Worried over Turkish advances in Syria’s north, the Damascus regime has formed an alliance of convenience with the country’s Kurds to prevent their common enemy from gaining ground. “The road to Raqa via Al-Bab is now cut for the Turks.” Source: Your Middle East
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At the beginning of the week, it was a police patrol that had been targeted near the city of Tarterêts. It was not the police that they were attacking this time but the army. An army patrol was attacked and rocked this Friday night around 20 hours in Corbeil-Essonnes by ten young, hooded men. Source Le Parasien
The start of the G7 in Taormina is set for May 26, but the security measures will begin to be operational as early as this morning. It means that no ship could get close, so the boats full of migrants who already throng the central Mediterranean will dock elsewhere. Source corriere
A Chinese man and his wife who teach Chinese at a local language center were abducted in Pakistan. The Chinese presence in Pakistan has increased thanks to the thriving China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a $46-billion investment project that involves roads, ports, power plants and other crucial infrastructure as part of teh China-led Belt and Road initiative. Source Global Times