Africa

Ebola is a reminder of why the world should pay attention to Congo

The current Ebola outbreak in Congo is the second-worst ever, anywhere. But Local wars make it much harder to stop an epidemic from going global.

How Egypt’s president tightened his grip

Behind the scenes, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s closest advisers reworked the constitution to prolong his presidency and tighten his grip on Egypt. Not since the decades-long rule of Hosni Mubarak has so much power been concentrated in the hands of one man.

A Coup Offered Hope to Zimbabwe. Has Its New President Delivered?

In a rare interview, President Emmerson D. Mnangagwa defended his political and economic record.

Europe

US actor Richard Gere calls on Italy to ‘stop demonizing people’ and help stranded migrants

Robert Gere, who compared Salvini’s politics to US politics under Donald Trump as all demonize migrants.

How could MPs intervene to try to block a no-deal Brexit?

Despite the appearance of a political lull as parliament lies quiet over recess, the fight between MPs who want to deliver Brexit on 31 October “do or die” and those against no-deal at all costs is as fierce as ever.

Italy: Far-right leader Matteo Salvini seeks to trigger snap vote

Italy braces for snap election in autumn that could move the country further to the right.

US and Latin America

Jeffrey Epstein dies by suicide in jail cell

Jeffrey Epstein, the well-connected financier accused of orchestrating a sex-trafficking ring, killed himself while awaiting trial in a New York prison.

Some Reasons to Be Skeptical about Trump’s Embrace of Gun Control

Responding to recent mass shootings, Donald Trump has said he’s working on gun-control policy, but he’s notoriously averse to crossing gun owners, who make up a key part of his base.

Venezuela’s Maduro halts talks with opposition after US sanctions

Negotiations scheduled in Barbados on Thursday and Friday shelved as Caracas blames US president for latest impasse.

Asia

Hong Kong police fire tear gas during cat-and-mouse encounters

Hong Kong police fired volleys of tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters on Saturday – sending tourists fleeing weeping in Kowloon – only for demonstrators to regroup and gather elsewhere during another tense, hot and restive weekend.

Why Modi’s Kashmir coup threatens India’s democracy

Clumsy intervention by Trump in dispute over Kashmir may have prompted Indian PM to act

China Said It Closed Muslim Detention Camps. There’s Reason to Doubt That.

Seven days of reporting in the Xinjiang region undermine the government’s claim that it’s winding down its network of indoctrination centers. ‘Graduates’ are still being churned out.

Quotes of the Week.

Toni Morrison, who died this week, aged 88, was the only African American writer and one of the few women to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Here are some of her quotes

“Make up a story… For our sake and yours forget your name in the street; tell us what the world has been to you in the dark places and in the light. Don’t tell us what to believe, what to fear. Show us belief’s wide skirt and the stitch that unravels fear’s caul.”

“I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.”