Assassinations are notoriously difficult to predict but I would guess they account for at least one famous person a year. This year we had Rafiq Hariri in Lebanon. Who might be considered assassination risks for 2006? The hit on Lennon came out of the blue. What about Sven-Goran Eriksson pre world cup? It could happen. The Americans might get Bin Laden at last (but I doubt it). Ariel Sharon has to be in the frame, one would have thought, having a name like an Essex girl. It's possible that someone might get at Saddam before justice prevails. I should make it clear I don't want to see anyone bumped off but to be forewarned is to be forearmed.
Reports coming in that Alexander Zakharchenko, Prime Minister of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, has reportedly died in a bombing. If true, this will seriously destabilise the region and could possibly be a precursor to a full blown Russian annexation.
Edit: The Independent, BBC obituaries.