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18 September 2014 Current Affairs

Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
    • Islamic State release a video purporting to be from British journalist John Cantlie as propaganda. (Reuters)
    • The United States Senate passes a budget measure authorising President Barack Obama to equip and train moderate rebels to fight ISIL in Syria. (Washington Examiner)
International relations
  • Russian military intervention in Ukraine
    • The President of Ukraine visits the United States to seek assistance in combating separatists in eastern Ukraine. (BBC)
  • Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa
    • The Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon announces the creation of an emergency mission to respond to the virus which has killed over 2,500 people in West Africa . (Bloomberg via Washington Post)
Law and crime
  • Australian police mount raids in the cities of Sydney and Brisbane on alleged Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant sympathisers based on intelligence claims that they were planning a public execution in Australia with fifteen people arrested. (News Limited)
  • Eight people have been shot dead including six children in the small American town of Bell, Florida. (AAP via The Australian)
Politics and elections
  • Scottish independence referendum, 2014
    • Voters in Scotland go to the polls to vote on a referendum on independence with the No campaign winning. (Reuters), (The Telegraph), (BBC)
  • German president Joachim Gauck welcomes state officials to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to address demographic change in Europeand commemorate 25 years of the Peaceful Revolution. (Official press release)
  • Ultracompact dwarf galaxy M60-UCD1 is revealed to be the smallest known galaxy to have a supermassive black hole at its centre.(Washington Post via Sydney Morning Herald)


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