This is your weekly news briefing for 20-26 APRIL 2017.

 

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MIDDLE EAST / AFGHANISTAN

 

140 killed in Taliban attack on ANA compound

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/22/world/asia/taliban-afghanistan-military-base-soldiers-killed.html?_r=0&mtrref=www.facebook.com&mtrref=www.nytimes.com&gwh=DCBD986524AE75E9CE25E7DC8BF56D9A&gwt=pay

 

War of words escalates between Iran and Jordan

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/04/jordan-iran-war-of-words-interference-syria-border.html

 

Al-Qaeda urges members to conduct guerrilla war throughout Syria and prepare for world operations

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-qaeda-syria-idUSKBN17P0WI

 

Israeli and French Intelligence claims Assad possesses “tonnes” of chemical weapons in reserve

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/04/20/world/middleeast/20reuters-mideast-crisis-syria-israel.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Freuters-world&_r=0&mtrref=undefined&gwh=B5AED8FA5AD297C454EC180F65312401&gwt=pay

 

Palestinian sisters smuggle explosives in medicine containers

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/5031dc17b2204da2929103af2f85612a/israel-gaza-sisters-smuggled-explosives-labeled-medicine

 

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EUROPE

France puts 20-strong terror cell on trial

https://www.thelocal.fr/20170420/france-puts-20-strong-suspected-terror-cell-on-trial

 

French election: Macron and Le Pen through to run-off election on 07 MAY 2017

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39686993

 

Paris: Many arrested in Election Day protests

https://www.thelocal.fr/20170424/scores-arrested-in-violent-paris-election-night-protests

 

US citizen working for OSCE killed in Ukraine

http://www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-osce-member-killed-mine-blast/28447060.html

 

UK: Parliament approves Theresa May’s general election call

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/world/europe/uk-general-election.html?_r=0&mtrref=undefined&mtrref=www.nytimes.com&gwh=8AA084348D8A44F71B1FBAB03A4794A7&gwt=pay

 

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AFRICA

 

Congo: UN Human Rights inspectors murdered on cell phone video

https://www.apnews.com/28a12148c66549eaae15419276ff8c37/Congo-government:-UN-experts’-murders-filmed-on-cell-phone

 

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SOUTH / CENTRAL AMERICA

 

General Motors Plant seized by Venezuelan government

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/20/business/venezuela-general-motors-business-protests.html?_r=0&mtrref=undefined

 

Venezuelan police run low on tear gas, switch to throwing rocks

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2434974&CategoryId=10717

 

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NORTH KOREA

 

North Korea detains US citizen

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-korea-university-confirms-us-citizen-detained-amid-tension

 

North Korea stages massive artillery drill as US ICBM submarine docks in South Korea

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-idUSKBN17Q06N

 

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UNITED STATES

 

Infections from raw milk now tops food poisoning list

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-04-germ-raw-poultry-tops-food.html