April 17–23, 2017

 Emmanuel Macron at a rally. || Rancois Nascimbeni, AFP/Getty Images

Emmanuel Macron at a rally. || Rancois Nascimbeni, AFP/Getty Images

Africa

Ayo Oke, the head of Nigeria’s National Intelligence Agency, has been caught with $43 million in cash, where government sources state that the funds came from illegal activities. The crackdown comes in a series of anti-corruption initiatives ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari in the previous months.

Asia

With tensions increasing between North Korea and its neighbours, China’s foreign ministry has expressed frustration with North Korea’s recent belligerent activity. In a trip to the DMZ, US Vice President Mike Pence has warned that the United States will take a much more aggressive approach to North Korea. Meanwhile, Japan has also been planning for an outbreak of refugees in event of a crisis in the Korean Peninsula.

Europe

Candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen won the most votes, with 24 and 21 percent respectively in the first round of the French Presidential Election. The two will advance to the runoff election on May 7. Macron, the left-leaning founder of the En Marche! party, is projected to win the election against Le Pen, the leader of the far-right National Front party.

Middle East

With one month remaining until the Iranian Presidential election, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a former President, has been barred from running for reelection. Although no official reason has been given, his bid for reelection had already been disapproved by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

In a visit to Saudi Arabia, US Defence Minister Jim Mattis called for a political solution between the Saudi-backed Sunni coalition and the Iranian-backed Houthi coalition that would end the current civil war in Yemen.

North America

The US government has prepared charges seeking the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for his role in assisting Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden to leak classified documents, as well as leaking documents from hacked DNC servers the previous year. The Justice Department’s investigation of Assange has since dated back to 2010.

South America

Venezuelans across the country took to the streets in protest of President Nicolás Maduro, whose administration has been accused of becoming increasingly authoritarian and been blamed for worsening the country’s economic and social crisis. Maduro has violently put down demonstrators with 24 already dead after three weeks of protests and hundreds more arrested.

Worldwide

On Earth Day, millions worldwide took to the streets in the March for Science, a series of rallies calling international governments to support evidence-based policy. Many scientists have joined the protest, stating that they are seeing a global political assault on facts.