CNN to air 'Defining Moments' of the year

MUMBAI: CNN will review the highs and lows of 2005 in a special half-hour retrospective Defining Moments.

This will air on 24 December 2005 at 10 am, 6 pm, on 25 December at 11 am, 9 pm, on 31 December at 6 pm, 1 January 2006 at 11 am and at 9 pm.

Correspondents including Christiane Amanpour, Ben Wedeman and Robin Oakley will all provide inputs.

2005 has been a year of natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, the Mumbai floods, and the Pakistani earthquake. There were terrorist attacks in London, Sharm El Sheikh and Bali. There were pivotal moments such as the passing of Pope John Paul II and the installation of Pope Benedict XVI..

The year's political landscape included turmoil with the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister, the protests that followed and the Syrian troop withdrawal, as well as the controversial elections; ongoing turbulence in Iraq , punctuated by a successful referendum to approve their new constitution. A number of countries saw voters heading for the polls in national elections including the UK, Afghanistan and Germany where the first female Chancellor was elected.

Sporting feats have included Lance Armstrong's record breaking seventh Tour de France, Tiger Woods' fourth Masters title. Meanwhile, cricket was revived in England when the team led by Michael Vaughan beat Australia and regained the Ashes after nearly two decades. London beat Paris for the rights to host the Olympic Games in 2012. Fernando Alonso was the youngest ever winner of Formula 1 while Roger Federer and Venus Williams won Wimbledon for the third time.

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