2017

The year began on a Sunday, just 19 days before the start of the Trump presidency. As many Americans suspected, the 365 days that followed would be ones characterized by controversy and contradiction.

What few suspected, however, was how great a part courage would play in 2017. This year will go down in history as one that saw women band together against widespread sexual violence. Known as the “Silence Breakers” these women would go on to become Time magazine’s person of the year. While marred by numerous terrorist acts, including a deadly Las Vegas shooting that left 58 people dead, 2017 also served to display humanity’s solidarity. It also saw the first total solar eclipse since 1918.

In terms of popular media, Disney smashed its competition at the box office. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Beauty and the Beast, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming all placed in the top five with well over 300 million dollars in gross revenue. While Game of Thrones dominated our televisions, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” flew off bookstore shelves. Meanwhile, the Nintendo Switch became the hot commodity at the electronics and video game stores.

Technology and global progress also allowed for some stunning discoveries in 2017, including: the discovery of a new organ, the creation of the world’s first ‘cyborg’, the exploration of a new continent; the approval of a drug proven effective on all cancer types, and the first instance of genetic repairs made to a human embryo. Volvo would also go down as the first automaker to promise an all-electric or all-hybrid line-up by 2019.

In 2017, we also mourned the loss of some great individuals. The original Batman, Adam West, died of leukemia on June 9th. One of the pioneers of Rock n’ Roll, Fats Domino, died peacefully in October at the age of 89. A total of 7,656 people lost their lives to terrorism worldwide. As the year ended, many worried Americans turned their eyes to trouble brewing on the Korean peninsula.

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Directed by: James Mangold

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook

Country: United States of America

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Dunkirk

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Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

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Taken

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Country: United States of America

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Training Day

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Starring: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn, Tom Berenger

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Historical Events

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Events

  • 01 Jan 2017 Istanbul nightclub attack: A gunman opens fire in a nightclub in Istanbul, on the European coast of the Bosphorus, killing at least 39 people with an additional 69 wounded. (BBC), (AP via ABC News Australia), (Fox News)
  • 02 Jan 2017 Istanbul nightclub attack: The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility for the attack in what it claims is a response to Turkey's actions in neighbouring Syria. (The Washington Post)
  • 03 Jan Ford announces that it has cancelled plans to build a $1.6 billion plant in Mexico, long criticized by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, and will invest $700 million in its Michigan plant in Flat Rock, potentially creating 700 new jobs from the investment and expansion of the plant. (CNN), (Fox News)
  • 04 Jan 2017 Brooklyn train crash: A commuter train from the Long Island Rail Road derails during the morning rush hour in Brooklyn, New York, injuring 103 people. (CBS)
  • 05 Jan Kurdish–Turkish conflict: A shootout in İzmir kills two gunmen while another one escapes. During the shootout a car bomb explodes, killing a police officer and court employee. (The Guardian)
  • 06 Jan Syrian Civil War: Russian military intervention in Syria: Russia begins to withdraw its forces from Syria, with its aircraft carrier battle group being the first to leave. The United Nations says the ceasefire is "largely holding". (BBC)
  • 07 Jan Syrian Civil War: A fuel truck explodes in the Syrian town of Azaz, near the border with Turkey, killing at least 43 people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (The Guardian)
  • 08 Jan January 2017 Jerusalem vehicular attack: A truck rams into a group of Israeli soldiers in a deliberate attack in East Jerusalem, killing four and wounding 21. The perpetrator was previously convicted of terrorism and was jailed for 10 years. (CNN) (The Guardian)
  • 09 Jan January 2017 Jerusalem vehicular attack: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blames the Islamic State for the attack that killed four soldiers and injured 15 others in East Jerusalem. (CNN)
  • 10 Jan War in Afghanistan, 10 January 2017 Afghanistan bombings: Two bombs explode near the National Assembly in Kabul, killing at least 38 people. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 11 Jan War in Afghanistan: At least 11 people are killed in a bombing in Kandahar, including five UAE diplomats. (Al Jazeera)
  • 12 Jan Two members of funk band Tower of Power are seriously injured after being struck by a train near Jack London Square in Oakland, California.(SF Gate)
  • 13 Jan Syrian Civil War: The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says, for the first time, that they suspect Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other senior officials of the Syrian government are responsible for the use of chemical weapons in the conflict. (Reuters)
  • 14 Jan Battle of Mosul (2016–17): Iraqi forces capture parts of Mosul University and several areas along the Tigris River from Islamic State militants. (Al Jazeera), (Reuters)
  • 15 Jan War in Afghanistan: At least seven people are killed when their vehicle hits a roadside bomb in Nangarhar Province. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 16 Jan Syrian Civil War: Deir ez-Zor offensive (January–February 2017): ISIL's third attack against the Syrian government's forces in the city of Deir ez-Zor reportedly splits the government held area in two. An estimated 14,000 ISIL fighters are participating in the attack according to the government. (Al Masdar News)
  • 17 Jan Boko Haram insurgency: A Nigerian Air Force jet mistakenly bombs a refugee camp in Borno State, near the border with Cameroon, killing at least 90 people and injuring more than 100. The pilot reportedly believed he was attacking Boko Haram militants. (BBC)
  • 18 Jan Northern Mali conflict: A suicide bomber detonates a vehicle full of explosives at a military camp in Gao, Mali, killing at least 76 people and wounding scores more in Mali's deadliest terrorist attack in history. (The Guardian)
  • 19 Jan Syrian Civil War: ISIL militants execute 12 people in Palmyra, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (BBC)
  • 20 Jan Syrian Civil War: ISIL militants destroy part of Palmyra's ancient Roman theatre. (BBC)An airstrike kills more than 40 Jabhat Fateh al-Sham fighters at a jihadist camp west of Aleppo. It is currently unknown whether American or Russian planes carried out the attack. (Reuters), (FOX News)
  • 21 Jan War in North-West Pakistan: 2017 Parachinar bombing: At least 22 people are killed and around 90 injured after a bomb explodes at a vegetable market in Parachinar in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. (Al Jazeera), (AP), (Bernama via AstroAwan), (Radio Pakistan)Lashkar-i-Jhangvi al-Alami and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan released joint statements claiming responsibility through text messages sent to journalists. (Dawn News), (Reuters)
  • 22 Jan A 7.9 magnitude earthquake hits west of Panguna, Papua New Guinea, beneath Bougainville Island. No immediate reports of casualties or major damage. Tsunami alert for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands is rescinded. (Reuters/AP via ABC) (TVNZ) (AFP via Yahoo! News) (USGS)
  • 23 Jan Yemeni Civil War: The Yemeni Army claims to have recaptured the port city of Mocha from Houthi rebels. (Al Jazeera)
  • 24 Jan 89th Academy Awards: Nominations for the 2017 Academy Awards are announced, with La La Land, Moonlight and Hidden Figures among the favorites. (Los Angeles Times)
  • 25 Jan Somali Civil War (2009–present): Twenty-eight people are killed in a coordinated attack on the Dayah Hotel in central Mogadishu. The terrorist group Al-Shabaab claims responsibility. (Yahoo) (Al Jazeera)
  • 26 Jan Libyan Civil War (2014–present): Forces of the Libyan National Army claim to have captured one of the last remaining strongholds of Benghazi from Ansar al-Sharia. (Al Jazeera)
  • 27 Jan Somali Civil War (2009–present): Al-Shabaab militants attack a remote AMISOM base in southern Somalia, claiming to have killed dozens of Kenyan troops. (Reuters)
  • 28 Jan Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): The World Food Programme cuts food aid to over 1.4 million displaced Iraqis by 50%, citing payment delays from donor states. (Al Jazeera)
  • 29 Jan Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): Yakla raid: A U.S. military raid takes place in Yemen's southern Al Bayda Governorate. According to medics on the scene as reported by Reuters, "around 30" were killed, among which were at least three senior Al-Qaeda members, at least one U.S. service member, and 10 women and children. (Reuters) (The Guardian)
  • 30 Jan War in Donbass: The Ukrainian military says seven soldiers have been killed by pro-Russian separatists since Sunday. The separatists report over 5 days of artillery attacks on them by the Ukrainian side. (Reuters)
  • 31 Jan Syrian Civil War: The Syrian opposition agrees to surrender their remaining villages in the stretch between the Wadi Barada area and the Lebanon-Syria border, as well as the Rankous borderange for transportation of at least 250 rebel fighters to their stronghold in the Idlib Governorate. (Al Masdar News)
  • 01 Feb Four alleged extremists planning terror attacks in Azerbaijan are killed in a shootout with the country's security forces; one suspect is arrested. The State Security Service says the group was connected to an unspecified religious extremist group abroad. (Reuters) (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 02 Feb Georgia–European Union relations: The European Parliament unanimously approves visa-free regime in the Schengen zone for Georgia. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 03 Feb War in Afghanistan (2001–present): According to Afghan Police, eight of their forces have been killed by the Taliban at a checkpoint in Faryab Province. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 04 Feb War in Donbass: A rebel commander is killed by a bomb in eastern Ukraine while three Ukrainian Army soldiers are killed in fighting. At least 33 people have been killed in fighting over the past week. (AP via News Limited)
  • 05 Feb Heavy snow and avalanches kill dozens of people in Afghanistan and northern Pakistan, while Kabul International Airport is closed due to snow and ice on the runway. (BBC), (FOX News)
  • 06 Feb Sinai insurgency: An Egyptian Army raid in central Sinai kills at least 14 ISIL militants. (Reuters)
  • 07 Feb War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A suicide bombing at the Supreme Court of Afghanistan in Kabul kills at least 20 people and injures 41 others, 10 of whom are in critical condition. (BBC) (NBC News)
  • 08 Feb War in Donbass: Donetsk People's Republic commander Mikhail Tolstykh, better known by his nom de guerre "Givi", is killed in a bomb blast in Makiivka, Donetsk Oblast. DPR officials blame the Security Service of Ukraine for the attack. (BBC)
  • 09 Feb Syrian Civil War, Battle of al-Bab: At least three soldiers of the Turkish Armed Forces are accidentally killed by a Russian airstrike near al-Bab in northern Syria. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 10 Feb French police arrest three men and a 16-year-old girl found with bomb-making materials in a Montpellier flat. The female suspect had been spotted online saying she wanted to either leave for the Syria-Iraq conflict or mount an attack in France, and recorded a video in which she pledged allegiance to ISIL. (BBC)
  • 11 Feb War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A suicide bomber kills at least seven people outside a bank in Lashkargah. (Reuters)
  • 12 Feb Yemeni Civil War (2015–present), Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: A helicopter from the Saudi-led coalition bombs a vehicle outside Aden International Airport, wounding at least three Yemeni soldiers. (Reuters)
  • 13 Feb War in North-West Pakistan: 2017 Lahore suicide bombing: At least 13 people, including six police officers, are killed and 85 are injured after a bomb explodes at a protest rally in Lahore, Punjab. The Pakistani Taliban splinter group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claims responsibility. (Dawn)
  • 14 Feb Syrian Civil War, Idlib Governorate clashes (2017): Rival fighters between Tahrir al-Sham and Jund al-Aqsa clash in Syria's northern Idlib Governorate, killing "dozens" according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (BBC)
  • 15 Feb War in North-West Pakistan: Two separate bombings take place in Pakistan, killing at least seven people. A suicide bomber kills five people at the administrative headquarters in the Mohmand Agency tribal district while the other kills two people at a hospital in Peshawar. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claims responsibility for the first attack. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 16 Feb 2017 Sehwan suicide bombing: At least 70 people are killed and more than 150 injured in suicide bombing at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Shrine in Sehwan, Sindh, Pakistan; 50 of the injured are in critical condition, medical emergency has been declared in the hospitals of Hyderabad, Dadu and Jamshoro. (Dawn News), (The News)
  • 17 Feb Boko Haram insurgency: Up to seven suicide bombers blow themselves up after failing in an attempt to attack a camp for displaced people near Maiduguri, Nigeria. (Al Jazeera)
  • 18 Feb 2017 Leuven derailment: One person is killed and 20 are injured when a passenger train derails near Leuven, Belgium. (Sky News)
  • 19 Feb Iraqi Civil War, Battle of Mosul: Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says U.S.-backed Iraqi forces have launched an operation to regain control of western Mosul from ISIL militants. The United Nations says humanitarian agencies are setting up in these older sections of the city where, already, food and fuel supplies are dwindling, running water is scarce, and electricity in many neighborhoods is unreliable for the estimated 800,000 civilians. (CNN) (BBC) (UN-OCHA)
  • 20 Feb Gunmen attack a Vietnamese vessel near Tawi-Tawi, Philippines, killing at least one sailor and abducting seven others, according to the Philippine Coast Guard. Abu Sayyaf militants are suspected of being behind the attack. (Reuters)
  • 21 Feb War in North-West Pakistan: Multiple suicide bombers kill at least six people near a district court in Charsadda. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claimed responsibility for the attack. (Al Jazeera)
  • 22 Feb Syrian Civil War, Raqqa offensive: U.S.-backed SDF forces on two fronts meet up northeast of Raqqa, encircling a pocket of villages still held by ISIS. (Rudaw)
  • 23 Feb War in North-West Pakistan: At least six people are killed in a bomb blast in the Pakistani city of Lahore. (BBC)
  • 24 Feb Syrian Civil War, Battle of al-Bab: The Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army captures Al-Bab from ISIL after months of fighting. (The Washington Post)A car bomb explodes in the Syrian village of Sousian, north of al-Bab, killing at least 60 people. (Time), (BBC), (AP)
  • 25 Feb Syrian Civil War: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that militants attacked two Syrian Armed Forces bases in Homs, killing at least 42 people, including a senior intelligence officer. (Reuters via Jerusalem Post), (SBS)
  • 26 Feb Syrian Civil War: The Syrian Army recaptures the strategic town of Tadef from ISIL, south of al-Bab, securing key transportation routes in eastern Aleppo Governorate. (Xinhuanet)
  • 27 Feb Moro conflict: The Abu Sayyaf militant group beheads their German hostage Jurgen Kantner in Indanan, Philippines. (The Straits Times)
  • 28 Feb War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Twelve Afghan National Police officers are killed in a Taliban "infiltration attack" in the southern Helmand Province. (BBC)
  • 01 Mar War in Afghanistan (2001–present): At least 16 people were killed and 40 more wounded after two suicide bombers attacked Kabul. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 02 Mar Palmyra offensive (2017): The Syrian Army and its allies recapture the ancient city of Palmyra from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (Reuters)(Al-Masdar News)
  • 03 Mar 2015 Shoreham Airshow crash: The Air Accidents Investigation Branch determines that a pilot error was the cause of the crash. (BBC)
  • 04 Mar War in Afghanistan (2001–present): According to provincial officials, at least eight people are killed and another 22 are injured by a roadside bomb in Farah Province. However, according to locals, the attack was actually an airstrike. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 05 Mar Sudanese conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile: The Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North releases 127 prisoners from captivity, mostly troops of the Sudanese military. (Al Jazeera)
  • 06 Mar Internal conflict in Myanmar: According to the government of Myanmar, at least 30 people are killed in an attack on various police, military, and government installations by the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army in Laukkai. Four police officers were also taken hostage. (Reuters)
  • 07 Mar Syrian Civil War: The Syrian Army captures at least 23 villages in North East Aleppo Governorate from ISIL in a matter of hours after an ISIL withdrawal caused by the SAA capturing Al-Khafsah. (Al Masdar News)
  • 08 Mar War in Afghanistan (2001–present): March 2017 Kabul attack: A suicide bomber and unidentified gunmen dressed as doctors attack a military hospital in Kabul, killing at least 38 people and wounding dozens more. ISIL claims responsibility for the attack. (The Guardian)
  • 09 Mar Syrian Civil War, American-led intervention in Syria: According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, multiple suspected U.S.-led coalition air raids kill at least 23 civilians in the village of al-Matab in northern Syria. (Al Jazeera)
  • 10 Mar Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): A Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a market in Al Hudaydah Governorate, Yemen, kills at least 20 civilians and six Houthi militants. (AFP via Daily Mail)
  • 11 Mar Syrian Civil War: Twin bombings kill at least 40 people, mostly Shia Iraqi pilgrims, and wound over 100 in the Bab al-Saghir area of Damascus. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • 12 Mar Syrian Civil War: Tahrir al-Sham, al-Qaeda's branch in Syria, claims responsibility for yesterday's twin bomb attacks in Damascus which left dozens dead. (BBC)
  • 13 Mar War in Afghanistan (2001–present): At least one person is killed and another eight are wounded after a suicide bomber attacks a bus carrying government employees in Kabul. (Al Jazeera)
  • 14 Mar Piracy off the coast of Somalia: Off the northern coast of Somalia, Somali pirates hijack the Aris 13, a United Arab Emirates-owned oil tanker, kidnapping eight Sri Lankan crew members. This is the first hijacking of a large commercial vessel in five years. (AP via The Independent)
  • 15 Mar Israeli authorities shoot into a car that was on a ramming attack at a bus shelter at the Gush Etzion Junction in the West Bank where 13 Palestinians and 3 Israelis have been killed since October 2015. A 16-year-old Palestinian, Fatima Jibrin Taqatqa, had lost control of her car and the teenager now remains in critical condition. (Jewish Press), (Fars)
  • 16 Mar Piracy off the coast of Somalia: The Somali pirates that hijacked the Aris 13, a United Arab Emirates-owned oil tanker, release it without condition. (BBC)
  • 17 Mar Yemeni Civil War (2015-present): An unknown perpetrator using an Apache helicopter fires upon a boat carrying Somali refugees off the coast of Yemen, killing at least 40 of them, injuring 35 more. (Reuters), (AFP via MSN)
  • 18 Mar Syrian Civil War: Around 1,500–2,000 people leave al-Waer district of Homs today for their preferred destination of either Northern Homs Governorate, Idlib Governorate or Turkish Army positions in Northern Aleppo Governorate. Up to 15,000 to 20,000 people including armed militants, their families and supporters will leave the besieged district in the coming weeks with the rest of the population reconciling and receiving aid. (BBC), (Al Masdar News)
  • 19 Mar New Zealand–United States relations: New Zealand expels an unnamed United States diplomat after the embassy refused to waive his immunity during a police investigation. (BBC)
  • 20 Mar Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): A car bomb in Baghdad's southwestern Hayy Al-A'amel neighborhood kills at least 23 people, and wounds 45 others. (AP via Fox News)
  • 21 Mar War in Somalia: A car bomb explodes at a checkpoint near the Villa Somalia, the President of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed's official residence in Mogadishu, killing at least five people. (Citizen)
  • 22 Mar 2017 Westminster attack: An attacker carries out a vehicle-ramming attack outside the Houses of Parliament in London, before stabbing a police officer and subsequently being shot by security forces. Including the attacker, there are at least four people dead. (BBC), (Sky News), (Fox News)
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  • 24 Mar Insurgency in the North Caucasus: Six Chechen soldiers, along with six militants, are killed in a nighttime attack on a Russian National Guard base in Chechnya. (BBC)
  • 25 Mar Four people are killed in twin bombings in Sylhet, Bangladesh. (BBC)
  • 26 Mar A Ukrainian military Mi-2 transport helicopter crashes after hitting a power line near Kramatorsk, Donetsk Oblast, killing all five people aboard. (Reuters)
  • 27 Mar The Big Maple Leaf, a solid gold 1 million dollar Canadian coin weighing 100 kilograms (220 lb), is stolen from the Bode Museum in Berlin, Germany.(CBC)
  • 28 Mar 2017 Congolese police decapitation attacks: Authorities find the remains of two missing U.N. investigators—former Swedish politician Zaida Catalán and U.S. national Michael Sharp—in a shallow grave in the province of Kasaï-Central, Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Reuters), (BBC), (UN News Centre)
  • 29 Mar Turkish military intervention in Syria: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım announces an end to the operation Euphrates Shield, which was part of international military operations against ISIL. He adds: "Any operation following this one will have a different name." (Deutsche Welle), (Al Jazeera)
  • 30 Mar Syrian Civil War: According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the total number of refugees from Syria reaches over five million. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 31 Mar War in North-West Pakistan: A bomb targets a mosque in the city of Parachinar near the border with Afghanistan killing at least 22 people and wounding dozens more. (Reuters)
  • 01 Apr Military intervention against ISIL: An Iraqi airstrike near Al Qaim, Anbar province, Iraq, kills Ayad al-Jumaili, believed to be ISIL's second-in-command. (Al Jazeera)
  • 02 Apr India inaugurates the 9.2-kilometer Chenani-Nashri Tunnel, in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. (The Times of India)
  • 03 Apr 2017 Saint Petersburg Metro bombing: An attack on a Saint Petersburg Metro train at Sennaya Ploshchad station kills at least 11 people and injures more than 50 others. Authorities disarm another bomb, found at nearby Vosstaniya Square station. (The Independent), (The New York Times)
  • 04 Apr Syrian Civil War: A toxic gas attack, allegedly by Syrian warplanes, kills at least 83 and injures many more in rebel-held Khan Shaykhun, Idlib. (The Globe and Mail), (NBC News)
  • 05 Apr War in North-West Pakistan: A suicide bomber kills at least six people and wounds 18 near a Pakistan Army vehicle taking part in the census in the city of Lahore. (Reuters)
  • 06 Apr 2017 Saint Petersburg Metro bombing: Russian authorities discover and deactivate an explosive device in a Saint Petersburg flat, during ongoing raids occurring in response to the bombing. (BBC)
  • 07 Apr The United States launches 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles aimed at the Ash Sha'irat air base in Homs Governorate in response to the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons in its attack on the town of Khan Shaykhun. The Government of Syria claims the attack killed six soldiers and nine civilians, including four children. (NBC News) (AFP via Yahoo News)
  • 08 Apr War in Afghanistan: A U.S. special forces service member is killed while taking part in an operation against ISIL militants in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar Province. (Sky News)
  • 09 Apr 2017 Palm Sunday church bombings: At least 45 people have been killed and 50 injured in explosions near two Coptic Christian churches packed with worshippers on Palm Sunday in the Egyptian cities of Tanta and Alexandria. (Al Jazeera), (ABC Australia)The Government of Egypt imposes a three-month state of emergency in response to the bombings. (ABC)
  • 10 Apr South Sudanese Civil War: Government-aligned militias kill 16 people during a raid in Wau, South Sudan. (Reuters)
  • 11 Apr Syrian Civil War, Russian military intervention in Syria: According to the Russian Defence Ministry, two of its soldiers have been killed by a mortar attack in Syria while another was wounded. The ministry did not specify when or where the attack occurred. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)A US-led airstrike intended to kill ISIS soldiers mistakenly kills 18 members of the Syrian Democratic Forces. (The New York Times)
  • 12 Apr Ten people are killed in Inabanga, Bohol, in the Philippines' Central Visayas, after the country's National Police and Armed Forces clash with suspected members of Abu Sayyaf. (CNN Philippines)
  • 13 Apr War in Afghanistan (2001–present), April 2017 Nangarhar airstrike: The United States Air Force drops the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, reportedly on an ISIL complex of tunnels and caves. This is the first use of the weapon on the battlefield. (Business Insider)
  • 14 Apr War in Afghanistan: The Afghan Ministry of Defense reports as many as 36 suspected ISIL militants were killed while no civilians were harmed in yesterday's bombing in Nangarhar Province using the so-called "mother of all bombs" (GBU-43). The ministry spokesman added these deaths have not been independently verified. (Reuters)
  • 15 Apr Syrian Civil War, 2017 Aleppo suicide car bombing: A car bomb strikes a convoy of buses near Aleppo which were carrying evacuees from the pro-government towns of Al-Fu'ah and Kafriya. Over 100 people are killed. (BBC), (AP via Yahoo! News)
  • 16 Apr Nine people are injured in a shooting at the J&R Party Hall after-hours club in Columbus, Ohio. Two are in critical condition. (CNN) (Daily Mail)
  • 17 Apr American pipeline operator Williams Partners has agreed to sell an olefins plant in Louisiana to Canadian chemical company Nova Chemicals for $2.1 billion. (Reuters)
  • 18 Apr The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announces the discovery of eight mummies, 10 colorful sarcophagi, and numerous figurines in a 3,500-year-old tomb near the Valley of the Kings in Luxor. (CNN) (Radio New Zealand)
  • 19 Apr South Thailand insurgency: Joint bomb and gun attacks kill at least two in Narathiwat, Pattani, and Songkhla Provinces of Thailand, the latest in a long string of such attacks. (Reuters)
  • 20 Apr One policeman has been killed and another has been critically injured after a man opened fire at police officers at the Champs-Élysées in central Paris. The gunman was killed while attempting to escape, and a bystander has been injured. ISIL claims responsibility for the attack although the claim is doubted. The President of France Francois Hollande says that all leads indicate that the attack was of a "terrorist nature". (ABC News America via Yahoo!) (BBC), (The New York Times) (Le Parisien)
  • 21 Apr War in Afghanistan: 2017 Camp Shaheen attack: Taliban insurgents attack an Afghan military base in Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh Province, killing more than 140 soldiers. It is said to be the deadliest attack of its kind (BBC) , (AP) (Reuters)
  • 22 Apr Pope Francis, while honoring Christians killed under Nazism, communism, dictatorships, and terrorism at Rome's Basilica of St. Bartholomew, adds to those named the wife of a Muslim he met in Lesbos, Greece, who was killed by terrorists because she wouldn't throw down her crucifix. Francis referred to the Lesbos camp as a 'concentration camp' noting, despite the good will of local communities, many refugee camps are overcrowded and little more than prisons. (Reuters) (Catholic News Service)
  • 23 Apr War in Donbass: A U.S. member of the OSCE monitoring mission is killed and two others injured after their vehicle drives over a land mine near Luhansk. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 24 Apr 2017 Camp Shaheen attack: The Afghan Minister of Defense, Abdullah Habibi and the Chief of Staff of the Afghan National Army, Qadam Shah Shahim, resign after a Taliban attack on Camp Shaheen near Mazar-i-Sharif that claimed over 140 lives. (CNN) (UPI)
  • 25 Apr April 2017 Turkish airstrikes in Syria and Iraq: Turkish air strikes kill 18 Kurdish YPG fighters and media officials in northeastern Syria. Also five Peshmerga fighters are killed during a Turkish attack on Sinjar in Iraq. Turkey also claims to have destroyed "terror hubs". Iraq denounces the strike as a violation of its sovereignty. (Reuters) (Hurriet Daily News)
  • 26 Apr Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): The pro-government Popular Mobilization Forces militia takes control of the mostly destroyed ancient city of Hatra in Iraq's Nineveh Governorate, following clashes with ISIL, who seized the ruins in 2014. (BBC)
  • 27 Apr Syrian Civil War: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports a large explosion near Damascus International Airport followed by a fire. The Syrian government says Israel struck the military site with several missiles. Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz states that the strike "corresponds completely with Israel's policy". (BBC) (Wires via Sydney Morning Herald)The Israeli Air Defense Command shoots down a Syrian Air Force drone using a MIM-104 Patriot missile. (Times of Israel)
  • 28 Apr A 6.8 earthquake strikes off the coast of Mindanao, Philippines triggering tsunami warnings. (The Telegraph)
  • 29 Apr North Korea and weapons of mass destruction: The U.S. Pacific Command and South Korean defense officials report that a North Korean missile was fired in the early morning, but quickly failed and did not travel beyond North Korea, echoing a similar failed attempt by North Korea thirteen days ago. (The Washington Post)
  • 30 Apr One person is killed and seven are injured in a shooting at a pool party in San Diego, California. The suspect is killed by police. (The San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • 01 May Workers' Party of Belgium representative Raoul Hedebouw gets stabbed in the thigh, moments before holding a speech in Liège, Belgium. The presumed assailant is arrested. (Sudinfo)
  • 02 May Syrian Civil War: According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 38 people are killed, including civilians and Syrian Democratic Forces fighters, after ISIL militants attack a camp for displaced Syrian and Iraqi refugees near Al-Shaddadah, Al-Hasakah Governorate. (BBC)
  • 03 May War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A suicide bombing attack on a NATO convoy in Kabul kills eight civilians and wounds at least 28 people. (Reuters)
  • 04 May 2017 Venezuelan protests: A student is killed amid gunfire in El Tigre, raising the death toll in protests against Nicolás Maduro's government to at least 37 in the past month. (ABC News)
  • 05 May Syrian Civil War: Russia, Iran and Turkey reach an agreement, effective this midnight, to establish four "safe zones" in Syria over which all military aircraft, including Turkish, Russian, and American aircraft, will be barred from flying. (Reuters) (Fox News)The United Nations welcomed the long discussed safe zones, although they have been rejected by Syrian rebels and the Kurdish PYD. (Reuters) (Fox News) (Reuters)
  • 06 May War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Pope Francis criticizes naming the U.S. military's biggest non-nuclear explosive as the Mother of All Bombs, saying that the word "mother" should not be used in reference to a deadly weapon. (Reuters)
  • 07 May At least 11 people are dead after a bus and truck collide in Vietnam's Gia Lai province. (The Straits Times)
  • 08 May At the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport, Spirit Airlines cancels eleven flights and delays 30 due to a dispute between the airline and its pilots (as talks occur between the airline and the pilots' union, Air Line Pilots Association, International). Protests break out and three travelers are arrested. (The New York Times)
  • 09 May Syria–United States relations, Turkey–United States relations: Despite opposition from Turkey, President Donald Trump authorizes an arms deal with the Syrian Kurds to assist the Syrian Democratic Forces in their fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). (CNN)
  • 10 May Pope Francis intends to canonize two of the children who had visions at Fatima. (The Salt Lake Tribune)
  • 11 May Battle of Mosul: The Iraqi army's chief of staff, Lt Gen Othman al-Ghanmi, states that his security forces are only days away from completing the operation to recapture Mosul from ISIL. (BBC)
  • 12 May Grammy Award-winning band, Paramore, officially releases their fifth album After Laughter
  • 13 May Insurgency in Balochistan: Gunmen open fire on construction workers at Gwadar Port, Pakistan, killing at least 10 people. The Balochistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the attack. (Al Jazeera)
  • 14 May Yemeni Civil War: According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, a cholera outbreak has since April 27 killed at least 115 people and left another 8,500 ill across Yemen. (Al Jazeera)
  • 15 May Western Digital appeals to arbitration in an effort to prevent its partner Toshiba, from selling its chip-making operation, Toshiba Memory. (Reuters)
  • 16 May WannaCry ransomware attack: The cybersecurity firms Kaspersky Lab and Symantec report that technical evidence connects the WannaCry ransomware attack to the North Korean-backed Lazarus Group. North Korea is also believed to be responsible for previous cyberattacks on the SWIFT banking system and against Sony Pictures. (The Guardian), (The New York Times)
  • 17 May Bundu dia Kongo followers free their leader and 50 other inmates with an attack on the Makala jail of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Al Jazeera) (Pulse Nigeria)
  • 18 May United States aircraft bomb a convoy belonging to the Syrian pro-government militia within a so-called "deconfliction zone" around Al-Tanf. (CBS News) (Independent)
  • 19 May War in Afghanistan: A roadside bomb kills at least 11 people, all from the same family, in Logar Province. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 20 May Libyan Civil War (2014–present): The death toll from an attack on a Libyan National Army-controlled airbase in southern Libya reportedly rises to 140 people. (BBC)
  • 21 May War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A Taliban raid kills at least 20 Afghan police officers in southern Afghanistan. (AFP via Dunya News)
  • 22 May 2017 Manchester Arena bombing: Greater Manchester Police (GMP) report deadly explosions at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, at the end of Ariana Grande’s performance on her Dangerous Woman Tour. (BBC) (The Guardian)The GMP confirms at least 19 people have been killed and 50 others injured and is treating the incident as a terrorist attack. Nobody immediately claimed responsibility. (The Northern Echo) (NBC News) (The Washington Post)
  • 23 May Campaigning in the United Kingdom general election is suspended after the bombing at the Manchester Arena. The death toll is 22 with 59 injured. ISIL claims responsibility. Singer and actress Ariana Grande suspends her Dangerous Woman Tour. (AP), (BBC), (CNN)
  • 24 May 2017 Manchester Arena bombing: As part of an ongoing investigation, British police arrest six people in connection with Monday's deadly explosion, including a 23-year-old man who was taken into custody Tuesday. (ABC News) (Reuters) (Reuters²)The father, Ramadan Abedi, and younger brother, Hashem Abedi, of suspected bomber Salman Abedi are arrested in Tripoli by the Libyan Counter-Terrorism forces. (Chicago Tribune) (Hindustan Times)
  • 25 May Former Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos is injured when a booby-trapped package explodes inside his vehicle in Athens. Authorities report his injuries are not life threatening. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 26 May 2017 Minya attack: Gunmen open fire on buses carrying Coptic Christians in Minya Governorate, Egypt, killing at least 28 people and injuring dozens more. (The Independent)The Egyptian Air Force strikes militant camps in eastern Libya in retaliation to the Minya attack, according to state media. (BBC)
  • 27 May War in Afghanistan (2001–present): At least 18 people are killed and 6 others injured in a car bomb explosion in Khost, eastern Afghanistan. (The Independent)
  • 28 May CPP-NPA-NDF rebellion: The government of the Philippines and the Communist Party cancel peace talks after president Rodrigo Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao. (teleSur)
  • 29 May Battle of Marawi: Philippine forces continue to battle Maute militants for the city of Marawi. (CNN)
  • 30 May Iraqi Civil War: Al-Faqma ice cream parlor bombing: A car bomb explosion outside a popular ice cream parlor in central Baghdad kills 13 people and injures 24. ISIL claims responsibility for the attack. (AP)
  • 31 May War in Afghanistan (2001–present): May 2017 Kabul attack: A suicide bombing occurs in Kabul near the German embassy with at least 90 killed and 461 injured. (Reuters via SBS), (The Guardian), (AFP via Channel News Asia)
  • 01 Jun Marawi crisis: Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announces the deaths of ten soldiers in Marawi as a result of a "friendly fire" airstrike. (BBC)
  • 02 Jun Rock am Ring: A terrorist threat results in the evacuation of tens of thousands of fans at the first day of the annual Rock am Ring music festival at the Zeppelinfeld in Nuremberg, Germany. Organizers say they hope the festival will resume Saturday. (BBC)
  • 03 Jun War in Afghanistan: June 2017 Kabul attack: According to the Interior Ministry, three blasts at a funeral attended by MPs and government figures in Kabul kill at least seven people and wound 119 more. (The Guardian)
  • 04 Jun June 2017 London attack: In the early hours of Sunday morning, explosions are heard around London Bridge, believed to be controlled explosions carried out by the police. (Metro)The death toll from the attacks is seven with at least 48 injured. Officials say that the three attackers were killed by the police. (The Washington Post), (AP) (BBC)
  • 05 Jun 2017 Orlando shooting: A discharged 45-year-old former employee shoots and kills five people at a manufacturing business in Orlando, Florida, United States. The shooter took his own life afterwards. Eight others inside the workplace survived. (CNN) (ABC News)
  • 06 Jun War in Afghanistan: 2017 Herat bombing: An explosion occurs near police offices and a mosque in Herat, killing at least ten people. (Al Jazeera)
  • 07 Jun 2017 Tehran attacks: Gunmen attack the Islamic Consultative Assembly and Mausoleum of Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran, Iran. Eighteen civilians are killed in the attack on the Parliament and one in the attack on the mausoleum. (Reuters via The Canberra Times) (AP)The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claims responsibility for the shootings. (The Telegraph)
  • 08 Jun 2017 North Korean missile tests: North Korea test fires several missiles, believed to be anti-ship weapons. The test comes immediately after South Korea suspends further deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system. (The New York Times)
  • 09 Jun 2017 Tehran attacks: Thousands of people along with officials attend funerals held for victims of the attacks. (Los Angeles Times)President Hassan Rouhani says the attacks targeted peace and democracy. (PressTV)
  • 10 Jun Marawi crisis: United States special forces join the battle in Marawi, Philippines, against the Maute. (CNBC)
  • 11 Jun Marawi crisis: Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte says he is "not aware" of the United States providing support to the Philippine government's military intervention against Islamists in Marawi. Duterte also said that he "never approached America for help". (Reuters)
  • 12 Jun Earthquakes in 2017: An earthquake of 6.3 magnitude shakes the Aegean Sea, causing one death. Many houses were damaged in Plomari, Greece, and some collapsed. (AP)
  • 13 Jun 2017 Bangladesh landslide: At least 134 people are dead and dozens are missing in landslides caused by days of heavy monsoonal rain in Bangladesh. (Al Jazeera) (BBC) (AFP via the Star)
  • 14 Jun War in Afghanistan: After a week-long assault, ISIL-KP captures the Tora Bora cave complex from the Taliban, allegedly in reaction to the 2017 Nangarhar airstrike. The Taliban say the fighting is still underway. (New York Times)
  • 16 Jun June 2017 Jerusalem attack: In two simultaneous attacks near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, an Israeli policewoman is fatally stabbed; the three Palestinian assailants are shot dead. ISIL claims were questioned by Israeli authorities. As well, the PFLP and Hamas claim it was their members who did it. (Reuters)
  • 17 Jun War in Afghanistan: At least one Afghan is killed and seven American soldiers wounded in an "insider attack" at Camp Shaheen, in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. An earlier report that Americans had been killed is incorrect. The Taliban claims responsibility. (Reuters) (The New York Times)
  • 18 Jun War in Afghanistan: A coordinated suicide bombing attack on a police station in the town of Gardez in Paktia Province results in dozens of people killed and injured. (Reuters via Aus. Broadcasting Corp.)
  • 19 Jun 2017 Finsbury Park attack: At least one person has been killed and ten injured after a van runs over pedestrians outside the Finsbury Park Mosque in the north London suburb of Finsbury Park. Police are investigating the act as a terrorist incident. (News Limited), (AP)
  • 20 Jun Syrian Civil War, Military intervention against ISIL: The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) suspends combat missions against ISIL over Syria, following Russia's threat that it would treat any aircraft from the U.S.-led coalition flying west of the Euphrates as a potential target. (The Guardian)A U.S. F-15 shoots down an Iranian Shahed 129 drone near the Jordan–Syria border where U.S. ground forces are based. (BBC)
  • 21 Jun Moro conflict: Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters rebels storm a school in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato, Philippines, and take civilians hostage. (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • 22 Jun War in Afghanistan: 2017 Lashkargah bombing: A car bomb outside a New Kabul Bank branch in Lashkargah, Helmand Province, kills at least 20 people. The Taliban claims responsibility. (CNN)
  • 23 Jun War in North-West Pakistan: June 2017 Pakistan bombings: Multiple blasts occur at a market in Parachinar, killing at least 37 people and wounding over 150 more. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) (Al Jazeera)A suicide car bombing at a police checkpoint in Quetta kills at least 13 people. (Al Jazeera)
  • 24 Jun Israeli–Syrian ceasefire line incidents during the Syrian Civil War: Israel and Syria exchange weapons fire in the disputed Golan Heights, with Israel destroying several targets, including two Syrian tanks. Although there were deaths on the ground in Syria, the number of casualties among Syrian forces is unknown. No Israeli troops were injured. (CNN)
  • 25 Jun Israeli–Syrian ceasefire line incidents during the Syrian Civil War: Israel strikes two Syrian Army artillery positions and an ammunition truck in Quneitra Governorate, after stray shells from Syria land in the northern Golan Heights for a second day in a row. (Reuters)
  • 26 Jun Colombian peace process: The United Nations confirms that the FARC has completed its disarmament process, with former rebels due to make the transition to civilian life and the group to transform into a legal political party in the country. (Al Jazeera)
  • 27 Jun Ukrainian crisis: Ukrainian intelligence officer and head of a special forces unit, Maksym Shapoval, is assassinated in Kiev by car bomb. (BBC) (The Guardian)
  • 28 Jun Type 055 destroyer: China's state-run Global Times newspaper reports the launching of the first Type 055 destroyer, a 10,000-ton "new generation" warship, at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai. (Reuters)
  • 29 Jun 2017 Créteil mosque incident: A man attempts to run over pedestrians outside a mosque in Créteil, France. (BBC)
  • 30 Jun Syrian Civil War spillover in Lebanon: Lebanese Armed Forces are attacked by five suicide bombers and other militants during a raid of two Syrian refugee camps in Arsal near the Syrian border. The army reports a girl was killed in one of the suicide attacks, seven soldiers were also wounded, and 350 people, including several ISIL officials, were detained during the sweep. (Reuters) (AP via ABC News)
  • 01 Jul Death and funeral of Helmut Kohl: World leaders such as Bill Clinton, Emmanuel Macron, Theresa May, Dmitry Medvedev and Angela Merkel attend the memorial service for the former West German leader Helmut Kohl. (Fox News), (The Independent)
  • 02 Jul Syrian Civil War: Three suicide bombers in Damascus kill at least 21 people and wound 12 others. (The Guardian)
  • 03 Jul Battle of Mosul: Three female ISIL suicide bombers kill 15 people and injure five in three separate incidents over the last two days as the fight for Mosul winds down. (AP via CBS News)
  • 04 Jul A garment factory boiler explosion in Dhaka, Bangladesh, kills 10 people and injures dozens. (Reuters)
  • 05 Jul Mexican Drug War: A gunfight between La Línea gang members and a rival cartel in Madera Municipality, Chihuahua, leaves at least 14 people dead. (The Washington Post)
  • 06 Jul World heritage sites: In a meeting held in the city of Kraków, Poland, UNESCO decides not to include Machu Picchu on its list of endangered heritage sites due to the steps taken by Peruvian authorities to address concerns about the condition of the Inca citadel. (The Australian)
  • 07 Jul Sinai insurgency: Masked militants attack an Egyptian Army checkpoint in a village south of Rafah, North Sinai Governorate, killing at least 23 soldiers, including a high-ranking special forces colonel. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria later claims responsibility. The attack included VBIED and signal jamming. (The Guardian)
  • 08 Jul Tropical Storm Nanmadol (2017): The death toll from flooding on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu rises to 15, with six others missing. (AP via The Telegraph)
  • 09 Jul World heritage sites: UNESCO declares eight new sites as world heritage sites; including Lake District in North West England and Iran's Historic City of Yazd. (BBC) (UNESCO)
  • 10 Jul Battle of Mosul (2016–17): Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declares the battle for Mosul over, after the majority of ISIL militants were defeated. (BBC)
  • 11 Jul Kurdish–Turkish conflict (2015–present): According to the Turkish Army, its overnight air strike in Dargeçit killed eleven militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party. (Reuters)
  • 12 Jul Monkey selfie: The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco hears a case on whether or not a Celebes crested macaque owns its selfie. (CNET)
  • 13 Jul Crime in Mexico: Masked men attack a child's birthday party in Tizayuca, Hidalgo, killing 11 adults. (BBC)
  • 14 Jul 2017 Temple Mount shooting: Two Druze Israeli police officers are killed in an attack at Temple Mount in Jerusalem. (BBC)
  • 15 Jul At least eight people are killed in a stampede at a football stadium in Dakar, Senegal, that started after police used tear gas to break up a fight between the rival teams' fans. (Reuters)
  • 16 Jul Jodie Whittaker has been announced to be replacing Peter Capaldi as the thirteenth incarnation of The Doctor, becoming the first woman to take the lead role of the BBC's long-running science fiction television series, Doctor Who. (BBC)
  • 17 Jul Moro conflict: A new set of kidnappings and a jail break plague Sulu province in the southern region of Mindanao in the Philippines. (The Japan Times)
  • 18 Jul Earthquakes in 2017: A 7.7 magnitude earthquake strikes off Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, west of the Alaskan Aleutian Island of Attu, in the North Pacific Ocean. No immediate reports of casualties or damage; a tsunami warning was cancelled. (Reuters) (AP) (USGS)
  • 19 Jul Singer Barbara Weldens, whose recently released first album had won several awards, collapses and dies on stage while singing in Festival Léo Ferré in Gourdon in southwestern France. The 35-year-old singer and poet apparently was electrocuted. (BBC) (The Quebec Times)
  • 20 Jul Syrian Civil War: Syrian rebels, who have benefited from the "covert" CIA military aid program, say they have not been officially informed of the U.S. decision to stop this aid, and add that its full impact depends on whether U.S. allies Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey continue to support their fight. A Free Syrian Army commander warns this decision risks triggering the collapse of the moderate opposition. (Reuters)
  • 21 Jul Syrian Civil War: Violent clashes break out between the Syrian rebels and Syrian Democratic Forces on the outskirts of al-Muhsenli Village, in the northeastern countryside of Aleppo, but no casualties are reported. (Iraqi News)Syrian Army forces shell, using heavy artillery, the residential neighborhoods in Zaitan Village, in the countryside of Aleppo, destroying civilian property. (Iraqi News)
  • 22 Jul Israeli–Palestinian conflict: 2017 Temple Mount crisis: A United Nations Security Council session is to be held to address the escalating violence in Jerusalem. (Deutsche Welle)
  • 23 Jul Syrian Civil War: The Russian air force bombards the city of Madan and Zor Shamr Camp, south and east of Raqqa, Syria, with cluster bombs, killing six civilians and wounding 19 others. Nearby Alburamadan town was also struck; there are no reports of casualties. (SyriaNews)
  • 24 Jul War in Afghanistan: A suicide car bombing in the western part of Kabul kills at least 24 and injures more than 40 people. Afghan authorities say the target of the attack was a bus of civilian government workers from the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum. (Reuters) (Al Jazeera)U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis criticizes The Pentagon for wasting US$28 million for Afghan woodland camouflage that did not match the country's terrain. (The Hill)
  • 25 Jul Israeli–Palestinian conflict: 2017 Temple Mount crisis: The Israeli government says it will remove metal detectors and some cameras recently installed at the entrances to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem that resulted in a wave of protests and some deaths. Instead, less obtrusive surveillance means will be used. (The New York Times) (Haaretz) (Reuters)
  • 26 Jul War in Afghanistan: According to the Defense Ministry, between 26 and 30 military personnel are dead and over 80 Taliban militants have been either killed or wounded amid intense fighting at a military base in Kandahar Province. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 27 Jul War in Donbass: Ukraine's domestic intelligence service, the SBU, reports that the March 2017 explosions at Balakliia military base in Eastern Ukraine were caused by a drone carrying a ZMG-1 thermite grenade. The explosions resulted in 1 death and 5 injuries. (Popular Mechanics)
  • 28 Jul 2017 Hamburg attack: One person is killed and four others are injured in a knife attack in an Edeka supermarket in Barmbek in the German city of Hamburg. Mayor Olaf Scholz said the attack was motivated by "hate". The attacker is reported to have shouted "Allahu Akbar" before attacking. (BBC)
  • 29 Jul South African Premier Division: Two people die and 17 others are injured in a stampede at the First National Bank Stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, South Africa, during a soccer match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs. (Mail and Guardian) (BBC)
  • 30 Jul Boko Haram insurgency: Boko Haram insurgents ambush an oil exploration team in the Magumeri area of Borno State, Nigeria, killing at least 69 people. (AFP via News24)
  • 31 Jul Scripps Networks Interactive: Discovery Communications announces it will acquire Scripps Networks Interactive for US$ 14.6 billion. (CNBC)
  • 01 Aug War in Afghanistan (2001–present): An explosion kills at least 29 people and injures dozens more at a Shia mosque in Herat, Afghanistan. (BBC)
  • 02 Aug War in Afghanistan: A suicide bomber kills two American troops near the Kandahar International Airport in Afghanistan. The Taliban insurgency claims responsibility. (Reuters)
  • 03 Aug War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A suicide bomber attacks a convoy in Afghanistan's Kabul province, killing a Georgian soldier and three civilians and wounding 13 others, including six Resolute Support personnel. (BBC News)
  • 04 Aug Danish royal consorts: Denmark's Prince Henrik announces he won't be buried next to Queen Margrethe II in the Roskilde Cathedral where Danish royals have been buried since 1559. The 83-year-old, French-born Henrik has been dissatisfied with his non-equal role as Prince consort. The 77-year old Margrethe, who had a specially designed sarcophagus made for the couple, accepts Henrik's decision, according to a royal house spokeswoman. (AP via ABC News)
  • 05 Aug 2017 V-22 Osprey crash: Searches are underway for three members of the United States Marine Corps missing after a MV-22 Osprey crashed off the coast of the Australian state of Queensland. Twenty three of the twenty six people on board have been rescued. (AP), (9 News)
  • 06 Aug Boko Haram insurgency: Gunmen kill 11 worshipers in St Phillip's Catholic Church in the town of Ozubulu in Nigeria's Anambra State. (Reuters)
  • 07 Aug Godzilla in popular culture: Haruo Nakajima, who portrayed the monster Godzilla from 1954 to 1972, dies at the age of 88. (Daily Mail)
  • 08 Aug Battle of Marawi: The Pentagon is considering conducting airstrikes in Marawi, which if approved would later put U.S. troops on the ground to battle the ISIS-affiliated Maute group as well as related Islamist terror groups. A spokesperson later denied the claims as well as clarified that the Philippines has yet to make a request. (NBC News)
  • 09 Aug Levallois-Perret attack: In a suspected terror attack, six French soldiers are injured, three seriously, when a man drives a car into them at a barracks in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret. (Independent)
  • 10 Aug Economy of the United States: New York State-based GateHouse Media announces an agreement to buy 11 U.S. newspapers from Georgia-based Morris Communications. Included in the deal is the Log Cabin Democrat, founded in 1879, and three Alaskan newspapers: the Juneau Empire, the Peninsula Clarion and Homer News. The deal is expected to close on October 2. (AdWeek)DineEquity announces it will close 160 Applebee's and IHOP restaurants. (USA Today)
  • 11 Aug Syrian Civil War: ISIL forces raid an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps base in vast desert spaces of eastern Homs Governorate, Syria, manned by between 12 to 18 fighters, all but one of which are killed. (Almasdar News)
  • 12 Aug Syrian Civil War: Seven members of the White Helmets are shot dead by unidentified gunmen who stormed their office in rebel-held Sarmin, in northwestern Syria. (CNN)
  • 13 Aug Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): During combat operations in northern Iraq, two U.S. service members are killed and five injured. (Reuters)
  • 14 Aug Big Ben: London's Big Ben, atop Elizabeth Tower, will fall silent for four years beginning 21 August while essential repair works are performed. (BBC) (The Washington Post)
  • 15 Aug Boko Haram insurgency: Three suicide bombers kill 27 people and wound 83 near Maiduguri, Nigeria. (Reuters)
  • 16 Aug Removal of Confederate monuments and memorials: Several Confederate monuments are taken down overnight in the city of Baltimore, Maryland, including the Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee Monument, Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Confederate Women's Monument and the Roger B. Taney sculpture. The Baltimore City Council unanimously voted to remove the monuments on August 14. (NBC News)
  • 17 Aug 2017 Barcelona attacks: A van drives into crowds of people in La Rambla, Barcelona, in what Spanish police are calling a terrorist attack, killing at least 12 people. Two suspects are taken into custody, and ISIL claims responsibility. (The Washington Post)
  • 18 Aug Aftermath of the 2017 Barcelona attacks: Catalan police in the coastal town of Cambrils kill five suspected terrorists in a counter-terror operation to stop a second van attack. The police reported the attackers were wearing explosive vests, however they were later discovered to be fakes. (BBC)
  • 19 Aug Terrorism in Russia: A 23-year-old stabs and injures eight people in the Russian city of Surgut, before being killed by police. ISIL claims responsibility for the attack. (South Front) (Reuters)
  • 20 Aug Iraqi Civil War: Battle of Tal Afar (2017): Iraqi security forces, along with Shi'ite volunteers and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, launch a ground offensive to take the city of Tal Afar back from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants. The city has been isolated from the rest of the ISIL-held territory since the recent Mosul liberation. (Reuters) (Al Jazeera)
  • 21 Aug Aftermath of the 2017 Barcelona attacks: Spanish police hunting the chief suspect in last Thursday's van attack in Barcelona shoot dead a man to the west of the city who appeared to be wearing an explosive belt. (BBC)
  • 22 Aug Ain al-Hilweh conflict: Renewed clashes between Islamist extremists and the Fatah-supported Joint Palestinian Security Force at the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugees camp, near Sidon, Lebanon, wound three more Palestinians. (Daily Star) (Naharnet)
  • 23 Aug Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: At least 35 people are killed in an air strike that hit a hotel near a Houthi-run checkpoint north of the Yemeni capital Sanaa. (Reuters via Channel News Asia)
  • 24 Aug Archaeology of Israel: A 6th century mosaic dated from the rule of Justinian I is discovered while installing communication cables in Jerusalem's Old City. (Reuters via ABC Australia)
  • 25 Aug War in Afghanistan: New Zealand announces the stationing of three more non-combat military personnel in Afghanistan, boosting its military commitment to 13. (Reuters)Four gunmen attack a Shiite mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing at least 20 people. (ABC News)
  • 26 Aug 2017 M1 motorway crash: Several people are dead after two trucks collide with a minibus on the M1 motorway near the town of Newport Pagnell in the English county of Buckinghamshire. (Irish Independent)
  • 27 Aug Rohingya insurgency in Western Myanmar: 2016–17 Northern Rakhine State clashes, 2016–17 Rohingya persecution in Myanmar: Dozens of Rohingya Muslims fleeing renewed violence in Rakhine State are detained by Bangladeshi and Burmese authorities after they attempt to cross the border from Myanmar to Bangladesh. Many were en route to Kutupalong Refugee Camp, a refugee camp in Ukhia, Bangladesh, mostly inhabited by Rohingya refugees. (AFP via South China Morning Post)
  • 28 Aug Syrian Civil War, Syrian Civil War spillover in Lebanon: Qalamoun offensive (July–August 2017): ISIL militants and their families, estimated to be around 600 people, begin to leave their strongholds on the Lebanon–Syria border and Qalamun Mountains for the Deir ez-Zor Governorate under Syrian military escort. A ceasefire was reached between warring parties yesterday. (Reuters)
  • 29 Aug War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A suicide bomber kills five people at the entrance of a Kabul Bank subsidiary near the Embassy of the United States in Kabul. The Taliban claims their attack targeted soldiers and police withdrawing their salaries. (Reuters)
  • 30 Aug War in Afghanistan (2001–present): At least 11 Afghan civilians are killed and 16 wounded when a NATO helicopter attacked a house where Taliban insurgents had taken shelter in Logar Province, east of Kabul. (Reuters)
  • 31 Aug Wells Fargo account fraud scandal: Wells Fargo reports finding an additional 1.4 million potentially fake bank and credit card accounts, bringing the total problematic accounts to approximately 3.5 million. (CNN)
  • 01 Sep 2017 Atlantic hurricane season: Hurricane Irma, now a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour (175 kilometers per hour), is expected to resume strengthening this weekend increasing the danger when it nears the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean next Thursday. (Weather Channel) (CNN) (National Hurricane Center)
  • 02 Sep Iraqi Civil War: Seven people are killed and 13 are injured after suicide bombers hit a state-run power station near the northern city of Samarra, Iraq. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility for the attack. (Reuters)
  • 03 Sep Economy of Cambodia: The Cambodia Daily newspaper announces it will publish its final edition after being ordered to pay USD$6.3 million in taxes as a result of an investigation, initiated by Prime Minister of Cambodia Hun Sen, into private companies operating in Cambodia. (NPR)
  • 04 Sep Syrian Civil War: Syrian state television reports the Syrian Army reaches a point 3 kilometers from Deir ez-Zor, a city besieged by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant since 2014. (Reuters)Two Russian soldiers, escorting the military staff ceasefire monitoring convoy, are killed in Deir ez-Zor Province by ISIL shelling. (Reuters)
  • 05 Sep Syrian Civil War: Siege of Deir ez-Zor (2014–17): The Syrian Army lifts the 28-month-long siege of Deir ez-Zor by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (Reuters) (BBC News)
  • 06 Sep Pastoral visits of Pope Francis: Pope Francis arrives in Colombia for a five-day visit. In early 2016, Francis promised he would visit the South American country once a civil war peace agreement was in place. (CNN) (Independent Catholic News)
  • 07 Sep Israeli involvement in the Syrian Civil War: It is suspected that Israeli jets bomb a military research facility near the city of Masyaf, Hama Governorate, killing at least two Syrian Army soldiers. The facility was rumoured to contain chemical weapons. (The Washington Post) (The Guardian)
  • 08 Sep Pope Francis pastoral visits: Pope Francis, responding to FARC rebel leader Rodrigo Londoño's open letter asking for forgiveness for the suffering the group had inflicted on the country during his talk in Villavicencio, urges Colombians skeptical of the peace deal to be open to reconciliation. (Reuters) (Salem Radio Network)
  • 09 Sep Syrian Civil War: Siege of Deir ez-Zor (2014–17): The Syrian Army breaks the nine month long siege of the Deir ez-Zor Airport by ISIL militants. (Reuters)Deir ez-Zor offensive (September 2017–present): SDF announces an offensive against ISIL militants in northern Deir ez-Zor Governorate. (Reuters)
  • 10 Sep Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War: Russian airstrikes on several ferries attempting to cross the Euphrates near Deir ez-Zor kill at least 34 civilians, including 9 children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (AFP via Daily Mail)
  • 11 Sep Sinai insurgency: Militants ambush a police convoy in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula killing 18 police and wounding seven others. (AP)
  • 12 Sep 2016 United States presidential election: Hillary Clinton releases the book What Happened, a memoir about her most recent presidential campaign. Clinton has implied that she may not run again in 2020. (CNN)
  • 13 Sep War in Afghanistan: A suicide bombing occurs at a checkpoint near the Kabul International Cricket Stadium in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing at least three people and injuring five. (Reuters)The United States Senate blocks an amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that would have repealed the war authorizations for the use of force in Iraq and Afghanistan. (CNBC)
  • 14 Sep Iraqi Civil War: 2017 Nasiriyah attacks: Several members of ISIL stage multiple attacks on the outskirts of Nasiriyah in the southern Dhi Qar Governorate, killing at least 50 people and injuring 87 others. (BBC) (RT)
  • 15 Sep 2017 Parsons Green bombing: An explosion on a train at the Parsons Green tube station in London injures 29. Scotland Yard is treating the incident as a terrorist attack. (The Guardian) (BBC)
  • 16 Sep Airlines of the Republic of Ireland: Irish low-cost airline Ryanair cancels 82 Sunday flights as the first step in a six-week program that will eliminate 40 to 50 flights daily to wipe out its crew vacation backlog in order to meet Irish Aviation Authority requirements by the end of this year. (Bloomberg)
  • 17 Sep War in North-West Pakistan: A roadside bomb kills five people in Bajaur, Pakistan. (Geo TV)
  • 18 Sep Northern Rakhine State clashes: A few hundred pro-government protesters gather in Myanmar's commercial capital Yangon, condemning Rohingya militants as well as perceived foreign interference in the Rakhine conflict. (MSN)
  • 19 Sep 2017 Atlantic hurricane season: Hurricane Maria: Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Dominica as a category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph (260 km/h). Maria is the second category 5 hurricane to make landfall at that intensity in the 2017 season, making this and 2007 the only seasons on record to feature this occurrence. (National Hurricane Center)
  • 20 Sep Economy of the United States: The U.S. Federal Reserve announces its benchmark interest rate will not change this month, though it expects an increase by the end of the year, along with three increases in 2018 and two in 2019. The Federal Reserve also says its balance sheet reduction program will begin in October. (CNBC)
  • 21 Sep Syrian Civil War: Russian and Syrian warplanes carry out airstrikes in southern Idlib, killing three civilians and wounding others. (Iraqi News)
  • 22 Sep Transport in London: Transport for London announces that it will not issue Uber a new private hire license. (BBC)
  • 23 Sep Apocalypticism: Conspiracy theorist and book author David Meade predicted that a mythological rogue planet known as Nibiru (sometimes known as Planet X) would collide with Earth and that the world would end on this day.(FoxNews)
  • 24 Sep Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War: A Russian lieutenant general, Valery Asapov, is killed by mortar fire from ISIL militants near the city of Deir ez-Zor, according to the Russian Defence Ministry. Asapov has been described as one of the senior Russian military advisers in Syria. (Al Arabiya)
  • 25 Sep Northern Rakhine State clashes: A mass grave of 28 Hindus, including children, allegedly slain by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, is discovered by the Myanmar Army. (The Australian)
  • 26 Sep 2017 Har Adar shooting: Three Israelis are killed and one other is wounded after a Palestinian gunman opens fire in an entrance to the Israeli settlement of Har Adar in the West Bank. (Reuters)
  • 27 Sep Syrian Civil War: Russian aircraft carry out air strikes on the Christian-majority Qaina and Yaqobia villages, in the western countryside of Idlib, killing a child and injuring 5 others. (Iraqi News)Five Russian warplanes bombard the city of al-Tamane’a with rockets, bombs, and Bunker-Buster missiles, wounding several civilians and causing a significant damage to the area, and causing large number of civilians to flee. (Iraqi News)
  • 28 Sep Syrian Civil War: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant releases footage which apparently show its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi urging his followers to expand their attacks against "crusaders and apostates". (Los Angeles Times)
  • 29 Sep War in Somalia: Al-Shabaab militants attack a military base outside the Somalian capital Mogadishu, with 15 soldiers reported dead. (Reuters)
  • 30 Sep 2017 Edmonton attack: In Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, near Commonwealth Stadium, a man drives into a police officer and then stabs the officer. The suspect fled the scene and was later arrested that night following a police pursuit, where four pedestrians were hit by the suspect in a rental truck. Police are investigating the incident as an act of terrorism. (Edmonton Journal), (Reuters)
  • 01 Oct Yemeni Crisis (2011–present): Houthi forces claim to have shot down a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone over the Yemeni capital Sana'a. Footage released by Saba News Agency appears to show crowds gathering around the wreckage of an aircraft. (Reuters)
  • 02 Oct The Luxor Hotel is placed on lockdown due to a bomb threat. (Express)
  • 03 Oct Syrian Civil War: ISIL releases video footage of two alleged Russian soldiers it captured. However, Russia denies the claims. (Newsweek)
  • 04 Oct Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): Hawija offensive (2017): The Iraqi Army and allied paramilitary fighters storm the ISIL-held city of Hawija in the Kirkuk Governorate. Hawija is one of the last remaining ISIL strongholds in Iraq. (BBC)
  • 05 Oct Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): Hawija offensive (2017): The Iraqi Army fully retakes the city of Hawija in the Kirkuk Governorate from ISIL. Fighting continues to the north and east of the city as Iraqi troops continue anti-ISIL operations in the Hawija District. (The Guardian)
  • 06 Oct According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Russian airstrikes kill at least 14 civilians, including three children, as they cross the Euphrates river near the ISIL-held city of Mayadin in eastern Syria while fleeing the village of Mahkan. (TRT World)
  • 07 Oct A Saudi national opens fire at the Al-Salam Royal Palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, killing two guards and injuring three others. Security guards shoot and kill the gunman. (Arab News), (BBC)
  • 08 Oct Rohingya persecution in Myanmar (2016–present): A refugee boat en route to Bangladesh from Myanmar capsizes, resulting in at least 12 deaths. (Global News)
  • 09 Oct Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences: The Nobel Prize committee awards American Richard Thaler the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel "for his contributions to behavioral economics." His work focuses on the psychology of the human conflict of what we plan for the financial present versus what we plan for the future. (Nobel Prize.org), (BBC)
  • 10 Oct 2017 North Korea crisis: A South Korean lawmaker claims that in 2016, North Korean hackers stole classified military documents detailing joint operations between the South Korean and United States military forces in the event of war with North Korea. (The Financial Times)
  • 11 Oct Syrian Civil War: Three suicide bombers attack a police command center in Damascus, killing two people and injuring six others. (Reuters)The Sun reports that the CIA informed UK intelligence agencies that British-born ISIL activist and recruiter Sally Jones was killed in a U.S. drone strike in June along with her 12-year-old son while they were fleeing Raqqa in Syria. (The Guardian)
  • 12 Oct War in North-West Pakistan: Pakistani forces rescue Canadian Joshua Boyle, American Caitlan Coleman, and their family, in the Kurram Valley. The family had been kidnapped by the Taliban nearly five years ago in Afghanistan's Wardak Province. (Global News), (The Washington Post)
  • 13 Oct Human rights in the Philippines: A group of civil society organizations, "among them groups working on human rights, youth and drug policy reform," have demanded that Apple Inc. remove from its App Store games it said violated the tech firm's guidelines and promoted violence and killings commonplace in the Philippine Drug War. (Reuters)
  • 14 Oct 14 October 2017 Mogadishu bombings: At least 276 people are killed when a lorry filled with explosives detonates outside a hotel in the capital Mogadishu, becoming the worst terrorist attack in Somalia's history. (NBC News)
  • 15 Oct 2017 Iraqi–Kurdish conflict: Battle of Kirkuk (2017): Iraqi forces advance into Kurdish-held territory around the city of Kirkuk. Clashes have been reported in the surrounding cities. (Reuters) (RT)
  • 16 Oct War in Somalia: 14 October 2017 Mogadishu bombings: Somalis march to demonstrate their anger at the presence of al-Shabaab, the group believed to be responsible for a recent bombing attack. (BBC)Battle of Kirkuk (2017): Iraqi government forces have captured key installations outside the disputed city of Kirkuk from Kurdish fighters. (BBC)Concern over oil supplies from Iraq has pushed crude prices higher as the country's government continues its move against Kurdish forces. (BBC)
  • 17 Oct Syrian Civil War: Battle of Raqqa: The Syrian Democratic Forces announce the end of the battle for ISIL's de facto capital. (Al Jazeera)
  • 18 Oct Syrian Civil War: Syrian Republican Guard major general Issam Zahreddine, known for leading battles against the rebels in Homs and Aleppo, is killed by a landmine in Deir ez-Zor, according to Syrian media. (Al Arabiya)
  • 19 Oct War in Afghanistan: At least 43 Afghan soldiers are killed in a Taliban attack on an army base in Kandahar Province. Around 10 Taliban fighters also died in the attack. (Business Insider)
  • 20 Oct Syrian Civil War: Battle of Raqqa (2017): The Syrian Democratic Forces announce the "total liberation" of Raqqa, previously the de facto capital of ISIL. (CNN)
  • 21 Oct War in Somalia: 14 October 2017 Mogadishu bombings: The death toll in Somalia's deadliest terror attack rises up to 358, making it the fifth-deadliest terror attack worldwide. (Irish Independent)
  • 22 Oct Boko Haram insurgency: A suicide bomber kills 13 people and injures five others in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri. According to the police, 13 more civilians were injured in separate attacks. (Reuters)
  • 23 Oct Battle of Marawi: The Philippines Armed Forces declares an end to military operations in the southern city of Marawi after 5 months of fighting. (Reuters)
  • 24 Oct Terrorism in Germany: German police find guns and ammunition in a raid on suspected Islamist militants. (Reuters)
  • 25 Oct Congressional Gold Medal: The Congressional Gold Medal is awarded to Filipino American veterans of World War II more than 70 years after the end of that war. (Manila Bulletin)
  • 26 Oct Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections: Twitter bans all ads from Russian news agencies RT and Sputnik based on U.S. intelligence's conclusion that both attempted to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election on behalf of the Russian government. (Business Insider)
  • 27 Oct Kazakh alphabets: President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan announces that the Kazakh language will begin using a Latin script, rather than the current Cyrillic script. (Official site of the Kazakh presidency) (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 28 Oct 28 October 2017 Mogadishu bombings: Two car bombs kill at least 25 people, mostly police officers, near the national theater area in Mogadishu, Somalia, two weeks after a similar attack killed hundreds. Islamist group Al-Shabaab claims responsibility. (Reuters)
  • 29 Oct Northern Rakhine State clashes: More than 2,000 people march in Yangon to show support for the military, urging the military to secure the country's sovereignty, protect national security and stop illegal intruders (referring to the Rohingya people). (ABC News)
  • 30 Oct Gaza–Israel conflict: The IDF destroys a partly-completed tunnel from the Gaza Strip border near the town of Khan Yunis that crossed into Israeli territory, killing seven Hamas militants. Several more died in the rescue efforts. (Reuters)
  • 31 Oct 2017 Lower Manhattan attack: Eight people are killed and at least 11 others injured when a man in a rented pickup truck drives down a bike path along the West Side Highway in Lower Manhattan. The 29-year-old suspect, later identified as Uzbekistani immigrant Sayfullo Saipov, is shot and taken into custody by police. Police are treating this incident as an act of terrorism. (New York Post) (AP) (UPI) (NBC News)
  • 01 Nov Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: A Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a market in Sahar District in Yemen's northern Saada Governorate, which is under Houthi control, kills at least 26 people, according to medics and local officials. (Reuters)
  • 02 Nov Syrian Civil War: Battle of Deir ez-Zor: According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the city of Deir ez-Zor has largely been cleared of ISIS fighters by the Syrian Armed Forces. Deir ez-Zor was the scene of a three-year-long siege until it was broken in September 2017. (The Guardian)
  • 03 Nov Syrian Civil War: Siege of Deir ez-Zor (2014–17): The Syrian Army (SAA) and allies announce the complete liberation of Deir ez-Zor from ISIL. (Sputnik International)At least nine people are killed and another 23 are injured in Hader, Quneitra Governorate, after a Tahrir al-Sham-operated car bomb detonates inside the town. (Reuters)
  • 04 Nov Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: Houthi rebels in Yemen fire a ballistic missile at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The missile was shot down, according to Saudi officials, with no resulting injuries or damage.(BBC News) (The New York Times)
  • 05 Nov Yemeni Civil War: Aden unrest: A suicide bombing in Aden kills at least five government soldiers. (Al Jazeera)
  • 06 Nov 2017 Saudi Arabian anti-corruption arrests: Investors react poorly to the arrest of Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, one of the world's wealthiest men. (BBC)
  • 07 Nov Air quality in Delhi: A blanket of thick grey smog covers the Indian capital, Delhi, with some areas 30 times more polluted than the World Health Organization's recommended limit, one year after a similar smog. (BBC)
  • 08 Nov Syrian Civil War: 2017 Abu Kamal offensive: The Syrian Army and its allies capture Abu Kamal from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (Deutsche Welle)
  • 09 Nov Yemeni Civil War, Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: A senior UN official warns that Yemen faces the world's largest famine in decades "with millions of victims" if aid deliveries do not resume. (BBC)
  • 10 Nov A driver intentionally drives into a group of students near Toulouse, France. Three injured people are taken to hospital. A suspect has been arrested. Police are not treating this incident as connected to terrorism. (BBC) (CNN)
  • 11 Nov Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): 2017 Western Iraq campaign: The Iraqi Armed Forces launch an offensive to recapture the last ISIL stronghold in Iraq, Rawa. (BBC)Mass graves containing at least 400 bodies have been found near Hawija, an Iraqi city that was occupied by ISIL until last month. (BBC)
  • 12 Nov 2017 in the Central African Republic: A grenade attack at a peace concert in Bangui, Central African Republic, kills seven and injures 20. (Reuters)
  • 13 Nov Border incidents involving North Korea: A Korean People's Army soldier defects to South Korea via the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). He was shot and injured by fellow North Korean soldiers as he crossed to the South Korean side at Panmunjom, and has been taken to hospital. (BBC)
  • 14 Nov 2017 Zimbabwean coup d'état: Soldiers directing traffic and at least six APCs have been spotted around Harare, a day after General Constantino Chiwenga intervened in attempt to prevent a purge within the ruling ZANU-PF party. The party has accused the general of treason. (Reuters)
  • 15 Nov Works by Leonardo da Vinci: Salvator Mundi, a painting generally attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, is sold at auction Christie's in New York City for US$450.3 million; setting a new record for the sale of an original work of art. (The Guardian)
  • 16 Nov South Sudanese Civil War: Rival factions within the ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement sign the "Declaration of Unification" in Cairo, Egypt. (Sudan Tribune)
  • 17 Nov Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): 2017 Western Iraq campaign: The Iraqi Army captures the town of Rawa from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). It was the last town held by ISIL in Iraq. (AP)
  • 18 Nov Disappearance of ARA San Juan: The Argentine Navy continues searching in the South Atlantic for the ARA San Juan submarine, which went missing on 15 November 2017. (Reuters via US News and World Report)
  • 19 Nov Syrian Civil War: 2017 Abu Kamal offensive: Syrian government troops and allied militia retake Abu Kamal, ISIL's last urban stronghold in Syria. (Daily Mail)
  • 20 Nov Economy of the United States: The U.S. Department of Justice files a lawsuit blocking the potential merger of AT&T and Time Warner. (CNN)
  • 21 Nov Boko Haram insurgency: An estimated 50 people are killed when a suicide bomber attacks a mosque during morning prayers in Mubi, Nigeria. (The Guardian)
  • 22 Nov Counter-terrorism in Georgia: Explosions and gunfire are heard in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi amidst counter-terrorism operations. One security guard and 3 terrorists are killed. (Al Jazeera)
  • 23 Nov Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano sends a cloud of smoke, ash and steam around 5,900 feet (1798 meters) above the peak, the largest eruption since 2013. (Yahoo! News) (El Universal)
  • 24 Nov 2017 Sinai mosque attack: At least 305 people are killed, and over 128 wounded, in a bomb and gun attack at a mosque near Arish, Egypt. (BBC)
  • 25 Nov Russia–United States relations: Russian President Vladimir Putin signs into law amendments that allow foreign media outlets in Russia to be listed as foreign agents. Earlier this month, RT America has been forced to be registered as a foreign agent in the United States. (CNN) (Reuters)
  • 26 Nov Syrian Civil War: Russian airstrikes hit residential buildings in the ISIS-held village of Al-Shafah in Deir Ezzor province, killing at least 53 civilians, including 21 children. (Japan Times)
  • 27 Nov Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: Prince Harry announces his engagement to American actress Meghan Markle. (NBC News)
  • 28 Nov 2017 North Korean missile tests: North Korea fires another missile in a test, landing in the Sea of Japan. (BBC)
  • 29 Nov 2017 in archaeology: Archaeologists from the University of Leicester announce the discovery of evidence that Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain started in Pegwell Bay, Kent. (BBC)
  • 30 Nov Aftermath of the 14 October 2017 Mogadishu bombings: A Somali committee determined that the death toll of the twin bombing in Mogadishu last October is way higher than expected, rising up to 512. This makes the attack the third-deadliest terrorist attack worldwide. (Reuters)
  • 01 Dec 2017 Peshawar Agriculture Directorate attack: Four attackers storm the Directorate of Agricultural Training Institute in Pakistan and exchange fire with police and army personnel. The four attackers are killed in the attack, and at least 12 people are killed and 35+ are injured. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan claims responsibility. (Arab News)
  • 02 Dec Israeli involvement in the Syrian Civil War: Israel launches surface-to-surface missiles at a military installation outside the Syrian capital Damascus overnight, Syrian state TV reports. (BBC)
  • 03 Dec Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: Battle of Sana'a (2017): The Royal Saudi Air Force bombs Houthi positions in southern Sana'a in support of Ali Abdullah Saleh-headed General People's Congress. (Reuters)
  • 04 Dec Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen; Yemeni Civil War: Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is killed by Houthi forces in a roadside attack outside Sana'a after an earlier attack on his house. (BBC) (NPR)
  • 05 Dec The last King of Romania, Michael I, dies at the age of 96. (BBC), (Reuters)
  • 06 Dec Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War: President Vladimir Putin declares victory over the Islamic State terror group across both banks of the river Euphrates. (TASS)The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that Russian air strikes kill 21 people in a village on the eastern side of the Euphrates river in Deir al-Zor province. (Reuters)
  • 07 Dec Positions on Jerusalem: The Czech Republic recognizes West Jerusalem as Israel's capital "in practice". (Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs)Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expresses interest in moving his country's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. (Haaretz)
  • 08 Dec Syrian Civil War: Russian jets carry out airstrikes in a village in the northwestern Idlib Governorate, where a de-escalation zone exists, killing at least five civilians. (World Bulletin)
  • 09 Dec United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital: Hundreds of people protest on the West Bank and in Gaza for the third day in a row. (BBC)
  • 10 Dec Israeli–Palestinian conflict: A 24-year-old Palestinian stabs and seriously wounds an Israeli security guard at Jerusalem's Central Bus Station. The attacker is arrested. (Reuters) (The Washington Post) (The Independent)
  • 11 Dec 2017 New York City attempted bombing: An attempted terrorist attack occurs when a homemade pipe bomb worn by a man exploded near New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal. Three people, as well as the attacker, are injured. The suspect, identified as Akayed Ullah, is in custody. (The New York Times) (CNN)
  • 12 Dec Unibail-Rodamco agrees to purchase shopping mall owner Westfield Corporation for $15.7 billion. (Business Insider)
  • 13 Dec Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: At least 30 people are reported to have been killed in Saudi-led coalition air strikes on a rebel military police camp in Yemen's capital, Sanaa. (BBC)
  • 14 Dec Internal armed conflict in Colombia, Paramilitarism in Colombia, Illegal drug trade in Colombia: Colombia's biggest narcotics gang, Clan del Golfo (AGC), declares a cease-fire in effect since December 13. They say the gesture is meant "to contribute to a full, total and lasting peace." The Colombian government says that it welcomes the move but also that it will continue their pressure on the organization. (GMA Network)
  • 15 Dec Palestinians and the Israeli army scuffle in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and at the Qalandia border crossing over the status of Jerusalem. Clashes are also reported in Gaza, Ramallah, Hebron and Qalqilya. In conflicts where Israeli law enforcement used live ammunition and Palestinians threw rocks, two Palestinians died in Gaza while 150 were wounded and two more were killed in the West Bank while a further 10 were wounded. (Reuters)
  • 16 Dec China–United Kingdom relations, One Belt One Road Initiative: The BBC reports that former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron is to head a £750 million ($1 billion) U.K. private fund to improve air, road and railway links between China and its trading partners. (The Independent) (The Guardian)
  • 17 Dec 2017 Quetta church attack: A suicide bomb and gun attack on a Methodist church in Pakistan kills nine people. (BBC) (Dawn)
  • 18 Dec Twitter suspends the accounts of well-known white nationalists per recently implemented new offensive content rules. (AP via Time)
  • 19 Dec Houthis say that they launched a Volcano H-2 missile targeting at the Al-Yamamah Palace in the Saudi capital city of Riyadh. According to the Saudis, the missile was intercepted south of Riyadh and caused no casualties. (Reuters)
  • 20 Dec The European Court of Justice (ECJ) rules that Uber is officially a transport company and not a digital service, thus requiring it to accept stricter regulation and licensing within the European Union. The case arose after Uber was told to obey local taxi rules in Barcelona. (The Guardian)
  • 21 Dec December 2017 Melbourne car attack: Nineteen people are injured after a car crashes into pedestrians at the corner of Flinders Street and Elizabeth Street in Melbourne, Australia. The driver is arrested. Victoria Police believe that the incident was a "deliberate act" but not terrorism-related. (The Age) (The Observer)
  • 22 Dec Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): After 1,000 days of civil war in Yemen, eight million people are at risk of starvation. (BBC)
  • 23 Dec 2017 Pacific typhoon season: Tropical Storm Tembin: More than 200 people are dead in the southern Philippines as a result of floods and mudslides caused by Severe Tropical Storm Vinta. (Reuters)
  • 24 Dec Typhoon Tembin: Officials raise the death total from this storm to 182, with at least 153 people missing and more than 70,000 displaced. (Malay Mail)
  • 25 Dec War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A suicide blast near the National Directorate of Security headquarters in Kabul kills 10. Amaq News Agency claims ISIL is responsible for the attack. (Reuters)
  • 26 Dec Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: According to emergency services and the Houthi-owned Al Masirah, Saudi Arabian coalition air strikes kill 15 people and wound 60 at al-Shahra souq, a popular market in Taiz Governorate. (Al Jazeera) (Het Laatste Nieuws)
  • 27 Dec War in Donbass, Minsk II: Ukraine exchanges hundreds of prisoners with the Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic. (BBC)
  • 28 Dec War in Afghanistan (2001–present): December 2017 Kabul suicide bombing: A suicide bombing at a Shi‘ite cultural center and news agency in Kabul, Afghanistan, kills 41 people and injures 84 others. ISIL-affiliated Amaq News Agency says this group is responsible. (Reuters) (CNN)
  • 29 Dec Saint Menas church attack: Nine people are killed in two coordinated attacks targeting Coptic Christians in Egypt. Two of the victims are killed by a gunman in a Coptic-owned appliance store in the Helwan area of Cairo. The gunman then moves to a church where he kills a further six civilians and a policeman before being arrested. (BBC)
  • 30 Dec Insurgency in Egypt (2013–present): Three suspected militants are killed and ten others are arrested by Egyptian security forces in Giza. (Reuters)
  • 31 Dec A large number of fireworks accidentally go off in a barge at a New Year's Day show in Terrigal, NSW, Australia, causing thousands to be evacuated from the beach by police and the two people on the barge to suffer minor injuries. (BBC)