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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Contrition Of The Catholic Church (August 20 to 25, 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://cbsnews1.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2018/06/11/e87fde68-73a8-4a31-9f90-5f71b96ba2f5/thumbnail/1200x630/798b176ba6512132d96c0fa70e02b270/pope-francis-vatican-sex-abuse.jpg.

Pope Francis.

August 20 to 25, 2018

In an unprecedented 2,000-word letter, Pope Francis said that the Catholic Church “has not dealt properly with ‘crimes’ against children and must prevent sexual abuses from being ‘covered up and perpetuated’”, though there are questions over whether the rhetoric will translate into more specific action. It is, in other words, a moment of reckoning for the church and its history of child sex abuse. The letter comes a week after Catholic leaders in Pennsylvania, the United States were found by a grand jury to have covered up – over 70 years – the clergy sexual abuse by 300 of their priests of at least 1,000 children, and after large-scale scandals in Australia (where an archbishop was convicted of a cover-up) and Chile (where bishops offered to resign over their failure to stem sex abuse).

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The Asia-Pacific


  • A knife attack in Paris, France, left three people – including the attacker – dead.
  • Greece ended its final bailout agreement with the European Union, even as economic pessimism and anger persist. A report by the International Monetary Fund, however, expressed concern that Greece might still be at risk of further financial trouble.
  • In Italy, the death toll from a bridge collapse last week increased to 43.
  • The sudden flooding of a mountain river in Italy left eight hikers dead.
  • Thousands of anti-corruption demonstrators gathered in Bucharest, Romania last week to call on the left-wing government to resign, and similar concerns over the rule-of-law have continued to emerge in Poland (where Article 7 was triggered last year).

The Middle East

North America

Latin America

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