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NATO’s Baltic Deterrent Force moves into position


The newly-approved multinational task force that was agreed at the Alliance's Warsaw summit in 2016, a force deemed hostile by Moscow, is expected to be in place near Russia's borders by May.

Japan sends warship through disputed waters as message to China

May 1, 2017 - JAPAN

Japan plans to send its biggest warship on a three-month voyage through disputed waters in the South China Sea, sending a message to China and stretching the limits of the country's pacifist post-war constitution.

Bugs and wasps to tempt squeamish Western palates in new cookbook

May 1, 2017 - DENMARK

Grasshopper dumplings, bee larvae tacos and moth mousse are just some of the recipes featured in a new cookbook that aims to dispel Western squeamishness about eating insects, increasingly seen as a nutritious and environmentally friendly food.

German Chancellor visit to Russia signals slight thaw in relations

May 2, 2017 - RUSSIA

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Russia for talks with President Vladimir Putin, the first bilateral meeting since he annexed the Crimean Peninsula in 2014. The United States attack on Syria injects another testing issue into the talks.

Ad hoc allies plan another round of Syria peace talks

May 3, 2017 - KAZAKHSTAN

A third round of Syria peace talks closed in March in Astana without substantive progress, and the aspiring peace partners will try again in May. Russia, Turkey and Iran, backers of the warring sides, have taken on the task of finding a way out of the Syria crisis.

Airship travel gets another chance 80 years after Hindenburg disaster

May 6, 2017 - UNITED STATES

The German airship LZ 129 Hindenburg was destroyed by fire as it docked in New Jersey on May 6, 1937, and the deadly disaster killed airship travel. Eighty years on, it might live again.

Athletes aiming to run the first sub-two hour marathon

May 6, 2017 - ITALY

Three of the world's best distance athletes will attempt to run the first sub-two hour marathon at the motor racing circuit of Monza in northern Italy. If successful they will shave almost three minutes off the current world record of two hours, two minutes, 57 seconds, set by Dennis Kimetto in Berlin in 2014.

Second round expected for French presidential election

May 7, 2017 - FRANCE

France is bracing itself for a momentous presidential vote, with one of the two run-off spots almost certainly reserved for Marine Le Pen, the National Front leader who wants to hold a "Frexit" referendum on the country's membership of the EU.

Victory Day parade a message to NATO?

May 9, 2017 - RUSSIA

President Vladimir Putin can be expected put on a massive and bristling show for the 72nd Victory Day military parade in Moscow as a pointed message to NATO. The procession through Red Square is also likely to display the burgeoning Sino-Russian alliance.

Russia-Ukraine row mars 62nd Eurovision Song Contest

May 9, 2017 - UKRAINE

Russia will not take part in the Eurovision Song Contest or broadcast the competition because its contestant has been barred from the host country, Ukraine. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which produces Eurovision, said Russia's decision removed any chance of it competing this year.

South Korea elects president to replace ousted Park Geun-hye

May 9, 2017 - SOUTH KOREA

The country elects a successor to ousted President Park Geun-hye, and her impeachment has dimmed the chances of any candidate from her ruling conservative party. The front runner is a liberal - Moon Jae-in - one of several targeting the country's close relationship between big business and government.

World football regulator FIFA holds house-cleaning congress

May 11, 2017 - BAHRAIN

The FIFA Congress meets in Manama with Gianni Infantino presiding. The to-do list of the new FIFA president includes cleaning up the team transfer system, expanding the football body's flagship contest, the World Cup, and mopping up endemic FIFA corruption.

Pope visits for centennial of reported Virgin Mary apparitions

May 12, 2017 - PORTUGAL

Pope Francis visits the shrine of Fatima to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the day (May 13) the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to three shepherd children. There will be no rest for Portuguese security authorities until the centennial is over and Pope Francis is back at the Vatican.

Palestinian government plans municipal vote again


The Fatah-dominated Palestinian government plans another attempt at municipal elections. The vote will be confined to the West Bank. Hamas, an Islamist organization that governs Gaza through its political arm, has refused to allow the Gaza Strip to participate.

Envisioned Singapore of the Pacific observes 30 years since its first coup

May 14, 2017 - FIJI

Thirty years since the first of the Pacific island's coups, the country is governed by a reformed military leader on a mission to sell the former British colony as a future "Singapore of the Pacific." Rivals India and China see strategic benefits of buying into Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama's vision.