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Yemen: Saudi-Led Airstrikes Resume After Cease-Fire Expires

Saudi-led airstrikes resumed on Houthi positions in and around Aden after a five-day humanitarian cease-fire expired May 17, The Daily Star reported May 18. Read more…

Turkey: Explosions At Kurdish Party Offices Injure 6

Simultaneous blasts hit two offices of Turkey's Peoples' Democratic Party, a pro-Kurdish opposition party, in two southern cities May 18, Reuters reported. Read more…

Iraq: Islamic State Claims Control Over Ramadi

Islamic State militants claimed full control of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar province, western Iraq, on May 17, the militant group said in a statement, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.S.: Assistant Secretary Of State To Visit Russia On May 18

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland will meet with Russian deputy foreign ministers May 18 to discuss the implementation of the Minsk accords in Ukraine, a Russian minister said May 17, TASS reported. Read more…

China, Russia: Joint Naval Exercise Begins In Mediterranean

Nine Russian and Chinese navy vessels gathered in the Mediterranean Sea on May 17 for joint military drills, the Russian Defense Ministry said, Channel NewsAsia reported. Read more…

Iraq: Prime Minister Authorizes Shiite Militia Deployment In Anbar Province

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi authorized Shiite militias to enter Anbar after the province's council voted in favor of the deployment May 17, government officials said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Iraq: Islamic State Captures Military Base In Anbar Province

Islamic State militants drove security forces from Anbar Operations Command in western Iraq on May 17, Iraqi troops said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Egypt: Security Forces Arrest 20 Muslim Brotherhood Leaders

Egyptian police arrested 20 Muslim Brotherhood leaders as part of a security campaign, the Interior Ministry said in a statement May 17, MENA news agency reported. Read more…

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