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The Weekly Global Roundup: Unrest In The Middle East (December 24 to 29, 2018)

The Middle East continues to be marked by unrest and violence, with protests in Tunisia as well as attacks in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. In Tunisia, the death of a journalist – who set himself on fire over economic conditions in the country – has led to clashes between protestors and security forces, and has led to comparisons with the self-immolation of a street vendor in 2010 which consequently sparked a revolution and the Arab Spring uprisings across the region. A gun and suicide attack in Afghanistan killed at least 43 people, a car bomb in Iraq killed three people, and suicide bombers in Libya killed at least three people. Continue reading

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: Afghanistan Trapped In A Circle Of Violence (September 10 to 15, 2018)

Kabul, Afghanistan has been the site of intensified terror attacks since early this year, and even in August the violence throughout the country has only persisted. This week, multiple attacks left more than 100 people dead, as Taliban insurgents signalled a willingness to further talks with the United States (US). A day after an attack killed more than 60 people, Taliban insurgents killed at least 57 Afghan police officers and soldiers in four attacks. Thereafter, a bombing at a peaceful protest killed at least 32 people. Taliban insurgents denied the group’s role in the attack, and instead signalled a willingness to send a delegation to further talks with US officials to end the conflict in the country. Continue reading

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