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Two RAF fighters were scrambled to intercept a passenger aircraft en route from London Stansted to Dalman in Turkey on Saturday evening (June 22), after a violent and unruly female passenger was said to have tried to storm the cockpit raising terrorism fears.

The Typhoon jets, which can reach speeds of up to 1,550 miles per hour, caused a sonic boom as they broke the sound barrier rushing to reach the passenger flight. This caused chaos as numerous people called the authorities to report the sound of explosions. For some time the news story was the reported explosions in Southern England before the incident with the aircraft was made public. "Essex Police," reported a local newspaper, "had been inundated with 999 calls after houses were shaken and a loud blast was heard across the county at about 6.45 p.m."

Read more: Forbes

United Nations counter terrorism chief Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov has come under heavy criticism from the United States and human rights groups over his recent trip to China's repressive Xinjiang region.

Voronkov finished a three-day trip to the region on June 15, and issued a statement in which he said he met with local officials in Urumqi and "briefed on the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy."

There was no mention in Voronkov's press release of the estimated two million Muslim majority Uyghur who, according to the US State Department, have been held in mass detention centers in the far western region.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres raised the issue of Xinjiang with President Xi Jinping during a trip to China in April though the details of their conversation weren't made public.

Read more: CNN

A traveler looking for global guidance from the U.S. State Department could be forgiven for being a bit confused. Official advisories — 209 of them — from the department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs cover countries and areas in every nook of the planet, and one even warns of a blanket worldwide caution.

All destinations are ranked from levels 1 to 4, and places as disparate as Italy, China, Antarctica and the Dominican Republic are among the 58 countries that share a designation of Level 2, which means “exercise increased caution” — but for a host of reasons. The warnings range from possible terrorist attacks, in Italy, to arbitrary enforcement of local laws, in China, to “extreme and unpredictable weather,” in Antarctica. The Dominican Republic advisory warns of “violent crime,” which predated a sudden influx of American deaths in the country.

Read more: Washington Post

Apparent attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday forced their crews to abandon ship and left one vessel ablaze, a month after four tankers were damaged in the same area, raising alarms about the security of a vital passageway for much of the world’s petroleum.

The early morning incidents, which two shipping companies involved and the White House described as attacks, elevated tensions in a region already unsettled by the escalating conflict between the United States and some of its allies, and Iran.

Frictions have become so intense that other nations have pleaded with all sides to stay calm rather than provoke an all-out war. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, who was visiting Iran and trying to bridge the gap between Iran and the United States, warned of the risk of stumbling into military conflict.

Read more: New York Times

In recent years, South American and Caribbean waters have seen a rise in piracy and narcotics trafficking, with Colombian maritime territory being a hot spot. To address this issue, experts from the Royal Danish Defence College in Copenhagen and the Colombian National War College in Bogota held an advanced research workshop on “Counter-Terrorism Lessons from Maritime Piracy and Narcotics interdiction” in order to help Colombia protect its critical maritime infrastructure, such as ports and supplies, as well as personnel from terrorist attacks.

“Protecting our seas will contribute to protecting our societies and preserve trade fluxes and exchanges, but will also enhance our opportunities to address critical issues for Colombia such as drug trafficking and piracy,” said Colombian Navy Rear Admiral Orlando Grisales at the workshop.

Read more: NATO HQ