December 2010


December 2010

December 2010 was the twelfth month of that year. It began on a Wednesday and ended after 31 days on a Friday.


Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from December 2010.

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  • Russia’s Gazprom and Ukraine’s Naftogaz Ukrainy have agreed to set up two joint ventures, the Russian company said after a meeting between its CEO Alexei Miller and Ukrainian Fuel and Energy Minister Yuri Boiko. (ITAR)
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  • NASA astrobiology fellow Felisa Wolfe-Simon announces the discovery of a bacterium, GFAJ-1, that is capable of substituting arsenic for phosphorus in its DNA structure. (NASA)
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  • Spain closes four airports saying there is a shortage of air traffic controllers who are concerned about their pay and working conditions. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • The Spanish government holds an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss plans to raise the pension age and to sell off its stakes in the lottery and airports. (Al Jazeera)
  • Nissan starts selling the Leaf, one of the first mass market electric cars. (AP via Yahoo! News)
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  • 1984 Bhopal disaster: The Indian government launches a court case to more than double the compensation paid by U.S. chemical corporation Union Carbide on the anniversary of the leak from a Madhya Pradesh plant that killed thousands of people. (BBC)
  • The United Nations warns that the Haitian cholera epidemic could get worse. (BBC)
  • Up to 28 people die in northern and eastern Europe as a result of a cold spell with thousands stranded due to road and rail disruptions and airport closures. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • At least 17 mainly Iranian people are killed in a collision of two buses on a highway near the holy site of Najaf, Iraq. (Al Jazeera)
  • Heavy floods in the Balkans forces more than a thousand people to evacuate from their homes. (BBC)
  • A Queensland man is missing presumed dead in floodwaters in Bajool while parts of central New South Wales are declared disaster zones after a week of heavy rains in eastern Australia. (ABC News Australia)
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  • There are mass celebrations on the streets of Doha, Qatar, following FIFA's announcement that the country of 1,696,563 people is to present the 2022 FIFA World Cup. (Al Jazeera)
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  • The Spanish government imposes emergency measures unused since the end of military rule in 1975, threatening workers seeking better pay and working conditions with prosecution if they do not return to work. (BBC) (The Guardian) (Xinhua)
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  • A proposed law in South Korea is to ban online gaming after midnight for young people amid concerns over Internet addiction. (Times of India)
  • The China Academy of Telecommunication Research tells China Daily that China should merge identity management systems, currently run by different ministries, in order to fight online fraud and hacking. (People's Daily)
  • Three people are arrested in China's Guangdong Province in relation to a $90 million gold heist, the biggest in Hong Kong history. (Radio Australia)
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  • FIFA executive committee member Franz Beckenbauer says Qatar ought to be allowed to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the first in the Middle East and in an Arab country, during winter in an unusual move. The event is usually held during summer months. (Al Jazeera)
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  • The International Labour Organisation asks Gulf states to reform labour laws related to millions of foreign workers and urges the introduction of a minimum wage. (Al Jazeera)
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  • Egypt calls in international shark experts following recent attacks, one fatal, on tourists in Sharm el-Sheikh in the past week. (The Guardian)
  • Israeli firefighters douse the Mount Carmel forest fire which killed at least 41 people in the north of the country. (CNN)
  • Officials in Haiti say more than 2,000 people have died in the cholera outbreak. (USA Today)
International relations
  • Iran meets with six world powers in Geneva for talks concerning its nuclear program. (BBC)
  • United States diplomatic cables leak:
    • Newly released cables from the United States indicate former Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd suggested the use of force against China if it could not be "successfully integrated" into the international community. The Australian government refuses to respond to the release. (ABC News)
    • A newly released cable from Hillary Rodham Clinton accuses rich people in Saudi Arabia of being "the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide" and that "it has been an ongoing challenge to persuade Saudi officials to treat terrorist financing emanating from Saudi Arabia as a strategic priority". (The Independent)
    • Newly released cables reveal American distrust both of Qatar and the country's Al Jazeera international news network, prompting Al Jazeera to release a statement saying that it has resisted pressure from both regional and international governments and "has never changed its bold editorial policies which remain guided by the principles of a free press". (Al Jazeera) (The Independent)
    • The cables also reveal that foreign envoys to China from India, Japan, the EU and some African countries complained about the country's "aggressive" nature and that it was "losing friends worldwide". (Indian Express)
  • Senior officials from Turkey and Israel meet in Geneva to resolve their differences following the Gaza flotilla raid in May. (BBC)
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  • Newly released cables from Australian intelligence show the intelligence assessment that charges of sodomy laid against Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim are due to a "set up job" that he "walked into". Others refer to Malaysia as a "confused and dangerous" state, Thai politicians as corrupt and Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn as "very erratic and easily subject to influence", and Japan as a "big fat loser". (The Sydney Morning Herald)
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  • Brunei and Malaysia sign a deal to jointly explore and produce oil and gas off the coast of northern Borneo. (Malaysia Star)
  • Major British supermarkets and online stores stop taking orders in Scotland in the run up to Christmas, because of a backlog of deliveries caused by the recent adverse weather conditions. (BBC)
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  • Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat asks the European Union to recognize “two states (Israel and Palestine) along the 1967 borders". (Bloomberg)
  • Europe reaffirms its readiness to recognise a Palestinian state at an "appropriate" time, stopping short of outright recognition despite mounting pressure to break the Middle East impasse. (AFP)
  • Minni Minnawi, the only Darfur faction leader to sign the Darfur Peace Agreement with the Sudanese government, declares its failure and leaves his post. (Al Jazeera)
  • The Philippine parliament blocks a government effort to provide free condoms to poor people, amid a debate over funding for family planning. (Straits Times)
  • Protests by garment workers in Bangladesh over low wages spread to other areas of the country. (AFP)
  • OpenLeaks, a splinter group rivaling WikiLeaks, launches its website. (CNN)
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  • The Galongla Tunnel, built at an altitude of 3,750 meters, is completed; it links Tibet's Mêdog county to the outside world. (SINA)
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  • Hundreds of small investors engage in protest activities in Dhaka following the steepest daily fall in the stock exchange. (BBC) (AFP via The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • 60 Minutes, an influential news program, runs a segment with Meredith Whitney a bank analyst credited with a timely bearish call in 2008, in which she predicts hundreds of millions of dollars worth of defaults by U.S. municipalities. (CNBC)
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  • At least 28 people are killed and dozens more are injured following an explosion on a PEMEX oil pipeline in San Martín Texmelucan, Puebla, Mexico. (BBC)
  • 15 people, including 9 nursing students, are killed while 12 others are injured in an blaze that gobbles up two buildings in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan province in northern Philippines. (Xinhua) (Philippine Inquirer) (BBC)
  • 8 people are seriously injured when a tour bus carrying a church group lost control, slides off a road and rolls onto its side on an icy highway in the U.S. state of Colorado. (CNN)
  • 3 people are killed as blizzards and freezing temperatures hit Italy. (Herald Sun)
  • Flights in and out of Heathrow Airport are at a virtual standstill as severe weather conditions continue across the United Kingdom. (BBC)
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  • Belarusian presidential election, 2010:
    • Belarus votes.
    • Thousands of opposition protesters encounter riot police at government headquarters in Minsk, while opposition candidate Vladimir Neklyaev is seriously injured. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
    • Three presidential candidates Nikolai Statkevich, Grigoriy Kostusev, Andrei Sannikov and his wife Halib are taken into police custody with thousands of other protesters. (Monsters and Critics), (AFP via Google News)
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  • Toyota agrees to pay the US government $32.4 million over its handling of car recalls in 2010 where over 10 million cars were recalled worldwide, over 14 separate recalls. (BBC)
  • BSKYB takeover
    • The European Commission approves News Corporation's bid to take full control of British satellite broadcaster BSkyB. However, the deal will be reviewed by Ofcom before a final decision is made. (BBC)
    • UK Business Secretary Vince Cable is stripped of his powers to rule on the proposal after telling undercover journalists from the Daily Telegraph that he intended to block the deal and had "declared war" on Rupert Murdoch. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt will now have that responsibility. (BBC)
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  • At least 39 people are killed and hundreds injured in a 6.5 magnitude earthquake in southeastern Iran. (Times of India)
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  • China offers to help eurozone countries through the debt crisis. (BBC)
  • Banking giant Santander has admitted that a computer error has resulted in up to 35,000 people receiving other person's transactions details on their bank statement. (BBC)
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  • Large-scale disruption continues in Europe after heavy snowfalls. (BBC)
  • More than 30 people are killed after a bus plunged into a ravine in southwest Ecuador. (AFP) (CNN)
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  • Aurela Gaçe wins Albania's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 with the entry "Kënga ime". (Eurovision.TV)
  • Leading writers criticise the British government for what they describe as its "repugnant, foolish and pointlessly destructive" decision to axe all funding for a free children's book scheme. (The Guardian)
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  • Vietnam’s credit rating is downgraded by credit rating agencies amid rising inflation, and a shrinking currency and widening trade deficit crisis; state owned shipbuilder Vinashin defaults on a loan to a group of international lenders. (Radio Free Asia)
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  • A court in Iran convicts a man of spying for Israel. His identity is to be revealed after the sentence is confirmed. (AFP via France24)
  • Egypt sends to Damascus a dossier of sensitive technical information involving details of an Israeli spy ring in Syria, including a high ranking chemical expert who assisted Israel for 13 years. (Ahram Online)
  • A Saudi woman, accused of attacking and torturing her Indonesian maid last month in a case that strained Saudi-Indonesia relations, now denies the charges, claiming that the maid tortured herself because she was “not normal.” (Asia One)
  • Dr Ezzeldeen Abu al-Aish files a lawsuit against Israel one day before the second anniversary of Israel's War on Gaza. Abu al-Aish's three daughters were killed at home by Israeli forces on live television on 16 January 2009 as the gynaecologist was doing an interview with Israel's Channel 10 television. (Al Jazeera)
  • Iranian authorities halt the impending execution of a Kurdish student convicted of "enmity against God", in connection with alleged membership and activities on behalf of the militant Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan (PJAK), following appeals by international organizations claiming that his trial was held behind closed doors and his lawyer was not allowed to be present. (Reuters) (The Jerusalem Post) (CNN) (BBC) (AFP)
  • Police in the UK say they are "satisfied" that a body found on Christmas Day is that of missing woman Joanna Yeates. (BBC)
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  • Three Tibetan writers, detained earlier this year by Chinese authorities, are sentenced to jail terms of three to four years for "inciting activities to split the nation” (RFA)
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