15 Apr 2019
The past week in Brazil was marked by deaths and violence as well as political uncertainty surrounding President Jair Bolsonaro. The collapse of two buildings, following heavy rain and flash floods causing heavy runoff, killed at least two people, while army personnel who mistook a car as belonging to robbers killed one when they opened fire on a family driving to a baby shower. Over the collapse of a mine-waste dam in January, prosecutors plan to file criminal charges against mining giant Vale and its employees. And since his electoral victory last year, Mr. Bolsonaro has been embroiled in multiple controversies with few policies to show for, resulting in a disappointing approval rating of just 34 per cent (compared to his winning vote proportion of over 55 per cent).





  • An explosive device in Afghanistan killed three American service members and a contractor.
  • The first move of its kind, the United States designed Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organisation.
  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to form Israel’s next government. Even though the parties of the prime minister and his rival – who conceded defeat – are set to secure about 35 seats each, major right-wing parties have voiced support for Mr. Netanyahu.
  • In Libya, since a renegade general ordered his forces to march on the capital, at least 21 people have been killed in clashes.
  • A bomb attack in Raqqa, Syria killed eight people.


  • Tornadoes in the south of the United States – from Alabama to Texas – killed at least three people.
  • In the same week, New York City, New York, declared a public health emergency because of the spread of measles.
  • A gas explosion and partial building collapse in North Carolina left one person killed.
  • In the United States, thus far, there has been more cases of measles in the first three months of 2019 than in all of 2018.
  • Homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen tendered her resignation, as President Donald Trump remains frustrated with border issues. Other top-ranking officials within the Department of Homeland Security were also pushed out.


This roundup was written by Kwan Jin Yao (Master in Public Policy, 2017) and covers news summaries across six regions: Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America.

This article was first published at https://kwanjinyao.com/2019/04/13/the-weekly-global-roundup-deaths-violence-and-political-uncertainty-in-brazil-april-8-to-13-2019/

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