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.

World News of the Week – June 4 to June 10, 2018

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with President Trump during the G7 summit (via AP) 

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What You Need To Know:

1. U.S. President Trump asked U.S. representatives not to endorse the joint communique put out by the G7 leaders after Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau’s news conference.

2.  Burundi’s President Nkurunziza announced that he will not run for another term, even as he put in place a new constitution that would allow him to stay in power until 2034.

3. At least 109 people were killed after Guatemala‘s Fuego volcano erupted.

4. Clashes between troops backed by a Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-aligned Houthis intensified near Yemen’s Hodeidah as the U.N. tries to negotiate a ceasefire to avert a possible assault on the main port city.

5. Jordan’s King Abdullah replaced his prime minister in a move to defuse the biggest protests in years, over IMF-backed reforms that have hit the poor.

6. A motorcycle suicide bomber killed 14 people near a gathering of Muslim clerics in Afghanistan after they had issued a fatwa against suicide bombings.

7. Czech President Zeman appointed Andrej Babis as prime minister for a second time, giving him a new chance on forming a government to end a long political stalemate.

8. A storage site housing ballot boxes from Iraq’s parliamentary election caught fire, just days after parliament demanded a nationwide recount of votes, drawing calls for the election to be re-run.

9. At least 60 migrants were killed as their boat sank off the coast of Tunisia.

10. Airstrikes on a rebel-held Syrian village killed at least 35 people, including children, in one of the deadliest incidents this year.

Afghanistan

 

Bosnia

Brazil

Burundi

Canada

China

Colombia

Congo

Czech Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

Eritrea

Ethiopia

Finland

France

Greece

Guatemala

Hungary

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Italy

Japan

Jordan

Kenya

Malaysia

Mali

Mexico

Myanmar

Netherlands

Pakistan

Palestinian Territories

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Romania

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Singapore

Slovenia

Somalia

Spain

Sudan

Sweden

Switzerland

Syria

Taiwan

Tunisia

Turkey

Ukraine

United States of America

The Vatican

Vietnam

Yemen

Zimbabwe

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World News of the Week – May 28 to June 3, 2018

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U.S. President Trump is presented with a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (via White House)

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What You Need To Know:

1. The Trump administration delivered a gut punch to America’s closest allies, imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum from Europe, Mexico, and Canada in a move that drew immediate vows of retaliation

2. Giuseppe Conte was sworn in as Italy’s prime minister, heading western Europe’s first anti-establishment government bent on overhauling European Union rules on budgets and immigration.

3. At least 15 people were killed and more than 200 injured as pro-government armed groups opened fire on the marchers during a demonstration on Nicaragua’s Mother’s Day.

4. A right-wing opposition party led by a former Slovenian prime minister won the most votes in Slovenia’s parliamentary election, but not enough to form a government on its own.

5. Two Indian paramilitary soldiers were killed and 8 civilians wounded when Pakistani soldiers attacked dozens of posts along the highly militarized frontier in disputed Kashmir.

6. U.S. President Donald Trump, in a complete reversal, said he would hold a summit with North Korea‘s leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore in the latest twist over eliminating Pyongyang’s nuclear arms program.

7. Socialist Pedro Sanchez was sworn in as Spain’s Prime Minister, taking over from conservative Mariano Rajoy who was ousted over a corruption scandal.

8. More than 50 senior Taliban commanders were killed in an artillery strike on a meeting in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand, as fighting continued across the country.

9. Israeli forces killed a Palestinian nurse as she tried to help a wounded protester at the Gaza border, while Israel said militants had attacked its troops with gunfire and a grenade.

10. Thousands of Jordanians protested against a planned tax increase, marching toward the office of the prime minister and demanding his resignation.

Afghanistan

Argentina

Belgium

Brazil

Canada

China

Colombia

Croatia

Cuba

Denmark

Egypt

eSwatini

France

Georgia

Germany

Guatemala

Haiti

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Italy

Jordan

Kenya

Libya

Mali

Mexico

Mozambique

Nicaragua

Nigeria

North Korea

Palestinian Territories

Philippines

Portugal

Saudi Arabia

Slovenia

South Africa

Spain

Syria

Tunisia

Ukraine

United Kingdom

United States of America

The Vatican

Venezuela

Yemen

Zimbabwe

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