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The Weekly Global Roundup: Tragedy In France And Sri Lanka (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. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Progress – Or The Lack Thereof – In Afghanistan And In Europe (October 15 to 20, 2018)

Afghanistan continues to be trapped in a circle of violence, the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) have made some progress, and in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s fragile coalition suffers another blow. In Afghanistan, a bomb went off at an election rally in Afghanistan, killing at least 22 people, and later in the week a bomb placed under a sofa killed an election candidate. In the EU and the UK, following an acrimonious clash last month, a deal seems more likely now, with the EU said to be offering the UK a Canada+++ deal. And in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s fragile coalition received another blow, as they received the worst results since the Second World War in Bavaria’s regional elections. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Contrition Of The Catholic Church (August 20 to 25, 2018)

In an unprecedented 2,000-word letter, Pope Frances said that the Catholic Church “has not dealt properly with ‘crimes’ against children and must prevent sexual abuses from being ‘covered up and perpetuated’”, though there are questions over whether the rhetoric will translate into more specific action. It is, in other words, a moment of reckoning for the church and its history of child sex abuse. The letter comes a week after Catholic leaders in Pennsylvania, the United States were found by a grand jury to have covered up – over 70 years – the clergy sexual abuse by 300 of their priests of at least 1,000 children, and after large-scale scandals in Australia (where an archbishop was convicted of a cover-up) and Chile (where bishops offered to resign over their failure to stem sex abuse). Continue reading

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