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The Weekly Global Roundup: Uncertainty In Europe (November 26 to December 1, 2018)

At a special summit, the 27 remaining European Union (EU) leaders signed off the Brexit agreement with the United Kingdom (UK) after Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez lifted his threat of an effective veto, but UK Prime Minister Theresa May will find it challenging to convince her parliament to vote for the deal. In the same week, defence ministers of 25 EU countries also agreed to form a join EU intelligence school to deepen defence cooperation. In France, major protests against mounting gas prices and eco-taxes – which have morphed into a wider demonstration against the government – led to dozens of arrests. And in Ukraine, the country’s parliament voted to declare martial law in areas bordering Russia after a naval clash. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Abortion In Catholic Countries (August 6 to 11, 2018)

Abortion has emerged as an issue of contention in Catholic and Latin American countries, especially after Ireland’s abortion referendum earlier this year. This week, by a vote of 38 to 31 in the Senate, Argentina – where current laws only allow for abortion in cases of rape or when the mother’s health is at risk – voted against a bill to legalise selective abortion, after a vote in the lower house in June. Supporters of the bill rallied in Chile, Uruguay, Mexico, and Peru. And in addition, in Latin America: Brazil’s supreme court is deliberating the loosening of abortion restrictions, while last year Chile’s constitutional court approved a bill allowing abortion in some circumstances. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: The News From India (April 30 to May 5, 2018)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that all villages in India now have access to electricity, but the important qualification is that a village is deemed electrified if 10 per cent of its homes and all public buildings are connected to the grid, which means 200 million Indians still lack such access. In the Indian states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, at least 95 people were killed in fierce dust storms, and in separate incidents two teenagers were gang-raped in the past week, despite tougher penalties against rape which were introduced last month. And finally, a distracted bus driver who caused his bus to be hit by a train left at least 13 of his passengers dead. Continue reading

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