Egypt mourns victims of massacre

November 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

CAIRO, 27 November 2017: Egypt mourned at the weekend as the death toll from a gun and bomb assault on a mosque in the Sinai Peninsula soared above 300, including children, in the deadliest attack the country has witnessed.

The army said warplanes had struck militant hideouts in the insurgency-wracked North Sinai in retaliation.

According to the state prosecution, up to 30 militants in camouflage flying the Islamic State group’s black banner had surrounded the mosque and massacred the worshippers during weekly Friday prayers. Read more

Spain will recover fast

August 21, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

PARIS, 21 August 2017: The attacks in Catalonia may hit tourist numbers, but the recent experience of other European countries suggests it will likely be brief, industry experts said.

Cancellations, early departures, fewer reservations: the impact of a terror attack on an European city can last from three to six months, said tourism professionals.

But the effect is dissipating quicker and quicker, they argue. Read more

Terrorist attack in Barcelona

August 18, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

BARCELONA, 18 August 2017: Victims of a van rampage in Barcelona that left 13 people dead and around 100 others injured were of at least 18 different nationalities, Spain’s civil protection agency said Friday.

A spokesman said that among the victims in the popular seaside city were nationals from France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Argentina, Venezuela, Belgium, Australia, Hungary, Peru, Romania, Ireland, Greece, Cuba, Macedonia, China, Italy and Algeria — without detailing whether he was referring to those who died or were injured.

A van driver ploughed into crowds of pedestrians on Barcelona’s most popular street in broad daylight on Thursday, killing 13 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group. Read more

Adventure travel at its worst?

August 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

EFRAT, 17 August 2017: Foreigners yell “fire, fire, fire” before shooting their automatic weapons as Israeli instructors look on — but this is no military training.

The 20 or so Jewish tourists from South America are on an “anti-terrorism” course run by former Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank. Their targets are balloons nearby.

“The aim of the training is not to teach you how to shoot,” Eitan Cohen, one of the instructors, says to the group, “but to make you understand what we do here in Israel to fight terrorism.” Read more

Four airports under US laptop ban

July 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 14 July 2017: Four airports remain under a ban for carry-on laptops on US-bound flights, imposed amid fears that Islamic State is developing a bomb concealed in personal electronics, officials said Tuesday.

The ban remains in place for Saudi Arabia’s two main international airports, in Riyadh and Jeddah, as well as Egypt’s Cairo International and Morocco’s Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport, the Department of Homeland Security said.

Six other airports across the Middle East have been removed from the ban, originally put in place 21 March, after improving security procedures. Read more

Laptop ban still on the table

May 30, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

WASHINGTON, 30 May 2017: US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Sunday said he was considering banning laptop computers on international flights into and out of the country amid signs of “a real threat.”

Kelly made his remarks during the Memorial Day weekend, one of the busiest travel periods in the United States, at a time when the bombing at a concert in Manchester, England has raised concerns that further attacks — possibly involving explosives packed in electronic devices — may be planned.

“There’s a real threat — numerous threats against aviation,” Kelly told the Fox News Sunday program when asked about the likelihood a wide-reaching ban on large electronics in airplane cabins could be imposed. Read more

Philippines may extend marital law

May 26, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Philippines

MANILA, 26 May 2017: Philippine security forces bombed a southern city on Thursday as they battled Islamist militants who were holding hostages and reported to have murdered at least 11 civilians.

An initial rampage by the gunmen, who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, through the mainly Muslim city of Marawi on Tuesday prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to impose martial law across the southern third of the Philippines.

Duterte said Wednesday he may impose martial law throughout the rest of the country if he believed the terrorism threat was spreading Read more

Bohol terrorists on the run

April 24, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Philippines

MANILA, 24 April 2017: Four gunmen have been killed on a Philippine tourist island as President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the military on Sunday to kill remnants of an Islamic militant group behind a foiled mass kidnapping attempt there.

Authorities said the dead suspects and three others on the run were stragglers from a boatload of southern Philippines-based Abu Sayyaf gunmen who sailed to the central island of Bohol this month as part of a plot to kidnap tourists.

The fighting in Bohol, about 500 kilometres (300 miles) away from Jolo and 800 kilometres (500 miles) south of Manila, caused a scare for the Philippines’ important tourism industry. Read more

Cebu identified in latest terror warning

April 11, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Philippines

MANILA, 11 April 2017: Travel advisories are warning travellers that there is credible information that terror groups are planning kidnappings in Cebu and Bohol provinces in the Philippines.

Cebu is a popular tourist destination with Asian travellers,  noted for its cultural and heritage sites.

The home-base of Cebu Pacific Airlines,  Cebu island province extends 196 km north to south and faces the island province of Bohol. Read more

Trump signs revamped ban

March 7, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

WASHINGTON, 7 March 2017: President Donald Trump’s administration issued a revised immigration ban, Monday.

It temporarily freezes US visa issuance to anyone from six mostly-Muslim countries and halts for 120 days all refugee arrivals.

What’s new in the revised order?  Here are the key points. Read more

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