Most Shocking News Stories Of 2014

2014 has been a year filled with big news stories that fueled the conversations, politics and much more. Media24by7 takes a look back at the most shocking and hottest news stories of the year.

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Ebola: It started with just a few cases in Guinea, and became the deadliest outbreak of Ebola on record. The virus spread throughout West Africa, claiming more than 5,000 lives. In September, the first case of the disease in the United States was diagnosed at Texas Presbyterian Hospital. Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian citizen who had recently arrived in the United States, died of complications from Ebola. Two nurses who treated him also contracted the virus but recovered. Duncan’s death raised serious questions about the capacity of U.S. hospitals to effectively treat the disease and to protect health care workers treating the infected.

Malaysia Airlines: The Malaysian airline made news this year. In the month of March, a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, Flight 370, carrying 239 passengers and crew, vanished. A months-long search both from air and sea has so far failed to turn up any clue of the missing airplane. In July, another flight of Malaysia Airlines, Flight 17, carrying 298 people, was shot down. Ukraine and U.S. officials blame Russia for downing the jetliner. All the passengers were killed in this brutal attack.

Islamic State:  2014 was a brutal year in Syria and Iraq, as the terrorist group Islamic State, or IS, raised and detained the territory throughout the region. Terrorists killed thousands of people. The group posted videos of beheadings and still posting. Many journalists and civilians were killed. The U.S. continues to fight back through airstrikes.

Peshawar: On 16th December, Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the Peshawar, a city in Pakistan. The gunmen killed 148 people, mostly children. Officials said that this was the worst attack to hit Pakistan in years. The majority of the victims were children at the army public school, which has students in grades 1-10. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif rushed to Peshawar and condemned the assault. The horrific attack, carried out by the militants from the Tehreek-e-Taliban, a Pakistani militant group.

Landing On Mars: India’s space program announced that it successfully put a spacecraft into orbit around Mars. The achievement not only marks one big step, but also one giant leap for extraterrestrial automaton companionship. After successfully entering Mars’ orbit, India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft greeted with the “tweet”.

Death of Phillip Hughes: Australia batsman Phillip Hughes died aged 25, two days after being hit by a ball during a domestic match in Sydney. Doctor Peter Brukner said he passed away in hospital. Hughes also played for Middlesex, Hampshire and Worcestershire. He was hit by a bouncer from bowler Sean Abbott.

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