Volume 95, Issue 50

Thursday, November 29, 2001
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2001: far wackier than a space odyssey

A look back at 2001

Western's newsmakers, in soundbite form

Chretien remains The Lord of the Rings

A look back at 2001

January 11 - AOL/Time Warner merger approved by the United States' Federal Communications Commission, creating one of world's largest media empires.

January 20 - George W. Bush sworn in as 43rd President of the United States.

January 26 - Massive earthquake, registering 6.9 on the Richter scale, kills thousands in India

February 8 - Russia vows to destroy chemical arms, beginning with the destruction of 40,000 tonnes of the lethal weapons. President Bush drops Clinton's Mideast Peace Plan.

March 24 - Scientists report mounting evidence of random genetic errors in cloning that threaten similar efforts to duplicate humans.

March 30 - Stem cells thought to yield benefits. Scientists see use in repairing damaged heart tissue.

April 22 - Hemisphere Summit adjourns. Thirty-four leaders close Quebec conference with pledge of equal support to democracy and free trade. Over 30,000 social activists protest the policies of globalization.

June 8 - Labour party wins general election in England. Prime Minister Tony Blair hands once-dominant Conservatives second major defeat.

June 27 - United Nations maps battle against AIDS and calls on nations and private industry to provide billions for fight against pandemic.

June 29 - Former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic delivered to UN. Milosevic imprisoned at Hague to await war-crimes trial. UN head Kofi Annan re-elected to second term.

July 13 - Beijing, China awarded their first ever Olympic Games, to take place in 2008.

July 16 - Russia and China sign friendship treaty. Twenty-year agreement binds the nations in opposition to U.S.-proposed missile shield.

July 22 - Bush and Putin agree on arms cuts at meeting of the G8 in Genoa, Italy. Wide-spread protests result in the death of one protester.

July 23 - Close to 200 nations agree to Kyoto Protocol on climate. Without the U.S., world's leaders reach compromise on treaty requiring industrialized nations to cut emissions of gases linked to global warming.

August 9 - Bush allows stem cell research, but declares government will not finance destruction of new embryos.

August 23 - Bush confirms imminent withdrawal from 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

September 3 - United Nations Race Conference reaches accord. U.S. and Israel quit Durban, South Africa talks, protesting condemnation of Israel in draft declaration.

September 11 - Hijackers ram jetliners into twin towers of New York City's World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.. A fourth hijacked plane crashes 80 miles outside of Pittsburgh.

September 13 - Osama bin Laden named chief bombing suspect. NATO invokes a clause stating that an attack on one of its 19 member states is an attack on the whole alliance. Pakistan promises full co-operation with the U.S. in its fight against terrorism.

September 14 - China granted permission to enter World Trade Organization by early 2002.

September 14 - The U.S. Senate voted, 980, to give president "all necessary and appropriate force" to respond to terrorist attacks.

September 20 - Bush demands Afghanistan's Taliban hand over bin Laden and insists Afghan leaders close terrorist training camps.

September 24 - Bush orders freeze of terrorists' assets and imposes sanctions on banks abroad that provide terrorists access to international financial system.

September 26 - Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat and Isreali foreign minister Shimon Peres agree to resume pursuit of peace.

September 28 - UN adopts anti-terror campaign and passes U.S. resolution requiring all 189 members to act against the financing, training and movement of terrorist groups.

October 7 - U.S.-led military attacks begin in Afghanistan, targeting Taliban military installations and terrorist training camps.

October 17 - Right-wing Israeli cabinet member Rehavam Zeevi is assassinated in a hotel corridor. Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claims responsibility. In response, Israeli forces begin to occupy Palestinian-controlled towns and villages.

October 23 - The Irish Republican Army announces it has begun to dismantle its weapons arsenal, marking a dramatic leap forward in fragile Northern Ireland peace process.

November - The combined forces of the Northern Alliance, with the backing of U.S. air attacks, make stunning advances in Afghanistan and push the Taliban regime to the brink of collapse.

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