By Logan Pettinato
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The Burundi Presidential elections have been set for July 15, 2015. In the wake of the failed coup attempt against President Nkurunziza last month, members of the Burundi opposition criticize Nkurunziza for oppressive activities against protesters and reject the legitimacy of his electoral process. Critics oppose Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term, arguing that his bid for office is unconstitutional and will result in political instability.
Libya's parliament rejects UN proposals for a new government. After months of negotiations and talks, political pressures on each side appear to be delaying the formation of a unity government in Libya. Libya faces this dilemma as it grapples with major challenges posed by the Islamic State.
Tensions loom over China's activities in the South China Sea. With China's alleged ongoing construction of artificial islands, disputed claims with Vietnam, the Philippines, and Taiwan continue on matters of ocean governance.
South Korea contends with an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Last spring, Saudi Arabia faced a major outbreak of the same viral respiratory infection.
Germany hosts the 41st Group of Seven (G7) Summit in Schloss Elmau, Bavaria. Heads of state from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.K., and the U.S. attended the event, in addition to a number of guest invitees representing nations in the Middle East and Africa. Since 2014, delegates from the Russian Federation have not been invited to participate in these dialogues, resulting in the name change from "G8" to "G7" Summits. This year's summit focused largely on matters of international development, energy security, marine governance, and empowering women in the global workforce. The G7 countries plan to continue imposing economic sanctions on the Russian Federation and declared their intent to eliminate use of fossil fuels by the end of the century.
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General Elections in Turkey result in nation's first hung parliament since 1999. While the Justice and Development Party (AKP) won the election with roughly 40% of the vote, the party lost over 50 seats of its former majority to opposition parties. In turn, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) gained 28 and 51 seats respectively. The elections spell uncertainty for Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan's of the AKP as the party seeks to form a coalition government with smaller parties in parliament.
To aid the Iraqi forces in the fight against ISIS, U.S. President Barrack Obama will send up to 450 military advisers to train and assist local forces. U.S. officials believe that lack of training for Iraqi forces contributed to the recent fall of Ramadi to ISIS and that improved training will strengthen Iraq's ability to combat the Islamic State. The U.K. will also send additional military advisers to assist Iraq's armed forces.
Dennis Hastert, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, pleaded not guilty to hiding large transactions of cash and lying to the FBI. Hastert allegedly used these hidden transactions to conceal sexually abusive conduct he engaged in while working as a high school teacher and wrestling coach during the 1970s.
At the Belmont Stakes 2015, American Pharoah wins the Triple Crown Title, becoming the first horse to do so since Affirmed’s victory in 1973. With his victories at the Belmont Stakes, Kentucky Derby, and Preakness Stakes, American Pharoah became the 12th horse in history to win the prestigious Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.
Following recent revelations about high-level corruption in the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), an Argentine FIFA-affiliate turns himself in to the Italian authorities. Alejandro Burzaco's arrest occurs after an explosive week in the history of professional soccer. Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA, announced his resignation on June 2 amidst mounting investigations into the conduct of FIFA leadership and affiliates. As the investigations continue to unfold, FIFA has decided to postpone the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup.