Calendar of Current Events – June 2014
1. Taliban frees the only US soldier they captured in exchange for the release of five senior insurgent detainees in Kabul.
2. A historic Palestinian unity government is born after 7 years of bitter fighting between Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas.
3. China detains activists, scholars and tightens restrictions to muzzle any debate ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.
4. Tens of thousands gather in Hong Kong to remember the dead on the anniversary of Tiananmen Square crackdown.
5. G7 leaders meet without a Russian president for the first time since 1990s; urge Putin to stop destabilising Ukraine. Irish author Eimear McBride wins 2014 Bailey's woman's prize for fiction with her debut work A girl is a Half Formed Thing.
6. Afghan presidential elections frontrunner Abdullah Abdullah escapes assassination attempt when two blasts killed at least 4 people in his motorcade.
7. UAE introduces compulsory military service for national men aged 18 to 30. • An 18-year old Pakistani woman miraculously survives after being shot and thrown into a canal by her father for marrying against her family's wishes.
8. Former army chief Abdel Fattah alsisi sworn in as Egyptian president.
9. Twenty-nine dead as Pak-Taliban attack Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.
10. Reuven Revin elected Israeli president to succeed Shimon Perez.
12. World Cup Football, 2014 opens in Brazil with a gala opening ceremony and 3-1 victory for the hosts over Croatia in the opening match.
13. Ukraine takes back strategic rebel held port of Mariupol.
14. 49 killed as pro-Russian rebels shoot down Ukranian military plane in the separatist east.
16. Militants clash with security forces for control of a Shia town in north Iraq forcing half the population of the region to flee.
20. Iraq Prime Minister AI Maliki faces mounting criticism for his Shia-Ied government's failure to woo the Sunni Arab minority.
21. Separatist attack of a police station in China's troubled Xinjiang region kills 13.
23. An Egyptian court sentences three AI-Jazeera journalists including Australia's Peter Gretze to 1 O-year jail terms for aiding blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood; US Secretary of State John Kerry meets Iraqi premier AI Maliki to push for a more Inclusive government even as rebels take control of the entire western frontier.
24. Former media chief of British Prime Minister and News of the World editor Andy Coulson convicted of phone hacking.
26. Sunni insurgents capture an Iraqi gasfield town an hour away from Baghdad.
27. Ukraine's new western-backed president Petro Poroshenko signs a landmark deal with European Union (EU).
28. Iraq launches Ramadan counter- offensive - its largest - to reclaim territory seized by the ISIS.
29. North Korea test-fires two shortrange ballistic missiles into seas east of its coast defying a UN ban.