11 March 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 11 Mar 2010 [PDF]
- Northern Iraq Commander Might Need Combat Troops Beyond August VOA 11 Mar 2010 -- The commander of U.S. forces in northern Iraq says it might be necessary to keep some American combat forces in the country beyond the August 31 deadline, to continue serving as a buffer between Iraqi national and Kurdish regional forces. But the officer says the situation is improving and the two groups might not need a third-party to help them for very long.
- Airmen train Iraqi aerial gunners aim to protect helicopters, defend Iraq AFNS 11 Mar 2010 -- Most U.S. Airmen know the "sound of freedom" when they hear the unmistakable sound of a fighter jet soaring above. Now Iraqi air force airmen have cause to feel that same pride when they hear their helicopters.
- 'Longhorns' provide critical support services Army News 11 Mar 2010 -- Combat units are the key elements to fighting and winning wars; however, they must function in concurrence with their respective service support elements.
- U.S. troops in Iraq adopt new role Army News 11 Mar 2010 -- Some of the 98,000 U.S. military forces in Iraq already have made the transition from security to stability operations ahead of the September deadline, American military commanders said.
- Iraqi canine unit helps secure national elections Army News 11 Mar 2010 -- As his U.S. counterparts walked toward him, the commander of the Iraqi canine unit broke into a smile and held out his hand.
- Iraqi Security Forces ensure safe national elections Army News 11 Mar 2010 -- In 2005, faced with staunch resistance from extremists looking to overthrow the government, Coalition Forces provided security for Iraqis as they elected their new leaders.
- Gates: Iran Provides 'Limited' Support for Taliban VOA 11 Mar 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Thursday that Iran's support for the Taliban in Afghanistan is "pretty limited".
- American servicemembers help Afghans make strides AFNS 11 Mar 2010 -- Some Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul military members will soon prepare to travel back to their duty stations after assisting their Afghan partners with improvements in Zabul province communities.
- Karzai Welcomes Pakistan's Help in Negotiating with Taliban VOA 11 Mar 2010 -- Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has concluded two days of meetings with Pakistani civilian and military leaders, saying Islamabad has a "significantly important" role to play in peace talks his government is encouraging with Taliban insurgents.
- Forces in Afghanistan Detain Suspects, Find Weapons AFPS 11 Mar 2010 -- Afghan and international forces detained numerous suspected insurgents, including two Taliban operatives, and seized enemy weapons in operations over the last two days, military officials reported.
- AFGHANISTAN: Talking to the Taliban IRIN 11 Mar 2010 -- The insurgents in Afghanistan have shown interest in negotiating with the UN and aid agencies on humanitarian access and aid distributions, according to a purported Taliban spokesman.
- Afghanistan to demand extradition of Taliban leader: spokesman IRNA 11 Mar 2010 -- Afghanistan will call for extradition of captured senior Taliban leaders in talks between Pakistan leaders and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who arrived in Islamabad on 2-day state visit on Wednesday, Afghan Presidential spokesman said.
- Karzai Stresses Pakistan's Role In Afghan Reconciliation RFE/RL 11 Mar 2010 -- Visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai says Islamabad has an "important" role to play in Kabul's proposed reconciliation talks with Afghan insurgent groups.
- Comfort Crew Reflects On Mission During Memorial Ceremony Navy NewsStand 11 Mar 2010 -- During their last day off the coast of Port-au-Prince, crew members gathered on USNS Comfort's (T-AH 20) flight deck for a remembrance ceremony to honor the people of Haiti still recovering from the aftermath of an earthquake that struck the Caribbean nation nearly two months ago.
- HAITI: US remittances keep the homeland afloat IRIN 11 Mar 2010 -- Haiti's economy depends on the estimated US$1.5 billion a year in remittances sent home by its million-strong diaspora. Dilip Ratha, lead economist at the World Bank, said the figure could be even higher, accounting for perhaps half the national income.
- 470th MI Brigade information gathering aids Haiti response Army News 11 Mar 2010 -- Members of the teams that quickly deployed to Haiti in response to the Jan. 12 earthquake have returned with first-hand accounts of what they experienced.
- Freedom Intercepts Drug Vessel In Caribbean, Makes Second Narcotics Seizure Navy NewsStand 11 Mar 2010 -- The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1), conducting counter-illicit trafficking (CIT) operations in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of focus, intercepted and captured a high-speed "go-fast" vessel carrying more than 1 1/2 tons of cocaine on March 3.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Many Pieces Come Together for ‘Key Resolve’ AFPS 11 Mar 2010 -- With a major threat immediately to their north, the South Korean military and U.S. forces based here recognize the need to be, in the words of their top commander, “prepared to fight and win if we had to go to war today.”
- General Calls Exercises Key to South Korean Defense AFPS 11 Mar 2010 -- Military exercises under way are refining command and control capabilities that will be critical for the U.S. and South Korean militaries to defend against a North Korean attack, the top U.S. general here told reporters today.
- Press Conference with Secretary Gates from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates DoD 11 Mar 2010 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
- DoD News: Army Releases February Suicide Data DoD 11 Mar 2010 -- The Army released suicide data today for the month of February.
- Joint Fighter Faces Critical Period AFPS 11 Mar 2010 -- Contracting for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter, touted as the future backbone of U.S. air superiority, must be brought in line with budget realities to make the aircraft affordable again, a defense official said today.
- Exercises Key Resolve/Foal Eagle 2010 kick off USMC News 11 Mar 2010 -- Various units from here and around the world kicked off the annual Key Resolve/Foal Eagle 2010 exercises in the South Korean peninsula Monday.
- Translators Play Key Role in Bataan's Haiti Relief Efforts Navy NewsStand 11 Mar 2010 -- Multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) quickly provided Sailors and Marines who spoke Creole or French to help bridge the communication gap in Haiti after the island nation was devasted by a 7.0 earthquake Jan. 12.
- USS Connecticut Returns from Deployment Navy NewsStand 11 Mar 2010 -- Sailors aboard the USS Connecticut (SSN 22) returned to Bremerton, Wash., March 10, after successfully completing a six month deployment.
- CIWS Upgrades Keep Lincoln Combat Ready Navy NewsStand 11 Mar 2010 -- USS Abraham Lincoln successfully completed a test firing of its Close In Weapons System (CIWS) March 9, after receiving an upgrade during the ship's 2009 maintenance period.
- PCU Jason Dunham's Crew Concludes Combat Systems Course Navy NewsStand 11 Mar 2010 -- Sailors from Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Jason Dunham, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer currently under construction, completed a two-week Combat Information Center Team course in February at Surface Combat Systems Center's (SCSC) Aegis Engineering and Training Complex.
- APS Gunston Hall Arrives in Ghana, Starts in-country Mission Navy NewsStand 11 Mar 2010 -- The Africa Partnership Station (APS) West platform USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), along with an embarked international staff, arrived in Sekondi, Ghana, March 10 to kick off the in-country phase of APS West.
- OCS Enhances Curriculum, Increases Class Size Navy NewsStand 11 Mar 2010 -- Constantly seeking methods to improve officer efficiency for the fleet, Navy Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Newport, R.I., has embarked on a new course by making quality improvements to its curriculum and increasing its class sizes.
- Steam & Heat Shop Keeps Wasp Comfortable Navy NewsStand 11 Mar 2010 -- USS Wasp (LHD 1) requires the use of steam to perform vital services for many functions onboard. When it comes time to perform maintenance and repairs on many of the systems that use steam for power, the crew turns to the ship's steam and heat shop.
- Seabees on Guam Celebrate 68th Anniversary Navy NewsStand 11 Mar 2010 -- More than 200 Navy service members and their guests celebrated the Seabees' 68th birthday on Guam March 6.
- Solar array to 'dim' Luke's electric bill AFNS 11 Mar 2010 -- Members of the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron here are exploring ways to reduce the multi million dollar electric bill and go 'green' with plans to build one of the largest solar arrays in the Air Force by December 2011 at Luke Air Force Base.
- McGuire Airmen return from deployment AFNS 11 Mar 2010 -- Officials from the 305th Air Mobility Wing here welcomed home Airmen from the 6th Airlift Squadron March 2 as they returned from supporting operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
- Official Addresses Quadrennial Review Concerns AFPS 11 Mar 2010 -- A month after the release of the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, a senior defense official directly addressed concerns about the report here yesterday.
- Humanitarian Missions Prove Skills, Flexibility AFPS 11 Mar 2010 -- The military’s quick humanitarian response in Haiti, then in Chile, proved the skills and compassion of servicemembers and showed how fast U.S. Southern Command’s mission can change from its ongoing challenges in Latin America, Southcom’s commander said here today.
- Morphine May Reduce PTSD Risk, Study Shows AFPS 11 Mar 2010 -- Injured servicemembers who receive morphine during trauma care are about half as likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder as those who are not administered the drug, a Navy study has revealed.
- Depot adopts industry standards for soldering training Army News 11 Mar 2010 -- Tobyhanna now adheres to international standards for soldering in electronics circuits repair and cable manufacturing.
- Transition complete Army News 11 Mar 2010
- Mass casualty exercise preps 703rd BSB medics for deployment Army News 11 Mar 2010 -- Mortars hit Forward Operating Base Maintain the morning of March 4.
- ROC Drill gives 3rd Sustainment Bde. common goal entering deployment Army News 11 Mar 2010 -- "We all live for the good of the ship, and this sustainment brigade is the ship and we all row," said Col. Shawn Morrissey, commander of the 3rd Sustainment Brigade. "Welcome aboard."
- T-11 parachute integrated at Airborne School Army News 11 Mar 2010 -- The 453 students in C Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, exited the 34-foot tower twice as many times as the normal requirement March 3.
- Cooperative research agreement focuses on reducing risk for Army modernization Army News 11 Mar 2010 -- A U.S. Army research and development center signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with DRS Tactical Systems to share research supporting risk reduction for Army modernization.
- Long Barracks gets long-awaited facelift, new mission Army News 11 Mar 2010 -- Some of the oldest structures on Fort Sam Houston are in the midst of spit-and-polish cleaning and major renovations. The famed Long Barracks is being converted into an Army contracting command campus, set to open November 2011.
- Company A, 1-46 Infantry trainees in awe of the power of machine guns Army News 11 Mar 2010 -- Company A of the 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry executed machine gun training for its Soldiers-in-training Tuesday at Fort Knox's Heins Range.
- 'Hellfire' on earth - Fort Rucker Apache, Kiowa student-pilots get hands-on weapons training Army News 11 Mar 2010 -- Several dozen AH-64D Apache and OH-58D Kiowa Warrior student-pilots gained hands-on experience regarding their aircraft weapons systems during a live-fire training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., March 5.
- Gates Comments on Tanker Competition, Other Issues AFPS 11 Mar 2010 -- The recently released request for proposals for the Air Force’s next-generation tanker aircraft was fair, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today, and he expressed disappointment that Northrop-Grumman has withdrawn from the competition for the $35 billion contract.
- Northcom, NORAD, ‘Inextricably Linked,’ Commander Says AFPS 11 Mar 2010 -- U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command are “inextricably linked” and share an “indispensible partnership,” the commander of both commands said here today.
- Gates Shares Insights From Years of Service AFPS 11 Mar 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has served eight presidents, and he shared some of his insights into that experience today with U.S. servicemembers here.
- Gates Discusses Iraq, Afghanistan With Deployed Troops AFPS 11 Mar 2010 -- Servicemembers quizzed Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates about Afghanistan, the elections in Iraq and the Iran situation during a question-and-answer period here today.
- National Guard Program Boosts Africa Command AFPS 11 Mar 2010 -- The National Guard’s State Partnership Program is a superb tool for U.S. Africa Command, the command’s top military officer told a congressional committee March 9.
- First Female Military Pilots Get Congressional Gold Medal AFPS 11 Mar 2010 -- The first female military pilots received the Congressional Gold Medal yesterday at a ceremony in the Capitol.
- DoD News: Additional Phases Identified for Iraq Campaign Medal DoD 11 Mar 2010 -- The Department of Defense announced today that additional campaign stars are authorized for wear on the Iraq Campaign Medal (ICM).
- DoD News: DOD Resumes Military Career Spouse Program DoD 11 Mar 2010 -- The Department of Defense announced today the resumption of the Military Spouse Career Advancement Account - MyCAA - program.
- NATO extends anti-piracy operation off Somalia until end 2012 RIA Novosti 11 Mar 2010 -- NATO has extended the mandate of its anti-piracy mission off the coast of Somalia until the end of 2012, the alliance's spokesman James Appathurai has said.
- Putin Visiting India For Defense, Nuclear Deals RFE/RL 11 Mar 2010 -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is due in India today.
- Russian Prime Minister Making Brief, Important Visit to India VOA 11 Mar 2010 -- Russia Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is expected to discuss several bilateral issues during a brief visit to India.
- India allocates $2.3 bln for Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier upgrade RIA Novosti 11 Mar 2010 -- The Indian government's security committee has approved the allocation of $2.3 billion to retrofit the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier (INS Vikramaditya), the IANS news agency reported Thursday.
- Russia-India military transport plane could be ready by 2018 RIA Novosti 11 Mar 2010 -- A new Russian-Indian military transport plane could make its maiden flight by 2018, the head of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) said.
- India, Russia agree details of joint 5G-fighter project RIA Novosti 11 Mar 2010 -- India and Russia have agreed in general on shared responsibility for the joint development of the fifth-generation fighter, the chairman of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) said.
- Russian warships to join Victory Day parade in Ukraine's Crimea RIA Novosti 11 Mar 2010 -- Russian and Ukrainian warships will for the first time jointly take part in celebrations for the 65th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany, a spokesman for Ukraine's Black Sea port of Sevastopol said on Thursday.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 11 Mar 2010
- Briefing by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 3/11/2010 The White House 11 Mar 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for March 11, 2010
- Manufacturing Work Starts on First UK F35 Lightning II Aircraft BAE Systems 11 Mar 2010 -- Manufacturing work has started on the first F-35 Lightning II aircraft that will be delivered to the UK Ministry of Defence. Quentin Davies, UK Minister of Defence Equipment and Support, marked the occasion by signing the F-35 frame before it was loaded into the assembly jig at the BAE Systems site in Samlesbury, Lancashire.
- US Air Force Increases Order for Boeing-built Joint Direct Attack Munition Kits Boeing 11 Mar 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has received a contract modification from the U.S. Air Force for the fiscal year 2010 production of more than 6,000 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) kits. The modification increases the overall value of this phase from $72 million to $229 million.
- L-3 Awarded Two Contracts in Support of Iraq and Special Operations L-3 Communications 11 Mar 2010 -- L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its STRATIS division has been awarded a three-year contract valued at $230.9 million to provide intelligence support services to United States and multinational forces in Iraq.
- Aegis Weapon System Tested During International Multiple Ship Demonstration Lockheed Martin 11 Mar 2010 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), in support of the U.S. Navy, successfully completed Combat System Ship Qualification Trials (CSSQT) for Aegis Combat Systems installed aboard U.S. and Spanish navy ships. The last time these two nations participated in a combined CSSQT was in 2007.
- Lockheed Martin Awarded Arizona Support Center Contract for M-TADS/PNVS Lockheed Martin 11 Mar 2010 -- The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] a contract to support the Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (TADS/PNVS) and Modernized TADS/PNVS (M-TADS/PNVS) systems on the AH-64 Apache helicopter at the Arizona Support Center (ASC). The contract has a potential value of $36.8 million for the next three years.
- F-35B STOVL-mode Flight Lockheed Martin 11 Mar 2010 -- The first Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter passes overhead at 40 knots (46 mph) prior to a slow landing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., on Wednesday, March 10. The flight was one of the last missions before the aircraft's first vertical landing, and confirmed the jet's power and controllability at very low speeds. The aircraft's short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) propulsion system generates more than 41,000 pounds of vertical thrust, and enables airspeeds from zero to Mach 1.6. The F-35B will be flown by the United States Marine Corps, the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, and the Italian Air Force and Navy. It will be capable of operating from small ships and austere bases near front-line combat zones. F-35 Lead STOVL Pilot Graham Tomlinson was at the controls for Wednesday's flight. (U.S. Navy photo by Randy Hepp)
- GeoEye Selects Lockheed Martin To Build Next-Generation Commercial Remote Sensing Satellite System Lockheed Martin 11 Mar 2010 -- Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, a core business area of the Lockheed Martin Corporation [NYSE: LMT], announced today that it has been selected by GeoEye, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEOY) to build the company's next-generation, high-resolution Earth imaging satellite system known as GeoEye-2. Financial terms are not being disclosed at this time.
- Northrop Grumman Awarded U.S. Army Europe Linguist Contract Northrop Grumman 11 Mar 2010 -- U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a contract to provide interpreter and translator services.
- Northrop Grumman to Supply Integrated Bridge Systems for New Indian Navy Fleet Tankers Northrop Grumman 11 Mar 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been selected to supply integrated bridge systems (IBS) for two new fleet tankers being built in Italy for the Indian Navy.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 11 Mar 2010
- Press Conference on Emergency Relief Coordinator’s Recent Middle East Trip United Nations 11 Mar 2010
- US Says Indirect Mideast Peace Talks Still On VOA 11 Mar 2010 -- The State Department said Thursday it believes indirect Israeli-Palestinian peace talks will still be held despite Arab anger over Israeli plans to build more housing in East Jerusalem. U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell is due in the region next week to seal plans for the so-called proximity talks.
- UN chief ‘frustrated’ by Israel’s planned settlement expansion UN News Centre 11 Mar 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated his alarm at Israeli plans to expand its settlements in East Jerusalem, stressing that he shares the deep frustrations of Palestinian leaders and of the members of the Arab League.
- US Reaffirms Support of Israel, Palestinians Threaten to Cancel Negotiations VOA 11 Mar 2010 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is wrapping up a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, calling for both sides to resume negotiations, which the Palestinians say may not take place as a result of Israel's decision to approve more construction on disputed lands.
- UK repeats US condemnation of new Israeli settlement IRNA 11 Mar 2010 -- Foreign Secretary David Miliband has followed the example of US Vice President Joe Biden in denouncing in the strongest diplomatic language new Israeli plans to build more illegal settlements in East Jerusalem.
- Rise in strident rhetoric in Israel and Lebanon concerns Secretary-General UN News Centre 11 Mar 2010 -- More than three years after the Security Council adopted a resolution calling for a complete halt to fighting between Israel and the Lebanese group Hizbollah, the situation in the region remains fragile, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report, which also raises concerns over increasingly bellicose rhetoric warning of renewed fighting.
- UN reiterates support for resumption of electoral process in Côte d’Ivoire UN News Centre 11 Mar 2010 -- The United Nations Representative in Côte d'Ivoire met today with the new President of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in a bid to reenergize a stalled electoral process further delayed by last month’s dissolution of the Government and deadly street protests.
- A ‘Competent Army’ Will Take Over from MONUC, Says DRC Official VOA 11 Mar 2010 -- In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a cabinet minister says the administration is forming a competent national army to take over after the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission (MONUC) withdraws by the end of next year.
- At Least 40 Killed in Mogadishu Fighting VOA 11 Mar 2010 -- A Somali medical official says at least 40 people have been killed over two days of intense fighting between pro-government forces and Islamist insurgents.
- Bosnian Courts Could Have Resolved Ganic Case Years Ago, Critics Say RFE/RL 11 Mar 2010 -- A British court has granted bail to former Bosnian Presidency member Ejup Ganic, who is wanted by Belgrade on war crimes charges stemming from the start of the Bosnian war in May 1992.
- Restoring trust vital to spurring on Nepal’s peace process – UN political chief UN News Centre 11 Mar 2010 -- All parties involved in Nepal’s peace process must demonstrate their commitment to peace and the democratic process and not get bogged down in short-term political maneuvering, the top United Nations political official said today.
- UN and Timor-Leste will work together closely on remaining tasks, says envoy UN News Centre 11 Mar 2010 -- The United Nations and the Government of Timor-Leste will be consulting closely on how the world body can best support the country’s efforts to secure a stable and prosperous future between now and 2012, when it is expected that the UN mission will close its operations there, said a senior official.
- UN agency welcomes independent probe into Somalia food aid operations UN News Centre 11 Mar 2010 -- The World Food Programme (WFP) said today it would welcome an independent inquiry into its operations in Somalia, after a United Nations monitoring group alleged that contractors have diverted the agency’s food aid away from the hungry.
- Gates Says Sanctions Can Work Against Iran AFPS 11 Mar 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with leaders of the United Arab Emirates here today and discussed Afghanistan, Yemen, the elections in Iraq and bilateral military-to-military relations, but the main discussion point was Iran.
- Centrist Groups Take Early Lead in Iraq Vote VOA 11 Mar 2010 -- The first partial results from Iraq's national elections Sunday indicate the Shi'ite coalition led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has a slight lead in two mainly Shi'ite provinces in the south. Another centrist bloc, Iraqiya, appears to be doing well in the north. The votes continue to be counted, some candidates are raising objections.
- Maliki Coalition Ahead In Early Iraqi Vote Count RFE/RL 11 Mar 2010 -- Partial preliminary results from Iraq's parliamentary elections suggest that the State of Law coalition of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is taking the largest share of votes but appears unlikely to win a majority.
- Initial Iraqi Election Results Show Maliki Group In Lead VOA 11 Mar 2010 -- The first partial results from Iraq's national elections Sunday indicate the Shi'ite coalition led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has a slight lead in two mainly Shi'ite provinces in the south. Even as the votes continue to be counted, some candidates are raising objections.
- World space agencies confirm serviceability of ISS through 2020 RIA Novosti 11 Mar 2010 -- There are no technical constraints to extending the operation of the International Space Station (ISS) until at least 2020, top international space officials said on Thursday.
- U.S. lifts sanctions against Russian space company RIA Novosti 11 Mar 2010 -- The U.S. government has lifted sanctions against the Russian space organization Glavkosmos, the U.S. Federal Register said on Thursday.
- Ukraine Appoints Pro-Moscow Government RFE/RL 11 Mar 2010 -- Ukraine's parliament appointed a new prime minister after pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych formed a new governing coalition in the legislature today.
- Tymoshenko to stay in politics, lead opposition RIA Novosti 11 Mar 2010 -- Ukraine's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said on Thursday she would not quit politics and would lead the opposition to the government.
- Biography of new Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov RIA Novosti 11 Mar 2010 -- Ukraine's parliament on Thursday approved Mykola Azarov, 62, an ally of President Viktor Yanukovych, as prime minister.
- Ukraine parliament approves new government RIA Novosti 11 Mar 2010 -- The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday approved a new government led by newly appointed Prime Minister Mykola Azarov.
- Ukraine parliament dismisses national security chief RIA Novosti 11 Mar 2010 -- Ukraine's parliament on Thursday dismissed by a narrow margin of 230 of a minimum 226 votes needed the head of the National Security Service (SBU), Valentyn Nalivaichenko.
- Ukraine forms parliamentary coalition to end political chaos RIA Novosti 11 Mar 2010 -- The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday formed a majority parliamentary coalition loyal to new President Viktor Yanukovych and appointed a new prime minister, ending a political stand-off between the legislature and the head of state.
- Ukraine parliament approves Mykola Azarov prime minister RIA Novosti 11 Mar 2010 -- Ukraine's parliament on Thursday approved President Viktor Yanukovych's ally Mykola Azarov as prime minister, with 242 deputies voting for the approval, with a minimum of 226 needed.
- New Ukrainian Prime Minister Seen Loyal to President VOA 11 Mar 2010 -- A new parliamentary coalition in Ukraine has approved a prime minister considered loyal to recently inaugurated President Viktor Yanukovych. But the ousted prime minister says the new government is illegitimate.
- US Human Rights Report Hits Conditions in Iran, China, North Korea VOA 11 Mar 2010 -- The U.S. State Department's annual report on human rights world-wide issued Thursday cited an upsurge in efforts to restrict access to the Internet and other new communications means, and escalating persecution of vulnerable minorities. The report was sharply critical of the rights performance of several countries including China, North Korea and Iran.
- U.S. Says 'Serious Violations' Of Human Rights Continued In 2009 RFE/RL 11 Mar 2010 -- The U.S. State Department says in its annual human rights report that many governments worldwide continued to perpetrate grave rights violations.
- Interview: UN Envoy On Torture Says Concerned About Iran RFE/RL 11 Mar 2010 -- In the wake of the UN Human Rights Council's recent session on Iran, RFE/RL's Radio Farda correspondent Javad Kouroshy asked Manfred Nowak, the UN's special rapporteur on torture, about his attempts to visit Tehran and his efforts to make governments around the world take better care of their detainees. Nowak also discussed his hopes of seeing the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay closed.
- Analysis: Poll puts Rwanda under scrutiny IRIN 11 Mar 2010 -- Rwanda's upcoming presidential elections has cast a spotlight on its democratic credentials, with observers warning that allegations of intimidation of opposition leaders could mar the process.
- UGANDA: One doctor for 16,200 refugees IRIN 11 Mar 2010 -- Inadequate healthcare is just one of many challenges facing the 16,200 refugees in this sprawling camp in western Uganda, which is served by a single doctor.
- SRI LANKA: Dengue spread slows in north IRIN 11 Mar 2010 -- The spread of Dengue fever has eased in Sri Lanka's conflict-affected north, but health officials warn continued vigilance is necessary.
- Turkish Official: Ratifying Armenia Protocols Currently 'Almost Impossible' RFE/RL 11 Mar 2010 -- An official in Turkey's ruling party says Ankara is extremely unlikely to ratify its fence-mending protocols with Armenia at this juncture, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
- Polish PM Talks Economy In Georgia, Energy In Azerbaijan RFE/RL 11 Mar 2010 -- Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk is in Georgia on a visit aimed at boosting economic ties, as he continues a tour of the South Caucasus.
- Africa still hungry despite annual $3 billion of aid and $33 billion of food imports – UN UN News Centre 11 Mar 2010 -- One in three Africans is chronically hungry, despite $3 billion spent on food aid for the continent annually and $33 billion in food imports, the director of the food security at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has warned.
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