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22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan

On August 18, 2018, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former cricketer, Imran Khan was sworn in as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan in an oath-taking ceremony administered by President Mamnoon Hussain at the President House in Islamabad. Imran Khan secured 176 votes, four more than the needed 172 for a majority, beating  Shehbaz Sharif, president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, who got 96.

Paraguay Gets a New President, Colorado Party’s Mario Abdo Benitez

Mario Abdo Benitez, who was sworn in on August 15, as the new President of Paraguay, clinched the top spot after defeating his closest rival, Efrain Alegre from the liberal opposition alliance, by four percentage points in the nation’s elections, held in April 2018.

Global Liveability Index 2018: Vienna tops, Delhi at 112

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) of the UK magazine ‘The Economist’, released the Global Liveability Index 2018, the ranking of 140 global cities based on their living conditions on August 14 2018. The EIU provides forecasting and advisory services through research and analysis. The top 3 cities: Vienna, Melbourne, Osaka are the most liveable cities.

Formation of Iran Action Group in US

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo announced the formation of the Iran Action Group (IAG) to coordinate and run the country’s policy towards Iran on August 16, 2018. Brian Hook, the State Department’s director of policy planning, heading the IAG has been formally named as the ‘Special Representative for Iran’.

Former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan Dies at 80

Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan, passed away on August 18, following a short term illness, at a hospital in Bern, Switzerland. Born on April 8, 1938 in Kumasi, Ghana, he was 80 years old. He was the seventh UN secretary general and, served two terms between 1997 and 2006. He also received the Nobel peace prize for his humanitarian work jointly with the UN as an organisation in 2001.