Kaohsiung gas explosions
At least 24 people have been killed and 271 others injured when several underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city overnight, hurling concrete through the air and blasting long trenches in the streets.
Food safety scandal
A series of food safety incidents involving the adulteration of cooking oil with recycled waste oil and animal feed oil that was discovered in September. At least 1,256 businesses were affected.
Sunflower Student Movement
A protest movement driven by a coalition of students and civic groups between March 18 and April 10. The activists protested the passing of the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA) at the legislature without clause-by-clause review. The movement marked the first time that the legislature has been occupied by citizens in the history of Taiwan.
Jiangzicui metro attack
A 21-year-old student Cheng Chieh (鄭捷) killed four people and injured 22 in a random killing spree on a train of the Taipei Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system’s Bannan Line. It was the first deadly attack on an MRT system in Taiwan.
Missing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing lost contact with air control and went missing more than an hour after it took off in the early hours of Saturday, March 8. The aircraft, a Boeing 777-200ER, was carrying 12 Malaysian crew members and 227 passengers from 15 nations.
Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. There were a small number of cases reported in Nigeria and a single case reported in Senegal; however, these cases are considered to be contained, with no further spread in these countries.
The Umbrella Movement
The Chinese government issued a ruling limiting who can stand as a candidate in the 2017 city elections, which hasn't gone down well with pro-democracy activists. The peaceful protesters occupying the streets of Hong Kong for more than two months have been surprisingly persistent in their pursuit of genuine universal suffrage.
Rosetta's Philae probe lands on comet
Rosetta is a spacecraft on a 10-year mission to catch a comet and land a probe on it. Launched in 2004, the spacecraft arrived at its target, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, on Aug. 6, 2014. The lander, named Philae, made contact on Nov. 12, 2014, becoming the first spacecraft to orbit a comet.