On January 8, 2017 at the age of 82 in Tehran died the big Iranian ecclesiastic and politician, chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council - Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani.

A terrorist act on December 19 led to the death of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Turkey – Mr. A. G. Karlov.

On December 5th, 2016 the Embassy of the State of Palestine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria and the United Nations organized the celebration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People – November 29th.

On the 1st of December in Brussels, the European Commission announced the launch of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, part of the New Skills Agenda for Europe, proclaimed in June this year.

On October 17, at a ceremony in the Armenian capital Yerevan, by the invitation of the Minister of the Diaspora Mrs. Hranush Hakobyan dozens of prominent names from the public life of the Armenian nation were awarded for "active contribution to the preservation of Armenian culture",