With just hours left until 2015, 2014 will soon be over. The end of December is a great time to look back at the old year and remember its most important events and moments. Undoubtedly, 2014 was one of the most turbulent, violent and intense years, but it also brought some nice and pleasing things. To see what 2014 looked like from the worldÂ´s point of view, check out these 25 pictures.
20. 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide
www.b92.net April 2014 was also the month of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. During the approximate 100-day period from April 7, 1994, to mid-July of the same year, Rwanda became the scene of one of the most brutal and horrifying mass murders ever committed. In the genocide, up to 1 million Rwandans (mostly Tutsi and moderate Hutu ethnic groups) were killed.
15. Islamic State expansion
nypost.com June was also the month when the Islamic State (previously known as ISIL or ISIS) proclaimed a worldwide caliphate, claiming religious, political and military authority over all Muslims worldwide. The Islamic State became notorious for its unusually brutal and cruel behavior and violent propaganda that included videos of beheadings.
10. Passengers lifting a train to free a manÂ´s leg
www.ibtimes.co.in Among all the sad and tragic stories of 2014, there are also a few that might restore your faith in humanity. One of them took place on August in a railway station in Perth, Australia, where a manÂ´s leg got trapped between the train and the platform. All the passengers jointly lifted the train in order to free the man’s leg.
5. Hong Kong protests
www.businessweek.com September was also the month of massive political protests in Hong Kong. The demonstrations broke out after the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China announced its decision on proposed reforms to the Hong Kong electoral system. The protests took place outside the Hong Kong Government headquarters but members of what became later called the Umbrella Movement occupied several major city intersections as well.
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