading through airborne transmission on
particles, in an
experiment focusing on
2011 AFC Asian Cup
by a score of 2-1 in the
2011 AFC Asian Cup
exit the tournament after an error against
is to host its first ever
tournament, on a course used by leader