December 2006

December 2006

December 2006 was the twelfth month of that year. It began on a Friday and, 31 days later, ended on a Sunday.

  • The Financial Report of the United States Government for 2006 was released late Friday evening. The combined federal deficits now total more than 400% of GDP. [5]
  • Somali Civil War: Somalia's Islamic Courts Union (ICU) say they are finalising plans to fight Ethiopian forces deployed in the country as a seven-day ultimatum for Ethiopia to pull out its troops nears its deadline. (Al-Jazeera)
  • Kyrgyz Prime Minister Felix Kulov resigns, automatically dismissing the Ministers of the Kyrgyz government, after political parties throughout the country called on him to resign. Deputy Prime Minister Daniar Usenov says President Kurmanbek Bakiyev should dissolve the Parliament and hold elections. (RFE/RL)
  • Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev condemns the Iranian government for acting "as the center of growing insecurity in Asia" by supporting terrorism, weapons and drug trafficking, the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and illegal migration. The Foreign Ministry later says news agencies misquoted him. (IRNA)
  • Palestinian civil skirmishes:
  • Hugo Chávez announces his plans to merge the parties which support the Bolivarian Revolution into the United Socialist Party of Venezuela. (BBC)
  • Further cases of patients and staff infected with a new strain of MRSA are revealed in a UK hospital after two people die from the superbug. (The Times)
  • A Libyan court sentences five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death for allegedly knowingly infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV. (BBC)
  • 2006 Ipswich murder investigation: Police investigating the murder of five women in Ipswich, Suffolk arrest a second man on suspicion of their murders. (BBC)
  • Chilean congress approves the creation of two new administrative regions within the country. (Peoples Daily)
  • The UN Security Council unanimously adopts Resolution 1737, sanctioning Iran for its nuclear program. (Bloomberg)
  • The U.S. military reports that top Taliban military commander Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Osmani was killed on Tuesday by a U.S. airstrike while traveling by vehicle in a deserted area in the southern Afghanistan province of Helmand. Taliban spokesmen deny he is dead. (CNN)
  • United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan warns of "troubling developments" in Burundi that could lead to violence. (allAfrica)
  • Ethiopian intervention in Somalia:
    • Ethiopia has confirmed that its troops have invaded and are fighting Islamic militiamen that control much of Somalia. (BBC)
    • Ethiopian aircraft have dropped bombs and fired missiles on several towns in Somalia in what a government spokesman described as a "counter-attack" against the Islamic Courts Union. (Aljazeera)
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