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B. 01-24 Rogue trader to cost SocGen $7bn Paris
2. 02-03 Pro-Western Tadic wins new term Serbia
02-17 Kosovo declares independence Kosovo
4. 03-02 Medvedev 'heading for clear win' Moscow
F. 03-24 Protest as Olympic torch is lit Greece
G. 03-27 Dutch MP posts Islam film on web Netherlands
H. 04-07 Olympic torch extinguished Paris
I. 04-07 Princess Diana 'unlawfully killed' London
9. 04-14 Billionaire Berlusconi wins election Rome

Summary.     Click for More > Medvedev 'heading for clear win' Protest as Olympic torch is lit Dutch MP posts Islam film on web Olympic torch extinguished   The relay was disrupted by protesters demonstrating against the Chinese government, causing authorities to extinguish the flame 3 times Princess Diana 'unlawfully killed' Billionaire Berlusconi wins election   Captive woman had 7 children by father   Police believe a 73-year-old man held his daughter captive in his cellar for the past two decades and had seven children with her Violence breaks out over trash crisis Summit targets global food crisis Irish reject EU treaty  Prime Minister Brian Cowen was disappointed that Irish voters rejected the European Union reform treaty; 53.4 percent no, to 46.6 percent yes France hosts Mediterranean summit   Bosnia war criminal Karadzic arrested
Rogue trader to cost SocGen $7bn   Bank Societe Generale as uncovered 'massive' fraud by a trader which resulted in a loss of 4.9bn euros Pro-Western Tadic wins new term Kosovo declares independence
Jan.6  Georgia  Saakashvili claims majority in vote
Jan.7  UN Tribunal  Taylor war crimes trial resumes
Jan.17  London  Heathrow jet lands short of runway
Jan.24   Paris
 Rome  Prodi resigns after losing vote
Feb.3   Serbia
Feb.15  European Union  Green light for EU Kosovo mission
Feb.17   Kosovo
  Kosovo has formally declared its independence from Serbia in a move opposed by Serbia and Russia but backed by many western governments.    Lawmakers in the legislature of the former province approved the declaration of independence at an extraordinary session. It was read o...
Feb.21  Belgrade  US embassy in Belgrade attacked
Mar.2   Moscow
Mar.9  Spain  Socialists claim victory
Mar.24   Greece
Mar.27  London  Delays, protests as Heathrow's T5 opens
  Netherlands
Mar.30  Athens  Greece hands China Olympic torch
Mar.31  London  Duke 'did not order Diana death'
Apr.1  Paris  Sarkozy pleads for Colombian hostage
Apr.2  Ireland  PM to quit over payments scandal
Apr.3  NATO  NATO denies Georgia and Ukraine
Apr.7   Paris
  London
Apr.14   Rome
Apr.21  Georgia  Georgia accuses Russia of downing plane
Apr.27   Austria
May.7  Moscow  Russia swears in new president
May.11  Serbia  Pro-West president declares win
May.21  Moscow  United victorious after shoot-out drama
May.24   Naples
Jun.2   Rome
Jun.5  Turkey  Court annuls Turkish scarf reform
Jun.13   Ireland
Jun.14  Kosovo  UN hands over to Kosovo Albanians
Jun.29  Austria  Torres strike gives Spain final victory
 France  Shooting demo uses real bullets, injures 16
Jul.8  Czech Republic  US and Czechs sign defence deal
Jul.12  Paris  Syria, Lebanon to open embassies
  Paris
Jul.19  Geneva  Iran describes nuke talks as 'constructive'
Jul.21   Serbia
  U.N. war crimes tribunal: Former Bosnian Serb president has been arrested after more than a decade in hiding.    Radovan Karadzic, 63, accused of masterminding ethnic cleansing deportations and killings of Bosnian Muslims and Croats. Karadzic was the Bosnian Serb political l...
Jul.24  Berlin  Obama seeks stronger Europe ties Jul.27  Istanbul  Two blasts killing 13 Jul.29  Geneva  Global trade deal falls apart Jul.31  Netherlands  Karadzic appears in war crimes court Aug.7   South Ossetia Heavy fighting in South Ossetia   Georgian forces and separatists have been exchanging heavy fire just hours after agreeing to a ceasefire and Russian-mediated talks Aug.8   South Ossetia   Georgia under attack by Russian tanks Map of Tskhinvali Georgia
  Georgia's president said that his country is under attack by Russian tanks and warplanes, and he accused Russia of targeting civilians.    Saakashvili: All day today, they've been bombing Georgia from numerous warplanes and specifically ...
Aug.10  South Ossetia  Georgian troops forced to withdraw Aug.12   Moscow Cease-fire, not peace reached in Georgia  Georgia  Georgia agrees to cease-fire proposal Aug.13  Georgia  Russian advance flares Georgia tensions Aug.14  Poland  Poland, U.S. to sign missile shield deal Aug.16  Georgia  Russia digs in amid pullout calls Aug.18  Georgia  Russia begins Georgia troop 'pull back' Aug.20   Madrid 153 dead in Madrid plane crash   19 people survived when the passenger plane swerved off the runway at Barajas airport but some are in critical condition Aug.26   Moscow Russia recognizes Georgian rebel regions Aug.27  Georgia  U.S. ship arrives in Georgia Sep.9  Austria  Oil falls as Opec ministers meet Sep.10   Switzerland 'Big Bang' experiment starts well   Scientists have hailed a successful switch-on for an enormous experiment which will recreate the conditions a few moments after the Bang Sep.11  France  Fire breaks out in channel tunnel Sep.17  United Kingdom  Barclays agrees $1.75B Lehman deal Sep.23   Finland School gunman kills nine Sep.30  Georgia  EU monitors begin Georgia mission Oct.4  Paris  No banks bail-out fund for Europe Oct.5  Georgia  Russian troops leave Georgian posts Oct.7  United Kingdom  UK bank rescue package imminent Oct.8  London  World's central banks slash interest rates Oct.10  Austria  Haider dies in accident Oct.11  Paris  EU chiefs confront markets crisis Nov.13  Germany  German economy now in recession Nov.14  European Union  Eurozone officially in recession Nov.21   Moscow Russia extends presidential term Dec.3  Norway  Nations sign cluster bomb treaty Dec.6   Athens Police shooting sparks riot  Riots have broken out in several cities after police shot dead a teenager in Athens. Youths threw petrol bombs, burned cars Dec.9  Athens  Protests as Athens funeral held



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Saakashvili claims majority in vote
Prodi resigns after losing vote
Pro-Western Tadic wins new term
Kosovo declares independence
US embassy in Belgrade attacked
Medvedev 'heading for clear win'
Socialists claim victory
Protest as Olympic torch is lit
Dutch MP posts Islam film on web
NATO denies Georgia and Ukraine
Olympic torch extinguished
Billionaire Berlusconi wins election
Pro-West president declares win
Violence breaks out over trash crisis
Summit targets global food crisis
Irish reject EU treaty
France hosts Mediterranean summit
Global trade deal falls apart
Poland, U.S. to sign missile shield deal
Russia recognizes Georgian rebel regions
Haider dies in accident
Russia extends presidential term
Taylor war crimes trial resumes
Rogue trader to cost SocGen $7bn
Duke 'did not order Diana death'
PM to quit over payments scandal
Princess Diana 'unlawfully killed'
Captive woman had 7 children by father
Bosnia war criminal Karadzic arrested
Two blasts killing 13
School gunman kills nine
Police shooting sparks riot
Taylor war crimes trial resumes
Georgia accuses Russia of downing plane
Shooting demo uses real bullets, injures 16
Bosnia war criminal Karadzic arrested
Cease-fire, not peace reached in Georgia
Russian advance flares Georgia tensions
Poland, U.S. to sign missile shield deal
Russian troops leave Georgian posts
Nations sign cluster bomb treaty
Rogue trader to cost SocGen $7bn
Delays, protests as Heathrow's T5 opens
Summit targets global food crisis
Global trade deal falls apart
UK bank rescue package imminent
Eurozone officially in recession
European Union
Prodi resigns after losing vote
Socialists claim victory
Protest as Olympic torch is lit
Dutch MP posts Islam film on web
Olympic torch extinguished
Billionaire Berlusconi wins election
Violence breaks out over trash crisis
Summit targets global food crisis
Irish reject EU treaty
France hosts Mediterranean summit
Poland, U.S. to sign missile shield deal
Haider dies in accident
Rogue trader to cost SocGen $7bn
Duke 'did not order Diana death'
PM to quit over payments scandal
Princess Diana 'unlawfully killed'
Captive woman had 7 children by father
School gunman kills nine
Police shooting sparks riot
Shooting demo uses real bullets, injures 16
Poland, U.S. to sign missile shield deal
Rogue trader to cost SocGen $7bn
Delays, protests as Heathrow's T5 opens
Summit targets global food crisis
UK bank rescue package imminent
Eurozone officially in recession
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Saakashvili claims majority in vote
Medvedev 'heading for clear win'
Russia swears in new president
Russia recognizes Georgian rebel regions
Russia extends presidential term
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Georgia accuses Russia of downing plane
Heavy fighting in South Ossetia
Georgia under attack by Russian tanks
Cease-fire, not peace reached in Georgia
Russian advance flares Georgia tensions
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Balkans
Pro-Western Tadic wins new term
Kosovo declares independence
US embassy in Belgrade attacked
Protest as Olympic torch is lit
Pro-West president declares win
Bosnia war criminal Karadzic arrested
Police shooting sparks riot
Bosnia war criminal Karadzic arrested
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Serbia
Pro-Western Tadic wins new term
Kosovo declares independence
US embassy in Belgrade attacked
Pro-West president declares win
Bosnia war criminal Karadzic arrested
Bosnia war criminal Karadzic arrested
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Georgia
Saakashvili claims majority in vote
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Georgia accuses Russia of downing plane
Heavy fighting in South Ossetia
Georgia under attack by Russian tanks
Russian advance flares Georgia tensions
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Russia
Medvedev 'heading for clear win'
Russia recognizes Georgian rebel regions
Russia extends presidential term
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Cease-fire, not peace reached in Georgia
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France
Olympic torch extinguished
France hosts Mediterranean summit
Rogue trader to cost SocGen $7bn
Shooting demo uses real bullets, injures 16
Rogue trader to cost SocGen $7bn
United Kingdom
Duke 'did not order Diana death'
Duke 'did not order Diana death'
Princess Diana 'unlawfully killed'
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Delays, protests as Heathrow's T5 opens
UK bank rescue package imminent
Italy
Billionaire Berlusconi wins election
Violence breaks out over trash crisis
Summit targets global food crisis
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Paris
Olympic torch extinguished
France hosts Mediterranean summit
Rogue trader to cost SocGen $7bn
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Greece
Protest as Olympic torch is lit
Police shooting sparks riot
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Billionaire Berlusconi wins election
Summit targets global food crisis
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January 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jan.5  Georgia  President Saakashvili 'wins election'
Jan.6   Georgia  
Jan.7   UN Tribunal
 Naples  Soldiers bulldoze Naples rubbish
Jan.16  London  Russia warned over 'intimidation'
Jan.17   London
Jan.24   Paris  
  Bank Societe Generale as uncovered 'massive' fraud by a trader which resulted in a loss of 4.9bn euros
  Rome     Prodi resigns after losing vote   The Prime Minister, Romano Prodi, has resigned after being defeated in a vote of confidence in the upper house of parliament, the Senate

February 2008 ... more > Top ^
Feb.3   Serbia   Pro-Western Tadic wins new term
  Incumbent Boris Tadic narrowly won a second term as president after a runoff with ultranationalist rival Tomislav Nikolic.    Tadic edged out Nikolic by a margin of 50.5% to 47.9%. He ...
Feb.8  Moscow  Putin vows 'arms race' response  Turkey  Turks set to ease headscarf ban Feb.14  Serbia  Serbia: Kosovo breakaway 'illegal' Feb.15   European Union Green light for EU Kosovo mission
Feb.17  Cyprus  President ousted in poll   Kosovo   Kosovo declares independence
  Kosovo has formally declared its independence from Serbia in a move opposed by Serbia and Russia but backed by many western governments
 Lawmakers in the legislature of the former province approved the declaration of independence at an extraordinary session. It was read out in Albanian, Serbian and English by prime minister Thaci before the approval of state symbols including new national flag and anthem
Feb.21  London  UK: CIA rendition flights used British soil   Belgrade     US embassy in Belgrade attacked   Several hundred protesters have attacked the US and other embassies in Belgrade in anger at Western support for Kosovo's independence Feb.27  European Union  EU fines Microsoft record $1.4bn

March 2008 ... more > Top ^
Mar.1  Armenia  President declares state of emergency Mar.2   Moscow     Medvedev 'heading for clear win'
  The outcome is not expected to be a surprise: A hand-picked successor is expected to win in a landslide, after hardly even bothering to campaig.    The state-owned pollster VTsIOM showed Medvedev with 69.6% o...
Mar.3  Moscow  Vote rig claim after Medvedev landslide Mar.8  Serbia  Prime Minister dissolves government Mar.9   Spain   Socialists claim victory  Zapatero's Socialists had 44%, followed by Mariano Rajoy's conservative Partido Popular with 40%. Turnout was put at 75%  Paris  French voters send warning to Sarkozy Mar.11  European Union  Central banks plan emergency cash Mar.15  Albania  4 dead, 170 injured in blast Mar.16  Paris  Sarkozy's party suffers at polls Mar.24   Greece   Protest as Olympic torch is lit
  A protester managed to breach the tight security during the torch lighting ceremony. He unfurled a banner, but was apprehended
Mar.27   London Delays, protests as Heathrow's T5 opens   Netherlands   Dutch MP posts Islam film on web
  Right-wing politician Geert Wilders has posted a controversial 17-minute film critical of the Koran, on video-sharing website LiveLeak
Mar.30   Athens Greece hands China Olympic torch Mar.31   London Duke 'did not order Diana death'

April 2008 ... more > Top ^
Apr.1   Paris Sarkozy pleads for Colombian hostage
Apr.2   Ireland PM to quit over payments scandal Apr.3   NATO     NATO denies Georgia and Ukraine   NATO will not yet offer membership to Georgia or Ukraine after the alliance was split amid strong objections from Russia Apr.6  London  Angry protests as torch reaches London  Sochi  Bush, Putin disagree on missile defense Apr.7   Paris   Olympic torch extinguished
  The relay was disrupted by protesters demonstrating against the Chinese government, causing authorities to extinguish the flame 3 times
 Officials extinguished and put the torch on a bus for safety reasons, in the face of protests
  London     Princess Diana 'unlawfully killed'
  The inquest jury: Diana and Dodi Al Fayed were unlawfully killed due to the gross negligence of driver Henri Paul and the paparazzi.    Paul's drink-driving and a lack of seatbelts contributed to their ...
Apr.14   Rome     Billionaire Berlusconi wins election
  Conservative former prime minister is on track to become next leader after his center-left rival Walter Veltroni conceded general election defeat.    Charismatic center-right Silvio Berlusconi, 71, has a commanding lead in both houses of parliament. 52-year-old Veltroni deliv...
Apr.21   Georgia   Georgia accuses Russia of downing plane  Georgia's air force commander: A Russian fighter jet has shot down an unmanned spy plane as it flew over the breakaway region of Abkhazia Apr.27   Austria     Captive woman had 7 children by father
Map of Amstetten Austria
  Police believe a 73-year-old man held his daughter captive in his cellar for the past two decades and had seven children with her
 The existence of the woman, missing since 1984 and now 42, emerged apparently after a teenage child fell ill and had to be taken to hospital.
Apr.28  Austria  'House of Horrors' father confesses Apr.29  Austria  DNA: Captor fathered daughter's children

May 2008 ... more > Top ^
May.2  London  New mayor is eccentric, offensive May.3  Belarus  U.S. diplomats leave Belarus May.7   Moscow Russia swears in new president
May.11  Northern England  United claim 10th Premier League title   Serbia   Pro-West president declares win  Boris Tadic Declared victory in parliamentary elections, a upset over ultranationalists who tried to exploit anger over Kosovo's independenc... May.14  Northern England  Zenit shuts out Rangers for UEFA Cup May.21   Moscow United victorious after shoot-out drama May.24   Naples   Violence breaks out over trash crisis
  Police and protesters furiously clashed at government plans to dump mountains of uncollected trash from Naples in their towns.    8 Italian policemen and three ...
May.28  France  Life sentence for French killer

June 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jun.1  Paris  Fashion king Saint Laurent dies  Macedonia  Prime minister declares victory Jun.2   Rome   Summit targets global food crisis
  A key UN-sponsored summit is set to open aimed at addressing the problem of soaring global food prices
Jun.5   Turkey Court annuls Turkish scarf reform  Rome  Billion dollars pledged for food crisis Jun.8  Paris  Nadal humiliates Federer in French final Jun.9  European Union  US and EU 'to issue Iran warning' Jun.10  Austria  Cellar daughter conscious Jun.12  Paris  Donors pledge $17B to Afghanistan Jun.13   Ireland   Irish reject EU treaty
  Prime Minister Brian Cowen was disappointed that Irish voters rejected the European Union reform treaty; 53.4 percent no, to 46.6 percent yes
 EU leaders have to decide whether to draw up a new constitution or they could ask the Irish people to vote again. Cowen did not declare the treaty dead, saying the vote leaves Ireland and EU in 'uncharted waters'
Jun.14   Kosovo UN hands over to Kosovo Albanians  London  More secret files found on train Jun.16  London  Bush and Brown in warning to Iran  Luxembourg  EU vows to pursue Lisbon treaty Jun.19  European Union  EU to lift sanctions against Cuba Jun.25  Switzerland  Lahm goal puts Germany in final Jun.26  Austria  Superb Spain too strong for Russians Jun.29   Austria   Torres strike gives Spain final victory   Thousands of euphoric fans are celebrating in Madrid after their football team won Euro 2008, beating Germany 1-0   France Shooting demo uses real bullets, injures 16

July 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jul.1  European Union  EU trade chief lambasts Sarkozy Jul.4  Paris  Betancourt joy at French return Jul.5  Berlin  Waxwork Hitler beheaded in Berlin  London  Venus retains her title in straight sets Jul.6  London  Nadal stuns Federer in Wimbledon final Jul.8   Czech Republic US and Czechs sign defence deal
 Paris  French head will attend Olympics Jul.9  Istanbul  Gunmen open fire outside U.S. embassy Jul.12   Paris Syria, Lebanon to open embassies   Paris   France hosts Mediterranean summit
  Leaders of EU and Mediterranean rim 42 countries are gathering to launch a Union for the Mediterranean
Jul.14  Turkey  86 indicted on terror charges Jul.19   Geneva Iran describes nuke talks as 'constructive' Jul.21   Serbia     Bosnia war criminal Karadzic arrested
  U.N. war crimes tribunal: Former Bosnian Serb president has been arrested after more than a decade in hiding
 Radovan Karadzic, 63, accused of masterminding ethnic cleansing deportations and killings of Bosnian Muslims and Croats. Karadzic was the Bosnian Serb political leader during the 1992-1995 war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia the time of the Srebrenica massacre and the 44-month siege of Sarajevo
Jul.22  Belgrade  Fugitive Karadzic 'wrote magazine column'  Serbia  Karadzic 'will fight extradition' Jul.23  Serbia  Karadzic to defend himself in court Jul.24   Berlin Obama seeks stronger Europe ties Jul.25  Greece  Fire causes mass evacuations from resorts Jul.27  Paris  Sastre wins Tour de France crown   Istanbul   Two blasts killing 13  Deadly explosions, 15 meters from each other, rocked suburban Istanbu, killing at least 13 people and injuring at least 100 others Jul.29   Geneva   Global trade deal falls apart   After coming tantalizingly close to a historic trade deal, WTO talks collapsed in a dismaying blow to 7 years of efforts to open up the global...  Serbia  Karadzic en route to The Hague Jul.30  UN Tribunal  Karadzic in war crimes tribunal custody Jul.31   Netherlands Karadzic appears in war crimes court

August 2008 ... more > Top ^
Aug.2  Istanbul  13 arrested in bombings Aug.3  Moscow  Russian novelist Solzhenitsyn dead Aug.7   South Ossetia   Heavy fighting in South Ossetia
Map of Tskhinvali Georgia
  Georgian forces and separatists have been exchanging heavy fire just hours after agreeing to a ceasefire and Russian-mediated talks
 The separatist stronghold of Tskhinvali appears to be under siege, with a series of huge explosions
Aug.8   South Ossetia     Georgia under attack by Russian tanks Map of Tskhinvali Georgia
  Georgia's president said that his country is under attack by Russian tanks and warplanes, and he accused Russia of targeting civilians
 Saakashvili: All day today, they've been bombing Georgia from numerous warplanes and specifically targeting (the) civilian population. 150 Russian tanks and other vehicles had entered South Ossetia
Aug.9  Georgia  Russian jets attack, killing 60 people Aug.10   South Ossetia Georgian troops forced to withdraw Aug.11  South Ossetia  Russian military pushes into Georgia Aug.12   Moscow   Cease-fire, not peace reached in Georgia
  The Russian and French presidents announced a 6-point plan of principles for settling the immediate conflict.    Russian President Medvedev orders an end to military...
  Georgia Georgia agrees to cease-fire proposal
Aug.13   Georgia   Russian advance flares Georgia tensions   An advancing Russian military convoy sparked concerns of a major return to hostilities a day after a cease-fire came into effect  Georgia  15,000 Russian troops in Georgia Aug.14   Poland   Poland, U.S. to sign missile shield deal  A preliminary deal to place part of a U.S. ballistic missile defense system in Poland has drawn sharp objections from Russia  Georgia  Russian tanks 'on the move' Aug.16  Moscow  Russia signs cease-fire, tensions remain   Georgia Russia digs in amid pullout calls Aug.17  Moscow  Russia: Troop withdrawal to begin Monday Aug.18   Georgia Russia begins Georgia troop 'pull back' Aug.20  Poland  US and Poland seal missile deal   Madrid   153 dead in Madrid plane crash
  19 people survived when the passenger plane swerved off the runway at Barajas airport but some are in critical condition
 Later wing flaps blamed in crash. The left engine caught fire as the Spanair flight JK 5022 sflight took off for the Canary Islands with 172 people on board. Investigators had ruled out foul play and considered the crash an accident
Aug.21  Madrid  Spain mourns air disaster victims Aug.22  Georgia  Russians 'putting on peacekeeper hats' Aug.23  Georgia  Russia to keep forces at key port Aug.25  Moscow  Russian MPs back Georgia's rebels Aug.26   Moscow   Russia recognizes Georgian rebel regions
  Russian President Medvedev signed an order recognizing the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, two breakaway regions.    Medvedev: 'This is not an easy choice to make, but it represents the only possibility to save human lives'. West condemns ...
Aug.27   Georgia U.S. ship arrives in Georgia Aug.28  Sochi  Putin: U.S. orchestrated Georgian war Aug.29  UN Tribunal  Karadzic refuses to enter plea Aug.31  North Caucasus  Kremlin critic shot in Ingushetia

September 2008 ... more > Top ^
Sep.2  Moscow  Russia praises EU over sanctions Sep.4  Georgia  Cheney: Georgia will be in our alliance Sep.9   Austria Oil falls as Opec ministers meet
 Geneva  Giant particle collider set to start Sep.10   Switzerland   'Big Bang' experiment starts well
  Scientists have hailed a successful switch-on for an enormous experiment which will recreate the conditions a few moments after the Bang
Sep.11   France Fire breaks out in channel tunnel Sep.17   United Kingdom Barclays agrees $1.75B Lehman deal Sep.23   Finland   School gunman kills nine Map of Kauhajoki Finland
  Matti Juhani Saari has killed 9 people at a college before shooting himself and later dying in hospital. He posted a video of himself firing a gun.    Police interviewed him earlier but decided they d...
Sep.30   Georgia EU monitors begin Georgia mission

October 2008 ... more > Top ^
Oct.4  Paris  EU leaders meet to discuss credit crisis   Paris No banks bail-out fund for Europe
 Germany  Another top European bank falters Oct.5   Georgia   Russian troops leave Georgian posts  Russian troops began dismantling positions Sunday in the so-called security zones inside Georgia they have occupied since August's brief but...  Berlin  Plan to save German bank 'agreed' Oct.7   United Kingdom   UK bank rescue package imminent  Chancellor Alistair Darling to announce details of a 50bn rescue package for the UK banking system Oct.8   London World's central banks slash interest rates Oct.10  Norway  Ex-Finnish leader wins Nobel Peace Prize   Austria   Haider dies in accident   58-year-old far-right politician Joerg Haider was driving alone when his car came off the road and he suffered severe head and chest injuries Oct.11   Paris EU chiefs confront markets crisis Oct.12  Paris  European banks rescue plan agreed Oct.13  European Union  European markets surge after crisis talks

November 2008 ... more > Top ^
Nov.13   Germany German economy now in recession
Nov.14   European Union     Eurozone officially in recession  EU figures showed that the economy shrank by 0.2% in the third quarter, following a 0.2% contraction in the area in the previous quarter Nov.21   Moscow   Russia extends presidential term
  The parliament approved a constitutional amendment Friday to extend the presidential term from four to six years.    There is speculation that the change is aimed at paving t...
Nov.23  Georgia  Shots fired near Georgia leader

December 2008 ... more > Top ^
Dec.2  NATO  NATO 'to resume ties with Russia' Dec.3   Norway   Nations sign cluster bomb treaty  The first of more than 100 countries (excluding US, Russia and China) have begun signing a treaty to ban current designs of cluster Dec.5  Moscow  Russia Orthodox Church's leader dies Dec.6   Athens   Police shooting sparks riot
  Riots have broken out in several cities after police shot dead a teenager in Athens. Youths threw petrol bombs, burned cars
 The riots started, when 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos died from a gunshot wound inflicted by Epaminondas Korkoneas, a special guard of the police, following an altercation between police and a group of youths in the Exarcheia district of Athens. Demonstrations and rioting later spread to several other cities, including Thessaloniki
Dec.8  Greece  Greek cities hit by fresh rioting Dec.9   Athens Protests as Athens funeral held Dec.10  Athens  Strike adds to unrest Dec.11  Belgium  Belgium detains al-Qaeda suspects Dec.12  Belgium  EU leaders reach new climate deal Dec.15  London  Banks face huge losses from $50B 'scam' Dec.22  Moscow  Lawmakers back six-year presidency Dec.24  Vatican  Pope calls for Mideast peace at Mass


Taylor war crimes trial resumes Georgia accuses Russia of downing plane  Georgia's air force commander: A Russian fighter jet has shot down an unmanned spy plane as it flew over the breakaway region of Abkhazia Shooting demo uses real bullets, injures 16 US and Czechs sign defence deal   Bosnia war criminal Karadzic arrested




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2008
Jan.7   UN Tribunal
Jan.7  Naples  Soldiers bulldoze Naples rubbish
Feb.8  Moscow  Putin vows 'arms race' response
Mar.15  Albania  4 dead, 170 injured in blast
Apr.6  Sochi  Bush, Putin disagree on missile defense
Apr.21   Georgia
Jun.29   France
Jul.8   Czech Republic
Jul.21   Serbia
  U.N. war crimes tribunal: Former Bosnian Serb president has been arrested after more than a decade in hiding
 Radovan Karadzic, 63, accused of masterminding ethnic cleansing deportations and killings of Bosnian Muslims and Croats. Karadzic was the Bosnian Serb political leader during the 1992-1995 war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia the time of the Srebrenica massacre and the 44-month siege of Sarajevo
Jul.31   Netherlands Karadzic appears in war crimes court
Aug.7   South Ossetia Heavy fighting in South Ossetia
Map of Tskhinvali Georgia
  Georgian forces and separatists have been exchanging heavy fire just hours after agreeing to a ceasefire and Russian-mediated talks
 The separatist stronghold of Tskhinvali appears to be under siege, with a series of huge explosions
Aug.8   South Ossetia   Georgia under attack by Russian tanks Map of Tskhinvali Georgia
  Georgia's president said that his country is under attack by Russian tanks and warplanes, and he accused Russia of targeting civilians
 Saakashvili: All day today, they've been bombing Georgia from numerous warplanes and specifically targeting (the) civilian population. 150 Russian tanks and other vehicles had entered South Ossetia
Aug.9  Georgia  Russian jets attack, killing 60 people Aug.10   South Ossetia Georgian troops forced to withdraw Aug.11  South Ossetia  Russian military pushes into Georgia Aug.12   Moscow Cease-fire, not peace reached in Georgia
  The Russian and French presidents announced a 6-point plan of principles for settling the immediate conflict.    Russian President Medvedev orders an end to military...
Aug.12   Georgia Georgia agrees to cease-fire proposal
Aug.13   Georgia Russian advance flares Georgia tensions   An advancing Russian military convoy sparked concerns of a major return to hostilities a day after a cease-fire came into effect Aug.13  Georgia  15,000 Russian troops in Georgia Aug.14   Poland Poland, U.S. to sign missile shield deal  A preliminary deal to place part of a U.S. ballistic missile defense system in Poland has drawn sharp objections from Russia Aug.14  Georgia  Russian tanks 'on the move' Aug.16  Moscow  Russia signs cease-fire, tensions remain Aug.16   Georgia Russia digs in amid pullout calls Aug.17  Moscow  Russia: Troop withdrawal to begin Monday Aug.18   Georgia Russia begins Georgia troop 'pull back' Aug.20  Poland  US and Poland seal missile deal Aug.22  Georgia  Russians 'putting on peacekeeper hats' Aug.23  Georgia  Russia to keep forces at key port Aug.27   Georgia U.S. ship arrives in Georgia Aug.28  Sochi  Putin: U.S. orchestrated Georgian war Sep.30   Georgia EU monitors begin Georgia mission Oct.5   Georgia Russian troops leave Georgian posts  Russian troops began dismantling positions Sunday in the so-called security zones inside Georgia they have occupied since August's brief but... Oct.10  Norway  Ex-Finnish leader wins Nobel Peace Prize Dec.2  NATO  NATO 'to resume ties with Russia' Dec.3   Norway Nations sign cluster bomb treaty  The first of more than 100 countries (excluding US, Russia and China) have begun signing a treaty to ban current designs of cluster



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2008 Jan.17   London Heathrow jet lands short of runway
Mar.15  Albania  4 dead, 170 injured in blast Apr.7   London   Princess Diana 'unlawfully killed'
  The inquest jury: Diana and Dodi Al Fayed were unlawfully killed due to the gross negligence of driver Henri Paul and the paparazzi.    Paul's drink-driving and a lack of seatbelts contributed to their ...
Jul.25  Greece  Fire causes mass evacuations from resorts Aug.20   Madrid 153 dead in Madrid plane crash
  19 people survived when the passenger plane swerved off the runway at Barajas airport but some are in critical condition
 Later wing flaps blamed in crash. The left engine caught fire as the Spanair flight JK 5022 sflight took off for the Canary Islands with 172 people on board. Investigators had ruled out foul play and considered the crash an accident
Aug.21  Madrid  Spain mourns air disaster victims Sep.11   France Fire breaks out in channel tunnel Oct.10   Austria Haider dies in accident   58-year-old far-right politician Joerg Haider was driving alone when his car came off the road and he suffered severe head and chest injuries



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2008 Mar.24   Greece Protest as Olympic torch is lit
  A protester managed to breach the tight security during the torch lighting ceremony. He unfurled a banner, but was apprehended
Mar.30   Athens Greece hands China Olympic torch Apr.6  London  Angry protests as torch reaches London Apr.7   Paris Olympic torch extinguished
  The relay was disrupted by protesters demonstrating against the Chinese government, causing authorities to extinguish the flame 3 times
 Officials extinguished and put the torch on a bus for safety reasons, in the face of protests
May.11  Northern England  United claim 10th Premier League title May.14  Northern England  Zenit shuts out Rangers for UEFA Cup May.21   Moscow United victorious after shoot-out drama Jun.8  Paris  Nadal humiliates Federer in French final Jun.25  Switzerland  Lahm goal puts Germany in final Jun.26  Austria  Superb Spain too strong for Russians Jun.29   Austria Torres strike gives Spain final victory   Thousands of euphoric fans are celebrating in Madrid after their football team won Euro 2008, beating Germany 1-0 Jul.5  London  Venus retains her title in straight sets Jul.6  London  Nadal stuns Federer in Wimbledon final Jul.8  Paris  French head will attend Olympics Jul.27  Paris  Sastre wins Tour de France crown



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2008 Jan.7  Naples  Soldiers bulldoze Naples rubbish Jan.24   Paris Rogue trader to cost SocGen $7bn
  Bank Societe Generale as uncovered 'massive' fraud by a trader which resulted in a loss of 4.9bn euros
Feb.27  European Union  EU fines Microsoft record $1.4bn Mar.11  European Union  Central banks plan emergency cash Mar.27   London Delays, protests as Heathrow's T5 opens Jun.1  Paris  Fashion king Saint Laurent dies Jun.2   Rome Summit targets global food crisis
  A key UN-sponsored summit is set to open aimed at addressing the problem of soaring global food prices
Jun.5  Rome  Billion dollars pledged for food crisis Jul.29   Geneva Global trade deal falls apart   After coming tantalizingly close to a historic trade deal, WTO talks collapsed in a dismaying blow to 7 years of efforts to open up the global... Sep.9   Austria Oil falls as Opec ministers meet Sep.17   United Kingdom Barclays agrees $1.75B Lehman deal Oct.4  Paris  EU leaders meet to discuss credit crisis Oct.4   Paris No banks bail-out fund for Europe Oct.4  Germany  Another top European bank falters Oct.5  Berlin  Plan to save German bank 'agreed' Oct.7   United Kingdom UK bank rescue package imminent  Chancellor Alistair Darling to announce details of a 50bn rescue package for the UK banking system Oct.8   London World's central banks slash interest rates Oct.11   Paris EU chiefs confront markets crisis Oct.12  Paris  European banks rescue plan agreed Oct.13  European Union  European markets surge after crisis talks Nov.13   Germany German economy now in recession Nov.14   European Union   Eurozone officially in recession  EU figures showed that the economy shrank by 0.2% in the third quarter, following a 0.2% contraction in the area in the previous quarter Dec.10  Athens  Strike adds to unrest Dec.15  London  Banks face huge losses from $50B 'scam'



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2008 Jan.7   UN Tribunal Taylor war crimes trial resumes
Jan.24   Paris Rogue trader to cost SocGen $7bn
  Bank Societe Generale as uncovered 'massive' fraud by a trader which resulted in a loss of 4.9bn euros
Mar.31   London Duke 'did not order Diana death' Apr.1   Paris Sarkozy pleads for Colombian hostage Apr.2   Ireland PM to quit over payments scandal Apr.7   London   Princess Diana 'unlawfully killed'
  The inquest jury: Diana and Dodi Al Fayed were unlawfully killed due to the gross negligence of driver Henri Paul and the paparazzi.    Paul's drink-driving and a lack of seatbelts contributed to their ...
Apr.27   Austria   Captive woman had 7 children by father
Map of Amstetten Austria
  Police believe a 73-year-old man held his daughter captive in his cellar for the past two decades and had seven children with her
 The existence of the woman, missing since 1984 and now 42, emerged apparently after a teenage child fell ill and had to be taken to hospital.
Apr.28  Austria  'House of Horrors' father confesses Apr.29  Austria  DNA: Captor fathered daughter's children May.28  France  Life sentence for French killer Jun.10  Austria  Cellar daughter conscious Jul.5  Berlin  Waxwork Hitler beheaded in Berlin Jul.9  Istanbul  Gunmen open fire outside U.S. embassy Jul.14  Turkey  86 indicted on terror charges Jul.21   Serbia   Bosnia war criminal Karadzic arrested
  U.N. war crimes tribunal: Former Bosnian Serb president has been arrested after more than a decade in hiding
 Radovan Karadzic, 63, accused of masterminding ethnic cleansing deportations and killings of Bosnian Muslims and Croats. Karadzic was the Bosnian Serb political leader during the 1992-1995 war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia the time of the Srebrenica massacre and the 44-month siege of Sarajevo
Jul.22  Serbia  Karadzic 'will fight extradition' Jul.23  Serbia  Karadzic to defend himself in court Jul.27   Istanbul Two blasts killing 13  Deadly explosions, 15 meters from each other, rocked suburban Istanbu, killing at least 13 people and injuring at least 100 others Jul.29  Serbia  Karadzic en route to The Hague Jul.30  UN Tribunal  Karadzic in war crimes tribunal custody Jul.31   Netherlands Karadzic appears in war crimes court
Aug.2  Istanbul  13 arrested in bombings Aug.29  UN Tribunal  Karadzic refuses to enter plea Aug.31  North Caucasus  Kremlin critic shot in Ingushetia Sep.23   Finland School gunman kills nine Map of Kauhajoki Finland
  Matti Juhani Saari has killed 9 people at a college before shooting himself and later dying in hospital. He posted a video of himself firing a gun.    Police interviewed him earlier but decided they d...
Nov.23  Georgia  Shots fired near Georgia leader Dec.6   Athens Police shooting sparks riot
  Riots have broken out in several cities after police shot dead a teenager in Athens. Youths threw petrol bombs, burned cars
 The riots started, when 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos died from a gunshot wound inflicted by Epaminondas Korkoneas, a special guard of the police, following an altercation between police and a group of youths in the Exarcheia district of Athens. Demonstrations and rioting later spread to several other cities, including Thessaloniki
Dec.8  Greece  Greek cities hit by fresh rioting Dec.11  Belgium  Belgium detains al-Qaeda suspects Dec.15  London  Banks face huge losses from $50B 'scam'



Europe, 2008 Politics Timeline ... See World Politics timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.5  Georgia  President Saakashvili 'wins election' Jan.6   Georgia   Saakashvili claims majority in vote   Near-complete returns from presidential election show pro-western President Mikheil Saakashvili winning a majority of the vote Jan.16  London  Russia warned over 'intimidation' Jan.24   Rome   Prodi resigns after losing vote   The Prime Minister, Romano Prodi, has resigned after being defeated in a vote of confidence in the upper house of parliament, the Senate Feb.3   Serbia Pro-Western Tadic wins new term
  Incumbent Boris Tadic narrowly won a second term as president after a runoff with ultranationalist rival Tomislav Nikolic.    Tadic edged out Nikolic by a margin of 50.5% to 47.9%. He ...
Feb.8  Moscow  Putin vows 'arms race' response Feb.8  Turkey  Turks set to ease headscarf ban Feb.14  Serbia  Serbia: Kosovo breakaway 'illegal' Feb.15   European Union Green light for EU Kosovo mission Feb.17  Cyprus  President ousted in poll Feb.17   Kosovo Kosovo declares independence
  Kosovo has formally declared its independence from Serbia in a move opposed by Serbia and Russia but backed by many western governments
 Lawmakers in the legislature of the former province approved the declaration of independence at an extraordinary session. It was read out in Albanian, Serbian and English by prime minister Thaci before the approval of state symbols including new national flag and anthem
Feb.21  London  UK: CIA rendition flights used British soil Feb.21   Belgrade   US embassy in Belgrade attacked   Several hundred protesters have attacked the US and other embassies in Belgrade in anger at Western support for Kosovo's independence Mar.1  Armenia  President declares state of emergency Mar.2   Moscow   Medvedev 'heading for clear win'
  The outcome is not expected to be a surprise: A hand-picked successor is expected to win in a landslide, after hardly even bothering to campaig.    The state-owned pollster VTsIOM showed Medvedev with 69.6% o...
Mar.3  Moscow  Vote rig claim after Medvedev landslide Mar.8  Serbia  Prime Minister dissolves government Mar.9   Spain Socialists claim victory  Zapatero's Socialists had 44%, followed by Mariano Rajoy's conservative Partido Popular with 40%. Turnout was put at 75% Mar.9  Paris  French voters send warning to Sarkozy Mar.16  Paris  Sarkozy's party suffers at polls Mar.24   Greece Protest as Olympic torch is lit
  A protester managed to breach the tight security during the torch lighting ceremony. He unfurled a banner, but was apprehended
Mar.27   London Delays, protests as Heathrow's T5 opens Mar.27   Netherlands Dutch MP posts Islam film on web
  Right-wing politician Geert Wilders has posted a controversial 17-minute film critical of the Koran, on video-sharing website LiveLeak
Mar.31   London Duke 'did not order Diana death' Apr.1   Paris Sarkozy pleads for Colombian hostage Apr.2   Ireland PM to quit over payments scandal Apr.3   NATO   NATO denies Georgia and Ukraine   NATO will not yet offer membership to Georgia or Ukraine after the alliance was split amid strong objections from Russia Apr.6  London  Angry protests as torch reaches London Apr.6  Sochi  Bush, Putin disagree on missile defense Apr.7   Paris Olympic torch extinguished
  The relay was disrupted by protesters demonstrating against the Chinese government, causing authorities to extinguish the flame 3 times
 Officials extinguished and put the torch on a bus for safety reasons, in the face of protests
Apr.7   London   Princess Diana 'unlawfully killed'
  The inquest jury: Diana and Dodi Al Fayed were unlawfully killed due to the gross negligence of driver Henri Paul and the paparazzi.    Paul's drink-driving and a lack of seatbelts contributed to their ...
Apr.14   Rome   Billionaire Berlusconi wins election
  Conservative former prime minister is on track to become next leader after his center-left rival Walter Veltroni conceded general election defeat.    Charismatic center-right Silvio Berlusconi, 71, has a commanding lead in both houses of parliament. 52-year-old Veltroni deliv...
May.2  London  New mayor is eccentric, offensive May.3  Belarus  U.S. diplomats leave Belarus May.7   Moscow Russia swears in new president May.11   Serbia Pro-West president declares win  Boris Tadic Declared victory in parliamentary elections, a upset over ultranationalists who tried to exploit anger over Kosovo's independenc... May.24   Naples Violence breaks out over trash crisis
  Police and protesters furiously clashed at government plans to dump mountains of uncollected trash from Naples in their towns.    8 Italian policemen and three ...
Jun.1  Macedonia  Prime minister declares victory Jun.2   Rome Summit targets global food crisis
  A key UN-sponsored summit is set to open aimed at addressing the problem of soaring global food prices
Jun.5   Turkey Court annuls Turkish scarf reform Jun.9  European Union  US and EU 'to issue Iran warning' Jun.12  Paris  Donors pledge $17B to Afghanistan Jun.13   Ireland Irish reject EU treaty
  Prime Minister Brian Cowen was disappointed that Irish voters rejected the European Union reform treaty; 53.4 percent no, to 46.6 percent yes
 EU leaders have to decide whether to draw up a new constitution or they could ask the Irish people to vote again. Cowen did not declare the treaty dead, saying the vote leaves Ireland and EU in 'uncharted waters'
Jun.14   Kosovo UN hands over to Kosovo Albanians Jun.14  London  More secret files found on train Jun.16  London  Bush and Brown in warning to Iran Jun.16  Luxembourg  EU vows to pursue Lisbon treaty Jun.19  European Union  EU to lift sanctions against Cuba Jul.1  European Union  EU trade chief lambasts Sarkozy Jul.4  Paris  Betancourt joy at French return Jul.8   Czech Republic US and Czechs sign defence deal Jul.8  Paris  French head will attend Olympics Jul.12   Paris Syria, Lebanon to open embassies Jul.12   Paris France hosts Mediterranean summit
  Leaders of EU and Mediterranean rim 42 countries are gathering to launch a Union for the Mediterranean
Jul.19   Geneva Iran describes nuke talks as 'constructive' Jul.22  Belgrade  Fugitive Karadzic 'wrote magazine column' Jul.22  Serbia  Karadzic 'will fight extradition' Jul.24   Berlin Obama seeks stronger Europe ties Jul.29   Geneva Global trade deal falls apart   After coming tantalizingly close to a historic trade deal, WTO talks collapsed in a dismaying blow to 7 years of efforts to open up the global... Aug.3  Moscow  Russian novelist Solzhenitsyn dead Aug.12   Georgia Georgia agrees to cease-fire proposal Aug.14   Poland Poland, U.S. to sign missile shield deal  A preliminary deal to place part of a U.S. ballistic missile defense system in Poland has drawn sharp objections from Russia Aug.16  Moscow  Russia signs cease-fire, tensions remain Aug.20  Poland  US and Poland seal missile deal Aug.21  Madrid  Spain mourns air disaster victims Aug.25  Moscow  Russian MPs back Georgia's rebels Aug.26   Moscow Russia recognizes Georgian rebel regions
  Russian President Medvedev signed an order recognizing the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, two breakaway regions.    Medvedev: 'This is not an easy choice to make, but it represents the only possibility to save human lives'. West condemns ...
Aug.27   Georgia U.S. ship arrives in Georgia Aug.28  Sochi  Putin: U.S. orchestrated Georgian war Aug.31  North Caucasus  Kremlin critic shot in Ingushetia Sep.2  Moscow  Russia praises EU over sanctions Sep.4  Georgia  Cheney: Georgia will be in our alliance Sep.9  Geneva  Giant particle collider set to start Sep.10   Switzerland 'Big Bang' experiment starts well
  Scientists have hailed a successful switch-on for an enormous experiment which will recreate the conditions a few moments after the Bang
Oct.4  Paris  EU leaders meet to discuss credit crisis Oct.4   Paris No banks bail-out fund for Europe Oct.5  Berlin  Plan to save German bank 'agreed' Oct.10  Norway  Ex-Finnish leader wins Nobel Peace Prize Oct.10   Austria Haider dies in accident   58-year-old far-right politician Joerg Haider was driving alone when his car came off the road and he suffered severe head and chest injuries Oct.11   Paris EU chiefs confront markets crisis Oct.12  Paris  European banks rescue plan agreed Nov.21   Moscow Russia extends presidential term
  The parliament approved a constitutional amendment Friday to extend the presidential term from four to six years.    There is speculation that the change is aimed at paving t...
Dec.3   Norway Nations sign cluster bomb treaty  The first of more than 100 countries (excluding US, Russia and China) have begun signing a treaty to ban current designs of cluster Dec.5  Moscow  Russia Orthodox Church's leader dies Dec.9   Athens Protests as Athens funeral held Dec.10  Athens  Strike adds to unrest Dec.12  Belgium  EU leaders reach new climate deal Dec.22  Moscow  Lawmakers back six-year presidency Dec.24  Vatican  Pope calls for Mideast peace at Mass