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1. 12-01 Obama: 3-year plan to end Afghan war West Point, Upstate New York
C. 12-04 152 killed in nightclub blast and fire Perm, Ural
D. 12-08 Car bombs killed at least 127 people Baghdad
E. 12-11 Tiger Woods to take leave from golf USA
5. 12-13 PM Silvio Berlusconi is bloodied by attack Milan
G. 12-18 Eurostar trains stuck in tunnel England
12-19 Climate deal meets UN qualification Copenhagen, Denmark
8. 12-19 Dissident Grand Ayatollah Montazeri dies Qom, Iran
9. 12-24 Pope falls in incident at midnight Mass Vatican

Summary.     Click for More > Dissident Grand Ayatollah Montazeri dies   Pope falls in incident at midnight Mass   A commotion at the start of Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter's Basilica briefly disrupted ceremonies and caused the pope to fall Jet incident 'was terror attack bid'
Obama: 3-year plan to end Afghan war 152 killed in nightclub blast and fire   An explosion at a nightclub killed at least 101 people and injured at least 140 others. The preliminary theory was use of pyrotechnical devi... Car bombs killed at least 127 people  A series of bombings has killed at least 127 people and wounded 448 in the centre of the Iraqi capital Tiger Woods to take leave from golf   PM Silvio Berlusconi is bloodied by attack   Italian Prime Minister, 73, has been hit in the face and knocked to the ground after a political rally. He was taken to a hospital Eurostar trains stuck in tunnel Climate deal meets UN qualification Map of Copenhagen Denmark
Dec.1   Upstate New York
Dec.2  Honduras  Congress votes against ousted president
Dec.3  Guinea  Guinea leader survives attack
Dec.4   Ural
 Italy  Amanda Knox found guilty of murder
Dec.5  Rawalpindi  Taliban claims mosque strike
 Ural  Five held as investigators probe club fire
Dec.6  Bolivia  Exit polls: Morales re-elected
 Denmark  Key global climate talks begin
Dec.7  Afghanistan  U.S. defense secretary arrives
Dec.8   Baghdad
 U.S. Senate  McChrystal: Next 18 months 'critical'
Dec.9  Pakistan  Pakistan arrests 5 men missing in U.S.
 Honduras  Zelaya seeks refuge in Mexico
Dec.11   USA
Dec.12  USA  Gillette to 'limit' Tiger Woods's role
 Denmark  Police detain 900 in climate change rally
 Southern Philippines  Islamic militants' raid frees 31 from jail
Dec.13   Milan
 Abu Dhabi  Abu Dhabi gives Dubai $10bn to pay debts
Dec.16  Philippines  30,000 flee volcano
 Northeastern Brazil  Boy found with 40 needles
 Denmark  Slow progress at Copenhagen talks
Dec.17  London  British Airways cabin crew strike illegal
 Pakistan  Officials barred from leaving Pakistan
Dec.18  Denmark  Obama announces climate deal with China
  England
 Poland  Hunt for Auschwitz sign thieves
Dec.19   Denmark
  Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed a US-backed climate deal in Copenhagen as an 'essential beginning'.    After intense wrangling, delegates passed a motion taking note of the deal, without formally adopting it. The accord includes a reco...
 Virginia  Snowstorm strikes US East Coast
  Iran
Dec.20  Iran  Crowds mourn reformist cleric Montazeri
Dec.21  Poland  80 dead in European winter weather
 Lebanon  UN ends search for ship survivors
Dec.22  European Union  Weather causes travel chaos in Europe
 Colombia  Kidnapped governor found dead
Dec.23  Manila  27 missing after boats collide
 Iran  Clashes at Montazeri ceremony
 Colorado  Balloon boy parents jailed
Dec.24  U.S. Senate  Senate passes healthcare reform bill
 Iraq  Blast kills 25 Shiite pilgrims
  Vatican
 China  Dissident sentenced to 11 years
Dec.25  Vatican  Pope delivers Christmas message
  Detroit
  An incident on an airliner arriving from the Netherlands was an attempt by a passenger to blow up the plane. The suspect was subdued.    A device had been used consisting of a mix of powder and liquid. Nigerian national studying in London ...
Dec.26  Aceh  Fifth anniversary of tsunami marked  Tehran  Renewed clashes reported  London  Police hunt airline terror link  Nigeria  Father alerted US about plane bomber Dec.27   Tehran Several killed, 300 arrested in protests  Washington  Obama orders review of flight screenings Dec.28  Argentina  First same-sex marriage in Latin America  China  Mentally ill British man executed Dec.29  Western Australia  Homes burn in West Australia fires Dec.30   Afghanistan   Eight US 'CIA agents' killed in bomb attack Map of Khost Afghanistan
  A bomber was wearing an explosive vest managed to enter Forward Operating Base Chapman
Dec.31  Finland  Suspect found dead after 5 killed  CIA  CIA chief confirms officers killed by bomb


World in December 2009 , Location by Topic
Location Politics Crime & Justice Disasters War & Army Business
European Union
Key global climate talks begin
Summit welcomes US emissions curbs
Sarkozy, Brown urge market reform
Police detain 900 in climate change rally
PM Silvio Berlusconi is bloodied by attack
Slow progress at Copenhagen talks
Obama announces climate deal with China
Climate deal meets UN qualification
Amanda Knox found guilty of murder
PM Silvio Berlusconi is bloodied by attack
Hunt for Auschwitz sign thieves
Police hunt airline terror link
Suspect found dead after 5 killed
France to resume 'black box' hunt
Eurostar trains stuck in tunnel
80 dead in European winter weather
Weather causes travel chaos in Europe
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Sarkozy, Brown urge market reform
British Airways cabin crew strike illegal
USA
Obama: 3-year plan to end Afghan war
White House officials push Afghan surge
Obama team rejects criticism of exit timing
Senate passes healthcare reform bill
Obama orders review of flight screenings
Gates: No Bin Laden information in years
Balloon boy parents jailed
Jet incident 'was terror attack bid'
Obama orders review of flight screenings
Snowstorm strikes US East Coast
Obama: 3-year plan to end Afghan war
White House officials push Afghan surge
Gates: No Bin Laden information in years
McChrystal: Next 18 months 'critical'
CIA chief confirms officers killed by bomb
General Motors chief Henderson resigns
Gillette to 'limit' Tiger Woods's role
Washington
White House officials push Afghan surge
Obama team rejects criticism of exit timing
Senate passes healthcare reform bill
Obama orders review of flight screenings
Gates: No Bin Laden information in years
Obama orders review of flight screenings
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White House officials push Afghan surge
Gates: No Bin Laden information in years
McChrystal: Next 18 months 'critical'
CIA chief confirms officers killed by bomb
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Arab Countries
New Iraqi election law approved
Abu Dhabi gives Dubai $10bn to pay debts
Blast kills 19 at graduation ceremony
Car bombs killed at least 127 people
Blast kills 25 Shiite pilgrims
UN ends search for ship survivors
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Iraq oil capacity to reach 12m bar a day
Abu Dhabi gives Dubai $10bn to pay debts
Iran
Dissident Grand Ayatollah Montazeri dies
Crowds mourn reformist cleric Montazeri
Clashes at Montazeri ceremony
Several killed, 300 arrested in protests
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Denmark
Key global climate talks begin
Police detain 900 in climate change rally
Slow progress at Copenhagen talks
Climate deal meets UN qualification
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Southeast Asia
Martial law declared in Maguindanao
Islamic militants' raid frees 31 from jail
Remaining hostages released
30,000 flee volcano
27 missing after boats collide
Fifth anniversary of tsunami marked
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Philippines
Martial law declared in Maguindanao
Islamic militants' raid frees 31 from jail
Remaining hostages released
30,000 flee volcano
27 missing after boats collide
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Russia
Putin on retiring: 'Don't count on that'
Russia to mourn club fire victims
Five held as investigators probe club fire
152 killed in nightclub blast and fire
Five held as investigators probe club fire
Russia to mourn club fire victims
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  Obama: 3-year plan to end Afghan war Map of West Point USA


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Dec.1   Upstate New York  
  The deployment of 30,000 additional U.S. troops is part of a strategy to reverse the Taliban's momentum and stabilize the country's government.    The new deployment over six months will bring U.S. troop strength in the country to more than 100,00...
 New York  General Motors chief Henderson resigns  Iran  Report: Iran releases British yachtsmen

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Dec.2   Honduras Congress votes against ousted president
 Washington  White House officials push Afghan surge

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Dec.3   Guinea   Guinea leader survives attack   Moussa Dadis Camara, the military leader of the nation, was shot and wounded in an attack on his presidential convoy  Somalia  Blast kills 19 at graduation ceremony  Moscow  Putin on retiring: 'Don't count on that'

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Dec.4   Ural   152 killed in nightclub blast and fire
Map of Perm Russia
  An explosion at a nightclub killed at least 101 people and injured at least 140 others. The preliminary theory was use of pyrotechnical devices
 Most victims at the Lame Horse club died from smoke inhalation. President Dmitry Medvedev said the fire was a criminal act and those responsible must be punished
  Italy   Amanda Knox found guilty of murder   An Italian jury has found American student and her Italian boyfriend guilty in the stabbing death of British exchange student Meredith Kerch...  Cape Town  Football: South Africa face France  Southern Philippines  Martial law declared in Maguindanao

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Dec.5   Rawalpindi     Taliban claims mosque strike   The assault targeted a mosque frequented by Pakistani military personnel, and killed 36 and wounded 75  Moscow  Russia to mourn club fire victims  Barcelona  Spain dumps Czechs to claim Davis Cup   Ural Five held as investigators probe club fire
 UN  UN hits back at climate sceptics  Washington  Gates: No Bin Laden information in years

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Dec.6  Washington  Obama team rejects criticism of exit timing  Ural  Death toll rises in nightclub inferno   Bolivia Exit polls: Morales re-elected
 Baghdad  New Iraqi election law approved   Denmark   Key global climate talks begin   Almost 100 heads of state have confirmed they will attend the 15th meeting of the Conference of Parties, or COP15

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Dec.7  Washington  US North Korea envoy to begin mission  Denmark  Summit welcomes US emissions curbs   Afghanistan U.S. defense secretary arrives


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Dec.8   Baghdad   Car bombs killed at least 127 people
  A series of bombings has killed at least 127 people and wounded 448 in the centre of the Iraqi capital
 The first blast targeted a police patrol in the Dora district. 4 others occurred near official buildings within minutes
  U.S. Senate McChrystal: Next 18 months 'critical'


December 9 ... more > Top ^

Dec.9   Pakistan     Pakistan arrests 5 men missing in U.S.   Five people arrested in Pakistan had been reported missing in the United States, and police are confident they were planning terrorist acts   Honduras Zelaya seeks refuge in Mexico
 France  Sarkozy, Brown urge market reform  Honduras  Zelaya request for Mexico passage denied

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Dec.10  Belgium  EU summit struggles on climate pledge

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Dec.11  Vatican  Pope 'disturbed' by Irish clergy abuse   USA     Tiger Woods to take leave from golf
  In a statement on his website, Tiger Woods is taking an indefinite break from professional golf to tackle problems in his private life


December 12 ... more > Top ^

Dec.12   USA Gillette to 'limit' Tiger Woods's role
 Baghdad  Iraq oil capacity to reach 12m bar a day  London  Blair: I would removed Hussein anyway  Paris  France to resume 'black box' hunt   Denmark     Police detain 900 in climate change rally   Thousands of protesters took to the streets, as they demanded a climate-change agreement that would curb greenhouse gas emissions   Southern Philippines   Islamic militants' raid frees 31 from jail   About 30 armed men described as 'lawless elements' broke a wall of a jail and freed dozens of inmates in a jail break that left two dead

December 13 ... more > Top ^

Dec.13   Milan     PM Silvio Berlusconi is bloodied by attack
  Italian Prime Minister, 73, has been hit in the face and knocked to the ground after a political rally. He was taken to a hospital
 Berlusconi looking dazed, was helped to his feet by aides and put in a car. The nose and two teeth were broken and he had lost a lot of blood. A 42-year-old man, who has a history of mental illness, has been charged with assault
 Southern Philippines  Remaining hostages released  Chile  Presidential race to see runoff  USA  Accenture ends Tiger Woods sponsorship   Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi gives Dubai $10bn to pay debts  Milan  Berlusconi 'will need weeks to recover'

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Dec.14  Cuba  Fidel Castro: U.S. is on offensive  Washington  Obama tells US banks to lend more  Baghdad  Car bombs kill four

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Dec.15  Kenya  12 Eritrean soccer players sought in Kenya  Denmark  Ministers lead climate change talks

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Dec.16   Philippines     30,000 flee volcano  People have fled their homes ahead of an expected eruption of the 2,464-meter Mayon volcano in the central Philippines  London  British Airways trying to block strike  Switzerland  Credit Suisse to pay $536m fine over Iran   Northeastern Brazil Boy found with 40 needles
 Denmark  Climate talks resume in Copenhagen   Denmark Slow progress at Copenhagen talks  Mexico  Top drug cartel leader killed

December 17 ... more > Top ^

Dec.17   London British Airways cabin crew strike illegal
 Moscow  Nato fails to gain Russia aid in Afghanistan   Pakistan Officials barred from leaving Pakistan  Denmark  Climate deal looks close

December 18 ... more > Top ^

Dec.18   Denmark Obama announces climate deal with China
 Washington  U.S. test to simulate Iran missile attack   England   Eurostar trains stuck in tunnel
  4 trains have broken down in the Channel Tunnel due to cold weather, as more snow is expected to cause disruption in Britain
  Poland Hunt for Auschwitz sign thieves

December 19 ... more > Top ^

Dec.19   Denmark   Climate deal meets UN qualification
Map of Copenhagen Denmark
  Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed a US-backed climate deal in Copenhagen as an 'essential beginning'
 After intense wrangling, delegates passed a motion taking note of the deal, without formally adopting it. The accord includes a recognition to limit temperature rises to less than 2C and promises to deliver $30bn of aid for developing nations over the next 3 years
  Virginia   Snowstorm strikes US East Coast  A fierce winter snowstorm is causing travel chaos and forcing airline cancellations in Washington and Baltimore  Vatican  Pope to expedite sainthood for John Paul II  Abu Dhabi  Barcelona add world title to trophy haul   Iran   Dissident Grand Ayatollah Montazeri dies Map of Qom Iran
  87-year-old theologian was based in the holy city Qom. He was a moving spirit in the 1979 revolution and a critic of President Ahmadinejad.    Grand Ayatollah Montazeri issued a fatwa condemning A...


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Dec.20   Iran Crowds mourn reformist cleric Montazeri
 Iran  Funeral for rebel ayatollah Montazeri

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Dec.21   Poland   80 dead in European winter weather  Sub-zero temperatures swept the continent, causing traffic chaos for millions. 42 people have frozen to death in Poland and another 27 in Uk...   Lebanon UN ends search for ship survivors
 Switzerland  Messi named World Player of Year  Tehran  Ahmadinejad denies bomb trigger tests

December 22 ... more > Top ^

Dec.22   European Union Weather causes travel chaos in Europe
  Colombia     Kidnapped governor found dead   Luis Francisco Cuellar had been seized from his house in the Caqueta provincial capital, Florencia, by suspected leftist rebels

December 23 ... more > Top ^

Dec.23   Manila 27 missing after boats collide
 England  Jailbreak fugitive updates Facebook page   Iran   Clashes at Montazeri ceremony   Iranian security forces used tear gas and batons to disperse people gathering to commemorate Grand Ayatollah Hoseyn Ali Montazeri   Colorado Balloon boy parents jailed

December 24 ... more > Top ^

Dec.24   U.S. Senate   Senate passes healthcare reform bill   The bill aims to cover 31 million uninsured Americans and could lead to the biggest change in US healthcare in decades   Iraq Blast kills 25 Shiite pilgrims
 Turkey  Santa movie spotlights Turkish divide   Vatican     Pope falls in incident at midnight Mass
  A commotion at the start of Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter's Basilica briefly disrupted ceremonies and caused the pope to fall
 The Pope conducts the Mass despite being briefly knocked over by a spectator who jumped the barriers
 U. S. Midwest  'Humongous' storm hits Midwest   China Dissident sentenced to 11 years


December 25 ... more > Top ^

Dec.25   Vatican Pope delivers Christmas message
 West Bank  Thousands celebrated Christmas  Afghanistan  U.S. condemns Taliban video of U.S. soldier   Detroit   Jet incident 'was terror attack bid'
  An incident on an airliner arriving from the Netherlands was an attempt by a passenger to blow up the plane. The suspect was subdued
 A device had been used consisting of a mix of powder and liquid. Nigerian national studying in London said he was acting of behalf of al-Qaeda. President Obama has ordered increased security for air travel


December 26 ... more > Top ^

Dec.26   Aceh     Fifth anniversary of tsunami marked  Countries across the Indian Ocean are marking the anniversary of the catastrophic tsunami that killed almost 250,000 people   Tehran Renewed clashes reported   London Police hunt airline terror link  Detroit  Nigerian accused of attacking US plane   Nigeria Father alerted US about plane bomber  Tehran  Police clash with protesters

December 27 ... more > Top ^

Dec.27   Tehran   Several killed, 300 arrested in protests
Map of Tehran Iran
  The clashes broke out between demonstrators and security forces as large crowds gathered for Ashura, a major religious observance.    The nephew of former presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi was among those k...
  Washington Obama orders review of flight screenings  Tehran  Protests spark fresh clashes  Beijing  Wen dismisses currency pressure

December 28 ... more > Top ^

Dec.28   Argentina First same-sex marriage in Latin America
 Washington  Obama: US will pursue plane plotters  London  Final pleas for life of Briton on death row   China Mentally ill British man executed

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Dec.29  Nigeria  Suspect's father met with CIA  Washington  Obama notes 'systemic failure' on jet bomb   Western Australia Homes burn in West Australia fires


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Dec.30  Iran  Parliament calls for arrest of opposition   Afghanistan     Eight US 'CIA agents' killed in bomb attack
Map of Khost Afghanistan
  A bomber was wearing an explosive vest managed to enter Forward Operating Base Chapman


December 31 ... more > Top ^

Dec.31   Finland   Suspect found dead after 5 killed   Before the shooting spree at the shopping center Sello, Ibrahim Shkupolli, 43, had killed his ex-girlfriend   CIA CIA chief confirms officers killed by bomb
 Afghanistan  2 security contractors killed in bombing  CIA  Obama rallies CIA after Afghanistan bomb


  Obama: 3-year plan to end Afghan war Map of West Point USA




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2009
Dec.1   Upstate New York
  The deployment of 30,000 additional U.S. troops is part of a strategy to reverse the Taliban's momentum and stabilize the country's government.    The new deployment over six months will bring U.S. troop strength in the country to more than 100,00...
Dec.2  Washington  White House officials push Afghan surge Dec.5  Washington  Gates: No Bin Laden information in years Dec.6  Washington  Obama team rejects criticism of exit timing Dec.7   Afghanistan U.S. defense secretary arrives Dec.8   U.S. Senate McChrystal: Next 18 months 'critical' Dec.17  Moscow  Nato fails to gain Russia aid in Afghanistan Dec.18  Washington  U.S. test to simulate Iran missile attack Dec.21  Tehran  Ahmadinejad denies bomb trigger tests Dec.25  Afghanistan  U.S. condemns Taliban video of U.S. soldier Dec.30   Afghanistan   Eight US 'CIA agents' killed in bomb attack Map of Khost Afghanistan
  A bomber was wearing an explosive vest managed to enter Forward Operating Base Chapman
Dec.31   CIA CIA chief confirms officers killed by bomb Dec.31  Afghanistan  2 security contractors killed in bombing Dec.31  CIA  Obama rallies CIA after Afghanistan bomb



World, December 2009 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
2009 Dec.4   Ural 152 killed in nightclub blast and fire
Map of Perm Russia
  An explosion at a nightclub killed at least 101 people and injured at least 140 others. The preliminary theory was use of pyrotechnical devices
 Most victims at the Lame Horse club died from smoke inhalation. President Dmitry Medvedev said the fire was a criminal act and those responsible must be punished
Dec.5  Moscow  Russia to mourn club fire victims Dec.5   Ural Five held as investigators probe club fire Dec.6  Ural  Death toll rises in nightclub inferno Dec.12  Paris  France to resume 'black box' hunt Dec.16   Philippines   30,000 flee volcano  People have fled their homes ahead of an expected eruption of the 2,464-meter Mayon volcano in the central Philippines Dec.18   England Eurostar trains stuck in tunnel
  4 trains have broken down in the Channel Tunnel due to cold weather, as more snow is expected to cause disruption in Britain
Dec.19   Virginia Snowstorm strikes US East Coast  A fierce winter snowstorm is causing travel chaos and forcing airline cancellations in Washington and Baltimore Dec.21   Poland 80 dead in European winter weather  Sub-zero temperatures swept the continent, causing traffic chaos for millions. 42 people have frozen to death in Poland and another 27 in Uk... Dec.21   Lebanon UN ends search for ship survivors
Dec.22   European Union Weather causes travel chaos in Europe Dec.23   Manila 27 missing after boats collide Dec.24  U. S. Midwest  'Humongous' storm hits Midwest Dec.26   Aceh   Fifth anniversary of tsunami marked  Countries across the Indian Ocean are marking the anniversary of the catastrophic tsunami that killed almost 250,000 people Dec.29   Western Australia Homes burn in West Australia fires



World, December 2009 Sports Timeline ... See World Sports timeline Top ^
2009 Dec.4  Cape Town  Football: South Africa face France Dec.5  Barcelona  Spain dumps Czechs to claim Davis Cup Dec.11   USA   Tiger Woods to take leave from golf
  In a statement on his website, Tiger Woods is taking an indefinite break from professional golf to tackle problems in his private life
Dec.12   USA Gillette to 'limit' Tiger Woods's role
Dec.13  USA  Accenture ends Tiger Woods sponsorship Dec.15  Kenya  12 Eritrean soccer players sought in Kenya Dec.19  Abu Dhabi  Barcelona add world title to trophy haul Dec.21  Switzerland  Messi named World Player of Year



World, December 2009 Business Timeline ... See World Business timeline Top ^
2009 Dec.1  New York  General Motors chief Henderson resigns Dec.9  France  Sarkozy, Brown urge market reform Dec.12   USA Gillette to 'limit' Tiger Woods's role
Dec.12  Baghdad  Iraq oil capacity to reach 12m bar a day Dec.13  USA  Accenture ends Tiger Woods sponsorship Dec.13   Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi gives Dubai $10bn to pay debts Dec.14  Washington  Obama tells US banks to lend more Dec.16  London  British Airways trying to block strike Dec.16  Switzerland  Credit Suisse to pay $536m fine over Iran Dec.17   London British Airways cabin crew strike illegal Dec.22   European Union Weather causes travel chaos in Europe Dec.24   U.S. Senate Senate passes healthcare reform bill   The bill aims to cover 31 million uninsured Americans and could lead to the biggest change in US healthcare in decades Dec.24  Turkey  Santa movie spotlights Turkish divide Dec.27  Beijing  Wen dismisses currency pressure



World, December 2009 Crime Timeline ... See World Crime timeline Top ^
2009 Dec.3   Guinea Guinea leader survives attack   Moussa Dadis Camara, the military leader of the nation, was shot and wounded in an attack on his presidential convoy Dec.3  Somalia  Blast kills 19 at graduation ceremony Dec.4   Italy Amanda Knox found guilty of murder   An Italian jury has found American student and her Italian boyfriend guilty in the stabbing death of British exchange student Meredith Kerch... Dec.5   Rawalpindi   Taliban claims mosque strike   The assault targeted a mosque frequented by Pakistani military personnel, and killed 36 and wounded 75 Dec.5   Ural Five held as investigators probe club fire
Dec.5  Washington  Gates: No Bin Laden information in years Dec.8   Baghdad Car bombs killed at least 127 people
  A series of bombings has killed at least 127 people and wounded 448 in the centre of the Iraqi capital
 The first blast targeted a police patrol in the Dora district. 4 others occurred near official buildings within minutes
Dec.9   Pakistan   Pakistan arrests 5 men missing in U.S.   Five people arrested in Pakistan had been reported missing in the United States, and police are confident they were planning terrorist acts Dec.11  Vatican  Pope 'disturbed' by Irish clergy abuse Dec.12   Southern Philippines Islamic militants' raid frees 31 from jail   About 30 armed men described as 'lawless elements' broke a wall of a jail and freed dozens of inmates in a jail break that left two dead Dec.13   Milan   PM Silvio Berlusconi is bloodied by attack
  Italian Prime Minister, 73, has been hit in the face and knocked to the ground after a political rally. He was taken to a hospital
 Berlusconi looking dazed, was helped to his feet by aides and put in a car. The nose and two teeth were broken and he had lost a lot of blood. A 42-year-old man, who has a history of mental illness, has been charged with assault
Dec.13  Southern Philippines  Remaining hostages released Dec.14  Baghdad  Car bombs kill four Dec.16   Northeastern Brazil Boy found with 40 needles Dec.16  Mexico  Top drug cartel leader killed Dec.18   Poland Hunt for Auschwitz sign thieves Dec.22   Colombia   Kidnapped governor found dead   Luis Francisco Cuellar had been seized from his house in the Caqueta provincial capital, Florencia, by suspected leftist rebels Dec.23  England  Jailbreak fugitive updates Facebook page Dec.23   Colorado Balloon boy parents jailed Dec.24   Iraq Blast kills 25 Shiite pilgrims Dec.24   China Dissident sentenced to 11 years Dec.25   Detroit Jet incident 'was terror attack bid'
  An incident on an airliner arriving from the Netherlands was an attempt by a passenger to blow up the plane. The suspect was subdued
 A device had been used consisting of a mix of powder and liquid. Nigerian national studying in London said he was acting of behalf of al-Qaeda. President Obama has ordered increased security for air travel
Dec.26   London Police hunt airline terror link Dec.26  Detroit  Nigerian accused of attacking US plane Dec.26   Nigeria Father alerted US about plane bomber Dec.27   Washington Obama orders review of flight screenings Dec.28  Washington  Obama: US will pursue plane plotters Dec.28  London  Final pleas for life of Briton on death row Dec.28   China Mentally ill British man executed Dec.29  Nigeria  Suspect's father met with CIA Dec.29  Washington  Obama notes 'systemic failure' on jet bomb Dec.30   Afghanistan   Eight US 'CIA agents' killed in bomb attack Map of Khost Afghanistan
  A bomber was wearing an explosive vest managed to enter Forward Operating Base Chapman
Dec.31   Finland Suspect found dead after 5 killed   Before the shooting spree at the shopping center Sello, Ibrahim Shkupolli, 43, had killed his ex-girlfriend Dec.31  Afghanistan  2 security contractors killed in bombing



World, December 2009 Politics Timeline ... See World Politics timeline Top ^
2009 Dec.1   Upstate New York   Obama: 3-year plan to end Afghan war
Map of West Point USA
  The deployment of 30,000 additional U.S. troops is part of a strategy to reverse the Taliban's momentum and stabilize the country's government.    The new deployment over six months will bring U.S. troop strength in the country to more than 100,00...
Dec.1  Iran  Report: Iran releases British yachtsmen Dec.2   Honduras Congress votes against ousted president Dec.2  Washington  White House officials push Afghan surge Dec.3  Moscow  Putin on retiring: 'Don't count on that' Dec.4  Southern Philippines  Martial law declared in Maguindanao Dec.5  Moscow  Russia to mourn club fire victims Dec.5  UN  UN hits back at climate sceptics Dec.6  Washington  Obama team rejects criticism of exit timing Dec.6   Bolivia Exit polls: Morales re-elected Dec.6  Baghdad  New Iraqi election law approved Dec.6   Denmark Key global climate talks begin   Almost 100 heads of state have confirmed they will attend the 15th meeting of the Conference of Parties, or COP15 Dec.7  Washington  US North Korea envoy to begin mission Dec.7  Denmark  Summit welcomes US emissions curbs Dec.7   Afghanistan U.S. defense secretary arrives Dec.9   Honduras Zelaya seeks refuge in Mexico Dec.9  France  Sarkozy, Brown urge market reform Dec.9  Honduras  Zelaya request for Mexico passage denied Dec.10  Belgium  EU summit struggles on climate pledge Dec.11  Vatican  Pope 'disturbed' by Irish clergy abuse Dec.12  London  Blair: I would removed Hussein anyway Dec.12   Denmark   Police detain 900 in climate change rally   Thousands of protesters took to the streets, as they demanded a climate-change agreement that would curb greenhouse gas emissions Dec.13   Milan   PM Silvio Berlusconi is bloodied by attack
  Italian Prime Minister, 73, has been hit in the face and knocked to the ground after a political rally. He was taken to a hospital
 Berlusconi looking dazed, was helped to his feet by aides and put in a car. The nose and two teeth were broken and he had lost a lot of blood. A 42-year-old man, who has a history of mental illness, has been charged with assault
Dec.13  Chile  Presidential race to see runoff Dec.13   Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi gives Dubai $10bn to pay debts
Dec.13  Milan  Berlusconi 'will need weeks to recover' Dec.14  Cuba  Fidel Castro: U.S. is on offensive Dec.15  Kenya  12 Eritrean soccer players sought in Kenya Dec.15  Denmark  Ministers lead climate change talks Dec.16  Denmark  Climate talks resume in Copenhagen Dec.16   Denmark Slow progress at Copenhagen talks Dec.17  Moscow  Nato fails to gain Russia aid in Afghanistan Dec.17   Pakistan Officials barred from leaving Pakistan Dec.17  Denmark  Climate deal looks close Dec.18   Denmark Obama announces climate deal with China Dec.19   Denmark Climate deal meets UN qualification Map of Copenhagen Denmark
  Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed a US-backed climate deal in Copenhagen as an 'essential beginning'
 After intense wrangling, delegates passed a motion taking note of the deal, without formally adopting it. The accord includes a recognition to limit temperature rises to less than 2C and promises to deliver $30bn of aid for developing nations over the next 3 years
Dec.19  Vatican  Pope to expedite sainthood for John Paul II Dec.19   Iran Dissident Grand Ayatollah Montazeri dies Map of Qom Iran
  87-year-old theologian was based in the holy city Qom. He was a moving spirit in the 1979 revolution and a critic of President Ahmadinejad.    Grand Ayatollah Montazeri issued a fatwa condemning A...
Dec.20   Iran Crowds mourn reformist cleric Montazeri Dec.20  Iran  Funeral for rebel ayatollah Montazeri Dec.21  Tehran  Ahmadinejad denies bomb trigger tests Dec.23   Iran Clashes at Montazeri ceremony   Iranian security forces used tear gas and batons to disperse people gathering to commemorate Grand Ayatollah Hoseyn Ali Montazeri Dec.24   U.S. Senate Senate passes healthcare reform bill   The bill aims to cover 31 million uninsured Americans and could lead to the biggest change in US healthcare in decades Dec.24  Turkey  Santa movie spotlights Turkish divide Dec.24   Vatican   Pope falls in incident at midnight Mass
  A commotion at the start of Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter's Basilica briefly disrupted ceremonies and caused the pope to fall
 The Pope conducts the Mass despite being briefly knocked over by a spectator who jumped the barriers
Dec.24   China Dissident sentenced to 11 years
Dec.25   Vatican Pope delivers Christmas message Dec.25  West Bank  Thousands celebrated Christmas Dec.26   Aceh   Fifth anniversary of tsunami marked  Countries across the Indian Ocean are marking the anniversary of the catastrophic tsunami that killed almost 250,000 people Dec.26   Tehran Renewed clashes reported Dec.26  Tehran  Police clash with protesters Dec.27   Tehran Several killed, 300 arrested in protests Map of Tehran Iran
  The clashes broke out between demonstrators and security forces as large crowds gathered for Ashura, a major religious observance.    The nephew of former presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi was among those k...
Dec.27   Washington Obama orders review of flight screenings Dec.27  Tehran  Protests spark fresh clashes Dec.28   Argentina First same-sex marriage in Latin America Dec.28  London  Final pleas for life of Briton on death row Dec.30  Iran  Parliament calls for arrest of opposition Dec.31  CIA  Obama rallies CIA after Afghanistan bomb



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