- AFRICA: Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency arrested six senior officials from the central bank and 16 from commercial banks over alleged currency fraud.
- AMERICAS: Venezuelan Parliament head Diosdado Cabello announced that he will sue Spanish daily ABC and The Wall Street Journal for publishing stories that he allegedly has links to drug trafficking and money laundering.
- ASIA: US Defense Secretary Carter discussed halting land reclamation in the South China Sea with Vietnamese Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh.
- EUROPE: France and Germany called on the EU to revise its plan to admit asylum seekers landing in Europe, saying there was insufficient “balance”.
- MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes against Houthi militia positions in the north, center and south of the country.
- TECHNOLOGY: The US NSA lost its authority at midnight to collect Americans’ phone records in bulk.
- South Korea: Military begins new drills amid regional diplomatic outreach.
- South Korea and the US kicked off a major three-day anti-submarine drill, weeks after North Korea claimed it had successfully tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile.
- China and South Korea formally signed a free trade agreement that would remove most tariffs between the two countries.
- South Korea’s Defense Ministry said South Korea and Japan are preparing to hold talks this year on sharing military intelligence.
- South Korean President Park Geun-Hye criticized health officials over their “insufficient” response to an outbreak of the MERS virus, as the number of infections climbed to 18, with nearly 700 under observation.
- Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, Kyodo, Xinhua
- Kenya: Police launched an investigation into photos posted on social media that appear to show officers beating a group of Somali youths. (AFP)
- Mali: Al-Qaeda’s North Africa arm claimed responsibility for two attacks against the UN’s MINUSMA peacekeeping mission in the country this week. (AFP)
- Nigeria: The country’s anti-corruption agency arrested six senior officials from the central bank and 16 from commercial banks over alleged currency fraud. (AFP)
- Colombia: The military said that FARC rebels destroyed a key electrical tower, cutting power to the port city of Buenaventura. (AFP)
- El Salvador: Officials said that there are currently more homicides per day in the country than during its civil war. (DPA)
- Venezuela: Parliament head Diosdado Cabello announced that he will sue Spanish daily ABC and The Wall Street Journal for publishing stories that he allegedly has links to drug trafficking and money laundering. (Reuters)
- Australia: Local media reported that a group of criminals in the country created a powerful global cartel of cocaine and MDMA traffickers. (EFE)
- Burma: Officials said that more than 700 migrants found aboard a boat in the Andaman Sea were still being held offshore by the navy, more than three days after being intercepted. (Reuters)
- India: Soldiers killed three militants in Kashmir in an ongoing gun battle, foiling an attack on a military base near the de facto border with Pakistan. (AFP)
- Pakistan: At least 10 people were killed and several others injured in two separate bombings in the country’s northwest. (Xinhua)
- Vietnam: US Defense Secretary Carter discussed halting land reclamation in the South China Sea with Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh. (AP)
- Region: France and Germany called on the EU to revise its plan to admit asylum seekers landing in Europe, saying there was insufficient “balance”. (AFP)
- Denmark: The coalition government and its political allies led an opinion poll for the first time since November 2013, giving it a narrow lead over the opposition weeks before a June vote. (AFP)
- Italy: Early results indicated that PM Renzi’s Democratic Party appears headed to victory in five of seven regions that voted for new leaders amid low voter turnout. (AP)
- Turkey: Thirty police officers were detained on suspicion of spying on politicians, civil servants and businessmen. (Xinhua)
- Iraq: UNICEF said that humanitarian organizations are preparing to launch a fundraising appeal for USD500 million for the crisis created by ISIS in the country. (AFP)
- Iraq: A suicide car bomb detonated at a military base in Anbar killed at least 38 members of the security force and wounded 25 others. (Xinhua)
- Yemen: Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes against Houthi militia positions in the north, center and south of the country. (Reuters)
- Yemen: France’s Foreign Ministry said the captors of a Frenchwoman held in the country have released the first video of her. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: The US NSA lost its authority at midnight to collect Americans’ phone records in bulk. (AP)
- Cyclones: Nothing to report.
- Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Two-E
- Location: 345 miles SSW of Zihuatanejo, Mexico
- Movement: NW at 6 mph
- Winds: 35 mph
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Andres
- Location: 825 miles SW of Baja California
- Movement: W at 6 mph
- Winds: 145 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
- Suspected Cases as of 29MAY: 316,971(Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.) Confirmed Cases: 9,339
- Deaths as of 29MAY: 30 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
- Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 01JUN: 1154 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
- Deaths as of 01JUN: 431 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02JUN)
- Democratic Republic of the Congo: Former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, nicknamed “The Terminator”, will face trial for war crimes
- Ukraine: A second round of meetings of all the four subgroups of the Contact Group for settling the armed civil conflict in eastern Ukraine will be held in Minsk