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

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Indian PM Modi, Chinese President Xi, South African President Ramaphosa, Russian President Putin, and Brazilian President Temer at the BRICS summit (via AFP)

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1. Former cricket star Imran Khan declared victory in Pakistan’s parliamentary election and vowed to battle corruption, seek regional cooperation, and forge a new relationship with the U.S. that was not “one-sided.”

2. The latest Ebola outbreak in Congo was declared over after 42 days without any new cases.

3. Islamic State militants killed more than 200 people in a coordinated assault on a government-held area of southwestern Syria.

4. A wildfire that raged through a coastal area of Greece killed at least 91 people.

5. Tens of thousands of demonstrators have rallied throughout Russia to protest plans to substantially hike the age at which Russians can receive their state retirement pensions.

6. Part of a newly built hydroelectric dam broke in southeastern Laos, flooding the surrounding countryside and killing at least 24 people.

7. Thousands of people staged protests across Poland after President Duda signed into law a measure effectively letting the government choose the next Supreme Court chief.

8. Sixteen senators quit Nigerian President Buhari’s ruling party in a blow to the leader who seeks re-election next year.

9. Thousands of Malians voted in the presidential election, but others struggled where some ballot boxes were burned and some feared threats by extremist groups.

10. The ruling party of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen won the election, while the opposition party unable to contest the polls said this marked the death of democracy.

Afghanistan

Australia

Bangladesh

Bulgaria

Cambodia

Canada

China

Colombia

Congo

Egypt

Eritrea

Germany

Ghana

Greece

Honduras

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Japan

Laos

Malawi

Mali

Mexico

Myanmar

Nicaragua

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestinian Territories

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Romania

Russia

Rwanda

Saudi Arabia

Serbia

South Africa

South Korea

South Sudan

Spain

Syria

Turkey

United Kingdom

United States of America

Vanatu

Vatican

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yemen

Zimbabwe

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

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US President Trump receives a football from Russian President Putin during a press conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018 (via Reuters)

What You Need To Know:

1. A man walked along a Toronto street firing a handgun into restaurants and cafes, shooting 14 people and killing two before dying after an exchange of gunfire with police.

2. Nicaraguan police and armed pro-government civilians violently retook a symbolically important neighborhood that had recently become a center of resistance to President Ortega’s government.

3. A suicide bomber carried out an attack near the Kabul airport, killing 14 people and narrowly missing Afghanistan’s vice president, who was returning home after living in Turkey for over a year.

4. Israel’s parliament approved a controversial piece of legislation that defines the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people but which critics warn sidelines minorities.

5. A suspected Russian airstrike hit a school serving as a shelter in southwestern Syria, killing at least 10 people.

6. British Prime Minister May accepted amendments to a customs bill put forward by Brexit hardliners who oppose her plan for a “common rule book” with the European Union after the country leaves the bloc.

7. French President Macron fired the head of his personal security detail but faced criticism for failing to act sooner, after video was released showing the man posing as a police officer and beating a protester while off duty in May.

8. A candidate from the party of Pakistan prime ministerial hopeful was killed in a suicide attack that wounded four others, days before general elections.

9. Standing next to Russia’s Putin, President Trump openly questioned his own intelligence agencies’ conclusions that Russia was to blame for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election to Trump’s benefit.

10. The European Union and Japan signed a landmark deal that will eliminate nearly all tariffs on products they trade. It covers a third of the global economy and markets of more than 600 million people.

Afghanistan

Australia

Brazil

Bulgaria

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

China

Colombia

Cuba

Cyprus

Egypt

Eritrea

Ethiopia

France

Georgia

Germany

Honduras

India

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Italy

Japan

Libya

Mexico

Nicaragua

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestinian Territories

Peru

Poland

Russia

Singapore

Slovenia

Somalia

South Africa

South Korea

South Sudan

Spain

Syria

United Kingdom

United States of America

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yemen

Zimbabwe

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

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French President Macron celebrates France winning the World Cup (via Reuters)

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What You Need To Know:

1. A suicide bombing at an election rally in Pakistan’s southwest killed 128 people.

2. The Trump administration released a list of 10% tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, making good on the president’s threats to escalate a broadening trade war with Beijing.

3. Official rivals just weeks ago, the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea embraced warmly to the roar of a crowd of thousands at a concert to celebrate the end of a long state of war.

4. Torrential rains across western Japan triggered floods and landslides that killed more than 200 people in Japan’s worst weather disaster in 36 years.

5. A tourist boat capsized off the coast of Thailand’s Phuket killing at least 44 people, making it Thailand’s worst tourist-related disaster in years and underscoring safety concerns about the industry.

6. The Israeli military lifted its restrictions along the Gaza border, indicating it had accepted an Egypt-mediated cease-fire that ended a 24-hour round of fighting with Hamas militants that had threatened to devolve into all-out war.

7. A suicide bomber in Afghanistan killed at least 12 people, including several children, in an attack in the eastern city of Jalalabad claimed by Islamic State militants.

8. A federal grand jury charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic computer networks in 2016, in the most detailed U.S. accusation yet that Russia meddled in the presidential election to help Donald Trump.

9. Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned amid calls for him to step down over his handling of a failed plan to raise fuel prices that set off a wave of deadly protests.

10. The United Nations Security Council imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan, nearly five years after civil war erupted in the country.

Afghanistan

Algeria

Armenia

Azerbaijan

Brazil

Cameroon

China

Colombia

Congo

Czech Republic

Denmark

Egypt

Ethiopia

France

Germany

Greece

Haiti

Hungary

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Italy

Japan

Morocco

Myanmar

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestinian Territories

Philippines

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Singapore

Slovenia

Somalia

South Africa

South Korea

South Sudan

Spain

Switzerland

Syria

Thailand

Tunisia

Turkey

United Kingdom

United States of America

Vietnam

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

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People jump into the water as they are chased by a bull in Denia, Spain (via EPA)

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What You Need To Know:

1. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis resigned adding to divisions over Brexit that threaten to tear apart Prime Minister May’s government.

2. At least 100 people killed in torrential rains and landslides in western Japan.

3. The United States and China slapped tit-for-tat duties on $34 billion worth of each other’s imports, triggering the “largest-scale trade war.”

4. The parties in Germany’s ruling coalition reached an agreement on a package of measures to deal with asylum-seekers who have already registered in other E.U. states.

5. Turkey dismissed more than 18,000 civil servants, ahead of this month’s expected lifting of a two-year-old state of emergency imposed after an attempted coup.

6. Eight children trapped for over two weeks in a flooded cave in northern Thailand have been rescued; Four boys and their coach remain in the cave.

7. Anti-government protests broke out in Polish cities in defense of the country’s constitution, judicial independence and the rule of law.

8. Former Malaysian PM Najib was charged with criminal breach of trust and corruption, two months after a multibillion-dollar corruption scandal at a state investment fund led to his stunning election defeat.

9. At least six soldiers in Tunisia’s national guard were killed in an apparent attack by an armed group near the Algerian border.

10. A Pakistani anti-corruption tribunal sentenced former PM Sharif to 10 years in prison over purchases of luxury apartments in London.

Afghanistan

Australia

Azerbaijan

Belgium

Bolivia

Brazil

Cameroon

Canada

China

DR Congo

Eritrea

Ethiopia

Germany

Guatemala

Haiti

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Japan

Jordan

Kenya

Kuwait

Libya

Macedonia

Malaysia

Mali

Mexico

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestinian Territories

Philippines

Poland

Romania

Saudi Arabia

Somalia

South Africa

South Sudan

Sri Lanka

Syria

Thailand

Tunisia

Turkey

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

United States of America

Vatican

Vietnam

Yemen

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World News of the Week – June 25 to July 1, 2018

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Newly elected Mexican President Lopez Obrador flashes the victory sign (via AP)

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What You Need To Know:

1. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador decisively won Mexico’s presidency, setting the stage for the most left-wing government in decades.

2. At least 48 people were killed in northern India when an overcrowded bus plunged off a mountain road into a gorge.

3. A suicide car bomb aimed at a patrol of French soldiers killed four civilians in northern Mali.

4. The U.S. ambassador to Estonia resigned over frustrations with President Trump’s comments about the European Union and his treatment of European allies.

5. The Turkish military killed eight Kurdish militants in air strikes in northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey.

6. Insurgent attacks in Afghanistan killed 29 people, targeting peace talks between the Taliban and village elders.

7. More than 200 people died in clashes in central Nigeria between farmers and herders after attacks by “suspected militia herdsmen.”

8. U.S. intelligence agencies believe North Korea has increased production of fuel for nuclear weapons at secret sites and may try to hide these while seeking concessions in nuclear talks.

9. A strike called by Argentina’s largest trade union in protest over President Macri’s market-friendly economic policies brought the country to a standstill.

10. German Chancellor Merkel has reportedly secured agreements with 14 European Union countries to rapidly return some asylum seekers.

Afghanistan

Algeria

Argentina

Australia

Brazil

Bulgaria

Canada

China

eSwatini

Ethiopia

France

Georgia

Germany

Ghana

India

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Italy

Japan

Jordan

Kenya

Libya

Macedonia

Madagascar

Malaysia

Mali

Mexico

Morocco

Myanmar

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestinian Territories

Poland

Romania

Russia

Saudi Arabia

South Korea

South Sudan

Spain

Sudan

Syria

Turkey

Ukraine

United Kingdom

United States of America

Vatican

Venezuela

Vietnam

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