Britain started the process of leaving the European Union.
America’s secretary of state,Rex Tillerson, went to Moscow where he
urged the Russians to drop their support for the Assad regime in Syria.
The talks came after America fired a barrage of cruise missiles at the
Syrian air-force base that had launched a chemical attack that killed at
least 85 civilians. The swift American response to Syria’s use of
chemical weapons was a surprise, signalling a shift in the Trump
administration’s hither to stand-offish approach. But a meeting of G7
foreign ministers rejected new sanctions against Russia.
A chemical-weapons attack on a rebel-held town near the Syrian city of
Idlib killed at least 85 civilians, the deadliest such assault in
Syria’s long and bloody civil war since August 2013. Bashar al-Assad’s
regime denied responsibility: only the Russians said they believed it.
International condemnation came thick and fast, including at the UN
Security Council. Donald Trump said Syria had crossed “many, many
lines”,but did not say what, if anything,he would do.
Scotland’s devolved parliament voted to request from the British
government permission to hold a second independence referendum.
Two bomb attacks at Christian churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday killed at
least 44 people. Islamic State claimed responsibility. Egypt’s president
declared a three-month state of emergency.
of the capital
it is frequently referred to by
Israel authorised the construction of the first new settlement in the
West Bank for more than 20 years, following the earlier dismantling of a
settlement site at Amona that was illegal under Israeli law.
Demonstrators staged anticorruption protests in nearly 100 cities across
Russia, responding to a call by the opposition leader Aleksei Navalny.
America may approve the sale of war planes to Nigeria to assist it in
its fight against Boko Haram, a jihadist group. That would reverse
America’s previous policy of withholding arms because of concerns about
human-rights abuses by the Nigerian army.
Standard & Poor’s cut South Africa’s debt to junk status for the first
time since 2000 after President Jacob Zuma sacked the respected finance
minister,Pravin Gordhan, and replaced him with a loyalist. The rand
German authorities said they were investigating whether Turkey’s
intelligence services had spied on Turkish-German citizens whom they
suspected of allegiance to the exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen.
African migrants trying to reach Europe are being taken captive and sold
in “slave markets” in Libya, the International Organisation for
Migration has said, citing the testimony of victims.
An investigation into Mozambique’s irregular borrowing of millions of
dollars has widened, with banks asked to provide information on accounts
held by the former president, Armando Guebuza. Last year it emerged that
the government had concealed nearly $1.4bn in borrowing.
Boyko Borisov and his pro-European,centre-right GERB party came first in
Bulgaria’s parliamentary elections with 33% of the vote.
Hakainde Hichilema, the leader of the main opposition party in Zambia,
was arrested on charges of treason. Mr Hichilema lost a presidential
election in 2016 by a narrow margin in a poll that he claimed was
More mass graves were discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s
central Kasai province. The UN says they contain the bodies of as many
as 400 people, including women and children, killed amid clashes between
the army and a rebel group.
The Hungarian government proposed new higher education laws which the
Central European University (CEU) in Budapest said would force it to
Sabres are rattling
China and South Korea agreed that sanctions on North Korea should be
stiffened if it conducted another nuclear test. America dispatched what
Donald Trump described as an “armada” to nearby waters.North Korea said
it was ready to engage in “any mode of war desired” by the United
A military court in Pakistan sentenced an alleged Indian spy to death.
It claimed that Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian naval officer, had been
fomenting terrorism in the state of Balochistan.
Police and soldiers in the central Philippines clashed with suspected
members of Abu Sayyaf, an Islamic terrorist group which normally
operates in the south of the country. Five terrorists, three soldiers
and a policeman were killed in the fighting.
Venezuela’s supreme court took over the powers of the legislature, which
is controlled by the opposition to the socialist regime, and then
reversed its decision. The national assembly remains neutered by the
court’s earlier rulings; the Organisation of American States called on
Venezuela to restore its full powers. Security forces fought protesters
in Caracas with tear gas, water cannons and pepper spray.
Over the objections of Venezuela’s socialist government,members of the
Organisation of American States held a debate on the country’s
humanitarian crisis and the government’s assault on its democracy.
The nuclear option 核选择
Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as a justice on the Supreme Court. The Senate
confirmed his nomination after the Republican leadership changed the
rules. From now on a president’s appointments to the court will be
confirmed by a simple majority, rather than the three-fifths majority
required by a filibuster.
Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee,stepped
aside from its investigation into links between the Trump campaign and
Russian officials. Mr Nunes had come under pressure for his ties to Team
美洲国家协会呈请委内瑞拉玻利瓦尔共和国（República Bolivariana de Venezuela）过来其全方位权力。安全部队在休斯敦与示威者发生争辩，并利用了催泪瓦斯，水炮和花椒喷雾剂。
Revisionist history 改正主义务工作学
Marine Le Pen, the presidential candidate of France’s National Front,
denied that France was responsible for a round-up of 13,000 Jews who
were sent to Nazi concentration camps. She argued that the
collaborationist Vichy regime did not represent France. French Jewish
groups protested. Though French presidents have said similar things, Ms
Le Pen leads a party with a history of outright Holocaust denial.
Valeriya Gontareva resigned as the governor of Ukraine’s central bank.
Ms Gontareva has been credited with stabilising the economy after the
Russian annexation of Crimea.She also closed 80 banks for their links to
money laundering.But she had received death threats and said that the
pressure was unbearable.
In a presumed jihadist attack, a man stole a lorry in Stockholmand drove
it into the front of a department store, killing four people. Police
arrested an immigrant from Uzbekistan who admitted to committing a
terrorist act at a court appearance.
Close to 300 people died in landslides in the town of Mocoa in
south-western Colombia. At least 400 people are still missing.
Donald Trump, America’s president, signed an executive order aimed at
undoing environmental rules introduced by Barack Obama.
Keeping your opponents down 让您的对手无法翻身
The government of Venezuela banned Henrique Capriles, a state governor
who belongs to the opposition, from running for office for 15 years,
triggering large demonstrations in Caracas and other cities in which two
people died. Mr Capriles nearly defeated the president,Nicolás Maduro,
in an election in 2013. He won’t be able to run in the next one, due in
A justice of Brazil’s supreme court approved investigations of eight
members of Michel Temer’s presidential cabinet and more than 60
congressmen.The investigations are connected to the Petrobras scandal,
in which contractors funnelled cash to politicians in return for padded
contracts with the state-controlled firm.
Labour unions in Argentina held a general strike in protest against the
government’s austerity policy. Mauricio Macri, who became president in
December 2015, is trying to undo the populist legacy of his predecessor,
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
America, Canada and Mexico are to bid together to host the football
World Cup in 2026. Donald Trump, who wants to build a wall between
America and Mexico, “encouraged” the idea, said Sunil Gulati, president
of the United States’ soccer federation.
在哥伦比亚（República de Colombia）西西部的莫科阿镇，近300人死于山体滑坡。至少400人照旧失踪。
Lenín Moreno narrowly won Ecuador’s presidential election,defeating
Guillermo Lasso, a conservative former banker. Mr Moreno, a former
vice-president, is the political heir of the current left-wing
president, Rafael Correa, who greatly expanded social-welfare spending,
and restricted press freedoms and the independence of the judiciary.Mr
Lasso said the vote count was fraudulent.
Fighting between coalition forces and Islamic State continued in Mosul.
America’s top commander in Iraq, investigating the collapse of a
building in the city that killed as many as 200 civilians, said “we
probably had a role in these casualties.”However, Lieut-General Stephen
Townsend suggested further investigation would be required to assess
whether Islamic State coerced civilians into the building and rigged it
with explosives following coalition air strikes.
Protesters set fire to Paraguay’s congress after the ruling Colorado
Party set up a separate senate to enact laws that would allow the
president, Horacio Cartes, to run for re-election. One person was killed
Unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo grew as Catholic bishops
withdrew from mediating between the government and opposition.
The king of Thailand promulgated the country’s 20th constitution since
Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s president, recalled the country’s finance
minister, Pravin Gordhan, from an investor roadshow—sparking speculation
that he may be fired. Mr Gordhan, who is trying to curb cronyism, has
been at odds with the president over thepast year.
- In theory,this paves the way for the restoration of civilian
government after the military coup of 2014. But the ruling junta has yet
to set a date for elections.
南非共和国（The Republic of South Africa）总统Jacob·祖马（Jacob Zuma）把该国财政分公司长普Lavin·戈尔丹（Pravin
Ahmed Kathrada, an antiapartheid activist, died in Johannesburg, South
Africa.He had been sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964 along with
Japan said its ambassador to South Korea would return to Seoul. He had
been recalled three months ago amid a row about statues commemorating
Korean women forced into prostitution by Japan during the second world
Kathrada）在南非共和国（The Republic of South Africa）首尔过逝。他曾与Nelson·曼德拉一同在19陆伍年被判刑终生软禁。
Police and soldiers battled four terrorists at an apartment building in
Bangladesh. One of them detonated a bomb at a police cordon nearby,
killing six people and wounding 50 others, in the country’s first
indiscriminate suicide bombing.Members of the armed forces killed the
North Korea tested a ballistic missile on the eve of a summit between
Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, XiJinping, at which the two
were expected to discuss how to curb North Korea’s nuclear programme.
Prosecutors in South Korea asked a court for an arrest warrant for
former president Park Geun-hye, who was removed from office earlier this
month by the constitutional court.
China announced plans to build a city in Hebei, the province surrounding
Beijing, to ease pressure on the capital caused by its surging
population. Businesses and universities will be encouraged to move to
the “Xiongan New Area”, the proposed name of the development. Officials
say it will be a “special zone”, of similar importance to the economic
powerhouses of Pudong and Shenzhen.
An American immigration judge granted asylum to Amos Yee, a teenage
blogger from Singapore. The judge ruled that Mr Yee’s repeated
prosecution in Singapore for hate speech had been a pretext to punish
him for his criticism of the government.
Donald Trump removed Steve Bannon, his chief political adviser, from the
National Security Council, two months after appointing him.
North Carolina’s legislature repealed a controversial law that required
transgender people to use public lavatories according to the sex stated
on their birth certificate.
Republicans in the Senate vowed to force a vote over the confirmation of
Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Democrats said they had enough votes
to block his appointment by a filibuster.
A bomb in the St Petersburg metro killed at least 14 people and injured
more than 50 others. Russian authorities said it was a terrorist
attack,and that a 22-year-old man from Kyrgyzstan had been the
Aleksandar Vucic won Serbia’s presidential election with 55% of the
vote. Mr Vucic,who has been prime minister since 2014, is a former
nationalist hardliner who is now an enthusiastic proponent of Serbia’s
candidacy for the EU.
Vucic）以5五％的选票赢得了塞尔维亚（Република Србија）总统公投。201肆年以来一向肩负总统的武齐奇曾是一名前民族主义强硬派，今后是塞尔维亚（Република Србија）入欧候选的热心肠扶助者。
Hungary’s government passed legislation that threatens to shut down the
Central European University. It complains that the university,founded by
George Soros, a philanthropist, offers degrees that are recognised
abroad.This is apparently a bad thing.Thousands marched in Budapest to
oppose the law.