29th March, 2017
SIGNED: Article 50 of the EU Lisbon Treaty, by the UK Prime Minister Theresa May, formally triggering the process by which the UK will leave the European Union.
ROLLED BACK: Obama era rules aimed at curbing climate change, by US President Donald Trump in an executive order which he said put "an end to the war on coal".
SENTENCED: To life in prison, for the third time, infamous Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, aka Carlos the Jackal, over a 1974 grenade attack on a Paris shop in which two died and 34 were injured.


28th March, 2017
BRACED: Queensland's central coast for the landfall of Tropical Cyclone Debbie which has already battered the Whitsunday Islands with wind gusts of more than 260kph.
ABSENT: Australia, the UK and US - among almost 40 countries not taking part in talks on a nuclear weapons ban treaty at the United Nations in New York.


27th March, 2017
ARRESTED: Hundreds of people following nation-wide protests in Russia on Sunday against the rule of President Vladimir Putin; among those arrested was opposition leader Aleksei Navalny at a protest in Moscow.
ELECTED: By Hong Kong's election committee, Carrie Lam, as the first female chief executive of the semi-autonomous province.


24th March, 2017
HELD: By police in the Belgian city of Antwerp, a man on suspicion of driving a vehicle at "high speed" at a crowd on the city's main shopping street.
RULED: A judge in Argentina that former president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, should stand trial over charges of financial mismanagement.


23rd March, 2017
COMMENCED: A five day state visit by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to Australia.
UNVEILED: A memorial to the 32 killed in a series of terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium, a year ago, by the country's King Philippe.


22nd March, 2017
BANNED: Laptops and other electronic items larger than a phone, temporarily, by the US and UK, from being carried in cabins on planes coming from certain airports in Middle East and North Africa in response to unnamed security threats.
DIED: Former Irish Republican Army commander Martin McGuinness, at the age of 66, having resigned from the position of Northern Ireland's deputy first minister in January.
PASSED: In Australia's Northern Territory, legislation decriminalising abortion and legalising the medical termination of pregnancy.


21st March, 2017
SET: The date for the start of the formal process leading to the UK's exit from the European Union - 29th March, 2017.
CONFIRMED: By US FBI Director James Comey, that an investigation into alleged Russian interference during last year's US election is ongoing.
INTRODUCED: For the first time, on US children's show Sesame Street, Julia, a muppet character with autism.


20th March, 2017
ERUPTED: Fierce fighting in the Syrian capital of Damascus between government and rebel forces.
 On 18th March, a gunman named as 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem, after he put a gun to a soldier's head in Paris' Orly airport in an incident which sparked the evacuation of more than 3,000 people.


17th March, 2017
FOUND: By a US Senate intelligence panel; "no indications" Trump Tower was under US Government surveillance before or after last year's election.
IDENTIFIED: A massive ancient statue discovered in mud near Cairo, almost certainly as being of Pharoah Psamtek I, who ruled between 664 and 610BC.


16th March, 2017
BLOCKED: US President Donald Trump's new travel bans by a Federal US judge in Hawaii, just hours before they were due to take effect.
WON: The most seats in the Dutch election, Prime Minister Mark Rutte's VVD Party, seeing off a challenge by Geert Wilders' anti-immigration Freedom Party.
ANNOUNCED: A massive $2 billion expansion of Australia's energy-generating Snowy River scheme by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. 


15th March, 2017
RULED: The European Court of Justice, that companies may bar the wearing of overtly religious or political clothing at work under certain conditions.
STRIPPED: Durban, South Africa, of hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games, after Commonwealth Games bosses said they had failed to meet "key obligations". 


14th March, 2017
PASSED: Landmark legislation, through the UK's House of Lords, giving PM Theresa May the power to start the process by which Britain will leave the EU.
OUSTED: South Korean President Park Geun-hye after the country's Constitutional Court formally removed her from office over a corruption scandal.
ELECTED: Labor's Mark McGowan as the 30th Premier of Western Australia, ousting Liberal incumbent Colin Barnett.


10th March, 2017
ARRESTED: A man after seven people were injured in the German city of Dusseldorf by a man wielding an axe.
CHALLENGED: In court, US President Donald Trump's latest travel bans, by a growing number of US states includinh Hawaii and New York.


9th March, 2017
ATTACKED: A military hospital in Kabul by, it has been claimed, followers of the so-called Islamic State, killing at least 30 people.
ENGULFED: In flames, a children's care home in Guatamala, leaving 19 teenaged girls dead and injuring about 25 others.


8th March, 2017
PUBLISHED: By Wikileaks, details of 'hacking tools' which it alleges are in use by the CIA including the ability to access microphones on internet-enabled TVs.
KILLED: A rhino, by poachers who broke into the Thoiry Zoo in France on the morning on 7th March, in what is believed to be the first such attack in a European zoo.


7th March, 2017
EXPELLED: Malaysia's ambassador to North Korea after Malaysia expelled North Korea's envoy following the apparent assassination of Kim Jong-nam, half brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, at Kuala Lumper's airport.
RETURNED: Unorthodox UK ski jumper Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards to Calgary, Canada, where he successfully landed six jumps, some 29 years after finishing last in two events at the 1988 Winter Olympics.


6th March, 2017
LAUNCHED: Reportedly, multiple ballistic missles by North Korea from a position near the country's border with China, following another launch last month, in defiance of UN bans.
REFUSED: French presidential candidate Francois Fillon to stand down in his bid for the office, despite a criminal investigation into payments made to his family members.


3rd March, 2017
REMOVED: Himself - US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions - from an FBI inquiry into alleged Russian interference in the US election following revelations he had met with the Russian ambassador twice during last year's election campaign despite telling a subsequent confirmation hearing he had "no communications" with Russians.
REINTRODUCING: Military conscription, in Sweden, with a government minister citing Russia's annexation of Crimea as the major reason.


2nd March, 2017
FIRST: Address by US President Donald Trump to Congress in a speech characterised by a notably softer tone than that he has taken since his inauguration.
ENTERED: The ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, by Syrian forces, pushing back followers from the so-called Islamic State, according to reports from observers. IS first seized it in May, 2015, and destroyed ancient buildings.


1st March, 2017
PROPOSED: A lowering of the criminal age of responsibility in The Philippines from 15 to nine in a bill backed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
SHOT: At least two people, who suffered injuries, after a police sniper accidentally fired his gun during a speech by French President Francois Hollande.


28th February, 2017
ANNOUNCED: The wrong winner of the flagship best picture award at the Academy Awards in LA. Initially announced as La La Land, the award was later presented to Moonlight.
FREED: Two German archaeologists, Peter Breunig and Johannes Buringer, after they were kidnapped in Nigeria on 25th February by what were believed to be Fulani herdsmen.
FIRST: Non-astronauts to fly around the Moon; two unnamed space tourists, SpaceX, has announced in an event scheduled for next year.


27th February, 2017
MARCHED: Thousands of people in Moscow, in remembrance of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, shot dead outside the Kremlin in 2015.
DIED: Actor Bill Paxton, at the age of 61 after complications from surgery.


24th February, 2017
RETAKEN: The airport in Mosul, Iraq, by Iraqi forces from followers of the so-called Islamic State.
SUSPENDED: The right to vote at the UN's general assembly, by six countries including Papua New Guinea, Venezuela, Libya, Sudan, Cape Verde and Vanuatu, due to what the UN says is non-payment of contributions.


23rd February, 2017
FOUND: By NASA, the first known solar system featuring seven Earth-size planets, three of which are located in the "habitable zone", around a single star.
HANDED DOWN: A controversial decision by Australia's Fair Work Commission to reduce some Sunday and public holiday penalty rates for workers in hospitality, retail and fast-food industries.


22nd February, 2017
ARRIVED: In Australia, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on an official four day visit - the first by a serving Israeli PM.
INVESTIGATING: The cause of an incident which saw a small aircraft crash into a shopping centre in Melbourne on 21st February as it took off. Five died in the crash.


21st February, 2017
LAUNCHED: This week, an Iraqi Government offensive to take the western part of the city of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State.
CRASHED: Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster as US President Donald Trump's national security advisor following the resignation of Michael Flynn over conversations he had with Russian representatives.


20th February, 2017
MARKED: On Sunday, 19th February, 2017, the 75th anniversary of the first bombing of Darwin during World War II by Japanese forces.
DIED: Norma McCorvey, the initially anonymous plaintiff in the famous US Supreme Court decision of Roe v Wade legalising abortion, at the age of 69 in Texas. McCorvey became a vocal supporter of abortion and then, after becoming a born-again Christian, a strong campaigner for the pro-life movement.


17th February, 2017
KILLED: At least 75 people in a suicide bombing, claimed by the so-called Islamic State, at a Sufi shrine in southern Pakistan. It is the deadliest attack in the country in more than two years. 
REFUSED: US retired Vice-Admiral Robert Harward, the job of national security advisor to US President Donald Trump, citing family and financial reasons.


16th February, 2017
EVACUATED: More than 1,000 people from their hiomes in the New Zealand city of Christchurch as a "monster" bushfire rage on the outskirts.
PROPOSED: A new law in India limiting the size of weddings and taxing those spending over 500,000 rupees with 10 per cent of the cost to help poorer brides pay for weddings.


15th February, 2017
COMMEMORATED: The 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore, from allied forces to the Japanese, during World War II.
RESIGNED: US President Donald J Trump's national security advisor Michael Flynn after Mr Trump asked for his resignation over conversations he had with Russia's ambassador to the US before Mr Trump took office.
ASSASSINATED: North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un's half brother Kim Jong-nam in a Malaysian airport, allegedly by two female North Korean agents.


14th February, 2017
EVACUATED: Almost 200,000 people near Oroville in northern California amid concerns a dam spillway was in a danger of giving way and flooding the region.
WON: Awards including 'Album of the Year', 'Record of the Year' and 'Song of the Year' by British artist Adele at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in the US.


13th February, 2017
CONDEMNED: By numerous world leaders, the latest launch of a missile by North Korea on early Sunday. It is believed to have splased down in the sea between North Korea and Japan.
DESTROYED: Most of the NSW community of Uarbry near Dunedoo as fires continues to rage across the state.


10th February, 2017
UPHELD: In the US, a temporary suspension of President Donald Trump's ban on people from seven predominantly Muslim countries entering the US, by a federal appeals court. The matter now looks headed to the US Supreme Court.
HEATWAVE: In Australia's eastern states where temperatures are expected to reach as high as 47 degrees Celsius over the coming weekend, prompting warnings of "catastrophic" fire conditions.
CONFIRMED: By US Senate, Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney-General in the administration of US President Donald Trump.


9th February, 2017
KILLED: Six Afghans working for the International Committee of the Red Cross by suspected Islamic State gunmen leading the ICRC to temporarily suspend its work in the nation.
DECLARED: A state of emergency in parts of Bolivia due to a locust plague which has devastated an estimated 1,000 hectares of agricultural land.


8th February, 2017
INFORMED: US Congress, that the US Army will grant permission to complete a controversial oil pipeline near tribal land in North Dakota despite mass protests by Native Americans and environmental activists.
LAUNCHED: Peace talks between Colombia's left-wing ELN rebels - the second largest rebel group in the country - and the Colombian Government in Ecuador.


7th February, 2017
MARKED: With gun salutes in London, the 'Sapphire Jubilee' of Queen Elizabeth II who on Monday reached 65 years on the throne.
PASSED: In Israel, a controversial law retrospectively legalising the building of about 4,000 homes by Jewish settlers in the West Bank.


6th February, 2017
BLOCKED: US President Donald Trump's immigration bans by a federal judge whose decision was then supported on appeal. The White House and at least two US states are reportedly challenging the decision.
CONTINUING: Massive demonstrations in Romania over plans to water-down anti-corruption measures, despite a government decision to scrap a decree which would have shielded many politicians from prosecution for corruption.


3rd February, 2017
PROTESTS: In Romania, over a government decision to rescind a decree which was seen as an important step forward in anti-corruption reforms.
ORDERED: By the High Court of Australia, a special recount of the Western Australia Senate vote after declaring the election of former One Nation senator Rod Culleton invalid.


2nd February, 2017
PASSED: By the British House of Commons, legislation seeking approval for the start of formal talks with the EU over implementing Brexit.
CONFIRMED: By the US Senate, President Donald Trump's nominee, Rex Tillerson, as Secretary of State.


1st February, 2017
NAMED: By US President Donald Trump, Neil Gorsuch of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals as his Supreme Court nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last February.
DIED: A sixth victim of the Bourke Street car attack in Melbourne, named as 33-year-old Bhavita Patel.


31st January, 2017
CONTINUING: Mass protests continue over US President Donald Trump's immigration policies and travel bans around the world.
WORST: Ever wild fires in the history of Chile. The forest fires have killed 11 people and destroyed thousands of homes in the South American nation.


30th January, 2017
SWORN IN: Susan Kiefel as Australia's first female Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, at a ceremony in Canberra. 
DISBANDING: Philippines controversial anti-drugs police unit following the death of a South Korean businessman in a botched kidnap-for-ransom operation inside the grounds of the national police headquarters, on the order of President Rodrigo Duterte.


27th January, 2017
CALLED OFF: A meeting between US President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto amid an escalating dispute over Mr Trump's plans to build a wall between the two countries.
INTRODUCED: A bill seeking to trigger article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty (and the formal Brexit process) to UK Parliament.


26th January, 2017
ORDERED: By US President Donald Trump, an "impassable physical barrier" to be built between the US and Mexico.
DIED: Emmy award-winning US actress Mary Tyler Moore at the age of 80.
LOST: By sprinter Usain Bolt, one of his nine Olympic gold medals after his team-mate Nesta Carter, whom ran with him in the 4x100 metre relay team at the Beijing Olympics, tested positive to a stimulant.


25th January, 2017
RULED: The Supreme Court in the UK, that Parliament must vote on whether the government can start the Brexit process.
ANNOUNCED: By Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that Israel would build 2,500 housing units in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank in response to housing needs. It follows an earlier announcement of plans to build almost 600 more homes.


24th January, 2017
PULLED OUT: The US, of the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, after a decision by President Donald J Trump.
APOLOGISED: South Korea's culture ministry for blacklisting thousands of artists who were critical of the government of now impeached President Park Geun-hye. The move follows the arrest of Culture Minister Cho Yoon-sun on the weekend.


23rd January, 2017
ELECTED: By the Liberal Party, Gladys Berejiklian as the 45th Premier of New South Wales following the sudden resignation of Mike Baird last week.
DEPARTED: The Gambia, former president Yahya Jammeh, after Sengalese troops entered the nation in support of new president, Adama Barrow, who won an election, the result of which Jammeh refused to accept, in December.


20th January, 2017
SEARCHING: Italian rescue workers for survivors among the estimated 30 people missing following an avalanche which buried a luxury hotel in the Abruzzo region.
ENTERED: The Gambia, by Senegalese troops, in support of Adama Barrow, who was sworn in as president on Thursday despite the refusal of Yahya Jammeh to stand down from the role.


19th January, 2017
ANNOUNCED: His retirement from politcis, by New South Wales Premier Mike Baird, so he can spend more time with family.
POISED: West African military forces, to move into Gambia after Gambian President Yahya Jammeh refused to stand aside ahead of the inauguration of new President Adama Barrow.
KILLED: Up to 60 people in a suicide bomb attack at a military camp in northern Mali.


18th January, 2017
REMEMBERED: In memorial services, the 83 people who died and more than 200 who were injured in the Granville rail disaster in Sydney in 1977, on the 40th anniversary of the tragedy.
COMMUTED: By US President Barack Obama, the 35 year prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, a former US army intelligence analyst leaking classified files to WikiLeaks. Manning, who had been due to be released in 2045, will now be released this May.
ENDED: The official search for the lost Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, which went missing over the Indian Ocean on 8th March, 2014, with 239 people on board.


17th January, 2017
CAUGHT: A suspect alleged to have killed 39 people in a New Year's Day attack on an Istanbul nightclub in the Turkish city.
SIGNED: An agreement between the French Polynesian Government and US-based The Seasteading Institute, with regard to the building of the world's first floating city, construction of which could start by 2019.


16th January, 2017
CLAIMED: By anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd; that a Japanese ship has slaughtered a minke whale inside the Australian Whale Sanctuary off Antarctica.
RIOTED: Prisoners in the third major riot at a Brazilian prison so far this year. At least 26 people are believed to have died in the latest violence.


13th January, 2017
ARRIVED: In Poland, hundreds of US tanks and armoured vehicles, under a NATO banner, in the largest military reinforcement in Europe in decades; in a bid to deter growing Russian aggression.
AWARDED: US Vice-President Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the top US civilian honour, by US President Barack Obama.


12th January, 2017
RELEASED: A video by the Taliban in Afghanistan showing kidnapped teachers Australian Timothy Weeks and American Kevin King asking US President-elect Donald Trump to arrange a prisoner exchange to secure their release.
FALLEN: The iconic 1,000-year-old sequioa, known as the 'Pioneer Cabin Tree', in California, during a storm.


11th January, 2017
ATTENDED: By hundreds of thousands, the funeral of former Iranian president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, in Tehran on 10th January. Rafsanjani, president from 1989 to 1997, was 82.
DIED: Clare Hollingworth, veteran British war correspondent, who broke the story of the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939, in Hong Kong at the age of 105.


10th January, 2017
WON: A record seven Golden Globes, by the romantic musical La La Land, topping the previous record of six shared by One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest in 1975 and Midnight Express in 1978.
DIED: Michael Chamberlain, at the age of 72. He and his former wife Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton were involved in one of the most high profile criminal cases in Australia's history; it surrounded the disappearance of their daughter Azaria from a tent at Uluru in 1980; charged over her death, he and his wife were later exonerated and the child's death eventually attributed to a dingo.


9th January, 2017
CHARGED: Iraq War veteran Esteban Santiago, 26, over a shooting rampage at the international airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on the weekend in which five people were shot dead and another six injured.
APPEARED: Queen Elizabeth II, at church near her Sandringham estate, in her first public appearance for several weeks after suffering from a "heavy cold".


6th January, 2017
CHARGED: Four African-American teenagers in Chicago with hate crimes after a 30 minute video showing a white, mentally disabled teenager being attacked was broadcast on Facebook.
SWITCHING OFF: Norway's FM radio network from next week as it becomes the first nation in the world to move its radio networks solely to digital technology.


5th January, 2017
SUGGESTED: By new research published in The Lancet, that people who live near major roads have higher rates of dementia, following an 11 year study in Canada.
BACKED: By Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calls for the pardoning of an Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting dead a severely injured Palestinian attacker in Hebron last year.


4th January, 2017
EVACUATED: Parts of Fiji after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck almost 300 kilometres south-west of the capital of Suva, initially triggering a tsunami warning.
TURMOIL: In the US after Republican lawmakers reversed a decision to strip the Office of Congressional Ethics of its independence following criticism, including from President-elect Donald Trump.


3rd January, 2017
RIOTED: Hundreds of prisoners in a fight between rival gangs in a prison in Manaus, Brazil, leaving at least 56 people dead including some who were beheaded and dismembered.
QUESTIONED: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by police over allegations of receiving gifts in breach of his role as a public servant. Mr Netanyahu has denied the allegations.


30th December, 2016
EXPELLED: Thirty-nine Russian diplomats by the US over claims of Russia's involvement in cyber attacks during the country's presidential election.
STARTED: A nationwide ceasefire in Syria, brokered by Russia and Turkey, between government forces and rebel groups (with exceptions for terror-related groups).


29th December, 2016
DIED: Actress Debbie Reynolds, at the age of 84, in the US a day after her daughter Carrie Fisher.
APPROVED: An amnesty for some of those accused of minor crimes in Colombia's decades long conflict, by the Colombian Congress, as part of a revised peace deal between the government and leftist guerilla group FARC.


28th December, 2016
DIED: Actress and writer Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in Star Wars, on 27th December, 2017, in the US at age 60/Musician and singer George Michael on Christmas Day in the UK at age 53.
VISITED: Pearl Harbour; Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with US President Barack Obama, in the first visit by a Japanese PM to the US World War II memorial site.


23rd December, 2016
FOILED: An alleged Christmas Day terror plot focusing on locations in central Melbourne, according to police. Seven men have been arrested.
CLAIMED: By the Syrian Army, victory in recapturing the city of Aleppo after the last group of rebel fighters were reportedly evacuated.


22nd December, 2016
MET: Seven-year-old Syrian Bana al-Abed, who became noted for her tweets of life in Aleppo, with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey.
AGREED: By the UK and Argentina, a plan to identify the bodies of more than 100 unknown Argentine soldiers buried on the Falkland Islands after the 1982 war between the two nations.


21st December, 2016
EXPLODED: A fireworks market near Mexico City, killing at least 26 people and injuring scores more.
CLASHED: People protesting President Joseph Kabila's refusal to give up power and security forces in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, leaving more 20 dead.


20th December, 2016
ASSASSINATED: The Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, while opening an art exhibition in Ankara. The gunman, who yelled about Syria and Aleppo, was shot dead by police at the scene.
CONFIRMED: By an Electoral College vote in the US, Donald Trump's election as president.


19th December, 2016
KILLED: Nine people, including a Canadian tourist and five policemen, after gunmen launched a series of attacks in the southern Jordanian town of Karak and its medieval fortress. Jordanian authorities said four terrorists had been killed.
DIED: Hollywood legend Zsa Zsa Gabor, at the age of 99, after suffering a heart attack.


16th December, 2016
EVACUATED: An estimated 3,000 civilians from eastern Aleppo, the first batch of people to leave the besieged area as a ceasefire between Syrian Government forces and its allies with rebel groups holds.
APPROVED: In the UK, a controversial move to allow two women and one man to have a baby through IVF in a bid to prevent children being born with fatal genetic diseases.


15th December, 2016
ON TRACK: Plans to evacuate rebel-held districts of the Syrian city of Aleppo, following an earlier failed truce, after a new truce was struck between all parties following the taking of the city by Syrian Government and allied forces.
SENTENCED: Former NSW Labor Government Minister Eddie Obeid to five year's jail, with a minimum of three years, after earlier being found guilty of misconduct in public office. 


14th December, 2016
TAKEN: The city of Aleppo by the forces of the Syrian Government - with support of its allies including Russia - leading to an end of fighting there. The news comes amid reports of atrocities committed by Syrian forces and its allies in the final hours of fighting.
REMOVED: Comic book hero Wonder Woman from her role as UN honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls after just two months; following criticism about the message the appointment sent.


13th December, 2016
OPENING: The trial of Jakarta's Christian Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (known as 'Ahok') on blasphemy charges after he said Muslim voters had been misled by religious leaders who said Muslims could not vote for a Christian.
NAMED: Paolo Gentiloni as the next Prime Minister of Italy following the resignation of Matteo Renzi following his defeat in a referendum on constitutional reforms.


12th December, 2016
CONFIRMED: Bill English as the 39th Prime Minister of New Zealand, following the resignation of John Key.
RUBBISHED: By US President-elect Donald Trump, claims that Russian hackers influenced the US election campaign.


9th December, 2016
SHAKEN: The Solomon Islands, by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, which struck about 130 kilometres from the capital Honiara at about 4.40am on 9th December.
DIED: Former US astronaut and US Senator John Glenn, at the age of 95. Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth in 1962 and the oldest man to go into space, at aged 77, in 1998.


8th December, 2016
NAMED: President-elect Donald J Trump as TIME magazine's 'Person of the Year' for 2016.
MARKED: In the US, 75 years since the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, during World War II.


7th December, 2016
AWARDED: Victory in the South American soccer competition Copa Sudamericana, to Brazilian team Chapecoense, most of whom were killed when their plane crashed en route to the final near Medellin in Colombia.
DIED: Jayalalitha Jayaram, actor turned chief minister of the state of Tamil Nadu and one of India's most influential politicians, who was buried in a state funeral in Chennai attended by thousands.


6th December, 2016
NAMED: Shavkat Mirziyoyev, to succeed the late Islam Karimov as president of Uzbekistan following a landslide win in an election (Western monitors had reported signs of fraud in the election process).
CLOSED: A fake US embassy that had been issuing real US visas for some 10 years in Accra, Ghana.


5th December, 2016
RESIGNED: New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, citing family reasons.
TO RESIGN: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi after voters failed to back his planned changes to the Italian constitution, which included reducing the role of parliament's upper house, in a referendum.
KILLED: More than 30 people in a warehouse fire in Oakland, California, in the US, that was being used for a dance party.


2nd December, 2016
NOT SEEKING: Re-election, French President Francois Hollande who has said he won't stand for a second term as the nation's president in a surprise move ahead of an election next year.
OUTNUMBERED: Cars, on the streets of the Danish capital of Copenhagen, by bicycles, for the first time.


1st December, 2016
TIGHTENED: Sanctions on North Korea, by the UN Security Council, following the "hermit kingdom's" fifth and largest nuclear test in September.
SWAPPED: Parcels of land - about 42 acres in total along the Meuse River - by The Netherlands and Belgium in a deal which redraws the border between the two nations.


30th November, 2016
CRASHED: A plane near the Colombian city of Medellin, reportedly killing more than 70 people on board including most members of the Brazilian Chapecoense football team.
INVITED: Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to be Thailand's next king by the nation's parliament.


29th November, 2016
APPOINTED: Susan Kiefel, as Australia's first female chief justice of the High Court.
KILLED: When shot by police, a man who injured 11 people in a rampage involving a car and knife at Ohio State University in the US.


28th November, 2016
CALLED OFF: For the first time in 13 years, a weekly march by the dissident Cuban group, the White Ladies, in response to the death of revolutionary Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
MISSED?: Evidence of life on Mars, by NASA scientists, which were captured by its Mars rover in 2007 when it photographed rock formations similar to those on earth which are created by a combination of hot springs and micro-organisms.


25th November, 2016
FLEEING: Tens of thousands of people in Israel as wildfires have swept into the nation's third largest city, Haifa, and also threatening homes near Jerusalem.
PROTESTS: In the Bolivian capital of La Paz, over the scarcity of water as the nation faces its worst water crisis in a quarter century, as severe water rationing continues.


24th November, 2016
LIFTED: The designation of the Zika virus as an international medical emergency, by the World Health Organization, which is now shifting its approach to a long-term response.
AGREED: A new peace agreement, between the Colombian Government and leftist guerilla group FARC, after a previous deal was rejected in a referendum last month.


23rd November, 2016
BACKED AWAY: From calls to investigate Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server, by US President-elect Donald Trump, whose pre-election rallies had been characterised by chants to "Lock her up".
GRANTED: To Roman Catholic priests, by Pope Francis, the permanent right to forgive women who have had abortions.


22nd November, 2016
WITHDRAWING: The US, from landmark trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, on day one of Donald Trump's presidency, the president-elect announced this week.
BRACED: Communities on Japan's east coast after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake sparked a tsunami warning.


21st November, 2016
DELIVERED: His last speech at an international event, US President Barack Obama, speaking at the APEC gathering in Lima, Peru. 
DERAILED: A passenger train in northern Uttar Pradesh state in India, killing at least 120 and injuring more than 150.


18th November, 2016
MET: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with US President-elect Donald J Trump in New York City in Mr Trump's first face-to-face meeting with a world leader since his election.
BLASTED OFF: NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who will turn 57-years-old on her third mission to the International Space Station, will be the oldest woman in space.


17th November, 2016
BOMBED: A children's hospital, blood bank and ambulances in Aleppo, Syria, by Syrian Government aircraft and artillery, with at least 32 people killed, according to reports.
FEARFUL: New York City residents, of a Donald Trump presidency, according to the city's mayor Bill de Blasio.


16th November, 2016
SENT: Australian, US and Canadian warships to the New Zealand town of Kaikoura to help with evacuations as aftershocks continue in the wake of two massive earthquakes on the nation's South Island on Monday.
REOPENED: A road in the Japanese cuty of Fukuoka which was closed after a massive sinkhole opened in it on 8th November.


15th November, 2016
TALKED: On the phone, US President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin with the Kremlin revealing they had discussed Syria and looked to "normalise" relations between the two nations.
BEGUN: Work on a giant shield over the site of the world's worst nuclear accident in Chernobyl in Ukraine which it is hoped will prevent further radiation leaking out of the site.


14th November, 2016
SHAKEN: New Zealand after a powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake occurred near Christchurch; Prime Minister John Key said two people died as a result of the quake.
REMEMBERED: The victims of the terror attacks in Paris on 13th November, 2015, in which 130 people were killed; with commemorations in the French capital.


11th November, 2016
MET: US President Barack Obama with President-elect Donald Trump, for the first time, at the White House to discuss the transition.
MARKED: Remembrance Day, 11th November, in Australia with a ceremony in Canberra at which Beyond Blue chairman Jeff Kennett called on the nation to do more to honour returned soldiers with mental health issues.


10th November, 2016
RATIFY: The Paris climate change agreement, which came into force last week, by Australia, on 11th November, 2016.
DOWN: Canada's immigration wesbite, which suffered an "intermittent fault", that made it inaccessible to visitors during the US election.


9th November, 2016
PROBED: A mass grave containing about 100 headless bodies discovered in Hamam al-Alil, in Iraq, by forces advancing on Mosul, held by the so-called Islamic State. 
SCRAPPED: In India, the 1,000 and 500 rupee banknotes in a move announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as part of an anti-corruption crackdown.


8th November, 2016
CONCLUDING: US presidential election campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ahead of election day.
RE-ELECTED: Daniel Ortega, to a third consecutive term as president, in Nicaragua, amid concerns over what the US State Department said was a "flawed" election process.
CLOSED: Temporarily, schools and construction sites in the Indian capital of New Delhi due to air pollution, described by one wit as "airpocalypse".


7th November, 2016
ENDED: Another investigation by the FBI into US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton use of a private email server; concluding that no charges were warranted.
APOLOGISED: Indonesian President Joko Widodo for postponing a visit to Australia when protests condemning Jakarta's Chinese Christian Governor Ahok - accused of insulting the Quran - turned violent last week.


4th November, 2016
ANNOUNCED: A compensation scheme for victimrs of institutional child sexual abuse, by Australia's Federal Government, under which victims will be able to access up to $150,000 each.
BROKEN: A 108-year World Series championship drought by the US baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, with an 8-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians.


3rd November, 2016
CRITICISED: The US, by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, over a decision to stop the planned sale for 26,000 rifles to the country, saying he may turn instead to Russia or China for supply of the arms.
BACKED: A bid by England and Scotland to wear poppies in a game on Remembrance Day, 11th November, by UK Prime Minister Theresa May after a push by FIFA to ban them from doing so.


2nd November, 2016
ENTERED: The outskirts of the Iraqi city of Mosul, held by followers of the so-called Islamic State since mid-2014, by Iraqi military forces.
SACKED: The commander of the UN peace-keeping force in South Sudan, Kenyan Lt Gen Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki, by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon after a report found the force had failed to protect civilians when an international aid compound was attacked in Juba in July.


1st November, 2016
DECLARED: Dead, Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who helped thousands of Hungarian Jews to escape Nazi mass murder in World War II, by the Swedish tax agency.
ELECTED: Former army commander, Michel Aoun, as President of Lebanon, ending a 29 month political deadlock. 


31st October, 2016
SHAKEN: On 30th October, central Italy, including the medieval walled town of Norcia, in the largest earthquake - a 6.6 magnitude - to affect the country since 1980. No fatalities were recorded.
SIGNED: A landmark trade deal between Canada and the European Union on 30th October.


28th October, 2016
CONDEMNED: Airstrikes on a school in the village of Hass in rebel-held northern Idlib province around noon on 26th October which killed 22 children and six teachers.
AGREED: By delegates from 24 countries and the EU that the Ross Sea in Antarctica will become the world's largest marine protected area.


27th October, 2016
BURNED: The Calais camp for would-be migrants, known as the Jungle, after it was reportedly set on fire by some former residents. French authorities have now evacuated all former residents to asylum-seeker reception centres elsewhere in France.
ANNOUNCED: By the Australian Attorney-General George Brandis, an inquiry into the high rate of incarceration of Indigenous people in Australia which 2015 statistics show make up 27 per cent of the prisoner population despite making up only two per cent of the country's population.


26th October, 2016
BANNED: The keeping of ashes of people in private houses or the scattering of them, by the Roman Catholic Church's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
VOTED: The opposition-led Venezuelan National Assembly to open a trial against President Nicolas Maduro for violating democracy in a move dismissed by his government as meaningless.


25th October, 2016
KILLED: More than 40 people in an attack on a police training academy in the south-western province of Baluchistan.
OPENED: Polling stations in Florida for early voting in the US presidential election ahead of election day on 8th November. Millions have already voted via post.
An appeal by a Christian-run bakery in Northern Ireland against a ruling that it had discriminated against a gay man by refusing to make a cake bearing a pro-same-sex marriage slogan.


24th October, 2016
FREED: Twenty-six Asian sailors who had been held hostage by Somali pirates for four years after their ship was hijacked in the Indian Ocean near the Seychelles in March, 2012.
CLASHED: Police and migrants as plans to close the 'Jungle' migrant camp in Calais, France - home to up to 8,000 migrants - are implemented.


21st October, 2016
FLEEING: Thousands of people from their homes in villages near Mosul as the Iraqi Government-led offensive to drive followers of the so-called Islamic State from the city intensifies.
CONDEMNED: The recent 'scary clown' trend by hundreds of professional clowns at an annual convention in Mexico City.


20th October, 2016
EVACUATED: Tens of thousands of people in the Philippines ahead of Super Typhoon Haima.
UNCLEAR: The fate of the European Space Agency's Schiaparelli probe after communications stopping shortly before it landed on Mars.


19th October, 2016
AGREED: Plans for a 72 hour ceasefire in Yemen which will begin at 23:59 local time today with humanitarian workers to have "free and unhindered access" to all parts of the country.
DOCKED: China's Shenzhou 11 manned spacecraft with the Tiangong 2 space lab with two astronauts crossing to the space lab where they will spend the next 30 days.


18th October, 2016
ANNOUNCED: A plan for the house where Nazi dictator Adolf Hiter was born in Austria to be torn down, by the Austrian Government, in a move aimed at ensuring it is no longer a place of pilgrimage for neo-Nazis.
SUSPENDED: Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios from the ATP tour for eight weeks for “conduct contrary to the integrity of the game” at the Shanghai Masters.


17th October, 2016
LAUNCHED: By the Iraqi military, an offensive to take the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, held by the group's followers since June, 2014.
REUNITED: 21 schoolgirls, from Chibok, Nigeria, with their families after they were released by terror group Boko Haram last week who kidnapped them in April, 2014. 


14th October, 2016
DIED: King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, after a 70 year reign, at the age of 88. A year of mourning for the monarch considered, the father of modern Thailand, is underway.
WON: The 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, by US singer/songwriter Bob Dylan, the first songwriter to win the award.


13th October, 2016
TO RESUME: Talks by the US and Russia, on 15th October, over the fate of Syria.
FIRST: Female candidate for the position of President of Somalia; by refugee turned academic Fadumo Dayib, ahead of elections in late November.


12th October, 2016
RESCUED: Hundreds of people after record flooding in the US caused by Hurricane Matthew.
RESUMED: Airstrikes by Russian plans on rebel-held areas of the Syrian city of Aleppo.


11th October, 2016
WON: The 2016 Nobel Peace Prize, by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, despite the rejection, in a referendum, by Colombians, of a peace deal he signed with rebel group FARC.
SCRAPPED: A ban on greyhound racing by the New South Wales Government, only three months after it was first announced.


10th October, 2016
KILLED: More than 140 people in an airstrike at a wake on 8th October, 2016, in Sanaa, Yemen. Saudi Arabia has pledged to investigate.
NAMED: Seventeen new Roman Catholic cardinals by Pope Francis, 13 of whom are eligible to vote upon his successor.


7th October, 2016
CLOSED: In Pakistan, a legal loophole that allowed people behind so-called honour killings to go free.
FINAL: Australian-made Ford car which rolled off the assembly line in Melbourne as the company closes plants in Victoria.


6th October, 2016
EXPECTED: That former Portuguese Prime Minister and UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, will be confirmed as the next UN secretary general in a formal vote this week.
LAUNCHED: Successfully, the Australian National Broadband Network's Sky Muster II satellite, aboard a rocket, from a site in French Guiana.


5th October, 2016
ENDED: By the Government of Myanmar, an emergency law introduced after independence from Britain in 1950 and which was used to stifle opposition by the former ruling military junta.
FOUND: One of the world's largest dinosaur footprints, in Mongolia's Gobi Desert, measuring 106 centimetres long. It belonged to a herbivore.


4th October, 2016
SUSPENDED: Talks between the US and Russia over Syria after US accuses Russia of failing to uphold a ceasefire in the Middle Eastern nation.
BRACED: Caribbean communities as Hurricane Matthew continues to cut a path through the region.


3rd October, 2016
BROKEN: A 62 year premiership drought by the Western Bulldogs in winning the AFL Grand Final, 13.11 (89) to 10.7 (67), over the Sydney Swans.
FIRST: Grand final win by the Cronulla Sharks, over Melbourne Storm, 14-12, in the NRL Grand Final.
STAMPEDE: In Ethiopia when protestors attempted to flee after police employed tear gas, rubber bullets and baton charges at protestors at a religious festival. More than 50 people were killed and many more injured.


30th September, 2016
GATHERED: World leaders, including US President Barack Obama, Prince Charles, and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, for the funeral of Shimon Peres which will be held in Jerusalem late on 30th September, 2016.
RISING: Tensions in the disputed territory of Kashmir after India launched night-time raids on what it said were Pakistan-based terrorists across the border in Pakistan.


29th September, 2016
BLACKED OUT: The entire Australian state of South Australia, on the afternoon of 28th September, 2016, following a powerful storm.
CONCLUDED: An international Joint Investigation Team, that Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17 was shot down by a Russian-made BUK missile launched from a village held by rebels fighting the Ukraine Government. All 298 people on board were killed when the plane went down in July, 2014.


28th September, 2016
DIED: Former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres, at age 93, in Tel Aviv, from a stroke.
DIED: Australian cricketer, author and media personality Max "Tangles" Walker, of cancer, at age 68.


27th September, 2016
CLASHED: US presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the first of three official debates ahead of the US election next November.
AGREED: The Permanent Court of Arbitration to continue with a case initiated by East Timor concerning a border dispute with Australia involving oil and gas deposits in the Timor Sea.


26th September, 2016
INTENSIFIED: The Syrian Government's Russian-backed offensive against rebels groups in the city of Aleppo.
DIED: 'The King' of golf, champion US golfer Arnold Palmer, at the age of 87.


23rd September, 2016
SURVIVED: A Russian toddler, for three days in southern Siberia, after reportedly following a puppy into the woods.
CURFEW: In the US city of Charlotte, as protests continued for a third night over the fatal police shooting of 43-year-old African-American man Keith Lamont Scott.


22nd September, 2016
DECLARED: A state of emergency in the US city of Charlotte, North Carolina, following two nights of protests in the wake of the fatal police shooting of 43-year-old African-American man Keith Lamont Scott.
ORDERED: To stand trial, former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on charges of money laundering and corruption.


21st September, 2016
ANNOUNCED: By US President Barack Obama, a pledge by 50 nations to take in 360,000 people from war-torn nations this year.
OUTBREAK: In Delhi, India, of dengue fever (chikungunya) with 19 deaths and more than 1,300 cases.


20th September, 2016
COLLAPSED: The ceasefire in Syria, after Syrian Government forces declared its end, with reports an aid convoy was subsequently attacked near Aleppo.
PROTESTS: In Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, calling on President Joseph Kabila to step down at the end of the year in line with the constitution; at least 17 people have reportedly died.


19th September, 2016
UNCLEAR: The motive for a bombing in Chelsea, New York City, that injured 29 people on 17th September, 2016, which was labelled an act of terrorism.
CLOSED: The Paralympics in a ceremony in Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, on Sunday evening.


16th September, 2016
CRITICISED: Elections in Belarus on 11th September, by UN human rights expert, Miklós Haraszti, who said there were systematic violations of citizens' right to a free and fair vote. 
RELEASED: Canadian Kevin Garratt, who worked with his wife Julia among refugees on the North Korean border, after being held for two years in China on charges of espionage.


15th September, 2016
BRACED: The nations of Taiwan and China for the biggest storm of 2016, super-typhoon Meranti.
EXTENDED: A US and Russian-brokered ceasefire in Syria by 48 hours following the apparent success of the first 48 hours.


14th September, 2016
LEAKED: Confidential medical files of US Olympic athletes by Russian hackers who obtained the files from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
ANNOUNCED: A national gun amnesty, to be held in Australia, in the wake of a rising incidence of gun-related violence.


13th September, 2016
HOLDING: Reportedly, a week long country-wide ceasefire in Syria, brokered by the US and Russia.
QUIT: The UK Parliament, by former UK PM David Cameron, saying he didn't want to be a "distraction" for new PM Theresa May.


12th September, 2016
MARKED: The 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in in US which almost 3,000 people died, at memorial ceremonies in the US and around the world.
DIAGNOSED: US Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, with pneumonia, news of which came after she was taken ill at a 9/11 memorial event.


9th September, 2016
SUSPECTED: North Korea, of conducting a secret fifth nuclear bomb test, after a magnitude 5 earthquake is detected close to test site.
LAUNCHED: NASA space probe, Osiris-Rex, to retrieve samples from a 500 metre wide asteriod named Bennu.


8th September, 2016
OPENED: The 11 day Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
MET: Briefly, the US President Barack Obama and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in Laos in a detente coming only days after the Mr Duterte publicly insulted the US President.


7th September, 2016
ACCUSED: Syrian Government forces of dropping barrel bombs containing chlorine on an Aleppo suburb, reportedly leaving some 80 people injured.
CONDEMNED: The launch of three ballistic missiles by North Korea, on 5th September, 2016, by the UN Security Council.


6th September, 2016
FOUND: The European Space Agency's lander Philae, thought lost after it landed on a a comet on 12th November, 2014, by a high resolution camera on the Rosetta space craft.
ELECTED: Several pro-democracy advocates to Hong Kong's Legislative Council, known as LegCo, in the territory's first major election since mass anti-China protests in 2014.


5th September, 2016
UNDERWAY: The G20 summit in the Chinese city of Hangzhou.
MARKED: The 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London with the setting alight of a wooden replica of the 17th century city on the River Thames.


2nd September, 2016
PROTESTS: In the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, by hundreds of thousands, calling for President Nicolas Maduro's removal; counter protests were held by his supporters.
EXPLODED: An unmanned, satellite carrying rocket owned by SpaceX on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral in Florida.


1st September, 2016
IMPEACHED: Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, since removed from the role, after a Senate vote concerning charges she illegally manipulated the budget. Michel Temer has since been sworn in as the new president.
DISCUSSED: The building of a wall between Mexico and the US by US Presidential candidate Donald Trump with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in a meeting in Mexico; with Mr Pena Nieto saying later he made it clear his country would not pay for the wall and Mr Trump saying they would.


31st August, 2016
RULED: By the European Commission, that Apple pay up to €13 billion in back taxes after finding Ireland had granted "illegal" tax benefits to the company. Both Ireland and Apple said they would appeal the decision.
OVERTURNED: A burkini ban in the French resort of Cannes following the overturning of a similar ban in the Riviera town of Villeneuve-Loubet.


30th August, 2016
RESCUED: Some 6,500 asylum seekers and migrants off the Libyan coast by the Italian coastguard on 29th August.
DIED: Veteran US actor Gene Wilder, famed for his role as Willy Wonka in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, at the age of 83 at his home in Connecticut.


29th August, 2016
ANNOUNCED: A ceasefire by leftist guerilla group FARC, bringing to an end a 52 year war in Colombia. A final peace agreement between the group and the government is expected to be signed in a couple of weeks.
ELECTED: Labor's Michael Gunner as chief minister of the Northern Territory in Australia in a landslide win for the party on the weekend over incumbent Adam Giles and the Country Liberal Party.


26th August, 2016
AGREED: An historic peace deal between the Colombian Government and leftist guerilla group FARC in Cuba's capital Havana. The deal will go to a referendum in Colombia on 2nd October.
FIRED: Warning shots by a US Navy patrol ship after a series of incidents in US vessels were approached by Iranian ships.


25th August, 2016
FOUND: A new 'Earth-like' planet orbiting the nearest star outside our solar system, Proxima Centauri, in what is known as the 'Goldilocks zone', meaning it could theoretically support liquid water.
CRASHED: The world's largest aircraft, the airship Airlander 10, on a test flight in southern England on Wednesday.


24th August, 2016
DESTROYED: At least half of the Italian town of Amatrice after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday. More than 150 people in various towns have reportedly died.
FOUND: At 34 kilograms, what is believed to be the world's largest clam pearl in The Philippines, worth an estimated $US130 million.


23rd August, 2016
OPENED: The first trial before the International Criminal Court in The Hague of a case of cultural destruction. Defendent Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi has admitted destroying cultural sites in Timbuktu, Mali, and apologised for his actions.
DROPPED: US swimmer Ryan Lochte, by sponsors including Speedo USA, after he admitted exaggerating a story about being robbed during the Rio Olympics.


22nd August, 2016
CLOSED: The Olympic Games in Rio with a three hour carnival-inspired ceremony. The next Games will be held in Tokyo.
DEFENDED: The Australian Olympic Team by chef de mission Kitty Chiller, who says the team's results fell 'well short' of expectations - with eight gold, 11 silver and 10 bronze, finishing 10th overall, but that the athletes had tried their best.


19th August, 2016
REUNITED: Five-year-old Syrian boy Omran Daqneesh, images of whom were seen around the world after he was dragged from the rubble of his home, following an airstrike in Aleppo, with his parents.
RELEASED: The first of 38,000 prisoners in Turkey under a penal reform which it has been claimed by some is aimed at creating space for the thousands of suspects arrested in last month's attempted coup.


18th August, 2016
COMMEMORATED: The 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan which resulted in 18 Australian deaths, the highest loss of life of Australian troops of any action in the Vietnam War.
EVACUATED: From their homes, tens of thousands of Californians, as firefighters battle a massive blaze in the state's south.


17th August, 2016
ASSISTED: US runner Abbey D'Agostino by New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin after they were involved in a fall duringa heat in the women's 5,000 metres. Both advanced to final after successful protests from the US and NZ teams.
LAUNCHED: Into space; the world's first "hack proof" - QUESS (Quantum Experiments at Space Scale) - satellite, by China.


16th August, 2016
BOMBED: A Medicins Sans Frontieres hospital in northern Yemen, killing at least 11 people and injured at least 19 more, in an airstrike carried out by the Saudi Arabian-led coalition.
URGED: By US Presidential candidate Donald Trump, "extreme vetting" of immigrants to the US.


15th August, 2016
WON: The Olympic 100 metre sprint, by Usain Bolt, in 9.81 seconds, making him the first person to win the event three times consecutively.
RIOTS: In the US city of Milwaukee in the wake of the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old man by police, who authorities have said was armed.


12th August, 2016
FIRST: Olympic Games medal ever won by Pacific Island nation Fiji after the country's team won the inaugural men's rugby sevens final over Great Britain, 43-7.
BANNED: 'Burquinis' being worn on beaches in Cannes, France, by Mayor David Lisnard.


11th August, 2016
APPEALED: To US President Barack Obama, to impose a no-fly zone over Aleppo, Syria, to stop attack on hospitals; doctors in the rebel-held east of the city.
EXPECTED: A proposal by Germany's Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière to ban on full face veils for women, as part of a raft of security measures to be introduced in reaction to recent attacks.


10th August, 2016
SHUT DOWN: The Australian Bureau of Statistic's Census website, on 9th August, 2016, after repeated denial of service attempts were made on the site; Government Minister Michael McCormack denied the site was 'attacked' and said the site was not compromised and no data lost.
ENDED: A 16 year hunger strike protesting alleged human rights abuses by security forces in India's Manipur state, by Irom Sharmila, known as the "Iron Lady of Manipur", as she vowed to continue the fight by standing for election.


9th August, 2016
CLASHED: Protestors and security forces in the Oromia and Amhara regions of Ethiopia over the past weekend, resulting in about 100 dead according to Amnesty International. An unprecedented series of protests have taken part in recent months focusing on calls for political, legal and economic reform.
EXPECTED: More than 24 million people in more than 10 million households, to take part in Australia's 2016 Census on the night of 9th August.


8th August, 2016
RALLIED: More than a million people in Istanbul, Turkey, attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and leaders of two of three of the country's opposition parties, in protest against last month's attempted coup.
BANNED: Russian athletes from the upcoming Paralympics following the McLaren report detailed state sponsored doping by Russia. The Russian Paralympic Committee is to appeal the International Paralympic Committee decision.


5th August, 2016
CONFIRMED: By Russian Olympic Committee chief Alexander Zhukov, that the International Olympic Committee has cleared 271 Russian athletes to take part on the Rio Olympic Games.
REVEALED: A hidden portrait by French Impressionist painter Degas behind his work, Portrait of a Woman, by scientists in Australia using powerful x-ray technology. The portrait is believed to be of Emma Dobigny, who appeared in other Degas works.


4th August, 2016
ARRIVED: The Olympic Torch Relay in the Olympic host city of Rio de Janeiro.
CLEARED: Florida-based Moon Express, by the Federal Aviation Authority in the US, to send a robotic lander to the Moon next year.


3rd August, 2016
LANDED: In Japanese waters, a ballistic missile test-fired by North Korea early on 3rd August, 2016.
URGED: The US Republican Party to dump Donald Trump; by US President Barack Obama. Mr Trump responded by dismissing Mr Obama's presidency as a "disaster".


2nd August, 2016
APOLOGISED: President Tsai Ing-wen, to the Indigenous people of Taiwan, for the "suffering and injustice" they have "endured" over the past 400 years.
LAUNCHED: US airstrikes on Islamic State positions in the Libyan city of Sirte following a request from the UN-backed Libyan Government in first acknowledged US strikes for months.


1st August, 2016
STEPPED DOWN: Brice Martin, appointed by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, to head up the royal commission into abuse in Northern Territory juvenile detention centres.
SURRENDERED: About 20 armed men who seized a police station in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, about two weeks ago, authorities have said.


29th July, 2016
REFUSED: To back former Australian PM Kevin Rudd's bid for the job of UN Secretary-General; by the Australian Government.
URGED: By the International Committee of the Red Cross; that all forces fighting around Aleppo, Syria, ensure the safety of civlians whether they flee the city or not.


28th July, 2016
SHUT DOWN: In Turkey, dozens of media outlets as the government crackdown continues in the wake of an attempted coup.
DISCOVERED: That the 'Great Red Spot' on Jupiter - a hurricane three times bigger than Earth - has temperatures as high as 1,500 degrees Celsius; by astronomers in a study published in Nature.


27th July, 2016
DECLARED: Hillary Clinton, as the Democratic Party nominee for US President, becoming the first woman to be nominated for the post by any major party.
MOVING IN: The Australian Olympic Team, to the Olympic Village in Rio, after earlier boycotting the "uninhabitable" accommodation; the move, expected today, comes after initial concerns were addressed.


26th July, 2016
KILLED: In Japan, 19 residents of a care centre for people with mental disabilities, in a knife attack in the worst mass killing in Japan since World War II. 
BANNED: Seven Russian swimmers and three rowers, from competing in the Rio Olympics, in response to a recent report on doping.


25th July, 2016
PROPOSED: New laws in Australia which will allow for indefinite detention of convicted terrorist if they pose an "unacceptably high risk".
BOYCOTTED: The Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, by the Australian team, because of what delegation head Kitty Chiller has called "blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring".


22nd July, 2016
ACCEPTED: The Republican nomination for US President, by Donald Trump, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
CALLED: For a 48 hour ceasefire in Syria, by the UN, so humanitarian aid can be provided to people who may be starving in besieged parts of Aleppo and other areas.


21st July, 2016
DECLARED: A three month state of emergency in Turkey, by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the wake of last weekend's attempted coup with more than 60,000 soldiers, police, judges, civil servants and teachers now detained or suspended.
CLASHES: Between protestors and police in the Armenian capital of Yerevan while a police station remains in control of armed men after it was seized on 17th July.


20th July, 2016
DELAYED: An International Olympic Committee decision on whether Russia will be allowed to send a team to next month's Olympics, amid a doping scandal.
GROWN: The number of people detained, sacked or suspended in the wake of last weekend's attempted coup in Turkey, to more than 45,000.


19th July, 2016
SWORN IN: Australia's returning Coalition Government in a ceremony at Government House in Canberra.
REMEMBERED: The 100th anniversary of the World War I Battle of Fromelles in France in which Australia lost more than 1,900 men in a single night.


18th July, 2016
ARRESTED: More than 6,000 people in Turkey, following an unsuccessful attempted coup to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan which left 290 dead.
KILLED: Three more police in the US, this time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following the recent fatal shootings of five police in Dallas, Texas. In both cases, the lone gunman was killed.


15th July, 2016
ADDED: To UNESCO's List of World Heritage in Danger, the Old Towns of Djenné in Mali, due to insecurity.
NOT ABDICATING: Japanese Emperor Akihito, according to palace officials after media reports an abdication was being considered.


14th July, 2016
HOLDING: A ceasefire in South Sudan between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar for a second day in the capital, Juba.
NAMED: By new UK PM Theresa May, key posts in the government, including Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson as foreign secretary.


13th July, 2016
PROVOKED: An angry response from China; an international tribunal finding against its claims to rights in the South China Sea.


12th July, 2016
EXPECTED: Theresa May to become second female Prime Minister of the UK on Wednesday after Conservative Party rival Andrea Leadsom withdraws.


11th July, 2016
CONDEMNED: Fighting in South Sudan; by the UN Security Council, after hundreds have died in violence between rival groups since Friday.
ARRESTED: Hundreds of people in the US as protests over police violence towards African American people continues.


8th July, 2016
OUTCRY: In the US, over the deaths of two more African American men shot dead by police; the incidents have sparked protests across the country and prompted US President Barack Obama to say "all fair-minded people should be concerned".


7th July, 2016
HANDED DOWN: In the UK, the Chilcot Inquiry report on the UK's involvement in the 2003 Iraq War. Key findings included military action at the time was not a last resort and that intelligence had not established beyond doubt Iraq was continuing to produce chemical and biological weapons.


6th July, 2016
RECOMMENDED: No criminal charges against US former Secretary of State (and Democratic presidential candidate) Hillary Clinton over handling of her email; by FBI Director James B Comey who said she was "extremely careless" with classified information.


5th July, 2016
ON TRACK: To enter an orbit around Jupiter on Tuesday afternoon (Australian time), the NASA spacecraft Juno.


4th July, 2016
COMPLETED: The world's largest radio telescope; in China.The 500 metre wide Aperture Spherical Telescope, is expected to begin operations in September.


1st July, 2016
RULED OUT: Running for the position of the UK's Prime Minister, by expected candidate and prominent pro-Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson.
MARKED: In a vigil in Westminster Abbey, London, the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest fought during World War I.


30th June, 2016
WARNED: The UK, by EU leaders, that the principle of free movement of people must be honoured if the UK wants to retain ongoing access to the single market.


29th June, 2016
KILLED: At least 36 people in an attack on Istanbul's main international airport; with scores more wounded.


28th June, 2016
STRUCK DOWN: By the US Supreme Court, Texas abortion laws that imposed restrictive regulations on the procedure, in what has been described as a big win for pro-choice advocates.


27th June, 2016
FREED: Three Australian workers along with a New Zealander, South African and two Nigerians who were kidnapped by gunmen in Nigeria last week. Details about how they were freed remain sketchy.


24th June, 2016
FORECAST: By the BBC, following voting on 23rd June in a referendum on whether the UK should remain part of the EU, that the UK will leave the EU.


23rd June, 2016
OCCUPIED: The lower house of the US Congress by Democratic Party members demanding tighter gun controls in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting last week.


22nd June, 2016
JAILED: For 18 years, ex-rebel Congolese leader Jean-Pierre Bemba follow his conviction at the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes and sexual violence.
DEBATED: Whether Britain should leave the EU in a 'Great Debate' ahead of a referendum on the issue on 23rd June.


21st June, 2016
BLOCKED: By the US Senate, a series of Republican and Democrat proposals to tighten US gun laws following the mass shooting in an Orlando nightclub.

20th June, 2016
FLEEING: Fighting in the Iraqi city of Fallujah; 60,000 people - 30,000 in the past three days alone, as Iraqi forces seek drive the so-called islamic State out.


17th June, 2016
KILLED: British MP Jo Cox, a vocal support of Britain remaining in the EU, after being shot in the street in the village of Birstall near Leeds in the UK. A man is in police custody.


16th June, 2016
FOUND: Wreckage from EgyptAir Airbus A320 that crashed into the Mediterranean last month, killing all 66 on board, according to Egyptian officials.


15th June, 2016
DECLARED: That there is a "low risk" of the Zika virus spreading further internationally as a result of the Olympics in August; by the World Health Organization.


14th June, 2016
AGREED: A deal under which Microsoft Corp will buy social media network LinkedIn for $US26.2 billion, its biggest acquisition to date.


10th June, 2016
DEPLOYED: In Brazil, 85,000 police and soldiers to guard the upcoming Olympic Games.


9th June, 2016
KILLED: Four people and others injured by two gunmen who opened fire in a central shopping and restaurant precinct in Tel Aviv, Israel, at about 9.30pm on 8th June, 2016. Two men have been arrested.


8th June, 2016
CLAIMED: Victory by Hillary Clinton over rival Bernie Sanders in the Democratic race for the US presidential nomination.


7th June, 2016
ENOUGH: Votes for Hillary Clinton to have the Democratic nomination for President in the US, according to the Associated Press, a claim reportedly denied by candidates.


6th June, 2016
DIED: Champion US boxer Muhammad Ali, from "septic shock due to unspecified natural causes", at the age of 74 on 3rd June, 2016, in Phoenix, Arizona.
CLEANING UP: Parts of New South Wales and Tasmania after wild storms and high rainfall cause damage and floods.


3rd June, 2016
FLOODED: Parts of Europe including Germany and France where treasures from the Louvre have been relocated for protection. At least 10 people have reportedly died.


2nd June, 2016
REPATRIATED: The remains of 33 Australians, many killed during the Vietnam War, from cemeteries in Malaysia and Singapore.
DETECTED: Signals from a black box which was aboard EgyptAir flight MS804 which disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea enroute from Paris to Cairo on 19th May.


1st June, 2016
WARNED: US citizens, by the US State Department, that the Euro 2016 football championships in France could be a target for terrorist attacks.

31st May, 2016

SENTENCED: To life in prison for crimes against humanity, Hissene Habre, former President of Chad, by an African Union-backed court in Senegal.

30th May, 2016

QUIT: The chief negotiator for Syria's main opposition group, Mohammed Alloush, ostensibly over the failure of peace talks.

27th May, 2016

RESCUED: More than 550 migrants from a capsized boat in the Mediterranean Sea on 25th May, 2016 but dozens more are feared to have died.

26th May, 2016

SWALLOWED: A series of cars when a sinkhole opened near the Ponte Vecchio - a famous tourist attraction in Florence, Italy.

25th May, 2016

SOUGHT: The death penalty, by the US justice department, in the case of Dylann Roof, charged over the shooting deaths of nine people in a Charleston church last year.

24th May, 2016

LIFTED: By the US, its arms embargo of Vietnam, as announced by US President Barack Obama during a visit to the Asian country.

23rd May, 2016

ANNOUNCED: An Iraqi armed forces offensive to take Falluja from the so-called Islamic State.

KILLED: According to the Afghan intelligence agency, Taliban head Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, in a US drone strike in Pakistan's Baluchistan province, amid protests from Pakistan that the attack violated its sovereignty.

20th May, 2016

MISSING: EgyptAir Flight MS804, with 66 people on board en route from Paris to Cairo, after vanishing over the Mediterranean Sea on 19th May, 2016.

19th May, 2016

INTERCEPTED: A US spy plane by two Chinese fighters over international waters in the South China Sea in an action the Pentagon has described as "unsafe".

18th May, 2016

PASSED: In the US Senate, a bill that allows the families of victims of 9/11 to sue the Government of Saudi Arabia.

17th May, 2016

READY: To arm Libya's UN-supported "unity" government, the US and other world powers have announced, to help it fight the so-called Islamic State (IS).

16th May, 2016

MARKED: The 50th anniversary of the start of China's "Great Cultural Revolution" under Chairman Mao Zedong, a 10 year period between 1966-76 in which hundreds of thousands were persecuted and killed.

13th May, 2016

REMOVED: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff after the country's Senate voted to proceed with an impeachment trial. Michel Temer has become interim president.

12th May, 2016

DEADLIEST: Terror attacks so far this year in Iraq on 11th May with at least 94 people killed in multiple suicide bombings in Baghdad.

11th May, 2016

ANNOUNCED: That US President Barack Obama will become the first sitting US President to visit Hiroshima, Japan - site of the first atomic bomb dropped by the US during World War II - later this month.

10th May, 2016

LIKELY: That controversial former mayor Rodrigo Duterte will become President of The Philippines following the closing of polls.

9th May, 2016

DISSOLVED: Both houses of the Australian Parliament as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull names 2nd July as federal election date.

6th May, 2016

BOMBED: A camp for displaced Syrians in the country's north in an airstrike killing at least 28 people, according to reports.

5th May, 2016

EVACUATED: All 88,000 residents of the Canadian city of Fort McMurray as a fast-moving wildfire moves into the urban environment.

KILLED: Australia's "most wanted" terrorist Neil Prakesh in a US airstrike on the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul in northern Iraq.

4th May, 2016

SUSPENDED: His campaign to run for Republican presidential nomination in the US, Ted Cruz, leaving Donald Trump the party's presumptive nominee.

3rd May, 2016

WON: The English Premier League, by Leicester City, for the first time in the club's 132 year history after being rated 5000 to one outsiders.

2nd May, 2016

TAKEN OVER: The "green zone" in Baghdad, Iraq, by thousands of protestors calling for government reform, on the weekend, before withdrawing on Sunday.

29th April, 2016

KILLED: At least 27 people - including the only remaining paediatrician - following an airstrike on a hospital in Aleppo, Syria.

28th April, 2016

MARKED: The 20th anniversary of the Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania where 35 men, women and children were killed in what is still one of the deadliest events involving a single gunman in the world.

27th April, 2016

RETURNED: Rebel leader Riek Machar, to Juba, the capital of South Sudan, where he was sworn in as vice-president following a peace agreement between warring parties.

FOUND: That 96 football fans who died in that 1989 Hillsborough disaster in the UK were "unlawfully killed" by an inquest jury.

26th April, 2016

MARKED: 30th anniversary of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in Ukraine - the worst nuclear disaster in history - on 26th April.

22nd April, 2016

DIED: Global pop music icon Prince, at his home in the US at the age of 57.

21st April, 2016

CELEBRATED: The 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II which actually falls on 21st April. The birthday will be officially marked in June in the UK and various dates elsewhere.

20th April, 2016

DECLARED: Pornography, a "public health hazard" in the US state of Utah following the signing of a bill by Governor Gary Herbert.

19th April, 2016

CONFIRMED: By Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, his intention to call a double dissolution election for 2nd July following the handing down of the federal budget early next month.

18th April, 2016

VOTING: Commenced in the Brazilian Congress on whether to impeach President Dilma Rousseff.

15th April, 2016

SHAKEN: Japan, in a 6.5 magnitude earthquake, struck the island of Kyushu in the country's south-west, killing nine people, injuring hundreds and damaging properties.

14th April, 2016

CONFIRMED: By the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that the Zika virus causes severe fetal brain defects, including microcephaly.

13th April, 2016

MARKED: On 12th April, 55th anniversary of the first human space flight on 12th April, 1961, by Soviet citizen Yuri Gagarin.

12th April, 2016

UNVEILED: Australia's new $5 note, by the Reserve Bank of Australia, with new features including yellow blooms of wattle and tactile aspects for the visually impaired.

11th April, 2016

CONDEMNED: By Greek authorities, the actions of Macedonian police in reportedly using tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse migrants on the border between the two countries as they tried to force their way into Macedonia.

8th April, 2016

ANNOUNCED: That Pope Francis will visit the Greek island of Lesbos on 16th April, in a move aimed at drawing attention to the migrant crisis facing Europe.

7th April, 2016

NAMED: Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson as Prime MInister of Iceland following the resignation of Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson in the wake of the Panama Papers leak which showed he owned an offshore firm with his wife.

6th April, 2016

FINALISED: Australia's longest running Aboriginal land claim - the Kenbi claim - after 37 years involving land on the Cox Peninsula in the Northern Territory.

5th April, 2016

ARRIVED: In Germany and Finland, the first Syrian refugees to be brought into the EU under a deal with Turkey which has also seen Greece deport migrants to Turkey.

4th April, 2016

MARKED: On 2nd April, one year since more than 145 people, mostly Christian students, were killed in a terror attack on a a university campus in Garissa, Kenya.

1st April, 2016

DIED: British comedian Ronnie Corbett, best known for BBC show, The Two Ronnies, at the age of 85.

31st March, 2016

PROPOSED: A radical plan for Australia's states and territories to levy their own income taxes, by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, head of Friday's Council of Australian Governments' meeting.

30th March, 2016

RELEASED: The findings of Australia's first Royal Commission into Family Violence, in Victoria.

29th March, 2016

MARKED: In Ireland, 100 years since the Easter Rising of 1916, seen as a key event in the founding of the Irish state.

REJECTED: By New Zealand voters, proposals to introduce a new flag after a 16 month campaign which led to the proposal of an alternate flag featuring a silver fern.

24th March, 2016

PLEDGED: By US President Barack Obama, the release of secret files concerning the US role in a military coup in Argentina 40 years ago, during a visit to the South American country.

23rd March, 2016

SIGHTED: In Indonesian Bornea, a rare Sumatran rhino, for the first time in 40 years.

22nd March, 2016

CONVICTED: Jean-Pierre Bemba, former vice president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, for war crimes over murders and rapes carried out by his rebel militia in the Central African Republic in 2002-2003 at the International Criminal Court.

21st March, 2016

RECALLED: The Australian Parliament, at the behest of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, in April, to deal with proposed industrial relations legislation which, if not passed, he says will trigger a double dissolution election.

LANDED: US President Barack Obama in Cuba in the first visit of a US president to the country in 88 years.

18th March, 2016

SITTING: The Australian Senate, in an ongoing marathon session with regard to the passing of controversial changes to voting laws which would reduce the election prospects of micro-parties.

17th March, 2016

IMPOSED: A tax on sugary drinks, by the UK Government, commencing in two years time as part of a bid to tackle childhood obesity.

16th March, 2016

HUNTED: At least two gunmen who fired on Belgian police during a raid connected with last year's terrorist attacks in Paris.

15th March, 2016

ANNOUNCED: By Russian President Vladimir Putin, the withdrawal of the "main" elements of Russia's military intervention Syria.

LAUNCHED: A joint European-Russian mission, ExoMars, to search for signs of life on Mars.

11th March, 2016

MARKED: Five years since a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on 11th March, 2011, killing more than 15,000 people and, thanks in part to subsequent nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima power plant, displacing tens of thousands.

10th March, 2016

BLOCKED: Access for refugees to Europe as countries including Macedonia, Slovenia and Croatia close borders.

DIED: The so-called "fifth Beatle", music producer Sir George Martin, at the age of 90/Australian performer Jon English - famous for his role as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar - at the age of 66.

9th March, 2016

SEEN: A total lunar eclipse by millions of people across Indonesia and the Pacific and a partial eclipse from northern parts of Australia.

8th March, 2016

REVEALED: By tennis star Maria Sharapova that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open and has been provisionally suspended pending further action.

7th March, 2016

MARKED: By protestors in rebel-held areas of Syria, on 5th March, 2016, five years since the start of protests against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, which led to the outbreak of civil war there.

4th March, 2016

WARNED: Would be economic migrants, by Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, not to come to Europe.

3rd March, 2016

IMPOSED: A series of tough new sanctions against North Korea through a UN Security Council resolution which includes new cargo inspections and the blacklisting of more people and organisations.

2nd March, 2016

DOMINATED: 'Super Tuesday' in the US, by Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, in the race for their parties' presidential nomination.

1st March, 2016

WON: The 2016 Academy Award for Best Picture, by Spotlight; the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, by Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant; and the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, by Brie Larson for Room.

29th February, 2016

APPEARING: Via video link from Rome, Cardinal George Pell, before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse sitting in Ballarat on 29th February, 2016.

MARCHED: Thousands in the Russian capital of Moscow, to mark the first anniversary of the death of Kremlin critic Boris Nemstov, on 27th February, 2016.

26th February, 2016

REVEALED: A plan for tougher sanctions on North Korea, in a draft resolution submitted to the UN Security Council by the US.

25th February, 2016

ANNOUNCED: An increase in the size of Australia's military personnel to 62,400 by 2020-21 - the largest permanent force since 1993, in the Australian Government's 2016 Defence White Paper.

24th February, 2016

PRESENTED: To the US Congress, a plan for the closure of Guantanamo Bay detention facility, by President Barack Obama.

CALLED: On Sunday, 21st February, for an end to the death penalty, by Pope Francis, who said the phrase "You shall not kill" has "absolute values".

23rd February, 2016

ANNOUNCED: By US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the start of a cessation of hostilities between parties in Syria (with the exception of terror groups) this Saturday, 27th February.

22nd February, 2016

KILLED: At least 140 people after a series of explosions in the Syrian cities of Damascus and Homs on 21st February, 2016; the attacks have been claimed by the so-called Islamic State.

DIED: Harper Lee, US author of To Kill A Mockingbird, at the age of 89.

19th February, 2016

QUESTIONED: The faith of US republican would-be presidential candidate Donald Trump by Pope Francis, following Trump's calls to build a wall between the US and Mexico. Trump has called the Pope's remarks "disgraceful".

18th February, 2016

EXPLODED: A car bomb in Ankara, Turkey, killing at least 28 and injuring more than 60; it reportedly was targeting military personnel.

17th February, 2016

CONFIRMED: By the Canadian Government that the number of Indigenous women murdered or missing in the country could be as high as 4,000 - well above the previously cited figure of 1,200.

DIED: Former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali at the age of 93.

16th February, 2016

STRUCK: By missiles, a school and hospitals in Syria, killing at least 50 people, in airstrikes believed to have been carried out in support of the Syrian Government.

15th February, 2016

DIED: Conservative US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in Texas, sparking immediate speculation over who will fill his chair on the bench.

12th February, 2016

DETECTED: "Gravitational waves" - predicted by Albert Einstein - by an international group of scientists known as the LIGO Collaboration.

ELECTED: Barnaby Joyce, as leader of the National Party, and, hence, Deputy Prime Minister of Australia.

11th February, 2016

DISPLACED: About 50,000 people by fighting in Aleppo, Syria, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

10th February, 2016

CRASHED: In the German state of Bavaria, two passenger trains in a head-on crash, leaving at least 10 dead.

9th February, 2016

UNVEILED: In Melbourne, a thought-controlled 'bionic spinal cord' which could help people with paralysis to walk again.

8th February, 2016

CONDEMNED: By the United Nations Security Council, the launch of a missile by North Korea on 7th Feburary, 2016, which the country's officials say was to launch a satellite into space.

SEARCHING: For trapped people after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan on 6th February, 2016. At least 32 have been killed but that figure is expected to rise.

5th February, 2016

PLEDGED: More than $US7 billion in international aid to address the Syrian crisis at a conference in London.

4th February, 2016

SUSPENDED: Peace talks between parties to the Syrian conflict, just five days after they began, by the UN as fighting continues.

ISSUED: A death certificate for Lord Lucan in London, 42 years after he vanished the night his children's nanny was murdered.

3rd February, 2016

REJECTED: By the High Court of Australia, a challenge to the Australian Government's right to operate offshore detention centres.

2nd February, 2016

BEGUN: Voting in the US presidential race as parties commence the process of selecting candidates for the November election.

1st February, 2016

EXPLODED: A series of bombs near a Muslim shrine, south of the Syrian capital of Damascus, in which at least 50 peope have died; as peace talks start in Geneva.

29th January, 2016

UPGRADED: By the World Health Organization, the potential threat of the Zika virus, from a "mild threat to one of alarming proportions", according to director general Margaret Chan.

28th January, 2016

CENSORED: A series of nude statues in the Capitoline Museum in Rome during the visit of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

27th January, 2016

PASSED: A controversial proposal by the Danish Parliament allowing police to confiscate some assets from asylum seekers to pay for their upkeep.

25th January, 2016

POSTPONED: Indefinitely, presidential elections scheduled for 24th January, in Haiti, after allegations of fraud sparked protests and violence.

RECOVERING: The eastern United State after a huge blizzard, dubbed Snowzilla, which killed 19 people and dumped 68 centimetres of snow in New York's Central Park.

22nd January, 2016

RULED: That Russian President Vladimir Putin "probably" approved the murder of ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006, a UK inquiry has found.

KILLED: At least 21 people in an attack on the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, Pakistan, on 20th January, 2016. Four suspected terrorists were also killed.

21st January, 2016

DISCOVERED?: A ninth planet in the solar system, dubbed Planet Nine, estimated to have 10 times the mass of Earth, according to findings published in the Astronomical Journal.

20th January, 2016

MET: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with US President Barack Obama in the Australia's first visit to the White House as PM.

19th January, 2016

ALLEGED: "Widespread suspected match-fixing" at the top level of world tennis according to evidence uncovered in a BBC/BuzzFeed News investigation.

18th January, 2016

ELECTED: Tsai Ing-wen as first female president of Taiwan in a landslide victory.

WON: 8,970 kilometre-long Dakar Rally by Australian motorcyclist Toby Price.

15th January, 2016

CLAIMED: By the so-called Islamic State, a series of bomb and gun attacks in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on 14th January, 2016, which left seven dead including five of the attackers.

14th January, 2016

EXPLODED: A suicide bomb in Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet Square, killing 10 tourists on 12th January, 2016.

13th January, 2016

BANNED: For 12 months year, 34 past and current AFL players in a decision handed down by the world body, the Court of Arbitration of Sport, following an investigation into the Essendon Football Club's 2012 supplements program.

12th January, 2016

DIED: Music and culture icon David Bowie, on 10th January, 2016, at the age of 69, from cancer.

11th January, 2016

PLEDGED: By Carles Puigdemont, the new leader of the government in the Spanish region of Catalonia, to continue his predecessor's plans for the area to secede from Spain within 18 months.

31st December, 2015

CANCELLED: New Year's Eve festivities and fireworks in the Belgian capital of Brussels following a terror alert.

29th December, 2015

AGREED: Between Japan and South Korea a deal to settle the issue of "comfort women" - forced to work in Japanese brothels in World War II - with an apology and compensation.

28th December, 2015

SET: 25th January as the date for the start of talks between parties aimed at ending the five year long conflict in Syria; by the UN Special Envoy for Syria.

24th December, 2015

SEIZED: Most of the district of Sangin, Helmand province, Afghanistan, by the Taliban (the district was where a quarter of all British casualties occurred during 2001 to 2015 during combat mission in the country).

23rd December, 2015

AUTHORISED: By the African Union, 5,000 peacekeepers to be sent to Burundi where hundreds have reportedly been killed in violence since April.

22nd December, 2015

MISSING: Dozens of people after a landslide smashed through 33 building in Shenzhen, southern China, on 20th December, 2015.

21st December, 2015

AGREED: To abolish subsidies on farming exports, by World Trade Organization nations in what the WTO called the "most significant outcome on agriculture" in its 20 year history.

18th December, 2015

SIGNED: Representatives from rival Libyan factions, a UN-brokered agreement, in Morocco, to form a national government in a step hoped to bring an end to ongoing conflict in the nation.

17th December, 2015

RAISED: US interest rates by 0.25 percentage points by the US Federal Reserve - its first rate rise since 2006.

15th December, 2015

MARKED: In Sydney, the one year anniversary of the Lindt Cafe siege in which two people - cafe manager Tori Johnson and hostage Katrina Dawson - were killed along with the hostage-taker, Man Haron Monis.

14th December, 2015

WON: Local council positions by at least 17 women in elections in Saudi Arabia - the first time they were allowed to stand and vote in government elections.

11th December, 2015

CALLED: For the Security Council to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court, by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, citing ongoing "gross violations: of human rights.

10th December, 2015

MARKED: On 9th December, the first International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime; on the anniversary of the adoption of the 1948 'Genocide Convention'.

9th December, 2015

CONDEMNED: US presidential hopeful Donald Trump's comments that Muslims be banned from entering the US by representatives from both sides of politics in the US and overseas.

8th December, 2015

DECLARED: A "red alert" in the Chinese capital of Beijing due to smog levels, until at least Thursday.

7th December, 2015

CALLED: For the US Congress to act on strengthening gun laws, review immigration measures and vote in favour of airstrikes aimed at Islamic State in the Middle East by President Barack Obama, in a rare televised national address from the White House, following the San Bernardino killings on 2nd December.

4th December, 2015

INDICTED: Sixteen more current and former officials at soccer's governing world body, FIFA, by US officials on corruption-related charges. It takes to 27 the number of defendants charged by the US.

3rd December, 2015

KILLED: Fourteen people and up to 17 wounded after a mass shooting at a San Bernardino community centre in California in the US. Two armed suspects - a man and a woman - were later killed by police.

BACKED: UK air strikes in Syria against the so-called Islamic State following a vote in the House of Commons, 397 for to 223 against.

2nd December, 2015

ANNOUNCED: By Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that he and wife Priscilla Chan will give away 99 per cent of their shares in the company - worth about $US45 billion - to help others in a letter to new born daughter Max published on his Facebook page.

1st December, 2015

DECLARED: "Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters" by Pope Francis, speaking to Muslims who have sought shelter in a mosque in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, which has seen almost three years of conflict.

30th November, 2015

CLASHED: Police with protestors in Paris after group turned violent following an earlier peaceful protest taking place ahead of COP21. More than 200 people were arrested.

27th November, 2015

IMPOSING: Import restrictions and other economic sanctions on Turkey by Russia following the shooting down of an SU-24 fighter jet on 24th November.

26th November, 2015

DECLARED: That the bombing of a Medecins Sans Frontieres clinic by the US military in the Afghan city of Kunduz was as a result of "human error", according to a US military inquiry.

25th November, 2015

SHOT DOWN: A Russian plane by Turkey near the Turkish-Syrian border on 24th November; Turkey claims the plane violated Turkish airspace; Russia condemns the incident as a "stab in the back".

24th November, 2015

ELECTED: Mauricio Macri as the next president of Argentina following an election on Sunday; replacing President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

23rd November, 2015

LOCKED DOWN: Belgian capital of Brussels amid fears of an "serious and imminent" threat from terrorists, for the third day running.

20th November, 2015

PASSED: In the US House of Representatives, making it more difficult for refugees from Syria and Iraq to enter the country; but President Barack Obama has said he will veto the move.

19th November, 2015

BLOCKED: The sale of Australia's largest private landholding - some 100,000 square kilometres, equating to 2.5 of the nation's agricultural land - to foreign investors; by the Australian Government.

18th November, 2015

BURNING: Out of control bushfires near Esperance on Western Australia's south coast, which have claimed the lives of at least four people.

17th November, 2015

CLOSED: To refugees from Syria; more than a dozen US states, due to security concerns following the Paris attacks. A State Department spokesman told the BBC the legality of the action was unclear.

16th November, 2015

OPENED: G20 Summit in Ankara, Turkey, on 15th November, 2015, where the fight against terrorism, economic issues, migration, the environment and the crisis in Syria are all expected to be discussed.

13th November, 2015

KILLED: At least 40 people and at least 200 wounded in a pair of suicide bombings in Beirut on 12th November, 2015. The Islamic State (IS) has reportedly claimed responsibility.

12th November, 2015

RESTORED: Order at a Christmas Island detention centre following a riot - which took place after the death of Iranian Kurdish man Fazal Chegeni - with a clean-up bill estimated at $10 million.

11th November, 2015

COMMEMORATED: The end of World War I by dignitaries including Prince Charles and Lady Camilla, Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, at a Remembrance Day ceremony in Canberra.

10th November, 2015

RECOMMENDED: Russia be suspended from athletics competition after World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) independent commission found a "deeply rooted culture of cheating".

9th November, 2015

SHAKEN: Hands; Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou in a gesture at the start of the first leader-to-leader summit, held in Singapore, since 1949.

6th November, 2015

BATTERED: The war-torn African nation of Yemen by the first tropical storm - Tropical Cyclone Chapala - on record making landfall in the country on 3rd November. The storm has been accompanied by more than a year's worth of rain.

5th November, 2015

FLOATED: By US and UK officials, the idea that a bomb brought down the Russian plane in Egypt last week, killing all 224 aboard. Egypt has reportedly dismissed claims by militants that followers of the Islamic State that they were responsible for the crash.

4th November, 2015

SHATTERED: The "grass ceiling" after Michelle Payne, on Prince of Penzance, became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup in its 155 year history on 4th November, 2015.

3rd November, 2015

MARKED: The 15th anniversary of continuous human habitation aboard the International Space Station, built in collaboration between 16 countries.

2nd November, 2015

DUMPED: "Knights" and "dames" from Australia's honours system in a decision announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, 18 months after their reintroduction by former PM Tony Abbott.

30th October, 2015

ENDED: China's controversial "one child" policy, after 36 years, thanks to a decision of the ruling Communist Party announced via the state-run news agency, Xinhua.

29th October, 2015

DEMANDED: A Royal Commission into Australia's Operation Sovereign Borders by human rights organisation Amnesty International, alleging Australian officials broke international law by paying people smugglers to turn boats back.

28th October, 2015

DENOUNCED: As an "illegal" act by the Chinese Government; the breaching of a 12 nautical mile zone around South China Sea reefs in the Spratly archipelago by a US destroyer. The US said the "routine operation" was conducted within international law.

27th October, 2015

APPOINTED: Dr Alan Finkel as Australia's new chief science advisor, replacing Professor Ian Chubb.

26th October, 2015

REMEMBERED: The 30th anniversary of the handback of Central Australian icon Uluru to its traditional custodians by the Australian Government.

23rd October, 2015

RESCUED: About 70 hostages held by Islamic State in Iraq by US and Iraqi forces near Hawija in northern Iraq on 22nd October, 2015, according to the Pentagon. A US soldier died as a result of injuries received during the raid.

22nd October, 2015

VISITED: Moscow by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his first time outside Syria since the outbreak of civil war in March, 2011, to hold meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

21st October, 2015

ELECTED: Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau as Canadian Prime Minister, ousting Stephen Harper after close to 10 years in office.

20th October, 2015

RELEASED: From jail and now under house arrest for the rest of his five year sentence, South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius almost a year after he was jailed for killing Reeva Steenkamp.

19th October, 2015

LANDED: Typhoon Koppu, on island of Luzon in The Philippines, killing at least one and displacing thousands.

16th October, 2015

APPROVED: Queensland's controversial Carmichael coal mine project, by the Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt, subject to "36 of the strictest conditions in Australian history".

15th October, 2015

DEPLOYED: Hundreds of troops across Israeli cities in response to a wave of Palestinian shooting and stabbing attacks which have created panic in the country.

14th October, 2015

CONFIRMED: That a Russian-made missile brought down Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 in a report by Dutch investigators.

13th October, 2015

WON: Nobel Peace Prize, by Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet for efforts to bring democracy to the country.

12th October, 2015

KILLED: More than 100 people following a series of bombings at a peace rally in Ankara, capital of Turkey, on 10th October, 2015.

9th October, 2015

PROPOSED: A new government for Libya, by the UN envoy for Libya, to replace the two existing rival governments, only one of which is internationally recognised.

8th October, 2015

RECALLED: By Volkswagen, 11 million cars equipped with diesel engines at the start of 2016, following revelations of an emissions scandal.

7th October, 2015

RELEASED: From jail, about 6,000 inmates by the US Justice Department from federal prisons at the end of October to ease overcrowding and rollback harsh penalties given to non-violent drug dealers, reports The New York Times.

6th October, 2015

AGREED: The Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest regional trade deal, between 12 Pacific-Rim countries including Australia in the US overnight.

5th October, 2015

WON: The North Queensland Cowboys over the Brisbane Broncos, in the National Rugby League Grand Final, by a "golden point", 17-16, on 4th October, 2015; and Melbourne side Hawthorn over the West Coast Eagles, in the Australian Football League Grand Final, 16.11.107 to 8.13.61, on 3rd October, 2015.

2nd October, 2015

KILLED: Ten people, and at least seven injured, after a gunman (among the dead) opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, US, on 1st October, 2015.

1st October, 2015

RAISED: The Palestinian flag, for the first time, outside the UN in New York, on 30th September, 2015, as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said it was "unconscionable" that the question of Palestinian statehood remains unresolved.

30th September, 2015

MET: US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the UN in New York on 28th September, 2015, in their first formal face-to-face discussions since 2013.

29th September, 2015

OVERRUN: The Afghan city of Kunduz by the Taliban, the first provincial capital taken by the group since the US-led invasion of 2001.

28th September, 2015

OPENED UP: A massive sinkhole at Inskip Point in south-east Queensland, at around 10pm on 26th September, 2015, swallowing up part of a camping ground including a caravan, camper-trailer and tents.

25th September, 2015

ADDRESSED: The US Congress by Pope Francis - the first by a pontiff - who, among other things, called for the legislature to fight climate change and an end to the death penalty.

24th September, 2015

PARDONED: Journalists Mohammed Fahmy, a Canadian, and Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian, by Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi after they - along with Australian Peter Greste (since released) - were jailed for broadcasting false news.

22nd September, 2015

SWORN IN: The Australian Government's new ministerial team at Government House on 21st September, 2015, after Malcolm Turnbull last week became the 29th Prime Minister.

21st September, 2015

RE-ELECTED: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras after his left-wing Syriza party won Greece's fifth election in the past six years.

18th September, 2015

SEIZED: Power in the West African nation of Burkina Faso by a close ally of former President Blaise Compaore in a coup ahead of planned elections on 11th October.

17th September, 2015

SHAKEN: The South American nation of Chile after a massive 8.3 magnitude earthquake off the central coast.

16th September, 2015

MARKED: The 75th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain with a flypast of about 40 Spitfires and Hurricanes in the UK on 15th September, 2015.

15th September, 2015

ELECTED: Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the UK's Opposition Labour Party, on 13th September, 2015. Corbyn has been described as the UK's "most left wing" political leader for 30 years.

14th September, 2015

KILLED: At least 12 tourists and guides - including a number of Mexicans - by Egyptian security forces during an anti-terror operation, according to reports, on 13th September, 2015.

11th September, 2015

REPORTED: A growing belief within the US Government that the so-called Islamic State is making and using chemical weapons in Iraq and Syria - according to BBC reports.

10th September, 2015

ANNOUNCED: By China, an attempt to land a lunar probe on the far side of the moon, before 2020.

9th September, 2015

RELEASED: Kim Davis, a county clerk in the US state of Kentucky, who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licences for same-sex couples; on condition she not interfere with deputies doing so.

8th September, 2015

SEEN: Over Bangkok, a mysterious fireball that's believed to have been a small asteroid which burnt up as it entered the earth's atmosphere.

7th September, 2015

REJECTED: The Mexican Government's account of events surrounding the disappearance of 43 students last year; by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

4th September, 2015

SEEN: In an image that has shocked the world; the body of three-year-old Syrian boy Alan Kurdi washed up on a beach in Turkey after he drowned along with his brother and mother and nine others when the boat he was on sank trying to reach Greece.

3rd September, 2015

PARADED: China's military might in an unprecedented display ostensibly marking the defeat of Japan in World War II.

2nd September, 2015

STRANDED: Hundreds of migrants and refugees after police sealed off the Keleti railway station in the Hungarian capital of Budapest to prevent them travelling further into the EU.

1st September, 2015

DECLARED: "(N)ot adequate, appropriate or safe", conditions and circumstances for asylum seekers at Australia's regional processing centre on Nauru by an Australian Senate Committee.

31st August, 2015

SENTENCED: Australian Peter Greste, Canadian Mohammed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were sentenced to three years prison for broadcasting "false" news in Egypt; a ruling which has provoked international criticism.

28th August, 2015

FEARED DEAD: Hundreds of people after two boats carrying up to 500 would-be European migrants capsized off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea.

27th August, 2015

KILLED: US journalist Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, who were shot dead during a live broadcast for Virginian TV station WDBJ7 by a disgruntled former employee who later shot himself and died in hospital.

26th August, 2015

CONSIDERING: A formal request from the US to extend its military commitment in Iraq to include Syria; by Australian Government ministers.

25th August, 2015

AGREED: A deal between North and South Korea in a bid to ease tensions which escalated after the two nations exchanged fire over their joint border on 20th August, 2015.

24th August, 2015

CRASHED: A fighter jet taking part in a UK airshow into a major road on 23rd August, 2015, killing at least 11 (with the death toll expected to rise).

21st August, 2015

RESIGNED: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, on 20th August, 2015, asking for the earliest possible election date, amid ongoing economic and social turmoil.

20th August, 2015

CONDEMNED: The execution, by the so-called Islamic State group, of Khaled al-Assaad, former chief archaeologist of Palmyra, by countries including the US and France and cultural organisation, UNESCO.

19th August, 2015

TOPPED: 100,000; the number of migrants detected at EU borders during July, when 107,500 arrived, breaking the 100,000 mark for the first time.

18th August, 2015

KILLED: At least 22 people (and about 120 wounded) after an explosion at a popular Hindu shrine in Bangkok Thailand, on 17th August, 2015.

17th August, 2015

WON: The PGA Championship by Australian golfer Jason Day in Wisconsin, in the US; and Australia's national netball team, The Diamonds, the Netball World Cup, over New Zealand 58-55 in Sydney on 16th August, 2015.

17th August, 2015

COMMEMORATED: On 15th August, 2015, the 70 year anniversary of VP (Victory in the Pacific; also known as Victory Over Japan) day.

14th August, 2015

ROCKED: Queensland's coast near Fraser Island after a magnitude four earthquake at shortly after 11am. It follows a magnitude 5.7 quake in the same area on 1st August.

13th August, 2015

SHAKEN: The port city of Tianjin in China, after a series of massive explosions late on 12th August, which have left at least 44 dead and hundreds injured.

12th August, 2015

PLEDGED: By the Australian Government, on 11th August, 2015, to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 per cent, over the next 15 years, from 2005 levels - a decision which critics say doesn't go far enough.

11th August, 2015

TURNED ON: The first nuclear reactor in Japan since the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima plant in which a series of meltdowns were caused by an earthquake and tsunami.

10th August, 2015

RESIGNED: Australian Test cricket captain Michael Clarke from Test cricket after Australia lost the Ashes series to England with a crushing fourth Test loss (and still a Test to play).

7th August, 2015

COMMEMORATED: In ceremony on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, the centenary of the Battle of Lone Pine on 6th August, 2015; a World War I battle during which 2,200 Australians died.

6th August, 2015

CONFIRMED: By the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, that a Boeing 777 wing segment found on Reunion Island, off the east coast of Africa, is from missing Flight MH 370 which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew aboard.

5th August, 2015

EVACUATED: As many as 13,000 people in northern California where more than 3,000 firefighters are battling a massive blaze.

4th August, 2015

DIED: World renowned British singer and TV personality Cilla Black, on 1st August, 2015, at the age of 72.

3rd August, 2015

LEAKED: Details of blood tests on athletes held by the International Association of Athletics Federations allegedly showing "extraordinary" levels of doping, to German television channel ARD and Britain's Sunday Times newspaper.

31st July, 2015

DEAD?: Taliban leader Mullah Omar, according to the Afghan Government and reportedly confirmed by the Taliban, although accounts on when and how differ.

30th July, 2015

FOUND: Plane debris on Reunion Island, off the east coast of Africa, amid speculation it is from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which disappeared in March, 2014, carrying 239 people.

29th July, 2015

ADDRESSED: The African Union, by US President Barack Obama, the first sitting US president to do so, in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.

28th July, 2015

DECLARED: A "de facto end" to the Middle East Respiratory Virus (MERS) crisis in South Korea, by Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, after 23 days with no new infections.

27th July, 2015

TARGETED: More than 200 lawyers and associates in China in a government crackdown on human rights lawyers and activists since early July with 22 still detained, according to Amnesty International.

24th July, 2015

FOUND: Kepler 452b, a planet which could support life due to its location in the so-called "Goldilocks zone", by the NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.

23rd July, 2015

ON TRIAL: Hissène Habré, former President of Chad, on charges of of crimes against humanity before a special court in Senegal.

22nd July, 2015

LAUNCHED: The 'Breakthrough Initiative', the biggest ever search to find alien intelligence in the universe, by physicist Stephen Hawking, in London on 21st July, 2015.

21st July, 2015

APOLOGISED: Japanese company Mitsubishi Materials to US prisoners of war forced to work in mines during World War II.

20th July, 2015

SURVIVED: Australian professional surfer Mick Fanning, a shark attack while competing at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa.

17th July, 2015

COMMEMORATED: The one year anniversary of the shooting down of Flight MH17 over Ukraine in which 298 people - including 38 Australians - died.

16th July, 2015

RIOTED: Protestors in Athens, Greece, after Greek MPs passed controversial austerity laws in advance of an EU-backed bailout.

13th July, 2015

BROKEN: A UN-brokered humanitarian truce supposed to provide a week long halt to fighting in Yemen from 11th July, with the reported deaths of at least 45 people in ground fighting and air strikes.

9th July, 2015

EXTENDED: In Greece, an ATM withdrawal limit €60 with banks to remain closed until 13th July as Greek and EU authorities continue to grapple with a solution to the nation's debt crisis.

8th July, 2015

DECLARED: On 4th July, a State of Emergency in Tunisia, by President Beji Caid Essebsi, after 38 tourists were killed in an attack on a beach resort near Sousse, on 26th June.

7th July, 2015

ANNIVERSARY: 10th, of the 7/7 terror attacks in London in which 52 people were killed and more than 700 injured when a series of bombs went off in the British capital on 7th July, 2005.

6th July, 2015

VOTED: No, 61.3 per cent of Greek voters, in a referendum on the terms of a bailout offered by international lenders.

2nd July, 2015

AGREED: The re-establishment of full diplomatic relations, between the US and Cuba, on 20th July when embassies reopen, 54 years after ties were severed.

1st July, 2015

MISSED: A deadline to pay the International Monetary Fund, €1.6 billion, by Greece on 30th June, 2015.

30th June, 2015

EXTENDED: By one "leap" second, 30th June, to account for the gradual slowing on the Earth's rotation.

29th June, 2015

EXPLODED: An unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station, moments after launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

26th June, 2015

TALKING: European Union leaders in Brussels on how to respond to the immigration crisis affecting Europe with at least 153,000 trying to enter the EU so far this year.

25th June, 2015

APOLOGISED: Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, to victims of the 2013 attack as he was formally sentenced to death in a US court. A number of victims publicly dismissed his apology.

24th June, 2015

CALLED: South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, for the removal of the Confederate flag, from the grounds of the state capitol, saying that for many the flag is a "deeply offensive symbol".

23rd June, 2015

ATTACKED: The Afghan parliament in Kabul, on 22nd June, by a Taliban suicide bomber and gunmen, resulting in the deaths of a woman and a child and the wounding of 30 others. All the gunmen were killed.

19th June, 2015

RELEASED: Papal encyclical on the environment, by Pope Francis, calling for greater global action in addressing the "ecological crisis" as the earth looks more and more like an "immense pile of filth".

18th June, 2015

MARKED: The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo which took place on 18th June, 1815 in Belgium between a French army under command of Napoleon and allied forces under the command of the Duke of Wellington.

17th June, 2015

DIED: Australian Olympian and world champion runner Ron Clarke, at the age of 78 after a short illness.

16th June, 2015

CAPTURED: On film, the first footage of a human white blood cell dying by scientists at La Trobe University in Victoria, Australia.

15th June, 2015

MARKED: Worldwide, the 800th anniversary of the issuing of the Magna Carta (Great Charter) by English King John; a document which has gone on to play a key role in democracies around the world (see our Know It All story here).

12th June, 2015

DIED: Actor Sir Christopher Lee, at the age of 93, after a film career spanning seven decades including roles in Hammer films, James Bond and, more recently, roles in both the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars franchises.

11th June, 2015

APPROVED: By US President Barack Obama, up to 450 additional US troops to bolster its 3,100-strong force in Iraq to help Iraqi forces prepare to retake territory claimed by the so-called Islamic State.

10th June, 2015

RISEN: The death toll in South Korea from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) to nine after two further fatalities.

9th June, 2015

RESCUED: More than 5,000 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, since 29th May, according to EU agency Frontex.

5th June, 2015

DIED: Controversial Australian businessman Alan Bond, in Perth, at the age of 77 on 5th June, 2015. Famed for being part of the syndicate that won the America's Cup in 1983.

4th June, 2015

MARKED: 50th anniversary of the first American spacewalk, by Edward H White II on 3rd June, 1965.

3rd June, 2015

RESIGNED: Sepp Blatter, president of world soccer's governing body FIFA, only days after he was re-elected.

2nd June, 2015

BANNED: Eighty-nine European leaders, from Russia, in response to Western sanctions imposed over claims of Russia's involvement in the Ukraine conflict.

1st June, 2015

DIED: Victoria's first female premier, Joan Kirner, at the age of 76 following a battle with cancer.

1st June, 2015

DECLARED: The Tasmanian devil, as official animal emblem of Tasmania (formerly the only state without an animal emblem).

25th May, 2015

BANNED: The death penalty, in the US state of Nebraska, on 27th May, making it the first US state to do so sine 1973.

28th May, 2015

INDICTED: In the US, 14 figures from world soccer, including FIFA officials, on charges of racketeering, bribery, fraud and money laundering.

26th May, 2015

NAMED: Greg Moriarty, former Australian ambassador to Indonesia, as Australia's first anti-terrorism coordinator on 24th May, 2015.

25th May, 2015

VOTED: Ireland, to legalise same-sex marriage, becoming the first nation to do so by popular vote with a 62 per cent yes vote and voter turnout of 60 per cent.

22nd May, 2015

RETIRED: David Letterman, host of the CBS Late Show in the US, after 33 years.

21st May, 2015

FOUND?: The first known image of playwright William Shakespeare created during his lifetime; in an 1598 book by pioneering botanist John Gerard, according to UK botanist and historian Mark Griffiths.

20th May, 2015

MET: British Prince Charles and Irish republican leader Gerry Adams in Galway, Ireland, on 19th May, 2015, making the prince the first British royal to meet the veteran leader of Sinn Fein.

19th May, 2015

SENTENCED: Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in Egypt on 16th May, 2015, to death for a mass prison break in 2011/Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in US, on 15th May, 2015, to death for the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.

18th May, 2015

CAPTURED: Ramadi, Iraq, by the so-called Islamic State following an fresh offensive launched on 14th May, 2015.

17th May, 2015

DIED: Blues great, BB King, on 14th May, 2015, in Las Vegas at the age of 89.

15th May, 2015

RETURNED: Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has returned to Burundi and says his troops are in control of key areas in the country following an attempted coup.

14th May, 2015

OUSTED?: Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, following an announcement by General Godefroid Niyombare via radio that, after weeks of protests, the president - visiting Tanzania - had been overthrown.

12th May, 2015

SOLD: Pablo Picasso's Women of Algiers (Version O) for $US179,365,000 - a new record price for an artwork - at Christie's in New York on 11th May, 2015.

11th May , 2015

DECLARED: Ebola free, Liberia, by the World Health Organization on 9th May, after 42 days without a case of the virus.

9th May , 2015

RE-ELECTED: David Cameron, as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom with the Conservative Party winning 331 seats, the Labour Party, 232, and the Scottish National Party, 56.

8th May , 2015

COMMEMORATED: 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day, marking 70 years since the end of World War II in Europe.

6th May , 2015

RESIGNED: Senator Christine Milne, leader of the Australian Greens, after a 25 year career; replaced by Victorian Senator Richard Di Natale.

4th May , 2015

NAMED: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, and sister to Prince George.

2nd May , 2015

BORN: A princess, to Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, at 8.34am in London (weighing 8lbs, 3oz); younger sister to Prince George.

1st May , 2015

FREED: More than 460 captives of Boko Haram, including some 300 women and children, in operations conducted by the Nigerian military this week, according to army spokesmen.

28th April, 2015

DECLARED: A state of emergency in US city Baltimore following rioting after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a young black man who died after an encounter with police left him severely injured.

26th April, 2015

RE-ELECTED: President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazahkstan with 97.7 per cent of the vote after opposition parties didn't field a candidate.

24th April, 2015

ANNIVERSARY: Twenty-five years of the Hubble Telescope in space.

21st April, 2015

SENTENCED: Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to 20 years in jail on charges relating to inciting violence and illegal detentions and torture.