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Offensives Launched in Iraq and Syria

Iraq's Ministry of Defense announced the start of the second phase of the operation to retake Fallujah, while, in Syria, the Islamic State launched an offensive on rebel forces in the Azaz area. Read more…

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China: Government Preparing Air Defense Identification Zone In South China Sea

China is reportedly preparing an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea, sources close to the People's Liberation Army said, the South China Morning Post reported May 31. Read more…

Iraq: Islamic State Launches Counterattack In Fallujah

The Islamic State conducted a counterattack early May 31 against Iraqi government troops and their allies attempting to recapture the city of Fallujah in Anbar province, Iraqi army sources said, BBC reported. Read more…

Syria: Clashes Between Islamic State, Rebels Intensify

Fighting between the Islamic State and rebel forces in Aleppo province intensified May 31, as Islamic State fighters pushed into rebel-held areas in which thousands of civilians are trapped, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, AFP reported. Read more…

Syria, Iraq: 2 U.S. Service Members Wounded

Two U.S. service members were wounded over the weekend beginning May 28 in Syria and Iraq, the Pentagon said May 31, CNN reported. Read more…

France: Strikes By Air Traffic Controllers Could Disrupt Flights

Strikes by French air traffic controllers scheduled for June 3, June 5 and June 14 could disrupt flights, airlines warned on May 31, The Irish Times reported. Read more…

South Sudan: U.N. Renews Sanctions Against Individuals Hindering Peace Deal

The U.N. Security Council voted on May 31 to renew sanctions against multiple people accused of obstructing a peace deal to end South Sudan's civil war, AP reported. Read more…

Romania: President Stands By Anti-Missile Shield

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis voiced support on May 31 for the U.S. Aegis Ashore missile defense system, which Russia has criticized as an act of aggression by the United States, Sputnik reported. Read more…

Malaysia: 15 Immigration Officers Accused Of Aiding Illegal Travelers

Fifteen Malaysian immigration officers stand accused of sabotaging the country's passport system to allow certain travellers to circumvent background checks, BBC reported May 31. Read more…

Iran: Government Orders Instant Messaging Apps To Store User Data

Iran's Supreme Council of Cyberspace has ordered that instant messaging apps such as Telegram must store data about users within Iran, BBC reported May 31. Read more…

Iran: Nuclear Official Says European Countries Will Buy Heavy Water

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, said unnamed European countries are prepared to buy 20 tons of heavy water from Iran, the Tasnim News Agency and Sputnik reported May 31. Read more…

Venezuela: Airlines Suspend Flights To Venezuela

Latin America's largest airline, LATAM, said May 30 it is suspending flights to Venezuela because of the country's economic crisis, BBC reported. Read more…

Afghanistan: Number Of Internally Displaced People Has Doubled Since 2013

The number of internally displaced people in Afghanistan has reached 1.2 million, double what it was in 2013, a new report by Amnesty International says, the Washington Post reported May 31. Read more…

France: Paris Mayor Announces Migrant Camp North Of Paris

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo announced May 31 the creation of a new migrant camp north of Paris, France Bleu 107.1 reported. Read more…

Turkey: President Begins East Africa Trip

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan began a trip to East Africa May 31, Yeni Safak reported. Read more…

Yemen: Renewed Clashes Kill Dozens

Renewed clashes in Yemen's ongoing civil war killed at least 38 people in the last 24 hours, Yemeni military sources said May 31, AFP reported. Read more…

Turkey: President Designates Gulen Movement As Terrorist Group

Turkey's government has officially designated the followers of Fethullah Gulen as a terrorist group, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during a May 30 rally, Reuters reported. Read more…

Egypt: Sinai Attack Kills 6 Soldiers, Wounds 6 Others

Six Egyptian soldiers were killed and six others were wounded in the Sinai Peninsula after their vehicle struck a roadside bomb May 31, military officials said, AP reported. Read more…

China: Huge Fire At Chemical Plant In Hubei Province

A massive fire has broken out a chemical plant in Yichang in Hubei province, CCTV News reported May 31. Read more…

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