08 September 2009 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 08 Sep 2009 [PDF]
- MNC-I servicemember killed by IED (Baghdad)
- Three MNC-I Soldiers killed by IED attack in northern Iraq (Baghdad)
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Maj. Gen. Nash From Iraq DoD 08 Sep 2009 -- Presenter: Commander, Multinational Division-South Maj. Gen. Richard Nash
- Sept. 7 airpower summary: Coalition aircraft pound enemy targets AFNS 08 Sep 2009 -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations Sept. 7, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
- Iraq, U.S. partner to refurbish water treatment plants Army News 08 Sep 2009 -- Imagine living without the convenience of running water for daily showers, brushing your teeth and let's not forget the comfort of being able to wash your hands after a trip to the restroom.
- ACOR: protecting Army assets, linguist rights Army News 08 Sep 2009 -- Here on Camp Victory one man is charged with the responsibility of protecting the rights of more than 3,500 linguists while simultaneously ensuring they fulfill their contract with the military
- Iraqi Forces Make Strides in South, General Says AFPS 08 Sep 2009 -- Iraqi security forces are making tremendous progress throughout southern Iraq, the commander of coalition forces in the region said today.
- Brigadier General Vandal visits the 260th Army News 08 Sep 2009 -- Brig. Gen. Thomas S. Vandal, the deputy commanding general for support with the 3rd Infantry Division, and 3rd ID Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse Andrews arrived here Aug. 19 as part of a pre-deployment site survey for their upcoming deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom
- 194th takes charge at JBB Army News 08 Sep 2009 -- The 194th Engineer Brigade took command from the 555th Eng. Bde. in a transfer of authority ceremony Aug. 29, here at Joint Base Balad, Iraq
- Security forces Airmen help secure future of Iraq AFNS 08 Sep 2009 -- Members of the Air Force's 732nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Det. 2 here strive to ready members of the Iraqi police to handle day-to-day police operations within their district in Iraq.
- US Military: 4 American Soldiers Killed in Iraq VOA 08 Sep 2009 -- The U.S. military says four American soldiers have been killed in roadside bombings in northern Iraq, and in southern Baghdad.
- US Says Legitimate Election Vital to Future Partnership with Afghanistan VOA 08 Sep 2009 -- The United States said Tuesday that a "legitimate" electoral process in Afghanistan is vital to future U.S.-Afghanistan partnership. The comments came amid reports of evidence of fraud in the August 20 presidential election in which incumbent President Hamid Karzai is reported to have a wide lead.
- Airmen demonstrate their importance to Afghanistan, joint operations AFNS 08 Sep 2009 -- Joint expeditionary tasked Airmen have two commanders, the Army one responsible for their day-to-day missions and the Air Force one responsible for their administrative and operational control; but they both sing the praises of their Airmen.
- NATO, Afghan Forces Help Flood Victims AFPS 08 Sep 2009 -- NATO International Security Assistance Force servicemembers have helped Afghan forces in their efforts to aid flood victims in eastern Afghanistan.
- Gates Tells Al-Jazeera U.S. Cannot Think of Afghan Withdrawal AFPS 08 Sep 2009 -- The United States cannot think about a military withdrawal from Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the Arabic television network Al-Jazeera.
- Suicide Bomb Blast Kills 3 at Airport in Afghan Capital VOA 08 Sep 2009 -- Officials in Afghanistan say a suicide car bomber struck near a military base at the international airport in Kabul early Tuesday, killing three civilians and wounding six.
- Preliminary Afghan Election Results Give Karzai Clear Majority VOA 08 Sep 2009 -- For the first time since the August 20 presidential election in Afghanistan, the preliminary vote totals now show incumbent Hamid Karzai with a percentage high enough to avoid a runoff. But the country's electoral watchdog, backed by the U.N., says it has found "clear and convincing evidence of fraud." It is ordering a partial recount.
- Commander Appoints Board to Investigate Air Strike AFPS 08 Sep 2009 -- The commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force has appointed a two-star general to lead the formal investigation into a Sept. 3 air strike in Kunduz, Afghanistan, that reportedly killed numerous civilians.
- Merkel Rejects Criticism of Germany's Role In Afghanistan RFE/RL 08 Sep 2009 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has gone before the German parliament in Berlin to defend her government's Afghan policies as international criticism continues to mount over last week's deadly NATO air strike in Konduz
- AFGHANISTAN: NGO alleges US "occupation" of Helmand clinics IRIN 08 Sep 2009 -- NGOs and health officials have expressed concern over what they call the "occupation" of health centres, or former health centers, in parts of Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, by Afghan and international military forces.
- Amid concerns of fraud, UN envoy calls for ensuring integrity of Afghan polls UN News Centre 08 Sep 2009 -- The top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan today called on national election authorities to ensure the integrity of last month’s presidential and provincial council elections, in light of concerns that have arisen over irregularities in voting.
- Missile Strike in Northwest Pakistan Kills 10 Militants VOA 08 Sep 2009 -- Pakistani officials say a suspected missile strike by a U.S. drone aircraft has killed up to 10 militants in a tribal region near the Afghan border.
- JSOTF-P Assists with Philippine Superferry Search and Rescue Navy NewsStand 08 Sep 2009 -- The Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines dispatched five boats and a civilian helicopter Sept. 6 to assist the Philippine Navy in search and rescue efforts after a Superferry carrying nearly 1,000 people capsized and sank off the coast of Zamboanga del Norte.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Guardmembers must submit civilian employment information AFNS 08 Sep 2009 -- Army and Air National Guard members are encouraged to provide their civilian employment information to the Department of Defense through a mandatory program that has been around since the early 1990s
- DoD News: Navy Announces Decision on Norfolk Harbor Channel Dredging DoD 08 Sep 2009 -- The Navy announced today its decision to deepen approximately five miles of the Norfolk Harbor Channel in the Elizabeth River
- Several ARRA Funded Projects Awarded at MCRD Parris Island Navy NewsStand 08 Sep 2009 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded four American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) contracts for work performed at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, S.C.
- DoD News: Senior Executive Service Appointments and Reassignments DoD 08 Sep 2009 -- Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced the following Department of Defense Senior Executive Service appointments and reassignments
- Air Forces Africa Airmen share airdrop expertise with Ugandan forces AFNS 08 Sep 2009 -- Airmen of U.S. Air Forces Africa worked with Uganda peoples defense force members during a theater security cooperation event to show how humanitarian airdrop missions are conducted in late August at Entebbe Air Base, Uganda.
- Airmen provide comfort, care with aeromedical evacuations AFNS 08 Sep 2009 -- Members of the 379th Expeditionary Air Evacuation Squadron run weekly missions to both Iraq and Afghanistan to either pick up patients or return servicemembers who have sufficiently recovered back to a forward location.
- Secretary Donley: Airmen vital to missions in Iraq, Afghanistan AFNS 08 Sep 2009 -- Airmen remain a vital part of the joint mission, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley observed during his recent visit to installations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
- Gates Speaks Frankly on Pakistan, Iraq to Al-Jazeera AFPS 08 Sep 2009 -- The situation in Pakistan and the way ahead in Iraq were among the issues Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates spoke about with the Arabic television network Al-Jazeera in an interview being broadcast this week.
- Feedback Powers Users Conference Army News 08 Sep 2009 -- The Mobile Electric Power (MEP) User Conference is expected to strengthen products, prototypes and future conferences based on the responses from Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines in attendance.
- USACE engineers in Europe LEED the way with green building projects Army News 08 Sep 2009 -- In today's economy, investing in sustainable design is a smart construction strategy.
- Sustainment Moves to the Next Level: Rethinking our Life Cycle Focus Army News 08 Sep 2009 -- While these are demanding times for our Army, with more than 240,000 Soldiers executing missions in nearly 80 countries around the world, our path to restoring the Army's balance is clear
- Soldiers testing unmanned vehicles, sensors at Bliss Army News 08 Sep 2009 -- Soldiers with the Army Evaluation Task Force at Fort Bliss, Texas, are now in the midst of a "limited user test" that will move equipment that's part of the Early Infantry Brigade Capability Package one step closer to being in the hands of Soldiers.
- AFMC leaders continue to focus on nuclear sustainment AFNS 08 Sep 2009 -- Sustaining the Air Force nuclear arsenal was emphasized by the commander of Air Force Materiel Command as he led center and wing commanders along with AFMC headquarters senior staff through two days of in-depth discussions during the command's semi-annual senior leaders conference here Sept. 1 and 2.
- Lithuania discusses taking Guantanamo inmates from U.S. - report RIA Novosti 08 Sep 2009 -- Lithuania is in talks with the United States over accepting some prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, a Lithuanian newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing the country's foreign minister.
- Russia set to hold 4-5 rounds of arms talks with U.S. by December RIA Novosti 08 Sep 2009 -- Russia hopes to hold before December at least five rounds of talks with the United States on a new arms reduction deal to replace the existing START-1 treaty, the Russian foreign minister said Tuesday.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 08 Sep 2009
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 9/8/09 The White House 08 Sep 2009
- DoD News: Contracts for September 08, 2009
- ATK Develops Enhanced 30/40mm Mk44 Bushmaster Cannon System ATK 08 Sep 2009 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK), developer of the combat-proven 30/40mm Mk44 Bushmaster cannon system, has enhanced the system's effectiveness and performance to accommodate integration into various ground combat vehicles, including the United Kingdom's Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle.
- USAF Europe And Africa Airlift Missions Strengthened By Another C-130J Super Hercules Delivery Lockheed Martin 08 Sep 2009 -- Maj. Gen. Ronald “Ron” Ladnier, commander, 17th Air Force and U.S. Air Forces Africa, recently accepted the fifth of 14 Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Câ€‘130Js to be based at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
- ROYAL NAVY’S MOST ADVANCED ATTACK SUBMARINE PREPARES FOR SEA TRIALS BAE Systems 08 Sep 2009 -- The largest, most powerful and stealthiest nuclear attack submarine ever built for the Royal Navy is preparing to leave the BAE Systems shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness for sea trials
- NEW UNMANNED BABY SUB TO PROTECT COASTAL WATERS BAE Systems 08 Sep 2009 -- Ensuring the security of the world's ports and harbours is a key requirement of the war on terror, with explosives and other devices attached to the bottom of ships identified as a major potential threat
- BAE SYSTEMS TO PROVIDE ALL-WEATHER VEHICLE VISION SYSTEMS TO U.S. ARMY, MARINE CORPS BAE Systems 08 Sep 2009 -- BAE Systems will produce a system of infrared sensors that provides 24-hour all-weather visibility to operators of U.S. Army and Marine Corps ground vehicles
- PARTNERSHIP DRIVES INNOVATION TO COUNTER IED THREAT BAE Systems 08 Sep 2009 -- compared to an average of 18 months using traditional approaches. The speed of innovation was achieved through a completely new form of partnership, which saw scientists from BAE Systems’ Advanced Technology Centre working side by side with armed forces personnel at a military testing site to simulate a realistic operational environment.
- NEW LOW-COST FUZE WILL GIVE MAJOR ARTILLERY ACCURACY BOOST BAE Systems 08 Sep 2009 -- BAE Systems and JUNGHANS Microtec GmbH are jointly developing a range correcting fuze, to be called the European Correcting Fuze (ECF).
- BAE SYSTEMS CONCLUDES DANISH CV90 OFFSET FOUR YEARS EARLY BAE Systems 08 Sep 2009 -- BAE Systems has concluded its 200 million-plus Euro offset commitment in Denmark, four years ahead of schedule. The offset obligation was a feature of a contract for 45 Hägglunds CV9035 infantry fighting vehicles signed in December 2005.
- BUG EYE GIVES TROOPS BETTER NIGHT VISION BAE Systems 08 Sep 2009
- ROBOTS GET PERSONAL BAE Systems 08 Sep 2009
- ‘INTELLIGENT MOT’ FOR MILITARY VEHICLES TO BOOST AVAILABILITY AND CUT COSTS BAE Systems 08 Sep 2009
- DEMON APPRENTICES GEAR UP FOR FLIGHT TESTS BAE Systems 08 Sep 2009 -- Engineering apprentices at BAE Systems are adding the final touches to an experimental aircraft that will test radical new methods of controlling it in flight
- BAE SYSTEMS UNVEILS CONTENDER FOR BRITISH ARMY RECCE VEHICLE BAE Systems 08 Sep 2009 -- BAE Systems has released the first images of its new demonstrator vehicle for the Scout variant of the multi-billion pound UK FRES SV (Future Rapid Effect System Specialist Vehicles) competition. The vehicle is based on a modified version of its highly-successful CV90 chassis with an all-new turret and cannon.
- REAL ADVANTAGE IN THE BATTLESPACE BAE Systems 08 Sep 2009 -- Engineers at BAE Systems have developed and demonstrated a new mission control system that enables commanders to integrate next generation autonomous systems into manned operations on the frontline
- FIRST PRODUCTION NIMROD APPROACHES MAIDEN FLIGHT BAE Systems 08 Sep 2009 -- The first production Nimrod aircraft PA04 is undergoing final testing in preparation for its maiden flight
- BAE SYSTEMS PROTESTS U.S. ARMY’S FAMILY OF MEDIUM TACTICAL VEHICLES REBUY DECISION BAE Systems 08 Sep 2009 -- BAE Systems has filed a protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), asking the agency to review the decision by the U.S. Army to award a contract to a competitor for the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) rebuy program.
- BAE SYSTEMS NEW GLOBAL TACTICAL VEHICLE MAKES ITS DEBUT BAE Systems 08 Sep 2009 -- BAE Systems brings combat-proven operational pedigree and the latest environmental technology to the European market with the new Euro V compliant Global Tactical Vehicle (GTV).
- BAE SYSTEMS DEBUTS NEW GENERATION FIGHTING VEHICLE BAE Systems 08 Sep 2009 -- BAE Systems launched the latest 6x6 addition to the battle-proven RG range at the Defence Systems & Equipment International (DSEi) exhibition today – the RG35 Mine Protected multi-purpose fighting vehicle.
- TECHNOLOGY TO COMBAT PIRACY IN THE HIGH SEAS BAE Systems 08 Sep 2009 -- A sophisticated electronic early warning system aimed at combating soaring levels of piracy on the high seas has been developed by engineers at BAE Systems
- BAE SYSTEMS SEEKS MILITARY AIR TRANSPORT CUSTOMERS FOR BAe 146M BAE Systems 08 Sep 2009 -- BAE Systems announced today at the Defence Services & Equipment International Exhibition (DSEI) in London that it intends to promote the BAe 146 to the world's military as a cost-effective transport
- LOCKHEED MARTIN AND TERMA SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING FOR THE MARITIME HELICOPTER OPPORTUNITY IN DENMARK Lockheed Martin 08 Sep 2009 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and Danish aerospace and defense company Terma A/S today announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore opportunities associated with the potential sale of the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R multimission helicopter to the Danish Government.
- Raytheon Unveils SPY-5 -- an Affordable, Advanced Naval X-Band Radar Raytheon 08 Sep 2009 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has developed a new naval radar -- AN/SPY-5, a multitracking, target-illuminating system for surface combatants that can simultaneously search, detect and precisely track multiple surface and air threats.
- Raytheon Signs $151 Million Evolved SeaSparrow Missile Contract Raytheon 08 Sep 2009 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was awarded a $151 million contract by the U.S. Navy's NATO SeaSparrow program office to produce 186 Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles, with an option for $210.3 million to produce an additional 255 missiles. The agreement will also provide NSPO consortium member navies with spare parts and missile containers.
- Eurocopter South East Asia (ESEA) signs a contract with Royal Thai Police (RTP) for 3 EC155 Dauphin helicopters EADS 08 Sep 2009 -- Eurocopter, the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer is pleased to announce the contract signature of 3 EC155 Dauphin helicopters with the Royal Thai Police (RTP) at Asian Aerospace in Hong Kong.
- Oshkosh Defense Awarded $23 Million Delivery Order for HEMTT A4s Oshkosh 08 Sep 2009 -- Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), has been awarded a delivery order from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) for more than 45 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) A4s.
- Vectronix wins major contracts in the UK Sagem (Safran group) 08 Sep 2009 -- Vectronix AG has been awarded by the THALES-FIST Prime Contract Management Office with two major contracts to supply its new multi-function goggle MOSKITO and the Rapid Acquisition Aiming Module (RAAM) to the UK Ministry of Defence under the FIST Program (Future Infantry Soldier Technology – Dismounted Soldier System).
- Sagem receives new order for 450 JIM LR multifunction infrared rangefinders for French Army Sagem (Safran group) 08 Sep 2009 -- France’s defense procurement agency (DGA) has just ordered for the French Army 450 JIM LR (Long Range) multifunction infrared rangefinders from Sagem (Safran Group). The order also includes 430 tactical portable MEPS 08P monitors and 90 ROSS (1) teleoperated systems, plus maintenance spares for armed-forces. The matériel will be delivered during the first semester 2010.
- Thales awarded stage one of FIST soldier systems contract Thales 08 Sep 2009 -- UK Minister for Defence Equipment & Support (Min DE&S) Quentin Davies today announces the award of a £150m prime contract to Thales UK for the delivery and in-service support of a surveillance and target acquisition (STA) system, which will form the first increment of the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Future Integrated Soldier Technology (FIST) programme.
- Thales appointed mission system design authority for Talisman Thales 08 Sep 2009 -- Thales UK today announces the signing of a contract valued at around £25m with the UK Ministry of Defence (UK MoD) to undertake the role of mission system design authority (MSDA) for the Talisman urgent operational requirement (UoR) programme.
- Thales unveils Sophie ZS and Sophie XF, two new handheld thermal imagers Thales 08 Sep 2009 -- Thales today announces the expanding of its line of Sophie thermal imagers with the launch of two new products: Sophie ZS (Zoom Surveillance) mono-function and Sophie XF (eXtended Functions) multi-function. Both cameras are specially tailored to the requirements of homeland security and surveillance.
- Thales appointed mission system design authority for TALISMAN Thales 08 Sep 2009 -- Thales UK today announces the signing of a contract valued at around £25m with the UK Ministry of Defence (UK MoD) to undertake the role of Mission System Design Authority (MSDA) for the TALISMAN Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) programme.
- Thales awarded stage one of FIST soldier systems contract Thales 08 Sep 2009 -- Minister for Defence Equipment & Support Quentin Davies today announces the award of a £150m prime contract to Thales UK for the delivery and in-service support of a surveillance and target acquisition (STA) system, which will form the first increment of the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Future Integrated Soldier Technology (FIST) programme.
- Thales to build Kongsberg remote weapons stations in UK Thales 08 Sep 2009 -- Thales UK and Kongsberg Protech Systems of Norway today announce the signing of a UK licensed manufacture agreement for Kongsberg’s Protector remote weapons station (RWS).
- Daily Press Briefing by the Offices of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and the Spokesperson for the General Assembly President United Nations 08 Sep 2009
- Israeli PM, Egyptian President to Meet Next Week VOA 08 Sep 2009 -- The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will leave for Egypt early next week for talks with President Hosni Mubarak.
- Palestinian Economy Hits All-Time Low VOA 08 Sep 2009 -- A new U.N. report finds the economy of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and West Bank has hit an all-time low. The report by the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) says the economy of the occupied Palestinian Territory faces unprecedented challenges.
- UN names Sierra Leonean to top post in court trying war crimes in his homeland UN News Centre 08 Sep 2009 -- For the first time a Sierra Leonean is serving as acting prosecutor of the United Nations-backed Special Court trying those accused of violating international humanitarian law and national law in the civil war that tore the West African country apart between 1996 and 2001.
- UN tribunal transfers former Bosnian Serb leader to UK prison UN News Centre 08 Sep 2009 -- One of the highest-ranking Bosnian Serb officials found guilty of offences committed during the Balkan wars in the 1990s has been transferred to the United Kingdom to serve the remainder of his 20-year sentence, the United Nations tribunal set up to prosecute crimes during the conflicts announced today.
- Western Sahara: UN refugee chief begins visit to camps for displaced UN News Centre 08 Sep 2009 -- The head of the United Nations refugee agency today kicked off a five-day tour to North Africa to assess the conditions for people still sheltering in makeshift camps in Algeria after fleeing conflict in Western Sahara in the mid-1970s.
- SUDAN: WHO warns of epidemics in conflict areas of south IRIN 08 Sep 2009 -- Conflict-affected areas of Southern Sudan, such as Ezo County in Western Equatoria State where Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels have been active, are facing a high risk of epidemics, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns.
- YEMEN: Saudi aid route for Saada IDPs? IRIN 08 Sep 2009 -- The humanitarian community in Yemen is considering using Saudi Arabia as an entry point for getting aid into Saada Governorate, northern Yemen, where fighting between Houthi rebels and government forces has been raging since 12 August.
- UN refugee chief set to assess conditions for people after decades in Algerian camps UN News Centre 08 Sep 2009 -- The head of the United Nations refugee agency today kicked off a five-day tour to North Africa to assess the conditions for people still sheltering in makeshift camps in Algeria after fleeing conflict in Western Sahara in the mid-1970s.
- Number of Bhutanese resettled from Nepal tops 20,000, UN says UN News Centre 08 Sep 2009 -- Over 20,000 refugees from Bhutan have left Nepal to embark on fresh lives in third countries as part of one of the largest resettlement schemes of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
- Three British Muslims Convicted In Biggest Al-Qaeda Plot Since 9/11 RFE/RL 08 Sep 2009 -- A British court has found three British Muslims guilty of plotting to murder thousands of people with attacks against at least seven airliners flying from Britain to North America
- Colonel Gaddafi's son denies Lockerbie bomber is close to death RIA Novosti 08 Sep 2009 -- The son of Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi has denied media reports that the man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie plane bombing is on his deathbed, a London-based Arab newspaper said.
- Gates Labels Iran as Problem for Middle East, World AFPS 08 Sep 2009 -- Iran is a problem not just for the United States, but for the greater Middle East and the world, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the Arabic television network Al-Jazeera in an interview being broadcast this week.
- Iran Closes Office of Defeated Presidential Candidate VOA 08 Sep 2009 -- Iran's judiciary has shut down the office of defeated presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi. The pro-reform cleric came in fourth place in the disputed June presidential election. But post-election he angered conservative hardliners over controversial claims that opposition protesters were abused and raped while detained in Iranian prisons.
- Karrubi's Son Says Tehran Raid An Attempt To Intimidate RFE/RL 08 Sep 2009 -- The son of reformist Iranian cleric and former presidential candidate Mehdi Karrubi, whose Tehran office was closed on September 8 by authorities, says that the move is an attempt to pressure his father into not reporting abuse of postelection detainees, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports
- Moscow backs IAEA chief on Iranian nuclear program RIA Novosti 08 Sep 2009 -- The Russian foreign minister on Tuesday dismissed accusations that the director of the UN nuclear watchdog was holding back information on Iran's nuclear issue.
- Gates: Arab World Should Unite to Counter Iran Threat VOA 08 Sep 2009 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says American allies in the Arab world should strengthen their military capabilities to deter Iran from seeking nuclear weapons.
- US Sanctions Two More North Korean Entities VOA 08 Sep 2009 -- The United States Tuesday imposed sanctions against two North Korean entities said to be involved in that country's missile and nuclear programs. The action came as the U.S. envoy for North Korean policy completed a round of talks in Asia on ways to get Pyongyang to return to nuclear negotiations.
- U.S. envoy says no alternative to six-party talks on N. Korea RIA Novosti 08 Sep 2009 -- Washington may consider bilateral talks with N. Korea in the future, but not as a substitute for six-party talks on the country's nuclear disarmament, the U.S. special envoy on North Korea said on Tuesday.
- Author Of Censored Putin Article: U.S. Publisher 'Was Worried' RFE/RL 08 Sep 2009 -- Scott Anderson is an American freelance journalist and author who has covered several wars and written extensively for publications like "The New York Times Magazine" and "Vanity Fair." Recently, for "GQ" magazine, he looked into the apartment bombings in Russia in 1999 that killed hundreds of people
- How Obama's Russia Reset Is Playing On The Ground In Europe RFE/RL 08 Sep 2009 -- The official "reset" of relations between the United States and Russia took place in July
- Fears Rise Obama's Russia 'Reset' May Run Aground In Former Soviet Bloc RFE/RL 08 Sep 2009
- European Split On Russia Threatens U.S. Policy RFE/RL 08 Sep 2009
- No suspicious cargo on board Arctic Sea - Russian investigators RIA Novosti 08 Sep 2009 -- Russian investigators said on Tuesday they had searched the Arctic Sea vessel and found only lumber registered in the ship's cargo log.
- Russia denies rumors of S-300 shipment on board Arctic Sea ship RIA Novosti 08 Sep 2009 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov dismissed on Tuesday media speculation that the Arctic Sea cargo ship, recently hijacked in the Atlantic, was carrying missiles for S-300 air defense systems.
- Russian FM: No Missiles on Arctic Sea VOA 08 Sep 2009 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has rejected speculation that a freighter, hijacked in the Arctic Sea in July, might have carried sophisticated Russian aircraft missiles bound for Iran.
- Two Norwegians Sentenced to Death in DR Congo VOA 08 Sep 2009 -- A Congolese military court has sentenced two Norwegian men to death after finding them guilty on charges of murder and espionage.
- On inauguration of new president, Ban pledges support for peace in Guinea-Bissau UN News Centre 08 Sep 2009 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today used the inauguration of a newly elected president in Guinea-Bissau to pledge United Nations support to enhance peace and development in a country that has been plagued by grinding poverty and periodic bouts of civil war, coups, assassinations, and drug trafficking.
- Delay in forming Lebanese government sparks concern from UN envoy UN News Centre 08 Sep 2009 -- The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon today voiced his concern that no agreement has been reached on the formation of a government, more than 10 weeks after the designation of Saad Hariri as Prime Minister-designate.
- Southern African Leaders Conclude Summit, Urge Lifting of Zimbabwe Sanctions VOA 08 Sep 2009 -- Leaders of the Southern African Development Community on Tuesday concluded a two-day summit in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, among other resolutions urging the West to lift economic and travel sanctions targeting President Robert Mugabe and other members of the former government of his long-ruling ZANU-PF party.
- South Sudan Reacts Angrily to Report of Possible Oil Fraud by North VOA 08 Sep 2009 -- A senior leader of South Sudan's ruling party says its suspicions of foul play on the part of the North have been confirmed by a new report that finds discrepancies in the oil figures reported by Khartoum. Oil revenue sharing is a crucial component of the North-South peace agreement signed in 2005 and accounts for nearly all of the South's income.
- Thales Alenia Space to provide the cargo carrier module of the second ATV Thales 08 Sep 2009 -- The Kepler module, like its precursor Jules Verne, represents Europe’s key role in the International Space Station’s (ISS) logistics and operations.
- Thales Alenia Space to build the ARSAT-1 payload Thales 08 Sep 2009 -- Thales Alenia Space announced today that it has signed a contract with Argentina’s ARSAT to supply the payload for the ARSAT-1 satellite, as part of the SSGAT (Sistema Satelital Geoestacionario Argentino de Telecomunicaciones) program to manufacture the first Argentine geostationary telecom satellite. INVAP, the Rio Negro Province high tech powerhouse located in San Carlos de Bariloche, already involved in the manufacturing of Observation satellites, was selected by ARSAT as prime contractor of ARSAT-1 and will integrate the Thales Alenia Space payload with the platform they are currently developing.
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