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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Electoral Developments In Latin America (March 12 to 17, 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 http://es.panampost.com/wp-content/uploads/ft-farc-victimas-colombia.jpg.

The Colombian armed conflict involving the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, began in 1964, a year before Singapore’s independence.

March 12 to 17, 2018

Political developments has had electoral implications in Latin America this week. In Chile, following elections in December last year, former president Sebastián Piñera is set to now start his new term, replacing socialist leader and the country’s first woman elected president Michelle Bachelet. Both Mr. Piñera and Miss Bachelet are trading powers of the presidency “for the third time in 12 years”. In Colombia – where a historic peace deal was signed with former terror group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in 2016 – candidates who vowed to dismantle portions of the historic accord instead made strong showings. FARC, on the other hand, made a miserable showing in congressional and presidential primary elections, winning fewer than 90,000 votes.

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Africa

The Asia-Pacific

Europe

The Middle East

North America

  • President Donald Trump accepted a meeting invitation from Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un. If they meet, it would be the first time a serving president of the United States meets with North Korea’s leadership.
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
  • President Donald Trump rejected the takeover of chipmaker Qualcomm by Singapore-based semiconductor company Broadcom, for national-security fears that the deal “could give China an edge in critical technology”.
  • The crash of a helicopter in New York killed at least two people. The death toll later increased to all five on board, except the pilot.

Latin America

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