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Rather than compete for current President Mauricio Macri's seat as expected, popular former President Cristina Fernandez has chosen to appeal to a broader base by running as vice president and allowing former Cabinet chief Alberto Fernandez to run for president.
Saudi King Salman has invited other leaders from Arab states and Gulf Cooperation Council nations to attend two summits in Mecca to address regional stability following the May 12 attacks on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf and a May 14 pipeline attack by Houthi rebels, Reuters reported May 18.
Egyptian security forces have killed 12 suspected militants in Cairo after a roadside bomb detonated near the Great Pyramids site in Giza, wounding at least 14 tourists, although Cairo would not specify whether the militants were involved in the attack, Reuters reported May 20.
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a riot in a maximum security prison in the Tajik city of Vahdat, roughly 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) outside the capital of the Dushanbe, on May 19 that reportedly killed 32 people, RFE/RL reported May 20.
Political outsider Volodymyr Zelenskiy has been officially sworn in as Ukraine's president, the Kyiv Post reported May 20. In his inauguration speech, Zelenskiy announced that he would dissolve parliament to hold snap elections and called for the dismissal of the prosecutor general and defense minister within the next two months.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on May 18 called for an early election after his vice chancellor was caught on video discussing state contracts with a woman posing as a Russian oligarch’s niece, Reuters reported.
The South Korean government has approved $8 million in donations to international agencies, including the World Food Program and the United Nations Children's Fund, to conduct projects inside North Korea, Yonhap reported May 17.
Ethiopia held investment forums across multiple countries this week that saw participation by various multinational corporations, such as Orange and Citibank, among others, the Addis Standard reported May 17.
The presidents of three Compact of Free Association countries -- the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau -- will travel to Washington next week to meet U.S. President Donald Trump and other U.S. officials, The Wall Street Journal reported May 15.
The mayor of the Russian city of Yekaterinburg has announced that construction of a church in the city's central square would be suspended to hold a public survey on the issue after several days of protests, Tass reported May 16.
A U.S. executive order and a new Commerce Department designation are both aimed at damaging China and its most globally competitive tech company, Huawei, reminding everyone that the antagonistic U.S.-China relationship goes far beyond a trade war.