January 2013

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January 2013 was the first month of that common year. It began on a Tuesday and ended after 31 days on a Thursday.

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This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from January 2013.

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  • British comedian Jim Davidson is arrested for alleged historic sexual assaults. (The Daily Telegraph)
  • Mauritania bans the use of plastic bags. (BBC)
  • An unnamed gunman, 33, kills 3 women and injures 2 men in the village of Daillon, Switzerland, opening fire from his apartment, and pursuing the attack in the street; he threatened police when they arrived and was shot and hospitalized (it is speculated this will renew debate about males retaining their arms after their mandated military service). (Chicago Tribune)
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  • Joblessness in the United States remains constant, with latest official figures showing a modest job creation total of 155,000. (Al Jazeera)
  • Swiss bank Wegelin & Co., the nation's oldest, will cease to operate after pleading guilty to a US tax evasion case and being fined $57.8 million. (BBC)
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  • The male friend of the Delhi gang-rape victim – the only witness in the case – on Friday spoke for the first time in front of the nation and exclusively told Zee News that his friend was "positive" and wanted to live even after the horrific incident that took place on the night of December 16. (Zee News)
  • An armed standoff between a gunman and police leaves three hostages and the perpetrator dead in an Aurora, Colorado home. (CNN) (BBC) (Fox News)
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  • AIG, the insurance giant that has recently paid the U.S. treasury back funds it received on "too big to fail" grounds in 2008, says that it may join a lawsuit against the U.S. for the supposedly harsh nature of the bailout terms. (Reuters)
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  • 18 people die after a landslide buries a village in the Yunnan province of China, while 40 people are feared to be buried. (BBC)
  • 29 people die and 12 people are injured after a bus veers off a mountain road in Doti, Nepal. (BBC)
  • A fire sweeps through a complex containing housing for foreign workers in Manama, Bahrain, leaving 13 foreign nationals dead. (BBC)
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  • A NASA spacecraft, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, is providing new evidence of a wet underground environment on Mars that adds to an increasingly complex picture of the Red Planet's early evolution. (NASA)
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  • The finance ministers of the European Union are ready to give their needed approval to those countries within the EU that want to establish a Tobin tax, that is, a tax in financial transactions. (Reuters)
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  • A court in Thailand sentences a magazine editor to ten years' imprisonment for publishing articles that were deemed to have insulted the monarchy. (BBC)
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  • Scuffles occur on the streets of Moscow as supporters and opponents clash over the Russian parliament's attempts to implement anti-gay legislation. If legalised it would result in fines for those who promote events with a gay theme. (AP via ABC) (BBC) (Reuters)
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