This contains events from Sunday, March 9, 2014 through Saturday, March 15, 2014
March 11, 2014 -- Armed conflicts and attacks Gunmen in Kabul, Afghanistan kill Swedish Radio foreign correspondent Nils Horner. (Washington Post)
March 11, 2014 -- Maoist rebels ambush an Indian paramilitary force in Chhattisgarh, India, killing 18 soldiers. (AP via TIME)
March 11, 2014 -- In response to mortar fire, an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip kills three suspected militants. (AP via Houston Chronicle)
March 11, 2014 -- Protesters clash with police in Turkey after a 15-year-old boy died from a head injury sustained during anti-government protests. (The Guardian) (Reuters)
March 11, 2014 -- Bronze weapons found near China's Terracotta Army are determined to have once belonged to the soldiers. (Live Science)
March 11, 2014 -- International relations Territorial disputes in the South China Sea: Two Philippine ships are expelled by the Chinese Coast Guard from Ayungin Shoal in the Spratly group of islands. (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
March 11, 2014 -- Politics and elections The Libyan Parliament sacks Prime Minister Ali Zeidan and appoints former defense secretary Abdullah al-Thani as acting prime minister. (Reuters)
March 11, 2014 -- Politics of Israel Shas endorses Isaac Herzog from the Israeli Labor Party as the country's next prime minister. (Times of Israel) A new electoral law that raises the threshold of votes political parties need in elections to gain representation in the Knesset from 2 to 3,25% is passed unanimously as the entire opposition boycotts the vote. (AlJazeera)
Current events of March 12, 2014 (2014-03-12) (Wednesday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks Three Taliban insurgents are killed by a team of Afghan police and private commandos after attacking a former National Directorate of Security headquarters in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The Taliban claims they killed four commandos and five policemen, which police deny. (AP via ABC) Business and economy Judge Katherine B. Forrest of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, orders Fabrice "Fabulous Fab" Tourre to pay more than $825,000 for defrauding investors while a trader at Goldman Sachs. (Reuters) Disasters and accidents Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: China requests activation of the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters meaning international space agencies join an "unprecedented" search for the Malaysian airliner which disappeared over an ocean Saturday. (Al Jazeera) A crowdsourcing search effort after the vanished airliner finds a silhouette in the water of similar size and shape to the lost plane. Also, a Chinese satellite sights sizable pieces of debris. (CNN) (news.com.au) An explosion in the New York City neighbourhood of East Harlem kills 8 and injures over 70. (Pix 11) (WABC-TV) At least 350 apartments are evacuated due to a fire in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood. (KNTV) Health Fiji's Health Department confirms that eleven people have died and over 10,000 people have been infected in an outbreak of the type three strain of dengue fever. (ABC Online) International relations 2014 Crimean crisis Russia says planned U.S. financial aid to Ukraine is illegal. (Reuters) Politics and elections A new law levying criminal penalties on yeshiva students who dodge military service in the Israeli Defence Forces passes the Knesset with near unanimous support as the entire opposition boycotts the vote; Yoni Chetboun from Jewish Home is the lone no-voter. (Times of Israel) Science and technology Sir Tim Berners-Lee calls for a World Wide Web equivalent of the Magna Carta, on the 25th anniversary of his proposal for the World Wide Web. (BBC)
Current events of March 13, 2014 (2014-03-13) (Thursday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks 2014 Crimean crisis: Leaders in the Ukrainian Kherson Oblast threaten to shut off all power and water to Crimea if the referendum goes forward. (FOX) Russia masses its military near the Ukrainian border again as new military operations are announced. (BBC) At least 100 rockets have been fired from Gaza into southern Israel over the last 3 days, with the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine claiming responsibility. The IDF responded by shelling two alleged PIJ targets. (J Post) Islamist unrest in Egypt (2013present): Masked gunmen attack a bus carrying Egyptian Army soldiers in Cairo, killing one. (AP via The Hindu) Business and economy An executive board member of the European Central Bank, Benoît Curé, says that the ECB is determined to secure the continued decline in real interest rates in the months ahead. (Reuters) Disasters and accidents An intoxicated hit-and-run driver in Austin, Texas, United States, drives into a nighttime crowd at the South by Southwest festival, killing two and injuring 23 (USA Today) (CNN) A U.S. newspaper report claims Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 flew for hours after vanishing from radars Saturday. (Al Jazeera) (Wall Street Journal) Rescue crew continue to search for victims in the explosion in the New York City neighborhood of East Harlem, which killed 8 and injured more than 70. (NBC) A magnitude 6.3 earthquake occurs near Japan's Kyushu Island. (Chicago Tribune) A helicopter crash in Norfolk, United Kingdom, kills Edward Haughey, Baron Ballyedmond. (Eastern Counties Newspapers) Law and Crime Murderer and Sex Offender Brett Peter Cowan is sentenced to life imprisonment with a non-parole period of 20 years after being found guilty of murder, improperly interfering with a corpse and indecently dealing with a child under the age of 16 following the murder of Daniel Morcombe on the Sunshine Coast in December 2003. (Brisbane Times) Science and technology David Willetts, the UK science minister, announces £11m of funding for data processing linked to the Square Kilometre Array. (The Register)
Current events of March 14, 2014 (2014-03-14) (Friday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks Attacks all across Pakistan leave dozens dead, with the most violence centered in Peshawar and Quetta. (Reuters) Islamic militants attack a Nigerian Army barracks in Maiduguri, Borno State. (Voice of America) Business and economy American sandwich shop chain Quiznos files for bankruptcy. (Businessweek) Disasters and accidents A 7-story building in Mumbai, India, collapses, killing 7 people and injuring 4. (The Hindu) Rescue crew continue to search for victims in the explosion in the New York City neighborhood of East Harlem, which killed 8 and injured more than 70. (BBC) Law and crime A French court sentences former Rwandan army captain Pascal Simbikangwa to 25 years for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. (BBC) International relations The United States announces plans to relinquish remaining controls of the Internet following revelations of National Security Agency surveillance last year. (Washington Post) Politics and elections Joko Widodo is chosen as the nominee for the Indonesian Democratic Party Struggle for the upcoming presidential election. (The Jakarta Globe) International relations United States Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov meet in London, United Kingdom, to discuss the current Crimean crisis. (The Guardian)
Current events of March 15, 2014 (2014-03-15) (Saturday) edit history watch Disasters and accidents The Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak states that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was deliberately steered off course for reasons unknown and then flew for almost seven hours more. (AsiaOne) Business and economy Jack Lew, the U.S. Treasury Secretary, speaks to Wang Yang, vice premier of the People's Republic of China, and expresses U.S. approval of China's new, wider, daily trading band for its renminbi. (Reuters) Politics and elections Voters in the Australian states of Tasmania and South Australia go to the polls for state elections. The Liberal Party led by Will Hodgman have won government in the Tasmanian election while the South Australian election is too close to call. (Radio Australia), (ABC), (AAP via Yahoo!7) Slovak presidential election, 2014 Voters go to the polls in Slovakia with partial results showing that Prime Minister Robert Fico and businessman-turned philanthropist Andrej Kiska are likely to be the two contenders in the second round. (AP) 2014 Crimean crisis and 2014 Russian anti-war protests The March of Peace took place in Russia a day before the Crimean referendum. 30,000 people participated in anti-war protests in Moscow. (The Moscow Times) (Reuters) (RFE/RL) Sport In motorsports, the Chip Ganassi Racing #01 Riley-Ford Ecoboost Daytona Prototype, driven by Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and Marino Franchitti, wins the 2014 12 Hours of Sebring (RACER.com)
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March 11, 2014 -- Arts and culture New Zealand says it plans to hold a referendum regarding the change of its national flag. (The Guardian)
March 11, 2014 -- Business and economy Colorado says it has collected $2 million in taxes from marijuana sales in the month of January. (The Washington Post)
March 11, 2014 -- Men's Wearhouse buys rival JoS. A. Bank Clothiers for $1.8 billion. (Reuters)
March 11, 2014 -- Law and crime The search of one of Congress's stand-alone computers is referred to the Justice Department for investigation. (AP via USA Today)
March 11, 2014 -- Fourteen Caribbean nations file a lawsuit against the United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands for damages caused during the Atlantic slave trade. (TIME)
March 11, 2014 -- Joran van der Sloot faces an extradition case in the United States. (People)
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March 9, 2014 Religion Swedish charismatic pastor Ulf Ekman, who established the Livets Ord ministry, breaks with his megachurch and converts to Roman Catholicism. (Charisma News)
March 9, 2014 Armed conflicts and attacks A suicide car bomber kills 42 people at a police checkpoint in Hillah, Iraq. (Voice of America) Mexican authorities confirm that Nazario Moreno González, the top leader of the Knights Templar Cartel, was killed in the state of Michoacán. (CNN)
March 9, 2014 Politics and elections Vice President of Afghanistan Mohammed Fahim dies at the age of 57 due to natural causes. (Reuters) Colombian parliamentary election, 2014 President Juan Manuel Santos' coalition wins a reduced majority, while former President Alvaro Uribe is elected to the Senate. (Reuters)
March 9, 2014 Law and crime Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: The Ministry of Transport of Vietnam orders local airports and airlines to tighten their security, after the Malaysian plane vanished, on the first level of a three-level security alert system. (Thanh Nien News)
March 9, 2014 Disasters and accidents At least 42 migrants from the Horn of Africa drown when their boat overturns off the coast of Shabwah Governorate, Yemen. (Al Jazeera) A Boeing 787 controlled by Japan Airlines makes an emergency landing at Honolulu Airport in Honolulu, Hawaii, after oil pressure in their right engine dropped. (AP via CBS)
March 9, 2014 Sports In U.S. college basketball, Wichita State defeats Indiana State 8369 to win the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, becoming the first Division I men's team to enter the NCAA Tournament unbeaten since UNLV in 1991. (Sports Illustrated)
Monday, March 10, 2014 Armed conflicts and attacks 2014 Crimean crisis: A pro-Russian military force of just about a dozen men take control of the Ukrainian naval base near the town of Bakhchysarai. (Reuters) A Jordanian judge is fatally shot by Israeli Border Police after he allegedly attempted to grab one of their rifles. (AP via TIME)
Monday, March 10, 2014 Politics and elections Troy Buswell resigns as the Treasurer of Western Australia following a mental breakdown and a car accident. (Perth Now) New Zealand general election, 2014: John Key, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, announces that the 2014 New Zealand election will be held on 20 September 2014. (New Zealand Herald) The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Peter O'Neill sacks the Treasurer Don Polye and the Minister for Industrial Relations Mark Maipakai. (AAP via News Limited)
Monday, March 10, 2014 Business and economy Irish fruit firm Fyffes and U.S. rival Chiquita agree to combine, creating the world's largest banana company in an all-stock deal valued at about $1.07 billion. (BBC) Pizza chain Sbarro files for chapter 11 bankruptcy for the second time in 3 years. (Reuters)
Monday, March 10, 2014 Science and technology Dr. David J. Skorton, current President of Cornell University, is chosen to be the new head of the Smithsonian Institution. (AP via ABC)
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Created 14 July 2014 Last updated 3 Apr 2014