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Mali Hotel Attack
At least 21 people died in November, after 170 people were taken hostage at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali in West Africa, according to the Mali Ministry of Interior. Armed men held around 170 guests and staff hostage in the 20 November siege that lasted about nine hours before Malian and international forces stormed the hotel to free the captives.


Hidden Rooms in King Tut’s Tomb
Egypt said there is a 90 per cent chance that hidden chambers will be found within King Tutankhamun’s tomb, based on the preliminary results of a new exploration of the 3,300-year-old mausoleum. Researchers say the discovery of a new chamber could shine new light on one of ancient Egypt’s most turbulent times, and one prominent researcher has theorised that the remains of Queen Nefertiti might be inside.

Twin Suicide Blasts
Twin suicide bombings just minutes apart shattered a Shiite suburb in southern Beirut on November 12, killing at least 43 people and wounding dozens more in one of the deadliest attacks in years. Islamic State quickly claimed responsibility for the explosions, which hit during rush hour in the commercial and residential area of Burj al-Barajneh, a stronghold of the Shia Hezbollah movement that is fighting in Syria. At least 239 people were wounded in the blast, the Lebanese Health Ministry said.


Safety Check Activated
Hours after the Paris attacks, Facebook activated its ‘Safety Check’ feature. This was the first time Safety Check has been used outside of a natural disaster setting.
Feeling Warm?
If you’ve been wondering why your winter coats stayed in the closet for the longest time ever, wonder no more. This October was the warmest on record. Last month beat out all the other Octobers to get the title of hottest October since record-keeping began in the late 1800s. It was also the highest deviation from ‘normal’ global temperatures.

UAE Celebrates Commemoration Day
The UAE observed November 30 as Commemoration Day for the first time last month to salute the martyrdom of Emirati heroes who sacrificed their lives defending the sovereignty of Yemen in civil, military and humanitarian services. The day was decreed by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Hong Kong’s Pink Dolphins a Vanishing Breed

As Hong Kong seeks to expand its international airport and with a major new bridge project under way, campaigners warn that the dwindling number of much-loved pink dolphins in surrounding waters may disappear altogether. Conservationists say that they have repeatedly raised their concerns but their appeals have fallen on deaf ears, with what they describe as a “rapid” decline of the mammal in the past few decades.

Africa’s Child Brides Expected to Double by 2050
In an alarming new study, UNICEF estimates that the total number of child brides in Africa will rise from 125 million to 310 million by 2050. Slow rates of reduction and ballooning populations are the main cause of the projected increases. Early marriage is most prevalent in a vast belt across Africa stretching from Somalia in the east to Guinea in the west.

Solar Panels on Every Roof by 2030
Dubai will invest billions of dollars in clean energy as part of a strategy that could see solar panels on the roofs of all buildings in the city by 2030. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, last month launched the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to make the emirate a global centre of green energy and economy.

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