Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Can A Cyber Attack Bring Down A Fighter Jet?

An Air Force F-22 Raptor (left) flies with an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter over Florida. USAF Photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock

Reuters: Israel's Netanyahu warns of cyber risks that can down fighter jets

TEL AVIV, June 20 (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on governments worldwide on Wednesday to join forces to defend against cyber threats that he said could even bring down military and civilian aircraft.

Cybersecurity also represents an enormous business opportunity, Netanyahu told a cyber conference at Tel Aviv University, adding that Israel receives about 20 percent of global investment in the sector.

"We cannot go back to the world of levers, pulleys and couriers. Since we are going forward, we are absolutely vulnerable. Our airlines can be brought down, our fighter planes can be brought down," he said.

While Israel monitors attacks at its cybersecurity centre in the southern city of Beersheba, Netanyahu said there was "no silver bullet".

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WNU Editor: Software does play a critical role in aviation .... and I can see certain dangers for passenger jets. But are modern fighter jets that vulnerable to a cyber attack? I have my doubts.

EU Parliament Committee Approves Copyright Law That Will Change The Internet As We Know It


Reuters: EU Parliament committee votes for tougher EU copyright rules to rein in tech giants

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google (GOOGL.O), Facebook (FB.O), Microsoft (MSFT.O) and other tech giants could face more curbs on their market power after a European Parliament committee voted in favor of tougher copyright rules on Wednesday.

The copyright rules, proposed by the European Commission two years ago, are designed to take account of the growing role of online platforms, forcing them to share revenues with publishers and bear liability for copyright infringement on the internet.

The vote by the Legal Affairs Committee is likely to be the Parliament’s official stance as it heads into negotiations with EU countries on a common position, unless dissenting lawmakers force a vote at the general assembly next month.

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Update #1: 'Disastrous' copyright bill vote approved (BBC)
Update #2: EU takes first step in passing controversial copyright law that could ‘censor the internet’ (Verge)
Update #3: EU committee approves new rules that could 'destroy the internet as we know it' (The Independent)

WNU Editor: This EU vote is a disaster, and it is going to severely limit the information that EU customers can get on the internet. I am not sure how this will impact this blog .... because I do aggregate the news .... but my preliminary reading of the bill is that it is going to severely limit (if not ban) my use of news sources from Europe. And here is the kicker .... before the final vote of this bill by the EU parliament that is expected in 6 months .... all discussions will now be done behind closed doors.

Nicaragua's Political Unrest And Violence Hits 2 Months





BBC: More deaths in Nicaragua violence as talks collapse

At least three people were killed and many injured as government forces in Nicaragua launched an operation to regain control of the city of Masaya.

Residents say security forces and militias used disproportionate force to clear barricades on Tuesday.

The operation was launched a day after the collapse of talks between President Daniel Ortega's government and the opposition.

More than 180 people have died in two months of anti-government protests.

Residents in Masaya say militias loyal to Mr Ortega were responsible for most of the violence.

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WNU Editor: A tipping has now been reached .... and past. I do not see Ortega family relinquishing power, and I do not see the protestors giving up. Here is an easy prediction .... this is going to get worse.

More News On Nicaragua's Political Unrest And Violence Hitting 2 Months

Violence flares up in Nicaragua after suspension of peace talks -- Reuters
Nicaragua's political unrest hits 2 months -- FOX News
Nicaraguan city Masaya vows to govern itself, break from president amid crisis -- Toronto Star/Washington Post
My Nicaragua Motorcycle Diary: Racing Through a Revolution -- Joe Tustin, Daily Beast
What is Happening in Nicaragua? At Least 170 Killed in Crackdown on Protests Against Ortega's Government -- Newsweek

30 Afghan Soldiers Killed In Major Attack By The Taliban

Reuters: Taliban kill 30 Afghan soldiers in first major attack since ceasefire

KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban militants killed 30 Afghan soldiers and captured a military base in the western province of Badghis on Wednesday, the provincial governor said, their first major attack since a ceasefire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

The three-day Taliban ceasefire ended on Sunday.

Provincial governor Abdul Ghafoor Malikzai said the Taliban attacked two security posts in the early hours. Abdul Aziz Bek, head of the Badghis provincial council, said one military base was targeted, in the district of Balamerghab.

“Large numbers of Taliban came from several directions,” Bek said. “After hours of heavy fighting 30 Afghan security forces were killed and the Taliban captured the base.”

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WNU Editor: Apparently this was a slaughter. I am also reading reports that the ceasefire .... in the eyes of the Taliban .... have convinced them that the majority of the people in Afghanistan are now supporting their cause. My prediction .... the Taliban are now going to escalate their attacks across the country, and this attack and seizing of an Afghan base is only going to be one of many operations throughout the country.

More News On 30 Afghan Soldiers Being Killed In Major Attack By The Taliban

Taliban resumes deadly assault after rejecting truce extension -- CBS/AP
Taliban kill 30 Afghan security personnel days after ceasefire -- SKY News
Afghan conflict: Taliban in first major attack since Eid truce -- BBC
Taliban kill dozens of soldiers despite government ceasefire -- Al Jazeera

Former Driver Of Osama Bin Laden And Guantanamo Prisoner Captured In Libya After The Defeat Of His Islamist Militia Group

Abu Sufian Bin Qumu has reportedly been captured in Libya where he established Islamist faction Ansar al-Sharia

Daily Mail: Osama Bin Laden’s driver who was linked to 2012 Benghazi attack that killed a US diplomat ‘is captured in Libya’, 11 years after he was released from Guantanamo

* Reports: Libya National Army have captured a 'high-ranking al-Qaeda' operative
* Suspect found in Derna is named as Ansar al-Sharia leader Abu Sufian Bin Qumu
* Bin Qumu was once personal driver to al-Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden
* He has links to the diplomatic compound attack by gunmen that killed US envoy Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi in 2012

Reports have emerged that the Libyan army has arrested Abu Sufian Bin Qumu, a leader of an Islamist militia group and former driver of Osama Bin Laden.

He was reportedly captured in raids in 'one of the last strongholds' of extremist groups in Derna.

Bin Qumu had purported links to attacks in Benghazi that killed US diplomat Chris Stevens in 2012.

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Update: Libyan army arrests former bin Laden driver Abu Sufian bin Qumu in Derna (Al Arabiya)

WNU editor: I think years from now .... when the final analysis of Guantanamo Bay has been done .... we will find out that a good number of these detainees when they were released eventually went back into the fight.

Russia's Tank Drone Has Performed Poorly In Syria


Popular Mechanics: Russia’s Tank Drone Performed Poorly in Syria

The Uran-9 lost contact with its controllers, maneuvered badly on broken terrain.

The results are in on the Russia’s Uran-9 combat drone and its baptism of fire, and it isn’t good. Uran-9, bristling with guns and missiles, may look impressive but it has trouble with the fundamentals not only of armored warfare but warfare by remote control. The remote controlled combat vehicle lost contact with ground control stations, suffered from an unreliable gun and suspension system, and could not target enemies while on the move.

The problems were brought to light at a Russian security conference, “Actual Problems of Protection and Security” at the N.G. Kuznetsov Naval Academy in St. Petersberg. A.P. Anisimov, Senior Research Officer, the 3rd Central Research Institute of the Russian Defence Ministry, reported on Russia’s recent deployment of the Uran-9 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) to Syria, where it had its combat debut. The results were summarized online at Defence Blog.

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WNU Editor: I am sure the engineers are going to take their experience in Syria as a positive .... correct the mistakes .... and try again.

Israel and Palestinians Exchange Rocket Fire On The Gaza Border

Missiles from the Iron Dome air defense system fired from a position in the southern Israeli area seen from Gaza City on June 20, 2018. MAHMUD HAMS/AFP

Haaretz: Thirty Rockets Fired at Israel From Gaza; IDF Strikes Hamas Targets

Seven rockets intercepted as sirens blare throughout the night in communities near the Gaza border; military strikes total of 25 targets.

At least thirty rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel and seven were intercepted by the Iron Dome system late Tuesday and early Wednesday, the Israeli military said. The IDF struck a total of 25 Hamas targets in Gaza, three targeted before the rocket fire in response to the continued launching of incendiary kites.

Eshkol Regional Council announced that three projectiles fell inside populated communities, with one causing damage to buildings and vehicles.

Sources in Gaza said two people were lightly wounded by the IDF strikes. "The sounds and explosions reminded us of the nights of summer of 2014," a Gaza resident told Haaretz, referring to the last time Israel and Hamas waged a major conflict. According to a medical source in Gaza, the small number of wounded was the result of the strikes being focused on empty sites, including some already struck by the IDF in recent weeks.

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More News On Today's Exchange Of Rocket Fire Between Israel And Hamas On The Gaza Border

Gaza tensions flare: IDF strikes 8 more Hamas targets as rockets barrage south -- Times of Israel
Thirty rockets launched from Gaza Strip, IDF strikes 25 Hamas targets -- Jerusalem Post
IAF Hits 3 Hamas Targets in Response to Continuing Arson Balloon Launches -- Sputnik

Tweets For Today






After Launching Laser Attacks Against U.S. Air Forces In Djibouti, Chinese Nationals Are Now Starting To Do The Same Thing In The Pacific


Popular Mechanics: Laser Attacks Against U.S. Forces Spread to the Pacific

The laser strikes follow reported incidents in Djibouti by Chinese military personnel.

Laser attacks against U.S. forces have spread out of Africa into the Pacific. U.S. personnel operating in the East China Sea area have been the victim of blinding laser attacks similar to those that took place earlier this year in Djibouti. The attacks, conducted with nonlethal lasers were reportedly carried out by Chinese nationals.

Earlier this year the Pentagon issued a NOTAM, or “Notice to Airmen” warning U.S. pilots of “unauthorized laser activity” resulting in injury to an unspecified number of U.S. personnel in the skies over Djibouti. The lasers originated on or very near China’s first overseas military base, just 8.3 miles from the American base, and according to U.S. officials, Chinese nationals were involved. The U.S. issued a formal complaint to China, which denied the accusations.

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WNU Editor: If this continues an accident is just waiting to happen.

Picture Of The Day

CH-47 Chinook helicopters drop off M777A2 155mm howitzers during sling-load operation, part of Exercise Saber Strike 18 at a military training area near Rukla, Lithuania, June 13, 2018. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ricardo Hernandez-Arocho

WNU Editor: The above picture came from this photo-gallery .... Soldiers Transport Howitzers During Exercise Saber Strike 18 (US Department of Defense).

The U.S. Air Force's B-1s Will Be Flying Again This Week, But They Still Do Not Know What Is Wrong With The Ejection Seats

Ground crews prepare the B-1 bombers of the 77th Bomber squadron at RAF Fairford airbase. Reuters

Business Insider: Air Force Global Strike Command says B-1 bombers are good to fly, but is still trying to figure out what's wrong with ejection seats

* Air Force Global Strike Command says a safety stand down for its B-1 bombers will end this week.
* The stand down was prompted by a B-1 making an emergency landing in Texas in May.
* An investigation is ongoing, but the Air Force says the bombers can return to normal operations.

Air Force Global Strike Command said on Tuesday that its B-1 bombers would return to flight operations this week, after the bomber fleet was ordered to take a safety stand down on June 7.

The command, which oversees the entire Air Force bomber fleet, said at the time that it had found "an issue with ejection seat components" after a B-1 made an emergency landing in Midland, Texas, at the beginning of May.

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WNU Editor:  This will provide no comfort for the crews who will have to fly the planes.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The F-22 May Be The Best Fighter In The World, But The French Were Able To Shoot One Down (In A Training Exercise Of Course)


National Interest: America's F-22 Raptor Is the Best Fighter In the World (But France 'Shot' One Down)

Eight times during a two-week war game in Alaska, individual German Typhoons flew against single F-22s in basic fighter maneuvers meant to simulate close-range dogfights. “We were evenly matched,” German Maj. Marc Gruene told Combat Aircraft.

Past evidence seems to confirms that a French fighter pilot once “killed” an American F-22 Raptor stealth fighter in mock combat.

Although not unprecedented, the simulated shoot-down is still a big deal for a couple reasons.

For one, the Lockheed Martin-made F-22 is supposed to be the most fearsome warplane in history, a quarter-billion-dollar-per-plane technological marvel that flies higher and faster than its opponents while avoiding detection by radar. The Pentagon is counting on a tiny number of the pricey Raptors — slightly more than 180 — to ward off potentially much larger numbers of enemy planes for the foreseeable future. Every mock dogfight the F-22 loses undermines the Pentagon’s plans for air dominance.

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WNU Editor: They probably blamed the F-22 pilot.

West Point ‘Commie Officer’ Gets Other-Than-Honorable Discharge From US Military



Washington Times: 'Communism will win' officer receives 'other than honorable' discharge from Army

Spenser Rapone, the former second lieutenant whose “Communism will win” photos went viral in 2017, has received an “other than honorable” discharge from the Army.

The former West Point cadet who called himself “Commie Beebop” on Twitter rejoined civilian life without an honorable discharge. Mr. Rapone used the social media platform on Wednesday to promote an upcoming Socialism 2018 talk in Chicago titled “War Resister in the Ranks.”

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WNU Editor: He should never have joined the U.S. military.

More News On The US Soldier Who Said ‘Communism Will Win’ And Wore Che Guevara T-Shirt To Graduation Has Been Kicked Out O The U.S. Army

US Army boots West Point officer who touted communist revolution during graduation ceremony -- USA Today/AP
Army’s ‘Commie Cadet’ Disciplined; Masses Fail To Rise Up -- Task & Purpose
Update: Communist Ranger and West Pointer receives an Other Than Honorable discharge -- SOFREP
‘Commie Cadet’ Gets Other-Than-Honorable Discharge from US Military -- Sputnik
'Commie cadet' who wore Che Guevara T-shirt kicked out of US army -- The Guardian
'Commie Cadet' quits the army: Officer who wore a Che Guevara T-shirt under his uniform and scrawled 'communism will win' on his hat at his West Point graduation goes with 'one final salute' -- Daily Mail
US soldier who said ‘communism will win’ and wore Che Guevara T-shirt to graduation kicked out of army -- The Independent

Update: Aside from giving the finger to the U.S. military .... ‘Commie Cadet’ sends vulgar message on his way out of the Army (Army Times), he still believes in his "cause" (see below) .....


U.S. Officials Expect North Korea Will Be Transferring Remains Of U.S. Troops Soon

FILE PHOTO: A member of the U.S. military is seen through the trees walking with the Korean War Veterans Memorial in the foreground in Washington, D.C., U.S., June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Reuters: North Korea expected to begin transferring remains of U.S. troops soon: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea could start the process of handing over the remains of troops, including Americans, missing from the Korean War within the next few days, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Tuesday.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said North Korea would hand over the remains to United Nations Command in South Korea, and they would then be transferred to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii.

One official said “a sizable number” of remains were expected to be handed over, but declined to give a specific number given the unpredictability of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

It could take months or even years before the remains are positively identified, the officials added.

U.S. President Donald Trump met with Kim at a historic summit last week in Singapore.

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Update: US expecting North Korea to return troop remains in coming days (CNN)

WNU Editor: Identifying these remains is going to take a long time .... but at least the process is about to begin.

Former FBI Head Of Counter-Intelligence Escorted Out Of The FBI Building



The Hill: FBI agent Peter Strzok escorted from building amid internal review

FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok was escorted from the building amid an internal review of his conduct, his lawyer confirmed Tuesday.

Strzok, who had a central role in the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while serving as secretary of State, was reportedly escorted from the FBI building on Friday amid an internal review of his conduct.

"Pete has steadfastly played by the rules and respected the process, and yet he continues to be the target of unfounded personal attacks, political games and inappropriate information leaks," his attorney Aitan Goelman said in a statement Tuesday.

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WNU Editor: No one else is covering this story .... IG confirms he is reviewing whether Strzok's anti-Trump bias impacted launch of Russia probe (FOX News).

More News On Former FBI Head Of Counter-Intelligence Being Escort Out Of The FBI Building

Lawyer: Agent booted off Mueller team escorted from FBI HQ -- AP
FBI agent who said 'we'll stop' Trump from becoming president escorted from building, though he remains a bureau employee -- Washington Post
Embattled agent Peter Strzok escorted from FBI headquarters -- Politico
FBI Agent Peter Strzok, author of anti-Trump text messages, escorted out of bureau headquarters but still employed: Lawyer -- CNBC
FBI agent Peter Strzok ‘escorted’ from FBI building, lawyer confirms -- FOX News
FBI lover Peter Strzok is escorted OUT of the agency but still in a job after his 'Stop Trump' message was revealed -- Daily Mail

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 19, 2018

President Donald Trump, with Yun Hyang Lee at his side, speaks to North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un before their expanded bilateral meeting at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. Jonathan Ernst—Reuters.

Joseph R. DeTrani, The Hill: The Singapore summit — the beginning of an important journey

One year ago, possible conflict on the Korean Peninsula was a widespread concern. Today, there’s hope that agreements reached at the Singapore summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un will bring peace to the peninsula. Peace for the 75 million people living in South and North Korea. Peace that translates into significant economic and humanitarian advances in the North, and the removal of the cloud of potential conflict that has threatened the South for 65 years.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 19, 2018

Kim arrives in Beijing on third China trip in three months -- Andrew Salmon, Asia Times

The US and South Korea have canceled a key military exercise—just as China wanted -- Steve Mollman, Quartz

The Real North Korea Nightmare Isn't Nuclear War (Think Collapse Instead) -- Jamie Metzl, National Interest

It's All Up To Moon Now -- Robert Kelly, Lowy Institute/The Interpreter

A Trump Foreign Policy -- Dimitri K. Simes, Foreign Policy

Trump holds the clock on North Korea while Putin plans his moves -- M.K. Bhadrakumar, Asia Times

Trump Turns Tide on Chinese Theft by Trade -- Christian Whiton, National Interest

The Shape of Sino-American Conflict -- Minxin Pei, Project Syndicate

As Pakistani Rupee falls, a balance of payments crisis looms -- Kunwar Khuldune Shahid, Asia Times

I Fought Against al-Sadr. Now He's Iraq's Best Hope. -- Michael Sullivan, Foreign Policy

The Wrong Way to Fix Libya: Early Elections Would Be a Disaster -- Frederic Wehrey and Wolfram Lacher, Foreign Affairs

Italy’s Quadruple Threat to Europe -- Michael J. Boskin, Project Syndicate

Migration Is Down, Crime Is Low, but Merkel Is in Trouble -- Krishnadev Calamur, The Atlantic

France and Germany Far Apart on EU Reform -- Spiegel Online

Thinking About the Balkans -- George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

UN chief: Highest number of conflicts globally in 30 years -- Jan M. Olsen, AP

World News Briefs -- June 19, 2018 (Evening Edition)



Reuters: U.S. withdraws from United Nations human rights body

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday accusing it of a “chronic bias against Israel,” a move that activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult.

Standing with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Haley slammed Russia, China, Cuba and Egypt for thwarting U.S. efforts to reform the council. She also criticized countries which shared U.S. values and encouraged Washington to remain but “were unwilling to seriously challenge the status quo.”

The United States is half-way through a three-year term on the main U.N. rights body and the Trump administration had long threatened to quit if the 47-member Geneva-based body was not overhauled.

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MIDDLE EAST

Syrian army drops leaflets over southern region amid tension.

Yemeni officials say fighting rages around Hodeida airport.

Yemen war: Pro-government forces 'storm Hudaydah airport'.

Yemen crisis: Saudi coalition demands Houthis' unconditional withdrawal.

Hopes dim for cease-fire in Yemen.

Ex-President Saleh’s last video address to Yemeni people emerges.

Syria constitution: Turkey, Russia and Iran start Geneva talks.

UN Palestinian refugee agency to pare down operations in Gaza.

UN chief Antonio Guterres: Gaza 'on brink of war'.

Most French firms 'won't be able to stay' in Iran: minister.

Iran rebuffs Trump’s call for OPEC to increase oil output.

Saudi entertainment chief sacked after conservative backlash.

ASIA

North Korea expected to begin transferring remains of U.S. troops soon: officials.

China's Xi praises North Korea's Kim for Trump summit, promises support.

Chinese President Xi Jinping says US, North Korea must build on Singapore summit, as Kim Jong-un returns to Beijing.

Two Koreas to hold basketball game, march together at Asian Games.

Report: Kim Jong Un confiscated officials' phones ahead of summit.

Afghan Taliban resume fighting after 3-day cease-fire ends.

Jammu & Kashmir gov't collapses as India’s ruling party BJP withdraws support.

State of emergency declared in Papua New Guinea after riots.

Chinese ambassador calls on Australia to drop 'cold war mentality'.

Malaysia seeks to lay multiple charges against ex-PM Najib Razak over 1MDB scandal.

AFRICA

Mali admits soldiers implicated in deaths during security sweep.

South Sudan's Kiir, Machar to meet on Wednesday in Addis Ababa. South Sudan's warring leaders to meet for talks in Ethiopia.

UN relief chief: 'Rampant' sexual abuse, violence in South Sudan.

Libya suffers 'catastrophic damage' to key oil port facility.

Oil crescent fighting will lose Libya billions in oil revenues: NOC.

EU to consider plans for migrant processing centres in north Africa.

Shadow of jihadists falls on Cameroon's cattle farmers.

Ethiopia PM: Security agencies committed 'terrorist acts'.

EUROPE

Kremlin says no plans for Putin-Trump meeting before Nato summit - Interfax.

Nato chief warns over future of transatlantic relationship.

Italian populist Salvini sparks row over counting Roma.

EU rallies to save Merkel: Bloc tells members to crack down on asylum seekers moving through Europe as German chancellor faces revolt over migrants.

Sharp fall in number of people seeking asylum in EU.

Merkel and Macron mold plans for EU reform.

Hungary legislature to vote on 'Stop Soros' bill, despite EU warning.

'Call me Mr President’: Emmanuel Macron scolds teenager.

AMERICAS

Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council.

Trump doubles down on family separations as border crisis rages.

No more 'internment camps': U.S. Democrats disrupt congressional hearing.

Trump, GOP to huddle as outrage builds over border policy.

Trump: Dems want illegal immigrants to 'infest our country'.

20 weeks out from midterms, Dems and GOP brace for surprises.

Nicaragua crisis talks stall after mediators walk out.

Doubts loom over Colombia peace deal with hawk’s election.

In Mexico, longtime foes ‘AMLO’ and elite getting pragmatic.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

London man 'plotted to kill PM in suicide attack'

7 shepherds killed as IS 'danger' grips Iraqi desert.

US-led coalition destroys Islamic State narcotics cache — including 300,000 so-called ‘Jihadi pills’.

Dutch police use DNA evidence to arrest 3 men with suspected links to Islamic State.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Dow posts 6th loss in row on trade spat; small cos. rally.

US slaps anti-dumping duties on Chinese alloy aluminum sheet.

Russia, Saudi push for big hike in oil output despite Iran opposition.

Trump tariffs: Markets fall as trade war fears mount.

Chinese envoy proposes joint action by India, China to counter US protectionism.

Papua New Guinea Has Declared A Nine-Month State Of Emergency

Protesters in Mendi call for prime minister Peter O’Neill to resign Photograph: Supplied

CNN: Papua New Guinea declares 9-month state of emergency due to riots

(CNN)The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea has declared a nine-month state of emergency in the country's rugged Southern Highlands province in response to several days of riots.

The small resource-rich Pacific nation, which is due to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in November, has long struggled with violence and lawlessness.

The latest outbreak of unrest comes amid ongoing reconstruction efforts following a devastating 7.5-magnitude earthquake that struck the island's interior in February this year.

Protestors took to the streets in Mendi, the capital of the Southern Highlands province, following a court ruling on Thursday that upheld the election of the regional governor William Powi, amid accusations of vote rigging, according to local media.

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WNU Editor: There are now growing fears of a civil war .... 'Pushing for civil war': fears riots could turn into widespread conflict in PNG (Kate Lyons, The Guardian).

More News On Papua New Guinea Declaring A Nine-Month State Of Emergency

State of emergency declared in Papua New Guinea after riots -- The Guardian/Reuters
State of emergency: Rioters torch plane at island airport (PHOTOS) -- RT
State of Emergency Declared in Papua New Guinea -- VOA
Armed protesters block access, burn equipment at PNG's biggest resources project -- ABC News Online
Plane, governor’s house torched in PNG violence -- Punch