Portal:Current events/December 2009

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December 2009 was the twelfth and final month of that common year. The month, which began on a Tuesday, ended on a Thursday after 31 days. It was the last month of the 2000s decade.

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This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from December 2009.

  • Sudan's parliament approves a law on a possible referendum on Southern Sudan's independence. (Al Jazeera) (AFP)
  • Maoist supporters in Nepal set a one month deadline for the formation of a unity government, vowing to launch an indefinite strike if the demand was not met. (AFP) (Asian Tribune)
  • A suicide bomb attack in Peshawar, north-western Pakistan, kills three and injures at least seventeen. (BBC)
  • The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation releases more than 300 pages of previously classified documents belonging to pop icon Michael Jackson who died earlier in the year. (BBC) (The Daily Telegraph)
  • Eight Russian circus tigers and a lioness are found dead in Yakutsk having succumbed to intense heat while embarking on a 20-hour drive across Siberia. One dog survives. (BBC)
  • Eurostar finally resumes services after three days of continent-wide weather-related outages. (Financial Times)
  • Serbia formally submits its application to join the European Union. (Tanjug) (BBC)
  • It is revealed that the fugitive brother of Gerry Adams has been located in County Sligo after the politician appeals for him to make his whereabouts known. (RTÉ) (BBC)
  • Two sheriff's deputies are injured and a suspect dies in a shooting in Pierce County, Washington, USA. (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • An armed conflict in Dungu (Dongo), Équateur Province of Democratic Republic of the Congo has escalated. By 10 December the conflict has left 100 dead and forced 115 000 people to flee their homes. (Algoa FM)
  • A priest in York causes controversy when he says shoplifting from large national chain stores is acceptable in certain circumstances. (The Irish Times)
  • Seven American CIA agents are killed by a suicide bomb attack in a US military base in Khost Province, Afghanistan. Two of the seven killed are contractors for Blackwater Worldwide. The CIA considers contractors to be officers. (BBC)(CNN)
  • Four Canadian soldiers and a journalist, Michelle Lang of the Calgary Herald, are killed in a vehicle explosion in Kandahar, Afghanistan. (BBC) (CBC)
  • Hundreds of protesters gather outside Allende prison in Veracruz, Mexico, objecting to the removal of inmates to allow U.S. film director Mel Gibson to shoot a controversial movie. (ABC News) (BBC) (France 24)
  • Two people are found dead following three separate avalanches in Scotland, while a third person who was rescued dies later in hospital. (BBC) (The Press Association)
  • A British hostage is released alive in Iraq following over two and a half years of captivity in Iraq and Iran. (BBC) (ABC News) (The Daily Telegraph) (Guardian)
  • Former President of Indonesia Abdurrahman Wahid dies at the age of 69. (Kompas) (Jakarta Globe) (BBC)
  • The death toll in clashes in the northern Nigerian state of Bauchi rises to 70, with 1,000 displaced. (Press TV) (This Day) (AFP)
  • Taiwan announces plans to reimpose a ban on certain U.S. beef products amid concerns over mad cow disease. (Radio Taiwan International) (Financial Times)
  • The Australian government predicts a 20% fall in the number of Indian students studying in the country, due to a series of racist attacks earlier this year. (BBC) (Press Trust of India) (ABC News Australia)
  • Thousands of pro-government supporters in Iran demonstrate against recent anti-government protests on Ashura. (AFP) (Al Jazeera)
  • A senior Chinese admiral says the country may build its first foreign naval base in the Middle East. (The Daily Telegraph) (AFP)
  • Bushfires consume 13,400 hectares (33,000 acres) of land and destroy at least 37 homes near Toodyay, northeast of Perth, Western Australia. (BBC News)
  • Police in Italy locate a wooden toy guitar sculpture which co-founder of Cubism Pablo Picasso made for his daughter Paloma. (BBC) (France 24) (The Daily Telegraph) (Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • The US applies tariffs on Chinese steel pipes, as part of a series of tariffs amid at Chinese produced goods. (BBC)
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