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The Weekly Global Roundup: Electoral Developments In Europe (May 25 to June 1, 2019)

Austria had its first female chancellor, the fallout from the European elections continued, and United Kingdom (UK) parliamentarian Boris Johnson has emerged as front-runner to replace Prime Minister Theresa May. In Austria, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz stepped down following the passage of a vote of no confidence in parliament – two weeks after the vice-chancellor resigned over allegations of corruption – and top court justice Brigitte Bierlein was named by the president as Austria’s first female chancellor. In Europe, no clear winner has yet emerged for the President of the European Commission, as the two oldest centre-right and centre-left political groups had their poorest performance since 1979. And in the UK, parliamentarian Boris Johnson, who has emerged as front-runner to replace the prime minister, been ordered to face accusations that while holding public office, he lied in order to sway voter opinion on Brexit. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Deaths And Violence In Asia (May 20 to 25, 2019)

Accidents and natural disasters led to deaths in China and India, while attacks or riots in Indonesia, Nepal, and Tajikistan left many dead as well. In China, there were strong winds and an explosion caused by a gas leak from a cargo ship, and in India there was a fire in a building. In Indonesia – following the re-election of President Joko Widodo – there were post-election riots. In Nepal, there were three separate explosions. And in Tajikistan, there was a riot by militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: The Threat Of “Vaccine Hesitancy” (March 4 to 9, 2019)

There are six ongoing measles outbreaks in the United States, and 2018 saw the highest level of measles cases in Europe in the past decade. In the United States, despite refutations of the purported link between vaccines and autism – with a recent comprehensive study of Danish children further reinforcing the conclusion – resistance against immunisation persists. This continues too, despite the conclusion by the World Health Organisation that the widespread use of measles vaccinations between 2000 and 2017 has prevented 21.1 million deaths. And in Madagascar, where there are not enough vaccines, at least 922 people, including children, have died of measles. Continue reading

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