World Affairs: Top 10 International News Of This Week

by Shatakshi Gupta
  • Saudi Arabia has successfully evacuated 66 persons who were stuck in Sudan.  These include Indians as well.  According to the Saudi Foreign Ministry, citizens from friendly nations, including Indians, have arrived safely from Sudan.  Diplomats and international officers are among them.  Along with them, 91 Saudi nationals have returned home. The number of Indians who were evacuated has not been disclosed. In Sudan, warfare is now taking place between opposing groups. Fighting between the Sudanese army and the rebel paramilitary Rapid Support Force continues in Khartoum.
  • Dominic Raab, the British Deputy Prime Minister, resigned after an official investigation found him to have acted cowardly towards his colleagues.  The 48-page investigation, written by attorney Adam Tolley, analysed more than a dozen complaints about Raab’s behaviour, prompting Tolley to find that in two of the allegations, Raab treated some of his colleagues in a threatening manner. Raab has apologised for his absence and defended his actions, claiming that he never screamed or abused officers.
  • According to the latest United Nations report, India has surpassed China to become the world’s most populous country, with 142.86 crore inhabitants. China has taken India’s spot as the world’s second most populous country, with 142.57 crore inhabitants. According to a new UNFPA report, 25% of India’s population is between the ages of 0 and 14, 18% are between the ages of 10 and 19, 26% are between the ages of 10 and 24, 15% are between the ages of 15 and 64, 68% are between the ages of 65 and 7% are beyond 65. 
  • Dr. Jaishankar virtually inaugurated the Buji Bridge, part of the 132-kilometer Tika-Buji-Nova-Sofala road project.  This bridge, erected by India, represents Mozambique and India’s friendship and collaboration. This bridge, according to the Indian High Commission in Mozambique, will improve the lives of many Mozambicans. The Buji Bridge is a significant project that demonstrates India’s commitment to infrastructure development in Mozambique. India has been a dependable partner in Mozambique’s development journey, and this bridge is just one more illustration of its assistance.
  • On Thursday, 4 minutes after lift-off, the world’s most powerful rocket exploded 30 kilometres above the Gulf of Mexico. It took off around 7 p.m. from Boca Chica, Texas. This was Starship’s first orbital test. Elon Musk’s SpaceX, the world’s second richest businessman, built the stainless steel spacecraft. According to SpaceX, the Starship encountered fast unplanned disassembly before to stage separation. With an exam like this, success is determined by what we learn. Today’s test will help us increase Starship’s dependability.
  • Syria has emerged as the world’s most powerful narco-state. A narco-state is a country whose economy is based solely on drug exports. Its economy is based on drugs. Syria mostly exports tablets like Amfatin.  It is also known as Captagon or poor man’s Coke. Drug export revenue accounts for 90% of Syria’s foreign exchange. Captagon is a pill containing amphetamine and caffeine. This drug’s import-export and consumption are both prohibited on a global scale. This drug was developed in 1961 by a German manufacturer to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, narcolepsy, and depression.
  • A day before the last day of Ramadan, more than 85 people were killed in a stampede during a programme to deliver zakat, or financial help, in Yemen’s capital Sanaa. Over 322 persons were injured. The Interior Ministry, which is controlled by Houthi troops, stated that the gathering was organised by local traders without the assistance of the local authorities. It was attended by a big number of underprivileged people. To manage the throng, Houthi soldiers fired into the air, causing a power line to explode. People were terrified by the explosion and began fleeing hither and thither, crushing each other.  Because Eid is only two days away, this cash assistance was provided to the people.
  • Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, remains among the top ten most polluted cities in the world.  The reason for this is a fire in Nepal’s woods, which has reduced visibility. According to IQ Air, an organisation that analyses real-time pollution in 101 cities across the world, Kathmandu’s Air Quality Index surpassed 190 on Sunday afternoon. Following Kathmandu, Chiang Mai in Thailand is second, Hanoi in Vietnam is third, Bangkok in Thailand is fourth, and Dhaka in Bangladesh is fifth.  In India, Kolkata is ranked sixth, and Delhi is ranked ninth.

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  • During the ongoing war, Russia’s President paid a secret visit to Ukraine’s Kherson region. On this trip, Putin was right on the front lines. He arrived by helicopter at the army headquarters in Kherson. On this visit, he was also not accompanied by any staff personnel.  Russian media outlets have produced recordings and footage. The administration, however, did not specify when Putin paid this visit. There had been no prior planning for Putin’s visit to Kherson. Neither Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu nor Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov were present.  He talked about the war with the military chiefs.
  • The French Constitution Council (Supreme Court) has agreed to the government’s intention to raise the retirement age. The legal floating retirement age has so been raised from 62 to 64. At the same time, violence has escalated in 200 places, including Paris, following the court’s judgement. Police arrested 112 demonstrators in Paris. Protests and violence against the government have been going on for the last three months.