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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Bombings (May 22 to 27, 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 http://www.eventim.co.uk/obj/media/UK-eventim/galery/venue/m/manchester-arena3.jpg.

The Manchester Arena.

May 22 to 27, 2017

Bombings rocked the cities of Bangkok and Manchester this week. A small bomb blast in a Thai army hospital wounded 21 people, though it is not immediately clear who was responsible. In Manchester Arena – where American singer Ariana Grande has been performing – at least 22 people were killed in a suspected terrorist attack, sending “terrified concertgoers, including children separated from their parents, fleeing for the exits”. Likewise, it is not clear who was responsible. The terrorism-threat level, moreover, was raised from “severe” to “critical”, reflecting fears of another imminent attack. The attack comes two-and-a-half weeks before the general election in the United Kingdom, and all “political parties have suspended campaigning”.

Later in the week, suicide bombings also hit Jakarta, Indonesia, killing three policemen.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

North America

There are fears that “Antarctica’s ice sheet may have entered the early stages of an unstoppable disintegration“, with coastal cities like Miami, New York, and Shanghai under threat. This three-part series in “The New York Times” is complete with great graphics.

Latin America

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