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Stories of the Week

Same-sex marriage shot down in China. A judge dealt a blow to the country's first same-sex marriage case on Wednesday. The plaintiff, Sun Wenlin, who sued for the right to marry his boyfriend, has said he will appeal. The case has attracted a great deal of attention, and thrust LGBTQ rights in China into the global spotlight.

Impeachment for Dilma Rousseff? Brazil's president is in an increasingly tough position. The country may be getting set to impeach her, and her options are limited. Accused of playing a role in Brazil's Petrobas scandal, the president has decried allegations that she took part, and pushed back on impeachment discussions. Still, the clock is ticking.

Paralysis breakthrough. A paralyzed man was able to move his hand with the assistance of a brain prosthetic.  The finding is groundbreaking, and could have tremendous implications for other individuals with similar circumstances. Further testing is required, but the study that allowed for the hand movement is already being hailed as revolutionary.

(Tony Webster, Flickr)

(Tony Webster, Flickr)


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Regional Updates

South Asia:

Southeast & East Asia:

  • Burma was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday.
  • The prime minister of Singapore was verbally attacked on Facebook by his sister.
  • This snake may have been the world's largest. Nice going, Malaysia.
  • Tensions between China and Taiwan are escalating, this time over the abduction of several Taiwanese nationals who were deported from Kenya.
  • Thailand is sending drunk drivers to work in morgues as punishment.

Europe & Eurasia:

  • As new information emerges surrounding the attacks in Brussels earlier this year, fear across Europe is mounting concerning future threats.
  • Macedonian police used tear gas on refugees attempting to cross the border.
  • David Cameron was forced to address the Panama Papers scandal in front of Britain's parliament. His family has been involved with offshore companies, which came to light when the papers leaked.
  • Iceland's pirate poet prime minister?

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:



  • A Labor senate candidate in Australia is campaigning on the issue of indigenous incarceration, to some acclaim.
  • On that note, an indigenous actor, Jack Charles, is calling for greater cultural training for taxi drivers in the country after he was yet again refused service in a seemingly racially-motivated incident. Charles wants a sit-down meeting between taxi drivers, police, and other society leaders to discuss systemic racial profiling. 
  • Australia and China are cautiously cultivating their trade relationship.

Quote of the Week:

From the raw, salty Gulf waters to the fishing dredges, through oystermen’s coolers to Bourbon Street’s famed oyster bars, then heaped in a 1,300-ton pile of slowly curing shells 63 miles south of New Orleans, and finally to a newly engineered reef in Biloxi Marsh, in front of Lake Pontchartrain, the shell moves slowly toward reunion with salt water and anthropogenic purpose. - Reconsider the Oyster (Arielle Milkman, The Morning News)

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