Portal:Current events/December 2005

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December 2005 was the twelfth and final month of that common year. The month, which began on a Thursday, ended on a Saturday after 31 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from December 2005.


  • Five children died in Guatemala City when a blaze started by fireworks swept through their house. A traditional holiday firecracker called a "silbador" shot into their small wooden house started the fire. The children were aged 2, 3, 6, 10 and 13. (Scotsman)
  • 40 people killed in DR Congo in a clash between Ugandan rebels and UN-Congolese troops. The Ituri area has been the site of a joint action. (BBC)
  • A railroad train on the Uetsu Main Line in northern Japan derailed, killing four and injuring at least 33. (CNN) (BBC)
  • Joseph Pararajasingham, 71, a pro–Tamil Tiger politician, was shot dead at a Christmas Midnight Mass in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • Nazir Ahmad, a Pakistani laborer, admitted to, and was arrested for murdering his four daughters, aged 4, 8, 12, and 25, after his eldest daughter, Muqadas Bibi, married a man against his wishes. (Reuters)
  • The Supreme Court in Libya overturned the death sentences given to international health workers charged with infecting children with HIV. (BBC)
  • Indonesia's Free Aceh Movement formally disbands its armed wing. (Reuters) (Link dead as of 21:18, 14 January 2007 (UTC))
  • Andrei Illarionov, an adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin quits, saying Russia is "no longer free". (Washington Post)
  • The government of Poland announces it will keep troops in Iraq until the end of 2006, longer than previously planned. (Al jazeera)
  • A mass grave is discovered in the predominantly Shia city of Karbala south of Baghdad, Iraqi police said. (BBC)
  • The serial rape suspect accused of terrorizing two South Florida neighborhoods with attacks on victims ranging from elderly women to an 11-year-old girl was back in custody Tuesday, a week since his brazen jail escape, after a tipster recognized his face and called police. (AP via Yahoo! News) (Link dead as of 21:18, 14 January 2007 (UTC))
  • Rebels in Colombia kill 24 soldiers guarding coca eradication workers. (BBC)
  • The Ugandan army kills seven civilians who had been protesting over the killing of a 15 year old boy. Sixteen others are injured. (BBC)
  • 25-year-old Scottish human rights worker Kate Burton and her parents are freed unharmed in the Gaza Strip by the Palestinian gunmen who kidnapped them two days earlier. (ABC Australia)
  • A bomb explodes in downtown Palu, Indonesia, killing at least eight people and wounding 45 people. (BBC)
  • After heavy rains, Napa, California experienced its worst flooding in 20 years. (Napa Valley Register) Two days later, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Napa and 6 other California counties (Napa Valley Register), and one month later, U.S. President George W. Bush signed a declaration stating that a major disaster existed in Napa and 9 other California counties, allowing Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance for those areas affected by the flooding. (Napa Valley Register)
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