World News in Brief: May 15

Tuesday, 2018-05-15 06:50:30
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The Security Council on May 14 condemned "in the strongest terms" the terrorist attacks in Indonesia on May 13 and May 14, which resulted in at least 18 deaths and dozens of injuries.

* Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag announced May 14 three days of mourning over Palestinian killings by Israeli forces. On May 14, violent confrontations between hundreds of Palestinian protestors and Israeli soldiers in eastern Gaza Strip close to the border with Israel left at least 55 Palestinians killed and 2,771 injured.

* Italian President Sergio Mattarella told the rightwing League and the populist Five Star Movement on May 14 that they can have more time to iron out their differences and come up with a joint government.

* Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Donald Trump on May 14 discussed the possibility of bringing talks over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to a "prompt conclusion", Trudeau's office said.

* Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on May 14 issued decrees to reshuffle the government, official SUNA news agency reported. The decrees appointed seven federal ministers, five state ministers and eight state governors.

* Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher announced on May 14 that the dispute between his government and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over Socotra island was resolved peacefully.

* President Donald Trump's wife, Melania Trump, underwent a surgical procedure on May 14 to treat a benign kidney condition and will remain at Walter Reed medical center for the rest of the week, the first lady's office said.

* The National Liberation Army (ELN), a guerrilla group in Colombia, on May 14 announced a unilateral ceasefire (from midnight on May 25-29) for the country's presidential election to choose successor to President Juan Manuel Santos.

* A total of 7,612 asylum seekers illegally crossed the border into Canada from the United States in the first four months of 2018, CTV reported on May 14.