September 2022

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (September 01, 2022) for CSS, PMS

6. ICC calls for resumption of Afghan war crimes probe

• A year into the Taliban`s rule, war crimes prosecutors in The Hague have urged judges to rule promptly on their request to resume investigations into atrocities in Afghanistan and warn that crimes are continuing, court documents showed.
• The International Criminal Court`s Afghanistan investigation has been on hold for more than two years. In March 2020 the previous Afghan government had asked it to be suspended while they investigated suspected war crimes themselves.
• In documents released on ICC`s website this week and dated Aug 26, prosecutor Karim Khan argued Afghanistan`s request to suspend the probe should be rejected, citing a lack of effort by authorities there to pursue justice in domestic courts

7. Russian firm halts gas flow in new jitters for Europe

• Russian energy giant Gazprom suspended gas deliveries to Germany on a major pipeline on August 31, 2022, the latest in a series of supply halts that have fuelled an energy crisis in Europe.
• Gazprom said supplies via Nord Stream 1 were `completely stopped` for `preventative work` at a compressor unit, shortly after European gas network operator ENTSOG announced that deliveries had ceased.
• Gazprom has also said it would suspend gas supplies to France`s main provider Engie from Thursday after it f ailed to pay for all deliveries made in July

8. G20 climate talks end without communique

• Group of 20 climate talks in Bali ended without a joint communique on August 31, 2022 despite host Indonesia warning the world`s leading economies they must act together to combat a warming planet or risk plunging into `uncharted territory`.
• The one-day meeting on the resort island concluded with Indonesia`s environment chief saying G20 chair Jakarta would only issue a summary of the forum`s aims, reflecting divisions between its members over how to tackle climate change.
• The failure to agree upon a unified statement came at the end of a month in which more than 1,000 people died in Pakistan from flooding blamed on climate change and after a drought exacerbated by a record heatwave spread across half of China

9. Aleppo airport hit by Israeli strikes: Syria

• Several Israeli strikes hit Aleppo airport in northern Syria on August 31, 2022, the official SANA news agency said, also reporting material damage.
• `At around 2000 hours (1700 GMT), the Israeli enemy targeted Aleppo international airport with missile fire, causing some material damage at the heart of the facility,` the agency said. It made no mention of casualties. SANA had earlier reported `the sound of explosions` in the area.
• The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a wide network of sources on the ground for its information, confirmed there had been an attack. It said four Israeli missiles had targeted the runway and depots at the airport believed to contain missiles supplied by Iran

10. Sri Lanka strikes initial loan pact with IMF

• Crisis-hit Sri Lanka has reached a preliminary agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout, four sources with direct knowledge of the plan have said.
• The debt-laden country has been seeking up to $3 billion from the global lender in a bid to escape its worst economic crisis since independence from Britain in 1948.
• Sri Lankans have faced acute shortages of fuel and other basic goods for months, leaving it in political turmoil and inflation which is now soaring at almost 65pc

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