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Weekly news: issues to be aware of

Obama and Netanyahu meet to defuse tensions On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with U.S. President Obama in his first White House visit since October 2014. Relations between the two allies have been rocked by tensions between the two leaders, as well as sharp divisions over settlement policies and the Iran nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1. The visit will likely serve as an attempt to mend fences, particularly as the Iran nuclear deal has already entered…
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November 9, 2015
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Most Malacca Pirate Attacks are Insurance Scams

A fleet commander in the Indonesian Navy has said that about 90 percent of piracy cases in the Malacca Strait area turn out to be bogus claims related to insurance fraud or business competition. “The number of criminal cases in the Malacca Strait has declined. However, we believe there to make the Malacca Strait the most dangerous strait in the world,” Rear Admiral Achmad Taufiqoerrochman told reporters. The Jakarta Post reports that both Indonesian citizens and other nationalities have been…
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November 9, 2015
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BMP 4 co-sponsors amend definition of piracy High Risk Area, to apply from 1 Dec 2015

The High Risk Area (HRA) is an area within the UKMTO designated Voluntary Reporting Area (VRA) where it is considered there is a higher risk of piracy and within which self- protective measures are most likely to be required. For the purpose of BMP the High Risk Area is an area bounded by: In the Red Sea: northern limit: Latitude 15ºN In the Gulf of Oman: northern limit: Latitude 22ºN Eastern limit: Longitude 065ºE Southern limit: Latitude 5ºS It should…
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November 9, 2015
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Boko Haram’s Horrifying Trend: Girls Used as Suicide Bombers

In case you were wondering, the group formerly known as Boko Haram didn’t go away. The vicious band of militant Islamists wrecking West Africa is using women and girls to stage a comeback. To date, there have been 53 female suicide bombers in 2015. “No terrorist group in history has used as many female suicide bombers as has used this year,” notes Scott Stewart, analyst for geopolitical forecasting firm Stratfor. After one historic presidential election in Nigeria, along with faint…
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November 5, 2015
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At least 40 killed in missile attack on Syrian town – monitor

At least 40 people were killed and about 100 wounded when Syrian government forces fired missiles into a marketplace in a town near Damascus, a conflict monitor and a local rescue group said on Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war through a network of sources on the ground, said government forces fired 12 missiles at Douma, 10 miles (15 km) northeast of Damascus. Douma has suffered intense bombardment in recent months in a wave of…
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October 30, 2015
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If Turkey chooses Erdogan at the polls this weekend, Isis will gain strength and the refugee crisis will worsen

This weekend Turkey will once again head to the polls after its last election in June produced a hung parliament and the country's parties failed to form a government. There is much more at stake in these elections than simply deciding who rules and who does not: it will decide whether Turkey’s future is war and bloodshed, or peace and stability. For the latter, Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan simply must go before he leads Turkey further into destruction. Turkey…
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October 30, 2015