January 2020 Current Events: World News

Updated September 25, 2021 | 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 January 2020:

  1. Palau Bans Toxic Sun Cream
  2. Stabbing Attack in Paris
  3. Kenya Terror Attack
  4. Six Dead in Italy
  5. Plane Crash in Iran
  6. Political Unrest in Venezuela
  7. Taiwan President Reelected
  8. Protests in Iran
  9. Human Rights Activists Killed in Colombia
  10. Protesters Attempt to Storm Theater
  11. Coronavirus in China
  12. Greece Hires its First Female President
  13. Lebanon Has a New Government
  14. Growing Violence in Africa Effects Schools

Palau Bans Toxic Sun Cream

Coral Reef

On January 1, Palau became the first country to ban sun creams containing ingredients that are harmful to coral and marine life. The island has now banned all sales and use of these sun creams. (BBC)

Photo Source: Dr. Ian MacDonald/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via AP

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Stabbing Attack in Paris

Paris Knife Attack

On January 3, a man wielding a knife entered a suburban park in Paris and began a stabbing spree. He killed one person and injured two others before being shot and killed by police. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Michel Euler

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Kenya Terror Attack

Kenya Attack

On January 5, a terrorist attack that occurred at Kenya Defense Force left three Americans dead. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. Kenya’s military said that they killed four of the terrorists during the counter attack. (CNN)

Photo Source: Staff Sgt. Lexie West/U.S. Air Force via AP

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Six Dead in Italy

Italy Crash

On January 5, a suspected drunk driver killed six German tourists and injured another four at a ski resort in Italy. The driver, who had four times the legal limit of blood alcohol, drove up on a sidewalk. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Helmut Moling

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Plane Crash in Iran

Iran Plane Crash

On January 8, a Ukrainian International flight crashed in Iran, killing all 176 people on board. The majority of passengers were Iranian and Canadian. A spokesperson for the aircraft said it was checked two days prior with no issues. On January 11, it was revealed that the crash was due to missiles launched by Iran, though those missiles were not purposely sent on the plane. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky

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Political Unrest in Venezuela

Venezuela Politics

On January 8, the political unrest in Venezuela continued. Two days prior, opposition leader Juan Guaido was blocked from entering Parliament. He attempted to climb a fence to gain entry, eventually forcing his way in with other opposition figures. Many citizens were angered by this, taking to the streets. Authorities have been using tear gas on them. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Matias Delacroix

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Taiwan President Reelected

Taiwan Election

On January 11, President Tsai Ing-wen won 57% of the vote in Taiwan. This will be the president’s second term. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying

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Protests in Iran

Iran Protests

On January 12, mass anti-government protests hit the streets of Iran. The protests are in response to the downed plane that was later revealed to have been accidentally shot down by Iranian officials. Demonstrators are calling for the Supreme Leader to step down. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon

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Human Rights Activists Killed in Colombia

Colombia Protests

On January 14, the UN revealed that human rights advocates and community leaders in Colombia are being killed at an alarming rate. So far, 10 activists have already been killed in 2020. The UN is urging Colombia politicians to change this trend. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Fernando Vergara

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Protesters Attempt to Storm Theater

Paris Protests

On January 18, protesters in Paris attempted to storm a theater President Macron was in. Police were called to help protect the political figure. The protesters are fighting the new pension reforms in France. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Christophe Ena

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Coronavirus in China

China Outbreak

On January 20, China announced it reached 139 cases of pneumonia caused by a new strain of coronavirus. So far, three people have died from the virus, which is mostly in Beijing. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

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Greece Hires its First Female President

Greece President

On January 22, Katerina Sakellaropoulou was elected, becoming the first female president in Greece. Sakellaropoulou was previously a high court judge and human rights activist. (CNN)

Photo Source: Orestis Panagiotou/Pool via AP

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Lebanon Has a New Government

Lebanon Protest

On January 24, nearly 100 days after the protests in Lebanon began, a new government has taken place. The government has been cut to one-third the original size, and Prime Minister Hassan Diab has replaced Saad Hairi, who resigned a few weeks after the protests began. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Bilal Hussein

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Growing Violence in Africa Effects Schools

Africa Schools

On January 28, it was revealed that over 3,500 schools have closed in Burkina Faso, Niger, and Mali over the last two years. Growing violence between terrorists and citizens has left 8 million children without schools. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Jerome Delay

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