Portal:Current events/August 2014

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August 2014 was the eighth month of that common year. The month, which began on a Friday, ended on a Sunday after 31 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from August 2014.

Armed conflicts and attacks
  • 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)
  • 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine: War in Donbass:
  • Operation Protective Edge
    • A 72-hour ceasefire brokered by the UN and USA which began at 08:00 falls apart with each side accusing the other party of breaching the ceasefire. An Israeli soldier is kidnapped and several killed during a suicide bomber attack at 09:30, according to Israeli officials. 91 Palestinians were killed in the city of Rafah south of Gaza according to the Gaza Officials since the Israeli soldier was captured. The UN and USA strongly condemn the attack. The ceasefire was cancelled. (Times of Israel) (Global Post)
    • 2 Palestinians are shot dead by Israeli security forces during clashes in the West bank. (The New York Times)
Health
Law and crime
  • Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2014
  • Disgraced Australian former entertainer Rolf Harris has applied for permission to appeal against his conviction for indecent assault. Eighty-four-year-old Harris was sentenced to 5 years and 9 months in prison in July on 12 counts of indecent assault against 4 girls between 1968 and 1986. (BBC News)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • 2014 Kunshan explosion
    • At least 68 people were killed and more than 180 injured in an early morning explosion at a factory near Shanghai that makes automobile parts for General Motors. The factory produces aluminum alloy tire rims. (LA Times)
  • Landslides in Sun Kosi river of Nepal
    • At least 8 killed, hundreds missing in massive landslides fueling flash flood fears downstream, as entire Itani and Kagu settlements in Ramche VDC-5 are swept away and about 1 km Araniko Highway is destroyed. (Ekantipur)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
  • A magnitude 6.1 earthquake kills at least 367 people and injures more than 1,700 in Yunnan, China. (BBC)
International relations
Science and technology
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine: War in Donbass:
    • 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)
    • The Ukrainian military urges residents of Donetsk to evacuate amid reports of "increased rebel attacks" on civilians and to clear the way for government troops to advance on one of the insurgency’s biggest stronghold. (Washington Post)
  • 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict
    • Israel and Hamas enter a 72-hour ceasefire brokered by Egypt. (Reuters) (NBC News)
    • Daniel Mansour, the commander of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine in the northern Gaza Strip is killed in an Israeli Air Force strike. (AP via Buffalo News)
    • Human Rights Watch has found that Israeli forces have deliberately killed Palestinian civilians in Gaza, including ones fleeing the conflict. (Human Rights Watch)
    • A Palestinian drives a tractor down a crowded street into a bus in Jerusalem killing one and injuring six before being shot dead by a police officer. (Times Of Israel)
    • A Palestinian shoots and critically injures an Israeli soldier in Jerusalem and escapes on a motorcycle hours after a trailer terrorist attack. (Times of Israel)
  • Syrian Civil War
Arts and culture
Business and economics
Disasters and accidents
  • 2014 Ludian earthquake
  • The death toll from an explosion at an auto parts factory on Saturday in the Chinese city of Kunshan rises to 75 with investigators blaming faulty safety measures. (AP via Daily Mail)
  • Rescuers in Nepal find another two victims of Saturday's landslides bringing the official death toll to ten with none of 159 people missing expected to be found alive. (AP via Buffalo News)
  • A ferry carrying about 200 passengers capsizes on the Padma River in Bangladesh's Munshiganj District. (BBC)
Health
International relations
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economics
  • The Russian consumer protection agency, Rospotrebnadzor, adds Kentucky Gentleman to a growing list of imports banned, saying that this Bourbon whiskey includes "additives that can cause functional and eventually organic changes in the central and peripheral nervous systems, the endocrine system, as well as cause cancer and problems with infertility in men and women." (Los Angeles Times)
  • Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox withdraws its $80 billion bid to take over Time Warner. (ABC News Australia)
Disasters
Science and technology
  • Renowned Japanese scientist Yoshiki Sasai commits suicide, after the discrediting of certain experimental results he supervised, regarding stem cells. (Reuters)
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • Russia bans all United States agricultural products, European Union fruit and vegetable imports in response to Western sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukrainian crisis. (RT) (BBC)
Disasters and accidents
Health
Law and crime
  • Officials in Karamay in Xinjiang, western China, places a temporary ban on Islamic headscarves, clothing and those with beards from using public transport, following violence in the region. (BBC)
  • Two medical students Neil Dalton, 23 and Aidan Brunger completing their exchange from Newcastle University to a hospital in Malaysian Borneo were murdered after 4 men followed them after an argument over singing in a bar and stabbed them from behind. (Telegraph)
Science and technology
Conflicts and attacks
Health
Disasters
Law and crime
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
  • The DotA 2 tournament, "The International 4" begins, the biggest e-sports event of all time with a prize pool of $10,930,698 [1]
Business and economy
  • Ukraine’s government picks 172 individuals and 65 companies that will face sanctions for "support and financing of terrorism" or responsible for crimes on country’s territory during the pro-Russian unrest. (Kyiv Post)
  • Malaysia's state investment company Khazanah Nasional announces plans to delist Malaysia Airlines and make it fully state-owned while the business is overhauled. (AP)
Health
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • A bus crashes into a ravine in Tibet, killing at least 44 people. (Fox News)
International relations
Law and Crime
Politics and elections
Sports
Conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • Typhoon Halong makes landfall on Shikoku in Japan with warnings of the potential of flooding and landslides with at least 39 people killed and nine injured. (AFP via SBS) (AP via Townhall)
  • Iran's IRNA reports that a plane with 40 passengers has crashed at Tehran's Mehrabad Airport. (Agencies via Sydney Morning Herald)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
  • Oscar-winning American comedic actor Robin Williams is found dead at age 63 by asphyxiation. (MSN) (CNN) (New York Times)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • The Natural Development and Reform Commission, an economic planning agency of the People's Republic of China, announces an increase in the price of natural gas sold to non-residential buyers. (Dow Jones)
Disasters
  • A shallow 5.1 magnitude earthquake near Quito's capital region kills four with another three missing in a landslide. (AAP via News Limited)
Health
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Science
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters
International relations
Law and crime
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Armed conflicts and attacks
International relations
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Politics and elections
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Armed conflicts and attacks
  • War in Donbass:
    • A column of at least 23 Russian armoured vehicles and military trucks crosses the border from Russia into Ukraine, in the first confirmed sighting of such an incident by Western journalists. (Daily Telegraph)
      • According to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian artillery destroyed a large part of the column of armored vehicles that had crossed into Ukraine from Russia during the night. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict:
    • An Egyptian newspaper leaks the proposed plan for a long lasting truce compromising 11 articles which is now being reviewed by both sides. (Times of Israel)
Arts and culture
  • A ceremony is held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal. (BBC)
Business and economy
Law and crime
International relations
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • War in Donbass:
    • Ukrainian government forces recapture control of the city of Zhdanivka from pro-Russian insurgents. (Kyiv Post)
Arts and culture
Law and crime
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • A tourist boat sinks near the Indonesian island of Sumbawa, with at least 10 foreign tourists and 5 Indonesian crew members missing. (BBC)
Health
Law and crime
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters
  • At least 160 people are reported dead in floods and landslides following days of heavy rain in northern India and Nepal. (BBC)
Law and crime
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
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Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • 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)
  • War in Donbass
    • Dozens of people die in heavy fighting between Ukrainian government forces and rebels in eastern Ukraine. (AFP via Arab News)
Business and economy
  • Glencore announces a share buyback program returning $1 billion to its investors, while reporting above-expectations first-half profit. (Reuters)
Disasters
International relations
  • IAEA reports that Iran is continuing to meet its commitments under the interim accord that it reached with the P5+1. (Reuters)
Science and technology
Sports
Armed conflict and attacks
Disasters and accidents
International relations
  • The governments of Romania and Hungary sign a framework agreement for opening 20 cross-border roads, strengthening traffic links with the entire European Union. (Nine O'Clock)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • 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)
  • 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict
    • At least 18 people are executed in public by Hamas after being accused of "collaborating" with Israel. Al Majd, a Hamas website, warns that future suspects will be dealt with "in the field" rather than the courts. (AP),(NY Times)
    • A 4-year-old boy is killed in a mortar attack on a southern Israeli village near the Gaza border; Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu vows that military operations will "intensify" because of his death. The IDF claims the mortar was fired from a school used as a shelter by Hamas. (BBC)(Times of Israel)
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict
    • 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)
    • The IDF retracts claims that the mortar shell that killed an Israeli child was fired near or from a school run by UNRWA, saying that the shell was fired from a school used as a shelter run by Hamas. (The Guardian)
  • 2014 Libyan conflict
    • Warplanes of an unknown nationality bomb Islamist forces, killing ten fighters. (AFP via Yahoo! News)
    • Tripoli International Airport is captured by Islamist militias following days of clashes with nationalist militias. (AFP via Yahoo! News)
  • Iraqi insurgency (2011–present):
    • The UN calls for action to prevent what it suspects may become a massacre in the northern Iraqi town of Amirli, which has been besieged by IS forces since June. (BBC)
    • At least 30 people are killed in bombings in Baghdad and Kirkuk. (Sky News)
  • Islamist insurgency in Nigeria
Business and economics
Disasters and accidents
  • Iceland issues a red alert warning for the Bárðarbunga volcano meaning significant emissions are likely. (BBC)
  • A oil tanker carrying 5,000 liters of oil explodes while docking at the Lach Bang port, Thanh Hoa, Viet Nam killing two people and injuring four others. The fire is ignited either in the oil compartments or from the cooking gas cylinder. (Thanh Nien News)
Politics and elections
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Syrian Civil War
    • 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)
    • Fighters from the Islamic State seize Al-Thawrah airbase, the last remaining stronghold of Bashar al-Assad's government in Ar-Raqqah Governorate. (BBC)
    • Peter Theo Curtis, an American citizen, is released by an al-Qaida-linked group after two years in captivity. (AP)
  • 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict
    • Four Arab-Israeli taxi drivers are injured, two seriously, after they came under mortar and rocket attack at the Erez border crossing while waiting to transport critically injured Palestinians for treatment at Israeli hospitals. (Times of Israel)
    • An Israeli airstrike levels a seven story apartment building in Gaza, injuring 20 people and displacing over 40 families. Due to warnings by the IDF to evacuate the building, there were no fatalities in the strike. (Fox News)
    • The Palestinian Authority confirms earlier reports that Fatah activists were shot in the legs and arms after being placed under house arrest by Hamas. Hamas alleges the attacks were carried out by members acting on their own. (Jerusalem Post)
    • During an interview with Iranian TV, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, rejects resuming negotiations for a cease-fire while saying resistance is the only way of achieving demands. (Times of Israel)
  • An Israeli-made drone is shot down near the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility by Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution. (Reuters) (BBC News) (Aljazeera)
Arts and culture
Business and economy
  • Swiss drugmaker Hoffmann-La Roche agrees to acquire American drugmaker InterMune for $8.3 billion. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Disasters and accidents
Health
Sports
Armed conflict and attacks
Arts and culture
International relations
Politics and elections
Armed conflict and attacks
  • 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)
  • 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict:
    • On the 50th day of the conflict, an internationally supported long-term truce is reached where the borders of Gaza, Egypt, and Israel are opened for humanitarian and reconstruction supplies and the Gaza fishing zone is extended to 6 km. Other issues such as an airport/seaport and the Israeli demand for demilitarization will be negotiated within a month. (Times of Israel)
    • Hamas fires over 100 rockets into Israel, causing over 30 injured and 2 dead. The Israeli Air Force strikes over 50 targets on the Gaza Strip causing casualties. (Jerusalem Post)
  • Iraqi insurgency (2011–present):
    • A car bomb explodes in a mainly Shi'ite section of Baghdad, killing at least eight people and wounding 20. (Reuters)
  • Taiwan scrambles fighter jets to intercept two Chinese military aircraft that breached Taiwanese airspace. (Voice of America)(Reuters)
Arts and culture
Business and economy
International relations
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • 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)
  • Syrian Civil War:
    • The UN Human Rights Council issues a report accusing both IS militants and Syrian government forces of committing war crimes in Syria. (BBC) (UN Human Rights Council)
    • The US government confirms that an American man believed to have been fighting alongside Islamist militants in Syria has been killed; the total number of Americans killed while taking part in the civil war rises to three. (BBC)
    • Syrian rebels take over the border Quneitra crossing between Israel and Syria after heavy fighting. Mortar rounds and rockets were launched into Israel. One IDF soldier is wounded by a bullet just days after rocket attacks from Lebanon. (Times of Israel)
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
Armed conflicts
Arts and culture
Business and economy
  • The Philippines economy grows by 6.4% in Q2 showing signs of recovery after it was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. (Washington Post)
Health
International relations
Law and crime
  • Sound supervisor Bryce Dion is accidentally shot and killed by police after being caught in the crossfire while working to film an episode for the reality series Cops. (New York Times)
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
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International relations
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Sports
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Disasters
  • An explosion in an apartment building in the Paris suburb of Rosny-sous-Bois results in four deaths, 11 people injured and five unaccounted for. (AFP via SBS)
Politics and elections
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  1. ^ "The International 2014". Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
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