21 January 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 21 Jan 2010 [PDF]
- RED HORSE Airmen construct new facilities AFNS 21 Jan 2010 -- The 557th Expeditionary Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operations Repair Squadron of Engineers recently constructed three buildings outside of Joint Base Balad in two months in support of the responsible drawdown of U.S. servicemembers from Iraq.
- Iraqi Forces Arrest al-Qaida Financier AFPS 21 Jan 2010 -- Iraqi security forces arrested two men affiliated with al-Qaida and detained two suspects in operations over the past two days in Iraq.
- U.S. Turns Over Training of Iraqi Federal Police AFPS 21 Jan 2010 -- Iraqi instructors are now exclusively teaching a four-phase Iraqi Federal Police training course at Contingency Operating Station Cashe South in Iraq.
- US Envoy: London Conference an Opportunity for Momentum in Afghanistan VOA 21 Jan 2010 -- President Barack Obama's Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan says a January 28 conference in London provides an important opportunity for the U.S. and other nations to galvanize support for Afghanistan. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, testified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee:
- Secretary-General to attend major Afghan conference in London next week UN News Centre 21 Jan 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will take part in next week’s international conference aimed at helping Afghanistan to chart its way forward in the wake of last year’s presidential elections and build a more secure and prosperous country, it was announced today.
- Force Protects Afghans While Targeting Taliban Commander AFPS 21 Jan 2010 -- An Afghan-led security force killed four insurgents during an operation in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province last night.
- German chancellor to skip London's Afghanistan conference IRNA 21 Jan 2010 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not take part at next week's key conference on Afghanistan in London, press reports said in Berlin on Thursday.
- Afghan president, NATO chief to attend Munich security confab IRNA 21 Jan 2010 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will take part at the 46th Munich Security Conference, due to be held from February 5-7, the organizer of the high-profile confab, Wolfgang Ischinger said Thursday.
- Marines draw out Taliban in southern Helmand province USMC News 21 Jan 2010 -- Stepping gingerly over rocks and uneven ground, Marines from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment and the Afghan National Army soldiers attached to them, patrolled to the north of Observation Post Huskars, in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Jan. 18, 2010.
- Petraeus Accepts Some Pakistani Deals with Border Tribes VOA 21 Jan 2010 -- The commander of U.S. forces in Central Asia and the Middle East, General David Petraeus, says Pakistan will likely have to make some deals with tribes along its border with Afghanistan in an effort to consolidate gains its military forces have made, but can not sustain on their own. Such deals have failed in the past, and U.S. officials have been skeptical of new ones.
- Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Gen. Fraser from Miami, Florida DoD 21 Jan 2010 -- Presenter: Commander, U.S. Southern Command Gen. Douglas Fraser
- Normandy, HSL 46 Det 3 Team Up for Humanitarian Effort in Haiti Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2010 -- The Norfolk-based guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) is serving as a platform for its helicopter detachment to deliver needed aid and transport personnel in Haiti's capital, as part of Operation Unified Response.
- George H.W. Bush Sailors Assisting in Haiti Relief Effort Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2010 -- Sailors from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) departed Norfolk, Va., to join the relief efforts in Haiti Jan. 21.
- USS Higgins Supports Relief Effort from Coast of Haiti Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2010 -- Eight miles from Port Au Prince, Haiti, Sailors aboard San Diego based USS Higgins (DDG 76) worked around the clock Jan. 20 to bring relief to earthquake victims.
- Carl Vinson Receives MEDEVAC, Mass Casualty Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2010 -- Approximately 20 medically evacuated personnel from Haiti and USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived on board USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Jan. 21 and the medical team activated the ship's walking blood bank.
- Commander Discusses the Role of USS Bataan in Humanitarian Efforts Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2010 -- USS Bataan (LHD 5) is in Haiti as part of the Bataan Amphibious Relief Mission to participate in Operation Unified Response.
- PWD GTMO Prepares Airfield to Support Logistics Mission in Haitian Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2010 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast engineers and support staff from Public Works Department (PWD) Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) provided rapid assistance that made it possible to open McCalla Field in GTMO, Cuba, Jan. 19 in support of Joint Logistics Hub GTMO.
- Africa Partnership Station Staff Helps Provide Relief in Haiti Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2010 -- Members of the international staff of Africa Partnership Station (APS) West began working ashore Jan. 19 with Sailors from USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) to help deliver relief supplies and aid medical personnel in helping victims of the devastating earthquake which struck Haiti Jan. 12.
- HAITI/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: New-found friends? IRIN 21 Jan 2010 -- Within one week of the earthquake that drove tens of thousands of Haitians out of their homes, its island neighbour, the Dominican Republic, is being transformed into a base for humanitarian efforts, from border soup kitchens to road convoys, warehouses, and visa waivers for humanitarian workers.
- Nassau ARG, 24th MEU Bound for Haiti Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2010 -- More than 4,000 Sailors and Marines from the USS Nassau (LHA 4) Amphibious Ready Group (NAS ARG) and 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) received orders Jan. 19 to deploy to Haiti to conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions.
- PWD GTMO Takes Action to Support First Haitian MEDEVAC Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2010 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast engineers and support staff from Public Works Department (PWD) Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) provided engineering analysis support that made it possible for U.S. Naval Hospital GTMO to open a landing pad for an initial medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) from Haiti Jan. 13.
- 823rd SFS to depart in support of Haiti relief efforts AFNS 21 Jan 2010 -- Approximately 70 Airmen from the 823rd Security Forces Squadron at Moody AFB have been ordered to deploy to Haiti to support humanitarian relief efforts there.
- Team MacDill responds to Haiti Relief Efforts AFNS 21 Jan 2010 -- Thirteen members of MacDill Air Force Base's 6th Medical Group deployed to the Republic of Haiti Jan. 20 in support of the humanitarian mission to provide critical medical care to survivors of the massive earthquake that devastated the island Jan. 12.
- Homestead offers respite for Haiti earthquake victims AFNS 21 Jan 2010 -- Since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti Jan. 12, Homestead Air Reserve Base has become a staging area for aircrews to bring earthquake victims.
- U.S. Forces in Haiti to Grow to 20,000 AFPS 21 Jan 2010 -- Roughly 20,000 U.S. troops will be supporting relief efforts in Haiti by Jan. 24, military officials said, adding to the 13,000-strong American force currently there.
- Logistics Agency Aids in Haiti Relief AFPS 21 Jan 2010 -- Defense Logistics Agency employees are working around the clock to provide critical supplies for earthquake victims in Haiti and material for servicemembers conducting humanitarian relief during what has been named Operation Unified Response.
- Fort Detrick Soldiers deploy to support Haiti relief Army News 21 Jan 2010 -- A team of Soldiers from the 6th Medical Logistics Management Center here deployed Sunday to Miami to augment the U.S. Southern Command headquarters as medical logistics planners for Operation Unified Response, the U.S. military's humanitarian mission to assist the victims of last week's earthquake in Haiti.
- 470th MI Brigade responds to crisis in Haiti Army News 21 Jan 2010 -- When President Obama promised a "swift, coordinated and aggressive response" to the earthquake disaster in Haiti, U.S. Army South's 470th Military Intelligence (MI) Brigade immediately responded by deploying intelligence teams to assist in disaster relief and sustainment support to Joint Task Force (JTF) Haiti and Operation Unified Response.
- Seaport and More Airports Open for Aid to Haiti VOA 21 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. military has reopened the severely damaged seaport in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince to help improve delivery of aid to victims of last week's massive earthquake. The military has also opened three more airports to assist the flow of humanitarian relief.
- PACAF aircraft depart to assist Haiti relief effort AFNS 21 Jan 2010 -- Pacific Air Forces deployed seven C-17 Globemaster III aircraft Jan. 19 to Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., to support the U.S. military's Haitian relief effort, Operation Unified Response.
- Peninsula warriors contribute to Haiti relief efforts AFNS 21 Jan 2010 -- Airmen from the 633rd Logistics Readiness Squadron at Langley AFB and Soldiers from Fort Eustis, Va., and Fort Lee, N.J., loaded vehicles, equipment and aid supplies aboard a C-17 Globemaster III bound for Haiti Jan. 19 as part of Operation Unified Response.
- March C-17s make quick turn-around for more Haiti missions AFNS 21 Jan 2010 -- Two C-17 Globemaster IIIs from the 729th Airlift Squadron returned to March Air Reserve Base Jan. 18 after flying earthquake relief missions to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. By mid-afternoon Jan. 18, Airmen from the 452nd Maintenance Group had regenerated the C-17s and new 729th AS crews were in the air for another cycle of Haiti missions.
- Charleston AFB aircrew conducts air delivery over Haiti AFNS 21 Jan 2010 -- Airmen from Charleston Air Force Base conducted the first C-17 Globemaster III air delivery mission to Haiti during Operation Unified Response Jan. 18.
- Lynn Salutes U.S. Relief Efforts in Haiti AFPS 21 Jan 2010 -- U.S. military and other assistance provided to earthquake-stricken Haiti “are helping to make a desperate situation a little less desperate each day,” Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said here today.
- Marines continue relief operations in Haiti USMC News 21 Jan 2010 -- Supplies continued to flow ashore in Haiti as Marines from 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered 1,487 cases of bottled water near Leogane and dozens of five-gallon water cans near Petit Paradies Jan. 20.
- 22nd MEU, Bataan Amphibious Ready Group aid Haitian disaster victims USMC News 21 Jan 2010 -- The ships intercom filled with the sound of a stern voice urgently calling "mass casualty, mass casualty!" calling all available Marines and Sailors on the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan to the flight deck to assist with incoming Haitian earthquake victims.
- 3rd Taiwan relief team arrives in Santo Domingo en route to Haiti CNA 21 Jan 2010 -- A 65-member Taiwan medical team landed in the Dominican Republic capital Wednesday en route to Haiti to provide aid to earthquake victims.
- UN strains hard to aid Haiti's quake victims, but long way to go IRNA 21 Jan 2010 -- The United Nations is “straining every nerve” to ramp up its aid to the countless victims of Haiti’s devastating earthquake, from medical care, food and water supplies to security and logistics, but there is still a very long way to go.
- Rescue operation in quake-hit Haiti costs Russia $5 million RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2010 -- Costs of Russia's rescue operation in Haiti, hit by a devastating quake last week, stand at $5 million, the Russian foreign ministry said on its website on Thursday.
- Haiti: UN-backed quake relief operations expand beyond devastated capital UN News Centre 21 Jan 2010 -- United Nations-supported relief efforts to reach the countless victims of Haiti’s devastating earthquake are expanding to areas away from Port-au-Prince, the capital, to smaller towns and communities as aid agencies struggle to ramp up their operations to meet the enormity of the task.
- Post-quake recovery in Haiti begins with farmers, UN agency says UN News Centre 21 Jan 2010 -- As rescue operations continue after last week’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, simultaneous efforts are needed to support agriculture in the poor Caribbean country as the spring planting season approaches, the head of the United Nations agriculture agency said today.
- Secretary-General praises faith, resilience of Haitian people amid tragedy UN News Centre 21 Jan 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lauded the faith and resilience of the Haitian people in the wake of last week’s catastrophic earthquake, saying he was confident that, with the support of the international community, they will overcome this tragedy.
- Damaged Haiti Seaport Reopens for Aid Deliveries VOA 21 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. military says it has reopened the heavily-damaged seaport in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, to help improve the flow of aid to victims of last week's earthquake.
- Coalition Counter-piracy Task Force Changes Command Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2010 -- Coalition counter-piracy unit Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 held a change of command ceremony aboard USS Hopper (DDG 70) while pierside in Manama, Bahrain, Jan. 20.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Pentagon Responds to Concerns over Bible References on Gunsights VOA 21 Jan 2010 -- The Pentagon is moving to address concerns raised about hundreds of thousands of gunsights it has purchased, which officials found out this week have biblical references engraved on them.
- Gates: Syndicate Threatens to Destabilize South Asia AFPS 21 Jan 2010 -- An al-Qaida-backed terror syndicate is focused on destabilizing South Asia and stoking tensions between India and Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told reporters yesterday.
- Gates Visits Pakistan to Underscore Enduring U.S. Support AFPS 21 Jan 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here in the Pakistani capital today to personally deliver assurances of the United States’ long-term commitment to Pakistan, with what he expects to be frank, open talks about violent extremism and other shared security concerns.
- Gates: Extremism Biggest Threat to Pakistan, India AFPS 21 Jan 2010 -- The most pressing threat to Pakistan and India -- and the region, as well as the United States -- is violent extremism, not each other, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today, reiterating the message he delivered in his last stop in India.
- US Defense Chief to Reassure Pakistan on Partnership VOA 21 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is in Pakistan for two days of meetings with civilian and military leaders, mainly to discuss America's strategy for Afghanistan. Gates says he hopes he can assure Pakistan that the United States wants to be an ally "for the long haul."
- US defence secretary arrives in Pakistan IRNA 21 Jan 2010 -- US Defence Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Islamabad on Thursday on a two-day visit for talks on defence ties and bilateral cooperation in the war on al-Qaeda and Taliban, officials said.
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates Pakistan TV Interview DoD 21 Jan 2010 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates Express TV Interview DoD 21 Jan 2010 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
- Essex Departs for Spring Patrol Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2010 -- Forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) departed Sasebo, Japan, Jan. 20 for the ship's annual spring patrol throughout the Western Pacific region.
- LA Navy Days Kick Off with Arrival of USS Los Angeles Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2010 -- The 14th annual Navy Days Los Angeles (LA) kicked off with the arrival of the fast attack submarine USS Los Angeles (SSN 688) at the Port of LA where the boat will be decommissioned Jan. 23.
- USS Abraham Lincoln Completes Availability Ahead of Schedule Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2010 -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) Team at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS and IMF), completed an eight month, complex maintenance and modernization period Jan. 15, one day earlier than originally scheduled.
- JSOTF-P Seabees Construct Schools, Build Relationships Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2010 -- Thirty Seabees serving with Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) are currently assisting with infrastructure projects to form lasting bonds and improve the lives of thousands of Filipinos.
- FASTPAC Marines Train with MSRON 7 Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2010 -- Sailors with Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron (MSRON) 7 hosted a training exercise Jan. 12 in Guam for a platoon of Marines visiting from Yokosuka, Japan.
- DoD News: Army Secretary Statement on Accountability Review of Ft. Hood Shooting Released DoD 21 Jan 2010 -- Secretary of the Army John McHugh released the following statement today
- DoD News: USDA, Navy Sign Agreement To Encourage The Development And Use Of Renewable Energy DoD 21 Jan 2010 -- The Department of the Navy (DoN) today announced it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to encourage the development of advanced bio-fuels and other renewable energy systems.
- POL flight starts what could be 'benchmark' process AFNS 21 Jan 2010 -- The 376th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron petroleum, oil and lubricants flight has just implemented a process for filtering fuel that Air Force leadership wants to make a "benchmark."
- History in the making: First Canadian student pilots to train with ENJJPT AFNS 21 Jan 2010 -- Two young Canadians made history at the 80th Flying Training wing when they became the first two Canadian student pilots to train in the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program at Sheppard AFB, Texas.
- Lynn Lists Aerospace, Cyber-Age Challenges AFPS 21 Jan 2010 -- Current and potential U.S. adversaries seek to employ asymmetrical weapons, such as improvised explosive devices and cyber warfare, as a means to confront U.S. military superiority in conventional conflict, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said here today.
- USACE, USAREUR break ground on command, battle center Army News 21 Jan 2010 -- In about three years, Army engineers will transform a small parade field into the "nerve center" of mission planning, execution and communications for U.S. Army Europe.
- TMDE Anniston supports depot, others Army News 21 Jan 2010 -- More than 10,000 items flow into Test, Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment Support Center, Anniston, also known as TMDE, each year from Anniston Army Depot, but those items are mere drops in the bucket compared to the workload of this depot tenant.
- CSAF: Air, Space and Cyberspace Conference 'jump starts' Air Force's future vision AFNS 21 Jan 2010 -- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz kicked off his portion of the 38th Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis-Fletcher Conference on National Security, Strategy and Policy in Washington, D.C. , Jan. 20 by addressing air, space and cyberspace power in the 21st century.
- 2010 Marine Corps Uniform Regulations USMC News 21 Jan 2010 -- As stated in Marine Administrative Message 0704/09, the Marine Corps commandant rendered the following decisions on Marine Corps Uniform Board No. 211.
- Straw says he could have stopped UK joining US invasion of Iraq IRNA 21 Jan 2010 -- Former foreign secretary Jack Straw says he could have stopped Britain joining the US invasion of Iraq if he had refused to back the decision by former prime minister Tony Blair to go to war.
- UK warned Iraq war would radicalise Muslims IRNA 21 Jan 2010 -- Intelligence chiefs warned that Britain would become a priority target for al-Qaida and that Muslims in the UK would be radicalised if the country joined the US in invading Iraq, the Iraq inquiry has been told.
- Former British Foreign Secretary Says Regime Change Alone Would Not Have Justified War on Iraq VOA 21 Jan 2010 -- Appearing before the so-called Chilcot Inquiry, former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw says he never backed regime change in Iraq calling such a rationale for a military move 'improper and unlawful.'
- Russian Defense Ministry denies Baltic Fleet reinforcements RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2010 -- The Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday plans to build up the Baltic Fleet were not connected to the deployment of U.S. missiles in Poland, refuting remarks by a Navy source.
- Russian bombers fly patrols over Pacific RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2010 -- Two Russian Tu-95MS Bear strategic bombers have carried out a routine patrol flight over the Pacific Ocean, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday.
- Russia's Navy to build up Baltic Fleet over Polish missile plans RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2010 -- Russia's Navy will equip its Baltic Fleet with high-precision weapons over Polish plans to station U.S. Patriot missiles closer to the Russian border, a high-ranking source in the Navy said on Thursday.
- Military update a formidable task for Russia RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2010
- Russia warns against remilitarization of Georgia RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2010 -- Russia will call for the international community to prevent the remilitarization of Georgia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.
- AIT confirms Taiwan military plane refueling in U.S. CNA 21 Jan 2010 -- The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) confirmed Thursday that a Taiwan military aircraft, en route to Haiti on a humanitarian aid mission, was refueling in the United States.
- U.S. Missiles To Be Placed Near Poland's Russian Border RFE/RL 21 Jan 2010 -- Poland has made public the location of the U.S. Patriot missiles soon to arrive on its territory, an announcement that is likely to displease Moscow.
- Poland says basing Patriot missiles nearer Russia not political RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2010 -- Poland's decision to deploy a battery of U.S. Patriot missiles just 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the Russian border is neither political nor strategic, the Polish defense minister said Wednesday.
- Briefing by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and PERAB Chief Economist Austan Goolsbee, 1/21/10 The White House 21 Jan 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for January 21, 2010
- General Dynamics Awarded $33 Million Order by U.S. Army for Bradley Fighting Vehicle Reactive Armor General Dynamics 21 Jan 2010 -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has been awarded an order of approximately $33 million to produce reactive armor tile sets for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle by the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. Deliveries are expected to begin in June 2010. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- Northrop Grumman Will Enter Competition as Prime Contractor for Missile Defense Agency's Ground-based Midcourse Defense Contract Northrop Grumman 21 Jan 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today said it will enter the competition as a prime contractor for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Development and Sustainment contract.
- Oshkosh Defense Receives Four Awards Valued at $89 Million for M-ATV and FHTV Parts Oshkosh 21 Jan 2010 -- Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) announced today that its Defense division received four awards valued at more than $89 million from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to supply parts for the MRAP All Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV), Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) and Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT).
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 21 Jan 2010
- Ban urges Israel to end settlements, other obstacles to peace with Palestinians UN News Centre 21 Jan 2010 -- Israel’s settlement construction on occupied Palestinian territory, its annexation of East Jerusalem which remains part of that territory, and its blockade of Gaza are hindering Middle East peace efforts, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, calling for the resumption of long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.
- Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Nepal by four months UN News Centre 21 Jan 2010 -- The Security Council voted today to extend the United Nations political mission in Nepal (UNMIN) by nearly four months amid heightened tensions in the Asian country ahead of the issuing of a new constitution.
- US Envoy Launches New Mideast Peace Mission VOA 21 Jan 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama's point man in the Middle East is back in the region, trying to jump-start the peace process.
- Watchdog Calls for Tougher Somalia Arms Controls VOA 21 Jan 2010 -- International watchdog Amnesty International is calling for arms transfers to Somalia's transitional government to be suspended, because it says those weapons are being used to commit war crimes. But some analysts warn that if weapons are not sent in, Somalia's beleaguered government may be taken over by armed militias.
- A New Study Finds Death Toll in Congo War too High VOA 21 Jan 2010 -- It has been said that the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed an estimated 5.4 million people, making it the most lethal since World War II.
- SOMALIA: Hospital desperate for specialists IRIN 21 Jan 2010 -- As conflict continues in Somalia, the main hospital in Mogadishu, the capital, lacks orthopedic specialists to handle the increasing number of patients with broken limbs, a doctor has said.
- VIETNAM: Life-threatening landmine scavenging on the increase IRIN 21 Jan 2010 -- Nguyen Luong Quy was planting a tree on a coffee plantation on the outskirts of Buon Ma Thout, the largest city in Vietnam’s Central Highlands in 2000, when his shovel hit a hard metal object.
- Long-awaited Ivorian presidential polls possible this spring, says UN envoy UN News Centre 21 Jan 2010 -- Côte d’Ivoire has made significant gains in recent months towards holding its long-awaited presidential elections, and if the remaining issues are resolved, the polls could be held this spring, the top United Nations envoy to the West African nation said today.
- Taliban claim responsibility for Kashmir attacks IRNA 21 Jan 2010 -- An unknown Taliban group in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir has claimed responsibility for two suicide attacks on army in region, which had killed four soldiers and injured 13.
- Clinton: US, Allies Will Not Back Down on Iran Nuclear Issue VOA 21 Jan 2010 -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday the United States and allies will not back down in pressing Iran on concerns that its nuclear program is weapons related.
- Supreme Leader: Iran strongly opposes bullying powers IRNA 21 Jan 2010 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday that Iran strongly opposes bullying powers which are seeking to dominate and humiliate world nations.
- Former Iranian consul asks Norway for political asylum RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2010 -- A former Iranian consul to Norway, who had resigned in late 2009 over the crackdown on opposition protests by Iran's government, asked Norwegian authorities for political asylum, the Norway Post newspaper said on Thursday.
- Iraqi Officials Confirm Talks Held Abroad With Ba'athists, Insurgents RFE/RL 21 Jan 2010 -- Iraqi officials say they have met with Ba'athists and insurgent groups in neighboring countries recently in an effort to reintegrate them into the political process, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) reports.
- UN lauds start of ballot printing for Iraqi polls UN News Centre 21 Jan 2010 -- The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraqi (UNAMI) today congratulated Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) for kicking off the ballot process to print over 26 million ballots for the upcoming parliamentary elections.
- Iraq's President Orders Probe of Candidate Ban VOA 21 Jan 2010 -- Iraq's president has ordered an investigation into a decision to ban more than 500 candidates from elections set for March. The probe follows complaints their exclusion could undermine the legitimacy of the vote.
- Russian cosmonauts make up to $150,000 for space missions RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2010 -- Russian cosmonauts receive up to $150,000 for a mission on board the International Space Station (ISS), a senior space official said Thursday.
- Russian cosmonaut moves Soyuz to new docking port on ISS RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2010 -- A Russian cosmonaut performed on Thursday a complex task of moving a spacecraft from one docking port to another on the International Space Station.
- Russian cosmonaut to pilot Soyuz spacecraft to new dock on ISS RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2010 -- Popping outside to move the car to a different parking space is something most of us do without a second thought, but on Thursday it will be a major endeavor for Maxim Surayev.
- Kyrgyz High Court Rejects Bakiev's Presidential Council Idea RFE/RL 21 Jan 2010 -- The Kyrgyz Constitutional Court has rejected President Kurmanbek Bakiev's proposal for a still-to-be-created Presidential Council to appoint an interim president in emergencies, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.
- GLOBAL: 30 earthquakes, 28 lessons learned IRIN 21 Jan 2010 -- As aid agencies launch Haiti earthquake relief efforts, the Overseas Development Institute, a UK think-tank, has showcased a report by learning and accountability network, ALNAP, outlining 28 lessons learned over 30 years of earthquake responses.
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