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2009  July 5
Riots break out in Urumchi, in northwest China, in hostilities between ethnic Uighurs and Han Chinese        
2009  August 20
Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, convicted in 2001 for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, is released as being terminally ill and returns from Scotland to Libya       
2009  October 2
The Treaty of Lisbon, rejected by the Irish people in 2008, is approved in a second referendum      
2009 November 3
The Czech Republic becomes the final member state of the European Union to approve the Lisbon Treaty, completing the process of ratification      
2009  November 19
Herman van Rompuy, the prime minister of Belgium, is voted the first full-time president of the European Council       
2009  November 20
CERN restarts the Large Hadron Collider, which has been shut down since a serious failure in Sepember 2008      
2009  November 20
Global stock markets fall when Dubai seems in danger of being unable to service its massive $80 billion of debt      
2009  December 1
The Treaty of Lisbon is passed into law in the European Union      
2009  December 14
Abu Dhabi provides Dubai with $10 billion of debt relief, reducing the threat of a new major financial crisis       
2010  January 4
The Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai is inaugurated, entering the record books as the world tallest building at 828 m (2717 ft)