- AFRICA: Five more United Nations peacekeepers were killed in an attack in Mali.
- AMERICAS: Mexican authorities rescued soccer player Alan Pulido, who was reported abducted.
- ASIA: The Philippine parliament proclaimed Rodrigo Duterte will be the nation’s next president.
- EUROPE: French labor unions continued to stage strikes and protests against government plans to make it easier to hire and fire employees.
- MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian opposition’s chief negotiator in UN-brokered peace talks resigned.
- TECHNOLOGY: Iran set a one-year deadline for foreign social media to hand over data on their Iranian users.
- Iraq: Security forces launch an assault on the Islamic State in Fallujah
- Troops entered the city from three directions in the early morning.
- Iraqi counterterror forces led the operation with the Iraqi army. The US-led coalition provided air support.
- Fallujah is located about 40 miles west of Baghdad, and is one of the last major IS strongholds in Iraq.
- Hundreds of civilians fled ahead of the offensive as humanitarian conditions deteriorated with Iraqi forces besieging the city.
- More than 50,000 civilians are believed to be trapped in Fallujah.
- The operation coincides with a Kurdish offensive on IS-held Mosul.
- WSJ, Al-Jazeera-1, Al-Jazeera-2, AFP, AP, Reuters
- Chad: The ruling in the case against ex-Chadian President Hissene Habre, who is accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes, is expected today. (Xinhua)
- Ivory Coast: Former first lady Simone Gbagbo will be tried for crimes against humanity starting Tuesday. (AFP)
- Mali: Five United Nations peacekeepers were killed in an attack in the Mopti region. (BBC)
- Uganda: The country’s foreign minister announced that they will halt military cooperation with North Korea due to opposition to nuclear proliferation. (AFP)
- Mexico: Authorities rescued soccer player Alan Pulido, who was reported abducted on in the northern border state of Tamaulipas. (BBC)
- Venezuela: The country received a shipment of 96 tons of medicine used to treat the Zika virus from China. (Xinhua)
- Philippines: Parliament proclaimed Rodrigo Duterte will be the nation’s next president. (AFP)
- Philippines: Officials reported that 54 Islamist militants were killed in military operations carried out over several days in the south of the country. (AP)
- Thailand: The government announced they will lift a travel ban, imposed two years ago, on politicians not facing criminal charges. (Reuters)
- France: The General Confederation of Labor (CGT) continued strikes and protests through the weekend, in spite of Prime Minister Valls’ promise that he will not meet their demands. (Reuters)
- Turkey: Authorities partially lifted a curfew in Kurdish areas in southeast Turkey where military operations were underway. (AP)
- Bahrain: An appeals court more than doubled the jail sentence of a Shiite opposition leader who was convicted in 2015 on charges of inciting violence. (AFP)
- Egypt: Mohamed Badie, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, was sentenced to life in prison over the violent clashes that broke out after the army overthrew President Mohamed Morsi. (AFP)
- Iraq: A series of bombings targeting commercial areas in and around Baghdad killed at least 20 people. (AP)
- Syria: The opposition’s chief negotiator in UN-brokered peace talks resigned, saying the talks have been unsuccessful because of the Assad regime’s stubbornness in negotiations and aggression towards the Syrian people. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Iran has set a one-year deadline for foreign social media to hand over data on their Iranian users. (AFP)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Bonnie
- 5 miles W of Charleston, South Carolina
- Winds: 30 mph
- Movement: SSE at 1 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 27MAY: 101,228 (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 27MAY: 14,071
- Deaths: 15
- 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 25MAY: 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 25MAY: 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 25MAY: 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 (31MAY)
- Global: World No-Tobacco Day – 1998
- Azerbaijan: Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov to meet with mediators from the OSCE in Brussels
- Azerbaijan: UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy for Iraq Emma Harriet Nicholson to visit Baku (to 06JUN)
- Belarus: Russian FM Lavrov to meet with members of the World Coordination Council of Russian Compatriots in Minsk
- Israel and the Palestinian Territories: Anniversary of Gaza flotilla raid – 2010
- Ivory Coast: Former first lady Simone Gbagbo to go on trial
- Kazakhstan: Religions Against Terrorism conference in Astana
- South Africa: Anniversary of country becoming a republic and breaking off from the UK – 1961
- South Korea: Japanese Lt. Gen. Kiyoshi Ozawa to visit (to 03JUN)
- Turkey: Anniversary of rally in Istanbul erupts into violence when riot police fire tear gas to clear hundreds of demonstrators – 2013