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    2014:The Bottom Line

    The past twelve months were filled with drama, inspiration, outrage and quite a few eye-openers: from the Ebola epidemic to the Scottish referendum. Radio Sputnik picked ten major political and social trends that will make 2014 go down in history.

    U.S. Paratroopers arrive in Estonia for NATO training
    13:00 31 December 2014
    • An Israeli Arab carries a Palestinian flag during a march in the northern town of Sakhnin in this October 1, 2014 file photo
      Last update: 13:00 31.12.2014
      13:00 31.12.2014

      Recognizing the State of Palestine

      2014 was crucial year for the future of the Middle East and particularly one state – Palestine. Actually calling it a state would not be entirely accurate since it has not yet been recognized by the majority of world powers. But in 2014 we witnessed a major shift in the attitude of Western nations towards the status of this territory.

      2014:The Bottom Line
    • Tenth annual major news conference of Russian President Vladimir Putin
      Last update: 13:00 31.12.2014
      13:00 31.12.2014

      The Image Of Vladimir Putin in 2014

      As the year 2014 saw increasingly high tensions arise between Moscow and the West over the Ukrainian crisis, the image of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the eyes of the international community underwent significant changes.

      2014:The Bottom Line
    • Last update: 13:00 31.12.2014
      13:00 31.12.2014

      Nobel Prize

      One of the biggest events the international community looks forward to each year is the announcement of Nobel Prize winners.

      2014:The Bottom Line
    • Israeli Embassy in Moscow
      Last update: 13:00 30.12.2014
      13:00 30.12.2014

      Israel’s Political Solutions In 2014

      In 2014, all eyes were on the Middle East as the region battled through one of its bloodiest summers. And we are not only talking about the atrocities committed by the IS in Iraq and the ongoing civil war in Syria. Another hotbed of tension emerged , when the ongoing tensions between Israel and Palestine escalated again.

      2014:The Bottom Line
    • Health workers
      Last update: 13:00 29.12.2014
      13:00 29.12.2014

      Ebola

      When we hear the phrase "global threat" we usually think about terrorists, military conflicts or weapons of mass distraction, but in 2014 the world united in its fear over health security.

      2014:The Bottom Line
    • In 2014 even people who have never suffered from aerophobia started to seriously question the safety of air travel. Within four months, two deadly incidents involving Malaysian Airlines planes claimed the lives of over two hundred passengers each.
      Last update: 13:00 27.12.2014
      13:00 27.12.2014

      Boeings

      In 2014 even people who have never suffered from aerophobia started to seriously question the safety of air travel. Within four months, two deadly incidents involving Malaysian Airlines planes claimed the lives of over two hundred passengers each.

      2014:The Bottom Line
    • Flag of the Islamic State in the conflict zone
      Last update: 13:00 26.12.2014
      13:00 26.12.2014

      In 2014 Two Letters That You Probably Heard More Often Than “OK” Were "IS"

      The Islamic State, a jihadist group that has been declared the world’s biggest threat by US president Barack Obama, is also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

      2014:The Bottom Line
    • Symbolic Vote on Catalan Independence in Pictures
      Last update: 13:00 24.12.2014
      13:00 24.12.2014

      Results of the Referendum

      Each year we make choices that affect our future – even more so when these choices are made by entire nations. In 2014 several regions around the world faced a dilemma – autonomy or unity.

      2014:The Bottom Line
    • Rally in Ukraine in support of EU integration
      Last update: 13:00 23.12.2014
      13:00 23.12.2014

      Ukraine Crisis - Biggest Challenge for European Security

      If we were to pick one country that made literally all the headlines in the outgoing year, it would be Ukraine. The so-called Ukrainian crisis proved the most dangerous conflict to hit Europe since the war in former Yugoslavia.

      2014:The Bottom Line