World Affairs: Top 10 International News Of This Week

by Shatakshi Gupta
  • Buckingham Palace has released the official coronation coat of arms of Britain’s King Charles III, which is set to take place on May 6, 2023. The coat of arms depicts the King’s love of nature in the form of flora, which represents the four nations of the United Kingdom in a single image. The logo for events during the coronation long weekend in May includes the symbols of the United Kingdom: a rose, thistle, daffodil, and shamrock.
  • During his annual State of the Nation address in Cape Town, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a state of disaster due to the country’s power crisis. During this time, Ramaphosa also stated that he was considering leaving the position, but after receiving inspiration from former President Nelson Mandela, he has decided to stay. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa stated in his address that the country is currently facing several crises, including a power crisis, unemployment, and an increase in crime and violence.
  • Indian-origin Nikki Haley could be the Republican Party’s presidential candidate in 2024. Nikki released a video message on Tuesday. It was announced that she is entering the race for President. Nikki Randhawa Haley is the governor of South Carolina and a member of the Republican Party. Nikki will have to win a two-phase election before becoming the Republican Party’s presidential candidate. Former President Donald Trump has already stated his intention to run for president in 2024. More people may also enter the race. The main contest, however, is expected to be between Trump and Haley.
  • Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif of Pakistan has approved an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and all issues concerning the bailout programme have been resolved. Cash-strapped Pakistan was on the verge of concluding talks with the IMF to release frozen funds from the $6.5 billion bailout package in order to avoid an economic downturn. Pakistan’s economy is in shambles, beset by a balance-of-payments crisis as it attempts to repay massive external debt amid political turmoil and deteriorating security. The central bank issued new figures, warning that its foreign exchange reserves had dropped by $170 million in a week to $2.9 billion.
  • It has been 9 days since the deadly earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria. Over 40 thousand people have died in both countries so far. A 42-year-old woman was rescued alive from the rubble of a building in Kahramanmaras, Turkey, about 222 hours after an earthquake. His condition, however, is critical, and he was immediately admitted to the hospital. Three major earthquakes struck Turkey and Syria early on February 6. According to Turkish time, the first earthquake struck around 4 a.m. (7.8), the second around 10 a.m. (7.6), and the third around 3 p.m. (7.6). In addition, 243 aftershocks were recorded. Their level of intensity ranged from 4 to 5.

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  • The number of people killed in earthquakes in Turkey and Syria is steadily increasing. More than 40,000 people have died so far, according to the latest figures. The number of injured has surpassed 80,000. Many people are still trapped beneath the rubble. In such a situation, the number of dead and injured can skyrocket. Meanwhile, earthquake tremors are being felt repeatedly in various Turkish cities. On the other hand, India has launched ‘Operation Dost’ to aid earthquake victims in Turkey. India has thus increased its assistance to the people of Turkey. Teams of Army, Air Force, NDRF, and doctors have been dispatched to Turkey.
  • On Tuesday, New Zealand declared a state of emergency following Cyclone Gabriel. A state of emergency has been declared only three times in New Zealand’s history due to a storm. Earlier in the day, 509 flights were cancelled. Winds gusted to 250 kilometres per hour in the country’s north. The current wind speed in Auckland is 110 kilometres per hour. The power supply was cut off in approximately 46 thousand homes in the northern areas.
  • Pervez Musharraf, the former President of Pakistan, has died. He was 79 years old at the time. Musharraf had been suffering from amyloidosis for a long time. He was being treated in a Dubai hospital. Musharraf was admitted to a UAE hospital last June 10 after complaining of amyloidosis, which progressed to multi-organ failure. In June of last year, he was placed on a ventilator. General Musharraf, 78, who ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008, was charged with high treason and sentenced to death for suspending the constitution in 2019. His death sentence was later commuted to life in prison.
  • There were two shootings on the Michigan State University campus in the United States. So far, three people have died, and at least five students have been injured. According to MSU police, the 43-year-old accused also inflicted self-injury during the attack, which resulted in his death. The suspect’s body was discovered outside of campus. The incident occurred in Burke Hall and the IM East Center at the University of Michigan. The distance between the two locations is approximately one mile. At around 8 p.m., police received a call to 911 reporting a shooting. After 10 minutes, there was another bullet in the university. Students have been told not to come to campus because of the situation. The students who were injured in the incident have been taken to Sparrow Hospital, which is located near campus.
  • The World Happiness Index 2023 Report, which uses data from international surveys to show how people rank their lives in more than 150 countries, will celebrate its tenth anniversary with this year’s Globe Happiness Reflect. The World Happiness Index 2023 provides a glimmer of hope in these dark times. Not only did the pandemic cause anguish and suffering, but it also resulted in an increase in social assistance and charitable giving. According to the World Happiness Report, Finland was named the world’s happiest country for the fifth year in a row.