World News of the Week -August 6 to August 12, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with supporters from a group called "Bikers for Trump" at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S.
President Trump meets with supporters from a group called “Bikers for Trump” at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey (via Reuters)

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What You Need To Know:

1. Four days of ferocious fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban over a key provincial capital has claimed the lives of about 100 Afghan policemen and soldiers and at least 20 civilians.

2. The death toll from the earthquake that rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok has passed 430 as the government estimates economic losses will exceed several hundred million dollars.

3. President Trump reinstated sanctions against Iran meant to pressure Tehran’s government into retreating from its support for terrorism, its military activity in the Middle East and its ballistic missile-related programs.

4. An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels hit a bus driving in a busy market in northern Yemen, killing least 50 people including many children,

5. Members of Israel’s Arab minority led a mass protest in central Tel Aviv against a contentious new law that critics say marginalizes the state’s non-Jewish citizens.

6. Tens of thousands of Romanians held anti-government protests, leaving 455 people in need of medical treatment.

7. A financial shockwave ripped through Turkey when its currency nosedived on concerns about its economic policies and a dispute with the U.S., which President Trump stoked further with a promise to double tariffs on the NATO ally.

8. Congo’s President Kabila announced he is not running again in December’s long-delayed elections, easing concerns by the opposition and international community that he would try to stay in office.

9. The United States announced it will impose new sanctions on Russia for illegally using a chemical weapon in an attempt to kill a former spy and his daughter in Britain earlier this year.

10. Zimbabwe’s opposition party filed a legal challenge to the results of the presidential election, alleging “gross mathematical errors” and calling for a fresh vote or a declaration that their candidate was the winner.

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Argentina

Bangladesh

Brazil

Burkina Faso

Cameroon

Canada

Chile

China

Colombia

Congo

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

Estonia

Ethiopia

France

Germany

Ghana

Guatemala

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Italy

Japan

Jordan

Malaysia

Mali

Mexico

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestinian Territories

Poland

Romania

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Slovenia

South Korea

South Sudan

Spain

Sri Lanka

Switzerland

Syria

Tunisia

Turkey

United Kingdom

United States of America

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yemen

Zimbabwe

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World News of the Week – July 30 to August 5, 2018

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U.S. Army Col. performs a blessing on the 55 boxes of remains thought to be of U.S. soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, returned by North Korea to the U.S. (via Reuters)

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What You Need To Know:

1. A powerful earthquake on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok killed at least 98 people.

2. Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa won the election with just over 50 percent of the ballots as the ruling party maintained control of the government in the first vote since the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe.

3. Two suicide bombers attacked a Shiite mosque in eastern Afghanistan during Friday prayers, killing at least 29 people and wounding another 81.

4. Authorities detained six people suspected of using explosives-laden drones in a failed bid to assassinate Venezuelan President Maduro.

5. China said it is poised to impose retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. imports, including coffee, honey, and industrial chemicals, if Washington goes ahead with its latest trade threat.

6. A new Ebola outbreak in Congo’s North Kivu province was confirmed, infecting at least 13 people, and killing 3.

7. Tens of thousands of people gathered in Tel Aviv to protest against Israel’s new law declaring it the nation-state of the Jewish people, which has provoked outrage among the country’s most integrated minority, the Druze.

8. Mali’s presidential election will go to a runoff vote after President Keïta failed to get enough votes to win a second term outright. He will face Soumaila Cisse in the second round.

9. The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Shiite rebels conducted airstrikes in the rebel-held port city of Hodeida, killing at least 28 people and wounding 70.

10. Thousands of angry young people took to the streets of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka to demand safer streets, facing police firing tear gas and pro-government activists who attacked them with clubs.

Afghanistan

Argentina

Australia

Bangladesh

Bosnia

Brazil

Cambodia

Canada

China

Colombia

Congo

Denmark

Egypt

Eritrea

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Indonesia

Iran

Israel

Italy

Jordan

Kenya

Kosovo

Malaysia

Mali

Mexico

Morocco

Myanmar

Nicaragua

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Philippines

Russia

Rwanda

Saudi Arabia

Serbia

Somalia

South Africa

South Sudan

Spain

Switzerland

Syria

Tajikistan

Turkey

United Kingdom

United States of America

Vatican

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yemen

Zimbabwe

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World News of the Week – July 23 to July 29, 2018

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Indian PM Modi, Chinese President Xi, South African President Ramaphosa, Russian President Putin, and Brazilian President Temer at the BRICS summit (via AFP)

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What You Need To Know:

1. Former cricket star Imran Khan declared victory in Pakistan’s parliamentary election and vowed to battle corruption, seek regional cooperation, and forge a new relationship with the U.S. that was not “one-sided.”

2. The latest Ebola outbreak in Congo was declared over after 42 days without any new cases.

3. Islamic State militants killed more than 200 people in a coordinated assault on a government-held area of southwestern Syria.

4. A wildfire that raged through a coastal area of Greece killed at least 91 people.

5. Tens of thousands of demonstrators have rallied throughout Russia to protest plans to substantially hike the age at which Russians can receive their state retirement pensions.

6. Part of a newly built hydroelectric dam broke in southeastern Laos, flooding the surrounding countryside and killing at least 24 people.

7. Thousands of people staged protests across Poland after President Duda signed into law a measure effectively letting the government choose the next Supreme Court chief.

8. Sixteen senators quit Nigerian President Buhari’s ruling party in a blow to the leader who seeks re-election next year.

9. Thousands of Malians voted in the presidential election, but others struggled where some ballot boxes were burned and some feared threats by extremist groups.

10. The ruling party of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen won the election, while the opposition party unable to contest the polls said this marked the death of democracy.

Afghanistan

Australia

Bangladesh

Bulgaria

Cambodia

Canada

China

Colombia

Congo

Egypt

Eritrea

Germany

Ghana

Greece

Honduras

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Japan

Laos

Malawi

Mali

Mexico

Myanmar

Nicaragua

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestinian Territories

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Romania

Russia

Rwanda

Saudi Arabia

Serbia

South Africa

South Korea

South Sudan

Spain

Syria

Turkey

United Kingdom

United States of America

Vanatu

Vatican

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yemen

Zimbabwe

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World News of the Week – July 16 to July 22, 2018

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US President Trump receives a football from Russian President Putin during a press conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018 (via Reuters)

What You Need To Know:

1. A man walked along a Toronto street firing a handgun into restaurants and cafes, shooting 14 people and killing two before dying after an exchange of gunfire with police.

2. Nicaraguan police and armed pro-government civilians violently retook a symbolically important neighborhood that had recently become a center of resistance to President Ortega’s government.

3. A suicide bomber carried out an attack near the Kabul airport, killing 14 people and narrowly missing Afghanistan’s vice president, who was returning home after living in Turkey for over a year.

4. Israel’s parliament approved a controversial piece of legislation that defines the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people but which critics warn sidelines minorities.

5. A suspected Russian airstrike hit a school serving as a shelter in southwestern Syria, killing at least 10 people.

6. British Prime Minister May accepted amendments to a customs bill put forward by Brexit hardliners who oppose her plan for a “common rule book” with the European Union after the country leaves the bloc.

7. French President Macron fired the head of his personal security detail but faced criticism for failing to act sooner, after video was released showing the man posing as a police officer and beating a protester while off duty in May.

8. A candidate from the party of Pakistan prime ministerial hopeful was killed in a suicide attack that wounded four others, days before general elections.

9. Standing next to Russia’s Putin, President Trump openly questioned his own intelligence agencies’ conclusions that Russia was to blame for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election to Trump’s benefit.

10. The European Union and Japan signed a landmark deal that will eliminate nearly all tariffs on products they trade. It covers a third of the global economy and markets of more than 600 million people.

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Australia

Brazil

Bulgaria

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

China

Colombia

Cuba

Cyprus

Egypt

Eritrea

Ethiopia

France

Georgia

Germany

Honduras

India

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Italy

Japan

Libya

Mexico

Nicaragua

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestinian Territories

Peru

Poland

Russia

Singapore

Slovenia

Somalia

South Africa

South Korea

South Sudan

Spain

Syria

United Kingdom

United States of America

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yemen

Zimbabwe

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World News of the Week – July 9 to July 15, 2018

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French President Macron celebrates France winning the World Cup (via Reuters)

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What You Need To Know:

1. A suicide bombing at an election rally in Pakistan’s southwest killed 128 people.

2. The Trump administration released a list of 10% tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, making good on the president’s threats to escalate a broadening trade war with Beijing.

3. Official rivals just weeks ago, the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea embraced warmly to the roar of a crowd of thousands at a concert to celebrate the end of a long state of war.

4. Torrential rains across western Japan triggered floods and landslides that killed more than 200 people in Japan’s worst weather disaster in 36 years.

5. A tourist boat capsized off the coast of Thailand’s Phuket killing at least 44 people, making it Thailand’s worst tourist-related disaster in years and underscoring safety concerns about the industry.

6. The Israeli military lifted its restrictions along the Gaza border, indicating it had accepted an Egypt-mediated cease-fire that ended a 24-hour round of fighting with Hamas militants that had threatened to devolve into all-out war.

7. A suicide bomber in Afghanistan killed at least 12 people, including several children, in an attack in the eastern city of Jalalabad claimed by Islamic State militants.

8. A federal grand jury charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic computer networks in 2016, in the most detailed U.S. accusation yet that Russia meddled in the presidential election to help Donald Trump.

9. Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned amid calls for him to step down over his handling of a failed plan to raise fuel prices that set off a wave of deadly protests.

10. The United Nations Security Council imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan, nearly five years after civil war erupted in the country.

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Algeria

Armenia

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Brazil

Cameroon

China

Colombia

Congo

Czech Republic

Denmark

Egypt

Ethiopia

France

Germany

Greece

Haiti

Hungary

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Italy

Japan

Morocco

Myanmar

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestinian Territories

Philippines

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Singapore

Slovenia

Somalia

South Africa

South Korea

South Sudan

Spain

Switzerland

Syria

Thailand

Tunisia

Turkey

United Kingdom

United States of America

Vietnam

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World News of the Week – July 2 to July 8, 2018

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People jump into the water as they are chased by a bull in Denia, Spain (via EPA)

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What You Need To Know:

1. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis resigned adding to divisions over Brexit that threaten to tear apart Prime Minister May’s government.

2. At least 100 people killed in torrential rains and landslides in western Japan.

3. The United States and China slapped tit-for-tat duties on $34 billion worth of each other’s imports, triggering the “largest-scale trade war.”

4. The parties in Germany’s ruling coalition reached an agreement on a package of measures to deal with asylum-seekers who have already registered in other E.U. states.

5. Turkey dismissed more than 18,000 civil servants, ahead of this month’s expected lifting of a two-year-old state of emergency imposed after an attempted coup.

6. Eight children trapped for over two weeks in a flooded cave in northern Thailand have been rescued; Four boys and their coach remain in the cave.

7. Anti-government protests broke out in Polish cities in defense of the country’s constitution, judicial independence and the rule of law.

8. Former Malaysian PM Najib was charged with criminal breach of trust and corruption, two months after a multibillion-dollar corruption scandal at a state investment fund led to his stunning election defeat.

9. At least six soldiers in Tunisia’s national guard were killed in an apparent attack by an armed group near the Algerian border.

10. A Pakistani anti-corruption tribunal sentenced former PM Sharif to 10 years in prison over purchases of luxury apartments in London.

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Australia

Azerbaijan

Belgium

Bolivia

Brazil

Cameroon

Canada

China

DR Congo

Eritrea

Ethiopia

Germany

Guatemala

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Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Japan

Jordan

Kenya

Kuwait

Libya

Macedonia

Malaysia

Mali

Mexico

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestinian Territories

Philippines

Poland

Romania

Saudi Arabia

Somalia

South Africa

South Sudan

Sri Lanka

Syria

Thailand

Tunisia

Turkey

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

United States of America

Vatican

Vietnam

Yemen

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World News of the Week – June 25 to July 1, 2018

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Newly elected Mexican President Lopez Obrador flashes the victory sign (via AP)

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What You Need To Know:

1. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador decisively won Mexico’s presidency, setting the stage for the most left-wing government in decades.

2. At least 48 people were killed in northern India when an overcrowded bus plunged off a mountain road into a gorge.

3. A suicide car bomb aimed at a patrol of French soldiers killed four civilians in northern Mali.

4. The U.S. ambassador to Estonia resigned over frustrations with President Trump’s comments about the European Union and his treatment of European allies.

5. The Turkish military killed eight Kurdish militants in air strikes in northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey.

6. Insurgent attacks in Afghanistan killed 29 people, targeting peace talks between the Taliban and village elders.

7. More than 200 people died in clashes in central Nigeria between farmers and herders after attacks by “suspected militia herdsmen.”

8. U.S. intelligence agencies believe North Korea has increased production of fuel for nuclear weapons at secret sites and may try to hide these while seeking concessions in nuclear talks.

9. A strike called by Argentina’s largest trade union in protest over President Macri’s market-friendly economic policies brought the country to a standstill.

10. German Chancellor Merkel has reportedly secured agreements with 14 European Union countries to rapidly return some asylum seekers.

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Algeria

Argentina

Australia

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Bulgaria

Canada

China

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Germany

Ghana

India

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Iraq

Israel

Italy

Japan

Jordan

Kenya

Libya

Macedonia

Madagascar

Malaysia

Mali

Mexico

Morocco

Myanmar

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestinian Territories

Poland

Romania

Russia

Saudi Arabia

South Korea

South Sudan

Spain

Sudan

Syria

Turkey

Ukraine

United Kingdom

United States of America

Vatican

Venezuela

Vietnam

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World News of the Week – June 18 to June 24, 2018

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un toasts with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing (via KCNA)

What You Need To Know:

1. Tayyip Erdogan won Turkey’s presidential election overcoming the biggest electoral challenge to his rule in a decade and a half.

2. President Trump threatened to escalate a trade war with Europe by imposing a 20% tariff on all U.S. imports of European Union-assembled cars.

3. Fears of a humanitarian crisis in Yemen’s Hodeidah grew as fighting spilled into residential districts after Arab coalition forces seized the airport from the Iran-aligned Houthis.

4. Unidentified assailants launched a grenade attack at a political rally in support of the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in an attack that killed several people.

5. Chinese President Xi offered high praise to visiting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, lauding the “positive” outcome of his summit with U.S. President Trump and promising unwavering friendship.

6. Taliban militants killed 30 Afghan soldiers and captured a military base in the western province of Badghis in their first major attack since a ceasefire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

7. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, was charged with fraud over the alleged misuse of state funds in ordering catered meals at their official residence

8. Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa escaped injury in an explosion at a political rally, and vowed the attack would not derail Zimbabwe’s first election since the ouster of former strongman Mugabe.

9. Women in Saudi Arabia hit the roads ushering in the end of the world’s last ban on female drivers.

10. Nigeria imposed a curfew after least 70 people died in communal clashes between farmers and semi-nomadic herders.

Afghanistan

Algeria

Bosnia

Bulgaria

Cambodia

Canada

China

Colombia

Congo

Czech Republic

Denmark

Egypt

Ethiopia

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Italy

Japan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Lebanon

Libya

Macedonia

Madagascar

Mali

Mexico

Moldova

New Zealand

Nicaragua

Nigeria

North Korea

Palestinian Territories

Paraguay

Philippines

Romania

Russia

Saudi Arabia

South Korea

South Sudan

Sweden

Syria

Turkey

Uganda

United Kingdom

United States of America

Vatican

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yemen

Zimbabwe

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World News of the Week – June 11 to June 17, 2018

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President Vladimir Putin on the stage with the World Cup trophy at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow (via Getty) 

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What You Need To Know:

1. President Trump announced that the United States will implement a 25% tariff on $50 billion of goods from China related to intellectual property and technology.

2. Right-wing candidate Ivan Duque won the Colombian presidential election against leftist Petro.

3. Greece and Macedonia set aside three decades of dispute as they agreed to rename Macedonia the “Republic of North Macedonia.”

4. Blasts killed at least 20 people in northeast Nigeria in the largest attack for weeks in a region blighted by Boko Haram.

5. Eight people died in a shoot-out and fire that shattered a truce struck hours earlier between Nicaraguan President Ortega and protesters.

6. A car bomb killed at least 26 people at a gathering of Taliban and Afghan armed forces in the eastern city of Nangarhar, Afghanistan.

7. Forces from an alliance of Arab states wrested control of the entrance to the airport in Yemen’s Houthi-held main port city of Hodeidah.

8. Turkish warplanes killed 35 militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party in air strikes in northern Iraq.

9. U.K. Prime Minister May defused a rebellion in parliament over her Brexit plans after having to compromise and hand lawmakers more control over Britain’s departure from the E.U.

10. China’s navy carried out drills in the South China Sea to simulate fending off an aerial attack, as the country clashes with the U.S. over responsibility in the disputed waterway.

Afghanistan

Argentina

Australia

Bangladesh

Bulgaria

Cambodia

Canada

Chile

China

Colombia

Congo

Czech Republic

Egypt

El Salvador

France

Georgia

Germany

Greece

India

Indonesia

Iraq

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Jordan

Libya

Macedonia

Madagascar

Malaysia

Mali

Mexico

Myanmar

Nicaragua

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestinian Territories

Philippines

Russia

South Korea

Spain

Syria

Turkey

Uganda

United Kingdom

United States of America

Vatican

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yemen

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The Singapore Summit

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U.S. President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shake hands in Singapore (via AP)

On June 11, 2018, United States President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met in Singapore. This was the first meeting between a sitting U.S. President and a North Korean leader in decades. The meeting resulted in a joint statement between the two leaders.

The GOOD:

North Korea agreed to a freeze of nuclear testing in exchange for the U.S. and South Korea freezing its military exercises. In the short term, this is a big success for peace and stability in the region.

Long-term, the United States may finally begin to establish diplomatic and possibly economic relations with North Korea, making any potential future conflict less likely, and giving Koreans hope for a better future.

The BAD:

The major criticism of the Singapore Summit is President Trump’s failure to force North Korea to make improvements when it comes to human rights, as well as releasing prisoners of war, an issue that matters a lot to Japan.

There were also no concrete steps towards denuclearization, only vague statements, which many diplomats will require to entertain the idea of establishing closer ties with North Korea.

Additionally, the summit with North Korea established a precedent that pursuing a nuclear weapons program may eventually grant your country diplomatic and economic ties with the U.S..

Conclusion:

Although more work needs to be done, the situation undeniably looks better than it did six months ago. We must credit South Korean President Moon and U.S. President Trump for this positive development.

Overall, this summit gets everyone closer to South Korea’s ultimate goal to reunite the Korean peninsula.