As The Year Ends…

As we all prepare for the NEW YEAR and what it has to offer. Allow me to rundown some of the events that ROCKED 2011!

Jan 1: Estonia adopts the Euro currency and becomes the 17th EuroZone country.

Jan 9-15: South Sudan holds a referendum on independence. Sudanese electorates vote in favour of independence, which allowed for the creation of a new state in July.

Jan 11: Flooding and mudslides in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro kills 903 people.

Jan 14: Arab Spring: The Tunisian govt., falls after a month of increasingly violent protests. President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali flees to Saudi Arabia after 23years in power.

Jan 24: 37 people die and over 180 others injured in a bombing at Domodedovo international Airport in Moscow, Russia.

Feb 11: Arab spring – Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak resigns after widespread protests calling for his departure, leaving control of Egypt in the hands of the military until a general election is held.

Feb 22 – Mar 14: Uncertainty over Libyan oil output causes crude oil prices to rise 20% over a two-week period following the Arab spring which caused energy crisis.

Mar 11: Magnitude 9.1 earthquake and subsequent Tsunami hits eastern Japan, killing 15,840 and left 3,926 missing.

Mar 15: Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, king of Bahrain declares a three-month state of emergency as troops from the Gulf co-operation council are sent to quell the civil unrest.

Mar 17: Libyan Civil War begins.

Mar 19: In the light of the continuing attacks on Libyan rebels by forces in support of leader Muammar Gaddafi, military intervention authorised by UNSCR 1973 begins as French fighter jets make reconnaissance flights over Libya.

April 11: Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo is arrested in his home in Abidjan by supporters of elected President Alassane Ouattara with support from French forces.

April 19: Ten national youth service corps members killed in Bauchi, Nigeria.

April 29: An estimated two billion people watched the wedding of Prince Williams and Kate Middleton.

May 1: U.S., President Barack Obama announces that Osama Bin Laden, the founder and leader of the militant group Al-Qaeda has been killed.

May 16: The EU agrees to €78 billion rescue deal for Portugal.

May 26: Former Bosnian Serb Army commander Ratko Mladic, wanted for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity is arrested in Serbia.

June 4: Chile’s Puyehue volcano erupts, causing air traffic cancellations across South America, New Zealand, Australia and forcing over 3000 people to evacuate.

June 12: Thousands of Syrians flee to Turkey as Syrian troops lay siege to Jisr ash-shugur.

July 16: Nigerian Police Force Headquarters, Abuja was bombed by a suicide bomber, suspected to be a Boko Haram member.

July 9: South-Sudan secedes from Sudan, per the result of the independence referendum in January.

July 20: The United Nations declares the worst famine in southern Somalia in over thirty years.

July 22: 76 people killed in twin terrorist attacks in Norway after a bombing in the Regjeringskvartalet government centre in Oslo and a shooting at a political youth camp on the island of Utøya.

July 31: In Thailand over 12.8 million people are affected by severe flooding. The damages at 1.440 trillion baht (US$45billion). 790 people were killed, with 58 of the country’s provinces affected.

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