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The Weekly Global Roundup: 2018 In Review

Your cheat-sheet to developments around the world in 2018, and what to expect in 2019. For almost two years on a weekly basis, I have been summarising news stories across six regions – Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America – and for the first time I am summarising the biggest stories from 2018, focused on drawing links across the year. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Tragedies In Bangladesh And India (February 18 to 23, 2019)

A fire in a Bangladeshi slum killed at least 110 people, and in India at least 150 died on a tea plantation after drinking toxic bootleg liquor. In Bangladesh – where millions live in squalid slums and where a promised crackdown on building violations has fallen short – the fire also destroyed hundreds of shanty homes. And in India, in addition to the death of the workers, the collision of two Air Force jets rehearsing for an air show display left one pilot dead, and an explosion at an illegal firework factory killed at least 10 people. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: A Second Brexit Referendum? (January 14 to 19, 2019)

The Brexit deal offered by Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK) Theresa May was defeated by a vote of 432 to 202. The majority of 230 against the prime minister is the biggest government defeat since 1924. Later, by a vote of 325 to 306, the prime minister survived a confidence vote in parliament. In the aftermath, four options are now likely: First, a new deal with the European Union; second, a no-deal Brexit on March 29, 2019; third, postponement of the Brexit date; and fourth, a second referendum within the UK. “The Economist” argues for the fourth option: “The give and take that Brexit requires mean that no form of exit will resemble the prospectus the public were recklessly sold in 2016”. “The New York Times”, however, lays out five big risks for a second referendum. Continue reading

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