Thursday 15 December 2011
It was Thursday, under the sign of Sagittarius. The US president was Barack Obama (Democratic). In that special week of December people in US were listening to We Found Love by Rihanna.
The Flowers of War, directed by Yimou Zhang, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2011
while Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinne was one of the best selling books.
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- The United States formally declares an end to the Iraq War. While this ends the insurgency it begins another.
- Russia circulates a draft resolution condemning the violence in Syria. (Al Jazeera)
- The 2010 United States Census shows 1 in 2 people are classified as low-income or poor. (CBS News)
- A truck drives into a restaurant in Ningxia, China, killing seven people. (''China Daily'')
- Police in Bahrain detain prominent blogger Zainab Alkhawaja during a protest near the capital Manama. (BBC)
- The United Nations calls for the protection of LGBT rights worldwide, in its first report on the issue. (Reuters)
- Former President of France Jacques Chirac is found guilty of embezzlement and violating trust due to his hiring members of his party to fill non-existent jobs while Mayor of Paris. (France 24)
- Former editor of ''The Sun'' and the ''News of the World'' Piers Morgan is called to give evidence before the Leveson Inquiry, and will appear next week. (''The Guardian'')
- A French court convicts Venezuela-born terrorist Carlos the Jackal of organising four deadly attacks in the 1980s. (AP via Google)
- A by-election is held in the UK constituency of Feltham and Heston following the death of Labour's Alan Keen. (BBC)
- Negotiators from the United States Senate and House of Representatives reach a budget agreement. (''Washington Post'')
- The US National Institutes of Health places a temporary moratorium on new studies using chimpanzees in response to a report that claims nearly all medical research on the animals is scientifically unjustified. (''Washington Post'')
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