- AFRICA: Police said three people died during clashes which erupted during opposition protests in two towns in western Kenya.
- AMERICAS: Brazil’s acting foreign minister said his country will work with Argentina to help find a solution to Venezuela’s political crisis.
- ASIA: Police said they killed the operations head of a major militant group in the Indian portion of Kashmir in an overnight gun battle.
- EUROPE: Hundreds of Greek police began clearing the squalid Idomeni camp, a migrant flashpoint on the Macedonian border where thousands of people have been camped out for more than three months.
- MIDDLE EAST: State television reported that Iran’s Assembly of Experts chose ultraconservative Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati to head the key body which oversees the work of the country’s supreme leader and will elect his successor.
- TECHNOLOGY: Americans used more than twice the amount of wireless data in 2015 that they did in 2014, according to an annual survey from a Washington mobile industry trade group.
- Syria: International powers continue to call for peace in the war-torn country in the aftermaths of recent attacks that killed 154 and wounded more than 300 people in regime strongholds.
- Russia called for a 72-hour regime of silence in Eastern Ghouta and Daraya amid deadlocked efforts to turn a cessation of hostilities into a lasting peace.
- The US envoy for Syria urged rebel groups to respect a shaky nationwide truce after they gave its brokers 48 hours to stop a regime offensive near the capital.
- Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov discussed over the phone with his Secretary Kerry about the possibility of conducting joint operations against ‘terrorist groups’ in Syria.
- Coverage: AFP, AFP-1, Xinhua
- Kenya: Three people died during clashes which erupted during opposition protests in two towns in the west. (AFP)
- Libya: The coastguard said they detained 550 people trying to reach Europe illegally by boat, the second time in three days they have intercepted migrants in the same area. (AFP)
- Nigeria: Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Ibe Kachikwu said the government is targeting 2019 to end fuel importation in the country. (Xinhua)
- Region: Brazil’s acting foreign minister said his country will work with Argentina to help find a solution to Venezuela’s political crisis. (AP)
- Argentina: A court sentenced eight former police officers and an ex-official to prison after finding them guilty of the deaths of five demonstrators and the wounding of another 117 during the repression unleashed by the political crisis in late 2001. (EFE)
- Region: Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov plans to raise an issue of Iran’s possible accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) at today’s session of the Council of Foreign Ministers. (TASS)
- Afghanistan: The provincial government spokesman said four civilians were killed and five others wounded from a roadside bombing in the southern province of Kandahar. (Xinhua)
- Kashmir: Police said they killed the operations head of a major militant group in the Indian portion of Kashmir in an overnight gun battle. (AP)
- Greece: Hundreds of police began clearing the squalid Idomeni camp, a migrant flashpoint on the Macedonian border where thousands of people have been camped out for more than three months. (AFP)
- Poland: The deputy foreign minister said a senior European Union leader will meet with the nation’s prime minister to discuss ways of solving a political crisis in the country that has strained ties with Brussels. (AP)
- Ukraine: according to the German government, the leaders of Russia and Ukraine discussed with German Chancellor Merkel and French President Hollande preparations to hold elections in an eastern Ukrainian area hit by a pro-Russian insurrection. (Reuters)
- Iran: State television reported the Assembly of Experts chose ultraconservative Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati to head the key body which oversees the work of the country’s supreme leader and will elect his successor. (AFP)
- Israel: Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah dismissed an Israeli proposal for direct negotiations instead of a French multilateral peace initiative, calling it an attempt to “buy time”. (AFP)
- Saudi Arabia: State media are reporting that a land mine killed a border guard along the kingdom’s frontier with Yemen. (AP)
- Yemen: A bomb hit a university campus in the rebel-held capital of Sanaa, killing two people at an event commemorating the country’s 1990 unification. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Wireless Communication: Americans used more than twice the amount of wireless data in 2015 that they did in 2014, according to an annual survey from a Washington mobile industry trade group. (The Hill)
- Cyclones: Nothing to report.
- Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
- Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, Indonesia
- Ash covers villiages and at least 7 are dead.
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 20MAY: 100,672 (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 20MAY: 13,443
- Deaths: 84
- 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 18MAY: 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 18MAY: 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, Viet Nam, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
- Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 18MAY: 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 (25MAY)
- Africa Region: Africa Unity Day – 1963
- Argentina: First Government Day – 1810
- Asia Region: South Korea to host multilateral submarine exercise with the US, Japan, Australia, Singapore, and Malaysia (to 03JUN)
- Ethiopia: South Korean President Park to visit and meet with PM Desalegn in Addis Ababa (to 28MAY)
- Hungary: Russian FM Lavrov to visit
- Japan: PM Abe to meet with US President Barack Obama ahead of G7 summit
- Jordan: Independence Day / Renaissance Day – 1946
- Kazakhstan: Astana Economic Forum (to 26MAY)
- Middle East Region: Anniversary of the creation of the Gulf Cooperation Council – 1981
- Tunisia: Jewish Lag BaOmer festival to be held on Djerba Island, fears of security risk (to 26MAY)
- Judaism: Lag BaOmer (to 26MAY)