18 Jun 2018

One US Coast Guard ship, 80 days, 6 seizures, seven tons of cocaine

Highlighting the massive scale of the international drug trade, a single coast guard cutter intercepted 6 smuggling operations and seized 7 tons of cocaine over a period of 80 days in the Pacific Ocean. The drugs seized are valued at an estimated 206 million USD. While the seizures are presented

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18 Jun 2018

UN may take over besieged Yemen port

Ongoing talks between the UN and other actors are discussing the possibility of a UN-takover of Hodeidah, where it would administer the movement of humanitarian and commercial goods in and out of the port that supplies over 70% of Yemen’s essential goods. The deal would prevent the Iranian-backed Houthis from

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18 Jun 2018

Anti-FARC peace deal candidate wins Colombian presidential election

Conservative candidate Ivan Duque won Colombia’s presidential election on Sunday, casting uncertainty on the future of the recent peace deal signed with the FARC rebel group in 2016. The deal was unpopular with many voters, who viewed it as too soft on former rebel leaders. The deal’s first draft lost

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18 Jun 2018

Google investing $550 million in Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com

Expanding its holdings in the competitive and fast-growing Asian market, Google is investing over half a billion dollars in the Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com. The Google-JD.com agreement is designed to promote JD.com products on Google’s shopping platform and expand the company into the U.S. and Europe from its regional base

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15 Jun 2018

Mexico facing unprecedented wave of political violence ahead of elections

Violence connected to Mexico’s upcoming July 1 elections has resulted in the murder of 113 political candidates and 8 journalists since fall of 2017. Due to the size of the country and the 3,400 seats being contested, the country has been unable to provide sufficient security for candidates and their

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15 Jun 2018

Smart lock hackable ‘in seconds’

A new “smart lock” padlock advertised as the “world’s first smart fingerprint padlock” was hacked in under 45 minutes by researches from Pen Test Partners (PTP). Once the flaw was identified, the team was able to unlock any of the locks using a smartphone in less than 2 seconds. In

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15 Jun 2018

US introduces new security procedures for air cargo entering the US

Prior to the new policy, carriers flying commercial cargo into the US were not required to provide information on their cargo to U.S. Customs and Border Protection until a short time before landing. Now, carriers must now send information before loading the plane. This updated policy allows the agency additional

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15 Jun 2018

Man arrested over ricin attack plot in Germany

A twenty-nine-year-old Tunisian man was arrested on Wednesday for creating ricin, which prosecutors allege he was planning to use for an attack in the country that continues to combat extremism and suffer from competing political narratives of the extremism. No links to terrorist organizations have been found. In the past

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15 Jun 2018

EU develops common strategy for illicit weapons reduction

Addressing the threats posed by terrorism, organized crime, and others, the EU has adopted a strategy to combat illicit firearms, small arms and light weapons. The strategy document establishes objectives and measures that it will implement, as well as the roles of governments, police bodies, and polities responsible for the

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15 Jun 2018

EU legislature report on defense reaffirming NATO, UK ties, and common EU defense

In spite of the tense G7 summit, the European Parliament produced a large report acknowledging the US’s key position in NATO and European security. It also emphasizes continued and strong defense ties with the UK following Brexit. The report was adopted just ahead of the NATO summit upcoming in July,

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