Chronos and Factsheets

Chronos and Factsheets

Timelines of various important events.

Timelines of various important events. The section covers natural disasters, wars, unrests, dramatic crimes, rescue operations, political developments, climate and environment changes, financial markets swings and other important events.
List of Golden Globe nominees

  Here are the nominees in key categories for the 72nd annual Golden Globes, the winners of which will be announced on Sunday in Beverly Hills.

Key events in 2014

 Here is a panorama of world events in 2014

Main points of the MH17 Ukraine crash report

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed mid-July in pro-Russian separatist-held territory in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. 

NATO and Russia's thorny relations

 Relations between NATO and its former Cold War foe Russia have been difficult and often strained since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of its equivalent Warsaw Pact military alliance in 1991.

Five memorable World Cup opening ceremonies

Five memorable moments at World Cup opening ceremonies ahead of the 2014 edition in Sao Paulo.

Epic Turkish drama 'Winter Sleep' wins Cannes top prize

Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Winter Sleep" won the top prize at the 67th Cannes Film Festival. 

Timeline of unrest in east Ukraine

Following is a timeline of the main developments in the Ukraine crisis.

Winners at the 86th Academy Awards

The entertainment world was preened and primed Sunday for the most fiercely contested Oscars show in decades, with three movies leading an impressive field for Hollywood's most highly coveted prizes.

Winners in main categories of 56th Grammy Awards

Here are the winners in the main categories at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, which were handed out in Los Angeles.

List of Golden Globe winners

Here is a list of the winners in key categories at the 71st annual Golden Globes, announced on Sunday in Beverly Hills.

Key events of 2013

Key events in the year just ending.

We're only human: The offbeat stories of 2013

Throughout the year, some events provide a bit of respite from the daily grind and remind us that human nature and failings are qualities shared worldwide.

Tech trends set stage for mobile, playful 2014

Twitter's triumphant market debut, the rise of smart fashion and a new generation of game consoles highlighted the tech world this year, portending more mobile and social trends in 2014.

Main events in 2014

The soccer World Cup and the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, figure among the main events in 2014, along with elections in many countries and European commemorations of key events in both world wars.

Key dates in Berlusconi's political career

Silvio Berlusconi has been a headline act on the Italian political scene since the early 1990s in a career dogged by prosecutions that are likely to lead to his expulsion from parliament later on Wednesday.

Under the hammer: record art auctions

The last of four in a series of Andy Warhol paintings depicting car crashes shattered the pop artist's own auction record, selling for more than $105 million in New York on Wednesday.

A brief history of Twitter -- in tweets

Billions of messages are fired off each week via Twitter, many of which capture defining moments in history, or in the evolution of the San Francisco-based firm.

Edward Snowden's spying revelations

Below are the main spying revelations leaked by Edward Snowden, a former contractor at the US National Security Agency (NSA). The disclosures, which began in June, have revealed US surveillance on a global scale, straining Washington's ties with key allies.

Key dates in the political life of Hugo Chavez

A chronology of events in the political career of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died on March 5 at the age of 58.

How the pope is chosen

On the death or abdication of a pope, his successor is elected by a college of cardinals meeting in conclave in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. The system of election has been changed several times over the 2,000 years of the papacy's existence.

Popes who stepped down: A turbulent history

Pope Benedict XVI, who stunned the world on Monday with the announcement he will resign on February 28, is the first pontiff to step down in modern Catholic Church history. At most, there have been only five papal abdications in 2,000 years, but numerous popes were deposed or exiled, 21 popes are listed as martyrs and nine others are considered martyrs.

Deadliest earthquakes and tsunamis of the past century

The 20th century was marred by numerous deadly earthquakes that claimed lives of many thousands of people and flattened several towns around the world. After 1900 most earthquakes have some degree of instrumental records and this means that the locations and magnitudes are more reliable than for earlier events.

Saudi king names women to Shura Council for first time

 Saudi King Abdullah has appointed women for the first time to a top advisory body, with decrees marking a breakthrough in a kingdom that imposes stringent restrictions on females.

The historic decisions mean that 30 women will now be allowed to sit on the previously all-male 150-seat Shura Council, although females in Saudi Arabia are banned from driving and denied the right to travel without male consent.

US Congress backs from brink of fiscal cliff

The House of Representatives passed a deal between the White House and Republicans late Tuesday to raise taxes on the rich and put off automatic $109 billion budget cuts for two months, lifting the clouds of immediate crisis.

But more hard haggling is due in two months' time over further specific budget measures.

Obama, Congress leaders to meet as fiscal cliff looms

US President Barack Obama will host top congressional leaders including his bitter Republican rivals on Friday in a last-ditch bid to halt America's slide over the "fiscal cliff."

Avoiding 'fiscal cliff' - Obama vs. Boehner

US President Barack Obama wants to hike taxes on the rich, but to continue spending on education and in other areas likely to make the economy more equitable and improve the lot of the hurting middle classes.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner opposies saying that "raising tax rates will slow down our ability to create the jobs that everyone says they want."

The "fiscal cliff" is a combination of dramatic spending cuts and tax increases mandated to take effect beginning January 2013 if Democratic and Republican US lawmakers cannot bridge their differences on how best to reduce the nation's budget deficit and debt.

The White House has housed 13 presidents since WWII

Thirteen presidents -- seven Democrats and six Republicans -- have called the White House home since the United States entered World War II in 1941 after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The A to Z of the 2012 US presidential race

From A to Z, the battle for the White House has been a gripping ride. A lexical walk through some of the campaign's most memorable moments and characters.

B is for Binders
During the second presidential debate on October 16, Romney triggered widespread ridicule by saying that he had gone through "binders full of women" when considering potential female hires as governor of Massachusetts.

How outrage against anti-Islam film unfolded

A breakdown of events since the diffusion of a film considered offensive to Islam which prompted violent anti-US protests around the Muslim world and led to the death of four Americans in Libya.

Top 10 Kazakhstan-born famous people

They work in different areas, some of them no longer hold Kazakhstan citizenship, but they are always closely linked to Kazakhstan.

Queen Elizabeth II: a lifetime of devotion to duty

Some of the key moments defining the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II, who celebrates her diamond jubilee in June.

Best places of the world

TripAdvisor made a survey and came up with a ranking of the best cities for tourism.


Wealth of Britain's richest hits record high

Britain's richest people reached record levels of wealth in 2011 even as the country was slipping back towards recession.

Why do N. Korea's missile tests keep failing?

North Korea's disastrous bid to launch a Taepodong-2 missile showed Pyongyang has a long way to go before mastering long-range ballistic technology and has failed to draw lessons from previous botched attempt.

Timeline of unrest in China's Xinjiang region

At least 12 people have been killed in a fresh outbreak of violence in China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang, home to the mainly Muslim Uighur minority.

The deadliest rail accidents worldwide

A packed commuter train crashed into a railway terminus in Buenos Aires during rush hour on February 22, leaving at least 49 people dead and more than 600 others injured. English presents the list of the deadliest rail accidents worldwide in recent years.

Particle physics: A timeline

A timeline of particle physics following the announcement that scientists believe they are nearer to finding the elusive Higgs Boson, predicted to be the particle that confers mass.

Arab reaction to Syria's bloody crackdown

The main positions of the Arab League and its individual members, as Syria ignored a new Arab initiative to end the bloodshed activists say has left more than 6,000 dead.

The gadgets which stood out at CES

The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas featured a dazzling array of high-tech gadgetry.

Notable deaths of 2011

From Elizabeth Taylor to Osama bin Laden: leading figures who died in 2011.

What 2012 has in store

The London Olympic Games and presidential elections in Russia, France and the United States are among the main events in 2012. A look at what the year has in store.

Strictly unusual: offbeat stories from 2011

Offbeat and zany stories from the year just ending.

Key events of 2011

Turmoil in the Arab world, disaster in Japan and the end of the line for Osama bin Laden: a panorama of world events in 2011.

Mass shootings in Europe

The shootings in the Belgian city of Liege and Florence, Italy, on December 13 have several precedents over the past 10 years in Europe.

Winter 1991: the final collapse of the USSR

The Soviet Union had been in terminal decline before the winter of 1991 but the final act of its collapse was played out at stunning speed.

Climate change: Factfile on the scientific evidence

A snapshot of scientific evidence for global warming and its impacts ahead of the UN climate talks in Durban, South Africa.

Key issues at Durban UN climate talks

The main issues at the UN climate talks in Durban, South Africa, from November 28 to December 9.

Fact-file on sanctions against Iran

Western pressure growing for new sanctions on Iran after the UN watchdog published its harshest report yet on Tehran's nuclear programme.

9 police officers dead, 14 wounded since beginning of 2011

9 officers of Kazakhstan law-enforcement authorities died and 14 were wounded during performance of their duties since the beginning of the year.

Turbulent nation: key facts about Kyrgyzstan

Key facts on Kyrgyzstan, a Central Asian republic, which held a presidential election on October 30.

A decade of US-led war in Afghanistan

Key dates in the war in Afghanistan, which began 10 years ago with an air campaign to dislodge the Taliban regime.

Yemen unrest timeline

Key dates in Yemen's revolt.

Tymoshenko: Ukraine's 'trial of the century'

A chronology of the trial of the former Orange Revolution leader, the most important legal process in Ukraine since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Groundbreaking products made by Jobs' Apple

A list of the best-known products made by high-tech giant Apple, whose co-founder Steve Jobs died October 5 at age 56.

Financial crisis in the US and the eurozone

The key dates since late July in the financial crisis which has engulfed Europe and the United States.

Main events in the Israel-Palestinian conflict since 1991

The Palestinians submitted to the United Nations an application for membership for their state along the 1967 borders, a move vehemently opposed by both Israel and Washington.

Key events in Britain's riots

Britain has been hit by its worst riots in decades, with gangs smashing buildings, looting shops and starting fires in London for three successive nights and the violence spreading to other cities.

Russia's most deadly air crashes

The deadliest plane crashes over the past 10 years in Russia, which has seen a number of accidents involving its ageing Soviet era fleet but also more newer Western aircraft.

Timeline of a day that changed the world

Americans are having breakfast before going to work on September 11, 2001 when terrorists calmly pick up boarding cards for flights they will hijack and smash into New York and the Pentagon.

Drought and famine in the Horn of Africa

The drought in the Horn of Africa is affecting 12.4 million people, which says that the continent is facing its most serious food crisis since the famine in Somalia in 1991-1992.

Leaders who stepped down amid popular protests

The list of leaders around the world who stepped down under popular pressure since 2000.

Violence in Iraq in 2011

Violence across Iraq killed 66 people and wounded more than 230 on August 15, the country's bloodiest day since May 2010, when 110 people died.

Six months of conflict in Libya

Key events in the Libya conflict, six months after it began.

Fighting Al-Qaeda

In the run-up to the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the US, here is a timeline of the fight against the Al-Qaeda terror network.

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