2010 Year in Review: World News

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

Major World News Stories of 2010

by Beth Rowen
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With the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the continued unrest Pakistan and Iran, the Middle East dominated news headlines in 2010. However, eyes were also on Asia, with North Korea continuing its pursuit of nuclear weapons and taunting South Korea with brinkmanship and massive anti-government protests in Thailand. The biggest news story of the year—the release of secret diplomatic cables by the website WikiLeaks—emerged in December. Here's a look at some of the world's hotspots in 2010.

Few Signs of Progress Lead to Protracted U.S. Involvement in Afghanistan

Karzai's mercurial leadership and the Taliban's stubborn resistance makes U.S. withdrawal difficult

Greece and Ireland Battered by Financial Crisis

IMF and European Union step in and bail out troubled economies

Undaunted by Sanctions, Iran Continues to Pursue Nuclear Program

Sanctions aren't enough to stop enrichment of uranium

Iraq Struggles to Form a Government After Elections

After months of negotiations, deal finally reached by rival candidates

Peace Remains Elusive for Israelis and Palestinians

Negotiations stall with settlement activity a major sticking point

Tension Between North and South Reaches Crisis Point

North Korea provokes South with brinkmanship

Anti-Government Protests Continue and Turn Deadly

Little achieved in more than two months of crippling demonstrations

Release of Secret Military, Government, and Diplomatic Documents Sparks Outrage and Controversy

Leaked documents reveal gaping holes in U.S. security

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