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...

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...

Singapore Passes Contempt of Court Bill

Singapore's parliament passed a contempt of court bill. The bill's contempt of court definition of includes publishing material that interferes with ongoing proceedings or alleges...

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...

New President Elected in Haiti

Haitian businessman Jovenel Moise has been officially declared winner of recent presidential election. An electoral tribunal confirmed, Mr Moise, a 48-year-old banana exporter, was elected...

Conflict in Yemen Enters Third Year

As the escalation of the conflict in Yemen enters its third year, the top United Nations humanitarian official has called on the parties to...

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...

Turkey Announces Troop Withdrawal From Iraq

Current Affairs: Turkey said it would pull its troops out of northern Iraq after US President Barack Obama urged President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to...

Myanmar Passes Bill to Strengthen Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s upper house of parliament approved a Bill that gives Aung San Suu Kyi a powerful government role, despite opposition from the military on...

North Korea Conducts 5th Nuclear Test

North Korea conducted a nuclear test, its fifth and the "most powerful" test so far. North Korea conducted the nuclear test to mark the country's...

Bulgarian Prime Minister Resigns

The Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov resigned after his party's candidate failed to win the second round of the country's presidential election. Boyko Borisov government would...

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...

Nauru Joins International Solar Alliance

The world’s smallest nation Nauru — has become the sixth country to ratify the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Framework pact initiated by the Indian...

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...

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...

Obama’s ‘Computer Sciences for All’ Plan

President Obama recently announced the "Computer Sciences for All" plan. According to this plan he seeks $4 billion from Congress to dramatically increase 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...

Puerto Rico Declares Moratorium On Debt Payment

Puerto Rico's declared a moratorium on a $422 million debt payment due by the island's Government Development Bank (GDB). Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla signed the...

Afghanistan Signs Deal with Hekmatyar

Afghanistan signed a draft peace agreement with notorious warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. Under the terms of the deal Hekmatyar should accept the constitution and abandon violence. It...

S Korean President Impeached

Following six weeks of street protests, South Korean President Park Geun-hye was impeached by the nation’s National Assembly. The impeachment vote required at least 28...

New Carbon Emissions Standards for Aircrafts

The United Nations aviation body, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) adopted new aircraft emissions to curb the impact of aviation greenhouse gas emissions on...

Denmark Ratifies ‘Forced Labour Convention’

Denmark has deposited the instrument of ratification of the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 , thereby becoming the 17th country...

Presidential Election in Rwanda

Presidential elections were held in Rwanda on 4 August 2017. The incumbent President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, was re-elected to a third seven-year term...

WTO Launches ‘Cotton Portal’

The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) launched an on-line platform for market intelligence for cotton products, which will enable...

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...

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...

China-USA Row Over Anti-Dumping Duties

On 3 December 2013, China requested consultations with the United States regarding the use of certain methodologies in anti-dumping investigations involving Chinese products. China claims...

Trade Facilitation Agreement: Mozambique Ratifies

Mozambique has ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), making it the 105th WTO member to do so. Only five more ratifications from members are...

Nepal’s First Female Judge Suspended

Nepal's first female judge to head the Supreme Court has been suspended after an impeachment motion was signed by parliament members. Sushila Karki was suspended...

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...

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...

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...

China Introduces VAT System

China replaced all business tax with a value-added tax (VAT) after extending the policy to cover four new sectors of construction, real estate, finance...

UN Signs Agreement to Track Agricultural Data

The United Nations agricultural agency signed a $15 million agreement with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to boosting the capacity of...

China USA Conducts Kunming Drills

Troops from China and the U.S. are staging joint drills to better manage disaster relief missions. Since 2005, the U.S.-China Disaster Management Exchange has been...

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...

5 Non-Permanent Members to UN Elected

The United Nations General Assembly elected Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Peru and Poland as non-permanent members of the Security Council for the next...

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...

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...

Controversy Between US Govt and Apple

Apple Inc and the US government are making their cases over a judge's order forcing Apple to help the FBI hack into an iPhone...

Burkina Gets New Prime Minister

Burkina Faso's president named economist Paul Kaba Thieba as prime minister, a week after being sworn in as the first new leader in almost...

China Unveils Doctrine To Counter USA ‘Pivot’

China has invited Asian countries to join it in framing a security governance model with “Asian features” to counter the U.S. ‘rebalance’ to the...

143 Get Back Myanmar Citizenship

Myanmar government has allowed 143 former citizens taking foreign citizenship to resume their citizenship. Myanmar's former government introduced a permanent residence system for overseas nationals...

Ghana Opposition Leader Wins Presidential Poll

The candidate of the largest opposition New Patriotic Party Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has won Ghana’s closely contested presidential elections. Akufo-Addo garnered 5,716,026 votes, or...

Women in Politics Map Launched

Women in Politics Map was launched by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women. The number of women Heads of State or Heads of Government...

Indonesia Ratifies Maritime Labour Convention

Indonesia has deposited the instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended (MLC, 2006) with the International Labour Office. Indonesia, an important...

United Nations Imposes Ban on N.Korea Exports

The United Nations Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea over its two recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July. The U.S.-drafted resolution bans...

‘G7 Plus WTO Accessions Group’ Launched

Selected WTO members and acceding governments launched the g7+ WTO Accessions Group, a new platform designed to help post-conflict and fragile economies through WTO...

WhatsApp Back Online in Brazil

Current Affairs: WhatsApp is back online in Brazil. A Brazilian judge has struck down a lower court ruling that temporarily blocked the popular messaging...

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...

Russia Launches Military Drills

Russia launched month longed  large-scale snap military drills, putting its troops on full combat readiness in districts bordering Ukraine and the Baltic States. The drills...

Japan Withholds UNESCO Funding

Japan has withheld its 2016 funding for the UN heritage body UNESCO in a row over how the 1937 Nanjing Massacre is remembered. UNESCO last...

Ghana Gets New President

Ghana's gets new President Nana Akufo-Addo. Akufo-Addo, 72, defeated incumbent John Dramani Mahama in peaceful elections a month ago. Akufo-Addo served as foreign minister and attorney...

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...

Maldives Vice President Impeached

The Maldives vice president Ahmed Adeeb is impeached over his alleged role in a blast on the President  Abdulla Yameen's speedboat. Yameen and First Lady were...

Disrespect of National Anthem Made Crime

Insulting the Chinese national anthem would now be a criminal offence. The national anthem is rooted in Chinese revolution. Recognizing China's anthem is to recognize the...

North Korea Executes Army Chief

North Korea executed its army chief of staff, General Ri Yong-gil, on corruption charges. General Ri Young-gil served as the chief of the general...

Lions Rescued in Biggest Airlift Operation

In the largest airlift of the lions in history, 33 rescued lions were rescued from circuses in Colombia and Peru have been flown to...

EU Extends Sanctions on Russia

The European Union extended part of its sanctions against Russia over Moscow's annexation of Crimea and its role in the crisis in Ukraine. The EU's...

S.Korea Japan Agree on Intelligence Sharing

Japan and South Korea signed an agreement to share intelligence on North Korea's military activities, including its nuclear program. The pact will help "restrain" North...

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...

UN Global Vector Control Response 2017-2030

The Global vector control response 2017–2030 provides strategic guidance to countries and development partners for urgent strengthening of vector control as a fundamental approach...

‘Every Newborn Action Plan’ Launched in Iraq

With the support of UNICEF, the Ministry of Health of Iraq launched the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP), which was developed jointly with UN Children's...

USA Recognize ‘Jerusalem’ as Israel’s Capital

US President Donald Trump has recognized the Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He directed the US state department to start making arrangements to move...

Egypt Approves Anti-Terrorism Law

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi approved a new anti-terrorism law. The new law, which came weeks after President Sisi vowed harsher laws following the assassination...

Philippines China Row on Disputed Sea

Philippine President Benigno Aquino urged Southeast Asian neighbours to put pressure on China to agree on a binding code of conduct to ease tension...

New Fund Launched to Address Education Crisis

Global and national organisations launched a new fund to better coordinate support for, and drive investment in, education for children and youth affected by...

FARC Rebels Ratify Peace Agreement

The FARC rebels have ratified the peace pact with the Colombian government to end 52 years of civil war. The accord establishes a timetable for...

Iran Buys 80 Boeing Planes

Iran Air finalised a contract to buy 80 planes from Boeing, as it seeks to renew its ageing fleet despite sanctions. The contract — Iran’s...

Yemen: One of Worst Hunger Crises in World

According to analysis released by the United Nations and humanitarian partners, an estimated 17 million people in Yemen are hungry. Yemen is an Arab country...

Thailand Ratifies Employment Discrimination Convention

Thailand, member State of the ILO since 1919, ratified one of the eight fundamental ILO Conventions, namely the Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) 1958, (No.111)...

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...

38 Militants Hanged in Iraq

Iraq has hanged 38 Sunni Muslim militants after they were sentenced to death on terrorism charges. The mass executions were carried out at a prison...

UNSC Resolution on Islamic State Funding

Current Affairs: The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution to cut off funds for the Islamic State the extremist group, in a firmer...

China Launches New AIIB Development Bank

Chinese President Xi Jinping launched a new international development bank seen as a rival to the World Bank. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is...

Bangkok Governor Suspended

Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha suspended Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra after a graft probe was launched against him. The order asked government agencies concerned...

World Bank Approves $1 bln Aid to Bangladesh

The World Bank has pledged to provide One billion US Dollar aid to Bangladesh over the next three years to fight child malnutrition. Despite...

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...

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...

Azerbaijan President Appoints Wife as Vice-President

Azerbaijan's president Ilham Aliyev, appointed his wife Mehriban as the first vice president. The position of Vice-President was created after a constitutional referendum in...

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...

Social Media Campaign Against IS Launched

A joint initiative by the United Arab Emirates and the United States launched a social media campaign against IS to counter the Islamic State's...

Committee Setup on Panama Financial System

The government of Panama has established a committee of independent experts to make recommendations on cleaning up the country’s financial system. Decision was taken after...

China Failed to Put Satellite into Orbit

China has failed to put satellite into orbit resulting in the loss of the satellite. A Long March 4C rocket blasted off from the Taiyuan...

China Tops in Patent Applications

According to UN Agency World Intellectual Property Organization, China tops in patent applications in 2016, filing a record 1 million that nearly all focused...

Switzerland Votes to Relax its Citizenship Rules

People in Switzerland have voted to relax the country’s strict citizenship rules, making it easier for third-generation immigrants to become Swiss. Initial projections suggest that...

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...

Manus Island Processing Centre in News

The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR expressed a grave concern over the deteriorating conditions for refugees and asylum seekers at Australia's offshore immigration processing...

2021-30 Declared ‘Decade of Ocean Science’ by UN

The United Nations designated the years 2021 to 2030 as the ‘Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development’ to boost international coordination and cooperation...

Turkey Fines Twitter

Current Affairs: Turkey has imposed a fine of TRY 150,000 ($50,700) on Twitter for allowing the publication of content deemed to justify terror. The Information...

South Korea Japan Ties Improve

The latest North Korea's nuclear test set off alarm bells in Japan and South Korea. South Korea Japan ties imporved as both nations had...

UN Accord on Illegal Fishing Comes into Force

The world’s first-ever international agreement specifically targeting illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing entered into force in June 2016. United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)...

UN Partners With Twitter To Achieve SDGs

The United Nations Global Pulse initiative announced a partnership with Twitter that will provide the UN with access to the platform’s data tools to...

USA Drone Seized in South China Sea

A Chinese Navy warship has seized an underwater drone deployed by an American oceanographic vessel in international waters in the South China Sea. The drone...

USA Starts Deploying Anti-Missile System in S.Korea

USA has started deploying the first elements of its advanced anti-missile defence system in South Korea after North Korea's test of four ballistic missiles despite opposition...

Belgium Ratifies Three Significant ILO Conventions

The Government of Belgium deposited with the International Labour Office the instruments of ratification of : 1. The Invalidity, Old-Age and Survivors’ Benefits Convention, 1967...

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,...

Davos Declaration and Concept of Baukultur

In January 2018, European Ministers of Culture met in Davos, Switzerland, to adopt a Declaration promoting the concept of a high-quality Baukultur in Europe....