Top Stories of 2013 in UK

Year 2013 has just ended and here are our summaries of the top ten stories of the year in UK:

1. Phone Hacking Scandal (The Guardian)

Journalists at News International were accused of bribing the police and hacking into phones of the British royal family, celebrities and crime victims to secure stories. It is revealed that former News International employees have pleaded guilty to phone hacking.

Related articles:
– Aide removed Brooks’ old notebooks asap, hacking trial is told (The Scotsman)
Assistant retrieved’ Brooks notebooks (The Herald)

2. Egypt Protests (The Courier & Advertiser, Fife Edition)

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.

Related articles:
– Clashes across Egypt as Islamists protest at referendum plans (Yorkshire Post)
– Egypt protesters defy crackdown (International New York Times)

3. British Soldier murdered by Muslims (Daily Star Weekend)

Two Muslim extremists, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, were found guilty of the murder of British soldier, Lee Rigby. Cellphone footage at the trial revealed that the two men struck Rigby with a car and attacked him with knives while ranting about British soldiers killing Muslims overseas.

Related articles:
– Broadcasters cleared of airing graphic footage after murder of Lee Rigby (The Herald)
– Surge in crimes on Muslims since Lee Rigby murder (i from The Independent)

4. Argentina demands return of Falkland Islands (Daily Mail)

The president of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, published an open letter demanding the return of the British-ruled Falkland Islands. A referendum of the islands’ population was later held in March 2013 and 99.8 percent of the people of Falklands voted ‘yes’ to remain as a British overseas territory.

Related articles:
– Argentina steps up rhetoric on Falklands (The Guardian)
– Swipe at Cameron over Argentina (The Scotsman)

5. India Gang Rape (The Wall Street Journal Europe)

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.

Related articles:
– 10 held over gang rape (Evening Times)
– 10 arrested over gang rape (i from The Independent)

6. Crisis in Syria (International New York Times)

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.

Related articles:
– Syrian spillover (The Independent)
– Syria Fallout Takes Rising Toll in Mideast (The Wall Street Journal Europe)

7. Margaret Thatcher’s Death (The Scotsman)

Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female prime minister, died at the age of 87 on April 8, 2013 after suffering a stroke. A ceremonial funeral was held at St. Paul’s Cathedral to pay their respects and bid farewell to Iron Lady, one of the most important British politicians of the 20th century.

Related articles:
– The death of the Iron Lady (The Press and Journal, Aberdeenshire)
– Iron Lady did gaze on a new frontier. But it was, happily, a fleeting look (Belfast Telegraph)

8. Edward Snowden NSA Whistleblower (The Independent on Sunday)

Computer analyst whistleblower, Edward Snowden, leaked NSA documents and revealed details of the US surveillance on phone and internet communications. Currently, Snowden is in Russia, where he was granted asylum.

Related articles:
– EDWARD SNOWDEN, WHISTLE-BLOWER (International New York Times)
– Snowden: ‘My mission is accomplished’ (i from The Independent)

9. Boston Bombing (The Herald Magazine)

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.

Related articles:
– Man and nature wreak havoc (The Herald)
– The A to Z of 2013 (The Daily Telegraph)

10.   Pope Francis’s Appointment (The Church of England)

Jorge Bergoglio was elected to become the 266th pontiff. Millions of Catholics celebrated the first ever South American pontiff and also the first Jesuit to be elected. Pope Francis’s appointment was a momentous day for many Catholics around the world.

Related articles:
– We must all hope for better and more peaceful world, Pope says (Yorkshire Post)
– Pope Francis canheal the Church (The Independent on Sunday)


PressReader provides people access to thousands of local, regional and international newspapers and magazines online, on mobile devices and in print. It offers the world’s most engaging reading experience to millions of readers, while opening up revenue opportunities for businesses and publishers through subscriptions, advertising, and sponsorships. To learn more about PressReader, please visit

Photo credits: 1. Bryantbob (Own work) [Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported], via Wikimedia Commons 2. Photo: VOA – E. Arrott [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons 3. Ministry of Defence photo, under the Open Government Licence v1.0 4. Desconocido, [Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic ], via Wikimedia Commons 5. ramesh_lalwani (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons 6. shamsnn (Flickr: Syrian Demonstration 30) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons 7. Chris Collins of the Margaret Thatcher Foundation, [Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported],  via Wikimedia Commons 8. Laura Poitras / Praxis Films, [ ] via Wikimedia Commons 9. Orange County Jail, Florida ( (Transferred by User:Superm401 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons 10. Casa Rosada, [Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic], via Wikimedia Commons