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December 16, 2012 | Current Events

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United States: A total of 26 people including 20 children died in a shooting attack in Connecticut on December 14, 2012.  The massacre happened in the two classrooms of Sandy Hook School in Newtown and lasted for few minutes.

The attack is considered to be the second deadliest school massacre in the country’s history.  The ages of the slain children were between 6 and 7 years old.

The gunman who also shot and killed himself after the incident was identified as Adam Lanza, a 20-year old who has been described as “painfully shy, anxious and a loner”.  Prior to the school attack, Lanza also killed his mother.

Philippines: The death toll from the strongest typhoon to hit the southern part of the Philippines last December 4, 2012 has already risen to more than 1000 with more than 800 people still missing. Typhoon Bopha (locally known as Typhoon Pablo) left thousands of Filipinos displaced due to severe damage to property, infrastructure and crops caused by flash floods and landslides.

South Africa: Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela underwent surgery on December 15, 2012 and is currently recovering from the removal of gallstones and lung infection.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner, now 94 years old, is known to be the champion of racial reconciliation since he was able to lead and achieve democracy for his country peacefully. He was the first black President of South Africa and was 75 years old when he served the country from 1994-1999.

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