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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Out Of Political Office (July 31 to August 5, 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://ichef-1.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/3B35/production/_89075151_856e3939-9d2f-496b-a1cb-7e9fd3b35a5e.jpg.

Former President of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif (Credit: BBC).

July 31 to August 5, 2017

In Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was disqualified from office by the country’s Supreme Court after a damning corruption probe. Allegations against Mr. Sharif stemmed from disclosures from the Panama Papers leak – millions of leaked documents detailing offshore business entities and shell corporations – which then led to the resignation of the Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, in April 2016. This also makes Mr. Sharif the second political casualty of these disclosures, which mentioned the names of three of his six children, “determined to have purchased luxury properties in London using offshore holdings“. And in Japan, Defence Minister Tomomi Inada resigned, after a series of gaffes, missteps, and a cover-up, and amid plummeting public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

North America

  • Following the resignation of White House communications director Sean Spicer last week, chief of staff Reince Priebus resigned.
  • And just 10 days into his appointment, and a week after Mr. Spicer’s resignation, the new communications director Anthony Scaramucci was fired, at the request of new White House chief of staff John Kelly.
  • The plan by the Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare – dubbed the “skinny” repeal – was rejected in a Senate, by a vote of 49-51. Republicans John McCain of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska sided with the Democrats.
  • President Donald Trump signed the legislation imposing sanctions on Russia, passed by Congress last week.

Latin America

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