Weekly News Round-Up 8/24/15-8/28/15: Down Like The Dow Jones

Stories of the Week

China’s economic collapse? China’s stock market has crashed in a big way, and the damage could cause a global recession. That’s the worst case scenario but even the best case doesn’t look very good.

Saudi feminism. In the notorious oil monarchy, women are being allowed to register to vote and run for office in the nation’s December municipal elections. Of course, this might not be the sea change many hope — women in the kingdom face tremendous setbacks in nearly every aspect of life. But still, it’s something!

Live shootings. A reporter and a cameraman were shot and killed on live TV while reporting a story in Roanoke, Virginia. The killer, who had been fired by the channel in 2013, filmed the shooting and uploaded it to social media, sparking outcry from some who felt the footage wasn’t taken down fast enough. Those close to the victims have been calling for gun control regulation.


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Regional Updates

South Asia:

Southeast & East Asia:

  • Global markets are falling as China’s currency plummets.
  • North and South Korea are in each other’s faces again. The two countries reached a deal on Monday to soothe nerves, but tensions remain high between the two enemies.
  • Twelve people have been arrested in connection with the Chinese bombings of several weeks ago.
  • Singapore has dissolved its government and called for elections.

Europe & Eurasia:

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:

  • Clerics in the CAR are concerned that upcoming elections could spark sectarian violence.
  • Security forces in Burundi reportedly used torture tactics against political opponents, says Amnesty International.
  • Sierra Leone‘s last known Ebola patient was released singing and dancing.


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