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Antonio Guterres, a Portuguese politician, replaced Ban-Ki-Moon as the UN Secretary General on January 1 2017

British MPs (members of Parliament) voted in favor ofl the European Union Bill allowing the government to begin Brexit

European Court of Justice ruled in March 2017, companies can ban staff from wearing religious symbols, including headscarves

On March 24, 2017, the International Court of Justice gave its first ever ruling for paying reparations to victims in Congo against the warlord Germain Katanga

UK Prime Minister Teresa May signed Article 50 letter,l sent to the EU to formally trigger Brexitwhereas Theresa May is facing criticism from the side of Labour Party over her authority to secure a transitional Brexit deal from the European Union

On June 2nd , the UN elected 5 nations i.e. Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kuwait, Peru and Poland to serve alongside the other 5 permanent and 5 non-permanent members

Montenegro became the 29th member of NATO on June 5, 2017


On January 17, US President Barack Obama commuted the prison sentence of WikiLeaks discloser Chelsea Manning, a former US Army soldier, from 35 to 7 years

Presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, as the 45th President of USA took place on January 20th, 2017 and of Mike Pena, as the 48th Vice President of USA

More than 2 million people protested worldwide in the ‘Women’s March’ against Donald Trump with 500,000 marching only in only Washington D.C.

Donald Trump issued an executive order banning travel to the USA for 7 (mostly Muslim) countries

US President went for his 1st foreign trip arriving in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on May 20, 2017

Trump administration withdrew from Paris Climate Agreement on June 2nd , 2017 over the concerns about the economic burden on the US.


31st ASEAN(Association of South-East Asian Nations) Summit 2017 held in Manila, Philippines in November 2017. Donald Trump met his Pacific rim allies including a meeting with the Philippines’ leader, Duterte.

Trump visited five countries in Asia that are China, Philippines, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam. Trump embarked on this visit to assert American centrality in the global affairs


Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt severed ties with Qatar and withdrew their diplomats from Qatar citing its support of terrorist groups

Qatar restored its full diplomatic relationship with Iran. Qatar-Iranian ties had been a driving force in the Qatar embargo by other Gulf states

The only Kurdish former President of Iraq and the leader of Kurdish self-determination movement under an organization he formed, namely, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Jalal Talabani died on 3rd October, 2017. The late Talabani’s coffin was draped with Kurdish flag (not Iraqi), taken as an ‘insult’ by the Iraqi leadership and government

Turkish soldiers and vehicles entered Syria to set up observation posts on October 13 2017 on the approval of plan, for doing so, by Russia and Iran

Saad al-Hariri, Prime Minister of Lebanon, resigned on 4 November, 2017 due to fear of assassination in Saudi Arabia as he holds the citizenship of both Saudi Arabia and Lebanese citizenship. However, the confirmation will be made on his return from the visit of Saudi Arabia

Shia are the largest minority in Lebonan and the Saudi Arabia is trying to destroy the government in Beirut which includes Shia Hezbollah leaders as the members nof the cabinet


Bangladesh authorities captured and detained several dozen Rohingya refugees attempting to cross the border with the start of latest bout on 25 August 2017 when a group claiming Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army nattacked the check posts of security forces in Myanmar


Sino-Indian border dispute escalated in August 2017 when the government of India began alerting troops near the Sino-Indian border. The disagreement is over the disputed land border between China and Bhutan, a de facto protectorate of India

The event culminated with an agreement to deescalate tensions over the disputed Sino-Bhutanese border


Turkish President RecepTayyip Erdogan won referendum on 16th April 2017 under Article 18 constitutional reform package

Emmanuel Macron won the F...

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