Weekly News Highlights: Top 7 stories from May 15 to 21
Here's a summary of what happened last week around the world.
1. Vienna meetings
The U.S. and other world powers announced at a Vienna summit Monday that they are ready to arm the Libyan government to counter the risk posed by militant group ISIS and other extremists.
EU's foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, said the Armenian president and his Azerbaijani counterpart were set to meet in Vienna to hold talks concerning the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov co-chaired a meeting in Vienna Tuesday aimed at bringing peace and aid to war-torn Syria. They managed to agree on aid airdrops by the World Food Programme but failed to set a date for future talks.
2. Fight against ISIS
The White House said ISIS-controlled territory was shrinking. A high-ranking U.S. diplomat said ISIS militants were losing territory as they launched an assault on a natural gas plant that killed 14 Iraqis north of Iraq's capital, Baghdad.
3. Bombs in Baghdad
Two bombs that went off in northern Baghdad, Iraq's capital, killed 63 people and injured more than 90.
With that ended the bloodiest week of attacks in Baghdad this year.
4. Canada wildfire
About 4,000 people were moved to safety after a shift in the wildfire burning around the Canadian oil sands hub of Fort McMurray. The blaze Monday continued to burn uncontrolled across 285,000 hectares (704,000 acres), Canadian officials said.
5. U.S. elections
U.S. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won the Democratic Oregon primary Tuesday, while his rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, won in Kentucky. Sanders still faces a daunting lead by Clinton in terms of delegate numbers.
6. EgyptAir crash
Flight MS804 that took off in Paris Wednesday night was 20 minutes far from reaching Cairo when it crashed in the Mediterranean. All 66 passengers and crew on board died in the crash. After a thorough search, Egyptian military said Friday debris and human body parts were found in the sea. The exact cause of the crash is still unknown.
7. Climate incidents (South Asia)
Around 2 million Bangladeshis are leaving coastal areas before an expected cyclone arrives on Saturday evening. The governments of neighboring India and Myanmar are also alarmed by the cyclonic storm, which has brought heavy rains in Sri Lanka, causing landslides that killed about 150 people.
In India, temperatures are reaching record highs. The country witnessed Friday the highest temperature ever recorded, at 51 degrees Celsius (123.8 degrees Fahrenheit).
Also in the news:
- The German government said it plans to spend almost 93.6 billion euros ($106 billion) on refugees by the end of 2020, according to German news website Spiegel.
- April was the hottest April on record.
- Finland said refugees can return to safe Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, according to Reuters. The north European country tightened restrictions on giving residence permits to asylum seekers from the three countries Tuesday.
- A new scandal has arisen in the sports world, as the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating state-sponsored doping by dozens of Russian athletes, 15 of whom won medals in the Sochi Olympics in 2014.
- One of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped two years ago by extremist group Boko Haram in Nigeria was found alive Wednesday.