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Burundi: Ministers Fired After Failed Coup

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza fired his defense and foreign ministers May 18, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Islamic State Seizes Homs' Largest Gas Fields

The Islamic State took full control of the al-Hail and Arak gas fields on May 18, located 40 and 25 kilometers (25 and 15 miles) respectively northeast of Palmyra, AFP reported. Read more…

India, South Korea: Leaders Upgrade Partnership, Announce Billions In Investments

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Korean President Park Geun Hye agreed May 18 to officially upgrade the two country's relationship to a "Special Strategic Partnership" and to bolster regional cooperation, Indian news agency PTI reported. Read more…

France: Government Detains Suspects In Saudi Convoy Attack

The French government has detained 11 people suspected for involvement in an attack on a Saudi diplomatic convoy in Paris last August, AP reported May 18. Read more…

Burundi: Kenya Calls For Delay In Elections As Protests Continue

Protests against Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third consecutive term in office continued May 18, after authorities warned demonstrators they would be treated like rebels, Reuters reported. Read more…

Iraq: Shiite Militias Prepare For A Counteroffensive In Ramadi

Shiite militiamen gathered May 18 at the Al Habbaniyah military base, located approximately 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Ramadi, in preparation for a counteroffensive against the Islamic State, Reuters reported. Read more…

France: Prime Minister Rejects Migrant Quotas

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls criticized the European Commission's plans May 18 to distribute asylum seekers across Europe by imposing quotas on member countries, EU Observer reported. Read more…

Peru: Miners Begin Indefinite Strike

Peru's federation of mining workers started an indefinite strike May 18, calling on the government to eliminate rules limiting miners' rights, Reuters reported. Read more…

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