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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Persistent Political Protests And Unrest (July 16 to 21, 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://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/F247/production/_102532026_005a910f-f5e8-4b9b-97df-ba457d8e64df.jpg.

Prime Minister of Haiti Jack Guy Lafontant.

July 16 to 21, 2018

Afghanistan, Haiti, and Nicaragua were sites of political protests and unrest in the past week. In Afghanistan, a suicide bombing in Kabul – the site of unrest and violence since the start of the year, with a record 1,700 civilians killed in the first half of the year – killed at least seven people. In Haiti, an unpopular fuel price hike which triggered protests was suspended last week, and Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant has now resigned. And in Nicaragua, paramilitary forces backed by the government killed two people. Violent protests prompted by changes to the social security system in the country which were later scrapped have only continued.

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The Asia-Pacific


  • Thousands in Catalonia – a site of unrest since last October, when it voted in a referendum in favour of independence – protested for the release of separatist leaders “held over their role in the region’s secession bid”.
  • The European Union and Japan signed a major trade agreement – also characterised as the largest bilateral trade deal in history – creating an open-trade zone and removing tariffs.
  • In the European Union, European antitrust officials hit tech giant Google with a S$6.97 billion fine “for abusing its power in the smartphone market”. Last year, Google was also found guilty of abusing its monopoly in online search.

The Middle East

North America

  • Two people in Massachusetts were killed by a man armed with a rock and a gun.
  • A midair collision of two planes in Florida killed at least three people.
  • At least eight people died in Missouri, when a duck boat capsized following a thunderstorm.
  • After a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump challenged the findings of his country’s intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential elections.

Latin America

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