The World This Week

Brexit flextension; Algeria after Bouteflika; Israeli elections

To the many reasons to delay Brexit, add Thursday's leak in the roof of the House of Commons. Theresa May is engaged in a third day of cross-party talks with the Labour Party but it's hardly going to plan. Labour claims it's yet to see "real change or compromise". That's not going to help the prime minister in her bid to convince the European Union ahead of next Wednesday's emergency summit in Brussels to grant a Brexit delay until June 30th.


Meanwhile, Algerians don't know who their head of state is. This week, the street finally got the better of its ailing president of two decades, with Abdelaziz Bouteflika's resignation accepted by the Constitutional Council, but we're still waiting for an interim leader to be sworn in.

Commemorations are taking place in Rwanda this Sunday to mark 25 years since the genocide, when an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered during a three-month period.

Also, talk about pulling out all the stops. In the homestretch of an uncertain Israeli general election, the incumbent prime minister got Donald Trump to recognise the annexation of the Golan Heights. Then, Benjamin Netanyahu got Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro to become the first-ever sitting foreign head of state to pray alongside an Israeli leader at the Wailing Wall. And that was only on Monday.

Israeli politics may be dysfunctional, but it's got bragging rights to the world's healthiest diet. A major study published in The Lancet ranks the country tops in the world when it comes to healthy eating. The study serves up sobering statistics: one in five deaths worldwide are due to poor eating, making that the planet's top killer.

Produced by Charles WENTE, Pékola SONNY and James VASINA.

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