International Current Affairs in February 2019

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International Current Affairs in February 2019

In this we have given, February Month Indian Important International Current Affairs and their other details. This is very important for all Competitive exams like UPSC, SSC, RRB, and all PSC Examinations.

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US imposed visa restrictions on Ghana

  • Washington has imposed visa restrictions on Ghana following a row over the deportation of Ghanaians staying illegally in the United States. Some 7,000 Ghanaians are living illegally in the United States.

Celebrations for 40th anniversary of Iranian revolution

  • Thousands of Iranians gathered at the mausoleum of the Islamic republic’s founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran to launch celebrations for the 40th anniversary of Iranian revolution.

UNSC adopts resolution to extend sanctions against CAR for another year

  • The United Nations Security Council has adopted a resolution to extend sanctions against the Central African Republic (CAR) for another year.

Sri Lanka brings resolution in parliament for formation of national government

  • In Sri Lanka, the United National party (UNP) led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe has brought a resolution in parliament for formation of a national government.

Germany, France and UK set up transactions channel with Iran

  • Germany, France and the UK have set up a payment channel with Iran called INSTEX, to help continue trade and circumvent US sanctions.
  • While, the new institution, called INSTEX is a project of the three governments, it will receive the formal endorsement of all 28 EU members.

China agrees to make key concessions to expand American imports

  • China has agreed to make key concessions to expand American imports in agriculture, energy, manufacturing and services, the main demands of US President Donald Trump.

China to provide USD 2.5 bn loan to Pak to boost foreign cash reserves

  • China will provide 2.5 billion dollars (USD) loans to Pakistan to boost the foreign exchange reserves of its “all-weather ally”. Pakistan is currently seeing depleted foreign cash reserves and mounting external debt. The country’s USD 8.12 billion reserves are below the minimum level that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB) prescribe.

EU Countries endorse Venezuelan opposition leader

  • Nearly 20 European Union countries have endorsed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim President.

US announces withdrawal from key Cold War nuclear arms treaty with Russia

  • US President Donald Trump announced that the US will withdraw from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia, alleging that Kremlin violated the Cold War-era pact.
  • The INF treaty, signed in 1987 by then US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, prohibited the development and deployment of ground-launched nuclear missiles with ranges of 500-5,500 kilometers.

Sri Lanka celebrating its 71st Independence day

  • Sri Lanka celebrated its 71st Independence day with usual fanfare and enthusiasm. Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was the guest of honour at the main function held in Colombo.

1st pontiff to visit Arabian peninsula

  • Pope Francis landed in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on a historic visit, becoming the first pontiff to visit the Arabian peninsula.

Israel says it has begun construction of massive new Gaza border barrier

  • Israel said it has begun construction of a massive new Gaza border barrier.

Russia to abandon nuclear arms treaty

  • Russia to abandon nuclear arms treaty in retaliation to US withdrawal from treaty.

 “Church of Saint Francis” & ‘Mosque of Grand Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyeb’ in Abu Dhabi

  • UAE leaders announced the construction of the “Church of Saint Francis” and ‘Mosque of Grand Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyeb’ in Abu Dhabi in honour of the two religious leaders.

Iran to pardon 50,000 convicts

  • The Iranian Judiciary Chief Amoli Larijani said 50,000 convicts will receive pardons from Leader Ayatollah Khamenei on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Taliban demands new Afghan Constitution

  • The Taliban demanded a new Constitution for Afghanistan and promised an “inclusive Islamic system” to govern the war-torn country at a rare gathering with senior Afghan politicians in Russia that excluded the Kabul government.

Trump nominates US treasury diplomat David Malpass to head World Bank

  • President Donald Trump has nominated senior Treasury official David Malpass as the next chief of the World Bank.

Macedonia signs accord to join NATO

  • Macedonia signed an accord to join NATO to become the 30th member of the US-led alliance. The Macedonia-NATO accord follows a deal with Greece ending a 27-year-old dispute over Macedonia’s name. The accord must now be ratified by allied governments.

Philippines to tighten entry of foreign workers

  • The Philippines has said it will soon impose stricter requirements and procedures in issuing work permits to foreign nationals who intend to work in the country.

Sri Lankan parliament to debate and vote to form national government

  • Sri Lankan parliament will take up for debate the proposal to form a national government followed by voting.

US urges Nigeria to hold election free of ‘intimidation’

  • The United States has called on all sides in Nigeria including the military to ensure that next week’s election is “free from outside pressure and intimidation.”

US: Bills introduced in House and Senate to remove per-country green card limits

  • Powerful lawmakers in the US House of Representatives and the Senate have introduced identical legislations, which if passed would end per-country green card limit and benefit Indian professionals waiting to gain permanent legal residency in the country.
  • The Act alters the per-country limits for employment-based immigrants so that all are treated equally regardless of their country of birth.

Red Cross calls for total ban on nuclear weapons

  • The Red Cross called for a total ban on nuclear weapons, warning of the growing risk that such arms could again be used with devastating effect. The International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a global campaign to raise awareness about the rising nuclear threat facing the world.
  • The campaign aims to encourage people to lobby their governments to sign and ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which has so far been signed by 70 nations and ratified by 21.

Democrat Amy Klobuchar to contest for US president in 2020 election

  • In the United States, Minnesota Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar has announced that she will contest for president in the forthcoming Presidential election in 2020.

Poland to buy mobile rocket launchers from US

  • Poland will buy mobile rocket launchers worth 414 million US Dollar from the United States, as Warsaw seeks closer ties with Washington amid concerns over a resurgent Russia.

US President signs executive order to prioritize research & development in Artificial Intelligence

  • US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order directing federal agencies to prioritize research and development in Artificial Intelligence (AI). The plan, called the American AI Initiative, follows big investment pledges from China and other countries intended to advance and apply AI technology in fields ranging from warfighting to health care.

EU members of UNSC ask for humanitarian access to eastern Ukraine’

  • European Union members of the UN Security Council have asked for humanitarian access to eastern Ukraine’s areas held by separatists.

Australia government loses bill blocking sick asylum seekers

  • Australian legislators have passed a landmark bill making it easier for asylum seekers, being held on remote Pacific islands, to get medical treatment in the country.

Egypt’s Parliament to vote on extending president’s term

  • Egypt’s Parliament has begun deliberations over constitutional amendments that could allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in office till 2034. The amendments will provide 12 more years after his current, second term expires in 2022.

Afghan government fired its election commission

  • The Afghan government has fired its election commission.

Afghan Taliban announce talks with US

  • The Taliban has said it will meet top US and Pakistani officials including Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad as part of the ongoing Afghan peace talks.

US aimed at withdrawing all US military support in Yemen

  • The US House has passed a measure aimed at withdrawing all US military support for the Saudi Arabia-backed war in Yemen.

Nigeria orders closure of all land borders   

  • In Nigeria, the government has ordered the closure of all land borders to ensure a smooth presidential election to be held.

US, Russia and France condemn Pulwama attack

  • Countries from across the globe have condemned the terror attack at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir, with US, Russia and France asserting that they stand with India in combating the menace of terrorism.

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