On this day in history 12 December

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2016: Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo claims award for the 4th time; record winning margin of 429 .

2016: Bill English is sworn in as New Zealand Prime Minister, succeeding John Key.

2016: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte boasts he killed susected criminals personally when mayor of Davao City.

2018: American Media Inc. publisher of "National Enquirer" admits paying hush money to mistresses of US President Donald Trump.

2018: British Prime Minister Theresa May survives 200-117 no-confidence vote from own Conservative Party.

2019: British General Election won by Boris Johnson's Conservative Party in landslide win with 80 seat majority. 

2020: Chinese leader Xi Jinping says the country will reduce its carbon intensity by 65% by 2030.

2020: Media personality Perez Hilton is banned from TikTok.

2020: UN Chief Antonio Guterres urges world's leaders to declare "climate emergency" to avoid catastrophic.

2021: Dutchman Max Verstappen wins Formula 1 Drivers' C'ship for Red Bull with a controversial last lap win over Mercedes driver Lewis.

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