May 15, Monday, 2023

1. The White House says President Joe Biden will meet Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio on Thursday ahead of the Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima. Biden is currently holding discussions with Congressional leaders, including Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, on raising the US government’s debt ceiling to avoid a default. 2. Thailand’s two major opposition parties are expected to win a combined majority in the lower house of parliament general election. The focus of the election was whether the military-backed government would be able to hold onto power after taking control in coup nine years ago. 3. The Turkish presidential election appears headed for a runoff, with both incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his main rival, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, so far unable to secure the majority needed to win. Sunday’s election was effectively a two-man race between Erdogan and Kilicdaroglu, who is the joint candidate of six opposition parties.