Portal:Current events/December 2014

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December 2014 was the twelfth and final month of that common year. The month, which began on a Monday, ended on a Wednesday after 31 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from December 2014.

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Disasters and accidents
  • A search continues for 52 people missing from a South Korean fishing vessel, the Oriong-501, that sank early in the morning in bad weather in the Bering Sea off Russia's Chukotka Autonomous Okrug. Eight people have been rescued including one person who subsequently died. (Voice of America)
Health
  • World AIDS Day:
    • Researchers claim that the pandemic has reached a tipping point where the number of people receiving treatment in a year was greater than the number of new cases. (U.S. Presidential Proclamation), (Reuters)
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  • A major Switzerland based commodities firm, Trafigura, played a "pivotal" role in the ability of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq to export oil, exports that the central government in Baghdad has prohibited. (Reuters)
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  • Greek anarchists burn a public transport bus and several cars during clashes with police in central Athens. (AP)
  • An Egyptian court sentences 185 people to death over their alleged involvement in a lethal attack on a police station on the outskirts of Cairo. (Reuters via Egyptian Independent)
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  • Italian police arrest a mix of mafia gangsters, corrupt politicians, and one former terrorist in a corruption scandal exploiting migrants and gipsies. (Telegraph)
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  • A judge in the Netherlands declares Dutch clothing company Mexx bankrupt. The bankruptcy ruling affects over 300 stores worldwide, including 95 locations in Canada. (CBC News)
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  • Italian rescue crews discover 17 bodies in the hull of a migrant ship off Libya. (FOX News)
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  • Typhoon Hagupit
    • The death toll from Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines is at least three as the storm weakens. (BBC)
  • A bus goes off a mountain road in western Nepal, killing 17 passengers. (Al Jazeera)
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  • Typhoon Hagupit
    • The Philippine Red Cross estimates 27 people killed in Eastern Samar province with 15 in Borongan. (Reuters via Trust)
  • Two raging fires in Los Angeles destroy a massive residential complex under construction, heavily damage a building undergoing renovations, and snarl rush hour traffic. (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • A small plane crashes into a house in the American town of Gaithersburg, Maryland near Washington, D.C. with 5 people dead. (Sky News)
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Business and economy
  • Thousands of Italians take to the streets in 50 cities as part of a general strike protesting new labour laws. (ABC News Australia)
  • Wall Street sees its worst week in three years as oil prices continue to collapse. The Dow Jones Industrial Average sheds 315 points, or 1.8%, to 17280. (FOX Business)
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
  • An unknown person shoots four people outside of Rosemary Anderson High School, an alternative high school in Portland, Oregon. Police later question a 22-year-old man. (CNN) (MSN), (AP)
  • Prosecutors at Sary-Arqa District Court in Astana charge 30-year-old Yevgeny Vdovenko, a Kazakh citizen, of intentional and illegal participation in a military conflict abroad because he had fought alongside pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. (Radio Free Europe)
  • A Palestinian man throws a chemical substance believed to be acid at an Israeli family that stopped to pick up a hitchhiker. No terrorist groups claim credit for the attack. (Reuters)
Science and technology
  • Torrent site isoHunt appears to have unofficially resurrected The Pirate Bay at a site which turns out serving new content. (VB News)
  • Microsoft announces its upcoming Windows 10 consumer version preview for January 21. (FOX News)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
  • Landslides caused by heavy rain in Java, Indonesia, kill at least 17 people with a hundred still unaccounted for. (AP), (AFP via Channel News Asia), (BBC)
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Arts and culture
  • Miss World 2014 crowns Rolene Strauss, Miss South Africa, in London. (CNN)
  • Archaeologists reconstruct two giant statues of Amenhotep III, toppled by an earthquake at the Nile River in 1200 BC. The team's restoration project re-erected surviving fragments at the northern gate of the king's funerary temple. (AFP via Daily Mail)
Business and economy
  • European private equity firm BC Partners agrees to buy American pet supplies retail chain PetSmart for $8.7 billion. (New York Times)
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Environment
International relations
  • The United Nations adopts a format for national pledges to tackle climate change after meetings extend into the weekend at the conference held in Lima, Peru. (BBC)
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Business and economy
  • 2014 Russian financial crisis
    • The Bank of Russia announces an increase of its key interest rate, the Russian weekly repo rate, from 10.5 to 17 percent as an emergency move to halt the collapse of the ruble's value and, thereby, stabilize the Russian economy. (Channel News Asia)
    • Despite rate hike, the ruble falls to {{currency}} – invalid amount (help) per US dollar and {{currency}} – invalid amount (help) per Euro. (Reuters)
  • Sony Music Entertainment gives Chinese online company Tencent rights to distribute its music catalogue. (Reuters)
  • The price of Brent Crude oil drops to $55–60 per barrel for the first time since 2009. (Reuters)
  • The court jury finds Apple Inc. in a nine-year lawsuit not guilty of violating antitrust laws and deleting music content for security reasons. (Ars Technica)(BusinessWeek)(NY Daily News)
  • American Apparel fires its founder Dov Charney as its Chief Executive Officer after months of suspension. (Reuters)
Disasters and accidents
  • A tunnel collapse traps twelve Vietnamese workers, including one woman, at a construction site of a hydropower plant located in the Central Highlands. (Thanh Nien)
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Science and technology
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Business and economy
  • Spanish energy company Repsol acquires Canadian energy producer Talisman Energy for $13 billion including debt. (Reuters)
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  • 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)
Business and economy
  • The price of Brent Crude oil rises to $61+ per barrel as companies cut upstream investments. (Reuters)
  • US clothing company Gap Inc. agrees to distribute their apparels to Chinese e-commerce company JD.com. (Reuters)
International relations
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Science and technology
Armed conflicts and attacks
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  • A Vietnam official states that twelve Vietnamese workers have been rescued three days after being trapped in a collapsed tunnel at a construction site of a hydropower plant located in Central Highlands. (AP via Salon)(Reuters)
  • The Indonesian volcano Gamalama erupts injuring four people and leaving one person missing. (AP via Business Standard)
Health
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Science and technology
  • Scientists withdraw the January 29, 2014 claim that there is a simple way to convert normal cells into stem cells, which can be used for any part of the body. Nature had in July retracted its two previous articles after the disgraced lead researcher, Japanese Haruko Obokata, was found to have plagiarized and fabricated parts of the papers. (Reuters via FOX News)
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Science and technology
  • In preparation for a government-proposed transportation tunnel, anthropologists discover 6,000-year-old charcoal at a site near Stonehenge suggesting an encampment existed much earlier than previously theorized. (Huffington Post)(The Telegraph)(University of Buckingham)
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  • The US CFTC fines Deutsche Bank $3 million over customer fund flaws. (Reuters via FOX Business)
Politics and elections
  • A federal land swap in Arizona green lights the US's deepest (1.3 miles) and largest (1.6b tons) copper mine. (FOX News)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Businesses and economy
  • Keurig recalls 6.6 million coffee making machines after ninety reports of burn-related injuries. (CNN)
Disasters and accidents
  • A tornado outbreak hits the southern United States, producing five tornadoes with at least four people dead and leaving fifty others injured. (The Weather Network)
Health
  • The FDA says that in regards to the 31-year-old policy against gay men making blood donations it will recommend lifting the lifetime ban early next year, replacing it with a policy barring donations from men who have had sex with another man in the previous 12 months. (AP)
International relations
  • The Parliament of Ukraine removes the country’s legislative block on forming military alliances, allowing the government to push forward with plans to accede to NATO. (BBC)
  • Russia and Pakistan sign their first energy deal for the KarachiLahore gas pipeline worth US$1.7 billion. (Jagran)
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • Russia declares a state of emergency after oil from a Russian oil pipeline spills into the Black Sea near the port of Tuapse. (Reuters)
International relations
Law and crime
  • Xinhua reports that on December 21 Chinese police in Guangxi shot dead one person and detained 21 others. China considers the group to be "religious extremists" who were trying to cross the border into Vietnam. (Reuters)
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  • The Special Investigation Division of Taiwan initiates a review stemming from allegations that President Ma Ying-jeou has received illegal political donations from Ting Hsin International Group, a disgraced conglomerate at the center of the recent food scandal. (Central News Agency)
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment hack
    • North Korea's embassy in Moscow issues a statement, saying: "The film The Interview, produced by the U.S. studio Sony Pictures, is a very dangerous film product that justifies and promotes terrorism." (Hollywood Reporter)
    • Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokesman Alexander Lukashevich says that "the mere idea of the film is aggressively scandalous and that the reaction of the North Korean side is very understandable." (TASS)
    • A report says that even before the American Christmas Eve release of The Interview, thousands of Chinese citizens were downloading pirated versions of the movie on domestic video-sharing websites. By midday on December 26, more than 300,000 people had seen the film. (The New York Times)
    • The Interview grosses US$1 million on Christmas Day at the box office despite being released only to small theaters. (CNN)
  • Hackers cause the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live to suffer connection difficulties on Christmas Day. (USA Today)
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • 2014 Southeast Asian floods
    • Malaysia reports that at least five people are dead. (The Independent)
    • Thailand's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation reports that at least eight people are dead. (Bangkok Post)
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501
    • Traveling through thunderstorms over the Java Sea, Flight 8501 loses contact with air traffic control after the plane departed from the Indonesian city of Surabaya en route to Singapore with 162 people on board. (BBC)
  • The Italian-owned MS Norman Atlantic catches fire on a ferry run from Greece to Italy 44 nautical miles northwest of Corfu, with 222 vehicles, 411 passengers and 5 crew on board. Greek and Italian officials report at least one person is dead. (The Independent),(BBC)
  • Two merchant ships collide in rough seas off the Italian Adriatic coast, leaving at least one person dead and two missing. (Reuters via News24)
  • Floods and mudslides in Sri Lanka kill at least twenty-four people and leave eight missing. (The Japan Times)
  • An apartment building fire near San Antonio, Texas, USA, kills five people. (AP)
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Law and crime
  • A court in Moscow hands down a 3 12-year suspended sentence for corruption to Alexei Navalny, a prominent anti-Putin activist. (The Denver Post)
  • In three separate, but connected, crime scenes in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, a suicidal man kills eight people and then himself. (Irish Times)
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Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
  • Pacific typhoon season
  • Explosions at a factory in the southern Chinese city of Foshan kill 17 people and injure 20. (Reuters)
  • A New Year's Eve celebration stampede in Shanghai kills at least 36 people and injures 49 others. (BBC)(China Daily)
  • The Italian coast guard boards and regains control of a cargo ship that had been sabotaged and abandoned by human traffickers carrying nearly 1,000 passengers, mostly Syrian refugees, that was in imminent jeopardy of crashing into land. (Wall Street Journal) (eNews Channel Africa)
Law and crime
  • A riot breaks out at a New Year's Eve festival in Gisborne, New Zealand, leaving 83 people injured and 63 arrested. (NZ Herald)
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