Ireland ends abortion ban as 'quiet revolution' transforms country
Ireland on May 26, 2018 voted to end the abortion ban, a move hailed as the culmination of “a quiet revolution” in one of the Europe’s most socially conservative countries. A quiet revolution has been taking place in Ireland over the last couple of decades.
In a referendum, more than 66 percent of Irish voters chose to repeal the Eighth Amendment, which has banned abortion in the nation since its passage in 1983. The Eighth Amendment 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’
Colombia would be formally joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) next week. The announcement was made by the country’s President Juan Manuel Santos on May 25, 2018.
With the move, Colombia will become the first Latin American nation to be a part of the alliance. It would be joining the bloc as a ‘global partner’, which means it will not necessarily have to take part in any joint military action and will be fully accredited in Brussels.
Hamburg to host 2018 Global Wind Summit
The first edition of the Global Wind Summit will be hosted by Germany from September 25-28, 2018 at Hamburg. The Global Wind Summit 2018 will be the biggest meeting point for business, networking and information for the whole of the wind industry – onshore and offshore.
The summit combines two conferences ‘WindEnergy Hamburg’ and ‘WindEurope’. WindEurope, in partnership with Wind Energy Hamburg, will host the Global Wind Summit 2018 in the Hamburg Messe. Over 1400 exhibitors will gather for WindEnergy Hamburg, the world’s leading wind energy expo, with an aim to network, do business and maximise visibility before a truly global audience.
EU's new data protection rules come into effect
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was brought into full effect on May 25, 2018.
The new data privacy rules clarify individual rights to the personal data collected by companies around the world for targeted advertising and other purposes. The GDPR was enacted back in April 2016 with the goal of giving citizens and residents of the EU better control of their personal data and simplifying related regulations for businesses.
US delegation is in North Korea to arrange Singapore Summit: Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump on May 27, 2018 announced that a US delegation is in North Korea to make arrangements for the Singapore Summit, a clear sign the summit between Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un is back on track.
The delegation includes Sung Kim, US Ambassador to the Philippines; Randall G. Schriver, the Assistant Secretary of Defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs; and Allison Hooker, Director for Korea on the White House's National Security Council. The meeting, which is scheduled to be held on June 12, 2018, will mark the first face-to-face encounter between a sitting US President and a North Korean leader.