The good news of the year

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  • Feb 2017: Judges block Trump's ban on Muslim travelers
  • Jan 2017: Congo Kinshasa's president Kabila and his rival Etienne Tshisekedi agree on a transitional government until elections to be held by the end of 2017
  • Dec 2016: The rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine is declared 100% effective against Ebola
  • Dec 2016: A report finally proves that more than 1,000 Russian athletes doped in a state-sponsored doping program
  • Nov 2016: The Iraqi government recaptures ancient Nimrud from ISIS
  • Oct 2016: Myanmar refugees begin returning from Thailand
  • Sep 2016: The USA and China, together responsible for 40% of carbon emissions, ratify the Paris global climate agreement
  • Sep 2016: Large demonstration in Spain against bullfighting
  • Sep 2016: France bans plastic forks, plates, etc
  • Aug 2016: FARC declares a ceasefire, bringing to an end the 52-year-old war in Colombia
  • July 2016: Yoriko Koike is elected as Tokyo's first woman governor and Hillary Clinton is the first female candidate to president by a major US party
  • June 2016: The USA returns more than 200 ancient artifacts that were stolen from religious sites in India
  • June 2016: Colombia and FARC sign a peace agreement
  • May 2016: An African Union court sentences Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre to life in prison, the first time that an African dictator is held accountable for genocide
  • May 2016: Some of the Chibok girls manage to escape from Boko Haram in Nigeria
  • May 2016: London elects a Muslim mayor while Islamophobia spreads in the European continent
  • April 2016: A leak of millions of confidential documents reveals that Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca helped rich people launder money and avoid taxes
  • March 2016: Democratic elections in Benin
  • February 2016: Donors pledge 11 million euros in humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees at a conference in London
  • January 2016: Taiwan elects its first female president, Tsai Ing-wen elected
  • January 2016: The first democratically elected parliament convenes in Myanmar
  • December 2015: Kenyan Muslims protect fellow Christian passengers when their bus is ambushed near the Somali border
  • December 2015: Women are allowed to vote for the first time in Saudi Arabia, but only in municipal elections
  • December 2015: Tripoli-based General National Congress (GNC) and the internationally recognized Tobruk-based government of Lybia agreed to form a government of national reconciliation
  • December 2015: Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan donate 99% of their shares of Facebook to charity
  • November 2015: For the first time the leaders of Taiwan and mainland China meet (Taiwan's president Ying-jeou Ma and mainland China's president Jinping Xi)
  • October 2015: Saudi Arabia and Iran holds face-to-face talks
  • September 2015: Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina resigns after a judge issued a warrant for his arrest for corruption
  • August 2015: Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe expresses "profound grief" over his country's actions in World War Two, and Japanese emperor Akihito expresses "deep remorse" over Japan's role in World War Two.
  • August 2015: The Afghan government and the Taliban negotiate peace
  • July 2015: Nigerian soldiers rescue 71 women kidnapped by Boko Haram outside Maiduguri
  • July 2015: Fourteen mausoleums in Mali's city of Timbuktu are rebuilt, three years after Islamists destroyed them
  • July 2015: Both candidates in Taiwan's presidential election are women, Hung Hsui-chu and Tsai Ing-wen
  • July 2015: The Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi reopens after the Islamic terrorist attacks
  • July 2015: Iran signs a deal limiting its nuclear program in return for the West to remove economic sanctions
  • June 2015: A record number of women are elected to the Turkish parliament (96), besides 3 Armenians, 2 Yazidis, 1 Syriac, 1 Roma and several Kurds and Alevis
  • June 2015: Mali and Tuareg rebels sign a peace deal
  • June 2015: The Moro Islamic Liberation Front starts turning over arms to the Philippines' government following their peace treaty
  • May 2015: Cyprus' Greek and Turkish governments resume peace talks
  • May 2015: Central African Republic's warring factions sign a national peace agreement
  • April 2015: The Nigerian military rescue 300 hostages from Boko Haram
  • April 2015: The USA and Cuba hold their highest-level meeting in over 50 years
  • April 2015: Iran and the world powers reach a nuclear deal
  • April 2015: Ukraine and Russia sign an agreement on natural gas
  • March 2015: for the first time an opposition leader wins Nigeria's elections
  • March 2015: The Sri Lankan government releases Tamil activist Jeyakumari Balendran from jail
  • February 2015: Baghdad lifts a decade-long curfew
  • January 2015: South Sudan's president Salva Kiir and rebel commander Riek Machar agree on peace
  • December 2014: North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un proposes a summit with South Korean president Park Geun-hye
  • December 2014: Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels exchange prisoners of war
  • November 2014: The USA and China reach an agreement on curbing carbon emissions
  • November 2014: Japan and China defuse the crisis on the contexted islands
  • November 2014: A human-made vehicle lands on a comet
  • October 2014: Russia agrees to resume gas deliveries to Ukraine
  • October 2014: Myanmar releases 3,000 prisoners
  • October 2014: Tunisia votes in elections to its first parliament under a new constitution
  • September 2014: Ivory Coast adopts the educational tablet computer Qelasy, a "digital backpack" for schoolchildren, created by Thierry N'Doufou
  • September 2014: The government of Yemen and the Houthi rebels sign a peace agreement
  • September 2014: Abdullah Abdullah concedes to his rival Ashraf Ghani, who becomes Afghanistan's new president and pledges to form a government of national unity
  • September 2014: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei approves cooperation with the USA as part of the fight against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq
  • September 2014: The Iraqi parliament swears in prime minister Haidar al-Abadi's unity government
  • September 2014: Ukrainian separatists free 1,200 captives
  • August 2014: An experimental ebola treatment is introduced
  • July 2014: Real income in Africa has increased more than 30% over the last decade
  • June 2014: The Pope hosts joint prayers at the Vatican with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas
  • June 2014: Zhang Zhijun is the first official from mainland China to visit Taiwan
  • May 2014: South Sudan rivals agree to peace talks
  • April 2014: Afghans vote to elect a new president
  • April 2014: Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas announce a reconciliation deal
  • April 2014: Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan offers condolences for the first time for the mass killings of Armenians under Ottoman rule
  • March 2014: The Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebel group in the Philippines signs a peace deal with the government
  • February 2014: Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders agree to hold early presidential elections
  • February 2014: A government is formed in Lebanon after 10 months of talks
  • February 2014: Ministers from mainland China and Taiwan meet for the first time since the 1949 revolution
  • February 2014: Italy's navy rescues 1,123 illegal immigrants from inflatable boats
  • February 2014: Talks on the reunification of Cyprus resume
  • February 2014: Pakistan and Taliban begin peace talks
  • January 2014: A poll shows that both Israelis and Palestinians back a two-state solution
  • December 2013: Truce in South Sudan
  • November 2013: Unemployment stops increasing in the eurozone
  • October 2013: Tunisia's governing Islamist Ennahda party and the opposition agree on an interim government and new elections
  • September 2013: The USA and Iran start talks about Iran's nuclear program
  • September 2013: The USA and Russia agree on a plan to remove Syria's chemical weapons
  • September 2013: Congo and rebels restart negiotiations
  • September 2013: Sri Lanka grants elections for the first ever semi-autonomous council in the Tamil-majority Northern Province
  • August 2013: China announces plans to send an unmanned spaceship to the Moon
  • August 2013: The first direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in three years begin in Jerusalem
  • July 2013: Mali's interim President Dioncounda Traore starts peace talks with two northern Tuareg separatist groups
  • July 2013: Burma signs a peace treaty with the Wa rebels of Shan state
  • June 2013: The presidents of mainland China and the USA meet
  • May 2013: The first peaceful democratic transition of government in Pakistan
  • April 2013: Serbia and Kosovo make the first step towards reconciliation
  • March 2013: Yemen launches a process of reconciliation
  • March 2013: Israel's prime minister apologises to Turkey for the killings of Turkish civilians aboard the Gaza flotilla in may 2010
  • March 2013: Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan calls for a ceasefire with Turkey
  • February 2013: China joins the USA in condemning North Korea's nuclear test
  • January 2013: Pro-democracy activist Nguyen Quoc Quan is released from prison by the Vietnamese government
  • December 2012: Internet users in Iraq have increased from 1% to 7% in two years
  • November 2012: The United Nations recognizes the state of Palestine with only nine countries voting against it
  • November 2012: A record 20 women are elected to the Senate of the USA
  • November 2012: Barack Obama is the first president of the USA to visit Myanmar/Burma
  • October 2012: The Philippine government and the Moro rebels enter into peace negotiations
  • September 2012: The Libyan government expels Muslim extremists
  • August 2012: Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi fires Egypt's top generals
  • August 2012: Russia joins the World Trade Organization
  • August 2012: Mali forms a unity government
  • July 2012: Libya holds its first democratic elections and a secular party wins
  • July 2012: Rwanda and Congo agree on an international border force
  • June 2012: The United Nations declares Bethlehem a World Heritage site
  • June 2012: Saudi Arabia is to allow its women athletes to compete in the Olympics
  • June 2012: Mohammed Mursi's victory in Egypt's election is accepted by the military regime
  • June 2012: The Rio+20 conference on sustainable development draws some 50000 participants
  • May 2012: Democratic elections in Egypt
  • April 2012: Myanmar holds parliamentary elections and Myanmar's president holds peace talks with Karen rebels and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi announces plans to travel abroad for the first time in 24 years
  • March 2012: The Arab League meets in Baghdad
  • March 2012: The first major commercial airline in more than 20 years lands in war-torn Somalia
  • March 2012: North Korea invites UN nuclear inspectors in for the first time in three years
  • February 2012: Saleh's vicepresident Abdurabu Mansur Hadi is inaugurated as the new president of Yemen
  • January 2012: Most of Myanmar's political dissidents are released from jail
  • December 2011: Cuban president Raul Castro grants amnesty to 2,900 prisoners
  • December 2011: Thousands of women demostrate in Cairo against military rule
  • November 2011: Parliamentary elections in Egypt
  • October 2011: Peaceful and democratic transition of power in Zambia
  • October 2011: Free elections in Kyrgyzstan, the only country in Central Asia where the outcome of an election is not known beforehand
  • October 2011: Tunisia holds its first democratic elections
  • October 2011: Protests against the financial world spread from the USA to Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Athens, Berlin, Rome and London
  • October 2011: The Burmese regime frees dozens of political prisoners
  • September 2011: Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas applies for Palestinian statehood at the United Nations
  • September 2011: Saudi Arabia grants women the right to vote in municipal elections
  • August 2011: Libyan rebels enter Tripoli
  • August 2011: The Philippines government holds peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Kuala Lumpur
  • July 2011: Sri Lanka allows free elections in Tamil areas
  • July 2011: Southern Sudan becomes independent
  • June 2011: Russia urges Syria to implement democratic reforms
  • June 2011: Thousand of Israelis march in Tel Aviv in favor of an Palestinian state
  • June 2011: The government of mainland China receives a representative of the Lybian rebels
  • May 2011: Free elections in Nigeria with little violence
  • April 2011: Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas sign reconciliation deal?
  • March 2011: A popoular revolt threatens the Qaddafi regime in Libya
  • February 2011: Italian prime minister Berlusconi is indicted yet again
  • January 2011: A popoular revolt overthrows the dictator of Tunisia
  • January 2011: South Sudan votes peacefully to secede from Sudan
  • January 2011: Estonia becomes the 17th country to join the eurozone
  • December 2010: Iraqi police officer Bilal Ali Muhammad throws himself on a suicide bomber and dies to avoid a carnage during a religious procession
  • November 2010: Guinea holds its first democratic elections
  • November 2010: Serb leader Tadic apologises for a massacre committed in 1991 by Serb forces in Croatia
  • October 2010: Chile rescues 33 miners trapped deep underground for 69 days
  • September 2010: Israeli and Palestinian leaders meet in the USA to discuss peace
  • September 2010: Turkey allows Armenian Christians to hold a mass in eastern Turkey, the first time in almost a century
  • August 2010: Thirty-eight USA billionaires, led by Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, pledge 50% of their wealth to charity
  • July 2010: Catalonia bans bullfighting
  • July 2010: Thousands of secret military documents about the USA war in Afghanistan are leaked on a website
  • June 2010: Cuba releases 52 political prisoners
  • May 2010: A woman is arrested in Italy for wearing the burqa
  • April 2010: Very little violence in Iraq after a disputed election
  • March 2010: The USA's secretary of defense Hillary Clinton publicly condemns Israel for building in East Jerusalem
  • March 2010: The USA and Russia announce a deal to cut nuclear weapons
  • March 2010: Serbia apologizes for the massacre of Srebenica
  • February 2010: Rusian prime minister Putin admits that the Soviet Union committed a massacre at Putyn (Poland) in 1940
  • January 2010: Bangladesh-born New York taxi driver Mukul Asaduzzaman drives 80 kms to return a huge amount of money that a foreign tourist has forgotten in his car
  • January 2010: Palestinian and Israeli peace activists rally against the blockade of the Gaza Strip on the anniversary of Israel's raid in Gaza that killed 1,400 Palestinians
  • December 2009: Western Sahrawi activist Aminatou Haidar is allowed by Morocco to visit Western Sahara
  • December 2009: The USA government declares greenhouse gases harmful for human health
  • December 2009: The Ugandan parliament unanimously passes a bill banning female genital mutilation
  • November 2009: Israeli government ministers Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a temporary freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank
  • November 2009: Sri Lanka agrees to release 130,000 Tamils displaced by war
  • October 2009: Russian president Dmitry Medvedev reproaches defenders of former Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin
  • October 2009: Turkey and Armenia reopen their border.
  • October 2009: Libya releases 88 political prisoners
  • September 2009: World economies post growth
  • August 2009: Russian prime minister Putin acknowledges that the Stalin-Hitler pact was a crime against Poland. Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter and other "elders" visit the Palestinian village of Bilin, a symbol of civil disobedience against Israel's illegal settlements
  • July 2009: USA troops withdraw from Iraqi cities
  • June 2009: The European Union issues a blunt denunciation of Israeli settlements in the West Bank
  • May 2009: The Iraqi government issues arrest warrants for hundreds of corrupt officials
  • May 2009: For the first time some women are elected to Kuwait's parliament
  • April 2009: Turkey and Armenia begin normalization talks
  • April 2009: Burundi rebels disarm
  • March 2009: Turkey's president Abdullah Gul visits Iraq, the first Turkish head of state to do so in more than 30 years
  • March 2009: New Mexico abolishes the death penalty
  • February 2009: The USA commits $900 million to help rebuild Gaza
  • February 2009: The Iraqi museum reopens after six years
  • February 2009: Pakistan publicly acknowledges that the 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai was planned on its soil
  • January 2009: The first commercial flight between Europe and Iraq in 17 years lands at Baghdad airport
    January 2009: The Rwandan government, cooperating with the government of Congo, arrests former Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda
  • December 2008: Barack Obama appoints Hillary Clinton as secretary of state
  • November 2008: A black man, Barack Obama, is elected president of the USA and becomes the most powerful man in the world
  • October 2008: The Palestinian football (soccer) team plays its first game in a Palestinian stadium
  • October 2008: Only 278 civilians are killed in Iraq in october, the lowest number in more than two years
  • September 2008: The Serbian parliament ratifies a treaty with the European Union
  • September 2008: Turkey's president Abdullah Gul visits Armenia
  • August 2008: The US and Libya renew diplomatic relations
  • August 2008: Lebanon's president visits Syria's president in Damascus after three years of tension
  • July 2008: Saudi Arabia convenes a conference in Madrid to promote interfaith understanding
  • July 2008: Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits Iraq
  • July 2008: The Philippine government reaches a peace deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)
  • June 2008: China and Taiwan sign a deal to launch regular flights between the two countries
  • June 2008: Honda unveils the first mass-market hydrogen-propelled vehicle, the "FCX Clarity"
  • June 2008: General Motors shuts down most of its production of "pickup trucks" and "sport utility vehicles"
  • May 2008: Israel and Syria hold peace talks
  • April 2008: First democratic elections in Nepal
  • April 2008: Uganda and rebel agree on peace
  • March 2008: Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders agree to resume talks on reunifying the island
  • February 2008: Cuba releases four political prisoners arrested during a 2003 crackdown on dissidents and Fidel Castro announces retirement
  • January 2008: Congo government and rebels sign a truce
  • January 2008: Iraqi police officer Naseem Sabah Ismail throws himself on a suicide bomber and dies to avoid a carnage during a religious procession
  • December 2007: 68 countries in Paris pledge billions of dollars of aid to the Palestinians
  • December 2007: for the first year since the USA invasion, Iraqi oil production exceeds oil production before the invasion
  • December 2007: New Jersey abolishes the death penalty
  • December 2007: The first regular train service since the 1950s opens between North and South Korea
  • December 2007: the USA senate approves a trade deal with Peru
  • November 2007: Iraqi civilian killings drop sharply
  • October 2007: The leaders of the two Koreas meet
  • September 2007: Buddhist monks protest against Burma's dictatorship
  • September 2007: North Korea accepts to undo its nuclear program
  • August 2007: The Ethiopian government frees dozens of jailed dissidents
  • August 2007: Francisco Chaviano (Cuba's longest serving political prisoner) is released from jail after 13 years
  • July 2007: an Arab League delegation visits Israel for the first time
  • July 2007: train service between India and Bangladesh is resumed after 42 years
  • June 2007: Sudan accepts a peace-keeping force for Darfur
  • June 2007: The G8 leaders pledge to spend $60bn to fight Aids, malaria and tuberculosis in Africa
  • June 2007: Putin of Russia offers cooperation on missile defense with the USA
  • June 2007: Indonesia offers to mediate between fighting Iraqi factions and calls for a Muslim force to replace the USA in Iraq
  • May 2007: For the first time since 1951 a train crosses the border between North and South Korea
  • May 2007: The Polisario Front and Morocco agree to hold direct talks
  • April 2007: Mauritania joins the ranks of the democratic world
  • April 2007: Russia proposes a tunnel to Alaska
  • April 2007: Africa's economy grows 5.7% yearly
  • April 2007: China's prime minister Wen Jiabao visits Japan, meets with the emperor and addresses the Japanese parliament
  • March 2007: The Arab League adopts a Saudi peace proposal with Israel
  • March 2007: The government of Ivory Coast and the rebels sign a peace accord
  • February 2007: North Korea agrees to close its main nuclear reactor
  • January 2007: Israel's government appoints the first Arab Muslim minister in Israel's history
  • December 2006: The world's economy grew about 3%, posting gains in every single continent and in most countries of the world
  • October 2006: Democratic elections in Congo Kinshasa
  • October 2006: Qatar invites Israel to an Arab conference
  • October 2006: Japan and China agree to condem North Korea's intention of carrying out a nuclear test
  • September 2006: Sunni Arab tribes in the western province of Iraq join the USA to fight insurgents
  • September 2006: The Ugandan government signs a truce with the Lord's Resistance Army
  • September 2006: The USA hands control of the country's armed forces to oIraq's prime minister Nouri Maliki
  • August 2006: Palestinian militants declare a unilateral end to attacks against Israel
  • August 2006: Israeli forces withdraw after expelling Hezbollah from southern Lebanon and the Lebanese army takes control for the first time of the region
  • July 2006: Democratic elections in the Congo (former Zaire)
  • July 2006: China and India reopen the Himalayan pass of Nathu that was closed for more than 40 years
  • June 2006: for the first time women are allowed to vote and stand in elections in Kuwait
  • June 2006: Peace agreement in Somalia
  • June 2006: Maoist rebels join Nepal's government
  • June 2006: Nigeria implements a World Court ruling to hand over the Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon
  • June 2006: the European union starts talks with Turkey about membership
  • June 2006: China and Taiwan set up regular non-stop passenger flights
  • June 2006: Jawad al-Maliki forms a government of national unity in Iraq
  • June 2006: Islamic hyper-terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is killed by USA bombs
  • May 2006: Nepal's government and Maoist rebel start peace negotiations
  • May 2006: Sudan's government and the main Darfur rebel group sign a peace deal
  • April 2006: Maoist rebels in Nepal offer a truce to the government
  • April 2006: Nigeria pays off its foreign debt, the first African nation to do so
  • April 2006: Phuntsog Nyidron, a Tibetan nun who has spent 15 years in jail for opposing China's rule of Tibet, is allowed to emigrate to the USA
  • April 2006: Egypt releases the last prisoners of Gamaa Islamiya after its leaders renounced terrorism
  • March 2006: ETA declares a stop to its terrorist campaign
  • March 2006: Iranian dissident journalist Akbar Ganji is freed after five years in prison
  • March 2006: Chilean prime minister Michelle Bachelet appoints equal numbers of men and women to the government
  • March 2006: Radical cleric Moqtada Sadr appeals for calm among Shias of Baghdad, Iraq
  • February 2006: USA archaeologists discover an ancient Egyptian tomb in the Valley of the Kings
  • February 2006: The Magdalena Medio Bloc, Colombia's oldest paramilitary group, demobilises, bringing the number of demobilised paramilitaries to more than 22,000
  • February 2006: Muslim journalists from Jordan to Yemen stand up against the cartoon protests
  • February 2006: Peaceful elections in Haiti
  • February 2006: Hamas declares willingness to negotiate with Israel and rejects support from Al Qaeda
  • February 2006: Iraq's top Shia cleric Ali Sistani declares that militant Islamists are to blame for distorting the image of Islam
  • February 2006: Newspapers of Italy, France and Germany reprint Danish cartoons in a rare show of European solidarity for the victims of religious superstition
  • January 2006: Long lost Phoenician ports of Tyre and Sidon are found
  • January 2006: The first free parliamentary elections in Palestine punish the corrupt Fatah party
  • January 2006: NASA launches a spacecraft ("New Horizons") towards Pluto
  • January 2006: India and Pakistan agree to reopen a railway linking the two countries
  • December 2005: Parliamentary elections in Iraq
  • December 2005: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia becomes the first elected female head of state in Africa
  • December 2005: Afghani parliament is sworn in
  • December 2005: Aceh rebels in Indonesia surrend their last arms
  • September 2005: North Korea accepts to give up its nuclear weapons program
  • September 2005: The IRA destroys all its weapons
  • September 2005: Afghanistan holds parliamentary elections
  • September 2005: Aceh rebels surrend to the government of Indonesia
  • September 2005: Israel withdraws from the Gaza strip after 38 years of occupation
  • September 2005: Maoist rebels in Nepal declare a unilateral ceasefire
  • September 2005: Pakistan and Israel meet for the first time publicly
  • August 2005: Hutu rebel leader Pierre Nkurunziza, who won the first democratic elections in Burundi, is appointed president, thus ending the 12-year civil war that killed 200,000 people
  • August 2005: Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka agree to hold direct talks with the government
  • August 2005: Colombia's right-wing paramilitary organization United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (AUC) disbands
  • July 2005: the IRA (Irish Republican Army) gives up its armed struggle for a united Ireland
  • June 2005: Vietnam's prime minister Phan Van Khai visits the USA
  • June 2005: The Sudanese government and southern rebels sign a reconciliation agreement and a power-sharing deal
  • June 2005: Scheduled passenger flights between the Iraqi cities of Baghdad and Basra begin to operate
  • May 2005: Korean scientists create human embryonic stem cells
  • May 2005: Iran's foreign minister visits Iraq, thus ending 25 years of hostility between the two countries
  • April 2005: The two Chinas, totalitarian Beijing and democratic Taiwan, hold their first talks since the end of their civil war
  • April 2005: Italy returns an obelisk that Mussolini stole from Ethiopia
  • April 2005: Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf visits arch-enemy India
  • April 2005: at Pope John Paul II's funeral, both Syrian president Assad and Iran's president Khatami shake hands with Israel's president Moshe Katzav
  • April 2005: Iraq's parliament names a Kurd for president, Jalal Talabani, and a shiite for prime minister, Ibrahim Jaafari
  • March 2005: Rigged elections in Kyrgizstan are annulled and the president resigns
  • March 2005: Mass demonstrations in Lebanon force Syria to announce it will pull out of Lebanon
  • February 2005: Israel and the Palestinians declare a truce
  • January 2005: Palestinians vote in free elections. Iraqis vote in free elections.
  • December 2004: The government and the rebels of Senegal make peace
  • December 2004: Rigged elections in Ukraine are annulled and people are allowed to vote again
  • December 2004: Sudanese government and southern rebel sign a peace deal
  • November 2004: Burma frees 4,000 political prisoners
  • November 2004: Egypt legalizes a new political party, led by a woman, a Christian woman
  • November 2004: Arafat's death reopens a window for peace in Palestine
  • October 2004: The first democratic elections are held in Afghanistan
  • September 2004: The number of people seeking asylum in the world declines by 22%, mainly due to Afghanistan and Iraq
  • August 2004: An assembly meets in Iraq to create the first democracy in the Arab world and in Arab history
  • August 2004: Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia's most notorious opposition leader, is freed
  • July 2004: The USA Congress urges the world to take action on the Darfur genocide
  • July 2004: USA secretary of state Powell visits the Darfur region of Sudan
  • June 2004: the USA hands over power to an Iraqi government
  • June 2004: Scientists transfer properties of one atom and to another atom by entangling their quantum waves
  • June 2004: The United Nations finally votes a resolution that recognizes the new Iraqi government of Iyad Allawi, thus removing Saddam Hussein from the leaders of the world
  • May 2004: Sudan and John Garang's Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) sign a peace deal, ending a civil war that cost the lives of two million people
  • May 2004: Algeria holds the most democratic elections ever held in an Arab country
  • April 2004: Liberian rebels begin to disarm
  • March 2004: A woman, Tanzania's Getrude Mangella, is elected president of the Pan African parliamen
  • March 2004: Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qorei denounces suicide bombings as immoral
  • February 2004: Iraqis agree on a new constitution
  • January 2004: Somalia warlords make peace
  • January 2004: Afghan delegates agree on a new constitution
  • January 2004: the "Spirit" spacecraft lands on Mars and sends the first pictures of the planet's surface
  • January 2004: North Korea agrees to let USA experts visit its top nuclear facility
  • January 2004: India and Pakistan restore air links, and Indian prime minister Vajpayee attends a regional summit in Pakistan

  • December 2003: Pakistan rules that women can marry without the consent of a male guardian
  • December 2003: in Afghanistan the highway linking the Kabul with Kandahar is inaugurated
  • December 2003: An alternative peace plan for the Middle East is worked out in Geneva by moderate Israelis and Palestinians
  • November 2003: Pakistan bans three Islamic groups (Jamiat-ul Furqan, Hizbul Tehreer, and Jamiat-ul Ansar)
  • November 2003: a Colombian paramilitary group begins disarming
  • November 2003: the USA senate approves a $20 billion gift to the Iraqi people, the largest such reconstruction budget since WW II.
  • November 2003: Saudi actor Nasser al-Qasabi makes fun of Islamic laws on national tv
  • October 2003: Morocco grants women more rights than in any other Islamic country
  • October 2003: some 2.5 million Afghan refugees have returned to Afghanistan since the overthrow of the Taliban regime
  • September 2003: the Supreme Court of Nigeria overturns the stoning of a Muslim woman
  • September 2003: the World Trade Organization grants poor countries the right to produce cheap versions of costly medicines
  • July 2003: Grand Sheikh Mohammed Sayed Tantawi of the Al-Azhar mosque of Cairo, the world's most influential Sunni cleric, condemns all attacks by suicide bombers
  • July 2003: Delegates at the Somali peace talks agree to re-establish a federal government to end the civil war
  • July 2003: Liberia's president and war criminal Charles Taylor steps down
  • June 2003: The government of Saudi Arabia fires hundreds of hard-line Islamic clerics
  • June 2003: The Egyptian government allows the Ibn Khaldun Center, founded in 1988 by Saad Eddin Ibrahim to promote democracy in the Arab world, to reopen
  • June 2003: Charles Taylor of Liberia is indicted for war crimes by a United Nations court
  • June 2003: Palestinian prime minister Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli prime minister Sharon shake hands in public during a meeting with USA president Bush
  • May 2003: A transitional government of national reconciliation is created in Congo/Zaire
  • May 2003: A satellite takes the first picture of the Earth from Mars
  • May 2003: Indian prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee calls for negotiations with Pakistan over Kashmir
  • April 2003: A woman is elected in free municipal elections in Qatar
  • April 2003: India vaccinates 165 million children to eradicate polio
  • April 2003: Iraq is liberated by the USA and UK, and opposition leader Ahmed Chalabi returns to Iraq after 47 years of exile
  • April 2003: Vietnamese prime minister Phan Van Khai meets with monk Thich Huyen Quang, a leader of Vietnamese Buddhists, who has been under house arrest for 21 years
  • March 2003: Mahmoud Abbas, a critic of the Palestinian intifada, is appointed prime minister of the Palestinian Authority.
  • March 2003: Despite huge lobbying by the oil industry, the USA Senate votes against drilling in Alaska, the single greatest victory by environmental concerns over business concerns in the history of oil drilling.
  • March 2003: The Brazilian government announces a plan to eradicate slavery in Brazil
  • February 2003: Bowing to international pressure, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat allows the Palestinian parliament to choose a prime minister
  • January 2003: Hossein Ali Montazeri, Iran's most famous dissidents ayatollah, is released after 5 years in prison
  • January 2003: Xu Wenli, one of China's most prominent dissidents, is released after 16 years in prison and allowed to emigrate to the USA

  • December 2002: Daniel Arap Moi peacefully steps down after 24 years as president of Kenya
  • December 2002: The factions of the Congolese civil war sign a peace treaty
  • December 2002: The European Union decides to admit ten new members, mostly old enemies of Eastern Europe
  • December 2002: The Burundi government and the Hutu rebels sign a ceasefire agreement
  • November 2002: Aceh separatists and the Indonesian government reach a peace agreement, ending a 25-year old civil war that cost 12,000 lives
  • November 2002: Pakistan's dictator Musharraf hands over daily government duties to a democratically elected prime minister
  • October 2002: in Brazil the opposition candidate, Luiz Inacio Lula, wins a fair election
  • October 2002: the Somali warlords sign a truce
  • October 2002: Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Angola and Namibia begin withdrawing their troops from Congo, a country that they had virtually occupied and split
  • October 2002: Bahrain, a small Arab country, holds the first parliamentary elections in three decades, and even women are allowed to vote
  • October 2002: the wife of Egyptian president Mubarak opens a conference for Arab women in Cairo
  • August 2002: Iraqi Kurds set up a provisional parliament
  • May 2002: Myanmar (Burma) opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is released from house arrest
  • April 2002: Ethiopia and Eritrea agree on a new common border
  • January 2002: the Islamic government of Sudan and the Christian rebels sign a truce after 20 years of war that has caused the death of one million people