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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Election Outcomes In Denmark And Thailand (June 3 to 8, 2019)

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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Prime Minister of Thailand Prayuth Chan-ocha.

June 3 to 8, 2019

The centre-left Social Democrats won the majority of the seats in the parliament of Denmark. And despite opposition complaints of voting irregularities in Thailand, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was re-elected by parliament for another five-year term.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

North America

  • A government report in Canada found that between 1980 and 2012, more than 1,000 indigenous women were killed or went missing – amounting to a genocide – prompting an apology from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
  • NASA announced that the International Space Station would be opened to tourism, for up to two private citizens per year.
  • President Donald Trump made a state visit to the United Kingdom, days before Prime Minister Theresa May is set to resign.
  • A week after Mr. Trump announced that he was slapping a five per cent tariff on all Mexican imports so as to pressure the country to address the number of migrants trying to cross the Mexico-United States border, he called off the plan after an agreement.

Latin America

  • In May, migrant arrests at the Mexico-United States border rose to the highest monthly total in seven years.
  • As the stand-off between Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaidó continues, Russia withdrew key defence advisors from the country, an embarrassing move for Mr. Maduro’s regime.
  • Mr. Maduro also announced plans to reopen the country’s borders with Colombia, where foreign aid can be imported from. “The announcement comes months after Maduro severed diplomatic relations with Colombia and other countries“.

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