World News of the Week -August 6 to August 12, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with supporters from a group called "Bikers for Trump" at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S.
President Trump meets with supporters from a group called “Bikers for Trump” at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey (via Reuters)

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What You Need To Know:

1. Four days of ferocious fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban over a key provincial capital has claimed the lives of about 100 Afghan policemen and soldiers and at least 20 civilians.

2. The death toll from the earthquake that rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok has passed 430 as the government estimates economic losses will exceed several hundred million dollars.

3. President Trump reinstated sanctions against Iran meant to pressure Tehran’s government into retreating from its support for terrorism, its military activity in the Middle East and its ballistic missile-related programs.

4. An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels hit a bus driving in a busy market in northern Yemen, killing least 50 people including many children,

5. Members of Israel’s Arab minority led a mass protest in central Tel Aviv against a contentious new law that critics say marginalizes the state’s non-Jewish citizens.

6. Tens of thousands of Romanians held anti-government protests, leaving 455 people in need of medical treatment.

7. A financial shockwave ripped through Turkey when its currency nosedived on concerns about its economic policies and a dispute with the U.S., which President Trump stoked further with a promise to double tariffs on the NATO ally.

8. Congo’s President Kabila announced he is not running again in December’s long-delayed elections, easing concerns by the opposition and international community that he would try to stay in office.

9. The United States announced it will impose new sanctions on Russia for illegally using a chemical weapon in an attempt to kill a former spy and his daughter in Britain earlier this year.

10. Zimbabwe’s opposition party filed a legal challenge to the results of the presidential election, alleging “gross mathematical errors” and calling for a fresh vote or a declaration that their candidate was the winner.

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Argentina

Bangladesh

Brazil

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Cameroon

Canada

Chile

China

Colombia

Congo

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

Estonia

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France

Germany

Ghana

Guatemala

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Italy

Japan

Jordan

Malaysia

Mali

Mexico

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

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Poland

Romania

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Slovenia

South Korea

South Sudan

Spain

Sri Lanka

Switzerland

Syria

Tunisia

Turkey

United Kingdom

United States of America

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Yemen

Zimbabwe

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