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01-20 President Obama sworn into history Washington
C. 01-22 Obama signs order to close Guantanamo Washington
D. 02-02 Iran makes first satellite launch Iran
4. 03-14 G20 leaders vow to restore growth London
F. 03-17 Pope visits Africa, reaffirms condom ban Cameroon
G. 03-21 Opposition leader becomes president Madagascar
H. 04-02 G20 leaders seal $1tn global deal London
8. 04-10 Thai protests disrupt Asian summit Thailand
9. 04-20 Walkout at Iran leader's speech Geneva

Summary.     Click for More > Obama signs order to close Guantanamo  President Obama issued 3 executive orders to demonstrate a clean break from the Bush administration Iran makes first satellite launch   Iran has launched its first domestically made satellite into orbit from a Safir-2 rocket. Iran is subject to UN sanctions G20 leaders vow to restore growth   Pope visits Africa, reaffirms condom ban  Benedict XVI refused to soften the Vatican's ban on condom use as he arrived in Africa for his first visit to the continent as pope Opposition leader becomes president   G20 leaders seal $1tn global deal  Leaders of the world's largest economies have reached an agreement to tackle the global financial crisis Thai protests disrupt Asian summit Walkout at Iran leader's speech ANC wins 'outright poll majority' Berlusconi's wife to divorce him Ex-S Korea leader 'kills himself' Obama speaks of tensions with Muslims Ahmadinejad has large lead in election Election protests turn violent Map of Tehran Iran
President Obama sworn into history
Jan.4  New Delhi  India hands Mumbai file to Pakistan
Jan.10  European Union  Accord signed in Russia gas row
Jan.17  Moscow  'Gas to flow' after deal
Jan.20   Washington
  Barack Obama launched his presidency before an estimated 1.5 million people on the National Mall with somber yet confident tones.    After being sworn in as the first African-American US leader, President Obama uses his inaugural address to pledge...
Jan.22   Washington
Jan.23  Washington  Obama reverses abortion-funding policy
Jan.25  Bolivia  Bolivians 'back new constitution'
Jan.26  Iceland  Crisis claims cabinet
Jan.28  House of Representatives  US House passes economic package
Jan.29  Paris  Huge crowds join French strikes
 North Korea  North Korea tears up agreements
Jan.30  Iraq  Change in the air as Iraq votes
Feb.1  Iceland  First gay PM for Iceland cabinet
Feb.2   Iran
Feb.3  Sri Lanka  President predicts rapid win
Feb.6  Kyrgyzstan  Kyrgyz closure of US base 'final'
Feb.10  Jerusalem  Rivals claim election win
Feb.11  Zimbabwe  Tsvangirai sworn in as PM
 U.S. Congress  US lawmakers reach stimulus deal
Feb.16  Japan  Clinton visits Asia to send key message
Feb.19  Kyrgyzstan  Parliament votes to close key U.S. base
Feb.20  Jerusalem  Netanyahu picked to form government
Feb.25  Southern Iran  Iran tests its first nuclear power plant
Mar.1  Egypt  Donors asked to pledge Gaza cash
Mar.4  Beijing  Economy tops China's congress meeting
Mar.5  NATO  NATO to resume Russian contacts
Mar.6  Zimbabwe  PM's wife killed in car crash
Mar.8  Washington  Obama reversed stem cell ban
Mar.14   London
 Madagascar  President Ravalomanana defies ultimatum
 Pakistan  Sharif placed under house arrest
Mar.15  El Salvador  Leftist Funes claims presidency
Mar.17   Cameroon
Mar.20  Iran  Obama offers Iran 'new beginning'
Mar.21   Madagascar
 Pakistan  Judge Chaudhry regains top post
Mar.22  Angola  Pope Mass draws big crowds
Mar.23  Washington  US unveils $1tn toxic asset plan
 South Africa  Dalai Lama refused visa for peace summit
Mar.28  London  Thousands join G-20 protest
 Global  Lights go out across planet for Earth Hour
Mar.31  Jerusalem  Netanyahu sworn in as Israeli PM
Apr.2   London
Apr.4  France  Extra NATO troops for Afghan poll
Apr.9  Italy  Italy mourns earthquake victims
Apr.10   Thailand
Apr.12  Thailand  Troops crack down on protest
Apr.13  Thailand  Protests 'under control'
Apr.15  India  Millions of Indians vote
Apr.17  Trinidad & Tobago  Obama offers Cuba 'new beginning'
Apr.18  Iran  Iran jails journalist as US spy
Apr.20   Geneva
Apr.23  North Korea  US women 'face North Korea trial'
Apr.24   South Africa
Apr.26  Ecuador  Correa claims re-election win
Apr.29  Washington  Obama marks 100th day in office
May.3   Italy
May.6  Washington  Obama hails unity over al-Qaeda
May.8  Jordan  Pope begins Mid-East pilgrimage
May.9  South Africa  Zuma sworn in as South Africa's president
May.11  Tel Aviv  Pope addresses Holocaust on Israel visit
 Iran  U.S. journalist freed in Iran
May.14  Myanmar  Suu Kyi taken to prison
May.15  India  Congress alliance well ahead in election
May.16  Kuwait  Kuwait votes for first female MPs
May.18  Washington  Obama presses Netanyahu over 2-states
May.19  London  Speaker quits 'for sake of unity'
May.22   South Korea
May.26  North Korea  N Korea threatens military action
May.31  England  Last Titanic survivor dies at 97
Jun.4   Egypt
 Hong Kong  Hong Kong holds Tiananmen vigil
 London  Minister quits, calls for Brown's resignation
Jun.5  Peru  Deadly clashes in Peru's Amazon
Jun.6  France  Leaders' tribute to D-Day heroes
Jun.7  European Union  Center-right does well in EU poll
 North Korea  Reporters get 12-year terms in N. Korea
 Lebanon  Pro-West bloc retains control
Jun.8  London  Pressure on PM as another minister quits
Jun.10  Iran  Iran row fires campaign's end
Jun.12   Iran
 UN Security Council  U.N. tightens sanctions on North Korea
Jun.13   Tehran
  Ahmadinejad declaration as the winner of presidential election brought thousands of supporters of the rival Moussavi onto the streets.    Moussavi supporters are crying foul as street clashes have erupted in the aftermath of the polls Protesters a...
Jun.14  Jerusalem  PM calls for demilitarized Palestinian state  Tehran  Hatred, chaos and savage beatings Jun.16  Tehran  Mass opposition rally Jun.18  Tehran  Iranians take to streets in mourning march Jun.19  Iran  Ayatollah demands end to protests Jun.20  Tehran  Security forces use tear gas on protesters Jun.21  Tehran  Iran silences street protesters Jun.22  Tehran  Hundreds protest, despite warning Jun.28  Iran  British Embassy workers seized in Iran Jun.29  Iran  Council: Partial recount validates vote Jul.1  New Delhi  Gay sex 'not criminal' in India Jul.5   Western China Scores killed in China protests   Violence in restive western region of Xinjiang has left at least 140 people dead and more than 800 injured  Honduras  Honduras denies Zelaya jet from landing Jul.6  Moscow  Obama moves to bolster U.S.-Russia ties Jul.8  Italy  G-8 leaders pledge to seek emissions cuts Jul.10  Ghana  Obama's trip sends message to Africa Jul.15  Chechnya  Activist Estemirova 'found murdered' Jul.16  Egypt  Pakistan and India in terror vow Jul.19  China  Police killed 12 in Uyghur riots  Costa Rica  Honduran negotiations end at impasse Jul.20  Washington  Obama hails Apollo 11 astronauts Jul.22  Washington  Obama defends health care reforms Jul.24  Honduras  Zelaya shortly crosses border Jul.25  Global  Global protests over Iranian crackdown Jul.26  Paris  Sarkozy hospitalized after jogging scare Jul.31  Philippines  Corazon Aquino dies Aug.1  Tel Aviv  Gunman attacks gay centre Aug.2  Jerusalem  Palestinians evicted Aug.3  Iran  Protests in Iran as Ahmadinejad endorsed Aug.4  North Korea  Bill Clinton meets with N. Korea leader   North Korea N. Korean leader pardons U.S. journalists Aug.5  Tehran  Ahmadinejad sworn in Aug.8  Tehran  UK, French embassy employees on trial Aug.10  Myanmar  Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi 'guilty' Aug.17  South Korea  Former S Korea President Kim dies Aug.21  Iran  Defence minister-designate on Interpol list Aug.22  South Korea  S Korean head meets North envoys Aug.25   Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy, 77, dies   The Democratic Massachusetts senator, the brother of ex-President John F Kennedy, has died after battling a brain tumour Aug.27  Boston  Mourners bid farewell to Kennedy Aug.29  Virginia  Kennedy laid to rest in Arlington cemetery Aug.30   Taiwan Dalai Lama arrives in Taiwan  Japan  Opposition set for victory  Jerusalem  Olmert charged in corruption probe Aug.31  Poland  WWII ceremonies begin Sep.5  London  G20 pledges tougher bank action Sep.8  Kabul  Recount clouds Karzai poll lead Sep.9   U.S. Congress Obama urges action on healthcare Sep.11  Taiwan  Chen, wife sentenced to life Sep.13  Venezuela  Chavez in $2bn Russian arms deal Sep.15   Japan Hatoyama takes over as PM  Parliament has formally confirmed Yukio Hatoyama as the prime minister. His Democratic Party of Japan won a huge poll victory last month Sep.18  Tehran  Protesters chant 'death to dictator' Sep.20  Afghanistan  US in Afghanistan failure warning Sep.21  Honduras  Zelaya returns to Honduras Sep.22  New York  Summit focuses on climate change Sep.24  UN Security Council  Security Council aims for nuke-free world   Pittsburgh G-20 to supplant G-8 on world stage Sep.25   USA Iran 'hiding underground nuclear facility' Sep.27  Berlin  Exit polls show Merkel retains office Sep.29  Guinea  Massacre toll put at 157 Oct.3  Ireland  Ireland backs EU's Lisbon Treaty Oct.4  Greece  Socialist Papandreou declared winner Oct.7  Rome  Berlusconi immunity law overruled Oct.8  Paris  Culture minister admits sex with 'boys' Oct.9   Norway Obama awarded 2009 Nobel Peace Prize   Obama said that he was 'surprised and deeply humbled' by the decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award him the 2009 Nobel Peace Pri... Oct.10   Switzerland   Armenia, Turkey sign historic agreement   Turkey and Armenia are establishing diplomatic relations after nearly a century of animosity. The border has been closed since 1993 Oct.11  Turkey  Israel out of NATO event because of Gaza Oct.13  U.S. Senate  Senate panel passes health bill Oct.16   Maldives Cabinet meets underwater Oct.20   Kabul Karzai accepts election runoff Oct.21  Tehran  Iran nuclear fuel deal 'agreed' Oct.24  Iran  U.N. in Iran to inspect nuke facility Oct.25  Iran  UN team 'visit Iran nuclear site' Oct.29  Honduras  Honduras rivals resolve deadlock Oct.30  European Union  EU strikes climate funding deal Nov.2   Kabul   Karzai declared elected president  Afghan electoral officials declared incumbent President Hamid Karzai the winner of another term in office, after canceling second round of v... Nov.3  Czech Republic  EU reform treaty passes last test Nov.4  Afghanistan  UN to evacuate Afghanistan staff Nov.5  West Bank  Abbas 'will not seek re-election'  UN Gen. Assembly  Gaza war probes get U.N. approval Nov.7  House of Representatives  US House backs healthcare reforms Nov.9   Berlin Berlin celebrates wall's fall aniversary Nov.17  Jerusalem  Israel approves plan to build 900 houses  Beijing  Trade focus for Obama talks Nov.19   Belgium Belgian PM is first 'president of Europe'   European Union leaders named Herman Van Rompuy, edging out former British Prime Minister Tony Blair for a still-vaguely defined job Nov.25  Mumbai  Mumbai attacks: One year on Nov.27  Berlin  2nd German official quits over airstrike  Iran  IAEA urges Iran to scrap nuke facility Nov.28  Trinidad & Tobago  Commonwealth leaders back climate fund Nov.29   Switzerland Voters back ban on minarets  Swiss voters, more than 57% of voters and 22 out of 26 cantons, have supported a referendum proposal to ban the building of minarets  Iran  Iran authorizes 10 new nuke plants  Honduras  Exit polls: Lobo leads Nov.30  Gulf  Iranian navy detains five Britons on yacht Dec.1  Upstate New York  Obama: 3-year plan to end Afghan war Dec.6  Denmark  Key global climate talks begin Dec.12  Denmark  Police detain 900 in climate change rally Dec.13   Milan PM Silvio Berlusconi is bloodied by attack Dec.19   Denmark Climate deal meets UN qualification   Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed a US-backed climate deal in Copenhagen as an 'essential beginning'  Iran  Dissident Grand Ayatollah Montazeri dies Dec.23  Iran  Clashes at Montazeri ceremony Dec.24  U.S. Senate  Senate passes healthcare reform bill   Vatican Pope falls in incident at midnight Mass Dec.26  Aceh  Fifth anniversary of tsunami marked Dec.27  Tehran  Several killed, 300 arrested in protests



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Jan.1  Baghdad  Iraqis take control of 'Green Zone'
 Cuba  Cuba marks 50 years of revolution
Jan.3  Ghana  Opposition leader wins poll
Jan.4   New Delhi
Jan.6  UN Security Council  UN chief demands Gaza ceasefire
Jan.7  Pakistan  Pakistan sacks security advisor
Jan.8  Belgium  Russia 'to restore gas to Europe'
Jan.10   European Union
Jan.12  Moscow  Russia signs deal, restoring Europe's gas
 UN  UN chief wants Gaza conflict halt
Jan.17   Moscow
Jan.18  Washington  Obama tells rally of hope for US
Jan.20   Washington
  Barack Obama launched his presidency before an estimated 1.5 million people on the National Mall with somber yet confident tones
 After being sworn in as the first African-American US leader, President Obama uses his inaugural address to pledge a 'new era of responsibility. He said the country will overcome its serious economic and international challenges
Jan.22   Washington     Obama signs order to close Guantanamo
  President Obama issued 3 executive orders to demonstrate a clean break from the Bush administration
 One of the orders is orders is requiring that the Guantanamo Bay detention facility be closed within a year. Obama is promising to return America to the 'moral high ground' in the war on terrorism
 Washington  Obama appoints key hotspot envoys Jan.23   Washington Obama reverses abortion-funding policy
Jan.25   Bolivia Bolivians 'back new constitution' Jan.26   Iceland Crisis claims cabinet  South Africa  Conflicting reports blur Zimbabwe deal  Egypt  US envoy starts Middle East push Jan.27  Moscow  Russian church picks new head Jan.28   House of Representatives US House passes economic package  The House of Representatives has passed by 244 votes to 188 President Obama's $825bn economic stimulus package Jan.29   Paris Huge crowds join French strikes   North Korea North Korea tears up agreements  Illinois  Illinois governor guilty of abuse Jan.30  Zimbabwe  Opposition to join unity government   Iraq   Change in the air as Iraq votes  Iraq is to elect new provincial councils in the first nationwide vote in 4 years, with the Sunni minority expected to turn out in strength Jan.31  Iraq  4,000 women run for office

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Feb.1   Iceland First gay PM for Iceland cabinet
 Jerusalem  Israel vows tough rocket response Feb.2   Iran   Iran makes first satellite launch
  Iran has launched its first domestically made satellite into orbit from a Safir-2 rocket. Iran is subject to UN sanctions
 President Ahmadinejad said that with it Iran had 'officially achieved a presence in space'. A US state department said the launch was of 'great concern' and could lead to ballistic missile development
Feb.3  Washington  Obama suffers blow over nominees   Sri Lanka President predicts rapid win Feb.4  Vatican  'Holocaust bishop' told to recant Feb.6   Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyz closure of US base 'final'  Rome  Right-to-die move blocked  U.S. Senate  US senators agree economy bill Feb.7  Madagascar  Police 'kill many'  Germany  Bishops: 'No room' for Holocaust denier Feb.10   Jerusalem Rivals claim election win Feb.11   Zimbabwe   Tsvangirai sworn in as PM   Opposition leader was sworn in as prime minister of Zimbabwe as part of a new unity government   U.S. Congress US lawmakers reach stimulus deal Feb.12  New Delhi  India welcomes Mumbai admission  Washington  Another Obama cabinet pick quits Feb.13  Zimbabwe  New government minister arrested  House of Representatives  US House approves stimulus plan Feb.15  Venezuela  Chavez declares victory in referendum Feb.16   Japan Clinton visits Asia to send key message  Japan  Finance minister to resign Feb.17  Qatar  Sudan, rebels sign prisoner release deal Feb.19   Kyrgyzstan Parliament votes to close key U.S. base  Kyrgyzstan parliament has voted to close a base the U.S. uses as a route for troops and supplies heading into Afghanistan  South Korea  Korean tensions brew as Clinton arrives  Argentina  Argentina expels Holocaust bishop Feb.20   Jerusalem   Netanyahu picked to form government  President Shimon Peres: Benjamin Netanyahu, the head of the conservative Likud Party, has been chosen to form Israel's next government Feb.21  Beijing  Clinton: Human rights 'cannot interfere'  Melbourne  Australia mourns bushfire victims Feb.24  U.S. Congress  Determined Obama vows to renew US Feb.25   Southern Iran Iran tests its first nuclear power plant Feb.28  Zimbabwe  Mugabe vows to seize more farms

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Mar.1  Belgium  EU 'consensus' to tackle crisis   Egypt Donors asked to pledge Gaza cash
Mar.2  Cuba  Cuban shake-up claims key figures Mar.3  Washington  Obama reaches out to Russia over Iran Mar.4   Beijing Economy tops China's congress meeting  At the National People's Congress Premier Wen Jiabao pledging economic growth amid a growing national deficit and the global financial crisi...  Sudan  Sudan orders aid agency expulsions Mar.5   NATO NATO to resume Russian contacts Mar.6   Zimbabwe PM's wife killed in car crash   Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was in stable condition and recovering from head injuries after a car wreck that killed his wife, Susan  Florida  Nasa launches Earth hunter probe Mar.8   Washington   Obama reversed stem cell ban  President Barack Obama lifts restrictions on federal funding for research on new stem cell lines, a major reversal of US policy Mar.9  Zimbabwe  Tsvangirai rules out foul play in fatal crash  North Korea  N. Kor. Warns against satellite interception Mar.11  Pakistan  Protesters start march Mar.13  London  G20 ministers meet amid divisions Mar.14   London   G20 leaders vow to restore growth
  Finance ministers from the rich and emerging nations have pledged to make a 'sustained effort' to pull the world economy out of recession.    Commitment to fight all forms of protectionism and maintain open ...
  Madagascar President Ravalomanana defies ultimatum   Pakistan Sharif placed under house arrest Mar.15  Pakistan  Judge sacked by Musharraf to return   El Salvador Leftist Funes claims presidency Mar.16  Madagascar  Opposition leader claims mandate Mar.17  Madagascar  President Ravalomanana steps down  Washington  US Treasury 'to reclaim AIG cash'   Cameroon   Pope visits Africa, reaffirms condom ban
  Benedict XVI refused to soften the Vatican's ban on condom use as he arrived in Africa for his first visit to the continent as pope
Mar.20   Iran     Obama offers Iran 'new beginning'   US President has offered 'a new beginning' of engagement with Tehran in an unprecedented direct video message to the Iranian people  Washington  U.S. suspended aid for Madagascar Mar.21  Iran  Ali Khamenei: Obama rhetoric not enough   Madagascar   Opposition leader becomes president
  After two months of political turmoil, Andry Rajoelina was inaugurated in front of thousands of supporters as Madagascar's president.    The event, which took place at a soccer stadiu...
  Pakistan Judge Chaudhry regains top post  Sacked Supreme Court chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry has formally returned to his post following months of mass protests Mar.22   Angola Pope Mass draws big crowds Mar.23   Washington US unveils $1tn toxic asset plan   South Africa Dalai Lama refused visa for peace summit Mar.24  Washington  Obama to beef up Mexico border policy Mar.25  China  YouTube blocked in China Mar.28   London   Thousands join G-20 protest   Despite fears of violence that have prompted a major security operation in the capital, the demonstration has so far been peaceful   Global   Lights go out across planet for Earth Hour  Lights were going out as millions of homes and businesses in major cities went dark for one hour to highlight concerns over climate change Mar.31   Jerusalem Netanyahu sworn in as Israeli PM

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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   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  France  Obama: Europe faces greater terror risk Apr.4   France Extra NATO troops for Afghan poll  Kabul  Karzai to review move toward sharia law Apr.5  UN Security Council  No accord at UN talks on N Korea Apr.7  Moldova  Students raid parliament Apr.9   Italy Italy mourns earthquake victims Apr.10   Thailand Thai protests disrupt Asian summit
  Political demonstrations in Thailand disrupted the Association of South East Asian Nations summit
Apr.12   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.15   India Millions of Indians vote Apr.16  Mexico  Obama backs Mexico's war on drugs  Washington  US releases Bush-era interrogation memos Apr.17   Trinidad & Tobago     Obama offers Cuba 'new beginning'   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 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  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  Peru  Chavez rival seeks asylum in Peru Apr.22  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   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.26   Ecuador Correa claims re-election win Apr.28  Italy  Pope visits quake zone Apr.29   Washington Obama marks 100th day in office

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May.3   Italy   Berlusconi's wife to divorce him
  Veronica Lario, the wife of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, has confirmed that she will file for divorce
May.6   Washington Obama hails unity over al-Qaeda May.8   Jordan Pope begins Mid-East pilgrimage May.9   South Africa Zuma sworn in as South Africa's president May.11   Tel Aviv   Pope addresses Holocaust on Israel visit  Benedict XVI started his visit by acknowledging the millions killed in the Holocaust and endorsing a two-state solution to the Palestinian c...   Iran U.S. journalist freed in Iran  Washington  US sacks top Afghanistan general May.12  Jerusalem  Pope visits holy sites May.13  Washington  Obama stopped to detainee photo releases May.14   Myanmar   Suu Kyi taken to prison   Pro-democracy leader is to face trial for breaching the conditions of her detention under house arrest May.15   India Congress alliance well ahead in election  Early counting trends show the ruling Congress-led alliance well ahead of the opposition BJP coalition in India's general election May.16   Kuwait Kuwait votes for first female MPs May.18   Washington Obama presses Netanyahu over 2-states  London  Key lawmaker in expenses scandal May.19   London Speaker quits 'for sake of unity'  Michael Martin has told MPs he intends to stand down, so becoming the first Commons Speaker to be forced out of office for 300 years  Washington  Obama to curb vehicle emissions May.20  Ireland  Abuse 'endemic' at Catholic institutions  U.S. Senate  Guantanamo detainee move blocked May.21  Washington  Obama: Gitmo 'weakens US security'  Malawi  President Mutharika wins re-election May.22  Sri Lanka  Sri Lanka celebrates end of civil war   South Korea Ex-S Korea leader 'kills himself'
  Roh Moo-hyun , 62, had been under investigation for alleged corruption, has apparently committed suicide by jumping into a ravine.    He was mountain climbing near his home and had left a brief suicide note and had left a brief suicide not...
May.25  Washington  US backs North Korea's neighbours May.26   North Korea N Korea threatens military action  North Korea has warned of a military response after S. Korea joined an anti-proliferation exercise which allow it to search the North's ship... May.27  Washington  U.S. warns N. Korea of 'consequences' May.29  South Korea  Koreans turn out in force for Roh May.31   England Last Titanic survivor dies at 97

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Jun.1  North Korea  N Korea 'names Kim's successor' Jun.3  Saudi Arabia  Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia  Washington  US presses China over Tiananmen Jun.4   Egypt   Obama speaks of tensions with Muslims
  President Obama is offering a hand of friendship to Islam and addressing an array of quandaries and conflicts dividing the two cultures.    At Cairo University, Obama delivered his long-awaited and wide-ranging speech on American and Muslim relations, the rights of Israel and the Pal...
  Hong Kong Hong Kong holds Tiananmen vigil   London     Minister quits, calls for Brown's resignation   Prime Minister said he was 'disappointed' over the resignation of James Purnell. In his letter of resignation Purnell also called on Brown to...  Cuba  Cuba rejects OAS membership Jun.5   Peru Deadly clashes in Peru's Amazon Jun.6   France Leaders' tribute to D-Day heroes Jun.7   European Union   Center-right does well in EU poll  Exit polls and initial results show thar center-right parties have done well in elections to the European Parliament at the expense of the l...   North Korea Reporters get 12-year terms in N. Korea  Two U.S. journalists who were detained in North Korea while covering the plight of defectors have been sentenced to 12 years in labor camps   Lebanon   Pro-West bloc retains control  Saad Hariri, the leader of Sunni-dominated 'March 14 coalition,' claimed victory hours after the polls closed in Sunday's crucial election Jun.8   London Pressure on PM as another minister quits Jun.10   Iran Iran row fires campaign's end  UN Security Council  UN agrees on tougher N. Korea sanctions  Italy  Italy and France 'failing Africa' Jun.12  Iran  Huge turnout in presidential poll   Iran     Ahmadinejad has large lead in election
  Defying many predictions, Iranian President held a commanding lead in the presidential vote. With 70% of votes counted, Ahmadinejad has 66%
  UN Security Council U.N. tightens sanctions on North Korea Jun.13   Tehran Election protests turn violent Map of Tehran Iran
  Ahmadinejad declaration as the winner of presidential election brought thousands of supporters of the rival Moussavi onto the streets
 Moussavi supporters are crying foul as street clashes have erupted in the aftermath of the polls Protesters and riot police engaged in running battles, with stones thrown, and people shouting 'death to the dictatorship'
 Iran  Ahmadinejad defiant on 'free' Iran poll Jun.14   Jerusalem   PM calls for demilitarized Palestinian state   Netanyahu said that Israel would agree to a peace agreement with Palestinians under which there would be a 'demilitarized Palestinian state'   Tehran Hatred, chaos and savage beatings Jun.15  Tehran  Shots fired at huge protest Jun.16   Tehran Mass opposition rally Jun.18   Tehran Iranians take to streets in mourning march  Myanmar  Suu Kyi turns 64 in prison Jun.19   Iran Ayatollah demands end to protests Jun.20   Tehran Security forces use tear gas on protesters  Tehran  Chaos prevails as protesters, police clash Jun.21   Tehran   Iran silences street protesters   Iranian authorities have deployed thousands of security officers on the streets, after a week of mass protests over a disputed election  Iran  Council rejects voting irregularities Jun.22   Tehran   Hundreds protest, despite warning   Hundreds of demonstrators angry over recent presidential election results gathered in a public square, despite a stern warning by Revolutionary...  Tehran  Police break up new rally  Paris  Sarkozy speaks out against burka Jun.23  Washington  Obama condemns 'unjust' violence Jun.25  Iran  Opposition delays rally after crackdown  Iran  Moussavi maintains defiant stance Jun.28   Iran   British Embassy workers seized in Iran  Foreign Secretary David Miliband: The arrest of staff members at the Embassy is 'harassment and intimidation of a kind which is quite unacce... Jun.29   Iran Council: Partial recount validates vote

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Jul.1   New Delhi Gay sex 'not criminal' in India
Jul.2  Myanmar  UN chief begins mission in Burma Jul.3  Tehran  UK embassy staff in Iran 'face trial'  Libya  African Union in rift with court Jul.4  Iran  Ahmadinejad wants talk with Obama  Washington  Americas group suspends Honduras Jul.5   Western China   Scores killed in China protests Map of Urumqi China
  Violence in restive western region of Xinjiang has left at least 140 people dead and more than 800 injured
 Several hundred people were arrested after a protest, in Urumqi turned violent. Exiled Uighur leader says police fired on students. The protest was prompted by a deadly fight between Uighurs and Han Chinese last month
  Honduras Honduras denies Zelaya jet from landing Jul.6   Moscow Obama moves to bolster U.S.-Russia ties  Washington  Ex-Pentagon chief McNamara dies  Western China  Unrest spreads in western China  Tehran  Khamenei blames 'enemies' for unrest Jul.7  Moscow  Obama urges shift in Russia ties  Western China  Restive city under curfew Jul.8  North Korea  Kim Jong Il frail at father's memorial   Italy G-8 leaders pledge to seek emissions cuts Jul.9  Italy  World powers accept warming limit Jul.10   Ghana   Obama's trip sends message to Africa  President Barack Obama is generating excitement in the west African nation and envy among its neighbors Jul.11  Ghana  Obama speaks of hopes for Africa Jul.15   Chechnya Activist Estemirova 'found murdered'  A prominent Russian human rights activist, Natalia Estemirova, was bundled into a van and abducted as she left her home in Chechnya  Moscow  President Medvedev condemns killing Jul.16   Egypt Pakistan and India in terror vow Jul.17  Iran  Rafsanjani calls for protesters' release  Mumbai  Clinton seeks goodwill in India Jul.19   China Police killed 12 in Uyghur riots   Costa Rica Honduran negotiations end at impasse Jul.20   Washington Obama hails Apollo 11 astronauts  President has praised the 'heroism' of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins who made the first landing on the Moon 40 years ago  Japan  PM dissolves parliament Jul.21  Tehran  Arrests at new protests Jul.22   Washington Obama defends health care reforms Jul.23  New Jersey  Mayors, rabbis arrested in crime probe Jul.24   Honduras     Zelaya shortly crosses border  Ousted Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya walked under a border chain and returned to his country nearly a month after the coup Jul.25   Global Global protests over Iranian crackdown  Nicaragua  Zelaya returns to Honduran border Jul.26   Paris Sarkozy hospitalized after jogging scare  Syria  US urges Syria on Mid-East peace  Iran  Ahmadinejad may face confidence vote Jul.28  Iran  Iran 'releases 140 demonstrators' Jul.30  Iran  Police clash with mourners Jul.31   Philippines Corazon Aquino dies  Former President had been suffering from colon cancer for more than a year and recently announced she was refusing further treatment  Iran  Poll protests trial begins

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Aug.1  Iran  Reformers slate trial 'sham'   Tel Aviv Gunman attacks gay centre  A lone black-clad gunman killed 2 people and wounded at least 10 at a gay support centre before escaping Aug.2   Jerusalem Palestinians evicted
 Iran  Torture claim against trial Aug.3   Iran     Protests in Iran as Ahmadinejad endorsed   Hundreds of Iranians took to the streets, hours after the country's supreme leader endorsed President Ahmadinejad for a second term in offic... Aug.4   North Korea Bill Clinton meets with N. Korea leader   North Korea   N. Korean leader pardons U.S. journalists
  President Kim Jong Il has pardoned and ordered the release of two U.S. journalists after Bill Clinton met with top North Korean officials
 North Korea  Two freed US reporters head home Aug.5   Tehran Ahmadinejad sworn in
 Kenya  Clinton to hold key Somalia talks Aug.8   Tehran   UK, French embassy employees on trial  A mass trial of Iranians and others arrested in post-election demonstrations resumed, with about 100 defendants in Tehran's Revolutionary Co... Aug.10   Myanmar   Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi 'guilty'   Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to an additional 18 months house arrest by a court Aug.15  Myanmar  Myanmar hands American to U.S. officials Aug.16  Kabul  Karzai, rivals debate as elections near Aug.17  Iraq  Gay men 'attacked, executed in Iraq'   South Korea Former S Korea President Kim dies Aug.18  Kabul  Poll media blackout urged Aug.21   Iran Defence minister-designate on Interpol list  Iran's defence minister-designate Vahidi is on an Interpol 'wanted' list over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Argentina  Washington  Obama condemns bomber's heros welcome'  Libya  Trade 'link' to bomber's release Aug.22  Kandahar  Monitors: Taliban cut off fingers of voters   South Korea S Korean head meets North envoys Aug.23  CIA  CIA report alleges prisoner abuse Aug.24  Honduras  Envoys call for return of ousted Zelaya Aug.25  Argentina  Court ruling allows personal use of pot  Iraq  Iraq and Syria recall ambassadors   Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy, 77, dies
  The Democratic Massachusetts senator, the brother of ex-President John F Kennedy, has died after battling a brain tumour
 Edward Kennedy became a member of the Senate in 1962 to replace his brother when he resigned to become president, and was re-elected 7 times
Aug.26  Washington  Obama leads tributes to Kennedy  Taiwan  Dalai Lama to visit typhoon-hit Taiwan Aug.27   Boston Mourners bid farewell to Kennedy
 Iran  Mourning in Iran and Iraq for Shiite leader  Kabul  US envoy 'in angry Karzai talks' Aug.28  South Korea  Koreas reach deal to reunite families Aug.29   Virginia Kennedy laid to rest in Arlington cemetery Aug.30   Taiwan     Dalai Lama arrives in Taiwan
  The Dalai Lama arrived on a visit that will include prayers for victims of Typhoon Morakot, but which has raised the ire of neighboring China
  Japan   Opposition set for victory   Prime Minister Taro Aso announced his resignation as head of the party that has governed for decades following its landslide defeat in elect...   Jerusalem Olmert charged in corruption probe Aug.31   Poland WWII ceremonies begin

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Sep.4  Western China  Five killed as protesters, police clash  Libya  Leader's son: Libya pressed for deal Sep.5  London  Brown: No room for economic complacency   London G20 pledges tougher bank action
Sep.6  London  Brown backs bid for Libya pay-out Sep.7  Jerusalem  Israel approved homes in W. Bank Sep.8   Kabul Recount clouds Karzai poll lead Sep.9   U.S. Congress Obama urges action on healthcare
  US President has made one of the most critical speeches of his presidency, as he faced Congress over his plans for healthcare reform.    He said that failure to introduce reform had led the...
Sep.10  Kabul  Hundreds of Afghan votes declared invalid Sep.11   Taiwan Chen, wife sentenced to life  Former President Chen Shui-bian was convicted on corruption and money laundering charges, and was sentenced to life in prison  Washington  US marks 9/11 amid shooting scare  Washington  U.S ready for direct talks with N. Korea Sep.12  Zimbabwe  Mugabe says EU meeting 'very friendly'  U.S. Congress  Tea party activists rally at U.S. Capitol Sep.13   Venezuela Chavez in $2bn Russian arms deal Sep.14  Washington  Obama issues warning to bankers Sep.15  UN  U.N.: Gaza acts amounted to war crimes   Japan   Hatoyama takes over as PM
  Parliament has formally confirmed Yukio Hatoyama as the prime minister. His Democratic Party of Japan won a huge poll victory last month
 PM Yukio Hatoyama has promised economic revival and strong US ties, vowed to deliver a 'people-oriented society' His Democratic Party of Japan won a huge poll victory, ending 50 years of almost unbroken Liberal Democratic Party rule
Sep.16  Kabul  Karzai blasts EU over 'suspicious vote' claim Sep.17  European Union  EU agrees on bonus claw-back call Sep.18   Tehran Protesters chant 'death to dictator' Sep.19  Washington  Obama to meet Middle East leaders Sep.20   Afghanistan US in Afghanistan failure warning Sep.21   Honduras     Zelaya returns to Honduras  Ousted President Jose Manuel Zelaya returned to the capital city, where he is planning to meet with his critics to arrange for his return to...  France  Calais migrant eviction under way Sep.22   New York Summit focuses on climate change   World leaders converge in New York to focus on climate change  New York  Obama calls for Mid-East urgency Sep.23  New York  Russia eases over Iran sanctions Sep.24   UN Security Council Security Council aims for nuke-free world  Pittsburgh  G-20 leaders meet to bolster economy   Pittsburgh G-20 to supplant G-8 on world stage
  Leaders of the G-20 summit will announce that the group will become the new permanent council for international economic cooperation.    G-20 is a group of finance ministers and central bank gover...
Sep.25   USA     Iran 'hiding underground nuclear facility'
  US President: Iran concealed a partially-built second uranium enrichment plant in defiance of calls for transparency over its nuclear plans.    The US, UK and France said the UN had to be given immediate access and urged tough new sanctions. Russia...
 UN  Iran defiant amid new nuclear row Sep.26  Istanbul  Turks mourn relative of Ottoman sultan  Iran  Iran nuclear chief: U.N. can inspect plant Sep.27   Berlin Exit polls show Merkel retains office   German Chancellor Angela Merkel defeated her foreign minister to win another four-year term. Christian Democratic Union party received 33.7% Sep.28  Peru  Fujimori pleads guilty in bribery case Sep.29   Guinea Massacre toll put at 157 Sep.30  Beijing  China marks Communist anniversary

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Oct.1  Iran  Iran to invite nuclear inspectors 'soon' Oct.3   Ireland Ireland backs EU's Lisbon Treaty
Oct.4  Iran  U.N. to inspect Iran plant this month   Greece   Socialist Papandreou declared winner  The opposition party defeated the incumbent center-right government of Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis Oct.7   Rome Berlusconi immunity law overruled  USA  Scientists: massive ring around Saturn Oct.8   Paris Culture minister admits sex with 'boys'  French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand said he will not resign over his admission in a book that he paid to have sex with 'boys' in Tha... Oct.9   Norway Obama awarded 2009 Nobel Peace Prize
  Obama said that he was 'surprised and deeply humbled' by the decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award him the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize
 Beijing  Nations urge early N Korea talks Oct.10   Switzerland   Armenia, Turkey sign historic agreement
Map of Zurich Switzerland
  Turkey and Armenia are establishing diplomatic relations after nearly a century of animosity. The border has been closed since 1993
 Neither the Armenians nor the Turks gave a closing statement after the signing
Oct.11  Iran  'Election protestors' sentenced to death   Turkey   Israel out of NATO event because of Gaza  Turkey excluded Israel from a planned NATO military exercise partly because of Turkey's criticism of Gaza offensive nearly a year ago Oct.13   U.S. Senate Senate panel passes health bill Oct.16   Maldives   Cabinet meets underwater
  The government has held a cabinet meeting about five metres (16ft) underwater to highlight the threat of global warming
Oct.17  Madrid  Big anti-abortion rally Oct.20   Kabul     Karzai accepts election runoff
  Afghan President bowed to Western pressure, agreeing to take part in a presidential runoff vote in two weeks
Oct.21   Tehran Iran nuclear fuel deal 'agreed' Oct.23  Kabul  Run-off campaigning begins Oct.24   Iran U.N. in Iran to inspect nuke facility Oct.25   Iran UN team 'visit Iran nuclear site'   A team from the nuclear watchdog has inspected a previously secret uranium enrichment plant in Iran, near the holy city of Qom  Washington  Obama's fury at Baghdad bloodbath Oct.29   Honduras     Honduras rivals resolve deadlock  The interim leader says he is ready to sign a pact to end its crisis which could include the return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya Oct.30   European Union EU strikes climate funding deal  Colombia  Deal allows U.S. to use Colombia bases Oct.31  Jerusalem  Clinton urges new Mid-East talks

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Nov.1  Kabul  Abdullah withdraws from Afghan runoff Nov.2   Kabul     Karzai declared elected president
  Afghan electoral officials declared incumbent President Hamid Karzai the winner of another term in office, after canceling second round of voting
Nov.3   Czech Republic EU reform treaty passes last test  The president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, has signed the Lisbon Treaty, the final step in the charter's ratification  New Jersey  Republicans win key elections Nov.4   Afghanistan UN to evacuate Afghanistan staff Nov.5   West Bank Abbas 'will not seek re-election'   UN Gen. Assembly Gaza war probes get U.N. approval Nov.7   House of Representatives US House backs healthcare reforms Nov.8  Baghdad  Iraq MPs approve election reform Nov.9   Berlin Berlin celebrates wall's fall aniversary
  Thousands of people joined world leaders to remember the night 20 years ago when a euphoric wave of people power swept away the Berlin Wall.    German Chancellor Merkel walked across a bridge that was the first crossing opened between East and West on 9 November 1989, joined by ex-Soviet leader Gorbachev and Polish ex-President Wales...
 Iran  Iran to charge U.S. hikers with espionage Nov.11  Washington  Obama in Afghan troop level talks Nov.14  Singapore  Apec leaders in climate warning Nov.15  Australia  Australia apologizes to ex-child migrants Nov.17   Jerusalem Israel approves plan to build 900 houses   Beijing Trade focus for Obama talks Nov.19   Belgium   Belgian PM is first 'president of Europe'
  European Union leaders named Herman Van Rompuy, edging out former British Prime Minister Tony Blair for a still-vaguely defined job
 The other top job created - foreign affairs supremo - has gone to the EU Trade Commissioner, Baroness Catherine Ashton from the UK
 Kabul  Hamid Karzai sworn in for second term Nov.21  Vatican  Archbishop of Canterbury, Pope agree Nov.25   Mumbai Mumbai attacks: One year on Nov.26  Ireland  Irish Church accused of abuse cover-up  Trinidad & Tobago  Commonwealth summit in targets climate Nov.27   Berlin 2nd German official quits over airstrike   Iran IAEA urges Iran to scrap nuke facility Nov.28   Trinidad & Tobago Commonwealth leaders back climate fund Nov.29   Switzerland Voters back ban on minarets
  Swiss voters, more than 57% of voters and 22 out of 26 cantons, have supported a referendum proposal to ban the building of minarets
 The government is saying the ban would harm Switzerland's image, particularly in the Muslim world. The proposal had been put forward by the Swiss People's Party, which says minarets are a sign of Islamisation
  Iran Iran authorizes 10 new nuke plants  Iran's Cabinet has authorized the construction of another 10 uranium enrichment plants, further defying international calls  Uruguay  Exit polls: Ex-guerrilla wins presidency   Honduras Exit polls: Lobo leads Nov.30   Gulf Iranian navy detains five Britons on yacht  Washington  Obama issues new Afghan orders

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Dec.1   Upstate New York Obama: 3-year plan to end Afghan war   The deployment of 30,000 additional U.S. troops is part of a strategy to reverse the Taliban's momentum and stabilize the country's governme... Dec.2  Honduras  Congress votes against ousted president Dec.6  Bolivia  Exit polls: Morales re-elected   Denmark Key global climate talks begin
Dec.7  Afghanistan  U.S. defense secretary arrives Dec.9  Honduras  Zelaya seeks refuge in Mexico Dec.12   Denmark Police detain 900 in climate change rally Dec.13   Milan   PM Silvio Berlusconi is bloodied by attack
  Italian Prime Minister, 73, has been hit in the face and knocked to the ground after a political rally. He was taken to a hospital.    Berlusconi looking dazed, was helped to his feet by aides and put in a car. The nose and two teeth were broken and...
 Abu Dhabi  Abu Dhabi gives Dubai $10bn to pay debts Dec.16  Denmark  Slow progress at Copenhagen talks Dec.17  Pakistan  Officials barred from leaving Pakistan Dec.18  Denmark  Obama announces climate deal with China Dec.19   Denmark Climate deal meets UN qualification
Map of Copenhagen Denmark
  Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed a US-backed climate deal in Copenhagen as an 'essential beginning'
 After intense wrangling, delegates passed a motion taking note of the deal, without formally adopting it. The accord includes a recognition to limit temperature rises to less than 2C and promises to deliver $30bn of aid for developing nations over the next 3 years
  Iran Dissident Grand Ayatollah Montazeri dies   87-year-old theologian was based in the holy city Qom. He was a moving spirit in the 1979 revolution and a critic of President Ahmadinejad Dec.20  Iran  Crowds mourn reformist cleric Montazeri Dec.23   Iran Clashes at Montazeri ceremony Dec.24   U.S. Senate Senate passes healthcare reform bill   Vatican     Pope falls in incident at midnight Mass
  A commotion at the start of Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter's Basilica briefly disrupted ceremonies and caused the pope to fall.    The Pope conducts the Mass despite being briefly k...
 China  Dissident sentenced to 11 years Dec.25  Vatican  Pope delivers Christmas message Dec.26   Aceh Fifth anniversary of tsunami marked
 Tehran  Renewed clashes reported Dec.27   Tehran   Several killed, 300 arrested in protests   The clashes broke out between demonstrators and security forces as large crowds gathered for Ashura, a major religious observance  Washington  Obama orders review of flight screenings Dec.28  Argentina  First same-sex marriage in Latin America


Iran tests its first nuclear power plant Security Council aims for nuke-free world   Iran 'hiding underground nuclear facility'




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2009
Feb.25   Southern Iran
Mar.3  Washington  Obama reaches out to Russia over Iran
Apr.13  North Korea  N Korea to boycott nuclear talks
May.25  Washington  US backs North Korea's neighbours
Sep.24   UN Security Council
Sep.25   USA
  US President: Iran concealed a partially-built second uranium enrichment plant in defiance of calls for transparency over its nuclear plans.    The US, UK and France said the UN had to be given immediate access and urged tough new sanctions. Russia...
Sep.25  UN  Iran defiant amid new nuclear row Sep.26  Iran  Iran nuclear chief: U.N. can inspect plant Oct.1  Iran  Iran to invite nuclear inspectors 'soon' Oct.4  Iran  U.N. to inspect Iran plant this month Oct.21   Tehran Iran nuclear fuel deal 'agreed'
Oct.24   Iran U.N. in Iran to inspect nuke facility Oct.25   Iran UN team 'visit Iran nuclear site'   A team from the nuclear watchdog has inspected a previously secret uranium enrichment plant in Iran, near the holy city of Qom Nov.27   Iran IAEA urges Iran to scrap nuke facility Nov.29   Iran Iran authorizes 10 new nuke plants  Iran's Cabinet has authorized the construction of another 10 uranium enrichment plants, further defying international calls



World, Politics, 2009 Fire Timeline ... See World Fire timeline Top ^
2009 Feb.21  Melbourne  Australia mourns bushfire victims Mar.13  London  G20 ministers meet amid divisions Mar.23   Washington US unveils $1tn toxic asset plan
Sep.5   London G20 pledges tougher bank action Sep.14  Washington  Obama issues warning to bankers Sep.17  European Union  EU agrees on bonus claw-back call Dec.13  Abu Dhabi  Abu Dhabi gives Dubai $10bn to pay debts



World, Politics, 2009 Aid Timeline ... See World Aid timeline Top ^
2009 Mar.1   Egypt Donors asked to pledge Gaza cash
Mar.4  Sudan  Sudan orders aid agency expulsions Mar.20  Washington  U.S. suspended aid for Madagascar Mar.24  Washington  Obama to beef up Mexico border policy Apr.16  Mexico  Obama backs Mexico's war on drugs Jun.10  Italy  Italy and France 'failing Africa' Aug.25  Argentina  Court ruling allows personal use of pot Dec.13  Abu Dhabi  Abu Dhabi gives Dubai $10bn to pay debts



World, Politics, 2009 Election, Vote Timeline ... See World Election, Vote timeline Top ^
2009 Jan.3  Ghana  Opposition leader wins poll Jan.25   Bolivia Bolivians 'back new constitution'
Jan.30   Iraq Change in the air as Iraq votes  Iraq is to elect new provincial councils in the first nationwide vote in 4 years, with the Sunni minority expected to turn out in strength Jan.31  Iraq  4,000 women run for office Feb.10   Jerusalem Rivals claim election win Feb.15  Venezuela  Chavez declares victory in referendum Mar.15   El Salvador Leftist Funes claims presidency Apr.9   Italy Italy mourns earthquake victims Apr.15   India Millions of Indians vote Apr.23  South Africa  ANC on course for South Africa landslide 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.26   Ecuador Correa claims re-election win Apr.28  Italy  Pope visits quake zone May.15   India Congress alliance well ahead in election  Early counting trends show the ruling Congress-led alliance well ahead of the opposition BJP coalition in India's general election May.16   Kuwait Kuwait votes for first female MPs May.21  Malawi  President Mutharika wins re-election Jun.7   European Union Center-right does well in EU poll  Exit polls and initial results show thar center-right parties have done well in elections to the European Parliament at the expense of the l... Jun.7   Lebanon Pro-West bloc retains control  Saad Hariri, the leader of Sunni-dominated 'March 14 coalition,' claimed victory hours after the polls closed in Sunday's crucial election Jun.10   Iran Iran row fires campaign's end Jun.12  Iran  Huge turnout in presidential poll Jun.12   Iran   Ahmadinejad has large lead in election
  Defying many predictions, Iranian President held a commanding lead in the presidential vote. With 70% of votes counted, Ahmadinejad has 66%
Jun.13  Iran  Ahmadinejad defiant on 'free' Iran poll Jun.21  Iran  Council rejects voting irregularities Jun.29   Iran Council: Partial recount validates vote Aug.16  Kabul  Karzai, rivals debate as elections near Aug.18  Kabul  Poll media blackout urged Aug.22  Kandahar  Monitors: Taliban cut off fingers of voters Aug.30   Japan   Opposition set for victory   Prime Minister Taro Aso announced his resignation as head of the party that has governed for decades following its landslide defeat in elect... Sep.8   Kabul Recount clouds Karzai poll lead Sep.10  Kabul  Hundreds of Afghan votes declared invalid Sep.13   Venezuela Chavez in $2bn Russian arms deal Sep.16  Kabul  Karzai blasts EU over 'suspicious vote' claim Sep.27   Berlin Exit polls show Merkel retains office   German Chancellor Angela Merkel defeated her foreign minister to win another four-year term. Christian Democratic Union party received 33.7% Oct.3   Ireland Ireland backs EU's Lisbon Treaty Oct.4   Greece Socialist Papandreou declared winner  The opposition party defeated the incumbent center-right government of Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis Oct.20   Kabul   Karzai accepts election runoff
  Afghan President bowed to Western pressure, agreeing to take part in a presidential runoff vote in two weeks
Oct.23  Kabul  Run-off campaigning begins Nov.1  Kabul  Abdullah withdraws from Afghan runoff Nov.3  New Jersey  Republicans win key elections Nov.8  Baghdad  Iraq MPs approve election reform Nov.29  Uruguay  Exit polls: Ex-guerrilla wins presidency Nov.29   Honduras Exit polls: Lobo leads Dec.6  Bolivia  Exit polls: Morales re-elected Dec.26   Aceh Fifth anniversary of tsunami marked



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2009 Mar.17  Washington  US Treasury 'to reclaim AIG cash' Jul.23  New Jersey  Mayors, rabbis arrested in crime probe Aug.30   Jerusalem Olmert charged in corruption probe




World, Politics, 2009 Government Timeline ... See World Government timeline Top ^
2009 Jan.1  Baghdad  Iraqis take control of 'Green Zone' Jan.22   Washington   Obama signs order to close Guantanamo
  President Obama issued 3 executive orders to demonstrate a clean break from the Bush administration
 One of the orders is orders is requiring that the Guantanamo Bay detention facility be closed within a year. Obama is promising to return America to the 'moral high ground' in the war on terrorism
Jan.22  Washington  Obama appoints key hotspot envoys Jan.26   Iceland Crisis claims cabinet Jan.30  Zimbabwe  Opposition to join unity government Feb.6  Rome  Right-to-die move blocked Mar.6   Zimbabwe PM's wife killed in car crash   Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was in stable condition and recovering from head injuries after a car wreck that killed his wife, Susan Jun.4  Cuba  Cuba rejects OAS membership Jun.14   Jerusalem   PM calls for demilitarized Palestinian state   Netanyahu said that Israel would agree to a peace agreement with Palestinians under which there would be a 'demilitarized Palestinian state' Jul.3  Libya  African Union in rift with court Sep.7  Jerusalem  Israel approved homes in W. Bank Sep.15  UN  U.N.: Gaza acts amounted to war crimes Nov.5   UN Gen. Assembly Gaza war probes get U.N. approval Nov.17   Jerusalem Israel approves plan to build 900 houses



World, Politics, 2009 International Timeline ... See World International timeline Top ^
2009 Mar.5   NATO NATO to resume Russian contacts
Mar.20   Iran   Obama offers Iran 'new beginning'   US President has offered 'a new beginning' of engagement with Tehran in an unprecedented direct video message to the Iranian people Apr.12   Thailand Troops crack down on protest Jul.22   Washington Obama defends health care reforms Sep.9   U.S. Congress Obama urges action on healthcare
  US President has made one of the most critical speeches of his presidency, as he faced Congress over his plans for healthcare reform.    He said that failure to introduce reform had led the...
Oct.13   U.S. Senate Senate panel passes health bill Nov.7   House of Representatives US House backs healthcare reforms Dec.13   Milan   PM Silvio Berlusconi is bloodied by attack
  Italian Prime Minister, 73, has been hit in the face and knocked to the ground after a political rally. He was taken to a hospital.    Berlusconi looking dazed, was helped to his feet by aides and put in a car. The nose and two teeth were broken and...
Dec.24   U.S. Senate Senate passes healthcare reform bill



World, Politics, 2009 Environmental Politics Timeline ... See World Environmental Politics timeline Top ^
2009 Mar.28   Global Lights go out across planet for Earth Hour  Lights were going out as millions of homes and businesses in major cities went dark for one hour to highlight concerns over climate change Jul.9  Italy  World powers accept warming limit Sep.22   New York Summit focuses on climate change   World leaders converge in New York to focus on climate change Oct.16   Maldives Cabinet meets underwater
  The government has held a cabinet meeting about five metres (16ft) underwater to highlight the threat of global warming
Oct.30   European Union EU strikes climate funding deal Nov.26  Trinidad & Tobago  Commonwealth summit in targets climate Nov.28   Trinidad & Tobago Commonwealth leaders back climate fund Nov.30   Gulf Iranian navy detains five Britons on yacht Dec.6   Denmark Key global climate talks begin Dec.16  Denmark  Slow progress at Copenhagen talks Dec.18  Denmark  Obama announces climate deal with China Dec.19   Denmark Climate deal meets UN qualification Map of Copenhagen Denmark
  Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed a US-backed climate deal in Copenhagen as an 'essential beginning'
 After intense wrangling, delegates passed a motion taking note of the deal, without formally adopting it. The accord includes a recognition to limit temperature rises to less than 2C and promises to deliver $30bn of aid for developing nations over the next 3 years




World, Politics, 2009 Religion Timeline ... See World Religion timeline Top ^
2009 Jan.27  Moscow  Russian church picks new head Feb.4  Vatican  'Holocaust bishop' told to recant Feb.7  Germany  Bishops: 'No room' for Holocaust denier Feb.19  Argentina  Argentina expels Holocaust bishop Mar.16  Madagascar  Opposition leader claims mandate Mar.17   Cameroon   Pope visits Africa, reaffirms condom ban
  Benedict XVI refused to soften the Vatican's ban on condom use as he arrived in Africa for his first visit to the continent as pope
Mar.22   Angola Pope Mass draws big crowds
May.12  Jerusalem  Pope visits holy sites May.20  Ireland  Abuse 'endemic' at Catholic institutions Jun.4   Egypt Obama speaks of tensions with Muslims
  President Obama is offering a hand of friendship to Islam and addressing an array of quandaries and conflicts dividing the two cultures.    At Cairo University, Obama delivered his long-awaited and wide-ranging speech on American and Muslim relations, the rights of Israel and the Pal...
Jun.22  Paris  Sarkozy speaks out against burka Nov.21  Vatican  Archbishop of Canterbury, Pope agree Nov.26  Ireland  Irish Church accused of abuse cover-up Nov.29   Switzerland Voters back ban on minarets
  Swiss voters, more than 57% of voters and 22 out of 26 cantons, have supported a referendum proposal to ban the building of minarets
 The government is saying the ban would harm Switzerland's image, particularly in the Muslim world. The proposal had been put forward by the Swiss People's Party, which says minarets are a sign of Islamisation
Dec.24   Vatican   Pope falls in incident at midnight Mass
  A commotion at the start of Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter's Basilica briefly disrupted ceremonies and caused the pope to fall.    The Pope conducts the Mass despite being briefly k...
Dec.25  Vatican  Pope delivers Christmas message



World, Politics, 2009 Political Law Timeline ... See World Political Law timeline Top ^
2009 Jan.23   Washington Obama reverses abortion-funding policy Jan.29   Paris Huge crowds join French strikes Mar.15  Pakistan  Judge sacked by Musharraf to return 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 Apr.23   North Korea US women 'face North Korea trial' May.11   Iran U.S. journalist freed in Iran May.11  Washington  US sacks top Afghanistan general May.20  U.S. Senate  Guantanamo detainee move blocked Jun.7   North Korea Reporters get 12-year terms in N. Korea  Two U.S. journalists who were detained in North Korea while covering the plight of defectors have been sentenced to 12 years in labor camps Jul.3  Libya  African Union in rift with court Jul.6  Washington  Ex-Pentagon chief McNamara dies Jul.31  Iran  Poll protests trial begins Aug.1  Iran  Reformers slate trial 'sham' Aug.2  Iran  Torture claim against trial Aug.4   North Korea   N. Korean leader pardons U.S. journalists
  President Kim Jong Il has pardoned and ordered the release of two U.S. journalists after Bill Clinton met with top North Korean officials
Aug.8   Tehran   UK, French embassy employees on trial  A mass trial of Iranians and others arrested in post-election demonstrations resumed, with about 100 defendants in Tehran's Revolutionary Co... Aug.10   Myanmar   Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi 'guilty'   Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to an additional 18 months house arrest by a court Aug.15  Myanmar  Myanmar hands American to U.S. officials Aug.21   Iran Defence minister-designate on Interpol list  Iran's defence minister-designate Vahidi is on an Interpol 'wanted' list over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Argentina Aug.25  Argentina  Court ruling allows personal use of pot Sep.11   Taiwan Chen, wife sentenced to life  Former President Chen Shui-bian was convicted on corruption and money laundering charges, and was sentenced to life in prison Sep.28  Peru  Fujimori pleads guilty in bribery case Oct.7   Rome Berlusconi immunity law overruled Oct.11  Iran  'Election protestors' sentenced to death Dec.7  Afghanistan  U.S. defense secretary arrives Dec.24  China  Dissident sentenced to 11 years



World, Politics, 2009 Missiles Timeline ... See World Missiles timeline Top ^
2009 Apr.2  North Korea  N. Korea warns against targeting rocket Sep.29   Guinea Massacre toll put at 157




World, Politics, 2009 Anniversary Timeline ... See World Anniversary timeline Top ^
2009 Jan.1  Cuba  Cuba marks 50 years of revolution Mar.25  China  YouTube blocked in China Jun.6   France Leaders' tribute to D-Day heroes
Aug.31   Poland WWII ceremonies begin Sep.11  Washington  US marks 9/11 amid shooting scare Sep.30  Beijing  China marks Communist anniversary Nov.9   Berlin Berlin celebrates wall's fall aniversary
  Thousands of people joined world leaders to remember the night 20 years ago when a euphoric wave of people power swept away the Berlin Wall.    German Chancellor Merkel walked across a bridge that was the first crossing opened between East and West on 9 November 1989, joined by ex-Soviet leader Gorbachev and Polish ex-President Wales...
Nov.25   Mumbai Mumbai attacks: One year on Dec.26   Aceh Fifth anniversary of tsunami marked



World, Politics, 2009 Bad Economic News Timeline ... See World Bad Economic News timeline Top ^
2009 Jan.26   Iceland Crisis claims cabinet
Mar.1  Belgium  EU 'consensus' to tackle crisis Mar.13  London  G20 ministers meet amid divisions Mar.14   London   G20 leaders vow to restore growth
  Finance ministers from the rich and emerging nations have pledged to make a 'sustained effort' to pull the world economy out of recession.    Commitment to fight all forms of protectionism and maintain open ...
Apr.2  London  G20 leaders: We can unite Apr.17   Trinidad & Tobago   Obama offers Cuba 'new beginning'   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.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'
Jul.8   Italy G-8 leaders pledge to seek emissions cuts Sep.5  London  Brown: No room for economic complacency Sep.5   London G20 pledges tougher bank action Sep.24  Pittsburgh  G-20 leaders meet to bolster economy Sep.24   Pittsburgh G-20 to supplant G-8 on world stage
  Leaders of the G-20 summit will announce that the group will become the new permanent council for international economic cooperation.    G-20 is a group of finance ministers and central bank gover...
Nov.14  Singapore  Apec leaders in climate warning



World, Politics, 2009 Warning Timeline ... See World Warning timeline Top ^
2009 Feb.1  Jerusalem  Israel vows tough rocket response Apr.2  North Korea  N. Korea warns against targeting rocket Apr.13  UN Security Council  U.N. condemns N. Korean rocket launch Apr.22  Washington  Clinton: Pakistan in danger May.26   North Korea N Korea threatens military action  North Korea has warned of a military response after S. Korea joined an anti-proliferation exercise which allow it to search the North's ship... May.27  Washington  U.S. warns N. Korea of 'consequences' Sep.4  Western China  Five killed as protesters, police clash Sep.14  Washington  Obama issues warning to bankers Sep.20   Afghanistan US in Afghanistan failure warning Sep.26  Iran  Iran nuclear chief: U.N. can inspect plant Oct.1  Iran  Iran to invite nuclear inspectors 'soon' Oct.24   Iran U.N. in Iran to inspect nuke facility Oct.25   Iran UN team 'visit Iran nuclear site'   A team from the nuclear watchdog has inspected a previously secret uranium enrichment plant in Iran, near the holy city of Qom



World, Politics, 2009 Immigration Timeline ... See World Immigration timeline Top ^
2009 Mar.24  Washington  Obama to beef up Mexico border policy Apr.21  Peru  Chavez rival seeks asylum in Peru Sep.21  France  Calais migrant eviction under way Nov.15  Australia  Australia apologizes to ex-child migrants Dec.9  Honduras  Zelaya seeks refuge in Mexico



World, Politics, 2009 Political Probe Timeline ... See World Political Probe timeline Top ^
2009 Jan.4   New Delhi India hands Mumbai file to Pakistan
May.22  Sri Lanka  Sri Lanka celebrates end of civil war Sep.15  UN  U.N.: Gaza acts amounted to war crimes Nov.5   UN Gen. Assembly Gaza war probes get U.N. approval



World, Politics, 2009 Visit Timeline ... See World Visit timeline Top ^
2009 Jan.26  Egypt  US envoy starts Middle East push Feb.16   Japan Clinton visits Asia to send key message
Feb.19  South Korea  Korean tensions brew as Clinton arrives Feb.21  Beijing  Clinton: Human rights 'cannot interfere' Apr.3  France  Obama: Europe faces greater terror risk Apr.16  Mexico  Obama backs Mexico's war on drugs Apr.28  Italy  Pope visits quake zone May.8   Jordan Pope begins Mid-East pilgrimage May.11   Tel Aviv   Pope addresses Holocaust on Israel visit  Benedict XVI started his visit by acknowledging the millions killed in the Holocaust and endorsing a two-state solution to the Palestinian c... May.18   Washington Obama presses Netanyahu over 2-states Jun.3  Saudi Arabia  Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia Jul.2  Myanmar  UN chief begins mission in Burma Jul.6   Moscow Obama moves to bolster U.S.-Russia ties Jul.7  Moscow  Obama urges shift in Russia ties Jul.10   Ghana Obama's trip sends message to Africa  President Barack Obama is generating excitement in the west African nation and envy among its neighbors Jul.11  Ghana  Obama speaks of hopes for Africa Jul.17  Mumbai  Clinton seeks goodwill in India Aug.4   North Korea Bill Clinton meets with N. Korea leader Aug.22   South Korea S Korean head meets North envoys Aug.26  Taiwan  Dalai Lama to visit typhoon-hit Taiwan Aug.30   Taiwan   Dalai Lama arrives in Taiwan
  The Dalai Lama arrived on a visit that will include prayers for victims of Typhoon Morakot, but which has raised the ire of neighboring China
Oct.31  Jerusalem  Clinton urges new Mid-East talks Nov.17   Beijing Trade focus for Obama talks Dec.7  Afghanistan  U.S. defense secretary arrives



World, Politics, 2009 Agreement Timeline ... See World Agreement timeline Top ^
2009 Jan.10   European Union Accord signed in Russia gas row
Jan.12  Moscow  Russia signs deal, restoring Europe's gas Jan.17   Moscow 'Gas to flow' after deal  Russian Prime Minister Putin has said agreement has been reached at talks to resume gas exports to Europe via Ukraine shortly Jan.26  South Africa  Conflicting reports blur Zimbabwe deal Jan.29   North Korea North Korea tears up agreements Feb.17  Qatar  Sudan, rebels sign prisoner release deal 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.4   France Extra NATO troops for Afghan poll Jul.16   Egypt Pakistan and India in terror vow Aug.21   Iran Defence minister-designate on Interpol list  Iran's defence minister-designate Vahidi is on an Interpol 'wanted' list over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Argentina Aug.28  South Korea  Koreas reach deal to reunite families Sep.4  Libya  Leader's son: Libya pressed for deal Sep.13   Venezuela Chavez in $2bn Russian arms deal Sep.17  European Union  EU agrees on bonus claw-back call Oct.10   Switzerland   Armenia, Turkey sign historic agreement Map of Zurich Switzerland
  Turkey and Armenia are establishing diplomatic relations after nearly a century of animosity. The border has been closed since 1993
 Neither the Armenians nor the Turks gave a closing statement after the signing
Oct.29   Honduras   Honduras rivals resolve deadlock  The interim leader says he is ready to sign a pact to end its crisis which could include the return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya Oct.30  Colombia  Deal allows U.S. to use Colombia bases Nov.3   Czech Republic EU reform treaty passes last test  The president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, has signed the Lisbon Treaty, the final step in the charter's ratification



World, Politics, 2009 Embassy Timeline ... See World Embassy timeline Top ^
2009 Apr.18  Venezuela  Venezuela may reinstall envoy to U.S. May.19  Washington  Obama to curb vehicle emissions Jun.28   Iran British Embassy workers seized in Iran  Foreign Secretary David Miliband: The arrest of staff members at the Embassy is 'harassment and intimidation of a kind which is quite unacce... Aug.25  Iraq  Iraq and Syria recall ambassadors



World, Politics, 2009 Human Rights Timeline ... See World Human Rights timeline Top ^
2009 Feb.13  Zimbabwe  New government minister arrested Mar.25  China  YouTube blocked in China Apr.4  Kabul  Karzai to review move toward sharia law Apr.16  Washington  US releases Bush-era interrogation memos 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 Apr.23   North Korea US women 'face North Korea trial'
May.11   Iran U.S. journalist freed in Iran May.13  Washington  Obama stopped to detainee photo releases May.14   Myanmar   Suu Kyi taken to prison   Pro-democracy leader is to face trial for breaching the conditions of her detention under house arrest Jun.3  Washington  US presses China over Tiananmen Jun.4   Hong Kong Hong Kong holds Tiananmen vigil Jun.7   North Korea Reporters get 12-year terms in N. Korea  Two U.S. journalists who were detained in North Korea while covering the plight of defectors have been sentenced to 12 years in labor camps Jun.18  Myanmar  Suu Kyi turns 64 in prison Jul.3  Tehran  UK embassy staff in Iran 'face trial' Jul.6  Tehran  Khamenei blames 'enemies' for unrest Jul.15   Chechnya Activist Estemirova 'found murdered'  A prominent Russian human rights activist, Natalia Estemirova, was bundled into a van and abducted as she left her home in Chechnya Jul.17  Iran  Rafsanjani calls for protesters' release Jul.28  Iran  Iran 'releases 140 demonstrators' Jul.31  Iran  Poll protests trial begins Aug.1  Iran  Reformers slate trial 'sham' Aug.2   Jerusalem Palestinians evicted Aug.2  Iran  Torture claim against trial Aug.4   North Korea   N. Korean leader pardons U.S. journalists
  President Kim Jong Il has pardoned and ordered the release of two U.S. journalists after Bill Clinton met with top North Korean officials
Aug.4  North Korea  Two freed US reporters head home Aug.8   Tehran   UK, French embassy employees on trial  A mass trial of Iranians and others arrested in post-election demonstrations resumed, with about 100 defendants in Tehran's Revolutionary Co... Aug.10   Myanmar   Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi 'guilty'   Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to an additional 18 months house arrest by a court Aug.15  Myanmar  Myanmar hands American to U.S. officials Aug.23  CIA  CIA report alleges prisoner abuse Nov.9  Iran  Iran to charge U.S. hikers with espionage Nov.30   Gulf Iranian navy detains five Britons on yacht
Dec.24  China  Dissident sentenced to 11 years



World, Politics, 2009 Political Sanctions Timeline ... See World Political Sanctions timeline Top ^
2009 Apr.13  Washington  Obama eases Cuba travel restrictions Jun.10  UN Security Council  UN agrees on tougher N. Korea sanctions Jun.12   UN Security Council U.N. tightens sanctions on North Korea
Jul.4  Washington  Americas group suspends Honduras Jul.15   Chechnya Activist Estemirova 'found murdered'  A prominent Russian human rights activist, Natalia Estemirova, was bundled into a van and abducted as she left her home in Chechnya Jul.15  Moscow  President Medvedev condemns killing Sep.23  New York  Russia eases over Iran sanctions Oct.11   Turkey   Israel out of NATO event because of Gaza  Turkey excluded Israel from a planned NATO military exercise partly because of Turkey's criticism of Gaza offensive nearly a year ago



World, Politics, 2009 Talks Timeline ... See World Talks timeline Top ^
2009 Jan.8  Belgium  Russia 'to restore gas to Europe' Jan.29   North Korea North Korea tears up agreements
Feb.1  Jerusalem  Israel vows tough rocket response Feb.3   Sri Lanka President predicts rapid win Feb.6   Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyz closure of US base 'final' Feb.19   Kyrgyzstan Parliament votes to close key U.S. base  Kyrgyzstan parliament has voted to close a base the U.S. uses as a route for troops and supplies heading into Afghanistan Apr.1  London  U.S., Russia announce nuke talks Apr.4   France Extra NATO troops for Afghan poll Apr.5  UN Security Council  No accord at UN talks on N Korea Apr.21  Washington  Obama invites Mideast leaders for talks May.6   Washington Obama hails unity over al-Qaeda Jul.4  Iran  Ahmadinejad wants talk with Obama Jul.19   Costa Rica Honduran negotiations end at impasse Jul.26  Syria  US urges Syria on Mid-East peace Aug.5  Kenya  Clinton to hold key Somalia talks Aug.27  Kabul  US envoy 'in angry Karzai talks' Sep.11  Washington  U.S ready for direct talks with N. Korea Sep.12  Zimbabwe  Mugabe says EU meeting 'very friendly' Sep.19  Washington  Obama to meet Middle East leaders Sep.20   Afghanistan US in Afghanistan failure warning Sep.22  New York  Obama calls for Mid-East urgency Oct.9  Beijing  Nations urge early N Korea talks Oct.30  Colombia  Deal allows U.S. to use Colombia bases Nov.11  Washington  Obama in Afghan troop level talks Nov.11  Washington  Obama in Afghan troop level talks Nov.30  Washington  Obama issues new Afghan orders



World, Politics, 2009 Royal Timeline ... See World Royal timeline Top ^
2009 Sep.26  Istanbul  Turks mourn relative of Ottoman sultan Nov.17   Jerusalem Israel approves plan to build 900 houses




World, Politics, 2009 Political Leaders Timeline ... See World Political Leaders timeline Top ^
2009 Jan.7  Pakistan  Pakistan sacks security advisor Jan.18  Washington  Obama tells rally of hope for US Jan.20   Washington   President Obama sworn into history
  Barack Obama launched his presidency before an estimated 1.5 million people on the National Mall with somber yet confident tones
 After being sworn in as the first African-American US leader, President Obama uses his inaugural address to pledge a 'new era of responsibility. He said the country will overcome its serious economic and international challenges
Jan.29  Illinois  Illinois governor guilty of abuse Feb.3  Washington  Obama suffers blow over nominees Feb.11   Zimbabwe Tsvangirai sworn in as PM   Opposition leader was sworn in as prime minister of Zimbabwe as part of a new unity government Feb.12  Washington  Another Obama cabinet pick quits Feb.16  Japan  Finance minister to resign Feb.20   Jerusalem   Netanyahu picked to form government  President Shimon Peres: Benjamin Netanyahu, the head of the conservative Likud Party, has been chosen to form Israel's next government Feb.24  U.S. Congress  Determined Obama vows to renew US Mar.2  Cuba  Cuban shake-up claims key figures Mar.6   Zimbabwe PM's wife killed in car crash   Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was in stable condition and recovering from head injuries after a car wreck that killed his wife, Susan Mar.9  Zimbabwe  Tsvangirai rules out foul play in fatal crash Mar.14   Madagascar President Ravalomanana defies ultimatum Mar.14   Pakistan Sharif placed under house arrest Mar.16  Madagascar  Opposition leader claims mandate Mar.17  Madagascar  President Ravalomanana steps down Mar.21  Iran  Ali Khamenei: Obama rhetoric not enough Mar.21   Madagascar Opposition leader becomes president
  After two months of political turmoil, Andry Rajoelina was inaugurated in front of thousands of supporters as Madagascar's president.    The event, which took place at a soccer stadiu...
Mar.21   Pakistan Judge Chaudhry regains top post  Sacked Supreme Court chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry has formally returned to his post following months of mass protests Mar.23   South Africa Dalai Lama refused visa for peace summit Mar.31   Jerusalem Netanyahu sworn in as Israeli PM Apr.1  Malaysia  Prime minister resigns Apr.29   Washington Obama marks 100th day in office May.3   Italy   Berlusconi's wife to divorce him
  Veronica Lario, the wife of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, has confirmed that she will file for divorce
May.9   South Africa Zuma sworn in as South Africa's president May.11  Washington  US sacks top Afghanistan general May.18  London  Key lawmaker in expenses scandal May.19   London Speaker quits 'for sake of unity'  Michael Martin has told MPs he intends to stand down, so becoming the first Commons Speaker to be forced out of office for 300 years May.19  Washington  Obama to curb vehicle emissions May.22   South Korea Ex-S Korea leader 'kills himself'
  Roh Moo-hyun , 62, had been under investigation for alleged corruption, has apparently committed suicide by jumping into a ravine.    He was mountain climbing near his home and had left a brief suicide note and had left a brief suicide not...
Jun.1  North Korea  N Korea 'names Kim's successor' Jun.4   London   Minister quits, calls for Brown's resignation   Prime Minister said he was 'disappointed' over the resignation of James Purnell. In his letter of resignation Purnell also called on Brown to... Jun.8   London Pressure on PM as another minister quits Jun.25  Iran  Moussavi maintains defiant stance Jul.5   Honduras Honduras denies Zelaya jet from landing Jul.8  North Korea  Kim Jong Il frail at father's memorial Jul.15  Moscow  President Medvedev condemns killing Jul.23  New Jersey  Mayors, rabbis arrested in crime probe Jul.24   Honduras   Zelaya shortly crosses border  Ousted Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya walked under a border chain and returned to his country nearly a month after the coup Jul.25  Nicaragua  Zelaya returns to Honduran border Jul.26   Paris Sarkozy hospitalized after jogging scare Aug.1   Tel Aviv Gunman attacks gay centre  A lone black-clad gunman killed 2 people and wounded at least 10 at a gay support centre before escaping Aug.5   Tehran Ahmadinejad sworn in Aug.21   Iran Defence minister-designate on Interpol list  Iran's defence minister-designate Vahidi is on an Interpol 'wanted' list over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Argentina Aug.30   Jerusalem Olmert charged in corruption probe Sep.9   U.S. Congress Obama urges action on healthcare
  US President has made one of the most critical speeches of his presidency, as he faced Congress over his plans for healthcare reform.    He said that failure to introduce reform had led the...
Sep.11   Taiwan Chen, wife sentenced to life  Former President Chen Shui-bian was convicted on corruption and money laundering charges, and was sentenced to life in prison Sep.15   Japan Hatoyama takes over as PM
  Parliament has formally confirmed Yukio Hatoyama as the prime minister. His Democratic Party of Japan won a huge poll victory last month
 PM Yukio Hatoyama has promised economic revival and strong US ties, vowed to deliver a 'people-oriented society' His Democratic Party of Japan won a huge poll victory, ending 50 years of almost unbroken Liberal Democratic Party rule
Sep.21   Honduras   Zelaya returns to Honduras  Ousted President Jose Manuel Zelaya returned to the capital city, where he is planning to meet with his critics to arrange for his return to... Sep.28  Peru  Fujimori pleads guilty in bribery case Oct.8   Paris Culture minister admits sex with 'boys'  French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand said he will not resign over his admission in a book that he paid to have sex with 'boys' in Tha... Oct.9   Norway Obama awarded 2009 Nobel Peace Prize
  Obama said that he was 'surprised and deeply humbled' by the decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award him the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize
Oct.25  Washington  Obama's fury at Baghdad bloodbath Nov.2   Kabul   Karzai declared elected president
  Afghan electoral officials declared incumbent President Hamid Karzai the winner of another term in office, after canceling second round of voting
Nov.5   West Bank Abbas 'will not seek re-election' Nov.19   Belgium Belgian PM is first 'president of Europe'
  European Union leaders named Herman Van Rompuy, edging out former British Prime Minister Tony Blair for a still-vaguely defined job
 The other top job created - foreign affairs supremo - has gone to the EU Trade Commissioner, Baroness Catherine Ashton from the UK
Nov.19  Kabul  Hamid Karzai sworn in for second term Nov.27   Berlin 2nd German official quits over airstrike Nov.30  Washington  Obama issues new Afghan orders Dec.13   Milan   PM Silvio Berlusconi is bloodied by attack
  Italian Prime Minister, 73, has been hit in the face and knocked to the ground after a political rally. He was taken to a hospital.    Berlusconi looking dazed, was helped to his feet by aides and put in a car. The nose and two teeth were broken and...
Dec.17  Pakistan  Officials barred from leaving Pakistan



World, Politics, 2009 Reforms Timeline ... See World Reforms timeline Top ^
2009 Jul.22   Washington Obama defends health care reforms



World, Politics, 2009 Protest Timeline ... See World Protest timeline Top ^
2009 Jan.29   Paris Huge crowds join French strikes
Feb.7  Madagascar  Police 'kill many' Mar.11  Pakistan  Protesters start march Mar.28   London Thousands join G-20 protest   Despite fears of violence that have prompted a major security operation in the capital, the demonstration has so far been peaceful Apr.1  London  Thousands demonstrate ahead of G-20 Apr.7  Moldova  Students raid parliament Apr.10   Thailand Thai protests disrupt Asian summit
  Political demonstrations in Thailand disrupted the Association of South East Asian Nations summit
Apr.12   Thailand Troops crack down on protest Apr.13   Thailand Protests 'under control' Jun.5   Peru Deadly clashes in Peru's Amazon Jun.13   Tehran Election protests turn violent Map of Tehran Iran
  Ahmadinejad declaration as the winner of presidential election brought thousands of supporters of the rival Moussavi onto the streets
 Moussavi supporters are crying foul as street clashes have erupted in the aftermath of the polls Protesters and riot police engaged in running battles, with stones thrown, and people shouting 'death to the dictatorship'
Jun.14   Tehran Hatred, chaos and savage beatings Jun.15  Tehran  Shots fired at huge protest Jun.16   Tehran Mass opposition rally Jun.18   Tehran Iranians take to streets in mourning march Jun.19   Iran Ayatollah demands end to protests Jun.20   Tehran Security forces use tear gas on protesters Jun.20  Tehran  Chaos prevails as protesters, police clash Jun.21   Tehran Iran silences street protesters   Iranian authorities have deployed thousands of security officers on the streets, after a week of mass protests over a disputed election Jun.22   Tehran Hundreds protest, despite warning   Hundreds of demonstrators angry over recent presidential election results gathered in a public square, despite a stern warning by Revolutionary... Jun.22  Tehran  Police break up new rally Jun.25  Iran  Opposition delays rally after crackdown Jul.5   Western China Scores killed in China protests Map of Urumqi China
  Violence in restive western region of Xinjiang has left at least 140 people dead and more than 800 injured
 Several hundred people were arrested after a protest, in Urumqi turned violent. Exiled Uighur leader says police fired on students. The protest was prompted by a deadly fight between Uighurs and Han Chinese last month
Jul.6  Western China  Unrest spreads in western China Jul.19   China Police killed 12 in Uyghur riots Jul.21  Tehran  Arrests at new protests Jul.25   Global Global protests over Iranian crackdown Jul.30  Iran  Police clash with mourners Aug.3   Iran   Protests in Iran as Ahmadinejad endorsed   Hundreds of Iranians took to the streets, hours after the country's supreme leader endorsed President Ahmadinejad for a second term in offic... Sep.4  Western China  Five killed as protesters, police clash Sep.12  U.S. Congress  Tea party activists rally at U.S. Capitol Sep.18   Tehran Protesters chant 'death to dictator' Sep.29   Guinea Massacre toll put at 157 Oct.11  Iran  'Election protestors' sentenced to death Oct.17  Madrid  Big anti-abortion rally Dec.12   Denmark Police detain 900 in climate change rally Dec.23   Iran Clashes at Montazeri ceremony Dec.26  Tehran  Renewed clashes reported Dec.27   Tehran Several killed, 300 arrested in protests   The clashes broke out between demonstrators and security forces as large crowds gathered for Ashura, a major religious observance



World, Politics, 2009 Race Issues Timeline ... See World Race Issues timeline Top ^
2009 Feb.28  Zimbabwe  Mugabe vows to seize more farms Mar.9  North Korea  N. Kor. Warns against satellite interception Oct.11   Turkey   Israel out of NATO event because of Gaza  Turkey excluded Israel from a planned NATO military exercise partly because of Turkey's criticism of Gaza offensive nearly a year ago



World, Politics, 2009 Peace Efforts Timeline ... See World Peace Efforts timeline Top ^
2009 Jan.6  UN Security Council  UN chief demands Gaza ceasefire Jan.12  UN  UN chief wants Gaza conflict halt Jan.28   House of Representatives US House passes economic package  The House of Representatives has passed by 244 votes to 188 President Obama's $825bn economic stimulus package Feb.6  U.S. Senate  US senators agree economy bill Feb.11   U.S. Congress US lawmakers reach stimulus deal
Feb.13  House of Representatives  US House approves stimulus plan Feb.17  Qatar  Sudan, rebels sign prisoner release deal Mar.1  Belgium  EU 'consensus' to tackle crisis Mar.4   Beijing Economy tops China's congress meeting  At the National People's Congress Premier Wen Jiabao pledging economic growth amid a growing national deficit and the global financial crisi... Mar.8   Washington   Obama reversed stem cell ban  President Barack Obama lifts restrictions on federal funding for research on new stem cell lines, a major reversal of US policy Mar.14   London   G20 leaders vow to restore growth
  Finance ministers from the rich and emerging nations have pledged to make a 'sustained effort' to pull the world economy out of recession.    Commitment to fight all forms of protectionism and maintain open ...
Mar.17  Washington  US Treasury 'to reclaim AIG cash' Apr.1  London  U.S., Russia announce nuke talks 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.17  Thailand  PM: Emergency powers to stay in place May.13  Washington  Obama stopped to detainee photo releases May.21  Washington  Obama: Gitmo 'weakens US security' May.22  Sri Lanka  Sri Lanka celebrates end of civil war Jun.14   Jerusalem   PM calls for demilitarized Palestinian state   Netanyahu said that Israel would agree to a peace agreement with Palestinians under which there would be a 'demilitarized Palestinian state' Jun.18  Myanmar  Suu Kyi turns 64 in prison Jun.23  Washington  Obama condemns 'unjust' violence Jul.7  Western China  Restive city under curfew Aug.21  Libya  Trade 'link' to bomber's release Aug.24  Honduras  Envoys call for return of ousted Zelaya Sep.5  London  Brown: No room for economic complacency Sep.6  London  Brown backs bid for Libya pay-out Sep.19  Washington  Obama to meet Middle East leaders Sep.22  New York  Obama calls for Mid-East urgency Sep.24   UN Security Council Security Council aims for nuke-free world
Sep.24  Pittsburgh  G-20 leaders meet to bolster economy Sep.24   Pittsburgh G-20 to supplant G-8 on world stage
  Leaders of the G-20 summit will announce that the group will become the new permanent council for international economic cooperation.    G-20 is a group of finance ministers and central bank gover...
Oct.9   Norway Obama awarded 2009 Nobel Peace Prize
  Obama said that he was 'surprised and deeply humbled' by the decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award him the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize
Oct.9  Beijing  Nations urge early N Korea talks Oct.10   Switzerland   Armenia, Turkey sign historic agreement Map of Zurich Switzerland
  Turkey and Armenia are establishing diplomatic relations after nearly a century of animosity. The border has been closed since 1993
 Neither the Armenians nor the Turks gave a closing statement after the signing
Oct.31  Jerusalem  Clinton urges new Mid-East talks Nov.4   Afghanistan UN to evacuate Afghanistan staff Dec.1   Upstate New York Obama: 3-year plan to end Afghan war   The deployment of 30,000 additional U.S. troops is part of a strategy to reverse the Taliban's momentum and stabilize the country's governme...



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2009 Feb.2   Iran Iran makes first satellite launch
  Iran has launched its first domestically made satellite into orbit from a Safir-2 rocket. Iran is subject to UN sanctions
 President Ahmadinejad said that with it Iran had 'officially achieved a presence in space'. A US state department said the launch was of 'great concern' and could lead to ballistic missile development
Mar.6  Florida  Nasa launches Earth hunter probe Mar.9  North Korea  N. Kor. Warns against satellite interception Jul.20   Washington Obama hails Apollo 11 astronauts  President has praised the 'heroism' of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins who made the first landing on the Moon 40 years ago Sep.13   Venezuela Chavez in $2bn Russian arms deal
Oct.7  USA  Scientists: massive ring around Saturn Nov.17   Beijing Trade focus for Obama talks



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2009 Jan.4   New Delhi India hands Mumbai file to Pakistan
Jan.8  Belgium  Russia 'to restore gas to Europe' Jan.10   European Union Accord signed in Russia gas row Jan.12  Moscow  Russia signs deal, restoring Europe's gas Jan.17   Moscow 'Gas to flow' after deal  Russian Prime Minister Putin has said agreement has been reached at talks to resume gas exports to Europe via Ukraine shortly Feb.1   Iceland First gay PM for Iceland cabinet Feb.12  New Delhi  India welcomes Mumbai admission Apr.3  France  Obama: Europe faces greater terror risk Jul.1   New Delhi Gay sex 'not criminal' in India Jul.16   Egypt Pakistan and India in terror vow Aug.1   Tel Aviv Gunman attacks gay centre  A lone black-clad gunman killed 2 people and wounded at least 10 at a gay support centre before escaping Aug.17  Iraq  Gay men 'attacked, executed in Iraq' Aug.17  Iraq  Gay men 'attacked, executed in Iraq' Aug.21  Washington  Obama condemns bomber's heros welcome' Aug.22  Kandahar  Monitors: Taliban cut off fingers of voters Aug.23  CIA  CIA report alleges prisoner abuse Sep.11  Washington  US marks 9/11 amid shooting scare Oct.25  Washington  Obama's fury at Baghdad bloodbath Nov.25   Mumbai Mumbai attacks: One year on Dec.27  Washington  Obama orders review of flight screenings Dec.28  Argentina  First same-sex marriage in Latin America



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2009 Feb.21  Melbourne  Australia mourns bushfire victims Apr.9   Italy Italy mourns earthquake victims
May.22   South Korea Ex-S Korea leader 'kills himself'
  Roh Moo-hyun , 62, had been under investigation for alleged corruption, has apparently committed suicide by jumping into a ravine.    He was mountain climbing near his home and had left a brief suicide note and had left a brief suicide not...
May.29  South Korea  Koreans turn out in force for Roh May.31   England Last Titanic survivor dies at 97 Jul.6  Washington  Ex-Pentagon chief McNamara dies Jul.31   Philippines Corazon Aquino dies  Former President had been suffering from colon cancer for more than a year and recently announced she was refusing further treatment Aug.17   South Korea Former S Korea President Kim dies Aug.25   Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy, 77, dies
  The Democratic Massachusetts senator, the brother of ex-President John F Kennedy, has died after battling a brain tumour
 Edward Kennedy became a member of the Senate in 1962 to replace his brother when he resigned to become president, and was re-elected 7 times
Aug.26  Washington  Obama leads tributes to Kennedy Aug.27   Boston Mourners bid farewell to Kennedy Aug.27  Iran  Mourning in Iran and Iraq for Shiite leader Aug.29   Virginia Kennedy laid to rest in Arlington cemetery Nov.27   Berlin 2nd German official quits over airstrike Dec.19   Iran Dissident Grand Ayatollah Montazeri dies   87-year-old theologian was based in the holy city Qom. He was a moving spirit in the 1979 revolution and a critic of President Ahmadinejad Dec.20  Iran  Crowds mourn reformist cleric Montazeri



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2009 Jan.28   House of Representatives US House passes economic package  The House of Representatives has passed by 244 votes to 188 President Obama's $825bn economic stimulus package Feb.6  U.S. Senate  US senators agree economy bill Feb.11   U.S. Congress US lawmakers reach stimulus deal
Feb.13  House of Representatives  US House approves stimulus plan Feb.19   Kyrgyzstan Parliament votes to close key U.S. base  Kyrgyzstan parliament has voted to close a base the U.S. uses as a route for troops and supplies heading into Afghanistan Feb.25   Southern Iran Iran tests its first nuclear power plant Mar.4   Beijing Economy tops China's congress meeting  At the National People's Congress Premier Wen Jiabao pledging economic growth amid a growing national deficit and the global financial crisi... May.20  U.S. Senate  Guantanamo detainee move blocked Jun.6   France Leaders' tribute to D-Day heroes Jul.20  Japan  PM dissolves parliament Jul.26  Iran  Ahmadinejad may face confidence vote Aug.31   Poland WWII ceremonies begin Oct.13   U.S. Senate Senate panel passes health bill Nov.7   House of Representatives US House backs healthcare reforms Nov.9  Iran  Iran to charge U.S. hikers with espionage Dec.2  Honduras  Congress votes against ousted president Dec.24   U.S. Senate Senate passes healthcare reform bill



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2009 May.20  Ireland  Abuse 'endemic' at Catholic institutions Oct.8   Paris Culture minister admits sex with 'boys'  French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand said he will not resign over his admission in a book that he paid to have sex with 'boys' in Tha... Nov.26  Ireland  Irish Church accused of abuse cover-up Nov.29   Iran Iran authorizes 10 new nuke plants  Iran's Cabinet has authorized the construction of another 10 uranium enrichment plants, further defying international calls