December 2012 Current Events: World News
Here are the key events in world news for the month of December 2012.
Egypt's New Constitution Continues to Cause Unrest (Dec. 1): While the Muslim Brotherhood organize hundreds of thousands of supporters for Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi at Cairo University, several thousand protestors rally in Tahrir Square to oppose the new constitution. Despite the unrest, Morsi continues to move forward with the new constitution, setting December 15th as the date for the national referendum on it.
As Fighting Continues, Syrian Merchants Attempt Peaceful Protest (Dec. 2): Throughout the country Syrian merchants close their shops as part of a nonviolent protest movement called "Strike of Pride." Meanwhile, a car bomb in central Syria kills at least 15 people and fighting in and around Damascus continues. (Dec. 5): The U.S. confirms its support of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces when Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a news conference in Brussels. She says, "Now that there is a new opposition formed, we are going to be doing what we can to support that opposition."
The World Reacts to Royal Baby News (Dec. 3): Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is hospitalized for a severe case of morning sickness. As soon as the news spreads that the world's favorite royal couple is expecting much speculation begins over the unborn child who will one day most likely ascend to the throne of England. During Kate Middleton's hospital stay, two Australian radio disc jockeys make a prank call to the hospital pretending to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles. The call is broadcast on the radio in Australia and later around the world. (Dec. 6): Kate Middleton is released from the hospital. She returns home to rest. The prank by the Australian D.J.'s turns tragic when Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who took the call, commits suicide. The police announce her death as "being treated as unexplained." However, the two D.J.'s are blamed on social media.
North Korea Successfully Launches Rocket (Dec. 12): North Korea's next attempt to put a satellite into orbit is not a failure. The successful launch of the rocket indicates that the country is inching closer toward developing the expertise to build an intercontinental ballistic missile. It also boosts Kim Jong-un's credibility both domestically and internationally, illustrating his seriousness in advancing the country's military capabilities. The launch takes the world by surprise and prompts a call for another round of sanctions.