World News of the Week – March 19 to March 25, 2018

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U.S. President Trump’s memo targeting Chinese imports (via UPI/Barcroft Images)

Here’s What You Need To Know:

1. An ISIS suicide bomber killed at least 33 people in Kabul as Afghans were celebrating the Persian new year.

2. A shopping mall fire in Eastern Russia killed at least 64 people. No fire alarms went off.

3. Turkish army and Syrian opposition fighters have total control of the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria.

4. Months after going on the run from Spanish authorities, Catalonia‘s former President was detained in Germany on an international warrant.

5. U.S. President Trump announced plans to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion in Chinese imports in retaliation for years of alleged intellectual property theft

6. A gunman in southern France killed 3 people in a hostage takeover of a supermarket. ISIS has claimed responsibility.

7. Five Indian soldiers and five suspected militants were killed in a gun battle near the border between India and Pakistan in the disputed region of Kashmir.

8. Turkey’s President Erdogan announced the country is conducting operations in northern Iraq against Kurdish rebels it deems “terrorists.”

9. In Nigeria, the terrorist group known as Boko Haram released nearly all of the 110 girls they had kidnapped from a boarding school last month.

10. Peru‘s President Kuczynski resigned ahead of an impeachment vote. He was ensnared in a bribery scandal with a Brazilian construction company.

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World News of the Week – March 12 to March 18, 2018

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China’s President Xi Jinping votes on constitutional amendment lifting presidential term limits (via Reuters)

What You Need To Know:

1. Chinese President Xi Jinping reappointed President with no limit on the number of terms he can serve.

2. Russian President Vladimir Putin overwhelmingly re-elected President for 4th term. Many irregularities in the election process were reported.

3. The United States slapped sanctions on Russian individuals and entities for meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections.

4. Turkish military and allied Syrian forces captured the Syrian Kurdish town of Afrin nearly 2 months after launching their offensive.

5. Slovenian Prime Minister Cerar resigned after a top Court annulled the result of a September referendum that approved a 1-billion-euro railway project.

6. British Prime Minister Theresa May expelled 23 Russian diplomats over spy poisoning.

7. A roadside bomb struck the convoy of Palestinian Prime Minister Hamdallah in Gaza. No injuries were reported.

8. Slovakia’s Prime Minister Fico resigns amid protests over corruption linked to journalist’s murder.

9. A plane carrying 71 people from Bangladesh crashed in Nepal killing at least 50 people.

10. Thousands march in Brazil after execution-style murder of a popular Rio de Janeiro councilwoman and outspoken critic of police killings.

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World News of the Week – March 6 to March 11, 2018

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North Korea’s Supreme Leader shakes hands with Chung Eul-yong, who is leading the South Korean delegation (via Reuters)

What You Need To Know:

1. Chinese lawmakers abolish term limits paving way for President Xi Jinping to rule for life.

2. Afghan security forces and police officers suffer severe casualties as conflict with Taliban intensifies.

3. Private jet flying from U.A.E. to Turkey crashes in Iran killing all 11 on board.

4. Hundreds of journalists and opposition members jailed in Turkey as crackdown on freedom continues.

5. Syrian Government troops seize large portions of territory in the opposition held-suburb of Damascus, dividing the besieged enclave in two. Civilians casualties are severe.

6. Conservative billionaire Sebastian Piñera begins new term as President of Chile, vows to combat economic stagnation.

7. Mauritius President Gurib-Fakim to resign after being accused of using a credit card issued by an international non-governmental organization to buy clothes and jewelry.

8. U.S. President Trump accepts an invitation by North Korean leader to meet amid nuclear standoff.

9. At least 21 people hospitalized after a nerve-agent attack on former Russian spy in the United Kingdom.

10. At least 44 pro-Islamic state militants killed in clashes with Philippine soldiers.

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World News of the Week – February 26 to March 4, 2018

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Smoke rises from the besieged Eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria (via Reuters)

What You Need To Know: 

1. Al Shabaab militants killed 5 police officers in Northeast Kenya. The attackers destroyed a mobile phone transmission mast to disrupt communications.

2. Italy faces a prolonged period of political instability after voters delivered a hung parliament. Anti-establishment and far-right groups won record numbers.

3. Afghanistan‘s President Ghani offered recognition as a legitimate group to Taliban in peace talks.

4. Islamic extremists attacked the French Embassy in Burkina Faso, killing 8 people and wounding 80 others.

5. Germany‘s Chancellor Angela Merkel is set for a 4th term as Social Democrats voted overwhelmingly to remain in the coalition.

6. A massive earthquake in Papua New Guinea killed at least 31 people. Authorities declared a state of emergency as 150,000 people are in need of urgent aid.

7. At least 30 civilians were killed by government airstrikes in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta this week. Syrian troops gained territory in the rebel-held region near Damascus.

8. President Trump claimed he would impose tariffs on steel and aluminum, risking retaliation from major trade partners.

9. At least 8 Turkish soldiers were killed in its offensive against the U.S. backed Kurdish YPG militia.

10. An investigative journalist and his girlfriend were murdered in their home in Slovakia. Police raided houses linked to the Italian mafia in connection with the murders.

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