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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Protests In Hong Kong; Advances To Same-Sex Rights (June 10 to 15, 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!

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A rainbow flag as a symbol for gay rights.

June 10 to 15, 2019

Hong Kong protestors gathered in multiple demonstrations to oppose a controversial extradition bill to China, leading to its indefinite suspension, while there were advances to same-sex rights in Botswana and Ecuador. In Hong Kong, a protest of one million protestors was followed by an additional one, leading Chief Executive Carrie Lam to announce an indefinite suspension of the proposed extradition bill. In Botswana, the high court overturned a colonial-era law criminalising same-sex relations, and in Ecuador the highest court approved same-sex marriage in a five-to-four vote. This comes in the same week that the supreme court of Brazil voted to criminalise homophobia, and a week after Bhutan decriminalised homosexuality, by voting to repeal provisions saying that “unnatural sex” is illegal.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

  • A suicide bomber in Afghanistan killed at least 11 people. An arm of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria claimed responsibility.
  • German foreign minister Heiko Maas met with Iranian foreign affairs minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as well as President Hassan Rouhani in a bid to save the 2015 nuclear accord, which the United States withdrew from last year.
  • Two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman were hit by explosions, attacks which were attributed by the United States – which released video footage and photographs as supposed evidence – to Iran. This came a month after four tankers were damaged in the same area.

North America

  • In the footsteps of the European Union, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau announced plans to ditch all single-use plastics by 2021.
  • In Colorado, a state trooper was hit by a vehicle and killed after he stopped to help a road crash.
  • The crash-landing of a helicopter in New York killed the pilot.
  • In Dallas, Texas, a crane fell onto an apartment complex and killed at least one person.

Latin America

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