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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BEIJING -- China is establishing naval resupply points which could become naval bases around the world. A logistical support network already spans the Indian Ocean.
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.
SYDNEY -- Just months after pushing further into Europe, Netflix says it will launch its video streaming service in Australia and New Zealand in 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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