June 2017 News Round Up


Kim Jong-nam murder case moves to Malaysian high court The case of two women charged in Malaysia with killing the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader was transferred to a higher court on Tuesday, as a defence lawyer complained of not getting all of the documents he had requested.
Chemical weapons a red line in Syria, says Macron The use of chemical weapons in Syria is a red line for France and “would result in reprisals”, President Emmanuel Macron said after meeting his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday.
What is the UK’s terror threat level? The UK’s terror threat level remains at the second highest level of severe despite the attack in London on Saturday night.

This means that an attack is highly likely but not imminent.

Global reign of terror: map plots every terrorist attack and death in real-time The ongoing laptop ban, March’s Westminster attack, the shocking scenes at Manchester Arena and the London Bridge attack have brought terrorism back to the front pages in the UK. Since the start of 2017, there have been 535 attacks, with 3,635 fatalities (at the time of writing) across the globe.
EU TERRORISM SITUATION AND TREND REPORT (TE-SAT) 2017 Access the TE-SAT 2017 online report
Car rams police van on Paris’ Champs Elysees, driver dead PARIS (Reuters) – A man deliberately rammed a car carrying weapons and explosives into a police van as it drove in a convoy down Paris’s Champs Elysees avenue on Monday, officials said..
Russia issues warning after U.S. coalition downs Syrian warplane MOSCOW — Warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition operating over Syrian government-controlled areas west of the Euphrates River will be tracked as potential targets, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Monday, a day after the U.S. military shot down a Syrian air force jet.


Scientists supercharge old antibiotic in fight against bacterial resistance n a world where apocalyptic scenarios involving climate change or nuclear war are frequently bandied about in the media, the threat of antibiotic-resistant superbugs seems to constantly bubble in the background.
Flu-fighting cells found in the nose could lead to a universal “one-shot” vaccine Influenza is highly mutable virus, with scientists constantly playing catch up by twice a year releasing new formulations targeting the latest viral strains. In a move that could lead a universal flu vaccine, researchers have identified a type of influenza-fighting white blood cell found in nasal tissue that could pave the way for the development of a “one-shot” vaccine that is effective against all strains.
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Fungus supercharged with spider and scorpion venom fells mosquitos When it comes to fighting malaria, researchers not only need to stop the killer cold in its tracks, but they also have to ensure their solutions harm only disease-carrying mosquitos and not the rest of the environment. A new turbocharged fungus out of the University of Maryland promises to do exactly that.