2012

The year started off on a rather stringent note for Iran as the European Union went ahead to impose the oil restriction to try to get Iran to stop its nuclear weapons efforts as well as to halt the uranium enrichment.

2012

Almost a month later, Iran took a stand to revenge and warned six European countries through their ambassadors including Italy, Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, and Greece that they would be cut from the Iranian oil.

In other bizarre news, at least 73 people died at a soccer match when the fans of two rival teams playing in Port Said in Egypt got into a fight. On the other hand, in Russia, Vladimir Putin won the presidential elections with a landslide vote of 64% giving him his third term in office.

In more sad news, however, a U.S. soldier went wild and brutally killed 17 civilians comprising of 9 children in Afghanistan on a door to door rampage. Two weeks later, the Sgt. Robert Bales was found guilty and charged with 17 counts of intentional murder.

March 21 was a good day for Syria as Bashar al-Assad, Syrian President at the time agreed to a cease-fire after being in a civil war for several months. However, close to five months later on August 2, Kofi Annan resigned as UN’s special envoy to Syria. He cited that the Syrian government had refused to implement the peace plan that was backed by the UN. In turn, it resulted in more violence by the rebels, and it caused dissonance within the Security Council.

May 1st marked the first death anniversary of Osama bin Laden, and U.S President Barack Obama made a rather surprising visit to Afghanistan where he signed an agreement with Hamid Karzai, Afghan’s president citing that Afghanistan would receive development assistance from U.S for the next ten years from the withdrawal time of the troops. Five days later, Francois Hollande became the first Socialist president in France since 1995 when Francois Mitterrand left office.

The pop culture got a hard hit as Whitney Houston, one of the world’s greatest voices was found dead in a hotel’s bathtub at the age of 48. Other icons such as Phyllis Diller, Andy Williams, Andy Griffith, Dick Clark, just to mention but a few also died in 2012.

Discover how the world looked like in 2012

Oscar

Oscar Winners

All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 85th edition of the Oscar ceremony


Best picture

Argo

Argo

Argo

Directed by: Ben Affleck

Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin

Best director

Ang Lee

Life of Pi

Life of Pi

Best actor

Daniel Day-Lewis

Lincoln

Lincoln

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Best actress

Jennifer Lawrence

Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook

Directed by: David O. Russell

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver

Best supporting actor

Christoph Waltz

Django Unchained

Django Unchained

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

Best supporting actress

Anne Hathaway

Les Misérables

Les Misérables

Directed by: Tom Hooper

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

Books

Which were the most popular books released in 2012 ?
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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

By:

THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEROn a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears.

Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Killing Lincoln

By:

A riveting historical narrative of the heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the first work of history from mega-bestselling author Bill O'ReillyThe anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts

The Amateur by Edward Klein

The Amateur

By:

Think you know the real Barack Obama? You don’t—not until you’ve read The AmateurIn this stunning exposé, bestselling author Edward Klein—a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, former foreign editor of Newsweek,

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken

By:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.In

A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

A Dance With Dragons

By:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • THE BOOK BEHIND THE FIFTH SEASON OF THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONESDon’t miss the thrilling sneak peek of George R.

Nobel Prize

Nobel Prizes

All Nobel Prize winners of 2012


Peace Prize

  • European Union

Literature

  • Mo Yan

Physics

  • Serge Haroche
  • David J. Wineland

Economic Sciences

  • Alvin E. Roth
  • Lloyd S. Shapley

Chemistry

  • Brian K. Kobilka
  • Robert J. Lefkowitz

Physiology or Medicine

  • John B. Gurdon
  • Shinya Yamanaka

Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman

Country: United States of America

Django Unchained

Django Unchained

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Directed by: Stephen Chbosky

Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis

Country: United States of America

Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom

Directed by: Wes Anderson

Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray

Country: United States of America

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 2012 in the USA ?

world population

World Population

Demographic statistics of the year 2012


Population statistics

  • Total population: 7.1 billion (7,125,828,059 to be precise!)
  • Urban population: 3.8 billion, that is 53.0% of the total population of 2012 lives in cities
  • Yearly change: +84.5 million, corresponding to a percentage increase of +1.2%
  • Average density: 48.0 persons per km2
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 2012?


Events

  • 01 Jan Arab Spring:
  • 02 Jan Arab Spring:
  • 03 Jan Aftermath of 2011 Libyan civil war: elements of former anti-Gaddafi forces from Tripoli and Misrata clash in the center of Tripoli, with five people reportedly killed. (''The Huffington Post'')
  • 04 Jan Two bombs explode in the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri with the Boko Haram movement believed to be responsible. (Reuters)
  • 05 Jan 2011–2012 Syrian uprising:
  • 06 Jan 2011–2012 Syrian uprising: According to Syrian state media, 26 people are killed and 63 wounded when a suicide bomber blows himself up at a police station in Damascus. The Syrian opposition blames the Syrian government for orchestrating the attack, and alleges that they have leaked information from security forces that Aleppo is next. (Al Arabiya) (CNN)
  • 07 Jan At least 37 people are killed in two days of attacks in northeastern Nigeria, after radical Islamic group Boko Haram issues an ultimatum for all Christians to leave the north. (Reuters)
  • 08 Jan Piracy in Somalia: Georgia announces 15 Georgian sailors held hostage by pirates for over a year are released through the government's efforts. (AFP via Google News)
  • 09 Jan Insurgency in the North Caucasus: Clashes occur between the Russian forces and Islamist militants in the Vedensky District, Chechnya, with reportedly 8 killed and 16 wounded. (RIA)
  • 10 Jan A bombing in Khyber Agency, Pakistan, kills at least 29 people and leaves over 50 others injured. (''Vancouver Sun'')
  • 11 Jan The United States denies any involvement in a bomb blast that killed an Iranian scientist. (BBC)
  • 12 Jan Shia insurgency in Yemen: at least 20 die in Sunni-Shia fighting in north Yemen. (AJE)
  • 13 Jan 2011-2012 Syrian uprising: Security forces kill at least 13 protesters, including three children, amid ongoing protests in Syria. (Al Jazeera)
  • 14 Jan A suicide bomber kills at least 53 people and injures more than 130 in the Iraqi city of Basra. (CNN)
  • 15 Jan A bomb detonates near a Shia Muslim procession in the Pakistani town of Khanpur, killing at least 18 people and wounding 30. (''The Guardian'')
  • 16 Jan Romanian protests: Demonstrations continue for the fifth consecutive day against president Traian Băsescu and the Emil Boc government in more than 60 cities across the country. (Realitatea TV)
  • 17 Jan 2012 Afar region tourist attack: Unknown assailants kill 2 Hungarians, 2 Germans and an Austrian in northeastern Ethiopia. (Al Jazeera)
  • 18 Jan Italian cruise ship captain Francesco Schettino admits having made navigational errors that led to the capsizing of the ''Costa Concordia'' in Italian waters on January 13, killing at least 11 people. (BBC)
  • 19 Jan 2011–2012 Syrian uprising: The Arab League observer mission ends, with its report to be reviewed at the weekend. (CBC)
  • 20 Jan 2011–2012 Syrian uprising: At least 10 people are killed in violence after Friday prayers. (CNN)
  • 21 Jan The death toll of a series of co-ordinated bombing attacks in Kano, Nigeria, rises to more than 140. The attacks, which targeted police stations across the city, are attributed to Islamist group Boko Haram. (''The Guardian'')
  • 22 Jan 2011–2012 Syrian uprising: Arab League ministers meet in Cairo, Egypt, to discuss the extension of its monitoring mission in Syria. (BBC)
  • 23 Jan Iran–European Union relations: The European Union adopts an embargo against Iran in protest of that nation's continued effort to enrich uranium.
  • 24 Jan 2011–2012 Syrian uprising: 52 civilians are killed by Syrian security forces, 39 of which were killed in the city of Hama alone. (Naharnet)
  • 25 Jan 2011–2012 Syrian uprising: 18 protesters are shot dead by Syrian security forces. (Naharnet)
  • 26 Jan Tuareg Rebellion (2011–present): Tuareg rebels capture the fourth Malian town in a week. (Al Jazeera)
  • 27 Jan Chinese security forces shoot dead a young Tibetan man in Sichuan province, at least the third such killing this week. (BBC)
  • 28 Jan 2011–2012 Syrian uprising: The Arab League suspends its observer mission, citing increased violence. (Al Jazeera)
  • 29 Jan Police confront protesters with tear gas and stun grenades in the U.S. city of Oakland, California; more than 100 arrests are made. (BBC)(CNN)
  • 30 Jan Police shoot and kill two people in Podor during protests over a decision by the Constitutional Council that President of Senegal Abdoulaye Wade can run for re-election. (BBC)
  • 31 Jan The People's Republic of China claims that 29 Chinese citizens abducted while working on a construction project in the Sudan are still missing. (AP via ABC News America)
  • 01 Feb At least 79 people were killed and more than 1,000 were injured after a football match in Port Said, Egypt.ref name=quotcnnquot
  • 02 Feb The Philippines military claim to have killed Abu Sayyaf leader Umbra Jumdail, Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, a leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, and Singaporean Abdullah Ali. (AP via Google News)
  • 03 Feb Insurgency in the North Caucasus: The Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov orders his subordinates to halt attacks on the civilian population of Russia, while leaving military and security personnel as legitimate targets. (RFE/RL)
  • 04 Feb 2011–2012 Syrian uprising:
  • 05 Feb An explosion hits the gas pipeline between Egypt, Israel and Jordan in the North Sinai Governorate west of Arish. (AP via MSNBC)
  • 06 Feb The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II marks the 60th anniversary of her accession to the thrones of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and the 60th anniversary of her becoming Head of the Commonwealth.
  • 07 Feb 2011-2012 Syrian uprising
  • 08 Feb Pakistani officials claim that US drone missiles have killed ten people in Spalga village in North Waziristan. (AP via Google News) (Reuters)
  • 09 Feb Syria:
  • 10 Feb Arab Spring:
  • 11 Feb Arab Spring:
  • 12 Feb Syrian uprising:
  • 13 Feb Syria:
  • 14 Feb The Syrian army continues its bombardments of Homs, as Arab officials confirm that regional governments would be prepared to arm the opposition if the fighting does not cease. (Reuters)
  • 15 Feb A fire at a prison in Comayagua, Honduras kills 360.
  • 16 Feb A United States drone attack kills five militants in the Pakistani town of Spalga in north Waziristan. (''Dawn'')
  • 17 Feb Arab Spring:
  • 18 Feb 2011–2012 Syrian uprising:
  • 19 Feb Iran suspends oil exports to Britain and France following sanctions put in place by the European Union and the United States in January.
  • 20 Feb South Korea proceeds with live-fire drills near the disputed Korean sea border despite threats from North Korea of ampquotmercilessampquot strikes in retaliation. (AP via News Limited)
  • 21 Feb Greek government debt crisis: Eurozone finance ministers reach an agreement on a second, €130-billion Greek bailout.
  • 22 Feb Afghanistan Quran protests:
  • 23 Feb A series of attacks across Iraq leave at least 60 killed and more than 200 injured. (AP via MSNBC) (The Telegraph) (Reuters)
  • 24 Feb Arab Spring:
  • 25 Feb 2012 Afghanistan Quran burning protests:
  • 26 Feb A mass suicide bomber kills at least two people outside a church in the Nigerian city of Jos. (BBC)
  • 27 Feb Arab Spring: As a result of ongoing protests, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is succeeded by Vice President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Al-Hadi.
  • 28 Feb 2011–2012 Syrian uprising:
  • 29 Feb Violence in the Xinjiang region of China leaves 20 people dead. (''The Hindu'')
  • 01 Mar Syria:
  • 02 Mar The Red Cross is denied access to the Baba Amr district of Homs following its capture by the Syrian Army despite having been granted permission earlier to provide relief to 4,000 residents. (Sky News) (The New York Times)
  • 03 Mar Syria:
  • 04 Mar 2012 Brazzaville arms dump blasts: A series of explosions is reported at a munitions dump in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of the Congo, with at least 250 people dead. (Reuters), (BBC)
  • 05 Mar Refugees fleeing Homs in Syria accuse security forces of committing atrocities there. (BBC)
  • 06 Mar A South Korean panel identifies the 95 Koreans who died in the US bombing of Tokyo during World War II. (Yonhap)
  • 07 Mar Insurgency in the North Caucasus: Five policemen are killed in a female suicide bombing by the widow of a killed Islamic militant in Dagestan, Russia. (''The Telegraph'')
  • 08 Mar 2011–2012 Syrian uprising:
  • 09 Mar Arab Spring:
  • 10 Mar Arab Spring:
  • 11 Mar A US soldier kills 16 civilians in the Panjwayi District of Afghanistan near Kandahar. (BBC)
  • 12 Mar Around 100 people are killed in ethnic clashes and cattle raids in South Sudan. (BBC)
  • 13 Mar After 244 years since its first publication, the ''Encyclopædia Britannica'' discontinues its print edition.
  • 14 Mar 2011-2012 Syrian uprising:
  • 15 Mar Ethiopian forces launch attacks on three militant camps inside Eritrea. (BBC)
  • 16 Mar 2011–2012 Syrian uprising: Protests referred to by activists as ampquotThe Friday for International Military Interventionampquot spread from the northern city of Aleppo to the central regions of Hama and Homs, and southern province of Daraa. (Al Jazeera)
  • 17 Mar Syria:
  • 18 Mar Three people are killed in a shooting incident in the city of Don Benito, Spain. (RTVE)
  • 19 Mar Syrian uprising:
  • 20 Mar Human Rights Watch raises claims of serious human rights abuses in a clash between Myanmar Armed Forces and the Kachin Independence Army in a dispute in Kachin State that has displaced approximately 75,000 people. (Reuters)
  • 21 Mar Syrian uprising:
  • 22 Mar The President of Mali, Amadou Toumani Touré, is ousted in a coup d'état after mutinous soldiers attack government offices.
  • 23 Mar The Financial Services Committee of the United States House of Representatives receives a memo quoting Edith O'Brien, the treasurer of defunct broker MF Global, to the effect that Jon S. Corzine was personally ordering the transfer of customers' money to a brokerage account with JP Morgan Chase last October. (Bloomberg)
  • 24 Mar 15 Kurdish militants, all women, are killed by Turkish security forces in south-eastern Bitlis Province. The women were members of the PKK. (BBC)
  • 25 Mar Syrian uprising:
  • 26 Mar An Afghan police officer shoots and kills two British military personnel before being gunned down. (AP via Google News)
  • 27 Mar A landmine explosion in Maharashtra, India, allegedly by Maoist insurgents, kills 15 policemen and injures 13 others. (''Toronto Star'')
  • 28 Mar 2012 Sabha conflict:
  • 29 Mar The death is announced of award-winning poet, essayist and public intellectual Adrienne Rich, credited with bringing the oppression of women and lesbians to the forefront of poetic discourse. (''The Guardian'')
  • 30 Mar Pakistan:
  • 31 Mar 2012 insurgency in northern Mali: Tuareg rebels attack the northern Malian town of Gao, a day after taking the provincial capital Kidal. (Al Jazeera)
  • 01 Apr 2011-2012 Syrian uprising: Dozens are killed as the Syrian army bombards the city of Homs with artillery fire. (ABC News)
  • 02 Apr The Colombian leftist group FARC releases its last remaining police and military captives. (BBC)
  • 03 Apr 2011–2012 Bahraini uprising: Fears are expressed for the life of Abdulhadi Khawaja, one of the several opposition leaders sentenced to life imprisonment. (CNN) (Los Angeles Times)
  • 04 Apr 2012 South Sudan–Sudan border conflict: The Sudan People's Liberation Army says it shot down a Sudanese MiG-29 jet fighter in South Sudan's Unity state. (CNN)
  • 05 Apr A rocket fired from Egypt's Sinai desert hits the Israeli city of Eilat but causes no injuries or property damage. (Reuters)
  • 06 Apr The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad unilaterally declares the independence of Azawad from Mali.
  • 07 Apr The airport at the Yemeni capital Sana'a is closed after forces loyal to General Mohammed Saleh al-Ahmar, the former Chief of the Air Force and half-brother of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, threaten to attack aircraft. (Al Jazeera)
  • 08 Apr Syrian uprising:
  • 09 Apr Arab Spring:
  • 10 Apr Syrian uprising:
  • 11 Apr 2012 South Sudan–Sudan border conflict: Sudan says that after a battle South Sudan controls Heglig, its largest oil field. (BBC)
  • 12 Apr Mutinous soldiers in Guinea-Bissau stage a coup d'état and take control of the capital city, Bissau. They arrest interim President Raimundo Pereira and leading presidential candidate Carlos Gomes Júnior in the midst of a presidential election campaign.ref name=quotapquot
  • 13 Apr Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3, a North Korean Earth observation satellite, explodes shortly after launch. The United States and other countries had called the impending launch a violation of United Nations Security Council demands.ref name =quotNK_satellitequot/ The launch was planned to mark the centenary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, the founder of the republic.ref name =quotNK_satellitequot
  • 14 Apr Anti-austerity demonstrators take place at the ruling Labour Party's centenary conference with protesters using a coffin draped in the Irish tricolour. (The Belfast Telegraph) (The Irish Times) (Irish Examiner)
  • 15 Apr 2011-2012 Syrian uprising:
  • 16 Apr Syrian uprising:
  • 17 Apr South Sudan–Sudan border conflict:
  • 18 Apr 2011–2012 Bahraini uprising:
  • 19 Apr Arab Spring:
  • 20 Apr Arab Spring:
  • 21 Apr Arab Spring:
  • 22 Apr Bahraini uprising:
  • 23 Apr At least two people are killed and hundreds of others injured in clashes between police and protestors during a nationwide strike in Bangladesh, which was triggered by the unexplained disappearance of opposition politician Ilyas Ali. (Al Jazeera)
  • 24 Apr Arab Spring:
  • 25 Apr Pakistan successfully tests the Shaheen-1A nuclear-capable ballistic missile, which is able to reach targets in India. (Reuters)
  • 26 Apr Former Liberian President Charles Taylor is found guilty on 11 counts of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Sierra Leone Civil War.
  • 27 Apr At least four explosions hit the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk with at least 27 people injured. (BBC)
  • 28 Apr 2011 Syrian uprising:
  • 29 Apr Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia kill four members of Colombian Army on a mission to destroy cocaine laboratories in Caquetá Department with another four soldiers, a police officer and a French journalist missing. (BBC)
  • 30 Apr Two bombs explode in the northern Syrian town of Idlib killing at least eight people. (AP via Yahoo! News)
  • 01 May Syrian uprising: The United Nations says both government and opposition forces have violated the ceasefire. (Al Jazeera)
  • 02 May A pastel version of ''The Scream'', by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, sells for US$120 million in a New York City auction, setting a new world record for an auctioned work of art.
  • 03 May Thirty-four people are killed in raids by gunmen opposed to the burning of a colleague at a cattle market in northern Nigeria. (AP via Google News)
  • 04 May At least one person is killed and at least 373 others are wounded when armed forces fire water cannon, tear gas and rocks on demonstrators near Egypt's defence ministry in Cairo. (Al Jazeera)
  • 05 May A U.S. drone attack kills at least nine insurgents in Pakistan's North Waziristan. (AP via The Guardian) (NineMSN)
  • 06 May Off the coast in the north of Peru hundreds of dolphins and more than 1,000 birds, mostly pelicans, die under unexplained circumstances. (''New York Times'')
  • 07 May At least 14 civilians are killed and at least 6 other civilians are wounded by a NATO air strike in Badghis Province. (Al Jazeera)
  • 08 May Arab Spring:
  • 09 May Mexican Drug War:
  • 10 May Syrian uprising: Two large explosions occur in quick succession in the embattled Syrian capital Damascus, with dozens of people reportedly killed or injured. (Al Jazeera) (Al-Arabiya) (Reuters)
  • 11 May Syrian uprising: the death toll of the May 10 Damascus double bombing reaches 55, with as many as 370 reportedly injured. Syrian authorities claim that over 1,000 kilograms (2,200 lb) of explosives were used in the attacks. (Daily Mail)
  • 12 May August 12 ampndash The 2012 World Expo takes place in Yeosu, South Korea.ref name =quotExpo_2012quot 2012 World Expo (English) Retrieved January 23, 2012.
  • 13 May Mexican Drug War:
  • 14 May Syrian uprising: At least 30 people die in a battle between Syrian government forces and rebel fighters in the town of Rastan. Reportedly, 23 of the dead are government soldiers. (''Daily Telegraph'')
  • 15 May Syrian uprising: At least 20 civilians are killed in the Syrian province of Idlib after security forces open fire on a funeral procession. (BBC)
  • 16 May Cambodian police and soldiers clash with villagers after attempting to evict them from their land, where a Russian plantation project is to be headquartered. A teenage girl has reportedly been killed. (AP via ''The Jakarta Post'')
  • 17 May 2012 East DR Congo conflict: The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)'s military has been shelling positions it believes are held by rebels who have been fighting the army for weeks in the country's east. (AJE)
  • 18 May Mexican Drug War:
  • 19 May A car bomb explodes near a military complex in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, killing 9 people. (Al Jazeera)
  • 20 May Syrian uprising: A roadside bomb explodes near a United Nations convoy in the Syrian capital of Damascus, in the district of Douma. (BBC)
  • 21 May A suicide bomber attacks soldiers rehearsing for the annual Unity Day parade in the Yemeni capital Sana'a, killing at least 120 people and injuring more than 350 others. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claims responsibility. (BBC) (Al Jazeera) (Trust) (Yemen Post)
  • 22 May Tokyo Skytree, the tallest self-supporting tower in the world at 634 metres high, is opened to public.
  • 23 May A drone attack conducted by the United States kills five people in a tribal area in North Waziristan, Pakistan. (Xinhua)
  • 24 May A United States drone attack kills ten people in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan. (Reuters)
  • 25 May A car bomb exploded in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo, injuring 10 police officers during the Mexican Drug War. The attack was believed to have been carried out by Los Zetas, one of Mexico's most powerful drug trafficking organizations. (CNN)
  • 26 May War in Afghanistan:
  • 27 May War in Afghanistan: A NATO air strike kills a family of eight, including six children. (BBC) (Al Jazeera) (The News)
  • 28 May Arab Spring:
  • 29 May Syrian uprising:
  • 30 May Syrian uprising:
  • 31 May A series of bombings in the Iraqi capital Baghdad kills 14 people. (CNN)
  • 01 Jun Syrian uprising: The United Nations Human Rights Council votes to condemn the massacre carried out by Syrian forces in the town of Houla on May 25, despite Russia, China and Cuba voting against the resolution. (''The Guardian'')
  • 02 Jun Syrian uprising (2011–present):
  • 03 Jun Syrian uprising (2011–present):
  • 04 Jun Mexican Drug War: gunmen kill 11 people at a rehabilitation clinic in the city of Torreón, Coahuila. (Reuters)
  • 05 Jun 6 ampndash The century's second and last solar transit of Venus occurs. The next pair are predicted to occur in 2117 and 2125.
  • 06 Jun NATO planes launch an air strike on Afghanistan, allegedly killing civilians in the process. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • 07 Jun U.S. military drone attacks carried out by the CIA on Pakistan raise serious legal questions, announces United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay at the end of a fact-finding visit to Pakistan. (BBC)
  • 08 Jun Arab Spring:
  • 09 Jun Arab Spring:
  • 10 Jun Syrian activists claim that at least 35 people have died in an Syrian Army offensive in Homs over the past day. (Reuters)
  • 11 Jun Arab Spring:
  • 12 Jun Arab Spring:
  • 13 Jun A series of bombings across Iraq, including Baghdad, Hillah and Kirkuk, kills at least 93 people and wounds over 300 others. (Al Jazeera) (BBC)
  • 14 Jun Arab Spring:
  • 15 Jun The Yemeni army captures Shuqra, the third militant stronghold to fall in the last week. (BBC)
  • 16 Jun Syrian uprising (2011-present):
  • 17 Jun Multiple bombings kill at least 12 people in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • 18 Jun Arab Spring:
  • 19 Jun Arab Spring:
  • 20 Jun A gunman is detained after seizing four hostages at the Crédit Industriel et Commercial bank in the southern French city of Toulouse, the same city where Mohammed Merah shot dead five people in March. (BBC)
  • 21 Jun Arab Spring:
  • 22 Jun Syrian uprising (2011-present):
  • 23 Jun Palestinian militants fire rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel severely injuring an elder. Israel launches a missile strike in return, killing two Palestinians. (The Jerusalem Post) (BBC)
  • 24 Jun At least 16 Syrian soldiers are killed in clashes with rebels in Aleppo. (BBC)
  • 25 Jun Syrian uprising (2011-present):
  • 26 Jun Arab Spring:
  • 27 Jun Syrian uprising:
  • 28 Jun Mexican Drug War: A kidnapped Mexican mayor is found tortured and killed in the state of Oaxaca. (Fox News)
  • 29 Jun Mexican Drug War: A car bomb explodes outside the city hall in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo, injuring 7 bystanders. This is the third car bomb in Nuevo Laredo this year, and much of the violence is blamed on the country's most powerful cartels: Los Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel. (''San Antonio Express-News'')
  • 30 Jun Syrian uprising (2011–present):
  • 01 Jul Syrian uprising (2011–present):
  • 02 Jul Four foreign aid workers held hostage inside Somalia are rescued by Somali forces after they were kidnapped from a Kenyan refugee camp on June 29. (BBC) (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
  • 03 Jul Syrian uprising (2011-present):
  • 04 Jul CERN announces the discovery of a new particle with properties consistent with the Higgs boson after experiments at the Large Hadron Collider.ref name=cern1207
  • 05 Jul Syrian uprising (2011–present)
  • 06 Jul Syrian uprising (2011-present): French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius states that a Syrian commander in the National Guard, Manaf Tlass who fled to Turkey some days ago, is on his way to Paris. (BBC)
  • 07 Jul The Lebanese army in Wadi Khaled is placed on alert after rockets from Syria kill two people in its territory. (Now Lebanon) (Lebanese News Agency)
  • 08 Jul Syrian uprising (2011–present):
  • 09 Jul Mexican Drug War:
  • 10 Jul A gunman holds a parent hostage at a school in Vitry-sur-Seine, France, on the outskirts of Paris. (BBC)
  • 11 Jul Mexican Drug War: The Mexican newspaper ''El Mañana'' from the northern city of Nuevo Laredo will stop reporting on Mexico's drug-related violence after a second grenade attack at its installations. (''Huffington Post'')
  • 12 Jul Syrian uprising (2011-present):
  • 13 Jul Delta Air Lines flight 126 en route to Madrid turns around and lands back at JFK following a security problem with some cut wires being discovered in the plane's bathroom. (NBC)
  • 14 Jul Arab Spring:
  • 15 Jul Syrian uprising (2011-present):
  • 16 Jul Mexican Drug War: The Mexican Federal Police arrested one of the three ringleaders responsible for the deadly shootout last month in the Mexico City International Airport's busy food court. An anonymous tip-off led police to his whereabouts. (''Global Post'')
  • 17 Jul Marissa Mayer, who was a top executive at Google for the past 13 years, is appointed Yahoo! Inc.'s CEO. (AP)
  • 18 Jul 2012 Burgas bus bombing:
  • 19 Jul Syrian uprising (2011–present):
  • 20 Jul Syrian uprising (2011–present):
  • 21 Jul Syrian uprising (2011–present):
  • 22 Jul Syrian uprising (2011–present):
  • 23 Jul Syrian uprising (2011–present):
  • 24 Jul Hong Kong and China's Guangdong Province is hit by Category 4 Typhoon Vicente, resulting in scores of people injured, cancellation of flights and closure of businesses. (Reuters) (AAP via Herald Sun)
  • 25 Jul Syrian civil war:
  • 26 Jul Syrian civil war:
  • 27 Jul August 12 ampndash The 2012 Summer Olympics are held in London, United Kingdom.
  • 28 Jul Tanks of the Syrian Army commence attacks against the rebel-held city of Aleppo. (BBC)
  • 29 Jul Syrian Civil War (2011–present):
  • 30 Jul 31 ampndash In the worst power outage in world history, the 2012 India blackouts leave 620 million people without power.
  • 31 Jul The Syrian military continues to pound Aleppo with artillery. Opposition forces claim that they have driven the Syrian army out of the city. (Reuters)
  • 01 Aug Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 suspense thriller ''Vertigo'' is named as the greatest film of all time in a poll by the British Film Institute's ''Sight and Sound'' magazine. (BBC)
  • 02 Aug Syrian Civil War:
  • 03 Aug Mexican Drug War: The Mexican Army arrests another member of Los Zetas drug cartel responsible for decapitating 49 bodies and dumping them on a roadside in May 2012 the suspect is one of the 37 fugitives of the Apodaca prison riot earlier this year. (Fox News)
  • 04 Aug Arab Spring:
  • 05 Aug Syrian civil war:
  • 06 Aug ''Curiosity'', the Mars Science Laboratory mission's rover, successfully lands on Mars.ref name=MarsScienceLaboratory
  • 07 Aug Mexican Drug War: The United States freezes the assets of three Belize-based associates of Mexico's top drug lord, Joaquín ampquotEl Chapoampquot Guzmán. (The Huffington Post)
  • 08 Aug Armed men open fire at a checkpoint in the Egyptian city of Arish on the Sinai Peninsula. (Reuters)
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  • 23 Aug Tropical Storm Isaac (2012): The U.S. National Hurricane Center lowers its previous hurricane warning threat level for Hispaniola island in the Caribbean Sea to a storm warning and hurricane watch in its 23.00 PM bulletin. (NHC)
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  • 26 Aug Seventeen villagers including two women in Afghanistan's southern Kajaki district are beheaded by unknown organised people. (AP via ''The Australian'')
  • 27 Aug Blockade of the Gaza Strip: A United Nations report finds that the Gaza Strip will not be ampquota liveable placeampquot by 2020 as basic infrastructure in water, health, education and sanitation ampquotis struggling to keep pace with a growing populationampquot. (BBC)
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  • 31 Aug A shooting at a Pathmark grocery store in Old Bridge, New Jersey, kills at least three people. (BBC)
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  • 05 Sep A drone strike conducted by the United States kills at least five suspected militants in the eastern Yemeni province of Hadhramaut. (Reuters)
  • 06 Sep Syrian civil war:
  • 07 Sep Canada officially cuts diplomatic ties with Iran by closing its embassy in Tehran and ordered the expulsion of Iranian diplomats from Ottawa, over support for Syria, nuclear plans and alleged rights abuses.
  • 08 Sep Bahraini uprising (2011–present):
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  • 10 Sep Mexican Drug War:
  • 11 Sep 18 ampndash A series of protests is directed against United States diplomatic missions worldwide, as well as diplomatic missions of Germany, Switzerland and United Kingdom in some countries, after the screening of a Youtube trailer for the film ''Innocence of Muslims''. In Libya the attacks result in the deaths of the United States Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, and 3 other Americans.
  • 12 Sep Syrian civil war
  • 13 Sep Lakhdar Brahimi, the U.N. and Arab League special envoy for the Syrian civil war, arrives in Damascus fighting goes on in the east of the capital. (''Oman Observer'')
  • 14 Sep 2012 Anti-Islam film protests:
  • 15 Sep War in Afghanistan:
  • 16 Sep Syrian Civil War: Violence between government forces and rebels continues in several Syrian provinces. (Al Jazeera)
  • 17 Sep Syrian Civil War: Human rights investigators from the United Nations expand a secret list of people in Syria suspected of committing war crimes. Diplomat Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro urges the U.N. Security Council to bring the situation to the International Criminal Court. (Reuters)
  • 18 Sep Hezb-e-Islami, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's faction, claims to be responsible for a suicide bomber who strikes near Kabul Airport in Afghanistan killing twelve people. (Reuters)
  • 19 Sep Syrian civil war:
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  • 21 Sep Australia temporarily closes its High Commission in the Pakistani capital Islamabad. It says it fears violent protests aimed at Western countries as a result of recent controversies. (AAP via ''The Australian'')
  • 22 Sep 2012 diplomatic missions attacks
  • 23 Sep
  • 24 Sep Syrian civil war:: At least 24 people are killed in violence across Syria. (DPA via The Hindu)
  • 25 Sep Syrian civil war:: A Save the Children report details the plight of children in Syria. (CBS)
  • 26 Sep Syrian civil war:: Twin explosions near the headquarters of the Syrian Armed Forces in central Damascus kill at least four military guards. (Al Jazeera)Press TV correspondent Maya Nasser is killed by sniper fire while reporting from the scene of twin bomb blasts in Damascus. (The Guardian)Qatar calls for Arab intervention in Syria. (Al Jazeera)Local activists report a massacre of over 40 civilians by the Syrian army in the Damascus suburb of Thiabieh. (TIME)
  • 27 Sep Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health voices concerns that the novel coronavirus, similar to SARS and reported to have originated from the country, might affect the Hajj, the religious pilgrimage set to occur next month. The ministry suggests that travelers take the necessary precautions. (ABC News)
  • 28 Sep Somali and African Union forces launch a coordinated assault on the Somali port city of Kismayo to take back the city from al-Shabaab militants. (BBC)
  • 29 Sep Somali Civil War: Al-Shabaab militants withdraw from the Somali port city of Kismayo after Somali and African Union forces launched a coordinated assault on Kismayo on Friday. (BBC)
  • 30 Sep At least four Buddhist temples and fifteen homes are burnt by hundreds of Muslims in Bangladesh, angry about a picture allegedly posted on Facebook by a Buddhist man that had allegedly insulted Islam. (Times of India) (BBC)
  • 01 Oct African Union troops enter the Somali port town of Kismayo following the withdrawal of Al-Shabaab Islamist militants during the Battle of Kismayo. (BBC)
  • 02 Oct Gunmen kill at least twenty students at a hostel away from the Federal Polytechnic campus in the northeastern Nigerian town of Mubi. (BBC)
  • 03 Oct Syrian refugees in rented houses say the Turkish police in Hatay Province faces them with the choice to either join a refugee camp or go back to Syria. (CNN)
  • 04 Oct The Turkish parliament approves a motion authorizing cross-border military operations against Syria after Syrian forces shelled the Turkish border town of Akçakale on October 3, killing five people. (BBC)
  • 05 Oct The Syrian city of Homs is subjected to a sustained bombing campaign, the worst it has seen in five months. (BBC)
  • 06 Oct The South Korean Ministry of National Defense states that a North Korean soldier has defected to South Korea after killing two of his superiors. (AP via The Union Democrat)
  • 07 Oct A Mark Rothko Seagram mural on display at the Tate Modern is attacked at about 15:25 BST. (BBC) (The Guardian) (Yellowism)
  • 08 Oct Mexican Drug War: Initial reports from the Mexican Navy indicate that Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, the top leader of the most dangerous Mexican criminal organization known as Los Zetas, may have been killed in a shootout. The forensic tests are currently on their way to confirm his identity. (USA Today)
  • 09 Oct Syrian civil war:: A suicide bomb attack takes place on an intelligence agency building in Damascus, reportedly killing dozens of people. The rebel al-Nusra Front claims responsibility. (BBC)
  • 10 Oct Syrian civil war: Rebels claim control of the strategic town of Maarrat al-Nu'man on the main road linking Damascus to Aleppo. (Al Jazeera)
  • 11 Oct A gunman kills Qassem M. Aqlan, the Yemeni chief of security employed at the U.S. embassy in the capital, Sana'a. (BBC)
  • 12 Oct Arab Spring:: Syrian civil war: Rebels capture an air base east of Aleppo. (Al Jazeera)Bahraini uprising (2011–present): Police fire tear gas and stun grenades at anti-government protesters in the capital Manama. (Reuters)Egypt: Supporters and opponents of president Mohamed Morsi clash in Tahrir Square, leaving more than 100 people injured. (AFP via Google News) (The Irish Times)
  • 13 Oct President of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is shot. (BBC) (Al Jazeera) (Deutsche Welle)
  • 14 Oct Gunmen open fire at a mosque in the village of Dogo Dawa in the Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing at least 20 people. (BBC)
  • 15 Oct Syrian civil war: An Armenian plane destined for the Syrian city of Aleppo is searched by Turkish authorities after being grounded in the east of the country. (National Turk)
  • 16 Oct Senkaku Islands dispute: Seven People's Liberation Army Navy warships are spotted by Japanese helicopters outside Japanese territorial waters near Yonaguni. (Japan Daily Press)
  • 17 Oct One UNAMID peacekeeper is killed and three are wounded during an ambush in Hashaba, Sudan. (AFP)
  • 18 Oct Syrian civil war: Syrian military airstrikes kill at least 40 people, including civilians, in the rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan in Idlib governorate. (The New York Times)
  • 19 Oct A car bomb explodes at Sassine Square in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, killing at least eight people and wounding up to 78 others. (BBC)
  • 20 Oct Syrian civil war: UN and Arab League special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi meets with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem in Damascus in an attempt to push for a temporary ceasefire during next week's Eid al-Adha holiday. (Al Jazeera)
  • 21 Oct 2012 Beirut bombing: Lebanese security forces fire shots into the air and tear gas at crowds, as protesters attempt to breach government offices of prime minister Mikati in response to a car bomb that killed intelligence chief Wissam al-Hassan. (Jerusalem Post)
  • 22 Oct The Israeli air force strikes a rocket launching squad in the northern Gaza Strip, reportedly killing three, following rocket fire on southern Israel from Gaza and a mortar attack on an IDF patrol near the border. (Al Jazeera) (The Times of Israel)
  • 23 Oct At least one person is killed and two others are wounded in an Israeli artillery attack in the northern Gaza Strip. (Al Jazeera)
  • 24 Oct Siege of Bani Walid (2012): Militias loyal to the Libyan government capture the town of Bani Walid after days of battle, with locals claiming that 130 civilians have died under artillery shelling attacks from militia forces. (The Daily Beast) (Reuters)
  • 25 Oct Syrian civil war: The Syrian government announces via its state media that it will suspend military operations from Friday to Monday, during this year's Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, as part of a ceasefire proposal by U.N. special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. (CNN)
  • 26 Oct Latest round of sectarian clashes between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims kill at least 64 people in western Burma; 3,200 Rohingya have been displaced. (CNN) (Al-Arabiya)
  • 27 Oct Iraqi insurgency: A series of attacks across Iraq kill 46 and injured 123 others. (BBC)
  • 28 Oct Syrian civil war:: Opposition activists report at least 128 deaths around the country, as the UN-brokered ceasefire appears to collapse. The Syrian Army bombards three Damascus districts and the city of Bara near Idlib, killing at least 22 people. (CNN) (Reuters)Al Qaeda's leader Ayman al-Zawahiri pledges support for the rebels in a new video uploaded to a jihadist website. (CNN)
  • 29 Oct Syrian civil war:: Two deadly car bombings rock Damascus, according to Syrian state media. (BBC)
  • 30 Oct Syrian civil war:: Qatar says the government of Syria is waging a "war of extermination" against their own citizens. (Al Jazeera)At least 50 are killed throughout the country, according to an activist group. (CNN)
  • 31 Oct Syrian civil war:: A Syrian Air Force commander is assassinated by opposition forces in Damascus. (The New York Times)Leaders of the rebel Free Syrian Army and Kurdish representatives begin negotiations to end the clashes between Kurds and the Free Syrian Army in northern Syria, in which scores of hostages have been seized and more than 40 fighters on both sides killed. (The Washington Post)
  • 01 Nov Syrian civil war: Syrian rebels kill 28 soldiers in attacks on military checkpoints near the town of Saraqeb in northern Idlib province, hours after a wave of bombings hit Damascus and its outskirts, according to a report from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights; five rebels also died in gun battles following the attacks. (National Post) (The Jerusalem Post)
  • 02 Nov Dozens of young men are shot dead by the military in Maiduguri, Nigeria, according to residents of the city. (BBC)
  • 03 Nov Syrian civil war: A major assault by rebel forces in Syria takes place against the Taftanaz airbase. (Al Jazeera)
  • 04 Nov Syrian civil war:: Syrian opposition groups hold a meeting in Doha, Qatar, to discuss reforming the structure of the group, a few days after a War Crime investigation commenced at the UN. (BBC)Rebels capture a strategic oilfield in eastern Deir ez-Zor Governorate. (BBC)
  • 05 Nov Syrian civil war:: Heavy fighting is reported in the Palestinian neighborhoods of southern Damascus between rebels and government forces. (The New York Times)A suicide car bomber detonates a bomb in the Hama province of Syria killing 50 Syrian military personnel. This attack is the largest attack on Bashar al-Assad's forces in the civil war so far. (Reuters)
  • 06 Nov Syrian civil war:: The brother of the Syrian parliament speaker is shot and killed by gunmen in the capital Damascus. (Daily Star Lebanon)Seven generals defect to Turkey. (CNN)
  • 07 Nov Syrian civil war: A car bomb in Damascus kills a judge. (New York Times)
  • 08 Nov Syrian civil war: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad rejects an offer to safely leave Syria and vows to "live and die" in the country. (CBC)
  • 09 Nov Syrian civil war: The United Nations says 4 million people could require humanitarian aid by 2013. (Al Jazeera)
  • 10 Nov Syrian civil war:: Two suicide bombings in Daraa killed at least 20 Syrian troops. (Fox News)
  • 11 Nov Syrian opposition groups sign a deal in Qatar to form a coalition against president Bashar al-Assad. (Reuters)
  • 12 Nov Syrian civil war:: A second mortar shell from Syria has been fired at an Israeli military outpost in the Golan Heights, after a similar incident the day before. The Israel Defence Forces have responded with tank fire at the source of the bombardment, scoring several direct hits on artillery units belonging to the Syrian Army. (NY Times)
  • 13 Nov Syrian civil war:: Three Syrian tanks have entered the demilitarized zone in the Golan Heights. Israel has launched a formal complaint to the United Nations. (Haaretz)France and six other states recognize the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people. (France24)
  • 14 Nov Operation Pillar of Defense:: Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari is killed in a targeted air strike carried out by the Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet.(YNetnews)
  • 15 Nov At least 95 people are killed across Syria according to the Local Coordination Committees, including 46 in Damascus and its suburbs. (CNN)
  • 16 Nov Hostess Brands announces it will file for bankruptcy and liquidate its assets, stating that a bakery union's worker strike stemming from contract disputes "crippled" its operations. 18,500 workers are expected to be laid off. (Bloomberg)
  • 17 Nov Suspected insurgents detonate a motorcycle bomb in Mueang Yala District, southern Thailand, killing one person and wounding 20, one day ahead of the United States President Barack Obama’s visit to the country. (Washington Post) (Bangkok Post)
  • 18 Nov An Israeli strike on a home in Gaza has killed at least 10 people, officials say, as Sunday became the deadliest day since Israel launched an operation against Hamas militants last week. Over 80 Israeli alleged terrorist targets were hit today by IDF bombs including rocket firing sites and weapon smuggling tunnels. The IDF releases a video showing rocket launching sites adjacent to a Mosque and accuses Hamas of using human shields. (BBC) (The Jerusalem Post)
  • 19 Nov Operation Pillar of Defense:: Israeli air strikes kill at least 20 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip including Islamic Jihad members, while over 130 rockets are fired towards Israel injuring several, amid ceasefire talks in Egypt. (BBC) (The Jerusalem Post)Rockets originating from the Egyptian-administrated Sinai Peninsula strike parts of southern Israel. (Weekly Standard)
  • 20 Nov The pro-Israel non-governmental organization HonestReporting brings attention to footage captured by the BBC and transmitted by CNN that shows a Palestinian man being carried away from a bomb blast only to reappear moments later uninjured. CNN's Anderson Cooper who was reporting on the original story issued a retraction during his television show. (Honest Reporting) (Fox News)
  • 21 Nov A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, announced by Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, comes into effect at 7:00 pm local time. (CBC News) (The Jerusalem Post) (CNN)
  • 22 Nov In six terrorist and sectarian attacks across Pakistan over last 24 hours at least 37 people were killed and 92 others injured. (Xinhua)
  • 23 Nov American actor Larry Hagman, best known for starring roles in Dallas, I Dream of Jeannie, and the 2012 revival of Dallas, dies from complications of throat cancer in Dallas. (The Wrap)
  • 24 Nov Royal Thai Police use tear gas against thousands of protesters calling for the overthrow of the Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, in Bangkok, Thailand. At least 61 people are injured. (BBC) (RIA Novosti)
  • 25 Nov At least 11 people are killed and about 30 wounded in twin car bombs that hits a Protestant church in a major military establishment in Jaji, Kaduna State, north central Nigeria. (Reuters)
  • 26 Nov Syrian civil war:: A Syrian government jet aircraft drops a cluster bomb on a playground in the village of Deir al-Asafir, leaving 10 children dead and 15 people wounded, activists say. (BBC)
  • 27 Nov At least 29 people are killed and 126 wounded in eight car bombings across Iraq. (CNN)
  • 28 Nov Syrian civil war:: At least 54 people are killed and more than 120 injured by two car bomb explosions in a south-eastern district of Damascus, Syria's capital. (BBC) (AFP via MSN News)
  • 29 Nov Syrian civil war:: Syrian opposition fighters battle the Syrian Army outside Damascus, forcing the closure of the main airport road, and the suspension of some flights. (Reuters)The internet and phone networks in Syria are cut off, in an unprecedented move. (Bangkok Post) (Al Arabiya)
  • 30 Nov An unpublished list compiled by Mexico's Attorney General's Office is leaked showing that more than 25,000 people disappeared in Mexico's drug war, placing the probable death toll of the six-year conflict at around 100,000 deaths. (The Independent)
  • 01 Dec Syrian civil war:: Syrian jets bombard rebel positions in Damascus as a country-wide Internet and phone blackout enters a third day. Government officials announce the road to the airport in the capital has been secured, though rebels insist clashes are ongoing. (Reuters)
  • 02 Dec The Taliban launches an attack on the NATO airstrip in the eastern Afghanistan city of Jalalabad resulting in seven Taliban deaths and at least five Afghans are killed. (Sky News Australia) (BBC) (AP)
  • 03 Dec Syrian civil war:: The United Nations suspends operations in Syria and withdraws non-essential staff as the Syrian civil war worsens. (AAP via News Limited)The Syrian foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi is reportedly fired or defects. (Al Jazeera)
  • 04 Dec Syrian civil war:: The Syrian Army clashes with rebels close to Damascus. (AAP via News Limited)A mortar attack destroys a school in the small city of Bteeha, on the road to Homs north of the capital. According to the state news agency SANA at least 29 are killed, while activists report 9 deaths. (New York Times)NATO sends Patriot missiles to Turkey to help it protect its citizens in case the Civil War spills over the border. (CNN)
  • 05 Dec Syrian civil war:: Hungary closes its embassy in Damascus and pulls out all personnel. (Reuters)
  • 06 Dec 2012 Egyptian protests:: At least 7 people are killed and more than 770 are injured during clashes between supporters and opponents of the President of Egypt Mohamed Morsi in front of the Presidential Palace in Cairo. The Egyptian Army deploys several tanks and armoured troop carriers to secure the building. (Al Jazeera) (BBC)
  • 07 Dec US Airways makes a formal merger proposal to the parent of American Airlines, one that values the combined entity at $8.5 billion. (Reuters)
  • 08 Dec Syrian civil war:: Russia arms Syria with Iskander missiles in response to NATO's stationing of Patriot missile defense systems in Turkey. (WND)Fighting takes place in Damascus, as rebels declare that Damascus International Airport is a "legitimate target". (Al Jazeera)
  • 09 Dec Violent clashes occur in Bangladesh as protesters stage a nationwide blockade of roads to press for an independent body to oversee the next general election. At least two people were killed and about 100 injured after police fire rubber bullets and tear gas. (Reuters) (BBC)
  • 10 Dec Syrian civil war:: Rebel forces seize parts of the Sheikh Suleiman army base near Aleppo after weeks of heavy fighting. Ground clashes continue in the suburbs of Damascus as the government carries out further air raids against opposition forces. (Al Jazeera)Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra is declared a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department. (Washington Post)
  • 11 Dec Syrian civil war:: At least 125 people are killed and up to 200 injured in bombings in the Alawite village of Aqrab, Syria. (AAP) (Reuters) (BBC)Barack Obama, the President of the United States, recognises Syria's rebel opposition as the "legitimate representatives" of the Syrian people. (BBC)
  • 12 Dec Syrian civil war:: A car bomb and two other explosions go off outside the Interior Ministry and Palace of Justice in Damascus. (Al Jazeera)Government forces reportedly fire Scud-type missiles at rebels in the north of the country. (BBC)
  • 13 Dec Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov confirms his country is working on mobilization plans to evacuate its citizens from Syria. In the statement, the Foreign Ministry acknowledges for the first time that the rebels might win as the Syrian government is losing control of more and more territory. (Reuters)
  • 14 Dec Syrian civil war:: American admiral James G. Stavridis, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe claims that Scud missiles fired by Syria at rebel forces have landed "fairly close" to the border with Turkey. (Reuters)
  • 15 Dec Cyclone Evan is expected to hit northern parts of Tonga before turning south towards Fiji. (Sky News Australia)
  • 16 Dec Syrian civil war:: A Palestinian refugee camp in the capital of Damascus is reported to be attacked by Syrian war planes. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported at least eight deaths. (BBC)Islamist rebels claim to have captured a Syrian Army infantry base in Aleppo. (AP via CBS News)
  • 17 Dec Rebel forces take over the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, where at least 25 were killed by airstrikes the day before. Syrian troops and tanks, as well as a number of PFLP-GC fighters, gather outside the northern edge of the area. (Reuters)
  • 18 Dec Syrian civil war:: NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel and his production team are freed after 5 days of captivity in northern Syria. They were captured by what Engel claims were members of the shabiha, a plainclothes militia loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Rebel forces at a checkpoint freed the men after a firefight that killed 2 of the captors. (NBC News)
  • 19 Dec 2012 terrorist attacks in Kenya:: Two people are injured in two blasts outside al-Amin mosque in the Somali-dominated Eastleigh district of Nairobi during the evening rush hour. (Al Jazeera)
  • 20 Dec Syrian civil war:: The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says there is no prospect of an end to the conflict in Syria. (Al Jazeera)
  • 21 Dec The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, notably used by the pre-Columbian Mayan civilization among others, completes a quotgreat cyclequot of thirteen ''b'ak'tuns'' (periods of 144,000 days each) since the mythical creation date of the calendar's current era.Susan Milbrath, Curator of Latin American Art and Archaeology, Florida Museum of Natural History, quoted in quotThe Sky Is Not Fallingquot ''New Wave'', Tulane University, June 25, 2008.
  • 22 Dec Syrian civil war:: In Damascus, a car bomb kills six people, and a gunman assassinates a state television journalist. (Los Angeles Times)
  • 23 Dec Syrian civil war:: Up to 200 civilians are killed by Syrian government warplanes in the town of Helfaya, Hama province. (Reuters) (BBC) (Al Arabiya)
  • 24 Dec Syrian civil war:: Seven Syrian rebel fighters are killed and a number of others injured at their base in Homs by toxic gas inhalation. (NBC) (RT)
  • 25 Dec Syrian civil war:: Rebels take over the city of Harem in Idlib Governorate on the border with Turkey, about 55 kms west of Aleppo. (Al Jazeera)Pope Benedict XVI calls for a political solution to the conflict in Syria during his Christmas message, delivered to thousands of pilgrims in Vatican City. (BBC) (The Guardian) (Reuters)
  • 26 Dec War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: A suicide bomber kills himself and three Afghans (a guard and two civilians) outside the perimeter of Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost, Afghanistan, the scene of an earlier attack in December 2009. (AP via MSN)
  • 27 Dec 2012 Central African Republic rebellion:: The president of the Central African Republic, François Bozizé, asks for international assistance as rebels advance on the capital Bangui. (Al Jazeera)The United States Embassy in Bangui suspends operations due to rising rebel attacks. (CNN) (Reuters)
  • 28 Dec 2012 Central African Republic rebellion:: The government of the Central African Republic and a rebel coalition agree to hold talks after weeks of unrest. (BBC)
  • 29 Dec Syrian civil war:: The LCC report that up to 400 people have been killed across Syria on Saturday, including about 200 reported executed by the Syrian Army in the Deir Ballba neighborhood of Homs. (CNN)
  • 30 Dec War in North-West Pakistan:: A suicide bomber kills 19 in an attack on Shiites in Balochistan province. (AP via USA Today) (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 31 Dec The first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol ends.{{cite journal