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...

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...

Gabon, Kyrgyz Ratify WTO Agreement

Gabon and the Kyrgyz Republic have ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), putting the total number of ratifications from members at 102. Only 8 more...

WTO Roadmap to Reducing Barriers to Trade Launched

WTO members achieved a breakthrough in a meeting of the Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) by agreeing on a list of recommendations...

Alberta in Canada Declares Emergency

Alberta declared a state of emergency as frantic wildfires have already torched 1,600 homes and other buildings in Canada’s main oil sands city of...

LATAM Nations Writes To ICJ

The presidents of Peru, Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Paraguay and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed a letter and sent it to the International...

US-Mexico Tuna Dispute in News

The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) Tuna-Dolphin I and Tuna-Dolphin II disputes, were two cases involving United States embargoes on yellowfin tuna...

Europe’s Migration Policy in Danger

UNHCR has warned that Europe’s 'narrow, exclusion-focused policies' have clearly failed. It urged the European Union to make certain that upcoming policy discussions...

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...

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...

Trump Repeals Broadband Privacy Rules

US President Donald Trump signed a repeal of existing broadband privacy rules. The Bill repeals regulations adopted in October by the Federal Communications Commission under the...

China and South-China Sea Reclamation Issue

China has imposed strict controls on the scale of sea reclamation. China’s State Oceanic Administration (SOA) set eight indexes on sea development, including the rate...

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...

Greek Parliament Approves Reform Bill

Greek Parliament approved a bill containing a set of prior actions the country pledged to its international creditors in order to unlock the next...

Global Convention on Mercury Comes Into Effect

A ground-breaking global convention on mercury has comes into effect, protecting millions of children and infants from possible neurological and health damage. The Minamata Convention...

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...

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...

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...

UNESCO Rejects Kosovo Membership

UNESCO has rejected Kosovo’s bid for membership yesterday after Kosovo failed to receive the support of two-thirds of the body’s member nations. Out of 142...

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...

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....

France Elects New President

French voters elected 39 year old former investment banker Emmanuel Macron as the youngest ever President of France. The centrist candidate defeated the far-right challenger...

Draft Constitution Released in Thailand

Thailand published a draft of its twentieth constitution. Thailand junta-appointed Constitution Drafting Committee published a draft constitution but the official in charge of drawing...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Ceasefire Deal Signed in Philippines

The Philippine government and Maoist-led rebels signed an indefinite ceasefire agreement as part of efforts to end a conflict that has lasted almost five...

Kosovo-Montenegro Border Agreement in News

The demarcation agreement between Kosovo and Montenegro was intended to formally recognise the boundaries between these two countries, as previously achieved between Kosovo and...

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,...

Gates Foundation Initiative in Middle East

Current Affairs: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched an initiative to help frame and stimulate regional and global...

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...

Earthquake Rocks Italy

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck central Italy, leaving at least 37 people dead and 150 missing. Many of the dead were in the...

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...

UN Security Council Resolution on IS Attacks

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution, calling on all countries to coordinate efforts to prevent further terrorist attacks by the Islamic State (IS)...

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...

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...

Gambia Cancels its Withdrawal from ICC

West African nation Gambia has now formally informed the United Nations that it is reversing its request to withdraw from the International Criminal Court. United...

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...

WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Comes into Force

A major milestone for the global trading system was reached on 22 February 2017 when the first multilateral deal concluded in the 21 year...

Russia Completes Military Network Data

Russia has completed the development of a military network for classified data exchange. This network also includes an e-mail service that allows transfer of classified...

Africa’s Largest Refugee Crisis in News

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says the situation has made South Sudan, Africa's largest refugee crisis and the world's third largest after Syria...

Mozambique Declares End to Cholera Epidemic

Mozambique has declared an end to a cholera epidemic that infected more than 2,000 people. Four of Mozambique's 13 provinces were affected since the infection...

Standards and Trade Development Facility in News

The STDF is a global partnership established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health...

Bill to Allow Japan Emperor to Abdicate

Japan's cabinet has approved a bill that would allow Emperor Akihito to step down. Abdication is not possible under current law and the last time...

Intercontinental Ballistic Missile System Tested

United States has for the first time successfully tested its defence system against an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) over the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday in...

European Union Extends Sanctions on Russia

The European Union has extended sanctions against Russia for a year over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014. Crimea declared independence from Ukraine...

Turkey-Netherlands Latest Crisis

In March 2017, the Netherlands and Turkey were involved in a diplomatic incident, triggered by Turkish efforts to hold political rallies on Dutch territory...

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...

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),...

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...

Vietnam Scraps Nuclear Power Plan

Vietnam's government is scrapping plans to construct the country's first two nuclear power plants, citing slowing demand for electricity and the declining price of...

2 Nations Ratify Trade Facilitation Agreement

Senegal and Uruguay have ratified the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). The submission of the instruments of acceptance means that nearly 85 per cent of...

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...

First Global Islamic Bonds Launched

Saudi Arabia raised $9 billion in its first global Islamic bond issue. The sale of Islamic bonds, known as sukuks, comes after the kingdom...

Opposition Secures 490 Seats in Myanmar Elections

According to Election Commission of Myanmar, the opposition party led by Aung San Suu Kyi, the National League for Democracy (NLD), has secured a...

USA Lifts Economic Sanctions from Sudan

The United States has lifted the 20-year economic embargo on Sudan, lifting trade and financial sanctions in an effort to foster ties with the Sudanese...

Cuba USA Business Council Meeting

The U.S.-Cuba Business Council held a meeting to forge links between the business sectors of both countries and identify investment opportunities. The meeting of the...

New Security Council Members Elected

In one round of voting the United Nations General Assembly elected Egypt, Japan, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay to serve as non-permanent members on the...

China Taiwan Hold Historic Talks

Taiwan and China have held historic talks after a gap of 66 years, between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Taiwanese counterpart Ma Ying-jeou...

Ukraine Ends Visa-Free Deal with N Korea

Ukraine has revoked a deal with North Korea that allowed visa-free travel for North Koreans. Ukraine approved a decree to terminate the pact with North...

2 More Nations Ratify WTO Trade Agreement

Chile and Swaziland have ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). Their submission of the instruments of acceptance to the WTO on 21 November means...

Qatar Files Complaint Against Trade Boycott

Qatar has filed a formal complaint with the World Trade Organisation's Dispute Settlement Body against countries that have imposed a blockade on it. Complaint is...

Upper Mustang Region Facing Food Crisis

According to report published in Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, the Upper-Mustang region of Nepal is facing severe to chronic food insecurity in terms...

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...

Zambian President Wins Election

Zambian President Edgar Lungu narrowly won re-election in a vote. Lungu, who narrowly beat Hichilema in a vote last year to replace late president Michael...

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...

Pakistan Resolution on Self-Determination in UN

A United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) panel unanimously adopted a Pakistan-sponsored resolution reaffirming the universal right of people to self-determination as a fundamental condition...

International Association of Lighthouse Authorities

The Union Cabinet of India has given its approval for International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) to change its status...

Russia Becomes Top Wheat Exporter

Russia has become the world leader in the export of wheat, surpassing the U.S. and Canada. Russia will supply about 25 million tons of wheat...

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...

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...

China Liberalize Rules for Foreign Firms

China liberalised rules of entry for foreign firms and announced new measures for them to access its domestic vast market. Except for certain sensitive industries,...

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...

Venezuela Destroys 2000 Guns

Venezuelan police crushed and chopped up nearly 2,000 shotguns and pistols in a Caracas city square, as the new interior minister relaunched a long-stalled...

Russia Sign Deal to Use Syria Base

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ratified an agreement with the Syrian government that allows Russia to use the Hmeimim air base in Syria indefinitely. Russia's...

Gabon President Re-elected

Gabon's incumbent President Ali Bongo has won a closely fought presidential election. Bongo had obtained 49.80 percent of vote, beating rival candidate Jean Ping who...

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...

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...

China and Myanmar Sign Oil Pipeline Deal

China and Myanmar agreed a deal on a crude oil pipeline between the neighbouring countries. The countries signed an agreement on a partially-completed crude oil...

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...

Egypt’s Parliament Meets After 3 Years

Egypt's new parliament held its opening session on 10 Jan 2016 more than three years after a court dissolved the old Islamist-dominated chamber. The body...

EU Imposes New Sanctions on North Korea

European Union expanded sanctions against North Korea over the country's nuclear tests and launches of ballistic missiles. The new sanctions are aimed at the country's...

Trust Fund Launched for Migrant Crisis

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker launched an emergency trust fund for providing stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in...

Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak Freed

Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak has been released from detention after being cleared of inciting the killings of hundreds of protesters in 2011. He had been...

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...

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...

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...

North Korea Test Fires Ballistic Missile

North Korea test-fired a submarine-launched missile 500 kilometres towards Japan. A proven SLBM system would take North Korea's nuclear strike threat to a new level,...

Switzerland Ratifies Tax Convention

Switzerland has ratified the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters (Administrative Assistance Convention). The move marks a significant step in the continuing...

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...

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...

WTO Goods Council Elects New Heads of its Subsidiary Bodies

The WTO Goods Council approved a list of new chairs to the 13 subsidiary bodies that report to the Council. Market Access Committee: Mr Ahmed...

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...

French Court Suspends Burkini Ban

A French court suspended a ban on women wearing full-body "burkini" swimsuits on a Mediterranean town's beach. The Council of State's in its ruling said...

UK – Iran Restore Diplomatic Ties

The UK has appointed an ambassador to Iran for the first time since 2011, restoring diplomatic relations. Nicholas Hopton was appointed UK charge d' affairs...

UNSC Adopts Resolution on CTBT

United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution urging all States who haven’t done so to sign the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. With 14 votes in favour...

Pakistan Extends Stay of Afghan Refugees

Pakistan has decided to extend the stay of the registered Afghan refugees until March 2017. The legal stay of the registered refugees in Pakistan was...

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...

Russia Starts Gas Supply to Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a natural gas pipeline linking Crimea to Russia's gas pipeline system. The length of the natural gas pipeline is 358.7...