Here is your weekly news briefing on significant global events, 16-22 FEB 2017.

SYRIA / MIDDLE EAST

Top US General: More troops may be needed to fight ISIS in Iraq

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/world/middleeast/us-troops-syria-isis-votel.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmiddleeast&action=click&contentCollection=middleeast&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectio

 

Egypt pursues relationship with Hamas to secure Sinai

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-palestinians-egypt-sinai-idUSKBN16010C

 

ISIS anticipated to use insurgency/guerrilla tactics once driven from Mosul

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-mosul-security-idUSKBN15V18Z?il=0

 

18 killed in Baghdad explosion

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38985349

 

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EUROPE

 

Bavaria to ban full-face veil

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39050718

 

Moscow recognizes passports of Ukrainian separatists

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/moscow-recognises-passports-for-separatists-in-ukraine/3530804.html

 

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AFRICA

 

Xenophobic violence on the rise in South Africa

http://www.voanews.com/a/xenophobic-attacks-re-appear-in-south-africa/3733469.html

 

Boko Haram recruited 2000 child soldiers in 2016

http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/224198-boko-haram-recruited-2000-children-2016-unicef.html

 

14 killed by gunmen in Southern Kaduna

http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/224101-14-killed-gunmen-attack-two-southern-kaduna-communities.html

 

Nande militia kill 25 Hutus in DR Congo

http://www.dw.com/en/militiamen-kill-25-civilians-in-ethnic-attack-in-dr-congo/a-37622401

 

Somalia: 39 killed in suicide bombing

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-somalia-security-idUSKBN15Y0JN

 

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AFGHANISTAN / ASIA

 

Afghanistan and Pakistan committed to more effective joint counter-terror strategy

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1331084/afghanistan-pakistan-agree-work-better-anti-terror-response/

 

Malaysia names North Korean diplomat wanted for questioning in Kim Jong Nam murder

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-malaysia-kim-idUSKBN1610AM

 

China suspends all coal imports from North Korea

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/18/world/asia/north-korea-china-coal-imports-suspended.html?_r=0

 

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SOUTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA

 

Update: Food crisis in Venezuela

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/21/americas/venezuelan-food-crisis-weight-loss/

 

Bogota, Columbia: Blast injures many ahead of animal rights protest at bullfight

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-39023341

 

As FARC leaves, gangs fill the power void, terrorizing civilians

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-39011446

 

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GLOBAL

 

Respiratory illness could kill up to 30 million this year

http://outbreaknewstoday.com/bill-gates-munich-warning-respiratory-pathogen-kill-30-million-year-18155/