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2017–18 Spanish constitutional crisis

Quim Torra gets 66 votes, 2 short of the 68 votes needed to be elected by an absolute majority of the 135-seat Parliament of Catalonia. A second round is to be held on Monday, in which he would need a simple majority to be elected.

Catalan pro-independence parties failed on Saturday for a fourth time to elect a regional leader, 10 days before the deadline to form a government or hold a new election.

2017–18 Spanish constitutional crisis

Writer and radical independentist Quim Torra faces his first investiture debate after being nominated yesterday for President of the Generalitat of Catalonia. In his speech, he reaffirms to continue with the republican project, to undertake a constituent process and to be under Carles Puigdemont's directions.

Unionists dismiss Quim Torra as puppet of former president and point to controversial tweets

Politics of Italy

A court in Milan lifts the consequences of Silvio Berlusconi's 2013 tax evasion sentence. He is now allowed to participate in elections again.

Iraqi parliamentary election, 2018

A low turnout is reported, but no bombings at polling stations.

Iraq saw a record low turnout on Saturday in its first elections since the collapse of the Islamic State group, pointing to widespread dissatisfaction with the direction of the country under Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and presaging a long period of deal-making as politicians squabble over posts in a new government.

Iraqi parliamentary election, 2018

Voters in Iraq go to the polls. One quarter of the 329 seats in the Council of Representatives must go to women.

Politics of Malaysia

Former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, jailed during Najib's term, is due to be released next Tuesday after receiving a royal pardon. Anwar is the leader of the Pakatan Harapan coalition that won the May 9 general election. The pardon will enable Anwar to immediately run for public office again.

Former deputy PM, jailed on sodomy charges in 2015, to receive royal pardon this week

Politics of Malaysia

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is banned from leaving the country due to the ongoing investigation into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal. He subsequently resigns as president of UMNO and as head of the BN coalition.

Najib Razak is barred from travelling overseas, just days after his party's shock election defeat.

North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs

North Korea stated that it would dismantle the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site between May 23–25 ahead of the Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un summit meeting. Furthermore, North Korea invited journalists from the United States, South Korea, China, Russia, and the United Kingdom to cover the process.

The isolated nation says it will hold a "ceremony" for the dismantling of its nuclear test site on May 23-25, weeks before President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are expected to meet for an unprecedented summit in Singapore to discuss denuclearization.

Japan–North Korea relations

After Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe insisted North Korea settle the issue of Japanese citizens adbucted by North Korea, North Korean state media KCNA accuses Japan of disrupting peace efforts before the planned North Korea–U.S. summit.

Comments come as Tokyo seeks to determine whether Pyongyang would be willing to resolve the abduction issue and ditch its weapons programs in return for economic aid.

EgyptAir Flight 804

Relatives of the 66 people killed in the crash sue Apple alleging that an overheating iPad caused the disaster.

Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Israeli singer Netta Barzilai wins the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal, with her song Toy. This is Israel's first Eurovision win in the 21st century and fourth overall.

Crown goes to Netta of Israel with her quirky entry Toy, in memorable contest after stage invader interrupted UK’s song

Internal conflict in Myanmar § Shan State

19 people are killed in clashes between the Myanmar Army and the Ta'ang National Liberation Army in Shan State.

2018 Paris knife attack

One person is killed and four wounded in a knife attack in Paris, France. The attacker is killed by police.

A man kills a passer-by before being shot dead by police in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

2018 Gaza border protests

The Israeli Air Force destroys a Hamas tunnel more than a kilometer long that headed from Beit Hanun, Gaza towards Israel.

The tunnel was the ninth to be destroyed by the IDF in a year.

2018 Gaza border protests

Israel closes the Kerem Shalom border crossing into Gaza after it is heavily damaged by a Palestinian arson attack, saying that humanitarian cases will still be allowed through while the damage is being repaired. Kerem Shalom is the border crossing where most goods transit into the blockaded territory.

Burundian unrest (2015–present)

26 people are killed in Cibitoke Province, Burundi. The country's security minister attributes the attack on civilians in their houses to an unnamed "terrorist group".