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5 August 2013 Current Affairs

Armed conflicts and attacks
  • War in Afghanistan (2001–present):
    • A bomb explodes at a market in the Afghan city of Kandahar, killing at least four people. (BBC)
  • Nigerian Sharia conflict:
    • 35 people – mostly Boko Haram militants – are killed in separate attacks on security forces in Borno State. (Reuters)
  • A bomb rigged to a vehicle kills eight people in Cotabato, Philippines. (ABC News via AP)
Disasters and accidents
  • US military helicopter crashed at a US Marine Camp Hansen in Japan’s southernmost prefecture of Okinawa, killing 4 people and injuring 3 others. (NHK World)
  • More than 160 people are killed in flash floods across Afghanistan and Pakistan. (The Independent)
  • 55 people are hospitalized following a truck fire 3.5km into the Gudvanga Tunnel in Norway. (AP via News24)
Law and crime
  • Two people are killed and five are wounded in a shooting outside a taco restaurant in Salinas, California, U.S. It is believed to be gang-related. (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • Three people are killed and five are wounded in a shooting at a town hall meeting in Ross Township, Pennsylvania, U.S. (CNN)
  • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos purchases The Washington Post for $250 million.
Politics and elections
  • Opposition leader Enele Sopoaga is sworn in as Prime Minister of Tuvalu by Governor-General Iakoba Italeli after winning a secret ballot held in parliament. (Islands Business)
  • The world’s first bovine stem cells lab-grown burger is cooked and eaten at a news conference in London. (BBC)
  • In Major League Baseball, Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees is banned for 211 games for his role in the Biogenesis baseball scandalwith 12 other players given bans of 50 games. (Reuters via the Sydney Morning Herald)


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