Major World News Stories of 2010
by Beth Rowen
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 difficultGreece and Ireland Battered by Financial Crisis
IMF and European Union step in and bail out troubled economiesUndaunted by Sanctions, Iran Continues to Pursue Nuclear Program
Sanctions aren't enough to stop enrichment of uraniumIraq Struggles to Form a Government After Elections
After months of negotiations, deal finally reached by rival candidatesPeace Remains Elusive for Israelis and Palestinians
Negotiations stall with settlement activity a major sticking pointTension Between North and South Reaches Crisis Point
North Korea provokes South with brinkmanshipAnti-Government Protests Continue and Turn Deadly
Little achieved in more than two months of crippling demonstrationsRelease of Secret Military, Government, and Diplomatic Documents Sparks Outrage and Controversy
Leaked documents reveal gaping holes in U.S. security
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