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December 31, 2005

  • A blast in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia leaves 8 dead and 45 injured.
    • Maybe when it's not a stub. --Golbez 04:16, 1 January 2006 (UTC)
      • Tried to update it as best I could, better now? Let's remember that putting it on the front page is the chief way to ensure people contribute to it :) Sherurcij (talk) (bounties) 06:29, 1 January 2006 (UTC)
        • It's good enough now, popping it up. And I agree, but confronting people with a substub can also turn them off, "This is all they have? Feh." --Golbez 23:16, 1 January 2006 (UTC)

December 30, 2005

December 29, 2005

Police in the Indian city of Bangalore have launched a search operation for the perpetrators of the Wednesday night's shootout at the Indian Institute of Science, which killed 1 scientist and injured 4 others. --PamriTalk 16:10, 29 December 2005 (UTC)

    • Posted. --Golbez 19:00, 29 December 2005 (UTC)

December 28, 2005

  • Andrey Illarionov, top economic adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin quits, after saying Russia "is no longer a democratic country."
    • Major political event with worldwide significance, underlining a slow but steady trend away from democracy in Russia. (Washington Post). --Edcolins 09:00, 28 December 2005 (UTC)
    • It seems there is no objection. I'll go ahead. --Edcolins 12:02, 28 December 2005 (UTC)
    • Added. I hope everything that needed to be protected is protected, and that the layout is okay. Please double-check and let me know. Thanks. --Edcolins 12:16, 28 December 2005 (UTC)
    • Posted. --Golbez 19:00, 29 December 2005 (UTC)


December 27, 2005

  • A mass grave has been discovered in the predominantly Shia city of Karbala south of Baghdad, Iraqi police said.(BBC)
    • No updated article. --Golbez 18:53, 27 December 2005 (UTC)
  • The Free Aceh Movement disbands its military wing ending 30 years of violence in Aceh.--nixie 06:59, 28 December 2005 (UTC)
    • This is a good story, but we should really have more info in the article than there is in just the blurb.--Pharos 07:49, 28 December 2005 (UTC)
      • There isn't much detail around, I have expanded the section slightly, mabye some time on the main page will help expand it further.--nixie 08:07, 28 December 2005 (UTC)
        • OK, thanks; that's good enough for me. As long as a decent effort has been made to cover the basics.--Pharos 08:38, 28 December 2005 (UTC)

December 26, 2005

  • Memorial services around the world mark the one year anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake which killed approximately 275,000 people. joturner 13:59, 26 December 2005 (UTC)
  • A gas attack takes place at an outlet of the Maksidom chain on Moskovsky Prospect in Saint Petersburg, Russia, leading to the hospitalization of numerous victims.
    • No updated article. --Golbez 18:53, 27 December 2005 (UTC)
  • Australian billionaire and media mogul Kerry Packer dies, aged 68. - Ta bu shi da yu 00:31, 28 December 2005 (UTC)
    • I would say no, and the chat on Talk:ITN agrees with me. Doesn't fit the obit rules, not an internationally important death. --Golbez 04:54, 28 December 2005 (UTC)

December 25, 2005

December 23, 2005

  • The 2012 Summer Olympics may have been given to London by a voting error, a IOC senior reveals (BBC)
    • IMO, not ITN worthy unless they're actually in the motions to possibly revoke London's having it. --Golbez 21:34, 23 December 2005 (UTC)
      • AFAIK, they aren't Sceptre (Talk) 21:42, 23 December 2005 (UTC)
  • Italian news agency says prosecutors issue arrest warrants for 22 purported CIA operatives in alleged kidnap of Egypt cleric (This is a breaking news story... more details to follow).
    • There has to be an updated article.--Pharos 16:59, 23 December 2005 (UTC)
  • Kaczyński takes the office of Polish president
    • Unless the event is particularly momentous (which doesn't seem to be the case here), we usually focus on election results rather than the starts of governmental terms.--Pharos 16:59, 23 December 2005 (UTC)
  • After 5 years the ITV News Channel closes down at 18:00 (UTC)
    • No updated article. --Golbez 18:53, 27 December 2005 (UTC)

December 22, 2005

December 20 2005

[6] TMS63112 22:56, 20 December 2005 (UTC)

    • I strongly support this being added to the "In the News" section -- see Main Page talk page for commentary (found here). This may be able to bump Sharon (now out of hospital) or Bolivia (too much election news on main page anyway)

Judge Rules Intelligent Design teaching unconstitutional [8]

December 19 2005

  • Second Congo War to cost Uganda billions after World Court rules Uganda violated rights in the DRC. ("War to cost Uganda billions"[9]. "World Court rules Uganda violated rights in Congo" [10]. Matches the current Featured Article on Main Page.)
    • Needs updated article. --Golbez 20:42, 19 December 2005 (UTC)
      • Added to 2nd Congo War. - Xed 20:48, 19 December 2005 (UTC)

December 17 2005

December 16 2005

December 15 2005

  • I removed this, because the article had not been updated. I also note that there is no specific information there on any of the previous summits either.--Pharos 20:49, 15 December 2005 (UTC)
  • High turnout out for 2005 Tanzanian general election for both the president and parliament.More here --Gozar 15:45, 14 December 2005 (UTC)
    • Probably wait until there is a result, particularly if it is a notable one. Harro5 23:30, 14 December 2005 (UTC)
  • update: Initial election results from the 2005 Tanzanian general election show the ruling Chama_Cha_Mapinduzi sweeping the Legislature and their candidate,Jakaya_Kikwete, landing the Presidency. [13]--Gozar 21:09, 15 December 2005 (UTC)
    • This still seems to me a bit premature to post, as the result is still very incomplete.--Pharos 21:16, 15 December 2005 (UTC)
      • On second thought, we could use another story and I would support putting the election up under December 14 if the article is updated with preliminary results and we use a less decisive blurb; something like:

December 14 2005

  • The upper resevoir burst at the Taum Sauk pumped storage plant in southeastern Missouri sending a 20 foot crest of water down the Black River. People are reported missing and three children are in critical condition.
    • If the fire at Hemel Hemstead qualifies, why can't this go on the main page ? --64.229.44.47 22:40, 15 December 2005 (UTC)


December 13 2005

  • Iraqi Sunni politician Mizhar Dulaimi was shot dead while campaigning in Ramadi. The previous night, he had appeared on television urging Sunnis to take part in the general elections. (BBC)
    • We need at the least for an article to be updated. His name is still a red link.--Pharos 01:20, 15 December 2005 (UTC)
  • Stanley Williams, co-founder of the Crips, became the 12th person executed by the state of California since it reinstated the death penalty in 1977. Can't sleep, clown will eat me 10:07, 13 December 2005 (UTC)
  • Already posted. (not by me) -- PFHLai 02:42, 13 December 2005 (UTC)
  • Where is the updated article ? -- PFHLai 02:42, 13 December 2005 (UTC)
  • Would the new supporting articles suffice? -- Drawab
  • No, sorry, we need an article within Wikipedia, not in one of the sister projects. And since this earthquake has not done too much damage, there isn't much to write about, so I am not sure if there should be an encyclopedic article in Wikipedia for it. Thanks for the suggestion, though. -- PFHLai 07:45, 13 December 2005 (UTC)
  • I've found December 2005 Afghan-Pakistan earthquake. Please feel free to expand the stub. -- PFHLai 08:00, 13 December 2005 (UTC)
  • Please put the Lebanese flag instead of the Chilean flag, regarding that the front news is lebanon-related. CG 20:04, 12 December 2005 (UTC)
  • I like this candidate, but this is 2 days too early. While we wait, please take care of the {{copyedit}}-related problems on the WTO Ministerial Conference of 2005 page. Articles with known quality problems really should not be featured on the MainPage. Thanks. -- PFHLai 08:34, 11 December 2005 (UTC)
    • That's exactly why it was nominated in advance. :-) — Instantnood 08:39, 11 December 2005 (UTC)
      • I hope no one is expecting administrators who manage ITN to do the copyediting there. ^_^ Anyway, I've posted a link at Current events under "Upcoming events". Hope this helps. -- PFHLai 09:44, 11 December 2005 (UTC)
    • The article has in the past few days been edited by some university students. Different views have to be balanced by efforts of wikipedians from different parts of the world before it makes its way to be featured as ITN. :-) — Instantnood 10:57, 11 December 2005 (UTC)
      • Still waiting for the removal of the {{copyedit}}-tag. Would be nice if there is some mention of what happened at the opening. -- PFHLai 02:42, 13 December 2005 (UTC)
        • I think the aritcle is OK now. -- Jerry Crimson Mann 10:32, 14 December 2005 (UTC)
          • Alright, I've posted it.--Pharos 01:15, 15 December 2005 (UTC)

December 12 2005

  • Pamri, you are an admin. Are you asking for a peer review ? Hmm... I don't know. How about posting this on ITN when the name change takes effect ? I mean, after all the page moves are done ? -- PFHLai 07:53, 13 December 2005 (UTC)
  • Gebran Tueni, a prominent Lebanese anti-Syrian member of parliament and managing editor of the leading liberal An-Nahar newspaper, has been killed in a car bomb attack in Beirut. CG 12:45, 12 December 2005 (UTC)
  • Already posted (not by me). -- PFHLai 07:54, 13 December 2005 (UTC)
Looking at the current ITN entry, I don't think Anti-Arab is entirely accurate, it seems almost misleading? For one, the article doesn't use the word arab once...--Brendanfox 15:07, 12 December 2005 (UTC)

December 11 2005

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe officially raked in $65 million ($65,556,312) in the United States and $42 million world wide on its opening weekend alone. This making its release a vast $107 million all together. Disney has been in an economic slum lately, and this was the kind of profit they needed. These numbers are #2 on the December Opening Weekends of all time (right behind Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King and in front of the first two Lord of the Rings films. With this news, Disney has officially greenlit the second book in the series, Prince Caspian to be made into a movie by 2007.
I'll pass on giving free advertising space for the hit movie. Maybe I should go and see it.... -- PFHLai 07:39, 13 December 2005 (UTC)
  • A large Hemel Hempstead Fuel Depot Explosions occured in the UK near junction 8 of the M1 just after 6 am; with the blast heard and flames visible from more than 12 miles away. A fuel refinery/storage area seems to be the centre of the blast; with broken windows and damaged buildings more than 0.5 mile away. The cause is not known as yet although there was a report of an aircraft prior to the blast, casualties are unknown.
Already posted. (not by me) -- PFHLai 08:35, 11 December 2005 (UTC)

10 December 2005

Sorry, we usually don't post obituaries on ITN. Please see criterion #5 on Wikipedia:In the news section on the Main Page. Thanks. -- PFHLai 08:36, 11 December 2005 (UTC)

9 December 2005

  • I almost posted this on ITN. This was reported very widely. There definitely is an international interest. However, it's only a draw. The whole event in Leipzig was, IMO, designed and presented to generate publicity for the games next year. (Why was Heidi Klum involved ?) As much as I'd like to see more well-done sports-related articles featured on the MainPage, I will have to pass this time. -- PFHLai 09:03, 11 December 2005 (UTC)

8 December 2005

  • M&A transactions like this happen every day in the business world. Not sure how significant this is. And not sure if we really should help these big corporations in their advertising. I'll pass. Does any other admin want to post this ? -- PFHLai 17:12, 9 December 2005 (UTC)
  • This isn't even a real merger. It's a corporate "partnership" in Australia and New Zealand. Noone outside of Oceania will notice the difference in Yahoo!--Pharos 17:16, 9 December 2005 (UTC)
  • This is just an election promise. Nothing has actually been done yet. I think we should wait till something is actually done. Where's the updated article, anyway ? -- PFHLai 17:12, 9 December 2005 (UTC)
  • Already posted yesterday. -- PFHLai 17:12, 9 December 2005 (UTC)

7 December 2005

  • Potential for disaster in Vanuatu, volcano predicted to erupt
  • Why is Saddam quote about the court being "agents of America" between quotation marks? Is it because Wikipedia is criticizing his quotes? If it is the fact, according to NPOV they should be removed. CG 21:18, 7 December 2005 (UTC)
    • NPOV isn't the question here. The fact is that Saddam did call the court agents of America, and the news item would be perfectly neutral without the quotes. However, since he used those exact words, the addition of the quotes serves simply to provide more information to the reader. They are not scare quotes. — Dan | talk 21:31, 7 December 2005 (UTC)
  • Federal Air Marshals on American Airlines Flight 924 from Medellin, Colombia shot and killed a man who was acting in an agressive manner. The man was reportedly threatening to detonate a bomb in his carry-on luggage while disembarking at Miami International Airport. (CNN)
  • Wikipedia tightens up its submission guidelines in response to a scathing editorial written in USA Today by John Seigenthaler, a former president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Seigenthaler was critical of the Wikipedia submission process, citing potentially slanderous articles allegedly linking him with the asssassination of both Kennedys, and anonymously edited into the Wikipedia article bearing his name.(BBC)
  • David Cameron starts appointing his Shadow Cabinet, known as the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet

6 December 2005

  • New medium-sized species of mammal found.[16]
  • David Cameron is elected leader of the British Conservative Party.
  • A civil law suit resulting from the death of a 27 year old woman race riots that occured in 1969 in York, PA has been settled for $2 million (US). [17] (See List_of_subjects_investigated_by_the_FBI.)
    • additional reference material: [www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/772272/posts convictions resulting from continued investigation]

5 December 2005

A large earthquake (East African earthquake, 2005) estimated between 6.3 and 6.8 has hit East Africa, with the DRC particularly noted to have taken major damage. Epicenter located in Lake Tanganyika. More information here.--Gozar 18:11, 5 December 2005 (UTC)

  • Posted.--Pharos 05:14, 7 December 2005 (UTC)

4 December 2005

  • SUGGESTION: From www.msnbc.com, I found an article about "The recipient of the world’s first partial face transplant was thriving medically and psychologically a week after her groundbreaking surgery, one of her doctors said Sunday.

The woman, whose face had been partially disfigured by a dog, appeared relatively normal after the operation and doctors were pleased with her mental state, Dr. Jean-Michel Dubernard said in a telephone interview." from [18]

  • We generally don't put up relatively minor updates on previous items like this.--Pharos 05:57, 5 December 2005 (UTC)

2 December 2005

1 December 2005

--Ancheta Wis 17:18, 1 December 2005 (UTC)
  • Singapore prepares to hang 25 year old Australian man Van Tuong Nguyen, convicted of trafficking in 400g of heroin, despite pleas from the Australian government to spare his life. His execution is scheduled for 6 am Singapore time, Friday morning. preceding unsigned comment by 203.217.62.238 (talk • contribs) 11:05, 2005 December 1
  • Pls elaborate, nixie. -- PFHLai 12:47, 1 December 2005 (UTC)
  • I don't think most exectutions should be on ITN. Singapore exectues its own citizens and foreign nationals pretty frequently for drug realted crimes, 400 since 1991, Nguyen's case isn't exceptional, but has recieved alot of press in Australia.--nixie 12:52, 1 December 2005 (UTC)
I see. If this news item is widely reported (outside Singapore and Australia, and just being on CNN doesn't count as 'international'), I would be more supportive of this suggestion for ITN. Thanks for the quick response, nixie. Anyway, headlines need to be WIKIFIED and I did it to this headline. -- PFHLai 13:06, 1 December 2005 (UTC)
I think it's a good idea to put it ITN. It's encourages discussion internationally about the issue of capital punishment. --joank 22:26, 1 December 2005 (UTC)