2016 Week 19

This includes events of 2016 week 19 including those of Sunday, May 1, 2016 through Friday, May 6, 2016.


Events among Anglic peoples are numerous and complex. There were a few events reported among Latin peoples, including Hispanic peoples. Among Lusitanic poples, there was the continuation of impeachment proceedings against Dilma Rousseff of Brazil. Numerous events among Asiatic peoples including many among Middle Eastern peoples. They do not include many among South Asian or Oriental peoples; Southeast Asian peoples had more. There were a few reported among African peoples, including some in East Africa. Nothing was reported in West Africa.

Other History

Earlier periods of history including prehistory, antiquity, and classical and medieval history can be connected.

Other modern history incuding the 16th century, 17th century, 18th century, and 19th century can be connected.

Other periods of the 20th century including the early 20th century, early mid 20th century, mid 20th century, late mid 20th century,and late 20th century can be connected. Cuban cruise ships had been affected for half a century.

Other periods of the early 21st century including the early 2000s, late 2000s, and early 2010s can be connected.

Other late 2010s including other 2016 can be connected.

Other 2016 including the first quarter 2016 and other periods of the second quarter 2016 can be connected.

The first quarter 2016 including January 2016, February 2016, and March 2016 can be connected.

Other periods of the second quarter 2016 can be connected.

April 2016 including 2016 week 14, 2016 week 15, 2016 week 16, 2016 week 17, and 2016 week 18 can be connected. Cuba changed its policy why affected cruise ships. The Pakistani insecticide poisoning occurred. there was a Building collapse in Kenya.

Other weeks of May 2016 including 2016 week 20 and 2016 week 21 can be connected.

The future can be connected.


Sociology including peoples of the world, communities, and social mechanics can be connected.

Peoples of the world including nations and major groups of Western Civilization, Asiatic peoples, African peoples, and American Indian peoples can be connected.

Nations such as Ukraine, Tanzania, Argentina, Kenya, Poland, Algeria, Canada, Iraq, Uganda, Morocco, Sudan, Peru, Uzbekistan, Malaysia, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Yemen, Afghanistan, Ghana, North Korea, Mozambique, Taiwan, Australia, Syria, Côte d'Ivoire, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Angola, Cameroon, Romania, Chile, Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Niger, Burkina Faso, Guatemala, Mali, Ecuador, Cambodia, Malawi, Zambia, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Chad, Cuba, Belgium, Greece, Rwanda, Tunisia, Portugal, Czech Republic, Bolivia, Guinea, Burundi, Haiti, Hungary, Somalia, Sweden, Belarus, Dominican Republic, Azerbaijan, Benin, Austria, Honduras, United Arab Emirates, South Sudan, Switzerland, Israel, Tajikistan, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Libya, Paraguay, Jordan, Laos, El Salvador, Togo, Nicaragua, Eritrea, Denmark, Kyrgystan, Slovakia, Finland, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Turkmenistan, Norway, Central African Republic, Ireland, and Georgia can be examined for connections.

Western Civilization including Anglic, Latin, Germanic, and Northeast European peoples can be connected. Spain can be connected.

Monday May 2, 2016 European migrant crisis, EU-Turkey relations On Wednesday, the European Union will propose relaxing visa requirements for Turks as a reward for having reduced the flood of refugees and migrants into Europe. (Reuters) (BBC)

Tuesday May 3, 2016 Association football The Football Federation of Kosovo becomes the 55th member of UEFA following a secret ballot at the 40th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Budapest.(AP via The Republic)

Wednesday May 4, 2016 European migrant crisis, EU-Turkey relations The European Union proposes visa-free travel for Turkish citizens within Europe's Schengen Area and invites member states and EU lawmakers to endorse the move by June 30. The EU says Turkey has met all but five of the 72 criteria included in the agreement in exchange for its efforts to stop asylum seekers from reaching Europe. This visa deal also needs approval from the European Parliament. (AP) (UPI)

Friday May 6, 2016 Cameroonian footballer Patrick Ekeng of Romanian club FC Dinamo Bucure?ti dies after collapsing during a match. (Guardian)

Saturday May 7, 2016 Polish Constitutional Court crisis, 2015, Law and Justice government About 240,000 Poles have taken to the streets in Warsaw to protest against the Polish government. (BBC)

Anglic peoples including Anglo-American peoples can be connected. The United Kingdom can be connected.

Sunday, May 1, 2016 2015–16 A-League Adelaide United win their first A-League championship beating the Western Sydney Wanderers 3–1 in the Grand Final at the Adelaide Oval. (Daily Telegraph)

Monday May 2, 2016 2015–16 Premier League Following a 2-2 draw between Chelsea F.C. and Tottenham Hotspur F.C. at Stamford Bridge, Leicester City F.C. are confirmed as champions of the Premier League for the first time in their history. Leicester City were 5000-1 outsiders at the beginning of the season. (Sky Sports), (BBC)

Monday May 2, 2016 2016 World Snooker Championship Mark Selby wins the 2016 World Snooker Championship. (BBC)

Monday May 2, 2016 Australian tech entrepreneur Craig Steven Wright claims he is Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of the Bitcoin currency. There are about 15.5 million bitcoins in circulation. However, questions have been raised as to authenticity of his assertion. (The Economist) (BBC) (The Economist²) (AP via The Charlotte Observer)

Monday May 2, 2016 A Somali asylum seeker sets herself alight in Nauru to protest her detention on the island by Australia, one week after an Iranian asylum seeker did the same thing. (BBC)

Wednesday May 4, 2016 British publisher Trinity Mirror announces that its daily newspaper, The New Day, will close after just two months since its launch, after sales fell to around 30,000 copies per day. The last edition will be printed on May 6. (The Guardian)

Thursday May 5, 2016 Spain–United Kingdom relations, Disputed status of Gibraltar The Royal Navy's HMS Sabre fires warning shots at a Spanish Guardia Civil vessel after it twice attempted to cut across the path of United States Navy submarine USS Florida during an incursion into Gibraltar's territorial waters. Gibraltar officials say Spanish vessels regularly stray deep into its territorial waters and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has attacked the incursions as provocative. (The Telegraph)

Thursday May 5, 2016 United Kingdom local elections, 2016 Members of the British public head to local polling stations to cast their vote for various governmental positions, including the Mayor of London. (The Daily Telegraph)

Friday May 6, 2016 Head of Australia's Department of Immigration Mike Pezzullo denies that the detention centre for asylum seekers on Manus Island must be closed. He said there was no crisis that required any closure of the centre despite Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court ruling it to be unconstitutional and ordering the release of the detainees. (Radio New Zealand)

Friday May 6, 2016 United Kingdom local elections, 2016 London votes Sadiq Khan to succeed Boris Johnson as Mayor of London; Khan is the first Muslim to be elected to such an authoritative position. (BBC)

Anglo-American peoples such as those of the United States can be connected.

Sunday, May 1, 2016 Cuba-United States relations, United States–Cuban thaw The first cruise ship in more than a half-century bound for Havana from the United States leaves Miami, Florida, at about 4:24 p.m. EDT. Carnival Cruise Line's 704-passenger Adonia was able to set sail for the northern Caribbean country after Cuba, on April 22, loosened its policy banning Cuban-born people from traveling to the country by sea. (AP)

Sunday, May 1, 2016 Thousands are set for May Day demonstrations across the United States for immigrant and worker rights, and for civility in presidential campaign rhetoric. Organizers and authorities in California are urging participants to remain calm, given the violence this week connected with Presidential campaign protests. (AP via The Washington Post) (KPCC)

Sunday, May 1, 2016 Puerto Rican government-debt crisis Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla says the Commonwealth will default on a $422 million bond payment due Monday. García Padilla says debt payments have been suspended in order to pay for essential services for the 3.5 million American citizens. Congress has been unable to pass a debt restructuring bill for Puerto Rico. (AP via CBS News) (Bloomberg)

Sunday, May 1, 2016 Two missionaries from the United States are found slain in separate areas of rural St. Mary parish in Jamaica. Randy Hentzel and Harold Nichols both worked for a Pennsylvania-based Christian charity called Teams for Medical Missions. (CBS News with AP) (CNN) (The Jamaica Observer)

Sunday, May 1, 2016 Halliburton Co. and Baker Hughes Inc., the second- and third-largest oilfield service firms, announce the cancellation of their $28 billion merger which has faced opposition from U.S. and European antitrust regulators. Halliburton will reportedly have to pay Baker Hughes a $3.5 billion termination fee if the deal is called off. (Bloomberg) (Reuters), (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

Sunday, May 1, 2016 The historic Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava in New York City is almost completely destroyed in a massive four-alarm fire. (ABC)

Sunday, May 1, 2016 In the United States, 14 of 175 cars of a CSX freight train derail in northeastern Washington, D.C., near a city subway station. There were three leaks; one, sodium hydroxide, is a hazardous material. All leaks, and a nearby gas line that was ruptured, are contained. Officials are unable to say when cleanup will be completed nor when train service will be restored. There were no injuries reported, and there was no residential evacuation. Amtrak and a Baltimore-Washington commuter rail service also use the line. (WRC-TV) (Daily Mail) (The Washington Post)

Monday May 2, 2016 Moldova–United States relations About 200 U.S. troops arrive in Moldova from Romania for planned military exercises with the Moldovan military which will last until May 20. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)

Monday May 2, 2016 Russia-United States relations United States Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John M. Richardson says Russian jets in the Baltics buzzing a U.S. military ship and planes are escalating tension between the two nations. Richardson added he doesn't think the Russians are trying to provoke an incident but these actions increase the chance of a "tactical miscalculation." (AP via CBS News)

Monday May 2, 2016 Puerto Rican government-debt crisis Puerto Rico defaults on a $422 million debt payment. The Governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro García Padilla calls the situation a "humanitarian crisis". This is the third time Puerto Rico has defaulted on bond payments. (CNN)

Tuesday May 3, 2016 United States presidential election, 2016, United States presidential election in Indiana, 2016 Voters in the U.S. state of Indiana head to the polls to vote in Democratic and Republican presidential primaries. (NPR) Donald Trump wins the Indiana Republican Primary. (New York Post) (Atlanta Journal Constitution) Ted Cruz announces that he is withdrawing from the race for the Republican nomination, leaving Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee. (CNN) Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders wins the Indiana Democratic primary. (NBC News)

Tuesday May 3, 2016 The Rhode Island Marine Architecture Project claims to have found the wreckage of HMS Endeavour used by Royal Navy Lieutenant James Cook on his voyage to Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti between 1768 and 1771. The ship was scuttled in 1778 in Newport Harbor ahead of the Battle of Rhode Island in the American War of Independence. (AFP via ABC News Australia)

Tuesday May 3, 2016 May 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire A mandatory evacuation order for more than 29,000 people remains in place for the Canadian town of Fort McMurray, Alberta, which is threatened by an out of control wildfire. (The Globe and Mail) By 7 pm local time, the entire town of population 80,000 is placed under a mandatory evacuation. The neighbourhood of Beacon Hill, home to about 2,200 people, is 80% destroyed by fire. (Weather Underground)

Tuesday May 3, 2016 An airplane crashes on Long Island, New York, killing three people onboard. (The New York Times)

Wednesday May 4, 2016 United States presidential election, 2016 Ohio Governor John Kasich suspends his campaign. He was the last Republican Party challenger to Donald Trump for the GOP presidential nomination. (VICE)(CNN)

Wednesday May 4, 2016 North Carolina Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act The U.S. Justice Department notifies North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory that the state's new law which limits restroom access for transgender people violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act, and asks for a response by May 9 whether the state will correct "these violations of Title VII." The Governor's statement in response does not specifically say what the state will do. (Reuters) (CNN)

Wednesday May 4, 2016 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the wildfire has destroyed about 1,600 structures in Fort McMurray, which is in Canada's oil sands region. No major oil sands facilities are in the fire's path, though two Royal Dutch Shell mines are closing, and a Suncor Energy facility is reducing crude production. The fire is threatening the Alberta Highway 63 bridge across the Athabasca River, the sole route south. The Canadian Red Cross is encouraging people to donate funds rather than clothing. (Reuters) (USA Today) (Métro)

Wednesday May 4, 2016 IBM allows the public to access a five-qubit quantum computer its researchers have developed in Yorktown Heights, New York. (Wired)

Thursday May 5, 2016 United States presidential election, 2016 Former Governor of Texas and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry endorses Donald Trump for president and says he is open to being Trump's vice-presidential running mate. (CNN)

Thursday May 5, 2016 Colorado Springs, Colorado, agrees to pay people who were sent to jail because they couldn’t afford to pay fines for minor offenses like panhandling and jaywalking. The city will pay $125 for each day the person spent behind bars, an estimated total of $103,000 for the 66 people identified. In 1971, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that people cannot be jailed if they do not have the money to pay. (AP via The Washington Post) (The Colorado Independent)

Thursday May 5, 2016 California court finds "Grim Sleeper" serial killer guilty. (The Los Angeles Times)

Thursday May 5, 2016 Hackers attack millions of users of Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo Mail, forcing users to make password changes. (Forbes)

Thursday May 5, 2016 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire The western Canadian province of Alberta declares a state of emergency as devastating wildfires, fed by unseasonably hot temperatures and dry conditions, grow to five times their initial size. The mandatory evacuation order expands to include the communities of Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates, and Fort McMurray First Nation, forcing thousands who had just resettled to move again. (CTV) (USA Today) (Reuters)

Thursday May 5, 2016 Since the fire has intermittently blocked the only route south toward Alberta's major cities, evacuees have had to go north toward oil camps and a few small settlements. The province has airlifted 4,000 people to Edmonton and Calgary as of late Thursday. Roughly 20 percent of Canada's crude oil production, around 680,000 barrels per day, is offline and is expected to increase. There are no known casualties from the fire, which today has grown to 210,000 acres (85,000 hectares), but fatalities are reported in at least one vehicle crash along the evacuation route. (Daily Mail)

Thursday May 5, 2016 Reuters reports that Alberta Province, which projects a C$10 billion deficit this fiscal year as the prolonged slump in oil prices has reduced tax revenue, last month cut funding for wildfire prevention, including millions for programs created in response to the province's Slave Lake wildfire in 2011, which destroyed more than 300 homes. (Reuters via Voice of America)

Thursday May 5, 2016 Zika virus outbreak Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says the decision whether the Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates two-game series scheduled for later this month will be moved from Puerto Rico because of concerns about the Zika virus, will be announced Monday "at the latest." (AP)

Friday May 6, 2016 A man is killed, and two others are injured (a man in critical condition and a woman with non-life-threatening injuries), in the parking lot of Westfield Montgomery Mall in Potomac in Montgomery County, Maryland, near Washington, D.C. Soon after, a woman is killed at a grocery store some miles away. Police suspect that the same shooter may be behind both crime scene incidents. Police in both Montgomery County and neighboring Prince George's County are also examining whether this person is the same as the male involved in the fatal shooting the previous day of a woman, Gladys Tordil, who was allegedly shot (a bystander who tried to help was also wounded) by her estranged abusive husband, tentatively identified as Eulalio Tordil, 62, a former Federal Protective Service officer. (MSN) (CNN)

Friday May 6, 2016 SpaceX successfully lands another Falcon 9 First stage onto a floating barge for the second time. It was carrying a Japanese communications satellite JCSAT-14, which was successfully put into geostationary orbit. (Wired)

Saturday May 7, 2016 United States presidential election, 2016, United States presidential election in Guam, 2016 Voters in Guam head to the polls to vote in the Democratic presidential caucus. (Guam Daily Post)

Saturday May 7, 2016 Nyquist wins the 2016 Kentucky Derby, extending his race record to eight wins in eight races.(The Blood-Horse)

Latin peoples including Italian, French, Hispanic and Lusitanic peoples can be connected. Colombia can be connected.

Italian peoples such as those of Italy can be connected.

Wednesday May 4, 2016 2015-16 UEFA Champions League Real Madrid beat Manchester City 1–0 to set-up a UEFA Champions League Final against city rivals Atlético Madrid on May 28, in Milan, Italy. It will be a repeat of the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final. (UEFA Champions League)

French peoples including those of France can be connected.

Hispanic peoples such as those of Mexico can be connected.

Monday May 2, 2016 President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro orders clocks in the country to move forward by a half hour from UTC-04:30 to UTC-04:00 in order to save electricity as Venezuela faces an increasing electricity shortage. While gaining a half hour of sunlight, this means Venezuelans will now lose a half hour of sleep. (The Guardian)

Monday May 2, 2016 Spanish general election, 2016 Spanish politicians fail to meet a deadline to form a government after last year's election so Felipe VI of Spain must dissolve the parliament and call a new election for June 26. (AP via ABC News America)

Monday May 2, 2016 Honduran authorities arrest four men in the March 3 home invasion killing of Goldman Environmental Prize-winning environmental activist Berta Cáceres. One of the suspects was an active duty army officer while the others worked for Desarrollos Energeticos SA, whose hydroelectric project Cáceres had opposed since 2006. The four also face charges on the attempted murder of Mexican environmental activist Gustavo Castro Soto, who was injured in the attack. (AP) (The Guardian)

Tuesday May 3, 2016 El Salvador arrests former congressman Raúl Mijango for allegedly attempting to smuggle banned items into prison and allegedly associating with gang members. (Reuters via Trust)

Thursday May 5, 2016 At least 12 people are killed and 30 others injured after a bus plunges into a ravine in Bolivia's eastern Santa Cruz province. (Agencia EFE)

Lusitanic peoples such as those of Brazil can be connected.

Tuesday May 3, 2016 Bento Rodrigues dam disaster The Government of Brazil sues iron miner Samarco and parent companies Vale and BHP Billiton for 155 billion Brazilian reals ($43.5 billion US) for the collapse of a tailings dam that resulted in 19 deaths and caused major pollution to the Doce River. (The Guardian)

Thursday May 5, 2016 Operation Car Wash, Impeachment process against Dilma Rousseff Acting on a request from Brazil's top prosecutor, Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki suspends President of the Deputies Chamber Eduardo Cunha for obstructing the Petrobras corruption investigation. The full court confirms this action, Cunha is eliminated from the line of succession to President Dilma Rousseff, who may be suspended from office next week. (Reuters) (Globo)

Germanic peoples such as those of Germany can be connected.

Northeast European peoples such as those of Russia can be connected.

Tuesday May 3, 2016 Russia–Spain relations A Spanish judge issues an arrest warrant for various individuals with links to organized crime from Russia. The list also includes former and current officials of the Russian government with close links to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Prominent officials include former Defense Minister Anatoliy Serdyukov and former Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov. The charges range from money laundering to assassination. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)

Tuesday May 3, 2016 European migrant crisis The government of Hungary announces it will hold a referendum regarding future European Union quotas for resettling refugees. The vote is expected to be held either in September or October of this year where a turnout of over 50 percent will render it to be valid. (Al Jazeera)

Asiatic peoples including Middle Eastern, South Asian, Oriental, and Southeast Asian and Oceanic peoples can be connected. Burma can be connected.

Tuesday May 3, 2016 Imprisoned Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova is announced as the winner of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize for 2016 for "her outstanding contribution to press freedom in difficult circumstances." (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)

Middle Eastern peoples including Egyptian and Persian peoples can be connected. Turkey can be connected.

Sunday, May 1, 2016 Libyan Civil War An oil tanker, sent from Eastern Libya by a rival to the internationally recognized Government of National Accord, returns with its cargo to the refinery at Zawiya in western Libya. The United Nations blacklisted the shipment on Wednesday. (Bloomberg)

Sunday, May 1, 2016 2015–16 Iraqi protests Protesters demanding political reform leave Baghdad's Green Zone after camping for 24 hours in the heavily fortified government district. These activists, followers of Shi'ite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-?adr, support Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's anti-corruption proposals to replace party-affiliated ministers with technocrats. A grid-locked parliament has been unable to act on these changes. (Reuters)

Sunday, May 1, 2016 Turkey–ISIL conflict, Spillover of the Syrian Civil War 2016 Gaziantep bombing A blast hits a police station in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep leaving one officer dead and 13 injured. (BBC) (CNN) Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is suspected to be behind attack. (Reuters)

Sunday, May 1, 2016 Kurdish–Turkish conflict Three Turkish soldiers are killed and 14 others wounded in an armed attack by Kurdish militants during a military operation in the town of Nusaybin, Turkey. (Reuters)

Sunday, May 1, 2016 Yemeni Civil War Houthi rebels capture the Umaliqa military base in 'Amran Governorate, endangering a shaky ceasefire. (Reuters)

Sunday, May 1, 2016 Iraqi Civil War Two car bombs kill at least 32 people and wounded 75 others in Samawa, Iraq. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility for the attack. (Reuters)

Monday May 2, 2016 Iraqi Civil War (2014–present) Three bombings in and around Baghdad kill at least 14, including Shiite pilgrims, and injure more than 30. (Reuters via Trust) (Washington Post) (Reuters)

Monday May 2, 2016 Syrian Civil War Syrian Army troops surround the central prison in Hama after inmates revolted, seizing several guards. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says inmates were protesting against a planned transfer of prisoners from Hama to Sednaya Prison near Damascus. (Reuters)

Monday May 2, 2016 American-led intervention in Syria, Military intervention against ISIL Artillery shelling and drone attacks by the U.S.-led coalition strike Islamic State positions in Syria, according to Turkish authorities, killing 63 militants and destroying multiple rocket launcher and gun positions. (AP)

Tuesday May 3, 2016 Syrian Civil War A rocket attack hits a hospital in the Syrian city of Aleppo, killing three civilians. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack was part of a bigger shelling that killed 19 more people. (Al Jazeera)

Tuesday May 3, 2016 Iraqi Civil War, American-led intervention in Iraq According to the United States Department of Defense, ISIL fighters killed a Navy SEAL near Erbil. The sailor was assisting Kurdish Peshmerga forces in repelling an attack on the area. The SEAL was later identified as Arizona native Charles Keating IV, the son of Charles Keating III, and the grandson of the convicted noted late financier Charles Keating Jr., who was embroiled in the 1980s savings and loan scandal. (The Guardian)

Wednesday May 4, 2016 Syrian Civil War Dozens of people have died in heavy fighting between Syrian government and opposition forces in the western Aleppo Governorate. (Reuters)

Wednesday May 4, 2016 Kurdish–Turkish conflict (2015–present) Suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants launch a car bomb attack on a military installation in Turkey, killing one soldier; Turkey's army destroyes PKK targets in air strikes and kills more than 20. (Reuters)

Wednesday May 4, 2016 Israeli–Palestinian conflict Hamas says it has reached a truce with the Israeli military following hostilities today along the Gaza-Israel border. There were no casualties. (The Jerusalem Post) (Reuters)

Thursday May 5, 2016 Justice and Development Party leadership election, 2016 Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announces his resignation effective 22 May amid conflict with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over Turkey’s increasingly authoritarian rule. Davutoglu said he would step down following an extraordinary meeting of AKP party leaders scheduled for May 22. (The New York Times) (The Guardian)

Thursday May 5, 2016 Syrian Civil War At least 12 people are killed and many are wounded in twin blasts in central Syria. (USA Today) Airstrikes on a camp for war refugees in Syria near the Syria–Turkey border kills 28 people, including women and children. (Reuters) (BBC)

Thursday May 5, 2016 Terrorism in Saudi Arabia Saudi security forces shoot dead two alleged Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants while two others blew themselves up near Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Reuters)

Thursday May 5, 2016 Gaza–Israel conflict A Palestinian woman is killed and another person is injured in the Gaza Strip by tank fire from Israel. Israel said it responded to mortar rounds and the discovery of another tunnel by Hamas. (BBC) (The Times of Israel)

Friday May 6, 2016 Syrian Civil War Aleppo offensive (May 2016) More than 72 are killed in clashes between Al-Nusra Front and Syrian government forces in Khan Tuman south of Aleppo, Syria. (i24 News) (VOA News).

Saturday May 7, 2016 War in Afghanistan (2015–present) Resolute Support Mission Two Romanian soldiers are killed along with assailants in an insider attack in Afghanistan. (Washington Post)

Saturday May 7, 2016 Syrian Civil War Aleppo offensive (May 2016) At least 13 Iranian soldiers are killed in a battle with Islamist militants in a village near Aleppo, Syria. This is the largest single day loss for the Iranians since the start of the conflict. (Retuers) (Business Insider) (NDTV)

Egypt can be connected.

Sunday, May 1, 2016 Freedom of the press Egyptian police raid the headquarters of the journalists' association in Cairo, and arrest two journalists with the opposition website Bawabet Yanayer, editor Amr Badr and reporter Mahmud el-Sakka, for alleged incitement to protest in violation of the law. (Daily Mail) (Reuters)

Persian peoples such as those of Iran can be connected.

Saturday May 7, 2016 Iran's elected Parliament member from Maragheh and Ajabshir district, Mohammad-Ali Hosseinzadeh, dies in a car crash in Zanjan. He was set to take office on 28 May. (yjc.ir)

South Asian peoples such as those of India and Pakistan can be connected. Bangladesh can be connected.

Monday May 2, 2016 The bodies of mountaineer Alex Lowe and photographer David Bridges are found on the Himalayan mountain Shishapangma after being buried in an avalanche in 1999. (The Guardian)

Wednesday May 4, 2016 The Nepalese Maoist Party says that they will withdraw support from Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli and form a new government. (Reuters)

Pakistan can be connected.

Sunday, May 1, 2016 In Punjab, Pakistan, the death toll has risen from 13 to 33 for people who has eaten sweets, accidentally tainted with insecticide. The mass poisoning occurred in April. (Daily Times)

India can be connected.

Monday May 2, 2016 A United Nations arbitration court rules India must allow an Italian marine, facing charges of murdering two fishermen during an anti-piracy mission in 2012, to return home pending the Permanent Court of Arbitration's decision over jurisdiction. The suspect, who will remain under the authority of the Supreme Court of India, has been staying in the Italian embassy in New Delhi; his co-defendant returned to Italy with health problems in 2014. (Reuters) (The Times of India) (Firstpost)

Wednesday May 4, 2016 At least 13 people are killed and 53 injured after a bus skids off a bridge while travelling between India's Jharkhand state to Raipur, capital of Chhattisgarh state. (AFP via Daily Mail)

Oriental peoples such as those of China can be connected. South Korea can be connected.

Friday May 6, 2016 The Workers' Party of Korea, the ruling party of North Korea, holds its first party congress in nearly 40 years. The meeting comes as the country is facing tougher sanctions for its recent missile launches. (BBC)

China can be connected.

Japan can be connected.

Southeast Asian and Oceanic peoples including Mainland Southeast Asian peoples and Southeast Asian Island peoples can be connected. Thailand can be connected.

Mainland Southeast Asian peoples such as those of Vietnam can be connected.

Southeast Asian Island peoples such as those of Indonesia can be connected. The Philippines can be connected.

Sunday, May 1, 2016 Philippine general election, 2016 CPP–NPA–NDF rebellion Jose Maria Sison, who is the leader of the guerrilla Communist Party of the Philippines, says that the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte is "good for national unity." (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

Monday May 2, 2016 The Philippines stock market suffers the biggest drop since February amid uncertainty about the upcoming elections. (Bloomberg)

Monday May 2, 2016 Philippine presidential election, 2016 The Catholic Church in the Philippines urges voters to reject Rodrigo Duterte. (Manila Standard)

Tuesday May 3, 2016 The sect Iglesia ni Cristo is suing supporters of Rodrigo Duterte for spreading a fake endorsement by the denomination. (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

Tuesday May 3, 2016 Philippine presidential election, 2016 The Philippine financial market continues to suffer amid speculation that Rodrigo Duterte may win the upcoming election. (Bloomberg)

Wednesday May 4, 2016 Moro conflict The Abu Sayyaf militant group threatens to behead a Canadian hostage, a Filipina hostage, and a Norwegian hostage. (The Guardian)

Wednesday May 4, 2016 Philippine presidential election, 2016 The Philippine stock market continues to fall for the fifth straight day due to fears about the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte. He continues to lead in opinion polls. (The Philippine Star), (Rappler)

Thursday May 5, 2016 Philippine general election, 2016 Philippine candidate Grace Poe denies she will give way in favor of administration bet Mar Roxas (Rappler) Philippine senator and former coup plotter Antonio Trillanes warns that a coup d'etat may occur if Rodrigo Duterte wins the presidential elections. (ABC Online), (Philippine Daily Inquirer) The sect Iglesia ni Cristo conducts a "silent war" against the senatorial candidacy of justice secretary Leila de Lima. (Rappler) Philippine presidential candidate Grace Poe releases her full statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth. (GMA News)

Thursday May 5, 2016 Philippine presidential election, 2016 The Philippine peso fell 0.3% continuing its drop three weeks in a row. (Bloomberg)

Thursday May 5, 2016 The stock exchange in Manila slid 1.2%, set for its lowest close in two months, before Monday’s presidential elections. (Bloomberg) (Reuters)

Friday May 6, 2016 Philippine presidential election, 2016 The supporters of presidential candidates Grace Poe and Mar Roxas post petitions and counter-petitions on Change.org urging either candidate to drop-out and give way for the other. (The Manila Standard) Vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo thanks supporters for the "Poe-Robredo tandem" pairing her with presidential candidate Grace Poe but insists she is loyal to her running-mate Mar Roxas. (Philippine Daily Inquirer), (GMA News) Mar Roxas and current President Benigno Aquino III call on political rivals Jejomar Binay, Miriam Defensor Santiago, and Grace Poe to unite and form a unity coalition in the upcoming elections. (CNN Philippines), (Channel News Asia) Grace Poe rejects Mar Roxas' offer saying she is not willing to withdraw. Jejomar Binay also rejects calls for him to withdraw. (Rappler), (The Philippine Star), (ABC News Go) Leni Robredo thanks a group of activist-farmers from Sumilao, Bukidnon for their support promising to continue their reforms. (Rappler)

Saturday May 7, 2016 Sarawak state election, 2016 In Malaysia, Sarawak voters go to the polls for a state election. (Channel NewsAsia) Bukit Batok by-election, 2016 Singapore's Bukit Batok by-elections conclude with more than 24,000 voters casting ballots. Murali Pillai of the People's Action Party emerged as the winner with 61.21% of the valid votes cast. This was the first Singaporean by-election following the 2015 general elections. (Channel NewsAsia) (The Straits Times)

Indonesia can be connected.

Sunday, May 1, 2016 Moro conflict Abu Sayyaf militants release 10 Indonesians the group had kidnapped from their tugboat and barge on March 28. (Jakarta Globe)

Monday May 2, 2016 Papua conflict Police in the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua arrest scores of protesters as planned demonstrations to mark the anniversary of the incorporation of the region with Indonesia were to take place today. (Radio New Zealand)

Tuesday May 3, 2016 Papua conflict A meeting is held in London on the issue of West Papuan independence. Independence leader Benny Wenda joined various humanitarians, parliamentarians and lawyers in urging the United Nations to secure a vote on the future status of the region, which is occupied by Indonesia. (The Guardian)

Tuesday May 3, 2016 Papua conflict According to reports, the Indonesian police arrest close to 1,700 people in Papua and West Papua who were involved in attempted protests yesterday. (Radio New Zealand)

Saturday May 7, 2016 Indonesia-Philippines relations Filipina convict Mary Jane Veloso gets a reprieve from Indonesian executions. (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

African peoples including Eastern African, Western African, and Central African peoples can be connected. South Africa can be connected.

Western African peoples such as those of Nigeria can be connected.

Eastern African peoples such as those of Ethiopia can be connected.

Sunday, May 1, 2016 Kenya flooding Kenyan authorities say the death toll from Friday's collapsed eight-story residential building in Nairobi has risen to 20, with 73 people missing. Rescuers continue searching for survivors. The building had been declared unfit for human habitation by the country's National Construction Authority, but remained standing. Note: the building was originally reported as six stories; flooding had sunk the ground and first floors. (AP)

Monday May 2, 2016 War in Somalia, War on Terror The first of seventy British military personnel arrive in Somalia to help combat the threat of Islamist militants. The remaining troops will join the United Nations peacekeepers and AMISOM soldiers in countering Al-Shabaab later on this year. This deployment is part of a greater effort by the United Kingdom to target terrorism. (The Guardian)

Central African peoples such as those of Congo DR can be connected.

Wednesday May 4, 2016 Allied Democratic Forces insurgency Assailants from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) armed with machetes hacked at least 16 civilians to death in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. (FOX News) (Leadership)

American Indian peoples including Middle American Indian, South American Indian, and North American Indian peoples can be connected. Colombia can be connected.

Middle American Indian peoples including Southwestern American Indian peoples can be connected. Mexico can be connected. Southwestern American Indian peoples such as those of the southwestern United States can be connected.

South American Indian peoples such as those of Brazil can be connected. North American Indian peoples such as those of United States can be connected.

Communities such as Tokyo, Seoul, Mexico City, New York City, Mumbai, Jakarta, Sao Paulo, Delhi, Shanghai, Manila, Karachi, Cairo, Beijing, Osaka, Canton, Moscow, Los Angeles, Calcutta, Dacca, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, Shenzhen, Lagos, Paris, Nagoya, Lima, Chicago, Kinshasa, Tianjin, Chennai, Bengaluru, London, Saigon, Donguan, Hyderabad, Chengdu, Lahore, Jonannesburg, Tehran, Essen, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Wuhan, Ahmedabad, Chongqing, Baghdad, Hangzhou, Toronto, Kuala Lumpur, Santiago, Dallas, San Francisco, Quanzhou, Miami, Shenyang, Belo Horizonte, Philadelphia, Nanjing, Madrid, Houston, Xian, Milan can be connected.

World cities such as Tokyo can be considered.

Social mechanics including social change, social types, and social structure can be connected.

Institutions including family studies can be connected. Religion including particular religions, religious organization, religious practice, and religious belief can be connected. Government including particular governments, government activity, government structure, and law can be connected. Economics including economic systems, industries, and economic activity can be connected. Education including school systems, educational organization, cultural institutions, teaching, and research can be connected.

Culture including behavioral culture, conceptual culture, and material culture can be connected.

Tuesday May 3, 2016 2018 Winter Olympics, 2018 Winter Paralympics Cho Yang-ho resigns as President of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games due to growing financial problems with the Hanjin Group he is chairman of. (AP)


Anthropology including particular groups, human geography, human ecology, physical anthropology, demography, and social foundations can be connected.

Personal studies

Personal studies including biography, psychology, and the human body can be connected.

Science including biology, earth science, astronomy, chemistry, and physics can be connected.

Monday May 2, 2016 Researchers report in the journal Nature the discovery of three potentially habitable, Earth-like exoplanets orbiting TRAPPIST-1, an ultracool dwarf star 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius. (CNN) (The Atlantic) (Nature)

Created 2 May 2016 Last updated 20 May 2016