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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Disasters And Accidents (June 26 to July 1, 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://static-news.moneycontrol.com/static-mcnews/2017/06/Oil-tanker-explosion-770x433.jpg.

Oil tanker explosion in Pakistan.

June 26 to July 1, 2017

Disasters and accidents dominated the headlines in the past week. In Asia, Pakistan was rocked by an oil tanker explosion (which killed at least 141 people) as well as blasts and a gun attack (which killed at least 50 people), while in China a landslide in Sichuan – the province rocked by one of the deadliest earthquakes back in 2008, which left over 69,000 people dead – left many missing and dead. And in the rest of the world: In Colombia, a tourist boat carrying 150 people sank, leaving many dead and unaccounted for; and in the United Kingdom, the government is relocating residents away from high-rise buildings clad in the same combustible material as Grenfell Tower.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

North America

  • A month after the “WannaCry” ransomware attack, when cyberextortionists hit users with software stolen from the United States National Security Agency, another global ransomware attack – “Petya” – has hit companies around the world.
  • Judges in California and in Hawaii halted President Donald Trump’s travel ban, but the United States Supreme Court allowed the ban to go into effect for those from the six countries who do not already have ties to the United States.
  • It took Republicans in the House of Representatives two tries – the first in March and the second in May – to pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Now, the Congressional Budget Office found that the Senate’s version of the healthcare bill “would leave 22 million fewer Americans with health insurance by 2026 than under Obamacare“.
  • Later, however, the Senate postponed the vote because the Republicans did not have enough support.

Latin America

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