World Affairs: Top 10 International News Of This Week

by Shatakshi Gupta
  • Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, has appointed his brother, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as Vice President. The UAE Federal Supreme Court has approved the appointment. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the current Vice President, will remain in office. Sheikh Mohammed, who is also the Ruler of Abu Dhabi, has also appointed Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed and Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed to the position of Deputy Governors of Abu Dhabi.
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is preparing four humans to live on Mars this summer. The four “Marsplanets” will be part of NASA’s human exploration journey to Mars, despite the fact that the US space agency has long hoped to send humans there. In addition, NASA will launch the Mars Satellite, InSight Lander, and Phoenix Lander. Ingenuity, the Perseverance rover’s mission, is sending the small robotic helicopter and associated delivery systems designed to provide the first comprehensive Mars probe. A 12-month volunteer project to prepare humans for a trip to Mars. Humans will eventually land on Mars in a habitat that replicates the conditions there.
  • According to the most recent Passport Index update, India’s mobility score has decreased, resulting in the country’s largest drop on the index this year. Prior to the pandemic, India’s mobility score was 71 in 2019, rising to 73 in 2022 as a result of a rising mobility wave. However, by March 2023, its mobility score will have risen to 70. The decline occurs despite record mobility growth at a time when global and national economies are reopening following the pandemic. In 2023, India’s ranking has dropped six places, dropping its individual ranking from 138 to 144 from this year.
  • The Iranian parliament has passed a new law governing women’s dress codes. If she does not wear the hijab, she could face a fine of up to Rs 49 lakh. Hosseini Jalali, an Iranian MP, confirmed this. Aside from that, if women do not adhere to the new dress code, their passports will be confiscated, as will their internet access. This new law is a major setback for Iranians who have been protesting the hijab for the past six months.
  • Tanzanian authorities declared the northwestern Kagera region an epidemic zone after five people died in a local hospital and three others were infected with the Marburg virus (MVD). The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified 161 people who are at risk of contracting the virus through contact. In 1967, the Marburg Viral Disease (MVD) was discovered in Germany and Serbia. It is a deadly disease that causes severe hemorrhagic fever and has a mortality rate ranging from 24% to 88%. It belongs to the same virus family as the Ebola virus.

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  • According to a recent Hindenburg Research report, Block Inc.’s net worth has been hit by being accused of overlooking a widespread fraud. His fortune dropped 11% in a single day, totaling $526 million, the largest single-day drop since May. Dorsey’s net worth has increased to $4.4 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Hindenburg released the report, which accused Block of elaborate fraud and predicted a stock drop of 65% to 75% based on fundamentals. Despite Block’s denial of the allegations and plans to sue the short seller, the company’s stock dropped as much as 22% and eventually ended 15% lower.
  • Myanmar’s military junta has dissolved 40 parties, including Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democratic (NLD) party. According to the Sena, these parties failed to register under the new electoral law. According to Myawadi TV, 63 parties in the country have been registered at the local or national level. Simultaneously, approximately 40 parties did not register for the election until the deadline, after which they were declared dissolved. Following the dissolution of the parties, the UN demanded that democracy be restored in Myanmar. The spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Stephane Dujarric, insisted on Aung San Suu Kyi’s release on Tuesday.
  • Former US President Donald Trump will face criminal charges. On Thursday, the Manhattan grand jury decided to indict Trump. Trump will stand trial on charges of having an affair with a porn star and paying her to keep quiet before the 2016 presidential election. Trump will be the first former President of the United States to face criminal charges. According to the New York Times, Trump has been made aware of the situation. His lawyer has been told that Trump must appear in Manhattan court on April 4th. Following that, the allegations against Trump will be made public.
  • On Tuesday, North Korea revealed its new nuclear arsenal to the world. The photos of these weapons have been released by the government media agency KCNA. According to state media, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un visited the Nuclear Weapons Institute in order to inspect new nuclear weapons and conduct counter-attack operations against the enemy. This occurred during the visit of an American warship to South Korea for military exercises. North Korea has discussed developing even more dangerous nuclear weapons.
  • People in Israel have taken to the streets to protest Netanyahu’s Judicial Reform Bill. Teachers and doctors have now left their jobs to join the protests. Isaac Herzog, the head of Israel’s largest trade union, provided this information. At the same time, all employees at Israel’s Tel Aviv airport have gone on strike in protest of Netanyahu’s government. Flights have been grounded as a result of this. After months of protests, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has put the bill on hold. Netanyahu announced the decision on Monday, saying the bill would be tabled until the next session of parliament after the July 4th holiday.