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China marks 40th anniversary of open door policy

  • December 18, 2018 - CHINA

    Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping opened a door to the world at the Third Plenum of the 11th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China in 1978, and 40 years on, President Xi Jinping plans to open it wider.

Virtual ABBA reunited for BBC/NBC broadcast

  • December 18, 2018 - UNITED KINGDOM & UNITED STATES

    ABBA recently recorded their first new music since 1982, and a special BBC/NBC broadcast in December will air one of the songs. The broadcast might also preview the avatar technology underpinning ABBA’s planned reality tour.

Congress impeached Bill Clinton 20 years ago

  • December 19, 2018 - UNITED STATES

    The House of Representatives impeached then-president Bill Clinton 20 years ago, and the anniversary will be viewed through the lens of the #MeToo movement. Monica Lewinsky will be a much-sought interviewee.

Practically perfect Mary Poppins returns in new feelgood movie

  • December 19, 2018 - UNITED STATES

    More than 50 years after the original Mary Poppins descended onto screens via umbrella, the magical nanny is back to visit the grown-up Banks children in a Disney musical reboot which promises to put a skip in your step.

Kirkuk said to have agreed on date and terms for local governing council vote

  • December 22, 2018 - IRAQ

    The northern oil-producing province of Kirkuk plans elections for its local governing council on Dec 22, according to one source.

Long-delayed presidential and legislative elections scheduled

  • December 23, 2018 - DR CONGO

    The vast resource-rich country is scheduled to go to the polls, and Congo’s President Joseph Kabila made the surprise announcement in August that he will not stand for a third term. His choice of Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, a former interior minister and Kabila loyalist, to stand in his stead signals that little will change in the conflict- torn country.

Christmas carol Silent Night turns 200

  • December 24, 2018 - AUSTRIA

    Silent Night, probably the world’s most popular Christmas carol, turns 200. The church in Oberndorf, where it was performed at Midnight Mass on Dec 24, 1818, plans bicentenary events.

Mankind orbited another world 50 years ago

  • December 24, 2018 - SPACE

    Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders circled the Moon 10 times on Christmas Eve in 1968, becoming the first humans to orbit another world. Interest in the Moon waned following the Apollo 1969-1972 program, which landed humans on the lunar surface, but 50 years on it has returned with a vengeance.

NASA’s New Horizons reaches icy and maybe renamed MU69

  • December 25, 2018 - SPACE

    New Horizon’s fly-by of MU69 and its recently-discovered moonlet begins on Christmas Day, with the best images from the NASA probe and closest approach during the nine-day fly-by expected on New Year’s Day. By the time the probe arrives, its target might have a new name.

Some Syria deportation to begin at end of 2018?

  • December 31, 2018 - GERMANY

    Syrians in Germany will be protected from deportation to their native country until the end of 2018. The negotiations, which continue, have taken a tougher line since Angela Merkel announced that she doesn't plan to pursue another term as chancellor.