Arak Reactor Not Yet Decommissioned

Iran has not yet decommissioned the Arak heavy water reactor, one of its obligations under the nuclear deal with world powers to win a...

UN Meet on Treaty to Combat Illegal Fishing

For the first time, the countries that endorsed the UN Treaty to combat illegal fishing are meeting in in Oslo (Norway) to discuss how to...

Security Council Gives UN Major Role in Syria

In its first resolution to focus on the politics of ending Syria’s five-year-long war, the Security Council gave the United Nations an enhanced role...

International Tribunal Rejects China’s Claim on Sea

A tribunal ruled that China has no legal basis for its vast claims in the South China Sea and had aggravated the seething regional...

Pakistan Passes Law on Honour Killings

Pakistan's parliament has passed legislation against "honour killings". A joint session of the Parliament unanimously approved anti-honour killing and anti-rape bills moved by PPP Senator...

UN Vote Against Israeli Settlements

Israel has summoned the ambassadors of UN Security Council member states that voted in favour of a resolution condemning settlement activity. The United States envoy...

Budhi-Gandaki Hydroelectric Project in News

Nepal has signed an agreement with a Chinese company Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC) to build the long-mooted 1,200-megawatt Budhi-Gandaki hydroelectric project. Estimates of the...

Crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine Region

Myanmar government has rejected the rumours that the Government was establishing paramilitary forces in Rakhine State. Because extremists are stepping up terrorist activities in the...

‘Enhanced Integrated Framework’ of WTO: Latest Developments

The United Kingdom government announced at the WTO’s Ministerial Conference on 11 December a commitment of £16 million (around US$ 21.3 million) to 51...

Bangladesh Lifts Ban on Facebook

Bangladesh lifted a ban on Facebook after it was imposed for security reasons few days ago. The government banned Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber blocked last...

UN Launches Refugee and Migrant Response Plan

The United Nations refugee and migration agencies along with a host of partners unveiled a new strategy and appeal to help address the challenges...

Facebook To Beam Internet Access to All

Social networking Inc Facebook is using its artificial intelligence (AI) technology and resources to map the entire Earth and launch the world's most detailed...

China to Supply Submarines to Pakistan

China is set to supply eight modified diesel-electric attack submarines to the Pakistan Navy by 2028. Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) had secured a...

Mariano Rajoy Back as PM of Spain

Spain’s Parliament voted conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy back into power ending a rollercoaster, 10-month political crisis. 170 lawmakers voted for Rajoy, 111 voted against...

South Korean President Sacked

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye was sacked by the country's top court, as it upheld her impeachment by parliament over a wide-ranging corruption scandal. The unanimous...

Information Technology Agreement in News

The Information Technology Agreement (ITA) was concluded by 29 participants at the Singapore Ministerial Conference in December 1996. Since then, the number of participants...

UN ‘Resolution 2371’ in News

Resolution 2371 (2017), adopted unanimously by the United Nations Security Council on August 5, 2017, strengthens UN sanctions on North Korea in response to...

Women Elected First Time in Saudi Arabia

Saudi voters elected 20 women for local government seats, after women voted and ran in elections for the first time in the country’s history. The...

Japan Approves 42 Billion Defence Budget

Japanese has approved a record-high military budget marking the fourth consecutive year that spending on defense has increased. Cabinet approved a 5.05 trillion yen (41.90...

$1.5 Billion IMF Loan to Sri Lanka

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a USD 1.5 billion loan to Sri Lanka, with USD 168 million being disbursed as the first...

UN Appoints 17 Youth Leaders on SDGs

The United Nations appointed the 17 youth leaders who have been recognized for their leadership and contribution to the achievement of the 17 Global...

OPEC Agrees to Reduce Oil Production

Oil prices soared after OPEC, a group of the world's largest oil producers reached a deal in Vienna, Austria, to curb production for the...

Saudi Arabia and China Sign Several Agreements

Saudi Arabian King Salman visited China to deepen economic ties between the world’s biggest oil exporter and the world’s second-largest oil consumer. China and Saudi Arabia...

New Sanctions Imposed on Iran by USA

USA imposed new sanctions against entities and individuals with ties to Iran. USA has designated 18 entities and individuals under this latest round of sanctions for their...

Dengue Vaccine ‘Sanofi’ Sale Stopped in Philippines

The Philippines has ordered French drugmaker Sanofi to stop the sale, distribution and marketing of its Dengvaxia dengue vaccine in the country. The World Health...

Nepal Sign MoU With China on OBOR Initiative

Nepal has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China on Cooperation under One Belt and One Road (OBOR) initiative. The MoU seeks to strengthen...

IMF Approves $500 Million Aid To Pakistan

The IMF approved nearly USD 500 million in its latest tranche of financial assistance to Pakistan. A decision in this regard was taken by the...

Japan Warns China Over Incursions

Japan has told China that any foreign naval vessel that enters Japanese waters for reasons other than "innocent passage" will be told to leave...

Nigeria Reports New Polio Cases Since 2014

Nigeria reported the first new cases of wild poliovirus in more than two years, after two children were paralyzed by polio in Borno state...

IMF Warns Pakistan on Repayment Obligations

The IMF has warned Pakistan that China's growing investments in Pakistan have the potential to lift the Pakistan's economy, but the repayment obligations that...

USA Withdraws from Trans-Pacific Partnership

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order formally withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, following through on a...

World Bank $500M Grant to Afghanistan

The World Bank approved financing of about $500 million for Afghanistan to boost the economy and support Afghan refugees. The six grants, including donor money,...

Syria’s Raqqa Battle: Know About it

The Battle of Raqqa is the fifth and final phase of the Raqqa campaign launched by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against the Islamic...

‘Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund’ in News

The Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund (DDAGTF) was established in 2002, in order to receive extra budgetary contributions from WTO Members to finance...

Turkish Parliament Approves Presidential System

The Turkish parliament has approved a package of constitutional reforms that will see more power placed in the hands of the president, completing a...

Gambia Declares Emergency

Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh has declared a state of emergency just two days before he is supposed to cede power after losing elections. The long-time...

Local Acquired Zika Case Found in Chile

Chilean health officials have registered the first locally acquired case of the Zika virus, which was sexually transmitted within the country. 46-year-old woman got Zika...

Sri Lanka Declared Malaria Free

Sri Lanka has been certified as malaria-free island country by World Health Organisation (WHO). After malaria cases soared in the 1970s and 80s, the country's...

Pakistan Ratify Paris Climate Deal

Pakistan formally joined the Paris Agreement on Climate Change by submitting its instrument of ratification. It has become the 104th country to ratify the...

China Population to Peak by 2030

China's population is expected to peak at 1.45 billion in 2030, then drop to 1.4 billion by 2050 and 1.1 billion by the end...

Croatia-Slovenia Border Dispute in News

Border disputes between Slovenia and Croatia have existed since the two countries' independence following the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991. The most notable border...

Prime Minister Re-elected in Papua New Guinea

Incumbent Peter O'Neill has been re-elected as prime minister of Papua New Guinea. O'Neill was sworn to a second five-year term after his People's National...

South African Removes Finance Minister

Current Affairs: South Africa's president has appointed the Pravin Gordhan as his third finance minister within a week. He replaces the little-known David van Rooyen...

100,000 Hit by Flood in South America

Current Affairs: More than 100,000 people have had to evacuate from their homes in the bordering areas of Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina due...

American Control of Internet to End this Year

In September 2016, nearly 47 years after American computer science professors set the stage for the Internet, the US government is set to cede...

Pakistan Signs Convention on Tax Cooperation

Pakistan has signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters (MAC). Pakistan has become the 104th nation to join the convention. MAC was...

Colombia Ratifies Peace Deal

Colombia’s Congress has given its approval to a peace accord aimed at ending a 52-year-old armed conflict with FARC guerrillas. The lower house of the...

UN Statement on Myanmar Violence Blocked

China, backed by Russia, blocked a short U.N. Security Council statement on Myanmar. The U.N. human rights office accused the military of mass killings and...

Pakistan Supreme Court Disqualifies Prime Minister

Pakistan's Supreme Court five-Judge Bench has disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office. This ruling comes after months of hearings in a case instigated by the...

Venezuela Launched Cryptocurrency ‘Petro’

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has launched the digital currency to circumvent U.S.-led financial sanctions. He launched the cryptocurrency “petro” backed by oil reserves to shore...

Zika Emergency Ended in Brazil

Brazil has declared an end to its public health emergency for the Zika virus on, 18 months after a surge in cases drew headlines...

Chagos Archipelago Sovereignty Dispute in News

Sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago is disputed between Mauritius and the United Kingdom. Mauritius has repeatedly asserted that the Chagos Archipelago is part of...

UN Removes Iranian Bank from Sanctions

The United Nations Security Council has removed Iranian Bank Sepah and its international subsidiary from a sanctions list, following announcement of a UN report...

Health Emergency Declared in Puerto Rico

The USA administration declared a public health emergency in the US territory of Puerto Rico, due to rapid and widespread transmission of the Zika...

UN Launches New Fund on Cholera

The United Nations has launched a new trust fund to support a coordinated system-wide response from the UN and its partners to help Haiti...

Right to Information Comes into Force in Sri Lanka

Right to Information (RTI) Act has come into force in Srilanka from 3rd february 2017. Main Provisions: 1) Only citizens of Sri Lanka can seek and obtain...

Bhutan and Maldives Eliminates Measles: WHO

Bhutan and Maldives have eliminated measles, a highly infectious disease that is a major childhood killer globally. The two countries have become the first in...

Qatar Allows Visa-free Entry for Citizens of 80 Countries

Qatar’s Ministry of Interior (MoI), Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and Qatar Airways announced that Qatar will allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries,...

Muscat Declaration on Tourism and Culture

The Muscat Declaration on Tourism and Culture: Fostering Sustainable Development was signed by representatives of UNESCO, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), delegations, private sector,...

First International Day of Victims of Genocide

Current Affairs: The United Nations on December 9, marked the first International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of...

Search Operation for Plane MH370 Suspended

The deep-sea search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 ended without any trace being found of the plane that vanished in 2014 with 239...

Forest Fire in Philippine Mountains

A major forest fire broke out on Mt. Apo and has affected more than 100 hectares of forest cover. Dozens of trekkers, who climbed...

Philippines Declares State of Emergency

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte proclaimed Philippines under a state of national emergency on account of lawless violence. "the proclamation technically took effect today and remains...

Egypt Gets $12 bn Loan from IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board approved three-year $12 billion loan to Egypt. Egypt reached an initial deal with the IMF on a $12...

WTO Young Professionals Programme in News

Director-General Roberto Azevêdo welcomed the first cohort of young professionals at an inauguration ceremony of the WTO Young Professionals Programme. The WTO Young Professionals Programme...

Iraq Declares End of Islamic State Caliphate

With the capture of iconic Nuri mosque in Mosul, Iraq has declared the end of terrorist organization Islamic State group's "caliphate". It is from...

Qatar Approves ‘Domestic Employment Law’

Qatar has introduced a new "Domestic Employment Law" that will provide legal protection for domestic workers, giving them more rights and control over their...

Saudi Arabia Opens Embassy in Iraq

Saudi Arabia reopened its embassy in Baghdad (Iraq), after 25 years. The Saudi consulate in the capital of the Iraqi Kurdistan region Erbil will...

China Destroyed Statue of Mao

China has destroyed the 120-foot-tall statue of Mao Zedong, the much-loved and much-feared Communist revolutionary who built modern China, was said to have cost...

Bukingham Palace Declaration On Wildlife Trade

The United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce member organisations signed up to recommendations, with the historic first ever signing of a declaration at Buckingham Palace. After...

Pakistan Bank Opens Branch in China

Pakistan's Habib Bank has opened a branch in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Habib Bank is the first foreign bank of...

5Lakh People Displaced in Afghanistan

According to UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), more than 500,000 people have been internally displaced in Afghanistan by conflict so...

Chinese Army Participated in Pak Republic Day Parade

For the first time Chinese troops have participated in Pakistan’s Republic Day Parade. Pakistan Day commemorates March 23, 1940, when a resolution was passed to...

Hambantota Port Deal in News

The Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port (also known as the Port of Hambantota) is a maritime port in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. The first phase of...

Japan Emperor to Abdicate in 2019

Emperor Akihito will step down on April 30, 2019 - the first abdication by a Japanese monarch in about two centuries. A 10-member Imperial Household...

Pakistan and China Sign $500 Millions Deals

Pakistan signed new deals with China worth nearly $500 million. The memorandums of understanding add to the $57 billion already pledged for the China-Pakistan...

UN Endorses Syria Peace Plan

The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a resolution endorsing an international road map for a Syria peace process. The resolution gives a UN blessing...

Nuclear Sanctions Lifted on Iran

World powers lifted crippling sanctions against the Iran in return for its complying with a deal to curb its nuclear ambitions. Tens of billions of...

Panel Appointed to Manage Wealth Fund

Libya's U.N.-backed government has appointed a five-member caretaker committee to run the country's $67 billion (52.03 billion pounds) sovereign wealth fund. The Government of National...

USA Warship Visit New Zealand

The U.S. naval warship 'Sampson' has been cleared to dock next month in New Zealand. The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer is expected to attend...

USA Bans Entry from Muslim Nations

U.S. President Donald Trump has banned people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the nation for 90 days and suspended admission of refugees for...

‘Haqqani Network’ in News

The Afghan intelligence service, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), said that early findings showed the Haqqani network with the assistance of Pakistan's ISI...

South China Sea Code: Main Features

Foreign ministers of Southeast Asia and China adopted a negotiating framework for a code of conduct in the South China Sea. The framework seeks to...

Global Monitoring System for Dementia Launched

The United Nations health agency WHO launched the first global monitoring system for dementia. This initiative is expected to affect 152 million people worldwide by...

World’s Fastest Growing Refugee Crisis

South Sudan has now become the world's fastest growing refugee crisis with more than 1.8 million refugees, including one million children, having sought safety...

Container Vessels Collide in Strait of Johor

Two container vessels collided off Pasir Gudang Port in Johor, Malaysia, resulting in an oil spill. There was a collision between Singapore-registered container vessel...

Syrian Troops Recapture Palmyra

Syrian troops backed by Russian forces recaptured the famed ancient city of Palmyra in Iraq from the Islamic State group in a major victory...

Syria Use Chlorine Gas in Aleppo

A Chlorine gas attack on an opposition-held neighbourhood in the Syrian city of Aleppo caused dozens of cases of suffocation. The Syrian government helicopters had...

Colombia Signs New Peace Deal with FARC

More than a month after Colombian voters rejected a peace deal with the country’s largest guerrilla group, negotiators in Havana signed a new deal. Negotiators...

Saudi Arabia Gives USD 4 Million to Poor Nations

Saudi Arabia has given USD 4 million to help lift poor countries out of poverty through trade. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is actively supporting...

UN Security Council Adopts Resolution on Landmines

The United Nations Security Council adopted its first-ever resolution on mine action. UNSC noted that the serious and lasting threat posed by landmines, explosive remnants of...

Qatar Restores Diplomatic Relations with Iran

Qatar has restored the full diplomatic relations with Iran send its ambassador back to Iran. Iran welcomed Qatar’s decision, has sent food to Qatar and...

Iran Violated UN Ban

Current Affairs: A UN team of sanctions monitors said that Iran violated a U.N. Security Council resolution in October by test firing a missile...

USA Reactions Against North Korea Bomb Test

The United States deployed a B-52 bomber on a low-level flight over its ally South Korea in a show of force following North Korea's...

Afghanistan Becomes 164th WTO Member

Afghanistan has notified the WTO that its Parliament has ratified its Protocol of Accession, clearing the final hurdle for its WTO membership. According to WTO...

Emergency Declared in Charlotte

North Carolina State Governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlotte and ordered the deployment of the National Guard...

MERCOSUR Suspends Venezuela

South American nations have suspended Venezuela from the Mercosur trade group over its failure to comply with its commitments when it joined the group...

East Timor Presidential Elections

East Timor's former parliament chief Francisco "Lu-Olo" Guterres has won the country's presidential election. Guterres secured 57 per cent of the vote. His closest rival,...

500th Amendment to ‘WTO Goods Schedule’

The update of Argentina’s WTO Goods Schedule, which was formally initiated on 26 July, marks the 500th notification under special procedures to modify these...

Kenya President Sworn

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term. Kenyatta won a repeat presidential election on Oct. 26 that was boycotted by Odinga,...