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1. 12-01 Huge rally demands PM quit Beirut
2. 12-01 Fracas mars inauguration Mexico
D. 12-01 Typhoon kills 388 Philippines
4. 12-03 Chavez wins by wide margin Venezuela
F. 12-04 Military 'takes control of Fiji' Fiji
6. 12-06 Iraq Study Group: Situation grave Washington
12-10 General Pinochet dead Santiago, Chile
I. 12-11 Gunmen kill school children Gaza
J. 12-12 5 prostitutes killed England

Summary.     Click for More > Gunmen kill school children 5 prostitutes killed   British police were racing against time to find the killer. The naked bodies have been found in and around Ipswich Diana: No murder, no pregnancy President Abbas calls for early elections Reformist Rafsanjani regains influence HIV medics condemned to death President Niyazov dies aged 66 Somalis 'at war' with Ethiopia Security Council approves Iran sanctions
  Huge rally demands PM quit   200,000 people packed the streets, as Christian opposition leader called for Fouad Siniora to step down Fracas mars inauguration Typhoon kills 388   Chavez wins by wide margin   Hugo Chavez takes 61% of vote to challenger's 38% to win re-election to another 6-year term Military 'takes control of Fiji' Iraq Study Group: Situation grave   The report given to President Bush says the U.S. needs to change its strategy to tackle the deteriorating situation   General Pinochet dead Map of Santiago Chile
Dec.1   Beirut
  Mexico
  Philippines
 London  Pair test positive for polonium
Dec.2  Cuba  Castro misses birthday parade
 Saudi Arabia  Saudis arrest 139 'sleeper cell' suspects
Dec.3  Chile  Pinochet has heart attack
  Venezuela
Dec.4  UN  Controversial US envoy Bolton quits post
  Fiji
Dec.6   Washington
Dec.7  Washington  Bush and Blair held White House talks
 Washington  Bush says Iraq policy will change
 Baghdad  Iraq plans international, regional summits
Dec.8  Iraq  Coalition: crackdown kills 20 insurgents
 Paris  Tests 'prove' Diana driver drunk
 Moscow  Hospital fire killed 45 women
Dec.9  Southern Iraq  Blast shakes Shiite holy city
Dec.10  Beirut  Huge protest pressures government
  Chile
  Chilean TV reports: The 91-year-old former military leader Augusto Pinochet has died at a Santiago military hospital
 Augusto Pinochet was in power from 1973-90 after overthrowing the government when 3,000 people were killed or disappeared. Supporters saw Pinochet as a Cold War hero for overthrowing President Allende. The dictatorship brought South America's most stable economy
 Chile  Clashes follow death of Pinochet
Dec.11   Gaza
 Baghdad  Suicide truck bomb kills at least 54
Dec.12  Chile  Hecklers, admirers bid farewell to Pinochet
 Ethiopia  Ex-dictator convicted of genocide
 Iran  Ahmadinejad: Israel will be 'wiped out'
 Washington  Bush delays fresh Iraq strategy
  England
Dec.13  Baghdad  Bombers strike workers for second day
Dec.14   London
 Gaza  Israel blocks PM's return to Gaza
 Baghdad  Gunmen in uniforms kidnap 20-30
 Belgium  EU backs strict expansion rules
Dec.15  West Bank  Palestinian factions clash
 Washington  US 'troop boost in Iraq likely'
Dec.16   West Bank
 Baghdad  PM reaches out to Baathists
Dec.17  Gaza  Hamas rejects early elections amid clashes
  Iran
 Tel Aviv  Tony on Middle East tour
 Cuba  Castro not dying, US envoys told
Dec.18  England  Man held over 5 prostitute deaths
 Senegal  Migrant boat capsized twice; 80 die
 Gaza  New clash outside hospital
Dec.19   Libya
Dec.20  Washington  Bush: Army need to increase in size
 Somalia  Heavy fighting erupts
  Turkmenistan
Dec.21   Somalia
 Washington  Marines charged in Haditha killings
Dec.22  Beijing  Six-party talks end, no agreement
 Sudan  Sudan agrees to U.N. peacekeeping plan
Dec.23  Afghanistan  U.S.: Top bin Laden associate killed
  UN Security Council
  The Council voted unanimously to impose sanctions for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment.    The resolution orders countries to stop supplying Iran with materials and technology contributed to nuclear and missile programs. It freezes Iranian assets of related to those programs. ...
 Jerusalem  Olmert frees $100 million to Palestinians Dec.24  Somalia  Ethiopian jets bomb Somalia areas  Iran  Ahmadinejad: U.N. will regret sanctions  Naples  Dead spy's Italy contact arrested   Southern Iraq UK troops storm Iraqi police HQ Dec.25  US Georgia  Soul star James Brown dies at 73  Vatican  Pope: Worship God not technology Dec.26   Nigeria Pipeline explosion kills at least 260   A massive explosion and fire ignited as crowds carried away buckets of fuel from a tapped fuel pipeline  Cuba  Castro's ailment 'is not cancer'  Taiwan  Powerful quake strikes off Taiwan  Somalia  Islamic forces retreat   Southern California Gerald Ford dies   Born in 1913 he was the 38th (19741977) President and the first appointed to the VP under the 25th Amendment Dec.27   Somalia Islamists withdraw from Mogadishu   Somali Islamist leader Sheikh Sharif Ahmed said that all Islamist forces had withdrawn from the capital  Mecca  Muslims begin the Hajj pilgrimage Dec.28  Somalia  Mogadishu falls to government troops  Washington  US body backs sale of cloned food Dec.29  Baghdad  'No delays' to Hussein execution  New Delhi  Police find child skeletons  Arctic  Ice shelf snaps, breaks free from Arctic   Indonesia Ship 'sinks in storm'. 600 missing Map of Kalimantan Indonesia
  A ferry carrying around 850 passengers was travelling from Semarang in Central Java to the port of Kumai in Kalimantan.    Storms and high winds were hampering the rescue effort. The boat...
  Baghdad   Saddam Hussein hanged
  The celebrations broke out after Hussein was dead. There was dancing around the body. The execution was videotaped
 He was convicted of killings in the town of Dujail 25 years ago. U.S. district judge refused a request to stay the execution. Hussein executed before Eid Al-Adha, a holiday. The law does not permit executions during religious holidays
Dec.30   Madrid   Madrid bomb shatters ETA cease-fire   Spain has blamed a powerful bomb explosion at the country's busiest airport on Basque separatist group  Iraq  Saddam is buried in home village Dec.31  Thailand  Bangkok explosions leave two dead  Somalia  Militia abandon last major stronghold


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Location Politics Crime & Justice War & Army Disasters
Arab Countries
Huge rally demands PM quit
Iraq plans international, regional summits
Huge protest pressures government
Israel blocks PM's return to Gaza
Palestinian factions clash
President Abbas calls for early elections
PM reaches out to Baathists
HIV medics condemned to death
Sudan agrees to U.N. peacekeeping plan
Saddam is buried in home village
Saudis arrest 139 'sleeper cell' suspects
Blast shakes Shiite holy city
Gunmen kill school children
Suicide truck bomb kills at least 54
Bombers strike workers for second day
Gunmen in uniforms kidnap 20-30
HIV medics condemned to death
Saddam Hussein hanged
'No delays' to Hussein execution
Coalition: crackdown kills 20 insurgents
New clash outside hospital
Heavy fighting erupts
Somalis 'at war' with Ethiopia
Sudan agrees to U.N. peacekeeping plan
UK troops storm Iraqi police HQ
Ethiopian jets bomb Somalia areas
Islamic forces retreat
Islamists withdraw from Mogadishu
Militia abandon last major stronghold
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Iraq
Iraq plans international, regional summits
PM reaches out to Baathists
Saddam is buried in home village
Blast shakes Shiite holy city
Suicide truck bomb kills at least 54
Bombers strike workers for second day
Gunmen in uniforms kidnap 20-30
Saddam Hussein hanged
Coalition: crackdown kills 20 insurgents
UK troops storm Iraqi police HQ
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USA
Iraq Study Group: Situation grave
Bush and Blair held White House talks
Bush says Iraq policy will change
Gerald Ford dies
Marines charged in Haditha killings
US 'troop boost in Iraq likely'
Bush: Army need to increase in size
Marines charged in Haditha killings
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European Union
Diana: No murder, no pregnancy
EU backs strict expansion rules
Tests 'prove' Diana driver drunk
5 prostitutes killed
Diana: No murder, no pregnancy
Man held over 5 prostitute deaths
Madrid bomb shatters ETA cease-fire
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Pair test positive for polonium
Dead spy's contact 'has radiation'
Israel
Israel blocks PM's return to Gaza
Palestinian factions clash
President Abbas calls for early elections
Tony on Middle East tour
Hamas rejects early elections amid clashes
Gunmen kill school children
New clash outside hospital
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Washington
Iraq Study Group: Situation grave
Bush and Blair held White House talks
Bush says Iraq policy will change
Bush delays fresh Iraq strategy
Marines charged in Haditha killings
US 'troop boost in Iraq likely'
Bush: Army need to increase in size
Marines charged in Haditha killings
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Baghdad
Iraq plans international, regional summits
PM reaches out to Baathists
Suicide truck bomb kills at least 54
Bombers strike workers for second day
Gunmen in uniforms kidnap 20-30
Saddam Hussein hanged
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Heavy fighting erupts
Somalis 'at war' with Ethiopia
Ethiopian jets bomb Somalia areas
Islamists withdraw from Mogadishu
Militia abandon last major stronghold
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Palestine
Israel blocks PM's return to Gaza
Palestinian factions clash
President Abbas calls for early elections
Gunmen kill school children
New clash outside hospital
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United Kingdom
Diana: No murder, no pregnancy
5 prostitutes killed
Diana: No murder, no pregnancy
Man held over 5 prostitute deaths
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Pair test positive for polonium
Dead spy's contact 'has radiation'
South America
Chavez wins by wide margin
Pinochet has heart attack
General Pinochet dead
Hecklers, admirers bid farewell to Pinochet
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Dec.1   Beirut  
  200,000 people packed the streets, as Christian opposition leader called for Fouad Siniora to step down
 Demonstrators pitched tents outside the office of Siniora. Soldiers cordoned off the office complex with barbed wire
  Mexico   Fracas mars inauguration
  Felipe Calderon has been sworn in as presiden, after brawls in Congress between lawmakers, divided by the tight election
  Philippines     Typhoon kills 388
  Rains caused by Durian brought mud and rocks down hillsides, burying 2 villages in the foothills of the Mayon volcano.    The mudslides engulfed villages near the Mayon volcano south-east of the capital Manila. The death toll could easily...
 London  Dead spy's contact 'has radiation'  Global  World AIDS Day: calls for strategies   London     Pair test positive for polonium  A contact and the wife of dead former spy Litvinenko have both tested positive for polonium-210  Beirut  Protesters set up camp  Philippines  Hopes fade after storm

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Dec.2   Cuba     Castro misses birthday parade  Tanks rolled through the streets and jets roared overhead , but ailing leader Fidel Castro did not appear  Beirut  Hezbollah tent city rises in mass protest  Baghdad  Dozens killed in bombings   Saudi Arabia Saudis arrest 139 'sleeper cell' suspects

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Dec.3   Chile Pinochet has heart attack
 Moscow  Safin wins Davis Cup for Russia  Venezuela  Venezuelans to vote on president  Venezuela  Chavez sees election win   Venezuela     Chavez wins by wide margin
  Hugo Chavez takes 61% of vote to challenger's 38% to win re-election to another 6-year term
 Turnout was 62%. Hundreds of Chavez supporters set off fireworks and cruised downtown Caracas in caravans, honking horns. The president told a crowd that the poll had been a triumph for his 'Bolivarian' revolution. Manuel Rosales has admitted defeat
 UN  UN chief tells of Iraq war sorrow

December 4 ... more > Top ^

Dec.4   UN   Controversial US envoy Bolton quits post   The US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton is to leave his post when his temporary appointment runs out  Fiji  President 'dissolves parliament'  Washington  Bush meets with Shiite leader   Fiji   Military 'takes control of Fiji'
  The military commander of Fiji Cmdr Frank Bainimarama has announced he has taken over control of the country.    Bainimarama had assumed executive powers and dismissed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase. Bainimarama had repeatedly expressing anger at the way the pr...


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Dec.5  Moscow  Russia: No Litvinenko extraditions  Fiji  Deposed PM leaves capital

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Dec.6   Washington   Iraq Study Group: Situation grave
  The report given to President Bush says the U.S. needs to change its strategy to tackle the deteriorating situation
 Report calls for a diplomatic offensive, end U.S. combat role by 2008. U.S. mission should evolve to role of supporting Iraqi Army. Bush, Congress must cooperate. Iraqi government needs to show progress or risk cuts in aid
 Baghdad  Iraqi leaders play down U.S. study report

December 7 ... more > Top ^

Dec.7   Washington Bush and Blair held White House talks  Somalia  Islamist warning for peacekeeper force   Washington Bush says Iraq policy will change   Baghdad Iraq plans international, regional summits  Somalia  Rains bring no relief to starving Somalis

December 8 ... more > Top ^

Dec.8   Iraq Coalition: crackdown kills 20 insurgents
  Paris   Tests 'prove' Diana driver drunk   DNA tests on blood samples appear to prove Henri Paul was drunk on the night of her fatal accident  Sao Paulo  US pilots charged in Amazon jetliner crash  Kurdistan  Kurds brand report 'unrealistic'   Moscow   Hospital fire killed 45 women  A fire at Hospital 17, a drug rehabilitation hospital, has killed mostly young addicts  Somalia  Somalia militia fighting Ethiopian troops  House of Representatives  House backs India nuclear bill

December 9 ... more > Top ^

Dec.9   Southern Iraq Blast shakes Shiite holy city
 Washington  Bush sees US consensus over Iraq  Palestine  Early election talk angers Hamas  Florida  Shuttle lifts off in night launch

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Dec.10   Beirut   Huge protest pressures government  Hundreds of thousands flooded central Beirut after a call by the Hezbollah-led opposition to topple the government  Baghdad  Talabani rejects Baker-Hamilton report   Chile     General Pinochet dead
Map of Santiago Chile
  Chilean TV reports: The 91-year-old former military leader Augusto Pinochet has died at a Santiago military hospital
 Augusto Pinochet was in power from 1973-90 after overthrowing the government when 3,000 people were killed or disappeared. Supporters saw Pinochet as a Cold War hero for overthrowing President Allende. The dictatorship brought South America's most stable economy
  Chile Clashes follow death of Pinochet

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Dec.11   Gaza   Gunmen kill school children
  Gunmen have shot dead the 3 sons of Baha Balousheh, an intelligence chief linked to the Palestinian party Fatah
 Germany  Car of ex-spy contact contaminated   Baghdad     Suicide truck bomb kills at least 54   Many of the killed were unemployed Iraqis lured toward the explosion by an offer of work

December 12 ... more > Top ^

Dec.12   Chile     Hecklers, admirers bid farewell to Pinochet   The tense funeral was held in the capital, Santiago, at the military college. Some 3,000 packed a courtyard   Ethiopia Ex-dictator convicted of genocide
  Iran     Ahmadinejad: Israel will be 'wiped out'   Iran's hard-line president is drawing applause from participants in a conference casting doubt on the Holocaust   Washington Bush delays fresh Iraq strategy   England   5 prostitutes killed
  British police were racing against time to find the killer. The naked bodies have been found in and around Ipswich
 Baghdad  Car bomb strikes eastern Baghdad

December 13 ... more > Top ^

Dec.13  England  Massive response in murders probe   Baghdad Bombers strike workers for second day  London  UK supports Darfur no-fly zone

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Dec.14   London     Diana: No murder, no pregnancy
  The official Scotland Yard inquiry: Claims that Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed were murdered were unfounded.    Lord Stevens, who headed the inquiry, told a news conference...
  Gaza     Israel blocks PM's return to Gaza  Israel ordered the closure of a border point with Egypt to prevent the return of Ismail Haniya of Hamas   Baghdad Gunmen in uniforms kidnap 20-30  Mexico  Soldiers kill drug traffickers   Belgium   EU backs strict expansion rules  EU leaders have agreed that aspiring members must meet its tight entry criteria  Gaza  Border chaos 'targeted PM'  Botswana  Strict rules on bushmen's return

December 15 ... more > Top ^

Dec.15   West Bank   Palestinian factions clash   More than a dozen people were injured when fighting broke out in the city of Ramallah  Iran  Ahmadinejad popularity tested in vote   Washington US 'troop boost in Iraq likely'
 Egypt  Egypt seeks to ease Gaza tensions

December 16 ... more > Top ^

Dec.16   West Bank     President Abbas calls for early elections
  Palestinian President called for presidential and legislative elections to end the stalemate between Fatah and the Hamas.    Abbas said that Palestinians would not be drawn into civil war, noting the recent violence, including an attack...
  Baghdad PM reaches out to Baathists  Washington  US welcomes Palestinian poll call  Pakistan  Wedding fire kills 22

December 17 ... more > Top ^

Dec.17   Gaza Hamas rejects early elections amid clashes
 Baghdad  Kidnapping overshadows Blair visit   Iran   Reformist Rafsanjani regains influence
  Moderate former president has won election to powerful clerical body, the Assembly of Experts
 USA  Episcopal Church splits over sexuality   Tel Aviv     Tony on Middle East tour   UK PM is in Israel on the fourth day of a tour aimed at reviving a stalled peace process   Cuba Castro not dying, US envoys told  Western Australia  Aussies regain Ashes from England

December 18 ... more > Top ^

Dec.18   England Man held over 5 prostitute deaths
 Gaza  Hamas to boycott early elections  West Bank  Blair, Abbas urge new efforts for peace   Senegal   Migrant boat capsized twice; 80 die  A fishing boat crowded with more than 100 African migrants was sailing to Canary Islands, drifting for about 10 days  Italy  Cannavaro named FIFA's top player  Gaza  Kidnapping mar Palestinian cease-fire   Gaza New clash outside hospital

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Dec.19   Libya   HIV medics condemned to death
  A court convicted 5 Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor of deliberately infecting 400 children with the virus.    The sentence is provoking shouts of approval from the children's relatives. Bulgaria reiterated its belief that the children were infected by unhygienic conditions in their hospital. ...
 Washington  Bush considers US force expansion  Vietnam  New bird flu outbreak

December 20 ... more > Top ^

Dec.20   Washington     Bush: Army need to increase in size  President said he thinks the US needs to increase the permanent size of the Army and the Marines   Somalia Heavy fighting erupts  Qatar  Al Qaeda's No. 2 rejects elections  Washington  Hard Iraq choices loom, says Bush   Turkmenistan   President Niyazov dies aged 66 Map of Turkmenistan
  The authoritarian president Saparmurat Niyazov, who ruled the country for 21 years. He died of a sudden cardiac arrest.    Niyazov became Communist Party chief of a Soviet republic in 1985 and was elected first president of independent co...
 Baghdad  Suicide bomber kills 12

December 21 ... more > Top ^

Dec.21   Somalia     Somalis 'at war' with Ethiopia
  The leader of the Union of Islamic Courts says they are in a state of war with Ethiopia
  Washington   Marines charged in Haditha killings   4 Marines have been charged with murder in the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians, and 4 officers are accused of failing to investigate  England  Flu 'could wipe out 62 million'

December 22 ... more > Top ^

Dec.22   Beijing     Six-party talks end, no agreement  Japan's PM has warned North Korea it faces increased international pressure after talks ended without a breakthrough  UN  Britain, France push for vote on Iran   Sudan     Sudan agrees to U.N. peacekeeping plan  The government has accepted the package for Darfur, including the deployment of an operation of U.N. and AU troops  Somalia  Ethiopian tanks heading to Somalia battle

December 23 ... more > Top ^

Dec.23   Afghanistan U.S.: Top bin Laden associate killed
 Washington  Gates returns to brief Bush on Iraq   UN Security Council   Security Council approves Iran sanctions
  The Council voted unanimously to impose sanctions for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment
 The resolution orders countries to stop supplying Iran with materials and technology contributed to nuclear and missile programs. It freezes Iranian assets of related to those programs. The resolution increases pressure on the Iran government to prove that it is not trying to make nuclear weapons. Iran rejected the resolution. The US urges even tougher action against Iran
  Jerusalem Olmert frees $100 million to Palestinians  Turkmenistan  Turkmenistan mourns late leader

December 24 ... more > Top ^

Dec.24   Somalia   Ethiopian jets bomb Somalia areas   Ethiopian forces, committed to defending an interim government holed up in Baidoa, launched airstrikes on against Islamists   Iran Ahmadinejad: U.N. will regret sanctions
  Naples Dead spy's Italy contact arrested  Ethiopia  Ethiopia PM admits Somalia action   Southern Iraq   UK troops storm Iraqi police HQ
  More than 1,000 troops demolished the Jamiat police station to rescue 178 prisoners
 Vatican  Pope appeals for world's children

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Dec.25   US Georgia   Soul star James Brown dies at 73  The star, known as the 'Godfather of Soul', has died at the age of 73, He was famous for hits including I Got You (I Feel Good)   Vatican Pope: Worship God not technology  Basra  UK raid angers Basra politicians  Bali  Drills mark tsunami anniversary

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Dec.26   Nigeria   Pipeline explosion kills at least 260
  A massive explosion and fire ignited as crowds carried away buckets of fuel from a tapped fuel pipeline
 Extreme heat has prevented rescuers from recovering bodie. The fire burned for 12 hours after the blast. Many of the bodies were burnt beyond recognition
  Cuba Castro's ailment 'is not cancer'   Taiwan Powerful quake strikes off Taiwan  Baghdad  Death sentence for Saddam upheld   Somalia Islamic forces retreat   Southern California   Gerald Ford dies
  Born in 1913 he was the 38th (19741977) President and the first appointed to the VP under the 25th Amendment
 Former US President has died aged 93, former First Lady Betty Ford has said. Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. became the first (and to date, only) president in U.S. history to fill that office without having been elected either President or Vice-President. Ford had become the longest-living US president


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Dec.27  Texas  Bush pays tribute to Gerald Ford  Kazakhstan  Space telescope to hunt planets  UN Security Council  Somalia peace hopes stalled  Iraq  Hussein loyalists warn against hanging  Taiwan  Quake knocks Asia back to pre-Internet   Somalia   Islamists withdraw from Mogadishu
  Somali Islamist leader Sheikh Sharif Ahmed said that all Islamist forces had withdrawn from the capital
 'We have withdrawn all the leaders and members,' the top Somali Islamic leader told al-Jazeera. Gunfire echoed through the streets of the capital. Ethiopia is capturing ground previously held by Islamist militias
  Mecca Muslims begin the Hajj pilgrimage

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Dec.28   Somalia Mogadishu falls to government troops
  Washington US body backs sale of cloned food  Somalia  Government seeks control  Baghdad  Sources: Hussein to hang this weekend  Somalia  Somalia OKs humanitarian flights

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Dec.29   Baghdad 'No delays' to Hussein execution
  New Delhi Police find child skeletons   Arctic Ice shelf snaps, breaks free from Arctic  Somalia  Mogadishu crowds greet Somali PM   Indonesia   Ship 'sinks in storm'. 600 missing Map of Kalimantan Indonesia
  A ferry carrying around 850 passengers was travelling from Semarang in Central Java to the port of Kumai in Kalimantan
 Storms and high winds were hampering the rescue effort. The boat sunk about 40 km off Mandalika island. Only 66 people recovered
  Baghdad     Saddam Hussein hanged
  The celebrations broke out after Hussein was dead. There was dancing around the body. The execution was videotaped
 He was convicted of killings in the town of Dujail 25 years ago. U.S. district judge refused a request to stay the execution. Hussein executed before Eid Al-Adha, a holiday. The law does not permit executions during religious holidays


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Dec.30   Madrid     Madrid bomb shatters ETA cease-fire
Map of Madrid
  Spain has blamed a powerful bomb explosion at the country's busiest airport on Basque separatist group
 Spanish PM suspends ETA dialogue
 Baghdad  PM: Saddam death 'ends dark chapter'   Iraq     Saddam is buried in home village  Former Iraqi President, hanged for crimes against humanity, has been buried in the village where he was born

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Dec.31   Thailand   Bangkok explosions leave two dead   A series of explosions in the Thai capital has killed 2 people and injured more than 20 people  Baghdad  Officials: Saddam not hanged for revenge   Somalia   Militia abandon last major stronghold   Islamist militiamen have fled the southern port city of Kismayo, their last major stronghold  Thailand  PM blames rivals for blasts


Military 'takes control of Fiji'




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2006
Dec.3  UN  UN chief tells of Iraq war sorrow
Dec.4  Fiji  President 'dissolves parliament'
Dec.4   Fiji
  The military commander of Fiji Cmdr Frank Bainimarama has announced he has taken over control of the country.    Bainimarama had assumed executive powers and dismissed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase. Bainimarama had repeatedly expressing anger at the way the pr...
Dec.6   Washington Iraq Study Group: Situation grave
  The report given to President Bush says the U.S. needs to change its strategy to tackle the deteriorating situation
 Report calls for a diplomatic offensive, end U.S. combat role by 2008. U.S. mission should evolve to role of supporting Iraqi Army. Bush, Congress must cooperate. Iraqi government needs to show progress or risk cuts in aid
Dec.7  Somalia  Islamist warning for peacekeeper force Dec.8   Iraq Coalition: crackdown kills 20 insurgents
Dec.8  Somalia  Somalia militia fighting Ethiopian troops Dec.13  London  UK supports Darfur no-fly zone Dec.14  Mexico  Soldiers kill drug traffickers Dec.15   Washington US 'troop boost in Iraq likely' Dec.15  Egypt  Egypt seeks to ease Gaza tensions Dec.17   Gaza Hamas rejects early elections amid clashes Dec.18  Gaza  Kidnapping mar Palestinian cease-fire Dec.18   Gaza New clash outside hospital Dec.19  Washington  Bush considers US force expansion Dec.20   Washington   Bush: Army need to increase in size  President said he thinks the US needs to increase the permanent size of the Army and the Marines Dec.20   Somalia Heavy fighting erupts Dec.21   Somalia   Somalis 'at war' with Ethiopia
  The leader of the Union of Islamic Courts says they are in a state of war with Ethiopia
Dec.21   Washington Marines charged in Haditha killings   4 Marines have been charged with murder in the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians, and 4 officers are accused of failing to investigate Dec.22   Sudan   Sudan agrees to U.N. peacekeeping plan  The government has accepted the package for Darfur, including the deployment of an operation of U.N. and AU troops Dec.22  Somalia  Ethiopian tanks heading to Somalia battle Dec.23   Afghanistan U.S.: Top bin Laden associate killed Dec.23  Washington  Gates returns to brief Bush on Iraq Dec.24   Somalia Ethiopian jets bomb Somalia areas   Ethiopian forces, committed to defending an interim government holed up in Baidoa, launched airstrikes on against Islamists Dec.24  Ethiopia  Ethiopia PM admits Somalia action Dec.24   Southern Iraq UK troops storm Iraqi police HQ
  More than 1,000 troops demolished the Jamiat police station to rescue 178 prisoners
Dec.26   Somalia Islamic forces retreat Dec.27  UN Security Council  Somalia peace hopes stalled Dec.27   Somalia Islamists withdraw from Mogadishu
  Somali Islamist leader Sheikh Sharif Ahmed said that all Islamist forces had withdrawn from the capital
 'We have withdrawn all the leaders and members,' the top Somali Islamic leader told al-Jazeera. Gunfire echoed through the streets of the capital. Ethiopia is capturing ground previously held by Islamist militias
Dec.28   Somalia Mogadishu falls to government troops Dec.31   Somalia Militia abandon last major stronghold   Islamist militiamen have fled the southern port city of Kismayo, their last major stronghold



World, December 2006 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
2006 Dec.1   Philippines   Typhoon kills 388
  Rains caused by Durian brought mud and rocks down hillsides, burying 2 villages in the foothills of the Mayon volcano.    The mudslides engulfed villages near the Mayon volcano south-east of the capital Manila. The death toll could easily...
Dec.1  London  Dead spy's contact 'has radiation' Dec.1  Global  World AIDS Day: calls for strategies Dec.1   London   Pair test positive for polonium  A contact and the wife of dead former spy Litvinenko have both tested positive for polonium-210 Dec.1  Philippines  Hopes fade after storm Dec.7  Somalia  Rains bring no relief to starving Somalis Dec.8  Sao Paulo  US pilots charged in Amazon jetliner crash Dec.8   Moscow Hospital fire killed 45 women  A fire at Hospital 17, a drug rehabilitation hospital, has killed mostly young addicts Dec.11  Germany  Car of ex-spy contact contaminated Dec.16  Pakistan  Wedding fire kills 22 Dec.18   Senegal Migrant boat capsized twice; 80 die  A fishing boat crowded with more than 100 African migrants was sailing to Canary Islands, drifting for about 10 days Dec.19  Vietnam  New bird flu outbreak Dec.21  England  Flu 'could wipe out 62 million' Dec.26   Nigeria Pipeline explosion kills at least 260
  A massive explosion and fire ignited as crowds carried away buckets of fuel from a tapped fuel pipeline
 Extreme heat has prevented rescuers from recovering bodie. The fire burned for 12 hours after the blast. Many of the bodies were burnt beyond recognition
Dec.26   Taiwan Powerful quake strikes off Taiwan Dec.27  Taiwan  Quake knocks Asia back to pre-Internet Dec.29   Arctic Ice shelf snaps, breaks free from Arctic Dec.29   Indonesia Ship 'sinks in storm'. 600 missing Map of Kalimantan Indonesia
  A ferry carrying around 850 passengers was travelling from Semarang in Central Java to the port of Kumai in Kalimantan
 Storms and high winds were hampering the rescue effort. The boat sunk about 40 km off Mandalika island. Only 66 people recovered




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2006 Dec.3  Moscow  Safin wins Davis Cup for Russia Dec.17  Western Australia  Aussies regain Ashes from England Dec.18  Italy  Cannavaro named FIFA's top player



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2006 Dec.2   Cuba   Castro misses birthday parade  Tanks rolled through the streets and jets roared overhead , but ailing leader Fidel Castro did not appear Dec.25   US Georgia Soul star James Brown dies at 73  The star, known as the 'Godfather of Soul', has died at the age of 73, He was famous for hits including I Got You (I Feel Good) Dec.26   Nigeria Pipeline explosion kills at least 260
  A massive explosion and fire ignited as crowds carried away buckets of fuel from a tapped fuel pipeline
 Extreme heat has prevented rescuers from recovering bodie. The fire burned for 12 hours after the blast. Many of the bodies were burnt beyond recognition
Dec.27  Taiwan  Quake knocks Asia back to pre-Internet Dec.28   Washington US body backs sale of cloned food




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2006 Dec.2  Baghdad  Dozens killed in bombings Dec.2   Saudi Arabia Saudis arrest 139 'sleeper cell' suspects
Dec.5  Moscow  Russia: No Litvinenko extraditions Dec.8   Paris Tests 'prove' Diana driver drunk   DNA tests on blood samples appear to prove Henri Paul was drunk on the night of her fatal accident Dec.8  Sao Paulo  US pilots charged in Amazon jetliner crash Dec.9   Southern Iraq Blast shakes Shiite holy city Dec.11   Gaza Gunmen kill school children
  Gunmen have shot dead the 3 sons of Baha Balousheh, an intelligence chief linked to the Palestinian party Fatah
Dec.11  Germany  Car of ex-spy contact contaminated Dec.11   Baghdad   Suicide truck bomb kills at least 54   Many of the killed were unemployed Iraqis lured toward the explosion by an offer of work Dec.12   Ethiopia Ex-dictator convicted of genocide Dec.12   Iran   Ahmadinejad: Israel will be 'wiped out'   Iran's hard-line president is drawing applause from participants in a conference casting doubt on the Holocaust Dec.12   England 5 prostitutes killed
  British police were racing against time to find the killer. The naked bodies have been found in and around Ipswich
Dec.12  Baghdad  Car bomb strikes eastern Baghdad Dec.13  England  Massive response in murders probe Dec.13   Baghdad Bombers strike workers for second day Dec.14   London   Diana: No murder, no pregnancy
  The official Scotland Yard inquiry: Claims that Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed were murdered were unfounded.    Lord Stevens, who headed the inquiry, told a news conference...
Dec.14   Baghdad Gunmen in uniforms kidnap 20-30 Dec.14  Mexico  Soldiers kill drug traffickers Dec.14  Gaza  Border chaos 'targeted PM' Dec.17  Baghdad  Kidnapping overshadows Blair visit Dec.18   England Man held over 5 prostitute deaths Dec.18  Gaza  Kidnapping mar Palestinian cease-fire Dec.19   Libya HIV medics condemned to death
  A court convicted 5 Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor of deliberately infecting 400 children with the virus.    The sentence is provoking shouts of approval from the children's relatives. Bulgaria reiterated its belief that the children were infected by unhygienic conditions in their hospital. ...
Dec.20  Baghdad  Suicide bomber kills 12 Dec.21   Washington Marines charged in Haditha killings   4 Marines have been charged with murder in the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians, and 4 officers are accused of failing to investigate Dec.23   Afghanistan U.S.: Top bin Laden associate killed Dec.24   Naples Dead spy's Italy contact arrested Dec.26  Baghdad  Death sentence for Saddam upheld Dec.27  Iraq  Hussein loyalists warn against hanging Dec.28  Baghdad  Sources: Hussein to hang this weekend Dec.29   Baghdad 'No delays' to Hussein execution Dec.29   New Delhi Police find child skeletons Dec.29   Baghdad   Saddam Hussein hanged
  The celebrations broke out after Hussein was dead. There was dancing around the body. The execution was videotaped
 He was convicted of killings in the town of Dujail 25 years ago. U.S. district judge refused a request to stay the execution. Hussein executed before Eid Al-Adha, a holiday. The law does not permit executions during religious holidays
Dec.30   Madrid   Madrid bomb shatters ETA cease-fire
Map of Madrid
  Spain has blamed a powerful bomb explosion at the country's busiest airport on Basque separatist group
 Spanish PM suspends ETA dialogue
Dec.31   Thailand Bangkok explosions leave two dead   A series of explosions in the Thai capital has killed 2 people and injured more than 20 people



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2006 Dec.1   Beirut   Huge rally demands PM quit
  200,000 people packed the streets, as Christian opposition leader called for Fouad Siniora to step down
 Demonstrators pitched tents outside the office of Siniora. Soldiers cordoned off the office complex with barbed wire
Dec.1   Mexico Fracas mars inauguration
  Felipe Calderon has been sworn in as presiden, after brawls in Congress between lawmakers, divided by the tight election
Dec.1  Beirut  Protesters set up camp Dec.2   Cuba   Castro misses birthday parade  Tanks rolled through the streets and jets roared overhead , but ailing leader Fidel Castro did not appear Dec.2  Beirut  Hezbollah tent city rises in mass protest Dec.3   Chile Pinochet has heart attack Dec.3  Venezuela  Venezuelans to vote on president Dec.3  Venezuela  Chavez sees election win Dec.3   Venezuela   Chavez wins by wide margin
  Hugo Chavez takes 61% of vote to challenger's 38% to win re-election to another 6-year term
 Turnout was 62%. Hundreds of Chavez supporters set off fireworks and cruised downtown Caracas in caravans, honking horns. The president told a crowd that the poll had been a triumph for his 'Bolivarian' revolution. Manuel Rosales has admitted defeat
Dec.3  UN  UN chief tells of Iraq war sorrow Dec.4   UN Controversial US envoy Bolton quits post   The US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton is to leave his post when his temporary appointment runs out Dec.4  Fiji  President 'dissolves parliament' Dec.4  Washington  Bush meets with Shiite leader Dec.5  Fiji  Deposed PM leaves capital Dec.6   Washington Iraq Study Group: Situation grave
  The report given to President Bush says the U.S. needs to change its strategy to tackle the deteriorating situation
 Report calls for a diplomatic offensive, end U.S. combat role by 2008. U.S. mission should evolve to role of supporting Iraqi Army. Bush, Congress must cooperate. Iraqi government needs to show progress or risk cuts in aid
Dec.6  Baghdad  Iraqi leaders play down U.S. study report Dec.7   Washington Bush and Blair held White House talks Dec.7  Somalia  Islamist warning for peacekeeper force Dec.7   Washington Bush says Iraq policy will change Dec.7   Baghdad Iraq plans international, regional summits Dec.8  Kurdistan  Kurds brand report 'unrealistic' Dec.8  House of Representatives  House backs India nuclear bill Dec.9  Washington  Bush sees US consensus over Iraq Dec.9  Palestine  Early election talk angers Hamas Dec.9  Florida  Shuttle lifts off in night launch Dec.10   Beirut Huge protest pressures government  Hundreds of thousands flooded central Beirut after a call by the Hezbollah-led opposition to topple the government Dec.10  Baghdad  Talabani rejects Baker-Hamilton report Dec.10   Chile   General Pinochet dead Map of Santiago Chile
  Chilean TV reports: The 91-year-old former military leader Augusto Pinochet has died at a Santiago military hospital
 Augusto Pinochet was in power from 1973-90 after overthrowing the government when 3,000 people were killed or disappeared. Supporters saw Pinochet as a Cold War hero for overthrowing President Allende. The dictatorship brought South America's most stable economy
Dec.10   Chile Clashes follow death of Pinochet Dec.12   Chile   Hecklers, admirers bid farewell to Pinochet   The tense funeral was held in the capital, Santiago, at the military college. Some 3,000 packed a courtyard Dec.12   Washington Bush delays fresh Iraq strategy Dec.13  London  UK supports Darfur no-fly zone Dec.14   London   Diana: No murder, no pregnancy
  The official Scotland Yard inquiry: Claims that Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed were murdered were unfounded.    Lord Stevens, who headed the inquiry, told a news conference...
Dec.14   Gaza   Israel blocks PM's return to Gaza  Israel ordered the closure of a border point with Egypt to prevent the return of Ismail Haniya of Hamas Dec.14   Belgium EU backs strict expansion rules  EU leaders have agreed that aspiring members must meet its tight entry criteria Dec.14  Botswana  Strict rules on bushmen's return Dec.15   West Bank Palestinian factions clash   More than a dozen people were injured when fighting broke out in the city of Ramallah Dec.15  Iran  Ahmadinejad popularity tested in vote Dec.15  Egypt  Egypt seeks to ease Gaza tensions Dec.16   West Bank   President Abbas calls for early elections
  Palestinian President called for presidential and legislative elections to end the stalemate between Fatah and the Hamas.    Abbas said that Palestinians would not be drawn into civil war, noting the recent violence, including an attack...
Dec.16   Baghdad PM reaches out to Baathists Dec.16  Washington  US welcomes Palestinian poll call Dec.17   Gaza Hamas rejects early elections amid clashes Dec.17  Baghdad  Kidnapping overshadows Blair visit Dec.17   Iran Reformist Rafsanjani regains influence
  Moderate former president has won election to powerful clerical body, the Assembly of Experts
Dec.17  USA  Episcopal Church splits over sexuality Dec.17   Tel Aviv   Tony on Middle East tour   UK PM is in Israel on the fourth day of a tour aimed at reviving a stalled peace process Dec.17   Cuba Castro not dying, US envoys told Dec.18  Gaza  Hamas to boycott early elections Dec.18  West Bank  Blair, Abbas urge new efforts for peace Dec.19   Libya HIV medics condemned to death
  A court convicted 5 Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor of deliberately infecting 400 children with the virus.    The sentence is provoking shouts of approval from the children's relatives. Bulgaria reiterated its belief that the children were infected by unhygienic conditions in their hospital. ...
Dec.20  Qatar  Al Qaeda's No. 2 rejects elections Dec.20  Washington  Hard Iraq choices loom, says Bush Dec.20   Turkmenistan President Niyazov dies aged 66 Map of Turkmenistan
  The authoritarian president Saparmurat Niyazov, who ruled the country for 21 years. He died of a sudden cardiac arrest.    Niyazov became Communist Party chief of a Soviet republic in 1985 and was elected first president of independent co...
Dec.22   Beijing   Six-party talks end, no agreement  Japan's PM has warned North Korea it faces increased international pressure after talks ended without a breakthrough Dec.22  UN  Britain, France push for vote on Iran Dec.22   Sudan   Sudan agrees to U.N. peacekeeping plan  The government has accepted the package for Darfur, including the deployment of an operation of U.N. and AU troops Dec.23  Washington  Gates returns to brief Bush on Iraq Dec.23   UN Security Council Security Council approves Iran sanctions
  The Council voted unanimously to impose sanctions for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment
 The resolution orders countries to stop supplying Iran with materials and technology contributed to nuclear and missile programs. It freezes Iranian assets of related to those programs. The resolution increases pressure on the Iran government to prove that it is not trying to make nuclear weapons. Iran rejected the resolution. The US urges even tougher action against Iran
Dec.23   Jerusalem Olmert frees $100 million to Palestinians
Dec.23  Turkmenistan  Turkmenistan mourns late leader Dec.24   Iran Ahmadinejad: U.N. will regret sanctions Dec.24  Ethiopia  Ethiopia PM admits Somalia action Dec.24  Vatican  Pope appeals for world's children Dec.25   Vatican Pope: Worship God not technology Dec.25  Basra  UK raid angers Basra politicians Dec.25  Bali  Drills mark tsunami anniversary Dec.26   Cuba Castro's ailment 'is not cancer' Dec.26   Southern California Gerald Ford dies
  Born in 1913 he was the 38th (19741977) President and the first appointed to the VP under the 25th Amendment
 Former US President has died aged 93, former First Lady Betty Ford has said. Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. became the first (and to date, only) president in U.S. history to fill that office without having been elected either President or Vice-President. Ford had become the longest-living US president
Dec.27  Texas  Bush pays tribute to Gerald Ford Dec.27  Kazakhstan  Space telescope to hunt planets Dec.27  UN Security Council  Somalia peace hopes stalled Dec.27  Iraq  Hussein loyalists warn against hanging Dec.27   Mecca Muslims begin the Hajj pilgrimage Dec.28  Somalia  Government seeks control Dec.28  Somalia  Somalia OKs humanitarian flights Dec.29  Somalia  Mogadishu crowds greet Somali PM Dec.30  Baghdad  PM: Saddam death 'ends dark chapter' Dec.30   Iraq   Saddam is buried in home village  Former Iraqi President, hanged for crimes against humanity, has been buried in the village where he was born Dec.31  Baghdad  Officials: Saddam not hanged for revenge Dec.31  Thailand  PM blames rivals for blasts