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Significant world events* The Ecumenical Movement
Europe
Death of Marshal Tito (Yugoslavia)
Creation of "Solidarity" trade union in Poland

Africa
Black majority rule in Zimbabwe

South Asia and Middle East
Start of Iran/Iraq war

1980 Melbourne World Mission (WM) Conference
Assassination of Archbishop Romero in El Salvador
Europe
Greece joins EEC
Riots in UK

Americas
Reagan becomes US president
AIDS epidemic announced
First Space Shuttle flight

Africa
Assassination of President Sadat of Egypt

1981
Europe
Death of Brezhnev (USSR)
Kohn forms governement in West Germany

Americas
Falklands conflict

South Asia and Middle East
Israel invades Lebanon and withdraws from Sinai

1982 Lima "Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry" conference 
Europe
Anti-nuclear protests against US forces stationed in Europe (Greenham Common)

Americas
Democracy restored in Argentina
US invades Grenada following coup

1983 Vancouver WCC Assembly
Europe
Band Aid

Africa
Famine in Ethiopia

South Asia and Middle East
Assassination of Indira Ghandi

East Asia and Pacific
Sino-British agreement over Hong Kong

1984
Europe
Gorbachev comes to power in USSR
Live Aid
Anglo-Irish Agreement

Africa
State of Emergency declared in South Africa

South Asia and Middle East
Israel withdraws from most of Lebanon

1985 Stavanger FOC meeting
Europe
Chernobyl nuclear disaster
Spain and Portugal join EEC
Single European Act

Americas
"Iran-Contra" scandal (US)

Africa
Libya bombed by US

South Asia and Middle East
Terry Waite taken hostage in Lebanon

East Asia and the Pacific
Fall of Marcos in Philippines

1986 Larnaca meeting on diakonia
Americas
US stock market crash

South Asia and the Middle East
Massacre of Iranian pilgrims in Mecca
Palestinians start "Intifada" revolt 

1987
Europe
Glasnost & perestroika in USSR
Lockerbie aeroplane bombing
Satanic Verses published

Americas
Fall of Pinochet in Chilie

South Asia and Middle East
Civilian rule restored in Pakistan
PLO recognises State of Israel

1988 Start of Ecumenical Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women
Europe
Democratic elections in USSR
Collapse of Soviet Bloc
Demolition of Berlin Wall

Americas
US military intervention in Panama

South Asia and Middle East
Soviet forces leave Afghanistan

East Asia and the Pacific
Death of Emperor Hirohito in Japan
Pro-democracy demonstration crushed in Beijing, China (Tienanmen Square)

1989 San Antonio WM conference
Budapest FOC meeting
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