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21 July 2013 Current Affairs

Armed conflict and attacks
  • Hundreds of al-Qaeda prisoners escape during armed raids on two Iraqi prisons, including the Baghdad Central Prison (formerly known as Abu Ghraib). (The Telegraph)
Disasters and accidents
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes under Cook Strait in New Zealand, causing moderate damage in the capital city Wellington. (Fairfax NZ)
  • Fifteen Egyptian Army soldiers are killed and another injured after their bus crashes into a truck on a highway on the Mediterranean coast. (AP via Montreal Gazette)
Law and crime
  • At least 12 people have been killed or wounded in a clash between two Muslim families in the province of Lanao del Sur in the southernPhillipines. (Mindanao Examiner)
Politics and elections
  • Voters in Japan go to the polls for a House of Councillors (Japan’s upper house) election with the governing coalition led by Shinzo Abe winning control of the upper house. (USA Today), (Bloomberg via Business Week)
  • King Albert II of Belgium abdicates in favour of his son Prince Philippe. (AP)
  • In cycling, the 2013 Tour de France finishes today in Paris with Kenyan-born British rider Chris Froome winning his first Tour de France. (ABC News Australia)
  • In golf, American golfer Phil Mickelson wins the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield in Scotland for the first time. (Al-Jazeera), (AP via The Washington Post)
  • In motorcycling, the World Superbike Championship race at the Moscow Raceway is cancelled after the Italian rider Andrea Antonelli dies after a crash on the opening lap. (Guardian)


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