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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Violence And Measles In The Philippines (February 4 to 9, 2019)

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://assets.rappler.com/612F469A6EA84F6BAE882D2B94A4B421/img/02BBFF60D28E4E8F9605C829CEE41F66/measles-shutterstock-april-3-2018_4db67ccb483547be88fa90d9e5c48e35.jpg.

A measles outbreak in the Philippines.

January 28 to February 2, 2019

In the Philippines, there were fights against suspected militants and against a surge in measles cases, which was later declared as an outbreak. Earlier in the week, government troops killed three suspected Abu Sayyaf militants, while suffering five fatalities, and later in the week, in an assault on a suspected jungle lair of a Singaporean terrorist, security forces killed eight militants. In Manila the health department is fighting a surge in measles cases – likely the result of parents opting not to have their children vaccinated for measles and other highly contagious diseases – and later it declared an outbreak of the contagious disease.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

  • Since the withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear agreement in May last year, the International Atomic Energy Agency has verified that Iran has abided by the terms of the deal. France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, in the past week, launched a special-purpose vehicle, or SPV, “to keep Iran from quitting the 2015 accord to constrain its nuclear activities“.
  • In Iran too, armed men blew up a tanker truck, killing an Iranian policeman.
  • Pope Francis visited Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, making him the first pontiff to visit the Arabian peninsula. During this visit, he acknowledged for the first time that the Catholic Church has a persistent problem of sexual abuse.

North America

  • The crash of a small plane into a home in California killed two people.
  • In Virginia, the top three elected officials, all Democrats – Governor Ralph Northam, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfar, and Attorney-General Mark Herring – are ensnared in controversies involving the wearing of blackface as well as sexual assault.
  • President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address, calling for bipartisanship on infrastructure and trade as well as funding for a border wall. He also announced a second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in late-February.

Latin America

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