Wholesale extrajudicial killings, state-sponsored vigilante groups and a president who boasts of killing people with his bare hands, the Philippines has not exactly been selling itself as a well-functioning nation of late.
The highest Taiwan court has ruled in favour of gay marriage, meaning the state could become the first place in Asia to legalise same sex marriage.
In the wake of the Manchester bombing attack, prime minister Theresa May has raised the UK’s terror threat level to its highest level of critical for the first time since July 2007.
The UK voted to leave the European Union in June 2016 by a majority of 52 percent in what had already become widely known as the Brexit vote.
US president Donald Trump has recently been in Saudi Arabia and Israel, but left the Middle East on Tuesday to make his first official visit to the Vatican.