27 January 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 27 Jan 2010 [PDF]
- Jan. 26 airpower summary AFNS 27 Jan 2010 -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations Jan. 26, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
- Soldiers Train Iraqis in Fuel Tanker Operations AFPS 27 Jan 2010 -- Soldiers of the 121st Brigade Support Battalion are training the Iraqi army’s 10th Motorized Transport Regiment to operate the Iraqi unit’s new fuel tankers.
- Al-Qaida Group Claims Responsibility for Baghdad Hotel Bombings VOA 27 Jan 2010 -- An al-Qaida affiliate in Iraq has claimed responsibility for Monday's suicide bomb attacks on three Baghdad hotels that killed at least 36 people.
- High-Speed Ferry Ships to Support Haiti Relief Navy NewsStand 27 Jan 2010 -- High-speed ferry ships MV Huakai and MV Alakai are preparing to sail to Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response to provide disaster relief following the Jan. 12 earthquake.
- VAW 125 Provides Support for Operation Unified Response Navy NewsStand 27 Jan 2010 -- The "Tiger Tails" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 are conducting airspace management during Operation Unified Response operating out of U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Jan. 22.
- Bataan Receives First Landing Craft MEDEVACs Navy NewsStand 27 Jan 2010 -- Multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) received patients medically evacuated from Haiti by air cushion landing craft (LCAC) Jan. 26.
- Gunston Hall Deck Department Works to Support Haiti Relief Effort Navy NewsStand 27 Jan 2010 -- Run by a small seasoned crew of officers and chiefs, USS Gunston Hall's (LSD 44) Deck Department Sailors are currently contributing to Operation Unified Response in Haiti, specifically the mission offshore near the Killick Haitian Coast Guard Base.
- Navy Ships Provide Critical Resources in Haiti Navy NewsStand 27 Jan 2010 -- The Navy continues to play a major role in the Defense Department's efforts to help the people of Haiti, a senior naval officer said Jan. 27.
- Air Terminal at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Supports Haiti Relief Effort Navy NewsStand 27 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and Joint Task Force Guantanamo continue support of disaster relief efforts following the devastating earthquake in Haiti Jan. 12.
- VRC-40: Supporting Operation Unified Response Navy NewsStand 27 Jan 2010 -- Service members from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 arrived at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay to help support Operation Unified Response after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti Jan. 12.
- NAVSEA Warfare Centers Demonstrate Agility, Responsiveness to Humanitarian Crisis Navy NewsStand 27 Jan 2010 -- Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Warfare Centers are providing direct technical support and capabilities to forward deploying assets in support of the humanitarian and disaster relief efforts in Haiti.
- President Vows to Confront Terrorists, Succeed in Afghanistan AFPS 27 Jan 2010 -- President Barack Obama stressed during his State of the Union address tonight the importance of confronting terrorists who threaten the United States and of succeeding in Afghanistan while continuing a responsible military drawdown in Iraq.
- Tajikistan Offers Afghanistan A Model In Peacemaking RFE/RL 27 Jan 2010 -- a motley coalition of Islamist fighters, warlords as well as democrats -- bears some similarity to the Taliban-led insurgency currently raging in Afghanistan.
- Security Council removes five men from UN’s Taliban sanctions list UN News Centre 27 Jan 2010 -- A Security Council committee has removed five men from the United Nations list of those subject to sanctions in connection with Al-Qaida and the Taliban, including a former foreign minister of the ousted Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
- UN Chief Appoints New Envoy for Afghanistan VOA 27 Jan 2010 -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed veteran Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura to be his special envoy to Afghanistan. De Mistura will replace Kai Eide, who is stepping down in March.
- US Looks at Which Taliban Leaders to Accept VOA 27 Jan 2010 -- The Pentagon Press Secretary says the U.S. government is working to figure out which mid-level Taliban officials it might be possible to integrate into the current Afghan political structure. The comment came as Afghan President Hamid Karzai is expected to unveil a "reintegration" plan for Taliban members at Thursday's London Conference.
- Ban announces new UN envoy for Afghanistan on eve of London conference UN News Centre 27 Jan 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced his intention to appoint veteran diplomat Staffan de Mistura as the top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan, as he heads to London for an international conference aimed at helping the country chart its future.
- Guardsmen Hunt Roadside Bombs in Afghanistan AFPS 27 Jan 2010 -- Joined by fellow National Guardsmen from Georgia, Kansas, South Dakota and Washington, Missouri’s “Houn’ Dawgs” are sniffing out improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan and rendering them harmless.
- Detainee Operations in Afghanistan Focus on Law, Dignity AFPS 27 Jan 2010 -- A joint task force in Afghanistan is working hard to make sure detention operations are in order, the officer in charge of that effort said today.
- NATO, Kazakhstan sign Afghanistan cargo transit deal RIA Novosti 27 Jan 2010 -- NATO and Kazakhstan signed on Wednesday a deal which would allow the alliance to transport its Afghanistan-bound military cargo via the territory of the Central Asian state.
- Taliban Dismiss London Conference on Afghanistan VOA 27 Jan 2010 -- The Taliban are warning that a meeting in London on Thursday will do nothing to help Afghanistan.
- Pakistan to Play Key Role in New Afghan Policy VOA 27 Jan 2010 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai is meeting with world leaders with a new confidence, now that the international community supports his efforts to bring elements of the Taliban back into the Afghan government.
- Operation Targets Explosives Operator in Afghanistan AFPS 27 Jan 2010 -- Two insurgents, including a senior explosives operator, were killed during an operation conducted by a combined Afghanistan and international security force near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border early Jan. 25, military officials reported today.
- UN Removes Five Senior Taliban From Sanctions List RFE/RL 27 Jan 2010 -- A United Nations Security Council committee has removed five former senior Taliban members from its list of individuals facing sanctions over their links to the Al-Qaeda terrorist group.
- Germany makes last-ditch effort to rectify failed Afghan strategy IRNA 27 Jan 2010 -- German political leaders openly admit that the new Afghanistan strategy is seen as last desperate attempt to rectify past mistakes in the war-stricken country which is grappling with a tenacious Taliban and al-Qaeda insurgency.
- Afghanistan to assume soon greater security responsibility: Karzai IRNA 27 Jan 2010 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday stressed his country was ready to assume greater security responsibilities over the next years.
- Navy Ships Provide Critical Resources in Haiti AFPS 27 Jan 2010 -- The Navy continues to play a major role in the Defense Department’s efforts to help the people of Haiti, a senior naval officer said today.
- Officials Consider Role in Haiti Beyond Immediate Relief AFPS 27 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. government still is figuring out the details of American assistance in Haiti, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said here today, noting that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and President Barack Obama discussed the issue yesterday.
- Pope members support Operation Unified Response AFNS 27 Jan 2010 -- Members of the 43rd Security Forces Squadron here have amplified their operations tempo in support of Operation Unified Response since the surge of relief effort to the eartquake-ravaged Haiti.
- GLOBAL: Civilian-military coordination works, despite challenges IRIN 27 Jan 2010 -- Haiti is the latest example of humanitarian agencies and the military working together to provide relief after a disaster – and lessons are still being learnt.
- UN officials urge health focus in post-emergency Haiti UN News Centre 27 Jan 2010 -- While United Nations agencies and their partners are providing immediate assistance to the survivors of Haiti’s earthquake, they are also stressing the need to ensure that those dealing with physical and emotional scars from the disaster receive the long-term support they need.
- UN says Humanitarian Agencies Working 24/7 in Haiti VOA 27 Jan 2010 -- United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says humanitarian agencies are working around the clock in Haiti and relief has started to flow more smoothly to the millions of people affected by the devastating earthquake.
- Airmen deployed to Puerto Rico fly Haiti relief missions AFNS 27 Jan 2010 -- Airmen took off in a C-130 Hercules in support of Haiti earthquake relief operations Jan. 25, here, just two days after deploying from Colorado to Muniz Air Base.
- Haitian recovery must include strengthening of human rights – top UN official UN News Centre 27 Jan 2010 -- Not only must Haiti’s infrastructure be built back better in the wake of the devastating earthquake, but its human rights mechanisms must also be enhanced, the top United Nations rights official said today.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Remarks by the President in State of the Union Address The White House 27 Jan 2010
- Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Geoff Morrell from the Pentagon DoD 27 Jan 2010 -- Presenter: Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell
- Obama Reaffirms Desire to End ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ AFPS 27 Jan 2010 -- President Barack Obama announced during his State of the Union address tonight that he intends to work with Congress and the military during the year ahead to repeal the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law.
- Cost-of-living Allowance Depends on Unpredictable Factors AFPS 27 Jan 2010 -- Because unpredictable factors can affect the cost-of-living allowance many servicemembers stationed overseas receive as a supplement to their normal pay, Defense Department officials want servicemembers to be aware the allowance can fluctuate rapidly and without warning.
- USS George H.W. Bush Departs for Sea Trials Navy NewsStand 27 Jan 2010 -- USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) departed Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., for sea trials Jan. 27 after a seven-month maintenance period.
- Makin Island Sets New Medical Readiness Standard Navy NewsStand 27 Jan 2010 -- USS Makin Island's (LHD 8) Medical Department earned the highest score ever achieved by a newly commissioned ship during its baseline Medical Readiness Inspection (MRI) Jan. 19-20.
- USS Boxer Welcomes New Commanding Officer Navy NewsStand 27 Jan 2010 -- Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) held a change of command ceremony in the ship's hangar bay Jan. 22.
- Marine takes helm of Air Force wing at Eglin AFNS 27 Jan 2010 -- Members of the 43rd Security Forces Squadron here have amplified their operations tempo in support of Operation Unified Response since the surge of relief effort to the eartquake-ravaged Haiti.
- Researchers work to provide faster, more effcient software for Air Force AFNS 27 Jan 2010 -- Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are working to increase the efficiency of the software-testing process across Air Force systems by addressing the issue of faulty software.
- Marines keep needs from getting lost in translation USMC News 27 Jan 2010 -- Before any Marine leaves the comfy confines of their deployed home, they have a checklist of mission essential items they never leave home without - Camelbak, water, chow, communication gear and most importantly a translator.
- Luke opens combat PT center AFNS 27 Jan 2010 -- Luke Air Force Base officials opened a combat physical training center Jan. 21 here, unveiling the fourth combat-oriented physical training venue the base has built or renovated in the past year.
- Site Provides Instructions for Transporting Aid AFPS 27 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Transportation Command’s Web site now provides instructions for nongovernmental or nonprofit organizations seeking airlift or sealift for humanitarian supplies and relief personnel.
- Amalgam Virgo exercise prepares units for Super Bowl AFNS 27 Jan 2010 -- Fighter aircraft, at the direction of officials from Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, or CONR, will be busy well before Super Bowl Sunday preparing to protect Sun Life Stadium in Miami during game day.
- NATO Lauds Ukraine Contribution, Resumes Military Links With Russia RFE/RL 27 Jan 2010 -- Ukraine made history this week by becoming the first non-NATO-member state to contribute forces to the alliance's flagship NATO Response Force (NRF).
- Deadly Collapse At Kazakh Radar Site Sparks Safety Concerns RFE/RL 27 Jan 2010 -- A deadly accident at a Soviet-era military base in central Kazakhstan has sparked concerns about people's exposure to toxic materials, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.
- Russia, U.S. reaching end of arms reduction talks - Lavrov RIA Novosti 27 Jan 2010 -- Russia and the U.S. will finish talks on a new nuclear arms reduction treaty in the next few weeks, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.
- DoD News: Contracts for January 27, 2010
- First U.K. Service Pilot Flies The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lockheed Martin 27 Jan 2010 -- A Royal Air Force officer on Tuesday became the first active-duty service pilot from the United Kingdom to take to the skies in a Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).
- Northrop Grumman Awarded $335 Million Base Operations Contract Northrop Grumman 27 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Air Forces in Europe has awarded the Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc (KBR) 50/50 joint venture Vinnell, Brown & Root LLC (VBR) a contract to provide base operations support services for locations in Turkey and Spain.
- IAI Launches New Man Portable Surveillance System Israel Aerospace Industries 27 Jan 2010 -- Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) ELTA Systems Ltd., a group and wholly owned subsidiary of IAI, is launching its new Man Portable Surveillance System (MAPSS). Also called the EL/I-3370, the compact, lightweight system provides Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) to tactical combat forces and law enforcement units.
- IAI Awarded Contract Worth $8.5 Million to Supply Multi-Sensor System Israel Aerospace Industries 27 Jan 2010 -- Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) group and wholly owned subsidiary, ELTA Systems Ltd., has been awarded a contract worth $8.5 million to supply and install the EL/I-3100, a compact modular Airborne Multi-Sensor Reconnaissance System (AMRES) designed to be installed on a light aircraft such as CATPASS-250, Fokker, Beechcraft, Astra, Galaxy or any Customer Furnished Airborne Platform (CFE).
- IAI-Made UAS in Operational Use by Five Armed Forces in Afghanistan Israel Aerospace Industries 27 Jan 2010 -- The Canadian, French, German and Australian air forces and the Spanish army have all chosen to employ Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to support their troops fighting in Afghanistan. The Canadian and the French air forces have both utilized IAI's Heron UAS, while the Spanish army uses IAI's Searcher III UAS. In addition, the Heron UAS will be operational with the German and Australian air forces in the coming months.
- IAI Conducts Successful Firing Trial of LAHAT Missiles from IAF COBRA Helicopter Israel Aerospace Industries 27 Jan 2010 -- Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has conducted a successful firing trial of two Laser Homing Attack (LAHAT) laser-guided missiles from an Israel Air Force (IAF) COBRA helicopter. The missiles were fired from the helicopter at ranges of 3.5 km and 7 km, resulting in direct impact on the targets.
- Coalition Forces in Afghanistan Protected by IAI's Persistent Surveillance Radars Israel Aerospace Industries 27 Jan 2010 -- Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) ELTA Systems Ltd., a group and wholly owned subsidiary of IAI, is providing its EL/M-2112 multi-mission radar to a European country to provide early warning to coalition forces in Afghanistan against enemy attacks. IAI was awarded a contract worth $7.5 million for providing the radars.
- IAI Awarded $24 Million Contract to Supply Air Traffic Control System Israel Aerospace Industries 27 Jan 2010 -- Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) ELTA Systems Ltd, a group and wholly owned subsidiary of IAI, has been awarded a contract worth $24 million to supply an air traffic control (ATC) system to a Latin American country. The system includes the EL/M-2082 Long Range 3D Air Surveillance radar and several EL/M-2106NG (New Generation) 3D Tactical Air Surveillance radars as gap fillers.
- IAI Awarded $60 Million Contract for Compact Transportable Artillery Weapon Location Radar Israel Aerospace Industries 27 Jan 2010 -- Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) ELTA Systems Ltd., a group and wholly owned subsidiary of IAI, has been awarded a contract worth $60 million by an Asian country to develop and manufacture a compact weapon location radar. The ELTA-made C-Band radar employs active electronically steering array technology and performs artillery weapon location and air defense missions.
- IAI Presents Multi-Channel Software Defined Radio Israel Aerospace Industries 27 Jan 2010 -- Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) ELTA Systems Ltd., a group and wholly owned subsidiary of IAI, will present its ARC-840D, a state-of-the-art multi-band, multi-channel Software Defined Radio (SDR), at this year's Singapore Airshow. The ARC-840, an advanced SDR communication system featuring Software Communication Architecture (SCA), is designed and built for simultaneous transmission and reception of voice and data, either by line-of-sight or by satellite communication.
- IAI Presents New Portable SATCOM Terminal at Singapore Airshow Israel Aerospace Industries 27 Jan 2010 -- Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) ELTA Systems Ltd., a group and wholly owned subsidiary of IAI, exhibited its new Man Portable Satellite Communication Terminal (MAPSAT) at this year's Singapore Airshow. The MAPSAT, which also goes by the name EL/K-1895, is a lightweight tactical satellite communication (SATCOM) terminal that can be carried and operated by a single soldier.
- IAI Unveils Naval Self-Protection System at Singapore Airshow Israel Aerospace Industries 27 Jan 2010 -- Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) ELTA Systems Ltd., a group and wholly owned subsidiary of IAI, unveiled its Nav-Guard EL/M-2222S, a naval self-protection system, at this year's Singapore Airshow. The system protects patrol boats and other vessels patrolling in littoral waters along potentially hostile shorelines from such threats as coastal weapon systems and, more recently, anti-tank rockets and missiles. The Nav-Guard can detect, classify, and verify a potential threat to the boat and react accordingly by initiating an alert to the crew and dispensing smoke, chaff, and flares according to a preprogrammed procedure.
- IAI Awarded Contract Worth $50 Million for Iron Dome's Radar System Israel Aerospace Industries 27 Jan 2010 -- Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) group and wholly owned subsidiary ELTA Systems Ltd, has been awarded a contract worth $50 million to provide several of the radar systems used in the "Iron Dome", for integration into a national self-protection system. The customer chose ELTA's radars after a series of successful tests were performed on the systems.
- IAI Unveils Improved Bird Eye 650 Mini UAS Israel Aerospace Industries 27 Jan 2010 -- Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is presenting a new variant of its mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the Bird-Eye 650, at this year's Singapore Airshow 2010. The mini-UAV's new propulsion system is powered by fuel cells, which allows for 6 hours of endurance compared with the 3 hours endurance of the existing version. The variant will also weigh less and include an advanced folding launcher.
- Australian Department of Defense: "The IAI-Made Heron UAVs Have Become Operational in Afghanistan" Israel Aerospace Industries 27 Jan 2010 -- Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) Heron Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have become operational in Afghanistan with the Australian Air Force, according to the Australian Department of Defense (DoD).
- ThalesRaytheonSystems’ NATO Air Command and Control System approved for rollout in Czech Republic, Denmark and Greece Thales 27 Jan 2010 -- ThalesRaytheonSystems, operating through Air Command Systems International, has received an award for three additional NATO Air Command and Control (ACCS) replication sites in the Czech Republic, Denmark and Greece.
- Thales displays innovative integrated mast at Pacific 2010 Thales 27 Jan 2010 -- Thales's innovative I-Mast 100 will be on display at this week's Pacific 2010 international maritime exposition in Sydney, demonstrating the company's leading international position in naval sensor systems.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 27 Jan 2010
- North, South Korea Exchange Fire Near Sea Border RFE/RL 27 Jan 2010 -- North and South Korea today exchanged heavy artillery fire along their disputed western sea border.
- North, South Korea exchange fire near disputed sea border RIA Novosti 27 Jan 2010 -- North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire in the Yellow Sea on Wednesday, a day after Pyongyang declared the border area a "no-sail" zone, the South Korean Yonhap news agency reported.
- North Korea Vows Continued Artillery Fire in Disputed Maritime Area VOA 27 Jan 2010 -- North Korea says it will continue to fire heavy weapons into waters along a maritime border it has disputed for decades. North and South Korea traded warning shots in the area, just days after Pyongyang unilaterally declared it off limits to ships.
- International Community Pledges Help for Yemen VOA 27 Jan 2010 -- Britain, the United States and other countries have pledged support for Yemen's economic and social development as part of a wider effort to fight growing Islamic extremism and the threat of terrorism from the country. The promises came during a meeting in London.
- UN-backed meeting pledges greater support for Yemen’s efforts to tackle terrorism UN News Centre 27 Jan 2010 -- Members of the international community agreed today at a United Nations-backed meeting to boost their support for Yemen in its efforts to combat the threat posed by Al-Qaida and other terrorist or radical elements operating in the Arab country.
- Britain Hosts Meeting on Yemen With Underlying Focus on Terrorism VOA 27 Jan 2010 -- Britain is hosting a one-day meeting on Yemen with ministers and senior officials from Yemen, Europe, the Gulf states and others. The underlying focus of the gathering is the issue of terrorism.
- Tensions Rise as Yemen Anticipates International Conference VOA 27 Jan 2010 -- Tribal leaders from Yemen, prominent sheiks, and members of Yemen's parliament gathered Tuesday to stress their opposition to any foreign military intervention in the country. The meeting, which was not attended by representatives of the Western-supported Yemeni government, came on the eve of an international conference on Yemen, that is opening in London.
- Secretary-General to visit Cyprus to support intensive talks on reunification UN News Centre 27 Jan 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Cyprus this Sunday to boost United Nations-backed efforts to reunify the Mediterranean island as the leaders of the two communities continue their intensive talks this week.
- DRC Rebel Group Demands Promised Government Ministerial Positions VOA 27 Jan 2010 -- In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the spokesman for the Mai Mai armed group says President Joseph Kabila’s government has failed to meet their demands for ministerial positions after integrating into the national army.
- Senior UN official voices concern over impasse in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations UN News Centre 27 Jan 2010 -- A climate of mistrust between Israel and Palestinians over settlement expansion, forced evictions, military incursions, rocket fire and the closure of border crossings remains at the heart of the stalled peace process in the Middle East, a top United Nations official warned today.
- DRC: IDPs hiding in North Kivu forests IRIN 27 Jan 2010 -- Insecurity in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has displaced thousands of civilians, forcing many to hide in forests or seek shelter with other families, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
- COTE D'IVOIRE: Beyond the law on land disputes IRIN 27 Jan 2010 -- In Côte d’Ivoire land disputes – fuelled by the 2002 rebellion and subsequent fighting – have yet to be resolved legislatively, leaving communities to seek their own solutions.
- WHO refutes accusations of inflating risk of H1N1 flu pandemic IRNA 27 Jan 2010 -- The top United Nations flu official Tuesday rejected allegations that the World Health Organization (WHO) exaggerated the severity of the H1N1 influenza pandemic under pressure from business interests.
- UK freeze of terror suspect assets ruled unlawful IRNA 27 Jan 2010 -- The British government Wednesday suffered another blow to its counter-terrorism strategies after the Supreme Court ruled that special Treasury orders to freeze the assets of suspects are unlawful.
- Moscow dismayed by Iran's reaction to nuclear proposals RIA Novosti 27 Jan 2010 -- Russia is disappointed with Iran's failure to react "constructively" to the proposals made by a group of international mediators on Tehran's nuclear program, the Russian foreign minister said Wednesday.
- Ban voices relief at relatively peaceful conclusion to Sri Lankan presidential poll UN News Centre 27 Jan 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed relief today that Sri Lanka’s presidential elections have concluded relatively free of violence and he reiterated his call to the country’s political parties to abide by the official results and to pursue any concerns peacefully.
- Rajapaksa emerges victorious in Sri Lankan Presidential election IRNA 27 Jan 2010 -- Incumbent Mahinda Rajapska Monday emerged victorious in the bitterly-fought first post-LTTE era Presidential elections against former army chief Sarath Fonseka after counting showed that he had secured nearly 60 per cent of the total votes.
- Sri Lanka President Declared Re-Elected, Top Rival Claims Results Rigged VOA 27 Jan 2010 -- Sri Lanka has declared President Mahinda Rajapaksa the victor over his former top general, Sarath Fonseka, in the country's first peacetime election in decades after the long civil war against the Tamil Tiger rebels. But the rival to the president is refusing to concede defeat, saying that although voting was peaceful the results have been rigged to give Mr. Rajapaksa another six-year term in office.
- Ukrainian power player avoids endorsing presidential candidates RIA Novosti 27 Jan 2010 -- Former central banker Sergei Tigipko, who came third in the first round of Ukraine's presidential election, said he would not throw his crucial support behind either candidate in the runoff on February,7.
- UN’s Role In Georgia Has ‘Fundamentally Changed’ RFE/RL 27 Jan 2010 -- Johan Verbeke is the former head of the now-defunct UN observer mission in Georgia and was the UN’s special representative at the Geneva talks initiated after the August 2008 Russia-Georgia war.
- Bosnia Serb Government Rapped Over Referendum Push RFE/RL 27 Jan 2010 -- A move by the government of Bosnia-Herzegovina's Serbian entity to approve a draft law on referendums has drawn international criticism.
- Nigeria's Cabinet Says President is Fit to Rule VOA 27 Jan 2010 -- Nigeria's Cabinet has ruled that ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua is fit to remain in office in spite of his two-month absence from the country.
- Guinea Swears in New Prime Minister VOA 27 Jan 2010 -- At his swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, Guinea's new Prime Minister, Jean-Marie Dore, promised to restructure the army and hold elections.
- Africa facing multiple critical challenges, Ban says ahead of summit UN News Centre 27 Jan 2010 -- As Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prepares to attend the African Union (AU) summit this weekend in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, he stressed today that the gathering comes at a crucial time for the continent with national polls looming in Sudan and both climate change and under-development posing serious threats to progress.
- Zimbabwe Army to Protect Land 'Reform' VOA 27 Jan 2010 -- Zimbabwe Defense Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa says the national army will be used to ensure the controversial land-reform program is never reversed. About eight million hectares were taken from white farmers without compensation during the past 10 years.
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