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Saturday, 26 May 2018
Asia
MALAYSIA / PANDA
KUALA LUMPUR: First appearance ceremony of giant panda cub at Zoo Negara, organized by the Malaysian Zoological Society.
::AP covering LIVE (AP Live Choice).
KOREAS / US
++ Running Story: 25 - 31 May 2018 ++
Covering developments on the Korean peninsula ahead of the planned summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump on June 12.
Europe
SWITZERLAND / WHO
GENEVA: 71st World Health Assembly that takes place in Geneva.
::Covering & accessing opening session at 0715GMT.
::Accessing other sessions throughout week on merit.
IRELAND / REFERENDUM
DUBLIN: Votes are counted following a referendum on whether to lift Ireland's decades-old ban on abortion.
::Covering & accessing.
::Time TBA - Vote counting begins, with results from the 40 individual constituencies expected from 1100GMT.
::Final national result expect between 1500-1700GMT. Accessing LIVE of declaration from national count coordination centre at Dublin Castle.
FRANCE / DEMO
PARIS: Demonstrators are expected to march in opposition to French President Emmanuel Macron at a protest organised by unions and far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon.
::Covering. LIVE expected.
ALBANIA / DEMOS
TIRANA: Thousands expected to attend mass anti-government demos in Albania. Opposition leaders blame Prime Minister Edi Rama for embezzlement and wide-spread corruption.
::0900GMT. Covering.
RUSSIA / JAPAN
MOSCOW: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets Russian President Vladimir Putin.
::1200GMT Abe lays a wreath at the tomb to Unknown Soldier near Kremlin.
::1400GMT Putin & Abe hold bilateral meeting, no statements expected.
::Covering.
EUROPE / CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL
KIEV/MADRID/LIVERPOOL: Real Madrid and Liverpool clash in the Champions League final at the Olympic stadium in Kiev. AP will offer LIVE(S) from Kiev, showing arrivals at the stadium, and from 1800GMT, will be LIVE at Santiago Bernabeo stadium in Madrid and at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, following the reactions of Real Madrid and Liverpool fans to the match. LIVE will continue, showing celebrations in the city of the winning team.
::AP covering LIVE (AP Live Choice).
Latin America
COLOMBIA / ELECTION PREPARATIONS
VARIOUS: Colombians head to the polls in one day to cast their ballots in the first presidential election since the signing of an historic peace accord with leftist rebels.
::Video packages will be sent of top presidential contenders Gustavo Petro and Ivan Duque casting their ballots (Time TBD).
::Another package will show Colombian voters around Bogota.
::In the evening we expect to file an additional package from the headquarters of the presidential candidates as results are announced. Time TBD.
Middle East
OMAN / CYCLONE
SALALAH: The powerful Cyclone Mekunu hits the Arabian Peninsula with winds of up to 185 kph, making it potentially the first recorded Category 3 hurricane ever to strike southern Oman.
::Covering & accessing. LIVE expected.
ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS
++ Running Story: 25 - 31 May 2018 ++
Tensions remain high despite the start of Ramadan as Palestinians, especially in Gaza, vow to stage weekly Friday protests until June 5, the anniversary of the 1967 war.
ISRAEL / IRAN SYRIA
++ Running Story: 25 - 31 May 2018 ++
Israeli airstrikes against Iranian positions still trouble a region worried about an escalation of such incident, and the possibility they could trigger a region wide war.
SYRIA / FIGHTING
++ Running Story: 25 - 31 May 2018 ++
Syrian military is expected to turn to the southern province of Daraa next after securing the capital and its suburbs after Islamic State militants surrendered.
North America
US / TRUMP
++ Running Story: 25 - 31 May 2018 ++
President Trump continues to grapple with the shadow of the ongoing investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 election that sent him to the White House.
World
WORLD / IRAN NUCLEAR
++ Running Story: 25 - 31 May 2018 ++
Iran negotiates with European signatories after U.S. President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal by which Iran accepted nuclear inspections in return for a loosening of economic sanctions. Tehran has threatened to begin uranium enrichment if the deal falls apart and sanctions are re-imposed.
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