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Events that left their mark on 2017 (PART 3)
Events that left their mark on 2017 (PART 3)

Deadly terror attack in Manchester and political crisis in Arab Gulf dominated headlines in May/June 2017

World Bulletin / News Desk


May 1

-Millions of people across the globe take part in International Workers’ Day rallies.

May 4

-81 civilians, including women and children, are killed by a missile attack that targeted a school in Iraq’s ISIL-held western Mosul.

May 6

-Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh is elected chief of the group’s political bureau.

May 7

-Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron beats far-right rival Marine Le Pen by a comfortable margin to become France's new president.

May 8

-18 miners die following a gas-leak explosion in a mineshaft in China's central Hunan province.

May 10

-U.S. President Donald Trump fires FBI Director James Comey.

May 12

-Massive cyber-attack throws British healthcare service into disarray.

May 13

-WannaCry virus infects more than 300,000 computers worldwide.

May 14

-North Korea fires a medium-range ballistic missile from its southwestern Kusung region over Japan.

May 15

-Azerbaijan destroys an Armenian air-defense missile system in the occupied Karabakh region.

May 17

-At least 115 civilians are killed in the Central African Republic within one week.

May 18

-An Australian-Chinese research team creates the world's thinnest hologram.

May 19

-Three former Serbian soldiers are sentenced to a total of 32 years in prison by the Bosnian High Court for "war crimes committed against civilians" in the period between 1992 and 1995.

May 20

-A sixth round of Syria talks in Geneva ends without reaching a sought-for “political solution” to the conflict.

-A heat wave kills 167 people in India's Telangana province.

-Cooperation agreements worth $280 billion are signed between Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and U.S. President Trump.

May 21

-Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) economy ministers decide to maintain the trade deal without the U.S.

May 22

-The rescue of civilians who fled the Al-Waer district in Syria's regime-besieged province of Homs is completed. Almost 25,000 people are evacuated.

May 23

-Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia is elected as World Health Organization (WHO) director-general.

May 24

-A 1.3-meter-long emerald weighing 272 kilograms is found in a mine in northeastern Brazil.

May 25

-Lenin Moreno is elected president of Ecuador.

-Scientists discover a new type of galaxy that produces 100 times more stars than the Milky Way Galaxy.

May 26

-Mudslides and flooding caused by torrential monsoons kill 212 people on the island-nation of Sri Lanka.

May 29

-North Korea test-fires a ballistic missile from the eastern Wonsan region that lands in open waters near Japan.



June 1

-37 people die when a masked gunman opens fire in a casino in Manila, capital of the Philippines.

June 3

-UN Security Council extends sanctions against North Korea due to its nuclear program and ballistic missile tests.

June 4

-Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci and Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiadis meet in New York at the invitation of UN secretary-general.

June 5

-China’s lost temple of Fugan is discovered by archaeologists after nearly 1,000 years.

-Montenegro becomes member of NATO alliance.

June 6

-Astronomers discover the “hottest planet” found in the universe to date some 600 light years from earth.

June 7

-Germany announces plans to withdraw troops from Turkey’s Incirlik military base.

June 8

-North Korea conducts multiple anti-ship missile tests.

June 9

-Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt add 59 Qatar-linked individuals -- and 12 aid organizations -- to their “terror list”.

-Presidents of Pakistan and India meet for the first time in 17 months in Kazakh capital Astana for a Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit.

June 10

-Romania holds the first Turkish Language Festival.

-Some 900 tons of gold are discovered in Ethiopia’s Benishangul-Gumuz State.

June 13

-China establishes diplomatic relations with Panama after the latter cuts ties with Taiwan.

-At least 132 people are killed in southeastern Bangladesh by a landslide caused by heavy rains.

June 15

-Qatar’s Defense Ministry signs a $12-billion deal with the U.S. for the purchase of F-15 warplanes.

​-China develops the world's first “hack-proof” communication system using the quantum network.

-U.S. President Trump reverses the previous administration's efforts to normalize relations with Cuba.

June 17

-Seven U.S. navy crew members are killed after the USS Fitzgerald collides with a merchant vessel off the Japanese coast.

June 18

-A three-day-long forest fire in Portugal's Pedrogao Grande area kills at least 63 people.

June 19

-Darren Osborne, 47, drives a van into worshippers gathered outside a Muslim welfare center in north London, killing one person.

June 20

-NASA's Kepler space telescope discovers 10 new planets outside our solar system.

June 21

-The Romanian government falls after parliament votes to censure Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu.

June 22

-A terrorist attack in Britain’s Manchester Arena leaves 22 concertgoers dead.

June 23

-Choi Soon-sil is sentenced to three years in jail for her role in a corruption scandal that brought down South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

June 24

-A Belgian court sentences eight members of the UAE’s royal family to 15 months behind bars for human trafficking and abusing servants.

June 25

-Albania's Socialist Party, led by Prime Minister Edi Rama, wins general elections with over 48 percent of the vote.

June 28

-UN-backed Cyprus reunification talks kick off in Switzerland’s Crans-Montana municipality.

June 29

-U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's minority government wins parliamentary vote of confidence.

June 30

-Investigations by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons find that sarin gas was used in deadly April 4 attack in Syria's Idlib province.

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