The world this week -- Politics
North Korea test-launched what appeared to be its largest intercontinental ballistic missile ever, according to South Korean officials.
Japan called the launch “reckless”.
Rishi Sunak, Britain’s chancellor, announced giveaways including a cut in fuel duty, a higher threshold at which people pay national insurance (a payroll tax) and a lower standard rate of income tax from 2024.
But living costs are soaring and Mr Sunak’s new measures offset only around a sixth of previously announced tax increases as a share of GDP.
Madeleine Albright, the first woman to serve as America’s secretary of state, died aged 84.
An immigrant from Czechoslovakia, she served in the post from 1997 to 2001 during Bill Clinton’s presidency.
Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, looks likely to stay in power until 2025, after his Liberal party struck a “supply and confidence” deal with the New Democratic Party.
The Liberals will continue to govern as a minority, with support from the other left-leaning party, whose goals on social issues, the environment and housing the Liberals promise to advance.
Erika Aifán, a Guatemalan judge, resigned and fled to the United States after attempts to strip her of immunity appeared close to success.
Ms Aifán, who also faced death threats and lawsuits, was overseeing a case involving alleged corruption by the president.
Brazil’s Supreme Court blocked Telegram, a messaging app, for several days.
The court argued that the app had ignored its orders over battling disinformation ahead of October’s presidential election.
Separately YouTube said it would remove videos peddling lies about fraud in the 2018 election.
President Jair Bolsonaro has claimed his margin of victory would have been bigger were it not for vote-rigging.
A trip to the Caribbean by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, intended to strengthen the British monarchy’s links with Commonwealth countries after Barbados removed the queen as head of state, sparked protests.
A group of Jamaican politicians, business leaders and activists called on the royal family to apologise for colonialism, and demanded reparations for slavery.
The couple cancelled another engagement in Belize, which also saw demonstrations.