The Christmas decorations are coming down, everyone is heading back to work and we’re all desperately trying to stick to our diets – it can only mean one thing, Happy New Year! It’s been a busy year for news, some good and some bad, so allow us to jog your memory and take you through some of the biggest stories of 2013.

January started the year with a very literal bang after two people were killed in a helicopter crash in central London. The helicopter, which had been travelling through the area on a foggy weekday morning, hit a crane, which was on top of The Tower next to the Thames. The Jimmy Savile scandal also came to the forefront of the collective consciousness in January when he was named the UK’s most prolific sex offender. The horsemeat debacle was another of January’s biggest news stories along with President Obama’s second term inauguration.

February uncovered old mysteries, mainly that of King Richard III whose skeleton was unearthed in the Leicester car park. The House of Commons also voted in favour of gay marriage in February and perhaps most prolifically, Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation to the world. On Valentine’s Day, Oscar Pistorious was charged with the murder of his girlfriend and then towards the end of the month –  Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence picked up her Oscar.

…Cyprus was also offered a thirteen billion dollar bailout…

Pope Francis was selected as new Pope in March, which delighted the crowds outside the Vatican. Cyprus was also offered a thirteen billion dollar bailout by the European Union in March and Amanda Knox’s appeal is overturned for the murder of Meredith Kercher, a new appeal hearing is expected later on in 2014.

April was a busy month, with the death of Baroness Thatcher, North Korea announcing plans to expand their nuclear weapons and the Boston Marathon bombing. The detonations, which killed five and injured over 200, shocked the world  and left America in mourning. The month came to a sad close as a building in India which housed factory produced clothing for the likes of Primark and Walmark collapsed. 1,129 people died in the factory collapse.

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…His murderers are filmed with bloodied hands…

In May, Amanda Berry managed to escape from Ariel Castro’s house in Ohio, saving her daughter and the two other women also being held there since 2003. Castro was jailed for life but then went on to commit suicide in prison later in the year. Lee Rigby was murdered outside army barracks in London in May. His murderers are filmed with bloodied hands in the street before being shot and arrested by police officers.

June was the month of Edward Snowden as NSA surveillance programmes are published. He is revealed to be the person who leaked the information on the 9th of the month and flees to Hong Kong. The UK G8 summit was hosted in Edinburgh this month and those infamous Nigella Lawson pictures emerge in the press.

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…he was granted one year of political asylum in Russia…

In July, the situation in Egypt intensified and President Mohammed Morsi was forced to step down after an intense period of fighting and a military coup. Lot’s of good things also happened in July as new evidence in the Madeline McCann case emerged. Andy Murray also finally won Wimbledon after beating Djokovic and the Royal Family welcomed Prince George to the clan.

Edward Snowdon remerged in the press in August when he was granted one year of political asylum in Russia. Melissa Reid and Michaella Connolly were arrested after attempting to smuggle millions of pounds worth of cocaine out of Peru. Nearly 1,500 were killed in a gas attack Damascus, many of those children in August. The House of Commons then went on to debate about the matter and ultimately backed plans for a military intervention in Syria.

…the physicists behind the Higgs boson and Large Hadron Collider are awarded with the Nobel Prize…

September, and several Greenpeace activists are arrested after an oil drilling protest in Russia. The Al-Shabaab group attacked the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi in September which left over sixty people dead. In late September, the UN Security Council makes a deal with Syria that all chemical weapons will be handed over.

In October, Peter Higgs and Francois Englert, the physicists behind the Higgs boson and Large Hadron Collider are awarded with the Nobel Prize. Bushfires tore through New South Wales in Austria and destroyed over 200 homes in October. On the 28th of October, the phone hacking trial started at the Old Bailey in London.

…a police helicopter crashed into the Clutha Bar in central Glasgow and killed ten people…

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November saw Typhoon Haiyan kill an estimated 6,000 people as it battered the Philippines. Ian Watkins of Lost Prophets pleaded guilty to sex offences at Cardiff Crown Court in late November and the blueprints are revealed for Scottish independence. At the end of November, a police helicopter crashed into the Clutha Bar in central Glasgow and killed ten people.

December’s headlines were dominated with the death of Nelson Mandela. His death on the 3rd sent shockwaves across the world and world leaders and mourners gathered to attend a memorial ceremony in South Africa on the 10t.. The two girls arrested for smuggling drugs out of Peru were sentenced to six years in prison. Right at the end of the year, 92 people were injured when part of the ceiling collapsed at the Apollo Theatre in London.

A wild year of deaths, Royal births, natural disasters and great successes, but what does 2014 hold in store for us?

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