December 26, 1999http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/a/AP-Top-10-World-Stories.html
The ethnic violence in Kosovo that prompted NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia and a subsequent peacekeeping mission was voted the top news story of 1999 in a poll of Associated Press world subscribers.
President Clinton's impeachment trial, which ended with his acquittal, was a distant second, followed by deadly earthquakes in Turkey, violence in East Timor and Russia's military action against Chechnya.
Ballots were submitted by 74 news media subscribers in 36 countries worldwide, with editors listing their top 10 story choices. Ten points were awarded for each first-place vote, nine points for second, down to one point for 10th.
The poll was completed in mid-December, missing the final weeks before the turn of the millennium. But anticipation of the Year 2000 and any attending computer problems still made the list at No. 6.
``Y2K sets this year apart. There's been nothing like it,'' the Canadian Press news agency said on its ballot.
Most publications or broadcast outlets picked among the nominations, which were presented in mostly chronological order. Write-ins were allowed, and the Eleftheros Typos daily in Greece noted its wording of the Kosovo entry as ``NATO bombing Yugoslavia without authorization from U.N.'s Security Council.''
However phrased, the 78-day bombing campaign that began March 24 and the year-round violence in Kosovo received 36 first-place votes and 627 points.
A total of 17 subscribers said Clinton's impeachment trial in the Senate earlier in the year was the top story. It finished second with 493 points. The buildup to the presidential trial had been voted the top story of 1998.
The massive earthquake in Turkey in August and several follow-up tremors that killed an estimated 18,000 people received two first-place votes and 327 points.
The violence that surrounded East Timor's vote for independence was fourth with 295 points and three top ballots. Russia's military offensive against Chechnya, which has escalated since the voting, received 209 points for fifth.
Y2K was sixth, followed by the border clash between India and Pakistan, Taiwan's deadly earthquake, the U.S. growth powering the world economy, and Turkey's capture and death sentence of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan.
A U.S. judge's declaration of Microsoft as a monopoly was No. 11, and seemingly random shootings, from an Atlanta office to a Denver school, that spurred gun-control debate was 16th.
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