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The Weekly Global Roundup: Violence And Measles In The Philippines (February 4 to 9, 2019)

In the Philippines, there were fights against suspected militants and against a surge in measles cases, which was later declared as an outbreak. Earlier in the week, government troops killed three suspected Abu Sayyaf militants, while suffering five fatalities, and later in the week, in an assault on a suspected jungle lair of a Singaporean terrorist, security forces killed eight militants. In Manila the health department is fighting a surge in measles cases – likely the result of parents opting not to have their children vaccinated for measles and other highly contagious diseases – and later it declared an outbreak of the contagious disease. Continue reading

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: Turmoil In The Middle East; Natural Disasters In Asia (December 4 to 9, 2017)

President Donald Trump made the headlines this week, when he announced that the United States would recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, triggering criticisms from the Middle East in particular, a region which continues to be rocked by turmoil. The reported death of the former president of Yemen is expected to escalate the fighting in a country roiled by years of civil conflict, while the rescission of resignation by the prime minister of Lebanon – who had announced an abrupt resignation in November before making trips to Saudi Arabia and France – has left Hezbollah’s position undamaged and possibly stronger. Both the Lebanese and Yemeni developments, moreover, are proxies of the broader rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile in Asia, cyclones or floods have affected the countries of India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, leaving dozens dead and hundreds more still missing. Continue reading

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