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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Brexit – Or Lack Thereof – To Dominate Headlines Till April 12 (March 25 to 30, 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://static.standard.co.uk/s3fs-public/styles/article_small/public/thumbnails/image/2017/03/28/22/theresa-may-brexit-letter.jpg.

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May.

March 25 to 30, 2019

As more than one million people in the United Kingdom (UK) gathered in London to call for a new Brexit referendum, Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal was rejected for the third time. In the same week, parliamentarians passed an amendment to give themselves the power to vote on alternatives to Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal, which eventually failed for the third time. This, despite the earlier announcement by the prime minister that she would quit once Brexit has been delivered. In the aftermath of these developments, the UK is now slated to leave the European Union in less than two weeks – on April 12 – without a deal.

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Africa

The Asia-Pacific

Europe

  • Italy became the first country of the G7 to sign up for China’s “Belt and Road Initiative”.
  • With over 58 per cent of the vote, liberal lawyer Zuzana Čaputová won Slovakia’s presidential election to become the country’s first female president. Her victory bucks “a trend that has seen populist, anti-European Union politicians make gains” across Europe.
  • More than one million people in the United Kingdom (UK) gathered in London to call for a new Brexit referendum. In the same week, parliamentarians passed an amendment to give themselves the power to vote on alternatives to Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan.
  • Despite persistent doubts over her third Brexit deal vote, Prime Minister Theresa May said she would quit as prime minister once Brexit has been delivered. Later in the week, for a third time, the Brexit deal was rejected by lawmakers. “The legal default now is that the UK is due to leave the European Union on April 12” without a deal.

The Middle East

  • Israel retaliated with a bombardment after a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip demolished a family home in the country.
  • In Syria, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria lost control of its last remaining territory. Its fighters operate as guerrilla forces.

North America

  • A helicopter crash in Arizona left two Marines killed.
  • Following California, New York became the second state to ban single-use plastic bags from retail sales.
  • In a reversal of longstanding United States foreign policy, and ahead of national elections in Israel next month, President Donald Trump recognised Israel’s sovereignty of the Golan Heights.

Latin America

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