International Events in June 2001
Nepal's King Birendra, Queen Aishwarya and six other royals are gunned down by Crown Prince Dipendra, in a palace massacre. The latter shoots himself in a suicide bid.
Mr.Alejandro Toledo wins Peruvian presidential polls after narrowly beating his rival, Mr.Alan Garcia.
The comatose King Dipendra of Nepal dies and riots erupt in Kathmandu.
Rushdie case is closed, says the Iranian President, Mr.Mohammad Khatami.
U.S. jets enforcing a `no fly' zone over southern Iraq attack an anti-aircraft artillery site using precision-guided weapons.
The Labour party led by the British Prime Minister, Mr.Tony Blair, creates history by re-entering office with an unprecedented majority.
The former Argentina President, Mr.Carlos Menem (70) is arrested and charged with involvement in illegal multi-million pounds arms sale to Ecuador and Croatia in 1992 and 1995 while they were under International embargoes.
The Iranian President, Mr.Mohammad Khatami, wins another term in office, winning 80 per cent of the popular vote.
Mr.Jack Straw, is appointed the new UK Foreign Secretary in place of Mr.Robin Cook shifted as Leader of the Commons, by the Prime Minister, Mr.Tony Blair in a sweeping post-poll Cabinet reshuffle. Mr.David Blunkett succeeds Mr. Straw as Home Secretary.
Leila Pahlavi (31), the youngest child of the late Shah of Iran, is found dead in a London hotel.
A Gulf War veteran, Timothy McVeigh (33), is executed by lethal injection in Terre Haute, Indiana for blowing up the Alfred P.Murrah Federal Building, in Oklahama City in 1995 in which 168 persons lost their lives.
Britain's most prominent politician of Asian origin, Mr.Keith Vaz dogged by allegations of financial irregularities, is replaced as Europe Minister, by Mr.Peter Hain.
The U.S. President, Mr. George W. Bush, says the Kyoto Treaty on environment is ``fatally flawed in fundamental ways'' and launches the U.S. Climate Change Research Initiative.
By a vote of 420-0, the US House of Representatives rejects the Taliban order forcing Hindus in Afghanistan to wear yellow badges by way of religious identification.
China, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, formally launch the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Shanghai and reiterate support to the ABM Treaty.
The National Movement of Bulgaria's former King Simeon II wins a resounding victory in the general elections.
The Pakistan military ruler, Gen.Pervez Musharraf, takes over as the President replacing Mr.Muhammed Rafiq Tarar.
The People's Alliance Government in Sri Lanka is reduced to a minority in Parliament.
The first solar eclipse of the millennium is sighted in Angola and it coincides with the shortest day of the year for the first time in 353 years.
Turkey's constitutional Court bans the Opposition Islamic Virtue Party for its anti-secular activities.
Over 100 persons die as a 8.1 magnitude earthquake rocks the colonial city of Arequipa, 75 km southeast of the Peruvian capital, Lima.
The fugitive Peruvian spymaster, Mr.Vladimir Montesinos, is captured in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas.
Russia scores its first major success in hunting down Chechen rebel leaders by killing warlord, Arbi Barayev (28) accused of killing 170 people, after a major six day operation in his home town of Alkhan-Kala.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu is presented with the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award (for ``promoting Gandhian values outside India'') at a special function in Parliament, at Cape Town.
The former Yugoslav President, Mr.Slobodan Milosevic, is extradited to the International War Crimes Tribunal at The Hague in the Netherlands.
The United Nations Secretary General Mr. Kofi Annan is appointed by acclamation by the General Assembly to a second five year term.