2011 Geographical News Timeline

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Can you name the countries referred to in each of the 2011 events listed?

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Protesters enraged over soaring unemployment and corruption drive President Zine El Abdine Ben Ali from power after 23-year rule.Jan. 14
Final referendum results in this soon-to-be country show 98.8 percent of ballots cast were for secession from north part of country.Feb. 7
Pro-democracy protesters bring down leader with a momentous march on his palaces and state TV.Feb. 11
Following a 6.3 earthquake, emergency workers search for signs of life in the rubble of this Pacific nation's 3rd-largest city. 183 die in the quake.Feb. 23
Magnitude-9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami strike northeastern coast, a combined disaster that kills nearly 20,000 people and causes grave damage to a nuclear power station.Mar. 11
Jets from this country's military target Gadhafi's forces, launching a broad international effort in support of Libyan uprising that seemed near defeat.Mar. 19
Tornado causes more than 160 deaths; the monstrous storm, with winds up to 250 mph, damages or destroys about 8,000 homes and businesses.May 22
Prince William and Kate Middleton marry amid pomp, circumstance and elaborate hats.Apr. 29
Osama bin Laden is killed in a firefight with elite American forces at his compound.May 2
Health officials link contaminated vegetable sprouts from a farm in this country to the world's deadliest E. coli bacteria outbreak, which eventually kills more than 50.Jul. 10
Gunman massacres 69 people at an island youth retreat after detonating a bomb in the nearby capital that kills eight others, the nation's worst violence since World War II.Jul. 22
Insurgents down a U.S. military helicopter, killing 38 people, including 30 Americans, the deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in the decade-old war.Aug. 6
President Mahmoud Abbas says he will ask the U.N. to endorse his people's long quest for statehood but emphasizes that he does not seek to isolate or delegitimize this country.Sept. 16
Two Americans detained by border guards during a July 2009 hike are freed, a month after convicting the two as spies.Sep. 21
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The king of this country decrees that women will for the first time have the right to vote and run in local elections due in 2015.Sep. 25
The Nobel Peace Prize goes to three women: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee, both of this country, and Tawakkul Karman, of Yemen.Oct. 7
The 42-year dictator of this country is killed as revolutionary fighters overwhelm his hometown and capture the last major bastion of resistance two months after his regime fell.Oct. 20
A 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes the eastern portion of this country, killing more than 600 people.Oct. 23
Monks and soldiers pile sandbags outside the capital's most treasured temples and palaces amid worst floods in decades.Oct. 28
Prime minister and main opposition leader agree to form an interim government, after the country faced a catastrophic default, which roiled international markets.Nov. 6
The premier of this country resigns, ending a political era and setting in motion a transition aimed at bringing the country back from the brink of economic crisis.Nov. 12
Opposition conservatives sweep into power as voters dump the Socialists — the third time in as many weeks Europe's debt crisis has claimed a government.Nov. 20
President Saleh agrees to step down amid a fierce uprising to oust him after 33 years in power.Nov. 23
The Arab League approves economic sanctions on this country, to pressure the government to end its deadly suppression of an 8-month-old uprising against Assad.Nov. 27
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on a ground-breaking visit, challenges the nation's leaders to expand upon recent reforms.Dec. 1
Tens of thousands hold the largest anti-government protests in over 20 years, criticizing electoral fraud and demanding an end to the prime minister's rule.Dec. 10
The flag used by U.S. forces is lowered in a ceremony marking the end of a war that left over 100,000 dead and cost more than $800 billion.Dec. 15
This country's leader, whose iron rule and nuclear ambitions dominated world security fears for more than a decade, dies.Dec. 18

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