October 2013

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October 2013 was the tenth 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This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from October 2013.

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  • Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):
    • Gunmen shoot down a military helicopter in northern Iraq killing all four crew members. (Reuters)
  • The Russian embassy in Libya's capital Tripoli came under fire after an attempted attack by gunmen who tried to force their way into the compound. One of the attackers was killed and four others were injured according to Libyan authorities. (Reuters)
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  • Reuters reports that major money market fund managers are avoiding U.S. Treasury debt due to mature in the next few months, as the debt ceiling nears and Governmental deadlock deepens. (Reuters)
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  • Heavy flooding in the Philippines city of Zamboanga leads to thousands of families being displaced and schools and most government offices being closed. (ABS-CBN)
  • At least four people are killed and hundreds of thousands of people evacuated as Typhoon Fitow hit eastern China yesterday. (Reuters)
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  • A Denver couple, Wayne Sperling, 66, (jailed) and Lorinda Bailey, 35, (free) are accused of felony child abuse in one of the most egregious cases of suspected abuse in state history. Four boys, ages 2 to 6, were living in a house filled with cat feces and urine, with flies everywhere. They were nonverbal, malnourished, filthy, and uneducated, communicating to caseworkers and police in grunts. The couple were accused of misdemeanor abuse of 3 other children in 2006. (MSN)
  • Four people living at the same address in Savannah, Tennessee (3 men and 1 woman), believed to be involved in an area child pornography investigation and who had earlier fled a September 2013 FBI investigation (where computers and cameras were seized) are found dead of gunshot wounds (they may have been drugged) in a murder-suicide on a road in Double Springs, Winston County, Alabama. (MSN)
  • Proposals for a Royal Charter on self-regulation of the British press put forward by the press industry itself are rejected by the Privy Council. (BBC)
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  • Scott Carpenter, Mercury 7 astronaut and second American to orbit the earth, dies at 88 following complications from a stroke.(Fox News)


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  • Syrian civil war:
    • At least 21 civilians are killed when their minibus hits a land mine in southern Syrian town of Nawa, with opposition activists blaming the Syrian army. (Reuters), (BBC)
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  • Divers in Russia recover a 570kg (1,255lb) portion of the Chelyabinsk meteor that landed on February 15 2013. It is one of the largest meteorite fragments found to date. (BBC)
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  • China's economy grew at a rate of 7.8 percent in the third quarter. (Reuters)
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  • Asteroid 2013 TV135 is discovered with an approximately 1 in 63,000 chance of colliding with the earth in 2032. (CNN)
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  • President Obama's staff has unmasked and fired a national security official who tweeted critical comments under a pseudonym. (USA Today)
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  • 2013 World Series: Jon Lester, Red Sox win Game 1 against mistake-ridden Cardinals (washingtonpost.com)
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  • Japan's emergency agencies declare a tsunami warning after an earthquake of magnitude 7.3 strikes off the east coast. (AP via News24)
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  • The United States FAA relents and permits limited use of electronic gadgets on planes. (FOX News)
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