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 Mei 2021 infographic
Graphic shows news events in May 2021. An interactive version of this graphic is also produced each month.


Wereldgebeurtenissen die in mei staan te gebeuren

By Jordi Bou

May 1, 2021 - May 31, 2021 - Each month Graphic News publishes a World Agenda of forthcoming events that will shape the world in the month ahead. Events in May include the meeting between President Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House, crucial elections in Scotland, the 74th World Health Assembly, and the 10th anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death.

May 2, Pakistan: Ten years ago, U.S. commandos raided a compound in Abbottabad and killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The death of the mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks weakened his movement, but it remains a threat.

May 6, UK: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says an outright victory for her Scottish National Party in elections to Scotland’s parliament would give her a mandate to demand a second independence referendum. The British government argues that the issue was settled in 2014, when Scots voted to remain in the UK.

May 15, U.S.: President Joe Biden welcomes South Korean President Moon Jae-in to the White House for talks including how to keep pressure on North Korea to stem the totalitarian state’s nuclear programme.

May 18-22, Netherlands: The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 takes place in Rotterdam. The city was due to host the event in 2020 before it was cancelled due to the global pandemic.

May 24-Jun 1, Switzerland: The 74th World Health Assembly – held virtually, amid the Covid-19 pandemic – will be the most pressing in recent history. Access to vaccines, waiving of patents and the vaccine-manufacturing capacities of low and middle-income countries, will be high on the agenda.

May 26, Syria: Syria is to hold a presidential election that is virtually certain to maintain President Bashar al-Assad’s grip on power, despite continuing conflict and a growing economic crisis. Washington and the Syrian opposition say the poll is a farce, designed to cement Assad’s autocratic rule.

May 26, Space: The second shortest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting 14 and a half minutes, will be visible from Australia, parts of the Americas and much of Asia, if the reddened, super “Blood Moon” is not obscured by cloud.

May 30-June 13, France: Rafael Nadal is looking to win his 14th title at Roland Garros, in a tournament pushed back a week by ongoing coronavirus restrictions. Another win would give him his 21st Grand Slam, taking him past Roger Federer.

PUBLISHED: 22/04/2021; STORY: Newsahead, Julie Mullins; PICTURES: Getty Images