Weekly News Round-Up 10/25/15-10/30/15: All Hallowstober

Stories of the Week

Earthquake. A devastating earthquake ripped through South Asia early Monday, originating in Afghanistan but causing multiple casualties in Pakistan. It was also felt in India. The final casualty count is unknown at present, but it isn’t looking good, and even the Taliban have promised they won’t target aid groups headed into the mountains to search for people.

Don’t ever body-slam a high school student, please. A police officer in a high school took it upon himself to personally tackle and seriously attack a young female student after she reportedly mouthed off to him. Though accounts of the incident differ, the physical footage of the encounter was filmed (and is linked lower down). It is pretty horrifying. That the student was African-American adds an additional layer of “oh no” to this.

Paul Ryan ascends the throne. Conservative (though apparently not-conservative-enough for many rank-and-file Republicans) Paul Ryan will be the next Speaker of the House, in all likelihood. This means no immigration bill, probably.

Polar bears in Greenland. (ser_is_snarkish | flickr)
Polar bears in Greenland. (ser_is_snarkish | flickr)

Blues Buzz

Regional Updates

South Asia:

Southeast & East Asia:

  • Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, visited the US as deadly fires raged across his nation. Neighboring Malaysia and Singapore have also been affected.
  • The US and China are going head to head over the South China Sea.
  • China has reportedly abandoned its one-child policy. Couples will now be able to have two children.

Europe & Eurasia:

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:



  • Climate change denial remains an issue in Australia despite the ousting of Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Blue Out: Giant military blimp gone rogue.