The human rights group International Rights Advocates formally launches a lawsuit in the United States against Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc. (Google), Tesla, Inc., Dell and Microsoft on behalf of 14 Congolese families whose children died or were injured in Copperbelt mines that supply cobalt for the firms' lithium-ion battery products.
A report says that even before the American Christmas Eve release of "The Interview", thousands of Chinese citizens were downloading pirated versions of the movie on domestic video-sharing websites. By midday on December 26, more than 300,000 people had seen the film.
Iran has turned down the United States request to return a RQ-170 that was captured recently by Iranian forces after it crash landed in the country. Iranian officials report that they are extracting data from the aircraft. Iranian officials stated the drone was brought down by a cyber attack.
The Government of the United States claims that nearly 5 million barrels of oil have spilt from the "Deepwater Horizon" oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, making it the largest accidental maritime oil spill ever.
It is revealed that BP chief executive Tony Hayward is negotiating his terms of exit after being negatively criticised by politicians in the United States over his handling of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Energy company BP announces it is to sell billions worth of assets in Canada, Egypt, Pakistan, United States and Vietnam to part-fund the clean-up cost of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
A 2007 memo is released showing that two U.S. Federal agencies, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Minerals Management Service, underestimated the possibility of a large-scale oil spill from drilling in the Gulf and its effects on Gulf Coast wildlife.