International Newsem: Global News That Rhymes

Pollution has become so bad in Beijing
That an Orange Alert warns against breathing
[outside]. Some factories have closed to mitigate the smog,
And a nearby man is suing his city over the fog.

In a move unexpected and and without explanation,
The entire Egyptian cabinet gave its resignation.
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former minister of defence
May be planning to run for the presidency hence.

Pakistani talks broke down with the Taliban
And the government bombed North Waziristan.
And the Taliban to the west of those borders
Attacked an Afghan army base and killed 21 soldiers.

Meanwhile President Karzai’s refusal to sign
A bilateral security agreement may resign
President Obama to adhere
To a new plan to withdraw all troops by the end of the year.

Afghans currently make up the bulk of global refugees,
But Syrians are likely to surpass them with ease.
And after a Baghdad explosion killed 53,
Iraq’s death toll this year reached over 1,650.

Protesters in Thailand say they’ll end their blockade;
With dozens injured and several killed, little progress has been made.
World leaders are pressuring Uganda’s president to withdraw
The bill that makes “aggravated homosexuality” punishable by law.

According to Amnesty International reports,
War crimes may have been committed by the Israel Defence Force.
They accuse soldiers of treating civilians with murderous intent, 
But Israelis say the report has a very pro-Palestinian bent.

Nigeria’s Boko Haram attacked a boarding school;
They shot students and burned buildings, leaving not so much as a stool.
They aimed for the boys and killed 59; and to the girls they said
Leave school and get married - your duty is not to be well-read.

Protests in Venezuela are a complicated affair,
With both pro- and anti-government movements there.
16 have been killed and some of those responsible jailed,
And when no opposition showed up President Maduro’s peace conference failed.

The Ukraine is on a new political trajectory,
But the new government and Russia each tell a different story.
Russia insists the interim government committed a coup,
But that the gunman who seized parts of Crimea were not a Russian crew.

Yanukovych insists the presidency is his to take,
Though incriminating documents from his home were fished out of a lake.
While those files warm up and dry out in his sauna,
The threat of Russian separatism leaves the country far from nirvana.

Too much happens in our world every day -
I can't cover it all, there just is no way!
We can all do our best to stay informed
And be thankful when it's not our homes that are being stormed.

Thanks for reading, and let me know if you have any thoughts on the news, on what you might like to see here in the future, or anything else on your mind!

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