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B. 12-02 Trump breaks US policy stance with direct Taiwan call USA
2. 12-04 Norbert Hofer defeated in presidential poll Austria
3. 12-04 PM Matteo Renzi resigns after clear referendum defeat Rome
E. 12-06 Earthquake rocks Aceh province; at least 27 dead
5. 12-09 Gambia leader Yahya Jammeh rejects election result Gambia
12-10 Besiktas: Stadium blasts kill 38 people
H. 12-11 Paolo Gentiloni, Italian foreign minister, appointed PM Rome
I. 12-14 Aleppo battle: Evacuation agreement 'back on' Aleppo
J. 12-15 Obama vows action against Russia over election hacks Washington

Summary.     Click for More > Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead in Ankara   Mevlut Mert Aydintas, 22, a Turkish policeman has shot dead Andrei Karlov, apparently in protest at Russia's involvement in Aleppo Aleppo 'back under government control'   The Syrian army says it has retaken full control of Aleppo, following the evacuation of the last group of rebels   Israel settlements: Netanyahu snubs 'shameful' UN vote   Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a UN call to end illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land is 'shameful' Russian military plane 'crashes in Black Sea near Sochi' Map of Sochi
Trump breaks US policy stance with direct Taiwan call Norbert Hofer defeated in presidential poll PM Matteo Renzi resigns after clear referendum defeat Earthquake rocks Aceh province; at least 27 dead Gambia leader Yahya Jammeh rejects election result Besiktas: Stadium blasts kill 38 people   Two explosions near a football stadium in Turkey's biggest city, Istanbul, have killed 29 people and injured 166 Paolo Gentiloni, Italian foreign minister, appointed PM Aleppo battle: Evacuation agreement 'back on' Obama vows action against Russia over election hacks Berlin attack: Police say lorry crash 'probably terror attack' Map of Breitscheidplatz Berlin Germany
Dec.1  Paris  Francois Hollande decides not to run again
 Ohio  Trump names Gen James 'Mad Dog' Mattis as defence secretary
Dec.2   USA
Dec.3  Cuba  Crowds pay last respects to Fidel Castro in Santiago
 San Francisco Bay Area  At least 9 dead, 25 unaccounted for in Oakland fire
Dec.4   Austria
  Rome
Dec. 6   Aceh
Dec. 7  Aleppo  Aleppo battle: Assad says victory in city would be 'huge step'
 Pakistan  Pakistan crash pilot made mayday call after engine problem
Dec. 9   Gambia
 CIA  Russia 'intervened to promote Trump' - US intelligence
Dec. 10   Istanbul
Dec. 11   Rome
 Syria  Palmyra: Fierce battle for ancient Syrian city
Dec. 12  Portugal  Ballon d'Or 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi
Dec. 13  Aleppo  Aleppo battle: Rebels await evacuation, as fighting ends
Dec. 14   Aleppo
Dec. 15   Washington
Dec. 17  Southern China  China accuses US of 'hyping-up' seizure of underwater drone
Dec. 18  Aleppo  Hundreds leave Aleppo as evacuations resume
Dec. 19   Berlin
  The driver, an Afghan or Pakistani asylum seeker, ploughed a lorry into a Christmas market in the heart of Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 48.    The stricken market is at Breitscheidplatz, close to the Kurfuerstendamm, the main shopping street in Berlin'...
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 Washington  Donald Trump wins electoral college vote
Dec. 20  Mexico  Dozens killed in Mexico fireworks blast
Dec. 21  Berlin  Tunisian fugitive 'had been under surveillance'
Dec. 22   Aleppo
Dec. 23   Jerusalem
 Milan  Berlin truck attacker Anis Amri killed in Milan
Dec. 24   Sochi
  The plane disappeared from radar 20 minutes after taking off from Adler. Tu-154 was carrying service personnel, members of the choir and reporters.    The plane was reportedly flyi...
Dec. 25   England George Michael: Pop superstar dies at 53  Sochi  Russia plane crash: Huge search for bodies in Black Sea Dec. 26   Hawaii Japan PM Shinzo Abe in Hawaii for landmark Pearl Harbor visit  Mexico  Thousands attend Mexican girl's party after viral invitation  Sochi  Russian plane crash: First black box recovered Dec. 28  Washington  John Kerry warns Israel over peace deal with Palestinians Dec. 29   Washington   Obama expels 35 Russian diplomats in retaliation for hacking  The administration announced its retaliation for Russian efforts to interfere with the US presidential election, ordering sweeping new sanct...



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  Francois Hollande decides not to run again  In a surprise move Francois Hollande has announced he will not seek a second term as president of France Trump names Gen James 'Mad Dog' Mattis as defence secretary   Trump breaks US policy stance with direct Taiwan call


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Dec.1   Paris  
  Ohio


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Dec.2   USA  
  US President-elect has spoken directly with the president of Taiwan - breaking with US policy set in 1979 when formal relations were cut
 Gambia  Gambia's Adama Barrow says shock win heralds 'new hope'  Colombia  Chapecoense plane crash: Team's home town gathers for service

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Dec.3   Cuba Crowds pay last respects to Fidel Castro in Santiago
  San Francisco Bay Area At least 9 dead, 25 unaccounted for in Oakland fire  Beijing  Trump-Taiwan call: China lodges protest  Austria  Austria presidential election re-run 'too close to call'

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Dec.4   Austria   Norbert Hofer defeated in presidential poll
  Hofer described himself as 'infinitely sad' and congratulated Alexander Van der Bellen, former head of the Greens, on his victory
  Rome   PM Matteo Renzi resigns after clear referendum defeat
  Renzi has resigned after suffering a heavy defeat in a referendum over his plan to reform the constitution. No vote leads with 60% against 40% for Yes
 New Zealand  Prime Minister John Key in surprise resignation

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Dec. 5  Southern India  Jayalalitha: Thousands mourn colourful politician

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Dec. 6   Aceh   Earthquake rocks Aceh province; at least 27 dead Map of Meureudu Pidie Jaya Aceh Indonesia
  A frantic rescue effort involving dozens of villagers, soldiers and police was underway in Meureudu, a severely affected town in Pidie Jaya
 USA  Trump says Air Force One order should be cancelled

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Dec. 7   Aleppo     Aleppo battle: Assad says victory in city would be 'huge step'   Syrian President has said a victory for his army in Aleppo would be a 'huge step' towards ending the country's five-year civil war   Pakistan   Pakistan crash pilot made mayday call after engine problem   The pilot of a flight that crashed made a mayday call just before losing contact. All 48 people on the twin-propeller plane flying to Islamabad...

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Dec. 8  Aleppo  Army 'suspends Aleppo fighting'  Ohio  John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies aged 95

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Dec. 9  London  Russian doping report alleges 'institutional conspiracy'   Gambia   Gambia leader Yahya Jammeh rejects election result
Map of Gambia
  Speaking on state TV, Jammeh has rejected the result of the presidential election held earlier this month, a week after admitting defeat
  CIA     Russia 'intervened to promote Trump' - US intelligence  US intelligence agencies believe Russia acted covertly to boost Donald Trump in the election race, US officials have told leading newspapers  Aceh  Indonesia quake: Number of homeless soars to 43,000

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Dec. 10   Istanbul   Besiktas: Stadium blasts kill 38 people
Map of Besiktas Stadium Istanbul Turkey
  Two explosions near a football stadium in Turkey's biggest city, Istanbul, have killed 29 people and injured 166
  Turkey declared a national day of mourning Sunday after twin blasts killed 38 people and wounded 155 others near a soccer stadium the latest large-scale assault to traumatize a nation confronting an array of security threats
 Nigeria  Nigeria Uyo: Scores dead in church collapse

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Dec. 11   Rome   Paolo Gentiloni, Italian foreign minister, appointed PM
  Gentiloni, 62, has been asked to form a government by the president Sergio Mattarella. Matteo Renzi, who resigned after losing a referendum
  Syria     Palmyra: Fierce battle for ancient Syrian city   Control of the ancient city of Palmyra has been going back and forth between government forces and so-called Islamic State, reports say  USA  Donald Trump rejects CIA Russia hacking report  Cairo  Cairo bombing: Cairo Coptic Christian complex hit

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Dec. 12   Portugal Ballon d'Or 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi
 Aleppo  Aleppo battle: UN chief warns of 'atrocities'

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Dec. 13   Aleppo Aleppo battle: Rebels await evacuation, as fighting ends


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Dec. 14   Aleppo   Aleppo battle: Evacuation agreement 'back on'
Map of Aleppo
  A deal to evacuate the last rebel-held part of eastern Aleppo is back on, opposition fighters say, a day after a previous agreement fell through


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Dec. 15   Washington     Obama vows action against Russia over election hacks
  US President has vowed to take action against Russia for its alleged interference in the US presidential election campaign
 Aleppo  Aleppo battle: Evacuation continues as truce holds

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Dec. 16  Washington  US hacking claims: Obama told Putin to 'cut it out'

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Dec. 17   Southern China China accuses US of 'hyping-up' seizure of underwater drone
 Venezuela  Venezuela delays 100-bolivar banknote withdrawal  Turkey  Car bomb blast killed 13 Turkish troops

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Dec. 18   Aleppo Hundreds leave Aleppo as evacuations resume
 Jordan  At least 10 people killed in Jordan attacks  Japan  Club World Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick sinks brave Antlers

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Dec. 19   Berlin   Berlin attack: Police say lorry crash 'probably terror attack'
Map of Breitscheidplatz Berlin Germany
  The driver, an Afghan or Pakistani asylum seeker, ploughed a lorry into a Christmas market in the heart of Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 48
 The stricken market is at Breitscheidplatz, close to the Kurfuerstendamm, the main shopping street in Berlin's west in the shadow of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, which was damaged in a World War Two bombing raid
  Turkey   Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead in Ankara
Map of Modern Arts Centre Ankara Turkey
  Mevlut Mert Aydintas, 22, a Turkish policeman has shot dead Andrei Karlov, apparently in protest at Russia's involvement in Aleppo
  Washington   Donald Trump wins electoral college vote   The US electoral college has certified Donald Trump as president, despite a last-ditch effort to deny him the White House  Australia  MH370: Plane 'not likely to be in search area', say investigators  Siberia  Russia bath lotion kills 48 drinkers in Irkutsk

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Dec. 20   Mexico     Dozens killed in Mexico fireworks blast   An explosion at a fireworks market outside Mexico City has killed at least 29 people. 70 others were injured as the blast hit the fireworks ...  Berlin  Berlin attack: Hunt for attacker after sole suspect released

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Dec. 21   Berlin Tunisian fugitive 'had been under surveillance'


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Dec. 22   Aleppo   Aleppo 'back under government control'
Map of Aleppo
  The Syrian army says it has retaken full control of Aleppo, following the evacuation of the last group of rebels
 UN Security Council  Egypt delays UN resolution on Israel as Trump raises concerns

December 23 ... more > Top ^

Dec. 23   Jerusalem     Israel settlements: Netanyahu snubs 'shameful' UN vote
  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a UN call to end illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land is 'shameful'
  Milan   Berlin truck attacker Anis Amri killed in Milan   Anis Amri, has been shot dead by police. The Tunisian criminal fired on police who asked him for ID during a routine patrol  Arctic  Arctic heatwave could break records

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Dec. 24   Sochi   Russian military plane 'crashes in Black Sea near Sochi'
Map of Sochi
  The plane disappeared from radar 20 minutes after taking off from Adler. Tu-154 was carrying service personnel, members of the choir and reporters
 The plane was reportedly flying to Syria's Latakia province


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Dec. 25   England   George Michael: Pop superstar dies at 53
Map of Goring Oxfordshire United Kingdom
  The star, who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and had huge success as a solo performer, 'passed away peacefully on Christmas Day
  Sochi Russia plane crash: Huge search for bodies in Black Sea  Manila  Christmas typhoon kills 4, destroys homes in Philippines

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Dec. 26   Hawaii     Japan PM Shinzo Abe in Hawaii for landmark Pearl Harbor visit
Map of Pearl Harbour Hawaii
  Abe has visited several memorials in Hawaii, ahead of a visit to Pearl Harbor, the US naval base attacked by the Japanese in 1941
  Mexico Thousands attend Mexican girl's party after viral invitation   Sochi Russian plane crash: First black box recovered

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Dec. 27  Los Angeles  Stars and fans pay tribute to Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher

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Dec. 28   Washington John Kerry warns Israel over peace deal with Palestinians


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Dec. 29   Washington     Obama expels 35 Russian diplomats in retaliation for hacking
  The administration announced its retaliation for Russian efforts to interfere with the US presidential election, ordering sweeping new sanctions


December 30 ... more > Top ^

Dec. 30  Berlin  Merkel: Islamist terror is 'greatest threat' to Germany

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Dec. 31  Rio de Janeiro  Greek ambassador killed by wife's lover  Baghdad  Suicide bombers kill at least 28 in central Baghdad  Jakarta  Indonesia: Ferry blaze off Jakarta kills 23


Trump names Gen James 'Mad Dog' Mattis as defence secretary   Aleppo battle: Assad says victory in city would be 'huge step'   Syrian President has said a victory for his army in Aleppo would be a 'huge step' towards ending the country's five-year civil war   Palmyra: Fierce battle for ancient Syrian city   Control of the ancient city of Palmyra has been going back and forth between government forces and so-called Islamic State, reports say Aleppo battle: Rebels await evacuation, as fighting ends Aleppo battle: Evacuation agreement 'back on' Map of Aleppo




World, December 2016 War & Army Timeline ... See World War & Army timeline Top ^
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Dec.1   Ohio
Dec. 7   Aleppo
Dec. 8  Aleppo  Army 'suspends Aleppo fighting'
Dec. 11   Syria
Dec. 12  Aleppo  Aleppo battle: UN chief warns of 'atrocities'
Dec. 13   Aleppo
Dec. 14   Aleppo
  A deal to evacuate the last rebel-held part of eastern Aleppo is back on, opposition fighters say, a day after a previous agreement fell through
Dec. 15  Aleppo  Aleppo battle: Evacuation continues as truce holds Dec. 17   Southern China China accuses US of 'hyping-up' seizure of underwater drone Dec. 17  Turkey  Car bomb blast killed 13 Turkish troops Dec. 18   Aleppo Hundreds leave Aleppo as evacuations resume Dec. 22   Aleppo Aleppo 'back under government control'
Map of Aleppo
  The Syrian army says it has retaken full control of Aleppo, following the evacuation of the last group of rebels
Dec. 24   Sochi Russian military plane 'crashes in Black Sea near Sochi' Map of Sochi
  The plane disappeared from radar 20 minutes after taking off from Adler. Tu-154 was carrying service personnel, members of the choir and reporters
 The plane was reportedly flying to Syria's Latakia province




World, December 2016 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
2016 Dec.2  Colombia  Chapecoense plane crash: Team's home town gathers for service Dec.3   San Francisco Bay Area At least 9 dead, 25 unaccounted for in Oakland fire
Dec. 6   Aceh Earthquake rocks Aceh province; at least 27 dead Map of Meureudu Pidie Jaya Aceh Indonesia
  A frantic rescue effort involving dozens of villagers, soldiers and police was underway in Meureudu, a severely affected town in Pidie Jaya
Dec. 7   Pakistan Pakistan crash pilot made mayday call after engine problem   The pilot of a flight that crashed made a mayday call just before losing contact. All 48 people on the twin-propeller plane flying to Islamabad... Dec. 9  Aceh  Indonesia quake: Number of homeless soars to 43,000 Dec. 10  Nigeria  Nigeria Uyo: Scores dead in church collapse Dec. 19  Australia  MH370: Plane 'not likely to be in search area', say investigators Dec. 19  Siberia  Russia bath lotion kills 48 drinkers in Irkutsk Dec. 20   Mexico   Dozens killed in Mexico fireworks blast   An explosion at a fireworks market outside Mexico City has killed at least 29 people. 70 others were injured as the blast hit the fireworks ... Dec. 23  Arctic  Arctic heatwave could break records Dec. 24   Sochi Russian military plane 'crashes in Black Sea near Sochi' Map of Sochi
  The plane disappeared from radar 20 minutes after taking off from Adler. Tu-154 was carrying service personnel, members of the choir and reporters
 The plane was reportedly flying to Syria's Latakia province
Dec. 25   Sochi Russia plane crash: Huge search for bodies in Black Sea Dec. 25  Manila  Christmas typhoon kills 4, destroys homes in Philippines Dec. 26   Sochi Russian plane crash: First black box recovered Dec. 31  Jakarta  Indonesia: Ferry blaze off Jakarta kills 23



World, December 2016 Business Timeline ... See World Business timeline Top ^
2016 Dec. 17  Venezuela  Venezuela delays 100-bolivar banknote withdrawal Dec. 25   England George Michael: Pop superstar dies at 53
Map of Goring Oxfordshire United Kingdom
  The star, who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and had huge success as a solo performer, 'passed away peacefully on Christmas Day
Dec. 26   Mexico Thousands attend Mexican girl's party after viral invitation Dec. 27  Los Angeles  Stars and fans pay tribute to Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher



World, December 2016 Sports Timeline ... See World Sports timeline Top ^
2016 Dec.2  Colombia  Chapecoense plane crash: Team's home town gathers for service Dec. 9  London  Russian doping report alleges 'institutional conspiracy' Dec. 12   Portugal Ballon d'Or 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi
Dec. 18  Japan  Club World Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick sinks brave Antlers



World, December 2016 Crime Timeline ... See World Crime timeline Top ^
2016 Dec. 9   CIA   Russia 'intervened to promote Trump' - US intelligence  US intelligence agencies believe Russia acted covertly to boost Donald Trump in the election race, US officials have told leading newspapers Dec. 10   Istanbul Besiktas: Stadium blasts kill 38 people
Map of Besiktas Stadium Istanbul Turkey
  Two explosions near a football stadium in Turkey's biggest city, Istanbul, have killed 29 people and injured 166
  Turkey declared a national day of mourning Sunday after twin blasts killed 38 people and wounded 155 others near a soccer stadium the latest large-scale assault to traumatize a nation confronting an array of security threats
Dec. 11  USA  Donald Trump rejects CIA Russia hacking report Dec. 11  Cairo  Cairo bombing: Cairo Coptic Christian complex hit Dec. 15   Washington   Obama vows action against Russia over election hacks
  US President has vowed to take action against Russia for its alleged interference in the US presidential election campaign
Dec. 16  Washington  US hacking claims: Obama told Putin to 'cut it out' Dec. 17  Turkey  Car bomb blast killed 13 Turkish troops Dec. 18  Jordan  At least 10 people killed in Jordan attacks Dec. 19   Berlin Berlin attack: Police say lorry crash 'probably terror attack'
Map of Breitscheidplatz Berlin Germany
  The driver, an Afghan or Pakistani asylum seeker, ploughed a lorry into a Christmas market in the heart of Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 48
 The stricken market is at Breitscheidplatz, close to the Kurfuerstendamm, the main shopping street in Berlin's west in the shadow of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, which was damaged in a World War Two bombing raid
Dec. 19   Turkey Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead in Ankara Map of Modern Arts Centre Ankara Turkey
  Mevlut Mert Aydintas, 22, a Turkish policeman has shot dead Andrei Karlov, apparently in protest at Russia's involvement in Aleppo
Dec. 20  Berlin  Berlin attack: Hunt for attacker after sole suspect released Dec. 21   Berlin Tunisian fugitive 'had been under surveillance' Dec. 23   Milan Berlin truck attacker Anis Amri killed in Milan   Anis Amri, has been shot dead by police. The Tunisian criminal fired on police who asked him for ID during a routine patrol Dec. 30  Berlin  Merkel: Islamist terror is 'greatest threat' to Germany Dec. 31  Rio de Janeiro  Greek ambassador killed by wife's lover Dec. 31  Baghdad  Suicide bombers kill at least 28 in central Baghdad



World, December 2016 Politics Timeline ... See World Politics timeline Top ^
2016 Dec.1   Paris   Francois Hollande decides not to run again  In a surprise move Francois Hollande has announced he will not seek a second term as president of France Dec.1   Ohio Trump names Gen James 'Mad Dog' Mattis as defence secretary
Dec.2   USA   Trump breaks US policy stance with direct Taiwan call
  US President-elect has spoken directly with the president of Taiwan - breaking with US policy set in 1979 when formal relations were cut
Dec.2  Gambia  Gambia's Adama Barrow says shock win heralds 'new hope' Dec.2  Colombia  Chapecoense plane crash: Team's home town gathers for service Dec.3   Cuba Crowds pay last respects to Fidel Castro in Santiago
Dec.3  Beijing  Trump-Taiwan call: China lodges protest Dec.3  Austria  Austria presidential election re-run 'too close to call' Dec.4   Austria Norbert Hofer defeated in presidential poll
  Hofer described himself as 'infinitely sad' and congratulated Alexander Van der Bellen, former head of the Greens, on his victory
Dec. 4   Rome PM Matteo Renzi resigns after clear referendum defeat
  Renzi has resigned after suffering a heavy defeat in a referendum over his plan to reform the constitution. No vote leads with 60% against 40% for Yes
Dec. 4  New Zealand  Prime Minister John Key in surprise resignation Dec. 5  Southern India  Jayalalitha: Thousands mourn colourful politician Dec. 6  USA  Trump says Air Force One order should be cancelled Dec. 8  Ohio  John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies aged 95 Dec. 9   Gambia Gambia leader Yahya Jammeh rejects election result
Map of Gambia
  Speaking on state TV, Jammeh has rejected the result of the presidential election held earlier this month, a week after admitting defeat
Dec. 9   CIA   Russia 'intervened to promote Trump' - US intelligence  US intelligence agencies believe Russia acted covertly to boost Donald Trump in the election race, US officials have told leading newspapers Dec. 11   Rome Paolo Gentiloni, Italian foreign minister, appointed PM
  Gentiloni, 62, has been asked to form a government by the president Sergio Mattarella. Matteo Renzi, who resigned after losing a referendum
Dec. 11  USA  Donald Trump rejects CIA Russia hacking report Dec. 12  Aleppo  Aleppo battle: UN chief warns of 'atrocities' Dec. 14   Aleppo Aleppo battle: Evacuation agreement 'back on'
Map of Aleppo
  A deal to evacuate the last rebel-held part of eastern Aleppo is back on, opposition fighters say, a day after a previous agreement fell through
Dec. 15   Washington   Obama vows action against Russia over election hacks
  US President has vowed to take action against Russia for its alleged interference in the US presidential election campaign
Dec. 16  Washington  US hacking claims: Obama told Putin to 'cut it out' Dec. 17  Venezuela  Venezuela delays 100-bolivar banknote withdrawal Dec. 19   Turkey Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead in Ankara
Map of Modern Arts Centre Ankara Turkey
  Mevlut Mert Aydintas, 22, a Turkish policeman has shot dead Andrei Karlov, apparently in protest at Russia's involvement in Aleppo
Dec. 19   Washington Donald Trump wins electoral college vote   The US electoral college has certified Donald Trump as president, despite a last-ditch effort to deny him the White House Dec. 22  UN Security Council  Egypt delays UN resolution on Israel as Trump raises concerns Dec. 23   Jerusalem   Israel settlements: Netanyahu snubs 'shameful' UN vote
  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a UN call to end illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land is 'shameful'
Dec. 26   Hawaii   Japan PM Shinzo Abe in Hawaii for landmark Pearl Harbor visit
Map of Pearl Harbour Hawaii
  Abe has visited several memorials in Hawaii, ahead of a visit to Pearl Harbor, the US naval base attacked by the Japanese in 1941
Dec. 28   Washington John Kerry warns Israel over peace deal with Palestinians Dec. 29   Washington   Obama expels 35 Russian diplomats in retaliation for hacking
  The administration announced its retaliation for Russian efforts to interfere with the US presidential election, ordering sweeping new sanctions
Dec. 30  Berlin  Merkel: Islamist terror is 'greatest threat' to Germany Dec. 31  Rio de Janeiro  Greek ambassador killed by wife's lover