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World January 2014

January 2014 World Current Affairs – Get latest Current Affairs of January 2014 month and Major International Events happened in January 2014.

New Zealand umpire Kathy Cross has become the first woman to be named in an ICC umpires’ panel – she was added to the ICC Associate and Affiliate panel of umpires for 2014. — 31 January 2014

Zimbabwe’s central bank Wednesday said it would add the Indian Rupee to the basket of currencies to be circulated in the country. The decision has been taken keeping in view the growing trade and investment ties between the two countries, said the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. — 30 January 2014

Authorities in eastern China announced a ban Tuesday on live poultry sales following a spike in the number of people infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu, with the busy Chinese New Year travel period already under way. — 29 January 2014

The Ukrainian president and opposition leaders have agreed to scrap anti-protest laws that had fuelled anger at the government. Viktor Yanukovych also offered an amnesty to protesters, but only if they cleared barricades and stopped attacking government buildings. — 28 January 2014

The Nepali Congress, the largest party in parliament, Sunday named its president Sushil Koirala as its prime ministerial candidate, clearing a major hurdle in the formation of a new government in the Himalayan nation two months after the constituent assembly elections. — 27 January 2014

China’s Li Na stormed to her second Grand Slam title on Saturday, battling past brave underdog Dominika Cibulkova 7-6 (7/3), 6-0 to become the oldest woman ever to win the Australian Open. — 26 January 2014

The founder of a so-called ‘revenge porn website’ has been arrested and charged by the FBI for allegedly hacking into email accounts and stealing nude photographs to post them online without consent. — 25 January 2014

Shane Warne has been appointed as spin coach for Australia’s World Twenty20 campaign in Bangladesh in March. Cricket Australia announced on Thursday that Warne would support head coach Darren Lehmann as a consultant, providing specialist coaching to the squad’s spinners. — 24 January 2014

Scientists in the UK have created the fastest ever real-world internet connection, using commercial-grade fibre optic lines to clock up speeds of 1.4 terabits per second. It’s believed to be the fastest speed test of its kind, and would allow users to hypothetically download 44 high-definition films in a single second. — 23 January 2014

Eugenie Bouchard has become first Canadian in history to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam after winning a thrilling three-set marathon 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 over former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic. — 22 January 2014

The Italian conductor Claudio Abbado has passed away at the age of 80. He worked with many of the world’s leading orchestras and spent over a decade as the head of the Berlin Philharmonic. — 21 January 2014

A 16 year old British school boy has set a world record for the youngest person ever to trek to the South Pole, completing the grueling 1,129km Journey in just 48 days. — 20 January 2014

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Friday due to what could be the western US state’s worst drought in a century, which has sparked wildfires and hurt farmers. — 19 January 2014

More than one-and-a-half years after the disproportionate assets case against BSP chief Mayawati was quashed, the Supreme Court today issued notice to her and the CBI on a plea for registration of a fresh FIR against her. — 18 January 2014

Director Steven Spielberg on Wednesday dethroned media mogul Oprah Winfrey as the most influential celebrity in the United States, according to an annual study by Forbes magazine that was dominated by film directors. — 17 January 2014

A wave of attacks in Iraq, including car bombs in Baghdad, killed 73 people on Wednesday as militants took more territory from security forces in crisis-hit Anbar province. — 16 January 2014

British Prime Minister David Cameron has directed his Cabinet Secretary to establish the facts behind claims that Margaret Thatcher’s government may have helped Indira Gandhi plan Operation Blue Star in 1984. — 15 January 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for 2013, ending Lionel Messi’s four-year run as the world’s best player. Ronaldo scored 69 goals for Real Madrid and Portugal last year. — 14 January 2014

Japanese teenager Sara Takanashi won her second straight women’s ski jump World Cup event on home soil Sunday, continuing her dominance ahead of the Sochi Olympics. — 13 January 2014

Anti-government protesters are planning to shut down Thailand’s capital on Monday by blocking traffic at key intersections, providing a fitting metaphor for the country’s politics: no way forward, no backing out. — 12 January 2014

A new scheme has been launched to protect the Scotch whiskey industry from fake or sub-standard products. The Spirit Drinks Verification Scheme has been set up by the UK government to help consumers identify genuine UK-made products. — 11 January 2014

At least five people were killed with nearly a dozen injured after the blast at the Mitsubishi Materials complex in Yokkaichi. The suspected hydrogen blast was triggered after maintenance crews carried out work on heat exchange equipment which is used in the production of silicon products. — 10 January 2014

At least five people were killed and three wounded in an explosion during a movie- making process in Iran on Wednesday. The accident occurred when the explosive used for stunt operations in the movie Me’rajiha by Iranian movie director Masoud Dehnamaki went off. — 09 January 2014

China have temporarily lifted their ban on selling foreign video games consoles, an order which had been intact for the last 13 years. The Chinese government originally banned entertainment systems back in 2000. — 08 January 2014

Authorities in China have destroyed six tons of illegal ivory seized from smugglers, the first such public destruction of the country’s stockpile. — 07 January 2014

At least 14 people have been killed and 10 injured in a stampede during a gathering at a mosque in northwest China’s Ningxia region, state media reported Monday. — 06 January 2014

Serena Williams showed she has carried her momentum from 2013 into the new season, beating No. 2-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday to defend her title at the Brisbane International and set the tone for the Australian Open. — 05 January 2014

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has recaptured the title of world’s richest person with estimated fortune of $78.5 billion. The 58-year-old tycoon’s fortune increased by $15.8 billion last year, according to the index, as shares of Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker, rose 40 per cent. — 04 January 2014

Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was rushed to hospital on Thursday after suffering a “heart problem” on his way to court for a hearing in his treason case. The 70-year-old had been summoned to the special tribunal in Islamabad after failing to show up for two previous sessions due to security threats against him. — 03 January 2014

Corey Anderson earned a place in cricket’s record books on Wednesday but knew nothing of it at the time. The New Zealand batsman cracked a fastest-ever one-day hundred, the 23-year-old taking just 36 balls to reach the milestone against West Indies. — 02 January 2014

Pakistan s national Sharia Court, which hears cases under the country s Islamic legislation, on Monday appointed a female judge for the first time in its 33-year history. Ashraf Jehan, 56, who was serving as an additional judge at the high court in southern Sindh province, made history as she took the oath in Karachi. — 01 January 2014

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