International Events in September 2002

Sep 1 At least 42 people die after Typhoon Rusa, the most powerful to hit South Korea in 40 years wreaks havoc.
Israel and Jordan announce a $1 billion 290 km pipeline project to save the Dead Sea bordering the two nations, on the sidelines of the Earth Summit, in Johannesburg.
Sep 4 The Earth Summit adopts a controversial action plan on poverty and the environment. Developing nations thwart move to impose trade barriers. Eco-labelling criteria deleted from declaration.
The Indonesia Speaker, Akbar Tandjung is convicted for graft and sentenced to three years in jail. Full Story
Sep 5 The Sri Lankan Government lifts ban on the LTTE. Full Story
The Afghanistan President, Hamid Karzai survives a bid on his life as a security guard fires at his car in Kandahar. Full Story
Prof. Iajuddin Ahmed is elected the 18th President of Bangladesh. Full Story
Israeli police detonate a 600 kg car bomb, one of the largest ever discovered averting a catastrophe.
Sep 8 Forty policemen are killed by Maoists in Nepal's Sindhuli district. Full Story
Sep 9 The Austrian Government led by Chancellor, Wolfgang Schuessel quits.
Maoist rebels kill 85 security personnel in Nepal in a major offensive. Full Story
At least 183 civilians are slain by rebels fighting the Burmodian army.
Sep 11 "We will not give up, the war will continue, long and hard and in distant lands," says the U.S. President, George Bush at Pentagon as America commemorates victims of Sept. 11, 2001. Full Story
Switzerland becomes the 190th member of the U.N., after remaining neutral for 57 years.
Pakistan police nab 12 suspected Al-Qaeda members, including Ramzi Binalshibh, wanted by the U.S. for the 9/11 attacks, in a raid on an apartment in Karachi. Full Story
Sep 12 Brazilian diplomat, Sergio Vieira de Mello, takes over as the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.
U.S. President, George Bush vows to continue war on terror. Full Story
Will the United Nations serve the purpose of its founding or will it be irrelevant?'' asks the U.S. President, George Bush addressing the General Assembly and urges the world body to confront Iraq. Full Story
North and South Korea sign a pact on a rail-and-road link across the demilitarised zone. Full Story
Sep 13 "Pakistan is indulging in nuclear blackmail following India's efforts to stamp out cross-border terrorism," says the Prime Minister, A. B. Vajpayee in his address at the 57th U.N. General Assembly session. Full Story
Sep 15 Social Democratic Party led by the Swedish Prime Minister, Goeran Persson sweeps national elections.
The Opposition Together for Macedonia coalition led by the former communist, Branko Crvenkovski, wins general elections.
Sep 16 Colombo-LTTE direct talks begin at the Sattahip naval base in Thailand. Full Story
Sep 17 Iraq agrees to unconditional weapons inspections by U.N. inspectors. Full Story
Sep 18 The LTTE says it is ready to accept "autonomy and self-governance" in northern and eastern Sri Lanka and asserts separation only the last resort, at the Sattaip peace talks. Full Story
Work on the 1,760 km pipeline linking Azerbaijan's oil terminal to the Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan lan begins in Sangachal, 40 km south of Baku.
Koreas begin work on rail, road links. Full Story
Sep 19 The former military leader, Gen. Robert Guei dies after soldiers foil an attempted coup in the Ivory Coast.
Sep 20 Underworld don and an accused in the 1993 Bombay serial blasts case, Abu Salem is arrested in the Portuguese capital Lisbon. Full Story
Over 100 people die after a huge glacier slides down the Caucasus mountain range tearing 20 km through rural communities near Karmadon village in Russia's North Ossetia region.
Sep 22 Israeli troops blow up buildings in the compound of the PA president, Yasser Arafat in the West Bank town of Ramallah in retaliation for a Tel Aviv bus bombing that killed six persons. Full Story
Sep 23 The German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, earns a second term with a wafer thin majority, defeating Chrisitan Democrat leader Edmund Stoiber. Full Story
Israel calls off demolitions in Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's West Bank office compound. Full Story
Irrational political motivations are hindering our efforts for closer economic integration within SAARC, Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee said after talks with the Maldives President, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. Full Story
Sep 24 Miss Universe, Russia's Oxana Fedorova loses title to Miss Panama, Justine Pastek Full Story
Sep 25 Pakistani gunmen kill seven persons during a raid on a Christian NGO in Karachi. Full Story
Sep 26 Dhaka court slaps seven years RI on ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia Full Story
A Myanmar special court sentences to death former son in law and three grandsons of former dictator Ne Win for plotting to overthrow government. Ne Win and daughter placed under house arrest
UN prosecutors open genocide case against former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic for his role in the Croation and Bosnian wars from 1991-95.
Sep 27 Malaysia, India sign draft extradition treaty Full Story
Malaysian police nab Wan Min Wan Mat, accused of having Al Qaeda ties and plotting to bomb the US embassy in Singapore
Sep 28 Over 700 persons die as an overcrowded ferry crossing from southern to northern Senegal sinks in a fierce storm Full Story
East Timor joins UN as 191st member Full Story
Iraq rejects U.N. draft proposal demanding that it should surrender all its weapons within a month or face military action. Full Story
Former British Prime Minister, John Major, admits to affair with party colleague and junior Minister in the Margaret Thatcher government, Edwina Currie Full Story
Sep 30 Ruth Dreifuss, the first woman and the first ever Jew to serve as Switzerland President announces her resignation
Events 2002