Monday’s Mini-Report, 5.23.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Syria: “More than 120 people were killed in a spate of ISIS suicide attacks on the Syrian coast Monday, according to activists.”
 
* Yemen: “A pair of bombings carried out by Islamic State militants killed at least 45 people in Yemen’s southern city of Aden on Monday, targeting young men seeking to join the army who gathered at two recruitment centers, security officials said.”
 
* A closely watched election: “Alexander Van der Bellen, a 72-year-old economics professor and former Green Party leader, won Austria’s cliffhanger presidential election on Monday, defeating his far-right rival by the slimmest of margins and pledging to unite the divided country.”
 
* Baltimore: “One of the six officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray was found not guilty on all counts in Baltimore on Monday. Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams cleared Officer Edward Nero of charges of assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.”
 
* The U.S. Supreme Court today “cleared the way for a new trial for a Georgia man convicted of murder and sentenced to death by an all-white jury, finding that prosecutors intentionally kept blacks off the jury.”
 
* Iraqi forces “have begun an assault on Falluja, a city that has been held by the Islamic State longer than any other in Iraq or Syria, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a televised speech on Monday.”
 
* Banking: “A U.S. appeals court on Monday threw out a jury’s finding that Bank of America Corp was liable for mortgage fraud leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, voiding a $1.27 billion penalty and dealing the U.S. Department of Justice a major setback.”
 
* 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit in India: “People weren’t frying eggs on the sidewalks in Phalodi during India’s hottest day ever – in fact, it was so hot that many did not venture out at all.”
 
* A stern reminder: “The Zika epidemic and the birth defects it’s causing are both the fault of governments that abandoned programs to control mosquitoes and to provide even the most basic family planning assistance to young women, the head of the World Health Organization said Monday.”
 
* Overdue: “The words ‘Oriental’ and ‘Negro’ will no longer be part of federal law. President Barack Obama signed a bill Friday eliminating the offensive and outdated descriptors, after the legislation passed unanimously in the House and Senate earlier this month.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 5.23.16