There were many highs and lows in 2017, and there is no doubt that a lot of events will have a hand in shaping our future. Let’s take a look back at the top 17 events that took place in 2017:
• American billionaire Donald Trump, 70, became the president of the US under the slogan, “Make American Great Again”.
• In May, Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia to participate in the landmark Arab Islamic American Summit.
• On June 5th, the most prominent Gulf countries, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain along with Egypt decided to cut relations with Qatar because of its support of extremist Islamic groups.
• Also in June, Saudi Arabia launched a nation-wide campaign, the first of its kind to combat corruption, where more than 200 influential figures were arrested, including ministers, former officials and princes.
• In September, Saudi Arabian women were allowed to drive and the government announced the opening of cinemas in 2018.
• Trump announces Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and promises to move the US embassy there which sparked tens of thousands of people to protest around the world.
• On October 17th, Syria expelled ISIS from Raqqa in a military campaign for the “Syrian Democratic Forces”, a coalition of Kurdish-Arab factions backed by Washington. Iraq also expelled the terrorist group in Baghdad on December 9th.
• On September 3rd, North Korea held its sixth nuclear test, the strongest in a series of missile tests that they recently increased.
• Cryptocurrency Bitcoin’s value reached unprecedented heights.
• On May 7th, Emmanuel Macron, 39, won the French presidential elections with a significant gap in votes. At the head of his party which was formed only a year ago, he succeeded in beating two representatives from major parties in the vote.
• Venezuela goes through an economic crisis, and crude oil prices collapse as a result of the government failing to pay back loans.
• An ethnic cleansing targeting the Rohingya minority group in Myanmar causes more than 655,000 people to flee to Bangladesh.
• On October 1st, Catalonia organized a referendum to gain independence from Spain, which was later banned by the Spanish Judiciary.
• Famous Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual harassment by several women on October 5th.
• Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, 93, stepped down after his party and the army abandoned him and after 37 years in office. He was succeeded by former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.
• Former FIFA officials go on trial for allegedly receiving bribes that led to Qatar winning the 2022 World Cup bid.
• The end of the year witnesses unprecedented protests in Iran condemning high prices, poverty and tyranny of religion front men.Last Modified: 12 31 2017 10:17 PM
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