Seven Nations Break Diplomatic Ties With Qatar

The Middle East was plunged into the biggest diplomatic crisis in years after seven countries cut relations with Qatar, accusing it of supporting extremism. Saudi...

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...

South Korea Disbands Oldest Nuclear Reactor

South Korea has disbanded its 40-year-old nuclear reactor the Kori No. 1. With a power generation capacity of 587-megawatt, it started its operations in 1977. In...

New UN Counter Terrorism Office Created

The UN General Assembly approved the establishment of a new United Nations office to help Member States implement the Organization's global counter-terrorism strategy. As a...

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...

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...

Taiwan Court Legalize Same-sex Marriage

Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled in favour of same-sex marriage. Taiwan’s highest court had just struck down Taiwan’s anti–gay marriage laws as unconstitutional, paving the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Philippines Declares Martial Law in Southern Province

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law for 60 days in the southern province of Mindanao. The decision was taken after fighting raged between...

Bangladesh Re-Install Lady Justice Statue

Bangladesh government has reinstalled a Lady Justice statue near the country’s Supreme Court, two days after its removal. The statue of a woman holding a...

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...

Russia Launches MS-21 Passenger Plane

Russia has unveiled a medium-range passenger plane MS-21 Passenger Plane. In a glitzy ceremony, the Irkut Corporation rolled out its new MC-21 airliner, which is...

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...

Australia First to Eliminate Export Subsidies Under WTO

Australia has become the first WTO member with export subsidies entitlements to eliminate them from its WTO schedule of commitments, in line with the...

USA and Saudi Arabia Sign $110 billion Deal

The US and Saudi Arabia signed arms deals worth almost $110bn on the first trip of President Donald Trump's visit to this nation. The deal came...

Germany Approves Partial Ban on Burqa

The German parliament has approved a partial ban on face coverings including the burqa and niqab. Lawmakers approved a law that would prevent civil servants,...

Taliban’s Operation ‘Spring Offensive’ in News

The Taliban announced the start of its “spring offensive” and named it after Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, the previous emir who was killed by...

Russian Ship Sinks in Black Sea

A Russian Navy spy ship sank in the Black Sea off the coast of Turkey after hitting another vessel. Named as 'The Liman' — a...

WHO Classified ‘Chagas’ as Most Neglected Disease

Chagas disease, affecting millions of people in Central and South America, is classified as one of the 17 most important neglected diseases by the...

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...

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...

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...

Framework for South China Sea Code of Conduct

ASEAN member-nations and China have completed a draft framework for a code of conduct (COC) in the South China Sea. A COC has been in...

Plan to Create Safe Zones in Syria Signed

An agreement to set up "de-escalation zones" in Syria came into effect. The plan was agreed by Russia, Turkey, and Iran during Syria talks...

North Korea Ballistic Missile Tests

North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile, defying warnings from the United States and international community. The missile was probably a medium-range weapon known as a KN-17...

UAE Signs Multilateral Convention in Tax Matters

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has signed an international tax agreement – Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters(MAC). With this UAE has...

Australia Abolishes ‘457 VISA Programme’

To tackle the growing unemployment in the country, Australia abolished a visa programme known as '457 visa'. This programme allowed business to employ foreign workers for...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

France to Close Oldest Nuclear Plant

The French government published a decree for closing the country’s oldest nuclear plant. The decree, sets down the conditions for closing a nuclear plant at...

Biggest Cruise Missiles Attack on Syria

The United States has just intentionally bombed a Syrian regime target for the first time since the country’s civil war began in 2011. The United...

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...

Pakistan Suspends Visa-on-Arrival Facility

Pakistan has suspended issuance of visas on arrival to foreigners to avoid any irregularities in the database. To ensure strict surveillance of Pakistan’s land, sea...

Donald Trump Sign Cyber Security Executive Order

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive to safeguard the government's cyber security and protect critical infrastructure from cyber attacks. According to the order, several...

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 Initiative to Tackle Mosquito Diseases Launched

In an effort to escalate the global fight against mosquito-borne diseases, the United Nations environment agency together with partners has launched a new collaborative...

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...

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...

China Opposes THAAD Anti-Missile System in South Korea

The United States military has announced that the THAAD anti-ballistic missile defense system in South Korea — designed to intercept incoming missiles from North...

Turkey Blocks Encyclopedia Website ‘Wikipedia’

Turkey has blocked Wikipedia as it considers it as a threat to national security. Law in Turkey allows government to ban access to websites deemed...

Indonesia Sinks 81 Foreign Ships for Illegal Fishing

Indonesia has destroyed 81 foreign ships for fishing illegally in the country’s waters. The ships were blown up at sea in 12 locations around...

Cambodia Rejects USA Financial Assistance

Cambodia has scrapped a long-standing U.S. military development aid program. The Cambodia notified USA of its decision to postpone indefinitely the mission of the U.S....

Norway-China Restore Diplomatic Ties

China cut off ties with Norway in 2010, after the Nobel committee awarded its peace prize to Liu Xiabao, a Chinese dissident convicted of...

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...

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...

Philippines Gets Anti-Submarine Warship

In order to boost its capability to patrol vast maritime borders, Philippines has purchased Pohang-class anti-submarine warship from South Korea. South Korea will transfer this warship to...

Philippines Completes Scientific Survey in South China Sea

The Philippines has completed an 18-day scientific survey in the South China Sea to assess the condition of coral reefs and draw a nautical...

Humanitarian Crisis in Kasai Region

The United Nations has appealed for $64.5 million to respond to the urgent needs of 731,000 people over the next six months in the...

United Nations and World Bank Sign New Framework

The United Nations (UN) and World Bank signed a partnership framework that focuses on building resilience for the most vulnerable people by reducing poverty,...

Emergency Extended in Egypt

Egypt's parliament approved a three-month state of emergency. The countrywide state of emergency was declared by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after the attacks but required...

Montenegro’s Accession to NATO

The accession of Montenegro to NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2017. In December 2009, Montenegro...

Turkish Constitutional Referendum in News

A constitutional referendum was held throughout Turkey on 16 April 2017 on whether to approve 18 proposed amendments to the Turkish constitution that were...

Turkey Extends State of Emergency

Turkey extended its state of emergency by three months, its third such extension after a coup attempt July 2016. The powers allow governments in Turkey...

Lenin Wins Ecuador’s Presidential Elections

Ecuador's National Electoral Council President reported that during the April 2 presidential run-off election Lenin Moreno again wins the vote. The right-wing candidate Guillermo Lasso,...

France to Close Oldest Nuclear Reactor

France's oldest nuclear power reactor will stop electricity production by April 2020, once a new generation EPR reactor in Flamanville is operational. The closure of...

UN Resolution on Syria Chemical Attack

Russia has vetoed a UN resolution condemning the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria and urging a speedy investigation. The resolution, which aimed to...

King of Thailand Signs New Constitution

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn signed a new constitution, an essential step toward holding an election that the military government has promised to restore democracy...

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...

‘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...

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...

Turkey Extends Emergency

Turkey cabinet has agreed to extend for another three months the state of emergency imposed after last July’s failed coup against President Recep Tayyip...

Nepal Presents Constitution Amendment Bill

Nepal government has presented a new constitution amendment bill. The bill aims to address some of the key demands raised by United Democratic Madhesi Front...

Ethiopia Extends National Emergency

The Ethiopian parliament has extended by four months a state of emergency it declared six months ago. The extension comes amid reports of continued violence...

Somalia Creates National Security Council

The United Nations and other members of the international community commended Somalia’s Federal Government and the Federal Member States for agreeing to form a...

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...

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...

Italy Approves Anti-Poverty Package

The Italian parliament passed the first ever anti-poverty provision aimed at ensuring a stable economic support to poor families in the country. So far, the...

EU Council President Re-Elected

European Union president Donald Tusk won a second term despite opposition from his native Poland. 27 European Union leaders voted at a summit in Brussels...

Tibet’s Second Largest Airport Terminal Opened

China operationalised the second-largest airport terminal in Tibet, close to the Indian border, which will be able to handle 750,000 passengers and 3,000 tonnes...

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...

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...

Mohamed Nasheed Signed Agreement for Democracy

Former Presidents Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Mohamed Nasheed have decided to sign the historical inter-party coalition agreement. Leaders of the four major parties- Maldivian Democratic...

Pakistan Starts Sealing its Border with Afganistan

Pakistan has started sealing its long border with Afghanistan and areas vulnerable to cross-border militant attacks. Pakistan and Afghanistan share a nearly 2,600 kilometer, largely...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Japan Ends Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan

Japan has ended its peacekeeping mission in troubled South Sudan after five years. Japan would not renew the mission after the current rotation returns in...

Pakistan Conducting Census After 19 Years

Pakistan is conducting a national census  or sixth housing and population survey for the first time in 19 years starting from March 15. The 70-day...

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...

Deadly Clashes in Kokang Region in Myanmar

At least 30 people died during fighting in Laukkai between Myanmar army forces and armed fighters from ethnic groups. The attack targeted three Laukkai locations...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Haiti Loses $2.7 Billion in Hurricane Matthew

The United Nations office dedicated to disaster risk reduction called for urgent support to improve disaster risk management in Haiti, following a damage assessment...

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...

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...

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...