2014 was a groundbreaking year in space exploration marked by the first successful landing of a probe on a comet, the maiden launch of NASA's Orion spacecraft, and new stunning images captured by the Hubble telescope.
Officer Rafael Ramos along with officer Wenjian Liu were shot dead one week ago as they sat in their marked patrol car at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Tompkins Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
New York remembers the two policers who were shot dead while on duty the night of December 20, 2014. The two officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, were shot dead as they sat in their marked patrol car at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Tompkins Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The suspect, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, ran into a nearby subway station where he shot himself in the head. UPI/John Angelillo
While demonstrators marched in the U.S. protesting police violence, pro-democracy activists occupied Hong Kong, and rioters took to the street of Kiev. Immigration, Independence, Climate Change, and Human Rights were all major themes in 2014, the year of the protester.
Hundreds of Christian pilgrims visit where tradition believes Jesus Christ was born, in Bethlehem, West Bank during the month of December. Palestinian officials say the number of tourists has significantly dropped since the Israeli-Gaza war in the summer.
President Barack Obama discussed various subjects including the Cuba, Sony, North Korea and the economy at a year-end press conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on December 19, 2014.
United Press International is a leading provider of news, photos and information to millions of readers around the globe via UPI.com and its licensing services.
With a history of reliable reporting dating back to 1907, today's UPI is a credible source for the most important stories of the day, continually updated - a one-stop site for U.S. and world news, as well as entertainment, trends, science, health and stunning photography. UPI also provides insightful reports on key topics of geopolitical importance, including energy and security.
A Spanish version of the site reaches millions of readers in Latin America and beyond.
UPI was founded in 1907 by E.W. Scripps as the United Press (UP). It became known as UPI after a merger with the International News Service in 1958, which was founded in 1909 by William Randolph Hearst. Today, UPI is owned by News World Communications.
It is based in Washington, D.C., and Boca Raton, Fla.