2016 year in review: Trump declared next US president

2016 year in review: Trump declared next US president
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It was an interesting year for politics in various parts of the world.

For starters, the Panama Papers, leaked in April, contained 11.5 million documents from the database of law firm Mossack Fonseca and was one of the biggest data leaks in history. A total of 143 politicians from 50 countries and their close associates were reported to have used offshore tax havens. Some of the implicated included Pakistan's prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Russian president Vladimir Putin, and the prime minister of Iceland, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, who resigned as a result.

Just two months later on June 23, the world was again shocked when the people of Britain voted to leave the European Union in a historic referendum now known as Brexit. David Cameron resigned promptly after the results, and Theresa May became the UK's new prime minister.

Closer to home, S Korea's first female president Park Geun Hye fell from grace as she was alleged to have allowed Choi Soon-sil, the daughter of a cult leader, to mastermind major government policies and decisions. An angered Korean public has called for her resignation and she may now face impeachment.

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The ‘female Rasputin’ at centre of S Korean President Park Geun-Hye political scandal

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    South Korean President Park Geun-Hye is facing calls to resign over allegations she allowed a close personal friend to meddle in state affairs.

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    People watch a television news report showing South Korean President Park Geun-Hye making a public apology, at a railway station in Seoul on October 25, 2016.

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    South Korean President Park Geun-hye bows after releasing a statement of apology to the public during a news conference at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, October 25, 2016.

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    South Korea’s presidential office said on Saturday it was cooperating with prosecutors’investigation into key aides to President Park Geun-hye over allegations an old friend of hers enjoyed inappropriate influence over her.

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    Prosecutors’ request for presidential Blue House documents came ahead of an evening protest expected to draw thousands in central Seoul calling for Park’s resignation amid a scandal that has cast her presidency into crisis.

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    A woman attends a protest denouncing President Park Geun-hye over a recent influence-peddling scandal in central Seoul

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    Protestors hang a caricature showing South Korean President Park Geun-Hye (L) and her confidante Choi Soon-Sil (C), on a board during a rally denouncing a scandal over President Park's aide in Seoul on October 27, 2016.

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    South Korean prosecutors on October 27 set up a high-powered "task-force" to probe a widening scandal involving alleged influence-peddling by a close confidante of President Park Geun-Hye. Choi Soon-Sil, an enigmatic woman with no government position, was already part of an investigation into allegations that she used her relationship with the president to strong-arm conglomerates into multi-million dollar donations to two non-profit foundations.

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    Park’s office said late on Friday she had ordered her senior secretaries to tender their resignations, and she will reshuffle the office in the near future. Her chief of staff separately offered to resign earlier, the office said.

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    The deepening crisis over allegations that Park’s friend, Choi Soon-sil, enjoyed inappropriate influence over her has sent her public support to an all-time low, with more than 40 percent in an opinion poll saying Park should resign or be impeached.

Despite all these events, our pick for shocker of the year is when Donald trumped Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 US Presidential Election. The result devastated many Clinton supporters and thousands took to the streets to protest against Trump's victory, declaring 'Not my President' and 'We reject the president-elect!' Only time will tell if Trump will deliver on his promises to change the establishment.

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Thousands of anti-Trump protests take to streets in US

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    Demonstrators marched in cities across the United States on Wednesday to protest against Republican Donald Trump's surprise presidential election win, blasting his controversial campaign rhetoric about immigrants, Muslims and other groups.

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    In New York, thousands of protesters filled streets in midtown Manhattan as they made their way to Trump Tower, Trump's gilded home on Fifth Avenue.

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    Hundreds of others gathered at a Manhattan park and shouted "Not my president".

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    A demonstration of about 6,000 people blocked traffic in Oakland, California, police said.

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    Protesters threw objects at police in riot gear, burned trash in the middle of an intersection, set off fireworks and smashed store front windows.

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    Police responded by throwing chemical irritants at the protesters, according to a Reuters witness.

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    In downtown Chicago, an estimated 1,800 people gathered outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower, chanting phrases like "No Trump! No KKK! No racist USA."

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    Chicago police closed roads in the area, impeding the demonstrators' path.

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    There were no immediate reports of arrests or violence there.

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    "I'm just really terrified about what is happening in this country," said 22-year-old Adriana Rizzo in Chicago, who was holding a sign that read: "Enjoy your rights while you can."

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    In Seattle, police responded to a shooting with multiple victims near the scene of anti-Trump protests. Police said it was unrelated to the demonstrations.

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    Protesters railed against Trump's campaign pledge to build a wall along the border with Mexico to keep immigrants from entering the United States illegally.

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    Hundreds also gathered in Philadelphia, Boston and Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday evening, and organisers planned rallies in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Oakland, California.

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    A representative of the Trump campaign did not respond immediately to requests for comment on the protests.

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    Demonstrators face off with police as they take over the Hollywood 101 Freeway in in Los Angeles.

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    Antoinette Gaggero holds a Trump figurine making a Hitler salute that she found during an anti-Trump protest in Oakland, California.

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    Demonstrators riot in Oakland.

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    Police arrest a demonstrator in Oakland.

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    An officer examines a vandalized police vehicle as demonstrators riot in Oakland.

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    A man tries to remove graffiti as demonstrators riot in Oakland.

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    Patrons hold a sign as people march by in downtown Los Angeles.

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    A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest in San Francisco.

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    Patrons cheer as people march by in downtown Los Angeles.

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    A Donald Trump pinata is burned by people protesting the election of Republican Donald Trump as the president of the United States in downtown Los Angeles.

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    People march in downtown Los Angeles.

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    People protest outside Trump Tower in Manhattan.

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    Demonstrators protest outside the Chicago Theatre.

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    Demonstrators walk through Downtown San Diego.

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    A man gestures as he rides a hoverboard near a group of police officers on motorcycles during a demonstration in San Francisco.

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    People climb a pole outside Trump Tower during protests in Manhattan.

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