World News of the Week – May 21 to May 27, 2018

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Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-In embrace after their second summit on the North Korean side of the demilitarized zone (via EPA)

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What You Need To Know: 

1. Italy’s Prime Minister-designate Giuseppe Conte has given up on efforts to form a government after President Mattarella rejected his choice for economic minister.

2. Ireland overwhelmingly voted to overturn their restrictive abortion ban in referendum.

3. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made good on his promise to demolish his country’s nuclear test site as a small group of foreign journalists watched.

4. At least 30 Syrian army troops and Iranian-backed militiamen were killed when Islamic State fighters attacked a military outpost near Palmyra in eastern Syria.

5. A heatwave killed 65 people in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi amid fears the death toll could climb as the high temperatures persist.

6. Venezuela‘s President Nicolás Maduro won re-election to another six-year term, in a vote marred by an opposition boycott, low turnout, and claims of vote-rigging.

7. Voters in Burundi overwhelmingly approved a new constitution, ushering in changes that could let President Nkurunziza stay in power until 2034.

8. Colombian right-wing candidate Ivan Duque won a place in June’s presidential runoff with leftist Gustavo Petro, deepening fears a peace accord with Marxist rebels could be unraveled or the economy overhauled.

9. An Ebola outbreak in DR Congo has infected at least 35 people, killing 12.

10. Sunni politician Saad al-Hariri was nominated to be Prime Minister of Lebanon for the third time.

Afghanistan

Algeria

Argentina

Australia

Azerbaijan

Barbados

Brazil

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cameroon

Canada

China

Colombia

Congo

Croatia

Egypt

Estonia

Ethiopia

Finland

France

Germany

Guatemala

Guinea

India

Iran

Iraq

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Lebanon

Libya

Malaysia

Mexico

Myanmar

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestine

Panama

Paraguay

Romania

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Somalia

South Africa

South Sudan

Spain

Syria

Thailand

Turkey

Uganda

Ukraine

United States of America

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yemen

Zimbabwe

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