2013: Year in Review

By Year in Review | 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

<b>Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has delivered a rare TV address, denouncing his opponents as "enemies of God and puppets of the West".</b><p>He lamented the suffering of the people in the civil war, saying a "black cloud" of pain engulfed every corner.<p>Mr Assad also set out a plan involving a national …

Bashar al-Assad

The Obama Inauguration in Pictures

Lance Armstrong Confesses to Oprah - Video

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.<p>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.<p>Throngs camped out overnight in a downtown Gaza square to ensure themselves a spot for …

Sociedad inflict Barcelona's first defeat

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

Real Sociedad

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

Awards

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 …

Crisis averted: Cliff bill clears

Updated 01/02/13 02:49 PM EST<p>Washington just barely avoided plummeting off the fiscal cliff.<p>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 …

Liberal News

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.<p>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 …

Iran

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.<p>It all started with two men in a …

DNA

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

Judiciary

Former CIA agent Kiriakou gets 30 months for name leak

<b>A former CIA agent who leaked a covert officer's name to the media has been sentenced to 30 months in prison.</b><p>John Kiriakou, 48, pleaded guilty in 2012 to violating an intelligence law. No-one had been convicted under the statute in 27 years.<p>He admitted passing on the name of a former officer who …

CIA

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.<p>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

Danica Patrick made more history at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday.<p>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 the Daytona 500 -- …

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

Dorner Confirmed Dead in Autopsy

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

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.<p>The move, announced without warning, will take place on 28 February and leave the papacy vacant until a successor is chosen.<p>A Vatican …

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

Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence earn the top acting prizes<p>Although Steven Spielberg's <i>Lincoln</i> led the pack with 12 nominations going into the 85th Academy Awards Sunday night, it was <i>Life of Pi</i> that walked away with the most Oscar statuettes – four, including Best Directing for Ang Lee. …

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, …

Asia

Twilight named top turkey at Razzie Awards

<b>The final Twilight film has swept the board at Hollywood's Razzie awards, which highlight the year's worst films.</b><p>Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 was given seven Golden Raspberry titles including worst picture and worst actress for Kristen Stewart.<p>Stewart, who is presenting an award at the …

Awards