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Timeline 2010-2019: United States&Canada, Latin America, Europe, Africa&Asia

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*Canada marks first ISIS volunteer killed in action.

*New World Trade Center opened.

*Midlife mortality increases across all US racial groups, caused by drug overdoses, alcohol abuse, suicides, and diverse list of organ system diseases. By 2017, life expectancy drops from 76.9 to 76.6.

2015 *Diplomatic relations are reestablished between US Cuba.

*Bill Browder, grandson of 1930s CPUSA chairman, speculator-hero, who made and spirited out of Russia hundreds of millions, launches own Cold War, immortalized in the Magnitsky Act, which is unconstitutional as Congress has no power to protect Russian citizens, and because it cannot be subjected to any "accountability" by them.

*Attack at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, killing 14.

*Dawn probe carries out spectacular encounter at largest dwarf planet in asteriod belt, Ceres, having first stopped at neighbouring Vesta in 2011. Ceres and Vesta are two most massive members of asteroid belt: 950 km and 530 km in diameter. Of particular interest on Ceres were two distinct bright spots (high-albedo features) inside a crater, highly reflective materials containing ice or salts. Higher resolution images also confirmed that, instead of one or two spots,

there were actually several. In addition to being the first probe to explore a dwarf planet, Dawn was also the first to enter into orbit around a celestial body, study it, and then re-embark under powered flight to a second target.*New Horizons probe, launched in 2006, arrives at Pluto, with a little help from Jupiter.

2016 *Omar Mateen kills 49 people and injures 58 at Pulse nightclub.

*Donald Trump elected president, Mike Pence vice president. He withdraws from nuclear pact with Iran and begins confrontational politics with Iran, Russia and Venezuela. Starts trade war with China, Europe and Canada, demanding new NAFTA United StatesMexicoCanada Agreement, still not ratified by signatories.

*Canada's pro-Israel, anti-environment Prime Minister Harper loses in a spurt of Trudeaumania, promising to legalize marijuana.

*A wildfire near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada costliest disaster in Canadian history. Alberta tarsands continue despite unprofitability and ecological disaster.

*Mining industry now highly automated. Agricultural robots areincreasingly common on farms. High-definition CCTV cameras ubiquitous.

*First manned flight of SpaceX's Dragon V2. InSight touches down on Mars. Juno probe arrives at Jupiter.

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