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U.S. and North Korea to Reach an Agreement with Help From South Korea
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has announced that his country will help US and North Korea reach a consensus to resolve denuclearisation issue. He made the announcement on 1 March 2019, a day after the failure of the 2nd Trump-Kim Summit in Vietnam.
Russia and China Veto US Draft Resolution on Venezuela
The United Nations Security Council voted on the US draft resolution for free and fair presidential elections in Venezuela and unhindered aid access. The resolution was vetoed by Russia and China on February 28, 2019.
Russia Ready to Mediate Between India and Pakistan
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that Russia is willing to intervene in order to de-escalate the tensions between India and Pakistan on February 28, 2019. The offer to help comes in with the latest military clashes between the two nuclear powers along the Line of Control.
India Destroys Terrorist Camp in Pakistan
India conducted an air raid into Pakistan for the first time since the 1971 war, on 26 February 2019. The target was the largest Jaish-e-Mohammad terror training camp at Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, beyond Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The non-military, pre-emptive strike was carried out by 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force, 12 days after the Pulwama attack where 40 soldiers were martyred.
New Export Route from Afghanistan to India, via Iran
Afghanistan started exports to India through the Chabahar Port in Iran on February 24, 2019. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani inaugurated the route by dispatching the first shipment of 570 tonnes comprising of dried fruits, textiles, carpets, and other goods in 23 trucks.
Asia's First Same-sex Marriage Law in Taiwan
The government of Taiwan proposed to draft Asia's first gay marriage law on February 21, 2019. The proposed Bill offers same sex-couples, permanent unions and limited adoption rights.
Virgin Atlantic Flight Travels Faster Than Sound
A Virgin Atlantic flight from Los Angeles to London reached the speed of 1289 km per hour, on February 18, 2019. Travelling faster than the speed of sound which is 1234.37 km per hour, the flight arrived in London 48 minutes early. It set a new record with help from a 202 mph tailwind over the New York City area. The Norwegian 787-9 boasts of the past record of 1248 km per hour flying from JFK to London Gatwick in January 2017.
PM Modi Unveils Bust of Mahatma Gandhi in a University in Seoul
The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi was on a two day visit to South Korea. He unveiled the bust of Mahatma Gandhi to honour his 150th birth anniversary year, in the Yonsei University in Seoul on February 21, 2019.
China Bans Entry of Tourists to Tibet
China has imposed a ban on foreign tourists into Tibet until April 1, 2019. The news of the ban was confirmed by travel agencies who were contacted on February 20, 2019. However, there is no clarity as to the exact date and time when the ban started.
Putin Threatens the West with New Missiles
In view of the failed INF treaty, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent out a warning to the United States against setting up missiles in Europe. He threatened to install new missiles against Western capitals during his state of the nation address on February 20, 2019.
Second Trump-Kim Summit in Vietnam
The second summit between the US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un will be held at Hanoi in Vietnam on February 27-28, 2019. The first summit between the two was at Sentosa Island of Singapore in June 2018. It was also the first meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.
Former President of Maldives Arrested for Money Laundering
Former President of Maldives Abdulla Yameen was arrested through a court order on account of money-laundering on February 18, 2019. He is claimed to have received $1 million stolen from the state.
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