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Nov 28: Night that led to Ukraine crisisNov 28: Night that led to Ukraine crisis

VILNIUS -- One year ago the EU’s Eastern Partnership Summit to agree a deal with Ukraine collapsed leading to a standoff with Russia and war in eastern Ukraine.

The EU and Ukraine had spent years negotiating the agreement, but in the end, on the evening of November 28, 2013 in the old palace in Vilnius, it became clear that it had all been a wasted effort.


Dec 1: World AIDS DayDec 1: World AIDS Day

UNITED NATIONS -- UNAIDS has set a target to end the AIDS epidemic as a global health threat by 2030, cutting new HIV infections by 28 million and deaths by 21 million.

New route to compete with Panama canalNew route to compete with Panama canal

MANAGUA -- The government of Nicaragua and the Hong Kong-based HKND Group have unveiled the route of a proposed new $40 billion inter-ocean canal.


Star Wars trailer to hit screens at weekendStar Wars trailer to hit screens at weekend

HOLLYWOOD -- The longest lines outside U.S. cinemas this Thanksgiving weekend may be for an 88-second Star Wars trailer which will debut in 30 theatres.

IS group got up to $45m in ransoms – UNIS group got up to $45m in ransoms – UN

UNITED NATIONS -- Kidnapping westerners for ransom has become big business for the Islamic State group (IS) and Nusra Front, with $35-45 million paid over the past year.


Nobel winner urges child slavery actionNobel winner urges child slavery action

LONDON -- India’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, has urged global action against modern-day slavery which has enslaved a record 36 million people.

China investing in naval dominanceChina investing in naval dominance

BEIJING -- China is establishing naval resupply points which could become naval bases around the world. A logistical support network already spans the Indian Ocean.


World Agenda for December availableWorld Agenda for December available

LONDON -- Events in November include the U.S. mid-term elections, a G20 summit in Australia, and the first ever landing by a spacecraft on a comet.

Netflix video streaming extends global reachNetflix video streaming extends global reach

SYDNEY -- Just months after pushing further into Europe, Netflix says it will launch its video streaming service in Australia and New Zealand in 2015.


Violence threatens Israel-Jordan gas dealViolence threatens Israel-Jordan gas deal

JERUSALEM -- A preliminary agreement to supply up to $15bn of natural gas to Jordan could be threatened because of escalating tensions over Jerusalem’s holy sites.

China, Pakistan to sell JF-17 jet in Middle EastChina, Pakistan to sell JF-17 jet in Middle East

ISLAMABAD -- JF-17 warplanes developed jointly by China and Pakistan, and powered by the Russian-manufactured RD-93 engine, may be sold in the Middle East.


Nov 27: Key OPEC meeting as oil price fallsNov 27: Key OPEC meeting as oil price falls

VIENNA -- OPEC’s oil ministers meet in Vienna on November 27 following a 30% price plunge since June and an oil glut that threatens to push crude prices even lower.

Dec 3: PlayStation 20th anniversaryDec 3: PlayStation 20th anniversary

TOKYO -- Sony’s PlayStation video game console – born out of a failed technology partnership with Nintendo – was the first home console to ship 100 million units.


Dec 4: First flight of Orion spacecraftDec 4: First flight of Orion spacecraft

CAPE CANAVERAL -- NASA's Orion spacecraft, designed to carry astronauts deeper into space than ever before, is to make an unmanned test flight on Dec 4.

Outbreaks of H5N8 in Europe raises global concernsOutbreaks of H5N8 in Europe raises global concerns

LONDON -- Tests show that the highly contagious H5N8 strain of bird flu found in Europe is similar to one that devastated poultry flocks in South Korea earlier this year.


Messi breaks Champions League recordMessi breaks Champions League record

NICOSIA -- Not content with breaking the 50-year-old La Liga scoring record at the weekend, Lionel Messi is now the all-time top scorer in the Champions League.

Copa America drawCopa America draw

VINE DEL MAR, Chile -- Twelve teams will compete to be crowned South American champions when host nation Chile kick off the tournament on June 11.


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