Candidates who are preparing for their competitive exams can find here important exam oriented international and world current affairs. Prepsure.com has covered all the important events here, that took place between May 18 to May 24, 2015. It will help students in their preparation for competitive exams. Candidates can revise these for the upcoming IAS Prelims, SBI PO and SSC CGL exams. It also may be helpful for those who are appearing in the UPSC IAS 2014 interview/personality test. Also Read - UPSC Recruitment 2021: Applications Invited for Various Posts, Here's How You Can Apply

Opposition parties in Burundi suspended talks with the government Also Read - Beyond The Call Of Duty: Police Station in Aurangabad Holds English Classes For Slum Children

Opposition parties in Burundi on May 24, 2015 decided to suspend talks with the Burundi government to protest the deteriorating security situation and the assassination of Burundian opposition leader Zedi Feruzi. Also Read - Operation Smile: Indore Cop Turns Teacher For Slum Children Who Couldn't Attend Online Classes Due to Pandemic

Feruzi, the leader of the Union for Peace and Development party, was killed on May 16, 2015 in a drive-by shooting in Bujumbura.

Top rebel commanders in eastern Ukraine, Alexei Mozgovoi killed

One of the top rebel commanders in eastern Ukraine, Alexei Mozgovoi was killed on May 23, 2015 in an attack on his car. He led the “Prizrak” (Ghost) battalion which was based in the Alchevsk area of Luhansk. He took control of Alchevsk as part of the uprising that began in April 2014 in eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk and Donetsk regions following Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

Alexei Mozgovoi was a critic of the Russian-backed separatist leadership and the Minsk accord signed with Kiev.

Myanmar said OK to Population Control Health Care Bill

Myanmar’s president on May 23, 2015 signed the Population Control Health Care Bill. The Bill gives regional authorities the power to implement birth-spacing guidelines in areas with high rates of population growth. The Myanmar government rationalised this law by the logic that it aimed at bringing down maternal and infant mortality rates. But activists argued that it steps on women’s reproductive rights and can be used to suppress the growth of marginalized groups.

It was said that the Population Control Health Care Bill was drafted under pressure from hard-line Buddhist monks with a staunchly anti-Muslim agenda

Peru suspended civil liberties in rice-growing Tambo valley

Government of Peru on May 23, 2015 suspended civil liberties in rice-growing Tambo valley after a fourth death in violent protests against a Mexican-owned copper mining project.  A 60-day emergency was imposed on May 23, 2015 with troops ordered into the streets to support more than 2000 police in rice growing southern coastal valley. The emergency would suspend rights, include freedom of assembly, freedom of movement and protection from warrant-less searches. There is a protest growing against 1.4 million dollars project owned by Southern Copper, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico.

People in the 40000-population valley, backed by local mayors, fear the open-pit mine would contaminate their crops. But the mining company is claiming that it will use desalinated water from the nearby Pacific Ocean in processing and pipe it back to the sea. Peru is the world’s No. 3 copper producer and 62% of country’s export revenues come from mining.

Ireland became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage

Ireland on May 23, 2015 became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote. 62.3% voted in favour while 37.7% were against and a record 60.4% of the eligible electorate turned out to cast their ballot. Only one of the 43 constituencies voted against the proposal – Roscommon-South Leitrim. Amid a higher than expected turn-out, the Yes campaign won more than 1.2 million votes, claiming victory by more than 460,000. Irish people from around the world travelled home to take part in the referendum, which came only 22 years after homosexuality was decriminalised.

It was the biggest mobilisation of ordinary people in 43 constituencies since the very first referendum in 1937. Constitution of the Ireland came into force in 1937.

Netherlands cabinet banned face-covering Islamic veils

Netherlands cabinet on May 22, 2015 approved a proposal for a partial ban on face-covering Islamic veils on public transport and in public areas such as schools and hospitals. Government has given logic that the ban would not apply to wearing the burqa or the niqab on the street, it is only for security reasons. Human rights court also upheld theburqa ban. The bill does not have any religious background.

Militants took over a mosque in Kenya

Militants from the Islamist group al-Shabab on May 21, 2015 briefly took over a mosque in Garissa county, 240km (150 miles) from Garissa town in Kenya. The jihadists are said to have addressed the congregation for two hours before escaping into a forest. Islamist group al-Shabab militants criticised Kenyan authorities and warned people not to pass intelligence to the security forces.

Antigua and Barbuda recognised the independence of Kosovo

Antigua and Barbuda on May 20, 2015 recognised the independence of Kosovo. It was informed through a verbal note from the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Charles Fernandez, that Antigua and Barbuda recognised the independence of Kosovo. Recognition by Antigua and Barbuda comes at a time when most UN member states have recognized Kosovo’s independence and the focus of Kosovo’s diplomacy is on membership in international organisations.

Kosovo had declared its independence from Serbia in February 2008 as the Republic of Kosovo. It is situated in Southeastern Europe and its capital is Pristina. Antigua and Barbuda is a twin-island country lying between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.

North Korea cancelled UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s visit

North Korea on May 20, 2015 abruptly cancelled UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s visit. It was announced one day before he was due to arrive (May 21, 2015). UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was due to visit an industrial complex in the Kaesong economic zone run jointly by the North and South. Moon would have been the first UN chief to visit North Korea in more than 20 years.

Prince Charles Met Irish republican leader Gerry Adams

Prince Charles of Britain on May 19, 2015 became the first British royal to meet Irish republican leader Gerry Adams after starting a two-day visit to the republic. They met just 100 miles away from the place where Charles’s great-uncle Lord Mountbatten was assassination by the IRA bomb in 1979. The prince, heir to the British throne, shook hands with Mr Adams, the veteran president of Sinn Fein, the political wing of the now-defunct Irish Republican Army paramilitary group. The two leaders spoke of pain, reconciliation and the assassination of Lord Mountbatten. Gerry Adams has always rejected allegations that he was a key figure in the IRA, which killed Prince Charles’s beloved great-uncle and mentor Earl Mountbatten in 1979.

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