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Israel: Military, Hamas Exchange Direct Fire

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Hamas fighters exchanged direct fire for the first time since the deadly 2014 conflict, Israeli Army spokesman Peter Lerner said May 5, AFP reported. Read more…

Iraq: Prime Minister Fires Green Zone Commander

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi fired the special forces commander in charge of guarding Baghdad's Green Zone, after demonstrators broke down walls and stormed the country's parliament April 30, AFP reported May 5. Read more…

Saudi Arabia: Operation Kills Islamic State Members, Reports Say

Saudi security forces carried out an operation against alleged Islamic State members in Mecca on May 5, Saudi state Al Ekhbariya TV reported. Read more…

Turkey: Prime Minister Announces He Will Step Down

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced he is stepping down in a press conference May 5, Hurriyet reported. Read more…

Brazil: Judge Orders Removal Of Lower House President

A Brazilian supreme court judge ordered the removal of Eduardo Cunha, president of the country's lower house of Congress, for obstructing investigations into wrongdoing connected with Brazil's Petrobras scandal, Zero Hora reported May 5. Read more…

Turkey: Prime Minister Expected To Step Down At Ruling Party Congress

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is expected to stand down at an upcoming party congress amid a reported rift with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Hurriyet and Milliyet reported. Read more…

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines: Ministers Planning Joint Security Operations

Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines are planning joint operations to crack down on pirates operating in the seas of the three nations, The Star of Malaysia reported May 5. Read more…

Palestinian Territories: Israeli Air Strikes Hit 4 Hamas Sites In Gaza

Israeli air strikes hit four Hamas sites in Gaza in the early morning hours of May 5, according to a military statement, AFP reported. Read more…

Syria: Partial Cease-Fire Extended To Aleppo

The Syrian government said it will abide by a 48-hour cease-fire in Aleppo starting May 5, BBC reported May 4. Read more…

Nepal: Prime Minister Will Not Resign, Despite Heavy Opposition

Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli will not resign, despite losing the support of a party integral to his fragile governing coalition, an aide to the prime minister said May 4, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey: Operation Kills Top PKK Commander

A May 2 security operation near the Turkish city of Diyarbakir killed a top commander from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Hurriyet reported May 4. Read more…

Armenia: Government To Consider Bill Recognizing Nagorno-Karabakh

On May 5, Armenian lawmakers will consider a bill to officially recognize the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, the self-declared government of the territory disputed with neighboring Azerbaijan, ARKA reported May 4. Read more…

Libya: National Army Begins Attack On Islamic State In Sirte

The Libyan National Army under the command of Gen. Khalifa Hiftar began an attack against the Islamic State-held city of Sirte on May 4, Al-Arabiya TV reported. Read more…

Turkey: Ankara Ready For Syria Ground Invasion, If Needed

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in a May 4 television interview that Turkey is ready for a ground invasion into Syria, should one become necessary, AFP reported. Read more…

Turkey: Speculation Surrounds Prime Minister's Possible Resignation

Speculation is increasing that Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu may resign over a row with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Hurriyet reported May 4. Read more…

EU: Commission Proposes Asylum System Reform

In addition to looking at Turkish visa liberalization and internal border control, the European Commission proposed May 4 reforms to the Common European Asylum System, according to an official press release by the European Commission. Read more…

EU: Commission Proposes Visa-Free Travel For Turkish Nationals

The European Commission put forth a proposal May 4 that opens the way for lifting visa requirements for Turkish nationals visiting for up to 90 days, according to an official press release by the European Commission. Read more…

EU: Commission Proposes Extending Internal Border Controls

The European Commission proposed May 4 to extend controls by six months on the internal borders of several countries belonging to the Schengen zone, according to an official press release by the European Commission. Read more…

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