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01 December 2013 Current Affairs

Armed conflict and attacks
  • 2013 Thai protests:
    • Anti-government protests cause the Prime Minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra to flee to a secret location as a pro-Thai government protester is killed. (The Guardian)
  • Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):
    • A suicide bombing at a funeral kills at least 17 people in Baqubah, Iraq. (Al Jazeera)
  • 2013 Ukraine pro-European Union protests:
    • 100,000 people continue their protest against president Yanukovych’s decision to back away from stronger ties with the European Union. (Ria Novosti) (Deutsche Welle)
    • Casualties are reported after clashes between protesters and police in Kiev. (BBC)
    • Protesters storm the Kiev City Council buildings. (BBC)
  • Syrian civil war:
    • Syrian army helicopters bombard the northern rebel-held town of Al-Bab for a second day, killing 20 people. (Reuters)
Disasters and accidents
  • At least four are dead following a Metro-North Railroad train derailment near Spuyten Duyvil, The Bronx, New York City. (CNN)
  • A clothing factory fire in Prato, Italy, kills at least five people. (Daily Star)
Politics and elections
  • Croatian constitutional referendum, 2013:
    • Voters in Croatia go to the polls for a referendum on a proposal to outlaw same-sex marriage with 65 per cent voting yes. (Sky News)
Science and technology
  • Comet ISON breaks up into a cloud of debris after skimming the Sun. (NBC)
  • China launches Chang’e 3, its first mission to the Moon’s surface. (CNN)
  • Assem Allam, the Egyptian-born businessman and owner of Premier League club Hull City, tells the club’s fans, whom he refers to as “hooligans”, that they can “die as soon as they want” following protests against his plans to rename the club Hull Tigers. (ITV News) (Daily Mail)


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