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The Weekly Global Roundup: An Electoral Earthquake In Malaysia, And Elections Around The World (May 7 to 12, 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!

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Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad.

May 7 to 12, 2018

In a stunning electoral victory in Malaysia, former Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad defeated scandal-plagued Prime Minister Najib Razak to become the world’s oldest leader. Dr. Mahathir was later sworn in as the country’s prime minister, 15 years after he stood down. New leaders were also elected in Armenia, Lebanon, and Tunisia. In Armenia, following weeks of street protests and political uncertainty, the country’s parliament elected a former journalist as the next prime minister. Long overdue elections were held in Lebanon (in almost a decade) and Tunisia (since the beginning of the Arab Spring in 2011), though in both countries voter turnout were low.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

North America

  • President Donald Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement.
  • For the first time since 2000, the unemployment rate in the United States dropped below four per cent.
  • The eruption of a volcano in Hawaii – together with two major earthquakes – forced hundreds of residents to flee.

Latin America

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