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·*September 1, 2014 (Monday)

·*Pakistani protesters armed with sticks and stones clash with police in the centre of Islamabad after protests calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif turn violent. All schools in the capital have been closed as a result of the clashes. (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

·*The Pakistan Television Corporation goes off air after protesters storm its headquarters. (BBC)

·*2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine

·*Ukrainian forces battle pro-Russian rebels near Luhansk International Airport. The area is encircled by the pro-Russian forces for over 3 weeks. (BBC)

·*Valeriy Heletey, Ukraine's Defence Minister, accuses Russia of launching a "great war". (BBC)

·*Four people are arrested after an attempted bombing in Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport. (CNN)

·*Mohammad Reza Rahimi, former Iranian vice president, is convicted to a prison term for his role in the 2011 embezzlement scandal. (Al Jazeera)


·*September 2, 2014 (Tuesday) *

·*Islamist insurgency in Nigeria:

·*Dozens of people are killed as Boko Haram captures the town of Bama. (Reuters)

·*War in Somalia (2009–present):

·*At least six people are reported killed after a U.S. drone strikes a convoy of vehicles believed to be carrying senior members of the militant group Al-Shabaab. (Al-Jazeera)

·*Sinai insurgency:

·*Eleven Egyptian Army soldiers are killed in a roadside bomb attack in the Sinai Peninsula. (Al-Jazeera)

·*Terrorism in Saudi Arabia:

·*Saudi Arabian authorities announce they have arrested 88 people on suspicions of being part of an al-Qaeda*cell and plotting attacks inside and outside the kingdom. (Al-Jazeera)

·*Syrian Civil War

·*ISIL releases an Internet video showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff.

·*Iraqi insurgency (2011–present

·*The United States sends an additional 250 US troops to protect American personnel. (Fox News)

·*Former Kenyan presidential candidate Quincy Timberlake is charged with murder in the Australian city of Brisbane. (Brisbane Times)

·*The FBI announces that it is investigating the major iCloud leak that exposed nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Ariana Grande, among others. (MTV)

·*The impeachment cases against Benigno Aquino III are scrapped by the Philippine Congress, where his party currently holds the majority. (Economic Times)

·*September 3, 2014 (Wednesday) *

·*2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine:

·*Ukraine claims that the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the President of Russia Vladimir Putin have agreed to a "permanent ceasefire". Russia later denies these claims. (AFP via BrisbaneCourier-Mail), (ABC News Australia)

·*A spokesman for Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms that Sotloff was a dual citizen of Israel and the U.S., a fact that had been concealed during his captivity, including by Sotloff himself.

·*The President of the United States visits Estonia in a move to reassure the Baltic states ahead of a NATO summit in Wales. (CNN)

·*Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks of an offer suggested by an Egyptian official whom he didn't name, that implies Egypt donating 600 square miles of land in Sinai to be used as a solution to the problem of Palestinian refugees. Mahmoud Abbas said that he rejected that offer. (Times of Israel)


·*September 4, 2014 (Thursday) *Monsoon rains in Pakistan kill more than 40 people. (Channel News Asia)

·*In the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, over 60 people are feared dead from floods. (Indian Express)

·*The two-day NATO summit in Newport, Wales, begins. Leaders agree to apply further sanctions on Russia. NATO sources claim that there are "several thousand" Russian troops inside Ukraine. (RTE)


·*September 5, 2014 (Friday) *

·*The Pentagon confirms that leader of the terrorist group al-Shabaab Moktar Ali Zubeyr was killed in an airstrike on September 1. (Reuters)


·*September 6, 2014 (Saturday) *

·*The United States says that it will not coordinate with Iran in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. (Business Standard)

·*China says two pilots conducting fighter jet take-off and landing tests for the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning were killed during trials. (AFP via Yahoo)

·*Sierra Leone declares a four day nationwide lockdown to attempt to stop the spread of Ebola. (CBC)

·*Egypt charges former president Mohammed Morsi and nine others for leaking sensitive government information to Qatar. (Reuters)


·*September 7, 2014 (Sunday) *

·*The United States launches new airstrikes on ISIS in western Iraq, in an effort to protect the Haditha Dam. (Fox News)

·*Serena Williams of the United States wins her third straight US Open women's singles title.


·*September 8, 2014 (Monday) *

·*Pro-Russian rebels release 1,200 prisoners under ceasefire deal. (BBC)

·*The remnant of Hurricane Norbert*causes heavy flooding in the state of Arizona leading to the declaration of a state of emergency and causing one death. (CNN),



·*September 9, 2014 (Tuesday) *

·*At least nine people are killed as a roof collapses in a mosque in the low income neighbourhood of Daroghawala in the Pakistani city of Lahore. (AFP via ABC News Australia)


·*September 10, 2014 (Wednesday) *

·*Philippines President Benigno Aquino III submits a bill to the Congress of the Philippines that will give autonomy to Filipino Muslims in Bangsamoro and bring peace to Mindanao.(The New York

·*The President of the United States Barack Obama authorises $25 million for "immediate military assistance" to the Iraqi government and Kurdistan Regional Government. He also outlines plans to expand US operations against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant to Syria in a televised address to the nation.

·*The first Invictus Games, a multi-sport event for sick and wounded service personnel, opens in London, beginning with an opening ceremony attended by Prince Harry, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. (BBC)


·*September 11, 2014 (Thursday) *

·*The al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front releases dozens of Fijian United Nations peacekeepers captured near the Golan Heights. (Reuters)


·*September 12, 2014 (Friday) *

·*More than 5,000 people have died in the Central African Republic in the past 9 months. (AP via ***

·*The Government of Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists exchange dozens of prisoners agreed to as part of a ceasefire a week ago. Both sides still hold thousands of prisoners. (Washington Post)
*announces plans to send 165 medical staff to West Africa to help combat the Ebola virus outbreak that has claimed more than 2,400 lives. (New York Times)

·*South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is found guilty of the "culpable homicide" of his partner Reeva Steenkamp. (BBC)

·*Three people are sentenced to death and one person given a life sentence for the 2014 Kunming attack in China's Xinjiang region. (AAP via SBS News)


·*September 13, 2014 (Saturday) *

·*The Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi*says he has ordered the army to stop shelling areas held by the Islamic State where there are civilians present. (AP)

·*Islamic State releases a video purporting to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.

·*The government of Qatar asks exiled leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood to leave. (AP)


·*September 15, 2014 (Monday) *

·*Five hundred people drowned off the coast of Malta last week after people traffickers deliberately sank their*ship. (Reuters)

·*Ewa Kopacz becomes Poland's second female prime minister. (Reuters)


·*September 16, 2014 (Tuesday) *

·*Indonesian police chief General Sutarman says he knows what happened to the MH370 and an aviation expert claims MH370’s pilot, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, caused the plane to crash by locking his copilot out of the cockpit, depressurised the cabin and shut down all communications before turning the plane around. (

·*Russian billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov is placed under house arrest for alleged money laundering.

·*September 17, 2014 (Wednesday) *

·*SAl-Qaeda announced that it had temporarily captured the Pakistani Navy frigate PNS Zulfiquar, in an attempt to attack the U.S fleet with onboard missiles, before it was recaptured by Pakistani Forces.

·*SKing Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden*is involved in a car accident on the Nockebybron bridge west of Stockholm. (The Local)

·*Xi Jinping, the President of China, travels to India to improve trade links and attempt to resolve decades old disputes over borders. (BBC)

·*September 18, 2014 (Thursday) *

·*Voters in Scotland go to the polls to vote on the referendum on independence. (Reuters).

·*German president Joachim Gauck*welcomes state officials to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to address demographic change in Europe and commemorate 25 years of the Peaceful Revolution. (Official press release)


·*September 19, 2014 (Friday) *

·*France launches airstrikes against the Islamic State. (Fox News)

·*Scotland votes "No" to Scottish independence. (The New York Times)

·*Voter turnout in the referendum hits 84.5%,*a record high for any election held in the United Kingdom since the introduction of universal suffrage in 1918. (ITV)

·*Alex Salmond announces his resignation as First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party following the referendum. (BBC)

·*Slovenia's 12th government is sworn in with Miro Cerar*as the new prime minister. (Slovenia Times)

·*Poland's new prime minister, Ewa Kopacz,*presents her government; Grzegorz Schetyna becomes new foreign minister, while the outgoing FM Radoslaw Sikorski becomes speaker of the parliament.

·*The 2014 Asian Games gets underway in Incheon, South Korea. (AP)


·*September 20, 2014 (Saturday) *

·*The Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu*says that 49 Turkish hostages taken after the fall of Mosul have been released. (AP)

·*An Indian TV news anchor at public service broadcaster Doordarshan is fired after she referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as 'Eleven' Jinping, apparently confusing Xi's name with the Roman numerals XI. (The Hindu)

·*Tropical Storm Fung-wong heads towards Taiwan after leaving five people dead and 200,000 displaced in the Philippines. (Reuters via ABC News Australia)

·*Voters in New Zealand go to the polls for a general election. (AP via ABC News America)

·*On preliminary counts, the National Party, led by John Key, wins a majority of 61 seats in the new 121-seat 51st Parliament. It is the first time a single party has held a majority since New Zealand switched to the Mixed Member Proportional voting system in 1994. Official results are expected to be released on


·*4 October 2014. (NZ Herald)

·*In motorsport, 16-year-old Cole Custer wins the NASCAR Truck Series event at New Hampshire International Speedway, becoming the youngest driver ever to win a race in a NASCAR national series. September 21, 2014 (Sunday) *

·*The Yemeni government and Shia Houthi rebels sign an agreement aimed at ending the political crisis as the rebels advance towards the capital Sanaa; prime minister Mohammed Basindwa*resigns, and under the deal, rebels will nominate a new prime minister within three days. (BBC)

·*The Pakistani Taliban claims to have shot down a Pakistani Air Force F-16, and releases pictures of the wreckage. (The Blaze)

·*Afghanistan’s rival presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, sign a power-sharing deal that establishes a unity government with Ghani as President and Abdullah as Chief Executive. (Euronews), (AP via Mashable)


·*September 22, 2014 (Monday) *

·*The Fiji First Party led by Voreqe Bainimarama wins 32 out of 50 seats in the Parliament in last week's general election. (AP)

·*NASA's MAVEN space probe successfully arrives in orbit over Mars. (BBC)

·*September 23, 2014 (Tuesday) *

·*2014 military intervention against ISIS in Syria -- The United States and its allies commence air strikes against Islamic State in Syria with reports of at least 120 deaths. (BBC), (AFP via Yahoo! News)

·*Israel shoots down a Syrian Air Force Sukhoi Su-24 that had infiltrated its air space. (AP)

·*The World Health Organisation and the Government of Liberia introduce a controversial program to move infected people out of their homes and into de facto shelters. (Washington Post)


·*September 24, 2014 (Wednesday) *

·*Algerian jihadist group Jund al-Khilafah release a video showing French tourist Hervé Gourdel being killed because of French participation in airstrikes against ISIS. (BBC)

·*ISIS militants blow up the Green Church in Tikrit, an important historic site in early Christianity.

·*Venezuela's opposition parties named Jesus Torrealba, a 56-year-old journalist and teacher, to head their coalition ahead of 2015 parliamentary elections where they hope to weaken President Maduro's*socialist government. (Voice of America)

·*India's Mars Orbiter Mission of ISRO successfully enters Mars orbit. (Reuters, AFP via ABC News Online)

·*September 25, 2014 (Thursday) *

·*Several Syrian rebel groups sign an agreement to unite in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria*and President Bashar al-Assad's forces. (CNN)

·*Barack Obama, the President of the United States, signs a memorandum expanding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument to 490,000 square miles, making it the biggest marine preserve in the world. (AP via ABC News)

·*President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announces a wide-ranging reform program entitled Strategy 2020 to prepare Ukraine for applying for European Union membership in 2020. (BBC)


·*September 26, 2014 (Friday) *

·*The People's Republic of China says that 50 people died in recent violence in the western province of Xinjiang. (Voice of America)

·*Business and economy

·*Fatah and Hamas agree to form a unity government on the Gaza Strip. (EuroNews)


·*September 27, 2014 (Saturday) *

·*The United Nations Human Rights Council votes in favor of LGBT rights. (Human Rights Watch)

·*Vaughan Foods beheading incident. A recent convert to Islam goes on a rampage in a grocery warehouse in*Oklahoma, beheading a woman with a knife and stabbing another female colleague. (Fox News)

·*Artur Mas i Gavarró, the President of the Spanish region of Catalonia, authorises a referendum on independence on November 9 despite the opposition of the Government of Spain. (AP)


·*September 28, 2014 (Sunday) *

·*2014 military intervention against ISIS: The al-Nusra Front threatens retaliation against nations participating in air strikes against Islamic State. (Al Jazeera)

·*A Buddhist monk accused of inciting violence against Muslims in Burma says he is joining forces with the Bodu Bala Sena group in Sri Lanka in order to combat a "serious threat from jihadist groups". (Al Jazeera)

·*Dozens of people are rescued from Japan's Mount Ontake following a volcanic eruption, with at least 30 feared dead. This is the first deadly eruption in Japan since 1991. (BBC)

·*Benny Tai announces that Occupy Central is launched as Hong Kong's government headquarters is being occupied by thousands of protesters. (The Guardian)

·*A student protester hurls the book Formosa Betrayed at President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan and hits the president; the Presidential Office condemns the act of violence. (AFP via Rappler)(Focus Taiwan)

·*Dennis Kimetto sets a new world record at the Berlin Marathon. (Daily Mail)


·*September 29, 2014 (Monday) *

·*Ashraf Ghani is sworn in as new president of Afghanistan. (BBC)


·*September 30, 2014 (Tuesday) *

·*The Ukrainian military say they have repelled a renewed assault by the pro-Russian forces on the Donetsk International Airport. The airport has been under sustained assaults for over 2 weeks despite an official ceasefire. (The Wall Street Journal)

·*Burmese hard-line monk, Ashin Wirathu, and a hardline group in Sri Lanka, Bodu Bala Sena, say they would work together to rally other Buddhist groups and defend their faith against militant Islamists.

·*A case of Ebola Virus is being treated in the American city of Dallas, Texas. (AP via The Olympian)
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