- Popular YouTuber Felix Kjellberg, widely known as PewDiePie, accused YouTube of making changes to its algorithm that affected the discoverability of a user’s content.
- The International Union for Conservation of Nature released its latest assessment of global biodiversity Thursday.
- The survey, which covered an area containing 15 million galaxies, indicates that dark matter may be more evenly distributed in the cosmos than previously believed.
- Severe floods in the northeastern region of North Korea earlier this year left hundreds of people dead and tens of thousands others displaced.
- This announcement stands in contrast to Pope Francis’ famous 2013 response, “Who am I to judge?” when he was asked if he was open to gay Catholic priests.
- A Pakistan International Airlines official said that flight PK-661 suffered a technical glitch before it disappeared and crashed in northern Pakistan.
- ISIS is estimated to have up to 6,000 fighters in Mosul. The operation to retake Mosul from ISIS began in October.
- A report from human rights group says Russia has granted one Syrian permanent asylum and has deemed Syria safe for return.
- Religious groups in Malawi have united to oppose a proposed bill expanding women’s rights to abortions.
- The Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the Virgin Mary.
- Pollution is so bad right now in Paris that the city has made public transportation free to limit vehicle emissions.
- A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia's Aceh Province Wednesday, killing at least 97 people.
- The victims in Wednesday's plane crash in northern Pakistan have been identified.
- The Danish Medical Association has come out strongly against circumcision of boys although stopped short of calling for a ban.
- Pearl Harbor was attacked in Hawaii by the Imperial Japanese Navy on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941.
- In a 19-page statement, Julian Assange provided details of his testimony given to Swedish prosecutors in November.
- The Trace Gas Orbiter, currently locked in an elliptical orbit around the red planet, has begun carrying out preliminary scientific observations of Mars and its moon Phobos.
- A report published Wednesday in the journal Biology Letters said the animals were threatened primarily by the loss of sea ice throughout their range of habitat.
- Rescue workers were searching the rubble of several collapsed buildings after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit the country’s Sumatra island early Wednesday.
- The extraordinarily complex stellarator, which was switched on last December, is working with “unprecedented accuracy,” scientists revealed in a new study.
- Warsaw is planning on upgrading five key areas – air defense, naval, cybersecurity, tank and armored vehicle, and territorial defense.
- In two new developments, scientists created a jumping robot inspired by an African primate and found flaws in flying robot designs by studying a bird’s flight.