2010

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January 24, 2022

2010 (MMX in Roman numerals) is a 21st century year. It was declared the International Year of Biodiversity by the United Nations and proclaimed by the European Parliament the Year of Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion.

Events

January

January 1st Spain takes over the rotating presidency of the European Union. In Pakistan a suicide bomber kills 95 people during a volleyball match. In Brazil, at least 29 people die from floods caused by heavy rains. January 4: Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world, is inaugurated in Dubai. 7 January - Egypt: an attack on Christians causes 9 deaths; for the Egyptian government it is a revenge for a rape. January 8: the bus of the Togo national football team was attacked by some terrorists causing 4 deaths at the border between Congo and Angola, the host country of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. January 12: At 4:53 pm (local time) a 7.0 MW magnitude earthquake in Haiti kills over 200,000 (government estimates as of February 2). For the UN, almost 3 million people are affected by the earthquake, directly or indirectly. January 17: first round of presidential elections in Ukraine January 25 Baghdad, three car bombs cause at least 36 deaths and 71 injuries. Lebanon, a plane from Ethiopia with 90 people on board crashes into the sea; no survivors. January 26 - Baghdad: A suicide bomber with a car bomb kills at least 17 people and injures another 80 near an Iraqi Interior Ministry building. January 27 Machu Picchu, Peru: Heavy rains cause rivers to flood and displace huge masses of mud killing at least 20 people. Apple introduces the iPad for the first time.

February

February 7: second round of the Ukrainian presidential elections. 9 February: a series of avalanches hit the highway connecting Kabul to the Baghlan province in Afghanistan. Over 2,000 people stranded at 3,400 m and about 150 dead. 11 February: Romania joins the CERN project. February 15 Libya closes the borders for the residents of the countries adhering to the Schengen Agreements, probably in retaliation for some decisions of Switzerland, which entered the Schengen area in 2008. In Halle, Belgium, a head-on collision between two passenger trains results in 18 deaths and over 160 injuries. February 21: torrential rains and landslides devastate the Portuguese island of Madeira, causing over 42 victims, 120 injured and 250 homeless. February 23: unknown persons pour millions of liters of hydrocarbons into the Lambro river causing an environmental disaster that involved the valley of the river itself and the Po, in Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna. February 27: An 8.8 MW earthquake hits Chile and the entire South Pacific. February 28: Storm Xynthia hits southwestern Europe and then arrives in France and Germany. France proclaims a state of natural disaster, counting 53 victims.

March

March 3 - Ba'quba, Iraq: three suicide bombers blew themselves up against the prefecture office, a police barracks and a hospital emergency room, killing 30 and injuring 50. 8th of March A 5.9 magnitude earthquake hits the province of Elâzığ in Turkey; the victims are 42. In Nigeria religious clashes cause about 500 deaths. March 16: the tombs of Kasubi, one of the three World Heritage Sites in Uganda, are destroyed by fire. March 26 - Yellow Sea: a South Korean military corvette sinks following a violent explosion. According to a joint multinational investigation, the cause is a torpedo launched by North Korea, which rejects the accusations and exacerbates diplomatic relations with South Korea. March 27: Libya revokes the blocking of visas for residents of countries adhering to the Schengen Agreements. The decision was made after the announcement by the EU presidency that it had deleted the

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