- AFRICA: The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda killed 50 civilians in the east of DRC.
- AMERICAS: Chilean police arrested 70 students protesting for education reform.
- ASIA: 29 Chinese fishermen were kidnapped by North Koreans, demanding ransom for their return.
- EUROPE: The Turkish government claimed Israel violated its airspace in northern Cyprus.
- MIDDLE EAST AND IRAN: Syrian President Bashar Assad blamed unrest on foreign terrorists in an interview with Russia24.
- TECHNOLOGY: Iran warned Google it would sue if it did not restore its label of the Persian Gulf on Google Maps.
- Afghanistan: A suicide attack targeted the compound of the governor of Farah province.
- Reports were initially conflicted over the civilian and police death toll; however it appeared that seven people were killed, along with the four attackers.
- The attackers were met with resistance and forced to detonate their vests before reaching the governor’s office.
- No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
- Coverage: AFP, AP, CNN
- Region: US Army leaders said a combat brigade will be assigned to the Pentagon’s Africa Command next year in a pilot program that will send small teams of soldiers to countries around the continent to do training and participate in military exercises. (AP)
- DR Congo: The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda killed 50 civilians in the DRC’s east. (AFP)
- Libya: Clashes in the city of Ghadames resulted in seven deaths. (AFP)
- Mauritania: Hundreds of youth protested against President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz; police fired tear gas in return. (AFP)
- Region: A total of 1,000 naval officers from Peru, Chile, Mexico, Colombia and the US took part in the launch of the 53rd annual Unitas Multinational naval exercise in the Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of Peru. (Xinhua)
- Chile: Police arrested 70 students protesting for education reform. (AFP)
- Colombia: Security in Bogota was tightened after yesterday’s attack against former Interior Minister Londono. (AFP)
- Haiti: PM Laurent Lamothe and his Cabinet took office. (AP)
- Region: Twenty nine Chinese fishermen were kidnapped by North Koreans, demanding ransom for their return. (AFP)
- Region: South Korea, the US and Japan will hold high-level talks in Seoul next week about developments in North Korea. (AFP)
- Bangladesh: Two small bombs exploded during a strike in Dhaka protesting the imprisonment of opposition leaders. (The Independent)
- Korea, North: The website 38North reported the DPRK had restarted construction on an experimental light water reactor. (Reuters)
- Pakistan: Four pilots were killed after a mid-air collision during training. (AFP)
- Pakistan: It was officially confirmed that President Zardari will attend the NATO summit. (CNN)
- Turkey: Clashes with the PKK resulted in the deaths of three Turkish soldiers. (Reuters)
- Turkey: The government claimed Israel violated its airspace in northern Cyprus. (AFP)
- Ukraine: Former PM Tymoshenko agreed to continue medical treatment after halting it for a day. (AFP)
MIDDLE EAST AND IRAN
- Region: Two Iranian engineers, seized by the unknown Movement Against the Expansion of Shiism in Syria, were released. (AFP)
- Lebanon: Sectarian clashes continued in Tripoli, resulting in one death. (Reuters)
- Palestinian Territories: Seven Palestinians were wounded after an Israeli tank fired into the Gaza Strip. (AFP)
- Syria: In an interview with Russia24, President Assad blamed Syrian unrest on foreign terrorists. (NYT)
- Yemen: President Obama authorized sanctions on “individuals and entities” disrupting the political transition of power between Saleh and Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Iran: The Foreign Ministry warned Google it would sue if it did not restore its label of the Persian Gulf on Google Maps. (AP)
- Cyclones: Nothing to report
- Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Aletta
- Location: ~640 miles SSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
- Movement: WNW at 3 knots
- Maximum Winds: 30 knots
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18MAY)
- Global: President Obama hosts a two-day meeting of G8 nations at Camp David.
- India: Anniversary of India’s first nuclear test – 1974.
- Iran: Government-sponsored rally against an alleged US plan to annex Bahrain to Saudi Arabia.
- Sri Lanka: Anniversary of the end of fighting between the government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – 2009.
- United States: Sri Lankan FM Peiris makes an official visit to Washington, DC.