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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Of Death And Gloom (December 19 to 24, 2016)

This roundup covers news summaries across six regions: Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America. Wherever possible I draw links to Singapore, but I think it is more important to understand geopolitical developments around the world, to draw attention to meaningful news stories, and to highlight both positive and negative events.

Around the world, I rely primarily on the email newsletters from “The Economist“, “Foreign Policy“, “Muck Rack“, “The New York Times“, “The Wall Street Journal“, and “The World Post“. In Singapore, the weekly digests from the European Union Centre and the Middle East Institute are handy. Do send me recommendations of news outlets or articles too, to jinyao.guan.yin.miao[a]gmail.com!

Yavuz Alatan - AFP / Getty Images.

Yavuz Alatan – AFP / Getty Images.

December 19 to 24, 2016

It is the Christmas weekend, but there is not a lot of cheer around the world. Germany was rocked by a truck ploughing through a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, killing at least 12 people, while Russia’s ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was assassinated. There were also deaths in Latin America: in Mexico, where at least 22 were killed in an explosion at a fireworks market, and in Peru, where at least 12 police officers were killed when their bus plunged off a cliff. And in Russia, where millions of Russians drink surrogate alcohol – such as perfume and window cleaner – as cheap substitutes for alcohol, the worst case of mass poisoning has seen at least 58 people dead as a result of drinking bath oil. And in a tweet, President-elect Donald Trump called for nuclear capabilities to be strengthened.

Hardly a Merry Christmas, this season.

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The Asia-Pacific

  • India has overtaken the United Kingdom to be the world’s sixth largest economy by gross domestic product. Earlier this year in February, it also surpassed China as the world’s fastest growing economy.
  • A cyberforgery ring in Russia has created more than half a million fake Internet users and 250,000 fake websites, in what has been described as the most profitable bot operation. By impersonating news and content publishers, the ring stole “advertising revenue that marketers intended to run on those sites“.
  • Described as the worst case of mass poisoning in modern Russian history, at least 58 people have died as a result of drinking bath oil. Up to 12 million Russians drink “surrogate alcohol” such as perfume, after shave, anti-freeze, and window cleaner, seen as cheap substitutes for alcohol across the country.
  • Russia’s ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov, a veteran career diplomat, was killed in a gun attack. Both Turkey and Russia, however, have said that this assassination would not derail their yearlong reconciliation, as they continue diplomatic talks on Syria’s future.


The Middle East

North America

Latin America

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