Situation/Intelligence Reports

U.K.: Labour Leader Faces No-Confidence Vote

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing a no-confidence vote June 28, following a wave of resignations by lawmakers serving as ministers in his shadow Cabinet, BBC reported. Read more…

Somalia: U.S. Swears In First Ambassador Since 1993

The United States swore in Stephen Schwartz as its new ambassador to Somalia on June 28, making the senior foreign service officer the first U.S. diplomat to the war-torn country in more than two decades, Voice of America reported. Read more…

South Korea: Government Announces Fiscal Stimulus Package

South Korea's government announced a 20 trillion-won ($17 billion) fiscal stimulus package June 28, while the country's Ministry of Strategy and Finance lowered its growth forecast from 3.1 percent to 2.8 percent, Bloomberg reported. Read more…

Egypt: Flight Data Recorder Repaired

The data recorder from downed EgyptAir flight MS804 has been repaired, the Egyptian team charged with investigating the crash said June 27, Reuters reported. Read more…

Iraq: Court Sets Back Prime Minister's Reform Efforts

An Iraqi court set back reform efforts by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on June 28, invalidating a parliamentary session in late April in which lawmakers approved new ministers, AFP reported. Read more…

North Korea: Musudan Missile Reached Space, Pentagon Confirms

North Korea's Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile reached space and then re-entered Earth's atmosphere in its sixth test attempt, which occurred during the week of June 20, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed June 27, Yonhap reported. Read more…

U.K.: Ratings Agencies Downgrade Country's Credit Rating

Standard and Poor's and Fitch Ratings downgraded the United Kingdom's credit ratings on June 27, citing potential economic drop-offs as a result of the country's June 23 referendum in which voters elected to leave the European Union, BBC reported. Read more…

Lebanon: Following Earlier Attacks, More Bombs Target Eastern Village

Less than a day after four suicide attacks hit the eastern Lebanese village of Qaa, a second wave of bombings targeted a funeral service for those killed in the earlier blasts, Al-Masdar News reported June 27. Read more…

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