AFRICA: UN rights investigators accused Eritrean leaders of crimes against humanity and called on the UN Security Council to impose sanctions and refer the case to the International Criminal Court.
AMERICAS: Venezuela’s electoral authorities have accepted 1.3 million signatures as valid on a petition for a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro.
ASIA: The World Health Organization announced Thailand has become the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.
EUROPE: Two Turkish police officers were killed and more than 20 people wounded in a car bomb attack on a police station in Turkey’s southeastern town of Midyat.
MIDDLE EAST: Syria’s defense minister is to hold Tehran talks with his Iranian and Russian counterparts as government forces press an offensive against the ISIS group.
TECHNOLOGY: A new smartphone app designed to alert users to possible terror attacks will be launched by the French government, amid growing security concerns over the Euro 2016 football tournament.
Papua New Guinea: Police open fire on student protestors; casualties reported.
Police have opened fire on students protesting against Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.
Dozens of people were wounded in the capital as riots erupted across the country.
A statement from O’Neill’s office blamed “agitators” from outside the university for both the violence and the weeks of student protest, saying that members of the political opposition had been involved in the demonstrations.
Students have been demanding for weeks O’Neill resign because of alleged corruption and mismanagement.
A warrant for O’Neill’s arrest on corruption charges was issued in 2014, but the prime minister has dodged questioning and arrest since then.
Eritrea: UN rights investigators accused Eritrean leaders of crimes against humanity and called on the UN Security Council to impose sanctions and refer the case to the International Criminal Court. (Reuters)
Kenya: The country’s opposition said it would defy a ban imposed by the government on its protests against the electoral commission. (Reuters)
Nigeria: The Niger Delta Avengers militant group rejected a truce offer to end attacks on key oil infrastructure that has cut output in the country. (AFP)
El Salvador: The former director of the country’s penitentiaries, Nelson Rauda, was sent to prison for allegedly forming part of a network that authorized privileges and perks for imprisoned gang members during a 2012-2014 truce. (EFE)
United States: FBI Director James Comey said the Islamic State is currently the main threat facing the country, both in its efforts to recruit fighters for violence overseas and within America. (AP)
Venezuela: The country’s electoral authorities have accepted 1.3 million signatures as valid on a petition for a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro, a first step toward ousting the embattled leftist. (AFP)
Region: China accused the Philippines of ignoring requests for dialogue about their maritime dispute, as tensions rise before an international tribunal’s ruling on the territorial row. (AFP)
Hong Kong: Cosmetics maker Lancome shut all its territory shops as protesters accused the cosmetics brand of kowtowing to Beijing when it scrapped a promotional event featuring an activist singer. (AP)
India: Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos has pledged to invest USD 3B in the country, in a big bet on the growth of online shopping in the fast-growing South Asian economy. (AFP)
Thailand: The World Health Organization announced the nation has become the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. (Reuters)
Austria: Legal officials say the country’s right-wing party is challenging the results of elections for the presidency that was narrowly lost by its candidate. (AP)
Cyprus: President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci are meeting at a UN compound to outline talking points before launching stepped-up peace talks. (AP)
France: Warnings mounted over potential terrorist attacks just two days before the start of Euro 2016, with the country on high alert as it readies to host two million foreign football fans. (AFP)
Turkey: Two police officers were killed and more than 20 people wounded in a car bomb attack on a police station in the southeastern town of Midyat. (Reuters)
United Kingdom: Senior politicians have called for voter registration for the 23JUN referendum on EU membership to be reopened after a government website crashed shortly before the deadline, hampering some people’s efforts to register. (Reuters)
Region: Syria’s defense minister is to hold Tehran talks with his Iranian and Russian counterparts as government forces press an offensive against the ISIS group. (AFP)
Iraq: Iraqi elite counterterrorism forces say they have pushed deeper into Islamic State-held Fallujah. (AP)
Iraq: Security forces repelled Islamic State militant attacks against military posts in villages south of the IS-held city of Mosul. (Xinhua)
Syria: Rebel groups broke through an Islamic State siege around the opposition-held town of Marea, reopening their main road to the Turkish border. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Communications: A new smartphone app designed to alert users to possible terror attacks will be launched by the French government, amid growing security concerns over the Euro 2016 football tournament. (AFP)
Suspected Cases as of 03JUN: 103,571 (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 03JUN: 14,164
Deaths as of 03JUN: 16
Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 74 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
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)
Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 26MAY: 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 26MAY: 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 26MAY: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, and the United States of America.