Portal:Current events/July 2014

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July 2014 was the seventh month of that common year. The month, which began on a Tuesday, ended on a Thursday after 31 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from July 2014.

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Business and economics
  • The United States imposes a record $9 billion fine on BNP Paribas for helping clients bypass sanctions against Cuba, Iran, and Sudan. The bank is also barred from certain US dollar dominated transactions for one year. (Reuters)
International relations
  • Malaysia states that it will extradite a junior military official who returned home after being charged with sexual assault at its diplomatic mission in New Zealand. (AP via Netscape)
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Business and economy
  • Roche Holding AG says that its US-based Genentech subsidiary will purchase American biotechnology company Seragon Pharmaceuticals, Inc for up to $1.725 billion in cash and contingency payments. (AP)
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International relations
  • Togo formally recognizes Kosovo. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo)
  • Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair agrees to become Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's economic adviser as part of a program funded by the United Arab Emirates. (The Guardian)
  • South Korea reports that North Korea fired two short range missiles into the Pacific Ocean from the coastal city of Wonsan. (AP)
  • A Danish ship carrying hundreds of tons of Syrian chemical weapons arrives in the Italian port of Gioia Tauro prior to a rendezvous with an American ship that will destroy the weapons at sea. (AP)
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Disasters and accidents
  • An 11-story building under construction collapses in the Indian city of Chennai, crushing to death 61 people, most of them workers on site. (CNN) (BBC News)
Law and crime
  • Australian entertainer Rolf Harris is sentenced to 5 years and 9 months at Southwark Crown Court in London, United Kingdom, convicted on 12 charges of indecently assaulting female minors between 1968 and 1986. Harris will be eligible for release on licence after half of the sentence in 2017. (BBC News)
  • A Kindergarten teacher is stabbed and killed in front of students at the Edouard Herriot school in Albi in southern France. The suspect was the mother of a new student who suffered from psychiatric problems. (New York Post)
  • A 20-year-old man is arrested and charged with murder and attempted murder in connection with a June 28 shooting that occurred at Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., which killed one person and wounded 8 others. (Yahoo News)
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  • Moldova's Council for TV and Radio suspends the broadcast license of the Russian TV channel Russia-24 and places sanctions on four Moldovan broadcasters for lack of pluralism. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
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International relations
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Science and technology
  • The prehistoric bird Pelagornis sandersi is identified as the largest flying bird yet discovered. (BBC)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • Typhoon Neoguri (2014)
    • Typhoon Neoguri heads towards the southern Japanese island of Okinawa with 100,000 on the island and adjacent islands urged to evacuate. (AFP via Yahoo! news Australia), (Reuters)
  • More than 50 people are injured after two trains collide near the South African city of Durban. (AP)
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Science and technology
  • Russia's Angara rocket successfully makes its maiden flight. (BBC) (Moscow Times) (RIA Novosti)
Sports
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  • 2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine
    • Ukrainian forces reclaim control of the city of Siversk from pro-Russian insurgents, and move on to consolidate their position by repairing damaged infrastructure and funneling aid into recently recaptured territory. (Wall Street Journal)
  • Gaza–Israel conflict
    • A BBC investigation determines that photographs circulating on social media sites allegedly covering the airstrikes on Gaza include photographs taken from conflicts in Iraq and Syria and are up to five years old. (BBC)(IsraelNationalNews)
    • As Israeli airstrikes continue, Hamas releases a video threatening to carry out stabbings, terror attacks, and suicide bombs inside Israel. The IDF arrests two Palestinians as they tried to enter Israel from the West Bank with a car bomb to carry out an attack. (Palestinian Media Watch) (YouTube) (JPost)
Business and economy
  • Civil servants in the United Kingdom go on strike over salary freezes and public sector cuts. (Sky News)
International relations
Law and crime
  • A Myanmar court sentences four journalists and the editor of the Yangon based Unity journal to ten years hard labor for allegedly publishing state secrets in an investigative series of reports on a weapons factory. (AP)
Disasters
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Disasters
  • An explosion in a shop in Istanbul, Turkey's largest city, leaves many injured. (World Bulletin)
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  • Anti-Israel protesters in Paris, France, surround a synagogue and chant anti-Semitic slogans resulting in a clash with police leaving three temple members in the hospital. Additional anti-Semitic attacks take place across the country including the firebombing of a synagogue and the assault of a 17-year-old girl. (Jerusalem Post)
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  • 2014 insurgency in Donbass:
    • The US widens sanctions against Russia, targeting major banks and energy companies, Russian defense industry, and individuals it said were responsible for the continuing support of separatists battling government forces in eastern Ukraine. (The New York Times) (U.S. Department of Treasury)
    • The Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, criticises Russia for failing to meet commitments to end the violence in Ukraine, and said Russia might face further EU sanctions. (BBC)
  • War in North-West Pakistan:
  • Operation Protective Edge:
    • Israeli shelling kills four children playing in a port next to Al-Deira hotel in Gaza, base to many journalists. (The Guardian)
  • A ceasefire violation by Pakistan; forces on Indo-Pak border ends with one BSF soldier killed. (Patrika Group)
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Arts and culture
Business and economy
  • Microsoft announces deeper-than-expected job cuts as part of its cloud-oriented restructuring, almost halving the newly-purchased Nokia phone business. (Reuters)
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Science and technology
  • Scientists report a video footage of a mysterious giant hole and crater that have suddenly appeared in the Yamal Peninsula, Russia. (Gizmodo)
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Law and crime
  • Six men are arrested in the Australian state of Victoria in relation to alleged involvement in an international tennis match-fixing syndicate. (ABC News Australia)
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International Relations
  • For the first time in RIMPAC's history a nation (China) sent a surveillance vessel while also participating in the naval exercises.(Reuters)
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Law and crime
  • Boston Marathon bombings
    • Azamat Tazhayakov, a friend of accused marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is found guilty of obstruction of justice and conspiracy for trying to hide evidence during the ongoing case. (MSN)


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Disasters and accidents
Health
  • Thirty thousand people in the city of Yumen in China's Gansu province have been prevented from leaving and 151 people placed in quarantine after a man dies of bubonic plague last week. (Wires via Sydney Morning Herald)
International Relations
  • The European Union agrees to impose new sanctions on Russia, expanding a list of Russian entities and individuals subject to asset freezes and travel bans and threatens to target vast sectors of the Russian economy if Moscow does not act swiftly to rein in rebels believed to have shot down a Malaysia Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine. (Washington Post)
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Armed conflict and attacks
  • 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine:
    • Ukrainian Government forces recapture the city of Lysychansk from pro-Russian rebels. (Kyiv Post)
    • Pro-Russian separatists continue to control the strategic border crossing near Izvaryne, Luhansk Oblast, which they are believed to use to transport weapons and reinforcements from Russia into Ukraine. (Kyiv Post)
    • The United States says it has evidence that Russia is firing artillery across the border into Ukraine to target Ukrainian military positions in the conflict against pro-Russian separatists. (Reuters)
    • More wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is discovered together with more bodies. (The Australian)
  • Iraqi insurgency (2011–present)
    • Gunmen attack a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad resulting in the death of 52 prisoners and eight Iraqi Army soldiers. (AFP via Fox News)
    • Twin car bombs kill at least 13 people in central Baghdad. (NDTV)
  • Israel-Gaza conflict
    • At least 15 Palestinians are killed and 200 injured in a strike on a UNRWA-run school in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza, crowded with hundreds of displaced civilians. UN condemns the shelling, saying it asked IDF for time to evacuate civilians. (The Guardian)
    • Three Palestinians are shot dead by Israeli security forces at a 10,000 person protest on the West Bank that had turned violent with molotov cocktails and rocks being thrown. Israeli forces reported being fired upon and having protesters trying to grab their weapons.(Sky News)
  • In Herat, Afghanistan, two Finnish women working for a foreign aid organization are shot and killed. (BBC News)
Disasters and accidents
  • Air Algérie Flight 5017 loses contact with air traffic controllers 50 minutes after takeoff. It was travelling between Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and Algiers with 116 people on board. The wreckage is later found in Mali. (AFP via Sydney Morning Herald), (NBC News), (NBC News), (Reuters)
  • Eighteen people including 16 schoolchildren die after a train collides with a bus in the Medak district of the Indian state of Telangana. (PTI via Business Standard)
International relations
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Sports
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Health
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  • Five family members are shot to death in a home in Saco, Maine, U.S. (AP via SFGate)
Science
  • The population of the Philippines reaches 100 million. (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • American discount store chain Dollar Tree reaches an $8.5 billion deal to buy out rival Family Dollar. (AP)
  • The Hague's Permanent Court of Arbitration says Russian officials have manipulated the legal system to bankrupt Russia's largest Yukos oil company, and jail its boss (Mikhail Khodorkovsky and others). Yukos was the object of a series of politically motivated attacks by the Russian authorities that eventually led to its destruction. The company's assets were illegally expropriated for the benefit of State companies Rosneft and Gazprom. The Yuganskneftegaz auction was illegal. The $50 billion awarded by the Hague's arbitration court against Russia is the largest arbitration award ever. (Reuters) (The New York Times) (The Moscow Times) (BBC)
  • Real estate firms Zillow and Trulia agree to merge, becoming the world's third-largest real estate firm. (Business Week)
Disasters and accidents
  • A rare EF2 tornado strikes Chelsea and Revere, Massachusetts marking the first such incident since at least 1950 that a tornado had hit the two communities north of Boston according to the NWS. (Boston Globe)(NWS)
Law and crime
  • Alleged child molester Charles Mozdir is shot and killed following a shootout in Manhattan that left 2 US Marshals and 1 police officer wounded after someone saw the recently aired segment involving Charles on The Hunt With John Walsh and gave a tip. (CNN) (Boston Herald)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
  • The Ukrainian Culture Ministry decides not to issue distribution licenses for two Russian films: The White Guard, and a film about Ukrainan-born Soviet wrestler Ivan Poddubny, as they "show contempt for the Ukrainian language, people and the state," and "some facts are distorted to benefit Russia." (Moscow Times)
Disasters and accidents
  • A heatwave in Japan has caused at least 15 deaths with more than 8000 hospitalised in the past week. (AFP via Yahoo! News)
  • A stampede at a concert in Conakry, the capital of Guinea, to mark the end of Ramadan results in at least 24 deaths with dozens more injured. (BBC)
Health
International relations
  • Moscow describes Tokyo's decision to impose further sanctions on Russia in the wake of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 as an "unfriendly step" that may harm "the entire system of relations" between Russia and Japan. (Reuters)
  • The European Union and United States impose tougher sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis. (New York Times)
Politics and elections
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • Analysts of Morgan Stanley predict that Russian President Vladimir Putin would soon block the transit of gas through Ukraine to Europe to retaliate against the world for imposing economic sanctions on Russia. (Business Insider)
  • Argentina is required to pay $1.3bn to investors who bought its bonds at a big discount after a default in 2001-02 by the end of today or be in default again. (BBC)
  • The U.S. District Court in Manhattan, via Judge Jed Rakoff, orders Bank of America to pay $1.27 billion in damages relating to the housing bubble-era actions of what is now its Countrywide unit. (Reuters)
Disasters and accidents
Health
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine: War in Donbass:
    • The Ukrainian government declares a unilateral one-day cease-fire in order to facilitate for a team of forensics experts and crash investigators to reach the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down two weeks ago, after days of delay caused by heavy fighting in the area. (Washington Post)
    • At least 120 soldiers of the Ukrainian military have been confirmed killed in battle since July 17. (Kyiv Post)
  • The government-appointed Imam of China is killed in an attack in Kashgar, Xinjiang province. (Al Jazeera)
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
  • Gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung kill at least 20 people and injure more than 270. (BBC)
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