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Saudi Arabia: Rocket Launched From Yemen Kills Civilian

A rocket launched from Yemen into the southern Saudi city of Dhahran killed a Saudi citizen and wounded two others, Reuters reported May 22. Read more…

Yemen: Islamic State Claims Attack On Houthi Mosque

The Islamic State has claimed a bomb attack on a Shiite Houthi mosque in Sanaa that wounded 13, Reuters reported May 22. Read more…

Colombia: Government Appoints Attorney In Clan Usuga Demobilization

Colombian Attorney General Eduardo Montealegre has named a government attorney as a mediator in exploratory discussions toward the demobilization of the criminal network known as "Clan Usuga," El Espectador reported May 21. Read more…

Venezuela: Government Possibly Considers New Foreign Exchange Mechanism

Venezuela's government is reportedly considering implementing a new foreign exchange mechanism, Panorama reported May 21. Read more…

Iraq: Government Takes Back Western Beiji

Government forces and allied militias May 21 recaptured the western part of Beiji, Salahuddin province, from Islamic State militants and freed 300 soldiers who had been trapped in the Beiji refinery, the secretary-general of the Shiite League of the Righteous militia said, Alsumaria and al-Iraqiyah reported. Read more…

United States: Fast Track For Trans-Pacific Partnership Advances In Senate

The U.S. Senate voted 62 to 38 on May 21 to advance the Trade Promotion Authority bill after members of the Democratic Party attempted to prolong debate, The Washington Post reported. Read more…

Yemen: Iran Shahed Arrives Outside Djibouti Port

The Iran Shahed arrived at a position around three nautical miles from Djibouti's main port and is now stationary, according to satellite information. Read more…

Russia, Iraq: Leaders Seek To Bolster Cooperation Across All Sectors

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev agreed May 21 on the need to expand military, economic and diplomatic cooperation between Russia and Iraq, Interfax reported. Read more…

Kenya: Al Shabaab Briefly Seizes Garissa Mosque

Al Shabaab militants took over a mosque in Garissa county, Kenya for several hours before escaping into a forest, BBC News reported May 21. Read more…

Syria: Army Checkpoint Attacked, Causing Casualties

A shell exploded at a Syrian army checkpoint near the Russian Embassy in Damascus on May 21, leaving an unknown number of Syrian troops dead or wounded, an embassy spokeswoman said, Sputnik News reported. Read more…

Saudi Arabia: Yemeni Tribal Fighters Seize Border Area

Yemeni tribal fighters took control of the al-Tuwal region in southwestern Saudi Arabia, Al-Manar Television reported May 21. Read more…

Burundi: Violence Resurges In Capital

Gunfire erupted again in the streets of Bujumbura as demonstrators continued to protest Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office, Reuters reported May 21. Read more…

Syria: Islamic State Controls Half The Country, Activists Say

The Islamic State controls more than half of Syria's territory now that it has seized Palmyra, an activist group said, Reuters reported May 21. Read more…

Djibouti: Authorities Deny Entry To Iranian Aid Ship

Djiboutian authorities refused to allow an Iranian aid ship bound for Yemen to enter Djibouti's waters for a cargo inspection May 20, Sputnik News reported. Read more…

U.S.: Banks To Plead Guilty To Manipulating Currency Exchange And Interest Rates

Four major banks will plead guilty to violating antitrust laws in the foreign exchange market and a fifth bank will plead guilty to manipulating interest rates, The New York Times reported May 20. Read more…

Turkey: Ruling Party Mayor Is Shot, Injured

A mayor belonging to Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, Cuneyt Yildiz, and his bodyguard were shot and seriously injured during an attack at his office May 20, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Islamic State Militants Enter Northern Palmyra

Islamic State militants took over the northern section of Palmyra on May 20 after a week-long push toward the central Syrian city, AFP reported. Read more…

Greece: Without Deal, Athens Will Miss Its Next Debt Payment

Athens will miss its next repayment to the International Monetary Fund if it does not reach a deal with the European Central Bank soon, parliamentary speaker Nikos Filis said May 20, The Guardian reported. Read more…