The Weekly Global Roundup

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The Weekly Global Roundup: Abortion In Catholic Countries (August 6 to 11, 2018)

Abortion has emerged as an issue of contention in Catholic and Latin American countries, especially after Ireland’s abortion referendum earlier this year. This week, by a vote of 38 to 31 in the Senate, Argentina – where current laws only allow for abortion in cases of rape or when the mother’s health is at risk – voted against a bill to legalise selective abortion, after a vote in the lower house in June. Supporters of the bill rallied in Chile, Uruguay, Mexico, and Peru. And in addition, in Latin America: Brazil’s supreme court is deliberating the loosening of abortion restrictions, while last year Chile’s constitutional court approved a bill allowing abortion in some circumstances. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Elections In Cambodia, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe (July 30 to August 4, 2018)

Elections were held in Cambodia, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe in the past week. In Cambodia, the party of Prime Minister Hun Sen regained power in a landslide, in an electoral process marked by a crackdown on the press and the disbanding of the country’s main opposition party. It was a “processional day at the ballot boxes” for the ruling party, though the high number of invalid votes would be of concern. In Pakistan, former cricket star Imran Khan is set to be the country’s next prime minister, after winning the national elections. The country has had 18 prime ministers since 1947, but “not one of them has served the entirety of their term”. And in Zimbabwe, the first general election since the ouster of Robert Mugabe in November last year saw a high voter turnout of 75 per cent. The ruling Zanu-PF party won a majority of parliamentary seats, with results of the presidential election due soon. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Of Disasters, Natural Disasters, And Extreme Temperature Records (July 23 to 28, 2018)

Wildfires in Greece – the worst in a decade – killed dozens, extreme temperature records were recorded in Europe and Japan, while thousands were displaced in Laos after a dam collapsed. In Greece, thousands of tourists and residents were also forced “to flee in cars and buses, on foot, aboard boats, and on makeshift rafts”, and the country’s emergency services and fleet of water-dropping aircraft were stretched to capacity. Extreme temperature records have also caused wildfires to rage in the last months in Sweden and in the United Kingdom, and dozens of people have been killed by a heatwave in Japan. And in Laos, the collapse of a partly built hydropower dam left thousands displaced and hundreds missing. Continue reading

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