Current Affairs Global - 11 February 2013

1. The head of Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI has announced today that he would resign on 28th February. As per Vatican Spokesperson, he will leave his ministry at 8pm (1900 GMT) on February 28. He will be first Pope to do so in last 600 years.  The last pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII, who stepped down in 1415 in a deal to end the Great Western Schism among competing papal claimants.


2. Ben Affleck's "Argo" won the award in the -Best Film- category at the BAFTAs yesterday. Daniel Day-Lewis won the Best Actor award for his role in and as "Lincoln" while French actress Emmanuelle Riva won the BAFTA for leading actress for her part as a retired music teacher in movie "Amour". Anne Hathaway won the BAFTA for best supporting actress for her singing role as the tragic Fantine in "Les Miserables" and Christoph Waltz won the BAFTA for best supporting actor for his performance in Quentin Tarantino's slavery-era Western "Django Unchained".


3. World-s second largest economy China surpassed the US to become the world's biggest trading nation as per the trading volume measured by the sum of exports and imports of goods in 2012. US exports and imports of goods last year stood at USD 3.82 trillion, as per the US Commerce Department. At the same time China-s total imports and exports for 2012 stood at USD 3.87 trillion as per China's customs administration.


4. Five-time champions Australia-s Women Cricket team entered the final of the ICC Women's World Cup after defeating Sri Lanka by nine wickets in their second Super Six match at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai yesterday. While batting first, Sri Lankan Women Cricket team was able to manage score of only 131 runs which Australia-s Women cricket team chased down in just 22.2 overs.