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Djibouti Says Seven Soldiers Killed in Rebel Attack
TERRORISM & INSURGENCE, News

Djibouti Says Seven Soldiers Killed in Rebel Attack

Djibouti said seven of its soldiers were killed in an attack by a rebel group on a military barracks in the early hours of Friday, and launched a search to find six still missing. A defense ministry statement blamed the assault on the base in Garabtisan in the north of the tiny Horn of Africa nation on the “Armed FRUD” (Front for the Restoration of Unity and Democracy), describing it as a “terrorist group.” It was a rare attack in Djibouti, a largely stable and strategically important country in the Horn of Africa. “Despite the fact that our soldiers defended themselves valiantly, this attack caused the death of seven of our soldiers, wounded four and left six missing,” it said in a statement on Friday. “This gang is well known for its odious and criminal acts of terrorising and pill...
Albanian people-smuggling gang ‘dismantled’ by UK and Spanish police
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Albanian people-smuggling gang ‘dismantled’ by UK and Spanish police

Gang branded an ‘important criminal organisation’ by Spanish police, who co-operated with the UK’s National Crime Agency in the operation. An Albanian organised crime ring involved in smuggling migrants to the UK via Spain has been dismantled. The network facilitated journeys of mainly Albanian migrants, smuggling them through the northern Spanish cities of Bilbao and Santander into the UK using ferries and freight shipping routes to Portsmouth, Southampton and Liverpool. The migrants were believed to have come directly from Albania to Spain for onward travel, but were also recruited from camps located around Spanish ports facilities. Described by Spanish prosecutors as high level and well organised, the criminal gang would provide migrants with accommodation and food until they succ...
Joe Biden warns the world faces ‘Armageddon’ and Putin’s nuke threats are ‘deadly serious’
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Joe Biden warns the world faces ‘Armageddon’ and Putin’s nuke threats are ‘deadly serious’

US President Joe Biden warns that the world is facing the prospect of an ‘Armageddon’ for the first time since the Cuban Missile Crisis, saying that Vladimir Putin is ‘deadly serious’ about using tactical nuclear weapons. Mr Biden said he had ‘got to know’ the Russian leader ‘pretty well’ and that he is ‘not joking’ when he speaks about using weapons of mass destruction after suffering setbacks in the war. Speaking at a fundraising event for the Democrats inside the New York house of James Murdoch, the son of Rupert, his ‘off camera’ comments were overheard by journalists. It comes after fears that Putin is backed into a corner and could use nukes to regain power after suffering setbacks on the battlefield. Biden said: “We’ve got a guy I know fairly well, he’s not joking when he talks ...
France also  Orders 10 Airbus H160 Helicopters in a Law Enforcement Configuration
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France also Orders 10 Airbus H160 Helicopters in a Law Enforcement Configuration

The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) has signed a contract, on behalf of the Ministry of Interior, for the procurement and maintenance of 10 Airbus H160 helicopters in a law enforcement configuration for the Gendarmerie Nationale. France is the first country to order the H160 for law enforcement missions. The H160s for the Gendarmerie Nationale will be equipped with a Safran Euroflir 410 electro-optical system, winching, and fast roping capabilities. The air force command centre of the Gendarmerie Nationale and Airbus Helicopters are also working closely together to develop a tailored mission management system. Linked to the contract for the procurement of 169 H160Ms for the French Ministry of Armed Forces, this latest order is part of the stimulus plan to support the nation...
Six police officers shot dead in northern Mexico
Police

Six police officers shot dead in northern Mexico

Six police officers were shot dead this Wednesday in the northern Mexican state of Zacatecas, where rival cartels are fighting to control drug trafficking, Mexican authorities have revealed. At first, five police officers were shot while training at a sports center in Calera de Victor Rosales, explained a source from the government of the state of Zacatecas. Two other police officers who went to the scene were shot and one died, the same source said in a statement. The governor of Zacatecas, David Monreal, called this incident a "cowardly attack". Violence has escalated in Zacatecas in recent years, with experts attributing the phenomenon to territorial disputes between the Jalisco Nova Geração and Sinaloa cartels over control of lucrative cocaine trade routes to the United States. ...
UN warns of danger and increase in deaths in missions in Africa
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UN warns of danger and increase in deaths in missions in Africa

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, warned today of the danger of peace missions in Africa and regretted that the number of deaths from malicious acts has doubled in recent years. In a briefing before the Security Council of the United Nations (UN), Lacroix indicated that attacks against peacekeeping forces using explosive artillery and improvised explosive devices persist in 2022 and are at levels as high as those recorded last year. "Despite enormous efforts, the annual decrease in the number of our lost peacekeepers has been reversed. In 2021, the number of deaths from malicious acts has doubled compared to 2020, from 13 to 25. Unfortunately, this trend continues, with 21 deaths for malicious acts until August 26, 2022", detailed the Unde...
Former intelligence chiefs urge Israel to prepare attack on Tehran
Intelligence, Security

Former intelligence chiefs urge Israel to prepare attack on Tehran

A group of former military and intelligence chiefs has urged Tel Aviv to prepare for possible military action against Iran, as the Islamic republic reportedly approaches a nuclear bomb, Israel Hayom newspaper reported. Amos Gilad and Yaakov Amidror – former head of the Department of Political-Military Affairs of the Ministry of Defense and former national security adviser – claimed that Tel Aviv must be prepared if the agreement between Tehran and international powers fails. “The Iranian threat is a large-scale strategic threat to the State of Israel,” Gilad declared. "We must understand that it is not just a point of view, but that the Iranians are investing vast efforts to develop their hostile capabilities." “In Lebanon, according to foreign publications, they have 150,000 rockets ...
US bans sales to China of key artificial intelligence ‘chips’
Intelligence, Security

US bans sales to China of key artificial intelligence ‘chips’

Nvidia and competitor AMD announced that the US is blocking them from selling chips for artificial intelligence products to China. Nvidia could lose $400 million this quarter. Chip maker Nvidia revealed on Wednesday that US officials told the company to stop exporting two key computing chips destined for artificial intelligence projects to China. Competitor Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is in the same situation. According to Reuters, this measure may hamper the ability of Chinese companies to perform advanced tasks, such as image recognition, but also cause some difficulties for Nvidia's business in China. Nvidia shares are down nearly 6.6% after the announcement. The company said the ban could interfere with the completion of development of the H100, a chip announced by Nvidia this ye...
Brazil: Intelligence agencies do not detect risks of violence on 7 September
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Brazil: Intelligence agencies do not detect risks of violence on 7 September

Army sources also told CNN that there are no signs of problems. Government intelligence agencies, the Armed Forces and the state police did not detect any risk that the September 7 acts were violent. The common perception in these bodies is that. As of Monday night, the risk is "very low," according to a source at the Brazilian Intelligence Agency. Army sources also told CNN that there are no signs of problems so far and that nothing suspicious has been detected. Sources from the Military Police of the Federal District, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, where demonstrations will take place, also reported that the expectation is that September 7 will be peaceful. There is a reading that there could be some risk if supporters of ex-President Lula also took to the streets for the traditional ...
Germany resumes military activities at the United Nations mission in Mali
TERRORISM & INSURGENCE, Security

Germany resumes military activities at the United Nations mission in Mali

German soldiers deployed to the United Nations mission in Mali (MINUSMA) today resumed their activities, suspended for almost a month due to disagreements with the military junta that has ruled the African country since August 2020. German troops who have joined the MINUSMA contingent in Mali are helping to ensure security at the airport in Gao city, where the main maintenance camp for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission is located, according to a spokesman. voice of the German operations command at Schwielowsee, near Potsdam, speaking to the German news agency DPA. Germany announced the suspension of its participation in MINUSMA on August 12, denouncing a new refusal to fly over the country by the authorities of the ruling military junta in Mali. "The...