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12 April 2017







Middle East




Airstrike kills 15 IS militants, western Mosul


Author/Source: Nehal Mostafa, Iraqi Times


Fifteen Islamic State militants were killed in an airstrike in al-Hadar region in Nineveh, western Mosul, according to Iraqi government…”




Israel arrests Hamas officials in West Bank raid


Author/Source: Times of Israel


“Israeli security forces arrested a Palestinian parliamentarian and a spokesman from the Hamas terror group in the West Bank city of Ramallah early Wednesday morning, reports in Hebrew and Arabic language media said…”




Yemen President's Forces Attack, 38 Killed in Heavy Fighting


Author/Source: New York Times


Yemeni security and military officials say forces loyal to Yemen's internationally recognized president have launched an attack on Shiite rebels around the southeastern port city of Mocha, unleashing heavy fighting that has killed some 38 fighters from both sides…”




Hard-Line Ex-Leader Ahmadinejad Stuns Iran With Election Bid


Author/Source: New York Times  


“Stunning Iran and disregarding the words of its supreme leader, former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad registered Wednesday to run in the country's May presidential election and upended a contest largely expected to be won by its moderate incumbent…”




South Asia




India is likely to seek consular access to Kulbhushan Yadav


Author/Source: Jayanth Jacob, Hindustan Times


“India is likely to seek another consular access to former Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who was sentenced to death on charges of espionage and sabotage by a Pakistan court…”




At Least Five Killed In Kabul Explosion


Author/Source: Tolo News 


“At least five people were killed on Wednesday afternoon in a suicide bombing in Kabul city…”




Pakistan: 5 al-Qaeda members nabbed for planned attacks


Author/Source: Aamir Latif, Anadolu Agency 


“Pakistan Wednesday announced the arrest of five suspected al-Qaeda operatives said to be planning major terrorist attacks in the country’s commercial capital, Karachi…”




Southeast Asia




Abu Sayyaf spokesman and kidnapping mastermind Muamar Askali killed in Bohol clashes


Author/Source: The Straits Times
“Security forces have killed Abu Sayyaf's spokesman Muamar Askali, described as a ‘rising star’ among Islamic extremist circles and linked to several high-profile kidnappings in lawless southern Philippines and around Malaysia's Sabah state, dealing a major blow to the militant group…”




East Asia




China's Xi urges peaceful resolution of North Korea tension in call with Trump


Author/Source: Michael Martina and Christian Shepherd, Reuters


“Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a peaceful resolution of rising tension on the Korean peninsula in a telephone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday, as a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group steamed towards the region...”








Nigeria Thwarts Boko Haram Plan To Attack Us, Uk Embassies


Author/Source: Bashir Adigun and Hilary Uguru, AP


Nigerian security officials have thwarted plans by Islamic State group-linked Boko Haram members to attack the embassies of the United States and Britain, authorities said Wednesday…”




Post-election vigilante violence flares in Ghana


Author/Source: News 24


Ghanaians were horrified when members of a vigilante group loosely affiliated with the ruling party stormed a court to free 13 members standing trial for assault late last week…




Eight hostages held by Somali pirates freed: coast guard


Author/Source: News 24


Somalia security forces on Wednesday freed eight sailors who had been taken ashore by pirates after they were chased off a hijacked Indian ship earlier this week, a coast guard official said…”




Al-Shabab Vows 'Doubled Response' To Us Move In Somalia


Author/Source: Abdi Guled, AP


The Somalia-based al-Shabab claims that its escalation of deadly attacks is in ‘doubled response’ to President Donald Trump's approval of expanded U.S. military efforts against it, an organization that monitors extremist groups says…”




Child Suicide Bombings Surge in Boko Haram Conflict


Author/Source: VOA


“The United Nations Children’s Fund says there has been an alarming surge in the number of children being used as suicide bombers by the militant Boko Haram in the conflict engulfing the Lake Chad region in West Africa…”




Zambian opposition leader Hichilema to be charged with treason


Author/Source: Chris Mfula, Reuters


“Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has been arrested and will be charged with treason for allegedly obstructing President Edgar Lungu's motorcade, the national police chief said on Wednesday…”








Kremlin critic Navalny calls for Russia-wide protests on June 12


Author/Source: Denis Pinchuk, Reuters


Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Wednesday called on his supporters to hold protest rallies across the country on June 12, which is the annual Russia Day public holiday…”




8 Arrested in Connection With St. Petersburg Bombing


Author/Source: VOA


Eight members of extremist cells have been arrested in connection with last week's deadly bombing on the subway in St. Petersburg, Russia's intelligence chief said on Tuesday…”




Turkey militants 'used tunnel to plant explosives


Author/Source: BBC


A big explosion in the Turkish city of Diyarbakir which originally appeared to be an accident was actually the result of a terror attack, the interior minister has said…”




Dortmund explosions: 'Islamist' suspect held over team bus attack


Author/Source: BBC


German police have detained a suspect with "Islamist links" following a bomb attack on the bus of the Borussia Dortmund football team…”




US & Canada




Two Chicago-area men charged with supporting ISIS for giving informant phones


Author/Source: Christopher Brennan, NY Daily News


“Two suburban Chicago men charged with conspiring to support the Islamic State face 20 years in prison after giving a man they believed to be an extremist cell phones and taking him to the airport…”




Tillerson meets with Putin amid deepening tensions over U.S. missile strikes in Syria


Author/Source: Carol Morello and David Filipov, The Washington Post 


“Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held his first directs talks with Russia’s president on Wednesday amid deepening tensions after U.S. missile strikes in Syria and Washington’s demands that Moscow abandon support for its main Middle East ally…”





South and Central America and the Caribbean




Ecuador Election Recount: Lasso Loses 100 Votes, Moreno up 143


Author/Source: Telesur


“Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa confirmed Tuesday that with the recount requested by the right-wing opposition, former presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso lost 100 votes, while President elect Lenin Moreno gained an additional 143 votes…”




U.N. Security Council supports replacing Haiti peacekeepers with smaller mission


Author/Source: Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald


“The United Nations’ Security Council is welcoming a call by Secretary-General António Guterres to move to a new type of U.N. presence in Haiti by withdrawing peacekeepers after nearly 13 years and scaling back its $346-million-a-year stabilization mission to focus more on police, human rights and justice…”


IUCTS Highlights


Jerusalem Post  on February 29, 2012: “Iran’s last diplomatic chance?” by Prof. Yonah Alexander and Dr. Milton Hoenig