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Ireland ends abortion ban as 'quiet revolution' transforms country

May 28, 2018
In a referendum, more than 66 percent of Irish voters chose to repeal the Eighth Amendment, which states that an unborn child has the same right to life as a pregnant woman. Moreover, it does not permit abortion in cases of rape, incest or fetal abnormalities.

Colombia to be NATO's first Latin American ‘global partner’

May 28, 2018
Colombia would be formally joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) next week. With the move, Colombia will become the first Latin American nation to be a part of the alliance.

Hamburg to host 2018 Global Wind Summit

May 28, 2018
The summit combines two conferences ‘WindEnergy Hamburg’ and ‘WindEurope’. Over 1400 exhibitors will gather for WindEnergy Hamburg, the world’s leading wind energy expo.

US delegation is in North Korea to arrange Singapore Summit: Donald Trump

May 28, 2018
The decision to cancel the summit took place after the United States witnessed the repeated use of sharp words from the North Korean government about the American officials.

Nepal becomes first country in South-East Asia to eliminate Trachoma: WHO

May 25, 2018
Trachoma is an eye disease that is caused by infection with the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. The disease gets spread through contact with infective eye or nose discharges.

US disinvites China from major military exercise

May 24, 2018
The United States has withdrawn its invitation to China to participate in one of the world's largest international maritime warfare exercises – ‘RIMPAC’. The exercise, held in every two years in Hawaii, involves more than 20 countries from across the world including India, Australia, Japan and the UK.

Venezuela expels US diplomats in response to Trump’s sanctions

May 23, 2018
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the expulsion of two top US diplomats in Caracas in retaliation to the new round of US sanctions imposed over Venezuela’s widely-condemned elections.

India ranks 145th among 195 countries in terms of healthcare access: Lancet Study

May 23, 2018
Though India saw improvements in the Healthcare Access and Quality Index from 2000 to 2016, the gap between the country's highest and lowest scores widened from 23·4-point difference in 1990 to 30·8-point difference in 2016.

UAE launches 10-year residency visa programme for exceptional talents

May 22, 2018
The United Arab Emirates would be issuing long-term residency visas for up to 10 years to international investors and ‘exceptional talents’ including professionals and students. The new system will increase the chances of attracting investors and competencies, increasing the country's economic competitiveness globally.

Russia launches world’s first floating nuclear power plant

May 21, 2018
Russia has launched Akademik Lomonosov, the world's first floating nuclear power plant at the St Petersburg shipyard. The plant is to be the first of a fleet of floating nuclear power stations to be stationed in the Russian Arctic.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro re-elected, opposition cries foul

May 21, 2018
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro won another six years of term in an election that has been called as a sham by the opposition and other countries including the United States. The vote came amid opposition calls for a boycott.

Gina Haspel confirmed as first female director of CIA

May 18, 2018
The US Senate confirmed Gina Haspel as the first female director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on May 17. Haspel’s nomination was confirmed in a 54-45 vote, following a difficult nomination process that reopened an emotional debate about brutal interrogation techniques in one of the darkest chapters of CIA’s history.

WHO releases REPLACE guide to eliminate trans-fatty acids from food by 2023

May 17, 2018
WHO has identified elimination of industrially-produced trans fats from food as one of the priority targets of its draft 13th General Programme of Work (GPW13) which will guide the work of WHO in 2019 - 2023.

WHO publishes its first Essential Diagnostics List

May 16, 2018
The World Health Organisation has published its first 'essential diagnostics list', which is a catalogue of tests needed to diagnose the most common conditions along with a number of global priority diseases. The list provides an essential package that can form the basis for screening and management of patients.

US opens new embassy in Jerusalem

May 15, 2018
The United States of America has officially relocated its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, upholding the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995. The act was held off by former US Presidents for over 20 years.

Explained: India's green sectors to employ 300,000 workers by 2022: ILO

May 15, 2018
As per the report of ILO, 300000 workers will be employed directly in the solar and wind energy sectors by 2022 to meet India's goal of generating 175 gigawatts of electricity from renewable sources.

India, Nepal flag-off Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service under Ramayan Circuit

May 14, 2018
The Ramayana Circuit is among the thirteen thematic circuits identified for development under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Union Ministry of Tourism.

Chinese state-run bank ICBC launches India-dedicated investment fund

May 14, 2018
The fund will invest in exchange-traded funds listed on more than 20 exchanges in Europe and in the United States that are based on the Indian market.

7.6 million babies are not breastfed each year: UNICEF

May 11, 2018
Breastfeeding could save the lives of more than 820000 children under age five, especially those under 6 months of age, annually.

Mahathir Mohamad sworn in as Malaysia's seventh Prime Minister

May 11, 2018
Mahathir has earlier served as Malaysia's Prime Minister for 22 years from 1981 to 2003, overseeing the transformation of the country to one of Asia's leading economies.

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