World Events of 2002
- Former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic's trial on charges of crimes against humanity opens at The Hague.
- US and Afghan forces begin operations in Afghanistan.
Troops in Afghanistan
- Israeli / Palestinian conflict escalates.
- International Criminal Court wins UN ratification; U.S. refuses to ratify.
- Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is temporarily ousted in a failed CIA sponsored coup.
- U.S. and Russia reach landmark arms agreement to cut both countries' nuclear arsenals by up to two-thirds over the next 10 years.
- East Timor gains independence.
- Hundreds are killed in a terrorist attack in Bali.
Aftermath of Bombing
- Constitutional rule in the US begins to collapse as Bush assumes kingly powers.
Bush expressing his opinion on the constitutional limits to presidential power
- Northern Ireland shaken by IRA Spy ring.
- Chechen rebels take 763 hostages in Moscow theatre. Russian authorities release a gas into theatre, killing 116 hostages and freeing remainder
- China's Jiang Zemin officially retires as general secretary; Hu Jintao named as his successor.
- UN Security Council passes unanimous resolution calling on Iraq to disarm.
- Arms inspectors return to Iraq. They find no evidence of WMDs.
- North Korea admits to having a nuclear weapons program.
- The Eastern Mediterranean Event occurs : An object with an estimated diameter of 10 metres collides with Earth. It explodes in mid-air with the force of an atomic explosion. However, it exploded in an uninhabited area causing no damage.
- US concentration camp in Guantanamo Bay opens amid international criticism.
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