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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Trump In The DMZ (June 24 to 29, 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!

Taken from https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/live-experience/cps/624/cpsprodpb/vivo/live/images/2019/6/30/ad94ef72-0b7d-4b7e-ab58-4626b1f2a95d.jpg.

American President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

June 24 to 29, 2019

President Donald Trump became the first sitting president to set foot in North Korea, sharing a symbolic handshake with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the demilitarised zone. “With no time for the all-important backroom diplomacy, it is expected to be largely a photo opportunity“, and this handshake follows two prior meetings in Singapore and Vietnam which did not result in any deal.

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  • Internal clashes within DR Congo have driven many across the border to Ugandaat a rate of 311 a day“. More refugees are still expected.
  • At least 41 miners were killed in DR Congo when part of a copper and cobalt mine collapsed.
  • Former president of Gambia Yahya Jammeh – who was defeated in his 2016 re-election bid – has been accused of rape.
  • In the same day that two suicide attacks rocked Tunis, Tunisia, President Beji Caid Essebsi was rushed to the hospital. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria took responsibility for the attacks, but did not offer any evidence.

The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

  • A Peace to Prosperity workshop in Bahrain was intended to solve the conflict between Israel and Palestine, but neither Israel nor Palestine is attending. The latter claims its prefers a political solution to a monetary one.
  • As tensions in Iran continue to build, President Donald Trump imposed new sanctions, preferring that option to a military strike. The United States then banned the Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei from accessing the international financial system. Eight other military commanders also had sanctions imposed on them, leading Iran to proclaim the end of diplomacy between the two countries.

North America

  • A murder-suicide in California left five people killed.
  • In California too, San Francisco became the first city in the United States to ban e-cigarettes.
  • The crash of a church charter bus in Colorado left two people dead.
  • President Donald Trump became the first sitting president to set foot in North Korea
  • The poor living and sanitary conditions for hundreds of migrant children at Border Patrol facilities in the United States have drawn attention, resulting in relocation for many of them. The acting head of Customs and Border Protection later resigned.
  • The road to 2020 kicked off with two nights of Democratic presidential debates involving the 20 frontrunners.

Latin America

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