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World June 06, 2020
Trump threats add fuel to US turmoil
Trump’s response to George Floyd’s killing fuels racial tensions. Hong Kong bans vigil for Tiananmen Square massacre. New Zealand lifts coronavirus restrictions. Concerns raised about impact of Covid-19 on girls’ education and child marriages.
World May 23, 2020
Trump issues WHO reforms ultimatum
Donald Trump threatens to withdraw WHO funding. Concerns about depiction of Tongan shipwreck story. Cyclone hits Bay of Bengal. Félicien Kabuga to be tried for Rwanda genocide. International borders reopening cautiously.
World May 30, 2020
Beijing security laws reignite HK protests
United States belts Victoria over Beijing ties. Deal to broadcast Australian television content across the Pacific. China’s national security law reignites Hong Kong protests. Boris Johnson’s chief adviser keeps job despite lockdown trip.
World May 16, 2020
Media wars press home US–China conflict
US and China in tit-for-tat media expulsions. Vanuatu reviewing “cash for passports” scheme. Russians back to work despite growing virus toll. India’s slum dwellers starving in lockdown.
World May 09, 2020
Trans-Tasman bubble may extend to Pacific
Jacinda Ardern attends Australia’s national cabinet to discuss regional travel. US–China dispute over Covid-19 origin. Trans rights threatened in Hungary. Migrant workers hit hard by coronavirus shutdowns.
World May 02, 2020
Kim Jong-un’s absence prompts successor speculation
Falling approval ratings for Donald Trump. Fiji uses pandemic to argue for crackdown on free speech. Growing calls to impeach Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro. Mysterious absence of Kim Jong-un raises speculation on successor.
World April 25, 2020
Hong Kong emerges to new China threat
Crackdown comes in Hong Kong as Covid-19 lockdown set to ease. Oil price plummets as global economies tank. Vanuatu elects new prime minister. Netanyahu and Gantz agree to power-sharing deal in Israel.
World April 18, 2020
Biden leads polls as Trump lays blame
Bernie Sanders backs Joe Biden’s presidential bid. The Pacific cleans up after Cyclone Harold. Repressive regimes downplay Covid-19. Locust infestation in east Africa.
World April 11, 2020
Dominic Raab takes reins as Johnson has stint in ICU
Britain being led by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab as Boris Johnson remains in hospital. Cyclone Harold wreaks havoc on Pacific islands. Authoritarian and anti-democratic regimes try to control Covid-19 information. Coronavirus pandemic and international emissions targets.
World April 04, 2020
Poor flee cities as India locks down
Poor Indian workers flee cities in lockdown. Widodo resists calls for large-scale lockdown. Singapore high court upholds anti-gay law. Jair Bolsonaro urges Brazilian businesses to reopen.
World March 28, 2020
Christchurch killer pleads guilty in NZ
US and China fight over coronavirus. Guilty plea over Christchurch mosque killings. Detention and torture of Egyptian children exposed. Women at the forefront of Indian protests.
World March 21, 2020
Idlib ceasefire benefits al-Assad
Covid-19 and the US presidential election. Samoan chief found guilty of human trafficking in NZ. Ceasefire in Idlib, Syria. Chance to form government in Israel.
World March 14, 2020
Michigan defeat a big blow to Sanders
Joe Biden continues his march towards a likely Democratic presidential nomination. Pacific Islands adopt strict measures to stave off COVID-19. Saudi princes arrested as Mohammed bin Salman slashes oil prices. Historic women’s protest in Mexico.