The year 2017 saw the notions of blockchain, cryptocurrencies, bitcoin and the like dominate the global media. A large part of the digitalized world, has felt its breath taken away by the tumultuous vibes of cryptocurrencies.
The Russian campaign in Syria began on September 30, 2015, when the country was on the brink of falling prey to terrorists once and for all, and ended on December 11, 2017, with order restored, Daesh defeated, and peace finally in sight.
The Republic of Lebanon, which borders Syria and Israel, gained independence in 1947 from France and has since faced a rash of political and military conflicts.
On December 6, US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital despite international pressure. The decision triggered bloody clashes in Israel, mass protests all over the world and even prompted Hamas to declare the beginning of the third Intifada, that is, struggle of Arabs (mainly in Palestine) against the Jewish state.
Three years have passed since the US and the EU decided to impose sanctions on Russia over its alleged involvement in the Ukraine conflict. Russia has repeatedly denied the accusations.
The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission was established by the United Nations Security Council and headed by NATO in December 2001. The initiative was aimed at training Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and rebuilding state institutions. It also participated in the war against the Taliban.
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum was established in 1989. Uniting the representatives of 21 Pacific Rim economies, it has served as one of the leading global platforms for discussing the issues of economic growth, trade, investment and international cooperation.
Syria has been engulfed in civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting numerous opposition factions and terrorist groups. The international community has taken a number of steps aimed at settling the crisis, including through talks in Geneva and Astana.
The first full-scale test of a thermonuclear device in the US on November 1, 1952, was codenamed Ivy Mike.
A 29-year-old Uzbek national used a truck to ram into people in New York on Tuesday. At least eight persons lost their lives. The authorities are treating the incident as a terrorist attack. It has become one of the deadliest on US soil since 2010.
The International Black Sea Day is being celebrated in Russia on October 31.
In summer 2017, the Syrian Army started an offensive toward Deir ez-Zor province, which had become a Daesh stronghold after the terrorists lost ground in Palmyra and the western part of the country. Government troops, backed by the Russian Aerospace Forces, managed to break the siege of the city of Deir ez-Zor.
The North Korean crisis shows no signs of abating - months are passing with Pyongyang threatening its foes with a nuclear club, Washington responding with stern statements and drills and all North Korea's neighbors being alarmed by the possibility of an atomic Armageddon at their threshold.
A lot of water has passed under the bridge since Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011.
By mid-October, the Russian campaign in Syria had resulted in more than 92 percent of the country's territory being liberated from terrorists.
The Catalans voted for independence from Spain on October 1 at a referendum. Following the historic result of the voting, Catalonia's leader Carles Puigdemont said on October 10 he wanted to follow the people's will for Catalonia to become a sovereign state.
On October 10, a Su-24 strike aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces crashed during take-off at the Hmeymim airbase in Syria.
On October 4, 1957 the first artificial object made from terrestrial materials - the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik-1 - was launched into space. The satellite was deployed in low orbit and continued to broadcast a radio signal for 92 days. The age of space satellites had begun.
Moscow has been carrying out a military operation against terrorists groups in Syria since September 30, 2015, when President Bashar Assad requested Russia's assistance.
Germany held a general election on Sunday to choose the members of the new, 709-seat parliament, after which a government will be formed and a chancellor elected.
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