International Current Events - January 2014

Calendar of World Current Events – January 2014 

1. Dubai breaks world record for the largest ever pyrotechnic display on New Year's Eve with a show involving more than half-a-million fireworks. 

2. New York Times, Guardian call for US whistleblower Edward Snowden to be granted clemency for his revelations on US government spying. 

4. Phil Beverly, one of the 1950's and 60's pop duo 'the Beverly Brothers' dies aged 74. 

5. Bangladesh polls hit by opposition boycott, 19 killed • Portugal's football legend 'Black Panther' Eusebio, top scorer at the 1966 World Cup (9 goals) and voted one of the 10 best players of all time, dies at 71. 

9. While North America freezes under record polar temperatures, heat records of 50 degrees C are being set in Southern hemisphere countries like Australia. 

10. Central African Republic President Michel Djotodia resigns under pressure over his failure to stem the sectarian unrest. 

11. Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who redrew his country's electoral map, dies in Tel Aviv aged 85. 

12. Bill Gates named the most admired person on planet Earth in a poll conducted by YouGo with India's Sachin Tendulkar in the fourth place • Sheikh Hasina sworn in as Bangladesh Prime Minister for the third time 

13. American Hustle wins three Golden Globes awards • Cristiano Ronaldo wins his second Bailon d' Or after four years of Messi dominance 

14. Russia expels US journalist David Satar, a long-time critic of Vladimir Putin, the first US journalist to be expelled in the post cold war era. 

15. US hands over to India idols worth $ 1.5 million stolen from temples of Rajastan, Bihar and West Bengal. 

16. Egypt's new constitution overwhelmingly approved in a referendum paving the way for Army Chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to run for presidency. 

18. Senior IMF official and 13 foreigners among 21 dead in a Taliban suicide attack on a Kabul restaurant. 

20. Iran halts production of 20 enriched uranium marking the enforcement of an interim deal with world powers on its disputed nuclear programme. 

23. Pope Francis says internet is a gift from God that facilitates communication, warning that obsessive desire to stay connected can isolate people. 

25. Deadly clashes erupt in Egypt on the anniversary of the 2011 Arab Spring that toppled Hosni Mubarak. 

27. French duo Daft Pink win four prizes at the Gammy Awards. Song of the Year award to New Zealand teenager Lorde. 

28. Ukraine Prime Minister Mykola Azarov tenders resignation to facilitate peaceful solution to the crisis the country is facing.

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