12/1 Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo withdraw from the city of Goma, located on the country’s border with Rwanda.
12/4 More than 40,000 people move to shelters in the Philippines in preparation for Typhoon Bopha.
12/5 Australian radio DJ’s pose as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles in order to get information from hospital workers about Kate Middleton who was being treated for severe morning sickness.
12/6 John McAfee is arrested in Guatemala and accused of entering the country illegally.
12/7 One of the nurses involved in the hoax call regarding Kate Middleton commits suicide.
12/8 Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian Prime Minister, confirms that he plans to run for PM again next year.
12/12 The US-based Human Rights Watch presents evidence that the Sudanese government has committed crimes against humanity.
12/14 Twenty children and six adults are killed in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
12/16 Obama calls for using “whatever power [the Presidential] office holds” to prevent another Sandy Hook tragedy.
12/17 A 23-year-old student is raped and her friend attacked on a bus in New Delhi, India.
12/21 The NRA calls on Congress to appropriate funds for the hiring of armed police officers in every American school.
12/22 In New Delhi, a water cannon is used to subdue demonstrators at a protest against the gang rape of women.
12/24 At least 42 people are killed and 17,000 displaced due to extreme flooding in Sri Lanka.
12/27 The India rape victim, called “Damini” by protestors, is flown to Singapore for treatment.
12/29 “Damini” dies from her injuries.
12/31 The “Dairy Cliff” crisis is averted, meaning that milk will not cost $8 a gallon.
1/3 Sandy Hook students return to class at Chalk Hill Middle School.
1/6 The father of “Damini” is quoted saying that he wants his daughter’s true name released only if a law is named after her.
1/7 An appeals court in Cameroon overturns the the conviction of two men jailed in 2011 for homosexual acts.
1/9 More than 3000 square km of land in Australia are razed by forest fires.
1/11 France confirms that their troops are assisting in driving “terrorist elements” out of north Mali.
1/13 France bombs Islamist strongholds in northern Mali.
1/14 Lance Armstrong admitts to using performance-enhancing drugs.
1/16 At least 20 foreigners are taken hostage by Islamist militants at a gas plant in Algeria.
1/17 The NRA releases a pro-gun ad which calls Obama an ‘elitist hypocrite’ because his daughters have armed Secret Service protection.
1/18 The US grounds all Boeing 787 planes due to safety fears.
1/21 At least 48 hostages are thought to have died during the hostage situation in Algeria. The hostages include Filipinos, Britons, Colombians, Japanese, Romanians, Malaysians, and Norwegians.
1/22 Deep Space Industries, Inc., announces its plans to launch a fleet of prospecting spacecraft in 2015 to start the process of harvesting minerals from near-Earth asteroids.
1/23 A tunnel in Norway is closed for six days due to a cheese fire. No one was injured in the legen-dairy inferno.
1/24 At least 15,000 crocodiles escape from a farm in South Africa due to heavy rains and flooding.