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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Reign Of Terror (June 19 to 24, 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://i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170118135811-mali-suicide-bombing-super-tease.jpg.

Mali (Source: CNN).

June 19 to 24, 2017

Terrorism continues to rear its ugly head around the world. In Belgium, a terror suspect was shot after he triggered an explosion. In France, two months after a police officer was killed during a shooting incident, a man on a jihadist watchlist rammed into a police van in Paris. In Mali, suspected terrorists killed at least two people in a tourist resort, after briefly seizing hostages. And in the United Kingdom, a van drove into a crowd near a mosque in London, killing at least one person and injuring at least 10 others. There was, however, a bright spot in the Central African Republic, where the Roman Catholic Sant’ Egidio peace group mediated a peace deal – in a bid to end an ethnic and religious conflict which has already killed thousands – between the government and 13 of 14 armed groups in the country.

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The Asia-Pacific

  • S$918,180 for a parking lot in Hong Kong, “the latest sign of a property market run amok“, and driving further discontentment.
  • Tensions between fishermen in India and Sri Lanka – in particular, over the use of trawlers and the right to fish – reflect deeper problems, in a world where “85 per cent of global fisheries [and] in full or near depletion“.
  • American college student Otto Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour in North Korea, after he was caught trying to steal a propaganda poster. He returned home in a coma – a condition he was in for more than a year – and later died.
  • Kazakhstan spent billions to host the World’s Fair, but it has been unable to draw in visitors. The remote location is part of the reason, though the concept of the expo itself “has largely dropped off the radar of the Western public“.


The Middle East

North America

Latin America

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