- AFRICA: The EU is seeking the UN Security Council’s authorization to intercept illegal arms going into the Libya.
- AMERICAS: Mexican FM Claudia Ruiz Massieu defended her nation’s economic importance to the US and condemned anti-migrant rhetoric and a “climate of intolerance” in its neighbor — a thinly-veiled critique of Donald Trump.
- ASIA: China told the US it should play a constructive role in safeguarding peace in the disputed South China Sea, as Secretary Kerry called for talks and a peaceful resolution.
- EUROPE: Despite putting unprecedented security measures in place for Euro 2016, France remains deeply concerned over jihadists’ ability to strike a soft target.
- MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet approved part of a plan to reform its oil-driven economy, a roadmap promoted by King Salman’s son.
- TECHNOLOGY: The Obama administration is seeking to amend surveillance law to give the FBI explicit authority to access a person’s Internet browser history and other electronic data without a warrant in terrorism and spy cases.
- Turkey: Car bombing kills 11, injures dozens in Istanbul tourist district.
- A car bombing that targeted a police vehicle near a central tourist district in Istanbul instantly killed 11 people and wounded dozens.
- The car was detonated as police buses passed in the fourth major bombing in Turkey’s biggest city this year.
- There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but Turkey is battling both Kurdish militants and extremists from the Islamic State group.
- The explosion happened near the city’s historic Beyazit Square neighborhood, a major tourist attraction, and an Istanbul university building.
- Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu condemned the attack, which occurred on the second day of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.
- Coverage: BBC, Guardian, NYT, Reuters, WP
- Region: Burkina Faso cancelled an international arrest warrant for Ivory Coast’s former PM Guillaume Soro. (AFP)
- Libya: The EU is seeking the UN Security Council’s authorization to intercept illegal arms going into the country. (NYT)
- Malawi: Amnesty International said in a report that albinos in the country are being targeted in an “unprecedented wave of brutal attacks”, and blames police for failing to tackle a scourge fueled by ritual practices. (AFP)
- Region: Mexican FM Claudia Ruiz Massieu defended her nation’s economic importance to the US and condemned anti-migrant rhetoric and a “climate of intolerance” in its neighbor — a thinly-veiled critique of Donald Trump. (Reuters)
- Brazil: Interim President Michel Temer decided to have three cabinet members newly accused of corruption remain in office. (Xinhua)
- Guatemala: Drug traffickers burning down Guatemalan forest to make clandestine landing strips for planes carrying US-bound cocaine have razed an area twice the size of Manhattan this year. (AFP)
- Region: Secretary Kerry said the US and China are determined to fully enforce sanctions against North Korea. (Reuters)
- Region: China told the US it should play a constructive role in safeguarding peace in the disputed South China Sea, as Secretary Kerry called for talks and a peaceful resolution. (Reuters)
- Bangladesh: Three Islamist militants were killed in gunfights with police as authorities launched a nationwide crackdown on extremists blamed for a series of murders of minorities and secular activists. (AFP)
- Myanmar: BBC reporter Nay Myo Lin has been jailed for three months with hard labor after being convicted of assaulting a police officer while covering a student protest. (AP)
- Region: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said military exercises currently being conducted by NATO in Poland and several other European nations do not contribute to an atmosphere of trust and security on the continent. (Reuters)
- Region: Russia’s gas monopolist Gazprom says it will resume selling gas to Ukraine, following an official request from Kiev. (AP)
- France: Despite putting unprecedented security measures in place for Euro 2016, the country remains deeply concerned over jihadists’ ability to strike a soft target. (AFP)
- Spain: Spanish police arrested a Moroccan man who tried to recruit fighters for the Islamic State group from the Mediterranean city of Valencia. (AP)
- Turkey: The country is one or two meetings away from normalizing ties with Israel, as FM Mevlut Çavuşoğlu insisted the importance of Israel lifting obstacles against aid for Gaza. (Reuters)
- Israel: The Israeli army denied a second Palestinian killed in MAR16 was shot dead while already wounded, after claims by the B`Tselem human rights group. (AFP)
- Saudi Arabia: The nation’s Cabinet approved part of a plan to reform its oil-driven economy, a roadmap promoted by King Salman’s son. (AP)
- Saudi Arabia: The Minister of Hajj and Umra Mohammed Bentin said Saudi authorities are still reviewing a deadly stampede which struck last year’s hajj pilgrimage. (AFP)
- Syria: Thousands of civilians fled Manbij, a key town in the country’s north, held by the Islamic State group as US-backed Kurdish and Arab fighters closed in. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: The Obama administration is seeking to amend surveillance law to give the FBI explicit authority to access a person’s Internet browser history and other electronic data without a warrant in terrorism and spy cases. (WP)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Colin
- Location: 80 NM ENE of Cedar Key, Florida
- Winds: 50 mph
- Movement: NE at 23 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Depression One-E
- Location: 110 NM SSW of Salina Cruz, Mexico
- Winds: 35 mph
- Movement: NE at 7 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 03JUN: 103,571 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
- Confirmed Cases as of 03JUN: 14,164
- Deaths as of 03JUN: 16
- Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 74 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 16MAY: 1,733 (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 16MAY: 628 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 26MAY: American Samoa, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (territory of the Netherlands), Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
- Outbreak Terminated as of 26MAY: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Micronesia (Federated States of), New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Vanuatu, Vietnam, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
- Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 26MAY: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, and the United States of America.
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08JUN)
- Global: World Oceans Day – 1992
- Global: UN Security Council to discuss Islamic State group
- Global: United Nations (UN) General Assembly high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS to be held in New York (to 10JUN)
- Cyprus: Peace talks to resume
- Europe Region: Czech President Milos Zeman to visit Armenia and Macedonia (to 10JUN)
- Israel and the Palestinian Territories: Russian FM Lavrov will discuss peace efforts with Palestinian FM Riyad al-Maliki in Moscow
- United States: Indian PM Modi to address Congress