Trump-Kim summit failed despite a goodwill gesture by North Korea with nuclear site demolition
Chances for peace on the turbulent Korean peninsula vanished last week despite North Korea's goodwill gesture to dismantle its nuclear test site in the country's far Northeast, which was carried out in front of foreign journalists. The decision for demolition of the site was considered by international observers to be a good omen leading up to a potential meeting between Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump in Singapore next month.
Pompeo's speech triggers new wave in defence of Iran deal
The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week outlined an aggressive series of “painful” measures against Tehran following Washington's withdrawal from the nuclear deal, which in response intensified the voices of more world leaders in the pact's defence.
A court in Turkey has sentenced 104 people to life in prison for involvement in the failed military coup of 2016, handing down the heaviest penalties possible in the country. The defendants were part of a group trial of 280 people, mostly military personnel, accused of participating in an attempt to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
US tightens Venezuela sanctions after Maduro wins
The US President Trump has signed new economic sanctions against Vene­zuela a day after the country's socialist president, Nicolas Maduro, won elections that have been condemned as fraudulent.
Syrian army retakes control of Damascus
The Syrian army claimed last Monday it had regained full control over Damascus' surrounding areas for the first time since the civil war began in 2011.
Palestinians demand full investigation into Israel at Hague court
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki asked prosecutors at the International Criminal Court on 22 May to launch a full investigation into accusations of Israeli human rights abuses on Palestinian territory, saying the evidence was “insurmountable”.