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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: In Pursuit Of Accountability: Myanmar, Puerto Rico, And The Vatican (August 27 to September 1, 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://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/styles/16%3A9_946x534/public/multimedia_images_2017/2017-3-burma-asia-sr.jpeg?itok=3lIuvUvs.

Yanghee Lee, special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar.

August 27 to September 1, 2018

The pursuit of accountability characterised the headlines this week: In Myanmar, where the United Nations (UN) said military leaders should be prosecuted; in Puerto Rico, where the death toll from Hurricane Maria has been revised upwards; and in the Vatican, where the Catholic Church and Pope Francis have come under fire for their mismanagement of sexual abuse cases. In Myanmar, UN investigators said that military leaders in Myanmar should be prosecuted for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide against the Rohingyas. In Puerto Rico, after admitting earlier this month that the death toll from the hurricane could be higher than 64, the government has now raised it to 2,975. And in the Vatican, there is a call for Pope Francis’s resignation, by a former Vatican ambassador to the United States who said the pope knew about allegations against a cardinal.

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The Asia-Pacific

  • A predawn hotel fire in China killed at least 19 people before an international marathon.
  • The death toll from the worst floods in India’s Kerala state increased further, from at least 357 to 445.
  • United Nations investigators said that military leaders in Myanmar should be prosecuted for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide against the Rohingyas, who were forced to flee into neighbouring Bangladesh.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin backtracked on plans to raise the retirement age, from 60 to 65 for men and from 55 to 63 for women. For now, women will still retire at 55, but men will do so at 65.
  • Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye was impeached last year after months of protests against her. She was first sentenced to 20 years in prison in February this year, then to 24 years in April this year, and now to 25 years.
  • For the first time last year, South Korea’s working-age population fell, reflecting the country’s demographic challenges.
  • Floods in Taiwan killed at least six people.


The Middle East

North America

Latin America

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