World News of the Week – September 17 to September 23, 2018

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South Korean President Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, North Korea (via AP)

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1. At least 224 people died in Tanzania after a ferry capsized on Lake Victoria.

2. The U.S. imposed sanctions on the Chinese military for buying fighter jets and missile systems from Russia, in breach of a sanctions law punishing Moscow for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

3. Turkey’s chief prosecutor ordered the detention of 110 soldiers from the air force for suspected links to a U.S.-based cleric Turkey says orchestrated a failed coup in 2016.

4. At least 14 civilians and four soldiers were killed in an attack by rebels on the town of Beni in eastern Congo, disrupting efforts to contain an Ebola epidemic in the area.

5. A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli airstrike, killing all 15 people aboard.

6. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected as head of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a landslide, paving the way for up to three more years as the nation’s leader and a push toward a constitutional revision.

7. North Korea’s Kim Jong Un claimed he would permanently dismantle North Korea’s main nuclear complex only if the United States takes unspecified corresponding measures.

8. The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency lost his job after his remarks downplaying anti-migrant violence became a battleground between Chancellor Merkel and her conservative critics.

9. At least 24 people were killed in a shooting attack on a military parade in southwestern Iran.

10. Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, the country’s No. 2 after the ruling Communist Party’s leader, died after a serious illness.

Algeria

Argentina

Austria

Brazil

Bulgaria

China

Colombia

Congo

Egypt

Eritrea

eSwatini

Ethiopia

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Guatemala

Hungary

India

Iran

Iraq

Ireland

Italy

Japan

Libya

Lithuania

Malaysia

Maldives

Mexico

Myanmar

Netherlands

Niger

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestinian Territories

Panama

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Romania

Russia

Somalia

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Switzerland

Syria

Tanzania

Tunisia

Turkey

Uganda

Ukraine

United Kingdom

United States of America

Vatican

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yemen

Zambia

Zimbabwe

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World News of the Week – September 10 to September 16, 2018

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Hurricane Florence heading for the eastern coastline of the United States, taken by cameras outside the International Space Station (via Reuters)

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1. A super typhoon made landfall in China’s Guangdong, the country’s most populous province, after wreaking havoc in Hong Kong and Macau and killing potentially more than 50 people in the Philippines.

2. A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-filled vest among a group of people protesting a local police commander in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 68 people.

3.  Hungarian Prime Minister Orban suffered a rare political setback as E.U. lawmakers voted to pursue unprecedented action against his government for allegedly undermining the bloc’s democratic values and rule of law.

4. Thousands of Costa Ricans protested against a proposed fiscal reform, dealing their center-left president his first major test since taking office

5. The leaders of Russia and Turkey agreed to establish a demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib region, the last major stronghold of anti-government rebels where fears had been running high of a devastating offensive by government forces.

6. U.S. President Trump directed aides to proceed with tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese goods, despite Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s attempts to restart trade talks with China.

7. A man drove an SUV deliberately into a crowd in central China before jumping out and attacking victims with a dagger, killing 11 people.

8. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a U.S. bishop and authorized an investigation into allegations he sexually harassed adults.

9. Zimbabwe declared a cholera outbreak in Harare after 20 people died from the disease and more than 2,000 were infected by drinking contaminated water.

10. Brazil’s most popular politician, imprisoned former president Lula da Silva, ended his legal battle to run for the top office in next month’s election. His running mate, Fernando Haddad, will replace him.

Afghanistan

Algeria

Bangladesh

Brazil

Chile

China

Costa Rica

Croatia

Cuba

Czech Republic

Egypt

Ethiopia

France

Germany

Greece

Guatemala

Hungary

India

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Italy

Japan

Kazakhstan

Libya

Malaysia

Mexico

Myanmar

Nicaragua

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestinian Territories

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Romania

Russia

Rwanda

Saudi Arabia

Slovenia

Somalia

South Korea

South Sudan

Spain

Sudan

Sweden

Syria

Thailand

Turkey

Ukraine

United Kingdom

United States of America

Vatican

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yemen

Zimbabwe

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World News of the Week – September 4 to September 9, 2018

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Russian police officers arrest a young man during a rally protesting retirement age rises (via AP)

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1. Taliban insurgents launched separate attacks on Afghan security forces in the country’s north, killing at least 52 people.

2. India’s Supreme Court struck down a colonial-era law that made gay sex punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a landmark victory for gay rights.

3. The Trump administration to slap tariffs of up to 25% on an additional $200 billion in Chinese goods, escalating a confrontation between the world’s two biggest economies.

4. Syrian Prime Minister Khamis said that opposition-controlled Idlib province will soon be restored to Syrian state sovereignty, vowing to win any coming war.

5. Voters handed Sweden’s ruling party its worst-ever election result and delivered a parallel lift to a far-right party with white supremacist roots, leaving the ideological outline of the next government uncertain.

6. Iraqi protesters set fire to a provincial government building in the southern city of Basra, despite a curfew imposed by authorities to try and quell demonstrations against poor public services and unemployment.

7. Jair Bolsonaro, a leading Brazilian presidential candidate whose heated rhetoric has electrified some voters and angered others, was stabbed at a campaign event and suffered serious abdominal injuries.

8. The toll from an earthquake that rocked Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido rose to 20 after an entire mountainside collapsed on homes.

9. Britain deepened its diplomatic feud with Moscow charging two men it says are Russian military intelligence officers with the nerve-agent poisoning of Sergei Skripal.

10. North Korea held a major military parade to celebrate its 70th anniversary, but in keeping with leader Kim Jong Un’s new policies, the emphasis was firmly on building up the economy, not on nuclear weapons.

Afghanistan

Angola

Australia

Brazil

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

China

Comoros

Congo

Egypt

France

Gambia

Germany

Greece

India

Iran

Iraq

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Mali

Mexico

Moldova

Myanmar

Netherlands

Nigeria

North Korea

Norway

Pakistan

Palestinian Territories

Paraguay

Philippines

Romania

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Serbia

Somalia

South Korea

South Sudan

Spain

Sweden

Syria

Turkey

Uganda

United Kingdom

United States of America

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yemen

Zimbabwe

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World News of the Week – August 27 to September 3, 2018

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Cindy McCain, wife of U.S. Senator John McCain, touches his casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix, Arizona (via Reuters)

What You Need To Know: 

1. President Trump warned Canada that it “will be out” of a revised North American trade agreement unless it’s “fair” to the United States, and he threatened to scrap the current deal should Congress “interfere” with the negotiations.

2. A blast in a cafe in eastern Ukraine killed the prime minister of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, who had been fighting Ukrainian forces since 2014.

3. Islamist militants killed up to 30 soldiers in an attack on a military base in northeast Nigeria, in one of the biggest attacks of its kind this year.

4. U.N. human rights experts claim the governments of Yemen, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia have been responsible for war crimes since Yemen’s conflict intensified 3½ years ago, including rape, torture, arbitrary detention and use of child soldiers.

5. A Myanmar court sentenced two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison on charges of illegal possession of official documents, a ruling met with international condemnation that will add to outrage over the military’s human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims.

6. Five Kenyan soldiers were killed and 10 wounded when their car ran over a homemade bomb in northern Kenya.

7. The U.S. canceled $300 million in planned aid to Pakistan reflecting the Trump administration’s dissatisfaction with Pakistan’s commitment to assisting the U.S. strategy for pressuring the Taliban, whose leaders use Pakistan as a sanctuary.

8. Brazil’s top electoral court barred jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from running in this year’s presidential because of his corruption conviction.

9. A bomb blast killed one person and injured 15 in an internet cafe in the southern Philippines, in the second such attack in days blamed by the military on pro-Islamic State militants.

10. Indonesia‘s President Widodo announced that Indonesia will bid to host the 2032 Olympics following the success of the Asian Games held there over the past two weeks.

Afghanistan

Australia

Austria

Bosnia

Brazil

Bulgaria

Cambodia

Canada

China

Colombia

Congo

Egypt

El Salvador

Ethiopia

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Italy

Japan

Jordan

Kenya

Kuwait

Libya

Mexico

Myanmar

Netherlands

New Zealand

Nicaragua

Nigeria

North Korea

Norway

Pakistan

Palestinian Territories

Philippines

Poland

Romania

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Somalia

South Africa

South Sudan

Syria

Tunisia

Turkey

Uganda

Ukraine

United Kingdom

United States of America

Venezuela

Yemen

 

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