World News of the Week – May 7 to May 13, 2018

trump hostages
U.S. President Trump walks with three U.S. hostages released by North Korea (via EPA)

Follow @TheZenCorner on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for Daily Briefings.

PS: Subscribe to receive the “World News Recap” directly by email.

What You Need To Know: 

1. U.S. President Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal and ordered economic sanctions to be reimposed. France, Germany, the U.K., China, and Russia condemned the move.

2. North Korea’s Kim Jong-un pledged to dismantle a nuclear test site in a ceremony attended by foreign journalists. He will meet President Trump in Singapore on June 12.

3. A wave of Israeli strikes on suspected military positions in Syria killed 42 people, including at least 19 Iranians.

4. Mahathir Mohamad was sworn in as Malaysia’s 7th Prime Minister after a stunning election comeback, defeating the coalition that has ruled for six decades.

5. A suspected jihadist killed a pedestrian in a knife attack in the heart of Paris before he was shot dead by police.

6. Opposition leader Nikol Pashinian was chosen as Armenia‘s new Prime Minister after weeks of protests against the ruling party.

7. Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the far-right League reached a deal to govern the nation. The new Prime Minister should be named in a few days.

8. 26 people were killed in an attack by an unidentified “terrorist group” in rural Burundi, days before Burundians vote in a controversial referendum that could extend the president’s term.

9. At least 17 people died in an area of northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo where health officials have now confirmed an outbreak of Ebola.

10. Hezbollah and its political allies made significant gains in Lebanon’s election securing half the seats in parliament. Prime Minister Hariri is expected to remain in office.

Afghanistan

Armenia

Australia

Bahrain

Brazil

Burundi

China

Colombia

Congo

Czech Republic

East Timor

Egypt

Equatorial Guinea

France

Georgia

Germany

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Kenya

Lebanon

Libya

Madagascar

Malaysia

Mexico

Myanmar

Nicaragua

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestine

Paraguay

Philippines

Romania

Russia

Rwanda

Saudi Arabia

Serbia

Somalia

South Africa

Spain

Sudan

Syria

Tunisia

Turkey

United Kingdom

United States of America

Venezuela

Yemen

Zimbabwe

 

Help Support ‘The Zen Corner’

$5.00

Advertisements

World News of the Week – April 30 to May 6, 2018

volcano
Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupts after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake shakes the Big Island (via USGS)

What You Need To Know:

1. Two ISIS suicide bombers struck Afghanistan’s capital, killing 25 people, including nine journalists, in the deadliest assault on reporters since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

2. The Iran-backed Shi’ite group Hezbollah and its political allies looked set to win more than half the seats in Lebanon’s first parliamentary election in nine years

3. Powerful rainstorms killed at least 91 people in northern and western India.

4. Protests in the Armenian capital Yerevan suddenly calmed after the ruling party confirmed it would back an opposition leader to become prime minister.

5. The U.S. government to take another 30 days to decide whether to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from the European Union, Canada, and Mexico, extending a period of uncertainty for businesses in those regions.

6. Nearly 1,600 protesters were arrested across Russia as Vladimir Putin is set to begin a new 6-year term. Opposition leader Navalny was among those arrested.

7. ISIS suicide bombers attacked Libya’s election commission, killing at least 14 people in an attack aimed to disrupt a nation-wide vote planned for later this year.

8. Israeli troops fired live rounds and tear gas at Palestinian protesters injuring nearly 1,100 people.

9. Boko Haram bombed a mosque in northeast Nigeria killing 27 people. At least 45 people were killed in a separate attack on a village in northern Nigeria.

10. Spain’s maritime rescue service saved 476 migrants who were attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea from African shores.

Afghanistan

Algeria

Argentina

Armenia

Australia

Brazil

Burundi

Central African Republic

Chad

China

Colombia

Denmark

France

Gabon

Germany

Guatemala

Honduras

Hungary

India

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Italy

Kenya

Lebanon

Libya

Madagascar

Malaysia

Mali

Mexico

Morocco

Mozambique

Myanmar

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestine

Panama

Peru

Poland

Romania

Russia

Rwanda

Somalia

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Sri Lanka

Switzerland

Syria

Thailand

Tunisia

Turkey

United Kingdom

United States of America

Venezuela

Vietnam

Zimbabwe

Follow @TheZenCorner on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for Breaking News.

PS: Subscribe to the newsletter to receive it directly by email.

Help Support ‘The Zen Corner’

$5.00

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

Kim Moon 2.jpg
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

Follow @TheZenCorner on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for Breaking News.

PS: Subscribe to the newsletter to receive it directly by email.

Help Support ‘The Zen Corner’

$5.00

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

A boy walks along a damaged street at the city of Douma in Damascus
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.

Afghanistan

Algeria

Argentina

Armenia

Australia

Azerbaijan

Botswana

Brazil

China

Colombia

Croatia

Cuba

Czech Republic

Ecuador

Ethiopia

France

Germany

Guinea-Bissau

Hungary

Iceland

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Ireland

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

Follow @TheZenCorner on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for Breaking News.

PS: Subscribe to the newsletter to receive it directly by email. 

Help Support ‘The Zen Corner’

$5.00

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

Syria attack.jpg
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.

Afghanistan

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

Montenegro

Mozambique

Myanmar

Niger

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestine

Panama

Philippines

Russia

Somalia

South Sudan

Sudan

Syria

Thailand

Uganda

United Arab Emirates

United States of America

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yemen

Follow @TheZenCorner on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for Breaking News.

PS: Subscribe to the newsletter to receive it directly by email. 

Help Support ‘The Zen Corner’

$5.00

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

Presidents Rouhani of Iran, Erdogan of Turkey and Putin of Russia pose before their meeting in Ankara
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.

Afghanistan

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

Follow @TheZenCorner on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for Breaking News.

PS: Subscribe to the newsletter to receive it directly by email. 

Help Support ‘The Zen Corner’

$5.00

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

Osnos-Why-Kim-Jong-Un-Went-to-China
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.

Afghanistan

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

Follow @TheZenCorner on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for Breaking News.

PS: Subscribe to the newsletter to receive it directly by email. 

Help Support ‘The Zen Corner’

$5.00

World News of the Week – March 19 to March 25, 2018

Trump b tariffs
U.S. President Trump’s memo targeting Chinese imports (via UPI/Barcroft Images)

Here’s What You Need To Know:

1. An ISIS suicide bomber killed at least 33 people in Kabul as Afghans were celebrating the Persian new year.

2. A shopping mall fire in Eastern Russia killed at least 64 people. No fire alarms went off.

3. Turkish army and Syrian opposition fighters have total control of the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria.

4. Months after going on the run from Spanish authorities, Catalonia‘s former President was detained in Germany on an international warrant.

5. U.S. President Trump announced plans to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion in Chinese imports in retaliation for years of alleged intellectual property theft

6. A gunman in southern France killed 3 people in a hostage takeover of a supermarket. ISIS has claimed responsibility.

7. Five Indian soldiers and five suspected militants were killed in a gun battle near the border between India and Pakistan in the disputed region of Kashmir.

8. Turkey’s President Erdogan announced the country is conducting operations in northern Iraq against Kurdish rebels it deems “terrorists.”

9. In Nigeria, the terrorist group known as Boko Haram released nearly all of the 110 girls they had kidnapped from a boarding school last month.

10. Peru‘s President Kuczynski resigned ahead of an impeachment vote. He was ensnared in a bribery scandal with a Brazilian construction company.

Afghanistan

Australia

Belarus

Brazil

Bulgaria

Burundi

Cameroon

Canada

China

Congo

Croatia

Czech Republic

Egypt

El Salvador

France

Germany

Ghana

India

Iraq

Israel

Italy

Japan

Liberia

Libya

Madagascar

Maldives

Mali

Mexico

Moldova

Myanmar

Netherlands

Nigeria

Norway

Palestine

Peru

Philippines

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Serbia

Sierra Leone

Slovakia

Somalia

South Korea

South Sudan

Spain

Syria

Thailand

Tunisia

Turkey

Ukraine

United Kingdom

United States of America

Vatican

Venezuela

Yemen

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Help Support ‘The Zen Corner’

$5.00

World News of the Week – March 12 to March 18, 2018

xi jin.jpg
China’s President Xi Jinping votes on constitutional amendment lifting presidential term limits (via Reuters)

What You Need To Know:

1. Chinese President Xi Jinping reappointed President with no limit on the number of terms he can serve.

2. Russian President Vladimir Putin overwhelmingly re-elected President for 4th term. Many irregularities in the election process were reported.

3. The United States slapped sanctions on Russian individuals and entities for meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections.

4. Turkish military and allied Syrian forces captured the Syrian Kurdish town of Afrin nearly 2 months after launching their offensive.

5. Slovenian Prime Minister Cerar resigned after a top Court annulled the result of a September referendum that approved a 1-billion-euro railway project.

6. British Prime Minister Theresa May expelled 23 Russian diplomats over spy poisoning.

7. A roadside bomb struck the convoy of Palestinian Prime Minister Hamdallah in Gaza. No injuries were reported.

8. Slovakia’s Prime Minister Fico resigns amid protests over corruption linked to journalist’s murder.

9. A plane carrying 71 people from Bangladesh crashed in Nepal killing at least 50 people.

10. Thousands march in Brazil after execution-style murder of a popular Rio de Janeiro councilwoman and outspoken critic of police killings.

Afghanistan

Albania

Australia

Austria

Bolivia

Botswana

Brazil

Burundi

China

Colombia

Congo

Czech Republic

Eritrea

Ethiopia

Finland

Germany

Greece

Guinea

India

Iraq

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Kuwait

The Maldives

Mauritius

Moldova

Nepal

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestine

Panama

Peru

Philippines

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Sierra Leone

Slovakia

Slovenia

Somalia

South Africa

South Sudan

Spain

Sri Lanka

Syria

Uganda

Ukraine

United Kingdom

United States of America

Yemen

Zimbabwe

Follow @TheZenCorner on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for Breaking News.

PS: Subscribe to the newsletter to receive it directly by email. 

Help Support ‘The Zen Corner’

$5.00

World News of the Week – March 6 to March 11, 2018

kim south.jpeg
North Korea’s Supreme Leader shakes hands with Chung Eul-yong, who is leading the South Korean delegation (via Reuters)

What You Need To Know:

1. Chinese lawmakers abolish term limits paving way for President Xi Jinping to rule for life.

2. Afghan security forces and police officers suffer severe casualties as conflict with Taliban intensifies.

3. Private jet flying from U.A.E. to Turkey crashes in Iran killing all 11 on board.

4. Hundreds of journalists and opposition members jailed in Turkey as crackdown on freedom continues.

5. Syrian Government troops seize large portions of territory in the opposition held-suburb of Damascus, dividing the besieged enclave in two. Civilians casualties are severe.

6. Conservative billionaire Sebastian Piñera begins new term as President of Chile, vows to combat economic stagnation.

7. Mauritius President Gurib-Fakim to resign after being accused of using a credit card issued by an international non-governmental organization to buy clothes and jewelry.

8. U.S. President Trump accepts an invitation by North Korean leader to meet amid nuclear standoff.

9. At least 21 people hospitalized after a nerve-agent attack on former Russian spy in the United Kingdom.

10. At least 44 pro-Islamic state militants killed in clashes with Philippine soldiers.

Afghanistan

Argentina

Australia

Austria

Bulgaria

Cambodia

Chile

China

Colombia

Cuba

DR Congo

Eritrea

Ethiopia

France

Germany

Hungary

India

Iraq

Iran

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Ivory Coast

Japan

Kenya

Libya

Malaysia

Malta

Mauritius

Mexico

Myanmar

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Panama

Papua New Guinea

Peru

The Philippines

Romania

Russia

Rwanda

Sierra Leone

Slovakia

South Africa

South Korea

South Sudan

Spain

Sri Lanka

Syria

Turkey

The United Kingdom

The United States of America

Venezuela

Follow @TheZenCorner on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for Breaking News.

PS: Subscribe to the newsletter to receive it directly by email. 

Help Support ‘The Zen Corner’

$5.00