THE YEAR THAT WAS

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A re­cap of some of the land­mark mo­ments of 2017, a year in which the block­ade on Qatar grabbed head­lines across the world.

The Saudi Ara­bia-led block­ade im­posed on Qatar since June 5 has made Qatar and the rest of the Mid­dle East a hot­bed of con­flict, controversy and strained re­la­tions. The year 2017 saw Qatar hold its ground and come out stronger than ever be­fore. In other ma­jor news con­cerned with the re­gion, af­ter years of blood­shed in Iraq, ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion Daesh was ousted from the coun­try. The an­nounce­ment was made by Iraqi Prime Min­is­ter Haider Jawad Kad­him Al Abadi on De­cem­ber 9. Un­for­tu­nately, there was no let-up in acts of vi­o­lence in 2017 as ter­ror­ists con­tin­ued to make their pres­ence felt, with the UK hav­ing to grap­ple with the con­se­quences of three at­tacks on its soil. As far as world news was con­cerned Em­manuel Macron of the En Marche! Party be­came, at age 39, the youngest-ever pres­i­dent of France when he de­feated Ma­rine Le Pen of the Na­tional Front. Else­where in the world, Robert Mu­gabe fi­nally re­lin­quished his po­si­tion as the pres­i­dent of Zim­babwe af­ter rul­ing the roost from 1987-2017. Sacked Vice-Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa was named as the new pres­i­dent on Novem­ber 24. In other news that lit­er­ally shook the earth, North Korea con­ducted its sixth nu­clear test on September 3, 2017. And an­other de­vel­op­ment which had sim­i­lar im­pli­ca­tions: US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump of­fi­cially recog­nised Jerusalem as the capital of Is­rael.

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