Gunmen stormed one of Bahrain’s main prisons on Sunday, killing a police officer and setting free ten men imprisoned on terror charges. Jau prison, one of Bahrain’s three biggest correctional facilities for men, is known to house Shiite Muslims convicted of anti-government protests in the Sunni-ruled country. Source The Telegraph
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Iraq backed a proposal from Saudi Arabia and Russia to extend output cuts for nine months, removing one of the last remaining obstacles to an agreement at the OPEC meeting in Vienna this week. Source Bloomberg
French President Emmanuel Macron will host Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for talks at the Versailles palace on May 29, the French presidency said on Monday. The meeting coincides with an exhibition to mark Russian Tsar Peter the Great’s visit to France 300 years ago. Source France 24
The Philippines and China played down on Monday a warning by President Rodrigo Duterte that China would go to war if the Philippines drilled for oil in the disputed South China Sea.The outspoken Philippine president has been facing criticism at home for being what some people see as too soft on China over a long-running territorial dispute. Source Reuters