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December 2019 Current Events: World News

Updated December 8, 2019 | Infoplease Staff

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news events you need to know so far for December 2019:

  1. Shootout in Northern Mexico
  2. Sudan Factory Fire
  3. Iraq Protests Continue
  4. Factory Fire in Delhi
  5. World’s Youngest Prime Minister Elected in Finland
  6. Hotel Attack in Somalia
  7. Controversial Citizenship Bill in India
  8. Protests Continue in Lebanon
  9. Shooting in Moscow
  10. India Protests Escalate
  11. Guns Handed Over During New Zealand Amnesty
  12. Julie Berman Murdered in Toronto
  13. Somalia Car Bomb Attack
  14. US Embassy Attacked in Iraq

Shootout in Northern Mexico

Mexico Gunbattle

On December 2, twenty-two people were killed after a shootout between officials and suspected members of the drug cartel. The shootout took place in Northern Mexico. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo

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Sudan Factory Fire

Sudan Fire

On December 4, a fire triggered an explosion at a Sudan factory, killing at least 23 people and wounding another 130. A committee has been set up to investigate the incident. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/APTN

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Iraq Protests Continue

Iraq Protests

On December 6, a gunman opened fire and several vehicles went into the crowd of protestors in Baghdad. The attack killed 12 people and wounded another 22. The attackers have not been identified as of late. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Nasser Nasser

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Factory Fire in Delhi

India Fires

On December 8, a factory building in Delhi caught fire, killing 43 workers. Over 100 people were sleeping in the factory when it caught fire. The fire is under investigation. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Manish Swarup

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World’s Youngest Prime Minister Elected in Finland

Finland PM

On December 9, Finland elected Sanna Marin as Prime Minister, making her the world’s youngest. Marin will be sworn in on December 10. (CNN)

Photo Source: Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP

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Hotel Attack in Somalia

Somalia Attack

On December 10, gunmen entered a hotel in Mogadishu, leading to a seven-hour battle between them and security forces. The battle left five people dead, two soldiers and three civilians. Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh

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Controversial Citizenship Bill in India

India Protests

On December 11, India became one step closer to passing a bill that gives citizenship to immigrants from three neighboring countries, but not if they are Muslim. Opposition parties claim the bill is unconstitutional because it is biased towards religion. The bill has sparked protests. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Manish Swarup

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Protests Continue in Lebanon

Lebanon Protest

On December 14, the Lebanon crisis continued as anti-government protests escalated in Beirut. Dozens of people have been injured as police and protestors clashed. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Hussein Malla

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Shooting in Moscow

Moscow Shooting

On December 19, a gunman opened fire in front of Moscow’s Intelligence HQ. At least 1 person died and 5 were injured during the shooting. Videos of the shooting were found on social media pages. The suspect has been “neutralized.” (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr

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India Protests Escalate

India Protests

On December 21, the death toll in the India protests rose to 18 after 10 people were killed, 9 of whom were by gunshot and one was a child hit with a stone. The protests are due to the controversial citizen law passed earlier. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

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Guns Handed Over During New Zealand Amnesty

NZ Gun Control

On December 21, nearly 56,000 guns were handed over during New Zealand amnesty. The semi-automatic gun ban was set in place after the Christchurch shooting that left 51 people dead earlier this year. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Nick Perry

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Julie Berman Murdered in Toronto

Trans' Rights

On December 27, trans-rights activist Julie Berman was murdered in Toronto. A 29-year-old suspect has been arrested and charged with second degree murder. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

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Somalia Car Bomb Attack

Somalia Attack

On December 28, a car bomb exploded in Somalia’s capital, killing 78 people and injuring another 125. The attack occurred during rush hour. No group has claimed responsibility thus far. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsame

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US Embassy Attacked in Iraq

Iraq Protests

On December 31, the US Embassy in Baghdad was attacked by pro-Iranian protesters. The attack came after the US launched airstrikes in Syria and Iraq a few days prior, hitting some Iran militia. The protest has created more tension between the US and Iran. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed

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