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1. 02-01 Fatal blast outside U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey
2. 02-05 Hooded gunmen rape 6 tourists in Mexico Acapulco, Mexico
3. 02-06 Politician's slaying shocks Tunisia Tunis, Tunisia
E. 02-08 'Historic' snowstorm blankets US Massachusetts
F. 02-11 Pope Benedict to resign at end of month Vatican
G. 02-11 North Korea confirms nuclear test Pyongyang, North Korea
02-14 Pistorius charged with killing girlfriend Pretoria, South Africa
I. 02-14 Crippled cruise ship reaches land
J. 02-15 Meteor injures hundreds in Russia Chelyabinsk, Ural

Summary.     Click for More > Crippled cruise ship reaches land   The Carnival Triumph with more than 4,000 people aboard has reached land, four days after an engine fire knocked out the vessel's power Meteor injures hundreds in Russia Map of Chelyabinsk Russia
Fatal blast outside U.S. Embassy Hooded gunmen rape 6 tourists in Mexico   A pack of masked and hooded gunmen broke into a beach bungalow and raped six women spanish tourists after tying up a group of men Politician's slaying shocks Tunisia 'Historic' snowstorm blankets US   Thick snow is blanketing the north-eastern US as a major storm cuts power to thousands of homes and plays havoc with transport schedules Pope Benedict to resign at end of month   The spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics surprised the world Monday by saying he will resign at the end of the month 'because of advanced...   North Korea confirms nuclear test   Pyongyang said the underground test involved a 'miniaturised' nuclear device and was carried out in a 'safe and perfect manner'   Pistorius charged with killing girlfriend Map of Pretoria South Africa
Feb.1   Turkey
 Washington  US economy adds 157,000 new jobs
Feb.2  Mali  Timbuktu hails French president
Feb.3  Paraguay  Paraguay candidate Oviedo killed
 New Orleans  Ravens win Super Bowl over 49ers, 34-29
 Mali  French jets bomb northern Mali
Feb.4  New York  US 'will sue' Standard & Poor's
 Mexico  Mexico blast 'triggered by gas'
Feb.5  Washington  Drone strikes legal case revealed
  Mexico
 Tokyo  Japan PM condemns China radar act
Feb.6   Tunisia
 Solomon Islands  5 dead after powerful quake strikes in South Pacific
Feb.8  Tunisia  Angry crowds mourn Tunisia opposition leader
 Brussels  EU leaders agree 3% budget cut
  Massachusetts
Feb.9  Berlin  German 'plagiarism' minister quits
 Boston  North-east US paralysed by snowstorm
 United Kingdom  Horsemeat scandal spreads
 Massachusetts  Snow-hit US states begin clear-up
Feb.10  Johannesburg  Third African title for Nigeria
 India  'Overcrowding' behind India stampede
Feb.11   Vatican
  North Korea
Feb.12  U.S. Congress  Obama pledges to reignite economy
Feb.13  Washington  Obama: 34,000 U.S. troops out of Afghanistan
 Southern California  Charred body found after US manhunt
Feb.14   South Africa
  Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder in the death of Reeva Steenkamp, 29, at his South Africa.    His arrest over the death of model Reeva Steenkamp has s...
  Alabama
Feb.15   Ural
  A meteor crashing in Russia's Ural mountains has injured at least 950 people, as the shockwave blew out windows and rocked buildings.    A fireball streaked through the clear morning sky, followed by loud bangs. The meteor fell, suffered cuts and bruises but at least 46 remai...
 South Africa  Pistorius denies girlfriend's murder  Global  Asteroid 2012 DA14 in record-breaking Earth pass  Ural  Clean-up team to meteorite-hit Urals Feb.16  West Pakistan  Pakistan market bomb kills dozens Feb.17  Northern Nigeria  Foreign workers abducted in Nigeria  Jerusalem  Israel to launch Prisoner X inquiry  Ecuador  Ecuador's Correa is re-elected Feb.18   Venezuela   Venezuela's Chavez finally returns home   President Hugo Chavez announced his return to Venezuela from Cuba early Monday, where he had been undergoing cancer treatment  Italy  Nestle finds horsemeat in beef meals Feb.19  Virginia  Report: Chinese military leading cyberattacks  Brussels  Robbers steal $50M in diamonds at Belgian airport  South Africa  Pistorius 'shot girlfriend in bathroom' Feb.20  South Africa  'Gunshots, screams, then more shots'  South Africa  Pistorius police evidence challenged   South Africa Pistorius detective on attempted murder charges Feb.21  Damascus  Deadly bomb rocks Syrian capital   Southern India Indian city shaken by blasts; 12 dead Feb.22   South Africa Oscar Pistorius granted bail  Mali  'Many die' in Mali mountain clashes Feb.23  Vatican  Vatican attacks resignation 'gossip' Feb.24  Afghanistan  US forces 'must leave' Afghan region  Los Angeles  'Argo' wins best picture Oscar Feb.25  Scotland  Archbishop resigns amid abuse claims Feb.26   Egypt Tourists killed as hot air balloon explodes in Egypt   Hot air balloon exploded over the city of Luxor. Eighteen tourists were killed when the balloon dropped almost 300 meters  Italy  Europe anxious after Italy election deadlock  U.S. Senate  Hagel confirmed as defence secretary  Mexico  Mexico's 'most powerful woman' held Feb.27   Vatican Pope Benedict speaks in final papal audience  European Union  EU agrees to cap bankers' bonuses Feb.28  Washington  U.S. to give additional $60M to Syrian opposition   Vatican Benedict XVI quits Vatican City for last time as pope
  Amid pomp and ceremony, Benedict XVI left Vatican City for the last time as pope, ahead of his historic resignation as leader of the world's Catholics
 The 85-year-old pontiff is being flown by helicopter to the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo, near Rome
 Vatican  Benedict XVI steps down from papacy



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Feb.1   Turkey  
  One person died Friday in an apparent suicide bombing at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara
  Washington US economy adds 157,000 new jobs  Mali  UN alarm at Mali army abuse claim  Turkey  Turkish attack a reminder of Cold War dynamics

February 2 ... more > Top ^

Feb.2   Mali     Timbuktu hails French president   France's president has said it would be wrong to assume the conflict in Mali is over, 3 weeks after launching an offensive to oust Islamist ...  Mali  France vows to help rebuild Mali  London  UK to host Afghan-Pakistani talks

February 3 ... more > Top ^

Feb.3   Paraguay   Paraguay candidate Oviedo killed   Presidential candidate Lino Oviedo has died in a helicopter crash. Oviedo, 69, was running for Paraguay's third largest party in presidential...  England  Malala recovering after surgery  Damascus  Assad: Israel destabilising Syria   New Orleans   Ravens win Super Bowl over 49ers, 34-29  A power outage puts Super Bowl on hold for 34 minutes. The Ravens took a 22-point lead before the 49ers   Mali French jets bomb northern Mali


February 4 ... more > Top ^

Feb.4  Istanbul  Missing American found dead  Mali  French jets target Mali rebel bases  England  Match-fixing network unearthed   New York US 'will sue' Standard & Poor's
  Mexico Mexico blast 'triggered by gas'  England  Richard III skeleton found under a car park

February 5 ... more > Top ^

Feb.5   Washington   Drone strikes legal case revealed  The legal basis for using drone strikes to kill US citizens has been disclosed in a leaked justice department memo  Texas  Dell to be bought back by founder   Mexico   Hooded gunmen rape 6 tourists in Mexico
Map of Acapulco Mexico
  A pack of masked and hooded gunmen broke into a beach bungalow and raped six women spanish tourists after tying up a group of men
 Mali  French 'kill hundreds' in Mali  Beijing  China promises rise in minimum wage   Tokyo   Japan PM condemns China radar act   Japan's prime minister has called the decision by a Chinese frigate to put a radar lock on a Japanese navy ship a 'dangerous act'

February 6 ... more > Top ^

Feb.6   Tunisia   Politician's slaying shocks Tunisia
Map of Tunis Tunisia
  a gunman shot and killed opposition leader Chokri Belaid, Vocal critic of Islamist-led government, in front of his home
  Solomon Islands 5 dead after powerful quake strikes in South Pacific  South Africa  Burkina Faso into fairytale final  Australia  Australia sport doping 'widespread'  Brussels  EU leaders set for crucial budget summit

February 7 ... more > Top ^

Feb.7  Tunisia  Tense Tunisia to bury slain leader  U.S. Senate  CIA nominee defends drone strikes  New England  US north-east braces for 'historic' snowstorm

February 8 ... more > Top ^

Feb.8   Tunisia Angry crowds mourn Tunisia opposition leader
  Brussels EU leaders agree 3% budget cut   Massachusetts   'Historic' snowstorm blankets US
  Thick snow is blanketing the north-eastern US as a major storm cuts power to thousands of homes and plays havoc with transport schedules
 Millions of residents being warned to stay indoors


February 9 ... more > Top ^

Feb.9   Berlin German 'plagiarism' minister quits
  Boston North-east US paralysed by snowstorm   United Kingdom Horsemeat scandal spreads   Massachusetts Snow-hit US states begin clear-up  India  Holiest day at India's Kumbh Mela

February 10 ... more > Top ^

Feb.10   Johannesburg Third African title for Nigeria
  India 'Overcrowding' behind India stampede  France  Horsemeat scandal widens across EU

February 11 ... more > Top ^

Feb.11   Vatican     Pope Benedict to resign at end of month
  The spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics surprised the world Monday by saying he will resign at the end of the month 'because of advanced age'
 The news startled and shocked the Catholic world and led to frenzied speculation about who would replace him
 North Korea  Seismic activity amid nuclear test concerns   North Korea     North Korea confirms nuclear test
Map of Pyongyang North Korea
  Pyongyang said the underground test involved a 'miniaturised' nuclear device and was carried out in a 'safe and perfect manner'


February 12 ... more > Top ^

Feb.12   U.S. Congress     Obama pledges to reignite economy   President Obama urges Congress to back his plans for government action to revive the sluggish US economy in his State of the Union speech  UN Security Council  North Korea test condemned at UN

February 13 ... more > Top ^

Feb.13   Washington Obama: 34,000 U.S. troops out of Afghanistan
  Southern California Charred body found after US manhunt  European Union  EU urges DNA tests of processed beef  Eastern Ukraine  Deaths reported in Ukraine plane crash

February 14 ... more > Top ^

Feb.14   South Africa     Pistorius charged with killing girlfriend
Map of Pretoria South Africa
  Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder in the death of Reeva Steenkamp, 29, at his South Africa
 His arrest over the death of model Reeva Steenkamp has stunned the country where he is considered a national hero
 Pittsburgh  Warren Buffett in $28bn Heinz deal  European Union  Eurozone sees recession deepen   Alabama   Crippled cruise ship reaches land
Map of Mobile Alabama Alabama
  The Carnival Triumph with more than 4,000 people aboard has reached land, four days after an engine fire knocked out the vessel's power


February 15 ... more > Top ^

Feb.15   Ural   Meteor injures hundreds in Russia
Map of Chelyabinsk Russia
  A meteor crashing in Russia's Ural mountains has injured at least 950 people, as the shockwave blew out windows and rocked buildings
 A fireball streaked through the clear morning sky, followed by loud bangs. The meteor fell, suffered cuts and bruises but at least 46 remain in hospital. A large fragment landed in a lake near Chebarkul. The walls of the Arena Traktor were among those structures to suffer damage
  South Africa Pistorius denies girlfriend's murder   Global Asteroid 2012 DA14 in record-breaking Earth pass   Ural Clean-up team to meteorite-hit Urals  Moscow  Countries join in tax reform plea

February 16 ... more > Top ^

Feb.16   West Pakistan Pakistan market bomb kills dozens
 Kabul  Karzai limits Afghan air strike help

February 17 ... more > Top ^

Feb.17   Northern Nigeria   Foreign workers abducted in Nigeria   At least six foreign workers have been seized and a security guard shot dead by gunmen who attacked a construction company site in northern ...  Bangladesh  Bangladesh protests spark law change   Jerusalem Israel to launch Prisoner X inquiry
  Ecuador   Ecuador's Correa is re-elected   President Rafael Correa has been re-elected for a third term with more than 50% of the vote. His main challenger has admitted defeat

February 18 ... more > Top ^

Feb.18   Venezuela     Venezuela's Chavez finally returns home
  President Hugo Chavez announced his return to Venezuela from Cuba early Monday, where he had been undergoing cancer treatment
  Italy Nestle finds horsemeat in beef meals
 Afghanistan  Civilian casualties in Afghanistan fall

February 19 ... more > Top ^

Feb.19   Virginia   Report: Chinese military leading cyberattacks   An American cybersecurity firm has linked one of the world's most prolific groups of computer hackers in Shanghai to the Chinese government   Brussels Robbers steal $50M in diamonds at Belgian airport
  South Africa Pistorius 'shot girlfriend in bathroom'  Moscow  Russia probes 'murder' of US adoptee  South Africa  Pistorius 'mistook girlfriend for robber'  Missouri  Huge blaze in US shopping district  Japan  Japan posts record trade deficit

February 20 ... more > Top ^

Feb.20   South Africa     'Gunshots, screams, then more shots'   A witness heard gunshots, screaming and then further shots from Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius's home on the night his girlfriend was kille...   South Africa     Pistorius police evidence challenged   Lawyers for South African athlete Oscar Pistorius have challenged the testimony of a senior police detective on the second day of a bail hea...   South Africa     Pistorius detective on attempted murder charges
Map of Pretoria South Africa
  Hilton Botha, the detective leading the Oscar Pistorius inquiry is himself facing seven charges of attempted murder, police have confirmed


February 21 ... more > Top ^

Feb.21   Damascus Deadly bomb rocks Syrian capital
 South Africa  New detective put on Pistorius case   Southern India   Indian city shaken by blasts; 12 dead Map of Hyderabad India
  Two bomb blasts killed at least 12 people and wounded 57 others on Thursday in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad


February 22 ... more > Top ^

Feb.22   South Africa     Oscar Pistorius granted bail
Map of Pretoria South Africa
  A magistrate granted bai, citing a number of problems with the police investigation into the death of the Olympic sprinter's girlfriend
 European Union  Eurozone recession 'to persist'  Ural  Injured Russians leave hospital after meteorite explosion   Mali   'Many die' in Mali mountain clashes   13 Chadian soldiers and 65 Islamist insurgents have been killed in heavy fighting in a remote part of northern Mali, Chad's military says

February 23 ... more > Top ^

Feb.23   Vatican Vatican attacks resignation 'gossip'
 Syria  Syria opposition boycotts talks  Mali  Mali operation reaches 'final phase'  Florida  Fans injured in Daytona race crash

February 24 ... more > Top ^

Feb.24   Afghanistan US forces 'must leave' Afghan region
 Vatican  Pope delivers final public blessing   Los Angeles 'Argo' wins best picture Oscar  South Korea  Park sworn in as S Korea president  Cuba  Cuba's Raul Castro to retire in 2018

February 25 ... more > Top ^

Feb.25   Scotland   Archbishop resigns amid abuse claims  Scotland's Roman Catholic archbishop, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, has resigned amid allegations that he abused four men studying to be priests  Syria  Syria opposition U-turn on talks  Rome  Italy deadlock after protest vote  Southern Israel  Gaza rocket lands near Ashkelon in southern Israel

February 26 ... more > Top ^

Feb.26   Egypt   Tourists killed as hot air balloon explodes in Egypt
Map of Luxor Egypt
  Hot air balloon exploded over the city of Luxor. Eighteen tourists were killed when the balloon dropped almost 300 meters
 British, French, Hong Kong and Japanese nationals are among 19 tourists killed
  Italy   Europe anxious after Italy election deadlock  European politicians and markets have reacted anxiously after general election produced a stalemate between centre-right and centre-left blo...   U.S. Senate   Hagel confirmed as defence secretary  The Senate has confirmed former Senator Chuck Hagel as the new Pentagon chief, after 4 Republicans joined Democrats to approve his nominatio...  Egypt  Egypt suspends Luxor balloon flights   Mexico Mexico's 'most powerful woman' held  Vatican  Pope to hold final Vatican audience  New Zealand  Shark kills man in New Zealand

February 27 ... more > Top ^

Feb.27   Vatican     Pope Benedict speaks in final papal audience
  Benedict XVI spoke of moments of struggle as well as joy Wednesday during his final public address from a stage set up in St. Peter's Square
 Switzerland  Three dead in Swiss factory shooting  Alaska  Shell halts Arctic drilling for 2013   European Union EU agrees to cap bankers' bonuses
 Sydney  Australia finds largest meth haul

February 28 ... more > Top ^

Feb.28   Washington U.S. to give additional $60M to Syrian opposition
  Vatican     Benedict XVI quits Vatican City for last time as pope
  Amid pomp and ceremony, Benedict XVI left Vatican City for the last time as pope, ahead of his historic resignation as leader of the world's Catholics
 The 85-year-old pontiff is being flown by helicopter to the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo, near Rome
  Vatican     Benedict XVI steps down from papacy   Pope Benedict XVI has officially resigned, saying that he now 'will simply be a pilgrim' starting his last journey on earth  Japan  Report outlines Fukushima's radiation toll


French jets bomb northern Mali Drone strikes legal case revealed  The legal basis for using drone strikes to kill US citizens has been disclosed in a leaked justice department memo Japan PM condemns China radar act   Japan's prime minister has called the decision by a Chinese frigate to put a radar lock on a Japanese navy ship a 'dangerous act'   North Korea confirms nuclear test Map of Pyongyang North Korea




World, February 2013 War & Army Timeline ... See World War & Army timeline Top ^
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Feb.1  Mali  UN alarm at Mali army abuse claim
Feb.3   Mali
Feb.4  Mali  French jets target Mali rebel bases
Feb.5   Washington
Feb.5  Mali  French 'kill hundreds' in Mali
Feb.5   Tokyo
Feb.7  U.S. Senate  CIA nominee defends drone strikes
Feb.11  North Korea  Seismic activity amid nuclear test concerns
Feb.11   North Korea
  Pyongyang said the underground test involved a 'miniaturised' nuclear device and was carried out in a 'safe and perfect manner'
Feb.13   Washington Obama: 34,000 U.S. troops out of Afghanistan Feb.16  Kabul  Karzai limits Afghan air strike help Feb.18  Afghanistan  Civilian casualties in Afghanistan fall Feb.19   Virginia Report: Chinese military leading cyberattacks   An American cybersecurity firm has linked one of the world's most prolific groups of computer hackers in Shanghai to the Chinese government Feb.22   Mali 'Many die' in Mali mountain clashes   13 Chadian soldiers and 65 Islamist insurgents have been killed in heavy fighting in a remote part of northern Mali, Chad's military says Feb.23  Mali  Mali operation reaches 'final phase' Feb.24   Afghanistan US forces 'must leave' Afghan region Feb.25  Syria  Syria opposition U-turn on talks Feb.25  Southern Israel  Gaza rocket lands near Ashkelon in southern Israel Feb.26   U.S. Senate Hagel confirmed as defence secretary  The Senate has confirmed former Senator Chuck Hagel as the new Pentagon chief, after 4 Republicans joined Democrats to approve his nominatio...



World, February 2013 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
2013 Feb.3   Paraguay Paraguay candidate Oviedo killed   Presidential candidate Lino Oviedo has died in a helicopter crash. Oviedo, 69, was running for Paraguay's third largest party in presidential... Feb.4   Mexico Mexico blast 'triggered by gas'
Feb.6   Solomon Islands 5 dead after powerful quake strikes in South Pacific Feb.7  New England  US north-east braces for 'historic' snowstorm Feb.8   Massachusetts 'Historic' snowstorm blankets US
  Thick snow is blanketing the north-eastern US as a major storm cuts power to thousands of homes and plays havoc with transport schedules
 Millions of residents being warned to stay indoors
Feb.9   Boston North-east US paralysed by snowstorm
Feb.9   Massachusetts Snow-hit US states begin clear-up Feb.10   India 'Overcrowding' behind India stampede Feb.11  North Korea  Seismic activity amid nuclear test concerns Feb.13  Eastern Ukraine  Deaths reported in Ukraine plane crash Feb.14   Alabama Crippled cruise ship reaches land
Map of Mobile Alabama Alabama
  The Carnival Triumph with more than 4,000 people aboard has reached land, four days after an engine fire knocked out the vessel's power
Feb.15   Ural Meteor injures hundreds in Russia Map of Chelyabinsk Russia
  A meteor crashing in Russia's Ural mountains has injured at least 950 people, as the shockwave blew out windows and rocked buildings
 A fireball streaked through the clear morning sky, followed by loud bangs. The meteor fell, suffered cuts and bruises but at least 46 remain in hospital. A large fragment landed in a lake near Chebarkul. The walls of the Arena Traktor were among those structures to suffer damage
Feb.15   Global Asteroid 2012 DA14 in record-breaking Earth pass Feb.15   Ural Clean-up team to meteorite-hit Urals Feb.19  Missouri  Huge blaze in US shopping district Feb.22  Ural  Injured Russians leave hospital after meteorite explosion Feb.23  Florida  Fans injured in Daytona race crash Feb.26   Egypt Tourists killed as hot air balloon explodes in Egypt Map of Luxor Egypt
  Hot air balloon exploded over the city of Luxor. Eighteen tourists were killed when the balloon dropped almost 300 meters
 British, French, Hong Kong and Japanese nationals are among 19 tourists killed
Feb.26  Egypt  Egypt suspends Luxor balloon flights Feb.26  New Zealand  Shark kills man in New Zealand Feb.28  Japan  Report outlines Fukushima's radiation toll



World, February 2013 Sports Timeline ... See World Sports timeline Top ^
2013 Feb.3   New Orleans Ravens win Super Bowl over 49ers, 34-29  A power outage puts Super Bowl on hold for 34 minutes. The Ravens took a 22-point lead before the 49ers Feb.4  England  Match-fixing network unearthed Feb.6  South Africa  Burkina Faso into fairytale final Feb.6  Australia  Australia sport doping 'widespread' Feb.10   Johannesburg Third African title for Nigeria
Feb.14   South Africa   Pistorius charged with killing girlfriend Map of Pretoria South Africa
  Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder in the death of Reeva Steenkamp, 29, at his South Africa
 His arrest over the death of model Reeva Steenkamp has stunned the country where he is considered a national hero
Feb.15   South Africa Pistorius denies girlfriend's murder Feb.19   South Africa Pistorius 'shot girlfriend in bathroom' Feb.19  South Africa  Pistorius 'mistook girlfriend for robber' Feb.20   South Africa   'Gunshots, screams, then more shots'   A witness heard gunshots, screaming and then further shots from Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius's home on the night his girlfriend was kille... Feb.22   South Africa   Oscar Pistorius granted bail Map of Pretoria South Africa
  A magistrate granted bai, citing a number of problems with the police investigation into the death of the Olympic sprinter's girlfriend
Feb.23  Florida  Fans injured in Daytona race crash



World, February 2013 Business Timeline ... See World Business timeline Top ^
2013 Feb.1   Washington US economy adds 157,000 new jobs
Feb.3  England  Malala recovering after surgery Feb.4   New York US 'will sue' Standard & Poor's Feb.5  Texas  Dell to be bought back by founder Feb.5  Beijing  China promises rise in minimum wage Feb.8   Brussels EU leaders agree 3% budget cut Feb.9   United Kingdom Horsemeat scandal spreads Feb.10  France  Horsemeat scandal widens across EU Feb.12   U.S. Congress   Obama pledges to reignite economy   President Obama urges Congress to back his plans for government action to revive the sluggish US economy in his State of the Union speech Feb.13  European Union  EU urges DNA tests of processed beef Feb.14  Pittsburgh  Warren Buffett in $28bn Heinz deal Feb.14  European Union  Eurozone sees recession deepen Feb.15  Moscow  Countries join in tax reform plea Feb.18   Italy Nestle finds horsemeat in beef meals Feb.19  Missouri  Huge blaze in US shopping district Feb.19  Japan  Japan posts record trade deficit Feb.22  European Union  Eurozone recession 'to persist' Feb.24   Los Angeles 'Argo' wins best picture Oscar Feb.26   Egypt Tourists killed as hot air balloon explodes in Egypt Map of Luxor Egypt
  Hot air balloon exploded over the city of Luxor. Eighteen tourists were killed when the balloon dropped almost 300 meters
 British, French, Hong Kong and Japanese nationals are among 19 tourists killed
Feb.26  Egypt  Egypt suspends Luxor balloon flights Feb.27  Alaska  Shell halts Arctic drilling for 2013 Feb.27   European Union EU agrees to cap bankers' bonuses



World, February 2013 Crime Timeline ... See World Crime timeline Top ^
2013 Feb.1   Turkey Fatal blast outside U.S. Embassy
Map of Ankara Turkey
  One person died Friday in an apparent suicide bombing at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara
Feb.1  Turkey  Turkish attack a reminder of Cold War dynamics Feb.4  Istanbul  Missing American found dead Feb.5   Mexico Hooded gunmen rape 6 tourists in Mexico Map of Acapulco Mexico
  A pack of masked and hooded gunmen broke into a beach bungalow and raped six women spanish tourists after tying up a group of men
Feb.6   Tunisia Politician's slaying shocks Tunisia Map of Tunis Tunisia
  a gunman shot and killed opposition leader Chokri Belaid, Vocal critic of Islamist-led government, in front of his home
Feb.13   Southern California Charred body found after US manhunt Feb.14   South Africa   Pistorius charged with killing girlfriend Map of Pretoria South Africa
  Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder in the death of Reeva Steenkamp, 29, at his South Africa
 His arrest over the death of model Reeva Steenkamp has stunned the country where he is considered a national hero
Feb.15   South Africa Pistorius denies girlfriend's murder Feb.16   West Pakistan Pakistan market bomb kills dozens Feb.17   Northern Nigeria Foreign workers abducted in Nigeria   At least six foreign workers have been seized and a security guard shot dead by gunmen who attacked a construction company site in northern ... Feb.17   Jerusalem Israel to launch Prisoner X inquiry Feb.19   Virginia Report: Chinese military leading cyberattacks   An American cybersecurity firm has linked one of the world's most prolific groups of computer hackers in Shanghai to the Chinese government Feb.19   Brussels Robbers steal $50M in diamonds at Belgian airport Feb.19   South Africa Pistorius 'shot girlfriend in bathroom' Feb.19  Moscow  Russia probes 'murder' of US adoptee Feb.19  South Africa  Pistorius 'mistook girlfriend for robber' Feb.20   South Africa   'Gunshots, screams, then more shots'   A witness heard gunshots, screaming and then further shots from Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius's home on the night his girlfriend was kille... Feb.20   South Africa   Pistorius police evidence challenged   Lawyers for South African athlete Oscar Pistorius have challenged the testimony of a senior police detective on the second day of a bail hea... Feb.20   South Africa   Pistorius detective on attempted murder charges Map of Pretoria South Africa
  Hilton Botha, the detective leading the Oscar Pistorius inquiry is himself facing seven charges of attempted murder, police have confirmed
Feb.21   Damascus Deadly bomb rocks Syrian capital Feb.21  South Africa  New detective put on Pistorius case Feb.21   Southern India Indian city shaken by blasts; 12 dead Map of Hyderabad India
  Two bomb blasts killed at least 12 people and wounded 57 others on Thursday in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad
Feb.22   South Africa   Oscar Pistorius granted bail Map of Pretoria South Africa
  A magistrate granted bai, citing a number of problems with the police investigation into the death of the Olympic sprinter's girlfriend
Feb.26   Mexico Mexico's 'most powerful woman' held Feb.27  Switzerland  Three dead in Swiss factory shooting Feb.27  Sydney  Australia finds largest meth haul



World, February 2013 Politics Timeline ... See World Politics timeline Top ^
2013 Feb.1   Turkey Fatal blast outside U.S. Embassy
Map of Ankara Turkey
  One person died Friday in an apparent suicide bombing at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara
Feb.1  Turkey  Turkish attack a reminder of Cold War dynamics Feb.2   Mali   Timbuktu hails French president   France's president has said it would be wrong to assume the conflict in Mali is over, 3 weeks after launching an offensive to oust Islamist ... Feb.2  Mali  France vows to help rebuild Mali Feb.2  London  UK to host Afghan-Pakistani talks Feb.3   Paraguay Paraguay candidate Oviedo killed   Presidential candidate Lino Oviedo has died in a helicopter crash. Oviedo, 69, was running for Paraguay's third largest party in presidential... Feb.3  Damascus  Assad: Israel destabilising Syria Feb.4  England  Richard III skeleton found under a car park Feb.5   Washington Drone strikes legal case revealed  The legal basis for using drone strikes to kill US citizens has been disclosed in a leaked justice department memo Feb.5   Tokyo Japan PM condemns China radar act   Japan's prime minister has called the decision by a Chinese frigate to put a radar lock on a Japanese navy ship a 'dangerous act' Feb.6   Tunisia Politician's slaying shocks Tunisia Map of Tunis Tunisia
  a gunman shot and killed opposition leader Chokri Belaid, Vocal critic of Islamist-led government, in front of his home
Feb.6  Brussels  EU leaders set for crucial budget summit Feb.7  Tunisia  Tense Tunisia to bury slain leader Feb.7  U.S. Senate  CIA nominee defends drone strikes Feb.8   Tunisia Angry crowds mourn Tunisia opposition leader Feb.8   Brussels EU leaders agree 3% budget cut Feb.9   Berlin German 'plagiarism' minister quits Feb.9  India  Holiest day at India's Kumbh Mela Feb.10  France  Horsemeat scandal widens across EU Feb.11   Vatican   Pope Benedict to resign at end of month
  The spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics surprised the world Monday by saying he will resign at the end of the month 'because of advanced age'
 The news startled and shocked the Catholic world and led to frenzied speculation about who would replace him
Feb.11   North Korea   North Korea confirms nuclear test
Map of Pyongyang North Korea
  Pyongyang said the underground test involved a 'miniaturised' nuclear device and was carried out in a 'safe and perfect manner'
Feb.12   U.S. Congress   Obama pledges to reignite economy   President Obama urges Congress to back his plans for government action to revive the sluggish US economy in his State of the Union speech Feb.12  UN Security Council  North Korea test condemned at UN Feb.13   Washington Obama: 34,000 U.S. troops out of Afghanistan Feb.13  European Union  EU urges DNA tests of processed beef Feb.15  Moscow  Countries join in tax reform plea Feb.16  Kabul  Karzai limits Afghan air strike help Feb.17  Bangladesh  Bangladesh protests spark law change Feb.17   Jerusalem Israel to launch Prisoner X inquiry Feb.17   Ecuador Ecuador's Correa is re-elected   President Rafael Correa has been re-elected for a third term with more than 50% of the vote. His main challenger has admitted defeat Feb.18   Venezuela   Venezuela's Chavez finally returns home
  President Hugo Chavez announced his return to Venezuela from Cuba early Monday, where he had been undergoing cancer treatment
Feb.23   Vatican Vatican attacks resignation 'gossip'
Feb.23  Syria  Syria opposition boycotts talks Feb.24   Afghanistan US forces 'must leave' Afghan region Feb.24  Vatican  Pope delivers final public blessing Feb.24  South Korea  Park sworn in as S Korea president Feb.24  Cuba  Cuba's Raul Castro to retire in 2018 Feb.25   Scotland Archbishop resigns amid abuse claims  Scotland's Roman Catholic archbishop, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, has resigned amid allegations that he abused four men studying to be priests Feb.25  Syria  Syria opposition U-turn on talks Feb.25  Rome  Italy deadlock after protest vote Feb.26   Italy Europe anxious after Italy election deadlock  European politicians and markets have reacted anxiously after general election produced a stalemate between centre-right and centre-left blo... Feb.26   U.S. Senate Hagel confirmed as defence secretary  The Senate has confirmed former Senator Chuck Hagel as the new Pentagon chief, after 4 Republicans joined Democrats to approve his nominatio... Feb.26   Mexico Mexico's 'most powerful woman' held Feb.26  Vatican  Pope to hold final Vatican audience Feb.27   Vatican   Pope Benedict speaks in final papal audience
  Benedict XVI spoke of moments of struggle as well as joy Wednesday during his final public address from a stage set up in St. Peter's Square
Feb.28   Washington U.S. to give additional $60M to Syrian opposition
Feb.28   Vatican   Benedict XVI quits Vatican City for last time as pope
  Amid pomp and ceremony, Benedict XVI left Vatican City for the last time as pope, ahead of his historic resignation as leader of the world's Catholics
 The 85-year-old pontiff is being flown by helicopter to the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo, near Rome
Feb.28   Vatican   Benedict XVI steps down from papacy   Pope Benedict XVI has officially resigned, saying that he now 'will simply be a pilgrim' starting his last journey on earth