• Rioting in Greece: Correspondent Nicole Itano's day began, and ended, with rioting. In the morning, she went to the only police station in Athens where asylum seekers can apply. Thousands sleep overnight in line for the chance to be one of 300 chosen each Saturday. Afterward, as the asylum seekers headed home, a Pakistani man fell in a ditch, hit his head, and was presumed dead. He wasn't but the incident triggered a street demonstration – including fires and rock throwing, she says (see story).
That night, Nicole was having dinner at a restaurant in the neighborhood of Exarchia. "Around 10 p.m., as we were finishing dinner, the waiter appeared very nervous. He asked us to leave. That alone was odd because normally everyone lingers and talks after dinner. He told us a 16-year-old had been shot. We paid and left. The air outside was already thick with tear gas," say Nicole.
– David Clark Scott
• Monday, Dec. 8:Beijing – Six-nation talks with North Korea on a deal to dismantle its atomic weapons program in exchange for aid.Brussels – European Union plans to announce more sanctions on Zimbabwe unless it sees progress in political deadlock.
• Wednesday, Dec. 10:Paris – Sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Nobel Peace Prize winners and the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, are expected to meet President Nicolas Sarkozy.Nairobi, Kenya – UN-sponsored anti-piracy conference with European, American, and Arab representatives.Oslo – Nobel Peace Prize presented to former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari.