Factal Forecast

Factal Forecast

Factal Forecast takes a look at the biggest news stories coming in the next week and why they matter. From the editors at Factal, we publish our forward-looking podcast each Thursday to help you get a jump-start on the week ahead.

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January 26, 2023 9 min

Editors Jimmy Lovaas and Irene Villora discuss the protests underway in Venezuela, plus more on parliamentary elections in Tunisia, Hong Kong scrapping its COVID quarantine rule, pension reform strikes in France and civil servants striking in the UK.

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Editors Jimmy Lovaas and Jeff Landset discuss President Biden's classified documents scandal, plus more on an opposition-initiated referendum in Slovakia, China’s Lunar New Year, Bolivia celebrating its Plurinational State Day and the 12th anniversary Egypt’s revolution.

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Editors Jimmy Lovaas and Joe Veyera discuss the deadly storms wreaking havoc in California, plus more on the presidential election in the Czech Republic, the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, North Korea’s parliament holding a session and nurses striking in the UK.

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Editors Jimmy Lovaas and Vivian Wang discuss rising tensions with North Korea following its recent drone incursions into South Korea, plus more on the North American Leaders Summit in Mexico City, Panama starting its census process, China reopening its borders and pension reform plans in France.

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Editors Jimmy Lovaas and Jeff Landset discuss the drought affecting Argentina's heartland, plus more on parliamentary elections in Tunisia, primary elections in Paraguay, the World Cup final and an immigration policy set to end in the United States.

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Editors Jimmy Lovaas and Agnese Boffano discuss the uncertain future of Iran's morality police amid months of protest, plus more on the first summit between China and Arab states, European Union and Southeast Asian nations holding their first full summit, an important bridge between Colombia and Venezuela reopening to traffic and a strike by British nurses.

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Editors Jimmy Lovaas and Vivian Wang discuss the wave of demonstrations that has spread across China in recent days, plus more on municipal elections in Cuba, Georgia’s high-profile Senate runoff, EU and Western Balkans leaders meeting in Albania and a possible strike by U.S. rail workers.

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Editors Jimmy Lovaas and Joe Veyera discuss the uncertainty surrounding Twitter, plus more on supporters of Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Imran Khan gathering in Islamabad, the Shanghai marathon, US and Russian officials meeting to discuss the nuclear arms reduction treaty and a US Senate hearing on the FTX cryptocurrency exchange situation.

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Editors Jimmy Lovaas and Joe Veyera discuss the recent missile strike in the Polish border area, plus more on the Black Sea grain deal expiring, the Francophone summit in Tunisia, the start of the World Cup and Russia’s President Putin visiting Armenia.

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Editors Jimmy Lovaas and Joe Veyera discuss the US midterm elections, plus more on Lebanon getting a new president, marches against electoral reform in Mexico, NASA’s moon mission and Ukraine getting set to finalise new agreements with the International Monetary Fund.

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Editors Jimmy Lovaas and Alex Moore discuss the importance of the Black Sea grain deal and what to watch for next, plus more on the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Egypt, bird flu in the United Kingdom, the US midterm elections and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Cambodia.

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Editors Jimmy Lovaas and Jaime Calle Moreno discuss the strike gripping Bolivia's agricultural export hub Santa Cruz, plus more on Elon Musk’s pending Twitter deal, a presidential runoff election in Brazil, Israel’s general election and Russia’s Unity Day.

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Editors Jimmy Lovaas and Agnese Boffano discuss the deadly fire at Iran's notorious Evin Prison, plus more on a Pakistan likely coming off a watchdog’s “gray list,” Colombian and Venezuelan parliaments meeting, China’s Communist Party National Congress wrapping up and a possible start to US student loan debt relief.

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Editors Jimmy Lovaas and Vivian Wang discuss North Korea's next nuclear test, plus more on a Jan. 6 Committee hearing, Burkina Faso picking a transitional president, NATO's annual nuclear deterrence exercises and the European Council meeting in Brussels.  

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Editors Jimmy Lovaas and Sophie Perryer discuss Burkina Faso's second coup in just nine months, plus more on a strike by South African rail and port workers, Austria's presidential election, Japan reopening to mass tourism and Italy's parliament electing presidents for the Senate and Chamber of Deputies. .

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Editors Jimmy Lovaas and Alex Moore discuss possible sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines, plus more on Canada dropping COVID vaccine travel requirements, a presidential election in Brazil, a new term at the US Supreme Court and Puerto Rico ending tax exemptions on some food.

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Editors Jimmy Lovaas and Joe Veyera discuss Hurricane Fiona, plus more on annexation votes in Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine, elections in the Czech Republic, Cuba holding a referendum on a progressive Family Code and a state funeral for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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Editors Jimmy Lovaas and Alex Moore discuss the recent clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan, plus more on Mexico Independence Day security measures, Serbia banning EuroPride, Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, El Salvador buying back debt bonds.

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Editors Jimmy Lovaas and Jaime Calle Moreno discuss the recent protests in Chile, plus more on the UN chief visiting Pakistan, a general election in Sweden, an Israeli settlement hearing and the United Kingdom's National Grid emergency exercise.

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Editors Jimmy Lovaas and Alex Moore discuss the attacks in Crimea in recent weeks, plus more on a meeting concerning Sweden and Finland’s efforts to join NATO, the Nord Stream 1 pipeline shutting down for maintenance, Shanghai reopening schools and Kosovo implementing a controversial license plate measure.

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