2016

The year started on a Friday, and it was a leap year. The year 2016 will go down in history as the international year of pulses by the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly. It was also the international year of global understanding by the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC).

2016

Captain America: Civil War was one of the highest grossing film . For the fifth time in a row, LL Cool J hosted the 58th Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in LA where Kendrick Lamar walked away with five awards.

The Democratic presidential candidate, Hilary Clinton became the first woman in the history of the USA to be the flag bearer of a major political party on July 7. On November 8thDonald Trump was elected as the new President of the United States of America.

As the world continues to transmission into the digital era, Japanese electronics manufacturer Funai produced its last ever video cassette recorder.

On August 24, two volunteer paleontologists, Luke Tufts and Jason Love, found one of the largest and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex skeletons. The Seattle Burke Museum of National History and Culture volunteers found the skeleton on a site they were working on in northern area of Montana sticking out from a hillside. The find was one of the 15 complete T-Rex skulls found to date. The site has produced one of a significant amount of fossils including fish, mammals, reptiles, and almost a dozen dinosaur specimens. Scientists believe they found about 20% of the T. Rex’s skeleton.

An environmental report in September showed that the USA and China were responsible for 40% of the entire world’s carbon emissions. As of November 2016, 193 UNFCCC member countries had ratified the Paris global climate agreement, and the agreement went into force on November 4, 2016. Earlier on October 15, 150 countries had met at the UNEP summit in Rwanda and agreed to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This was an amendment to the Montreal protocol.

The year 2016 became the year that the world lost one of the greatest musicians of all time Prince, on April 21.

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Movies

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Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge

Directed by: Mel Gibson

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer

Lion

Lion

Directed by: Garth Davis

Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawar

Deadpool

Deadpool

Directed by: Tim Miller

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein

Sing Street

Sing Street

Directed by: John Carney

Starring: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Jack Reynor

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Directed by: Taika Waititi

Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House

Books

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The Whistler by John Grisham

The Whistler

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A high-stakes thrill ride through the darkest corners of the Sunshine State, from the author hailed as “the best thriller writer alive” by Ken Follett We expect our judges to be honest and wise.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You

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Look out for Jojo’s new book, Still Me, the next book featuring Louisa Clark from Me Before You and After You, coming soon! They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose .

Killing the Rising Sun by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard

Killing the Rising Sun

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The powerful and riveting new book in the multimillion-selling Killing series by Bill O'Reilly and Martin DugardAutumn 1944. World War II is nearly over in Europe but is escalating in the Pacific, where American soldiers face an opponent who will …

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt. Don't miss Paula Hawkins' new novel, Into the Water, coming May 2017. The

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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This #1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.Despite

Nobel Prize

Nobel Prizes

All Nobel Prize winners of 2016


Peace Prize

  • Juan Manuel Santos

Literature

  • Bob Dylan

Physics

  • David J. Thouless
  • Duncan Haldane
  • John M. Kosterlitz

Economic Sciences

  • Oliver Hart
  • Bengt R. Holmström

Chemistry

  • Jean-Pierre Sauvage
  • Fraser Stoddart
  • Ben Feringa

Physiology or Medicine

  • Yoshinori Ohsumi
world population

World Population

Demographic statistics of the year 2016


Population statistics

  • Total population: 7.5 billion (7,464,022,049 to be precise!)
  • Urban population: 4.0 billion, that is 54.0% of the total population of 2016 lives in cities
  • Yearly change: +84.1 million, corresponding to a percentage increase of +1.14%
  • Average density: 50.0 persons per km2
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 2016?


Events

  • 01 Jan Israeli–Palestinian conflict: A shooting takes place at a pub in Tel Aviv, Israel, leaving two dead and eight injured. The gunman managed to escape and possibly killed his accomplice, an Arab taxi driver, whose body was found nearby. The police identified the shooter as 30 year old muslim Nisa'at Melkham from Ar'ara and searched his home. (Haaretz)
  • 02 Jan Terrorism in India: 2016 Pathankot attack: Heavily armed terrorists, reportedly members of Jaish-e-Mohammed, attack an Indian Air Force base in Pathankot, Punjab; three security force personnel and four of the terrorists are reported to have been killed. (DNA)
  • 03 Jan Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on a Iraqi Army base (Camp Speicher, now known as Tikrit Air Academy), near the town of Tikrit, north of Baghdad, that killed at least 15 and injured 22. (Reuters)
  • 04 Jan Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): Two Sunni mosques are bombed in central Iraq and a muezzin is killed amid fears of renewals of sectarian strife following Saudi Arabia's execution of Shi'ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia. (AFP via Straits Times)
  • 05 Jan War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A United States Army soldier is killed and two others wounded in a joint operation with Afghan National Security Forces in Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province. (Washington Post)
  • 06 Jan Libyan Civil War (2014–present): The Islamic State's Libyan branch continues attacks on Libya's oil ports of Sidra and Ra's Lanuf, resulting in at least 10 security personnel deaths and 40 injured. The National Oil Corporation (NOC) reports that fires continue to rage in both Sidra and Ra's Lanuf after oil storage tanks were hit by shells. (Al-Jazeera) (BBC)
  • 07 Jan Libyan Civil War (2014–present): Zliten truck bombing: At least 65 people are killed after a truck bomb hit a police training center in the Libyan town of Zliten. (Reuters)
  • 08 Jan 2016 Hurghada attack: Two suspected ISIS militants are killed and three tourists injured in an unsuccessful attack on a hotel in the city of Hurghada. (BBC)
  • 09 Jan Terrorism in Egypt: Two police officers are shot dead by gunmen near the Giza pyramids, on the outskirts of Cairo. (The Independent)
  • 10 Jan PKK rebellion (2015–present): Turkish security forces kill at least 32 Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants over the weekend, in military operations across the embattled Kurdish-majority southeast. (Reuters)
  • 11 Jan Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): At least 51 people are reportedly killed in an attack on a shopping centre in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, and a car bombing outside an illegal casino in Miqdadiyah, east of Baghdad, with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claiming responsibility for both attacks. (BBC), (AAP via SBS) (Reuters)
  • 12 Jan January 2016 Istanbul bombing: At least 10 people are killed and 15 injured, mostly German tourists, following an explosion in Istanbul's Sultanahmet Square. A Syrian suicide bomber, an ISIL member, is responsible, according to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. (Nine MSN), (BBC), (Reuters via Sky News Australia), (The New York Times) (CNN)Sixty alleged Islamic militants are arrested in Turkey with twenty one people arrested in the city of Sanliurfa. (ITV)
  • 13 Jan Terrorism in Pakistan: At least 15 people are killed and dozens injured after a bomb explodes near a polio centre near the Pakistani city of Quetta. (Samaa)
  • 14 Jan 2016 Jakarta attacks: Bomb blasts and gunfire are reported in the centre of the Indonesian capital Jakarta. At least seven deaths have been reported. (ABC News Australia), (AP), (The Australian), (Reuters)Indonesian police suspect Islamic State militants are responsible for the attacks with five attackers reported dead. (AP), (AFP via Channel News Asia)
  • 15 Jan 2016 Ouagadougou attacks: Gunmen armed with heavy weapons attack a restaurant called Cappuccino and the Splendid Hotel, taking hostages, in the heart of Burkino Faso's capital, Ouagadougou. At least 20 people are reportedly killed. (BBC) (The Guardian)Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claims responsibility for the attack, which if confirmed would be the first Islamic terrorist attack in the city. (AFP/Reuters via ABC News Australia)
  • 16 Jan 2016 Ouagadougou attacks: Burkina Faso security forces storm the Hotel Splendid which had been under attack by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb militants. Over 126 people have been freed and at least 29 people have died. (AP via the Daily Mail), (BBC), (CNN), (AFP via Daily Star)At least 10 bodies have also been found in the Cappucino cafe which was also attacked by the militants. (AP via Miami Herald)
  • 17 Jan 2016 Jakarta attacks: The confirmed death toll from this week's attacks rises to eight. (Reuters via Jerusalem Post)
  • 18 Jan 2014–16 Russian military intervention in Ukraine: Ukraine says that a cyberattack on Boryspil International Airport near Kiev came from Russian computers. (Sky News)
  • 19 Jan War in North-West Pakistan: At least 9 people are killed and 35 injured after a suicide bomber strikes near a security checkpoint near Peshawar, Pakistan. (Geo TV), (AFP via RTE)
  • 20 Jan War in North-West Pakistan: Bacha Khan University attack: Gunmen attack a university in Charsadda, Pakistan. At least 21 people are reportedly killed. (BBC News)
  • 21 Jan Somali Civil War (2009–present): Al-Shabaab militants attack the Lido or beach area in Mogadishu. At least 20 people are reportedly killed. (BBC) (The Telegraph)
  • 22 Jan Douglas Borough Council announces that the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway, at Douglas, Isle of Man, ran for the last time at the end of the 2015 season. (BBC)
  • 23 Jan Syrian Civil War: Deir ez-Zor offensive (January 2016): Airstrikes on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant-controlled areas in Syria's eastern Deir ez-Zor Governorate, leaves at least 47 civilians dead, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Sky News Australia)
  • 24 Jan Syrian Civil War: The Syrian Army takes control of the strategic Turkmen town of Rabia in Syria's Latakia Governorate. The town had been under rebel control since 2012. (AFP via Global Post)
  • 25 Jan Boko Haram insurgency: Suicide bombers kill at least 32 people and injure 66 others in northern Cameroon, near the border with Nigeria. (Reuters Africa)
  • 26 Jan A suicide bomb attack on a Syrian Army (SAA) checkpoint in the city of Homs kills at least 22 people, including around a dozen soldiers. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility for the attack. (AFP via Daily Mail) (Reuters Canada)
  • 27 Jan Boko Haram insurgency: Suicide bombers blow themselves up in the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok, killing at least 13 and injuring at least 30 others. (AFP via Yahoo) (Reuters)Cameroon closes most of its northern markets on the Nigerian border. (The News) (Voice of America)
  • 28 Jan Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): At least seven people are killed in a suicide bomb attack near the presidential palace in Aden, Yemen. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims it was behind the attack. (BBC)
  • 29 Jan Terrorism in Saudi Arabia: At least 3 people are killed and 7 wounded in an attack on a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province. (The News Hub)
  • 30 Jan Social networking service Facebook, and its photo-sharing subsidiary Instagram, ban private, person-to-person sales of guns via their services. (CNBC) (The Christian Science Monitor)
  • 31 Jan Boko Haram insurgency: 2016 Dalori attack: At least 100 people are killed and hundreds others injured in an attack by Boko Haram militants on Dalori Village 4 kilometers from Maiduguri, Nigeria. (Sahara Reporters)
  • 01 Feb PKK Rebellion (2015–present): Two Turkish Army soldiers are killed in a Kurdistan Workers' Party ambush in the southeast Diyarbakır Province. (Anadolu Post)
  • 02 Feb War in Afghanistan (2001–present), Military intervention against ISIL: U.S. airstrikes in eastern Afghanistan hit an ISIS radio station and kill 29 militants. (CNN)
  • 03 Feb Israeli–Palestinian conflict (2015–present): Three Palestinian assailants launch a shooting and stabbing attack near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, killing one policewoman and seriously injuring another, and lightly injuring a civilian, before being shot and killed by other security forces at the scene. Pipe bombs were discovered on their bodies. (The Times of Israel)Two Hamas militants die after a tunnel they were digging from the Gaza Strip into Israel collapses. (AP)
  • 04 Feb Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): A drone strike in Yemen's Shabwah Governorate kills six suspected Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula militants. (Jerusalem Post)
  • 05 Feb Syrian Civil War: The Syrian Army and its allies capture the town of Ataman, near the city of Daraa. (Reuters)Fifteen thousand Syrians mass at the border with Turkey as a result of the Syrian Government offensive in the Aleppo Governorate. (BBC)
  • 06 Feb An al Qaeda affiliate has freed Jocelyn Elliott, an Australian woman kidnapped in Burkina Faso along with her husband. (ABC News Australia)
  • 07 Feb 2016 Taiwan earthquake: The death toll from yesterday's earthquake in Taiwan rises to at least 29, with at least 120 trapped under collapsed buildings in Tainan, while 198 people have been rescued. (AP) (Taipei Times)
  • 08 Feb Libyan Civil War (2014–present): A Libyan Air Force MiG-23 fighter jet crashes due to a "mechanical failure", while conducting airstrikes on Islamic State-controlled areas in the eastern city of Derna. (Reuters)
  • 09 Feb Syrian Civil War: A suicide bomb attack in Syria's capital Damascus kills at least 10 people. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility. (The New York Times) (AP)Doctors without Borders reports three people were killed and at least six others wounded in Friday's airstrikes, source not identified, that hit the Tafas field hospital in Dara'a Governorate near the Jordanian border. (UPI) (Médecins Sans Frontières)
  • 10 Feb Boko Haram insurgency: Two female suicide bombers kill more than 58 people at a camp for displaced people in Dikwa, Nigeria. (CNN) (Al Jazeera) (Reuters) (ABC News)At least six people are killed and more than 30 injured in a twin suicide attack in Cameroon near the border with Nigeria. (IB Times) (Newsweek)
  • 11 Feb Northern Mali conflict: Suspected Islamist militants attack a customs post in the town of Mopti, central Mali, killing two civilians and a customs officer. (Reuters)
  • 12 Feb Northern Mali conflict: An attack by suspected Islamist militants on a MINUSMA base in the town of Kidal, northern Mali, kills at least five United Nations peacekeepers and injures 30 others. (AFP via Al Arabiya) (Reuters)
  • 13 Feb Saudi Arabia is sending troops and fighter jets to Turkey's Incirlik Air Base ahead of a planned ground invasion of Syria. Turkey's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu confirmed the deployment in Adana near the Syria–Turkey border, but said the numbers had not been confirmed. (The Independent)
  • 14 Feb War in Afghanistan: The United Nations reports that civilian casualties reached a record level in 2015; at least 3,545 non-combatants were killed and 7,457 injured. (Reuters)
  • 15 Feb A Turkish soldier is killed following a clash on the Syria–Turkey border with an armed group trying to enter Turkey illegally. The Turkish military says the clash occurred in the Yayladağı district of the Hatay Province. (Reuters)
  • 16 Feb Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): Three Americans abducted last month in Baghdad are freed by the Iraqi National Intelligence Service. (AP via Orange County Register)
  • 17 Feb Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): A suicide bomber kills at least 13 recruits at a Yemeni Army base run by forces loyal to ousted President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi in the southern port city of Aden. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claim responsibility for the attack. (Reuters)
  • 18 Feb Kurdish–Turkish conflict: February 2016 Diyarbakır bombing: A roadside bomb hits a military convoy, killing six Turkish Army soldiers in the southeast Diyarbakır Province. (ABC News) (Reuters)Turkish Air Force jets bomb Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) bases in Iraqi Kurdistan just hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan blamed Kurdish militants for the 2016 Ankara bombing. (Haaretz)
  • 19 Feb Libyan Civil War (2014–present), Military intervention against ISIL: United States Air Force warplanes carry out airstrikes on ISIL in western Libya, near the Tunisian border, reportedly killing at least 38 people. (BBC)
  • 20 Feb Libyan Civil War (2014–present): Two Serbian embassy staff abducted in Libya in November 2015 are believed to have been among dozens killed in yesterday's U.S. airstrike on a ISIL camp in Sabratha, according to Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić. (Reuters)At least 14 people are killed and 32 wounded in battles in the eastern city of Benghazi, most in the Boatni neighborhood, between the Libyan National Army and Islamist militants. (Reuters)
  • 21 Feb Syrian Civil War: February 2016 Homs bombings: Twin bomb blasts hit the Syrian city of Homs with at least 57 people reportedly killed and more than 100 injured. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility. (Reuters) (AFP via Daily Mail) (BBC)February 2016 Sayyidah Zaynab bombings: At least 83 people are killed and 178 injured in a series of bombings in the Damascus suburb Sayyidah Zaynab, Rif Dimashq Governorate. ISIL again claims responsibility. (AFP via Yahoo! News) (CNN)
  • 22 Feb Insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir: 2016 Pampore stand-off: Loud explosions and gunfire are heard in a building where Kashmiri forces are fighting Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front militants in a standoff that has claimed the lives of five soldiers and one civilian. (AP via Washington Post)
  • 23 Feb Syrian Civil War: Battle of Aleppo (2012–present): ISIL militants cut off the Syrian Army's main supply route to the city of Aleppo and capture the village of Khanasir, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Reuters)
  • 24 Feb Kurdish–Turkish conflict: Turkish Air Force helicopters struck a group of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) fighters in southeast Turkey, killing nine militants, according to security sources. (Yahoo! News)
  • 25 Feb War in Donbass: The Ukrainian military retakes control of the strategic village of Shyrokyne. (Ukraine Today)
  • 26 Feb Moro Conflict, Operation Enduring Freedom – Philippines: Philippine security forces kill as many as 42 ISIL-linked militants, and captures their stronghold in the predominantly Muslim Lanao del Sur province. Three Philippine Army soldiers were also killed during the fighting. (Reuters)
  • 27 Feb Syrian Civil War: A truce is in effect, as of midnight. Russian Air Force attacks on opposition positions were reported to have been intensified before the truce took effect. (BBC)
  • 28 Feb War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Two police officers are killed after a bomb explodes in Helmand Province. (Khaama Province)
  • 29 Feb Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): At least 40 people are killed and 58 others wounded following a suicide bombing at a Shi'ite funeral in the city of Miqdadiyah, Diyala Governorate. ISIL claim responsibility for the attack. (Reuters)
  • 01 Mar War in Donbass: Three soldiers are killed and two others are injured after a Ukrainian military truck was blown up in the eastern part of Luhansk Oblast. (Ukraine Today)
  • 02 Mar One Chinese national is killed and three others injured in a possible militant attack on a Chinese-invested company in Laos, the official Xinhua News Agency reports. (Reuters)
  • 03 Mar DHKP/C insurgency in Turkey: Istanbul police, after a standoff, shoot and kill two women from the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Army-Front suspected of ambushing a riot police station in the Bayrampaşa neighborhood on the city’s European side. Two policemen were injured. (The Washington Post)
  • 04 Mar Libyan Civil War (2014–present): A Libyan spokesperson says two Italian hostages are freed by local fighters from Islamic State custody in Sabratha, Libya. He also confirms that two other Italian hostages were recently killed during local forces clashes with IS militants. (AP via ABC News)
  • 05 Mar Taliban insurgency: The Afghan Taliban releases a statement rejecting peace talks with the government of Afghanistan until foreign forces stop attacking their positions and withdraw from the country. Direct peace talks between the government and the Taliban were expected to take place in Islamabad, Pakistan next week. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 06 Mar Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): A suicide bomber kills at least 60 people and wounds 70 others after ramming his explosives-laden truck into a security checkpoint at one of the entrances to the Iraqi city of Hillah, south of Baghdad. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility for the attack. (Reuters) (FOX News) (AP via Yahoo! News)
  • 07 Mar Insurgency in the Maghreb (2002-present): At least 50 people are killed, including 33 militants, seven civilians and ten soldiers, in armed clashes between the Tunisian Army and Islamist militants in the town of Ben Gardane, near the border with Libya. (Reuters) (Al-Jazeera) (AFP via Daily Mail)
  • 08 Mar Spillover of the Syrian Civil War: Mortar shells fired from Syria kill at least one person and injure another in the Turkish border town of Kilis. (Reuters)
  • 09 Mar War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Taliban militants attack government offices in the southern Helmand Province of Afghanistan, with at least 10 killed, including seven of the attackers. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 10 Mar Syrian Civil War spillover in Lebanon: Clashes between the Lebanese Army and jihadist militants near the village of Ras Baalbek in northeast Lebanon, close to the Syrian border, leaves one soldier and eight militants dead. (AFP via Daily Mail)
  • 11 Mar Insurgency in the Maghreb (2002–present): The Algerian Army kills three suspected Islamist militants near the eastern city of El Oued and seizes a large quantity of weapons, including six anti-aircraft missiles. (Reuters)
  • 12 Mar Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): Use of chemical weapons in the Iraqi Civil War: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fire mortars containing an unidentified chemical agent killing one and injuring 600 in Taza Khurmatu, Iraq. (FOX News) (NASDAQ)
  • 13 Mar March 2016 Ankara bombing: An explosion occurs in central Ankara, Turkey, with at least 34 people killed and 125 wounded. (The Independent) (The Telegraph)
  • 14 Mar March 2016 Ankara bombing: Turkey’s Interior Minister Efkan Ala says the results of the investigation into yesterday's bombing in Ankara will be made public later today. Health Minister Mehmet Müezzinoğlu says 125 people were transported to a hospital, with 19 in critical condition. Two Kurdish militants have been blamed for the bombing. (BBC) (News.com.au) (Fox News)
  • 15 Mar 2016 Brussels police raids: Belgian security forces hunt gunmen linked to the November 2015 Paris attacks following a raid on a house in Brussels which left four officers wounded and one suspect dead after an exchange of gunfire. Roads have been blocked off in the Belgian capital's southern suburb of Forest as one or more gunmen remain at large. (The Independent) (Irish Times)
  • 16 Mar War in North-West Pakistan: 2016 Peshawar bus bombing: A bomb detonates in a bus carrying government employees in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing 15 and injuring at least 54. (AP via CBS)
  • 17 Mar Iraqi Civil War, Syrian Civil War: The United States Secretary of State John Kerry says ISIL has committed genocide against Christians, Yazidis and Shias in areas it controls in Syria and Iraq. (BBC)The Islamic State reports commander Hassan Aboud has died of wounds sustained about two weeks ago in a battle near Aleppo, Syria. He was injured when a vehicle he was in struck a roadside bomb near Khanaser. (The New York Times)
  • 18 Mar Insurgency in the Maghreb (2002–present): Boko Haram and al-Qaeda kill four security force personnel in two separate attacks in Niger. (BBC)
  • 19 Mar March 2016 Istanbul bombing: An explosion occurs in Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, kills five people, including two dual citizenship Israeli-Americans and one Iranian citizen, and injures several dozen others. (Sputnik International), (Al Jazeera), (Hürriyet Daily News) (AP via MuskokaRegion.com)
  • 20 Mar March 2016 Istanbul bombing: Turkish authorities name a Turkish man with alleged ties to the Islamic State responsible for this weekend's suicide bombing in Istanbul. (The Washington Post)
  • 21 Mar A man detonates a grenade inside a bakery in Belgrade, Serbia, killing himself. No other casualties were reported. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 22 Mar 2016 Brussels bombings: Three explosions in the Brussels Airport and Maalbeek metro station kill at least 34 people and wound at least 170 more, according to Belgian media. Belgian federal Prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw cautions it is too soon to know exactly how many people died in the bombings. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility. (BBC) (CNN) (CNN²) (The New York Times)
  • 23 Mar Van Leeuw says 31 people died and 271 are injured in the bombings. (UPI)
  • 24 Mar Starboard Value LP, an activist hedge fund, begins a proxy contest to oust the entire board of directors of internet pioneer Yahoo. (Reuters)
  • 25 Mar Aftermath of the 2016 Brussels bombings: Six suspects are arrested in the Brussels Schaerbeek district. (BBC) (CNN)Belgian officials confirm 24-year-old suicide bomber Najim Laachraoui, who also used the pseudonym Soufiane Kayawas, was suspected of being the bomb-maker who supplied suicide vests for the November 13, 2015, Paris attacks. (NBC News)
  • 26 Mar Syrian Civil War: Palmyra offensive (March 2016): Syrian troops advance into Palmyra on multiple fronts with the help of Russian airstrikes and take several neighbourhoods, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. However they were unable to encircle the city. (BBC)
  • 27 Mar Syrian Civil War: Palmyra offensive (March 2016): The Syrian Army takes full control of Palmyra after heavy fighting with ISIL forces, according to a Syrian military source. (Sky News)
  • 28 Mar War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Taliban fighters fire explosives at Afghanistan's Parliament while it is in session. Members of Parliament said no one was wounded while a Taliban spokesperson claims it caused heavy casualities. (Al Jazeera)
  • 29 Mar 2016 Brussels bombings: Belgium officials lower the official death toll from 35 to 32, with nearly 100 still hospitalized. (UPI)Brussels Zaventem International Airport CEO Arnaud Feist says the airport will reopen at less than a quarter capacity Wednesday, as ongoing tests determine which flights can resume. It could take months for the airport to return to full capacity, Feist added. (UPI)
  • 30 Mar Libyan Civil War (2014–present): Blasts and gunfire are reported in Tripoli. (Reuters)
  • 31 Mar Israeli–Palestinian conflict (2015–present): Israeli security forces arrest 16 Palestinian suspects on the West Bank. (Jerusalem Post)
  • 01 Apr Syrian Civil War: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports airstrikes on the village of Deir al-Asafir, Rif Dimashq Governorate, have killed at least 30 people and left dozens more injured. (The Telegraph)
  • 02 Apr Armenian–Azerbaijani border conflict: 2016 Armenian–Azerbaijani clashes: Armenia and Azerbaijan exchange gunfire for the third successive day after an escalation of a dispute over the boundaries between Azerbaijan and the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. (RT)
  • 03 Apr Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: 2016 Armenian–Azerbaijani clashes: Azerbaijan calls a unilateral ceasefire in its fight with ethnic Armenians one day after 30 soldiers died. The Associated Press reports rebel forces reject Azerbaijan's claims, saying they see no sign the government has stopped fighting. (AP), (BBC) (NPR)
  • 04 Apr Boko Haram insurgency: Nigeria's army says it has arrested Khalid al-Barnawi, a leader of the Boko Haram splinter group Ansaru. (Reuters)
  • 05 Apr Syrian Civil War: Al-Nusra Front militants shoot down a Syrian Arab Air Force Sukhoi Su-22 fighter jet and capture its pilot in the northern Aleppo Governorate. (The Telegraph)
  • 06 Apr Syrian Civil War: Aleppo offensive (April 2016): The Syrian Army and its allies launch an offensive south of Aleppo. (Jerusalem Post)
  • 07 Apr Syrian Civil War: According to Syrian state television, ISIL militants kidnapped over 300 staff members from a cement factory outside of the city of Al-Dumayr earlier this week and no contact with them has been made since. (Al Jazeera)
  • 08 Apr Sinai insurgency: At least seven people are killed, including five Egyptian Army soldiers, a military officer and a civilian woman in two separate blasts in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. ISIL's Sinai branch claimed responsibility for the attacks on several websites. (Reuters)
  • 09 Apr Moro Conflict: 2016 Battle of Basilan: At least 18 soldiers are killed and 52 injured in clashes with Abu Sayyaf militants and allied gunmen in Basilan island, Philippines. (FOX News)
  • 10 Apr War in Afghanistan (2001–present): The Taliban, in a statement claiming responsibility for yesterday's rocket attacks into Kabul, Afghanistan, says the intended target was U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who was in the capital to help defuse a crisis within the unity government. Kerry had departed less than an hour earlier. No casualties have been reported. (CNN)
  • 11 Apr 2016 Stavropol bombings: At least three suicide bombers attack a police station in Stavropol, Russia. (Sputnik News)
  • 12 Apr War in Afghanistan (2001–present): The Taliban announces its annual spring offensive to be named "Operation Omari". (Voice of America)
  • 13 Apr War in Donbass: The Ukrainian Army says eight of its soldiers were wounded in fighting against Russian-backed separatists in the east of the country during the previous 24 hours. A military spokesman said there had been 29 shelling incidents around Mariupol. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 14 Apr War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Taliban militants kill eight people, including a police commander, in an ambush in northern Afghanistan. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 15 Apr War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A battle rages in the Kunduz Province of Afghanistan as the Taliban launches its spring offensive to capture the city of Kunduz. According to a Taliban spokesperson, several outposts already fell to them but this could not be verified immediately while a police chief says that the security forces were keeping "the situation under control". (Al Jazeera)
  • 16 Apr War in Afghanistan (2001–present): According to a police chief, at least 40 Taliban fighters are killed after launching an offensive against Afghan security forces to seize the strategic northern city of Kunduz while four security force personnel are also killed. (Al Jazeera)
  • 17 Apr War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Heavy fighting continues in the north of Afghanistan as Taliban fighters intensify their attacks in several districts around Kunduz in their bid to retake the city. According to a police chief, militants overnight attacked several police checkpoints in the southwest outskirts of the city while government forces repelled a major attack to the east of Kunduz. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 18 Apr Syrian rebels launch new offensives against government forces in the country's Latakia Governorate and Hama Governorate. Several rebel groups earlier announced they were launching a new battle against government forces in response to claimed violations of the cease-fire agreement, further putting a strain on the Syrian peace process. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 19 Apr War in Afghanistan: April 2016 Kabul attack: A large explosion is reported in the Afghan capital Kabul a week after the Taliban declared the start of their annual spring offensive. The target was an Afghan government security compound with at least 28 people reported killed and more than 200 others injured. (Times of India), (AP via Fox News)The United Nations Security Council condemns today's attack in Kabul by the Taliban. (AP via The Washington Post)
  • 20 Apr War in Afghanistan (2001–present): April 2016 Kabul attack: The death toll from yesterday's Taliban attack on the National Directorate of Security in Kabul rises to 64, with 347 others wounded, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry. (Reuters)
  • 21 Apr Sudanese nomadic conflicts, Ethnic violence in South Sudan: The Ethiopian Army crosses the border into South Sudan with the latter's approval in search of more than 100 children who were kidnapped and spirited across the border in a surprise attack by unknown assailants that also killed 208 people a few days ago. (Al Jazeera)
  • 22 Apr Moro conflict: The U.K. Foreign Office and the U.S. State Department issue travel advisories regarding the Philippine island of Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago after a recent kidnapping near Davao City. (Sun Star Cebu),(Rappler)
  • 23 Apr War in North-West Pakistan: The Pakistani Taliban claims the killing of a Sikh lawmaker, Soran Singh. (The New York Times)
  • 24 Apr Iraqi Civil War: At least 14 people have been killed in suicide bombing attacks in Baghdad. (Daily Times)
  • 25 Apr Kurdish–Turkish conflict (2015–present): Two Turkish soldiers are killed and four are wounded in an attack by Kurdish militants in southeastern Turkey. (Daily Mail)The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) warns Turkey it is preparing to intensify its fight. (BBC)
  • 26 Apr Syrian Civil War: A Syrian government airstrike near Aleppo kills at least five members of the Syrian Civil Defense rescue organisation. Dozens of people have been killed in Aleppo over the past few days from government airstrikes and opposition bombardment. (Reuters)
  • 27 Apr Moro conflict: Philippine president Benigno Aquino III says that the Abu Sayyaf militants plan to kidnap his sister actress Kris Aquino and boxer Manny Pacquiao. (CBS)
  • 28 Apr Moro conflict: Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines agree on joint naval patrols after an increase of kidnappings by the Abu Sayyaf militants. (Jakarta Post)
  • 29 Apr According to Russian ambassador to the United Nations Aleksi Borodavkin, the Syrian Army is preparing to launch an offensive against the ISIL strongholds of Al-Raqqah and the countryside around Deir ez-Zor and that the Russian Air Force will be providing the ground campaign with air support. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 30 Apr Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): April 2016 Baghdad bombing: A car bombing in southeastern Baghdad kills at least 19 and injures nearly 50 Shi'ite pilgrims. ISIL has claimed responsibility. (AP) (Reuters)
  • 01 May Turkey–ISIL conflict, Spillover of the Syrian Civil War: 2016 Gaziantep bombing: A blast hits a police station in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep leaving one officer dead and 13 injured. (BBC) (CNN)Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is suspected to be behind attack. (Reuters)
  • 02 May Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): Three bombings in and around Baghdad kill at least 14, including Shiite pilgrims, and injure more than 30. (Reuters via Trust) (Washington Post) (Reuters)
  • 03 May Syrian Civil War: A rocket attack hits a hospital in the Syrian city of Aleppo, killing three civilians. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack was part of a bigger shelling that killed 19 more people. (Al Jazeera)
  • 04 May Moro conflict: The Abu Sayyaf militant group threatens to behead a Canadian hostage, a Filipina hostage, and a Norwegian hostage. (The Guardian)
  • 05 May Syrian Civil War: At least 12 people are killed and many are wounded in twin blasts in central Syria. (USA Today)Airstrikes on a camp for war refugees in Syria near the Syria–Turkey border kills 28 people, including women and children. (Reuters) (BBC)
  • 06 May Syrian Civil War: Aleppo offensive (May 2016): More than 72 are killed in clashes between Al-Nusra Front and Syrian government forces in Khan Tuman south of Aleppo, Syria. (i24 News) (VOA News)
  • 07 May War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Resolute Support Mission: Two Romanian soldiers are killed along with assailants in an insider attack in Afghanistan. (Washington Post)
  • 08 May Sinai insurgency: Gunmen kill eight policemen in an ambush outside Cairo. The attack is claimed by Islamic State. (CNN) (Reuters) (BBC)
  • 09 May Somali Civil War (2009–present): A suicide car bomb targeting Mogadishu's traffic police headquarters kills at least four. Al-Shabaab claims responsibility. (NY Times) (Reuters)
  • 10 May War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Ali Haider Gilani, the son of former Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousaf Raza Gilani, is rescued in a joint operation by U.S. and Afghan forces three years after he was kidnapped by suspected Taliban militants. (AFP via ABC News Australia)
  • 11 May Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): 11 May 2016 Baghdad bombings: At least 64 people are killed and 87 injured in a bomb attack on a market in Sadr City, Baghdad. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) claims responsibility. (CNN) (NY Times)ISIS bury alive 45 of their own fighters in Qayyarah for fleeing a battle. (Mirror) (Armen Press)
  • 12 May Yemeni Crisis (2011–present): Al Qaeda militants kill at least 13 Yemeni government troops near the city of Mukalla. (AFP via Daily Mail)
  • 13 May Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): An Australian security contractor is killed outside the Australian embassy in Baghdad. There are unconfirmed reports that he was shot. (ABC News Australia)Three gunmen open fire on a Real Madrid supporters club meeting in a cafe in Samarra northern Iraq, killing at least 14 and wounding 25. Islamic State of Iraq and Syria claims responsibility for attack. (ABC News) (Reuters) (Irish Independent)
  • 14 May War in Afghanistan (2001–present): At least two people are killed and 12 injured after a suicide bomb attack on a police training center in Helmand Province. (Stars and Stripes)
  • 15 May Iraqi civil war (2014–present): Suicide bomb attacks in a state owned cooking gas plant in Taji, north of Baghdad, kill at least 18 people, while 11 others die in attacks across the country. (Al-Jazeera) (Reuters via Daily Mail)
  • 16 May The Vegetarian, written by Han Kang and translated by Deborah Smith, wins the Man Booker International Prize. (BBC News), (The Independent), (The Telegraph)
  • 17 May Iraqi civil war (2014–present): 17 May 2016 Baghdad bombings: At least 69 people are killed and 230 injured in a series of bomb attacks targeting Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad, Iraq. Islamic State of Iraq and Syria claims responsibility for some of the attacks. (NY Times) (Reuters) (Press TV)
  • 18 May War in North-West Pakistan: Twin bombings kill a police officer and wound nine people in Peshawar, Pakistan. (FOX News)
  • 19 May Syrian civil war: Syrian government forces and allies, including Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, retake a large area southeast of Damascus, including the key town of Deir al-Asafir. (BBC) (Al Arabiya)Fighting between Jaysh al-Islam and rival factions led by al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front in Ghouta, near Damascus, leaves more than 50 people dead. (Swiss Info) (Ara News)
  • 20 May Iraqi civil war (2014–present): Ar-Rutbah offensive (2016): Iraqi Army forces helped by U.S. airstrikes recapture the southwestern city of Ar-Rutbah from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group. The victory will allow for the re-opening of the Baghdad-Amman highway. (Al Jazeera)
  • 21 May Attacks on secularists in Bangladesh: A homeopathic doctor is hacked to death in Bangladesh. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claim responsibility. (Reuters) (CNN)
  • 22 May Syrian civil war: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims that over 60,000 people have died in Syrian government jails during the five year civil war. (Reuters)
  • 23 May Syrian Civil War: Reuters reports nearly 150 people are killed and at least 200 wounded in a series of car bomb and suicide attacks in the Syrian cities of Jableh and Tartus in government-controlled territory that hosts Russian military bases. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group claims responsibility. (Al Jazeera) (USA Today) (Reuters)
  • 24 May Insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir: Jaish-e-Mohammed operations chief is killed in a gun battle with police. (ABC News)
  • 25 May War in Afghanistan (2001–present): The Afghan Taliban announces that Haibatullah Akhundzada will be its new leader replacing Akhtar Mansour who died recently in a drone strike. Sirajuddin Haqqani and Mullah Yaqoob are named as deputy leaders. (Al-Jazeera)A suicide bomb attack kills at least 10 people and injures four people travelling on a bus for appeals court staff travelling west of Kabul. (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
  • 26 May Iraqi civil war: Operation Breaking Terrorism: Iraqi security forces and Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces recapture Al-Karmah, about 16 kilometers (10 miles) northeast of Fallujah. (CNN)
  • 27 May Iraqi civil war, Operation Breaking Terrorism: The United States reports 70 militants were killed, including ISIL commander Maher al-Bilawi, in a Fallujah airstrike on Wednesday. (UPI)
  • 28 May Spillover of the Syrian Civil War: Turkey claims that its artillery fire together with U.S. air strikes killed more than 104 ISIL militants after rockets fired from northern Syria killed several people in the Turkish town of Kilis. (AP via The Olympian) (The New York Times)
  • 29 May Northern Mali conflict: Five United Nations peacekeepers are killed in an attack in central Mali. (NY Times) (Reuters)
  • 30 May Iraqi civil war (2014–present): At least 24 people are killed in a series of attacks in and around Baghdad. ISIL has claimed responsibility. (ABC News), (AP)Operation Breaking Terrorism: Iraqi forces reportedly enter the city of Fallujah. Tens of thousands of civilians are trapped in the city. (USA Today), (The Guardian)
  • 31 May Syrian Civil War: At least 23 people are killed in overnight air strikes in Idlib, Syria. (CNN) (BBC)
  • 01 Jun Syrian Civil War: United States-backed Syrian Democratic Forces begin an offensive to regain control of the city of Manbij in the Aleppo Governorate from ISIL. (Reuters via Trust)
  • 02 Jun Somali Civil War (2009–present): In a raid by Somali forces near Kismayo, at least 16 Al-Shabaab militants are killed, including the mastermind of the Garissa University College attack. (BBC) (Daily Caller)
  • 03 Jun 2016 European floods: The flood waters for the Seine River are expected to peak at six metres above its normal level. Flooding in France and Germany has so far claimed at least 11 lives. (BBC)A sixth body is recovered in Bavaria near the Austrian border. (AP)
  • 04 Jun Syrian Civil War: Syrian Government forces enter Raqqa province, the joint capital of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. It is one of three simultaneous attacks in Iraq and Syria. (Haaretz)
  • 05 Jun Kurdish–Turkish conflict (2015–present): Turkish Air Force bombs Kurdistan Workers' Party targets in northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey killing at least 27 militants. (Reuters)
  • 06 Jun Five people working for Jordanian intelligence are killed in an attack in a Palestinian Baqa'a refugee camp near Amman. (Al Arabiya)
  • 07 Jun Seven police officers and four civilians are killed, and 36 people are wounded, three critically, by a car bomb explosion near the main tourism district in Istanbul, Turkey. The explosives, detonated by remote control, wrecked a passing police bus, reports CNN Türk. There is no immediate claim of responsibility. (Reuters) (AP)
  • 08 Jun War in Afghanistan (2001–present): The Taliban kills 12 members of Afghanistan's security forces who were captured in recent ambushes in the Ghazni Province on June 3 and 5. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 09 Jun Somali Civil War (2009–present): Al-Shabaab says it has killed at least 60 Ethiopian soldiers in an attack on a AMISOM base in central Somalia. (BBC)
  • 10 Jun War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A blast occurs at a mosque in a small village in the Nangarhar Province, killing four people and injuring nearly 40 more. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 11 Jun War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Fighting breaks out between ISIL militants and Afghan police in the Haska Mina District, Nangarhar Province, leaving six police officers and 15 militants dead, according to officials. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 12 Jun Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): In the Third Battle of Fallujah, ISIL militants attack a military barracks east of Fallujah, killing more than 50 government soldiers and militia members. At least 12 militants were also killed in the assault. (Al Jazeera)
  • 13 Jun 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting: City officials in Orlando, Florida, continue to identify the bodies of the victims in yesterday's attack. So far, 33 of the reported 49 victims have been identified and their families notified. (City of Orlando)
  • 14 Jun Afghanistan–Pakistan skirmishes: Afghan and Pakistani soldiers clash at the Torkham border crossing between the two countries, leaving one Afghan soldier and a Pakistani major killed. At least 22 other people were also injured. Tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan have grown since the latter's attempts to build a gate at the crossing. (Al Jazeera)
  • 15 Jun Syrian Civil War: Syrian government airstrikes hit rebel-held areas in Aleppo, killing at least 34 people. (Al Jazeera)
  • 16 Jun Libyan Civil War (2014–present): A suicide bombing kills at least 10 security force members in the village of Abu Qurayn, west of Sirte. (Al Jazeera)
  • 17 Jun Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017), Military intervention against ISIL, Battle of Fallujah (2016): The Iraqi government recaptures the main government compound in Fallujah. (AFP via Daily Mail)
  • 18 Jun Terrorism in the European Union: Twelve people are arrested and three men are subsequently charged with terrorism offences in Belgium after dozens of raids were carried out mainly in the Brussels region. (BBC)
  • 19 Jun Pan-Orthodox Council: A gathering of Eastern Orthodox Churches, the first of its kind in a millennium, opens on the Greek island of Crete. However, the Russian, Bulgarian, Georgian and the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch refused to attend after a dispute. The gathering will last until June 27. (BBC)
  • 20 Jun War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A minibus carrying private security guards explodes in Kabul resulting in the death of at least 12 people and injuring several others. (Reuters and NBC News)
  • 21 Jun Jordanian–Syrian border incidents during the Syrian Civil War: A car-bomb explodes near a Jordanian Armed Forces outpost in the extreme north-eastern point of Rukban, a makeshift Syrian refugee camp, leaving 6 soldiers dead and 14 injured. (BBC)
  • 22 Jun Moro conflict: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant declares war on the Philippines. (The Philippine Star)
  • 23 Jun Boko Haram insurgency: According to Médecins Sans Frontières, more than 1,200 people have died of starvation and illness at a refugee camp for those fleeing Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria. (The Guardian)
  • 24 Jun Moro conflict: Seven Indonesian sailors are kidnapped off the coast of Sulu near Mindanao in the southern Philippines raising terrorism fears. (The New York Times), (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
  • 25 Jun Moro conflict: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant urges its supporters in Indonesia and Malaysia to go to the Philippines and fight against newly-elected president Rodrigo Duterte. (Rappler)
  • 26 Jun Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): Battle of Fallujah (2016): The head of the counter terrorism forces which partook in the offensive says that the city of Fallujah has been "fully liberated". (AP)
  • 27 Jun Syrian Civil War spillover in Lebanon: A suicide bomber attacks the Lebanese village of Qaa near the Syrian border, with at least six people dead and 13 people injured. (BBC)
  • 28 Jun Yemeni Civil War: Three Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant bombings in Yemen's southern port city of Al Mukalla kill 38 government forces and injure 24 others. (Reuters)
  • 29 Jun 2016 Istanbul airport attack: The death toll from the attack on the Istanbul Atatürk Airport rises to 42. (CNN)
  • 30 Jun War in Afghanistan (2001–present): An Afghan National Security Forces convoy outside Kabul is attacked in a coordinated ambush including suicide bombers and heavy machine guns resulting in over 40 deaths. (BBC)
  • 01 Jul 2016 Gulshan attack: Gunmen storm a restaurant, exchange fire with security, and take at least twenty hostages in the Gulshan neighborhood of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Two policemen are killed. The Islamic State claims responsibility. (ABC News) (CNN) (USA Today)
  • 02 Jul 2016 Gulshan attack: 13 hostages were rescued following a standoff with the Rapid Action Battalion. (Reuters)Twenty hostages and two policemen were killed, and six gunmen are dead with one captured alive. (CNN)
  • 03 Jul Iraqi Civil War: Twin bombings in a pair of crowded commercial areas in Baghdad kill at least 125 people. ISIL claims responsibility. (AP) (The Independent) (BBC)
  • 04 Jul Terrorism in Malaysia: Malaysia confirms it has suffered its first bombing by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant during the previous week raising fears about the spread of influence of the militant group. (The New York Times)
  • 05 Jul Iraqi Civil War: Iraqi forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes, advance north towards ISIL-held Qayyarah Airfield West south of Mosul. (Reuters)The United Nations reports a mortar attack on a camp for displaced Iraqis south of Baghdad kills three people, including two children, and injures 13 others, two critically. (The New York Times)
  • 06 Jul CPP-NPA-NDF rebellion: Twenty Philippine Army soldiers are under investigation after they are suspected of mutilating the body of a New People's Army member. The communist militant's eyes were gouged, his tongue was cut off and his throat was slit. (GMA News)
  • 07 Jul Terrorism in Bangladesh: A group of radical Islamists hurl homemade bombs at police officers in the Kishoreganj District in central Bangladesh killing at least one officer and injuring several others. (AP via ABC News)
  • 08 Jul Insurgency in the North Caucasus: At least eight unidentified militants and one security officer are killed in ongoing clashes in rural Dagestan, Russia. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 09 Jul Insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir: 2016 Kashmir unrest: At least three people are killed and dozens more are wounded when protesters clash with Indian Army soldiers. The protesters defied an army curfew and took part in the funeral of a top rebel commander of Hizbul Mujahideen. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 10 Jul South Sudanese Civil War: An estimated 272 people have been killed between rival Sudan People's Liberation Army factions as clashes in the capital, Juba, continue. According to a spokesman for rebel leader and Vice President Riek Machar, South Sudan is "back to war" despite a peace deal being reached last April. (Al Jazeera) (BBC)
  • 11 Jul War in Somalia: At least 10 Somali Armed Forces soldiers and 12 Al-Shabaab militants are killed in fighting near the town of Afgooye, Lower Shabelle. (Al Jazeera)
  • 12 Jul South Sudanese Civil War: After five days of fighting that left 272 people dead and thousands more displaced in the capital, Juba, President Salva Kiir Mayardit and rebel leader and Vice-President Riek Machar declare a ceasefire. (Al Jazeera)
  • 13 Jul Iraqi Civil War: A car bomb explodes at a checkpoint north of Baghdad, killing at least seven people. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 14 Jul War in Somalia: A suspected militant of Al-Shabaab shoots and kills four Kenyan police officers at a police station in Kapenguria, Kenya, where he was being held. The militant was later killed following a shootout with police. (Reuters)
  • 15 Jul The President of France François Hollande extends a state of emergency against terrorism for three months following the attack which has now claimed over 80 lives. He had previously announced that it would be lifted on 26 July. (Sputnik News), (BBC News)
  • 16 Jul The President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan returns to Istanbul Atatürk Airport indicating that the coup may be faltering. (The New York Times)
  • 17 Jul At least one person is reportedly killed and others are taken hostage after an armed group seized control of the police headquarters in the Erebuni District of Yerevan, Armenia. The gunmen are demanding the release of jailed opposition figure, Jirair Sefilian, according to Armenia's National Security Service. (RT)
  • 18 Jul Yemeni Civil War : At least six Yemeni soldiers are killed in suicide bombings near the city of Al Mukalla. (Reuters)
  • 19 Jul Syrian Civil War: The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on the Islamic State-held city of Manbij in northern Syria kill at least 56 civilians, including 11 children, and injure dozens more. (Reuters)
  • 20 Jul Ukrainian crisis: Prominent Ukrainian-based journalist Pavel Sheremet of the Ukrayinska Pravda is killed in a car bombing in Kiev. (The Guardian)
  • 21 Jul Fox News Channel controversies: 21st Century Fox announced that the head of Fox News, Roger Ailes, is resigning. Rupert Murdoch will replace him as interim Chief Executive and Chairman. (Mediaite) (CNN) (New York Post)
  • 22 Jul 2016 Turkish coup d'état attempt, 2016 Turkish purges: Thousands gather in Istanbul's Taksim Square in a show of support for the new powers that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has received in order to crackdown on dissent following the attempted coup. (The Telegraph)
  • 23 Jul 2016 Munich shooting: Munich Police Chief Hubertus Andrae identifies the attacker as a dual national, 18-year-old Iranian-German who apparently acted alone. He was found dead of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. (Reuters)Chief Andrae reports there are "no indications" the teenage gunman, who killed nine people and apparently himself, had links to ISIL or any other terror group. The attack injured 27. (NBC News)
  • 24 Jul Iraqi Civil War, Military intervention against ISIL: At least 21 are killed and more than 35 people injured in a suicide attack at one of the residential entrances to district Kadhimiyah, in northern Baghdad, Iraq. ISIL claims responsibility, as published in its official media. (CNN) (Iraqi News)
  • 25 Jul Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): A suicide car bomb kills at least 21 people and wounds more than 32 at the entrance to Al Khalis, northeast of Baghdad. Most died inside their vehicles while waiting to enter the town. (Al Jazeera)
  • 26 Jul Somali Civil War (2009–present): Al-Shabaab claim responsibility for a double suicide car bombing attack in Mogadishu near an African Union base at the city's airport. At least 13 people are killed, including seven UN guards. (AP) (Al-Jazeera)
  • 27 Jul Syrian civil war: At least 44 people are killed in a twin bombing in the Kurdish-controlled city of Al-Qamishli on the Syria–Turkey border. ISIL claims responsibility for the attack. (The Guardian)
  • 28 Jul Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says Russia and Syria will open humanitarian corridors to Aleppo, and will provide a way for rebel fighters to lay down their arms. (CBS News)
  • 29 Jul The Nigerian military commences bombing militants in Lagos and Ogun States with many militants reported dead. (The Eagle)
  • 30 Jul Kurdish–Turkish conflict (1978–present): The Turkish military kills 35 Kurdistan Workers' Party militants after they attempt to capture a base in Turkey's Hakkâri Province. (Reuters via ABC News Australia)
  • 31 Jul Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): Islamic State militants attack two gas facilities northwest of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, killing at least five people and wounding six policemen. Three assailants detonated their explosive vests and a fourth was killed in clash with security forces. (Reuters)
  • 01 Aug War in Afghanistan (2001–present): The Taliban claims responsibility for a truck bombing in a military complex in Kabul. (Reuters)
  • 02 Aug Syrian Civil War: A Syria Civil Defence volunteer search and rescue team says 33 people, mostly women and children, were affected by toxic gas dropped from a helicopter on Saraqeb in rebel-held Idlib Governorate. (Reuters)
  • 03 Aug The European Banking Authority supports retaining a 3% leverage ratio for most banks within the European Union. (Reuters)
  • 04 Aug Syrian Civil War: At least 40 government air strikes hit rebel-held areas of Aleppo city and nearby towns, including on a camp for displaced people in Atareb, south-west of Aleppo, killing at least two people. (The National)Jan Egeland, an adviser to the UN’s special envoy to Syria, says that there were 44 attacks on hospitals, clinics and health posts around Syria in July alone. (The National)
  • 05 Aug 2016 Assam attacks: Gunmen open fire in a market in Assam, India, killing 13 people and injuring 18. (India Today)
  • 06 Aug Syrian civil war: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims that 10 people have been killed in an air strike on a hospital in the town of Milis in Syria's Idlib province. (AFP via Yahoo! News)
  • 07 Aug 2016 stabbing of Charleroi police officers: ISIL claims responsibility for the machete attack in Belgium. (Reuters)
  • 08 Aug 2016 Ethiopian protests: More than fifty protesters are killed by Ethiopian security forces over the last few days. The government restricted internet and journalist access to the country. (Al Jazeera)
  • 09 Aug Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Israel charges a UN administrative manager of being a Hamas-linked operative from Gaza. (The Associated Press via The New York Times)
  • 10 Aug Ukrainian crisis: Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) says it has thwarted two armed Ukrainian incursions into Crimea with at least two killed, including one FSB officer, following a "massive fire fight" with "sabotage-terrorist" groups. Ukraine denies the Russian claims. (Reuters) (The Guardian)
  • 11 Aug August 2016 Thailand bombings: Two bombs hidden in plant pots explode killing at least one person and injuring 10 others, including foreign tourists, in Hua Hin District, Thailand. (BBC)
  • 12 Aug August 2016 Thailand bombings: A series of coordinated bombings across Thailand, mostly at sites popular with tourists, leaves at least four people dead and dozens wounded. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks. (The New York Times)
  • 13 Aug Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): At least 10 children are killed and 28 injured in an air attack on a school in northern Yemen. The Houthi group claims that the Saudi Arabia led coalition is responsible. (Reuters via ABC News)
  • 14 Aug Yemeni Civil War: About 40 suspected Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters are killed as Yemeni forces, aided by Saudi-led airstrikes, fight their way into Zinjibar and Jaʿār in eastern Yemen. (Reuters) (Daily Mail)
  • 15 Aug Yemeni Civil War: An air strike by the Saudi-led coalition which hit a hospital in northern Yemen run by Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) kills at least 11 people. (BBC)
  • 16 Aug The Russian Air Force uses an Iranian airbase near Hamadan to launch airstrikes in Syria. (BBC)
  • 17 Aug Federal Security Service (FSB) officers kill at least four suspected North Caucasus Islamic militants during a counter-terrorism raid on an apartment building in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 18 Aug Kurdish–Turkish conflict (2015–present): Three bombings targeting police and military kill at least 12 people and wound 219 in southeast Turkey. (BBC)
  • 19 Aug Syrian civil war: Russian warships in the Mediterranean Sea fire cruise missiles at sites near Aleppo. The Russian Defense Ministry claims the strikes targeted the Islamist militant group Jabhat Fateh al-Sham. (Pravda) (Reuters)
  • 20 Aug Gaziantep bombing: A suicide bomber targets a Kurdish wedding celebration in the Turkish city of Gaziantep killing at least 22 people and wounding 94. (Reuters), (Reuters via New York Times)
  • 21 Aug Somali Civil War (2009–present): An al-Shabaab suicide car bomb kills at least 20 people in the town of Galkayo in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region. (Reuters)
  • 22 Aug 2016 Pacific typhoon season: Typhoon Mindulle is forecast to make landfall near the Japanese capital Tokyo with flights and train services being cancelled. It arrives one day after Typhoon Kompasu. (Bloomberg), (CNN)
  • 23 Aug Boko Haram insurgency: In a raid on Boko Haram Islamists' northeast heartland, Nigeria’s air force kills senior militants and possibly fatally wounds their leader, Abubakar Shekau. (Reuters)
  • 24 Aug Syrian civil war: The Turkish Armed Forces and US-backed Syrian rebels launch an initially successful campaign to capture the town of Jarabulus from ISIL. The Turkish Land Forces are also shelling YPG positions to prevent them from capturing areas that ISIL will retreat from. (AP via NBC News) (AP) (ABC News)
  • 25 Aug Philippine Drug War: The death toll in Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs reaches 1,900 people killed. (Al Jazeera)
  • 26 Aug Kurdish–Turkish conflict (1978–present): Eight Turkish police officers are killed and 40 are injured in a bombing at a police checkpoint in the town of Cizre, with the PKK believed to be responsible. (CNN)
  • 27 Aug Paraguayan People's Army insurgency: At least eight Paraguayan Army soldiers are killed in an ambush by suspected Paraguayan People's Army (EPP) insurgents, near the village of Arroyito, in northern Paraguay. (BBC)
  • 28 Aug Moro conflict: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants break free supporters from a Marawi jail in the Philippines. (BBC)
  • 29 Aug Moro conflict: At least 12 Philippine Army soldiers die in clashes with the Abu Sayyaf. (BBC)
  • 30 Aug Sinjar massacre: Thousands of Yazidi are believed to be buried in 72 newly-discovered mass graves left by ISIL after the 2014 massacre. (The Daily Mail)
  • 31 Aug Mother Teresa of Calcutta is to be canonized into sainthood after "proof" of two miracles. (NPR)
  • 01 Sep 2016 Gabonese protests: Large explosions and gunfire are reported in the Gabonese capital Libreville as security forces clash with supporters of opposition presidential candidate Jean Ping protesting the election results indicating a narrow victory by President Ali Bongo Ondimba. (Reuters)Military helicopters bomb the headquarters of Union of Forces for Change, according to opposition leader Jean Ping, killing at least two people. Internet is also cut in the capital, Libreville. (BBC)
  • 02 Sep Sectarianism in Pakistan: Islamic militants attack Christian sections of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, leaving 13 dead in the city of Mardan. (CNN)
  • 03 Sep The President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte declares a nationwide "state of lawlessness" after yesterday's bombing in Davao City that has killed at least 14 people. (AP)
  • 04 Sep 2016 Davao City bombing: In light of the attacks, the governments of Australia, Canada, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States issue travel warnings against going to Mindanao, Philippines. (Rappler)
  • 05 Sep War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Two successive suicide bombers on foot kill at least 24 people and injure 91 others, including senior security and police officials, after striking close to the Afghan Ministry of Defence in Kabul. The Taliban claims responsibility by disclosing the death of 58 officers and commanders. Another bombing took place not long after. (Reuters) (BBC) Today (Singapore) (Sina Corp)
  • 06 Sep 2016 Davao City bombing: Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte declares a state of emergency in the whole country. In a warning to Abu Sayyaf, Duterte says "I will eat you alive." (Time'), (Rappler)
  • 07 Sep Syrian civil war: A chlorine attack in Aleppo on Tuesday injures more than 100 people. The blast from barrel bombs dropped kills one person. (CNN)
  • 08 Sep War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Taliban militants storm the city of Tarinkot, the provincial capital of Afghanistan's Urozgan Province, with fighting reported on multiple fronts throughout the city. Local officials flee to the nearby Tarinkot Airport for shelter. (The Los Angeles Times)
  • 09 Sep War in Afghanistan (2001–present): United States Navy SEALs, by high altitude parachuting, fail in a rescue attempt after the team does not find the American and Australian hostages who were kidnapped in Kabul last month. (CNN)
  • 10 Sep Syrian civil war and Russia–United States relations: The U.S. Obama administration and the Russian Putin administration agree to a Syrian peace deal. The deal is intended to end combat in specified areas and create a joint center of combat to fight ISIL and Al-Nusra Front. (BBC)
  • 11 Sep Syrian civil war: Before a ceasefire takes effect tomorrow, over 100 people have been killed and over 100 injured in airstrikes on rebel-held Idlib. (CNN) (Sky News)
  • 12 Sep Moro conflict: Abu Sayyaf of the Philippines allegedly kidnap three Filipino fishermen from their trawler off the Malaysian state of Sabah on Borneo island. (International Business Times) (The Sun Daily)
  • 13 Sep Syrian civil war, Israel–Syria relations: Syria reports its air defense shot down an Israeli warplane that attacked a Syrian army position in al-Quneitra, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The Israel Defense Forces say that missiles were fired at their aircraft but none hit. (Reuters) (AFP via Yahoo! News) (CNN)
  • 14 Sep 2016 Davao City bombing: The death toll of the September 2 bombing rises to 15. (CNN)
  • 15 Sep The Obama administration through the U.S. Justice Department seeks a fine of $14 billion against Deutsche Bank in regards to mortgage securities. (Marketwatch)
  • 16 Sep War in North-West Pakistan: A suicide bombing at a mosque in Mohmand Agency kills at least 28 people and injures 31 others. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claims the responsibility. (The Independent) (The Express Tribune)
  • 17 Sep Syrian civil war, American-led intervention in Syria: The United States acknowledges that its warplanes may have hit a Syrian Army position near Deir ez-Zor Airport in eastern Syria, while conducting an operation against ISIL, killing more than 60 Syrian troops. (BBC)The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) holds an emergency session to discuss the U.S. airstrikes in Deir ez-Zor. (The Guardian)
  • 18 Sep Kashmir insurgency: Four Jaish-e-Mohammed militants attack an Indian Army base near the Pakistan border with at least 17 soldiers and four militants killed. (International Business Times)(BBC)
  • 19 Sep 2016 New York and New Jersey bombings: A bomb squad robot detonates an explosive device at a transit station in Elizabeth, New Jersey. There has been a previous explosion in Seaside Park. No one is hurt. (NBC News)Linden, New Jersey police shoot and arrest Ahmad Khan Rahami, the suspected perpetrator. Two police officers are reportedly injured. (The New York Times)
  • 20 Sep A day after street violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo between protesters opposed to President Joseph Kabila and security forces left at least 44 dead, armed men in military uniforms burn down the headquarters of the main opposition Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) in Kinshasa, DR Congo, killing at least two people. (Reuters)
  • 21 Sep The Obama administration claims that Russia was responsible for the bombing of a United Nations aid convoy near Aleppo on September 19. Russia denies its involvement. In the aftermath of the attack, the United Nations suspends all aid convoys in Syria. (BBC) (The New York Times)
  • 22 Sep Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: The death toll from a Saudi-led Arab coalition airstrike which hit a house in a residential area in western Yemen has risen to 26 people. (Reuters)
  • 23 Sep South Thailand insurgency: A combined bomb and gun attack kills three Thai police officers and injures two others in Yala province. (Reuters)
  • 24 Sep Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): A triple suicide bomb attack north of Tikrit kills at least 11 and injures another 34 members of Iraqi security forces. (AP)
  • 25 Sep Syrian Civil War: The United States, United Kingdom, and France seek a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the declining security situation in Aleppo. (AFP via Yahoo! News)
  • 26 Sep Colombian conflict: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC guerrilla leader Rodrigo Londoño, also known as Timochenko, sign a peace accord in Cartagena, ending the longest running armed conflict in the Western Hemisphere. The final agreement will be submitted to popular ratification in a referendum on October 2.(Reuters)
  • 27 Sep Aleppo Offensive: The Syrian Army clashes with insurgents in the 1070 Apartments district of Aleppo. (Reuters)
  • 28 Sep War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A U.S. drone strike in Nangarhar Province kills at least 21 people. (Reuters)
  • 29 Sep 2016 India–Pakistan military confrontation: The Indian Army claims it conducted surgical strikes on militant camps in Pakistan across the Line of Control, allegedly-killing several suspected militants. However, Pakistan rejects this claim and terms it cross-border firing that killed two of its soldiers. (India Today), (Reuters), (Dawn)
  • 30 Sep Aleppo offensive (September 2016): Ten thousand pro-government troops, mostly Iranian-led Shiite militants, amass near Aleppo in preparation of a final assault on rebel-held parts of the city. (CNN)
  • 01 Oct Yemeni Civil War: Houthi forces launch rockets that hit and reportedly destroy HSV-2 Swift, a military vessel belonging to the United Arab Emirates Navy, off the coast of Yemen, near the strategic Red Sea port of Mokha. (Reuters), (Press TV)
  • 02 Oct Libyan Civil War (2014–present): An ISIL sniper in Sirte, Libya, shoots dead Dutch photographer and war correspondent Jeroen Oerlemans. (The Independent)
  • 03 Oct War in Afghanistan (2001–present): The Taliban launches an offensive entering the city of Kunduz which they briefly captured last year. (Nine Entertainment Company Now)A bomb kills one person and leaves two injured in Kabul. (Sputniknews)
  • 04 Oct Sectarianism in Pakistan: An apparent sectarian attack by two motorcyclists who open fire on a bus traveling to Hazara Town, Quetta, Pakistan, kills four women from Pakistan's Shia Hazara and injures two other people. (The Daily Mail), (Dawn), (Firstpost)
  • 05 Oct Mexican tequila producer Jose Cuervo will delay its IPO until after the U.S. presidential election due to concern over potential market volatility. (Reuters)
  • 06 Oct Somali Civil War (2009–present): An al-Shabaab attack on a village near the Kenyan town of Mandera results in six deaths. (Reuters), (Capital FM Kenya)
  • 07 Oct Insurgency in Balochistan: Two bombs explode on a train near the town of Machh, Pakistan, killing at least six people with nineteen more injured. (AP via The New York Times)
  • 08 Oct Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: Saudi-led coalition jets launch airstrikes on civilians at the funeral of the father of the Houthi government's Interior Minister in Sana'a, killing at least 140 people, and injuring over 500 more. One of the dead is the mayor of Sana'a, Abdul-Qader Hilal. (The Independent), (BBC), (Reuters)
  • 09 Oct Kurdish–Turkish conflict (2015–present): A suspected PKK car bomb kills at least 17 people, and injures 27 others in Turkey's southeast Hakkâri Province. (The Independent)
  • 10 Oct War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A suicide bombing kills at least 14 people, mostly police officers, in Lashkargah, Helmand Province, as Taliban insurgents advance upon the Afghan city. (The Voice of America) (Reuters)A gunman kills 14 people at a Shi'ite shrine in Kabul on a holy day. (Reuters via ABC News Australia)
  • 11 Oct A gunman, reportedly wearing an Afghan police uniform, kills at least 14 people and wounds dozens more in the Shiite Karte Sakhi shrine in Kabul on the beginning of Ashura. Police kill the attacker. (UPI), (Reuters)
  • 12 Oct Iraqi Civil War: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi rejects Turkey's claim that Turkish forces must be included in an operation to retake the militant-held city of Mosul. (The Military Times)
  • 13 Oct Yemeni Crisis (2011–present): The U.S. military launches Tomahawk cruise missiles from the USS Nitze against Houthi-controlled radar sites in Yemen following two incidents in which, according to U.S. military, missiles were fired on United States Navy vessels in the Red Sea. (Reuters), (NBC News)
  • 14 Oct Sinai insurgency: A suspected ISIL attack on a security checkpoint in North Sinai Governorate, Egypt, leaves at least 12 Egyptian military personnel and 15 terrorists dead. (Reuters), (CNN)
  • 15 Oct Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017), 2016 October Baghdad attacks: Attacks targeting a Shi'ite Muslim gathering, a police check-point, and the family of an anti-Islamic State Sunni paramilitary leader, kill at least 55 people in Iraq. (Reuters)ISIL claims responsibility as a response to take back launching of its stronghold Mosul by the Iraqi forces. (TeleSUR)
  • 16 Oct Turkey–ISIL conflict: A suicide bomber kills three police officers and wounds at least nine people in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep during a police raid on a suspected ISIL safehouse. (Reuters)
  • 17 Oct Iraqi Civil War: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announces the start of the Battle of Mosul, backed by the U.S.-led coalition, to retake ISIL-held Mosul, the self-declared caliphate's capital in Iraq. (Reuters), (Reuters²)
  • 18 Oct War in Somalia: Somali police say at least seven are dead after clashes as Somali and African Union troops pushed back al-Shabab extremists from Afgooye, a town near Mogadishu. (AP)
  • 19 Oct A natural gas explosion damages several buildings and injures eight people in downtown Portland, Oregon. (The Las Vegas Review-Journal)
  • 20 Oct Turkish military intervention in the Syrian Civil War: Turkish jets hit Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia with 26 airstrikes in three recently-captured-from-ISIL villages west of al-Bab and northeast of Aleppo. The Turkish General Staff says between 160 and 200 have been killed, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports 11 dead and dozens of people wounded. (Reuters), (USA Today)
  • 21 Oct Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): ISIL militants launch attacks on government buildings, police stations, and a power station in the city of Kirkuk, Iraqi Kurdistan, killing dozens of people. (BBC)
  • 22 Oct Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017), Battle of Mosul (2016–2017): The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant executes at least 284 people in Mosul. (CNN), (RT)
  • 23 Oct Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): Saudi Arabian-led air raids on the Yemeni capital Sana'a resume after a truce ends. (The Daily Mail)
  • 24 Oct Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): ISIL recaptures the western Iraqi town of Ar-Rutbah, which it previously withdrew from in May. (Al Jazeera)
  • 25 Oct 2016 Quetta police training college attack: Gunmen attack a Pakistani police training academy in the southwestern city of Quetta, leaving at least 59 people dead and 117 others injured. ISIL - Khorasan Province claims responsibility for the attack. (Reuters), (AP via Yahoo!), (Al Jazeera Media Network) (BBC), (Dawn), (CNN)
  • 26 Oct Somali Civil War (2009–present): A militant group affiliated with ISIL seizes the coastal town of Qandala in the autonomous Puntland region. (Reuters)
  • 27 Oct Japan's Prince Mikasa, the oldest member of the Imperial Family, dies at the age of 100. (Reuters)
  • 28 Oct Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): Battle of Mosul (2016–2017): The UN reports 232 civilians have been murdered in and near Mosul by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (CNN) (NBC News)
  • 29 Oct Sectarianism in Pakistan: Five people are killed and several other civilians injured as armed terrorists, targeting Shia Muslims, open fire on participants of a Majlis at a home in the Nazimabad district of Karachi, Pakistan. (Samaa TV) (The Express Tribune)
  • 30 Oct Sinai insurgency: A military operation in North Sinai Governorate left 4 soldiers and 6 insurgents dead. (Al-Ahram)
  • 31 Oct Police kill eight Students Islamic Movement of India members after their prison escape in Bhopal, India. (Reuters)
  • 01 Nov Battle of Mosul (2016): United Nations Human Rights Council spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani says ISIL militants killed 40 former Iraqi Security Forces members and threw their bodies in the Tigris river near Mosul on Saturday. (Reuters)Iraqi Special Operations Forces have fought their way into the outskirts of Mosul. (Chicago Tribune)
  • 02 Nov Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: New analysis by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau suggests that no-one was controlling Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 as it plunged into the southern Indian Ocean in 2014. (AP via Fox News)
  • 03 Nov War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Battle of Boz Qandahari: Two United States military personnel, four Afghan Commandos, and 30 civilians are killed in clashes with the Taliban in Kunduz province, Afghanistan. (VOA News) (NATO) (Reuters)
  • 04 Nov Kurdish–Turkish conflict: A car bomb kills at least eight people and injures up to 100 in Diyarbakır, Turkey. (NPR) (USA Today)
  • 05 Nov Battle of Aleppo: A short ceasefire ends as residents of Aleppo prepare for a resumption of bombing. (Reuters via ABC Online)
  • 06 Nov War in Afghanistan (2001–present): An Australian woman has reportedly been kidnapped in Kabul. (ABC Online)
  • 07 Nov Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): Battle of Mosul (2016–2017), Hamam al-Alil massacre: Iraqi Army discover at least 100 beheaded bodies as they retake Hamam al-Alil, the last major settlement south of Mosul. (CNN)
  • 08 Nov Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): Six Al Qaeda insurgents are killed by the Arab coalition in Yemen. (Reuters)
  • 09 Nov Operation Inherent Resolve: The United States military states that it has inadvertently killed 64 civilians in air strikes on targets in Syria and Iraq over the past year. (AP via Fox News)
  • 10 Nov War in Afghanistan (2001–present): German consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif attack: At least two people have been killed and 90 injured in an attack on the German consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif. The Taliban has claimed responsibility. (The New York Times)
  • 11 Nov Syrian Civil War: Armed opposition militants fired shells containing chlorine and white phosphorus at the 1070 Apartments project in Aleppo. (Al Masdar News)
  • 12 Nov Sectarianism in Pakistan, 2016 Khuzdar bombing: At least 52 people, including women and children, have been killed and more than 100 injured by a bomb explosion in the crowded Shah Noorani Shrine in Hub town, Lasbela District, Balochistan, Pakistan. ISIL has claimed responsibility. (The News) (GEO tv) (Daily Pakistan), (BBC)
  • 13 Nov Internal conflict in Myanmar: Rohingya insurgency in Western Myanmar: Eight people are killed and 36 are arrested in clashes between the Myanmar Army and what are believed to be Rohingya insurgents in Rakhine State. (Reuters)
  • 14 Nov Terrorism in Indonesia: A child is killed and three other children are wounded in an attack in Samarinda. (ABC)
  • 15 Nov Syrian Civil War: Between four and 20 people are reported killed by government and Russian airstrikes that hit rebel held areas, five hospitals, and a mobile clinic in Aleppo, says U.S. State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau. Syria and Russia deny targeting Aleppo. (Al Jazeera) (Reuters) (CBS News)
  • 16 Nov War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Four members of the Afghan National Security Forces are killed and 11 people are injured during a suicide bomber attack near the Afghan defense ministry headquarters in Kabul. (AP via ABC News America)
  • 17 Nov The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports a car bomb has killed at least ten people in the city of Azaz, Aleppo Governorate. (Reuters)
  • 18 Nov Moro conflict: At least 14 are killed in clashes with suspected Abu Sayyaf militants in Sulu, Philippines. (The New York Times) (Inquirer)
  • 19 Nov Iraqi Civil War: At least 12 tribal fighters were killed by ISIL insurgents. The attack occurred in Shirqat. (Reuters)
  • 20 Nov Internal conflict in Myanmar: At least 8 people are killed and more than a dozen others are injured following an attack on Tatmadaw checkpoints, police outposts and the 105th Mile Trade Center by several insurgent groups in Muse, Shan State. The State Counselor's office issues a statement claiming that the Kachin Independence Army, Ta'ang National Liberation Army and Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army were involved in the attack. (Anadolu)
  • 21 Nov Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): A largely ineffective 48-hour ceasefire comes to a head as both sides violate the terms of the armistice and continue clashing. At least 35 are killed, including 4 civilians. (Yahoo)
  • 22 Nov The board of TransAsia Airways decides to dissolve the company after halting flights on Tuesday. (Bloomberg) (The Wall Street Journal) (The New York Times)
  • 23 Nov 2016 India–Pakistan military confrontation: Pakistani officials say nine civilians have been killed after cross-border Indian shelling hit their passenger bus in Neelam Valley, northeast of Muzaffarabad, while three Pakistani soldiers were killed in other cross-border firing incidents. (Reuters), (The Washington Post)
  • 24 Nov Colombian peace process: The Colombian government and FARC rebels sign a new peace deal after the failure of the original one. (Reuters)
  • 25 Nov Legality of cannabis: Legal sales of recreational-use marijuana, authorized by Alaska ballot measure 2 in 2014, begin in Juneau, the state capital of Alaska. (Juneau Empire)
  • 26 Nov Somali Civil War (2009–present): A car bomb kills at least 20 in Mogadishu. (VOA News)
  • 27 Nov Syrian Armed Forces have captured the entire Hanano district in eastern Aleppo and are working on removing mines and improvised explosive devices from the district, while the rebels blame lack of hospitals for collapsing defences. (Reuters)
  • 28 Nov Aleppo offensive (November 2016): Syrian government forces and Kurdish People's Protection Units capture more than a third of rebel-controlled eastern Aleppo. (BBC),(The New York Times)Thousands of civilians escape to government- and Kurdish-controlled districts of the city following the recent conquests. The United Nations estimates more than 250,000 civilians may still be stuck in rebel-held parts of the city. (UPI)
  • 29 Nov Somali Civil War (2009–present): A bomb kills at least 4 Somali soldiers and another 11 are injured. (Reuters)
  • 30 Nov War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Afghan security forces killed 16 militants from Taliban group in Ghazni. (TOLOnews)
  • 01 Dec Ethnic violence in South Sudan (2011–present): A United Nations human rights commission in South Sudan claims a "steady process of ethnic cleansing is underway" in the war-torn nation. (Al Jazeera)
  • 02 Dec Kurdish–Turkish conflict (2015–present): A military operation leaves three Turkish soldiers dead and another three wounded in Hakkâri Province, Turkey. (Anadolu Agency) (Daily Sabah) (Reuters)
  • 03 Dec Somali Civil War (2009-present): Seven insurgents are killed in clashes northern Somalia. (Reuters)
  • 04 Dec Insurgency in the North Caucasus: The Russian Federal Security Service claims to have killed Rustam Asildarov, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's Caucasus Province and four other militants in the Dagestan region. (AFP via Yahoo! News Australia), (RFERL), (CNN)
  • 05 Dec At least 31 are killed in clashes in Kasai, DR Congo. (Reuters)
  • 06 Dec Six Pakistani nationals fishing in the Red Sea, off the coast of Mocha in the Taiz Governorate of Yemen, are killed and another six are unaccounted for after a Saudi air raid on a boat carrying 12 Pakistani sailors. (The News), (The Nation, Pakistan)
  • 07 Dec Syrian Civil War: Battle of Aleppo (2012–present), Aleppo offensive (November–December 2016): Syrian rebels withdraw from the old city of Aleppo. (BBC)Turkish military intervention in Syria: Turkish Air Force jets strike 12 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets in Al-Bab District, killing at least 23 militants. (Reuters)
  • 08 Dec War in Donbass: As of December 1, the total death toll for the war stands at an estimated 9,758 people according to a United Nations report released today. (United Nations)
  • 09 Dec Syrian Civil War: Battle of Aleppo, Aleppo offensive (November–December 2016): Russia and the United States will continue talks on Aleppo after talks between the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. (AlJazeera)
  • 10 Dec Syrian Civil War: Palmyra offensive (December 2016): The SOHR and Amaq announce that ISIL has captured an oil field north-west of Palmyra. (De Standaard) (VOA)American-led intervention in Syria, Northern Raqqa offensive (November–December 2016): The United States announces that it will deploy an additional 200 troops to help force the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant from Al-Raqqah. (Reuters), (BBC), (ABC News)
  • 11 Dec Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): Two car bombings kill at least eight people in Fallujah. (Reuters)
  • 12 Dec December 2016 Istanbul bombings: The death toll from the bombings in Beşiktaş, Istanbul, rises to at least 44, according to Health Minister Recep Akdağ. (Anadolu Agency)At least 118 HDP officials and supporters are arrested in anti-terrorism raids. HDP rejects any link with either the PKK or Kurdistan Freedom Falcons. (Reuters), (FOX News)
  • 13 Dec Botroseya Church bombing: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility for the Egyptian Coptic Church bombing in Cairo that claimed 25 lives on 11 December. (IBT)
  • 14 Dec Aleppo offensive (November–December 2016): Shelling breaks the ceasefire in Aleppo causing disruption to the evacuation of rebels and civilians. (CNN) (The Star via Reuters) (BBC)
  • 15 Dec War in Donbass: The European Union extends its main Ukraine-related economic sanctions against Russia for six months until mid-2017. (Reuters)
  • 16 Dec Aleppo offensive (November–December 2016): Evacuations following the failed ceasefire are once again disrupted by the Syrian forces for reasons withheld. An estimate of 8000 people, mostly civilians, successfully fled the remains of the city. (The New York Times)
  • 17 Dec 2016 Kayseri bombing: At least 13 people are killed and 56 others are wounded in a car bomb attack on a bus carrying off-duty soldiers in Kayseri Province, central Turkey. (BBC) (The Guardian)
  • 18 Dec Syrian Civil War, Aleppo offensive (November–December 2016): Rebels attack and burn several buses en route to evacuate ill and injured people from the besieged Syrian villages of Al-Fu'ah and Kafriya. (The Guardian)
  • 19 Dec Assassination of Andrei Karlov: The Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov is killed in a gun attack at an art gallery in Ankara. Russia calls the assassin, 22-year old police officer, Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, a "terrorist". Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu goes to Moscow for a planned trilateral meeting on Syria, saying "the incident will not impact relations between Turkey and Russia". (Reuters) (Daily Mirror UK) (New York Times) (Sputnik)
  • 20 Dec Assassination of Andrei Karlov: Six people are arrested in Ankara for alleged involvement in the murder of Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey. (Reuters via ABC News Australia)
  • 21 Dec Terrorism in Indonesia: Indonesian police kill three people in a gunfight south of Jakarta after a bomb is found. Fourteen people are arrested in connection to alleged involvement in plans for suicide bomb attacks. (Reuters) (Reuters² via Free Malaysia Today)
  • 22 Dec Syrian Civil War, Battle of Aleppo (2012–16): The Syrian Army says it is now in full control of the city of Aleppo following the evacuation of the last group of rebels to the Idlib Governorate. (BBC)
  • 23 Dec Syrian Civil War: The bodies of over 100 Syrian Army POWs are reportedly found in what was the last rebel held territory of East Aleppo. Syrian Army officers claim they were executed by rebel forces. (Al-Masdar News)
  • 24 Dec Boko Haram insurgency: President Muhammadu Buhari announces that the Nigerian Armed Forces have successfully driven out Boko Haram militants from their last stronghold in the Sambisa Forest in northeastern Nigeria. (BBC News) (Business Insider)
  • 25 Dec Pope Francis pleads for peace in a Christmas Mass in the Vatican. (Voice of America)
  • 26 Dec American Actor George S. Irving, best known for being one of the last members of the original production of Oklahoma! and voicing Heat Miser from The Year Without a Santa Claus, dies at age 94. (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • 27 Dec Yemeni Civil War: Government forces push to capture a Houthi enclave in Bayhan District, on the border between Shabwa and Marib provinces, resulting at least 28 Houthi militants and 12 Yemeni soldiers killed. (Dunya News)
  • 28 Dec War in Afghanistan (2001–present): An explosion in Kabul leads to several casualties. Afghan police report that the attack was aimed at a member of the National Assembly, Fakori Behishti. (Reuters)
  • 29 Dec Syrian Civil War: Russian president Vladimir Putin says a ceasefire has been brokered between the Syrian government and rebel forces. The ceasefire is said to be guaranteed by Russia and Turkey and would exclude UN-denominated terror organizations such as ISIL and al-Nusra. The FSA says it would abide by the truce, while Ahrar al-Sham expresses "reservations". (ITV) (Reuters)
  • 30 Dec The funeral of Łukasz Urban, the driver killed in the course of last week's attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, takes place in his village of Banie near the German border. President of Poland Andrzej Duda and a German diplomat attend. (BBC) (Deutsche Welle)
  • 31 Dec Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): December 2016 Baghdad bombings: A pair of bomb blasts targeting a market in central Baghdad kills at least 27 people and injures over 50. (AP), (The Telegraph)