Current Affairs Global - 29 April 2014

1. Russia has assured America that it will not invade Ukraine amid US warning that any more aggression would result in more diplomatic and economic pressure.


US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, who made a call to his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoygu yesterday, also emphasized that any diplomatic engagement must include the government of Ukraine.


2. An Egyptian court sentenced the leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and 682 supporters to death yesterday which could trigger more protest and political violence just before scheduled election next month.  


The death sentence passed on Monday against Mohamed Badie, the Brotherhoods general guide, will annoy members of the group which has been the target of raids, arrests and bans since the army forced then President Mohammed Morsi from power in July.


3. Finnish telecommunications equipment maker Nokia has appointed India-born Rajeev Suri as its President and CEO. Before that, he was leading Nokia Solutions and Networks, the smaller network equipment unit of Nokia before the company sold its handset business to software giant Microsoft in a USD 7.2 billion deal.


He replaced Stephen Elop, who has returned to Microsoft as the executive vice president of its devices group. Suri joined Nokia in 1995 and headed the Asia Pacific region for NSN since 2007. He has been credited for -presiding over consistently improving results leading to the successful turnaround and restructuring of the company.-


4. The UK economy grew by 0.8% in the first quarter of 2014 compared to previous quarter, as per the latest data published. This is its fifth consecutive quarterly growth for the UK economy.