PARIS - Here is a panorama of world events in 2014:
18: UKRAINE: Security forces crack down on pro-European protestors in Kiev's central Independence Square, or Maidan. More than 100 people die.
On May 25 a pro-Western billionaire, Petro Poroshenko, is elected president.
8: MALAYSIA: Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard, disappears.
16: UKRAINE: The Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea votes to join Russia. Days later Russia annexes the region. In April, a separatist insurrection erupts in eastern Ukraine. Since then more than 4,700 people have been killed, according to UN figures, and peace efforts have stalled.
14: NIGERIA: Two hundred and seventy-six schoolgirls are kidnapped by the Islamist group Boko Haram in the northeast. Two hundred and nineteen remain missing.