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B. 01-12 Protesters begin Bangkok 'shutdown' Bangkok
03-07 Malaysia Airlines loses contact with plane carrying 239 people Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
3. 03-13 Search for missing jet heads west Malaysia
4. 03-24 Flight MH370 'crashed in south Indian Ocean' - Malaysia PM Malaysia
F. 04-15 South Korea ferry: Hundreds missing as ship sinks Gwanmae, South Korea
G. 05-19 Thailand army declares martial law Bangkok
7. 07-23 Dozens feared dead in Taiwan plane crash Penghu Islands, Taiwan
I. 08-03 Strong earthquake kills at least 367 in southern China Ludian, Yunnan, Southern China
J. 08-06 Top Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of crimes against humanity Cambodia

Summary.     Click for More > Search for missing jet heads west  Malaysian authorities expanded their hunt for a vanished airliner to the Indian Ocean, where a U.S. destroyer was expected to arrive soon Flight MH370 'crashed in south Indian Ocean' - Malaysia PM South Korea ferry: Hundreds missing as ship sinks Map of Gwanmae South Korea
Protesters begin Bangkok 'shutdown' Malaysia Airlines loses contact with plane carrying 239 people Map of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Jan.8  North Korea  Rodman sings Happy Birthday to Kim
Jan.12   Bangkok
Jan.21  Bangkok  State of emergency declared for Bangkok
Jan.27  Hong Kong  Hong Kong culls chickens over H7N9
Feb.1  Sumatra  Indonesia volcano erupts again killing at least 14
Feb.2  Bangkok  Protests disrupt Thailand election
Feb.4  South Korea  Koreas agree to family reunions
Feb.14  Indonesia  Java volcano sends thousands fleeing
 Bali  1 dead, 6 Japanese divers missing in Indonesia
Feb.17  Bangkok  Thailand police and protesters clash in Bangkok
Feb.19  North Korea  Two Koreas hold family reunions
 Northern Japan  Fukushima leaks radioactive water
Feb.23  South Korea  S Korea-US military drills begin
Mar.1  Southern China  Death toll rises to 33 in knife attack on China train station
Mar.7   Malaysia
  Malaysia Airlines says it has lost contact with MH370 with 239 aboard travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing
 A Boeing 777-200ER had lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control outside Kuala Lumpur. The aircraft had last been heard from less than an hour after takeoff. The aircraft carried 12 Malaysian crew members and 227 passengers from 14 nations
Mar.8  Vietnam  Asian states search for missing jet
 Vietnam  'Oil slick seen' in missing jet hunt
Mar.9  Vietnam  Vietnam says it may have found missing jet's door
Mar.12  Malaysia  China in new plane 'debris' clue
Mar.13   Malaysia
Mar.14  Malaysia  Investigators conclude missing jet hijacked, steered off course
Mar.15  Malaysia  Malaysian jet probe sharpens focus on passengers, crew
 Malaysia  Malaysia Airlines jetliner could have flown for more than 7 hours
Mar.16  Malaysia  Missing jet sought in huge Asia arc
Mar.22  Malaysia  China has new images showing object in southern Indian Ocean
Mar.24   Malaysia
Mar.25  Beijing  China families vent missing plane fury
 North Korea  North Korea test-fires 'ballistic' missiles
Mar.27  Malaysia  Missing jet: '300 objects' spotted
Mar.30  South Korea  North, South Korea exchange fire across disputed western sea border
Apr.15   South Korea
  Almost 300 people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 459 people capsized and sank off South Korea
 The ferry, carrying mainly school students, was travelling from the port of Incheon, to the southern resort island of Jeju. An armada of small boats motoring right up beside the ferry, which listed heavily on its side before sinking. Rescuers desperately grabbing teenagers out of the water before they are swept away by the currents and undertow
Apr.16  South Korea  Rescuers search dark, cold sea for survivors of shipwreck  South Korea  S Korea ferry: Desperate search for survivors continues Apr.17  South Korea  Weather hampers S Korea ferry search Apr.18  South Korea  Ferry disaster captain arrested Apr.19  South Korea  Mate steering doomed ferry navigating waters for first time Apr.22  South Korea  Crew say they couldn't reach lifeboats as ferry tipped over Apr.25  South Korea  Divers find cabins crammed with bodies inside sunken ferry May.7  Bangkok  Thailand court ousts PM Yingluck Shinawatra May.13  South Vietnam  Protest in Vietnam over China rig May.16  Laos  Lao defense chief, 4 others killed in plane crash May.17  North Korea  North Korea reports 'serious' Pyongyang construction accident May.19   Bangkok Thailand army declares martial law May.23  Bangkok  Thai army detains ex-PM Yingluck Jun.3  Beijing  Tiananmen tense on rally anniversary Jun.21  South Korea  South Korean soldier 'kills five comrades, wounds five' Jul.18  Southern China  Highway collision in southern China kills 43 people Jul.23   Taiwan Dozens feared dead in Taiwan plane crash   Forty-seven people were killed and 11 were injured in Wednesday's twin-engine turboprop plane crash on one of Taiwan's Penghu Islands Jul.31  Taiwan  Gas explosions kill 20, injure hundreds Aug.1  Shanghai  China factory blast kills at least 65 Aug.3   Southern China Strong earthquake kills at least 367 in southern China Aug.6   Cambodia Top Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of crimes against humanity Aug.13  South Korea  Pope Francis makes first South Korean visit in 25 years Aug.19  Japan  8 killed, 13 missing in landslides in Hiroshima Aug.20  Bangkok  Thailand's army ruler to take up new post as prime minister Aug.31  Hong Kong  Occupy Central anger over Beijing ruling Sep.13  Southern Philippines  Rescue on for dozens aboard listing Filipino ferry Sep.26   Hong Kong HK students scuffle with police in chaotic protest  Scores of young pro-democracy activist faced off with riot police after a night of scuffles and arrests over Beijing's refusal to allow refo... Sep.27   Japan Japan volcano: 30 hikers feared dead on Mt Ontake Sep.28   Hong Kong Tear gas and clashes at HK protest Sep.29  Hong Kong  Hong Kong protesters stay on streets Sep.30  Hong Kong  HK protesters defiant on National Day Oct.1   Hong Kong Protesters target office of Hong Kong's chief executive Oct.8  Southeast Asia  Vietnam tanker crew freed by pirates Oct.9  North Korea  Kim Jong-un’s absence fuels speculation about health, coup Oct.12   Hong Kong Hong Kong police remove barricades Oct.13  North Korea  North Korea says leader has reappeared Oct.14  North Korea  Koreas 'hold top military talks' Oct.17  South Korea  At least 16 dead in vent grate collapse at concert in S. Korea  Hong Kong  Mong Kok camp retaken from police Nov.8  North Korea  North Korea frees detained US men Miller and Bae Nov.10  South Korea  Ferry captain sentenced to 36 years in jail Nov.14  Indonesia  7.3 quake hits Indonesia waters; tsunami possible Nov.16   Japan Japan's economy falls into recession Nov.22  Japan  Strong quake strikes central Japan's Nagano city Nov.30  Hong Kong  HK protesters clash with police at government HQ Dec.5  China  China arrests ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang Dec.6   Philippines Philippines typhoon makes landfall Dec.7  Philippines  Typhoon sweeps across Philippines Dec.11  Hong Kong  Arrests as Admiralty site is cleared  South Korea  Korean Air chair apologies over daughter's nut rage Dec.22  North Korea  Internet crashes in North Korea Dec.25  Aceh  Tsunami-hit nations mark anniversary Dec.26  Malaysia  Severe flooding hits Malaysia's east Dec.27   Indonesia   Singapore-bound AirAsia plane with 162 on board missing Map of Java Sea Indonesia
  The single-aisle Airbus A320-200 asked air traffic controllers if it could divert from its flight path due to weather before disappearing over the Java Sea.    Flight QZ8501 lost contact at 07:24 (23...
Dec.28  Indonesia  Missing plane likely at bottom of sea Dec.29  Indonesia  Debris possibly linked to missing AirAsia jet spotted Dec.30   Indonesia AirAsia QZ8501: Officials say debris is missing plane  Indonesia  6 bodies recovered from AirAsia crash





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  Rodman sings Happy Birthday to Kim   US basketball star Dennis Rodman has sung Happy Birthday to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in front of a crowd of thousands in the capital Protesters begin Bangkok 'shutdown'


January 2014 ... more > Top ^
Jan.8   North Korea  
Jan.9  North Korea  Rodman sorry over N Korea detainee
Jan.12   Bangkok  
  Protesters have begun blocking roads in parts of the Thai capital, Bangkok, in a bid to oust the government before snap elections on February 2.    The protesters have built barricades and occupied road junction...
Jan.14  Bangkok  Bangkok 'shutdown' extends into 2nd day Jan.15  Philippines  Philippines web abuse ring smashed Jan.21   Bangkok State of emergency declared for Bangkok
Jan.25  China  China court jails lawyer Xu Zhiyong Jan.27   Hong Kong Hong Kong culls chickens over H7N9

February 2014 ... more > Top ^
Feb.1   Sumatra Indonesia volcano erupts again killing at least 14
Feb.2   Bangkok   Protests disrupt Thailand election   Protests have disrupted general election, halting voting in Bangkok and the south, but officials say that 89% of polling stations operated n...  Micronesia  Mexico Pacific castaway begs to return Feb.4   South Korea Koreas agree to family reunions Feb.11  China  China, Taiwan hold historic talks Feb.14   Indonesia   Java volcano sends thousands fleeing   Tens of thousands have fled their homes. 3 people have been killed after their home collapsed from the weight of volcanic ash   Bali 1 dead, 6 Japanese divers missing in Indonesia Feb.16  Tokyo  Japan hit by deadly snowstorms Feb.17   Bangkok Thailand police and protesters clash in Bangkok Feb.19   North Korea   Two Koreas hold family reunions   More than 100 South Koreans have arrived in North Korea for reunions with their relatives - the first such events since 2010   Northern Japan Fukushima leaks radioactive water Feb.23   South Korea S Korea-US military drills begin

March 2014 ... more > Top ^
Mar.1   Southern China Death toll rises to 33 in knife attack on China train station
Mar.7   Malaysia     Malaysia Airlines loses contact with plane carrying 239 people Map of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
  Malaysia Airlines says it has lost contact with MH370 with 239 aboard travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing
 A Boeing 777-200ER had lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control outside Kuala Lumpur. The aircraft had last been heard from less than an hour after takeoff. The aircraft carried 12 Malaysian crew members and 227 passengers from 14 nations
Mar.8   Vietnam Asian states search for missing jet   Vietnam     'Oil slick seen' in missing jet hunt   A multinational team is searching the sea off south Vietnam, in the hope of finding a Malaysia Airlines flight that has been missing for 24 ...  Malaysia  Missing plane 'may have turned back' Mar.9  Vietnam  Vietnam probes 'missing jet debris'   Vietnam Vietnam says it may have found missing jet's door Mar.10  Beijing  China urges Malaysia to intensify search for flight MH370  Malaysia  Malaysia missing plane search widens Mar.11  Malaysia  Missing airliner 'changed course'  Malaysia  Missing plane 'not tracked to west' Mar.12   Malaysia China in new plane 'debris' clue  Beijing  Malaysia Airlines MH370: China 'will not give up' on plane Mar.13  Malaysia  China debris images 'released by mistake'   Malaysia     Search for missing jet heads west
  Malaysian authorities expanded their hunt for a vanished airliner to the Indian Ocean, where a U.S. destroyer was expected to arrive soon
 U.S. believes the plane's data reporting system and transponder were shut down separately. That would indicate the plane did not disappear due to some kind of catastrophic failure
Mar.14   Malaysia Investigators conclude missing jet hijacked, steered off course Mar.15   Malaysia     Malaysian jet probe sharpens focus on passengers, crew   Investigators are concluding that the Boeing 777 had its communications deliberately disabled and was airborne for hours after it vanished   Malaysia Malaysia Airlines jetliner could have flown for more than 7 hours  Malaysia  Malaysia plane: Investigators study pilots' background Mar.16   Malaysia Missing jet sought in huge Asia arc Mar.18  Southern Thailand  New evidence in Flight 370 search explains plane's path Mar.22   Malaysia   China has new images showing object in southern Indian Ocean   China announced that it has satellite images of a large object floating in the search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane Mar.23  Malaysia  French satellite images show possible debris from missing flight Mar.24   Malaysia   Flight MH370 'crashed in south Indian Ocean' - Malaysia PM
  Najib Razak said this was the conclusion of fresh analysis of satellite data tracking the flight. A text message sent to families by the airline.    a text message sent to families by the airline saying it had to be assumed "beyond reasonable doubt" that the plane was lost and there were no survivors. There were 227 passengers on ...
Mar.25   Beijing   China families vent missing plane fury   Angry relatives of passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines plane have clashed with police outside Malaysia's embassy in the Chinese...   North Korea North Korea test-fires 'ballistic' missiles Mar.27   Malaysia Missing jet: '300 objects' spotted Mar.29  Malaysia  Chinese demand more information on missing plane Mar.30   South Korea   North, South Korea exchange fire across disputed western sea border   South Korean Marines fired artillery shells across a disputed sea border after North shells from a live fire drill fell into the water south...  Japan  Climate impacts overwhelming - UN Mar.31  Malaysia  New account of cockpit last words

April 2014 ... more > Top ^
Apr.13  Solomon Islands  Solomon Islands hit by another strong earthquake Apr.15   South Korea     South Korea ferry: Hundreds missing as ship sinks
Map of Gwanmae South Korea
  Almost 300 people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 459 people capsized and sank off South Korea
 The ferry, carrying mainly school students, was travelling from the port of Incheon, to the southern resort island of Jeju. An armada of small boats motoring right up beside the ferry, which listed heavily on its side before sinking. Rescuers desperately grabbing teenagers out of the water before they are swept away by the currents and undertow
Apr.16   South Korea Rescuers search dark, cold sea for survivors of shipwreck   South Korea     S Korea ferry: Desperate search for survivors continues   Emergency services are continuing to search for nearly 300 people missing after a ferry carrying more than 470 people sank Apr.17   South Korea Weather hampers S Korea ferry search  South Korea  Korea ship: Third officer 'had helm' Apr.18  South Korea  Fake survivor posts add to nation's anguish   South Korea     Ferry disaster captain arrested   Prosecutors in South Korea have asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for Lee Joon-seok, 69, the captain of the ferry that sank  South Korea  ‘Sorry’ ferry captain tells of delay Apr.19   South Korea Mate steering doomed ferry navigating waters for first time  South Korea  'Two months' for Korea ferry salvage  South Korea  Anger erupts over Korea ferry rescue Apr.20  South Korea  Ferry transcript reveals crew panic  South Korea  S Korea leader condemns ferry crew Apr.21  South Korea  South Korea ferry toll passes 100 Apr.22   South Korea Crew say they couldn't reach lifeboats as ferry tipped over Apr.25   South Korea Divers find cabins crammed with bodies inside sunken ferry Apr.27  South Korea  South Korean PM resigns over ferry Apr.28  North Korea  North Korea holds live-fire drill

May 2014 ... more > Top ^
May.4  South Korea  South Korean ferry death toll rises to 242 May.7   Bangkok Thailand court ousts PM Yingluck Shinawatra
May.13   South Vietnam   Protest in Vietnam over China rig   Several factories have been set on fire amid anti-China protests at an industrial park, amid tensions over the South China Sea May.14  South Korea  South Korea ferry captain charged with manslaughter May.16   Laos Lao defense chief, 4 others killed in plane crash May.17   North Korea North Korea reports 'serious' Pyongyang construction accident  Vietnam  China evacuates workers from Vietnam May.18  South Korea  S Korea to break up coast guard May.19   Bangkok   Thailand army declares martial law
  The Thai army says that it is imposing martial law amid a political crisis 'to preserve law and order'. The army granted itself wide-ranging powers.    Soldiers have taken over TV and radio stat...
May.22  Bangkok  Thai military announces coup  Bangkok  Coup leader summons Thai politicians May.23   Bangkok Thai army detains ex-PM Yingluck
May.26  Vietnam  Vietnam boat sinks after collision May.27  Malaysia  Flight MH370: Malaysia releases raw satellite data  South Korea  South Korea hospice fire kills 21

June 2014 ... more > Top ^
Jun.3   Beijing Tiananmen tense on rally anniversary
Jun.9  Tokyo  Japan signals resumption of whaling Jun.17  Malaysia  Malaysia boat capsizes, dozens missing Jun.21   South Korea South Korean soldier 'kills five comrades, wounds five'

July 2014 ... more > Top ^
Jul.15  South Vietnam  China moves Vietnam row oil rig Jul.17  Malaysia  Malaysia PM: Deep shock over Ukraine plane crash Jul.18   Southern China Highway collision in southern China kills 43 people
Jul.22  Jakarta  Joko Widodo wins Indonesia presidential election Jul.23   Taiwan   Dozens feared dead in Taiwan plane crash Map of Penghu Islands Taiwan
  Forty-seven people were killed and 11 were injured in Wednesday's twin-engine turboprop plane crash on one of Taiwan's Penghu Islands
 10 people were injured in the plane crash and five residents on the ground were also hurt
Jul.31   Taiwan Gas explosions kill 20, injure hundreds

August 2014 ... more > Top ^
Aug.1   Shanghai   China factory blast kills at least 65    At least 65 people were killed Saturday by an explosion at an eastern Chinese automotive parts factory that supplies General Motors Aug.3   Southern China   Strong earthquake kills at least 367 in southern China
Map of Ludian Yunnan China
  The magnitude-6.1 quake in Yunnan province toppled thousands of homes on Sunday, killing at least 175 people and injuring more than 1,400.    About 12,000 homes ...
Aug.6   Cambodia     Top Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of crimes against humanity
  Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan have been jailed for life after being convicted by Cambodia's UN-backed tribunal of crimes against humanity.    Nuon Chea served as leader Pol Pot's deputy and K...
Aug.13   South Korea     Pope Francis makes first South Korean visit in 25 years   Pope is on the first papal visit to the Asian nation in a quarter century, stepping off the plane onto a red carpet and greeting President Park... Aug.19   Japan   8 killed, 13 missing in landslides in Hiroshima   Rain-sodden hills in the outskirts of Hiroshima gave way early Wednesday in at least five landslides Aug.20   Bangkok Thailand's army ruler to take up new post as prime minister
Aug.21  Malaysia  MH17: Plane with Malaysian bodies arrives in Kuala Lumpur Aug.22  Southern China  Chinese fighter jet flies dangerously close to U.S. Navy plane Aug.31   Hong Kong Occupy Central anger over Beijing ruling

September 2014 ... more > Top ^
Sep.13   Southern Philippines Rescue on for dozens aboard listing Filipino ferry
Sep.26   Hong Kong   HK students scuffle with police in chaotic protest
  Scores of young pro-democracy activist faced off with riot police after a night of scuffles and arrests over Beijing's refusal to allow reforms
 150 students late Friday night forced their way into government headquarters, some scaling a tall fence. Police responded with pepper spray
Sep.27   Japan     Japan volcano: 30 hikers feared dead on Mt Ontake
Map of Mt. Ontake Japan
  Rescuers have found 30 hikers in critical condition, feared dead, near the peak of Mount Ontake, after Saturday's sudden volcanic eruption
Sep.28   Hong Kong   Tear gas and clashes at HK protest Map of government headquarters Hong Kong Hong Kong
  Police have used tear gas to disperse thousands of pro-democracy protesters near the government complex, after a week of tensions
 Japan  Japan volcano: Bid to find survivors resumes Sep.29   Hong Kong Hong Kong protesters stay on streets Sep.30   Hong Kong HK protesters defiant on National Day

October 2014 ... more > Top ^
Oct.1   Hong Kong   Protesters target office of Hong Kong's chief executive
  Activists took their fight to the doorstep of Hong Kong's chief executive, sitting down outside his office gates to express their dissatisfaction with him
 Beijing  China warns on 'illegal' HK protests Oct.2  Hong Kong  CY Leung refuses to quit as leader Oct.3  Hong Kong  Pro-democracy protesters scuffle with residents, cancel talks with government  South Korea  North Koreans make surprise visit to South Oct.4  Hong Kong  HK leader calls for 'return to order' Oct.5  Japan  U.S. airman dead, 2 missing as Typhoon Phanfone slams Japan  Hong Kong  Hong Kong protesters make apparent concessions Oct.7  Southern China  Hundreds injured at magnitude 6.0 earthquake Oct.8   Southeast Asia Vietnam tanker crew freed by pirates
Oct.9   North Korea     Kim Jong-un’s absence fuels speculation about health, coup  North Korea's mysterious leader Kim Jong-un has not been seen in public for 34 days, sparking a wide range of speculation Oct.11  Japan  Japan typhoon leaves at least 35 injured Oct.12   Hong Kong   Hong Kong police remove barricades
  Police in Hong Kong have begun removing some of the barricades erected on major roads by pro-democracy protesters
Oct.13   North Korea     North Korea says leader has reappeared   State media has attempted to end the international speculation by publishing the first photos of Kim Jong Un in more than a month Oct.14   North Korea Koreas 'hold top military talks'  Hong Kong  Police clear pro-democracy protesters from tunnel Oct.17   South Korea   At least 16 dead in vent grate collapse at concert in S. Korea   A grate over a ventilation shaft collapsed at an outdoor concert in Seongnam. Unknown number of people who fell some 20 meters   Hong Kong Mong Kok camp retaken from police Oct.19  Hong Kong  Hong Kong protests: leader says 'external forces' involved  Tokyo  Two Japan ministers quit amid rows Oct.21  North Korea  American released from North Korea

November 2014 ... more > Top ^
Nov.8   North Korea     North Korea frees detained US men Miller and Bae  2 Americans who were being held in detention in N. Korea, Matthew Todd Miller and Kenneth Bae, have been released and are on their way home Nov.9  Beijing  Leaders of China, Japan hold ice-breaking meeting Nov.10   South Korea     Ferry captain sentenced to 36 years in jail   Lee Joon-seok, the captain of the ferry which sank in April has been found guilty of gross negligence and sentenced to 36 years in prison Nov.11  Beijing  Obama and Xi in emissions pledge Nov.14   Indonesia 7.3 quake hits Indonesia waters; tsunami possible
Nov.16   Japan     Japan's economy falls into recession
  The economy contracted 1.6% at an annual pace in the quarter as spending failed to regain momentum after a sales tax increase
Nov.17  Hong Kong  HK authorities clear protest site Nov.22   Japan Strong quake strikes central Japan's Nagano city Nov.29  Taiwan  Taiwan's premier resigns after election loss Nov.30   Hong Kong   HK protesters clash with police at government HQ   Pro-democracy activists and police have clashed in Hong Kong, as thousands of people tried to surround government headquarters overnight

December 2014 ... more > Top ^
Dec.5   China   China arrests ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang  Ex-security chief, the most senior Chinese official to be investigated for corruption, has been arrested and expelled from the Communist Par...  China  China surpasses U.S. to become largest world economy  Southern Philippines  Swiss hostage flees in Philippines Dec.6   Philippines     Philippines typhoon makes landfall
Map of Dolores Philippines
  Typhoon Hagupit has made landfall in the town of Dolores in the eastern Philippines, the country's weather agency says
 Philippines  Typhoon sweeps across Philippines Dec.7   Philippines   Typhoon sweeps across Philippines   Hagupit is sweeping across the Philippines, toppling trees and power lines and threatening areas with heavy rain, flooding and mudslides  Philippines  Philippines Typhoon Hagupit weakens Dec.11   Hong Kong Arrests as Admiralty site is cleared   South Korea Korean Air chair apologies over daughter's nut rage Dec.22   North Korea Internet crashes in North Korea Dec.25   Aceh     Tsunami-hit nations mark anniversary   A memorial has been held for the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami - the first in a series of events marking a decade since the disaster Dec.26   Malaysia Severe flooding hits Malaysia's east  North Korea  N Korea berates Obama over film Dec.27   Indonesia     Singapore-bound AirAsia plane with 162 on board missing Map of Java Sea Indonesia
  The single-aisle Airbus A320-200 asked air traffic controllers if it could divert from its flight path due to weather before disappearing over the Java Sea
 Flight QZ8501 lost contact at 07:24 (23:24 GMT), Malaysia-based AirAsia tweeted
Dec.28  Malaysia  AirAsia: Boss 'devastated' by missing Indonesia jet  Indonesia  Search resumes for AirAsia plane   Indonesia Missing plane likely at bottom of sea Dec.29  Indonesia  Search for AirAsia plane expanded   Indonesia Debris possibly linked to missing AirAsia jet spotted Dec.30   Indonesia     AirAsia QZ8501: Officials say debris is missing plane Map of Karimata Strait Indonesia
  Indonesian officials have confirmed that bodies and debris found in the Java Sea off Borneo are from AirAsia flight that went missing on Sunday
 Indonesia  Bad weather hampers AirAsia recovery   Indonesia 6 bodies recovered from AirAsia crash Dec.31  Indonesia  AirAsia victims remembered at vigil  Indonesia  More bad weather hits AirAsia search


S Korea-US military drills begin North Korea test-fires 'ballistic' missiles North, South Korea exchange fire across disputed western sea border   South Korean Marines fired artillery shells across a disputed sea border after North shells from a live fire drill fell into the water south... Lao defense chief, 4 others killed in plane crash Thailand army declares martial law




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May.18  South Korea  S Korea to break up coast guard
May.19   Bangkok
  The Thai army says that it is imposing martial law amid a political crisis 'to preserve law and order'. The army granted itself wide-ranging powers.    Soldiers have taken over TV and radio stat...
May.22  Bangkok  Thai military announces coup May.22  Bangkok  Coup leader summons Thai politicians Jun.21   South Korea South Korean soldier 'kills five comrades, wounds five'
Aug.6   Cambodia   Top Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of crimes against humanity
  Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan have been jailed for life after being convicted by Cambodia's UN-backed tribunal of crimes against humanity.    Nuon Chea served as leader Pol Pot's deputy and K...
Aug.20   Bangkok Thailand's army ruler to take up new post as prime minister
Aug.22  Southern China  Chinese fighter jet flies dangerously close to U.S. Navy plane Oct.5  Japan  U.S. airman dead, 2 missing as Typhoon Phanfone slams Japan Oct.9   North Korea   Kim Jong-un’s absence fuels speculation about health, coup  North Korea's mysterious leader Kim Jong-un has not been seen in public for 34 days, sparking a wide range of speculation Oct.14   North Korea Koreas 'hold top military talks'



East Asia, 2014 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
2014 Jan.27   Hong Kong Hong Kong culls chickens over H7N9
Feb.1   Sumatra Indonesia volcano erupts again killing at least 14 Feb.2  Micronesia  Mexico Pacific castaway begs to return Feb.14   Indonesia Java volcano sends thousands fleeing   Tens of thousands have fled their homes. 3 people have been killed after their home collapsed from the weight of volcanic ash Feb.14   Bali 1 dead, 6 Japanese divers missing in Indonesia Feb.16  Tokyo  Japan hit by deadly snowstorms Feb.19   Northern Japan Fukushima leaks radioactive water Mar.7   Malaysia   Malaysia Airlines loses contact with plane carrying 239 people Map of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
  Malaysia Airlines says it has lost contact with MH370 with 239 aboard travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing
 A Boeing 777-200ER had lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control outside Kuala Lumpur. The aircraft had last been heard from less than an hour after takeoff. The aircraft carried 12 Malaysian crew members and 227 passengers from 14 nations
Mar.8   Vietnam Asian states search for missing jet Mar.8   Vietnam   'Oil slick seen' in missing jet hunt   A multinational team is searching the sea off south Vietnam, in the hope of finding a Malaysia Airlines flight that has been missing for 24 ... Mar.8  Malaysia  Missing plane 'may have turned back' Mar.9  Vietnam  Vietnam probes 'missing jet debris' Mar.9   Vietnam Vietnam says it may have found missing jet's door Mar.10  Beijing  China urges Malaysia to intensify search for flight MH370 Mar.10  Malaysia  Malaysia missing plane search widens Mar.11  Malaysia  Missing airliner 'changed course' Mar.11  Malaysia  Missing plane 'not tracked to west' Mar.12   Malaysia China in new plane 'debris' clue Mar.12  Beijing  Malaysia Airlines MH370: China 'will not give up' on plane Mar.13  Malaysia  China debris images 'released by mistake' Mar.13   Malaysia   Search for missing jet heads west
  Malaysian authorities expanded their hunt for a vanished airliner to the Indian Ocean, where a U.S. destroyer was expected to arrive soon
 U.S. believes the plane's data reporting system and transponder were shut down separately. That would indicate the plane did not disappear due to some kind of catastrophic failure
Mar.14   Malaysia Investigators conclude missing jet hijacked, steered off course Mar.15   Malaysia   Malaysian jet probe sharpens focus on passengers, crew   Investigators are concluding that the Boeing 777 had its communications deliberately disabled and was airborne for hours after it vanished Mar.15   Malaysia Malaysia Airlines jetliner could have flown for more than 7 hours Mar.15  Malaysia  Malaysia plane: Investigators study pilots' background Mar.16   Malaysia Missing jet sought in huge Asia arc Mar.18  Southern Thailand  New evidence in Flight 370 search explains plane's path Mar.22   Malaysia China has new images showing object in southern Indian Ocean   China announced that it has satellite images of a large object floating in the search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane Mar.23  Malaysia  French satellite images show possible debris from missing flight Mar.24   Malaysia Flight MH370 'crashed in south Indian Ocean' - Malaysia PM
  Najib Razak said this was the conclusion of fresh analysis of satellite data tracking the flight. A text message sent to families by the airline.    a text message sent to families by the airline saying it had to be assumed "beyond reasonable doubt" that the plane was lost and there were no survivors. There were 227 passengers on ...
Mar.25   Beijing China families vent missing plane fury   Angry relatives of passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines plane have clashed with police outside Malaysia's embassy in the Chinese... Mar.27   Malaysia Missing jet: '300 objects' spotted Mar.29  Malaysia  Chinese demand more information on missing plane Mar.31  Malaysia  New account of cockpit last words Apr.13  Solomon Islands  Solomon Islands hit by another strong earthquake Apr.15   South Korea   South Korea ferry: Hundreds missing as ship sinks Map of Gwanmae South Korea
  Almost 300 people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 459 people capsized and sank off South Korea
 The ferry, carrying mainly school students, was travelling from the port of Incheon, to the southern resort island of Jeju. An armada of small boats motoring right up beside the ferry, which listed heavily on its side before sinking. Rescuers desperately grabbing teenagers out of the water before they are swept away by the currents and undertow
Apr.16   South Korea Rescuers search dark, cold sea for survivors of shipwreck Apr.16   South Korea   S Korea ferry: Desperate search for survivors continues   Emergency services are continuing to search for nearly 300 people missing after a ferry carrying more than 470 people sank Apr.17   South Korea Weather hampers S Korea ferry search Apr.17  South Korea  Korea ship: Third officer 'had helm' Apr.18  South Korea  Fake survivor posts add to nation's anguish Apr.18   South Korea   Ferry disaster captain arrested   Prosecutors in South Korea have asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for Lee Joon-seok, 69, the captain of the ferry that sank Apr.18  South Korea  ‘Sorry’ ferry captain tells of delay Apr.19   South Korea Mate steering doomed ferry navigating waters for first time Apr.19  South Korea  'Two months' for Korea ferry salvage Apr.19  South Korea  Anger erupts over Korea ferry rescue Apr.20  South Korea  Ferry transcript reveals crew panic Apr.20  South Korea  S Korea leader condemns ferry crew Apr.21  South Korea  South Korea ferry toll passes 100 Apr.22   South Korea Crew say they couldn't reach lifeboats as ferry tipped over Apr.25   South Korea Divers find cabins crammed with bodies inside sunken ferry Apr.27  South Korea  South Korean PM resigns over ferry May.4  South Korea  South Korean ferry death toll rises to 242 May.14  South Korea  South Korea ferry captain charged with manslaughter May.16   Laos Lao defense chief, 4 others killed in plane crash May.17   North Korea North Korea reports 'serious' Pyongyang construction accident May.18  South Korea  S Korea to break up coast guard May.26  Vietnam  Vietnam boat sinks after collision May.27  Malaysia  Flight MH370: Malaysia releases raw satellite data May.27  South Korea  South Korea hospice fire kills 21 Jun.17  Malaysia  Malaysia boat capsizes, dozens missing Jul.17  Malaysia  Malaysia PM: Deep shock over Ukraine plane crash Jul.18   Southern China Highway collision in southern China kills 43 people Jul.23   Taiwan Dozens feared dead in Taiwan plane crash
Map of Penghu Islands Taiwan
  Forty-seven people were killed and 11 were injured in Wednesday's twin-engine turboprop plane crash on one of Taiwan's Penghu Islands
 10 people were injured in the plane crash and five residents on the ground were also hurt
Jul.31   Taiwan Gas explosions kill 20, injure hundreds Aug.1   Shanghai China factory blast kills at least 65    At least 65 people were killed Saturday by an explosion at an eastern Chinese automotive parts factory that supplies General Motors Aug.3   Southern China Strong earthquake kills at least 367 in southern China Map of Ludian Yunnan China
  The magnitude-6.1 quake in Yunnan province toppled thousands of homes on Sunday, killing at least 175 people and injuring more than 1,400.    About 12,000 homes ...
Aug.19   Japan 8 killed, 13 missing in landslides in Hiroshima   Rain-sodden hills in the outskirts of Hiroshima gave way early Wednesday in at least five landslides Sep.13   Southern Philippines Rescue on for dozens aboard listing Filipino ferry Sep.27   Japan   Japan volcano: 30 hikers feared dead on Mt Ontake Map of Mt. Ontake Japan
  Rescuers have found 30 hikers in critical condition, feared dead, near the peak of Mount Ontake, after Saturday's sudden volcanic eruption
Sep.28  Japan  Japan volcano: Bid to find survivors resumes Oct.5  Japan  U.S. airman dead, 2 missing as Typhoon Phanfone slams Japan Oct.7  Southern China  Hundreds injured at magnitude 6.0 earthquake Oct.11  Japan  Japan typhoon leaves at least 35 injured Oct.17   South Korea At least 16 dead in vent grate collapse at concert in S. Korea   A grate over a ventilation shaft collapsed at an outdoor concert in Seongnam. Unknown number of people who fell some 20 meters Nov.10   South Korea   Ferry captain sentenced to 36 years in jail   Lee Joon-seok, the captain of the ferry which sank in April has been found guilty of gross negligence and sentenced to 36 years in prison Nov.14   Indonesia 7.3 quake hits Indonesia waters; tsunami possible Nov.22   Japan Strong quake strikes central Japan's Nagano city Dec.6   Philippines   Philippines typhoon makes landfall Map of Dolores Philippines
  Typhoon Hagupit has made landfall in the town of Dolores in the eastern Philippines, the country's weather agency says
Dec.6  Philippines  Typhoon sweeps across Philippines Dec.7   Philippines Typhoon sweeps across Philippines   Hagupit is sweeping across the Philippines, toppling trees and power lines and threatening areas with heavy rain, flooding and mudslides Dec.7  Philippines  Philippines Typhoon Hagupit weakens Dec.25   Aceh   Tsunami-hit nations mark anniversary   A memorial has been held for the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami - the first in a series of events marking a decade since the disaster Dec.26   Malaysia Severe flooding hits Malaysia's east Dec.27   Indonesia   Singapore-bound AirAsia plane with 162 on board missing Map of Java Sea Indonesia
  The single-aisle Airbus A320-200 asked air traffic controllers if it could divert from its flight path due to weather before disappearing over the Java Sea
 Flight QZ8501 lost contact at 07:24 (23:24 GMT), Malaysia-based AirAsia tweeted
Dec.28  Malaysia  AirAsia: Boss 'devastated' by missing Indonesia jet Dec.28  Indonesia  Search resumes for AirAsia plane Dec.28   Indonesia Missing plane likely at bottom of sea Dec.29  Indonesia  Search for AirAsia plane expanded Dec.29   Indonesia Debris possibly linked to missing AirAsia jet spotted Dec.30   Indonesia   AirAsia QZ8501: Officials say debris is missing plane Map of Karimata Strait Indonesia
  Indonesian officials have confirmed that bodies and debris found in the Java Sea off Borneo are from AirAsia flight that went missing on Sunday
Dec.30  Indonesia  Bad weather hampers AirAsia recovery Dec.30   Indonesia 6 bodies recovered from AirAsia crash Dec.31  Indonesia  AirAsia victims remembered at vigil Dec.31  Indonesia  More bad weather hits AirAsia search



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2014 May.17   North Korea North Korea reports 'serious' Pyongyang construction accident
May.17  Vietnam  China evacuates workers from Vietnam Jun.9  Tokyo  Japan signals resumption of whaling Oct.8   Southeast Asia Vietnam tanker crew freed by pirates Nov.16   Japan   Japan's economy falls into recession
  The economy contracted 1.6% at an annual pace in the quarter as spending failed to regain momentum after a sales tax increase
Dec.5  China  China surpasses U.S. to become largest world economy Dec.11   South Korea Korean Air chair apologies over daughter's nut rage
Dec.22   North Korea Internet crashes in North Korea Dec.28  Malaysia  AirAsia: Boss 'devastated' by missing Indonesia jet



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2014 Jan.8   North Korea   Rodman sings Happy Birthday to Kim   US basketball star Dennis Rodman has sung Happy Birthday to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in front of a crowd of thousands in the capital Jan.9  North Korea  Rodman sorry over N Korea detainee Oct.3  South Korea  North Koreans make surprise visit to South



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2014 Jan.15  Philippines  Philippines web abuse ring smashed Jan.25  China  China court jails lawyer Xu Zhiyong Mar.1   Southern China Death toll rises to 33 in knife attack on China train station
Mar.14   Malaysia Investigators conclude missing jet hijacked, steered off course Mar.15   Malaysia   Malaysian jet probe sharpens focus on passengers, crew   Investigators are concluding that the Boeing 777 had its communications deliberately disabled and was airborne for hours after it vanished Mar.15  Malaysia  Malaysia plane: Investigators study pilots' background Apr.18   South Korea   Ferry disaster captain arrested   Prosecutors in South Korea have asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for Lee Joon-seok, 69, the captain of the ferry that sank May.14  South Korea  South Korea ferry captain charged with manslaughter May.23   Bangkok Thai army detains ex-PM Yingluck Jun.21   South Korea South Korean soldier 'kills five comrades, wounds five' Aug.6   Cambodia   Top Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of crimes against humanity
  Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan have been jailed for life after being convicted by Cambodia's UN-backed tribunal of crimes against humanity.    Nuon Chea served as leader Pol Pot's deputy and K...
Oct.8   Southeast Asia Vietnam tanker crew freed by pirates
Oct.21  North Korea  American released from North Korea Nov.8   North Korea   North Korea frees detained US men Miller and Bae  2 Americans who were being held in detention in N. Korea, Matthew Todd Miller and Kenneth Bae, have been released and are on their way home Nov.10   South Korea   Ferry captain sentenced to 36 years in jail   Lee Joon-seok, the captain of the ferry which sank in April has been found guilty of gross negligence and sentenced to 36 years in prison Dec.5   China China arrests ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang  Ex-security chief, the most senior Chinese official to be investigated for corruption, has been arrested and expelled from the Communist Par... Dec.5  Southern Philippines  Swiss hostage flees in Philippines Dec.11   Hong Kong Arrests as Admiralty site is cleared



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2014 Jan.8   North Korea   Rodman sings Happy Birthday to Kim   US basketball star Dennis Rodman has sung Happy Birthday to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in front of a crowd of thousands in the capital Jan.9  North Korea  Rodman sorry over N Korea detainee Jan.12   Bangkok Protesters begin Bangkok 'shutdown'
  Protesters have begun blocking roads in parts of the Thai capital, Bangkok, in a bid to oust the government before snap elections on February 2.    The protesters have built barricades and occupied road junction...
Jan.14  Bangkok  Bangkok 'shutdown' extends into 2nd day Jan.21   Bangkok State of emergency declared for Bangkok
Jan.25  China  China court jails lawyer Xu Zhiyong Feb.2   Bangkok Protests disrupt Thailand election   Protests have disrupted general election, halting voting in Bangkok and the south, but officials say that 89% of polling stations operated n... Feb.4   South Korea Koreas agree to family reunions Feb.11  China  China, Taiwan hold historic talks Feb.17   Bangkok Thailand police and protesters clash in Bangkok Feb.19   North Korea Two Koreas hold family reunions   More than 100 South Koreans have arrived in North Korea for reunions with their relatives - the first such events since 2010 Mar.25   Beijing China families vent missing plane fury   Angry relatives of passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines plane have clashed with police outside Malaysia's embassy in the Chinese... Mar.29  Malaysia  Chinese demand more information on missing plane Mar.30  Japan  Climate impacts overwhelming - UN Apr.19  South Korea  Anger erupts over Korea ferry rescue Apr.20  South Korea  S Korea leader condemns ferry crew Apr.27  South Korea  South Korean PM resigns over ferry May.7   Bangkok Thailand court ousts PM Yingluck Shinawatra May.13   South Vietnam Protest in Vietnam over China rig   Several factories have been set on fire amid anti-China protests at an industrial park, amid tensions over the South China Sea May.17  Vietnam  China evacuates workers from Vietnam May.19   Bangkok Thailand army declares martial law
  The Thai army says that it is imposing martial law amid a political crisis 'to preserve law and order'. The army granted itself wide-ranging powers.    Soldiers have taken over TV and radio stat...
May.22  Bangkok  Coup leader summons Thai politicians May.23   Bangkok Thai army detains ex-PM Yingluck
May.26  Vietnam  Vietnam boat sinks after collision Jun.3   Beijing Tiananmen tense on rally anniversary Jun.9  Tokyo  Japan signals resumption of whaling Jul.15  South Vietnam  China moves Vietnam row oil rig Jul.17  Malaysia  Malaysia PM: Deep shock over Ukraine plane crash Jul.22  Jakarta  Joko Widodo wins Indonesia presidential election Aug.13   South Korea   Pope Francis makes first South Korean visit in 25 years   Pope is on the first papal visit to the Asian nation in a quarter century, stepping off the plane onto a red carpet and greeting President Park... Aug.20   Bangkok Thailand's army ruler to take up new post as prime minister Aug.21  Malaysia  MH17: Plane with Malaysian bodies arrives in Kuala Lumpur Aug.31   Hong Kong Occupy Central anger over Beijing ruling Sep.26   Hong Kong HK students scuffle with police in chaotic protest
  Scores of young pro-democracy activist faced off with riot police after a night of scuffles and arrests over Beijing's refusal to allow reforms
 150 students late Friday night forced their way into government headquarters, some scaling a tall fence. Police responded with pepper spray
Sep.28   Hong Kong Tear gas and clashes at HK protest
Map of government headquarters Hong Kong Hong Kong
  Police have used tear gas to disperse thousands of pro-democracy protesters near the government complex, after a week of tensions
Sep.29   Hong Kong Hong Kong protesters stay on streets Sep.30   Hong Kong HK protesters defiant on National Day Oct.1   Hong Kong Protesters target office of Hong Kong's chief executive
  Activists took their fight to the doorstep of Hong Kong's chief executive, sitting down outside his office gates to express their dissatisfaction with him
Oct.1  Beijing  China warns on 'illegal' HK protests Oct.2  Hong Kong  CY Leung refuses to quit as leader Oct.3  Hong Kong  Pro-democracy protesters scuffle with residents, cancel talks with government Oct.3  South Korea  North Koreans make surprise visit to South Oct.4  Hong Kong  HK leader calls for 'return to order' Oct.5  Hong Kong  Hong Kong protesters make apparent concessions Oct.9   North Korea   Kim Jong-un’s absence fuels speculation about health, coup  North Korea's mysterious leader Kim Jong-un has not been seen in public for 34 days, sparking a wide range of speculation Oct.12   Hong Kong Hong Kong police remove barricades
  Police in Hong Kong have begun removing some of the barricades erected on major roads by pro-democracy protesters
Oct.13   North Korea   North Korea says leader has reappeared   State media has attempted to end the international speculation by publishing the first photos of Kim Jong Un in more than a month Oct.14   North Korea Koreas 'hold top military talks'
Oct.14  Hong Kong  Police clear pro-democracy protesters from tunnel Oct.17   Hong Kong Mong Kok camp retaken from police Oct.19  Hong Kong  Hong Kong protests: leader says 'external forces' involved Oct.19  Tokyo  Two Japan ministers quit amid rows Nov.8   North Korea   North Korea frees detained US men Miller and Bae  2 Americans who were being held in detention in N. Korea, Matthew Todd Miller and Kenneth Bae, have been released and are on their way home Nov.9  Beijing  Leaders of China, Japan hold ice-breaking meeting Nov.11  Beijing  Obama and Xi in emissions pledge Nov.17  Hong Kong  HK authorities clear protest site Nov.29  Taiwan  Taiwan's premier resigns after election loss Nov.30   Hong Kong HK protesters clash with police at government HQ   Pro-democracy activists and police have clashed in Hong Kong, as thousands of people tried to surround government headquarters overnight Dec.5   China China arrests ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang  Ex-security chief, the most senior Chinese official to be investigated for corruption, has been arrested and expelled from the Communist Par... Dec.11   Hong Kong Arrests as Admiralty site is cleared Dec.25   Aceh   Tsunami-hit nations mark anniversary   A memorial has been held for the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami - the first in a series of events marking a decade since the disaster Dec.26  North Korea  N Korea berates Obama over film Dec.31  Indonesia  AirAsia victims remembered at vigil