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 April 2018.
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, "Nepal earthquake of 2015, and the devastating hurricanes "Harvey, "Maria, "Haiyan (Yolanda) and "Sandy. Other major international events this decade include the "Northern Iraq offensive (June 2014) and the "Paris attacks of November 2015.
|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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(born 8 January 1983 or 1984) — also "romanised
as Kim Jong-eun
, Kim Jong Un
or Kim Jung-eun
— is the "supreme leader of North Korea
, the son of "Kim Jong-il
(1941–2011) and the grandson of "Kim Il-sung
(1912–1994). He has held the titles of the "First Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea
, the Chairman of the "Central Military Commission
, "First Chairman of the National Defence Commission of North Korea
, the "Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army
, and also a presidium member of the Central Politburo of the "Workers' Party of Korea
. He was officially declared the supreme leader following the "state funeral
for his father on 28 December 2011. He is the third and youngest son of Kim Jong-il and his consort "Ko Yong-hui
. From late 2010, Kim Jong-un was viewed as "heir apparent
to the leadership of the nation, and following his father's death, he was announced as the "Great Successor" by North Korean state television. At Kim Jong-il's memorial service, North Korean Chairman of Congress "Kim Yong-nam
declared that "Respected Comrade Kim Jong-un is our party, military and country’s supreme leader who inherits great comrade Kim Jong-il’s ideology, leadership, character, virtues, grit and courage". On 30 December 2011 the Politburo of the Workers' Party of Korea formally appointed Kim as the "Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army
. On 11 April 2012, the 4th Party Conference elected him to the newly-created post of "First Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea
He was promoted to the rank of "Marshal of the DPRK in the Korean People's Army on 18 July 2012, consolidating his position as the supreme commander of the armed forces. He obtained two degrees, one in "physics at "Kim Il-sung University and another at the "Kim Il Sung Military Academy. At 28–29 years of age, he is the "world's youngest head of state.
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