The News Stories of 2013 That Got My Attention

I report about 30 stories a day through my Morning News Wrap on Facebook. This blog is not a summary of the year in news but just some stories that captured my attention.

First up a story of courage and possibly love. A courageous mouse climbs onto the back of a snake as it bites another mouse during feeding time at a zoo in Zhejiang province, China.

Another story of courage as Egypt was plunged into a year of violence and turmoil. An Egyptian woman stands in the path of a military bulldozer as it approaches a wounded youth during bloody clashes in Cairo, which erupted when Egyptian security forces moved to disperse supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi near Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque.

Cairo, Egypt

Three people were killed and dozens more injured as a bomb went off at the end of the Boston Marathon. I include this story here as it is sad people were killed but to me it highlighted the inequality of value placed on Western lives as opposed to others as thousands and thousands of people were killed in Syria – but the Boston Bombings got blanket media coverage.

Pope Benedict resigns – the first Pope to do so in over 600 years. I didn’t really like this Pope and it seems neither did alot of people – including himself. So he resigned.


There was much hullaballoo in the worlds media when horse meet was discovered in Tesco’s Beef Burger. I only included this story so I can put some gags in. I could eat a horse. I got some Tesco Burgers out of the Freezer aaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnnndddddddd they’re off. The burgers were the mane news for about a week. Can’t believe that a woman was sent to hospital after eating a horse meat burger…… Her condition is said to be stable. Is eating horsemeat really that bad? Let’s put it to the vote. All those in favour say ‘aye’, all those against say ‘neigh’.Top news stories 2013: Horsemeat scandal: A butcher works behind a 'no horse meat' sign at Bates Butchers in central England, Feb. 20, 2013.

Nelson Mandela Died:- A hero to the world. An inspirational leader.

A fire raced through a crowded nightclub in Brazil Sunday, Jan. 27, kill 241 people in what appeared to be the world’s deadliest nightclub fire in a decade. The blaze at the Kiss nightclub in the southern city of Santa Maria was ignited by a performing band’s pyrotechnics. Most victims, trapped inside the club, died of inhaling toxic fumes from the flammable foam on the ceiling. In this photo, young people pay tribute to the victims. Eight people were charged in connection with the fire: the two nightclub owners and two members of the band were charged with murder, two others were charged with perjury and two with evidence tampering.

Top news stories 2013: Youths pay tribute to the victims of the fire at the Kiss nightclub

Some residents of Chelyabinsk, Russia, understandably thought the world was coming to an end when a giant fireball, brighter than the sun, streaked across the sky on the morning of Feb. 15. Captured in spectacular footage by dozens of dashcams and surveillance cameras, the 10,000-ton meteor broke up at a 20-mile altitude, scattering debris across a wide area and generating a shock wave that knocked out electricity and cell service, and shattered over 1 million square feet of windows. More than 1,600 people were injured in Chelyabinsk, many by flying glass.

Top news stories 2013: A meteorite contrail over the Ural Mountains' city of Chelyabinsk

Pope Francis Elected. His humility has been a pleasure to watch.

Top news stories 2013: Argentina's Jorge Bergoglio, elected Pope Francis I waves from the window of St Peter's Basilica's balcony

Rana Plaza, an eight-story garment factory building near Dhaka, Bangladesh, collapsed April 24, killing 1,127 people. It was the worst disaster in the history of the global garment industry and one of the world’s worst industrial accidents. Predictably, the western media gave the story scant coverage.

Top news stories 2013: Rescue workers use clothing to lower down survivors

A Spanish high-speed train derailed and crashed into a security wall in Santiago de Compostela July 24, killing 79 people and injuring 140.

Top news stories 2013: Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a train derailment

For four days, Islamist militant gunmen besieged an upscale Nairobi mall, scattering, threatening and killing frightened shoppers and security guards. The Westgate mall was packed with shoppers that Saturday, many there with their children to attend a special culinary event for kids. Kenyan security forces ended the attack by firing explosives inside the mall, causing the roof to collapse. In the end, just four members of the al-Qaida-linked Somali militant group al-Shabab, armed with AK-47 assault rifles and grenades, ran the raid that killed 61 civilians and six security guards. All four gunmen were killed and authorities later charged four more men with aiding the militants in the attack.

Top news stories 2013: People with children run for safety

Several Philippine islands were ravaged by one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 5,000 people, leaving their bodies under rubble, out to sea or laying uncollected in the streets of its flattened cities. Survivors pleaded with the world for food, water and medical attention but it took days for a massive international relief effort to reach them.

The super typhoon is likely the deadliest natural disaster to hit this poor Asian nation, and may be the strongest storm ever recorded at landfall with gusts as high as 196 mph. Authorities said they evacuated as many as 800,000 before the storm, but the shelters were not strong enough to withstand its power.

Top news stories 2013: A Philippine Air Force crew looks out from his helicopter


This is a sad news story – showing the next generation of violent Afghanis.

Afghan boys play with toy guns on the first day of Eid al-Adha in Jalalabad. Unrest in Afghanistan increased in 2013 as insurgents take advantage of NATO forces pulling out of the country.

Afghan boys play with toy guns on the first day of Eid al-Adha in Jalalabad. Unrest in Afghanistan increased in 2013 as insurgents take advantage of NATO forces pulling out of the country.

Hairy stockings designed to deflect unwanted male attention became an unexpected hit in China over the summer.

Hairy stockings: 'Weird' story sparks serious debate

This story is interesting enough but I included it here as it typifies the age of the phone camera. CHEN ZHONGQIU, China Qiantang River is the biggest river in Zhejiang province, and it became famous recently because of the odd scenery of the Qiantang River Tide. Every year around the eighteenth day of the eighth month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the tidal waves reach their peak level, attracting tens of thousands of tourists to witness the event.

At the G8 Summit in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, the timing could not have been better (or worse) for a meeting between Obama and Putin. This photo captures the cooling of relations between Russia and America.

A runner named Diego Miralles is gored by a bull during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona.


Raw human emotion on display after the Oaklahoma Tornado.

Kriket Krekemeyer cries while cleaning up her tornado-ravaged home in Moore, Okla., Wednesday, May 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Mike Simons)

Police brutality in Turkey. Sad Sad photo.

Heavy rainfall caused a landslide in Yingxiu township early on July 10. The road into some of the villages was blocked by the landslide. Most of the residents were ordered to evacuate the area, but the elderly man in the picture (center) wouldn’t leave because of his pigs. The rain was getting heavier and heavier. For safety reasons, the rescuers managed to convince the elderly man to leave. He was one of the last people out of the area.


What stories grabbed your attention in the news in 2013?

Happy New Year.

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3 replies

  1. Wow what a collection…. I didn’t know many of these as i do not watch the news or read the paper, though like you said if it isn’t really ‘worth’ western knowledge I probably wouldn’t have seen it anyways.

    It’s interesting to note, that while many are stories from ‘war’ in other countries, the other side seems to be ‘war’ of the earth itself with the destructive weather patterns.

  2. Mostly bad news… But I enjoyed the neigh-ce one on the horse – meat.

    God bless for 2014. R x

    Sent from my iPad


  3. For me personally, the last year these few things that have made a deep impact on my life :-

    1 – finding out my old Pastors were (have now arrived yesterday) moving back to Australia …this brought up a lot of emotion, & things that God WANTED dealt with …i obeyed 🙂

    2 – Having another grand-baby Jonah. This is not without it’s heartache unfortunately but non-the-less i adore him as i do his big brother Jasper (my lil chicken)

    3 – Wanting & needing to find my place BACK in the body of Christ …so finding NCC has been a big start to a new journey for me 🙂

    & 4 – Forgiving & moving forward 🙂 Healing slowly 🙂

    Now on the news that has been worthy to go media …i would say the thing that resonated me most was Nelson Mandela’s death … a man who for many reasons has touched many lives including my own .. not without his faults he still managed to make a profound & lasting impact for the world to copy & follow through with 🙂 The other thing was/is the new Pope …coming from a catholic background, it is refreshing to see a man in position of such high power be so humble …i like him 🙂

    & i hope this comes across as intended (not blowing smoke you-know-where) You Peter have been a great source of encouragement & help to this wounded & broken (shattered actually) soul. I know you also are not with out your faults (i’d be remiss to not say that) but you are very real …real in a world of many false & bitter people …in the church as well as outside it!
    I want to thank you for your honesty & openness … i see you live a life of generosity & love & humour …i really like that 🙂 There are many people who are coming back into church broken & ashamed … so i pray that as they come in …i would take on that same humility & honesty & generosity you have shown me 🙂
    God bless you & your beautiful family for opening your arms & heart to me (& my lil family who haven’t quite come back into the house of the Lord yet) i love you guys so much already …& i really didn’t expect it … but there you go …God must be at work in me ay !! 😛
    Have a brilliant year ❤ xx hugs, love & many chocolates (lol) Lizz Quigg xx

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