The world this week - Politics
After Germany’s general election the Social Democrats (SPD) emerged as the largest party, overtaking the Christian Democrats and their Bavarian allies who currently lead the ruling “grand coalition”.
But forming a new government will probably take many weeks, as it will almost certainly involve a three-party coalition.
Olaf Scholz, the SPD’s candidate for chancellor, is the most probable successor to Angela Merkel, at the head of a “traffic-light” coalition including the Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats, though this is by no means guaranteed.
Armin Laschet, who led the Christian Democrats to their worst-ever defeat, is facing pressure to resign, but insists he still has a chance to construct his own coalition.
Iceland fell short of having Europe’s first parliament where women hold most of the seats, following a recount after its election.
Women took almost 48% of the seats.
The left-right coalition increased its governing majority.
An independent investigation claimed that 83 aid workers sexually abused girls and women while responding to an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Staff from the World Health Organisation are among the accused.
Fighting between jihadist groups in Nigeria left dozens dead.
Islamic State West Africa Province is gaining the upper hand over Boko Haram, which has spent a decade kidnapping schoolgirls and strapping bombs to children.
The latest fight was over which group gets to “tax” fishermen.
Jihadists from a previously unknown group claimed that they had killed six intelligence officers in Sudan.
The country’s transition to democracy is looking fragile, two years after the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir, a bloody dictator who ruled for 30 years.
Tunisia’s president, Kais Saied, suspended parts of the constitution and said he would rule by decree.
This comes after a power grab in July when he suspended parliament and seized emergency powers.
A judge in Mexico refused to issue arrest warrants for 31 scientists whom the country’s attorney-general wants to prosecute for mishandling funds.
The lack of evidence for the charges, and the fact that the law was not in force at the time of the alleged crime, has led to accusations that the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador is trying to politicise public life.
这些指控缺乏证据，而且在指控犯罪时法律并未生效，这导致人们指责Andrés Manuel López Obrador的政府正试图将公众生活政治化
1.gain the upper hand over 占上风，战胜
We've been doing everything we can for your father, but I'm afraid the cancer is gaining the upper hand.
2.prosecute for 以……起诉
In extreme cases, insurance companies can prosecute for fraud.