Portal:Current events/March 2014

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March 2014 was the third month of that common year. The month, which began on a Saturday, ended on a Monday after 31 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from March 2014.

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Arts and culture
  • An entry on the documentary film Fuck causes offence after the Wikipedia website features it prominently on its home page. (The Houstonian)
Science and technology
Politics and elections
  • 2014 Venezuelan protests: Clashes continue between anti-government protesters and security forces after 41 people are arrested. (Al Jazeera)
  • Proposals to change the automatic trade union affiliation with the UK Labour Party are passed at a special party conference vote by 86% to 14%. (BBC)
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Disasters and Accidents
  • Alabama's oldest hotel, the Mentone Springs Hotel - built in 1884 and listed on the register of historical places - burns to the ground. (Chattanoogan)
Politics and elections
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • 2014 Crimean crisis:
    • The commander of the Ukrainian frigate Hetman Sahaydachniy reportedly confirms that the ship never defected to Russia as reported in Russian media. (Ministry of Defence of Ukraine)
    • Ireland's deputy leader Eamon Gilmore responds by summoning his Russian ambassador for talks. (The Irish Times)
    • The Lithuanian and Polish presidents call for NATO treaty Article 4 consultations on the basis that Russia is executing military maneuvers in Kaliningrad, close to the borders with Lithuania and Poland. (Lithuania Tribune)
    • Reuters reports that armed men have seized a ferry checkpoint between Crimea and Russia. (Fox News)
  • Young men with guns open fire at a local court in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, resulting in at least 11 deaths and 22 injuries. (Associated Press of Pakistan)
  • Violence across Nigeria, between Islamic terrorists and the Nigerian military, kills dozens of people. (CNN)
Art and culture
Business and Economy
International relations
Law and crime
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Science and technology
  • Scientists announce the discovery of pithovirus, the largest giant virus yet known, from a 30,000-year-old sample of frozen tundra. (Nature)
Sports
Armed conflicts and attack
  • 2014 Crimean crisis:
    • Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a press conference, saying that “force isn’t needed right now” after deploying roughly 16,000 troops to Crimea. (Reuters)
    • Swedish foreign secretary Carl Bildt compares the ousted Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych to Norwegian traitor Vidkun Quisling after Yanukovych asked Russia to intervene to restore "law and order" in the country. (Dagens Næringsliv)
    • Russia's UN ambassador says to the UN Security Council that Ukraine's fugitive former President Viktor Yanukovych requested Russian soldiers in the strategic Crimea region "to establish legitimacy, peace, law and order," contradicting the president's own comments last week. (Times of India)
    • Vladimir Putin orders troops near the Ukraine border to return to their bases with Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov calling the military exercises a "success". (Telegraph)
  • Islamist unrest in Egypt (2013–present):
    • An Egyptian court bans the Palestinian group Hamas and orders its offices in the country to be shut down and all dealings with the group suspended. The court also brands it as a terrorist organization. (DW) (International Business Times)
Business and economy
  • A New York gold and gold futures trader files a lawsuit against the international banks involved in the twice-daily teleconferences that set the price of that metal. (Reuters)
Disasters and accidents
  • Smog caused by haze from forest fires on Indonesia's Sumatra island leaves 30,000 people ill. (AFP via News Limited)
  • Italy releases 2m euros to save the ancient city of Pompeii after flooding causes walls to collapse. (BBC)
Law and crime
  • A New Jersey judge has ruled that the parents of their 18-year-old daughter do not have to pay for her college education after the teen filed a lawsuit against them seeking support and alleging abuse. (CBS)
Armed conflicts
Arts and culture
  • An 1,800-year-old Egyptian papyrus discovered a century ago, whose inscription is nearly illegible to the naked eye, has been made more readable using infrared sensors, revealing the message to be a soldier's letter to his family. (Live Science)
Business and economy
  • Radio Shack announces the closure of up to 1,100 stores. (USA Today)
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
  • The U.S. Supreme Court interprets the whistle-blower provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley to protect the employees of privately owned companies that contract with public companies, in a case involving a group of mutual fund entities. (SCOTUSBlog)
Politics and elections
Arts and culture
  • Pope Francis acknowledges that civil unions for LGBT people is a governmental move for economic and health management. (TIME)
  • Getty Images allows the free use of 35 million photos. (BBC)
  • Two members of the protest band Pussy Riot are left with chemical burns and head injuries after being attacked by a group of people in a McDonald's. (AFP via Google News)
Armed conflicts and attacks
International relations
Politics and elections
Religion
Sport
  • Prince Harry launches the Invictus Games, a Paralympic-style sporting championship for wounded soldiers. (BBC)
  • Vietnamese defender Tran Dinh Dong given 28-match ban in March 2014 after breaking an opponent's leg. (BBC)(Yahoo!)
  • The Los Angeles Clippers defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 142-94. The worst Lakers regular season loss in franchise history.
Armed conflicts and attacks
Art and culture
  • A statue of Iset, daughter of King Amenhotep III who was the grandfather of Tutankhamun and ruler of Ancient Egypt around 3,350 years ago, has been unearthed by a team of Egyptian and European archaeologists. The statue, which depicts Iset alone without her father, is the first of its kind ever discovered. (GMA News)
Business and economy
  • Staples Inc. plans to close 225 store locations and cut $500 million from its budget, citing low sales and internet competition. (Boston Globe)
  • The United States economy added 175,000 jobs for the month of February. (AP via Houston Chronicle)
Health and science
International relations
Law and crime
Sports
Disasters and accidents
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 370:
    • The Ministry of Transport of Vietnam orders local airports and airlines to tighten their security, after the Malaysian plane vanished, on the first level of a three-level security alert system. (Thanh Nien News)
Religion
Politics and elections
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • Irish fruit firm Fyffes and U.S. rival Chiquita agree to combine, creating the world's largest banana company in an all-stock deal valued at about $1.07 billion. (BBC)
  • Pizza chain Sbarro files for chapter 11 bankruptcy for the second time in 3 years. (Reuters)
Politics and elections
Science and technology
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economy
International relations
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 370:
    • China requests activation of the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters meaning international space agencies join an "unprecedented" search for the Malaysian airliner which disappeared over an ocean Saturday. (Al Jazeera)
    • A crowdsourcing search effort after the vanished airliner finds a silhouette in the water of similar size and shape to the lost plane. Also, a Chinese satellite sights sizable pieces of debris. (CNN) (news.com.au)
  • An explosion in the New York City neighbourhood of East Harlem kills 8 and injures over 70. (Pix 11) (WABC-TV)
  • At least 350 apartments are evacuated due to a fire in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood. (KNTV)
Health
  • Fiji's Health Department confirms that eleven people have died and over 10,000 people have been infected in an outbreak of the type three strain of dengue fever. (ABC Online)
International relations
Politics and elections
Science and technology
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • 2014 Crimean crisis:
    • Leaders in the Ukrainian Kherson Oblast threaten to shut off all power and water to Crimea if the referendum goes forward. (FOX)
    • Russia masses its military near the Ukrainian border again as new military operations are announced. (BBC)
  • At least 100 rockets have been fired from Gaza into southern Israel over the last 3 days, with the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine claiming responsibility. The IDF responded by shelling two alleged PIJ targets. (J Post)
  • Post-coup unrest in Egypt:
    • Masked gunmen attack a bus carrying Egyptian Army soldiers in Cairo, killing one. (AP via The Hindu)
Business and economy
  • An executive board member of the European Central Bank, Benoît Cœuré, says that the ECB is determined to secure the continued decline in real interest rates in the months ahead. (Reuters)
Disasters and accidents
Law and Crime
Science and technology
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • American sandwich shop chain Quiznos files for bankruptcy. (Businessweek)
Disasters and accidents
  • A 7-story building in Mumbai, India, collapses, killing 7 people and injuring 4. (The Hindu)
  • Rescue crew continue to search for victims in the explosion in the New York City neighborhood of East Harlem, which killed 8 and injured more than 70. (BBC)
Law and crime
International relations
Politics and elections
International relations
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Business and economy
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Sport
Politics and elections
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • United States Navy SEALs take over a disavowed oil tanker in international waters previously seized by Libyan rebels. (AP via New Zealand Herald)
Arts and culture
International relations
Natural disasters
  • A 6.7 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Chile with officials issuing precautionary tsunami warnings for the nation's coast. (CNN)
Politics and elections
Science and technology
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
International relations
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Business and economy
  • Toyota is ordered to pay $1.2 billion to settle charges that it lied to United States safety investigators and the public about deadly accelerator defects. (AFP via Google News)
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
Politics and elections
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Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
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Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Turkish F-16s shoot down a Syrian military aircraft for purportedly violating Turkish airspace. A Syrian Arab Republic spokesman denies this claim and says the aircraft was in Syrian airspace when it was shot down. (AP) (Al-Arabiya)
  • Two gunmen storm a Christian church in Kenya during a Sunday service, killing at least six people and wounding more than a dozen others. (Reuters), (ABC News Australia)
Disasters
  • 2014 Oso mudslide:
    • Eighteen people are still missing after a landslide Saturday in Oso, Snohomish County, in America's Washington state that has claimed at least three lives. (Yahoo News)
Health
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Sports
  • Barcelona moved to within a point of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga as they twice came from behind thanks to a Lionel Messi hat-trick to edge a thrilling El Clasico 4-3 at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Twenty soldiers are killed in an attack on a military checkpoint in eastern Yemen. (BBC)
Disasters and accidents
Health
International relations
Law and crime
  • Post-coup unrest in Egypt:
    • A court in Minya, Egypt, sentences 528 supporters of former President Mohammed Morsi to death for a range of offenses including murdering a policeman and attacks on people and property. It is the largest mass death sentence handed down in recent history anywhere in the world. (BBC) (The Independent)
  • A Chinese court jails a man for 18 months after he applied for permission to protest on the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. (Al Jazeera)
Arts and Culture
Business and economy
  • The U.S. District Court in Manhattan finds that the trustee of MF Global may proceed with a lawsuit against former executives thereof, including former CEO Jon Corzine. (Reuters)
Disasters and accidents
  • A bus in Tak Province, Thailand, plunges into a ravine, killing 30 people and injuring 22. (BBC)
  • 2014 Oso mudslide:
    • The death toll has risen to 16 with an additional 8 bodies located and scores missing. (AP via Washington Post)
Health
Law and crime
  • Garda phone tapping scandal:
    • Martin Callinan resigns as Commissioner of Ireland's Garda Síochána (national police) over his "disgusting" comment about whistleblowers made to a parliamentary committee. Callinan had also been involved in controversy over the recent surveillance/bugging of GSOC. (BBC) (The Journal)
    • As Callinan goes, details emerge that the national police have been involved in phone tapping since the 1980s: the Irish Government establishes an inquiry into the matter. (BBC)
    • A former Garda is found to have perverted the course of justice on two occasions and admits having cocaine for sale or supply. (RTÉ News)
    • A letter titled “Recordings of Telephone Conversations made and retained in Garda Stations” is leaked revealing that Callinan mentioned the telephone tapping to the Department of Justice more than two weeks ago and that the Attorney General knew on 11 November 2013. (The Journal)
  • Post-coup unrest in Egypt:
  • Four men are arrested after BASE jumping from the top of the World Trade Center in New York City. (CNN)
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • Nissan announces the recall of over one million vehicles, citing faulty airbags. (KNTV)
  • Social games developer King completes its initial public offering, valuing the company at US$7 billion. (Forbes)
Disasters and accidents
  • A massive fire breaks out in Back Bay, Boston killing 2 firefighters and injuring at least 16 people. (New York Daily News)
International relations
Law and crime
  • The Guardian deputy editor Paul Johnson confirms that British law enforcement agencies have threatened to close the newspaper over its role in publishing global surveillance information obtained from U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden. (The Irish Times)
  • Garda phone tapping scandal in the Republic of Ireland:
    • Alan Shatter fights for his political survival in front of the Republic's parliament when he faces questions about yesterday's revelations of decades-long nationwide bugging. (The Guardian)
    • It emerges that the Taoiseach Enda Kenny dispatched a senior civil servant to the former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan before his abrupt departure yesterday; Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin accuses Kenny of having effectively "sacked" the Commissioner. (RTÉ News)
    • Justice minister Alan Shatter corrects the parliamentary record, admitting he was wrong to insult whistleblowers. (The Journal)
    • The trial of two men suspected of IRA membership collapses, the first court case to be averted by this week's events in the Republic. (Irish Independent)
    • Transport minister Leo Varadkar, whose remarks against his colleague Shatter directly preceded this week's events, speaks out, confirming he has "difficulty getting [his] head around it at the moment". (The Journal)
  • A Turkish court lifts the ban on Twitter imposed by the government after a user spread allegations of corruption. (BBC)
  • Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, is convicted in New York City of conspiring to kill Americans in his role as spokesman for al-Qaida. (Associated Press)
  • California State Senator Leland Yee is arrested in a raid involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Highway Patrol for alleged firearms trafficking, bribery, and corruption. (KRON)
Politics
Science and technology
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
  • Canada's Atlantic seaboard provinces brace for a spring blizzard that is predicted to be the worst storm in a decade. (AAP via SBS)
International relations
Law and crime
Politics
Science and technology
  • It is announced publicly that, three months ago, doctors at the University Medical Center Utrecht, in Utrecht, Netherlands, successfully implanted a 3-D printed skull (most of it), from Australian company Anatomics, in a medical first, into an unnamed female patient. (NBC)
  • The journal Science publishes that an international team of scientists have for the first time successfully replaced one of the sixteen chromosomes of the genome of a yeast cell with a synthetic DNA chromosome. (BBC)
  • A study finds that Cuvier's beaked whale is capable of diving to a depth of 3.2km and staying under water for 137 minutes, both records for a mammal. (News.com.au)
Sports
  • In mixed martial arts, the former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre, who vacated his title in late 2013 following a controversial victory over Johny Hendricks, suffers an ACL injury in training and will undergo surgery. (USA Today) (Brandon Sun)
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
International relations
Law and crime
  • Buddhist mobs in western Myanmar reportedly target foreign aid groups and workers in reaction to supposedly disrespectful treatment of a Buddhist flag. (CNN)
  • A shooting occurs at a courthouse in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, with one shooter dead and a police officer injured. (Associated Press)
Science
Arts and culture
Attacks and conflicts
International relations
Law and crime
  • The first same-sex marriages take place in the United Kingdom after they were given the legal authority to proceed in England and Wales from midnight UTC. (BBC)
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