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The Weekly Global Roundup: Of Electoral And Wanton Violence (April 23 to 28, 2018)

Afghanistan, Madagascar, and Nicaragua were rocked by electoral violence, while two weeks of mass street protests in Armenia led to the resignation of the country’s prime minister. A suicide blast at a voter registration centre in Afghanistan – claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – killed at least 57 people, one person was killed in Madagascar when police fired tear gas at opposition demonstrators protesting new electoral laws, while in Nicaragua violent protests over planned changes to the social security system, which were later scrapped, left at least 10 people dead. Violent attacks also affected Canada (when a van drove into pedestrians), Nigeria (in a church attack), Pakistan (by three suicide bombs), Tennessee (where a gunman killed four people), and Yemen (after airstrikes hit a wedding party). Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Tit-For-Tat American And Chinese Tariffs (April 2 to 7, 2018)

After President Donald Trump announced his administration’s plan to place tariffs on US$50 (S$65.7) billion of imported Chinese goods, China announced additional tariffs as countermeasures – “designed to target up to US$50 (S$65.7) billion of [United States] products annually” – on 106 American products. There are therefore fears of this escalating into a trade war, though “both sides have left room for manoeuvre”, with a public and consultation period to follow in the United States, before negotiations. These tit-for-tat tariff moves also come after Mr. Trump’s signing of an executive order in March this year imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from across the globe, which then prompted China to impose tariffs of up to 25 per cent on 128 American imports, including fruits and pork. Continue reading

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