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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: A House (Still) Divided, In The Aftermath Of The Mueller Investigation (March 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 http://media.heartlandtv.com/images/Robert+Mueller.jpg.

Special counsel Robert Mueller.

March 18 to 23, 2019

Special counsel Robert Mueller, after nearly two years of investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, completed his investigation. Attorney General William Barr announced the submission of the confidential report, and Mr. Barr’s key summaries of the report include: No evidence of conspiracy, no more recommendations of indictment, and that while Mr. Mueller “does not conclude” that President Donald Trump committed a crime, he “does not exonerate him” either. “Everybody is losing but feels like they’re winning“, as some are disappointed that Mr. Trump was not charged with a crime, while others notch this as a Trump victory.

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Africa

The Asia-Pacific

Europe

The Middle East

  • In one of its worst loss of the year, the Afghan military lost at least 40 of its security force members in a Taliban attack.
  • An overloaded ferry in Iraq killed more than 71 passengers, though the death toll is expected to rise.
  • The United States announced that it would recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The United Nations had previously declared that the country’s troops need to leave the territory. This follows President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in 2017 the withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear agreement in May last year.
  • Later, a new round of sanctions against Iran was announced.

North America

  • Historic floods in Nebraska – where “17 locations have so far broken their flooding records” – killed two people.
  • The Federal Reserve decided not to raise interest rates and suggested that they are unlikely to be raised this year. This follows indications in December last year that it might increase rates twice in 2019.
  • Special counsel Robert Mueller, after nearly two years of investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, completed his investigation. Attorney General William Barr announced the submission of the confidential report, and Mr. Barr’s key summaries of the report include: No evidence of conspiracy, no more recommendations of indictment, and that while Mr. Mueller “does not conclude” that President Donald Trump committed a crime, he “does not exonerate him” either.

Latin America

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