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1. 01-28 Hutton clears Blair, faults BBC London
2. 02-10 MPs back headscarf ban Paris
03-11 Rail blasts: 200 dead Madrid
4. 03-14 Putin claims second term Moscow
5. 05-01 EU welcomes 10 new members European Union
G. 05-23 Deadly airport roof collapse Paris
H. 08-13 Glittering opening for Olympics Greece
I. 08-24 Two passenger jets crash Russia
J. 09-03 350 dead after troops storm school Beslan, North Ossetia, North Caucasus

Summary.     Click for More > Putin claims second term EU welcomes 10 new members
Hutton clears Blair, faults BBC MPs back headscarf ban Rail blasts: 200 dead
Jan.4  Georgia  Saakashvili claims presidency
Jan.6  London  Diana crash investigation ordered
Jan.28   London
Jan.29  Ruhr  Israel and Hezbollah swap prisoners
 London  BBC apologizes as Dyke quits
Jan.30  Paris  Ex-Prime Minister guilty of corruption
Feb.6  Moscow  Metro blast kills 39
Feb.10   Paris
Feb.14  Moscow  Roof collapse kills 26
Feb.24  Moscow  Putin fires premier and Cabinet
Feb.26  Macedonia  President Trajkovski killed in plane crash
Mar.11   Madrid
  A series of co-ordinated bomb attacks on Madrid's commuter trains at the height of the rush hour blamed on ETA.    The attacks took place at the height of rush hour when 3 separate trains were hit by near-simultaneous explosions along the southern part of Madrid's t...
Mar.14   Moscow
 Spain  Poll triumph for Socialists
Mar.15  Spain  PM-elect: Troops out of Iraq
Mar.20  Italy  Rallies mark Iraq war anniversary
Mar.24  Madrid  Madrid mourns bombing victims
Mar.31  Berlin  Afghanistan wins $8.2bn in aid
Apr.7  Hamburg  Court frees 9/11 suspect
Apr.18  Spain  Spain PM orders Iraq troops home
Apr.24  Cyprus  Vote leaves island split
May.1   European Union
  Capitals across Europe celebrated as the European Union marked the largest expansion in its history.    Cyprus, Czech ,Estonia ,Hungary, Latvia, L...
May.4  Athens  Bombs hit Athens police station May.9  Chechnya  Bomb kills Chechen president May.22  England  Commonwealth reinstates Pakistan May.23   Paris Deadly airport roof collapse May.26  Germany  Porto wins Champions League Jun.4  Vatican  Bush meets pope, faces protests Jun.6  France  D-Day: 'America would do it again' Jun.13  European Union  EU poll blow for ruling parties Jun.17  Belgium  Child killer Dutroux convicted Jun.18  Belgium  EU agrees historic constitution Jun.21  Chechnya  Troops repel Chechen offensive Jul.5  Portugal  Greece win Euro 2004 over Portugal Jul.9  Netherlands  U.N.: Israel barrier 'violates law' Jul.14  London  'Serious flaws' in Iraq intelligence Jul.19  Paris  Sharon 'not welcome' in France Jul.25  Paris  Armstrong wins 6th Tour de France Aug.13   Greece   Glittering opening for Olympics
  The Games returned to their birthplace after 108 years with a glittering ceremony that featured more than 4,000 performers.    The ceremony set to put to memory construction delays and doping scandals. President Stephanopoulos opened the Games. 75,000 spectators...
Aug.15  Hungary  Schumacher claims record 12th win Aug.21  Greece  Phelps got record-tying 8th medal Aug.22  Norway  Scream stolen from museum Aug.24   Russia Two passenger jets crash Aug.29  Athens  Olympics: Games Close Sep.1  North Caucasus  Standoff school siege Sep.2  France  Scarf ban comes into force Sep.3   North Caucasus   350 dead after troops storm school Map of Beslan North Ossetia Russia
  1,200 hostages might have been inside the Beslan school. Hundreds of people were injured.    On the 3rd day of the standoff, gunfire broke out between the hostage-takers and security forces. 186 children were among ...
 North Caucasus  Putin: Siege force not planned Sep.6  Russia  Anger mounts as Russia mourns  Moscow  Putin under pressure over siege Sep.13  Moscow  Putin tightens grip on security Sep.16  Chechnya  Rebel Basayev claims Beslan siege Sep.29  Moscow  Russia 'to ratify climate treaty' Oct.17  Belarus  Lukashenko wins new term vote Oct.29   Paris Ailing Arafat arrives in Paris Nov.2   Netherlands Gunman kills film director Nov.4  Paris  Arafat 'in critical condition' Nov.10   Paris   Arafat died
  The veteran Palestinian leader has died in a Paris hospital. There is no clear line of succession.    Yasser Arafat led Palestinian struggle for more than 40 years. He ...
Nov.17  Moscow  New missile systems tested Nov.22   Kiev   Storm of protest at poll result
  At the start of the Orange Revolution the opposition camped out on the streets after crying foul in a runoff vote in presidential election.    The election commission said Prime Minister Yanukovych had a slim lead over liberal challenger Yushchenko who told thousands of supporters to stay in ma...
Nov.25  Kiev  Court puts poll result on hold Nov.27  Kiev  Parliament rejects election results Nov.28  Eastern Ukraine  Poll row threatens Ukraine unity Dec.3  Kiev  Court Orders Re-Run of Rigged Poll Dec.11   Austria Doctors: Yushchenko Was Poisoned Dec.17  Turkey  'Deal struck' in Turkey-EU talks Dec.19  Moscow  Yukos unit fetches $9bn at auction Dec.22  Paris  Former Iraq hostages back in Paris Dec.26   Kiev Yushchenko declares victory in re-vote Dec.31  Kiev  PM Yanukovych resigns



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Europe
Saakashvili claims presidency
Diana crash investigation ordered
Hutton clears Blair, faults BBC
Israel and Hezbollah swap prisoners
BBC apologizes as Dyke quits
MPs back headscarf ban
Putin claims second term
Poll triumph for Socialists
Spain PM orders Iraq troops home
EU welcomes 10 new members
D-Day: 'America would do it again'
Scarf ban comes into force
Putin tightens grip on security
Russia 'to ratify climate treaty'
Ailing Arafat arrives in Paris
Arafat 'in critical condition'
Arafat died
Storm of protest at poll result
Court puts poll result on hold
Court Orders Re-Run of Rigged Poll
'Deal struck' in Turkey-EU talks
Yushchenko declares victory in re-vote
Ex-Prime Minister guilty of corruption
Metro blast kills 39
Rail blasts: 200 dead
Court frees 9/11 suspect
Bombs hit Athens police station
Bomb kills Chechen president
Child killer Dutroux convicted
Scream stolen from museum
Two passenger jets crash
Gunman kills film director
Doctors: Yushchenko Was Poisoned
Porto wins Champions League
Greece win Euro 2004 over Portugal
Armstrong wins 6th Tour de France
Glittering opening for Olympics
Olympics: Games Close
Israel and Hezbollah swap prisoners
PM-elect: Troops out of Iraq
Rallies mark Iraq war anniversary
Spain PM orders Iraq troops home
D-Day: 'America would do it again'
Troops repel Chechen offensive
Saakashvili claims presidency
Putin claims second term
Poll triumph for Socialists
Vote leaves island split
EU poll blow for ruling parties
Storm of protest at poll result
Court puts poll result on hold
Court Orders Re-Run of Rigged Poll
Yushchenko declares victory in re-vote
European Union
Diana crash investigation ordered
Hutton clears Blair, faults BBC
Israel and Hezbollah swap prisoners
BBC apologizes as Dyke quits
MPs back headscarf ban
Poll triumph for Socialists
PM-elect: Troops out of Iraq
Spain PM orders Iraq troops home
EU welcomes 10 new members
D-Day: 'America would do it again'
Scarf ban comes into force
Ailing Arafat arrives in Paris
Arafat 'in critical condition'
Arafat died
Ex-Prime Minister guilty of corruption
Rail blasts: 200 dead
Court frees 9/11 suspect
Bombs hit Athens police station
Child killer Dutroux convicted
Gunman kills film director
Doctors: Yushchenko Was Poisoned
Porto wins Champions League
Greece win Euro 2004 over Portugal
Armstrong wins 6th Tour de France
Glittering opening for Olympics
Olympics: Games Close
Israel and Hezbollah swap prisoners
PM-elect: Troops out of Iraq
Rallies mark Iraq war anniversary
Spain PM orders Iraq troops home
D-Day: 'America would do it again'
Poll triumph for Socialists
Vote leaves island split
EU poll blow for ruling parties
Post Soviet
Putin claims second term
Putin tightens grip on security
Russia 'to ratify climate treaty'
Storm of protest at poll result
Court puts poll result on hold
Court Orders Re-Run of Rigged Poll
Yushchenko declares victory in re-vote
Metro blast kills 39
Bomb kills Chechen president
Two passenger jets crash
Standoff school siege
350 dead after troops storm school
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Troops repel Chechen offensive
350 dead after troops storm school
Putin claims second term
Storm of protest at poll result
Court puts poll result on hold
Court Orders Re-Run of Rigged Poll
Yushchenko declares victory in re-vote
Russia
Putin fires premier and Cabinet
Putin claims second term
Putin tightens grip on security
Russia 'to ratify climate treaty'
Metro blast kills 39
Bomb kills Chechen president
Two passenger jets crash
350 dead after troops storm school
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Troops repel Chechen offensive
350 dead after troops storm school
Putin claims second term
France
MPs back headscarf ban
D-Day: 'America would do it again'
Ailing Arafat arrives in Paris
Arafat died
Ex-Prime Minister guilty of corruption
Armstrong wins 6th Tour de France
D-Day: 'America would do it again'
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Paris
MPs back headscarf ban
Ailing Arafat arrives in Paris
Arafat died
Ex-Prime Minister guilty of corruption
Armstrong wins 6th Tour de France
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Moscow
Putin claims second term
Putin tightens grip on security
Russia 'to ratify climate treaty'
Metro blast kills 39
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Putin claims second term
Spain
Poll triumph for Socialists
PM-elect: Troops out of Iraq
Spain PM orders Iraq troops home
Rail blasts: 200 dead
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Spain PM orders Iraq troops home
Poll triumph for Socialists
Caucasus
Saakashvili claims presidency
Bomb kills Chechen president
Standoff school siege
350 dead after troops storm school
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Troops repel Chechen offensive
350 dead after troops storm school
Saakashvili claims presidency
Ukraine
Storm of protest at poll result
Court puts poll result on hold
Yushchenko declares victory in re-vote
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Court puts poll result on hold
Yushchenko declares victory in re-vote
North Caucasus Your ad is here
Bomb kills Chechen president
350 dead after troops storm school
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United Kingdom
Diana crash investigation ordered
Hutton clears Blair, faults BBC
BBC apologizes as Dyke quits
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Balkans
President Trajkovski killed in plane crash
Bombs hit Athens police station
Glittering opening for Olympics
Olympics: Games Close
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Germany
Israel and Hezbollah swap prisoners
Afghanistan wins $8.2bn in aid
Court frees 9/11 suspect
Porto wins Champions League
Israel and Hezbollah swap prisoners
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Bombs hit Athens police station
Glittering opening for Olympics
Olympics: Games Close
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London
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Saakashvili claims presidency   Diana crash investigation ordered  Most senior policeman is to investigate whether the car crash was more than just an accident   Hutton clears Blair, faults BBC


January 2004 ... more > Top ^
Jan.4   Georgia
Jan.6   London  
Jan.13  England  Anger as 'Dr. Death' found hanged
Jan.28   London  
  A senior judge says the government did not act in a 'dishonorable, underhand or duplicitous' way in its handling of David Kelly
 London  BBC chairman quits over Hutton Jan.29   Ruhr     Israel and Hezbollah swap prisoners   Israel released 35 prisoners. Hezbollah released an abducted Israeli businessman and the bodies of 3 Israel soldiers   London BBC apologizes as Dyke quits
Jan.30   Paris Ex-Prime Minister guilty of corruption Jan.31  England  BA, Air France cancel U.S. flights

February 2004 ... more > Top ^
Feb.3  Rome  Urgent bird flu summit Feb.4  London  Blair 'unaware' of WMD threat Feb.6   Moscow   Metro blast kills 39  An explosion has ripped apart a train car during morning rush hour. Putin condemns 'Chechen' bombing  Northern England  18 die in tide Feb.8  Moscow  Presidential candidate Rybkin missing Feb.10   Paris   MPs back headscarf ban
  The bill, passed by 494 votes to 36, to banned all overt religious symbols from state schools
Feb.14   Moscow Roof collapse kills 26 Feb.18  Berlin  EU's 'big three' deny power grab Feb.23  Netherlands  Israeli barrier court test begins Feb.24   Moscow Putin fires premier and Cabinet Feb.26   Macedonia President Trajkovski killed in plane crash

March 2004 ... more > Top ^
Mar.7  Greece  Conservatives sweep to power Mar.11  Spain  PM vows to catch bombers   Madrid   Rail blasts: 200 dead
  A series of co-ordinated bomb attacks on Madrid's commuter trains at the height of the rush hour blamed on ETA
 The attacks took place at the height of rush hour when 3 separate trains were hit by near-simultaneous explosions along the southern part of Madrid's train network. The morning terror strikes at train stations also wounded at least 1,400. The deadliest blast happened on a train entering Atocha station
Mar.14   Moscow     Putin claims second term
  Voters overwhelmingly handed Vladimir Putin a second 4-year term as president in a widely-expected outcome
  Spain     Poll triumph for Socialists  In a rebuff to the ruling conservative Popular Party, Socialist Workers Party to win 164 seats in the 350-seat parliament Mar.15   Spain PM-elect: Troops out of Iraq Mar.16  Spain  Police identify 'bombers'  Russia  58 dead in apartment blast Mar.17  Kosovo  Seven die in riot-hit town Mar.20   Italy Rallies mark Iraq war anniversary Mar.24   Madrid Madrid mourns bombing victims Mar.30  London  Explosives find in terror raid Mar.31   Berlin Afghanistan wins $8.2bn in aid  Cyprus  Annan announces Cyprus plan

April 2004 ... more > Top ^
Apr.3  Madrid  One killed in Madrid suburb blast Apr.7   Hamburg Court frees 9/11 suspect
Apr.18   Spain     Spain PM orders Iraq troops home  New prime minister Zapatero has given orders for Spanish troops to be brought home in 'as short a time as possible' Apr.24   Cyprus Vote leaves island split Apr.25  Vatican  Pope beatifies 6 from Europe, S. America

May 2004 ... more > Top ^
May.1   European Union   EU welcomes 10 new members
  Capitals across Europe celebrated as the European Union marked the largest expansion in its history
 Cyprus, Czech ,Estonia ,Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia
May.3  Turkey  NATO summit attack prevented May.4   Athens Bombs hit Athens police station May.9   Chechnya   Bomb kills Chechen president  Akhmad Kadyrov and at least 5 others died in an explosion at a stadium in the Chechen capital May.22   England Commonwealth reinstates Pakistan May.23   Paris   Deadly airport roof collapse
  At least 5 people were killed when a massive section of a vaulted ceiling collapsed at a new passenger terminal
May.25  London  Al-Qaeda 'spurred on' by Iraq war May.26   Germany Porto wins Champions League May.27  London  U.S. indict British Muslim cleric

June 2004 ... more > Top ^
Jun.2  United Kingdom  Computer failure grounds flights Jun.4   Vatican Bush meets pope, faces protests
Jun.5  Italy  Bush: Terror now biggest challenge Jun.6   France     D-Day: 'America would do it again'  The alliance is strong 'and is still needed today,' U.S. President told veterans commemorating the 1944 landings  Paris  Gaudio claims French crown Jun.13   European Union EU poll blow for ruling parties Jun.17   Belgium Child killer Dutroux convicted Jun.18   Belgium EU agrees historic constitution Jun.21   Chechnya Troops repel Chechen offensive Jun.24  Istanbul  Bus explosion kills 3

July 2004 ... more > Top ^
Jul.3  London  Sharapova wins Wimbledon over Serena Jul.4  London  Federer fights back to retain Wimbledon Jul.5   Portugal     Greece win Euro 2004 over Portugal  A 57th minute goal from Angelos Charisteas gave Greece a 1-0 victory in one of the biggest upsets in international football Jul.6  Austria  President Klestil dies at 71 Jul.9   Netherlands U.N.: Israel barrier 'violates law'
Jul.14   London 'Serious flaws' in Iraq intelligence Jul.18  France  France angered over Sharon's call Jul.19   Paris Sharon 'not welcome' in France Jul.25   Paris     Armstrong wins 6th Tour de France  Armstrong, bettered the 5 Tour wins of cycling greats Merckx, Anquetil, Hinault and Miguel Indurain Jul.26  European Union  EU to push for sanctions on Sudan Jul.31  Switzerland  World trade talks reach agreement

August 2004 ... more > Top ^
Aug.9  Istanbul  Deadly blasts hit hotels Aug.12  Greece  Stars hurt in crash Aug.13   Greece     Glittering opening for Olympics
  The Games returned to their birthplace after 108 years with a glittering ceremony that featured more than 4,000 performers
 The ceremony set to put to memory construction delays and doping scandals. President Stephanopoulos opened the Games. 75,000 spectators inside the Olympic Stadium were joined by an estimated global TV audience of 4 billion. 10,500 athletes were competing under 202 flags
Aug.15   Hungary Schumacher claims record 12th win Aug.17  London  8 men charged with terror offenses Aug.19  Greece  Patterson made gold in all-around Aug.21   Greece Phelps got record-tying 8th medal Aug.22   Norway   Scream stolen from museum  Two masked armed robbers have stolen the iconic Edvard Munch painting from the Munch Museum  Greece  Gatlin guns to 100m glory Aug.24   Russia   Two passenger jets crash
  2 planes have crashed in nearly simultaneous incidents, with as many as 94 people feared killed
Aug.28  Greece  Men's Basketball: Argentina Beats Italy Aug.29   Athens   Olympics: Games Close  Greece staged an exuberant closing ceremony to bring the curtain down on the Athens Games  Greece  Argentina claims soccer gold

September 2004 ... more > Top ^
Sep.1   North Caucasus   Standoff school siege  A tense standoff between authorities and attackers who seized at least 100 hostages, possibly as many as 400  Russia  'Breakdown' in siege negotiations Sep.2   France   Scarf ban comes into force  A law banning headscarves and other religious symbols from state schools came into effec  North Caucasus  School siege: '26 freed' Sep.3   North Caucasus     350 dead after troops storm school Map of Beslan North Ossetia Russia
  1,200 hostages might have been inside the Beslan school. Hundreds of people were injured
 On the 3rd day of the standoff, gunfire broke out between the hostage-takers and security forces. 186 children were among the killed. Chechen warlord Basayev took responsibility for the hostage taking, which was led by his Ingush deputy Yevloyev
  North Caucasus Putin: Siege force not planned Sep.4  North Caucasus  Siege toll tops 350 Sep.5  Russia  Russia parades siege suspect Sep.6   Russia Anger mounts as Russia mourns   Moscow Putin under pressure over siege Sep.7  Moscow  Rally against terrorism  Russia  Footage shows drama in besieged school Sep.8  Moscow  $10m reward for Chechen rebels Sep.11  Greece  Top cleric feared killed in helicopter crash Sep.13   Moscow     Putin tightens grip on security  President has ordered a drastic overhaul of the way Russia is run in the wake of deadly attacks on civilians Sep.16   Chechnya Rebel Basayev claims Beslan siege Sep.29   Moscow   Russia 'to ratify climate treaty'  The government is expected to announce that the country will ratify the Kyoto Protocol

October 2004 ... more > Top ^
Oct.3  Italy  Island migrants sent back Oct.17   Belarus Lukashenko wins new term vote
Oct.18  London  Church wants gay bishop apology Oct.23  Kosovo  Dismay as Serbs shun Kosovo poll Oct.27  European Union  Barroso backs down over EU vote Oct.29   Paris     Ailing Arafat arrives in Paris
  A helicopter carrying Palestinian leader landed after leaving his West Bank compound for the first time in 3 years
 Rome  EU leaders sign new constitution Oct.30  Paris  Questions swirl around Arafat's health

November 2004 ... more > Top ^
Nov.2   Netherlands   Gunman kills film director
Map of Amsterdam Netherlands
  Theo van Gogh, 47, who made a controversial film about Islamic culture, has been stabbed and shot dead in Amsterdam
Nov.4   Paris     Arafat 'in critical condition'  Palestinian leader is at a Paris military hospital after drifting in and out of consciousness throughout the night Nov.5  Paris  Arafat on life support  Paris  Arafat 'stable' - French doctors Nov.10   Paris     Arafat died
  The veteran Palestinian leader has died in a Paris hospital. There is no clear line of succession
 Yasser Arafat led Palestinian struggle for more than 40 years. He had been in a coma since November 3 and suffered a brain hemorrhage
Nov.17   Moscow New missile systems tested
Nov.22   Kiev     Storm of protest at poll result
  At the start of the Orange Revolution the opposition camped out on the streets after crying foul in a runoff vote in presidential election
 The election commission said Prime Minister Yanukovych had a slim lead over liberal challenger Yushchenko who told thousands of supporters to stay in main square overnight to keep a tent encampment safe from security forces. The nationalist western regions are saying they would recognize only Yushchenko
Nov.23  Kiev  Kiev crowds circle president's HQ Nov.24  Kiev  Ukraine on brink of 'civil war' Nov.25   Kiev   Court puts poll result on hold  The Supreme Court has barred the publication of disputed presidential election results until it examine opposition appeal Nov.27   Kiev Parliament rejects election results Nov.28   Eastern Ukraine Poll row threatens Ukraine unity

December 2004 ... more > Top ^
Dec.3   Kiev   Court Orders Re-Run of Rigged Poll  Supreme Court has annulled the 2nd round of the presidential election - upholding claims that it was fraudulent Dec.4  Kiev  Deal to reduce the president's powers Dec.11   Austria     Doctors: Yushchenko Was Poisoned
  Opposition leader was poisoned by dioxin during presidential election campaign, his Austrian doctors said
Dec.15  Greece  Bus Hijack Siege Ends, Gunmen Surrender Dec.17   Turkey     'Deal struck' in Turkey-EU talks  A compromise formula had been agreed in which Turkey to recognise Cyprus by next October Dec.19   Moscow Yukos unit fetches $9bn at auction Dec.20  Ukraine  Rivals clash in TV debate Dec.22   Paris Former Iraq hostages back in Paris Dec.24  Vatican  Pope prays for peace at midnight Mass Dec.26   Kiev     Yushchenko declares victory in re-vote
  Opposition leader is telling supporters it is the dawn of a new political era in the former Soviet republic
Dec.31   Kiev PM Yanukovych resigns


  Israel and Hezbollah swap prisoners   Israel released 35 prisoners. Hezbollah released an abducted Israeli businessman and the bodies of 3 Israel soldiers PM-elect: Troops out of Iraq Rallies mark Iraq war anniversary   Spain PM orders Iraq troops home  New prime minister Zapatero has given orders for Spanish troops to be brought home in 'as short a time as possible'   D-Day: 'America would do it again'  The alliance is strong 'and is still needed today,' U.S. President told veterans commemorating the 1944 landings Troops repel Chechen offensive   350 dead after troops storm school Map of Beslan North Ossetia Russia




Europe, 2004 War & Army Timeline ... See World War & Army timeline Top ^
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Jan.29   Ruhr
Feb.4  London  Blair 'unaware' of WMD threat
Mar.15   Spain
Mar.20   Italy
Apr.18   Spain
Jun.6   France
Jun.21   Chechnya
Sep.3   North Caucasus
  1,200 hostages might have been inside the Beslan school. Hundreds of people were injured
 On the 3rd day of the standoff, gunfire broke out between the hostage-takers and security forces. 186 children were among the killed. Chechen warlord Basayev took responsibility for the hostage taking, which was led by his Ingush deputy Yevloyev
Sep.3   North Caucasus Putin: Siege force not planned Nov.17   Moscow New missile systems tested



Europe, 2004 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
2004 Feb.3  Rome  Urgent bird flu summit Feb.6  Northern England  18 die in tide Feb.14   Moscow Roof collapse kills 26
Feb.26   Macedonia President Trajkovski killed in plane crash Mar.16  Russia  58 dead in apartment blast May.23   Paris Deadly airport roof collapse
  At least 5 people were killed when a massive section of a vaulted ceiling collapsed at a new passenger terminal
Jun.2  United Kingdom  Computer failure grounds flights Aug.12  Greece  Stars hurt in crash Aug.24   Russia Two passenger jets crash
  2 planes have crashed in nearly simultaneous incidents, with as many as 94 people feared killed
Sep.11  Greece  Top cleric feared killed in helicopter crash Sep.29   Moscow Russia 'to ratify climate treaty'  The government is expected to announce that the country will ratify the Kyoto Protocol



Europe, 2004 Sports Timeline ... See World Sports timeline Top ^
2004 May.26   Germany Porto wins Champions League
Jun.6  Paris  Gaudio claims French crown Jul.3  London  Sharapova wins Wimbledon over Serena Jul.4  London  Federer fights back to retain Wimbledon Jul.5   Portugal   Greece win Euro 2004 over Portugal  A 57th minute goal from Angelos Charisteas gave Greece a 1-0 victory in one of the biggest upsets in international football Jul.25   Paris   Armstrong wins 6th Tour de France  Armstrong, bettered the 5 Tour wins of cycling greats Merckx, Anquetil, Hinault and Miguel Indurain Aug.12  Greece  Stars hurt in crash Aug.13   Greece   Glittering opening for Olympics
  The Games returned to their birthplace after 108 years with a glittering ceremony that featured more than 4,000 performers
 The ceremony set to put to memory construction delays and doping scandals. President Stephanopoulos opened the Games. 75,000 spectators inside the Olympic Stadium were joined by an estimated global TV audience of 4 billion. 10,500 athletes were competing under 202 flags
Aug.15   Hungary Schumacher claims record 12th win Aug.19  Greece  Patterson made gold in all-around Aug.21   Greece Phelps got record-tying 8th medal Aug.22  Greece  Gatlin guns to 100m glory Aug.28  Greece  Men's Basketball: Argentina Beats Italy Aug.29   Athens Olympics: Games Close  Greece staged an exuberant closing ceremony to bring the curtain down on the Athens Games Aug.29  Greece  Argentina claims soccer gold



Europe, 2004 Business Timeline ... See World Business timeline Top ^
2004 Jan.31  England  BA, Air France cancel U.S. flights Mar.31   Berlin Afghanistan wins $8.2bn in aid
Jun.2  United Kingdom  Computer failure grounds flights Jul.31  Switzerland  World trade talks reach agreement Nov.2   Netherlands Gunman kills film director Map of Amsterdam Netherlands
  Theo van Gogh, 47, who made a controversial film about Islamic culture, has been stabbed and shot dead in Amsterdam
Dec.19   Moscow Yukos unit fetches $9bn at auction



Europe, 2004 Crime Timeline ... See World Crime timeline Top ^
2004 Jan.13  England  Anger as 'Dr. Death' found hanged Jan.30   Paris Ex-Prime Minister guilty of corruption
Feb.6   Moscow Metro blast kills 39  An explosion has ripped apart a train car during morning rush hour. Putin condemns 'Chechen' bombing Mar.11   Madrid Rail blasts: 200 dead
  A series of co-ordinated bomb attacks on Madrid's commuter trains at the height of the rush hour blamed on ETA
 The attacks took place at the height of rush hour when 3 separate trains were hit by near-simultaneous explosions along the southern part of Madrid's train network. The morning terror strikes at train stations also wounded at least 1,400. The deadliest blast happened on a train entering Atocha station
Mar.16  Spain  Police identify 'bombers' Mar.17  Kosovo  Seven die in riot-hit town Mar.30  London  Explosives find in terror raid Apr.3  Madrid  One killed in Madrid suburb blast Apr.7   Hamburg Court frees 9/11 suspect
May.3  Turkey  NATO summit attack prevented May.4   Athens Bombs hit Athens police station May.9   Chechnya Bomb kills Chechen president  Akhmad Kadyrov and at least 5 others died in an explosion at a stadium in the Chechen capital May.25  London  Al-Qaeda 'spurred on' by Iraq war May.27  London  U.S. indict British Muslim cleric Jun.17   Belgium Child killer Dutroux convicted Jun.24  Istanbul  Bus explosion kills 3 Aug.9  Istanbul  Deadly blasts hit hotels Aug.17  London  8 men charged with terror offenses Aug.22   Norway Scream stolen from museum  Two masked armed robbers have stolen the iconic Edvard Munch painting from the Munch Museum Aug.24   Russia Two passenger jets crash
  2 planes have crashed in nearly simultaneous incidents, with as many as 94 people feared killed
Sep.1   North Caucasus Standoff school siege  A tense standoff between authorities and attackers who seized at least 100 hostages, possibly as many as 400 Sep.1  Russia  'Breakdown' in siege negotiations Sep.2  North Caucasus  School siege: '26 freed' Sep.3   North Caucasus   350 dead after troops storm school Map of Beslan North Ossetia Russia
  1,200 hostages might have been inside the Beslan school. Hundreds of people were injured
 On the 3rd day of the standoff, gunfire broke out between the hostage-takers and security forces. 186 children were among the killed. Chechen warlord Basayev took responsibility for the hostage taking, which was led by his Ingush deputy Yevloyev
Sep.4  North Caucasus  Siege toll tops 350 Sep.5  Russia  Russia parades siege suspect Sep.7  Moscow  Rally against terrorism Sep.7  Russia  Footage shows drama in besieged school Sep.8  Moscow  $10m reward for Chechen rebels Sep.16   Chechnya Rebel Basayev claims Beslan siege Nov.2   Netherlands Gunman kills film director Map of Amsterdam Netherlands
  Theo van Gogh, 47, who made a controversial film about Islamic culture, has been stabbed and shot dead in Amsterdam
Dec.11   Austria   Doctors: Yushchenko Was Poisoned
  Opposition leader was poisoned by dioxin during presidential election campaign, his Austrian doctors said
Dec.15  Greece  Bus Hijack Siege Ends, Gunmen Surrender



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2004 Jan.4   Georgia Saakashvili claims presidency
Jan.6   London   Diana crash investigation ordered  Most senior policeman is to investigate whether the car crash was more than just an accident Jan.28   London   Hutton clears Blair, faults BBC
  A senior judge says the government did not act in a 'dishonorable, underhand or duplicitous' way in its handling of David Kelly
Jan.28  London  BBC chairman quits over Hutton Jan.29   Ruhr   Israel and Hezbollah swap prisoners   Israel released 35 prisoners. Hezbollah released an abducted Israeli businessman and the bodies of 3 Israel soldiers Jan.29   London BBC apologizes as Dyke quits
Feb.3  Rome  Urgent bird flu summit Feb.4  London  Blair 'unaware' of WMD threat Feb.8  Moscow  Presidential candidate Rybkin missing Feb.10   Paris MPs back headscarf ban
  The bill, passed by 494 votes to 36, to banned all overt religious symbols from state schools
Feb.18  Berlin  EU's 'big three' deny power grab Feb.23  Netherlands  Israeli barrier court test begins Feb.24   Moscow Putin fires premier and Cabinet Feb.26   Macedonia President Trajkovski killed in plane crash Mar.7  Greece  Conservatives sweep to power Mar.11  Spain  PM vows to catch bombers Mar.14   Moscow   Putin claims second term
  Voters overwhelmingly handed Vladimir Putin a second 4-year term as president in a widely-expected outcome
Mar.14   Spain   Poll triumph for Socialists  In a rebuff to the ruling conservative Popular Party, Socialist Workers Party to win 164 seats in the 350-seat parliament Mar.15   Spain PM-elect: Troops out of Iraq Mar.20   Italy Rallies mark Iraq war anniversary Mar.24   Madrid Madrid mourns bombing victims Mar.31   Berlin Afghanistan wins $8.2bn in aid Mar.31  Cyprus  Annan announces Cyprus plan Apr.18   Spain   Spain PM orders Iraq troops home  New prime minister Zapatero has given orders for Spanish troops to be brought home in 'as short a time as possible' Apr.24   Cyprus Vote leaves island split Apr.25  Vatican  Pope beatifies 6 from Europe, S. America May.1   European Union EU welcomes 10 new members
  Capitals across Europe celebrated as the European Union marked the largest expansion in its history
 Cyprus, Czech ,Estonia ,Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia
May.22   England Commonwealth reinstates Pakistan Jun.4   Vatican Bush meets pope, faces protests Jun.5  Italy  Bush: Terror now biggest challenge Jun.6   France   D-Day: 'America would do it again'  The alliance is strong 'and is still needed today,' U.S. President told veterans commemorating the 1944 landings Jun.13   European Union EU poll blow for ruling parties Jun.18   Belgium EU agrees historic constitution Jul.6  Austria  President Klestil dies at 71 Jul.9   Netherlands U.N.: Israel barrier 'violates law' Jul.14   London 'Serious flaws' in Iraq intelligence Jul.18  France  France angered over Sharon's call Jul.19   Paris Sharon 'not welcome' in France Jul.26  European Union  EU to push for sanctions on Sudan Jul.31  Switzerland  World trade talks reach agreement Sep.2   France Scarf ban comes into force  A law banning headscarves and other religious symbols from state schools came into effec Sep.3   North Caucasus Putin: Siege force not planned Sep.6   Russia Anger mounts as Russia mourns Sep.6   Moscow Putin under pressure over siege Sep.7  Moscow  Rally against terrorism Sep.7  Russia  Footage shows drama in besieged school Sep.13   Moscow   Putin tightens grip on security  President has ordered a drastic overhaul of the way Russia is run in the wake of deadly attacks on civilians Sep.29   Moscow Russia 'to ratify climate treaty'  The government is expected to announce that the country will ratify the Kyoto Protocol Oct.3  Italy  Island migrants sent back Oct.17   Belarus Lukashenko wins new term vote Oct.18  London  Church wants gay bishop apology Oct.23  Kosovo  Dismay as Serbs shun Kosovo poll Oct.27  European Union  Barroso backs down over EU vote Oct.29   Paris   Ailing Arafat arrives in Paris
  A helicopter carrying Palestinian leader landed after leaving his West Bank compound for the first time in 3 years
Oct.29  Rome  EU leaders sign new constitution Oct.30  Paris  Questions swirl around Arafat's health Nov.4   Paris   Arafat 'in critical condition'  Palestinian leader is at a Paris military hospital after drifting in and out of consciousness throughout the night Nov.5  Paris  Arafat on life support Nov.5  Paris  Arafat 'stable' - French doctors Nov.10   Paris   Arafat died
  The veteran Palestinian leader has died in a Paris hospital. There is no clear line of succession
 Yasser Arafat led Palestinian struggle for more than 40 years. He had been in a coma since November 3 and suffered a brain hemorrhage
Nov.22   Kiev   Storm of protest at poll result
  At the start of the Orange Revolution the opposition camped out on the streets after crying foul in a runoff vote in presidential election
 The election commission said Prime Minister Yanukovych had a slim lead over liberal challenger Yushchenko who told thousands of supporters to stay in main square overnight to keep a tent encampment safe from security forces. The nationalist western regions are saying they would recognize only Yushchenko
Nov.23  Kiev  Kiev crowds circle president's HQ Nov.24  Kiev  Ukraine on brink of 'civil war' Nov.25   Kiev Court puts poll result on hold  The Supreme Court has barred the publication of disputed presidential election results until it examine opposition appeal Nov.27   Kiev Parliament rejects election results Nov.28   Eastern Ukraine Poll row threatens Ukraine unity Dec.3   Kiev Court Orders Re-Run of Rigged Poll  Supreme Court has annulled the 2nd round of the presidential election - upholding claims that it was fraudulent Dec.4  Kiev  Deal to reduce the president's powers Dec.17   Turkey   'Deal struck' in Turkey-EU talks  A compromise formula had been agreed in which Turkey to recognise Cyprus by next October Dec.20  Ukraine  Rivals clash in TV debate Dec.22   Paris Former Iraq hostages back in Paris Dec.24  Vatican  Pope prays for peace at midnight Mass Dec.26   Kiev   Yushchenko declares victory in re-vote
  Opposition leader is telling supporters it is the dawn of a new political era in the former Soviet republic
Dec.31   Kiev PM Yanukovych resigns