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1. 12-01 Unofficial Mideast initiative unveiled Geneva
C. 12-04 40 dead as blast strikes train North Caucasus
3. 12-07 Pro-Putin party set for victory Moscow
4. 12-09 Iraq tenders 'only for US allies' Iraq
5. 12-11 Headscarf ban recommended Paris
6. 12-12 Chretien stepped down for Paul Martin Canada
12-14 Saddam captured Sunni Triangle
I. 12-19 Libya to dismantle WMD programs Libya
J. 12-23 Landslides toll tops 200 Philippines

Summary.     Click for More >   Libya to dismantle WMD programs  Bush, Blair: Gadhafi, had agreed to allow inspectors from international organizations to enter Libya Landslides toll tops 200 233 died in gas disaster 28,000 dead after earthquake Map of Bam Iran
Unofficial Mideast initiative unveiled 40 dead as blast strikes train Pro-Putin party set for victory Iraq tenders 'only for US allies' Headscarf ban recommended Chretien stepped down for Paul Martin   Saddam captured
Dec.1   Geneva
Dec.2  Northern Iraq  US raid 'targets Saddam deputy'
Dec.3  Rwanda  2 jailed for 'Hate Media'
 Georgia  Bomb explodes outside state TV
Dec.4  Washington  United States scrapped tariffs on steel
 Nigeria  Commonwealth summit starts
  North Caucasus
Dec.5  Northern Iraq  Rumsfeld visits troops
Dec.6  Afghanistan  US bombing kills Afghan children
Dec.7  Zimbabwe  Zimbabwe quits Commonwealth
  Moscow
Dec.8  Moscow  OSCE condemns Russia election
 Japan  Japan to send troops to Iraq
Dec.9   Iraq
 Washington  Blunt Bush message for Taiwan
Dec.10  Norway  Nobel winner blasts rights abuses
Dec.11   Paris
 New York  Dow Jones ends above 10,000
Dec.12   Canada
Dec.13  Belgium  European summit ends in failure
Dec.14   Sunni Triangle
  Hundreds of Iraqis flooded the streets, firing guns into the air, singing, dancing and throwing candy into the air
 Pakistan  Near miss for Musharraf convoy
 Sunni Triangle  20 killed by car bomb
Dec.15  Washington  Bush promises Saddam fair trial
 France  Zidane is Fifa World Player of the Year
Dec.16  Germany  Joint plan to relieve Iraq debt
 Greece  N17 leader, hitman jailed for life
Dec.17  Paris  Chirac: Ban headscarves in schools
 Baghdad  Saddam to stand trial in Iraq
Dec.18  Pakistan  Pakistan makes Kashmir concession
 Jerusalem  Israel warns of unilateral moves
Dec.19   Libya
Dec.20  Austria  N-watchdog meets Libyans
 Gulf  US stops 'al-Qaeda drugs boats'
Dec.21  Washington  US raises terror alert level
Dec.22  Jerusalem  Muslims attack Egyptian foreign minister
Dec.23   Philippines
 USA  Mad cow disease confirmed
Dec.25   Southern China
 Tel Aviv  Suicide bomber kills 4
 Pakistan  Musharraf survives two-pronged attack
  Southern Iran
  The earthquake is destroying most of the ancient city of Bam. More than 30,000 were injured
 Aid workers caring for 100,000 survivors are calling for more help. Iran's president welcomed the US. 80% of Bam's mud-brick buildings were flattened. President Khatami pledged to rebuild Bam's 2,000-year-old citadel ''whatever the cost'
Dec.27  Iraq  Karbala attacks kill 12, wound dozens  Southern Iran  Hopes of finding quake survivors fade Dec.28  Serbia  Milosevic, nationalists make gains Dec.29  Southern Iran  Khamenei pledges to rebuild quake city  Burundi  Papal nuncio shot dead Dec.30  Iran  Quake toll rises to 30,000 Dec.31  Baghdad  Fatal bomb blows up restaurant  Washington  U.S. eases Iran aid restrictions


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Arab Countries
Rumsfeld visits troops
Bremer predicts an increase in attacks
20 killed by car bomb
Saddam to stand trial in Iraq
US stops 'al-Qaeda drugs boats'
Fatal bomb blows up restaurant
4 Palestinians killed during Israeli raid
New Iraqi currency a lure for attacks
US raid 'targets Saddam deputy'
Rumsfeld visits troops
Saddam captured
Libya to dismantle WMD programs
US stops 'al-Qaeda drugs boats'
Karbala attacks kill 12, wound dozens
20 killed by car bomb
Fatal bomb blows up restaurant
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USA
Mid-East talks take shape
US shares Russian poll concerns
Blunt Bush message for Taiwan
Bush promises Saddam fair trial
U.S. eases Iran aid restrictions
New terror attack warnings
Defense counsel for Gitmo detainee
US raises terror alert level
U.S. to seize WMD on high seas
US rejects N Korea nuclear offer
New terror attack warnings
US raises terror alert level
Mad cow disease confirmed
Iraq
Rumsfeld visits troops
Bremer predicts an increase in attacks
20 killed by car bomb
Saddam to stand trial in Iraq
Fatal bomb blows up restaurant
New Iraqi currency a lure for attacks
U.S., Iraqi police in toll dispute
US raid 'targets Saddam deputy'
Rumsfeld visits troops
Saddam captured
Karbala attacks kill 12, wound dozens
20 killed by car bomb
Fatal bomb blows up restaurant
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Washington
Mid-East talks take shape
Blunt Bush message for Taiwan
Bush promises Saddam fair trial
U.S. eases Iran aid restrictions
New terror attack warnings
Defense counsel for Gitmo detainee
US raises terror alert level
U.S. to seize WMD on high seas
US rejects N Korea nuclear offer
New terror attack warnings
US raises terror alert level
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European Union
Headscarf ban recommended
European summit ends in failure
Chirac: Ban headscarves in schools
N-watchdog meets Libyans
Cannibal tells of fantasy
November 17 leader found guilty
N17 leader, hitman jailed for life
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November 17 leader found guilty
N17 leader, hitman jailed for life
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Russia
Putin demands early Iraq elections
Putin says bombers will not win
Pro-Putin party set for victory
OSCE condemns Russia election
40 dead as blast strikes train
Putin says bombers will not win
Bomb kills 6
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40 dead as blast strikes train
Putin says bombers will not win
Bomb kills 6
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Afghanistan
Rumsfeld visits
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Rumsfeld visits
US bombing kills Afghan children
US child bombing account challenged
Major Afghan offensive launched
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Israel
Israel asks not to meet Geneva authors
Israel warns of unilateral moves
Muslims attack Egyptian foreign minister
Suicide bomber kills 4
4 Palestinians killed during Israeli raid
Suicide bomber kills 4
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December 1 ... more > Top ^

Dec.1  West Bank  4 Palestinians killed during Israeli raid
 Iraq  New Iraqi currency a lure for attacks
 UN  UN urges more action on al-Qaeda
 Moscow  Putin demands early Iraq elections
  Geneva  
  30 delegates from each side gathered in Geneva to launch an unofficial peace plan 'Geneva accord'
 Iraq  U.S., Iraqi police in toll dispute

December 2 ... more > Top ^

Dec.2   Northern Iraq US raid 'targets Saddam deputy'
 Moscow  Russia: Kyoto pact harms economy  Israel  Israel asks not to meet Geneva authors  Washington  U.S. to seize WMD on high seas  Washington  New terror attack warnings

December 3 ... more > Top ^

Dec.3   Rwanda     2 jailed for 'Hate Media'  2 media executives have been sentenced to life in prison for their part in the 1994 genocide  Germany  Cannibal tells of fantasy   Georgia Bomb explodes outside state TV
 Washington  Mid-East talks take shape  Afghanistan  Rumsfeld visits  Washington  Defense counsel for Gitmo detainee

December 4 ... more > Top ^

Dec.4  Tokyo  Diplomats' bodies arrive in Tokyo  Liberia  Charles Taylor wanted by Interpol   Washington United States scrapped tariffs on steel
  Nigeria Commonwealth summit starts   North Caucasus     40 dead as blast strikes train
  The blast derailed the train as people travelled to work near the troubled region of Chechnya


December 5 ... more > Top ^

Dec.5  Iraq  Roadside bomb kills 3 Iraqis, U.S. soldier  Iraq  Bremer predicts an increase in attacks  Moscow  Putin says bombers will not win   Northern Iraq Rumsfeld visits troops


December 6 ... more > Top ^

Dec.6   Afghanistan     US bombing kills Afghan children  US forces have admitted mistakenly killing 9 children when they bombed Taleban fighters

December 7 ... more > Top ^

Dec.7  Afghanistan  US child bombing account challenged  Nigeria  C'wealth 'extends Harare sanction'  Moscow  Election chief: Russian poll valid   Zimbabwe Zimbabwe quits Commonwealth
  Moscow     Pro-Putin party set for victory
  The United Russia party with 37% is leading rivals by a large margin in parliamentary elections
 Athens  November 17 leader found guilty

December 8 ... more > Top ^

Dec.8   Moscow OSCE condemns Russia election  Washington  US shares Russian poll concerns  Afghanistan  Major Afghan offensive launched   Japan Japan to send troops to Iraq  Northern Iraq  Car bomb wounds 40 troops

December 9 ... more > Top ^

Dec.9  Moscow  Bomb kills 6  New York  Al Gore endorses Howard Dean   Iraq     Iraq tenders 'only for US allies'
  Companies from countries opposed to the conflict will be barred from bidding for new rebuilding contracts worth $18.6bn
  Washington     Blunt Bush message for Taiwan   President opposes plans for a referendum in Taiwan. Premier Wen Jiaboa met Bush at the White House  Washington  US rejects N Korea nuclear offer  Taiwan  Chen stands up to Bush

December 10 ... more > Top ^

Dec.10   Norway Nobel winner blasts rights abuses  Afghanistan  U.S. assault: 6 Afghan children dead

December 11 ... more > Top ^

Dec.11   Paris   Headscarf ban recommended
  An expert commission recommended a ban on 'conspicuous' religious signs
 Berlin  Schroeder joins Iraq contracts row  Germany  Court frees 9/11 suspect  Iraq  Nearly half of Iraqi army has quit   New York Dow Jones ends above 10,000  Washington  Bush firm on Iraq contracts

December 12 ... more > Top ^

Dec.12   Canada   Chretien stepped down for Paul Martin
  A former finance minister has pledged to seek smoother ties with the United States despite strains over Iraq
 Belgium  Tough battle dominates EU summit  Belgium  Berlusconi warns against bad deal  Ohio  Former president of Azerbaijan dies  Washington  Bush signs Syria sanctions bill

December 13 ... more > Top ^

Dec.13   Belgium     European summit ends in failure  Leaders have failed to reach agreement on a constitution after the talks broke down over the voting rights states  European Union  Leaders play down summit failure  Kabul  Afghans gather for loya jirga

December 14 ... more > Top ^

Dec.14   Sunni Triangle     Saddam captured
  Hundreds of Iraqis flooded the streets, firing guns into the air, singing, dancing and throwing candy into the air
  Pakistan     Near miss for Musharraf convoy  An explosion has gone off just seconds after the President's convoy passed by. No-one was hurt   Sunni Triangle 20 killed by car bomb  Iraq  Iraqi leaders demand Saddam trial

December 15 ... more > Top ^

Dec.15   Washington Bush promises Saddam fair trial
  France Zidane is Fifa World Player of the Year  North Caucasus  Chechen fighters 'seize hostages'  Washington  Colin Powell has cancer operation  UN  UN hopes for Iraq reconciliation  Iran  Iran praise Saddam's capture

December 16 ... more > Top ^

Dec.16  Iraq  Saddam rallies turn violent   Germany   Joint plan to relieve Iraq debt  The U.S., France and Germany have agreed on a plan to provide the Iraqi government with 'substantial' debt relief  UN  Kofi Annan chief demands clear Iraq role   Greece N17 leader, hitman jailed for life
 Taiwan  SARS case reported  Iraq  10 killed in Baghdad tanker blast

December 17 ... more > Top ^

Dec.17  England  Huntley guilty of murdering girls  Iraq  Captured Saddam 'in Baghdad area'   Paris Chirac: Ban headscarves in schools
  Baghdad Saddam to stand trial in Iraq  Saudi Arabia  U.S. diplomats told to quit Saudi Arabia  Iraq  Iran 'owed billions for Saddam war'

December 18 ... more > Top ^

Dec.18   Pakistan Pakistan makes Kashmir concession
 Sunni Triangle  U.S. hunts for more Samarra insurgents   Jerusalem     Israel warns of unilateral moves  Sharon: Israel will take steps to separate from the Palestinians unless there is progress on the roadmap peace plan  Southern California  Jackson charged in molestation case  Washington  US warns Israel over 'separation'

December 19 ... more > Top ^

Dec.19  European Union  Beagle glides solo towards Mars  Washington  Court: Gitmo suspects need lawyers   Libya     Libya to dismantle WMD programs
  Bush, Blair: Gadhafi, had agreed to allow inspectors from international organizations to enter Libya
 Philippines  Landslides kill 70

December 20 ... more > Top ^

Dec.20  Washington  Libya hailed for renouncing WMD  Libya  Gadhafi's son: No Iraq war link   Austria N-watchdog meets Libyans   Gulf US stops 'al-Qaeda drugs boats'

December 21 ... more > Top ^

Dec.21   Washington US raises terror alert level
 Iraq  Hundreds detained in sweep  Philippines  Mudslides toll now 83  South Korea  Bird flu spreading  Libya  Libya 'agrees' snap inspections

December 22 ... more > Top ^

Dec.22   Jerusalem   Muslims attack Egyptian foreign minister  Ahmed Maher was hospitalized in good condition after worshipers attacked him as he tried to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque  Colombia  Hostages freed at last  California  Two dead in earthquake  Washington  Missiles ready to defend Washington  Jerusalem  Suspects seized over Maher attack

December 23 ... more > Top ^

Dec.23   Philippines   Landslides toll tops 200
  At least 209 people have died after the heaviest rainfall in 25 years hit the nation
 Pakistan  Iran nuclear link probed  Gaza  8 Palestinians killed in raid  Moscow  No bail for Khodorkovsky   USA   Mad cow disease confirmed  In the first wave of response, Japan and South Korea are immediately banning all U.S. beef imports  Washington  Sniper jury vetoes death penalty

December 24 ... more > Top ^

Dec.24  Vatican  Pope Makes Christmas Mass Peace Plea  France  Terror fears cancel Air France flights to LA

December 25 ... more > Top ^

Dec.25   Southern China   233 died in gas disaster Map of Chongqing China
  Thousands flee the disaster. A gas well burst in the Chuan Dongbei gas field, releasing natural gas and sulfurated hydrogen
  Tel Aviv     Suicide bomber kills 4  A bombing at a major intersection also wounded 13. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility   Pakistan     Musharraf survives two-pronged attack  Would-be assassins launched a 2-pronged suicide attack against a convoy, the second attempt to kill the President in the last 12 days  Gaza  6 killed in Israeli helicopter strike   Southern Iran   28,000 dead after earthquake Map of Bam Iran
  The earthquake is destroying most of the ancient city of Bam. More than 30,000 were injured
 Aid workers caring for 100,000 survivors are calling for more help. Iran's president welcomed the US. 80% of Bam's mud-brick buildings were flattened. President Khatami pledged to rebuild Bam's 2,000-year-old citadel ''whatever the cost'


December 26 ... more > Top ^

Dec.26  Benin  111 killed in plane crash  Southern California  Dozen killed in mudslide  England  Beagle 2 not calling home from Mars

December 27 ... more > Top ^

Dec.27   Iraq Karbala attacks kill 12, wound dozens
 Serbia  Polls open in crunch Serbia vote  Libya  UN arms team starts Libyan work  Southern Iran  Aid flows in quake's aftermath   Southern Iran Hopes of finding quake survivors fade

December 28 ... more > Top ^

Dec.28  Kabul  6 dead in Kabul car explosion   Serbia     Milosevic, nationalists make gains  Former Yugoslav President was projected to win a seat in the parliament as Serb nationalist parties made gains in elections  Iran  Quake effort shifts to relief

December 29 ... more > Top ^

Dec.29   Southern Iran Khamenei pledges to rebuild quake city
  Burundi Papal nuncio shot dead  USA  US tells airlines to use marshals  Southern Iran  25,000 quake victims buried  Southern Iran  Khatami promises to rebuild quake-hit city

December 30 ... more > Top ^

Dec.30  Iran  Quake toll could hit 50,000  Washington  U.S. officials: British planes threatened   Iran Quake toll rises to 30,000


December 31 ... more > Top ^

Dec.31  Italy  Police arrest Parmalat officials  Northern Israel  Golan settlement plan under fire  Southern Iran  U.S. medics join quake effort   Baghdad     Fatal bomb blows up restaurant  A car bomb is killing at least 5 people in central Baghdad as patrons celebrated New Year's Eve   Washington U.S. eases Iran aid restrictions
 Pakistan  Parliaments seal Musharraf rule


Unofficial Mideast initiative unveiled




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2003
Dec.1  West Bank  4 Palestinians killed during Israeli raid
Dec.1  Iraq  New Iraqi currency a lure for attacks
Dec.1   Geneva
  30 delegates from each side gathered in Geneva to launch an unofficial peace plan 'Geneva accord'
Dec.1  Iraq  U.S., Iraqi police in toll dispute Dec.2   Northern Iraq US raid 'targets Saddam deputy'
Dec.2  Washington  U.S. to seize WMD on high seas Dec.3  Afghanistan  Rumsfeld visits Dec.5  Iraq  Roadside bomb kills 3 Iraqis, U.S. soldier Dec.5  Iraq  Bremer predicts an increase in attacks Dec.5   Northern Iraq Rumsfeld visits troops Dec.6   Afghanistan   US bombing kills Afghan children  US forces have admitted mistakenly killing 9 children when they bombed Taleban fighters Dec.7  Afghanistan  US child bombing account challenged Dec.8  Afghanistan  Major Afghan offensive launched Dec.8   Japan Japan to send troops to Iraq Dec.8  Northern Iraq  Car bomb wounds 40 troops Dec.9  Washington  US rejects N Korea nuclear offer Dec.10  Afghanistan  U.S. assault: 6 Afghan children dead Dec.11  Iraq  Nearly half of Iraqi army has quit Dec.14   Sunni Triangle   Saddam captured
  Hundreds of Iraqis flooded the streets, firing guns into the air, singing, dancing and throwing candy into the air
Dec.17   Baghdad Saddam to stand trial in Iraq
Dec.18  Sunni Triangle  U.S. hunts for more Samarra insurgents Dec.19   Libya   Libya to dismantle WMD programs
  Bush, Blair: Gadhafi, had agreed to allow inspectors from international organizations to enter Libya
Dec.20   Gulf US stops 'al-Qaeda drugs boats' Dec.21  Iraq  Hundreds detained in sweep Dec.21  Libya  Libya 'agrees' snap inspections Dec.22  Washington  Missiles ready to defend Washington Dec.23  Gaza  8 Palestinians killed in raid Dec.24  Vatican  Pope Makes Christmas Mass Peace Plea Dec.25  Gaza  6 killed in Israeli helicopter strike Dec.27   Iraq Karbala attacks kill 12, wound dozens Dec.27  Libya  UN arms team starts Libyan work



World, December 2003 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
2003 Dec.15  Washington  Colin Powell has cancer operation Dec.16  Taiwan  SARS case reported Dec.16  Iraq  10 killed in Baghdad tanker blast Dec.19  Philippines  Landslides kill 70 Dec.21  Philippines  Mudslides toll now 83 Dec.21  South Korea  Bird flu spreading Dec.22  California  Two dead in earthquake Dec.23   Philippines Landslides toll tops 200
  At least 209 people have died after the heaviest rainfall in 25 years hit the nation
Dec.23   USA Mad cow disease confirmed  In the first wave of response, Japan and South Korea are immediately banning all U.S. beef imports Dec.25   Southern China 233 died in gas disaster Map of Chongqing China
  Thousands flee the disaster. A gas well burst in the Chuan Dongbei gas field, releasing natural gas and sulfurated hydrogen
Dec.25   Southern Iran 28,000 dead after earthquake Map of Bam Iran
  The earthquake is destroying most of the ancient city of Bam. More than 30,000 were injured
 Aid workers caring for 100,000 survivors are calling for more help. Iran's president welcomed the US. 80% of Bam's mud-brick buildings were flattened. President Khatami pledged to rebuild Bam's 2,000-year-old citadel ''whatever the cost'
Dec.26  Benin  111 killed in plane crash Dec.26  Southern California  Dozen killed in mudslide Dec.26  England  Beagle 2 not calling home from Mars Dec.27  Southern Iran  Aid flows in quake's aftermath Dec.27   Southern Iran Hopes of finding quake survivors fade Dec.28  Iran  Quake effort shifts to relief Dec.29   Southern Iran Khamenei pledges to rebuild quake city Dec.29  Southern Iran  25,000 quake victims buried Dec.29  Southern Iran  Khatami promises to rebuild quake-hit city Dec.30  Iran  Quake toll could hit 50,000 Dec.30   Iran Quake toll rises to 30,000 Dec.31  Southern Iran  U.S. medics join quake effort



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2003 Dec.15   France Zidane is Fifa World Player of the Year




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2003 Dec.2  Moscow  Russia: Kyoto pact harms economy Dec.4   Washington United States scrapped tariffs on steel
Dec.9   Iraq   Iraq tenders 'only for US allies'
  Companies from countries opposed to the conflict will be barred from bidding for new rebuilding contracts worth $18.6bn
Dec.11   New York Dow Jones ends above 10,000
Dec.16   Germany Joint plan to relieve Iraq debt  The U.S., France and Germany have agreed on a plan to provide the Iraqi government with 'substantial' debt relief Dec.17  Iraq  Iran 'owed billions for Saddam war' Dec.23   USA Mad cow disease confirmed  In the first wave of response, Japan and South Korea are immediately banning all U.S. beef imports Dec.24  France  Terror fears cancel Air France flights to LA Dec.29  USA  US tells airlines to use marshals



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2003 Dec.1  UN  UN urges more action on al-Qaeda Dec.2  Washington  New terror attack warnings Dec.3   Rwanda   2 jailed for 'Hate Media'  2 media executives have been sentenced to life in prison for their part in the 1994 genocide Dec.3  Germany  Cannibal tells of fantasy Dec.3   Georgia Bomb explodes outside state TV
Dec.3  Washington  Defense counsel for Gitmo detainee Dec.4  Liberia  Charles Taylor wanted by Interpol Dec.4   North Caucasus   40 dead as blast strikes train
  The blast derailed the train as people travelled to work near the troubled region of Chechnya
Dec.5  Moscow  Putin says bombers will not win Dec.7  Athens  November 17 leader found guilty Dec.9  Moscow  Bomb kills 6 Dec.11  Germany  Court frees 9/11 suspect Dec.14   Pakistan   Near miss for Musharraf convoy  An explosion has gone off just seconds after the President's convoy passed by. No-one was hurt Dec.14   Sunni Triangle 20 killed by car bomb
Dec.14  Iraq  Iraqi leaders demand Saddam trial Dec.15  North Caucasus  Chechen fighters 'seize hostages' Dec.16   Greece N17 leader, hitman jailed for life Dec.17  England  Huntley guilty of murdering girls Dec.17  Iraq  Captured Saddam 'in Baghdad area' Dec.17   Baghdad Saddam to stand trial in Iraq Dec.18  Southern California  Jackson charged in molestation case Dec.19  Washington  Court: Gitmo suspects need lawyers Dec.20   Gulf US stops 'al-Qaeda drugs boats' Dec.21   Washington US raises terror alert level Dec.22   Jerusalem Muslims attack Egyptian foreign minister  Ahmed Maher was hospitalized in good condition after worshipers attacked him as he tried to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque Dec.22  Colombia  Hostages freed at last Dec.22  Jerusalem  Suspects seized over Maher attack Dec.23  Moscow  No bail for Khodorkovsky Dec.23  Washington  Sniper jury vetoes death penalty Dec.24  France  Terror fears cancel Air France flights to LA Dec.25   Tel Aviv   Suicide bomber kills 4  A bombing at a major intersection also wounded 13. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility Dec.25   Pakistan   Musharraf survives two-pronged attack  Would-be assassins launched a 2-pronged suicide attack against a convoy, the second attempt to kill the President in the last 12 days Dec.28  Kabul  6 dead in Kabul car explosion Dec.29   Burundi Papal nuncio shot dead Dec.29  USA  US tells airlines to use marshals Dec.30  Washington  U.S. officials: British planes threatened Dec.31  Italy  Police arrest Parmalat officials Dec.31   Baghdad   Fatal bomb blows up restaurant  A car bomb is killing at least 5 people in central Baghdad as patrons celebrated New Year's Eve



World, December 2003 Politics Timeline ... See World Politics timeline Top ^
2003 Dec.1  Moscow  Putin demands early Iraq elections Dec.1   Geneva Unofficial Mideast initiative unveiled
  30 delegates from each side gathered in Geneva to launch an unofficial peace plan 'Geneva accord'
Dec.2  Israel  Israel asks not to meet Geneva authors Dec.3  Washington  Mid-East talks take shape Dec.3  Afghanistan  Rumsfeld visits Dec.4  Tokyo  Diplomats' bodies arrive in Tokyo Dec.4   Nigeria Commonwealth summit starts Dec.5  Iraq  Bremer predicts an increase in attacks Dec.5  Moscow  Putin says bombers will not win Dec.5   Northern Iraq Rumsfeld visits troops Dec.7  Nigeria  C'wealth 'extends Harare sanction' Dec.7  Moscow  Election chief: Russian poll valid Dec.7   Zimbabwe Zimbabwe quits Commonwealth Dec.7   Moscow   Pro-Putin party set for victory
  The United Russia party with 37% is leading rivals by a large margin in parliamentary elections
Dec.8   Moscow OSCE condemns Russia election Dec.8  Washington  US shares Russian poll concerns Dec.9  New York  Al Gore endorses Howard Dean Dec.9   Iraq   Iraq tenders 'only for US allies'
  Companies from countries opposed to the conflict will be barred from bidding for new rebuilding contracts worth $18.6bn
Dec.9   Washington   Blunt Bush message for Taiwan   President opposes plans for a referendum in Taiwan. Premier Wen Jiaboa met Bush at the White House Dec.9  Taiwan  Chen stands up to Bush Dec.10   Norway Nobel winner blasts rights abuses Dec.11   Paris Headscarf ban recommended
  An expert commission recommended a ban on 'conspicuous' religious signs
Dec.11  Berlin  Schroeder joins Iraq contracts row Dec.11  Washington  Bush firm on Iraq contracts Dec.12   Canada Chretien stepped down for Paul Martin
  A former finance minister has pledged to seek smoother ties with the United States despite strains over Iraq
Dec.12  Belgium  Tough battle dominates EU summit Dec.12  Belgium  Berlusconi warns against bad deal Dec.12  Ohio  Former president of Azerbaijan dies Dec.12  Washington  Bush signs Syria sanctions bill Dec.13   Belgium   European summit ends in failure  Leaders have failed to reach agreement on a constitution after the talks broke down over the voting rights states Dec.13  European Union  Leaders play down summit failure Dec.13  Kabul  Afghans gather for loya jirga Dec.15   Washington Bush promises Saddam fair trial Dec.15  Washington  Colin Powell has cancer operation Dec.15  UN  UN hopes for Iraq reconciliation Dec.15  Iran  Iran praise Saddam's capture Dec.16  Iraq  Saddam rallies turn violent Dec.16  UN  Kofi Annan chief demands clear Iraq role Dec.17   Paris Chirac: Ban headscarves in schools Dec.17  Saudi Arabia  U.S. diplomats told to quit Saudi Arabia Dec.17  Iraq  Iran 'owed billions for Saddam war' Dec.18   Pakistan Pakistan makes Kashmir concession Dec.18   Jerusalem   Israel warns of unilateral moves  Sharon: Israel will take steps to separate from the Palestinians unless there is progress on the roadmap peace plan Dec.18  Washington  US warns Israel over 'separation' Dec.19  European Union  Beagle glides solo towards Mars Dec.20  Washington  Libya hailed for renouncing WMD Dec.20  Libya  Gadhafi's son: No Iraq war link Dec.20   Austria N-watchdog meets Libyans Dec.23  Pakistan  Iran nuclear link probed Dec.24  Vatican  Pope Makes Christmas Mass Peace Plea Dec.27  Serbia  Polls open in crunch Serbia vote Dec.27  Libya  UN arms team starts Libyan work Dec.27  Southern Iran  Aid flows in quake's aftermath Dec.28   Serbia   Milosevic, nationalists make gains  Former Yugoslav President was projected to win a seat in the parliament as Serb nationalist parties made gains in elections Dec.29   Southern Iran Khamenei pledges to rebuild quake city Dec.29  Southern Iran  25,000 quake victims buried Dec.31  Northern Israel  Golan settlement plan under fire Dec.31  Southern Iran  U.S. medics join quake effort Dec.31   Washington U.S. eases Iran aid restrictions Dec.31  Pakistan  Parliaments seal Musharraf rule