Here is your weekly news briefing for 21-27 SEP 2017.

 

Sec. of Def. James Mattis assassination attempt: “We will not abandon Afghanistan.”

https://www.voanews.com/a/mattis-in-afghanistan/4046065.html

 

French conservatives retain Senate seat in blow to Macron’s party

http://www.france24.com/en/20170924-french-conservatives-republicains-retain-senate-majority-macron-LREM-party-setback

 

Kurdish Independence

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/kurds-in-iraq-vote-in-historic-referendum-for-independence/2017/09/25/a477549e-a14d-11e7-b573-8ec86cdfe1ed_story.html?utm_term=.f9ddb047c807

 

Russia urges calm in escalating US/North Korean tension

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-usa/u-s-challenged-by-rising-north-korea-tensions-russia-urges-calm-idUSKCN1BW1ZZ

 

Thousands join fresh protests in Togo against the rule of President Faure Gnassingbe

http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/thousands-join-fresh-protests-in-togo-amid-crackdown-20170922

 

Puerto Rico still largely without power following Hurricane Maria

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/29/puerto-rico-struggles-for-relief-after-hurricane-maria.html