13 January 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 13 Jan 2010 [PDF]
- Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Maj. Gen. Cucolo From Iraq DoD 13 Jan 2010 -- Presenter: Commander, U.S. Forces Division-North Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo
- Iraq Minister Sees No Improvement In Mosul Security Situation RFE/RL 13 Jan 2010 -- The situation in Mosul, Iraq's third largest city, is not getting any better in terms of security or basic services, and the whole surrounding province of Nineveh has been partitioned along ethnic lines, Iraq's Planning Minister has told RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq.
- Iraqi Forces Arrest 20 Terrorism Suspects AFPS 13 Jan 2010 -- Iraqi forces, with U.S. advisors, in recent days arrested 20 people suspected of terrorist activities in Iraq, military officials reported.
- Northern Iraq Remains Complex, General Says AFPS 13 Jan 2010 -- The complexity of the situation in northern Iraq means that more U.S. troops will remain in the region than elsewhere in the country after the March 7 elections, the commander of U.S. forces in the region said today.
- Engineers Bring Light to Fallujah AFPS 13 Jan 2010 -- More than 22 miles of roadway here and in surrounding communities are now fully lighted with 1,200 solar powered street lights, thanks to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region District.
- Kabul's Taliban Reconciliation Strategy Gains Momentum RFE/RL 13 Jan 2010 -- sometimes from outside the country. This requires a broad range of measures and cannot be achieved by creating employment for some [insurgents] alone."
- NATO Commander: Afghan Civilian Concerns More Important than Battles VOA 13 Jan 2010 -- The commander of all NATO forces says he is more concerned about his troops in Afghanistan earning the support of the Afghan people and building the size and competence of their security forces than he is about defeating Taliban forces in battle.
- Troops Seize Explosives Cache in Helmand Province AFPS 13 Jan 2010 -- Afghan and international forces seized a large explosives cache, captured two insurgents and confiscated their weapons in Afghanistan in recent days, military officials reported.
- Stavridis Expects ‘Significant Progress’ in Afghanistan AFPS 13 Jan 2010 -- NATO’s top military commander expects significant progress in Afghanistan before the scheduled departure of U.S. troops begins in July 2011, a timeline that he said lends focus to the mission.
- AFGHANISTAN: Over 2,400 civilian deaths in 2009 - UNAMA IRIN 13 Jan 2010 -- Armed conflict in Afghanistan is taking an increasing toll on civilians, according to figures released by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
- Last year deadliest yet for Afghan civilians caught in conflict, finds UN report UN News Centre 13 Jan 2010 -- New statistics released by the United Nations today showed that 2009 was the deadliest year yet for civilians in Afghanistan, with 2,412 casualties recorded – an increase of 14 per cent over the previous year – prompting the world body to call for greater efforts to ensure their protection.
- UN Blames Taliban for Record Afghan Death Toll VOA 13 Jan 2010 -- The United Nations says the number of civilians killed in war-related violence in Afghanistan reached its highest level last year since the conflict began in 2001.
- Merkel to address German parliament about future Afghan policy IRNA 13 Jan 2010 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to address parliament later this month about her future policy on Afghanistan, an official announced in Berlin on Wednesday.
- Maintainers keep aircraft soaring AFNS 13 Jan 2010 -- Airmen from the 451st Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron maintenance flight keep A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft up and running, enabling them to provide close-air support throughout Afghanistan.
- Marines Build Observation Posts Along Infamous Road AFPS 13 Jan 2010 -- The 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion convoy stopped, and Marines looked at each other with confused looks, knowing that there are very few reasons a convoy abruptly comes to a halt. The machine gunners swiveled in their turrets on high alert, surveying the area.
- Pakistani soldier dies in militants attack IRNA 13 Jan 2010 -- A Pakistani soldier has been killed in an attack by the militants in a tribal region, officials said Tuesday.
- Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Gen. Fraser from the Pentagon DoD 13 Jan 2010 -- Presenter: Commander, U.S. Southern Command Gen. Douglas Fraser
- Mobility aircraft, personnel poised to support Haiti relief operations AFNS 13 Jan 2010 -- Air Mobility Command forces are actively working to support relief operations in Haiti after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated the Caribbean nation Jan. 12, AMC officials said here Jan. 13.
- Coast Guard continues support in wake of Haiti earthquake US Coast Guard 13 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. Coast Guard, the first Department of Homeland Security agency to provide assistance to Haiti following Tuesday's earthquake, continues to provide support Wednesday to the U.S. Government's humanitarian assistance and disaster response efforts.
- Vinson Deploys to Respond to Haiti Earthquake Navy NewsStand 13 Jan 2010 -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) has been ordered to deploy to Haiti to conduct Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Response (HA/DR) missions Jan. 13. Currently, Vinson is underway in the Atlantic Ocean, and will briefly loiter off the coast of Mayport to receive equipment and supplies.
- UN Security Council, General Assembly pledge support for Haiti quake victims UN News Centre 13 Jan 2010 -- The 192-member United Nations General Assembly and the 15-member Security Council observed a minute of silence today as they stood in solidarity with the countless earthquake victims in Haiti, with both bodies pledging support for international relief efforts.
- US Launches Major Response to Haiti Earthquake VOA 13 Jan 2010 -- The United States has launched a major civilian and military response to the massive earthquake in Haiti, which has flattened buildings in much of the capital, and left a devastating toll of death and destruction. We have details of the American rescue and relief effort in this report from Washington.
- Untold Numbers Still Trapped in Rubble of Worst Quake in Haitian History VOA 13 Jan 2010 -- As untold numbers lay dead and or buried in the rubble of Haiti's worst earthquake ever, the impoverished nation is calling on the world to help.
- International Community Rushes Aid To Haiti VOA 13 Jan 2010 -- The international community is mobilizing aid to Haiti after Tuesday's massive earthquake. But U.S. officials say the capital's seaport and airport sustained damage, a factor that could delay humanitarian efforts.
- Airmen deploy to support Haiti operations AFNS 13 Jan 2010 -- Officials from the 1st Special Operations Wing here deployed two MC-130H Combat Talon IIs from the 15th Special Operations Squadron and one MC-130P Combat Shadow from the 9th Special Operations Squadron Jan. 13 in support of humanitarian operations in Haiti.
- National Guard Stands Ready to Help in Haiti AFPS 13 Jan 2010 -- The Army and Air National Guard are prepared to help in the humanitarian relief effort in Haiti, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said today.
- Military Preps for Broader Haiti Relief Mission AFPS 13 Jan 2010 -- The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is headed toward earthquake-devastated Haiti and is scheduled to arrive tomorrow to provide airlift support for the disaster-response mission, the commander of U.S. Southern Command reported today.
- Military officials to deploy assessment team to Haiti AFNS 13 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Southern Command officials here will deploy a team of 30 people to Haiti to support U.S. relief efforts in the aftermath of the Jan. 12 7.0 magnitude earthquake.
- Military Assesses Haiti Disaster, Readies for Response AFPS 13 Jan 2010 -- Defense Department officials are coordinating with their State Department counterparts to provide life-saving assistance in Haiti as quickly as possible after a devastating earthquake struck near the capital of Port-au-Prince yesterday afternoon.
- Remarks by the President on Rescue Efforts in Haiti The White House 13 Jan 2010
- Ban calls for international support in wake of devastating Haiti quake UN News Centre 13 Jan 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today issued an urgent call to the international community to assist Haiti following yesterday’s catastrophic earthquake that has devastated the impoverished Caribbean nation’s capital.
- UN rushing aid to Haiti following deadly tremors UN News Centre 13 Jan 2010 -- The United Nations is mobilizing its resources in the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti yesterday, sending its experts and supplies such as food to victims of the massive tremors in the Caribbean nation.
- Thousands Feared Dead After Haitian Earthquake VOA 13 Jan 2010 -- Stunned Haitians are digging through the rubble of Port-au-Prince, where thousands are feared dead after a massive earthquake destroyed much of the capital.
- Obama Pledges Full US Aid to Haiti After Earthquake VOA 13 Jan 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States will do all it can to help the victims of the Haitian earthquake. American rescue teams have been dispatched to the disaster area.
- Haiti Quake Devastation Prompts Global Response VOA 13 Jan 2010 -- Untold numbers of Haitians are dead, trapped in rubble or missing after the country's worst earthquake in two centuries. The international community has sprung into action to provide emergency aid for the impoverished Caribbean nation, where as many as three million people are believed to have been affected by Tuesday's 7.0 magnitude temblor that struck outside the capital, Port-au-Prince.
- International Agencies Mobilize Aid For Haiti VOA 13 Jan 2010 -- The United Nations is gearing up for a huge operation to help hundreds of thousands of victims of the powerful earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday. U.N. and international agencies are sending disaster experts and essential relief supplies to the stricken Caribbean Island.
- More Than 100 UN Personnel Missing After Haiti Earthquake VOA 13 Jan 2010 -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says more than 100 U.N. personnel are missing in Haiti and the organization is assessing the damage from the massive earthquake that rocked the country Tuesday. Mr. Ban said he is dispatching a senior U.N. official to Haiti and is immediately releasing $10 million in emergency assistance.
- French Foreign Minister Says UN Chief in Haiti Likely Dead VOA 13 Jan 2010 -- French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said the United Nations mission chief in Haiti is likely among those dead in the devastating earthquake that hit the Caribbean island on Tuesday.
- Germany earmarks 1.5m euros in immediate aid for Haiti quake victims IRNA 13 Jan 2010 -- Germany has allocated 1.5 million euros in immediate aid for Haitian earthquake victims, a foreign ministry spokesman told journalists in Berlin on Wednesday.
- World Gears Up To Help Quake-Hit Haiti, As Thousands Feared Dead RFE/RL 13 Jan 2010 -- An international rescue effort is under way in Haiti, where thousands are feared dead after a major earthquake.
- Russian president sends condolences over Haitian quake RIA Novosti 13 Jan 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday sent his condolences to his Haitian counterpart Rene Preval over the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the Kremlin said.
- Many feared dead after quake hits Haiti RIA Novosti 13 Jan 2010 -- Hundreds of people are believed to have died after a powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Haiti.
- FM: Israel will not dare to attack Iran IRNA 13 Jan 2010 -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Wednesday that the Zionist regime was not in a position to even dare to attack Iran.
- President orders security bodies to find assasination agents IRNA 13 Jan 2010 -- Government of the Islamic Republic condemned assasination of Tehran University professor and announced that President Ahmadinejad has ordered security bodies to find the perpetrators of the crime as well as their foreign supporters.
- National Guard Provides Water in Four States AFPS 13 Jan 2010 -- National Guardsmen in four states are providing drinking water to communities with broken or damaged water systems caused by recent freezing temperatures.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Lincoln Underway for Sea Trials Navy NewsStand 13 Jan 2010 -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) in Bremerton, Wash., for sea trials after an intensive nine-month maintenance period Jan. 13.
- DoD News: Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Independence DoD 13 Jan 2010 -- The Navy will commission Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Independence, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, during an 11 a.m. CST ceremony at Cooper Riverside Park in Mobile, Ala.
- Mission Packages Key to LCS Capabilities Navy NewsStand 13 Jan 2010 -- The littoral combat ship (LCS) is revolutionary in its use of modularity and open-architecture to ensure it is able to adapt to the ever-changing threat environment.
- U.S.-Japan Alliance is Cornerstone of Security in Asia, says 7th Fleet Commander Navy NewsStand 13 Jan 2010 -- On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the U.S.-Japan security treaty, the U.S. Navy's senior commander in the Western Pacific called the alliance the "cornerstone of peace and stability throughout the Asia-Pacific region."
- Reserve Units Combine to Combat Terrorism Navy NewsStand 13 Jan 2010 -- The Navy Reserve Naval Security Force (NR NSF) Oceana, RNSF Norfolk, and Commander Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Regional Operational Center teamed up at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana to conduct anti-terrorism scenario drills Jan. 9.
- Budget for 2010 to help Guard equip, modernize AFNS 13 Jan 2010 -- Increased funding in the fiscal 2010 budget will allow the National Guard to modernize and equip its forces for state and federal missions, Guard officials announced here Jan. 11.
- DoD News: DOD Announces New Defense Business Board Membership DoD 13 Jan 2010 -- The DOD announced today the appointment of its 2010 Defense Business Board members. Michael J. Bayer will continue to serve as the Board’s Chairman, with John B. Goodman serving as Vice Chairman.
- DoD News: DOD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for December 2009 DoD 13 Jan 2010 -- The Department of Defense announced today its recruiting and retention statistics for the active and reserve components for the month of December 2009.
- BLT 2/7 ready for first-time experience USMC News 13 Jan 2010 -- Though Marines have been deploying alongside their Navy brethren for more than 234 years, there is still room for new adventure and first-time experience within the Corps’ ranks.
- Air Force officials restrict Portal access beginning Jan. 15 AFNS 13 Jan 2010 -- Global Combat Support System-Air Force computer officials will begin restricting access to the Air Force Portal to only users with a common access card or valid public key infrastructure certificate Jan. 15.
- Mullen Voices Concern with Military Suicide Rate AFPS 13 Jan 2010 -- Suicide is a growing problem in the military community, and its leaders must be committed to reversing that trend, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
- Africa, Partners Work for Maritime Security AFPS 13 Jan 2010 -- The international community is taking focused, collaborative action to remove maritime insecurities in Africa, the deputy commander of U.S. Naval Forces Africa said yesterday.
- December Recruiting Successes Wrap Up Banner 2009 AFPS 13 Jan 2010 -- The Defense Department rang out 2009 as a successful recruiting year with solid recruiting successes in all four active components in December, Pentagon officials announced today.
- U.S. Seeks Positive Military Relationship with China AFPS 13 Jan 2010 -- The United States seeks to maintain a positive, cooperative and comprehensive military relationship with China, senior Defense Department officials told the House Armed Services Committee today.
- Crane Army Moves Retrograde Ammo Army News 13 Jan 2010 -- Crane Army Depot Operations is a playing a huge part in the receipt and storage of the retrograde munitions that resulted in a Memorandum of Agreement signed between the United States and the Government of the Republic of Korea concerning the transfer and retrograde of former War Reserve Stocks Allies Korea.
- Water damages cars, asphalt at USASMDC/ARSTRAT headquarters Army News 13 Jan 2010 -- A water main ruptured Tuesday morning causing immediate flooding of the east parking lot at the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command.
- The Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives program reflects on 2009 Army News 13 Jan 2010 -- The Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives program, known as ACWA, achieved many milestones throughout 2009 and continues to progress toward eliminating the chemical weapons stockpile in both Pueblo, Colo., and Blue Grass, Ky.
- UK needs cut armed forces to 140,000, think-tank warns IRNA 13 Jan 2010 -- Britain will be forced to reduce the strength of its armed forces by 15 per cent due to the economic recession, a leading military think-tank warned Wednesday.
- Russia appoints new Ground Forces chief, other top commanders RIA Novosti 13 Jan 2010 -- Col. Gen. Alexander Postnikov, the head of the Siberian Military District, has been appointed the commander of the Russian Ground Forces, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.
- U.S. will not to stop arms sales to Taiwan because of China: expert CNA 13 Jan 2010 -- An expert on cross-Taiwan Strait affairs said Tuesday that the United States is expected to announce an arms sales deal with Taiwan in few months although a negative reaction from China would be unavoidable.
- China missile defense test not linked to Taiwan arms sale - Clinton RIA Novosti 13 Jan 2010 -- U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that China's missile defense test was not a response to U.S. arms supplies to Taiwan.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 13 Jan 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for January 13, 2010
- BAE SYSTEMS RECEIVES $185.3 MILLION CONTRACT FOR 155mm LONG RANGE LAND ATTACK PROJECTILE BAE Systems 13 Jan 2010 -- BAE Systems has received a $185.3 million contract from the U.S. Navy for the completion of qualification of the 155mm Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP). The 155mm LRLAP is being developed for the U.S. Navy DDG 1000 program and will be fired from the Advanced Gun System (AGS).
- U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin Team Achieves Key Ground Segment Milestone For Nation's Space-Based Missile Warning System Lockheed Martin 13 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team developing the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) program has achieved two key milestones: a testing milestone demonstrating that the ground system is on track to support launch of the first SBIRS geosynchronous (GEO-1) satellite in the constellation, and a maturity milestone moving the ground system into the next level of integration.
- Boeing Receives $22M B-52 Engineering Sustainment Option From US Air Force Boeing 13 Jan 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has received a $22 million option to continue supporting the B-52 bomber under the Engineering Sustainment Program (ESP) contract the company received from the U.S. Air Force in June 2009. Under the $750 million, 10-year ESP contract, Boeing will continue to perform engineering assignments that maintain the B-52 as a ready, reliable and viable asset to the Air Force.
- Boeing Awards AH-64D Apache Block III Work to Science Engineering Services in Huntsville Boeing 13 Jan 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has selected Science Engineering Services Inc. (SES) to perform disassembly, inspection and repair on AH-64D Apache helicopters in preparation for their upgrade to the Block III configuration. The program will create approximately 70 new positions for aviation and avionics mechanics, structural installers, and aviation quality inspectors within SES.
- General Dynamics Awarded $60 Million Contract by U.S. Air Force for Mission Operations Support General Dynamics 13 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems a five-year, $60 million contract to provide network management and mission operations support to the 480th Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Wing’s Air Force Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) and two network operations centers in Virginia and California. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD).
- Landing of Main Propulsion Diesel Engines is Latest Milestone for Nation’s Third Littoral Combat Ship Lockheed Martin 13 Jan 2010 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]-led industry team completed a key milestone in constructing the nation’s third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) with the landing of the vessel’s two main propulsion diesel engines. LCS 3, named Fort Worth, is on track for delivery to the U.S. Navy in 2012.
- U.S. Navy Awards Lockheed Martin $33 Million Contract For JATAS Technology Demonstration Lockheed Martin 13 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. Navy recently awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] a $33 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the technology demonstration phase of the Joint and Allied Threat Awareness System (JATAS). The JATAS program will provide the next generation threat warning system to protect U.S. Navy and Marine Corps assault aircraft for increased survivability in hostile environments.
- Raytheon Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer Completes First Free-Flight Test Raytheon 13 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. Air Force and Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) completed the first free-flight test of the Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer. The completion of this flight test sets the stage for a critical design review in 2010 and the conclusion of Phase II risk reduction.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Offices of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and the Spokesperson for the General Assembly President United Nations 13 Jan 2010
- Press Conference by Heads of Peacekeeping Operations, Field Support Departments on Situation in Haiti United Nations 13 Jan 2010
- Tens of thousands of refugees to benefit from new UN-backed microfinance project UN News Centre 13 Jan 2010 -- Tens of thousands of displaced people around the world will get micro-loans to set up their own businesses and become self-sufficient thanks to a new agreement between the UN refugee agency and a microfinance services organization set up by Bangladeshi Nobel Peace laureate Muhammad Yunus.
- Regional groups must play growing role with UN in today’s crises, Council says UN News Centre 13 Jan 2010 -- The Security Council today discussed ways of further enhancing cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations in tackling global crises, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling for greater flexibility in facing the “new landscape” of ever more complex problems.
- EGYPT: Signs of rising sectarian tension IRIN 13 Jan 2010 -- A 6 January drive-by shooting on a Coptic Christian congregation leaving midnight mass on their Christmas Eve in Nagaa Hammadi, southern Egypt, has focused attention on decades-old tensions between Muslims and Christians in Egypt.
- Nepal peace process close to standstill due to tensions and mistrust, UN warns UN News Centre 13 Jan 2010 -- The peace process that ended a 10-year civil war in Nepal has remained largely stalled over the past three months, with tensions and mistrust between Maoists, the Government and army threatening its very survival, according to a new United Nations report issued today.
- Ban encourages Ivorian parties to complete tasks ahead of March polls UN News Centre 13 Jan 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all parties in Côte d’Ivoire to press ahead with the remaining preparations for the West African nation’s presidential polls, which have repeatedly been postponed since 2005 and are now slated for March.
- Ties between UN and Timor-Leste strong, says new envoy UN News Centre 13 Jan 2010 -- Underscoring the strong ties between the United Nations and Timor-Leste, the world body’s new top envoy to the fledgling nation today expressed her commitment to continuing with the deep relationship.
- Egypt's underground steel wall will 'strangle' Gaza RIA Novosti 13 Jan 2010 -- Egypt's plans to build an underground steel wall on the border with the Gaza Strip will "strangle" the impoverished enclave, a spokesman for Gaza's Interior Ministry said.
- Lavrov to talk Karabakh conflict settlement during visit to Armenia RIA Novosti 13 Jan 2010 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will discuss the the Nagorny Karabakh issue during his two-day visit to Armenia that kicks off Wednesday.
- India concerned about rise in infiltration from Pak IRNA 13 Jan 2010 -- India’s Defence Minister A K Antony Wednesday expressed serious concern over rise in Cross-border infiltration into Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan.
- N. Korea Maneuvers to Counter the Market It Fears and Needs VOA 13 Jan 2010 -- North Korea has taken dramatic steps in recent weeks to redistribute wealth, and to destroy the earnings of those engaging in what Pyongyang views as illegal trading. North Korea scholars say the steps are aimed at reining in a market that could threaten the country's rulers even as it sustains the population.
- Blair spokesman denies exaggerating Iraq threat IRNA 13 Jan 2010 -- Former prime minister Tony Blair's director of communications remained unrepentant Tuesday about unequivocal claims made about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein’s regime that
- Pakistan objects to new US screening law IRNA 13 Jan 2010 -- Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Wednesday raised objections to new screening laws for Pakistanis traveling to the United States and said it would have bad impact on relations.
- India presses Pakistan to dismantle infrastructure of terror IRNA 13 Jan 2010 -- India’s External Affairs Minister S M Krishna Wednesday spoke to his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi and pressed for "effective steps" to dismantle infrastructure of terror, saying it is still being "used" for anti-India acts.
- MALI: Lab confirms H1N1 IRIN 13 Jan 2010 -- International laboratories have confirmed six H1N1 infections in Mali’s capital, Bamako, according to the Ministry of Health.
- Pakistan confirms 219 Swine Flu cases, 14 deaths IRNA 13 Jan 2010 -- Pakistan’s Health Minister informed parliament on Tuesday 219 cases of Swine Flu have so far been detected in the country.
- U.S., Google Take Hard Line On China Web Censorship RFE/RL 13 Jan 2010 -- Google Inc. says its threat to close its Beijing office and pull out of the Chinese market comes after China-based cyber spies attacked Google's computers in an apparent bid to hack into the e-mail accounts of Chinese human rights activists.
- U.S. seeks explanation from China on Internet attacks claims RIA Novosti 13 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. expects Beijing to respond to claims that Google and other firms have the subject of Internet attacks originating from China, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said. was used to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
- Local al-Qaida Leader Killed in Yemen VOA 13 Jan 2010 -- The alleged leader of an al-Qaida cell was killed in the Yemeni province of Shabwa, after security forces raided the house he was hiding in, according to the provincial governor. Yemen recently began cracking down on al-Qaida operations in several eastern provinces.
- Moscow, Ankara agree on nuclear power plant cooperation RIA Novosti 13 Jan 2010 -- Russia and Turkey on Wednesday signed a joint statement regarding plans to build a nuclear power plant on Turkish soil.
- Kazakhstan vows to help crew of arms cargo plane in Thailand RIA Novosti 13 Jan 2010 -- The Kazakh Foreign Ministry has pledged to do everything possible to assist four of its citizens who were part of a crew of an arms-laden airplane seized in Bangkok in mid-December.
- Guinea's Injured Military Leader Moves to Burkina Faso VOA 13 Jan 2010 -- Guinea's injured military leader is in Burkina Faso where he is expected to meet with members of his ruling council, Wednesday. The military chief was shot in December by the former head of the presidential guard.
- Mozambican President Guebuza to be Sworn-in for Second Term VOA 13 Jan 2010 -- Mozambique's President Armando Guebuza is to be sworn in Thursday for a second five-year term, but the opposition Renamo Party is alleging election fraud and boycotting the new parliament.
- Clinton Pledges Asia Engagement, Urges More Political Openness in China VOA 13 Jan 2010 -- Clinton, in a policy speech at the U.S.-sponsored East-West Center in Honolulu, said the Asia-Pacific relationship is a priority for the administration of President Barack Obama, who spent some of his formative years in Hawaii and in Indonesia.
- Turkey Threatens to Pull Israel Envoy Over Row VOA 13 Jan 2010 -- Turkey's president is threatening to recall the country's envoy to Israel unless Israel delivers a formal apology for offending its ambassador.
- Nigeria Court Orders Vice President to Assume Executive Powers VOA 13 Jan 2010 -- A Nigeria federal court has ordered Vice President Goodluck Jonathan to take over presidential duties in the absence of President Umaru Yar'Adua. The court announcement comes a day after thousands of protesters marched through the streets of the capital city demanding the vice president assume executive powers.
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