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01 February 2010 Military News

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  • 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.

News Reports

  • 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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