2014 World News Highlights

Comedy legends Robin Williams and Joan Rivers passed

Academy award-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams passed away August 12, 2014 of suicide. News of Williams’s death spread quickly and soon every news station across the world was breaking the news of his untimely passing. Actors and comedians that had worked with Williams in the past came forward to remember the comedian. Actor Billy Crystal presented a moving tribute to Williams after during the Emmy Awards on August 25, 2014. He was 63 at time of death.

Daytime Emmy award-winning comedian and actress Joan Rivers passed away suddenly of cardiac arrest on September 4, 2014. Her works include The Late Show with Joan River, The Joan Rivers Show and, most recently, Fashion Police on E! network. She was 81 years old at the time of her death.



December 17, 2014 marked the day President Obama made quite a significant change to the United States relationship with Cuba. He announced that the United States would normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba. This announcement came after the release of US aid worker Alan Gross. Alan Gross had bee held captive for five years and despite that spoke highly of Cuba. It was declared a new stage to the relationship between the two nations. The world heard this and many called it a “game changer


Israel-Hamas Conflict

Also known as Operation Protective Edge, Israel launched the operation in July 8, 2014. It began after July 7 when seven Hamamas were killed in a tunnel explosion caused by an Israeli airstrike. During this month long conflict, United States’ President Obama acknowledged that while Israeli had the right to defend themselves, it was in the best interest on both sides to seize fire.

Canada was in full support of Israel, and criticized Hamas. On August 26, 2014 after over 2,000 deaths, the conflict ended. Both sides claimed the were victorious.


Fighting in Ukraine and Crimea

Russia and Ukraine began fighting over Ukrainian nation Crimea in April 2014. With over 5,000 people killed in the conflict, the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels came together to talk cease fire, though a formal agreement wasn’t made until early 2015.


Malaysian Airlines Flight 370

Malaysian Airlines international flight 370 disappeared March 8, 2014 while flying from Malaysia to Beijing. The aircraft disappeared from air traffic control radar and went missing. 227 passengers and 12 crew members were on board. There was an extensive search for months until over a year later in July 2015 when a piece of debris from the aircraft until late July of 2015. By the end of 2014, the financially struggling Malaysian airlines had denationalized.


Syria Civil War

Fighting in Syria has been ongoing for years. In January 2014, ISIS took the entire city of Raqqa.


Voting day for Toronto Municipal Election 2014

On October 27, 2014, the 2014 Toronto Mayoral Election took place. The candidates included Olivia Chow, Doug Ford and John Tory. John Tory went on to win the election, while politician Doug Ford and Olivia Chow placed second and third.


Mike Tyson throw tantrum at Toronto reporter

September 9, 2014, Mike Tyson lashed out at Toronto reporter, Nathan Downer, on live TV after the reporter asked about the former boxer’s rape conviction. Mike Tyson was on the interview in support of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (now former mayor) upcoming election. The reporter then asked Tyson if he would think his rape conviction would hurt Ford’s chances at mayor. Tyson grew angry and said no comment, along with other expletives. Though the reporter tried to steer the interview another way, it never recovered and the interview was cut short.

The next day Downer said he had no ill feelings toward Tyson and said that Tyson just lashed out.

Many Canadians were outraged at Tyson’s behavior, raising the question of why he was allowed in Canada as he was a convicted felon.


101-car pile up on Toronto’s Highway 400

Police referred the scene as “disturbing” as a total of 96 cars piled up on the highway due to the snow. It was a ripple effect. Once one car hit, other started to hit as well because the snow prevented them from breaking. Both directions of Highway 400 were shut down between Highway 89 and Mapleview. Cars were stuck on the highway for hours in the cold. Cars also were running out of gas and the police had to car buses to come to the rescue of those stranded. They buses were also needed to keep people warm as it was below that day. There were no major injuries in the massive crash.

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