The Hill Talk’s Glance at the Globe

Coptic Christians massacred in Egypt:  Authorities in Egypt say several gunmen attacked two buses and one truck filled with Coptic Christian worshipers bound for Saint Samuel the Confessor in Minya Governorate in Egypt.

Twenty-eight are confirmed dead, another 25 were reported wounded in the attack for which the Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility.

According to eyewitness accounts, masked ISIS militants stopped the column of vehicles, stormed and sprayed the buses with small-arms fire.

Responding to the terror attack, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered the Egyptian air force to retaliate against suspected ISIS training bases in Libya.

Martial law imposed in the Philippines:  Following an attack on the Filipino city of Marawi in which a local police chief was beheaded by Islamist militants, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law in southern Philippines.

A hotbed of Islamist militant activity, Filipino troops searching for Isnilon Hapilon, suspected leader of the Islamic State in Philippines, stormed a home where Hapilon was allegedly in hiding and over 100 Maute group terrorists responded by attacking the city, taking hostages and burning buildings.

The terrorists seized hostages, including a Catholic priest and have demanded the Filipino government withdraw troops.

Mass demonstrations in Brazil demand Temer’s ouster:  Nationwide protests throughout Brazil have swelled in size calling for the resignation of Brazilian President Michel Temer.  Demonstrators are demanding Temer step down over allegations of corruption.

The protests have been organized by Brazilian labor unions and the Brazilian Communist party.

Temer is suspected of the attempted bribery of former President of the Chamber of Deputies, Eduardo Cunha, who is serving a prison term as a result of his role in accepting $5 million in bribes from Brazilian oil giant, Petrobas.

Tory lead over Labour shrinks in run up to snap election:  Just ahead of snap elections in the United Kingdom, Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party has trimmed the Conservatives’ lead to 14 points.

Conservatives once enjoyed as high as a 21-point margin, but polling suggests the Tory lead has shrunk owing to the public response to Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May’s pledge to cut aid to the elderly in the Tory campaign manifesto.

Snap elections will be held on June 6.

Chinese military aircraft intercept U.S. spy plane:   An American spy plane patrolling the skies over the South China Sea on a routine mission was intercepted by two Chinese fighter aircraft on Wednesday.  The U.S. has declared the intercept “unsafe” and “unprofessional.”

American officials say one of the Chinese aircraft came as close as 200 yards of the American P-3 Orion spy plane; Chinese military officials deny the U.S. version of the event.

The incident follows an episode earlier this week in which a U.S. warship, the USS Dewey, sailed within 12 miles of Mischief Reef, an artificial island in the Spratly Island chain of which China claims sovereignty.


[The Telegraph] [RT News] [Reuters]