What Happened on 18 December 2014

Greek MPs fail to elect president in first round

Greece’s MPs have failed to choose a president after the first round of voting, giving rise to the possibility of… Read More.

Sydney gunman had 'illegal firearm'

Man Haron Monis, the Iranian gunman who took 17 people hostage in a Sydney café on Monday, was in possession… Read More.

Raul Castro urges US to end trade embargo on Cuba

Cuba’s president Raul Castro has urged the United States to bring an end to its five-decade trade embargo as the… Read More.

Three go on trial in Myanmar for 'insulting Buddhism'

Three men, including a New Zealander, who face charges of insulting Buddhism, have gone on trial in Myanmar. The three… Read More.

54 Nigerian soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny

Fifty-four Nigerian soldiers have been sentenced to death for their refusal to fight Islamist militants of the Boko Haram. The… Read More.

Draft Palestinian peace plan submitted to UN Security Council

A draft resolution putting forward a Palestinian timetable for securing a peace deal with Israel was submitted to the United… Read More.

No differentiating between good and bad Taliban, says Nawaz Sharif

Vowing to take the fight to the perpetrators of the Peshawar school massacre, Pakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif has said… Read More.

Sterling scores twice as Liverpool beat Bournemouth 3-1

Raheem Sterling struck twice to help Liverpool defeat Bournemouth 3-1 and set up a semi-final clash with Chelsea in the… Read More.

Volume of Earth's oldest water greater than earlier estimates

Researchers say that the volume of the world’s oldest water is far greater than previously estimated. The liquid, which is… Read More.

India successfully launches largest rocket, unmanned capsule

India has launched its largest rocket and unmanned capsule. Thursday’s launch of the 630-tonne Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle from… Read More.

New York state bans fracking, citing 'significant health risks'

New York state has banned fracking, the only state in the US other than Vermont to do so. Following a… Read More.

Sony Pictures cancels release of The Interview

Sony Pictures cancelled the release of The Interview, after threats to moviegoers and key theater groups decided to cancel its… Read More.