November 2014 Current Events: World News
Here are the key events in world news for the month of November 2014.
Militant Group Pledges Allegiance to ISIS (Nov. 10): Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, the most virulent militant organization in Egypt, pledges allegiance to ISIS. The move not only expands the reach of ISIS into Egypt, it also increases the resources available to Ansar Beit al-Maqdis to wage war against the government.
China and U.S. Reach Landmark Agreement on Climate Change (Nov. 11): After weeks of discussion, China and the U.S. reach a landmark agreement on climate change. The plan is announced in Beijing by both President Xi Jinping and President Obama. The agreement includes a commitment for the first time by China to stop its emissions from increasing by 2030. One way China plans to achieve that goal is to use clean energy sources, such as windmills and solar power, as 20% of the country's total energy by 2030. Also in the plan, the U.S. sets new goals for carbon emissions reductions, pledging to reduce emissions 26-28% by 2025. The number one and two carbon polluters in the world, China and the U.S. hope to set the stage for other countries to follow their example, with the end result being a new global accord. To avoid future conflicts, the two leaders also agree on a military plan for navigating U.S. and Chinese planes and ships off China's coast as well as cutting tariffs on technology items.
Five Killed at Synagogue in Jerusalem (Nov. 18): Two Palestinians, armed with knives, meat cleavers, and a handgun, enter a synagogue in Jerusalem during morning prayers and kill five people. Four of the people killed are rabbis; the other is a police officer who died hours after the incident. The two attackers are shot and killed by police. It is the deadliest assault that has occurred in Jerusalem since eight students were killed during a Jewish seminar in March 2008. The incident increases tension in Israel, which is already on high alert after a recent rise in religious violence. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemns the attack. In a televised address, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that Abbas' condemnation isn't enough.
Missing College Students Spark Protests in Mexico (Nov. 16): Thousands of protestors take to the streets in Mexico City, setting fires and blocking highways. The protests are over the 43 college students from Iguala who were abducted and presumed killed after clashing with police on Sept. 26. According to the state prosecutor investigating the case, mass graves are in Iguala, where the clash happened. The graves contain 28 burned bodies. Twenty-two police officers are arrested after the incident with the students. The arrested officers are also members of or worked for a local gang, according to prosecutors. Investigators are still looking into the possibility of those police officers deliberately turning the students over to the local gang.
(Nov. 27): Facing angry protestors demanding action, Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto announces a plan to address corruption and issues with local police. Pena Nieto explains the plan during a 30-minute televised address. Part of his plan is to disband local police forces. State government will control the police instead. Also, under Pena Nieto's new plan, the federal government can dissolve any local governments that it found to be corrupt. Meanwhile, 11 more bodies of young people are found in Guerrero State, the same state where the college students attended school and disappeared in September.
Hong Kong Protests Intensify (Nov. 25): Acting on a court order, police begin dismantling the barricades in Hong Kong. They initially meet little resistance from protesters, whose numbers have dwindled and who have lost support of residents as it has become increasingly clear that the government will not budge on the election issue. But police efforts to take down barricades in the Mong Kok district is met with resistance, and police use tear gas on the demonstrators. Dozens of protesters are arrested.
Court Drops Charges Against Mubarak (Nov. 29): An Egyptian court drops all charges against former president Hosni Mubarak for his role in the killing of hundreds of unarmed protesters in the Arab Spring protests of 2011. His security chief and several high-ranking police officials are also cleared. Thousands of people protest the verdict in Tahrir Square. With another strongman in the role as president, the ruling largely turns back the clocks on the Arab Spring protests.