International Events in July 2001
The Ulster Unionist Party leader, Mr. David Trimble, quits as leader of the joint Catholic-Protestant administration for Northern Ireland.
Doctors at a U.S. hospital successfully implant the world's first self-contained mechanical heart on a patient.
One hundred and forty three passengers abroad a Russian TU-154 plane die after it crashes and bursts into flames near the Siberian city of Irkutsk (en route from Yekaterinburg to Vladivostok).
The former Argentinian President, Mr. Carlos Menem, is indicted and ordered to stand trial.
The Sri Lankan Government reimposes the ban on the LTTE under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
The Pakistan President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf has a narrow escape when a private car crashes into his convoy near the entrance gate of Islamabad international airport.
The ousted Philippines President, Mr. Joseph Estrada, is formally charged in an anti-corruption court for economic plunder, a charge that earns the death penalty.
The Sri Lankan President, Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga, prorogues Parliament and notifies a referendum on whether or not to adopt a new Constitution proposed by the Government last year.
The Cambodian National Assembly passes a Bill to set up a mixed international-Cambodian tribunal to try former leaders of the Khmer Rouge.
The former Bulgarian monarch, King Simeon II accepts the nomination to be the next Prime Minister.
The FBI launches probe into the past of the Democratic Congressman from California, Mr. Gary Condit who admits to having an affair with Ms. Chandra Levy, an intern at the Bureau of Prisons, missing since April 30.
The Bangladesh Parliament is dissolved at the end of its five-year term, the first time in the nation's 30-year history when the House had its full tenure.
The Northern Ireland peace summit collapses.
The Bangladesh caretaker Government under Mr. Justice Latifur Rahman takes office.
Russia and China sign a a landmark 20-year friendship treaty, declaring each other ``friends forever, enemies never.''
Russia launches a £ 55 million, two months project to salvage the nuclear submarine Kursk that sank in the Barents Sea on August 12, 2000, killing all the 118 persons on board.
In a sensational upset, Mr. Michael Portillo, MP, crashes out of the Tory leadership contest and Mr. Kenneth Clarke, is catapulted to the top of the table.
A U.S. Federal appeals court rules that Napster Inc. can resume its song-swapping operations on the Internet, down since July 2.
The Napalese Prime Minister, Mr. Girija Prasad Koirala, resigns after 15 months in office.
Best-selling British novelist, Lord Jeffrey Archer, is convicted of perjury and obstructing justice and sentenced to a four-year jail term.
Japanese prosecutors indict U.S. airman, Staff Sgt. Timothy Woodland of raping a woman outside a bar in Okinawa.
The Sri Lankan President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, sets up the Truth Commission on Ethnic Violence to probe the anti-Tamil riots of 1983.
The Indonesian President, Mr. Abdurrahman Wahid, declares a state of emergency, assuming wide-ranging powers.
Ninetythree miners are killed in an explosion at an illegal coalmine in Xuzhou of Jiangsu province, in eastern China.
Mr. Sher Bahadur Deuba, is elected Nepal's Prime Minister for a second time.
Ms. Megawati Sukarnoputri, takes over as the fifth President of Indonesia, after the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) - Parliament Upper House - votes unanimously to oust the incumbent, Mr. Abdurrahman Wahid.
The Kyoto Protocol on global warming is rescued from an impasse when delegates from 178 countries after a marathon all-night meeting agree on measures to operationalise the treaty, in Bonn.
The LTTE in a devastating pre-dawn attack on Sri Lanka's Bandaranaike International Airport and the adjoining Katunayake military airbase, destroys 11 military and civilian aircraft worth millions of dollars. Thirteen rebels and five others die in the ensuing eight-hour gun battle.
Indonesian Parliament elects Mr. Hamzah Haz, a Muslim politician to be the nation's Vice-President.
Mr. Mohammad Siddique Khan Kanju, former Pakistan State Minister for Foreign Affairs and a former MP, Mr. Mahmood Aslam Joya, are shot dead by four assailants, in Multan.
The European Court of Human Rights, upholds the Turkish Constitutional Court's banning of political organisations that seek to promote a religious agenda.