Some of the richest and most powerful people came this year to the World Economic Forum (WEF), which officially began in Davos on 23rd January. The WEF began as a small conference on management in 1971.
Famed Italian hatmaker Borsalino, the company behind Humphrey Bogart’s fedora in “Casablanca” and Harrison Ford’s lucky headgear in the “Indiana Jones” movies, was declared bankrupt at the beginning of January.
Norway has been ranked the best country in the world when it comes to the training and education of its population. According to the newly released Human Capital Report 2017, Norway is the best country in the world in educating its population namely investing in human capital.
This year’s Monte Carlo Circus Festival celebrates 250 years of the “modern circus”. It was in 1768 when a young equestrian named Philip Astley performed in London, in a field near Westminster Bridge, on a circular ring 13 metres in diameter.
A new study carried out by the University of Exeter and Tokyo University of the Arts has found that songs from around the world tend to share features, including a strong rhythm, that enable coordination in social situations and encourage group bonding.
According to the most recent projections, the digital giants Facebook and Google are expected to have scooped up half of global digital advertisement revenues in 2017. What these giants are dealing in, is the exposure and collection of information.
Sydney’s world-famous New Year’s Eve fireworks has taken 15 months of planning and more than 10,000 hours to pull together, as Sydney Harbour Bridge is marking the 40th anniversary of Sydney’s Mardi Gras in 2018.
King Michael I, Romania’s last monarch, died last month, at his private residence in Switzerland. He was 96 years old. Her Royal Highness Margareta, Princess of Romania, is next in line for the position of head of the Royal House.
The record price for the most expensive flat in Budapest has been broken by a new penthouse, that is 140 square meters large. The flat will cost €1.5 million, as it costs €9.5 thousand per square metre, which is higher than that of the average in Vienna.
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump made several floral sartorial nods to her host country on the American presidential couple’s trip to China, culminating in an opulent Chinese-style embroidered qipao by Gucci for a state dinner.
Two brothers living in Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East have refused to pay back a 1.5 million ruble ($25,000) loan to a local bank. They say they won’t pay the debt because they are Soviet citizens, not Russian.
Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić opened the Square of the Republic of Serbia in a formal ceremony in Buenos Aires. The square is located in one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods of the Argentine capital.
During her visit to the Kingdom of Norway, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić - accompanied by Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Serbia President Marko Čadež, visited the offices of company McCann Oslo and the Scandinavian Design Group, which operate as part of the Belgrade-based I&F McCann Group.
Following the dramatic departure of Robert Mugabe after 37 years of authoritarian rule, Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn in as Zimbabwe’s president in a ceremony at a packed stadium in the country’s capital, Harare.
A gunman opened fire outside the Al-Salam Palace on 7th October, killing two members of the Saudi Royal Guard. According to Saudi Arabian media, a security spokesman for the Interior Ministry confirmed that an attacker opened fire on the royal palace after exiting a vehicle.
Spain’s complicated relationship with the region of Catalonia is headed for the unknown. After violence by Spanish police, a declaration of independence by Catalonia’s regional government seems more likely than ever before.
Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen officially asked Sebastian Kurz to form a new government on 20th October, less than a week after Kurz’s People’s Party (ÖVP) came first in a general election.
Serbia qualified for the 2018 World Cup after a 74th-minute goal by substitute Aleksandar Prijović gave the country a 1-0 home win over Georgia and enabled Serbia to finish top of European Group D, with 21 points from 10 games.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has promoted his younger sister to a senior ruling party post, state media said recently, praising the country’s nuclear weapons programme which has sparked international alarm.
A powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico City on 23rd September, centred around the southern state of Oaxaca. The United States Geological Survey said that the earthquake was an aftershock from a previous quake
Nuclear weapons were the focus as global leaders addressed the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York. Leaders and diplomats from dozens of countries signed a treaty at the UN that will outlaw nuclear weapons — a document that disarmament advocates described as a historic first.
Swedish newspaper Expressen was recently granted permission to peruse the financial situation of each member of the Swedish Royal Family. Swedes are, in general, very open about their income and financial situation.
The first part of a new underground bicycle parking garage has opened in Utrecht, Netherlands. For now the parking garage offers 6,000 spaces for bikes, though this will be upgraded to 7,000 by the end of the year.
With all 299 constituencies reporting, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party, the CSU, came out ahead in Germany’s national elections on 24th September, securing 33 per cent of the vote.