May 8–14, 2017

Africa

The Nigerian government is seeking to trade captured militants with terrorist group Boko Haram in exchange for the remaining girls they have kidnapped in 2014, after dozens of them were released by Boko Haram just a few days prior.

Asia

North Korea conducted another missile test right after the presidential election in South Korea. The North Korean government later announced that the tested missile was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

Moon Jae-in of the centre-left Democratic party has won the Korean presidency in the election to replace Park Geun-hye after she was impeached. Heavily favoured to win the election, Moon won 41 percent of the popular vote. The closest candidate, Hong Joon-pyo, won 24 percent of the vote. 

With widespread accusations against the Philippines for extrajudicial killings under President Rodrigo Duterte, Filipino senator Alan Peter Cayetano has told the UN that reports of extrajudicial killings are 'alternative facts.' 

Taiwan has announced that it will send a delegation to the UN Health Meeting even though it does not have an invitation. The country also accused China of again obstructing its application for observer status at the conference.

Europe

Emmanuel Macron of the Centrist En Marche! party has won the French presidency in a run-off election against Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front party, winning by 66 percent of the popular vote. 

The NHS scrambled to recover its systems after many computers in English hospitals were attacked by a ransomware virus. Known as "WannaCry," the virus then circulated across the globe and infected computers in over 150 countries.

In a meeting with leaders of Baltic countries in Lithuania, US Defence Secretary James Mattis reaffirmed American commitment to NATO. US Defence officials also stated that Patriot missiles may also be moved to the Baltic countries if they are concerned about Russian military threat. 

In an effort to reduce dependence on Russian power grids, the Baltic countries have agreed to reconnect their power grids with European networks based in Poland. Days after the agreement, there were reports of suspected Russian cyberattacks in Baltic power grids. 

Middle East

Turkey denounced the American decision to arm Kurdish forces fighting ISIS forces in Syria, warns that the move will hurt relations between the two countries. 

North America

The US Intelligence Committee, currently investigating Donald Trump's ties to Russia during the 2016 Presidential Election, has issued a subpoena demanding former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn to release all related documents.

US President Donald Trump dismissed FBI Director James Comey, in which he later admitted that the firing was due to Comey's investigation into Russian election interference.

South America

With civilian protests against the Venezuelan government still occurring, the opposition has accused the government of using military courts against rebels. According to a local human rights organization, the military court has reportedly detained at least 50 protestors.