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9 05, 2017

Two bombs injure dozens in Southern Thailand

May 9th, 2017|

At least two explosions have struck a shopping mall in the southern city of Pattani. Initial reports speak of 37+ injured. The explosions are believed to be bombs. A further device has been found outside the center. Details are incomplete at this point and may be changed later. The south of Thailand has been beset [...]

5 05, 2017

”Trumpcare” passes the House, not law yet

May 5th, 2017|

President Donald Trump has managed to push through an amended version of his first attempt to repeal Obamacare through the House of Representatives, the lower house of the US Congress. The bill passed with the narrowest of margins, just 1 vote. The amended “Trumpcare” or “Amerian Health Care Act” (AHCA) will now need to pass [...]

3 05, 2017

Venezuela unrest persists as risks grow

May 3rd, 2017|

Venezuela has been beset by violent demonstrations and protests the rule of President Maduro for weeks. So far, at least 28 people have died in what appears and increasingly intransigent conflict. The opposition protestors have erected roadblocks around Caracas and are calling for even more protests on 3 May. The crisis is deep and worsening. [...]

2 05, 2017

US issues travel alert for Europe

May 2nd, 2017|

The US State Department (USSD) issued a fresh travel alert on 1 May, valid for all of Europe. The USSD warns that terrorist attack by groups like ISIS/IS and Al-Qa’ida, or perpetrated by radicalized individuals, remains a real threat throughout Europe. The US issued a similar alert last year. A travel alert is not a [...]

1 05, 2017

A 100 days of Trump

May 1st, 2017|

This weekend marked the first 100 days of the Trump presidency. From the viewpoint of travelers, expats and employers, we look at some of the key issues. Obamacare still there The attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare” failed miserably. The Trump team even withdrew the proposal before it reached the [...]

28 04, 2017

Unrest in Macedonia

April 28th, 2017|

Protesters stormed parliament in Skopje on 27 April, and several people were injured in the ensuing clashes. This development comes as the deadlocked parliament is working to form a new government, and the opposition seeks an alliance with minority ethnic parties. Supporters of the former governing parties, who resent the inclusion of the minority parties, [...]

25 04, 2017

North Korea, brinkmanship, and uncertainty

April 25th, 2017|

Tensions continue to rise on the Korean peninsula. The US administration under President Trump is upping the ante and increasing pressure on the regime in Pyongyang. This comes as the DPRK holds army anniversary drills with massed artillery live-fire exercises, a failed missile test, a USN carrier strike group in the Sea of Japan and [...]

21 04, 2017

Terrorism revisits Paris

April 21st, 2017|

A gunman opened fire at a police-bus on the Champs-Elysees on Thursday evening, killing one officer and wounding two with automatic weapons fire. The perpetrator was shot dead by security forces, who are currently looking for at least one accomplice. The attack in the heart of Paris comes just days before the first round of [...]

18 04, 2017

Turkish referendum result may see tensions rise

April 18th, 2017|

The result of Turkey’s referendum on a constitutional change is in, and it’s a “yes”. President Erdogan, who has been in power for years, first as Prime Minister and now as President, has thus achieved his goal. The office of the Presidency will enjoy significantly enhanced powers, effectively changing Turkey from a republic where power [...]

11 04, 2017

North Korea tensions running high

April 11th, 2017|

The US Navy is sending a carrier strike group towards the Korean Peninsula. The USS Carl Vinson and escorts, two guided-missile destroyers and a guided-missile cruiser compose a powerful strike group. This move comes as tensions are already high in the wake North Korean missile tests and US diplomatic sabre rattling. The backdrop of course [...]

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