World News Snapshot – April 2017

Stephanie Katherine Y., Co-Editor/Contributor

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April 2017. Here’s what you need to know in the world:

Tensions Escalate Over North Korea’s Nuclear Program

The New York Times calls the current tensions with North Korea a “Cuban missile crisis in slow motion.” On Sunday, a missile blew up almost immediately after its launch. President Trump and his aides warned that the U.S. was losing patience. Pyongyang is also thought to be preparing to conduct its sixth nuclear test.

Tighter grip in Turkey

A slim majority of voters agreed on Sunday to grant sweeping powers to the office of president, a move that the opposition fear may cement authoritarian rule by the incumbent, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey, a crucial partner of the U.S., is one of the leading external players in the Syrian civil war and a major way station along immigration routes to Europe.

Where justice seems out of reach

More than 400,000 people have been killed in the Syrian war. Half the country’s population has been displaced. Tens of thousands languish in government custody in circumstances the U.N. considers a crime against humanity.

Thanks for taking a moment to read some of the major headlines around the world. Check back next month for more headlines.

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World News Snapshot – April 2017