This is your weekly news briefing for 06 – 12 APR 2017.

 

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NORTH KOREA AND PACIFIC

 

China’s President Xi urges Trump to pursue peaceful resolutions to N. Korea crisis

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-nuclear-idUSKBN17E0B6

 

US Carrier group continues to steam north despite N. Korean threats of nuclear retaliation

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-nuclear-idUSKBN17D0A4

 

N. Korea’s fizzled nuclear test puzzles analysts

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/world/asia/north-korea-missile-test-trump.html

 

China and S. Korea discuss sanctions against N. Korea

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-nuclear-idUSKBN17C09Y

 

Increased threat of ISIS lone-wolf attacks throughout SE Asia

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/threats-of-lone-wolf-attacks-rising-in-southeast-asia/3641922.html

 

Thai King signs constitution in major step towards democratic processes

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-king-constitution-idUSKBN1780VB

 

9 dead as militants attack Philippine tourist island

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/9-dead-as-militants-attack-philippine-tourist-island/3669306.html#

 

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EUROPE

 

France shuts down another mosque for preaching extremist, violent jihad

https://www.thelocal.fr/20170412/france-shuts-down-another-mosque-for-preaching-violent-jihad

 

Stockholm terrorist was an Uzbek national, sympathetic to ISIS, facing deportation

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39545642

 

5th Westminster victim dies

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39525596

 

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RUSSIA

 

Thousands gather to pay tribute to St. Petersburg victims

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/06/explosive-device-st-petersburg-residential-building-russia

 

8 arrested in terror cell connected to St. Petersburg bombing

http://www.voanews.com/a/eight-arrested-in-st-petersburg-subway-bombing/3805152.html

 

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MIDDLE EAST

 

Israeli killed in vehicle-ramming attack

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39513189

 

Hamas executes 3 Palestinians for cooperating with Israel

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/04/06/world/middleeast/06reuters-palestinians-gaza-spies.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Freuters-world&_r=0

 

US launches dozens of Tomahawk missiles against Assad’s regime in response to horrific gas attack

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/06/world/middleeast/us-said-to-weigh-military-responses-to-syrian-chemical-attack.html

 

Heavy fighting in Yemen – 38 dead

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/04/12/world/middleeast/ap-ml-yemen.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Faponline-world

 

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AFRICA

 

Surge in child suicide bombers – Boko Haram

http://www.voanews.com/a/child-suicide-bombings-surge-boko-haram/3806627.html

 

Nigeria thwarts Boko Haram attempt to attack US and UK embassies

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AF_NIGERIA_BOKO_HARAM_EMBASSIES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-04-12-08-28-40

 

Trump to sell military planes to Nigeria to aid in fight against Boko Haram

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39564855

 

Boko Haram kills 8, kidnaps women in NE Nigeria

http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/boko-haram-kills-eight-abducts-women-in-ne-nigeria-sources-20170410

 

Johannesburg, South Africa: Large protests against President Zuma

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-safrica-zuma-idUSKBN17915T

 

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CENTRAL / SOUTH AMERICA

 

First vaccines candidate protects mice completely against Zika virus

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-04-live-attenuated-vaccine-candidate-zika-infection.html

 

Thousands of Venezuelans protest oppressive socialist government

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/09/dictator-maduro-thousands-of-venezuelans-protest-ban-of-opposition-leader

 

Mexican authorities arrest high-ranking member of Jalisco cartel

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04/09/mexico-arrests-alleged-lieutenant-jalisco-cartel.html

 

Illegal US-Mexico border crossings drop to 17-year low

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39505999