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13 Things That Happened While D.C. Was Obsessed With The Shutdown

Oh, yea, that thing over in the Middle East.

Posted on October 17, 2013, at 6:49 p.m. ET

While D.C. was, almost exclusively, obsessing over the political ramifications of our government shutdown...

...people elsewhere had other problems to chase.

1. A violent, three-year civil war raged on in Syria.

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Dramatically affecting the lives of an entire generation.

Loubna Mrie / Reuters

2. Iran and Israel exchanged tough new words on nuclear weapons and force.

Mike Segar / Reuters

3. Cyclone Phailin hit eastern India...

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...destroying the livelihoods of millions.

Ahmad Masood / Reuters

4. Over 1,000 people died in Iraq in horrific sectarian violence.

5. Hundreds of activists for various causes were jailed in Russia.

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6. The next Olympics might be a disaster.


7. Seventeen people died in a massive typhoon that hit Japan.

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8. This girl did not win the Peace Prize, but stole our hearts anyway.

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9. Glenn Greenwald will start creeping on spooks from Rio now.

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10. Oktoberfest happend.

Michaela Rehle / Reuters

11. These guys had their marriage somehow not work out.


12. The world will have a bunch of new billionaires.

13. And all of Boston gave zero fucks about your damn shutdown.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.