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FRONTIER HORIZONS ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH GLOBAL CYBER ALLIANCE  by Alistair Galloway

Frontier Horizons is pleased to announce in May 2017, the launch of a partnership with the Global Cyber Alliance. GCA brings together partners and professional communities across the globe and all sectors to provide measurable solutions to combat systemic cyber risks. Frontier Horizons works with GCA to increase organizations’ awareness of the prevention measures at their disposal to mitigate these risks. 

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OVER 1000 DETAINED IN TURKEY DUE TO TIES WITH U.S.-BASED CLERIC by Alistair Galloway

Turkish authorities arrest more than 1000 members of the nationwide police force who are said to be supporters of the U.S.-based cleric, Fethullah Gulen. These detentions come only 10 days after the Turkish people voted narrowly to expand President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s already extensive powers in a referendum that European election observers described as “marred by irregularity”. 

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5 SOLDIERS KILLED AND 20 OTHERS INJURED IN BLASTS IN ADEN by Alistair Galloway

A blast in Yemen’s southern city of Aden has killed 5 soldiers and injured 20 others. The explosion, which took place inside an ammunitions depot was said to be accidental, and occurred whilst the soldiers were moving munitions from the depot to two vehicles for transport to the front. 

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UK FOREIGN SERVICES THE TARGET OF CALLISTO GROUP HACKERS by Alistair Galloway

Starting in April of 2016 and lasting several months, hackers called Callisto Group led an offensive cyber campaign against the UK Foreign Services. According to cyber security firm F-Secure, the main targets were "military personnel, government officials, think tanks and journalists" mainly in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus, Ukraine and the UK. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) did not disclose whether any data breach occurred

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DRONE STRIKE IN YEMEN KILLS FOUR SUSPECTED AL-QAEDA MEMBERS by Alistair Galloway

Four suspected al-Qaeda members were killed in a US drone strike on a vehicle in the Abyan province of Yemen, resident reports say. It comes at a time where there is seen to be an escalating campaign against the Islamist militant group, under the auspices of the Trump administration.

 

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NIGERIAN OIL OVER DOUBLE 2017 BREAK-EVEN PRICE ACCORDING TO FITCH RATINGS by Alistair Galloway

According to Fitch Ratings Ltd., oil is projected to be sold at an average of $52.50/barrel in 2017, leaving eleven oil exporting countries with an unbalanced budget for the year. In an April 5 report, even after cuts in government subsidies and currency devaluations, these countries won’t have balanced government budgets in 2017.

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PASSENGER PLANE IN DRONE ‘NEAR-MISS’ by Alistair Galloway

The UK Department of Transport is consulting on drone safety improvements and legislators are seeking mandatory registration for new drones, in response to a passenger plane’s ‘near-miss’ with a large drone at 10,000ft, while approaching Heathrow airport. Currently, comparable drones are not permitted to fly around airports, or more specifically higher than 400ft. The pilots had little time to react, and classified the incident as a serious offense to aircraft safety. 

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AIR AMBULANCE FREQUENTLY PILOTED BY THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE IN DRONE SCARE by Alistair Galloway

An East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) that is piloted regularly by Prince William, was involved in a near-miss with a remote-controlled drone. The incident took place over a highly populated area of North London at 1900ft, and the drone passed within 30 metres of the air ambulance, close enough for the crew to see the four bladed quadcopter.

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OVER 40 REFUGEES KILLED BY HELICOPTER ATTACK IN RED SEA CROSSING by Alistair Galloway

A boat helmed by Yemeni people smugglers left port Ras Arra along the southern coastline of Yemen with 140 Somali refugees in hopes of reaching Sudan. When passing through the Bab-el-Mandeb straight, around 30 miles from shore, an Apache helicopter, armed with a 30 mm M230 chain gun, opened fire on the civilian boat.

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THE ONGOING STRUGGLE FOR NIGERIA by Alistair Galloway

Nigeria, whose population is roughly divided between Christianity and Sunni-majority Islam, is witnessing an ever increasing growth in Iranian-Shiite influence. From Nigerian independence in the 1960s, Saudi Arabia had taken the initiative to spread Sunni Islam in the country and so Iran’s burgeoning influence can be seen as a direct challenge with potential sectarian ramifications. There is, currently much dispute as to the proportion of the Nigerian population made up of Shiites, with disgruntled Sunni Muslims rejecting the figure of 20 million proposed by some. 

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SAUDI ARABIA PLEDGES $10BN IN AID TO YEMEN by Alistair Galloway

According to deposed Prime Minister Abd Rabbuh Hadi, Saudi Arabia has pledged $10 billion in reconstruction aid to Yemen. $2 billion of those funds will go to the central bank to revalue the Rial and leaving the remaining funds to go towards "electricity, water, health, education, roads and communication, taking local priorities into account” according to Hadi.

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AMID BALTIC TENSIONS, SWEDISH GOVERNMENT REINTRODUCES MILITARY CONSCRIPTION by Alistair Galloway

As prompted by Baltic tensions, the Swedish government will call four thousand males and females into service, starting 1 January 2018. Swedish Defence Ministry Spokeswomen stated, "The Russian illegal annexation of Crimea [in 2014], the conflict in Ukraine and the increased military activity in our neighborhood are some of the reasons.” The four thousand individuals will be selected from a pool of thirteen thousand. 

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MAN JAILED FOR KNOCKING WOMAN UNCONSCIOUS WITH DRONE by Alistair Galloway

Paul Skinner, owner of an aerial photography business, was sentenced to 30 days in jail after a drone he was operating knocked a woman unconscious during Seattle’s Pride Parade in 2015.  Skinner was charged with reckless endangerment by the Seattle Municipal Court.

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MOROCCAN TROOPS EXIT WESTERN SAHARA BUFFER ZONE by Alistair Galloway

King Mohammed VI of Morocco ordered his troops to withdrawal from the United Nations buffer zone in Western Sahara.  According to a statement by UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric, armed elements from Morocco and the Polisario Front were still in close proximity before UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged all parties on 25 February to withdraw their armed elements from the zone. 

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ISLAMIC STATE NOW USING OFFENSIVE DRONE TECH IN BATTLE FOR MOSUL by Alistair Galloway

The Islamic State has incorporated commercial quadrocopter drones into their arsenal as the battle for Mosul continues in norther Iraq. Originally used for intelligence purposes, IS has altered these drones so they are now capable of dropping bombs and grenades. Thesenew drones have been devastating, injuring dozens of civilians.

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TURKEY REMOVES PRO-KURDUSH MP’S TITLE, SENTENCES ANOTHER by Alistair Galloway

The Turkish government removed Figen Yuksekdag’s, one of the two leaders of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), status as a member of parliament and sentenced the other leader, Selahattin Demirtas, to five months in prison. Idris Baluken, an HDP lawmaker, was also arrested.

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DRONE TECH USED IN SIBERIAN TIGER ENCLOSURE by Alistair Galloway

Commercial Drones are being used in a Siberian tiger enclosure in the Heilongjiang Province of China to keep tigers fit during the winter months. This innovative use of drones is just one example of new applications that will emerge as the ease and accessibility of drone tech continues to improve.

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BOKO HARAM ATTEMPTS LARGE SCALE ATTACK IN MAIDUGURI by Alistair Galloway

On Friday Boko Haram combatants led an assault on Maidugiru, targeting the Muna camp for displaced people, home to about 9,000 refugees, and other sites including a military checkpoint and several trucks loaded with export goods. Nigerian troops and local civilians acting in self-defence ultimately defeated the extremists. The conflict resulted in 11 casualties, including nine suicide bombers and two civilians.

 

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