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Libya: U.K. Wants To Send Warship To Fight Islamic State Smuggling

British Prime Minister David Cameron said his government would seek U.N. approval to send a warship to the Mediterranean Sea to combat arms smuggling to the Islamic State in Libya, BBC reported May 27. Read more…

Syria: U.S. Special Operations Forces Assisting In Raqqa Offensive

U.S. special operations forces are playing a key role in the offensive by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to retake the Islamic State's self-declared capital of Raqqa, SDF commanders said, Naharnet and AFP reported May 27. Read more…

Nigeria: Militant Group Claims 2 More Pipeline Attacks

The Niger Delta Avengers claimed two more attacks in the Niger Delta on May 26, targeting pipelines operated by the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Premium Times reported. Read more…

Japan: President Obama Visits Hiroshima

U.S. President Barack Obama visited Hiroshima on May 27, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to do so, CNN reported. Read more…

Syria: U.S.-Led Strikes Pound Islamic State Targets Around Raqqa

The U.S.-led coalition in Syria has carried out at least 150 airstrikes on Islamic State targets on May 27 around Raqqa, the jihadist group’s de facto headquarters, according to activists with the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, AFP reported. Read more…

South Korea: Warning Shots Fired At North Korean Vessels

The South Korean navy fired warning shots at two North Korean vessels that crossed the de facto western maritime border on May 27, Yonhap reported. Read more…

Egypt: Experts Detect Emergency Signal From Downed Plane

Experts searching for EgyptAir Flight 804 have detected an emergency signal emanating from a transmitter on the airplane's body that could help them discover more substantial wreckage from the flight, the lead Egyptian investigator in the search said, The Wall Street Journal and Al Ahram reported May 26. Read more…

Syria: No New Peace Talks For Weeks, U.N. Envoy Says

Special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said May 26 that no new Syria peace talks will take place for at least two or three weeks, Reuters reported. De Mistura's statement followed a meeting with the U.N. Security Council. Read more…

France: 20 Injured In Brawl At Refugee Camp

Around 20 people were injured after a large brawl broke out between about 200 Afghan and Sudanese migrants at a refugee camp in Calais, French police said, AFP reported May 26. Read more…

Zimbabwe: President Pardons Thousands Of Prisoners

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe pardoned more than 2,000 prisoners May 26 in a bid to relieve financial pressures on the country's overcrowded prison system, Africa Review reported. Read more…

South Africa: Parliament Approves Land Expropriations Bill

South Africa's parliament approved a bill May 26 allowing state expropriation of land to ameliorate lasting racial inequality in ownership, Reuters reported. Read more…

Israel: Navy On High Alert Near Eilat

Israel's navy is reportedly on high alert because of potential attacks by the Islamic State in the southern city of Eilat, a busy Red Sea port near the country's border with Egypt, Israeli naval officials said, Asharq al-Awsat reported May 26. Read more…

U.S.: 2 Military Planes Crash Off North Carolina Coast

Four people have been recovered after two F/A-18 fighter jets crashed off the North Carolina coast on May 26, the U.S. Coast Guard said, The Virginian-Pilot reported. Read more…

Syria: Russia Hits Islamic State Target Near Palmyra

Russia carried out airstrikes against the Islamic State in the village of Sid Abu Risha near Palmyra on May 26, killing an unspecified number of militants and destroying armored vehicles, Russian military sources said, AMN reported. Read more…

Turkey: PKK Kills 6 Turkish Security Personnel, Wounds 12

Militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) killed six Turkish security personnel and wounded 12 others in two days of violence, Hurriyet Daily News reported May 26. Read more…

Congo: 2 Die In Protests Against President

Congolese police and protesters clashed on May 26 in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the eastern city of Goma, BBC reported. Read more…

Iraq: Prime Minister Urges Against Friday Protests In Baghdad

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi urged against Friday demonstrations in Baghdad, arguing that the ongoing battle against the Islamic State in Fallujah should discourage protesters from demonstrating against the government, AFP reported May 26. Read more…

France: Protests Escalate Over Labor Bill

Nationwide protests escalated in France on May 26 over the government's proposed labor reforms, disrupting traffic and fuel supplies, AP reported. Read more…