Portal:Current events/December 2016

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December 2016 was the twelfth and final month of that leap year. The month, which began on a Thursday, ended on a Saturday after 31 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from December 2016.

Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Ethnic violence in South Sudan (2011–present)
    • A United Nations human rights commission in South Sudan claims a "steady process of ethnic cleansing is underway" in the war-torn nation. (Al Jazeera)
  • Iraqi Civil War (2014–present)
    • At least 15 children are killed by ISIS snipers in Mosul. (Iraqi News)
    • In al-Bakr district, Mosul, an ISIS mortar shell kills at least three people and wounded another three. (Iraqi News)
    • Four bombs kill two people and injured another seven in Sha'ab, a neighbourhood of Baghdad. (Iraqi News)
Arts and culture
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International relations
Law and crime
  • Six members of one family, including three children, are found dead in Böheimkirchen, Austria. Police suspect a murder-suicide by one of the female relatives. (BBC News)
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Law and crime
  • A shooting in Palilula, Dolj County, Romania, leaves at least three people dead, including the gunman, with two more injured. (Digi 24) (Realitatea.net)
  • The Russian Central Bank says hackers, who were attempting to steal about 5 billion rubles, did take more than 2 billion ($31 million) this year from member bank accounts. (Reuters) (CNN)
Politics and elections
Science
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • An Indonesian police plane, reportedly carrying 13 people, goes missing near Singapore on route to Batam. (AP via Fox News) (Koran Tempo)
  • At least 17 are killed in a coal mine explosion in China. (Fox News)
  • 2016 Oakland warehouse fire
    • Recovery efforts continue in the US city of Oakland, California, after a fire at a music party in a converted warehouse kills at least nine people with dozens missing. (NBC News) (East Bay Times)
  • At least three first responders are injured battling a 10-alarm fire that's spread to seven buildings in Cambridge, Massachusetts (US). (CBS News)
  • A house fire in Akron, Ohio (US), kills four people, including two young girls. One woman safely fled her attic bedroom. A seriously injured 12-year old girl is revived and rescued. (AP) (Akron Beacon Journal)
International relations
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Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
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Law and crime
  • Imatra shooting
    • Three women, the Imatra Town Council chairwoman and two local reporters, are shot dead outside a restaurant in Imatra, Finland, a town east of the capital, Helsinki. A 23-year-old suspect is apprehended by police. (YLE) (AP)
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • At least 31 are killed in clashes in Kasai, DR Congo. (Reuters)
  • Two Russian army medics are killed after around a dozen shells hit a mobile hospital in Aleppo. (Russia Today) (France24)
  • Mexican war on drugs
    • Police report 14 suspected criminals, who attacked a police patrol, are killed in a gunbattle with police and Mexican Marines in Veracruz, Mexico. An unknown number fled. (Reuters) (AP via The Washington Post)
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
  • At least 12 people are killed and 75 others injured as a fire erupts in Karachi's Regent Plaza Hotel. (The Express Tribune Pakistan), (Dawn News)
  • 2016 Oakland warehouse fire
    • Authorities report the death toll has risen to 36. Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern told the Associated Press they don't believe additional bodies will be found in the debris. (San Francisco Chronicle) (AP via Arizona Daily Star)
Politics and elections
Science and technology
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Six Pakistani nationals fishing in the Red Sea, off the coast of Mocha in the Taiz Governorate of Yemen, are killed and another six are unaccounted for after a Saudi air raid on a boat carrying 12 Pakistani sailors. (The News), (The Nation, Pakistan)
  • Battle of Mosul
    • The Iraqi Army bears down on a strategic bridge across the Tigris River in Mosul. Fighting is occurring in the Salam neighbourhood less than 1.5 kilometres from the Tigris. (Al-Jazeera)
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
  • Amnesty International criticizes a Saudi court decision to impose the death sentence on 15 people in a case involving 32 people including 30 Saudis, one Iranian and one Afghan national in an alleged Iranian spy cell. (The New York Times), (Amnesty)
  • The U.S. Supreme Court upholds an appeals court decision in an insider trading case, Salman v. U.S., holding that there is no requirement that a tipper receive any pecuniary consideration for a breach of faith in order to predicate the prosecution of the tippee. (Scotusblog)
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Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economy
  • Carrier Air Conditioner move to Mexico
    • Union leader Chuck Jones criticizes Donald Trump's announcement of kept jobs saying that the numbers mentioned are lower. Jones says that 550 workers would actually lose their livelihoods, while other workers were never scheduled to leave. (Washington Post via MSN)
  • U.S. stocks closed higher Wednesday with the Dow industrials and S&P 500 notching new records. (Market Watch)
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Law and crime
Politics and elections
Science and technology
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • War in Donbass
    • As of December 1, the total death toll for the war stands at an estimated 9,758 people according to a United Nations report released today. (United Nations)
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Science and technology
  • American astronaut John Glenn dies at the age of 95. (Space)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
  • A 7.8 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Makira in the Solomon Islands, causing infrastructure damage, yet no casualties have been reported in the hours following the quake. (ABC News)
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Crime
  • Cardell Hayes is found guilty of manslaughter by a Louisiana jury in the road rage shooting death of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith. (CBS)
  • In West Virginia police officers executing a bailpiece shot and killed a man who "operated a motor vehicle in an aggressive manner" towards officers at a Walmart parking lot. (ABC News)
  • A man is killed and two wounded in a triple shooting in Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans (NOLA)
  • A person is sought who left after he accidentally dropped a gun which fired and injured a store employee at a Home Depot restroom in Sunset Hills near St Louis Missouri. (St Louis Post Dispatch)
  • In Miami Gardens Florida, one was killed and one wounded when a gunman approached and fired at two people in a parked car. Wounded they drove while still being shot at and crashed into two parked cars. (WSVN)
  • In Brooklyn New York, 2 brothers were stabbed, 1 fatally in a dispute after a school soccer match. (New York Daily News)
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Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • Google and Cuba forge a deal about better access to the Internet for the island. (The Guardian)
International relations
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Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
International relations
  • Spratly Islands dispute
    • Satellite images show anti-aircraft guns and missile defence systems being built on artificial islands in the South China Sea; China had previously committed to not militarising its controversial developments in the region. (BBC News)
Law and crime
  • Yahoo! data breaches
    • Yahoo! announces that ID information about more than 1 billion accounts may have been hacked in August 2013. This is separate from the company's earlier disclosure of a data breach of 500,000 accounts in 2014. (The New York Times) (Business Insider)
  • The Committee to Protect Journalists reports a record 259 journalists, 81 in Turkey, are jailed worldwide as of December 1. (CNN) (The New York Times)
Politics and elections
International relations
Law and crime
  • Barack Obama citizenship conspiracy theories
    • Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio holds a press conference showing findings from 2 different forensic experts of "9 points of forgery" alleging President Obama's long form birth certificate was forged and also claims to have found the birth certificate used to make the forgery. (USA Today) (Newsmax)
Politics and elections
Science and technology
  • A Pegasus rocket successfully deploys the CYGNSS hurricane observation satellite constellation for NASA. (NASA) (SpaceFlight 101)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • Nine people die in Vancouver, British Columbia from overdoses of fentanyl. (The Globe and Mail), (BBC)
    • 13 total deaths were reported in the province in a single day. (CTV News) (The Globe and Mail)
  • Scientists discover that the Totten Glacier is experiencing rapid basal melt, with deep warm water entering underneath the glacier at the rate of 220,000 cubic meters per second. (The Washington Post)
International relations
Law and crime
Politics and elections
  • Protests, with looting, erupt in several Venezuelan states as citizens lack cash for gas, groceries, and Christmas gifts, since the highly used, but now worthless, 100-bolívar notes were removed from circulation, and the substitute 500-bolívar notes are not available because of delays in bank deliveries. (Reuters) (Webindia123.com)
  • Crowds blocked all Polish parliament exits protesting the Polish ruling Law and Justice Party's allegedly illegal 2017 budget that was approved in a vote outside of the assembly's main chamber. Earlier, the opposition Civic Platform Party stopped parliamentary proceedings on the budget because of new rules on media access. Police have beaten several protesters. According to opposition Civic Platform MP Agnieszka Pomaska, ruling party Law and Justice leader Jarosław Kaczyński snatched her phone. (Reuters) (Reuters²) (RT) (Interia)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • The President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro suspends plans to eliminate the 100 bolívar note from circulation, in a country where much of the population lives on cash, without bank accounts. (Reuters)
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Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
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Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • Regulators in the European Union initiate a "public consultation" on Big Data looking at whether more regulation or supervision of the collection of high volumes of information on individuals is appropriate. (Reuters)
Disasters and accidents
  • Companies shut down production in Beijing and cars are taken off the road after a red alert for smog is issued in northern China. Dozens of cities have closed schools due to the smog. (AP)
Law and crime
  • Polish protesters block the parliament in order to prevent the possibility of legalizing restrictions on press freedom. (The Washington Post)
  • A court in Paris finds International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde guilty of negligence in a 404 million euro "misuse of public funds" case. The court ruled that Lagarde won't be fined, won't serve any jail time, or receive a criminal record. The IMF Executive Board "looks forward to continuing to work with" her. (The New York Times) (CNN) (Fortune) (The Daily Telegraph)
  • 2016 Zürich attack
    • Three people are shot by a gunman at an Islamic centre near the Zürich Hauptbahnhof train station. A manhunt was conducted for the assailant, a 24-year-old Swiss citizen of Ghanian descent, whose body was was found close to the Islamic centre. (GlobalNews)
Politics and elections
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Armed conflicts and attacks
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Health
  • Sindh Government officials declare a health emergency in Malir, Karachi, as thousands of patients have been affected by the mysterious Chikungunya virus. The government states the aedes aegypti mosquito is responsible for spreading the Chikungunya virus in Pakistan's largest city. (Geo tv) (Daily Pakistan) (Dunya News tv)
International relations
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Science and technology
  • Snow falls in the Sahara desert for the first time in 37 years. (CNN)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Health
  • A vaccine for the ebola virus is discovered to be 99.78%–99.87% effective. (NPR)
International relations
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Science and technology
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Syrian Civil War
    • The bodies of over 100 Syrian Army POWs are reportedly found in what was the last rebel held territory of East Aleppo. Syrian Army officers claim they were executed by rebel forces. (Al-Masdar News)
  • 2016 Berlin attack
    • The 24-year-old Tunisian who is suspected of driving the truck that smashed through a Berlin market is killed in a shoot-out in Milan. (Reuters)
  • Afriqiyah Airways Flight 209
    • An Afriqiyah Airways flight originating from Sabha, Libya, is hijacked and forced to make an emergency landing in Malta. Hijackers threaten to blow up the aircraft with grenades, but the standoff ends peacefully with all hostages released and both hijackers surrendering. (Chicago Tribune)
Arts and culture
  • Carrie Fisher, the actress best known for the role of Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, suffers a massive heart attack while on a flight and is rushed to a hospital near Los Angeles International Airport in critical condition. (Mirror)
Business and economy
  • As new Libyan production comes on line, the world price of crude oil falls below $55 a barrel. (Reuters)
  • Bonanza Creek Energy says it plans to file for bankruptcy on or by January 5, 2017 and hopes to exit the process quickly, within the first quarter. (Reuters)
Health
International relations
Law and crime
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • A passenger bus carrying 46 people, mostly school groups from Tonga, crashes in the Gisborne Region of New Zealand, approximately 30 kilometers south of the city of Gisborne. Two people died while several were injured, with some still hospitalized. (New Zealand Herald)
Arts and culture
Business and economy
  • Bezeq, an Israeli telecoms company, says that it has received word from the country's telecoms regulator that it will be allowed to end the "structural separation" of its business operations by product (i.e. mobile phone, internet, land lines). (Reuters)
Disasters and accidents
Health
  • Medical research reveals shrinkage in women’s brains as a result of pregnancy. Loss of gray matter in certain regions of the brain may make the brain more efficient and specialized for child-rearing. There is also evidence of links to long-term changes in brain. (ScienceNews) (Nature)
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Science and technology
  • Pan-STARRS project releases its first astronomical catalog, consists of 2 petabytes of data collected over four years. An astronomer from collaborating institution also discloses that his group has studied new types of supernova explosions and the disruptions of stars by supermassive black holes from data of this Massive Digital Sky. (SciTech Daily) (The Indian Express)
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
  • At least 50 people drown and thousands are left homeless due to flooding in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (France 24)
International relations
Law and crime
  • The Ambassador of Greece to Brazil, Kyriakos Amiridis, is reported missing while on vacation in Rio de Janeiro. A homicide team is investigating his disappearance. (BNO News) (O Globo)
  • Turkish journalist Ahmet Şık is arrested in Istanbul, allegedly over a social media posting. (Washington Post)
  • Naveed Baloch, the man from Pakistan who was wrongly arrested in the aftermath of the recent attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, gives an interview outlining the conditions in which he was held and reveals he is now in hiding amid fears for his life. (The Guardian)
Science and technology
Sports
  • Former boxing world champion Ricky Hatton speaks on British radio about depression and gives an account of past suicide attempts. (BBC Sport) (The Daily Telegraph)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
International relations
  • Russia–United States relations
    • After 35 Russian diplomats are expelled from the United States, Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov recommends expelling 35 American diplomats. Russian President Vladimir Putin rejects Lavrov's recommendation and expresses a desire to restore relations between the two countries. (The New York Times) (Newshub)
    • The U.S. Burlington Electric Department says that a code associated with a broad Russian hacking campaign dubbed "Grizzly Steppe" by the U.S. Government has been detected on a laptop associated with a Vermont electric utility but not connected to the grid. (The Boston Globe)
  • Mali returns two people France deported on the same planes they arrived on. (BBC)
Law and crime
  • A body found in a burnt-out vehicle north of the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro is confirmed to be that of missing Greek Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis. A military police officer who had an affair with the ambassador's wife confesses to the murder. The wife and a second man are also detained. (BBC)
  • Sahaj International opens in Kochi in the South Indian state of Kerala. The country's first school for transgender pupils, it caters for adults who left school early. (BBC)
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Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
  • China, with their largest television network China Central Television, announces a new launch of a global media platform extending globally and renaming the network China Global Television Network. (News Asia)
Disasters and accidents
  • In Helsinki, Finland, authorities detain an unidentified driver after driving at high speed, and veering for unknown reasons, into a crowd, injuring 7 people. Authorities quickly conclude no evidence points to a deliberate attack. (RT)
Science and technology
  • Authorities add a leap second on December 31 to bring UTC more inline with mean solar time. (Physics Org), (BBC)
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