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December 2011 was the twelfth and final month of that common year. The month, which began on a Thursday, ended on a Saturday after 31 days.

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Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from December 2011.

Disasters
  • One person dies and 16 others are injured in three separate chain-reaction crashes involving 176 cars in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. (CNN)
Politics and elections
  • The 2010–2011 Belgian government formation draws to a close as six parties come to an agreement which will see PS leader Elio di Rupo become Prime Minister. The deal, however, still has to be approved by the parties' conventions, and the cabinet makeup is not yet defined. (EUobserver)
Armed conflict and attacks
  • Muslim rioters attack liquor stores and massage parlours in Zakho in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq after Friday prayers. The attacks later extended to include Christian owned shops and businesses in other cities including Dohuk and Simele. (USA Today)
Business and economy
International relations
Armed conflict and attacks
  • At least 23 people are killed in Syria. (BBC)
Arts and culture
Disasters
  • At least 33 people die and 13 are injured in a crash between a truck and a bus near the Bahia city of Milagro in northeastern Brazil. (CNN)
  • At least eight children have died in the past few weeks in Ecuador's Amazon basin after being bitten by rabid bats. (AFP via HeraldSun)
Politics
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Politics and elections
Sport
Armed conflict and attacks
  • There are reports of more than 60 bodies being taken to hospitals in the Syrian town of Homs. (Jerusalem Post)
International relations
Law and crime
Politics and elections
  • Russian election:
    • Preliminary results are released from the Russian legislative election showing the ruling United Russia winning 50 percent of the vote, well down on its 2008 vote. (AP via Google News)
    • European monitors criticise the election saying that rules favoured United Russia and claiming that it was marred by violations. (Deutsche Welle)
  • Peru declares a state of emergency in four provinces amid protests over a mining project. (Andina)
Armed conflict and attacks
Business and economy
  • The Reserve Bank of Australia cuts interest rates by 25 basis points to 4.25 per cent due to continuing global economic concern. (ABC News Australia)
Disasters
International relations
  • Australia announces more sanctions against Iran amidst growing concerns about its nuclear and missile programs. (AAP via Sydney Morning Herald)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
  • After 541 days of negotiations, the longest in history, the new federal government of Belgium is sworn in, with Elio di Rupo as Prime Minister, making him the first Walloon to reach this position in 38 years and the second openly gay head of government in the world. (RTBF)
  • Thousands of people take to the streets of Moscow in protests against the conduct and outcome of the Russian legislative election with dozens of opposition supporters being arrested as the demonstrations turn violent. (The Guardian)
  • The Parliament of Greece approves an austerity budget. (Dow Jones via Wall Street Journal)
Arts and culture
Business and economy
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Science
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Disasters
  • A storm causes damage, flooding and power cuts across the north of the British Isles, particularly Scotland with winds up to 165 mph (264 km/h). (BBC)
International relations
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Politics and elections
Business and economy
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Law and crime
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Armed conflicts and attacks
  • The Syrian government gives the city of Homs 72 hours to stop anti-government protests, or face an offensive, raising fears of a massacre against civilians. (Daily Telegraph)
  • The Pakistani Taliban confirms that it is holding peace talks with the government. (Pakistan Tribune)
  • One civilian is killed and at least 20 others injured after an Israeli air strike on a militant base in Gaza City, Palestinian medics say. (BBC)
Arts and culture
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Armed conflicts and attacks
International relations
Law and crime
  • Former leader of Panama Manuel Noriega is extradited home from France and the United States where he has been serving jail sentences for the past 22 years to serve more time for his role in the murder of political opponents. (Reuters via the Guardian)(The Australian)(LA Times)
  • A 16-year-old teenager in the U.S. state of Ohio is charged with murder in a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme.(ABC)
Politics
Business and economy
  • Credit rating agency Moody's in its weekly credit report dismisses the significance of last week's EU agreement, saying it "does not change our view that risks to the cohesion of the euro area continue to rise." (Reuters)
International relations
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Crime and Law
  • Pakistan police rescues 50 boys from a dungeon in Karachi, Pakistan. Police reports say that the dungeon was equipped with shackles and hooks. The prisoners say they were beaten and threatened and that, if they had tried to escape, they would have been forced to join Jihad militants. (The Telegraph)
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • A gunman opens fire and throws explosives into a crowd in an attack in the Belgian city of Liège. (Le Soir) (BBC)
  • At least 5,000 people are now estimated to have been killed in Syria's uprising, amid continuing violence. (Daily Nation Kenya)
  • Three Thai soldiers are killed by a land mine near the border with Cambodia. (UPI)
Arts and culture
Disasters
Politics
Science
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Thirteen people are killed in Hama, Syria, during the latest violence in the ongoing uprising. (Al Jazeera)
Arts and culture
Business and economy
Disasters
International relations
Law and crime
Politics
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • The 2010 United States Census shows 1 in 2 people are classified as low-income or poor. (Associated Press) (NPR) (CBS News)
Disasters and accidents
  • A truck drives into a restaurant in Ningxia, China, killing seven people. (China Daily)
Law and crime
Politics
Science
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • Russia joins the World Trade Organization. (BBC)
  • European credit ratings:
    • Fitch Ratings lowers France's rating outlook while maintaining a AAA rating and puts the grades of six nations including Spain and Italy on review due to Europe's failure to find a solution to the debt problem. (Bloomberg via Business Week)
    • Moody's Investors Service downgrades Belgium's credit rating two notches to Aa3. (Wall Street Journal)
  • The stock price of Research in Motion, the maker of BlackBerry smart phones, falls after the release of disappointing quarterly numbers and news of the delay of expected product upgrades. (Christian Science Monitor)
Disasters
International relations
Law and crime
Politics
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Egyptian Army soldiers beat protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square in a second day of clashes which have resulted in 10 deaths and hundreds injured. (Reuters)
Disasters
Politics
Armed conflict and attacks
Disasters
Arrests, detentions and prosecutions
  • Iran releases two Kuwaiti journalists accused of spying. (Al Arabiya)
  • More than 50 Occupy Wall Street protesters are arrested as they attempted to establish a new encampment. (The Guardian)
Politics
Sports
Armed conflict and attacks
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Politics
Armed conflicts and attacks
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Politics
Science
  • Worldwide controversy erupts over a plan by Dutch scientists to publish findings relating to the development of a mutated strain of H5N1, that could potentially cause a worldwide pandemic that could kill millions. Bioterrorism watchdogs also express immense concern over the development of the virus (which is presently stored in Erasmus MC, Rotterdam). (Russia Today) (FOX News)
  • Two Earth-sized planets, Kepler-20e and Kepler-20d, are found orbiting a star 950 light-years away from Earth. (Wall Street Journal)
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Disasters
International relations
Law and crime
Science
Politics
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters
  • Floods hit the city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing at least 13 people in the nation's worst floods since its independence in 1961. (BBC)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Science
Sport
  • A KNVB Cup game between AFC Ajax and AZ is abandoned after the AZ manager leads his team off the pitch in protest at the sending-off of his goalkeeper, Esteban Alvarado, who kicked an Ajax fan who attacked him. (BBC Sport) (ESPN) (Sky Sports)
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Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Disasters
International relations
Law and crime
  • A Chinese court sentences dissident Chen Wei to nine years imprisonment for "inciting subversion of state power", after he published essays online calling for multiparty democracy. (Times of India) (Radio Television Hong Kong)
  • Police fire teargas in the southern Chinese town of Haimen, and state media air confessions from two detained activists amid a protest against a proposed new power plant. (Reuters)
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economy
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
  • At least 38 migrants from Haiti are found dead after their boat sank off the east coast of Cuba. (Al Jazeera)
  • State Emergency Service volunteers respond to more than 3000 calls for help after Melbourne, Australia is hit by a series of storms bringing rainstorms, hail and a tornado. (The Australian)
Law and crime
Science
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Disasters
  • Tens of thousands of people are left without power after one of the biggest storms for 30 years hits Scandinavia. (Al Jazeera)
Law and crime
Sport
Arts and culture
Business and economy
Disasters
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Disasters
International relations
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Science
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economy
Disasters
Geography
Politics and elections
Sport
Armed conflict and attacks
  • Five fighters from the militant group al-Shabab and one Kenyan Army soldier die in a clash. (AP via Google News)
  • 2011 Syrian uprising:
    • The Opposition Free Syrian Army claims to have suspended attacks on military targets pending a meeting with Arab League monitors. (Reuters)
    • Clashes take place between Syrian forces and protesters in Damascus with twelve deaths reported. (BBC) (ABC News Australia)
  • An explosion reportedly occurs outside a mosque in the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri with four deaths reported. However, the Nigerian military later denies it was an explosion, claiming the noise was caused by an armed robbery with two deaths. (BBC) (AFP via Yahoo7)
Business and economy
Disasters
International relations
  • North Korea says that "foolish politicians around the world" should not expect any change in the country's policies. (Al Jazeera)
  • Ecuador vows to protect the Yasuni National Park in the Amazon basin after international donors contribute $100 million to a protection fund. (Reuters via Climate Spectator)
  • The international aid group Médecins Sans Frontières withdraws non-Somali workers from a hospital in Mogadishu after two of its aid workers were shot dead on Thursday. (Reuters via Chicago Tribune)
Law and crime
  • Former Chinese fugitive Lai Changxing is indicted on bribery and smuggling charges. (New York Times)
Politics
Sport
Armed conflict and attacks
Disasters
International relations
Politics
Science
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