October 2010


October 2010

October 2010 was the tenth month of that year. It began on a Friday and concluded after 31 days on a Sunday.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from October 2010.

Armed conflicts and incidents
  • In Abuja, two car bombs explode during Nigeria's 50th anniversary celebrations of its Independence from the British Empire, killing 12 and injuring 17. Militant rebel group MEND claims responsibility. (BBC)
  • Prominent video journalist Merajuddin is hospitalised in Srinagar after being severely beaten with a baton in his neck by Kashmir police. They also beat up his son and colleague in the latest police attack on the media there. (BBC)
  • Following the killing of 3 Pakistani soldiers by NATO, tankers carrying supplies for NATO troops based in Afghanistan are set alight in Shikarpur, Sindh, injuring no one. (Al Jazeera)
  • 6 sailors taken hostage off the coast of Cameroon on September 12 by the Africa Marine Commando are released. (BBC)
  • An airstrike launched by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) kills 15 insurgents in the Tsowkey district of Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province. (Xinhua)
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  • BMW announces the international recall of hundreds of thousands of luxury cars. (BBC)
  • American Bob Dudley succeeds Tony Hayward as the new CEO of BP after the recent controversies over the Oil Spill crisis in the Deepwater Horizon. (AP via Google News)
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  • A British soldier has been killed in an explosion while on patrol in Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province in Afghanistan. (York Press via AP) (Google via AP)
  • 3 drone strikes kill 18 people in the Data Khel area of North Waziristan in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Area as the government continues to block a NATO supply route into Afghanistan, bringing the numbers of militant and civilian deaths to at least 150. (CNN) (BBC)
  • Iran arrests several people suspected of spying for foreign intelligence services on its nuclear facilities. (Al Jazeera) (The Observer)
Business and economy
  • 2010 strikes in France: Millions of people demonstrate on the streets of France for a third day in more than 200 protests against President Nicolas Sarkozy's plans to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62. (Xinhua) (BBC) (Reuters)
Disasters
  • A four-story residential building under construction collapsed Saturday morning in Chang'an District of Xi'an City, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, killing eight workers and injuring three. (China Daily)
  • In Indonesia, two trains are involved in a rear-end collision at Petarukan, killing 43 and injuring 50. Another train crash at Solo kills one person. (BBC) (Jakarta Post)
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  • Six people were killed and five injured Sunday after a wall of a factory building under construction collapsed in east China's Shandong Province. (Sina)
  • Five people were killed and four others were injured in a colliery explosion in southwest China's Guizhou Province. The accident was reported at Huanghegou pit in Xixiu District of Anshun City. (China Daily)
  • Rain-triggered floods killed four people and left two others missing Sunday in Atush city in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. (Global Times)
  • Nine die in floods in central Vietnam. Four people have been killed in Ha Tinh Province, one in Quang Binh Province and one in Quang Tri Province, while two individuals were injured in Ha Tinh and Quang Binh Provinces. (Vietnam News) (Vietnamnet)
  • An explosion rips through a leather workshop in the town of Güzelburç in Hatay Province, Turkey, killing 3 people and injuring 5 others. (Hürriyet)
  • 74-year-old Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi tells a blasphemous joke about Jews to emergency workers dealing with the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake, causing upset to the Vatican. Berlusconi describes it as "just a laugh" he made "made in private, not offensive and not a sin." (The Daily Telegraph)
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  • 2001 Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz warns of a "wave of austerity" set to sweep across Europe, triggering a new recession and the demise of the euro, and predicts Spain will enter a "death spiral" - similar to that of Argentina a decade ago - when it is attacked by speculators. (AFP via The Age)
  • The Greek government announces additional harsher austerity measures in its 2011 draft budget. (BBC)
  • Visa and Mastercard agreed to settle an antitrust lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and the attorneys-general of seven states. They agreed to allow their participating merchants to steer customers toward lower-cost options. American Express will fight rather than agree to the terms, it said. (NPR)
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  • Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Public Welfare Affairs Agung Laksono said here on Tuesday that the massive flood in Wasior, West Papua that continuously occurred from Sunday to Monday has claimed 56 lives. (Xinhua)
  • 3 people were killed and 5 were injured after a boiler exploded in a tannery in Hatay in the Dericiler area of Güzelburç town. The injured were taken to Mustafa Kemal University’s faculty of medicine hospital. (Today's Zaman)
  • Two persons were killed when a mini-lorry was hit by the Netravati Express, they were travelling at an unmanned level crossing at Panachuvadu near Punnapra, India. (Hindu)
  • At least 26 are killed and many more left missing missing after flash floods in eastern Indonesia's Papua province. (Deccan Chronicle via AP) (Jakarta News)
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  • Kenyan authorities announce that more than 1,000 teachers have been fired for sexually abusing girls over a 2-year period. (BBC)
  • Right-wing Israeli politicians push for a controversial change to the wording of the oath required to become an Israeli citizen, amending the wording so that potential citizens must promise to respect Israel as a "Jewish and democratic state". (BBC)
  • China issues new regulations requiring the managers of mines to accompany workers down the shafts. (BBC) (RTHK)
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Business and economy
  • Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) has signed a series of cooperative framework agreements with the Shanghai Financial Office. (21cbh)
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  • The United States leads a group of non-EU developed countries in attempts to thoroughly revamp the Kyoto Protocol, blocking any possible progress in the climate negotiations currently under way in Tianjin, according to negotiator Sui Wei. (China Daily)
Law and crime
  • An Ecuadorean court orders the imprisonment of 12 police after last week's 2010 Ecuador crisis, with a lawyer saying they are being swept up in a "witch hunt". (Al Jazeera)
  • Former Oceanic Bank chief Cecilia Ibru is sentenced to six months in prison after being found guilty of committing 3 of 25 charges of fraud and mismanagement. (BBC)
  • Erwin Arnada, the former editor of Playboy Indonesia, is arrested on Bali. He had been on the run since being sentenced to two years in prison in August after an earlier trial in 2007. (BBC) (AFP via Philippine Daily Inquirer)
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  • 12 people die and 73 are injured when two express buses, a van and three cars collide at Km 223, Plus Highway near the Simpang Ampat[disambiguation needed ] toll in Negri Sembilan, Malaysia. (Brisbane Times) (NST) (Xinhua)
  • Nearly half a million people are made homeless by flooding caused by three days of heavy rain in Bangladesh. (ABC News Australia)
  • 17 people are killed and 6 are seriously injured after a passenger coach collides with a cement tanker truck between Hefei, capital of the eastern Anhui province, and Nanjing, capital of neighboring Jiangsu province. (SINA)
  • Hungary races against time in its efforts to construct an emergency dam to defeat the Ajka alumina plant accident. (BBC)
  • At least 36 people die after an overloaded boat capsizes on the Ganges River in the Buxar district of India's Bihar state. (BBC)
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  • Greenpeace sends Facebook a letter containing half a million signatures asking the company to cut its ties to coal based electricity.(Reuters)
  • 2010 strikes in France: French workers initiate a 24-hour strike against pension reform with transport services badly affected. (Euronews)
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  • Eight ISAF NATO soldiers are killed in multiple attacks in Afghanistan, including four in roadside bombings. (AP)
  • Six people, including an Iraqi Interior Ministry official and four members of a leading political bloc, die in multiple explosions throughout Baghdad apparently targeting members of former prime Minister Ayad Allawi's al-Iraqiya political coalition; four were killed in a roadside bomb and three others were wounded. (CNN)
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Science and environment
  • A prolonged drought in the Amazon region forces Brazil to declare a state of emergency in 25 towns. (Al Jazeera)
  • Canada declares BPA toxic, prompting curbs or bans on the widely used chemical. (Reuters)
  • The first babies to have been created through in-vitro fertilization utilizing a full gene screen are born this year. This gene screen looks for chromosomal defects which often lead to unsuccessful IVF treatments. (Reuters)
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Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Iraq War: Amid increasing uncertainty about the timing of the release of the next batch of classified documents by WikiLeaks, the U.S. military assembles a 120-member team to search its database for clues in preparation for the publication event. (The New Zealand Herald) (BBC)
  • Indonesia investigates following the release of a video purportedly showing Indonesian soldiers torturing indigenous Papuans, in a region where a small group of rebels has waged a war for independence from Indonesia for the last few decades. (BBC) (AFP) (AP)
  • The death toll from a robbery on jewelry stores in western Baghdad rises to nine, while 12 others are wounded. (People's Daily)
  • Thousands protest the murder of three civilians after soldiers loot homes in the Congo's South Kivu province. (AP)
  • The Latvian Defense Ministry said four NATO fighter jets from the Lithuanian Air Force Base near Šiauliai were deployed when two Russian bombers flying in the neutral airspace almost entered Latvian air space. (15 min).
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Science and environment
  • Marine researchers discover a large reef of deep-sea coral in the Mediterranean stretching for several kilometers, 30 to 40 kilometers off the coast of Tel Aviv, in an area once thought to be relatively barren of sea life. (INN)
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  • All four Ecuadorean miners trapped underground since a mine collapse have been found dead. (CNN)
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  • Belgian woman Els Clottemans is sentenced to 30 years imprisonment for murdering her love rival Els Van Doren by sabotaging her parachute so neither it nor a safety chute would open during a November 18, 2006 parachute jump. (Fox News)
  • Russell Williams escalated to sexual assaults and culminated in the brutal sex killings of Cpl. Marie-France Comeau, 37, and Jessica Lloyd, 27. Canadian Air Force Colonel Russell Williams is sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for two murders, several sexual assaults and dozens of fetish burglaries. (CNN) (Chronicle Herald)
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  • The number of visitors to the Shanghai World Expo 2010 topped 70 million. (Xinhua)
  • Nobel-winning economist Christopher Pissarides states that Britain's Finance Minister George Osborne is exaggerating the possibility of a crisis and unnecessarily risking the country's economic recovery with his deep spending cuts. (Reuters via Arab News)
  • Britain's privacy watchdog is to investigate Google once again, charging it with gathering personal information from private wi-fi networks. Google admits collecting details such as passwords and e-mails. (BBC)
  • Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan welcomes U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to the port of Qingdao as the United States objects to what it labels the "artificial" value of China's own currency, the yuan. (BBC)
  • 2010 strikes in France: Further, larger strikes are planned against government attempts to increase the age of retirement for the country's workers. (The Observer)
  • Mayors from near Naples reject a government proposal to indefinitely freeze the opening of a new regional waste dump, requesting that the plan be permanently abandoned. People peacefully demonstrate against the plan in Terzigno. (BBC) (The Guardian) (Reuters via Arab News)
  • President of Ecuador Rafael Correa rejects leniency towards police officers who protested against being stripped of their bonuses, stating on radio that "this will tear us apart as a society". (Al Jazeera)
  • China and Bangladesh want green technology free of cost. Hasan Mahmud held a meeting with global warming negotiators in the UNFCCC climate talks and chairman of National Development and Reform Commission of China Xie Zhenhua. (bss)
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  • UEFA:
    • UEFA President Michel Platini proposes a goal-line referee's assistant rather than goal-line technology which he says would lead to "Playstation Football", despite controversial decisions in 2010 World Cup matches. (BBC Sports)
    • The European football rulemaking body has called for proof to substantiate corruption allegations leveled against the Euro 2012 bidding process. (BBC Sports)
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  • France announces it is likely to withdraw some of its troops from Afghanistan in 2011. (CNN)
  • Somali group Al-Shabaab publicly executes two teenage girls, claiming they were spies. (AFP)
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  • A British man is sentenced to 18 weeks in prison for posting malicious and abusive messages on Facebook memorial sites, including the page for deceased reality TV star Jade Goody. (BBC News)
  • An American judge has ruled that a six year old may be sued for negligence after crashing into an elderly woman while riding a bicycle at age four.(BBC)
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  • A large oil field is discovered off the coast of Brazil that could contain between 8 and 15 billion barrels. (BBC)
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  • 2010 Atlantic hurricane season:
    • The death toll from the 2010 Haitian cholera outbreak reaches 330 with the impact of Hurricane Tomas later in the week expected to make things worse. (CNN)
    • Hurricane Tomas heads into the Caribbean after hitting the Lesser Antilles becoming a Category 2 hurricane. (AP), (CNN)
  • The death toll from the Sumatra tsunami reaches 435 with 110 people missing and feared dead. (AFP via ABC News Online)
  • Mount Merapi erupts again in Indonesia, surprising villagers who had returned to check their possessions. (AP)
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