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    2017-May-31  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

1. Europe ‘must take fate into own hands’

Europe can no longer completely rely on its allies, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday, pointing to bruising* meetings of G7 wealthy nations and NATO last week.

Merkel didn’t mention by name U.S. President Donald Trump, who criticized major NATO allies and refused to endorse* a global climate change accord, but she said at a packed beer tent in Munich that the days when Europe could completely count on others were “over to a certain extent.”

“I have experienced this in the last few days,” she said. “And that is why I can only say that we Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands.”

2. Philippines puts city on lockdown

The Philippine city of Iligan was overflowing with evacuees* and on lockdown* on Monday over fears that Islamist militants had sneaked* out of nearby Marawi, where troops were battling to drive out gunmen holed up in buildings for a seventh day.

The fighting in the city of Marawi with pro-Islamic State militants of the Maute group is the biggest security challenges of Rodrigo Duterte’s 11-month presidency, with gunmen still holding parts of the city and fending off helicopter airstrikes and ground attacks by commandos*.

Most of Marawi’s 200,000 people have left, many pouring into Iligan, some 38 km away.

3. Sri Lanka mudslide death toll rises

Sri Lankan rescuers on Sunday pulled out more bodies that were buried by enormous mudslides as the death toll in the disaster climbed to 151, with 111 others missing.

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday sent a message of condolences* to his Sri Lankan counterpart Maithripala Sirisena over the tragedy. The Chinese Government is willing to exert all efforts to support the Sri Lankan Government in its disaster relief work, Xi said.

4. WHO elects first leader from Africa

A former health minister from Ethiopia takes over an agency that’s struggled recently to find the funding and exert the political leadership it needs to tackle the world’s health problems.

After two rounds of secret balloting*, delegates at the World Health Assembly in Geneva chose Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to be the next director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Tedros, who goes by his first name, won the job over Sania Nishtar, a cardiologist* from Pakistan, and David Nabarro, a physician and WHO veteran from Britain who led the U.N.’s response to the West Africa Ebola outbreak in 2014.

5. US ambassador to China confirmed

The U.S. Senate easily cleared Iowa Governor Terry Branstad to be the next U.S. ambassador* to China.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised Brandstad, noting his decades of work on agriculture and familiarity with China. “His experience on these issues will guide him as he works to strengthen our relationship with China and pursue trade policies that can benefit American workers and businesses,” he said.

6. Ousted South Korean leader goes on trial

South Korea’s ousted president Park Geun-hye, grim-faced* and brought to court in handcuffs, went on trial on May 24 over a sprawling* corruption scandal that saw millions take to the streets and led to her downfall.

Only two months after leaving the presidential palace in disgrace, Park appeared at the Seoul Central District Court with a badge bearing her prisoner number pinned to her blue trouser suit, and no make-up. The trial, expected to last for months, is the final act in the drama that engulfed Park, the daughter of a dictator who went on to be elected president herself before being sacked by the country’s top court. (SD-Agencies)

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