Hundreds of Russians die, including 233 who drowned while swimming after consuming alcohol, amidst a heat wave and drought.
The Iraqi Radioactive Sources Regulatory Authority announces that Iraq is seeking to build eight nuclear reactors capable of producing 11 gigawatts combined to address increasing electricity demand, which is predicted to rise 50% from roughly 28GW today to 42GW by 2030. Average electrical power output currently stands at about 18.4GW, of which 1.2GW is imported. The Authority says that they are in discussions with Korean, Russian, U.S., and French officials on how to implement the plan.
Germany condemns the arrest of opposition politician and activist Alexei Navalny upon his return to Russia yesterday. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas calls the arrest "utterly incomprehensible" and calls for Navalny's immediate release. Likewise, British, Danish, and other European diplomats also condemn the arrest.
Russian cargo vessel MV "Kuzma Minin" runs aground and then is refloated off Gyllyngvase, Cornwall, and taken to anchor in Falmouth Bay for inspection, according to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
The Pentagon rejects a Russian proposal to stage joint airstrikes against Al-Qaeda linked groups in Syria. [https:--web.archive.org-web-20160521120605-http:--www.voanews.com-content-pentagon-rejects-joint-strikes-with-russia-3339269.html (VOA News)] [https:--www.reuters.com-article-us-mideast-crisis-russia-usa-syria-idUSKCN0YB1HB (Reuters)] [http:--www.huffingtonpost.com-entry-russia-proposes-joint-syria-airstrikes_us_573f28bce4b0613b512a0751 (Huffington Post)]War on Terrorism