Weekly News Round-Up 5/18/15-5/22/15: Carry That Weight

A busy and hectic week here on your blog’s end. The news are pretty bluesy — an ancient city in Syria has fallen to Daesh/ISIS (UNESCO is having a panic attack), sexual assault survivors are being forced to carry their dorm mattresses to graduation to hold Ivy League universities accountable, thousands of Rohingya migrants have nowhere to go, and former Egyptian president Morsi has been sentenced to death. Hardly chipper news to what is, for Americans, the start of Memorial Day weekend. However, six police officers have been sentenced in the murder of Freddie Gray, so all is not lost.

 

Displaced Sunnis, fleeing violence in Ramadi, arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad on May 19, 2015. Iraqi security forces on Tuesday deployed tanks and artillery around Ramadi to confront ISIS fighters who have captured the city in a major defeat for the Baghdad government and its Western backers.
Displaced Sunnis, fleeing violence in Ramadi, arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad on May 19, 2015. Iraqi security forces on Tuesday deployed tanks and artillery around Ramadi to confront ISIS fighters who have captured the city in a major defeat for the Baghdad government and its Western backers.
A tiny figure watches an oil slick wash up on Refugio State Beach in Goleta, Calif., on May 19. An oil slick stretched across 9 miles of coastal waters Thursday after a pipeline rupture spilled thousands of gallons of sticky, stinking crude just north of Santa Barbara.
A tiny figure watches an oil slick wash up on Refugio State Beach in Goleta, Calif., on May 19. An oil slick stretched across 9 miles of coastal waters Thursday after a pipeline rupture spilled thousands of gallons of sticky, stinking crude just north of Santa Barbara.

Assorted Stand-Outs:

A pelican is covered in oil on Refugio State Beach in Goleta, Calif., on May 20. Tuesday's pipeline break lasted about three hours. According to initial estimates, it spilled up to 105,000 gallons, with the majority of the oil remaining on land. Up to 21,000 gallons reached the sea, early estimates show.
A pelican is covered in oil on Refugio State Beach in Goleta, Calif., on May 20. Tuesday’s pipeline break lasted about three hours. According to initial estimates, it spilled up to 105,000 gallons, with the majority of the oil remaining on land. Up to 21,000 gallons reached the sea, early estimates show.

South Asia:

  • A suicide bomber in Afghanistan targeted an EU convoy, injuring multiple people.
  • Afghanistan’s unity government is split on an intelligence-sharing deal with Pakistan.
  • A fatwa has been issued by Pakistani religious leaders saying suicide attacks are un-Islamic. The fatwa also noted that protecting non-Muslims is crucial for a Muslim state.
  • A Pakistani company is raking in millions off the sale of falsified documents and accreditations, according to an NYT study.
  • Journalist Raza Rumi was threatened by the company after an organization he is connected to compiled comments mocking it.
  • Pakistan is charging 106 people in the lynching of a Christian couple last year.
  • India is launching an “Act East” plan that will engage it further with East Asian nations.
Members of LGBT organizations take part in a march marking International Day Against Homophobia in Managua, Nicaragua, on May 17.
Members of LGBT organizations take part in a march marking International Day Against Homophobia in Managua, Nicaragua, on May 17.

Southeast & East Asia:

Vacationers sit on cabin balconies of the 347-meter Quantum of the Seas cruise ship docked at the port of Piraeus near Athens on May 18. Greece's cash strapped government is examining ways to improve tax collection from the country's key tourism sector as it struggles to continue payments to bailout lenders.
Vacationers sit on cabin balconies of the 347-meter Quantum of the Seas cruise ship docked at the port of Piraeus near Athens on May 18. Greece’s cash strapped government is examining ways to improve tax collection from the country’s key tourism sector as it struggles to continue payments to bailout lenders.

Europe & Eurasia:

An elderly woman walks by posters in front of downtown shops in Bucharest, Romania, on May 20. The average monthly pension in Romania is around 190 euros ($213 U.S.) with a quarter of the country's five million pensioners receiving less than 112 euros ($125 U.S.), according to local media quoting official statistics.
An elderly woman walks by posters in front of downtown shops in Bucharest, Romania, on May 20. The average monthly pension in Romania is around 190 euros ($213 U.S.) with a quarter of the country’s five million pensioners receiving less than 112 euros ($125 U.S.), according to local media quoting official statistics.

Middle East & North Africa:

A rescue worker is lowered onto the roof of an apartment building after a fire in Baku, Azerbaijan, on May 19. Azerbaijani officials say 16 people died and more than 50 were injured in a fire at an apartment building in Baku, the capital. The massive fire quickly engulfed the 16-story apartment building Tuesday and took hours to contain. Azerbaijan's chief prosecutor, Zakir Garalov, said the bad quality of plastic paneling covering the building contributed to the fire and a criminal probe has been launched to determine the culprits.
A rescue worker is lowered onto the roof of an apartment building after a fire in Baku, Azerbaijan, on May 19. Azerbaijani officials say 16 people died and more than 50 were injured in a fire at an apartment building in Baku, the capital. The massive fire quickly engulfed the 16-story apartment building Tuesday and took hours to contain. Azerbaijan’s chief prosecutor, Zakir Garalov, said the bad quality of plastic paneling covering the building contributed to the fire and a criminal probe has been launched to determine the culprits.

Sub-Saharan Africa:

Rescue workers aid a victim of landslide in Salgar, in Colombia's northwestern state of Antioquia, on May 19. Colombian rescuers on Tuesday continued searching for victims of a landslide that sent torrents of water and mud crashing onto a neighborhood in Salgar, killing 78 people and injuring dozens in the worst disaster of its kind for a decade.
Rescue workers aid a victim of landslide in Salgar, in Colombia’s northwestern state of Antioquia, on May 19. Colombian rescuers on Tuesday continued searching for victims of a landslide that sent torrents of water and mud crashing onto a neighborhood in Salgar, killing 78 people and injuring dozens in the worst disaster of its kind for a decade.

Americas:

Syohid 2, a Rohingya migrant child is held by his mother as his picture is taken for identification purposes at a temporary shelter on May 18 in Kuala Langsa, Indonesia. Hundreds of Myanmar's Rohingya refugees arrived in Indonesia on May 15, many requiring medical attention. Thousands more are believed to still be stranded at sea reportedly with no country in the region willing to take them in. Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim community have long been persecuted and marginalized by Myanmar's mostly Buddhist population.
Syohid 2, a Rohingya migrant child is held by his mother as his picture is taken for identification purposes at a temporary shelter on May 18 in Kuala Langsa, Indonesia. Hundreds of Myanmar’s Rohingya refugees arrived in Indonesia on May 15, many requiring medical attention. Thousands more are believed to still be stranded at sea reportedly with no country in the region willing to take them in. Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim community have long been persecuted and marginalized by Myanmar’s mostly Buddhist population.

Oceania:

  • Australians who defect from militant groups elsewhere and try to go home won’t get any love from the country’s current government.
Boys walk behind patrolling soldiers in Bujumbura, Burundi, on May 15. Street battles and gunfire continue to erupt in the capital as protesters against President Pierre Nkurunziza rejected his calls for calm in Burundi, an ethnic tinderbox with a history of civil war and genocide.
Boys walk behind patrolling soldiers in Bujumbura, Burundi, on May 15. Street battles and gunfire continue to erupt in the capital as protesters against President Pierre Nkurunziza rejected his calls for calm in Burundi, an ethnic tinderbox with a history of civil war and genocide.

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