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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: North And South Korea, Under One Flag (At The Olympics) (January 15 to 20, 2018)

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://mgtvwcmh.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/north-korea_soccer_usatsi_3098681.jpg?w=650.

North Korea’s football team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.

January 15 to 20, 2018

North Korea and South Korea agreed to march together under a unified Korean flag at the Winter Olympics, which will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea next month. This follows a series of recent breakthroughs between the two countries – which are technically still at war, given that no peace treaty was signed after the end of the Korean War in 1953 – including the first inter-Korean talks in more than two years, North Korea’s offer to send a high-ranking delegation next month, and also the sending of a 140-strong orchestra to perform at the games. This eagerness for North Korea to participate could be contextualised by its bombing of Korean Air Flight 858 in 1987 (which killed all 115 on board), in the lead-up to the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, which was intended to frighten international teams from participating.

These moves, however, have sparked “a sharp public backlash” in South Korea, causing President Moon Jae-in’s approval rating to fall.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

North America

  • President Donald Trump said he would not visit the United Kingdom, over a false claim of a bad deal by the Obama administration.
  • The death toll of the mudslides in Southern California has increased to 20.
  • A false alert went out in Hawaii, warning of an imminent missile attack. Investigations are now ongoing.

Latin America

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