Among the stories that made international headlines this year include the storming of a mall in Kenya by terrorists and the death and destruction left in the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan. NY1's Cheryl Wills filed the following report, Part 2 of her look back at the year in international news.
In September, shoppers inside a crowded mall in Kenya were sent running for their lives as armed terrorists flooded the center and randomly opened fire, killing everyone in their path. Sixty-seven people were killed. Victims ranged from age 8 to 78. A new report this month found that some of the gunmen disappeared without a trace.
It was a terrifying sight that sent shock waves around the world: A meteorite crashed down to earth, landing in a remote section of Russia, and exploded. The violent fireball was the equivalent of 600,000 tons of TNT. Scientists called it a global wake-up call, saying that it will likely happen again, but only heaven knows where.
Packing winds as strong as 170 miles per hour, Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines in November, leaving death and destruction in its wake. Some 5,000 Filipinos were killed, and it forced the evacuation of nearly 800,000 people, leaving millions homeless.
The worst garment factory accident in history happened in Bangladesh this year. An eight-story commercial building pancaked in April, killing more than 1,100 people and trapping more than 2,000 people who were buried alive. Many were later rescued. Cracks in the building's walls in Rana Plaza were ignored. The tragedy led to protests calling for better protections for low-wage workers.