Portal:Current events/April 2014

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April 2014 was the fourth month of that common year. The month, which began on a Tuesday, ended on a Wednesday after 30 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from April 2014.

Arts and culture
  • American internet cartoon series Homestar Runner makes its first update to its webpage after three years on hiatus. (Time)
Disasters and accidents
Health
International relations
  • 2014 Crimean crisis:
    • NATO suspends "all practical civilian and military cooperation" with Russia as a result of the annexation of Crimea, and no sign that Russian troops have withdrawn from the Ukrainian border. (CNN)
Law and crime
  • 2014 Garda phone recordings controversy:
    • Taoiseach Enda Kenny tells the Dáil the Prison Service recorded conversations between inmates and their solicitors. (RTÉ News)
    • Mr Justice Nial Fennelly will be appointed to chair the Commission of Investigation into the Garda controversy. (RTÉ News)
    • The Irish Government will establish a Cabinet committee to examine proposals for an independent police authority and other justice reforms, which will be chaired by the Taoiseach. (RTÉ News)
    • The Department of Justice releases a letter sent on 10 March from then Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan in which he warns them of the recording of phone calls at Garda stations. (RTÉ News)
Science and technology
  • RIKEN concludes that research suggesting stem cells could be produced through STAP techniques was falsified. (The Japan Times)
Sports
  • In golf, Tiger Woods announces that he underwent back surgery for a pinched nerve, and will miss the Masters for the first time in his professional career. (ESPN)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Sports
  • USA vs Mexico soccer match results in a 2-2 tie game
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
  • Oso, Washington mudslide:
    • The death toll from the mudslide reaches 30 as rescuers struggle to identify survivors. (BBC)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Science and technology
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • The two largest cement manufacturers in the world, Lafarge and Holcim, announce plans for a merger. (Reuters)
  • Mazda announces the recall of 42,000 units of its Mazda6 model built from 2010 to 2012, citing fuel tank issues. The recall specifically refers to those with 2.5 liter engines. (KRON)
  • 2014 Crimean Crisis:
    • McDonald's suspends work at all restaurant locations in Crimea. (KNTV)
Disasters and accidents
Health
Law and crime
  • A Manhattan court stenographer is discovered to have written nonsense instead of actual court transcripts, potentially jeopardizing thirty court cases. (KNTV)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • Tyson Foods recalls 75,000 pounds of frozen chicken nuggets due to complaints that pieces of plastic were found in its products. (KTVU) (USDA)
Disasters and accidents
  • At least 3 are killed and 7 injured when a passenger train derails in the Tasikmalaya District, in Indonesia's West Java Island after hitting mounds of mud following a downpour of rain. (MSN)
Politics and elections
Religion
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economy
Law and crime
  • The Ambassador of Italy to Turkmenistan is charged for alleged child abuse while on holiday in the Philippines. (Reuters)
Politics and elections
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • The Finance Minister of France says that his country is committed to both budget cuts and growth, and willing to make "tough brave" decisions. (Reuters)
International relations
Politics and elections
  • Lawyer Cù Huy Hà Vũ, one of Vietnam’s most famous dissidents, is released early from prison. Afterwards, he travels to the United States. (VOA)
Science and technology
  • A critical vulnerability referred to as the Heartbleed bug is discovered in certain versions of the popular OpenSSL software which allows attackers to steal information from internet servers which would otherwise be protected. (BBC)
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • A bomb detonates on a rail car in Sibi, Pakistan, killing 13 people and injuring another 35. (AP via TIME)
  • South Thailand insurgency:
    • The southern town of Yala is hit by a series of explosions that have killed one and injured others. (ABC Australia)
Business and economy
  • Ford Motor Company recalls nearly 435,000 vehicles, citing rust and seat issues. (Fox News)
International relations
Law and crime
Sports
Armed attacks and conflicts
  • 2014 pro-Russian protests in Ukraine:
    • Over 50 people leave a Ukrainian security service building in Luhansk that is currently occupied by pro-Russian separatists. (Reuters)
    • Acting Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov states that the unrest will be resolved by force or talks in 48 hours.(CNN)
Business and economy
  • Toyota announces that it will recall nearly 6.5 million vehicles due to steering and other faults. (Reuters)
  • Microsoft officially concludes Windows XP after 12 years of support. (Sydney Morning Herald)
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Science and technology
Accidents and disasters
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
International relations
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Science and technology
  • Astronomers, for the first time, discover a moon orbiting around an exoplanet. (space.com via Huffington Post)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Health and environment
  • Researchers announce a new drug, ABT-450, with a 90-95% success rate at treating Hepatitis C. (BBC)
Arts and culture
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • A bus en route from Villahermosa to Mexico City crashes into a tractor-trailer and catches fire, killing at least 36 people. (AP via Washington Post)
Law and crime
Natural disasters
  • A massive forest fire in Valparaíso, Chile destroys thousands of homes and leaves 11 people dead. (BBC)
  • A 7.7 magnitude earthquake strikes 204 miles southeast of Honiara, Solomon Islands with no reported casualties or damage. (AP via Fox News)
Politics and elections
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economy
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • At least 48 people die and 15 are severely injured after a bus crashes into a truck 150 kilometres north of Lomé, capital of the West African nation of Togo. (CNN)
Health
Law and crime
Science
  • A total lunar eclipse occurs, peaking at around 8AM UTC. (space.com via Fox News)
Attacks and conflicts
Disasters and accidents
Politics and elections
Science and technology
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
International relations
  • 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine:
    • Russia and Ukraine together with the United States and the European Union sit down for emergency talks in Geneva. All four agree that "illegal military formations in Ukraine" must be dissolved, and that everyone occupying buildings must be disarmed and leave them. There would be an amnesty for all anti-government protesters under the agreement. (The Guardian) (Sky News Australia)
    • A skirmish on the Ukrainian military base in Mariupol by pro-Russian militants results in the deaths of 3 of the militants, the wounding of another 13, and the capture of 63 others. (BBC)
    • The Ukrainian Army unit whose armoured vehicles were seized by pro-Russian forces is disbanded and its members charged with crimes. (Ukrainian News Agency)
    • Russian President Vladimir Putin admits having sent Russian forces to Crimea last month to protect its military equipment there. (Washington Post)
    • Jews in Donetsk are ordered to register with the government of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic via leaflets dropped by an unknown party. The Jewish community in Donetsk dismissed it as a "provocation". (USA Today)(CNN)
Law and crime
  • Two former Anglo Irish Bank chiefs, Pat Whelan and William McAteer, are found guilty of making loans designed to illegally prop up the bank's share price. (BBC)
  • Bankruptcy judge Steven W. Rhodes says that the court may maintain supervision over the finances of the city of Detroit, Michigan, even after the city emerges from bankruptcy protection. (Reuters)
Politics and elections
Science and technology
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • Arts and crafts retailer Michaels announces that 3 million customers were affected by the 8-month long security breach that resulted in the theft of their customers' personal information. (CNN)
Disasters and accidents
Health and environment
Law and crime
  • Sino-Vietnamese border incidents:
Sports
Disasters and accidents
  • 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)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Science and technology
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
  • 2014 South Korean ferry capsizing:
    • The death toll rises to 58 as Navy and Coast Guard divers comb the ferry to retrieve victims from the Sewol. Five routes into the ferry have been established, and operations are expected to pick up pace. (Yonhap)
Politics and elections
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economics
  • Tony Caplin resigns from the UK Public Works Loan Board after it is revealed that he had gone bankrupt. (BBC)
  • Birch Communications agrees to buy technology and communications equipment provider Cbeyond for $323 million. (AP via Yahoo! News)
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economics
Disasters and accidents
  • 2014 South Korean ferry capsizing
    • A total of 113 people are known to have died, with 190 more passengers missing and presumed trapped inside the vessel. Seven crew members are detained for their failure to evacuate Sewol ferry. The reason for sinking is not yet clear. (BBC)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
Politics and elections
  • Palestinian rival factions Fatah and Hamas have announced reconciliation to form a unity government. They split up violently in 2007. (BBC)
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine:
    • 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)
    • Washington accuses Moscow of fomenting unrest in the east, with Obama threatening the possibility of applying additional sanctions on Russia.(Reuters)
    • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accuses the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine, and said Russia would respond if its interests came under attack. (Reuters)
    • A battle between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian troops in Sloviansk, Ukraine, leaves 5 pro-Russian militants dead. (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
  • A policeman shoots dead three American medical staff in the Afghan capital of Kabul. The policeman is reported to have shot himself after the attack. (BBC)
  • In India, six police and election officials have been killed as violence hits restive Maoist region and Kashmir.(Reuters)
  • Israeli–Palestinian conflict:
    • Israel suspends peace talks with the Palestinian Authority following an announcement of a unity agreement between the ruling Palestinian faction Fatah and the militant Hamas rulers of Gaza. (The Guardian) (The Times of Israel)
  • In Nevada the Bundy standoff continues; politicians who had voiced support for Bundy began to distance themselves after the rancher controversially suggested that African Americans might be better off picking cotton as slaves than "under government subsidy". (Fox News)
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • 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)
  • At least 25 people are killed and several injured in a series of bomb blasts targeted at Shi'ite rally in Baghdad, Iraq. The attack comes less than a week before Iraqis are due to head to the polls in parliamentary elections.(BBC)
  • A bomb detonates in Karachi, Pakistan, killing 4 people and wounding 25. (AP via Miami Herald)
  • Maoists set off a landmine on a bus carrying officials near Dumka, Jharkhand, India, killing 3 people and injuring another 10. (BBC)
Disasters and accidents
  • A stampede ensues in Kikwit, Democratic Republic of the Congo, during a tribute festival for King Kester Emeneya, killing 23 people. (AP via Yahoo! News)
  • Flash floods in northern Afghanistan kill at least 80 people. (BBC)
Elections and politics
Health and environment
International relations
  • North Korea announces that it has detained a 24-year-old US tourist, Miller Matthew Todd, for "rash behavior" during the immigration process. (BBC)
Law and crime
Science and technology
Business
  • Some customers executed the SAP CIF and faced issues months later
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • The death toll from recent flooding in northern Afghanistan rises to 123. (WireUpdate)
Politics and elections
Arts and culture
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
Health
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economics
  • Microsoft announces a major vulnerability in Internet Explorer versions 6 to 11 that could enable hackers to gain access and user rights to its customers' computers. (BBC)
Disasters and accidents
International relations
Law and crime
Politics and elections
  • An Egyptian court bans the April 6 Youth Movement over claims of espionage and of "damaging the image of the state". (Al-Ahram) (Chicago Tribune)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
International relations
Disasters and accidents
  • Sinking of the MV Sewol:
    • Surveillance video footage captures the captain of MV Sewol Lee Joon-seok escaping the vessel and leaving behind his passengers. (CNN)
    • The President of South Korea Park Geun-hye apologises on national television for the government's poor handling of the incident. (BBC)
    • The death toll rises to 205, with 97 passengers still unaccounted for. (CNN)
Law and crime
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Disasters
  • A gas explosion in a prison in the US town of Pensacola, Florida reportedly kills at least two people, injures 100 and forces an evacuation. (BBC)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
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