The Weekly Global Roundup

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The Weekly Global Roundup: Disappearances In China, Tanzania, And Turkey (October 8 to 13, 2018)

The missing head of Interpol is held in China, Africa’s youngest billionaire was kidnapped in Tanzania, and a prominent Saudi Arabian journalist is said to be murdered in Turkey. In China, the government confirmed that it was holding the missing head of Interpol, Meng Hongwei – also a vice-minister of public security in the country – is under investigation for unspecified breaches of the law. In Tanzania, Africa’s youngest billionaire, entrepreneur and politician Mohammed Dewji, was kidnapped by gunmen. And in Turkey, prominent Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has been critical of his country’s monarchy, went to the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul to obtain a document so he could get married to his Turkish fiancée, but never emerged thereafter. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Theresa May’s Solid Speech, As Brexit Nears (October 1 to 6, 2018)

As Brexit nears, and as the Conservative party in the United Kingdom (UK) concluded its party conference, Prime Minister Theresa May delivered one of her most effective speeches of her tenure. Earlier in the week – following the persistent Brexit disagreements between the European Union (EU) and the UK, the prime minister had said that a “no-deal Brexit would be preferable to the EU proposals that would risk breaking up the UK”. Following these Brexit developments, however, was a report that the rate of child poverty has increased in the country: About 600,000 children have fallen back into “relative poverty” since 2012, and the number of children who seek food handouts from the country’s largest network of food banks has more than tripled from 127,000 to 484,000. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Disaster And Violence In Africa (September 24 to 29, 2018)

Disaster struck Nigeria and Tanzania, where respectively Swiss crew members of a cargo ship were taken hostage by pirates and the capsizing of a ferry killed 224 people, and violence marred diplomatic progress in Ethiopia and electoral developments in Mali. In Nigeria, a dozen crew members on the cargo ship were taken hostage by pirates, and in Tanzania, the capsizing of a ferry in Africa’s largest lake in Tanzania left 224 people dead. In Ethiopia – amidst diplomatic progress with Eritrea – episodes of ethnic violence have increased and led to the arrests of thousands. And in Mali, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta won in the second round, though against a background of electoral fraud and violence. The opposition, however, is rejecting the election results. Continue reading

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