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Colombia: FARC Ends Unilateral Cease-Fire

Negotiators for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia announced in Havana on May 22 that the group will end the nationwide unilateral cease-fire that began Dec. 20. Read more…

Iraq: Government Aims To Retake Ramadi

The Iraqi government and its allies will launch a mission to retake the city of Ramadi from Islamic State militants, a Popular Mobilization Force representative said May 22, AFP reported. Read more…

Iraq, Syria: Islamic State Seizes Al-Tanf Border Crossing

Islamic State militants May 21 seized al-Tanf, last Iraq-Syria border crossing held by forces loyal to President Bashar al Assad, AFP reported. Read more…

South Sudan: China Pulls Oil Workers Amid Conflict

The Chinese government announced May 22 that it pulled all of its oil workers from the Paloch oilfield because of heavy fighting between Sudanese factions, the Sudan Tribune reported. Read more…

Colombia: Airstrike Kills 26 FARC Fighters

A government airstrike killed 26 members of the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) on May 21, Caracol Radio reported. Read more…

Saudi Arabia: Suicide Bomber Strikes Shiite Mosque

A suicide bomber attacked the Iman Ali mosque in Eastern Province during Friday prayers May 22, Reuters reported. Read more…

Colombia, China: Leaders Promise To Strengthen Economic Ties

After meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in Bogota on May 21, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said China would advance economic ties with the country, Mercopress reported. Read more…

Saudi Arabia: Rocket Launched From Yemen Kills Civilian

A rocket launched from Yemen into the southern Saudi city of Dhahran al-Janub killed a Saudi citizen and wounded two others, Reuters reported May 22. Read more…

Yemen: Islamic State Claims Attack On Houthi Mosque

The Islamic State has claimed a bomb attack on a mosque in Sanaa attended by Houthis, in which 13 were wounded, Reuters reported May 22. Read more…

Colombia: Government Appoints Attorney In Clan Usuga Demobilization

Colombian Attorney General Eduardo Montealegre has named a government attorney as a mediator in exploratory discussions toward the demobilization of the criminal network known as "Clan Usuga," El Espectador reported May 21. Read more…

Venezuela: Government Possibly Considers New Foreign Exchange Mechanism

Venezuela's government is reportedly considering implementing a new foreign exchange mechanism, Panorama reported May 21. Read more…

Iraq: Government Takes Back Western Beiji

Government forces and allied militias May 21 recaptured the western part of Beiji, Salahuddin province, from Islamic State militants and freed 300 soldiers who had been trapped in the Beiji refinery, the secretary-general of the Shiite League of the Righteous militia said, Alsumaria and al-Iraqiyah reported. Read more…

United States: Fast Track For Trans-Pacific Partnership Advances In Senate

The U.S. Senate voted 62 to 38 on May 21 to advance the Trade Promotion Authority bill after members of the Democratic Party attempted to prolong debate, The Washington Post reported. Read more…

Yemen: Iran Shahed Arrives Outside Djibouti Port

The Iran Shahed arrived at a position around three nautical miles from Djibouti's main port and is now stationary, according to satellite information. Read more…

Russia, Iraq: Leaders Seek To Bolster Cooperation Across All Sectors

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev agreed May 21 on the need to expand military, economic and diplomatic cooperation between Russia and Iraq, Interfax reported. Read more…

Kenya: Al Shabaab Briefly Seizes Garissa Mosque

Al Shabaab militants took over a mosque in Garissa county, Kenya for several hours before escaping into a forest, BBC News reported May 21. Read more…

Syria: Army Checkpoint Attacked, Causing Casualties

A shell exploded at a Syrian army checkpoint near the Russian Embassy in Damascus on May 21, leaving an unknown number of Syrian troops dead or wounded, an embassy spokeswoman said, Sputnik News reported. Read more…

Saudi Arabia: Yemeni Tribal Fighters Seize Border Area

Yemeni tribal fighters took control of the al-Tuwal region in southwestern Saudi Arabia, Al-Manar Television reported May 21. Read more…

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