Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Looking back over 2014

World Events 2014

Keeping things in perspective

  • Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Dies
  • Cristiano Ronaldo wins the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or
  • Ukraine Crisis escalates
  • Sochi Winter Olympics take place
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with 239 people loses contact and disappears
  • Ebola Outbreak
  • Boko Haram abduct schoolgirls
  • 12 Nepalese climbers are killed by an avalanche on Mt Everest
  • 238 miners are killed by an underground explosion and mine fire in Soma Mine, Turkey
  • Conchita Wurst wins the Eurovision Song Contest
  • 49 people are killed after a Ukrainian Ilyushin Il-76 airlifter is shot down
  • Rafael Nadal wins his ninth French Open title
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashes (presumed shot down by either pro-Russian separatists or the Ukrainian militia), killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board
  • Israeli Palestinian conflict flares up yet again
  • Ebola outbreak death toll exceeds 1000
  • Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls the international response to Ebola “irresponsible” and “slow and derisory”
  • World Health Organisation estimate that 21,000 people have now died from Ebola virus
  • Scotland votes 'NO' in a referendum deciding whether or not to stay with the United Kingdom
  • ISIS seize large regions to form Islamic caliphate
  • Malala Yousafzai & Kailash Satyarthi win the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize
  • World oil prices plunge
  • Philae lands on comet 67P [Churyumov-Gerasimenko]
  • AirAsia flight QZ8501 carrying 162 people crashes
  • Italian ferry carrying 478 people caught fire north-west of Corfu
2014: not such a bad year after all

'The international news agenda tends to focus on things that go wrong. Here we present a selection of the year’s good news stories, as a counterbalance to the ravages of war, violence, disease, natural disasters, corruption et al'

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