Chronology of news events in 2015

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Posted: Dec 25, 2015 5:02 PM

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April 1

— The Palestinians formally join the International Criminal Court as part of a broader effort to put international pressure on Israel and exact a higher price for the occupation of lands sought for a Palestinian state.

April 2

— Al- Shabab gunmen rampage through a college in northeastern Kenya, killing at least 148 people in the Islamic extremist group's deadliest attack in the East African country.

April 3

— Information retrieved from the "black box" data recorder of a doomed German airliner shows its co-pilot repeatedly accelerated the plane before it slammed into a French mountainside.

April 4

— Iran's foreign minister says that Tehran would be able to return to its nuclear activities if the West withdraws from a pact that is to be finalized in June.

April 5

— President Barack Obama staunchly defends a framework nuclear agreement with Iran as a "'once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity to prevent a bomb and bring longer-term stability to the Middle East.

April 6

— Kenyan warplanes bomb militant camps in Somalia after a vow by President Uhuru Kenyatta to respond "in the fiercest way possible" to the massacre of Kenyan college students by al-Shabab militants.

April 7

— A Pakistani judge orders that criminal charges be filed against a former CIA lawyer who oversaw its drone program and the U.S. spying agency's ex-station chief in Islamabad over a 2009 strike that killed two people.

April 8

— Iran dispatches a destroyer and another naval ship to waters off Yemen, raising the stakes amid a Saudi-led air campaign targeting Iranian-backed Shiite rebels.

April 9

— A jury finds Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty on all 30 counts in the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, setting the stage to determine whether he should get the death penalty.

April 10

— Pakistan frees the suspected mastermind of the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India, in which 164 people were killed, after a court orders him released pending trial.

April 11

— U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuba's President Raoul Castro sit down together on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City in the first formal meeting of the two country's leaders in half a century.

April 12

— Pope Francis describes the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians as the "first genocide of the 20th century," provoking a furious reaction from Turkey.

April 13

— Russia lifts ban on arms to Iran, providing Tehran with a highly-capable air defense missile system that would significantly bolster the Islamic republic's military capability and fuel Israeli concerns.

April 14

— President Barrack Obama is removing Cuba from the U.S. list of states sponsoring terrorism, clearing the way for establishment of full diplomatic relations.

April 15

— The Islamic State group launches an offensive In Iraq's western Anbar province capturing three villages near the provincial capital of Ramadi

April 16

— President Vladimir Putin warns the West to respect Russia's interests in global affairs and defends his move to deliver a long-range missile system to Iran.

April 17

— Financial officials from the world's major economies welcome modest improvements in the global economy while side-stepping fears rattling global financial markets that Greece will default on its bailout loans.

April 18

— South Africa's president cancels a foreign trip in order to deal with a wave of attacks on immigrants that has killed at least six people.

April 19

— Hundreds of migrants from Africa are feared dead after a ship sinks off Libya.

April 20

— European leaders struggle for an adequate response in the face of unremitting migrant flows and continued instability in Libya that has given free rein to human traffickers.

April 21

— Saudi Arabia declares end to initial phase of its air campaign against Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen, saying bombing would be scaled down.

April 22

— Modern day slavery persists around the world, the U.S. Congress is told, including abuse of fisherman in the Thai seafood industry whose catch can end up in U.S. markets.

April 23

— President Barack Obama discloses that a January U.S drone strike in Pakistan inadvertently killed two hostages, an American and an Italian, held by al-Qaida, as well as two other Americans who held leadership roles with the militant group.

April 24

— U.N. says Yemen's war is wreaking a particularly bloody toll among civilians — more than 550 have been killed in the past month including 115 children.

April 25

— Earthquake in Nepal kills thousands of people.

April 26

— Tent cities spring up for those displaced by the Nepal earthquake, hundreds of thousands spend a second night outdoors after strong aftershocks hit the region, and the tremor unleashes avalanches on Mount Everest that killed 17 and injured 61 others.

April 27

— President Barack Obama warns that China would benefit at the expense of the United States if Washington fails to complete and enact a free-trade deal with Asia.

April 28

— Nigerian troops rescue nearly 300 girls and women during an offensive against Boko Haram militants in the northeast Sambia forest.

April 29

— Saudi Arabia's King Salman redraws the line of succession, appointing a counterterrorism czar as crown prince and placing his own defense minister son in line for the crown.

April 30

— U.S. Navy ships begin accompanying U.S. commercial vessels as they transit through the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf to ensure they encounter no interference from Iran.