TL;DR: WEEK OF 13 JANUARY

MON: NORTHERN IRELAND JOINS THE PRIDE PARADE 13 January is a monumental day for the LGBTQIA+ community in Northern Ireland, with gay couples given the right to register their marriages. (Photo Credits: The Wall Street Journal) Read more about it at BBC News.  …

TL;DR: WEEK OF 30 DECEMBER

WED: HONG KONG USHERS IN THE NEW YEAR WITH TEARGAS AND MOLOTOVS Over a million Hongkongers turned up for a pro-democracy rally on New Year’s Eve. A march against parallel trading also occurred on Sunday. Both turned violent with over 400 people arrested across…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 23 DECEMBER

TUES: AUSTRALIA IS BURNING WORSE THAN EVER BEFORE Every year, Australia battles with bush fires. As a result, the habitats of numerous wildlife are destroyed and citizens are suffering from soaring temperatures and poor air quality. (Picture Credits: Jaye Young Seah) Read more about…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 16 DECEMBER

TUE: SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT SEEKS CLARIFICATION FROM WASHINGTON POST OVER POFMA POST  The Singapore Government has accused the Washington Post of “perpetuating false allegations” with their decision to partially publish the Singapore Government’s defence of POFMA. (Picture Credits: The New Paper) Read more about this…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 9 DECEMBER

TUE: RUSSIAN DOPING NOT DOPE  The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has banned Russia from all major sporting events for four years. Despite the ban, the athletes can compete in competitions under a neutral flag. (Picture Credits: Financial Times) Read more about the ban at…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 28 OCTOBER

TUE: ISIS NAMES AL-QURAISHI AS NEW LEADER OF ISIS Following a US special forces raid in Idlib, ISIS names Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi as the successor to former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (Picture Credits: BBC) Read more about the profile of ISIS’ new…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 21 OCTOBER

TUE: NETANYAHU FAILS TO FORM NEW COALITION GOVERNMENT Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu fails to form a new coalition government, and it’s all up to ex-military chief Benny Gantz to form his coalition and succeed as Israel’s next Prime Minister. (Picture Credits: Times of Israel)…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 14 OCTOBER

FRI: EBOLA VACCINE SEES GREEN LIGHT AT THE END OF EUROPE’S REGULATIONS European drug regulators approve American drugmaker Merck’s vaccine Ervebo, as a licensed treatment against the Ebola virus. (Picture Credits: Reuters) Read more about the planned developments after the vaccine’s approval at Reuters.…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 7 OCTOBER

MON: SINGAPORE TAKES ON VICE SYNDICATES In a bid to protect women from trafficking and exploitation, amendments to the Women’s Charter have been proposed to give police greater jurisdiction over online vice-related offences. (Picture Credits: TODAY Online) Read more about the proposed amendments to…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 23 SEPTEMBER

MON: HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE AN ENVIRONMENTALIST SCORNED “This is all wrong” exclaimed Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg at the UN climate summit. Thunberg was on a panel with other climate activists to encourage countries to meet the goals of the Paris…