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• Waiting in Rome: Mourners wait in line, some for up to 14 hours to see Pope John Paul II's body at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The number of visitors surpassed a million Wednesday and may be headed for 3 million by some estimates, as the city of Rome braced for an influx of pilgrims from abroad for Friday's funeral. April 06, 2005

• Eyes on Iraq: Second Impressions: How has Iraq changed in the two years since U.S.-led forces overthrew Saddam Hussein's Baathist regime? Several photojournalists who covered the war have returned to Iraq, capturing images and gathering impressions. Their photos and first-hand accounts help to tell the story of a nation in transition, struggling for its identity while fighting daily battles against insurgents who have a different agenda. April 05, 2005

• Processions for Pope in Rome and Krakow: Thousands gathered to watch the procession of Pope John Paul II body in preparation for visitation. In his native Poland, a similiar procession and mass occurred simutaneously. April 04, 2005

• The World Prays for The Pope: Catholics across the world mourn pray for Pope John Paul II, the Catholic Church's third longest-serving pope. April 01, 2005

• Zimbabwe Holds Parliamentary Elections: Millions of Zimbabweans headed to the polls under cloudy, drizzly skies Thursday in an election largely free from violence but not from fear. March 31, 2005

• Major Earthquake Strikes Indonesia: A major underwater earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, killing hundreds of people, destroying buildings and sparking fear of another tsunami. March 29, 2005

• Protesters Storm Kyrgyzstan Capital: Protesters stormed the presidential compound in Kyrgyzstan, seizing the seat of state power after clashing with riot police during a large opposition rally. President Askar Akayev reportedly fled the country and resigned. March 24, 2005

• Bearing Witness: New Holocaust museum opening in Jerusalem today documents the Holocaust through the words, pictures and possessions of those who experienced it. March 14, 2005

• Anti-Syria Protest: In Beirut, hundreds of thousands of Lebanese protest Syria's role in their country marking one month since opposition politician and former prime minister Rafiq Hariri was assassinated with massive demonstrations. March 14, 2005

• Syrian Troops Redeploy: Syrian soldiers begin the first phase of their pullback in Lebanon, and government lawmakers advised the president to bring back his pro-Damascus prime minister who was forced by opposition protests to resign. March 09, 2005

• Pro-Syria in Beirut: Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators rallied in Beirut to counter protests held in past weeks calling for Syria to withdraw its troops from Lebanon. March 08, 2005

• Pro-Syria in Beirut: Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators rallied in Beirut to counter protests held in past weeks calling for Syria to withdraw its troops from Lebanon. March 08, 2005

• Protests Prompt Lebanese Premier to Resign: Lebanese Prime Minister Omar Karami announced the resignation of his pro-Syrian government, two weeks after the assassination of his predecessor, Rafiq Hariri, triggered protests and calls for Syria to withdraw troops. February 28, 2005

• Blast in Hilla Kills More Than 100: A car bomb targeting Iraqi civilians applying for government jobs exploded outside a health clinic in Hilla south of the capital, killing 106 people and wounding at least 146. It was among the deadliest insurgent attacks since the U.S. invasion of Iraq. February 28, 2005

• Signs of Recovery on Sumatran Coast: Weeks after the tsunami hit southeast Asia, some of the hardest hit coastal areas are still in the recovery stage. February 24, 2005

• The Monarch Butterflies of Mexico: In the rocky hills of Cerro Pelon, Mexico, a recently discovered phenomenon that attracts thousands of Monarch butterflies each winter has become a struggle between environmentalism and a growing illegal logging trade. February 22, 2005

• Earthquake Ravages Central Iran: A 6.4-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday killed hundreds and injured more than a 1,000 people in the Iranian province of Kerman, located southeast of Tehran. February 22, 2005

• Iraq Explosions Target Shiites: Several explosions timed to disrupt the Shiite religious observance of Ashura killed over a dozen in Iraq. February 18, 2005

• Thousands Mourn Rafiq Hariri: Thousands of Lebanese marched through the streets of the capital Beirut to the edge of Martyr's Square, where they buried former prime minister Rafiq Hariri who was killed in a massive explosion February 14. February 16, 2005

• China Coal Mine Explosion: A gas explosion at the Sunjiawan mine killed at least 203 workers in northeastern China Tuesday. The disaster is the deadliest mining accident reported since Chinese communist rule began in 1949. February 15, 2005

• Explosion Kills Former Lebanon Premier: A bomb in Beirut killed former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri and at least nine. Hariri, a self-made billionaire who was prime minister from 1992-98 and again from 2000-04, resigned in October to protest Syria's interference in Lebanon's affairs. February 14, 2005

• Prince Charles to Wed Camilla Parker Bowles: Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles have announced their engagement and are planning an April 8 civil ceremony. February 10, 2005

• Lunar Year of the Rooster: A holiday calm fell over normally bustling cities Wednesday as ethnic Chinese communities across Asia celebrated the start of the lunar Year of the Rooster with visits to crowded temples and family banquets. February 09, 2005

• Carnival Around the World: Carnival is celebrated each year before the 40 days of Lent. The festival started in Italy, but has since spread around the world. February 07, 2005

• The Orphans of Banda Aceh: When the tsunami swept through Indonesia's Aceh province on Dec. 26, 2004, it left a trail of devastation in its wake. Entire coastal villages disappeared. More than 166,000 died. Thousands of children became orphaned and homeless. Washington Post photojournalist Michael Robinson-Chavez wanted to learn more about these young survivors and traveled to an Islamic boarding school in Banda Aceh that they now must call home February 03, 2005

• Iraq Begins Counting Ballots: Across Iraq and throughout countries where Iraq expatriates voted, the processing of ballots and counting begins. January 31, 2005

• Election Day in Iraq: The end of Iraq's historic Election Day brought indications of strong turnout, but also reports of at least 30 people killed in attacks on the polls. January 30, 2005

• Auschwitz Liberation Commemorated
During World War II, more than 1.5 million people died at three Auschwitz death camps before Soviet troops arrived to free the remaining prisoners. 60 years later, survivors and world leaders commemorated the liberation and reflected on one of humanity's darkest chapters, the Holocaust that claimed the lives of more than 6 million people.  January 27, 2005

• Tsunami Survivors Rebuild: Residents from the small northern Sumatra town of Lamteungoh struggle to rebuild their shattered community while coping with the loss of their families. January 23, 2005

• Car Bombs Kill at Least 16 in Baghdad: Insurgents detonate a truck bomb outside Australia's embassy in Baghdad and target police with car bombs. January 19, 2005

• Children of Devastation Return to School: Many of the children who survived the tsunami that ravaged south Asian coastal communities returned to school on Monday. Some attended classes in make-shift school rooms in relief camps. Others found classrooms still standing, but nearly empty. Everywhere, teachers and students grieved and mourned those who perished. January 10, 2005

• Palestinians Cast Their Votes: Palestinians go to the polls to elect a successor to Yasser Arafat. January 09, 2005

• Tsunami Aftermath - Week 2: Aid begins to arrive, but is hampered by road conditions and lack of transportation. Efforts to clean up, bury the dead, and search for the missing continue. January 03, 2005

• Tsunami Kills Thousands in Southeast Asia - Week 1: International effort ferries aid to communities flattened by the Indian Ocean tsunami, as estimated death toll climbs to 123,000 people in 12 countries. January 01, 2005

• Yushchenko Leads in Ukrainian Exit Polls: Sunday's unofficial results indicate opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko has a commanding lead over Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine's repeat presidential election. The rerun election followed a Nov. 21 vote that was later invalidated by the country's Supreme Court amid widespread charges of fraud. December 26, 2004

• Behind the Veil: Behind the Veil goes beyond the stereotypical image of Muslim women as oppressed victims and illustrates their stories of empowerment and inspiration. Muslim women from around the world are interviewed about their lives and freedoms both here in the United States and in their home countries. December 22, 2004

• Attack at U.S. Base in Mosul:  December 21, 2004

• Violence Erupts Across Iraq: Six weeks before Iraq's nationwide vote, another blast of violence hit the country Sunday, including two bombings in Shiite cities that claimed dozens of lives and an ambush that killed three employees of Iraq's electoral commission. December 19, 2004

• The Continuing Crisis in Darfur: The U.S. and other governments have used the term "genocide" to describe the crisis in Sudan's Darfur region and pledged that a repeat of the mass killings in Rwanda would not happen. However, critics complain that the international community has substituted dramatic rhetoric for meaningful action that would stop the crisis. December 17, 2004

• The Best of the Post Photography 2004: The best pictures of 2004 from the staff at The Washington Post. December 13, 2004

• Filipinos Struggle Against Floods: The Philippines reeled from days of successive flooding Thursday as residents struggled to help each other survive; soldiers brought provisions to storm victim; and mourners buried their dead. Officials reported that 422 people were killed and 177 were missing from the extensive flooding. December 02, 2004

• AIDS and Hope in South Africa: While the disease still ravages the country, new antiretroviral drug programs offer hope of stemming the epidemic. November 30, 2004

• Protesters Challenge Ukraine Election Results: Thousands of supporters of liberal presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko took to the streets of Kiev, Ukraine to protest Yushchenko's apparent loss to Prime Minister Vicktor Yanukovych in a presidential election that U.S. and Western monitors have said did not meet democratic standards. November 22, 2004

• A Growing Mistrust: A group of Darfur refugees were forcibly moved from a camp of grass huts to an "ideal" camp by Sudanese policemen armed with sticks and tear gas. The violence highlighted a widening disconnect between officials that claim to be trying to halt attacks, and the war-affected people whose distrust of the Khartoum government runs deeper as the atrocities in the region persist. November 12, 2004

• Palestinian Icon Laid to Rest: The late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was interred amid the rubble of his West Bank headquarters courtyard as throngs of emotional mourners swarmed the grave site, adding a final chaotic addendum to his legacy. An official state funeral was held in Egypt. November 12, 2004

• Palestinians Mourn the End of an Era: Palestinians mourned the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, 75, who died in a military hospital outside of Paris Thursday. For nearly 40 years, Arafat embodied his people's aspirations for statehood. Many Palestinians, though, admitted that Arafat, in many ways, leaves a flawed legacy. November 11, 2004

• Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat Dies at 75: For virtually his entire adult life, Yasser Arafat had one dream: self-determination and statehood for the Palestinian people. Although he came to personify the dream itself, in the end Arafat did not live to see it come true. November 11, 2004

• Waiting in Ramallah: Palestinians outside Yasser Arafat's headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah wait for word on their leader's condition. Arafat, who lies gravely ill in a Paris hospital, will be buried in the compound following a state funeral in Cairo. November 10, 2004

• U.S. Launches Fallujah Offensive: U.S. forces entered the Sunni stronghold of Fallujah Monday, launching a long-anticipated urban offensive that is widely seen as the most significant and controversial battle since the U.S. invasion of Iraq. November 08, 2004

• Darfur Refugees Tell of Attack by Military: With violence still raging in Darfur’s 20-month conflict between African rebels and pro-government forces, aid workers and camp residents said they feared Tuesday’s pre-dawn assault was the beginning of a campaign to force displaced people back to villages where they could be vulnerable to further attack by Arab militias known as the Janjaweed. November 03, 2004

• Living in the Shadows - Slovakia: The 350,000 Roma who live in Slovakia have lived in slums on the margins of contemporary life for decades and face discrimination and hardship as they try to live in modern Europe. October 21, 2004

• Afghan Election Plagued By Fraud Accusations: Complaints of fraud, focused on indelible ink used to mark the thumb of each voter after they cast their ballot, threw Afghanistan's first presidential election into chaos and quelled the enthusiasm of thousands of Afghans thrilled to be a part of the democratic process. October 10, 2004

• Red Sea Resort Bombed: More than two dozen people were killed, many of them Israeli travelers celebrating Jewish holidays, when a bomb destroyed much of a 10-story wing of a Hilton hotel in the Egyptian resort town of Taba. October 08, 2004

• Democracy Is on Afghans' Radio Dial: As Afghanistan prepares for its first national elections, small stations like Radio Karabagh have born much of the burden of educating the populace about the candidates, the process and the importance of voting. But they are also part of a deeper construction of local identity. October 06, 2004

• Afghanistan Politics: Just as on the American campaign trail, the large rally held for Yonus Qanooni at the national stadium in Kabul Tuesday was mostly a lot of waiting. But unlike American political rallies, the crowd waiting for the arrival of the most serious challenger to President Hamid Karzai wasn’t particularly bored. October 05, 2004

• Bomb Attacks Kill Dozens in Iraq: Three bombings rock Baghdad and kill at least 34 children. September 30, 2004

• Baghdad's Bloody Streets: Witnesses to a suicide car bombing Friday on Baghdad's oldest street described devastating carnage at the scene. The attack killed five people and wounded 20, most of them Iraqi policemen. September 17, 2004

• Baghdad Blast Kills Dozens: At least 59 Iraqis were killed and more than 100 wounded in separate attacks in Iraq. A car bombing near a Baghdad police station killed 47, many of them would-be police recruits. In Baqubah, 12 policemen were killed when gunmen attacked their vehicle. September 14, 2004

• Russia Mourns Victims of School Siege: Russians in the North Ossetian town of Beslan and neighboring regions began the heartbreaking task of caring for the wounded and burying the dead following the three-day hostage standoff at local school. The siege ended Friday in a shootout with Russian troops, in which more than 340 people, including at least 155 children, perished. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who visited the wounded in Beslan Saturday, criticized the nation's security and law enforcement agencies for not being up to the task of fighting terrorism and said that Russia was still suffering from weakness in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union. September 06, 2004

• Refusing to Silence Their Guns: International condemnation has focused on the government-backed militia known as the Jjanjaweed for the raging humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan. Less attention has been devoted to the Sudanese Liberation Army (SLA) rebels, who said they started the conflict to defend the rights of Darfur’s African tribes. A week spent traveling through rebel-held areas showed the SLA to be a disorganized group, but not lacking motivation. September 06, 2004

• Russia Begins Burying Victims of Hostage Crisis: Funeral processions arrived one after another in the rain to graves dug through the night in a Beslan field as Russia began burying the dead from the school hostage crisis. September 06, 2004

• Russian School Siege Ends in Violence: The hostage standoff at a school near Chechnya turned tragic with hundreds of children and adults killed or injured in fighting. September 03, 2004

• Russian School Children Held Hostage: Family members keep an agonizing vigil in southern Russia as an estimated 300 schoolchildren are being held hostage by extremists in a town near the border with Chechnya. September 01, 2004

• Bus Bombings Shatter Tenuous Peace: In the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, two suicide bombings aboard buses killed at least 16 Israelis and wounded dozens, ending five months of relative peace in the Mideast. August 31, 2004

• Russian Planes Crash After Takeoff: Two Russian passenger jets went down within minutes of each other in different parts of Russia, after taking off from a Moscow airport with a total of 89 people on board. No survivors were found. August 25, 2004

• Malnutrition Plagues Sudanese Refugees: About 17,000 refugees live in the Oure Cassoni camp, in Chad, where about 90 percent of the adults are women. Many refugee mothers are unable to breast-feed because of trauma and malnutrition. August 21, 2004

• Sudan's Teachers: In Darfur in western Sudan, many of the educated Africans -- including teachers -- have become targets for the Arab government and their brutal militias. Several teachers in a refugee camp in Chad hope they can return home one day to help teach future generations of Sudanese about the suffering. August 16, 2004

• Marines on Patrol: Marines on patrol in western Iraq, near the border with Syria, are far from the headline cities of Najaf and Baghdad. But each day brings significant danger -- and sacrifice -- as they try to bring peace to a country they invaded more than a year ago. August 12, 2004

• Explosion Near Iraqi Police Station: A suicide bomber drove a vehicle into a crowd outside a police station. The Iraqi Ministry of Health put the number of dead at 68 and said the number of injured was at least 40 and perhaps 70. It is the worst attack since the interim government of Iraq took office on June 28. July 28, 2004

• Crisis in Sudan: Violence began in the Dafur region of Sudan more than 16 months ago when two rebel groups from African tribes took up arms in a struggle over land and resources with Arab countrymen. Arab militias known as Janjaweed then began a brutal campaign to drive out the black Africans. Over a million Sudanese have been forced from their homes and thousands have died. Some international groups have called the conflict genocide. July 27, 2004

• Several Dead in Baghdad Explosion: An explosion outside a Baghdad police station early Monday killed at least nine people and devastated a working-class street. July 19, 2004

• Baghdad Shootout: An intense firefight between insurgents and Iraqi National Guardsmen erupted on the streets of Baghdad Wednesday, leaving 4 dead and 27 wounded. U.S. soldiers from the 1st Cavalry were called in to provide backup for Iraqi security forces. July 07, 2004

• Guarding Iraq: Since the United States transfered political authority to Iraqis, groups of U.S.-trained Iraqi paramilitaries have begun conducting security patrols under their own country's flag in Baghdad neighborhoods. July 01, 2004

• Hussein Appears in Court: Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, still asserting that he is president of Iraq, was formally accused of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity by an Iraqi judge. July 01, 2004

• A Symbolic Moment for Iraq: In a surprise ceremony in Baghdad, the Coalition Provision Authority transferred political authority to an interim Iraqi government. The transfer of power was conducted two days before the planned handover, because of security concerns. June 28, 2004

• The Cost of Liberty: In a chaotic new Iraq, a young widow turns to prostitution to support herself and her family. June 24, 2004

• Multiple Attacks Across Iraq: Insurgents launched coordinated attacks against police and government buildings across Iraq, less than a week before the handover of sovereignty. June 24, 2004

• A Story of Comrades: Army Pfc. Jason N. Lynch was killed last week after being hit by small arms fire that followed an explosion of an improvised bomb. He was killed like most of the soldiers who have died in Iraq, one or two at a time in roadside bombings or small skirmishes too small to make headlines in U.S. papers. June 22, 2004

• World Refugee Day: The United Nations designated Sunday as World Refugee Day. According to a U.N. report, there were more than 9 million refugees in the world at the end of 2003, down about a third from 2001 highs. June 20, 2004

• Iraq's Lost Promise: The American occupation of Iraq is formally ending this month having failed to fulfill many of its goals and sated promises intended to transform the country into a stable democracy, according to interviews with U.S. and Iraqi officials and internal occupation authority documents. June 18, 2004

• Explosion Outside Iraqi Recruiting Station: A car bomb steered to its target by a suicide driver exploded in a tremendous blast outside an Iraqi security forces recruiting station in downtown Baghdad. June 17, 2004

• Guarding Abu Ghraib in the Shadow of Abuse: Feelings of anger, resentment and frustration affect the morale of soldiers keeping guard at Abu Ghraib prison, where earlier this year, guards were implicated in the abuse of Iraqi prisoners. June 16, 2004

• U.S. Releases 500 Inmates From Abu Ghraib: U.S. prison officials released roughly 500 detainees Monday from the infamous Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad. The release is part of a plan to reduce the population at the prison to between 1,500 and 2,000 by the June 30 transfer of power to the Iraqi transitional government June 14, 2004

• Deadly Explosion in Baghdad: A powerful bomb exploded near Baghdad's central Liberation Square killing at least 10 people, including five foreign civilians. Dozens of other people were injured. June 14, 2004

• Prison Dog Abuse Photos: Two military dog handlers told investigators that intelligence personnel ordered them to use dogs to intimidate prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. June 11, 2004

• All Eyes On Venus: The transit of Venus, when the planet drifts across the face of the sun as it travels between the sun and the Earth, is so rare that no living being had ever witnessed it. June 08, 2004

• Sadr's Base of Support: Branded by the Bush administration as a criminal and a thug who has minimal support among Iraq’s Shiite majority, Sadr is viewed very differently from the garbage-carpeted streets of Sadr City. June 01, 2004

• Blasts Mar Government Unveiling: A car bomb exploded Tuesday outside the offices of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan in central Baghdad, killing three people and injuring 20, the military said. The explosion came after officials announced Ghazi Yawar had been selected as president of Iraq's interim government, which is set to take power in June 30. June 01, 2004

• Floods Devastate Caribbean Island: Rescue workers have been digging through mud and debris looking for bodies after the rains and flash-floods sent rivers of mud and swirling waters through Hispaniola, the Caribbean island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic. May 28, 2004

• Abuse Photos: A U.S. soldier in a flak jacket appears to be using both hands to restrain a dog facing an Iraqi detainee in the Abu Ghraib prison. The photo is one of hundreds of unreleased pictures and videos that display abusive techniques not seen in earlier images of prison abuse. May 20, 2004

• Gaza Protesters Killed by Israelis: An Israeli tank and helicopter fired on rock-throwing Palestinian demonstrators Wednesday, killing at least 12 people and wounding dozens of others, according to witnesses. May 19, 2004

• Iraqi Council President Killed: A car bomb outside the headquarters of the U.S.-led occupation authority in Baghdad on Monday claimed the life of the Iraqi Governing Council president. May 17, 2004

• Abu Ghraib Prisoners Released: One day after Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld visited the infamous Abu Ghraib prison, the site where Iraqi prisoners were photographed as they were mistreated by U.S. military police, more than 300 detainees were released by their captors. May 14, 2004

• Rumsfeld Visits Abu Ghraib Jail: Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld made a surprise visit to Abu Ghraib Jail in Baghdad, in an effort to boost troop morale at the facility that has been under severe scrutiny for allegations of prisoner abuse. May 13, 2004

• A "Nest' for Kabul's Street Children: The Afghan Street Working Children and New Approach Center provides life skills and comfort to some of the thousands of children who are bargaining and begging on the streets of Kabul. May 10, 2004

• Inside Abu Ghraib Prison: Inside Abu Ghraib Prison May 09, 2004

• Iraqi Prisoners Controversy: 17 U.S. soldiers are under investigation by the Army for for their roles in alleged abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. Seven supervising officers will recieve an official reprimand or admonishment and six enlisted soldiers were criminally charged in March, 2004. Four other enlisted soldiers are still under criminal investigation. May 03, 2004

• Basra Blasts Kill Dozens of Iraqis: Five car bombs exploded at Iraqi police facilities in and around the southern city of Basra, killing at least 68 people including a number of children who were passing by in school buses. April 21, 2004

• New Hamas Leader Rantisi Killed: Hamas co-founder Abdel Aziz Rantisi, 56, died from wounds he suffered in an Israeli missile strike late Saturday in Gaza City. The Palestinian militant had assumed the Hamas leadership there just last month after Israeli forces killed Sheik Ahmed Yassin. April 17, 2004

• Building an Afghan Army: To help stabilize Afghanistan, U.S. Special Forces are training the Afghan National Army in the hunt for weapons and Taliban fighters. April 13, 2004

• Pacifying Fallujah: After one of the bloodiest weeks since the war in Iraq ended last year, U.S. Marines patrol the hostile town of Fallujah where insurgents have waged a persistent campaign against occupying forces. The U.S. military has tried to root out hostile Iraqis and disarm those in Fallujah who pose a threat. April 12, 2004

• Buzkashi: The Afghan X-Games: Traditional March New Year's celebrations in northern Afghanistan include games of buzkashi, a bizarre and brutal equestrian sport that hearkens to the days of Ghengis Khan. Imagine football -- or rugby -- on horseback, but with no rules, protective gear, boundaries or referees. Throw in a dead animal carcass for men to fight over. That's buzkashi.. April 09, 2004

• Iraqi Fighting Intensifies.: Violent resistance to the American occupation of Iraq spread on Tuesday and Wednesday as Shiite and Sunni insurgents stage attacks and protest across the country. April 07, 2004

• Afghan New Year: Each year on the spring equinox, throngs of revelers crowd the streets of Mazar-e Sharif, attempting to gain access to the courtyard of the blue-tiled shrine and a glimpse of the symbolic Now Roz staff which tradition holds has miraculous healing powers. April 02, 2004

• Surviving Block 0: Block 0 is a section of Rafah in the Gaza Strip that has endured heavy fighting between Israeli and Palestinian militants and the systematic destruction of most of the neighborhood's homes by Israeli tanks and bulldozers. Israelis say the destruction is necessary to find smuggling tunnels. Block 0 residents, separated from family members, friends, and a normal way of life, are furious with the Israelis for destroying their community, and frustrated with the Hamas militants creating the tunnels that keep the Israelis moving forward. April 02, 2004

• Palestinian Solidarity: Former rival Palestinian militant groups in Gaza have recently been working together in attacks against Israel and Jewish settlements in Palestinian territories. Events such as the killing of Hamas spiritual leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin on Monday March 22 appear to be galvanizing the groups' support for each other. April 01, 2004

• Violent Day in Fallujah: Iraqis celebrated in the streets after insurgents in Fallujah killed four people. March 31, 2004

• Sectarian Tension in Baghdad: Shiite and Sunni Muslim clerics call for restraint following deadly attacks on mosques and clerics of both sects in Baghdad. Many believe his murder was meant to spark sectarian violence between Shiites and Sunnis, but leaders from both Muslim factions have called for calm. March 26, 2004

• Israeli Airstrike Kills Hamas Leader Yassin: An Israeli missile strike killed Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin as well as seven others, including three bodyguards. March 22, 2004

• Kabul's Future Brightens: Since the end of the Taliban's rule in Afghanistan, residents of the capital city of Kabul and the surrounding provinces have slowly reemerged from the shadow of the repressive regime. March 19, 2004

• Return to Karabagh: Karabagh, a once-verdant agricultural district about 30 miles north of Kabul, is trying to rebuild. Most residents are farmers who have returned, after years of absence, to fields and vineyards stunted by drought and war. But now, there is a well-equipped hospital, a noisy animal fair, a crowded afternoon English academy, a slew of international aid projects and a brand new community radio station, financed by the United States. March 19, 2004

• The Day After a Bombing in Baghdad: Iraqis tended to their wounded, mourned those lost and searched amid the rubble for salvageable items the day after Wednesday night's deadly car bomb attack on a Baghdad hotel claimed seven lives. March 18, 2004

• Iraq Road Trip: The men and women of the 1032nd Transportation Company, a unit of the Virginia National Guard, have logged more miles than any other unit in Iraq -- about 2.3 million so far -- almost all of them on the pot-holed asphalt of the Sunni Triangle. After a year in Iraq, the unit is on its way home. March 17, 2004

• Bomb Destroys Hotel in Baghdad: A deadly explosion in Baghdad destroyed the Mount Lebanon Hotel and nearby buildings and killed several people. March 17, 2004

• Honoring Spain's Victims: People gathered for a second straight day to remember the victims of last week's terrorist bombings in Madrid which killed 201 people and wounded more than 1,500. March 16, 2004

• Spain Mourns After Trains Attacked: The citizens of Spain mourn after nearly 200 people were killed in terror attacks in the Spanish capital of Madrid. March 12, 2004

• South Korean President Is Impeached: President Roh Moo Hyun became South Korea's first leader in history to be impeached on Friday, plunging Asia's fourth-largest economy deeper into a roiling political crisis. March 11, 2004

• Bombs Hit Trains in Madrid: Explosions ripped through several packed commuter trains in the Spanish capital of Madrid during morning rush hour. March 11, 2004

• Violence in Gaza: Palestinian militants clashed with Israeli tanks and bulldozers during two incursions on refugee camps in the Gaza Strip. The chaotic firefight was the third major street battle in the region in less than six weeks. March 07, 2004

• Ashura Bombing Aftermath: An attack on the Imam Kadhim mausoleum and simultaneous series of blasts in the holy city of Karbala killed hundreds. March 03, 2004

• Shiite Shrines Attacked: A series of coordinated blasts struck major Shiite Muslim shrines in Karbala and Baghdad, Iraq as more than a million pilgrims converged on the climactic holy day of Ashura, the sect's most important religious festival. March 02, 2004

• Aristide's Presidency: Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, faced with an armed rebellion and pressure from the United States, left Haiti on Feb. 29, 2004, under American escort. An interim president was sworn in amidst looting and shooting in the streets. February 29, 2004

• Earthquake Rocks Morocco: A strong earthquake shook northern Morocco Tuesday, killing more than 560 and injuring hundreds more. The earthquake was a 6.5-magnitude temblor. February 24, 2004

• Suicide Bomber Hits Jerusalem: A suicide bomber a Jerusalem bus apart during Sunday morning rush hour, killing himself and at least seven other people, and wounding 50 others. February 22, 2004

• Haitian Uprising: Haitian students threw rocks at supporters of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide during a protest march against the embattled leader in the capital city of Port-au-Prince on Sunday, Feb. 15. Soon after the student protests left, police, who had been providing security during the march, tried to drive away remaining demonstrators with tear gas, even as the streets filled with supporters of the president shouting "Aristide for life." Washington said Thursday it is open to President Jean-Bertrand Aristide stepping down to defuse a deadly uprising. Ratcheting up pressure on Aristide, the United States will also lead an international delegation, including French and Canadian envoys, to Haiti Saturday to push the former priest to fulfill pledges he has made to the opposition and mediators. February 21, 2004

• Scores Killed in Iraqi Bombings: Two deadly suicide bombings in 24 hours killed scores of Iraqis looking for jobs as police officers or trying to register for the new Iraqi army. February 11, 2004

• Hunting Low-Tech Targets: The 1st Squad, 1st Platoon, C Company of the 307th Engineers Battalion are on the hunt in Iraq for more than just car bombs. The Army unit looks for the tools of the insurgency, the signature weapon which has been what the military calls an improvised explosive device, or IED. February 05, 2004

• Bombing Destroys Jerusalem Bus: At least 10 people died when a suicide bomber blew up a packed rush-hour bus in Jerusalem January 29, 2004

• A City Destroyed: Scenes of grief and devastation from the Iranian city of Bam, leveled by an earthquake on Friday. December 29, 2003

• Earthquake Devastates Ancient Iranian City: A powerful earthquake Friday devastated the 2000-year old city of Bam in Southestern Iran on Friday. At least 20,000 people were killed, according to Iranian officials. December 26, 2003

• The Capture of Hussein:  December 14, 2003

• Russian Commuter Train Explodes: A powerful explosion ripped through a commuter train in southern Russia, killing at least 40 and injuring more than 150. The attack, by a suicide bomber, was the latest in a series across Russia over the past year. December 05, 2003