Current Affairs for Online Crash Course for SSC CGL Exam : International Issue

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More than one lakh visas revoked since travel ban

  • Over 1,00,000 visas have been revoked as a result of President U.S. Donald Trump’s ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, an attorney for the government said.
  • The number came out during a hearing in a lawsuit filed by attorneys for two Yemeni brothers who arrived at Dulles International Airport and were quickly put on a return flight to Ethiopia in response to President’s executive order.
  • The government attorney could not say how many people with visas were sent back to their home countries from Dulles in response to the travel ban, The Washington Post reported.
  • An executive order signed by Mr. Trump over the weekend had halted the U.S. refugee programme for 120 days and indefinitely banned all Syrian refugees.
  • A separate order also suspended all entry from Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Syria on national security grounds.

Sanctions over notorious Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar lifted by UN

  • The UN Security Council has lifted sanctions on the notorious Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, previously branded “a global terrorist” and accused of war crimes.
  • The move follows a peace deal between Hekmatyar’s insurgent group Hezb-i-Islami and the Afghan government in September that granted him legal immunity from past offences, sparking outrage from rights groups.
  • Although Hekmatyar is accused of killing thousands in Kabul during the 1992-1996 civil war, many foreign governments, including the U.S., praised the landmark accord as a step towards peace in Afghanistan.
  • A statement on the UNSC’s website said an assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo targeting Hekmatyar no longer applied.
  • It theoretically opens the way for Hekmatyar’s return to Kabul after two decades of exile in Iran and then in Pakistan.

Iran remain defaint of USA sanctions

  • Iran was to deploy missiles for a Revolutionary Guards exercise on Saturday in a show of defiance, a day after the United States imposed sanctions over a ballistic missile test launch.
  • Relations between Washington and Tehran have deteriorated sharply since Donald Trump took office last month promising a tough line on what he sees as Iranian belligerency towards U.S. interests and allies.
  • Hours after the new U.S. sanctions were announced, Pentagon chief James Mattis charged that Iran was “the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world”.
  • The new sanctions are a response to Iran’s test launch of a medium-range ballistic missile as well as its support for Yemeni rebels who attacked a Saudi frigate.
  • Iran’s Vice-President urged calm heads to prevail. “These are worn-out accusations against Iran and even the [accuser] himself is ashamed of saying it,” state news agency IRNA quoted Eshagh Jahangiri as saying.

Bangladesh decided to relocate refugees from Myanmar to remote island

  • Bangladeshi authorities have decided to relocate thousands of refugees from Myanmar to a thinly populated island in the Bay of Bengal to avoid adverse socioeconomic impacts in the mainland.
  • Rohingya refugees, including those who have moved in from Myanmar in the recent months, would be relocated from the Cox’s Bazar district to Thengar Char, an island in the Bay of Bengal about 30,000 hectares in area.
  • Rohingyas are currently living in different camps in Cox’s Bazar including Nayapara, Leda and Kutupalang — apart from other parts of the country.
  • Bangladeshi Foreign Minister told the diplomatic community based in Dhaka, that the country needs international support to provide “assistance in developing the island and in transporting the refugees to the new place”.
  • According to the government, over 4,00,000 Myanmar nationals, including the 69,000 people who recently arrived, are now living in Cox’s Bazar after fleeing military persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
  • The relocation would be a “temporary arrangement”, government have stressed. Bangladesh has requested the international community to take “meaningful measures” for repatriation of the refugee population to Myanmar.

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