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  1. A ship carrying far-right campaigners who aim to turn migrant boats back to Africa, was following an NGO rescue vessel on Saturday with an AFP reporter on board in the waters off Libya. The activists' "Defend Europe" mission has been financed by a crowd-funding initiative organised by young anti-immigration campaigners from France, Italy and Germany. Their 40-metre (130-foot) ship named "C-Star", hired by "Generation Identity", arrived on Saturday in an area where tens of thousands of migrants have been rescued from unseaworthy trafficker boats over recent months and years. The boat spent 30-45 minutes tracking the Aquarius at a distance of a few hundred metres, before continuing to follow it from further back. The Aquarius, a converted coastguard patrol boat, is operated by French aid group SOS Mediterranee and the international humanitarian organisation Doctors without Borders (MSF). Its crew would not comment on whether they regarded the C-Star's proximity as intimidatory. Maritime charts indicated the NGO boat's speed had doubled in the time the far-right vessel was close to it. The two boats were about 20 nautical miles off Libya in an area east of the capital Tripoli. On its website, the Defend Europe alliance accuses NGOs of "smuggling hundred of thousands of illegal migrants to Europe, endangering the security and future of our continent" and vows to "do something against it."
  2. n Monday, Saudi Arabia and three of its allies cut off diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar, a tiny, energy-rich emirate in the Persian gulf. The Saudis moved to punish and isolate Qatar for its support of Islamist groups and its refusal to go along with a Saudi-led campaign against Iran. By Tuesday, Donald Trump took to Twitter – and he made the crisis between two US allies a lot worse. In a series of morning tweets, Trump took credit for instigating Saudi Arabia and its allies to sever relations with Qatar and to impose a blockade, sealing the emirate’s only border and cutting off air and sea travel. He mentioned his visit to Saudi Arabia last month, where he called on a gathering of Arab and Muslim leaders to isolate Iran and to cut off funding for extremist groups. “During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology,” Trump wrote. “Leaders pointed to Qatar — look!” Instead of offering to play peacemaker, as two of his top national security aides had done hours after the crisis erupted, Trump unequivocally sided with Saudi Arabia and its main ally, the United Arab Emirates. Clearly, Saudi leaders are playing Trump, exploiting the grandiose reception they gave him last month after he decided to make the kingdom the first stop on his maiden foreign trip as president. By the end of his two-day visit, Trump had become Saudi Arabia’s cheerleader and he aligned US foreign policy with the kingdom’s vision of the Middle East.
  3. The UN Security Council is set to vote on a US-drafted resolution aiming to hit North Korea with new sanctions, slashing by a third its $3 billion annual export revenue in response to Pyongyang’s recent missile tests. The draft resolution would ban Pyongyang’s exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore, and seafood. The draft text would also prohibit countries from increasing the current number of North Korean specialists working abroad, and ban new joint ventures with Pyongyang as well as any new investment in current joint projects. The proposed document would add North Korea’s key Foreign Trade Bank to a UN sanctions blacklist that imposes an asset freeze. It would also enhance trade restrictions on technology to prevent North Korea from acquiring items that could be used for its military programs. North Korean vessels caught violating UN resolutions would be banned from entering ports in all countries. The measures could deprive Pyongyang of roughly $1 billion in annual revenue.
  4. Bail has been set at $30,000 by a judge in Las Vegas for Marcus Hutchins, a cyber security expert who stopped the global WannaCry ransomware attack in May. The hacker was indicted for developing a malware code called ‘Kronos’ that was used to attack banks. The bail was set by Judge Nancy Koppe in a Las Vegas court after she dismissed a federal prosecutor’s claim that Hutchins, 23, poses a “danger to the public.” The hacker was ordered to stay in the US with GPS monitoring as the case against him unfolds. He was also ordered to surrender his passport and is now banned from using any devices with internet access. “He admitted he was the author of the code of Kronos malware and indicated he sold it,” prosecutor Dan Cowhig told the federal court.
  5. Several US service members are feared dead after their aircraft has crashed off the east coast of Australia, the United States Marine Corps has said. It is not clear yet how many service members were on board the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor at the time of the “mishap” on Saturday, the military said. US Marines based in Japan said there was "an active search and rescue operation ongoing for service members involved in an MV-22 mishap off the east coast of Australia". According to reports, small boats and aircraft from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group were involved in the rescue operation. The Osprey heli-plane is essentially the assault support aircraft for the Marines, with two engines positioned on fixed wing tips that allow it to land and take off vertically.
  6. Turkey has sent military reinforcements to its southern border with Syria, dispatching artillery and tanks to the area overnight, Dogan news agency said on Saturday. It said six howitzers and tanks with military vehicles were sent to Kilis province across the border from the Kurdish-controlled Syrian region of Afrin. The Turkish army has clashed with Kurdish forces and their allies in the area in recent weeks, exchanging artillery and rocket fire, according to Kurdish officials. The mounting tensions between two U.S. allies in northwest Syria raised fears last month of another major front in the multi-sided Syrian war. Turkey sees the Kurdish YPG militia - which has established autonomy in areas along Syria's northern border with Turkey - as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has fought an insurgency against the Turkish state for decades.
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