Top Stories of 2013 in USA

As 2013 comes to an end, here is a quick look back at the 10 USA stories that were most read on PressReader:

10. Death of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

The South African leader, Nelson Mandela, left the world on December 5th 2013 at the age of 95. After Mandela’s death, the world celebrated the gift of his life with respect and honored his struggle against the state oppression of his people.

9. George Zimmerman Trial

George Zimmerman

An unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman was found not-guilty of second-degree murder; however, the fatal shooting has led to controversial discussions around race and gun control.

8. Paul Walker’s Death

Paul Walker’s Death

Actor Paul Walker, who is best known for his role in “The Fast and the Furious” movies, passed away on November 30th 2013 in a car accident. Walker was a passenger in the car driven by his friend, Roger Rodas. Both men lost their lives when their Porsche GT crashed into tree on their way to Walker’s charity.

7. India Gang Rape

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A fatal gang rape in New Delhi triggered outrage and a huge debate over women’s safety in India. The 23-year-old victim suffered from massive internal injuries after being repeatedly raped by six men on a moving bus. Widespread media attention initiated legal changes in to the definition of sexual abuse.

6. Egypt Protests

Protest

Mohammed Morsi was ousted from government by a military coup reacting to near-daily protests across Egypt on July 3rd 2013. The violent clashes between Morsi supporters and the protestors  resulted in a number of deaths and injuries. Morsi, now Egypt’s former Islamist president, will face trial over a mass jail break.

5. Obamacare

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Despite the controversies and problems that has beset Obamacare, 2 million people have signed up for the reformed health coverage.

4. Boston Bombing

Boston Bombing

A terrorist attack near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013 killed 3 people and injured more than 260. Photographs and video footage from the public identified the suspects to be brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who planned the bombings in retaliation to United States’ political involvement in Muslim countries.

3. Crisis in Syria

Syria

The Syrian civil war began with protests against president, Bashar al-Assad.The death toll continues to rise as conflict escalates. The accusation of unleashing chemical weapons has alarmed the international community. The chemical attack, later confirmed by the U.N. team, caused an uproar in the West generating debate on whether to intervene.

2. The Hurricane Sandy Rehabilitation

Hurricane Sandy

One year after Hurricane Sandy devastated many residents in New Jersey and New York City, victims are still waiting for aid and disaster recovery projects to be completed.

1. Newtown Massacre and Gun Control

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The emotional toll of the Newton massacre, that took the lives of twenty first-graders and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, 2012, sparked heated debates throughout the country over the impact of reforming gun control laws.

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