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Ebola caregivers win Time Person of the Year 2014

EBOLA caregivers have been revealed as Time magazine's 2014 Person of the Year - the individual or group of individuals who have most affected the news good or bad.  

The publication - which has been running the accolade since 1927 - announced its eight finalists earlier this week, comprising of the following:  

Roger Goodell

The National Football League commissioner.  

Masoud Barzani

The acting president of the Iraqi Kurdish Region since 2005.  

Tim Cook

Apple CEO Timothy Cook, who came out recently, introduced Apple's iPhone 6, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay this year.  

Jack Ma 

Founder and CEO of e-commerce giant Alibaba. He's worth an estimated $23.9bn (£15bn).  

Taylor Swift

The singer has been in the news a lot this year, after her album 1989 shot to number one.   

Ebola Caregivers

Those who are still fighting against the Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 7,000 people in West Africa.  

Vladimir Putin

The controversial Russian president has remained in the headlines throughout this year, with the Winter Olympics in Sochi , the annexation of Crimea and the ongoing conflict in east Ukraine.  

The Ferguson Protestors

The demonstrations have taken over the streets of America following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer.    


The criteria states that the person or collective should be ranked upon their impact on our lives and news "for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year".  

Not all of the people who influence our cultural and sociological landscape are popular; Time named Hitler Person of the Year in 1938 and Stalin in 1939 and again in 1942.

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