March 20–26, 2017

 House Speaker Paul Ryan after a debate on the American Health Care Act || Gabriella Demczuk,  The New York Times

House Speaker Paul Ryan after a debate on the American Health Care Act || Gabriella Demczuk, The New York Times

Africa

Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian dictator who was ousted in a 2011 coup, has been released from prison.

Political unrest has continued to worsen in the Congolese provinces of West and East Kasai, spreading to nearby provinces. The conflict currently involves a tribal militia led by Kamwina Nsapu, who is fighting government forces for recognition of his authority.

Asia

Carrie Lam, the newly-elected Chief Executive of Hong Kong, has pledged to improve relations with the Chinese government and planned to begin arresting activists involved with the Umbrella Movement.

Europe

Anti-corruption protests led by over 7000 people break out in Moscow, the largest seen in Russia since 2012.

Denmark’s government reached zero foreign currency debt for the first time in 183 years.

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen called for an end on sanctions against Russia due to its annexation of Crimea, after a meeting with President Vladimir Putin.

North America

The Canadian government has announced that marijuana will be legalized by 2018. Provinces will have the right to decide how it will be distributed and sold.

The United States TSA introduced a ban on all electronic devices larger than cellphones on flights originating from 13 Middle Eastern countries.

The House of Representatives has found leads on its investigation on Donald Trump’s connections with Russia in disrupting the recent presidential election, stating that more than circumstantial evidence was found.

The Republican-led US House of Representatives has withdrawn the American Health Care Act, the alternative to repeal the Affordable Care Act due to fragmented support.

NSA Official Richard Ledgett stated that the organization’s surveillance program should have been disclosed to Americans.