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The Weekly Global Roundup: Protests In Hong Kong; Advances To Same-Sex Rights (June 10 to 15, 2019)

Hong Kong protestors gathered in multiple demonstrations to oppose a controversial extradition bill to China, leading to its indefinite suspension, while there were advances to same-sex rights in Botswana and Ecuador. In Hong Kong, a protest of one million protestors was followed by an additional one, leading Chief Executive Carrie Lam to announce an indefinite suspension of the proposed extradition bill. In Botswana, the high court overturned a colonial-era law criminalising same-sex relations, and in Ecuador the highest court approved same-sex marriage in a five-to-four vote. This comes in the same week that the supreme court of Brazil voted to criminalise homophobia, and a week after Bhutan decriminalised homosexuality, by voting to repeal provisions saying that “unnatural sex” is illegal. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Disasters In Latin America; Natural Disasters In Asia (September 3 to 8, 2018)

Brazil and Ecuador, in Latin America, were sites of disasters, where a fire engulfed a national museum and a bus crash killed at least 11 people. India and Japan, in Asia, were sites of natural disasters, where some of the worst typhoons and floods struck. In Brazil, a fire engulfed the National Museum of Brazil Рwhich had fallen into disrepair in recent years Рthreatening the collection of more than 20 million items. in Ecuador, a bus driver driving over the speed limit resulted in a bus crash which killed at least 11 people. In Japan, Typhoon Jebi, one of the strongest in 25 years, killed at least six people. Days later, a powerful earthquake hit Hokkaido, killing at least nine people. And in Kerala, India, as the death toll from the worst floods in the state’s history continued to increase, the state is now battling an outbreak of bacterial diseases, transmitted via the urine of infected animals. Continue reading

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