2016 Week 22

This includes events of Sunday, May 22, 2016 through Wednesday May 25, 2016.



Monday May 23, 2016 World Humanitarian Summit The first-ever United Nations humanitarian summit opens in Istanbul, Turkey, to address the 125-million people crisis, the worst since World War II. (AP via Deseret News) (Reuters)

Monday May 23, 2016 Pope Francis meets with the Grand Imam of al-Azhar Ahmed el-Tayeb in the Vatican. (Al Jazeera) (ABC News) (US News)

Tuesday May 24, 2016 Armed conflicts and attacksInsurgency in Jammu and Kashmir Jaish-e-Mohammed operations chief is killed in a gun battle with police. (ABC News) Kurdish–Turkish conflict (2015–present) At least six Turkish soldiers are killed and four others are wounded in a PKK attack in Turkey's eastern Van Province. (Daily Sabah) Syrian civil war New satellite imagery from Stratfor appears to reveal the destruction of four Russian attack helicopters and 20 lorries at the Tiyas military airbase after a reported attack which was conducted last week by the ISIL. (BBC) Northern al-Raqqa offensive (2016) U.S. backed Syrian Democratic Forces, led by Kurdish forces, launch an operation to capture Al-Raqqah, the de-facto capital of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The force is reported to be more than 50,000 strong. (Reuters) War in Donbass Seven Ukrainian servicemen are killed in suspected attacks by pro-Russian rebels. (Reuters)

Tuesday May 24, 2016 Business and economyAmerican agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology company Monsanto rejects an unsolicited $62 billion takeover bid by German pharmaceutical giant Bayer, saying the price was too low but adding that it remained “open to further talks.” (Reuters)

Tuesday May 24, 2016 Disasters and accidentsEleven people are dead and many are missing after a jade mine collapses in the Myanmar town of Hpakant. (AFP via New Straits Times) EgyptAir Flight 804 Reports claim that an Egyptian forensic official says that body parts recovered from EgyptAir flight 804 indicate that the crash was caused by an explosion. (Daily Mail)

Tuesday May 24, 2016 International relationsEuropean migrant crisis Greek authorities begin operations to clear the Idomeni refugee camp on the border with Macedonia. (AP via ABC News)

Tuesday May 24, 2016 Law and crimeA court in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania finds that there is enough evidence to hold entertainer Bill Cosby on felony indecent assault charges in relation to the case of Andrea Constand v. William H. Cosby, Jr.. (CNN) Google's offices in central Paris are raided by French finance officials as part of a tax fraud investigation. Google is accused of owing €1.6bn ($1.8bn; £1.3bn) in unpaid taxes. (BBC) Loretta Lynch, the Attorney General of the United States, advises that the US government will seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof accused of conducting the 2015 Charleston massacre. (Post and Courier) Motorist Wahib Sadek Ahmed is arrested after he is accused of wielding a knife at a motorist. He is subdued after four taser shots. The FBI investigates after Sadek claim to be affiliated with a terrorist organization. His car is found to contain the knife and three guns, including an AK-47, and a loaded 45-caliber pistol.(CBSDFW local)

Tuesday May 24, 2016 Politics and electionsIran's Assembly of Experts new session is opened which elects Ahmad Jannati as its chairman. (Mehr) The President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan formally approves his ally Binali Yildirim as the Prime Minister. (AP via ABC News America)

Wenesday May 25, 2016 Armed conflicts and attacksWar in Afghanistan (2015–present) The Afghan Taliban announces that Haibatullah Akhundzada will be its new leader replacing Akhtar Mansour who died recently in a drone strike. Sirajuddin Haqqani and Mullah Yaqoob are named as deputy leaders. (Al-Jazeera) A suicide bomb attack kills at least 10 people and injures four people travelling on a bus for appeals court staff travelling west of Kabul. (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

Wenesday May 25, 2016 Business and economyGreek financial crisis The Eurozone agrees to a €10.3 billion ($11.48 billion) bailout package for Greece. (The Guardian)

Wenesday May 25, 2016 Disasters and accidentsEuropean migrant crisis At least five die after their overcrowded, repurposed trawler capsized in the southern Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya. The Italian navy rescued 562 people. (Al Jazeera)

Wenesday May 25, 2016 International relationsRussia–Ukraine relations, War in Donbass Ukrainian pilot and parliamentarian Nadiya Savchenko, who has been detained in Russia since 2014, arrives home following a dramatic prisoner swap with Russia. (Reuters)

Wenesday May 25, 2016 Politics and electionsIn the United States, Hillary Clinton is criticized by the State Department’s inspector general for her usage of a private email server while she was secretary of state. The finding also concluded though that former secretary of state Colin Powell also had a private email server, as did former ambassador to Kenya Scott Gration. The inspector referred to the email server usage as "longstanding systemic weaknesses". (New York Times)

Wenesday May 25, 2016 Sports 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs: The San Jose Sharks defeat the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Final in six games to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history. (NHL)

Other history

Other history including prehistory, antiquity, and classsical and medieval history can be connected.

Other modern history including 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.

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

Other late 2010s including other periods of 2016 can be connected.

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

Other second quarter 2016 including April 2016 other weeks of May 2016 can be connected.

Other May 2016 including 2016 week 19, 2016 week 20, and 2016 week 21 can be connected.

The future 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 Bangladesh, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Egypt, Germany, Iran, Turkey, Congo DR, Thailand, France, United Kingdom, Italy, South Africa, South Korea, Burma, Colombia, Spain, 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 and Latin peoples can be connected. Russia can be connected.

Sunday May 22, 2016 Austrian presidential election, 2016 The second round of voting takes place to elect either Norbert Hofer or Alexander Van der Bellen as President of Austria. (USA Today), (BBC)

Sunday May 22, 2016 2016 Nenzing shooting A man kills two and wounds 11 in an attack on a concert in the Austrian town of Nenzing. (AP via 9News)

Monday May 23, 2016 Austrian presidential election, 2016 Independent candidate Alexander Van der Bellen, a member of The Greens, is elected President of Austria in a tight contest that was decided by mail-in votes. (CNN) (USA Today)

Monday May 23, 2016 Cypriot legislative election, 2016 The Democratic Rally wins the legislative election. (Daily Sabah) (TASS) (EU Observer)

Monday May 23, 2016 2015–16 Zika virus epidemic Health officials are concerned about the spread of the Zika virus in Haiti, which suffered the worst epidemic of cholera in recent history following the deadly 2010 Haiti earthquake. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports there are 2,214 suspected cases as of April 23. But new research indicates the virus has been present since 2014. The actual infection rate remains unknown since the poor, densely populated nation lacks routine data systems that can track and document disease outbreaks. (AP)

Anglic peoples such as those of the United States can be connected.

Sunday May 22, 2016 2016 Cannes Film Festival British film I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach, wins the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. (The Guardian)

Sunday May 22, 2016 The 12th Festival of Pacific Arts opens at Paseo Stadium in Guam. (Guam Daily Post)(Pacific Daily News)

Sunday May 22, 2016 NASA projects that 2016 will have the warmest global temperature average on record. This year would be the third record-breaking year in a row. Per NOAA annals, April marked the 12th record warmest month in a row. (Scientific American)

Monday May 23, 2016 United States–Vietnam relations United States President Barack Obama ends the American arms embargo with Vietnam during his visit in the country. (Washington Post) (USA Today)

Monday May 23, 2016 Death of Freddie Gray Judge Barry Williams finds Baltimore, Maryland, Police Officer Edward Nero not guilty of all charges. Nero was accused of second-degree intentional assault, two counts of misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment. Community leaders and elected officials appeal for calm. (CNN) The Baltimore Police Department says Nero remains on administrative duty while an internal investigation continues. (AP via Daily Mail) Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says the city is prepared to respond to any disturbance after today's acquittal. (AP via Salon)

Monday May 23, 2016 Threatening robocalls lead to mass evacuation of students in the United States and United Kingdom. None of the threats were found to be credible but disrupted General Certificate of Secondary Education tests in the UK. (NBC News)

Monday May 23, 2016 Democratic Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe is being investigated by federal prosecutors over campaign contributions, including a foreign contribution from a Chinese businessman, and what they consider to be "suspicious personal finances", as part of a public integrity probe that has lasted for more than a year, according to officials. The United States Department of Justice would not confirm or deny the investigation. (The Washington Post)

Monday May 23, 2016 Germany's Bayer AG makes an unsolicited bid valued at $62 billion cash to takeover American company Monsanto to create the world's largest agricultural chemical company. (Bloomberg) (The Wall Street Journal)

Monday May 23, 2016 At least five people are killed after a Cessna 182 light-aircraft crashes near Port Allen Airport on Hawaii's Kauai island. (CBS News)

Latin peoples such as those of Brazil can be connected.

Sunday May 22, 2016 At least six people are killed in shootings at two nightclubs in the Mexican state of Veracruz. (FOX News)

Asiatic peoples including South Asian peoples and Oriental peoples can be connected. Pakistan can be connected.

Sunday May 22, 2016 Tajikistani constitutional referendum, 2016 Voters in Tajikistan go to the polls for a referendum to make various amendments to the constitution which include, among other things, the elimination of term limits to allow President Emomali Rahmon and only him to run again for office and lowering the presidential age limit from 35 to 30, which observers believe will position Rahmon's son Rustam Emomali for future succession. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)

Sunday May 22, 2016 Syrian civil war The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims that over 60,000 people have died in Syrian government jails during the five year civil war. (Reuters)

Sunday May 22, 2016 Iraqi civil war Operation Breaking Terrorism, Siege of Fallujah (2016) Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announces the start of a military operation to recapture Falluja from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. (CBS News) (BBC)

Monday May 23, 2016 Tajikistani constitutional referendum, 2016 The Tajikistani constitutional referendum results in the removal of term limits of incumbent President Emomali Rahmon. (TASS) (ABC News)

Monday May 23, 2016 Binali Yildirim is appointed Prime Minister of Turkey after the resignation of Ahmet Davutoglu amid disagreements with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (ABC New) (BBC) (VOA)

Monday May 23, 2016 Syrian civil war Reuters reports nearly 150 people are killed and at least 200 wounded in a series of car bomb and suicide attacks in the Syrian cities of Jableh and Tartus in government-controlled territory that hosts Russian military bases. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group claims responsibility. (Al Jazeera) (USA Today) (Reuters)

Monday May 23, 2016 Yemeni civil war (2015–present) At least 41 army recruits are killed and 60 others injured in a suicide car bomb attack in Aden, Yemen. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group claims responsibility. (Reuters)

Monday May 23, 2016 At least 13 suspected Al-Qaeda militants and two soldiers are killed in a raid in Aden, Yemen. (VOA News) (National Yemen)

Monday May 23, 2016 Iraqi civil war (2014–present) The Iraqi government begins Operation Breaking Terrorism, aimed at retaking the city of Fallujah, which has been under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group since early 2014. (Al Jazeera)

Monday May 23, 2016 War in Afghanistan The Taliban leadership council reportedly meets to determine a successor to Mullah Akhtar Mansour, killed this weekend during an American drone strike in Pakistan. (Reuters)

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

Sunday May 22, 2016 Insurgency in Northeast India Insurgency in Manipur Rebels ambush and kill six Indian paramilitary soldiers in the state of Manipur, near the northeastern border with Myanmar. (The New York Times) (Hindustan Times)

Monday May 23, 2016 Insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir Three policemen are killed in Srinagar, India. Hizbul Mujahideen claims responsibility. (News 18) (The New York Times)

Monday May 23, 2016 Cyclone Roanu Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Centre reports 92 people are confirmed dead with 109 people still missing from landslides and floods resulting from Roanu. More than 500,000 have been driven from their homes. (EconomyNext) Bangladesh reports at least 26 deaths caused by drowning or homes collapsing with 500,000 evacuated during the storm. Maheshkhali Island officials are monitoring a badly damaged 17-mile stretch of mud embankment in danger of collapsing, allowing seawater to flood the communities. (The Weather Channel) (The Navhind Times)

Monday May 23, 2016 ISRO successfully launched India's Reusable Launch Vehicle demonstrator mission (RLV-TD).(NASA Spaceflight)

Oriental peoples such as those of China can be connected.

Sunday May 22, 2016 China-Taiwan Relations China threatens to cut off regular communication with Taiwan unless it acknowledges the "One China principle". (CNBC) (Business Insider)

Southeast Asian and Oceanic peoples such as those of Indonesia can be connected.

Sunday May 22, 2016 Vietnamese legislative election, 2016 Voters in Vietnam go to the polls to choose legislators for its Parliament. The only legal party in the country is the Communist Party, which has already chosen its members. (AP) (Time)

Sunday May 22, 2016 Indonesia's Mount Sinabung erupts, killing at least six people in Sumatra. (AFP via ABC News Australia)

Monday May 23, 2016 Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines presumptive president-elect, says he will allow the immediate burial of former kleptocratic dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes' Cemetery in metropolitan Manila. (AP)

Monday May 23, 2016 An overnight fire at Pitakiatwittaya Christian elementary school's dormitory in the northern Chiang Rai Province in Thailand kills 18 girls between the ages of 5 and 12. The other 20 girls sleeping in the dorm are rescued, though five are injured. (CNN) (Facebook)

African peoples

African peoples such as those of Nigeria can be connected.

American Indian peoples including Middle American Indian and North American Indian peoples can be connected. Brazil can be connected. Middle American Indian peoples including the southwestern United States can be connected. North American Indian peoples including those of the 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, Johannesburg, 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, and Xian can be connected. Social mechanics including social change, social types, and social structure can be connected.

Institutions, culture, anthropology, personal studies, and science will be connected as the site develops.

Created 1 Jun 2016 Last updated 4 Jun 2016