Here is your weekly news briefing for 25-31 MAY 2017.

Next week there will be no briefing due to prior engagements.

 

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MIDDLE EAST / NORTH AFRICA / AFGHANISTAN

 

Taliban deny involvement with bomb blast that killed 80 and wounded 350 + in Kabul.

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/05/31/world/asia/31reuters-afghanistan-blast-taliban.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Freuters-world&_r=0

 

Afghani officials balk at NATO increases in theater

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/nato-troop-increase-plan-draws-criticism-afghanistan-170525052520655.html

 

Iraqi forces continue to fight in the north of Mosul

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/05/iraq-forces-mosul-isis-abadi-civilians.html

 

Death toll rises in targeted shooting of Coptic Christians in Egypt

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Gunmen-kill-23-Coptic-Christians-on-road-to-monastery-in-Egypt-493996

 

Hamas calls for a “Day of Rage” to incite violence against Israel

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Hamas-calls-for-day-of-rage-in-support-of-hunger-strikers-493917

 

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EUROPE / RUSSIA

 

Manchester Bombing update: bomber purchased majority of components personally

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40103563

 

Moscow threatens Moldova over diplomat expulsion

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40091061

 

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PACIFIC

 

Mattis to focus on N. Korea policy

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-asia-security-idUSKBN18R0FR

 

US successfully demonstrates missile defense system

http://www.voanews.com/a/north-korea-declares-latest-missile-test-a-success/3877180.html

 

Fighting against ISIS militants continues in southern Philippines

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/26/world/asia/philippines-isis-marawi-mindanao-islamic-state.html?_r=0

 

A look at Pres. Duarte’s imposition of martial law in the Philippines

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/05/25/1703505/rodrigo-duterte-reasons-martial-law-mindanao

 

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WORLD

 

Experts describe the next pandemic: “reasonable probability” of a disease killing 30 million in a year.

http://www.businessinsider.com/disease-dangers-pandemic-influenza-ebola-2017-5