May 19: Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, famous boxer and “people’s champion” won a senate seat in his home country, the Philippines.
May 20: Body parts, debris and luggage from the missing EgyptAir plane were found 180 miles from the coastal city Alexandria. Egyptian authorities said it may have been caused by a terrorist attack. Sixty-six passenger were aboard Flight MS804.
May 20: Tsai Ing-wen becomes Taiwan’s first female leader. The new president led the Democratic Progressive Party, and she hopes to call “positive dialogue” with Beijing.
May 20: High schoolers in Île-de-France will soon be required to take saliva drug screenings for cannabis and breathalyzers for alcohol if students are caught drinking at school. The regional council’s vice president, Agnès Evren, advocates against marijuana use for teens, stating Thursday: “[Cannabis is] a major cause of school dropout, lack of motivation, concentration issues and academic failure.”
May 23: More than 100 people were killed in the Syrian coastal cities of Jableh and Tartous on Monday. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks in this government-controlled area that also occupies Russian Forces.
May 23: Yemeni city of Aden is victim to two bomb attacks by ISIS, killing at least 40 people–mostly army recruits.
May 23: Obama confirms an American drone strike has killed Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, the leader of the Afghan Taliban on Saturday.