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  • 17-Jan-2019
  • Palestine Takes Reins At UN's Group G77

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has pledged to protect the interests of all 134 countries in the UN’s Group of 77, as Palestine took the chairmanship of the groupfrom Egypt for 2019.

    The G77 group was originally founded by 77 members in 1964 but has expanded to 134 mainly developing nations. The decision to elect Palestine as the 2019 Chair of the G77 was taken in September 2018 by the foreign ministers of the Groups’ member states.

  • 15-Jan-2019
  • Fields Medal-Winning Mathematician Passes Away

    Sir Michael Atiyah, a British mathematician who received the 1966 Fields Medal, also known as the 'Nobel for Mathematics,' passed away at the age of 89.
    Atiyah was best known for his co-development of a branch of mathematics called topological K-theory and the Atiyah-Singer index theorem. Atiyah was also the President of the Royal Society from 1990-1995.

  • 09-Jan-2019
  • World’s Largest Ice Festival Held in China

    World’s largest Ice Festival 'International Ice and Snow Festival' was held in Harbin, China. This is one of China’s coldest cities in the winter. It is the 34th annual Ice Festival in Harbin, north-east China.

    It features sculptures of Moscow’s Red Square and Bangkok’s Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

  • 08-Jan-2019
  • Malaysia’s King Muhammad V Becomes 1st Monarch To Resign Before Completing Tenure 

    Malaysia’s King Muhammad V abdicated after two years on the throne, the first time a monarch has stepped down before completing their five-year tenure.
    The king’s resignation took effect immediately. A week ago, the king, 49, had resumed duties after spending two months on medical leave. 
  • 07-Jan-2019
  • Federer-Bencic Lead Switzerland to Hopman Cup Title

    Switzerland won their third Hopman Cup as Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic beat Germany's Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber in the deciding mixed doubles to secure a 2-1 victory in the final at the Perth Arena.
    It was Federer's second Hopman Cup triumph after victory in 2001 alongside then world number one Martina Hingis.
  • Elina Svitolina Wins Brisbane International

    Elina Svitolina secured her first WTA title in Australia with a straight-sets victory in the Brisbane International final. Svitolina beat Belarusian qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
    Nick Kyrgios moved a step closer to claiming his first ATP title on home soil with a semifinal win over defending champion, Grigor Dimitrov. He will face American Ryan Harrison in finals.
  • 31-Dec-2018
  • Pakistan Cabinet Approves Issuance Of 'Panda Bonds' In Chinese Currency

    Pakistan's cabinet has approved the issuance of first-ever renminbi-denominated 'Panda Bonds' to raise loans from China's capital markets, as the country moved a step forward to give the Chinese currency status at par with the US dollar.
    The Finance Ministry did not seek the Cabinet's nod for the size of the bond, but it expects to raise $500 million to $1 billion in various tranches.

  • 29-Dec-2018
  • US Adventurer Completes 1st Unaided Solo Trek Across Antarctica 

    A 33-year-old man Colin O'Brady from the United States has become the first person to complete a solo trek across Antarctica without any assistance. 
    He finished the 1,500km journey across the frozen continent in 54 days, lugging his supplies on a sledge as he skied in bone-chilling temperatures from north to south. 
     
  • 27-Dec-2018
  • Japan Formally Announces IWC Withdrawal To Resume Commercial Whaling

    In a landmark policy shift, Japan formally announced that it would withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and resume commercial whaling in its territorial waters next year for the first time in more than 30 years.
    Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced Japan will restart commercial whaling in July 2019 — its first such excursion since 1988 — but limit its hunting activities to its own territorial waters and exclusive economic zone.
  • 20-Dec-2018
  • The UN States Adopt Global Compact On Refugees

    The U.N. General Assembly voted nearly unanimously Monday to adopt a framework to strengthen the international response to the global refugee crisis.

    The United States and Hungary were the only two nations that voted against the Global Compact on Refugees, while 181 countries voted in favor. The Dominican Republic, Eritrea and Libya abstained.

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