Portal:Current events/December 2019

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December 2019 was the twelfth and final month of that common year. The month, which began on a Sunday, ended on a Tuesday after 31 days. It was the last month of the 2010s decade.

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This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from December 2019.

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  • Thirteen Pakistani nationals, including eight children and four women, have died and three others are injured in a fire at a farm in rural Jordan. (BBC)

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  • 2019 Samoa measles outbreak
    • The government makes it illegal to make non-essential domestic travel on the roads while vaccination units cross the country with 40,000 still to be vaccinated. Also, the opposition calls for an inquiry into the low vaccination rates which began after a mistake by two nurses last year which resulted in the deaths of two children. (RNZ)

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  • A boat carrying refugees capsized near Nouadhibou, off the coast of Mauritania, in one of the deadliest maritime disasters this year, leaving 58 people dead and many more who tried to swim to shore in need of treatment. The boat had departed The Gambia on 27 November 2019. It was heading towards the Canary Islands when it approached the Mauritanian coast to get fuel and food. The boat had been carrying between 150–180 people when it capsized, most of them aged between 20 and 30. (The Guardian)
  • A gas explosion in Szczyrk, Poland causes a three-story building to collapse and kills 8 people (tvn24.pl)

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  • China–United States trade war
    • Both countries announce an initial deal where new tariffs to be mutually imposed on December 15 would not be implemented. China says it "will buy more high quality of American agricultural products", while the United States says it will halve the existing 15% tariffs. (The Guardian)

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  • Former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is sentenced to two years detention in a reform facility for corruption. There is heavy military custody of the government buildings and the court as followers of his now dissolved party rally in his support. Defense lawyers say they will appeal the sentence. (Reuters)
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  • A North Korean ghost ship washes up on the shore of Japan's Sado Island, containing the corpses of five people onboard, suspected to be fishermen. The bodies are described by Japanese police as "partially skeletonised", suggesting the boat has been adrift at sea for a long time. (BBC)
  • Five people are killed when a plane crashes near a Walmart supermarket in Lafayette, Louisiana. One occupant survives, while three others on the ground are injured. (BBC)

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