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45 Important Things From Around The World Americans Might Have Missed In 2018

So. Much. Happened. This. Year.

Posted on December 21, 2018, at 10:15 a.m. ET

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1. A North Korean leader crossed the border into South Korea for the first time since 1958.

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2. Shortly afterward, a number of Korean families who had been separated by the border were reunited for the first time in 68 years.

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3. Ethiopia and Eritrea agreed to a ceasefire. The landmark agreement brought peace for the first time in 22 years, also leading to families being reunited.

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4. All 12 boys in the Thai soccer team and their coach were rescued from a flooded cave after almost three weeks, no thanks to Elon Musk.

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5. Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in a ceremony watched by millions of people.

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7. Nadia Murad, an Iraqi Yazidi who survived being tortured and raped by ISIS militants, and Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist working with survivors of war rape, won the Nobel Peace Prize.

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8. Iceland made it illegal to pay women less than men.

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10. The parliament in Queensland, Australia, also voted to legalize abortion.

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11. India's Supreme Court struck down a 157-year-old colonial law that criminalized gay sex.

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12. A contestant on Vietnam’s version of The Bachelor declared her love for another contestant during the rose ceremony, and they ended up together.

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13. A group of activists secretly took rainbow flag photos around Russia during the World Cup to protest the country’s aggressive anti-LGBT laws.

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14. El Salvador freed a woman who had been jailed for giving birth to her rapist’s baby in a toilet.

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15. Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu won a legal battle against the Kenyan government over the censorship of her film about a love story between women.

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16. New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern became the first world leader to attend the United Nations General Assembly meeting with their baby.

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17. In Saudi Arabia, a group of women got the right to drive following a long-running campaign by activists.

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18. Ethiopia’s new prime minister appointed the country’s first woman president and filled half of his Cabinet with women.

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19. A Swedish student delayed a flight to stop a man getting deported.

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20. Photographer Parisa Pourtaherian came up with a brilliant way to cover a game in Iran, where women are not allowed in football stadiums.

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21. Japanese Princess Ayako gave up her royal status to marry a commoner.

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22. In more very important news from Japan, two cats kept trying to sneak into a museum, going viral each time.

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24. A viral Japanese otter got its own mascot, who does extreme sports on Twitter.

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26. Russia hosted the FIFA World Cup, producing many wonderful moments of kindness between fans.

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27. South Korea hosted the Winter Olympics and gave us some great moments.

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28. A single dad in Thailand wore a dress to a Mother’s Day event so his sons wouldn’t feel left out.

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29. Staff at a Brazilian hospital went viral after they were recorded dancing for dialysis patients.

30. This guy in Germany shared the photos of his and his dad’s annual log ride tradition.

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32. A Taiwanese granddad came up with an elaborate setup to ~catch them all~.

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33. Brexit got even more confusing.

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34. The Yellow Vests took over France.

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35. A drag queen spoke out against the “Donald Trump of Brazil.”

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36. Women in Argentina held an incredibly huge abortion protest.

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37. A 101-year-old woman had the most amazing reaction when she found out that Angela Merkel wasn’t Emmanuel Macron’s wife but actually the chancellor of Germany.

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38. BTS became the first K-pop group to ever speak at the United Nations.

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39. Japan’s top medical university decreased women applicants’ test scores.

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40. France passed a new law against street harassment.

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41. Venice was flooded. Like, really flooded.

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42. Police in the UK spent days hunting a thief who looks like Ross from Friends, leading actor David Schwimmer to share his alibi.

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43. Starbucks opened its first store run entirely by senior citizens in Mexico City.

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44. A Banksy painting self-destructed after being sold for $1.3 million.

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45. And, of course, Trump baby.

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