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Significant world events* The Ecumenical Movement
Europe
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Africa
Sadat comes to power in Egypt

South Asia and the Middle East
Assad comes to power in Syria

1970
Americas
Détente with USSR and China (US)

Africa
Amin takes power in Uganda
Mogadishu declaration - call for "liberation of South Africa"

South Asia and the Middle East
Bangladesh breaks away from Pakistan

East Asia and the Pacific
China becomes memberof UN

1971 Lima WCCE conference
Louvain FOC meeting
Europe
"Bloody Sunday" in Northern Ireland
1972 Bangkok IMC conference
Europe
Oil crisis triggers recession
Britain, Ireland and Denmark join EEC

Americas
Oil crisis triggers recession
General Pinochet becomes dictator in Chilie

South Asia and the Middle East
Yom Kippur War (Fourth Arab-Israeli war)
OPEC trebles oil price

East Asia and the Pacific
US Forces withdraw from South Vietnam

1973
Europe
IRA bomb mainland Britain
End of dictatorship in Portugal

Americas
Watergate scandal (US)

Africa
Haile Selasse ousted in Ethiopia

South Asia and Middle East
Turkey invades Cyprus

East Asia and the Pacific
Indonesia occupies East Timor

1974 Accra FOC meeting
Europe
Death of Franco (Spain)
Helsinki accord on Human Rights

Africa
Lomé agreement between EEC and Africa
Mozambique and Angola gain independence from Portugal

South Asia and the Middle East
Civil war in Lebanon

East Asia and the Pacific
Communist takeover of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
Pol Pot in Cambodia launches campaign of genocide

1975 British Council of Churches report on Unity
Nairobi WCC Assembly
Americas
Military junta takes power in Argentina

Africa
Soweto riots in South Africa

East Asia and the Pacific
Death of Chairman Mao Tse-tung

1976
Africa
"Central African Empire" declared

South Asia and the Middle East
Egypt/Israeli peace talks
Miltary coup in Pakistan

1977 Formation of CWM
South Asia and the Middle East
Camp David Peace Treaty

East Asia and the Pacific
Sino-Japanese treaty

1978 Bagalore FOC meeting
Europe
Mrs. Thatcher wins UK general election

Americas
Start of civil war in Nicaragua
Start of Civil war in El Salvador

Africa
Tanzanian forces overthrow Amin in Uganda

South Asia and Middle East
Revolution in Iran: Shah deposed; Islamic republic declared under Ayatollah Khomeini
USSR invades Afghanistan

East Asia and the Pacific
Vietnam invades Cambodia
Sino-Vietnamese war

1979 Cambridge (USA) Conference on "Faith, Science and the Future" at M.I.T. 
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