The Global Rundown


Global Rundown

With Farabhi and Noushin

Farabhi Khan and Noushin Karim


Need a re-cap on all the international events circulating the news over the past week? Has the end of semester left you too busy to stay updated? 

We've got you covered! Our writers have compiled a list of all the major events in each region of the world below.


  1. EU: The European Union is attempting to save the Iran nuclear deal, after Trump announces that the US will pull out. Read more
  2. Italy: Italy has entered it’s third month without a government after inconclusive elections have lead to a political deadlock. Read more
  3. Russia: Vladimir Putin has been sworn in for his fourth straight term. Read more
  4. Poland: The Senate has backed a bill that proposes jail terms for anyone who suggests Poland’s complicity in the Holocaust – this has caused outrage from both Israelis and Polish Nationalists. Read more
  5. Rome: Bus explosion in Rome has nothing to do with terror, but that hasn’t stopped the sensationalised media pieces in papers like Il Messaggero. Read more
  6. France: Fury over Trump’s suggestion that looser gun laws could have prevented the 2015 Paris attacks. Read more


  1. Pakistan: Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Ahsan Iqbal, has been injured in a suspected assassination attempt at an election rally in Punjab province.
  2. India: A freak dust storm in Northern India has caused houses to collapse and has killed over 100 people. Read more
  3. Bangladesh: Aid groups brace for a disastrous Bengali monsoon season in Rohingya Refugee Camps. Read more
  4. North and South Korea: The leaders of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, and South Korea, Moon Jae-in, have displayed a willingness to cooperate through their Summit at the De-militarized Zone (DMZ). Kim Jong Un received a USB from Moon Jae-in that contained information on how to begin economic cooperation between the two countries. South Korea’s President’s Office has declared that North Korea will close it’s Nuclear Test Site in May. Read more
  5. South China Sea: China has installed cruise missiles on three outposts in the disputed territory within the South China Sea; the US has threatened unspecified consequences. Read more. Read more
  6. Taiwan: The Dominican Republic has cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan, after China uses dollar diplomacy and applies pressure; this leaves Taiwan with just 19 diplomatic allies. Read more
  7. Malaysia: Mahathir has been sworn in as PM, causing a reshaping of Malaysia’s political system. Read more
  8. Indonesia: Indonesia’s most active volcano, Mount Merapi, has erupted, spewing ash. Individuals within a 5km radius of the crater have been evacuated & there have been no reported casualties. Read more


  1. New Zealand: PM has announced $100M to getting NZ’s homeless into homes before Winter. Read more
  2. Australia and New Zealand: For 5 years, has given Australia the same offer to take in 150 refugees, however both the PM and Immigration Minister have written it off as a bad idea and suggested that it would encourage more people smuggling. Read more
  3. Australia: Australians will soon be facing 5 federal by-elections, with the date yet to be set. Australia has never faced by 5 federal by-elections at the same time. Read more

Middle East

  1. Armenia: On the 31th of April 2018, a revolution was initiated by an opposition politician who lost the vote in parliament to become Prime Minister. This movement gathered people from all walks of life – from students, to villagers to children, who all worked to oust Armenia’s leader and raise hope for free elections as it quickly amassed thousands of people. Read more
  2. Israel: Isreali troops shot dead dozens of Palestinians on the Gaza border as the United States opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. Read more
  3. Lebanon: The first elections since the Arab Spring in 2011 were held in the last few days in Lebanon. Despite the official polls yet to be released, a Hezbollah leader – Hassan Nasrallah declared a “great political and moral victory” and stated that the aims of their election campaign had been “achieved and accomplished”. There is great difficulty in this as many Western nations recognise Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation. Another, major issue is that the voter turn out was only 49.2%. Read more
  4. Syria: Under a deal with the Syrian Governments Russian allies, rebels have been given safe passage to leave the last major enclave to go to a rebel controlled area in Northern Syria. Many believe the rebels were forced into submission due to previous heavy bombing in the area by Russian forces. Read more
  5. Syria: A conflict has begun in Syria between Israel and Iran after Israel struck Iranian targets in Syria as a response to Iranian rocket attacks in the Golan Heights. It is feared a proxy war in the country will commence as tensions are rising in the region between Iran and the United States’ allies. Read more
  6. Yemen: After an interception of two ballistic missiles launched from Houthi’s in Yemen aimed at populated areas in the Kingdom, Saudi Arabia launched air raids targeting the presidential palace that is held by rebels, killing six people and wounding 30 others. Read more
  7. Afghanistan: The Taliban and ISIS armed with machine guns and artillery raided a police base, killing or wounding 25 police officers and kidnapping 31 in hopes to capture the Bilchirgh district. Read more
  8. Afghanistan: A UN investigation has been prompted following reports of Afghan government helicopters launched as many as 12 rockets, and fired machine guns during a religious ceremony celebrating boys who have learnt the Quran by heart. At least least 36 people have died, including 30 children and 71 people have been left wounded. As it was a serious violation of international law, the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was pushed to commence an investigation by the UN, however no findings have yet been made public. Read more


  1. DR Congo: The Ebola virus has returned in a new Ebola outbreak in the country. There have are currently two cases of the virus and seventeen deaths. The international health organisation has taken measures to contain the virus by dedicating USD $1 million and deploying 50 experts to the country. Read more
  2. Nigeria: A gang of cattle thieves have attacked towns in the Birnin Gwari area, setting fire to homes and shooting villagers, many of the victims were children. This is not the first of attacks by cattle thieves in this area. Read more
  3. Nigeria: BBC investigates the current codeine epidemic in Nigeria. This exposé has triggered the Nigerian government to escalate raids and closures of codeine manufacturers. Read more
  4. Nigeria: Eighty-six people are said to have died due to a suicide bombing inside a mosque in Nigeria. It has been stated that Boko Haram was responsible for the attack. Read more
  5. Kenya: Kenya is currently experiencing floods which Kenya’s Red Cross has named a ‘humanitarian crisis’ as 100 people have died and 200,000 people have been displaced since April. The floods have also resulted in a Cholera outbreak. Read more
  6. Mali: Disguised as UN peacekeepers, Mali militants struck two bases in Mali in disguises. Two vehicles were travelling to the bases, both were loaded with explosives and rockets. One of the vehicles exploded, killing one peacekeeper and injuring many others. Read more
  7. South Sudan: Ten aid workers who were previously captured have been returned safely. They were held since April 25th by armed opposition group – Sudan People’s Liberation Movement. Read more
  8. South Africa: One killed, two critically wounded in South Africa mosque attack. Read more

North America

  1. Hawaii: Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano could spew-fridge-sized boulders, experts warn. Read more. Read more
  2. United States: President Trump pulls out of Iran deal and will reimpose economic sanctions upon the country. These sanctions will also extend to European companies who are currently in business with Iran. This is problematic as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani responded stating that they will resume their enrichment program without limitations if the European countries involved in the deal cannot preserve it. Read more

South America 

  1. Nicaragua: Protests began in the country to demonstrate against the President’s pension reforms however they quickly turned violent as the demonstrations shifted towards general anger against the government. Forty-five people have died, however this number is being updated and is presumed to be a higher. The government has approved investigations, however many believe they will not be independent and justice will be void. Read more
  2. Nicaragua: The president has revoked plans that have upset protesters to no avail as they call for “freedom of expression and information and end to violence”. They also call for the president to step down as term limits were scrapped in 2014. The President called for a “national dialogue” to be facilitated by the Church, however the talks between the protesters and the government are yet to take place. Read more
  3. Honduras: Migrants to lose protected US status, face deportation. Those in the US have been given 18 months to leave the country. Read more
  4. Caribbean and Latin America: Interpol, funded by the Canadian government carried out mass raids throughout South America, rescuing 350 victims of human trafficking. Twenty-two people were arrested and cash, mobile phones and computers were seized. Police throughout the region were involved as well France. This was one of many Interpol projects targeted at stopping human trafficking. Read more
  5. Mexico: Demonstrators in Mexico have gathered to bring attention to the widespread disappearances of young people which is said to have reached epidemic proportions with 15,516 people being between 13 and 29,7000 of them being under 18. The demonstrators are also calling for justice by the government against cartels which are largely thought to be responsible for the disappearances. However, it is believed that the government is “dragging their feet” and sometimes even working with the cartels such as during the Ayotzinapa disappearances, in which it is widely thought that the government delivered the students and teachers to the cartel to slaughter. Read more