Return to home Human Rights Day. The anniversary of the 1948
UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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Dec 10, Nicephorus II Phocas, Byzantine co-Emperor (963-69), was
1520 Dec 10, Martin Luther
publicly burned the papal edict demanding that he recant, or face
1672 Dec 10, Gov. Lovelace
announced monthly mail service between NY and Boston.
1787 Dec 10, Thomas H.
Gallaudet, a pioneer of educating the deaf, was born in
1799 Dec 10, The metric system
was established in France.
1805 Dec 10, William Lloyd
Garrison (d.1879), abolitionist publisher, was born in Newburyport,
Mass. In 1831 he published "The Liberator." In 1998 Henry Mayer
published "All On Fire: William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolition of
(SFEC, 1/3/99, BR p.1)(MC, 12/10/01)
1813 Dec 10, Zachariah
Chandler, US merchant and politician, was born. He founded the
1816 Dec 10, The estranged wife
of poet Percy Shelley committed suicide by drowning in London’s Hyde
Park. 20 days later Percy married Mary Godwin, author of
(ON, 11/07, p.8)
1817 Dec 10, Mississippi was
admitted as the 20th state of the Union.
(HFA, '96, p.44)(AP, 12/10/97)
1830 Dec 10, American poet
Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts. Perhaps the
best-known woman poet in the United States today, Dickinson led a
rather secluded life. After studying at Amherst Academy and then for
one year at the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, she lived with her
family and never married. The few friends that Emily Dickinson did
have received regular gifts of poetry and letters from her. Although
she wrote poetry constantly, she never seriously pursued publishing
her work. Only about 10 poems were published in her lifetime, and
those were submitted for publication without her permission. After
her death in 1886, more than 1,700 of her poems, which she had bound
together in bundles, were discovered and published.
(HNPD, 12/8/98)(HN, 12/10/98)
1834 Dec 10, Robert Peel
(1788-1850) became prime minister of Britain after launching the
first national election manifesto in British history.
1846 Dec 10, Norbert Rillieux
(1806-1894), African-American engineer, received a patent for the
Rillieux Process for refining sugar. He won several patents for a
way to refine sugar in a process that later came to be called
1848 Dec 10, Napoleon III,
Louis Napoleon Bonaparte (nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte), was elected
president of France. In 1852 he dismantled the Republic and replaced
it with the Second Empire of France, with himself as emperor.
(PC, 1992 ed, p.446)(WUD, 1994, p.950)
1851 Dec 10, Melvil Louis
Dewey, creator of the Dewey Decimal System (c.1872), was born.
(HN, 12/10/98)(SSFC, 4/14/02, p.C18)
1851 Dec 10, Karl von Drais
(b.1785), noble German forest official and inventor, died in
Karlsruhe. He invented the Laufmaschine ("running machine"), later
called the velocipede, draisine (English) or draisienne (French),
also nicknamed the hobby horse or dandy horse. It incorporated the
two-wheeler principle that is basic to the bicycle and motorcycle
and was the beginning of mechanized personal transport. Drais also
invented the earliest typewriter with a keyboard (1821).
1859 Dec 10, In Venezuela’s war
for independence from Spain Ezequiel Zamora (1817-1860) led the
Battle of Santa Ines. Zamora and 3,400 men defeated the Central Army
of 2,300 men, with about 1,200 casualties altogether on both sides.
Zamora had returned to Venezuela to lead the Federal War, which
lasted to 1863.
1861 Dec 10, Kentucky was
admitted to the Confederate States of America.
1862 Dec 10, U.S. House of
Representatives passed a bill creating the state of West Virginia.
1864 Dec 10, General Sherman's
armies reached Savannah and a 12 day siege began.
1869 Dec 10, Governor John
Campbell signed a bill that granted women in the Wyoming Territory
the right to vote as well as hold public office. Esther Morris had
pressed state senator William Bright to sponsor the suffrage bill.
Wyoming became the 1st US state to enfranchise women.
(AP, 12/10/97)(HN, 12/10/98)(USAW, 5/19/02, p.8)
1881 Dec 10, Viscount Alexander
of Tunis, British soldier, was born. He took his title from his part
in the Allied victories in North Africa.
1883 Dec 10, Andrej J.
Vyshinski, Russian lawyer, foreign minister and UN-ambassador, was
1890 Dec 10, The New York World
Building, also known as the Pulitzer Building, was completed in NYC.
It was designed by early skyscraper specialist George Browne Post
and built to house the now-defunct newspaper, The New York World. It
was razed in 1955 for the expanded car ramp entrance to the Brooklyn
(Econ., 3/28/15, p.80)
1890 Dec 10, Spencer M. Clark
(b.1811) died. He was the first Superintendent of the US National
Currency Bureau, today known as the Bureau of Printing and
Engraving, from 1862 to 1868.
1891 Dec 10, Nelly Sachs, Nobel
Prize-winning poet, was born.
1982 Dec 10, The UN Law of the
Sea (UNCLOS) treaty opened for signature. It extended
internationally recognized territorial waters to 200 miles offshore.
The convention came into force on November 16, 1994, one year after
the sixtieth state, Guyana, signed it. The treaty gave countries the
power to restrict fishing within 231 miles of their coasts. The UN
convention created the International Seabed authority and the
International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. As of 2016 it was
still not ratified by the US.
p.A13)(Econ, 8/18/07, p.51)(Econ, 8/6/16, p.12)
1896 Dec 10, Alfred Nobel (63),
Swedish Nobel Prize ceremony on this date, died. By the time of his
death Nobel had acquired a massive fortune. In his will, he left
instructions that the bulk of his estate should endow the annual
Nobel prizes for those who had most contributed to the areas of
physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace. In 1968, a sixth
award for economics was established [see Nov 27, 1895]. The Nobel
Peace Prize is therefore awarded on December 10. The first of the
Nobel Prizes was presented in 1901 according to instructions in his
will. At his death he was one of the richest men in the world, he
also felt it would be wrong to leave his fortune to relatives.
"Inherited wealth is a misfortune which merely serves to dull man's
faculties." Nobel wished the Peace Prize to be administered in
1898 Dec 10, The United States
and Spain signed the Treaty of Paris, ending the Spanish-American
War. This ceded Puerto Rico, the Philippines and Guam to the United
States. The US Senate ratified the treaty February 6, 1899. The US
military governed Puerto Rico from October 1898 until May 1900, when
the US Congress instituted a civil government. The civil government
underwent many changes until a Constitutional Assembly formed in
1950 and established a Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, which was
proclaimed on July 25, 1952. [see Aug 12]
(AP, 12/10/97)(HN, 12/10/98)(HNQ, 7/28/01)
1899 Dec 10, Sobhuza
(1899-1982) succeeded Ngwane V as Paramount Chief of Swaziland, when
he was only a few months old. His grandmother, Labotsibeni Mdluli,
acted as regent until December 22, 1921.
1903 Dec 10, Mary Norton,
English children's author, was born. Her work included “Bedknobs and
1903 Dec 10, The Nobel Prize
for physics was awarded to Pierre and Marie Curie and fellow
physicist Henri Becquerel for their work with radioactivity. Marie
Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, had coined the term
radioactivity. Working together after their marriage in 1895, the
Curies made several significant discoveries. They showed that the
elements uranium and thorium emitted radiation that Becquerel had
detected in uranium and had found to be similar to X-rays. They also
found that radioactivity caused particles to be electrically
charged, and they discovered two new elements, polonium and radium.
Their daughter Irène, later a famed scientist in her own right, was
awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for the synthesis of new
1904 Dec 10, Charles M. Schwab
incorporated a revamped Bethlehem Steel. As president of US Steel he
had acquired the Pennsylvania steel maker in 1901. Schwab resigned
his position at US Steel to run Bethlehem Steel. In 2008 Kenneth
Warren authored “Bethlehem Steel: Builder and Arsenal of America."
(WSJ, 10/8/08, p.A15)
1906 Dec 10, President Theodore
Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace
Prize, for helping mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese War.
1907 Dec 10, Rumor Godden,
English novelist (Black Narcissus), was born.
1908 Dec 10, Oliver Messian,
French composer, was born. His work included “Quartet for the End of
1908 Dec 10, Abe Ruef
(1864-1936), a San Francisco political power broker, was found
guilty of bribing a former supervisor to vote for the United
Railroad franchise. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison, but was
freed on parole in 1915. California Gov. William D. Stephens
(1917-1923) pardoned him.
(SFC, 10/1/99, p.B6)(SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W3)(SSFC,
2/27/11, DB p.46)
1909 Dec 10, Red Cloud, Sioux
Indian chief, died.
1910 Dec 10, The NY
Metropolitan Opera premiered “La Fanciulla del West" (The Girl of
the West) by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924). It was based on the play
“The Girl of the Golden West" by the American author David Belasco,
set in the California gold rush.
1911 Dec 10, Chester "Chet"
Huntley, American broadcast journalist, was born. He teamed
with David Brinkley to anchor TV nightly news.
1911 Dec 10, Joseph Dalton
Hooker (b.1817), British botonist and explorer, died.
1917 Dec 10, The Nobel Peace
Prize was awarded to the International Red Cross.
1918 Dec 10, U.S. troops were
called to guard Berlin as a coup was feared.
1919 Dec 10, Captain Ross Smith
became the first person to fly 11,500 miles from England to
1926 Dec 10, Part 2 of Hitler's
Mein Kampf was published.
1926 Dec 10, Nikola Pasic
(b.1845), a Serbian and Yugoslav politician and diplomat, died. He
served several times PM of the Kingdom of Serbia (1891–92, 1904–05,
1906–08, 1909–11, 1912–18) and PM of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia
(1918, 1921–24, 1924–26).
1928 Dec 10, Charles Rennie
Mackintosh (b.1868), Scottish architect and designer, died. He
designed the walls of Kate Cranston’s first tea rooms in Glasgow
(1903). His watercolors included "The Rock" (1927).
1930 Dec 10, Lady aviator Ruth
Nichols set a new women's record for coast to coast flight,
traveling from Los Angeles to New York in 13 hours 22 minutes.
(NY Times, 11/12/1930, p.1)
1931 Dec 10, Jane Addams became
a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, for her efforts as the
president of the Women’s International league for Peace and Freedom.
She was the first American woman so honored. She was also known for
her work as a social reformer and pacifist, and founded the Hull
House in Chicago. The co-recipient was Nicholas Murray Butler.
(HN, 9/6/98)(WSJ, 1/2/02, p.A16)(AP, 12/10/06)
1931 Dec 10, Nicholas Murray
Butler (1862-1947), presidential advisor and president of Columbia
Univ. (1902-1945), was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on
behalf of the Briand Kellogg Pact (1929), a treaty that denounced
war as an instrument of national policy. In 2006 Michael Rosenthal
authored “Nicholas Miraculous," a biography Butler.
(SSFC, 8/15/04, p.D11)(WSJ, 1/25/06, p.D10)
1934 Dec 10, Harold C. Urey
(1893-1981), US chemist, was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry
for his work with deuterium.
1936 Dec 10, Edward VIII
abdicated to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American born
divorcee. [see Dec 11]
1941 Dec 10, The US submarine
Sealion was sunk in an air attack at Manila Bay. 10 crewman were
captured by the Japanese and shipped to work in a Mitsubishi copper
mine in northern Japan.
(SSFC, 6/17/01, Par p.5)
1941 Dec 10, British battleship
Prince of Wales sank off Singapore.
1941 Dec 10, Japanese troops
invaded the Filipino island of Luzon and overran Guam.
(WUD, 1944, p.1683)(HN, 12/10/98)(MC, 12/10/01)
1941 Dec 10, The siege of
Tobruk in North Africa, was raised.
1942 Dec 10, George W. Merck,
former president of Merck Pharmaceutical and head of the War
Research Service, requested the Chemical Warfare Service to develop
a biological warfare program.
(AH, 6/03, p.46)
1943 Dec 10, Franklin D.
Roosevelt signed a bill that postponed a draft of pre-Pearl Harbor
1943 Dec 10, Allied forces
bombed Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.
1944 Dec 10, The US 394th
Regiment’s Intelligence and Reconnaissance platoon was ordered into
the village of Lanzareth, Belgium, to fill a gap between allied
divisions along the Western front. A German counteroffensive,
launched on Dec 16, sent through Lanzareth. The platoon surrendered
after running out of ammunition. All members survived imprisonment.
In 2004 Alex Kershaw authored “The Longest Winter: The Battle of the
Bulge and the Epic Story of World War II’s Most Decorated Platoon."
(WSJ, 12/7/04, p.D11)(SSFC, 1/2/05, p.E1)
1946 Dec 10, Damon Runyon (66),
New York-based syndicated newspaper columnist and author (Guys &
(SFC, 10/24/96, p.A2)(MC, 12/10/01)
1948 Dec 10, The U.N. General
Assembly adopted its Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
1949 Dec 10, 150,000 French
troops massed at the border in Vietnam to prevent a Chinese
1950 Dec 10, Dr. Ralph J.
Bunche (b.1904) became the first African-American to receive the
Nobel Peace Prize.
(AP, 12/10/97)(HN, 12/10/98)
1954 Dec 10, In Japan PM
Shigeru Yoshida (1868-1967), post-reconstruction statesman and
2-time prime minister, was unseated by Ichiro Hatoyama.
1955 Dec 10, The first US
Federal Service Entrance Examination was held. The exams were
ditched in 1981 and resurrected in 2015.
1955 Dec 10, The anti-proton,
discovered in October by a team of UC Berkeley scientists that
included Owen Chamberlain, Emilio Segre and Clyde Wiegand
(1915-1996), was confirmed by scientists at the Univ. of Rome and
the Univ. of California.
(SFC, 7/9/96, p.A20)(SFC, 12/9/05, p.F6)
1958 Dec 10, The first domestic
passenger jet flight took place in the United States as a National
Airlines Boeing 707 flew 111 passengers from New York City to Miami.
1960 Dec 10, The San Francisco
Chronicle reported that a third of a million fifths of an exotic
moonshine, known as bok chow, were being distilled in Chinatown. A
recent raid at 1555 Mason St. gave up 22 gallons.
(SSFC, 12/5/10, DB p.50)
1962 Dec 10, "Lawrence of
Arabia," David Lean's epic film starring Peter O'Toole as British
officer T.E. Lawrence, had its royal gala premiere in London.
1963 Dec 10, Walter Cronkite
re-aired a CBS News report from London on the Beatles. It had been
1st filed on Nov 22, the day JFK was assassinated.
(SSFC, 2/8/04, Par p.18)
1964 Dec 10, Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize during ceremonies in Oslo,
1967 Dec 10, Singer Otis
Redding (26) and 6 others died in the crash of his private plane in
Lake Monona, Wisconsin. He had recently recorded “Sittin’ on the
Dock of the Bay," which became a big hit in 1968.
(SFC, 4/25/06, p.B5)(AP, 12/10/07)
1968 Dec 10, Thomas Merton
(b.1915), American Trappist monk and writer, died in Bangkok,
Thailand from accidental electrocution. He had just finished his 7th
journal "The Other side of the Mountain." Merton was influenced by
the Hindu scholar Mahanambrata Brahmachari (d.1999). Merton's work
also the spiritual autobiography "The Seven Story Mountain." In 1978
Monica Furlong (d.2003) authored a biography of Merton.
(SFC, 2/24/98, p.A22)(SFEC, 9/27/98, BR p.3)(SFC,
11/2/99, p.A26)(SFC, 2/3/03, p.B4)(WSJ, 3/26/03,
1971 Dec 10, Pres. Nixon signed
the US Revenue Act into law launching the income tax checkoff system
for campaign contributions and paving the way for public funding.
1971 Dec 10, William H.
Rehnquist (b.1924) was confirmed as US Supreme Court justice.
1971 Dec 10, John Lennon made a
public appearance at a benefit concert for poet John Sinclair who
was in jail for possession of marijuana. Three days later Sinclair
(SFEC, 7/21/96, DB p.35)
1972 Dec 10, Amnesty
International, founded in London in 1961, launched its first
worldwide campaign for the abolition of torture on Human Rights Day,
with the aim to make torture "as unthinkable as slavery."
1972 Dec 10, Kenneth Arrow
(1921-2017) of Stanford Univ. shared the Nobel Prize in economics
with John R. Hicks (1904-1989) of Oxford, England.
1973 Dec 10, Amnesty Int’l.
held its first worldwide conference to abolish torture. Dr. Leonard
Sagan (d.1997 at 69) was the medical reporter at the Paris
conference. Dr. Sagan wrote the book "The Health of Nations: True
Causes of Sickness and Well-Being" (1987). Amnesty International had
launched its first worldwide campaign for the abolition of torture
1973 Dec 10, In Italy the
personnel chief of Fiat was kidnapped and held for 8 days.
(WSJ, 12/13/07, p.A18)
1973 Dec 10, North Korea and
India established diplomatic ties.
1974 Dec 10, Ed Wood (b.1924),
credited as the worst filmmaker of all time, died a penniless drunk.
His films included "Jail Bait," "Plan 9 From Outer Space," "Bride of
the Monster," "Glen or Glenda?" and "Night of the Ghouls." His 1948
"Crossroads of Loredo" was unreleased. In 1996 a documentary by
Brett Thompson was released titled "The Haunted World of Edward D.
1975 Dec 10, Elena Bonner
Sacharova (b.1923) read Andrei Sacharov’s Nobel Peace Prize
acceptance speech in Oslo.
1977 Dec 10, In Argentina
Azucena Villaflor, along with mothers Esther Ballestrino de Careaga
and Maria Eugenia Ponce de Bianco, were kidnapped by state security
agents. In 2005 Investigators recovered the remains of Villaflor and
2 colleagues at a rural cemetery. Villaflor had founded the Mothers
of the Plaza de Mayo, the legendary protest group against
Argentina's Dirty War. In 2011 Alfredo Astiz (59), a former
navy spy known as "the Angel of Death," was convicted in the
disappearance of Azucena Villaflor.
1977 Dec 10, On UN Human Rights
Day, the Soviet Union placed 20 prominent dissidents under house
arrest, cutting off telephones and threatening to break up a planned
silent demonstration in Moscow’s Pushkin Square.
1978 Dec 10, Edward D. Wood
(b.1924), film director, died in North Hollywood, Ca. His films
included "Plan 9 From Outer Space" (1959). He became infamous for
his bad movies. In 1994 the film "Ed Wood" by Tim Burton was made in
(AP, 12/10/98)(SFC, 12/25/98,
1980 Dec 10, US Representative
John W. Jenrette (Democrat, South Carolina) resigned to avoid being
expelled from the House following his conviction on charges relating
to the FBI’s ABSCAM investigation.
1980 Dec 10, Czeslaw Milosz of
UC Berkeley, a Polish-born American, received the Nobel Prize in
literature from King Carl Gustaf in Sweden.
(SFC, 12/9/05, p.F2)(AP, 10/8/09)
1982 Dec 10, Freeman Gosden
(b.1899), white actor, died. He had starred as Amos in the “Amos ‘n’
Andy" radio shows from 1928 to 1960.
1982 Dec 10, The UN Law of the
Sea (UNCLOS) treaty opened for signature. It extended
internationally recognized territorial waters to 200 miles offshore.
The convention came into force on November 16, 1994, one year after
the sixtieth state, Guyana, signed it. The treaty gave countries the
power to restrict fishing within 231 miles of their coasts. The UN
convention created the International Seabed authority and the
International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. As of 2016 it was
still not ratified by the US.
p.A13)(Econ, 8/18/07, p.51)(Econ, 8/6/16, p.12)
1983 Dec 10, Argentina's Pres.
Reynaldo Bignone handed power over to Raúl Ricardo Alfonsín.
(SSFC, 3/11/18, p.C10)
1984 Dec 10, It was reported
that a creosote bush in California’s Mojave Desert was determined to
be 11,700 years old.
1984 Dec 10, South African
Archbishop Desmond Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize.
(SFC, 6/23/96, BR, p.32)(AP, 12/10/99)
1984 Dec 10, The Convention
against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or
Punishment (the “Torture Convention") was adopted by the General
Assembly of the United Nations (resolution 39/46). The Convention
entered into force on 26 June 1987 after it had been ratified by 20
1986 Dec 10, Human rights
advocate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel accepted the Nobel Peace
1986 Dec 10-1986 Dec 30, In
China thousands of students began protesting for democracy in
Shanghai and the demonstrations spread to Beijing.
(SFC, 2/20/96, p.A4)
1987 Dec 10, President Reagan
and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev concluded three days of
summit talks in Washington.
1987 Dec 10, Jascha Heifetz
(b.1901), Lithuania-born Jewish violinist, died in Los Angeles.
1988 Dec 10, In Australia
American mathematician Scott Johnson (27) was found dead at the base
of a cliff near Manly’s North Head in Sidney. In 2020 police
arrested a man (49) and charged with murdering the Johnson.
1988 Dec 10, Soviet President
Mikhail Gorbachev visited the republic of Armenia, the scene of a
devastating earthquake that had killed an estimated 25,000 people.
1990 Dec 10, A stand-in for
Mikhail Gorbachev accepted the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize.
1990 Dec 10, The Food and Drug
Administration approved Norplant, a long-acting contraceptive
1990 Dec 10, The space shuttle
“Columbia" returned from its tenth mission.
1990 Dec 10, Industrialist
Armand Hammer died at age 92.
1991 Dec 10, In San Francisco
Frank Jordan was elected over Art Agnos by a margin of 52%-48%.
Agnos fared poorly with Asian voters following his support the
demolition of the Embarcadero Freeway. Jordan had built a huge
margin among absentee voters, who accounted for one-third of the
(SFC, 12/15/99, p.A19)(SSFC, 10/17/04,
p.A22)(SSFC, 12/11/16, DB p.50)
1991 Dec 10, William Kennedy
Smith, accused of raping Patricia Bowman, proclaimed his innocence
during his trial in West Palm Beach, Fla.
1992 Dec 10, President-elect
Clinton announced his first Cabinet selections, including Lloyd
Bentsen to be treasury secretary and Leon Panetta to be budget
1992 Dec 10, Sen. Bob Packwood,
R-Ore., apologized for what he called "unwelcome and offensive"
actions toward women, but refused to resign.
1993 Dec 10, The crew of the
space shuttle Endeavour deployed the repaired Hubble Space Telescope
into Earth orbit.
1993 Dec 10, Mansour Rashid
El-Kikhia, former Libyan ambassador to the UN, was kidnapped in
Cairo. The US CIA later reported that he was taken to Libya and
executed in early 1994.
(SSFC, 5/21/06, p.E5)(http://tinyurl.com/lnqr5)
1993 Dec 10, South African
President F.W. de Klerk and African National Congress leader Nelson
Mandela accepted their Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.
1994 Dec 10, Yasser Arafat,
Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin received the Nobel Peace Prize,
pledging to pursue their mission of healing the anguished Middle
1994 Dec 10, Advertising
executive Thomas Mosser was killed by a mail bomb attributed to the
Unabomber at his home in North Caldwell N.J.
(SFC, 4/4/96, p.A16)(SFEC, 11/9/97, Z1 p.5)
1995 Dec 10, The first group of
US Marines arrived in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo to join NATO
soldiers sent to enforce peace in former Yugoslavia.
1996 Dec 10, Roman Catholic
Bishop Filipe Ximenes Belo and exiled activist Jose Ramos Horta,
opponents of Indonesia's occupation of East Timor, accepted the
Nobel Peace Prize.
1996 Dec 10, On International
Human Rights Day, President Clinton urged the Senate to embrace a
17-year-old treaty barring abuses against women.
1996 Dec 10, In Armenia the
Supreme Court sentenced 3 members of the outlawed Dashnaksitun
political party to death on terrorism charges.
(SFC, 12/11/96, p.C1)
1996 Dec 10, The French African
aid budget was more than $3 billion, nearly 4 times that of the US
aid to Africa. French troops were garrisoned in Cameroon, the CAR,
Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Gabon and Senegal.
(WSJ, 12/10/96, p.A22)
1996 Dec 10, In Gabon Pres.
Bongo was believed to be among the world’s richest individuals.
(WSJ, 12/10/96, p.A22)
1996 Dec 10, NATO took formal
steps to expand and reassured Russia that it had no plans to move
nuclear weapons into the territory of new members.
(SFC, 12/11/96, p.C1)
1996 Dec 10, In South Africa
Pres. Nelson Mandela signed the finished constitution, largely the
work of Albie Sachs.
(SFEC, 2/9/97, z1 p.7)
1996 Dec 10, In South Africa a
policeman convicted of 11 murders in a botched 1988 assassination
attempt and serving a 30-year sentence was freed from prison by the
(WSJ, 12/11/96, p.A1)
1996 Dec 10, The US refused to
provide aid to Togo because of endemic corruption and repression but
France has resumed a major aid program.
(WSJ, 12/10/96, p.A22)
1996 Dec 10, In Turkey the
military purged 70 officers and non-commissioned in a continuing
effort to purge Muslim fundamentalists from its ranks.
(WSJ, 12/11/96, p.A1)
1997 Dec 10, The US Supreme
Court narrowed double-jeopardy protections for people who face both
civil fines and criminal prosecution for the same conduct, ruling
that three Oklahoma men could be prosecuted in a bank failure case
even though they'd already paid civil fines for their actions. This
overturned a 1989 ruling that said it would be double-jeopardy to
impose both criminal punishment and civil fines.
(SFC, 12/11/97, p.A3)(AP, 12/10/98)
1997 Dec 10, Vice Pres. Gore
announced that $425 million would be made available from the
Technology Literacy Challenge Fund to help state and local officials
improve teaching and learning with new technology.
(SFC, 12/11/97, p.A9)
1997 Dec 10, Researchers
announced that the genetic blueprint of the microbe that causes Lyme
disease has been deciphered.
(WSJ, 12/11/97, p.A1)
1997 Dec 10, Julia Butterfly
(23), nee Julia Hill, climbed into a redwood tree in Humboldt
County, Ca., on Pacific Lumber Co. property and remained there for
over 2 years. She named the tree Luna and in her meditations came up
with the equation: truth + hope = action + change. Julia ended her
protest Dec 18, 1999. A deal was reached to preserve Luna and a
200-foot buffer in exchange for a $50,000 payment to Pacific Lumber,
which would be donated to Humboldt State Univ. for scientific
research. In 2000 Hill published “The Legacy of Luna: The Story of a
Tree, a Woman, and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods."
(SFEC, 12/6/98, Z1p.1)(KPFA, 12/9/99)(SFC,
12/18/99, p.A5)(SFC, 12/20/99, p.A24)(SFEC, 4/2/00, BR p.3)
1997 Dec 10, In Britain the
House of Commons approved a bill to reduce welfare payments to
(SFC, 12/11/97, p.C2)
1997 Dec 10, In Israel the
parliament issued a broad ban on Palestinian political activity in
East Jerusalem in an attempt to block a Palestinian census.
(SFC, 12/11/97, p.C2)
1997 Dec 10, Jordan expelled 7
Iraqi diplomats after Iraq executed 4 Jordanians accused of
smuggling $850 worth of auto parts.
(SFC, 12/11/97, p.A18)
1997 Dec 10, Jesus Carrola, the
new judicial police chief of Mexico City, stepped down amid
allegations of links to torture and drug traffickers.
(SFC, 12/11/97, p.C3)
1997 Dec 10, In Mexico Vincent
Carroza, a hotel manager in Acapulco from New Jersey, was kidnapped
by 9 gunmen dressed as federal police agents. His was the 104th
kidnapping reported in the state in 20 months. He was released
unharmed after 8 days.
(SFC, 12/11/97, p.A18)(SFC, 12/18/97, p.C12)
1997 Dec 10, In Rwanda Hutu
guerrillas, known as Interhamwe, attacked the Mudende Tutsi refugee
camp and killed at least 231  people and wounded over 200
others just hours before the arrival of US Sec. of State Madeleine
Albright, who came to promote peace.
(SFC, 12/12/97, p.B3)(SFC, 12/19/97, p.B6)
1997 Dec 10, In Uganda US
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright pledged $2.2 million for World
Vision, a center that cares for abducted children, and a $2 million
grant for Lacor Hospital, where many children receive treatment.
(SFC, 12/11/97, p.A17)
1997 Dec 10, In Zimbabwe the
government withdrew key components of a controversial tax package.
(SFC, 12/11/97, p.A18)
1998 Dec 10, The House
Judiciary Committee opened debate on 4 articles of impeachment
against Pres. Clinton. Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee
lined up one by one in favor of impeaching President Clinton;
Democrats vowed opposition after lawyers clashed in closing
arguments over alleged "high crimes and misdemeanors."
(SFC, 12/11/98, p.A1)(AP, 12/10/99)
1998 Dec 10, Six astronauts
jubilantly swung open the doors to the new international space
station, becoming the first guests aboard the 250-mile-high outpost.
1998 Dec 10, Scientists
reported that all 97 million genetic “letters" of the worm
“Caenorhabditis elegans" had been precisely mapped. It was the first
complete genetic blueprint of an animal.
(SFC, 12/11/98, p.A1,16)
1998 Dec 10, In Detroit Andrzej
Olbrot (52), a Wayne State Univ. engineering Prof., was shot and
killed while administering final exams. A 48-year-old graduate
student turned himself in the next day.
(SFC, 12/11/98, p.D6)(SFC, 12/12/98, p.A2)
1998 Dec 10, In Algeria the
death toll for the month reached 200.
(WSJ, 12/11/98, p.A1)
1998 Dec 10, Mansur Tagirov,
Chechnya’s top prosecutor, disappeared while returning to Grozny.
(SFC, 12/12/98, p.B1)
1998 Dec 10, Zhang Jieying,
Chinese writer and columnist, was reported to have sold 200,000
legal copies and millions of pirated editions of her book “Absolute
Privacy." The book was a collection of people’s private stories on
love and sex in an era of social change.
(WSJ, 12/10/98, p.A1)
1998 Dec 10, Nicaragua filed a
large damage suit against all major US tobacco companies. Guatemala
and Panama already had suits on file.
(SFC, 12/11/98, p.D3)
1998 Dec 10, In North Korea it
was reported that a Fall scientific survey found that 62% of the
children under 7 years old suffered from stunted growth due to
malnutrition. An entire generation of children were feared to be
physically and mentally impaired.
(SFC, 12/10/98, p.C5)
1998 Dec 10, Leaders of the PLO
voted to annul passages of their 1964 constitutional charter that
called for Israel’s destruction.
(AP, 12/10/99)(SFC, 12/11/98, p.A18)
1998 Dec 10, In Sudan the death
toll from the 15 year civil war was reported to have reached at
least 1.9 million. A 40 nation African conference on refugees opened
(SFC, 12/11/98, p.D3)
1999 Dec 10, Wen Ho Lee,
nuclear physicist, was charged with 59 counts of mishandling
classified information at Los Alamos National Laboratory. After
three years under suspicion as a spy for China, computer scientist
Wen Ho Lee was arrested and charged with removing secrets from
secure computers at the Los Alamos weapons lab. Lee was later freed
after pleading guilty to one count of downloading restricted data to
tape; 58 other counts were dropped.
(SFC, 12/11/99, p.A1)(AP, 12/10/00)
1999 Dec 10, Death claimed rock
singer-musician Rick Danko at age 56 and actress Shirley Hemphill at
1999 Dec 10, In Argentina Pres.
Fernando de la Rua was inaugurated. His campaign promised to revive
(SFC, 5/20/00, p.A8)(WSJ, 8/23/01, p.A9)
1999 Dec 10, In China Pres.
Yeltsin of Russia and Pres. Jiang Zemin ended a 2-day summit and
swapped pledges of support for Chechnya and Taiwan.
(SFC, 12/11/99, p.A18)
1999 Dec 10, China signed a
deal to advance Belgrade some $300 million in cash and credits for
(SFC, 12/11/99, p.C2)
1999 Dec 10, More than two
million people marched in Cuba to demand the return of Elian
1999 Dec 10, In Croatia Pres.
Franjo Tudjman died at age 77. Vlatko Pavletic (1930-2007), speaker
of Croatia's parliament, began serving as acting president for two
(SFC, 12/11/99, p.A16)(AP, 9/19/07)
1999 Dec 10, The EU accepted
Turkey as a candidate for membership. It also agreed to draft a
common defense policy with a deployment force of 60,000 peacekeepers
by 2003 to diffuse crises at its doorstep. Preliminary consideration
for membership was also granted to Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania,
Romania, Slovakia, and Malta.
(SFC, 12/11/99, p.A16)
1999 Dec 10, In Kuwait a US
airmen was instantly killed when an Air Force C-130 transport landed
short of the runway at Al Jaber Air Base. The plane regained
altitude, dumped fuel and made an emergency belly landing following
which 2 more airmen were killed. The pilot was charged with
involuntary manslaughter for killing three servicemen by crashing
1999 Dec 10, In Mexico masked
men with guns attacked a prison in Chiapas and 44 of 239 inmates
fled and a 5-month old child, whose mother was visiting her husband,
(SFC, 12/11/99, p.C2)
1999 Dec 10, In South Korea
nearly 20,000 people gathered for a labor rally in Seoul that turned
violent and left 160 people injured.
(SFC, 12/11/99, p.C2)
1999 Dec 10, The UN extended
Iraq's "oil-for-food" program for 6 months and set the stage for the
suspension of sanctions if UN weapon's inspectors are allowed back
into the country.
(SFC, 12/11/99, p.C1)
2000 Dec 10, Jack S. Kilby
(1923-2005) received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his invention of
the microchip (1958). Zhores Alferov of Russia and Herbert Kroemer
of UC Santa Barbara shared the prize for their work on
(SFC, 12/11/00, p.A2)(SFC, 6/22/05, p.A5)
2000 Dec 10, Kim Dae Jung,
president of South Korea, received the Nobel Peace Prize for his
campaign to unify his country.
(SFC, 12/11/00, p.A2)
2000 Dec 10, In Washington,
lawyers for Al Gore and George W. Bush filed briefs outlining their
cases to be argued the next day before the U.S. Supreme Court.
2000 Dec 10, Israeli Prime
Minister Ehud Barak submitted his resignation, starting the
countdown toward a special election. Former prime minister Benjamin
Netanyahu announced his intent to unseat Ehud Barak.
(SFC, 12/11/00, p.A1)(AP, 12/10/01)
2000 Dec 10, Ivory coast
proceeded with parliamentary elections against the wishes of both
France and the US.
(SFC, 12/11/00, p.A13)
2000 Dec 10, In the Philippines
Pres. Estrada announced that he would order the commutation of all
death sentences to life imprisonment.
(SFC, 12/11/00, p.F8)
2000 Dec 10, Fishermen dragged
the corpse of Dariusz Janiszewski, stripped to a shirt and
underwear, from the muddy banks of the Oder River in southwestern
Poland. His body showed signs of starvation and torture. In 2007 a
court ruled that author Krystian Bala planned and directed the
grisly killing, but said there was insufficient evidence to convict
him of carrying out the murder himself. He was sentenced to 25 years
in prison. Bala's 2003 novel, "Amok," an alcohol- and sex-fueled
tale was narrated by a man named Chris, who stabs a woman after
binding her hands behind her back and then running the rope to a
noose around her neck.
2000 Dec 10, In Romania Ion
Iliescu, former Communist turned social democrat, won the
presidential runoff elections over nationalist Corneliu Vadim Tudor
(SFC, 12/11/00, p.A12)
2000 Dec 10, Slovenia
re-established diplomatic ties with Yugoslavia.
(WSJ, 12/11/00, p.A1)
2001 Dec 10, President Bush
told reporters a videotape of Osama bin Laden in which the al-Qaida
leader talked happily about the Sept. 11 attacks "just reminded me
of what a murderer he is."
2001 Dec 10, Federal
authorities charged Golden State Transportation, a Los Angeles-based
bus company, with illegally transporting thousands of undocumented
aliens from staging areas near the U.S.-Mexico border. Raids over
the last 2 days had picked up 26 of the 32 indicted.
(SFC, 12/11/01, p.A7)(AP, 12/10/02)
2001 Dec 10, US air strikes
continued at Tora Bora and Afghan fighters moved in on al Qaeda
defenders in fortified caves.
(SFC, 12/11/01, p.A1)
2001 Dec 10, In Philadelphia a
gunman opened fire outside the Great Valley Shopping Center in East
Whiteland Township and killed 2 people. A 3rd was wounded.
(SFC, 12/11/01, p.A9)
2001 Dec 10, It was reported
that at least 43 Taliban prisoners had died in shipping containers
during a 2-3 day transit from Kunduz to Shibirghan.
(SFC, 12/11/01, p.A17)
2001 Dec 10, Israeli
helicopters fired missiles at a car in Hebron. 2 boys aged 3 &
13 were killed and 7 people were wounded.
(SFC, 12/11/01, p.A3)
2001 Dec 10, In Kenya Sheikh
Ahmed Salim Swedan, an al Qaeda operative, was arrested in Mandera
near the Somalia border for involvement in the Aug 7, 1998 US
(SFC, 12/11/01, p.A13)
2001 Dec 10, In Venezuela a
nation-wide 12-hour work stoppage was planned to protest policies of
Pres. Hugo Chavez. Thousands of businesses closed and millions
stayed home as Pres. Chavez countered as host of the annual air
force show in Caracas.
(WSJ, 12/6/01, p.A12)(SFC, 12/11/01, p.A6)
2002 Dec 10, Pres. Bush named
William Donaldson (71), co-founder of a Wall Street brokerage firm,
to head the SEC.
(SFC, 12/11/02, p.A1)
2002 Dec 10, A U.S. F-16
fighter bombed an Iraqi surface-to-air missile system after Iraq
moved it deep into the southern no-fly zone.
2002 Dec 10, The Colombian army
reported that at least 8 right-wing militia members were killed by
leftist guerrillas near Tierradentro. A local clinic reported at
least 28 militia members dead along with 2 rebels.
(SFC, 12/11/02, p.A13)
2002 Dec 10, A train accident
at Coliseo, Cuba, killed 14 people and injured more than 70.
(AP, 12/11/02)(SFC, 12/12/02, p.A20)
2002 Dec 10, In Portugal a
national strike forced schools to cancel classes, reduced hospital
care to emergency treatment, left garbage uncollected and clogged
roads with traffic as most public transport stopped running.
2002 Dec 10, Saudi dissidents
reported a new radio station, Sawt al-Islah (the Voice of Reform),
had started broadcasting from Europe to push for reforms.
(SFC, 12/11/02, p.A14)
2002 Dec 10, In Sweden King
Carl XIV Gustaf awarded the Nobel Prizes. Former US Pres. Jimmy
Carter accepted the Peace Prize for his diplomacy in the Middle East
in the 1970s.
2003 Dec 10, U.S. allies that
opposed the war in Iraq were angered and surprised by Deputy Sec. of
Defense Paul Wolfowitz's decision to bar their companies from
bidding for $18.6 billion worth of reconstruction contracts, with
France questioning its legality and Canada threatening to halt aid.
The 63-nation eligibility list excluded Germany, France, Russia and
(AP, 12/10/03)(WSJ, 12/10/03, p.A1)(Econ,
2003 Dec 10, A divided Supreme
Court upheld the broadest restrictions on campaign donations in
nearly 30 years.
2003 Dec 10, An appeals court
ordered a new trial for Lionel Tate, a Florida teen sentenced to
life for causing the death of a 6-year-old playmate, Tiffany Eunick.
Originally convicted of first-degree murder, Tate pleaded guilty to
2nd-degree murder and went free in January 2004.
2003 Dec 10, Scientists
reported on a partial list of genes that make people human based on
comparisons with the chimpanzee genome.
2003 Dec 10, Robert Bartley
(66), conservative head of the WSJ editorial pages, died.
(Econ, 1/3/04, p.63)
2003 Dec 10, An Int'l. Court
sentenced former Bosnian-Serb Col. Dragan Obrenovic (40) to 17 years
in prison for his role in the slaughter of more than 7,000 men and
boys in Srebrenica, Bosnia. [see July 6, 1995]
2003 Dec 10, It was reported
that China was forcibly repatriating some 100 North Korean refugees
each week and the 852 were detained in camps awaiting deportation.
(SFC, 12/10/03, p.A16)
2003 Dec 10, The presidents of
Egypt and Iran met for the 1st time since 1979. Iran's rulers
authorized the signing of a UN nuclear deal.
(WSJ, 12/11/03, p.A1)
2003 Dec 10, Ethiopian
officials appealed for US$380 million for food and medicine to care
for more than 7 million people who will go hungry next year if
international aid doesn't make up for a chronic food shortfall.
2003 Dec 10, Aslan Abashidze
(65), a former Soviet bureaucrat who has ruled the region of
Adzharia since Georgia's 1991 independence, refused to accept
Georgia's interim leadership or parliament.
2003 Dec 10, Iraq's
U.S.-installed interim government established a special tribunal to
deal with crime against humanity committed by Saddam Hussein's
2003 Dec 10, Iraq's Health
Ministry has ordered a halt to a count of civilians killed during
the war and told its statistics department not to release figures
compiled so far.
2003 Dec 10, Journalist Michael
Weisskopf (57) was seriously wounded when a grenade thrown into an
Army Humvee exploded as he attempted to throw it back out.
(SFC, 12/12/03, p.A22)
2003 Dec 10, In Mosul, Iraq, 2
US soldiers were killed. In a Baghdad suburb armed men robbed a
government bank of almost $1.4 billion dinars ($800,000).
(SFC, 12/11/03, p.A17)
2003 Dec 10, Four Latvian
climbers plunged hundreds of feet to their deaths on Mount Cook, New
Zealand's highest peak.
2003 Dec 10, In Liberia
rampages by ex-government fighters left at least nine people dead in
Monrovia. All but one of the deaths came in fighting between U.N.
troops and the ex-militiamen.
2003 Dec 10, The Nobel Prize
awards ceremony were held in Sweden and Norway. Iranian democracy
activist Shirin Ebadi, the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace
Prize, accepted the award in Oslo, Norway.
(AP, 12/10/03)(AP, 12/10/08)
2003 Dec 10, The World Summit
on the Information Society began a 3-day meeting in Geneva, Switz.
(SSFC, 12/7/03, p.C2)
2004 Dec 10, Pres. Bush picked
Samuel Bodman to be the new energy secretary. Bernard Kerik withdrew
his name from consideration to be Pres. Bush's homeland security
2004 Dec 10, Staff Sgt. Johnny
M. Horne Jr. (30) of Wilson, N.C., was sentenced to three years in
prison for killing severely wounded Qasim Hassan (16) in Sadr City
on Aug 18.
(AP, 12/11/04)(SFC, 12/11/04, p.A13)
2004 Dec 10, Sprinter Michelle
Collins was suspended for eight years for a doping violation linked
to the BALCO scandal. The suspension was later reduced to four
2004 Dec 10, A US trade panel
gave final approval to anti-dumping duties of up to 198 percent on
imports of about $1.2 billion worth of wooden bedroom furniture from
2004 Dec 10, In Paris a skating
rink opened on an observation deck of the Eiffel Tower, 188 feet
above the streets.
(SFC, 12/11/04, p.A2)
2004 Dec 10, President Oscar
Berger said Guatemalan academics will create a university dedicated
to rescuing and developing the ancient knowledge of the country's
2004 Dec 10, Israeli troops
shot and killed a 7-year-old Palestinian girl after militants fired
mortar rounds at a Gaza Strip settlement, injuring four Israelis,
one of them a child.
2004 Dec 10, Italy’s Premier
Silvio Berlusconi was acquitted of corruption charges that have
dogged his government from the start.
2004 Dec 10, Japan's government
overhauled its defense guidelines, easing an arms exports ban and
singling out North Korea and China as security threats.
2004 Dec 10, OPEC agreed to
reduce output by one million barrels a day in hopes of staving off
further price declines without triggering a new buying frenzy.
2004 Dec 10, In southwestern
Pakistan a bomb strapped to a bicycle exploded next to an army truck
parked at a crowded outdoor market, killing at least 10 people and
2004 Dec 10, A Venezuelan
military plane crashed in a mountainous region near Caracas on
Friday, killing 16 people, including high-ranking officers.
2004 Dec 10, A US passenger
jet, United Flight 869, landed in Vietnam, the first since the
Vietnam War ended nearly 30 years ago.
2005 Dec 10, Southern
California running back Reggie Bush won the Heisman Trophy.
2005 Dec 10, In NYC police
officer Daniel Enchautegui (28) was shot a killed when he
interrupted a burglary in progress while off duty. 2 suspects were
arrested. Steven Armento (48), a convicted burglar, and Lillo
Brancato Jr. (29), an actor who appeared in episodes of "The
Sopranos" and in films including "A Bronx Tale," were shot by the
officer and were in stable condition yesterday in the critical care
unit of Jacobi Medical Center. Armento was convicted of first degree
murder in 2008 and sentenced to life in prison. On Jan 9, 2009,
Brancato was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
(SFC, 12/12/05, p.A3)(SFC, 1/10/09, p.E4)
2005 Dec 10, Anna Elizabeth
Vuori (90) was found murdered and sexually assaulted at her home in
Lafayette, Ca. DNA samples led police to arrest Richard Craig McNew
(32), a traveling salesman from Missouri with a criminal record
dating back to 1993. In late 2008 McNew pleaded guilty charges of
rape, murder and robbery.
(SFC, 1/11/06, p.B3)(SFC, 1/1/09, p.B3)
2005 Dec 10, Former US Sen.
Eugene McCarthy (b.1916), D-Minn., died at age 89 at his home in
(AP, 12/10/05)(Econ, 12/17/05, p.85)
2005 Dec 10, Richard Pryor
(b.1940), American black comedian and actor, died. His films
included "Stir Crazy," "Silver Streak," "Which Way Is Up?" and
"Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip."
2005 Dec 10, In Brazil Rayfran
das Neves Sales and Clodoaldo Carlos Batista were convicted of
killing Dorothy Stang, an American nun. Stang had spent decades
trying to save the Amazon rain forest. Prosecutor Esdon Cardoso said
the case would only be resolved when three other men accused in the
killing are convicted, including two ranchers accused of ordering
the killing. A third man has been charged with acting as a
go-between for the gunmen and the ranchers. The three are expected
to face trial some time next year.
2005 Dec 10, In Canada more
than 150 nations agreed to launch formal talks on mandatory
post-2012 reductions in greenhouse gases, talks that will exclude an
unwilling US. The agenda item on “Reducing emissions from
deforestation in developing countries and approaches to stimulate
action" was first introduced into the Conference of the Parties
(COP) agenda at its eleventh session in Montreal. The Reduced
Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation plan became
known as REDD.
12/10/05)(Econ, 12/17/05, p.77) (Econ, 9/25/10, SR p.6)
2005 Dec 10, China’s Ministry
of Railways signed an agreement to let an American subsidiary of
Shanghai-based TZG Partners operate a luxury train service that will
cross the Tibetan plateau. Custom carriages will need oxygen levels
adjusted for the high altitude.
(WSJ, 12/12/05, p.A17)
2005 Dec 10, In Dongzhou,
China, residents of the southern village near Hong Kong described a
tense standoff in the area with thousands of armed troops patrolling
the perimeter and blocking anyone from leaving. Frightened villagers
said they were either hunkering down at home or arguing with police,
who are refusing to return the dead to their families. Police had
opened fire on demonstrators there on Dec 6.
2005 Dec 10, China and Portugal
vowed to boost their economic cooperation in resource-rich former
Portuguese colonies in Africa as the premiers of the two nations
attended a business conference in Lisbon.
2005 Dec 10, Egypt's justice
minister announced that just 26% of registered voters cast ballots
in the month-long parliamentary elections that ended this week. The
low turnout reflected both voter apathy and fear of violence. The
ruling party won 71% of the seats.
2005 Dec 10, The Petit Palais,
a long forgotten gem among Paris museums, reopened after an $84
million renovation that has restored the full splendor of a
structure originally built for the 1900 World's Fair.
2005 Dec 10-2005 Dec 11,
Hundreds of French youths smashed shop windows, ignited trash cans
and pelted police with bottles through the night to protest against
a ban on a rave party they planned in the western city of Rennes.
2005 Dec 10, In, Georgetown,
Guyana, the body of Hubert Daniel Thompson (55), an American
consultant for the US government's overseas aid agency, was found in
his hotel room. Police said they suspect homicide.
2005 Dec 10, Miss Iceland,
Unnur Birna Vilhjalmsdottir (21), an anthropology and law student
and part-time policewoman, was crowned Miss World on the southern
Chinese resort island of Hainan.
2005 Dec 10, Iran's top nuclear
official said that his country will enrich uranium and produce
nuclear fuel despite the U.S.-led international campaign to persuade
it to abandon such ambitions.
2005 Dec 10, In Iraq 4 American
soldiers were killed in separate attacks in the Baghdad area, the
day kidnappers of four Christian peace activists set as a deadline
for killing the hostages unless US and Iraqi authorities released
all prisoners. North of Tikrit Egyptian engineer Mohammed Ibrahim
al-Hilali (46) found dead after being snatched by gunmen a day
earlier. One Iraqi soldier was killed and nine wounded in a bomb
attack targeting an army patrol in the Sunni Arab town of Balad. In
Mosul 2 civilians were killed and one wounded when a car bomb
exploded as a US convoy rolled past.
2005 Dec 10, In Malaysia
Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer signed the Treaty of
Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia, which calls for signatories
not to interfere in each other's internal affairs. The treaty was
born within the 10-member ASEAN, which made signing the pact a
condition for entry into next week's inaugural East Asian summit.
2005 Dec 10, Mexican police
raided a house outside Mexico City, capturing two alleged kidnappers
and rescuing three people, including an 8-year-old girl, who had
been held for more than two months. Police detained Israel Vallarta,
a Mexican, and Marie Louise Cassez Florence, a Frenchwoman. The two
allegedly belonged to a gang called "The Zodiac," tied to at least
10 kidnappings and one murder. Florence Cassez was later sentenced
to 60 years in prison for 3 kidnappings. In 2010 Florence Cassez
released a book about her case. It describes a series of
inconsistencies in the case that she says weren't taken into
(AP, 12/10/05)(AP, 3/10/09)(AP, 9/23/10)
2005 Dec 10, Nigeria’s Sosoliso
Airlines Flight 1145 carrying 110 passengers crashed while landing
during a storm in the southern city of Port Harcourt. Some 107
people were killed including 71 children. The runway lights were off
because the airport had not bought a generator.
(AP, 12/10/05)(AFP, 12/12/05)(WSJ, 10/1/07, p.A1)
2005 Dec 10, In Norway Chief UN
nuclear inspector Mohamed ElBaradei accepted the 2005 Nobel Peace
Prize, sharing the award with his International Atomic Energy Agency
for efforts to control the spread of nuclear weapons. The other
Nobel Prizes were awarded in Sweden.
2005 Dec 10, Poland's PM
Marcinkiewicz said that he has ordered a probe of allegations that
the CIA ran secret prisons for terror suspects on Polish territory.
2005 Dec 10, In Russia a
24-hour, English-language, state-funded television channel went live
from its Moscow studios, designed to broadcast news from a Russian
perspective around the globe.
2005 Dec 10, Zimbabwe's
President Robert Mugabe conceded that shortcomings in his land
redistribution program contributed to critical food shortages as his
party wrapped up its annual conference.
2005 Dec 10, Zimbabwe's ruling
party recommended a crackdown on Western-sponsored groups hostile to
President Robert Mugabe and asked security forces to make a list of
people whose passports should be seized.
2006 Dec 10, Boston opened its
new $41 million Institute of Contemporary Art, designed by Diller
Scofidio + Renfro architects.
(SFC, 12/5/06, p.F3)
2006 Dec 10, The oil-rich Arab
states on the Persian Gulf said that they will consider starting a
joint nuclear program for peaceful purposes. The six-nation Gulf
Cooperation Council included Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab
Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.
2006 Dec 10, In Algeria
assailants hurled a bomb and shot at two vehicles transporting
employees in the town of Bouchaoui, 9 miles west of Algiers. The
Salafist Group for Call and Combat, known by its French acronym
GSPC, claimed responsibility for the attack.
2006 Dec 10, More than 3,000
firefighters battled some of Australia's worst wildfires in 70
years, as flames fanned by strong winds and searing temperatures
destroyed one home and threatened dozens more.
2006 Dec 10, In Chile Gen.
Augusto Pinochet (b.1915) died dashing hopes of victims of his
regime's abuses that he would be brought to justice. He overthrew
Chile's democratically elected Marxist president in a bloody coup
and for 17 years.
2006 Dec 10, The military
regime announced a crackdown on critics of Fiji's coup, just hours
after a house that had become a rallying point for those wanting a
return to democracy was ransacked by unknown assailants.
2006 Dec 10, Iraqi President
Jalal Talabani said the Iraq Study Group report offered dangerous
recommendations that would undermine his country's sovereignty and
were "an insult to the people of Iraq." Gunmen killed nine members
of two Shi'ite families in Baghdad. Omar Abdul-Sattar, a member of
the Sunni Arab Iraqi Islamic Party, said that an organized effort
was under way in the Hurriyah neighborhood of Baghdad to force
Sunnis out. Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr sharply criticized
PM Nouri al-Maliki's government and once again demanded that all
foreign troops leave the country.
(AP, 12/10/06)(Reuters, 12/10/06)
2006 Dec 10, Tenor Roberto
Alagna walked out of a performance of Verdi's "Aida" at Italy's
famed La Scala opera house when the audience booed his rendition of
the aria "Celeste Aida."
2006 Dec 10, Thousands of
Hezbollah-led protesters gathered in downtown Beirut, demanding PM
Fuad Saniora cede some power to the opposition or step down.
2006 Dec 10, Leonel Cota,
president of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), Mexico's largest
leftist party, led thousands of protesters in a march to the center
Oaxaca, demanding the resignation of the state governor and the
withdrawal of thousands of federal police.
2006 Dec 10, In Romania more
than 6,000 inmates at 24 prisons took part in hunger strikes and
other protests to demand amnesty and better living conditions.
2006 Dec 10, In Siberia 9
patients of a clinic for the mentally ill died in a fire.
2006 Dec 10, In Sri Lanka some
3,000 civilians fled the northeast as heavy artillery duels over the
last 2 days killed more than 110 people, including 41 civilians. 24
soldiers were killed and 69 wounded in artillery and mortar battle
with the insurgents in the eastern Batticaloa district. 40 rebels
were also killed.
(AFP, 12/10/06)(AP, 12/11/06)
2007 Dec 10, A US judge
sentenced former media mogul Conrad Black (63) to 6-1/2 years in
prison for obstructing justice and defrauding shareholders in
one-time newspaper publishing empire Hollinger International Inc.,
and ordered him to report to prison in 12 weeks. The Canadian-born
member of Britain's House of Lords was found guilty in July of one
count of obstructing justice and three counts of fraud.
Co-defendants Jack Boultbee (64), former Hollinger chief financial
officer, got 27 months and former vice president and general counsel
Peter Atkinson (60) got 2 years for fraud.
2007 Dec 10, Suspended NFL star
Michael Vick was sentenced by a federal judge in Richmond, Va., to
23 months in prison for bankrolling a dogfighting operation and
killing dogs that underperformed.
2007 Dec 10, Madison Square
Garden and New York Knicks coach Isaiah Thomas reached an $11.5
million settlement of a sexual harassment case brought by former
team executive Anucha Browne Sanders.
2007 Dec 10, Former Vice
President Al Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize with a call for
humanity to rise up against a looming climate crisis and stop waging
war on the environment.
2007 Dec 10, US commuters
contended with treacherous roads from the southern Plains to the
Northeast as a storm spread a coating of ice and freezing rain. The
storm eventually was linked to 38 deaths including 21 in Oklahoma, 4
in Kansas and 3 each in Missouri and Michigan and one in Nebraska.
(AP, 12/10/07)(AP, 12/13/07)(SFC, 12/12/07,
p.A3)(SSFC, 12/16/07, p.A4)
2007 Dec 10, Seattle-based
Washington Mutual said it will lay off over 3,000 workers and close
190 offices in response to loan losses in the mortgage market.
(SFC, 12/10/07, p.B1)
2007 Dec 10, Afghan and
international forces retook the southern town of Musa Qala, held by
Taliban militants since February. A Taliban spokesman said the
militants fled to avoid civilian and Taliban casualties. In Sangin
district Afghan police clashed with a group of Taliban militants,
leaving 15 militants dead and 11 others wounded. An Afghan army
helicopter crashed in central Afghanistan because of bad weather,
killing four people. British PM Gordon Brown stopped in at Camp
Bastion, the main British camp in Helmand province.
(AP, 12/10/07)(AFP, 12/10/07)
2007 Dec 10, Cristina Kirchner
was sworn in as president of Argentina. Hector Febres (66), accused
of kidnapping and torturing dissidents during Argentina's past
military dictatorship, was found dead in his cell at a navy brig
four days before an expected verdict in his high-profile case. On
Dec 14 police detained the wife and two grown children of the former
coast guard officer hours after an autopsy found cyanide in his
(WSJ, 12/8/07, p.A1)(AP, 12/14/07)
2007 Dec 10, Australia accepted
seven asylum seekers from Myanmar as refugees as the country's new
Labor government began unwinding tough immigration laws which force
boatpeople into detention on Pacific island nations.
2007 Dec 10, In London Led
Zeppelin performed their first full concert in nearly three decades.
Three surviving members, singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page
and bassist-keyboardist John Paul Jones, were joined by the late
John Bonham's son Jason on drums.
2007 Dec 10, Petro-Canada,
Canada's third largest oil and gas company, signed a $7 billion deal
with Libya's state-run National Oil Corp. to invest in exploration
in the North African nation.
2007 Dec 10, In Mississauga,
Canada, Aqsa Parvez (16), who was said to have clashed with her
father about whether she should wear a traditional Muslim head
scarf, died of injuries, and her father told police he had killed
2007 Dec 10, American blues
guitarist "Philadelphia" Jerry Ricks (67), who mastered the sound of
the 1930s' Delta Blues, died in a clinic in Croatia.
2007 Dec 10, Cuba said it would
sign an international agreement on civil and political rights while
a few blocks away government supporters shoved and shouted down
activists calling for improved human rights on the communist-run
2007 Dec 10, Indonesian
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said a 10-year program has begun
to save endangered orangutans from extinction by protecting tropical
jungle habitat from logging, mining and palm oil plantations. As
many as 50,000 orangutans have been lost over the past 35 years due
to shrinking habitat. As of January 2004, about 6,650 Sumatran
orangutans and 55,000 Borneo orangutans remained in the wild.
2007 Dec 10, In Baghdad mortar
shells slammed into an Interior Ministry prison, killing at least
seven inmates and wounding 23. A roadside bomb targeting a police
patrol in eastern Baghdad killed one policeman and injured five
other people. Gunmen on motorcycles fatally shot Dr. Ibrahim
Mohammed Ajil, the head of Iraq's largest psychiatric hospital, as
he was returning home from work. Iraqi security forces rounded up
several Shiite militia fighters in raids targeting suspects in the
assassination of a US-backed provincial police chief south of
Baghdad. A fire broke out at one of Iraq's main oil refineries, but
the US military said it was due to an industrial accident, not an
attack. It was reported that some 1,217 people in Iraq’s northern
Sulaymaniya province have been infected with cholera since late
(AP, 12/10/07)(SFC, 12/10/07, p.A13)(AP,
2007 Dec 10, Japanese drugmaker
Eisai Co. said it will buy US biopharmaceutical company MGI Pharma
Inc. for $3.9 billion in cash in a move aimed at boosting its cancer
drug business and sustain sales growth.
2007 Dec 10, Kosovo Albanian
leaders said they will start immediate talks with Western backers
towards an independence declaration as the EU came closer to unity
in support of the province's drive to secede from Serbia. Thousands
of wildly cheering pro-independence demonstrators marched through
Pristina, as a sense of euphoria swept the breakaway province
preparing to gain statehood early next year.
(AP, 12/10/07)(AP, 12/11/07)
2007 Dec 10, Libyan leader
Moamer Kadhafi arrived on his first visit to France in 34 years,
sparking protests from rights groups and criticism from the
government's own human rights minister. Gadhafi got straight to
business, cutting $14.7 billion in deals for arms and nuclear
reactors on his first official visit to the West since renouncing
terrorism and atomic weapons.
(AFP, 12/10/07)(AP, 12/11/07)
2007 Dec 10, A suicide car
bomber struck near a bus carrying children of Pakistani air force
employees to school at a northern army base. At least five children
2007 Dec 10, Peru’s former
President Alberto Fujimori faced trial on charges of using a death
squad to kill leftist guerrillas and collaborators, a case stirring
mixed emotions in a country where many admire him for defeating a
2007 Dec 10, President Vladimir
Putin threw his support behind first Deputy PM Dmitry Medvedev
(b.1965) as his successor, saying that electing him president would
keep Russia on the same course of the past eight years. Medvedev
also served as chairman of AOA Gazprom, the state-controlled energy
(AP, 12/10/07)(WSJ, 12/11/07, p.A22)
2007 Dec 10, Swiss banking
giant UBS AG said it will write off a further $10 billion on losses
in the US subprime lending market and will raise capital by selling
substantial stakes to Singapore and an unnamed investor in the
2008 Dec 10, Congressional
officials said majority Democrats and the White House have finalized
a deal to spend $15 billion on emergency loans for struggling US
2008 Dec 10, The US proposed to
track down Somali pirates not only at sea, but on land and in
Somalian air space with cooperation from the African country's weak
2008 Dec 10, In southern
Afghanistan 6 police and a civilian were killed when US-led forces
targeting a Taliban commander bombed a police station in Zabul
2008 Dec 10, Anglo-Australian
mining giant Rio Tinto said it will slash some 14,000 jobs globally
to cut its debt by 10 billion US dollars as it battles falling
prices and a global slowdown.
2008 Dec 10, In Australia Taha
Abdul-Rahman of Sydney was jailed for 3½ years for buying seven
rocket launchers stolen from the military between 2001 and 2003,
most of which have never been recovered by authorities.
2008 Dec 10, British television
broadcast a documentary of the assisted suicide of Craig Ewert
(d.2006 at 59), a terminally ill American, as he died in
Switzerland. The documentary, “Right to Die?," was made by
Oscar-winning director John Zaritsky.
(SFC, 12/11/08, p.A2)
2008 Dec 10, Sark, the English
Channel Island that let only landowners vote for 450 years, held the
first parliamentary election in its history.
2008 Dec 10, The government of
Cambodia and the UN agreed in principle to strengthen measures to
prevent corruption among staff at the country's genocide tribunal.
2008 Dec 10, The European
Commission awarded the first Chaillot Prize to the Al-Nahda
Philanthropic Society for Women, a Saudi charity which helps
divorced and underprivileged women.
2008 Dec 10, Protesters
attacked Athens' main courthouse with firebombs during a hearing for
police officers whose shooting of a teenager set off rioting that
appeared to be tapering off even as a general strike paralyzed the
2008 Dec 10, Indonesia launched
the Bali Democracy Forum to promote human rights and democracy. The
forum was attended by foreign ministers from around 20 countries,
with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Australian PM Kevin Rudd
(Econ, 2/19/11, p.43)(http://tinyurl.com/6hbsxh5)
2008 Dec 10, Israel agreed to
allow the delivery of cash to banks in the Gaza Strip to ease a cash
crunch that has badly hobbled the economy of the blockaded
2008 Dec 10, In Italy a bumper
harvest was expected to push wine production above that of
neighboring France for the first time in a decade, making Italy the
world's largest wine producer.
2008 Dec 10, Police in Jamaica
said armed gangs wrestling for control of 2 communities near the
capital have forced over 200 people from their homes.
(SFC, 12/11/08, p.A4)
2008 Dec 10, In Mexico a
shootout between rival gangs killed 10 people in Sinaloa state, home
of the powerful cartel of the same name. US security consultant
Felix Batista was kidnapped in Saltillo, Coahuila state, while there
to offer advice on how to confront abductions for ransom. He claimed
to have helped resolve nearly 100 kidnap and ransom cases.
(AP, 12/11/08)(AP, 12/15/08)
2008 Dec 10, In Romania Theodor
Stolojan (65), former World Bank economist, was chosen to become the
next prime minister. On Dec 15 Stolojan renounced the job and was
replaced by Emil Boc (42), the leader of the same centrist
Democratic Liberal Party.
(SFC, 12/11/08, p.A4)(AP, 12/15/08)
2008 Dec 10, In Saudi Arabia
Muslims poured into Mecca for a final day of the hajj.
2008 Dec 10, In northern Sri
Lanka separatist Tamil rebels fought intense battles against
government forces trying to advance on the militants' de facto
capital, killing at least 89 soldiers. The military disputed the
death toll, saying pitched battles in the north over the past two
days had left 20 soldiers and 27 rebels dead.
2008 Dec 10, The Nobel Prizes
were awarded in twin ceremonies in Stockholm and Oslo.
2008 Dec 10, The death toll
from Zimbabwe's cholera outbreak soared to nearly 800 and a court
ordered police to find a missing rights activist, piling more
pressure on President Robert Mugabe's government.
2009 Dec 10, In California the
Assembly’s Democratic Caucus selected openly gay Latino Democrat
John Perez from Los Angeles as the lower house’s leader. He was
expected to be voted in as the 68th Assembly speaker in January.
(SFC, 12/11/09, p.A1)
2009 Dec 10, In SF police
arrested 25 protesters a day after students barricaded themselves
inside the business school of San Francisco State Univ. to protest
fee hikes and budget cuts at the state’s public universities.
(SFC, 12/11/09, p.C2)
2009 Dec 10, In the SF Bay Area
BART directors approved a 3.2 mile people mover connection to the
Oakland Airport. $440 million in contracts were approved with a
target date as soon as 2013.
(SFC, 12/11/09, p.C1)
2009 Dec 10, Pennsylvania
police charged Alfonso Frank Frazetta (52) with theft, burglary and
trespass after he was caught loading artwork into his trailer and
SUV. He had used a backhoe to break into a museum owned by his
father, fantasy artist Frank Frazetta (b.1928) loading artwork.
(SFC, 12/11/09, p.A11)
2009 Dec 10, A consortium
including Google and KDDI Corp signed a deal to build and operate an
international undersea cable system, estimated to cost $400 million.
Globe Telecom, part owned by Singapore Telecommunications Ltd, and
units of Bharti Airtel and Reliance Communications were also part of
2009 Dec 10, US researchers
reported that they have developed a less toxic transplant procedure
using bone marrow transplants to cure sickle cell disease in adults.
(SFC, 12/10/09, p.A22)
2009 Dec 10, The US Centers for
Disease Control (CDC) reported that nearly 10,000 people have died
from H1N1 influenza through Nov 14. Over 200,000 people were
reported to have been hospitalized since the beginning of the
pandemic 7 months earlier. 50 million America were estimated to have
contacted the disease.
(SFC, 12/11/09, p.A21)
2009 Dec 10, In southeastern
Australia more than 120 wildfires fanned by high winds and soaring
temperatures raged, prompting emergency warnings for several towns.
2009 Dec 10, Egyptian security
officials said a project is under way along the Gaza border to stem
smuggling into the Palestinian territory through underground
tunnels. A border guard with Hamas' Gaza rulers said the Egyptians
are digging during the day and putting sheets of metal into the
trenches at night.
2009 Dec 10, Iraq’s PM Nuri
al-Maliki accused rivals of stoking political rows that have put
security at risk, as US Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived on a
surprise visit. One US soldier died of injuries unrelated to combat.
2009 Dec 10, Ichiro Ozawa,
Japan’s “shadow shogun," flew 645 people in 5 airplanes, including
143 members of the DPJ, to meet with China’s Premier Hu Jintao.
(Econ, 12/19/09, p.75)
2009 Dec 10, In Libya a
foundation run by Moamer Kadhafi's son, Seif al-Islam, published a
new report cataloguing an array of cases of torture, wrongful
imprisonment and other abuses. The publication of the Kadhafi
Foundation's human rights report, its first since it was set up in
1999, came just two days before New York-based watchdog Human Rights
Watch is due to bring out its own report on Libya.
2009 Dec 10, In Mexico 2
federal agents were killed in a shootout with gunmen in the port
city of Lazaro Cardenas. Earlier in the day, a passer-by was killed
in the same city when he drove into a shootout between agents and
gunmen outside a hotel where the federal police officers were
staying. Three more officers who had been wounded last evening in an
attack in the town of Apatzingan died at a hospital.
2009 Dec 10, North Korea agreed
to accept medicine from South Korea to fight an outbreak of swine
flu, in a development that could improve relations between the
nations after a deadly maritime clash.
2009 Dec 10, In Oslo, Norway,
President Barack Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, acknowledging
his own few accomplishments while delivering a robust defense of war
and promising to use the prestigious award to "reach for the world
that ought to be."
2009 Dec 10, Abdullah Abu
Rahmeh (38), a teacher and leader of the most persistent Palestinian
protest movement against Israel's West Bank separation barrier, was
arrested by Israeli troops in a pre-dawn raid.
2009 Dec 10, In Paraguay an
appeals court overturned the corruption conviction and prison
sentence for former president Luis Gonzalez Macchi, drawing
criticism from the current government. Macchi had been sentenced to
eight years in prison for stashing $370,000 in a secret Swiss bank
account during his term.
2009 Dec 10, In the Philippines
gunmen abducted 65 students and teacher from a school in San Martin
village on Mindanao island. Suspected bandits trying to evade police
serving arrest warrants abducted dozens of villagers and were still
holding 57 hostages after releasing all the schoolchildren they had
(AFP, 12/10/09)(AP, 12/10/09)(Econ, 12/12/09,
2009 Dec 10, South Africa said
it has suspended dozens of immigration officials being investigated
for giving South African citizenship to foreigners, mainly from
2009 Dec 10, In South Africa
the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) said it
has approved a 10-million-dollar grant to fund the expansion of
Zimbabwe's Freda Rebecca gold mine.
2009 Dec 10, In Sudan gunmen in
Nyala, western Darfur, shot and killed Hassan Tageddine Hassan
al-Helw of the ruling National Congress Party along with 2 others in
2009 Dec 10, In Tanzania an
undersea cable to the archipelago of Zanzibar failed. The government
vowed to have it restored by Feb 20, 2010.
(SSFC, 1/24/10, p.M3)
2009 Dec 10, In Thailand
thousands of red-shirted supporters of former Thai PM Thaksin
Shinawatra flooded back into the streets of Bangkok in an attempt to
step up pressure on the embattled government.
2009 Dec 10, In Turkey an
explosion caused the collapse of an underground chamber of a coal
mine, killing 19 workers in western Bursa province.
2009 Dec 10, Uganda's
parliament approved a bill banning female genital mutilation.
2009 Dec 10, In Venezuela Judge
Maria Afiuni was jailed on charges of corruption and abuse of power
for freeing a high-profile banker while he awaited trial. An angry
President Hugo Chavez demanded she be kept in a cell for the maximum
sentence, 30 years.
2010 Dec 10, US Deputy Energy
Secretary Daniel Poneman said that the framework pact — known as the
123 agreement because its requirements are set in section 123 of the
US Atomic Energy Act — would help boost nonproliferation efforts and
create new business opportunities. The deal did not require
congressional approval, but Congress could have rejected it within
90 days of continuous session — a period that elapsed Dec 9 without
a vote of disapproval.
2010 Dec 10, It was reported
that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is missing key
information on who owns one-third of the 357,000 private and
commercial aircraft in the US, a gap the agency fears could be
exploited by terrorists and drug traffickers.
2010 Dec 10, The US Navy
completed its latest test of an electromagnetic rail gun at the
naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Va. The gun generated a
record 33 megajoules of force out of the barrel and sent a 20-pound
slug of aluminum at 7 times the speed of sound. The electric gun was
able to send a projectile over 100 miles.
(SFC, 12/15/10, p.A17)
2010 Dec 10, It was reported
that the United States is concerned that Mozambique could become a
narco-state because of close ties between drug smugglers and the
nation's government, according to US Embassy cables released by
2010 Dec 10, In NYC Nicholas
Brooks (24), the son of an Oscar-winning songwriter, was arrested on
charges of attempted murder and strangulation in the death of
fashion designer Sylvie Cachay (33), who was discovered around 3
a.m. the previous day at the Soho House hotel. Brooks' Academy
Award-winning father, Joseph Brooks (72), is awaiting trial in an
unrelated case. He was accused of raping 11 women he lured to his
apartment with the promise of a starring role in a movie. He has
pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges and is free on bail.
2010 Dec 10, In Afghanistan, in
recognition of International Human Rights Day, several hundred
demonstrators, some holding photographs of victims of three decades
of war, shouted for justice and peace in Kabul, just hours before a
suicide car bomber blew himself up in Nangarhar province, killing
two civilians. In the south a NATO service member was killed by a
roadside bomb. 15 civilians were killed when their vehicle struck a
roadside bomb in Helmand province.
(AP, 12/10/10)(Reuters, 12/11/10)
2010 Dec 10, Algerian troops
killed 10 Islamist rebels in the eastern Kabylie region known as a
stronghold of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
2010 Dec 10, Australia's
attorney general declared 45 communities along the country's east
coast disaster areas, following weeks of drenching rains that have
submerged homes, destroyed crops and killed four people.
2010 Dec 10, Bolivia enacted a
law lowering the country’s retirement age to 58. The current
retirement age was 65 for men and 60 for women.
(SFC, 12/11/10, p.A2)
2010 Dec 10, The Brazilian
government said gay couples in stable relationships are entitled the
same social security pension benefits enjoyed by heterosexual
(SFC, 12/11/10, p.A2)
2010 Dec 10, China's central
bank raised the amount of money the country's lenders must keep on
reserve for the third time in a month, following a spate of robust
data that strengthened the case for policy tightening.
2010 Dec 10, Police in Croatia
issued an international arrest warrant overnight for former PM Ivo
Sanader, who left the country just as it became clear that
prosecutors wanted him investigated and detained on corruption
charges. Sanader was arrested on an international warrant in
(AP, 12/10/10)(AP, 12/11/10)
2010 Dec 10, EU banking
supervisors agreed on finalized mandatory guidelines for awarding
bank bonuses, saying key requirements can be "neutralized" for less
risky firms and staff.
2010 Dec 10, A German battalion
in a French-German military brigade officially took up arms at a
ceremony in eastern France attended by the two countries' defense
ministers. This was the first time since World War II that German
combat troops were stationed in France, part of a conscious effort
to show the two EU powers have forever buried former hatreds.
2010 Dec 10, Guinea lifted a
state of emergency in a sign of rising stability since elections
marred by street violence. The African Union confirmed that it has
lifted sanctions against Guinea following the country's presidential
(AP, 12/10/10)(Reuters, 12/11/10)
2010 Dec 10, Indonesian police
arrested Abu Tholut (42), one of the country's most-wanted Muslim
militants, accusing him of plotting high-profile assassinations and
bloody attacks on foreigners at luxury hotels in the capital. Tholut
identified four more militants. Anwar Effendi, Wardi, Sukirno, and
Sri Puji Mulyo Siswanto were suspected of concealing information
about terrorism and of hiding Tholut. All 4 were arrested by the
(AP, 12/10/10)(AP, 12/14/10)
2010 Dec 10, Sakineh Mohammedi
Ashtiani, an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for
adultery, confessed to helping a man kill her husband and re-enacted
the alleged crime in an interview broadcast by Iranian state
television, an apparent effort by the government to deflect
international criticism over the case.
2010 Dec 10, In Jordan fans of
rival soccer teams clashed after a match, injuring 250 people in
violence that pointed to the deep divisions between the nation's
native Bedouin clans and its Palestinians.
2010 Dec 10, Police in
Indian-controlled Kashmir arrested a college lecturer on charges he
gave his students an English exam filled with questions attacking
India's crackdown on demonstrations in the disputed region. The exam
written by Noor Mohammed Bhat and administered to students across
the region on Dec 8 included questions such as, "Are the stone
pelters real heroes? Discuss."
2010 Dec 10, In Mexico a
gunbattle between rival gangs left 11 people dead during a Virgin of
Guadalupe celebration in the western town of Tecalitlan.
2010 Dec 10, Mexico scrambled
to break an impasse between rich and poor nations over future cuts
in greenhouse gas emissions as 190-nation climate talks went down to
2010 Dec 10, A Moldova court
ordered a recount in the inconclusive national election after the
Communist Party complained of "massive irregularities" in the Nov 28
2010 Dec 10, Dignitaries in
Norway celebrated this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, imprisoned
Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, with an empty chair. Xiaobo,
derided by Beijing as a political farce, dedicated it from his
prison cell to the "lost souls" of the 1989 Tiananmen Square
(AP, 12/10/10)(Reuters, 12/10/10)
2010 Dec 10, In Pakistan a
suicide attacker drove a vehicle packed with explosives into a
hospital for Shiite Muslims that was under construction in the
northwest, killing at least 10 people. A missile fired from a US
drone destroyed a vehicle in the Mir Ali town of North Waziristan,
killing at least four suspected militants.
2010 Dec 10, Leading Pakistani
newspapers acknowledged they were hoaxed after publishing reports
based on fake WikiLeaks cables that contain crude anti-Indian
2010 Dec 10, Panama’s President
Ricardo Martinelli said he will declare a national state of
emergency allowing the government to mobilize more resources for
affected areas. Heavy rains and flooding in Panama have killed 10
people and forced more than 4,700 from their homes.
2010 Dec 10, Philippine
President Benigno Aquino III ordered prosecutors to drop criminal
charges against 43 health workers arrested by the army as suspected
communist rebels 10 months ago, saying their rights were violated.
2010 Dec 10, A Serbian court
acquitted 10 men charged with helping Ratko Mladic, Europe's most
wanted fugitive, evade arrest on genocide charges before a UN war
2010 Dec 10, Serbia reversed
its boycott of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony honoring imprisoned
Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo after facing sharp criticism from the
EU and human rights activists at home.
2010 Dec 10, Somali pirates
hijacked the MV Panama just east of the Tanzania-Mozambique border,
making it one of the most southerly attacks Somali pirates have
pulled off. All 23 crew members were from Myanmar.
2010 Dec 10, In Sweden a court
convicted two men linked to the al Shabaab militant group for
conspiracy to commit a terrorist act and sentenced them to four
2010 Dec 10, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez said he will ask his congressional allies to
again grant him special powers to enact laws by decree.
2011 Dec 10, In Massachusetts
police swept through Dewey Square tearing down tents of the Occupy
Boston encampment and arrested dozens of protesters.
(SSFC, 12/11/11, p.A11)
2011 Dec 10, In Missouri Marvin
Rice (44), a former rural sheriff's deputy, was suspected of killing
his ex-wife and her new boyfriend before leading officers on a
high-speed chase that ended with a shootout at an upscale hotel
hosting a Christmas party for hundreds of doctors, nurses and their
families. Rice was in fair condition at a Columbia hospital after
being wounded in the shootout.
2011 Dec 10, In Afghanistan a
bicycle bomb killed at least two people, including a member of the
peace council, and left 16 wounded when it exploded in Kunduz city.
3 people were killed in Kandahar province when their vehicle hit a
2011 Dec 10, Benin's justice
minister denounced the country's judiciary as one of the most
corrupt sectors in the country.
2011 Dec 10, British police
said the final number of victims of phone hacking by Rupert
Murdoch's News of the World will be around 800 people, far fewer
than originally thought.
2011 Dec 10, Police in London
arrested 143 people during an angry demonstration by up to 500
people against the re-election of President Joseph Kabila in the
Democratic Republic of Congo.
2011 Dec 10, Bob Diamond, the
chief executive of Barclays bank, described in a published interview
how he has introduced a "no jerks rule" to weed out bankers he
considers too greedy or ostentatious. He also said pay for
investment bankers at Barclays will be lower this year but the
actual level has yet to be set.
(AFP, 12/10/11)(Reuters, 12/10/11)
2011 Dec 10, It was reported
that British researchers have successfully treated 6 patients
suffering from the blood clotting disease known as hemophilia B, by
injecting them with the correct form of the defective gene, Factor
(SSFC, 12/11/11, p.A5)
2011 Dec 10, In China 9 people
were killed and seven seriously injured in the far west region of
Xinjiang when a long-distance bus collided with a heavy-duty truck.
2011 Dec 10, CongoDRC police in
Kinshasa prowled opposition neighborhoods rounding up young men, who
were seen being dragged out of their homes and shoved into waiting
cars. Congo's police chief said at least four people have been
killed in the recent postelection violence. Observers with the
Atlanta-based Carter Center said that there is growing evidence of
possible vote suppression in parts of the country favorable to the
opposition, and vote inflation in regions known to support Kabila.
2011 Dec 10, In Germany a man
dressed as Santa drugged a girl (15) at a Berlin Christmas market. 9
other people at various Berlin Christmas markets have fallen prey to
2011 Dec 10, Indonesian police
in Aceh, the country's most conservative province, raided a
punk-rock concert and detained 65 fans, buzzing off their spiky
mohawks and stripping away body piercings because of the perceived
threat to Islamic values.
2011 Dec 10, In Iraq a spate of
gun and bomb attacks across northern and central Iraq killed seven
people and left four others wounded.
2011 Dec 10, Israeli warplanes
attacked Gaza and militants fired four rockets at southern Israel in
2011 Dec 10, In Libya the army
chief of staff, Gen. Khalifa Hifter, was in a convoy traveling from
his home in Tripoli to the military headquarters when a group of
armed men at a fake checkpoint tried to stop them. Soldiers arrested
two gunmen. Fighters from the western mountain town of Zintan, who
control Tripoli's international airport, opened fire on two
occasions on the convoy of Gen. Khalifa Hifter. The Zintan fighters
blamed the violence on the army's failure to notify them that the
general was coming.
(AP, 12/10/11)(AP, 12/11/11)
2011 Dec 10, In Mexico armed
men holed up in a building in the city of Valle Hermoso opened fire
on the troops. The army patrol later seized the building, finding 11
dead gunmen and 73 rifles inside. Two suspects were arrested.
2011 Dec 10, In Mexico a
magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck western Guerrero state, shaking
buildings and causing panic in the nation's capital and the Pacific
resort of Acapulco. Officials said at least three people died.
2011 Dec 10, In central Nigeria
3 bomb attacks, blamed on the feared Boko Haram radical sect, killed
one person and wounded 11 others in Jos.
2011 Dec 10, The deputy chief
of the Pakistani Taliban announced that the militant group was in
peace talks with the government and an agreement to end its brutal
four-year insurgency was within striking distance.
2011 Dec 10, In central
Pakistan at least 13 people, including three children, were killed
and another 15 injured when a road collision led to a gas cylinder
2011 Dec 10, In the Philippines
a four-seater cargo plane crashed onto a crowded Manila slum,
sparking a fire that killed 13 people and left five missing and at
least another 20 injured.
2011 Dec 10, Tens of thousands
of Muscovites thronged to a square across the river from the Kremlin
to protest alleged electoral fraud and urge an end to PM Vladimir
Putin's rule, demands repeated at other rallies across this vast
country in the largest public show of discontent in post-Soviet
2011 Dec 10, Saudi Arabia’s
Okaz newspaper reported that a man convicted of raping his daughter
has been sentenced to receive 2,080 lashes over the course of a
13-year prison term. A court in Mecca found the man guilty of raping
his teenage daughter for seven years while under the influence of
2011 Dec 10, In South Africa a
day after their scheduled close, UN climate talks fought against
despondency as 194 countries grappled for a deal to tame greenhouse
gases. Research presented at Durban said the world is on track for a
3.5 C (6.3 F) rise, a likely recipe for droughts, floods, storms and
rising sea levels that will threaten tens of millions.
2011 Dec 10, South Africa's
ruling African National Congress offered to help President Robert
Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF win the next elections in neighboring
2011 Dec 10, In central South
Africa the driver of an overloaded van lost control, veered into the
oncoming lane and collided with a truck, leaving 30 people dead.
2011 Dec 10, Syrian activists
said 9 civilians were killed by the security forces in the
flashpoint regions of Homs, Daraa and Idlib. World powers piled
pressure on Syria to allow observers to monitor spiraling deadly
violence as activists condemned rights violations on this
anniversary of International Human Rights Day.
2011 Dec 10, Tunisia's
constituent assembly adopted a provisional constitution that will
allow the north African country to name a government, a month and a
half after its first post-revolution election.
2011 Dec 10, Yemen's national
unity government, led by the opposition, was sworn in to lead a
three-month transition period until early elections are held and
President Ali Abdullah Saleh formally steps down. The new 34-member
cabinet, headed by PM Mohammed Basindawa, will carry out its duties
until February elections. Then Vice President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi
will take over the presidency for an interim two-year period.
Thousands of protesters marched in Taez, demanding Saleh be tried.
al-Qaida-linked militants attacked a military barracks in Zinjibar
overnight, leaving two soldiers and 11 militants dead.
(AFP, 12/10/11)(AP, 12/10/11)
2012 Dec 10, A study, from the
International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) said atheists and
other religious skeptics suffer persecution or discrimination in
many parts of the world and in at least seven nations can be
executed if their beliefs become known. IHEU said it was issuing the
report to mark the UN's Human Rights Day.
2012 Dec 10, In Afghanistan a
Taliban bombing killed the Afghan provincial police chief of Nimroz
province. Gunmen fatally shot and killed Najia Sediqi, the official
in charge of women's affairs for the eastern Laghman province. In
the south a NATO service member was killed in a bomb attack.
2012 Dec 10, Australian radio
announcers Mel Greig and Michael Christian, who made a Dec 4 prank
call to a British hospital treating Prince William's pregnant wife
Kate, broke a three-day silence to speak of their distress at the
apparent suicide of nurse Jacintha Saldanha. Saldanha (46) was found
dead in staff accommodation near London's King Edward VII hospital
on Dec 7 after putting the hoax call through to a colleague who
unwittingly disclosed details of Kate's morning sickness to 2DayFM's
2012 Dec 10, PM Cameron said
Britain will be the first country to introduce a database of genetic
sequences into a mainstream health service, giving doctors a more
advanced understanding of a patient's illness and what drugs and
other treatments they need.
2012 Dec 10, The UK's Ministry
of Defence said it has awarded a 1.2 billion-pound ($1.92 billion)
submarine contract to British defense contractor BAE Systems.
2012 Dec 10, Britain’s Standard
Chartered PLC agreed to pay a fine of $327 million on top of an
earlier $340 million penalty over money-laundering allegations by
(Econ, 12/15/12, p.73)
2012 Dec 10, It was reported
that a Bangladesh war crimes tribunal has accused The Economist
magazine of hacking the computer of its presiding judge to record
conversations and read e-mails he exchanged with a lawyer regarding
charges related to its 1971 war of independence.
(SFC, 12/10/12, p.A2)(Econ, 12/15/12, p.41)
2012 Dec 10, The Egyptian
military assumed joint responsibility with the police for security
and protecting state institutions until the results of a Dec 15
constitutional referendum are announced.
2012 Dec 10, EU foreign
ministers approved the concept of an EU training mission for an
attempt by Malian and other African troops to deprive the Islamists
of a haven and training sites in north Mali.
2012 Dec 10, Germany said it
has expelled four employees of the Syrian embassy in Berlin in a
diplomatic move to put pressure on the regime of President Bashar
2012 Dec 10, Iran's
Revolutionary Guard said it has decoded all of the data from a
RQ-170 Sentinel craft, an advanced CIA spy drone captured in Dec
2012 Dec 10, Jordan's King
Abdullah II ordered the release of 116 protesters jailed for their
involvement in last month's violent rallies against hikes in fuel
2012 Dec 10, Traffic began
moving over border crossings between Kosovo and Serbia.
(Econ, 12/15/12, p.53)
2012 Dec 10, In Mali soldiers
arrested PM Cheikh Modibo Diarra and ordered him to resign, showing
that the military is still the real power. Longtime civil servant
Django Cissoko was chosen as the new prime minister in the
transitional government, first set up after the military coup in
(AP, 12/11/12)(AP, 12/12/12)(Econ, 12/15/12,
2012 Dec 10, In northwestern
Pakistan Taliban militants armed with a rocket, hand grenades and
automatic weapons attacked a police station killing six people in
Bannu, a gateway to the North Waziristan.
2012 Dec 10, South Africa said
its diplomats have signed an agreement with Vietnam to try and halt
the trade of horns taken from poached rhinoceros.
2012 Dec 10, In South Africa
heavy rains caused a bridge to collapse, killing 14 people in
2012 Dec 10, Syrian rebels
killed 13 soldiers in an ambush near a strategic northern town along
a road linking Aleppo with Damascus.
2013 Dec 10, Key members of the
US Congress reached a modest budget agreement to restore $63 billion
in automatic cuts from programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon.
(SFC, 12/11/13, p.A8)
2013 Dec 10, Five American
financial regulators approved the Volcker rule. It prohibits deposit
taking banks from trading on their own account.
(Econ, 12/14/13, p.21)
2013 Dec 10, Fresh winter snow
moved into the US mid-Atlantic region, shutting schools and offices
in the nation's capital and elsewhere as the mid-section of the
country remained in the grip of Arctic air.
2013 Dec 10, In northern
Argentina 7 people died overnight in looting sparked by a police
strike. At least 10 deaths were blamed on police since their job
action began a week ago.
(AFP, 12/10/13)(SFC, 12/12/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 10, China's cabinet,
the State Council, announced that it was removing 82 powers from a
number of central government ministries, including the powerful
National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry
of Environmental Protection. The Ministry of Human Resources said
the retirement age, currently at 60 for men and 55 for female white
collar workers, would be gradually raised.
(Reuters, 12/10/13)(SSFC, 12/15/13, p.A20)
2013 Dec 10, In China a dozen
residents of Wuhan, Hubei province, drank pesticide in Beijing to
protest the demolition of their homes. All 12 survived and were
treated for poisoning.
(SFC, 12/12/13, p.A6)
2013 Dec 10, In Egypt police
fired tear gas to prevent students of the Islamic Al-Azhar
University from taking protests outside their campus, in the third
straight day of unrest there.
2013 Dec 10, French businessman
Jean-Claude Ma, who sold tens of thousands of breast implants filled
with industrial-grade silicone and prone to leaks, was convicted of
fraud and sentenced to the maximum four years in prison.
2013 Dec 10, Two French
soldiers were killed in overnight fighting in the Central African
Republic, France's first casualties in an operation to restore
stability in its former colony.
2013 Dec 10, In Iraq a suicide
bomber killed 11 people and wounded 19 at the Abu Idris shrine in
2013 Dec 10, In Jamaica the
Caribbean Community Reparations Commission identified eight nations
that should work with regional governments to address slavery
reparations. Denmark, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden were added
to a list that already included Britain, France and the Netherlands.
(SFC, 12/11/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 10, In Kenya gunmen
killed 8 people including 5 policemen and wounded at least two
others in an ambush in the Garissa region close to war-torn Somalia.
(AFP, 12/10/13)(AFP, 12/15/13)
2013 Dec 10, In Kuwait leaders
of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) gathered for a
2-day meeting to discuss plans to boost economic integration as well
as defence and security coordination.
2013 Dec 10, Mexican
authorities said police have arrested a man accused of ordering and
participating in the murders of more than 200 people, including
kidnap victims, rival gang members and drug dealers. Felipe Viveros
Garcia (30) was detained in the western state of Jalisco along with
two other suspects, Jose Bernabe Lopez Alcaraz (43) and Froylan
Barrera Morales (40).
2013 Dec 10, Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin ordered the military to step up its presence in the
Arctic after Canada signalled its intention to claim the North Pole
and surrounding waters.
2013 Dec 10, A Saudi court
jailed an Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist for 16 years for plotting to kill
the kingdom's grand mufti, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah al-Sheikh,
and other clerics. The sentence which includes 40 lashes and a
16-year travel ban.
2013 Dec 10, In Singapore the
US and 11 other nations negotiating a free trade zone stretching
from Chile to Japan failed to reach a final agreement, but indicated
they were closing in on a landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership.
2013 Dec 10, Singapore filed
charges against 24 Indian nationals who allegedly took part in its
first riot for over 40 years, as officials and activists warned
against inciting racial hatred over the incident.
2013 Dec 10, In South Africa
world leaders, family, friends and thousands of mourners paid
tribute to South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.
Thousands attending the commemoration booed and jeered President
Jacob Zuma. President Barack Obama was cheered and shook hands with
Cuban President Raul Castro in a simple gesture stoked talk of a
possible rapprochement between the leaders of two Cold War foes.
(AP, 12/10/13)(Reuters, 12/11/13)
2013 Dec 10, Nobel Prize
winners collected their awards in Sweden amd Norway.
2013 Dec 10, Syrian government
troops pounded a rebel stronghold near the Lebanese border, with
airstrikes and artillery hitting Yabroud in the mountainous region
where they believe opposition fighters are holding a group of nuns.
In the north fighters belonging to rival Islamic rebel groups
battled each other, killing at least 12.
2013 Dec 10, Thai PM Yingluck
Shinawatra pleaded for anti-government protesters to clear the
streets after she called a snap election, but protests leaders said
she should step down within 24 hours. Elections were scheduled for
2013 Dec 10, Officials in
Istanbul, Turkey, said they plan to introduce floating car parks to
try to resolve the chronic traffic problems. They will use
out-of-service ferries anchored in the Bosphorus to create
multi-storey lots near traffic hotspots.
2013 Dec 10, In Ukraine about
2,000 pro-Europe protesters huddled by braziers in their main tented
camp in snowbound Kiev, in defiance of riot police who herded them
away from government buildings overnight.
2013 Dec 10, The UN said it
would for the first time begin airlifting food and other aid items
across the border from Iraq to Syria after receiving the go-ahead
from both governments.
2013 Dec 10, The UN command and
Congolese troops launched an offensive in the eastern Democratic
Republic of Congo against against the FDLR (Democratic Forces for
the Liberation of Rwanda), a Rwandan rebel group linked to the 1994
2013 Dec 10, Uruguay gave
congressional approval for the legalization of marijuana. President
Jose Mujica was expected to sign it.
2014 Dec 10, Pres. Obama
announced $1 billion in private-public spending on programs for
(SFC, 12/11/14, p.A7)
2014 Dec 10, The International
Consortium of Investigative Journalists named Disney and Koch
Industries, an energy and chemical conglomerate, as among 35 big
companies it said had been seeking secret tax deals in Luxembourg.
2014 Dec 10, US military
officials said the United States and partner nations have launched
20 airstrikes against Islamic State militants in recent days with
seven strikes in Syria and led 13 strikes in Iraq.
2014 Dec 10, Detroit formally
emerged from court protection, ending the largest municipal
bankruptcy in US history.
(SFC, 12/11/14, p.A11)
2014 Dec 10, Missouri inmate
Paul Goodwin (48) was executed for the fatal beating and sexual
assault of Joan Crotts (63) in 1998. Goodwin reportedly had an IQ of
(SFC, 12/11/14, p.A11)
2014 Dec 10, Brazil’s National
Truth Commission delivered a damning report on the killings,
disappearances and acts of torture committed by government agents
during the country’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship.
(SFC, 12/11/14, p.A3)
2014 Dec 10, The British
Scouting Association apologized after revealing that 48 sexual abuse
lawsuits had been made since the movement started in 1907, 36 of
which had been brought since October 2012.
2014 Dec 10, In China
authorities in Urumqi, the capital of the restive western region of
Xinjiang, introduced a law banning veiled robes in public amid
measures taken by Beijing to curb Muslim extremism. The new law was
passed by the Urumqi legislature's standing committee but needs
endorsement at the regional level before going into effect.
2014 Dec 10, China General
Nuclear Power, established in 1994, floated shares on the Hong Kong
stock exchange. Shares in China's largest nuclear power producer
surged almost 20 percent on its debut.
(Econ, 12/6/14, p.18)(http://tinyurl.com/p59lh8h)
2014 Dec 10, A group of Gambian
diplomats were jailed after being found guilty of running a huge
tax-dodging tobacco operation out of the Gambian embassy in London.
Yusupha Bojang (54), was identified as the ringleader of the
operation, ordering half-a-million packets of tax-free rolling
tobacco over three years and selling it out of the west London
2014 Dec 10, Ralph Giordano
(b.1923), a German writer and Holocaust survivor who spoke out
against anti-Semitism and the far right, and later became a
prominent critic of Germany's failure to integrate Muslim
immigrants, died. Giordano was known for his autobiographical 1982
novel "The Bertinis" and 22 other books.
2014 Dec 10, India's government
said that it was decriminalizing suicide attempts, which earlier
were punishable by up to a year in prison.
2014 Dec 10, In Iraq a suicide
car bomb killed 9 Shiite militiamen in an attack near the Iraqi city
of Tikrit. A series of attacks in and near Baghdad, including one
involving a suicide bomber driving a tanker truck, killed at least
(AFP, 12/10/14)(AP, 12/10/14)
2014 Dec 10, The Irish
Parliament adopted a nonbinding resolution supporting an independent
(http://tinyurl.com/lkn9ehu)(SFC, 12/12/14, p.A2)
2014 Dec 10, Israeli ecologists
said it could take years to clean up a massive oil spill that
flooded the Evrona desert reserve with up to five million liters of
crude and threatened to spread to the Red Sea shore and neighboring
Jordan. The breached pipeline started spewing oil a week ago.
2014 Dec 10, In Italy police in
Perugia launched Operation Fourth Step against the “Ndrangheta, the
mafia from Calabria. 61 people were arrested.
(Econ, 12/13/14, p.55)
2014 Dec 10, Japanese
prosecutors charged a 68-year-old woman with murder, weeks after she
was arrested on suspicion of poisoning her husband, one of at least
six men who have died while in a relationship with her over the past
20 years. Chisako Kakehi has denied responsibility for the deaths.
2014 Dec 10, In western
Madagascar 2 people died in violence at a Chinese-run sugar
refinery. A part of the refinery was destroyed in unrest sparked by
a dispute over contracts for seasonal workers and wages for
2014 Dec 10, A Maldives
government official said water supply in the capital, cut by a fire
last week in its only treatment plant, won't be fully restored until
2014 Dec 10, In northeastern
Mali Ahmed el Tilemsi, a leader of the Mourabitoune militant group,
was killed in an evening operation conducted by French and Malian
forces near the town of Gao. About 10 militants in total were
"neutralized" during the sweep.
2014 Dec 10, Mauritians voted
in parliamentary elections with rival parties promising to boost the
economy and battling over the proposed strengthening of presidential
powers. The opposition Lepep coalition took a strong early lead
during vote counting.
(AFP, 12/10/14)(AFP, 12/11/14)
2014 Dec 10, In northern
Myanmar Kokang rebels attacked an army outpost, killing 7 government
troops and wounding 20 others.
2014 Dec 10, In Nicaragua
several thousand people marched in Managua to protest a planned $50
billion interoceanic canal. Groundbreaking was scheduled for Dec 22.
(SFC, 12/11/14, p.A2)
2014 Dec 10, In Nigeria a blast
ripped through a busy textile market in the north city of Kano. 4
people were killed when two female suicide bombers attacked the
Kantin Kwari textile market.
(AFP, 12/10/14)(Reuters, 12/10/14)
2014 Dec 10, Palestinian
minister Ziad Abu Ein (55) died shortly after an altercation with
Israeli border police in the West Bank during which one of the
policeman grabbed him by the neck. The Palestinians were attempting
to plant olive trees on land they claimed as theirs. Abu Ein, who
was convicted of killing two young Israelis in a bomb attack in 1979
and released as part of a prisoner swap in 1985, was a vocal
opponent of Israel's settlement building in the West Bank.
(Reuters, 12/10/14)(Econ, 12/13/14, p.51)
2014 Dec 10, Poland's
constitutional court overturned a ban on the ritual slaughter of
animals which had affected the Jewish and Muslim communities.
2014 Dec 10, In Puerto Rico
thieves broke the lock on the main gate of the Egg Market warehouse
in Bayamon and stole 456,000 eggs worth nearly $150,000.
2014 Dec 10, Russia’s lower
house of parliament voted unanimously to approved a treaty allowing
Armenia to join the Eurasian Economic Union, a trade block that
already includes Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
(SFC, 12/11/14, p.A2)
2014 Dec 10, Up to 17,000
residents in the west of Scotland were left without power as a
"weather bomb" of wet and windy conditions battered parts of Britain
with gusts expected to reach up to 80 miles per hour.
2014 Dec 10, Sierra Leone
authorities launched a two-week "lockdown" in an eastern diamond
mining district, hoping to halt the spread of Ebola after the area
recorded seven confirmed cases in a day.
(AP, 12/10/14)(SFC, 12/11/14, p.A4)
2014 Dec 10, The United Arab
Emirates reported that four Emiratis tried in absentia received life
sentences after they were found guilty of trying to set up an
al-Qaida affiliate in the Gulf nation and aiding rebels fighting in
Syria. Seven other men, including citizens of the Emirates, Syria
and the Comoros Islands, received between three and 15 years
imprisonment. Four other defendants were acquitted.
2014 Dec 10, A top U.N. special
investigator said senior US officials who authorized and carried out
torture as part of former President George W. Bush's national
security policy must be prosecuted.
2014 Dec 10, Zimbabwe’s Pres.
Mugabe told a ruling party meeting that Justice Minister Emmerson
Mnangagwa and appointee Phelekezela Mphoko will "automatically"
become vice presidents.
2014 Dec 10, Zimbabwe said it
has received a $110 million grant from the African Development Bank
to repair and upgrade ageing infrastructure including water and
power supply facilities.
2015 Dec 10, The United States
and its allies staged 25 air strikes against the Islamic State
militant group in Iraq and Syria.
2015 Dec 10, The National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that Fiat Chrysler
will pay a $70 million fine to the US government for its mishandling
of 23 recalls involving 11 million vehicles.
2015 Dec 10, Nevada’s Gov.
Brian Sandoval announced plans to offer $335 million in state tax
incentives and infrastructure upgrades to an upstart, Chinese
investor-backed electric carmaker that wants to build $1 billion
production plant in a Las Vegas suburb.
2015 Dec 10, In Afghanistan a
woman detonated her explosives' vest at a checkpoint in eastern
Nangarhar province, killing her 3 children and an officer who
stopped their suspicious-looking car.
2015 Dec 10, Argentine
President Mauricio Macri was sworn in, inheriting myriad economic
problems from the often-divisive outgoing President Cristina
Fernandez. Inflation was about 30% and the budget deficit was 5.4%
(AP, 12/10/15)(Econ, 11/28/15, p.31)(Econ,
2015 Dec 10, Azerbaijan said 3
of its troops have been killed in the past ten days as the conflict
in its separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh escalates.
2015 Dec 10, The Bosnian Serb
regional government said it has stopped all cooperation with the
state court, prosecution office and police because they ordered or
carried out the arrest of five Serb war crimes suspects and raided a
local police station in the Serb republic.
2015 Dec 10, Four tobacco
giants launched a High Court legal challenge against a British law
banning the use of logos or branding on packets of tobacco products
from May 2016.
2015 Dec 10, The first Canadian
government plane carrying Syrian refugees arrived in Toronto late
today where they were greeted by PM Justin Trudeau.
2015 Dec 10, The Asian
Development Bank (ADB) said it has agreed to loan China $430 million
to support government efforts to reduce coal use and tackle the
choking smog that regularly envelops the capital and other major
2015 Dec 10, In Costa Rica the
body of Sondra Lynn was discovered on a bed in a San Jose hotel. She
had organized volunteer medical missions in Central America and was
found stabbed to death. The Vida Volunteer organization identified
her as Sondra Lynn Elizondo and gave her age as 46.
2015 Dec 10, EU lawmakers
backed plans to track airline passenger names as part of efforts to
prevent a repeat of the Paris attacks.
2015 Dec 10, The European
Commission launched an "infringement case" against Hungary over its
asylum legislation, a move Budapest dismissed as an act of revenge
for its rejection of mandatory migrant quotas.
2015 Dec 10, The European
Commission said it has decided to take Poland to court over its
failure to address its poor air quality.
2015 Dec 10, Finnish police
said they have arrested two Iraqi brothers believed to have been
members of the Islamic State group in Iraq and suspected of fatally
shooting "11 unarmed and defenseless prisoners" in June 2014.
2015 Dec 10, German authorities
said five South Koreans have been arrested on suspicion of murder
following the death of a relative in an exorcism ritual attempting
to "expel a demon" at a Frankfurt hotel. On Feb 20, 2017, the five
South Koreans were convicted. The main defendant was sentenced to
six years in prison. Four others were given suspended sentences of
between 18 months and two years.
(AP, 12/10/15)(AP, 2/20/17)
2015 Dec 10, Gabon, home to
half of Africa's endangered forest elephants, said it has impounded
more than 200 kg (440 lbs.) of ivory in what may be its largest
2015 Dec 10, Honduras
midfielder Arnold Peralta was shot to death in the city of La Ceiba.
Peralta (26) was attacked by several men as he got into his car at a
shopping center in his birth city.
2015 Dec 10, Iran’s Health
Minister Hassan Hashemi said an outbreak of H1N1 swine flu has
claimed 42 lives since mid-November.
2015 Dec 10, Iraqi security
forces have made advances on two fronts in the city of Ramadi,
clearing Islamic State militants from a key military command base
and a sprawling neighborhood on its western edge.
2015 Dec 10, A Dutch court
convicted six men of belonging to a network recruiting young Muslims
to join the Islamic State jihadist group, handing them jail terms of
up to six years.
2015 Dec 10, An Israeli
parliamentary committee said that $400,000 of gold was exported to
North Korea after a 2006 UN ban.
2015 Dec 10, North Korean
leader Kim Jong Un appeared to claim his country has developed a
hydrogen bomb, a step up from the less powerful atomic bomb, but
outside experts were skeptical.
2015 Dec 10, In Saudi Arabia
opponents of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad agreed to bring
together political and armed factions in a single body in
preparation for possible peace talks with his government. Ahrar
al-Sham pulled out of opposition talks. The group had insisted the
priority should be overthrowing the regime, preserving Syria's unity
and rejecting sectarianism.
(Reuters, 12/10/15)(AFP, 12/10/15)
2015 Dec 10, South Korean
police detained Han Sang-gyun, the president of the Korean
Confederation of Trade Unions, for his alleged involvement in
organizing antigovernment protests that turned violent last month.
Sang-gyun had been holed up in a Buddhist temple for a month.
(SFC, 12/11/15, p.A2)
2015 Dec 10, Preliminary
results said the ruling party in the eastern Caribbean islands of
St. Vincent and the Grenadines has won a narrow election victory
that gives it a fourth term in office. The Unity Labor Party led by
Ralph Gonsalves obtained a one-seat majority in the House of
2015 Dec 10, In northern Syria
the Islamic State staged attacks in the predominantly Kurdish
province of Hassakeh targeting offices of the main Kurdish militia
known as YPG. At least 26 people were reported killed.
2015 Dec 10, In Tajikistan a
Dushanbe district court sentenced a man and a woman, recruited by
the militant group Islamic State, to 10 and eight-and-a-half years
in prison respectively for planning to assassinate President Imomali
2015 Dec 10, A Turkish news
agency said authorities have begun constructing a wall along a 82-km
(50-mile) stretch of Turkey's border with Syria that is under the
control of the Islamic State group on the Syrian side.
2015 Dec 10, The Vatican said
Catholics should not try to convert Jews and should work with them
to fight anti-Semitism.
2015 Dec 10, Venezuela's
outgoing congress promoted a judge who drew international criticism
by handing down a long prison term to opposition leader Leopoldo
Lopez. Lawmakers from the ruling socialist party named Judge Susana
Barreiros as head public defender.
2016 Dec 10, President-elect
Donald Trump moved closer to selecting ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson
as Sec. of State.
(SSFC, 12/11/16, p.A12)
2016 Dec 10, Louisiana state
Treasurer John Kennedy was elected to the US Senate in a runoff over
Democrat Foster Campbell. This gave the GOP a 52-48 edge in the US
Senate starting in January.
(SFC, 12/12/16, p.A9)
2016 Dec 10, The Taliban said
hardline cleric Mullah Haibatullah Akundzada has reinforced his
position as the new leader of the Afghan Taliban by winning the
support of two senior members.
2016 Dec 10, In Bulgaria at
least five people were killed and 29 injured when a cargo train
derailed and exploded in the northeastern Bulgarian village of
Hitrino, demolishing about 50 houses and public buildings.
2016 Dec 10, Two Chinese
filmmakers won the top awards at the Marrakesh film festival, with
Zang Qiwu's "The Donor" on the controversial issue of organ
transplants taking the coveted Golden Star. The best director award
went to China's Wang Xuebo for "Knife in the Clear Water".
2016 Dec 10, In China six
workers were killed after being hit by an express cargo train on the
railway line connecting Beijing and the southern city of Guangzhou.
2016 Dec 10, In France US
Secretary of State John Kerry was given the Legion d'Honneur,
France's highest honor, with his French counterpart calling him "the
most French of American officials".
2016 Dec 10, Gambian
President-elect Adama Barrow called on longtime leader Yahya Jammeh
(51) to drop his challenge to last week's election and appealed for
calm following the dramatic political U-turn.
2016 Dec 10, The Greek
Parliament passed a budget of continued austerity. Pres. Tsipras
predicted 2.7% economic growth for 2017.
(SSFC, 12/11/16, p.A4)
2016 Dec 10, Greek ferry
workers ended a nine-day strike, saying they did not wish to disrupt
the holiday season, but promised to resume action if the government
did not back off tax hikes for ferry workers.
2016 Dec 10, Indonesian police
safely detonated a bomb in a neighborhood on the outskirts of
Jakarta after arresting a female would-be suicide bomber and other
suspected Islamic militants who were planning to attack the
presidential palace this weekend.
2016 Dec 10, The Iraqi army
said it took full control of two more districts of east Mosul,
pushing back Islamic State militants in a slow and hard-fought
advance into the city whose 1 million residents face growing
shortages of fuel, water and food.
2016 Dec 10, In Kenya at least
39 people died when a tanker carrying flammable materials crashed
into other vehicles and burst into flames outside the town of
Naivasha late today.
(AFP, 12/11/16)(SFC, 12/12/16, p.A2)
2016 Dec 10, New Zealander
Joseph Parker claimed the vacant WBO world heavyweight boxing title
with a contentious majority points decision against Mexico's Andy
2016 Dec 10, In southeastern
Nigeria at least 160 people were killed by the collapse of the
Reigners Bible church in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom state, while
a pastor was being consecrated as bishop in the presence of
government officials. The Akwa Ibom state government later said only
23 people died in the tragedy, an apparent attempt to cover up a
death toll of more than 150 when metal girders and the corrugated
iron roof crashed onto a crowded service.
(Reuters, 12/11/16)(AP, 12/11/16)(AP, 12/13/16)
2016 Dec 10, OPEC and other
non-OPEC producers, including Russia, reached their first deal since
2001 to curtail oil output jointly and ease a global glut after more
than two years of low prices that overstretched many budgets and
spurred unrest in some countries.
(Reuters, 12/10/16)(SSFC, 12/11/16, p.A4)
2016 Dec 10, In Pakistan gunmen
shot and killed counterterrorism police Officer Riazul Islam and
wounded his young son in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
2016 Dec 10, In Somalia a car
bomb killed at least two policemen when it exploded at a checkpoint
near Mogadishu. Al Shabaab claimed responsibility.
2016 Dec 10, Sri Lankan naval
troops fired warning shots to break up a protest by striking dock
workers who have held up a Japanese vessel for four days at the
island's southern international port.
2016 Dec 10, In Sweden
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos accepted the Nobel Peace
Prize, saying it helped his country achieve the "impossible dream"
of ending a half-century-long civil war.
2016 Dec 10, Syria's military
and Russian warplanes bombarded rebel-held districts of Aleppo as
Damascus's allies said victory was near, but insurgents fought back
and army advances halted after rapid gains during the week. Hundreds
more civilians fled what remained of the opposition's enclave in
(Reuters, 12/10/16)(AP, 12/10/16)
2016 Dec 10, Syrian Democratic
Forces (SDF), a US-backed Arab-Kurdish alliance, announced "phase
two" of its campaign for the Islamic State group's bastion of Raqa
as Washington said it was sending 200 more troops to back the
2016 Dec 10, Turkey said its
warplanes have destroyed 39 Islamic State targets and killed four
militants in northern Syria.
2016 Dec 10, In Turkey twin
bombings killed at least 44 people and wounded 155 outside an
Istanbul soccer stadium. The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK) soon
claimed responsibility and the Turkish government vowed vengeance.
(Reuters, 12/11/16)(Reuters, 12/12/16)
2016 Dec 10, In Yemen a suicide
bomber killed 48 and wounded 29 others as hundreds of troops had
gathered to collect their monthly pay at a barracks in Al-Sawlaban
near Aden's international airport. The Islamic State group claimed
(Reuters, 12/10/16)(AFP, 12/11/16)
2017 Dec 10, California’s
largest wildfire, the Thomas Fire, advanced on coastal towns near
Santa Barbara, stoked by the gusty winds and dry conditions that
have fueled destructive blazes across the state's southern region.
The blaze has already blackened 155,000 acres (62,726 hectares) and
consumed hundreds of structures.
2017 Dec 10, Lillybell Dorothea
“Bunny" Gillespie (b.1926), co-founder of the History Guild of Daly
City/Colma, died in South San Francisco.
(SSFC, 12/17/17, p.C7)
2017 Dec 10, Arab foreign
ministers meeting in Cairo demanded that the United States rescind
President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's
capital, calling it a "grave" development that puts Washington on
the same side as "occupation" and the violation of international
2017 Dec 10, The heaviest
snowfall to hit Britain in four years caused widespread disruption,
with roads becoming hazardous and flights grounded following runway
2017 Dec 10, Disgraced British
celebrity publicist Max Clifford (74), a confidant to the stars who
fell from grace amid Britain's investigation of past sexual abuse,
died after collapsing at Littlehey Prison in Cambridgeshire.
2017 Dec 10, Voters in the
French Mediterranean island of Corsica, with a population of 320,000
people, voted to elect a new regional assembly — with victory
expected for Corsican nationalists.
2017 Dec 10, The head of
Germany's domestic intelligence agency said the number of Islamic
radicals is growing and becoming increasingly difficult to keep
under surveillance as recruiting efforts move underground. He warned
that China allegedly is using social networks to try to cultivate
lawmakers and other officials as sources.
(AP, 12/10/17)(AP, 12/11/17)
2017 Dec 10, In Indonesia
thousands protested outside the US Embassy in Jakarta against US
Pres. Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's
2017 Dec 10, Iran's President
Hassan Rouhani promised high economic growth as he laid out next
year's budget. Britain's foreign minister Boris Johnson met with
Rouhani, wrapping up a visit in which they discussed a full range of
regional and bilateral issues. A key focus of Johnson's visit was
the case of British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is
serving five years for taking part in mass protests in 2009, which
2017 Dec 10, The Israeli
military said it has destroyed a tunnel built by the Hamas militant
group that stretched from the Gaza Strip several hundred meters
(yards) into Israeli territory.
2017 Dec 10, In Israel a
Palestinian man (24) from the occupied West Bank stabbed a security
guard after approaching a metal detector at an entrance to the
Jerusalem’s central bus station. The guard was in critical condition
and the assailant was taken into custody after a passer-by tackled
2017 Dec 10, In Kashmir French
freelance journalist Paul Comiti was arrested in Srinagar. Police
said Comiti held an Indian business visa which did not permit him to
make a documentary on political or security-related issues.
2017 Dec 10, Kuwait announced
new picks for Cabinet, with five out of 16 members hailing from the
royal family, including the ruler's son, Nasser Sabah Al Sabah, who
has been chosen to head the Defense Ministry.
2017 Dec 10, Lebanese security
forces fired tear gas and water cannons at demonstrators near the US
embassy as they protested Washington's decision to recognize
Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
2017 Dec 10, In Morocco tens of
thousands of protesters rallied in Rabat as demonstrations against
US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's
capital continued to spread.
2017 Dec 10, Former Nepali
prime minister K.P. Oli looked set for a return to power after
winning his seat in parliament and his Communist UML party and
Maoist allies on course to win a majority. Final election results
were expected to take about a week.
2017 Dec 10, In Nigeria two
soldiers were killed after their vehicle hit a homemade explosive
planted by Boko Haram insurgents along the Maiduguri-Damboa highway.
(SFC, 12/13/17, p.A2)
2017 Dec 10, South Korean media
reported that the government will impose new unilateral sanctions
against nuclear-armed Pyongyang.
2017 Dec 10, In Sweden three
people were arrested early today after an attempted arson attack at
a synagogue in the city of Gothenburg.
2017 Dec 10, The Syrian
government's delegation returned to Geneva for the resumption of
talks with United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura after more
than a week's absence.
2017 Dec 10, In Syria US-backed
militias agreed to form a joint military center with the Iraqi army
to protect their common border region after ousting Islamic State
2017 Dec 10, In Ukraine several
thousand people marched through central Kiev to protest against the
detention of opposition figure Mikheil Saakashvili and call for the
impeachment of President Petro Poroshenko.
2017 Dec 10, Venezuelans voted
in mayoral races, boycotted by the major opposition parties. The
ruling Socialist Party as predicted dominated mayoral polls with the
help of a partial boycott by a crumbling opposition.
(AP, 12/10/17)(Reuters, 12/11/17)
2017 Dec 10, Yemen's official
news agency reported that Saudi-backed forces were advancing toward
the Red Sea port of Hodeida, which provides a lifeline to the Shiite
rebels known as Houthis.
2018 Dec 10, US tire company
Goodyear announced it will no longer continue production in
Venezuela as economic conditions in the South American nation
continue to deteriorate.
2018 Dec 10, In California
Kaiser therapists began a 5-day statewide strike to protest long
wait times for patients seeking appointments for mental health
(SFC, 12/11/18, p.D1)
2018 Dec 10, In Ohio five
children, including 1-year-old twins, died in a house fire in
(SFC, 12/11/18, p.A5)
2018 Dec 10, Bangladesh's
telecoms regulator shut down dozens of online news portals for
several hours, citing security reasons. An official said 58 sites
were found to be not registered with the information ministry and
therefore their content was being examined ahead of a parliamentary
election later this month.
2018 Dec 10, Brazil's incoming
foreign relations minister said Brazil will pull out of a United
Nations pact on dealing with rising migration, joining the United
States and a growing number of countries in rejecting the agreement.
2018 Dec 10, British PM Theresa
May postponed Parliament's vote on her Brexit divorce deal with the
European Union, acknowledging that lawmakers would have rejected it
by a "significant margin." May said she would seek "assurances" from
the EU and bring the Brexit deal back to Parliament, but did not set
a new date for the vote.
2018 Dec 10, A British court
handed charismatic Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya a substantial setback
by ruling he should be extradited to India to face financial fraud
2018 Dec 10, China detained
entrepreneur Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig on
suspicion of "engaging in activities that endanger the national
security". Kovrig, a Chinese-speaking expert, had served as a
Canadian diplomat in Beijing, Hong Kong and at the United Nations.
(AFP, 12/11/18)(AP, 12/13/18)
2018 Dec 10, In eastern
CongoDRC suspected ADF militiamen killed nine civilians in a fresh
late night attack in the town of Oicha, in the Beni region.
2018 Dec 10, Croatia has
unveiled a monument to late leader Franjo Tudjman, who led the
country to independence from the former Yugoslavia but has also been
criticized for his nationalist policies. This marked the 19th
anniversary of Tudjman's death.
2018 Dec 10, The EU voiced
alarm as a survey showed nine of 10 European Jews believe
anti-Semitism has worsened in the last five years, calling it a
"canary in the coal mine".
2018 Dec 10, EU security
commissioner Julian King alleged that Russia launched a year-long
fake news campaign about Kiev's and NATO's plans for the Azov Sea
before seizing three Ukrainian ships and their crew there.
2018 Dec 10, The EU blacklisted
nine locals involved in last month's rebel elections in east
Ukraine, but was unlikely to heed swiftly Kiev's call for more
reprisals against Moscow over the latest flare-up of tensions in the
2018 Dec 10, French President
Emmanuel Macron announced measures to help low-income families and
so end the "yellow vest" protests. Economists soon estimated that
the cost of the sweeteners could reach 11 billion euros ($12.5
billion) -- a blowout for a country already struggling to meet EU
2018 Dec 10, In Germany Thomas
K. (37) was sentenced in Duesseldorf state court to six years in
prison. He had fought for the Taliban in Afghanistan from 2013-2018
and was convicted of membership in a terrorist organization.
2018 Dec 10, In Germany a
four-hour strike affected more than 1,400 trains nationwide, hitting
long-distance traffic and also metro rail systems in Berlin, Munich,
Hannover and Frankfurt. The EVG labor union called the so-called
"warning strike" to put pressure on Deutsche Bahn after wage
negotiations broke off on Dec. 8 without an agreement.
2018 Dec 10, In Hong Kong a
runaway school bus with no one aboard accelerated downhill and
plowed into pedestrians, killing two people and injuring a dozen
2018 Dec 10, Reserve Bank of
India Gov. Urjit Patel resigned amid a growing split between the
Indian government and the independent monetary policy authority. The
government of PM Narendra Modi has disagreed with some of the
central bank's decisions under Patel, including a move to restrict
lending by debt-ridden banks.
2018 Dec 10, Iraq began
removing cement walls from areas surrounding the capital's most
fortified enclave, opening parts of the so-called Green Zone to
traffic in a symbolic move coinciding with nationwide celebrations
marking the anniversary of the country's costly victory over the
Islamic State group.
2018 Dec 10, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu said Oman will let Israeli planes fly through its
airspace. The permission however provides Israel with little
immediate practical use since its planes cannot fly over Oman's
neighbor Saudi Arabia.
2018 Dec 10, Israeli soldiers
raided the offices of Palestinian news agency Wafa in the occupied
West Bank city of Ramallah. They withdrew from the agency's office
after they took copies of security camera footage.
2018 Dec 10, Israel became a
full member of the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a
global financial watchdog on money laundering and terror financing,
after having previously been blacklisted by the organization.
2018 Dec 10, Prosecutors in
Japan charged Nissan Motor Co.'s former chairman Carlos Ghosn,
executive Greg Kelly and the automaker itself for allegedly
violating financial laws by underreporting income.
2018 Dec 10, A Kenyan court
charged senior officials from the state-run oil pipeline and others
from the state health insurance fund for abuse of office and
economic crimes that led to the loss of billions of shillings from
the two institutions.
2018 Dec 10, Latvia's Pres.
Raimonds Vejonis said he had withdrawn his nomination of Aldis
Gobzems of the populist KPV LV party as prime minister after Gobzems
failed to secure majority support for his proposed cabinet.
2018 Dec 10, In Morocco a
United Nations conference in Marrakesh adopted a migration pact in
front of leaders and representatives from around 150 countries,
despite a string of withdrawals driven by anti-immigrant populism.
2018 Dec 10, In Norway Nobel
laureates Denis Mukwege of CongoDRC and Nadia Murad of Iraq called
on the world to protect victims of wartime sexual violence in their
Peace Prize acceptance speeches, slamming indifference to the plight
of women and children in conflict.
2018 Dec 10, In Poland
protesters disturbed a US-sponsored event promoting fossil fuels on
the sidelines of the UN climate change talks, saying attempts to
rebrand coal as a potentially "clean" energy source were misleading.
2018 Dec 10, Puerto Rico's
governor signed a bill to overhaul the US territory's tax laws in a
bid to help workers and some business owners amid a 12-year
2018 Dec 10, Romanian
authorities said the number of babies diagnosed with
antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus at a maternity hospital
in Bucharest has risen to 39.
2018 Dec 10, In Romania men
from three cars clambered onto a moving truck and looted laptops and
other electrical equipment worth 50,000 euros ($70,000). Police soon
detained seven men suspected of previously committing similar
2018 Dec 10, In Russia Mikhail
Popkov (54), a former police officer jailed for murdering 22 women,
received a second life sentence for the murder of 56 more people,
making him one of modern Russia's deadliest serial killers. He has
been dubbed the "maniac of Angarsk" after his home city in Siberia.
2018 Dec 10, Syria's army
announced the demobilization of officers who have completed five
years of compulsory service, the second such move in recent months
as fighting abates in the civil war.
2018 Dec 10, In Syria the
Kurdish-led SDF pushed deeper into Hajin, the Islamic State's last
remaining stronghold, and took full control of an abandoned hospital
on the edge of town.
(SFC, 12/11/18, p.A4)
2018 Dec 10, Pope Francis
accepted the resignation of Indian Bishop Prasad Gallela (56) of
Cuddapah who, according to news reports, was accused of
misappropriating church funds to support a secret family.
2018 Dec 10, Delegations from
Yemen's warring sides discussed expanding a shaky truce in the key
port city of Hodeida, however neither side appeared ready to agree
on initial draft proposals at the UN sponsored talks in Sweden.
2019 Dec 10, US House Democrats
announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump
— abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — pushing toward
historic votes over charges he threatened the integrity of the US
election system and endangered national security in his dealings
2019 Dec 10, The United States
held back a UN Security Council meeting to discuss North Korea’s
human rights abuses, after Pyongyang warned it would be a “serious
(The Independent, 12/11/19)
2019 Dec 10, The United States
blacklisted four Myanmar military leaders, including the
commander-in-chief, in the toughest action taken yet by Washington
for alleged human rights abuses against the Rohingya and other
2019 Dec 10, The United States
barred from entering the country Mohammed al Otaibi, the former
Saudi consul general in Istanbul in October 2018, when Saudi
journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed there.
2019 Dec 10, Canada, Mexico and
the United States signed a new deal in Mexico City agreeing to a
fresh overhaul of their quarter-century-old regional trade pact
after negotiators approved changes to a preliminary deal struck last
year. The USMCA would replace the North American Free Trade
Agreement (NAFTA), a regional pact in place since 1994 that
encompasses $1.2 trillion in annual trade across the continent.
2019 Dec 10, Federal officials
announced the arrest of three people for running a cryptocurrency
mining operation that bilked investors out of $722 million. Matthew
Goettsche (37) was arrested in Colorado, Jobadiah Weeks (38) was
arrested in Florida and Joseph Abel (49) was arrested in California.
(SFC, 12/12/19, p.A7)
2019 Dec 10, The Detroit News
reported that Leotek Electronics USA has agreed to pay $4 million to
settle a lawsuit over thousands of defective streetlights in
Detroit. The cost of the replacement project was estimated at $7
(SFC, 12/11/19, p.A5)
2019 Dec 10, In New Jersey a
police officer, three bystanders and two killers all died in an
attack that targeted a Jewish market in Jersey City. The shooting
began near a cemetery, where Detective Joseph Seals, a 40-year-old
member of a unit devoted to taking illegal guns off the street, was
killed while trying to stop “bad guys." The two killers had
apparently been followers of the Black Hebrew Israelites — a fringe
group whose members have been known to rail against white people and
Jew. The attackers were later identified as David N. Anderson 47)
and Francine Graham (50) — both of them also prime suspects in the
slaying of a livery driver found dead in a car trunk in nearby
Bayonne over the weekend.
(AP, 12/11/19)(AP, 12/12/19)
2019 Dec 10, The Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette reported that Ravitej Reddy, the owner of Personalized
Genetics LLC in Pittsburgh and Med Health Services Management in
Monroeville, is scheduled to plead guilty to federal charges that he
conspired with out-of-state marketing companies to pay kickbacks for
lucrative lab tests at his two testing facilities.
2019 Dec 10, Washington-based
research group C4ADS said global consumers purchasing teak may be
fuelling conflict in South Sudan, warning that armed groups are
benefiting from an unregulated logging trade worth tens of millions
2019 Dec 10, Afghan officials
said the Taliban have abducted as many as 45 elderly family members
of a late Afghan government employee who were attending his funeral.
The head of intelligence in Jawzjan province disputed the number of
people who were kidnapped, saying only six family members were taken
and that other local elders were negotiating for their release.
2019 Dec 10, Argentina's
Peronist leader, Alberto Fernandez, was sworn in as president,
marking a shift to the left for Latin America's No. 3 economy as the
country fights rampant inflation, credit default fears and rising
2019 Dec 10, In Australia smoke
from wildfires engulfed the city of Sydney. People were advised to
stay indoors and avoid all outdoor activity.
(SFC, 12/11/19, p.A2)
2019 Dec 10, Brazilian
authorities widened a political graft investigation to target
telecom firms Oi and Telefonica Brasil over alleged irregular
payments to a company part-owned by the son of ex-president Luiz
Inacio Lula da Silva.
2019 Dec 10, A Bulgarian court
sentenced radical imam Ahmed Mussa and 13 other Bulgarians for
propagating religious hatred and incitement to war in their support
for the Islamic State militant group.
2019 Dec 10, In the Czech
Republic a man (42) with an illegal gun fatally shot six people and
wounded three others at a hospital in Ostrava. The gunman later
killed himself as police approached his car.
2019 Dec 10, It was reported
that evidence from Denmark suggested that when frozen embryos are
used during in vitro fertilization (IVF), the resulting children
have a slightly higher risk than other kids for certain types of
2019 Dec 10, British author
Lindsay de Feliz went missing in the Dominican Republic. Days later
her body was found buried in a shallow grave in a wooded area near
her home. Her Dominican husband, step-son and another man were
arrested by police.
(The Independent, 12/13/19)
2019 Dec 10, Finland's new PM
Sanna Marin (34) took office as the world's youngest national
2019 Dec 10, Finland, which
holds the rotating EU presidency until the end of the year, said it
aims to teach 1% of all Europeans basic skills in artificial
intelligence through a free online course.
2019 Dec 10, The Greek
government said it has lodged objections to the United Nations over
an accord between Libya and Turkey mapping out maritime boundaries
as a violation of international law.
2019 Dec 10, Iran said that
American authorities are holding about 20 Iranian nationals in jail,
a day after Tehran said it was ready for more prisoner swaps with
2019 Dec 10, Former Soviet
dissident Natan Sharansky was awarded Israel's prestigious 2020
Genesis Prize for a lifetime of work promoting political and
2019 Dec 10, Latvian politician
and oligarch Aivars Lembergs, sanctioned this week by the US over
alleged corruption, hit back saying allegations against him were
"fake news" and instigated by his political opponents. The sanction
means US citizens are prohibited from doing business with Lembergs
and four entities the US says he owns or controls and which are
crucial to the running of Ventspils port. Latvia moved to ensure the
port could still operate.
2019 Dec 10, In Lebanon angry
protesters attacked the municipality headquarters in Tripoli,
smashing windows and setting a room on fire, in an outburst of
violence triggered by the collapse of a house overnight in the area
that killed two siblings.
2019 Dec 10, A Russian court
ordered the deportation of five employees of the United States'
University at Buffalo after finding them guilty of violating the
terms of their visas. The court in the city of Ryazan, 200 km (125
miles) southeast of Moscow, said the group had arrived in Russia on
a multiple-entry tourist visa but had given a lecture at a local
2019 Dec 10, Yury Luzhkov (83),
who served as Moscow’s mayor for 18 years, died after a heart
operation at a clinic in Munich. He had presided over the rapid
transformation of the Russian capital after the Soviet Union’s
2019 Dec 10, In Saudi Arabia a
summit of Arab Gulf nations opened in Riyadh without Qatar’s ruler
in attendance, despite signs of a thaw in a diplomatic crisis that
has gripped the regions US allies. Qatar's PM Sheikh Abdullah bin
Nasser Al Thani attended the annual Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
(AP, 12/10/19) Reuters,
2019 Dec 10, Mines across South
Africa shut down after flash flooding triggered the most severe
power blackouts in more than a decade, threatening a key export
sector in a further blow to the country's already slowing economy.
2019 Dec 10, In Spain a global
assessment at UN climate talks of countries' emissions trajectories
said the United States and Saudi Arabia are among major polluters
showing "hardly any signs" of reducing their greenhouse gas
2019 Dec 10, Spanish arms
control groups staged a protest against the presence of a Saudi
cargo ship they suspect is carrying weapons for use in Yemen.
2019 Dec 10, Taiwan’s top
diplomat said that his government stands with Hong Kong citizens
pushing for “freedom and democracy," and would help those displaced
from the semi-autonomous Chinese city if Beijing intervenes with
greater force to quell the protests.
2019 Dec 10, UN experts said
the interference of Chadian and Sudanese fighters in Libya is “a
direct threat" to the security and stability of the war-torn
country, which a leader of the Islamic State extremist group has
declared “one of the main axes" of its future operations.