Bougainville Votes for Independence

2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages
1981 Deceember 11: El Mozote massacre, El Salvador
1994 December 11: First Chechen War
1963 December 12: Jamhuri, Kenya Republic Day
1974 December 13: Malta Republic Day
1971 December 16: Bahrain National Day
1991 December 16: Kazakhstan Independence Day
1989 December 16: Romanian Revolution
2011 December 18: Arab Spring
1878 December 18: Qatar National Day
1961 December 19: Operation Trikora, New Guinea
1979 December 24: Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan
1951 December 24: Libya Independence Day
1990 December 26: Slovenia Independence and Unity Day
1991 December 26: Dissolution of the Soviet Union
1943 December 28: Day of Memory and Sorrow in Kalmykia
1911 December 29: Mongolia Independence Day

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Russia Throws Wrench Into Efforts to Renew Serbia-Kosovo Talks
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King of Sweden Gives Peter Handke a Disgraceful Nobel Prize
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Sierra Leone government must allow pregnant girls to attend school, court rules
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Lift for maritime sector in Kenya and Djibouti after fall in piracy
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UN report says Libya will be new frontier for Islamic State
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