News – June 2019

 


  • UN chief condemns terrorist attacks in Kenya and Somalia

    June 16, 2019

    The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, condemned on Sunday the attack that took place on Saturday in Wajir County, Kenya, in which at least eight police officers were killed when their car struck an improvised explosive device (IED), and the car bomb attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, in which at least eight people were killed. Dozens were injured ...

  • Four Cameroon police killed by suspected separatist bomb – government

    June 16, 2019

    Cameroon’s government said on Sunday that separatists in its restive English-speaking region had detonated an improvised explosive device that killed four police and wounded six. “The government condemns in the strongest terms this criminal act, perpetrated by armed bandits and terrorists with no faith or law,” the statement said. It also said the attack occurred along ...

  • Millions across South America hit by massive power cut

    June 16, 2019

    Tens of millions of people across South America were without electricity early on Sunday after a massive power failure left Argentina and Uruguay almost completely in the dark. The Argentine newspaper Clarín said the “gigantic” power collapse – which it called the worst in Argentina’s recent history – had struck at just after 7am local time, affecting virtually the entire country as well as Uruguay, ...

  • EU and U.S. hold Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Capacity Building Dialogue

    June 16, 2019

    The European Union and the United States of America held a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Capacity Building Dialogue on May 14-15, 2019 in Brussels, Belgium, to coordinate efforts in reducing Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) threats and strengthen CBRN security globally.  In a globalized world, where the free movement of persons and goods ...

  • Twelve police officers dead, one injured after IED attack in Wajir, Kenya

    June 15, 2019

    Twelve police officers were killed in Wajir late Friday, when Al Shabaab terrorists planted an Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) on the road. A senior police officer in the region said the attack occurred on Saturday morning at Konton centre, and were pursuing attackers who raided the village late Friday and drove away with three police reservists. “They ...

  • U.S. Escalates Online Attacks on Russia’s Power Grid

    June 15, 2019

    The United States is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid in a warning to President Vladimir V. Putin and a demonstration of how the Trump administration is using new authorities to deploy cybertools more aggressively, current and former government officials said. In interviews over the past three months, the officials described the previously ...

  • F-35 jets: Chinese-owned company making parts for top-secret UK-US fighters

    June 15, 2019

    A Chinese-owned company is making circuit boards for the top-secret next generation F-35 warplanes flown by Britain and the United States, Sky News can reveal. Exception PCB, a printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturer in Gloucestershire, south west England, produces circuit boards that “control many of the F-35’s core capabilities”, according to publicity material produced by the ...

  • The EU strengthens rules on home-made explosives and fight against terrorist financing

    June 14, 2019

    Today, the Council adopted two important priority files under the Security Union which strengthen EU rules on explosives precursors and facilitate law-enforcement access to financial information. The reinforced rules on explosives precursors will ensure stronger safeguards and controls, including online, on the sale and marketing of the dangerous chemicals, which have been used to produce ...

  • TRISIS Group, Known for Physical Destruction, Targets U.S. Electric Companies

    June 14, 2019

    XENOTIME, a destructive APT linked to Russia, has broadened its target set beyond Middle East oil and gas. XENOTIME, the APT group behind the TRISIS industrial control system (ICS) event, has expanded its focus beyond the oil and gas industries, according to researchers. The group has recently been seen probing the networks of electric utility organizations ...

  • IAEA Reviews Canada’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Framework

    June 13, 2019

    An International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts today concluded an 11-day mission to review Canada’s Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) framework for nuclear and radiological emergencies. The Emergency Preparedness Review (EPREV) was carried out at the request of the Canadian Government. The mission focused on preparedness for emergencies stemming from events at nuclear power plants. ...

  • Norway water contamination: Patient dies and thousands unwell after E.Coli found

    June 13, 2019

    A patient has died and thousands of people have fallen ill after coming into contact with contaminated water. The victim was taken to hospital with gastrointestinal symptoms on the island of Askoey in southern Norway and later died. Health spokesman Erik Vigander said campylobacter was found in the patient’s system. It is the same bacteria identified in other ...

  • What is cyber warfare?

    June 13, 2019

    Cyber warfare refers to the use of technology to launch attacks on nations, governments and citizens, causing comparable harm to actual warfare using weaponry. To date, there hasn’t been an outright “cyber war” with declared antagonists, however there are a number of incidents that have caused serious disruption to countries’ infrastructure that are suspected of being ...

  • Gulf of Oman tanker blasts: Crews rescued safely

    June 13, 2019

    Dozens of crew members have been rescued after abandoning two oil tankers hit by explosions in the Gulf of Oman. Ship operators said 21 crew on board the Kokuka Courageous and 23 on the Front Altair had been evacuated. Iran rescued the 44 after an “accident”, state media said, although the cause is unconfirmed. The US Navy ...

  • Australia signals Indo-Pacific focus for Five Eyes

    June 13, 2019

    Australia has signalled a potential shift in the strategy underlying its alliance with the US as part of the so-called Five Eyes nations, as well as more generally. According to new Defence Minister Senator Linda Reynolds, Australia’s “mateship” with the US “matters a great deal”. However it’s not just about the mutual support obligations in the ANZUS ...

  • Ebola outbreak spreads from DRC to Uganda as child diagnosed with virus

    June 12, 2019

    A five-year-old boy in Uganda has tested positive for Ebola in the first cross-border case of the deadly virus since an outbreak started in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last year, the country’s health ministry has said. The Congolese child has been isolated with family members at a hospital in a western district near the Congo border, according to Ugandan health minister ...