March 13–19, 2017

 Dutch PM Mark Rutte | Patrick Post, AP

Dutch PM Mark Rutte | Patrick Post, AP

Africa

The Government of South Sudan has rejected a UN report accusing the country of continued spending on weapons amid famine. Over 700 000 people have already fled the country for Uganda due to its current conditions.

Asia

China and Saudi Arabia have signed a cooperation agreement estimated at $65 billion. The deal focuses on joint efforts in energy, finance, and aerospace.

Europe

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has requested a second independence referendum in light of Britain’s expected exit from the European Union.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has won a third term after his incumbent party won the most seats in the latest General Election.

With increasing tensions between the Netherlands and Turkey, various European countries have banned rallies in support of the Turkish referendum.

North America

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has called for possible military action against North Korea after its recent missile tests.

South America

Dozens of Brazilian meatpacking company officials have been arrested in Operation Weak Flesh after they were found to have bribed government inspectors to keep rotten meat on the market.