Turkey's president late on May 25 congratulated Muqtada al-Sadr on the phone over his coalition's victory in Iraq's general elections.
Turkey’s army chief on May 25 visited the southern border province of Hatay to inspect troops taking part in the ongoing Operation Olive Branch in northwestern Syria.
A Turkish banker sentenced to 32 months in prison for plotting to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions on billions of dollars of oil proceeds took steps on May 25 to appeal his conviction in New York.
Saudi Arabia and Russia will discuss raising OPEC and non-OPEC oil output by around 1 million barrels per day (bpd), easing 17 months of strict supply curbs, sources familiar with the matter said.
Sales of U.S. existing homes fell in April, reversing gains seen in prior months amid rising prices and interest rates, according to an industry survey released on May 24.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will visit Beijing next week to resume talks with Chinese officials, state media said on May 25, as the two sides seek to avoid a trade war.
Russia however swifty denied any responsibility, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov saying the Netherlands had provided “no facts” to support the findings and was merely speculating “to achieve their own political goals.”
Iraqi authorities have launched an inquiry into this month’s parliamentary elections after intelligence services found that the voting machines used were vulnerable to hacking.
Syrian aircraft on May 25 dropped leaflets on the southern province of Daraa, urging the rebels who control most of it to lay down their weapons or face an offensive.