International Current Affairs - 2019

Latest International Current Affairs 2019 with news summaries and current events in International developments, geopolitical, organizations, groupings and fora related updates for India and world with all important national news updates and events for the year 2019.

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Edward Snowden leaves Hong Kong, arrives in Moscow

American whistleblower Edward Snowden who disclosed spying programmes of the US National Security Agency left Hong Kong where he had taken shelter to avoid arrest from the US and arrived in Moscow.

He was helped by the whistleblowing organization WikiLeaks even as Washington is try hard to extradite him.  Hong Kong didn’t extradite him as it cited some deficiencies in the document submitted by Washington for extradition which didn’t fully comply with the legal requirements under Hong Kong law.

Snowden further humiliated Washington by disclosing that the US had hacked into Chinese mobile phone companies to access millions of private text messages. Beijing jumped on the disclosure, calling U.S the world’s ”biggest villain” for IT espionage, pushing back at Washington’s charges about China’s ”cybertheft.”

Meanwhile, the US has warned of serious consequences to the countries that have or plan to host him.

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Qatar ruler transfers power to son

Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the ruler of Qatar has transferred the reign of the nation to the 33-year-old crown prince Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani putting a new generation in charge of the Gulf nation’s vast energy wealth and its rising political influence.

The new ruler is likely begin the process of putting together a new government that may be in direct contrast to the old guard leaders across the Western-backed Gulf Arab states.

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