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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Tragedy In France And Sri Lanka (April 15 to 20, 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!

The Notre-Dame Cathedral.

April 15 to 20, 2019

The week started with a major fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France resulting in the collapse of its iconic spire, and ended with eight bombings in church and hotels in Sri Lanka which killed at least 200 people. In France, following the fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the richest French citizens and corporations have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars, and President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to rebuild the cathedral in a restoration process which is likely to take decades to complete. And in Sri Lanka, the series of bombings led to the governmental declaration of a curfew and blocked access to major social media and messaging sites.

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Africa

The Asia-Pacific

Europe

The Middle East

North America

  • In the United States, 2019 now has the second-highest number of measles cases in 25 years. The World Health Organisation, in the same week, also announced that there were more than 110,000 measles cases around the world in just the first three months of the year.
  • President Donald Trump vetoed a bill passed by Congress – the second veto of his presidency – to end American military assistance to Saudi Arabia, for the kingdom’s ongoing war in Yemen.
  • Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld announced that he was running against President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination.
  • Attorney General William Barr released the 448-page, redacted report of the special counsel Robert Mueller, who had spent nearly two years investigating into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Latin America

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