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EU: Leaders Meet For Confidential Brexit Talks

EU officials and senior diplomats from several EU member states including Germany and France have begun confidential talks over a coordinated response to a possible British exit from the European Union, EU sources said, Reuters reported May 25. Read more…

Colombia: Constitutional Court Sides With Local Officials On Mining

Colombia's constitutional court issued a ruling May 25 invalidating legislation that stopped governors, mayors and local councils from prohibiting mining activities in the territory they control, El Espectador reported May 25. Read more…

Belgium: 4 Men Detained For Islamic State Ties

Belgian police detained four men in Antwerp suspected of acting as recruiters for the Islamic State, Belgium's federal prosecutor's office said May 25, AP reported. Read more…

Brazil: Government Will Seek To Discard Foreign Land Ownership Rules

Brazil's government will attempt to do away with limits on foreign ownership of agricultural land, Brazilian Secretary of Investment Moreira Franco said May 25, Reuters reported. Read more…

Kenya: 2 Suspects Arrested For Planning Terrorist Attack

Kenyan police arrested two men on May 24 suspected of planning terrorist attacks in Nairobi and Mombasa, a police official said, Daily Nation reported May 25. Read more…

Syria: Russia Says It Will Halt Strikes Against Jabhat Al-Nusra

Russia will pause airstrikes against the militant group Jabhat al-Nusra to allow other rebel factions to disengage from the hardline group in Syria, a Russian Defense Ministry representative said May 25, the Washington Post reported. Read more…

France: Government To Deploy Security Force Of 90,000 During Euro Tournament

France will deploy more than 90,000 police, soldiers and private security contractors during the upcoming UEFA Euro 2016 soccer championship, which kicks off June 10, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said, Reuters reported May 25. Read more…

Central African Republic: Group Will Trade Weapons For Government Posts

A representative for the Seleka rebel group in the Central African Republic said on May 25 that the group would hand over weapons in exchange for government appointments, Bloomberg reported. Read more…

Egypt: EgyptAir To Coordinate With French, Italian Companies To Find Black Box

EgyptAir will work with a French and an Italian company to try to find the black box from flight MS804, which crashed into the Mediterranean Sea in the early hours of May 19, Daily News Egypt reported May 25. Read more…

Turkey: President Chairs New Cabinet's First Meeting

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan chaired the first meeting of Turkey's new Cabinet on May 25 in the presidential palace in Ankara, AFP reported. Read more…

Italy: Prime Minister Begins Pension Talks With Unions

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has started talks with unions surrounding changes to the country's pension system, particularly focusing on lowering the retirement age and raising pensions in Italy, ANSA reported May 24. Read more…

Kuwait: Oil Ministry Agrees To Pay Raise For Workers

Kuwait's Oil Ministry has agreed to a 7.5 percent raise for the country's oil sector workers, resolving a strike dispute over the government's proposed wage reform legislation, Al Jarida reported May 24. Read more…

Bangladesh: Minister Denies Islamic State Presence

Bangladeshi State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam said the Islamic State has no presence in Bangladesh, despite the fact that it has claimed a string of brutal attacks there beginning in September 2015, Reuters reported May 25. Read more…

Somalia: Kenyan Troops Kill 21 Militants

Kenyan troops killed 21 fighters from the al Shabaab militant group in western Somalia near the Kenyan border, a Kenyan military spokesman said May 25, Reuters reported. Read more…

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…

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