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This Year's International News In 46 Iconic Photos

2014 was a year of momentous global developments. Old borders were erased and new conflicts erupted. Established leaders were pushed out and fresh talent came into power. Protests and clashes rocked streets around the globe. The photos below capture some of the most iconic moments in international news this year.

Take a look:

  • January - Massive Protests Rock Kiev
    Massive protests that started in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev at the end of 2013 <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-eu
    Jeff J. Mitchell / Getty Images
    Massive protests that started in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev at the end of 2013 continue in the new year. The protesters hit the streets after a decision by the country's president to cancel a historic agreement with the European Union in favor of Russia.
  • Protests spread to the rest of the country. Violent clashes break out between protesters and security forces.
    Oleksandr Ratushniak / AFP / Getty Images
    Protests spread to the rest of the country. Violent clashes break out between protesters and security forces.
  • Ukrainian security forces violently clear out protest camps set up in the capital.
    Bulent Kilic / AFP / Getty Images
    Ukrainian security forces violently clear out protest camps set up in the capital.
  • February - Yanukovich Flees Ukraine
    But the protests continue. President Yanukovich <a href="http://world.time.com/2014/02/22/ukraines-president-flees-protestors
    Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP / Getty Images
    But the protests continue. President Yanukovich flees the capital on Feb. 22.
  • The president's opulent former palace becomes a tourist destination.
    Genya Savilov / AFP / Getty Images
    The president's opulent former palace becomes a tourist destination.
  • March - MH370 Goes Missing
    On March 8, a Malaysia Airlines plane on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-265
    Tang Chhin Sothy / AFP / Getty Images
    On March 8, a Malaysia Airlines plane on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing goes missing without leaving a trace.
  • No Hope
    Malaysia's prime minister <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26503141" target="_blank">announces</a> on March 24 the
    Goh Chai Hin / AFP / Getty Images
    Malaysia's prime minister announces on March 24 there is no hope to find the passengers alive.
  • The search for the wreckage of the plane continues.
    Wang Zhao / AFP / Getty Images
    The search for the wreckage of the plane continues.
  • Guinea Reports First Ebola Case
    Guinea <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ebola-spread_n_5760334" target="_blank">informs</a> the World Health Organizat
    Seyllou / AFP / Getty Images
    Guinea informs the World Health Organization of a rapidly spreading outbreak of Ebola.
  • Ebola Spreads
    The disease <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ebola-numbers_n_6226808" target="_blank">spreads</a> to neighboring Liber
    John Moore / Getty Images
    The disease spreads to neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone. Cases are also diagnosed in the United States, Spain, Mali, Senegal and Nigeria.
  • Russia Annexes Crimea
    Russia <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/russia-annexes-crimea-away-from-ukraine-with-signature-from-vladimir-putin/" targ
    Dan Kitwood / Getty Images
    Russia annexes Crimea after pro-Russian separatists take up arms against the government in Kiev.
  • April - #BringBackOurGirls
    On the night of April 14, Boko Haram militants <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/nigeria-girls-kidnapped-5-months_n_579
    Philip Ojisua / AFP / Getty Images
    On the night of April 14, Boko Haram militants kidnap more than 200 schoolgirls from a boarding school in Nigeria's northern Chibok region.
  • Ferry Sinks In South Korea
    On April 16, the Sewol ferry <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27056653" target="_blank">sinks</a> on its way to So
    AFP / Getty Images
    On April 16, the Sewol ferry sinks on its way to South Korea's Jeju island. The ship was carrying hundreds of passengers, mostly schoolchildren.
  • <a href="http://www.southkoreanews.net/index.php/sid/224021035" target="_blank">More than 300 people</a> do not survive the d
    Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images
    More than 300 people do not survive the disaster.
  • In November, the ferry's captain <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/11/south-korea-ferry-verdict-sewol-captai
    Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images
    In November, the ferry's captain is convicted of gross negligence and sentenced to 36 years in prison.
  • Sherpas Killed On Mount Everest
    On the morning of April 18, 16 sherpas <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/04/140418-everest-avalanche-sher
    Robert Kay / AFP / Getty Images
    On the morning of April 18, 16 sherpas are killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest in Nepal.
  • The climbing season is <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/apr/22/nepal-everest-talks-sherpa-strike-avalanche" ta
    Prakash Mathema / AFP / Getty Images
    The climbing season is called off for the rest of the year.
  • May - Narendra Modi Wins India’s Election
     BJP leader Narendra Modi wins India's election.
    Kevin Frayer / Getty Images
    BJP leader Narendra Modi wins India's election.
  • Martial Law Declared In Thailand
    Thailand's army <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27480845" target="_blank">imposes martial law</a> after months of
    Rufus Cox / Getty Images
    Thailand's army imposes martial law after months of tensions between protesters and the government.
  • Sisi Wins In Egypt Elections
    Egyptian military leader Abdul Fattah El-Sisi <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/05/sisi-wins-egypt-elect
    Virginie Nguyen Hong / AFP / Getty Images
    Egyptian military leader Abdul Fattah El-Sisi wins Egypt's presidential election.
  • June - ISIS Captures Mosul
    Militants of the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/insurgents-seize-iraqi
    Spencer Platt / Getty Images
    Militants of the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, capture Iraq's second largest city, Mosul.
  • Many of the city's residents flee to the neighboring Kurdish region.
    Spencer Platt / Getty Images
    Many of the city's residents flee to the neighboring Kurdish region.
  • Brazil Hosts World Cup Amid Protests
    Brazil <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup/2014" target="_blank">hosts</a> the FIFA World Cup.
    Tiago Mazza Chiaravalloti / Pacific Press / Lightrocket / Getty Images
    Brazil hosts the FIFA World Cup.
  • The games are preceded by massive protests. The protesters <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnew
    Victor Moriyama / Getty Images
    The games are preceded by massive protests. The protesters lament the high costs of the tournament and demand better services and an end to corruption.
  • July - Gaza War
    Violence breaks out between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.
    Said Khatib / AFP / Getty Images
    Violence breaks out between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.
  • The fighting lasts nearly two months.
    Mahmud Hams / AFP / Getty Images
    The fighting lasts nearly two months.
  • Ali Hasan / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images
  • MH17 Shot Down
    Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 goes down over Eastern Ukraine on July 17. The plane was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lum
    Pierre Crom / Getty Images
    Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 goes down over Eastern Ukraine on July 17. The plane was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
  • All passengers and crew aboard <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/malaysian-plane-crash-ukraine_n_5595447" target="_blan
    Rob Stothard / Getty Images
    All passengers and crew aboard are killed.
  • August - ISIS Beheads First Western Hostage
    On August 20, militants of the Islamic State group <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/19/world/meast/isis-james-foley/" targ
    Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe / Getty Images
    On August 20, militants of the Islamic State group distribute a video that shows the beheading of American journalist James Foley. The group also killed American hostages Steven Sotloff and Abdul-Rahman Kassig, as well as British hostages Alan Henning and David Haines.
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