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B. 01-26 Former President Suharto dies at 86 Jakarta
2. 02-03 Pro-Western Tadic wins new term Serbia
02-17 Kosovo declares independence Kosovo
4. 02-18 Musharraf party 'lagging in poll' Pakistan
F. 02-19 Castro resigns as president Cuba
G. 02-24 Raul Castro named president Cuba
H. 02-29 Harry withdrawn from Afghanistan Afghanistan
8. 03-02 Medvedev 'heading for clear win' Moscow
9. 03-04 McCain wins Republican nomination USA

Summary.     Click for More > Musharraf party 'lagging in poll' Castro resigns as president Raul Castro named president Harry withdrawn from Afghanistan Medvedev 'heading for clear win' McCain wins Republican nomination Scandal-hit governor resigns Riots, shots as anti-China unrest grows   Opponents of Chinese rule set fire to vehicles and shops as tear gas filled the streets and gunfire rang out in the capital, Lhasa Protest as Olympic torch is lit Dutch MP posts Islam film on web Mugabe's Zanu-PF loses majority Police entered YFZ compound Olympic torch extinguished   The relay was disrupted by protesters demonstrating against the Chinese government, causing authorities to extinguish the flame 3 times Princess Diana 'unlawfully killed' Billionaire Berlusconi wins election Violence breaks out over trash crisis Nepal abolishes monarchy  Newly elected leadership changed the country to a republic, a historic move that ended about 240 years of autocratic rule Summit targets global food crisis Obama winner of Democratic race   Democratic presidential candidate has earned enough delegates to clinch his party's nomination, US media have projected Irish reject EU treaty  Prime Minister Brian Cowen was disappointed that Irish voters rejected the European Union reform treaty; 53.4 percent no, to 46.6 percent yes Opposition pulls out of election France hosts Mediterranean summit   Musharraf resigns   Pakistani President announced his resignation Monday after weeks of pressure to relinquish power Russia recognizes Georgian rebel regions   McCain picks woman running mate  Republican presidential hopeful has picked Sarah Palin, the female governor of Alaska, as his surprise running mate Bhutto widower is new president Kim missing from parade 'Big Bang' experiment starts well   Scientists have hailed a successful switch-on for an enormous experiment which will recreate the conditions a few moments after the Bang Rivals sign power-share deal Bush hails financial rescue plan Mbeki resigns as president Astronaut takes China's first spacewalk House backs $700bn bail-out plan   The House of Representatives has passed by 263-171 vote a government plan to rescue the US financial sector Barack Obama wins presidential election
Former President Suharto dies at 86 Pro-Western Tadic wins new term Kosovo declares independence
Jan.2  Pakistan  Government delays elections
Jan.3  Iowa  Huckabee and Obama take Iowa wins
Jan.6  Georgia  Saakashvili claims majority in vote
Jan.8  New Hampshire  Clinton wins Democratic primary
Jan.9  Israel  Bush in Israel amid tight security
Jan.12  Taiwan  Opposition sweep to victory
 Baghdad  Ban eased on Saddam-era officials
Jan.13  South Africa  Scandal-hit Interpol chief quits
Jan.19  Nevada  Clinton wins tight Nevada caucus
Jan.24  Rome  Prodi resigns after losing vote
 Kenya  Rivals hold 'ice-breaker' talks
 U.S. Congress  Deal reached on US economic plan
Jan.26   Jakarta
Jan.28  U.S. Congress  Bush addresses US economy fears
Jan.30  Southern California  Giuliani quits White House race
Feb.3   Serbia
Feb.5  USA  McCain surges ahead in primaries
Feb.12  Australia  Australia apologizes to Aborigines
 Southern California  Spielberg boycotts Olympic role
 Washington  Obama, McCain sweep Potomac primaries
Feb.15  European Union  Green light for EU Kosovo mission
Feb.17   Kosovo
  Kosovo has formally declared its independence from Serbia in a move opposed by Serbia and Russia but backed by many western governments.    Lawmakers in the legislature of the former province approved the declaration of independence at an extraordinary session. It was read o...
Feb.18   Pakistan
Feb.19   Cuba
Feb.20  Hawaii  US missile hits 'toxic satellite'
Feb.21  Serbia  US embassy in Belgrade attacked
Feb.22  Baghdad  Al-Sadr extends Mehdi Army cease-fire
Feb.24   Cuba
Feb.26  Ohio  Democrats meet in crucial debate
Feb.27  South Africa  Outcry in SA over 'racist' video
 Thailand  Thaksin taken into police custody
Feb.28  Kenya  Rivals sign power-sharing deal
Feb.29   Afghanistan
Mar.2   Moscow
Mar.3  Ecuador  Ecuador cuts ties with Colombia
Mar.4   USA
Mar.7  Dominican Republic  Leaders say Colombia crisis over
Mar.8  Malaysia  Election setback for PM
Mar.9  Pakistan  Anti-Musharraf parties to share power
 Spain  Socialists claim victory
Mar.12   New York
Mar.13  Mosul  Archbishop death condemned
 Senegal  Sudan and Chad strike peace deal
Mar.14   Tibet
Mar.15  Iran  Hardliners surge ahead in vote
Mar.16  Tibet  'Eighty killed' in unrest
Mar.22  Taiwan  Opposition triumphs in elections
Mar.24   Greece
 Pakistan  Judges freed by new PM
Mar.27  London  Delays, protests as Heathrow's T5 opens
  Netherlands
Mar.31  London  Duke 'did not order Diana death'
Apr.1  Paris  Sarkozy pleads for Colombian hostage
Apr.2   Zimbabwe
 Ireland  PM to quit over payments scandal
Apr.3  NATO  NATO denies Georgia and Ukraine
  Texas
Apr.7   Paris
  London
Apr.8  Haiti  Rioters storm presidential palace
Apr.9  San Francisco Bay Area  Route changes mark Olympic torch relay
 Thailand  54 Myanmar migrants suffocate in freezer
Apr.12  Zambia  Summit opens to end Zimbabwe vote crisis
Apr.13  Nepal  Maoists extend poll lead
 Kenya  Odinga named PM in bid to end vote crisis
Apr.14   Rome
Apr.15  Washington  Warm US welcome for Pope Benedict
Apr.17  Kenya  Unity government sworn in
Apr.18  UN Gen. Assembly  Pope Benedict makes speech to UN
Apr.20  Manhattan  Pope offers prayer at Ground Zero
 Paraguay  Exit polls projected Lugo winning
Apr.22  Pennsylvania  Clinton 'wins key Democrat vote'
Apr.23  Australia  More arrests as Australia hosts torch
Apr.24  Syria  Syria 'had covert nuclear scheme'
Apr.26  Zimbabwe  Recount shows opposition ahead
May.2  Zimbabwe  Officials: rivals face runoff
May.4  Bolivia  State backs autonomy
May.7  Moscow  Russia swears in new president
May.8  Jerusalem  Olmert faces new corruption probe
 Myanmar  Burma 'wants aid not foreigners'
May.11  Serbia  Pro-West president declares win
May.13  Myanmar  Junta lacking in cyclone response
May.15  Sichuan  President Hu Jintao visits quake area
May.16  Dominican Republic  President wins election
May.18  Myanmar  Junta leader visits cyclone refugees
May.20  Qatar  Deal agreed on Lebanon crisis
May.23  Myanmar  Myanmar to admit all aid workers
May.24   Naples
 Zimbabwe  Tsvangirai returns home
 Colombia  FARC leader dead
May.25  Beirut  MPs elect new president
 USA  Historic pictures sent from Mars
May.28  Jerusalem  Call for PM to stand down
  Nepal
May.31  Washington  Democrats reach delegate deal
Jun.1  Jerusalem  Israel to build 884 homes in East Jerusalem
Jun.2   Rome
Jun.3   U. S. Midwest
Jun.4  Zimbabwe  Tsvangirai arrested ahead of runoff vote
Jun.5  Turkey  Court annuls Turkish scarf reform
Jun.7  Washington  Clinton backs Obama and bows out
 Tehran  Iraqi PM arrives for talks
Jun.9  Somalia  Factions sign peace deal
Jun.10  Nepal  Former king to leave palace
Jun.12  U.S. Supreme Court  Major Guantanamo setback for Bush
Jun.13   Ireland
Jun.14  Kosovo  UN hands over to Kosovo Albanians
Jun.20  Zimbabwe  Biti ordered to face treason trial
Jun.21  Saudi Arabia  Saudis to host oil price summit
Jun.22   Zimbabwe
Jun.26  North Korea  N. Korea releases details of nucl. Program
Jun.27  Zimbabwe  Vote under threat of violence
Jun.29  Zimbabwe  Mugabe sworn in after disputed election
Jul.1  Egypt  African call for Zimbabwe unity
Jul.5  Zimbabwe  Mbeki in Harare for crisis talks
Jul.6  Dubai  UAE to cancel all of Iraq's $7B debt
 Northern Japan  G-8 summit opens with focus on Africa
Jul.8  Czech Republic  US and Czechs sign defence deal
Jul.11  UN Security Council  Russia, China veto sanctions on Zimbabwe
Jul.12  Paris  Syria, Lebanon to open embassies
  Paris
Jul.15  Malaysia  Anwar Ibrahim arrested
Jul.18  South Africa  Mandela at 90 issues call for poor
 Sydney  Pope sorry for 'evil' of clergy sex abuse
 Argentina  President drops farm tax after protests
Jul.19  Kabul  Obama opens foreign tour
 Geneva  Iran describes nuke talks as 'constructive'
Jul.21  Zimbabwe  Rivals sign deal on talks
Jul.22  New Delhi  Indian government survives vote
Jul.23  House of Representatives  US lawmakers pass housing rescue
Jul.24  Berlin  Obama seeks stronger Europe ties
Jul.29  Geneva  Global trade deal falls apart
Jul.30  Beijing  Web curbs for Olympic journalists
Aug.5  U.S. Congress  Iraq's projected $80b surplus stirs anger
Aug.12  Georgia  Georgia agrees to cease-fire proposal
Aug.13  Eastern Afghanistan  4 aid workers killed
Aug.14  Poland  Poland, U.S. to sign missile shield deal
Aug.15  Washington  Bush warns Russia over Georgia 'bullying'
Aug.17  Johannesburg  Summit ends in Zimbabwe stalemate
Aug.18   Pakistan
Aug.22  Chicago  Senator Joe Biden is Obama's choice
Aug.25  Colorado  Democrats gather to endorse Obama
Aug.26   Moscow
Aug.27  Georgia  U.S. ship arrives in Georgia
Aug.28  Colorado  Obama launches historic campaign
Aug.29   Ohio
Sep.1  Japan  Beleaguered PM Fukuda resigns
Sep.3  Minnesota  Palin makes convention debut
Sep.4  Minnesota  McCain vows to shake up Washington
Sep.5  Libya  Rice meets with Libya leader
Sep.6   Pakistan
Sep.9   North Korea
Sep.10   Switzerland
Sep.11  Venezuela  Venezuela to expel U.S. ambassador
 Zimbabwe  Rivals agree unity deal
Sep.14  Bolivia  Morales struggling to control Bolivia
Sep.15   Zimbabwe
Sep.19   Washington
Sep.21   South Africa
 Jerusalem  Israeli PM Olmert declares intent to resign
Sep.22  Jerusalem  President taps Livni to form government
Sep.24  North Korea  Nuclear plant seals removed
Sep.26  Southern U.S.  McCain and Obama spar in first debate
Sep.27   China
Sep.29  House of Representatives  $700 billion bailout package failed
Oct.3   House of Representatives
Oct.4  Paris  No banks bail-out fund for Europe
Oct.5  Saudi Arabia  Saudi hosts Afghan peace talks w. Taliban
Oct.6  Thailand  Police fire tear gas at Bangkok protesters
Oct.7  Tennessee  McCain, Obama trade blows on economy
Oct.10  Austria  Haider dies in accident
Oct.11  Washington  U.S. takes North Korea off terror list
 Paris  EU chiefs confront markets crisis
Nov.4   Washington
  As polls closed on the West coast, the senator was projected to receive enough electoral votes to pass the 270-vote threshold
  Obama is projected to win California, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii and Virginia. Democratic Senator says 'change has come to America', after being elected the first black president of the United States
Nov.5  Global  World leaders hail Obama triumph Nov.10  Washington  Bush calls meeting with Obama 'friendly' Nov.14  Washington  World leaders grapple with crisis Nov.15   Washington   Summit pledge to 'restore growth'   Global leaders at the G20 financial summit have pledged to work together to restore global growth Nov.16  Baghdad  Iraq cabinet backs US troops deal Nov.18   U.S. Congress US car firms ask for $25bn aid  The bosses of Ford, GM and Chrysler, have asked Congress for a $25bn bail-out and warned of broader risks to the US economy Nov.21   Moscow Russia extends presidential term Nov.22  Peru  Apec leaders make free-trade vow Nov.25  Washington  Gates 'to stay as Pentagon chief' Nov.27  Baghdad  Parliament OKs pact on U.S. troops' future Dec.1  Chicago  Clinton named secretary of state  USA  U.S. warned India of maritime attack   Thailand Top Thai court bans ruling party Dec.3  Norway  Nations sign cluster bomb treaty Dec.4  Canada  Canada halts parliament amid row Dec.9  Athens  Protests as Athens funeral held  Rio de Janeiro  Protesters: 9,000 disappeared in 2 years Dec.14   Baghdad   Iraqi journalist throws shoes at Bush   Bush made a farewell visit, where he met with Iraqi leaders, talked to the media and joked after a man threw shoes at him Dec.29  Somalia  President quits amid power struggle  Bangladesh  Awami League wins election



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04/03 NATO denies Georgia and Ukraine
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08/29 McCain picks woman running mate
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January 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jan.1  Pakistan  Bhutto had vote warning for U.S.
Jan.2   Pakistan
 Kenya  Water cannon used on march
Jan.3   Iowa
 Kenya  Civil unrest damaging Kenya's economy
Jan.5  Indonesia  Suharto rushed to hospital
 Georgia  President Saakashvili 'wins election'
Jan.6   Georgia  
Jan.7  Kenya  President Kibaki invites foe to talks
Jan.8   New Hampshire  
Jan.9   Israel
Jan.10  Jerusalem  Bush predicts 'state of Palestine'
Jan.11  Indonesia  Suharto suffers 'alarming' decline
 Venezuela  Chavez makes Colombia rebel call
Jan.12   Taiwan
  Baghdad
Jan.13   South Africa
 United Arab Emirates  Bush: Iran threatens world security
Jan.15  Kenya  Opposition wins two posts
Jan.16  Kenya  Police shoot protesters
 London  Russia warned over 'intimidation'
Jan.18  Iraq  Iraq on alert for Shia festival
Jan.19   Nevada
Jan.24   Rome  
  Kenya
  U.S. Congress
Jan.26   Jakarta  
  Former dictator Haji Muhammad Suharto, the 'smiling general' who ruled his country with an iron fist for 3 decades died at a hospital in Jakarta
 South Carolina  South Carolina delivers big win for Obama Jan.28   U.S. Congress Bush addresses US economy fears
Jan.29  Florida  McCain wins key primary Jan.30   Southern California Giuliani quits White House race Jan.31  Rio de Janeiro  Rio judge bans float on Holocaust

February 2008 ... more > Top ^
Feb.3   Serbia   Pro-Western Tadic wins new term
  Incumbent Boris Tadic narrowly won a second term as president after a runoff with ultranationalist rival Tomislav Nikolic.    Tadic edged out Nikolic by a margin of 50.5% to 47.9%. He ...
Feb.5   USA     McCain surges ahead in primaries  John McCain has forged ahead in his bid to win the Republican nomination, winning some major primaries Feb.6  Kabul  Rice and Miliband on Afghan trip Feb.7  USA  Romney suspends White House bid Feb.8  Moscow  Putin vows 'arms race' response  Turkey  Turks set to ease headscarf ban Feb.9  Myanmar  Burmese junta sets voting dates  USA  Obama takes poll clean sweep Feb.12   Australia Australia apologizes to Aborigines   Southern California Spielberg boycotts Olympic role   Washington Obama, McCain sweep Potomac primaries Feb.14  Beirut  Hezbollah chief: Israel faces 'open war'  Serbia  Serbia: Kosovo breakaway 'illegal' Feb.15   European Union Green light for EU Kosovo mission  Benin  Bush begins Africa trip Feb.17  Cyprus  President ousted in poll   Kosovo   Kosovo declares independence
  Kosovo has formally declared its independence from Serbia in a move opposed by Serbia and Russia but backed by many western governments
 Lawmakers in the legislature of the former province approved the declaration of independence at an extraordinary session. It was read out in Albanian, Serbian and English by prime minister Thaci before the approval of state symbols including new national flag and anthem
Feb.18  Washington  U.S. recognizes independent Kosovo   Pakistan     Musharraf party 'lagging in poll'
  The opposition parties are well ahead in the country's elections. The ruling PML-Q would be consigned to the opposition if results were confirmed.    Supporters of opposition parties including Sharif's PML-N and ...
Feb.19   Cuba     Castro resigns as president
  Fidel Castro announced his resignation as president and commander in chief of the military , according to a letter published in the Granma.    The resignation ends nearly a half-century of iron-fisted rule that frustrated 10 U.S. presidents. Bush said Castro's decision o...
 Wisconsin  Obama wins Wisconsin primary poll Feb.20   Hawaii US missile hits 'toxic satellite'   The US has successfully struck a disabled spy satellite USA 193 with a missile fired from a warship in waters west of Hawaii Feb.21  London  UK: CIA rendition flights used British soil   Serbia   US embassy in Belgrade attacked   Several hundred protesters have attacked the US and other embassies in Belgrade in anger at Western support for Kosovo's independence Feb.22   Baghdad Al-Sadr extends Mehdi Army cease-fire  Iran  Iran 'nuclear questions remain' Feb.24   Cuba   Raul Castro named president
  Raul Castro has been unanimously selected to succeed his brother Fidel as leader by National Assembly.    Fidel Castro, 81, had been out of the public eye since July 2006 when he had major surgery. Raul's name was the only one put...
Feb.26  Kenya  Poll negotiations suspended   Ohio Democrats meet in crucial debate Feb.27   South Africa Outcry in SA over 'racist' video   Thailand Thaksin taken into police custody Feb.28   Kenya   Rivals sign power-sharing deal  President Kibaki and opposition leader Odinga agreed to form a coalition government after weeks of wrangling Feb.29   Afghanistan Harry withdrawn from Afghanistan
  23-year-old Prince Harry is to be withdrawn from Afghanistan after news of his secret deployment leaked out


March 2008 ... more > Top ^
Mar.1  Armenia  President declares state of emergency  Baghdad  Iranian President arrives in Iraq Mar.2   Moscow     Medvedev 'heading for clear win'
  The outcome is not expected to be a surprise: A hand-picked successor is expected to win in a landslide, after hardly even bothering to campaig.    The state-owned pollster VTsIOM showed Medvedev with 69.6% o...
 West Bank  Palestinians suspend talks with Israel Mar.3  Moscow  Vote rig claim after Medvedev landslide   Ecuador Ecuador cuts ties with Colombia Mar.4   USA     McCain wins Republican nomination
  John McCain has won the Republican party's nomination to run for president with projected poll wins in Ohio, Vermont, Rhode Island and Texas.    Mike Huckabee has dropped out of the race and pledged to support McCain's candidacy. McCain's wins in 3 states have given hi...
 Texas  Clinton takes key primary polls Mar.5  Jerusalem  Rice talks with top Israeli officials  Gaza  Life in Gaza cited worst since 1967 Mar.6  Kenya  President pushes peace deal Mar.7   Dominican Republic   Leaders say Colombia crisis over   The presidents of Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia have shaken hands at a summit, marking the end of a crisis triggered by a cross-border rai... Mar.8  Serbia  Prime Minister dissolves government   Malaysia Election setback for PM  French Guiana  Europe's rocket launches to space Mar.9   Pakistan Anti-Musharraf parties to share power   Spain   Socialists claim victory  Zapatero's Socialists had 44%, followed by Mariano Rajoy's conservative Partido Popular with 40%. Turnout was put at 75%  Paris  French voters send warning to Sarkozy Mar.10  New York  Scandal-hit governor 'sorry' Mar.12   New York Scandal-hit governor resigns
  Eliot Spitzer has resigned, after being linked to a prostitution ring. Flanked by his wife, he told he could not allow 'private failings' to disrupt public work.    Eliot Spitzer apologized for not living up to the standards he demanded of others. He...
Mar.13   Mosul Archbishop death condemned   Senegal Sudan and Chad strike peace deal Mar.14   Tibet   Riots, shots as anti-China unrest grows
Map of Lhasa China
  Opponents of Chinese rule set fire to vehicles and shops as tear gas filled the streets and gunfire rang out in the capital, Lhasa
 Rallies have continued all week in the largest protests against Beijing's rule in 20 years. Dalai Lama, released a statement expressing deep concern. He called on the Chinese leadership to stop using force and begin dialogue with the Tibetan people
 Tibet  Deaths reported in protests Mar.15   Iran Hardliners surge ahead in vote  Tibet  Dalai Lama's Tibet bloodshed fear Mar.16   Tibet 'Eighty killed' in unrest  Paris  Sarkozy's party suffers at polls Mar.17  Jerusalem  Historic agreement for Israel, Germany Mar.18  India  Dalai Lama 'to resign' if violence worsens  Sri Lanka  Writer Arthur C Clarke dies at 90 Mar.19  Washington  Bush speech hails Iraq 'victory' Mar.20  Tibet  Police 'shot at Tibet protesters'  China  China locks down restive regions Mar.21  Washington  US candidates' records breached Mar.22   Taiwan Opposition triumphs in elections  Tibet  China threatens Tibetians; West protests  Jerusalem  Cheney backs Israel over security Mar.24   Greece Protest as Olympic torch is lit
  A protester managed to breach the tight security during the torch lighting ceremony. He unfurled a banner, but was apprehended
  Pakistan Judges freed by new PM  Deposed chief justice made his first public appearance in 4 months after Yousaf Raza Gilani vowed to release all judges held since last year Mar.26  Baghdad  Ultimatum as cease-fire in jeopardy  Tibet  Monks disrupt tour of journalists Mar.27   London Delays, protests as Heathrow's T5 opens
  Netherlands   Dutch MP posts Islam film on web
  Right-wing politician Geert Wilders has posted a controversial 17-minute film critical of the Koran, on video-sharing website LiveLeak
Mar.29  Zimbabwe  Opposition cries foul as Zimbabwe votes Mar.30  Zimbabwe  First results of elections announced Mar.31   London Duke 'did not order Diana death'

April 2008 ... more > Top ^
Apr.1   Paris Sarkozy pleads for Colombian hostage
Apr.2   Zimbabwe     Mugabe's Zanu-PF loses majority
  Election Commission: Zanu-PF party has taken 94 of the 207 contested seats, while opposition parties have won 105.    The MDC said its leader Morgan Tsvangirai had won the presidential...
  Ireland PM to quit over payments scandal Apr.3   NATO     NATO denies Georgia and Ukraine   NATO will not yet offer membership to Georgia or Ukraine after the alliance was split amid strong objections from Russia   Texas Police entered YFZ compound Map of Eldorado Texas
  Texas law enforcement entered the compound following allegations of physical and sexual abuse of a 16-year-old girl.    On April 8, 533 women and children had bee...
 Zimbabwe  Raids target opposition party Apr.4  Zimbabwe  Zanu-PF backs Mugabe for run-off Apr.5  Zimbabwe  Opposition: Runoff risks violence Apr.6  London  Angry protests as torch reaches London  Sochi  Bush, Putin disagree on missile defense Apr.7   Paris Olympic torch extinguished
  The relay was disrupted by protesters demonstrating against the Chinese government, causing authorities to extinguish the flame 3 times
 Officials extinguished and put the torch on a bus for safety reasons, in the face of protests
  London   Princess Diana 'unlawfully killed'
  The inquest jury: Diana and Dodi Al Fayed were unlawfully killed due to the gross negligence of driver Henri Paul and the paparazzi.    Paul's drink-driving and a lack of seatbelts contributed to their ...
 Iraq  Religious leaders want militia intact Apr.8   Haiti Rioters storm presidential palace Apr.9   San Francisco Bay Area Route changes mark Olympic torch relay   Thailand 54 Myanmar migrants suffocate in freezer Apr.10  Washington  Bush backs Iraq withdrawal freeze  UN  UN chief to miss Olympics opening Apr.11  Zambia  Summit to tackle Zimbabwe Apr.12   Zambia Summit opens to end Zimbabwe vote crisis   Leaders from southern Africa convened for a meeting aimed at trying to resolve a dispute over the release of March 29 presidential election ...  China  Taiwan, China hold historic meeting  Haiti  Prime minister ousted over food prices  Zimbabwe  Zimbabwe to hold partial recount Apr.13   Nepal   Maoists extend poll lead   The former guerrillas have won 40 out of 79 seats. Maoist party has increased its lead as more results are declared from the landmark electi...   Kenya Odinga named PM in bid to end vote crisis Apr.14   Rome     Billionaire Berlusconi wins election
  Conservative former prime minister is on track to become next leader after his center-left rival Walter Veltroni conceded general election defeat.    Charismatic center-right Silvio Berlusconi, 71, has a commanding lead in both houses of parliament. 52-year-old Veltroni deliv...
Apr.15   Washington   Warm US welcome for Pope Benedict  Pope received an unprecedented presidential greeting from Bush as he arrived for his first official visit to the US Apr.16  Washington  Pope attacks US sex abuse record Apr.17   Kenya Unity government sworn in Apr.18   UN Gen. Assembly Pope Benedict makes speech to UN  USA  Carter presses on with Hamas Apr.20   Manhattan Pope offers prayer at Ground Zero   Paraguay Exit polls projected Lugo winning Apr.22   Pennsylvania Clinton 'wins key Democrat vote' Apr.23   Australia More arrests as Australia hosts torch  Gaza  Fuel embargo blocks UN aid Apr.24   Syria   Syria 'had covert nuclear scheme'   The United States has accused N. Korea of helping Syria build a nuclear reactor that 'was not intended for peaceful purposes' Apr.25  Japan  Scuffles at torch relay Apr.26   Zimbabwe Recount shows opposition ahead  Ruling party has failed to gain the seats needed to hold onto control of parliament in a recount of ballots in last month's controversial el...  Iran  Conservatives claim election win  South Korea  Tight security at Seoul torch relay

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May.1  Washington  Bush offers $770m for food crisis May.2   Zimbabwe Officials: rivals face runoff
 London  New mayor is eccentric, offensive  Zimbabwe  Mugabe rivals reject poll result May.3  Belarus  U.S. diplomats leave Belarus May.4   Bolivia State backs autonomy May.6  North Carolina  Obama wins North Carolina vote  Japan  China-Japan leaders hold summit May.7   Moscow Russia swears in new president  Jerusalem  Israel marks its 60th anniversary May.8   Jerusalem   Olmert faces new corruption probe  Prime Minister is suspected of illicitly accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars before becoming PM   Myanmar     Burma 'wants aid not foreigners'  Burma wants supplies but not foreign aid workers, hours after the UN chief urged military leaders to prioritise relief work May.9  Myanmar  U.N. 'furious' as Myanmar aid 'seized' May.10  Myanmar  Cyclone aid used to entice voters  Sudan  Sudan cuts Chad ties over attack May.11   Serbia   Pro-West president declares win  Boris Tadic Declared victory in parliamentary elections, a upset over ultranationalists who tried to exploit anger over Kosovo's independenc...  Myanmar  U.S. aid flight en route to Myanmar May.13   Myanmar Junta lacking in cyclone response May.15  Colombia  Farc rebel link files 'genuine'   Sichuan   President Hu Jintao visits quake area  Chinese President has flown to south-western Province, where it is feared up to 50,000 people may have died in the earthquake May.16   Dominican Republic President wins election May.18   Myanmar Junta leader visits cyclone refugees  China  China to mourn quake victims; toll mounts  Singapore  Burma neighbours in cyclone talks May.19  Myanmar  Myanmar agrees to regional cyclone aid May.20   Qatar Deal agreed on Lebanon crisis  Oregon  Obama 'within reach' of victory May.22  Myanmar  UN head tours cyclone-hit Burma May.23   Myanmar Myanmar to admit all aid workers May.24   Naples   Violence breaks out over trash crisis Map of Naples Italy
  Police and protesters furiously clashed at government plans to dump mountains of uncollected trash from Naples in their towns.    8 Italian policemen and three ...
  Zimbabwe Tsvangirai returns home   Colombia   FARC leader dead  Defense ministry: Pedro Antonio Marin, known as Manuel Marulanda Vilez and nicknamed Tirofijo, is believed to have died of a heart attack May.25   Beirut MPs elect new president   USA Historic pictures sent from Mars May.26  Canada  Foreign minister resigns May.27  Global  World 'failing on human rights' May.28   Jerusalem Call for PM to stand down   Nepal   Nepal abolishes monarchy
  Newly elected leadership changed the country to a republic, a historic move that ended about 240 years of autocratic rule
 The Maoists were committed to ousting King Gyanendra. A constituent assembly meeting in Kathmandu, overwhelmingly voted to abolish royal rule. People celebrated wildly in the streets after news of the assembly vote
May.29  Amazon  Isolated tribe spotted May.31   Washington Democrats reach delegate deal

June 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jun.1  Macedonia  Prime minister declares victory   Jerusalem Israel to build 884 homes in East Jerusalem
Jun.2  Syria  Syria agrees to nuclear probe   Rome Summit targets global food crisis
  A key UN-sponsored summit is set to open aimed at addressing the problem of soaring global food prices
Jun.3   U. S. Midwest     Obama winner of Democratic race
  Democratic presidential candidate has earned enough delegates to clinch his party's nomination, US media have projected
 On the final day of primary voting, Obama won the day's other primary, in Montana. Hillary Clinton, who is winning South Dakota, has refused to concede the election
Jun.4   Zimbabwe Tsvangirai arrested ahead of runoff vote Jun.5   Turkey Court annuls Turkish scarf reform  Zimbabwe  Police 'attack U.S. diplomats'  Zimbabwe  Zimbabwe suspends aid operations  Washington  Surprise Obama-Clinton talks held Jun.6  Zimbabwe  Zimbabwe halts opposition rallies  Jerusalem  Israel threatens Iran with attack Jun.7   Washington Clinton backs Obama and bows out   Tehran Iraqi PM arrives for talks Jun.9   Somalia Factions sign peace deal  The government has signed a peace deal with an opposition bloc aimed at ending 17 years of conflict in the country  European Union  US and EU 'to issue Iran warning' Jun.10   Nepal   Former king to leave palace   Former king Gyanendra has spent his last night in the compound which has been home to the royal family for more than 100 years Jun.12   U.S. Supreme Court Major Guantanamo setback for Bush  Zimbabwe  Mugabe critic on treason charge  Paris  Donors pledge $17B to Afghanistan Jun.13   Ireland   Irish reject EU treaty
  Prime Minister Brian Cowen was disappointed that Irish voters rejected the European Union reform treaty; 53.4 percent no, to 46.6 percent yes
 EU leaders have to decide whether to draw up a new constitution or they could ask the Irish people to vote again. Cowen did not declare the treaty dead, saying the vote leaves Ireland and EU in 'uncharted waters'
Jun.14   Kosovo UN hands over to Kosovo Albanians  London  More secret files found on train Jun.15  Kabul  Karzai issues warning to Pakistan Jun.16  London  Bush and Brown in warning to Iran  Luxembourg  EU vows to pursue Lisbon treaty Jun.17  Israel  Israel and Hamas 'agree truce' Jun.19  European Union  EU to lift sanctions against Cuba Jun.20   Zimbabwe Biti ordered to face treason trial Jun.21   Saudi Arabia Saudis to host oil price summit Jun.22   Zimbabwe   Opposition pulls out of election
  Morgan Tsvangirai is pulling out of presidential run-off as there was no point running when elections would not be free and fair.    Tsvangirai called on the global commu...
Jun.23  Zimbabwe  Mugabe rival seeks refuge in embassy  UN Security Council  UN: Free Zimbabwe poll impossible Jun.24  Tel Aviv  Suicide sparks Sarkozy scare  Zimbabwe  Mugabe defiant as criticism grows Jun.26   North Korea N. Korea releases details of nucl. Program Jun.27   Zimbabwe Vote under threat of violence Jun.29   Zimbabwe   Mugabe sworn in after disputed election  President Robert Mugabe was sworn in after the Electoral Commission declared he overwhelmingly won the disputed runoff election  Jerusalem  Israel OKs Hezbollah prisoner deal

July 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jul.1   Egypt African call for Zimbabwe unity
 Mongolia  Protesters cry fraud in vote  European Union  EU trade chief lambasts Sarkozy Jul.4  Pakistan  Musharraf accused of N. Korea nuke deal  Paris  Betancourt joy at French return Jul.5   Zimbabwe Mbeki in Harare for crisis talks Jul.6   Dubai UAE to cancel all of Iraq's $7B debt   Northern Japan   G-8 summit opens with focus on Africa   Africa was in the spotlight, as leaders from the world's major economic powers gathered for an annual summit Jul.8   Czech Republic US and Czechs sign defence deal  Northern Japan  G8 to seek sanctions on Zimbabwe  Paris  French head will attend Olympics  Northern Japan  Summit approves climate 'vision' Jul.10  South Africa  Zimbabwe rival parties hold talks  Tel Aviv  Israel 'ready to act' over Iran  Pakistan  Bhutto probe focus of U.N.-Pakistan talks Jul.11   UN Security Council     Russia, China veto sanctions on Zimbabwe   Russia and China vetoed a resolution that would have imposed sanctions on Mugabe, and 11 senior members of his government Jul.12   Paris Syria, Lebanon to open embassies   Paris   France hosts Mediterranean summit
  Leaders of EU and Mediterranean rim 42 countries are gathering to launch a Union for the Mediterranean
Jul.15   Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim arrested Jul.16  Beirut  Militants get heroes' welcome home Jul.17  Israel  Israel buries remains of returned soldier Jul.18   South Africa   Mandela at 90 issues call for poor  Nelson Mandela, the man credited with ending apartheid in S. Africa, has marked his 90th birthday by calling for the rich to do more for the...   Sydney Pope sorry for 'evil' of clergy sex abuse   Argentina President drops farm tax after protests Jul.19   Kabul     Obama opens foreign tour  US Democratic presidential contender, who flew to Kabul as part of a US congressional team, is at the start of a high-profile international ...   Geneva Iran describes nuke talks as 'constructive' Jul.20  Kabul  Obama meets with Afghan president  Colombia  World rallies for FARC hostages' freedom Jul.21   Zimbabwe     Rivals sign deal on talks  President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai have signed an agreement for formal talks Jul.22   New Delhi Indian government survives vote  Serbia  Fugitive Karadzic 'wrote magazine column'  Serbia  Karadzic 'will fight extradition' Jul.23   House of Representatives US lawmakers pass housing rescue  The House of Representatives has passed a massive housing rescue bill that could help struggling homeowners get cheaper loans  Pakistan  Pakistan warns of nuclear arms race Jul.24   Berlin Obama seeks stronger Europe ties Jul.29   Geneva Global trade deal falls apart   After coming tantalizingly close to a historic trade deal, WTO talks collapsed in a dismaying blow to 7 years of efforts to open up the global... Jul.30   Beijing Web curbs for Olympic journalists  Journalists covering the Olympic Games will not have completely uncensored access to the internet Jul.31  UN Security Council  UN extends Darfur peace mission

August 2008 ... more > Top ^
Aug.1  Beijing  President pleas for politics-free Games Aug.3  Moscow  Russian novelist Solzhenitsyn dead Aug.5   U.S. Congress Iraq's projected $80b surplus stirs anger  U.S. auditors: Iraq is raking in more money from oil exports than it is spending, amassing a projected 4-year budget surplus of up to $80 bi...  Texas  Mexican executed after appeal denied Aug.6  Beijing  100,000 police on guard for Olympics  Thailand  Bush chides China over human rights Aug.7  Pakistan  Musharraf faces impeachment fight Aug.10  Bolivia  Morales won a decisive mandate Aug.12   Georgia Georgia agrees to cease-fire proposal
Aug.13   Eastern Afghanistan 4 aid workers killed  Pakistan  Musharraf calls for reconciliation Aug.14   Poland Poland, U.S. to sign missile shield deal  A preliminary deal to place part of a U.S. ballistic missile defense system in Poland has drawn sharp objections from Russia Aug.15   Washington Bush warns Russia over Georgia 'bullying'  Nepal  Maoist leader becomes PM  Johannesburg  Summit to target Zimbabwe crisis Aug.16  Moscow  Russia signs cease-fire, tensions remain Aug.17   Johannesburg Summit ends in Zimbabwe stalemate Aug.18   Pakistan     Musharraf resigns
  Pakistani President announced his resignation Monday after weeks of pressure to relinquish power
 Pervez Musharraf told the nation in a TV address that he would step down. Sumroo, speaker of the Senate and a political ally of Musharraf, will lead the country until a new election is held by parliament. It is unclear whether Musharraf, who took power in a coup in 1999, will face prosecution now that he is out of power
Aug.20  Beijing  Former Chinese leader Hua Guofeng dies  Poland  US and Poland seal missile deal Aug.21  Madrid  Spain mourns air disaster victims Aug.22   Chicago     Senator Joe Biden is Obama's choice   US Democratic presidential hopeful is set to reveal his vice-presidential running mate ahead of a rally Aug.23  Pakistan  Bhutto's widower to run for presidency Aug.24  Kashmir  India arrests separatist leaders Aug.25  Moscow  Russian MPs back Georgia's rebels  Pakistan  Coalition in major split   Colorado Democrats gather to endorse Obama Aug.26   Moscow Russia recognizes Georgian rebel regions
  Russian President Medvedev signed an order recognizing the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, two breakaway regions.    Medvedev: 'This is not an easy choice to make, but it represents the only possibility to save human lives'. West condemns ...
 Zimbabwe  Mugabe heckled at parliament opening  Washington  West condemns Russia over Georgia Aug.27   Georgia U.S. ship arrives in Georgia Aug.28  Sochi  Putin: U.S. orchestrated Georgian war   Colorado   Obama launches historic campaign   Barack Obama has accepted the Democratic Party's nomination to run for president of the US in front of a crowd of some 75,000 people Aug.29   Ohio   McCain picks woman running mate
  Republican presidential hopeful has picked Sarah Palin, the female governor of Alaska, as his surprise running mate
 Palin, 44, is younger than Barack Obama and is credited with reforms during her first term. She may have been chosen by McCain to win over Democratic women voters, disappointed by the defeat of Hillary Clinton
Aug.30  Thailand  Thai PM Samak refuses to resign  Mexico  Masses march against violence in Mexico Aug.31  North Caucasus  Kremlin critic shot in Ingushetia

September 2008 ... more > Top ^
Sep.1   Japan Beleaguered PM Fukuda resigns Sep.2  Moscow  Russia praises EU over sanctions Sep.3   Minnesota Palin makes convention debut Sep.4  Georgia  Cheney: Georgia will be in our alliance   Minnesota McCain vows to shake up Washington Sep.5   Libya   Rice meets with Libya leader  Secretary of State met with Moammar Gadhafi, who asked for the latest news on the hurricanes plaguing U.S. coasts in recent weeks Sep.6   Pakistan     Bhutto widower is new president
  Asif Ali Zardari, 53, had been the front-runner in the race to replace former President Musharraf.    The election was by lawmakers in the two houses of the National Assembly and in the four provincial assemblies. Zar...
Sep.8  Angola  Rivals accept MPLA victory Sep.9   North Korea     Kim missing from parade Map of Pyongyang North Korea
  There is growing speculation about the health of Kim Jong-il, 66, after he failed to attend a huge martial parade in Pyongyang
 Geneva  Giant particle collider set to start Sep.10   Switzerland   'Big Bang' experiment starts well
  Scientists have hailed a successful switch-on for an enormous experiment which will recreate the conditions a few moments after the Bang
Sep.11   Venezuela   Venezuela to expel U.S. ambassador  President Hugo Chavez said he is recalling his own ambassador from Washington and expelling the U.S. ambassador from Venezuela   Zimbabwe Rivals agree unity deal
Sep.14   Bolivia Morales struggling to control Bolivia Sep.15   Zimbabwe     Rivals sign power-share deal
  President Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai set aside deep differences to sign a deal intended to end the violent crisis
 Baghdad  Gates arrives to oversee command change Sep.16  Bolivia  Governor arressted after 30 killed Sep.17  Jerusalem  Livni claims win in Kadima vote Sep.19   Washington   Bush hails financial rescue plan
  President George W Bush : The US is set to take 'unprecedented measures' to tackle the crisis gripping US financial markets
Sep.21   South Africa   Mbeki resigns as president
  Thabo Mbeki has formally resigned, a day after accepting a call by the governing African National Congress to resign.    In a TV address, Mr Mbeki said he had submitted ...
  Jerusalem     Israeli PM Olmert declares intent to resign  Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, dogged by allegations of corruption, formally announced his intention to resign at a Cabinet meeting Sep.22   Jerusalem President taps Livni to form government Sep.23  South Africa  11 ministers resign Sep.24   North Korea   Nuclear plant seals removed  IAEA: N. Korea has made another move toward possibly restarting its suspended nuclear program  Baghdad  Deal over province elections  Washington  Bush: Bail-out 'vital to easing crisis' Sep.25  South Africa  Motlanthe elected president  Washington  US rivals in economy crisis talks Sep.26  Washington  Bailout talks implode   Southern U.S.     McCain and Obama spar in first debate   Presidential rivals have attacked each other over foreign policy and the economy, in their first debate Sep.27   China   Astronaut takes China's first spacewalk
  A Chinese astronaut has completed his country's first-ever spacewalk as part of a program that is starting to rival the U.St. and Russia.    Zhai Zhigang waved to a camera as he emerged from the hatch of the Shenzhou-7 sp...
Sep.28  U.S. Congress  US lawmakers publish rescue deal  Ecuador  Correa heads toward charter win Sep.29   House of Representatives $700 billion bailout package failed

October 2008 ... more > Top ^
Oct.1  U.S. Senate  Senate backs new bail-out bill  South Korea  Two Koreas end brief military talks Oct.2  Missouri  Biden and Palin meet in TV debate Oct.3   House of Representatives House backs $700bn bail-out plan
  The House of Representatives has passed by 263-171 vote a government plan to rescue the US financial sector
 The package is to buy the bad debts of failing financial institutions on Wall Street. The vote was the second in a week, following its shock rejection of an earlier version. Bush praised lawmakers for their spirit of co-operation before signing the bill into law
Oct.4  Paris  EU leaders meet to discuss credit crisis   Paris No banks bail-out fund for Europe Oct.5   Saudi Arabia Saudi hosts Afghan peace talks w. Taliban  Berlin  Plan to save German bank 'agreed' Oct.6   Thailand Police fire tear gas at Bangkok protesters Oct.7   Tennessee McCain, Obama trade blows on economy Oct.10  Norway  Ex-Finnish leader wins Nobel Peace Prize  Washington  U.S. would support talks with Taliban  Washington  G7 nations pledge to fight crisis   Austria Haider dies in accident   58-year-old far-right politician Joerg Haider was driving alone when his car came off the road and he suffered severe head and chest injuries Oct.11   Washington U.S. takes North Korea off terror list  State Department: The United States removed North Korea from its list of states that sponsor terrorism  Zimbabwe  Fury as Mugabe party gets key ministries  Mosul  Threatened Christians flee Mosul   Paris EU chiefs confront markets crisis Oct.12  Zimbabwe  Tsvangirai in threat to quit deal  Paris  European banks rescue plan agreed Oct.14  Canada  Ruling Conservative Party gains 19 seats Oct.16  Azerbaijan  Ilham Aliyev wins landslide victory Oct.17  UN Security Council  5 countries elected to Security Council Oct.24  Beijing  Asia-Europe Meeting convenes Oct.28  North Korea  North Korea will turn South into 'debris' Oct.29  Washington  Treasury spends $125 billion on 9 banks Oct.31  East Africa  African trade blocs agree to merge

November 2008 ... more > Top ^
Nov.1  India  India's lunar mission transmits pictures Nov.4  Ohio  Obama wins battleground Ohio   Washington     Barack Obama wins presidential election
  As polls closed on the West coast, the senator was projected to receive enough electoral votes to pass the 270-vote threshold
  Obama is projected to win California, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii and Virginia. Democratic Senator says 'change has come to America', after being elected the first black president of the United States
Nov.5   Global World leaders hail Obama triumph  Washington  Obama builds up White House team Nov.8  New Zealand  Clark admits defeat in election Nov.9  South Africa  Zimbabwe rivals 'must compromise' Nov.10   Washington Bush calls meeting with Obama 'friendly' Nov.11  Global  World marks end of 'war to end all wars' Nov.14   Washington World leaders grapple with crisis Nov.15  Washington  New trade deal by 'end of year'   Washington   Summit pledge to 'restore growth'
  Global leaders at the G20 financial summit have pledged to work together to restore global growth
 The leaders were determined to work together to achieve 'needed reforms' in the world's financial systems'
Nov.16   Baghdad Iraq cabinet backs US troops deal  Congo  U.N. envoy meets Congolese rebel leader Nov.18   U.S. Congress US car firms ask for $25bn aid
  The bosses of Ford, GM and Chrysler, have asked Congress for a $25bn bail-out and warned of broader risks to the US economy
 The United Auto Workers is willing to make key concessions to help the Detroit Three carmakers secure vital aid US House backs car industry plan White House cool on car bail-out US car bail-out fails in Senate
Nov.21   Moscow   Russia extends presidential term
  The parliament approved a constitutional amendment Friday to extend the presidential term from four to six years.    There is speculation that the change is aimed at paving t...
Nov.22  Zimbabwe  Government rejects Carter and Annan   Peru   Apec leaders make free-trade vow  Leaders from Asia-Pacific countries have pledged not to respond to the global financial crisis by raising trade barriers over 2009 Nov.24  Venezuela  Chavez passes election test Nov.25   Washington Gates 'to stay as Pentagon chief' Nov.26  Thailand  PM rejects calls for elections Nov.27   Baghdad Parliament OKs pact on U.S. troops' future   After months of tough negotiations and intense political wrangling, Iraqi lawmakers approved the U.S.-Iraqi security agreement Nov.29  Pakistan  Indian allegations alarm Pakistan  New Delhi  Home Minister 'quits' over Mumbai attacks Nov.30  Venezuela  Chavez renews reelection ambition

December 2008 ... more > Top ^
Dec.1   Chicago   Clinton named secretary of state  US President-elect Barack Obama has nominated his former rival Hillary Clinton as his secretary of state   USA U.S. warned India of maritime attack
  Thailand   Top Thai court bans ruling party
  Constitutional court has dissolved the People Power Party and 2 of its coalition partners for fraud during the last election.    The parties' leaders, including Prime Minister Wongsawat, were banned from politics for 5 years; mos...
Dec.2  Thailand  Protesters to end siege as PM ousted  Thailand  Demonstrators leave airports Dec.3   Norway Nations sign cluster bomb treaty  The first of more than 100 countries (excluding US, Russia and China) have begun signing a treaty to ban current designs of cluster  Pakistan  Rice urges tough Pakistan action Dec.4  West Bank  Hebron settlers evicted by force   Canada   Canada halts parliament amid row   Prime Minister Harper has won a bid to suspend parliament, blocking an opposition attempt to topple his minority government Dec.5  Moscow  Russia Orthodox Church's leader dies Dec.6  Pakistan  Pakistan 'feared Indian attack' Dec.9   Athens Protests as Athens funeral held   Rio de Janeiro Protesters: 9,000 disappeared in 2 years   Protesters took to the beaches of Copacabana to draw attention to the 9,000 people they say have disappeared in the city since January 2007 Dec.10  Athens  Strike adds to unrest Dec.11  U.S. Senate  US car bail-out fails in Senate Dec.12  Belgium  EU leaders reach new climate deal Dec.13  New Delhi  Brown in India for terror talks Dec.14   Baghdad     Iraqi journalist throws shoes at Bush
  Bush made a farewell visit, where he met with Iraqi leaders, talked to the media and joked after a man threw shoes at him
 Muntadhar al-Zaidi, an Iraqi journalist, was wrestled to the floor by security guards after during a news conference he called Bush 'a dog' and threw his footwear, just missing the president
 Thailand  Thai parliament picks new PM Dec.15  Sadr City  Iraq rally for Bush shoe attacker Dec.21  Zimbabwe  U.S. no longer supports Zimbabwe deal Dec.22  Moscow  Lawmakers back six-year presidency  Bolivia  Official: Plot to kill president foiled Dec.23  Baghdad  Iraqi MPs back foreign troop deal  Guinea  Coup leaders name council Dec.24  Vatican  Pope calls for Mideast peace at Mass Dec.26  Pakistan  Pakistan mourners honour Bhutto Dec.28  India  300 migrants missing off Andamans Dec.29   Somalia President quits amid power struggle   Bangladesh Awami League wins election Dec.31  Jerusalem  Israel rejects Gaza truce calls  UN Security Council  UN holds Gaza crisis discussion


  Syria 'had covert nuclear scheme'   The United States has accused N. Korea of helping Syria build a nuclear reactor that 'was not intended for peaceful purposes' N. Korea releases details of nucl. Program Nuclear plant seals removed  IAEA: N. Korea has made another move toward possibly restarting its suspended nuclear program UAE to cancel all of Iraq's $7B debt Iraq's projected $80b surplus stirs anger  U.S. auditors: Iraq is raking in more money from oil exports than it is spending, amassing a projected 4-year budget surplus of up to $80 bi...   Bush hails financial rescue plan




World, Politics, 2008 Weapons of Mass Destruction Politics Timeline ... See World Weapons of Mass Destruction Politics timeline Top ^
2008
Feb.22  Iran  Iran 'nuclear questions remain'
Apr.24   Syria
Jun.2  Syria  Syria agrees to nuclear probe
Jun.6  Jerusalem  Israel threatens Iran with attack
Jun.9  European Union  US and EU 'to issue Iran warning'
Jun.26   North Korea
Jul.4  Pakistan  Musharraf accused of N. Korea nuke deal
Jul.23  Pakistan  Pakistan warns of nuclear arms race
Sep.24   North Korea




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2008
Jul.6   Dubai
Aug.5   U.S. Congress
Sep.19   Washington
  President George W Bush : The US is set to take 'unprecedented measures' to tackle the crisis gripping US financial markets
Sep.24  Washington  Bush: Bail-out 'vital to easing crisis' Sep.26  Washington  Bailout talks implode Sep.28  U.S. Congress  US lawmakers publish rescue deal Sep.29   House of Representatives $700 billion bailout package failed
Oct.1  U.S. Senate  Senate backs new bail-out bill Oct.3   House of Representatives House backs $700bn bail-out plan
  The House of Representatives has passed by 263-171 vote a government plan to rescue the US financial sector
 The package is to buy the bad debts of failing financial institutions on Wall Street. The vote was the second in a week, following its shock rejection of an earlier version. Bush praised lawmakers for their spirit of co-operation before signing the bill into law
Oct.4  Paris  EU leaders meet to discuss credit crisis Oct.4   Paris No banks bail-out fund for Europe Oct.5  Berlin  Plan to save German bank 'agreed' Oct.10  Washington  G7 nations pledge to fight crisis Oct.11   Paris EU chiefs confront markets crisis Oct.12  Paris  European banks rescue plan agreed Oct.29  Washington  Treasury spends $125 billion on 9 banks Nov.14   Washington World leaders grapple with crisis



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2008 Apr.9   Thailand 54 Myanmar migrants suffocate in freezer
Apr.23  Gaza  Fuel embargo blocks UN aid May.1  Washington  Bush offers $770m for food crisis May.1  Washington  Bush offers $770m for food crisis May.8   Myanmar   Burma 'wants aid not foreigners'  Burma wants supplies but not foreign aid workers, hours after the UN chief urged military leaders to prioritise relief work May.9  Myanmar  U.N. 'furious' as Myanmar aid 'seized' May.11  Myanmar  U.S. aid flight en route to Myanmar May.19  Myanmar  Myanmar agrees to regional cyclone aid May.23   Myanmar Myanmar to admit all aid workers Jun.2   Rome Summit targets global food crisis
  A key UN-sponsored summit is set to open aimed at addressing the problem of soaring global food prices
Jun.5  Zimbabwe  Zimbabwe suspends aid operations Jun.12  Paris  Donors pledge $17B to Afghanistan Jul.6   Dubai UAE to cancel all of Iraq's $7B debt Jul.17  Israel  Israel buries remains of returned soldier Jul.18   Argentina President drops farm tax after protests Aug.5   U.S. Congress Iraq's projected $80b surplus stirs anger  U.S. auditors: Iraq is raking in more money from oil exports than it is spending, amassing a projected 4-year budget surplus of up to $80 bi... Aug.13   Eastern Afghanistan 4 aid workers killed Aug.27   Georgia U.S. ship arrives in Georgia



World, Politics, 2008 Election, Vote Timeline ... See World Election, Vote timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.2   Pakistan Government delays elections
Jan.3   Iowa Huckabee and Obama take Iowa wins Jan.5  Georgia  President Saakashvili 'wins election' Jan.6   Georgia   Saakashvili claims majority in vote   Near-complete returns from presidential election show pro-western President Mikheil Saakashvili winning a majority of the vote Jan.8   New Hampshire   Clinton wins Democratic primary   Democratic frontrunners were neck-and-neck in presidential primary. Clinton has 39% and Obama has 36% Jan.12   Taiwan Opposition sweep to victory Jan.19   Nevada Clinton wins tight Nevada caucus Jan.26  South Carolina  South Carolina delivers big win for Obama Jan.29  Florida  McCain wins key primary Jan.30   Southern California Giuliani quits White House race Feb.3   Serbia Pro-Western Tadic wins new term
  Incumbent Boris Tadic narrowly won a second term as president after a runoff with ultranationalist rival Tomislav Nikolic.    Tadic edged out Nikolic by a margin of 50.5% to 47.9%. He ...
Feb.5   USA   McCain surges ahead in primaries  John McCain has forged ahead in his bid to win the Republican nomination, winning some major primaries Feb.7  USA  Romney suspends White House bid Feb.9  Myanmar  Burmese junta sets voting dates Feb.9  USA  Obama takes poll clean sweep Feb.12   Washington Obama, McCain sweep Potomac primaries Feb.17  Cyprus  President ousted in poll Feb.18   Pakistan   Musharraf party 'lagging in poll'
  The opposition parties are well ahead in the country's elections. The ruling PML-Q would be consigned to the opposition if results were confirmed.    Supporters of opposition parties including Sharif's PML-N and ...
Feb.19  Wisconsin  Obama wins Wisconsin primary poll Feb.26   Ohio Democrats meet in crucial debate Mar.2   Moscow   Medvedev 'heading for clear win'
  The outcome is not expected to be a surprise: A hand-picked successor is expected to win in a landslide, after hardly even bothering to campaig.    The state-owned pollster VTsIOM showed Medvedev with 69.6% o...
Mar.3  Moscow  Vote rig claim after Medvedev landslide Mar.4   USA   McCain wins Republican nomination
  John McCain has won the Republican party's nomination to run for president with projected poll wins in Ohio, Vermont, Rhode Island and Texas.    Mike Huckabee has dropped out of the race and pledged to support McCain's candidacy. McCain's wins in 3 states have given hi...
Mar.4  Texas  Clinton takes key primary polls Mar.8   Malaysia Election setback for PM Mar.9   Spain Socialists claim victory  Zapatero's Socialists had 44%, followed by Mariano Rajoy's conservative Partido Popular with 40%. Turnout was put at 75% Mar.9  Paris  French voters send warning to Sarkozy Mar.15   Iran Hardliners surge ahead in vote Mar.16  Paris  Sarkozy's party suffers at polls Mar.21  Washington  US candidates' records breached Mar.22   Taiwan Opposition triumphs in elections Mar.29  Zimbabwe  Opposition cries foul as Zimbabwe votes Mar.30  Zimbabwe  First results of elections announced Apr.2   Zimbabwe   Mugabe's Zanu-PF loses majority
  Election Commission: Zanu-PF party has taken 94 of the 207 contested seats, while opposition parties have won 105.    The MDC said its leader Morgan Tsvangirai had won the presidential...
Apr.4  Zimbabwe  Zanu-PF backs Mugabe for run-off Apr.5  Zimbabwe  Opposition: Runoff risks violence Apr.12  Zimbabwe  Zimbabwe to hold partial recount Apr.13   Nepal   Maoists extend poll lead   The former guerrillas have won 40 out of 79 seats. Maoist party has increased its lead as more results are declared from the landmark electi... Apr.14   Rome   Billionaire Berlusconi wins election
  Conservative former prime minister is on track to become next leader after his center-left rival Walter Veltroni conceded general election defeat.    Charismatic center-right Silvio Berlusconi, 71, has a commanding lead in both houses of parliament. 52-year-old Veltroni deliv...
Apr.20   Paraguay Exit polls projected Lugo winning Apr.22   Pennsylvania Clinton 'wins key Democrat vote' Apr.26   Zimbabwe Recount shows opposition ahead  Ruling party has failed to gain the seats needed to hold onto control of parliament in a recount of ballots in last month's controversial el... Apr.26  Iran  Conservatives claim election win May.2   Zimbabwe Officials: rivals face runoff May.2  London  New mayor is eccentric, offensive May.2  Zimbabwe  Mugabe rivals reject poll result May.4   Bolivia State backs autonomy May.6  North Carolina  Obama wins North Carolina vote May.10  Myanmar  Cyclone aid used to entice voters May.11   Serbia Pro-West president declares win  Boris Tadic Declared victory in parliamentary elections, a upset over ultranationalists who tried to exploit anger over Kosovo's independenc... May.15   Sichuan   President Hu Jintao visits quake area  Chinese President has flown to south-western Province, where it is feared up to 50,000 people may have died in the earthquake May.16   Dominican Republic President wins election May.18  China  China to mourn quake victims; toll mounts May.20  Oregon  Obama 'within reach' of victory May.23   Myanmar Myanmar to admit all aid workers May.31   Washington Democrats reach delegate deal Jun.1  Macedonia  Prime minister declares victory Jun.3   U. S. Midwest   Obama winner of Democratic race
  Democratic presidential candidate has earned enough delegates to clinch his party's nomination, US media have projected
 On the final day of primary voting, Obama won the day's other primary, in Montana. Hillary Clinton, who is winning South Dakota, has refused to concede the election
Jun.7   Washington Clinton backs Obama and bows out Jun.13   Ireland Irish reject EU treaty
  Prime Minister Brian Cowen was disappointed that Irish voters rejected the European Union reform treaty; 53.4 percent no, to 46.6 percent yes
 EU leaders have to decide whether to draw up a new constitution or they could ask the Irish people to vote again. Cowen did not declare the treaty dead, saying the vote leaves Ireland and EU in 'uncharted waters'
Jun.22   Zimbabwe Opposition pulls out of election
  Morgan Tsvangirai is pulling out of presidential run-off as there was no point running when elections would not be free and fair.    Tsvangirai called on the global commu...
Jun.27   Zimbabwe Vote under threat of violence Aug.10  Bolivia  Morales won a decisive mandate Aug.22   Chicago   Senator Joe Biden is Obama's choice   US Democratic presidential hopeful is set to reveal his vice-presidential running mate ahead of a rally Aug.23  Pakistan  Bhutto's widower to run for presidency Aug.25   Colorado Democrats gather to endorse Obama Aug.28   Colorado   Obama launches historic campaign   Barack Obama has accepted the Democratic Party's nomination to run for president of the US in front of a crowd of some 75,000 people Aug.29   Ohio   McCain picks woman running mate
  Republican presidential hopeful has picked Sarah Palin, the female governor of Alaska, as his surprise running mate
 Palin, 44, is younger than Barack Obama and is credited with reforms during her first term. She may have been chosen by McCain to win over Democratic women voters, disappointed by the defeat of Hillary Clinton
Sep.3   Minnesota Palin makes convention debut Sep.4   Minnesota McCain vows to shake up Washington Sep.6   Pakistan   Bhutto widower is new president
  Asif Ali Zardari, 53, had been the front-runner in the race to replace former President Musharraf.    The election was by lawmakers in the two houses of the National Assembly and in the four provincial assemblies. Zar...
Sep.8  Angola  Rivals accept MPLA victory Sep.17  Jerusalem  Livni claims win in Kadima vote Sep.24  Baghdad  Deal over province elections Sep.26   Southern U.S.   McCain and Obama spar in first debate   Presidential rivals have attacked each other over foreign policy and the economy, in their first debate Sep.28  Ecuador  Correa heads toward charter win Oct.2  Missouri  Biden and Palin meet in TV debate Oct.7   Tennessee McCain, Obama trade blows on economy Oct.14  Canada  Ruling Conservative Party gains 19 seats Oct.16  Azerbaijan  Ilham Aliyev wins landslide victory Nov.4  Ohio  Obama wins battleground Ohio Nov.4   Washington   Barack Obama wins presidential election
  As polls closed on the West coast, the senator was projected to receive enough electoral votes to pass the 270-vote threshold
  Obama is projected to win California, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii and Virginia. Democratic Senator says 'change has come to America', after being elected the first black president of the United States
Nov.8  New Zealand  Clark admits defeat in election Nov.24  Venezuela  Chavez passes election test Nov.30  Venezuela  Chavez renews reelection ambition Dec.29   Bangladesh Awami League wins election



World, Politics, 2008 Corruption Timeline ... See World Corruption timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.13   South Africa Scandal-hit Interpol chief quits
Apr.2   Ireland PM to quit over payments scandal May.8   Jerusalem   Olmert faces new corruption probe  Prime Minister is suspected of illicitly accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars before becoming PM



World, Politics, 2008 Government Timeline ... See World Government timeline Top ^
2008 Feb.17   Kosovo Kosovo declares independence
  Kosovo has formally declared its independence from Serbia in a move opposed by Serbia and Russia but backed by many western governments
 Lawmakers in the legislature of the former province approved the declaration of independence at an extraordinary session. It was read out in Albanian, Serbian and English by prime minister Thaci before the approval of state symbols including new national flag and anthem
Mar.9   Pakistan Anti-Musharraf parties to share power Apr.7   London   Princess Diana 'unlawfully killed'
  The inquest jury: Diana and Dodi Al Fayed were unlawfully killed due to the gross negligence of driver Henri Paul and the paparazzi.    Paul's drink-driving and a lack of seatbelts contributed to their ...
Apr.7   London   Princess Diana 'unlawfully killed'
  The inquest jury: Diana and Dodi Al Fayed were unlawfully killed due to the gross negligence of driver Henri Paul and the paparazzi.    Paul's drink-driving and a lack of seatbelts contributed to their ...
Apr.17   Kenya Unity government sworn in Jun.14   Kosovo UN hands over to Kosovo Albanians Jun.16  Luxembourg  EU vows to pursue Lisbon treaty Aug.25  Pakistan  Coalition in major split Oct.10   Austria Haider dies in accident   58-year-old far-right politician Joerg Haider was driving alone when his car came off the road and he suffered severe head and chest injuries Oct.11  Zimbabwe  Fury as Mugabe party gets key ministries Nov.5  Washington  Obama builds up White House team Nov.18   U.S. Congress US car firms ask for $25bn aid
  The bosses of Ford, GM and Chrysler, have asked Congress for a $25bn bail-out and warned of broader risks to the US economy
 The United Auto Workers is willing to make key concessions to help the Detroit Three carmakers secure vital aid US House backs car industry plan White House cool on car bail-out US car bail-out fails in Senate
Dec.11  U.S. Senate  US car bail-out fails in Senate



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2008 Aug.27   Georgia U.S. ship arrives in Georgia Oct.11  Mosul  Threatened Christians flee Mosul Dec.12  Belgium  EU leaders reach new climate deal Dec.28  India  300 migrants missing off Andamans



World, Politics, 2008 Religion Timeline ... See World Religion timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.18  Iraq  Iraq on alert for Shia festival Feb.8  Turkey  Turks set to ease headscarf ban Mar.27   Netherlands Dutch MP posts Islam film on web
  Right-wing politician Geert Wilders has posted a controversial 17-minute film critical of the Koran, on video-sharing website LiveLeak
Apr.3   Texas Police entered YFZ compound Map of Eldorado Texas
  Texas law enforcement entered the compound following allegations of physical and sexual abuse of a 16-year-old girl.    On April 8, 533 women and children had bee...
Apr.7  Iraq  Religious leaders want militia intact Apr.15   Washington   Warm US welcome for Pope Benedict  Pope received an unprecedented presidential greeting from Bush as he arrived for his first official visit to the US Apr.16  Washington  Pope attacks US sex abuse record Apr.18   UN Gen. Assembly Pope Benedict makes speech to UN Apr.20   Manhattan Pope offers prayer at Ground Zero Jul.18   Sydney Pope sorry for 'evil' of clergy sex abuse Oct.11  Mosul  Threatened Christians flee Mosul Dec.23  Guinea  Coup leaders name council Dec.24  Vatican  Pope calls for Mideast peace at Mass



World, Politics, 2008 Political Law Timeline ... See World Political Law timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.31  Rio de Janeiro  Rio judge bans float on Holocaust Mar.24   Pakistan Judges freed by new PM  Deposed chief justice made his first public appearance in 4 months after Yousaf Raza Gilani vowed to release all judges held since last year Jun.5   Turkey Court annuls Turkish scarf reform
Jun.12   U.S. Supreme Court Major Guantanamo setback for Bush Jun.12   U.S. Supreme Court Major Guantanamo setback for Bush Jul.22  Serbia  Karadzic 'will fight extradition' Aug.5  Texas  Mexican executed after appeal denied Dec.1   Thailand Top Thai court bans ruling party
  Constitutional court has dissolved the People Power Party and 2 of its coalition partners for fraud during the last election.    The parties' leaders, including Prime Minister Wongsawat, were banned from politics for 5 years; mos...
Dec.10  Athens  Strike adds to unrest



World, Politics, 2008 Missiles Timeline ... See World Missiles timeline Top ^
2008 Feb.20   Hawaii US missile hits 'toxic satellite'   The US has successfully struck a disabled spy satellite USA 193 with a missile fired from a warship in waters west of Hawaii Apr.6  Sochi  Bush, Putin disagree on missile defense Jul.22  Serbia  Fugitive Karadzic 'wrote magazine column' Jul.30   Beijing Web curbs for Olympic journalists  Journalists covering the Olympic Games will not have completely uncensored access to the internet Aug.14   Poland Poland, U.S. to sign missile shield deal  A preliminary deal to place part of a U.S. ballistic missile defense system in Poland has drawn sharp objections from Russia Aug.20  Poland  US and Poland seal missile deal



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2008 Apr.1   Paris Sarkozy pleads for Colombian hostage
May.24   Colombia   FARC leader dead  Defense ministry: Pedro Antonio Marin, known as Manuel Marulanda Vilez and nicknamed Tirofijo, is believed to have died of a heart attack Jul.20  Colombia  World rallies for FARC hostages' freedom Aug.30  Mexico  Masses march against violence in Mexico Dec.9   Rio de Janeiro Protesters: 9,000 disappeared in 2 years   Protesters took to the beaches of Copacabana to draw attention to the 9,000 people they say have disappeared in the city since January 2007



World, Politics, 2008 Anniversary Timeline ... See World Anniversary timeline Top ^
2008 Mar.19  Washington  Bush speech hails Iraq 'victory' May.7  Jerusalem  Israel marks its 60th anniversary May.10  Myanmar  Cyclone aid used to entice voters May.18   Myanmar Junta leader visits cyclone refugees
May.18  Singapore  Burma neighbours in cyclone talks May.19  Myanmar  Myanmar agrees to regional cyclone aid May.22  Myanmar  UN head tours cyclone-hit Burma Jul.18   South Africa   Mandela at 90 issues call for poor  Nelson Mandela, the man credited with ending apartheid in S. Africa, has marked his 90th birthday by calling for the rich to do more for the... Nov.11  Global  World marks end of 'war to end all wars'



World, Politics, 2008 Warning Timeline ... See World Warning timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.1  Pakistan  Bhutto had vote warning for U.S. Jan.16  London  Russia warned over 'intimidation' Feb.8  Moscow  Putin vows 'arms race' response Feb.14  Beirut  Hezbollah chief: Israel faces 'open war' Apr.8   Haiti Rioters storm presidential palace
Jun.2  Syria  Syria agrees to nuclear probe Jun.15  Kabul  Karzai issues warning to Pakistan Jun.16  London  Bush and Brown in warning to Iran Jul.10  Tel Aviv  Israel 'ready to act' over Iran Aug.15   Washington Bush warns Russia over Georgia 'bullying' Oct.28  North Korea  North Korea will turn South into 'debris' Dec.1   USA U.S. warned India of maritime attack



World, Politics, 2008 Summit Timeline ... See World Summit timeline Top ^
2008 Mar.7   Dominican Republic   Leaders say Colombia crisis over   The presidents of Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia have shaken hands at a summit, marking the end of a crisis triggered by a cross-border rai... Apr.3   NATO   NATO denies Georgia and Ukraine   NATO will not yet offer membership to Georgia or Ukraine after the alliance was split amid strong objections from Russia Apr.11  Zambia  Summit to tackle Zimbabwe Apr.12   Zambia Summit opens to end Zimbabwe vote crisis   Leaders from southern Africa convened for a meeting aimed at trying to resolve a dispute over the release of March 29 presidential election ... Jun.2   Rome Summit targets global food crisis
  A key UN-sponsored summit is set to open aimed at addressing the problem of soaring global food prices
Jun.21   Saudi Arabia Saudis to host oil price summit Jul.1   Egypt African call for Zimbabwe unity Jul.6   Northern Japan G-8 summit opens with focus on Africa   Africa was in the spotlight, as leaders from the world's major economic powers gathered for an annual summit Jul.8  Northern Japan  Summit approves climate 'vision' Jul.12   Paris France hosts Mediterranean summit
  Leaders of EU and Mediterranean rim 42 countries are gathering to launch a Union for the Mediterranean
Aug.15  Johannesburg  Summit to target Zimbabwe crisis Aug.17   Johannesburg Summit ends in Zimbabwe stalemate Oct.4  Paris  EU leaders meet to discuss credit crisis Oct.4   Paris No banks bail-out fund for Europe Oct.10  Washington  G7 nations pledge to fight crisis Oct.11   Paris EU chiefs confront markets crisis Oct.24  Beijing  Asia-Europe Meeting convenes Nov.14   Washington World leaders grapple with crisis Nov.15   Washington   Summit pledge to 'restore growth'
  Global leaders at the G20 financial summit have pledged to work together to restore global growth
 The leaders were determined to work together to achieve 'needed reforms' in the world's financial systems'
Nov.22   Peru   Apec leaders make free-trade vow  Leaders from Asia-Pacific countries have pledged not to respond to the global financial crisis by raising trade barriers over 2009



World, Politics, 2008 Immigration Timeline ... See World Immigration timeline Top ^
2008 Apr.9   Thailand 54 Myanmar migrants suffocate in freezer Jul.22  Serbia  Karadzic 'will fight extradition' Aug.5  Texas  Mexican executed after appeal denied Dec.28  India  300 migrants missing off Andamans



World, Politics, 2008 Criminal Probe Timeline ... See World Criminal Probe timeline Top ^
2008 Mar.31   London Duke 'did not order Diana death'
Jul.10  Pakistan  Bhutto probe focus of U.N.-Pakistan talks Dec.6  Pakistan  Pakistan 'feared Indian attack'



World, Politics, 2008 Visit Timeline ... See World Visit timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.9   Israel Bush in Israel amid tight security
Jan.10  Jerusalem  Bush predicts 'state of Palestine' Jan.13  United Arab Emirates  Bush: Iran threatens world security Feb.6  Kabul  Rice and Miliband on Afghan trip Feb.15  Benin  Bush begins Africa trip Mar.1  Baghdad  Iranian President arrives in Iraq Mar.5  Jerusalem  Rice talks with top Israeli officials Mar.22  Jerusalem  Cheney backs Israel over security Mar.27   London Delays, protests as Heathrow's T5 opens Apr.6  Sochi  Bush, Putin disagree on missile defense Apr.12  China  Taiwan, China hold historic meeting Apr.18  USA  Carter presses on with Hamas May.6  Japan  China-Japan leaders hold summit May.15   Sichuan   President Hu Jintao visits quake area  Chinese President has flown to south-western Province, where it is feared up to 50,000 people may have died in the earthquake May.18   Myanmar Junta leader visits cyclone refugees May.22  Myanmar  UN head tours cyclone-hit Burma Jun.7   Tehran Iraqi PM arrives for talks Jul.4  Paris  Betancourt joy at French return Jul.19   Kabul   Obama opens foreign tour  US Democratic presidential contender, who flew to Kabul as part of a US congressional team, is at the start of a high-profile international ... Jul.20  Kabul  Obama meets with Afghan president Jul.24   Berlin Obama seeks stronger Europe ties Aug.21  Madrid  Spain mourns air disaster victims Sep.4  Georgia  Cheney: Georgia will be in our alliance Sep.5   Libya   Rice meets with Libya leader  Secretary of State met with Moammar Gadhafi, who asked for the latest news on the hurricanes plaguing U.S. coasts in recent weeks Sep.15  Baghdad  Gates arrives to oversee command change Nov.16  Congo  U.N. envoy meets Congolese rebel leader Nov.22  Zimbabwe  Government rejects Carter and Annan Dec.3  Pakistan  Rice urges tough Pakistan action Dec.13  New Delhi  Brown in India for terror talks Dec.14   Baghdad   Iraqi journalist throws shoes at Bush
  Bush made a farewell visit, where he met with Iraqi leaders, talked to the media and joked after a man threw shoes at him
 Muntadhar al-Zaidi, an Iraqi journalist, was wrestled to the floor by security guards after during a news conference he called Bush 'a dog' and threw his footwear, just missing the president




World, Politics, 2008 Agreement Timeline ... See World Agreement timeline Top ^
2008 Feb.28   Kenya Rivals sign power-sharing deal  President Kibaki and opposition leader Odinga agreed to form a coalition government after weeks of wrangling Mar.13   Senegal Sudan and Chad strike peace deal Mar.17  Jerusalem  Historic agreement for Israel, Germany May.20   Qatar Deal agreed on Lebanon crisis Jun.9   Somalia Factions sign peace deal  The government has signed a peace deal with an opposition bloc aimed at ending 17 years of conflict in the country Jun.17  Israel  Israel and Hamas 'agree truce' Jul.8   Czech Republic US and Czechs sign defence deal Jul.21   Zimbabwe   Rivals sign deal on talks  President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai have signed an agreement for formal talks Aug.12   Georgia Georgia agrees to cease-fire proposal Aug.14   Poland Poland, U.S. to sign missile shield deal  A preliminary deal to place part of a U.S. ballistic missile defense system in Poland has drawn sharp objections from Russia Aug.16  Moscow  Russia signs cease-fire, tensions remain Aug.20  Poland  US and Poland seal missile deal Sep.11   Zimbabwe Rivals agree unity deal Sep.15   Zimbabwe   Rivals sign power-share deal
  President Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai set aside deep differences to sign a deal intended to end the violent crisis
Oct.5  Berlin  Plan to save German bank 'agreed' Oct.12  Paris  European banks rescue plan agreed Nov.16   Baghdad Iraq cabinet backs US troops deal Dec.3   Norway Nations sign cluster bomb treaty  The first of more than 100 countries (excluding US, Russia and China) have begun signing a treaty to ban current designs of cluster



World, Politics, 2008 Human Rights Timeline ... See World Human Rights timeline Top ^
2008 Feb.21  London  UK: CIA rendition flights used British soil Feb.27   Thailand Thaksin taken into police custody
Mar.5  Gaza  Life in Gaza cited worst since 1967 Mar.15  Tibet  Dalai Lama's Tibet bloodshed fear Apr.3  Zimbabwe  Raids target opposition party May.27  Global  World 'failing on human rights' Jun.4   Zimbabwe Tsvangirai arrested ahead of runoff vote Jun.6  Zimbabwe  Zimbabwe halts opposition rallies Jun.12  Zimbabwe  Mugabe critic on treason charge Jun.20   Zimbabwe Biti ordered to face treason trial Jun.23  Zimbabwe  Mugabe rival seeks refuge in embassy Jun.23  UN Security Council  UN: Free Zimbabwe poll impossible Jun.24  Zimbabwe  Mugabe defiant as criticism grows Jul.8  Paris  French head will attend Olympics Jul.15   Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim arrested Jul.15   Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim arrested Aug.1  Beijing  President pleas for politics-free Games Aug.6  Thailand  Bush chides China over human rights Aug.31  North Caucasus  Kremlin critic shot in Ingushetia



World, Politics, 2008 Embassy Timeline ... See World Embassy timeline Top ^
2008 Mar.3   Ecuador Ecuador cuts ties with Colombia
May.3  Belarus  U.S. diplomats leave Belarus May.10  Sudan  Sudan cuts Chad ties over attack Jun.5  Zimbabwe  Police 'attack U.S. diplomats' Jul.12   Paris Syria, Lebanon to open embassies Sep.11   Venezuela Venezuela to expel U.S. ambassador  President Hugo Chavez said he is recalling his own ambassador from Washington and expelling the U.S. ambassador from Venezuela



World, Politics, 2008 Talks Timeline ... See World Talks timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.7  Kenya  President Kibaki invites foe to talks Jan.24   Kenya Rivals hold 'ice-breaker' talks
Feb.8  Moscow  Putin vows 'arms race' response Feb.26  Kenya  Poll negotiations suspended Mar.2  West Bank  Palestinians suspend talks with Israel Mar.19  Washington  Bush speech hails Iraq 'victory' Apr.10  Washington  Bush backs Iraq withdrawal freeze May.18  Singapore  Burma neighbours in cyclone talks Jun.5  Washington  Surprise Obama-Clinton talks held Jul.5   Zimbabwe Mbeki in Harare for crisis talks Jul.8   Czech Republic US and Czechs sign defence deal Jul.10  South Africa  Zimbabwe rival parties hold talks Jul.19   Geneva Iran describes nuke talks as 'constructive' Jul.29   Geneva Global trade deal falls apart   After coming tantalizingly close to a historic trade deal, WTO talks collapsed in a dismaying blow to 7 years of efforts to open up the global... Aug.28  Sochi  Putin: U.S. orchestrated Georgian war Sep.15  Baghdad  Gates arrives to oversee command change Sep.25  Washington  US rivals in economy crisis talks Sep.26  Washington  Bailout talks implode Oct.1  South Korea  Two Koreas end brief military talks Oct.5   Saudi Arabia Saudi hosts Afghan peace talks w. Taliban Oct.10  Washington  U.S. would support talks with Taliban Nov.9  South Africa  Zimbabwe rivals 'must compromise' Nov.15  Washington  New trade deal by 'end of year' Nov.16   Baghdad Iraq cabinet backs US troops deal Dec.31  UN Security Council  UN holds Gaza crisis discussion



World, Politics, 2008 Political Sanctions Timeline ... See World Political Sanctions timeline Top ^
2008 Feb.12   Southern California Spielberg boycotts Olympic role
Mar.13   Mosul Archbishop death condemned Jun.19  European Union  EU to lift sanctions against Cuba Jul.8  Northern Japan  G8 to seek sanctions on Zimbabwe Jul.11   UN Security Council   Russia, China veto sanctions on Zimbabwe   Russia and China vetoed a resolution that would have imposed sanctions on Mugabe, and 11 senior members of his government Aug.31  North Caucasus  Kremlin critic shot in Ingushetia Sep.2  Moscow  Russia praises EU over sanctions



World, Politics, 2008 Political Leaders Timeline ... See World Political Leaders timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.5  Indonesia  Suharto rushed to hospital Jan.11  Indonesia  Suharto suffers 'alarming' decline Jan.13   South Africa Scandal-hit Interpol chief quits
Jan.24   Rome   Prodi resigns after losing vote   The Prime Minister, Romano Prodi, has resigned after being defeated in a vote of confidence in the upper house of parliament, the Senate Feb.19   Cuba   Castro resigns as president
  Fidel Castro announced his resignation as president and commander in chief of the military , according to a letter published in the Granma.    The resignation ends nearly a half-century of iron-fisted rule that frustrated 10 U.S. presidents. Bush said Castro's decision o...
Feb.24   Cuba Raul Castro named president
  Raul Castro has been unanimously selected to succeed his brother Fidel as leader by National Assembly.    Fidel Castro, 81, had been out of the public eye since July 2006 when he had major surgery. Raul's name was the only one put...
Mar.10  New York  Scandal-hit governor 'sorry' Mar.12   New York Scandal-hit governor resigns
  Eliot Spitzer has resigned, after being linked to a prostitution ring. Flanked by his wife, he told he could not allow 'private failings' to disrupt public work.    Eliot Spitzer apologized for not living up to the standards he demanded of others. He...
Mar.18  India  Dalai Lama 'to resign' if violence worsens Apr.2   Ireland PM to quit over payments scandal Apr.12  Haiti  Prime minister ousted over food prices Apr.13   Kenya Odinga named PM in bid to end vote crisis May.7   Moscow Russia swears in new president May.8   Jerusalem   Olmert faces new corruption probe  Prime Minister is suspected of illicitly accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars before becoming PM May.24   Zimbabwe Tsvangirai returns home May.26  Canada  Foreign minister resigns May.28   Jerusalem Call for PM to stand down Jun.24  Tel Aviv  Suicide sparks Sarkozy scare Jun.29   Zimbabwe   Mugabe sworn in after disputed election  President Robert Mugabe was sworn in after the Electoral Commission declared he overwhelmingly won the disputed runoff election Jul.1  European Union  EU trade chief lambasts Sarkozy Aug.7  Pakistan  Musharraf faces impeachment fight Aug.13  Pakistan  Musharraf calls for reconciliation Aug.15  Nepal  Maoist leader becomes PM Aug.18   Pakistan   Musharraf resigns
  Pakistani President announced his resignation Monday after weeks of pressure to relinquish power
 Pervez Musharraf told the nation in a TV address that he would step down. Sumroo, speaker of the Senate and a political ally of Musharraf, will lead the country until a new election is held by parliament. It is unclear whether Musharraf, who took power in a coup in 1999, will face prosecution now that he is out of power
Aug.28  Sochi  Putin: U.S. orchestrated Georgian war Aug.30  Thailand  Thai PM Samak refuses to resign Sep.1   Japan Beleaguered PM Fukuda resigns Sep.9   North Korea   Kim missing from parade Map of Pyongyang North Korea
  There is growing speculation about the health of Kim Jong-il, 66, after he failed to attend a huge martial parade in Pyongyang
Sep.16  Bolivia  Governor arressted after 30 killed Sep.21   South Africa Mbeki resigns as president
  Thabo Mbeki has formally resigned, a day after accepting a call by the governing African National Congress to resign.    In a TV address, Mr Mbeki said he had submitted ...
Sep.21   Jerusalem   Israeli PM Olmert declares intent to resign  Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, dogged by allegations of corruption, formally announced his intention to resign at a Cabinet meeting Sep.22   Jerusalem President taps Livni to form government
Sep.23  South Africa  11 ministers resign Sep.25  South Africa  Motlanthe elected president Oct.10  Norway  Ex-Finnish leader wins Nobel Peace Prize Oct.12  Zimbabwe  Tsvangirai in threat to quit deal Nov.5   Global World leaders hail Obama triumph Nov.10   Washington Bush calls meeting with Obama 'friendly' Nov.25   Washington Gates 'to stay as Pentagon chief' Nov.29  New Delhi  Home Minister 'quits' over Mumbai attacks Dec.1   Chicago   Clinton named secretary of state  US President-elect Barack Obama has nominated his former rival Hillary Clinton as his secretary of state Dec.22  Bolivia  Official: Plot to kill president foiled Dec.23  Guinea  Coup leaders name council Dec.29   Somalia President quits amid power struggle



World, Politics, 2008 Royal Timeline ... See World Royal timeline Top ^
2008 Feb.29   Afghanistan Harry withdrawn from Afghanistan
  23-year-old Prince Harry is to be withdrawn from Afghanistan after news of his secret deployment leaked out
Mar.31   London Duke 'did not order Diana death' Apr.7   London   Princess Diana 'unlawfully killed'
  The inquest jury: Diana and Dodi Al Fayed were unlawfully killed due to the gross negligence of driver Henri Paul and the paparazzi.    Paul's drink-driving and a lack of seatbelts contributed to their ...
May.28   Nepal Nepal abolishes monarchy
  Newly elected leadership changed the country to a republic, a historic move that ended about 240 years of autocratic rule
 The Maoists were committed to ousting King Gyanendra. A constituent assembly meeting in Kathmandu, overwhelmingly voted to abolish royal rule. People celebrated wildly in the streets after news of the assembly vote
Jun.1   Jerusalem Israel to build 884 homes in East Jerusalem Jun.10   Nepal Former king to leave palace   Former king Gyanendra has spent his last night in the compound which has been home to the royal family for more than 100 years



World, Politics, 2008 Protest Timeline ... See World Protest timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.2  Kenya  Water cannon used on march Jan.11  Venezuela  Chavez makes Colombia rebel call Jan.16  Kenya  Police shoot protesters Feb.21   Serbia   US embassy in Belgrade attacked   Several hundred protesters have attacked the US and other embassies in Belgrade in anger at Western support for Kosovo's independence Mar.14   Tibet Riots, shots as anti-China unrest grows
Map of Lhasa China
  Opponents of Chinese rule set fire to vehicles and shops as tear gas filled the streets and gunfire rang out in the capital, Lhasa
 Rallies have continued all week in the largest protests against Beijing's rule in 20 years. Dalai Lama, released a statement expressing deep concern. He called on the Chinese leadership to stop using force and begin dialogue with the Tibetan people
Mar.14  Tibet  Deaths reported in protests Mar.16   Tibet 'Eighty killed' in unrest Mar.22  Tibet  China threatens Tibetians; West protests Mar.24   Greece Protest as Olympic torch is lit
  A protester managed to breach the tight security during the torch lighting ceremony. He unfurled a banner, but was apprehended
Mar.26  Baghdad  Ultimatum as cease-fire in jeopardy Mar.26  Tibet  Monks disrupt tour of journalists Mar.27   London Delays, protests as Heathrow's T5 opens
Apr.6  London  Angry protests as torch reaches London Apr.7   Paris Olympic torch extinguished
  The relay was disrupted by protesters demonstrating against the Chinese government, causing authorities to extinguish the flame 3 times
 Officials extinguished and put the torch on a bus for safety reasons, in the face of protests
Apr.7  Iraq  Religious leaders want militia intact Apr.8   Haiti Rioters storm presidential palace Apr.9   San Francisco Bay Area Route changes mark Olympic torch relay Apr.23   Australia More arrests as Australia hosts torch Apr.25  Japan  Scuffles at torch relay May.15  Colombia  Farc rebel link files 'genuine' May.24   Naples Violence breaks out over trash crisis Map of Naples Italy
  Police and protesters furiously clashed at government plans to dump mountains of uncollected trash from Naples in their towns.    8 Italian policemen and three ...
Jul.1  Mongolia  Protesters cry fraud in vote Jul.20  Colombia  World rallies for FARC hostages' freedom Jul.23   House of Representatives US lawmakers pass housing rescue  The House of Representatives has passed a massive housing rescue bill that could help struggling homeowners get cheaper loans Aug.30  Mexico  Masses march against violence in Mexico Oct.6   Thailand Police fire tear gas at Bangkok protesters Nov.26  Thailand  PM rejects calls for elections Dec.2  Thailand  Protesters to end siege as PM ousted Dec.2  Thailand  Demonstrators leave airports Dec.9   Athens Protests as Athens funeral held Dec.9   Rio de Janeiro Protesters: 9,000 disappeared in 2 years   Protesters took to the beaches of Copacabana to draw attention to the 9,000 people they say have disappeared in the city since January 2007 Dec.10  Athens  Strike adds to unrest Dec.15  Sadr City  Iraq rally for Bush shoe attacker



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2008 Jan.24   U.S. Congress Deal reached on US economic plan
Feb.27   South Africa Outcry in SA over 'racist' video



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2008 Jan.3  Kenya  Civil unrest damaging Kenya's economy Feb.12   Australia Australia apologizes to Aborigines
Feb.14  Serbia  Serbia: Kosovo breakaway 'illegal' Feb.15   European Union Green light for EU Kosovo mission Feb.18  Washington  U.S. recognizes independent Kosovo Feb.22   Baghdad Al-Sadr extends Mehdi Army cease-fire Mar.1  Armenia  President declares state of emergency Mar.7   Dominican Republic   Leaders say Colombia crisis over   The presidents of Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia have shaken hands at a summit, marking the end of a crisis triggered by a cross-border rai... Mar.13   Senegal Sudan and Chad strike peace deal Mar.20  Tibet  Police 'shot at Tibet protesters' Mar.20  China  China locks down restive regions Apr.26  South Korea  Tight security at Seoul torch relay May.13   Myanmar Junta lacking in cyclone response May.29  Amazon  Isolated tribe spotted Jun.9   Somalia Factions sign peace deal  The government has signed a peace deal with an opposition bloc aimed at ending 17 years of conflict in the country Jun.14  London  More secret files found on train Jun.17  Israel  Israel and Hamas 'agree truce' Jun.29  Jerusalem  Israel OKs Hezbollah prisoner deal Jul.16  Beirut  Militants get heroes' welcome home Jul.31  UN Security Council  UN extends Darfur peace mission Aug.6  Beijing  100,000 police on guard for Olympics Aug.12   Georgia Georgia agrees to cease-fire proposal Aug.16  Moscow  Russia signs cease-fire, tensions remain Aug.24  Kashmir  India arrests separatist leaders Aug.26   Moscow Russia recognizes Georgian rebel regions
  Russian President Medvedev signed an order recognizing the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, two breakaway regions.    Medvedev: 'This is not an easy choice to make, but it represents the only possibility to save human lives'. West condemns ...
Aug.26  Washington  West condemns Russia over Georgia Sep.9  Geneva  Giant particle collider set to start Sep.10   Switzerland 'Big Bang' experiment starts well
  Scientists have hailed a successful switch-on for an enormous experiment which will recreate the conditions a few moments after the Bang
Sep.14   Bolivia Morales struggling to control Bolivia Sep.25  Washington  US rivals in economy crisis talks Oct.1  South Korea  Two Koreas end brief military talks Oct.5   Saudi Arabia Saudi hosts Afghan peace talks w. Taliban Oct.7   Tennessee McCain, Obama trade blows on economy Oct.10  Norway  Ex-Finnish leader wins Nobel Peace Prize Oct.10  Washington  U.S. would support talks with Taliban Oct.17  UN Security Council  5 countries elected to Security Council Nov.15   Washington   Summit pledge to 'restore growth'
  Global leaders at the G20 financial summit have pledged to work together to restore global growth
 The leaders were determined to work together to achieve 'needed reforms' in the world's financial systems'
Nov.16  Congo  U.N. envoy meets Congolese rebel leader Nov.29  Pakistan  Indian allegations alarm Pakistan Dec.3   Norway Nations sign cluster bomb treaty  The first of more than 100 countries (excluding US, Russia and China) have begun signing a treaty to ban current designs of cluster Dec.4  West Bank  Hebron settlers evicted by force Dec.6  Pakistan  Pakistan 'feared Indian attack' Dec.21  Zimbabwe  U.S. no longer supports Zimbabwe deal Dec.31  Jerusalem  Israel rejects Gaza truce calls Dec.31  UN Security Council  UN holds Gaza crisis discussion



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2008 Feb.20   Hawaii US missile hits 'toxic satellite'   The US has successfully struck a disabled spy satellite USA 193 with a missile fired from a warship in waters west of Hawaii Mar.8  French Guiana  Europe's rocket launches to space May.25   USA Historic pictures sent from Mars Jul.29   Geneva Global trade deal falls apart   After coming tantalizingly close to a historic trade deal, WTO talks collapsed in a dismaying blow to 7 years of efforts to open up the global... Sep.27   China Astronaut takes China's first spacewalk
  A Chinese astronaut has completed his country's first-ever spacewalk as part of a program that is starting to rival the U.St. and Russia.    Zhai Zhigang waved to a camera as he emerged from the hatch of the Shenzhou-7 sp...
Oct.31  East Africa  African trade blocs agree to merge Nov.1  India  India's lunar mission transmits pictures Nov.15  Washington  New trade deal by 'end of year' Nov.22   Peru   Apec leaders make free-trade vow  Leaders from Asia-Pacific countries have pledged not to respond to the global financial crisis by raising trade barriers over 2009



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2008 Mar.13   Mosul Archbishop death condemned Aug.13   Eastern Afghanistan 4 aid workers killed Oct.11   Washington U.S. takes North Korea off terror list  State Department: The United States removed North Korea from its list of states that sponsor terrorism Dec.1   USA U.S. warned India of maritime attack Dec.13  New Delhi  Brown in India for terror talks



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2008 Jan.26   Jakarta   Former President Suharto dies at 86
  Former dictator Haji Muhammad Suharto, the 'smiling general' who ruled his country with an iron fist for 3 decades died at a hospital in Jakarta
Mar.18  Sri Lanka  Writer Arthur C Clarke dies at 90 May.18  China  China to mourn quake victims; toll mounts Jul.17  Israel  Israel buries remains of returned soldier Aug.3  Moscow  Russian novelist Solzhenitsyn dead Aug.20  Beijing  Former Chinese leader Hua Guofeng dies Aug.21  Madrid  Spain mourns air disaster victims Oct.10   Austria Haider dies in accident   58-year-old far-right politician Joerg Haider was driving alone when his car came off the road and he suffered severe head and chest injuries Dec.5  Moscow  Russia Orthodox Church's leader dies Dec.26  Pakistan  Pakistan mourners honour Bhutto



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2008 Jan.12   Baghdad Ban eased on Saddam-era officials Jan.15  Kenya  Opposition wins two posts Jan.24   U.S. Congress Deal reached on US economic plan Jan.28   U.S. Congress Bush addresses US economy fears Feb.12   Southern California Spielberg boycotts Olympic role Mar.6  Kenya  President pushes peace deal Mar.8  Serbia  Prime Minister dissolves government Mar.24   Greece Protest as Olympic torch is lit
  A protester managed to breach the tight security during the torch lighting ceremony. He unfurled a banner, but was apprehended
Apr.6  London  Angry protests as torch reaches London Apr.7   Paris Olympic torch extinguished
  The relay was disrupted by protesters demonstrating against the Chinese government, causing authorities to extinguish the flame 3 times
 Officials extinguished and put the torch on a bus for safety reasons, in the face of protests
Apr.9   San Francisco Bay Area Route changes mark Olympic torch relay Apr.10  UN  UN chief to miss Olympics opening Apr.23   Australia More arrests as Australia hosts torch Apr.25  Japan  Scuffles at torch relay Apr.26  South Korea  Tight security at Seoul torch relay May.25   Beirut MPs elect new president Jul.8  Paris  French head will attend Olympics Jul.22   New Delhi Indian government survives vote Jul.23   House of Representatives US lawmakers pass housing rescue  The House of Representatives has passed a massive housing rescue bill that could help struggling homeowners get cheaper loans Jul.30   Beijing Web curbs for Olympic journalists  Journalists covering the Olympic Games will not have completely uncensored access to the internet Aug.1  Beijing  President pleas for politics-free Games Aug.6  Beijing  100,000 police on guard for Olympics Aug.25  Moscow  Russian MPs back Georgia's rebels Aug.26  Zimbabwe  Mugabe heckled at parliament opening Sep.28  U.S. Congress  US lawmakers publish rescue deal Sep.29   House of Representatives $700 billion bailout package failed Oct.1  U.S. Senate  Senate backs new bail-out bill Oct.3   House of Representatives House backs $700bn bail-out plan
  The House of Representatives has passed by 263-171 vote a government plan to rescue the US financial sector
 The package is to buy the bad debts of failing financial institutions on Wall Street. The vote was the second in a week, following its shock rejection of an earlier version. Bush praised lawmakers for their spirit of co-operation before signing the bill into law
Nov.11  Global  World marks end of 'war to end all wars' Nov.18   U.S. Congress US car firms ask for $25bn aid
  The bosses of Ford, GM and Chrysler, have asked Congress for a $25bn bail-out and warned of broader risks to the US economy
 The United Auto Workers is willing to make key concessions to help the Detroit Three carmakers secure vital aid US House backs car industry plan White House cool on car bail-out US car bail-out fails in Senate
Nov.21   Moscow Russia extends presidential term
  The parliament approved a constitutional amendment Friday to extend the presidential term from four to six years.    There is speculation that the change is aimed at paving t...
Nov.27   Baghdad Parliament OKs pact on U.S. troops' future   After months of tough negotiations and intense political wrangling, Iraqi lawmakers approved the U.S.-Iraqi security agreement Dec.4   Canada Canada halts parliament amid row   Prime Minister Harper has won a bid to suspend parliament, blocking an opposition attempt to topple his minority government Dec.11  U.S. Senate  US car bail-out fails in Senate Dec.14  Thailand  Thai parliament picks new PM Dec.22  Moscow  Lawmakers back six-year presidency Dec.23  Baghdad  Iraqi MPs back foreign troop deal



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2008 Feb.22  Iran  Iran 'nuclear questions remain' Mar.10  New York  Scandal-hit governor 'sorry' Apr.3   Texas Police entered YFZ compound Map of Eldorado Texas
  Texas law enforcement entered the compound following allegations of physical and sexual abuse of a 16-year-old girl.    On April 8, 533 women and children had bee...
Apr.16  Washington  Pope attacks US sex abuse record Apr.24   Syria   Syria 'had covert nuclear scheme'   The United States has accused N. Korea of helping Syria build a nuclear reactor that 'was not intended for peaceful purposes' Jun.21   Saudi Arabia Saudis to host oil price summit Jul.4  Pakistan  Musharraf accused of N. Korea nuke deal Jul.18   Sydney Pope sorry for 'evil' of clergy sex abuse Jul.23  Pakistan  Pakistan warns of nuclear arms race