April 10–16, 2017

 Supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gather at a rally to campaign for the ‘yes’ vote in the recent Turkish referendum. || Ozan Kose/Agence France-Presse, Getty Images

Supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gather at a rally to campaign for the ‘yes’ vote in the recent Turkish referendum. || Ozan Kose/Agence France-Presse, Getty Images

Africa

The United States has announced its intentions to send troops to Somalia to train forces fighting al-Shabaab, an Islamist militant group whose presence in the region has been growing.

Asia

China and the United States are currently exploring options in response to the recent North Korean military parade that showed off nuclear missiles. The United States has stated that it will launch a preemptive strike with conventional weapons if officials are convinced that North Korea conducts another nuclear test.

Japan is planning to push forward with agreeing to activate the Trans-Pacific Partnership, reversing its former policy as Japan previously only agreed to activate with American support. The United States left the TPP under the Trump earlier this year.

Europe

In the weeks leading up to the French Presidential Election, left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon has been surging in the polls, potentially leading to a four-way contest in the first round of the elections.

Turkish citizens voted ‘yes’ in a referendum that proposed sweeping changes to the Turkish Constitution, with the yes campaign receiving 51 percent of the votes. The constitutional changes would abolish the Office of the Prime Minister, grant the Presidency more executive powers, and potentially allow current President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to stay in power until 2029. Meanwhile, opposition parties and foreign observers have criticized the referendum as unfair and unfree.

Middle East

In an attack against Islamic State militants, the United States army dropped the largest conventional bomb ever used in combat in the Afghan province of Nangarhar. Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has denounced the attack, stating that it was treasonous that Afghan officials allowed the operation to proceed.

Russia has vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution to investigate the gas attack in Syria, which the United States and its allies have blamed on the Assad government. Former Syrian weapons chief Zaher al-Sakat has claimed that Syria still has tonnes of chemical weapons stockpiled.

South America

Brazilian stadiums used during the 2014 FIFA World Cup are being investigated due to recent testimony released that builders and politicians illegally profited from their construction.

Electoral officials in Ecuador have ordered a partial recount of votes in the previous Presidential Election after allegations of fraud by the opposing party. Guillermo Lasso of the centre-right Creating Opportunities party won the previous election, defeating his Socialist opponent Lenin Moreno with 51 percent of the vote.

Paraguayan President Horacio Cortes has dropped his bid to amend the constitution and run for reelection after his proposal incited riots that burned down the Parliament House.