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International Events 2010 – December Current Affairs

Dec. 4: India’s Nicole Faria is crowned Miss Earth Talent 2010 in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.
An explosion derails the Thar Express near Dhabaji, in the Sindh province of Pakistan.
At last 41 people are killed in a four-day inferno triggered by a forest fire in Israel.

Dec. 6: Forty persons are killed and 60 injured as two suicide bombers in police uniform target a tribal area in Pakistan.

Dec. 7: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is arrested by the British police following surrender at a Central London police station.
Iran should fulfil its obligations to the IAEA, says the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Abu Dhabi.

Dec. 8: At least 83 inmates of a Chilean prison are killed in a fire set off by rioting fellow prisoners.
Space X, a private U.S. firm conducts a perfect launch into orbit and back of the Dragon Capsule.

Dec. 9: A teenager is sentenced by the Supreme Court for the January 2 murder of an Indian youth Nitin Garg in Cruickshank Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Dec. 10: Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in absentia at an Oslo ceremony.
India and the European Union agree on a new initiative to improve cultural ties, among other things, at the EU-India Summit in Brussels.

Dec. 11: Car bomb blasts rock the Swedish capital Stockholm.

Dec. 12: Kosovo votes in its first elections since declaring independence from Serbia in 2008.

Dec. 13: Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismisses Foreign Minister Manoucher Mottaki.
Richard Holbrooke (69), the U.S. President Barack Obama’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan passes away at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington of complications from 21 hours of surgery to repair ruptured aorta.

Dec. 15: At last 48 refugees one killed after their wooden boat shatters after crashing into rocks at Christmas Island, Australia.
Thirtynine persons are killed in a suicide attack in the south-eastern Iranian city of Chabahar.
The Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is named Time magazine’s 2010 Person of the Year.
The U.N. Security Council eases sanctions on Iraq. Curtains on oil for-food programme.

Dec. 16: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is freed.

Dec. 17: U.S. missile attacks leave 54 killed in Pakistan’s Khyber tribal region.
Venezuelan lawmakers vote to let President Hugo Chavez bypass Parliament and rule by decree for 18 months.

Dec. 18: The U.S. Senate votes to repeal the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law that will allow the military to permit gays to serve openly.

Dec. 19: Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko wins a fourth straight term in office.

Dec. 21: Iraq’s Parliament confirms Nouri al-Maliki as Prime Minister for a second term.

Dec. 22: The U.S. Senate passes the New START treaty with Russia.
Australia apologises and makes a payout to Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef for wrongly detaining and charging him with involvement in a terrorism plot in Britain in 2007.

Dec. 23: The International Convention for the Protection of all Persons From Enforced Disappearance enters into force.
A commemorative coin marking the engagement of Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton is released in London.

Dec. 24: The Russian Parliament gives preliminary approval for New START treaty.

Dec. 25: At least 49 persons are killed and over 100 injured after a woman suicide bomber targets people at a World Food Programme centre in Bajaur tribal agency in Pakistan. An earthquake causes a minor tsunami in the South Pacific.
Jayachandra Elaprolu, a student from Andhra Pradesh, is shot dead in a robbery at a gas station in Pasadena city of Texas state.

Dec. 27: The jailed former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky is found guilty of stealing oil from his firm Yukos in his second trial.

Dec. 30: The former Israeli President, Moshe Katsav, is held guilty of rape by a Tel Aviv court.
A Moscow judge hands down a 13.5-year jail term to former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Dec. 31: Australia’s northeast is battered by floods. Forced evacuation in Rockhampton town.

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