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Fortnightly News Roundup 13th-27th May 2018

Kim Jong-un meeting with South Korean envoys at the Workers' Party of Korea main building
By Blue House (Republic of Korea), KOGL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=67097750

Kim Jong-un meeting with South Korean envoys at the Workers' Party of Korea main building

By Blue House (Republic of Korea), KOGL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=67097750

Being well informed isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be time consuming. In the first of a new feature, The Yorker is bringing you a fortnightly roundup of national and international news. From the stories you’ve seen to some you might not have, this is everything you need to know from the past two weeks.

Royal wedding

We start off with a spectacle that was hard to miss. On the 19th of May 2018 Prince Harry married Meghan Markle and became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The occasion raised questions about the cost of the wedding, the relevance of the monarchy, and of course the energetic Bishop Michael Curry. It’s probably the last big Royal Wedding we’ll see for a while as it’s unlikely Princess Eugenie (to wed in October this year) will have such a lavish affair.

Robert Mueller probe reaches first anniversary

Taking a trip across the pond for some news you might not have heard of, the special counsel investigation ordered to look into Donald Trump’s 2016 Presidential campaign and any other Russia involvement in the election reached its first-year anniversary. So far, the investigation has indicted 13 people and 3 entities as the pressure increases on President Trump. According to the President’s lawyers, if any wrongdoing is found, Mueller will not indict the President. Instead it seems likely that Mueller will conclude his investigation with a report that will then be sent to Congress. Under the US constitution they have the power to evoke articles of impeachment, which basically removed a sitting President from office. Right now, however, we are very far away from being a reality, but the investigation is one to watch.

North Korea talks

In global news, the ‘will they won’t they’ feel of the talks with North Korea gives new meaning to the term ‘dynamic’. After setting a date for the summit and minting a commemorative coin, Trump pulled out of the talks scheduled to take place on the 12th of June citing the “tremendous anger and open hostility” of North Korea in recent public statements. These hostilities stemming from comments made by US national security adviser John Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence, supposing that the US would be pursuing a ‘Libya model’ for the negotiations. North Korea see this as worrying because this is the very same model that eventually lead to death of Libya’s then leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi at the end of the Libyan civil war. In a surprising move, President Trump walked back on these comments saying that “the Libya model isn’t the model that we have at all when we’re thinking of North Korea.”. However, in another surprising turn of events, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met on Saturday 26th and discussed how to make the US-North Korea summit a success. Right now, peace on the Korean peninsula looks very promising. But only time will tell.

Republic of Ireland vote on abortion rights

In some news closer to home, on the 25th of May the Republic of Ireland voted (66.4% yes, 33.6% no) to repeal the 8th amendment. The 1983 amendment gave an “equal right to life” for mothers and “the unborn”; however, abortions were legal where there was a danger to the mother’s life. Once the amendment is repealed, Ireland’s leadership say they will quickly pass a new law guaranteeing unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks, and beyond that in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities or serious risks to a mother’s health. In the UK, the law states that a woman can have an abortion up to 24 weeks, and after that when there is a substantial risk to the woman’s life, or a foetal abnormality. There was much disagreement over the referendum. Prominent and controversial leader of one of the anti-abortion campaigns, John McGuirk, called the result “a tragedy of historic proportions.”. Our very own Isabelle Kennedy wrote an opinion piece on why Ireland’s referendum matters to women everywhere read it here.

What else do you need to know?

A new study has found humans account for 0.01 % of all life on the planet, but 83% of wild mammals have been lost report The Guardian.


Harvey Weinstein turned himself into the New York police on Friday 25th of May and was subsequently charged with rape and several counts of sexual abuse. His lawyers say he will plead not guilty and has been released a $1m bail bond and ordered to wear an electronic tag.


Morgan Freeman has been accused of sexual harassment by eight women, according to a  CNN report on Thursday 24th of May. Freeman responded to the report by saying: “Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy. I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected – that was never my intent.”


The 22nd of May marked the year anniversary of the Manchester arena bombing where twenty-two people were killed and hundreds injured.


In lighter news, Barbados elected its first ever woman PM, Mia Mottley, since gaining independence from Britain in 1966. She won in a landslide vote.


Muslim officials in Saudi Arabia and the UK confirmed Ramadan begun on the evening of the 16th of May 2018 and will end on the evening of the 14th of June 2018.


It might be possible to bring back the Northern White Rhino with frozen cells, according to this article.


Real Madrid played Liverpool in the Champions League Final and won 3-1.

And finally

Reward yourself for being well informed with this video of a Chow Chow licking a cat.