-Riots break out in Haiti after elections results are announced: former Haitian first lady Mirlande Manigat and departing President Rene Preval’s hand-picked candidate Jude Celestin have won first round of voting
-Two suicide bombings took place in Pakistan near the border of Afghanistan. First attack on Monday at government compound killed 50 and second attack on Wednesday at a busy market killed 15.
-China and its allies vow to boycott the Nobel Peace Ceremony which will be honoring Liu Xiabo, a jailed Chinese serving an 11-year sentence for trying to induce democratic reforms.
-Kentucky Fried Chicken plans to expand franchise with 1,200 chains in Africa by 2014
-Elizabeth Edwards, 61, dies after battling metastatic breast cancer for 6 years
– US Students lag academically according to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), but improve from 2009’s assessment. Students are below average in math and barely reach average in science and reading.
– Facebook Founder, Mark Zuckerberg, pledges to donate majority of his fortune
-A study has revealed that an aspirin a day reduces cancer by 20%
-Obesity on the rise in Europe
–Research shows that being even a little overweight can increase odds of death by 13%
-Derek Jeter signs on Yankee’s after standstill
-Mike Tyson inducted to Boxing Hall of Fame
-NBA Players Association seeks reform to eliminate rule that prevents players from joining the NBA straight out of high school
-Kate Perry to take on Russel Brands name
-Harry Potter Deathly Hallows: Part 2 to re-shoot over Christmas
-Snooki to drop from New Year’s Eve Ball for MTV
-Oprah talks about best friend Gayle and reaffirms she’s NOT a lesbian
-Actor Wesley Snipes starts prison sentence for not filing his taxes
– Miley Cyrus spotted taking hits of bong
-Barbara Walters announces 2010’s most interesting people: #1 General David Petraus