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12-02 14 people dead in San Bernardino shooting Inland Regional Center, San Bernardino, CA, Southern California
2. 12-06 National Front leads in regional polls France
3. 12-06 Venezuela opposition wins majority in National Assembly CARACAS, Venezuela
E. 12-07 Donald Trump urges ban on Muslims coming to US South Carolina
F. 12-12 COP21: Paris climate deal is 'best chance to save planet' Paris
6. 12-13 French far right National Front routed in key vote France
H. 12-16 US Fed raises interest rates by 0.25% Washington
I. 12-20 22 buildings collapse in landslide in Shenzhen industrial park Guangming New District, Shenzhen, Southern China
9. 12-20 PM Rajoy's party loses majority Madrid

Summary.     Click for More > National Front leads in regional polls Venezuela opposition wins majority in National Assembly   Donald Trump urges ban on Muslims coming to US   Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has called for a halt to Muslims entering the US, in the wake of the deadly California shooti... COP21: Paris climate deal is 'best chance to save planet' French far right National Front routed in key vote   France's far-right National Front (FN) has failed to win a single region in the second round of municipal elections US Fed raises interest rates by 0.25%
14 people dead in San Bernardino shooting Map of Inland Regional Center San Bernardino CA USA
Dec.1  Southern India  Chennai hit by fresh rain and deadly flooding
Dec.2   Southern California
  The gunmen opened fire during a holiday party at a community centre. Two heavily armed suspects have been killed by police
 The suspects were armed with assault rifles and handguns and wearing assault-style clothing. A third person who was running near the gun battle was detained. Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, were killed in a shootout
 Syria  UK launches first Syria air strikes
Dec.3  South Africa  Oscar Pistorius guilty of murdering Reeva Steenkamp
Dec.4  Southern California  San Bernardino shooters pledged allegiance to ISIS
Dec.6   France
  Venezuela
Dec.7   South Carolina
Dec.11  Paris  COP21: Climate deal text 'agreed' in Paris
Dec.12   Paris
Dec.13  Turkey  Russia fires warning shot at Turkish fishing boat
  France
Dec.16   Washington
  The US Federal Reserve has raised interest rates by 0.25 percentage points - its first increase since 2006.    The move takes the range of rates banks offer to lend to each other overnight...
Dec.17  Beijing  Beijing issues second ever pollution red alert Dec.18  UN  US welcomes 'milestone' as UN endorses Syria peace plan  Sunni Triangle  Iraqi soldiers 'killed by friendly fire' Dec.19  Beijing  China accuses US of B-52 'provocation' over Spratly Islands Dec.20   Southern China 22 buildings collapse in landslide in Shenzhen industrial park   About 900 people have been evacuated, with four people pulled alive from rubble with minor or no injuries. At least 91 remain missing  New Delhi  Delhi juvenile gang rapist freed amid protests   Madrid PM Rajoy's party loses majority Dec.21   Switzerland FIFA banned Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini  Afghanistan  6 US troops killed in Afghanistan suicide bombing Dec.22  Western Iraq  Ramadi battle enters second day  Northern Syria  Russia air strikes 'killed 200 civilians' Dec.23  Helmand  Afghanistan Taliban 'push further' into Helmand town of Sangin  China  China smog sparks red alerts in 10 cities Dec.24   Vatican Pope Francis recalls Jesus' birth with Christmas Eve Mass  Nigeria  Nigeria gas explosion kills more than 100 people Dec.25   Mississippi US storms: At least 14 dead in trail of destruction   Paraguay   Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay flooding displaces 150,000   More than 150,000 people have been driven from their homes by some of the worst flooding in years  Australia  Christmas blaze guts Australia homes Dec.26  Dallas  Texas tornadoes: 'Eight killed' in Dallas suburbs Dec.27  Western Iraq  Iraqi forces 'retake Islamic State Ramadi stronghold'  Western Iraq  Iraq forces in 'full control' of central Ramadi Dec.28   Western Iraq   Iraq declares Ramadi liberated from ISIS   The Iraqi city of Ramadi has been 'liberated' from so-called Islamic State, the Iraqi military has declared. There are still pockets of resistance...   South Korea 'Comfort women': Japan and South Korea hail agreement Dec.29  Syria  Paris attacks: IS commanders 'killed in US-led strikes'  North Korea  North Korea official Kim Yang-gon killed in car crash  Global  Worries grow over humanitarian impacts of 'strongest El Nino' Dec.30  Brussels  Belgium terror alert halts New Year fireworks in Brussels Dec.31   Dubai Fire sweeps through Dubai skyscraper  Japan  New Year: Celebrations mark start of 2016  Munich  Munich police warn of imminent terror threat



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Dec.1   Southern India
 Myanmar  Suu Kyi meets president and army chief in transition talks


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Dec.2  London  MPs authorise UK action against Islamic State
  Southern California  
  The gunmen opened fire during a holiday party at a community centre. Two heavily armed suspects have been killed by police
 The suspects were armed with assault rifles and handguns and wearing assault-style clothing. A third person who was running near the gun battle was detained. Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, were killed in a shootout
  Syria     UK launches first Syria air strikes  RAF Tornado jets have carried out their first air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed

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Dec.3   South Africa Oscar Pistorius guilty of murdering Reeva Steenkamp
 Southern California  San Bernardino: Police seek motive in mass shooting  Southern California  San Bernardino shooting: Police speaks of carnage at scene

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Dec.4   Southern California     San Bernardino shooters pledged allegiance to ISIS   Lawyers representing the family of the two San Bernardino attackers have said relatives are 'in complete shock' over the shooting

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Dec.5  Paris  COP21: Climate delegates agree draft deal text  Washington  San Bernardino attack: US 'will not be terrorised' - Obama  London  Leytonstone Tube station stabbing a 'terrorist incident'  France  France votes in first election since Paris attacks

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Dec.6   France   National Front leads in regional polls
  France's far-right National Front (FN) appears to have made big gains in the first round of regional elections, estimates show
  Venezuela     Venezuela opposition wins majority in National Assembly
Map of CARACAS Venezuela
  The opposition won control of the National Assembly by a landslide, delivering a major setback to the ruling party and altering the balance of power
 Washington  Obama vows to overcome terror threat

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Dec.7   South Carolina     Donald Trump urges ban on Muslims coming to US
Map of South Carolina
  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has called for a halt to Muslims entering the US, in the wake of the deadly California shootings


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Dec.8  Washington  Trumpís Muslim ban call 'endangers US security'

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Dec.9  Southern California  San Bernardino attacks: Couple radicalised before dating  Argentina  Argentina's Fernandez bids emotional farewell

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Dec.10  Saudi Arabia  Syria opposition agrees framework for peace talks

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Dec.11   Paris COP21: Climate deal text 'agreed' in Paris
 Lebanon  Gaddafi's son Hannibal freed after kidnap in Lebanon

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Dec.12   Paris   COP21: Paris climate deal is 'best chance to save planet'
  Nearly 200 countries took part in tense negotiations in Paris over two weeks, striking the first deal to commit all nations to cut emissions.    The climate deal reached in Paris is 'the best chance we have to save the one planet we have',...


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Dec.13   Turkey Russia fires warning shot at Turkish fishing boat
  France   French far right National Front routed in key vote
  France's far-right National Front (FN) has failed to win a single region in the second round of municipal elections
 South Africa  South Africa's president replaces finance minister, again

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Dec.14  Moscow  Kerry seeks to narrow divisions with Russia

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Dec.15  Nevada  Republican candidates clash over how to counter IS  North Korea  N Korea sentences Canada pastor to life in jail

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Dec.16   Washington   US Fed raises interest rates by 0.25%
  The US Federal Reserve has raised interest rates by 0.25 percentage points - its first increase since 2006
 The move takes the range of rates banks offer to lend to each other overnight to between 0.25% and 0.5%. Rates in the US have been at near-zero since 2008
 Brussels  Migrant crisis dominates as EU holds final summit of 2015  Japan  Asia's investors cheer the Fed's move to raise rates

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Dec.17  London  Jose Mourinho: 'Special One' sacked by Chelsea  Southern California  San Bernardino shooting: Friend of gunman is charged   Beijing   Beijing issues second ever pollution red alert  Beijing authorities have issued a second pollution red alert, little more than a week after the first ever such warning

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Dec.18   UN     US welcomes 'milestone' as UN endorses Syria peace plan   A UN plan for Syria is a 'milestone' in the efforts to end the conflict there, says US Secretary of State John Kerry   Sunni Triangle Iraqi soldiers 'killed by friendly fire'

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Dec.19   Beijing China accuses US of B-52 'provocation' over Spratly Islands
 New Hampshire  Sanders apologises to Clinton over data breach

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Dec.20   Southern China   22 buildings collapse in landslide in Shenzhen industrial park
Map of Guangming New District Shenzhen China
  About 900 people have been evacuated, with four people pulled alive from rubble with minor or no injuries. At least 91 remain missing
  New Delhi     Delhi juvenile gang rapist freed amid protests   The youngest convict in the notorious 2012 Delhi gang rape case has been released from a correctional centre  Sulawesi  3 dead as Indonesia ferry drifts in stormy seas   Madrid   PM Rajoy's party loses majority Map of Madrid
  Spain's governing conservative party has won the most seats in the general election but has lost its majority and must now try to form a coalition
 Madrid  Spain election: Political uncertainty after split result  Nevada  Las Vegas driver crashes into crowd

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Dec.21   Switzerland     FIFA banned Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini
  Ethics Committee ruled that both the president and his UEFA counterpart had broken Code of Ethics relating to conflicts of interest, breach of loyalty and gifts
  Afghanistan     6 US troops killed in Afghanistan suicide bombing   A suicide bombing near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan killed six U.S. troops and wounded two other Americans and an interpreter  Helmand  Taliban militants 'close to capturing' Sangin

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Dec.22   Western Iraq Ramadi battle enters second day
 Southern China  China landslide: Man rescued alive in Shenzhen after 60 hours   Northern Syria Russia air strikes 'killed 200 civilians'

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Dec.23   Helmand     Afghanistan Taliban 'push further' into Helmand town of Sangin   Afghan government forces have lost control of the centre of the town of Sangin in Helmand province after days of fierce fighting, reports su...   China China smog sparks red alerts in 10 cities
 Minnesota  Black Lives Matter protests disrupt airports and shopping  Saudi Arabia  At least 25 killed, 107 injured in fire at Saudi Arabia hospital

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Dec.24   Vatican     Pope Francis recalls Jesus' birth with Christmas Eve Mass
Map of St. Peter%27s Basilica Vatican
  Pope in his Christmas homily denounces materialism. Some youngsters invited to attend came from countries that Francis has visited as pontiff
  Nigeria   Nigeria gas explosion kills more than 100 people   Scores of people are reported killed in an explosion at an industrial gas plant in southern Nigeria  Damascus  Syria conflict: Rebels 'to leave Yarmouk refugee camp'

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Dec.25   Mississippi   US storms: At least 14 dead in trail of destruction
Map of Mississippi
  A clear-up has begun after a violent storm left at least 14 people dead and destroyed homes in several US South and Midwest states on Christmas Eve
 Lahore  India PM Modi in surprise Pakistan visit   Paraguay     Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay flooding displaces 150,000
Map of Asuncion Paraguay
  More than 150,000 people have been driven from their homes by some of the worst flooding in years
  Australia Christmas blaze guts Australia homes  Northern Afghanistan  Northern Afghanistan hit by 6.3 earthquake

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Dec.26  Damascus  Syria war: Yarmouk camp evacuation 'on hold'  Northern England  UK floods: Homes evacuated amid heavy rain   Dallas Texas tornadoes: 'Eight killed' in Dallas suburbs
 Paraguay  Flooding 'worst in 50 years', as 150,000 flee

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Dec.27   Western Iraq Iraqi forces 'retake Islamic State Ramadi stronghold'
 San Francisco Bay Area  Star Wars: The Force Awakens becomes fastest to take $1bn   Western Iraq Iraq forces in 'full control' of central Ramadi

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Dec.28   Western Iraq     Iraq declares Ramadi liberated from ISIS
Map of Ramadi Iraq
  The Iraqi city of Ramadi has been 'liberated' from so-called Islamic State, the Iraqi military has declared. There are still pockets of resistance in the city
  South Korea     'Comfort women': Japan and South Korea hail agreement
  The leaders have welcomed the agreement between their two countries to settle the issue of women forced to work in Japanese brothels during WWII
 Northern Nigeria  Nigeria suicide bombers attack Maiduguri and Madagali  Baghdad  Iraqi PM vows defeat of IS after Ramadi recapture  Guinea  Guinea to be declared free of Ebola virus

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Dec.29   Syria Paris attacks: IS commanders 'killed in US-led strikes'
  North Korea     North Korea official Kim Yang-gon killed in car crash  Kim Yang-gon, 73, a top aide to the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has died in a car crash, state news agency KCNA has said  Greece  Over one million reach Europe by sea   Global Worries grow over humanitarian impacts of 'strongest El Nino'

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Dec.30  Southern Iran  Iran conducts 'provocative' live rocket tests near US ships   Brussels Belgium terror alert halts New Year fireworks in Brussels
 Western Canada  At least 20 people reportedly injured due to turbulence on Air Canada flight

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Dec.31   Dubai   Fire sweeps through Dubai skyscraper
Map of Address Downtown Hotel Dubai United Arab Emirates
  A huge fire has broken out in a high-rise hotel in central Dubai close to the world's tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa.    Burning debris could be seen falling from the 30...
  Japan     New Year: Celebrations mark start of 2016   Countries around the world are marking the New Year, with festivities currently under way across Asia  Brussels  Brussels police detain six over 'New Year terror plot'   Munich   Munich police warn of imminent terror threat   The police tweeted that the city's main station and Pasing station had been evacuated and said trains were no longer stopping there


  UK launches first Syria air strikes  RAF Tornado jets have carried out their first air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed Russia fires warning shot at Turkish fishing boat   US welcomes 'milestone' as UN endorses Syria peace plan   A UN plan for Syria is a 'milestone' in the efforts to end the conflict there, says US Secretary of State John Kerry Iraqi soldiers 'killed by friendly fire' China accuses US of B-52 'provocation' over Spratly Islands   6 US troops killed in Afghanistan suicide bombing   A suicide bombing near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan killed six U.S. troops and wounded two other Americans and an interpreter Ramadi battle enters second day Russia air strikes 'killed 200 civilians'   Afghanistan Taliban 'push further' into Helmand town of Sangin   Afghan government forces have lost control of the centre of the town of Sangin in Helmand province after days of fierce fighting, reports su... Iraqi forces 'retake Islamic State Ramadi stronghold' Iraq forces in 'full control' of central Ramadi   Iraq declares Ramadi liberated from ISIS Map of Ramadi Iraq




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Dec.2  London  MPs authorise UK action against Islamic State
Dec.2   Syria
Dec.10  Saudi Arabia  Syria opposition agrees framework for peace talks
Dec.13   Turkey
Dec.18   UN
Dec.18   Sunni Triangle
Dec.19   Beijing
Dec.21   Afghanistan
Dec.21  Helmand  Taliban militants 'close to capturing' Sangin
Dec.22   Western Iraq
Dec.22   Northern Syria
Dec.23   Helmand
Dec.24  Damascus  Syria conflict: Rebels 'to leave Yarmouk refugee camp'
Dec.26  Damascus  Syria war: Yarmouk camp evacuation 'on hold'
Dec.27   Western Iraq
Dec.27   Western Iraq
Dec.28   Western Iraq
  The Iraqi city of Ramadi has been 'liberated' from so-called Islamic State, the Iraqi military has declared. There are still pockets of resistance in the city
Dec.28   South Korea   'Comfort women': Japan and South Korea hail agreement
  The leaders have welcomed the agreement between their two countries to settle the issue of women forced to work in Japanese brothels during WWII
Dec.28  Baghdad  Iraqi PM vows defeat of IS after Ramadi recapture Dec.30  Southern Iran  Iran conducts 'provocative' live rocket tests near US ships



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2015 Dec.1   Southern India Chennai hit by fresh rain and deadly flooding
Dec.17   Beijing Beijing issues second ever pollution red alert  Beijing authorities have issued a second pollution red alert, little more than a week after the first ever such warning Dec.20   Southern China 22 buildings collapse in landslide in Shenzhen industrial park
Map of Guangming New District Shenzhen China
  About 900 people have been evacuated, with four people pulled alive from rubble with minor or no injuries. At least 91 remain missing
Dec.20  Sulawesi  3 dead as Indonesia ferry drifts in stormy seas Dec.20  Nevada  Las Vegas driver crashes into crowd Dec.22  Southern China  China landslide: Man rescued alive in Shenzhen after 60 hours Dec.23   China China smog sparks red alerts in 10 cities Dec.23  Saudi Arabia  At least 25 killed, 107 injured in fire at Saudi Arabia hospital Dec.24   Nigeria Nigeria gas explosion kills more than 100 people   Scores of people are reported killed in an explosion at an industrial gas plant in southern Nigeria Dec.25   Mississippi US storms: At least 14 dead in trail of destruction Map of Mississippi
  A clear-up has begun after a violent storm left at least 14 people dead and destroyed homes in several US South and Midwest states on Christmas Eve
Dec.25   Paraguay   Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay flooding displaces 150,000
Map of Asuncion Paraguay
  More than 150,000 people have been driven from their homes by some of the worst flooding in years
Dec.25   Australia Christmas blaze guts Australia homes Dec.25  Northern Afghanistan  Northern Afghanistan hit by 6.3 earthquake Dec.26  Northern England  UK floods: Homes evacuated amid heavy rain Dec.26   Dallas Texas tornadoes: 'Eight killed' in Dallas suburbs Dec.26  Paraguay  Flooding 'worst in 50 years', as 150,000 flee Dec.28  Guinea  Guinea to be declared free of Ebola virus Dec.29   North Korea   North Korea official Kim Yang-gon killed in car crash  Kim Yang-gon, 73, a top aide to the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has died in a car crash, state news agency KCNA has said Dec.29   Global Worries grow over humanitarian impacts of 'strongest El Nino' Dec.30  Western Canada  At least 20 people reportedly injured due to turbulence on Air Canada flight Dec.31   Dubai Fire sweeps through Dubai skyscraper Map of Address Downtown Hotel Dubai United Arab Emirates
  A huge fire has broken out in a high-rise hotel in central Dubai close to the world's tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa.    Burning debris could be seen falling from the 30...




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2015 Dec.17  London  Jose Mourinho: 'Special One' sacked by Chelsea Dec.21   Switzerland   FIFA banned Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini
  Ethics Committee ruled that both the president and his UEFA counterpart had broken Code of Ethics relating to conflicts of interest, breach of loyalty and gifts




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2015 Dec.13  South Africa  South Africa's president replaces finance minister, again Dec.16   Washington US Fed raises interest rates by 0.25%
  The US Federal Reserve has raised interest rates by 0.25 percentage points - its first increase since 2006
 The move takes the range of rates banks offer to lend to each other overnight to between 0.25% and 0.5%. Rates in the US have been at near-zero since 2008
Dec.16  Japan  Asia's investors cheer the Fed's move to raise rates Dec.27  San Francisco Bay Area  Star Wars: The Force Awakens becomes fastest to take $1bn Dec.31   Japan   New Year: Celebrations mark start of 2016   Countries around the world are marking the New Year, with festivities currently under way across Asia



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2015 Dec.2   Southern California 14 people dead in San Bernardino shooting
Map of Inland Regional Center San Bernardino CA USA
  The gunmen opened fire during a holiday party at a community centre. Two heavily armed suspects have been killed by police
 The suspects were armed with assault rifles and handguns and wearing assault-style clothing. A third person who was running near the gun battle was detained. Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, were killed in a shootout
Dec.3   South Africa Oscar Pistorius guilty of murdering Reeva Steenkamp Dec.3  Southern California  San Bernardino: Police seek motive in mass shooting Dec.3  Southern California  San Bernardino shooting: Police speaks of carnage at scene Dec.4   Southern California   San Bernardino shooters pledged allegiance to ISIS   Lawyers representing the family of the two San Bernardino attackers have said relatives are 'in complete shock' over the shooting Dec.5  Washington  San Bernardino attack: US 'will not be terrorised' - Obama Dec.5  London  Leytonstone Tube station stabbing a 'terrorist incident' Dec.6  Washington  Obama vows to overcome terror threat Dec.9  Southern California  San Bernardino attacks: Couple radicalised before dating Dec.11  Lebanon  Gaddafi's son Hannibal freed after kidnap in Lebanon Dec.15  North Korea  N Korea sentences Canada pastor to life in jail Dec.17  Southern California  San Bernardino shooting: Friend of gunman is charged Dec.20   New Delhi   Delhi juvenile gang rapist freed amid protests   The youngest convict in the notorious 2012 Delhi gang rape case has been released from a correctional centre Dec.20  Nevada  Las Vegas driver crashes into crowd Dec.21   Switzerland   FIFA banned Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini
  Ethics Committee ruled that both the president and his UEFA counterpart had broken Code of Ethics relating to conflicts of interest, breach of loyalty and gifts
Dec.28   South Korea   'Comfort women': Japan and South Korea hail agreement
  The leaders have welcomed the agreement between their two countries to settle the issue of women forced to work in Japanese brothels during WWII
Dec.28  Northern Nigeria  Nigeria suicide bombers attack Maiduguri and Madagali Dec.29   Syria Paris attacks: IS commanders 'killed in US-led strikes'
Dec.30   Brussels Belgium terror alert halts New Year fireworks in Brussels Dec.31  Brussels  Brussels police detain six over 'New Year terror plot' Dec.31   Munich Munich police warn of imminent terror threat   The police tweeted that the city's main station and Pasing station had been evacuated and said trains were no longer stopping there



World, December 2015 Politics Timeline ... See World Politics timeline Top ^
2015 Dec.1  Myanmar  Suu Kyi meets president and army chief in transition talks Dec.2  London  MPs authorise UK action against Islamic State Dec.5  Paris  COP21: Climate delegates agree draft deal text Dec.5  France  France votes in first election since Paris attacks Dec.6   France National Front leads in regional polls
  France's far-right National Front (FN) appears to have made big gains in the first round of regional elections, estimates show
Dec.6   Venezuela   Venezuela opposition wins majority in National Assembly
Map of CARACAS Venezuela
  The opposition won control of the National Assembly by a landslide, delivering a major setback to the ruling party and altering the balance of power
Dec.6  Washington  Obama vows to overcome terror threat Dec.7   South Carolina   Donald Trump urges ban on Muslims coming to US Map of South Carolina
  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has called for a halt to Muslims entering the US, in the wake of the deadly California shootings
Dec.8  Washington  Trumpís Muslim ban call 'endangers US security' Dec.9  Argentina  Argentina's Fernandez bids emotional farewell Dec.10  Saudi Arabia  Syria opposition agrees framework for peace talks Dec.11   Paris COP21: Climate deal text 'agreed' in Paris Dec.12   Paris COP21: Paris climate deal is 'best chance to save planet'
  Nearly 200 countries took part in tense negotiations in Paris over two weeks, striking the first deal to commit all nations to cut emissions.    The climate deal reached in Paris is 'the best chance we have to save the one planet we have',...
Dec.13   France French far right National Front routed in key vote
  France's far-right National Front (FN) has failed to win a single region in the second round of municipal elections
Dec.13  South Africa  South Africa's president replaces finance minister, again Dec.14  Moscow  Kerry seeks to narrow divisions with Russia Dec.15  Nevada  Republican candidates clash over how to counter IS Dec.15  North Korea  N Korea sentences Canada pastor to life in jail Dec.16  Brussels  Migrant crisis dominates as EU holds final summit of 2015 Dec.18   UN   US welcomes 'milestone' as UN endorses Syria peace plan   A UN plan for Syria is a 'milestone' in the efforts to end the conflict there, says US Secretary of State John Kerry Dec.19   Beijing China accuses US of B-52 'provocation' over Spratly Islands
Dec.19  New Hampshire  Sanders apologises to Clinton over data breach Dec.20   Madrid PM Rajoy's party loses majority Map of Madrid
  Spain's governing conservative party has won the most seats in the general election but has lost its majority and must now try to form a coalition
Dec.20  Madrid  Spain election: Political uncertainty after split result Dec.23  Minnesota  Black Lives Matter protests disrupt airports and shopping Dec.24   Vatican   Pope Francis recalls Jesus' birth with Christmas Eve Mass Map of St. Peter%27s Basilica Vatican
  Pope in his Christmas homily denounces materialism. Some youngsters invited to attend came from countries that Francis has visited as pontiff
Dec.24  Damascus  Syria conflict: Rebels 'to leave Yarmouk refugee camp' Dec.25  Lahore  India PM Modi in surprise Pakistan visit Dec.28   South Korea   'Comfort women': Japan and South Korea hail agreement
  The leaders have welcomed the agreement between their two countries to settle the issue of women forced to work in Japanese brothels during WWII
Dec.29   North Korea   North Korea official Kim Yang-gon killed in car crash  Kim Yang-gon, 73, a top aide to the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has died in a car crash, state news agency KCNA has said Dec.29  Greece  Over one million reach Europe by sea