This is your weekly news briefing for 04 MAY – 10 MAY 2017.

 

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EAST ASIA / PACIFIC

 

North Korea detains US citizen amid tensions

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/pyongyang-university-confirms-north-koreas-arrest-of-another-us-citizen

 

North Korea accuses CIA of assassination attempt on Kim Jung Un

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/north-korea-accuses-cia-of-plot-to-assassinate-kim-jong-un-8822232

 

Jakarta’s Christian governor jailed for blasphemy against Islam

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-court-finds-ahok-guilty-of-blasphemy-against-islam-8829650

 

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MIDDLE EAST

 

US poised to expand combat operations against Taliban and IS

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-poised-to-expand-military-effort-against-taliban-in-afghanistan/2017/05/08/356c4930-33fa-11e7-b412-62beef8121f7_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_usafghan-0633pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.ecdb49d05815

 

Head of ISIS in Afghanistan killed by US forces

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39839339

ISIS sustains heavy losses in Mosul

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2017/05/08/ISIS-suffer-heavy-losses-and-retreat-in-western-Mosul.html

 

Ghouta, Syria: Residents prepare to evacuate

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/05/syrias-ghouta-residents-fear-its-time-flee-170504051649125.html

 

Syria continues to produce chemical weapons: Intelligence report

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39796763

 

Iran’s failed boomer launch

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2017/05/04/US-officials-Iran-fails-in-attempt-to-launch-missile-from-submarine.html

 

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SOMALIA

 

Regional Al-Shabaab leader killed in raid

http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/somalia-says-regional-al-shabaab-leader-is-killed-in-raid-20170508

 

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FRENCH ELECTION

 

Macron’s victory of Le Pen

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39791036

 

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MEXICO

 

Mexico listed as second-most deadly country in 2016

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/09/americas/mexico-second-deadliest-conflict-2016/

 

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US

 

Trump fires FBI director James Comey

http://americanmilitarynews.com/2017/05/breaking-news-president-trump-fires-fbi-director-james-comey/amp/?utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=alt&utm_source=asmdss