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Current Affairs 2008 : December By Neo Quiz Spot

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December 1 - A triangular conjunction formed by a new Moon, Venus and Jupiter is a prominent object in the evening sky.

December 2 - Political crisis in Thailand: After weeks of opposition-led protests, the Constitutional Court of Thailand dissolves the governing People's Power Party and 2 coalition member parties, and bans leaders of the parties, including Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat, from politics for 5 years. As such, Wongsawat promptly resigns and is replaced by Deputy Prime Minister Chaovarat Chanweerakul as caretaker Prime Minister.

December 4 - Political crisis in Canada: Governor General Michaëlle Jean grants the request of Prime Minister Stephen Harper to prorogue Parliament until January 26, 2009, averting a motion of no-confidence by the new opposition coalition led by the Leader of the Opposition Stéphane Dion, and the New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton, with Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe as a coalition partner.

December 5 - The remains found in 1991 are finally identified as Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, using DNA analysis.

December 6 - Riots spread across Greece after a 15-year-old boy is shot dead by a special guard of the Greek Police.

December 10 - The Channel Island of Sark, a British crown dependency, holds its first fully democratic elections under a new constitutional arrangement, becoming the last European territory to abolish feudalism.

December 12 - Switzerland becomes the 25th European country to join the Schengen Agreement, whereby cross-border passport checks will be abolished.

December 12 - The Moon moves into its nearest point to Earth, called perigee, at the same time as its fullest phase of the Lunar Cycle. The Moon appears to be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than this year's other full moons. The next time these 2 events coincide will be in 2016.

December 16 - Ruins of an ancient Wari city are discovered in northern Peru.

December 18 - The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda convicts Théoneste Bagosora and 2 other senior Rwandan army officers of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes and sentences them to life imprisonment.

December 23 - A military coup d'état is announced in Guinea shortly after the death of long-time President Lansana Conté.

December 27 - Israel initiates a series of airstrikes against the Gaza Strip, killing at least 375 (including at least 60 civilians) and wounding over 1,700.

December 24 –Death of Harold Pinter, English playwright, Nobel Laureate.

December 28 - Bangladesh holds its general elections after 2 years of political unrest over the interim government.

December 31 - An extra leap second (23:59:60) is added to end the year. The last time this occurred was in 2005.

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