May 29–June 4, 2017

 Zoran Zaev, the newly elected Prime Minister of Macedonia. || Ognen Teofilovski, Reuters

Zoran Zaev, the newly elected Prime Minister of Macedonia. || Ognen Teofilovski, Reuters

Africa

Joseph Kabila, the President of Congo, and his administration were hit with sanctions from the United States and the European Union for human rights abuses. Kabila's government has been accused of suppressing activists and journalists as well as refusing to accept election results.

Asia

US President Donald Trump is proposing to stop sending aid to Tibet starting from 2018, reversing a decades-old policy. 

Europe

With support from Dutch lawmakers, the European Union finalized a trade agreement which would create a free-trade area with Ukraine. 

Antitrust regulators from the European Union are seeking to slap Google with a $9 billion fine, after a seven year investigation revealed that the company had been rigging search results to favour its own services.

In the recent election in Macedonia, centre-left candidate Zoran Zaev of the Social Democratic Union won a slim majority, marking the first government change in 11 years. 

Middle East

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing the country of destabilizing the region by funding terrorist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood.

The United States have begun arming Syrian Kurdish troops for a final assault on Raqqa, an ISIS stronghold and de facto capital.

North America

According to a National Security Agency report, Russian military intelligence executed a cyberattack on at least one US voting supplier and sent phishing emails to numerous election officials before the presidential election.

Former FBI Director James Comey will testify publicly to the Senate Intelligence Committee, currently investigating Russian involvement in the previous presidential election. He seeks to confirm accusations that President Donald Trump pressured him to end the Russia investigations.

Despite pressure from the rest of the international community, Donald Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

After a visit from Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in the White House, Donald Trump announced a new trade deal with Vietnam worth $8 billion, supporting 23,000 jobs in the United States.