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2013 timeline

"2013 timeline" Continued...

Issue: "2013 News of the Year," Jan. 11, 2014

Sept. 24: An earthquake strikes southwestern Pakistan, killing at least 400 people.

Sept. 26: Boko Haram militants strike villages in Gwoza, Nigeria, burning two churches and killing a pastor. Three days later they attack an agricultural college, killing nearly 80 people.

Sept. 27: Barack Obama asks Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to release Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini and American Amir Hekmati.

October

Government shutdown
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Government shutdown
Oct. 1: A partial government shutdown begins after Congress fails to reach a spending agreement.

Oct. 1: The U.S. government launches Obamacare, which quickly experiences technical difficulties. 

Oct. 3: A boat packed with about 500 African migrants catches fire and sinks off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, leaving more than 300 dead.

Oct. 4: One of the worst blizzards in South Dakota's history blasts through the region.

Oct. 9: President Obama nominates Janet Yellen to succeed Ben Bernanke at the Federal Reserve. 

Oct. 9: The White House announces it will withhold delivery of military equipment and $260 million in cash to Egypt. 

Oct. 13: Thousands of veterans and their supporters converge on national monuments across Washington to protest federal officials closing the sites during the government shutdown.

Oct. 17: The government shutdown ends after Congress approves a bipartisan deal.

Oct. 21: A student opens fire at Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nev., killing one teacher and injuring two students before killing himself.

Oct. 21: New Jersey legalizes same-sex marriage.

Oct. 22: Massachusetts student Philip Chism, 14, kills Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer.

Oct. 23: German Chancellor Angela Merkel calls Barack Obama after learning the National Security Agency tapped her phone. Further investigation reveals the NSA spied on other world leaders.

Oct. 24: A Nigerian army offensive kills 74 Boko Haram militants.

Oct. 29: The UN confirms a polio outbreak in Syria.

Oct. 30: The Boston Red Sox win the World Series, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals four games to two.

Oct. 31: A watchdog group says Syria has met a deadline to destroy or disable all of its declared chemical weapons production and mixing facilities. 

November

Typhoon Haiyan
Associated Press/Photo by David Guttenfelder
Typhoon Haiyan
Nov. 1: Gunman Paul Ciancia opens fire at the Los Angeles International Airport, killing a TSA agent.

Nov. 3: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un orders the public executions of 80 people for minor offenses such as possessing Bibles.

Nov. 4: Iranian officials transfer American Iranian pastor Saeed Abedini to the violent Rajai Shahr prison.

Nov. 7: President Barack Obama apologizes to Americans who lost insurance policies after he promised they wouldn't under Obamacare.

Nov. 8: Typhoon Haiyan strikes the Philippines, flattening entire towns and leaving at least 5,500 dead.

Nov. 12: After suing to block a merger between US Airways and American Airlines, the Justice Department says it reached a settlement allowing the merger to proceed.

Nov. 13: The United States formally declares Nigerian militant groups Boko Haram and Ansaru "terrorists."

Nov. 15: China announces that couples will now be allowed two children if one parent is an only child, and says it will also abolish its labor camp system.

Nov. 19: The U.S. Supreme Court votes 5-4 to allow Texas' new abortion restrictions to stand while litigation continues in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Nov. 24: Iran and six other world powers reach an agreement aimed at limiting Tehran's progress toward building a nuclear bomb.

Nov. 26: The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear a challenge to Obamacare's contraceptive mandate.

December

New York commuter train
Associated Press/Photo by Mark Lennihan
New York commuter train
Dec. 1: A New York commuter train derails, killing four.

Dec. 7: North Korea releases American tourist Merrill Newman after detaining him since October.

Dec. 8: At least 400,000 Ukrainians protest in Kiev against their government's surrender to Russian pressure to back away from European involvement. 

Dec. 10: Bipartisan negotiators from the House and Senate reach a two-year fiscal deal that, if passed, will avert a January government shutdown.

Dec. 11: India's Supreme Court upholds a law, previously overturned by a lower court, that makes homosexual activity illegal.

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