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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Keeping Political Leaders In Check (October 31 to November 5, 2016)

This roundup covers news summaries across six regions: Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America. Wherever possible I draw links to Singapore, but I think it is more important to understand geopolitical developments around the world, to draw attention to meaningful news stories, and to highlight both positive and negative events.

Around the world, I rely primarily on the email newsletters from “The Economist“, “Foreign Policy“, “Muck Rack“, “The New York Times“, “The Wall Street Journal“, and “The World Post“. In Singapore, the weekly digests from the European Union Centre and the Middle East Institute are handy. Do send me recommendations of news outlets or articles too, to jinyao.guan.yin.miao[a]gmail.com!

Protesters in Seoul wear masks depicting South Korean president Park Geun-hye, right, and her confidante Choi Soon-sil (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images).

Protesters in Seoul wear masks depicting South Korean president Park Geun-hye, right, and her confidante Choi Soon-sil (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images).

October 31 to November 5, 2016

This has been a rough week for political leaders around the world, unless you are Chinese President Xi Jinping. Unlike Mr. Xi – who was formally named the “core” of the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, which is probably a sign of him amassing more political powers – his contemporaries have been kept in check. South Korean President Park Geun-hye is caught in a Rasputinesque-controversy, following revelations that she allowed a personal friend to meddle in state affairs. French President François Hollande has seen his popularity falling to four per cent, and his prime minister is looking to preserve his own political future. And in Morocco, the gruesome death of a fishmonger has sparked broader outrage and protests against the royals and the police.

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Africa

  • The gruesome death of fishmonger Mouhcine Fikri in Morocco – crushed to death in a rubbish truck – has sparked outrage and protests, further prompting thousands to attend his funeral. Moroccan royals and police have also been called for abuses of power.
  • In the counter-insurgency effort against jihadist militant group al-Shabaab in Somalia, 500 women in the Ugandan contingent of ANISOM – a “17,000-strong African Union force tasked with battling al-Shabaab” – help prevent sexual violence by male peacekeepers against civilians, and to build progress towards gender equality during wartime and in peacetime.

The Asia-Pacific

Europe

The Middle East

North America

  • Ahead of the United States presidential election next week, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has again been hit by a FBI investigation into her emails. Republican nominee Donald Trump has pounced on that, narrowing his deficit in polls of polls.
  • On the other hand, Mr. Trump is said to have used a “legally dubious” manoeuvre to avoid paying federal income taxes for years.

Latin America

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