Portal:Current events/May 2014

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May 2014 was the fifth month of that common year. The month, which began on a Thursday, ended on a Saturday after 31 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from May 2014.

Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and cuture
  • Egypt opens a 3D-printed full-sized exact replica of King Tutankhamun's KV62 tomb in the Valley of the Kings, as officials announce that a 30-day visa purchased at the airport will be two thirds more expensive. (The Guardian) (The Daily Telegraph)
Business and economy
  • Ford announces that their current chief executive officer, Alan Mulally, will be retiring in July, and that their chief operating officer Mark Fields will be taking his place. (BBC)
Disasters and accidents
Health and environment
  • The first-ever outbreak of chikungunya in the Caribbean reaches epidemic levels. (Jamaica Observer)
International relations
Law and Crime
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • A landslide strikes the town of Hobo Barik in Afghanistan's Badakhshan province with at least 350 people dead and over 2000 people missing. (USA Today), (AP)
Law and crime
Armed conflicts and attacks
Art and culture
Disasters and accidents
Health and environment
Law and crime
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
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Law and crime
Politics
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
  • Russian media reveals that President Vladimir Putin secretly signed a decree (No. 279) honoring more than 300 journalists for their "objective coverage" of Crimea's seizure from Ukraine. (Reuters)
  • Russian actress Tatiana Samoilova dies at age 80. (Moscow Times)
Business and economy
  • Target announces that their chief executive and chairman, Gregg Steinhafel, has resigned. (BBC)
  • Advanced Micro Devices expands a licensing agreement with ARM Holdings that may allow AMD to become a more aggressive competitor in the market for chips outside the PC realm. (Reuters)
Disasters and accidents
Health
Law and crime
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economy
  • Merck & Co Inc announces plans to sell its consumer business to Bayer AG of Germany for $14 billion. (Reuters)
  • Office Depot says it will close at least 400 of its U.S. stores. (Reuters)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Syrian Civil War:
    • Rebels withdraw from the besieged city of Homs in accordance with the U.N.-brokered deal between them and the Syrian government. (BBC)
International relations
Law and crime
  • An alleged American FBI agent is arrested in Pakistan for carrying ammunition while trying to board a flight, which is in violation of their anti-terror laws. (BBC)
Politics and elections
Science
  • Dinosaurs
    • The "Pinocchio Rex" (Qianzhousaurus sinensis) is discovered in Ganzhou, China. (National Geographic)
    • Argentinosaurus is named as the heaviest species of dinosaur ever while a sparrow-sized Qiliania is named as the smallest. (Reuters)
Armed conflict and attacks
Business and economy
  • British bank company Barclays announces that they plan to cut 19,000 jobs over the next 3 years and exit the retail bank market in Western Europe. (Wall Street Journal)
  • Brazilian oil company Petrobras announces that it plans to cut 8,000 jobs by voluntary dismissal after a significant loss of its economy due to ongoing crisis at its Pasadena Refining System. (GloboNews)
Politics
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economy
International relations
Natural disasters
Politics and elections
Politics and elections
Arts and culture
Armed conflicts and attacks
Sport
  • 15 football supporters are killed in Kinshasa in a stampede caused by tear gas being thrown into the stand by police officers attempting to defuse a hostile incident. (Radio Okapi)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
  • A Facebook page called "My Stealthy Freedom", in which women across Iran are posting photos of themselves without the hijab, has garnered more than 130,000 likes, a week after it was created. (The Guardian) (BBC)
Business and economy
International relations
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
International relations
  • 2014 Vietnam anti-China protests:
    • Thousands of Vietnamese workers stage anti-China protests in front of factories with Chinese names over Beijing's decision to locate an oil rig in waters of the South China Sea also claimed by Hanoi. (Voice of America
Law and Crime
Science
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
International relations
Law and crime
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
  • Soma mine disaster:
    • Several trade unions in Turkey hold a one-day strike in response to the disaster. (BBC)
    • Several demonstrations, some of them violent, take place in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Bursa, Antalya and Diyarbakir in response to the disaster, with police responding to many of the protests with force. (BBC)
    • The official death toll for the disaster rises to 282, with up to 150 miners still missing. (BBC)
  • An oil pipe in Los Angeles broke, spilling an estimated 10,000 gallons of oil in the streets. (BBC)
  • A ferry sinks on the Meghna River in Bangladesh's Munshiganj District resulting in at least 12 deaths and hundreds missing. (AAP via SBS Australia)
Law and crime
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
  • American journalist Barbara Walters retires after a 52 year career. (BBC)
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
Politics and elections
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
  • A pregnant Sudanese woman Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag is set to receive 100 lashes for being married to a Christian man and is sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christianity causing international outrage. (CNN)
Science
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • American communications company AT&T Inc. agrees to buy pay television company DirecTV for $48.5 billion. (AP via Politico)
Disasters and accidents
  • Officials in North Korea report the collapse of a 23-story block of flats that is believed to have killed multiple residents, in a rare public apology. (Al Jazeera)
  • Soma mine disaster:
    • Turkish police arrest 18 people including mining company executives over the disaster which caused the deaths of 301 people. (BBC)
  • A bus in Fundación, department of Magdalena, Colombia, ignites while transporting children from a religious service, killing 31 children. (TIME)
International relations
Politics and elections
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • AstraZeneca rejects the latest, and likely the last, takeover price from Pfizer, close to 70 billion pounds or US$118 billion. (Reuters)
Disasters and accidents
International relations
Politics and elections
Law and crime
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • American car maker General Motors recalls another 2.4 million vehicles. (AP via Breitbart)
  • Credit Suisse pleads guilty to helping American citizens evade taxes and agrees to a US$2.6 billion fine. (Washington Post)
  • A truck going from Florida to Maine carrying about 1.5 to 2 million bees crashes.(Bangor Daily News)
Disasters and accidents
Arts and culture
International relations
Law and crime
  • American actor Michael Jace is arrested in relation to the shooting death of his wife in Los Angeles. (AFP via Melbourne Age)
  • Three female children, ages 2 months to 3 years, are stabbed to death at a home in Torrance, California, U.S. The children's mother is arrested and charged with murder. (CNN)
Politics and elections
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economics
  • General Motors announces that it is recalling 218,000 older model Chevrolet Aveos due to a fire hazard. (Reuters)
  • eBay forces its users to change their passwords after a database containing encrypted user passwords and other non-financial data is compromised by a cyber-attack. (BBC)
International relations
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economics
  • Marathon Oil agrees to buy Hess Corporation's retail gas stations for $2.87 billion. (AP via ABC)
  • Anglo-Dutch consumer goods company Unilever agrees to sell the brands Ragú and Bertolli to Japanese sauce producer Mizkan for $2.15 billion. (Bloomberg)
  • Nest Labs announces plans to recall 440,000 smoke alarms to fix a problem that could cause the alarms to not go off immediately after detecting smoke. (AP via ABC)
International relations
  • Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyễn Tấn Dũng says that his government is considering legal action against China over an oil rig that was deployed in waters that Vietnam claims. (Reuters)
  • Negotiations between Iran and Russia regarding the building of two additional nuclear reactors at Iran's Bushehr power plant take place. (Reuters)
Law and crime
  • A massive law enforcement operation in New York City, United States, and the surrounding areas leads to 71 arrests for child pornography offenses. (Al Jazeera)
  • The Dominican senate unanimously approves a bill which will set up a system to grant citizenship to Dominican-born children of immigrants. (BBC)
  • Activision Blizzard files papers with a California court, calling for unidentified programmers that created cheats for Starcraft II to be made to compensate them for copyright infringement. (BBC)
Politics and elections
Science and technology
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
International relations
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Science
  • Research shows that the Chelyabinsk meteor was the remnants of an asteroid that collided with another asteroid 290 million years before entering the Earth's atmosphere over Russia in February of last year. (Reuters via ABC News Australia)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
International relations
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Science
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • Heavy flooding in Guangdong, China, leaves 15 people dead and 5 more missing. (PTI via Times of India)
International relations
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economics
  • Drugmaker Pfizer says it will not proceed with its attempted $119 billion bid for AstraZeneca. (AP via News 24)
Disasters and accidents
  • At least 25 people are killed and 100 injured as a passenger train rams into a goods train in Uttar Pradesh, India.(NDTV) (IANS via Biharprabha)
  • At least seven people have been killed and twenty injured following a fire in a bus terminal north of Seoul in the South Korean city of Goyang. (Yonhap)
  • At least 26 people are dead and 10 missing since Wednesday as storms hit southern and central China. (ABC News Australia)
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economics
  • The president of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, says that the ECB is conscious of the dangers of too low a level of inflation and it has the weapons necessary to get back to the target rate. (Reuters)
  • Pfizer announces plans to release an over-the-counter version of heartburn medication Nexium. (KRON)
Disasters and accidents
International relations
Law and crime
  • Disgraced former New South Wales Police officer Roger Rogerson is arrested over the alleged murder of student Jamie Gao in Sydney last week. (WA Today)
  • A Pakistani woman is stoned to death with bricks outside a courthouse by family members including her father, two brothers, and ex-fiancé for marrying a man she loved against the family's wishes. (JPost via Reuters)
Politics and elections
Science
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
  • A fire at the Hyosarang hospital, a hospital for the elderly in South Korea's Jangseong County, kills at least 21 people and injures 7. (Bloomberg via Business Week)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economy
  • Economy Minister Axel Kicillof of Argentina reaches an agreement with the Paris Club of creditor nations on debt repayment totaling $9.7 billion including interest, over the next five years. (Reuters)
  • The heads of Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus sign a treaty forming the Eurasian Economic Union. (TIME)
Disasters and accidents
Health and environment
Law and Crime
  • A court in Ecuador sentences former president Jamil Mahuad to 12 years in jail on embezzlement charges. (IANS via Biharprabha)
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Law and crime
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Sport
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