A suicide bomber killed 23 Iraqi army recruits and wounded 36 in Baghdad in an attack on men volunteering to join the government's struggle to crush al-Qaeda-linked militants in Anbar province. Members of the terrorist group
al-Qaeda in Iraq, which recently changed its name to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), is believed to be responsible for the attack.
On January 10th U.S. forces in Afghanistan accidentally shot dead a four year old boy, straining ties with the Karzai Administration.
"As the weather was dusty, the marine forces based there thought he was an enemy and opened fire. As result of mistaken fire, he was killed," Omar Zwak, spokesman for the governor of the southern province of Helmand
Moscow authorities expel writer David Satter from the country in the first expulsion of a US journalist since the cold war. This event is the first sign that relations between Moscow and Washington are beginning to deteriorate.
Iran suspended its most sensitive nuclear development work and world powers immediately responded by lifting some of the sanctions that have crippled the oil-based economy.
Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a trove of government documents to journalists last year, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He lives in an undisclosed location in Russia having been granted a three-year residency permit allowing him to travel freely within the country.
Peace talks aimed at forging a path out of Syria's civil war reach an impasse after five days of negotiations. The Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, accused the US of using the talks for the sole purpose of "regime change". British-based opposition group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the death toll in the three-year conflict had now reached 140,000, with 5,000 people killed since the first round of peace talks began on 22 January.
The US signaled it no longer recognises Viktor Yanukovych as Ukraine's president, as the country’s interim president Olexander Turchynov prepares to form a unity government. The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin responds by ordering snap military exercises near the Ukraine border.
Ousted President Viktor Yanukovich, whose whereabouts remained unknown before he turned up in Russia, issues a statement saying that he is still the legitimate president and "ready to fight to the end". Around 50 armed men bearing Russian national symbols seize the building of the Supreme Council of Crimea
Russia finally confirms that it has moved troops in Ukraine's Crimea region to protect its own interests.
Russian President Vladimir Putin formally asks the Federation Council of the Russian Parliament for approval to use armed forces in Ukraine. He receives unanimous support. The Council also demands for President Putin to recall the Russian Federation ambassador to the United States.
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro severed diplomatic relations with Panama, accusing the Central American nation of being a "lackey" for the United States in a conspiracy plot against his government.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappears with 239 people from 15 countries on board, the plane disappeared without a trace and it remains one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history.
Israeli media reported that up to 55 rockets had been fired into Israel. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attack, saying that over 90 rockets had been fired toward Israel. No injuries reported.
Voters in Crimea vote overwhelmingly to leave Ukraine and rejoin Russia. Ukraine, the European Union, and the United States condemn the referendum.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin signs the legislation completing the annexation of Crimea.
North Korea fires two mid-range ballistic missiles as the leaders of the United States, Japan and South Korea meet to discuss the security threat it poses to the region. It demonstrated North Korea’s first tests of midrange projectiles in nearly five years, two Rodong missiles blasted off from mobile launching vehicles from and flew 403 miles before landing in the sea between North Korea and Japan.
Pro-Russian activists occupying a government building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk have proclaimed the creation of a sovereign Donetsk People's Republic independent of the capital Kiev.
88 civilians are killed in Aleppo by barrel bombs dropped from Syrian government warplanes.
Palestinian rival factions Fatah and Hamas announce reconciliation to form a unity government. They split up violently in 2007.
Washington accuses Moscow of fomenting unrest in the Ukraine. President Barack Obama blamed Russia for failing to carry out the Geneva deal and said he was ready to impose new sanctions.
At least 37 people are killed and 85 others are injured in multiple explosions in the Syrian city of Homs.
Islamist militants Boko Haram have released a video apparently showing about 130 girls kidnapped from a school in northern Nigeria. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said the children would be held until all imprisoned militants have been freed. Boko Haram means "Western education is sin." Around 2,000 people were killed in Boko Haram attacks in the first four months of 2014 alone.
More than 3,000 Chinese citizens are evacuated from Vietnam, with 2 Chinese killed and more than 100 injured in the riot last week following China drilling for oil in the South China Sea.
Negotiations between Iran and Russia regarding the building of two additional nuclear reactors at Iran's Bushehr power plant take place.
Russia and China veto a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have asked the International Criminal Court to investigate war crimes in Syria.
Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, previously the only United States military prisoner held captive in Afghanistan, is released in exchange for five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay. The move evidences dialogue between the Taliban and the United States.
Amid the crisis in Ukraine, President of the United States Barack Obama announces the European Reassurance Initiative—a $1bn plan to fund the increase of the United States military presence in Europe and step up defense capabilities of Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia.
Insurgents continue their offensive, gaining control of the city of Tikrit – Iraq, the second provincial capital to fall in as many days.
The United Nations Security Council meets to discuss the rapid progress of an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant offensive towards Baghdad.
A Ukraine military Ilyushin Il-76 airlifter is shot down, killing all 49 people on board.
275 United States Military personnel are deployed to Iraq to provide extra protection for the American embassy in Baghdad.
12 people including 9 children are killed when a Syrian army helicopter strikes a refugees camp south of Damascus.
Pakistani forces conduct airstrikes on terrorist hideouts in North Waziristan, killing 25 militants.
Kenyan Air Force planes attack the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab killing 80 of its fighters
The Iraqi Army expels militants from the centre of the city of Tikrit amongst heavy fighting.
Boko Haram torch four churches, killing at least 30 people, near the town of Chibok, a village just kilometers from the town where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped ealier this year.
Israel's military hits 34 targets across the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip in response to the more than 20 rockets that were fired into Israel from Gaza
A 31 year old male employee of Germany's intelligence service BND is arrested on suspicions of spying for the United States.
The Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott and the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe sign a free trade agreement in the Australian capital Canberra.
The US widens sanctions against Russia, targeting major banks and energy companies.
Israeli shelling kills four children playing in a port next to Al-Deira hotel in Gaza, base to many journalists.
A Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 295 people is shot down in east Ukraine on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. There are no survivors. Other airlines announce they are now avoiding eastern Ukraine.
President Barack Obama says the United States has "increasing confidence" that the missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came from Russian separatists in Ukraine - and that Russia bears responsibility for the crisis.
According to Hamas the death toll from Israel's offensive against the Gaza Strip exceeds 300
The United Nations Security Council calls for an immediate ceasefire on the Gaza Strip after an emergency meeting
At least 15 Palestinians are killed and 200 injured in a strike on a UNRWA-run school in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza, crowded with hundreds of displaced civilians. UN condemns the shelling, saying it asked the Israel Defense Force for time to evacuate civilians.
Insurgents stop minibuses in Ghōr Province, Afghanistan and execute 14 Shiite Muslims
Eighteen people die in airstrikes on Gaza City as the fighting intensifies.
The pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk renew their calls for Russia to send troops and arms to their aid.
A UNRWA-run school in Rafah is hit by an Israeli air strike. At least seven people are thought to have been killed, and at least 30 injured. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon condemns in strong terms the attack as 'moral outrage and criminal act'.
Human Rights Watch found that Israeli forces have deliberately killed Palestinian civilians in Gaza, including ones fleeing the conflict.
Israeli ground forces leave the Gaza Strip ahead of an Egyptian mediated ceasefire.
Saudi Arabia grants Lebanon US$1 billion to help the country in its conflict with self-declared jihadist fighters on the border with Syria.
The United Nations says the persecution of the Yazidi by ISIS may be genocide.
A column of at least 23 Russian armoured vehicles and military trucks crosses the border from Russia into Ukraine
Chadian troops rescue 85 hostages from Boko Haram who had been kidnapped in Nigeria and taken over the border into Chad.
American journalist James Wright Foley, kidnapped in 2012, is beheaded by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
In response to rocket fire six hours before the end of a cease-fire, Israeli airstrikes kill 11 Palestinians including the wife and infant son of Hamas military leader Mohammed Deif.
At least 18 people are executed in public by Hamas after being accused of "collaborating" with Israel
Russia says that the 10 armed Russian paratroopers captured during the night in the village of Dzerkalne, Donetsk Oblast, roughly 20 kilometers from the Russian border, only entered Ukraine by "mistake".
China's parliament decides Hong Kong cannot freely choose its next leader in 2017. The decision kick starts a pro-democracy political wave known as The Umbrella Movement.
The United States says that it will not coordinate with Iran in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Australia sends combat aircraft and special forces to the Middle East to help in the fight against Islamic State
The President of Ukraine visits the United States to seek assistance in combating separatists in eastern Ukraine.
The Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon announces the creation of an emergency mission to respond to the Ebola virus in West Africa
Japan vows to continue its whaling program despite passage of an anti-whaling vote in the International Whaling Commission.
Students from more than 20 universities and colleges in Hong Kong boycott class in protest against Beijing’s decision to rule out fully democratic elections.
The People's Republic of China says that 50 people died in recent violence in the western province of Xinjiang.
At least 45 people (including 41 children) are killed and 56 injured following a suicide bomber attack on the Akrameh al-Makhzumi school in Homs.
A suicide bomb attack kills at least 20 people in Tahrir Square in the Yemeni capital Sana'a.
ISIL forces capture the headquarters of Kurdish forces defending the Syrian border town of Kobane, the United Nations warns of a massacre.
A huge explosion occurs in a rubber factory in the rebel held city of Donetsk with the Russian media claiming it was caused by a missile. The Government of Ukraine denies the charges.
Sweden officially recognises Palestine as a sovereign state. Israel recalls its ambassador to Sweden
Turkey breaks from its policy of preventing Kurdish fighters from entering Syria and allows 150 Iraqi Peshmerga to cross into Kobanê.
Over 300 members of the Sunni Albu Nimr tribe are executed by ISIS militants in Anbar Province, western Iraq.
At least 60 people were killed and 110 injured by a suicide bombing in the Pakistani city of Lahore
United States President Barack Obama orders 1500 more troops into Iraq.
A suicide bomber kills at least 47 students at a school assembly in the Nigerian town of Potiskum in Yobe state
Australia and the People's Republic of China conclude a free trade deal worth $18 billion
Boko Haram captures the northeastern Nigerian town of Damasak, killing 50 and forcing more than 3,000 to flee across the border into Niger.
Coalition forces launch over 30 airstrikes on Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIL.
The Syrian Army repels an ISIL offensive on the Deir ez-Zor air base, resulting in at least 119 casualties total.
Taliban gunmen storm one of the military-run Army Public Schools in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing at least 141, including 132 children and nine employees, with most of five hundred students evacuated
The Pakistan Armed Forces conduct operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, killing seventy-seven militants
Russia's central bank announce a bailout of the troubled Trust Bank - the first such rescue in the country's currency crisis. The Bank of Russia said it has placed Trust under its supervision and would hand it 30bn roubles (€450m) to avoid bankruptcy.