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AFRICA: Nigerian President Jonathan said he had ordered “a full-scale operation to put an end to the impunity of terrorists on our soil.”
AMERICAS: Mexican human rights activists and vigilante leaders urged the formation of more “self-defense” groups.
ASIA: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said that North Korea agreed to reinvestigate all abductions of Japanese citizens.
EUROPE: The presidents of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus signed a treaty creating a vast trading bloc.
MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Arabia invited Iran to attend a meeting of Islamic bloc foreign ministers in Jeddah next month.
TECHNOLOGY: A new report indicates that a group of Iranian hackers waged a campaign of cyber-espionage, targeting hundreds of high-ranking US defense, diplomatic and other officials.
Thailand: Junta takes action against protests.
Hundreds of troops sealed off one of Bangkok’s busiest intersections in an attempt to crush a planned protest one week after staging a military coup.
The ruling junta said it has no desire to “cling to power” but it gave no clear timeframe for when it will allow free elections to take place.
LT GEN Chatchalerm Chalermsukh told a news conference that it was “impossible to hold an election at the moment” because there are still protests in the country.
The EU voiced “extreme concern” about political detentions and censorship.
The military is due to meet a team of advisers for the first time to map out a strategy for securing the country and propping up the economy.
Region: The IMF said that Africa’s fast growing economies need to spend USD93 billion a year to bring infrastructure up to speed. (AFP)
Mali: The UNSC urged the country to implement fully a ceasefire between the government and armed rebel groups following fresh fighting in Kidal. (AFP)
Nigeria: President Jonathan said he had ordered “a full-scale operation to put an end to the impunity of terrorists on our soil.” (Reuters)
Region: Several NGOs reported that the levels of lethal violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are greater than in some countries suffering armed conflict. (EFE)
Colombia: Authorities arrested eight people wanted for extradition by the US to face charges linked to drug trafficking. (EFE)
Mexico: Human rights activists and vigilante leaders urged the formation of more “self-defense” groups. (AP)
Region: Papua New Guinea police said an investigation into a riot at an Australian detention centre on Manus Island that left an asylum-seeker dead “stinks of a major cover-up”. (AFP)
Afghanistan: An ISAF solider was killed in a helicopter crash in the south of the country. (AFP)
Japan: PM Shinzo Abe said that North Korea agreed to reinvestigate all abductions of Japanese citizens. (AFP)
Pakistan: At least three soldiers were killed and two wounded in a roadside bomb blast near Miranshah. (AFP)
Region: The presidents of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus signed a treaty creating a vast trading bloc. (Reuters)
Hungary: Deputy PM Tibor Navracsics hinted he could be nominated by PM Orban as a commissioner in the new EU executive. (Reuters)
Spain: Police clashed with gangs of youths in the third night of violence in Barcelona. (AP)
Ukraine: Separatist rebels said they were holding four unarmed European monitors who went missing three days earlier but promised to release them soon. (AFP)
Region: Saudi Arabia invited Iran to attend a meeting of Islamic bloc foreign ministers in Jeddah next month. (AFP)
Iraq: A post-election wave of attacks across the country killed at least 74 people. (AFP)
Lebanon: Hundreds of Syrians living in in the country gathered for a second day outside their embassy near Beirut to vote ahead of their country’s presidential election. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Cybersecurity: A new report indicates that a group of Iranian hackers waged a campaign of cyber-espionage, targeting hundreds of high-ranking US defense, diplomatic and other officials. (WP)
Cyclones: Nothing to report.
Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Amanda
Location: 425 mi S of Baja California
Movement: NE at 6 mph
Winds: 40 mph
Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
Global Disease Outbreaks:
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
Cases: 248 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
Deaths: 171 (Guinea, Liberia)
Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30MAY)
Singapore: IISS 2014 Shangri-La Dialogue to (to 01 June)
Slovenia and Russia: Slovenia’s Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec will visit Moscow
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