This includes material from Sunday Dec 24, 2017 through Saturday, Dec 30, 2017.
Sunday December 24, 2017 International relations Positions on Jerusalem Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales says he will move his country's Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. (Reuters) Transport in Tunisia Tunisia's Transport Ministry suspends Emirates Airlines flights to Tunis. (Deutsche Welle) Sanctions against North Korea North Koreas foreign ministry, in an official statement, says the latest United Nations sanctions are an act of war and are, in effect, a complete economic blockade. (Reuters)
Sunday December 24, 2017 Politics and elections 201617 purges in Turkey The Turkish government dismisses 2,756 public servants for alleged links to organizations involved in the July 2016 Turkish coup d'état attempt. (France 24)
Sunday December 24, 2017 Law and crime Pardon of Alberto Fujimori Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski pardons Alberto Fujimori, who was serving a 25-year sentence for corruption and human rights violations. (BBC)
Sunday December 24, 2017 Science and technology China's AVIC AG600, the world's largest amphibious aircraft, makes its maiden flight. State-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has spent almost eight years developing the aircraft, which is designed to carry out marine rescues and battle wildfires. (BBC)
Sunday December 24, 2017 Disasters and accidents 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)
Monday December 25, 2017 Politics and elections Russian presidential election, 2018 The Russian Central Election Commission refuses to register opposition leader Alexei Navalny as a candidate in the presidential election due to a previous embezzlement conviction, which he claims is politicized. Navalny has called for his supporters to boycott the upcoming election in response. (BBC)
Monday December 25, 2017 Armed conflicts and attacks War in Afghanistan (2001present) A suicide blast near the National Directorate of Security headquarters in Kabul kills 10. Amaq News Agency claims ISIL is responsible for the attack. (Reuters) Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen More than 70 civilians are believed to have been killed in two-days of airstrikes by the Royal Saudi Air Force targeting Houthi forces. (Al Jazeera)
Monday December 25, 2017 Disasters and accidents 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)
Tuesday December 26, 2017 International relations 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) RussiaSyria relations Forty Syrian rebel and opposition groups reject Russia's offer to attend peace talks in late January 2018. (Fox News)
Tuesday December 26, 2017 Politics and elections Liberian general election, 2017 Voters in Liberia will elect a new president in a run-off election between vice-president Joseph Boakai and former footballer George Weah. Weah is elected with 60% of the vote. (BBC) (BBC) Mining industry of Morocco Thousands of Moroccans protest working conditions in Morocco's coal pits. (France 24)
Tuesday December 26, 2017 Armed conflicts and attacks Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen According to emergency services and the Houthi-owned Al Masirah, Saudi Arabian coalition air strikes kill 15 people and wound 60 at al-Shahra souq, a popular market in Taiz Governorate. (Al Jazeera) (Het Laatste Nieuws)
Tuesday December 26, 2017 Law and crime 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)
Tuesday December 26, 2017 Sports 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)
Wednesday December 27, 2017 Armed conflicts and attacks War in Donbass, Minsk II Ukraine exchanges hundreds of prisoners with the Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic. (BBC) Perekrestok supermarket bombing A bomb goes off in a supermarket in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg, injuring at least 10 people. Police say they are treating the blast as an attempted terror attack. Social media accounts linked to ISIL have claimed responsibility. (Reuters) International relations IsraelUnited States relations Israel's Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz says that the new underground railroad terminal in the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem (part of East Jerusalem) will be named in honor of U.S. President Donald Trump. (Jerusalem Post) Positions on Jerusalem The Iranian Parliament votes 2070 to declare Jerusalem the "everlasting capital" of Palestine. (The Times of Israel) North Korea and weapons of mass destruction North Korea is building its first operational ballistic missile submarine on an accelerated schedule, according to the US-Korea Institute of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. (The Christian Science Monitor)
Thursday December 28, 2017 Armed conflicts and attacks War in Afghanistan (2001present) December 2017 Kabul suicide bombing A suicide bombing at a Shiite cultural center and news agency in Kabul, Afghanistan, kills 41 people and injures 84 others. ISIL-affiliated Amaq News Agency says this group is responsible. (Reuters) (CNN) Libyan Civil War (2014present) Battle of Benghazi (20142017) The Libyan National Army declares full control of Benghazi, the country's second largest city, after retaking the last district held by Islamist militants. (Reuters) Syrian Civil War The White Helmets reports that Syrian government and Russian warplanes, using rockets and internationally-banned weapons - including vacuum bombs, repeatedly strike residential areas in the town of Al-Lataminah and six villages in Idlib province, killing 22 people. (Daily Sabah) Disasters and accidents 2017 Bronx apartment fire Twelve people are dead in an apartment fire in The Bronx area of New York City. (AP via Yahoo) International relations TurkeyUnited States relations United States consular missions in Turkey and the Embassy of Turkey, Washington, D.C. announce they will resume visa services. (France 24) Law and crime Crime in the Philippines In Mandaluyong, Philippines, law enforcers mistakenly fired at a Mitsubishi Adventure, which they thought carried suspects in a previous shooting incident, resulting in two people dead and two others injured. As a result, 10 police officers were relieved from the post. (GMA News)(Philippine Daily Inquirer) Same-sex marriage in the United States The Oregon Court of Appeals upholds a $135,000 fine against the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Sweet Cakes by Melissa v. Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. A similar case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission has reached the Supreme Court of the United States with a decision expected in June 2018. (NBC News) 2017 Wichita, Kansas swatting Police shoot and kill a man in Wichita, Kansas, after a hoax emergency call sends them there. (BBC) Politics and elections Liberian general election, 2017 With 98 percent of the votes counted, Liberias National Elections Commission announces these unofficial results show Senator George Weah, a former Pro footballer, defeating vice president Joseph Boakai, 61.5 to 38.5 percent, in the runoff of October's presidential election, to succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female Liberian president. (The New York Times)
Friday December 29, 2017 Armed conflicts and attacks 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) Business and economy Venezuelan communications director Jorge Rodríguez announces that the country's Petro cryptocurrency, backed by 5.3 billion barrels of oil worth $267 billion, will launch shortly. (CNBC) Disasters and accidents Kamala Mills fire At least 15 people are killed in a rooftop restaurant fire in Mumbai, India. (Associated Press) Politics and elections 2017 Iranian protests Anti-government demonstrators have taken to the streets of Iran for a second day, with protests being held in a number of cities. (BBC) Politics of Mali In a surprising event, Malian Prime Minister Abdoulaye Idrissa Maïga and his government resign without providing a reason. (The Guardian)
Saturday December 30, 2017 Armed conflicts and attacks Insurgency in Egypt (2013present) Three suspected militants are killed and ten others are arrested by Egyptian security forces in Giza. (Reuters) Ukrainian crisis A man strapped with explosives takes 11 people hostage in Kharkiv, Ukraine. The Ukrainian police free all the hostages and arrest the man. (Reuters) Arts and culture 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) Disasters and accidents Ten people are killed and two are injured in a car crash near Acapulco, Mexico. (Reuters) Law and crime Two security officers are killed in a shooting at the hotel-casino Arizona Charlie's Decatur in Las Vegas. (KVVU-TV) Politics and elections 2017 Iranian protests Two protesters are shot dead by Iranian police in Dorud, Lorestan Province, as anti-government protests spread across the country. (Reuters)
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