South Africa deploys army to Cape Town

South Africa deploys army to gang-hit Cape Town Authorities in South Africa have deployed the army to townships in the port city of Cape Town to deal with an upsurge of gang violence. Police Minister Bheki Cele said the soldiers will work alongside the police in an operation to recover illegal firearms and drugs. At […]

Trump approves Louisiana state of emergency

Tropical Storm Barry: Trump approves Louisiana state of emergency President Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency in Louisiana as a growing tropical storm nears landfall. Storm Barry has been gathering speed over the Gulf of Mexico in recent days. Officials say sustained wind speeds have grown to 50mph (80km/h) and may still reach […]

Russian missiles arrive in Turkey

Turkey defies US as Russian S-400 missile defence arrives Turkey has received the first parts of a Russian S-400 missile defence system despite opposition from the US. The shipment arrived in an airbase in the capital Ankara on Friday, the Turkish defence ministry says. The move will anger the US, which has warned that Turkey […]

France passes tax on tech giants

France passes tax on tech giants despite US threats France has approved a digital services tax despite threats of retaliation by the US, which argues that it unfairly targets American tech giants. The 3% tax will be levied on sales generated in France by multinational firms like Google and Facebook. The French government has argued […]

Counter-terrorism ops in Kent

Counter-terrorism operation at Kent’s aviation sites Airports, airstrips and helipads were visited by Kent Police staff as part of a week-long operation. The initiative, which ran from Monday 1 July 2019 in partnership with Border Force, was aimed at raising awareness of the steps that can be taken to help prevent terrorism, as well as other offences […]

Three Iranian Guards killed

Three of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards shot dead Frequent clashes occur in the region between security forces and Iranian Kurdish militant groups based in neighbouring Iraq Three members of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps were shot dead in the western city of Piranshahr on Tuesday, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, citing a Guards statement. […]

Fears grow for arrested ship crew

Fears grow for crew onboard arrested pipelayer in Ghana SAM CHAMBERS Conditions onboard an arrested pipelayer off Ghana have been labelled deplorable, with urgent calls to get the stranded crew off the ship and back home. The 42-year-old Sea Horizon was arrested 10 months ago in Ghana after a Nigerian company, Fortune Global Shipping & Logistics, claimed […]

Greece seizes record amount of amphetamine

Greece seizes record amount of amphetamine Captagon shipped from Syria George Georgiopoulos ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek authorities have seized what they described as the world’s largest single haul of super-charged amphetamine Captagon pills from Syria worth more than half a billion euros. Coastguard and drug enforcement officers seized three containers full of the amphetamines, the […]

IMO heads off cybercrime at sea

By Sue Terpilowski The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is readying for the advent of automation in the shipping industry, with a major scoping exercise to safeguard against future disasters, including oil spills and collisions. Speaking at the regional Spillcon event held in Perth, Australia, in May, Patricia Charlebois, deputy director, Implementation Marine Environment Division, stressed the […]

Venezuela MP charged over drone attack

Venezuela lawmaker Juan Requesens charged over drone attack A judge in Venezuela has announced that imprisoned lawmaker Juan Requesens will face trial for allegedly trying to kill President Nicolás Maduro in 2018. Mr Requesens was arrested three days after a drone carrying explosives blew up at a military parade attended by Mr Maduro on 4 […]