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- January 4 – The tallest man-made structure to date, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is officially opened.
- January 8 – The Togo national football team is involved in an attack in Angola, and as a result withdraws from the Africa Cup of Nations.
- January 12 – A 7.0-magnitude earthquake occurs in Haiti, devastating the nation's capital, Port-au-Prince. With a confirmed death toll over 230,000 it is one of the deadliest on record.
- January 15 – The longest annular solar eclipse of the 3rd millennium occurs.
- January 25 – Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 crashes into the Mediterranean Sea shortly after take-off from Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport, killing all 90 people on-board.
- February 3 – The sculpture L'Homme qui marche I by Alberto Giacometti sells in London for £65 million (US$103.7 million), setting a new world record for a work of art sold at auction.
- February 12–February 28 – The 2010 Winter Olympics are held in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada.
- February 18 – The President of Niger, Tandja Mamadou, is overthrown after a group of soldiers storms the presidential palace and form a ruling junta, the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy headed by chef d'escadron Salou Djibo.
- February 27 – An 8.8-magnitude earthquake occurs in Chile, triggering a tsunami over the Pacific and killing 497. The earthquake is one of the largest in recorded history.
- March 16 – The Kasubi Tombs, Uganda's only cultural World Heritage Site, are destroyed by fire.
- March 26 – The ROKS Cheonan, a South Korean Navy ship carrying 104 personnel, sinks off the country's west coast, killing 46. In May, an independent investigation blames North Korea, which denies the allegations.
- April 7 – Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev flees Bishkek amid fierce rioting, sparking a sociopolitical crisis. Former foreign minister Roza Otunbayeva is placed at the head of an interim government as the opposition seizes control.
- April 10 – The President of Poland, Lech Kaczyński, is among 96 killed when their airplane crashes in western Russia.
- April 13 – A 6.9-magnitude earthquake occurs in Qinghai, China, killing at least 2,000 and injuring more than 10,000.
- April 14 – Volcanic ash from one of several eruptions beneath Eyjafjallajökull, an ice cap in Iceland, begins to disrupt air traffic across northern and western Europe.
- April 20 – The Deepwater Horizon oil platform explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven workers. The resulting Horizon oil spill, one of the largest in history, spreads for several months, damaging the waters and the United States coastline, and prompting international debate and doubt about the practice and procedures of offshore drilling.
- April 27 – Standard & Poor's downgrades Greece's sovereign credit rating to junk four days after the activation of a €45-billion EU–IMF bailout, triggering the decline of stock markets worldwide and of the Euro's value, and furthering a European sovereign debt crisis.
- May 2 – The Eurozone and the International Monetary Fund agree to a €110 billion bailout package for Greece. The package involves sharp Greek austerity measures.
- May 4 – Nude, Green Leaves and Bust by Pablo Picasso sells in New York for US$106.5 million, setting another new world record for a work of art sold at auction.
- May 7 – Scientists conducting the Neanderthal genome project announce that they have sequenced enough of the Neanderthal genome to suggest that Neanderthals and humans may have interbred.
- May 12 – Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771 crashes at runway at Tripoli International Airport in Libya, killing 103 of the 104 people on board.
- May 19 – Protests in Bangkok, Thailand ends with a bloody military crackdown, killing 91 and more than 2,100 injured.
- May 20
- May 22 – Air India Express Flight 812 overshoots the runway at Mangalore International Airport in India, killing 158 and leaving 8 survivors.
- May 31 – Nine activists are killed in a clash with soldiers when Israeli Navy forces raid and capture a flotilla of ships attempting to break the Gaza blockade.
- June 9 – Ethnic riots in Kyrgyzstan between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks results in the deaths of hundreds.
- June 11–July 11 – The 2010 FIFA World Cup is held in South Africa, and is won by Spain.
- July 8 – The first 24-hour flight by a solar powered plane is completed by the Solar Impulse.
- July 25 – Wikileaks, an online publisher of anonymous, covert, and classified material, leaks to the public over 90,000 internal reports about the United States-led involvement in the War in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010.
- July 29 – Heavy monsoon rains begin to cause widespread flooding (pictured) in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Over 1,600 are killed, and more than one million are displaced by the floods.
- August 10 – The World Health Organization declares the H1N1 influenza pandemic over, saying worldwide flu activity has returned to typical seasonal patterns.
- October 10 – The Netherlands Antilles are dissolved, with the islands being split up and given a new constitutional status.
- October 13 – Thirty-three miners near Copiapó, Chile, trapped 700 metres underground in a mining accident in San José Mine, are brought back to the surface after surviving for a record 69 days.
- October 22 – The International Space Station surpasses the record for the longest continuous human occupation of space, having been continuously inhabited since November 2, 2000 (3641 days).
- October 23 – In preparation for the Seoul summit, finance ministers of the G-20 agree to reform the International Monetary Fund and shift 6% of the voting shares to developing nations and countries with emerging markets.
- October 25 – An earthquake and consequent tsunami off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, kills over 400 people and leave hundreds missing.
- October 26–ongoing – Repeated eruptions of Mount Merapi volcano in Central Java, Indonesia, and accompanying pyroclastic flows of scalding gas, pumice, and volcanic ash descending the erupting volcano kill three hundred people and forced hundreds of thousands of residents to evacuate.
- November 2 - USA: anger at Barack Hussein Obama leads Republicans to win majority of U.S. Congress seats.
- November 4 – Aero Caribbean Flight 883 crashes in central Cuba, killing all 68 people on board.
- November 11–November 12 – The G-20 summit is held in Seoul, South Korea. Korea becomes the first non-G8 nation to host a G-20 leaders summit.
- November 13 – Burmese opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi is released from her house arrest.
- November 17 – Researchers at CERN trap 38 antihydrogen atoms for a sixth of a second, marking the first time in history that humans have trapped antimatter.
- November 20 – Participants of the 2010 NATO Lisbon summit issued the Lisbon Summit Declaration.
- November 21 – Eurozone countries agree to a rescue package for the Republic of Ireland from the European Financial Stability Facility in response to the country's financial crisis.
- November 22 – A stampede during Bon Om Thook (Khmer Water Festival) celebrations in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, kills 347.
- November 23 – North Korea shells Yeonpyeong Island, prompting a military response by South Korea. The incident caused an escalation of tension on the Korean Peninsula and prompted widespread international condemnation. The United Nations declared it to be one of the most serious incidents since the end of the Korean War.
- November 28 – WikiLeaks releases a collection of more than 250,000 American diplomatic cables, including 100,000 marked "secret" or "confidential".
- November 29 – The European Union agree to an €85 billion rescue deal for Ireland from the European Financial Stability Facility, the International Monetary Fund and bilateral loans from the United Kingdom, Denmark and Sweden.
- November 29–December 10 – The 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference is held in Cancún, Mexico. Also referred to as the 16th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 16), it served too as the 6th meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 6).
- December 21 – The first total lunar eclipse to occur on the day of the Northern winter solstice and Southern summer solstice since 1638 takes place.
- January 6 - James von Brunn, "Holocaust" Museum shooter (b. 1920)
- January 27 - Howard Zinn, American Jewish Socialist historian (b. 1922)
- February 2 - Eustace Mullins, American nationalist and author (b. 1923)
- March 4 - J. Patrick Bedell, Pentagon shooter (b. 1973)
- April 3 - Eugène Terre'Blanche, leader of the South African Afrikaner Resistance Movement (b. 1941)
- April 6 - Frank L. Britton, anti-Communist author (b. 1920)
- June 28 - Goren Assar Oredsson, Swedish National Socialist leader (b. 1933)
- August 16 - Bruce Pierce, White nationalist and member of The Order (b. 1954)
- September 30 - Joseph Sobran, American conservative journalist (b. 1946)
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- "Togo withdraw from Africa Cup of Nations". BBC Sport. 2010-01-09. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/africa/8449611.stm. Retrieved 2009-01-09.
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- Pitman, Todd (2010-02-18). Armed soldiers storm Niger presidential palace. Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2010-02-21.
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- Gobierno entregó lista de 497 fallecidos en el terremoto
- Results Confirm North Korea Sank Cheonan. Daily NK. Retrieved on May 20, 2010.
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- "Tumult in Kyrgyzstan as opposition claims power". CBC News. April 7, 2010. http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/04/07/kyrgyzstan-riot.html.
- Harding, Luke (April 10, 2010). "Polish president Lech Kaczynski killed in plane crash". The Guardian (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/apr/10/poland-president-lech-kaczynski-killed.
- Sky News: Polish President Lech Kaczynski Killed When Plane Crashed On Approach To Smolensk Airport In Russia
- "China remembers earthquake dead". BBC News. April 21, 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8631354.stm.
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- "At least 11 missing after blast on oil rig in Gulf". CNN. April 22, 2010. http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/04/21/oil.rig.explosion/index.html.
- Wardell, J. (2010). Nations rethink offshore drilling. msnbc.com. Retrieved on 2010-09-06.
- "Greek bonds rated 'junk' by Standard & Poor's". BBC News. April 27, 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8647441.stm. Retrieved 2010-04-28.
- "Greece crisis deepens on global market sell-off". CNN. April 28, 2010. http://edition.cnn.com/2010/BUSINESS/04/28/greece.euro.markets/index.html?hpt=T1. Retrieved 2010-04-28.
- Greece Accepts Terms of EU-Led Bailout, ‘Savage’ Cuts (Update1). Bloomberg.com (2010). Retrieved on 2010-05-02.
- "Picasso painting fetches record $106m at auction". BBC News. 2010-05-05. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts_and_culture/8661338.stm. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
- Crow, Kelly (2010-05-05). "Picasso sets auction record; Portrait of mistress sells for $106.5 million, providing opening spark to season". The Wall Street Journal: p. A3. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703866704575224873880379734.html. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
- Cotter, Holland (2010-05-06). "Another auction, another trophy". The New York Times: p. C1. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/06/arts/06cotter.html. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
- Pinkowski, J. (2010). "Scientists sequence the Neanderthal genome". Time. Retrieved on 2010-05-06.
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- "Briton among Libya air crash dead". BBC News. May 13, 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8676898.stm.
- "Death toll rises as anti-government protests escalate in Thailand". London: Times Newspapers Ltd. 15 May 2010. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article7126802.ece. Retrieved 14 May 2010.
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- CNN Wire Staff (2010-08-04). "More rain, gushing flood waters threaten Pakistanis". CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/08/04/pakistan.flooding/index.html?iref=allsearch. Retrieved 2010-08-04.
- CIDRAP News - WHO says H1N1 pandemic is over.
- Officielebekendmakingen.nl - Besluit van 23 september 2010 tot vaststelling van het tijdstip van inwerkingtreding van de artikelen I en II van de Rijkswet wijziging Statuut in verband met de opheffing van de Nederlandse Antillen
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- G20 summit agrees to reform IMF BBC.
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- Leaked Cables Offer Raw Look at U.S. Diplomacy, New York Times, Nov 28, 2010
- 1,796 memos from US embassy in Manila in WikiLeaks 'Cablegate' | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features
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- Dates and venues of future sessions
- COP 16
- NASA Science News: Solstice Lunar Eclipse
- Lunar eclipse, winter solstice to coincide