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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: A Deadly Week In Afghanistan (August 13 to 18, 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/images/ic/720x405/p05w90rh.jpg.

Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.

August 13 to 18, 2018

Afghanistan – in the capital of Kabul, in particular – has been the site of intensified terror attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and the Taliban, and in the past two weeks there were three more attacks which have led to the deaths of hundreds. This, despite an unprecedented ceasefire with the Taliban in June this year. Last week, the Taliban launched an assault on a strategic city, killing up to 150 civilians, while suicide bombers in two attacks killed dozens more. This week, Taliban insurgents overran an Afghan army base and a police checkpoint, killing at least 39 soldiers and police officers. Dozens more were killed in a suicide attack inside a classroom.

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Africa

The Asia-Pacific

  • In Asia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan agreed on how to divide the resources in the Caspian Sea.
  • Torrential rains and landslides in India killed at least 24 people. Tens of thousands of people have also been displaced, and the death toll continued to rise, in what has been characterised as the worst floods in nearly a century in Kerala.
  • The death toll from the two earthquakes in Indonesia last week increased to at least 387 people. Later in the week, a plane crash in Indonesia killed eight people. Only a 12-year-old boy was found alive.
  • An ammonia gas leak at a ice factory in Malaysia left two people dead.
  • As a cooling measure, New Zealand passed a law banning most foreign nationals from buying some residential property.
  • North Korea and South Korea agreed to hold a summit for a third time this year. This follows President Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore, in June.
  • A fire in a Taiwanese hospice killed nine people.
  • In Turkey, its currency “fell to another record low on Monday”, prompting fears of an economic meltdown and a regional or global contagion. The crisis has been caused by inflation, economic mismanagement, and a diplomatic dispute with the United States.

Europe

The Middle East

North America

Latin America

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A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting. Carlos Castaneda.

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