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B. 12-01 New York train crash kills four Bronx,NY, New York
2. 12-04 Radioactive truck 'stolen in Mexico'
D. 12-04 Protest-hit Thailand marks king's birthday Bangkok
12-05 South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies Johannesburg
F. 12-06 Deadly storm and tidal surge batter northern Europe Hamburg
6. 12-06 'Hundreds dead' in CAR violence Bangui, CAR
H. 12-10 Obama pays tribute at Mandela memorial Johannesburg
I. 12-10 Ukraine police move on protest camp
9. 12-12 North Korea: Leader's uncle executed North Korea

Summary.     Click for More > Deadly storm and tidal surge batter northern Europe   Hurricane-force winds have killed at least seven people, flooded parts of Hamburg and left thousands of homes without electricity   'Hundreds dead' in CAR violence   At least 300 people have been killed in two days of violence in the capital of the Central African Republic, says the Red Cross Obama pays tribute at Mandela memorial Ukraine police move on protest camp   Thousands of police have moved on a large protest camp in the centre of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. North Korea: Leader's uncle executed
New York train crash kills four Radioactive truck 'stolen in Mexico' Protest-hit Thailand marks king's birthday South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies Map of Johannesburg
Dec.1   New York
 Kiev  Clashes as huge rally grips Kiev
 Bangkok  Teargas fired amid renewed clashes
Dec.2  UN  UN implicates Assad in war crimes
 New York  Crashed New York train 'going 82mph'
 Venezuela  Power fails again in Venezuela, capital goes dark
Dec.3  North Korea  North Korea powerbroker 'dismissed'
 Beijing  Biden arrives in China amid tensions
Dec.4   Mexico
 Beirut  Hezbollah senior commander killed
  Bangkok
Dec.5  Yemen  Double attack on key Yemen ministry
 UN Security Council  U.N. approves Central African Republic peacekeeping force
 Scotland  Power cuts, as heavy storms sweep Europe
  Johannesburg
  South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95
 He South Africa's transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison for his political activities. 'Our nation has lost its greatest son,' President Jacob Zuma said
Dec.6   Hamburg
 Johannesburg  South Africa and world mourn Mandela
  CAR
 Bali  WTO agrees global trade agreement
Dec.7  South Africa  SA to hold daily Mandela cortege
 South Africa  S Africa 'day of prayer' for Mandela
Dec.8  Kiev  Anti-govt protesters topple Lenin statue in Kiev, demand Ukraine turn to EU
 North Korea  North Korea acknowledges Kim Jong Un's uncle removed from power
Dec.9  Bangkok  Thai PM dissolves parliament
Dec.10   Johannesburg
  Kiev
Dec.11  Kiev  Ukraine protesters rebuild barricades
Dec.12  South Africa  SA probes Mandela interpreter checks
 Kiev  Ukraine leader 'set to sign EU deal'
  North Korea
  Jang Song Thaek, an uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has been executed for trying to overthrow the government
 Bangladesh  Bangladesh hangs Islamist leader despite U.N. objections Dec.13  North Korea  North Korea purge sparks stability fears  South Africa  Mandela ANC goodbye ahead of burial Dec.14   China China puts Jade Rabbit rover on Moon  South Africa  Nelson Mandela's body arrives home  Tunisia  Tunisia chooses new PM to replace Islamist gov't Dec.15   South Africa Mandela buried at ancestral home   Kiev Huge rally in Kiev in support of EU  Chile  Huge poll win for Chilean left Dec.16  Washington  NSA phone data grab 'against constitution' Dec.17  Moscow  Ukraine, Russia sign economic deal despite protests  Southern Afghanistan  6 US soldiers die in Afghan air crash  Berlin  Merkel voted into 3rd term   Southern Sudan South Sudan clashes 'kill 400-500' Map of Southern Sudan
  Hundreds of people are believed to have died in clashes between rival South Sudan army factions, the UN says, quoting unconfirmed reports
Dec.19  Southern Sudan  South Sudan attackers storm UN base   London Apollo Theatre roof collapses in London   The ceiling of central London's historic theatre collapsed during a performance to a nearly packed house, injuring 76 people Dec.20   Russia Khodorkovsky leaves Russian prison after Putin signs pardon  North Korea  North Korea threatens to 'strike South Korea mercilessly'  Scotland  Lockerbie bombing: Services mark 25th anniversary Dec.21  Bangkok  Thai opposition to boycott elections  Southern Sudan  S Sudan rebels 'control key state' Dec.22  Toronto  Ice storm snarls travel, cuts power Dec.23   Southern Sudan Rebels seize key town in South Sudan  Siberia  Russia releases jailed Pussy Riot band members  Egypt  Deadly blast at Egypt security site   Southern Sudan 'Mass ethnic killings' in South Sudan   New details are emerging of alleged ethnic killings committed during more than a week of violence in South Sudan Dec.24  Southern Sudan  S Sudan army 'recaptures key town' Dec.25  Baghdad  Bomb attacks on Christians in Baghdad kill 37  Cairo  Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood declared 'terrorist group'  Turkey  Defiant Turkish PM in reshuffle   Antarctica Russian ship stuck in ice near Antarctica   The polar expedition ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy, with 74 people aboard, got trapped in ice and is waiting for other ships for ice-breaking  Tokyo  Japan PM visits Yasukuni shrine Dec.26   Japan Japan agrees Okinawa US base move Dec.27   Southern Sudan South Sudan government agrees in principle to ceasefire   Beirut U.S. friend, Hezbollah foe killed in blast   Beijing China reforms one-child policy  Antarctica  Icebreaker rescue ship stuck in Antarctic ice  Southern India  Fire on express train in India kills at least 23 Dec.28  Cairo  Cairo campus torched amid protest Dec.29   Southern France   Schumacher injured in skiing accident in France Map of Meribel France
  Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher has suffered a head injury while skiing in Meribel, France
 Volga Region  'Suicide bomber' hits Russia's Volgograd train station  El Salvador  El Salvador begins evacuations near volcano following ash burst   Volga Region 2nd deadly explosion hits Volgograd   At least 15 people have been killed and 23 others hurt in a suspected terrorist attack on a trolleybus in the Russian city of Volgograd Dec.30  Southern France  Schumacher 'fighting for his life'  Israel  Israel frees Palestinian prisoners Dec.31  Southern Sudan  South Sudan peace talks planned as forces clash  Northern Syria  Rocket sets bus afire, killing 25  Manhattan  New Year's Eve celebrations usher in 2014 across the world  North Korea  N. Korea boasts of removal of 'factionalist filth' after uncle executed



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Dec.1   New York  
  Four people have been killed and 63 injured in a passenger train crash in the Bronx area. The Metro-North train's locomotive and carriages derailed
  Kiev     Clashes as huge rally grips Kiev  A huge rally has been taking place in the Ukrainian capital to oppose a government decision not to sign a deal on closer EU ties, despite a ...  Washington  U.S. 'concerned' about elderly detainee  Bangkok  Thailand anti-government protests show no signs of slowing   Bangkok Teargas fired amid renewed clashes

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Dec.2   UN     UN implicates Assad in war crimes   The human rights chief has said an inquiry has produced evidence that war crimes were authorised at the 'highest level', including by Assad  Washington  Biden to visit Japan, China amid dispute  New York  New York train crash probe begins   New York Crashed New York train 'going 82mph'
  Venezuela Power fails again in Venezuela, capital goes dark  Bangkok  Thai police remove key barricades

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Dec.3   North Korea North Korea powerbroker 'dismissed'
 Bangkok  Official: Temporary truce in Thailand  Kabul  US halts shipments from Afghanistan   Beijing Biden arrives in China amid tensions

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Dec.4   Mexico   Radioactive truck 'stolen in Mexico'
Map of Mexico City Mexico
  A truck carrying medical radioactive material has been stolen in Mexico, the UN's nuclear watchdog says
  Beirut Hezbollah senior commander killed  Moscow  Russia calls for order in Ukraine   Bangkok   Protest-hit Thailand marks king's birthday Map of Bangkok
  Thailand is marking the 86th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, amid a truce after days of violent demonstrations in the capital Bangkok
 Mexico  Mexico radioactive material found  Southern Thailand  Thailand king urges mutual support

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Dec.5   Yemen Double attack on key Yemen ministry
  UN Security Council U.N. approves Central African Republic peacekeeping force  Eastern Libya  US teacher shot dead in Libya  Vatican  Pope sets up child abuse committee   Scotland Power cuts, as heavy storms sweep Europe   Johannesburg     South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies Map of Johannesburg
  South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95
 He South Africa's transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison for his political activities. 'Our nation has lost its greatest son,' President Jacob Zuma said


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Dec.6   Hamburg   Deadly storm and tidal surge batter northern Europe
Map of Hamburg
  Hurricane-force winds have killed at least seven people, flooded parts of Hamburg and left thousands of homes without electricity
  Johannesburg     South Africa and world mourn Mandela   South Africans have gathered in Johannesburg and Soweto to mourn their former leader, Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday aged 95   CAR     'Hundreds dead' in CAR violence
Map of Bangui CAR
  At least 300 people have been killed in two days of violence in the capital of the Central African Republic, says the Red Cross
 Northeastern Brazil  2014 World Cup draw: Host Brazil plays Croatia in opening  Johannesburg  Crowds celebrate Mandela's life  Mexico  6 hospitalized in Mexico for possible radiation poisoning   Bali WTO agrees global trade agreement

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Dec.7   South Africa SA to hold daily Mandela cortege
 South Africa  'Difficult days' for Mandela family   South Africa     S Africa 'day of prayer' for Mandela   People in South Africa are taking part in a day of 'prayer and reflection' for late President Nelson Mandela. President Zuma will attend a s...

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Dec.8   Kiev Anti-govt protesters topple Lenin statue in Kiev, demand Ukraine turn to EU
 New Delhi  Congress suffers Delhi poll setback   North Korea North Korea acknowledges Kim Jong Un's uncle removed from power  Bangkok  Thai PM Yingluck to call elections  Jakarta  Deadly train collision in Indonesia

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Dec.9   Bangkok Thai PM dissolves parliament
 Johannesburg  Huge memorial service for Mandela

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Dec.10   Johannesburg     Obama pays tribute at Mandela memorial
Map of Johannesburg
  Representatives from around the world joined street sweepers, actors and religious figures to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela
  Kiev     Ukraine police move on protest camp
Map of Independence Square Kiev Ukraine
  Thousands of police have moved on a large protest camp in the centre of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.
 Southern China  Market fire in China's Shenzhen kills 16

December 11 ... more > Top ^

Dec.11   Kiev Ukraine protesters rebuild barricades
 Washington  US considers sanctions against Ukraine  New York  Pope Francis named Time's Person of the Year

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Dec.12   South Africa     SA probes Mandela interpreter checks   Thamsanqa Jantjie said Thursday that he is a fully qualified interpreter and has been trusted in the past with other big events   Kiev Ukraine leader 'set to sign EU deal'
  North Korea   North Korea: Leader's uncle executed
  Jang Song Thaek, an uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has been executed for trying to overthrow the government
  Bangladesh   Bangladesh hangs Islamist leader despite U.N. objections  The execution came after the country's Supreme Court upheld the death sentence against Abdul Quader Mollah, state-run news agency reported  Iran  US captive in Iran said to be CIA

December 13 ... more > Top ^

Dec.13   North Korea North Korea purge sparks stability fears
  South Africa Mandela ANC goodbye ahead of burial  North Korea  More purges could follow North Korea execution of Kim's uncle  Tokyo  Japan offers Asean $20bn in aid

December 14 ... more > Top ^

Dec.14   China   China puts Jade Rabbit rover on Moon
  China says it has successfully landed a craft carrying a robotic rover on the surface of the Moon, the first soft landing there for 37 years
  South Africa Nelson Mandela's body arrives home
  Tunisia Tunisia chooses new PM to replace Islamist gov't  China  Jade Rabbit rover rolls on to Moon  Gaza  Floods from storm Alexa force Gazans to leave homes

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Dec.15   South Africa   Mandela buried at ancestral home
Map of Qunu South Africa
  Nelson Mandela's body has been laid to rest in a family plot, after political and religious leaders paid tribute to first black president at a state funeral service.    His widow, Graca Machel, and President Zuma were present for the private, traditional Xhosa burial at Mr Mandela's ancestral home in Qunu. The last of 10 days ...
  Kiev     Huge rally in Kiev in support of EU
  Some 200,000 people have rallied in the Ukrainian capital to protest against President Viktor Yanukovych's refusal to sign a landmark EU deal
 London  Actor Peter O'Toole dies aged   Chile   Huge poll win for Chilean left   Left-wing candidate Michelle Bachelet has been elected Chilean president for a second time, defeating her run-off rival by a wide margin  Western China  Sixteen dead in China Xinjiang clash  Manila  Philippines bus crash kills 21

December 16 ... more > Top ^

Dec.16  European Union  EU 'can help on Ukraine deal concerns'  Washington  NSA 'debates' amnesty for Snowden   Washington     NSA phone data grab 'against constitution'   Federal District Judge Richard Leon said the electronic spy agency's practice was an 'arbitrary invasion'  North Korea  North Korea marks Kim Jong-il death

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Dec.17   Moscow     Ukraine, Russia sign economic deal despite protests  The cost of Russian gas supplied to Ukraine has been slashed from more than $400 (245; 291 euros) per 1,000 cubic metres to $268   Southern Afghanistan 6 US soldiers die in Afghan air crash
  Berlin Merkel voted into 3rd term  New York  India-US diplomat row escalates   Southern Sudan   South Sudan clashes 'kill 400-500' Map of Southern Sudan
  Hundreds of people are believed to have died in clashes between rival South Sudan army factions, the UN says, quoting unconfirmed reports


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Dec.18  New Delhi  India MPs' fury at envoy's US arrest  Washington  US Fed to slow stimulus effort

December 19 ... more > Top ^

Dec.19  London  Report: Kate Middleton's phone hacked, court told  Moscow  Putin 'to pardon' jailed former oil tycoon Khodorkovsky  North Korea  Dennis Rodman lands in North Korea to train basketball team   Southern Sudan South Sudan attackers storm UN base
  London   Apollo Theatre roof collapses in London Map of Apollo Theatre London United Kingdom
  The ceiling of central London's historic theatre collapsed during a performance to a nearly packed house, injuring 76 people
 The venue in Shaftesbury Avenue was packed for a performance of The Curious Incident Of The Dog in the Night-Time


December 20 ... more > Top ^

Dec.20   Russia     Khodorkovsky leaves Russian prison after Putin signs pardon
Map of Segezha Karelia Russia
  Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky has arrived in Germany after Putin released him Friday following more than 10 years in prison
  North Korea North Korea threatens to 'strike South Korea mercilessly'  Canada  Canada prostitution laws struck down  Berlin  Freed Khodorkovsky flies to Germany   Scotland     Lockerbie bombing: Services mark 25th anniversary   Memorial services are to be held in the UK and the US to mark the 25th anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing in which 270 people were killed  Beijing  China denounces Japan military plans

December 21 ... more > Top ^

Dec.21   Bangkok Thai opposition to boycott elections
 Southern France  French chateau sale ends in tragedy   Southern Sudan   S Sudan rebels 'control key state'   Former South Sudan Vice-President Riek Machar has said rebel troops have captured the oil-producing state of Unity and control much of the c...  Morocco  Bayern Munich made Club World Cup triumph

December 22 ... more > Top ^

Dec.22  Berlin  Khodorkovsky vows to help prisoners   Toronto Ice storm snarls travel, cuts power
 Southern Sudan  'Atmosphere of fear' in S Sudan

December 23 ... more > Top ^

Dec.23   Southern Sudan   Rebels seize key town in South Sudan
Map of Bentiu Southern Sudan
  Rebels have seized Bentiu, the capital of a key oil-producing state, as fears grew that the latest violence would spiral into an all-out civil war
  Siberia Russia releases jailed Pussy Riot band members   Egypt   Deadly blast at Egypt security site   A blast at a security building in northern Egypt has killed at least 14 people and injured more than 100, security sources and state media s...  UN Security Council  UN seeks to boost South Sudan force   Southern Sudan   'Mass ethnic killings' in South Sudan
Map of Southern Sudan
  New details are emerging of alleged ethnic killings committed during more than a week of violence in South Sudan


December 24 ... more > Top ^

Dec.24   Southern Sudan S Sudan army 'recaptures key town'
 Russia  Russia drops first Greenpeace case  Southern Sudan  S Sudan mediation efforts stepped up

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Dec.25   Baghdad   Bomb attacks on Christians in Baghdad kill 37   In one attack, a car bomb went off near a church during Christmas Mass in the capital's southern Dora neighborhood, killing at least 26   Cairo Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood declared 'terrorist group'
 Vatican  Pope Francis urges aid access to Syria in Christmas speech   Turkey Defiant Turkish PM in reshuffle   Antarctica   Russian ship stuck in ice near Antarctica Map of Dumont D%27Urville Antarctica
  The polar expedition ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy, with 74 people aboard, got trapped in ice and is waiting for other ships for ice-breaking
  Tokyo     Japan PM visits Yasukuni shrine   Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited a controversial shrine to World War Two dead, exactly one year after he took office  Caribbean  17 dead after boat flips in Caribbean

December 26 ... more > Top ^

Dec.26  Beijing  China condemns Japan PM shrine visit  Pakistan  Al Qaeda-held American pleads for help  UN  UN renews South Sudan peace plea  Argentina  Carnivorous fish attack bathers   Japan   Japan agrees Okinawa US base move
Map of Okinawa Japan
  Japan has approved the relocation of a US military airbase on its southern island of Okinawa, officials said
 Kenya  Africa heads to discuss South Sudan

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Dec.27   Southern Sudan   South Sudan government agrees in principle to ceasefire
Map of Southern Sudan
  South Sudan's government says it has agreed 'in principle' to a cease-fire meant to stop fighting that has left more than 1,000 people dead
  Beirut   U.S. friend, Hezbollah foe killed in blast
  Mohamad Chatah, a former Lebanese finance minister and ambassador to the U.S., died when a car bomb struck his convoy in downtown Beirut
  Beijing   China reforms one-child policy
  China's top legislature has formally adopted a resolution easing the country's one-child policy, the state news agency Xinhua reports
  Antarctica Icebreaker rescue ship stuck in Antarctic ice
 Southern Sudan  South Sudan rebels wary of truce   Southern India Fire on express train in India kills at least 23

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Dec.28   Cairo Cairo campus torched amid protest
 Northern Syria  Strike on Syria market 'kills 21'

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Dec.29   Southern France     Schumacher injured in skiing accident in France
Map of Meribel France
  Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher has suffered a head injury while skiing in Meribel, France
  Volga Region 'Suicide bomber' hits Russia's Volgograd train station  Antarctica  Rescue boat still trying to reach trapped ship in Antarctica   El Salvador El Salvador begins evacuations near volcano following ash burst  Southern France  Schumacher critical after ski fall   Volga Region   2nd deadly explosion hits Volgograd
Map of Volgograd Russia
  At least 15 people have been killed and 23 others hurt in a suspected terrorist attack on a trolleybus in the Russian city of Volgograd


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Dec.30   Southern France Schumacher 'fighting for his life'
  Israel Israel frees Palestinian prisoners  Russia  IOC 'confident' Games will be safe  Antarctica  Helicopter rescue for ice-bound ship Akademik Shokalskiy  Southern France  Schumacher family in bedside vigil

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Dec.31   Southern Sudan   South Sudan peace talks planned as forces clash   South Sudan President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar have agreed to a cessation of hostilities and to peace talks   Northern Syria     Rocket sets bus afire, killing 25   A missile struck a bus Tuesday in a rebel-held area of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, setting it on fire and killing at least 10 people   Manhattan   New Year's Eve celebrations usher in 2014 across the world   From London to Dubai and from Tokyo to Times Square, millions around the world welcomed 2014 with fireworks, dancing and all-night revelry   North Korea N. Korea boasts of removal of 'factionalist filth' after uncle executed



  UN implicates Assad in war crimes   The human rights chief has said an inquiry has produced evidence that war crimes were authorised at the 'highest level', including by Assad U.N. approves Central African Republic peacekeeping force 6 US soldiers die in Afghan air crash South Sudan clashes 'kill 400-500' Map of Southern Sudan




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Dec.2   UN
Dec.2  Washington  Biden to visit Japan, China amid dispute
Dec.3  Kabul  US halts shipments from Afghanistan
Dec.5   UN Security Council
Dec.15  Western China  Sixteen dead in China Xinjiang clash
Dec.17   Southern Afghanistan
Dec.17   Southern Sudan
  Hundreds of people are believed to have died in clashes between rival South Sudan army factions, the UN says, quoting unconfirmed reports
Dec.19   Southern Sudan South Sudan attackers storm UN base Dec.20   North Korea North Korea threatens to 'strike South Korea mercilessly' Dec.20  Beijing  China denounces Japan military plans Dec.21   Southern Sudan S Sudan rebels 'control key state'   Former South Sudan Vice-President Riek Machar has said rebel troops have captured the oil-producing state of Unity and control much of the c... Dec.22  Southern Sudan  'Atmosphere of fear' in S Sudan Dec.23   Southern Sudan Rebels seize key town in South Sudan Map of Bentiu Southern Sudan
  Rebels have seized Bentiu, the capital of a key oil-producing state, as fears grew that the latest violence would spiral into an all-out civil war
Dec.23  UN Security Council  UN seeks to boost South Sudan force Dec.24   Southern Sudan S Sudan army 'recaptures key town' Dec.24  Southern Sudan  S Sudan mediation efforts stepped up Dec.25   Tokyo   Japan PM visits Yasukuni shrine   Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited a controversial shrine to World War Two dead, exactly one year after he took office Dec.26  UN  UN renews South Sudan peace plea Dec.26   Japan Japan agrees Okinawa US base move Map of Okinawa Japan
  Japan has approved the relocation of a US military airbase on its southern island of Okinawa, officials said
Dec.27   Southern Sudan South Sudan government agrees in principle to ceasefire Map of Southern Sudan
  South Sudan's government says it has agreed 'in principle' to a cease-fire meant to stop fighting that has left more than 1,000 people dead
Dec.27  Southern Sudan  South Sudan rebels wary of truce Dec.28  Northern Syria  Strike on Syria market 'kills 21' Dec.31   Southern Sudan South Sudan peace talks planned as forces clash   South Sudan President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar have agreed to a cessation of hostilities and to peace talks Dec.31   Northern Syria   Rocket sets bus afire, killing 25   A missile struck a bus Tuesday in a rebel-held area of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, setting it on fire and killing at least 10 people



World, December 2013 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
2013 Dec.1   New York New York train crash kills four
Map of Bronx NY New York
  Four people have been killed and 63 injured in a passenger train crash in the Bronx area. The Metro-North train's locomotive and carriages derailed
Dec.2  New York  New York train crash probe begins Dec.2   New York Crashed New York train 'going 82mph' Dec.2   Venezuela Power fails again in Venezuela, capital goes dark Dec.5   Scotland Power cuts, as heavy storms sweep Europe Dec.6   Hamburg Deadly storm and tidal surge batter northern Europe
Map of Hamburg
  Hurricane-force winds have killed at least seven people, flooded parts of Hamburg and left thousands of homes without electricity
Dec.6  Mexico  6 hospitalized in Mexico for possible radiation poisoning Dec.8  Jakarta  Deadly train collision in Indonesia Dec.10  Southern China  Market fire in China's Shenzhen kills 16 Dec.14  Gaza  Floods from storm Alexa force Gazans to leave homes Dec.15  Manila  Philippines bus crash kills 21 Dec.17   Southern Afghanistan 6 US soldiers die in Afghan air crash Dec.19   London Apollo Theatre roof collapses in London
Map of Apollo Theatre London United Kingdom
  The ceiling of central London's historic theatre collapsed during a performance to a nearly packed house, injuring 76 people
 The venue in Shaftesbury Avenue was packed for a performance of The Curious Incident Of The Dog in the Night-Time
Dec.21  Southern France  French chateau sale ends in tragedy Dec.22   Toronto Ice storm snarls travel, cuts power Dec.25   Antarctica Russian ship stuck in ice near Antarctica Map of Dumont D%27Urville Antarctica
  The polar expedition ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy, with 74 people aboard, got trapped in ice and is waiting for other ships for ice-breaking
Dec.25  Caribbean  17 dead after boat flips in Caribbean Dec.26  Argentina  Carnivorous fish attack bathers Dec.27   Antarctica Icebreaker rescue ship stuck in Antarctic ice Dec.27   Southern India Fire on express train in India kills at least 23 Dec.29  Antarctica  Rescue boat still trying to reach trapped ship in Antarctica Dec.29   El Salvador El Salvador begins evacuations near volcano following ash burst Dec.30  Antarctica  Helicopter rescue for ice-bound ship Akademik Shokalskiy



World, December 2013 Business Timeline ... See World Business timeline Top ^
2013 Dec.6   Bali WTO agrees global trade agreement
Dec.15  London  Actor Peter O'Toole dies aged Dec.17   Moscow   Ukraine, Russia sign economic deal despite protests  The cost of Russian gas supplied to Ukraine has been slashed from more than $400 (245; 291 euros) per 1,000 cubic metres to $268 Dec.18  Washington  US Fed to slow stimulus effort Dec.19  Moscow  Putin 'to pardon' jailed former oil tycoon Khodorkovsky Dec.19   London Apollo Theatre roof collapses in London Map of Apollo Theatre London United Kingdom
  The ceiling of central London's historic theatre collapsed during a performance to a nearly packed house, injuring 76 people
 The venue in Shaftesbury Avenue was packed for a performance of The Curious Incident Of The Dog in the Night-Time
Dec.20   Russia   Khodorkovsky leaves Russian prison after Putin signs pardon Map of Segezha Karelia Russia
  Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky has arrived in Germany after Putin released him Friday following more than 10 years in prison
Dec.21  Southern France  French chateau sale ends in tragedy Dec.31   Manhattan New Year's Eve celebrations usher in 2014 across the world   From London to Dubai and from Tokyo to Times Square, millions around the world welcomed 2014 with fireworks, dancing and all-night revelry



World, December 2013 Sports Timeline ... See World Sports timeline Top ^
2013 Dec.6  Northeastern Brazil  2014 World Cup draw: Host Brazil plays Croatia in opening Dec.19  North Korea  Dennis Rodman lands in North Korea to train basketball team Dec.21  Morocco  Bayern Munich made Club World Cup triumph Dec.29   Southern France   Schumacher injured in skiing accident in France
Map of Meribel France
  Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher has suffered a head injury while skiing in Meribel, France
Dec.29  Southern France  Schumacher critical after ski fall Dec.30   Southern France Schumacher 'fighting for his life' Dec.30  Russia  IOC 'confident' Games will be safe Dec.30  Southern France  Schumacher family in bedside vigil



World, December 2013 Crime Timeline ... See World Crime timeline Top ^
2013 Dec.4   Mexico Radioactive truck 'stolen in Mexico'
Map of Mexico City Mexico
  A truck carrying medical radioactive material has been stolen in Mexico, the UN's nuclear watchdog says
Dec.4   Beirut Hezbollah senior commander killed Dec.4  Mexico  Mexico radioactive material found Dec.5   Yemen Double attack on key Yemen ministry Dec.5  Eastern Libya  US teacher shot dead in Libya Dec.5  Vatican  Pope sets up child abuse committee Dec.6   CAR   'Hundreds dead' in CAR violence Map of Bangui CAR
  At least 300 people have been killed in two days of violence in the capital of the Central African Republic, says the Red Cross
Dec.6  Mexico  6 hospitalized in Mexico for possible radiation poisoning Dec.12   North Korea North Korea: Leader's uncle executed
  Jang Song Thaek, an uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has been executed for trying to overthrow the government
Dec.12   Bangladesh Bangladesh hangs Islamist leader despite U.N. objections  The execution came after the country's Supreme Court upheld the death sentence against Abdul Quader Mollah, state-run news agency reported Dec.12  Iran  US captive in Iran said to be CIA Dec.20   Russia   Khodorkovsky leaves Russian prison after Putin signs pardon
Map of Segezha Karelia Russia
  Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky has arrived in Germany after Putin released him Friday following more than 10 years in prison
Dec.20  Canada  Canada prostitution laws struck down Dec.20   Scotland   Lockerbie bombing: Services mark 25th anniversary   Memorial services are to be held in the UK and the US to mark the 25th anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing in which 270 people were killed Dec.23   Siberia Russia releases jailed Pussy Riot band members Dec.23   Egypt Deadly blast at Egypt security site   A blast at a security building in northern Egypt has killed at least 14 people and injured more than 100, security sources and state media s... Dec.23   Southern Sudan 'Mass ethnic killings' in South Sudan Map of Southern Sudan
  New details are emerging of alleged ethnic killings committed during more than a week of violence in South Sudan
Dec.24  Russia  Russia drops first Greenpeace case Dec.25   Baghdad Bomb attacks on Christians in Baghdad kill 37   In one attack, a car bomb went off near a church during Christmas Mass in the capital's southern Dora neighborhood, killing at least 26 Dec.25   Cairo Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood declared 'terrorist group' Dec.26  Pakistan  Al Qaeda-held American pleads for help Dec.27   Beirut U.S. friend, Hezbollah foe killed in blast
  Mohamad Chatah, a former Lebanese finance minister and ambassador to the U.S., died when a car bomb struck his convoy in downtown Beirut
Dec.28   Cairo Cairo campus torched amid protest
Dec.29   Volga Region 'Suicide bomber' hits Russia's Volgograd train station Dec.29   Volga Region 2nd deadly explosion hits Volgograd Map of Volgograd Russia
  At least 15 people have been killed and 23 others hurt in a suspected terrorist attack on a trolleybus in the Russian city of Volgograd
Dec.30   Israel Israel frees Palestinian prisoners



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2013 Dec.1   Kiev   Clashes as huge rally grips Kiev  A huge rally has been taking place in the Ukrainian capital to oppose a government decision not to sign a deal on closer EU ties, despite a ... Dec.1  Washington  U.S. 'concerned' about elderly detainee Dec.1  Bangkok  Thailand anti-government protests show no signs of slowing Dec.1   Bangkok Teargas fired amid renewed clashes
Dec.2   UN   UN implicates Assad in war crimes   The human rights chief has said an inquiry has produced evidence that war crimes were authorised at the 'highest level', including by Assad Dec.2  Washington  Biden to visit Japan, China amid dispute Dec.2  New York  New York train crash probe begins Dec.2  Bangkok  Thai police remove key barricades Dec.3   North Korea North Korea powerbroker 'dismissed' Dec.3  Bangkok  Official: Temporary truce in Thailand Dec.3  Kabul  US halts shipments from Afghanistan Dec.3   Beijing Biden arrives in China amid tensions Dec.4  Moscow  Russia calls for order in Ukraine Dec.4   Bangkok Protest-hit Thailand marks king's birthday Map of Bangkok
  Thailand is marking the 86th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, amid a truce after days of violent demonstrations in the capital Bangkok
Dec.4  Southern Thailand  Thailand king urges mutual support Dec.5   Johannesburg   South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies Map of Johannesburg
  South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95
 He South Africa's transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison for his political activities. 'Our nation has lost its greatest son,' President Jacob Zuma said
Dec.6   Johannesburg   South Africa and world mourn Mandela   South Africans have gathered in Johannesburg and Soweto to mourn their former leader, Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday aged 95 Dec.6  Johannesburg  Crowds celebrate Mandela's life Dec.6   Bali WTO agrees global trade agreement Dec.7   South Africa SA to hold daily Mandela cortege Dec.7  South Africa  'Difficult days' for Mandela family Dec.7   South Africa   S Africa 'day of prayer' for Mandela   People in South Africa are taking part in a day of 'prayer and reflection' for late President Nelson Mandela. President Zuma will attend a s... Dec.8   Kiev Anti-govt protesters topple Lenin statue in Kiev, demand Ukraine turn to EU Dec.8  New Delhi  Congress suffers Delhi poll setback Dec.8   North Korea North Korea acknowledges Kim Jong Un's uncle removed from power Dec.8  Bangkok  Thai PM Yingluck to call elections Dec.9   Bangkok Thai PM dissolves parliament Dec.9  Johannesburg  Huge memorial service for Mandela Dec.10   Johannesburg   Obama pays tribute at Mandela memorial Map of Johannesburg
  Representatives from around the world joined street sweepers, actors and religious figures to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela
Dec.10   Kiev   Ukraine police move on protest camp Map of Independence Square Kiev Ukraine
  Thousands of police have moved on a large protest camp in the centre of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.
Dec.11   Kiev Ukraine protesters rebuild barricades Dec.11  Washington  US considers sanctions against Ukraine Dec.11  New York  Pope Francis named Time's Person of the Year Dec.12   South Africa   SA probes Mandela interpreter checks   Thamsanqa Jantjie said Thursday that he is a fully qualified interpreter and has been trusted in the past with other big events Dec.12   Kiev Ukraine leader 'set to sign EU deal' Dec.12   North Korea North Korea: Leader's uncle executed
  Jang Song Thaek, an uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has been executed for trying to overthrow the government
Dec.12   Bangladesh Bangladesh hangs Islamist leader despite U.N. objections  The execution came after the country's Supreme Court upheld the death sentence against Abdul Quader Mollah, state-run news agency reported Dec.12  Iran  US captive in Iran said to be CIA Dec.13   North Korea North Korea purge sparks stability fears
Dec.13   South Africa Mandela ANC goodbye ahead of burial Dec.13  North Korea  More purges could follow North Korea execution of Kim's uncle Dec.13  Tokyo  Japan offers Asean $20bn in aid Dec.14   China China puts Jade Rabbit rover on Moon
  China says it has successfully landed a craft carrying a robotic rover on the surface of the Moon, the first soft landing there for 37 years
Dec.14   South Africa Nelson Mandela's body arrives home
Dec.14   Tunisia Tunisia chooses new PM to replace Islamist gov't Dec.14  China  Jade Rabbit rover rolls on to Moon Dec.15   South Africa Mandela buried at ancestral home Map of Qunu South Africa
  Nelson Mandela's body has been laid to rest in a family plot, after political and religious leaders paid tribute to first black president at a state funeral service.    His widow, Graca Machel, and President Zuma were present for the private, traditional Xhosa burial at Mr Mandela's ancestral home in Qunu. The last of 10 days ...
Dec.15   Kiev   Huge rally in Kiev in support of EU
  Some 200,000 people have rallied in the Ukrainian capital to protest against President Viktor Yanukovych's refusal to sign a landmark EU deal
Dec.15   Chile Huge poll win for Chilean left   Left-wing candidate Michelle Bachelet has been elected Chilean president for a second time, defeating her run-off rival by a wide margin Dec.16  European Union  EU 'can help on Ukraine deal concerns' Dec.16  Washington  NSA 'debates' amnesty for Snowden Dec.16   Washington   NSA phone data grab 'against constitution'   Federal District Judge Richard Leon said the electronic spy agency's practice was an 'arbitrary invasion' Dec.16  North Korea  North Korea marks Kim Jong-il death Dec.17   Moscow   Ukraine, Russia sign economic deal despite protests  The cost of Russian gas supplied to Ukraine has been slashed from more than $400 (245; 291 euros) per 1,000 cubic metres to $268 Dec.17   Berlin Merkel voted into 3rd term
Dec.17  New York  India-US diplomat row escalates Dec.18  New Delhi  India MPs' fury at envoy's US arrest Dec.18  Washington  US Fed to slow stimulus effort Dec.19  London  Report: Kate Middleton's phone hacked, court told Dec.19  Moscow  Putin 'to pardon' jailed former oil tycoon Khodorkovsky Dec.20   Russia   Khodorkovsky leaves Russian prison after Putin signs pardon Map of Segezha Karelia Russia
  Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky has arrived in Germany after Putin released him Friday following more than 10 years in prison
Dec.20   North Korea North Korea threatens to 'strike South Korea mercilessly' Dec.20  Canada  Canada prostitution laws struck down Dec.20  Berlin  Freed Khodorkovsky flies to Germany Dec.20   Scotland   Lockerbie bombing: Services mark 25th anniversary   Memorial services are to be held in the UK and the US to mark the 25th anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing in which 270 people were killed Dec.20  Beijing  China denounces Japan military plans Dec.21   Bangkok Thai opposition to boycott elections Dec.22  Berlin  Khodorkovsky vows to help prisoners Dec.23   Siberia Russia releases jailed Pussy Riot band members Dec.24  Russia  Russia drops first Greenpeace case Dec.25   Cairo Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood declared 'terrorist group' Dec.25  Vatican  Pope Francis urges aid access to Syria in Christmas speech Dec.25   Turkey Defiant Turkish PM in reshuffle Dec.25   Tokyo   Japan PM visits Yasukuni shrine   Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited a controversial shrine to World War Two dead, exactly one year after he took office Dec.26  Beijing  China condemns Japan PM shrine visit Dec.26  Kenya  Africa heads to discuss South Sudan Dec.27   Southern Sudan South Sudan government agrees in principle to ceasefire Map of Southern Sudan
  South Sudan's government says it has agreed 'in principle' to a cease-fire meant to stop fighting that has left more than 1,000 people dead
Dec.27   Beijing China reforms one-child policy
  China's top legislature has formally adopted a resolution easing the country's one-child policy, the state news agency Xinhua reports
Dec.28   Cairo Cairo campus torched amid protest
Dec.30  Russia  IOC 'confident' Games will be safe Dec.31   Southern Sudan South Sudan peace talks planned as forces clash   South Sudan President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar have agreed to a cessation of hostilities and to peace talks Dec.31   North Korea N. Korea boasts of removal of 'factionalist filth' after uncle executed