Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilizing the region.
They say Qatar backs militant groups including so-called Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda, which Qatar has denied.
Qatar called the decision “unjustified” and with “no basis in fact”.
The move marks a sharp escalation of a rift between the Persian Gulf states since late last month.
US Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson offered to broker the impasse in hopes of preserving the Trump administration’s efforts to create broad coalitions against Iran and terrorist groups in the Middle East.
Region: Seven African migrants died after being locked for two days in a refrigerated truck abandoned by people smugglers on the Libyan coast. (Reuters)
Senegal: Israel’s ambassador to the country will return to his post after a year of diplomatic estrangement. (Reuters)
South Africa: President Jacob Zuma denied owning a “palace” in the United Arab Emirates, after local media reports to the contrary. (Reuters)
Region: Former Mexican state governor Roberto Borge was arrested at Mexico’s request in Panama on corruption charges. (Reuters)
Colombia: Marxist FARC rebels accused the government of “repeatedly breaking” terms of their peace deal, and threatened to delay their demobilization. (AFP)
Mexico: The country’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) likely won a key state election by a slim margin, according to an official preliminary projection of results that was quickly challenged by the leftist party seen in second place. (Reuters)
Venezuela: Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez urged more street protests against the “tyranny” of President Nicolas Maduro. (AFP)
Region: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said China should do more on the issue of North Korea. (Reuters)
Australia: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis offered public reassurances to the country, despite disagreement with President Donald Trump policies. (AP)
Cambodia: PM Hun Sen said he was confident of keeping power in next year’s general election after the opposition’s gains in local elections fell short. (Reuters)
Korean Peninsula: South Korea will return four rescued North Koreans if they want to go to the North, the South’s Unification Ministry said. (Reuters)
Philippines: Opposition lawmakers asked the Supreme Court to reject President Rodrigo Duterte’s imposition of martial law in the south of the country. (AFP)
Region: Germany and Turkey continue to attempt to overcome an impasse over Turkey’s refusal to allow German lawmakers visit troops stationed at a Turkish air base. (AP)
Cyprus: Peace talks on divided Cyprus are to resume in Geneva this month, the UN said, ending a stalemate which threatened to derail two years of negotiations. (Reuters)
Turkey: Turkish authorities say US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is blamed for last year’s coup, will lose his Turkish citizenship if he fails to return within three months. (AP)
United Kingdom: British police made several arrests in two dawn raids following the London attack claimed by the Islamic State group which left seven people dead. (AFP)
Region: Lawmakers from the Hamas militant group say they have not received their monthly salaries, in a move they suspect is orchestrated by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. (AP)
Iran: China supports the country’s membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization security bloc, which will be discussed at the group’s summit this week. (Reuters)
Iraq: The UN estimates 100,000 children remain in dangerous conditions in IS-held areas of Mosul. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Technology: Facebook said it wants to be a “hostile environment” for terrorists after attackers killed seven people in London. (Reuters)
Cyclones: Nothing to Report
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Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
Global Disease Outbreaks:
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
Cases as of 27MAR16: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
Deaths as of 27MAR16: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
Suspected Cases as of 02JUN: 58,806 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
Confirmed Cases as of 02JUN: 28,654 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
Deaths as of 02JUN: 13 (Brazil)
Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
Cases as of 04JUN: 1,980 (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 04JUN: 693 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 24MAY: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
Outbreak Terminated as of 24MAY: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 24MAY: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.