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Reina nightclub in 2012

An attack on a nightclub (pictured) in Istanbul, Turkey, during New Year's


celebrations, kills at least 39 people and injures more than 60 others.
American actress, screenwriter, and author Carrie Fisher dies at the age of
60, and her mother, actress and singer Debbie Reynolds, dies one day later
at the age of 84.
English singer, songwriter, and record producer George Michael dies at the
age of 53.
A Tupolev Tu-154 crashes near Sochi, Russia, killing all 92 people on board,
including 64 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble.

Ongoing:

Battle of Mosul

Recent deaths:

Tyrus Wong Sutter Brown Ratnasiri Wickremanayake Maurice Failevic

January 1, 2017 (Sunday) edit

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2017 Istanbul nightclub attack


At least 39 people are killed and nearly 70 wounded after gunmen open
fire in a nightclub in Istanbul, on the European coast of the Bosphorus. Local
reports claim that one or more gunmen entered the venue disguised in Santa
Claus costumes (a claim later denied by the Turkish PM). (BBC), (AP via ABC
News Australia), (Fox News)
Burundi's environment minister Emmanuel Niyonkuru is shot dead in the
nation's capital, Bujumbura. (FRANCE 24)

Disasters and accidents

At least 23 people are dead and 17 injured as a ferry catches fire en route
to Indonesia's Thousand Islands. (Melbourne Age)

International relations

North Korea and weapons of mass destruction


Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, claims that the country is close
to developing an intercontinental ballistic missile. (Reuters)
Syrian Civil War
The United Nations Security Council has unanimously voted in favor of

the Russia and Turkey backed ceasefire currently in effect in Syria. (AlJazeera)
United Nations Secretary-General selection, 2016
Portugal's Antnio Guterres begins his term as United Nations SecretaryGeneral, replacing South Korea's Ban Ki-moon. (India Today), (Al Jazeera),
(Associated Press)
United Nations Security Council election, 2016
Bolivia, Ethiopia, Italy, Kazakhstan, and Sweden begin their terms on the
United Nations Security Council. (Inter Press Service)
Foreign relations of the Gambia
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh accuses the West African regional
bloc, ECOWAS, of "declaring war" after it said it was putting forces on alert in
case he refused to step down at the end of his mandate on January 19.
(Reuters)

Law and crime

A gunman shoots dead at least 11 people, including his former wife, and
then himself in a murdersuicide at a New Year's party in the southeast
Brazilian city of Campinas. Several others reportedly remain in critical
condition. (Reuters)

Politics and elections

The Church of Norway officially ceases to be the state church of Norway


after almost 500 years. (Christian Daily)

December 31, 2016 (Saturday) edit

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Iraqi Civil War (2014present)


December 2016 Baghdad bombings
A pair of bomb blasts targeting a market in central Baghdad kills at
least 27 people and injures over 50. (AP), (The Telegraph)

Arts and culture

China, with their largest television network China Central Television,


announces a new launch of a global media platform extending globally and
renaming the network China Global Television Network. (News Asia)

Science and technology

A leap second will be added on December 31 to bring UTC more inline with
mean solar time. (Physics Org) (BBC)

December 30, 2016 (Friday)

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The funeral of ukasz Urban, the driver killed in the course of last week's
attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, takes place in his village of Banie near
the German border. President of Poland Andrzej Duda and a German diplomat
attend. (BBC) (Deutsche Welle)

Disasters and accidents

Six people die in a fire in a bakery in the Indian city of Pune. (Firstpost)
At least seven people are killed and 30 trapped after a pile of waste

collapses in a Coal India mine in Jharkhand. (Reuters) (CNN)


A Cessna 525 carrying six passengers goes missing shortly after takeoff
from Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport in the United States. (USA Today)

International relations

RussiaUnited States relations


After 35 Russian diplomats are expelled from the United States, Russia's
foreign minister Sergey Lavrov recommends expelling 35 American
diplomats. Russian President Vladimir Putin rejects Lavrov's recommendation
and expresses a desire to restore relations between the two countries. (The
New York Times) (Newshub)
The U.S. Burlington Electric Department says that a code associated
with a broad Russian hacking campaign dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama
administration has been detected on a laptop associated with a Vermont
electric utility but not connected to the grid. (The Boston Globe)
Mali returns two people France deported on the same planes they arrived
on. (BBC)

Law and crime

A body found in a burnt-out vehicle north of the Brazilian city of Rio de


Janeiro is confirmed to be that of missing Greek Ambassador Kyriakos
Amiridis. A military police officer who had an affair with the ambassador's
wife confesses to the murder. The wife and a second man are also detained.
(BBC)
Sahaj International opens in Kochi in the South Indian state of Kerala. The
country's first school for transgender pupils, it caters for adults who left
school early. (BBC)

Politics and elections

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis designates social-democrat Sorin


Grindeanu as the country's new prime minister, after the victory of the
centre-left PSD earlier this month. (AFP by The Indian Express)
China's State Council announces details of its intention to ban all ivory
trade and processing activities by the end of 2017. (BBC)

Science and technology

A volcanic eruption continues on Bogoslof Island near Unalaska, in the


Aleutian Islands of Alaska. The eruption has impacted air transportation
routes. (Alaska Public Radio Network) (Tech Times) (CDA News)

Sports

Mo Farah and world tennis number one Andy Murray are among those
knighted by Elizabeth II in her 2017 New Year Honours list. (The Guardian)
In mixed martial arts, Amanda Nunes defeats Ronda Rousey to retain the
Women's Bantamweight title at UFC 207. {The New York Times)

December 29, 2016 (Thursday) edit

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Syrian Civil War


Russian president Vladimir Putin says a ceasefire has been brokered
between the Syrian government and rebel forces. The ceasefire is said to be
guaranteed by Russia and Turkey and would exclude UN-denominated terror
organizations such as ISIL and al-Nusra. The FSA says it would abide by the
truce, while Ahrar al-Sham expresses "reservations". (ITV) (Reuters)

Arts and culture

Czartoryski Museum
The Polish government buys the internationally-known Czartoryski
collection of art. Based in the city of Krakw and consisting of around 86,000
pieces, this features works by Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt and PierreAuguste Renoir. (BBC)
The academic Phil Scraton refuses an OBE granted to him by Elizabeth II in
her 2017 New Year Honours list for his work on the Hillsborough disaster.
Professor Scraton wrote Hillsborough: The Truth, first published in 1990 and
seen as the definitive account of the disaster. (BBC) (The Guardian)

Business and economy

The Bank of Italy says in a statement that the country's treasury will have
to put up around 6.6 billion euros to rescue Monte dei Paschi given the
European Central Bank's estimate of Monte dei Paschi's capital shortfall.
(Reuters)

Disasters and accidents

At least 50 people drown and thousands are left homeless due to flooding
in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (France 24)

International relations

The United States expels 35 Russian diplomats over the alleged Russian
interference during the U.S.'s 2016 Presidential Election. (BBC)
The Egyptian government approves a deal granting two Red Sea islands to
Saudi Arabia. (Reuters)

Law and crime

The Ambassador of Greece to Brazil, Kyriakos Amiridis, is reported missing


while on vacation in Rio de Janeiro. A homicide team is investigating his
disappearance. (BNO News) (O Globo)
Turkish journalist Ahmet k is arrested in Istanbul, allegedly over a social
media posting. (Washington Post)
Naveed Baloch, the man from Pakistan who was wrongly arrested in the
aftermath of the recent attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, gives an
interview outlining the conditions in which he was held and reveals he is now
in hiding amid fears for his life. (The Guardian)

Science and technology

U.S. President Barack Obama declares the Bears Ears in Utah and Gold
Butte area of Nevada as National Monuments. Both are known for the
presence of Native American populations and archaeological sites. (BBC
News)

Sports

Former boxing world champion Ricky Hatton speaks on British radio about
depression and gives an account of past suicide attempts. (BBC Sport) (The
Daily Telegraph)

December 28, 2016 (Wednesday)

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War in Afghanistan (2015present)


An explosion in Kabul leads to several casualties. Afghan police report
that the attack was aimed at a member of the National Assembly, Fakori

Behishti. (Reuters)
Colombian conflict
As part of an ongoing peace process, the Congress of Colombia
approves an amnesty law for thousands of demobilizing FARC rebels. The
amnesty does not apply to FARC rebels who have committed war crimes or
human rights violations. (Reuters)

Arts and culture

American actress Debbie Reynolds has a stroke and dies one day after her
daughter Carrie Fisher's death. (BBC)
Pan Pan, the oldest male panda on Earth, dies at the age of 31. (BBC)

Disasters and accidents

The AjmerSealdah Express operated by Indian Railways derails in northern


India killing at least two people and injuring dozens. Twenty four people have
been hospitalised. (Daily Express) (The Telegraph)
2016 Djebel Jelloud train accident
A train and a bus collide in Tunis, Tunisia, killing 5 and injuring around
52. (Nessma)

Law and crime

The Korea Fair Trade Commission fines U.S. company Qualcomm $852.9
million for alleged antitrust violations for restricting access of its competitors
to its patents. (Bloomberg)
The Attorney General of Israel Avichai Mandelblit orders a criminal
investigation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for alleged
corruption in two different cases. (The Guardian)

Science and technology

Pan-STARRS project releases its first astronomical catalog, consists of 2


petabytes of data collected over four years. An astronomer from collaborating
institution also discloses that his group has studied new types of supernova
explosions and the disruptions of stars by supermassive black holes from
data of this Massive Digital Sky. (SciTech Daily) (The Indian Express)

Sports

Former world number 1 tennis player Ana Ivanovic announces her


retirement at the age of 29. (The Guardian)

December 27, 2016 (Tuesday)

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Yemeni Civil War


Government forces push to capture a Houthi enclave in Bayhan District,
on the border between Shabwa and Marib provinces, resulting at least 28
Houthi militants and 12 Yemeni soldiers killed. (Dunya News)

Arts and culture

Carrie Fisher, the actress and writer best known for playing Princess Leia in
the Star Wars franchise, dies following complications from a heart attack. (E!
News)

Business and economy

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission gives the antitrust go ahead to Abbott
Laboratories in its acquisition of St. Jude Medical. (Reuters)

Disasters and accidents

2016 Pacific typhoon season, Typhoon Nock-ten (2016)


The Philippine Coast Guard looks for 18 missing sailors from a ship sunk
by Typhoon Nock-ten (Nina). At least seven people are confirmed to have died
in the storm. (AP via Daily Mail)
At least 27 people are killed after drinking toxic alcohol in Pakistan. (The
New York Times), (UPI)

International relations

Israel's Foreign Ministry announces that it is "reducing" ties with some of


the UN Security Council countries that voted to pass United Nations Security
Council Resolution 2334. (Business Insider), (NBC News)
JapanUnited States relations
Japanese Prime Minister Shinz Abe makes a landmark visit to Naval
Station Pearl Harbor in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, offering "sincere and everlasting
condolences" to the victims of the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese
empire on December 7, 1941. (BBC)

Law and crime

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the Christian Governor of the Indonesian capital


Jakarta, will face prosecution for blasphemy. (ABC)
Former President of Argentina Cristina Fernndez de Kirchner is indicted on
corruption charges. (The Telegraph)
Cuba's National Assembly of People's Power approves a law banning
commemorative statues of late President Fidel Castro, and the naming of

public places after him, in accordance with the wishes of Castro, who died
last month. (Reuters)

Science and technology

The journal the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences publishes


research from the Zoological Society of London that the cheetah population
approaches extinction with only 7,100 individuals left alive in the wild as a
result of a sudden crash in population. (BBC), (The Proceeding of the National
Academy of Science)

December 26, 2016 (Monday)

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Arts and culture

American Actor George S. Irving, best known for being one of the last
members of the original production of Oklahoma! and voicing Heat Miser from
The Year Without a Santa Claus, dies at age 94. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Disasters and accidents

2016 Russian Defence Ministry Tupolev Tu-154 crash


Eleven bodies have so far been recovered from the Black Sea from
yesterday's military aircraft crash. All 92 people on board died. (CNN)

International relations

China resumes diplomatic ties with So Tom and Prncipe two weeks after
the African island nation broke diplomatic ties with Taiwan. (AP via New York
Times)

CHP MP ztrk Ylmaz says Turkey has expressed its readiness to work with
president Assad of Syria. (Sputnik)

Science and technology

Researchers at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory find a way to


make thinner electrical wires that measure just three atoms wide. (Phys.org)
(SLAC)

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