2013: Year in Review on Flipboard

@YearInReview | A look back at the people and events that defined 2013. For Flipboard editions 2.1 and under.

Syria's Assad denounces 'puppet' opponents in TV address

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has delivered a rare TV address, denouncing his opponents as "enemies of God and puppets of the West".

He lamented the suffering of the people in the civil war, saying a "black cloud" of pain engulfed every corner.

Mr Assad also set out a plan involving a national …

The Obama Inauguration in Pictures

Lance Armstrong's Confession

Lance Armstrong

Egypt's Morsi declares 'state of emergency'

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has declared a 30-day state of emergency and a night-time curfew in three cities along the Suez Canal that have seen deadly clashes in recent days.

In a televised address late on Sunday, Morsi said the emergency measures in Port Said, Ismailia and Suez would take …

Egypt

Mass rally in Gaza to support Palestinian president's Fatah faction

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have joined a mass rally in Gaza support of President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction, in the first such demonstration in the territory since Hamas group took control in 2007.

Throngs camped out overnight in a downtown Gaza square to ensure themselves a spot for …

La Liga: Sociedad inflict Barcelona's first defeat

Real Sociedad hit back from two goals down to beat 10-man Barcelona 3-2 and end their unbeaten La Liga record in stunning fashion at the Anoeta.

All looked to be going to plan for Tito Vilanova's visitors when Lionel Messi and Pedro Rodriguez put them two goals up within 25 minutes.

But Gonzalo …

The Golden Globe Awards: Argo Thank Yourself

Ben Affleck's true-life CIA drama takes the top prize at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's annual glitter gala

In the war of movies about heroic CIA operatives fighting Islamic bad guys in Western Asia, the nicer one took the big prizes at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 70th …

Al Roker Yells At Obama And Biden; Drops Microphone After Shaking Hands With Biden At Inaugural Parade

"Today" show co-host Al Roker could not contain his enthusiasm at the inaugural parade on Monday afternoon, dropping his microphone after getting to …

Al Roker

Crisis averted: Fiscal cliff bill clears Congress

Washington just barely avoided plummeting off the fiscal cliff.

With a rare late-night vote on New Year’s Day, the House passed a bipartisan compromise to extend the majority of Bush-era tax cuts, delay automatic spending reductions for two months and fix a number of expiring tax and spending …

Republicans

Al-Jazeera buys Current TV from Al Gore

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Al-Jazeera, the Pan-Arab news channel that struggled to win space on American cable television, has acquired Current TV, boosting its reach in the U.S. nearly ninefold to about 40 million homes. With a focus on U.S. news, it plans to rebrand the left-leaning news network that …

Iran says monkey sent to space

Iranian state TV says the country has successfully sent a monkey into space in what was described as another step towards the country's goal of a manned space flight.

Monday's report said the monkey was sent up in a Pishtam, or Explorer, rocket to a height of 120km. It gave no other details on the …

Middle East

Shall I Encode Thee In DNA? Sonnets Stored On Double Helix

English critic Samuel Johnson once said of William Shakespeare "that his drama is the mirror of life." Now the Bard's words have been translated into life's most basic language. British scientists have stored all 154 of Shakespeare's sonnets on tiny stretches of DNA.

It all started with two men in a …

Teen legally known as 'Girl' wins court battle to use her own name

Icelandic teenager Blaer Bjarkardottir, 15, left, seen with her mother Bjork Eidsdottir, won the right to use her first name Thursday.

An Icelandic teenager referred to as "Girl" by the island nation’s authorities was finally given the right to use her own first name by a court Thursday, according …

Former CIA agent Kiriakou gets 30 months for name leak

A former CIA agent who leaked a covert officer's name to the media has been sentenced to 30 months in prison.

John Kiriakou, 48, pleaded guilty in 2012 to violating an intelligence law. No-one had been convicted under the statute in 27 years.

He admitted passing on the name of a former officer who …

Mali: jihadist fighters melt away as French begin to regain control

Just two weeks after intervening in Mali, French troops, together with the Malian army, have wrested back control of most of the north of the country from Islamist rebels.

At the weekend the French seized back Gao – under jihadist control since last April – securing the airport and the bridge across …

Super Bowl in Pictures

Danica Patrick becomes first woman to lead lap at Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Danica Patrick made more history at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday.

She became the first woman to lead a lap and was the highest female finisher in the famed Daytona 500. She led five laps and finished eighth. Janet Guthrie had the previous best finish for a woman in …

Danica Patrick

Meteorite crash in Russia: Video of meteor explosion that stirred panic in Urals region

Christopher Dorner Confirmed Dead in Autopsy on Burned-Out Cabin Body

Christopher Dorner, the ex-Los Angeles police officer who declared himself on a killing spree against his former law enforcement colleagues, is …

Autopsy

Pope Benedict XVI resigns owing to age and declining health

Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world and left the Catholic church reeling when he said on Monday that he would resign – the first pope to do so since the middle ages.

The move, announced without warning, will take place on 28 February and leave the papacy vacant until a successor is chosen.

A Vatican …

Oscars 2013: 'Argo,' 'Life of Pi' Win Big

Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence earn the top acting prizes

Although Steven Spielberg's Lincoln led the pack with 12 nominations going into the 85th Academy Awards Sunday night, it was Life of Pi that walked away with the most Oscar statuettes – four, including Best Directing for Ang Lee. …

Daniel Day-Lewis

North Korea Has a Friend in Dennis Rodman and VICE

Earlier today former Chicago Bulls superstar Dennis Rodman presided over a mixed-match basketball game in Pyongyang, North Korea, alongside Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. The teams consisted of VICE correspondent Ryan Duffy, Moose Weekes, Buckets Blakes, and Bull Bullard of the Harlem Globetrotters, …

Twilight named top turkey at Razzie Awards

The final Twilight film has swept the board at Hollywood's Razzie awards, which highlight the year's worst films.

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 was given seven Golden Raspberry titles including worst picture and worst actress for Kristen Stewart.

Stewart, who is presenting an award at the …

Awards