News Round-Up 5/21/14: Hump Day Havoc

reuters / Marine Le Pen, France's far-right National Front political party leader, smokes an electronic cigarette as she attends a debate for the upcoming European Parliamentary elections in Lillle
reuters / Marine Le Pen, France’s far-right National Front political party leader, smokes an electronic cigarette as she attends a debate for the upcoming European Parliamentary elections in Lillle

Assorted Stand-Outs:

South Asia:

Southeast & East Asia:

Europe & Eurasia:

  • With Russia‘s role in flux and NATO involved, the Ukraine is seeing some growing pains at the moment, many of which it is trying to even out by holding talks in the country’s southern region.
  • Helpful Russia says it will veto any UN drafted resolution to refer Syria to the ICC. Because Russia.
  • Locked in a regional rivalry with Middle Eastern neighbors Iran and Saudi Arabia, Turkey is far from forming a strong partnership regarding the Syrian civil war.
  • Erdogan presides over an unruly Turkey.
  • Istanbul’s building boom is alarming some.

Middle East & North Africa:

  • Israel is adjusting to Syrian insurgents on the Golan border.
  • In an unusual and potentially suspect move, it seems Likud leader (and Israeli premier) Benyamin Netanyahu may be stalling on settlement sign-offs, a move that his his right-wing party displeased.
  • In Egypt, an outlet for those who are not won over by likely incumbent leader al-Sisi: Graffiti.
  • Hosni Mubarak will face three years in prison on corruption charges. This comes in stark contrast to the sentences handed down to activists and supporters of the ousted Muslim Brotherhood.
  • Criticism of Rouhani should not be “baseless” — so warns Iran‘s military in a disconcerting threat.
  • Six Iranians were arrested for uploading their own version of “Happy.”
  • In Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Sistani is keeping his distance from the hubbub of electoral politics, even as Maliki looks towards forming a coalition government.
  • The deadline for Hamas and Fatah to form a united Palestinian government is approaching, but optimism runs high regardless.
  • Both the US and the UN are demanding a probe into the deaths of two Palestinian teenage boys who were shot in the frenzy of Nakba Day rallies.
  • Speaking of deadlines, Lebanon‘s presidential deadline is coming fast, but with few prospects.
  • Syrians in Lebanon lack access to medical care and necessary resources, according to a new report.
  • 27 people have been killed in the northwest of Yemen, in clashes between Houthi rebels, Sunni ultraconservative tribesmen, and military troops.
  • Forget Benghazi — Libya‘s tragic fall may be coming as we speak.

Sub-Saharan Africa:

  • Bombings across Nigeria, orchestrated by the now-notorious household name Boko Haram, are causing terror and driving home the dangers of conflict for the country’s citizens, Muslim & Christian alike.
  • The US has sent 80 troops to Chad to look for the young women taken by Boko Haram in Nigeria.
  • What might be done in South Sudan.

Americas:

Oceania:

Daily Wow: NYT series on how immigration is changing the United States.

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