The Past 12 Months: A Global Story Told in Headlines

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By Jacqueline Lee

Managing Editor of News

January: Taiwan Elects 1st Female President

Tsai Ing-Wen, the candidate for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), wins the election in a huge landslide against Eric Chu, the candidate for the Nationalist Party (KMT). This historic election was predicted to cause strains on Taiwan’s relations with China due to the DPP’s inclinations toward independence from mainland China.

February: Suicide Bombing Kills Dozens in Refugee Camp in Nigeria

In northeastern Nigeria, two female suicide bombers attacked a camp that was set up to help protect people from terrorism, especially Boko Haram. 78 people were injured and at least 58 people were killed.

March: President Obama Makes a Historic Visit to Cuba

Obama is the first sitting U.S president to go to Cuba since 1928. During this trip with his family, he had meetings with Cuban President Raúl Castro and Cardinal Jaime Ortega.

April: Airstrike in Aleppo Hospital Kills 50

The Al Quds Field Hospital, supported by Doctors Without Borders, was attacked by a missile from a fighter jet. After, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry vocally blamed the Assad Regime. This was just one event in a series of attacks on the people of Aleppo.

May: U.S. Justice Dept. Opens Investigation into Russia’s Doping

With the Olympics just around the corner, Russia met the state-sponsored doping allegations with claims that the investigation was part of a larger U.S. conspiracy to hurt Russia and its credibility.

June: Brexit Vote Leads to the UK Leaving the EU

After Britain voted to leave the European Union and Nigel Farage (the leader of the UK independence Party) got his way, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that he would step down, since he was a large proponent of remaining in the union.

July: Turkey Endures a Failed Coup by a Group of Soldiers

A faction of Turkish Military forces released a statement that the government had “been forced to withdraw.” Shortly after this message, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the people of Turkey to stand up against the military uprising. The coup ended soon after, but not without resulting in 290 deaths and 1,400 injured people.

August: Thailand Votes for a Military-Based Constitution

After taking power in 2014, the military hadn’t done much good in Thailand. However, a majority of Thai referendum voters voted for the drafting of a constitution written by an army-appointed committee.

September: Syrian Cease-Fire Starts and Ends

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia’s Sergey Lavrov agreed on a pact designed to stop further attacks by Assad and give time for Syrian cities to recover and receive humanitarian aid. Just a few days later, the Syrian government violated the ceasefire agreement, wreaking more havoc on innocent citizens and towns all across the country.

October: Majority of South Korea Calls for Their President’s Resignation

President Park Geun-hye was accused of leaking government-classified documents to a friend, who was also accused of intervening in state affairs. This caused outrage among South Koreans, who protested for her resignation or impeachment, even after her televised apology.

November: Fidel Castro Dies

Just a couple months after the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba, Fidel Castro died at the age of 90 after a lifetime of immense power and control over Cuba and its people.

December: ISIS Attacks Christmas Market in Berlin

A truck barreled through a Berlin Christmas Market, killing 12 and injuring 48. The attack was later linked to ISIS when the main suspect, Anis Amri, was seen in a video pledging allegiance to the terrorist organization. Amri was killed in a Milan shootout.