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World December 2013

December 2013 World Current Affairs – Get latest Current Affairs of December 2013 month and Major International Events happened in December 2013.

  • “China has banned a popular computer game,Battlefield 4,because it depicts a fictional coup in the country. The move has caused a lot of surprise because it comes after Chinese authorities indicated that the censorship on computer games will be relaxed.”
  • “Parents should be banned from smacking children,the children’s commissioner for England has told The Independent. Maggie Atkinson said it was her personal view that the current law gives pets and adults more rights to be protected from violence than children.”
  • “South Sudan’s government agreed on Friday at a meeting of East African leaders to end hostilities against rebels accused of trying to overthrow the young country, but the cease-fire was quickly thrown into doubt because the head of the rebellion was not invited.”
  • “Valencia, which has received a takeover bid from a Singapore billionaire, said Thursday they have appointed their former Argentine striker Juan Antonio Pizzi as their new coach.”
  • “Three top Turkish ministers resigned on Wednesday over a high-level graft probe, with one of them calling on the prime minister to step down in a major escalation of the biggest scandal to hit the government in years.”
  • “The Iranian parliament is considering a proposal to pick another city as the nation’s capital and move the seat of the government from the overcrowded and heavily polluted Tehran.”
  •    “The Iranian parliament is considering a proposal to pick another city as the nation’s capital and move the seat of the government from the overcrowded and heavily polluted Tehran.”
  •     “The inventor of the Kalashnikov assault rifle, Mikhail Kalashnikov, has died aged 94, Russian officials say. The automatic rifle he designed became one of the world’s most familiar and widely used weapons.”
  •     “The Chinese legislature is expected to take two major decisions about abolition of the one-child policy and ending the 55-year-old programme for reeducation through labour this week.The two issues are on the agenda of the next session of the standing committee of the National Peoples Congress beginning on Monday.”
  •     “Spain’s conservative government on Friday approved tight restrictions on abortion,allowing the practice only in the case of rape or when there is a serious health risk to the mother or fetus.”
  •     “The New Mexico Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage in the state on Thursday, declaring in a ruling that it is unconstitutional to deny a marriage licence to gay and lesbian couples. New Mexico joins 16 states and the District of Columbia in allowing gay marriage.”
  •     “After news of Novak Djokovic hiring German legend Boris Becker as head coach,come reports that Swedish great and former WorldNo.1 Stefan Edberg,Becker’s biggest rival,is keen to help out struggling Swiss star Roger Federer.”
  •     “Angela Merkel was overwhelmingly elected as German chancellor for a rare third term after she struck a hard-fought deal with her centre-left rivals to end months of political limbo in Europe’s largest economy.”
  •     “German Chancellor Angela Merkel named Ursula von der Leyen as her new defence minister on Sunday, a surprising choice that could vault the ambitious ally into the lead as the front runner to one day succeed the chancellor.”
  •     “The European Union suspended historic partnership talks with Ukraine on Sunday as 200,000 protesters massed in the heart of Kiev demanding that the government recommit itself to the West.”
  •     “The death toll in violence across Bangladesh triggered by the execution of a top Jamaat-e-Islami leader on Saturday rose to 10,even as Islamists set afire the house of a federal minister in the countrys northwest.”
  •     “Belgium took a big step on Thursday and became the first country to allow euthanasia for incurably ill children,after the upper house of parliament voted by a large majority to extend to minors a 2002 law legalizing it for adults.”
  •     “Croatia’s center-left cabinet approved a more liberal family law on Thursday, granting gay couples most of the same rights as heterosexuals only two weeks after voters in the strongly Roman Catholic country banned gay marriages in a referendum.”
  •     “Uruguay is first nation to legalize pot Uruguay has approved pioneering legislation legalizing marijuana, becoming the first nation in the world to oversee the production and sale of the drug.”
  •     “A deserted and remote ice plateau in East Antarctica is said to be the coldest place on Earth after the lowest temperature ever recorded on the planet was recently measured there, according to researchers who said that the discovery will help uncover new puzzles about the icy continent.”
  •     “Twenty-seven South Asian workers including 24 Indians were held on Monday for alleged rioting in Singapore. The island nations PM ordered a probe into the country’s worst outbreak of violence in over 40 years.”
  • “A 1,400-year-old Buddhist temple, built during the Northern Qi Dynasty, has been discovered in north China’s Shanxi Province, which arcahelogists say may help shed light on the early Buddha carvings.”
  • “The UN General Assembly has elected Jordan to the Security Council to replace Saudi Arabia,which rejected the seat it won in an unprecedented act to protest the councils failure to end the Syrian and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts.”
  • “Over 40 Russian diplomats, including some employed at Moscow’s mission to the UN and the Consulate here, have been charged with participating in a nine year-long fraud to illegally obtain nearly $1.5 million in healthcare benefits.”
  • “Scientists including those of Indian-origin, have found a way to stabilize haemoglobin, the oxygen carrier protein in blood, a discovery that could lead to stable vaccines and affordable artificial blood.”
  •  ”China on Wednesday said 55 airlines from 19 countries have accepted its Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea.”
  • “Russian dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko was sentenced to six years in prison on Tuesday for his role in an acid attack that nearly blinded the artistic director of the Bolshoi ballet.”
  • “Britain witnessed a shopping frenzy on Monday with people expected to have spent 312,500 ( 3 crore) per minute or 5,208 ( 5 lakhs) per second online. Visa Europe predicted that 450 million would be spent online on Cyber Monday as transactions top 7.7 million making December 2,2013 the busiest online shopping day in history.”
  • “Paul Walker, the star of the stunningly successful The Fast and the Furious film franchise, was killed in a car accident on Saturday.”
  • “Eight people were killed and 14 others seriously injured when a police helicopter crashed into the roof of a packed Glasgow pub, trapping many inside in choking dust and debris, Scottish police said on Saturday.”

 

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