Most significant events of 2014

Most significant events of 2014

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.

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