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AFRICA: Nigerian media reported that 10 generals and five other senior military officers were found guilty in courts-martial of providing arms and information to Boko Haram.
AMERICAS: The head of Colombia’s FARC rebels Timoleon Jimenez said that he opposes the drug trade as “counter-revolutionary.”
ASIA: The US shut its airforce base in Kyrgyzstan that had been the main transit point for military personnel and cargo headed to Afghanistan for 12 years.
EUROPE: Senior Ukrainian officials rejected calls for autonomy for ethnic Hungarians in western Ukraine made by Hungarian PM Orban.
MIDDLE EAST: NATO SG Rasmussen dismissed Syrian presidential elections in the country as a “farce”, saying they did not meet international standards.
TECHNOLOGY: US and foreign law enforcement agencies broke up a network of hijacked computers that authorities say were used by hackers to tap into hundreds of thousands of bank accounts and steal at least USD100 million.
Ukraine: Renewed clashes as US considers increased military presence in Europe.
US President Obama will call on Congress to support a “European Reassurance Initiative” of up to USD1 billion to increase US military rotations on the continent.
The effort would involve increased participation by the US Navy in NATO naval force deployments, including “more persistent deployments” to the Black and Baltic seas.
NATO defense ministers are gathering to discuss how to react long-term to Russia’s new military capabilities and its willingness to use them.
Ukrainian Interior Minister Avakov said government troops are engaged in a battle against pro-Russian insurgents in the eastern city of Slovyansk.
Gazprom said that Russia and Ukraine could continue gas talks on Tuesday.
Burundi: International envoys to the Great Lakes region met with President Nkurunziza to ensure that the country’s 2015 elections are being prepared in an inclusive way. (Xinhua)
Libya: Newly-elected PM Maiteg took charge of his office with the help of an Islamic militia. (AP)
Nigeria: The Bring Back Our Girls protest group headed to court to challenge a police ban on protest marches in Abuja, calling the decision illegal. (AFP)
Nigeria: Local media reported that 10 generals and five other senior military officers were found guilty in courts-martial of providing arms and information to Boko Haram. (AP)
Colombia: The army killed six members of the FARC during military operations in the country’s southwestern Valle del Cauca and Cauca departments. (Xinhua)
Colombia: The head of the FARC rebels Timoleon Jimenez said that he opposes the drug trade as “counter-revolutionary.” (AFP)
El Salvador: The country announced it has joined Petrocaribe, the Venezuelan energy subsidy program that gives access to cut-rate oil. (AFP)
Venezuela: A court is holding a hearing to determine whether opposition hard-liner Leopoldo Lopez will be freed or must wait in jail while facing charges of inciting violence and arson during anti-government protests. (AP)
Australia: PM Abbott brushed off an apparent Indonesian protocol breach in which reporters listened to a phone call between the two nations’ leaders. (AFP)
Korean Peninsula: The commander of US troops stationed in South Korea said he had proposed deploying an advanced missile-defense system to the country. (Reuters)
Kyrgyzstan: The US shut its airforce base in the country that had been the main transit point for military personnel and cargo headed to Afghanistan for 12 years. (AFP)
Pakistan: At least two people were killed and four others injured when a military plane crashed near a bus terminal in Karachi. (Xinhua)
Region: Senior Ukrainian officials rejected calls for autonomy for ethnic Hungarians in western Ukraine made by Hungarian PM Orban. (Reuters)
Hungary: Government inspectors raided several nongovernmental organisations it calls politically-biased in an escalation of a row between Hungary and Norway over development aid. (AFP)
Spain: Thousands of anti-royalists took to the streets across the country calling for a vote on the monarchy’s survival. (AFP)
Iran: Local media reported that the government and six world powers will start a new round of expert-level talks in Vienna on Wednesday. (Xinhua)
Israel: Several Israeli ministers criticized the US over its decision to work with the new Palestinian unity government. (AFP)
Syria: NATO SG Rasmussen dismissed presidential elections in the country as a “farce”, saying they did not meet international standards. (AFP)
Yemen: At least 120 people were killed in the north of the country in fighting between Shi’ite Muslim Houthi rebels and government forces. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Cybersecurity: US and foreign law enforcement agencies broke up a network of hijacked computers that authorities say were used by hackers to tap into hundreds of thousands of bank accounts and steal at least USD100 million. (WSJ)
Cyclones: Nothing to report.
Hurricanes: Tropical Depression 2-E
Location: 140 mi SE of Salina Cruz, Mexico
Movement: N at 6 mph
Winds: 35 mph
Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
Volcanoes: Pavlof Volcano, Alaska, US
Ash plume of 6.5 km (Wired)
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 (04JUN)
Global: Group of Eight (G8) summit in Brussels (to 05JUN)
China: Anniversary of Tienanmen Square massacre- 1989
Iran: Anniversary Ali Khamenei elected the new Supreme Leader of Islamic republic of Iran -1989
South Korea: Local elections
Tonga: Anniversary of Tonga independence from the U.K. – 1970
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