Current Affairs International - 6 February 2016

1. Mobile messaging app WhatsApp announced it has crossed the one billion user milestone globally after it has added nearly 100 million users in last five months. That's nearly one in seven people on Earth who use WhatsApp each month to stay in touch with their loved ones, their friends and their family,- WhatsApp said in a blogpost. Facebook acquired WhatsApp for USD 19 billion in February 2014, which is also its biggest acquisition so far.


2. NASA Astronaut Edgar Mitchell passed away in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was 85. He was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 14 and was the sixth man to walk on the Moon.


Mitchell and his colleague, Shephard jointly hold records for the longest time spent and longest distance traversed on the lunar surface, the largest payload returned from lunar surface and the longest lunar stay time (33 hours). He also took the famous photograph of Shepard standing next to an American flag.


3. Famous Cartoonist Linus Maurer, whose name was used for one of the main characters in the Peanuts comic strip, passed away. He was 90. He worked as a cartoonist from 1960s to 1970s. Before that, he also worked as an illustrator for IBM and AT&T in New York and as an art director for the McCann Erickson ad agency and Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco.


4. The US economy added 151,000 jobs in January which was lower than expected and lower than December-s addition of 292,000. US unemployment rate dropped to 4.9% in January 2016.