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Deaths in May

28 Gerald Anthony

27 Umberto Agnelli

22 Richard Biggs

20 Len Murray

17 Tony Randall

17 Ezzedine Salim

9 Alan King

9 Akhmad Kadyrov

8(?) Nick Berg

7 Waldemar Milewicz

1 Robert Phelps

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Ongoing events

Reconstruction of Iraq

Occupation & Resistance

Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Liberal Party of Canada scandal

War on Terrorism

USA 9-11 Commission

Same-Sex Marriage in the USA

Darfur genocide in the Sudan

Ongoing wars

2004 in Afghanistan#May

Election results in May

02 Panama

07 Iran

10 Philippines

13 India

16 Dominican Rep.

20 Malawi

23 Germany

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May 1, 2004



The Rochester Americans rally from a 3-1 series deficit to complete the comeback and defeat the Syracuse Crunch on Norm Milley's OT goal in the first round of the American Hockey League playoffs at the Onondaga County War Memorial.

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May 3, 2004

  • The USAmarker is starting to lose its dominance in the sciences; "the rest of the world is catching up", according to John E. Jankowski of the National Science Foundation. Scientists from Europe and now other countries are now publishing more papers in major professional journals than scientists from the U.S.marker. New York Times p.A1.
  • An Egyptianmarker court rejects the petition of an Egyptian movie producer seeking to establish an Egyptian-Israelimarker friendship organization stating: "Egyptian society does not need a friendship association with Israel. The Egyptian public and Arabs do not need such false friendships, as demonstrated by the attacks on the Palestinian people."" (INN) (HaAretz)
  • Frenchmarker police seek 500 kg (1,100 lb) of ammonium nitrate fertilizer stolen from the port of Honfleurmarker at the mouth of the Seinemarker River. The fertilizer can be converted easily into a powerful explosive. Such an explosive was used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombingmarker. AZFmarker recently suspended operations inside France while the group seeks to upgrade its arsenal. (NYT)
  • Mexicomarker and Perumarker recall their ambassadors from Cubamarker, citing recent "offensive" comments by Cuban head of state Fidel Castro. The Cuban ambassador to Mexico is also expelled, for "activities incompatible with his diplomatic status". (VOA) (BBC)
  • At US$38.21 per barrel of crude, oil prices hit their highest level since 1990. (AP)
  • In an open letter to George W. Bush more than 50 former high-ranking United States diplomats (including former ambassadors to Saudi Arabiamarker and Qatarmarker) complain about the Bush administration's policy towards the Middle East claiming that the President's approach, and specifically his endorsement of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan, is losing the U.S. "credibility, prestige and friends". The letter follows a similar one written by 52 former British diplomats sent to Tony Blair a few days earlier. (BBC)


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May 16, 2004

  • Voters in the Dominican Republicmarker go to the polls to elect a new president; with 79% of the vote counted, former president Leonel Fernández is declared the winner. (BBC)
  • The Israeli army announces its intention to demolish hundreds of additional houses in the Rafahmarker refugee camp in the Gaza Stripmarker along the border with Egyptmarker after the Supreme Court rejects a petition against the demolitions. In the past, the IDF has found dozens of tunnels hidden underneath homes allegedly used to smuggle guns, ammunition, explosives, fugitives, drugs and other illegal materials into Gaza. The court had previously issued a temporary injunction after 88 homes had been destroyed leaving more than 1000 people homeless (UNRWA figures disputed by the Israeli army). (BBC) (Haaretz) (Maariv)
  • French European Union parliamentarianmarker Paul Marie Couteax declares: "I have no hesitation in saying that we must consider giving the Arab side a large enough force, including a large enough nuclear force, to persuade Israel that it cannot simply do whatever it wants. That is the policy my country (France) pursued in the 1970s when it gave Iraq a nuclear force." (JPost)


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May 28, 2004

  • A court in Chilemarker strips former dictator Augusto Pinochet of his immunity from prosecution, paving the way for him be tried for human rights abuses in the 1970s and 1980s. (BBC)
  • A 6.1-magnitude earthquake strikes on Iranmarker's Caspian Seamarker coast. Some 20 deaths and minor damage are reported. (BBC)
  • G4 and TechTV officially merge to form the highly controversial G4techTV network. The merger was a complete failure and, although the plan was to get TechTV's millions of viewers hooked on G4, it backfired, and is now known as one of the largest flops in entertainment history.


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