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Events in History in 2017 (Part 3)

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  • Sep 25 Ex-New York congressman Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in jail for sexting underage girl

Electoral defeatImportant Vote

Sep 25 92% of Iraqi kurds vote in favour of independence in controversial referendum

6th President of Iraq Jalal Talabani
6th President of Iraq
Jalal Talabani
  • Sep 26 Saudi Arabia announces it is overturning its ban on women driving - last country in the world to do so
  • Sep 26 Fights break out in Uganda's parliament during debate to raise presidential age limit
  • Sep 26 World's second-largest gem-quality diamond, the "Lesedi La Rona", sells for $53m
  • Sep 26 The video game Fortnite: Battle Royale is released, eventually becoming one of the most popular games worldwide
  • Sep 27 Thai Ex-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra found guilty of criminal negligence in rice subsidy scheme, sentenced to 5 years in absentia
  • Sep 27 Researchers confirm existence of giant tree rat "Vika" in the Solomon Islands that can crack open coconuts
  • Sep 29 Mysterious sonic attacks on US diplomats prompt US to warn citizens not to travel to Cuba and pull some embassy staff
  • Sep 30 Indonesian man survives a fight with giant python 7.8m long in Batang Gansal

Electoral defeatImportant Vote

Oct 1 Amid a deepening constitutional crisis, Catalonia holds an independence referendum on seceding from Spain

President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont
President of Catalonia
Carles Puigdemont
  • Oct 2 US scientists Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young awarded Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine for work on the body clock
  • Oct 3 King Felipe of Spain speaks out against the Catalan referendum saying organizers have "broken the rule of law"

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Oct 3 US President Donald Trump visits Puerto Rico after it was devastated by hurricane Maria

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Oct 3 Nobel Prize for Physics awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves"

Conference meetingConference of Interest

Oct 4 UK Prime Minister Theresa May suffers a nightmare speech at Conservative National Conference as her voice fails, a prankster interrupts and the set collapses

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May

  • Oct 4 Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for their work on cryo-electron microscopy
  • Oct 5 Spanish constitutional court suspends Catalan parliament to prevent declaration of independence
  • Oct 5 Iraqi forces claim victory and control over Islamic State's last urban stronghold Hawija, Northern Iraq
  • Oct 6 British writer Kazuo Ishiguro is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature
  • Oct 6 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
  • Oct 6 Storm Nate kills at least 22 people passing through Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras
  • Oct 8 Wildfires ignite in Northern Californian wine country, killing at least 41 over the next week, with 20,000 evacutated
  • Oct 9 American economist Richard Thaler is awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics
  • Oct 11 TripAdvisor customer poll names The Black Swan in Oldstead, North Yorkshire, world's best restaurant
  • Oct 12 Plague outbreak in Madagascar kills 57, with 684 cases so far reported by WHO

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 12 Long-lost bust of Napoleon by Auguste Rodin confirmed found in Madison borough hall, New Jersey, worth at least $4m

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Sculptor
Auguste Rodin
  • Oct 13 Archaeologists announce the discovery of Arabic characters "Allah” and “Ali” on Viking funeral costumes from a grave in Gamla Uppsala, Sweden
  • Oct 13 Hungry bear crisis due to over-fishing leaves 2 people dead and 83 hostile bears shot on Sakhalin Island, Eastern Russia
  • Oct 14 Terrorist bomb attack in a truck in Mogadishu, Somalia leaves at more than 300 dead and hundreds injured
  • Oct 14 Spanish government says it will impose direct rule on Catalonia after the region voted for independence in a referendum
  • Oct 15 500 wildfires occur in Portugal and Northern Spain fanned by winds from Hurricane Ophelia, killing at least 35
  • Oct 15 Austrian legislative elections: Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) win most seats (62), led by Sebastian Kurz (31)
  • Oct 16 Iraqi army seizes control of oil-rich Kirkuk, from Kurdish peshmerga
  • Oct 16 Storm formed from Hurricane Ophelia lashes Ireland, killing 3 people
  • Oct 16 Findings published of neutron star collision that occurred two months prior on August 17, the first cosmic event seen in gravitational waves and light. Confirms heavy elements such as gold the result of such collisions

  • Oct 16 Panama Papers Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia killed in a suspicious car bomb in Malta
  • Oct 17 Islamic State headquarters Raqqa declared under full control of US-led alliance by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Sello after 4 months of fighting

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Oct 17 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declares city of Marawi "liberated" from militants

President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte
President of the Philippines
Rodrigo Duterte
  • Oct 17 American short-story writer George Saunders wins the Man Booker Prize for his first novel "Lincoln in the Bardo"

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Oct 17 George Soros announces he has donated $18 billion to his grantmaking network the Open Society Foundations

Investor and Political Activist George Soros
Investor and Political Activist
George Soros
  • Oct 18 US congresswoman Frederica Wilson says President Donald Trump said to bereaved army family of Sgt. La David Johnson "He knew what he was signing up for, but I guess it hurts anyway"

Conference meetingConference of Interest

Oct 18 19th Chinese Communist Party congress opens in Beijing with President Xi Jinping delivering 3hr 23min speech heralding “new era”

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 19 New Zealand Labour Party forms a coalition government led by Jacinda Ardern (37), youngest NZ leader in 161 years

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand Prime Minister
Jacinda Ardern
  • Oct 19 Outbreak of the Marburg virus declared by Uganda's Ministry of Health
  • Oct 20 Pollution linked to 1 in 6 deaths worldwide or 9 million in 2015 in report published in "The Lancet"
  • Oct 21 Spanish government suspends Catalonia's autonomy in the face of a deepening political crisis over the region's push for independence
  • Oct 24 Dog doping scandal confirmed by officials of Iditarod, Alaskan dog sled race after dogs test positive for a banned substance

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Oct 24 Crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman vows to return Saudi Arabia to moderate Islam after announcing 500bn independent economic zone

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
Mohammed bin Salman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 24 Albert Einstein's "Theory of Happiness", written as a note for a bellboy instead of a tip in Tokyo in 1922 sells for $1.56 million

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • Oct 25 Chinese Premier Xi Jinping unveils his new ruling council in the Great Hall of the People, none of the five are young enough to succeed him
  • Oct 25 First fossil of a ichthyosaur (marine reptile, 152 million years old) found in India. Reports published in "Plos One" science journal.
  • Oct 26 US President Donald Trump declares the opioid crisis a public health emergency

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Oct 26 Cremation ceremony for King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand held in Bangkok, a year after his death

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej
  • Oct 26 Explosion and fire at a fireworks factory in Tangerang, Indonesia kills 47 and injuries dozens
  • Oct 26 Oldest-known tsunami victim revealed by sediment discovered in 6,000 year-old skull by scientists near Aitape, Papua New Guinea
  • Oct 26 Jacinda Ardern is sworn in as Prime Minister of New Zealand, becoming the world’s youngest female head of government
  • Oct 27 First operation to separate conjoined twins joined at the head in India completed in New Delhi
  • Oct 27 Catalan parliament meets and unilaterally declares independence from Spain
  • Oct 28 Twin car bomb attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia, kill at least 27, Islamist militant group al-Shabab claim responsibility
  • Oct 28 Spain's central government imposes direct rule on Catalonia, dismisses its government and calls for new elections in December
  • Oct 30 President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort and associate Rick Gates are indicted on fraud charges, advisor George Papadopoulos pleads guilty to lying to the FBI
  • Oct 30 Kenyan election rerun, President Uhuru Kenyatta declared the winner with 38% turnout
  • Oct 30 US federal judge blocks President Trump's ban on transgender people in the military
  • Oct 31 Two men convicted of raping and inpregnating their 10 year old niece in Chandigarh, India
  • Oct 31 Judge on Maui, Hawaii orders man to write ex-girlfriend 144 compliments after violating protection order to send 144 nasty text messages
  • Oct 31 John Kelly, White House Chief of Staff comments in TV interview that “the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War", draws criticism
  • Oct 31 Terrorist attack in New York when a truck mows down people on a cycle lane, killing 8, injuring 10
  • Oct 31 Takahiro Shiraishi arrested in Zama, Japan, a day after nine dismembered bodies found in his apartment
  • Nov 1 UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon resigns due to his behavior towards women, part of wider scandal of sexual harassment by UK politicians
  • Nov 1 Boiler explosion at a NTPC government-run coal-fired power plant in Rae Bareli, India, kills 29

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 2 On This Day and Xiaomi launch a content partnership to display today in history content in Xiaomi's calendar app to users in India

Founder of Xiaomi Inc Lei Jun
Founder of Xiaomi Inc
Lei Jun
  • Nov 2 Jerome Powell nominated by US President Donald Trump to be next Chair of the Federal Reserve
  • Nov 3 Pakistani woman charged with poisoning 17 members of husband's family in attempt to escape forced marriage in Punjab Province
  • Nov 4 Saudi Arabia arrests 11 princes and other ministers on corruption charges, including billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal
  • Nov 4 Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara opens in Jakarta with items from the collection of Indonesian tycoon Haryanto Adikoesoemo
  • Nov 4 Scottish champions Celtic sets new all-time British record (63) for matches undefeated in all domestic football competitions beating St. Johnstone, 4-0 at McDiarmid Park
  • Nov 5 Typhoon Damrey strikes Vietnam's south-central coast killing at least 27, leaving others missing
  • Nov 5 US President Donald Trump begins a 12-day trip to Asia in Toyko, Japan
  • Nov 5 Gunman shoots 26 dead and injures 20 at a church in Sunderland Springs, Texas
  • Nov 5 Paradise Papers are leaked; 13.4 million documents from offshore investment firm Appleby, mentioning Queen Elizabeth and Wilbur Ross US Secretary of Commerce
  • Nov 5 Bodies of 26 migrant teenage girls recovered from the Mediterranean, another 400 migrants rescued
  • Nov 7 Extreme smog in Delhi, India, leads Indian Medical Association to declare "a state of medical emergency"
  • Nov 7 US Democrats dominate off-year elections; Ralph Northam wins Governor of Virginia, Philip Murphy Governor of New Jersey
  • Nov 7 Danica Roem becomes the first US transgender person to be elected to a state legislature in the US in North Virginia
  • Nov 8 UK Minister Priti Patel resigns after secret meetings revealed with Israeli officials
  • Nov 8 Louvre Abu Dhabi is inaugurated, largest art museum on Arabian peninsula
  • Nov 8 In unprecedented move, Indian officials close all Delhi schools for rest of the week due to smog
  • Nov 9 Saudi Arabia's attorney general Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb says 201 more people have been held for questioning in anti-corruption drive
  • Nov 9 Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls in "Washington Post" report
  • Nov 10 Louis C.K. admits the stories of sexual misconduct about him are true

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Nov 11 Largest Singles Day sales ever - Alibaba says its sales alone were $25.3 billion

Alibaba Entrepreneur Jack Ma
Alibaba Entrepreneur
Jack Ma
  • Nov 11 Nationalist march in Warsaw, Poland, draws 60,000, to coincide with country's independence day
  • Nov 12 7.3 earthquake hits near Halabjal, Iraq, on border with Iran, killing over 500 people, with 7,000 injured

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 12 For the first time Prince Charles lays the wreath to Great Britain's war dead, replacing Queen Elizabeth

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • Nov 13 World's earliest wine-making uncovered from Khramis Didi Gora, Georgia, in clay pots from 6,000BC

ZimbabweRobert Mugabe Ousted

Nov 14 Zimbabwe Army seizes key sites in capital Harare following tensions over Robert Mugabe's dismissal of vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa

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Protestors in Harare, Zimbabwe, demonstrate against longtime dictator Robert Mugabe
Protestors in Harare, Zimbabwe, demonstrate against longtime dictator Robert Mugabe
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  • Nov 15 Australian postal vote on same-sex marriage revealed - 61% vote yes
  • Nov 15 Argentine submarine San Juan goes missing in the Atlantic after reporting mechanical failure

BattleCoup d'état

Nov 15 The Zimbabwean Army detains Robert Mugabe and the first family and appoints sacked Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa as interim president

President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa
President of Zimbabwe
Emmerson Mnangagwa
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe
  • Nov 15 Isabel Dos Santos, Africa's richest woman, fired as head of Angola state oil company Sonangol

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Nov 15 Leonardo da Vinci's painting "Salvator Mundi" sells for $450.3 million at auction in New York, world record price for any artwork

Painter, Scientist and Visionary Leonardo da Vinci
Painter, Scientist and Visionary
Leonardo da Vinci
  • Nov 15 Pakistan unveils remains of 1,700 year-old sleeping Buddha in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province
  • Nov 16 19 countries pledge to phase out coal at UN Climate Summit in Bonn, Germany
  • Nov 16 Cambodian court rules to dissolve the country's main opposition party Cambodia National Rescue party (CNRP)
  • Nov 16 US senator Al Franken accused of groping and forcibly kissing a woman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 19 Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe refuses to resign in a TV speech after being ousted as leader of ruling ZANU-PF party

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe
  • Nov 19 Oumuamua first detected by scientists, 400 meters long and reddish, first known interstellar object in our solar system first and of possible alien origin
  • Nov 20 Investment corporation Tencent's market value hits $511 billion, - first Asian company to join the $500 billion club

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Nov 20 German Chancellor Angela Merkel announces that coalition talks to form a government have collapsed

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
  • Nov 20 Atlanta's Georgia Dome, once the world's largest covered stadium, is destroyed in a controlled implosion
  • Nov 21 Robert Mugabe's resignation after 37 years in power is read out in Zimbabwe's parliaments during impeachment proceedings
  • Nov 21 Pixar animation head John Lasseter takes 6 month leave of absence amid sexual misconduct claims
  • Nov 21 Mt Agung on the Indonesian island of Bali begins erupting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 22 Ratko Mladic the "Butcher of Bosnia" is convicted of genocide and other atrocities during the Bosnian war and jailed for life in The Hague

Serbian General Ratko Mladić
Serbian General
Ratko Mladić
  • Nov 22 Uber admits hackers stole personal information affecting 57 million people worldwide and paid $100,00 to keep quiet
  • Nov 22 Vanellope Wilkins, born with her heart outside her body, is first UK baby to survive birth and operations to reinsert her heart

MurderMurder of Interest

Nov 22 Californian man Craig Coley pardoned for a double murder after serving 39 years by Governor Jerry Brown. Longest prison term to be overturned in the state.

Governor of California Jerry Brown
Governor of California
Jerry Brown
  • Nov 23 Papua New Guinea Police storm Manus Island refugee camp, forcibly removing asylum seekers
  • Nov 24 Militant gunmen attack a Sufi mosque in Bir al-Abed on the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, killing 305 people, government retaliates bombing the area
  • Nov 24 Former First Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is sworn in as President of Zimbabwe, replacing Robert Mugabe's 30-year tenure

  • Nov 24 18 women accuse Jean-Claude Arnault with ties to the Nobel Prize Committee of sexual assault and harassment in Swedish Dagens Nyheter newspaper
  • Nov 25 Longest known frozen embryo to be successfully born is delivered in Tennessee - Emma Wren Gibson, frozen 24 years ago
  • Nov 26 Factory explosion in Chinese port city Ningbo kills at least 2, injuries 30, flattens buildings
  • Nov 26 Presidential elections held in Honduras with allegations of electoral fraud and resulting violent protests
  • Nov 27 North Korean ghost ship washes up Akita prefecture beach, Japan with 8 skeletons on board, 4th boat in a month

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Nov 27 Pope Francis begins a three-day trip to Myanmar, amid the Rohingya refugee crisis

  • Nov 27 Freight trains kills more than 100 reindeer over three days in Norway
  • Nov 27 Bangkok Fire and Rescue Department confirm it has had 31,801 call outs to deal with snakes this year
  • Nov 27 8 Donkeys freed from jail after 4 days in Orai, Uttar Pradesh, India for eating plants
  • Nov 28 Uhuru Kenyatta sworn in for a second term as president of Kenya
  • Nov 29 Bosnian war criminal Slobodan Praljak commits suicide by poison in court at The Hague after 20 year prison term read out
  • Nov 30 Def Jam founder Russell Simmons steps down from his companies after allegations of sexual misconduct
  • Nov 30 World's longest recorded rainbow - 8 hrs 58 min in Taipei's Yangmingshan mountain range

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 1 President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to the F.B.I.

National Security Advisor Michael Flynn
National Security Advisor
Michael Flynn
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Dec 2 Egyptian lawyer Nabih al-Wahsh sentenced to 3 years in prison for saying women wearing ripped jeans should be raped
  • Dec 3 First pizza party in space held by astronauts of the International Space Station
  • Dec 4 US Supreme Court allows President Trump's travel ban to come into effect for 6 mostly Muslim countries
  • Dec 4 US President Donald Trump scales back Utah National Parks - Bears Ears National Monument (85%), Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (50%)
  • Dec 4 Thomas fire begins and spreads to city of Ventura, California
  • Dec 5 Austrian courts rule in favour of same-sex marriage from 2019
  • Dec 5 Online store Amazon begins operations in Australia
  • Dec 5 Democratic representative John Conyers resigns from US Congress after allegations of sexual harassment
  • Dec 5 Artist Lubaina Himid wins Britain's Turner Prize, oldest person at 63 and first nonwhite woman
  • Dec 6 Starbucks opens its largest cafe in the world in Shanghai, 30,000 square-feet, 1/2 size of a football field
  • Dec 6 Time Magazine names their Person of the Year "The Silence Breakers", people who came forward to report sexual misconduct
  • Dec 6 US President Donald Trump officially recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, announcing plans to move US embassy there
  • Dec 6 Skirball wildfire near Los Angeles closes the Interstate 405 as thousands forced to evacuate
  • Dec 6 Andrej Babiš is sworn as Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
  • Dec 6 Britain's top Brexit negotiator David Davis admits there has been "no systematic impact assessment" on effects of Brexit
  • Dec 6 Brazilian drug lord Rogério da Silva arrested in Rio

  • Dec 6 "Supermassive" most distant black hole discovery announced by astronomers in journal "Nature", 13 billion light-years away, 800 x bigger than the Sun
  • Dec 7 Australia's parliament votes to legalize gay marriage
  • Dec 7 Virtual currency Bitcoin rises in value, passing $18,440 on some exchanges
  • Dec 7 Unrest in West Bank and Gaza, schools closed and a general strike in response to America's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital
  • Dec 7 Pantone's 2018 Colour of the Year is Ultra Violet
  • Dec 7 Crumbling French château La Mothe-Chandeniers in Les Trois-Moutiers is bought by 9,000 people

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Dec 9 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declares victory over the Islamic State in Iraq, ending more than 3 years of convict

Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi
Prime Minister of Iraq
Haider al-Abadi
  • Dec 9 Same-sex marriage is legalized in Australia after being signed into law by the Governor General
  • Dec 10 Governor of California Jerry Brown tours Southern Californian wildfires and declares them "the new normal"
  • Dec 11 Saudi Arabia announces an end to its 35 year ban on cinemas
  • Dec 11 US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand calls for the resignation of President Donald Trump given 16 women have accused him of sexual harassment
  • Dec 11 Landmark trial for Huntington's disease in London announces positive results - first time a drug has been able to slow an incurable brain disorder
  • Dec 11 Rahul Gandhi, son of former Prime Minister Rajiv Ghandi, is elected leader of the Indian National Congress
  • Dec 11 Six wildfires in Southern California now cover area larger than New York City and Boston combined
  • Dec 11 Attempted suicide terrorist bomb attack in New York wounds 3, bomb fails to fully detonate
  • Dec 12 Australian shopping mall firm Westfield is bought by French property company Unibail-Rodamco for $15.7 billion
  • Dec 12 Democrat Doug Jones defeats Republican Roy Moore for Alabama Senate seat in upset win marked by allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore
  • Dec 13 Scientists begin checking interstellar asteroid Oumuamua for signs of alien technology through radio signals
  • Dec 13 Prehistoric bones of a penguin as tall as a human (1.77m) found on Otago beach, New Zealand, reported in "Nature Communications"
  • Dec 13 Prime Minister Theresa May's UK Conservative government loses key vote in Parliament for an amendment to allow MPs to vote on Brexit
  • Dec 13 Democratic Republic of Congo jails for life 11 militiamen for raping 40 children, including a local MP
  • Dec 13 Online dictionary Merriam-Webster's most searched word of the year is Feminism

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Dec 14 The Vatican announces it has rediscovered the lost last paintings of Raphael in Vatican Museum, painted 1520

Painter and Architect Raphael
Painter and Architect
Raphael
  • Dec 14 US media regulator the Federal Communications Commission votes to end net neutrality
  • Dec 14 Train ploughs into a school bus cutting it in half, killing 4 children and injuring 20 near Perpignan, France
  • Dec 14 Suicide bomber kills at least 18 police officers at a training centre parade in Mogadishu, Somalia, Islamic group al-Shabab claim responsibility
  • Dec 14 British surgeon Simon Bramhall admits to branding the liver of 2 patients with his initials
  • Dec 14 Australian government establishes a Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry
  • Dec 17 French sailor François Gabart sets round-the-world record for fastest solo navigation of the globe in 42 days 16 hours
  • Dec 17 Terrorist suicide attack on a Methodist church in Quetta, Pakistan kills nine
  • Dec 17 Sebastián Piñera wins Chile's presidential election run-off, returning to office after 4 years
  • Dec 17 Set of ink-brush paintings by Qi Baishi sells at auction for 931.5m yuan ($US140m) in Bejing, a record for Chinese paintings
  • Dec 18 South Africa's ANC selects Cyril Ramaphosa as leader, to succeed President Jacob Zuma
  • Dec 18 Austria swears in new coalition government with Sebastian Kurz aged 31 of the People's Party made Chancellor
  • Dec 20 US House and Senate pass $1.5 trillion tax and jobs bill, the biggest tax overhaul for decades
  • Dec 20 European Commission triggers first step of its article 7 procedure issuing Poland with formal warning of risk to voting rights
  • Dec 21 UN General Assembly votes 128 to 9 to denounce US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital
  • Dec 22 UN Security Council votes 15 to 0 for additional sanctions on North Korea, including measures to slash the country's petrol imports by up to 90%
  • Dec 28 Iranian woman Vida Mohaved arrested for protesting against policy of compulsory hijab, sparking other protests
  • Dec 28 Protests in Mashhad, Iran against price rises and corruption
  • Dec 31 Bus crash at Migaa near Molo, central Kenya, kills at least 30
  • Dec 31 Ban on ivory trade in China comes into effect