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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: In Iraq, The End is Nigh For ISIS (October 9 to 14, 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://static3.uk.businessinsider.com/image/5915d677866cc41f008b463c-1190-625/why-the-black-flag-of-isis-is-a-clever-piece-of-marketing.jpg.

The black flag of ISIS (Source: Business Insider).

October 9 to 14, 2017

In Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) lost the city of Mosul in July (the country’s second-largest city), and the city of Hawija this week (the militant group’s final urban stronghold in the country. More than 1,000 prisoners determined to be ISIS fighters also surrendered en masse. The group, however, still controls significant territory in neighbouring Syria, including the city of Raqqa, its de facto capital. In Syria this week, a Russian military jet crashed, killing the two crew members on board. “Russia has staged air strikes in Syria in support of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad since 2015“, and since then 37 Russian servicemen have been reported killed in action.

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The Asia-Pacific

  • A collision between a Chinese fishing boat and a Hong Kong oil tanker, off the coast of Japan, left 13 people dead.
  • After a train slammed into a broken-down bus in Moscow, Russia, at least 16 people were killed. Road accident mortality rates are high in the country, and in August this year 18 construction workers were killed when their bus plunged into the sea.
  • The collapse of a tower crane in South Korea left three workers dead.


The Middle East

North America

  • Following the deadliest shooting in United States history in Las Vegas last week, the National Rifle Association endorsed a gun-control measure on rapid-fire “bump stock” devices, which was used by the shooter to modify his rifles.
  • The Trump administration announced steps to repeal “President Barack Obama’s signature policy to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants“. This Clean Power Plan rollback is based on the argument that the Obama administration exceeded its legal authority.
  • Wildfires across northern California have killed at least 10 people. The cause of these fires remains unknown. The death toll continues to rise. Thousands of structures and hundreds of thousands of acres have also been burned.

Latin America

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