- AFRICA: Libyan civilian casualties from air strikes downplayed by NATO, according to the Human Rights Watch.
- AMERICAS: Mexican authorities discovered the mutilated bodies of 49 people in San Juan, near the US border.
- ASIA: India’s left-wing Naxal rebels killed six paramilitary security personnel in Chattisgarh
- EUROPE: In Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia, a state election resulted in defeat for Chancellor Merkel’s conservative party.
- MIDDLE EAST: Syrian activists reported clashes with security forces killed at least 23 soldiers in Rastan.
- TECHNOLOGY: Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson stepped down after allegations he falsified his credentials.
- Greece: Political talks close to failure
- The leader of the leftist party SYRIZA rejected attending talks to form a governing coalition, making another round of elections almost certain.
- SYRIZA stated it would attend talks if more political groups were present.
- Talks between the President and political parties will continue on Monday in a continued effort to form a government coalition.
- Coverage: Reuters-1, AFP, Al Jazeera, Reuters-2, CNN, NYT
- Egypt: A senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood stated he predicts years of serious political friction between reformers and the military. (Reuters)
- Libya: Human Rights Watch reported NATO downplayed the number of civilian casualties inflicted by its airstrike campaign against the Gaddafi regime. (Reuters)
- Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least seven police officers in and around Maidaguri. (AP)
- Colombia: The Red Cross reported the FARC stated it intended to release captive French reporter Romeo Langlois. (Reuters)
- Mexico: Authorities discovered the mutilated bodies of 49 people in San Juan, near the US border. They are likely victims of conflict between the Zetas and Sinaloa drug cartels. (AP)
- Mexico: Leading presidential PRI party candidate Enrique Nieto’s policies are largely unknown to Mexican voters and US observers. (WaPo)
- Afghanistan: A bombing in a Faryab market killed at least nine. (Reuters)
- India: Left-wing Naxal rebels killed six paramilitary security personnel in Chattisgarh. (Xinhua)
- Pakistan: US officials stated they were in intense negotiations with the government on the issue of reopening NATO supply lines to Afghanistan. (AP)
- Thailand: A roadside bomb in the southern part of the country injured 17. (AFP)
- Region: NATO Secretary General Rasmussen stated the first comprehensive test of the missile defense system had been completed successfully. (RFE/RL)
- Germany: A state election in North Rhine-Westphalia resulted in defeat for Chancellor Merkel’s conservative party, a likely sign of widening rejection of the dominant austerity doctrine in German politics. (Reuters)
- Russia: Zamir Kabulov, the presidential envoy to Afghanistan who also heads a Foreign Ministry department in charge of Afghanistan, will most likely fly to Chicago, according to the Kommersant newspaper. (RIA Novosti)
- United Kingdom: Defense Secretary Hammond stated the country’s military would not require equipment or troop cutbacks greater than already announced. (AP)
- Region: Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are expected to announce a closer political partnership at a GCC meeting on Monday. (Reuters)
- Iran: The government was reported to be switching off the satellite-tracking systems on the country’s oil tankers in an effort to dodge sanction enforcement. (WaPo)
- Iran: The government began talks in Vienna with the IAEA over its nuclear program. (VoA)
- Iraq: Five were killed and 18 wounded in three bomb attacks in Fallujah while a bombing in Kirkuk killed a member of the Kurdish intelligence service. (DPA)
- Syria: Activists reported clashes with security forces killed at least 23 soldiers in Rastan. (BBC)
- Syria: EU officials announced new sanctions against the Assad government. (AP)
- Yemen: Suspected Islamist militants bombed a natural gas pipeline in the east. (Reuters)
- Yemen: Military officials reported raids against al Qaeda linked militants killed at least 16 in Abyan. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Internet: Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson stepped down after allegations he falsified his credentials. (WSJ)
- Cyclones: Nothing to report
- Hurricanes: 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
- Location: 460 miles SW of the Southern Azores
- Movement: None
- Hurricanes: 60% chance of tropical cyclone formation
- Location: 600 miles SSW of Mananzillo, Mexico
- Movement: Slowly NW or WNW
- Earthquakes: Tarapaca, Chile
- Magnitude: 6.2
- Depth: 98.3 km
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15MAY)
- Global: Celebration of International Day of Families.
- Global: CSTO gathers for a jubilee summit marking the 20th anniversary of signing the CSTO treaty.
- Europe: Top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo visits the Netherlands, Croatia, Luxembourg, and Spain until 30MAY.
- Afghanistan: Anniversary of the start of Soviet troop withdrawal – 1988.
- Colombia: Free Trade Agreement with the US is fully implemented.
- France: President Sarkozy hands power over to President-elect Hollande.
- Japan: Anniversary of Okinawa’s return to Japanese sovereignty – 1972.
- Palestinian Territories: Anniversary of the Day of Al-Nakba, or “the catastrophe” – 1948.
- Russia: Moscow launches manned mission to the International Space Station.
- Ukraine: EU begins negotiations with Kiev over Schengen visas.