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    2017-July-5  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

1. Suspect viewed abduction website

Brendt Allen Christensen, who earned a master’s degree in physics from the University of Illinois this year, is charged in the June 9 abduction of 26-year-old Zhang Yingying, a Chinese scholar who investigators believe to be dead.

The federal complaint said Christensen’s phone was used on April 19 to visit the FetLife.com forum, including to view threads* titled “perfect abduction fantasy” and “planning a kidnapping.”

2. Three car bombs target Damascus

A car bomb killed 20 people in Damascus on Sunday and wounded dozens more, the Syrian foreign ministry said, the first such bombing in the Syrian capital since a series of jihadist* suicide attacks in March.

The authorities said it was one of three car bombs that were meant to be blown up in crowded areas of the capital on Sunday, the first day back to work from the Eid al-Fitr* holiday. Security forces pursued and destroyed the other two.

Officials said the bombers had been prevented from reaching their intended targets, otherwise the casualty toll would have been higher.

3. US lifts curb for flights from Abu Dhabi

The United States on Sunday lifted a ban on laptops in cabins* on flights from Abu Dhabi to the United States, saying the United Arab Emirates’ Etihad Airways had put in place required tighter security measures.

Etihad welcomed the decision and credited a facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport where passengers clear U.S. immigration before they land in the United States for “superior security advantages” that had allowed it to satisfy U.S. requirements.

U.S. officials visually verified that the measures had been implemented correctly, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

4. Cyberattack spreads ransomware globally

A major global cyberattack disrupted computers at Russia’s biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational firms with a virus similar to the ransomware* that infected more than 300,000 computers last month.

The rapidly spreading cyber extortion campaign, which began on June 27, underscored growing concerns that businesses have failed to secure their networks from increasingly aggressive hackers.

5. At least 24 migrants die in seas off Libya

Red Crescent volunteers recovered the bodies of 24 migrants on June 27 that were washed up in an eastern suburb of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, as large-scale rescues were made in the Mediterranean.

Residents in Tajoura district said the bodies had begun washing up at the end of last week. Several had been partially devoured by stray dogs, according to a local coast guard official.

The toll was expected to increase as the flimsy* boats used to carry migrants as far as international waters normally carry more than 100 people.

6. Helicopter attacks Venezuela court

A Venezuelan police helicopter strafed* the Supreme Court and a government ministry on June 27, escalating the OPEC nation’s political crisis in what President Nicolas Maduro called an attack by “terrorists” seeking a coup.

The aircraft fired 15 shots at the Interior Ministry, where scores of people were at a social event, and dropped four grenades* on the court, where judges were meeting, officials said. However, there were no reports of injuries. “Sooner rather than later, we are going to capture the helicopter and those behind this armed terrorist attack,” Maduro said. (SD-Agencies)

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