Flight 370 | The Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared from radar on March 8, prompting a massive, multi-national search that has yet to find the plane.

Ukraine | Conflict between Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces, particularly over Crimea, made for constant unrest in eastern and southern Ukraine.

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Ebola | The largest-ever outbreak of the deadly virus ravaged West Africa and spawned isolated cases — and widespread panic — in other countries.

Islamic State | The fast-rising, Sunni militant group took over cities in Syria and Iraq and waged a bloody war against religious minorities and the West.


Ferguson | The Aug. 9 shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white Ferguson, Mo., police officer sparks off protests and inflames racial tensions across the country.

CIA report | In December, the Senate released its report on the CIA's brutal “enhanced interrogation techniques” that were used on detainees suspected of terrorism.

Economy | Major indicators showed the economy was perking up, but some people and industries were far perkier than others.



Midterms | The Republican party won enough Senate seats in November to take over both houses of Congress.

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Olympics | The United States topped the medal table at the snow-desprived Sochi Winter Games, presided over by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The World Cup | Brazil hosted a samba-flavored showcase of world's best national soccer teams, won in extra time by powerhouse Germany.