• 31 Dec - 06 Jan, 2023
  • Mag The Weekly


January 4: Heavy rains in Indonesia caused heavy flooding across the country. Many people were killed and more than 30,000 were displaced by the widespread destruction.

January 5: North Korea began a new round of missile tests over the Sea of Japan. These new tests seem targeted toward circumventing American and Japanese missile defense technologies deployed in the region.

January 14: The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano in Tonga erupted, blasting ash into the atmosphere and causing tsunamis across the Pacific.

January 15: Scientists studying the effects of prolonged space flight on astronauts have found that red blood cells die almost 50% faster in space than on Earth, resulting in the widely attested anemia that astronauts suffer upon their return to Earth.

January 26: Following a week of hostile interactions, U.S. President Joe Biden warned that Russia may invade Ukraine within the next month.

January 26: The government of Ethiopia preemptively ended a state of emergency. At the time, the government and military were concerned over armed insurgents nearing the capital of Addis Ababa.


February 7: Senegal won their first African Cup of Nations championship when they defeated Egypt in the final of the continental championship match on penalty kicks at Olembe Stadium in Cameroon.

February 9: European scientists made a significant advance in their effort to produce practical nuclear fusion – the energy mechanism that drives the stars.

February 9: Google's proposal to limit data monitoring on its Chrome browser expanded to include apps on Android devices. Its Privacy Sandbox initiative tries to limit the user data marketers may collect.

February 24: Russian troops have begun an attack on Ukraine, with reports of troops crossing the border to the north and south. Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, warned of bloodshed if Ukrainian forces do not lay down their arms.

February 28: Cyclone Batsirai blasted into the Indian Ocean island, hammering the eastern shoreline killing at least ten people, displacing 43,000 people, and destroying some towns and villages.

February 28: Lismore, a regional city in New South Wales, Australia, has seen continued rescue efforts. State Emergency Services has also encouraged everyone along the whole New South Wales coast to prepare to evacuate.


March 1: Devolver Digital, an indie video game company based in Texas, is launching a new company to make games that can help with conditions like depression.

March 10: A research study performed by a group of brain imaging experts indicated that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is associated with changes in the human brain structure.

March 23: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Omicron rule changes, including the lifting of vaccine mandates for several sectors. The lift on mandates includes teachers and police.

March 24: North Korea staged their first full test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) since 2017. The Hwasong-17 missile is the largest liquid-fuelled missile to be launched from a road mobile launcher.


April 11: Brazil's Amazon rainforest has reached a sad milestone with the highest deforestation levels ever recorded.

April 11: As a culmination of recent years of space exploration and rocket experimentation, a shuttle from Tesla developer Elon Musk’s SpaceX safely arrived at the International Space Station (ISS).

April 25: In New Mexico, wildfires have continued to burn across the Southwest with two blazes emerging to form a perimeter of more than 180 miles. The Hermits Peak and the Calf Canyon fires have combined, burning a collective 56,478 acres.

April 26: Russia cut natural gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria after the two nations refused to pay in rubles, dramatically escalating existing tensions with the West.

April 27: An attack in Pakistan that killed three Chinese nationals has been condemned by the nation that has also demanded that Islamabad fight against those involved.


May 4: North Korea has not continued its nuclear weapons testing program since 2017, but South Korea and Japan attest to a recent launch of a ballistic missile from the Sunan airport.

May 5: Twenty-two people have been reported dead and 40 people injured in a devastating flood in Kabul. The country is experiencing a humanitarian crisis and struggled to cope with the incidence.

May 11: The US is one of the countries to feel the devastating effect of the Covid-19 pandemic. The amount of deaths attributed to Covid in the US currently is 999,000, according to Johns Hopkins.

May 12: The War between Russia and Ukraine has raised many security concerns worldwide, especially in countries that border the two countries.

May 15: The death of Shireen Abu Akleh jolted everyone. The 51-year-old reporter, a field agent for Al-Jazeera for the past 2 decades, was killed during an Israeli operation in the Jenin Refugee Camp.

May 16: Amongst the several policies of former President Trump that President Biden has reversed is the withdrawal of US troops from Somalia.


June 2: London was flooded with crowds and colours as the British Monarch celebrated Platinum Jubilee on the throne. Local and International tourists gathered at St James Park to witness the first event of the four-day celebration.

June 6: The National spokesperson and Delhi media head of India's ruling party, suspended after their comments against the Prophet Muhammad PBUH were met with protests in the Middle East.

June 14: According to Coconino National Forest officials, Arizona’s Pipeline Fire has burnt more than 20,000 acres, according to a national forest announcement.

June 15: Microsoft has decided to discontinue the consumer version of Internet Explorer. It revealed the plan last year, and Internet Explorer 11 was to be the last version.

June 17: China has launched its third aircraft carrier, the first to be designed and built entirely in the country; the event marked a turn in military advance for the Asian superpower.

June 22: A magnitude 6.1 earthquake at a depth of 51 kilometers destroyed hundreds of houses in Afghanistan. 1000 people have been confirmed dead, and more than 1500 severely injured.

June 22: Tens of thousands of people in southern China have been evacuated due to flooding, and more rain is expected.

June 25: US President Joe Biden said the day after the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion. Crowds gathered outside the Supreme Court building in Washington to protest.

June 29: japan is experiencing its warmest day ever as part of its worst heatwave since 1875. It prompted government warnings of an impending power outage and recommendations for citizens to save energy.


July 2: In the southern Iranian province of Hormozgan, a powerful earthquake and accompanying aftershocks have resulted in at least five fatalities and more than 50 wounded.

July 6: Tech Giant Apple unveiled a Lockdown mode. This new feature will protect high-risk users from spyware cyber-attack.

July 8: The former Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, was shot dead while giving a campaign speech.

July 12: The James Webb Telescope has been on observation since its launch and released several pictures to mark its readiness to begin operations. Webb is expected to take images for the next 20 years.

July 13: The President of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, hours before his resignation, fled the country to the Maldives on a military jet. This results from anti-government protesters taking over his presidential palace and office.

July 13: Several days of scorching weather have been reported in the UK. New development rolls out as the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, triggered the severe weather emergency response in the capital.

July 18: There have been two confirmed cases of the deadly Marburg virus in Ghana. This is the first Ebola-like disease in the West African nation.


August 5: The nuclear agency in Ukraine says part of a giant nuclear power plant controlled by Russia has been damaged by Russian rockets, but no radiation leak is suspected.

August 6: The military of Israel launched a deadly strike against innocent Palestinians in Gaza as the tension continues rising between Israel and Palestinian militant groups.

August 10: Gironde's region in southwestern France has been devastated by wildfires resulting in the emergency evacuation of residents.

August 15: Britain, the first country to approve a Coronavirus vaccine in late 2020, has given the go-ahead to a variant-adapted shot that targets both the original and Omicron versions of the virus.

August 29: the constitutional court of the Central African Republic ruled that using a cryptocurrency that the government launched for the purchase of citizenship and the land was unconstitutional.

August 31: The flood and monsoon rainfall in Pakistan has led to the development of a humanitarian crisis. The month of August has presented a peculiar issue for the country as the World Meteorological Organisation reported an intense monsoon season in Pakistan this year.


September 8: Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch, aged 96, died at Balmoral after serving as Queen for 70 years. She was at her Scottish estate, where she died peacefully.

September 12: The tension around a breakdown in talks between Iran and the US over Tehran's nuclear program escalated when the minister for the defense of Israel, Benny Gantz, gave a clear warning on the capability of Iran to produce enough enriched uranium to make three nuclear warheads.

September 16: A new finding by Oxfam examined extreme hunger in many places globally, linked to severe weather. The study was carried out in 10 of the world’s worst climate hotspots, affected by drought, floods, and extreme weather elements.

September 18: During a protest in Iran after the death of a 22-tear-old Kurdish woman, more than 30 Iranians were injured. The woman died three days after she was arrested by the Morality Police of Tehran.

September 19: Emergency authorities in the west African nation of Nigeria confirmed the death of 300 people as a result of a flood in 2022.

September 27: Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman has been named as the Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia.

September 29: The East coast of the United States was hit by the deadliest hurricane in many years. Hurricane Ian hit the Florida coast at the speed of 150mph, and since then has led to the loss of power supply in two and a half million homes.


October 2: The chaos that erupted during an Indonesian league soccer match left at least 131 people dead. The Governor of East Java described the incident as one of the world’s deadliest stadium disasters of all time.

October 16: During the opening of a major party meeting, China's President, Xi Jinping, said it is up to the people of China to resolve the Taiwan issue, and China will never renounce the right to use force but will strive for a peaceful resolution.

October 16: The couple scientists that founded BioNTech and partnered with Pfizer to manufacture the Covid Vaccine have reported significant breakthroughs that could lead to the successful engineering of a cancer vaccine in the next few years.

October 20: After 45 days in office, Liz Truss resigned as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, triggering the second Tory leadership in four months.

October 20: The Rise in water levels reported this year has been the highest for many countries in their recorded history and caused a lot of casualties.

October 23: Chinese president Xi Jinping, revealed a new leadership team stacked with loyal allies and has formally stepped into his norm-breaking third term ruling China with a tight grip on power.

October 26: The World Meteorological Organisation discovered the largest year-on-year increase in methane concentrations in 2020 and 2021 since systematic observations began over 40 years ago.

October 28: According to the United States and an investor in Twitter, the wealthiest man in the world Elon Musk has completed his $44bn (£38.1bn) takeover of Twitter.


November 3: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was shot and injured while holding a protest rally in the Punjab province.

November 10: According to a comprehensive analysis, carbon emissions from fossil fuels will reach new highs this year.

November 10: Meta, the company that owns Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, has announced a 13% reduction in its workforce. The first mass layoffs in the company's history will result in the layoff of 11,000 employees from its global workforce.

November 24: According to the estimates, over 20,000 people died throughout Western Europe during this summer's heatwaves. The analysis revealed a disparity between the number of fatalities that occurred and those predicted based on previous trends.

November 29: French government officials confirmed that new COVID-19 infections were rising again in France and advised that people should consider putting on masks on public transport.

November 30: Following years of several research failures in developing a drug for Alzheimer’s, researchers announced the development of a new drug – Lecanemab, which can remove clumps of proteins that, especially in the early stages of the disease.


December 7: The Vice President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, has been sentenced to six years in prison and disqualified from holding public office again after being found guilty of corruption during her time as the President.

December 8: In one of America's largest foreign investments in history, the world's largest manufacturer of microchips, TSMC, is set to invest in the American chip plant – a new facility installed in Arizona.

December 9: The government of the United Kingdom approved its first coal mining operation in the last 30 years, a project which critics have dubbed “disastrous” to the UK climate change targets.

December 10: Morocco made history by becoming the first African team to reach the semifinal of a World Cup after defeating Portugal to continue its impressive performance in Qatar.

December 14: United Nations migration agency confirmed that the bodies of 27 migrants believed to have died of thirst had been found in the Chadian desert.

December 15: The giant tech company Meta warns that people must become more vigilant as more people, especially journalists and activists, become victims of spyware targets.

December 17: The education bureau has told schools in Shanghai to start online classes due to the increase in Covid infections across China.

December 18: Argentina defeated France in a thrilling World Cup final to win their third World Cup.

December 19: The Thai Navy confirmed that 33 of 106 sailors are missing after a Royal Thai Navy warship capsized and sank during a storm in the Gulf of Thailand.

December 20: The Bank of England has unveiled the new look of the banknotes that will feature the image of King Charles III. They will not enter circulation until mid-2024.