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UN Adopts Historic Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

July 7, 2017, UN Headquarters in NYC. 122 countries meeting at the United Nations conference in New York adopted a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the first multilateral legally-binding instrument for nuclear disarmament.

The treaty "prohibits a full range of nuclear-weapon-related activities, such as undertaking to develop, test, produce, manufacture, acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, as well as the use or threat of use of these weapons".

The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Announces the Victory over ISIL in Mosul

July 10, 2017, Mosul, Iraq. The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi officially announced the victory in the battle over Mosul, Iraq's second most populous city and the last ISIL's (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) stronghold in Iraq. The city was seized by ISIL militants in June 2015. It was in the Great Mosque in Mosul that ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the beginning of self-proclaimed "caliphate", (majority Sunni Arab) Islamic State.

President Trump Travels to Paris for Bastille Day

Paris, Thursday, July 13, 2017.  President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive in Paris for France's Bastille Day celebrations. The US President began his first day in Paris by visiting the US Embassy in Paris. He delivered remarks highlighting the bravery and heroism that U.S. and French soldiers displayed during World War I and II. President Trump stated, “American and French Patriots have fought together, bled together, and died together for freedom, country, and democracy.”

Montenegro Becomes the 29th Member of NATO

NATO Headquarters in Brussels, June 7, 2017.  The flag of Montenegro was raised at NATO Headquarters on Wednesday in a special ceremony to mark the country’s accession to NATO. Montenegro became the 29th member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Monday (5 June 2017) when it deposited its instrument of accession to the North Atlantic Treaty with the US State Department in Washington DC.

President Hassan Rouhani Wins Re-election in Iran

Presidential election was held in Iran on Friday, 19 May 2017. According to final results, announced by the Ministry of Interior of Iran, 41,220,131 Iranians voted in the Presidential election (73.07% of the registered voters).

Final results show that incumbent reformist president Hassan Rouhani, called by many "diplomat sheikh", decisively won the presidential election in Iran: he won 57% of the vote against three other contenders, including his main rival Ebrahim Raisi (38.5% of the vote).

Lithuania Hosts a Conference with Pres. Putin’s Opposition

May 18, 2017. Lithuania. The Foreign Ministry of Lithuania reported that the fourth Vilnius Russia Forum (the conference of the Pres. Putin's critics) took place on 18 and 19 of May in Trakai district. The event was attended by more than 100 representatives of civil society, academicians, politicians, journalists from Russia, Lithuania and other Western countries.

Emmanuel Macron defeats Marine Le Pen and Becomes Next President of France

May 7, 2017. Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron, the independent centrist,  who won by 66.06% to 33.94% to become the youngest president in the history of France and the youngest French head of state since Napoleon . In the second round of the 2017 Presidential election  he defeated  Marine Le Pen, the candidate of the  National Front.

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