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The "2010s, pronounced "twenty-tens" or "two thousand (and) tens", is the current decade. It began on January 1, 2010, and will end on December 31, 2019.

The decade brought the continuation of US military involvement, both in direct combat and through foreign bases, in many parts of the world, including "Afghanistan, "Iraq, "Pakistan, the "Sahara, the "Horn of Africa, the "Philippines, the "Caribbean and Central America. In 2011, the "U.S. Navy SEALS "assassinated "Osama bin Laden in a raid on his "Abbottabad compound. Online nonprofit organisation "WikiLeaks gained international attention for publishing classified information on topics including "Guantánamo Bay, "Syria, the "Afghan and "Iraq wars, and "United States diplomacy. The website's editor-in-chief, "Julian Assange, was granted "political asylum by "Ecuador, while the United States accused "Chelsea Manning of "leaking classified information and "conducted a court-martial. Elsewhere, "Edward Snowden blew the whistle on "NSA "global surveillance.

The 2010s began amid a "global financial crisis dating from the late 2000s. The "European sovereign-debt crisis, which stemmed from these economic problems, became more pronounced and continued to affect the possibility of a global economic recovery. "Austerity policies particularly affected "Greece, "Ireland, "Portugal and "Spain. Such policies were among factors that led to the "15-M and "Occupy movements. Other economic issues, such as inflation and an increase in "commodity prices, led to unrest in many lower-income countries. Unrest in some countries—particularly in the "Arab world—evolved into "socio-economic crises triggering revolutions in "Kyrgyzstan, "Tunisia, "Egypt, "Bahrain and "Yemen, as well as civil war in "Libya and "Syria, in a widespread phenomenon—commonly referred to in the "Western world as the "Arab Spring—which continues as of March 2017.

Sitting world leaders "Hugo Chávez, "Muammar Gaddafi and "Kim Jong-il all died, as did former leaders "Fidel Castro, "Nelson Mandela and "Margaret Thatcher. Major natural disasters include the "2010 Haiti earthquake, the "2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and "Nepal earthquake of 2015. Other major international events this decade include the "Northern Iraq offensive (June 2014) and the "Paris attacks of November 2015.

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The "2011 Norway attacks were two sequential "lone wolf "terrorist

attacks against the government, the civilian population and a "Workers' Youth League (AUF)-run summer camp in "Norway on 22 July 2011, claiming a total of 77 lives.

The first was a "car bomb explosion in Oslo within "Regjeringskvartalet, the executive government quarter of Norway, at 15:25:22 ("CEST). The bomb was made from a mixture of "fertiliser and fuel oil and placed in the back of a car. The car was placed in front of the office of "Prime Minister "Jens Stoltenberg and other government buildings. The explosion killed eight people and injured at least 209 people, twelve of them seriously.

The second attack occurred less than two hours later at a summer camp on the island of "Utøya in "Tyrifjorden, "Buskerud. The camp was organized by the AUF, the youth division of the ruling Norwegian "Labour Party (AP). A gunman dressed in a homemade police uniform and showing false identification gained access to the island and subsequently opened fire at the participants, killing 69 of them, and injuring at least 110, 55 of them seriously; the 69th victim died in a hospital two days after the massacre. Among the dead were personal friends of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and the stepbrother of Norway's crown princess "Mette-Marit.

It was the deadliest attack in Norway since "World War II, and a survey found that on average, 1 in 4 Norwegians knew "someone affected by the attacks". The "European Union, "NATO and several countries around the world "expressed their support for Norway and condemned the attacks.

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"Julia Gillard (born 29 September 1961) is an Australian politician who was the "27th "Prime Minister of Australia and the Leader of the "Australian Labor Party since 24 June 2010. She is the first woman to hold either office.

Gillard was born in "Barry, Wales, and migrated with her family to "Adelaide, South Australia, in 1966, attending "Mitcham Demonstration School and "Unley High School. In 1982 she moved to "Melbourne, Victoria. She graduated from the "University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws in 1986. In 1987, Gillard joined the law firm "Slater & Gordon, working in industrial law before entering politics.

Gillard was first elected to the "House of Representatives at the "1998 federal election for the seat of "Lalor, Victoria. Following the "2001 federal election, she was elected to the "Shadow Cabinet and was given the portfolio of Population and Immigration. In 2003 she took on responsibility for both Reconciliation and Indigenous Affairs and Health. In December 2006, when "Kevin Rudd was elected as Labor Leader and became "Leader of the Opposition, Gillard was elected unopposed as his deputy.

Gillard became the first female "Deputy Prime Minister of Australia upon Labor's victory in the "2007 federal election, also serving as both "Minister for Education and "Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations. On 24 June 2010, after Rudd lost the support of his party and resigned, Gillard was elected unopposed as the Leader of the Labor Party, thus becoming the "27th "Prime Minister of Australia.

The subsequent "2010 federal election saw the first "hung parliament since the "1940 federal election. Gillard was able to form a "minority government with the support of a "Green MP and three "independent MPs, defeating the "Liberal/"National "Coalition led by "Tony Abbott.


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