Portal:Current events/February 2014

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February 2014 was the second month of that common year. The month, which began on a Saturday, ended on a Friday after 28 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from February 2014.

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Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Three explosions are reported in the Yemeni capital Sanaa along with heavy gunfire. (Reuters via Daily Star)
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  • 2014 Moscow school shooting. Two people are shot and killed and 29 students are taken hostage at a high school in Moscow, Russia. The suspected shooter, a 15-year-old student at the school, surrenders to authorities. It is one of the first school shootings to occur in Russia. (Reuters)
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • A police officer and seven Islamist militants are killed in a gunfight in Tunis, Tunisia. (Reuters)
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  • At least 10 people are dead and 35 injured when a bus falls into a ditch while travelling between the Indian cities of Pune and Satara. (NDTV)
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  • Archaeologists decrypt the jötunvillur runic code found on 13th century tablets. (Sciencenordic)
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  • Sony says it will sell its PC unit and split its TV division into a separate subsidiary as part of its restructuring programme. (BBC)
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International relations
  • Chinese media criticizes Philippine President Benigno Aquino III for his remarks the previous day. (CNN)
  • In an Olympic first, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today addresses the IOC Session in advance of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. (OLYMPIC.ORG)
Science
  • A possible new species of giant jellyfish is discovered, washed up on a beach in Australia. (BBC)
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • 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)
Arts and culture
Business and economy
Politics
  • After days of rioting in Bosnia, the presidency building in Sarajevo is attacked. (Al Jazeera)
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  • Russia's Foreign Ministry calls new US sanctions against Iran a "direct violation of the Geneva deal" and "unacceptable". (RIA Novosti)
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  • 2012 Dhaka fire:
    • The owners of Tazreen Fashions, Delwar Hossain and his wife Mahmuda Akter, hand themselves in to face charges of murder in relation to the death of 112 workers in a factory fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in November 2012. (The Globe and Mail)
  • British immigration minister Mark Harper resigns after he reveals that he had employed an undocumented worker. (The New York Times)
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  • At least 50 people are killed in flooding and landslides in Bujumbura, Burundi. (BBC)
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  • A presidential panel in Yemen agrees to transform the country into a federation of six regions. (Al Jazeera)
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  • Typhoon Haiyan victims are visited by former footballer David Beckham who seeks to raise awareness about their plight. (Fox Sports)
  • Archaeologists unearth a painted, human-shaped sarcophagus that's 3,600 years old -- with a mummy still inside in Luxor, Egypt. (CNN)
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
  • Thousands of homes in England remain without power following Wednesday's storms as the UK's Met Office forecasts fresh heavy rain and high winds for Friday. (BBC)
  • Mount Kelud erupts prompting the evacuation of 200,000 people on the Indonesian island of Java. (AAP via SBS)
International relations
Law and crime
  • The UK Government says that packages sent to several army careers offices had "potentially viable devices bearing hallmarks of Northern Ireland related terrorism". (BBC)
  • Belgian lawmakers vote to extend euthanasia to people aged under 18. (AP via NDTV)
Politics and elections
  • Lawmakers riot in the lower house of India's parliament in protest of a plan creating the state of Telangana. (BBC)
  • Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro arrests opposition activists in reaction to an "attempted coup" against his government. (Reuters)
  • Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta holds an emergency meeting after Democratic leader Matteo Renzi called for him to resign. (The Guardian)
  • A Virginia judge rules the state's prohibition of gay marriage unconstitutional. (USA Today)
Science and technology
  • China's Yutu rover, after being pronounced dead the day previously, leaves dormancy one day late after malfunctioning prior to the Lunar night. (wired.co.uk) (BBC)
  • The remains of an infant boy from the Clovis culture is determined to be Native American. (NPR)
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  • Syrian Civil War:
  • A bomb detonates on a tourist bus in Taba, Egypt killing 3 Koreans and 1 Egyptian. (New York Times) (The Times of Israel)
  • A bomb derails a train in southwest Pakistan killing 8 people. (AP)
  • Suspected Islamist militants kill 90 people in a Nigerian village raid near the border with Cameroon. (Reuters)
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Disasters and accidents
  • Heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions hit the northeastern United States days after a bad storm with between 15 and 17 inches of snow reported in Massachusetts and Maine. (AP via ABC)
  • Heavy snowfall hits Tokyo and other parts of eastern Japan, killing at least 12 people and disrupting power and airline flights. (Reuters)
  • A Nepal Airlines plane carrying 18 people crashes in a forest in Arghakhanchi District, Nepal. (New York Times), (USA Today)
  • Eleven miners in South Africa are freed after being trapped in an illegal gold mine where they had opened up old sealed shafts but the remaining estimated 19 trapped miners are refusing to come out for fear of being arrested. (CNN) (Bloomberg)
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  • 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)
  • Euromaidan:
    • Violent clashes between police forces and opposition demonstrators reignite in Kiev, Ukraine. The death toll rises to 14, six of them policemen who were shot dead during the confrontation. (CNN) (BBC) (Reuters)
Arts and culture
  • A US$1 million vase made by Chinese dissident Ai Wei Wei is destroyed in Miami by a local vandal protesting the lack of exhibits promoting local art. (The New York Times)
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Business and economy
  • Dongfeng Motor, a Chinese auto company, is buying a $1.1 billion equity stake in PSA Peugeot Citroen for 800 million euros, part of a broader effort to bail out the struggling French concern. (Reuters)
  • Facebook announced it is acquiring WhatsApp for US$19 billion in cash and stock. (Reuters)
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  • Alpine skier Bogdana Matsotska of the Ukraine olympic team decides to pull out of the Winter Games in Sochi, as widespread anti-government protests back home leave dozens dead and hundreds injured. (BBC)
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Euromaidan:
    • The Ukrainian government and opposition agree to form a unity government and to hold early elections. (The Telegraph)
Arts and culture
Business and economy
  • G Asset Investment, a private investment management firm, reports that it has offered to buy a majority of the equity of Barnes & Noble or to buy its digital books business, Nook. (Reuters)
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  • Aogan O' Fearghail is elected as the 38th President of the GAA, and the first from Cavan in the organisation's 130-year history. (The Score) (BBC)
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Euromaidan:
    • 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)
    • Protesters claim control of the capital Kiev with reports that President Viktor Yanukovych has fled to eastern Ukraine. (AP)
    • The Ukrainian parliament votes to remove President Viktor Yanukovych from his position. From his current base in Kharkiv, Yanukovych denounces the events in Kiev as a "coup". (USA Today)
    • Ukrainian economist and writer Oleksandr Turchynov is voted Speaker of the Parliament, and in that capacity acting President of Ukraine. (Kyiv Post)
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Politics and elections
  • Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip announces that he will be leaving office before scheduled parliamentary elections in 2015. (Deutsche Welle)
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Business and economy
  • CNN cancels Piers Morgan Live, starring British presenter Piers Morgan, due to low ratings. (The Guardian)
  • Pope Francis, in the most significant reform of the Roman Curia in 25 years, creates a second Secretariat, for Economic Affairs, headed by a Cardinal (which will work with the Vatican Secretariat of State, the reformed Vatican bank, or IOR, and the other economic departments of the Roman Curia), which will have an office with the power to audit any Vatican agency at any time. (AP via MSN News)
  • Mt Gox, an exchange of central importance in the history of the crypto currency bitcoin, closes down for an indefinite period under pressure from hackers. (Wired)
Disasters and accidents
  • The death toll in the Papua province of Indonesia reaches 11 people as torrential rain continues to form floods and landslides, occurring since Saturday. (News Corp Australia)
  • At least seven mourners are killed and 37 are injured as a bridge collapses as they are transporting a coffin in Vietnam's Lai Chau Province. (AP via Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Law and Crime
  • Gary Melius, owner of Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York, the second largest private residence in the United States, is shot in the head in the castle parking lot. The gunman is still at large. (Los Angeles Times)
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  • 1,427 gold coins from the mid-19th century that were buried in eight cans are discovered by an anonymous couple while walking their dog in Gold Country, California. The find dubbed the Saddle Ridge Hoard is expected to be worth over $10 million dollars (USD) and is the largest known hoard of gold coins ever found in the United States.(USA Today)
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  • Post-coup unrest in Egypt:
  • Kevin Lau Chun-to, the former editor of newspaper Ming Pao whose dismissal in January sparked protests over press freedom, is attacked by a man with a meat cleaver in his Hong Kong neighborhood. He is in critical condition. (CNN)
  • The two men convicted of the murder of Lee Rigby are sentenced to life imprisonment, Michael Adebolajo without the possibility of parole, and Michael Adebowale with the possibility of parole after 45 years. (BBC)
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Arts and culture
  • Censors in Australia effectively ban the award-winning Swedish film Children's Island due to scenes of child nudity, with anyone caught selling or showing the film in public risking up to ten years in prison. (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • An online petition organized by Muslims against the "Dark Horse" video by Katy Perry over its use of imagery containing the word "Allah" has led to the editing of the video on YouTube. (The Rolling Stone)
  • Israel donates 300 books relating to Anne Frank to Japan after a vandalising incident earlier this month. (BBC)
Business and economy
International relations
  • Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, speaks to both houses of the Parliament of Great Britain and urges Britain's continued participation within the EU, but she ruled out German support for any far-reaching reform of the treaties that define it, such as many Britons think their government should demand. (Reuters)
  • Amnesty International accuses Israel of willfully committing war crimes against the Palestinians. (Los Angeles Times)
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  • British spree killer Joanne Dennehy is given a whole life sentence for three murders and two attempted murders committed in 2013. (BBC)
  • A stabbing spree in a Loblaws distribution centre in Edmonton, Alberta kills two, and injures four. The suspect, 29-year-old Jayme Pasieka, is arrested hours after the attack. (CNN)
Politics and elections
  • Russian businessman and oppositionist Gleb Fetisov, a co-chair of the Alliance of Greens and Social Democrats, detained in Moscow. (RAPSI) (RIA) (The Moscow Times)
  • The leader of the People's Alliance (Russia) opposition party Alexei Navalny placed under house arrest. (RFE/RL) (BBC) (RIA)
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