Seven men ambushed a bar in northern Brazil killing at least 11 people. The attackers were able to escape, leaving authorities little information on why the men led the coordinated attack.
Ukraine’s new president has taken power and has already dissolved parliament, calling for snap elections. President Zelenskiy’s main focus during his time in office will be seeking peace in Eastern Ukraine.
A roadside bomb injured at least 17 people on Sunday when it detonated next to a bus of tourists, close to the Giza pyramids in Cairo. An “unknown device” exploded close to the bus, and struck a nearby car carrying four Egyptian citizens.
The brawl erupted when five militants, armed with makeshift knives and other weapons, killed three guards and five prisoners inside the facility that holds some 1,500 prisoners affiliated with ISIS. After the security forces at the prison intervened to restore order, 24 more prisoners were killed.
If granted, the order, which is related to a rape charge, means that Assange will be subject to extradition to Sweden after he finishes serving a 50-week sentence for skipping bail in the United Kingdom. Sweden officially reopened the 2010 rape case last week.
A partnership between McDonald’s Austria and the U.S. embassy in Austria now allows McDonald’s to assist American travelers get into contact with the U.S. embassy. Should an American lose a passport or be in service of any other consular services, workers at McDonald’s in Austria can help the travelers get the help they need.
North Korea wants the UN to look into the seizure of a North Korean cargo ship by U.S. authorities. North Korea said, “This act of dispossession has clearly indicated that the United States is indeed a gangster country that does not care at all about international laws.”
Australia’s center-right government shocked the country and defied the polls as it retained power of government. In power since 2013, PM Scott Morrison and the Liberal-National coalition will return.
Video recordings of Austria’s Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache were released showing him asking a woman posing as a daughter of a Russian oligarch for political help. The scandal has shocked Austria and led to Strache’s resignation. The leader of the far-right party Freedom Party, Strache, promised the woman posing as the daughter of the Russian oligarch contracts in exchange for media coverage and funding.
How ya like US now? It’s a mixed bag. The Eurasia Group Foundation conducted a poll to determine whether countries see American democracy as a model. We fared the worst among key allies included in the poll (Germany, Japan), while a majority of the Chinese would like to see their government become more like ours. The most-cited reasons for unfavorable views of the U.S. were opposition to President Trump, interventions abroad, and economic inequality.
A miscommunication between Afghan forces on the ground and U.S. pilots led to an airstrike to be called on friendly Afghan forces. Nearly two dozen were killed or injured.
Celebrations erupted Friday across Taiwan after its parliament legalized same-sex marriage, making it the first nation in Asia to enact gay-marriage legislation. The measure will take effect when President Tsai Ing-wen signs it into law.
Gen. Khalifa Haftar, a dual Libyan-American citizen leading a takeover of Libya, faces a possible investigation for war crimes. U.S. lawmakers have asked the FBI to investigate Haftar’s actions and stated that Haftar is directly hurting U.S. interests in the region.
Between Panama and Colombia lies the Darien Gap, a stretch of lawless land where roads do not exist and dangers abound. Panama has seen an alarming increase of migrants crossing the gap in an attempt to travel north.
The cybercrime network is accused of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from businesses around the world and has members in several Eastern European countries. Authorities have arrested most members of the syndicate. Prosecutors in Eastern Europe and in the U.S. are preparing to file criminal charges against those in custody.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel lumped in the United States with Europe’s other global adversaries on Wednesday, arguing that the countries on the continent need to band together against the challenges posed by Russia, China and the U.S. “There is no doubt that Europe needs to reposition itself in a changed world…. The old certainties of the postwar order no longer apply,” the German Chancellor said.
Several thousand people rallied on Wednesday in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg to protest plans to a build a new cathedral in a local park. Opponents of the cathedral, which is promoted by authorities and funded by the owners of two major local industrial giants, say the construction project, smack in the city center, would take away green and recreational space needed by residents of a city with 1.5 million people.
The U.S. says it supports an international effort spearheaded by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron to find ways to stop social media from spreading hate — but won’t take part in it. Signing onto the effort are the UK, Japan, Australia, Italy, India, Germany, and Spain, along with tech giants such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and YouTube. The White House suggested it has concerns about First Amendment violations.
Following weeks of back and forth, the military junta that deposed Omar al-Bashir have agreed to a transition deal with the opposition alliance. However, the two sides are yet to agree on a sovereign council – the top tier of power, where both want a majority.
The Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo is out of control, according to terrified experts who say it could become as serious as an outbreak that devastated west Africa between 2013 and 2016. More than 1,600 people have been infected in the DRC and more than 1,000 have died so far of the hemmorhagic fever.
Concern has been growing for the past several years about the future of democracy, and there is considerable dissatisfaction in many countries with how democracy is working in practice. But public support for democratic ideals remains strong, and by one measure, global democracy is at or near a modern-day high. As of the end of 2017, 96 out of 167 countries with populations of at least 500,000 (57%) were democracies of some kind, and only 21 (13%) were autocracies.
Saudi Arabia rang alarm bells this week with claims that two of its oil tankers were “sabotaged” and sustained “significant damage”—but now questions are being asked after satellite images showed the vessels have no major visible damage.
Saudi Arabia said explosive-laden drones had struck oil pumping stations in the Riyadh region on Tuesday in what it called “an act of terrorism” two days after Saudi oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. The U.S. was quick to blame Iran for the attack.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte looks set to strengthen his grip on power after unofficial results of a mid-term election showed big wins for his candidates, and resounding public endorsement of his controversial rule. Nine of 12 available seats in the all-important Senate looked set to go to pro-Duterte candidates.
Sri Lanka has blocked Facebook and WhatsApp after an eruption of retaliatory attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned businesses in the wake of the Easter bombings by Islamist militants. “The attack continued for nearly two hours and they attacked one house also in the village. There were hundreds of attackers,” a resident of the Muslim-majority town of Kiniyama told reporters.
A Myanmar pilot was forced to improvise after his aircraft’s landing gear failed, safely putting the jet on the runway with no front wheels on Sunday, an official said. The miracle landing, in which none of the 89 passengers were hurt, was the second instance of a malfunctioning flight in Myanmar in less than a week.
The incident, which could threaten global oil supplies, came three days after the U.S. Maritime Administration issued a warning that “Iran or its proxies” were planning to target commercial vessels and oil production infrastructure. The Saudi state-run press agency reported one of the two vessels was on its way to be loaded with Saudi crude oil for customers in the United States.
As Maduro finds courage to crackdown on his opponents and as his loyal militia groups threaten politicians and normal citizens alike, Venezuelans are scared to show support for interim president Juan Guaidó. This led to a smaller crowd showing up for Guaidó’s scheduled protests on Saturday.
The African National Congress (ANC) party has won South Africa’s parliamentary elections, extending their control of parliament since 1994. While the ANC won another election, their share of the vote dropped.
Cuba’s support of Maduro has brought upon itself the ire of the U.S. The U.S. has placed sanctions on Cuba that are so heavy, the communist Cuban government has begun rationing food and personal hygiene items.
After failing to change the outcome of Istanbul’s mayoral election through a recount of the votes, Turkish president Erdogan decided that voiding the vote and re-doing the election was his only chance of winning. The new election is set for June 23rd, and residents of Istanbul are not sure how to feel about it.
While France is celebrating the rescue of two French nationals, an American, and South Korean who were kidnapped in Benin, the country mourns of the loss of two French commandos during the raid. The raid occurred in the Sahel region of Burkina Faso.
President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, says he is heading to Ukraine to meet with the country’s incoming president in the hopes of persuading him to continue investigations related to former Vice President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton. “We’re not meddling in an election, we’re meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do. There’s nothing illegal about it,” Giuliani said.
“To be sure, literally embracing illiberal strongmen and rubber-stamping stolen elections spans multiple U.S. administrations, both Democratic and Republican. However, the Trump administration’s endorsement of deliberately broken democratic processes and the leaders who have benefitted from them has shifted America’s position toward democracy promotion from tepid to outright hostility.”
A warrant was issued for the arrest of Michel Temer for his connection to a vast corruption scheme inside the country. Temer was already arrested in March, but was released a few days after.
A U.S.-led airstrike against an ISIS-Somalia camp in the Golis mountains has killed 13 terrorists. The U.S. currently believes that no civilians were killed in the strike.
President Donald Trump and his son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner have been accused of breaking the law by failing to keep records of their meetings with foreign government officials including Russian President Vladimir Putin, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and top Saudi officials.
Pope Francis announced Thursday morning a sweeping new law that will make it easier for whistleblower priests and nuns to report their bosses for sexual abuse or coverups. The law gives unprecedented power to the Catholic Church’s 415,000 priests and 660,000 religious sisters who, until now, could not go directly to the Vatican with complaints about their supervising bishops, cardinals, or superior nuns.
Singapore’s ruling party defended its planned bill to combat “fake news” amid continued debate about who gets to define what’s true and false. Under a new bill backed by the government, it will be government ministers who make that call. “Free speech should not be affected by this bill,” Law Minister K. Shanmugam said in parliament this week. “We are talking here about falsehoods, we are talking about bots, we are talking about trolls, we are talking about fake accounts, and so on.”