Portal:Current events/October 2010

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October 2010 was the tenth month of that common year. The month, which began on a Friday, ended on a Sunday after 31 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from October 2010.

Armed conflicts and incidents
Arts and culture
  • American author Jonathan Franzen advises British fans to cease reading his latest novel Freedom as a printing error has led to the publication of an old draft of his text, with thousands of copies set to be pulped. (The Guardian)
  • Sky 3D, the first dedicated 3D TV channel in Europe, launches in the UK. (BBC) (The Guardian) (The Daily Telegraph) (The Independent)
Business and economics
  • BMW announces the international recall of hundreds of thousands of luxury cars. (BBC)
  • American Bob Dudley succeeds Tony Hayward as the new CEO of BP after the recent controversies over the Oil Spill crisis in the Deepwater Horizon. (AP via Google News)
Disasters
International relations
Law and crime
  • Nobel peace laureate Mairead Maguire is to be deported from Israel within 48 hours after her appeal to overturn her entry refusal was rejected. (BBC)
  • Nigerian police free 15 schoolchildren kidnapped by an armed gang. (NEXT) (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
Politics
Science and technology
  • Sky has launched its 3D Channel, Virgin Media has announced the launch of 3D Movies On Demand – the first digital TV service. (Sky) (Virgin Media)
  • The 2010 Ig Nobel Prizes are announced. (The Guardian) (BBC) (AP via The New Zealand Herald)
  • The discovery of Inkayacu, an extinct genus of prehistoric penguin that lived in the Late Eocene period, is announced. (The New York Times)
  • More than 1,200 NASA employees are laid off despite a $19 billion funding budget passed by the United States Congress earlier in the week. (CNN)
  • China launches the Chang'e 2 lunar probe from Sichuan. (Xinhua) (BBC)
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • A British soldier has been killed in an explosion while on patrol in Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province in Afghanistan. (York Press via AP) (Google via AP)
  • 3 drone strikes kill 18 people in the Data Khel area of North Waziristan in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Area as the government continues to block a NATO supply route into Afghanistan, bringing the numbers of militant and civilian deaths to at least 150. (CNN) (BBC)
  • Iran arrests several people suspected of spying for foreign intelligence services on its nuclear facilities. (Al Jazeera) (The Observer)
Business and economy
  • 2010 strikes in France: Millions of people demonstrate on the streets of France for a third day in more than 200 protests against President Nicolas Sarkozy's plans to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62. (Xinhua) (BBC) (Reuters)
Disasters
  • A four-story residential building under construction collapsed Saturday morning in Chang'an District of Xi'an City, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, killing eight workers and injuring three. (China Daily)
  • In Indonesia, two trains are involved in a rear-end collision at Petarukan, killing 43 and injuring 50. Another train crash at Solo kills one person. (BBC) (Jakarta Post)
Arts, culture and entertainment
  • Rick Sanchez, a Cuban-born news anchorman with the American channel CNN, is fired by the network after calling comedian Jon Stewart a "bigot", saying Jews are not an oppressed minority in the United States, and implying the people who run CNN and other news media are Jewish. (BBC) (The Times of India) (AP via The New Zealand Herald)
  • The MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts in Rome wins the Stirling Prize, a British architectural award given by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). (BBC) (The Observer) (The Daily Telegraph)
  • The 60th Miss World 2010 pageant begins as the last delegates from 120 nations worldwide arrive in China. (Globalbeauties)
  • A film produced for the 10:10 campaign in which a teacher explodes two of her students is withdrawn due to complaints and an apology is issued. (BBC) (The Guardian)
  • American female television station Oxygen gives the go-ahead to a new reality show set to star American celebrity and heiress Paris Hilton; the show is to follow Hilton in the course of her daily life. (Reuters)
International relations
Law and crime
  • Spanish police arrest 41 people suspected of financing FARC rebels in Colombia. (Al Jazeera) (euronews)
  • Druidry is recognised as religion for first time in the United Kingdom. (AP via Google News)
  • Phillip and Nancy Garrido, the kidnappers of 11-year-old American child Jaycee Lee Dugard, are each indicted on 18 counts, ranging from rape to false imprisonment. (Fox News)
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Arts and culture
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  • Six people were killed and five injured Sunday after a wall of a factory building under construction collapsed in east China's Shandong Province. (Sina)
  • Five people were killed and four others were injured in a colliery explosion in southwest China's Guizhou Province. The accident was reported at Huanghegou pit in Xixiu District of Anshun City. (China Daily)
  • Rain-triggered floods killed four people and left two others missing Sunday in Atush city in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. (Global Times)
  • Nine die in floods in central Vietnam. Four people have been killed in Hà Tĩnh Province, one in Quảng Bình Province and one in Quảng Trị Province, while two individuals were injured in [à Tĩnh and Quảng Bình Provinces. (Vietnam News) (Vietnamnet)
  • An explosion rips through a leather workshop in the town of Güzelburç in Hatay Province, Turkey, killing 3 people and injuring 5 others. (Hürriyet)
  • 74-year-old Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi tells a blasphemous joke about Jews to emergency workers dealing with the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake, causing upset to the Vatican. Berlusconi describes it as "just a laugh" he "made in private, not offensive and not a sin." (The Daily Telegraph)
International relations
  • Germany marks 20 years as a reunified nation with events in Bremen and pays its last World War I reparations. (BBC) (Al Jazeera) (AFP via The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Egypt and Iran agree to resume direct flights after three decades. (Al Jazeera)
  • The United States issues a travel alert to its citizens across Europe, warning that it suspects they may become the target of a commando-style attack. (Al Jazeera) (BBC) (Channel 4 News)
  • The United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office updates its travel advice for Europe. (The Guardian) (BBC) (Sky News)
  • American and British government officials make contact to collaborate on the issue of a broad travel alert. (PA via The Independent)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • 3 people killed in Pibor county of Jonglei state of Sudan. (Sudan Tribune)
  • Afghanistan and Pakistan
    • Three soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed in separate attacks in Afghanistan's restive southern and eastern regions. (Xinhua)
    • 12 people die and 7 others receive wounds during a torch attack in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on a convoy of more than a dozen oil tankers intended for NATO forces in Afghanistan. This follows a dispute over a NATO helicopter strike that killed 3 soldiers in Pakistan territory. (AFP via The Age) (The New York Times), (BBC)
    • At least 8 people are killed by a CIA drone strike in Pakistan, with three to five of those killed being citizens of Germany. (BBC)
  • Jewish settlers in the West Bank set fire to the Muslim Al-Anbiaa mosque in Beit Fajjar area near the Palestinian city of Bethlehem. Its rug ground and some parts of the Qur'an are burnt and anti-Islamic and anti-Palestinian slogans are written. (Xinhua) (Al Jazeera) (BBC)
  • War in Iraq
    • 89 people are killed in violence in Baghdad and northern Iraq, including a journalist for a US-funded Al Hurra satellite television station. (Khaleej Times via AFP) (Africasia) (IFEX)
    • At least 1 person is killed in a roadside bombing in Baghdad targeting a deputy minister of the country's government. (Al Jazeera)
  • 5 Tajik policemen are killed in a clash in East Tajikistan. (Xinhua)
  • 4 people, including two Central Reserve Police Force men, are killed and 2 others are injured in an evening landmine blast in the remote parts of South Gadchiroli. The attack is carried out by Maoists. (DNA) (ZEE)
Arts and culture
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
  • Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Public Welfare Affairs Agung Laksono said here on Tuesday that the massive flood in Wasior, West Papua that continuously occurred from Sunday to Monday has claimed 56 lives. (Xinhua)
  • 3 people were killed and 5 were injured after a boiler exploded in a tannery in Hatay in the Dericiler area of Güzelburç town. The injured were taken to Mustafa Kemal University’s faculty of medicine hospital. (Today's Zaman)
  • Two persons were killed when a mini-lorry was hit by the Netravati Express, they were travelling at an unmanned level crossing at Panachuvadu near Punnapra, India. (The Hindu)
  • At least 26 are killed and many more left missing after flash floods in eastern Indonesia's Papua province. (Deccan Chronicle via AP) (Jakarta News)
International relations
  • Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan met in Brussels, on the sidelines of the Asia–Europe Meeting. (CNN)
  • The 2010 Asia–Europe Meeting commences in Brussels, Belgium with Russia, Australia and New Zealand joining the discussions. (Xinhua)
  • China's State Councilor Dai Bingguo delivers a speech at the opening session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting in Tianjin before the U.N. climate summit in Mexico at year's end. (China Daily via Xinhua) (Al Jazeera)
  • An angry stand-off results from a row over the ongoing presence of dozens of United States military bases on the Japanese island of Okinawa, all of which remain through intense U.S. pressure despite protests from tens of thousands of residents. (BBC)
  • Federal Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière tells a news conference in Berlin that there is no concrete evidence of an imminent attack and "no reason to be alarmist at this time"; the Japanese government alerts its citizens to watch out for any attacks in Europe. The United States and UK have both done so in recent times. (BBC)
  • Israel decides to deport 1976 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire, whom it has kept locked up in a detention facility since last Tuesday when she arrived to attend a conference with 5 other Nobel peace laureates. An Israeli court orders her to keep "her propaganda to herself". Israel claims it has banned her from entering its land but she says she is unaware of such a ban. (The Irish Times) (BBC) (Haaretz)
Law and crime
  • Dutch MP Geert Wilders is put on trial in Amsterdam on charges of inciting hatred against Muslims in his 17-minute film Fitna. Anti-Wilders protests occur outside court. (BBC) (Al Jazeera) (AFP via iAfrica)
  • Syria issues arrest warrants for more than 30 people accused of misleading an investigation into the 2005 assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister Rafic Hariri. (Al Jazeera)
  • Former Prime Minister of Fiji Mahendra Chaudhry is released on bail. (Indian Express) (BBC)
  • A court in Thailand rejects a request to drop charges against Viktor Bout, whom the United States suspects of attempting to sell weapons to its opponents. He was arrested by undercover United States agents in 2008 at a Bangkok hotel. (BBC) (Xinhua)
  • A vigil is held by Rutgers University in the United States for Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide after a roommate and another student secretly streamed online a private sexual encounter he had with a man. (AP via The Age)
  • A gunman in Gainesville, Florida shoots six people, killing his father before committing suicide. (Gainesville Sun)
  • Tens of thousands of people protest about tree-felling in Stuttgart and are confronted by police wielding water cannon and pepper spray. (BBC)
Politics
Science
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
  • TVNZ Breakfast race row:
    • Breakfast broadcaster Paul Henry is suspended effective immediately by TVNZ after yesterday's controversial interview with John Key. The network had previously issued a statement in support of Henry. (The New Zealand Herald)
    • Protesters rally outside TVNZ's central Auckland office to call for the broadcaster's scalp. (The New Zealand Herald)
  • Google lines up Internet TV programming partners like TBS, TNT, CNN, HBO, NBA, CNBC. (Shanghai Daily)
  • Researchers identify a new, though threatened, language known as Koro. (BBC)
Business and economy
  • The Bank of Japan lowers interest rates in Japan to a range of between 0 and 0.1%. (The New York Times)
  • Mexico issues its first ever 100-year bond, raising US$1 billion in a day. (Reuters)
Disasters
International relations
Law and crime
Politics
  • Serbia mark the tenth anniversary of the overthrow of Slobodan Milošević. EU and U.S. politicians send their congratulations. (BBC)
  • UK Prime Minister David Cameron is forced to issue an apology to his own voters after breaking an election promise by withdrawing child benefit from 1.2 million of them. (The Guardian)
  • President of Bolivia Evo Morales knees a political opponent in the "testicular zone" during a friendly football match. (The Guardian)
  • Kim Jong-un joins his father Kim Jong-il in observing Korean People's Army, confirming his status as heir-apparent as Supreme Leader of North Korea. (AP via Google News)
  • President of Senegal Abdoulaye Wade dismisses his energy minister Samuel Sarr, following a week of protests over frequent power cuts, and replaces him with Wade's own son. (BBC)
  • Sudan announces its timetable for January's referendum on independence for the south, with 14 November named as the first date for voter registration. (BBC) (AFP via The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Guinea announces that the second round of voting for the Guinea presidential election will be on October 24 after months of delay. (CNN)
Science
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Disasters
  • Four people were killed and three others were injured when two containers of fireworks exploded near the My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi. (Vietnamnet)
  • At least 25 soldiers are killed in a helicopter crash in Tajikistan, east of the capital Dushanbe. (BBC) (Xinhua)
  • Floods leave 1 dead, 3 missing, 33,000 evacuated in the Chinese province of Hainan. (Global Times) (China Dialy)
  • At least 75 people are killed in flash floods in eastern Indonesia. (Straits Times) (Al Jazeera)
  • Ajka alumina plant accident:
    • Hungary expects to take at least a year and tens of millions of dollars to clean up what the country's environment minister describes as its worst chemical accident. (BBC)
    • Hungary opens a criminal investigation into the incident. (The Telegraph)
  • The death toll from floods in central Vietnam rises to at least forty-nine. (AFP via Sydney Morning Herald) (VOV News) (Vietnamnet) (TRT)
  • A firefighter is killed and 17 others injured in a major fire in Vishwas Nagar, India. (PTI)
  • Tornadoes hit Bellemont, Arizona in the southwest of the United States resulting in at least seven people being injured. (CNN)
International relations
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Science
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Six gangsters died and one soldier was injured when an army patrol clashed with suspected gang members in northeastern Mexico state Tamaulipas. (People Daily)
  • At least 7 people are injured in separate attacks by the Israeli Air Force on the Gaza Strip after rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza on Wednesday. (Ynetnews) (Daily Times)
  • The African Union says its forces have captured 40% of the Somali capital Mogadishu from Islamist militants in a recent offensive. (BBC) (News24)
  • The leader of a Congolese rebel group suspected of being involved in the mass rape of more than 300 civilians is arrested by the Congolese army and United Nations peacekeeping troops. (The Irish Times)
  • 14 people are killed and 70 others are injured in 2 suicide blasts at a shrine in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi. (Xinhua) (IRNA)
  • At least 5 people are killed due to back-to-back afternoon bombings at a vegetable market south of Baghdad. In Iskandariyah, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Baghdad, also wounded at least 20 people. (AP)
  • A land mine blast kills 6 soldiers in Tajikistan. (Dawn)
  • Gunmen kill 4 police officers in Iranian Kurdish area. (Santa Cruz Sentinel) (Chron)
  • 20 Taliban militants, including two rebel commanders, are killed in fighting with security forces in northeastern Takhar province, Afghanistan. (Deccan Chronicle)
  • An airstrike and a raid by ground troops kills 8 insurgents, including a senior Taliban leader who spearheaded attacks against Afghan security forces. (Boston Herald)
Arts and culture
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Disasters
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Law and crime
  • Kenyan authorities announce that more than 1,000 teachers have been fired for sexually abusing girls over a 2-year period. (BBC)
  • Right-wing Israeli politicians push for a controversial change to the wording of the oath required to become an Israeli citizen, amending the wording so that potential citizens must promise to respect Israel as a "Jewish and democratic state". (BBC)
  • China issues new regulations requiring the managers of mines to accompany workers down the shafts. (BBC) (RTHK)
Politics and elections
Religion
Sport
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International relations
  • The United States leads a group of non-EU developed countries in attempts to thoroughly revamp the Kyoto Protocol, blocking any possible progress in the climate negotiations currently under way in Tianjin, according to negotiator Sui Wei. (China Daily)
Law and crime
  • An Ecuadorean court orders the imprisonment of 12 police after last week's 2010 Ecuador crisis, with a lawyer saying they are being swept up in a "witch hunt". (Al Jazeera)
  • Former Oceanic Bank chief Cecilia Ibru is sentenced to six months in prison after being found guilty of committing 3 of 25 charges of fraud and mismanagement. (BBC)
  • Erwin Arnada, the former editor of Playboy Indonesia, is arrested on Bali. He had been on the run since being sentenced to two years in prison in August after an earlier trial in 2007. (BBC) (AFP via Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Politics
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
  • Works of art created by 30 celebrated Iranian artists go on sale at Bonhams auction house in Dubai. (Tehran Times)
  • Nelson Mandela's letters, written during his 27-year spell in jail, reveal new details of the agony he suffered in South Africa under apartheid. (BBC)
  • TVNZ race row:
    • John Key pledges to continue fronting TVNZ's Breakfast amid calls by MPs for disgraced and suspended broadcaster Paul Henry to be sacked. (The New Zealand Herald)
    • Paul Henry resigns from TVNZ, effective immediately. (Media Spy) (TVNZ) (Resignation Statement) (BBC)
  • Hanoi, Vietnam, celebrates its 1,000 birthday. (AP via Yahoo! News)
  • 10-10-10
    • A celebration occurs as a male British child turns 10 at 10:10 on the 10th day of the 10th month of 2010. (BBC) (Leicester Mercury)
    • Couples around the world rush to get married as 10 October 2010 is seen as auspicious especially in Chinese culture. (BBC), (AP via Yahoo! News), (New York Times)
  • U.S. soul singer Solomon Burke dies at Amsterdam's Airport Schiphol. (AP via Yahoo News) (BBC)
Disasters and accidents
  • 12 people die and 73 are injured when two express buses, a van and three cars collide at Km 223, Plus Highway near the Simpang Ampat toll in Negri Sembilan, Malaysia. (Brisbane Times) (NST) (Xinhua)
  • Nearly half a million people are made homeless by flooding caused by three days of heavy rain in Bangladesh. (ABC News Australia)
  • 17 people are killed and 6 are seriously injured after a passenger coach collides with a cement tanker truck between Hefei, capital of the eastern Anhui province, and Nanjing, capital of neighboring Jiangsu province. (SINA)
  • Hungary races against time in its efforts to construct an emergency dam to defeat the Ajka alumina plant accident. (BBC)
  • At least 36 people die after an overloaded boat capsizes on the Ganges River in the Buxar district of India's Bihar state. (BBC)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • A Telugu Desam leader is murdered in broad daylight in a restaurant near Srikantam circle in Anantapur, India. (Deccan Chronicle)
  • Afghanistan:
    • Afghan President Hamid Karzai confirms holding unofficial talks with Taliban "for quite some time" in order to end the nine-year war. (AFP via Google News) (Xinhua)
    • Six Taliban fighters including shadowy district governor are killed in separate operations in western Herat province. (PLA)
    • Two Indians are killed in a missile attack launched by the Taliban on an Indian NGO's office in Afghanistan's Kunar province. (Deccan Chronicle)
  • The Indian Army says that nearly 40 militants have been killed by security forces during 25 infiltration attempts in Indian-controlled Kashmir from across the border in the last two months. (China Daily)
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Law and crime
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Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Two explosions occur in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, killing one person and injuring several others. The Al-Qaeda offshoot in the country also states its intention to establish a "new army" to overthrow the President. (BBC) (Al Jazeera) (Voice of Russia)
  • Two people are killed and ten injured after a NATO helicopter explodes just after landing in eastern Afghanistan. (AP via San Jose Mercury News)
  • A Nigeria Police Force station in the northern city of Maiduguri is destroyed in an attack blamed on the Boko Haram Islamist group. (BBC)
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Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Eight ISAF NATO soldiers are killed in multiple attacks in Afghanistan, including four in roadside bombings. (AP)
  • Six people, including an Iraqi Interior Ministry official and four members of a leading political bloc, die in multiple explosions throughout Baghdad apparently targeting members of former prime Minister Ayad Allawi's al-Iraqiya political coalition; four were killed in a roadside bomb and three others were wounded. (CNN)
Art and culture
Business and economy
Disasters
  • Floods kill an elderly man in Turkey's Bursa. (Hurriyet)
International relations
Law and crime
  • President of the Islamic Sharia Council in the United Kingdom, Sheikh Maulana Abu Sayeed, stirs controversy in Britain by claiming that it is impossible for men to rape their wives and that husbands who commit such acts should not be prosecuted.(MSNBC) (The Independent)
  • Rights groups in Indonesia welcome the striking down of a Suharto-era law banning books that were deemed to be "offensive" or a "threat to public order". (AP) (Jakarta Post) (BBC)
  • Greek riot police clash with protesting workers outside the Acropolis in Athens using tear gas to clear the demonstrators from the entrance. (AP via Atlanta Journal-Constitution) (BBC)
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Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Three blasts rocked southern Afghanistan's restive city of Kandahar, killing at least four people and injuring two others. (Xinhua)
  • Senior United Nations envoy Roger Meece calls the scale of sexual attacks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo "enormous". More than 15,000 rapes occurred in the east of the country last year. (Al Jazeera)
Arts and culture
Business and economy
Disasters
  • A gas explosion in a Chinese coal mine in Henan province kills at least 20 workers. Another 17 are declared missing. (BBC) (Al Jazeera) (CNN) (AFP via Yahoo! News)
  • 28 of 33 miners rescued in the 2010 Copiapó mining accident are secretly discharged from hospital in Chile, with 2 remaining inside. (BBC)
International relations
  • China mounts a diplomatic campaign to block the publication of a U.N. report that claims that Chinese ammunition has been shipped into Darfur in the past year in violation of U.N. sanctions. (The Washington Post) (Bor Globe)
  • On World Food Day, United Nations calls for united front against food shortages, because one billion people are still hungry. (UN) (Sina)
  • The Israeli Air Force and the Hellenic Air Force combine for manoeuvres involving helicopters and jets as Israel seeks new air links following its disagreement with Turkey. (BBC)
  • Zambia investigates an incident in which managers at a Chinese-run mine allegedly shot and wounded at least 11 miners who had objected to their working conditions. (Zambia Post) (BBC)
Politics and elections
Science
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • At least 33 people are killed and 50 others are injured during violence in Karachi as a by-election approaches. (India Times), (Reuters via ABC News Online) (UPI)
  • 15 people are killed in target killing in Quetta, Pakistan. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen begins a ground and air campaign against al-Qaeda forces, killing at least 6; Western embassies in Yemen go on high security alert. (CNN)
Arts and culture
Business and economy
Disasters
  • The Philippines prepares for Typhoon Megi, potentially the strongest typhoon to hit the country this year. (ABC News Australia) (BBC) (Philippine Inquirer)
  • Five more bodies are found after a gas leak in a coal mine in China's Henan province, bringing the death toll to 26. (CNN)
International relations
Law and crime
Politics
  • A Rwandan opposition party, the United Democratic Forces, says that their, leader Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, arrested last week, is being held in "intolerable and immoral" conditions without food or water. (AFP)
  • Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi accuses Iran of working to destabilize the Middle East, claiming that the region is falling victim to terrorist groups backed financially by Iran. (CNN) (AFP)
  • Iranian police have arrested seven Afghan border guards who had illegally crossed the border, border police chief Hossein Zolfaqari announced. (Tehran Times) (Mehr News)
  • Tens of thousands of people rally in Rome against a weakening of labour rights being carried out by the country's government; rumours spread by politicians of clashes caused by "anarchist infiltration" prove unfounded. (Bangkok Post) (SwissInfo)
  • The U.K. government urges councils to stop giving charity tax breaks to Scientology, an organization described as a cult by a high court judge. (Guardian)
  • Olive Lembe di Sita, the First Lady of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, leads a march of thousands of women against sexual violence in the town of Bukavu in the east of the country where hundreds of women have been raped. (BBC)
Science and environment
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Iraq War: Amid increasing uncertainty about the timing of the release of the next batch of classified documents by WikiLeaks, the U.S. military assembles a 120-member team to search its database for clues in preparation for the publication event. (The New Zealand Herald) (BBC)
  • Indonesia investigates following the release of a video purportedly showing Indonesian soldiers torturing indigenous Papuans, in a region where a small group of rebels has waged a war for independence from Indonesia for the last few decades. (BBC) (AFP) (AP)
  • The death toll from a robbery on jewelry stores in western Baghdad rises to nine, while 12 others are wounded. (People's Daily)
  • Thousands protest the murder of three civilians after soldiers loot homes in the Congo's South Kivu province. (AP)
  • The Latvian Defense Ministry said four NATO fighter jets from the Lithuanian Air Force Base near Šiauliai were deployed when two Russian bombers flying in the neutral airspace almost entered Latvian air space. (15 min).
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  • American olympic gold medalist LaShawn Merritt is suspended 21 months for doping. (BBC)
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  • The death toll from Typhoon Megi in the Philippines rises to three as heavy rain falls on the island of Luzon for a second consecutive day. (AFP via Yahoo)
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  • All four Ecuadorean miners trapped underground since a mine collapse have been found dead. (CNN)
International relations
  • South Korea arrests an alleged North Korean agent on suspicion of plotting to kill high-profile defector Hwang Jang-yop who died of a heart attack earlier this month. (Al Jazeera)
  • Danish and Swedish royals celebrate 200 years since establishment of Swedish royal family. (CPHPOST)
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  • A powerful 6.9 magnitude occurs off the coast of Baja California Sur in Mexico. (Economic Times)
  • At least 50 people die as an outbreak of an as-of-yet unidentified disease occurs in Haiti. (BBC)
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  • Several people are attacked in Uganda after a newspaper publishes the names and addresses of homosexuals. (BBC)
  • Files on the death of British biological weapons inspector David Kelly, which had previously been kept secret by the British government for 7 years, are released, stating that his wounds were typical of "self-inflicted injury". (The Telegraph) (RTÉ)
  • Judges in the trial of Dutch MP Geert Wilders are ordered to step down by an independent appeals panel, with the legal process now having to begin again. (BBC) (The Guardian) (AFP via The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • An ex-convict kills 3 people and injures 6 others at a school near the city of Zamboanga in the Philippines. (AFP via Google News) (ABS-CBN News)
Politics
Science
  • Google says that its Street View cars collected more information than it previously admitted including e-mails, passwords and URLs and that it would change its privacy practices. (Reuters)
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  • The high court in Egypt orders the government to ban police officers from university campuses. (Al Jazeera) (BBC)
  • 306 former Tamil Tiger combatants are to be released from rehabilitation in Sri Lanka. (Xinhua)
  • Gunmen kill thirteen people and wound fifteen at a birthday party in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez. (Al Jazeera) (Reuters)
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  • Four people are arrested over a bus bombing in Matalam, the Philippines, that killed 10 people on Saturday. (Philippine Inquirer) (Al Jazeera)
  • A campaign led by Peter Tatchell is to legally challenge Britain's ban on same-sex marriage and heterosexual civil partnerships; eight couples are to file applications for the illegal ceremonies. (The Observer)
  • Three U.S. citizens are to stand trial on charges of spying in Iran after illegally entering the country. (Tehran Times)
  • Swedish police say they do not have a suspect for the serial shooting of 15 immigrants in Malmö. (CNN)
  • Four employees of Chinese dairy giant Mengniu are arrested in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia for allegedly hiring a public relations firm to spread false rumours online about products of industry rival Yili Group. (Global Times)
  • Israel's military police investigates an air raid that killed at least 21 members of a single family and injured 19 others during the 2008-2009 Gaza War. (Haaretz) (AFP via Google)
  • Actor Randy Quaid and his wife seek asylum in Canada to avoid prosecution in the United States, claiming they are being "persecuted". (BBC)
  • Mexican gunmen burst into a drug rehabilitation centre in eastern Tijuana, killing thirteen people. (Sign On San Diego)
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  • Israeli officials criticize the concluding document of the Vatican’s synod on the Middle East, with Israeli deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon accusing the synod of being "a forum for Arab propaganda". (The Irish Times) (The Jerusalem Post) (AP)
  • Japan lodges a formal protest with China after two Chinese fishing boats were seen near the Senkaku Islands. (BBC)
  • Afghanistan
    • President Hamid Karzai acknowledges that his office has regularly received cash from Iran and the United States but claims that the process was transparent. (BBC), (AP via Yahoo! News)
    • A Dutch aid worker, along with an Afghan driver, are kidnapped on a highway while traveling to Kunduz Province, Afghanistan. (BBC News)
  • U.S. Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts claims the government of Sudan – which has been subject to U.S. sanctions since 1997 – has assured him it will hold a referendum on independence for the south. (BBC) (Xinhua)
  • Iran and Kenya signed an agreement in the field of tourism. (irna)
Law and crime
  • Abdul Nacer Benbrika, serving a 15-year jail term in Australia after being found guilty on a number of terrorism-related charged, loses an appeal in the Court of Appeal against conviction of leading a terrorist group. (ABC Melbourne) (Herald Sun)
  • The EU activates its Rapid Border Intervention Teams for the first time since its creation in 2007 to stem illegal immigration at the Greek border. (BBC News)
  • The trial of the alleged killer of Chandra Levy, Ingmar Guandique of El Salvador, begins in Washington D.C. (AP via USA Today)
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  • UEFA:
    • UEFA President Michel Platini proposes a goal-line referee's assistant rather than goal-line technology which he says would lead to "Playstation Football", despite controversial decisions in 2010 World Cup matches. (BBC Sports)
    • The European football rulemaking body has called for proof to substantiate corruption allegations leveled against the Euro 2012 bidding process. (BBC Sports)
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  • France announces it is likely to withdraw some of its troops from Afghanistan in 2011. (CNN)
  • Somali group Al-Shabaab publicly executes two teenage girls, claiming they were spies. (AFP)
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  • The 17th ASEAN Summit opens in Hanoi, Vietnam. (Bangkok Post) (Xinhua)
  • China cancels a meeting with Japan and South Korea amid a dispute over the use of rare earth metals. (Mainichi Daily News) (Straits Times)
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  • A British man is sentenced to 18 weeks in prison for posting malicious and abusive messages on Facebook memorial sites, including the page for deceased reality TV star Jade Goody. (BBC News)
  • An American judge has ruled that a six-year-old may be sued for negligence after crashing into an elderly woman while riding a bicycle at age four.(BBC)
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Business and economy
  • A large oil field is discovered off the coast of Brazil that could contain between 8 and 15 billion barrels. (BBC)
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International relations
  • Family reunions take place in North Korea between North and South Korean families separated during the Korean War sixty years ago. (Al Jazeera) (Yonhap)
  • Turkey's national security council adds Israeli activity in the Middle East, "online terror" and global warming to a document listing potential threats, while removing Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Iran and Syria from the same list. The document also calls for a Middle East without nuclear weapons. (Ynetnews)
  • The prime ministers of China and Japan meet in Vietnam amid a diplomatic disagreement, with Hillary Clinton of the United States wading into the dispute during a speech. (Al Jazeera)
  • Abdullah of Saudi Arabia invites Iraqi political leaders for a meeting in Riyadh as part of an attempt to sort out the deadlock over the formation of a new government. (Al Jazeera)
Law and crime
  • Two men are sentenced to life imprisonment for the killing of a Rwandan journalist who had allegedly uncovered evidence that the Rwandan government was behind the attempted murder of an ex-army general. (IOL)
  • Turkey lifts a two-year ban on YouTube, which was blocked due to videos insulting the country's founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. (BBC) (Today's Zaman)
  • Sweden detains two people for allegedly plotting to attack Gothenburg in an alleged "terrorist crime". (Al Jazeera)
  • Fourteen people are killed by gunmen at a soccer field in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. (CNN)
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  • Human Rights Watch expresses concern that Iran and Saudi Arabia, which have been criticized for their records on women's rights, are expected to join a new U.N. agency devoted to women and could interfere with the work of the agency. (Los Angeles Times)
  • Afghan President Hamid Karzai denounces a large-scale drug raid in which U.S. forces and Russian drug agents took part, calling it a violation of Afghan sovereignty, even though Afghan police participated. (Los Angeles Times)
  • Six New Zealanders return home after breaking Israel's blockade of Gaza claiming to have delivered medical aid and a message of international solidarity. (Newstalk ZB)
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References

  1. ^ "Teen who strangled brother gets life in prison". msnbc.com. Retrieved 29 December 2015. 
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