The government-run Vietnam News Agency has rounded out the top 10 world events for 2014 as follows:

1. China stepped up actions that threaten regional security : Territorial disputes on the East Sea and East China Sea became tense, especially after China illegally placed its Haiyan Shiyou-981 oil rig in Vietnam’s continental shelf and exclusive economic zone. The world community expressed concern and seriously condemned China’s provocative acts and conspiracy to unilaterally occupy the East Sea.

2. Ukraine crisis : Stemming from sectarian conflicts and disputes in choosing the path for national development, the Ukraine crisis led to the removal of President Viktor Yanukovich, the annexation of Crimea peninsula into Russia while an independence movement in the east gained momentum. The crisis in this Eastern Europe nation has pushed the ties between Russia and the west to the worst level since the Cold War.

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3. Cuba and the US decided to normalise ties : December 17 has become a historic milestone in the history of Cuba – US relationship when Cuban President Raul Castro and his US counterpart Barack Obama simultaneously announced a decision to normalise diplomatic ties between the two countries after over a half century of disruption.

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4. The emergence of the self-claimed “Islamic State” (IS): The Middle East fell into serious instability when the IS force took control of many territories in Iraq and Syria. With barbarian terrorist acts and a plot to expand its reach, the IS is becoming a threat to global security. An international alliance involving nearly 60 countries led by the US has been established to fight against the IS. Meanwhile, terrorist networks such as Al Qaeda, Taliban and Boko Haram are increasing their operations with scores of attacks, hostages and savage massacres.

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5. World crude oil price drops dramatically: Crude price hit a five-year low, even dropping below 60 USD per barrel at one time, which strongly impacted the world economies, especially those depending on fuel exports.

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6. Ebola outbreak in western Africa: The Ebola outbreaks in western Africa killed over 7,500 out of nearly 20,000 infection cases, sparking concern all over the world. Efforts to research and test Ebola vaccine showed initial positive results.