SYRIAN CONFLICT

SYRIAN CONFLICT. A destroyed tank in the Mastouma military base in Idlib, Syria, after IS fighters seized it, May 21, 2015. The IS miltants now controls the Syrian side of the al-Tanf, also known as al-Walid, border-crossing between the Syrian desert and Iraq, following the withdrawal of the Syrian forces from that border point, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Photo courtesy... Read More

ALGERIAN ARMY KILLS 25 TERRORISTS IN 24-HOUR SPAN

ALGERIAN ARMY KILLS 25 TERRORISTS IN 24-HOUR SPAN. Algerian army ambushed militants in the Boukram forest in Boumerdes, just 13 miles (20 kilometers) from the Algerian capital Algiers, killing 25 with a 24-hour period on May 21, 2015. Photo courtesy aps ... Read More

BABY GIRAFFE BORN IN JAPANESE PARK

BABY GIRAFFE BORN IN JAPANESE PARK. A newly born male giraffe sits on the ground in his enclosure in the Himeji Central Park in Himeji, Japan. on May 21, 2015 The baby giraffe was born April 25, 2015 and will be on public display day this weekend. Photo courtesy Buddhika weerasinghe ... Read More

ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTS CONTINUE IN BURUNDI'S CAPITAL

ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTS CONTINUE IN BURUNDI'S CAPITAL. A protester about to throw a stone at a policeman during a protest against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 21, 2015. Heavy gunfire was heard all day in suburbs of Bujumbura, with intense bursts of automatic weapons, as protesters hurled rocks from makeshift barricades. At least two p... Read More

MALAYSIA: 14 MISSING AFTER SAND BARGE CAPSIZES

MALAYSIA: 14 MISSING AFTER SAND BARGE CAPSIZES. The barge capsize 8.6 nautical miles off Tanjung Punggai, Johor in Malaysia on May 20, 2015. A sand barge on its way to Pengerang capsized some 8.6 nautical miles east off Tanjung Punggai here early Thursday with14 crew members missing.The Bolivian-registered vessel with 15 crewmen including one Malaysian and the rest Chinese nationals was ferrying ... Read More

IRAQIS FLEE RAMADI AFTER IS CAPTURE

IRAQIS FLEE RAMADI AFTER IS CAPTURE. Iraqi security forces stand guard as residents from Ramadi wait to cross Bzeibez bridge on May 20, 2015. Iraqi security forces deployed tanks and artillery around Ramadi to confront Islamic State fighters who have captured the city in a major defeat for the Baghdad government. Photo courtesy Agencies ... Read More

NEW ELECTRONIC IDENTITY CARD OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED IN URUGUAY

NEW ELECTRONIC IDENTITY CARD OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED IN URUGUAY. Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez shows his new electronic identity card during the official launch of the card in the National Directorate for Civil Identification (DNIC, for its acronym in Spanish) in Montevideo, capital of Uruguay on May 20, 2015. The new electronic IC card consist of two chips made with polycarbonate to make it diff... Read More

YEMEN GOVT WANTS REBEL PULLBACK BEFORE JOINING UN TALKS

YEMEN GOVT WANTS REBEL PULLBACK BEFORE JOINING UN TALKS. A Yemeni man, who was stranded in Egypt after conflict broke out in Yemen, prays and kisses the ground after arriving at Sanaa airport, Yemen on May 20, 2015. The airport was opened temporarily as two planes, one from India and one from Egypt, arrived carrying more than 300 Yemenis, though many more are expected in the coming days and weeks... Read More

MALAYSIA: SIX MEN INCLUDING A JUVENILE CHARGED IN IS

MALAYSIA: SIX MEN INCLUDING A JUVENILE CHARGED IN I.S TERROR PLOT. Police escort Islamic State (IS) suspects to court for hearing in Kajang, Malaysia on May 20, 2015. Six men, including a 17 year old boy is suspected to be members of the IS group of militants were charged in a magistrate's court Wednesday, with criminal conspiracy and plotting terror attacks in the country. They allegedly belonged... Read More

RAINSTORM LASH SOUTH CHINA, AFFECTING 1 MILLION

RAINSTORM LASH SOUTH CHINA, AFFECTING 1 MILLION. A man lying on wood boards waits for rescue in Jiahui Town of Gongcheng Yao, southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on May 20, 2015. About 200,000 people were affected as heavy rainfall hit Guangxi on Wednesday, according to the region's civil affairs authorities. Rainstorms have lashed large swathes of south, southwest and central China... Read More

INDONESIAN NAVY SCUTTLES FOREIGN FISHING VESSELS

INDONESIAN NAVY SCUTTLES FOREIGN FISHING VESSELS. The Indonesian navy scuttles foreign fishing vessels caught fishing illegally in Indonesian waters near Bitung, North Sulawesi on May 20, 2015. A total of 19 foreign boats from Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines and one from China were destroyed near Bitung as part of an ongoing crackdown by the Indonesian government on illegal fishing. Photo courtesy... Read More

SOLAR PLANE PREPARES FOR TOUGHEST LEG

SOLAR PLANE PREPARES FOR TOUGHEST LEG. Solar plane teams preparing the aircraft in Nanjing, China before crossing the Pacific Ocean for five days and nights powered only by the sun on May 20, 2015. The journey, which is awaiting suitable weather conditions, is set to be the longest and most difficult leg of a 12-stage attempt to complete an unprecedented flight around the world using only solar... Read More

SOUTH-EAST ASIA MIGRANT CRISIS: FOREIGN MINISTERS OF MALAYSIA, THAILAND AND INDONESIA MEET IN MALAYSIA

SOUTH-EAST ASIA MIGRANT CRISIS: FOREIGN MINISTERS OF MALAYSIA, THAILAND AND INDONESIA MEET IN MALAYSIA. Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman, right, with Thailand Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn, center, and Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs\, Retno L.P Effort ,left, during a meeting to discuss human trafficking in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 20, 2015. ... Read More

PALESTINE FOREIGN MINISTER IN VENEZUELA

PALESTINE FOREIGN MINISTER IN VENEZUELA. Venezuela Foreign minister Delcy Rodriguez left and Palestine Foreign minister Riyad al-Malkishake, right, meeting in Caracas, Venezuela on May 19, 2015. Riyad al-Maliki arrived in Caracas Tuesday for bilateral talks with his Venezuelan counterpart Rodriguez. Speaking at a press conference marking his first official visit to the country on al-Maliki noted ... Read More

NORWEGIAN CRUISE SHIP RUNS AGROUND IN BERMUDA

NORWEGIAN CRUISE SHIP RUNS AGROUND IN BERMUDA. The Norwegian Dawn is seen here on May 19, 2015. The cruise ship that departed Boston ran aground Tuesday as it left Bermuda, port sources said. A source with Bermuda's Rescue Co-ordination Center said the ship hit the reef near Bermuda's North Channel. The source said there are 2,675 passengers and 1,062 crew members still onboard the ship but it is ... Read More

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ASIA
MYANMAR NAVY CARRIES OUT FIRST RESCUE OF MIGRANT BOAT

SITTWE, Myanmar, May 22 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- Myanmar's navy has carried out its first rescue of a migrant boat, bringing 208 people to shore, an official said on Friday, as it faced mounting international pressure to tackle a regional migration crisis.

"A navy ship found ...

MIDDLE EAST
U.N. TO HOLD YEMEN GENEVA CONFERENCE ON MAY 28

TEHRAN, Iran, May 22 (NNN-SABA) - The UN Secretary Generalís Advisor on Yemen Affairs, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has affirmed the importance of holding the Geneva conference on Yemen on May 28.

Following his meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Thursday, in Tehran, the UN advisor ...

AFRICA
NIGERIA RESCUES ANOTHER 275 WOMEN, CHILDREN FROM BOKO HARAM

ABUJA, May 22 (NNN-XINHUA) -- Nigeria has rescued at least 275 women and children from a camp of the Boko Haram Islamist militia group in northeastern Borno State, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says.

Soon after they were liberated by the country's military forces in Borno State, the ...

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
COLOMBIA'S FARC-EP CALL TO SPEED UP PEACE PROCESS

HAVANA, May 22 (NNN-Prensa Latina) -- The delegation of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP) attending the peace talks with the government has proposed three keys to speed up the process in that South American nation. A statement from FARC-EP released in ...

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