01 February 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 01 Feb 2010 [PDF]
- Suicide Bomber Kills Shi'ite Pilgrims in Iraq VOA 01 Feb 2010 -- Iraqi police say a female suicide bomber has killed more than 40 Shi'ite pilgrims and wounded more than 100 others in Baghdad. For several years, sectarian violence has plagued the pilgrimage that marks the death of a revered Shi'ite figure.
- Bomber crews keep watch over operations in Southwest Asia AFNS 01 Feb 2010 -- Airmen from the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron validated their capabilities and those of the B-1B Lancer during a deployment that concluded Jan. 27, here.
- Operations Company Maintains Presence at Basra During Transition Army News 01 Feb 2010 -- The 159th Seaport Operations Company, an inland cargo transfer company, is directly responsible for the Central Receiving and Shipping Point at Contingency Operating Location Basra, Iraq.
- Air Cav. fuelers reach over two million gallons pumped Army News 01 Feb 2010 -- The relentless nature of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade aviation mission requires aircraft to be in the air at all times.
- Engineer medics train lifesaving techniques to Iraqi Soldiers Army News 01 Feb 2010 -- Medics from 16th Engineer Brigade taught Iraqi counterparts some basic medical skills at the Iraqi Old Ministry of Defense building Jan. 25.
- Iraqis Capture Suspected Explosives-Cell Member AFPS 01 Feb 2010 -- Iraqi security forces arrested a wanted Baghdad explosives-cell member and a suspected accomplice today during a combined security operation in a rural area south of Baghdad.
- Forces Quell Suicide Attack in Afghanistan AFPS 01 Feb 2010 -- Afghan and international forces responded to two suicide bombers in Afghanistan’s Qalat City today.
- Military Announces Afghanistan Web Project AFPS 01 Feb 2010 -- The International Security Assistance Force’s joint command announced a new Web site today to support the public affairs project, "30 Days Through Afghanistan."
- Afghan farmers and villagers help rid communities of landmines – UN UN News Centre 01 Feb 2010 -- Farmers and villagers are taking part in United Nations-backed efforts to rid Afghanistan of landmines, which is also providing a much-needed boost to their incomes.
- Afghan army to assume key security role in 3 years - minister RIA Novosti 01 Feb 2010 -- The Afghan army will be ready to take full responsibility for security in the war-torn Central Asian state in three years, the country's defense minister said on Monday.
- Georgia expects Russia's understanding on NATO transit offer RIA Novosti 01 Feb 2010 -- Georgia confirmed on Monday its offer of military cargo transit for NATO troops in Afghanistan and expressed hope that Russia would not object to this move.
- 15 Militants Killed in Clashes in Pakistan VOA 01 Feb 2010 -- Pakistani officials say security forces backed by helicopter gunships have killed at least 15 suspected militants in clashes near the Afghan border.
- Name change to Multi-National Battle Group-East begins Feb. 1 Army News 01 Feb 2010 -- Multi-National Task Force-East (MNTF-E) officially will change its name to Multi-National Battle Group - East (MNBG-E) Monday, Feb. 1, signifying the task force's transformation to a more responsive and flexible force structure under KFOR's "Deterrent Presence" plan.
- U.S. Carrier Leaves Haiti; Relief Mission Continues AFPS 01 Feb 2010 -- The release of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and other military assets from the humanitarian assistance mission in Haiti in no way signals a winding down of U.S. military operations there, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told reporters today.
- Aircraft Carrier Carl Vinson Completes Haiti Relief Efforts Navy NewsStand 01 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) released the U.S. Navy carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Feb. 1.
- USS Carl Vinson Departs Haiti; Carrier Rendered Critical First Response Navy NewsStand 01 Feb 2010 -- The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) departed the waters near Port-au-Prince, Haiti Feb. 1 after rendering humanitarian assistance to the victims of a massive 7.0 earthquake that struck the Caribbean nation Jan. 12.
- Carter Hall Continues Delivering Aid, Support to Haiti Navy NewsStand 01 Feb 2010 -- USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) continues its operations delivering humanitarian aid, medical, and logistic support for earthquake victims in Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response.
- Gunston Hall, Underwood Work Quality of Life Issues at Killick Navy NewsStand 01 Feb 2010 -- Sailors from USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) and USS Underwood (FFG 36) are working together with the Haitian people to expedite work on plumbing and sanitation deficiencies at the Killick Haitian Coast Guard Base.
- Bataan Adds Air Assets to Assist with Haiti Relief Navy NewsStand 01 Feb 2010 -- Three helicopter squadron detachments have joined the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) to assist with the relief efforts in Haiti.
- Sea Dragons do Exist Navy NewsStand 01 Feb 2010 -- Nearly 20 Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM)14 Sailors are involved in humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations in support of Operation Unified Response.
- Underwood Sailors Provide Medical Care to Injured Haitians Navy NewsStand 01 Feb 2010 -- USS Underwood (FFG 36) has provided critical medical assistance in support of Operation Unified Response since their arrival in Haiti Jan. 16.
- MDSU 2 Clears the Way for Humanitarian Relief Navy NewsStand 01 Feb 2010 -- Members of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2, Company 2-1, part of a U.S. Navy and Army joint-service dive task force, mapped the waterways of Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 21 for major obstructions to navigation that would inhibit safe use of the main port.
- Coast Guard helping rebuild Haiti’s ports US Coast Guard 01 Feb 2010 -- An international port is a crossroads of culture, languages and international exchange. A port is a nations lifeline to the world through imports and exports.
- United Nations official assists Airmen with Haiti operations AFNS 01 Feb 2010 -- A member of the United Nations World Food Programme arrived at Tyndall Air Force Base Jan. 24 to assist the Haiti Flight Operations Coordination Center officials with setting up humanitarian aviation response to the earthquake-ravaged nation.
- Charleston Airmen ship emergency funds to U.S. Embassy in Haiti AFNS 01 Feb 2010 -- Charleston Air Force Base Airmen made a unique delivery to help Haitian recovery efforts as base officials sent 800 pounds of cash to the U.S. Embassy in Haiti Jan. 22.
- Dobbins medical team returns from Haiti relief mission AFNS 01 Feb 2010 -- Five members of the 94th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron here returned home Jan. 31 after a two-week Operation Unified Response deployment to provide medical care and support for Haitians injured in the devastating earthquake.
- Airmen airdrop relief supplies to Haitians AFNS 01 Feb 2010 -- Charleston Air Force Base Airmen airdropped approximately 14,000 bottles of water and 14,500 Meals, Ready to Eat Jan. 23 to the outlying area of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
- Press Conference by Acting Special Representative on Situation in Haiti United Nations 01 Feb 2010
- With Haiti’s quake relief efforts going more smoothly, UN looks to longer-term goals UN News Centre 01 Feb 2010 -- As immediate efforts to provide food and other aid to hundreds of thousands of Haitian quake victims improve, the United Nations is also looking to longer-term goals of procuring 200,000 tents for the upcoming rainy season and encouraging many residents of the overcrowded capital to return to the countryside, a top UN official said today.
- In Haiti, UN feeds thousands more with new food scheme aimed at women UN News Centre 01 Feb 2010 -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is “cautiously optimistic” about a newly launched scheme that could provide rice to some 2 million Haitians over the next two weeks, and promises to cut down on the recent chaotic scrambles around food trucks as men, women and children pushed to obtain supplies.
- US Military to Resume Medical Evacuation Flights from Haiti VOA 01 Feb 2010 -- The U.S. military has resumed evacuation flights for critically injured Haitian earthquake victims to the United States for medical treatment.
- Airmen deliver Soldiers, communication equipment to Haiti AFNS 01 Feb 2010 -- An Air National Guard aircrew flying an Air Force Reserve C-130 Hercules transported approximately 10 Soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division and critical satellite communication equipment Jan. 27 to earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
- Supply Center Stocked Comfort for Haiti Voyage AFPS 01 Feb 2010 -- Stocking the USNS Comfort hospital ship with supplies before it departed Baltimore en route to Haiti was a top priority for the Defense Logistics Agency's Philadelphia Supply Center.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Secretary Gates and Adm. Mullen from the Pentagon DoD 01 Feb 2010 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
- DoD News: DOD Releases Defense Reviews, 2011 Budget Proposal, and 2010 War Funding Supplemental Request - Update DoD 01 Feb 2010 -- President Barack Obama today sent to Congress a proposed defense budget of $708 billion for fiscal 2011. The budget request for the Department of Defense (DoD) includes $549 billion in discretionary budget authority to fund base defense programs and $159 billion to support overseas contingency operations (OCO), primarily in Afghanistan and Iraq.
- Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Lt. Gen. Stanton and Kathleen Miller on Fiscal Year 2011 Budget for the Army DoD 01 Feb 2010 -- Presenter: Military Deputy for Army Budget Lt. Gen. Edgar Stanton and Acting Director of Army Budget Kathleen Miller
- DOD News Briefing with David Altwegg on Fiscal Year 2011 Budget for Missile Defense Agency DOD 01 Feb 2010 -- Presenter: Executive Director, Missile Defense Agency David Altwegg
- Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Maj. Gen. Flowers and Marilyn Thomas on Fiscal Year 2011 Budget for the Air Force DoD 01 Feb 2010 -- Presenter: Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget Maj. Gen. Alfred Flowers and Deputy for Budget Marilyn Thomas, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller
- Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Admiral Mulloy on Fiscal Year 2011 Budget for the Navy DoD 01 Feb 2010 -- Presenter: Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Budget Rear Adm. Joe Mulloy
- Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Undersecretary Flournoy and Vice Adm. Stanley DoD 01 Feb 2010 -- Presenter: Undersecretary of Defense Policy Michele Flournoy
- Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Undersecretary Hale and Vice Adm. Stanley DoD 01 Feb 2010 -- Presenter: Undersecretary of Defense Comptroller Robert Hale and Director, Force Structure and Resources, Joint Staff Vice Adm. Steve Stanley
- Review Upgrades Personnel Status; Budget Confirms It AFPS 01 Feb 2010 -- The Fiscal 2011 Defense Budget Request and the Quadrennial Defense Review look at personnel as a strategic asset, the Joint Staff’s director for force structure, resources and assessments said today. Video
- Fiscal Year 2011 Department of the Navy Budget Submission Navy NewsStand 01 Feb 2010 -- Department of the Navy (DoN) budget submission of $160.6 billion delivered today is consistent with the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, the basic tenets of the National Defense Strategy and the Maritime Strategy. The fiscal year (FY) 2011 baseline budget is a $4.6 billion, or 3 percent increase over the FY2010 level.
- Obama Trims Wasteful Spending on Defense Budget AFPS 01 Feb 2010 -- Though the Defense Department is exempt from a proposed federal spending freeze, President Barack Obama said wasteful defense spending has been trimmed from the $3.83 trillion fiscal 2011 budget he submitted to Congress today.
- Budget Request Continues Defense Reform Agenda AFPS 01 Feb 2010 -- The fiscal 2011 Defense Department budget request continues an overall reform agenda and seeks a total request of $708 billion in budget authority, the Pentagon’s chief financial officer said.
- Review Aims to Rebalance Forces, Puts People First AFPS 01 Feb 2010 -- The Quadrennial Defense Review, released today, seeks to rebalance the military to better fight today’s wars and to institutionalize department reforms, the undersecretary of defense for policy said.
- Budget, Defense Reviews Key on Current Wars AFPS 01 Feb 2010 -- When Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates came to his post two years ago, he recognized a glaring deficiency in the defense budgeting process: “Those fighting the current war had no seat at the budget table at all.”
- White House seeks $125 billion for veterans in 2011 AFNS 01 Feb 2010 -- To expand health care to a record-number of veterans, reduce the number of homeless veterans and process a dramatically increased number of new disability compensation claims, White House officials here announced Feb. 1 a proposed $125 billion budget next year for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Air Force fiscal 2011 budget balances for today's fight, postures for future challenges AFNS 01 Feb 2010 -- Air Force officials here reinforced their commitment to fund and support today's operations while posturing for future challenges through the service's portion of the president's fiscal year 2011 budget announced Feb. 1.
- Airmen teach Royal Thai Air Force airborne firefighting techniques AFNS 01 Feb 2010 -- Airmen trained Royal Thai air force members on how to use the airborne modular firefighting system Jan. 25, out of Phitsanulok Royal Thai Air Force Base.
- Air Force Global Strike Command officials assume B-52, B-2 mission AFNS 01 Feb 2010 -- Air Force Global Strike Command officials here assumed responsibility for the Air Force's nuclear-capable bomber force Feb. 1.
- Colombian Delegation Visits Comfort During Operation Unified Response Navy NewsStand 01 Feb 2010 -- A delegation of Colombian naval officers from the Armada of the Republic of Colombia (ARC) logistics ship Cartagena de Indias (BM-161) visited the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) Jan. 31.
- Exercise tests 7th CSC's ability to rapidly deploy Army News 01 Feb 2010 -- Rain, sleet, snow and below-freezing temperatures did not prevent the Soldiers of the 7th Civil Support Command's Incident Management Team from participating in Bavarian Thunder 2010, a training exercise that culminated at the Deployment Processing Center here Jan. 25-28. This exercise focused on deployment of personnel, equipment and vehicles.
- 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion conducts Validation Exercise, prepares company for deployment Army News 01 Feb 2010 -- In 2008, after returning from a 15-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, 5th Signal Command's 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion had a full year of redeployment, restationing and reset.
- Mexican Ship Captains Visit Gunston Hall during Haiti Mission Navy NewsStand 01 Feb 2010 -- Commanding officers of the Mexican navy ships ARM Huasteco (AMP 01) and ARM Papaloapan (A 411), as well as the Mexican coordinator for humanitarian aid, visited USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) Jan. 27 to discuss contributions made by both navies to the Killick Haitian Coast Guard Base.
- ESG 5 Commander Visits Bonhomme Richard Navy NewsStand 01 Feb 2010 -- Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 5 met the Sailors and Marines from Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) during a visit to amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Jan. 28-30.
- NSWC Panama City Environmental Record of Decision Signed Navy NewsStand 01 Feb 2010 -- The Navy published a Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) Jan. 25 for the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) Mission Activities Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS).
- Exercise Pacific Angel 2010 set to begin AFNS 01 Feb 2010 -- Airmen will join four South Asian and Pacific nation representatives from February through August to provide medical, dental and engineering assistance as part of Operation Pacific Angel 2010.
- DoD ‘Wiki’ Increases Technical Collaboration AFPS 01 Feb 2010 -- Scientists traditionally share information by publishing their completed research studies in academic journals. But the pace and nature of technological change renders that process much too slow.
- Missile Defense Review Links Strategy to Threats AFPS 01 Feb 2010 -- The Ballistic Missile Defense Review released today aligns U.S. missile defense posture with near-term regional missile threats, and sustains the ability to defend the homeland against limited long-range missile attack, said Michele Flournoy, undersecretary of defense for policy.
- U.S. to beef-up Gulf air defense force to keep Iran, Israel in check - Guardian RIA Novosti 01 Feb 2010 -- Washington will deploy Patriot missiles in the Gulf region as a balancing force in the troubled region, the Guardian daily said on Monday.
- Analysts: Effect of Possible Chinese Sanctions Against US Companies Would be 'Limited' VOA 01 Feb 2010 -- Analysts say China's threat to impose sanctions against companies that are involved in a recently announced U.S. arms sale to Taiwan is the latest sign of Beijing's growing confidence in the international arena. They say that while the threat is turning into U.S. President Barack Obama's biggest dispute with China, Beijing is unlikely to press the matter, especially when it's own commercial interests are at stake.
- Gates Hopes Potential Downturn with China Only 'Temporary' AFPS 01 Feb 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today said he hopes that the U.S. and China quickly resolve any potential issues that emerge in the wake of a U.S. arms deal to Taiwan.
- US Regrets Chinese Reaction to Taiwan Arms Sale VOA 01 Feb 2010 -- The Obama administration on Monday expressed regret that China has cut off bilateral U.S.-Chinese military contacts and threatened to sanction U.S. defense firms over its decision to sell Taiwan new military hardware. But U.S. officials say dialogue with Beijing on other key issues continues.
- China Steps Up Criticism of US-Taiwan Arms Sale VOA 01 Feb 2010 -- China has stepped up its criticism of the latest U.S. arms sale to Taiwan.
- Study Calls for Tougher Enforcement of Treaties on Curbing Nuclear Weapons VOA 01 Feb 2010 -- A new study by an independent commission of global experts is calling for stronger enforcement of the Non-proliferation Treaty to deter countries from acquiring these weapons of ultimate destruction.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing U.S. Department of State 01 Feb 2010
- Briefing by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 2/1/10 The White House 01 Feb 2010
- Briefing by OMB Director Peter Orszag and Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers Christina Romer The White House 01 Feb 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for February 01, 2010
- Boeing China says no sanctions yet for Taiwan arms sales RIA Novosti 01 Feb 2010 -- Boeing China said it had not yet received any formal notification on sanctions from China over the United States' decision to sell arms to Taiwan, Xinhua said on Monday.
- Boeing Begins In-country C-17 Pilot Training for Royal Australian Air Force Boeing 01 Feb 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) today welcomed the first class of C-17 Globemaster III student pilots at RAAF Base Amberley.
- Boeing, HAVELSAN Install Simulator and Support Hardware for Turkey's Peace Eagle AEW&C Program Boeing 01 Feb 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and industry supplier HAVELSAN announced today that they have completed installation of Mission Simulator and Mission Support Center hardware for Turkey's Peace Eagle Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) program.
- Successful Test of Lockheed Martin’s Joint Air-To-Surface Standoff Missile Validates Missile Upgrades Lockheed Martin 01 Feb 2010 -- A Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) underwent a successful Product Upgrade Verification (PUV) flight test on January 12 at White Sands Missile Range, NM. The missile was released from a B-52 aircraft and successfully navigated through a preplanned route before destroying its intended target.
- Lockheed Martin Receives $59 Million For Sniper® Advanced Targeting Pods Lockheed Martin 01 Feb 2010 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has received $59 million from the U.S. Air Force for additional Sniper® Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP). This order represents the second increment on the U.S. Air Force’s Sniper ATP Lot 9 contract, originally awarded in September 2009, bringing the total value of the Lot 9 buy to $95 million.
- Raytheon BBN Technologies Demonstrates First-of-its-Kind Disruption-Tolerant Military Network Raytheon 01 Feb 2010 -- Raytheon BBN Technologies demonstrated the successful transmission of voice and data across a wireless mobile ad hoc network that was in a constant state of flux, mimicking the communications challenges that military networks confront in tactical use.
- Raytheon Deploys Civil Communications Solutions Demonstration Raytheon 01 Feb 2010 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has developed a mobile civil communications solutions demonstration that allows first responders to experience seamless communications capabilities that could help save lives when crises strike.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 01 Feb 2010
- Official Denies Uganda Troop Presence in Congo VOA 01 Feb 2010 -- An official of Uganda’s government has denied reports that its troops have entered into Beni town in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s formerly restive Kivu province.
- UN envoy ‘pleased’ about Israel’s release of Lebanese citizen, progress in peace talks UN News Centre 01 Feb 2010 -- A senior United Nations official today welcomed the release of a Lebanese citizen apprehended by Israeli Defense Forces on Sunday in a disputed area of land located on the border between southern Lebanon and the Golan Heights, announcing that the UN peacekeeping operation in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is conducting its own inquiry into the episode.
- UN chief appoints Filipino general to lead peacekeeping in Golan Heights UN News Centre 01 Feb 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today named a Filipino general as the new Force Commander for the United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Golan Heights, tasked with observing the ceasefire between Israel and Syria in the region.
- Ugandan rebels kill 100 civilians in north-eastern DR Congo, UN reports UN News Centre 01 Feb 2010 -- Some 100 people were slaughtered by a notorious Uganda rebel group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last month, the United Nations humanitarian arm has said.
- Explosive Devices Found on Israeli Beaches VOA 01 Feb 2010 -- Two barrels of explosives have been found on Israeli beaches, as the Palestinian militant group Hamas vowed revenge on Israel for the killing of one of its founding members.
- At Least 8 Killed in Mogadishu Fighting VOA 01 Feb 2010 -- Witnesses in Somalia's capital say at least eight people have been killed in a heavy artillery battle between insurgents and pro-government forces.
- Israel Says It Disciplined High-Ranking Officers in Gaza Offensive VOA 01 Feb 2010 -- Israel's army says it has disciplined two high-ranking officers for letting their troops fire artillery shells at a U.N. compound in Gaza last year. The army, however, denies a newspaper report that the officers were reprimanded for firing white phosphorus.
- Ban Says Solution on Cyprus Within Reach VOA 01 Feb 2010 -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in Cyprus to encourage the leaders of the two communities to reach a solution to end the 36-year old division of the island. The chief of the world body says a solution is within reach.
- Kenya Denies Helping Arm Southern Sudan VOA 01 Feb 2010 -- The Kenyan government has dismissed a report by a Swiss research institute that says it is secretly helping Southern Sudan stockpile weapons in violation of a U.S.-backed peace agreement. The Small Arms Survey says Southern Sudan government forces have received tanks and weapons that had previously been held in Kenya.
- YEMEN: Third country resettlement slowing - UNHCR IRIN 01 Feb 2010 -- Deteriorating security in Yemen since August 2009 has negatively affected efforts by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and recipient governments to resettle refugees.
- NEPAL: Time running out for peace process IRIN 01 Feb 2010 -- Nepalese political parties and the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) need to work harder on the ongoing peace process, experts say.
- NIGERIA: Inaction paves way for more bloodshed, observers say IRIN 01 Feb 2010 -- If the Nigerian authorities fail to punish those responsible for the latest intercommunal violence, they are only paving the way for further bloodshed, say human rights advocates, historians, politicians and religious leaders.
- SRI LANKA: IDPs divided over election outcome IRIN 01 Feb 2010 -- As the results of Sri Lanka's first post-war presidential election poured in, the mood at Menik Farm, in the main government-run camp for the ethnic Tamil internally displaced (IDPs), in the northern town of Vavuniya, was sober.
- SUDAN: Time running out for "powder keg" - former diplomats IRIN 01 Feb 2010 -- The peace agreement which ended years of war between north and south Sudan could unravel unless immediate steps are taken to salvage it, two key former diplomats say.
- Cyprus solution ‘within reach,’ says Ban UN News Centre 01 Feb 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – who as a citizen of the Republic of Korea understands the “emptiness” of a country divided into north and south – voiced optimism today that a solution to long-running problems in Cyprus is “within reach,” calling for the leaders of the two communities on the Mediterranean island to step up their efforts.
- Judge: Italian Agents Likely Knew of CIA Abduction VOA 01 Feb 2010 -- An Italian judge says it is likely that Italy's military intelligence agency knew about the kidnapping of Muslim cleric Hasan Nasr from Milan seven years ago, despite Italian government denials of involvement in the CIA abduction.
- Iran Marks Anniversary of Islamic Revolution VOA 01 Feb 2010 -- Iran is starting 11 days of celebrations to mark the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. Around the country, Iranians paused at 9:33 in the morning to remember the day that the revolution's leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, returned from a long exile in France.
- Iran Kicks Off Ceremonies To Mark Khomeini Return RFE/RL 01 Feb 2010 -- the day marking the collapse, in 1979, of the U.S.-backed Pahlavi dynasty.
- Former Diplomat Says Iranian Establishment 'Paralyzed From Within' RFE/RL 01 Feb 2010 -- Abolfazl Eslami served in Iran’s Foreign Ministry for 25 years. That came to an end four years ago, when he learned that the authorities had become “sensitive" about him.
- UK told to persevere with control orders IRNA 01 Feb 2010 -- Control orders used to monitor some terror suspects must not be abandoned as the move could harm UK security, the government’s independent reviewer of terrorism legislation has concluded.
- Swine Flu deaths in India rises to 1229: Report IRNA 01 Feb 2010 -- Eight more people have died of Swine Flu in India, taking the toll due to the deadliest flu in the country so far to 1229.
- Former Ukrainian President Says Political System Dysfunctional RFE/RL 01 Feb 2010 -- which saw massive public protests carry Ukraine's first pro-democracy leader, Viktor Yushchenko, to the presidency -- has not been fulfilled, and that the country suffers from a deficit of public trust. He chided Yushchenko and Tymoshenko, the Orange allies who have since become bitter rivals, for "bickering over who had more authority in the country instead of doing their work" over the past five years.
- Yanukovych bows out of TV debate with Tymoshenko RIA Novosti 01 Feb 2010 -- Front-runner in Ukraine's presidential election Viktor Yanukovych will not attend a TV debate with his opponent Yulia Tymoshenko, his spokesperson said Monday.
- Turkmen Leader Visits France Amid Criticism From RIghts Groups RFE/RL 01 Feb 2010 -- Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov began an official visit to France today with a meeting with his French counterpart at the Elysee Palace.
- International Community Urges Ivory Coast to Hold Elections VOA 01 Feb 2010 -- International pressure is mounting for Ivory Coast to hold its long-delayed presidential elections, as controversy over the voter list threatens to once again push back the poll.
- Threats, Violence Compound Nigeria's Leadership Crisis VOA 01 Feb 2010 -- Pressure is mounting on ailing Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua to hand over power or quickly return to Nigeria from Saudi Arabia, where he has been getting medical care for more than two months. The uncertainty about Nigeria's leadership comes as violence has reignited in the oil-rich south, and as the leader of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb offered training and weapons to Nigerian Muslims.
- AU Summit Approves Tougher Anti-Coup Measures VOA 01 Feb 2010 -- An African Union summit has given the organization more authority to act against unconstitutional changes of power. Coups and conflicts are dominating the summit agenda.
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