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Year 2017 Review – International

January

06 Jan:  Renowned Indian Actor Om Puri Dies at 66.

08 Jan: Ex-Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Dies at 82.

10 Jan: Taliban bombings kill at least 30 people near Afghan parliament.

11 Jan:  5 UAE diplomats killed in Afghanistan.

18 Jan: A Nigerian Air Force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp, killing more than 100 refugees and wounding aid workers, a Borno state.

18 Jan: Mali suicide bomber kills at least 50 people in Gao military camp.

20 Jan: Donald Trump sworn in as 45th President of the United States of America.

30 Jan: At least 5 dead in shooting at Canada’s Quebec City Mosque.

February

07 Feb: Suicide Bomber Strikes Outside Afghan Supreme Court, killing 21 people and wounding 41 others.

11 Feb:  North Korea prompts international condemnation by test firing a ballistic missile across the Sea of Japan.

16 Feb: At least 45 people  killed in bombing at popular car market in near Baghdad International Airport.

18 Feb: Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind firebrand Islamist cleric behind the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, he died in a North Carolina prison. He was 78.

March

08 Mar: Killed 49 as Four ISIS Gunmen Attack Afghan Military Hospital Dressed as Doctors..

10 Mar: The UN warns that the world is facing the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II, with up to 20 million people at risk of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria.

22 Mar: UK Westminster Bridge near parliament attack: 4 dead including police officer in major terrorist incident, Islamic State claims British parliament attack.

29 Mar: The United Kingdom triggers article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, starting the Brexit Negotiations, the talks for the United Kingdom to Leave the European Union.

April

04 Apr: Russia Subway blast;   A Russian suicide bomber originally from mainly Muslim Kyrgyzstan detonated the explosives in a St Petersburg train carriage that killed 14 people and wounded 50.

07 Apr: 4 killed wounding 15 as hijacked truck crashes into a department store central Stockholm store.

09 Apr: Egypt : Attacks on two Coptic Christian churches  killed 43 on Palm Sunday one of the most important days on the Christian calendar.

13 Apr: US drops largest, non-nuclear a 21,600-pound, GPS-guided munition bomb in (Nangarhar) – nicknamed the “mother of all bombs,” (GBU-43/B MOAB) at an ISIL base in Afghanistan.

14 Apr:  Indian army uses Kashmiri youth as human shield; Outrage in Kashmir as videos of youth tied up with army vehicle.

16 Apr: Syria: 126 killed injured 55 others  as blast struck buses  of  evacuee convoy in Rashidin, a suburb of Aleppo.

21 Apr: Taliban kill ‘more than 140’ Afghan troops in army base attack in Mazar-i-Sharif, northern Afghanistan.

21 Apr: China launches first unmanned cargo carrier on mission to space station.

26 Apr: China launches first domestically-built Aircraft carrier, boosting its military presence amid rising tensions in the region.

May

05 May: Former Warlord Hekmatyar Returns to Kabul After 20 Years.

22 May: A terrorist bombing attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England kills 22 people and injures over 100.

26 May: 24 killed in attack on bus carrying Coptic Christians in Minya province at Markos Church in Egypt.

27 May: Indian troops martyr Hizb commander Sabzar Ahmed Butt in Baramulla and Pulwama districts of occupied Kashmir.

31 May: Deadly Bombing in Kabul Is One of the Afghan War’s Worst Strikes. A suspected suicide bomber drove into Kabul’s heavily guarded diplomatic quarter during the morning rush, more than 90 lives ended, hundreds of people were wounded.

June

02 Jun: A gunman attacked Resorts World Manila in Pasay, Philippines around midnight, caused a major panic within the complex. Around 38 people were dead, due to smoke inhalation from the fire while injuring 70 people.

04 Jun: Another London Hit by Deadly Terror Attack. At least 7 people were killed and dozens more wounded as the men sped across London Bridge in a white van, ramming numerous pedestrians, before emerging with large hunting knives for a rampage in the capital’s Borough Market, a crowded night spot.

07 Jun:  Attack on  Iran’s parliament, Ayatollah Khomeini shrine at  least 13 dead 43 people wounded.

14 Jun: (London)  Grenfell Tower Fire ; Met Police confirm firm Grenfell 24-story public housing Tower Fire That Killed 80 People.

20 Jun: JEDDAH: Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been appointed as crown prince.

21 Jun: The Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraq, is destroyed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

25 Jun: The World Health Organization estimates that Yemen has over 200,000 cases of cholera.

July

7 Jul: UNESCO declares Hebron shrine Palestinian, Israel pulls U.N. funding.

12 Jul:  China sends troops to its ‘support base’ in East Africa for logistical functions.

13 Jul: A trillion-tonne iceberg one of the largest ever recorded  has broken away from Antarctica.

22 Jul: Afghanistan, 35 policemen killed in a Taliban ambush on their patrol in Badakhshan province.

24 Jul: 24 people were killed  40 injured in Afghan capital morning when a suicide bomber struck in neighborhood of Dehbori.

27 Jul: Iran launches satellite-carrying rocket called “Simorgh” into space.

29 Jul: China, Sri Lanka sign $1.1 billion strategic  Hambantota Port deal.

30 Jul:  China military parade marks 90th anniversary of PLA; China’s Army Day parade shows resolution to safeguard peace.

August

14 Aug: Saudi Arabia, Iraq to open ‘Arar’ Border Crossing After 27 Years.

14 Aug:  Yemen records over 500,000 cholera cases, nearly 2,000 deaths.

14 Aug: ROHINGYA MUSLIM REFUGEES — The United Nations has expressed concern over India’s move to deport Rohingya Muslim refugees of Myanmar. A spokesman of the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, at a regular press briefing in New York stressed that refugees should not be returned to countries where they fear persecution once they are registered.

14 Aug: Sierra Leone mudslides: Death toll now above 500, At least 700 missing, Thousands of people have lost their homes. UN Report.

25 Aug: Ongoing  A military operation targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar “seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

25 Aug: 2530  Hurricane Harvey strikes the United States as a Category 4 hurricane, causing catastrophic damage to the Houston metropolitan area, mostly due to record-breaking floods. At least 90 deaths were recorded, and total damage reaches $198.6 billion (2017 USD), making Harvey the costliest natural disaster in United States history.

September

01 Sep: Russian President Vladimir Putin expels 755 diplomats in response to United States sanctions.

01 Sep: Indian Navy gets first surface-to-air missile jointly developed with Israel

01 Sep: At least 58 people were killed and 515 were injured in Las Vegas Sunday night when a gunman opened fire on a music festival crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

02 Sep: North Korea Tested a Hydrogen Bomb Meant for Missiles.

03 Sep: North Korea conducts its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

06 Sep: The Caribbean and United States are struck by Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 hurricane that is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic basin outside the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. The storm causes at least 134 deaths and at least $63 billion (2017 USD) in damage.

15 Sep: North Korea launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM)  launch, into the northern Pacific Ocean.

19 Sep: An earthquake of magnitude 7.1 strikes Central Mexico, killing 369 people and leaving thousands more homeless.

19 Sep: Just a two weeks after Hurricane Irma struck the Caribbean, Hurricane Maria strikes similar areas, making landfall on Dominica as a Category 5 hurricane, and Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane. Maria causes at least 94 deaths and damages estimated in excess of $103 billion (2017 USD).

24 Sep: Angela Merkel wins 4th term as chancellor of Germany.

25 Sep: Iraqi Kurdistan votes in a referendum to become an independent state, in defiance of Iraq; by October 15.

October

01 Oct: On the night, a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, leaving 58 people dead and 546 injured.

01 Oct: 58 people are killed and 546  injured, on the night  a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada.

12 Oct: The United States announces its decision to withdraw from UNESCO, and is immediately followed by Israel.

14 Oct: A massive blast caused by a truck bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia kills at least 512 people and injures 316 others.

16 Oct: Panama Papers journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia killed in Malta car bomb explosion.

17 Oct: Two separate suicide and gun attacks on police and soldiers in Afghanistan left at least 80 dead and nearly 300 wounded in the latest devastating assaults on beleaguered security forces.

19 Oct: 43 Afghan soldiers killed in suicide attack on Kandahar Province military.

20 Oct: 54 Egyptian police killed including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, were killed when a raid on a militant hideout southwest of Cairo.

21 Oct: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan won a commanding majority for his party in parliamentary elections.

25 Oct: CHINESE PRESIDENT Xi Jinping  RE-ELECTED AS GENERAL SECRETARY OF Communist Party of China (CPC) CENTRAL COMMITTEE.

20 Oct: (Afghanistan) Deadly attacks hit mosques At least 63 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in Friday prayers two separate attacks at mosques in  Kabul and Ghor.

28 Oct: Somalia Militants Attack at Nasa Hablood Hotel in Mogadishu, 20 Killed dozens wounded.

29 Oct: First consignment via Chabahar port in Iran leaves India for Afghanistan.

29 Oct: Taliban Kill 28 Afghan Police as Attacks Escalate Nationwide in three provinces of Afghanistan.

November

05 Nov: Ballistic Missile fired by Huthi rebels from Yemen intercepted over Saudi capital.

12 Nov: Iran-Iraq magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck villages and towns 483 dead, 12,386 injured.

08 Nov:  Migrants to Europe by sea at 150,000 in 2017, 3,000 dead ‘More difficult to forecast the trend right now’ – The United Nations’ International Organization for Migration (IOM).

20 Nov: China builds 26.5-tonne VN18 world’s fastest amphibious assault vehicle. It’s fitted with a cannon, machine gun, anti-tank missile and smoke grenades.

21 Nov: Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe finally resigns, Ending 37-Year Rule, Sparking wild jubilation on the streets of Harare.

22 Nov: The International Court of Justice finds Ratko Mladić guilty of genocide committed in Srebrenica during the 1990s Bosnian War, the worst massacre in Europe since World War II. He is sentenced to life in prison.

22 Nov: An Israeli blogger’s photograph from inside one of Islam’s holiest sites set off a firestorm in the Middle East.

23 Nov: Bangladesh, Myanmar agree to start Rohingya return in two months.

23 Nov: India Test Fires BrahMos  Nuclear-Capable Cruise Missile From Fighter Jet.

24 Nov: Egypt- Rawda Mosque Attack in Sinai  Martyred 305, 128 injured, Mosque Attack is the Deadliest in Egypt’s Modern History.

25 Nov: 30 migrants dead and 200 rescued off Libyan coast says country’s navy.

26 Nov: (U.S.A.) Texas shooting: at least 26 killed, 20 injured as Gunman fire on the worshipers at Baptist church in Sutherland Springs.

29 Nov: The Hague – Netherlands | Bosnian war criminal Slobodan Praljak dies after ‘drinking poison’ in court as he loses appeal.

29 Nov: North Korea tests ICBM flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) in fresh challenge to Trump.

December

01 Dec: Pope Francis: ‘The presence of God today is also called Rohingya’

Pope Francis referred to the Rohingya people by name, the first time he has directly addressed Myanmar’s persecuted Muslim minority in his Asia tour.

04 Dec: Veteran Indian Bollywood star Shashi Kapoor dies at 79 in Mumbai.

04 Dec: Yemen’s ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh killed by Houthi Rebels.

06 Dec: The United States officially recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

09 Dec: The Iraqi military announces that it has “fully liberated” all of Iraq’s territory from ISIS terrorist gangs.

13 Dec: Istanbul (OIC) Declaration announces E. Jerusalem capital of Palestine state.

21 Dec: UN General Assembly rejects Trump’s Jerusalem move.

25 Dec: Kabul: Five killed as ISIL bomber targets spy agency.

28 Dec: Kabul 40 killed as suicide bomber detonated explosives a compound comprising a news agency, Tebyan.

29 Dec: Gunman kills 11 in attacks on Coptic Church, Christian-owned shop in Egypt.

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