Memorable events of December 2014 include President Obama's Cuba announcement, an Egyptian court's issuance of 185 death sentences and the end of the 2014 Hong Kong political protests. Additionally, Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 memorably crashed into the Java Sea on Dec. 28, killing all 162 passengers and crew members.
On Dec. 2, 2014, an Egyptian judge condemned 185 people to death, a move widely criticized by human rights organizations. The accused were supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization banned by the Egyptian government. The defendants were alleged to have to participated in an attack on a police station in August 2013.
President Obama announced that the United States would normalize relations with Cuba on Dec. 17, 2014. This policy would entail opening as U.S embassy in Havana and easing long-standing restrictions barring Americans from traveling to Cuba. Gradually, the normalization policy is expected to significantly increase financial engagement and trade between the two nations.
December 2014 saw the conclusion of the 2014 Hong Kong protests. The demonstrations were initiated to protest the Chinese government's perceived unwillingness to follow through on democratic reforms in Hong Kong. On Dec. 11, police arrested 209 protesters, and the protests came to an end on Dec. 15.