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B. 12-01 Clinton named secretary of state Chicago
C. 12-01 Top Thai court bans ruling party Thailand
D. 12-02 Cholera deaths near 500 Zimbabwe
E. 12-03 Nations sign cluster bomb treaty Norway
F. 12-04 Canada halts parliament amid row Canada
G. 12-04 Cruise ship strikes ice, stranded on coast Antarctica
12-06 Police shooting sparks riot Athens
8. 12-09 Illinois governor seized in probe Chicago
9. 12-09 Protesters: 9,000 disappeared in 2 years Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

Summary.     Click for More >   Illinois governor seized in probe  Rod Blagojevich has been arrested by federal agents and charged with conspiring to get benefits through his authority to appoint a senator Protesters: 9,000 disappeared in 2 years   Top investors 'hit by $50bn con'  Some of the world's wealthiest private and corporate investors are reported to be victims of an alleged fraud by Wall Street broker Bernard ...   Iraqi journalist throws shoes at Bush
Clinton named secretary of state Top Thai court bans ruling party  Constitutional court has dissolved the People Power Party and 2 of its coalition partners for fraud during the last election   Cholera deaths near 500  More than 11,700 cases of cholera have been recorded since August Nations sign cluster bomb treaty Canada halts parliament amid row Cruise ship strikes ice, stranded on coast Police shooting sparks riot Map of Athens
Dec.1   Chicago
 USA  U.S. warned India of maritime attack
  Thailand
 China  Melamine death toll rises
Dec.2   Zimbabwe
 Thailand  Protesters to end siege as PM ousted
 NATO  NATO 'to resume ties with Russia'
 Thailand  Demonstrators leave airports
Dec.3   Norway
 Thailand  Thai flights resume after week of protests
 Pakistan  Rice urges tough Pakistan action
Dec.4  West Bank  Hebron settlers evicted by force
  Canada
  Antarctica
Dec.5  Moscow  Russia Orthodox Church's leader dies
 Peshawar  Peshawar hit by deadly blast
 Washington  5 Blackwater guards charged in deaths
Dec.6  Pakistan  Pakistan 'feared Indian attack'
  Athens
  Riots have broken out in several cities after police shot dead a teenager in Athens. Youths threw petrol bombs, burned cars.    The riots started, when 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos died from a gunshot wound inflicted by Epaminondas Korkoneas, a special guard of the police, following an alt...
Dec.7  Kashmir  Pakistan 'raids militant camp'
Dec.8  Guantanamo  Top 9/11 suspects to plead guilty
 Greece  Greek cities hit by fresh rioting
Dec.9   Chicago
 Athens  Protests as Athens funeral held
  Rio de Janeiro
Dec.10  Athens  Strike adds to unrest
Dec.11  Pakistan  Pakistan moves on Mumbai accused
 Belgium  Belgium detains al-Qaeda suspects
 USA  Bank of America cuts 30,000 jobs
 U.S. Senate  US car bail-out fails in Senate
 Northern Iraq  Restaurant bomber kills 55
Dec.12  Belgium  EU leaders reach new climate deal
Dec.13   New York
 Somalia  Indian navy 'captures 23 pirates'
 New Delhi  Brown in India for terror talks
Dec.14   Baghdad
  Bush made a farewell visit, where he met with Iraqi leaders, talked to the media and joked after a man threw shoes at him.    Muntadhar al-Zaidi, an Iraqi journalist, was wrestled to the floor by security guards after dur...
 Thailand  Thai parliament picks new PM Dec.15  London  Banks face huge losses from $50B 'scam'  Sadr City  Iraq rally for Bush shoe attacker Dec.16  Israel  Tourist bus crash kills 24  Algeria  Call for record Opec output cut Dec.17  Baghdad  UK troops to leave Iraq 'by July' Dec.18   Tanzania Trio found guilty of Rwandan genocide  Zimbabwe  Cholera deaths pass 1,000   Gaza Hamas declares Israel truce over Dec.19  Washington  Bush unveils $17.4bn car bail-out   Washington US to send 3,000 more troops to Afgh-an  Defense Secretary Robert Gates has signed a deployment order to move an additional 3,000 troops next year as a part of a combat aviation bri... Dec.20  Somalia  Iranian warships sent to Somali waters Dec.21  Mumbai  Terror-devastated hotels reopen  Zimbabwe  U.S. no longer supports Zimbabwe deal  Beijing  China to provide $19B to Taiwan firms Dec.22  Moscow  Lawmakers back six-year presidency  Bolivia  Official: Plot to kill president foiled Dec.23   Guinea Coup as president dies  Baghdad  Iraqi MPs back foreign troop deal  Guinea  Coup leaders name council Dec.24  Gaza  Hamas launch more rockets into Israel  Vatican  Pope calls for Mideast peace at Mass  Chiapas  Eight bodies found in garbage bags Dec.25  Somalia  German navy foils Somali pirates  Japan  Japan's industrial output plunges Dec.26  Pakistan  Pakistan moves troops to India border  Pakistan  Pakistan mourners honour Bhutto Dec.27  Beijing  China dairies to compensate victims   Gaza   Airstrikes pounded targets in Gaza
  At least 225 killed in Israeli attacks. An Israeli army spokeswoman said her country is ready to continue the attacks 'as long as it takes'
 Israel was responding to an escalation in rocket attacks from Gaza. Missiles struck security compounds and militant bases. About 700 others were wounded. Gaza officials: Most of those killed were policemen in the Hamas militant movement, but women and children also died
Dec.28  Gaza  Israeli jets target Gaza tunnels  India  300 migrants missing off Andamans  Gaza  Israeli airstrikes in Gaza enter third day Dec.29  Jerusalem  Barak: Israel in 'all-out war' with Hamas  Somalia  President quits amid power struggle  Bangladesh  Awami League wins election  Gaza  Gaza death toll exceeds 375 Dec.30  Gaza  Growing calls for Gaza ceasefire  Gaza  Israel considers truce amid airstrikes Dec.31  Jerusalem  Israel rejects Gaza truce calls   Thailand Dozens killed in nightclub fire  UN Security Council  UN holds Gaza crisis discussion


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Arab Countries
Hebron settlers evicted by force
Iraqi journalist throws shoes at Bush
Iraq rally for Bush shoe attacker
Iraqi MPs back foreign troop deal
President quits amid power struggle
Indian navy 'captures 23 pirates'
UK troops to leave Iraq 'by July'
Hamas declares Israel truce over
Iranian warships sent to Somali waters
Hamas launch more rockets into Israel
Airstrikes pounded targets in Gaza
Israeli jets target Gaza tunnels
Growing calls for Gaza ceasefire
Restaurant bomber kills 55
Indian navy 'captures 23 pirates'
Hamas declares Israel truce over
Hamas launch more rockets into Israel
German navy foils Somali pirates
Call for record Opec output cut
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Israel
Hebron settlers evicted by force
Israel rejects Gaza truce calls
Hamas declares Israel truce over
Hamas launch more rockets into Israel
Airstrikes pounded targets in Gaza
Israeli jets target Gaza tunnels
Israeli airstrikes in Gaza enter third day
Barak: Israel in 'all-out war' with Hamas
Growing calls for Gaza ceasefire
Hamas declares Israel truce over
Hamas launch more rockets into Israel
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Tourist bus crash kills 24
USA
Clinton named secretary of state
U.S. warned India of maritime attack
US car bail-out fails in Senate
US to send 3,000 more troops to Afgh-an
U.S. warned India of maritime attack
5 Blackwater guards charged in deaths
Illinois governor seized in probe
Top investors 'hit by $50bn con'
Bank of America cuts 30,000 jobs
US car bail-out fails in Senate
Top investors 'hit by $50bn con'
Bush unveils $17.4bn car bail-out
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Palestine
Hebron settlers evicted by force
Hamas declares Israel truce over
Hamas launch more rockets into Israel
Airstrikes pounded targets in Gaza
Israeli jets target Gaza tunnels
Growing calls for Gaza ceasefire
Hamas declares Israel truce over
Hamas launch more rockets into Israel
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European Union
Protests as Athens funeral held
Strike adds to unrest
EU leaders reach new climate deal
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Police shooting sparks riot
Greek cities hit by fresh rioting
Belgium detains al-Qaeda suspects
Strike adds to unrest
Banks face huge losses from $50B 'scam'
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Thailand
Top Thai court bans ruling party
Protesters to end siege as PM ousted
Demonstrators leave airports
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Airport blast kills activist
Thai flights resume after week of protests
Dozens killed in nightclub fire
India
Mumbai police chief: I got no warning
US urges Pakistan help on Mumbai
Brown in India for terror talks
Pakistan 'raids militant camp'
Mumbai police chief: I got no warning
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300 migrants missing off Andamans
Pakistan
Rice urges tough Pakistan action
Pakistan 'feared Indian attack'
Pakistan mourners honour Bhutto
Pakistan moves troops to India border
Peshawar hit by deadly blast
Pakistan moves on Mumbai accused
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East Africa
President quits amid power struggle
Indian navy 'captures 23 pirates'
Trio found guilty of Rwandan genocide
Iranian warships sent to Somali waters
Indian navy 'captures 23 pirates'
Trio found guilty of Rwandan genocide
German navy foils Somali pirates
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Iraq
Iraqi journalist throws shoes at Bush
Iraq rally for Bush shoe attacker
Iraqi MPs back foreign troop deal
UK troops to leave Iraq 'by July'
Restaurant bomber kills 55
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Dec.1   Chicago  
  US President-elect Barack Obama has nominated his former rival Hillary Clinton as his secretary of state.    Defence Secretary, Robert Gates will remain in his job. Retired General James Jones was nominated as National Security Adviser; Eric ...
  USA     U.S. warned India of maritime attack  The United States warned the Indian government about a potential maritime attack against Mumbai at least a month before the massacre  Thailand  Airport blast kills activist   Thailand   Top Thai court bans ruling party
  Constitutional court has dissolved the People Power Party and 2 of its coalition partners for fraud during the last election
 The parties' leaders, including Prime Minister Wongsawat, were banned from politics for 5 years; most of its MPs can keep their seats under another party, and should be able to form another government
  China Melamine death toll rises

December 2 ... more > Top ^

Dec.2   Zimbabwe     Cholera deaths near 500
  More than 11,700 cases of cholera have been recorded since August
 Cholera spread has been aided by the collapse of Zimbabwe's health and sanitation systems amid a economic and political crisis
  Thailand Protesters to end siege as PM ousted  Portugal  Ronaldo European Footballer of Year   NATO NATO 'to resume ties with Russia'  Mumbai  Mumbai police chief: I got no warning   Thailand Demonstrators leave airports

December 3 ... more > Top ^

Dec.3   Norway   Nations sign cluster bomb treaty
  The first of more than 100 countries (excluding US, Russia and China) have begun signing a treaty to ban current designs of cluster
  Thailand   Thai flights resume after week of protests  International flights to and from Bangkok are gradually resuming after week-long anti-government demonstrations at airports  New Delhi  US urges Pakistan help on Mumbai  Canada  PM vows to stop opposition   Pakistan Rice urges tough Pakistan action  USA  Auto union makes key concessions

December 4 ... more > Top ^

Dec.4   West Bank Hebron settlers evicted by force
 Kenya  Kenya PM calls for Mugabe removal  Zimbabwe  Cholera national emergency declared   Canada   Canada halts parliament amid row
  Prime Minister Harper has won a bid to suspend parliament, blocking an opposition attempt to topple his minority government
  Antarctica   Cruise ship strikes ice, stranded on coast
  The Ushuaia, carrying 89 passengers and 33 crew members, was stranded on the coast of Antarctica after striking ice
 Thailand  Bangkok airport resumes operation  Japan  Global crisis ends Honda F1 dream

December 5 ... more > Top ^

Dec.5   Moscow Russia Orthodox Church's leader dies   Peshawar Peshawar hit by deadly blast  New Delhi  Top law official admits Mumbai 'lapses'  Washington  US job losses reach 34-year high   Washington     5 Blackwater guards charged in deaths  5 security guards have been indicted on charges related to a 2007 shooting in which 17 Iraqis were killed in a Baghdad square  India  Two arrests over Mumbai attacks  London  PM urges Zimbabwe cholera action

December 6 ... more > Top ^

Dec.6   Pakistan Pakistan 'feared Indian attack'
 Netherlands  Amsterdam to cut brothels by half   Athens   Police shooting sparks riot Map of Athens
  Riots have broken out in several cities after police shot dead a teenager in Athens. Youths threw petrol bombs, burned cars
 The riots started, when 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos died from a gunshot wound inflicted by Epaminondas Korkoneas, a special guard of the police, following an altercation between police and a group of youths in the Exarcheia district of Athens. Demonstrations and rioting later spread to several other cities, including Thessaloniki
 Zimbabwe  Zimbabwe 'set for cholera jump'

December 7 ... more > Top ^

Dec.7  Athens  Fresh riots erupt in Greek cities   Kashmir Pakistan 'raids militant camp'
 Somalia  EU to begin Somali pirate patrols

December 8 ... more > Top ^

Dec.8   Guantanamo   Top 9/11 suspects to plead guilty  9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and 4 co-defendants have told a military judge at Guantanamo Bay they want to confess and plead guilt...   Greece Greek cities hit by fresh rioting
 Washington  White House cool on car bail-out

December 9 ... more > Top ^

Dec.9   Chicago     Illinois governor seized in probe
  Rod Blagojevich has been arrested by federal agents and charged with conspiring to get benefits through his authority to appoint a senator
  Athens   Protests as Athens funeral held   Clashes broke out in the capital as the funeral was held of a 15-year-old whose fatal shooting by police sparked days of rioting across the ...  Pakistan  Pakistan snubs India over arrests   Rio de Janeiro   Protesters: 9,000 disappeared in 2 years
Map of Copacabana Brazil
  Protesters took to the beaches of Copacabana to draw attention to the 9,000 people they say have disappeared in the city since January 2007
 Greece  Greece braces for general strike

December 10 ... more > Top ^

Dec.10   Athens Strike adds to unrest
 House of Representatives  US House backs car industry plan

December 11 ... more > Top ^

Dec.11   Pakistan     Pakistan moves on Mumbai accused  Pakistan has put Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, an Islamic leader linked to the Mumbai attacks, under house arrest   Belgium Belgium detains al-Qaeda suspects
 Washington  U.S. to send more troops to Afghanistan  South Africa  South Africa faces cholera emergency   USA Bank of America cuts 30,000 jobs   U.S. Senate US car bail-out fails in Senate   Northern Iraq Restaurant bomber kills 55

December 12 ... more > Top ^

Dec.12   Belgium EU leaders reach new climate deal
 Athens  Athens rocked by 7th day of clashes  Washington  White House considers auto rescue

December 13 ... more > Top ^

Dec.13   New York     Top investors 'hit by $50bn con'
  Some of the world's wealthiest private and corporate investors are reported to be victims of an alleged fraud by Wall Street broker Bernard Madoff
 Madoff ran a fund that paid annual interest of about 10% but prosecutors say it was, in effect, similar to a pyramid scheme. Victims of the scheme include some of the world's biggest banks, as well as hundreds of private investors
  Somalia Indian navy 'captures 23 pirates'
 Ecuador  Ecuador won't pay foreign debt interest  Washington  U.S. military won't pursue pirates ashore  Iraq  Gates: 'Endgame' for US mission in Iraq  Zimbabwe  Mugabe takes step toward power-sharing   New Delhi Brown in India for terror talks  Athens  Violent protests resume  New England  Ice storm cripples north-east US

December 14 ... more > Top ^

Dec.14   Baghdad     Iraqi journalist throws shoes at Bush
  Bush made a farewell visit, where he met with Iraqi leaders, talked to the media and joked after a man threw shoes at him
 Muntadhar al-Zaidi, an Iraqi journalist, was wrestled to the floor by security guards after during a news conference he called Bush 'a dog' and threw his footwear, just missing the president
  Thailand Thai parliament picks new PM

December 15 ... more > Top ^

Dec.15   London Banks face huge losses from $50B 'scam'
  Sadr City Iraq rally for Bush shoe attacker  Washington  U.S.: India prepared for strike on Pakistan  Washington  Obama picks Nobel man for Energy  Baghdad  Shoe thrower wanted to humiliate Bush  UN  UN chief deplores Mugabe position

December 16 ... more > Top ^

Dec.16   Israel   Tourist bus crash kills 24   A bus carrying Russian tourists from St. Petersburg came off a desert road and rolled down a steep slope near the Red Sea resort of Eilat  Sicily  Sicilian mafia 'decapitated' by raid  Washington  Madoff grilling for US watchdog  Canada  Passengers saved from dangling gondolas   Algeria Call for record Opec output cut


December 17 ... more > Top ^

Dec.17   Baghdad UK troops to leave Iraq 'by July'
 Bangladesh  Bangladesh lifts state of emergency  New York  Madoff under curfew on $10m bail  Baghdad  Iraqi lawmakers argue over shoe-thrower

December 18 ... more > Top ^

Dec.18  Nigeria  Poisoned medicine kills dozens of children   Tanzania   Trio found guilty of Rwandan genocide
  The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on convicted Theoneste Bagosora, 67, the 'mastermind', and sentenced him to life in prison.    Major Aloys Ntabakuze and Lieutenant Colonel Anatole Nsengiyumva were also sentenced to life in prison. It is the firs...
  Zimbabwe     Cholera deaths pass 1,000  The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said 1,111 people have died in the in Zimbabwe outbreak  Japan  Japan forecasts no growth in 2009  Washington  Guantanamo closure plan ordered   Gaza     Hamas declares Israel truce over
  The Islamist militant group says it has ended its six-month ceasefire with Israel in the Gaza Strip. It expired at 0400 GMT on Friday
 Afghanistan  Report: Afghan police need to refocus

December 19 ... more > Top ^

Dec.19   Washington Bush unveils $17.4bn car bail-out  Zimbabwe  Tsvangirai threatens to halt unity talks  Washington  Obama urges carmakers to 'reform'  Illinois  Accused governor to fight charges   Washington   US to send 3,000 more troops to Afgh-an
  Defense Secretary Robert Gates has signed a deployment order to move an additional 3,000 troops next year as a part of a combat aviation brigade


December 20 ... more > Top ^

Dec.20   Somalia Iranian warships sent to Somali waters  Mumbai  Deaths from Mumbai 'police error'  Global  IMF urges spending to spur growth

December 21 ... more > Top ^

Dec.21   Mumbai     Terror-devastated hotels reopen  The first guests checked back into the Taj Mahal Palace and the Oberoi-Trident hotels, marking the reopening of the venues damaged by attack...  Scotland  Lockerbie marks anniversary of bombing  Japan  Rooney wins Club World Cup for Man Utd   Zimbabwe U.S. no longer supports Zimbabwe deal
  Beijing China to provide $19B to Taiwan firms  Mexico  Nine headless bodies found  Japan  Japan sees record drop in exports

December 22 ... more > Top ^

Dec.22   Moscow Lawmakers back six-year presidency
 Baghdad  Iraq shoe-thrower set for trial  Japan  Toyota braced for historic loss   Bolivia Official: Plot to kill president foiled  UN Security Council  New mandate for DR Congo UN force

December 23 ... more > Top ^

Dec.23   Guinea   Coup as president dies
Map of Guinea
  An army captain announced what appeared to be a military coup, but the prime minister later said the government was functioning
  Baghdad Iraqi MPs back foreign troop deal  Vatican  Gay groups angry at Pope remarks   Guinea Coup leaders name council  Saudi Arabia  Judge refuses to annul marriage of girl, 8  Kashmir  Srinagar tense ahead of state polls

December 24 ... more > Top ^

Dec.24   Gaza Hamas launch more rockets into Israel
 Guinea  Coup leaders order curfew   Vatican Pope calls for Mideast peace at Mass   Chiapas Eight bodies found in garbage bags  Guinea  Coup leaders tighten grip

December 25 ... more > Top ^

Dec.25  Los Angeles  'Santa' gunman in fatal attack  Cairo  Israel, Egypt discuss Hamas clashes  London  Playwright Harold Pinter dies  Guinea  Coup leader offers safety guarantee   Somalia German navy foils Somali pirates
 Connecticut  Singer Eartha Kitt dies at 81   Japan Japan's industrial output plunges

December 26 ... more > Top ^

Dec.26   Pakistan     Pakistan moves troops to India border  Pakistani troops have been moved from western border with Afghanistan to the Indian border amid fears of an Indian ground incursion  Guinea  Coup-hit Guinea burying ex-leader  Ukraine  27 dead after apartment blast  Washington  US warning on South Asia tension   Pakistan Pakistan mourners honour Bhutto


December 27 ... more > Top ^

Dec.27   Beijing China dairies to compensate victims
  Gaza     Airstrikes pounded targets in Gaza
  At least 225 killed in Israeli attacks. An Israeli army spokeswoman said her country is ready to continue the attacks 'as long as it takes'
 Israel was responding to an escalation in rocket attacks from Gaza. Missiles struck security compounds and militant bases. About 700 others were wounded. Gaza officials: Most of those killed were policemen in the Hamas militant movement, but women and children also died
 Gaza  Israel set for prolonged Gaza op  Gaza  Israel renews air strikes on Gaza  Zimbabwe  Children 'wasting away' - aid group

December 28 ... more > Top ^

Dec.28   Gaza     Israeli jets target Gaza tunnels   Israel has bombed supply tunnels in the southern Strip in a 2nd day of intense air raids aimed at forcing Hamas militants to halt rocket fir...   India 300 migrants missing off Andamans
 Global  Calls grow around world for calm in Gaza  West Pakistan  Many dead in bomb blast  Gaza  Israel bombs university in Gaza   Gaza Israeli airstrikes in Gaza enter third day

December 29 ... more > Top ^

Dec.29   Jerusalem     Barak: Israel in 'all-out war' with Hamas   The nation's defense minister: Israel is in 'all-out war' with Hamas. 'We have stretched our hand in peace many times to the Palestinian'   Somalia   President quits amid power struggle  Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed announced his resignation amid a power struggle with the African nation's prime minister and parliament   Bangladesh     Awami League wins election  Unofficial results from elections suggest former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League is heading for a substantial win  Gaza  Israel pounds Gaza for fourth day   Gaza Gaza death toll exceeds 375
 Thailand  PM delivers key speech amid protests  Western Canada  7 bodies found after avalanches

December 30 ... more > Top ^

Dec.30  Jerusalem  Gaza air campaign 'a first stage'   Gaza     Growing calls for Gaza ceasefire  Foreign powers stepped up calls for Israel and the Hamas to end hostilities, after four days of violence   Gaza Israel considers truce amid airstrikes


December 31 ... more > Top ^

Dec.31   Jerusalem Israel rejects Gaza truce calls
 China  Milk scandal executives on trial  Moscow  Hamas ready for peace, Russians say   Thailand   Dozens killed in nightclub fire
  At least 59 people were killed in a fire that broke out at one of most upscale nightclubs, where about 1,000 revelers were ringing in the new year
  UN Security Council UN holds Gaza crisis discussion


NATO 'to resume ties with Russia' Nations sign cluster bomb treaty




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2008
Dec.2   NATO
Dec.3   Norway
  The first of more than 100 countries (excluding US, Russia and China) have begun signing a treaty to ban current designs of cluster
Dec.6   Pakistan Pakistan 'feared Indian attack'
Dec.7   Kashmir Pakistan 'raids militant camp' Dec.7  Somalia  EU to begin Somali pirate patrols Dec.11  Washington  U.S. to send more troops to Afghanistan Dec.13   Somalia Indian navy 'captures 23 pirates' Dec.13  Washington  U.S. military won't pursue pirates ashore Dec.13  Iraq  Gates: 'Endgame' for US mission in Iraq Dec.15  Washington  U.S.: India prepared for strike on Pakistan Dec.17   Baghdad UK troops to leave Iraq 'by July' Dec.18   Tanzania Trio found guilty of Rwandan genocide
  The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on convicted Theoneste Bagosora, 67, the 'mastermind', and sentenced him to life in prison.    Major Aloys Ntabakuze and Lieutenant Colonel Anatole Nsengiyumva were also sentenced to life in prison. It is the firs...
Dec.18   Gaza   Hamas declares Israel truce over
  The Islamist militant group says it has ended its six-month ceasefire with Israel in the Gaza Strip. It expired at 0400 GMT on Friday
Dec.19   Washington US to send 3,000 more troops to Afgh-an
  Defense Secretary Robert Gates has signed a deployment order to move an additional 3,000 troops next year as a part of a combat aviation brigade
Dec.20   Somalia Iranian warships sent to Somali waters Dec.21  Mexico  Nine headless bodies found Dec.22  UN Security Council  New mandate for DR Congo UN force Dec.23   Guinea Coup as president dies Map of Guinea
  An army captain announced what appeared to be a military coup, but the prime minister later said the government was functioning
Dec.23   Guinea Coup leaders name council Dec.24   Gaza Hamas launch more rockets into Israel Dec.24  Guinea  Coup leaders tighten grip Dec.25   Somalia German navy foils Somali pirates Dec.26   Pakistan   Pakistan moves troops to India border  Pakistani troops have been moved from western border with Afghanistan to the Indian border amid fears of an Indian ground incursion Dec.27   Gaza   Airstrikes pounded targets in Gaza
  At least 225 killed in Israeli attacks. An Israeli army spokeswoman said her country is ready to continue the attacks 'as long as it takes'
 Israel was responding to an escalation in rocket attacks from Gaza. Missiles struck security compounds and militant bases. About 700 others were wounded. Gaza officials: Most of those killed were policemen in the Hamas militant movement, but women and children also died
Dec.27  Gaza  Israel set for prolonged Gaza op Dec.27  Gaza  Israel renews air strikes on Gaza Dec.28   Gaza   Israeli jets target Gaza tunnels   Israel has bombed supply tunnels in the southern Strip in a 2nd day of intense air raids aimed at forcing Hamas militants to halt rocket fir... Dec.28  Global  Calls grow around world for calm in Gaza Dec.28  Gaza  Israel bombs university in Gaza Dec.28   Gaza Israeli airstrikes in Gaza enter third day
Dec.29   Jerusalem   Barak: Israel in 'all-out war' with Hamas   The nation's defense minister: Israel is in 'all-out war' with Hamas. 'We have stretched our hand in peace many times to the Palestinian' Dec.29  Gaza  Israel pounds Gaza for fourth day Dec.29   Gaza Gaza death toll exceeds 375 Dec.30  Jerusalem  Gaza air campaign 'a first stage' Dec.30   Gaza   Growing calls for Gaza ceasefire  Foreign powers stepped up calls for Israel and the Hamas to end hostilities, after four days of violence Dec.30   Gaza Israel considers truce amid airstrikes Dec.31   Jerusalem Israel rejects Gaza truce calls Dec.31  Moscow  Hamas ready for peace, Russians say Dec.31   UN Security Council UN holds Gaza crisis discussion



World, December 2008 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
2008 Dec.1   China Melamine death toll rises
Dec.2   Zimbabwe   Cholera deaths near 500
  More than 11,700 cases of cholera have been recorded since August
 Cholera spread has been aided by the collapse of Zimbabwe's health and sanitation systems amid a economic and political crisis
Dec.4  Zimbabwe  Cholera national emergency declared Dec.4   Antarctica Cruise ship strikes ice, stranded on coast
  The Ushuaia, carrying 89 passengers and 33 crew members, was stranded on the coast of Antarctica after striking ice
Dec.5  London  PM urges Zimbabwe cholera action Dec.6  Zimbabwe  Zimbabwe 'set for cholera jump' Dec.11  South Africa  South Africa faces cholera emergency Dec.13  New England  Ice storm cripples north-east US Dec.16   Israel Tourist bus crash kills 24   A bus carrying Russian tourists from St. Petersburg came off a desert road and rolled down a steep slope near the Red Sea resort of Eilat Dec.16  Canada  Passengers saved from dangling gondolas Dec.18  Nigeria  Poisoned medicine kills dozens of children Dec.18   Zimbabwe   Cholera deaths pass 1,000  The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said 1,111 people have died in the in Zimbabwe outbreak Dec.26  Ukraine  27 dead after apartment blast Dec.27   Beijing China dairies to compensate victims Dec.27  Zimbabwe  Children 'wasting away' - aid group Dec.28   India 300 migrants missing off Andamans Dec.29  Western Canada  7 bodies found after avalanches Dec.31   Thailand Dozens killed in nightclub fire
  At least 59 people were killed in a fire that broke out at one of most upscale nightclubs, where about 1,000 revelers were ringing in the new year




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2008 Dec.3   Thailand Thai flights resume after week of protests  International flights to and from Bangkok are gradually resuming after week-long anti-government demonstrations at airports Dec.3  USA  Auto union makes key concessions Dec.4  Thailand  Bangkok airport resumes operation Dec.4  Japan  Global crisis ends Honda F1 dream Dec.5  Washington  US job losses reach 34-year high Dec.6  Netherlands  Amsterdam to cut brothels by half Dec.8  Washington  White House cool on car bail-out Dec.9  Greece  Greece braces for general strike Dec.10   Athens Strike adds to unrest Dec.10  House of Representatives  US House backs car industry plan Dec.11   USA Bank of America cuts 30,000 jobs Dec.11   U.S. Senate US car bail-out fails in Senate Dec.12  Washington  White House considers auto rescue Dec.13   New York   Top investors 'hit by $50bn con'
  Some of the world's wealthiest private and corporate investors are reported to be victims of an alleged fraud by Wall Street broker Bernard Madoff
 Madoff ran a fund that paid annual interest of about 10% but prosecutors say it was, in effect, similar to a pyramid scheme. Victims of the scheme include some of the world's biggest banks, as well as hundreds of private investors
Dec.13  Ecuador  Ecuador won't pay foreign debt interest Dec.15   London Banks face huge losses from $50B 'scam' Dec.15  Washington  Obama picks Nobel man for Energy Dec.16   Israel Tourist bus crash kills 24   A bus carrying Russian tourists from St. Petersburg came off a desert road and rolled down a steep slope near the Red Sea resort of Eilat Dec.16  Washington  Madoff grilling for US watchdog Dec.16   Algeria Call for record Opec output cut Dec.17  New York  Madoff under curfew on $10m bail Dec.18  Japan  Japan forecasts no growth in 2009 Dec.19   Washington Bush unveils $17.4bn car bail-out Dec.19  Washington  Obama urges carmakers to 'reform' Dec.20  Global  IMF urges spending to spur growth Dec.21   Mumbai   Terror-devastated hotels reopen  The first guests checked back into the Taj Mahal Palace and the Oberoi-Trident hotels, marking the reopening of the venues damaged by attack... Dec.21   Beijing China to provide $19B to Taiwan firms Dec.21  Japan  Japan sees record drop in exports Dec.22  Japan  Toyota braced for historic loss Dec.25  London  Playwright Harold Pinter dies Dec.25  Connecticut  Singer Eartha Kitt dies at 81 Dec.25   Japan Japan's industrial output plunges Dec.27   Beijing China dairies to compensate victims Dec.31  China  Milk scandal executives on trial



World, December 2008 Sports Timeline ... See World Sports timeline Top ^
2008 Dec.2  Portugal  Ronaldo European Footballer of Year Dec.4  Japan  Global crisis ends Honda F1 dream Dec.21  Japan  Rooney wins Club World Cup for Man Utd



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2008 Dec.1   USA   U.S. warned India of maritime attack  The United States warned the Indian government about a potential maritime attack against Mumbai at least a month before the massacre Dec.1  Thailand  Airport blast kills activist Dec.2  Mumbai  Mumbai police chief: I got no warning Dec.5   Peshawar Peshawar hit by deadly blast
Dec.5   Washington   5 Blackwater guards charged in deaths  5 security guards have been indicted on charges related to a 2007 shooting in which 17 Iraqis were killed in a Baghdad square Dec.5  India  Two arrests over Mumbai attacks Dec.6   Athens Police shooting sparks riot Map of Athens
  Riots have broken out in several cities after police shot dead a teenager in Athens. Youths threw petrol bombs, burned cars
 The riots started, when 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos died from a gunshot wound inflicted by Epaminondas Korkoneas, a special guard of the police, following an altercation between police and a group of youths in the Exarcheia district of Athens. Demonstrations and rioting later spread to several other cities, including Thessaloniki
Dec.7  Athens  Fresh riots erupt in Greek cities Dec.7  Somalia  EU to begin Somali pirate patrols Dec.8   Guantanamo Top 9/11 suspects to plead guilty  9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and 4 co-defendants have told a military judge at Guantanamo Bay they want to confess and plead guilt... Dec.8   Greece Greek cities hit by fresh rioting Dec.9   Chicago   Illinois governor seized in probe
  Rod Blagojevich has been arrested by federal agents and charged with conspiring to get benefits through his authority to appoint a senator
Dec.9  Pakistan  Pakistan snubs India over arrests Dec.9   Rio de Janeiro Protesters: 9,000 disappeared in 2 years
Map of Copacabana Brazil
  Protesters took to the beaches of Copacabana to draw attention to the 9,000 people they say have disappeared in the city since January 2007
Dec.11   Pakistan   Pakistan moves on Mumbai accused  Pakistan has put Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, an Islamic leader linked to the Mumbai attacks, under house arrest Dec.11   Belgium Belgium detains al-Qaeda suspects Dec.11   Northern Iraq Restaurant bomber kills 55 Dec.12  Athens  Athens rocked by 7th day of clashes Dec.13   New York   Top investors 'hit by $50bn con'
  Some of the world's wealthiest private and corporate investors are reported to be victims of an alleged fraud by Wall Street broker Bernard Madoff
 Madoff ran a fund that paid annual interest of about 10% but prosecutors say it was, in effect, similar to a pyramid scheme. Victims of the scheme include some of the world's biggest banks, as well as hundreds of private investors
Dec.13   Somalia Indian navy 'captures 23 pirates'
Dec.13  Washington  U.S. military won't pursue pirates ashore Dec.13   New Delhi Brown in India for terror talks Dec.15   London Banks face huge losses from $50B 'scam' Dec.16  Sicily  Sicilian mafia 'decapitated' by raid Dec.16  Washington  Madoff grilling for US watchdog Dec.17  New York  Madoff under curfew on $10m bail Dec.18   Tanzania Trio found guilty of Rwandan genocide
  The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on convicted Theoneste Bagosora, 67, the 'mastermind', and sentenced him to life in prison.    Major Aloys Ntabakuze and Lieutenant Colonel Anatole Nsengiyumva were also sentenced to life in prison. It is the firs...
Dec.18  Washington  Guantanamo closure plan ordered Dec.18   Gaza   Hamas declares Israel truce over
  The Islamist militant group says it has ended its six-month ceasefire with Israel in the Gaza Strip. It expired at 0400 GMT on Friday
Dec.19  Illinois  Accused governor to fight charges Dec.20   Somalia Iranian warships sent to Somali waters Dec.20  Mumbai  Deaths from Mumbai 'police error' Dec.21  Scotland  Lockerbie marks anniversary of bombing Dec.21  Mexico  Nine headless bodies found Dec.22  Baghdad  Iraq shoe-thrower set for trial Dec.24   Gaza Hamas launch more rockets into Israel Dec.24   Chiapas Eight bodies found in garbage bags Dec.25  Los Angeles  'Santa' gunman in fatal attack Dec.25   Somalia German navy foils Somali pirates Dec.28  West Pakistan  Many dead in bomb blast Dec.31  China  Milk scandal executives on trial



World, December 2008 Politics Timeline ... See World Politics timeline Top ^
2008 Dec.1   Chicago   Clinton named secretary of state
  US President-elect Barack Obama has nominated his former rival Hillary Clinton as his secretary of state.    Defence Secretary, Robert Gates will remain in his job. Retired General James Jones was nominated as National Security Adviser; Eric ...
Dec.1   USA   U.S. warned India of maritime attack  The United States warned the Indian government about a potential maritime attack against Mumbai at least a month before the massacre Dec.1   Thailand Top Thai court bans ruling party
  Constitutional court has dissolved the People Power Party and 2 of its coalition partners for fraud during the last election
 The parties' leaders, including Prime Minister Wongsawat, were banned from politics for 5 years; most of its MPs can keep their seats under another party, and should be able to form another government
Dec.2   Thailand Protesters to end siege as PM ousted Dec.2  Mumbai  Mumbai police chief: I got no warning Dec.2   Thailand Demonstrators leave airports Dec.3   Norway Nations sign cluster bomb treaty
  The first of more than 100 countries (excluding US, Russia and China) have begun signing a treaty to ban current designs of cluster
Dec.3  New Delhi  US urges Pakistan help on Mumbai Dec.3  Canada  PM vows to stop opposition Dec.3   Pakistan Rice urges tough Pakistan action Dec.4   West Bank Hebron settlers evicted by force Dec.4  Kenya  Kenya PM calls for Mugabe removal Dec.4   Canada Canada halts parliament amid row
  Prime Minister Harper has won a bid to suspend parliament, blocking an opposition attempt to topple his minority government
Dec.5   Moscow Russia Orthodox Church's leader dies Dec.5  New Delhi  Top law official admits Mumbai 'lapses' Dec.5  London  PM urges Zimbabwe cholera action Dec.6   Pakistan Pakistan 'feared Indian attack' Dec.9   Athens Protests as Athens funeral held   Clashes broke out in the capital as the funeral was held of a 15-year-old whose fatal shooting by police sparked days of rioting across the ... Dec.9  Pakistan  Pakistan snubs India over arrests Dec.9   Rio de Janeiro Protesters: 9,000 disappeared in 2 years Map of Copacabana Brazil
  Protesters took to the beaches of Copacabana to draw attention to the 9,000 people they say have disappeared in the city since January 2007
Dec.9  Greece  Greece braces for general strike Dec.10   Athens Strike adds to unrest Dec.10  House of Representatives  US House backs car industry plan Dec.11   U.S. Senate US car bail-out fails in Senate Dec.12   Belgium EU leaders reach new climate deal Dec.13  Ecuador  Ecuador won't pay foreign debt interest Dec.13  Iraq  Gates: 'Endgame' for US mission in Iraq Dec.13  Zimbabwe  Mugabe takes step toward power-sharing Dec.13   New Delhi Brown in India for terror talks Dec.13  Athens  Violent protests resume Dec.14   Baghdad   Iraqi journalist throws shoes at Bush
  Bush made a farewell visit, where he met with Iraqi leaders, talked to the media and joked after a man threw shoes at him
 Muntadhar al-Zaidi, an Iraqi journalist, was wrestled to the floor by security guards after during a news conference he called Bush 'a dog' and threw his footwear, just missing the president
Dec.14   Thailand Thai parliament picks new PM
Dec.15   Sadr City Iraq rally for Bush shoe attacker Dec.15  Washington  Obama picks Nobel man for Energy Dec.15  Baghdad  Shoe thrower wanted to humiliate Bush Dec.15  UN  UN chief deplores Mugabe position Dec.17  Bangladesh  Bangladesh lifts state of emergency Dec.17  Baghdad  Iraqi lawmakers argue over shoe-thrower Dec.18  Afghanistan  Report: Afghan police need to refocus Dec.19  Zimbabwe  Tsvangirai threatens to halt unity talks Dec.19  Washington  Obama urges carmakers to 'reform' Dec.19  Illinois  Accused governor to fight charges Dec.21  Scotland  Lockerbie marks anniversary of bombing Dec.21   Zimbabwe U.S. no longer supports Zimbabwe deal Dec.22   Moscow Lawmakers back six-year presidency Dec.22   Bolivia Official: Plot to kill president foiled Dec.22  UN Security Council  New mandate for DR Congo UN force Dec.23   Baghdad Iraqi MPs back foreign troop deal Dec.23  Vatican  Gay groups angry at Pope remarks Dec.23   Guinea Coup leaders name council Dec.23  Saudi Arabia  Judge refuses to annul marriage of girl, 8 Dec.23  Kashmir  Srinagar tense ahead of state polls Dec.24  Guinea  Coup leaders order curfew Dec.24   Vatican Pope calls for Mideast peace at Mass Dec.24  Guinea  Coup leaders tighten grip Dec.25  Cairo  Israel, Egypt discuss Hamas clashes Dec.25  Guinea  Coup leader offers safety guarantee Dec.26  Guinea  Coup-hit Guinea burying ex-leader Dec.26  Washington  US warning on South Asia tension Dec.26   Pakistan Pakistan mourners honour Bhutto Dec.28   India 300 migrants missing off Andamans Dec.28  Global  Calls grow around world for calm in Gaza Dec.29   Somalia President quits amid power struggle  Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed announced his resignation amid a power struggle with the African nation's prime minister and parliament Dec.29   Bangladesh   Awami League wins election  Unofficial results from elections suggest former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League is heading for a substantial win Dec.29  Thailand  PM delivers key speech amid protests Dec.31   Jerusalem Israel rejects Gaza truce calls Dec.31  Moscow  Hamas ready for peace, Russians say Dec.31   UN Security Council UN holds Gaza crisis discussion