World News of the Week – January 22 to January 28, 2018

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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (AP)

In Brief: Suicide bombing in Afghanistan kills at least 103 people, Civilian death toll rises in Syria, Hundreds of Kurds killed by Turkish forces, Clashes intensify between Yemeni rebels and government forces, Pro-Russia incumbent Milos Zeman re-elected President of Czech Republic, Egyptian military arrests presidential candidates, Members of Israeli Parliament ejected for protesting Pence in support of Palestinians, Double car bombing in Libya kills 35, Russian opposition candidate Navalny arrested amid election protests, Former Brazilian President Lula loses appeal in corruption conviction, Multiple terrorist attacks kill dozens in Mali, Fire at South Korean hospital kills 37 people, U.S. plane mistakenly kills 10 Iraqi civilians, Ferry with 50 people on board disapears in Kiribati, Moderate incumbent Sauli Niinisto re-elected President of Finland.

Afghanistan

Syria

Turkey

The United States of America

Yemen

The Czech Republic

Palestine

Poland

Spain

Vietnam

Liberia

Japan

Pakistan

Germany

Mexico

Iran

Saudi Arabia

Bangladesh

The United Arab Emirates

Malaysia

Zimbabwe

France

Egypt

Israel

Guatemala

Switzerland

Libya

Costa Rica

Venezuela

Russia

Belgium

India

Ethiopia

Sweden

Nigeria

Brazil

North Korea

Uruguay

Colombia

Italy

Cameroon

Mali

China

South Korea

Ukraine

Algeria

Cambodia

Canada

Honduras

Iraq

Kiribati

Cyprus

Finland

New Zealand

Peru

Denmark

South Africa

Jordan

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World News of the Week – January 15 to January 21, 2018

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Turkish forces and Syrian opposition fighters prepare to attack Kurdish forces in Syria (via AP)

In Brief: ISIS suicide bombings in Iraq kill 38 people, Turkish forces attack U.S. backed Kurdish forces in Syria, At least 18 dead in attack on hotel in Afghanistan, U.S. Government shuts down as spending bill fails in Senate, Social Democrats agree to coalition negotiations with Merkel, U.S. withholds $65 million in Palestinian aid, At least 20 dead as clashes shutdown airport in Libya,  4 Pakistani soldiers killed by Indian forces near Kashmir border, North and South Korea agree to form first unified Olympic team, Suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers kill 12 in Nigeria, Tens of thousands protest against corruption in Romania, Bus fire kills 52 Uzbeks traveling to Kazakhstan.

Iraq

Turkey

Russia

Afghanistan

United States of America

Germany

Japan

The United Kingdom

Spain

Switzerland

Indonesia

Tunisia

Venezuela

Greece

Palestine

Libya

Pakistan

India

Israel

North Korea

United Arab Emirates

Iran

Syria

Belgium

Nigeria

Colombia

Denmark

Romania

France

Chile

Kosovo

Czech Republic

Bangladesh

Sudan

China

Thailand

Yemen

Ethiopia

The Netherlands

Guatemala

The Philippines

Uganda

Bulgaria

Myanmar

Mexico

Kenya

Brazil

Italy

Kazakhstan

Niger

Zimbabwe

Somalia

Cambodia

South Africa

New Zealand

Jordan

Saudi Arabia

Peru

Egypt

Honduras

Congo

Australia

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President Trump’s Report Card – Year 1

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President Donald Trump is introduced to speak to U.S. military troops at Naval Air Station Sigonella, May 27, 2017, in Sigonella, Italy. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Economy:

Trump claimed he would be the “greatest” on the economy. In his first year, he mostly succeeded. The economy is strong, unemployment is at 4.1%, GDP increased 3%, and the Stock Market hit all-time highs (Dow Jones +25% in 2017, S&P +19%, Nasdaq +28%). Additionally, Trump signed the GOP tax bill into law significantly cutting the corporate tax rate. It is yet to be determined whether this move boosts the economy even further. Grade A.

Health Care:

Trump vowed to immediately repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. In his first year in office, he has been unable to achieve this goal as Congress failed repeatedly to come up with a replacement. However, the tax bill did include a repeal of the individual mandate causing a significant blow to ACA. Grade F.

Immigration: 

Trump claimed he would build a wall along the Southern U.S. border and make Mexico pay for it, as well as reduce illegal immigration. Although Congress has refused to allocate money for the wall, and Mexico has vowed to never pay for it, illegal immigration was dramatically reduced in 2017. Indeed, arrests along the Southwest border fell by nearly 24%, and the number of deportations fell 6%. In sum, illegal immigration on the U.S.-Mexico border is at its lowest point in 17 years. Grade B.

Trade:

During the campaign, Trump vowed to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), re-negotiate NAFTA, and confront China over its currency manipulations. In his first year, Trump withdrew from TPP, and began negotiations with NAFTA partners. However, these negotiations stalled, and Trump largely refused to deal with China. In addition, Trump failed to conclude any significant trade deals. Grade D.

Judiciary:

During the campaign, Trump promised Republicans he would nominate a conservative judge to the Supreme Court. Trump fulfilled his promise by appointing Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, arguably the most conservative judge currently on the Court. Additionally, Trump has appointed more federal appeals judges in his first year than any other President. Grade A.  

Foreign Policy:

Trump’s first year as Commander-in-Chief has had mixed results. Trump granted the military more freedom in its use of airstrikes causing ISIS to lose most of its territory in Iraq and Syria (which led to a rise in civilian deaths the region). Unfortunately, Trump seemed uninterested in human rights, and failed to promote American ideals around the world. This has led to a leadership vacuum to Russia and China’s benefit. Additionally, Trump criticized his closest allies (Canada, Great Britain, Germany), and caused turmoil in the Middle East by declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel. If that was not enough, tensions with North Korea have increased as Kim Jong Un is closer than ever to building a nuclear ICBM capable of reaching the U.S. mainland. Grade D.

Conclusion:

Trump’s first year in office was unprecedented and disruptive. Although he followed through with many of his promises, he failed to accomplish his two major campaign promises: to repeal the Affordable Care Act and build a wall along the Southern border. His war with the press and the frequency of his lies hurt his credibility with world leaders. He seems uninterested in showing any sign of bipartisanship, and therefore failed to unite the country. Despite his un-presidential behavior, the economy is healthy, ISIS territories vanished, and no major world incidents occurred on his watch. Grade C+.

World News of the Week – January 8 to January 14, 2018

 

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Burning oil tanker sinks off Chinese coast killing all 32 crew members (via AFP)

In Brief: U.S. President to expel 200,000 Salvadoreans, Hundreds of migrants die near Libyan coast, Syrian Government kill dozens of civilians, Thousands protest for higher wages in Tunisia, Myanmar army admits to killing Rohingya Muslims, North Korea agrees to join Winter Olympics in South Korea, 7 killed as bomb targets police in Pakistan, Incumbent Czech President to face run-off after winning first round of Presidential election, ELN rebels resume fire after ceasefire with Colombian Government ends, Suicide bombing in Iraq kills 8, Israel approves construction of 352 new settler homes in the West Bank, Oil tanker sinks off Chinese coast killing all 32 crew members.

The United States of America

Libya

Syria

The United Kingdom

Turkey

Egypt

Jordan

Bulgaria

Madagascar

South Africa

Liberia

Mexico

Somalia

Sudan

Brazil

Myanmar

France

Tunisia

Iran

Iraq

Congo

Albania

North Korea

Bangladesh

Australia

Germany

Palestine

Lebanon

Greece

Switzerland

Poland

Pakistan

Israel

The Philippines

Japan

Peru

Ivory Coast

Ecuador

Venezuela

Yemen

Russia

Spain

Honduras

South Korea

Colombia

Italy

India

Ethiopia

Sri Lanka

Czech Republic

Cyprus

Denmark

Nigeria

Afghanistan

Ukraine

China

Chile

Qatar

Hungary

Cameroon

Portugal

Guatemala

Austria

Norway

Thailand

Papua New Guinea

Indonesia

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World News of the Week – January 1 to January 7, 2018

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 Paramedic carries an injured child following airstrikes by Syrian government and Russian forces in Hamouria, Syria (via AFP)

In Brief: Iranian turmoil continues as Government arrests thousands, Dozens of civilians killed in Syria, U.S. suspends nearly $1 billion in aid to Pakistan, Israel orders African migrants to leave, Multiple terrorist attacks strike Nigeria, North and South Korea discuss participation in Winter Olympics, At least 20 killed as suicide bomber targets police in Afghanistan, Turkey detains 70 military officers in post-coup crackdown, 51 dead in Peru as bus falls off cliff, Al Shabaab kills 5 Kenyan police officers, 8 migrants found dead off Libyan coast, Ugandan President signs law removing age-cap for Presidency in bid for re-election.

Iran

Syria

The United States of America

Egypt

Brazil

Sweden

Norway

Spain

Israel

Indonesia

Nigeria

Australia

Palestine

South Korea

South Africa

Afghanistan

Pakistan

Uganda

Turkey

Bulgaria

South Sudan

The United Kingdom

Venezuela

Peru

France

Yemen

Liberia

Italy

North Korea

Somalia

Ethiopia

Kosovo

Russia

United Arab Emirates

Kenya

China

Zambia

India

Ireland

Iceland

Mexico

Equatorial Guinea

Qatar

Congo

New Zealand

Sudan

Panama

Mozambique

Myanmar

Georgia

Zimbabwe

Libya

Cuba

Austria

Canada

Saudi Arabia

Vietnam

Kuwait

Senegal

Malaysia

Cameroon

Germany

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World News of the Week – December 25 to December 31, 2017

 

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New Years celebrations in Sydney Harbor, Australia (via Getty Images)

 

In Brief: ISIS attack on Muslim cultural center in Afghanistan kills 41, Thousands protest against Government in Iran, At least 9 killed in shootout outside Coptic Church in Egypt, Pope Francis calls for two-state solution in Israel-Palestine, Russian opposition candidate Navalny barred from Presidential election, Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels swap prisoners, Former soccer star George Weah elected President of Liberia, Congolese security forces kill 7 during anti-government protests, U.S. airstrike kills 13 al-Shabaab militants in Somalia.

Afghanistan

Iran

Egypt

Turkey

The Vatican

Bahrain

Russia

Canada

The United States of America

Tanzania

Nepal

Ukraine

Peru

Great Britain

Cuba

Switzerland

Congo

Israel

Nigeria

Libya

Pakistan

Italy

Venezuela

Argentina

India

Syria

Saudi Arabia

North Korea

Zimbabwe

Somalia

Vietnam

Yemen

Cambodia

Myanmar

Germany

France

South Korea

China

Brazil

Bosnia

Liberia

Mexico

Palestine

Namibia

Spain

South Sudan

South Africa

The Philippines

Mali

Greece

Sudan

Zambia

Kenya

Australia

Costa Rica

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