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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Goodbye 2016, You Won’t Be Missed (December 26 to 31, 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!

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American actress Carrie Fisher.

December 26 to 31, 2016

In the final week of 2016, the deaths of celebrities – of American actress Carrie Fisher, for instance, who portrayed Princess Leia Organa in the “Star Wars” franchise – may have dominated the headlines, but around the world unrest seems to be the new constant. In DR Congo, at least 22 civilians were killed, and further anti-government protests have been fuelled by President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to hold elections. In Russia, a military aircraft bound for Syria crashed into the Black Sea, and none of the 92 passengers survived. In Germany, the suspect responsible for a truck ploughing through a crowded Christmas market was stopped and shot by two police officers in Milan, Italy, but the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have urged supporters to carry out even more holiday attacks. And in Venezuela, a report found that about one person is lynched every three days.

There is, however, some good news from Africa. In Guinea, an Ebola vaccine shown to offer 100 per cent protection in a medical trial is now being fast-tracked for regulatory approval, while in Nigeria, government forces captured a key Boko Haram camp.

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The Asia-Pacific


  • A truck ploughed through a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, Germany last week, and days later the suspect – 24-year-old Tunisian man Anis Amri – was stopped and shot by two police officers in Milan, Italy. Both Italy and Germany had tried to deport Mr. Amri to Tunisia previously, but were thwarted by bureaucracy. Authorities are now trying to establish if there is a network of cooperators and supporters, who had helped in the attack.
  • A pro-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group has urged supporters to carry out holiday attacks across Europe, and has also urged Muslims to stay away from Christian celebrations, following the truck attack in Germany.

The Middle East

  • Without a veto from the United States, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution – also the first adopted in Israel and the Palestinians in nearly eight years – “demanding an end to Israeli settlements“. Even though the resolutions is largely symbolic, and will thus not change developments on the ground, there are now questions about policies of the incoming Trump administration and the next moves of the Palestinians.

North America

Latin America

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