Chronology of news events in 2015

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Posted: Dec 25, 2015 5:50 PM

NOVEMBER

Nov.1

— After a 3 ½ year freeze, the leaders of South Korea and Japan resume formal talks that were expected to focus on North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons, trade ties and a long-running dispute over Japan's wartime atrocities.

Nov. 2

— Humankind marks an off-the-planet-pinnacle: the 15th anniversary of continuous residency at the International Space Station. NASA and its global partners celebrate the anniversary as do six U.S., Russian and Japanese spacemen aboard.

Nov. 3

Germany's Volkswagen, already reeling from the fallout of cheating on U.S. emissions tests for nitrogen oxide, says that an internal investigation has revealed "unexplained inconsistencies" in the carbon dioxide emissions from 800,000 vehicles — a development that it said could cost the company another 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion).

Nov. 4

— British and U.S. officials say they have information suggesting the Russian jetliner that crashed in the Egyptian desert may have been brought down by a bomb.

Nov. 5

— Wounded Taliban fighters were being treated in a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz in northern Afghanistan that was bombed for more than an hour by U.S. forces, but there were no armed men or fighting in the area at the time, the charity says in an internal probe of the deadly incident.

Nov. 6

President Barack Obama kills the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, saying the project proposed by a Canadian company would have undercut America's global leadership on climate change.

Nov. 7

— President Xi Jinping of China and President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan hold the first-ever meeting between leaders of the long-time rivals and neighbors in Singapore.

Nov. 8

— Millions of excited and hopeful citizens vote in Myanmar's general election that will test whether the military's long-standing grip on power can be loosened.

Nov. 9

— A Jordanian police captain opens fire on instructors at an international police training center in Amman, killing at least five people, including two Americans, before being shot dead by security forces.

Nov. 10

— The regional parliament of Catalonia fails in its first attempt to elect a president, a day after the chamber approved a plan to set up a road map for independence from Spain by 2017.

Nov. 11

— The European Union's decision to start labeling Israeli products made in the West Bank delivers a resounding show of international disapproval over Israel's expansion of Jewish settlements.

Nov. 12

— Suicide bombers kill dozens in Hezbollah neighborhood of Beirut.

Nov. 13

— Islamic State militants carry out three coordinated attacks in Paris on the national stadium, restaurants and streets, and a crowded concert hall, killing 130 people and wounding more than 350 by firing automatic weapons and setting off suicide bomb vests in the worst attack on French soil since World War II.

Nov. 14

— President Francois Hollande vows that France will wage "merciless war" on the Islamic State group that claimed responsibility for the coordinated gun -and-suicide bomb attacks across Paris.

Nov. 15

—France launches massive airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, destroying a jihadi training camp and a munitions dump in the city of Raqqa, IS' de facto capital, in retaliation for the Paris terror attacks.

Nov. 16

—U.S. warplanes destroy 116 oil-hauling trucks in eastern Syria that were a key part of a smuggling operation bringing the Islamic State group an estimated $1.4 million a day.

Nov. 17

— Iranian authorities detain prominent newspaper cartoonist Hadi Heidari to serve a one-year prison sentence but give no details about his conviction.

Nov. 18

— Heavily-armed French tactical police teams swoop in and neutralize a cell that was ready to launch new attacks, leaving at least two people dead after an hours-long siege.

Nov. 19

— A study says more Mexicans are leaving than moving into the United States, reversing the flow of half a century of migration.

Nov. 20

— Islamic extremists shoot up luxury hotel in Mali's capital, frequented by diplomats and businessman, killing 20 people before Malian and U.S. troops swarm in to rescue the hostages. .

Nov. 21

— Belgian authorities close down the subway, government offices, schools and other facilities in response to what they say is the threat of Paris-style attacks and the measures continue well into the next week.

Nov. 22

— Opposition candidate Mauricio Macri wins Argentina's presidential election, marking an end to the left-leaning era of President Cristina Fernandez, who along with her late husband dominated the country's political scene for 12 years and rewrote its social contract.

Nov. 23

— U.S. researchers hatch-malaria-resistant mosquitoes and use a groundbreaking technology to ensure the insects pass on the protective gene as they reproduce.

Nov. 24

— President Barack Obama calls Russia an "outlier" from the global fight against the Islamic State and together with French President Francois Hollande declares the West will triumph over the militant extremists.

Nov. 25

— Russia says it will deploy long-range air defense missiles to its base in Syria and destroy any target that may threaten its warplanes following the downing of a Russian military jet by NATO member Turkey.

Nov. 26

— French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin agree to tighten cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group, although they remain at odds over their approach to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Nov. 27

— A subdued France pays homage to those killed in the attacks that have enveloped Paris in fear and mourning, honoring each of the 130 victims by name as President Francois Hollande pledges to "destroy the army of fanatics" who claimed so many young lives.

Nov. 28

— Prominent Kurdish lawyer and human rights defender Tahir Elci, who faced criminal charges for supporting Kurdish rebels, is killed in an attack in southeast Turkey.

Nov. 29

— Pope Francis visits the conflict-wracked Central African Republic and urges the country's Christian and Muslim factions to lay down their weapons and instead arm themselves with peace and forgiveness.

Nov. 30

The Chinese yuan will join a basket of the world's leading currencies, the International Monetary Fund says, underscoring the country's growing financial and economic clout.