20th July, 2018
INVITED: Vladimir Putin, to visit the US, by US President Donald Trump, later this year; it follows the much discussed meeting of the two leaders in Helsinki this week.
PASSED: A controversial new law in Israel which explicitly defines the country as the national home of the Jewish people with Jerusalem as its "united" capital.
REFUSED: A Turkish court, to allow the extradition of accused Islamic State terrorist Neil Prakash to Australia to face trial.


19th July, 2018
ENDED: A nationwide state of emergency in Turkey, imposed two years ago after a failed coup attempt and under which tens of thousands have been arrested or dismissed from their jobs, according to reports.
FIRST: Commercial flight between Ethiopia and Eritrea in 20 years; it was greeted with cheering and song as it landed in the Eritrean capital of Asmara.
RAGING: Wildfires in Sweden, including inside the Arctic Circle, prompting the nation to call for help in fighting the fires from the European Union.


18th July, 2018
TURNED BACK: Scores of displaced Syrian civilians who approached the border with Israel at Golan Heights pleading for sanctuary, by Israeli soldiers.
COMING INTO FORCE: A new international crime of "agression" - under which government and military leaders can be held responsible for invasions and major attacks - at the International Criminal Court, after 35 countries ratified the new offence.
PLOTTED: The orbits of 12 new moons discovered orbiting Jupiter.


17th July, 2018
MET: US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland - Mr Trump's comments in a subsequent press conference sparked strong reactions in the US with former CIA director John  Brennan labelling his comments as "nothing short of treasonous".
WELCOMED: As heroes, the victorious French national soccer team by hundreds of thousands of fans with President Emmanual Macron awarding them the Légion d'Honneur.
TRIALLING: Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man, with Australian soccer team the Central Coast Mariners; meanwhile, Australian soccer great Tim Cahill has announced his retirement from the Socceroos.


16th July, 2018
WON: The FIFA World Cup, France, in a 4-2 victory, over Croatia, in the final in Moscow, sparking mass celebrations in the team's home country.
LABELLED: As the top "foe" of the US - the European Union, by President Donald Trump, along with other "foes" China and Russia, in an interview with CBS News ahead of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.
PROTESTS: In southern Iraq amid widespread unrest over better public services and jobs. At least two protestors were reportedly killed.


13th July, 2018
RETAKEN: By Syrian Government forces, the rebel-held part of the city of Deraa where the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad first broke out.
CRITICISED: UK Prime Minister Theresa May's proposed Brexit deal, by US President Donald Trump in an interview with The Sun newspaper.
FIRST: Country - Ireland - to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies after a bill was passed through the country's Parliament.


12th July, 2018
CALL: From US President Donald Trump for NATO members to double the amount they aim to spend on the military to four per cent of GDP.
INVITED: Macedonia, to join NATO, which would become the 30th nation to join the alliance.
DECIDED: That Croatia will play France in the World Cup final after beating England in a 2-1 extra time victory.


11th July, 2018
REJOICING: Across Thailand and around the world as the last of the 12 boys along with their coach, who were trapped in a cave system in Thailand's Chiang Rai province 18 days ago, were rescued after an international effort to save them.
 Death toll in Japan from flooding and landslides - to at least 157 with dozens still missing.
ANNOUNCED: That the first Israeli spacecraft - and first privately funded unmanned mission - to land on the Moon will be launched in December.


10th July, 2018
RESIGNED: UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in protest at the Government's plans for a close trading relationship with the European Union following Brexit; Jeremy Hunt has been appointed as his successor.
 Rescues of more of the 12 boys and a soccer coach from a system of caves in Chiang Rai province in Thailand where they have been trapped for more than 10 days.
AGREED: Eritrea and Ethiopia to end the state of war between the two nations and reestablish trade and diplomatic ties.
CHRISTENED: Prince Louis in a private ceremony in St James's Palace, London; the Queen was absent due to her busy schedule.


9th July, 2018
RESCUED: The first four of 12 boys and a soccer coach from a system of caves in Chiang Rai province in Thailand where they have been trapped for more than 10 days.
EVACUATING: Millions in Japan as floods and landslides in the country's west kill more than 65 people.
DIED: A woman who, along with her partner, was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok in Wiltshire in southern England.
RESIGNED: David Davis, the UK Government's Brexit Secretary, on Sunday.


6th July, 2018
RESIGNED: Scott Pruitt, embattled administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency; his resignation has been accepted by US President Donald Trump.
CAPSIZED: A boat carrying tourists off the island of Phuket in Thailand with 49 people still missing. 
According to local media, Chizuo Matsumoto, former leader of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult, that carried out a sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995, killing 13.


5th July, 2018
CONFIRMED: That a British couple are critically ill after being found poisoned in their Wiltshire home on Saturday by Novichok, the same nerve agent used to poison ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal.
FOUND: Some 25,000 archaeological artefacts, worth an estimated €40 million, excavated from sites in Italy in raids across Europe.
Australian and former Rio Tinto executive Stern Hu from prison in China, eight years after he was convicted of bribery and industrial espionage.


4th July, 2018
ARRESTED: Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in relation to alleged corruption offences.
FLEEING: Some 700 people from a village near Bali's Mount Agung after increased activity at the volcano.
A 76-year-old Japanese national while climbing Uluru in Central Australia, the 37th fatality at the site since records began. Traditional owners have asked people not to climb since the mid-1980s and a ban comes into effect in October next year.


3rd July, 2018
FOUND: Thirteen Thai boys, aged between 11 and 16, and their soccer coach in a partially flooded cave system in Chiang Rai province after being missing for nine days. Rescue operations are now underway.
DISPLACED: Some 270,000 people in south-west Syria as fighting escalates thanks to a Syrian army Russian-backed offensive to recapture rebel-held territory.
Members of the national Australian and Philippine basketball teams at a FIBA World Cup qualifying match in Bulacan leading to the match to be abandoned.


2nd July, 2018
Thousands of people in a reported 700 US gatherings across the US in response to President Donald Trump's immigration policies, including one which led to family separations.
KILLED: At least 19 people, mostly Sikhs, in a suicide bombing in the Afghan city of Jalalabad.
POISED: To win the presidency in Mexico, left-winger Andrés Manuel López Obrador in what would represent a major shift for the country.


29th June, 2018
At least five people when a gunman opened fire at a newspaper in Annapolis in the US state of Maryland. A suspect is in police custody.
In France, national service for all 16-year-olds - with both mandatory and optional components; compulsory military service was scrapped in 1996.
CLOSED: The airport on the Indonesian island of Bali as the volcano Mt Agung erupts again, sending an ash cloud more than two kilometres into the air.


28th June, 2018
To take place between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at a yet to be announced location.
Fires on moorland in north-west England as the country experiences a heatwave.
DIED: Patriarch of the musical Jackson family, Joe Jackson, at the age of 89. 


27th June, 2018
Between Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and some MPs and Catholic bishops in the country after the President called God "stupid".
On appeal, a death sentence given to Sudanese woman Noura Hussein for killing her husband as he tried to raped her, by an appeal court in Khartoum; the decision follows an international outcry.
LISTED: Route 66 in the US on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list of 11 most-at-risk historic sites.


26th June, 2018
Israel; Prince William in an historic tour becoming the first official British Royal to visit the country and Palestinian Territories; Prince William flew in from a two-day visit to Jordan.
In the Iranian capital of Tehran over the failing economy.
SEARCHING: In Thailand, for a dozen boys aged between 11 and 15, who haven't been seen since they entered a cave system with their coach in Chiang Rai province on Saturday afternoon.


25th June, 2018
Recep Tayyip Erdogan as President of Turkey for a second term, according to initial results released by the state broadcaster; the main Opposition party is yet to concede.
CLASHES: Between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria's Plateau state with at least 86 people reportedly killed since last Thursday.
PROTESTING: Tens of thousands in London, calling for the UK Government to hold a final public vote on the terms of Brexit.


22nd June, 2018
Some €2.8 billion in EU tariffs on US goods, in retaliation against US President Donald Trump's trade policies.
PASSED: Through Australia's Parliament, a landmark $AUD144 billion income tax package, which Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said would lead to a "fairer" tax system.
BORN: A daughter to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Auckland, who becomes just the second world leader to give birth in office (after Pakistan's then-prime minister Benazir Bhutto 28 years ago).


21st June, 2018
By US President Donald Trump, an executive order to end the separation of migrant families which had occurred under a 'zero tolerance' approach.
MISSING: Some 180 people after a ferry sank earlier this week on Lake Toba in northern Sumatra, Indonesia.
PASSED: In Hungary by the government of Viktor Orban, legislation that bans lawyers and activists from helping asylum seekers.


20th June, 2018
The US, from the UN Human Rights Council, citing the lack of reform within the body and its "chronic bias against Israel".
LEGALISED: In Canada, recreational use of marijuana, becoming the first G7 nation to do so.
DIED: Australian golfing great (and five time British open winner), Peter Thomson, at the age of 88.


19th June, 2018
The creation of a new military 'Space Force' by US President Donald Trump to provide "American dominance in space".
ELECTED: Conservative Iván Duque as President of Colombia following an election on Sunday, the first since the end of the war with rebel group FARC.
REBUKED: A teenager in France for addressing President Emmanuel Macron informally as 'Manu', by the President during meeting at a ceremony commemorating General Charles De Gaulle's call for resistance during World War II.


18th June, 2018
Two, at a mosque in Nigeria's Borno state on Saturday, killing at least 31 and wounding scores more; terror group Boko Haram is suspected of being behind the attacks.
DOCKED: The rescue ship Aquarius in the Spanish port of Valencia after the ship, carrying more than 600 people rescued from the Mediterranean Sea, was refused landing in both Italy and Malta.
SIGNED: The deal between Greece and what will now be known as North Macedonia after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras survived a no confidence vote in Parliament on Saturday.


15th June, 2018
A lawsuit by the State of New York against US President Donald Trump, his children and the Trump Foundation, alleging "illegal conduct" by the non-profit organisation. 
CONCLUDED: That former FBI Director James Comey made a "serious error of judgement" when he announced he was reopening an investigation into presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server just days before the 2016 election, by Inspector General Michael Horowitz in a 500 page report.
OPENED: The FIFA World Cup in Russia with an opening ceremony feauring Robbie Williams. Russia scored an upset victory over Saudi Arabia in the event's opener.


14th June, 2018
Between France and Italy after Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini refused entry to a ship which had rescued more than 600 would-be migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea; the decision provoked a sharp response from France. Spain has said it would accept the ship.
REFUSED: Macedonian President, Gjorge Ivanov, to sign off on an agreement between Greece and Macedonia to rename the latter as the 'Republic of Northern Macedonia'.
ANNOUNCED: The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be held in the US, Canada and Mexico.


13th June, 2018
At their summit in Singapore, invitations for US President Donald Trump to visit North Korea and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to visit the US.
RENAMED: Macedonia as the 'Republic of Northern Macedonia' following an agreement between the nation's government and Greece which ends a 27 year dispute.
ORDERED: By the International Criminal Court, the release of former Democratic Republic of Congo rebel leader and Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba, after his 2016 conviction on war crimes and crime against humanity was overturned.


12th June, 2018
US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in an historic summit on Singapore's Sentosa Island.
REFUSED: Italy and Malta, to allow a rescue ship carrying 600 asylum seekers picked up in the Mediterranean Sea, to dock. Spain said it would allow the ship to dock.
ATTACKED: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by US President Donald Trump as "very dishonest and weak" following what British Prime Minister Theresa May described as a "difficult" G7 meeting in Canada.


8th June, 2018
Ever women-majority cabinet in Spain following the election of new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
FOUND: New types of organic molecules capable of preserving life beneath the surface of Mars, by NASA's Curiosity rover.
CLAIMED: That the world's first 3D printed housing development will be built in The Netherlands with the first residents expected next year.


7th June, 2018
At least 46 migrants trying to cross from Somalia to Yemen, according to the UN.
GRANTED: By US President Donald Trump, a clemency plea for grandmother Alice Johnson, jailed on a non-violent drug charge in 1996, after her case was highlighted by Kim Kardashian West during a meeting with Mr Trump last week.
ORDERED: By the Iraqi Parliament, a manual recount of votes cast in last month's legislative elections following allegations of fraud.


6th June, 2018
Death toll from Guatemala's erupting Fuego volcano to at least 72 with expectations it will continue to rise as emergency workers search for bodies.
SCRAPPED: The swimsuit element of the Miss America pageant.
Dead in her New York apartment, US fashion designer Kate Spade, 55, in an apparent suicide.


5th June, 2018
The death toll from the eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano to at least 62.
RULED OUT: Former US President Bill Clinton, that he needed to apologise to Monica Lewinsky in light of the #MeToo movement.
Fifty years since the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy, in Los Angeles, California.


4th June, 2018
At least 46 would-be migrants after their boat sank off the coast of Tunisia en route to Africa in one of the worst migrant boat accidents in recent years. At least 67 others were rescued.
ERUPTED: Guatemala's Fuego volcano, killing at least seven and injuring hundreds.
By Pope Francis, Bishop Gregory O'Kelly, as apostolic administrator for Adelaide's archdiocese after Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson last month became the most senior Catholic cleric worldwide to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse.


1st June, 2018
By the US, tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium from Canada, Mexico and EU nations; the move had sparked a sharp response from affected nations. 
In italy, the formation of a new government to be led by Prime Minister-designate Giuseppe Conte after a dispute with President Sergio Mattarella over Mr Conte's choice of economy minister was settled in the choice of Giovanni Tria. 
 On Pluto, methane ice dunes, thanks to images obtained by Nasa's New Horizons mission in 2015.


31st May, 2018
That the shooting murder of Russian journalist Arkady Babchecko in Kiev was faked as part of an operation by Ukrainian security services to expose a Russian assassination plot. 
A senior North Korean official, General Kim Yong-chol, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in the US as preparations for a summit in Singapore apparently continue.
 By Singapore Airlines, that it will launch the world's longest commercial flight - a non-stop flight between Singapore and New York City of 18 hours, 45 minutes - in October.


30th May, 2018
TV show Roseanne, in the US and Australia, after star Roseanne Barr made a racist tweet about a former Obama advisor.
By police, a suspect who killed three people, including two police, in the Belgian city of Liege, in what a prosecutor has called a "terrorist incident".
More than 8,000 Starbucks stores in the US so training can be provided to all staff about racism. It follows an incident in which two black men were wrongly arrested for "trespassing" at a store in Philadelphia.


29th May, 2018
By Italian President Sergio Mattarella, former International Monetary Fund official Carlo Cottarelli, as interim Prime Minister of Italy. New elections are expected.
A ban on single use plastic items, like straws and cutlery, in the European Union.
OFFERED: French citizenship, by President Emmanuel Macron, to 22-year-old Malian Mamoudou Gassama, nicknamed 'Spiderman', for climbing an apartment block to rescue of a child hanging off a balcony.


28th May, 2018
The US-North Korean summit in Singapore after US and North Korean officials met in Panmunjom to prepare for the meeting.
A bid to form a government in Italy after President Sergio Matarella vetoed PM-designate Giuseppe Conte's choice of economy minister leading to Mr Conte's withdrawal.
DENIED: That he has sexually assaulted any women, US actor Morgan Freeman, following claims of bad behaviour, saying "it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humour."


25th May, 2018
By US President Donald Trump, the proposed summit between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore next month with Mr Trump citing North Korea's "open hostility" displayed in the North Korean's most recent statement.
That the Russian military was behind the downing of Malaysian Airline Flight MH-17 over Ukraine in 2014, killing 298 people, following a Joint Investigation Team inquiry based in The Netherlands.
APOLOGISED: Actor Morgan Freeman in the wake of sexual harassment claims by multiple women.


24th May, 2018
By Iran, a series of conditions for European powers if they want Tehran to stay in the nuclear deal after the US exits.
Banning plastic straws, New York City council.
DIED: Controversial US novelist Philip Roth at the age of 85.


23rd May, 2018
A year since 22 people were killed in a bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK.
Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg to European Union politicians for a massive data leak, saying the organisation "didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibilities".
STANDING ASIDE: Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson after he was found guilty on Tuesday of failing to inform police of allegations of child sexual abuse. He is yet to be sentenced.


22nd May, 2018
At least 14 ambassadors from Venezuela in protest after Nicolas Maduro claimed victory in the country's highly controversial presidential election.
In Sweden, leaflets to citizens in how to cope if war breaks out. The leaflet doesn't specify where the threat may come from but commentators have suggested growing Russian agression may be the catalyst for the publication.
FOUND: A "hidden" inscription under a strip of tape on a 16th century drawing which says "From Michelangelo's hand". Experts, however, say it was most likely written by one of his students.


21st May, 2018
That there have been "mass irregularities" in the Venezuelan presidential election as polls closed with only 30 per cent of the electorate voting.
DEMANDED: By US President Donald Trump, via Twitter, that the US Department of Justice investigate whether "FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes".
The sea, the lava flow from the Kilauea volcano on the island of Hawaii. Dozens of properties have been destroyed and the first major injury - to the leg of a man - has been recorded from the lava.


18th May, 2018
By US President Donald Trump, the so-called 'Libya model' in reference to the denuclearisation of North Korea.
REVEALED: That Chinese authorities in the province of Xinjiang have imprisoned thousands of Muslim Chinese in mass internment camps.
By the US Senate, that Gina Haspel will become the first female director of the CIA.


17th May, 2018
By Malaysian police, the home of former Prime Minister Najib Razak in connection with a corruption probe.
CHANGES: To the way in which live sheep are exported from Australia following a Federal Government-initiated review.
That Prince George and Princess Charlotte, the oldest two children of William and Kate, will both play roles in the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday.


16th May, 2018
Over whether the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un takes place after North Korea cancelled a meeting with South Korea and said it was not interested in a "one-sided" demand for it to give up all its "nukes". 
ATTACKED: The western Afghanistan city of Farah, by Taliban fighters, forcing the governor to flee and officials into besieged compounds.
US author Tom Wolfe, writer of The Bonfire of the Vanities and The Right Stuff, at age 88.


15th May, 2018
By the Catalan Parliament in Spain, Quim Torra as regional leader, heralding an end to seven months of direct rule from Madrid. 
CALLED: Kensington Palace in the UK, for "understanding and respect" following reports Meghan Markle's father will not attend her wedding this Saturday.
Actress Margo Kidder, who played Lois Lane in the Superman franchise of the 1970s and 1980s, at age 69.


14th May, 2018
VOTED: Iraqis, in the first national parliamentary elections since the defeat of the so-called Islamic State.
By police, a suspect in a terrorist attack in Paris which left one man dead and another four people injured late on Saturday.
CELEBRATING: People in Israel, after Netta Barzilai, representing Israel, won Eurovision.


11th May, 2018
REVEALED: In a tweet by US President Donald Trump, that his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will take place on 12th June in Singapore.
SWORN IN: Mahathir Mohamad as Malaysia's seventh Prime Minister following his surprise victory in a national election.
RAMPED UP: US pressure on Iran with new sanctions on individuals and companies tied to the country's Revolutionary Guard.


10th May, 2018
WON: Former Prime Minister Mahatir Mohamad, a majority in Malaysia's Parliament, ending 60 years of rule by the Barisan Nasional (National Front).
RELEASED: Three US citizens - Kim Dong-chul, Kim Hak-song and Tony Kim - by North Korea. They were being flown to a meeting with US President Donald Trump.
REPORTED: By Israel, that Iranian forces have fired rockets on its positions in the occupied Golan Heights; no casualties were recorded.


9th May, 2018
WITHDRAWING: The US from the Iran nuclear deal, following a decision from President Donald Trump who described it as a "hoorrible, one-sided deal".
RULED: Australia's High Court, that Labor Senator Katy Gallagher is ineligible to sit in Federal Parliament because she did not renounce her British citizenship in time for the 2016 election.
RETURNED: Ebola, to the Democratic Republic of Congo, with 17 deaths.


8th May, 2018
REPORTED: The UN, that at least 107 boys and men attending a religious ceremony were killed and wounded when Afghan Government forces opened fire in an operation near Kunduz last month.
SWORN IN: Vladimir Putin, for another six years as President of the Russian Federation.
GAINED: The Iranian-backed Hezbollah group, at least 43 seats in parliamentary elections in Lebanon; the main Western-backed faction headed by Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri lost a third of its seats.


7th May, 2018
WARNED: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, that the US will have "historic regret" if President Donald Trump scraps the nuclear agreement between Iran, the US, China, Russia, Germany, Framce and the UK.
INJURED: Pakistan's Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal in an assassination attempt in the north-eastern city of Narowal.
RECOMMENDED: In a world first, that exercise become a prescribed component of care for cancer sufferers, by the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia.


4th May, 2018
BATTERED: Parts of north and western India by dust and rain storms, killing at least 90.
EXPELLED: From the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski.
PREPARING: Vanuatu, to permanently evacuate the 10,000 strong population of the island of Ambae as a volcano there spews thick ash.


3rd May, 2018
SHUTTING DOWN: Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy at the centre of a Facebook data-sharing scandal.
APPOINTED: Former Test batsman Justin Langer as the new coach of the Australian cricket team which was recently at the centre of a ball-tampering scandal.
PASSED: In the US state of Hawaii, a new law banning sunscreens that contain chemicals harmful to ocean eco-systems.


2nd May, 2018
BOMBS: Exploded in the Nigerian town of Mubi in and around a mosque, killing at least 27 people.
CLASHED: In Paris between police and anarchists after violence broke out on the sidelines of annual May Day labour protests; hundreds have been arrested.
ANNOUNCED: By Mark Zuckerberg, plans to launch a dating service on Facebook.


1st May, 2018
KILLED: More than 30 people - including nine journalists - in two suicide bombings in Kabul, Afghanistan. Another journalist was shot dead in a separate incident near the border with Pakistan.
ANNOUNCED: By Syria's Assad's regime, that Syrians have just weeks to register and prove they own homes in the country - a decision which could have significant impacts on refugees.
POISED: Armenia's Parliament, to elect opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan as the next Prime Minister after former PM Serzh Sargsyan resigned following weeks of protests.


30th April, 2018
RESIGNED: UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd after saying she "inadvertently misled" MPs over targets for removing illegal immigrants from the country.
DIED: Alfie Evans, the British toddler at the centre of a long-running legal battle over his treatment between his parents and doctors.
DISCOVERED: By the Terrus museum in Elne, France, that more than 80 works it had purchased which were originally attributed to artist Etienne Terrus, are fakes.


27th April, 2018
MEETING: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with South Korean President Moon Jae-In at the Peace House in South Korea; it is the first time a North Korean leader has crossed into the south since the Korean War.
CONFIRMED: Former CIA head, Mike Pompeo, as US Secretary of State by the US Senate.
GUILTY: US actor Bill Cosby, of drugging and molesting a woman 14 years ago. Cosby remains on bail until sentencing.


26th April, 2018
ADDRESSED: The US Congress, French President Emmanuel Macron during a visit to the US, telling law-makers to reject fear and nationalism.
WORN: Jewish skullcaps, thousands of non-Jewish Germans, in a nationwide statement of solidarity with the Germany's Jewish community amid growing concerns over anti-Semitism.
UNVEILED: The first statue commemorating a female - in this case women's suffragist leader Millicent Fawett - in London's Parliament Square.


24th April, 2018
RESIGNED: Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia after mass protests.
ADMITTED: To intensive care, former US President George HW Bush; it comes just days after the 93-year-old buried his wife, Barbara.
BORN: A son to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, brother to Prince George and Princess Charlotte.


23rd April, 2018
KILLED: More than 50 people in a suicide bombing at a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital of Kabul ahead of an October election; the so-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility.
RALLIED: Thousands of people in an anti-government protest in Armenia, after opposition MP Nikol Pashinyan was arrested.
APPROVED: A tough new immigration law in France which shortens asylum application deadlines, doubles the time for which illegal migrants can be detained, and introduces a one year prison sentence for entering France illegally.


20th April, 2018
QUIT: Craig Meller, CEO of Australian wealth management company AMP, after the country's banking royal commission heard how AMP had routinely charged fees for services that weren't delivered and misled corporate watchdog, ASIC, about it.
CLAIMED: That paediatrician Hans Asperger, after whom Asperger syndrome is named, had actively aided and supported Nazi programme on euthanasia, by Herwig Czech, of Vienna’s Medical University.
RENAMED: The Kingdom of Swaziland, as the Kingdom of eSwatini, by King Mswati III to mark 50 years since independence from British rule. 


19th April, 2018
SHOT AT: A UN security team while doing reconnaissance in Syria for inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons who are there to investigate allegations chemical weapons were used in an attack on 7th April.
CALLED: Snap elections in Turkey on 24th June, by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as Parliament extends a state of emergency for three more months.
BLASTED OFF: NASA's TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) spacecraft on a mission to find new worlds around neighbouring stars that could support life. 


18th April, 2018
DIED: Barbara Bush, 37th First Lady of the United States and wife and mother of US presidents, at the age of 92.
DISPUTED: By Bangladesh and the UN refugee agency, that any Rohingya Muslims had been repatriated to Myanmar despite claims of Myanmar's Government.
REVEALED: That CIA Director Mike Pompeo made a secret visit to North Korea over Easter to lay the groundwork for meetings between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.


17th April, 2018
EXPECTED: Chemical weapons inspectors to visit the Syrian town of Douma - site of an alleged chemical weapons attack which sparked a missile strike response from the US, UK and France - on Wednesday, after Russia has reportedly agreed to the move.
WON: The Pulitzer Prize for Music, US artist Kendrink Lamar who has became the first rapper to win the award.
FOUND: By two amateur archaeologists on the German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea, a Viking treasure linked to the era of Danish King Harald Gormsson.


16th April, 2018
PREPARING: The US, to target Russia with sanctions for its support of the regime of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad; the move comes as Russia warns in the wake of weekend missile strikes that further attacks would bring "chaos" to world affairs.
REPORTED: By the Government of Myanmar, that five Rohingya Muslim refugees who had fled the country to Bangladesh had returned - they are the first of 700,000 who fled Myanmar after violence to do so.
PROTESTED: Thousands of young people in Budapest on Saturday against what organisers said was an "unfair" election system which gave Prime Minister Viktor Orbán a landslide victory in recent elections.


13th April, 2018
ASSESSING: The US, its response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Syrian town of Douma amid escalating tensions on the international stage.
EXPLORING: US officials, the possibility of rejoining negotiations over the Trans-Pacific-Partnership trade agreement, on orders of US President Donald Trump, according to US senators.
LAUNCHED: A potentially ground-breaking new prosecution of Islamic militant Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud for the crime of persecution on the grounds of gender, by the International Criminal Court.


12th April, 2018
SENTENCED: Seven Myanmar soldiers, to 10 years in prison, for participating in the massacre of 10 Rohingya men.
ADMITTED: By Pope Francis that he made a "grave errors" in judgement with regard to a clerical abuse scandal in Chile, inviting the victims to Rome to seek their forgiveness.
CRASHED: A military plane in northern Algeria, soon after take-off, killing more than 250 people.


11th April, 2018
VETOED: By Russia, a US proposal made to the UN Security Council for an independent probe into the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian town of Douma in which at least 60 people have died. Russia backed a visit by UN weapons inspectors instead.
LEFT OFF: The invitation list to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - US President Donald Trump, former President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
ORDERED: According to state media, by Sudan's President, Omar al-Bashir, the release of all political prisoners.


10th April, 2018
RAIDED: By the FBI, the office and home of US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen in a move US President Donald Trump characterised as a "total witch-hunt".
MARKED: 20 years since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement which brought to an end three decades of violence in Northern Ireland.
WON: Controversial Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, another term in office, after his party won parliamentary elections held on Sunday.


9th April, 2018
ALLEGED: That chemical weapons were used by Syrian forces in an attack in the town of Douma on Saturday in which at least 49 people were reportedly killed. The Syrian Government and Russia have denied the allegations.
IN CUSTODY: Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva after he turned himself in following a brief stand-off to start serving a 12 year sentence for corruption; the moves comes after a Supreme Court judge rejected a plea for him to remain free pending appeals.
KILLED: Two people the German city of Muenster after a man drove a van into the crowd outside a pub. Some 20 people were injured and the driver, who reportedly had a history of mental illness, killed himself.


5th April, 2018
MARKED: In the US, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights champion, Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.
UNDERWAY: The Commonwealth Games, on Australia's Gold Coast, after an opening ceremony Wednesday night.
ANNOUNCED: In France, plans to cut MP numbers by a third following agreement between Prime Minister Édouard Philippe and the opposition-controlled Senate.


4th April, 2018
PREPARING: To open, the Commonwealth Games, on Australia's Gold Coast, tonight.
DIED: A female suspect in a shooting incident at YouTube headquarters in the US in which four people were injured.
VOWED: US President Donald Trump, to use the military to secure America's border with Mexico amid reports a "caravan" of asylum seekers from Central America was heading for the US.


3rd April, 2018
DIED: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, anti-apartheid activity and former wife of Nelson Mandela, in South Africa at the age of 81.
WON: A second term, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, with 97 per cent of votes amid concerns over low voting turnout.
IMPOSED: By China, a range of new tariffs on US imports including pork, following the recent US move to implement new trade tariffs.


29th March, 2018
TO VOTE: Ireland, in a referendum on changing the nation's strict abortion laws, on 25th May.
BANNED: For 12 months from playing for Australia, cricketers Steve Smith and David Warner, over the recent ball-tampering scandal in South Africa; Cameron Bancroft has been banned for nine months.
RETURNED: Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, to Pakistan for the first time since she was shot by the Taliban in 2012.


28th March, 2018
CONFIRMED: By China's state news agency Xinhua, that a meeting took place in China between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing.
REFUSED: An invitation for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to testify before a British parliamentary committee into the Cambridge Analytica scandal; the company has instead said it would send one of his deputies.
PROTESTING: Thousands of people in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, in the wake of a shopping centre fire in which at least 64 died; Russian President Vladimir Putin has blamed "criminal negligence" for the blaze. 


27th March, 2018
EXPELLED: Russian diplomats from more than 20 nations, including the US, Australia and a range of European nations, in a move of solidarity with the UK following a nerve agent attack there earlier this month.
LEAVING: Thousands of rebel fighters and civilians who are being bussed out of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus after two rebel groups reached a withdrawal deal with the Syrian Government.
KILLED: More than 60 people including children in a fire at a Russian shopping centre in the city of Kemerovo.


26th March, 2018
APOLOGISED: In ads in US and UK newspapers, Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg, for a "breach of trust" which took place when an app resulted in the leaking of the data of millions of Facebook users in 2014.
DETAINED: Ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont by police in Germany over an arrest warrant relating to the organisation of an illegal referendum on secession of the Catalan region from Spain last year; protests have erupted in Barcelona in the wake of his arrest.
FALLEN: Orange-tinted snow, caused by sand from the Sahara mixing with snow and rain, across parts of Eastern Europe.


23rd March, 2018
SIGNED: By US President Donald Trump, a presidential memorandum, that could impose tariffs on up to $US60 billion of imports from China; the move has prompted a sharp response from China.
REPLACED: By US President Donald Trump, his national security advisor HR McMaster with Bush-era "hawk" and former UN ambassador John Bolton.
DISPATCHED: Invitations to some 600 people asked to attend the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.


22nd March, 2018
ADMITTED: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg that the company had "made mistakes" in efforts to protect users' data in the wake over a scandal involving Cambridge Analytics' use of data.
BLOWN UP: A man suspected of being a serial bomber in Texas after he was approached by police following a three week manhunt.
AGREED: UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson with a Labour MP's suggestion made in Parliament that Russian President Vladimir Putin will try use hosting the World Cup to bolster his country's image in much the same way Adolf Hitler used the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany.


21st March, 2018
BLAMED: By the Syrian Government, rebel forces, for a rocket attack on a market in a government controlled area of Damascus in which 35 people were killed and more than 20 others injured.
IN CUSTODY: Former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, over questions as to whether late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi helped finance his 2007 election campaign.
CHARGED: A US police officer over the fatal shooting of unarmed Australian Justine Damond in July last year after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home.


20th March, 2018
CALLED FOR: By US President Donald Trump, the death penalty for some drug traffickers, as part of his response to the country's opioid epidemic.
CANCELLED: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's only public speaking engagement while in Australia for the ASEAN summit, citing ill health.
KILLED: A 49-year-old female pedestrian in the US state of Arizona after she was struck by a self-driving Uber test car in the first fatality involving such a vehicle (an operator was behind the wheel at the time). Uber has halted further tests.


19th March, 2018
RE-ELECTED: Russian President Vladimir Putin in a landslide with more than 70 per cent of the vote. There was no expectation any other candidate would win.
 More than 70 homes and building in bushfires in Australia burning around Tathra, on the south coast of New South Wales. Fires have also caused damage near Warrnambool in Victoria.
REJECTED: By Australia's Attorney General Christian Porter a bid by activist lawyers to see Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi prosecuted for crimes against humanity during her visit to Australia for the ASEAN summit.


16th March, 2018
HOSTING: Australia, the ASEAN summit of South East Asian leaders, even though Australia is not a member state of the group.
 A pedestrian bridge under construction in Florida, US, killing at least four.
DEMANDED: An apology, by the South African Government, from Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton for comments that the country's white farmers are being "persecuted" and needed "help from a civilised country like ours".


15th March, 2018
EXPELLED: 23 Russian diplomats from the UK after Russia failed to respond to an ultimatum issued by British Prime Minister Theresa May to respond to claims it was behind the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the town of Salisbury.
From the International Criminal Court, The Philippines after what President Rodrigo Duterte called "outrageous" attacks by UN officials and violations of process by the ICC.
WALKED OUT: Thousands of students from US schools in a national demonstration of support for gun control reforms following last month's school shootings in Florida.


14th March, 2018
SACKED: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by US President Donald Trump who has replaced him with CIA director Mike Pompeo. Gina Haspel has been nominated by Mr Trump for the post of CIA director subject to Senate approval.
DIED: Exiled Russian businessman and vocal critic of the Kremlin Nikolai Glushkov in London; police are investigating and say their is no evidence to suggest a link with the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter.
PROPOSED: In Japan, the lowering of the age of adulthood from 20 to 18-years-old; the plan has the support of the government and, if passed, would take effect from 2022.


13th March, 2018
CRASHED: A plane in Kathmandu, Nepal, as it came in to land at the end of a flight from Bangladesh, killing at least 50 of the 71 on board.
SEEN: Officially in public with Queen Elizabeth II for the first time, Meghan Markle, fiancee of Prince Harry, at a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
DIED: French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy at the age of 91.


12th March, 2018
APPROVED: By China's 3,000 strong Congress, the removal of term limits for presidents, opening the way for President Xi Jinping to become the nation's president for life.
SWORN IN: Sebastián Piñera as the new president of Chile marking his second term in the office. The conservative replaces left leaning Michelle Bachelet.
ANNOUNCED: That Elon Musk's SpaceX will launched short test flights of its Mars rocket in the first half of next year.


9th March, 2018
ANNOUNCED: A meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to take place by May; it comes after high level talks between North and South Korea.
ON STRIKE: An estimated five million women in Spain for 24 hours to mark International Women's Day by calling for gender equality.
LIKELY: That bones found on the remote Pacific Ocean island of Nikumaroro in 1940 are those of missing pilot Amelia Earhart, according to a new study.


8th March, 2018
CONFIRMED: UK police, that a nerve agent was used to poison ex-Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter in Salisbury. Investigations continue.
CONCERNS: That the death toll in Papua New Guinea in the wake of last week's magnitude 7.5 earthquake could exceed 100.
PUSHED BACK: 'Zero Day' - the day when Cape Town, South Africa, will see strict water limits imposed, to 27th August.


7th March, 2018
WELCOMED: By US President Donald Trump, indications that North Korea would be willing to talk with the US during which it would suspend nuclear tests.
INVESTIGATING: The suspected poisoning of ex-Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter in the UK town of Salisbury. Skripal, a former colonel in Russian intelligence, was granted refuge in the UK in a prisoner swap arrangement after his conviction for treason in Russia.
FOUND: The oldest known 'message in a bottle' in Western Australia; at almost 132-years-old, it was thrown off the German sailing ship Paula in 1886 in the Indian Ocean.


6th March, 2018
STRIPPED: A humanitarian aid convoy into Eastern Ghouta in Syria, of vital medical supplies, before it was allowed in to the besieged area.
VISITING: Vietnam, by the US Navy ship, the USS Carl Vinson - the first US aircraft carrier to do so since the Vietnam War.
ARRESTED: A man suspected of stealing Frances McDormand's best actress Oscar - won for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - at an after party.


5th March, 2018
CLOSED: Polls in the Italian national elections with the results yet to be officially announced but a hung Parliament predicted.
AFTERSHOCKS: In Papua New Guinea's highlands, as strong as a magnitude of 6, following last week's 7.5 magnitude earthquake which killed at least 65 and left tens of thousands in urgent need of humanitarian aid.
DIED: British athlete Sir Roger Bannister, the first man to run a mile in under four minutes, in Oxford at the age of 88.


2nd March, 2018
ANNOUNCED: By US President Donald Trump, tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, sparking fears of a trade war with China.
URGED: The British Government, by an independent UK inquiry, that children forcibly sent to Australia from Britain after World War II be compensated for abuse and neglect they suffered.
REJECTED: By the Taliban, an offer of peace talks with the Afghan Government which said it would recognise the group as a legitimate party in negotiations.


1st March, 2018
CONFIRMED: That at least 30 people died in Papua New Guinea in a magnitude 7.5 earthquake on Monday.
RESIGNED: White House Communications Director Hope Hicks with a departure date to be confirmed.
REVEALED: By unnamed intelligence sources, that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his late father Kim Jong-il used fraudulently obtained Brazilian passports to apply for visas to Western countries in the Nineties.


28th February, 2018
RISING: Death toll from a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Papua New Guinea on Monday to at least 11.
RECALLED: More than two million cars in Australia to have airbags - associated with 20 deaths globally - replaced.
ANNOUNCED: Plans to launch a 4G mobile network on the Moon in 2019 by mobile phone giants Vodafone and Nokia.


27th February, 2018
WORSENING: Weather conditions in Europe where the' 'Beast from the East' weather front is bringing record cold and snow falls.
SACKED: Military chiefs in Saudi Arabia by King Salman in a series of royal decrees; Saudi Arabia is currently leading a coalition fighting rebels in Yemen.
KILLED: Journalist Jan Kuciak and partner Martina Kusnirova, in Slovakia, in a suspected assassination which has shocked the nation. Police have linked his death to his investigative work into alleged tax fraud.


26th February, 2018
SWORN IN: Michael McCormack as the new Deputy Prime Minister of Australia following the formal resignation of Barnaby Joyce.
KILLED: At least 45 after twin car bombs, claimed by al-Shabaab, exploded in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Friday while in Yemen at least 14 died in an attack claimed by the so-called Islamic State.
ENDED: The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with Norway topping the medals tally.


23rd February, 2018
FAILED: The UN Security Council to agree on a ceasefire in Syria where the death toll in Eastern Ghouta has now reportedly topped 400.
LASHED OUT: US National Rifle Association chief executive Wayne LaPierre against those advocating for greater gun controls in the wake of the Florida school shooting, saying they were trying to use the incident to to erode constitutionally guaranteed gun rights.
FILED: A new indictment against former campaign aides of Donald Trump, Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The two men were first charged last October.


22nd February, 2018
MET: US President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence with students and parents advocating for gun reform in the wake of the recent school shooting in Florida. In response to the shooting, the President has proposed arming teachers and sports coaches and using former military personnel to provide security at schools.
PLEA: From UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to end fighting in Eastern Ghouta in Syria, describing it as "hell on Earth".
CLAIMED: By embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that intelligence provided by his country foiled an alleged Islamic State plot to blow up a plane leaving Sydney


21st February, 2018
ESCALATING: The crisis in Syria where more than 250 people have reportedly died in the Eastern Ghouta area outside Damascus since Sunday as a Syrian Government bombing offensive continues; meanwhile the government is also sending militia to the country's northern enclave of Afrin in support Kurds who have been fighting Turkish troops there.
SIGNED: By US President Donald Trump, a memo to the Justice Department proposing regulations to ban devices like the rapid fire "bump stocks" used in last years shooting massacre in Las Vegas.
DEBATED: In Iceland, legislation that could make the nation the first in the world to ban the practice of circumcision.


20th February, 2018
STAGED: A "lie in" outside the White House in the US by students pressuring for tighter gun controls in the wake of the Florida school shooting last week.
KILLED: At least 77 people in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area outside Damascus in bombardments by Syrian Government forces, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
ORDERED: To stand trial for the killing of six farmers in 1992, former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori - just a month after he was released from prison for human rights abuses and corruption.


19th February, 2018
DECLARED: A state of emergency in Ethiopia following last week's resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
CRASHED: A passenger plane in central Iran with all 65 crew and passengers feared dead. 
WEARING BLACK: Guests at the BAFTA film awards in the UK, showing support for the #TimesUp and #MeToo campaigns in response to Hollywood's sexual harassment scandal. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, won five awards.


16th February, 2018
SWORN IN: Cyril Ramaphosa as South Africa's President, a day after Jacob Zuma resigned.
SWALLOWED: Several cars after a huge sinkhole opened up on a construction site in Rome.
RESIGNED: Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in an unexpected move, saying in a televised address that he hoped to end years of unrest.


15th February, 2018
RESIGNED: South African President Jacob Zuma, saying in a televised address that it was against his wishes but that he would obey the leadership of the African National Congress (ANC).
DIED: Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, at age 65, in South Africa after a battle with cancer.
CALLED: A group of 15 prominent Iranian intellectuals, some of whom are based in Iran, for a referendum in Iran on whether the ruling establishment is still back by a majority.


14th February, 2018
RECOMMENDED: Israeli police, that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu face charges over allegations of bribery. Mr Netanyahu has denied wrong-doing. The decision as to whether charges will be laid now lies with Israel's Attorney-General.
ORDERED: To step down, South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party. But no deadline has been set for him to do so.
UPHELD: An arrest warrant for Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, by a British judge who rejected arguments it was no longer in the public interest to arrest him for jumping bail in 2012. He remains in Equador's London embassy.


13th February, 2018
DEADLINE: Of 48 hours, reportedly given to South Africa's President Jacob Zuma to resign by the leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) Party, according to the country's state broadcaster.
DESTROYED: Tonga's historic Parliament building after Cyclone Gita hit the Pacific island nation; scores of homes have also been destroyed.
MARKED: In Australia, 10 years since then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologised to the Indigenous "Stolen Generations".


12th February, 2018
CRASHED: A passenger plane near Moscow, Russia, killing all 71 people on board. The cause of the crash is being investigated.
OPENED: An Australian Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry in Melbourne.
ACCUSED: Oxfam, of lacking "moral leadership" by the British Government, after accusations some workers were involved in sexual misconduct with prostitutes while working in Haiti following a 2010 earthquake.


9th February, 2018
LAUNCHED: A preliminary inquiry by International Criminal Court prosecutors into whether "crimes against humanity" have been committed during Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's "war on drugs".
DROPPED: The US Dow Jones, by another 1,000 points, meaning the falls of this week can now officially be called a "correction".
AGREED: A deal which will see German Chancellor Angela Merkel form a new coalition government in Germany, ending months of what has been a political deadlock.


8th February, 2018
EXPLORING: By the US Government, the idea of holding a grand military parade following a request from US President Donald Trump after he was reportedly impressed by such a parade in France.
ANNOUNCED: That Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will make a formal apology to survivors of child sexual abuse later this year.
RISING: Death toll in the Taiwanese city of Hualien to at least seven killed following a magnitude 6.4 earthquake on Tuesday.


7th February, 2018
LAUNCHED: The world's most powerful rocket - the Falcon Heavy - by SpaceX, on its first test flight.
MARKED: In the UK, 100 years since the passing of a bill which gave women the vote for the first time (although only property owning women over the age of 30 could do so initially).
SIGNED OFF: The Polish President Andrzej Duda on a highly controversial law making it illegal to accuse the Polish nation of complicity in the Holocaust.


6th February, 2018
CELEBRATING: Fans of the US football team, the Philadelphia Eagles, after the team won the Super Bowl over the New England Patriots (41-33) in the first such win in its history.
SETTLED: A phone-hacking case involving actor Hugh Grant and British media company Mirror Group newspapers for an undisclosed amount.
RECORD: Amount of snow in Moscow, the heaviest in 60 years, with 22 centimetres recorded on Sunday.


5th February, 2018
INCREASING: Pressure on South Africa's President Jacob Zuma to step down amid growing concern over allegations of corruption.
PROTEST: More than 100,000 people, in Athens, against neighbouring Macedonia's use of that name.
RESIGNED: Melbourne's Lord Mayor Robert Doyle; it comes after he was admitted to hospital and some days after he was handed the findings of an investigation into sexual harassment allegations made against him which he has "strenously" denied.


2nd February, 2018
UNCOVERED: Allegedly, evidence of five mass graves containing the bodies of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, according to an Associated Press investigation.
CONCERNED: The FBI about US President Donald Trump's plans to release a memo said to contain classified information about a bureau investigation into one of the president's campaign aides.
UNDERWAY: An excavation at an Adelaide factory site linked with the disappearance of the three Beaumont children in 1966, one of the most high profile cold cases mysteries in Australia.


1st February, 2018
LEAVING: British MPs, the Palace of Westminster (aka The Houses of Parliament), for at least six years to allow for a £3.5 billion restoration.
ENDED: The practice of having so-called "grid girls" at Formula One events, with F1 management saying it was no longer "appropriate".
BANNED: The ivory trade, in Hong Kong, after a landmark vote by legislators.


31st January, 2018
BREACHED: National security, in Australia, after hundreds of top-secret and highly classified cabinet documents were obtained by the ABC after being found in a locked filing cabinet which had been sold at a second-hand store.
SENT: By Pope Francis, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, the Vatican's most respected sex crimes expert, to Chile to investigate allegations that Bishop Juan Barros covered-up for a paedophile priest. It comes after the Pope said earlier the allegations against the bishop were "slander".
PROTESTING: Women in Iran, taking off their headscarves in a campaign against the mandatory head-coverings.


30th January, 2018
PROPOSED: In Ireland, a referendum asking voters about changing the nation's abortion laws, to be held at the end of May.
QUIT: FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe earlier than the previously expected date in March; Mr McCabe has been a target of criticism by US President Donald Trump.
PEAKED: The flooded Seine River in Paris, according to forecasters.


29th January, 2018
RUNNING OUT: Of water, the South African city of Cape Town with 'Day Zero' set at 12th April; citizens are under enforced restrictions.
DETAINED: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny after he appeared at a rally urging voters to boycott the country's upcoming presidential election.
DIED: IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad at the age of 91.


25th January, 2018
CLONED: Two monkeys at a laboratory in China; the first time primates have been cloned.
SENTENCED: Former US gymnastics team doctor Larry Nasser to 175 years in jail for molesting young female athletes; the court heard testimony from almost 160 victims.
LOST: Ex-Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, an appeal against a corruption conviction.


24th January, 2018
EXPECTED: A new Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal involving 11 nations including Australia - but not the US which withdrew from a previously agreed deal - to be signed in March. 
QUESTIONED: US Attorney General Jeff Sessions by Special Counsel Robert Mueller last week as part of his inquiry into alleged ties between Russia and US President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
DIED: Best-selling fantasy author Ursula K Le Guin at the age of 88.


23rd January, 2018
ENDING: The US Government shutdown after an agreement between Democrats and Republicans which sees funding temporarily - and conditionally - restored for government agencies.
APOLOGISED: Pope Francis for comments he made in Chile in which he had insisted people abused by priests show proof of the abuse; but he repeated comments defending a Chilean bishop accused of covering up for the country's most notorious paedophile priest, saying people who make such accusations without providing evidence are guilty of slander.
ENGAGED: Britain's Princess Eugenie, grand-daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and eighth in line to the throne, to her long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank.


22nd January, 2018
CALLED: For an end to "femicide", Pope Francis during his papal tour of Peru, asking for new legislation to protect women and a new culture that "repudiates every form of violence".
SHUT DOWN: Partially, the US Government after a stop-gap measure to ensure ongoing funding of government agencies continued in the immediate future was blocked by Democrats in the Senate who are demanding protections for so-called 'Dreamers', younger immigrants who are now facing deportation.
CROSSED: The Syrian border, Turkish troops to fight a Kurdish militia group known as YPG which has since claimed it repelled the Turkish soldiers.


19th January, 2018
REVEALED: That New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is pregnant with the baby due in June.
SIGNED: By France and the UK, a treaty to speed up processing of migrants in Calais.
SENDING OUT: In Sweden, booklets for households on what to do in case of war and how to prepare for terrorism, cyber attacks and natural disasters.


18th January, 2018
DECIDED: That the 950-year-old Bayeux Tapestry, now on display in France and depicting the landmark Battle of Hastings between the Normans and Saxons, will be shown in the UK for the first time.
AGREED: That North and South Korea will march under one flag at the upcoming Winter Olympics and will field a joint women's ice hockey team.
DISCOVERED: The world's longest underwater cave system on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, by the Gran Acuifero Maya project. 


17th January, 2018
AGREED: Between Myanmar and Bangladesh that the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state will return within two years.
SENT: Mistakenly by Japanese public broadcaster NHK, an alert warning of a North Korean missile launch; it comes just days after a similar false alarm in the US state of Hawaii.
WITHHELD: $US65 million in aid from the UN relief agency for Palestinians, by the US. It follows comments from US President Donald Trump that the US received no "appreciation or respect" in return for its aid.


16th January, 2018
COLLAPSED: An elevated walkway at the Indonesia Stock Exchange on Monday leaving dozens injured but remarkably no fatalities.
CHARGED: More than 1,000 young people in Denmark with distributing sexually explicit material showing two 15-year-olds having sex.
APOLOGISED: French actress Catherine Deneuve, to victims of sexual assault who were offended by a column published in Le Monde and signed by 100 French women in which they said the #MeToo campaign had gone too far.


15th January, 2018
LAMBASTED: US President Donald Trump over comments he allegedly made last week denigrating the nations of origin of immigrants from countries including Haiti and El Salvador and nations in Africa. 
SHAKEN: Southern Peru by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake on Sunday morning, causing damage to homes and infrastructure and killing at least one.
SKIDDED: Off a runway and down an embankment on the shore of the Black Sea, a passenger plane as it came into land at Trabzon airport in Turkey on Saturday. No-one was reportedly injured in the incident.


12th January, 2018
PLEDGED: UK Prime Minister Theresa May to eradicate all avoidable plastic waste in the country by 2042 in a national 'plan of action'.
URGED: By European Union leaders, that the US endorse a key nuclear agreement with Iran by waiving sanctions lifted under the 2015 deal; there is speculation US President Donald Trump will instead increase sanctions.
GRANTED: WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, Ecuadorian citizenship after more than five years living in the nation's London embassy. It's not  expected that his new status will immediately change his situation.


11th January, 2018
RISING: Death toll due to mudslides in southern California, to at least 17 with more than 20 still missing.
Involving thousands, in Tunisia over rising prices. Hundreds have been arrested.
REMOVED: A 60 year ban on women buying alcohol in Sri Lanka.


10th January, 2018
CONFIRMED: That North Korea will send a delegation to the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea.
In southern California, following wildfires last month, leaving 13 people dead.
ANNOUNCED: That 2017 was Australia's third warmest year on record, according to the country's Bureau of Meteorology.


9th January, 2018
RESUMING: Talks between North and South Korea for the first time in more than two years - the North's participation at the upcoming Winter Olympics in the South is expected to be on the agenda.
Growing over the environment impact of a collision between an oil tanker and a cargo ship off China's east coast.
ANNOUNCED: An 18 month deadline for almost 200,000 people from El Salvador to leave the US after the Trump administration cancelled temporary permits granted after an earthquake in 2001.


8th January, 2018
CELEBRATED: Christmas on 7th January by Orthodox Christians around the world.
RESCUED: Thousands of people stuck on roads Saturday night due to heavy snow in Spain, by police and soldiers.
COLLIDED: An oil tanker and a cargo ship off China's east coast, leaving dozens missing.


5th January, 2018
FREEZING: North America, with a massive "bomb cyclone" hitting the east coast bringing wind chills of -40 degrees Celsius in some areas.
 US security aid to Pakistan after claims the Asian nation had failed to deal with terrorist networks operating in its borders.
CRASHED: A passenger train into a truck in South Africa, leaving at least 18 dead and hundreds injured.


4th January, 2018
DEPLOYED: Iran's 'Revolutionary Guard', to put an end to anti-government unrest in Iran which has left at least 22 people dead.
 A 'hotline' between North and South Korea which was shut off almost two years ago.
ANNOUNCED: By French President Emmanuel Macron, plans for a new law to combat so-called "fake news".


3rd January, 2018
RISING: Death toll in Iran as protests continue against the ruling regime to at least 20; Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused foreign "enemies" of fuelling the protests.
By South Korea, high level talks with neighbouring North Korea ahead of the Winter Olympics due to begin in the South in February; the move comes after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he was willing to send a delegation.
KILLED: At least 36 people after a bus plunged off a cliff in Peru.


2nd January, 2018
PROTESTS: In Iran against the ruling regime; 12 people have reportedly died in associated violence.
 A new project to tackle sexual harassment in the film industry and other workplaces by more than 300 Hollywood actresses, writers and directors.
ESCAPED: Some 700 people who had been held by Boko Haram fighters in Nigeria, according to the country's army.


22nd December, 2017
REJECTED: In a vote at the UN General Assembly, the US Trump Administration's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by a vote of 128 to nine with 35 abstentions.
 A majority of seats by pro-independence parties in regional parliament elections in Catalonia, Spain, in a blow to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
ENDED: Australia's three year bombing campaign in Syria and Iraq against so called Islamic State fighters.


21st December, 2017
PASSED: A landmark US tax bill by Congress, the biggest overhaul of the US tax code in 30 years.
 The first Allied and Royal Australian Navy submarine lost in World War I, HMAS AE1, off the coast of Papua New Guinea after a 103 year search.
RESIGNED: UK minister Damian Green, First Secretary of State, after an internal investigation found he made "misleading" comments about pornography found on his House of Commons computer.


20th December, 2017
REPORTED: That an Amtrak train which was derailed on Monday was travelling 80kph over the speed limit which it careered off an overpass south of Seattle in the US, killing at last three and injuring scores more.
Anti-apartheid activist turned politician Cyril Ramaphosa, to lead the African National Congress in South Africa, making it likely he will be the next president of the nation.
SWORN IN: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's new Cabinet following a ministerial reshuffle.


18th December, 2017
ELECTED: As president of Chile, conservative billionaire (and former president) Sebastián Piñera over Alejandro Guillier.
CIRCUMNAVIGATED: The world, in record time, French sailor Francois Gabart, setting a new solo circumnavigation record of 42 days and 16 hours, more than six days less than the previous record.
ADMITTED: The US Defence Department, that it ran a secret program to identify UFOs between 2007 and 2012.


15th December, 2017
HANDED DOWN: The final report from Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse bringing to more than 400 the total number of recommendations made including one that religious ministers be forced to report knowledge or suspicion of abuse detailed in the confessional.
SOLD: Parts of 21st Century Fox - including its film and television studios and cable entertainment networks - to Disney for $US52.4 billion.
FOUND: By NASA, a distant star known as Kepler-90, circled by eight planets (making it the first star to host as many planets as our own Sun). 


14th December, 2017
CLOSED: Australia's national Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse with a final hearing at which a book containing statements by survivors was presented to the National Library of Australia. A report with recommendations will be presented to the Governor-General on Friday.
 UK Prime Minister Theresa May's Government; by MPs who voted in favour of giving Parliament the final say on any agreement with the European Union.
EXTENDED: Martial law on the island of Mindanao, in The Philippines, for another year, following concerns rebels were regrouping.


13th December, 2017
DECLARED: A state of emergency in Italy after an explosion disrupted Austria's main gas pipeline in the country's east.
 The US stance on North Korea with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson saying the country was ready to open nuclear disarmament talks with the rogue nation. Meanwhile, a report from three renowned international jurists said the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity.
VOTED: Citizens of the US state of Alabama in a high stakes and controversial poll involving Republican candidate Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones.


12th December, 2017
ATTEMPTED: Terror attack in New York City, by a lone man who detonated a home-made bomb in a bus terminal, wounding four. A suspect is in custody. It is not yet known whether the bomb went off prematurely.
 From the Australian Parliament, Labor Senator Sam Dastayari, saying he was "distracting" attention from Labor's mission amid ongoing questions over his links to China.
ANNOUNCED: By US President Donald Trump, plans to sent US astronauts back to the Moon.


11th December, 2017
DECLARED: Victory over the so-called Islamic State in Iraq, by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, after Iraqi forces recaptured the laet areas under IS control.
 Venezuela's main opposition parties from competing in the nation's upcoming presidential election, according to President Nicolas Maduro.
DEMANDED: By Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that Palestinians "get to grips with reality" that Jerusalem is Israel's capital; his comments - made during a visit to Paris - follow US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise the city as Israel's capital.


8th December, 2017
BURNING: Wildfires in southern California, with hundreds of homes destroyed and tens of thousands evacuated.
 Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez for treason, by a court in Argentina, for her role in allegedly covering up Iran’s possible role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre that killed 85 people.
CONCEDED: Defeat in the Queensland state election, LNP Leader Tim Nicholls, meaning Annastacia Palaszczuk will return as the state's premier.


7th December, 2017
NAMED: The #MeToo social media movement as TIME's Person of the Year for 2017; the movement went viral in the wake of accusations including sexual harassment made against Hollywood figure Harvey Weinstein.
 Two men accused of plotting to attack 10 Downing Street and kill UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
WON: The film Lion, 12 awards at the Australian Academy of Cinema, Television and Arts (AACTA) awards.


6th December, 2017
BANNED: Russia from competing in the Winter Olympics in South Korea next year, by the International Olympic Committee, over a "systematic manipulation of the anti-doping rules". Athletes may still complete as "neutrals".
Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, by supporters from a police van, after he was detained in the Ukraine, where he is Opposition Leader, on suspicion of assisting a criminal organisation.
REFERRED: To the High Court of Australia, Labor Senator Katy Gallagher - the latest to do so in the Federal Parliament's ongoing citizenship saga.


5th December, 2017
RULED: The US Supreme Court, upholding US President Donald Trump's ban on people travelling from six Muslim-majority countries into the US; legal challenges continue in the lower courts.
The former president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, in a roadside attack after switching sides in the country's ongoing civil war to the Saudi-backed coalition.
LAUNCHED: US online retail giant Amazon in Australia amid fears local retailers may go out of business as a result.


4th December, 2017
PROTESTS: By thousands in Honduras on Sunday after the electoral commission announced plans for a limited recount to decide the country's presidential election.
ANNOUNCED: The creation of a new virtual currency by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in a move to help ease the country's economic crisis.
MOUNTING: Speculation that this week US President Donald Trump may recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.


1st December, 2017
ENDED: The rescue mission to find a missing Argentinian submarine carrying 44 crew which disappeared two weeks ago; authorities say they will continue to search for the wreck.
BRACED: Victoria for a "once in a generation" weather event as storms sweep across the southern Australian state.
TURNED ON: The world's biggest lithium-ion battery, made by Tesla, in South Australia.


30th November, 2017
CALLED: By US ambassador Nikki Haley, for China to cut off North Korea's oil supply following the latest ballistic missile test.
ANNOUNCED: A Royal Commission into Australia's banking sector by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
POISONED: Purportedly himself, Bosnian Croat war criminal Slobodan Praljak, after a UN tribunal sentenced him to 20 years in jail for war crimes against Bosnian Muslims.


29th November, 2017
FIRED: Another ballistic missle by North Korea in a test which the US warns means the regime is now well on its way to hit any target in the world. Japan called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in the wake of the test.
Saudi Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, detained three weeks ago on allegations of corruption, after agreeing to a settlement of $US1 billion.
PERMITTED: Bolivia's Constitutional Court, President Evo Morales, to run for a fourth consecutive term in 2019.


28th November, 2017
UNDER FIRE: US President Donald Trump after making a joke about 'Pocahontas' in reference to Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren during a White House ceremony honoring Navajo veterans of World War II.
Of the Freedom of the City of Oxford, Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, over her response to the crisis affecting the Rohingya people; by unanimous vote of the city council.
ARRESTED: A 20-year-old man in Melbourne over an alleged terror plot to shoot people in the city's CBD during New Year's celebrations.


27th November, 2017
WAITING: For the final result in the Queensland state election on Saturday with incumbent Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk expected to retain office.
People living within 10 kilometres of volcano Mt Agung in Bali, Indonesia, as expectations of a major eruption rise; all flights in and out of Bali have been cancelled.
EASED: A three week military blockade of Yemen, allowing humanitarian aid and medical supplies into the capital, Sana'a.


24th November, 2017
PREPARING: In Zimbabwe, to swear in new President Emmerson Mnangagwa, as news of the deal former President Robert Mugabe made with the military become known, including that Mr Mugabe will remain in the country.
That an Argentine submarine, with 44 crew members, which is missing in the South Atlantic, may have exploded, according to authorities.
SIGNED: A memorandum of understanding between Myanmar and Bangladesh for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees from camps in Bangladesh to Myanmar.


23rd November, 2017
GUILTY: Former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic of genocide and crimes against humanity during the Bosnian conflict; a UN tribunal has sentenced him to life in prison.
Authorities in Papua New Guinea into Australia's former offshore detention facility on Manus Island after hundreds of men refused to leave following its recent closure.
DIED: David Cassidy, US pop star who rose to fame in TV sitcom, The Partridge Family, at the age of 67.


22nd November, 2017
KILLED: At least 50 people after a suicide bomber, believed to be a teenager, detonated explosives in a mosque in the town of Mubi in an attack bearing the hallmark of terror group Boko Haram.
South Australian Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore after it was found she was a British citizen becoming the ninth MP ousted since concerns first arose about the citizenship of Australian MPs.
QUIT: Ange Postecoglou as the coach of Australia's soccer team, the Socceroos, ahead of the 2018 World Cup.


21st November, 2017
EXPECTED: To commence in Zimbabwe's Parliament, impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe.
DESIGNATED: By the US Trump Administration, North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism with additional sanctions to be announced.
Talks to form a government in Germany with Chancellor Angela Merkel saying she would prefer a new election rather than lead a minority government.
DIED: Notorious US cult leader Charles Manson, behind a series of gruesome killings in LA in the late 60s, in prison at the age of 83.


20th November, 2017
DEPOSED: From his ZANU-PF Party, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who has defiantly refused to resign from his government post. Officials in Zimbabwe say they plan to impeach Mr Mugabe if he does not meet a deadline to resign.
MISSING: An Argentine Navy submarine with 44 crew members aboard, off the country's southern Altantic Ocean coast.
Tsunami warnings in New Caledonia and Vanuatu after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake was detected off New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands in the South Pacific.


17th November, 2017
PUBLISHED: The findings of the Northern Territory's Royal Commission into youth detention; among recommendations are that Darwin's infamous Don Dale youth detention centre be closed and that the age of criminal responsibility be raised to 12.
DISSOLVED: By Cambodia's Supreme Court, the country's main opposition party leaving the government with no significant competitor in next year's election.
The remains of an Aborginal man, known as 'Mungo Man', who scientists have said died 40,000 years ago, to where they were found in south-west New South Wales 40 years ago.


16th November, 2017
DENIED: Zimbabwe's military, that it was staging a coup, after President Robert Mugabe was confined to his house.
SOLD: The only Leonardo da Vinci painting believed to be left in private hands, Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World), for a record $US450 million at auction in New York.
Debate in Australia's Senate on a bill to legalise same-sex marriage.


15th November, 2017
OCCUPIED: The offices of Zimbabwe's state broadcaster in Harare, by soldiers, in a move which has intensified speculation of a coup to depose President Robert Mugabe.
KILLED: At least five after a mass shooting at various locations involving an elementary school, in northern California.
By EU Foreign Ministers, an arms embargo against Venezuela as part of a bid to pressure President Nicolás Maduro to strengthen the rule of law and democracy.


14th November, 2017
TO VOTE: In a binding decision, the British Parliament on final Brexit deal.
RESIGNING: Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie, from the Australian Parliament, after it was found she was a British citizen by descent, the latest casualty in the ongoing debate over citizenship of MPs. Meanwhile, former NSW Premier, Kristina Keneally, has announced she is running for Labor in Bennelong.
Italy, in qualifying for soccer's World Cup, for the first time in 60 years, after shock 0-1 loss to Sweden.


13th November, 2017
KILLED: At least 60 people after a powerful earthquake in northern Iraq.
SWORN IN: Three new Australian Senators replacing three members who lost their seats over dual citizenship. Scott Ryan was elected the new Senate President.
In the Belgian capital of Brussels on Saturday after Morocco defeated Ivory Coast, 2-0, to qualify for soccer's World Cup.


10th November, 2017
WARNED: By the UN, that the Saudi-led blockade of Yemen could result in the largest famine the world has seen in decades.
GATHERED: World leaders in Vietnam for the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit.
 Four new Australian Senators to replace those who lost their position over citizenship questions; three will be sworn in on Monday but questions remain over whether the fourth, Hollie Hughes, is eligible will be heard by the High Court.


9th November, 2017
ANNULLED: The Catalan Parliament's recent vote for independence by the Spanish Constitutional Court in a ruling that came as thousands of pro-independence protestors blocked roads and stopped trains in the region.
RESIGNED: UK Government Minister Priti Patel after failing to disclose private meetings with senior Israeli officials during a personal trip.
SHOWED UP: Former US President Barack Obama for jury duty at a courthouse in Chicago.
DIED: The "first cat" of New Zealand (and a rising social media star), Paddles, after being hit by a car.


8th November, 2017
ANNOUNCED: By Syria, that it will sign the Paris agreement on climate change, leaving the US the only nation opposed to the accord.
REMEMBERED: Australia's former governor-general, Sir Ninian Stephen, at a state funeral in Melbourne after he died on 29th October at the age of 94.
CANCELLED: Due to fog, a visit by US President Donald Trump to the Demilitarised Zone between North and South Korea during his tour of Asia.


7th November, 2017
COMMENCED: UN climate change summit, COP 23, in Bonn, Germany, as world governments look to the next steps after the 2015 Paris agreement to reduce emissions
SACKED: Zimbabwe's Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa by President Robert Mugabe's Government after displaying what a minister said were "traits of disloyalty".
REJECTED: By Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court, an application to re-open Australia's closed detention centre for processing asylum seekers on Manus Island. 600 men are refusing to leave the centre.


6th November, 2017
LEAKED: Some 13 million documents, dubbed the Paradise Papers, concerning offshore tax arrangements of some of the world's most powerful and wealthy to a German newspaper which called in the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) to oversee an investigation into what they reveal.
ARRESTED: Dozens of ministers, royals, officials and senior military officers in Saudi Arabia in what has been described as a "corruption purge".
SURRENDERED: Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to police in Belgium where a judge will now decide whether to execute an EU arrest warrant issued by a Spanish judge last week.


3rd November, 2017
NOMINATED: Jerome Powell to replace Janet Yellen as chair of the US Federal Reserve, by US President Donald Trump.
PROTESTS: In Catalonia, after eight regional ministers sacked as a result of the region's push for independence, were taken into custody.
DISCOVERED: Beneath the Great Pyramid in Egypt, a mysterious void.


2nd November, 2017
CHARGED: Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbek immigrant, over an attack in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday in which eight people were killed after being run down by a van on a bike path. Authorities say they have recovered evidence which allegedly shows Saipov committed the attack in support of ISIS (an acronym for the so-called Islamic State).
COMMEMORATED: 75 years since Australians retook Kokoda in Papua New Guinea after an invasion by Japanese forces during World War II.
RESIGNING: President of the Australian Senate, Stephen Parry, after it was confirmed he is a British citizen - he is the latest casualty in the Australian Parliament's citizenship saga.


1st November, 2017
LEFT: Spain, Carles Puigdemont, former leader of Catalonia, to Belgium as Spanish prosecutors say they will look to prosecute independence leaders in Catalonia for rebellion. Mr Puigedemont said he is not seeking asylum and will return to Spain if guaranteed a fair hearing.
WON: Kenya's re-run presidential election, the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta, after the first was ruled illegitimate by the nation's Supreme Court. Kenyatta reportedly won 98 per cent of the new vote after an opposition boycott ensured a lower turnout at just 39 per cent.
STAND-OFF: On Manus Island, in Papua New Guinea, as 600 men refuse to leave the now closed Australian detention centre and PNG's military prepares to take control.


31st October, 2017
COMMEMORATED: 100 years since the world's last calvalry charge at the Battle of Beersheba in World War I with a ceremony attended by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
INDICTED: Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and two others on charges including conspiracy against the US following an investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 US election.
CLOSING: Today, Australia's immigration detention facility on Manus Island despite hundreds of refugees asylum seekers refusing to leave the centre.


30th October, 2017
EXPECTED: This week, the first arrest as a result of the US inquiry, led by Robert Mueller, into Russian collusion during last year's presidential election.
KILLED: At least 29 people in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu on the weekend in a series of attacks claimed by extremist group al-Shabaab.
RALLIED: Thousands of protestors in a 'rally for unity' in Barcelona after Catalonia was stripped of its autonomy by the Spanish Government following the regional government's decision to declare independence last week.
CALLED: A snap election in Queensland, by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, to be held on 25th November.


27th October, 2017
DECLARED: Independence, the Parliament of Catalonia in Spain, with the Spanish Government responding by imposing direct rule.
OUT: Of Parliament, now former Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, after the High Court of Australia ruled he wasn't eligible to sit in Federal Parliament because of dual citizenship. Four of the six other MPs before the court on similar issues were also ruled ineligible.


26th October, 2017
MOURNING: Thailand as the nation farewells King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who reigned for 70 years before his death in October last year. The former king will be cremated in a five day ceremony centred on a purpose built crematorium in front of the grand palace in Bangkok.
AVOIDED: A trial on corruption charges, Brazil's President Michel Temer, following a vote in the country's Congress.
DIED: US rock 'n' roll pioneer Fats Domino - whose hits included Blueberry Hill and Ain't It A Shame - at the age of 89.


25th October, 2017
VOTED: Communist Party delegates in China, that President Xi Jinping's name and ideology be enshrined in its constitution, a move which elevates Mr Xi's status to that of Mao Zedong.
UNVEILED: By Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, plans for the development of a new city and business zone in the country's north-east, supported by a $US500 billion investment.
CONFIRMED: That Winston Peters, leader of New Zealand First, will serve as the nation's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.


24th October, 2017
SPOKEN OUT: In the US, Myeshia Johnson, widow of Sgt La David Johnson, over a conversation she had with US President Donald Trump after her husband's death which she said "made me cry". President Trump has denied that he didn't remember Sgt Johnson's name and said the conversation was "very respectful".
NAMED: Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo as the world's best soccer player for the second year in a row; by FIFA.
CAPTURED: On film, French President Emmanuel Macron's dog Nemo, urinating on a fireplace during a meeting at the Elysee Palace. Mr Macron apologised for the dog's actions.


23rd October, 2017
WON: A snap election in Japan, incumbent Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in what has been described as a "landslide" victory.
REVERSED: The World Health Organization, a decision to appoint Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador after an outcry given Mr Mugabe's record in recent years.
IMPOSING: Direct rule on Catalonia by the Spanish Government, in a move described by independence supporters as a "coup" - a description rejected by the federal authorities.


20th October, 2017
DECIDED: New Zealand's federal election with Labour's Jacinda Ardern named the country's next Prime Minister - at 37-years-old, the youngest since the 1800s - following an agreement with New Zealand First's Winston Peters.
LAST: Car rolled off the Holden production line in Adelaide at 11am, ending 69 years of Australian-made car manufacturing.
DELIVERED: A letter to the Australian Government, from North Korea, in which it urges Canberra to distance itself from the US Trump administration. The letter has apparently also been sent to other nations.


19th October, 2017
PROTESTS: In Somalia, thousands of people after a bombing last weekend that killed 300 people in the centre of the capital, Mogadishu. The attack has been blamed on Islamist extremist group al-Shabaab.
ANNOUNCED: By Russian TV personality Ksenia Sobchak that she will run in the nation's presidential election next year. Incumbent Vladimir Putin has yet to indicate whether he will seek re-election.
TEARFUL: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he spoke of the death of Gord Downie, 53-year-old frontman of band Tragically Hip.


11th October, 2017
WITHDRAWN: Kenyan Opposition Leader Raila Odinga from a court-ordered fresh presidential election later this month.
DEATH TOLL: From Californian wildfires, risen to at least 15.
GROWING: Number of actors coming forward alleging Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who was sacked by The Weinstein Co's board over allegations of misconduct, sexually harrassed them. Weinstein has denied allegations of rape made in a New Yorker report.


10th October, 2017
WILDFIRES: In northern California's wine region, with reports that at least 10 people have been killed and 1,500 buildings destroyed with a state of emergency declared.
EXPECTED: To commence, a High Court of Australia hearing into the citizenship of seven federal MPs.
SCALED DOWN: Dramatically, the presence of the Red Cross in Afghanistan after seven of its staff were killed in attacks this year.


9th October, 2017
PROTEST: By tens of thousands of 'pro-unity' people in Barcelona, Spain, voicing their opposition to the idea of Catalan independence.
FIRED: Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein by The Weinstein Company's board of directors after allegations of sexual misconduct.
WALKED OUT: On an NFL game, US Vice President Mike Pence, after several players refused to stand as the national anthem was played.


6th October, 2017
ORDERED: The suspension of Monday's session of the regional Catalan Parliament, by Spain's Constitutional Court, in the wake of an referendum for independence declared illegal by the court and Spanish Government.
ANNOUNCED: Australian crossbench Senator Nick Xenophon, that he is leaving federal politics and will run for a seat at the next South Australian election.
APPEARED: In a Melbourne court, Roman Catholic Cardinal George Pell, where the date for a commital hearing to examine charges of historical sexual offences was set for next March.


5th October, 2017
INTERRUPTED: British PM Theresa May, making a keynote speech to the Conservative Party conference, by a comedian who handed her a termination notice.
AGREED: At a meeting of Australian federal and state and territory leaders, to introduce a range of new measures to combat terrorism.
CLAIMS: Of a massacre of up to 80 people in Syria of group attempting to escape Islamic State-held territory near the town of Oqeirbat on 26th September.


4th October, 2017
VISITED: US territory Puerto Rico, US President Donald Trump, after it was struck by Hurricane Maria. The President caused controversy when he compared it to a "real catastrophe" like Hurricane Katrina which hit the US in 2005.
EXPELLED: 15 Cuban diplomats, from the US which said the Cuban Government had failed tp protect US diplomats in Havana from a series of mysterious "sonic attacks".
DIED: Kurdish leader and former Iraqi President, Jalal Talabani, at the age of 83. He was Iraq's first non-Arab president.


3rd October, 2017
PROTESTS: In Catalonia, Spain, over the role riot police played in attempting to prevent the recent referendum on the region's independence which had been declared illegal by the Spanish Government.
CHARGED: In Edmonton, Canada, a Somali refugee, who allegedly stabbed a police officer and ran down several pedestrians in an attack on Saturday night which authorities have labelled a terrorist incident.
PLEADED: Not guilty, two women charged with the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader, at their trial in Malaysia.


2nd October, 2017
VOTED: For secession, more than 90 per cent of the 42.3 per cent of Catalonia's voters - said the Catalan Government - in a referendum on independence which was declared illegal by the Spanish Government and constitutional court. The vote was marred by violence as Spanish police attempted to prevent the vote.
RELEASED: From prison, disgraced American football star and actor OJ Simpson on parole after nine years in jail for armed robbery, early on Sunday.
ARRIVED: In the US, first refugees formerly held in Australian immigration detention on Manus Island and Nauru under a controversial resettlement deal made between Australian and US Governments.


29th September, 2017
RELEASED: By the so-called Islamic State (IS), a new audio recording purportedly from leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who hasn't been seen in public since July, 2014, and whose last audio recording was released late last year.
Supporters of Catalonian independence to defy Spanish efforts to block a controversial referendum on the issue - declared illegal by the Spanish Government and the nation's constitutional court - this Sunday, by leaders of the separatist movement.


28th September, 2017
DEMANDED: By Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, that Kurdish authorities "cancel" the 'yes' outcome of the recent referendum on independence and hand over control of the region's international airports.
That the Australian Government will establish a space agency for the nation.
Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, of dereliction of duty over a failed rice subsidy policy. Yingluck has been sentenced to five years prison but fled the country last month before the verdict was handed down. Her whereabouts remain unknown.


27th September, 2017
WARNED: North Korea, by US President Donald Trump, that any military action taken against the nation by the US would be "devastating", in comments in which he also blamed the current tension between the two countries on previous US administrations, saying the North Korean "situation" should have been dealt with years earlier.
ANNOUNCED: By Saudi Arabia's King Salman, that women would be given the right to drive for the first time from next June.
A victory for the 'yes' vote in Kurdistan's independence referendum by the Kurdistan Regional Government's President Masoud Barzani. The Iraqi Government opposed the non-binding referendum.


26th September, 2017
HAILED: As a hero by police, Robert Engle, an usher at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Nashville, US, after he tackled a gunman who opened fire at the church on Sunday morning and killed a woman and wounded seven other people.
COMMEMORATED: The centenary of the World War I Battle of Polygon Wood, which claimed more than 5,700 Australian lives, at a ceremony in Belgium.
For 21 months, former US Congressman, Anthony Weiner, for sending sexually explicit messages to an under-aged girl.


25th September, 2017
UNDECIDED: Who will be New Zealand's next Prime Minister with Labour and National both courting Winston Peters and his New Zealand First party who hold the balance of power following Saturday's election.
PROTESTS: In the US, by NFL players who have sat, knelt or raised their fists when the US national anthem is played before games, against racial inequality in the nation. The widespread weekend protests came after US President Donald Trump called for players who kneel during the national anthem to be fired.
IMMINENT: According to experts, an eruption of Bali's Mount Agung, prompting tens of thousands to be evacuated.


22nd September, 2017
RAMPED UP: US sanctions against North Korea as the war of words continues between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
DIED: Lilliane Bettencourt, the world's richest woman and L'Oreal heiress, at the age of 94.
"SHOCKED": Same-sex marriage opponent former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott after he was allegedly headbutted by a man he says was wearing a 'Vote Yes' badge in Hobart after the man requested a handshake.


21st September, 2017
DEVASTATED: Puerto Rico, by Hurricane Maria, with one emergency official saying the storm has "destroyed everything". The hurricane has since been downgraded to Category 2.
UNVEILED: A statue in Moscow to Mikhail Kalashnikov, designer of the assault rifle that bears his name.
INTRODUCED: A new $10 note in Australia with additional security features.


20th September, 2017
BEARING DOWN: The Category 5 Hurricane Maria on Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, having caused widespread damage on Dominica.
REVISED?: Possibly, the death toll from the Grenfell Tower fire in London to below 80 as police flag they are investigating a number of cases where survivors may have falsely claimed they lost relatives.
FOUND: An intact World War I era German submarine, known as a U-boat, with 23 bodies inside off the coast of Belgium.


19th September, 2017
BRACED: Caribbean communities including the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique as well as Puerto Rico as the strengthening Hurricane Maria - now Category 5 - heads toward them.
CALLED: For sanctions on Myanmar, by Human Rights Watch, over what a top UN official has called "textbook ethnic cleansing" of the Muslim Rohingya people in Rakhine state.
KILLED: At least 15 people in a suicide bombing at an aid distribution site in Nigeria's Borno state in an attack which officials said bore the hallmarks of a Boko Haram attack.


18th September, 2017
BEARING DOWN: Another hurricane - Maria - on Caribbean island nations already devastated by Hurricane Irma.
BLAMED: "Extremists" for the crisis enveloping the Rohingya people in northern Myanmar, by key Myanmar military figure General Min Aung Hlaing. Myanmar's army has been accused for targeting civilians.
LOWERED: UK terror threat level, to severe, following Friday's attack on a Tube train in London in which some 30 people were injured. Two people have been arrested in the wake of the attack.


15th September, 2017
SCHEDULED: For later today, an emergency session of the UN Security Council after North Korea fired another ballistic missile across the northern part of Japan, prompting immediate international condemnation.
ATTACKED: A police checkpoint and two restaurants in southern Iraq by so-called Islamic State suicide bombers, killing at least 60 and wounding more than 100.
OPENED: In the UK, a public inquiry into the fire at London's Grenfell Tower in which at least 80 people were killed.


14th September, 2017
URGED: That the Myanmar military suspend action and allow Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Rakhine state to return home, by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. His statement came as Myanmar announced de factor leader Aung San Suu Kyi would not attend a key debate on the issue at the UN General Assembly next week.
MARKED: In Canberra, 70 years of Australia's involvement in international peace-keeping missions.
OFFICIAL: News that Paris will host the 2025 Olympics and Los Angeles the Games in 2028.


13th September, 2017
WON: $4.56 million, Australia's largest defamation payout, in a case brought by actor Rebel Wilson against Bauer Media over a series of articles which she said depicted her as a serial liar.
REJECTED: By Iraq's Parliament, a proposed referendum on Kurdish independence which had been scheduled for 25th September.
UNVEILED: Features of Apple's 10 year anniversary iPhone, described as the "biggest leap forward" since the original was released (as well as the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus).


12th September, 2017
ANNOUNCED: New sanctions limiting North Korea's oil imports and textile exports, by unanimous vote of the UN Security Council in response to the nation's sixth and most powerful nuclear test.
HELD: By Iraqi authorities, more than 1,300 foreign family members - women and children - of suspected Islamic State militants at a camp south of Mosul, according to reports.
COMMENCED: The sending out of ballots to Australian residents for the upcoming voluntary postal survey on legalising same-sex marriage.


11th September, 2017
RISING: Death toll in southern Mexico in the wake of a 8.1 magnitude earthquake on Thursday night to at least 90 while tens of thousands of buildings have been damaged.
BRACED: Residents in parts of Florida as now weakening hurricane Irma sweeps across the southern part of the US state after leaving a trail of destruction across the northern Caribbean. 
BLACK EYE: For Pope Francis after he fell and bumped his head while riding the 'Popemobile' during the final day of his visit to Colombia.


8th September, 2017
DEVASTATED: A series of Caribbean islands, by Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms in the Atlantic in 100 years, as it heads towards Florida. At least 14 people have been killed.
CHALLENGED: In a lawsuit involving numerous US states, US President Donald Trump's decision to end the DACA program in six months.
AFFECTED: Possibly half the US population after credit reporting company Equifax said hackers had gained access to sensitive customer data.


7th September, 2017
DESTROYED: By Hurricane Irma, 90 per cent of buildings in the Caribbean island nation of Barbuda, according to Prime Minister Gaston Browne. Four people have reportedly been killed by the hurricane.
 By a paternity test, according to the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation, Spanish woman Pilar Abel's claim that she is the daughter of surrealist artist Salvador Dali in a case which saw his remains exhumed.
GRANTED: Parole, Leslie Van Houten, the youngest of killer Charles Manson's followers, in California, at the age of 68. She was 19 at the time of the killings.


6th September, 2017
AGREED: That the Australian Federal Government will pay a $70 million settlement to 1,300 current and former Manus Island detainees in what is believed to be the largest human rights-related settlement in Australian legal history.
 Into a Category 5 storm, Hurricane Irma, which threatening parts of the Caribbean and US.
SCRAPPED: The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme - designed to protect young undocumented migrants - in the US in a move that could affect some 800,000 beneficiaries. 


5th September, 2017
ANNOUNCED: By the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, that the duchess is pregnant with her third child, a sibling to Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
 Giant sequoia trees in Yosemite's National park as wildfires sweep through parts of the western US.
LAUNCHED: By mining magnate Andrew Forrest, a new international rugby league with six teams, after Western Australian team Western Force was axed from the Australian Rugby Union competition.


4th September, 2017
CONDEMNED: By world leaders, a nuclear weapon test, the nation's sixth, carried out in North Korea over the weekend.
 The results of Kenya's recent presidential election, as ruled by the nation's Supreme Court, which ordered a new vote to be held within 60 days.
GIVES UP: Her royal title, Japan's Princess Mako, oldest grand-daughter of Emperor Akihito, to marry commoner Kei Komuro.


1st September, 2017
SHOW OF FORCE: In skies over the Korean Peninsula by South Korean and Japanese fighter jets.
INFORMED: Russia, by the US, that it has 72 hours to close three diplomatic posts in the US in response to Russia's decision to kick out 700 US diplomats last month.
DECLARED: A fugitive from justice, Pakistan's former military dictator Pervez Musharraf after he failed to appear at a trial conducted in reference to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto 10 years ago.


31st August, 2017
REMEMBERED: In tributes left at Kensington Palace in London, Princess Diana, who died 20 years ago on 31st August, 1997.
DOWNGRADED: Former Hurricane and then Tropical Storm Harvey to a "tropical depression" as floodwaters in some affected communities in the southern US, such as Houston, begin to recede while others brace for higher water levels.
MET: Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer with Pope Francis during a visit to Italy.


30th August, 2017
VISITED: Flood-affected Texas, by US President Donald Trump. The city of Houston, meanwhile, has imposed a curfew as authorities tackle impact of Tropical Storm Harvey. At least 15 people have died in the "unprecedented" event.
AGREED: A plan by leaders of seven African and European nations to address migration into Europe from northern Africa, at a meeting in Paris.
ELECTED: Bishop Kay Goldsworthy as Australia's first female Anglican archbishop; as the Archbishop of Perth.


29th August, 2017
FIRED: Another missile by North Korea, this time over the northern-most Japanese island of Hokkaido, sparking alarms and immediate protests from Japan.
EVACUATING: Residents of Houston and central Texas as floodwaters continue to rise from Tropical Storm (formerly Hurricane) Harvey. At least seven people have been killed in the storm.
SENTENCED: To 20 years jail, Indian guru Gurmeet Ran Rahim Singh, for the rape of two followers in 2002. Some 38 people have already been killed in violence which followed news of his conviction.


28th August, 2017
FLEEING: Thousands of the Muslim Rohingya minority from their homes in Myanmar to the border with Bangladesh following more violence in the state of Rakhine.
FLOODING: Described as 'catastrophic', in the southern US after Hurricane (now down-graded to Tropical Storm) Harvey made landfall in the state of Texas. Two people are so far reported to have been killed and thousands have been rescued.
ANNOUNCED: In Australia, that the troubled Ten Network will be bought by US-based broadcasting heavyweight, CBS.


25th August, 2017
MISSING: Eight people after a landslide tore through the Swiss village of Bondo on Wednesday.
URGED: A pause in the assault by US-led coalition forces on the Syrian city of Raqqa, the 'capital' of the so-called Islamic State, by the UN, to allow civilians to be evacuated.
EXPECTED: A verdict in the trial of former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinatrawa who is facing charges of negligence over a rice subsidy scheme.


24th August, 2017
SET: By the High Court of Australia, an October date for a full hearing into questions over federal MPs citizenship and disqualification.
HIT: South-eastern China, including Hong Kong and Macau, by Typhoon Hato. At least 12 people have reportedly been killed.
STEPPING DOWN: After almost 40 years, Angola's President José Eduardo Dos Santos, who is not contesting a presidential election (although he will remain head of the ruling MPLA party).


23rd August, 2017
RULED: "Unconstitutional", India's Muslim instant divorce law, by the country's Supreme Court.
REVEALED: That the alleged Barcelona terrorist cell planned bigger attacks using explosives, a suspect has reportedly told a Spanish court.
RELAUNCHED: In China, the world's fastest train, which will once again be able to travel at speeds of up to 350kph after speeds were lowered following two crashes in 2011.


22nd August, 2017
ANNOUNCED: By US President Donald Trump, a new approach to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan in which he ruled out a hasty withdrawal of US troops.
KILLED: The man believed to have driven the van in the attack in Barcelona last week in which 13 people died and more than 100 were injured, by Spanish police.
PROPOSED: By Australia's Federal Government, a trial of random drug tests for welfare recipients and new job seekers in Sydney's south-west.


21st August, 2017
MISSING: 10 US sailors after the destroyer, the USS John McCain collided with a merchant vessal off Singapore.
CONFIRMED: That seven-year-old Sydneysider Julian Cadman was among those killed in last week's terror attack in Barcelona.
DIED: US comedian Jerry Lewis at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 91.


18th August, 2017
INQUIRING: More Australian federal MPs including South Australian MP Nick Xenophon about their possible citizenship of other nations after Nationals Senator Fiona Nash revealed she may be a British citizen by descent, bringing to six the total number of MPs who have been referred to the High Court to resolve questions of citizenship.
SECURED: A place to study at Oxford University, Pakistani education activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai.
DENOUNCED: The removal of statues of Confederate figures in the US; by President Donald Trump who tweeted that "You can't change history, but you can learn from it".


17th August, 2017
QUIT: A series of US CEOs from advisory roles to then US President Donald Trump following the controversy over Mr Trump's response to the Charlottesville violence, prompting Mr Trump to scrap two business councils.
SEEKING: Diplomatic immunity, Grace Mugabe, first lady of Zimbabwe, in South Africa where she is under investigation for an alleged assault on a model.


16th August, 2017
MISSING: Thousands of people after a mudslide near Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone, which has claimed the lives of hundreds.
CONCLUDED: The disarmament of Colombia's leftist group FARC, under UN supervision, as part of a peace agreement with the Colombian Government.
CRITICISED: By Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a move by a Melbourne council to drop references to Australia Day and cancel its citizenship ceremony on 26th January.


15th August, 2017
MUDSLIDE: On the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown, killing more than 300 people, following heavy rains and flooding. Meanwhile, at least 70 have been killed in floods and landslides in Nepal.
MARKED: Seventy years since the Partition of India and Pakistan, with celebrations on both sides of the border.
SIGNED: A new security treaty between the Solomon Islands and Australia.


14th August, 2017
VIOLENCE: Resulting in police fatally shooting at least 24 people in Kenya amid ongoing protests over President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election to the post.
CLASHES: In the US town of Charlottesville between white nationalists and counter protestors with one woman killed and at least 19 others injured when a car was driven at high speed into the counter-protestors on Saturday.
REFERRED: Himself to the High Court of Australia; Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce for clarity on whether he is considered a New Zealand citizen (Australians who are citizens of other nations unable to sit in Federal Parliament).


4th August, 2017
CONVENED: Reportedly, in Washington, DC, a grand jury by special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate allegations of Russian interferences in the US election.
CHARGED: With terrorism offences, two men in Sydney over alleged plots involving blowing up a plane and creating a chemical dispersion device.
ENGULFED: In flames, one of the world's tallest residential towers - the 86 storey high Torch Tower - in Dubai. No injuries were reported.


3rd August, 2017
REJECTED: By Venezuela's electoral authorities, claims that the turnout in Sunday's controversial vote for a new 'constituent assembly' was inflated.
SURVIVED: Brazilian President Michel Temer, a vote in the country's Congress on whether the president should be put on trial for corruption.
LAST: Solo public engagement of Prince Philip, the 96-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, bringing to 22,219 the total number he's attended over more than 65 years.


2nd August, 2017
ELECTED: By Pakistan's Parliament, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, as Prime Minister, replacing Nawaz Sharif who resigned last Friday after a Supreme Court decision disqualifying him for the post.
 A trial involving hundreds of defendants in Turkey facing charges of leading an attempted coup last year.
ARRESTED: In Venezuela, two key opposition leaders - Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma, following a controversial vote for a 'constituent assembly' on the weekend which was denounced by opponents of President Nicolas Maduro.


1st August, 2017
FIRED: Anthony Scaramucci, communications director at the White House, after only 10 days in the job. Retired General John Kelly has been sworn in as the Trump administration's new chief-of-staff.
 That the US city of Los Angeles will host the 2028 Olympic Games, leaving the door open for Paris, the only other bidder, to host the 2024 Games.
MARKED: 100 years since the bloody 100 day long Battle of Passchendaele in World War I.


31st July, 2017
EXPELLED: Some 755 US diplomatic staff from Russia under orders from President Vladimir Putin in a move reportedly taken in response to new US sanctions against Moscow. 
 Kansas Governor Sam Brownback as US President Donald Trump's nominee for the US' international religious freedom ambassador.
DISRUPTED: By violence, voting for a controversial new assembly in Venezuela which would have the power to rewrite the constitution and override decisions by Congress. At least seven people have reportedly been killed.


28th July, 2017
CONTINUED: Violent clashes in Jerusalem with more than 130 reportedly injured after Muslim worshippers returned to the holy site known to them as Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as the Temple Mount.
The world's richest man - Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos - as stock in the e-commerce company hit an all time high. Microsoft founder Bill Gates later reclaimed the position.


27th July, 2017
BANNED?: Transgender people from the US military, according to a tweet from US President Donald Trump citing "tremendous medical costs".
Their homes, 12,000 people, due to a wildfire on the French Riviera.


26th July, 2017
RESIGNED: From Cabinet, Australian Senator Matt Canavan after revelations the Italian Government considered him an Italian citizen, a fact which would make him ineligible to sit in Australia's Federal Parliament.
World famous Australian Indigenous musician Dr G Yunupingu, at the age of 46.
APPEARED: Cardinal George Pell in a Melbourne court where his lawyer said he will plead not guilty to charges of historical sexual offences.


25th July, 2017
EXPECTED: To reach Albany in Western Australia today, Lisa Blair, who, pending official verification, is set to become the first woman to circumnavigate Antarctica travelling alone after 104 days at sea.
DENIED: By Jared Kushner, son-in-law of US President Donald Trump and senior White House advisor, that he "colluded" with Russians, in comments to a US Senate Committe panel.


24th July, 2017
FROZEN: All official ties between Palestine and Israel, according to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, amid unrest and violence over access to site in Jerusalem known as the Temple Mount to Jews and the Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary).
PROTESTS: In Moscow, over efforts by Russian authorities to control and monitor what is posted online.


21st July, 2017
SHUT: Two large 'dark web' sites, AlphaBay and Hansa, by police in the US and the Netherlands, which are alleged to have allowed tradiing in drugs and other illicit goods.
GRANTED: In the US, parole to former NFL star OJ Simpson, nine years into a 33 year sentence for armed robbery. Simpson, who was famously previously acquitted of the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, could be released as early as October.
EXHUMED: The body of world-renowned artist Salvador Dali to retrieve biological samples and so resolve a paternity case.


20th July, 2017
CONVICTED: Dozens of people, including a former general, in Thailand's largest ever human trafficking trial; it followed the discovery in 2015 of mass graves in a jungle camp.
PERMITTED: Pharmacies in Uruguay to sell marijuana for "recreational use"; it is the first country to legalise such sales.


19th July, 2017
RESIGNED: Two Australian Greens Senators - Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters - after revelations that they held dual citizenship and were ineligible to sit in the Senate.
REVEALED: That US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a second, previously undisclosed, meeting during a dinner for G20 leaders in Germany earlier this month. Mr Trump has dismissed the relevation as "fake news".


18th July, 2017
ANNOUNCED: A major shake-up of Australia's intelligence and domestic security arrangements with the creation of a new federal super-ministry which will oversee the Australian Federal Police, ASIO and the Australian Border Force.
UNVEILED: A memorial in Amsterdam to the 298 people who died aboard Flight MH-17 which was shot down over Ukraine three years ago.


17th July, 2017
CONDEMNED: An attack in Jerusalem on Friday in which two Israeli police officers were killed and others injured, by the World Council of Churches.
MARKED: With a mass march in Istanbul, a year since a failed coup attempt in Turkey against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan; more than 240 people died during the attempt and some 150,000 have been sacked or suspended from their jobs and 50,000 arrested in the aftermath.
 Jodie Whittaker as the first female doctor in the 50 year history of the BBC series, Dr Who.


14th July, 2017
DIED: Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, from multiple organ failure in a hospital in Shenyang where he was recently moved from prison, according to Chinese authorities.
MET: On a state visit to France, US President Donald Trump with French President Emmanuel Macron.
NAMED: As Canada's next Governor-General, former astronaut Julie Payette, by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.


13th July, 2017
BROKE OFF: An iceberg weighing a trillion tonnes and measuring some 5,800 square kilometres - one of the biggest ever recorded - from the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica.
CONVICTED: Of corruption charges, Brazil's ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, with a sentence of nine-and-a-half years prison (but he remains free pending an appeal).


12th July, 2017
VOTED: The International Olympic Committee on naming hosts for successive Olympic Games - 2024 and 2028 - with just two bidders - Paris and Los Angeles.
MET: The Australian Prime Minister - and noted republican - Malcolm Turnbull with Queen Elizabeth II, at Buckingham Palace in London.


11th July, 2017
CLOSE UP: Of the "Great Red Spot" on Jupiter - really a 16,000 kilometre-wide storm - as NASA spacecraft Juno flies past today.
PROTESTS: In South Korea against the deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system which protestors say will make their communities a target.


10th July, 2017
PROTESTS: In Istanbul, Turkey, at the end of a 450 kilometre "justice" march against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which began in Ankara on 15th June.
VISITED: The Iraqi city of Mosul, by the Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi, to congratulate Iraqi forces for their "victory" over the so-called Islamic State.


7th July, 2017
FLOODS: On Japan's south-western island of Kyushu, leading to 500,000 people being evacuated from their homes. At least three people have died and more are missing.
CLASHES: Between protestors and police in Hamburg, Germany, as the G20 Summit gets underway with dozens of officers reportedly injured.


6th July, 2017
WARNED: By Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the UN, that the US will use military force "if we must" after North Korea launched an inter-continental ballistic missile this week.
ATTACKED: Opposition members of Venezuela's Congress by what have been alleged to be pro-government supporters who stormed the building.
CANCELLED: Australian cricket team Australia A's tour of South Africa over a pay dispute between players and Cricket Australia.


5th July, 2017
UNDERSTOOD: That the missile fired from North Korea this week was an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching parts of the US.
FLOODED: Central and southern China, resulting in at least 50 deaths and seeing hundreds of thousands of people forced to evacuate.


4th July, 2017
FIRED: Another ballistic missile by North Korea, in the direction of Japan. It is believed to have landed in the Sea of Japan.
GRANTED: An extra 48 hours for Qatar to meet a list of demands put forward by neighbouring Arab nations which have accused the country of supporting terrorism. The demands include that the Al Jazeera news network is shut down and ties to Iran be limited.


3rd July, 2017
EXPLODED: Three car bombs in the Syrian capital of Damascus, leaving at least 20 dead.
MARKING: In Canada, the nation's 150th birthday, amid protests from some Indigenous groups.


30th June, 2017
DECLARED: The end of the so-called Islamic State's 'caliphate', by Iraqi authorities after capturing the ruined Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul.
MARKING: Twenty years since Hong Kong was handed back to China after 150 years of British rule.
DIED: Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear, at the age of 91.


29th June, 2017
CHARGED: Six people in the UK including former senior police officers over the 1989 Hillsborough stadium crush in which 96 people died.
ENDING: The 14 year Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) which followed ethnic violence in the Pacific Island nation in which an estimated 200 people were killed and thousands displaced from their homes.


27th June, 2017
ATTACKED: Corporate computer systems around the world in a ransonware attack which freezes a computer's contents until ransom is paid in Bitcoin.
MARRED: National elections in Papua New Guinea by delays and disruptions including some outbreaks of violence, and the suspension of voting in the capital, Port Moresby.


26th June, 2017
EXPLODED: An oil tanker in Pakistan, by a cigarette, after people rushed to mop up fuel from the overturned vehicle; at least 150 were killed when it ignited and some 80 injured.
SEARCHING: For survivors after a landslide buried a village in south-western China; some 24 bodies have reportedly been found but more than 100 remain missing.
MISSING: Dozens of people after a tourist boat sank on a reservoir in Colombia, not far from the city of Medellin. Nine are dead and at least 28 are missing.


23rd June, 2017
PASSED: The Australian Federal Government's $23.5 billion school funding package - known as 'Gonski 2.0' - by the Senate in a late-night sitting.
DENIED: US President Donald Trump, that he recorded conversations with then-FBI director James Comey or that he has any such recordings, in two tweets.
MOURNING: In Germany, the passing of former chancellor and architect of the country's reunification, Helmut Kohl, who died last Friday at the age of 87.


22nd June, 2017
BLOWN UP: By the so-called Islamic State, the landmark al-Nuri mosque in Mosul, Iraq, according to Iraqi forces (IS claim it was bombed in a US airstrike). The mosque was the location where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a "caliphate" in 2014.
HACKED: Election systems in 21 US states during the last presidential election by Russian hackers, according to Jeanette Manfra of the Department of Homeland Security, who added their was no evidence to suggest actual votes were tampered with.


21st June, 2017
KILLED: A 'suicide bomber' at a Brussels railway station in Belgium by soldiers after he apparently detonated a small device. It follows an attack in Paris this week in which a man died after ramming a police van with in a vehicle containing guns and explosives.
MARKED: In Australia, 10 years since the Federal Government's 'Northern Territory Emergency Response' - known as the 'intervention' - in the Northern Territory.


20th June, 2017
DIED: US uni student Otto Warmbier, 22, in the US following his release last week, in a comatose state, by North Korea where he had been detained for 17 months for purportedly trying to steal a propaganda banner.
SUSPENDED: Coordination between the US and Russia in Syria over 'de-confliction zones' after the US shot down a Syrian Government fighter jet on Saturday after it dropped bombs near US-supported forces.
NAMED: Seven US Navy sailors missing after the destroyer USS Fitzgerald was partially flooded following a collision with a container ship off the coast of Japan.


19th June, 2017
MOURNING: In Portugal, after wildfires killed more than 60 people; firefighters are continuing to battle blazes in mountainous areas north-east of Lisbon.
ATTACKED: A tourist resort in Mali, just east of the capital of Bamako, by suspected Islamic extremist gunmen, leaving two dead.


16th June, 2017
RISING: The death toll from the Grenfell Tower fire in London to 17, with police saying it is expected to rise further. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered an inquiry into the fire.
ANNOUNCED: By the Australian Government, a three month national gun amnesty which commences on 1st July, in response to a "deteriorating national security environment".


15th June, 2017
REPORTED: That US President Donald Trump is under investigation for possible obstruction of justice by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to a report in The Washington Post.
ATTACK: In the Somalian capital of Mogadishu involving gunmen who seized hostages in a restaurant. Ten have since been rescued and the siege continues.
ELECTED: Leo Varadkar, the son Indian immigrants who has become Ireland's youngest and first openly gay prime minister or 'taoiseach'.


14th June, 2017
AGREED: The Australian Government, to pay compensation of $70 million to 1,905 asylum seekers who had alleged they had experienced physical and psychological harm after being detained on Manus Island between 2012 and 2016.
RELEASED: US uni student Otto Warmbier after being held in North Korea for 17 months for purportedly trying to steal a propaganda banner; reports say he is in coma.
US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions, allegations that he colluded with Russian interference in the US election campaign. Mr Sessions said the allegations were a "appalling and detestable lie".


13th June, 2017
ARRESTED: In Russia, hundreds of demonstrators after opposition leader Alexei Navalny was jailed for 30 days for repeatedly violating a law on organising public meetings.
MARKED: In the US, a year since the Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando, Florida, the country's largest mass shooting, in which 49 people were killed.
VOTED: Almost 97 per cent of voters in a poll in Puerto Rico to become a US state (although just 23 per cent of registered voters took part).


9th June, 2017
POSSIBLE: A hung parliament in the UK after early results suggest Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party could lose its majority.
FIRED: Multiple short range cruise missles, by North Korea, landing off the east coast in the country's fourth missile text since 10th May.
ENTERED: The Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the so-called Islamic State, by forces backed by the US.


8th June, 2017
ATTACKED: Iran's Parliament building and the mausoleum of the Ayatollah Khomeini by gunmen and suicide bombers, killing at least 13 people and injuring dozens more. The so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.
REVISED: Death toll from Saturday night's terror attack in central London up to eight after a body was found in the River Thames.
PREPARING: To vote, UK residents in the country's general election with polling locations opening today.


7th June, 2017
CONFIRMED: That two Australians were among the seven killed in Saturday night's terror attack in central London. Others among those murdered include a French national and a Canadian.
CUT: Links with Qatar, a number of countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and the internationally recognised Yemeni Government, over accusations the country supports terrorism.


6th June, 2017
NAMED: Two of the three London Bridge attackers as 27-year-old Khuram Shazad Butt and 30-year-old Rachid Redouane; seven people died and almost 50 were injured in the attack in central London on Saturday night.
ON TRIAL: US entertainer Bill Cosby over allegations of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004.
MARKED: 50 years since the start of the Six-Day War in the Middle East.


5th June, 2017
RETURNED: US singer Ariana Grande, to a stage in Manchester as more than 60,000 people gathered at the Old Trafford cricket ground for the One Love Manchester concert, held two weeks after a suicide bomber killed 22.
MARKED: 25th anniversary of the High Court of Australia's Mabo decision formally recognising the land rights of Indigenous people.


2nd June, 2017
CHAOS: In Manila after a lone gunman open fire in a hotel and casino complex. At least 50 people were taken to hospital and the man reportedly later killed himself in a hotel room. Thirty-six bodies were later found in the casino, thought to have suffocated as a result of fires the man lit.
PUBLISHED: A new novel by Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien written 100 years ago and based on his experiences in World War I, more than 40 years after the author's death.


1st June, 2017
WAITING: For a US announcement on whether it will remain a party to the landmark Paris climate agreement with suggestions US President Donald Trump will withdraw the country from the accord.
ANNOUNCED: By NASA, plans to send a spacecraft - the Parker Solar Probe - into the sun in 2018.


31st May, 2017
KILLED: More than 30 people, including a 12-year-old Melbourne girl, in two bomb blasts, one at a Baghdad ice-cream parlour, on Monday night and Tuesday morning. The attacks were claimed by the so-called Islamic State.
URGED: To surrender, by the Philippines Government, Islamist militants who have seized Marawi City in an attack that's left more than 100 dead.


30th May, 2017
EVACUATING: A million people in Bangladesh before the powerful Cyclone Mora makes landfall early on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, the death toll from floods and landslides in Sri Lanka has risen to more than 180.
MEETING: Between new French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Versailles Palace near Paris.


29th May, 2017
ANNOUNCED: By the Australian Government, that it will send an additional 30 troops to Afghanistan as trainers, following a request from the US, taking Australia's total commitment in the nation to 300.
FIRED: Another missile from North Korea, this time a scud-class ballistic missile, which crashed in the Sea of Japan.
KILLED: In the US, eight people, including a law enforcement officer, who were found shot dead on Sunday in separate locations in rural Mississippi. A man was taken into custody.


26th May, 2017
ADMITTED: By the US that at least 105 civilians were killed during airstrikes in western Mosul in a 17th March attack with 36 people still unaccounted for.
DROWNED: More than 30 people after falling from an overcrowded boat carrying an estimated 500 to 700 people looking to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe, off the coast of Libya


25th May, 2017
ARRESTED: In Libya, the father and brother of 22-year-old Salman Abedi, the man suspected of carrying out the suicide bombing in Manchester this week which killed 22 and wounded scores more (another brother was among others arrested in the UK).
KILLED: In Jakarta, Indonesia, three police officers - with other injured - in suicide bombings which authorities said was linked to global terrorism.
MARKED: In Australia, the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum in which Australians voted to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the census, and allow Parliament to make laws for Indigenous people.


24th May, 2017
RAISED: UK terror threat level to the highest level of 'critical', meaning more attacks may be imminent, in the wake of Monday night's suicide bombing in Manchester.
DECLARED: Martial law in the Philippines' southern island of Mindanao by President Rodrigo Duterte following an attack by Islamic extremists in which three members of security forces were killed.
DIED: Actor Roger Moore, who played spy James Bond in seven films, at the age of 89.


23rd May, 2017
ARRIVED: In Israel, US President Donald Trump who has met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and will meet with Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the Palestinian Authority, on the final day of his visit.
COMMENCED: The trial of ex-South Korean President Park Geun-hye on charges including bribery, abuse of state power and leaking state secrets.


22nd May, 2017
REUNITED: The 82 Nigerian schoolgirls recently released by Boko Haram after three years in captivity, with their families in Abuja, Nigeria, on Saturday, 20th May.
RE-ELECTED: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a landslide victory.
COLLAPSED: The Hillary Step, a famous feature on Mount Everest, named for Sir Edmund Hillary who was the first person to scale the mountain in 1953.


19th May, 2017
DETAINED: A man after his car ploughed into pedestrians, killing one and injuring 22, before crashing in New York City's Times Square.
WARNED: Australian state governments that more must be done to protect koalas who the WWF says are in danger of being wiped out in parts of Queensland and New South Wales.
ARRESTED: 10 people over an alleged conspiracy to defraud the Australian Government of taxation revenue totalling more than $165 million.


18th May, 2017
APPOINTED: Former FBI director Robert Mueller, by the US Justice Department, as special counsel to oversee an investigation into Russia's alleged interference in last year's US election and whether the Trump campaign had any ties to it.
TO LOSE: Her royal status, Princess Mako - eldest grand-daughter of Japanese Emperor Akihito, by choosing to marry a commoner, Kei Komuro.
RELEASED: From prison in the US, Chelsea Manning, after serving seven years of a 35 year sentence for leaking classified material to WikiLeaks.


17th May, 2017
CLAIMED: By The New York Times, that now sacked FBI director James Comey wrote in a memo that US President Donald Trump urged him to shut down an investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn's links with Russia. The claim was denied by the White House.
OUTCRY: Around the world, over the killing of award-winning Mexican journalist Javier Valdez, shot dead close to his newspaper's office on Monday.


16th May, 2017
CLAIMED: By the US Government, that satellite imagery shows that the Syrian Government has carried out mass killings of thousands of prisoners and disposed of their bodies in a crematorium near Damascus in an attempt to cover up the killings.
DENIED: By the White House, that US President Donald Trump disclosed any information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov which could have jeopardised intelligence sources during a meeting last week, after a report in The Washington Post said the US President had disclosed highly classified information about the so-called Islamic State during the get together.


15th May, 2017
ALARM: As more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries across the globe are affected by a ransonware attack.
 Of Ebola in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo with reports of 11 suspected cases and three deaths.


12th May, 2017
INSISTED: By US President Donald Trump, that he's not under investigation by the FBI in their probe into possible links between his campaign and alleged Russian interference in the US election. His claim follows his sacking of FBI director James Comey earlier this week.
UNREST: Continuing in Venezuela where young protestors have lobbed bottles and bags of faeces at soldiers attempting to prevent the latest in a month of protest marches against the regime of President Nicolas Maduro.


11th May, 2017
GUILTY: Of war crimes, an unnamed 27-year-old man accused of killing 20 people in Syria; he has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
DIED: Veteran Australian journalist Mark Colvin, a foreign correspondent and broadcast host for the ABC, at the age of 65 after a long illness.


10th May, 2017
SACKED: FBI director James Comey by US President Donald Trump in the midst of an investigation into whether Mr Trump's campaign had ties to Russia's meddling in the US election.
WON: Liberal Moon Jae-in in South Korea's presidential election, called after former president Park Geun-hye was impeached over a corruption scandal.


9th May, 2017
REARMED: Police in the Solomon Islands for the first time since ethnic violence erupted there in the late 1990s; the move comes as the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) prepares to withdraw from the country next month.
REAPPEARED: An Irish beach on Achill Island after it was swept away 33 years ago.


8th May, 2017
WON: Centrist Emmanuel Macron, the French presidential election, becoming the nation's youngest ever president at just 39-years-old, in a victory over far-right leader Marine Le Pen.
DETAINED: Another US citizen, reported as Kim Hak-song, in North Korea on suspicion of 'hostile acts' against the state.


5th May, 2017
HONOURED: Veterans of the World War II Battle of the Coral Sea at a function in New York attended by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and US President Donald Trump; earlier Mr Trump dismissed the furore over the phone call between him and Mr Turnbull as "fake news".
RETIRING: Prince Philip, the 95-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, from public duties.
ENDORSED: French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron by former US President Barack Obama.


4th May, 2017
CLASHED: In a final TV debate, French presidential hopefuls Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen ahead of the French presidential vote on Sunday.
STRIKING: For a week, journalists at Australia's Fairfax mastheads after news the company planned to shed a further 125 editorial staff in the wake of earlier cuts.
ARRIVED: In the US, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for his first face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump.


3rd May, 2017
CLAIMED: By Human Rights Watch, that Syrian Government forces have used chemical weapons on at least four occasions since December, 2016.
ATTACKED: Syrian refugees in a makeshift camp on the Syrian/Iraq border by five suicide bombers, reportedly by members of the so-called Islamic State. At least 30 were killed in the attack.


2nd May, 2017
KILLED: At least 13 people with dozens more injured after tornadoes and storms ravaged a number of southern states.
CLASHED: Protestors and police in Paris as May Day rallies turned violent.
DECLINED: By the Sydney Airport Group, the option to build Sydney's second airport at Badgerys Creek; the Australian Government has since confirmed it will build the airport.


1st May, 2017
MARKED: By Australia and the US, the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, fought against advancing Japanese forces during World War II.
By the Iraqi Army's chief-of-staff, Lieutenant General Othman al-Ghanmi, that the battle to dislodge followers of the so-called Islamic State (IS) from Mosul will be over in three weeks, according to a report in Iraq's state-run newspaper.
DIED: World renowned Swiss climber Ueli Steck on Mount Nupste in preparation for a climb up Mount Everest.


28th April, 2017
STORMED: The Macedonian Parliament, by protestors, after an ethnic Albanian was elected Speaker.
 Appearing on the streets of Jakarta, Indonesia, to honour the defeated Chinese Christian Governor 'Ahok' currently facing a trial over blasphemy charges.
SURVIVED: NASA's Cassini spacecraft, a dive between Saturn and its innermost rings, sending back data on the planet's atmosphere, as it heads toward the end of its mission in September.


27th April, 2017
PROTESTS: Against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, continuing in Venezuela, where the death toll from clashes has now reached at least 29.
TIGHTENING: Sanctions against North Korea, by the US, in a bid to pressure the nation to end nuclear and missile programs.
SUSPENDED: More than 9,000 police officers in Turkey over what the government says are their links to those behind last year's failed coup.


26th April, 2017
CONFIRMED: That Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will meet US President Donald Trump on board a decommissioned aircraft carrier in New York City next week.
MERGED: Australian Senator Cory Bernardi's Australian Conservatives party with the Family First Party.
BOOED: Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump, after she defended her father's view of women while speaking to an audience in Berlin in her first overseas trip as a White House advisor.


24th April, 2017
COUNTED: Most of the votes in the first round of the poll for the French President with centrist Emanuel Macron set to face far right leader Marine Le Pen in a final round of voting on 7th May.
KILLED: At least 140 soldiers after Taliban militants stormed an Afghan army base at Mazar-i-Sharif on 21st April in the group's deadliest attack on security forces for more than 15 years.


21st April, 2017
KILLED: A police officer on Paris' Champs-Elysees by a gunman who also wounded two other officers before he was shot dead. The so-called Islamic State have claimed the attack.
WARNED: North Korea, by the UN Security Council, to stop nuclear tests or face new sanctions.


20th April, 2017
CONFIRMED: By UK's Parliament, that a general election will be held on 8th June, following a decision to call the poll by Prime Minister Theresa May.
CLASHED: Protestors and security forces in Caracas and other Venezuelan cities amid ongoing tensions surrounding the regime of President Nicolas Maduro. At least two people have been killed.
ANNOUNCED: Proposed sweeping changes to Australia's citizenship laws under which migrants would need to be a permanent resident for four years to be eligible, would need to have "competent English", and share "Australian values".


19th April, 2017
ANNOUNCED: A snap general election on 8th June, by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, subject to expected Parliamentary support.
SCRAPPED: In Australia, the 457 visa category for foreign workers, to be replaced with two new temporary skills visas.


18th April, 2017
CRITICISED: International observers, the running of a referendum in Turkey which granted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers, saying it fell short of international standards. Mr Erdogan has rejected the criticisms.
CHARGED: Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye with bribery, extortion and leaking state secrets.


13th April, 2017
BRACED: New Zealand's North Island, for the remains of Cyclone Cook which already killed one person in New Caledonia this week and is expected to be the worst storm to hit NZ since 1968.
WON: A prestigious Pulitzer Prize by the tiny 3,000 circulation Storm Lake Times, in the US, for editorials challenging "powerful corporate agricultural interests".


12th April, 2017
WARNED: North Korea, of a nuclear attack on the US, in state newspaper Rodong Sinmun in an article in which it said the "revolutionary strong army" was "keenly watching every move by enemy elements".
APOLOGISED: US-based United Airlines over an incident in which a passenger was forcibly removed from a plane to make room for crew members. The apology comes after footage of the incident went viral on the internet.
BANNED: In Taiwan, killing of cats and dogs for human consumption.


11th April, 2017
NAMED: 19-year-old Pakistani - and Nobel Prize winner - Malala Yousafzai - as the youngest ever UN Messenger of Peace.
PROTESTS: In Caracas, Venezuela, thousands of people demanding President Nicolas Maduro hold new elections over concerns about increasing authoritarianism.


10th April, 2017
INVESTIGATION: Launched in Sweden in the wake of an attack on Friday in which a truck was driven into crowds on a Stockholm shopping street before crashing into a department store. Four were killed in the attack and a suspect has been arrested.
DIED: Suddenly, New Zealand-born Australian comedian, political satirist and author John Clarke, at the age of 68.


7th April, 2017
FOUND: Atmosphere around an "Earth-like" world for the first time, scientists have announced. The world, known as GJ 1132b, lies 39 light years from Earth.
DIED: US comedian Don Rickles at the age of 90 from kidney failure at his LA home.


6th April, 2017
DENIED: Ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya minority people in Myanmar by Nobel Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in an interview with the BBC.
SOLD: The 59.60 carat 'Pink Star' diamond, in Hong Kong, for a world record $US71.2 million.


5th April, 2017
ACCUSED: The Syrian Government, by human rights officials and observers, of a chemical weapons attack that has killed scores of people, including children, in the country's north-western province of Idlib.
FIRED: Another ballistic missile, by North Korean authorities, into the Sea of Japan, according to South Korea's defence ministry.
RULED: Invalid, the election of former Australian Family First Senator Bob Day, by the High Court of Australia.


4th April, 2017
KILLED: Eleven people and at least 45 injured when a bomb went off an a subway train in St Petersburg. The bombing has been described as an "act of terror" but no-one has yet claimed responsibility.
FOUND: The remains of a 3,700-year-old pyramid in Egypt, according to the country's antiquities ministry.


3rd April, 2017
LANDSLIDES: In southern Colombia, killing at least 200 people including more than 40 children, in the community of Mocoa after surging rivers caused landslides, and, in Indonesia where more than 20 people remain missing after landslides.
CLEANING-UP: Communities in the Australian states of Queensland and New South Wales after ex-tropical cyclone Debbie caused widespread flooding.


31st March, 2017
EVACUATED: Thousands of homes in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland as flooding is caused by the remnants of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
ARRESTED: Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye - the country's first democratically elected leader to be removed from office - over allegations of corruption.
APPROVED: By Israel, the first new settlement in the occupied West Bank in 20 years.


30th March, 2017
ENDED: Turkey's seven-month 'Euphrates Shield' military campaign in northern Syria following what the Turkish Government characterised as its "success".
FOUND: A single survivor, a 16-year-old boy, after a rubber boat carrying would be migrants and refugees from Libya sank crossing the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. Dozens are feared dead. 


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.