2016 YEARENDER

Stories around the world that defined 2016

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 27 2016 02:12 PM | Updated as of Dec 27 2016 04:41 PM

From terror attacks to Donald Trump's stunning United States presidential win, 2016 has seen shocking news from around the world.

Here is a list of some of the news that made headlines across the globe:

10. Russian ambassador to Turkey killed; photographer captures chilling event

Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was shot dead by a gunman who cried "Don't forget Aleppo" and "Allahu Akbar" last Monday, while delivering a speech at an Ankara art gallery.

Photo by Hasim Kilic, Hurryet/AFP

9. Jesus' tomb opened for the first time in centuries

Greek preservation experts place back the marble slab stone that covered the Tomb of Jesus, where his body is believed to have been laid, after it was removed for 3 days to allow the team to do restoration works. Gali Tibbon, AFP

In October, preservation experts opened for the first time in at least two centuries, what Christians believe is Jesus' tomb inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Photo by Gali Tibbon, AFP

8. Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies

The world's longest-reigning monarch, Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away in October at the age of 88.

The monarch, who was seen as a unifying factor in a country dodged by corruption and political turmoil, was mourned by the whole of Thailand, with the government declaring a one-year mourning period and urging the public to don black for at least 30 days.

He was replaced by his son, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn.

Photo by Edgar Su, Reuters

7. 'Truck attacks' in Berlin, Nice

Bodies are seen on the ground July 15, 2016 after at least 73 people were killed in Nice, France, when a truck ran into a crowd celebrating the Bastille Day national holiday. Reuters

In what appears to be similar styles of attacks, crowds in Berlin, Germany and Nice, France were plowed by trucks in separate attacks this year.

A truck plowed into a crowded Christmas market in central Berlin early December which left 12 people dead and 48 others injured.

Last July, the French city of Nice suffered the same kind of attack as a heavy truck ploughed into crowds celebrating Bastille Day. The attack which left at least 84 people dead and scores more injured was called by President Francois Hollande as a "terrorist attack."

Photo by Eric Gaillard, Reuters

6. Earthquakes devastate Italy, New Zealand, and Indonesia

Rescuers work at a collapsed house following a quake in Amatrice, central Italy, in August. Emiliano Grillotti, Reuters

This year also saw some of the worst natural disasters with powerful earthquakes hitting Italy, New Zealand, and Indonesia.

Italy suffered the worst damage after being battered by tremors repeatedly, with the worst quake recorded in October.

In New Zealand, destructive waves hit the country in November after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake sent locals fleeing from their homes along the east coast of the country. The incident left at least two people dead.

Earlier this month, at least 52 people died while hundreds were left injured after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Aceh province on Indonesia's Sumatra island.

Photo by Remo Casilli, Reuters

5. 76 dead Chapecoense plane crash and Egyptair plane hijacking

Players of Chapecoense celebrate after their match against San Lorenzo at the Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco, Brazil, November 23, 2016. An aircraft with 81 people aboard, including Brazilian football team Chapecoense, crashed in central Colombia, the country's civil aviation association said on its website on November 29, 2016. Paulo Whitaker, Reuters

2016 saw some of the worst airborne accidents such as the Chapecoense plane crash and the hijacking of an Egyptair plane.

Last month, a plane carrying Brazil's Chapecoense football team crashed in Colombia killing at least 76 people.

Thousands of mourners in Brazil flocked to the stadium of the local Chapecoense soccer team to grieve the death of members of the team which was all but wiped out in the air crash.

In March, the hijacking of an Egyptair domestic flight from Alexandria to Cairo sent Israel scrambling for warplanes in its airspace as a precaution to the attack.

Photo by Paulo Whitaker, Reuters

4. Brazil and South Korea impeach their presidents

Political unrest was one of the themes that characterized 2016 with the impeachment of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and South Korea's President Park Geun-hye in September and December respectively.

Photo: News1 via Reuters

3. East Aleppo falls

Syrians walk through rubble of damaged buildings as they flee clashes between government forces and rebels in Tariq al-Bab and al-Sakhour neighborhoods of eastern Aleppo towards other rebel held besieged areas of Aleppo, Syria November 28, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

Tens of thousands of Syrians have joined a growing exodus of terrified civilians rushing to flee east Aleppo as government forces retake rebel-held parts of the east in recent days.

The war, which has been going on for about six years, has killed more than 300,000 people and displaced more than half the population, according to a report by the Agence France-Presse.

Photo by Abdalrhman Ismail, Reuters

2. #BREXIT: Britain votes to leave European Union

A British flag flutters in front of a window in London, Britain after Britain voted to leave the European Union in the EU BREXIT referendum. Reinhard Krause, ReutersDonald Trump. Jim Urquhart, Reuters

In June, Britain became the first country to leave the European Union's 60-year history, spreading panic and uncertainty among world leaders and financial markets on how to face the political and economic fallout.

Photo by Justin Tallis, AFP

1. Trump wins US elections

Real estate mogul-turned-Republican nominee Donald Trump shocked the world last month when he won the 2016 United States presidential race, in a stunning upset against Democratic nominee and former secretary of the state Hillary Clinton.

Trump, who ran on a platform of "Making America Great Again," made many controversial statements during the campaign.

Photo by Mike Segar, Reuters