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04-02 Pope John Paul II dies at 84 Vatican
2. 04-05 Prince Rainier dies, 81 Monaco
D. 04-06 Kurd leader Talabani named president Iraq
4. 04-08 Pope John Paul II buried in crypt Vatican
F. 04-09 Prince Charles marries Camilla London
G. 04-09 Protests target Japan Beijing
H. 04-14 Many killed in hotel fire Paris
I. 04-19 Ratzinger elected as new Pope Vatican

Summary.     Click for More > Prince Rainier dies, 81 Kurd leader Talabani named president   Pope John Paul II buried in crypt  John Paul II was buried under St. Peter's Basilica after a funeral Mass that millions of people watched Prince Charles marries Camilla  A solemn ceremony has blessed the wedding, at which the couple each pledged to be faithful to each other Protests target Japan
Pope John Paul II dies at 84
Apr.1  Vatican  Gravely ill Pope remains 'serene'
 Zimbabwe  Mugabe wins criticized election
 Vatican  Pope's condition 'has worsened'
Apr.2  Indonesia  9 feared dead in quake crash
 Vatican  Pope begins losing consciousness
  Vatican
  26-year reign as the charismatic leader of the world's 1 billion Roman Catholics was highlighted by visits to 129 countries
 The Pope was the third longest-serving pontiff in history. He died in his private apartment, surrounded by his closest Polish aides. John Paul II had suffered worsening health problems including a heart condition
 Global  Millions grieve for John Paul II
Apr.3  Vatican  Clergy, dignitaries pay respects to pope
Apr.4  Vatican  Pope's body makes final journey
 Vatican  Crowds wait all night to see Pope
Apr.5  London  Blair calls election for May 5
 Vatican  Hundreds of thousands say goodbye
  Monaco
Apr.6   Iraq
 Rome  Rome seeks to curb pilgrim crowds
 Kashmir  Buses start historic trip
Apr.7  Vatican  John Paul pondered his fate in 2000
 Baghdad  Shia leader Jaafari named prime minister
 Rome  Rome prepares for Pope's funeral
Apr.8   Vatican
Apr.9   London
 Gaza  3 teens shot
  Beijing
  Japan's ambassador called on the Chinese government to take measures to protect Japanese citizens in China
Apr.10  Pakistan  Pakistan appeals for envoy's release  New Delhi  China premier to hold Delhi talks Apr.11  Washington  Bush urges freeze on settlement Apr.12  Angola  214 cases of Marburg reported  Global  Labs ordered to destroy flu virus  Japan  Japan risks China anger over gas Apr.13  Northern Iraq  Blast kills 12 Iraqi security guards Apr.14   Paris Many killed in hotel fire  Paris  Chirac makes case for EU treaty Apr.15  Monaco  Monaco bids farewell to Rainier Apr.16   Japan Japan demands China apology  Vatican  Vatican prepares for papal ballot Apr.17  Beijing  China rejects Tokyo demand for apology  Vatican  Cardinals gather to choose pope Apr.18  New Delhi  India and Pakistan say peace 'irreversible'  Vatican  No pope chosen in first vote Apr.19  Vatican  Black smoke after morning votes   Vatican   Ratzinger elected as new Pope
  78-year-old German cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is taking the name Pope Benedict XVI
 The College of Cardinals took only 2 days to choose the successor to John Paul II. The crowd clapped as the smoke billowed over Vatican City and waited for the ringing of bells. At 6:43 p.m. Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez announced Ratzinger's election in Latin. Bush called Benedict XVI 'a man of great wisdom and knowledge'.
 Vatican  Benedict XVI prepares for first Mass Apr.20  Rome  Berlusconi to form new government  Vatican  Benedict XVI sets out goals  Sunni Triangle  Officials: 70 killed by insurgents   Ecuador Congress votes out president  Lithuania  Rice calls for change in Belarus Apr.21   Iraq 6 Americans among 11 dead in copter crash  Mecca  Militants battle in holy Mecca Apr.22  Washington  Moussaoui enters 9/11 guilty plea Apr.23  Indonesia  Hu meets with Japanese Prime Minister  Sunni Triangle  Twin car bombs kill Tikrit police Apr.24   Vatican Benedict XVI installed as pope  Baghdad  Blasts kill 15 near mosque   Japan 100 dead as train derails  A seven-car commuter train has derailed and ploughed into an apartment building at a railway crossing Apr.25  Japan  Search for crash survivors  Washington  Pentagon: No case in Italian shooting  Japan  Hunt begins for Japan crash clues Apr.26   Lebanon Last Syrian soldiers left Lebanon
  Syria is surrendering to demands and ending its 29-year military presence in its smaller neighbor
 Washington  Iraqi insurgency 'undiminished' Apr.27   France Airbus A380 completes test flight Apr.28   Iraq Lawmakers approve Cabinet list  England  Iraq war legal advice published  Baghdad  Car bombs leave 24 dead Apr.29  Beijing  China, Taiwan opposition mend ties Apr.30  Vietnam  Vietnam remembers fall of Saigon  Iraq  4 U.S. soldiers killed   Cairo Cairo tourists come under attack  London  Chelsea gets 1st championship in 50 years  Taiwan  Taiwan head seeks Beijing talks


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Vatican
Pope's condition 'has worsened'
Gravely ill Pope remains 'serene'
Pope John Paul II dies at 84
Pope's body makes final journey
Crowds wait all night to see Pope
John Paul pondered his fate in 2000
Pope John Paul II buried in crypt
Vatican prepares for papal ballot
No pope chosen in first vote
Ratzinger elected as new Pope
Black smoke after morning votes
Benedict XVI sets out goals
Benedict XVI installed as pope
Pope's condition 'has worsened'
Pope begins losing consciousness
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Pope's condition 'has worsened'
Gravely ill Pope remains 'serene'
Pope John Paul II dies at 84
Pope's body makes final journey
Crowds wait all night to see Pope
Pope John Paul II buried in crypt
Vatican prepares for papal ballot
No pope chosen in first vote
Ratzinger elected as new Pope
Black smoke after morning votes
Benedict XVI sets out goals
Benedict XVI installed as pope
Arab Countries
Kurd leader Talabani named president
Shia leader Jaafari named prime minister
Lawmakers approve Cabinet list
6 Americans among 11 dead in copter crash
3 teens shot
Officials: 70 killed by insurgents
6 Americans among 11 dead in copter crash
Militants battle in holy Mecca
Twin car bombs kill Tikrit police
Last Syrian soldiers left Lebanon
Car bombs leave 24 dead
Blast kills 12 Iraqi security guards
Militants battle in holy Mecca
Blasts kill 15 near mosque
Cairo tourists come under attack
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Iraq
Kurd leader Talabani named president
Shia leader Jaafari named prime minister
Lawmakers approve Cabinet list
6 Americans among 11 dead in copter crash
Officials: 70 killed by insurgents
6 Americans among 11 dead in copter crash
Twin car bombs kill Tikrit police
Car bombs leave 24 dead
4 U.S. soldiers killed
Blast kills 12 Iraqi security guards
Blasts kill 15 near mosque
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European Union
Blair calls election for May 5
Rome seeks to curb pilgrim crowds
Rome prepares for Pope's funeral
Prince Charles marries Camilla
Chirac makes case for EU treaty
Berlusconi to form new government
Many killed in hotel fire
Iraq war legal advice published
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Rome seeks to curb pilgrim crowds
USA
Bush urges freeze on settlement
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Pentagon: No case in Italian shooting
Iraqi insurgency 'undiminished'
Moussaoui enters 9/11 guilty plea
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Japan
Japan risks China anger over gas
Japan demands China apology
100 dead as train derails
Search for crash survivors
Hunt begins for Japan crash clues
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Gravely ill Pope remains 'serene'   Mugabe wins criticized election  President's ruling party has secured a majority in parliamentary elections, getting 55 of 120 elected seats   Pope's condition 'has worsened'  John Paul II continued to struggle through likely the closing hours, as faithful pray and weep 9 feared dead in quake crash Pope begins losing consciousness   Pope John Paul II dies at 84


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April 1 ... more > Top ^

Apr.1   Vatican
  Zimbabwe  
  Vatican  
 North Korea  N. Korea works to contain bird flu
 Vatican  End draws closer for ailing Pope


April 2 ... more > Top ^

Apr.2   Indonesia
  Vatican
 Sumatra  Man pulled alive from quake rubble
  Vatican  
  26-year reign as the charismatic leader of the world's 1 billion Roman Catholics was highlighted by visits to 129 countries
 The Pope was the third longest-serving pontiff in history. He died in his private apartment, surrounded by his closest Polish aides. John Paul II had suffered worsening health problems including a heart condition
  Global     Millions grieve for John Paul II  Up to 100,000 people held a candlelit vigil in St Peter's Square in Rome  Iraq  56 injuried at Abu Ghraib attack

April 3 ... more > Top ^

Apr.3   Vatican Clergy, dignitaries pay respects to pope
 Florida  Federer fights back to beat Nadal  Angola  Marburg death toll climbs

April 4 ... more > Top ^

Apr.4   Vatican     Pope's body makes final journey  John Paul II's body has made journey from a palatial hall in the Vatican to St Peter's Basilica  Global  Death penalty 'at record levels'   Vatican   Crowds wait all night to see Pope  Crowds have been waiting at St Peter's Basilica to file past the body of John Paul II before Friday's funeral  North Carolina  N. Carolina win national title over Illinois

April 5 ... more > Top ^

Apr.5   London     Blair calls election for May 5  Prime Minister has called Britain's general election after seeing the queen to ask for the dissolution of parliament  Vatican  Burial plans unfold   Vatican Hundreds of thousands say goodbye
  Monaco   Prince Rainier dies, 81
  The prince, who had ruled the tiny principality since 1949, died after spending several weeks in hospital


April 6 ... more > Top ^

Apr.6   Iraq     Kurd leader Talabani named president
  New transitional assembly took a historic step, electing Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani as the nation's president
 Vatican  Papal conclave set for April 18  Kashmir  Attack on bus passengers   Rome Rome seeks to curb pilgrim crowds  Iraq  Saddam sees new president's election   Kashmir Buses start historic trip

April 7 ... more > Top ^

Apr.7   Vatican   John Paul pondered his fate in 2000  Ailing and tired in 2000, John Paul II pondered whether he had accomplished what he was meant to do   Baghdad   Shia leader Jaafari named prime minister  Outgoing Prime Minister Allawi has resigned. Ibrahim Jaafari has up to a month to name his team   Rome Rome prepares for Pope's funeral
 Cairo  Blast in Cairo tourist area kills two  Mexico  Mexico City's mayor stripped of immunity

April 8 ... more > Top ^

Apr.8   Vatican     Pope John Paul II buried in crypt
  John Paul II was buried under St. Peter's Basilica after a funeral Mass that millions of people watched
 Angola  Deadly Ebola-like virus spreads

April 9 ... more > Top ^

Apr.9   London   Prince Charles marries Camilla
  A solemn ceremony has blessed the wedding, at which the couple each pledged to be faithful to each other
  Gaza   3 teens shot  Israeli soldiers have shot dead 3 Palestinian teens on the edge of a refugee camp in a no-go area  Rome  Pilgrims leave Rome after funeral  Jerusalem  Israel 'to stop extremist rally'  Iraq  Huge anti-US protest   Beijing   Protests target Japan
  Japan's ambassador called on the Chinese government to take measures to protect Japanese citizens in China


April 10 ... more > Top ^

Apr.10  Gaza  Israel: 3 teens killed in smuggling effort  Southern China  Anti-Japan rallies spread   Pakistan Pakistan appeals for envoy's release   New Delhi China premier to hold Delhi talks  England  MG Rover gets 6.5m loan lifeline  US Georgia  Woods wins Masters in playoff  Washington  Sharon seeks backing on US visit

April 11 ... more > Top ^

Apr.11  Beijing  China blames Japan for tensions  Bangladesh  Factory blast kills 17   Washington     Bush urges freeze on settlement  President said Monday that Israel must honor its commitment after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon  Iraq  Rumsfeld warning to Iraq leaders

April 12 ... more > Top ^

Apr.12  Japan  Japan: China is 'scary country'  Germany  Man takes children hostage   Angola 214 cases of Marburg reported
 Global  Poverty targets 'may be missed'   Global   Labs ordered to destroy flu virus  4,000 laboratories in 18 countries have been asked to destroy samples that were accidentally included in testing kits   Japan Japan risks China anger over gas

April 13 ... more > Top ^

Apr.13  England  Man guilty of poison conspiracy   Northern Iraq Blast kills 12 Iraqi security guards
 Japan  Japan denies stoking China feud

April 14 ... more > Top ^

Apr.14  Iraq  14 dead in new attacks  USA  3 charged over oil-for-food   Paris   Many killed in hotel fire
  20 people have died and about 50 people have been injured in a fire in central Paris
  Paris Chirac makes case for EU treaty  Iraq  Pakistani hostage appears on video

April 15 ... more > Top ^

Apr.15   Monaco   Monaco bids farewell to Rainier  The 3 children of the Prince by the actress Grace Kelly have bade farewell to their father at a funeral service  UN  Row deepens over oil scandal  Paris  Hotel fire toll tops 20  Beirut  New premier vows transparency  Shanghai  Thousands join anti-Japan protest

April 16 ... more > Top ^

Apr.16   Japan     Japan demands China apology
  Japan filed an official protest, complaining that Chinese authorities failed to stop the violence
  Vatican   Vatican prepares for papal ballot  Roman Catholic cardinals have begun their final meeting before the secret conclave  Pakistan  Pakistan detains opposition leader  Washington  G-7 finance leaders focus on oil, debt  Beijing  Japan to protest over China riots

April 17 ... more > Top ^

Apr.17   Beijing China rejects Tokyo demand for apology  Switzerland  Coach plunges into ravine, 12 died   Vatican Cardinals gather to choose pope

April 18 ... more > Top ^

Apr.18   New Delhi     India and Pakistan say peace 'irreversible'  Manmohan Singh and Pervez Musharraf agreed to increase trade and transport links in Kashmir  Vatican  Cardinals begin electing new pope   Vatican     No pope chosen in first vote  Black smoke exited a chimney at the Sistine Chapel, indicating a vote was taken and a pope was not selected  UN  UN call for China-Japan meeting

April 19 ... more > Top ^

Apr.19   Vatican   Black smoke after morning votes  The 115 cardinals had not elected a new pope in their two morning votes  Spain  640 years for Argentine   Vatican     Ratzinger elected as new Pope
  78-year-old German cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is taking the name Pope Benedict XVI
 The College of Cardinals took only 2 days to choose the successor to John Paul II. The crowd clapped as the smoke billowed over Vatican City and waited for the ringing of bells. At 6:43 p.m. Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez announced Ratzinger's election in Latin. Bush called Benedict XVI 'a man of great wisdom and knowledge'.
  Vatican Benedict XVI prepares for first Mass

April 20 ... more > Top ^

Apr.20   Rome     Berlusconi to form new government  Prime Minister plans to resign with a view towards forming a new government with different coalition partners   Vatican     Benedict XVI sets out goals  Pope calls for unification of all Christians and continuing the reforms of the Second Vatican Council   Sunni Triangle Officials: 70 killed by insurgents
  Ecuador   Congress votes out president
  Lawmakers replaced Lucio Gutierrez with Vice President Alfredo Palacio who orders the arrest of former leader
  Lithuania Rice calls for change in Belarus  Myanmar  Burma 'used chemicals on rebels'

April 21 ... more > Top ^

Apr.21   Iraq     6 Americans among 11 dead in copter crash
  The Russian-made MI-8 carried a crew of 3 Bulgarians and 6 Blackwater Security employees
 Brazil  Ecuador's ex-leader offered asylum   Mecca Militants battle in holy Mecca  USA  US 'to toughen airspace checks'  Indonesia  PM Koizumi apologises over war

April 22 ... more > Top ^

Apr.22  Iraq  Second group claims copter downing   Washington Moussaoui enters 9/11 guilty plea
 Iraq  9 die in Baghdad mosque bombing  Washington  U.S. Army clears top brass in Abu Ghraib

April 23 ... more > Top ^

Apr.23   Indonesia Hu meets with Japanese Prime Minister
 Baghdad  11 killed in uptick in violence  Baghdad  U.S. arrests 6 suspects in helicopter crash   Sunni Triangle Twin car bombs kill Tikrit police

April 24 ... more > Top ^

Apr.24   Vatican     Benedict XVI installed as pope
  New Pope was formally installed at a Mass outside St. Peter's Basilica in front of an audience of hundreds of thousands
  Baghdad Blasts kill 15 near mosque  Brazil  Ecuador ex-head flies into exile   Japan   100 dead as train derails
  A seven-car commuter train has derailed and ploughed into an apartment building at a railway crossing
 Tel Aviv  Former President Ezer Weizman dies

April 25 ... more > Top ^

Apr.25   Japan Search for crash survivors  Moscow  Putin: Democracy is top priority   Washington   Pentagon: No case in Italian shooting  U.S. troops who killed an Italian agent in Baghdad were found to have done nothing wrong by a U.S. investigation   Japan Hunt begins for Japan crash clues

April 26 ... more > Top ^

Apr.26   Lebanon   Last Syrian soldiers left Lebanon
  Syria is surrendering to demands and ending its 29-year military presence in its smaller neighbor
  Washington   Iraqi insurgency 'undiminished'  General Myers says the insurgents have lost none of their capacity to stage attacks  Sri Lanka  Rail crash kills 37 people

April 27 ... more > Top ^

Apr.27   France   Airbus A380 completes test flight
  The world's largest passenger plane was circling the Bay of Biscay before returning to base
 England  Early Iraq legal opinion leaked

April 28 ... more > Top ^

Apr.28   Iraq   Lawmakers approve Cabinet list
  National Assembly approved a list for a transitional government. 3 ministries were filled with temporary appointments
  England Iraq war legal advice published  Jerusalem  Putin defends aid to Syria, Iran   Baghdad     Car bombs leave 24 dead  The apparently co-ordinated 4 suicide bombs targeting Iraqi security forces in the Sunni district of Adhamiya  Angola  Ebola-like disease kills 253 people

April 29 ... more > Top ^

Apr.29   Beijing   China, Taiwan opposition mend ties  Taiwan's opposition leader and Chinese President promised to work together to end hostilities  West Bank  Putin pledges to help Palestinians  Nepal  State of emergency ended

April 30 ... more > Top ^

Apr.30   Vietnam Vietnam remembers fall of Saigon
  Iraq 4 U.S. soldiers killed  Cairo  2 dead in Cairo bomb blast   Cairo   Cairo tourists come under attack Map of Cairo
  2 attacks left 3 attackers dead and 7 other injured
  London Chelsea gets 1st championship in 50 years  Iraq  Experts combing through mass grave   Taiwan Taiwan head seeks Beijing talks


3 teens shot  Israeli soldiers have shot dead 3 Palestinian teens on the edge of a refugee camp in a no-go area Officials: 70 killed by insurgents   6 Americans among 11 dead in copter crash




World, April 2005 War & Army Timeline ... See World War & Army timeline Top ^
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Apr.2  Iraq  56 injuried at Abu Ghraib attack
Apr.9   Gaza
Apr.10  Gaza  Israel: 3 teens killed in smuggling effort
Apr.14  Iraq  14 dead in new attacks
Apr.19  Spain  640 years for Argentine
Apr.20   Sunni Triangle
Apr.20  Myanmar  Burma 'used chemicals on rebels'
Apr.21   Iraq
  The Russian-made MI-8 carried a crew of 3 Bulgarians and 6 Blackwater Security employees
Apr.21   Mecca Militants battle in holy Mecca
Apr.21  Indonesia  PM Koizumi apologises over war Apr.22  Iraq  Second group claims copter downing Apr.22  Washington  U.S. Army clears top brass in Abu Ghraib Apr.23  Baghdad  11 killed in uptick in violence Apr.23  Baghdad  U.S. arrests 6 suspects in helicopter crash Apr.23   Sunni Triangle Twin car bombs kill Tikrit police Apr.25   Washington Pentagon: No case in Italian shooting  U.S. troops who killed an Italian agent in Baghdad were found to have done nothing wrong by a U.S. investigation Apr.26   Lebanon Last Syrian soldiers left Lebanon
  Syria is surrendering to demands and ending its 29-year military presence in its smaller neighbor
Apr.26   Washington Iraqi insurgency 'undiminished'  General Myers says the insurgents have lost none of their capacity to stage attacks Apr.28   England Iraq war legal advice published
Apr.28   Baghdad   Car bombs leave 24 dead  The apparently co-ordinated 4 suicide bombs targeting Iraqi security forces in the Sunni district of Adhamiya Apr.30   Vietnam Vietnam remembers fall of Saigon Apr.30   Iraq 4 U.S. soldiers killed Apr.30  Iraq  Experts combing through mass grave



World, April 2005 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
2005 Apr.1   Vatican   Pope's condition 'has worsened'  John Paul II continued to struggle through likely the closing hours, as faithful pray and weep Apr.1  North Korea  N. Korea works to contain bird flu Apr.2   Indonesia 9 feared dead in quake crash
Apr.2   Vatican Pope begins losing consciousness Apr.2  Sumatra  Man pulled alive from quake rubble Apr.3  Angola  Marburg death toll climbs Apr.8  Angola  Deadly Ebola-like virus spreads Apr.11  Bangladesh  Factory blast kills 17 Apr.12   Angola 214 cases of Marburg reported Apr.12   Global Labs ordered to destroy flu virus  4,000 laboratories in 18 countries have been asked to destroy samples that were accidentally included in testing kits Apr.14   Paris Many killed in hotel fire
  20 people have died and about 50 people have been injured in a fire in central Paris
Apr.15  Paris  Hotel fire toll tops 20 Apr.17  Switzerland  Coach plunges into ravine, 12 died Apr.21   Iraq   6 Americans among 11 dead in copter crash
  The Russian-made MI-8 carried a crew of 3 Bulgarians and 6 Blackwater Security employees
Apr.24   Japan 100 dead as train derails
  A seven-car commuter train has derailed and ploughed into an apartment building at a railway crossing
Apr.25   Japan Search for crash survivors Apr.25   Japan Hunt begins for Japan crash clues Apr.26  Sri Lanka  Rail crash kills 37 people Apr.28  Angola  Ebola-like disease kills 253 people



World, April 2005 Business Timeline ... See World Business timeline Top ^
2005 Apr.6   Kashmir Buses start historic trip
Apr.10  England  MG Rover gets 6.5m loan lifeline Apr.12  Global  Poverty targets 'may be missed' Apr.16  Washington  G-7 finance leaders focus on oil, debt Apr.21  USA  US 'to toughen airspace checks' Apr.27   France Airbus A380 completes test flight
  The world's largest passenger plane was circling the Bay of Biscay before returning to base




World, April 2005 Sports Timeline ... See World Sports timeline Top ^
2005 Apr.3  Florida  Federer fights back to beat Nadal Apr.4  North Carolina  N. Carolina win national title over Illinois Apr.10  US Georgia  Woods wins Masters in playoff Apr.30   London Chelsea gets 1st championship in 50 years



World, April 2005 Crime Timeline ... See World Crime timeline Top ^
2005 Apr.4  Global  Death penalty 'at record levels' Apr.6  Kashmir  Attack on bus passengers Apr.7  Cairo  Blast in Cairo tourist area kills two Apr.7  Mexico  Mexico City's mayor stripped of immunity Apr.10   Pakistan Pakistan appeals for envoy's release
Apr.12  Germany  Man takes children hostage Apr.13  England  Man guilty of poison conspiracy Apr.13   Northern Iraq Blast kills 12 Iraqi security guards Apr.14  USA  3 charged over oil-for-food Apr.14  Iraq  Pakistani hostage appears on video Apr.19  Spain  640 years for Argentine Apr.21   Mecca Militants battle in holy Mecca Apr.22   Washington Moussaoui enters 9/11 guilty plea Apr.22  Iraq  9 die in Baghdad mosque bombing Apr.22  Washington  U.S. Army clears top brass in Abu Ghraib Apr.24   Baghdad Blasts kill 15 near mosque Apr.30  Cairo  2 dead in Cairo bomb blast Apr.30   Cairo Cairo tourists come under attack Map of Cairo
  2 attacks left 3 attackers dead and 7 other injured
Apr.30  Iraq  Experts combing through mass grave



World, April 2005 Politics Timeline ... See World Politics timeline Top ^
2005 Apr.1   Vatican Gravely ill Pope remains 'serene'
Apr.1   Zimbabwe   Mugabe wins criticized election  President's ruling party has secured a majority in parliamentary elections, getting 55 of 120 elected seats Apr.1   Vatican   Pope's condition 'has worsened'  John Paul II continued to struggle through likely the closing hours, as faithful pray and weep Apr.1  Vatican  End draws closer for ailing Pope Apr.2   Vatican Pope begins losing consciousness Apr.2   Vatican   Pope John Paul II dies at 84
  26-year reign as the charismatic leader of the world's 1 billion Roman Catholics was highlighted by visits to 129 countries
 The Pope was the third longest-serving pontiff in history. He died in his private apartment, surrounded by his closest Polish aides. John Paul II had suffered worsening health problems including a heart condition
Apr.2   Global   Millions grieve for John Paul II  Up to 100,000 people held a candlelit vigil in St Peter's Square in Rome Apr.3   Vatican Clergy, dignitaries pay respects to pope
Apr.4   Vatican   Pope's body makes final journey  John Paul II's body has made journey from a palatial hall in the Vatican to St Peter's Basilica Apr.4   Vatican Crowds wait all night to see Pope  Crowds have been waiting at St Peter's Basilica to file past the body of John Paul II before Friday's funeral Apr.5   London   Blair calls election for May 5  Prime Minister has called Britain's general election after seeing the queen to ask for the dissolution of parliament Apr.5  Vatican  Burial plans unfold Apr.5   Vatican Hundreds of thousands say goodbye Apr.5   Monaco Prince Rainier dies, 81
  The prince, who had ruled the tiny principality since 1949, died after spending several weeks in hospital
Apr.6   Iraq   Kurd leader Talabani named president
  New transitional assembly took a historic step, electing Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani as the nation's president
Apr.6  Vatican  Papal conclave set for April 18 Apr.6   Rome Rome seeks to curb pilgrim crowds Apr.6  Iraq  Saddam sees new president's election Apr.7   Vatican John Paul pondered his fate in 2000  Ailing and tired in 2000, John Paul II pondered whether he had accomplished what he was meant to do Apr.7   Baghdad Shia leader Jaafari named prime minister  Outgoing Prime Minister Allawi has resigned. Ibrahim Jaafari has up to a month to name his team Apr.7   Rome Rome prepares for Pope's funeral Apr.7  Mexico  Mexico City's mayor stripped of immunity Apr.8   Vatican   Pope John Paul II buried in crypt
  John Paul II was buried under St. Peter's Basilica after a funeral Mass that millions of people watched
Apr.9   London Prince Charles marries Camilla
  A solemn ceremony has blessed the wedding, at which the couple each pledged to be faithful to each other
Apr.9  Rome  Pilgrims leave Rome after funeral Apr.9  Jerusalem  Israel 'to stop extremist rally' Apr.9  Iraq  Huge anti-US protest Apr.9   Beijing Protests target Japan
  Japan's ambassador called on the Chinese government to take measures to protect Japanese citizens in China
Apr.10  Southern China  Anti-Japan rallies spread Apr.10   New Delhi China premier to hold Delhi talks Apr.10  Washington  Sharon seeks backing on US visit Apr.11  Beijing  China blames Japan for tensions Apr.11   Washington   Bush urges freeze on settlement  President said Monday that Israel must honor its commitment after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Apr.11  Iraq  Rumsfeld warning to Iraq leaders Apr.12  Japan  Japan: China is 'scary country' Apr.12   Japan Japan risks China anger over gas Apr.13  Japan  Japan denies stoking China feud Apr.14   Paris Chirac makes case for EU treaty Apr.15   Monaco Monaco bids farewell to Rainier  The 3 children of the Prince by the actress Grace Kelly have bade farewell to their father at a funeral service Apr.15  UN  Row deepens over oil scandal Apr.15  Beirut  New premier vows transparency Apr.15  Shanghai  Thousands join anti-Japan protest Apr.16   Japan   Japan demands China apology
  Japan filed an official protest, complaining that Chinese authorities failed to stop the violence
Apr.16   Vatican Vatican prepares for papal ballot  Roman Catholic cardinals have begun their final meeting before the secret conclave Apr.16  Pakistan  Pakistan detains opposition leader Apr.16  Beijing  Japan to protest over China riots Apr.17   Beijing China rejects Tokyo demand for apology Apr.17   Vatican Cardinals gather to choose pope Apr.18   New Delhi   India and Pakistan say peace 'irreversible'  Manmohan Singh and Pervez Musharraf agreed to increase trade and transport links in Kashmir Apr.18  Vatican  Cardinals begin electing new pope Apr.18   Vatican   No pope chosen in first vote  Black smoke exited a chimney at the Sistine Chapel, indicating a vote was taken and a pope was not selected Apr.18  UN  UN call for China-Japan meeting Apr.19   Vatican Black smoke after morning votes  The 115 cardinals had not elected a new pope in their two morning votes Apr.19  Spain  640 years for Argentine Apr.19   Vatican   Ratzinger elected as new Pope
  78-year-old German cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is taking the name Pope Benedict XVI
 The College of Cardinals took only 2 days to choose the successor to John Paul II. The crowd clapped as the smoke billowed over Vatican City and waited for the ringing of bells. At 6:43 p.m. Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez announced Ratzinger's election in Latin. Bush called Benedict XVI 'a man of great wisdom and knowledge'.
Apr.19   Vatican Benedict XVI prepares for first Mass Apr.20   Rome   Berlusconi to form new government  Prime Minister plans to resign with a view towards forming a new government with different coalition partners Apr.20   Vatican   Benedict XVI sets out goals  Pope calls for unification of all Christians and continuing the reforms of the Second Vatican Council Apr.20   Ecuador Congress votes out president
  Lawmakers replaced Lucio Gutierrez with Vice President Alfredo Palacio who orders the arrest of former leader
Apr.20   Lithuania Rice calls for change in Belarus Apr.21  Brazil  Ecuador's ex-leader offered asylum Apr.21  Indonesia  PM Koizumi apologises over war Apr.23   Indonesia Hu meets with Japanese Prime Minister Apr.24   Vatican   Benedict XVI installed as pope
  New Pope was formally installed at a Mass outside St. Peter's Basilica in front of an audience of hundreds of thousands
Apr.24  Brazil  Ecuador ex-head flies into exile Apr.24  Tel Aviv  Former President Ezer Weizman dies Apr.25  Moscow  Putin: Democracy is top priority Apr.27  England  Early Iraq legal opinion leaked Apr.28   Iraq Lawmakers approve Cabinet list
  National Assembly approved a list for a transitional government. 3 ministries were filled with temporary appointments
Apr.28   England Iraq war legal advice published Apr.28  Jerusalem  Putin defends aid to Syria, Iran Apr.29   Beijing China, Taiwan opposition mend ties  Taiwan's opposition leader and Chinese President promised to work together to end hostilities Apr.29  West Bank  Putin pledges to help Palestinians Apr.29  Nepal  State of emergency ended Apr.30   Vietnam Vietnam remembers fall of Saigon Apr.30   Taiwan Taiwan head seeks Beijing talks