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Iraq: Government Advances In Fallujah Offensive

Iraqi government forces and allied militias continued to make significant advances in their effort to retake the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State on May 25, Iraqi military and police officials said, Rudaw reported. Read more…

Syria: Rebel Groups Negotiate Cease-Fire To End Infighting

Two rebel groups battling for influence near Damascus, Jaish al-Islam and Faylaq al-Rahman, agreed to a cease-fire in Qatar on May 24, statements from both groups said, Reuters reported May 25. Read more…

Greece: Breakthrough Deal Reached With Creditors

Eurogroup finance ministers agreed to release 10.3 billion euros ($11.48 billion) in bailout funding for Greece on May 24 in recognition of fiscal reforms pushed through by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's leftist-led coalition, Kathimerini reported. Read more…

Afghanistan: Suicide Bombing Near Kabul Kills 10

A suicide bombing on the western outskirts of Kabul on May 25 killed 10 people and wounded four more, an Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman said, Reuters and TOLOnews reported. Read more…

Afghanistan: Taliban Name New Leader, Deputies

The Afghan Taliban confirmed May 25 the death of leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor and announced Haibatullah Akhunzada as their new leader, Reuters and Khaama Press reported. Read more…

Russia: Eurobond Purchases Higher Than Expected

Foreign investors bought more than 70 percent of Russia's eurobonds during the country's first sovereign debt offering since the outbreak of the crisis in Ukraine in 2014, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said May 24, Sputnik reported. Read more…

Colombia: Reporters Go Missing In Search For Prominent Journalist

Two more reporters have gone missing in Colombia during the search for prominent journalist Salud Hernandez-Mora, President Juan Manuel Santos said May 24, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.S.: Washington To Examine New India-Iran Port Deal

A U.S. State Department official said the United States will examine a new deal between India and Iran to develop the southern Iranian port of Chabahar, Reuters reported May 24. Read more…

Iraq: U.N. Expresses Concern Over Civilians In Fallujah

A U.N. representative said the United Nations is concerned about the lives of the approximately 50,000 civilians still in Fallujah now that Iraqi security forces have begun an offensive to retake the city from the Islamic State, BBC reported. Read more…

Greece: Police Begin Clearing Migrant Camp Along Macedonian Border

Greek police began evacuating migrants May 24 from the Idomeni camp along the Macedonian border where more than 8,000 people have been living since the border was closed in March, The Guardian reported. Read more…

Syria: U.S.-Backed Forces Launch Raqqa Offensive

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched an offensive against the Islamic State's self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa in northern Syria on May 24, SDF representatives said, CBS reported. Read more…

Cuba: More Private Businesses Legalized

Documents published May 24 reveal that the Cuban government will legalize small and medium-size private businesses, AP reported. Read more…

Iran: Hard-Liner Elected Assembly Of Experts Chief

Ahmad Jannati was selected May 24 as the new chairman of Iran's Assembly of Experts, a body of 88 delegates charged with selecting the country's supreme leader, BBC reported. Read more…

Spain: Protesters Clash With Police Over Barcelona Squatters

Police and protesters clashed in Barcelona late May 23 and into the early hours of May 24 after authorities evicted squatters from a vacant building they had occupied for years, AP reported. Read more…

France: Police Raid Google's Paris Office In Tax Fraud Investigation

French police raided Google's Paris offices on May 24 as part of an aggravated tax fraud investigation directed at the company, French authorities said, AP reported. Read more…

France: Strike Over Labor Reforms Spreads To All Oil Refineries

A strike in France over controversial government labor reforms has spread to all eight of the country's oil refineries, BBC reported. Read more…

EU: Ministers Agree To Expand Operation In Mediterranean Sea

EU foreign ministers, meeting in Brussels on May 23, agreed to expand Operation Sophia, the EU naval operation to prevent migrant smuggling in the Mediterranean, EUobserver reported. Read more…

Iran: Delegation Heads To Saudi Arabia For Hajj Discussions

An Iranian delegation arrived in Saudi Arabia for discussions on the annual hajj pilgrimage, the head of Iran's Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization said May 24, AFP reported. Read more…

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