Weekly News Round-Up 5/25/15-5/29/15: Hot Hot Heat

Happy Friday to all. The heat may be brutal in DC, but it’s far, far worse in India where over 1800 people have died from temperatures soaring over 50 C/122 F. In Iraq, soldiers are struggling to retake ground lost to militants, amidst propaganda wars between Iran and the US. FIFA, the international soccer/football association, is having a really bad week, while Ireland is not — an overwhelming majority voted to legalize same-sex marriage this past weekend. Meanwhile everyone you’ve ever heard of wants to be the Republican president of the US. Happy weekend y’all!

 

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.

Assorted Stand-Outs:

South Asia:

A man tries to help Syrian refugees who were adrift on a dinghy off the coast of the Greek island of Kos on May 6. Greece is one of the main routes into the European Union for tens of thousands of Asian and African migrants fleeing war and poverty every year. According to the Greek coast guard, the number of undocumented migrants entering Greece by sea reached 10,445 in the first quarter of 2015, compared to 2,863 people for the same period last year. The influx is testing the social and economic limits of a country already crippled by financial crisis.
A man tries to help Syrian refugees who were adrift on a dinghy off the coast of the Greek island of Kos on May 6. Greece is one of the main routes into the European Union for tens of thousands of Asian and African migrants fleeing war and poverty every year. According to the Greek coast guard, the number of undocumented migrants entering Greece by sea reached 10,445 in the first quarter of 2015, compared to 2,863 people for the same period last year. The influx is testing the social and economic limits of a country already crippled by financial crisis.

Southeast & East Asia:

Europe & Eurasia:

 The Villarrica Volcano is seen at night in Pucon town, Chile, on May 10. Villarrica, located near the popular tourist resort of Pucon, is among the most active in South America.
The Villarrica Volcano is seen at night in Pucon town, Chile, on May 10. Villarrica, located near the popular tourist resort of Pucon, is among the most active in South America.

Middle East & North Africa:

  • Tony Blair is no longer an envoy to the Middle East.
  • The UN-led Yemeni peace talks have been postponed.
  • Following controversial remarks from US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter regarding the stamina of Iraqi troops, Vice President Joe Biden called President Haider al-Abadi to discuss the situation in person. This week Iraq launched an offensive to recapture Anbar province.
  • Suicide bombers targeted Shias in Saudi Arabia late in the week.
  • Lebanon has not had a president for over a year.
  • 1/3 of Yemen is reportedly in need of urgent medical care.
  • A rocket from Gaza was fired into Israel, Israel is testy.
  • A new Amnesty International report says Hamas killed and tortured Palestinian civilians during last year’s Gaza war.
  • A Tunisian soldier turned rogue and killed seven of his colleagues in what the military deemed an isolated incident.
  • The prime minister of Libya survived an assassination attempt early in the week.

Sub-Saharan Africa:

Americas:

  • Texas and Mexico are experiencing their worst floods in history.
  • Profiling Venezuela’s top comedian.
  • Tense negotiations continue between Colombia’s government and FARC rebels, the latter of whom were bombed the former last week.
  • The US Justice Department has reached a settlement with the Cleveland police department regarding police violence.
  • American travel to Cuba has increased 36% since a diplomatic thaw in relations.
  • The fifth appeals circuit has denied to uphold President Obama’s immigration executive order.
  • Nebraska has banned the death penalty, overturning a veto.

Oceania:

Fans attempt to dodge a loose bat from Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on May 12 in Baltimore.
Fans attempt to dodge a loose bat from Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on May 12 in Baltimore.

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