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At the end of last month, Andrew Sachs (better known as Manuel 'I know nothing' from the BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers)­ died at 86. Former Cuban President Fidel Castro died at age 90. Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States, succeeding Obama in February 2017.

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Last month, Kevin Curran, an Emmy-winning comedy writer and producer who spent 15 years on “The Simpsons,” died in Los Angeles at the age of 59. He had been ill for a long time. Part of the US internet was disrupted due to a DDoS attack. DDoS attacks are not uncommon, but this one was set up through 100,000 Internet of Things pieces of equipments, such as printers, elevators, security cameras and hard disc recorders. In its semi-annual transparency report, Yahoo admitted that it was scanning the emails of its users for the US government. The parliament of Wallonia (part of Belgium) finally approved the CETA agreement with Canada. The Wallonians wanted extra guarantees for their farmers and small businesses. Sixty years ago, Britain embarked on what is seen as its last "imperial" adventure when it attacked Egypt in response to Egyptian president Nasser's decision to nationalize the Suez Canal.

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Last month, Israelian politician Shimon Peres died at 93. The Paralympics were held in Rio and Roald Dahl would have celebrated his 100th birthday if he had still been alive. Furthermore, Facebook caused quite a controversy by deleting a photo of the 'napalm girl'. The first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was held, and the Colombian government and FARC signed a peace agreement.

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4 September 2016 - By Wim Bernards

Last month, comic actor Gene Wilder died at 83. He was well-known for his role as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. There was an earthquake in Italy and Apple had to pay Eur 13bn in EU taxes to Ireland. Furthermore, the FED had its yearly meeting in Jackson Hole. Finally, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was impeached and in Singapore has its own self-driving taxis.

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Last month, Elie Wiesel died at 87. Theresa May became the second female UK PM by succeeding David Cameron, who resigned after the Britons voted for Brexit in June. July also saw shootings and terrorist attacks in Dallas, Nice and various places in Germany, an attempted coup in Turkey and increased tension in the South Chinese Sea. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton accepted their nominations. Also in July: a solar airplane completed its flight around the world and the Juno satellite sent its first pictures of Jupiter.

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Last month, Queen Elizabeth celebrated her 90th birthday with a big parade. Bud Spencer died at 86, Mohammad Ali died at 74 and Jo Cox (a UK member of Parliament) was killed because of her campaign to Bremain. She was 41. June was also the month of the Orlando and the airport of Istanbul attacks, killing almost 100 people. Finally, last month it was 100 years ago that the battle of the Somme started.

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Last month, in the UK David Attenborough celebrated his 90th birthday and Labour's Sadiq Khan won a clear victory to become London's first Muslim mayor. Last month, Margot Honnecker (widow of Erich Honnecker, leader of the DDR and builder of the Berlin Wall) died at 86 in Santiago. Reg Grundy, Australian producer of Neighbours, died at 92. President Obama was in Japan for a historic visit to Hiroshima, and Tsai Ing-wen was inaugurated as the first female president of Taiwan. The Canadian state of Alberta suffered from severe wildfires. Thousands of people were evacuated and extensive oil sands fields stopped production. Finally, it was 100 years ago that the battle of Verdun was fought during WWI.

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Last month, Doris Day turned 92 and the UK commemorated that Shakespeare died 400 years ago. Furthermore, pop icon Prince died at the age of 57 and the last war chief of the Crows, Joe Medicine Crow, at the age of 102. April was also an exciting month in the pre-elections for the American Presidency. And the Brexit discussion is getting to new highs. Finally, we have a new term in the financial world: Panama Papers: a massive leak of documents has revealed the offshore holdings of some of the world's most powerful people, including many current and former international leaders.

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Last month was dominated by the terrorist attacks in Brussels. This overshadowed other news items, such as the deaths of Beatles producer George Martin (90), Keith Emerson (of Emerson, Lake & Palmer) (71) and former Intel CEO Andy Grove (79). Furthermore, we had Pi Day (3.14: 14 March), Earth Hour and the news that two hidden chambers were found in Tutanchamon's tomb. Finally, Palmyra was retaken from IS.

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