Weekly News Highlights: Top 5 stories from May 1 to 7

Weekly News Highlights: Top 5 stories from May 1 to 7

Here's what you need to know about last week.

1. Migrant crisis

Up to 99 migrants drowned in two separate shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast, the International Organization for Migration said in the beginning of May.

Only 26 survivors were rescued and brought to Italy.

A total of at least 800 migrants are feared to have drowned in the southern Mediterranean this year to date, the BBC reported.

2. Burning Syria

U.S. officials said an agreement was reached with Russia over a truce in the Syrian city of Aleppo, which has been under heavy fire.

Dozens were killed by airstrikes on a Syrian refugee camp near Turkey, while air raids continued to hit east of Damascus after the calm expired.

The U.N. Security Council called for the protection of hospitals located in war zones.

3. U.S. elections

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz dropped his White House bid following a huge loss to business mogul Donald Trump in the Indiana Republican primary.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich dropped out of the Republican race as well, leaving Trump the de facto party nominee.

Meanwhile, Democratic candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won the Indiana primary, reclaiming momentum over frontrunner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

4. War against ISIS

The Turkish military returned fire into an Islamic State-controlled region in Syria, after rockets hit the border town of Kilis, according to Reuters.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expressed concern over the Turkish shelling in Syria, saying that the task of closing the Turkish-Syrian borders is becoming increasingly urgent.

5. Canada wildfire

Air quality warnings have been issued in Canada as a huge wildfire continues to spread for a whole week now.

The fire started in northeast Alberta and spread quickly, forcing 88,000 inhabitants quickly out of their homes, according to Reuters.

The blaze consumed by Saturday night 200,000 hectares, an area the size of Mexico City, and continues to grow. It's set to become the costliest natural disaster in Canada's history.

Also in the news:

  • Professional football club Leicester City, also known as the Foxes, claimed English soccer's Premier League title for the first time.
  • Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said that she will continue to fight as she faces the threat of impeachment.
  • Prince's death was due to the late singer's problem with pain pills, which kept growing acutely until his death.
  • Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, ousted Prime Minister Burhan Ozbilici.

Cover credit: The Guardian (collage)

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