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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Tragedies In Bangladesh And India (February 18 to 23, 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://i.cbc.ca/1.5029354.1550838036!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_780/bangladesh-fire-dhaka.jpg.

Fire in Bangladesh.

February 18 to 23, 2019

A fire in a Bangladeshi slum killed at least 110 people, and in India at least 150 died on a tea plantation after drinking toxic bootleg liquor. In Bangladesh – where millions live in squalid slums and where a promised crackdown on building violations has fallen short – the fire also destroyed hundreds of shanty homes. And in India, in addition to the death of the workers, the collision of two Air Force jets rehearsing for an air show display left one pilot dead, and an explosion at an illegal firework factory killed at least 10 people.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

  • A clash against Islamist militants in Egypt left 15 military personnel killed or wounded.
  • In Egypt too, later in the week, the detonation of an explosive device by a Islamist militant killed two policemen.
  • An American and a British citizen are asking to return to their respective countries, after they went to Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. There are now also questions on their citizenship status.

North America

  • A gunman in Aurora, Illinois killed more than one person. Later, the death toll was reported as five.
  • President Donald Trump called on France, Germany, and the United Kingdom to repatriate and to put on trial citizens who have fought for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, in Syria. About 800 of these individuals have been captured by the United States.

Latin America

  • Following migrant caravans late last year and early this year headed towards the United States, a caravan of 1,800 Central African migrants arrived in Mexico last week, but were stopped by Mexican officials and forced to remain in the country.
  • In Venezuela, in an escalation of the political conflict, a confrontation between protestors and security officers – over the blocking of aid to the country – left at least two people killed.
  • Aid is expected to arrive from Colombia, though President Nicolás Maduro is considering closing the Colombian border.

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