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2016 Greatest Hits: Presenting The Most Popular Articles Of The Past Year

The eighth anniversary of Zero Hedge is just around the corner, and so, for the eighth year in a row we continue our tradition of summarizing what our readers found to be the most relevant, exciting, and actionable news of the year. We bring you the articles that you, dear reader, found to be the most interesting in the past 365 days.

"This Would Cross Our Red Line" - Chinese Military Considering Measures To "Cripple" Taiwan

"We can just cut them off economically. No more direct flights, no more trade. Nothing. Taiwan would not last long," a retired senior officer who maintains contacts with the PLA told Reuters. "There would be no need for war", he said however another source added that "If Trump challenges 'one China' after becoming president, this would cross our red line."

Italy's Insolvent Monte Paschi To Issue €15 Billion In Debt

Italy's Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena (BMPS.MI), which is being bailed out by the state, plans to issue 15 billion euros ($15.8 billion) of debt next year to restore liquidity and boost investor confidence, several newspapers said on Friday.

Frontrunning: December 30

  • Russia Set to Expel 35 U.S. Diplomats in Tit-for-Tat (BBG)
  • Trump’s Plan to Partner With Russia Faces Bigger Hurdle (WSJ)
  • Trump could reverse effects of Obama order on Russia (Reuters)
  • Gold Lures Investors Worried About Trade Wars and Trump Tweets (BBG)
  • Syria truce backed by Russia, Turkey, holds but clashes reported (Reuters)

Italy Slams ECB For Revealing It Has A "Bank Run" Problem

"It would have been useful, if not kind, to have a bit more information from the ECB about the criteria that led to this assessment," Italy's economy minister Pier Carlo Padoan told Il Sole 24 Ore, as he slammed the ECB. "I was a bit surprised to receive the news, out of the blue and on Christmas day."

Frontrunning: December 29

  • Russia's Putin says Syrian government, opposition sign ceasefire deal (Reuters)
  • Snap’s IPO Pitch to Tout Service as ‘the Next Facebook’ (WSJ)
  • What History Has to Say About the Economy Trump Will Inherit (BBG) - zero mentions of the word "debt"
  • Trump tax reforms could depend on little-known 'scoring' panel (Reuters)
  • Debbie Reynolds Dies a Day After Daughter Carrie Fisher (BBG)
  • U.S. appeals court rejects SEC's use of administrative law judges (Reuters)

Bibi Blasts Kerry's Speech As "Biased Against Israel", Delivers Statement - Live Feed

Following his earlier tweet to president-elect Trump thanking him for his "warm friendship," Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at US Secretary of State John Kerry's speech as "biased against Israel," as he said Israel "will never have true peace" with the Arab world if it does not reach an accord based on Israelis and Palestinians living in their own states. Netanyahu will make a statement shortly...

Russian Embassy In Damascus Comes Under "Terrorist Shelling"

In the latest attempt to provoke Russia, less than two weeks after the Russian ambassador in Turkey was assassinated, moments ago the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement that the Russian embassy in the Syrian capital of Damascus was shelled twice on Wednesday afternoon; the ministry calling it a provocation aimed at derailing peace settlement in the country.