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2019 Lithuanian presidential election

Lithuanians are called to the polls to elect the new President. Ingrida Šimonytė wins the first round and will dispute the second round with Gitanas Nausėda. Prime Minister and presidential candidate, Saulius Skvernelis is about to resign after the bad results of his candidature.

Dalia Grybauskaite is set to leave the presidential office after two terms as head of state. Nearly 2.5 million people in the Baltic country were eligible to vote for her replacement.

Héctor Enrique Olivares

Argentine lawmaker Héctor Enrique Olivares, who was seriously injured in a shooting attack near the Congress on May 9, dies in hospital as result of the gunshot injuries.

Syrian Civil War

Memos sent to Syria's head of military intelligence, and obtained by the "New York Times", report that President Bashar al-Assad's government has been running a network of secret torture facilities across Syria, crushing opposition via routine torture in secret prisons.

Government of Bashar al-Assad crushed opposition via routine torture in secret prison facilities, a NYT report says.

Gulf of Oman incident

The United Arab Emirates reports four commercial vessels were subject to "sabotage operations" just outside its territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman and two of the vessels suffer "significant damage" to their structure off the coast of Fujairah. One of the vessels was en route to the United Arab Emirates to be loaded with Saudi Arabia crude oil and sent to the United States.

Four commercial vessels were targeted by "sabotage operations" near th...

Insurgency in the Maghreb (2002–present)

Gunmen burn down a Catholic church during mass and kill six people, including a priest, in Dablo, Burkina Faso.

The attackers targeted worshippers during Mass before burning down the church.