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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Robert Mugabe Is Ousted (November 20 to 25, 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://www.newsday.co.zw/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Mnangagwa-4-1.png.

Former vice-president of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa.

November 20 to 25, 2017

93-year-old Robert Mugabe and his wife were held in custody by Zimbabwe’s military last week, and while the former president initially rejected military demands to step down (even delivering a defiant televised speech earlier this week) he eventually resigned in a letter to Parliament, as Parliament began a process of impeachment. As part of the deal which led to his resignation, Mr. Mugabe was “granted immunity from prosecution and assured that his safety would be protected“, and former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was ousted by Mr. Mugabe, returned to the country to be sworn in as the new president. Nicknamed “The Crocodile” for this political patience and ruthlessness, there are doubts that Mr. Mnangagwa – “notorious for persecuting the opposition and for organising the rigging of elections” – would bring about the political and economic change the country needs.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

North America

  • Hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil leaked from the Keystone Pipeline, in South Dakota.
  • Last week, President Donald Trump said he would reverse an elephant trophy policy in Zambia and Zimbabwe, but changed his mind.
  • North Korea was returned to a list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Latin America

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