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B. 04-02 G20 leaders seal $1tn global deal London
C. 04-04 N. Korea launches rocket North Korea
04-05 About 300 dead in strong quake L'Aquila, Italy
E. 04-07 Death toll rises to 207 in quake L'Aquila, Italy
5. 04-08 US crew seized by Somali pirates Somalia
G. 04-10 Thai protests disrupt Asian summit Thailand
7. 04-12 Captain rescued, snipers kill 3 pirates Somalia
8. 04-15 French warship captures pirates Kenya
9. 04-17 Court jails Pirate Bay founders Sweden

Summary.     Click for More > N. Korea launches rocket  North Korea launched a long-range rocket in what U.S. and South Korean officials deemed a provocative act; the payload remains unclear About 300 dead in strong quake Map of L%27Aquila Italy
  G20 leaders seal $1tn global deal
Apr.1  London  Thousands demonstrate ahead of G-20
 London  U.S., Russia announce nuke talks
 Malaysia  Prime minister resigns
Apr.2  North Korea  N. Korea warns against targeting rocket
 London  G20 leaders: We can unite
  London
  Leaders of the world's largest economies have reached an agreement to tackle the global financial crisis.    The resources available to IMF will be tripled to $750bn; $250bn to boost global trade. Th...
 Thailand  Gunfire on Thai-Cambodian border
Apr.3  France  Obama: Europe faces greater terror risk
 New York  Gunman kills 13 in siege
Apr.4  France  Extra NATO troops for Afghan poll
 Pakistan  Bomb hits Islamabad police base
  North Korea
 Kabul  Karzai to review move toward sharia law
Apr.5  North Korea  Space launch 'fails'
 UN Security Council  No accord at UN talks on N Korea
  Italy
  A 6.3-magnitude earthquake jolted central Italy, after a series of about a hundred minor tremors since January
 This quake was caused by movement on a NW-SE trending normal fault. The majority of the damage occurred in the medieval capital city of the Abruzzo region and the surrounding villages Silvio Berlusconi refused foreign aid, saying that Italians were 'proud people' and had sufficient resources; However he singled out the United States
Apr.6  South Africa  Prosecutors drop Zuma corruption charges  Italy  90 dead in earthquake  Italy  Rescuers work into night Apr.7   Italy Death toll rises to 207 in quake  Moldova  Students raid parliament Apr.8   Somalia US crew seized by Somali pirates  Italy  Aftershocks rattle quake rescue efforts  Somalia  Drama as US crew recapture vessel  Northern England  12 arrested in 'very serious' terror plot  Somalia  U.S. warship nears boat carrying pirates Apr.9  Italy  Italy mourns earthquake victims  Somalia  U.S. negotiators try to free captain Apr.10  Somalia  Captain tried to escape pirates  Somalia  Hostage dies as French attack pirates   Thailand Thai protests disrupt Asian summit   Political demonstrations in Thailand disrupted the Association of South East Asian Nations summit Apr.11  Somalia  Pirates hijack US-Italian vessel  Somalia  Pirates fire on approaching U.S. sailors Apr.12   Somalia Captain rescued, snipers kill 3 pirates
  U.S. Navy snipers fatally shot pirates holding Richard Phillips hostage after seeing one of the pirates 'had an AK-47 leveled at the captain's back'.    The ship was stormed by pirates 350 miles off Somalia. The captain of Maersk Alabama, Amer...
 Thailand  Troops crack down on protest Apr.13  Thailand  Protests 'under control'  UN Security Council  U.N. condemns N. Korean rocket launch  Washington  Obama eases Cuba travel restrictions  North Korea  N Korea to boycott nuclear talks Apr.14  North Korea  N Korea orders UN inspectors out Apr.15   Kenya French warship captures pirates
 India  Millions of Indians vote Apr.16  Chechnya  Russia 'ends Chechnya operation'  Mexico  Obama backs Mexico's war on drugs  Washington  US releases Bush-era interrogation memos Apr.17   Sweden Court jails Pirate Bay founders   A court has jailed four men behind TPB, the world's most high-profile file-sharing website, in a landmark case  Scotland  Singer 'gobsmacked' by overnight fame   Trinidad & Tobago Obama offers Cuba 'new beginning'  Thailand  PM: Emergency powers to stay in place Apr.18   Iran Iran jails journalist as US spy  Somalia  Dutch navy captures pirates after attack  Venezuela  Venezuela may reinstall envoy to U.S. Apr.20   Geneva   Walkout at Iran leader's speech   Diplomats have walked out of a speech by Ahmadinejad at a UN anti-racism conference after he described Israel as a 'racist government' Apr.21  Washington  Obama invites Mideast leaders for talks   India Suspected rebels 'stop' train  Peru  Chavez rival seeks asylum in Peru Apr.22   NW Pakistan   Taliban claims victory near Islamabad Map of Buner Pakistan
  Militants who implemented Islamic law in violence-plagued Swat Valley last week have now taken control of a neighboring Buner district
 Global  'Deeper' recession ahead says IMF  Washington  Clinton: Pakistan in danger Apr.23  South Africa  ANC on course for South Africa landslide  North Korea  US women 'face North Korea trial' Apr.24  Baghdad  Blast carnage at shrine   Mexico 'Swine flu' kills 60 Map of Mexico City Mexico
  The World Health Organization says it suspects flu has killed 60 people and infected 800 others; majority of the cases were in the capital
 The new virus strain is a type of influenza A (H1N1) virus, commonly called the swine flu. By the end of April, 300 schools had closed across the U.S. and the Mexican government ordered a multi-day shutdown of all non-essential activities in the government and private sector, amounting to a shutdown of most of the economy
  South Africa ANC wins 'outright poll majority'  The ruling African National Congress has won an outright majority in general elections, just short of 2/3 of the approximately 17 million ballots...  New York  Swine flu viruses in Mexico, U.S. match Apr.25   Mexico WHO: Mexico flu 'a potential pandemic'  Mexico  Suspected Mexico flu toll hits 81 Apr.26  Somalia  Italian cruise ship thwarts pirate attack  Ecuador  Correa claims re-election win Apr.27  European Union  Countries take steps to prevent outbreak  Global  WHO raises swine flu alert level Apr.28  Mexico  152 swine flu deaths  Italy  Pope visits quake zone  Mexico  City shuts down venues due to swine flu Apr.29   Texas First U.S. swine flu death confirmed   Geneva WHO raises pandemic alert  Washington  Obama marks 100th day in office  Baghdad  Car bombings over 4 hours kill 48 Apr.30  Basra  UK combat operations end in Iraq   Mexico Mexico shuts down to control flu  Mexico is beginning a 5-day shutdown of parts of its economy in a bid to slow the spread  Global  Confirmed swine flu cases leap


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European Union
Thousands demonstrate ahead of G-20
U.S., Russia announce nuke talks
G20 leaders seal $1tn global deal
G20 leaders: We can unite
Obama: Europe faces greater terror risk
Extra NATO troops for Afghan poll
12 arrested in 'very serious' terror plot
Court jails Pirate Bay founders
About 300 dead in strong quake
90 dead in earthquake
Rescuers work into night
Death toll rises to 207 in quake
Aftershocks rattle quake rescue efforts
Italy mourns earthquake victims
Countries take steps to prevent outbreak
U.S., Russia announce nuke talks
Extra NATO troops for Afghan poll
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US crew seized by Somali pirates
Drama as US crew recapture vessel
U.S. warship nears boat carrying pirates
U.S. negotiators try to free captain
Hostage dies as French attack pirates
Pirates hijack US-Italian vessel
Dutch navy captures pirates after attack
Blast carnage at shrine
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U.S. warship nears boat carrying pirates
Pirates fire on approaching U.S. sailors
Captain rescued, snipers kill 3 pirates
Dutch navy captures pirates after attack
UK combat operations end in Iraq
Somalia Your ad is here
US crew seized by Somali pirates
Drama as US crew recapture vessel
U.S. warship nears boat carrying pirates
U.S. negotiators try to free captain
Hostage dies as French attack pirates
Pirates hijack US-Italian vessel
Dutch navy captures pirates after attack
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U.S. warship nears boat carrying pirates
Pirates fire on approaching U.S. sailors
Captain rescued, snipers kill 3 pirates
Dutch navy captures pirates after attack
USA
Obama eases Cuba travel restrictions
US releases Bush-era interrogation memos
Obama invites Mideast leaders for talks
Obama marks 100th day in office
Gunman kills 13 in siege
Swine flu viruses in Mexico, U.S. match
First U.S. swine flu death confirmed
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Italy
Pope visits quake zone
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About 300 dead in strong quake
90 dead in earthquake
Rescuers work into night
Death toll rises to 207 in quake
Italy mourns earthquake victims
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Mexico
Obama backs Mexico's war on drugs
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'Swine flu' kills 60
WHO: Mexico flu 'a potential pandemic'
Suspected Mexico flu toll hits 81
Mexico shuts down to control flu
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Southeast Asia
Prime minister resigns
Thai protests disrupt Asian summit
Troops crack down on protest
Protests 'under control'
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Gunfire on Thai-Cambodian border
Troops crack down on protest
North Korea
N. Korea warns against targeting rocket
N Korea to boycott nuclear talks
US women 'face North Korea trial'
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Space launch 'fails'
N. Korea warns against targeting rocket
N. Korea launches rocket
N Korea orders UN inspectors out
United Kingdom
Thousands demonstrate ahead of G-20
U.S., Russia announce nuke talks
G20 leaders seal $1tn global deal
12 arrested in 'very serious' terror plot
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U.S., Russia announce nuke talks
Thailand
Thai protests disrupt Asian summit
Troops crack down on protest
Protests 'under control'
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Gunfire on Thai-Cambodian border
Troops crack down on protest
England
Thousands demonstrate ahead of G-20
U.S., Russia announce nuke talks
G20 leaders seal $1tn global deal
12 arrested in 'very serious' terror plot
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U.S., Russia announce nuke talks
Washington
Obama eases Cuba travel restrictions
US releases Bush-era interrogation memos
Obama invites Mideast leaders for talks
Obama marks 100th day in office
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April 1 ... more > Top ^

Apr.1   London
 Jerusalem  Foreign minister rejects Annapolis deal
  London
 London  G20 leaders get down to business
  Malaysia


April 2 ... more > Top ^

Apr.2   North Korea
  London
  London  
  Leaders of the world's largest economies have reached an agreement to tackle the global financial crisis
 The resources available to IMF will be tripled to $750bn; $250bn to boost global trade. There will be sanctions against secretive tax havens and tougher global financial regulation
 Venezuela  Chavez is willing to take Gitmo inmates   Thailand Gunfire on Thai-Cambodian border
 London  Obama hails 'historic' G20 summit

April 3 ... more > Top ^

Apr.3   France Obama: Europe faces greater terror risk
 Malawi  Madonna loses Malawi adoption bid   New York   Gunman kills 13 in siege   A gunman has killed 13 people after taking dozens hostage inside the immigration centre. The gunman was later found dead  North Korea  N Korea 'ready for rocket launch'  Germany  NATO struggles to name new head

April 4 ... more > Top ^

Apr.4   France     Extra NATO troops for Afghan poll   NATO has agreed to boost troop numbers to cover the Afghan presidential election, outgoing alliance chief Jaap de Hoop Scheffer has said   Pakistan Bomb hits Islamabad police base
  North Korea   N. Korea launches rocket
  North Korea launched a long-range rocket in what U.S. and South Korean officials deemed a provocative act; the payload remains unclear
 N. Korea has said the rocket was to carry a satellite into space, but the U.S., S. Korea fear it could be a missile with a warhead
  Kabul Karzai to review move toward sharia law


April 5 ... more > Top ^

Apr.5   North Korea     Space launch 'fails'  North Korea failed in its attempt to get a satellite into space. 2 stages of the rocket and its payload landed in the Pacific Ocean  UN Security Council  Council to respond to N Korea launch   UN Security Council No accord at UN talks on N Korea
  Italy   About 300 dead in strong quake Map of L%27Aquila Italy
  A 6.3-magnitude earthquake jolted central Italy, after a series of about a hundred minor tremors since January
 This quake was caused by movement on a NW-SE trending normal fault. The majority of the damage occurred in the medieval capital city of the Abruzzo region and the surrounding villages Silvio Berlusconi refused foreign aid, saying that Italians were 'proud people' and had sufficient resources; However he singled out the United States


April 6 ... more > Top ^

Apr.6   South Africa Prosecutors drop Zuma corruption charges
  Italy 90 dead in earthquake   Italy Rescuers work into night  Texas  Stanford: 'Clients lost no money'  North Korea  Photos show N. Korean rocket in flight  Detroit  UNC captures NCAA championship title

April 7 ... more > Top ^

Apr.7   Italy   Death toll rises to 207 in quake
Map of L%27Aquila Italy
  100 residents critically injured; 150 people had been rescued alive so far, and the operation would continue for a further 48 hours
  Moldova Students raid parliament  London  Police at rally shoved man who later died  North Korea  N Korea threatens 'strong steps'  Italy  Earthquake survivors face bleak future  Thailand  Bangkok faces protests against PM  Somalia  Dangers off Somali coast increasing

April 8 ... more > Top ^

Apr.8   Somalia     US crew seized by Somali pirates
  The pirates have hijacked Maersk Alabama with at least 20 crew on board, after what maritime officials described as a sustained night-time attack
  Italy Aftershocks rattle quake rescue efforts
  Somalia     Drama as US crew recapture vessel  Pirates hold ship's skipper. The destroyer USS Bainbridge has arrived on the scene where a U.S. freighter was hijacked off the Horn Africa   Northern England 12 arrested in 'very serious' terror plot  Washington  U.S. to join nuclear talks with Iran   Somalia U.S. warship nears boat carrying pirates

April 9 ... more > Top ^

Apr.9  NW Pakistan  Pro-Taliban cleric pulls out of peace deal  London  Police chief quits over blunder  Washington  US to boost Africa pirate forces  Japan  Japan to extend N Korea sanctions   Italy   Italy mourns earthquake victims   A mass funeral for victims of the Abruzzo earthquake is to take place as Italy holds a day of national mourning for its 287 dead   Somalia U.S. negotiators try to free captain


April 10 ... more > Top ^

Apr.10   Somalia Captain tried to escape pirates
 Mosul  Suicide bombing kills five U.S. soldiers   Somalia     Hostage dies as French attack pirates  A French hostage and two pirates died Friday in a rescue operation. Four hostages, including a child, were freed from the hijacked yacht  Fiji  Coup leader restored as PM  Southern U.S.  Storm system ravages southern US   Thailand   Thai protests disrupt Asian summit
  Political demonstrations in Thailand disrupted the Association of South East Asian Nations summit
 Somalia  More pirates searching for lifeboat

April 11 ... more > Top ^

Apr.11   Somalia     Pirates hijack US-Italian vessel  Somali pirates have hijacked a US-owned tugboat in the Gulf of Aden with 16 crew members on board - 10 of them Italians  Kenya  U.S.-flagged ship nears Kenya   Somalia Pirates fire on approaching U.S. sailors  Thailand  Thailand to prosecute protesters  India  Death toll rises in fireworks factory fire

April 12 ... more > Top ^

Apr.12   Somalia   Captain rescued, snipers kill 3 pirates
  U.S. Navy snipers fatally shot pirates holding Richard Phillips hostage after seeing one of the pirates 'had an AK-47 leveled at the captain's back'
 The ship was stormed by pirates 350 miles off Somalia. The captain of Maersk Alabama, American cargo-ship, who'd been held in a lifeboat in the Indian Ocean, was rescued uninjured.
  Thailand   Troops crack down on protest  The army has begun an operation to remove anti-government protesters blocking the centre of the capital, sparking violent clashes  US Georgia  Angel Cabrera wins green jacket  Thailand  Soldiers open fire on crowd

April 13 ... more > Top ^

Apr.13   Thailand   Protests 'under control'   The PM said that troops have the situation in Bangkok under control after a day of battles with anti-government protesters  Poland  Hostel fire kills at least 21   UN Security Council U.N. condemns N. Korean rocket launch   Washington Obama eases Cuba travel restrictions   North Korea N Korea to boycott nuclear talks  Thailand  Protests 'breaking up'  Peru  Nine killed, 55 hurt in bridge collapse

April 14 ... more > Top ^

Apr.14   North Korea     N Korea orders UN inspectors out  IAEA: North Korea has ended co-operation with nuclear inspectors and ordered them to leave the country  Somalia  Pirates attack U.S. cargo ship but fail  Washington  Obama suggests recession easing

April 15 ... more > Top ^

Apr.15   Kenya   French warship captures pirates
  A warship has captured 11 pirates off the coast of Kenya, amid calls for the international community to deal with the problem of piracy.    It had detected a 'mother ship', and observ...
  India     Millions of Indians vote  Indians in 124 constituencies have begun voting in the first round of the 15th general elections  Washington  Clinton unveils plan to tackle piracy  China  Weak exports hit China's growth

April 16 ... more > Top ^

Apr.16   Chechnya   Russia 'ends Chechnya operation'  Russia has ended its decade-long 'counter-terrorism operation' against separatist rebels in the southern republic of Chechnya  France  Fishermen lift French port blockades   Mexico Obama backs Mexico's war on drugs   Washington US releases Bush-era interrogation memos  Thailand  'Yellow shirt' political leader shot  Washington  Obama exempts CIA 'torture' staff

April 17 ... more > Top ^

Apr.17   Sweden   Court jails Pirate Bay founders
  A court has jailed four men behind TPB, the world's most high-profile file-sharing website, in a landmark case
  Scotland Singer 'gobsmacked' by overnight fame  Japan  Donors pledge $5bn for Pakistan   Trinidad & Tobago     Obama offers Cuba 'new beginning' Map of Trinidad & Tobago
  President Barack Obama has said the US seeks a 'new beginning' with Cuba and an 'equal partnership' with all the nations of the Americas
  Thailand PM: Emergency powers to stay in place  Southern Philippines  Rebels free hostage

April 18 ... more > Top ^

Apr.18   Iran   Iran jails journalist as US spy
  Roxana Saberi, 31, an Iranian-American journalist has been jailed for eight years by Iran after a brief trial held behind closed doors.    The journalist originally faced accusation of buying alcohol and of working as a journalist without a valid press card. Then the charge of spying was introduced, and she was tried...
  Somalia   Dutch navy captures pirates after attack  Dutch naval forces captured seven pirates and freed 20 captive fishermen after tracking the pirates to their 'mother ship' in the Gulf of Ad...  Washington  Obama dismayed by Iran sentence   Venezuela Venezuela may reinstall envoy to U.S.


April 19 ... more > Top ^

Apr.19  South Africa  Mandela boost for ANC supporters  Trinidad & Tobago  Americas rivals see signs of hope  Sri Lanka  Red Cross 'worn out' in Sri Lanka

April 20 ... more > Top ^

Apr.20   Geneva     Walkout at Iran leader's speech
  Diplomats have walked out of a speech by Ahmadinejad at a UN anti-racism conference after he described Israel as a 'racist government'
 CIA  Obama reaffirms support for CIA

April 21 ... more > Top ^

Apr.21  Sri Lanka  Deadline passes for Tamil rebels   Washington Obama invites Mideast leaders for talks  Washington  Obama: US lost moral compass on torture   India   Suspected rebels 'stop' train Map of Jharkhand India
  Suspected Maoist rebels - known as the Naxalites - in eastern India 'stopped' a train; about 700 passengers were on the train
  Peru Chavez rival seeks asylum in Peru  South Africa  South Africans head for the polls

April 22 ... more > Top ^

Apr.22   NW Pakistan     Taliban claims victory near Islamabad
Map of Buner Pakistan
  Militants who implemented Islamic law in violence-plagued Swat Valley last week have now taken control of a neighboring Buner district
  Global     'Deeper' recession ahead says IMF  The International Monetary Fund: The global economy is set to decline by 1.3% in 2009, in the first global recession since World War II  Washington  Freddie Mac chief found dead   Washington Clinton: Pakistan in danger

April 23 ... more > Top ^

Apr.23   South Africa ANC on course for South Africa landslide
 Sunni Triangle  Suicide bombs kill scores   North Korea   US women 'face North Korea trial'  Journalists Euna Lee, a Korean-American, and Laura Ling, a Chinese-American, were arrested by North Korea near its border with China  North Carolina  Pentagon chief in Taliban warning  NW Pakistan  Troops sent to area grabbed by Taliban  Sri Lanka  Fears grow for trapped

April 24 ... more > Top ^

Apr.24   Baghdad   Blast carnage at shrine   Two female suicide bombers have attacked Moussa al-Kadhim shrine, killing at least 60 people and injuring 125 others   Mexico     'Swine flu' kills 60
Map of Mexico City Mexico
  The World Health Organization says it suspects flu has killed 60 people and infected 800 others; majority of the cases were in the capital
 The new virus strain is a type of influenza A (H1N1) virus, commonly called the swine flu. By the end of April, 300 schools had closed across the U.S. and the Mexican government ordered a multi-day shutdown of all non-essential activities in the government and private sector, amounting to a shutdown of most of the economy
 Washington  G7 offers hope crisis is easing  Mexico  Mexico bid to contain deadly flu   South Africa   ANC wins 'outright poll majority'
  The ruling African National Congress has won an outright majority in general elections, just short of 2/3 of the approximately 17 million ballots cast
  New York Swine flu viruses in Mexico, U.S. match

April 25 ... more > Top ^

Apr.25   Mexico     WHO: Mexico flu 'a potential pandemic'
  The presence of swine flu in Mexico and the U.S. is 'a serious situation' that could develop into a pandemic.    Margaret Chan, the World Health Organization's chief, cut short a visit to the US and returned to ...
 Iran  Saberi 'on hunger strike' in Iran   Mexico Suspected Mexico flu toll hits 81
 Iceland  Centre-left wins election

April 26 ... more > Top ^

Apr.26   Somalia Italian cruise ship thwarts pirate attack
 Sri Lanka  Sri Lanka rejects Tamil Tigers cease-fire  UN  World 'well prepared' for virus   Ecuador   Correa claims re-election win  Socialist Rafael Correa became the first president to win re-election in Ecuador since 1972; Three preceding presidents were ousted amid pro...

April 27 ... more > Top ^

Apr.27   European Union Countries take steps to prevent outbreak
 Kabul  Brown: Afghanistan is 'crucible of terror'   Global     WHO raises swine flu alert level  The World Health Organization has raised its alert level over swine flu from 3 to 4 - 2 steps short of declaring a full pandemic  Detroit  GM to cut total of 21,000 US jobs  Global  'Too late' to contain swine flu

April 28 ... more > Top ^

Apr.28   Mexico 152 swine flu deaths
 New Zealand  More countries confirm swine flu   Italy Pope visits quake zone   Mexico City shuts down venues due to swine flu  Barcelona  Chelsea hold Barca in stalemate

April 29 ... more > Top ^

Apr.29   Texas     First U.S. swine flu death confirmed
  A 2-year-old child became the first fatality in the United States, while more European countries announced confirmed cases of the disease
 Beijing  Star cyclists failed Beijing doping tests   Geneva   WHO raises pandemic alert
  The World Health Organization raised its pandemic alert to 5, its second-highest level, warning of widespread human infection from the outbreak.    The level five means human-to-human transmission in at least ...
  Washington     Obama marks 100th day in office  Obama has not managed in 100 days to defeat Islamic militants, usher in a Middle East peace treaty or disarm North Korea   Baghdad Car bombings over 4 hours kill 48  Northern England  O'Shea gives Man Utd slender advantage

April 30 ... more > Top ^

Apr.30   Basra UK combat operations end in Iraq
 Detroit  Chrysler 'to file for bankruptcy'  European Union  EU urged not to panic over swine flu  Spain  Confirmed swine flu cases increases   Mexico   Mexico shuts down to control flu
  Mexico is beginning a 5-day shutdown of parts of its economy in a bid to slow the spread
 Non-essential government services will be suspended
  Global   Confirmed swine flu cases leap  World Health Organization: Confirmed cases worldwide increased to 257, up significantly from the previous day's total of 147


U.S., Russia announce nuke talks N. Korea warns against targeting rocket Gunfire on Thai-Cambodian border   Extra NATO troops for Afghan poll   NATO has agreed to boost troop numbers to cover the Afghan presidential election, outgoing alliance chief Jaap de Hoop Scheffer has said N. Korea launches rocket




World, April 2009 War & Army Timeline ... See World War & Army timeline Top ^
2009
Apr.1   London
Apr.2   North Korea
Apr.2   Thailand
Apr.3  North Korea  N Korea 'ready for rocket launch'
Apr.4   France
Apr.4   North Korea
  North Korea launched a long-range rocket in what U.S. and South Korean officials deemed a provocative act; the payload remains unclear
 N. Korea has said the rocket was to carry a satellite into space, but the U.S., S. Korea fear it could be a missile with a warhead
Apr.6  North Korea  Photos show N. Korean rocket in flight Apr.8   Somalia U.S. warship nears boat carrying pirates Apr.9  Washington  US to boost Africa pirate forces Apr.10  Mosul  Suicide bombing kills five U.S. soldiers Apr.11   Somalia Pirates fire on approaching U.S. sailors Apr.12   Somalia Captain rescued, snipers kill 3 pirates
  U.S. Navy snipers fatally shot pirates holding Richard Phillips hostage after seeing one of the pirates 'had an AK-47 leveled at the captain's back'
 The ship was stormed by pirates 350 miles off Somalia. The captain of Maersk Alabama, American cargo-ship, who'd been held in a lifeboat in the Indian Ocean, was rescued uninjured.
Apr.12   Thailand Troops crack down on protest  The army has begun an operation to remove anti-government protesters blocking the centre of the capital, sparking violent clashes Apr.12  Thailand  Soldiers open fire on crowd Apr.14   North Korea   N Korea orders UN inspectors out  IAEA: North Korea has ended co-operation with nuclear inspectors and ordered them to leave the country Apr.15   Kenya French warship captures pirates
  A warship has captured 11 pirates off the coast of Kenya, amid calls for the international community to deal with the problem of piracy.    It had detected a 'mother ship', and observ...
Apr.16   Chechnya Russia 'ends Chechnya operation'  Russia has ended its decade-long 'counter-terrorism operation' against separatist rebels in the southern republic of Chechnya Apr.18   Somalia Dutch navy captures pirates after attack  Dutch naval forces captured seven pirates and freed 20 captive fishermen after tracking the pirates to their 'mother ship' in the Gulf of Ad... Apr.21  Sri Lanka  Deadline passes for Tamil rebels Apr.22   NW Pakistan   Taliban claims victory near Islamabad Map of Buner Pakistan
  Militants who implemented Islamic law in violence-plagued Swat Valley last week have now taken control of a neighboring Buner district
Apr.23  North Carolina  Pentagon chief in Taliban warning Apr.23  NW Pakistan  Troops sent to area grabbed by Taliban Apr.23  Sri Lanka  Fears grow for trapped Apr.26  Sri Lanka  Sri Lanka rejects Tamil Tigers cease-fire Apr.30   Basra UK combat operations end in Iraq



World, April 2009 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
2009 Apr.5   North Korea   Space launch 'fails'  North Korea failed in its attempt to get a satellite into space. 2 stages of the rocket and its payload landed in the Pacific Ocean Apr.5   Italy About 300 dead in strong quake
Map of L%27Aquila Italy
  A 6.3-magnitude earthquake jolted central Italy, after a series of about a hundred minor tremors since January
 This quake was caused by movement on a NW-SE trending normal fault. The majority of the damage occurred in the medieval capital city of the Abruzzo region and the surrounding villages Silvio Berlusconi refused foreign aid, saying that Italians were 'proud people' and had sufficient resources; However he singled out the United States
Apr.6   Italy 90 dead in earthquake Apr.6   Italy Rescuers work into night Apr.7   Italy Death toll rises to 207 in quake Map of L%27Aquila Italy
  100 residents critically injured; 150 people had been rescued alive so far, and the operation would continue for a further 48 hours
Apr.7  Italy  Earthquake survivors face bleak future Apr.8   Italy Aftershocks rattle quake rescue efforts Apr.9   Italy Italy mourns earthquake victims   A mass funeral for victims of the Abruzzo earthquake is to take place as Italy holds a day of national mourning for its 287 dead Apr.10  Southern U.S.  Storm system ravages southern US Apr.11  India  Death toll rises in fireworks factory fire Apr.13  Poland  Hostel fire kills at least 21 Apr.13  Peru  Nine killed, 55 hurt in bridge collapse Apr.19  Sri Lanka  Red Cross 'worn out' in Sri Lanka Apr.22  Washington  Freddie Mac chief found dead Apr.24   Mexico   'Swine flu' kills 60 Map of Mexico City Mexico
  The World Health Organization says it suspects flu has killed 60 people and infected 800 others; majority of the cases were in the capital
 The new virus strain is a type of influenza A (H1N1) virus, commonly called the swine flu. By the end of April, 300 schools had closed across the U.S. and the Mexican government ordered a multi-day shutdown of all non-essential activities in the government and private sector, amounting to a shutdown of most of the economy
Apr.24  Mexico  Mexico bid to contain deadly flu Apr.24   New York Swine flu viruses in Mexico, U.S. match Apr.25   Mexico   WHO: Mexico flu 'a potential pandemic'
  The presence of swine flu in Mexico and the U.S. is 'a serious situation' that could develop into a pandemic.    Margaret Chan, the World Health Organization's chief, cut short a visit to the US and returned to ...
Apr.25   Mexico Suspected Mexico flu toll hits 81
Apr.26  UN  World 'well prepared' for virus Apr.27   European Union Countries take steps to prevent outbreak Apr.27   Global   WHO raises swine flu alert level  The World Health Organization has raised its alert level over swine flu from 3 to 4 - 2 steps short of declaring a full pandemic Apr.27  Global  'Too late' to contain swine flu Apr.28   Mexico 152 swine flu deaths Apr.28  New Zealand  More countries confirm swine flu Apr.28   Italy Pope visits quake zone Apr.28   Mexico City shuts down venues due to swine flu Apr.29   Texas   First U.S. swine flu death confirmed
  A 2-year-old child became the first fatality in the United States, while more European countries announced confirmed cases of the disease
Apr.29   Geneva WHO raises pandemic alert
  The World Health Organization raised its pandemic alert to 5, its second-highest level, warning of widespread human infection from the outbreak.    The level five means human-to-human transmission in at least ...
Apr.30  European Union  EU urged not to panic over swine flu Apr.30  Spain  Confirmed swine flu cases increases Apr.30   Mexico Mexico shuts down to control flu
  Mexico is beginning a 5-day shutdown of parts of its economy in a bid to slow the spread
 Non-essential government services will be suspended
Apr.30   Global Confirmed swine flu cases leap  World Health Organization: Confirmed cases worldwide increased to 257, up significantly from the previous day's total of 147



World, April 2009 Sports Timeline ... See World Sports timeline Top ^
2009 Apr.6  Detroit  UNC captures NCAA championship title Apr.12  US Georgia  Angel Cabrera wins green jacket Apr.28  Barcelona  Chelsea hold Barca in stalemate Apr.29  Beijing  Star cyclists failed Beijing doping tests Apr.29  Northern England  O'Shea gives Man Utd slender advantage



World, April 2009 Business Timeline ... See World Business timeline Top ^
2009 Apr.1  London  G20 leaders get down to business Apr.2   London   G20 leaders seal $1tn global deal
  Leaders of the world's largest economies have reached an agreement to tackle the global financial crisis
 The resources available to IMF will be tripled to $750bn; $250bn to boost global trade. There will be sanctions against secretive tax havens and tougher global financial regulation
Apr.3  Malawi  Madonna loses Malawi adoption bid Apr.6  Texas  Stanford: 'Clients lost no money' Apr.9  Japan  Japan to extend N Korea sanctions Apr.11  Kenya  U.S.-flagged ship nears Kenya Apr.14  Somalia  Pirates attack U.S. cargo ship but fail Apr.14  Washington  Obama suggests recession easing Apr.15  China  Weak exports hit China's growth Apr.16  France  Fishermen lift French port blockades Apr.17   Sweden Court jails Pirate Bay founders
  A court has jailed four men behind TPB, the world's most high-profile file-sharing website, in a landmark case
Apr.17   Scotland Singer 'gobsmacked' by overnight fame Apr.22   Global   'Deeper' recession ahead says IMF  The International Monetary Fund: The global economy is set to decline by 1.3% in 2009, in the first global recession since World War II Apr.22  Washington  Freddie Mac chief found dead Apr.24  Washington  G7 offers hope crisis is easing Apr.26   Somalia Italian cruise ship thwarts pirate attack Apr.27  Detroit  GM to cut total of 21,000 US jobs Apr.30  Detroit  Chrysler 'to file for bankruptcy' Apr.30   Mexico Mexico shuts down to control flu
  Mexico is beginning a 5-day shutdown of parts of its economy in a bid to slow the spread
 Non-essential government services will be suspended




World, April 2009 Crime Timeline ... See World Crime timeline Top ^
2009 Apr.2  Venezuela  Chavez is willing to take Gitmo inmates Apr.3   France Obama: Europe faces greater terror risk Apr.3   New York Gunman kills 13 in siege   A gunman has killed 13 people after taking dozens hostage inside the immigration centre. The gunman was later found dead Apr.4   Pakistan Bomb hits Islamabad police base Apr.6   South Africa Prosecutors drop Zuma corruption charges Apr.6  Texas  Stanford: 'Clients lost no money' Apr.7  Somalia  Dangers off Somali coast increasing Apr.8   Somalia   US crew seized by Somali pirates
  The pirates have hijacked Maersk Alabama with at least 20 crew on board, after what maritime officials described as a sustained night-time attack
Apr.8   Somalia   Drama as US crew recapture vessel  Pirates hold ship's skipper. The destroyer USS Bainbridge has arrived on the scene where a U.S. freighter was hijacked off the Horn Africa Apr.8   Northern England 12 arrested in 'very serious' terror plot Apr.8   Somalia U.S. warship nears boat carrying pirates Apr.9  Washington  US to boost Africa pirate forces Apr.9   Somalia U.S. negotiators try to free captain Apr.10   Somalia Captain tried to escape pirates Apr.10   Somalia   Hostage dies as French attack pirates  A French hostage and two pirates died Friday in a rescue operation. Four hostages, including a child, were freed from the hijacked yacht Apr.10  Somalia  More pirates searching for lifeboat Apr.11   Somalia   Pirates hijack US-Italian vessel  Somali pirates have hijacked a US-owned tugboat in the Gulf of Aden with 16 crew members on board - 10 of them Italians Apr.11   Somalia Pirates fire on approaching U.S. sailors Apr.12   Somalia Captain rescued, snipers kill 3 pirates
  U.S. Navy snipers fatally shot pirates holding Richard Phillips hostage after seeing one of the pirates 'had an AK-47 leveled at the captain's back'
 The ship was stormed by pirates 350 miles off Somalia. The captain of Maersk Alabama, American cargo-ship, who'd been held in a lifeboat in the Indian Ocean, was rescued uninjured.
Apr.14  Somalia  Pirates attack U.S. cargo ship but fail Apr.15   Kenya French warship captures pirates
  A warship has captured 11 pirates off the coast of Kenya, amid calls for the international community to deal with the problem of piracy.    It had detected a 'mother ship', and observ...
Apr.15  Washington  Clinton unveils plan to tackle piracy Apr.16   Mexico Obama backs Mexico's war on drugs Apr.16  Thailand  'Yellow shirt' political leader shot Apr.17   Sweden Court jails Pirate Bay founders
  A court has jailed four men behind TPB, the world's most high-profile file-sharing website, in a landmark case
Apr.17  Southern Philippines  Rebels free hostage Apr.18   Iran Iran jails journalist as US spy
  Roxana Saberi, 31, an Iranian-American journalist has been jailed for eight years by Iran after a brief trial held behind closed doors.    The journalist originally faced accusation of buying alcohol and of working as a journalist without a valid press card. Then the charge of spying was introduced, and she was tried...
Apr.18   Somalia Dutch navy captures pirates after attack  Dutch naval forces captured seven pirates and freed 20 captive fishermen after tracking the pirates to their 'mother ship' in the Gulf of Ad... Apr.21   India Suspected rebels 'stop' train Map of Jharkhand India
  Suspected Maoist rebels - known as the Naxalites - in eastern India 'stopped' a train; about 700 passengers were on the train
Apr.23  Sunni Triangle  Suicide bombs kill scores Apr.23   North Korea US women 'face North Korea trial'  Journalists Euna Lee, a Korean-American, and Laura Ling, a Chinese-American, were arrested by North Korea near its border with China Apr.24   Baghdad Blast carnage at shrine   Two female suicide bombers have attacked Moussa al-Kadhim shrine, killing at least 60 people and injuring 125 others Apr.26   Somalia Italian cruise ship thwarts pirate attack Apr.29   Baghdad Car bombings over 4 hours kill 48



World, April 2009 Politics Timeline ... See World Politics timeline Top ^
2009 Apr.1   London Thousands demonstrate ahead of G-20
Apr.1  Jerusalem  Foreign minister rejects Annapolis deal Apr.1   London U.S., Russia announce nuke talks Apr.1  London  G20 leaders get down to business Apr.1   Malaysia Prime minister resigns Apr.2   North Korea N. Korea warns against targeting rocket Apr.2   London G20 leaders: We can unite Apr.2   London   G20 leaders seal $1tn global deal
  Leaders of the world's largest economies have reached an agreement to tackle the global financial crisis
 The resources available to IMF will be tripled to $750bn; $250bn to boost global trade. There will be sanctions against secretive tax havens and tougher global financial regulation
Apr.2  London  Obama hails 'historic' G20 summit Apr.3   France Obama: Europe faces greater terror risk
Apr.3  Germany  NATO struggles to name new head Apr.4   France   Extra NATO troops for Afghan poll   NATO has agreed to boost troop numbers to cover the Afghan presidential election, outgoing alliance chief Jaap de Hoop Scheffer has said Apr.4   Kabul Karzai to review move toward sharia law Apr.5  UN Security Council  Council to respond to N Korea launch Apr.5   UN Security Council No accord at UN talks on N Korea Apr.7   Moldova Students raid parliament Apr.7  London  Police at rally shoved man who later died Apr.7  North Korea  N Korea threatens 'strong steps' Apr.7  Thailand  Bangkok faces protests against PM Apr.8  Washington  U.S. to join nuclear talks with Iran Apr.9  NW Pakistan  Pro-Taliban cleric pulls out of peace deal Apr.9  London  Police chief quits over blunder Apr.9  Japan  Japan to extend N Korea sanctions Apr.9   Italy Italy mourns earthquake victims   A mass funeral for victims of the Abruzzo earthquake is to take place as Italy holds a day of national mourning for its 287 dead Apr.10  Fiji  Coup leader restored as PM Apr.10   Thailand Thai protests disrupt Asian summit
  Political demonstrations in Thailand disrupted the Association of South East Asian Nations summit
Apr.11  Thailand  Thailand to prosecute protesters Apr.12   Thailand Troops crack down on protest  The army has begun an operation to remove anti-government protesters blocking the centre of the capital, sparking violent clashes Apr.12  Thailand  Soldiers open fire on crowd Apr.13   Thailand Protests 'under control'   The PM said that troops have the situation in Bangkok under control after a day of battles with anti-government protesters Apr.13   UN Security Council U.N. condemns N. Korean rocket launch Apr.13   Washington Obama eases Cuba travel restrictions Apr.13   North Korea N Korea to boycott nuclear talks Apr.13  Thailand  Protests 'breaking up' Apr.15   India   Millions of Indians vote  Indians in 124 constituencies have begun voting in the first round of the 15th general elections Apr.15  Washington  Clinton unveils plan to tackle piracy Apr.16   Mexico Obama backs Mexico's war on drugs Apr.16   Washington US releases Bush-era interrogation memos Apr.16  Washington  Obama exempts CIA 'torture' staff Apr.17  Japan  Donors pledge $5bn for Pakistan Apr.17   Trinidad & Tobago   Obama offers Cuba 'new beginning' Map of Trinidad & Tobago
  President Barack Obama has said the US seeks a 'new beginning' with Cuba and an 'equal partnership' with all the nations of the Americas
Apr.17   Thailand PM: Emergency powers to stay in place Apr.18   Iran Iran jails journalist as US spy
  Roxana Saberi, 31, an Iranian-American journalist has been jailed for eight years by Iran after a brief trial held behind closed doors.    The journalist originally faced accusation of buying alcohol and of working as a journalist without a valid press card. Then the charge of spying was introduced, and she was tried...
Apr.18  Washington  Obama dismayed by Iran sentence Apr.18   Venezuela Venezuela may reinstall envoy to U.S.
Apr.19  South Africa  Mandela boost for ANC supporters Apr.19  Trinidad & Tobago  Americas rivals see signs of hope Apr.20   Geneva   Walkout at Iran leader's speech
  Diplomats have walked out of a speech by Ahmadinejad at a UN anti-racism conference after he described Israel as a 'racist government'
Apr.20  CIA  Obama reaffirms support for CIA Apr.21   Washington Obama invites Mideast leaders for talks Apr.21  Washington  Obama: US lost moral compass on torture Apr.21   Peru Chavez rival seeks asylum in Peru Apr.21  South Africa  South Africans head for the polls Apr.22   Washington Clinton: Pakistan in danger Apr.23   South Africa ANC on course for South Africa landslide Apr.23   North Korea US women 'face North Korea trial'  Journalists Euna Lee, a Korean-American, and Laura Ling, a Chinese-American, were arrested by North Korea near its border with China Apr.23  North Carolina  Pentagon chief in Taliban warning Apr.24  Washington  G7 offers hope crisis is easing Apr.24   South Africa ANC wins 'outright poll majority'
  The ruling African National Congress has won an outright majority in general elections, just short of 2/3 of the approximately 17 million ballots cast
Apr.25  Iran  Saberi 'on hunger strike' in Iran Apr.25  Iceland  Centre-left wins election Apr.26  Sri Lanka  Sri Lanka rejects Tamil Tigers cease-fire Apr.26   Ecuador Correa claims re-election win  Socialist Rafael Correa became the first president to win re-election in Ecuador since 1972; Three preceding presidents were ousted amid pro... Apr.27  Kabul  Brown: Afghanistan is 'crucible of terror' Apr.28   Italy Pope visits quake zone Apr.29   Washington   Obama marks 100th day in office  Obama has not managed in 100 days to defeat Islamic militants, usher in a Middle East peace treaty or disarm North Korea