Instead of rehashing old news, this World News Guide provides a glimpse into what dpa correspondents and editors from around the world see as the world’s top stories in the coming week – and why they matter.
Now let’s turn to next week:
More than 35 dpa reporters and photographers are braving the freezing cold to provide coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. They’re feeling the tension, not only from the athletes competing for 102 gold medals, but also from the ongoing threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear programme and missile tests. At least there’s some reason to be hopeful: Communist North Korea – technically still at war with the South – has agreed to send 22 athletes to the Games.
As dpa correspondent John Bagratuni remarked:
“Normally forbidden in the South, North Korean flags were flying at the Olympic sites – but not so the Russian one in the wake of IOC sanctions in the doping saga.”
Strange Olympics for strange times.
UPCOMING TOP STORIES
Germany will be hosting two major – but very different – international events next week. The first to start is the Berlin International Film Festival, known as the Berlinale, one of Europe’s most prestigious movie awards. A day later the southern city of Munich will welcome politicians and defence experts from around the world for the Munich Security Conference. dpa will be at both events.
The closely watched case of Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi is coming to trial next week. Tamimi was arrested after slapping and hitting Israeli soldiers in front of her home. A video of the incident went viral and made her into a prominent symbol of the Palestinian cause.
Could Russia face a blanket ban at the 2018 Winter Olympics? The International Olympic Committee is looking into allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia and will issue a formal decision on whether or not Russian athletes can participate in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Moscow has consistently denied the accusations, criticizing them as a smear campaign.
MOSCOW: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets Russian President Vladimir Putin, as Russia tries to push its role as a mediator in international conflicts.
KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait hosts a conference for rebuilding neighbouring Iraq after several years of conflict against Islamic State extremists.
WASHINGTON: Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery to unveil portraits of former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle; the former first couple are due to attend the unveiling.
TEL AVIV: The trial starts of Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi, arrested after slapping and hitting Israeli soldiers in front of her home.
KUALA LUMPUR: One year since the mysterious murder of Kim Jong Nam, half brother to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in a Malaysia airport. Two women are accused of his murder.
EDINBURGH: Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle travel to Edinburgh on their first official joint visit to Scotland.
PARIS: A verdict is expected the trial of Jawad Bendaoud, accused of having knowingly rented accommodation to two of the terrorists who carried out the November 2015 Paris attacks.
ISTANBUL: One year since German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel was detained in Turkey; he is still in custody as a campaign for his release continues in Germany under the hashtag #FreeDeniz.
INTERNATIONAL: Valentine’s Day
ISTANBUL: The Council of Europe chief, Thorbjorn Jagland, meets Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu – and possibly also President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – to discuss the human rights situation in Turkey with no love lost between the two sides.
BERLIN: Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin; Poland is in the midst of a spat with the European Union over recent judicial reforms, while Merkel is waiting for her new coalition deal to be approved.
BERLIN: Start of the Berlin International Film Festival, known as the Merkel, one of Europe’s most prestigious film extravaganzas. Film professionals from 127 countries are set to attend.
MUNICH: Munich Security Conference begins, with several heads of state and top defence officials attending the event, under the theme of the role of the European Union as a global actor.
BEIJING: Welcome to the Year of the Dog – Chinese New Year starts amid nationwide festivities.
INTERNATIONAL: Citizen scientists across the globe take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count – watchers of all ages count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are.
NEW DELHI: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes his first state visit to India. Security, trade and energy will be on the agenda; many are also wondering whether Trudeau will repeat his bhangra dancing from 2012 as seen by millions online.
LONDON: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London; stars are set to wear black on the night, to raise awareness for the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements against discrimination in the movie industry.