Chronology of news events in 2015

AP News
Posted: Dec 25, 2015 4:56 PM


Feb. 1

— A reporter for Al-Jazeera English is released from an Egyptian prison and deported after more than a year behind bars, but his two Egyptian colleagues remain jailed in a case widely condemned by human rights groups as a sham.

Feb. 2

— U.S. considers providing lethal assistance to Ukraine to counter significant gains by Russian-backed rebels in the east.

Feb. 3

— A video released online shows a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria being burned to death by his captors, prompting outrage in Jordan and other Arab countries and cries for revenge.

Feb. 4

— A TransAsia turboprop careens into a river in Taipei, killing at least 31 and renewing questions about the safety of the airline after its second deadly accident in seven months.

Feb. 5

— Dozens of Jordanian fighter jets bomb Islamic State training centers and weapons storage sites, intensifying attacks after the militants burned to death a Jordanian pilot.

Feb. 6

— Islamic State extremists claim that an American woman held hostage by the group was killed in a Jordanian airstrike in northern Syria but the Jordanian government dismisses the statement as" criminal propaganda."

Feb 7

— Nigeria postpones presidential and legislative elections until March 28 because security forces fighting Boko Haram extremists cannot ensure voters' safety around the country.

Feb 8

— A riot breaks out outside a major soccer stadium in Egypt, with a stampede and fighting between police and fans killing at least 25 people.

Feb. 9

— President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel rally behind efforts to reach a long-shot diplomatic resolution in Ukraine.

Feb. 10

— Parents of Kayla Jean Mueller and U.S. officials confirm the death of the 26-year- old aid worker who had been held captive by the Islamic State group.

Feb. 11.

— Talks between Greece and its creditors in the 19-country eurozone break down without agreement or even a plan of action on how to move forward on the country's debt and bailout.

Feb. 12

— European leaders agree on a truce to halt fighting in eastern Ukraine between government forces and Russian-backed separatist rebels.

Feb. 13

— Russian-backed rebels mount a vicious assault in eastern Ukraine on a strategic railway hub in a last-minute grab for territory before a cease-fire is supposed to go into effect.

Feb. 14

— A Danish gunman attacks a free-speech seminar and a synagogue in Copenhagen, killing two people, and later is slain by a special police team.

Feb. 15

— A video purporting to show the mass beheading of Egyptian Coptic Christian hostages is as released by militants in Libya affiliated with the Islamic State group.

Feb. 16

— A video purporting to show the mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages from Egypt is released by militants in Libya, claiming loyalty to the Islamic State group.

Feb. 17

— President Vladimir Putin's visit to Hungary shows that, despite the conflict in Ukraine and European Union sanctions against Russia, Moscow is still being welcomed by a European Union member.

Feb. 18

—Government troops pull out of a ferociously contested rail hub in eastern Ukraine in a humiliating defeat for President Petro Poroshenko by Russian-backed rebels.

Feb. 19

— President Barack Obama urges delegates from 63 countries at a summit on violent extremism to "confront the warped ideology" espoused by terror groups, particularly to use Islam to justify violence.

Feb. 20

— Greece and its creditors in the 19-country eurozone reach agreement to extend its bailout program for four months.

Feb. 21

— U.S. considers keeping more troops in Afghanistan than planned this year and in 2016 because new Afghan government is proving to be a more reliable partner.

Feb. 22

— A video purporting to be by Somalia's al-Qaida-linked rebel group al-Shabab urges Muslims to attack shopping malls in the U.S., Canada, Britain and other Western countries.

Feb. 23

— A U.S. jury finds the Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organization liable for their role in terrorist attacks in Israel between 2002 and 2004 in which Americans were killed or injured; the Palestinians say later they will appeal the ruling.

Feb. 24

— President Barack Obama, defying a Republican-led Congress, rejects a bill to approve construction of the Canada-U.S. Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Feb. 25

— Three Al-Jazeera journalists are arrested for illegally flying a drone in Paris after unidentified drones fly over the Eiffel Tower and key Paris landmarks.

Feb. 26

— "Jihadi John," the masked knife-wielding Islamic State militant seen in execution videos, is identified as a London-raised university graduate who was known to British intelligence for more than five years.

Feb. 27

— Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, is gunned down near the Kremlin.

Feb. 28

— An Egyptian court declares Hamas a "terror organization," further isolating the rulers of the Gaza Strip.