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B. 01-09 Abbas wins presidential election West Bank
C. 01-14 Huygens moon probe lands on Titan European Union
D. 01-16 Zhao Ziyang, Purged Chinese leader, dies Tiananmen Square, Beijing
E. 01-20 Bush sworn in for second term Washington
01-26 Leaders mark Auschwitz liberation Poland
6. 01-30 Iraqis vote amid violence Iraq
H. 02-01 King declares emergency Nepal
I. 02-01 Pope John Paul rushed to hospital Vatican
9. 02-08 Palestinians, Israel announce cease-fire Egypt

Summary.     Click for More > Pope John Paul II buried in crypt Prince Charles marries Camilla Protests target Japan  Japan's ambassador called on the Chinese government to take measures to protect Japanese citizens in China   Ratzinger elected as new Pope
Abbas wins presidential election Huygens moon probe lands on Titan Zhao Ziyang, Purged Chinese leader, dies Bush sworn in for second term   Leaders mark Auschwitz liberation  Leaders from 30 countries gather to remember the victims of the Holocaust on the 60th anniversary Iraqis vote amid violence  In a first free election in a half century, there is a higher than expected turnout amid attacks and threats of violence King declares emergency Pope John Paul rushed to hospital Palestinians, Israel announce cease-fire N. Korea Admits to Nukes, Out of Talks Kyoto Protocol comes into force Government HQ seized. Akayev left Terri Schiavo has died   Pope John Paul II dies at 84
Jan.1  Indonesia  U.N.: Tsunami aid rises to $2 billion
Jan.3  Washington  US presidents in tsunami aid plea
Jan.5  Indonesia  International conference for tsunami aid
Jan.6  Indonesia  U.N. taking over relief effort
Jan.8  Sri Lanka  Politics limits Annan's trip
Jan.9  Kenya  Historic Sudan peace accord signed
  West Bank
Jan.10  West Bank  Abbas makes peace offer to Israel
Jan.12  Aceh  Indonesia tightens Aceh controls
Jan.14   European Union
Jan.15  West Bank  Mahmoud Abbas sworn in
Jan.16   Beijing
Jan.20   Washington
Jan.22  Gaza  Abbas 'reaches cease-fire deal'
Jan.23  Iraq  'Zarqawi tape: Democracy a lie'
 Kiev  Yushchenko takes presidential oath
Jan.26  Jerusalem  Mid-East talks raise peace hopes
  Poland
Jan.30   Iraq
 Baghdad  Election declared 'success'
Jan.31  Darfur  UN 'rules out' genocide in Darfur
Feb.1   Nepal
  Vatican
Feb.2  Washington  President speaks on state of nation
Feb.3  UN  Oil-for-food head criticized
Feb.4  London  Rice: Attack on Iran 'not on agenda'
Feb.5  Baghdad  Shiites lead in poll results
 Togo  President Eyadema dies
Feb.6  Vatican  Sick Pope makes public appearance
Feb.8   Egypt
Feb.9  Iran  Iran defiant after U.S warning
  North Korea
Feb.10  West Bank  Abbas sacks security commanders
Feb.13  Iraq  Shiite alliance wins plurality
Feb.15  Washington  US warns Syria over Lebanon role
Feb.16   Japan
 Iran  Iran to aid Syria against threats
Feb.19  Aceh  Clinton and Bush see damage
Feb.20  Spain  Voters back EU constitution
Feb.21  Belgium  Bush calls for new trans-Atlantic unity
Feb.22  Baghdad  Shia alliance names PM candidate
Feb.24  Vatican  Pope has surgery to aid breathing
 Slovakia  Bush meets Putin
Feb.28  Beirut  Lebanon's pro-Syrian PM resigns
Mar.5  Syria  Assad: Syria to redeploy Lebanon troops
Mar.7  Italy  Funeral for agent shot in Iraq
 Beijing  Lays down law over Taiwan unveiled
Mar.10  Hong Kong  Tung Chee-hwa resigns
Mar.13  Vatican  Pope returns to Vatican after op
 Beijing  Congress passes Taiwan bill
Mar.14  Beirut  Massive protest marks Hariri death
Mar.16  Iraq  Assembly meets amid blasts
Mar.18  West Bank  Palestinian truce deal
 Florida  Patient's feeding tube removed
Mar.20  UN  Annan seeks thorough UN overhaul
Mar.24   Kyrgyzstan
Mar.28  Jerusalem  Knesset rejects Gaza referendum
Mar.29  UN  Report: Annan didn't influence contract
Mar.31   Florida
 Vatican  Frail Pope suffers heart failure
Apr.1  Zimbabwe  Mugabe wins criticized election
 Vatican  Pope's condition 'has worsened'
Apr.2   Vatican
  26-year reign as the charismatic leader of the world's 1 billion Roman Catholics was highlighted by visits to 129 countries
 The Pope was the third longest-serving pontiff in history. He died in his private apartment, surrounded by his closest Polish aides. John Paul II had suffered worsening health problems including a heart condition
 Global  Millions grieve for John Paul II
Apr.4  Vatican  Pope's body makes final journey
 Vatican  Crowds wait all night to see Pope
Apr.5  London  Blair calls election for May 5
 Monaco  Prince Rainier dies, 81
Apr.6  Iraq  Kurd leader Talabani named president
Apr.7  Vatican  John Paul pondered his fate in 2000
 Baghdad  Shia leader Jaafari named prime minister
Apr.8   Vatican
Apr.9   London
  Beijing
Apr.11  Washington  Bush urges freeze on settlement
Apr.15  Monaco  Monaco bids farewell to Rainier
Apr.16  Japan  Japan demands China apology
 Vatican  Vatican prepares for papal ballot
Apr.18  New Delhi  India and Pakistan say peace 'irreversible'
 Vatican  No pope chosen in first vote
Apr.19  Vatican  Black smoke after morning votes
  Vatican
  78-year-old German cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.    The College of Cardinals took only 2 days to choose the successor to John Paul II. The crowd clapped as the smoke billowed over Vatican City and waited for the ringin...
Apr.20  Rome  Berlusconi to form new government  Vatican  Benedict XVI sets out goals  Ecuador  Congress votes out president Apr.24  Vatican  Benedict XVI installed as pope Apr.28  Iraq  Lawmakers approve Cabinet list Apr.29  Beijing  China, Taiwan opposition mend ties May.1  Vatican  New Pope delivers first blessing May.3   Baghdad Parliament swears in partial government May.5   London Blair heads for historic third term May.7  European Union  Europe-wide events to mark VE Day May.9   Moscow Leaders mourn Soviet wartime dead  Georgia  Bush dances after arrival May.10  Berlin  Holocaust memorial unveiled May.11  U.S. Senate  Names named in US Iraq oil report May.12  Turkey  Trial of Kurdish leader 'unfair' May.13   Uzbekistan Troops clash with protesters May.15   Washington Newsweek backs off Quran story  U.S. Senate  Russians cited in oil-for-food probe May.17  Uzbekistan  Opposition says 745 died May.20  Uzbekistan  Pressure grows for inquiry May.23   Japan China rebukes Japan over shrine May.26  Washington  Abbas meets Bush at White House May.27  Saudi Arabia  King Fahd hospitalized  France  French hold final EU vote rallies May.29   Paris French voters reject EU charter  By 56% voters have overwhelmingly rejected the European Union's proposed constitution in a key referendum May.31   Moscow Khodorkovsky jailed for 9 years  Paris  Villepin named new PM Jun.1  Netherlands  Dutch reject EU constitution  UN  Stephanides fired over oil scandal Jun.2  Beirut  Blast kills journalist Jun.3  Guantanamo  Detainees, not soldiers, flushed Quran Jun.5  Southern Lebanon  Hezbollah set to win south Lebanon vote Jun.8  Ethiopia  At least 18 dead in clash Jun.9  Jerusalem  Court backs pullout plan  Bolivia  Rodriguez sworn in as interim president Jun.11   London G8 ministers back Africa debt deal  Finance ministers have agreed to cancel up to $55 billion worth of debt owed by the world's poorest nations Jun.16  Belgium  EU deal to extend treaty deadline Jun.17   Belgium EU 'in crisis' over talks failure Jun.18  Tehran  Hardline mayor to contest run-off Jun.20   Beirut Hariri camp secured majority in parliament Jun.21  Jerusalem  Gloom at end of Sharon-Abbas summit Jun.22  Zimbabwe  Evicted moved to 'transit camp' Jun.24   Tehran Ahmadinejad elected as president  The ultra-conservative mayor of Tehran has won 61% of votes of the run-off ahead of Rafsanjani on 35% Jun.25  Aceh  Tsunami remembered six months on Jun.26  Iraq  US holds talks with Iraq rebels Jun.27  U.S. Supreme Court  File-sharing suffers major defeat Jun.28  Canada  Same-sex marriage approved Jun.29  Israel  Gaza settler chaos strikes Israel Jul.1  U.S. Supreme Court  Supreme Court justice O'Connor retires  Berlin  Schroeder loses confidence vote Jul.2   Global Millions gather for Live 8 concert Jul.3  USA  Nasa probe strikes Comet Tempel 1 Jul.4  Scotland  Police scuffle with G8 protesters Jul.7  Manila  Cabinet 8 quit, urge Arroyo to go Jul.8  Scotland  G8 pledges $50 billion to Africa Jul.11  Bosnia  50,000 mourn Srebrenica dead Jul.14  London  Vigil for bombing victims Jul.16  Finland  Aceh rebels agree to peace deal Jul.18  Israel  Israel blocks Gaza demonstrators Jul.19  U.S. Supreme Court  Bush names Roberts to Supreme Court Jul.26  Florida  Shuttle returns to space Aug.1   Saudi Arabia King Fahd dead Aug.2  Saudi Arabia  Simple funeral for King Fahd Aug.5  Iran  EU puts nuclear proposals to Iran Aug.6  Japan  Doves, silence for A-bomb victims Aug.9   Southern California Discovery returns safely to Earth Aug.11  Iraq  Shias call for more autonomy Aug.12  Washington  Bush warns Iran on nuclear plans Aug.15  Gaza  Historic pullout has begun  Baghdad  Constitution deadline extended Aug.18  Ruhr  Rapturous German welcome for Pope Aug.21  Baghdad  Role of Islam in Iraq agreed Aug.22   Gaza Settlers leave last outpost Aug.23  West Bank  Settler eviction complete Aug.28   Baghdad Committee signs Iraq's draft constitution Sep.1  Istanbul  Israel, Pakistan hold first talks Sep.3   Virginia Chief Justice Rehnquist dies Sep.5  Beijing  EU, China hail textile deal Sep.8  Kiev  Yushchenko fires government  New Orleans  Flood survivors expelled by force Sep.9  Egypt  Mubarak wins vote  Washington  US emergency aid chief sidelined Sep.11   Gaza Israeli flag lowered over Gaza
  It was the end of 38 years of an occupation of the Palestinian territory 2 weeks ahead of schedule
 Israel has already removed its settlers, bulldozed their homes and demolished its military bases. 20 synagogues left intact after rabbis argued demolition went against Jewish law
  Japan Koizumi secures landslide victory Sep.12  Washington  Emergencies chief steps down Sep.13  UN Gen. Assembly  U.N. reform agenda watered-down Sep.16  UN  Summit ends with mixed reviews Sep.17  UN  Iran resolved to pursue nuclear program Sep.18  Afghanistan  Afghanistan holds landmark elections   Berlin Election ends in stalemate  Beijing  Agreement in N. Korea talks Sep.20  Syria  U.N. quizzes Syrians in Hariri probe Sep.25  Poland  Poles oust left at voting booth Sep.26  Jerusalem  Sharon fends off leadership poll Sep.29   U.S. Senate Roberts confirmed as chief justice  Algeria  Algerians 'backing amnesty plan' Sep.30  USA  CIA agent case reporter in court Oct.3  Luxembourg  EU reaches deal on Turkey talks Oct.5  Baghdad  Iraq reverses vote rule change Oct.10   Berlin   Merkel to become German chancellor  Conservative leader will become Germany's first woman chancellor under a deal withn Social Democrats   Pakistan Frustration over aid delivery Oct.12  Syria  Minister commits suicide Oct.17  Jerusalem  Israel suspends Palestinian talks Oct.19  UN  Annan pleads for more quake aid Oct.20   Lebanon U.N. probe links Syria to Hariri killing Oct.21  Syria  Governments deny UN murder claims Oct.23  Poland  Tax cutter poised to win election Oct.24   Detroit Civil rights icon Parks dies Oct.25   Baghdad   Draft constitution passes  The referendum has passed, according to final provisional results issued by Iraqi election officials Oct.26   Iran Israel 'must be wiped from map' Oct.28  Washington  Lewis Libby quits Cheney office Oct.31  UN Security Council  U.N. vote demands Syria cooperation Nov.1  Washington  Bush unveils pandemic flu strategy Nov.4  Argentina  Summit protest turns violent Nov.5  Argentina  Americas summit ends without consensus Nov.6  Paris  Chirac vows to punish rioters  Chile  Fujimori under arrest Nov.8   Paris Government declared state of emergency Nov.10  Liberia  Johnson-Sirleaf claims presidential win Nov.14  Uzbekistan  Andijan suspects given jail terms Nov.15   Spain 'Secret CIA flights' probed  Baghdad  Detainees 'found starving'  Paris  Lawmakers back new powers Nov.19  Pakistan  Aid pledges top $5.4bn Nov.20   Jerusalem   Sharon to quit Likud party  Prime Minister is set to quit his ruling party and run separately in next year's elections Nov.21  Jerusalem  New Sharon party 'aims for peace' Nov.22  Berlin  Merkel sworn Nov.24   Chile Pinochet charged over dissidents Nov.25   Gaza Palestinians take over key border  Syria  Syria agrees to U.N. questioning Nov.26  Azerbaijan  Police break up mass rally Nov.27  Egypt  Muslim Brotherhood's poll success Nov.28  Canada  Government thrown out Nov.29  Jerusalem  Peres to quit Labor, back Sharon Nov.30  Washington  Report: U.S. buys positive press in Iraq Dec.4  Ivory Coast  African leaders name Konan Banny as PM  Kazakhstan  Massive victory for President Nazarbayev Dec.5  Baghdad  Witness at Hussein trial describes torture Dec.8  Iran  Ahmadinejad: Move Israel to Europe Dec.10  Canada  Deal reached at climate conference Dec.11   Syria New Hariri report 'blames Syria' Dec.12  Sydney  Second night of riots Dec.15   Iraq 'High turnout' in election Dec.16  Washington  Secret U.S. spy powers sparks anger Dec.18   Hong Kong WTO seals farms deal  Bolivia  Leftist Morales poised to lead  Jerusalem  Sharon hospitalized after mild stroke Dec.19  Jerusalem  Likud picked Netanyahu as its new leader Dec.24  Egypt  Nour jailed for 5 years  Vatican  Pope leads his first Christmas service Dec.26  Aceh  Siren's wail marks tsunami moment Dec.29  Arab Countries  Row deepens over Danish cartoons  Baghdad  International team to review elections Dec.30   Lebanon Ex-VP: Assad threatened Lebanese PM



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April 2005
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May 2005
Blair heads for historic third term
Leaders mourn Soviet wartime dead
French voters reject EU charter
Khodorkovsky jailed for 9 years
Parliament swears in partial government
Parliament swears in partial government
Blair heads for historic third term
French voters reject EU charter
June 2005
G8 ministers back Africa debt deal
EU 'in crisis' over talks failure
Hariri camp secured majority in parliament
Ahmadinejad elected as president
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King Fahd dead
Settlers leave last outpost
Committee signs Iraq's draft constitution
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September 2005
Election ends in stalemate
Israeli flag lowered over Gaza
Israeli flag lowered over Gaza
Election ends in stalemate
October 2005
Merkel to become German chancellor
U.N. probe links Syria to Hariri killing
Draft constitution passes
Israel 'must be wiped from map'
U.N. probe links Syria to Hariri killing
Draft constitution passes
Merkel to become German chancellor
November 2005
Government declared state of emergency
'Secret CIA flights' probed
Sharon to quit Likud party
Palestinians take over key border
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Government declared state of emergency
'Secret CIA flights' probed
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New Hariri report 'blames Syria'
'High turnout' in election
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  U.N.: Tsunami aid rises to $2 billion  The new amount includes contributions from many countries and the World Bank US presidents in tsunami aid plea   International conference for tsunami aid  World and regional leaders, the UN were expected to attend U.N. taking over relief effort Politics limits Annan's trip   Historic Sudan peace accord signed  After nearly 3 years of negotiations, Sudan's government and main rebel group have signed comprehensive accords   Abbas wins presidential election


January 2005 ... more > Top ^
Jan.1   Indonesia
Jan.2  Aceh  Tsunami aid arriving
Jan.3   Washington
Jan.4  Indonesia  Powell: U.S. values in action
Jan.5   Indonesia  
Jan.6   Indonesia
 Indonesia  Summit approves tsunami warning
Jan.7  Jerusalem  Palestinian candidate ejected
Jan.8   Sri Lanka
Jan.9   Kenya
  West Bank  
  Early results showed the moderate candidate wins 66% of vote
Jan.10   West Bank Abbas makes peace offer to Israel
Jan.11  Aceh  Separatists threaten relief efforts  Switzerland  Nations meet UN swift cash appeal Jan.12   Aceh   Indonesia tightens Aceh controls  Foreign troops helping the tsunami aid effort in the province must leave by the end of March Jan.13  Aceh  Troop escorts for aid workers Jan.14   European Union   Huygens moon probe lands on Titan
  The space probe has touched down on the surface of one of Saturn's moons and is sending back signals
Jan.15   West Bank Mahmoud Abbas sworn in Jan.16   Beijing   Zhao Ziyang, Purged Chinese leader, dies Map of Tiananmen Square China
  Former Communist Party was ousted aafter the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy protesters
Jan.18  U.S. Senate  Rice grilled by Senate Jan.19  Washington  Tight security at inauguration Jan.20   Washington     Bush sworn in for second term
  Bush vows to fight world tyranny. President's closest political allies around the world moved to congratulate him
Jan.22   Gaza   Abbas 'reaches cease-fire deal'  Palestinian President has secured a 30-day cease-fire with the 2 largest militant groups, Hamas and Islamic Jihad Jan.23   Iraq 'Zarqawi tape: Democracy a lie'
  Kiev Yushchenko takes presidential oath Jan.26   Jerusalem Mid-East talks raise peace hopes   Poland   Leaders mark Auschwitz liberation
  Leaders from 30 countries gather to remember the victims of the Holocaust on the 60th anniversary
Jan.27  Australia  First Iraqis cast their vote Jan.28  Iraq  Security stepped up for poll Jan.30   Iraq Iraqis vote amid violence
  In a first free election in a half century, there is a higher than expected turnout amid attacks and threats of violence
  Baghdad Election declared 'success'  UN  World leaders praise Iraqi voter courage Jan.31   Darfur UN 'rules out' genocide in Darfur

February 2005 ... more > Top ^
Feb.1   Nepal     King declares emergency
  Phone lines have been cut and the press is being censored. The king says the cabinet has failed to bring peace
  Vatican     Pope John Paul rushed to hospital
  Pope has been rushed to hospital suffering from breathing difficulties brought on by flu
Feb.2  Egypt  Egypt to host Middle East summit   Washington     President speaks on state of nation  Bush discussed his plans to advance liberty in the world and protect opportunities for future generations  Georgia  'Gas poisoning' kills PM Feb.3   UN Oil-for-food head criticized  Inquiry chief Volcker says there is 'conclusive' evidence that the programme director had a 'conflict of interest' Feb.4   London Rice: Attack on Iran 'not on agenda' Feb.5   Baghdad Shiites lead in poll results   Togo   President Eyadema dies  Gnassingbe Eyadema, Africa's longest serving ruler, has died and was replaced by his son, Faure Feb.6   Vatican Sick Pope makes public appearance  Thailand  PM declares victory in vote Feb.8   Egypt   Palestinians, Israel announce cease-fire
  Mahmoud Abbas and Ariel Sharon are hailing cease-fire as a new opportunity for peace after talks at their summit
Feb.9   Iran Iran defiant after U.S warning   North Korea   N. Korea Admits to Nukes, Out of Talks
  North Korea publicly admitted for the first time that it has nuclear weapons and suspending participation in talks
Feb.10   West Bank Abbas sacks security commanders Feb.12  Eastern Germany  Neo-Nazi march as Dresden remembers Feb.13   Iraq   Shiite alliance wins plurality  The United Iraq Alliance, backed by Ali al-Sistani fell short of an outright majority. Parties have 3 days to file objections Feb.15   Washington US warns Syria over Lebanon role Feb.16   Japan Kyoto Protocol comes into force
  The Protocol, which aims to slow global warming, has come into force 7 years after being agreed
  Iran     Iran to aid Syria against threats  Iran has vowed to back Syria against 'challenges and threat' as both countries face US pressure  Beirut  Hariri buried amid chaotic scenes Feb.17  Washington  Bush names Negroponte intelligence chief  Baghdad  Shiites win majority in assembly Feb.19  North Korea  N. Korea 'rejects nuclear talks'   Aceh Clinton and Bush see damage Feb.20  Jerusalem  Cabinet OKs settlement withdrawals   Spain Voters back EU constitution Feb.21   Belgium Bush calls for new trans-Atlantic unity  Belgium  Bush and Chirac find common ground Feb.22   Baghdad Shia alliance names PM candidate Feb.23  West Bank  Palestinian PM wins cabinet deal Feb.24  Vatican  Pope back in hospital with flu   Vatican   Pope has surgery to aid breathing  The operation to give 84-year-old John Paul II a tracheotomy had been successful   Slovakia Bush meets Putin Feb.25  Vatican  Pope breathing without assistance Feb.26  Egypt  Election reform announced  Israel  Israel blames Syria for bombing Feb.28   Beirut   Lebanon's pro-Syrian PM resigns  The government abruptly resigned during a stormy parliamentary debate, prompting a roar from protesters

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Mar.1  Lebanon  U.S. hails Lebanese democracy move Mar.4  Ukraine  Ex-minister 'kills self'  Washington  Bush: Syria get out of Lebanon Mar.5   Syria Assad: Syria to redeploy Lebanon troops
 Rome  Wounded hostage back Mar.7   Italy Funeral for agent shot in Iraq  Syria  Syria, Lebanon agree to troop pullback   Beijing Lays down law over Taiwan unveiled Mar.10   Hong Kong Tung Chee-hwa resigns Mar.11  London  Government's terror bill passed Mar.13   Vatican Pope returns to Vatican after op   Beijing   Congress passes Taiwan bill  A resolution authorizes Beijing to use military force to prevent Taiwan from declaring its independence Mar.14   Beirut     Massive protest marks Hariri death  Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Beirut for an opposition rally 4 weeks since Hariri was assassinated Mar.16   Iraq   Assembly meets amid blasts  The 275-member assembly was sworn in. Half a dozen explosions rattled the area around the convention center  Washington  Wolfowitz to run World Bank Mar.17  Washington  Belfast family encouraged by Bush talks Mar.18   West Bank Palestinian truce deal  Israel promised to hold its fire, but demanded that the Palestinians eventually dismantle the armed groups   Florida Patient's feeding tube removed  The feeding tube that keeps a brain-damaged Terri Schiavo alive has been taken out after a lengthy court battle Mar.19  Global  Worldwide protests mark Iraq war Mar.20  Beijing  Rice presses China on North Korea  U.S. Congress  Deadlock in right-to-die case   UN     Annan seeks thorough UN overhaul  Secretary General has urged governments to endorse sweeping reforms of the organisation Mar.22  Florida  Judge denies bid to restore feeding tube Mar.24   Kyrgyzstan   Government HQ seized. Akayev left
  Protesters forced the country's longtime president Askar Akayev to flee his office
 Kyrgyzstan  Kyrgyzstan names new leadership  Lebanon  U.N. report points finger at Syria Mar.27  Vatican  Frail Pope blesses Easter crowds  Kyrgyzstan  Rival MPs battle for power Mar.28   Jerusalem Knesset rejects Gaza referendum Mar.29   UN Report: Annan didn't influence contract Mar.30  European Union  EU condemns Zimbabwe election Mar.31   Florida   Terri Schiavo has died
  The 41-year-old brain-damaged woman became the centerpiece of a national right-to-die battle
  Vatican Frail Pope suffers heart failure

April 2005 ... more > Top ^
Apr.1  Vatican  Gravely ill Pope remains 'serene'   Zimbabwe Mugabe wins criticized election
  Vatican Pope's condition 'has worsened' Apr.2  Vatican  Pope begins losing consciousness   Vatican   Pope John Paul II dies at 84
  26-year reign as the charismatic leader of the world's 1 billion Roman Catholics was highlighted by visits to 129 countries
 The Pope was the third longest-serving pontiff in history. He died in his private apartment, surrounded by his closest Polish aides. John Paul II had suffered worsening health problems including a heart condition
  Global Millions grieve for John Paul II Apr.3  Vatican  Clergy, dignitaries pay respects to pope Apr.4   Vatican Pope's body makes final journey   Vatican Crowds wait all night to see Pope Apr.5   London Blair calls election for May 5  Vatican  Hundreds of thousands say goodbye   Monaco Prince Rainier dies, 81  The prince, who had ruled the tiny principality since 1949, died after spending several weeks in hospital Apr.6   Iraq     Kurd leader Talabani named president  New transitional assembly took a historic step, electing Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani as the nation's president  Rome  Rome seeks to curb pilgrim crowds Apr.7   Vatican John Paul pondered his fate in 2000   Baghdad Shia leader Jaafari named prime minister  Rome  Rome prepares for Pope's funeral Apr.8   Vatican   Pope John Paul II buried in crypt
  John Paul II was buried under St. Peter's Basilica after a funeral Mass that millions of people watched
Apr.9   London   Prince Charles marries Camilla
  A solemn ceremony has blessed the wedding, at which the couple each pledged to be faithful to each other
  Beijing   Protests target Japan
  Japan's ambassador called on the Chinese government to take measures to protect Japanese citizens in China
Apr.10  New Delhi  China premier to hold Delhi talks Apr.11   Washington Bush urges freeze on settlement Apr.12  Japan  Japan risks China anger over gas Apr.14  Paris  Chirac makes case for EU treaty Apr.15   Monaco Monaco bids farewell to Rainier Apr.16   Japan     Japan demands China apology  Japan filed an official protest, complaining that Chinese authorities failed to stop the violence   Vatican Vatican prepares for papal ballot Apr.17  Beijing  China rejects Tokyo demand for apology  Vatican  Cardinals gather to choose pope Apr.18   New Delhi India and Pakistan say peace 'irreversible'   Vatican No pope chosen in first vote Apr.19   Vatican Black smoke after morning votes   Vatican   Ratzinger elected as new Pope
  78-year-old German cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is taking the name Pope Benedict XVI
 The College of Cardinals took only 2 days to choose the successor to John Paul II. The crowd clapped as the smoke billowed over Vatican City and waited for the ringing of bells. At 6:43 p.m. Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez announced Ratzinger's election in Latin. Bush called Benedict XVI 'a man of great wisdom and knowledge'.
 Vatican  Benedict XVI prepares for first Mass Apr.20   Rome Berlusconi to form new government   Vatican Benedict XVI sets out goals   Ecuador   Congress votes out president  Lawmakers replaced Lucio Gutierrez with Vice President Alfredo Palacio who orders the arrest of former leader  Lithuania  Rice calls for change in Belarus Apr.23  Indonesia  Hu meets with Japanese Prime Minister Apr.24   Vatican     Benedict XVI installed as pope  New Pope was formally installed at a Mass outside St. Peter's Basilica in front of an audience of hundreds of thousands Apr.28   Iraq   Lawmakers approve Cabinet list  National Assembly approved a list for a transitional government. 3 ministries were filled with temporary appointments  England  Iraq war legal advice published Apr.29   Beijing China, Taiwan opposition mend ties Apr.30  Vietnam  Vietnam remembers fall of Saigon  Taiwan  Taiwan head seeks Beijing talks

May 2005 ... more > Top ^
May.1   Vatican New Pope delivers first blessing
May.3   Baghdad   Parliament swears in partial government
  7 posts in Prime Minister Jaafari's cabinet, including the defence and oil, remain unfilled amid partisan haggling
May.5   London     Blair heads for historic third term
  Tony Blair is heading for an 3rd term in government but with a greatly reduced majority
May.7  Lebanon  Anti-Syrian exile back in Lebanon   European Union   Europe-wide events to mark VE Day  Commemorations are taking place to mark the 60th anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany May.9   Moscow   Leaders mourn Soviet wartime dead Map of Red Square Russia
  U.S. President was given a seat of honor for celebrations in Red Square marking 60 years since the Allied victory
  Georgia Bush dances after arrival May.10   Berlin Holocaust memorial unveiled  Georgia  Bush: Georgia 'beacon of liberty' May.11  Eastern Afghanistan  Riots over US Koran 'desecration'   U.S. Senate   Names named in US Iraq oil report  A Senate report says 2 politicians from the UK and France were granted lucrative oil allocations by Saddam's Iraq May.12   Turkey Trial of Kurdish leader 'unfair' May.13  Vatican  Pope seeks to beatify John Paul   Uzbekistan Troops clash with protesters
  Opposition says later 745 died in fighting that broken out after a night in which soldiers clashed with demonstrators
May.14  Taiwan  Chen's DPP wins most votes  Kyrgyzstan  Thousands of Uzbeks fleeing May.15  Baghdad  Rice makes surprise visit to Iraq  Uzbekistan  Relatives search for bodies   Washington Newsweek backs off Quran story
  The report that U.S. interrogators desecrated copies of the Quran blamed for sparking violent riots in Afghanistan
  U.S. Senate Russians cited in oil-for-food probe May.16  Uzbekistan  Toll rises as unrest spreads May.17   Uzbekistan Opposition says 745 died  U.S. Senate  Galloway takes on US oil accusers May.18  Uzbekistan  Foreign envoys visit town of Andijan  Washington  U.S. presses for Uzbek probe May.19  Uzbekistan  President Karimov rejects deaths probe May.20   Uzbekistan Pressure grows for inquiry May.22  Jerusalem  Laura Bush heckled  Germany  Schroeder 'heads for poll defeat' May.23   Japan   China rebukes Japan over shrine
  Chinese Vice-Premier Wu Yi short her visit and flew home before a meeting with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
May.25  FBI  FBI records detail Koran claims May.26   Washington Abbas meets Bush at White House May.27   Saudi Arabia   King Fahd hospitalized  King Fahd was doing 'well' after being hospitalized earlier in the day   France French hold final EU vote rallies May.28  Darfur  UN chief visits Darfur refugees May.29   Paris   French voters reject EU charter
  By 56% voters have overwhelmingly rejected the European Union's proposed constitution in a key referendum
 Beirut  Opposition claims Beirut election May.30  Paris  Chirac set for government shakeup May.31   Moscow   Khodorkovsky jailed for 9 years
  Russian tycoon has been found guilty of an array of charges including fraud and tax evasion
  Paris Villepin named new PM  Washington  Watergate's Deep Throat revealed

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Jun.1   Netherlands   Dutch reject EU constitution  61.6% of voters were opposed to the charter, while only 38.4% approved   UN Stephanides fired over oil scandal  Kofi Annan has sacked a senior official accused of serious misconduct over Iraq's oil-for-food program Jun.2   Beirut Blast kills journalist
Jun.3  England  Blair to press Bush on Africa   Guantanamo Detainees, not soldiers, flushed Quran  Singapore  Rumsfeld: China needs freer government Jun.4  Beirut  Hundreds mourn Beirut journalist Jun.5   Southern Lebanon Hezbollah set to win south Lebanon vote Jun.6  Florida  Controversy over U.S. intervention plan  Bolivia  President Carlos Mesa submits resignation Jun.7  Washington  US and UK 'close to Africa deal' Jun.8   Ethiopia At least 18 dead in clash Jun.9   Jerusalem Court backs pullout plan   Bolivia   Rodriguez sworn in as interim president  The head of Supreme Court is to succeed the outgoing Mesa after two congressional leaders turned the post down Jun.11   London G8 ministers back Africa debt deal
  Finance ministers have agreed to cancel up to $55 billion worth of debt owed by the world's poorest nations
Jun.12  Lebanon  Anti-Syrians suffered losses in elections Jun.16   Belgium EU deal to extend treaty deadline Jun.17   Belgium   EU 'in crisis' over talks failure
  The budget talks broke down over a bitter row between the UK and France
Jun.18   Tehran   Hardline mayor to contest run-off  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the mayor of Tehran is to face a veteran ex-president Rafsanjani in a run-off for presidency  West Bank  Rice demands Palestinian reform Jun.19  Northern Lebanon  Pro-Syrian leader defeat in North Jun.20   Beirut     Hariri camp secured majority in parliament
  The anti-Syrian opposition is breaking Damascus' long political hold on its tiny neighbor
 Philippines  Cardinal Sin dead Jun.21   Jerusalem     Gloom at end of Sharon-Abbas summit  Israeli Prime Minister and Palestinian leader appear to have made little significant progress Jun.22   Zimbabwe   Evicted moved to 'transit camp'  The campaign to clear the homes, businesses of the poor from its cities has sparked more violence Jun.24   Tehran   Ahmadinejad elected as president
  The ultra-conservative mayor of Tehran has won 61% of votes of the run-off ahead of Rafsanjani on 35%
Jun.25   Aceh Tsunami remembered six months on Jun.26   Iraq US holds talks with Iraq rebels Jun.27   U.S. Supreme Court File-sharing suffers major defeat Jun.28   Canada Same-sex marriage approved Jun.29   Israel   Gaza settler chaos strikes Israel  Militant Jewish settlers have disrupted traffic on the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem road and clashed with troops in Gaza Jun.30  Beirut  Anti-Syrian Saniora appointed PM

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Jul.1   U.S. Supreme Court Supreme Court justice O'Connor retires  Sandra Day O'Connor, 75, the first woman to serve on the US Supreme Court and a crucial centrist, is to retire   Berlin Schroeder loses confidence vote
Jul.2   Global Millions gather for Live 8 concert
  Millions were gathering at concert venues across the world to focus attention on global poverty
Jul.3  Washington  Bush rejects Kyoto-style G8 deal   USA Nasa probe strikes Comet Tempel 1 Jul.4   Scotland Police scuffle with G8 protesters Jul.5  Nigeria  Sudan, Darfur rebels sign agreement Jul.7  Scotland  World leaders condemn attacks   Manila Cabinet 8 quit, urge Arroyo to go Jul.8   Scotland   G8 pledges $50 billion to Africa  Blair hailed the $50 billion package and other agreements as 'a beginning, not the end' Jul.11   Bosnia 50,000 mourn Srebrenica dead Jul.14   London Vigil for bombing victims Jul.16   Finland Aceh rebels agree to peace deal Jul.17  Gaza  Abbas pledges end to Gaza attacks  London  Former UK Prime Minister Ted Heath dies Jul.18   Israel Israel blocks Gaza demonstrators Jul.19  Israel  Police try to head off Gaza protests   U.S. Supreme Court Bush names Roberts to Supreme Court Jul.21  North Korea  N Korea calls for US peace treaty Jul.24  Manila  Lawmakers bid to impeach Arroyo Jul.25  Beijing  North Korea nuclear talks resume Jul.26   Florida     Shuttle returns to space  Discovery roared into the skies as NASA returned to manned space flight for the first time since the Columbia disaster Jul.28  Egypt  Mubarak seeks fifth term Jul.29  Pakistan  Madrassa foreigners 'must leave' Jul.30  Uzbekistan  US asked to leave air base

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Aug.1   Saudi Arabia King Fahd dead
  The former Crown Prince Abdullah has been named the new king and Defense Minister has replaced Abdullah
Aug.2   Saudi Arabia Simple funeral for King Fahd Aug.5   Iran   EU puts nuclear proposals to Iran  The European Union has submitted a set of proposals aimed at ending the crisis over nuclear program Aug.6   Japan Doves, silence for A-bomb victims Aug.8  Japan  Nagasaki remembers its atomic fate Aug.9   Southern California     Discovery returns safely to Earth
  The shuttle has touched down successfully at Edwards Air Force Base 54 minutes before dawn
Aug.10  Iran  Iran warns US, EU over nuclear impasse Aug.11   Iraq Shias call for more autonomy  A senior Shia leader: Shia majority should be granted an autonomous federal state in the south  Austria  IAEA urges Iran to stop nuclear activities Aug.12  Russia  Russia marks Kursk five years on   Washington Bush warns Iran on nuclear plans Aug.15   Gaza Historic pullout has begun   Baghdad Constitution deadline extended Aug.16  Gaza  Deadline for pullout expires Aug.18   Ruhr   Rapturous German welcome for Pope   Benedict XVI has arrived in his native country for a Catholic youth festival in the city of Cologne  Gaza  Israeli troops enter synagogue Aug.19  Gaza  Abbas voices joy at pullout Aug.21   Baghdad Role of Islam in Iraq agreed Aug.22   Gaza   Settlers leave last outpost
  All walking peacefully, the final group of the settlers in Gaza boarded buses
 Baghdad  Iraq delays vote on draft constitution Aug.23   West Bank Settler eviction complete Aug.24  Niger  UN chief promises aid Aug.26  Baghdad  No agreement yet on constitution Aug.28   Baghdad   Committee signs Iraq's draft constitution
  The constitutional committee approved a final draft and put it before the National Assembly, despite the Sunni rejection
Aug.30  Jerusalem  Netanyahu to challenge Sharon leadership

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Sep.1   Istanbul Israel, Pakistan hold first talks Sep.2  USA  Bush condemns Katrina aid effort Sep.3   Virginia Chief Justice Rehnquist dies
  The Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court has died at his home in Virginia at the age of 80
Sep.5   Beijing EU, China hail textile deal Sep.7  U.S. Congress  Bush seeks $50bn hurricane relief Sep.8   Kiev Yushchenko fires government   New Orleans Flood survivors expelled by force  Police backed by troops have begun to use force to remove people from their homes Sep.9   Egypt     Mubarak wins vote  President has won a fifth six-year term, taking more than 80% of the vote in a low turnout   Washington US emergency aid chief sidelined Sep.11  New York  US pauses to recall 9/11 attacks   Gaza   Israeli flag lowered over Gaza
  It was the end of 38 years of an occupation of the Palestinian territory 2 weeks ahead of schedule
 Israel has already removed its settlers, bulldozed their homes and demolished its military bases. 20 synagogues left intact after rabbis argued demolition went against Jewish law
  Japan     Koizumi secures landslide victory
  Prime Minister's party and its coalition ally have won an overwhelming victory in lower house elections
Sep.12   Washington     Emergencies chief steps down  Michael Brown, director of FEMA, has resigned following criticism over the response to Hurricane Katrina Sep.13   UN Gen. Assembly U.N. reform agenda watered-down Sep.14  UN  Kofi Annan urges bold UN reform Sep.16   UN   Summit ends with mixed reviews  The largest gathering of world leaders in history achieved less than Kofi Annan had hoped Sep.17   UN Iran resolved to pursue nuclear program Sep.18   Afghanistan Afghanistan holds landmark elections   Berlin     Election ends in stalemate
  Angela Merkel's conservatives have won election by just 3 seats, falling far short of a majority
  Beijing   Agreement in N. Korea talks  The U.S. Embassy said the 6 parties involved in talks have reached an agreement Sep.19  North Korea  N Korea puts terms on arms deal Sep.20   Syria U.N. quizzes Syrians in Hariri probe Sep.22  European Union  EU drops hardline stance on Iran Sep.25   Poland Poles oust left at voting booth Sep.26   Jerusalem Sharon fends off leadership poll Sep.28  Texas  Tom DeLay faces criminal charge Sep.29   U.S. Senate Roberts confirmed as chief justice
  The Senate voted on the appointment of John Roberts as the next US Supreme Court chief justic
  Algeria Algerians 'backing amnesty plan' Sep.30   USA CIA agent case reporter in court

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Oct.3   Luxembourg   EU reaches deal on Turkey talks  The foreign ministers have reached a deal clearing the way for accession talks. Austria had fallen into line Oct.4  UN  UN condemns Iraq charter change Oct.5   Baghdad Iraq reverses vote rule change
 U.S. Senate  Senate backs detainee rights Oct.7  Norway  IAEA, ElBaradei win Nobel peace prize Oct.9  Poland  Right head for run-off vote Oct.10   Berlin   Merkel to become German chancellor
  Conservative leader will become Germany's first woman chancellor under a deal withn Social Democrats
  Pakistan   Frustration over aid delivery
  Frustration is mounting over the pace of relief efforts in the quake zone with remote regions still not accessible
Oct.11  Liberia  Counting begins in poll  Western China  China launches rocket into space Oct.12   Syria Minister commits suicide Oct.15  Iraq  Polls open for historic vote Oct.16  Tokyo  PM visits Yasukuni shrine Oct.17   Jerusalem Israel suspends Palestinian talks Oct.18  Pakistan  Open up Kashmir, Pakistan urges  Kashmir  India hails Pakistani quake plan Oct.19   UN Annan pleads for more quake aid Oct.20   Lebanon   U.N. probe links Syria to Hariri killing
  The investigators have found 'converging evidence' of Lebanese and Syrian involvement in the killing of ex-Prime Minister
Oct.21   Syria Governments deny UN murder claims  California  Bush: Hariri report 'deeply disturbing' Oct.23   Poland Tax cutter poised to win election   Warsaw Mayor Lech Kaczynski led presidential runoff after he stressed traditional Roman Catholic values Oct.24   Detroit Civil rights icon Parks dies
  She refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man and inspired the modern civil rights movement
Oct.25   Baghdad     Draft constitution passes
  The referendum has passed, according to final provisional results issued by Iraqi election officials
 UN  Draft demands Syrian cooperation Oct.26   Iran   Israel 'must be wiped from map'
  President Ahmadinejad is insisting that a new series of attacks will destroy the Jewish state
Oct.28  Iran  Thousands in anti-Israel demonstrations  UN Security Council  UN raps Iran's anti-Israel rant   Washington     Lewis Libby quits Cheney office  chief-of-staff to Vice President has resigned after being charged with perjury over an investigation Oct.31   UN Security Council   U.N. vote demands Syria cooperation  The Security Council has voted unanimously in favor of a resolution demanding Syria cooperate with the investigation

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Nov.1   Washington Bush unveils pandemic flu strategy Nov.2  Paris  Chirac urges calm as riots spread Nov.4   Argentina Summit protest turns violent Nov.5   Argentina   Americas summit ends without consensus  There is no agreeing whether to restart talks on a free trade zone stretching from Alaska to Chile Nov.6   Paris Chirac vows to punish rioters  Azerbaijan  Ruling party 'wins' polls   Chile   Fujimori under arrest  Peru's disgraced ex-President, wanted there on human rights abuse, was arrested during a surprise visit Nov.8   Paris     Government declared state of emergency
  Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin: the republic 'at an hour of truth'
Nov.9  Jerusalem  Peres ousted as Labor Party chief Nov.10   Liberia Johnson-Sirleaf claims presidential win  A win would make Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Africa's first-ever elected female leader if it is officially certified  Mosul  Rice on surprise visit Nov.11  Liberia  Protesters face tear gas Nov.12  Baghdad  Annan calls for Iraq reconciliation  Tel Aviv  Decade after murder, Israel mourn Rabin Nov.14   Uzbekistan Andijan suspects given jail terms  Paris  Chirac vows firm action on unrest Nov.15   Spain   'Secret CIA flights' probed
  There are claims that CIA planes carrying terror suspects made secret stopovers on Spanish soil
 Jerusalem  Israelis, Palestinians reach deal on Gaza   Baghdad Detainees 'found starving'  The government begun an investigation into the abuse of more than 170 detainees held by Iraqi forces   Paris Lawmakers back new powers Nov.17  Sri Lanka  Rajapakse 'wins' poll Nov.19   Pakistan Aid pledges top $5.4bn Nov.20  Beijing  Bush asks China to expand freedoms   Jerusalem     Sharon to quit Likud party
  Prime Minister is set to quit his ruling party and run separately in next year's elections
Nov.21   Jerusalem   New Sharon party 'aims for peace'  PM aims to 'lay the foundations for a peace settlement' with the Palestinians via his new political party Nov.22   Berlin     Merkel sworn  Angela Merkel was sworn as Germany's 8th post-World War II leader and its first female chancellor Nov.23  Zimbabwe  Zimbabwe officials' assets frozen by US Nov.24   Chile   Pinochet charged over dissidents
  Former military ruler has been ordered to stay under house arrest
Nov.25   Gaza   Palestinians take over key border
  Abbas has presided over a ceremony marking the official re-opening of the border between the Strip and Egypt
  Syria Syria agrees to U.N. questioning Nov.26   Azerbaijan Police break up mass rally  Canada  $4.3bn deal to fight native poverty Nov.27  Iraq  Ex-PM: Abuse as bad as Saddam era   Egypt   Muslim Brotherhood's poll success  The Brotherhood is winning 28 seats in legislative elections despite restrictions on voting Nov.28   Canada   Government thrown out  Prime Minister Martin's government has been ousted in a no-confidence vote. 3 opposition parties were united Nov.29  Vatican  Vatican issues gay policy document   Jerusalem     Peres to quit Labor, back Sharon  Israeli Channel 10: Former Israeli Prime Minister will resign from the Labor Party Nov.30   Washington Report: U.S. buys positive press in Iraq  UN  Biggest annual appeal launched

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Dec.4  Iraq  Allawi chased from mosque   Ivory Coast African leaders name Konan Banny as PM
  Kazakhstan Massive victory for President Nazarbayev Dec.5   Baghdad   Witness at Hussein trial describes torture  The witness is describing the torture of man from a Shiite village in 1982: 'They broke all his body parts'  Berlin  Rice visits Germany amid CIA row Dec.8   Iran   Ahmadinejad: Move Israel to Europe  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has expressed doubt that the Holocaust occurred Dec.10   Canada Deal reached at climate conference Dec.11   Syria     New Hariri report 'blames Syria'
  UN Secretary General has received the second report into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister
 Chile  Leaders face poll run-off Dec.12   Sydney Second night of riots Dec.13  European Union  CIA abduction claims 'credible' Dec.15  Sunni Triangle  Polls open in historic election   Iraq   'High turnout' in election
  Voting was extended by an hour in some areas because of the high turnout
Dec.16   Washington Secret U.S. spy powers sparks anger Dec.17  Hong Kong  Police clash with anti-WTO protesters Dec.18   Hong Kong   WTO seals farms deal
  Ministers from 149 states saved long-running talks with an interim deal to end farm export subsidies by 2013
  Bolivia   Leftist Morales poised to lead  Exit polls from presidential election suggest a clear victory for Aymara Indian candidate, ahead of Jorge Quiroga   Jerusalem     Sharon hospitalized after mild stroke  Israeli Prime Minister was expected to remain in the hospital briefly for observation. He had difficulty speaking  Washington  Bush hails Iraqi anti-terror role Dec.19  Kabul  Cheney attends parliament ceremony   Jerusalem Likud picked Netanyahu as its new leader Dec.20  Washington  'Intelligent design' teaching ban Dec.22  House of Representatives  Bush suffers Patriot Act defeat Dec.24   Egypt Nour jailed for 5 years  A court sentenced leading government opponent for forgery at the end of a year-long judicial process  West Bank  Holiday spirit returns to Bethlehem   Vatican Pope leads his first Christmas service Dec.26   Aceh   Siren's wail marks tsunami moment  A siren followed by a minute of silence marked the moment a year ago when the Indian Ocean tsunami crashed ashore Dec.27  Moscow  Illarionov, outspoken Putin aide, to quit Dec.29   Arab Countries     Row deepens over Danish cartoons  Arab foreign ministers have condemned the failing to act against a newspaper that published cartoons of the Prophet   Baghdad International team to review elections Dec.30   Lebanon     Ex-VP: Assad threatened Lebanese PM
  Former Syrian Vice President Abdul-Halim Khaddam said that Rafik Hariri was threatened by Syria



Iran defiant after U.S warning EU puts nuclear proposals to Iran  The European Union has submitted a set of proposals aimed at ending the crisis over nuclear program Iran resolved to pursue nuclear program G8 ministers back Africa debt deal




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Feb.9   Iran
Aug.5   Iran
Aug.11  Austria  IAEA urges Iran to stop nuclear activities
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Jun.11   London
  Finance ministers have agreed to cancel up to $55 billion worth of debt owed by the world's poorest nations
Sep.7  U.S. Congress  Bush seeks $50bn hurricane relief Nov.26  Canada  $4.3bn deal to fight native poverty



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2005 Jan.1   Indonesia   U.N.: Tsunami aid rises to $2 billion  The new amount includes contributions from many countries and the World Bank Jan.2  Aceh  Tsunami aid arriving Jan.3   Washington US presidents in tsunami aid plea Jan.6   Indonesia U.N. taking over relief effort Jan.11  Aceh  Separatists threaten relief efforts Jan.11  Switzerland  Nations meet UN swift cash appeal Jan.13  Aceh  Troop escorts for aid workers Feb.16   Iran   Iran to aid Syria against threats  Iran has vowed to back Syria against 'challenges and threat' as both countries face US pressure Jun.7  Washington  US and UK 'close to Africa deal' Jun.11   London G8 ministers back Africa debt deal
  Finance ministers have agreed to cancel up to $55 billion worth of debt owed by the world's poorest nations
Jul.2   Global Millions gather for Live 8 concert
  Millions were gathering at concert venues across the world to focus attention on global poverty
Jul.8   Scotland G8 pledges $50 billion to Africa  Blair hailed the $50 billion package and other agreements as 'a beginning, not the end' Aug.24  Niger  UN chief promises aid Sep.2  USA  Bush condemns Katrina aid effort Oct.10   Pakistan Frustration over aid delivery
  Frustration is mounting over the pace of relief efforts in the quake zone with remote regions still not accessible
Oct.18  Kashmir  India hails Pakistani quake plan Oct.19   UN Annan pleads for more quake aid Nov.19   Pakistan Aid pledges top $5.4bn Nov.30  UN  Biggest annual appeal launched Dec.18   Hong Kong   WTO seals farms deal
  Ministers from 149 states saved long-running talks with an interim deal to end farm export subsidies by 2013




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2005 Jan.1   Indonesia   U.N.: Tsunami aid rises to $2 billion  The new amount includes contributions from many countries and the World Bank Jan.3   Washington US presidents in tsunami aid plea Jan.6   Indonesia U.N. taking over relief effort Jan.7  Jerusalem  Palestinian candidate ejected Jan.9   West Bank   Abbas wins presidential election
  Early results showed the moderate candidate wins 66% of vote
Jan.27  Australia  First Iraqis cast their vote Jan.28  Iraq  Security stepped up for poll Jan.30   Iraq Iraqis vote amid violence
  In a first free election in a half century, there is a higher than expected turnout amid attacks and threats of violence
Jan.30   Baghdad Election declared 'success' Jan.30  UN  World leaders praise Iraqi voter courage Feb.5   Baghdad Shiites lead in poll results Feb.6  Thailand  PM declares victory in vote Feb.13   Iraq Shiite alliance wins plurality  The United Iraq Alliance, backed by Ali al-Sistani fell short of an outright majority. Parties have 3 days to file objections Feb.17  Baghdad  Shiites win majority in assembly Feb.20   Spain Voters back EU constitution Mar.30  European Union  EU condemns Zimbabwe election Apr.1   Zimbabwe Mugabe wins criticized election Apr.5   London Blair calls election for May 5 Apr.16   Vatican Vatican prepares for papal ballot Apr.18   Vatican No pope chosen in first vote Apr.19   Vatican Black smoke after morning votes May.5   London   Blair heads for historic third term
  Tony Blair is heading for an 3rd term in government but with a greatly reduced majority
May.14  Taiwan  Chen's DPP wins most votes May.22  Germany  Schroeder 'heads for poll defeat' May.29   Paris French voters reject EU charter
  By 56% voters have overwhelmingly rejected the European Union's proposed constitution in a key referendum
May.29  Beirut  Opposition claims Beirut election Jun.1   Netherlands Dutch reject EU constitution  61.6% of voters were opposed to the charter, while only 38.4% approved Jun.5   Southern Lebanon Hezbollah set to win south Lebanon vote Jun.12  Lebanon  Anti-Syrians suffered losses in elections Jun.18   Tehran   Hardline mayor to contest run-off  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the mayor of Tehran is to face a veteran ex-president Rafsanjani in a run-off for presidency Jun.19  Northern Lebanon  Pro-Syrian leader defeat in North Jun.24   Tehran   Ahmadinejad elected as president
  The ultra-conservative mayor of Tehran has won 61% of votes of the run-off ahead of Rafsanjani on 35%
Jun.25   Aceh Tsunami remembered six months on Sep.9   Egypt   Mubarak wins vote  President has won a fifth six-year term, taking more than 80% of the vote in a low turnout Sep.11   Japan   Koizumi secures landslide victory
  Prime Minister's party and its coalition ally have won an overwhelming victory in lower house elections
Sep.18   Afghanistan Afghanistan holds landmark elections Sep.18   Berlin   Election ends in stalemate
  Angela Merkel's conservatives have won election by just 3 seats, falling far short of a majority
Sep.25   Poland Poles oust left at voting booth Sep.29   Algeria Algerians 'backing amnesty plan' Oct.4  UN  UN condemns Iraq charter change Oct.5   Baghdad Iraq reverses vote rule change Oct.9  Poland  Right head for run-off vote Oct.11  Liberia  Counting begins in poll Oct.15  Iraq  Polls open for historic vote Oct.23   Poland Tax cutter poised to win election   Warsaw Mayor Lech Kaczynski led presidential runoff after he stressed traditional Roman Catholic values Oct.25   Baghdad   Draft constitution passes
  The referendum has passed, according to final provisional results issued by Iraqi election officials
Oct.31   UN Security Council U.N. vote demands Syria cooperation  The Security Council has voted unanimously in favor of a resolution demanding Syria cooperate with the investigation Nov.6  Azerbaijan  Ruling party 'wins' polls Nov.10   Liberia Johnson-Sirleaf claims presidential win  A win would make Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Africa's first-ever elected female leader if it is officially certified Nov.17  Sri Lanka  Rajapakse 'wins' poll Nov.27   Egypt Muslim Brotherhood's poll success  The Brotherhood is winning 28 seats in legislative elections despite restrictions on voting Dec.4   Kazakhstan Massive victory for President Nazarbayev Dec.11  Chile  Leaders face poll run-off Dec.15  Sunni Triangle  Polls open in historic election Dec.15   Iraq 'High turnout' in election
  Voting was extended by an hour in some areas because of the high turnout
Dec.18   Bolivia Leftist Morales poised to lead  Exit polls from presidential election suggest a clear victory for Aymara Indian candidate, ahead of Jorge Quiroga Dec.29   Baghdad International team to review elections



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2005 Feb.3   UN Oil-for-food head criticized  Inquiry chief Volcker says there is 'conclusive' evidence that the programme director had a 'conflict of interest' May.15   U.S. Senate Russians cited in oil-for-food probe
May.17  U.S. Senate  Galloway takes on US oil accusers Jun.1   UN Stephanides fired over oil scandal  Kofi Annan has sacked a senior official accused of serious misconduct over Iraq's oil-for-food program Sep.28  Texas  Tom DeLay faces criminal charge Nov.25   Gaza Palestinians take over key border
  Abbas has presided over a ceremony marking the official re-opening of the border between the Strip and Egypt




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2005 Jan.10   West Bank Abbas makes peace offer to Israel Jan.26   Poland   Leaders mark Auschwitz liberation
  Leaders from 30 countries gather to remember the victims of the Holocaust on the 60th anniversary
Feb.20  Jerusalem  Cabinet OKs settlement withdrawals Feb.23  West Bank  Palestinian PM wins cabinet deal Feb.28   Beirut Lebanon's pro-Syrian PM resigns  The government abruptly resigned during a stormy parliamentary debate, prompting a roar from protesters Mar.5   Syria Assad: Syria to redeploy Lebanon troops Mar.24   Kyrgyzstan   Government HQ seized. Akayev left
  Protesters forced the country's longtime president Askar Akayev to flee his office
Apr.16   Japan   Japan demands China apology  Japan filed an official protest, complaining that Chinese authorities failed to stop the violence May.17   Uzbekistan Opposition says 745 died May.30  Paris  Chirac set for government shakeup Jul.7   Manila Cabinet 8 quit, urge Arroyo to go Jul.11   Bosnia 50,000 mourn Srebrenica dead Aug.22  Baghdad  Iraq delays vote on draft constitution Aug.26  Baghdad  No agreement yet on constitution Aug.28   Baghdad Committee signs Iraq's draft constitution
  The constitutional committee approved a final draft and put it before the National Assembly, despite the Sunni rejection
Sep.8   Kiev Yushchenko fires government Sep.11   Gaza Israeli flag lowered over Gaza
  It was the end of 38 years of an occupation of the Palestinian territory 2 weeks ahead of schedule
 Israel has already removed its settlers, bulldozed their homes and demolished its military bases. 20 synagogues left intact after rabbis argued demolition went against Jewish law
Oct.16  Tokyo  PM visits Yasukuni shrine Nov.8   Paris   Government declared state of emergency
  Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin: the republic 'at an hour of truth'
Nov.28   Canada Government thrown out  Prime Minister Martin's government has been ousted in a no-confidence vote. 3 opposition parties were united



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2005 Jan.2  Aceh  Tsunami aid arriving Jan.5   Indonesia   International conference for tsunami aid  World and regional leaders, the UN were expected to attend Jan.13  Aceh  Troop escorts for aid workers Feb.16   Japan Kyoto Protocol comes into force
  The Protocol, which aims to slow global warming, has come into force 7 years after being agreed
Feb.24  Vatican  Pope back in hospital with flu Feb.24   Vatican   Pope has surgery to aid breathing  The operation to give 84-year-old John Paul II a tracheotomy had been successful Mar.18   Florida Patient's feeding tube removed  The feeding tube that keeps a brain-damaged Terri Schiavo alive has been taken out after a lengthy court battle Mar.31   Vatican Frail Pope suffers heart failure Apr.1   Vatican Pope's condition 'has worsened' Apr.2  Vatican  Pope begins losing consciousness Aug.18  Gaza  Israeli troops enter synagogue Nov.1   Washington Bush unveils pandemic flu strategy



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2005 Aug.12  Russia  Russia marks Kursk five years on



World, Politics, 2005 Religion Timeline ... See World Religion timeline Top ^
2005 Feb.1   Vatican   Pope John Paul rushed to hospital
  Pope has been rushed to hospital suffering from breathing difficulties brought on by flu
Feb.6   Vatican Sick Pope makes public appearance Feb.24  Vatican  Pope back in hospital with flu Feb.24   Vatican   Pope has surgery to aid breathing  The operation to give 84-year-old John Paul II a tracheotomy had been successful Feb.25  Vatican  Pope breathing without assistance Mar.13   Vatican Pope returns to Vatican after op Mar.24   Kyrgyzstan   Government HQ seized. Akayev left
  Protesters forced the country's longtime president Askar Akayev to flee his office
Mar.27  Vatican  Frail Pope blesses Easter crowds Mar.31   Vatican Frail Pope suffers heart failure Apr.1  Vatican  Gravely ill Pope remains 'serene' Apr.1   Vatican Pope's condition 'has worsened' Apr.2  Vatican  Pope begins losing consciousness Apr.3  Vatican  Clergy, dignitaries pay respects to pope Apr.6  Rome  Rome seeks to curb pilgrim crowds Apr.17  Vatican  Cardinals gather to choose pope Apr.19   Vatican   Ratzinger elected as new Pope
  78-year-old German cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is taking the name Pope Benedict XVI
 The College of Cardinals took only 2 days to choose the successor to John Paul II. The crowd clapped as the smoke billowed over Vatican City and waited for the ringing of bells. At 6:43 p.m. Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez announced Ratzinger's election in Latin. Bush called Benedict XVI 'a man of great wisdom and knowledge'.
Apr.19  Vatican  Benedict XVI prepares for first Mass Apr.20   Vatican Benedict XVI sets out goals Apr.24   Vatican   Benedict XVI installed as pope  New Pope was formally installed at a Mass outside St. Peter's Basilica in front of an audience of hundreds of thousands May.1   Vatican New Pope delivers first blessing May.13  Vatican  Pope seeks to beatify John Paul May.25  FBI  FBI records detail Koran claims Jun.2   Beirut Blast kills journalist Jun.3   Guantanamo Detainees, not soldiers, flushed Quran Jul.29  Pakistan  Madrassa foreigners 'must leave' Aug.18   Ruhr   Rapturous German welcome for Pope   Benedict XVI has arrived in his native country for a Catholic youth festival in the city of Cologne Aug.18  Gaza  Israeli troops enter synagogue Oct.16  Tokyo  PM visits Yasukuni shrine Nov.29  Vatican  Vatican issues gay policy document Dec.4  Iraq  Allawi chased from mosque Dec.24  West Bank  Holiday spirit returns to Bethlehem Dec.24   Vatican Pope leads his first Christmas service Dec.29   Arab Countries   Row deepens over Danish cartoons  Arab foreign ministers have condemned the failing to act against a newspaper that published cartoons of the Prophet



World, Politics, 2005 Political Law Timeline ... See World Political Law timeline Top ^
2005 Mar.7   Beijing Lays down law over Taiwan unveiled
Mar.18   Florida Patient's feeding tube removed  The feeding tube that keeps a brain-damaged Terri Schiavo alive has been taken out after a lengthy court battle Mar.22  Florida  Judge denies bid to restore feeding tube Apr.28  England  Iraq war legal advice published May.12   Turkey Trial of Kurdish leader 'unfair' May.31   Moscow   Khodorkovsky jailed for 9 years
  Russian tycoon has been found guilty of an array of charges including fraud and tax evasion
Jun.3  Singapore  Rumsfeld: China needs freer government Jun.9   Jerusalem Court backs pullout plan Jun.27   U.S. Supreme Court File-sharing suffers major defeat Jul.1   U.S. Supreme Court Supreme Court justice O'Connor retires  Sandra Day O'Connor, 75, the first woman to serve on the US Supreme Court and a crucial centrist, is to retire Jul.19   U.S. Supreme Court Bush names Roberts to Supreme Court Sep.30   USA CIA agent case reporter in court Nov.14   Uzbekistan Andijan suspects given jail terms Nov.24   Chile   Pinochet charged over dissidents
  Former military ruler has been ordered to stay under house arrest
Dec.5   Baghdad   Witness at Hussein trial describes torture  The witness is describing the torture of man from a Shiite village in 1982: 'They broke all his body parts' Dec.20  Washington  'Intelligent design' teaching ban Dec.24   Egypt Nour jailed for 5 years  A court sentenced leading government opponent for forgery at the end of a year-long judicial process



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2005 Apr.14  Paris  Chirac makes case for EU treaty May.15   Washington Newsweek backs off Quran story
  The report that U.S. interrogators desecrated copies of the Quran blamed for sparking violent riots in Afghanistan
Jun.2   Beirut Blast kills journalist Sep.30   USA CIA agent case reporter in court Nov.30   Washington Report: U.S. buys positive press in Iraq



World, Politics, 2005 Anniversary Timeline ... See World Anniversary timeline Top ^
2005 Jan.26   Poland   Leaders mark Auschwitz liberation
  Leaders from 30 countries gather to remember the victims of the Holocaust on the 60th anniversary
Feb.12  Eastern Germany  Neo-Nazi march as Dresden remembers Apr.30  Vietnam  Vietnam remembers fall of Saigon May.7   European Union   Europe-wide events to mark VE Day  Commemorations are taking place to mark the 60th anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany May.9   Moscow   Leaders mourn Soviet wartime dead Map of Red Square Russia
  U.S. President was given a seat of honor for celebrations in Red Square marking 60 years since the Allied victory
Jun.25   Aceh Tsunami remembered six months on Jun.27   U.S. Supreme Court File-sharing suffers major defeat Jul.11   Bosnia 50,000 mourn Srebrenica dead Aug.6   Japan Doves, silence for A-bomb victims Aug.8  Japan  Nagasaki remembers its atomic fate Aug.12  Russia  Russia marks Kursk five years on Sep.11  New York  US pauses to recall 9/11 attacks Nov.12  Tel Aviv  Decade after murder, Israel mourn Rabin



World, Politics, 2005 Summit Timeline ... See World Summit timeline Top ^
2005 Jan.6  Indonesia  Summit approves tsunami warning Feb.2  Egypt  Egypt to host Middle East summit Jun.21   Jerusalem   Gloom at end of Sharon-Abbas summit  Israeli Prime Minister and Palestinian leader appear to have made little significant progress Sep.16   UN Summit ends with mixed reviews  The largest gathering of world leaders in history achieved less than Kofi Annan had hoped Nov.5   Argentina Americas summit ends without consensus  There is no agreeing whether to restart talks on a free trade zone stretching from Alaska to Chile



World, Politics, 2005 Warning Timeline ... See World Warning timeline Top ^
2005 Feb.15   Washington US warns Syria over Lebanon role
Aug.10  Iran  Iran warns US, EU over nuclear impasse Aug.12   Washington Bush warns Iran on nuclear plans Nov.6   Paris Chirac vows to punish rioters Dec.12   Sydney Second night of riots Dec.30   Lebanon   Ex-VP: Assad threatened Lebanese PM
  Former Syrian Vice President Abdul-Halim Khaddam said that Rafik Hariri was threatened by Syria




World, Politics, 2005 Immigration Timeline ... See World Immigration timeline Top ^
2005 May.7  Lebanon  Anti-Syrian exile back in Lebanon May.14  Kyrgyzstan  Thousands of Uzbeks fleeing Aug.22   Gaza Settlers leave last outpost
  All walking peacefully, the final group of the settlers in Gaza boarded buses




World, Politics, 2005 War & Army Timeline ... See World War & Army timeline Top ^
2005 Jan.12   Aceh   Indonesia tightens Aceh controls  Foreign troops helping the tsunami aid effort in the province must leave by the end of March Mar.24  Lebanon  U.N. report points finger at Syria Mar.29   UN Report: Annan didn't influence contract May.11   U.S. Senate Names named in US Iraq oil report  A Senate report says 2 politicians from the UK and France were granted lucrative oil allocations by Saddam's Iraq May.18  Washington  U.S. presses for Uzbek probe May.19  Uzbekistan  President Karimov rejects deaths probe May.20   Uzbekistan Pressure grows for inquiry Sep.20   Syria U.N. quizzes Syrians in Hariri probe Oct.20   Lebanon   U.N. probe links Syria to Hariri killing
  The investigators have found 'converging evidence' of Lebanese and Syrian involvement in the killing of ex-Prime Minister
Oct.21  California  Bush: Hariri report 'deeply disturbing' Nov.15   Spain 'Secret CIA flights' probed
  There are claims that CIA planes carrying terror suspects made secret stopovers on Spanish soil
Nov.25   Syria Syria agrees to U.N. questioning Dec.11   Syria   New Hariri report 'blames Syria'
  UN Secretary General has received the second report into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister




World, Politics, 2005 Agreement Timeline ... See World Agreement timeline Top ^
2005 Jan.9   Kenya   Historic Sudan peace accord signed  After nearly 3 years of negotiations, Sudan's government and main rebel group have signed comprehensive accords Jan.22   Gaza   Abbas 'reaches cease-fire deal'  Palestinian President has secured a 30-day cease-fire with the 2 largest militant groups, Hamas and Islamic Jihad Feb.8   Egypt   Palestinians, Israel announce cease-fire
  Mahmoud Abbas and Ariel Sharon are hailing cease-fire as a new opportunity for peace after talks at their summit
Mar.7  Syria  Syria, Lebanon agree to troop pullback Apr.18   New Delhi India and Pakistan say peace 'irreversible' Jun.16   Belgium EU deal to extend treaty deadline Jul.5  Nigeria  Sudan, Darfur rebels sign agreement Jul.16   Finland Aceh rebels agree to peace deal Sep.5   Beijing EU, China hail textile deal Oct.3   Luxembourg EU reaches deal on Turkey talks  The foreign ministers have reached a deal clearing the way for accession talks. Austria had fallen into line Nov.15  Jerusalem  Israelis, Palestinians reach deal on Gaza Nov.26  Canada  $4.3bn deal to fight native poverty Dec.10   Canada Deal reached at climate conference Dec.18   Hong Kong   WTO seals farms deal
  Ministers from 149 states saved long-running talks with an interim deal to end farm export subsidies by 2013




World, Politics, 2005 Visit Timeline ... See World Visit timeline Top ^
2005 Jan.4  Indonesia  Powell: U.S. values in action Jan.8   Sri Lanka Politics limits Annan's trip Feb.4   London Rice: Attack on Iran 'not on agenda' Feb.12  Eastern Germany  Neo-Nazi march as Dresden remembers Feb.19   Aceh Clinton and Bush see damage Feb.21   Belgium Bush calls for new trans-Atlantic unity Mar.20  Beijing  Rice presses China on North Korea Apr.10  New Delhi  China premier to hold Delhi talks Apr.29   Beijing China, Taiwan opposition mend ties May.9   Georgia Bush dances after arrival May.10  Georgia  Bush: Georgia 'beacon of liberty' May.15  Baghdad  Rice makes surprise visit to Iraq May.18  Uzbekistan  Foreign envoys visit town of Andijan May.22  Jerusalem  Laura Bush heckled May.23   Japan China rebukes Japan over shrine
  Chinese Vice-Premier Wu Yi short her visit and flew home before a meeting with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
May.26   Washington Abbas meets Bush at White House May.28  Darfur  UN chief visits Darfur refugees Jun.18  West Bank  Rice demands Palestinian reform Jul.30  Uzbekistan  US asked to leave air base Nov.10  Mosul  Rice on surprise visit Nov.12  Baghdad  Annan calls for Iraq reconciliation Nov.20  Beijing  Bush asks China to expand freedoms Dec.5  Berlin  Rice visits Germany amid CIA row



World, Politics, 2005 Human Rights Timeline ... See World Human Rights timeline Top ^
2005 Jan.23   Iraq 'Zarqawi tape: Democracy a lie'
Feb.2  Georgia  'Gas poisoning' kills PM Feb.26  Egypt  Election reform announced Mar.1  Lebanon  U.S. hails Lebanese democracy move Apr.20  Lithuania  Rice calls for change in Belarus May.12   Turkey Trial of Kurdish leader 'unfair' May.15  Uzbekistan  Relatives search for bodies May.17   Uzbekistan Opposition says 745 died May.31   Moscow   Khodorkovsky jailed for 9 years
  Russian tycoon has been found guilty of an array of charges including fraud and tax evasion
Jun.3  Singapore  Rumsfeld: China needs freer government Jun.22   Zimbabwe Evicted moved to 'transit camp'  The campaign to clear the homes, businesses of the poor from its cities has sparked more violence Oct.5  U.S. Senate  Senate backs detainee rights Nov.6   Chile   Fujimori under arrest  Peru's disgraced ex-President, wanted there on human rights abuse, was arrested during a surprise visit Nov.14   Uzbekistan Andijan suspects given jail terms Nov.15   Baghdad Detainees 'found starving'  The government begun an investigation into the abuse of more than 170 detainees held by Iraqi forces Nov.24   Chile   Pinochet charged over dissidents
  Former military ruler has been ordered to stay under house arrest
Nov.27  Iraq  Ex-PM: Abuse as bad as Saddam era Dec.5   Baghdad   Witness at Hussein trial describes torture  The witness is describing the torture of man from a Shiite village in 1982: 'They broke all his body parts' Dec.16   Washington Secret U.S. spy powers sparks anger Dec.24   Egypt Nour jailed for 5 years  A court sentenced leading government opponent for forgery at the end of a year-long judicial process



World, Politics, 2005 Environmental Timeline ... See World Environmental timeline Top ^
2005 Feb.16   Japan Kyoto Protocol comes into force
  The Protocol, which aims to slow global warming, has come into force 7 years after being agreed




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2005 Nov.23  Zimbabwe  Zimbabwe officials' assets frozen by US



World, Politics, 2005 Talks Timeline ... See World Talks timeline Top ^
2005 Jan.26   Jerusalem Mid-East talks raise peace hopes Feb.9   North Korea   N. Korea Admits to Nukes, Out of Talks
  North Korea publicly admitted for the first time that it has nuclear weapons and suspending participation in talks
Feb.19  North Korea  N. Korea 'rejects nuclear talks' Feb.21  Belgium  Bush and Chirac find common ground Feb.24   Slovakia Bush meets Putin Mar.5   Syria Assad: Syria to redeploy Lebanon troops Apr.11   Washington Bush urges freeze on settlement Apr.23  Indonesia  Hu meets with Japanese Prime Minister Jun.17   Belgium EU 'in crisis' over talks failure
  The budget talks broke down over a bitter row between the UK and France
Jun.26   Iraq US holds talks with Iraq rebels Jul.25  Beijing  North Korea nuclear talks resume Aug.21   Baghdad Role of Islam in Iraq agreed Sep.1   Istanbul Israel, Pakistan hold first talks Sep.18   Beijing Agreement in N. Korea talks  The U.S. Embassy said the 6 parties involved in talks have reached an agreement Oct.17   Jerusalem Israel suspends Palestinian talks Dec.26   Aceh   Siren's wail marks tsunami moment  A siren followed by a minute of silence marked the moment a year ago when the Indian Ocean tsunami crashed ashore



World, Politics, 2005 Separatists Timeline ... See World Separatists timeline Top ^
2005 Jan.11  Aceh  Separatists threaten relief efforts Jan.15   West Bank Mahmoud Abbas sworn in
Jan.18  U.S. Senate  Rice grilled by Senate Jan.20   Washington   Bush sworn in for second term
  Bush vows to fight world tyranny. President's closest political allies around the world moved to congratulate him
Jan.23   Kiev Yushchenko takes presidential oath Feb.2   Washington   President speaks on state of nation  Bush discussed his plans to advance liberty in the world and protect opportunities for future generations Feb.2  Georgia  'Gas poisoning' kills PM Feb.10   West Bank Abbas sacks security commanders Feb.17  Washington  Bush names Negroponte intelligence chief Feb.22   Baghdad Shia alliance names PM candidate Mar.4  Ukraine  Ex-minister 'kills self' Mar.4  Ukraine  Ex-minister 'kills self' Mar.10   Hong Kong Tung Chee-hwa resigns Mar.16  Washington  Wolfowitz to run World Bank Mar.16  Washington  Wolfowitz to run World Bank Mar.24  Kyrgyzstan  Kyrgyzstan names new leadership Apr.6   Iraq   Kurd leader Talabani named president  New transitional assembly took a historic step, electing Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani as the nation's president Apr.7   Vatican John Paul pondered his fate in 2000 Apr.7   Baghdad Shia leader Jaafari named prime minister Apr.20   Rome Berlusconi to form new government May.31   Paris Villepin named new PM Jun.1   UN Stephanides fired over oil scandal  Kofi Annan has sacked a senior official accused of serious misconduct over Iraq's oil-for-food program Jun.6  Bolivia  President Carlos Mesa submits resignation Jun.9   Bolivia Rodriguez sworn in as interim president  The head of Supreme Court is to succeed the outgoing Mesa after two congressional leaders turned the post down Jun.30  Beirut  Anti-Syrian Saniora appointed PM Jul.28  Egypt  Mubarak seeks fifth term Aug.30  Jerusalem  Netanyahu to challenge Sharon leadership Sep.9   Washington US emergency aid chief sidelined Sep.12   Washington   Emergencies chief steps down  Michael Brown, director of FEMA, has resigned following criticism over the response to Hurricane Katrina Sep.26   Jerusalem Sharon fends off leadership poll Oct.7  Norway  IAEA, ElBaradei win Nobel peace prize Oct.10   Berlin   Merkel to become German chancellor
  Conservative leader will become Germany's first woman chancellor under a deal withn Social Democrats
Oct.12   Syria Minister commits suicide Oct.12   Syria Minister commits suicide Oct.28   Washington   Lewis Libby quits Cheney office  chief-of-staff to Vice President has resigned after being charged with perjury over an investigation Nov.6   Chile   Fujimori under arrest  Peru's disgraced ex-President, wanted there on human rights abuse, was arrested during a surprise visit Nov.9  Jerusalem  Peres ousted as Labor Party chief Nov.20   Jerusalem   Sharon to quit Likud party
  Prime Minister is set to quit his ruling party and run separately in next year's elections
Nov.29   Jerusalem   Peres to quit Labor, back Sharon  Israeli Channel 10: Former Israeli Prime Minister will resign from the Labor Party Dec.4   Ivory Coast African leaders name Konan Banny as PM Dec.18   Jerusalem   Sharon hospitalized after mild stroke  Israeli Prime Minister was expected to remain in the hospital briefly for observation. He had difficulty speaking Dec.19   Jerusalem Likud picked Netanyahu as its new leader Dec.27  Moscow  Illarionov, outspoken Putin aide, to quit



World, Politics, 2005 Royal Timeline ... See World Royal timeline Top ^
2005 Feb.1   Nepal   King declares emergency
  Phone lines have been cut and the press is being censored. The king says the cabinet has failed to bring peace
Apr.9   London Prince Charles marries Camilla
  A solemn ceremony has blessed the wedding, at which the couple each pledged to be faithful to each other
May.27   Saudi Arabia King Fahd hospitalized  King Fahd was doing 'well' after being hospitalized earlier in the day



World, Politics, 2005 Reforms Timeline ... See World Reforms timeline Top ^
2005 Mar.20   UN   Annan seeks thorough UN overhaul  Secretary General has urged governments to endorse sweeping reforms of the organisation Sep.13   UN Gen. Assembly U.N. reform agenda watered-down Sep.14  UN  Kofi Annan urges bold UN reform



World, Politics, 2005 Rebellion Timeline ... See World Rebellion timeline Top ^
2005 Jan.30   Iraq Iraqis vote amid violence
  In a first free election in a half century, there is a higher than expected turnout amid attacks and threats of violence
Mar.14   Beirut   Massive protest marks Hariri death  Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Beirut for an opposition rally 4 weeks since Hariri was assassinated Mar.19  Global  Worldwide protests mark Iraq war Apr.9   Beijing Protests target Japan
  Japan's ambassador called on the Chinese government to take measures to protect Japanese citizens in China
May.11  Eastern Afghanistan  Riots over US Koran 'desecration' May.13   Uzbekistan Troops clash with protesters
  Opposition says later 745 died in fighting that broken out after a night in which soldiers clashed with demonstrators
May.16  Uzbekistan  Toll rises as unrest spreads May.27   France French hold final EU vote rallies Jun.8   Ethiopia At least 18 dead in clash Jun.29   Israel Gaza settler chaos strikes Israel  Militant Jewish settlers have disrupted traffic on the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem road and clashed with troops in Gaza Jul.4   Scotland Police scuffle with G8 protesters Jul.18   Israel Israel blocks Gaza demonstrators Jul.19  Israel  Police try to head off Gaza protests Oct.28  Iran  Thousands in anti-Israel demonstrations Nov.4   Argentina Summit protest turns violent Nov.11  Liberia  Protesters face tear gas Nov.26   Azerbaijan Police break up mass rally Dec.17  Hong Kong  Police clash with anti-WTO protesters



World, Politics, 2005 Race Issues Timeline ... See World Race Issues timeline Top ^
2005 Dec.12   Sydney Second night of riots




World, Politics, 2005 Space Exploration Timeline ... See World Space Exploration timeline Top ^
2005 Jan.14   European Union Huygens moon probe lands on Titan
  The space probe has touched down on the surface of one of Saturn's moons and is sending back signals
Jul.3   USA Nasa probe strikes Comet Tempel 1 Jul.26   Florida   Shuttle returns to space  Discovery roared into the skies as NASA returned to manned space flight for the first time since the Columbia disaster Aug.9   Southern California   Discovery returns safely to Earth
  The shuttle has touched down successfully at Edwards Air Force Base 54 minutes before dawn
Sep.5   Beijing EU, China hail textile deal Oct.11  Western China  China launches rocket into space



World, Politics, 2005 Peace Efforts Timeline ... See World Peace Efforts timeline Top ^
2005 Jan.9   Kenya   Historic Sudan peace accord signed  After nearly 3 years of negotiations, Sudan's government and main rebel group have signed comprehensive accords Jan.10   West Bank Abbas makes peace offer to Israel
Jan.12   Aceh   Indonesia tightens Aceh controls  Foreign troops helping the tsunami aid effort in the province must leave by the end of March Jan.19  Washington  Tight security at inauguration Jan.22   Gaza   Abbas 'reaches cease-fire deal'  Palestinian President has secured a 30-day cease-fire with the 2 largest militant groups, Hamas and Islamic Jihad Jan.31   Darfur UN 'rules out' genocide in Darfur Feb.8   Egypt   Palestinians, Israel announce cease-fire
  Mahmoud Abbas and Ariel Sharon are hailing cease-fire as a new opportunity for peace after talks at their summit
Mar.4  Washington  Bush: Syria get out of Lebanon Mar.5  Rome  Wounded hostage back Mar.17  Washington  Belfast family encouraged by Bush talks Mar.18   West Bank Palestinian truce deal  Israel promised to hold its fire, but demanded that the Palestinians eventually dismantle the armed groups Mar.19  Global  Worldwide protests mark Iraq war Apr.12  Japan  Japan risks China anger over gas Apr.17  Beijing  China rejects Tokyo demand for apology Apr.30  Taiwan  Taiwan head seeks Beijing talks May.10   Berlin Holocaust memorial unveiled May.31  Washington  Watergate's Deep Throat revealed Jun.3  England  Blair to press Bush on Africa Jun.3   Guantanamo Detainees, not soldiers, flushed Quran Jun.6  Florida  Controversy over U.S. intervention plan Jun.26   Iraq US holds talks with Iraq rebels Jul.3  Washington  Bush rejects Kyoto-style G8 deal Jul.5  Nigeria  Sudan, Darfur rebels sign agreement Jul.7  Scotland  World leaders condemn attacks Jul.16   Finland Aceh rebels agree to peace deal Jul.17  Gaza  Abbas pledges end to Gaza attacks Jul.21  North Korea  N Korea calls for US peace treaty Aug.6   Japan Doves, silence for A-bomb victims Aug.11   Iraq Shias call for more autonomy  A senior Shia leader: Shia majority should be granted an autonomous federal state in the south Aug.15   Gaza Historic pullout has begun Aug.16  Gaza  Deadline for pullout expires Aug.19  Gaza  Abbas voices joy at pullout Aug.23   West Bank Settler eviction complete Sep.8   New Orleans Flood survivors expelled by force  Police backed by troops have begun to use force to remove people from their homes Sep.19  North Korea  N Korea puts terms on arms deal Sep.22  European Union  EU drops hardline stance on Iran Oct.7  Norway  IAEA, ElBaradei win Nobel peace prize Oct.18  Pakistan  Open up Kashmir, Pakistan urges Oct.18  Kashmir  India hails Pakistani quake plan Oct.21   Syria Governments deny UN murder claims Oct.25  UN  Draft demands Syrian cooperation Oct.26   Iran   Israel 'must be wiped from map'
  President Ahmadinejad is insisting that a new series of attacks will destroy the Jewish state
Oct.28  UN Security Council  UN raps Iran's anti-Israel rant Nov.2  Paris  Chirac urges calm as riots spread Nov.12  Baghdad  Annan calls for Iraq reconciliation Nov.14  Paris  Chirac vows firm action on unrest Nov.15   Baghdad Detainees 'found starving'  The government begun an investigation into the abuse of more than 170 detainees held by Iraqi forces Nov.21   Jerusalem   New Sharon party 'aims for peace'  PM aims to 'lay the foundations for a peace settlement' with the Palestinians via his new political party Dec.8   Iran   Ahmadinejad: Move Israel to Europe  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has expressed doubt that the Holocaust occurred Dec.13  European Union  CIA abduction claims 'credible' Dec.18  Washington  Bush hails Iraqi anti-terror role



World, Politics, 2005 Terror Timeline ... See World Terror timeline Top ^
2005 Jan.23   Iraq 'Zarqawi tape: Democracy a lie' Feb.26  Israel  Israel blames Syria for bombing Mar.11  London  Government's terror bill passed Jun.28   Canada Same-sex marriage approved



World, Politics, 2005 Entertainment Timeline ... See World Entertainment timeline Top ^
2005 Jul.2   Global Millions gather for Live 8 concert
  Millions were gathering at concert venues across the world to focus attention on global poverty
Nov.22   Berlin   Merkel sworn  Angela Merkel was sworn as Germany's 8th post-World War II leader and its first female chancellor



World, Politics, 2005 Obituary Timeline ... See World Obituary timeline Top ^
2005 Jan.16   Beijing Zhao Ziyang, Purged Chinese leader, dies Map of Tiananmen Square China
  Former Communist Party was ousted aafter the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy protesters
Feb.5   Togo President Eyadema dies  Gnassingbe Eyadema, Africa's longest serving ruler, has died and was replaced by his son, Faure Feb.16  Beirut  Hariri buried amid chaotic scenes Mar.7   Italy Funeral for agent shot in Iraq Mar.31   Florida Terri Schiavo has died
  The 41-year-old brain-damaged woman became the centerpiece of a national right-to-die battle
Apr.2   Vatican   Pope John Paul II dies at 84
  26-year reign as the charismatic leader of the world's 1 billion Roman Catholics was highlighted by visits to 129 countries
 The Pope was the third longest-serving pontiff in history. He died in his private apartment, surrounded by his closest Polish aides. John Paul II had suffered worsening health problems including a heart condition
Apr.2   Global Millions grieve for John Paul II Apr.4   Vatican Pope's body makes final journey Apr.4   Vatican Crowds wait all night to see Pope Apr.5  Vatican  Hundreds of thousands say goodbye Apr.5   Monaco Prince Rainier dies, 81  The prince, who had ruled the tiny principality since 1949, died after spending several weeks in hospital Apr.7  Rome  Rome prepares for Pope's funeral Apr.8   Vatican   Pope John Paul II buried in crypt
  John Paul II was buried under St. Peter's Basilica after a funeral Mass that millions of people watched
Apr.15   Monaco Monaco bids farewell to Rainier Jun.4  Beirut  Hundreds mourn Beirut journalist Jun.20  Philippines  Cardinal Sin dead Jul.14   London Vigil for bombing victims Jul.17  London  Former UK Prime Minister Ted Heath dies Aug.1   Saudi Arabia King Fahd dead
  The former Crown Prince Abdullah has been named the new king and Defense Minister has replaced Abdullah
Aug.2   Saudi Arabia Simple funeral for King Fahd Sep.3   Virginia Chief Justice Rehnquist dies
  The Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court has died at his home in Virginia at the age of 80
Oct.24   Detroit Civil rights icon Parks dies
  She refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man and inspired the modern civil rights movement




World, Politics, 2005 Spy Charges Timeline ... See World Spy Charges timeline Top ^
2005 Feb.17  Washington  Bush names Negroponte intelligence chief Mar.11  London  Government's terror bill passed Mar.13   Beijing Congress passes Taiwan bill  A resolution authorizes Beijing to use military force to prevent Taiwan from declaring its independence Mar.16   Iraq Assembly meets amid blasts  The 275-member assembly was sworn in. Half a dozen explosions rattled the area around the convention center Mar.20  U.S. Congress  Deadlock in right-to-die case Mar.27  Kyrgyzstan  Rival MPs battle for power Mar.28   Jerusalem Knesset rejects Gaza referendum Apr.20   Ecuador Congress votes out president  Lawmakers replaced Lucio Gutierrez with Vice President Alfredo Palacio who orders the arrest of former leader Apr.28   Iraq Lawmakers approve Cabinet list  National Assembly approved a list for a transitional government. 3 ministries were filled with temporary appointments Apr.30  Vietnam  Vietnam remembers fall of Saigon May.3   Baghdad Parliament swears in partial government
  7 posts in Prime Minister Jaafari's cabinet, including the defence and oil, remain unfilled amid partisan haggling
May.7   European Union   Europe-wide events to mark VE Day  Commemorations are taking place to mark the 60th anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany May.9   Moscow   Leaders mourn Soviet wartime dead Map of Red Square Russia
  U.S. President was given a seat of honor for celebrations in Red Square marking 60 years since the Allied victory
May.17  U.S. Senate  Galloway takes on US oil accusers Jun.20   Beirut   Hariri camp secured majority in parliament
  The anti-Syrian opposition is breaking Damascus' long political hold on its tiny neighbor
Jul.1   Berlin Schroeder loses confidence vote
Jul.24  Manila  Lawmakers bid to impeach Arroyo Aug.8  Japan  Nagasaki remembers its atomic fate Aug.15   Baghdad Constitution deadline extended Sep.7  U.S. Congress  Bush seeks $50bn hurricane relief Sep.28  Texas  Tom DeLay faces criminal charge Sep.29   U.S. Senate Roberts confirmed as chief justice
  The Senate voted on the appointment of John Roberts as the next US Supreme Court chief justic
Nov.15   Paris Lawmakers back new powers Dec.16   Washington Secret U.S. spy powers sparks anger Dec.19  Kabul  Cheney attends parliament ceremony Dec.22  House of Representatives  Bush suffers Patriot Act defeat



World, Politics, 2005 Weapons of Mass Destruction Timeline ... See World Weapons of Mass Destruction timeline Top ^
2005 Feb.9   North Korea   N. Korea Admits to Nukes, Out of Talks
  North Korea publicly admitted for the first time that it has nuclear weapons and suspending participation in talks
Feb.19  North Korea  N. Korea 'rejects nuclear talks' Aug.8  Japan  Nagasaki remembers its atomic fate