Sri Lanka experiences severe flooding and landslides, resulting in more than 140 deaths.

Victims of a landslide are buried in a Sri Lankan village. (Image courtesy of Eranga Jayawardena/AP)

Landslides and flooding in Sri Lanka have killed one hundred and forty-six people, left at least one hundred and twelve missing, and hospitalized fifty. The landslides were reported in Kalutara, Ratnapura, and Matara. The early-season flooding, caused by some of worst rains in the area since 2003, has forced half a million to leave their homes. There are fears that the flood waters will become breeding grounds for dengue spreading mosquitoes, as well as other waterborne diseases. The national Disaster Management Ministry and more than two thousand military personnel are helping; the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and other countries have contributed foreign aid.

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G7 country leaders meet at annual G7 summit in Italy.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and American President Donald Trump stand beside one another at the G7 Summit. (Image courtesy of Mandel Ngan/ AFP/Getty Images)

Leaders of countries in the G7 met in Taormina, Italy, in the forty-third annual G7 summit. The G7 is a group of seven countries with major economies, and consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. At this year’s summit, the two-day talks involved discussions regarding protectionism, possible sanctions on Russia due to the Ukraine conflict, fighting terrorism, and the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement, which all but the United States agreed to support. The summit followed a meeting between each of the countries’ financial ministers earlier in May.

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British Airways suffers global IT failure.

British Airways experienced delays and cancellations following a technology failure. (Image courtesy of Frank Augstein/AP)

On 27 May 2017, British Airways experienced global technology failures that forced the airline to cancel all flights from the Heathrow and Gatwick airports in London, England. The cancellations affected hundreds of flights that use these airports, and the failures were unfortunately timed as it occurred on a holiday weekend in Britain when many were travelling. British Airways claims that the malfunctions were caused by a power-supply issue. As a result of the technology failures, the airline’s website and app did not work and call centres were also affected.

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Kushner ‘discussed secret line to Moscow’ – US media reports.

White House aide Jared Kushner is alleged to have met with the Russian ambassador. (Image courtesy of Reuters)

Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, attempted to set up secret communications with Moscow a month after President Trump’s election. According to the Washington Post and New York Times, Kushner wanted to use Russian facilities to prevent US intelligence surveillance from intercepting secret discussions with Moscow. He is currently said to be under scrutiny by the FBI, as part of its ongoing inquiry into Russian interference favouring President Trump’s election victory.

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Police release photo, more information about Manchester bomber.

Salman Abedi, a college dropout who grew up in the Manchester area, was known to security services because of his radical views. (Image courtesy of Associated Press)

Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old Briton of Libyan descent, has been revealed to be the bomber of the explosion on 22 May 2017, which killed twenty others and wounded nearly one hundred and twenty as crowds were leaving an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. The photos released by police show Abedi on the night of the bombing, wearing sneakers, jeans, a dark jacket and a baseball cap. The straps of a knapsack are visible on his shoulders. Police said they believed he had assembled his bomb in an apartment in the city centre. Grande promised to return to “the incredibly brave city of Manchester” for a benefit concert to raise money for the bombing victims and their families. 

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