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International Events 2010 – August Current Affairs

Aug. 1: The Convention on Cluster Munitions, a landmark international treaty to ban cluster bombs takes effect.

Aug. 4: Kenyan voters overwhelmingly approve a new Constitution in a referendum.

Aug. 6: Pakistan says recent monsoon floods biggest-ever disaster in the nation’s history, with 1,32,000 sq.km. affected in Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa (formerly NWFP) and Punjab provinces alone.

Aug. 7: India and Bangladesh sign an agreement on a $ 1-billion line of credit extended to Dhaka by New Delhi.

Aug. 8: At least 127 people are killed and nearly 1,300 go missing after mudslides sweep away homes in Gansu provine, Northwestern China.

Aug. 9: Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame wins a second term gaining a landslide victory.

Aug. 11: British researchers announce the emergence of a new class of antibiotic-resistant superbug NDM-1 (New Delhi metallobetalactamase 1)

Aug. 16: A Boeing 737 jetliner with 131 passengers aboard crashes and breaks into three pieces on landing on San Andres island in Columbia.

Aug. 19: Last U.S. combat brigade leaves Iraq seven years after leading the invasion of the nation.

Aug. 21: Australians cast ballots in snap national elections.
Dutch solo sailor Laura Dekker (14) begins her round-the-world record bid from the Portuguese port of Portimao.

Aug. 23: After a ten-hour hostage crisis, six passengers of a tourist bus are killed in the Philippines capital Manila by a sacked police officer who is later shot dead by security forces.
Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete is crowned Miss Universe 2010 at the 59th annual pageant held in Las Vegas.
A Federal Court in Washington blocks most government financing for embryonic stem cell research.

Aug. 24: Six MPs among 30 killed in a rampage at a hotel in the Somalia capital Mogadishu.
Fortytwo persons are killed when a passenger jet overshoots a runway in northeast China.

Aug. 26: The High Court of Bangladesh declares illegal the Seventh Amendment to the Constitution that legalised the autocratic rule of General Hussein Muhammad Ershad.

Aug. 27: Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki signs a new Constitution into law.

Aug. 28: China passes a first-ofits kind law to set up “mediation committees” to handle conflicts at the grassroots level.

Aug. 29: Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin opens oil pipeline to China.
The Sinabung volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumatra erupts for the first time in 400 years.
“Modern Family”, “Mad Men” sweep the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards announced in Los Angeles.

Aug. 30: The Sri Lankan Cabinet approves changes to the 1978 Constitution and lifts ban on a third term in office for President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Aug. 31: The President Barack Obama announces the end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq.

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