Weekly News Round-Up 1/12/15-1/16/15: A Whole New-Old World

Welcome back! It’s 2015 and this blog is finally back in the States! The new year has already brought significant chaos: violence in France has kicked off an international debate on free speech and left the country’s Muslims under attack and its Jews eying mass immigration to Israel. A massacre in Nigeria orchestrated by Boko Haram has left the country further stunned, and in the US House Republicans are clashing increasingly with their slightly more moderate Senate counterparts as much as with President Obama. Additionally as a planet we are destroying the world’s oceans and apparently are close to violating the limits of what Earth can offer us. Comforting. Happy 2015, and a happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend to the Americans following this blog!

More than 3 million people took part in unity marches across France after 17 people died during three days of deadly attacks in Paris. The marchers wanted to demonstrate unity after the attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, police officers, and a kosher supermarket.
More than 3 million people took part in unity marches across France after 17 people died during three days of deadly attacks in Paris. The marchers wanted to demonstrate unity after the attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, police officers, and a kosher supermarket.
Indian fishermen on their way to take part in a community fishing event at the Magh Bihu festival in Assam, India. The festival marks the end of the winter harvesting.
Indian fishermen on their way to take part in a community fishing event at the Magh Bihu festival in Assam, India. The festival marks the end of the winter harvesting.
In Mexico, a protester confronts military police officers during a demonstration by relatives and activists of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College who disappeared in September. National prosecutors say police handed the students to criminal gangs who murdered them and burnt their bodies, but only one student's remains have been identified.
In Mexico, a protester confronts military police officers during a demonstration by relatives and activists of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College who disappeared in September. National prosecutors say police handed the students to criminal gangs who murdered them and burnt their bodies, but only one student’s remains have been identified.

images / bbc

Assorted Stand-Outs:

 

 

South Asia:

Southeast & East Asia:

Europe & Eurasia:

  • As the anti-Islamic PEGIDA movement gains traction, Germany‘s leaders struggle to keep the peace.
  • Turkey ponders the future of Islam.
  • France‘s Muslims have suffered more than anyone else in the time following the Hebdo attacks. French leader François Hollande has vowed to safeguard all of France’s religions.
  • Jews in the country are terrified too. However, the bravery of one Muslim man has helped protect some of them.
  • Belgian police killed two people in a national raid on suspected militants.
  • War between Russia and the Ukraine continues.
  • Russia’s hero cat, Masha.

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:

  • 2,000 people were killed by Boko Haram in Nigeria in what is the world’s largest tragedy this year so far.
  • Boko Haram is using ten year old girls to carry out suicide attacks.
  • An extraordinary doctor in Sierra Leone died of Ebola — why?
  • A senior LRA commander from the CAR will be sent to the Hague to face criminal charges.
  • Flooding in Malawi has displaced thousands.

Americas:

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