The world this week--Politics
Exceptionally heavy monsoon rains over two months have caused devastating floods in Pakistan, killing more than 1,100 people and leaving a third of the country under water.
Shehbaz Sharif, the prime minister, said that a million homes have been wrecked and thousands of miles of roads destroyed.
The climate minister described it as a “catastrophe”, blaming countries that have become “rich on the back of fossil fuels”.
Separately, the IMF approved a $1.1bn payout to Pakistan after the government implemented an austerity budget, which included sharp increases in fuel and food prices amid high inflation.
The measures have quickly made the new government unpopular.
The IMF also reached an agreement to provide Sri Lanka with a $2.9bn loan to help it through its worst economic crisis since independence in 1948.
As part of the agreement Sri Lanka must implement serious tax reforms.
Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela’s autocratic ruler, received Colombia’s new ambassador to the country.
It marks the re-establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries, which had been severed since 2019.
Gustavo Petro, Colombia’s left-wing president, who recently assumed office, has also announced that the border will be reopened, and that military relations may be restored, too.
A truth commission set up by the Mexican government said that six of the 43 students who went missing in 2014 were kept alive in a warehouse for several days.
An official at the commission claimed that a local army commander ordered their killings.
A week earlier, the attorney-general who oversaw the original investigation into the disappearances was arrested by federal agents.
Supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr, a rabble-rousing Iraqi cleric, breached the fortified seat of Iraq’s government and tried to march on the home of a former prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki, sparking gun battles that killed at least 30 people.
The protests come after months of deadlock in which Mr Sadr, whose party won the most seats in elections last year, has been unable to form a government.
At least 32 people were killed and more than 100 injured in clashes between rival militias in Tripoli, the capital of Libya.
The government said that the violence broke out when one group of armed men began “firing randomly at a convoy”.
Angola’s ruling party, the MPLA, which has run the country since its independence in 1975, claimed victory with 51% of the vote in a general election that was widely expected to be rigged.
The main opposition, UNITA, which ostensibly won 44%, rejected the result and has filed official complaints.