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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Abortion In Catholic Countries (August 6 to 11, 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.

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Taken from https://media.pri.org/s3fs-public/styles/story_main/public/images/2018/08/argentina-abortion-.jpg?itok=tFngQ5gs.


August 6 to 11, 2018

Abortion has emerged as an issue of contention in Catholic and Latin American countries, especially after Ireland’s abortion referendum earlier this year. This week, by a vote of 38 to 31 in the Senate, Argentina – where current laws only allow for abortion in cases of rape or when the mother’s health is at risk – voted against a bill to legalise selective abortion, after a vote in the lower house in June. Supporters of the bill rallied in Chile, Uruguay, Mexico, and Peru. And in addition, in Latin America: Brazil’s supreme court is deliberating the loosening of abortion restrictions, while last year Chile’s constitutional court approved a bill allowing abortion in some circumstances.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

North America

  • Accidents, incidents, and violence: In California, the crash of a small plane led to the deaths of five people. And in Chicago, 44 people were shot in a single day, including five who were killed.
  • In New York: Republican representative Chris Collins was indicted on insider trader charges. Also, New York became the first city in the United States to restrict ride-sharing companies.
  • Wildfires in California have grown to be the largest in the state’s history.
  • Having announced that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement in May, it reimposed sanctions.
  • Apple, Facebook, Spotify, and YouTube removed the content of right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars site.

Latin America

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