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Afghanistan: Troops Battle Taliban To Hold Capital Of Uruzgan Province

Afghan security forces have been battling to push back Taliban fighters seeking to cut off Tarin Kowt, the capital of the southern province of Uruzgan, officials said May 1, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey: Attacks On Police Occur In East, Southeast

Two police officers were killed and 23 people wounded in a car bomb attack on police headquarters in the southeastern Turkish city of Gaziantep, the provincial governor said May 1, Reuters reported. Read more…

Iraq: Prime Minister Orders Arrests Of Protesters That Damaged Parliament

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on May 1 ordered the arrest of Shiite Muslim activists who caused damage and attacked police while storming parliament in Baghdad on April 30, BBC reported. Read more…

Yemen: Talks Suspended After Houthis Seize Base Near Sanaa

The Yemeni government suspended direct peace talks to end the country's conflict on May 1 after the Houthi rebel movement and its allies seized the Umaliqa military base north of the capital Sanaa, two members of the official delegation to the talks said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Iraq: Green Zone Occupiers Congregate In Main Square As Their Ranks Swell

More protesters, including those not affiliated with Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, have gathered in the Green Zone's Grand Festivities Square, Rudaw reported. Read more…

Iran: Reformists Win Second Round Of Parliamentary Elections

President Hassan Rouhani's reformist allies won 36 of the 68 seats up for grabs in the April 29 second round of parliamentary elections, according to preliminary results released April 30, Al Jazeera reported. Read more…

Germany: Government Will Request Extension Of Schengen Border Controls

Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden will call for the European Commission to extend border Schengen Zone border controls beyond their original end date of May 12, German Interior Minister Thomas De Maiziere said April 30, Reuters reported. Read more…

Afghanistan: Government Launches Operations In 18 Provinces

The Afghan military kicked off anti-militant operations in 18 provinces backed by airstrikes and artillery, according to an April 30 Ministry of Defense statement, Reuters reported. Read more…

Russia: Moscow Says Barrel Roll Near U.S. Aircraft Justified

Moscow said April 30 that a Russian Su-27 was justified in its April 29 aggressive interception of a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic Sea, according to a statement by the Russian Defense Ministry, BBC reported. Read more…

Iraq: After Shiite Protesters Storm Parliament, Military Deployed To Green Zone

Baghdad declared a citywide state of emergency April 30 after hundreds of demonstrators loyal to Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr marched over the Tigris River and into Baghdad's Green Zone, entering the parliament building, witnesses said, BBC reported. Read more…

Turkey: Suicide Bomber's Ties Remain Unclear

A female suicide bomber who caused an April 27 explosion in the Turkish city of Bursa has been identified, The Daily Star reported April 29. Read more…

Burundi: Attack Kills 5 In Capital

Five people were killed in a gun and grenade attack April 28 in Burundi's capital, regarded as a hub of opposition to Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, Reuters reported April 29. Read more…

Colombia: ELN Responsible For Oil Pipeline Attack

The National Liberation Army (ELN) carried out an April 28 attack on the Cano Limon-Covenas oil pipeline in a rural area of Arauca department, Colombian army sources said, Caracol Radio reported April 29. Read more…

Syria: Weekend Pause Declared In 2 Areas, Excludes Aleppo

The U.S., Russian and Syrian governments have agreed to pause fighting around Damascus and Latakia, according to Russian and Syrian military authorities, Reuters reported April 29. Read more…

Iraq: U.S. Vice President Visits Kurdistan Regional Government

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visited with Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani on April 28 in Erbil, where the two discussed the planned offensive to retake the northern Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State, Rudaw reported April 29. Read more…

Saudi Arabia: Islamic State Claims Eastern Bomb Attack

An Islamic State affiliate in Saudi Arabia has claimed an April 28 bombing in eastern Al-Ahsa province that injured one police officer and damaged five vehicles, AP reported April 29. Read more…

China: Russian Natural Gas Project Signs Major Loan Agreements With Chinese Banks

Russia's Yamal liquefied natural gas project (LNG) signed loan agreements with Chinese banks worth more than $12 billion, Yamal LNG said April 29, Reuters reported. Read more…

Russia: Putin To Visit China In June

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit China in June, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, Sputnik reported April 29. Read more…

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