* 4. 3. Sudan
The International Criminal Court (ICC) issues an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. The Sudanese president is convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.
* 10. 3. The Czech Republic and the US
The Czech President Vaclav Klaus states during a visit to the States that the economic crisis is the price the US must pay for its regulatory intrusions in the free market.
* 17. 3. Madagascar
A coup d'etat overthrows the president of Madagascar, Marc Ravalomanana. Backed by the military, the opposition leader Andry Rajoelina becomes president.
* 24. 3. Israel
The center-left Labor party led by Defense Minister Ehud Barak agrees to form a coalition with the conservative Likud party under the new Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. The Centrist Kadima party criticizes the coalition.
* 25. 3. The Czech Republic
The Czech government falls when Mirek Topolanek of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) receives a no-confidence vote in the Chamber of Deputies.
* 26. 3. Egypt
The day marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Israel-Egypt Peace Agreement of 1979. Since Israel's offensive in Gaza in January, neighboring states have increased pressure on Egypt to annul the agreement.
* 1. 4. NATO
Albania and Croatia join NATO, and become the 27th and 28th members of the alliance.
* 1. 4. Russia and the US
US President Barack Obama meets Russian President Dmitry A. Medvedev for the first time. The two leaders agree to a "fresh start" in relations as they look to future discussions on arms control, the war in Afghanistan, and Iran's nuclear ambitions.
* 2. 4. The G-20
The leaders the world's twenty largest economies meet at their second summit in London. The leaders discuss cooperation in the global economic crisis and cracking down on tax havens. US President Barack Obama states that the "Washington consensus" (uninhibited globalization and deregulation) is over.
* 3. 4. Ukraine
More than 10,000 demonstrators led by the pro-Russia Party of Regions flock to the streets to the capital city of Kiev in a demonstration calling for early elections. Ukraine's economy has been hard hit by the economic crisis as the demand for steel (its primary export) has declined.
* 3. 4.-4. 4. NATO
A two-day summit commemorating the 60th anniversary of 28-member organization takes place in the German cities of Baden Baden and Kehl, and in Strasbourg, France. Former Danish PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen becomes the new Secretary General. US President Barack Obama fails to receive the troop commitment increase to Afghanistan that he sought.
* 4. 4.-5. 4. Czech Republic and the US
US President Barack Obama arrives in Prague and delivers a speech on the 5th in front of a 20,000 person crowd. Obama invokes the history of US and Czech relations, calls for nuclear arms reduction, and castigates North Korea for their rocket launch.
* 5. 4. North Korea
North Korea launches its Kwangmyongsong-2 rocket. Supposedly a satellite meant to enter space, the rocket passes over mainland Japan and falls into the Pacific. The launch garners immediate condemnation and speculation as a ballistic missile test. The UN Security Council calls an emergency meeting but fails to reach consensus on how to respond.
* 6. 4. Italy
A 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes central Italy. Italy's worst earthquake in thirty years kills 294 people, injures more than 1,200, leaves 40,000 homeless, and devastates the city of L'Aquila which was located at the epicenter of the quake.
* 7. 4. Moldova
Violent anti-communist protests erupt in the former Soviet state's capital of Chisinau. The largely student demonstration protests the parliamentary election results which allow the Communist party to maintain its grip on power. Social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook are utilized in organizing the demonstration of 10,000.
* 7. 4. Iraq and the US
US President Barack Obama makes a surprise visit to Iraq during the first international tour of his presidency. US troops greet Obama with enthusiasm as the president calls for a near complete withdrawal by the end of 2010.
* 9. 4. The Czech Republic
Czech President Vaclav Klaus appoints Jan Fischer as interim prime minister to lead a non-partisan caretaker administration until early elections take place in autumn 2009. Head of the Czech Statistical Office, Fischer must now steer the country through the economic downturn and the EU presidency.
* 10. 4. Somalia
Somalian pirates take hostage Richard Phillips, captain of a US navy ship. The boat was the sixth ship to be hijacked in the past week, including two Egyptian fishing boats, a Greek bulk-carrier, and a MV Seahorse from Togo.
* 9. 4. Georgia Tens of thousands of Georgian citizens protest on the streets of Georgia's capital Tbilisi, and call for the resignation of Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili. Protestors accuse Saakashvili of mishandling the war with Russia, ruling Georgia with an authoritarian hand, and deserting the democratic platform he was elected on five years ago.
* 9. 4. Iran and the US
The United States announces that it will now engage with other nations in nuclear disarmament talks with Iran. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad welcomes talks with the US as long as they are "honest."
* 10. 4. Fiji
President Josefa Iloilo suspends the government in response to a suspected coup d'etat planned by Prime Minister Laisenia Qaurase.
* 11. 4. Thailand and ASEAN
The Prime Minister of Thailand Abhisit Vejjajiva postpones the 14th ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian States) summit between sixteen countries which was meant to discuss collaboration in the economic crisis. Vejjajiva calls a state-of-emergency after violent anti-government protests break out in Bangkok and in the resort town Pattaya, the site of the conference.
* 13. 4. Cuba and the US
US President Barack Obama demonstrates a willingness to normalize US relations with Cuba after previous administrations have followed a decades-long hard-line approach.
* 16. 4. Chechnya and Russia
Russia announces the official conclusion of its ten-year and so-called counter-terrorism offensive in the Russian republic of Chechyna. The troubled region in Russia has seen two separatist inspired wars since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989. Despite assertions of stability, the region remains torn by violence and killings.
* 17. 4. Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with George J. Mitchell, the Obama administration's envoy to the Middle East. Netanyahu asserts that before a two-state solution can be found, Palestinian authorities must first recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
* 17. 4. The United States
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officially declares that carbon dioxide and five other heat-trapping gases are health and air-polluting substances.
* 17.-19. 4. Trinidad and Tobago
The Summit of the Americas takes place in Trinidad and Tobago between the 34 nations which compose the Organization of American States. The Summit takes place with unexpected ease as US President Barack Obama and the notoriously anti-American president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, greet each other with friendly terms.
* 18. 4. Venezuela
Seven months after the Bush administration and Venezuela ended diplomatic relations, President Hugo Chavez appoints Venezuela's representative to the Organization of American States, Roy Chaderton, as the new ambassador to Washington.
* 18. 4. Mexico
First outbreak of the so-called Swine Flu is detected in Mexico City. The swine flu spreads quickly throughout the world, causing further economic slow-down and giving rise to xenophobic sentiments against Mexicans.
* 20. 4. Iraq
The Sunni Arab lawmaker Ayad al-Sammaraie becomes the new speaker for Iraq's parliament after months of stalemate.
* 20. 4.-25. 4. Geneva
A UN review conference on racism takes place in Geneva. Several states protest the controversial conference by not attending, including Israel, the US, Canada, Germany, and Holland. Several states formally castigate Iranian President Ahmadinejad who uses the conference to level racist remarks at Israel.
* 24. 4. Thailand
Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva lifts the two-week long state-of-emergency.
* 1. 5. Global Protests
The traditional May Day worker protests occur throughout the world in response to the global economic crisis. The protests turn violent as demonstrators clash with police in Germany, Turkey and Venezuela.
* 7. 5. The Czech Republic
An EU Eastern Partnership summit takes place in Prague. The summit marks the last instance in which former Czech PM Mirek Topolanek acts as a representative of the EU before interim PM Jan Fischer takes over the duties of the EU presidency.
* 12. 5.-13. 5. Athens
The Institute for Climate and Energy Security holds a summit on "The Road to Copenhagen: Managing Climate Change & Energy Security in Southeast Europe and Beyond."
* 20. 5. China
The EU-China summit takes place. The summit was supposed to take place last December but was delayed over China's row with Tibet.
* 21. 5.-22. 5. South Korea
The annual Connected Urban Development Global Conference takes place in the South Korean capital of Seoul. The theme of the conference is "Connecting Cities for Sustainable Living: An Urban Revolution."
* 30. 5.-1. 6. United Arab Emirates The 2nd annual Global Studies Conference takes place in Dubai to discuss globalization in the world today.…