28 January 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 28 Jan 2010 [PDF]
- Officials in Iraq Confirm Death of Key Terrorist AFPS 28 Jan 2010 -- Officials in Iraq have positively identified a terrorist killed Jan. 22 after he attacked a security-team member acting on a warrant against him.
- Obama Says War In Iraq Ending RFE/RL 28 Jan 2010 -- In his first State of the Union address, U.S. President Barack Obama has told the American people that eight years of war in Afghanistan and nearly seven years of war in Iraq are coming to an end.
- Obama renews pledge to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq by August RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has said he will keep his election campaign promise to have all of his country's combat troops home from Iraq by the end of this August.
- USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Launches First OEF Sorties Navy NewsStand 28 Jan 2010 -- The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group launched its first sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Jan. 28 and also assumed duties as Commander, Task Force (CTF) 50.
- AFGHANISTAN: Landmine deaths, injuries torment villagers IRIN 28 Jan 2010 -- “I was irrigating my land when I stepped on it… I heard a huge bang which knocked me over,” said Amanullah, a 26-year-old landmine victim from Nawzad District, Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan.
- London Conference Supports Afghan Reconciliation and Handover Strategy VOA 28 Jan 2010 -- Major world powers pledged support for reconciliation in Afghanistan to include members of the Taliban and mapped out a strategy for handing over increasing security responsibilities to Afghan forces. The decisions were announced as ministers and delegates from more than 70 countries and organizations met in London.
- London Afghanistan Conference Promises New Strategy, Way Out VOA 28 Jan 2010 -- Ministers and delegates from major world powers are meeting in London to discuss how best to bring an end to a nearly decade-long conflict in Afghanistan, pull out foreign troops and set Afghans on track to take charge of their own affairs.
- Clinton Announces Support for Karzai's Reintegration Plan VOA 28 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Afghan President Hamid Karzai's plan to reintegrate Taliban soldiers back into society will bring greater stability and security to Afghanistan.
- International support for Afghanistan must go beyond security needs – Ban UN News Centre 28 Jan 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a coherent political strategy to assist Afghanistan in its quest for peace, security and development, noting that the country’s challenges cannot be overcome by military efforts alone.
- Afghanistan Conference Under Way In London RFE/RL 28 Jan 2010 -- district by district, province by province -- An international conference to chart a new course for the future of Afghanistan is under way in London.
- ISAF Officials Express Regret Over Civilian Casualty AFPS 28 Jan 2010 -- International Security Assistance Force officials in Afghanistan expressed regret today for the death of a religious leader who was killed when an ISAF convoy fired on what appeared to be a threatening vehicle.
- UK denies ‘buying off’ Taliban IRNA 28 Jan 2010 -- Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has denied that Britain was bribing Taliban insurgents to stop them attacking UK troops in Afghanistan.
- Disjointed communiqué expected at Afghan conference IRNA 28 Jan 2010 -- The international community is committed to working with the government of Afghanistan to achieve “shared long-term goals,” according to a draft communiqué to be agreed at London Conference on Afghanistan Thursday.
- London conference marks beginning of Afghan transition, says Brown IRNA 28 Jan 2010 -- The London conference on Afghanistan marks the beginning of the process of transition from international to Afghan control after a “difficult year,” British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Thursday.
- UN appoints new envoy for Afghanistan ahead of London Conference IRNA 28 Jan 2010 -- The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday appointed veteran diplomat Staffan de Mistura as the top UN envoy to Afghanistan on the eve of the London Conference.
- Iran not to attend London Conference on Afghanistan IRNA 28 Jan 2010 -- Iran would not attend the London Conference on Afghanistan which is to be held on Thursday as Tehran believed the continuation of the past policies would not lead to resolving the country’s problems, a senior Foreign Ministry official said Wednesday night.
- International conference on Afghanistan kicks off in London RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010 -- An international conference on how to bring an end to the conflict in Afghanistan opened in London on Thursday.
- Conference on Afghanistan: how much to buy off the Taliban? RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010
- Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Gen. Fraser from Miami, Florida DoD 28 Jan 2010-- Presenter: Commander, U.S. Southern Command Gen. Douglas Fraser
- AFSOUTH officials guide Air Force Haiti relief effort AFNS 28 Jan 2010 -- Airmen from across the United States are participating in the Haitian earthquake joint relief effort while the as Air Forces Southern members guide the effort from hundreds of miles away in the Arizona desert.
- Air Force coordination team joins Joint Task Force-Haiti AFNS 28 Jan 2010 -- The 12th Air Force Southern vice commander, and the 612th Air Operations Center deputy commander arrived in Haiti to act as lead members of the Air Component Coordination Element supporting Joint Task Force-Haiti Jan. 12 here.
- Bataan Provides Vital Link to Haiti Relief Navy NewsStand 28 Jan 2010 -- The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) successfully completed a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) Jan. 27, receiving approximately 170 pallets to support Operation Unified Response.
- Bataan Sailors Rebuild, Bring Relief to Grande Goave Navy NewsStand 28 Jan 2010 -- Two weeks following the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti, rubble and debris still line the streets of Grand Goave, and Sailors aboard multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) are out in full force providing relief to the community in need.
- Seabees Departing to Support Haiti Relief Operations Navy NewsStand 28 Jan 2010 -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7 homeported at the Naval Construction Battalion Center hin Gulfport departed Jan. 26 on board Air Force C-17 aircraft to support relief operations in Haiti after a 7.0 earthquake devastated the city of Port-au-Prince.
- Navy Leads Haitian Harbor Assessment Navy NewsStand 28 Jan 2010 -- Naval Sea Systems Command's Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) embedded with Commander, Task Group 42.1 on board USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51) Jan. 18 to support port clearance and harbor re-opening in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
- Task Force 48 Routes Haiti Relief Through Guantanamo Bay Navy NewsStand 28 Jan 2010 -- Task Force 48 has been established to support the shipment of supplies during Operation Unified Response and provide logistical support to Joint Task Force (JTF) Haiti at U.S. Naval Station (NAVSTA) Guantanamo Bay after the Jan. 12 earthquake.
- Operation Unified Response Support Flows Nonstop Navy NewsStand 28 Jan 2010 -- Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville civilian and military personnel have been working nonstop at the airfield palletizing thousands of pounds of materials for shipment to Haiti as part of Operation Unified Response.
- U.S. Navy Ship’s Team Describes Haiti Aid Efforts AFPS 28 Jan 2010 -- On Jan. 14, two days after a magnitude 7 earthquake shook Haiti, an international team of naval officers and associated partners was on board the USS Gunston Hall in Norfolk, Va.
- Haiti’s Seaport Capacity Increases, Fraser Says AFPS 28 Jan 2010 -- Conditions in earthquake-ravaged Port-au-Prince, Haiti, continue to improve day by day, but a tremendous need still exists, the commander of U.S. Southern Command said today.
- Kentucky Airmen Move Supplies Through Dominican Republic AFPS 28 Jan 2010 -- As relief supplies and support continue to pour into Haiti, the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Operations Group has been one of the key elements that has helped to ensure a steady flow of help into the areas that need it.
- Brigade supports Unified Response with intelligence teams in Haiti Army News 28 Jan 2010 -- Morning came early Jan. 23 as Soldiers of the 470th Military Intelligence Brigade drew weapons from their arms room at Fort Sam Houston and conducted pre-combat checks and inspections.
- Fort Bragg continues to make progress in Haiti mission Army News 28 Jan 2010 -- The Soldiers on the ground in Haiti continue to coordinate efforts with the Soldiers and the Airmen back at Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base, N.C. to carry out the humanitarian efforts in Haiti.
- Army Sustainment Command provides support to humanitarian assistance operations in Haiti Army News 28 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. Army Sustainment Command is participating in humanitarian assistance relief operations in Haiti as part of Operation Unified Response.
- Kentucky Air Guard supports deploying Fort Knox Soldiers Army News 28 Jan 2010 -- Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Logistics Readiness Squadron processed more than 90 tons of cargo and about 40 U.S. Army Soldiers here tonight for deployment to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as part of the U.S. military's response to the Jan. 12 earthquake.
- UN official hails ‘outstanding’ post-quake performance of Haitian police UN News Centre 28 Jan 2010 -- Haiti’s police force has made an “outstanding” effort to maintain law and order in the wake of this month’s catastrophic earthquake, a senior United Nations official said today, noting that the force has continued to carry out its work despite the collapse of its headquarters and many police stations the loss of hundreds of personnel.
- U-2 to provide imagery support in Haiti AFNS 28 Jan 2010 -- A U-2 launched from Beale Air Force Base Jan. 27 to provide critical imagery support in the ongoing humanitarian relief mission in Haiti.
- Mobility planners move 82nd Airborne unit to Haiti AFNS 28 Jan 2010 -- Air Mobility Command crews and aircraft have been working around-the-clock, transporting people, supplies and equipment from Pope Air Force Base, N.C., into Haiti to support relief operations following the earthquake that hit the island Jan. 12.
- Joint Task Force Organizes Haitian Airport AFPS 28 Jan 2010 -- When a disaster strikes, people assume it should be easy to get relief supplies in.
- Air Guard Controllers Watch Haiti’s Skies AFPS 28 Jan 2010 -- The recent arrival of Air National Guard air traffic controllers in Haiti has greatly increased the number of flights that are safely entering and leaving the country’s air space.
- US Military Helping Build Temporary Hospital in Haiti VOA 28 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. military says it is working with the Haitian government to build a temporary medical facility for Haitian earthquake victims recovering from injuries.
- President talks about Taiwan's aid to Haiti CNA 28 Jan 2010 -- Visiting Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said here Wednesday that he will exchange views with Haiti Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Thursday to see what aid Taiwan may offer to the earthquake-devastated Caribbean country.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Obama: Spending Freeze Won’t Affect National Security AFPS 28 Jan 2010 -- Though President Barack Obama announced a three-year discretionary federal spending freeze during his State of the Union Message last night, it won’t apply to defense spending.
- Obama Stresses Arms Control Cooperation AFPS 28 Jan 2010 -- Calling the threat of nuclear weapons “perhaps the greatest danger to the American people,” President Barack Obama last night stressed the importance of non-proliferation initiatives to keep terrorists and rogue nations from acquiring them.
- Obama calls for comprehensive nuclear disarmament RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has reiterated his pledge to work toward comprehensive nuclear disarmament and confirmed progress in talks on a new strategic arms reduction treaty with Russia.
- Agreement Signed for Corrosion Science and Technology Navy NewsStand 28 Jan 2010 -- Officials from the United States and the Australian Defence Department convened Jan. 12 at Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock to revise a 1962 Data Exchange Agreement (DEA) on corrosion science and technology.
- Pearl Harbor Shipyard Undocks USS Bremerton Navy NewsStand 28 Jan 2010 -- Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard workers undocked USS Bremerton (SSN 698) as scheduled Jan. 21 after two months of intensive work in dry dock.
- Special Pay Defined for Haiti Operations Navy NewsStand 28 Jan 2010 -- The Navy has clarified eligibility for Imminent Danger Pay (IDP) and Hardship Duty Pay-Location (HDP-L) for Sailors serving in support of Operation Unified Response providing humanitarian operations for Haitians following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Port au Prince on Jan. 12.
- US 2nd Fleet Establishes Communication Milestone with Canadian Navy Navy NewsStand 28 Jan 2010 -- The commander of U.S. 2nd Fleet (C2F) successfully communicated real time via the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNET) system with Canada's commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) and commander, Joint Task Force Atlantic (JTFA) located in Halifax, Canada Jan. 20.
- Air Force officials select Space Command for encroachment initiative AFNS 28 Jan 2010 -- The assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and logistics, together with the Air Force civil engineer, has selected Air Force Space Command to be the demonstration command for the Air Force's Enterprise-Wide Encroachment Management Initiative.
- Exercise at Offutt simulates response to health emergency AFNS 28 Jan 2010 -- More than 1,000 people wound their way through the community center here Jan. 21 as part of a 55th Wing's point of distribution exercise.
- Team Works in Africa to Prevent, Treat Disease AFPS 28 Jan 2010 -- A tiny bug bite recently prompted a boy in Kenya, Africa, to walk alone for eight hours and admit himself to a clinic that specializes in parasitic diseases. Insect bites in that region can be life-threatening, and now are affecting many U.S. servicemembers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- LOGCAP IV TASK ORDER AWARDED Army News 28 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. Army Sustainment Command (ASC) has awarded a task order under the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) contract in support of the U.S. military's humanitarian relief operations in Haiti.
- Third Army hosts planning conference for upcoming exercises in Saudi Arabia Army News 28 Jan 2010 -- Third Army/U.S. Army Central 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 Jan. 18 through 22.
- Exercise Prepares Units for Super Bowl AFPS 28 Jan 2010 -- Continental North American Aerospace Defense Command Region officials will run an exercise overnight tonight to allow interagency partners the chance to practice temporary flight restriction violation procedures that will be in effect around Sun Life Stadium in Miami on Feb. 7 for the Super Bowl.
- Hurdles remain in Russia-NATO cooperation RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010
- Russian 5th-generation fighter to make maiden flight on Friday RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010 -- Russia is set to hold the first test of its futuristic fifth-generation fighter jet on Friday, a source at the country's largest aircraft producer said on Thursday.
- Russia launches military satellite from Baikonur RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010 -- Russia launched on Thursday a Proton-M rocket carrying a military satellite on board from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, the Defense Ministry said.
- Russia orbits military satellite RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010 -- Russia on Thursday put a new military satellite into orbit, a spokesman for the Space Forces said.
- Russia plans to sell arms to NATO members RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010 -- Russia may sell weapons to NATO member states, the head of Russia's state-run arms exporter said on Thursday.
- One body, wreckage of missing trainer plane found CNA 28 Jan 2010 -- The body of one of the pilots who were aboard an Air Force Academy twin-seater T-34C trainer plane that went missing during a training flight Tuesday was found Thursday in a mountain in southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung County, military sources said.
- Gaggle by Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton aboard Air Force One en route Tampa, Florida, 1/28/10 The White House 28 Jan 2010
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 28 Jan 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for January 28, 2010
- Boeing Delivers Record Number of Apache Longbow Crew Trainers in 2009 Boeing 28 Jan 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] delivered a record five Apache Longbow Crew Trainers (LCTs) in 2009 -- more than in any previous year -- and all five have been declared "ready for training."
- Boeing B-52 With CONECT Upgrade Accomplishes 1st Test Flight Boeing 28 Jan 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that a B-52H upgraded with new communication technology successfully accomplished its first test flight at Edwards Air Force Base on Jan. 17. The Combat Network Communications Technology (CONECT) upgrade allows B-52H crews to receive and send real-time digital information during their missions.
- Oshkosh Defense Awarded $21 Million Delivery Order for Recapitalized HEMTT A4s Oshkosh 28 Jan 2010 -- Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), has been awarded a delivery order valued at more than $21 million from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) to produce more than 60 recapitalized next-generation Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT) A4. The order, which also includes the delivery of components and engines, is for the M984 HEMTT A4 wrecker variant. Production is expected to begin in January 2011 and be completed in April 2011. The order was issued under the Army’s Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV) III contract.
- Russia free to sell weapons to Iran - state arms exporter RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010 -- There is nothing to stop Russia from selling military equipment to Iran, the head of Russia's state-run arms exporter said on Thursday.
- Russia expects to sell no less than $7.4 bln of arms in 2010 RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010 -- Russia exported $7.4 billion worth of military products last year, and expects to sell at least a similar amount in 2010, the head of the country's state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport said on Thursday.
- Russian military exports hit $7.4 bln in 2009 RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010 -- Russia exported $7.4 billion worth of military products last year, up 10% against 2008, the head of the country's state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport said on Thursday.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 28 Jan 2010
- N. Korea fires more shells toward S. Korea amid tensions RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010 -- North Korea has fired several artillery shells toward a South Korean island in the Yellow Sea following a recent exchange of fire near the disputed maritime border, the Yonhap news agency said Thursday.
- World Powers Call On Yemen To Fight Al-Qaeda With Reforms RFE/RL 28 Jan 2010 -- whose primary mission is killing and tracking suspected terrorists -- is coordinating secret joint operations with Yemeni troops against terrorist elements in the country.
- State of the Union Address Raises Doubts about Mideast Peace Process VOA 28 Jan 2010 -- People in the Middle East were watching closely as U.S. President Barack Obama gave his annual State of the Union address, setting out his domestic and foreign policy agenda.
- UN peacebuilding efforts can benefit from closer ties with other actors, says official UN News Centre 28 Jan 2010 -- The new head of the United Nations body tasked with helping post-conflict countries has called for enhanced partnerships with the Security Council and other actors to better assist this vulnerable group to build sustainable peace.
- Sudanese peace pact has accelerated pace of mine removal, says UN official UN News Centre 28 Jan 2010 -- The 2005 peace accord that ended Sudan’s north-south civil war has enhanced efforts to rid the vast African nation of landmines that continue to indiscriminately kill and maim decades after they are laid, a senior United Nations official said today.
- UN-African Union envoy discusses Darfur with senior Sudanese officials UN News Centre 28 Jan 2010 -- Ibrahim Gambari, who recently took up his new post as the head of the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur, has met with the Defence Minister to discuss peace prospects in the strife-torn region as part of a series of meetings with Sudanese officials.
- Sudan Official: Bashir 'Blackmailing' South Over Elections VOA 28 Jan 2010 -- A Southern Sudanese official says Khartoum has cut off talks with the South in a move to pressure the South's ruling party into withdrawing its candidate for Sudanese presidency. The official said that his party was now seeking outside intervention to ensure the peace agreement is honored.
- Security Council extends mandate of UN force in Côte d’Ivoire through end of May UN News Centre 28 Jan 2010 -- The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), and the French forces supporting it, for another four months to help support the staging of free, fair and transparent elections in the West African nation.
- OPT: Flood misery for tented communities in Gaza IRIN 28 Jan 2010 -- Thousands of Gazans made homeless by Israel’s 23-day military assault on the Gaza Strip which ended just over a year ago, are still in tents and damaged buildings; cold weather and recent flash floods have exacerbated their plight, say aid workers and the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).
- Georgia says no more military action against S. Ossetia, Abkhazia RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010 -- The Georgian government has adopted a new strategy toward S. Ossetia and Abkhazia which excludes any use of military force against its former breakaway regions.
- Burmese Rebel Group Denies Responsibility for Tuesday Blasts VOA 28 Jan 2010 -- A prominent ethnic rebel group in Burma has rejected the government's accusation that its members are responsible for two bomb explosions in a central town Tuesday.
- Indian security forces foil serial explosion plot in Assam IRNA 28 Jan 2010 -- Five separatists were arrested and a major plot to carry out serial explosions in India's restive northeastern state of Assam was foiled by security forces by seizing an estimated 100 kg of the highly potent plastic explosive Neogel-90.
- North Korea detains U.S. man for illegally crossing border RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010 -- North Korean authorities have detained a U.S. national for illegally entering the communist state from China, Yonhap said on Thursday, citing the official Korean Central News Agency.
- North Korea Says Second American Taken Into Custody VOA 28 Jan 2010 -- North Korea says it has arrested another U.S. citizen. If confirmed, the man would be the second American taken into custody in the North in two months. North Korea also is continuing with maritime artillery drills.
- Clinton: 'Little Choice' but to Put More Pressure on Iran VOA 28 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday that Iran's disappointing approach to big-power offers on its nuclear program leaves little choice but to put more pressure on Tehran. Clinton held meetings on Iran with several foreign ministers on the sidelines of the London conference on Afghanistan.
- Iran Hangs Two Sentenced In Postelection Trials RFE/RL 28 Jan 2010 -- Today at dawn, 37-year-old Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani and 19-year-old Arash Rahmanipour were hanged after being convicted of attempting to overthrow the Iranian regime.
- Iran's Karroubi Predicts Ahmadinejad's Term Will Be Cut Short VOA 28 Jan 2010 -- Senior Iranian opposition figure Mehdi Karroubi says he expects conservative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be forced out of office before the end of his term.
- Iran Executes Dissidents for Plotting Overthrow of Islamic Establishment VOA 28 Jan 2010 -- Iranian media report that two men have been executed, one of whom was put on trial following post-election unrest last year. But human-rights groups and the man's lawyer say he was in prison before the protests began.
- Former Georgian President's Son Charged With Spying For Russia RFE/RL 28 Jan 2010 -- The son of former Georgian President Zviad Gamsakhurdia has officially been accused of collaborating with Russian intelligence services, RFE/RL's Georgian Service reports.
- Cross-strait agreements should be screened by legislature: speaker CNA 28 Jan 2010 -- Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng said Wednesday that regulations ruling that any cross-Taiwan Strait agreements will take effect automatically one month after they are signed should be revised to allow the legislature to screen all such pacts.
- Ukraine's interior minister sacked as presidential rivals spar RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010 -- Ukrainian presidential frontrunner Viktor Yanukovych flexed his muscles in parliament on Thursday as MPs voted to dismiss the interior minister, a close ally of his opponent, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
- Yanukovich Seen as Front-Runner in Ukraine Presidential Election VOA 28 Jan 2010 -- Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich faces current Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in a presidential runoff February 7. Mr. Yanukovich, who lost the last presidential elections in 2004, but is now seen as the front-runner.
- Tymoshenko Faces Yanukovich in February 7 Ukrainian Presidential Runoff VOA 28 Jan 2010 -- Current Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko faces former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich in a presidential runoff February 7. In this report from Washington, Senior Correspondent André de Nesnera profiles Ms. Tymoshenko, a leading figure in what became known as the "Orange Revolution."
- Press Conference on Work of Contact Group on Piracy off Somali Coast United Nations 28 Jan 2010
- Press Conference by Chief of Staff of European Union Anti-Piracy Operation on Somali Coast United Nations 28 Jan 2010
- Sri Lanka Congratulated for Successful Presidential Election VOA 28 Jan 2010 -- The United States and India are congratulating Sri Lanka for carrying out a successful presidential election this week. But there are also calls from the international community for the South Asian island nation to investigate the opposition's claim of vote-rigging and other election violations.
- Liberian President's Re-election Bid Draws Mixed Reactions VOA 28 Jan 2010 -- In Liberia, there are mixed reactions to this week's announcement by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf that she will run for re-election next year. A draft report by the country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission said President Sirleaf should be barred from seeking further political office for 30 years.
- 5 ex-army officers hanged in B’desh for killing Mujibur Rahman IRNA 28 Jan 2010 -- Five ex-army officers have been hanged to death a little after midnight Wednesday for assassinating Bangladesh’s independence leader and first President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in a bloody coup staged on 15th August 1975.
- Kyrgyz President's Office, Son Reject Claim Of Seized Assets RFE/RL 28 Jan 2010 -- A Kyrgyz Presidential Secretariat official says the administration is very skeptical of comments made by a political analyst that Russia has frozen the bank accounts of businesses related to Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev's son, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.
- Interview: MEP Sees Stronger EU Role In South Caucasus RFE/RL 28 Jan 2010 -- involving France, Russia, and the United States -- Should the European Union take a more active role in the South Caucasus?
- Toppled Honduran leader leaves for exile RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010 -- Ousted former Honduran president Manuel Zelaya has left the country for exile in the Dominican Republic amid hopes that his departure will end seven months of political turmoil, the BBC said.
- Somalia Government Celebrates One Year in Office Friday VOA 28 Jan 2010 -- A Somali official says President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed’s government will be celebrating its first year in office Friday.
- Senior UN official urges broad-based approach to fight piracy off Somali coast UN News Centre 28 Jan 2010 -- A top United Nations official today urged a comprehensive, cohesive and broad-based strategy to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia, noting that the continued spread of the scourge points to the limits of a solely sea-based approach.
- Obama's prescription for America RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010
- Thales Alenia Space statement concerning the Eutelsat W2 satellite Thales 28 Jan 2010 -- The W2 satellite operated by Eutelsat Communications experienced an anomaly during the evening of January 27, 2010.
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