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18.08.17  /  Extreme  /  Spain – Terror Suspects Killed In Operation Linked To Barcelona Attack

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18.08.17 Spain Terror Suspects Killed In Operation Linked To Barcelona Attack

Four terror suspects have been killed and one injured in a shootout 70 miles from Barcelona as police carried out an operation linked to yesterday's massacre, which claimed 13 lives and left more than 100 injured.

Shocking video footage shows bodies strewn across the ground after armed officers gunned down the terrorists who had explosives strapped around their waists.

Gunshots could be heard and police officers were seen running down a street in Cambrils, to the south of the Catalan city, shortly after midnight.

Seven innocent people - including an officer - were injured and witnesses have said the shooting happened close to a taxi rank in the coastal town.

Police said they are treating the latest incident as terror and it comes just hours after a van ploughed into pedestrians in Barcelona.

Reports suggested the group had attempted to carry out a similar attack to that on Las Ramblas by driving a van at pedestrians but their vehicle overturned and they were shot by officers.

Police this morning confirmed they had 'shot the perpetrators' and urged locals to 'avoid going out' and to 'stay home'.

...    Up to five people are feared dead after gunfire erupted in the beach resort of Cambrils, south of Barcelona, amid fears of a new terror attack

Up to five people are feared dead after gunfire erupted in the beach resort of Cambrils, south of Barcelona, amid fears of a new terror attack

Video footage showed bodies on the ground
It is unclear if the people on the ground are victims or suspects

Shocking video footage shows bodies strewn across the ground in the seaside town and police have confirmed they had 'shot the perpetrators'. The people on the ground are believed to be the terrorists

Four terror suspects have been killed in the early hours of this morning after police in Cambrils responded to the latest terror attack in Spain 

Four terror suspects have been killed in the early hours of this morning after police in Cambrils responded to the latest terror attack in Spain

Police officers rushed to the seaside resort to carry out an operation and ended up shooting four of the five terror suspects 

Police officers rushed to the seaside resort to carry out an operation and ended up shooting four of the five terror suspects

 

17.08.17  /  Extreme  /  Iran – DOS Updated Travel Warning

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17.08.17 Iran DOS Updated Travel Warning

Image result for department of state Iran (Security threat level - 3): On 15 August 2017, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated Travel Warning for Iran, which reads in part as follows: "The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Iran. This replaces the Travel Warning for Iran dated August 22, 2016, to reiterate and highlight the risk of arrest and detention for U.S. citizens, particularly dual national Iranian-Americans. Foreigners, in particular dual nationals of Iran and other countries, including the United States, continue to be detained or prevented from leaving Iran. U.S. citizens should very carefully weigh the risks of and consider postponing planned travel to Iran. U.S. citizens residing in Iran should closely follow media reports, monitor local conditions, and evaluate the risks of remaining in the country." To read the full text of the warning, please click here.

17.08.17  /  High  /  Mali – FCO Updated Travel Advice

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17.08.17 Mali FCO Updated Travel Advice

Image result for FCO Mali (Security threat level - 5): On 16 August 2017, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated its travel advice, which reads in part as follows: “Demonstrations are planned in Bamako for several days from Wednesday 16 August 2017. Demonstration dates are subject to change; other demonstrations may be called with little or no notice. There have been reports that a heavy police and security presence is expected. Traffic diversions may be in place in and around the demonstrations. Demonstrations intended to be peaceful can become confrontational and escalate into violence. You should remain vigilant, avoid all demonstrations and monitor local media. If you become aware of any nearby demonstrations, you should leave the area immediately - don’t attempt to watch or photograph it.”

17.08.17  /  High  /  Australia – New Analysis Of Satellite Images Could Provide Clue To Locating MH370

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17.08.17 Australia New Analysis Of Satellite Images Could Provide Clue To Locating MH370

New analysis of satellite images taken in the weeks after MH370 vanished could provide a vital clue in locating the airliner and its passengers.

Researchers at Geoscience Australia have finished examining images of 'possible man-made objects' floating in the ocean that were taken by the French Air Force two weeks after the Malaysia Airlines plane went missing in 2014.

Analysts confirmed that at least a dozen of the objects are man-made, before using drift patterns to pinpoint three possible points of origin in the ocean far off the coast of south west Australia.

The images, which were taken just outside the original search zone, were initially discarded based on data available at the time about the plane's flight path.

However, they were passed to Geoscience Australia for analysis as part of a 'systematic process of review' after initial searches failed to find the jet.

New analysis of satellite images taken two weeks after MH370 disappeared has identified three new locations where the wreckage of the jet could be located 

New analysis of satellite images taken two weeks after MH370 disappeared has identified three new locations where the wreckage of the jet could be located

The images were initially discounted as outside the plane's likely path over the Indian Ocean, but brought back into the frame after a review of data

The new search area adjoins one of the previous stretches of water that was searched for the wreckage of the plane 

The new search area adjoins one of the previous stretches of water that was searched for the wreckage of the plane

Pictured is an overview map of where the four images were taken, just outside of the initial search areas, which are shown shaded in

Pictured is an overview map of where the four images were taken, just outside of the initial search areas, which are shown shaded in

It is hoped the data will provide a crucial starting point for a sweep of a 9,700 mile stretch of water identified last November as the likely resting place of MH370 and the 239 passengers and crew.

Malaysia, China and Australia agreed to suspend the deep-sea sonar search in January after 46,000 square miles (120,000 sq km) of seabed were combed without finding any trace of the doomed flight.

Oceanographer David Griffin said that while the new analysis is helpful, it is far from definitive proof of where the jet might be.

 

17.08.17  /  High  /  Venezuela – Opposition Candidates In October Elections Investigated

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17.08.17 Venezuela Opposition Candidates In October Elections Investigated

Venezuela's chief prosecutor Tarek William Saab talks to the media during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela August 16, 2017.Marco Bello
CARACAS (Reuters) - Opposition candidates running in Venezuela's October gubernatorial elections will be investigated to make sure none were involved in violent political protests this year, the head of a new pro-government truth commission said on Wednesday. The panel was set up earlier in the day by the constituent assembly elected last month at the behest of socialist President Nicolas Maduro. Government critics say the commission is designed to sideline the opposition and bolster the ruling party's flagging support ahead of the October vote. Also before the assembly is a bill that would punish those who express "hate or intolerance" with up 25 years in jail. The opposition fears such a law would be used to silence criticism of a government that, according to local rights group Penal Forum is, is already holding 676 political prisoners. "Whoever goes into the streets to express intolerance and hatred, will be captured and will be tried and punished with sentences of 15, 20, 25 years of jail," Maduro said last week. Over 120 people have died in four months of protests against the president's handling of an economy beset by triple-digit inflation and acute food shortages. Maduro loyalist Delcy Rodriguez was named as head of the truth commission, on top of being president of the assembly. She said she would ask the country's CNE elections authority for information about candidates running in October. "We have decided to ask the CNE to send a complete list of gubernatorial candidates to the truth commission in order to determine if any of the them were involved in incidents of violence," Rodriguez told the assembly, stressing this would have a "cleansing effect" on Venezuela. "We have seen tweets, messages on social networks and photographs of opposition leaders responsible for convening and organizing violent events in Venezuela," Rodriguez told the commission on Wednesday.

17.08.17  /  High  /  Korea, South – US Embassy Seoul Security Message

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17.08.17 Korea, South US Embassy Seoul Security Message

Image result for us embassy seoul South Korea (Security threat level - 2): On 16 August 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Seoul issued a Security Message, which reads in part as follows: "The U.S. Embassy Seoul issues this message to U.S. citizens in response to increased media attention and inquiries from U.S. citizens regarding the security situation in Korea. The U.S. Embassy continues to engage in its routine course of business. There have been no changes to our level of staffing, our activities, or the guidance routinely provided to U.S. citizens in Korea. We remind all U.S. citizens that personal security and emergency preparedness is a continuous process and that U.S. citizens and family members must take an active role in reviewing their personal security and emergency preparedness."
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