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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Unrest In The Middle East (December 24 to 29, 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://cbsnews2.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2018/12/26/3b8ab6d0-4dc0-4bf6-9fd2-4d5f797aab79/thumbnail/1200x630/47e4bc7d7bf2bf1f785231ce78db74d7/tunisia4.jpg.

Tunisia.

December 24 to 29, 2018

The Middle East continues to be marked by unrest and violence, with protests in Tunisia as well as attacks in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. In Tunisia, the death of a journalist – who set himself on fire over economic conditions in the country – has led to clashes between protestors and security forces, and has led to comparisons with the self-immolation of a street vendor in 2010 which consequently sparked a revolution and the Arab Spring uprisings across the region. A gun and suicide attack in Afghanistan killed at least 43 people, a car bomb in Iraq killed three people, and suicide bombers in Libya killed at least three people.

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Africa

The Asia-Pacific

Europe

The Middle East

North America

  • A week after he announced that the United States was pulling troops out of Syria, President Donald Trump announced plans to pull nearly 7,000 troops out of Afghanistan over the next few months.
  • For the first time in nearly forty years, the United States government shut down for the third time in a single year.

Latin America

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