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The Weekly Global Roundup: The Longest United States Government Shutdown (January 7 to 12, 2019)

The government shutdown in the United States – the third to happen during President Donald Trump’s tenure – became the longest on record, and it is set to continue, leaving nearly one million employees working without pay or sent home. Earlier in the week, Mr. Trump’s first formal, prime-time address from the Oval Office focused on the “growing humanitarian and security crisis” along the Mexico-United States border. The Democrats, in response, stressed the ongoing government shutdown. “Eventually, the pressure on Republicans in the Senate to bypass the president and cut a deal could prove irresistible”. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: China In The Spotlight (December 31, 2018 to January 5, 2019)

In the same week China landed a lunar probe on the moon and Canada said that 13 of its citizens have been detained in China, Chinese President Xi Jinping called on Taiwan to follow the “one country, two systems” model for unification. The president said that “Taiwanese independence should not be tolerated” and urged the start of democratic consultations between the two countries. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, however, said Taiwan will never accept the model, even as Mr. Xi proposed two options: First, military force; or second, the aforementioned “one country, two systems” model.

Later in the week, China’s landing of a lunar probe marked “the world’s first expedition to a lunar region that never faces the Earth”. And in Canada, following the arrest of the chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, the government said that 13 of its citizens have since been detained in China. At least eight of the 13 have been released. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Flurries Of Floods, Hurricanes, And Typhoons (September 17 to 22, 2018)

Floods struck Nigeria, as Hurricane Florence struck North and South Carolina and as Typhoon Mangkhut struck the Philippines, before affecting China, Hong Kong, and Macau. Typhoons are in the northwest Pacific, while hurricanes are in the Atlantic and northeast Pacific. In Nigeria, floods – the effects of which are made worse by a growing population and the lack of infrastructure – killed more than a 100 people. In the United States, Hurricane Florence hit North and South Carolina, killing at least 41 people. And in Asia, Typhoon Mangkhut hit China, Hong Kong, Macau, and the Philippines, killing at least 81 people in the Philippines. Continue reading

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