19 February 2016
Negotiation went down to the wire,
But Cameron got the deal he did desire.
He said 'the EU we must stay in,'
And to his opponents chagrin,
Didn't propose to rebuild the empire.
20 February 2016
Trump took South Carolina with ease,
Jeb Bush ordered campaigning to cease,
Passing on the baton,
To Rubio the automaton,
While Sanders’ support began to decrease
21 February 2016
Modi’s promise of plenty is frustrated,,
As population growth leaves services saturated,
Protests spread with celerity,
He responded with severity,
But the problem has hardly abated.
22 February 2016
Among the Tories emerged a kerfuffle,
When Cameron and Bojo had a scuffle,
Dave defended the EU,
Leaving Boris to stew,
On the back benches, his motives ruffled.
23 February 2016
The markets, fearing a bout,
Of confusion if Britain votes out,
Knocked the pound,
Finding the dollar more sound,
Giving a taster of what leaving’s all about.
24 February 2016
Brazil’s Supreme Court intends,
To investigate the president’s best friends,
For taking kick-backs,
Who knows where the scandal will end?
25 February 2016
China’s backing up North Korea has shifted,
Expanding the range of sanctions that are listed,
By security council resolution,
Stalling mad Kim’s revolution,
In punishment for a long range missile he had lofted.
12 February 2016
Kerry looked awfully pleased,
That the Russians he’d managed to appease,
By giving war criminals free reign,
To make colossal gains,
While the opposition’s war effort must cease.
13 February 2016
After almost a millennia’s struggle,
Over whether to use yeast to make bread bubble,
The Orthodox East,
And the Catholic West,
Met up in Cuba to cuddle.
14 February 2016
Beneath the shadow of sectarian violence,
In Bangui there was an eerie silence,
As to the polls people went,
To elect a government,
That would pioneer peace and tolerance.
15 February 2016
In the spirit of the agreed ceasefire,
Hospital’s felt the heat of Assad’s ire,
Any clinic he could find,
He would rapidly grind,
To dust, causing the patients to expire.
16 February 2016
In the imploding state of Ukraine,
A government corrupt and inane,
Faced a no confidence vote,
Though the chances were remote,
That they’d lose as so many abstained.
17 February 2016
Across the South China isles,
China spread anti-aircraft missiles,
Unafraid of losing friends,
While the US sought amends.
Beijing turned its neighbours into hostiles.
18 February 2016
Although the chances of him losing are remote,
It’s too early for Museveni to gloat,
For though beaten and broken,
Outspent, and outspoken,
Many opponents turned out to vote.
5 February 2016
Taiwan was hit by a quake,
Causing the ground to shake.
With a mighty rumble,
A tow block tumbled,
Now its builders careers are at stake.
6 February 2016
A key donor for Britain to leave,
Found it rather hard to believe,
That Brexit caused alarm,
For his company who’d be harmed,
Making him somewhat peeved.
7 February 2016
North Korea launched a satellite,
Which the world said wasn’t right,
For the delivery system,
Was like an ICBM,
A pre-requisite for a nuclear fight.
8 February 2016
As part of an anti-ISIS coalition,
Saudi mooted troop provision,
But as they can’t take Taiz,
And Syria’s hardly a breeze,
Analysts reacted with derision.
9 February 2016
Idris Deby, president of Chad,
Bucked the latest fad,
When he said he would commit,
To bringing back term limits,
So long as a fifth term he had.
10 February 2016
New Hampshire told a remarkable story,
In which Trump was propelled to victory -
Bernie beat Hilary,
By attacking her salary -
The Establishment results were desultory.
11 February 2016
In Oregon the FBI rang,
A desperate armed gang,
Who being thick as planks,
And faced with tanks,
Surrendered with a pang.
29 January 2016
Flitting between growth and recession,
Japan's Central Bank applied aggression,
The economy they’d stimulate,
With a negative interest rate,
Though lenders deplored the decision
30 January 2016
Against powers of emergency,
Thousands gathered with urgency.
Saying these powers of arrest,
Didn’t show France at its best,
In the face of a global insurgency.
31 January 2016
Changes to the rules of registration,
Had caused great consternation.
The electoral register has shrunk,
By 800,000 or more punks,
Mainly students from across the nation.
01 February 2016
In Iowa Cruz was triumphant,
Coming second Trump was less exultant.
He failed to seal the deal,
Rubio hard on his heels,
While Jeb in sixth place was left despondent.
02 February 2016
After months of Dave and Tusk smoozing,
The EU set the terms for Britain choosing,
To stay in, or get out,
Though many were in doubt,
Whether the UK was winning or losing.
03 February 2016
As talking was reaching a dead end,
The UN chose to suspend,
The Syrian peace talks,
For at compromise all sides balk,
Though they stressed it wasn’t the end.
04 February 2016
In the face of a global health emergency,
Some missed the memo on urgency,
For while scientists were desirous,
Of getting samples of the Zika virus,
Brazil’s laws were applied with stringency.
WEEK IN REVIEW
Rendered in limericks, because the news is too important to leave to the prose.