22 January 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 22 Jan 2010 [PDF]
- Press Briefing by Antony Blinken, National Security Advisor to the Vice President and Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs The White House 22 Jan 2010
- Iraqi Forces Arrest Suspects, Prevent Attacks AFPS 22 Jan 2010 -- Iraqi Security Forces arrested nine suspected terrorists today during two joint operations targeting suspected al-Qaida members in northern Iraq.
- Biden Arrives in Iraq to Meet With Leaders, Visit Troops AFPS 22 Jan 2010 -- Vice President Joe Biden is in Iraq to meet with key leaders and visit U.S. troops, White House officials announced today.
- Biden in Iraq to Help Ease Pre-Election Tensions VOA 22 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in the Iraqi capital to help ease tensions over a decision to ban hundreds of candidates from upcoming parliamentary elections.
- U.S. returns more of airport to Iraqis Army News 22 Jan 2010 -- The eventual drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq means the handoff of various facilities all over the country.
- 25 ID: a year in review Army News 22 Jan 2010 -- The majority of 25th Infantry Division Soldiers began 2009 deployed in Iraq. The Tropic Lightning Div. Headquarters and its 1st Stryker and 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Teams were serving at the front end of a 12-month mission in Northern Iraq as Task Force Lightning and Multi-National Division-North. The 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team was nearing the end of a 15-month deployment in support of Multi-National Division-Baghdad, and returned to Hawaii in March.
- 'Tropic Lightning' comes home Army News 22 Jan 2010 -- The three flag poles standing side-by-side at the front of the 25th Infantry Division (ID) headquarters building, here, have remained bare for more than a year as the division's commanding general led "Tropic Lightning" Soldiers in Iraq.
- Forces Detain Insurgents, Seize Weapons in Afghanistan AFPS 22 Jan 2010 -- Combined Afghan and international security forces seized multiple weapons, explosive materials, fake IDs and cell phones when detaining suspects throughout Afghanistan yesterday.
- Marines Draw Out Taliban in Helmand Province AFPS 22 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 here Jan. 18.
- Petraeus: Most ‘Surge’ Forces to Arrive by September AFPS 22 Jan 2010 -- Nearly all of the U.S. combat troops slated to deploy to Afghanistan to take part in the military buildup there should arrive by the end of August, the commander of U.S. Central Command said here yesterday.
- Russia presses NATO to step up crackdown on Afghan drug barons IRNA 22 Jan 2010 -- Russia's Ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin called on the western military alliance to intensify its crackdown on Afghan drug barons, the website of the Hamburg-based news magazine Der Spiegel reported Friday.
- Training of Afghan military to cost 11.5b dollars: US envoy IRNA 22 Jan 2010 -- The cost of training and equipment of Afghan security forces is to reach 11.5 billion US dollars this coming year, the US Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder announced in Berlin on Friday.
- Germany accused of lacking Afghan strategy ahead of London meeting IRNA 22 Jan 2010 -- German Social Democratic leader Sigmar Gabriel lambasted the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel for not having a clear Afghanistan concept ahead of next week's key international meeting on Afghanistan in London.
- Pakistan suffers $35 billion in terror war IRNA 22 Jan 2010 -- President Asif Ali Zardari told US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates that the economic cost of the war against terror, amounting to US $ 35 billion for the last eight years, had impacted Pakistan’s economy adversely, Presidential spokesman said.
- Carl Vinson Touches Hearts, Saves Lives at Haitian Clinic Navy NewsStand 22 Jan 2010 -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 medical personnel provided emergency medical assistance Jan. 21 to hundreds of injured Haitian citizens at the Killick Haitian Coast Guard Clinic in Carrefour, Haiti.
- USS Carter Hall Arrives in Haiti Navy NewsStand 22 Jan 2010 -- USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) arrived off the coast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 18 to support Operation Unified Response, a joint military relief effort for victims of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the island nation Jan. 12.
- HAITI: "Anywhere but here" IRIN 22 Jan 2010 -- Throughout the debris-strewn streets of Haiti's capital, residents are carrying mattresses, duffel bags tied with electric cord and faded cloth bags stuffed with kitchen goods. When asked where they are going, answers vary from their home village to "anywhere but here".
- HAITI: After emergency funding - recovery IRIN 22 Jan 2010 -- Donor governments, individuals and corporations have responded swiftly and generously to the Haiti earthquake, but funding experts are concerned donors will pour resources into emergency relief at the expense of recovery.
- Fort McHenry Sailors Help Clear a Road in Neply, Haiti Navy NewsStand 22 Jan 2010 -- Sailors from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) helped clear downed electric cables from a road in Neply, Haiti, Jan. 21.
- 6.1 Aftershock Shakes Haiti, Bataan, Not Mission Navy NewsStand 22 Jan 2010 -- Sailors aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) and embarked Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22 MEU) did not awake to the usual sounds of reveille Jan. 20, but to the sound of the 844-foot-long ship being rocked by a 6.1 magnitude aftershock.
- Logistics Task Force Established at GTMO to Assist Haiti Relief Navy NewsStand 22 Jan 2010 -- Rear Adm. Patricia Wolfe command Jan. 21 of Task Force 48, a newly established joint logistics hub at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) that is leading the effort to lift humanitarian relief supplies to Haiti.
- Carter Hall Medical Team Helps Organize Medical Treatment Facility in Haiti Navy NewsStand 22 Jan 2010 -- In support of Operation Unified Response, medical professionals from USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) and other Sailors from Navy units in the area organized a treatment facility for Haitians affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake.
- Bataan Flight Deck Crew Fueling Relief Efforts in Haiti Navy NewsStand 22 Jan 2010 -- Members of the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan's (LHD 5) flight deck crew are working around-the-clock to facilitate the distribution of logistical and medical support as the ship operates off the coast of Haiti in response to the devastating earthquake that rattled the nation Jan. 12.
- GTMO Seabees Lend Hands to Operation Unified Response Navy NewsStand 22 Jan 2010 -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 25, who are currently deployed to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, graded a hill Jan. 21 on the Guantanamo airfield to allow large aircraft unobstructed movement when navigating the runways.
- Naval Oceanography Delivers Capabilities to Haiti Relief Support Navy NewsStand 22 Jan 2010 -- Personnel from the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NMOC), based at Stennis Space Center (SSC), are among 11,000 military personnel currently supporting Operation Unified Response within Haiti and U.S. Navy and Coast Guard vessels.
- Humanitarian assistance for Haiti comes from different fronts Army News 22 Jan 2010 -- Most press coverage of the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief effort in the aftermath the earthquake in Haiti last week has focused on 82nd Airborne Soldiers, but few know that this is a combined joint effort involving the United States Agency for International Development and includes Marines, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, Department of Defense civilians, equipment, vehicles and supplies.
- Fort Bragg hospital provides medical supplies to effort in Haiti Army News 22 Jan 2010 -- When units from the 82nd Airborne Division were given orders to provide humanitarian relief to the people of Haiti last week, logisticians at Womack Army Medical Center increased their operational tempo to support the effort.
- U.S. Army CERDEC deploys security technology to Haiti Army News 22 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center is deploying an engineer and its technology systems to aid Haitian humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts following the recent 7.0-magnitude earthquake.
- Expeditionary Contracting Command reaches out to aid Haiti Army News 22 Jan 2010 -- Less than 72 hours after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake ripped through the Caribbean nation of Haiti, Expeditionary Contracting Command personnel arrived and began assessing possible contracting requirements and creating plans for future support and sustainment operations.
- Coast Guard Advanced Port Security Team joins international aid efforts in Haiti US Coast Guard 22 Jan 2010-- A 33-member Coast Guard Advanced Port Security Team, consisting of personnel from Law Enforcement Team South and Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team, arrived at Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday.
- Haiti flight coordinators explain chain of command at airport AFNS 22 Jan 2010 -- U.S. military officials are working across organizational boundaries in a concerted effort to keep supplies and people flowing into Haiti's main airport.
- Official Highlights Reserves’ Role in Haiti Response AFPS 22 Jan 2010 -- With the number of U.S. forces in Haiti expected to rise to more than 18,000 in coming days, a top military reserve official yesterday reflected on reservists’ role in the immediate aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation.
- Coordinators Work to Facilitate Relief Flights AFPS 22 Jan 2010 -- U.S. military officials are working across organizational boundaries in a concerted effort to keep supplies and people flowing into Haiti's main airport, Air Force officers said yesterday.
- Joint UN team to assess protection issues in quake-hit Haiti UN News Centre 22 Jan 2010 -- A team of United Nations staff dealing with human rights and displacement is headed to quake-hit Haiti today to assess a range of protection issues in the wake of the disaster that has left one third of the country’s 9 million inhabitants in need of urgent assistance.
- Air Force, FAA use Russian aircraft to move mobile air traffic control tower to Haiti AFNS 22 Jan 2010 -- In a true demonstration of the international support of the relief efforts in Haiti, U.S. Air Force and Federal Aviation Administration officials paired with a Russian airlift contractor Jan. 21 to deliver a mobile air traffic control tower to the Aeroport Toussaint L'Ouverture in Port-au-Prince.
- Moscow not alarmed by U.S. troop buildup in Haiti RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2010 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday he was not alarmed by increasing U.S. military presence in quake-hit Haiti.
- China decides on additional $2.6 mln in aid for quake-hit Haiti RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2010 -- China has decided to allocate another $2.6 million for relief efforts in Haiti, hit by a devastating earthquake last week, Xinhua news agency said.
- 22nd MEU delivers aid to Haiti's southern coast USMC News 22 Jan 2010 -- Marines and sailors from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered some of the first relief supplies residents of Cotes de Fer, Haiti, have seen since a major earthquake rocked the country more than one week ago.
- Haitian quake disaster offers reconstruction opportunities, Ban says UN News Centre 22 Jan 2010 -- As relief efforts continue in the wake of the devastating quake which struck Haiti last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized the need to rebuild the impoverished Caribbean nation and “turn disaster into opportunity.”
- Haitian reconstruction the focus of talks between Ban and UN envoy Clinton UN News Centre 22 Jan 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United Nations Special Envoy Bill Clinton today stressed the need to help get the Haitian economy back on its feet as soon as possible in the aftermath of last week’s devastating earthquake, as emergency humanitarian assistance continued in the hardest-hit areas.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Military Commission Charges Withdrawn In Sept. 11 Case DoD 22 Jan 2010 -- The Defense Department announced today that the convening authority for Military Commissions withdrew and dismissed the charges, without prejudice, against the five detainees charged in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
- Pentagon to Provide Shadow UAVs to Pakistan AFPS 22 Jan 2010 -- The United States plans to provide Pakistan RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial vehicles to support their fight on extremists, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates confirmed today during a roundtable session with Pakistani reporters.
- Gates Reaches Out to Future Pakistani Military Leaders AFPS 22 Jan 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates took his message of shared challenge and commitment today to Pakistan’s rising military leaders attending the prestigious Pakistan National Defense University.
- Press Roundtable with Secretary Gates and Pakistani Print Press DoD 22 Jan 2010 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
- US Defense Secretary Works to Build Trust in Pakistan VOA 22 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says Washington is seeking to build bridges with Pakistani military leaders to try to end what he calls a "trust deficit" that has hampered cooperation against extremism. Secretary Gates was addressing army officers Friday at Islamabad's National Defense University, Pakistan's most prestigious military academy.
- Officials announce change to C-17 sustainment plan AFNS 22 Jan 2010 -- Air Force officials announced Jan. 21 they will establish an integrated C-17 Globemaster III Program Office and lead the product-support integration efforts at Warner-Robins Air Logistics Center at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. with support from the Boeing Company.
- Cherry Point heavy helicopter squadron departs for Djibouti USMC News 22 Jan 2010 -- More than 70 Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366 departed for a 7-month deployment to the East African nation of Djibouti, Jan. 19.
- BRAC construction project tied to movement of more than 2,000 positions to Fort Sam Houston Army News 22 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District has awarded a $26.4 million contract to construct a new headquarters building for the Army's Installation Management Command which will move to Fort Sam Houston from Arlington, Va., as part of the ongoing Base Realignment and Closure process.
- Third Army hosts planning conference for upcoming exercises in Saudi Arabia Army News 22 Jan 2010 -- Third Army welcomed senior leaders from the Royal Saudi Land Forces and U.S. Military Training Mission Land Forces Division for a concept development conference at Fort McPherson, Ga. Jan 18-22, 2010.
- Standardized rifle marksmanship program could go Armywide Army News 22 Jan 2010 -- An advanced rifle marksmanship concept developed at Fort Benning based on "lessons learned" in Iraq and Afghanistan might be instituted across all Army training centers later this year, officials said.
- 25 ID Special Troops Battalion Changes Command Army News 22 Jan 2010 -- "Tropic Lightning" Soldiers, and an audience of family, guests and well-wishers, gathered at 25th Infantry Division Headquarters as the command responsibility for the 25th Special Troops Battalion, an element of the 25th Inf. Div. responsible for many of the logistical, technical and combat successes of the division's recent deployment to Iraq, was handed over from the STB commander to his successor.
- Tank battalion fields more expedient tents USMC News 22 Jan 2010 -- Marines have fought successfully in every clime and place, thanks in part to their use of lighter, more efficient shelter systems like the Rapid Deployment System-480 military tent.
- Corps amplifies tattoo policy USMC News 22 Jan 2010 -- Although body art has increasingly gained social acceptance in America, the U.S. Marine Corps has remained constant in upholding the highest standards amongst its members.
- New NCIS Director, Deputy Director Announced Navy NewsStand 22 Jan 2010 -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the next director and deputy director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Jan. 22.
- Safeguard Continues Dive Project to Clear Saipan Harbor Navy NewsStand 22 Jan 2010 -- Military Sealift Command rescue and salvage ship USNS Safeguard (ARS-50) is completing a months-long project to clear large rocks and dead coral formations at the entrance to Saipan's main harbor.
- Army Takes on CAT Palau for First Time in a Decade Navy NewsStand 22 Jan 2010 -- Sailors of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 with Civic Action Team (CAT) Palau turned over Camp Katuu to the U.S. Army team from 130th Engineering Battalion during a ceremony in the Republic of Palau Jan. 15.
- USS Boise Welcomes New Commanding Officer Navy NewsStand 22 Jan 2010 -- Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764) held a change of command ceremony Jan. 22 at Naval Station Norfolk.
- NATO Works with Eisenhower Strike Group to Improve Interoperability Navy NewsStand 22 Jan 2010 -- Representatives from Naval Striking and Support Force NATO (STRIKFORNATO) visited Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Jan. 13-15 to familiarize NATO staff members with U.S. carrier strike group operations.
- Reservists from Nebraska Support Guam Mission at Fuel Farm Navy NewsStand 22 Jan 2010 -- Reservists from Navy Cargo Handling Battalion (NCHB) 7, out of Omaha, Neb., supported operations at U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) Fuel Farm Division Jan. 9-21.
- Naval Postgraduate School Team Helps Defend Against Narco Semi-Subs Navy NewsStand 22 Jan 2010 -- A Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) faculty-student team has developed a decision tool that is changing the way the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security think about defending against sea-based narco smugglers.
- Navy Aircraft Locates Missing Chinese Fishing Ship Near Guam Navy NewsStand 22 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Navy airmen on board a P-3 "Orion" aircraft detected a People's Republic of China fishing vessel in distress off the coast of Guam shortly before midnight Jan. 20.
- Army Secretary Directs Fort Hood Accountability Review AFPS 22 Jan 2010 -- The Army will conduct a review to determine if leaders were negligent in their supervision of accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, Defense Department officials announced yesterday.
- Chief of Staff Notes Keys to Air Force’s Future AFPS 22 Jan 2010 -- The Air Force must be able to operate across a spectrum of conflicts, using a myriad of warfare tools and tactics, while keeping up with advancing technologies and the ways the nation’s adversaries use them, the service’s top officer said here this week.
- Osprey's provide MEU's a new tool for Humanitarian Aid missions USMC News 22 Jan 2010 -- When calamity strikes and only a trail of desolation remains, no other Marine Air Ground Task Force is better prepared to support a full spectrum of Humanitarian Aid missions than a Marine Expeditionary Unit.
- British Prime Minister to Face Iraq Inquiry Before Election VOA 22 Jan 2010 -- Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown will give evidence to the country's Iraq Inquiry before general elections expected later in the year.
- Russia, U.S. to resume arms talk in early February - Lavrov RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2010 -- Russia and the United States will resume talks on a new strategic arms deal at the start of February, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.
- Russia, U.S. will not lecture each other at talks - Kremlin aide RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2010 -- Russia and the United States will not lecture each other at talks in Washington next week, a senior Kremlin aide said in a newspaper interview published on Friday.
- Moscow hopes to sign lucrative arms contracts with Libya RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2010 -- Russia is looking to sign a series of contracts for the delivery of fighter jets and air-defense systems to Libya, a defense industry official said on Friday.
- Russia's Lavrov says missile-defense proposals still in force RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2010 -- Russia's missile-defense proposals, including the joint use of the Gabala radar station in Azerbaijan, are still on the table, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.
- Moscow unfazed by Polish missile move RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2010 -- Moscow is undaunted by Poland's decision to base U.S. surface-to-air missiles closer to Russian borders, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.
- India carries out two successful flight trials of laser guided bombs IRNA 22 Jan 2010 -- Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out two successful flight trials of laser-guided bombs for the Air Force to test the effectiveness of the guidance and control systems at the Chandipur integrated test range in Orissa.
- Iran crumples US commanders' threats IRNA 22 Jan 2010 -- Iran's army chief has brushed aside recent warmongering remarks by US military commanders, describing them as crude and unsophisticated.
- Gaggle by Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton Aboard Air Force One en route Cleveland, Ohio, 1/22/10 The White House 22 Jan 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for January 22, 2010
- General Dynamics Awarded $118 Million by U.S. Navy for Common Missile Compartment Work General Dynamics 22 Jan 2010 -- General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $118 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to continue concept studies, engineering and design of a Common Missile Compartment for the United Kingdom’s Successor ballistic-missile submarine and the U.S. Ohio replacement submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- Daily Press Briefing by the Offices of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and the Spokesperson for the General Assembly President United Nations 22 Jan 2010
- US General Says Yemen Could Become Iran-Saudi Proxy War VOA 22 Jan 2010 -- The commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, General David Petraeus, says there are indications the domestic conflict in Yemen could become a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Petraeus spoke in Washington Friday at the Institute for the Study of War.
- US Envoy Fails to Convince Palestinians to Return to Negotiations VOA 22 Jan 2010 -- U.S. envoy George Mitchell has failed to convince Palestinian leaders to return to negotiations with Israel. Talks have been stalled for more than a year and Mitchell is in the region urging both sides to take steps to get negotiations going again.
- US Middle East Envoy Fails in Bid to Restart Peace Talks VOA 22 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell has failed to lure Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas back to peace talks with Israel.
- Israel compensates UN for damages during last year’s Gaza offensive UN News Centre 22 Jan 2010 -- Israel has paid the United Nations $10.5 million for damage to the world body’s properties in Gaza during last year’s Israeli offensive against Hamas.
- Sudan: UN report cites challenges for north-south peace deal despite progress UN News Centre 22 Jan 2010 -- The parties to the 2005 peace accord that ended Sudan’s north-south civil war have made important breakthroughs, but a return to violence is still a very real possibility, warns a new United Nations report.
- New head of joint African Union-UN peacekeepers in Darfur arrives in Sudan UN News Centre 22 Jan 2010 -- Veteran Nigerian diplomat Ibrahim Gambari, who most recently served as top United Nations envoy for Myanmar, arrived in Sudan today to assume his new duties as Joint Special Representative and head of the joint African Union-UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID).
- Northern Kosovo remains a flashpoint of tensions, top UN envoy warns UN News Centre 22 Jan 2010 -- Northern Kosovo remains a flashpoint amid continuing tensions between Kosovo Serb and Kosovo Albanian communities there despite a greater understanding over reconstruction of destroyed housing by the communities, the top United Nation official there said today.
- Hague court team to probe start of South Ossetia conflict RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2010 -- International investigators will arrive in Georgia in early February to investigate the start of the August 2008 war between Russia and Georgia over South Ossetia, a Russian daily said on Friday.
- Nepal: UN envoy encourages parties to resolve outstanding issues to advance peace UN News Centre 22 Jan 2010 -- A top United Nations envoy has encouraged Nepalese parties to work productively to advance the country’s fragile peace process and create the conditions to permit the world body to wind up its work there.
- Health care must adapt to help conflict victims – UN expert UN News Centre 22 Jan 2010 -- Governments, United Nations agencies and others have been slow to adapt to the changing nature of conflict in their efforts to provide health care to those affected by violence, according to a new study co-authored by an expert with the UN refugee agency.
- Fears Increase over Insurgents in Somalia Threatening Puntland VOA 22 Jan 2010 -- At least three lawmakers have been assassinated in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland in recent months, increasing fears that radical Islamist insurgents in the south may be expanding their effort to weaken the government in Puntland. One regional analyst says so far, there is no evidence to suggest that the violence in Puntland is being orchestrated or carried out by al-Qaida-linked militants in southern Somalia.
- Russian Foreign Minister Regrets Iran's Rejection Of Nuke Deal RFE/RL 22 Jan 2010 -- Russia's top diplomat today said Moscow regrets that Iran has rejected a draft deal to send abroad most of its enriched uranium.
- Author Says Race, Not Socialism, Is Key to North Korean Ideology VOA 22 Jan 2010 -- When it comes to North Korea, the world has come up with a lot of labels, including "the last bastion of Stalinist Communism." But the author of a new book says North Korea can best be understood through the lens of its racial views.
- China Rejects US Criticism of Its Internet Policies VOA 22 Jan 2010 -- China says U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's criticism of its Internet policies are false and will harm Sino-American relations.
- Great Britain Raises Terror Attack Level To 'Severe' VOA 22 Jan 2010 -- The British Government has raised its terror threat level to "severe", indicating concern that an attack is "highly likely."
- Air India planes put on high alert IRNA 22 Jan 2010 -- Air India and other flights operating in India's neighbourhood have been put on high security alert.
- India Tightens Security Amid Warnings of Possible Hijack Attempt VOA 22 Jan 2010 -- India has puts its airports on high alert following intelligence warnings of a possible hijacking attempt by Islamic militants. The security alert comes days before India celebrates its annual Republic Day.
- Britain asks Pakistan to do more to dismantle terror network IRNA 22 Jan 2010 -- Britain Friday asked Pakistan to do more to tackle the Lashkar-e-Taiba terror network operating along its border with India and rein in the Taliban militants on its Afghan frontier.
- Indonesia Uses 'Soft Approach' to Contain Terrorist Threat VOA 22 Jan 2010 -- Terrorism tied to Islamic fundamentalism seems to be on the rise in many parts of world -- from Yemen and Pakistan to southern Thailand and the Philippine island of Mindanao. But, in Indonesia -- a country that security experts worried might become a base for training and exporting al-Qaida recruits -- terrorism has declined in the last five years. The Indonesian government has taken a soft approach to terrorism, treating it as a crime and and not a war. And this approach seems to be working.
- Nigeria Court Tells Cabinet to Decide on Sick President VOA 22 Jan 2010 -- Nigeria's federal high court on Friday asked the Cabinet to decide within 14 days whether President Umaru Yar'Adu is fit to continue as leader. Mr. Yar'Adua has been in a Saudi Arabia hospital since November with a heart condition.
- Angola President Dos Santos Reneged on Promise, Says an Analyst VOA 22 Jan 2010 -- A political analyst says Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos reneged on a promise to hold direct elections following parliament’s approval of a new constitution that allows a president to be chosen as the leader of the party with the most votes in parliament.
- Serbian Orthodox Church Elects New Patriarch RFE/RL 22 Jan 2010 -- The bells at Belgrade's Cathedral Church rang out today to announce that Bishop Irinej of Nis had been elected patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
- Longtime Tatarstan President Won't Seek New Term RFE/RL 22 Jan 2010 -- The Kremlin announced today that Mintimer Shaimiyev, the long-standing leader of Russia's Tatarstan republic, will step down when his current term expires in March.
- Leader of Russia's Tatar republic to quit in March RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2010 -- The long-serving president of the Russian republic of Tatarstan said Friday he had no plans to seek another term of office after his tenure ends in March.
- Biography of Tatarstan leader Mintimer Shaimiyev RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2010 -- The president of Russia's Volga Republic of Tatarstan, Mintimer Shaimiyev, said he would not seek a fifth presidential term and would step down in March.
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