International Events in August 2000
The Israeli Foreign Minister, Mr. David Levy quits, delivering a new blow to the Barak Government.
The Sri Lankan President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga introduces the historic but controversial Constitution Bill in Parliament.
The former Indonesian President. Gen. Suharto formally charged with corruption by the Attorney General's office in Jakarta.
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, the last member of the British royal family to bear the title ``Empress of India,'' celebrates her 100th birthday.
Over 200 people die in landslips in Bhutan's Pashakha village, following incessant rain since August 3.
A High Court in Kuala Lumpur sentences the former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Anwar Ibrahim (52) to a 9 year jail term on charges of sodomy.
The Chilean Supreme Court issues ruling to divest General Augusto Pinochet of his senatorial immunity.
Lebanese security forces move into the former Israeli occupied zone in southern Lebanon in a first show of state authority here in 24 years.
Sri Lanka's octogenarian Prime Minister, Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike resigns from office owing to old age and ill health.
A Russian nuclear submarine Kursk sinks in the Barents Sea after an explosion with all 118 crew members on board.
A Hungarian Mr. Andras Tamas (75), ``the last prisoner of World War II'' returns to homeland after five decades in a Russian mental hospital.
The Russian Orthodox Church canonises the last Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family at a special millennium council.
One hundred elderly North Koreans reunite with their Southern relatives whom they had not seen for half a century in the South Korean capital Seoul.
The British Airways and Air France indefinitely ground all the 13 Concorde planes.
The Democratic Party officially nominates Mr. Albert Gore as its Presidential candidate in the U.S. elections. Mr. Joseph Lieberman accepts nomination as the running mate.
The Sri Lankan Government announces dissolution of Parliament.
A top Indonesian judge orders the former President, Gen. Suharto (79) to stand trial on corruption charges.
One hundred and fifty people die after a Gulf Air airliner on a scheduled flight to Manama from Cairo crashes into the sea near the Bahrain.
The former Bangladesh President, Gen. H. M. Ershad gets five years simple imprisonment and a fine of 5.5 crore takas after a High Court finds him guilty of corruption.
The Indonesian Vice-President, Ms. Megawati Sukarnoputri swears in a new 26-member Cabinet.
The extremist Abbu Sayyaf group frees five Western hostages, including four women after several months in captivity in Jolo Island.
The Algerian Government under the Prime Minister, Mr. Ahmed Benbitour quits and the President, Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika asks Mr. Ali Benflis to form a new Cabinet.
The French Defence Minister, Mr. Jean Pierre Chevenement quits over the Government's plans to give limited autonomy to the Mediterranean island of Corsica.