Portal:Current events/January 2014

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January 2014 was the first month of that common year. The month, which began on a Wednesday, ended on a Friday after 31 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from January 2014.

Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • Latvia officially adopts the Euro as its currency and becomes the 18th member of the Eurozone. (BBC)
Disasters and accidents
  • A three-story building, housing apartments and a grocery store, explodes and burns in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota, injuring 13 people, some critically. (CNN)
  • Indonesia's Sinabung volcano erupts, displacing more than 19,000 people. (ABC News)
Law and crime
  • Jamal al-Jamal, a Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic, is killed in an explosion near his home in Prague. (Reuters), (CNN)
  • Catholic priest Rev. Eric Freed was found bludgeoned to death in the rectory of his church in Eureka, California. Suspect Gary Lee Bullock was arrested, and had been jailed, hospitalized and released due to erratic behavior just before the killing. Freed was named by the Vatican as one of 22 Catholic priests and religious who were killed during 2013 Spero News Seattle PI
  • Recreational marijuana stores open in Colorado. (CNN)
Politics and elections
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and Economy
  • Fisker Automotive in bankruptcy, asks the judge to reject the official creditors' committee's plan for an auction. The proposed auction would be based on an initial $24.725 million bid from the U.S. unit of Wanxiang Group, a major auto parts concern in China. (Reuters)
Disasters and accidents
  • A bus plunges off a cliff into a 400-foot ravine in Malshej Ghat, in western India, killing at least 30 people and injuring ten others. (The Independent) (MSN)
  • The Italian navy rescues 233 migrants from an overcrowded boat at risk of sinking in rough waters in the Mediterranean Sea. The boat was spotted about 80 miles south of the Italian island of Lampedusa. (CNN)
  • The East Coast of the United States braces itself for the first Nor'easter of the season set to bring below normal temperatures and heavy snow in places and prompting the governors of Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey to declare state emergencies. (NBC)(CNN)
Politics
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • A winter storm hits the Northeastern United States, bringing snow to the region, affecting travel, and killing thirteen people. (NBC News)
  • A deep area of low pressure named Anne brings strong winds, high tides and coastal flooding to parts of Western England, Wales, Scotland, France and Ireland. (BBC)
Health
International relations
Law and crime
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • A three-story building under construction collapses in the southern Indian state of Goa, killing at least 14 people. (Reuters via Voice of America)
Attacks and conflicts
Politics and elections
Science and technology
Sports
Disasters and accidents
  • A small jet carrying three Mexican men from Toluca crashes while trying to land at the Aspen–Pitkin County Airport in the U.S. state of Colorado, killing the co-pilot, seriously injuring the pilot and slightly injuring the passenger. (CBC)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • 2014 North American cold wave
    • Record low temperatures are predicted for parts of the United States with wind chill temperatures expected to drop as low as −51 °C (−60 °F). (Los Angeles Times) (CBS News) (Washington Post)
International relations
Law and crime
Politics
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
Sports
  • United States gold winning Olympic athlete Lindsey Vonn announces she is pulling out of her run for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi due to a re-injured right knee. (Washington Post) (ESPN)
Attacks and conflicts
Disasters and accidents
Arts and culture
Business and economy
  • Facebook buys the Indian start-up Little Eye Labs. (The Economic Times)
Health
Law and crime
Politics
Sports
Attacks and conflicts
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
Politics and elections
  • In the US Congress, a bill is introduced to restore the fast track negotiating authority, under which the president could negotiate trade agreements that Congress could not amend, but could only vote "yes" or "no" on. The bill's sponsors mentioned talks with the EU as well as the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. (Reuters), (US Senate)
Science and technology
Sports
Arts and culture
Attacks and armed conflicts
Business and economy
  • Volkswagen's luxury brands Porsche, Audi and Bentley have each posted record sales for 2013. (BBC)
  • Google allows users to communicate with each other on Google Plus even if they are not friends. (BBC)
  • The number of people with their personal information stolen from Target stores is up from 40 million to 70 million. (CNN)
International relations
Politics and elections
Attacks and conflicts
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
Science and technology
Politics and elections
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • 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)
Disasters
Law and crime
  • The Sandiganbayan rules the jewelry collection of Imelda Marcos, valued about $150,000 in 1986, property of the government of the Philippines and orders the Marcos family to forfeit it. (Inquirer)
  • A court acquits two former Fullerton, California police officers of second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force in the 2011 beating death of Kelly Thomas, a homeless man. Prosecutors plan to drop charges against a third officer. (CNN) (San Jose Mercury-News)
  • A retired police officer shoots a man dead and minorly wounds his wife after an argument about the victim texting in a Tampa, Florida cinema. (Huffington Post)
Politics and elections
Sports
Science
  • China conducts the test of a new hypersonic missile vehicle, dubbed the "WU-14", which has top speeds of Mach 8 to Mach 12. The weapon was launched on an ICBM. (Newsmax)
Armed attacks and conflicts
Law and crime
  • Russia expels American journalist David Satter from the country in the first such case since 1982. (The Guardian)
  • Two students are shot and seriously injured at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico, U.S. A 12-year-old male suspect has been apprehended. (Reuters)(CNN)
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Science and technology
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
  • At least 13 people are dead and 40,000 are displaced in Indonesia's North Sulawesi province after severe floods. (AFP via Yahoo! News)
  • 2014 Australian heat wave:
    • Melbourne reaches 43.9 degrees Celsius (110 degrees Fahrenheit) with Australian Open matches postponed. (Reuters)
    • Emergency services authorities warn of high bushfire dangers in southeastern Australia. (New Zealand Stuff)
International relations
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Technology
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Disasters
International relations
Law and crime
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Law and order
  • A warrant is issued for the arrest of Belden Namah, the Leader of the Opposition in Papua New Guinea over claims he threatened the police commissioner in a letter. (News Limited)
  • An autopsy finds Sunanda Pushkar, the wife of Indian cabinet minister Shashi Tharoor found dead in her hotel room on Friday, had died a "sudden and unnatural death". (BBC)
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters
  • Residents of the historic Norwegian village of Lærdalsøyri are evacuated due to a fire that has destroyed at least 10 homes. (BBC)
Politics and elections
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • More than 20 million South Koreans' credit cards are hacked. (BBC News)
  • Trial begins in London over a claim by investment bank JPMorgan that the public transit provider of the city of Berlin owes it more than $204 million. (Reuters)
  • World leaders are meeting in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum. (ABC News)
  • China's 2013 economy figures show the slowest rate of growth since 1999. However, the 7.8% growth figure was higher than the predicted number of 7.5%. (The Australian)
Disasters
  • A 6.2 magnitude earthquake occurs on the lower North Island of New Zealand near the capital Wellington. (New Zealand Herald)
  • Monsoon rains cause flooding in the Indonesian capital Jakarta causing the evacuation of more than 30,000 people. (Reuters via Trust)
  • A small plane carrying medics makes a forced landing in a remote mountain area in Transylvania, Romania, and is found after a 4 and a half hour massive search. The accident leaves the pilot and a passenger dead with several others being injured. (NewsDaily) (Romania-Insider.com) (ABC News)
International relations
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Science and technology
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
  • A polar vortex bears down on the east coast of the United States cancelling thousands of flights and creating dangerously cold conditions. (USA Today) (USA Today)
Law and crime
  • 26 people convicted of terrorism charges are hanged in Iraq. (AP via USA Today)
  • A man is killed in a shooting at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, U.S. A suspect is in custody. (CNN)
  • One of the founders of Los Zetas drug cartel, Rogelio González Pizaña, is sentenced to 16 years in prison. (La Jornada)
  • Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife are indicted on federal corruption charges for allegedly receiving various financial benefits from a businessman seeking favors from the state government. (Fox News)
Politics and elections
Science and technology
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economy
  • Mohamed El-Erian, CEO and co-CIO of bond fund manager PIMCO, leaves the two posts without offering a reason. (Reuters)
Law and crime
Science and technology
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
  • A fire breaks out in a L'Isle Verte, Quebec elderly home, killing 5 people and 30 are still missing. (The Toronto Sun)
Law and Crime
Science
Armed conflicts and attacks
Law and crime
  • Prominent conservative political pundit Dinesh D'Souza pleads "not guilty" to charges that he violated U.S. election financing laws. (Reuters)
  • A student was shot and killed at South Carolina State University and police were looking for 4 suspects. (Reuters)
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Law and crime
Sports
Science and technology
  • Yutu, China's lunar rover, suffers an unspecified "mechanical control abnormality" shortly before going dormant for the two-week-long lunar night. The solar-powered vehicle has been on the Moon since 15 December and had survived one lunar night. (Xinhua), (abc.net.au)
  • Average peak concentrations of PM2.5 (fine particulate air pollution) are more than twice as great in Delhi as in Beijing during the first three weeks of the year. (New York Times)
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Taliban insurgency
  • Somali Civil War:
    • The U.S. military carries out a missile strike in southern Somalia, hitting a vehicle and killing Sahal Iskudhuq, a member of the Al Shabaab terrorist group, along with his driver. (Fox News)
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Law and crime
  • The U.S. Justice Department and the Director of National Intelligence reach a preliminary joint agreement, likely resolving a lawsuit with the major American Internet provider companies (Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft, and LinkedIn), about the information the companies can release to customers regarding requests by the intelligence agencies for information. (NBC)
Politics and elections
Business and economy
  • 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)
Disasters and accidents
Politics and elections
Science and technology
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
  • Archaeologists uncover what they believe to be the oldest Roman temple ever discovered. (Southern California Public Radio)
Disasters and accidents
  • Seven people are killed and 14 injured after a bus collides with a diesel tanker on the Mumbai - Ahmedabad highway in India. (NDTV)
  • National Guard troops are deployed to reach students stranded overnight on buses after ice and snow cause widespread traffic chaos in Atlanta, Georgia.(CNN)
  • The cruise ship MS Explorer of the Seas returns to port; at least 684 of the 4237 people aboard had symptoms of norovirus. (CNN), (NBC)
International Relations
Science and technology
  • Scientists find a way to convert normal cells into stem cells, which can be used for any part of the body. Previously, the standard method of obtaining stem cells was to get them from an embryo. (The New York Times)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • Exxon Mobil posts lower than expected profit figures largely due to the fall in its oil and natural gas production. (Reuters)
  • The Philippine economy grows by about 7.2% in 2013 despite being affected by Typhoon Haiyan. (BBC), (Financial Times)
  • Chinese technology company Lenovo buys Motorola Mobility from Google for $3 billion to create its own mobile device unit. (BBC News)
Disasters and accidents
  • 2013–14 Australian region cyclone season:
  • A man whose boat was adrift for sixteen months is rescued at the Marshall Islands. The journey began with a companion as part of a venture from Mexico for El Salvador in September 2012. (FOX News)
International relations
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Science and technology
  • Scientists warn that penguin populations may be declining due to extreme environmental conditions related to climate change (The Guardian)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • For the first time in its 54-year history the State Water Project announces a zero water allocation for the state of California providing no water to urban residents or farmers this year amid a record setting drought. (LA Times) (Mercury News)
Law and crime
  • Murder of Meredith Kercher
    • Raffaele Sollecito is arrested in Italy near the Austrian border after again being found guilty of the murder of Meredith Kercher. (BBC)
    • Amanda Knox tells the American media she refuses to return to Italy to be arrested after again being found guilty of the same murder. (CNN)
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