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30 July 2013 Current Affairs

Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Nigerian Sharia conflict:
    • 28 people are killed in a series of explosions targeting bars in the northern Nigerian city of Kano. (BBC)
  • Syrian civil war:
    • 17 people are killed and 26 wounded in a mortar attack in the government held district of Homs and the town of Dablan (ABC) (The Times of Israel)
    • A car bomb kills Syrian Kurdish politician Isa Huso outside his home near the Turkish border. (Reiters)
  • 134 people are reported to have been killed in a new wave of violence between two rival tribes in Sudan’s Darfur region. (Voice of America)
Arts and culture
  • Vietnam’s Ministry of Justice, Hà Hùng Cường, becomes the second government ministry, after the Health Ministry, to back plans to legalizesame-sex marriage in Vietnam, when he submits a draft of an amended Law on Marriage and Family to the government. (Gaystarnews)
Business and economy
  • Fiat wins at least a partial victory in Delaware Chancery Court, but the judge declines its invitation to order a United Autoworkers affiliated trust to sell its Chrysler shares to the Italian company. (Reuters)
Disasters and accidents
  • At least nine children are killed and another twenty injured after their school bus collides with a truck in the Indian city of Hanumangarh inRajasthan state. (AP via ABC News America)
  • A mass funeral is held near the southern Italian town of Pozzuoli for the 38 victims of Sunday’s bus crash. (BBC News) (CNN)
  • Eight people are injured in a gas explosion in the US state of Florida. (BBC)
  • The driver of a train that derailed in Spain last week, killing 79 people, is reported to have been on the phone with railway staff when the train crashed, possibly distracting him shortly before the crash, expert say. (CNN)
  • Honduras declares a state of emergency after an outbreak of dengue fever kills 16 people and sickens 12,000. (AP via CTV News)
International relations
  • US Secretary of State, John Kerry, announces that Israeli and Palestinian officials have agreed to resume negotiations for a peace agreement.(The Jerusalem Post) (CNN) (The Telegraph)
  • EU Foreign Affairs head, Catherine Ashton meets with deposed President Mohamed Morsi at an undisclosed location and confirms he is in good health, while Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood supporters call for continued demonstrations against the new regime. (The Times of Israel)(The Telegraph) (UPI)
Law and crime
  • In United States v. Bradley Manning, Bradley Manning is acquitted of aiding the enemy for giving classified United States Army information toWikiLeaks. Manning is found guilty of five espionage charges and five theft charges. (CNN)(The Guardian)
  • JPMorgan Chase settles with the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for $410M due to alleged manipulation of energy markets in California and the Midwest. (Bloomberg)
  • The United States Department of the Treasury issues sanctions to three Mexican nationals linked to the Sinaloa Cartel for laundering money for the drug lords Ismael Zambada García and Joaquín Guzmán Loera. The Kingpin Act sanctions prohibit Americans to do any kind of business with them. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Raif Badawi, the editor of a Saudi Arabian website to discuss the role of religion in Saudi Arabia, is sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for founding an Internet forum that “violates Islamic values and propagates liberal thought.” (Reuters via New York Daily News)
Politics and elections
  • Mamnoon Hussain is elected as the 12th President of Pakistan. (Geo)


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