This contains events from Sunday, March 16, 2014 through Saturday, March 22, 2014
March 16, 2014 -- Politics and elections Crimean referendum, 2014 Voters in Crimea vote overwhelmingly to leave Ukraine and rejoin Russia. Ukraine, the European Union, and the United States condemn the referendum, which did not give voters the option of the status quo. (BBC) (Associated Press) Serbian parliamentary election, 2014 Voters in Serbia go to the polls for an early parliamentary election. The centre right SNS is reported to be receiving around 50% of the popular vote. (AP via Houston Chronicle), (Straits Times)
March 16, 2014 -- Sports 2014 Winter Paralympics: The Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia officially concludes. (CBC) (BBC) In the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Carl Edwards wins the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway after rain causes the race to be delayed more than 5 hours, and the final laps of the event to be run under caution. (NASCAR.com) In U.S. men's college basketball, the field for the NCAA Division I Tournament is set. Florida is the #1 overall seed, with the other top seeds being Arizona, Virginia, and unbeaten Wichita State. (AP via ESPN)
March 17, 2014 -- International relations President of the United States Barack Obama announces that the United States will sanction Russian officials that contributed to the current Crimean crisis. (Voice of America)
March 17, 2014 -- Armed conflicts and attacks United States Navy SEALs take over a disavowed oil tanker in international waters previously seized by Libyan rebels. (AP via New Zealand Herald)
March 17, 2014 -- Politics and elections Crimean referendum, 2014 The Republic of Crimea is declared. (AP)
March 17, 2014 -- Arts and culture Model and fashion designer L'Wren Scott is found dead in her New York apartment. (BBC)
March 17, 2014 -- Natural disasters A 6.7 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Chile with officials issuing precautionary tsunami warnings for the nation's coast. (CNN)
March 17, 2014 -- Science and technology Evidence of cosmic inflation from the BICEP2 experiment is announced by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. (BBC) (Space)
Current events of March 18, 2014 (2014-03-18) (Tuesday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks A Ukrainian military serviceman is killed in an attack on a base in Crimea's main city, Simferopol. (Reuters via Trust) A suicide rickshaw bomber detonates in a marketplace in Maymana, Afghanistan, killing 15 people. (Los Angeles Times) Arts and culture President of the United States Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to 24 veterans, all of whom served in the Vietnam War, World War II and the Korean War. (AP via ABC) The Rolling Stones postpone their tours of Australia and New Zealand following the death of Mick Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott. (BBC) Disasters and accidents At least two people are dead and one is in critical condition after a KOMO-TV news helicopter crashes near the Seattle Space Needle in Seattle, Washington. (AP via Washington Times) International relations 2014 Crimean crisis - Simferopol Incident Japan announces it will fall in line with American sanctions against Russia for its role in promoting the secession of Crimea from Ukraine. (AP via Fox News) The parliaments of Russia and Crimea sign an accession treaty. (Washington Post) Transnistria formally requests to join the Russian Federation. (Vestnik Kavkaza) (BBC) United States-Syria relations: The United States expels all Syrian diplomats and closes the Syrian embassy in Washington D.C. (Reuters) Politics and elections Occupy Taiwan Legislature Protesters storm and occupy the Legislative Yuan in Taiwan due to a unilateral move by the Kuomintang that forces the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement to the legislative floor without giving it an item-by-item review. (Focus Taiwan)
Current events of March 19, 2014 (2014-03-19) (Wednesday) edit history watch Armed conflict and attacks 2014 Crimean crisis Russian forces overrun the Ukrainian Navy headquarters in Sevastopol and another naval base. (AFP via Google), (AP), (Reuters via Yahoo! News) Syrian Civil War: The Israeli Air Force launches several air strikes on Syrian military sites, killing 1 Syrian soldier and wounding 7 others, in retaliation for a bombing that wounded four of its troops in the Golan Heights.(BBC) Two Egyptian army officers and five militants are killed during a warehouse raid in Qalyubiya province north of Cairo. (NPR), (BBC) Business and economy Toyota is ordered to pay $1.2 billion to settle charges that it lied to United States safety investigators and the public about deadly accelerator defects. (AFP via Google News) Politics and elections South Africa's Public Protector finds that President Jacob Zuma has "benefitted unduly" from government funded upgrades of his rural residence. (BBC) Canadian Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty resigns, planning a return to the private sector. Joe Oliver is named to replace him. (National Post) Vietnam jails prominent blogger for 'anti-state activities'.(BBC)
Current events of March 20, 2014 (2014-03-20) (Thursday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks War in Afghanistan (2001present): 2014 Kabul Serena Hotel attack: Four suspected Taliban members attack the luxurious Kabul Serena Hotel, killing at least 9 people, including 4 foreigners. (Yahoo News) Suicide bombers attack a police station in the city of Jalalabad resulting in at least 11 deaths and 22 people being injured. (Reuters) A suicide bomber attacks a cafe in Baghdad, Iraq, killing 12 people and injuring another 38. (AP via Fox News) Syrian Civil War: Syrian troops capture the 1,000-year-old Krak des Chevaliers crusader castle from rebels after laying siege to the fortress since January. (Reuters) Business and economy European Union member states and European Parliament negotiators reach a deal on a new regulatory system for banks. (AFP via Google News) Disasters and accidents The Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, advises the Parliament that two objects possibly related to the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have been located in the southern Indian Ocean. (Sky News), (Reuters) A passenger train collides with a minibus near the Turkish city of Mersin resulting in at least nine deaths. (BBC) Politics and elections United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid orders an investigation into the breach by the CIA into the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's computer systems. (Reuters) International relations 2014 Crimean crisis The Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, announces the possibility of further sanctions from the European Union against Russia for the invasion and annexation of Crimea. (BBC) The President of the United States, Barack Obama, announces further sanctions against Russia in response to the annexation of Crimea.(Reuters) Sports Kotooshu Katsunori, the first Bulgarian sumo wrestler to win the makuuchi (top division) championship in history, announces his retirement. (The Japan Times)
Current events of March 21, 2014 (2014-03-21) (Friday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal): Gunmen attack a police headquarters north of Baghdad and suicide bombers strike across Iraq killing 25 people and injuring dozens. (AP via Washington Post) Clashes erupt in Tripoli, Lebanon, between Syrian regime supporters and detractors, leaving 3 dead. (TIME) Business and economy Turkey restricts access to Twitter hours after the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatens to "root out" the social network where politically sensitive documents had been published. (AP) International relations 2014 Crimean Crisis: The Russian Federation Council, the upper house of the Federal Assembly, approves the annexation of Crimea. (AP via Yahoo! News) The President of Russia Vladimir Putin signs the legislation completing the annexation of Crimea. (Reuters) Ukraine signs an association accord with the European Union in defiance of Russia. (AFP via Google News) Law and crime American judge Bernard A. Friedman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan overturns Michigan's ban on same-sex marriages. (AP via Washington Post) A kindergarten lunch in Qiubei County, China, is poisoned, leaving 2 children dead and another 30 sick. (AP via CTV) Politics and elections Thai general election, 2014: The Constitutional Court of Thailand invalidates the general election held on February 2, on the grounds that voting was not held on the same day throughout the country. (AFP via Malaysia Today)
Current events of March 22, 2014 (2014-03-22) (Saturday) edit history watch Armed conflicts and attacks Post-civil war violence in Libya The Libyan National Army fights with rebels occupying oil ports near Benghazi. (Reuters) 2014 Crimean crisis Russian troops capture Novofedorivka, an airbase of the Ukrainian Navy in the western region of the Crimean Peninsula. (BBC) Communist insurgency in the Philippines Top leaders and couple of the CPP-NPA-NDF, Benito and Wilma Tiamzon was arrested by joint military and police forces in Aloguinsan, Cebu. Wilma Tiamzon is the secretary general of militant group while Benito is the chairman. (GMA Network News) Business and economy A member of the governing council of the European Central Bank says that the ECB may yet cut interest rates still further, into negative territory. (Reuters) Disasters and accidents Five people die after a light plane catches fire on take-off at Caboolture Airport in Queensland, Australia. (The Guardian) At least 35 people die in Balochistan, Pakistan, in a collision between a petrol tanker and two buses. (PTI via Business Standard) 2014 Oso mudslide: A landslide kills two people, and injures six in Oso, Washington, United States. (CNN) 2014 Galveston Bay fuel oil spill: A barge carrying nearly a million gallons of oil collides with a ship in Galveston Bay on the coast of the US state of Texas causing an oil spill. (AP) International relations The Veneto region votes to secede from Italy in an informal online referendum. (The Daily Mail) Sports Major League Baseball starts its 2014 season at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia. The Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks by a score of 31. (AP via ESPN)
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