World News of the Week – February 20 to February 25, 2018

 

 

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Man carries a child he rescued from the rubble in Hamouria, Syria (via AFP)

 

What You Need To Know: 

1. Syrian Government airstrikes continued in the Eastern Ghouta region as over 500 civilians were killed this week. In response, the U.N. Security Council adopted a 30-day ceasefire.

2. In Nigeria, 110 girls have gone missing after a Boko Haram attack on a school.

3. Two car bombs in Somalia‘s capital Mogadishu killed at least 45 people. Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants claimed responsibility.

4. Australia‘s Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce resigned after weeks of pressure over an affair with a staffer and a new allegation of sexual harassment.

5. China‘s communist party considers scrapping term limits for President Xi Jinping.

6. Thousands protest in DR Congo against President Kabila. At least 2 protesters were killed by security forces.

7. The Russian Government admits that “several dozen” Russian citizens were killed in a recent battle in Syria. Some reports claim that over 100 Russian mercenaries were killed by U.S. airstrikes.

8. One of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu‘s closest confidant agrees to testify against him in a corruption and bribery investigation.

9. Members of the North Korean delegation visiting South Korea for the Winter Olympics said North Korea was open to talks with the United States.

10. A wave of attacks across Afghanistan has left more than 25 people dead, most of them soldiers.

Afghanistan

Argentina

Australia

Bahrain

Belgium

Brazil

Burkina Faso

Cambodia

China

The Czech Republic

DR Congo

Ecuador

Egypt

Ethiopia

France

Greece

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Italy

Japan

Jordan

Latvia

Malaysia

The Maldives

Mexico

Montenegro

Mozambique

Myanmar

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestine

Papua New Guinea

Peru

The Philippines

Russia

Rwanda

Saudi Arabia

Serbia

Somalia

South Africa

South Korea

Sri Lanka

Sweden

Switzerland

Syria

Uganda

Ukraine

The United Kingdom

The United States of America

The Vatican

Yemen

Zimbabwe

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World News of the Week – February 12 to February 19, 2018

 

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Cyril Ramaphosa is sworn-in as President of South Africa in Cape Town on February 15, 2018 (via Reuters)

 

What You Need To Know:

1. Syrian Government forces killed at least 94 people in bombing of Eastern Ghouta in ‘extreme escalation of hostilities.

2. Civilian plane crashes into Mount Dena in Southern Iran killing all 65 on board.

3. Israeli police recommend that Prime Minister Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges in two separate corruption cases.

4. 17 people killed high-school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The gunman was a former student at the school who had been expelled.

5. Egyptian military continues offensive in Sinai, at least 53 militants killed.

6. In Nigeria, three suicide bombers kill 18 at Maiduguri fish market. In a separate incident, armed bandits killed 35 villagers.

7. ISIS militants ambush a group of Iraq‘s Shiite paramilitary fighters killing at least 27 people.

8. In South Africa, President Zuma resigned after 9 years in office. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa replaces him.

9. A truck packed with Eritrean and Somali migrants crashed in Libya leaving at least 19 dead and nearly 80 injured.

10. Ethiopian Prime Minister resigns after massive anti-government protests. Authorities immediately call 6-month state of emergency.

Israel

Nigeria

Egypt

Serbia

Austria

Ukraine

South Sudan

Belgium

Iraq

Indonesia

Afghanistan

Pakistan

Lebanon

Bolivia

North Korea

Palestine

South Korea

China

New Zealand

Syria

Australia

Tongo

Thailand

South Africa

The United Kingdom

Guatemala

Netherlands

Brazil

Czech Republic

Turkey

Ethiopia

France

Greece

Kenya

Russia

Myanmar

India

Colombia

The United States of America

Mexico

Haiti

Sri Lanka

Germany

Congo

Iran

Japan

Denmark

Libya

Cambodia

Venezuela

Zimbabwe

Tanzania

Zambia

Saudi Arabia

Latvia

Vatican

The Maldives

Sudan

Bulgaria

Sweden

Mozambique

Peru

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World News of the Week – February 5 to February 11, 2018

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At least 6 killed, 76 missing as buildings collapse after magnitude 6.4 earthquake in Taiwan (via Reuters)

What You Need To Know:

  1. In Syria, at least 230 civilians were killed by Syrian Government and Russian airstrikes in past week.
  2. Turkish offensive in Syria stalls as dozens of Turkish soldiers are killed by Kurdish fighters.
  3. Russian plane crashes near Moscow shortly after takeoff killing all 71 passengers.
  4. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un invites South Korean President Moon to Pyongyang in signs of de-escalation.
  5. State of Emergency declared in the Maldives as President Yameen calls Supreme Court actions a ‘coup attempt.’ Authorities detain Chief Justice and Supreme Court Judge in retaliation.
  6. Israel shot down an Iranian drone encroaching on its territory. The Israeli military responded by striking Iranian facilities in Syria but lost an F-16 jet in the process.
  7. Pressure mounts on South African President Zuma to resign. The Deputy President is set to replace him.
  8. In Yemen, Government forces retook the southwestern province of Hodeidah killing at least 85 people.
  9. Egyptian forces launched a massive attack on the Sinai region. At least 16 militants were killed in the process.
  10. Germany center-left Social Democrats agree to a coalition with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union. Martin Schulz, the leader of the Social Democrats, abandoned plans to become foreign minister.

Syria

Turkey

Russia

Iraq

Uganda

Italy

South Korea

Indonesia

Kenya

Guinea

Maldives

Japan

Pakistan

Israel

Ethiopia

Iran

Venezuela

Colombia

Nigeria

Lebanon

South Africa

India

Yemen

The United Kingdom

Poland

Palestine

Egypt

The United States of America

Bermuda

France

Mali

Somalia

South Sudan

Congo

The Philippines

Taiwan

Vietnam

Macedonia

Afghanistan

Germany

North Korea

Latvia

Australia

Saudi Arabia

Myanmar

China

Bangladesh

Libya

Brazil

Sudan

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World News of the Week – January 29 to February 4, 2018

 

 

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British Prime Minister Theresa May meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China (via AP)

 

What You Need To Know:

1. Battle intensifies in Syria’s Afrin province between Turkish and Kurdish forces. Many casualties reported on both sides.

2. About 90 migrants feared dead as boat capsizes off Libya‘s coast. Over 300 migrants rescued in a separate incident.

3. In Kenya, opposition leader Odinga held an unofficial swearing-in ceremony; President Kenyatta calls the event treasonous. Authorities shut down TV stations in response despite court order.

4.  Yemeni separatists capture the port city of Aden after two days of fighting, confining President Mansour Hadi to the presidential palace.

5. Authorities in Saudi Arabia net $106 billion in settlements from anti-corruption campaign; 56 people remain in custody.

6. In Italy, a far-right gunman shot 6 African immigrants in a two-hour drive-by shooting spree.

7. Suicide bombing in northwestern Pakistan kills 11 soldiers in what authorities say was the first attack in over three years in the region once ruled by militants.

8. Conservative Evangelical Christian leads presidential vote in Costa Rica, will face run-off against TV anchor.

9. Well over 100,000 people from across Greece converged on Athens’ main square to protest against use of the name Macedonia.

10. 71-year-old Cyprus President Anastasiades wins run-off presidential election with 56% of the vote. This will be his second five-year term.

Syria

Turkey

Russia

The United States of America

Afghanistan

Australia

Libya

Argentina

North Korea

Portugal

Cuba

Palestine

The Czech Republic

South Sudan

Austria

Kenya

India

Nigeria

Tunisia

Vietnam

Brazil

Germany

China

Colombia

Ireland

Yemen

Egypt

Saudi Arabia

Spain

Italy

Iran

Brunei

Pakistan

Liberia

Kiribati

South Korea

Israel

Eritrea

Romania

Congo

France

Chile

Poland

The Philippines

Japan

Cambodia

Maldives

Venezuela

Myanmar

Lebanon

Zimbabwe

Costa Rica

The United Kingdom

Canada

Singapore

Haiti

Indonesia

Greece

Mexico

Ecuador

Cyprus

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