29 Apr 2019
In the same week China organised the second Belt and Road Forum, the sentencing of four Occupy leaders in Hong Kong marked the end of years of prosecutions and tens of thousands protested against a government plan to allow extraditions to mainland China. In China: A lift crash left 11 people dead, the government formally arrested the former head of Interpol Meng Hongwei, and the Belt and Road Forum drew representatives from over 150 countries. And in Hong Kong, four of nine Occupy leaders were sentenced up to 16 months for their involvement in the 2014 Umbrella Movement, and an extradition proposal sparked one of the biggest protests in recent years.

AFRICA

THE ASIA-PACIFIC

EUROPE

THE MIDDLE EAST

  • Following parliamentary approval last week, voters in Egypt – with 88.8 per cent voting in favour – approved changes which would allow President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to extend his stint and to expand his powers.
  • For terror-related crimes, Saudi Arabia executed 37 people, one of whom was crucified. Whether the trials were fair is in dispute.

NORTH AMERICA

  • Measles spread to Los Angeles, California, bringing the national total to 626 confirmed cases across 22 states. Later in the week, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 2019 is now the worst year for measles in 25 years.
  • A small plane crash in Texas left six people dead.
  • Having withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal last year, the Trump administration announced it was ending waivers which had allowed eight countries to continue their imports of Iranian oil.

LATIN AMERICA

  • Between 2017 and 2018, the murder rate in Brazil decreased by 13 per cent. And while the increasingly unpopular President Jair Bolsonaro should not take the credit, this trend can only be sustained by legislative reforms and policy improvements.
  • Central American asylum-seekers in the United States mainly come from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and research is showing that amidst violence in their countries they are subject to sexual violence and human trafficking during their journeys up North.
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/2019/04/27/the-weekly-global-roundup-the-news-from-china-and-hong-kong-april-22-to-27-2019/

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