A series of parliamentary votes in the United Kingdom (UK) has added to the Brexit turmoil; the Boeing 737 Max 8 has been grounded after an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after take-off; and mosque shootings in New Zealand left at least 49 people dead.
In the UK, despite Prime Minister Theresa May securing some concessions from the European Union (EU), her revised Brexit deal was defeated by a vote of 391 to 242 on Tuesday. On Wednesday, parliament voted twice that the UK should not leave the EU without a proper withdrawal agreement and on Thursday it approved a motion to briefly delay the March 29 withdrawal. In Nigeria, the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight – a version of the Boeing 737 Max 8, the same as the Lion Air aircraft which crashed in October last year – killed at least 150 people and led to the grounding of the plane from almost everywhere around the world. And in New Zealand, shootings at mosques in Christchurch left at least 49 people dead and 40 people wounded. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the shootings as a terrorist attack. Continue reading
Your cheat-sheet to developments around the world in 2018, and what to expect in 2019. For almost two years on a weekly basis, I have been summarising news stories across six regions – Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America – and for the first time I am summarising the biggest stories from 2018, focused on drawing links across the year. Continue reading
Amidst political turbulence, Spain is set to organise its third election in less than four years. And even though early general election was called for April 28, the political gridlock is only set to continue. At the start of the week in Madrid, thousands of people demonstrated against the prime minister’s plan to ease political tensions in Catalonia. As opposed to the moves for independence, these demonstrators were calling for a united Spain instead. And as protestors called for the ouster of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, the trial of 12 Catalan separatist leaders – who are accused of rebellion and other crimes stemmed to the declaration of Catalan independence in 2017 – began. Later in the week, the Spanish government later lost a crucial budgetary vote in parliament, which will likely lead to a snap election. Continue reading