Portal:Current events/December 2017

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December 2017 was the twelfth and final month of that common year. The month, which began on a Friday, ended on a Sunday after 31 days.

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This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from December 2017.

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  • Voyager program
    • Voyager 1 successfully fires backup maneuvering thrusters, that had previously remained inactive for 37 years. Those thruster firings are to keep the spacecraft's antenna pointed at Earth, which is vital to maintain communications. (Ars Technica)
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  • A 10-tonne fishing boat collides with a 336-tonne fuel tanker near Yeongheung Island, South Korea, killing 13 of the 22 people on board the fishing boat. Two people remain missing. (Radio New Zealand)

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  • UNICEF reports that as many as 17 million babies worldwide face potential brain development issues due to their exposure to toxicity levels more than six times higher than considered safe in air. (BBC)

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  • Crime in Peru
    • A 22-year-old student is found dead inside the National University of San Marcos, of Lima, and the most important and oldest of Peru. Everything seems to indicate that he had been killed. Authorities have identified a possible suspect, who is also a student at the university. (La República) (ATV) (América Televisión)

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  • Child sexual abuse in Australia
    • A 17-volume report detailing children's experiences of sexual abuse in Australian institutions is published. It concludes that the issue is systemic and "not a case of a few rotten apples". It contains 189 new recommendations, for a total of 406. This report finalizes a five-year Royal Commission inquiry. (Ten News)
  • The most recent U.S. government statistics show a marked increase in the yearly number of deaths by drug overdose. The number for end May 2017 is 66,324, up 17% when compared to the previous 12-month period. (U.S. News & World Report)

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  • Twitter suspends the accounts of well-known white nationalists per recently implemented new offensive content rules. (AP via Time)
  • Texas Rangers baseball pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife Heidi donate their mansion and 100 acres of land in southwestern Missouri, valued at nearly $10 million, to Camp Barnabas, a charity with camps in the Missouri Ozarks for children with special needs and chronic illnesses along with their siblings. (New York Post) (ESPN)

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  • Weinstein effect
    • U.S. radio preacher Brother Stair (host of The Overcomer Ministry) is arrested on seven charges of sexual assault and one county of burglary. (Walterboro Live) (The Post and Courier). The show will discontinue its radio broadcasts on January 1, 2018 but will continue on satellite and its website.(The Overcomer Ministry)
  • Aftermath of the Unite the Right rally
    • Charlottesville Police Chief Alfred Thomas announces his retirement. He was previously criticized for his poor handling of the rally and counterprotests. (NPR) (WTVR)

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  • Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen
    • Houthis say that they launched a Volcano H-2 missile targeting at the Al-Yamamah Palace in the Saudi capital city of Riyadh. According to the Saudis, the missile was intercepted south of Riyadh and caused no casualties. (Reuters)
    • The Secretary-General of the OIC, Yousef Al-Othaimeen, says the repeated launch of ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabia served to confirm the Houthis' "hostility and criminality" and further claimed "The Houthis are trying to destabilize Saudi Arabia and the entire region." (Anadolu Agency)

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  • 2017 Washington train derailment
    • An NTSB spokesperson says that preliminary indications are that the train was travelling at 80 miles per hour (130 km/h) on a 30 miles per hour (48 km/h) track. The Positive train control (PTC) safety system was not operational on the train, says Amtrak. (BBC)
  • A tour bus crash in Mexico leaves at least 12 people dead and 18 injured. The cause of the crash is under investigation. (The Washington Post)

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  • A ferry sinks off the coast of Luzon in the Philippines with 251 passengers on board. At least four people are reported to have died. The toll is expected to rise, as many are still missing. (NPR)
  • 2017 Jecheon fire
    • A fire at a fitness center in Jecheon, South Korea, kills at least 29 people and leaves 26 others injured. (AFP via Rappler)

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  • Slender Man stabbing
    • Judge Michael Bohren rules Anissa Weier will spend 25 years in institutional care after she was previously found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect of the 2014 stabbing of her classmate. (WITI)

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  • Economics of bitcoin
    • The digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin loses a third of its value within 24 hours. (CNN)
  • CSX Corporation names chief operating officer Jim Foote its new chief executive officer, succeeding E. Hunter Harrison who died last week. Harrison had started a restructuring campaign less than a year ago. (Reuters)
  • Apple Inc. litigation
    • Apple Inc. faces backlash and lawsuits after admitting to slowing down the speed on some of their older phones deliberately. (CNET), (Business Insider)

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  • The Philippine Coast Guard reports that 252 passengers and crew have been rescued while five people were killed when a ferry capsized Thursday east of Manila. (Reuters)

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  • A mail carrier from Dublin, Ohio, (told that he would lose his job) allegedly kills 2 of his supervisors. (AP via ABC News) (The Columbus Dispatch)

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  • Typhoon Tembin
    • Officials raise the death total from this storm to 182, with at least 153 people missing and more than 70,000 displaced. (Malay Mail)

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  • At least 19 people are killed and 25 others injured in a jeepney-bus collision in La Union, Philippines. (CNN), (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
  • A public transport bus crashes into Slavyansky Bulvar subway station entrance in Moscow, Russia, killing four and injuring eleven. (BBC)

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  • Foreign relations of Saudi Arabia
    • Seven Israeli chess players are denied travel visas to the Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships in Saudi Arabia as the two countries have no diplomatic relations. Players from Qatar and Iran are given last-minute visas, while Ukrainian champion Anna Muzychuk refuses to participate because she does not want to wear an abaya. (BBC)
  • Russia–Syria relations
    • Forty Syrian rebel and opposition groups reject Russia's offer to attend peace talks in late January 2018. (Fox News)

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  • Sinai Insurgency
    • Fifteen militants accused of carrying out attacks in 2013 during the Sinai Insurgency are hanged in Egypt. The last mass execution in the country took place in 2015, when six jihadists were executed. (BBC)

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  • Doping in Russia
    • Grigory Rodchenkov, the person who exposed Russia's systematic doping of Olympic athletes, is warned by U.S. officials that Russian agents may be inside the United States looking for him, and that new security measures must be taken to ensure his safety. (UPROXX) (BBC Sport)
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  • Saint Menas church attack
    • Nine people are killed in two coordinated attacks targeting Coptic Christians in Egypt. Two of the victims are killed by a gunman in a Coptic-owned appliance store in the Helwan area of Cairo. The gunman then moves to a church where he kills a further six civilians and a policeman before being arrested. (BBC)

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  • Nepal bans solo climbers, double amputees and blind climbers from scaling its mountains, including Mount Everest, in a bid to reduce accidents. This has been criticized by successful double-amputee Everest climbers. (BBC)

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  • Ten people are killed and two are injured in a car crash near Acapulco, Mexico. (Reuters)

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