Congo Gets New Prime Minister

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila named a former member of the largest opposition party Bruno Tshibala as prime minister. Bruno Tshibala made prime minister...

China Launches Cargo Train to Afghanistan

China launched its first cargo train to Afghanistan. The train carrying 84 containers departed from Nantong City, east China's Jiangsu Province, to the Afghanistan city...

Somalia Gets New Cabinet

Somalia's new prime minister Hassan Ali Khaire has named a 26-strong cabinet. Hassan Ali Khaire, who was appointed to the post by President Mohamed...

Pakistan Reopens Border with Afghanistan

Pakistan temporarily reopened two main crossings that had been closed after a wave of militant attacks. The Torkham and Chaman crossings were opened for nationals...

Italy Parliament Approves Naval Mission

The Italian parliament has approved a naval mission aimed at boosting the Libyan coastguard in its fight against human traffickers. It would provide technical support...

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...

UK Donates for Participation of LDCs in WTO

The United Kingdom Government has contributing GBP 100,000 (approximately CHF 132,000) to help least-developed countries (LDCs) participate in the eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference (MC11),...

USA Russia Agree on Syria Ceasefire

The United States and Russia agreed a deal to impose a ceasefire in Syria. The truce would come into force on 12 September, the...

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...

S-300 System of Iran Becomes Operational

Iran’s advanced S-300 air defence system, delivered by Russia following a July 2015 nuclear deal is now operational. The S-300 air defence system has been...

Caribbean Now Enriched Uranium Free

The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced that Jamaica completed the conversion of its research reactor to low enriched uranium this month,...

Panama Joins OECD Taxation Pact

Panama, that has rocked by a recent major tax scandal, has joined around 100 countries in an agreement to share financial information automatically to...

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...

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...

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...

Nepal Gets First Woman President

Communist leader Vidya Devi Bhandari was elected as Nepal's first woman President by the parliament, weeks after it adopted a new landmark Constitution that...

White House Transition Council Setup

US President Barack Obama has signed an executive order establishing a team to aid smooth transition process for the new administration as he demits...

USA Okays Radar Sale to Philippines

The U.S. government has approved the sale to the government of the Philippines of two Sea Giraffe radars and related equipment, support and training...

Saudi Arabia Allow Woman To Drive

Saudi Arabia’s historic decision to allow women to drive won plaudits internationally and inside the conservative kingdom. King Salman’s decree, which takes effect next June,...

Chemical Attack in Mosul

Twelve residents got injured in Iraqi city of Mosul from a chemical attack this. The injured show clinical symptoms consistent with an exposure to...

Julian Assange Arbitrarily Detained

The founder of the WikiLeaks website, which published confidential diplomatic information, has been arbitrarily detained by Sweden and the United Kingdom since his arrest...

Human Rights Council New Memebers

The United Nations General Assembly elected 18 new members of the UN Human Rights Council through a secret ballot. The Human Rights Council is an...

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...

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...

Donald Trump Elected US President

Manhattan billionaire Donald Trump was elected as the 45th US President. Republican Donald Trump has stunned the world by defeating Hillary Clinton in the race...

World Lights up in Blue to mark UN Anniversary

From Australia to Azerbaijan, Indonesia to Iraq, Saudi Arabia to South Sudan, some 250 sites around the world will be lit in ‘UN blue’...

China To Build $10b Nuclear Plants in Pak

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated construction work on a China-backed $10 billion nuclear power project near Karachi to add 1,100 MW to the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

UN Urges G7 to Adopt Action Plan on Refugee Children

The United Nations children’s agency UNESCO has urged the leaders of G7 industrialized countries to adopt its six-point action plan for the protection of...

‘International Armed Conflict’ in Syria

The International Committee of the Red Cross has announced that the situation in Syria now "amounts to an international armed conflict" after U.S. missile...

Asian Infrastructure Bank Gets New Members

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved the membership of Argentina, Madagascar and Tonga. The AIIB’s board of Governors adopted resolutions approving the three...

Battulga Wins Mongolian Presidential Election

Khaltmaa Battulga has won Mongolia's presidential election. Battulga of the Democratic Party (DP) is a 54-year-old former martial arts star. Battulga won with 50.6 percent...

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...

Dominica, Mongolia Ratify Trade Agreement

Dominica and Mongolia have ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), putting the total number of ratifications from members at 100. With just 10 more ratifications...

Mauritius Signs Multilateral Tax Convention

Recently, Mauritius has signed the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (MLI). Mauritius has also reaffirmed...

Mexico Issues Permit To Grow Marijuana

Mexican health authorities issued the first permit allowing four individuals to grow and smoke their own marijuana. The Mexican Supreme Court opened the door to...

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...

Israel Reopens Golan Crossing With Syria

Syria's main crossing points with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights have both been reopened for the first time in several years. A Syrian businessman...

‘Global Trade Helpdesk’ Launched: Highlights

The International Trade Centre (ITC), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the WTO unveiled an innovative tool to help businesses,...

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,...

German Approves Espionage Law

German lawmakers have approved a bill that allows the country's foreign intelligence agency to spy on European Union institutions and fellow EU member states. The...

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...

First Country to Ban Metals Mining

El Salvador has become the first country in the world to ban the mining of metals. The law bans prospection, exploration, exploitation, extraction or processing...

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...

UNSC Resolution on Youth, Peace and Security

The United Nations Security Council  adopted a historic resolution on youth, peace and security that urges greater representation by young men and women in...

USA-Qatar Agreement on Combating Terrorism Funding

United States and Qatar have signed an agreement to combat "terrorism financing". Qatar has become the first country to sign a such type agreement with...

Turkey Lifts Scarf Ban on Women Soldiers

Turkey’s Army has lifted a historic ban on women officers wearing the Islamic headscarf in the officially secular country. Order by the Defence Ministry applies...

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...

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...

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...

Japan Donates to WTO Global Trust Fund

The government of Japan is contributing JPY 27.5 million (just over CHF 230,000) to help developing countries and least-developed countries enhance their trade negotiating...

Switzerland Ratifies AEOI With 41 Countries

The Swiss Federal Council has introduced automatic exchange of financial account information (AEOI) with 41 more states and territories. The list of the countries is...

Pakistani Senate Passes Hindu Marriage Bill

Pakistani Hindu community will have a personal law for the first time as the Senate has passed 'The Hindu Marriage Bill 2017'. Main Provisions: In accordance...

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...

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...

Iran Denounces Latest Sanctions

Iran has condemned the USA for imposing new sanctions in connection with the country's missile defense program. The sanctions were imposed by the US Treasury...

US Senate Passes Cybersecurity Bill

US Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) bill that is being considered a critical step forward in addressing cyber threats and ensuring...

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...

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...

Parliament Dissolved in Kuwait

Kuwait's emir dissolved the parliament. The order was contained in a decree by Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah. Elections now need to be held under constitutional...

China Deliver Warships To Bangladesh

China has delivered two most advanced corvette class warships with ability to sail at a maximum speed of 25.5 knots on the high seas...

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...

Trade Facilitation Agreement Marks First Anniversary

The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) marked its first anniversary since its entry into force on 22 February 2017 with WTO members making significant strides...

Zambia Gets New President

Edgar Lungu was sworn in as Zambian President for a new five-year term. Lungu's searing in was postponed because opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema challenged the...

Myanmar Crackdown Over Rohingya in News

The Rohingya persecution in Myanmar refers to the ongoing military crackdown by the Myanmar military forces on Rohingya Muslims in the country's western region...

First Country to Cease FM Radio Broadcasting

Norway has become the first country to cease FM radio broadcasting. The northern county of Nordland has stopped broadcasting using analogue frequencies as the...

Iraq Passes Law to Ban Alcohol

Iraq's parliament has voted to ban the sale, import and production of alcohol. Proponents of the ban argue the ban is justified by the constitution,...

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...

Philippines Drug War in News

The Philippines has recorded about 1,800 drug-related killings since President Rodrigo Duterte took office seven weeks ago and launched a war on narcotics. The United...

Cholera Emergency Declared in Yemen

Emergency has been declared in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, after a cholera outbreak killed scores of people over the past two weeks. The International Committee of...

Pre-Election Cabinet Re-Shuffle in Albania

The Albanian parliament adopted new cabinet consists of both majority and opposition party members. The unanimous vote came after President Bujar Nishani issued decrees naming...

Croatia Setup Commission on Totalitarian Regimes

Croatia government has set up a commission on the legacy of the totalitarian regimes of Croatia in the 20th century. The recommendations of the commission...

Qatar Signs Deal to Buy F-15 Fighters from USA

The United States and Qatar have signed a deal for the purchase of F-15 fighter jets with an initial cost of $12bn. The F-15 is...

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...

Tuberculosis Deaths in Europe in News

Tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the great scourges in Europe and North America. In the European region alone, TB causes 49 new cases and kills 7...

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...

Martial Law in Southern Philippines: SC Approves it

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law across the southern third of the country in May 2017 after deadly clashes between security forces and...

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...

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...

Trump Introduces Biggest Tax Refom Plan in USA

U.S. President Donald Trump administration has unveiled the broad outlines of its tax reform plan. This plan is described it as “the biggest tax...

Tunisia Gets Youngest Prime Minister

Tunisia’s new prime minister Youssef Chahed and members of his cabinet were sworn in after approval from parliament. Mr Chahed, at 40, is the country’s...

Tourism Growth 4.3% in 2015

According to the United Nations World Tourism Barometer, the number of tourists travelling the world during the first eight months of this year reached...

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...

WHO Meet Adopts ‘Colombo Declaration’

The 'Colombo Declaration' was adopted at the Sixty-ninth WHO Regional Committee Meeting, which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe...

Turkey Approves Deal to End Rift with Israel

The Turkish parliament has approved an agreement to reconcile with Israel which the two countries agreed in June. Relations between the two nations collapsed in...

Green Climate Fund Approves Investments

Meeting ahead of the United Nations climate conference in Paris, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board, announced that it approved $168 million of its...

10th WTO Ministerial Conference

The WTO is an international intergovernmental organization dealing with the formulation and implementation of international trade rules. It also deals with the arbitration of...

IS Blows up Palmyra to Execute People

The Islamic State jihadist group executed three people in Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra by binding them to three historic columns and blowing them...

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...

Iran Starts Work on Nuclear Power Plant

Iran has begun building its second nuclear power plant with Russian help. This two nuclear power plants are expected to complete in 10 years. Construction...

SCUD Class Ballistic Missile Fired by North Korea

North Korea has fired a short-range Scud-class ballistic missile that landed in the sea off its east coast. The missile flew about 450 km...

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...

Israel Suspends Cooperation with UNESCO

Israel has frozen co-operation with the UN’s cultural agency, UNESCO, accusing it of denying Judaism’s connections to the religion’s holiest sites. Israeli Education Minister Naftali...

Vietnam Starts Dredging in South China Sea

Vietnam has begun dredging work on a disputed reef in the South China Sea. Vietnam has emerged as China's main rival in the South...

Saudi Arabia Introduces Physical Education for Girls

According to Education Ministry of Saudi Arabia, Saudi public schools will begin offering physical education for girls in the coming academic year. Minister of...

US and Jordan Signs 4 Agreements

USA and Jordan signed four grant agreements under which the US will provide 786.8 million US dollars for 2016 to Jordan for various projects. This...