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Saudi Arabia: Land Mine Blast On Yemeni Border Kills 1, Wounds 3

One Saudi border guard and three others were wounded after a land mine exploded along the country's border with Yemen on May 23, the Saudi Interior Ministry said, Saudi Press Agency and Reuters reported. Read more…

Argentina: President Vetoes Bill Designed To Reduce Layoffs

Argentine President Mauricio Macri vetoed on May 23 a bill designed to discourage employers from laying off their workers, Reuters reported. Read more…

Russia: Foreign Ministry Voices Concern Over Venezuelan Political Crisis

Russia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement May 23 saying it is concerned with Venezuela's growing political crisis, adding that it is prepared to help the country's opposing sides reach a compromise, Sputnik reported. Read more…

U.K.: Bomb Threats Force School Evacuations

Thousands of students in the United Kingdom were evacuated from schools May 23 after bomb threats were called in to at least 21 schools, The Independent reported. Read more…

Turkey: Explosion, Gunshots Heard In Police Raid

An explosion and several gunshots were heard during an ongoing raid by Turkish police on a Gaziantep property suspected of being used by the Islamic State, Turkish Minute reported May 23. Read more…

Russia: Foreign Minister, U.S. Secretary Of State Discuss Syria

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the Syrian conflict over the phone May 23, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Kenya: Protests Against Electoral Commission Turn Violent

Kenyan police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse protests against the country's electoral commission in Nairobi and the western city of Kisumu on May 23, police sources said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Austria: Independent Beats Out Far Right Candidate For Presidency

Norbert Hofer of the far right Freedom Party has conceded in Austria's presidential runoff, after vote counting revealed a victory for his opponent, independent Alexander Van der Bellen, Europe Elects reported. Read more…

Syria: Islamic State Bombings Kill More Than 120 In Coastal Cities

A string of bombings claimed by the Islamic State killed more than 120 people in the Syrian coastal cities of Jableh and Tartus on May 23, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, Naharnet and AFP reported. Read more…

Iran: Tehran Signs Agreement With India, Afghanistan For Southern Port

The leaders of Iran, Afghanistan and India signed a three-way transit agreement for the southern Iranian port of Chabahar on May 23, Iran's presidential office website said, AFP reported. Read more…

Tunisia: Ennahda President Re-Elected Easily

The president of Tunisia's Ennahda party, Rachid Ghannouchi, was easily re-elected May 23 at a party congress in Hammamet, AFP reported. Read more…

Iraq: Operation To Retake Fallujah Underway

The Iraqi government's offensive to retake the Islamic State stronghold of Fallujah began May 23, with government forces and their allies moving in on the city from different directions and with fighting take place in the surrounding areas, Alsumaria TV and Al Jazeera reported. Read more…

Yemen: Suicide Bombers Kill At Least 41 In Aden

Twin suicide bombings claimed by the Islamic State killed at least 41 army recruits and soldiers at a recruiting center and nearby military base in Aden on May 23, a security forces commander said, Naharnet and AFP reported. Read more…

Yemen: Negotiations Resume After Nearly A Weeklong Break

Peace talks to end the conflict in Yemen resumed May 23 after nearly a weeklong break, U.N. special envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said, World Bulletin reported. Read more…

Afghanistan: Death Of Taliban Leader Confirmed

A U.S. drone strike in a restive province of Pakistan killed Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, the leader of the Afghan Taliban, the White House confirmed on May 23, the New York Times reported. Read more…

Vietnam: U.S. Lifts Arms Ban

The United States is fully lifting its ban on the sale of military equipment to Vietnam, U.S. President Barack Obama said May 23 during a visit to Hanoi, AFP reported. Read more…

Tajikistan: Overwhelming Voter Support For Constitutional Amendments

A referendum on amendments to the Tajik Constitution passed May 22 with nearly 95 percent of the vote, Tajikistan's electoral commission said, Asia-Plus reported May 23. Read more…

Greece: Parliament Passes New Budget Cuts, Tax Increases

The Greek Parliament passed new budget cuts and tax increases May 22, BBC reported. Read more…

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