This is your weekly news briefing for 12-19 APR 2017.

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EUROPE

 

French police recover 3 kilograms of bomb making materials in election plot

https://www.thelocal.fr/20170419/two-men-held-in-france-over-terror-plot-days

 

Update: French Presidential race

http://www.voanews.com/a/france-presidentidal-candidates-in-tight-race/3809999.html

 

Man who trained St. Petersburg bomber arrested outside Moscow

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39621718

 

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EAST ASIA / PACIFIC

 

North Korean missile launch failure amid tensions

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/15/world/asia/north-korea-missiles-pyongyang-kim-jong-un.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fworld&action=click&contentCollection=world&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionf

 

VP Pence asserts the administration’s commitment to reign in North Korean aggression

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-idUSKBN17K07A

 

China urges the world to avoid reaching “irreversible” stage in North Korean situation

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-event-idUSKBN17E2CT

 

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MIDDLE EAST

Pakistan thwarts Easter bombing

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-militants-idUSKBN17J13L?il=0

 

Germany holds Erdogan responsible for narrow passage of referendum broadly expanding his power

http://www.dw.com/en/germany-holds-erdogan-personally-responsible-for-turkeys-referendum/a-38461369?maca=en-rss-en-eu-2092-rdf

 

Hacking group claims NSA has infiltrated entire Middle Eastern banking system

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/15/us/shadow-brokers-nsa-hack-middle-east.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmiddleeast

 

126 Syrian evacuees killed by car bomb disguised as food shipment

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/15/middleeast/syria-evacuations-bombing/

 

Russia, Syria, and Iran issue “warning” to US against future actions against Assad’s regime

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/04/14/world/europe/ap-eu-russia-syria-iran.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Faponline-news&_r=0

 

Report: Russia and Iran’s involvement in Afghanistan

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/with-us-policy-in-flux-russia-and-iran-challenge-american-power-in-afghanistan/2017/04/12/f8c768bc-1eb8-11e7-bb59-a74ccaf1d02f_story.html?utm_term=.671630bae2d5

 

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AFRICA

 

17 new mass graves found in Congo – UN threatens to take case to the global courts

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-congo-violence-idUSKBN17L16H

 

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SOUTH AMERICA

 

Venezuela braces for massive protests and riots

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/19/venezuela-protests-henrique-capriles-nicolas-maduro