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...

European Court Ruling on Religious Symbols

The Luxemburg-based European Court of Justice (ECJ), formally known as the Court of Justice, has ruled that if a private undertaking has an internal...

Emergency Declared in North-Eastern USA

The north-eastern US states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia have declared states of emergency as a huge winter storm sweeps in,...

Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools Revealed

WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named "Vault 7" by WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of...

China Records first Trade Deficit in 3 Years

China's imports surged unexpectedly in February 2017 — exceeding exports for the first time in three years. Stable domestic demand and higher commodity prices were cited...

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...

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...

Sweden Gives 100 Million for Poverty Alleviation

The Government of Sweden has committed SEK 100 million (US$ 11.5 million) to the second phase of the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) programme, providing...

Chinese Vessel on South China Sea Tour

Chinese naval ship 'Changle Princess' is on its maiden voyage to the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Ship sailed from Sanya on the southern...

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...

Lithuania Gives EUR 19,000 to Least-Developed Countries

The government of Lithuania has contributed EUR 19,000 (approximately CHF 20,000) in 2017 to help developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs) participate more effectively...

Russia Veto UN Action on Syria

Russia vetoed United Nations Security Council action to impose sanctions over accusations of chemical weapons attacks by Syria. Vote on the resolution was drafted by...

Iran Starts Naval Exercise in Strait of Hormuz

Iran’s navy began an annual drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz. This is its first major exercise since the inauguration of US President...

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...

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...

New Counter-Terrorism Office at UN

India has welcomed an initiative by UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, to create a new office for counter-terrorism. Guterres mooted the proposal to move the...

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...

Famine Declared in South Sudan

A famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, the first to be announced in any part of the world in six years. The...

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...

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...

Bolivia Opens Museum in Honor of President

Bolivia opened a $7 million museum dedicated to President Evo Morales at Morales's birthplace of Orinoca high up in the deserts of the Bolivian antiplano. Morales...

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...

Japan Eases Rules for Skilled Foreigners

It will now take just one-two years for skilled foreigners to get permanent residency in Japan as opposed to five years. The relaxation of the...

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...

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...

WTO IP Rules Amended to Facilitate Medicines for Healthcare

The amendment to the WTO Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement marks the first time since the organization opened its doors...

News Sanctions Imposed by USA on Iran

USA slapped new sanctions on Iranian entities after the Iran conducted latest missile test. US President Trump put Iran “on notice” for its alleged destabilising behaviour and...

Iran Conducts New Missile Test

Iran had tested a new missile. Iran test-launched a medium-range ballistic missile and it exploded after travelling 630 miles (1,010 km). According to Iran, did not...

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...

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...

Trump Signs Order Against Healthcare Law

Within hours of taking the oath of office, President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at trying to fulfill one of his most...

United States Gets New President

Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, succeeding Barack Obama. Trump raised his right hand and put his left...

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...

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...

New Gambian President Sworn in Senegal

Adama Barrow was sworn as Gambian President at the Gambian Embassy in Dakar, capital of Senegal. Barrow, who officially became the third head of state...

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...

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...

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...

Egypt Court Stops Transfer of Islands

Egyptian apex court has upheld a ruling that stopped a plan to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. The High Administrative Court rejected an...

Morocco Bans Burka

Morocco has banned the production and sale of full-face veils apparently for security reasons. The burka is more commonly worn in conservative Muslim societies such...

Group of 77 Gets New Chair

Ecuador has taken over from Thailand as chair of the Group of 77. G 77 promotes the interests of the 134 developing countries it represents at...

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...

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...

Thailand Approves Constitutional Changes

Thailand's military-ruled legislature has approved constitutional changes desired by the newly enthroned king that would reserve more powers for him. One change made by the...

Turkish Parliament Approves Constitutional Reform

The Turkish Parliament has approved key points of the constitutional reform which will allow the president to be a member of a political party...

Constitution Amendment Bill of Nepal

The Second Amendment Bill to Nepal Constitution was tabled in the Parliament. Nepal had witnessed large scale turmoil, including blockade of border points with India...

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...

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...

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...

Ghana Ratifies the Trade Facilitation Agreement

Ghana has ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), making it the 104th WTO member to do so. Only six more ratifications from members are...

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...

‘The Hindu Marriage Bill 2016’ Passed in Pakistan

Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights unanimously passed the Hindu Marriage Bill 2016. The committee met in Islamabad with Senator Nasreen Jalil in the chair....

China Navy Conducts Drills in South China Sea

China's sole aircraft carrier conducted drills in the South China Sea. The Soviet-built Liaoning aircraft carrier and accompanying warships sailed round the east coast...

Congo Deal Signed: Full Provisions Explained

A deal has been signed to end Joseph Kabila's 15-year rule in Congo. The country was facing a crisis as dozens of people have died...

Pakistan Starts New Nuclear Plant

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has inaugurated a nuclear power facility built with the assistance of China. The plant at Chashma, in Pakistan's Punjab province,...

Shanghai-Kumming Bullet Train Started

China started operations of world’s longest bullet train line — 2,252 km in length — traverses the five provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guizhou and...

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...

China Sets Ambitious Plan for Space Program

China has released a white paper stating its space strategy for the next five years. Main Features: 1. The country is committed to a peaceful use...

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...

Japan UK MoU on Nuclear Cooperation

Japanese and British Ministers in charge of energy policy have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on nuclear power cooperation. Hiroshige Seko and Greg Clark...

Canada Ratifies Trade Facilitation Agreement

Canada has ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), making it the 103rd WTO member to do so. Only seven more ratifications from members are...

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...

Japan Legalizes Casinos

Japan's parliament passed a law to legalize casinos. Fresh legislation is needed within a year to set out details on regulation, tax rates and...

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...

Qatar Abolishes Kafala System

Age old 'Kafala System' in Qatar has ended now. Labour Minister of Qatar Issa bin Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi announced that the “kafala” rules would...

ICC Gets Observer Status in UN

The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has granted Observer Status to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The decision was taken by 193 members of...

Venezuela Demonetises Banknotes

The Venezuelan government has decided to replace its largest banknote, the 100 bolivar bill with coins within 72 hours. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro signed an...

France Extends Emergency Fifth Time

France's parliament voted to extend a national state of emergency until July 15, after next year's elections. The security measures, in force since attacks in...

EU, Cuba Sign Deal to Normalise Ties

The European Union (EU) and Cuba has signed a deal to normalise ties that had been blocked for decades by human rights concerns under...

Malaysia Crowns New Youthful King

Malaysia's new king, a 47-year-old state sultan has ascended the throne. He has become one of the youngest constitutional monarch in the Southeast Asian nation's...

Google and Cuba Sign Pact for Faster Data

Google and the Cuban government have signed a deal for faster access of data by installing servers on the Cuba island. Storing Google data in...

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...

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...

China Opposes USA Defense Bill

China has spoken out against a U.S. defense bill passed recently which includes a provision calling for yearly military exchanges with Taiwan, which Beijing...

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...

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...

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...

Uzbekistan PM Wins Presidential Vote

Shavkat Mirziyoyev, long-serving prime minister of Uzbekistan, has become its second president, winning 88.61 percent of the vote in an election. Mirziyoyev, 59, was prime...

Comoros Starts WTO Joining Process

The Comoros has set the 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11), to be held in Buenos Aires in December 2017, as the target date for the...

Emergency Declared in Libya

In Libya, in an apparent attempt to restore stability in the beleaguered country, armed forces have declared a state of emergency, temporarily putting all...

Thailand Gets New King

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, 64, became Thailand's new king after he accepted an invitation from parliament to succeed his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who...

France Gets New Prime Minister

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve was appointed as the new prime minister after Manuel Valls resigned to seek the Socialist nomination in the presidential...

New Zealand Prime Minister Resigns

John Key, the New Zealand prime minister and leader of the National party, has resigned in a decision that has taken the country by...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

New World Record in Hybrid Rice by China

China has set a new world record in hybrid rice output. The records were set by Yuan Longping, "father of hybrid rice". Yuan's team have...

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...

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...

France Donates EUR 50,000 for Poorer Nations

The government of France has donated EUR 50,000 (nearly CHF 54,000) in 2016 to help the WTO’s poorest members implement food safety, animal health...

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...

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...

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...

Pakistan China Open New Trade Route

Pakistan and China activated a new international trade route through the southwestern Pakistani port of Gwadar to showcase a multi-billion-dollar economic cooperation agreement between...

EU and Canada Sign Free Trade Agreement

The European Union and Canada signed a free trade agreement that aims to generate jobs and growth. According to the deal, EU member states and...

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...

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...

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...