This is your weekly news brief for 23 FEB – 01 MAR 2017.
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NORTH KOREA / ASIA

 

Malaysia police confirm VX nerve gas used in Kim Jung Nam killing

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-malaysia-kim-idUSKBN16303Z

 

Planned talks between North Korea and US cancelled

https://www.wsj.com/articles/planned-back-channel-talks-between-u-s-north-korea-scuttled-1487990179

 

South Korea and US begin large scale military exercises

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-usa-drills-idUSKBN1683HQ

 

Abu Sayyaf allegedly beheads German hostage in the Philippines: VIDEO

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/02/27/video-shows-beheading-sailor-by-isis-linked-terrorists.html

 

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MIDDLE EAST

 

Taliban launches multiple complex attacks in Kabul

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/afghanistan-large-blast-rocks-west-kabul-170301081914512.html

 

Iraqi forces continue to push into Mosul

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-mosul-idUSKBN16409B

 

ISIS begins to adapt to guerrilla, “cell-based” combat following large-scale defeats in Iraq

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/away-from-iraqs-front-lines-the-islamic-state-is-creeping-back-in/2017/02/22/8abd8b70-d161-11e6-9651-54a0154cf5b3_story.html?utm_term=.da8f9d91548a

 

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AFRICA

 

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed calls for Al Shabaab’s surrender

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-somalia-politics-president-idUSKBN1611WA

 

France to deploy counterterror units to Niger

http://en.rfi.fr/africa/20170226-france-send-counterterror-forces-niger

 

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EUROPE

 

Measles outbreaks continue in Switzerland as vaccinate rate hovers below 90%

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/disease-data_measles-outbreaks-continue-to-plague-switzerland/42993356

 

Danish man who burned Quran faces blasphemy charges

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/23/world/europe/denmark-quran-burning.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Feurope&action=click&contentCollection=europe&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=4&pgtype=sectionfront&mtrref=www&_r=0

 

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MEXICO

 

Homicide rate triples following “El Chapo”’s extradition

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-39057616