2014

The 14th year of the third Millennium went down in history as the international year of family planning, solidarity with the Palestinian people, small island developing states as well as the international year of crystallography.

2014

The fourth film in the Transformers** franchise, Age of Extinction, was the highest grossing film in 2014 directed by Michael Bay. LL Cool J hosted the 56th Grammy Awards where Daft Punk went home with five golden gramophones.

Eight days after Valentine’s Day, a joint task force made up of law enforcement from the USA and Mexico arrested Joaquin Guzman Loera, infamously known as El Chapo, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. The apprehending of El Chapo was at an apartment building in Mazatlán, Mexico after evading arrest for more than a decade. In 2001, El Chapo broke out of a Mexican prison where he was serving a 20-year sentence for drug trafficking, conspiracy, and bribery. Before his arrest, songs glorified his ability to elude arrest for more than a decade. His criminal activities perpetrated by his foot soldiers are responsible for the deaths and destruction of millions of lives worldwide through drug addiction, corruption, and violence.

On the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest, 16 Nepali mountain guides died when an avalanche buried them arrive on April 18, 2014. Most of the guides were ethnic Sherpas who were hauling goods up the Khumbu Icefall for commercial expedition groups. All the foreigners survived the avalanche, but the disaster brought a new focus on debates about the risks the Sherpas expose themselves to for their affluent clients.

The year 2014 saw the passing of two iconic Americans: author and poet Maya Angelou on May 28 and actor Robin Williams. Maya Angelou passed on at age 86 at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina while Robin Williams died on August 11 at his Tiburon home in California.

Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai were the Nobel Peace Prize laureates for their struggles against the suppression of children and young people as well as for the efforts towards the rights of all children to education.

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Movies

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Interstellar

Interstellar

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy

Country: United States of America

Whiplash

Whiplash

Directed by: Damien Chazelle

Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser

Country: United States of America

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

Directed by: James Gunn

Starring: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana

Country: United States of America

Gone Girl

Gone Girl

Directed by: David Fincher

Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

Country: United States of America

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Directed by: Bryan Singer

Starring: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy

Books

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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support …

The Husband'S Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Husband'S Secret

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Finally available in paperback—the #1 New York Times bestseller from the author of Big Little Lies and What Alice Forgot.At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that is

The Invention Of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

The Invention Of Wings

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From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a #1 New York Times bestselling novel about two unforgettable American women.Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, …

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch

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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE"The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 2014 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Noah
  2. Liam
  3. Mason
  4. Jacob
  5. William
  6. Ethan
  7. Michael
  8. Alexander
  9. James
  10. Daniel
Top #10 female names
  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Sophia
  4. Isabella
  5. Ava
  6. Mia
  7. Emily
  8. Abigail
  9. Madison
  10. Charlotte
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 2014?


Events

  • 01 Jan Police in Indonesia exchange gunfire with suspected militants near Jakarta, killing six people. (ABC)
  • 02 Jan Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: Armed tribesmen and ISIS militants control the Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Ramadi, after days of violence that erupted as a protest camp was removed. (Al Bawaba), (AFP)13 people are killed in a suicide bombing in Balad Ruz, near Baqubah. (Abram Online)
  • 03 Jan Israeli–Palestinian conflict: An 85-year-old man dies during Israeli suppression of a violent riot at Kufr Qaddoum near Nablus; he is the first Palestinian casualty from conflict with Israel in 2014. (The Guardian)
  • 04 Jan Anbar conflict:: The Iraqi government loses control of Fallujah to Islamist militants. (Al Jazeera)
  • 05 Jan Syrian Civil War spillover in Lebanon:: A sniper kills a man and six people are wounded in clashes between districts in Tripoli, Lebanon, that support rival sides in neighboring Syria's civil war. (Reuters)
  • 06 Jan War in North-West Pakistan:: A bomb detonates in a tribal elder's home in Khyber Agency, Pakistan, killing 10 people and injuring another 9. (Global Post)
  • 07 Jan Syrian opposition–Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant conflict: Both belligerents mass execute dozens of their combatant prisoners. (BBC)
  • 08 Jan South Yemen insurgency:: Two suspected Al-Qaeda militants are killed in a U.S. drone strike in the southeastern province of Hadhramaut. (Reuters)
  • 09 Jan Syrian Civil War:: A car bomb kills 18 people, including women and children, in Syria's central Hama province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights organization. (CNN) (Ynet News)Islamic extremist groups in Syria with ties to al-Qaeda try to identify, recruit and train Americans and other Westerners who have traveled there to get them to carry out attacks when they return home. (NYT)
  • 10 Jan Spain invites Sephardic Jews to return after 500 years of exile. (BBC News)
  • 11 Jan Aitizaz Hassan, a Pakistani boy who died after trying to stop a suicide bomber, is nominated for an award by Nawaz Sharif. (CNN)
  • 12 Jan Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): A car bombing at a bus station in central Baghdad kills at least nine people. (BBC)
  • 13 Jan An explosion at an illegal gambling hall in Kaili City, China, kills fourteen people and injures seven. Police believe it was intentional and are investigating it as a crime. (CNN) (ABC News)
  • 14 Jan Mexican Drug War: Communitary forces take several towns in Mexican state of Michoacán trying to expel the Knights Templar Cartel forces, and prompting the intervention of Mexican Army against them.(CNN)
  • 15 Jan Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): At least 26 people are killed in a series of attacks in central Iraq. (BBC)
  • 16 Jan Gaza–Israel conflict:: Five people are injured on the Gaza Strip in an Israel Air Force raid following Palestinian militants firing a rocket towards Ashkelon. (BBC) (The Times of Israel)
  • 17 Jan 2013–14 Thai political crisis:: An explosion rocks the protests in Bangkok resulting in dozens of injuries. (CNN), (AP)
  • 18 Jan An Iranian diplomat is killed in Yemen's capital Sana'a when he resisted gunmen who were trying to kidnap him near the ambassador's residence. (Reuters)
  • 19 Jan War in North-West Pakistan:: A bomb attack on an army convoy in the city of Bannu kills at least 20 soldiers. (BBC)
  • 20 Jan War in North-West Pakistan: A suicide bomber blows himself up near Pakistan's military headquarters in Rawalpindi killing at least 13 people. (AP via MyFoxAL)
  • 21 Jan Euromaidan:: Violent clashes occur for a second day between protesters and police in Kiev, Ukraine. (BBC)
  • 22 Jan 2013–14 Thai political crisis:: Kwanchai Praipana, a leader of the pro-government United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship, is shot in the city of Udon Thani as protesters gather in Bangkok despite the declaration of a state of emergency. (BBC News)
  • 23 Jan A prominent currency trading platform launched by and for banks, ParFX, opens its doors to hedge fund participation. (Reuters)
  • 24 Jan Post-coup unrest in Egypt:: Three bombs explode in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, killing about five people. (BBC)
  • 25 Jan Civil conflict in the Philippines: The Philippines and the Bangsamoro agree to a peace deal that would help end the 45-year conflict. (Fox News)
  • 26 Jan Taliban insurgency: A suicide bomber attacks an army bus in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing two soldiers and two civilians. (BBC)
  • 27 Jan Islamist insurgency in Nigeria:: Sixty-one people are feared to have been killed following gun attacks in the states of Adamawa and Borno. (Xinhua)
  • 28 Jan Carl Icahn announces he has purchased another bloc of the stock of Apple Inc., part of a ramping up that now has him owning Apple equity in the amount of more than $4 billion. (Reuters)
  • 29 Jan Civil conflict in the Philippines: More than 40 people are killed on Mindanao between the Philippine government and armed groups opposed to the peace deal between the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. (New York Times), (BBC)
  • 30 Jan Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: Six suicide bombers take over the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation in Baghdad and kill at least 24 hostages before security forces take control. (Reuters via NDTV)
  • 31 Jan Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Israeli Air Force strikes targets in the Gaza Strip in response to ongoing rocket fire from the Palestinian territory. (Jerusalem Post)
  • 01 Feb Syrian Civil War:: Talks in Geneva end. (BBC)
  • 02 Feb Three explosions are reported in the Yemeni capital Sanaa along with heavy gunfire. (Reuters via Daily Star)
  • 03 Feb Fox Broadcasting Company says Super Bowl XLVIII was watched by over 111 million people in the United States, making it the most viewed television event in U.S. history. (Headline)
  • 04 Feb A police officer and seven Islamist militants are killed in a gunfight in Tunis, Tunisia. (Reuters)
  • 05 Feb Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: A wave of bombings hits central Baghdad with at least 16 people dead. (AP via Los Angeles Times)
  • 06 Feb Seven car bombings across Baghdad, Iraq, kill at least 13 people. (Reuters)
  • 07 Feb Syrian Civil War:: Civilians are evacuated from a rebel-held area of the Syrian city of Homs after more than 18 months under a government blockade. (The Washington Post)
  • 08 Feb McDonald's opens their first restaurant within Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City. (BBC)
  • 09 Feb A gunman kills two people at a Russian Orthodox cathedral in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sakhalin. (BBC)
  • 10 Feb War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: A car bomb detonates in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing two contractors working with ISAF. (AP via CBS)
  • 11 Feb Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S withdraw):: 16 Iraqi soldiers are killed by militants in an attack on military outposts protecting an oil pipeline in northern Iraq. (Reuters)
  • 12 Feb Syrian Civil War:: The Syrian Army and their Lebanese ally Hezbollah begin an assault to retake the strategic border town Yabrud from the Syrian rebels. (AP via ABC) (Reuters)Russia says it will veto a U.N. resolution on humanitarian aid access in Syria, claiming that the draft is an effort to prepare for military strikes against President Bashar al-Assad's regime. (Reuters)
  • 13 Feb War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: Afghanistan releases 65 prisoners from the Parwan Detention Facility despite concerns by the United States that the men were responsible for attacks on NATO and Afghan forces. (BBC)
  • 14 Feb Syrian Civil War:: From 18 to 43 people including civilians are killed and dozens wounded by a car bomb outside a mosque in the southern Syrian village of al-Yadouda according to local reports.(ABC News)
  • 15 Feb A mass grave of Christians is discovered in a neighborhood in Bangui, Central African Republic, formerly occupied by the Muslim Seleka rebels. (Reuters)
  • 16 Feb Syrian Civil War:: Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, calls on other sectarian forces in the Arab world to withdraw from Syria, saying that if they did so, Hezbollah would also "not remain in Syria either." (Reuters)A Syrian child is transferred to an Israeli hospital near Tiberias for emergency treatment after being injured during clashes in Syria, near the Israeli border, between rebels and Syrian Army. (The Times of Israel)
  • 17 Feb Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: At least 25 people are killed and dozens wounded in bombing attacks across Baghdad; three bombs exploded in public markets and a fourth outside a Shiite mosque. (The New York Times)
  • 18 Feb 2013–14 Thai political crisis:: Protesters and police clash after a crackdown ordered by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra with one policeman shot dead and dozens wounded. (BBC), (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • 19 Feb After protesters had resisted the police, opposition and President Viktor Yanukovych hold talks and reach a truce. The toll of riots over the past couple of days is at least 25 dead and 241 injured. (BBC), (Yahoo! News), (Wires via Chicago Tribune)
  • 20 Feb Euromaidan:: A shaky truce is broken with police and protesters renewing clashes on Kiev's Maidan Nezalezhnosti, with scores of deaths reported. (Kiev Post), (Associated Press)The mayor of Kiev, Volodymyr Makeyenko, announces he is stepping down from his post and leaving the Ukraine's ruling party Party of Regions. (RIA Novosty)The European Union imposes sanctions against Ukraine including asset freezes and visa bans. (BBC)
  • 21 Feb Euromaidan:: The Ukrainian government and opposition agree to form a unity government and to hold early elections. (The Telegraph)
  • 22 Feb The Ukrainian parliament votes to free Yulia Tymoshenko, the former prime minister jailed for more than two years for what supporters say are politically tainted charges. She is released later in the day. (The Irish Times), (BBC)
  • 23 Feb Ukrainian Revolution of 2014:: Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is blocked by Ukraine's customs in Donetsk from taking a plane to Russia. (Moscow Times)
  • 24 Feb 2014 Ukrainian Revolution:: The European Commission recognizes Oleksandr Turchynov as Ukraine‘s legitimate interim president. (DPA via Europe Online)Ukrainian economist and banker Stepan Kubiv, who worked as one of the commandants for the EuroMaidan demonstrations, is selected as governor of the National Bank of Ukraine. (Reuters)An arrest warrant is issued for the former President Viktor Yanukovych and other officials for their alleged role in killing protesters. (AP via Fox News)
  • 25 Feb Islamist insurgency in Nigeria:: Boko Haram Islamists kill 59 students in an attack on the Federal Government College in the town of Buni Yadi in Yobe State. (Reuters), (Sky News)
  • 26 Feb 2014 Ukrainian revolution, 2014 Crimean crisis:: Ukraine's interim President Oleksandr Turchynov formally becomes the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. (Ministry of Defence)Ukraine's acting interior minister Arsen Avakov says the elite Berkut police unit, blamed for the deaths of protesters, has been disbanded. (CNN)The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, orders snap military exercises near the Ukraine border. (Washington Post)
  • 27 Feb The Parliament of Ukraine’s Autonomous Republic of Crimea announces a referendum to determine the region’s future and ousts the regional government. (Kyiv Post)
  • 28 Feb Members of the Russian Parliament propose new laws that would make it easier for Russia to incorporate parts of Ukraine. (BBC)
  • 01 Mar Russian President Vladimir Putin formally asks the Federation Council of the Russian Parliament for approval to use armed forces in Ukraine. He receives unanimous support. The Council also demands for President Putin to recall the Russian Federation ambassador to the United States. (Russia Today), (CNN) (BBC), (Associated Press)
  • 02 Mar 2014 Crimean crisis, 2014 Ukrainian revolution:: Ukraine's Navy commander-in-chief, Denis Berezovsky who was appointed only March 1, defects to the Russia-backed Crimea government. (Ria Novosty via inSerbia)Ukraine's acting president Oleksandr Turchynov says Ukraine's airspace has been closed to any non-civilian aircraft. (Reuters)
  • 03 Mar The commander of the Ukrainian frigate Hetman Sahaydachniy reportedly confirms that the ship never defected to Russia as reported in Russian media. (Ministry of Defence of Ukraine)
  • 04 Mar Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a press conference, saying that “force isn’t needed right now” after deploying roughly 16,000 troops to Crimea. (Reuters)
  • 05 Mar 2014 Crimean crisis:: UN Envoy Robert Serry is ordered to leave Crimea at gunpoint after being threatened by 10–15 armed men. (AP)Saying she cannot be part of a network that "whitewashes the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin", Washington-based anchor Liz Wahl resigns on-air from the Russian government-backed news channel RT. (The Guardian) (CNN)
  • 06 Mar Pope Francis acknowledges that civil unions for LGBT people is a governmental move for economic and health management. (TIME)
  • 07 Mar 2014 Crimean crisis:: Armed men – thought to be Russian – attempt to seize a Ukrainian military base in Sevastopol, withdrawing soon afterwards. (BBC)Turkey scrambles fighter jets after a Russian surveillance plane flew along its Black Sea coast. (Reuters via Today's Zaman)
  • 08 Mar Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Malaysia Airlines loses contact with a Boeing 777-200ER passenger plane carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China. (BBC)
  • 09 Mar A suicide car bomber kills 42 people at a police checkpoint in Hillah, Iraq. (Voice of America)
  • 10 Mar 2014 Crimean crisis:: A pro-Russian military force of just about a dozen men take control of the Ukrainian naval base near the town of Bakhchysarai. (Reuters)
  • 11 Mar Gunmen in Kabul, Afghanistan kill Swedish Radio foreign correspondent Nils Horner. (Washington Post)
  • 12 Mar Three Taliban insurgents are killed by a team of Afghan police and private commandos after attacking a former National Directorate of Security headquarters in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The Taliban claims they killed four commandos and five policemen, which police deny. (AP via ABC)
  • 13 Mar 2014 Crimean crisis:: Leaders in the Ukrainian Kherson Oblast threaten to shut off all power and water to Crimea if the referendum goes forward. (FOX)Russia masses its military near the Ukrainian border again as new military operations are announced. (BBC)
  • 14 Mar Attacks all across Pakistan leave dozens dead, with the most violence centered in Peshawar and Quetta. (Reuters)
  • 15 Mar The Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak states that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was deliberately steered off course for reasons unknown and then flew for almost seven hours more. (AsiaOne)
  • 16 Mar Crimean referendum, 2014: Voters in Crimea vote overwhelmingly to leave Ukraine and rejoin Russia. Ukraine, the European Union, and the United States condemn the referendum, which did not give voters the option of the status quo. (BBC) (Associated Press)
  • 17 Mar United States Navy SEALs take over a disavowed oil tanker in international waters previously seized by Libyan rebels. (AP via New Zealand Herald)
  • 18 Mar A Ukrainian military serviceman is killed in an attack on a base in Crimea's main city, Simferopol. (Reuters via Trust)
  • 19 Mar 2014 Crimean crisis: Russian forces overrun the Ukrainian Navy headquarters in Sevastopol and another naval base. (AFP via Google), (AP), (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
  • 20 Mar War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: 2014 Kabul Serena Hotel attack: Four suspected Taliban members attack the luxurious Kabul Serena Hotel, killing at least 9 people, including 4 foreigners. (Yahoo News)Suicide bombers attack a police station in the city of Jalalabad resulting in at least 11 deaths and 22 people being injured. (Reuters)
  • 21 Mar Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: Gunmen attack a police headquarters north of Baghdad and suicide bombers strike across Iraq killing 25 people and injuring dozens. (AP via Washington Post)
  • 22 Mar Post-civil war violence in Libya: The Libyan National Army fights with rebels occupying oil ports near Benghazi. (Reuters)
  • 23 Mar Turkish F-16s shoot down a Syrian military aircraft for purportedly violating Turkish airspace. A Syrian Arab Republic spokesman denies this claim and says the aircraft was in Syrian airspace when it was shot down. (AP) (Al-Arabiya)
  • 24 Mar Twenty soldiers are killed in an attack on a military checkpoint in eastern Yemen. (BBC)
  • 25 Mar A Girl Scout in Oklahoma City is reported as having sold 18,107 boxes of cookies, breaking the previous record of 18,000. (KRON)
  • 26 Mar A police officer critically injures a 10-year-old child after hitting him with a tear gas canister at close range at a Peace and Democracy Party event in Diyarbakır, Turkey. (BBC)
  • 27 Mar Six people are stabbed to death in a family property dispute in Beijing, China. (Reuters via Euronews)
  • 28 Mar Russia announces that it will raise the price Ukraine pays for Russian natural gas by 80%. (Reuters)
  • 29 Mar Italian architect Pier Carlo Bontempi wins the Driehaus Prize. (ArchDaily) (PRweb)
  • 30 Mar The Republic of the Philippines files a case to an international tribunal in The Hague in its case against China over competing South China Sea claims.
  • 31 Mar Korean maritime border incidents:: North and South Korea exchange artillery fire across sea boundaries. (AFP via Yahoo News)
  • 01 Apr American internet cartoon series Homestar Runner makes its first update to its webpage after three years on hiatus. (Time)
  • 02 Apr Post-coup unrest in Egypt (2013–14):: A bomb detonates near Cairo University killing a police chief and injuring 5 others. (BBC)
  • 03 Apr Former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf survives an assassination attempt in Islamabad, Pakistan. There are no reports of injuries. (Times of India)
  • 04 Apr South Korea test-fires a new ballistic missile with a range of 500 kilometres and hopes to extend its range to 800 kilometres so that it can reach anywhere in North Korea. (Reuters)
  • 05 Apr 2014 Aswan tribal clashes:: 23 people are killed in a gunfight between feuding tribes near the Egyptian city of Aswan. (Al-Ahram) (The Hindu)
  • 06 Apr Syrian Civil War:: Mortar fire kills two people near the Damascus Opera House. (AP via Yahoo! News)
  • 07 Apr Pro-Russian activists occupying a government building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk have proclaimed the creation of a sovereign Donetsk People's Republic independent of the capital Kiev. (The Guardian) (The Irish Times)
  • 08 Apr A bomb detonates on a rail car in Sibi, Pakistan, killing 13 people and injuring another 35. (AP via TIME)
  • 09 Apr A bomb blast in a market kills 26 people in the outskirts of the Pakistani capital Islamabad. (CNN)
  • 10 Apr At least 10 people are killed after a tour bus collides with a FedEx truck on Interstate 5 near Orland, California. (CNN) (USA Today)
  • 11 Apr Two rival factions of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan clash in Waziristan, Pakistan, leaving 12 insurgents dead. (The Hindu)
  • 12 Apr Palestinian-Israeli conflict: The Palestinian Authority signs 15 UN/Geneva human rights treaties including the Fourth Geneva Convention. Israel responds with sanctions. Peace talks continue. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 13 Apr War in North-West Pakistan:: 73 people are released from captivity by the Taliban, a day after they were kidnapped. (The News International)
  • 14 Apr Syrian Civil War:: Syria's political opposition urges US action in response to the Syrian government's barrel bombing campaign in the city of Aleppo. (Reuters)Syrian government troops recapture the towns of Al-Sarkha and Ma'loula near the Syria-Lebanon border. (The Daily Star)
  • 15 Apr A bomb detonates at a traffic police post in Cairo, Egypt, injuring 3 people. (AP via Houston Chronicle)
  • 16 Apr Gunmen ambush a bus killing nine people and wounding six others in western Ethiopia near the Sudanese border. (Reuters)
  • 17 Apr The Pakistani Taliban announces that it will not extend a ceasefire with the Pakistani government. (CNN)
  • 18 Apr Syrian civil war:: The death toll of children in the entire conflict reaches nearly 15,000. (Turkish Press)
  • 19 Apr 2014 South Korean ferry capsizing:: The death toll of the accident rises to 32 as two bodies are found in the sea and three in a cabin of the ferry, which became fully submerged yesterday. (Yonhap)The South Korean government considers declaring a special disaster zone in Ansan. (Yonhap)
  • 20 Apr 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine:: Three people are killed in an attack on check post in Eastern Ukraine manned by pro-Russian supporters. (Al Jazeera)
  • 21 Apr South Sudan conflict: The UN condemns the "Targeted Killings" and wounding of hundreds of civilians based on their ethnic origins in the town of Bentiu after South Sudanese rebels seized the oil hub last week. (Al Jazeera)
  • 22 Apr 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine:: Russian-born American-Israeli journalist Simon Ostrovsky is reportedly abducted in Sloviansk by the militia of the separatist pro-Russian leader Vyacheslav Ponomarev. (Mashable)
  • 23 Apr Ukrainian security officials discover that the Assumption Monastery Lavra of the Moscow Patriarchate in Sviatohirsk served as a military base for pro-Russian insurgents who have besieged the region. (Kyiv Post)
  • 24 Apr The Ukrainian government says it's regained control of the city hall in the eastern port of Mariupol from pro-Russian separatists. Administrative buildings have been taken over in at least a dozen towns in Eastern Ukraine. (BBC)
  • 25 Apr 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine:: A Ukrainian military helicopter is destroyed after being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade at a base near the town of Kramatorsk in Eastern Ukraine. (The Daily Telegraph)
  • 26 Apr Five British ISAF personnel are killed in a military helicopter crash in Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan. (BBC)
  • 27 Apr Post-coup unrest in Egypt:: An Egyptian court sentences 11 supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi to prison terms ranging from five to 88 years for rioting.(BBC)
  • 28 Apr Post-coup unrest in Egypt:: An Egyptian court hands down a death sentence on 638 Muslim Brotherhood supporters, among them the group's top leader Mohamed Badie. (Reuters)
  • 29 Apr 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine:: Pro-Russian militants in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk seize the regional administration's headquarters, resulting in a tense standoff with the militants and security personnel. (BBC)
  • 30 Apr Al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen:: At least 30 people have been killed in clashes between Al-Qaeda and the Yemen Army. (Daily Star)
  • 01 May 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine:: Pro-Russian militants seize the regional prosecutor's office in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. (BBC)Ukraine announces that it is reintroducing conscription. (Daily Mail)
  • 02 May Syrian Civil War (Siege of Homs):: A 24-hour ceasefire deal is reached in Syria's city of Homs allowing rebels to withdraw from their last stronghold in the central city. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 03 May Indian police arrest 29 people after National Democratic Front of Bodoland separatists kill 29 Muslims and burn down homes. (AP via ABC News America)
  • 04 May 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine: Pro-Russian activists attack the police headquarters in Odessa, forcing the release of several people held over deadly violence two days before. (BBC)
  • 05 May 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine and the Siege of Sloviansk: A Ukrainian military helicopter patrolling around the eastern city of Sloviansk is shot down; all of the pilots survived and were later rescued. (CNN)Neighbouring Ukraine and breakaway Transnistria, Moldova places its borders on alert as the unrest continues. (AP)
  • 06 May 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine: Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov rules out any fresh talks in Geneva to defuse the crisis unless pro-Russian groups are also involved. (BBC)
  • 07 May Islamist insurgency in Nigeria:: At least 125 people are killed in a massacre in Gamboru Ngala, Borno State. (BiharPrabha) (Reuters)
  • 08 May Syrian Civil War: A large explosion levels the Carlton Hotel in Aleppo which was used as a military base by the Army of Syria as well as several other buildings. (AP via TV New Zealand)
  • 09 May Yemeni security forces announce that they have killed Shayef Mohammed Saeed Al-Shabwani, an al-Qaeda terrorist wanted over a series of attacks in Sana'a. (CNN)
  • 10 May The Independent Electoral Commission announces the results of the 2014 South African general election. (M&G)
  • 11 May Naxalite–Maoist insurgency: Seven police commandos are killed in a Naxalite attack in the Indian state of Maharashtra. (Biharprabha News)
  • 12 May A new video released by the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram claims to show 100 girls they kidnapped last month as they seek a prisoner exchange. (BBC)
  • 13 May Valery Bolotov, a leader of the separatist movement in the eastern city of Luhansk, is wounded in an assassination attempt by an unknown assailant. (CNN)
  • 14 May Al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen:: Seven Yemeni Army soldiers and 16 Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula militants are killed in fighting near the town of Azan in Shabwa province. (AP via Daily Mail)
  • 15 May Syrian Civil War:: A car bomb explodes near the Turkish border, killing at least 29 people and wounding dozens of others. (CNN)
  • 16 May 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine:: Pro-Russian rebels quickly withdraw from Mariupol as dozens of unarmed pro-Ukraine steelworkers with some employed by System Capital Management joined by the police start to patrol the city. (U.S. News & World Report)(New York Times)The United Nations warns of a deterioration of human rights in eastern Ukraine and the harassment and persecution of the Crimean Tartars in Crimea. (BBC)
  • 17 May Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Benin, and Chad join together to combat Boko Haram. (The Guardian)(The New York Times)
  • 18 May A group headed by Khalifa Haftar, which includes renegade Libyan general Mokhtar Farnana, launches an attack on the Parliament of Libya. (AP)
  • 19 May Two Chinese workers are kidnapped from a controversial copper mine in Burma by activists. (AP)
  • 20 May 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine:: Ukrainian billionaire Rinat Akhmetov asks workers to stage a peace rally in the Donetsk region in protest against the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic. (Interfax) (The Moscow Times)
  • 21 May 2014 Libyan uprising:: General Khalifa Belqasim Haftar calls on the government to hand over power to the country's top judges amid heavy fighting in the capital Tripoli. (Reuters)Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq refuses to step down while the Ministry of Defense issues a statement calling for the arrest of any soldiers who join Gen. Haftar’s campaign. (The Washington Post)
  • 22 May 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine:: At least 11 Ukrainian Army soldiers are killed and 30 injured when pro-Russian separatists attack a military checkpoint. (AP via Time)Luhansk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine declares martial law and asks Russia to send peacekeeping troops to protect civilians. (Kyiv Post)The unrecognised Federal State of New Russia confederation is declared and agreements were signed between leaders of two self-proclaimed republics.(Ukrainian Policy)(Voice of Russia)
  • 23 May Sinai insurgency:: Egyptian security forces claim to have killed Shadi el-Menei, the leader of Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, and three other senior members in overnight fighting. (Sky News)
  • 24 May Al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen:: At least 27 people are killed in an al-Qaeda raid on the town of Seyoun in Hadramout province. (Reuters via Trust)
  • 25 May Al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen:: The Yemeni Military kills 5 al-Qaeda militants and arrests 4 in a raid north of Sana'a. (Reuters via Voice of America)
  • 26 May 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine: Pro-Russian militants force the closure of Donetsk International Airport a day after preventing any voters in the city of Donetsk from casting a vote in the Ukrainian presidential election. (Reuters via Chicago Tribune)The Ukrainian Air Force conducts airstrikes on Donetsk International Airport while paratroopers drop in to fight pro-Russian separatists. (Irish Times)
  • 27 May 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine:: At least thirty pro-Russian separatists have died in fighting over control of Donetsk International Airport; the Ukrainian government claims to have total control of the airport following the clashes with the separatists. (BBC)The newly elected President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko vows to continue Kiev's anti-terrorist operation against pro-Russian militants in the east. (BBC)
  • 28 May Gunmen attack the home of Tunisia's top security official Lotfi Ben Jeddou resulting in the death of 4 police officers. (AP via Miami Herald)
  • 29 May Rebels in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk say they are holding four missing Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe monitors and the observers may be released soon. (BBC) (AP via Yahoo! News)
  • 30 May Islamist insurgency in Nigeria: Islamist terror group Boko Haram abduct two prominent traditional rulers from Borno State in Nigeria. (IANS via Biharprabha)
  • 31 May War in North-West Pakistan:: Taliban insurgents from Afghanistan attack a Pakistani border post in the Bajur tribal area, resulting in the deaths of 14 militants and one soldier. (Voice of America)
  • 01 Jun Islamist insurgency in Nigeria: A bombing at a football match in the town on Mubi in northeastern Nigeria kills at least 40 people. (AFP via Global Post)Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram gunmen have been released. (CBC)
  • 02 Jun 2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine: A large skirmish occurs in eastern Ukraine when pro-Russian separatists launch a massive attack on a border control centre near the city of Luhansk; five militants are killed and another eight are wounded, and seven Ukrainian border guards are wounded in the clash. (BBC)
  • 03 Jun 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine:: Heavy fighting between the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian militants takes place in and around the rebel-held eastern city of Sloviansk. (BBC)
  • 04 Jun 2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine:: Separatists capture two Ukrainian Military bases in Luhansk Oblast as fighting continues near the rebel-held town of Sloviansk. (BBC)
  • 05 Jun Islamist insurgency in Nigeria:: Suspected Boko Haram militants launch an attack in a village near the north-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing approximately 45 people. (BBC)
  • 06 Jun War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: Abdullah Abdullah of the National Coalition of Afghanistan, a frontrunner in the Afghan presidential election, survives a bombing attempt. (BBC)
  • 07 Jun Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant gunmen storm the campus of the University of Anbar, killing 3 guards and holding dozens of students hostage before withdrawing. (Sky News) (AP)The dead bodies of 21 policemen who were kidnapped a day before by militants are recovered in Mosul, Iraq. (IANS via Biharprabha)At least 52 people are dead following a series of bombings in Baghdad. (AP via Business Week)
  • 08 Jun The United Nations and Military of the Democratic Republic of the Congo sends troops to South Kivu province after 37 people are killed there. (Wall Street Journal)
  • 09 Jun 2014 Jinnah International Airport attack:: Karachi's Jinnah International Airport will resume services after yesterday's attack which claimed 21 lives. (Sky News Australia)The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan claims responsibility for the attack. (Wall Street Journal)
  • 10 Jun War in North-West Pakistan: The Pakistan Air Force conducts bombing raids against Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan positions in the Tirah region killing at least 15 militants in response to the Jinnah International Airport attack in Karachi. (BBC)
  • 11 Jun Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): 2014 Mosul offensive: Insurgents continue their offensive, gaining control of the city of Tikrit, the second provincial capital to fall in as many days. At least 500,000 residents of Mosul flee the fighting and head east into Kurdish-controlled territory, while insurgents storm the Turkish Embassy and take 48 Turks hostage, including the Consul General. (Al Jazeera)
  • 12 Jun Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): The United Nations Security Council meets to discuss the rapid progress of an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant offensive towards Baghdad. (SBS)Iraqi Kurds take over control of the city of Kirkuk as the army flees. (BBC)The Parliament of Iraq postpones a vote on Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's call for a state of emergency due to a lack of quorum. (BBC)
  • 13 Jun 2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine: Arsen Avakov, Ukraine's Minister of the Interior, claims that Ukrainian forces have recaptured the port of Mariupol. (Reuters)
  • 14 Jun 2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine: A Ukraine military Ilyushin Il-76 airlifter is shot down, killing all 49 people on board. (CNN)
  • 15 Jun Syrian Civil War: The Syrian Military retakes control of Kessab in north-western Syria. (Reuters)
  • 16 Jun 2014 Northern Iraq offensive:: ISIL takes control of the town of Tal Afar, Iraq. (Voice of America)The Pentagon sends the USS Mesa Verde to the Persian Gulf to join a contingency of U.S. Navy ships already stationed there to monitor the northern offensive. (NBC)
  • 17 Jun North Korean propaganda videos show that they have developed a cruise missile similar to the Russian Kh-35 model. (BBC)
  • 18 Jun 2014 Northern Iraq offensive: 40 Indians working for a Turkish construction company are abducted by militants in Mosul. (IANS via Biharprabha)Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant militants lay siege to Iraq's largest oil refinery, located in Baiji. (AP)
  • 19 Jun Prince Felipe, the eldest son of King Juan Carlos I and formerly Prince of Asturias, ascends the Spanish throne as King Felipe VI. (The Guardian)
  • 20 Jun Syrian civil war:: 12 people including 9 children are killed when a Syrian army helicopter strikes a refugees camp south of Damascus. (Middle East Eye)
  • 21 Jun 2014 Northern Iraq offensive: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant captures the towns of al-Qa'im, Anah and Rawa in Western Iraq. (AlJazeera)
  • 22 Jun 2014 Northern Iraq offensive: Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant capture the al-Walid (al-Tanf) border crossing with Syria and the Turaibil (Karameh) border crossing with Jordan. (AlJazeera)
  • 23 Jun War in North-West Pakistan:: Pakistani forces conduct airstrikes on terrorist hideouts in North Waziristan, killing 25 militants. (Business Standard)
  • 24 Jun 2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine: Russian President Vladimir Putin formally asks Russia's upper house of parliament to revoke the right that it earlier granted for Russian forces to intervene militarily in Ukraine in defense of Russian-speakers there. (Reuters)Nine Ukrainian servicemen are killed when a Ukrainian Ground Forces Mil Mi-8 is downed by separatist forces near Slavyansk, one day after a temporary ceasefire was declared. (Sky News Australia)
  • 25 Jun 2014 Northern Iraq offensive: The Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki calls for national unity as a Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant reaches Yathrib 87 kilometres (54 miles) north of Baghdad. (Washington Post)
  • 26 Jun 2014 Northern Iraq offensive: The Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki confirms that the Syrian Air Force bombed Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant positions in Iraq earlier in the week. (BBC)Insurgents capture the town of Mansouriyat al-Jabal, containing four natural gas fields, which is about 110km northeast of Baghdad. (Reuters)Iraqi forces launch an airborne assault on rebel-held Tikrit with at least one helicopter crashing. (Reuters via The Nation)
  • 27 Jun The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS New York, currently home to the recently captured Ahmed Abu Khattala, goes dark under the order of the brevity code "River City". (Washington Post)
  • 28 Jun War in North-West Pakistan: At least 19 militants have been killed in a Pakistan Army offensive in North Waziristan. (CNN)
  • 29 Jun Islamist insurgency in Nigeria: Islamist extremists torch four churches near the town of Chibok and fire on worshippers killing at least 30. (Associated Press vis CTV), (Bloomberg via Business Week)
  • 30 Jun Post-coup unrest in Egypt: A police officer was killed and several others wounded in a small explosion near the presidential palace in Cairo. A second officer was killed while defusing another bomb at the same site. (Reuters) (The Voice of Russia)
  • 01 Jul 2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine: The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko states that the Ukraine government's forces will resume offensive operations against pro-Russian rebels. (Reuters)
  • 02 Jul Taliban insurgency: A suicide bomber attacks an Afghan National Army air force bus in Kabul killing at least five people. (BBC)
  • 03 Jul On the anniversary of Mohamed Morsi's ouster last year, three attacks took place in Kerdasa, Cairo and Assiut, during which one suspected militant was killed when the homemade bomb he was handling prematurely exploded. A late night bomb in Alexandria exploded in a passenger train, wounding 9 people. (ABC News) (allAfrica)
  • 04 Jul An 11-story building under construction collapses in the Indian city of Chennai, crushing to death 61 people, most of them workers on site. (CNN) (BBC News)
  • 05 Jul 2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine: Ukrainian forces recapture the pro-Russian armed separatists' main strongholds of Slovyansk and Kramatorsk after the separatists defending it escaped an encirclement. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 06 Jul Israeli–Palestinian conflict: 6 Israeli nationals are arrested in relation to the murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir as Palestinians continue to riot and clash with police in East Jerusalem and Nazareth. (Jerusalem Post)In response to over 25 rockets fired from Gaza into Israel on Sunday, the IAF carries out airstrikes killing 6 Hamas militants. Over 150 rockets and mortars have been fired into Israeli civilian areas over the past three weeks. (Jerusalem Post)
  • 07 Jul 2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine: Minister of Defense of Ukraine Valeriy Heletey says that special forces have retaken the city of Kostiantynivka, Donetsk from armed insurgents. (Presidential administration)Ukrainian forces retake Artemivsk and Druzhkivka from pro-Russian armed separatists. (BBC)
  • 08 Jul Gaza–Israel conflict: The Israeli cabinet approves the call up of 40,000 reserve soldiers as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns of a ground operation against Palestinian rockets attacks and infiltration attempts into Israel. (The Times of Israel)The Israel Defense Forces launch an air and artillery offensive in the Gaza Strip to quell rocket attacks and the Israeli Air Force conducts more air strikes against the Gaza Strip after Hamas fires rockets into Israel. (BBC) (AP)
  • 09 Jul 2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine: A spokesman for Russia's Investigative Committee confirms that Nadiya Savchenko, the female military aviator who was captured by pro-Russian separatists on June 18, is now held in Voronezh, Russia, where she has been charged with killing two Russian journalists. (Radio Free Europe), (AP)
  • 10 Jul 2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine: Ukrainian forces reclaim control of the city of Siversk from pro-Russian insurgents, and move on to consolidate their position by repairing damaged infrastructure and funneling aid into recently recaptured territory. (Wall Street Journal)
  • 11 Jul 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine: Ukrainian forces in recently reclaimed city of Sloviansk discover documents that show pro-Russian insurgent leader Igor Strelkov handed down at least four death sentences under a Stalin-era law of 1941. (Kyiv Post)Twenty-three Ukrainian Army soldiers die as rebels fire a BM-21 Grad missile at an armoured brigade near the Russian border. (Reuters)
  • 12 Jul Operation Protective Edge:: The death toll in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of Israeli air strikes reaches 120. The IAF has performed over 1,300 airstrikes since the beginning of the operation. (AP)
  • 13 Jul Operation Protective Edge:: Israel Defense Forces special forces raid a missile launch site in the Gaza Strip and destroy it. (CNN)
  • 14 Jul Korean maritime border incidents:: South Korea claims that North Korea has fired dozens of artillery shells into the sea near the disputed border. (AP via Fox News)
  • 15 Jul Operation Protective Edge:: A ceasefire deal, brokered by Egypt, is accepted by Israel but rejected by Hamas. (The Guardian) (Haaretz)Despite the suspension of airstrikes by the IDF for 6 hours as the ceasefire agreement comes into effect, rockets continue to be fired from Gaza and the IDF resumes its military operation as the death toll in Gaza reaches 190. (Reuters)The IDF reports that a rocket which started a fire in the Golan Heights was launched from Syria. (Jerusalem Post)
  • 16 Jul 2014 insurgency in Donbass:: The US widens sanctions against Russia, targeting major banks and energy companies, Russian defense industry, and individuals it said were responsible for the continuing support of separatists battling government forces in eastern Ukraine. (The New York Times) (U.S. Department of Treasury)The Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, criticises Russia for failing to meet commitments to end the violence in Ukraine, and said Russia might face further EU sanctions. (BBC)
  • 17 Jul 2014 insurgency in Donbass:: Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 carrying 298 people from multiple countries is shot down near Hrabove in Donetsk Oblast, on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. (BBC) (Reuters)Ukraine accuses a Russian Air Force jet of shooting down a Ukrainian warplane over its territory. (Sky News Australia)
  • 18 Jul 2014 insurgency in Donbass:: US President Barack Obama says the United States has "increasing confidence" that the missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came from Russian separatists in Ukraine - and that Russia bears responsibility for the crisis. (New York Times)
  • 19 Jul War in North-West Pakistan:: A US drone strike kills eleven insurgents in a Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan compound in North Waziristan. (AFP via Global Post)
  • 20 Jul Post-civil war violence in Libya: Islamist militia renew their attack on Tripoli International Airport. (Sky News Australia)
  • 21 Jul Operation Protective Edge: The United Nations Security Council calls for an immediate ceasefire on the Gaza Strip after an emergency meeting. (BBC)
  • 22 Jul Operation Protective Edge:: For the second time, an inspection by United Nations officials reveals rockets being stored in a UNWRA run school in Gaza. Rockets discovered in a school a week ago were returned to Hamas by UNWRA workers. (Times of Israel)
  • 23 Jul Pro-Russian separatist commander Alexander Khodakovsky of the Vostok Battalion confirms that the rebels did possess the BUK missile system - believed to have shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 - originating from Russia, and it could have been sent back to Russia subsequently to remove proof of its presence. (Reuters)
  • 24 Jul Ukrainian Government forces recapture the city of Lysychansk from pro-Russian rebels. (Kyiv Post)
  • 25 Jul Indian Air Force landing chopper-307 crashed in the Sitapur area of Uttar Pradesh, taking the lives of 7 people. (Patrika Group)
  • 26 Jul 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict:: Israel agrees to pause its offensive on the Gaza Strip while negotiations continue for a broader ceasefire while Hamas violates the ceasefire. (New York Times)The death toll from the offensive exceeds 900. (AFP via Manila Bulletin)Fox News reports that Israel has extended the ceasefire by four hours with further extensions under consideration while Hamas rejects an extension. (Fox News)
  • 27 Jul 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict:: Israel extends a humanitarian ceasefire on the Gaza Strip but Hamas refuses to do so unless Israel withdraws its tanks. Fighting has resumed. (PTI via Business Standard)An Israel Defence Force soldier dies from mortar fire as Hamas fires more rockets at Israel. The Israeli ceasefire ends early due to continued Hamas attacks. (Haaretz) (NBC News)
  • 28 Jul 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine:: Ukrainian forces recapture control of the strategic height of Savur-Mohyla in Donetsk oblast from pro-Russian insurgents. (Interfax)Ukrainian forces recapture control of Debaltseve, Shakhtarsk, Torez, and Lutuhyne in Donetsk oblast from pro-Russian separatists. (Kyiv Post)The US and the EU increase sanctions against Russia. (The New York Times)
  • 29 Jul The Ukrainian Azov Battalion say that they and the 39th battalion of the Dnipropetrovsk territorial defense have recaptured control of Novy Svit in Donetsk Oblast from pro-Russian insurgents. (Kyiv Post)
  • 30 Jul 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine: War in Donbass:: Fighting intensifies in the east as Ukraine forces recapture control of the strategic town of Avdiivka from pro-Russian insurgents. (BBC)
  • 31 Jul 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine: War in Donbass:: The Ukrainian government declares a unilateral one-day cease-fire in order to facilitate for a team of forensics experts and crash investigators to reach the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down two weeks ago, after days of delay caused by heavy fighting in the area. (Washington Post)At least 120 soldiers of the Ukrainian military have been confirmed killed in battle since July 17. (Kyiv Post)
  • 01 Aug Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: At least eight Azeri soldiers are killed following clashes with Armenian troops on the border and near the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Azerbaijan said Armenia had also suffered losses, although it did not provide any details. (Yahoo News)
  • 02 Aug 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine: War in Donbass:: Ukrainian forces retake control of the towns of Krasnohorivka and Staromykhailivka, outside the pro-Russian rebels' stronghold of Donetsk. (Reuters via New York Times)
  • 03 Aug The pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk, who are now in great danger of being encircled by the Ukraine government forces, renew their calls for Russia to send troops and arms to their aid. (AP via Guardian)
  • 04 Aug Ukrainian government forces recapture control of Yasynuvata from pro-Russian insurgents; government troops have now all but encircled the rebels' second-largest stronghold of Luhansk, and rebels declared a "state of siege" in Donetsk. (Reuters)
  • 05 Aug War in Afghanistan: A U.S. major general Harold J. Greene is killed, and a German brigadier general and several American troops are among the 15 wounded, in a attack by an Afghan soldier gunman - who was killed by Afghan soldiers - at Kabul's Marshal Fahim National Defense University. (MSN)(CNN), (AP)
  • 06 Aug Syrian Civil War: Saudi Arabia grants Lebanon US$1 billion to help the country in its conflict with self-declared jihadist fighters on the border with Syria. (Al Jazeera)
  • 07 Aug The Islamic State captures a range of cities inhabited primarily by Assyrian/Chaldean Christians in Northern Iraq, notably Bakhdida, Bartella, Qaraqosh, Tel Keppe, Karamlish and Tel Isqof; thousands flee, while many Yazidis are caught in the newly-captured city of Sinjar. (BBC) (Al-Jazeera)
  • 08 Aug 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict:: Hamas rejects the continuation of a 72-hour ceasefire and has shot over 60 rockets since 8:00 into southern Israel. Israel launches air strikes in response. (AP) (CNN)
  • 09 Aug War in Donbass:: Rebel commander Igor Girkin confirms that Ukrainian government forces have recaptured control of the strategic town of Krasnyi Luch from pro-Russian insurgents, effectively closing in the Donetsk People's Republic rebellion. (BBC)Alexander Zakharchenko, self-proclaimed prime minister of the Donetsk People's Republic rebellion, calls for a truce on humanitarian grounds after admitting Ukrainian government forces had surrounded the main insurgent stronghold of Donetsk. (Rappler)
  • 10 Aug 2014 Israel-Gaza Conflict: Israel and Palestinian factions agree to a fresh 72-hour ceasefire, brokered by Egypt, which is due to begin at 21:00 GMT. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 11 Aug 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict: A 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas begins, and talks aimed at finding a long-term solution to the conflict commence in Cairo. (Haaretz) (BBC)
  • 12 Aug War in Donbass:: Ukrainian government forces recapture control of the city of Vuhlehirsk, Donetsk Oblast, from pro-Russian insurgents. (Kyiv Post)
  • 13 Aug Associated Press journalist Simone Camilli, a freelance translator and four Gaza police officers are killed when police tried to defuse unexploded ordnance. (AP)
  • 14 Aug War in Donbass:: Igor Girkin, a Russian citizen from Moscow and military commander of the Donetsk People's Republic rebellion, resigns, making it the third change at top of the rebel leadership of the past week. (Reuters)
  • 15 Aug Islamist insurgency in Nigeria:: Suspected Islamist Boko Haram fighters have abducted dozens of boys and men in Doron Baga, a remote, sandy fishing village in the northeast, in Borno State, near Lake Chad. (MSN)
  • 16 Aug War in Donbass:: Ukrainian government forces recapture control of the city of Zhdanivka from pro-Russian insurgents. (Kyiv Post)
  • 17 Aug Islamist insurgency in Nigeria:: Chadian troops rescue 85 hostages from Boko Haram who had been kidnapped in Nigeria and taken over the border into Chad. (CNN)
  • 18 Aug War in Donbass:: Ukrainian forces say they recapture control of Mala Ivanivka and Andrianivka from pro-Russian insurgents, effectively isolating the rebel controlled city of Horlivka. (Reuters)
  • 19 Aug War in Donbass:: An American volunteer in the Donbas Battalion, identified only under his nom de guerre of "Franko", becomes the first officially acknowledged foreign casualty on the Ukrainian side of the military conflict against pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine. (Kyiv Post)Ukrainian government forces enter the center of Stanytsia-Luhanska after having recaptured full control of a strategically important section of the M-04 highway near Luhansk from pro-Russian insurgents. (Interfax)
  • 20 Aug 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict: In response to rocket fire six hours before the end of a cease-fire, Israeli airstrikes kill 11 Palestinians including the wife and infant son of Hamas military leader Mohammed Deif - the first deaths in a week - while Hamas launches over 130 missiles at Israel during the day. This is the 11th cease-fire broken by rocket fire from Hamas. (BBC), (AP via Fox News) (Reuters)
  • 21 Aug 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict: Israeli airstrikes kill three senior military commanders of Hamas. (AP)A senior Hamas official speaking in Turkey praises the Al-Qassam Brigades for the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers. In response an Israeli NGO calls on the United States Attorney General to force Turkey to extradite the official as one of the teenagers was an American citizen. (Israel National News)
  • 22 Aug Syrian Civil War: The United Nations estimates that the death toll in Syria has doubled to at least 191,000 in the past year. (Bloomberg via Business Week)
  • 23 Aug Four additional Palestinians charged with collaborating with Israel are publicly executed outside of the Jabalia refugee camp by Hamas; the killings are denounced by the secretary-general of the PA, Tayeb Abdel Rahim, who compared them to ISIS. (Times of Israel)
  • 24 Aug After more than 18 months of requests, Turkey comes under heavy international pressure to secure its borders to the influx of foreign fighters, oil, and weapons crossing into Syria to fight for ISIS. ISIS fighters have been moving towards the Turkey-Syria border using armored cars looted from Iraqi military bases. (The Guardian)
  • 25 Aug War in Donbass:: Ukrainian forces say they managed to stop a larger part of a convoy of around 50 armoured vehicles, which entered Ukraine from the border with Russia near Novoazovsk. ('Reuters)
  • 26 Aug War in Donbass:: Russia says that the 10 armed Russian paratroopers captured during the night in the village of Dzerkalne, Donetsk Oblast, roughly 20 kilometers from the Russian border, only entered Ukraine by "mistake". (RIA Novosty via Kyiv Post)
  • 27 Aug War in Donbass:: Russian journalists say they have been attacked at a cemetery in Pskov while investigating reports that Russian soldiers were secretly buried after being killed in Ukraine. (BBC)Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine push their way into the port of Novoazovsk, threatening to open up a new front in the war. (Miami Herald) (BBC)
  • 28 Aug A Syrian tribe in Deir Ezzor province faces genocide from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and appeals for the world to help. (The Times)
  • 29 Aug Syrian Civil War:: The United Nations estimates that three million Syrians live as refugees overseas while another 6.5 million are displaced within Syria. (Reuters)Syrian rebels attack the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force in the Golan Heights and capture 42 Fijian peacekeepers while surrounding a base manned by 75 Filipino soldiers. (The Guardian)
  • 30 Aug Prime Minister Tom Thabane of Lesotho flees to South Africa as the army allegedly stages a coup. (BBC)
  • 31 Aug Syrian Civil War:: Thirty-two United Nations peacekeepers from the Philippines were evacuated under fire from the Golan Heights border checkpoint between Syria and Israel, while others remain under fire from groups including the Al-Nusra Front. (Sky News)
  • 01 Sep Pakistan unrest: Pakistani protesters armed with sticks and stones clash with police in the centre of Islamabad after protests calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif turn violent. All schools in the capital have been closed as a result of the clashes. (Reuters via Yahoo! News)The Pakistan Television Corporation goes off air after protesters storm its headquarters. (BBC)
  • 02 Sep Islamist insurgency in Nigeria:: Dozens of people are killed as Boko Haram captures the town of Bama. (Reuters)
  • 03 Sep The RIA Novosti news agency reports that Russian photojournalist Andrey Stenin has been found dead in Ukraine. It was discovered that he died 4 weeks ago. (RT)
  • 04 Sep Monsoon rains in Pakistan kill more than 40 people. (Channel News Asia)
  • 05 Sep War in Donbass:: The government of Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels agree to a cease-fire, fighting continues after the announcement. (Reuters)
  • 06 Sep Russian military intervention in Ukraine:: In an official statement, Patriarch Filaret, who heads the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate, says that Russian President Vladimir Putin has fallen under the spell of Satan and faces eternal damnation to hell unless he repents. (Reuters)
  • 07 Sep 2014 Iraq conflict:: The United States launches new airstrikes on ISIS in western Iraq, in an effort to protect the Haditha Dam. (Fox News)
  • 08 Sep Taliban insurgency: A suicide bomb attack kills the police chief of a district in southern Kandahar Province in Afghanistan. (Tolo News)
  • 09 Sep Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: The Dutch Safety Board issues a preliminary report on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 which crashed on 17 July. It finds that the aircraft was probably hit by multiple "high-energy objects that penetrated the aircraft from outside” indicating a missile. (BBC), (The Australian)
  • 10 Sep Moro insurgency in the Philippines:: Philippines President Benigno Aquino III submits a bill to the Congress of the Philippines that will give autonomy to Filipino Muslims in Bangsamoro and bring peace to Mindanao.(The New York Times) (Channel News Asia)
  • 11 Sep Islamist insurgency in Nigeria:: The Elders Forum in the Nigerian state of Borno warns that Boko Haram militants have surrounded the city of Maiduguri. (BBC)
  • 12 Sep Central African Republic conflict (2012–present):: More than 5,000 people have died in the Central African Republic in the past 9 months. (AP via Washington Post)
  • 13 Sep Naxalite–Maoist insurgency:: Three Maoists are killed and two are seriously injured in a fight with security forces in the Giridih district of India's Jharkhand state. (PTI)
  • 14 Sep Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant:: Australia sends combat aircraft and special forces to the Middle East to help in the fight against Islamic State. (The Australian)
  • 15 Sep War in Donbass:: Heavy shelling on the city of Donetsk, Ukraine, leaves 6 people dead and 15 wounded. (AP via Houston Chronicle)
  • 16 Sep Taliban insurgency:: A large bomb explodes in Afghan capital Kabul resulting in at least three deaths of international troops and five injuries. (BBC), (Reuters), (AP)
  • 17 Sep Syrian Civil War:: Nearly 50 people have been killed in two days of Syrian government airstrikes on the town of Talbiseh in Homs Governorate. (BBC)
  • 18 Sep Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Islamic State release a video purporting to be from British journalist John Cantlie as propaganda. (Reuters)The United States Senate passes a budget measure authorising President Barack Obama to equip and train moderate rebels to fight ISIL in Syria. (Washington Examiner)
  • 19 Sep Tropical Storm Fung-wong: Manila is inundated by massive flooding causing flights to the international airport to be cancelled and businesses to shut down. (Bloomberg)
  • 20 Sep Shia insurgency in Yemen: Fierce battles between army and Houthi rebels continue for third day in the Yemeni capital Sana'a, killing 123 people and forcing hundreds to flee their homes. (AJE)
  • 21 Sep Shia insurgency in Yemen: The Yemeni government and Shia Houthi rebels sign an agreement aimed at ending the political crisis as the rebels advance towards the capital Sana'a; prime minister Mohammed Basindwa resigns, and under the deal, rebels will nominate a new prime minister within three days. (BBC)
  • 22 Sep German conglomerate Siemens AG announces plans to acquire American oilfield equipment maker Dresser-Rand Group Inc for US$7.6 billion. (Reuters via Yahoo!)
  • 23 Sep 2014 military intervention against ISIS in Syria -- The United States and its allies commence air strikes against Islamic State in Syria with reports of at least 120 deaths. (BBC), (AFP via Yahoo! News)
  • 24 Sep Islamic State of Iraq and Syria: Algerian jihadist group Jund al-Khilafah release a video showing French tourist Hervé Gourdel being killed because of French participation in airstrikes against ISIS. (BBC)ISIS militants blow up the Green Church in Tikrit, an important historic site in early Christianity. (The New York Times)
  • 25 Sep Syrian Civil War: Several Syrian rebel groups sign an agreement to unite in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and President Bashar al-Assad's forces. (CNN)
  • 26 Sep The People's Republic of China says that 50 people died in recent violence in the western province of Xinjiang. (Voice of America)
  • 27 Sep Japan's Mount Ontake volcano erupts causing 250 people to be stranded, injuring at least eight people and forcing aircraft to divert their routes. (Reuters)
  • 28 Sep 2014 military intervention against ISIS: The al-Nusra Front threatens retaliation against nations participating in air strikes against Islamic State. (Al Jazeera)
  • 29 Sep War in Donbass: Renewed clashes around the Donetsk International Airport between the pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian government troops kill at least 12 people in the worst flareup of violence since the ceasefire accord earlier in September. (CBC)
  • 30 Sep War in Donbass: The Ukrainian military say they have repelled a renewed assault by the pro-Russian forces on the Donetsk International Airport. The airport has been under sustained assaults for over 2 weeks despite an official ceasefire. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • 01 Oct War in Donbass:: At least 12 people are killed when shells hit a school and, in a separate shelling, a bus station in the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk. (CNN)
  • 02 Oct 2014 Gorni Lom explosions:
  • 03 Oct The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that unemployment in the United States has dropped from 6.1% to 5.9% in September, the lowest since July of 2008. The labor force participation rate also fell, to 62.7 percent. (CNBC)
  • 04 Oct Syrian civil war: The Kurdish city of Kobane in the Raqqa governate is on the brink of catastrophe as ISIL fighters besiege the city. (The Guardian)
  • 05 Oct Syrian civil war:: 18,000 Palestinians are facing life-threatening shortages of water in the Yarmouk Camp neighborhood of Damascus. (QnA)
  • 06 Oct ISIL prepares to establish itself in Libya and reports emerge that they are already in the city of Derna. (Al Arabiya)
  • 07 Oct Korean maritime border incidents: There is an exchange of gunfire as a North Korean patrol boat breaches the South Korean western sea border. (AFP, NewsCorp via Sydney Daily Telegraph)
  • 08 Oct Mass graves found in Iguala, Mexico, on October 5th reportedly contain the remains of 28 of the 43 missing students that clashed with the police during last September. (The New York Times)
  • 09 Oct al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen: A suicide bomb attack kills at least 20 people in Tahrir Square in the Yemeni capital Sana'a. (Daily Star)
  • 10 Oct Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: ISIL forces capture the headquarters of Kurdish forces defending the Syrian border town of Kobane with the United Nations warning of massacre. (AAP via SBS)
  • 11 Oct Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Turkey agrees to allow the training of 2,000 Syrian opposition forces on its soil as Islamic State militants approach to within 1 mile of the centre of the border city of Kobani. (Wall Street Journal)
  • 12 Oct Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Islamic State claims responsibility for a triple suicide bombing in Iraq's Diyala Province that killed 26 Kurds as well as an attack in Anbar Province that killed the head of security. (AP)
  • 13 Oct Iraqi insurgency (2011–present): Three bombs explode in Shi'ite areas of Baghdad killing at least 30 people. (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
  • 14 Oct Turkish jets bomb Kurdish PKK positions in south-east Turkey. (BBC)
  • 15 Oct At least eight people are killed as villagers clash with construction workers and riot police over land disputes in Yunnan province, China. (AFP via AsiaOne)
  • 16 Oct War in North-West Pakistan: The Pakistan Air Force claims to have killed at least 27 militants in overnight airstrikes. (AFP via Hindustan Times)
  • 17 Oct 2014 Atlantic hurricane season: Hurricane Gonzalo hits Bermuda becoming the strongest storm to hit the island in a decade. (NBC News), (Reuters)
  • 18 Oct Suspected Ugandan rebels kill more than 20 people near the Democratic Republic of the Congo town of Beni in their second attack in 48 hours. (Reuters)
  • 19 Oct 2014 investigation of suspected foreign underwater activity in the Stockholm archipelago:: The Swedish National Defence Radio Agency (FRA) reportedly detected radio communication in Russian transmitted on a special frequency used by Russia only in emergency situations from an underwater vehicle in the Stockholm archipelago. (Svenska Dagbladet)The Swedish military releases a photo of the suspected vessel in the archipelago of Stockholm. (Expressen)
  • 20 Oct 2014 investigation of suspected foreign underwater activity in the Stockholm archipelago:: The investigation continues as the Russian Oil-tanker NS Concord maintains its criss-crossing outside Stockholm. (TT via The Local)
  • 21 Oct Taliban insurgency: A Kabul roadside bomb kills at least four Afghan National Security Force soldiers with six other soldiers and six civilians injured. (AP)
  • 22 Oct Swedish submarine incidents: NATO intercepts Russian jets over the Baltic Sea while Sweden's six-day search for a possibly damaged Russian Navy submarine continues. (AP via Daily Telegraph) (Europe Online Magazine)Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad, while pointing out that Sweden's military operation is focused on gathering intelligence on a suspected foreign submarine in its waters, stated that military force could be used to make it surface. (BBC)
  • 23 Oct A Hamas member carries out a terrorist attack in Jerusalem by intentionally striking a group of pedestrians in a train station with his car killing a 3-month-old baby. (Times of Israel)
  • 24 Oct Sinai insurgency:: Two attacks by militants on Egyptian military positions in the Sinai Peninsula kill at least 33 security personnel. (Reuters)
  • 25 Oct Iraqi insurgency (2011-present): Kurdish peshmergas retake the city of Zumar and several nearby villages from ISIS, while Iraqi government forces and Shi'ite militias seize control of Jurf Al Sakhar. (Reuters/Huffington Post)
  • 26 Oct War in North-West Pakistan: Pakistan's military claims to have killed 18 militants in air strikes near the Afghanistan border. (AFP via Business Recorder)
  • 27 Oct An outbreak of cholera kills 51 in Niger. (Al Jazeera)
  • 28 Oct Residents of Pahoa, Hawaii, begin evacuating ahead of an impending lava flow from the Kīlauea volcano. (BBC News)
  • 29 Oct New Zealand will hold a referendum regarding its national flag in 2016. (BBC)
  • 30 Oct 2014 Burkinabé uprising: Protestors demanding the resignation of President Blaise Compaoré set fire to parliament and other official buildings. The Chief of the Army dismisses the government and national assembly and announces a curfew and a transition time of one year. Compaoré fled to Dakar, Senegal. (Euro News)
  • 31 Oct Blaise Compaoré resigns as President of Burkina Faso following the 2014 Burkinabé uprising. General Honoré Traoré assumes leadership on a transitional basis. (BBC)
  • 01 Nov al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen: Clashes between al-Qaeda and security forces leave 20 soldiers and 3 militants dead in Hodeidah province of western Yemen. (Reuters)
  • 02 Nov Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant:: Over 300 members of the Sunni Albu Nimr tribe are executed by ISIS militants in Anbar Province, western Iraq. (Reuters via Al Arabiya)
  • 03 Nov Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant:: Islamic State militants claim to have captured the Jahar gas fields in the Syrian province of Homs, the second gas field they have captured in a week. (Reuters)
  • 04 Nov The United States circulates a draft resolution proposing a sanctions regime for conflict-torn South Sudan. (Reuters)
  • 05 Nov Libyan Civil War: Battles between loyalist forces and militias have killed nearly 400 in three weeks, including at least 250 deaths in Benghazi and 140 near the capital Tripoli. (Associated Press via Washington Post)
  • 06 Nov A bus bombing in the Philippines injures four people. (Retiredanalyst), (Philstar)
  • 07 Nov 2014 military intervention against ISIS: United States President Barack Obama orders 1500 more troops into Iraq. (The New York Times)
  • 08 Nov Military intervention against ISIS: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is critically wounded during a US airstrike at al-Qaim. (DailyMail)
  • 09 Nov Tens of thousands of people gather in Berlin at the Brandenburg Gate to mark the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. (BBC News)
  • 10 Nov Islamist insurgency in Nigeria:: A suicide bomber kills at least 47 students at a school assembly in the Nigerian town of Potiskum in Yobe state. (BBC)
  • 11 Nov War in North-West Pakistan: A gunfight and two bombings leave at least 15 militants and 5 soldiers dead. (AFP via Gulf News)
  • 12 Nov 2014 Russian military intervention in Ukraine: NATO claims that Russian Army troops and military equipment have entered Ukraine. (BBC)
  • 13 Nov Islamist insurgency in Nigeria:: The Nigerian-based militant group seizes control of the northeastern town of Chibok, Borno State. (BBC)
  • 14 Nov Islamic State of Iraq and Syria: Iraqi forces expel ISIS from the refinery town of Baiji in northern Iraq. (Al Arabiya)
  • 15 Nov A chemical leak at a DuPont plant in LaPorte, Texas leaves four workers dead. (NBC News)
  • 16 Nov Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: ISIL claims to have executed American hostage Abdul-Rahman Kassig. (BBC)
  • 17 Nov After months fending off a takeover bid from Canada's Valeant, the board of U.S. biopharm firm Allergan accepts a $66 billion offer from an Irish white knight, Actavis. (Reuters)
  • 18 Nov War in Afghanistan:: A suicide bombing attack in Kabul kills at least two people. (Reuters), (AP)
  • 19 Nov Islamist insurgency in Nigeria:: Boko Haram kill at least 45 in a reprisal attack on a village in northeastern Nigeria. (Reuters)
  • 20 Nov ADF insurgency: The Ugandan rebel group kills up to 80 people near Beni in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Reuters)
  • 21 Nov A military helicopter crashes in Sibiu County, Romania, with at least eight people killed and two injured. (Xinhua) (ABC News)
  • 22 Nov Somali Civil War (2009–present): Al-Shabaab militants hijack a bus travelling between the town of Mandera and the Kenyan capital Nairobi and execute 28 non-Muslim passengers. (Agencies via Deutsche Welle)
  • 23 Nov War in Afghanistan:: A suicide bomber kills 45 people and injures 50 more at a volleyball game in Paktika province. (Reuters)
  • 24 Nov Boko Haram captures the northeastern Nigerian town of Damasak, killing 50 and forcing more than 3,000 to flee across the border into Niger. (UNHCR)
  • 25 Nov al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen: A joint operation by U.S. and Yemeni special operations forces on an al-Qaeda hideout in eastern Yemen rescues 8 hostages and leaves 7 militants dead. (New York Times)
  • 26 Nov 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine: At least three people die in a new round of fighting between the Armed Forces of Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists. (Xinhua)
  • 27 Nov War in Afghanistan:: A suicide bomber kills 5 in a targeted attack on a British embassy vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan. (BBC)
  • 28 Nov Islamist insurgency in Nigeria:: Gunmen set off three bombs and fire at worshippers at the central mosque in the northern city of Kano after the Emir, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, had issued a call to arms against Boko Haram. At least 120 people are killed. (CNN)
  • 29 Nov Xinjiang conflict: Chinese police apprehend and execute eleven Uyghur terrorists following an attack with 15 killed and 14 injured in Yarkant County, China. (AFP via Yahoo! News)
  • 30 Nov Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Coalition forces launch over 30 airstrikes on Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIL. (The Guardian)
  • 01 Dec Iraqi insurgency: The Prime Minister of Iraq Haidar al-Abadi promises a crackdown on corruption after an audit shows that there were 50,000 ghost soldiers in the Army. (AFP via ABC News Australia)The Iraq Prime Minister fires 24 Interior Ministry officials while the Islamic State kills at least 15 police officers near the border with Syria. (AP via Daily Mail)
  • 02 Dec War in Somalia: The Red Cross says that at least 36 people may be dead following an attack in Mandera County in northeastern Kenya. Al-Shabaab militants are believed to be responsible. (Bloomberg via Business Week), (Reuters via New York Times)
  • 03 Dec Somali Civil War: A suicide bomber attacks a United Nations convoy near Aden Adde International Airport killing six people. (AP) (BBC)
  • 04 Dec 2014 Grozny clashes:: Islamic insurgents kill three state police at a traffic circle before taking an empty school and a "press house" in Grozny. Ten state forces die with 28 injured in gun battles ending with ten insurgents killed. (RT)
  • 05 Dec Kashmir insurgency:: An attack on a military camp leaves 11 Indian soldiers and police dead near Uri. Eight militants and two civilians are killed in that and concurrent attacks in the state capital, Srinagar, and a part of southern Kashmir. (Reuters)
  • 06 Dec 2014 hostage rescue operations in Yemen: An American civilian and a South African civilian die during an attempt to rescue them by U.S. Navy SEALs in Yemen. They were being held hostage by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. (CNN)
  • 07 Dec Syrian Civil War: The Israeli Air Force bombs two Syrian Armed Forces bases near Damascus and the town of Dimas, according to Russian and Syrian sources. (BBC News)
  • 08 Dec Merck agrees to buy "superbug"-fighter Cubist Pharmaceuticals for $9.5 billion. (FOX Business)
  • 09 Dec An Ansar al-Sharia suicide bomb attack kills seven soldiers at an army base in southern Yemen. (CNN)
  • 10 Dec The settlement minister of the Palestinian Authority, Ziad Abu Ein, dies after a confrontation with Israeli soldiers during a West Bank protest. (CNN)
  • 11 Dec Taliban insurgency: A Taliban suicide bomber kills at least six Afghan National Army soldiers in Tangi Tarakhil on the outskirts of Kabul. (AFP via France 24)A suicide bomber attacks a cultural center putting on a play critical of terrorist attacks, killing a German national and wounding 16 others. (Reuters/AFP via ABC News Australia)The Obama Administration orders the closing of the last US-run detention facility in Afghanistan at the Bagram Airfield. (New York Daily News)
  • 12 Dec Sony Pictures Entertainment hack: Sony Pictures Entertainment reportedly shuts production on several sets because of computer network issues regarding employee disbursement of pay following a massive computer hack. (FOX News)
  • 13 Dec Taliban insurgency: Gunmen assassinate Atiqullah Rawoofi, the head of the Secretariat of the Supreme Court of Afghanistan, in the outskirts of Kabul. (AP)Twenty-one people die in attacks across Afghanistan including two American soldiers. (AP via Washington Post)
  • 14 Dec Syrian Civil War:: A battle between Bashar al-Assad loyalist forces and Islamist rebels in Aleppo Governorate leave 34 rebels dead and 3 loyalist fighters captured. (EFE via Fox News)
  • 15 Dec A fire at a karaoke bar in China's Henan province kills at least 11 people. (IANS via The Hindu)
  • 16 Dec War in North-West Pakistan: 2014 Peshawar school attack: Taliban gunmen storm one of the military-run Army Public Schools in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing at least 141, including 132 children and nine employees, with most of five hundred students evacuated. (Reuters)(BBC)(The New York Times)The shooting ends with all six gunmen dead. (International Business Times)
  • 17 Dec War in North-West Pakistan: 2014 Peshawar school attack: Pakistan lifts the moratorium on the death penalty for terror-related cases following the Taliban's assault on a school in Peshawar on Tuesday that killed 141, including 132 children. (The Guardian)
  • 18 Dec Gumsuri kidnapping: News emerges, after survivors reach the city of Maiduguri, that suspected Boko Haram militants stormed the remote village of Gumsuri in north-eastern Nigeria on December 14, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping about 200. (BBC)
  • 19 Dec War in North-West Pakistan: The Pakistan Armed Forces conduct operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, killing seventy-seven militants. (AP via Houston Chronicle)
  • 20 Dec War in North-West Pakistan: The Pakistan Armed Forces attacks two Pakistani Taliban positions near Peshawar, killing 5 militants. (BBC)
  • 21 Dec British singer-songwriter Elton John converts his domestic partnership with filmmaker David Furnish to marriage. (FOX News)
  • 22 Dec War in North-West Pakistan: 2014 Peshawar school attack: Following the December 17 announcement that it would lift its moratorium on terror-related death penalty cases, Pakistan announces that it will execute 500 militants in the coming weeks. (AFP)
  • 23 Dec Insurgency in Northeast India:: December 2014 Assam violence: Attacks on villages in the Indian state of Assam kill dozens of people. Suspicion falls on the insurgents of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland. (NDTV)(Euronews)(Al Jazeera)As a result, India imposes curfew on parts of Assam. (NBC News)
  • 24 Dec Iraqi insurgency:: A suicide bombing in Madaen among a group of pro-government Sunni militiamen kills at least 33 people and leaves 55 others wounded. (Reuters)
  • 25 Dec Libyan Civil War (2014–present): A militia attack on a power plant in Sirte leaves at least 19 soldiers dead. (BBC)
  • 26 Dec War in Donbass: Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels exchange nearly 370 prisoners in the largest such exchange since hostilities began in April this year. (AP via ABC News)
  • 27 Dec Somali Civil War: A top level Somali al-Shabab militant with a $3m US bounty, Zakariya Ahmed Ismail Hersi, surrenders to police. (BBC)
  • 28 Dec Boko Haram: The militant organisation Boko Haram attacks a village in Northern Cameroon, leaving an estimated 30 dead. (News24)
  • 29 Dec War in Somalia: In the latest advance in Operation Indian Ocean, Somali government forces assisted by AMISOM troops capture seven towns in the central Hiran province from Al-Shabaab. (Garowe Online)
  • 30 Dec Iraqi insurgency: Iraqi government forces and allied Shia militia recapture the town of Dhuluiya in Saladin Province, north of Baghdad, from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (BBC)
  • 31 Dec Terrorism in Yemen: A suicide bombing in Ibb, Yemen, kills at least 26 people. (Reuters)