As 2017 quickly approaches, Sputnik sums up the results of 2016.
Year 2016, a year of Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, was awaited by thousands of athletes from all over the world, who trained hard for one of the main starts in their careers, but dozens of Russian athletes, including Paralympians, were denied the right to participate.
Key milestones of how religion influenced different aspects of social life during 2016.
2017 could become the year when far-right and nationalist parties show good results during a series of elections scheduled in a number of EU member states.
Extremist ideas have spread across Europe and terrorists hit progressive centers of the Western civilization, such as Berlin, Brussels, Nice and many more in 2016.
On April 5, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, announced his decision to step aside as the prime minister of Iceland.
The biggest data leak ever, a trove of 11.5 million files, which shook the world in 2016, offering a glimpse into conspiracies, scandals, frauds and iffy offshore accounts of billionaires and celebrities, as well as 12 current and former global leaders, began with a stranger popping a question to the German Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.
Russia held a quarter of global arms market, despite the difficult geopolitical realities and Russia's shrinking overall exports.
Clashes broke out in the US state of North Dakota in 2016 between law enforcement officers and protesters opposing the construction of a 1,200-mile oil pipeline which they claim will contaminate water resources and violate sacred tribal territory.
Homegrown extremists self-radicalized or indoctrinated abroad carried out five high-profile terrorist attacks on US soil in 2016 that resulted in 50 victim deaths and 97 injured compared to around 30 killed and 36 wounded in the previous year.
News regarding disinformation, the so-called Russian propaganda and accusations of indiscriminate bombing by Russia and the US in the Middle East have dominated headlines globally throughout 2016 amid claims of a resurgence of a Cold War attitude between Moscow and the West - culminating in the EU Parliament's resolution against Russian media.
The year 2016 was packed with incidents of civil unrest in the United States ranging from uprisings against police brutality to protests against Donald Trump’s presidential election victory.
New York real estate mogul and former reality television star Donald Trump shocked pundits and political elites in the United States and around the world by winning the 2016 presidential election over Hillary Clinton.
The expiring year will be remembered for giving shape and strength to the global trend of rising anti-globalist and protectionist sentiments in Western democracies throughout the world.
US foreign policy failures were not relegated to Syria in 2016, exemplified most notably by growing instability in Afghanistan, deteriorating relations with Turkey, and Washington’s support for a Saudi-led offensive in Yemen that has killed scores of civilians, among other challenges.
The changes in approaches to Western sanctions against Russia over Crimea’s reunification with Russia during 2016.
The past year saw some defining events in global trade, with an apparent failure of US-led free trade area deals in the Atlantic and the Pacific, the rise of Chinese initiatives in Asia and a looming fracture of the European bloc leaving the world's economy in the clutches of uncertainty amid near-recession growth rates.
Key milestones of relationa between Turkey and the European Union during 2016 year.
Year 2016 has marked a turning point in shift of a negative attitude toward Russia among a number of states.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) member states and other non-cartel oil producers, including Russia, have spent most of the year negotiating oil production freezes and cuts amid oil prices drops to below $30 a barrel in January, finally reaching a deal on oil output cap on December 10.