Here is your weekly news briefing on significant global events through 08 – 14 FEB 2017.



Islamic State claims responsibility for attacks on Afghan Supreme Court

Six Afghan Red Cross workers killed by IS in Jowzjan Province




NATO troops deploy to Lithuania, Russia claims “threat”



Paris to put up 8-foot glass barrier to protect Eiffel Tower from terrorist attacks



French police avert imminent bomb attack


Belgians alarmed at increase of radical militant Wahabbi Islam in moques throughout country






New Gambian government to rejoined the Commonwealth


EU promises $80 million in aid to Gambia following former Pres. Jammah’s defeat


Al-Shabab fighters kill 4 guards in Somalia; new government vows crackdown


Colombian nun kidnapped from health care center in Karangasso, Mali




All-out drug war between Sinaloa Cartel and New Generation Jalisco Cartel


American man and Mexican woman found strangled to death in Acapulco


US imposes sanctions on Venezuelan VP, calling him “drug kingpin.”


Brazilian army deploys 9000 troops to the streets of Rio de Janeiro during labor protests.






Islamic separatists kill 8 in knife attacks in Xinjiang, China


President Trump changes approach to China, embraces “One China” policy



Kim-Jung Un’s half-brother assassinated in Malaysia; female suspect in custody


North Korea successfully tests nuclear-capable missile system


Indonesian elections: Feb 15


IS threat significant in Philippines




Hamas militant elected to leadership in Gaza strip


PM Netanyahu “uncommitted” to formation of a Palestinian state