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20 06, 2017

US citizen Warmbier dies

June 20th, 2017|

A US man who was arrested in North Korea last year has died a week after his early release and return to the United States. Mr. Warmbier, a 22-years old student, was arrested in January 2016 in Pyongyang and accused of having stolen a propaganda sign at his hotel. He was sentenced to 15 years [...]

19 06, 2017

London attack increases concern for repetitive strikes

June 19th, 2017|

The attack in London last night was directed against people at am Islamic institution, and initial reports indicate that the perpetrator, who drove a van into a crowd of people, deliberately targeted Muslims. The suspect, a 48-year old man, has been detained. At least one person has been killed and several injured. While it is [...]

16 06, 2017

Travel and terrorism: UK government publishes generic manual

June 16th, 2017|

In the wake of recent multiple terrorist attacks in the UK, the government has published a rather extensive guide on terrorism and countermeasures. The guide is built as an easy-to-use manual for various sectors, situations, and threats (e.g. “night life” and “major events”). However, the 172-page PDF file is somewhat less than user-friendly. Having said [...]

15 06, 2017

London fire tragedy highlights a real risk for travelers

June 15th, 2017|

Yesterday’s tragic fire in Grenfell Tower in London has cost the lives of at least 17 people, with dozens hospitalized and many unaccounted for. The Fire Brigade expects to find more fatalities in the severely burned-out building. This is of course first and foremost a human tragedy for all involved. Grenfell Tower was mainly a [...]

12 06, 2017

Qatar crisis persists

June 12th, 2017|

Tensions continue between Qatar and a handful of other countries in the region led by Saudi Arabia. Last week, Riyadh cut ties and closed the border with Qatar, imposed restrictions on flights by Qatar Airways, and expulsed Qatari citizens from Saudi. The UAE and Bahrain followed suit, later joined by Egypt and what passes for [...]

31 05, 2017

Kabul vehicle bomb claims 80+ lives

May 31st, 2017|

A massive bomb exploded this morning in Afghanistan’s heavily fortified embassy quarter close to the German embassy. Reports so far speak of at least 80 dead and hundreds injured. No group has claimed responsibility, but then of course Afghanistan is home to several insurgent groups. Kabul is no stranger to mass-casualty attacks – in February [...]

30 05, 2017

Travel during Ramadan

May 30th, 2017|

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan runs from 27 May to 24 June in 2017 (Gregorian calendar). During Ramadan, Muslims fast in the daytime while observing other guidelines as well; this is a period for prayer, charity. and contemplation in the Islamic world. Food and drink are taken before daybreak and at sunset, the evening [...]

24 05, 2017

Manchester bombing: Update

May 24th, 2017|

UK police today reported more details on the attack. The name of perpetrator has been published, and it has been confirmed that the attack was a suicide bombing. More importantly, the authorities have also said that the bomber did not work alone, and the terrorist group ISIS has claimed responsibility. The UK has raised its [...]

23 05, 2017

Manchester bombing

May 23rd, 2017|

As most will certainly be aware, a bomb detonated outside or at the Manchester Arena on Monday evening, killing at least 22 people and injuring scores. The attack happened at a concert and children are among the victims. While details remain to be confirmed it appears that the attack was carried out by a suicide [...]

18 05, 2017

US laptop ban not extended to EU-flights, for now

May 18th, 2017|

A meeting between security officials and EU counterparts in Brussels on Wednesday, did not see the US authorities expand the ban on laptops and other electronic devices larger than smartphones, currently in force for flights from some Middle Eastern countries, to include the EU. The meeting came on the heels of recent security concerns that [...]

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