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

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un prepares to shake hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in over the military demarcation line  (via AFP)

What You Need To Know: 

1. The leaders of North and South Korea pledged at a historic summit to work for “complete denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula.

2. Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan resigned after almost two weeks of mass street protests that have plunged the country into political crisis. Parliament is due to pick a new PM on May 1.

3. A man deliberately drove his van into a Toronto sidewalk killing 10 people and injuring 15. The driver was quickly arrested in a tense but brief confrontation with officers.

4. Air strikes by a Saudi-led military coalition killed at least 20 people attending a wedding in a village in northwestern Yemen.

5. Indian security forces killed at least 37 Maoist militants in an ambush at the Indravati river, east of Mumbai. 

6. Suspected jihadists killed 40 Tuaregs, mostly young men, in two attacks in northern Mali’s Menaka region.

7. Three suicide bombers attacked Pakistani police and paramilitary soldiers in the southwestern city of Quetta, killing 6 police officers and wounding 15 soldiers.

8. At least 9 students were killed in a knife attack outside a secondary school in northern China.

9. At least 15 African migrants died when their boat capsized off the Algerian coast on their way to Europe.

10. French President Macron addressed the U.S. Congress during his 3-day state visit with President Trump, laying out a firm vision of global leadership.

Afghanistan

Algeria

Angola

Armenia

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

China

Czech Republic

Denmark

Egypt

India

Indonesia

Iran

Israel

Japan

Kuwait

Libya

Mali

Mexico

Myanmar

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestine

Romania

Saudi Arabia

Serbia

Singapore

Slovakia

Somalia

South Korea

South Sudan

Syria

Thailand

Turkey

United Kingdom

United States of America

Yemen

Zimbabwe

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

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A boy walks along a damaged street in the city of Douma in Damascus, Syria (via Reuters)

What You Need To Know: 

1. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he will suspend nuclear and missile tests, scrap its nuclear test site, and instead pursue economic growth and peace, ahead of planned summits with South Korea and the United States.

2. An ISIS suicide bomber attacked a voter registration center in Afghanistan’s capital on Sunday, killing 57 people and wounding more than 100 others.

3. Raul Castro retired as Cuban President at the age of 86. Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez was selected to replace him.

4. Nicaragua‘s President Ortega canceled plans to overhaul the social security system after massive protests turned deadly.

5. Paraguay‘s ruling party candidate, Mario Abdo, was elected President pointing to another five years of pro-business policies.

6. 20 people were killed in an air strike by the Saudi-led military coalition in southwestern Yemen.

7. Israeli troops killed more Palestinians on the Gaza-Israel border, bringing to 35 the death toll in recent weeks among Palestinian protesters demanding the right to return to their former homeland.

8. Armenia’s former president shifted into the prime minister’s seat as about 40,000 protesters rallied in the capital to oppose the move. Police detained 3 opposition leaders and nearly 200 protesters.

9. China conducted live-fire military exercises in the Taiwan Strait increasing tensions in the region.

10. Tens of thousands of Hungarians protested against government control over the media, which they say helped Prime Minister Orban to a landslide election victory earlier this month.

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Algeria

Argentina

Armenia

Australia

Azerbaijan

Botswana

Brazil

China

Colombia

Croatia

Cuba

Czech Republic

Ecuador

Ethiopia

France

Germany

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Iceland

India

Indonesia

Iran

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Israel

Italy

Japan

Kenya

Kyrgyzstan

Libya

Lithuania

Madagascar

Malaysia

Mali

Mexico

Myanmar

Nepal

Nicaragua

Nigeria

North Korea

Palestine

Pakistan

Paraguay

Portugal

Romania

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Slovakia

South Africa

South Korea

South Sudan

Sudan

Swaziland

Syria

Turkey

United Kingdom

United States of America

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yemen

Zimbabwe

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

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Damascus skies erupt with missile fire as the U.S. launches an attack on Syria (via AP)

What You Need To Know:

1. The United States, France, and Britain launched military strikes aimed Syria to punish President Assad for an apparent chemical attack against civilians.

2. A plane crash in Algeria killed 257 people in the worst aviation disaster in the country’s history.

3. The Taliban attacked a government compound in central Afghanistan killing 15 people, including three top local officials.

4. Clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces in Gaza continued, bringing the death toll to 28.

5. Veteran pro-EU candidate Milo Djukanovic won Montenegro’s presidential election with 53% of the vote.

6. Militants wearing explosive belts killed 8 Egyptian soldiers at a military base in central Sinai.

7. At least 82 people have died from drinking tainted bootleg liquor in Indonesia.

8. Militants disguised as U.N. peacekeepers killed one person at a United Nations base in Mali.

9. Indian security forces killed 4 civilians in a village in Kashmir.

10. Nigeria’s President Buhari announced he will seek another term in elections next year ending months of speculation about his future after bouts of ill health.

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Algeria

Azerbaijan

Brazil

Bulgaria

Central African Republic

China

Colombia

Czech Republic

DR Congo

Ecuador

Egypt

Ethiopia

France

Hungary

India

Indonesia

Iran

Israel

Japan

Mali

Malta

Mexico

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Myanmar

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North Korea

Pakistan

Palestine

Panama

Philippines

Russia

Somalia

South Sudan

Sudan

Syria

Thailand

Uganda

United Arab Emirates

United States of America

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yemen

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

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Presidents Hassan Rouhani of Iran, Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Vladimir Putin of Russia pose before their meeting in Ankara, Turkey (via Reuters)

Here’s What You Need To Know: 

1. Suspected poison gas attack killed at least 40 people in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, Syria.

2. Hungary‘s right-wing Prime Minister Orban easily won a new term as his political party received a super-majority.

3. Brazil‘s top court narrowly ruled against former President Lula. He faces a 12-year jail sentence for corruption.

4. Israeli troops killed dozens of Palestinian protesters along the Israel-Gaza border.

5. French and Malian troops killed 30 Islamist insurgents near the border with Niger.

6. Saudi-led airstrikes killed 12 civilians in the coastal city of Hodeidah in Yemen.

7. U.S. President Trump proposed $100 billion in additional tariffs on China “in light of China’s unfair retaliation” against earlier U.S. tariff actions.

8. Christian militias stormed a U.N. base in the Central African Republic killing one peacekeeper.

9. Former South Korean President Park received a 24-year prison term for corruption.

10. Opposition candidate and former military junta leader Julius Maada Bio was sworn in as Sierra Leone’s new president.

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Albania

Argentina

Australia

Bahrain

Brazil

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

Central African Republic

China

Congo

Czech Republic

Egypt

France

Georgia

Germany

Ghana

Hungary

Indonesia

Israel

Malaysia

Mali

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestine

Philippines

Russia

Rwanda

Saudi Arabia

Sierra Leone

Somalia

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Sri Lanka

Sweden

Syria

Turkey

United Kingdom

United States of America

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yemen

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World News of the Week – March 26 to April 1, 2018

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China (via KCNA) 

Here’s What You Need To Know: 

1. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un met with Chinese President Xi in a surprise visit to Beijing.

2. Leftist candidate Carlos Alvarado, who campaigned on same-sex marriage, easily won Costa Rica‘s Presidential election run-off.

3. At least 18 Palestinian protesters were killed by Israeli security forces in Gaza.

4. Egyptian President Sisi re-elected for a second term despite extremely low turnout.

5. The United States, European Union, and NATO allies expelled more than 100 Russian diplomats over U.K. nerve attack. Russia retaliated by expelling over 150 diplomats.

6. In Venezuela, a fire in the cells of a police station killed 68 people.

7. The Syrian army declared victory in eastern Ghouta after opposition fighters vacated most of the area.

8. Myanmar‘s Parliament elected a longtime loyalist of Aung San Suu Kyi loyalist as new President.

9. Suspected Boko Haram militants killed 15 people in in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri.

10. Ethiopia‘s ruling coalition named Abiy Ahmed as chairman, becomes new Prime Minister.

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Albania

Algeria

Azerbaijan

Botswana

Brazil

Burundi

China

Congo

Costa Rica

Croatia

Cyprus

Ecuador

Egypt

Ethiopia

Fiji

France

Ghana

India

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Italy

Kenya

Lebanon

Libya

Mali

Mauritania

Mexico

Myanmar

Nigeria

North Korea

Palestine

Peru

Poland

Romania

Russia

Senegal

Sierra Leone

Slovakia

Somalia

South Africa

Spain

Switzerland

Syria

Tanzania

Thailand

Turkey

United Kingdom

Uzbekistan

Venezuela

Yemen

Zambia

Zimbabwe

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