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23 July 2013 Current Affairs

Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Nine people are killed in Cairo, Egypt, as fighting between supporters and opponents of former President Mohamed Morsi continues. (BBC)
  • A bomb kills eight people in Afghanistan’s Wardak Province, including three United States Army soldiers, four Afghan National Army soldiers and an interpreter. (New York Times)
Arts and culture
  • Tens of thousands of Roman Catholics greet Pope Francis in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during his first foreign trip as pontiff. (BBC)
Disasters and accidents
  • A collision between a tour bus and a truck kills at least 19 and injures 22 in Saraburi, Thailand. (Bangkok Post) (BBC)
  • The Cyclospora parasite sickens more than 250 people in the Midwestern United States, with the CDC reporting that eight have been hospitalized with cyclosporiasis, as the result of contamination of fresh produce shipped across state lines. (NBC)
  • Japan begins a renewed effort to halt the leak of radioactive material from the tsunami-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (BBC)
  • Hercules 264, a Gulf of Mexico natural gas drilling rig, partially collapses off the coast of Louisiana after catching fire. (NBC)
Law and crime
  • Burma frees dozens of political prisoners as part of the country’s ongoing effort at political reform. (Deutsche Welle)
  • Eighteen Britons are arrested on the Greek island of Crete, following the murder of a male tourist and a violent confrontation between tourists and local police. (BBC)
  • China announces a five-year ban on the construction of new government buildings, as part of a major effort to curtail state corruption and overspending. (The Guardian)
  • The Simon Wiesenthal Center begins a public campaign in Germany to bring to justice the last surviving Nazi war criminals from the Second World War. (BBC)
  • A New York nuclear power plant supervisor is charged with falsifying test results involving emergency generators to prevent the plant from being shut down. (NBC)
Politics and elections
  • Protesters besiege the Parliament of Bulgaria in Sofia amid major anti-government rallies. (Chicago Tribune)
  • The President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, sacks his entire government, including the Vice President, Riek Machar. (Voice of America)


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