This is your weekly news briefing for 30 MAR – 05 APR 2017.

 

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MIDDLE EAST / CENTRAL  ASIA

 

Syria: 100+ dead in chemical weapon attack

http://americanmilitarynews.com/2017/04/breaking-graphic-100-dead-400-injured-chemical-gas-attack-syria/?utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=alt&utm_source=asmdss

 

Turkey ends “Euphrates Shield” campaign in Northern Syria

http://www.rferl.org/a/turkey-ends-northern-syria-military-campaign/28399195.html

 

ISIS bombing kills 14 in Baghdad

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1369705/least-14-dead-truck-bomb-baghdad-checkpoint/

 

ISIS attacks Tikrit in northern Iraq – numerous civilian casualties

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39500946

 

Pakistan: 24 dead in blast

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39452306

 

Israel to curb settlement as show of faith to Trump administration

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/03/31/world/middleeast/ap-ml-israel-palestinians.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Faponline-world&_r=1

 

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AFRICA

 

US to boost military action in Somalia

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39445888

 

Somali: Al-Shabaab kidnaps aid workers

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39491027

 

Egypt: 28 ISIS members arrested

http://english.aawsat.com/theaawsat/news-middle-east/egypt-28-isis-members-arrested-sinai-security-raids

 

US Ambassador accused UN of supporting corrupt Congolese government

http://www.voanews.com/a/us-ambassador-nikki-haley-says-united-nation-aiding-corrupt-congo-government/3786736.html

 

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EAST ASIA / PACIFIC

 

SOUTH KOREA: Former President Park now behind bars

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-politics-idUSKBN17107B

 

Tensions high between North Korea and China

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china-northkorea-border-idUSKBN1752OY

 

North Korea test fires missile ahead of Trump-Xi summit

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-idUSKBN1762XX

 

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RUSSIA

St. Petersburg bomber identified: death toll rises

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/04/world/europe/st-petersburg-russia-explosion-suspect.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Feurope&action=click&contentCollection=europe&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectio

 

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SOUTH AMERICA

 

Venezuelan regime vows to “Rule forever” amid violence and starvation

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2434101&CategoryId=10717