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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 eight thousand 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: Hardliner 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…

Iraq: Government Operation To Retake Fallujah Progresses

The Iraqi government operation to retake the Islamic State stronghold of Fallujah continued May 24, with government troops and allied forces making gains against the militant groups in the city's outlying areas, Rudaw reported. Read more…

Turkey: Incoming Prime Minister Announces New Cabinet

Turkey's incoming prime minister, Binali Yildirim, unveiled his new Cabinet on May 24, with one key change coming at the position of EU minister, Hurriyet reported. Read more…

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

One Saudi border guard was killed 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…

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