News Updates from CLG
13 July 2015

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Previous edition: To facilitate passage of TPP, U.S. upgrades Malaysia in annual human trafficking report – sources

Breaking: Greece debt crisis: Eurozone summit ‘reaches agreement’ | 13 July 2015 | Eurozone leaders have reached a "unanimous" agreement after marathon talks over a third bailout for Greece, EU President Donald Tusk has said. He said that a bailout programme was "all ready to go" for Greece, "with serious reforms and financial support". "There will not be a ‘Grexit’," said European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker, referring to the fear that Greece would have to leave the euro. #ThisIsACoup

US Army considering hollow point bullets for pistols; ammunition use would violate international law –‘Expanding’ bullets were banned under the 1899 Hague Convention. | 10 July 2015 | In a dramatic shift for the US military, the army is considering the use of bullets that can expand and break up when striking a target to make new pistols more lethal, raising concern that doing so would violate international law. According to the Army Times, the Pentagon recently reviewed the use of "special purpose ammunition" and determined the army could look into enabling its next-generation XM-17 pistol to use various kinds, including hollow point bullets. Currently, only ball ammunition is used in the army.

Indonesian pilots may have been radicalized by ISIS – report | 11 July 2015 | Authorities in Australia are concerned about the potential radicalization of two Indonesian commercial pilots, according to an intelligence report obtained by the news website The Intercept. The report, marked Australian Federal Police (AFP), profiles two Indonesian pilots who "both appear to be influenced by pro (Islamic State) elements." It details the social media behaviour of the two men who the AFP believe posed potential security threats because of their knowledge of aviation and possible radicalization.

FBI Director Says Background Check System Failed, Allowing Alleged SC Shooter to Purchase Gun | 10 July 2015 | The FBI says its background-check system failed, mistakenly allowing the man who allegedly opened fire inside a South Carolina church last month to purchase the gun he used in the rampage. FBI Director James Comey said 21-year-old Dylann Roof of Lexington, South Carolina, "should not have been allowed" to buy the weapon that ultimately killed nine people, including the pastor of the historic Emanuel AME church. Through a database known as the National Instant Criminal Background Check System — or "NICS" — the FBI performs background checks for those looking to buy weapons from dealers in 30 states, including South Carolina. If FBI examiners don’t respond within three business days, federal law allows the dealers to decide themselves whether to proceed with the sale.

Confederate flag comes down on South Carolina’s statehouse grounds[Great! Now if we could only get rid of — or even get the media to mention — the slavery codified in Obama’s secret TPP…] | 10 July 2015 | The Confederate flag on South Carolina’s statehouse grounds came down during a Friday morning ceremony, ending its 54-year presence at the Capitol. Members from a South Carolina Highway Patrol honor guard approached the Confederate memorial, and as one turned a lever to lower the flag, the assembled large crowd burst into sustained applause and chanted "U.S.A.!" The flag will be placed in a museum. Cheers and hugs punctuated the morning.