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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: A Week Of Tragedies (February 13 to 18, 2017)

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!

Taken from https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/nintchdbpict000301587892.jpg?strip=all&w=960.

The crash of a tour bus in Taiwan.

February 13 to 18, 2017

Unfortunate attacks and accidents in the past week have claimed dozens of lives in different countries around the world: at least 13 people were killed in Pakistan from an apparent Taliban suicide blast, days after a targeted attack against both media and police; at least 32 people were killed in Taiwan when a tour bus crashed; and at least one person in Luxembourg died, when passenger and freight trains collided. And on a much broader scale, India’s air pollution is causing about 1.1 million to die prematurely, and the Shiite-dominated national government in Falluja, Iraq is struggling to provide for 250,000 returning residents.

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The Asia-Pacific


  • A French farmer – who has become a folk hero for illegally aiding dozens of migrants, and who has the popular opinion on his side – was given a small fine by a judge. A 2012 law in France allows citizens to help migrants for humanitarian reasons.
  • Hamburg airport in Germany was briefly closed, when about 50 passengers complained of eye irritation and breathing difficulties. The leak of a corrosive substance through the air conditioning system, authorities have said, was not a terrorist attack.
  • At least one person in Luxembourg died, when passenger and freight trains collided. Reason for the incident is still undetermined.
  • Leaders of the European Union member states came together in Malta for an informal summit last week, agreeing on measures to curb the flow of irregular migrants from Libya to Italy, and preparing for the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.

The Middle East

North America

Latin America

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