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B. 01-19 Clashes in Kiev after protest ban Kiev
C. 01-22 Syria defiant at conference; Kerry rules out al-Assad Switzerland
D. 02-07 Sochi 2014: Winter Olympics opens with glittering ceremony Fisht Stadium, Sochi
E. 02-09 Swiss narrowly back migration curbs Switzerland
5. 02-09 Giraffe killed despite campaign Copenhagen, Denmark
6. 02-12 Storm with 106-mph gusts slams flooded Britain Somerset Levels, England
H. 02-18 Police storm main Kiev protest camp Independence Square, Kiev
I. 02-21 Deal signed to end Ukraine crisis Kiev
02-22 Ukraine MPs vote to oust president Kiev

Summary.     Click for More > Russian troops seize govt buildings in Crimea   Dozens of armed men seized the regional government administration building and parliament and raised the Russian flag Crimea lawmakers vote to join Russia Russia reportedly seizes a Ukrainian military base in Crimea Two aboard missing Malaysia Airlines jet traveling with stolen passports Crimea referendum: Voters 'back Russia union'
Clashes in Kiev after protest ban Syria defiant at conference; Kerry rules out al-Assad Sochi 2014: Winter Olympics opens with glittering ceremony   Athletes from 87 nations paraded before 40,000 people in the Fisht Stadium before president Vladimir Putin declared the Games open Swiss narrowly back migration curbs Giraffe killed despite campaign Storm with 106-mph gusts slams flooded Britain Police storm main Kiev protest camp   Police are storming the main protest camp in the capital, which has been occupied since November. Explosions are taking place Deal signed to end Ukraine crisis   Ukraine MPs vote to oust president
Jan.17  Vatican  Ex-Pope defrocked nearly 400 priests
Jan.19   Kiev
Jan.22   Switzerland
Jan.25  Kiev  Yanukovych offers jobs to opposition
 Paris  Hollande confirms Trierweiler split
Jan.28  Kiev  Ukraine government resigns
Jan.29  Kiev  Ukraine passes protest amnesty law
Jan.30  Northern Italy  Amanda Knox found guilty of murder again
Jan.31  Geneva  Syria talks end in recriminations
 Kiev  Ukraine activist 'was tortured'
Feb.3  Moscow  Two killed in Moscow school shooting
Feb.6  Ukraine  Leaked Ukraine call embarrasses US
Feb.7   Sochi
Feb.9   Switzerland
  Denmark
Feb.10  Geneva  New round of Syria peace talks begins in Geneva
Feb.12   England
Feb.13  Brussels  Belgian children may be able to choose death
Feb.16  Geneva  Co-pilot hijacks plane, flies to Geneva, seeks asylum
Feb.17  Rome  Italian president asks Renzi to form government
Feb.18   Kiev
Feb.20  Kiev  Ukraine sanctions imposed amid clashes
Feb.21   Kiev
Feb.22  Eastern Ukraine  Ukraine ex-PM Tymoshenko freed
  Kiev
  Ukrainian MPs have voted to oust President Yanukovych and hold early presidential elections on 25 May
 The vote came after police stopped guarding presidential buildings, allowing protesters in. Yanukovych said it was a 'coup' and vowed not to stand down. Yulia Tymoshenko was released from detention, hours after MPs authorised the move
Feb.23  Kiev  Ukraine appoints interim president
 Sochi  Olympics closing ceremony is trip through Russian culture
Feb.26  Crimea  Rival rallies in Ukraine's Crimea
 Ukraine  Russia orders surprise military exercises
Feb.27   Crimea
 Crimea  Armed men take airport in Ukraine's Crimea
Feb.28  Russia  Viktor Yanukovych: I'm still Ukraine's President
Mar.1  Moscow  Russia approves troops for Ukraine
Mar.2  Kiev  Ukraine calls full army mobilisation
 Crimea  New Ukraine navy chief defects
Mar.3  Ukraine  Russia 'gives Crimea ultimatum'
 Crimea  Russia tightens grip over Crimea
Mar.4  Moscow  Russia has no plans to annex Ukraine's Crimea
Mar.5  Paris  Top diplomats seek Ukraine solution
Mar.6   Crimea
 European Union  'Illegal' Crimean referendum condemned
Mar.7   Crimea
Mar.8   Italy
Mar.11  Istanbul  Clashes as Turkish boy dies in coma
Mar.14  London  Kerry, Lavrov hold last-ditch talks
 London  No Ukraine accord in US-Russia talks
Mar.16   Crimea
  Some 95.5% of voters in Crimea have supported joining Russia, officials say. after half the votes have been counted in a disputed referendum.    The EU and US condemned it as illegal. Russia's Vladimir Putin has said he will resp...
Mar.17   European Union EU and US impose Crimea sanctions   Moscow Vladimir Putin recognises Crimea as nation Mar.18  Moscow  Putin signs Russia-Crimea treaty  Crimea  Ukraine officer 'killed in attack on Crimea base' Mar.19  Crimea  Pro-Russians storm Ukrainian navy base in Crimea Mar.20   Turkey Twitter 'blocked' in Turkey Mar.21  Brussels  Ukraine signs EU trade pact Mar.22   Crimea Forces storm Ukrainian military bases   Six Russian special forces' armored personnel carriers broke through the gates of Belbek Airbase, firing warning shots into the air Mar.23  Turkey  Turkish PM says jets shoot down Syrian warplane Mar.24  Kiev  Ukraine orders Crimea troop withdrawal Mar.30  Paris  US-Russia deadlock on Ukraine crisis Mar.31  Russia  Putin says he's pulling some troops back from Ukrainian border Apr.1  Brussels  NATO chief Rasmussen says no Russian troop withdrawal seen  Brussels  NATO suspends Russia cooperation Apr.3  Kiev  Kiev report blames Yanukovych for protest deaths Apr.6   Donbass Pro-Russians storm government office in Donetsk Map of Donetsk Ukraine
  Pro-Russian protesters have stormed the regional administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk
Apr.13   Eastern Ukraine Ukraine launches 'anti-terrorist operation' Apr.14  Donbass  Fresh pro-Russian attack in Ukraine Apr.15  Donbass  Ukraine begins 'anti-terror' action Apr.16  Donbass  Militants, army face off in east amid soaring tensions  Donbass  Military column 'seized' in Kramatorsk Apr.17  Geneva  Deal struck to calm Ukraine crisis Apr.19  Kiev  Ukraine calls Easter truce in east Apr.23  Eastern Ukraine  Ukraine to target militants in 4 cities  Poland  U.S. paratroopers in Poland amid crisis Apr.24  Donbass  5 die as government forces clash with pro-Russians Apr.25  Highway 2014 Pro Russian Conflict in Ukraine  Western leaders consider new Russia sanctions Apr.26   Donbass Ukraine crisis: Observers held captive Apr.27  Vatican  Vatican declares two popes saints Apr.29  Donbass  Pro-Russia activists seize Luhansk HQ Apr.30  Donbass  Kiev 'helpless' to quell parts of east   Northern Ireland Gerry Adams held over 1972 murder May.1  Donbass  Pro-Russian group seizes Donetsk office  Donbass  Government forces 'move on Sloviansk' May.2  Donbass  'Many dead' in Ukraine offensive   Ukraine Police: 38 dead in protest-linked Odessa fire May.3  Donbass  Abducted military observers freed in east Ukraine May.5  Donbass  Rebels 'retreating' in Sloviansk May.7  Moscow  Putin 'backs' Ukraine election May.9  Highway 2014 Pro Russian Conflict in Ukraine  Russia's Putin visits annexed Crimea May.11   Eastern Ukraine Ukraine rebels hold self-rule vote  Donbass  Ukraine rebels claim poll victory May.13   Turkey Explosion at mine in western Turkey left 200 workers dead   The blast, followed by a fire, occurred at a coal mine. A huge rescue operation is under way to reach hundreds more trapped miners May.17  Paris  Leaders declare 'war' on Boko Haram  Turkey  Turkish search efforts end after last bodies found in mine   Bosnia Thousands flee, 25 die in record Balkan floods May.19  Russia  Putin orders Ukraine border pullout May.24   Brussels Brussels fatal gun attack at Jewish museum   A gunman has shot dead three people at the Jewish Museum in the Belgian capital, officials say. A fourth person was seriously wounded  Portugal  Real Madrid win Champions League May.25   France Eurosceptic 'earthquake' rocks EU   The National Front has come first in France's elections to the European Parliament in what PM Manuel Valls has declared a 'political earthqu...   Kiev Petro Poroshenko claims Ukraine presidency May.27  Donbass  Dozens die as Donetsk airport 'retaken' May.29  Donbass  Ukraine helicopter downed - 14 dead May.31  Southern France  Frenchman 'held over Brussels killings' Jun.2   Madrid King Juan Carlos of Spain abdicates Jun.6   France D-Day anniversary: Veterans mark historic invasion Jun.7  Kiev  Poroshenko sworn in and sets out peace plan Jun.8  Paris  Rafael Nadal clinches record ninth French Open title Jun.13  Donbass  Military plane shot down in Luhansk Jun.16  Russia  Russia cuts gas supply to Ukraine after deadline passes Jun.19  Bavaria  German caver Johann Westhauser surfaces  Bulgaria  10 die in flooding in Bulgaria after heavy rain Jun.20   Kiev Ukraine's president orders 1-week unilateral cease-fire Jun.27   Brussels Ukraine hails EU's 'historic pact' with ex-Soviet states Jun.30  Kiev  Ukrainian president ends unilateral ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists Jul.1   Paris Sarkozy held over influence claims Jul.4  Germany  Germany arrests 'suspected US spy' Jul.5   Donbass Donetsk rebels in mass withdrawal Jul.10  Berlin  Germany expels U.S. Embassy official Jul.11  Donbass  19 Ukrainian troops killed in missile attack Jul.14  Donbass  Ukraine plane hit near Russia border Jul.16  European Union  Ukraine crisis: US and EU boost sanctions on Russia Jul.17   Donbass   Malaysia airliner crashes in east Ukraine near Russia border Map of Grabovo Donetsk Ukraine
  A Malaysian airliner reportedly with 295 people on board has crashed near the Russian border, on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur
 Malaysia Airlines lost contact with Flight MH17. All 295 passengers and crew are believed dead as a nairliner crashes in the east Ukraine conflict zone, amid claims of a missile attack An aviation source in Moscow said the plane had been found burning on the ground in east Ukraine Separatist rebels have been fighting government forces in the region
Jul.18  Donbass  Monitors find confusion, hostility at Malaysia Airlines crash site Jul.21  Donbass  Pro-Russian rebels hand over black boxes, release victims' remains Jul.22  Donbass  MH17 remains 'still at crash site' Jul.23   Netherlands MH17 victims arrive in Netherlands  Donbass  Two military jets shot down over Donetsk Jul.24  Donbass  Russia 'fired rockets into Ukraine' Jul.27  Northern Italy  Costa Concordia makes final voyage Aug.1  Donbass  70 international experts search Ukraine MH17 crash site Aug.3  France  French and German leaders mark WW1 anniversary Aug.6  European Union  Rosetta goes into orbit around comet  Moscow  Putin orders retaliatory sanctions Aug.10  Turkey  President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hails new era for Turkey Aug.11   Moscow Putin taunts West with humanitarian convoy in eastern Ukraine Aug.22   Donbass Russian convoy rolls into Ukraine Aug.24  Donbass  Donetsk rebels parade captured soldiers Aug.25  Kiev  President calls snap vote amid fighting Aug.28   Donbass 1,000 Russian troops have entered Ukraine Map of Novoazovsk Donetsk Ukraine
  A top Ukrainian army officer said a 'full-scale invasion' of his country was under way, as a U.S. say up to 1,000 Russian troops had crossed the border.    President Obama accuses Russia of being responsible for the violenc...
Aug.30  Brussels  Ukraine crisis: EU 'must act on Russia aggression'  Brussels  EU sets Russia sanctions ultimatum Sep.1  NATO  NATO to create 'high-readiness force,' secretary-general says  Donbass  Ukraine crisis: Troops abandon Luhansk airport Sep.4  Wales  Nato summit: Russia criticised over Ukraine crisis Sep.5   Belarus Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels sign ceasefire deal   The two sides agreed to stop firing and the truce appeared to be holding. But the rebels had not changed their policy of splitting from Ukra... Sep.6  Donbass  Shelling near Mariupol threatens tense truce Sep.8  London  Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expecting second child Sep.13  London  Hostage 'death video' investigated Sep.15   Malta 500 feared dead after boat sunk off Malta coast Sep.17  Scotland  Scottish independence: Voters answer referendum question Sep.18   Scotland Scots reject independence Map of EDINBURGH United Kingdom
  Voters in Scotland turned out in unprecedented numbers and early results suggested they were not in favor of ending union with England
 The 'No' side has an unassailable lead of 1,877,252 votes to 1,512,688. Nationally, the margin of victory is about 55% to 45%. Glasgow voted in favour of independence. Edinburgh, the nation's capital, rejected independence
Sep.19  Belarus  Ukraine deal with pro-Russian rebels at Minsk talks  Scotland  Scottish referendum: Salmond to quit after Scots vote No Oct.6  Madrid  Nurse infected with Ebola in Spain Oct.8  Turkey  19 die as violent protests over ISIS sweep Turkey Oct.10   Norway Malala and Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize Oct.13  Vatican  Synod signals Catholic shift on gays Oct.18  Vatican  Pope's synod setback on gay policy Oct.19  Sweden  Russia denies submarine incident off Sweden Oct.20  Moscow  Total oil company CEO dies in Moscow plane crash Oct.26  European Union  Vulnerable European banks identified  Kiev  Pro-Western blocs 'win Ukraine poll' Oct.30  Brussels  Ukraine, Moscow clinch deal on Russian gas supply Nov.2  Donbass  Ukrainian breakaway regions hold elections Nov.9   Berlin Berlin Wall: Thousands of balloons released   Some 8,000 helium balloons have been released into the night sky over Germany's capital to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall Nov.10  London  Russian brinksmanship at Cold War levels Nov.12   European Union Space probe scores bull's-eye with comet landing  A mechanical space traveler called the Philae plunked down on its target, 67P comet - some 310 million miles from Earth Nov.13  Paris  Young tiger prowling near Disneyland Paris Nov.23  Austria  Iran talks: Diplomats ponder extending deadline Nov.27   Austria   Oil prices plunge after Opec meeting   The price of oil slumped after the Opec oil producers' cartel decided not to cut output at its meeting in Vienna Dec.14   Istanbul Turkey raids target media critics Dec.21  France  Driver attacks French pedestrians Dec.25  Vatican  Pope's message: Iraq and Syria suffered too long Dec.28  Greece  Italy ferry fire: Evacuation hampered by winds Dec.29  Scotland  Scotland confirms case of Ebola Dec.30  Southern Italy  Italy takes over 'migrant ship' after distress scare





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January 2014 ... more > Top ^
Jan.1  Czech Republic  Palestinian diplomat dies in blast
Jan.5  Portugal  Portugal football legend Eusebio dies
Jan.6  Switzerland  Merkel fractures pelvis in ski fall
Jan.8  London  Mark Duggan killing lawful, says jury
Jan.9  North Caucasus  Six deaths, car blast prompt security sweep ahead of Games in Sochi
Jan.10  Paris  French president mulls legal action over claim of affair with actress
Jan.13  Madrid  Ronaldo beats Messi to Ballon d'Or
Jan.16  Vatican  Vatican grilled by U.N. over sexual abuse
Jan.17   Vatican
Jan.19   Kiev  
  Clashes have broken out after large crowds of pro-EU demonstrators rallied in Ukraine's capital against new laws which aim to curb public protests.    Stun grenades were thrown as protesters tried to reach parliament, their way blocked by police. Vitali Kl...
Jan.22   Switzerland     Syria defiant at conference; Kerry rules out al-Assad
  'This is a Syrian conflict, and it will remain as such,' Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem told the peace conference.    A preliminary session of Syrian peace talks meant to end three years of bloodshed was...
 Kiev  3 protesters dead amid clashes with police in Kiev  Switzerland  Gulf over Assad blights Syria talks Jan.23  Kiev  Crisis talks after Ukraine bloodshed Jan.24  Kiev  Concessions fail to end Kiev unrest Jan.25   Kiev     Yanukovych offers jobs to opposition   Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych has offered the post of prime minister to opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk   Paris     Hollande confirms Trierweiler split  French President Francois Hollande has confirmed his separation from his partner Valerie Trierweiler Jan.26  Geneva  Syria talks: Civilians allowed to leave Homs old city  Geneva  Power transfer on Syria talks agenda  Kiev  Ukraine justice minister in state of emergency warning Jan.27  Kiev  Ukraine 'to scrap anti-protest law' Jan.28   Kiev     Ukraine government resigns   President Yanukovych accepted the resignation of Mykola Azarov and his government , amid a political crisis fired by violent protests Jan.29   Kiev Ukraine passes protest amnesty law
Jan.30   Northern Italy   Amanda Knox found guilty of murder again   An Italian appeals court convicted former exchange student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito on murder charges Jan.31   Geneva   Syria talks end in recriminations   The Syrian government and opposition have traded insults after a week-long peace conference in Geneva ended with no firm agreement   Kiev Ukraine activist 'was tortured'

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Feb.3   Moscow Two killed in Moscow school shooting
 European Union  Corruption across EU 'breathtaking' Feb.6  Sicily  More than 1,100 asylum seekers rescued off Italian coast   Ukraine Leaked Ukraine call embarrasses US Feb.7   Sochi   Sochi 2014: Winter Olympics opens with glittering ceremony
Map of Fisht Stadium Russia
  Athletes from 87 nations paraded before 40,000 people in the Fisht Stadium before president Vladimir Putin declared the Games open
 The Olympic flame was lit by Russian former triple gold medallists Vladislav Tretiak and Irina Rodnina as fireworks illuminated the sky. At a cost of $50bn, the Games is the most expensive Olympics in history even though Olympic ring doesn't open at the ceremony
Feb.8  Spain  Spanish princess quizzed in court Feb.9   Switzerland     Swiss narrowly back migration curbs
  Swiss voters have narrowly backed a referendum proposal to bring back strict quotas for immigration from European Union countries
  Denmark   Giraffe killed despite campaign
Map of Copenhagen Denmark
  A bid to save a young giraffe from destruction at Copenhagen Zoo has failed, and the giraffe was put down on Sunday morning
Feb.10   Geneva New round of Syria peace talks begins in Geneva Feb.12   England   Storm with 106-mph gusts slams flooded Britain Map of Somerset Levels United Kingdom
  The latest round of bad weather slammed into west coast with torrential rain. Trucks were toppled, trees were felled.    England had its wettest January since records began in 1766. The resulting floods have drenc...
Feb.13   Brussels   Belgian children may be able to choose death  The lower house of the Belgian Parliament adopted a bill that extends the right to euthanasia for minors. The law passed 86 to 44 with 12 ab... Feb.16   Geneva Co-pilot hijacks plane, flies to Geneva, seeks asylum Feb.17   Rome   Italian president asks Renzi to form government  Giorgio Napolitano has asked Matteo Renzi, the mayor of Florence, to form a new government. It follows the resignation on Friday of PM Enrico... Feb.18  Kiev  7 people killed in clashes between police and anti-government protesters   Kiev     Police storm main Kiev protest camp Map of Independence Square Ukraine
  Police are storming the main protest camp in the capital, which has been occupied since November. Explosions are taking place
 Fireworks are being thrown and large fires have broken out. At least 18 people were killed, including 7policemen. President Yanukovych blamed the violence on opposition leaders
Feb.19  European Union  Kiev bloodshed sparks sanctions push  Sochi  Video shows Pussy Riot members 'beaten by Cossacks'  Kiev  Kiev truce breaks as EU talks loom Feb.20  Kiev  At least 21 protesters dead in Kiev   Kiev Ukraine sanctions imposed amid clashes Feb.21   Kiev     Deal signed to end Ukraine crisis
  President Viktor Yanukovych, opposition leaders and representatives of the EU signed the deal after a night of difficult negotiations.    The agreement gives the government 48 hours to restore an earlier version of the country's constitution limiting the president's powers and also calls f...
 Kiev  Ukraine protesters stay despite deal Feb.22   Eastern Ukraine     Ukraine ex-PM Tymoshenko freed   The Ukrainian opposition leader and former Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, has been freed from jail  Vatican  Pope appoints 19 new cardinals   Kiev     Ukraine MPs vote to oust president
  Ukrainian MPs have voted to oust President Yanukovych and hold early presidential elections on 25 May
 The vote came after police stopped guarding presidential buildings, allowing protesters in. Yanukovych said it was a 'coup' and vowed not to stand down. Yulia Tymoshenko was released from detention, hours after MPs authorised the move
Feb.23   Kiev Ukraine appoints interim president
 Sochi  Canada beat Sweden 3-0 to win Olympic ice hockey gold   Sochi Olympics closing ceremony is trip through Russian culture Feb.24  Moscow  Russia: Ukraine leaders 'mutineers'  Kiev  Arrest warrant issued for Yanukovych Feb.25  Kiev  Ukraine leader warns of separatism Feb.26   Crimea Rival rallies in Ukraine's Crimea   Ukraine Russia orders surprise military exercises  Kiev  Protesters name new Ukraine cabinet Feb.27   Crimea     Russian troops seize govt buildings in Crimea Map of Simferopol Crimea Ukraine
  Dozens of armed men seized the regional government administration building and parliament and raised the Russian flag
 The seizure, coming a day after Russia ordered surprise military exercises on Ukraine's doorstep, has raised fears about the push and pull of opposing allegiances in a country
  Crimea Armed men take airport in Ukraine's Crimea Feb.28   Russia Viktor Yanukovych: I'm still Ukraine's President  Crimea  Ukraine: We stopped Russian forces

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Mar.1   Moscow     Russia approves troops for Ukraine   Russia's upper house of parliament has approved President Putin's request for Russian forces to be used in Ukraine Mar.2   Kiev     Ukraine calls full army mobilisation   Ukraine has ordered a full military mobilisation in response to Russia's build-up of its forces in Crimea  Crimea  Hundreds of gunmen surround Ukraine military base   Crimea New Ukraine navy chief defects
Mar.3   Ukraine Russia 'gives Crimea ultimatum'   Crimea Russia tightens grip over Crimea Mar.4   Moscow Russia has no plans to annex Ukraine's Crimea  Kiev  Kerry: No evidence for Russia claims Mar.5   Paris Top diplomats seek Ukraine solution  Paris  'Tough' Ukraine talks to continue Mar.6   Crimea     Crimea lawmakers vote to join Russia Map of Crimea Ukraine
  Lawmakers in the Crimean region voted in favor of leaving the country for Russia and putting it to a vote before residents in 10 days.    Ukrainian interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk ...
  European Union     'Illegal' Crimean referendum condemned   The EU and US have joined Ukraine's government in condemning as 'illegal' a move by the Crimea region to set up a referendum to join Russia Mar.7  Kiev  Crimea vote 'will not be recognised'   Crimea   Russia reportedly seizes a Ukrainian military base in Crimea Map of Sevastopol Crimea Ukraine
  Russian armed men are triggering a standoff but no gunfire in the latest incident of escalating tension in the flashpoint peninsula
Mar.8   Italy     Two aboard missing Malaysia Airlines jet traveling with stolen passports
  Two people aboard Boeing 777 were traveling with passports reported stolen in Thailand, foreign ministry officials in Italy and Austria said
Mar.10  Moscow  Russia condemns 'lawlessness' in eastern Ukraine Mar.11   Istanbul   Clashes as Turkish boy dies in coma  Clashes have erupted at a hospital where Berkin Elvan, 15, has died nine months after he was struck on the head by a tear gas canister fired... Mar.14   London Kerry, Lavrov hold last-ditch talks
  London     No Ukraine accord in US-Russia talks   Russia and the US have 'no common vision' on the crisis in Ukraine, Russia's foreign minister has said, after talks with his US counterpart Mar.16  Crimea  Crimea holds secession referendum   Crimea     Crimea referendum: Voters 'back Russia union'
  Some 95.5% of voters in Crimea have supported joining Russia, officials say. after half the votes have been counted in a disputed referendum
 The EU and US condemned it as illegal. Russia's Vladimir Putin has said he will respect the Crimean people's wishes. Many Crimeans loyal to Kiev boycotted the referendum
Mar.17   European Union     EU and US impose Crimea sanctions
  The EU and US have announced travel bans and asset freezes against a number of officials from Russia and Ukraine.    The individuals are seen as having played a key role in...
  Moscow     Vladimir Putin recognises Crimea as nation
  Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree recognising Crimea as a sovereign state, paving the way for it to be absorbed into Russia
Mar.18   Moscow Putin signs Russia-Crimea treaty   Crimea     Ukraine officer 'killed in attack on Crimea base'   Ukraine's military says an officer has been killed in an attack on a base in Crimea, the first such death since pro-Russia forces took control... Mar.19   Crimea Pro-Russians storm Ukrainian navy base in Crimea  Kiev  Ukraine 'planning Crimea withdrawal' Mar.20   Turkey   Twitter 'blocked' in Turkey
  Twitter users in Turkey report that the social media site has been blocked in the country. PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to 'wipe out Twitter'
Mar.21   Brussels   Ukraine signs EU trade pact   Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk signed the political elements of a trade pact with the European Union on Friday  Moscow  Putin signs Crimea annexation law Mar.22   Crimea   Forces storm Ukrainian military bases
Map of Belbek Crimea Ukraine
  Six Russian special forces' armored personnel carriers broke through the gates of Belbek Airbase, firing warning shots into the air
 Once inside, the Russians lined up the Ukrainians in one place. Pro-Russian self-defense forces stormed the Novofederoskoe military base, taking control of it, and some were taken away on stretchers by medical teams
Mar.23   Turkey     Turkish PM says jets shoot down Syrian warplane  Turkish fighter jets shot down a Syrian warplane after it violated Turkey's airspace, Erdogan said, in a move likely to ramp up tensions Mar.24   Kiev Ukraine orders Crimea troop withdrawal Mar.27  Vatican  Obama meets Pope Francis in Rome Mar.28  Highway 2014 Pro Russian Conflict in Ukraine  Putin calls Obama to discuss Ukraine Mar.29  Moscow  Russia vows no Ukraine invasion Mar.30   Paris     US-Russia deadlock on Ukraine crisis   Kerry stressed that Ukraine would have to be at the table for negotiations. Russian foreign minister: Ukraine can't function as unified stat... Mar.31   Russia Putin says he's pulling some troops back from Ukrainian border

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Apr.1   Brussels NATO chief Rasmussen says no Russian troop withdrawal seen
  Brussels     NATO suspends Russia cooperation   NATO will suspend 'all practical civilian and military cooperation' with Russia because of its annexation of Crimea Apr.3   Kiev Kiev report blames Yanukovych for protest deaths  Moscow  Russia recalls ambassador to NATO Apr.4  London  Rancadore rearrested after new warrant for Mafia boss Apr.6   Donbass   Pro-Russians storm government office in Donetsk Map of Donetsk Ukraine
  Pro-Russian protesters have stormed the regional administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk
Apr.9  Kiev  Ukraine in 48-hour ultimatum to east's pro-Russia activists Apr.10  Highway 2014 Pro Russian Conflict in Ukraine  Putin warns Europe of gas shortages Apr.11  Southern Italy  Italy's navy rescues 6,000 migrants in just four days, U.N. says Apr.12  Donbass  Ukraine gunmen seize two buildings in Sloviansk Apr.13   Eastern Ukraine   Ukraine launches 'anti-terrorist operation'
  Ukrainian officials placed blame for unrest in the eastern section of their country squarely on their neighbors in Russia
 Donbass  Operation to drive out pro-Russians from police building in Slovyansk Apr.14   Donbass Fresh pro-Russian attack in Ukraine
 Donbass  No sign of crackdown. Gang takes over police station Apr.15   Donbass   Ukraine begins 'anti-terror' action   Ukraine's acting President Olexander Turchynov has announced the start of an 'anti-terrorist operation' against pro-Russian separatists Apr.16   Donbass Militants, army face off in east amid soaring tensions   Donbass Military column 'seized' in Kramatorsk Apr.17   Geneva     Deal struck to calm Ukraine crisis   Russia, Ukraine, the US and the European Union have said that all sides have agreed to steps to 'de-escalate' the crisis in eastern Ukraine Apr.18  Donbass  Pro-Russia protesters defy Ukraine deal  Rome  Pope Francis prays for abandoned in Good Friday service Apr.19   Kiev   Ukraine calls Easter truce in east   Ukraine's foreign minister has said that operations against pro-Russian militants in the east of the country have been suspended over Easter Apr.22  Kiev  Biden says Russia must 'start acting' Apr.23   Eastern Ukraine Ukraine to target militants in 4 cities   Poland U.S. paratroopers in Poland amid crisis Apr.24   Donbass   5 die as government forces clash with pro-Russians   Ukrainian forces killed five militants during operations to take down pro-Russians' roadblocks in Slavyansk  Moscow  New Russia drills after Ukraine raid Apr.25   Highway 2014 Pro Russian Conflict in Ukraine Western leaders consider new Russia sanctions Apr.26   Donbass   Ukraine crisis: Observers held captive Map of Sloviansk Ukraine
  Concern mounted for the safety of a team of European and Ukrainian military observers seized by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine
Apr.27   Vatican     Vatican declares two popes saints   Pope Francis has declared Popes John Paul II and John XXIII saints, in front of a crowd of hundreds of thousands Apr.29   Donbass Pro-Russia activists seize Luhansk HQ  Munich  Real Madrid crushes Bayern Munich to make final Apr.30   Donbass Kiev 'helpless' to quell parts of east   Northern Ireland   Gerry Adams held over 1972 murder Map of Antrim United Kingdom
  Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has been arrested by Northern Ireland police in connection with the 1972 murder of Jean McConville


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May.1   Donbass   Pro-Russian group seizes Donetsk office   Hundreds of pro-Russian militants have seized the regional prosecutor's office in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, and there are reports of injurie...   Donbass   Government forces 'move on Sloviansk'   Ukrainian government forces are reported to have launched an operation in the city of Sloviansk, a stronghold for pro-Russian separatists May.2   Donbass   'Many dead' in Ukraine offensive   Many pro-Russia rebels have been killed, injured and arrested in the government offensive in Sloviansk, interim president Turchynov has said   Ukraine   Police: 38 dead in protest-linked Odessa fire
Map of Trade Unions building Odessa Ukraine
  A building fire broke out during a clash between pro-Russia demonstrators and supporters of the central government
May.3   Donbass Abducted military observers freed in east Ukraine  Donbass  Ukraine broadens offensive against insurgents May.4  Ukraine  Odessa detainees freed after protest May.5   Donbass Rebels 'retreating' in Sloviansk  Donbass  Ukraine soldiers killed in renewed Sloviansk fighting May.6  Austria  Ukraine crisis dominates Council of Europe meeting May.7   Moscow Putin 'backs' Ukraine election  England  Malala plea over Nigeria schoolgirls May.8  Eastern Ukraine  Pro-Russia separatists say 'nyet' to Putin May.9   Highway 2014 Pro Russian Conflict in Ukraine     Russia's Putin visits annexed Crimea   President Vladimir Putin is making his first visit to Crimea since Russia annexed it from Ukraine in March. The Kiev government protested at... May.11   Eastern Ukraine   Ukraine rebels hold self-rule vote Map of Donetsk Ukraine
  Pro-Russian separatists in two eastern regions are holding 'self-rule' referendums - a move condemned by the Ukrainian government and the West.    Correspondents at polling stations report chaotic scene...
  Donbass   Ukraine rebels claim poll victory   Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region have claimed a resounding victory in a 'self-rule' referendum, saying 89% voted in... May.13  Donbass  'Troops killed' in Ukraine ambush   Turkey   Explosion at mine in western Turkey left 200 workers dead
Map of Soma Manisa Turkey
  The blast, followed by a fire, occurred at a coal mine. A huge rescue operation is under way to reach hundreds more trapped miners
 Oxygen is being pumped into the privately owned mine. Large crowds of worried relatives have gathered near
 Kiev  Ukraine hosts talks in new peace bid May.14  Turkey  Desperate search at Soma pit  Turkey  Turkish mine disaster: Unions calls protest strike May.17   Paris Leaders declare 'war' on Boko Haram   Turkey Turkish search efforts end after last bodies found in mine   Bosnia     Thousands flee, 25 die in record Balkan floods Map of Maglaj Bosnia
  Packed into buses, boats and helicopters, tens of thousands fled their homes in Bosnia and Serbia to escape the worst flooding in a century
May.18  Turkey  Arrests over Turkish mine deaths May.19   Russia Putin orders Ukraine border pullout May.22  Donbass  Deadliest attack on Ukrainian troops May.23  Highway 2014 Pro Russian Conflict in Ukraine  Putin warns of civil war in Ukraine as election looms May.24   Brussels   Brussels fatal gun attack at Jewish museum
Map of Jewish Museum Belgium
  A gunman has shot dead three people at the Jewish Museum in the Belgian capital, officials say. A fourth person was seriously wounded
 The attacker arrived by car, got out, fired on people at the museum entrance, and returned to the vehicle which then sped away
  Portugal Real Madrid win Champions League May.25   France   Eurosceptic 'earthquake' rocks EU Map of European Parliament France
  The National Front has come first in France's elections to the European Parliament in what PM Manuel Valls has declared a 'political earthquake'
 Eurosceptic parties are coming first in Denmark and Greece. Britain's UKIP party surges in Euro election. Sweden feminist party goes to Brussels. Left opposition leads Greece euro vote
  Kiev     Petro Poroshenko claims Ukraine presidency
  Ukrainian confectionery tycoon Petro Poroshenko has claimed outright victory in the country's presidential election.    The 48-year-old businessman won more than 55% of the vote in ...
May.26  Donbass  Ukraine launches air strikes against gunmen at Donetsk airport  Paris  France's Hollande calls for reform of 'remote' EU May.27   Donbass   Dozens die as Donetsk airport 'retaken'   Ukraine's interior ministry says the military is now in full control of the airport in the eastern city of Donetsk after a day of bloody cla... May.29   Donbass Ukraine helicopter downed - 14 dead
 Kiev  Ukraine leader vows to crush rebels May.30  Berlin  Row brews as Merkel backs Juncker as EU chief May.31   Southern France Frenchman 'held over Brussels killings'

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Jun.2   Madrid   King Juan Carlos of Spain abdicates
  King Juan Carlos of Spain has announced his intention to abdicate, after nearly 40 years on the throne.    His son, Crown Prince Felipe,...
Jun.4  Brussels  G7 warns Russia of fresh sanctions Jun.5  France  D-Day anniversary: World leaders gather for ceremony Jun.6   France   D-Day anniversary: Veterans mark historic invasion
Map of Sword Beach Normandy France
  Almost 2,000 veterans and world leaders are attending the main commemoration event marking the 70th anniversary of the landings
Jun.7   Kiev     Poroshenko sworn in and sets out peace plan   Petro Poroshenko has been sworn in as president of Ukraine, setting out a plan to bring peace to the conflict-torn east of the country Jun.8   Paris Rafael Nadal clinches record ninth French Open title Jun.13   Donbass Military plane shot down in Luhansk Jun.16   Russia Russia cuts gas supply to Ukraine after deadline passes  Southern France  Michael Schumacher 'out of coma' Jun.19   Bavaria   German caver Johann Westhauser surfaces   An injured German trapped 1,000m underground for 12 days has been brought to the surface from the cave after a painstaking rescue operation   Bulgaria 10 die in flooding in Bulgaria after heavy rain Jun.20   Kiev     Ukraine's president orders 1-week unilateral cease-fire
  Petro Poroshenko ordered his forces to cease fire and halt military operations for a week against pro-Russian separatists in the country's east
Jun.21  Southern Italy  Pope Francis attacks 'evil' mafia in 'Ndrangheta base Jun.24  Donbass  Ukraine army helicopter 'shot down' despite ceasefire Jun.26  Moscow  Putin aide calls Ukraine head 'Nazi' Jun.27   Brussels     Ukraine hails EU's 'historic pact' with ex-Soviet states
  Ukraine's president has hailed a 'historic' trade pact with the European Union, calling it the 'most important day' since independence in 1991.    Russia said the partnership agreement, also signed by two other ex-...
Jun.28  Bosnia  Bosnia marks centenary of WWI spark Jun.30   Kiev Ukrainian president ends unilateral ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists


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Jul.1   Paris     Sarkozy held over influence claims
Map of Nanterre France
  French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy has been detained for questioning over alleged influence peddling
Jul.4   Germany Germany arrests 'suspected US spy' Jul.5   Donbass   Donetsk rebels in mass withdrawal Map of Sloviansk Ukraine
  Ukrainian separatist rebels have pulled back to the main city of Donetsk, abandoning several strongholds in the region to government forces
Jul.6  London  Djokovic claims Wimbledon title over Federer Jul.7  Barcelona  Jet disaster averted in Barcelona near-miss  Donbass  Rebels blamed as Ukraine bridges hit Jul.10   Berlin Germany expels U.S. Embassy official Jul.11   Donbass 19 Ukrainian troops killed in missile attack Jul.14   Donbass Ukraine plane hit near Russia border  Italy  Costa Concordia: Wrecked cruise ship floating again Jul.15  Moscow  Report: 20 killed in Moscow train derailment Jul.16  Netherlands  Dutch state found liable in deaths of 300 men in Srebrenica massacre   European Union Ukraine crisis: US and EU boost sanctions on Russia Jul.17   Donbass     Malaysia airliner crashes in east Ukraine near Russia border Map of Grabovo Donetsk Ukraine
  A Malaysian airliner reportedly with 295 people on board has crashed near the Russian border, on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur
 Malaysia Airlines lost contact with Flight MH17. All 295 passengers and crew are believed dead as a nairliner crashes in the east Ukraine conflict zone, amid claims of a missile attack An aviation source in Moscow said the plane had been found burning on the ground in east Ukraine Separatist rebels have been fighting government forces in the region
Jul.18   Donbass Monitors find confusion, hostility at Malaysia Airlines crash site Jul.19  Malta  400 migrants rescued near Malta; 19 dead  Donbass  Ukraine accuses rebels of looting crash site Jul.20  Northern England  British Open: Rory McIlroy triumphs at Hoylake  Donbass  MH17 air crash: Bodies put on train Jul.21  Moscow  Outrage at Moscow grows over 'shambolic' Flight 17 probe   Donbass Pro-Russian rebels hand over black boxes, release victims' remains Jul.22  Eastern Ukraine  MH17 bodies out of rebel area   Donbass MH17 remains 'still at crash site'  Eastern Ukraine  MH17 dead to be flown to Netherlands  Italy  Costa Concordia to be towed away to Genoa for scrap Jul.23   Netherlands     MH17 victims arrive in Netherlands Map of Eindhoven Netherlands
  Two planes carrying bodies from crashed flight MH17 have landed in the Netherlands where a day of mourning for the 298 victims has been declared
  Donbass Two military jets shot down over Donetsk Jul.24  Kiev  Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk resigning   Donbass Russia 'fired rockets into Ukraine' Jul.27   Northern Italy Costa Concordia makes final voyage  Paris  Nibali seals Tour de France win

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Aug.1   Donbass 70 international experts search Ukraine MH17 crash site
Aug.3   France     French and German leaders mark WW1 anniversary   The French and German presidents have commemorated the 100th anniversary of Germany's declaration of war on France on 3 August 1914 Aug.6   European Union   Rosetta goes into orbit around comet   Europe's Rosetta probe has arrived at a comet after a 10-year chase and manoeuvred alongside a speeding body to begin mapping   Moscow Putin orders retaliatory sanctions Aug.10   Turkey     President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hails new era for Turkey   Outgoing PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hailed his victory in Turkey's first direct presidential election as a new era for the country Aug.11   Moscow     Putin taunts West with humanitarian convoy in eastern Ukraine
  The Kremlin announced it will send a humanitarian convoy into Ukraine, despite previous warnings from the West against such move
Aug.16  London  Man dies after 35 found in container Aug.17  Donbass  Ukraine says it's made gains against separatists Aug.19  Italy  2 Italian air force jets collide over Italy, sparking fire Aug.22   Donbass   Russian convoy rolls into Ukraine
Map of Luhansk Ukraine
  Dozens of Russian trucks that have rolled into eastern Ukraine, a move a Ukrainian official characterized as an 'invasion'.    Merkel slams Russia...
Aug.23  Donbass  Russia aid convoy returns from Ukraine  Kiev  Ukraine Army parade to mark independence Aug.24   Donbass   Donetsk rebels parade captured soldiers   Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have marched dozens of captured government soldiers through the city of Donetsk Aug.25   Kiev President calls snap vote amid fighting Aug.28   Donbass   1,000 Russian troops have entered Ukraine Map of Novoazovsk Donetsk Ukraine
  A top Ukrainian army officer said a 'full-scale invasion' of his country was under way, as a U.S. say up to 1,000 Russian troops had crossed the border
 President Obama accuses Russia of being responsible for the violence in eastern Ukraine, as Nato prepares to hold an emergency meeting
Aug.29  Berlin  Ukraine 'slipping out of control', Germany warns Aug.30   Brussels   Ukraine crisis: EU 'must act on Russia aggression'   EU leaders are meeting in Brussels to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, threatening to impose fresh sanctions against Russia   Brussels EU sets Russia sanctions ultimatum Aug.31  Moscow  Putin 'urges talks on statehood for east Ukraine'

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Sep.1   NATO   NATO to create 'high-readiness force,' secretary-general says  NATO members meeting this week in Wales are expected to create 'a very high-readiness force' to deal with Russian aggression in Ukraine   Donbass Ukraine crisis: Troops abandon Luhansk airport
Sep.3  Paris  France halts Russia warship delivery Sep.4   Wales Nato summit: Russia criticised over Ukraine crisis Sep.5   Belarus   Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels sign ceasefire deal Map of Minsk Belarus
  The two sides agreed to stop firing and the truce appeared to be holding. But the rebels had not changed their policy of splitting from Ukraine
 More than 2,600 people have died since rebels stormed several eastern cities. The rebels made new advances in recent days
 Donbass  Ukraine ceasefire with rebels holds Sep.6   Donbass Shelling near Mariupol threatens tense truce Sep.8   London Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expecting second child Sep.12  Northern Ireland  Ian Paisley: Politicians and religious leaders react to death Sep.13   London     Hostage 'death video' investigated  The Foreign Office has said it is 'working urgently to verify' video purporting to show beheading of British hostage David Haines Sep.14  Berlin  Merkel: Fighting anti-Semitism is German duty  Sweden  Swedish prime minister resigns after election loss  Paris  Islamic State crisis: Kerry to lead talks in Paris Sep.15   Malta     500 feared dead after boat sunk off Malta coast
  2 heavily loaded boats were wrecked in the past week, possibly killing 700 people fleeing Africa for Europe
 Kiev  Parliament set to ratify landmark EU deal Sep.17   Scotland Scottish independence: Voters answer referendum question
Sep.18  Scotland  First results of Scotland vote trickle in   Scotland   Scots reject independence Map of EDINBURGH United Kingdom
  Voters in Scotland turned out in unprecedented numbers and early results suggested they were not in favor of ending union with England
 The 'No' side has an unassailable lead of 1,877,252 votes to 1,512,688. Nationally, the margin of victory is about 55% to 45%. Glasgow voted in favour of independence. Edinburgh, the nation's capital, rejected independence
Sep.19   Belarus   Ukraine deal with pro-Russian rebels at Minsk talks   Ukraine's government and pro-Russia rebels have agreed a memorandum on a peace plan for the eastern conflict   Scotland Scottish referendum: Salmond to quit after Scots vote No Sep.25  Greece  Greek woman allegedly buried alive by accident, then died

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Oct.2  Turkey  Turkish lawmakers OK military action against ISIS Oct.6   Madrid     Nurse infected with Ebola in Spain   The Spanish health minister has confirmed that a nurse who treated a victim of Ebola in Madrid has tested positive for the disease Oct.8   Turkey 19 die as violent protests over ISIS sweep Turkey
Oct.9  Netherlands  MH17 passenger was found wearing oxygen mask, Dutch says Oct.10   Norway     Malala and Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize
  Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights campaigner, have jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize.    Malala, 17, is the youngest ever recipient of the prize. She was shot in...
Oct.13   Vatican Synod signals Catholic shift on gays
Oct.18   Vatican     Pope's synod setback on gay policy  Pope Francis has suffered a setback as proposals for wider acceptance of gay people failed to win a two-thirds majority at a Catholic Church... Oct.19   Sweden Russia denies submarine incident off Sweden  Madrid  Spanish nurse Ebola test negative Oct.20   Moscow   Total oil company CEO dies in Moscow plane crash   The CEO of French oil giant Total SA Christophe de Margerie was killed when his corporate jet collided with a snow removal machine at Vnukovo... Oct.22  Sweden  Sweden could use force in sub hunt Oct.24  Turkey  Turkey: 200 Peshmerga will join Syrian Kurds' fight for Kobani Oct.26   European Union Vulnerable European banks identified   Kiev Pro-Western blocs 'win Ukraine poll' Oct.30   Brussels Ukraine, Moscow clinch deal on Russian gas supply

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Nov.2   Donbass   Ukrainian breakaway regions hold elections   Residents of separatist-controlled regions voted to elect legislators and executives in polls that have been denounced by the international ...  Denmark  Fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 says IPCC Nov.3  Northern Italy  Workers find last body while dismantling Concordia ship Nov.6  Hague  No Israel charge over Gaza ship raid Nov.8  Berlin  Gorbachev: World on brink of new Cold War Nov.9   Berlin   Berlin Wall: Thousands of balloons released
Map of Brandenburg Gate Germany
  Some 8,000 helium balloons have been released into the night sky over Germany's capital to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall
Nov.10   London Russian brinksmanship at Cold War levels Nov.12   European Union   Space probe scores bull's-eye with comet landing
  A mechanical space traveler called the Philae plunked down on its target, 67P comet - some 310 million miles from Earth
Nov.13   Paris Young tiger prowling near Disneyland Paris Nov.14  European Union  Philae comet lander back in contact Nov.16  Donbass  MH17 flight investigators remove crucial debris Nov.17  Paris  Frenchman is part of ISIS beheading video Nov.20  Donbass  Almost 1,000 dead since Ukraine truce Nov.23  Donbass  All Malaysia flight wreckage recovered in Ukraine   Austria   Iran talks: Diplomats ponder extending deadline   Foreign ministers trying to reach an agreement on nuclear program are considering extending negotiations, as Monday's deadline for a deal lo... Nov.27   Austria     Oil prices plunge after Opec meeting Map of Vienna Austria
  The price of oil slumped after the Opec oil producers' cartel decided not to cut output at its meeting in Vienna


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Dec.12  London  UK flights hit by computer failure 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.17  Moscow  Russia's shock-and-awe move fails to halt ruble collapse Dec.21   France Driver attacks French pedestrians
Dec.25   Vatican Pope's message: Iraq and Syria suffered too long Dec.28   Greece Italy ferry fire: Evacuation hampered by winds Dec.29   Scotland Scotland confirms case of Ebola  Greece  Italy ferry death toll rises to 10 Dec.30   Southern Italy     Italy takes over 'migrant ship' after distress scare   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  Moscow  Kremlin critic Navalny found guilty of fraud


Syria talks end in recriminations   The Syrian government and opposition have traded insults after a week-long peace conference in Geneva ended with no firm agreement Russia orders surprise military exercises   Russian troops seize govt buildings in Crimea Map of Simferopol Crimea Ukraine




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2014
Jan.26  Geneva  Syria talks: Civilians allowed to leave Homs old city
Jan.31   Geneva
Feb.26   Ukraine
Feb.27   Crimea
  Dozens of armed men seized the regional government administration building and parliament and raised the Russian flag
 The seizure, coming a day after Russia ordered surprise military exercises on Ukraine's doorstep, has raised fears about the push and pull of opposing allegiances in a country
Feb.27   Crimea Armed men take airport in Ukraine's Crimea Feb.28  Crimea  Ukraine: We stopped Russian forces Mar.1   Moscow   Russia approves troops for Ukraine   Russia's upper house of parliament has approved President Putin's request for Russian forces to be used in Ukraine Mar.2   Kiev   Ukraine calls full army mobilisation   Ukraine has ordered a full military mobilisation in response to Russia's build-up of its forces in Crimea Mar.2  Crimea  Hundreds of gunmen surround Ukraine military base Mar.2   Crimea New Ukraine navy chief defects Mar.3   Ukraine Russia 'gives Crimea ultimatum' Mar.3   Crimea Russia tightens grip over Crimea Mar.7   Crimea Russia reportedly seizes a Ukrainian military base in Crimea Map of Sevastopol Crimea Ukraine
  Russian armed men are triggering a standoff but no gunfire in the latest incident of escalating tension in the flashpoint peninsula
Mar.18   Crimea   Ukraine officer 'killed in attack on Crimea base'   Ukraine's military says an officer has been killed in an attack on a base in Crimea, the first such death since pro-Russia forces took control... Mar.19   Crimea Pro-Russians storm Ukrainian navy base in Crimea Mar.19  Kiev  Ukraine 'planning Crimea withdrawal' Mar.22   Crimea Forces storm Ukrainian military bases
Map of Belbek Crimea Ukraine
  Six Russian special forces' armored personnel carriers broke through the gates of Belbek Airbase, firing warning shots into the air
 Once inside, the Russians lined up the Ukrainians in one place. Pro-Russian self-defense forces stormed the Novofederoskoe military base, taking control of it, and some were taken away on stretchers by medical teams
Mar.23   Turkey   Turkish PM says jets shoot down Syrian warplane  Turkish fighter jets shot down a Syrian warplane after it violated Turkey's airspace, Erdogan said, in a move likely to ramp up tensions Mar.24   Kiev Ukraine orders Crimea troop withdrawal Mar.29  Moscow  Russia vows no Ukraine invasion Mar.31   Russia Putin says he's pulling some troops back from Ukrainian border Apr.1   Brussels NATO chief Rasmussen says no Russian troop withdrawal seen Apr.1   Brussels   NATO suspends Russia cooperation   NATO will suspend 'all practical civilian and military cooperation' with Russia because of its annexation of Crimea Apr.11  Southern Italy  Italy's navy rescues 6,000 migrants in just four days, U.N. says Apr.12  Donbass  Ukraine gunmen seize two buildings in Sloviansk Apr.13   Eastern Ukraine Ukraine launches 'anti-terrorist operation'
  Ukrainian officials placed blame for unrest in the eastern section of their country squarely on their neighbors in Russia
Apr.14  Donbass  No sign of crackdown. Gang takes over police station Apr.15   Donbass Ukraine begins 'anti-terror' action   Ukraine's acting President Olexander Turchynov has announced the start of an 'anti-terrorist operation' against pro-Russian separatists Apr.16   Donbass Militants, army face off in east amid soaring tensions
Apr.16   Donbass Military column 'seized' in Kramatorsk Apr.19   Kiev Ukraine calls Easter truce in east   Ukraine's foreign minister has said that operations against pro-Russian militants in the east of the country have been suspended over Easter Apr.23   Eastern Ukraine Ukraine to target militants in 4 cities Apr.23   Poland U.S. paratroopers in Poland amid crisis Apr.24   Donbass 5 die as government forces clash with pro-Russians   Ukrainian forces killed five militants during operations to take down pro-Russians' roadblocks in Slavyansk Apr.24  Moscow  New Russia drills after Ukraine raid Apr.26   Donbass Ukraine crisis: Observers held captive Map of Sloviansk Ukraine
  Concern mounted for the safety of a team of European and Ukrainian military observers seized by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine
Apr.29   Donbass Pro-Russia activists seize Luhansk HQ May.1   Donbass Pro-Russian group seizes Donetsk office   Hundreds of pro-Russian militants have seized the regional prosecutor's office in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, and there are reports of injurie... May.1   Donbass Government forces 'move on Sloviansk'   Ukrainian government forces are reported to have launched an operation in the city of Sloviansk, a stronghold for pro-Russian separatists May.2   Donbass 'Many dead' in Ukraine offensive   Many pro-Russia rebels have been killed, injured and arrested in the government offensive in Sloviansk, interim president Turchynov has said May.3   Donbass Abducted military observers freed in east Ukraine May.3  Donbass  Ukraine broadens offensive against insurgents May.5   Donbass Rebels 'retreating' in Sloviansk May.5  Donbass  Ukraine soldiers killed in renewed Sloviansk fighting May.13  Donbass  'Troops killed' in Ukraine ambush May.13  Kiev  Ukraine hosts talks in new peace bid May.19   Russia Putin orders Ukraine border pullout May.22  Donbass  Deadliest attack on Ukrainian troops May.26  Donbass  Ukraine launches air strikes against gunmen at Donetsk airport May.27   Donbass Dozens die as Donetsk airport 'retaken'   Ukraine's interior ministry says the military is now in full control of the airport in the eastern city of Donetsk after a day of bloody cla... May.29   Donbass Ukraine helicopter downed - 14 dead May.29  Kiev  Ukraine leader vows to crush rebels Jun.5  France  D-Day anniversary: World leaders gather for ceremony Jun.6   France D-Day anniversary: Veterans mark historic invasion Map of Sword Beach Normandy France
  Almost 2,000 veterans and world leaders are attending the main commemoration event marking the 70th anniversary of the landings
Jun.13   Donbass Military plane shot down in Luhansk Jun.20   Kiev   Ukraine's president orders 1-week unilateral cease-fire
  Petro Poroshenko ordered his forces to cease fire and halt military operations for a week against pro-Russian separatists in the country's east
Jun.24  Donbass  Ukraine army helicopter 'shot down' despite ceasefire Jun.30   Kiev Ukrainian president ends unilateral ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists
Jul.5   Donbass Donetsk rebels in mass withdrawal Map of Sloviansk Ukraine
  Ukrainian separatist rebels have pulled back to the main city of Donetsk, abandoning several strongholds in the region to government forces
Jul.7  Donbass  Rebels blamed as Ukraine bridges hit Jul.11   Donbass 19 Ukrainian troops killed in missile attack Jul.14   Donbass Ukraine plane hit near Russia border Jul.16  Netherlands  Dutch state found liable in deaths of 300 men in Srebrenica massacre Jul.17   Donbass   Malaysia airliner crashes in east Ukraine near Russia border Map of Grabovo Donetsk Ukraine
  A Malaysian airliner reportedly with 295 people on board has crashed near the Russian border, on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur
 Malaysia Airlines lost contact with Flight MH17. All 295 passengers and crew are believed dead as a nairliner crashes in the east Ukraine conflict zone, amid claims of a missile attack An aviation source in Moscow said the plane had been found burning on the ground in east Ukraine Separatist rebels have been fighting government forces in the region
Jul.19  Malta  400 migrants rescued near Malta; 19 dead Jul.19  Donbass  Ukraine accuses rebels of looting crash site Jul.21   Donbass Pro-Russian rebels hand over black boxes, release victims' remains Jul.23   Donbass Two military jets shot down over Donetsk Jul.24   Donbass Russia 'fired rockets into Ukraine' Aug.3   France   French and German leaders mark WW1 anniversary   The French and German presidents have commemorated the 100th anniversary of Germany's declaration of war on France on 3 August 1914 Aug.17  Donbass  Ukraine says it's made gains against separatists Aug.19  Italy  2 Italian air force jets collide over Italy, sparking fire Aug.22   Donbass Russian convoy rolls into Ukraine Map of Luhansk Ukraine
  Dozens of Russian trucks that have rolled into eastern Ukraine, a move a Ukrainian official characterized as an 'invasion'.    Merkel slams Russia...
Aug.23  Donbass  Russia aid convoy returns from Ukraine Aug.23  Kiev  Ukraine Army parade to mark independence Aug.24   Donbass Donetsk rebels parade captured soldiers   Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have marched dozens of captured government soldiers through the city of Donetsk Aug.28   Donbass 1,000 Russian troops have entered Ukraine Map of Novoazovsk Donetsk Ukraine
  A top Ukrainian army officer said a 'full-scale invasion' of his country was under way, as a U.S. say up to 1,000 Russian troops had crossed the border
 President Obama accuses Russia of being responsible for the violence in eastern Ukraine, as Nato prepares to hold an emergency meeting
Aug.29  Berlin  Ukraine 'slipping out of control', Germany warns Aug.30   Brussels Ukraine crisis: EU 'must act on Russia aggression'   EU leaders are meeting in Brussels to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, threatening to impose fresh sanctions against Russia Sep.1   NATO NATO to create 'high-readiness force,' secretary-general says  NATO members meeting this week in Wales are expected to create 'a very high-readiness force' to deal with Russian aggression in Ukraine Sep.1   Donbass Ukraine crisis: Troops abandon Luhansk airport Sep.3  Paris  France halts Russia warship delivery Sep.5   Belarus Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels sign ceasefire deal Map of Minsk Belarus
  The two sides agreed to stop firing and the truce appeared to be holding. But the rebels had not changed their policy of splitting from Ukraine
 More than 2,600 people have died since rebels stormed several eastern cities. The rebels made new advances in recent days
Sep.5  Donbass  Ukraine ceasefire with rebels holds Sep.6   Donbass Shelling near Mariupol threatens tense truce Sep.14  Paris  Islamic State crisis: Kerry to lead talks in Paris Sep.19   Belarus Ukraine deal with pro-Russian rebels at Minsk talks   Ukraine's government and pro-Russia rebels have agreed a memorandum on a peace plan for the eastern conflict Oct.2  Turkey  Turkish lawmakers OK military action against ISIS Oct.10   Norway   Malala and Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize
  Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights campaigner, have jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize.    Malala, 17, is the youngest ever recipient of the prize. She was shot in...
Oct.19   Sweden Russia denies submarine incident off Sweden
Oct.22  Sweden  Sweden could use force in sub hunt Oct.24  Turkey  Turkey: 200 Peshmerga will join Syrian Kurds' fight for Kobani Nov.10   London Russian brinksmanship at Cold War levels Nov.20  Donbass  Almost 1,000 dead since Ukraine truce Dec.30   Southern Italy   Italy takes over 'migrant ship' after distress scare   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



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2014 Jan.1  Czech Republic  Palestinian diplomat dies in blast Feb.6  Sicily  More than 1,100 asylum seekers rescued off Italian coast Feb.9   Denmark Giraffe killed despite campaign
Map of Copenhagen Denmark
  A bid to save a young giraffe from destruction at Copenhagen Zoo has failed, and the giraffe was put down on Sunday morning
Feb.12   England Storm with 106-mph gusts slams flooded Britain Map of Somerset Levels United Kingdom
  The latest round of bad weather slammed into west coast with torrential rain. Trucks were toppled, trees were felled.    England had its wettest January since records began in 1766. The resulting floods have drenc...
Feb.13   Brussels Belgian children may be able to choose death  The lower house of the Belgian Parliament adopted a bill that extends the right to euthanasia for minors. The law passed 86 to 44 with 12 ab... Mar.8   Italy   Two aboard missing Malaysia Airlines jet traveling with stolen passports
  Two people aboard Boeing 777 were traveling with passports reported stolen in Thailand, foreign ministry officials in Italy and Austria said
Apr.11  Southern Italy  Italy's navy rescues 6,000 migrants in just four days, U.N. says May.2   Ukraine Police: 38 dead in protest-linked Odessa fire
Map of Trade Unions building Odessa Ukraine
  A building fire broke out during a clash between pro-Russia demonstrators and supporters of the central government
May.13   Turkey Explosion at mine in western Turkey left 200 workers dead Map of Soma Manisa Turkey
  The blast, followed by a fire, occurred at a coal mine. A huge rescue operation is under way to reach hundreds more trapped miners
 Oxygen is being pumped into the privately owned mine. Large crowds of worried relatives have gathered near
May.14  Turkey  Desperate search at Soma pit May.14  Turkey  Turkish mine disaster: Unions calls protest strike May.17   Turkey Turkish search efforts end after last bodies found in mine May.17   Bosnia   Thousands flee, 25 die in record Balkan floods Map of Maglaj Bosnia
  Packed into buses, boats and helicopters, tens of thousands fled their homes in Bosnia and Serbia to escape the worst flooding in a century
May.18  Turkey  Arrests over Turkish mine deaths Jun.19   Bavaria German caver Johann Westhauser surfaces   An injured German trapped 1,000m underground for 12 days has been brought to the surface from the cave after a painstaking rescue operation Jun.19   Bulgaria 10 die in flooding in Bulgaria after heavy rain Jul.7  Barcelona  Jet disaster averted in Barcelona near-miss Jul.14  Italy  Costa Concordia: Wrecked cruise ship floating again Jul.15  Moscow  Report: 20 killed in Moscow train derailment Jul.17   Donbass   Malaysia airliner crashes in east Ukraine near Russia border Map of Grabovo Donetsk Ukraine
  A Malaysian airliner reportedly with 295 people on board has crashed near the Russian border, on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur
 Malaysia Airlines lost contact with Flight MH17. All 295 passengers and crew are believed dead as a nairliner crashes in the east Ukraine conflict zone, amid claims of a missile attack An aviation source in Moscow said the plane had been found burning on the ground in east Ukraine Separatist rebels have been fighting government forces in the region
Jul.18   Donbass Monitors find confusion, hostility at Malaysia Airlines crash site Jul.19  Malta  400 migrants rescued near Malta; 19 dead Jul.19  Donbass  Ukraine accuses rebels of looting crash site Jul.20  Donbass  MH17 air crash: Bodies put on train Jul.21   Donbass Pro-Russian rebels hand over black boxes, release victims' remains Jul.22  Eastern Ukraine  MH17 bodies out of rebel area Jul.22   Donbass MH17 remains 'still at crash site' Jul.22  Eastern Ukraine  MH17 dead to be flown to Netherlands Jul.22  Italy  Costa Concordia to be towed away to Genoa for scrap Jul.23   Netherlands   MH17 victims arrive in Netherlands Map of Eindhoven Netherlands
  Two planes carrying bodies from crashed flight MH17 have landed in the Netherlands where a day of mourning for the 298 victims has been declared
Jul.27   Northern Italy Costa Concordia makes final voyage Jul.27  Paris  Nibali seals Tour de France win Aug.1   Donbass 70 international experts search Ukraine MH17 crash site Aug.16  London  Man dies after 35 found in container Aug.19  Italy  2 Italian air force jets collide over Italy, sparking fire Sep.15   Malta   500 feared dead after boat sunk off Malta coast
  2 heavily loaded boats were wrecked in the past week, possibly killing 700 people fleeing Africa for Europe
Sep.25  Greece  Greek woman allegedly buried alive by accident, then died Oct.6   Madrid   Nurse infected with Ebola in Spain   The Spanish health minister has confirmed that a nurse who treated a victim of Ebola in Madrid has tested positive for the disease Oct.9  Netherlands  MH17 passenger was found wearing oxygen mask, Dutch says Oct.19   Sweden Russia denies submarine incident off Sweden
Oct.19  Madrid  Spanish nurse Ebola test negative Oct.20   Moscow Total oil company CEO dies in Moscow plane crash   The CEO of French oil giant Total SA Christophe de Margerie was killed when his corporate jet collided with a snow removal machine at Vnukovo... Nov.3  Northern Italy  Workers find last body while dismantling Concordia ship Nov.13   Paris Young tiger prowling near Disneyland Paris Nov.16  Donbass  MH17 flight investigators remove crucial debris Nov.23  Donbass  All Malaysia flight wreckage recovered in Ukraine Dec.12  London  UK flights hit by computer failure Dec.28   Greece Italy ferry fire: Evacuation hampered by winds Dec.29   Scotland Scotland confirms case of Ebola Dec.29  Greece  Italy ferry death toll rises to 10 Dec.30   Southern Italy   Italy takes over 'migrant ship' after distress scare   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



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2014 Feb.23   Sochi Olympics closing ceremony is trip through Russian culture
Mar.20   Turkey Twitter 'blocked' in Turkey
  Twitter users in Turkey report that the social media site has been blocked in the country. PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to 'wipe out Twitter'
Mar.21   Brussels Ukraine signs EU trade pact   Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk signed the political elements of a trade pact with the European Union on Friday Apr.10  Highway 2014 Pro Russian Conflict in Ukraine  Putin warns Europe of gas shortages May.14  Turkey  Turkish mine disaster: Unions calls protest strike May.25   Kiev   Petro Poroshenko claims Ukraine presidency
  Ukrainian confectionery tycoon Petro Poroshenko has claimed outright victory in the country's presidential election.    The 48-year-old businessman won more than 55% of the vote in ...
Jun.16   Russia Russia cuts gas supply to Ukraine after deadline passes
Jul.16  Netherlands  Dutch state found liable in deaths of 300 men in Srebrenica massacre Aug.6   Moscow Putin orders retaliatory sanctions Oct.20   Moscow Total oil company CEO dies in Moscow plane crash   The CEO of French oil giant Total SA Christophe de Margerie was killed when his corporate jet collided with a snow removal machine at Vnukovo... Oct.26   European Union Vulnerable European banks identified Oct.30   Brussels Ukraine, Moscow clinch deal on Russian gas supply Nov.27   Austria   Oil prices plunge after Opec meeting Map of Vienna Austria
  The price of oil slumped after the Opec oil producers' cartel decided not to cut output at its meeting in Vienna
Dec.12  London  UK flights hit by computer failure Dec.17  Moscow  Russia's shock-and-awe move fails to halt ruble collapse



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2014 Jan.5  Portugal  Portugal football legend Eusebio dies Jan.6  Switzerland  Merkel fractures pelvis in ski fall Jan.13  Madrid  Ronaldo beats Messi to Ballon d'Or Feb.7   Sochi Sochi 2014: Winter Olympics opens with glittering ceremony
Map of Fisht Stadium Russia
  Athletes from 87 nations paraded before 40,000 people in the Fisht Stadium before president Vladimir Putin declared the Games open
 The Olympic flame was lit by Russian former triple gold medallists Vladislav Tretiak and Irina Rodnina as fireworks illuminated the sky. At a cost of $50bn, the Games is the most expensive Olympics in history even though Olympic ring doesn't open at the ceremony
Feb.23  Sochi  Canada beat Sweden 3-0 to win Olympic ice hockey gold Feb.23   Sochi Olympics closing ceremony is trip through Russian culture Apr.29  Munich  Real Madrid crushes Bayern Munich to make final May.24   Portugal Real Madrid win Champions League Jun.8   Paris Rafael Nadal clinches record ninth French Open title Jun.16  Southern France  Michael Schumacher 'out of coma' Jul.6  London  Djokovic claims Wimbledon title over Federer Jul.20  Northern England  British Open: Rory McIlroy triumphs at Hoylake



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2014 Jan.8  London  Mark Duggan killing lawful, says jury Jan.9  North Caucasus  Six deaths, car blast prompt security sweep ahead of Games in Sochi Jan.16  Vatican  Vatican grilled by U.N. over sexual abuse Jan.17   Vatican Ex-Pope defrocked nearly 400 priests
Jan.30   Northern Italy Amanda Knox found guilty of murder again   An Italian appeals court convicted former exchange student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito on murder charges Feb.3   Moscow Two killed in Moscow school shooting Feb.3  European Union  Corruption across EU 'breathtaking' Feb.8  Spain  Spanish princess quizzed in court Feb.16   Geneva Co-pilot hijacks plane, flies to Geneva, seeks asylum Feb.19  Sochi  Video shows Pussy Riot members 'beaten by Cossacks' Feb.22   Eastern Ukraine   Ukraine ex-PM Tymoshenko freed   The Ukrainian opposition leader and former Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, has been freed from jail Mar.8   Italy   Two aboard missing Malaysia Airlines jet traveling with stolen passports
  Two people aboard Boeing 777 were traveling with passports reported stolen in Thailand, foreign ministry officials in Italy and Austria said
Apr.4  London  Rancadore rearrested after new warrant for Mafia boss Apr.26   Donbass Ukraine crisis: Observers held captive
Map of Sloviansk Ukraine
  Concern mounted for the safety of a team of European and Ukrainian military observers seized by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine
Apr.30   Northern Ireland Gerry Adams held over 1972 murder Map of Antrim United Kingdom
  Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has been arrested by Northern Ireland police in connection with the 1972 murder of Jean McConville
May.2   Ukraine Police: 38 dead in protest-linked Odessa fire Map of Trade Unions building Odessa Ukraine
  A building fire broke out during a clash between pro-Russia demonstrators and supporters of the central government
May.3   Donbass Abducted military observers freed in east Ukraine May.4  Ukraine  Odessa detainees freed after protest May.17   Paris Leaders declare 'war' on Boko Haram May.18  Turkey  Arrests over Turkish mine deaths May.24   Brussels Brussels fatal gun attack at Jewish museum Map of Jewish Museum Belgium
  A gunman has shot dead three people at the Jewish Museum in the Belgian capital, officials say. A fourth person was seriously wounded
 The attacker arrived by car, got out, fired on people at the museum entrance, and returned to the vehicle which then sped away
May.31   Southern France Frenchman 'held over Brussels killings' Jun.21  Southern Italy  Pope Francis attacks 'evil' mafia in 'Ndrangheta base Jul.1   Paris   Sarkozy held over influence claims Map of Nanterre France
  French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy has been detained for questioning over alleged influence peddling
Jul.4   Germany Germany arrests 'suspected US spy' Jul.7  Donbass  Rebels blamed as Ukraine bridges hit Jul.10   Berlin Germany expels U.S. Embassy official Sep.13   London   Hostage 'death video' investigated  The Foreign Office has said it is 'working urgently to verify' video purporting to show beheading of British hostage David Haines Sep.14  Berlin  Merkel: Fighting anti-Semitism is German duty Nov.6  Hague  No Israel charge over Gaza ship raid Nov.17  Paris  Frenchman is part of ISIS beheading video Dec.21   France Driver attacks French pedestrians Dec.30  Moscow  Kremlin critic Navalny found guilty of fraud



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2014 Jan.1  Czech Republic  Palestinian diplomat dies in blast Jan.6  Switzerland  Merkel fractures pelvis in ski fall Jan.10  Paris  French president mulls legal action over claim of affair with actress Jan.16  Vatican  Vatican grilled by U.N. over sexual abuse Jan.17   Vatican Ex-Pope defrocked nearly 400 priests
Jan.19   Kiev   Clashes in Kiev after protest ban
  Clashes have broken out after large crowds of pro-EU demonstrators rallied in Ukraine's capital against new laws which aim to curb public protests.    Stun grenades were thrown as protesters tried to reach parliament, their way blocked by police. Vitali Kl...
Jan.22   Switzerland   Syria defiant at conference; Kerry rules out al-Assad
  'This is a Syrian conflict, and it will remain as such,' Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem told the peace conference.    A preliminary session of Syrian peace talks meant to end three years of bloodshed was...
Jan.22  Kiev  3 protesters dead amid clashes with police in Kiev Jan.22  Switzerland  Gulf over Assad blights Syria talks Jan.23  Kiev  Crisis talks after Ukraine bloodshed Jan.24  Kiev  Concessions fail to end Kiev unrest Jan.25   Kiev   Yanukovych offers jobs to opposition   Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych has offered the post of prime minister to opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk Jan.25   Paris   Hollande confirms Trierweiler split  French President Francois Hollande has confirmed his separation from his partner Valerie Trierweiler Jan.26  Geneva  Syria talks: Civilians allowed to leave Homs old city Jan.26  Geneva  Power transfer on Syria talks agenda Jan.26  Kiev  Ukraine justice minister in state of emergency warning Jan.27  Kiev  Ukraine 'to scrap anti-protest law' Jan.28   Kiev   Ukraine government resigns   President Yanukovych accepted the resignation of Mykola Azarov and his government , amid a political crisis fired by violent protests Jan.29   Kiev Ukraine passes protest amnesty law
Jan.31   Geneva Syria talks end in recriminations   The Syrian government and opposition have traded insults after a week-long peace conference in Geneva ended with no firm agreement Jan.31   Kiev Ukraine activist 'was tortured' Feb.6   Ukraine Leaked Ukraine call embarrasses US Feb.8  Spain  Spanish princess quizzed in court Feb.9   Switzerland   Swiss narrowly back migration curbs
  Swiss voters have narrowly backed a referendum proposal to bring back strict quotas for immigration from European Union countries
Feb.10   Geneva New round of Syria peace talks begins in Geneva
Feb.13   Brussels Belgian children may be able to choose death  The lower house of the Belgian Parliament adopted a bill that extends the right to euthanasia for minors. The law passed 86 to 44 with 12 ab... Feb.17   Rome Italian president asks Renzi to form government  Giorgio Napolitano has asked Matteo Renzi, the mayor of Florence, to form a new government. It follows the resignation on Friday of PM Enrico... Feb.18  Kiev  7 people killed in clashes between police and anti-government protesters Feb.18   Kiev   Police storm main Kiev protest camp Map of Independence Square Ukraine
  Police are storming the main protest camp in the capital, which has been occupied since November. Explosions are taking place
 Fireworks are being thrown and large fires have broken out. At least 18 people were killed, including 7policemen. President Yanukovych blamed the violence on opposition leaders
Feb.19  European Union  Kiev bloodshed sparks sanctions push Feb.19  Sochi  Video shows Pussy Riot members 'beaten by Cossacks' Feb.19  Kiev  Kiev truce breaks as EU talks loom Feb.20  Kiev  At least 21 protesters dead in Kiev Feb.20   Kiev Ukraine sanctions imposed amid clashes Feb.21   Kiev   Deal signed to end Ukraine crisis
  President Viktor Yanukovych, opposition leaders and representatives of the EU signed the deal after a night of difficult negotiations.    The agreement gives the government 48 hours to restore an earlier version of the country's constitution limiting the president's powers and also calls f...
Feb.21  Kiev  Ukraine protesters stay despite deal Feb.22   Eastern Ukraine   Ukraine ex-PM Tymoshenko freed   The Ukrainian opposition leader and former Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, has been freed from jail Feb.22  Vatican  Pope appoints 19 new cardinals Feb.22   Kiev   Ukraine MPs vote to oust president
  Ukrainian MPs have voted to oust President Yanukovych and hold early presidential elections on 25 May
 The vote came after police stopped guarding presidential buildings, allowing protesters in. Yanukovych said it was a 'coup' and vowed not to stand down. Yulia Tymoshenko was released from detention, hours after MPs authorised the move
Feb.23   Kiev Ukraine appoints interim president
Feb.24  Moscow  Russia: Ukraine leaders 'mutineers' Feb.24  Kiev  Arrest warrant issued for Yanukovych Feb.25  Kiev  Ukraine leader warns of separatism Feb.26   Crimea Rival rallies in Ukraine's Crimea Feb.26  Kiev  Protesters name new Ukraine cabinet Feb.28   Russia Viktor Yanukovych: I'm still Ukraine's President Mar.1   Moscow   Russia approves troops for Ukraine   Russia's upper house of parliament has approved President Putin's request for Russian forces to be used in Ukraine Mar.4   Moscow Russia has no plans to annex Ukraine's Crimea Mar.4  Kiev  Kerry: No evidence for Russia claims Mar.5   Paris Top diplomats seek Ukraine solution Mar.5  Paris  'Tough' Ukraine talks to continue Mar.6   Crimea   Crimea lawmakers vote to join Russia Map of Crimea Ukraine
  Lawmakers in the Crimean region voted in favor of leaving the country for Russia and putting it to a vote before residents in 10 days.    Ukrainian interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk ...
Mar.6   European Union   'Illegal' Crimean referendum condemned   The EU and US have joined Ukraine's government in condemning as 'illegal' a move by the Crimea region to set up a referendum to join Russia Mar.7  Kiev  Crimea vote 'will not be recognised' Mar.10  Moscow  Russia condemns 'lawlessness' in eastern Ukraine Mar.11   Istanbul Clashes as Turkish boy dies in coma  Clashes have erupted at a hospital where Berkin Elvan, 15, has died nine months after he was struck on the head by a tear gas canister fired... Mar.14   London Kerry, Lavrov hold last-ditch talks Mar.14   London   No Ukraine accord in US-Russia talks   Russia and the US have 'no common vision' on the crisis in Ukraine, Russia's foreign minister has said, after talks with his US counterpart Mar.16  Crimea  Crimea holds secession referendum Mar.16   Crimea   Crimea referendum: Voters 'back Russia union'
  Some 95.5% of voters in Crimea have supported joining Russia, officials say. after half the votes have been counted in a disputed referendum
 The EU and US condemned it as illegal. Russia's Vladimir Putin has said he will respect the Crimean people's wishes. Many Crimeans loyal to Kiev boycotted the referendum
Mar.17   European Union   EU and US impose Crimea sanctions
  The EU and US have announced travel bans and asset freezes against a number of officials from Russia and Ukraine.    The individuals are seen as having played a key role in...
Mar.17   Moscow   Vladimir Putin recognises Crimea as nation
  Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree recognising Crimea as a sovereign state, paving the way for it to be absorbed into Russia
Mar.18   Moscow Putin signs Russia-Crimea treaty
Mar.20   Turkey Twitter 'blocked' in Turkey
  Twitter users in Turkey report that the social media site has been blocked in the country. PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to 'wipe out Twitter'
Mar.21   Brussels Ukraine signs EU trade pact   Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk signed the political elements of a trade pact with the European Union on Friday Mar.21  Moscow  Putin signs Crimea annexation law Mar.27  Vatican  Obama meets Pope Francis in Rome Mar.28  Highway 2014 Pro Russian Conflict in Ukraine  Putin calls Obama to discuss Ukraine Mar.29  Moscow  Russia vows no Ukraine invasion Mar.30   Paris   US-Russia deadlock on Ukraine crisis   Kerry stressed that Ukraine would have to be at the table for negotiations. Russian foreign minister: Ukraine can't function as unified stat... Apr.3   Kiev Kiev report blames Yanukovych for protest deaths
Apr.3  Moscow  Russia recalls ambassador to NATO Apr.6   Donbass Pro-Russians storm government office in Donetsk Map of Donetsk Ukraine
  Pro-Russian protesters have stormed the regional administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk
Apr.9  Kiev  Ukraine in 48-hour ultimatum to east's pro-Russia activists Apr.10  Highway 2014 Pro Russian Conflict in Ukraine  Putin warns Europe of gas shortages Apr.13  Donbass  Operation to drive out pro-Russians from police building in Slovyansk Apr.14   Donbass Fresh pro-Russian attack in Ukraine Apr.17   Geneva   Deal struck to calm Ukraine crisis   Russia, Ukraine, the US and the European Union have said that all sides have agreed to steps to 'de-escalate' the crisis in eastern Ukraine Apr.18  Donbass  Pro-Russia protesters defy Ukraine deal Apr.18  Rome  Pope Francis prays for abandoned in Good Friday service Apr.19   Kiev Ukraine calls Easter truce in east   Ukraine's foreign minister has said that operations against pro-Russian militants in the east of the country have been suspended over Easter Apr.22  Kiev  Biden says Russia must 'start acting' Apr.25   Highway 2014 Pro Russian Conflict in Ukraine Western leaders consider new Russia sanctions Apr.27   Vatican   Vatican declares two popes saints   Pope Francis has declared Popes John Paul II and John XXIII saints, in front of a crowd of hundreds of thousands Apr.30   Donbass Kiev 'helpless' to quell parts of east Apr.30   Northern Ireland Gerry Adams held over 1972 murder Map of Antrim United Kingdom
  Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has been arrested by Northern Ireland police in connection with the 1972 murder of Jean McConville
May.1   Donbass Pro-Russian group seizes Donetsk office   Hundreds of pro-Russian militants have seized the regional prosecutor's office in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, and there are reports of injurie... May.2   Ukraine Police: 38 dead in protest-linked Odessa fire Map of Trade Unions building Odessa Ukraine
  A building fire broke out during a clash between pro-Russia demonstrators and supporters of the central government
May.4  Ukraine  Odessa detainees freed after protest May.6  Austria  Ukraine crisis dominates Council of Europe meeting May.7   Moscow Putin 'backs' Ukraine election May.7  England  Malala plea over Nigeria schoolgirls May.8  Eastern Ukraine  Pro-Russia separatists say 'nyet' to Putin May.9   Highway 2014 Pro Russian Conflict in Ukraine   Russia's Putin visits annexed Crimea   President Vladimir Putin is making his first visit to Crimea since Russia annexed it from Ukraine in March. The Kiev government protested at... May.11   Eastern Ukraine Ukraine rebels hold self-rule vote Map of Donetsk Ukraine
  Pro-Russian separatists in two eastern regions are holding 'self-rule' referendums - a move condemned by the Ukrainian government and the West.    Correspondents at polling stations report chaotic scene...
May.11   Donbass Ukraine rebels claim poll victory   Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region have claimed a resounding victory in a 'self-rule' referendum, saying 89% voted in... May.13  Kiev  Ukraine hosts talks in new peace bid May.17   Paris Leaders declare 'war' on Boko Haram May.23  Highway 2014 Pro Russian Conflict in Ukraine  Putin warns of civil war in Ukraine as election looms May.25   France Eurosceptic 'earthquake' rocks EU Map of European Parliament France
  The National Front has come first in France's elections to the European Parliament in what PM Manuel Valls has declared a 'political earthquake'
 Eurosceptic parties are coming first in Denmark and Greece. Britain's UKIP party surges in Euro election. Sweden feminist party goes to Brussels. Left opposition leads Greece euro vote
May.25   Kiev   Petro Poroshenko claims Ukraine presidency
  Ukrainian confectionery tycoon Petro Poroshenko has claimed outright victory in the country's presidential election.    The 48-year-old businessman won more than 55% of the vote in ...
May.26  Paris  France's Hollande calls for reform of 'remote' EU May.29  Kiev  Ukraine leader vows to crush rebels May.30  Berlin  Row brews as Merkel backs Juncker as EU chief Jun.2   Madrid King Juan Carlos of Spain abdicates
  King Juan Carlos of Spain has announced his intention to abdicate, after nearly 40 years on the throne.    His son, Crown Prince Felipe,...
Jun.4  Brussels  G7 warns Russia of fresh sanctions Jun.5  France  D-Day anniversary: World leaders gather for ceremony Jun.6   France D-Day anniversary: Veterans mark historic invasion
Map of Sword Beach Normandy France
  Almost 2,000 veterans and world leaders are attending the main commemoration event marking the 70th anniversary of the landings
Jun.7   Kiev   Poroshenko sworn in and sets out peace plan   Petro Poroshenko has been sworn in as president of Ukraine, setting out a plan to bring peace to the conflict-torn east of the country Jun.21  Southern Italy  Pope Francis attacks 'evil' mafia in 'Ndrangheta base Jun.26  Moscow  Putin aide calls Ukraine head 'Nazi' Jun.27   Brussels   Ukraine hails EU's 'historic pact' with ex-Soviet states
  Ukraine's president has hailed a 'historic' trade pact with the European Union, calling it the 'most important day' since independence in 1991.    Russia said the partnership agreement, also signed by two other ex-...
Jun.28  Bosnia  Bosnia marks centenary of WWI spark Jul.1   Paris   Sarkozy held over influence claims
Map of Nanterre France
  French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy has been detained for questioning over alleged influence peddling
Jul.10   Berlin Germany expels U.S. Embassy official Jul.16   European Union Ukraine crisis: US and EU boost sanctions on Russia Jul.21  Moscow  Outrage at Moscow grows over 'shambolic' Flight 17 probe Jul.23   Netherlands   MH17 victims arrive in Netherlands Map of Eindhoven Netherlands
  Two planes carrying bodies from crashed flight MH17 have landed in the Netherlands where a day of mourning for the 298 victims has been declared
Jul.24  Kiev  Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk resigning Aug.3   France   French and German leaders mark WW1 anniversary   The French and German presidents have commemorated the 100th anniversary of Germany's declaration of war on France on 3 August 1914 Aug.6   European Union Rosetta goes into orbit around comet   Europe's Rosetta probe has arrived at a comet after a 10-year chase and manoeuvred alongside a speeding body to begin mapping Aug.10   Turkey   President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hails new era for Turkey   Outgoing PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hailed his victory in Turkey's first direct presidential election as a new era for the country Aug.11   Moscow   Putin taunts West with humanitarian convoy in eastern Ukraine
  The Kremlin announced it will send a humanitarian convoy into Ukraine, despite previous warnings from the West against such move
Aug.25   Kiev President calls snap vote amid fighting
Aug.29  Berlin  Ukraine 'slipping out of control', Germany warns Aug.30   Brussels Ukraine crisis: EU 'must act on Russia aggression'   EU leaders are meeting in Brussels to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, threatening to impose fresh sanctions against Russia Aug.30   Brussels EU sets Russia sanctions ultimatum Aug.31  Moscow  Putin 'urges talks on statehood for east Ukraine' Sep.3  Paris  France halts Russia warship delivery Sep.4   Wales Nato summit: Russia criticised over Ukraine crisis Sep.5   Belarus Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels sign ceasefire deal Map of Minsk Belarus
  The two sides agreed to stop firing and the truce appeared to be holding. But the rebels had not changed their policy of splitting from Ukraine
 More than 2,600 people have died since rebels stormed several eastern cities. The rebels made new advances in recent days
Sep.8   London Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expecting second child Sep.12  Northern Ireland  Ian Paisley: Politicians and religious leaders react to death Sep.14  Berlin  Merkel: Fighting anti-Semitism is German duty Sep.14  Sweden  Swedish prime minister resigns after election loss Sep.14  Paris  Islamic State crisis: Kerry to lead talks in Paris Sep.15  Kiev  Parliament set to ratify landmark EU deal Sep.17   Scotland Scottish independence: Voters answer referendum question Sep.18  Scotland  First results of Scotland vote trickle in Sep.18   Scotland Scots reject independence Map of EDINBURGH United Kingdom
  Voters in Scotland turned out in unprecedented numbers and early results suggested they were not in favor of ending union with England
 The 'No' side has an unassailable lead of 1,877,252 votes to 1,512,688. Nationally, the margin of victory is about 55% to 45%. Glasgow voted in favour of independence. Edinburgh, the nation's capital, rejected independence
Sep.19   Belarus Ukraine deal with pro-Russian rebels at Minsk talks   Ukraine's government and pro-Russia rebels have agreed a memorandum on a peace plan for the eastern conflict Sep.19   Scotland Scottish referendum: Salmond to quit after Scots vote No Oct.2  Turkey  Turkish lawmakers OK military action against ISIS Oct.8   Turkey 19 die as violent protests over ISIS sweep Turkey Oct.10   Norway   Malala and Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize
  Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights campaigner, have jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize.    Malala, 17, is the youngest ever recipient of the prize. She was shot in...
Oct.13   Vatican Synod signals Catholic shift on gays
Oct.18   Vatican   Pope's synod setback on gay policy  Pope Francis has suffered a setback as proposals for wider acceptance of gay people failed to win a two-thirds majority at a Catholic Church... Oct.24  Turkey  Turkey: 200 Peshmerga will join Syrian Kurds' fight for Kobani Oct.26   Kiev Pro-Western blocs 'win Ukraine poll' Oct.30   Brussels Ukraine, Moscow clinch deal on Russian gas supply Nov.2   Donbass Ukrainian breakaway regions hold elections   Residents of separatist-controlled regions voted to elect legislators and executives in polls that have been denounced by the international ... Nov.2  Denmark  Fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 says IPCC Nov.8  Berlin  Gorbachev: World on brink of new Cold War Nov.9   Berlin Berlin Wall: Thousands of balloons released Map of Brandenburg Gate Germany
  Some 8,000 helium balloons have been released into the night sky over Germany's capital to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall
Nov.12   European Union Space probe scores bull's-eye with comet landing
  A mechanical space traveler called the Philae plunked down on its target, 67P comet - some 310 million miles from Earth
Nov.14  European Union  Philae comet lander back in contact Nov.23   Austria Iran talks: Diplomats ponder extending deadline   Foreign ministers trying to reach an agreement on nuclear program are considering extending negotiations, as Monday's deadline for a deal lo... 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.25   Vatican Pope's message: Iraq and Syria suffered too long
Dec.30  Moscow  Kremlin critic Navalny found guilty of fraud