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2020 Year in Review: Big Political Changes

To recap 2020, is taking a look back at some of the most interesting stories we’ve covered this year. Today we’re looking at some of the biggest political changes that took place in 2020.

Taiwan Re-elects Tsai Ing-wen, Says “No” to China

Tsai Ing-wen in June 2019
Taiwan’s voters have re-elected president Tsai Ing-wen as president. The vote is a clear signal to China that Taiwan’s people do not want to become part of China.

US, Taliban Sign Treaty for Peace in Afghanistan

Soldiers return to a helicopter after searching in Daychopan district, Afghanistan, for Taliban fighters and illegal weapons caches.
On Saturday, the United States (US) signed an agreement with the Taliban in Afghanistan that could lead to US soldiers leaving Afghanistan.

New Law Could Let Putin Lead Russia Until 2036

Vladimir Putin Speech at State Duma plenary session 2020-03-10
On Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law that makes several changes to Russia’s constitution. One of the biggest changes will allow Mr. Putin to run for re-election, meaning he could continue to lead Russia until 2036.

New Law Gives China Power Over Hong Kong

Police held up banners warning the protesters that they could now be arrested based on the signs the held up or the words they shouted or sang.
China has passed a new security law for Hong Kong, giving China great power over the territory – power that can’t be challenged by Hong Kong’s courts or lawmakers. For many, the law appears to be the end of Hong Kong as a separate and self-controlling part of China.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies

Ruth Bader Ginsburg 2016 portrait
United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of cancer on Friday, at age 87. Justice Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, was a powerful voice for women and minorities.

Election Protests in Kyrgyzstan and Belarus

The text "Election Protests in Belarus and Kyrgyzstan" superimposed on the combined flags of the two countries.
Yesterday, Kyrgyzstan was rocked by extreme protests over the results of Sunday’s elections. In Belarus, protesters are still turning out regularly to protest the results of August’s elections. Today NFK looks at the situation in both countries.

Israel-UAE Flight: Symbol of Historic Agreement

The first direct El-Al flight to the United Arab Emirates arrived at the international air port of Abu Dhabi. August 31, 2020.
The first direct airline flight between Israel and the United Arab Emirates took place on Monday. Behind the simple flight is a historic softening of attitudes between Israel and a nearby Arab nation.

Intense Protests in Thailand and Nigeria

Photos from the anti-government protests at Kaset Intersection on Monday evening. Demontrators have adopted the tactic of 'daily rally,' convening every evening at different places for a brief show of force instead of camping out in one area. (Khaosod English) 19 October 2020
Intense protests have continued in Thailand and Nigeria, even though the governments have tried to stop them. Thailand’s protesters are demanding big government changes. In Nigeria, the protesters want changes in the country’s police forces.

Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Passes

On September 26th, 2018 - the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons - ICAN and a cross-regional group of governments coordinated a high-level ceremony for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. At the event 7 countries signed and 4 countries ratified the Treaty. #TPNW.
Fifty countries have now officially approved a treaty banning nuclear weapons, which means it will become international law. The treaty, which is set to become active on January 22, passed even though most countries with nuclear weapons don’t like it.

Joe Biden Elected President of United States

Collage of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
Joe Biden has been elected the 46th president of the United States. Late Saturday morning, Mr. Biden finally won the state of Pennsylvania, giving him enough electoral college votes to win the election for US president.



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