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December 24

1951 December 24: Libya Independence Day
1979 December 24: Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan

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Old Refrain, New Law & Credibility Conundrum

An Old Refrain: Russian Lawmakers Question Kazakhstan’s Territorial Integrity, Statehood
EU Agrees On New Belarus Sanctions As Tsikhanouskaya Accepts Sakharov Prize
EU postpones $109 million aid to Ethiopia over Tigray access
North Macedonia president blasts neighbor Bulgaria
Cuba rejects U.S. report on diplomat health incidents
US Labels Switzerland and Vietnam as Currency Manipulators
North Korea building up weapons amid economic shortfall
North African couscous becomes a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage
Liberians approve constitutional referendum pushed by President Weah
China is scaling up its weather modification programme – here’s why we should be worried
Finnish sauna culture steams up UNESCO Heritage List
European Space Agency appoints Austrian scientist new chief
Self-immolation persists as grim form of protest in Tunisia
Facebook removes French, Russian accounts active in Central African Republic
WeChat helps CCP control Australian media outlets
Tunisians protest for ‘new revolution’ on Arab Spring anniversary
South Korean celebrities insult China
China shows off tanks in simulated battle for Taiwan
She tweeted from Sweden about the plight of her Uyghur cousin. In Xinjiang, the authorities were watching
Rep. Deb Haaland Is the First Native American Cabinet Nominee
Pacific Island Nations Wary of Chinese Fishing Fleets
Audience Applauds Workshop CEO Who Harshly Responded To KGB Head Tsiartsel At His Meeting With Hrodna Azot Workers
Virus outlier Sweden adopts more restrictions as cases rise
Commentary on Barotse plains and cultural landscape nomination as a World Heritage Site
Guinea opposition spokesperson dies in police detention
Who is Tigray’s fugitive leader Debretsion Gebremichael?
Somaliland cancels un-Islamic women’s football tournament
Hearses Challenge Official COVID-19 Death Toll In Tatarstan
Bulgaria Expels Another Russian Diplomat For Spying On U.S. Troops
Shots Ring Out: On The Front Line In A Divided Karabakh Village
Yemen’s president, separatists announce new power-sharing government
Independence support hits 58 per cent with SNP majority at Holyrood on cards
Wave of police raids in Russian-occupied Crimea as warning to Crimean Tatar activists
Mysteries Of The Tunguska Meteorite In Siberia’s Thinning Forests
What Apple Daily Means for Hong Kong
Civilian Participation in National Defense as a Part of Japan’s Pacifism
China’s Military Actions Against Taiwan in 2021: What to Expect
Mauritius Reopens its Blue-Bay Marine Park Post-Oil Spill
Russia to give icon that sparked controversy back to Bosnia
Gamifying Extremism: Refighting (And Rewriting) The Balkan Wars As A Video Game
Central African Republic says former president plotting a coup
Invoking Bible and moonwalk, Netanyahu starts Israeli vaccination drive
Portugal’s armed forces help nursing homes battle the virus
Armenia honors Nagorno-Karabakh dead; some demand PM resign
Move over Santa Claus, the Caga Tió rules in Catalonia
Students rally to demand independence of West Papua
Thousands of Aboriginal Australians sue over unpaid work
Central African Republic opposition calls for election delay due to violence
Three lost years? Catalan parties reflect on a turbulent political cycle
Michael Russell: What will Scotland do after Brexit? We’ll rejoin the EU.
Scotland faces ‘worst possible start’ to 2021 as Brexit looms
“Pro-Gaddafi” Violently Displaced Libyans Return to Rebuild
The Hazy Future Of Bulgaria’s Bobov Dol Power Plant
‘My Dear Yakutia’: An Intimate Portrait Of Russia’s Far North
Taiwan urges Canada to join global coalition against China
Welcoming the Winter Solstice: An important part of many Indigenous cultures spiritual beliefs
In New Zealand, ‘Hello’ Has Become ‘Kia Ora.’ Will That Save the Māori Language?
Lawsuit by Sikh independence group alleges defamation by think tank and former CBC reporter
Bosnian city of Mostar holds 1st local election in 12 years
Gov’t spyware targets phones of Al-Jazeera reporters
Central African Republic Says Russia Deploys Troops In Face Of Coup Threat
Biden team weighs deportation relief for more than 1 million Hondurans, Guatemalans
Nicaragua essentially bans opposition from 2021 elections
U.S. charges Libyan in 1988 Lockerbie bombing that killed 270
Turkish Court Sentences Former Kurdish MP Leyla Güven to 22 Years in Prison
Kushner calls for end to ‘scapegoating’ Israel
Crimean Solidarity journalist on ‘trial’ for not denouncing a social media contact to Russia’s FSB
Hongkongers in self-imposed exile announce plans for ‘shadow parliament’
US Senate Adopts Belarus Democracy Act
Gazprom loses ground in Finland to LNG from the Baltic States
‘Good riddance,’ China says as Germany leaves U.N. Security Council
Journalist Murders Double in 2020
China Expands Influence in Mediterranean as European Investment Weakens
Belarusian Press Club’s Chief Detained; Offices And Homes Searched
Kosovo To Hold Snap Elections After Top Court Ruling
Singapore’s Digital Banking Race is On
Is Cambodia Really Turning Its Back on Chinese Vaccines?
A New Minneapolis Park Puts Indigenous Culture Center Stage
Bhasan Char: A New Home for Rohingya Refugees
Biden and the Credibility Conundrum: What If China Attacks Taiwan?
Suspicious Death of Baloch Activist in Toronto Raises Uncomfortable Questions for Pakistan
Central African Republic rebels take key city as fighting escalates
Lebanon’s brain drain: Doctors, nurses, engineers leaving amid crisis
Israel to hold 4th national election in 2 years
U.S. sanctions top Nicaraguan officials, Cuban military-linked businesses
Tibetan jailed for celebrating Dalai Lama’s Birthday released after serving five-year term
US Congress stings China with new Tibet law on the next Dalai Lama
Russian Court Sentences Participant In 1995 Budyonnovsk Hostage Seizure
UN probe in Mali sees war crimes, crimes against humanity
Regional alliance trumps BJP in Kashmir poll

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December 19

1961 December 19: Operation Trikora, New Guinea

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December 18

1878 December 18: Qatar National Day
2011 December 18: Arab Spring