2013 was a free year.
January 11 - French troops launch a five-month military operation in Mali to remove Islamist and separatist rebels in northern Mali.
January 16 - 39 foreign workers and a security guard are killed in a hostage crisis at a natural gas extraction plant in Algeria.
February 15 - Asteroid 2012 DA14 passed a record close to Earth. * - In the city of Chelyabinsk 1491 people were injured by breaking glass caused by a meteorite fall.28. February - Pope Benedict XVI resigns as pope. * - Hague tribunal acquits all charges and releases former Yugoslav Army general Momcilo Perisic
March 28 - At 20:43, UTC, a three-member crew was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome to the International Space Station. The crew consisted of Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin from Roscosmos and Christopher Cassidy from NASA.
April 17 - Serbia receives CSTO observer status.
April 19 - The First Agreement on the Principles of Normalization of Relations between Belgrade and Pristina is initialed in Brussels
April 24 - 1,129 people are killed and about 2,500 injured in the collapse of a building in Sawar, Bangladesh.
April 30 - Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicates and leaves the throne to her eldest son Willem-Alexander
May 28 - At 20.31.24 UTC, a Soyuz rocket is launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome to a three-member crew towards the International Space Station. The crew consisted of Fyodor Jurchikhin from Roscosmos, Karen Nyberg from NASA and Luka Parmitano from the Esa agency.
May 30 - The Hague tribunal acquits Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic.
June 24 - Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is found guilty of abuse of power and sex with a minor prostitute and sentenced to seven years in prison.
July 1 - Croatia becomes the 28th full member of the European Union.
July 22 - Birth of Prince George of Cambridge, a member of the British Royal Family, son of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
July 24 - A train derailment near the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela kills 80 people and injures about 140.
August 14 - Egyptian security forces attack two camps in support of ousted President Mu