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 **January 4, 2016**: President Obama castigates the Assad regime for the use of chemical weapons once again, and in an emergency session of Congress later in the evening calls for an American intervention in Syria. **January 4, 2016**: President Obama castigates the Assad regime for the use of chemical weapons once again, and in an emergency session of Congress later in the evening calls for an American intervention in Syria.
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 +**January 4, 2016**: Kuomintang candidate Lin Fong-cheng win the election by such a narrow margin over his opponent Tsai Ing-wen (DPP) that a runoff is called (in which he wins the Presidency by 53%).
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 +In his victory speech, Lin calls for the warming of Cross-Strait ties, while remaining tied to the U.S.
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 +**January 5, 2016**: Sectarian violence in Syria worsens in and around contested Aleppo and Damascus as a result of the New Year chemical weapons exchanges instigated by al-Qaeda-backed rebels. President Bashar Assad is quick to decry the attack on Damascus as a "​...product of foreign funds and a dangerous disruption of the peace process,"​ in reference to the subtle patronage of Sunni fundamentalists by Qatari, Saudi Arabian, and Kuwaiti governments - U.S. allies. Having bowed to external pressure in past years to relinquish most of their own chemical armaments, Bashar would go on to say that the "​...efforts to disarm us and outfit terrorists [were] representative of Western hypocrisy."​ - a comment that is seen as being directly aimed at President Obama'​s own scolding statements yesterday. Despite organised efforts by the increasingly irrelevant Syrian National Coalition and others to moderate rebel forces, jihadists are newly estimated to compose two-thirds of the disunited anti-Assad faction, building upon only a quarter two years ago.
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 +**January 7, 2016**: January 7th 2016: Steven Spielberg'​s new film //The Crimes of our Fathers// dealing with a group of German Students being sent back to early Nazi Germany and trying to stop Hitler is realesed, critics our meh about it but it is popular with the public.
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 +**January 10, 2016**: Mass arrests of suppliers, confiscations of drugs, and assaults on drug lords have started on this day in not only Mexico, but in the American Southwest, Columbia and Peru. This is that start of what will be known as the Bloody Six Months. In recognition for the most concentrated actions over the Cartel Wars.
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 +**January 12, 2016**: American reporters call out the president starting the cartel wars as a military intervention is happening in Syria. Analysts blame in inherent secrecy of what was the security deal of 2015 and a classic case of the left hand no knowing what the right hand is doing.
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 +**January 17, 2016**: The United Nations Security Council, barring the United States, votes '​no'​ on Syrian military intervention amidst petitions by D.C. and 14 out of the 21 active members of the Arab League to put the action to a referendum. Alarming, however, is the UNSC's extraordinary triple-veto by Russia, China, and joining the traditional naysayers on the Council for the first time, the United Kingdom (its first use of veto power in the 21st Century); France'​s abstention finalised the results. Representatives from the four countries agreed that the move would overstep the UNSC mandate and that “…the actions of external actors [had] already exacerbated the conflict,​” - a stark departure from the U.K. and France’s can-do attitudes during the Libya Intervention of 2011. A firestorm across U.S. media networks takes place with the fragmentation of the long-established voting blocks.
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 +**January 20, 2016**: The United States Congress passes a joint resolution: The Authorization of Limited Military Intervention in the Syrian Conflict, permitting the use of limited military forces in the hopes of ending the Syrian Civil War.
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 +**January 20, 2016**: The passing by U.S. Congress of the Authorization of Limited Military Intervention in the Syrian Conflict reveals cracks in global solidarity as Germany, the U.K., and Canada immediately announce their intentions to reject any sort of participation. On the heels of escalating terrorism by anti-Assad militants are echoes by most of NATO to follow, including Turkey, whose abstention from the U.S. initiative is seen as a preventative measure from embroiling itself any deeper in the civil war. Already dealing with refugee hordes and cross-border attacks, Istanbul is thought to have given in to public pressure to avoid blowback by Islamic militant groups. Meanwhile, the position of Israel is in the spotlight as Tel-Aviv'​s silence on Washington'​s decision resonates with many. Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, however, take centre stage as actions by either are predicted to inevitably flair rivalries.
  
 **January 23, 2016**: AMC premieres //Student Loans//, a series about 4 intelligent and unpopular college students who begin making designer drugs, moonshine, and other illegal substances in their dorms to make money to pay for their student loans and other costs. The show is an instant critical darling, with many praising RJ Mitte in the lead role and noting the many similarities to //Breaking Bad//. **January 23, 2016**: AMC premieres //Student Loans//, a series about 4 intelligent and unpopular college students who begin making designer drugs, moonshine, and other illegal substances in their dorms to make money to pay for their student loans and other costs. The show is an instant critical darling, with many praising RJ Mitte in the lead role and noting the many similarities to //Breaking Bad//.
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 +**February 1, 2016**: Vigilante groups in Morellia and Michoacan agree to work with Mexican authorities and return civil administration to the Mexican government after the aggressive moves made a month ago.
  
 **February 4, 2016:** Jenna Coleman announces that she will leave Doctor Who at the end of the next series. On the show for 5 series, she becomes the longest running companion of the Doctor. **February 4, 2016:** Jenna Coleman announces that she will leave Doctor Who at the end of the next series. On the show for 5 series, she becomes the longest running companion of the Doctor.
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 +**February 5, 2016**: The United States becomes one of the last states to recognize Somaliland'​s independence. With China and Russia recognizing it much earlier, all five members of the UN Security Council approve the country'​s membership into the international organization.
  
 **February 6, 2016**: Gov. Chris Christie withdraws from the race for the Republican nomination. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is ahead in the polls. **February 6, 2016**: Gov. Chris Christie withdraws from the race for the Republican nomination. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is ahead in the polls.
  
-**May 8, 2016:** In the smallest Eurovision Song Contest this century (only 22 countries took part because ​of financial problems and the success ​of Turkvizyon), The United Kingdom wins in Dublin ​with Outta My Mindperformed ​by Tulisa.+**February 7, 2016**__Super Bowl L__ After their defeat in Super Bowl XLVIII, the New Enlgand Patriots beat the Green Bay Packers 35-24 in Levi's Stadium in San Francisco. 
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 +**February 13, 2016**: ​In the first major conflict involving American forces in the Syrian Civil War, Assad regime forces manage to hold the city of Aleppo during an American assault. 
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 +**February 14, 2016**: A day after the first American operations take place, Hezbollah is prompted to enter Syria with its own Lebanese paramilitary forces in support ​of embattled President al-Assad as well as in defense of bordering Shiite communities attacked by Sunni groups. The Lebanese government, on the other hand, officially refuses any assistance for the mobilisation,​ a sentiment that is disagreed with by many in the country as a result of sporadic attacks on Hezbollah bases by a native branch of theIslamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL- which have killed SunnisShiites, and Christians alike. Meanwhile, Israel'​s up and coming Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman announces his own nation'​s continued neutrality ​in the face of the U.S. intervention. With the majority of rebels in the Syria now in favour of an explicitly anti-Israeli regime, Lieberman states that military aid in any form was "...in the interests of nobody."​ 
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 +**February 28, 2016**: Many cartels are divided on what to do. While several smaller one have just burrowed deeper underground. Many such as the Psuedo-religious Knights Templar wage a campaign of terror to "teach the people of the wrath of God"​. 
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 +**March 3, 2016**: Turkey'​s $35 billion nation-wide high speed rail circuit reaches another point in its expansion. In tandem ​with negotiations dealing with the upgrading of links to BucharestTblisi, and Baku, Istanbul enters plans with neighbouring Iran to construct an HSR connection from Kars to Tehran - a first, and significantly adding to the Edirne-Kars route'​s value. Also participating in negotiations are the interests of Chinese consortiums,​ parleying an estimated $30-45 billion in loans to help support the proposal, furthered ​by motives to realize the PRC's plans for its Trans-Asia Railway, or Eurasian Land Bridge projectSuch works accompany construction in Kazakhstan, Romania, Serbia and Hungary - adding to the likes of the 1050km Almaty-Astana and the $3 billion Budapest-Belgrade lines. 
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 +**March 4, 2016**: Following up on the widely successful crossover almost 6 months ago, the first episode of a new PnF spinoff series //Isabella and Hannah// airs, following the adventures of Isabella and Hannah (as well as Phineas, Ferb, and Natalie Blackstone/​Cure Black) in Danville
  
 **March 12, 2016**: Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) is ahead of Vice-President Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination. **March 12, 2016**: Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) is ahead of Vice-President Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination.
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 +**March 18, 2016**: Colombian cartels wage guerilla warfare against the Colombian governments outside of the main urban centres. The Term the Cartel Wars becomes the official name of this period
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 +**March 21, 2016**: Peruvian drug-lords attempt to bribe and strong arm politicians. Leading to a wide string of arrests on corrupt politicians Thanks to CIA intelligence sharing to the Peruvian government.
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 +**March 22, 2016**: Google acquires Nintendo for $8 billion.
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 +**March 25, 2016**: On the two-year anniversary of the assassination of President Salva Kiir, top commander of the East African Community'​s Joint South Sudanese Taskforce (JSST) Colonel Kayanja Muhanga announces that "​...most immediate threats directed by fugitive Riek Machar and his cohorts have been tempered."​ The statement draws praise in the capital of Juba, as a three-month peace in the city propels a conference on the introduction of an interim government. For the time being, proclaimed Muhanga, "The JSST will remain in collaboration with the Sudan People'​s Liberation Army to oversee the passing of power."​ While the success of the JSST draws international acclaim, especially in the circles of the African Union, the north Sudanese government releases its own statement regarding the intervention as "...an objectionable breach of sovereign affairs."​
  
 **March 25, 2016**: After negotiation with the Afghan government under Pres. Abdullah Abdullah fail, the Taliban retakes the city of Kandahar, marking their return as a powerful force in the country. **March 25, 2016**: After negotiation with the Afghan government under Pres. Abdullah Abdullah fail, the Taliban retakes the city of Kandahar, marking their return as a powerful force in the country.
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 +**March 26, 2016**: The indie-rock band Tunnel Snakes release their hit album "​Tunnel Snakes Rule!"​.
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 +**April 5, 2016**: Guatemala sees intense government and cartel clashes. The clashes lead to government de-stabilization. The recently re-elected President Molina of Guatemala declares that the threat of the cartels will be stopped.
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 +**April 5, 2016**: In response to continued protests from ethnic Tibetans and Uyghurs that led to several noted incidents over the last 5 years, Chinese President Xi Jinping (in a surprise decision) creates a new "​Tibetan ane Uyghur Board" designed to address their rights. ​
  
 **April 7, 2016**: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is killed by a suicide bomb. Shi'​ite extremists angry at the PM's reconciliation towards the Sunni minorities take responsibility **April 7, 2016**: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is killed by a suicide bomb. Shi'​ite extremists angry at the PM's reconciliation towards the Sunni minorities take responsibility
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 +**April 7, 2016**: HBO's new series //FDR//, which chronicles the life of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, premiers to wide-acclaim.
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 +**April 11, 2016**: //Michael II//, featuring unreleased songs from Michael Jackson'​s back catalogue is released. It reaches No.1 in the UK and US, and single A Place With No Name is top 10 worldwide.
  
 **April 12, 2016**: Ibrahim al-Jafaari becomes Iraq's new Prime Minister in a joint session of the Parliament. In his first address, he condemns the extremists for the attack, al-Jafaari calls for peace and harmony between Iraq's sectarian divide. **April 12, 2016**: Ibrahim al-Jafaari becomes Iraq's new Prime Minister in a joint session of the Parliament. In his first address, he condemns the extremists for the attack, al-Jafaari calls for peace and harmony between Iraq's sectarian divide.
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 **April 14, 2016**: Angered by PM al-Jafaari'​s words, Shi'​ite extremists openly declare war on the Iraqi government, vowing to cleanse Iraq "of all the blasphemers"​. **April 14, 2016**: Angered by PM al-Jafaari'​s words, Shi'​ite extremists openly declare war on the Iraqi government, vowing to cleanse Iraq "of all the blasphemers"​.
  
-**June 12, 2016:** As expected, the many franchises of ITV are launched across the UK.+**April 16, 2016**: Following up on the widely successful crossover almost 7 months ago, Toei Animation sells the worldwide distribution rights to the //Pretty Cure// franchise to the Walt Disney Company. Disney in turn, would announce the airing of the other seasons (Seasons 1 and 2 had already aired by the time //Isabella and Hannah// began) starting September 2017. 
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 +**April 20, 2016**: Time Reports that Mexican and Colombian Cartels have moved into Guatemala using its instability as a haven from government actions. 
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 +**May 8, 2016:** In the smallest Eurovision Song Contest this century (only 22 countries took part because of financial problems and the success of Turkvizyon),​ The United Kingdom wins in Dublin with Outta My Mind, performed by Tulisa. 
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 +**May 2, 2016**: Libya'​s Prime Minister Ali Zeidan begins his gradual retirement from power with the calling of the first elections in the country in years, declaring his nation '​ready'​ for the transition. International observers from the United Nations begin flying in for fair election monitoring. Such a move comes after the multi-year gridlock in choosing a successor to Zeidan, as well as the quelling of separatist violence and record lows of foreign-national kidnappings. Observers hail the stability that has settled over the nation in the aftermath of the 2011 Intervention and the collapse of Gaddafi rule, as shown with the upswing in investment and slow entrance of multinational interests propping reconstruction. 
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 +**May 3, 2016**: Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says in a speech that if the Members of the Mexican summit are able to resist the imperialistic urges of the United States Venezuela might be interested in joining the initiative of the Mexican summit. 
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 +**May 7, 2016**: An EF-5 tornado devastates the suburbs and east side of Kansas City, Missouri, missing the downtown area by less than a mile. The tornado kills 207 people and causes $7 billion in damage. 
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 +**May 9, 2016**: The Philippines elects Mar Roxas for President. He vows to continue the reforms initiated under outgoing President Aquino. 
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 +**May 18, 2016**: A Mexican Cartel in the Yucatan city of Mérida use a local school to hide product from the authorities in desperation after a surprise raid. 
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 +**May 19, 2016**: A local student accidentally sets of the product causing a chemical explosion killing 31, injuring another 18. The global community universally condemns the cartels for the action. 
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 +**May 30, 2016**: A new local drug-lord by the name "​Heisenburg"​ makes appearances in the city of Albuquerque. 
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 +**June 4, 2016**: Footage depicting what appear to be American troops brutalizing captured Syrian civilians is released on the internet.  
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 +**June 5, 2016**: Ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy announces that he will run for a second term as a candidate for the UMP. 
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 +**June 6, 2016**: Video evidence of reconsolidating American troops abusing noncombatants in US-held Latakia in the aftermath of the Aleppo offensive goes viral. The footage, although hastily deleted from YouTube databanks, was openly available for a whole 23 minutes, in which it was copied and reuploaded dozens more times. With tens of millions having viewed the material online alone, condemnation from across the world spectrum follows suit. President Assad seizes the opportunity to denounce the video as "​...evidence of a repeated Iraqi invasion."​ For now, any allied sympathies for the United States'​ lone-wolf expedition have seemingly evaporated overnight. General Salim Idris of the Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) attempts to distance his forces from the scandal, as non-moderate rebels and government troops capitalise on the chance to openly assault F.S.A. holdings across the country.  
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 +**June 7, 2016**: At E3, Google announces the company'​s first home gaming console, the Google Soul. Google promises that most of Nintendo'​s major franchises, including Mario and Zelda, will have games on the system. In addition, many games will be playable on compatible Android devices with cross-play and cross-save capability. 
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 +**June 7, 2016**: __2016 Stanley Cup__ The Montreal Canadians win the Stanley Cup over the LA Kings. This concludes a long and Stunning playoff run. The Season is also notable for the "​January Protests"​ where evrey Canadians game in January was in some way protested by Quebec City Hockey fans who wanted their own team.  
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 +**June 10, 2016**: Clashes in Guatemala escalate causing a state of civil war between the cartels, foreign and local, and government forces. President Molina calls the nation to be strong and orders a state of martial law. 
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 +**June 12, 2016**: In a setback to the last two years of Western rapprochement,​ Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sternly condemns the American-Syrian Intervention in relation to the previous week’s publicised civilian abuses, joining the rest of the global community by labelling the scandal “a grave mistake.” While continuing to funnel resources to pro-government factions in Syria, the comment is the first by Rouhani on this year’s step-in by the United States, as he went on to say that the intervention was “counterintuitive” to anti-terrorism efforts in the country (an oblique reference to Syrian rebels). Although his words draw consternation,​ media pundits are quick to point out that such statements are a great deal less inflammatory than expected. Nonetheless,​ Rouhani continued his unwavering support for the “legitimate rule” of Bashar al-Assad,​” giving no hint of any sway in Iran’s position on the matter. 
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 +**June 12, 2016:** As expected, the many franchises of ITV are launched across the UK.  
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 +Meanwhile not wanting to be outdone by the recent magical girl deals, DC Comics has announced that it'll be making a Princess Amethyst TV show (based on the DC Nation shorts) that will air in Cartoon Network sometime in 2018. 
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 +Also CN has also announced that it will air the English dub of Powerpuff Girls Z starting February 2018. 
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 +**June 14, 2016**: Building upon previous years' talks at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization,​ the Silk Road Economic Zone is formed, inaugurated by President Xi Jinping - encompassing much of Central Asia to include Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan,​ Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and (through Xinjiang) Mongolia. Chief among its supporters are associates China, Turkey, Iran, and Russia - the latter in a statement by Vladimir Putin commenting that "the relationship is complimentary to that of [the Eurasian Union]."​Among the primary goals set out for the SREZ is the reduction of interstate tariffs and customs barriers, and to improve the transportational network across the regional belt. Aimed at bridging the markets of the European Union to the economic zones of the Pacific, the SREZ additionally has the incentive of acting as an energy and rail corridor, officiating itself as the continental middleman. Preferential trading and investor rights are granted to the PRC as well as the other three associate members.
  
 **June 14, 2016**: The Japanese government announces plans to build a trio of gas turbine-powered aircraft carriers in the 36,000-ton range, each one roughly 900 feet long and 110 feet in beam, and designed to handle 45 aircraft and with three catapults. The three carriers are provisionally named JS //Fuji//, JS //Tate// and JS //Haku//, after Japan'​s three "Holy Mountains"​. **June 14, 2016**: The Japanese government announces plans to build a trio of gas turbine-powered aircraft carriers in the 36,000-ton range, each one roughly 900 feet long and 110 feet in beam, and designed to handle 45 aircraft and with three catapults. The three carriers are provisionally named JS //Fuji//, JS //Tate// and JS //Haku//, after Japan'​s three "Holy Mountains"​.
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 +**June 15, 2016**: Presidents Peña Nieto and Obama both use executive power to deploy military assets to the Guatemala. Obama faces Harsh criticism from the left and the right for the action despite presence in Syria. Obama is quoted as say "The fate of this Hemisphere depends on us standing with the right and lawful governments. To this The US will go to no end to ensure peace and stability for not only Americans but of all people of the Americas"​. The bloody Months phase of the Cartel wars ends.
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 +**June 15, 2016**: Eminem release his 9th album //Guilt//, the album is instantly controversial for it's lead single //Not Guilty// in which Eminem talks about the changing definitions of racism, sexism, and homophobia and compares his life to many famous court cases. Regardless of the controversy,​ the song debuted at #1 and stayed there for 3 weeks. ​
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 +**June 19, 2016**: A political satire series called //World Leaders Anonymous// premiers on Comedy Central with the purpose of poking fun of world leaders. The series stars Iman Crosson as Barack Obama, Vitaly Zdorovetskiy as Vladimir Putin, Anita Briem as Helle Thorning-Schmidt,​ and Kevin Wu as Kim Jong-un among others. ​
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 +**June 20, 2016**: Amidst the formerly pro-Assad Mediterranean port of Latakia, the first city to submit to entering American military forces, civilian protests furiously erupt in response to the abuse controversy,​ clamoring for a halt to the Intervention. Thousands take to the streets outfitted with placards and banners – Sunnis, Alawites, and Christians alike – hurling rocks at U.S. patrol vehicles. For its part, Washington orders a stand-down across Syrian command, but simultaneously locks down all U.S. compounds in the country. Quickly disseminated across social media is footage of burning effigies lining the concourse towards the primary U.S. naval anchorage. Finally responding to international outcry, President Obama denounces the acts committed in the viral video as “deplorable,​” personally mandating the extradition of the soldiers in question back home to face court-martial.
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 +**June 28, 2016**: In one of his addresses to Vidovdan, Crown Prince Alexander makes a speech praising Serbia'​s democratic institutions and European integration (despite the loss of Kosovo). The address would be widely praised by many Serbians, especially Europe-minded liberals.
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 +**June 30, 2016**: Canadian parliament authorizes use of military force in Guatemala to stabilize the region.
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 +**July 1, 2016**: The General Motors Company tentatively moves into its breaking out of the G.M. Classics division, with the first sales of the 1955 Bel Aire II surpassing expectations two-fold. The implementation of the autonomous driving feature is seen as having emboldened consumers into purchasing the vehicle - spurring drivers to take risks with expensive forms when backed by the insurance of guaranteed safety on roads. The '​throwback success'​ prompts announcements by Volkswagen, Ford, Toyota, and B.M.W. to commence their own vintage automotive lines with a heavy spotlight on 40's and 50's releases. In accordance with popular trends, G.M. CEO Mary Barra eagerly vows to integrate autonomous driving within all future cars in the next five year period - sealing the aspect as a key part of company policy. ​
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 +**July 3, 2016**: In a surprise vote, by the Montenegrin parliament decides to restore Prince Nikola II Petrović-Njegoš to the newly reconstituted Montenegrin throne.
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 +**July 4, 2016**: Tensions escalate in Syria as an explosives-filled van rams into the United States’ base in Latakia, killing 8 soldiers. The act follows increased discontent with the foreign presence in the nation, as well as lynch-demands by the Syrian public for the infamous four U.S. privates the abuse scandal is centred around to be sentenced by the Syrian legal system. The fact that the identities of the suspects have remained hidden has further angered Syrians, who have turned to barricading roads in and out of occupied cities. Polling in the U.S. reveals that public opinion is narrowly divided on the issue, as the factors of humanitarian concerns, chemical weapons, and prolonged conflict have tested the resolve of most – ontop of the newfound intervention in cartel-torn Guatemala. Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush attempts to capitalise on the day’s attacks as “proof that a firmer hand in the Middle Eastern theatre is required,​” branding current operations as “too little, too late” as a result of the Obama administration’s “lax foreign policy.”
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 +**July 15, 2016**: One of the worst tornado outbreaks ever strikes North Central Illinois, with three EF-5 tornadoes and seven EF-4s. Joliet is hit by a pair of EF-4 tornadoes, while the town of Diamond is almost completely leveled by one of the EF-5s. The outbreak kills nearly 150 people in all.
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 +**July 18, 2016**: 34 are killed when a man opens fire in an airplane. The plane makes an emergency landing in Moscow. The shooter is arrested and identified as American Kenneth Small. The gun he used was plastic and made with a 3D printer. He had with him what appeared to be a suicide note that quoted "Not Guilty"​ by Eminem. Russian authorities say they will put Small on trial.
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 +**July 19, 2016**: On the American elections’ campaign trail, Jeb Bush’s comments on Syria have turned to have worked against his favour, with the politicisation of the conflict on the eve of 8 soldiers’ deaths seen by the public with distaste. Slightly uplifting American opinions, however, are rather bloodless advances in the Idlib and Hama Governorates,​ where the emptied ruins of Maarrat al-Nu'​man and Jisr al-Shughur are taken with the rebuff of the Syrian Army. President Assad’s forces still hold the key city of Idlib, though with recent losses, its grip is faltering. On the other hand, popular protests still rule in Latakia, as attempts are made to disrupt and commandeer supply convoys on their journeys to the American front lines – made difficult with growing numbers of road barriers. While clashes between residents and troops are irregular, the ongoing trial of the June video’s disgraced U.S. soldiers remains a contentious point of order, with quiet agreements by Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon for their sentencing to take place under the Syrian judiciary – if not at least a Muslim one. 
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 +**July 22, 2016**: US Attorney General Eric Holder causes a stir in international affairs when he says that suspected mass murderer Kenneth Small is an American Citizen and as such he should be put on trial in the US. Currently, Small is being held at Butryka Prison in Moscow. ​
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 +**July 29, 2016**: The film //Star Trek Infinities//​ is released, just a few months ahead of the 50th Anniversary of the premier of the original series. The film is a critical and financial success, and even manages to please some of the "Prime Universe"​ Trek fans. In addition to the cast from the two previous Star Trek films, Patrick Stewart also reprises his role as Captain Jean-luc Picard from Star Trek:The Next Generation and includes cameos from Star Trek alumni such as William Shatner and George Takei.
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 +**August 1, 2016**: Mexican and American troops land in Guatemala City just in time to assist in what was a riot started in the slums by cartels members and people protesting the bread lines. The USS Carrier the Theodore Roosevelt is deployed in the region offering air support. ​
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 +**August 10, 2016**: A busy day in Syria, as American forces launch a major offensive on the centre of Idlib, firing artillery and making use of drones – forcing loyalist troops to pull out eastwards. Upon entering, American troops are faced with insurgents from the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), who themselves withdraw and continue sporadic assaults within American-held territory on the road to Aleppo. The weakening of Syrian Army in Aleppo inadvertently strengthens extremist opposition advancing from al-Bab and Maskanan, who continue to close in in pursuit of encircling the disputed city. Shi’ite Hezbollah, however, succeeds in eradicating anti-government forces from Lebanese borders, mobilising greater numbers of troops into the country and significantly detracting from Islamic Front momentum around Damascus. Hezbollah'​s deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem affirms the group’s backing of al-Assad as reinforcements are diverted northwards, promising to support of the group'​s "true Muslim brethren"​ in order to combat "​takfiris."​
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 +**August 13, 2016**: Talks between the Angolan government and leaders of the dismantled FLEC finalise in the coastal city of Tchiowa today. Outlined in a new '​affiliation agreement'​ are provisions that allow the Province of Cabinda to retain two thirds of its oil profits, but under the condition that the FLEC militant arm, the Forças Armadas de Cabinda (FAC), be disassembled and reintegrated into the national armed forces. Also agreed are terms that allow Luanda to control oil and mineral concessions granted in the Cabindan exclave, with limited input by the Cabindan provincial government, as well as a gradual reduction of the aforementioned revenue appropriation on a decade-by-decade basis. Today'​s deal marks an end to the 40-year long insurgency as President dos Santos welcomed the agreement as "​...the beginning of a new chapter in Angolan history."​
  
 **August 14, 2016**: 3 months after her win for the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest, Tulisa is arrested under drug dealing charges and sentenced with 6 years in jail. **August 14, 2016**: 3 months after her win for the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest, Tulisa is arrested under drug dealing charges and sentenced with 6 years in jail.
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 **August 19, 2016**: Miao Wei, Minister for Industry and Information Tehcnology of the Government of the People'​s Republic of China, announces that China hopes to reach the pinnacle of its Chang'​e program for Lunar Exploration with a manned mission to the moon in 2025. **August 19, 2016**: Miao Wei, Minister for Industry and Information Tehcnology of the Government of the People'​s Republic of China, announces that China hopes to reach the pinnacle of its Chang'​e program for Lunar Exploration with a manned mission to the moon in 2025.
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 +**August 21, 2016**: The 2016 Summer Olympics take ends in Rio de Janeiro. By the end of the games, the U.S., China, Russia, and Brazil lead the total medal counts.
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 +**August 31, 2016**: In Miami a local cartel was violently dismantled by an unknown person or persons through excessive amount of explosives. The US government claims it was the action of the CIA. But locals claim it was the work of a man known as "​Michael Westen"​. CIA liaisons claim Michael Westen doesn'​t exit. In other news Russian KGB officials announce new security protocols. ​
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 +**September 1, 2016**: The quarterly report is in with an estimated growth rate of 3.2% and a decrease of unemployment to 6.5%. Many credit it to the trade deals of the Mexico City Summit. The Guatemalan and Syrian interventions are top of voters minds going into the polls.
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 +**September 9, 2016**: __2016 MLS Cup__ The LA Galaxy crush New York FC 5-0 winning the MLS cup
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 +**September 14, 2016**: A second Trigun animated film, //Trigun: Desert Days// is released. Due to strong sales, rumours persist about a live action version.
  
 **September 15, 2016**: Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at the age of 88. **September 15, 2016**: Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at the age of 88.
  
-**October 20, 2016**: In the state of Washington, Mt. Rainier erupts for the first time in over one hundred years. Less powerful than the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980, Rainier'​s eruption manages to cause even more damage: 419 people are killed as a result, and billions of dollars in damage are caused when the eruption affects the nearby population ​centers ​- including Tacoma, Washington.+**September 28, 2016**: Announced by the National Bank of Greece are figures showing GDP growth in the country to have been valued at 3.5% this quarter. The data notably reverses the fortunes of Greece after nearly 10 consecutive years of shrinking (or sub-par growing) GDP for much of the 2010'​s. The Bank cites the explosion in the cargo-shipping industry, much of it attributed to the port of Piraeus, where imports from the Asia-Pacific have been on the rise, employing tens of thousands in subsequent sectors. The unemployment rate is estimated to have sagged to 13% - a far cry from the record 28% broken in 2014, yet still above the Union average. Former European Union President Antonis Samaras hailed the statistics as a "​definitive sign in the Greek recovery."​ 
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 +**September 30, 2016**: Microsoft Corporation,​ in close partnership with China'​s Huawei Technologies,​ reveal their expansion of the Mawingu initiative - providing high-speed broadband internet through solar-powered stations. Covering a vast geographical region, the two corporations gain the tacit approval to stretch Mawingu'​s range across all members of the East African Community from its founding base in Kenya. Through widespread, wireless net access, the multi-state organisation is hoping to unlock the economic potential across its rural swathes. Huawei'​s 71-year-old President Ren Zhengfei says the dual-company venture is merely "​...the first such project"​ set to occur in concert with the U.S. technological giant, as both seek to tap into the quickly growing African market. A joint-corporate statement promises to introduce Mawingu into emerging centres Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Congo-Kinshasa before the termination of this decade. 
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 +**October 10, 2016**: After months of intensive negotiations,​ New Line Cinemas announces that they have acquired the film rights to the remaining portions of the Middle Earth legendarium from the Tolkien Estates. It is simultaneously announced that preproduction will begin shortly for a film adaptation of The Children of Húrin, to be helmed by Peter Jackson. 
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 +**October 18, 2016**: __2016 World Series__ After their bitter loss to the Red Sox in 2014, the Washington Nationals trounce the New York Yankees 38-31 at Game 7 in Nationals Park, giving them their first World Series title in history. 
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 +**October 20, 2016**: In the state of Washington, Mt. Rainier erupts for the first time in over one hundred years. Less powerful than the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980, Rainier'​s eruption manages to cause even more damage: 419 people are killed as a result, and billions of dollars in damage are caused when the eruption affects the nearby population ​centres ​- including Tacoma, Washington
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 +**October 21, 2016**: While touring areas struck by the recent eruption of Mt. Rainer, Governor Jay Inslee issues a state of emergency following the eruption of Mt. Rainer and suspends his re-election campaign for the governorship. In a televised speech, Inslee says that he has called in the National Guard and Military reserves to provide what assistance they can, and promises to work with the federal and municipal governments to coordinate relief efforts.  
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 +**October 24, 2016**: _2026 FIFA World Cup__ In a possible move to placate the Arab world after the removal of the 2022 FIFA World Cup from Qatar as well as to please European fans with better match times, perennial bidder Morocco is selected as the host of the 2026 FIFA World Cup, narrowly winning out over Colombia in the final tally. Australia and Indonesia also bid. 
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 +**October 28, 2016**: Canadian destroyer HMCS Huron is lost when it suffers complete structural failure due to age related fatigue and breaks up taking its entire crew (~240 souls) with it. 
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 +**November 8, 2016**: In the United States, the 58th quadrennial United States presidential election was held on this day. A contest between Former Governor Howard Dean (D-VT) and Former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL), the election was the closest since the presidential election of 2004. Despite a contentious campaign, Howard Dean managed to triumph over Jeb Bush, becoming the president-elect. 
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 +**November 13, 2016**: Chechen terrorists unleash a very small sample of the Marburg virus in Astrakhan, Russia, killing over 100 people. 
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 +**November 14, 2016**: Just under 20 years after its debut the final episode of hit cartoon //South Park// is aired, after creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone decide to focus on other projects including their second Broadway Show //Jihad: The Musical//. The episode is highly controversial,​ even by its standards, largely due to the graphic deaths of many of the central characters, but fans of the series receive it very well. 
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 +**November 16, 2016**: Commentator Margaret Hoover announces she will run for New York City mayor in 2017 as a Republican. 
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 +**November 20, 2016**: Presidential and National Assembly elections lead Nicaraguans to the ballot box, scoring an unchallenged victory for now-fourth-term President Daniel Ortega and the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) at 68.3% – a result of earlier constitutional term limit removals. Under the looming aftermath of the catastrophic 8.8 earthquake in 2014, the 71-year-old former guerrilla fighter mopped up the polls under sweeping campaign commitments to “reinvigorate” the nation. An inpouring of international relief has elevated the Central American state into the spotlight, as work continues apace by HKND Group and its trans-oceanic canal megaproject. Tens of thousands left displaced and unemployed in the ruined cities of León and Managua have migrated towards the interior, where around-the-clock work is dedicated to dredging lochs, excavating soil, and enlarging waterways. Speaking amidst the mess of the capital’s reconstruction zones, President Ortega lifts raucous crowds with “…a new future for a new country.” 
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 +**November 29, 2016**: The Syrian Intervention comes to a standstill as both ISIS and al-Qaeda-backed al-Nusra infiltrate American military facilities and outposts across the occupied frontier. Compounding the assaults are full-blown riots in Latakia with the failure of any concessions around the June-video suspects. 9 Humvees openly driving through the city are engulfed by mobs and put to the torch, as militant loyalist groups arise in the countryside. Civilian and paramilitary forces in the former-Crusader ports of Jableh and Baniyas stubbornly hold out against U.S. forces, as humanitarian aid escorts from dozens of international agencies are reported to be caught in the crossfire. The blowback considerably mars the image of recently-elected President Howard Dean, who presides over the conflict with a death toll numbering over 217,000 civilians since the Civil War's beginning, including 803 American soldiers - making 2016's Syrian Intervention the deadliest year for the U.S. armed forces since Iraq in 2007. 
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 +**December 1, 2016**: Heloísa Helena, a former member of the Workers Party who was expelled for not keeping party discipline, announces her intent the presidency sitting that Dilma Rousseff has turned her back on her socialist roots and doesn'​t care about the people. 
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 +**December 6, 2016**: The Danish government finally announces the date of a Greenlandic referendum on independence,​ to be held around 2020. With Greenland'​s economy growing at a record pace due to mining and oil revenues, many Greenlanders are now calling for Greenlandic independence.
  
 **December 25, 2016:** In the early hours of Christmas Day, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to identical red-haired twin sons at the King Edward VII Hospital in London. Prince Christopher Leopold Michael of Cambridge, the elder is born twelve minutes before his younger brother Prince Alfred Henry Francis of Cambridge. The names of the newly-born princes are announced immediately. **December 25, 2016:** In the early hours of Christmas Day, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to identical red-haired twin sons at the King Edward VII Hospital in London. Prince Christopher Leopold Michael of Cambridge, the elder is born twelve minutes before his younger brother Prince Alfred Henry Francis of Cambridge. The names of the newly-born princes are announced immediately.
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