AFRICA: West African troops extended their military mission in Gambia by one year after entering the country in January to force out longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh.
AMERICAS: An intelligence contractor was charged with sending a classified report about Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election to the news media, the first criminal leak case under President Trump.
ASIA: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani invited the Taliban to peace talks, calling it their “last chance” to give up their 16-year insurgency and join the political process.
EUROPE: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said President Donald Trump asked him to rebuild the US relationship with Russia, despite ongoing political turmoil.
MIDDLE EAST: A US-backed rebel alliance says it began a battle to capture the city of Raqqa, the extremist group Islamic State’s stronghold in Syria.
TECHNOLOGY: Russian hackers attacked at least one US voting software supplier days before the US 2016 presidential election, according to a leaked government intelligence report.
Qatar: Hopes for dialogue to resolve regional diplomatic crisis
Qatar is backing plans for talks with its regional rivals as a diplomatic row gains momentum.
Kuwait, one of the Gulf countries not involved in the dispute, has offered to mediate talks.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone with the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar about resolving the dispute.
The United Arab Emirates said Qatar would need to provide a “guaranteed roadmap” before it would consider mending ties.
Qatari leader Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani is expected to address his nation later today.
Al-Thani said no retaliatory measures would be taken against the Gulf countries.
Region: West African troops extended their military mission in Gambia by one year after entering the country in January to force out longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh. (Reuters)
DR Congo: UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said the country has until 08JUN to investigate violence in the Kasai province, or risk having an international human rights inquiry imposed. (Reuters)
Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari is recuperating fast and will be back home soon, his wife said after returning from Britain where he is on medical leave. (Reuters)
Zimbabwe: President Robert Mugabe called for an end to sanctions on his country so it can implement a series of global goals on sustainable development. (Reuters)
Colombia: The government will provide some initial funding for the Marxist FARC rebel group’s new political party, as soon as the group finishes a weapons handover. (Reuters)
Puerto Rico: The country declared the 2016 Zika epidemic over, saying transmission of the virus has fallen significantly. (Reuters)
United States: An intelligence contractor was charged with sending a classified report about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election to the news media, the first criminal leak case under President Trump. (NYT)
Venezuela: The Venezuelan opposition said several security officers abused demonstrators during anti-government protests in Caracas. (EFE)
Region: Australia ordered an inquiry into espionage laws and foreign government interference amid growing concerns about Chinese influence. (AFP)
Region: Two US aircraft carriers left the Sea of Japan after engaging in exercises with Japanese defense vessels and fighter jets. (Kyodo)
Afghanistan: President Ashraf Ghani invited the Taliban to peace talks, calling it their “last chance” to give up their 16-year insurgency and join the political process. (AP)
Afghanistan: A rocket struck an Indian diplomatic compound in the capital, Kabul, but no one was injured in the blast. (Reuters)
Region: Germany will try to avoid damaging already strained relations with NATO partner Turkey during a withdrawal of German troops from the Incirlik air base. (Reuters)
Italy: Authorities in Sicily detained 15 people accused of running a migrant smuggling ring that planned to bring people with alleged links to jihadist groups into the country. (AP)
Russia: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said President Donald Trump asked him to rebuild the US relationship with the country, despite ongoing political turmoil. (AP)
United Kingdom: A new search was underway in a neighborhood near the home of two of the London Bridge attackers. (AP)
Region: Top UN official Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein called for an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory, saying it would benefit both sides after 50 years of enmity. (Reuters)
Israel: A private security guard shot dead an Arab demonstrator during anti-police riots in the Arab town of Kfar Kassem. (AP)
Syria: A US-backed rebel alliance says it began a battle to capture the city of Raqqa, the extremist group Islamic State’s stronghold in the country. (RFE/RL)
Syria: US-led coalition airstrikes on the city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group, have killed at least 12 people. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Technology: Russian hackers attacked at least one US voting software supplier days before the US 2016 presidential election, according to a leaked government intelligence report. (AP)
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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.