Londoners were in the national and international news in 2013.

Homegrown terrorists became a phrase used often during the year as young men from London involved in terrorism became big news.

Diluted medication and the loss of hundreds of jobs at an historical workplace also affected many.

Here are our top stories of the year.

On January 16, a terrorist group linked to Al Qaeda took over a gas plant in Algeria Londoners Kristos Katsiroubas and Ali Medleg were among the 68 dead.

“These two boys did not go on a backpacking tour. They went and were the foot soldiers of the global jihad. So that was done and it was done obviously in London and it was done within the context of the religious organization of the Muslim community,” said Dr. Salim Mansour.

Aaron Yoon, their London friend, was jailed in Mauritania for ties to terrorism. In July, he returned home ,but shunned any publicity.

Sometimes the world leaves scars on Londoners too. In August, London doctor Tarek Loubani and his filmmaker friend John Greyson got caught up in anti-government demonstrations.

They spent 50 days in jail before being released. Loubani told CTV News that everything he has, he owes to London .

At another jail, the troubled Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre, there was violence on several occasions this year, including fires started by inmates protesting poor conditions inside.

The situation hit a boiling point with the death of Adam Kargus on Halloween. The 29-year-old was serving a sentence for fraud when he was found dead. His cellmate is facing a murder charge.

At other institutions in the province, cancer patients were given diluted chemotherapy drugs, including 700 patients from London.

Marchese Hospital Solutions was contracted to fill IV bags with the chemotherapy.

While Marchese used the correct medication dosage, it failed to account for the fact that the IV bags it was using were The province named a doctor to investigate.

New legislation now requires greater oversight of hospital pharmacies.

Legislation couldn’t save 500 jobs at the historic Kellogg's cereal plant.

Just weeks before Christmas, employees were told that the 100-year-old facility will close in 2014.