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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Elections In Latin America (December 18 to 23, 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://panampost.com/wp-content/uploads/Sebastian-Pinera.jpg.

Incoming President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera.

December 18 to 23, 2017

The victory of billionaire Sebastián Piñera in the Chilean presidential election continues a rising trend of conservative leaders in Latin America, such as Argentina, Brazil, and Peru. The presidential election in Honduras, however, did not go as smoothly. Even though President Juan Orlando Hernández was declared the winner – by 1.54 percentage points – the country’s electoral commission has been accused of fraud, protestors have taken to the streets, and the Organisation of American States added that “serious questions” still surround the election results. And in Venezuela, the long absence of overdue elections is compounded by the dire economic situation since 2014, which has resulted in cases of severe malnutrition and in rising food insecurity of households.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

  • Heavy air pollution in Tehran, Iran, with the level of airborne concentration of fine particles far above the maximum recommended by the World Health Organisation, has led to school and factory shutdowns. The Iranian city experiences this phenomenon of “temperature inversion” every year, when the temperature cools and traps pollution from the city.
  • The United Nations said food security in the Middle East is deteriorating, leading to high levels of undernourishment.
  • The International Committee of the Red Cross said that at least one million suspected cases of cholera in Yemen. This comes after a United Nations report that more than 8.4 million people in the country are “a step away from famine”.

North America

Latin America

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