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25 July 2017




Middle East




UN Delegation Visits Yemen Amid Cholera Outbreak


Author/source: Al Jazeera


“A high-level United Nations delegation arrived in Yemen on Monday to visit areas held both by the government and the Houthi rebels across the crisis-hit country, according to a UN source…”




Muslim Worshippers to Continue Boycott of al-Aqsa Mosque Compound


Author/source: Peter Beaumont, The Guardian


“Muslim worshippers in Jerusalem appear likely to maintain a boycott on the compound housing al-Aqsa mosque, with the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, saying he will maintain a freeze on coordination with Israel even after it dismantled controversial metal detectors that triggered more than a week of violent conflict…”




Trump Defends Cutting ‘Dangerous and Wasteful’ Aid to Syrian Rebels


Author/source: The Times of Israel


“US President Donald Trump on Monday announced he had ended a program to support rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad because it was ‘massive, dangerous, and wasteful…’”




Israel Firm Says Iran-Linked Hackers Spin Global Web of Deceit


Author/source: Shoshanna Solomon, The Times of Israel


“An Iranian-linked cyber espionage group called CopyKittens has been targeting governments and institutions globally, including in the US, Israel, Germany, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, security experts say in a new report…”




UAE Says Emirati Naval Ship Collides with Merchant Vessel


Author/source: The New York Times


“The United Arab Emirates says one of its naval vessels has collided with a merchant ship…”




Lebanese Army Chief: 50 Militants Held in Raids on Syrian Camps


Author/source: Ahram Online


Lebanon's army chief said on Tuesday the army had 50 ‘dangerous terrorists’ in custody among hundreds of detainees arrested in recent security raids on Syrian refugee camps on the border between the two countries…”




Arab States Add Groups, People to Terror Lists in Qatar Row


Author/source: VOA News


Four Arab countries have added to their ‘terrorist’ list 18 more groups and individuals who they say are linked to Qatar, Saudi state news agency SPA reported Tuesday, further escalating a regional row with Doha…”


US Navy Ship Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Ship in Persian Gulf


Author/source: Lucas Tomlinson, Fox News


A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots at an Iranian ship in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, two U.S. defense officials confirmed to Fox News…”




Two More German Women ‘Identified Among Group Held in Iraq’


Author/source: The Telegraph


“A total of four German citizens are among a group of women who were captured by Iraqi forces in the Iraqi city of Mosul last week, a foreign ministry source said on Tuesday…”




South Asia




Pakistan Buries More Victims from Deadly Taliban Bombing


Author/source: The Washington Post


Pakistan is burying the last victims from a Taliban suicide bombing the previous day that killed 26 people in the eastern city of Lahore…”




Russia ‘Could Be Arming the Taliban,’ According to Newly Emerged Video


Author/source: Bethan McKernan, The Independent


“The Russian government may be providing Taliban militants in Afghanistan with sophisticated weaponry to assist in its fight against the US-backed government, it has emerged…”




Violence Against Journalists Surges in Afghanistan in 2017


Author/source: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty


“An Afghan media watchdog says at least 10 journalists were killed in Afghanistan in the first half of 2017, a 35 percent surge over last year…”




Southeast Asia




Australia Backtracked on Refugee ‘Understanding’, UNHCR Says


Author/source: BBC


“The UN's refugee agency has accused Australia of reneging on an agreement to reunite some refugees with relatives already living in the nation…”




4.2m Meth Tabs, 26kg Crystal Meth, 40kg Ketamine Seized


Author/source: The Bangkok Post


Drugs with a combined street value of more than 100 million baht were seized and a suspected dealer was detained for questioning in a raid carried out at a luxury rental house in Ramkhamhaeng area of Bangkok late Monday night, police said…”




Indonesia Denies Wounding Vietnam Fishermen in Renewed South China Sea Clash


Author/source: Deutsche Welle


“The Indonesian navy has rejected claims it injured four people after firing at a fishing vessel inside Vietnam's waters in the second such clash in two months…”


East Asia




Taiwan Says It’s Ready to Defend Itself from China


Author/source: Juvina Lai, Taiwan News


Taiwan’s military defense ministry said on Tuesday that Taiwan is ready to defend itself from China if needed, in a strongly worded response to recent flybys by Chinese warplanes…”




China Says Its Intercept of U.S. Surveillance Plane Was Legal, Necessary


Author/source: Reuters


China's Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that its pilots’ actions were legal, necessary and professional after two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the East China Sea at the weekend…”




North Korea Promises Nuclear Strike on US if Regime Is Threatened


Author/source: Zachary Cohen and Barbara Starr, CNN


“North Korea threatened a nuclear strike on ‘the heart of the US’ if it attempts to remove Kim Jong Un as Supreme Leader, Pyongyang's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Tuesday…”








Egypt Jails Scores for Life Over 2011 Protests


Author/source: Al Jazeera


“An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced 43 activists to life in prison in connection with violence in 2011 following the removal of former President Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising, judicial sources said…”




Rescue Ship Collects 13 Bodies from Migrants off Libyan Coast


Author/source: Reuters


A humanitarian rescue ship on Tuesday found 13 dead bodies on a rubber boat off the coast of Libya that was carrying more than 160 migrants, charity group Proactiva Open Arms said…”




Video Shows Egyptian Soldier Foiling Car Bomb Using Army Tank in Sinai


Author/source: Al Arabiya


Seven civilians were killed when a vehicle laden with explosives detonated near an army checkpoint in Egypt’s North Sinai after it was run over by an army tank aiming to stop the attack…”




Libyan Rivals Agree to a Ceasefire and Elections


Author/source: Aria Bendix, The Atlantic


Libya’s two leading political rivals, Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and General Khalifa Haftar, agreed to a ceasefire and fresh set of elections on Tuesday following talks hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron in a suburb west of Paris…”



UN Accuses DR Congo Army of Digging Kasai Mass Graves


Author/source: Al Jazeera


“The United Nations accused ‘elements’ of the Congolese army on Tuesday of digging most of the mass graves it has identified in the insurrection-ravaged Kasai region of central Democratic Republic of Congo…”




Somalia’s Al-Shabaab: Trump Is a ‘Brainless Billionaire’


Author/source: Middle East Monitor


“The Al-Shabaab group called the President of the United States, Donald Trump, a ‘brainless billionaire’, in a new video released on Sunday, reported Africa News...”




Nigerian Troops Kill Eight Suicide Bombers in One Week—Official


Author/source: Premium Times


Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole fighting insurgency in the North-East, have neutralised not less than eight suspected female suicide bombers in the last one week, according to an official…”








Arrested Russian’s Wife Denies U.S. Charge He Is Global Hacking Mastermind


Author/source: Jack Stubbs, Reuters


“The wife of an alleged Russian hacker facing extradition from Spain to the United States has told Reuters he is being held in solitary confinement and that he denies the accusation that he masterminded one of the world's biggest spam networks…”




German Prosecutor Blames Suspected Neo-Nazi for Murders


Author/source: Jörn Poltz, Reuters


Germany's federal prosecutor on Tuesday blamed the sole surviving suspect in a neo-Nazi trial for ten murders between 2000 and 2007, saying the group she belonged to wanted to ‘shake the foundations’ of German society…”




Knife-Wielding Man Shouts ‘Allahu Akbar,’ Arrested for Attacking Police in Spain


Author/source: Fox News


A knife-wielding man who shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ was arrested Tuesday after he attacked a Spanish police officer near the Spanish-Moroccan border, authorities said…”




US & Canada




House Approves New Russia Sanctions, Defying Trump


Author/source: Patricia Zengerle and Amanda Becker, Reuters


“The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to slap new sanctions on Russia and force President Donald Trump to obtain lawmakers' permission before easing any sanctions on Moscow, in a rare rebuke of the Republican president…”



Federal Judge Halts Deportation of More Than 1,400 Iraqi Nationals


Author/source: Karma Allen, ABC News


“A federal judge in Michigan blocked the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals on Monday, giving them time to make their cases in court before the government may deport them…”




Court Orders Uzbek Terror Suspect Detained Until Trial


Author/source: The Washington Post


An appellate court has reversed a judge’s decision to release a man detained for 5½ years for allegedly providing material support to an Uzbek terror organization…”




Latin America and the Caribbean




Gang Offering $1 Million Bounty for Colombia’s FARC Rebel Leaders: Lawyer


Author/source: Reuters


A criminal gang is offering bounties of $1 million to assassins who kill leaders from Colombia's Marxist FARC rebel group, a lawyer for the guerrillas said on Tuesday, as the group prepares to take seats in Congress as part of a peace deal…”




Colombia’s ELN Rebels Propose Three-Month Ceasefire


Author/source: Reuters


Colombia's ELN rebel group said on Tuesday it had proposed a three-month ceasefire to the government during peace talks in Ecuador, where the two sides are negotiating an end to more than a half century of war…”




IUCTS Highlights



June 29, 2017

The Role of Diplomacy in Combating Terrorism


June 9, 2017

European and U.S. Counter-Terrorism Strategies: Quo Vadis?


May 24, 2017

"Is a New Middle East Strategic Order Emerging?"


April 20, 2017

"Terrorism and the Media: Dilemmas for Government, Journalists, and the Public"


April 13, 2017

"Security Challenges in Africa: Review of 2016 and Outlook for 2017"


March 23, 2017

"Preventing WMD Terrorism: Past Lessons and Future Outlook" 


February 23, 2017

"International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism: Review of 2016 and Outlook for 2017"


December 16, 2016

"Latin America's Security Outlook: Challenges and Opportunities in the Post-Castro Era"


November 21, 2016

"Middle East Strategic Outlook: Regional and Global Implications"


October 31, 2016

"NATO: Post Warsaw Agenda"


October 14, 2016

"The Fifteenth Anniversary of 9/11: Past Lessons and Future Outlook"


Additional past events 



The Times of Israel on May 19, 2017: "President Trump's ecumenical diplomacy" by Prof. Yonah Alexander and Sharon Layani