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1. 12-03 Federal probe into NY chokehold case
2. 12-05 China arrests ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang China
D. 12-06 Philippines typhoon makes landfall Dolores, Philippines
E. 12-07 Typhoon sweeps across Philippines Tacloban, Philippines
F. 12-09 CIA lied over 'brutal' interrogations U.S. Senate
G. 12-14 Turkey raids target media critics Istanbul
H. 12-14 Deal reached at UN climate talks Lima, Peru
8. 12-14 Gunman takes hostages in Lindt café
12-16 Taliban attack at school killed 132 children and 9 staff

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Federal probe into NY chokehold case China arrests ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang   Philippines typhoon makes landfall   Typhoon Hagupit has made landfall in the town of Dolores in the eastern Philippines, the country's weather agency says Typhoon sweeps across Philippines CIA lied over 'brutal' interrogations Turkey raids target media critics  Turkish police have made at least 23 arrests during raids on a newspaper and TV station with close ties to US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah... Deal reached at UN climate talks Gunman takes hostages in Lindt café   At least one gunman has taken several people hostage at a cafe in Sydney. Pictures on TV a black flag with Arabic writing   Taliban attack at school killed 132 children and 9 staff Map of Army Public School Peshawar Pakistan
Dec.1  Kenya  Gunmen kill Kenya quarry workers
Dec.2  Iraq  Iran 'conducts air strikes' in Iraq
Dec.3   New York
 Global  World on course for warmest year
Dec.4  New York  New protests over Eric Garner death
Dec.5   China
 China  China surpasses U.S. to become largest world economy
 Southern Philippines  Swiss hostage flees in Philippines
Dec.6   Philippines
 Yemen  Hostages killed in Yemen rescue bid
 Philippines  Typhoon sweeps across Philippines
Dec.7   Philippines
 Damascus  Israeli jets 'strike near Damascus'
 Yemen  African migrant boat capsizes off Yemen, 70 dead
 Philippines  Philippines Typhoon Hagupit weakens
Dec.9   U.S. Senate
Dec.10  West Bank  Palestinian minister died at protest
Dec.11  Hong Kong  Arrests as Admiralty site is cleared
 Rio de Janeiro  Brazil killer alleges 42 victims
 South Korea  Korean Air chair apologies over daughter's nut rage
 House of Representatives  US House passes $1.1tn budget bill
Dec.12  Jerusalem  Palestinian throws acid at Jewish family
 London  UK flights hit by computer failure
 Peru  Climate summit goes into overtime
Dec.14   Istanbul
  Peru
  Sydney
Dec.15  Sydney  Abbott pays tribute to siege dead
Dec.16   Peshawar
  The horrific attack in Peshawar, carried out by a relatively small number of militants from the Tehreek-e-Taliban group.    The attack was carried out by 7 Taliban attackers, all wearing bomb vests. Prime Minister Nawa...
 Peshawar  Pakistan mourns its school dead
Dec.17   Washington
  US and Cuba are to start talks to normalise diplomatic ties in a historic shift in relations between the two countries, US officials say
 Moscow  Russia's shock-and-awe move fails to halt ruble collapse   Los Angeles Sony cancels The Interview release
  Sony Pictures cancels 25 December release of North Korea film The Interview after cinemas decide not to screen it
 Colombia  Farc rebels declare indefinite unilateral truce Dec.18  Northern Nigeria  '200 villagers' kidnapped in Nigeria   Queensland Eight children found in Australian home Dec.20   New York Gunman kills two New York policemen   A gunman has shot dead two police officers sitting inside a patrol car in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighbourhood before killing himself Dec.21  Northern Iraq  Kurds take key town from ISIS  Tunisia  Tunisia veteran claims election win  France  Driver attacks French pedestrians Dec.22  North Korea  Internet crashes in North Korea Dec.23  Los Angeles  US cinemas to screen The Interview Dec.24   Northern Syria IS captures Jordanian pilot after warplane crashes in Syria  Northern Syria  ISIS not responsible for downing of Jordanian fighter jet   USA Sony comedy The Interview opens Dec.25  Vatican  Pope's message: Iraq and Syria suffered too long   Aceh Tsunami-hit nations mark anniversary  Northern Iraq  ISIS governor of Mosul killed in coalition airstrikes 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  Greece  Italy ferry fire: Evacuation hampered by winds  Malaysia  AirAsia: Boss 'devastated' by missing Indonesia jet  Indonesia  Search resumes for AirAsia plane  Indonesia  Missing plane likely at bottom of sea Dec.29  Scotland  Scotland confirms case of Ebola  Greece  Italy ferry death toll rises to 10  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   Indonesian officials have confirmed that bodies and debris found in the Java Sea off Borneo are from AirAsia flight that went missing on Sun...   Southern Italy Italy takes over 'migrant ship' after distress scare  UN Security Council  Security Council rejects Palestinian statehood resolution  Moscow  Kremlin critic Navalny found guilty of fraud  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



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Gunmen kill Kenya quarry workers   The attackers separated Muslims from non-Muslims and shot 36 Christians dead near the north Kenyan town of Mandera   Iran 'conducts air strikes' in Iraq   American-made F4 Phantom jets conducted air strikes against Islamic State (IS) targets in eastern Iraq during recent days Federal probe into NY chokehold case Map of Tompkinsville Staten Island New York New York


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December 1 ... more > Top ^

Dec.1  Colombia  Colombia's Gen Alzate resigns
 England  HIV evolving 'into milder form'
  Kenya  
 Liberia  More economic woe for Ebola nations


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Dec.2  Jerusalem  Netanyahu orders ministers out, sets stage for new elections
  Iraq  
 Sydney  Hughes funeral held in Australia


December 3 ... more > Top ^

Dec.3   New York  
  The Justice Dept is to launch a civil rights investigation into the death of a black man who died after being placed in a headlock by a white police officer
  Global World on course for warmest year  Florida  Orion 'Mars ship' set for test flight

December 4 ... more > Top ^

Dec.4  Philippines  Typhoon Hagupit strengthens as it nears Philippines  Washington  US reveals Yemen hostage rescue bid   New York New protests over Eric Garner death


December 5 ... 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 Party
  China China surpasses U.S. to become largest world economy
 Uruguay  Uruguay set to take six Guantanamo prisoners  New York  Grand jury to consider NYC shooting  Philippines  Thousands flee Typhoon Hagupit   Southern Philippines Swiss hostage flees in Philippines

December 6 ... more > Top ^

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
  Yemen     Hostages killed in Yemen rescue bid   UK-born US journalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie have been killed by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen during a failed rescue...  Tribal Areas  Al-Qaeda chief 'killed in Pakistan'   Philippines Typhoon sweeps across Philippines  Mexico  Mexico missing student 'identified'

December 7 ... more > Top ^

Dec.7   Philippines   Typhoon sweeps across Philippines
Map of Tacloban Philippines
  Hagupit is sweeping across the Philippines, toppling trees and power lines and threatening areas with heavy rain, flooding and mudslides
  Damascus   Israeli jets 'strike near Damascus'   Israel has been accused of carrying out two air strikes on Syria near the capital Damascus, according to Syrian and Lebanese television repo...   Yemen African migrant boat capsizes off Yemen, 70 dead  New Delhi  Indian Uber driver arrested after alleged rape   Philippines Philippines Typhoon Hagupit weakens

December 8 ... more > Top ^

Dec.8  CIA  CIA report prompts US security alert  Global  Halving of malaria deaths celebrated

December 9 ... more > Top ^

Dec.9   U.S. Senate   CIA lied over 'brutal' interrogations
  The CIA carried out 'brutal' interrogations of al-Qaeda suspects in the years after the 9/11 attacks on the US, a US Senate report has said
 Washington  CIA report sparks prosecution calls

December 10 ... more > Top ^

Dec.10   West Bank   Palestinian minister died at protest   Ziyad Abu Ein, a senior Palestinian Authority official, died after a confrontation with Israeli troops  Kabul  Afghanistan decries CIA 'violations'  Hong Kong  HK police move on main protest camp

December 11 ... more > Top ^

Dec.11  CIA  CIA boss defends post 9/11 tactics  Somalia  At least 50 dead after drinking from contaminated well   Hong Kong   Arrests as Admiralty site is cleared   More than 200 activists have been arrested in Hong Kong after police cleared the main pro-democracy protest camp at Admiralty   Rio de Janeiro Brazil killer alleges 42 victims
 Venezuela  Death toll in Venezuelan prison overdose up to 48   South Korea   Korean Air chair apologies over daughter's nut rage  Cho Yang-ho apologized for the behavior of his adult daughter who delayed a flight in an incident now dubbed 'nut rage'   House of Representatives US House passes $1.1tn budget bill

December 12 ... more > Top ^

Dec.12   Jerusalem Palestinian throws acid at Jewish family
  London UK flights hit by computer failure  Peru  Final push at key climate summit  Indonesia  3 people killed, 107 missing after landslide in Indonesia   Peru Climate summit goes into overtime

December 13 ... more > Top ^

Dec.13  Helmand  Afghanistan attacks kill 20 on day of violence  Sweden  Commercial plane in near-miss with unidentified aircraft  China  3 kindergartners die in building collapse in China

December 14 ... more > Top ^

Dec.14   Istanbul   Turkey raids target media critics
  Turkish police have made at least 23 arrests during raids on a newspaper and TV station with close ties to US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen
  Peru   Deal reached at UN climate talks Map of Lima Peru
  United Nations members have have approved a framework for setting national pledges to be submitted to a summit next year
 Tokyo  Japan's ruling party heads for election landslide  Congo  129 drown after boat sinks on lake   Sydney   Gunman takes hostages in Lindt café
Map of Martin Place Sydney Australia
  At least one gunman has taken several people hostage at a cafe in Sydney. Pictures on TV a black flag with Arabic writing
 3 dead, including gunman, after raid ends Sydney hostage situation. Man Haron Monis, an Iranian also known for sending hate mail to the families of fallen soldiers, was holed up with the captives


December 15 ... more > Top ^

Dec.15  Sydney  Australia begins siege investigation into deaths   Sydney Abbott pays tribute to siege dead


December 16 ... more > Top ^

Dec.16   Peshawar     Taliban attack at school killed 132 children and 9 staff
Map of Army Public School Peshawar Pakistan
  The horrific attack in Peshawar, carried out by a relatively small number of militants from the Tehreek-e-Taliban group
 The attack was carried out by 7 Taliban attackers, all wearing bomb vests. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared three days of mourning and Pakistan's army struck at militants in the region
 Yemen  Yemen car bomb attacks 'kill 15 children'   Peshawar Pakistan mourns its school dead  South Vietnam  12 Vietnam workers trapped in collapsed tunnel

December 17 ... more > Top ^

Dec.17   Washington   US and Cuba seek to normalise ties
  US and Cuba are to start talks to normalise diplomatic ties in a historic shift in relations between the two countries, US officials say
  Moscow Russia's shock-and-awe move fails to halt ruble collapse
  Los Angeles   Sony cancels The Interview release
  Sony Pictures cancels 25 December release of North Korea film The Interview after cinemas decide not to screen it
  Colombia     Farc rebels declare indefinite unilateral truce  Colombia's Farc rebels have declared a unilateral ceasefire for an indefinite period, starting from Saturday  Cuba  Castro urges US to lift Cuba embargo

December 18 ... more > Top ^

Dec.18   Northern Nigeria     '200 villagers' kidnapped in Nigeria   Boko Haram militants have stormed a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping about 200   Queensland   Eight children found in Australian home Map of Cairns Queensland Australia
  Police said a 34-year-old woman had been taken to hospital with stab wounds but was stable
 Northern Iraq  Kurds 'break IS mountain siege'

December 19 ... more > Top ^

Dec.19  Queensland  Australian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children  Los Angeles  Sony 'will not drop' North Korea film The Interview

December 20 ... more > Top ^

Dec.20  North Korea  N Korea seeks joint Sony hack probe   New York   Gunman kills two New York policemen
Map of Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn New York
  A gunman has shot dead two police officers sitting inside a patrol car in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighbourhood before killing himself


December 21 ... more > Top ^

Dec.21   Northern Iraq Kurds take key town from ISIS
 Washington  US mulls putting NK on terror list   Tunisia   Tunisia veteran claims election win   Beji Caid Essebsi has claimed victory in the country's first free presidential election, with exit polls suggesting he won 55.5% of the vote   France   Driver attacks French pedestrians   A driver shouting the Islamic phrase 'God is great' in Arabic has run down pedestrians in Dijon, France, injuring 11  Tunisia  Tunisia candidate refuses to concede

December 22 ... more > Top ^

Dec.22  New York  NYC police chief backs mayor   North Korea   Internet crashes in North Korea  North Korea has been suffering severe internet outages, with one analyst saying the country's access to the web was entirely cut  Scotland  Six die in Glasgow road incident  North Korea  North Korea partially back online

December 23 ... more > Top ^

Dec.23  Kiev  Ukraine votes to drop neutral status   Los Angeles US cinemas to screen The Interview
 North East India  Rebels in northeast India kill 27  Washington  Obama hails The Interview screenings  Sydney  Arrests in Sydney anti-terror raid

December 24 ... more > Top ^

Dec.24   Northern Syria     IS captures Jordanian pilot after warplane crashes in Syria
Map of Raqqa Syria
  Islamic State (IS) militants have captured Moaz al-Kasaesbeh, the pilot of a Jordanian warplane that crashed in northern Syria.    ISIS claimed it had shot down the jet with a...
 Hong Kong  Hong Kong crash sparks money grab  Missouri  St Louis unrest after police killing   Northern Syria ISIS not responsible for downing of Jordanian fighter jet   USA   Sony comedy The Interview opens
  The comedy The Interview has opened in some US cinemas and online, after a cyber-attack and row over its release


December 25 ... more > Top ^

Dec.25   Vatican     Pope's message: Iraq and Syria suffered too long   Pope Francis wants to bring hope to Christians and other ethnic and religious groups suffering 'brutal persecution' in Iraq and Syria  Jordan  Father urges IS to show mercy for captured Jordan pilot   Aceh     Tsunami-hit nations mark anniversary
Map of Banda Aceh Indonesia
  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
  Northern Iraq ISIS governor of Mosul killed in coalition airstrikes

December 26 ... more > Top ^

Dec.26  Donbass  Ukraine and rebels trade prisoners  Northern Syria  Syria bombs 'kill dozens in IS area'   Malaysia   Severe flooding hits Malaysia's east   Malaysia is battling some of the worst floods in decades along its east coast, with more than 100,000 people forced to leave their homes   North Korea N Korea berates Obama over film


December 27 ... more > Top ^

Dec.27  New York  Huge funeral for New York policeman  Malaysia  Flooding: PM Najib Razak pledges extra funds   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


December 28 ... more > Top ^

Dec.28   Greece   Italy ferry fire: Evacuation hampered by winds   One person died while attempting to escape a blazing ferry stranded in the Adriatic Sea. Gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered the evacu...   Malaysia AirAsia: Boss 'devastated' by missing Indonesia jet
  Indonesia Search resumes for AirAsia plane   Indonesia     Missing plane likely at bottom of sea   Indonesia's top rescue official believes the missing AirAsia jet is likely at the bottom of the sea, based on radar data from the plane's last...  Greece  Scores await rescue from Italy ferry

December 29 ... more > Top ^

Dec.29  London  Jumbo jet lands safely after scare   Scotland     Scotland confirms case of Ebola   Health officials in Glasgow, Scotland, have confirmed a case. The patient is a health care worker who returned from Sierra Leone   Greece Italy ferry death toll rises to 10
  Indonesia Search for AirAsia plane expanded  Indonesia  US destroyer to join search for missing AirAsia plane   Indonesia     Debris possibly linked to missing AirAsia jet spotted   Debris possibly linked to missing AirAsia jet has been spotted in the Java Sea, Indonesia Search and Rescue says

December 30 ... more > Top ^

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
  Southern Italy     Italy takes over 'migrant ship' after distress scare Map of Gallipoli Italy
  Rescuers from the Italian navy and coast guard have taken control of a cargo ship Blue Sky M thought to be carrying hundreds of migrants
  UN Security Council   Security Council rejects Palestinian statehood resolution   The council, in a 8-2 vote voted down a Palestinian statehood resolution that set a deadline for the withdrawal of Israeli forces from territories...   Moscow Kremlin critic Navalny found guilty of fraud   Indonesia Bad weather hampers AirAsia recovery  Western Canada  Canadian police investigating 9 deaths at 3 crime scenes   Indonesia   6 bodies recovered from AirAsia crash   A massive hunt for the 162 victims of Flight 8501 resumed, with 6 bodies, including a flight attendant identified by her red uniform, recove...

December 31 ... more > Top ^

Dec.31   Indonesia AirAsia victims remembered at vigil
 Indonesia  Bad weather wreaks havoc on search for victims of AirAsia disaster  Shanghai  35 killed, 42 injured in Shanghai stampede   Indonesia More bad weather hits AirAsia search  Global  New Year's celebrations around the world


  Iran 'conducts air strikes' in Iraq   American-made F4 Phantom jets conducted air strikes against Islamic State (IS) targets in eastern Iraq during recent days Israeli jets 'strike near Damascus'   Israel has been accused of carrying out two air strikes on Syria near the capital Damascus, according to Syrian and Lebanese television repo...   Farc rebels declare indefinite unilateral truce  Colombia's Farc rebels have declared a unilateral ceasefire for an indefinite period, starting from Saturday Kurds take key town from ISIS   IS captures Jordanian pilot after warplane crashes in Syria Map of Raqqa Syria




World, December 2014 War & Army Timeline ... See World War & Army timeline Top ^
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Dec.1  Colombia  Colombia's Gen Alzate resigns
Dec.2   Iraq
Dec.4  Washington  US reveals Yemen hostage rescue bid
Dec.7   Damascus
Dec.13  Sweden  Commercial plane in near-miss with unidentified aircraft
Dec.17   Colombia
Dec.18  Northern Iraq  Kurds 'break IS mountain siege'
Dec.21   Northern Iraq
Dec.23  Kiev  Ukraine votes to drop neutral status
Dec.23  North East India  Rebels in northeast India kill 27
Dec.24   Northern Syria
  Islamic State (IS) militants have captured Moaz al-Kasaesbeh, the pilot of a Jordanian warplane that crashed in northern Syria.    ISIS claimed it had shot down the jet with a...
Dec.24   Northern Syria ISIS not responsible for downing of Jordanian fighter jet Dec.25  Jordan  Father urges IS to show mercy for captured Jordan pilot Dec.25   Northern Iraq ISIS governor of Mosul killed in coalition airstrikes Dec.26  Donbass  Ukraine and rebels trade prisoners Dec.26  Northern Syria  Syria bombs 'kill dozens in IS area' Dec.29  Indonesia  US destroyer to join search for missing AirAsia plane Dec.30   Southern Italy   Italy takes over 'migrant ship' after distress scare Map of Gallipoli Italy
  Rescuers from the Italian navy and coast guard have taken control of a cargo ship Blue Sky M thought to be carrying hundreds of migrants




World, December 2014 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
2014 Dec.1  England  HIV evolving 'into milder form' Dec.1  Liberia  More economic woe for Ebola nations Dec.3   Global World on course for warmest year
Dec.4  Philippines  Typhoon Hagupit strengthens as it nears Philippines Dec.5  Philippines  Thousands flee Typhoon Hagupit 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 Map of Tacloban Philippines
  Hagupit is sweeping across the Philippines, toppling trees and power lines and threatening areas with heavy rain, flooding and mudslides
Dec.7   Yemen African migrant boat capsizes off Yemen, 70 dead Dec.7   Philippines Philippines Typhoon Hagupit weakens Dec.8  Global  Halving of malaria deaths celebrated Dec.11  Somalia  At least 50 dead after drinking from contaminated well Dec.11  Venezuela  Death toll in Venezuelan prison overdose up to 48 Dec.12   London UK flights hit by computer failure Dec.12  Indonesia  3 people killed, 107 missing after landslide in Indonesia Dec.13  Sweden  Commercial plane in near-miss with unidentified aircraft Dec.13  China  3 kindergartners die in building collapse in China Dec.14  Congo  129 drown after boat sinks on lake Dec.16  South Vietnam  12 Vietnam workers trapped in collapsed tunnel Dec.22  Scotland  Six die in Glasgow road incident Dec.22  North Korea  North Korea partially back online Dec.24  Hong Kong  Hong Kong crash sparks money grab Dec.25   Aceh   Tsunami-hit nations mark anniversary Map of Banda Aceh Indonesia
  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   Malaysia is battling some of the worst floods in decades along its east coast, with more than 100,000 people forced to leave their homes Dec.27  Malaysia  Flooding: PM Najib Razak pledges extra funds 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   Greece Italy ferry fire: Evacuation hampered by winds   One person died while attempting to escape a blazing ferry stranded in the Adriatic Sea. Gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered the evacu... 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   Indonesia's top rescue official believes the missing AirAsia jet is likely at the bottom of the sea, based on radar data from the plane's last... Dec.28  Greece  Scores await rescue from Italy ferry Dec.29  London  Jumbo jet lands safely after scare Dec.29   Scotland   Scotland confirms case of Ebola   Health officials in Glasgow, Scotland, have confirmed a case. The patient is a health care worker who returned from Sierra Leone Dec.29   Greece Italy ferry death toll rises to 10 Dec.29   Indonesia Search for AirAsia plane expanded Dec.29  Indonesia  US destroyer to join search for missing AirAsia plane Dec.29   Indonesia   Debris possibly linked to missing AirAsia jet spotted   Debris possibly linked to missing AirAsia jet has been spotted in the Java Sea, Indonesia Search and Rescue says 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   Southern Italy   Italy takes over 'migrant ship' after distress scare Map of Gallipoli Italy
  Rescuers from the Italian navy and coast guard have taken control of a cargo ship Blue Sky M thought to be carrying hundreds of migrants
Dec.30   Indonesia Bad weather hampers AirAsia recovery Dec.30   Indonesia 6 bodies recovered from AirAsia crash   A massive hunt for the 162 victims of Flight 8501 resumed, with 6 bodies, including a flight attendant identified by her red uniform, recove... Dec.31   Indonesia AirAsia victims remembered at vigil Dec.31  Indonesia  Bad weather wreaks havoc on search for victims of AirAsia disaster Dec.31  Shanghai  35 killed, 42 injured in Shanghai stampede Dec.31   Indonesia More bad weather hits AirAsia search



World, December 2014 Sports Timeline ... See World Sports timeline Top ^
2014 Dec.2  Sydney  Hughes funeral held in Australia



World, December 2014 Business Timeline ... See World Business timeline Top ^
2014 Dec.1  Liberia  More economic woe for Ebola nations 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  Cho Yang-ho apologized for the behavior of his adult daughter who delayed a flight in an incident now dubbed 'nut rage' Dec.11   House of Representatives US House passes $1.1tn budget bill Dec.12   London UK flights hit by computer failure Dec.17   Moscow Russia's shock-and-awe move fails to halt ruble collapse Dec.17   Los Angeles Sony cancels The Interview release
  Sony Pictures cancels 25 December release of North Korea film The Interview after cinemas decide not to screen it
Dec.19  Los Angeles  Sony 'will not drop' North Korea film The Interview Dec.20  North Korea  N Korea seeks joint Sony hack probe Dec.22   North Korea Internet crashes in North Korea  North Korea has been suffering severe internet outages, with one analyst saying the country's access to the web was entirely cut Dec.22  North Korea  North Korea partially back online Dec.23   Los Angeles US cinemas to screen The Interview
Dec.23  Washington  Obama hails The Interview screenings Dec.24   USA Sony comedy The Interview opens
  The comedy The Interview has opened in some US cinemas and online, after a cyber-attack and row over its release
Dec.28   Malaysia AirAsia: Boss 'devastated' by missing Indonesia jet
Dec.31  Global  New Year's celebrations around the world



World, December 2014 Crime Timeline ... See World Crime timeline Top ^
2014 Dec.1   Kenya Gunmen kill Kenya quarry workers   The attackers separated Muslims from non-Muslims and shot 36 Christians dead near the north Kenyan town of Mandera Dec.3   New York Federal probe into NY chokehold case
Map of Tompkinsville Staten Island New York New York
  The Justice Dept is to launch a civil rights investigation into the death of a black man who died after being placed in a headlock by a white police officer
Dec.4  Washington  US reveals Yemen hostage rescue bid 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 Party
Dec.5  Uruguay  Uruguay set to take six Guantanamo prisoners Dec.5  New York  Grand jury to consider NYC shooting Dec.5   Southern Philippines Swiss hostage flees in Philippines
Dec.6   Yemen   Hostages killed in Yemen rescue bid   UK-born US journalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie have been killed by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen during a failed rescue... Dec.6  Tribal Areas  Al-Qaeda chief 'killed in Pakistan' Dec.6  Mexico  Mexico missing student 'identified' Dec.7  New Delhi  Indian Uber driver arrested after alleged rape Dec.11   Hong Kong Arrests as Admiralty site is cleared   More than 200 activists have been arrested in Hong Kong after police cleared the main pro-democracy protest camp at Admiralty Dec.11   Rio de Janeiro Brazil killer alleges 42 victims Dec.11  Venezuela  Death toll in Venezuelan prison overdose up to 48 Dec.12   Jerusalem Palestinian throws acid at Jewish family Dec.13  Helmand  Afghanistan attacks kill 20 on day of violence Dec.14   Sydney Gunman takes hostages in Lindt café Map of Martin Place Sydney Australia
  At least one gunman has taken several people hostage at a cafe in Sydney. Pictures on TV a black flag with Arabic writing
 3 dead, including gunman, after raid ends Sydney hostage situation. Man Haron Monis, an Iranian also known for sending hate mail to the families of fallen soldiers, was holed up with the captives
Dec.15  Sydney  Australia begins siege investigation into deaths Dec.15   Sydney Abbott pays tribute to siege dead Dec.16   Peshawar   Taliban attack at school killed 132 children and 9 staff Map of Army Public School Peshawar Pakistan
  The horrific attack in Peshawar, carried out by a relatively small number of militants from the Tehreek-e-Taliban group
 The attack was carried out by 7 Taliban attackers, all wearing bomb vests. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared three days of mourning and Pakistan's army struck at militants in the region
Dec.16  Yemen  Yemen car bomb attacks 'kill 15 children' Dec.16   Peshawar Pakistan mourns its school dead Dec.18   Northern Nigeria   '200 villagers' kidnapped in Nigeria   Boko Haram militants have stormed a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping about 200 Dec.18   Queensland Eight children found in Australian home Map of Cairns Queensland Australia
  Police said a 34-year-old woman had been taken to hospital with stab wounds but was stable
Dec.19  Queensland  Australian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children Dec.20  North Korea  N Korea seeks joint Sony hack probe Dec.20   New York Gunman kills two New York policemen Map of Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn New York
  A gunman has shot dead two police officers sitting inside a patrol car in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighbourhood before killing himself
Dec.21  Washington  US mulls putting NK on terror list Dec.21   France Driver attacks French pedestrians   A driver shouting the Islamic phrase 'God is great' in Arabic has run down pedestrians in Dijon, France, injuring 11 Dec.23  Sydney  Arrests in Sydney anti-terror raid Dec.24  Hong Kong  Hong Kong crash sparks money grab Dec.24  Missouri  St Louis unrest after police killing Dec.27  New York  Huge funeral for New York policeman Dec.30   Moscow Kremlin critic Navalny found guilty of fraud Dec.30  Western Canada  Canadian police investigating 9 deaths at 3 crime scenes



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2014 Dec.1  Colombia  Colombia's Gen Alzate resigns Dec.2  Jerusalem  Netanyahu orders ministers out, sets stage for new elections Dec.3   New York Federal probe into NY chokehold case
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  The Justice Dept is to launch a civil rights investigation into the death of a black man who died after being placed in a headlock by a white police officer
Dec.3  Florida  Orion 'Mars ship' set for test flight Dec.4   New York New protests over Eric Garner death 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 Party
Dec.8  CIA  CIA report prompts US security alert Dec.9   U.S. Senate CIA lied over 'brutal' interrogations
  The CIA carried out 'brutal' interrogations of al-Qaeda suspects in the years after the 9/11 attacks on the US, a US Senate report has said
Dec.9  Washington  CIA report sparks prosecution calls Dec.10   West Bank Palestinian minister died at protest   Ziyad Abu Ein, a senior Palestinian Authority official, died after a confrontation with Israeli troops Dec.10  Kabul  Afghanistan decries CIA 'violations' Dec.10  Hong Kong  HK police move on main protest camp Dec.11  CIA  CIA boss defends post 9/11 tactics Dec.11   Hong Kong Arrests as Admiralty site is cleared   More than 200 activists have been arrested in Hong Kong after police cleared the main pro-democracy protest camp at Admiralty Dec.11   House of Representatives US House passes $1.1tn budget bill
Dec.12  Peru  Final push at key climate summit Dec.12   Peru Climate summit goes into overtime Dec.14   Istanbul Turkey raids target media critics
  Turkish police have made at least 23 arrests during raids on a newspaper and TV station with close ties to US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen
Dec.14   Peru Deal reached at UN climate talks
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  United Nations members have have approved a framework for setting national pledges to be submitted to a summit next year
Dec.14  Tokyo  Japan's ruling party heads for election landslide Dec.15   Sydney Abbott pays tribute to siege dead Dec.16   Peshawar Pakistan mourns its school dead Dec.17   Washington US and Cuba seek to normalise ties
  US and Cuba are to start talks to normalise diplomatic ties in a historic shift in relations between the two countries, US officials say
Dec.17  Cuba  Castro urges US to lift Cuba embargo Dec.21  Washington  US mulls putting NK on terror list Dec.21   Tunisia Tunisia veteran claims election win   Beji Caid Essebsi has claimed victory in the country's first free presidential election, with exit polls suggesting he won 55.5% of the vote Dec.21  Tunisia  Tunisia candidate refuses to concede Dec.22  New York  NYC police chief backs mayor Dec.23  Kiev  Ukraine votes to drop neutral status Dec.23  Washington  Obama hails The Interview screenings Dec.24  Missouri  St Louis unrest after police killing Dec.25   Vatican   Pope's message: Iraq and Syria suffered too long   Pope Francis wants to bring hope to Christians and other ethnic and religious groups suffering 'brutal persecution' in Iraq and Syria Dec.25   Aceh   Tsunami-hit nations mark anniversary
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  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.27  New York  Huge funeral for New York policeman Dec.27  Malaysia  Flooding: PM Najib Razak pledges extra funds Dec.30   UN Security Council Security Council rejects Palestinian statehood resolution   The council, in a 8-2 vote voted down a Palestinian statehood resolution that set a deadline for the withdrawal of Israeli forces from territories... Dec.30   Moscow Kremlin critic Navalny found guilty of fraud Dec.31   Indonesia AirAsia victims remembered at vigil