Populist Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr set to be the key powerbroker for a coalition government
An alliance spearheaded by nationalist cleric Moqtada Sadr claimed victory at Iraq's first nationwide election since the defeat of the Islamic State group. The rival Conquest Alliance of pro-Iranian former fighters appeared to be coming in second, squeezing internationally favoured PM Haider al-Abadi into third. Praised for the victory over the IS, Abadi was punished by the voters for his failure to beat corruption.
Bloodshed and violence invade Gaza after the US embassy opening in Jerusalem
The opening ceremony for the new US Embassy in Jerusalem on 14 May fuelled the bloodiest violence in Gaza in years, as Israeli forces killed more than 60 Palestinians near its border. Israel has said it is acting in self-defence, and the US backed that response to the Palestinian protests, but many countries condemned the use of deadly force and also blamed Washington for the decision to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
A deadly wave of suicide bombings hit three churches in Indonesia's second-largest city of Surabaya during last Sunday services.
NKorea threatens to cancel Trump summit over US nuke demands
A senior North Korean official warned on 16 May that Pyongyang may cancel the summit meeting between Kim Jong-un and President Trump scheduled for 12 June in Singapore, if it is going to be pushed into giving up its nuclear arsenal.