Chronology of news events in 2015

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Posted: Dec 25, 2015 4:55 PM

JANUARY

Jan. 1

—Thirty five people die in a stampede during a New Year celebration in Shanghai's historic waterfront area, the worst disaster to hit one of China's showcase cities in years.

Jan. 2

— The Italian air force rescues hundreds of migrants stranded on a ship apparently abandoned in rough seas by smugglers in the Mediterranean.

Jan. 3

— Boko Haram extremists kidnap about 40 boys and young men and kill scores of soldiers in a bold attack on a multinational military base in northern Nigeria.

Jan. 4

— Pope Francis names 156 new cardinals, selecting them from 14 countries, including far-flung corners of the world, to reflect the diversity of the Roman Catholic church and its growth in places like Asia and Africa.

Jan. 5

— The price of oil plunges again and falls below $50 a barrel for the first time since April 2009 as evidence mounts that the world will be oversupplied with the commodity this year.

Jan 6

— A suicide blast targeting Iraqi security forces and subsequent clashes with Islamic State extremists killed at least 23 troops and pro-government Sunni forces in the country's embattled western province of Anbar.

Jan. 7

— Masked gunmen storm the offices of a French newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Mohammad, methodically killing 12 people, including the editor, before escaping in a car in one of the worst terrorist attacks in the country in decades.

Jan. 8

— French police hunt for two heavily armed men —one with a terrorism conviction and a history in jihadi networks — in the killing of 12 people at a satirical newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Mohammad and later kill them .

Jan. 9

— Police officials say at least five people, including the attacker, have died at a kosher grocery story in Paris where a gunman took 15 people hostage

Jan. 11

— More than 1 million people, including leaders from around the world, march in Paris and other cities as part of a "cry for freedom" in honor of those killed in an attack on a satirical newspaper's offices in Paris and later kill them. .

Jan. 12

— France deploys 12,000 troops to protect sensitive sites, including Jewish schools and neighborhoods, in the wake of terror attacks last week that killed 17 last week.

Jan. 13

— An attack on a bus in eastern Ukraine killed 12 people, likely dealing a blow to hopes that a short-lived and shaky cease-fire could take hold.

Jan. 14

— Al- Qaida branch in Yemen claims responsibility for attack on satirical newspaper in Paris.

Jan. 15

— Belgian police conduct raids across the country, killing two suspected Islamist militants.

Jan. 16

—Anti-terrorism raids across Europe net dozens of suspect as authorities rush to thwart more attacks by people with links to Mideast Islamic extremists.

Jan. 17

— Syrian government forces and Kurdish fighters clash in the northeastern city of Hassakeh, killing and wounding several people after days of tension between the two sides.

Jan. 18

— An Israeli strike in Syria kills an Iranian general and six Hezbollah fighters, one of them the son of a top commander.

Jan. 19

—Pope Francis upholds church teaching banning contraception on way home from week-long trip to Asia but says Catholics don't have to breed "like rabbits" and should instead practice responsible parenting

Jan. 20

— President Barack Obama sets an ambitious agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, refusing to bend to the new Republican-controlled Congress.

Jan. 21

— Mystery deepens in gunshot death of a prosecutor who had accused Argentina's president of covering up a terror attack.

Jan. 22

— Yemen's U.S.-backed president resigns under pressure from Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, holding him captive in his home; Saudi King Abdullah dies.

Jan. 23

— Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine reject a previously signed peace deal and launch a new multipronged offensive against government troops, upending recent European attempts to mediate an end to the fighting.

Jan. 24

— Spanish national police arrest four suspected jihadis in the country's North African enclave of Ceuta who allegedly had formed a terror cell and were ready to carry out an attack.

Jan. 25

— A radical left-wing party vowing to end Greece austerity program wins a significant victory in parliamentary elections, setting up a showdown with the country's international creditors that could shake the eurozone.

Jan. 26

— Jubilant Kurdish fighters oust Islamic State militants from the key Syrian border town of Kobani after a four-month battle — a significant victory for both the Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition.

Jan. 27

— In the latest sign of Libya's descent into chaos, gunmen storm a luxury hotel used by diplomats and businessmen in Tripoli, killing 10 people, including an American, a French citizen and three people from Asia, an attack later claimed by an Islamic State militant group.

Jan. 28

— The Lebanese militant Hezbollah group fires a salvo of missiles at an Israel military convoy, killing two soldiers and triggering deadly clashes that marked the most serious escalation the sides' 2006 war.

Jan. 29

— An Egyptian militant group affiliated with the Islamic State claims responsibility for attacks on more than a dozen army and police targets in the Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 26 security officers.

Jan. 30

— A bomb tears through a mosque where hundreds of Shiite worshippers are praying, killing at least 56 people and raising fears that the relatively peaceful area in southern Sindh province is becoming a center of Islamic extremism.

Jan. 31

— An online video purports to show an Islamic State group militant beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations by diplomats trying to save him.