The Hill Talk’s Glance at the Globe

Rome elects first female mayor:  In a groundbreaking landslide election, Romans have elected Virginia Raggi the first female mayor in Rome’s history.  Representing the Five Star Movement (M5S), an anti-establishment political party launched in 2009, Raggi campaigned on a platform promising to improve public services and crusade against public corruption.

Raggi’s election is seen as embarrassment to Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who strongly supported Raggi’s opponent, Democrat Roberto Giachetti.  Similarly, Raggi’s election is seen to bolster the M5S party, which also claimed a mayoral position in Turin.

UN reports 65 million are displaced globally:  Surpassing the record of 60 million displaced persons set in 2014, the United Nations is reporting 65.3 million persons are displaced as of 2016, the largest number since the end of the Second World War.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), of the 65.3 million displaced, 21.3 are refugees, half of whom are under the age of 18.

Iraqi army seizes parts of Falluja:  Persisting in attacks on ISIS terrorists in and around Fallujah, the Iraqi army has reportedly cleared two key quarters of the city of ISIS fighters.  Although ISIS continues to occupy northern sections of the city, Iraqi officials said military operations continue to wrestle control of north Falluja and the west bank of the Euphrates River from the terror group.

Captured by ISIS in 2014 and viewed as the gateway to Mosul, the de-facto capital of the ISIS caliphate, Iraqi officials say an assault on Mosul can proceed when Falluja is liberated.

Six Jordanians killed in blast at Syrian border:  A suicide blast at the Syrian-Jordanian border killed four Jordanian border troops and two civil defense personnel at a refugee camp on Tuesday.

Officials say a truck filled with explosives drove at high speed toward the Rukban camp and detonated.

Over 50,000 Syrians are currently living in the camp near Rukban in northeastern Jordan; Jordan has taken in over 600,000 Syrian refugees fleeing the Syrian Civil War.

IDF mistakenly kills Palestinian teenager:  Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teen after mistaking him for hurling rocks and firebombs at a bus and automobile near Bayt Sira in the West Bank.

According to Haaretz, the boy’s father stated the Palestinian teen was returning home from a day at the pool with relatives.  The Palestinian Liberation Organization general secretary, Saeb Erekat, said the teen’s death was the result of indiscriminate gunfire intended to kill.

The IDF released a statement saying IDF forces re-acted to stone throwers and “uninvolved bystanders” were hit.  The IDF also said an investigation was underway.

ISIS launches counterattack at Manbij Syria:  ISIS terrorists re-took three towns south of the Syrian city of Manbij on Monday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the ISIS offensive killed scores of U.S.-backed troops with the Syria Democratic Forces; according to the human rights group, 28 SDF troops were killed.

Manbij has been in control of ISIS since 2014 when the terror group drove Syrian opposition troops from the city.  Two weeks ago, SDF troops encircled Manbij, but officials say ISIS lined the city perimeter with explosives preventing a final assault on the city.


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