January 27, 2023

Armed conflicts and attacks

Russo-Ukrainian War

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

Eastern Ukraine campaign

Ukraine says "fierce fighting" is underway in the east and northeast of the country as Russian troops try to breakthrough Ukrainian defensive lines in Kharkiv, Donetsk, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia Oblasts. (Reuters)

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Gaza–Israel conflict

Israeli Air Force jets launch airstrikes on an underground rocket manufacturing site, and a military base used by Hamas in the Gaza Strip, in response to rockets fired by Palestinian militants into southern Israel. (Reuters)

2023 East Jerusalem synagogue shooting

Seven Israeli Jews are killed and ten more are injured in a mass shooting at a synagogue in Jerusalem. The perpetrator is killed by police. (Israel National News)

Azerbaijan–Iran relations; Terrorism in Iran

Attack on the Azerbaijani embassy in Tehran

A guard is killed and two others are injured during a shooting at the Azerbaijani embassy in Tehran, Iran. The perpetrator is arrested. (Al Jazeera)

Syrian civil war

Use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons concludes with "reasonable grounds" that the Douma chemical attack that occurred on 7 April 2018 was carried out by the Syrian military. (Al Jazeera)

Disasters and accidents

A Russian Mi-8 helicopter of the "Rossiya" special flight squad [ru], which transports members of the government and armed forces, crashes at Vnukovo airport. According to some reports there are injuries, with TASS reporting that pilot error is the main cause of the helicopter crash. (RTVI)

2023 Auckland floods

At least two people have died after severe flash flooding broke out across New Zealand's largest city Auckland. (NZ Herarld)

Environmental issues in Pakistan

It is announced that at least 18 people have been killed in the past two weeks by toxic chemicals from factories in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. (Al Jazeera)

Health and environment

Western Australian radioactive capsule incident

A radioactive capsule goes missing along a 1,400-kilometre stretch of highway in Western Australia. (ABC)


South Africa agrees to send 12 cheetahs to India a year for the next eight to ten years to help establish a "viable and secure cheetah population" in the wild. The Asiatic cheetah became extinct in India in the 1940s due to hunting and habitat destruction. (BBC News)

Politics and elections

2023 Czech presidential election

Czechs head to the polls in the second round of the presidential election. (BBC News)

Greek wiretapping scandal of 2022

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis survives a no-confidence vote called by former prime minister Alexis Tsipras over the scandal. (AFP via The Sun)

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