January 2012: International Current Affairs

The Chinese government has confirmed a 39-year-old man’s death in southern China due to bird flu, which is showing signs of resurfacing after an 18-month gap. — Jan 01, Times of India
The Obama administration has maintained that the bill under no circumstances results in suspension of US military aid to Pakistan; as being interpreted by the Pakistani media. — Jan 02, Times of India
The Taliban today confirmed they had come to an “initial agreement” to open a political office overseas as part of peace talks with the United States. — Jan 03, Hindustan Times
South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak will visit China next week for talks with his counterpart Hu Jintao as the two nations deal with North Korea’s leadership transition, Lee’s office said today. — Jan 04, Hindustan Times
Tourism is Nepal’s golden goose. The country has been named as one of the best countries for adventure destination (National Geographic) and one of the 50 places to see before you die (BBC Holiday). — Jan 05, Hindustan Times
Iran is to hold fresh military exercises in and around the strategic Strait of Hormuz within weeks, the naval commander of its powerful Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying on January06, 2012. — Jan 06, Hindustan Times
UNITED NATIONS: UN leader Ban Ki-moon called Friday for “peaceful” efforts to ease tensions between Iran and Western nations but stressed that Iran must prove its nuclear program is not aimed at producing weapons. — Jan 07, Times of India
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said today that he was prepared to go to jail as he geared up for last-ditch rallies on the eve of a trial verdict that threatens his political career.— Jan 08, Hindustan Times
A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake on Monday struck the Santa Cruz islands, part of the Pacific’s Solomons group, the USGS said, but there was no threat of a widespread tsunami, according to officials. — Jan 09, Hindustan Times
The US has voiced concern over reports of new wave of self-immolations in Tibet by Buddhist monks, noting that these events reflect the deep frustration among the Tibetans. — Jan 10, Hindustan Times
Indian and other non-European immigrants arriving in Britain took away at least 160,000 jobs that would otherwise have gone to “native” Britons between 2005 and 2010, a government agency said in a report published on Tuesday. — jan11, Hindustan Times
North Korea declared Feb 16 the “Day of the Shining Star” to commemorate the birthday of late “Great Leader” Kim Jong-il, using the same name as a long-range rocket developed under his trademark songun, or military first, policy. — Jan 12, Hindustan Times
The United States won key support from Japan Thursday for tough oil sanctions against Iran over a nuclear program that the West suspects is geared to developing atomic bombs. — Jan 13, Times of India
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has reiterated that Australia will not agree to export uranium to Pakistan, which is imploring Canberra to make a similar policy change as done recently for India. — January 14,2012, Times of India
India ranked second last among the 73 countries that participated in a programme conducted annually to evaluate education systems worldwide by OECD. — Jan 15, Times of India
Doomed Russian Phobos-Grunt Mars probe spacecraft, which had been stuck in Earth orbit for two months, crashed down in the Pacific Ocean late Sunday. — Jan 16, Times of India
External affairs minister S M Krishna today met Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo and is understood to have discussed a host of bilateral issues, including the ways to evolve a political solution to resolve the Tamil problem. — Jan17, Hindustan Times
The Coast Guard officer who ordered the captain of the capsized Italian cruise ship to go back aboard unwittingly became an instant hero on Wednesday, credited with saving the national honour on one of its darkest nights. — Jan 19, Times of India
Charged with contempt of court for failing to pursue corruption charges against President Asif Ali Zardari, the PM won a two-week reprieve for himself. — Jan 20, Times of India
The United States has urged China to press North Korea’s new leader to exercise restraint, saying that South Korea would face “enormous pressure” to respond to any provocations.— Jan 21, Hindustan Times
The United States has urged China to press North Korea’s new leader to exercise restraint, saying that South Korea would face “enormous pressure” to respond to any provocations.— Jan 22, Hindustan Times
Divers on Saturday found a woman’s body in the wrecked cruise liner Costa Concordia, raising the death toll to 12, a police official said. — Jan 23, Hindustan Times
Mansoor Ijaz, the key witness in the memogate scandal, will not visit Pakistan over concerns about his safety, his lawyer said on Monday. Instead he requested the judicial commission probing the scandal to record his statements from either London or Zurich through teleconference. — Jan 24, Times of India
Tens of thousands of Egyptians rallied Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of the country’s 2011 uprising, with liberals and Islamists gathering on different sides of Cairo’s Tahrir Square in a reflection of the deep political divides that emerged in the year since the downfall of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak. — Jan 25, Times of India
Against the backdrop of a re-election bid this year, US president Barack Obama made a commitment to maintaining America’s primacy in the world, warning China and Iran against confrontation, railing against US companies outsourcing jobs, and promising greater economic equality at home. — Jan 26, Times of India
Bill Gates rode to the rescue of a beleaguered health fund Thursday by pledging $750 million to fight three of world’s killer diseases. — Jan 27, Hindustan Times
The Kepler space telescope science team has confirmed the discovery of 11 star systems piled with 26 exoplanets. With this latest revelation, the number of known multi-planetary star systems has just tripled and the list of confirmed planets beyond our solar system has doubled. — Jan 28, Hindustan Times
The World Travel and Tourism Council this week announced its list of finalists for the prestigious Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, set to be presented in April. — Jan 29, Hindustan Times
IMF chief Christine Lagarde on Saturday warned that no one is immune to the European debt crisis that can have spillover effect on the global economy and called for “simple firewall” to contain the turmoil.Speaking at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, sheunderscored the need for euro zone members to “develop a clear simple firewall that can limit the contagion” and create trust in the region. — Jan 30, Hindustan Times
The United Nation Security Council will take up for discussion the European-Arab draft resolution on Syria today. The Arab League has sought UN support for the draft resolution on power transfer to end the crisis in Syria. More from our West Asia Correspondent. — Jan 31, News On AIR

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