International Events in May 1999
A mail bomb rips through a crowded pub in central London killing two persons and injuring over 70, in what is believed to be the third such attack by neo-Nazi right-wing extremists in as many weeks.
Yugoslavia releases three American soldiers.
The European Parliament approves the nomination of the former Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Romano Prodi, as next President of the European Commission.
Historic agreement on the political future of East Timor is signed in New York by the Foreign Minister of Indonesia and Portugal. A U.N. sponsored balloting to assess the political wishes of the East Timorese, will take place on August 8.
Nearly 300 years after its abolition in favour of rule from London, Scotland gets back its Parliament in a historic vote.
NATO missiles hit the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade killing at least four persons.
Beijing sends a special mission to Belgrade to investigate the NATO missile attack amid massive street protests across China.
China demands an official apology from the U.S. for the missile attack and suspends diplomatic contacts on military affairs, arms control and human rights issues.
The Russian President, Mr. Boris Yeltsin, fires his Prime Minister, Mr. Yevgeny Primakov and his Cabinet.
The U.S. Treasury Secretary, Mr. Robert Rubin, resigns.
Serb troops begin pullout from Kosovo.
Mr. Carlo Azeglio Ciampi is elected Italy's President.
The Scottish Labour leader, Mr. Donald Dewar is elected Scotland's First Minister.
The British Prime Minister, Mr. Tony Blair, sets June 30 as the deadline for the transfer of a range of largely home-rule powers from Britain to Northern Ireland.
Mr. Ehud Barak is set to become the next Prime Minister of Israel.
Russia's acting Prime Minister, Mr. Sergei Stephashin, wins overwhelming parliamentary approval.
Mr. Johannes Rau, veteran politician of the ruling Social Democratic Party, is elected German President.
The International War Crimes Tribunal at The Hague formally indicts the Yugoslav President, Mr. Slobodan Milosevic for war crimes.
The Queen and the Prince of Wales inaugurate the new Welsh Assembly, the first in 600 years.
Moule Kwelagobe, the 19-year-old Miss Botswana, wins the Miss Universe title for 1999.
The outgoing Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, resigns from Parliament.
Mr. Olusegum Obasanjo is sworn in Nigerian President.