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Turkey: Prime Minister Expected To Step Down At Ruling Party Congress

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is expected to stand down at an upcoming party congress amid reported rift with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Hurriyet and Milliyet reported. Read more…

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines: Ministers Planning Joint Security Operations

Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines are planning joint operations to crack down on pirates operating in the seas of the three nations, The Star of Malaysia reported May 5. Read more…

Palestinian Territories: Israeli Air Strikes Hit 4 Hamas Sites In Gaza

Israeli air strikes hit four Hamas sites in Gaza in the early morning hours of May 5, according to a military statement, AFP reported. Read more…

Syria: Partial Cease-Fire Extended To Aleppo

The Syrian government said it will abide by a 48-hour cease-fire in Aleppo starting May 5, BBC reported May 4. Read more…

Nepal: Prime Minister Will Not Resign, Despite Heavy Opposition

Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli will not resign, despite losing the support of a party integral to his fragile governing coalition, an aide to the prime minister said May 4, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey: Operation Kills Top PKK Commander

A May 2 security operation near the Turkish city of Diyarbakir killed a top commander from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Hurriyet reported May 4. Read more…

Armenia: Government To Consider Bill Recognizing Nagorno-Karabakh

On May 5, Armenian lawmakers will consider a bill to officially recognize the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, the self-declared government of the territory disputed with neighboring Azerbaijan, ARKA reported May 4. Read more…

Libya: National Army Begins Attack On Islamic State In Sirte

The Libyan National Army under the command of Gen. Khalifa Hiftar began an attack against the Islamic State-held city of Sirte on May 4, Al-Arabiya TV reported. Read more…

Turkey: Ankara Ready For Syria Ground Invasion, If Needed

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in a May 4 television interview that Turkey is ready for a ground invasion into Syria, should one become necessary, AFP reported. Read more…

Turkey: Speculation Surrounds Prime Minister's Possible Resignation

Speculation is increasing that Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu may resign over a row with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Hurriyet reported May 4. Read more…

EU: Commission Proposes Asylum System Reform

In addition to looking at Turkish visa liberalization and internal border control, the European Commission proposed May 4 reforms to the Common European Asylum System, according to an official press release by the European Commission. Read more…

EU: Commission Proposes Visa-Free Travel For Turkish Nationals

The European Commission put forth a proposal May 4 that opens the way for lifting visa requirements for Turkish nationals visiting for up to 90 days, according to an official press release by the European Commission. Read more…

EU: Commission Proposes Extending Internal Border Controls

The European Commission proposed May 4 to extend controls by six months on the internal borders of several countries belonging to the Schengen zone, according to an official press release by the European Commission. Read more…

Iraq: 2 Oil Wells Set Ablaze In Kirkuk

Two oil wells at the Khabbaz oil fields in the northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk were set on fire overnight in a suspected sabotage attack, local police said, Rudaw reported May 4. Read more…

Japan, Russia: Abe, Putin To Discuss Kurils

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will discuss the issue of the disputed Kuril Islands during Abe’s visit to Russia on May 6, a Kremlin spokesman said May 4, Sputnik reported. Read more…

Turkey, Cyprus: Ankara To End Visa Demands For Greek Cypriots

The Turkish government announced May 3 that it will abolish visa requirements for Greek Cypriots visiting Turkey, though it will not recognize the Cypriot government in Nicosia, Deutsche Welle reported. Read more…

Yemen: Peace Talks To Resume

Yemen’s warring parties have agreed to resume face-to-face peace negotiations on May 4, according to a U.N. representative, the Middle East Eye and AFP reported. Read more…

Australia: Elections To Be Held July 2

Australian Prime Minister confirmed May 3 that he would soon call an election to be held on July 2, Australia Broadcasting Corporation reported. Read more…