22 June 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 22 June 2010 [PDF]
- Airpower Summary: June 21 AFNS 22 Jun 2010
- Airpower Summary: June 20 AFNS 22 Jun 2010
- Airpower Summary: June 19 AFNS 22 Jun 2010
- Airpower Summary: June 18 AFNS 22 Jun 2010
- 4 Killed in Attacks Across Iraq VOA 22 Jun 2010 -- Attacks across Iraq have killed at least four people, including the leaders of an anti al-Qaida militia.
- Aeromedical evacuation missions: Routine is only half the story AFNS 22 Jun 2010 -- Members of the 451st Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron here train like they fight.
- DoD News: Defense Secretary Gates Statement on McChrystal Profile DoD 22 Jun 2010
- Statement by NATO Spokesman on Rolling Stone article NATO 22 Jun 2010
- Obama to Decide Future of US Commander in Afghanistan VOA 22 Jun 2010 -- President Obama is deciding whether to fire his commander in Afghanistan after the officer and some members of his staff made derogatory statements about the president and other senior administration officials.
- McChrystal Comments Mirror 'Varying Attitudes About Best Approach in Afghanistan' VOA 22 Jun 2010 -- An Obama administration official says the top US commander in Afghanistan has been summoned to Washington.
- Top U.S. General Ordered To Explain White House Criticism RFE/RL 22 Jun 2010 -- Top US commander in Afghanistan ordered to appear at the White House on June 23 to explain his searing criticism of top Obama administration officials.
- Top US Commander in Afghanistan Summoned to Washington VOA 22 Jun 2010 -- The top US military commander in Afghanistan is being summoned to Washington to explain critical comments.
- U.S. General McChrystal Apologizes For Comments In Magazine RFE/RL 22 Jun 2010 -- The top US commander in Afghanistan has apologized for remarks in a new magazine article.
- British Afghan Envoy Takes Time Off Amid Signs Of NATO Frictions RFE/RL 22 Jun 2010 -- Britain says its special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Sherard Cowper-Coles, will take leave over an extended summer break.
- British Special Envoy To Afghanistan, Pakistan Taking 'Extended Leave' RFE/RL 22 Jun 2010 -- Britain has announced that its special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan is taking an "extended leave" of absence from the post.
- UK envoy to Afghanistan suspended after criticising US policy IRNA 22 Jun 2010 -- The UK's most senior diplomat in Afghanistan, special envoy Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, was reported to have been suspended.
- US Funds Used to Pay Afghan Warlords VOA 22 Jun 2010 -- A congressional investigation says tens of millions of dollars of US taxpayer funds are indirectly being paid to Afghan warlords.
- U.S. Indirectly Funding Afghan Insurgency, Report Finds RFE/RL 22 Jun 2010 -- A US congressional report says the US is paying tens of millions of dollars annually to Afghan security firms channeling the money to warlords.
- S. Korea's Decision to Re-dispatch Troops to Afghanistan Flailed KCNA 22 Jun 2010 -- Lee Myung Bak decided to re-dispatch troops to Afghanistan on June 15 despite the strong protest of the south Korean people.
- Health Official Killed in Northern Afghanistan VOA 22 Jun 2010 -- Officials say the head of the public health department in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province has been killed in a bombing.
- Veteran MP calls for end to "impossible mission" in Afghanistan IRNA 22 Jun 2010 -- One of Britain’s longest-serving MPs is seeking the support of parliament to call a halt to the “impossible mission” in Afghanistan.
- Kyrgyzstan To Supply Fuel To U.S. Air Base Directly RFE/RL 22 Jun 2010 -- Kyrgyz authorities say they plan to set up a state-owned company to provide a US air base with fuel.
- Why Has Drug Use Increased So Dramatically In Afghanistan? RFE/RL 22 Jun 2010 -- UN report that Afghanistan has one of the highest drug-use rates in the world gives a new and disturbing look at the grip opium and heroin hold on the country.
- US Experiments on Human Bodies Flayed KCNA 22 Jun 2010 -- It was recently disclosed that doctors of the CIA used "terror suspects" and other prisoners as guinea pigs for diverse experiments on human bodies.
- State Department 'Actively' Considers Terrorist Designation for Pakistani Taliban VOA 22 Jun 2010 -- US State Dept actively considering adding the Pakistani wing of the Taliban to list of foreign terrorist organizations.
- Pakistan Claims 20 Militants Killed In Tribal Region Air Strike RFE/RL 22 Jun 2010 -- Pakistani security forces have reported killing 20 Taliban militants in the Mohmand tribal agency.
- Clashes leave 3 troops, 10 militants dead in NW Pakistan IRNA 22 Jun 2010 -- At least three Pakistani troops and 10 militants were killed in Orakzai tribal area of the northwest Pakistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Russia, U.S. to sign some 10 deals, declarations during Medvedev's visit to Washington RIA Novosti 22 Jun 2010 -- Russia and the US will sign several agreements and adopt a number of joint declarations during Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to Washington.
- Medvedev's U.S. Tour A Mixture Of Business, Politics RFE/RL 22 Jun 2010 -- Russian President Medvedev arrives in the US for a visit aimed primarily at wooing US investors he hopes will help launch Russia's technology sector.
- Obama looks forward to Medvedev's visit - White House RIA Novosti 22 Jun 2010 -- US President Obama is looking forward to the visit by his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev.
- Medvedev to discuss arms cuts treaty ratification with Obama RIA Novosti 22 Jun 2010 -- Russian President Medvedev and his US counterpart Barack Obama will discuss the ratification of the new arms cuts treaty.
- U.S. will not use arms sales to bargain with China: diplomat CNA 22 Jun 2010 -- There is no chance that the US would terminate its arms sales to Taiwan in exchange for China's removal of its missiles that are aimed at Taiwan.
- USNS Mendonca Participates in Joint Logistics Over the Shore Exercise Navy NewsStand 22 Jun 2010 -- Military Sealift Command ship USNS Mendonca was the primary cargo platform for joint logistics over the shore exercise.
- North Dakota Soldiers Learn How to Locate Downed Pilots in Black Hills Army News 22 Jun 2010 -- Third platoon of the 191st Military Police Company successfully located 12 "downed enemy pilots" throughout the course of three training exercises.
- Golden Cargo provides real-world training Army News 22 Jun 2010 -- The rumbles, grinding of gears and crunching of gravel filled woodlands of Crane Army Ammunition Activity for Operation Golden Cargo 2010.
- U.N. training simulates operational environment Army News 22 Jun 2010 -- The following scenario played out by participants of a simulated exercise at Garuda Shield 2010 June 17.
- New Horizons - Haiti 2010 exercise begins Army News 22 Jun 2010 -- New Horizons-Haiti 2010 exercise kicked off this past Tuesday with its opening ceremonies held at the Task Force Kout Men encampment.
- New officer course boosts cyberspace transformation AFNS 22 Jun 2010 -- A new undergraduate cyber training course for officers launched here June 15.
- Ribbon Cutting: New Beginning for Navy Warfare Development Command Navy NewsStand 22 Jun 2010 -- Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command will conduct a ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the new command headquarters building.
- Services Work to Learn More About Brain Ailments, Suicides AFPS 22 Jun 2010 -- Post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and suicides among servicemembers are interrelated problems requiring holistic prevention methods and more scientific study.
- Services, VA Use Technology for Stress, Resilience Outreach AFPS 22 Jun 2010 -- The military services and the Veterans Health Administration of the Veterans Affairs Department increasingly use digital technology to reach out to identify and treat servicemembers with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Operation Smile Creates Smiles with USNS Mercy in Cambodia Navy NewsStand 22 Jun 2010 -- Doctors and volunteers from Operation Smile embarked aboard the USNS Mercy June 17, for six days, in support of Pacific Partnership 2010.
- Peleliu ARG, 15th MEU Visit Orphanage in Timor-Leste Navy NewsStand 22 Jun 2010 -- Sailors and Marines from the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group participated in a community service project at the Santa Bakhita Orphanage outside Dili June 21.
- HSV Swift Brings Subject Matter Expert Exchanges to El Salvador Navy NewsStand 22 Jun 2010 -- High Speed Vessel Swift 2 arrived in La Union, El Salvador to conduct subject matter expert exchanges as part of Southern Partnership Station 2010 with the El Salvadorian defense force June 18.
- Arlington Cemetery Fields Phone Calls From Worried Families AFPS 22 Jun 2010 -- Officials at Arlington National Cemetery have established a special call center to address concerns worried family members may have about the potential mishandling of their loved ones’ remains.
- Russia gets new Strategic Missile Forces chief RIA Novosti 22 Jun 2010 -- Russian President Medvedev appointed Lt. Gen. Sergei Karakayev as the new commander of the Strategic Missile Forces.
- Russia's first deputy defense minister discharged RIA Novosti 22 Jun 2010 -- In a shakeup at the Russian Defense Ministry, Col. Gen. Alexander Kolmakov has been dismissed as first deputy defense minister.
- Russia, Italy to begin building joint helicopter assembly facility RIA Novosti 22 Jun 2010 -- The construction of a Russian-Italian joint helicopter assembly facility will beginin the town of Tomilino outside Moscow.
- Russia, Ukraine to unite aircraft industries soon - Yanukovych RIA Novosti 22 Jun 2010 -- Russia and Ukraine will draw up a project on the unification of the two countries' aircraft industries in the near future.
- Missile tests cause alarm among island dwellers CNA 22 Jun 2010 -- Coast guard officers who rushed to the scene found vessels reported to have been hit by missiles were targets for missile tests.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 6/22/2010 The White House 22 Jun 2010
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing - 22 June 2010 US Dept. of State 22 Jun 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for June 22, 2010
- General Dynamics UK Acquires Kylmar General Dynamics 22 Jun 2010 -- General Dynamics United Kingdom Limited, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), today acquired the privately held Kylmar (KMC) Limited, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of sensor and optical surveillance systems for military and security applications. The value of the cash transaction, which is expected to be accretive to General Dynamics’ earnings beginning in 2011, has not been disclosed.
- BAE Systems Receives $71.1 Million to Provide Support and Upgrades to Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles BAE Systems 22 Jun 2010 -- BAE Systems has received a $44 million contract modification from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command to provide field service support and instructor services for mine resistant, ambush protected vehicles. The company also received a $27.1 million contract to equip U.S. Army MRAPs with combat-proven Check-6® thermal camera systems that enhance mission effectiveness and soldier safety.
- PAE to Support State Department African Peacekeeping Program Lockheed Martin 22 Jun 2010 -- Pacific Architects & Engineers (PAE), a Lockheed Martin company, has been selected as one of four awardees for the State Department’s Africa Contingency Operations Training & Assistance (ACOTA) program, an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract with a ceiling value of $500 million over five years.
- Northrop Grumman Surpasses Fiber Laser Goals, Receives Phase Two Contract From DARPA Northrop Grumman 22 Jun 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has surpassed Phase I goals for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Revolution in Fiber Lasers (RIFL) program that seeks to mature fiber laser technology. As a result, the company has received a contract for Phase II.
- Northrop Grumman Pulsed Fiber Laser Achieves Record Power Level for Environmental Space Missions Northrop Grumman 22 Jun 2010 -- A pulsed fiber laser Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is developing for future space-based environmental missions has surpassed power output requirements by producing more than 170 watts of average power with nearly perfect beam quality.
- Northrop Grumman's APG-81 Radar Sensor Performs Flawlessly On First Mission Systems Flight of Lockheed Martin F-35 Aircraft Northrop Grumman 22 Jun 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) new APG-81 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar met and exceeded its performance objectives successfully tracking long-range targets as part of the first mission systems test flights of Lockheed Martin's (NYSE:LMT) F-35 Lightning II BF-4 aircraft.
- Oshkosh Defense to Demonstrate New SandCat M-LPV Performance Capabilities at DVD 2010 Oshkosh 22 Jun 2010 -- Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), will be demonstrating several highly mobile and protected vehicles at this year’s Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD), including the new SandCat Mine-Resistant Light Patrol Vehicle (M-LPV).
- Israel's "Ofeq 9" satellite was launched and successfully injected into orbit Israel Aerospace Industries 22 Jun 2010 -- The following announcement was issued by Israel's Ministry of Defence spokesman on June 22nd, 2010:
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General - 22 June 2010 United Nations 22 Jun 2010
- KCNA Indicts US-S. Korea for Fabricating "Cheonan" Case KCNA 22 Jun 2010 -- One month since the US and the Lee Myung Bak announced the "results of investigation" into the case of the sunken ROKN warship.
- Errors in Investigation into "Cheonan" Case Admitted KCNA 22 Jun 2010 -- The south Korean civilian-military joint investigation team admitted the wrong data on analysis.
- S. Korea Accused of Their Moves to Mislead Public Opinion KCNA 22 Jun 2010 -- The south Korean authorities brief on June 15 representatives of member nations of the UN Security Council on the "results of investigation."
- Hillary's Brigandish Sophism Slammed KCNA 22 Jun 2010 -- Hillary, U.S. secretary of State: DPRK poses a threat to the world peace and it is necessary to "convince" the world public of this fact.
- Palestinian Leader Calls for US Intervention on Israeli Construction Project VOA 22 Jun 2010 -- Palestinian President Abbas has called on the US to intervene with Israel to stop a controversial park project.
- Supplies Flow Into Gaza as Israel Eases Land Blockade VOA 22 Jun 2010 -- Under international pressure, Israel is easing its grip on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
- Funding shortages limiting UN ability to aid Palestinian refugees UN News Centre 22 Jun 2010 -- Head of the UN agency tasked with supporting Palestinian refugees has urged the international community to bridge a $103 million budget deficit.
- Iran hails Egypt's move to break Gaza siege IRNA 22 Jun 2010 -- FM spokesman Mehman-Parast hailed Egypt’s recent move on opening of its borders with the Gaza Strip to transport humanitarian aid to the enclave.
- MIDDLE EAST: Palestinian refugee factbox/timeline IRIN 22 Jun 2010 -- International attention has been focused on the Palestinian question in recent weeks in the wake of Israeli military actions against marine activists.
- Political reconciliation and basic security the priorities for Somalia, new UN envoy says UN News Centre 22 Jun 2010 -- Encouraging reconciliation between warring political groups and boosting basic public security are critical to stabilizing Somalia.
- Security Council deplores deadly ambush of peacekeepers in Darfur UN News Centre 22 Jun 2010 -- UNSC has joined the chorus of UN condemnation of ambush by in Darfur.
- Cyprus Holds Arms Ship Thought to be Bound for Sudan VOA 22 Jun 2010 -- Authorities in Cyprus have intercepted a ship on grounds it might be carrying weapons bound for Sudan's Darfur region, in violation of a UN embargo.
- Does Iraq Have Secret Deals With Its Neighbors On Kurdish Rebels? RFE/RL 22 Jun 2010 -- The last major ground incursion into northern Iraq by Turkish troops in their fight against Kurdish militants was in February 2008.
- Kurdish Militants Seek to Undermine Turkish Military Offensive VOA 22 Jun 2010 -- Turkey has launched a new military operation against Kurdish rebels along the Iraqi border, prompted by a series of insurgent attacks against security forces.
- PKK Blamed for Deadly Istanbul Bombing VOA 22 Jun 2010 -- Turkish officials say a remote-controlled roadside bomb in the city of Istanbul has blasted a bus carrying soldiers and their families, killing five people, and wounding 12 others.
- Explosion in Istanbul Kills 4 VOA 22 Jun 2010 -- Turkish officials say a remote-controlled roadside bomb in the city of Istanbul has blasted a bus carrying soldiers and their families, killing at least four people.
- OSCE, EU Condemn 'Unacceptable' Azerbaijani Attack RFE/RL 22 Jun 2010 -- The French, Russian, and US co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group issued a toughly worded statement on June 21 condemning reconnaissance mission by Azerbaijani forces.
- Armenian, Azerbaijani Clashes Continue In Karabakh RFE/RL 22 Jun 2010 -- Intense skirmishes between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces around the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh continued on June 21.
- Situation in North Caucasus remains 'serious and delicate' - PACE rapporteur RIA Novosti 22 Jun 2010 -- PACE rapporteur: The situation in the North Caucasus remains "most serious and most delicate."
- Cyprus in the spotlight during talks between Ban and Greek premier UN News Centre 22 Jun 2010 -- UN-backed efforts to reunify the island of Cyprus and the ongoing dispute over the name of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia topped agenda.
- Ban appoints expert panel to advise on human rights issues during Sri Lankan conflict UN News Centre 22 Jun 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban appointed a panel of experts to advise him on accountability issues relating to the conflict in Sri Lanka that ended last year.
- 12 Belgians Accused in 1961 Lumumba Killing VOA 22 Jun 2010 -- The sons of Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba say they will seek war crimes charges against 12 Belgians they accuse of being involved in their father's death.
- Top UN officials stress need to strengthen and sharpen peacekeeping UN News Centre 22 Jun 2010 -- UN officials stressed the need to ensure that the world body is equipped with the requisite human, material and financial resources, and the backing of Member States, to field successful peace operations.
- US Welcomes Businesses Around World for Cutting Ties With Iran VOA 22 Jun 2010 -- The United States is welcoming voluntary actions from firms around the world to cut business ties with Iran.
- Gilani: Pakistan 'Not Bound' by US Sanctions on Iran VOA 22 Jun 2010 -- Pakistan's PM Gilani: Country not bound by US sanctions on Iran, signaling Pakistan will move ahead with a deal to import natural gas.
- Iran warns Russia over failure to deliver S-300 missile systems RIA Novosti 22 Jun 2010 -- Russia will be responsible for the consequences caused by its failure to deliver S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Iran.
- US should guarantee that Iran sanctions will not affect Russia RIA Novosti 22 Jun 2010 -- Russia wants the United States to guarantee unilateral Iran sanctions will not affect Russian companies.
- U.S. Lawmakers Announce Proposed New Iran Sanctions RFE/RL 22 Jun 2010 -- US lawmakers say they have agreed on a proposal for a series of new US sanctions against Iran.
- Tehran to Send Letters to 12 UN Security Council Nations VOA 22 Jun 2010 -- Iranian FM Mottaki Tehran will send letters to 12 nations of the UN Security Council expressing its displeasure with the recent sanctions.
- Iran protests to Security Council over resolution on false claims IRNA 22 Jun 2010 -- Iran has protested to United Nations Security Council over passing resulition 1929 on the basis of false accusations.
- Iran to send protest letters to yes voters of Resolution 1929 IRNA 22 Jun 2010 -- Iran is to send separate protest letters to 12 members of the United Nations Security Council that voted for Resolution 1929.
- Iran's nuclear issues to resolve through political will: Brazil FM IRNA 22 Jun 2010 -- Brazilian FM Nunes Amorim: Iran’s nuclear issues would be resolved soon if a political will existed.
- All nations entitled to criticize performance of IAEA inspectors IRNA 22 Jun 2010 -- FM spokesman Mehman-Parast All nations, includign Iran, have the right to criticize mistakes of inspectors of the United Nations nuclear watchdog.
- Rahimi: Iran calls for unified stands with Syria, Turkey, Iraq IRNA 22 Jun 2010 -- First VP Rahimi: Ties between Iran and Syria are very consolidated and expressed the hope that a unified stands would be takeb by Iran, Syria, Turkey and Iraq.
- Iranian Parliament Rejects Ahmadinejad University Proposal RFE/RL 22 Jun 2010 -- Iran's parliament has rejected a university reform bill backed by President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.
- US, Provoker of Korean War KCNA 22 Jun 2010 -- The U.S. imperialists instigated the Syngman Rhee puppet clique of south Korea to start a war in Korea on June 25, 1950.
- Implementation of Inter-Korean Declaration Called for KCNA 22 Jun 2010 -- Through the past decade during which the truth and vitality of the June 15 joint declaration were demonstrated.
- Despite security constraints, UN aid reaches thousands uprooted by Kyrgyz crisis UN News Centre 22 Jun 2010 -- Despite security concerns in southern Kyrgyzstan which are hampering aid delivery, United Nations agencies are reaching thousands of civilians.
- Kyrgyz Constitutional Referendum Still Planned, Despite Unrest RFE/RL 22 Jun 2010 -- Kyrgyzstan's interim leader Otunbaeva says authorities are still planning to go ahead with a planned referendum on a new constitution on June 27.
- Calls to Halt Kyrgyz Referendum Grow VOA 22 Jun 2010 -- Political parties in Kyrgyzstan are calling for the government to drop plans to hold a referendum, saying the security situation is still too unstable.
- Kyrgyz Communists call for cancelation of referendum RIA Novosti 22 Jun 2010 -- The Communist party of Kyrgyzstan urged the interim government to cancel Sunday's referendum on the new Kyrgyz constitution.
- Kyrgyzstan's Uzbeks Say 'Our Voices Are Not Heard' RFE/RL 22 Jun 2010 -- It will go down as one of the crueler ironies of the interethnic clashes convulsing southern Kyrgyzstan that the violence was fueled, in part, by ethnic Uzbeks' concerted effort to integrate into Kyrgyz political life.
- Kyrgyz Officials Investigate Security Forces' 'Illegal Behavior' RFE/RL 22 Jun 2010 -- The Kyrgyz authorities have launched an investigation into reported cases of beatings and robberies of Osh residents by security forces.
- Thousands Of Ethnic Uzbeks Returning To Kyrgyzstan RFE/RL 22 Jun 2010 -- Thousands of ethnic Uzbeks have begun returning to Kyrgyzstan's southern Osh and Jalal-Abad regions from refugee camps in neighboring Uzbekistan.
- Kyrgyz Officials Visit Refugee Camps In Uzbekistan RFE/RL 22 Jun 2010 -- An official delegation from Kyrgyzstan's Jalal-Abad region visited ethnic Uzbeks in refugee camps in neighboring Uzbekistan on June 22 and urged them to return home.
- Kyrgyz authorities should stabilize situation in country - Lavrov RIA Novosti 22 Jun 2010 -- Russian FM Lavrov: Kyrgyz authorities should stabilize the situation in the country themselves.
- Kyrgyz clashes not instigated by outside force RIA Novosti 22 Jun 2010 -- No outside force was behind last weeks violent clashes in the south of Kyrgyzstan, in which up to 2000 people are thought to have been killed, the officer who led police during the unrest said.
- Bakiyev's retinue behind Kyrgyz inter-ethnic violence - security service RIA Novosti 22 Jun 2010 -- Members of ousted President Bakiyev's retinue were behind the deadly inter-ethnic riots, the first deputy chief of the republic's State Security Service has said.
- Russia, Belarus agree to continue consultations on resolving gas conflict RIA Novosti 22 Jun 2010 -- Belarusian PM Sidorsky and Russia's Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller agreed to continue consultations on mutual debts settlement.
- EU to stay out of Russia-Belarus gas row RIA Novosti 22 Jun 2010 -- The European Union will not intervene in the gas dispute between Russia and Belarus.
- Belarus And Russia Escalate Latest 'Gas War' RFE/RL 22 Jun 2010 -- President Lukashenka of Belarus says he has ordered a halt to all transit deliveries of Russian gas to Europe.
- European Commission calls emergency meeting over Russia-Belarus gas dispute RIA Novosti 22 Jun 2010 -- The European Commission has called an emergency meeting over the Russia-Belarus gas dispute.
- Belarus's Lukashenko accuses Gazprom of unleashing 'gas war' RIA Novosti 22 Jun 2010 -- Belarusian President Lukashenko said gas debt disputes between Russia's state-controlled gas monopoly Gazprom and Belarus have turned into a "gas war."
- Russia's Gazprom increases gas supplies cuts to Belarus to 30 pct, Belarus threatens to siphon off gas RIA Novosti 22 Jun 2010 -- Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom cut its supplies to Belarus further over debts, while Belarus threatened to siphon off gas from the transit pipeline.
- Belarus Cuts Gas Flow to Europe in Dispute with Russia VOA 22 Jun 2010 -- Belarus raised the stakes in a natural gas payment dispute with Russia, cutting all gas flow to western Europe after Moscow stepped up gas cuts aimed at Belarus.
- Claims of Fraud, Violence Mar Upcoming Presidential Election in Burundi VOA 22 Jun 2010 -- As Burundi prepares for its presidential poll next week, incidents of violence and opposition boycotts have cast a cloud over hopes for democratic reform.
- Comoros Islands VP Appeals for Election Funding VOA 22 Jun 2010 -- The Comoros Islands vice president is appealing to the international community, including the European Union, to help finance the archipelago’s elections scheduled for 7th November this year.
- US Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan Faces Senate Confirmation Hearing VOA 22 Jun 2010 -- In final days before the start of Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nominee confirmation hearing, lawmakers and journalists are scouring her record to find indications of what type of judge she might be.
- Komorowski narrowly wins first round of Polish presidential polls RIA Novosti 22 Jun 2010 -- Acting Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski has gained 41,54% of the vote in the country's presidential elections and will face a runoff against his main opponent Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
- China Allows Fluctuation of Yuan, But How Far Will Beijing Go? VOA 22 Jun 2010 -- On Saturday, the People's Bank of China announced plans to allow greater flexibility in exchange rates.
- More Changes in Store for China's Currency VOA 22 Jun 2010 -- Beijing recently allowed more flexibility in trading its currency, a move that its trading partners hope will increase the currency's value.
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