Ten years ago
The U.N. nuclear watchdog decided to pull its inspectors out of North Korea by New Year’s Eve, a step demanded by the North. Mwai Kibaki (mwy kih-BAH’-kee) and his opposition alliance won a landslide victory in Kenyan elections, breaking the ruling party’s 39-year grip on power.
Five years ago
President George W. Bush used a “pocket veto” to reject a sweeping defense bill because he objected to a provision that would have exposed the Iraqi government to expensive lawsuits seeking damages from the Saddam Hussein era. Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was laid to rest as the country’s army tried to quell a frenzy of rioting in the wake of her assassination. Six French charity workers sentenced to eight years’ forced labor in Chad for allegedly trying to kidnap 103 children were transferred to French custody. (The workers were later pardoned by Chad’s president and set free.) David Letterman’s production company reached an interim agreement with the Writers Guild allowing his talk show as well as Craig Ferguson’s to return to the air.