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Israel: Second Commercial Traffic Crossing To Gaza Strip To Be Reopened

Israel will reopen a second border point for commercial traffic crossing into the Gaza Strip, an Israeli official said May 2, Reuters reported. Read more…

Nigeria: Army Frees 400 Hostages From Militants

Nigerian troops rescued around 400 people held hostage by Wilayat al Sudan al Gharbi, the militant group formerly known as Boko Haram, army spokesman Col. Sani Usman said May 2, CAJ News reported. Read more…

Syria: U.S. Drones Strike Islamic State Targets In North

Strikes by U.S. drones operating from Turkey's Incirlik air base killed 29 Islamic State militants in northern Syria on May 2, according to reports and images from the region, Hurriyet reported. Read more…

Ukraine: Orthodox Easter Cease-Fire Is Holding, Reports Say

A cease-fire between Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatists that began April 30 for the Orthodox Easter holiday appears to be largely holding, according to the official Facebook page for Ukrainian military operations in eastern Ukraine. Read more…

Colombia: FARC Peace Deal Could Be Finalized In June

The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) could reach a final peace deal in June, FARC legal counselor Enrique Santiago said May 2, El Tiempo reported. Read more…

Turkey: Prime Minister's Washington Visit Postponed

A visit to Washington by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu set for May 2 was postponed, government sources from both countries said, Hurriyet reported May 2. Read more…

South Korea: President Makes Official Iran Visit

South Korean President Park Geun Hye landed in Iran on May 1 for an official three-day visit, Mehr News Agency reported May 2. Read more…

Turkey: Military Strikes Islamic State Positions In Syria

The Turkish military said its forces struck Islamic State positions in Syria on May 2, killing at least 34 suspected militants, AFP reported, citing Anadolu Agency. Read more…

Iraq: Islamic State Strikes City In South, Loses Northern Town

Two suicide car bombs claimed by the Islamic State killed at least 32 people and wounded 75 others in the center of the southern Iraqi city of Samawa on May 1, police said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Philippines: Abu Sayyaf Releases 10 Indonesian Hostages

Abu Sayyaf militants have freed 10 Indonesian crewmen who were seized at sea in March in the first of three attacks on tugboats that have sparked a regional maritime security alarm, officials said May 1, the New York Times reported. Read more…

Somalia: Al Shabaab Retakes Town Northeast Of Mogadishu

Al Shabaab insurgents killed 15 Somali soldiers and retook the town of Runirgood northeast of the capital Mogadishu on May 1, just one day after it had been captured by government forces, the military said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Iraq: Protesters Peacefully Leave Green Zone

Protesters camped out in Baghdad's Green Zone left the government district peacefully on May 1, Reuters reported. Read more…

France: Protests Over Labor Law Erupt At May Day Parade In Paris

Clashes broke out between French police and demonstrators during a May Day parade in Paris, police said May 1, BBC reported. Read more…

Turkey: Police Fire Tear Gas, Detain 200 In May Day Scuffles

Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon and detained more than 200 people after scuffles broke out at May Day celebrations in Istanbul when some anti-government protesters tried to breach a ban on access to Taksim Square, officials said May 1, Reuters reported. Read more…

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 Security Forces 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: Premier Orders Arrests Of Protesters Who Damaged Parliament

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on May 1 ordered the arrest of 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…

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