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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Of Hurricanes, Storms, And Typhoons (September 11 to 16, 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!

Satellite view of Hurricane Irma (Source: NASA).

Satellite view of Hurricane Irma (Source: NASA).

September 11 to 16, 2017

In the past few weeks, massive floods and landslides plagued Bangladesh, India, and Nepal, and Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and caused severe flooding. This week, natural disasters – in the form of hurricanes, storms, and typhoons – continued to pummel countries. With three active Atlantic hurricanes brewing, Hurricane Irma hit Florida and Puerto Rico, leaving millions vulnerable to flash flooding, strong winds, and even without electricity. In other words, in two weeks, the United States has been hit by two record-breaking hurricanes. Meanwhile, a major storm in the Philippines also left at least four people dead, and there were concerns that it could strengthen into a typhoon and eventually affect Hong Kong too (the city was struck by Typhoon Hato last month), as the Chinese cities of Fujian and Zhejiang braced for Hurricane Talim, the strongest typhoon in the region this year.

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Africa

The Asia-Pacific

Europe

The Middle East

North America

  • The United States commemorated the 16th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
  • Hurricane Irma hit Florida and Puerto Rico, weeks after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. Hurricane Irma is also one of three active Atlantic hurricanes at the moment, including Hurricane Jose and Hurricane Katia.
  • Equifax – “one of three major credit bureaus which collect consumer financial data” – was hacked, and data such as bank and social security numbers of American consumers were breached. The company waited more than a month to notify the 143 million affected.

Latin America

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