28 June 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 28 June 2010 [PDF]
- Airpower Summary: June 26 AFNS 28 Jun 2010
- Airpower Summary: June 25 AFNS 28 Jun 2010
- Truman Carrier Strike Group Relieves Eisenhower Navy NewsStand 28 Jun 2010 -- Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) will relieve the Dwight D. Eisenhower CSG as Commander, Task Force 50 July 2, beginning a routine deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR).
- Iraqi Forces Arrest Terrorism Suspects AFPS 28 Jun 2010 -- Iraqi security forces arrested four terrorism suspects in recent operations with US advisors.
- Officials Report on Numerous Afghanistan Operations AFPS 28 Jun 2010 -- Precision air strikes, a pitched battle with insurgents in Kunar province and the killing or capture of key enemy fighters highlight recent operations in Afghanistan.
- Afghans Allege Civilians Killed in NATO Operation VOA 28 Jun 2010 -- NATO says a joint Afghan-international force killed a Taliban commander and several armed individuals in S. Afghanistan, but locals say the dead are all civilians.
- 8 Civilians Killed in Roadside Bombing in Afghanistan VOA 28 Jun 2010 -- A roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan has killed eight civilians.
- Army steps up fight against corruption in Afghanistan Army News 28 Jun 2010 -- U.S. Army and Pentagon leaders told lawmakers that the U.S. military is stepping up efforts to fight corruption and monitor the flow of contracting dollars into Afghanistan through the Host Nation Trucking contract by increasing oversight, adding contracting officers and improving visibility into subcontractor activity.
- British Soldier, Four Norwegian Troops Die In Afghanistan RFE/RL 28 Jun 2010 -- Four Norwegian soldiers with the NATO-led international force died when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb on June 27.
- British bomb disposal expert killed in Afghanistan IRNA 28 Jun 2010 -- A British bomb disposal expert was killed in a gunfight with insurgents in Afghanistan.
- Afghanistan Still Crucial to U.S. Interests, Obama Says AFPS 28 Jun 2010 -- President Obama: Afghanistan remains crucial to American national interests.
- Army chief opens up UK divisions on talking to Taliban IRNA 28 Jun 2010 -- Head of the British army Gen Sir David Richards has opened up divisions by suggesting politicians and military chiefs should talk to members of the Taliban soon.
- Afghan Police Gain Leadership Skills, Public Trust AFPS 28 Jun 2010 -- Payoffs to police have contributed to widespread corruption in Afghanistan, but new efforts could pay off in a more stable and just Afghan society.
- G20 member states agree to jointly fight drug trafficking - Medvedev RIA Novosti 28 Jun 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev: G20 member states agreed to jointly fight global drug trafficking.
- Russia says Afghan drugs come from up to 500 laboratories RIA Novosti 28 Jun 2010 -- As many as 500 Afghan drug laboratories may be involved in the production of drugs being trafficked to Russia.
- Afghan Parilament Approves New Interior Minister, Other Posts RFE/RL 28 Jun 2010 -- Afghanistan's parliament approved President Hamid Karzai's nominations for interior minister and two other posts.
- Taliban commander, 4 others killed in US drone strike in Pakistan IRNA 28 Jun 2010 -- Latest strikes of drone aircraft killed a Pakistani Taliban commander and four other people in Pakistan's North Waziristan.
- Suspected U.S. Missiles Kill Three In Pakistan RFE/RL 28 Jun 2010 -- Suspected US missiles struck a militant compound in northwestern Pakistan on June 27, killing at least three people.
- Pakistan Truck Blast Kills at Least 18, Wounds 40 VOA 28 Jun 2010 -- Pakistan officials say 18 people were killed and 40 others wounded when a truck carrying chemicals exploded Monday in the southern city of Hyderabad.
- Blast kills 14 in Pakistan's southwest IRNA 28 Jun 2010 -- A blast killed at least 14 people near Pakistan’s southern city of Hyderabad on Monday.
- National Guard completes Grand Isle barrier wall Army News 28 Jun 2010 -- The Louisiana National Guard completed construction of an 8.2 mile long Tiger Dam shoreline protection system along the beach in Grand Isle, La.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DoD News: Defense Secretary Robert Gates Statement on the National Space Policy DoD 28 Jun 2010
- Statement by the President on the New National Space Policy, 06/28/10 The White House 28 Jun 2010
- U.S. to cooperate with Russia on global missile defense system RIA Novosti 28 Jun 2010 -- The United States is ready to cooperate with Russia toward the creation of a global missile defense system.
- U.S., South Korea to Delay Transfer of Wartime Control AFPS 28 Jun 2010 -- US and ROK have agreed to delay until December 2015 the transfer of wartime operational control of troops on the Korean peninsula.
- S. Korea to Stage Madcap War Exercises KCNA 28 Jun 2010 -- The puppet Ministry of Administration and Security of south Korea is planning to exceptionally stage the intensified 2010 Ulji exercises under the pretext of the "Cheonan" case, according to "Voice of People", an Internet broadcasting service of south Korea, on June 25.
- Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Under Secretary Carter with opening remarks by Secretary Gates from the Pentagon DoD 28 Jun 2010 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Ashton Carter
- Data Fusion Center in Frontier Sentinel Affirms Naval Oceanography's Mine Warfare Role Navy NewsStand 28 Jun 2010 -- Naval Oceanography proved the concept of centralized data fusion in mine warfare operations at Frontier Sentinel '10 Homeland Defense mine warfare exercise in Norfolk June 4-11.
- Pacific Partnership 2010 Departs Cambodia Navy NewsStand 28 Jun 2010 -- Pacific Partnership 2010 departed Cambodia June 28 after 12 days of working alongside the people of Cambodia to deliver a variety of humanitarian and civic assistance programs ashore and aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).
- NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Awards Contract to Build New 1NCD Operations Building Navy NewsStand 28 Jun 2010 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic awarded an $8.2 million firm-fixed price contract June 22 to Noah Enterprises, Inc., a small business in Virginia Beach, Va., for design and construction of First Naval Construction Division (1NCD) Operations Control Facility.
- Wasp, Marines Conduct Deck Landing Qualifications Navy NewsStand 28 Jun 2010 -- USS Wasp (LHD 1) air traffic controlmen (ACs) had the opportunity to work with pilots from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing June 16-19 as the Marines earned deck-landing qualifications (DLQ).
- Team SPAWAR Participates in Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration 2010 Navy NewsStand 28 Jun 2010 -- Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Pacific hosted the Joint Chiefs of Staff's Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID) June 21–24.
- GW Holds Live-Fire Training Exercise Navy NewsStand 28 Jun 2010 -- The crew of USS George Washington (CVN 73) fired off numerous weapons systems simultaneously during a live fire training exercise June 26 for preventing night boat attacks.
- USS Sterett Calls Tomahawk Missile Launch a Success Navy NewsStand 28 Jun 2010 -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) successfully launched two Tomahawk missiles during a weeklong weapons training exercise in the Pacific Ocean June 21-25.
- Memphis Returns from Successful Exercises Navy NewsStand 28 Jun 2010 -- Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Memphis (SSN 691) returned to her homeport at Naval Submarine Base New London June 24 following a successful short deployment to the U.S. Southern Command Area of Responsibility.
- Space command officials embark on many firsts AFNS 28 Jun 2010 -- Transition of TACSAT 3 from experimental to operational marked the beginning of many firsts as USSTRATCOM accepted the satellite.
- Protective armor plate exchange underway AFNS 28 Jun 2010 -- USAF-issued enhanced small arms protective insert plates being exchanged due to an unauthorized modification by the manufacturer.
- Escorting MRAPs Army News 28 Jun 2010 -- The responsible draw-down of U.S. forces in Iraq takes a combined effort across the branches of the military. The 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team was handed an important piece of the puzzle for the withdrawal.
- Air Force training on Fort Carson supports Army Army News 28 Jun 2010 -- The 13th Air Support Operations Squadron completed nearly two weeks of training June 11, conducting exercises on Airburst Range to prepare them for deployment with Army units later this year.
- Training with Kuwait Army News 28 Jun 2010 -- A handful of Troops from 1st Squadron, 153rd Cavalry Regiment, 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, traveled to the 25th Commando Military Base to aide in Host Nation Training May 11.
- "Charger" Soldiers train-up for Sniper School Army News 28 Jun 2010 -- The snipers of 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division are readying a handful of Soldiers for the U.S. Army's Sniper School.
- The art of calling for fire Army News 28 Jun 2010 -- A slight miscalculation when shooting an artillery round can mean the difference between destroying an enemy target and wiping out a city block.
- Space-A makes travel affordable, but flexibility determines success Army News 28 Jun 2010 -- If your need for fast food and a Walmart shopping spree means it's time for a trip home, but the price of airfares makes it impossible, don't despair! There is another option: Space-A.
- Navy, small business build energy-efficient Marine reserve center USMC News 28 Jun 2010 -- Representatives from the Marine Corps, Navy, Army, Air Force and a local small business officially opened a new home for a Marine reserve unit near Dayton, Ohio, June 18.
- Reserve Engineer Hopes to 'Spark Some Innovation' Against IED Threat USMC News 28 Jun 2010 -- So far this month, eight Marines have been killed by IED blasts in Afghanistan.
- Gates: Overhead Savings Would Benefit Warfighters AFPS 28 Jun 2010 -- The Defense Department must find $100 billion in savings over the next five years to ensure US warfighters continue to have the resources they need.
- Air Force ramps up for Pacific exercise AFNS 28 Jun 2010 -- A C-17 Globemaster III from here dropped supplies to Marines on the island of Hawaii June 24 as part of the Rim of the Pacific exercise.
- Polish team observes inspection AFNS 28 Jun 2010 -- Polish air force members visited here during the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Phase I Operational Readiness Inspection to gain an upper hand in inspection processes and procedures.
- US formally hands over 3 F-16s to Pakistan IRNA 28 Jun 2010 -- The United States on formally delivered three new F-16 Fighting Falcon jet fighters to the Pakistani Air Force at a military airbase.
- Russia to continue developing advanced arms - Medvedev RIA Novosti 28 Jun 2010 -- Russia will continue developing advanced weaponry, which will boost the country's economy.
- 'Thousands of troops' to participate in Russian Far East drills RIA Novosti 28 Jun 2010 -- Tens of thousands of troops involved in a large-scale military exercise in Russia's Far East.
- Russian naval task force to resume anti-piracy mission off Somalia in July RIA Novosti 28 Jun 2010 -- A task force led by the Admiral Levchenko will arrive in the Gulf of Aden on July 3 to resume the UN anti-piracy mission.
- Foreign Ministry Vows to Bolster Nuclear Deterrent in New Way KCNA 28 Jun 2010 -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to the question raised by KCNA Monday as regards the recently disclosed U.S. scenario for a nuclear attack on the DPRK
- KPA Accuses US of Introducing Heavy Weapons in Panmunjom KCNA 28 Jun 2010 -- The Panmunjom Mission of the Korean People's Army sent a message of protest to the U.S. imperialist aggression forces side Monday slamming the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet forces for introducing various types of heavy weapons to the portion of the south side in the area around the Panmunjom Conference Hall.
- North Korea Vows to Boost Nuclear Deterrent VOA 28 Jun 2010 -- North Korea announced it would have to increase its nuclear weapons capability, blaming unspecified threats by the United States' military.
- Turkey Bars Israel Military Flight After Gaza Raid VOA 28 Jun 2010 -- Turkey has closed its airspace to some Israeli military flights following a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship.
- Turkey closes its airspace for Israeli planes RIA Novosti 28 Jun 2010 -- Turkey has closed its airspace for Israeli planes after ties between the two countries deteriorated following raid by Israeli commandos on a Turkish aid flotilla.
- U.S. scholar inspires president to end conscription CNA 28 Jun 2010 -- President Ma: It was at the suggestion of a professor from MIT that he determined to do away with national conscription.
- June 28, 2010 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 28 Jun 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for June 28, 2010
- Northrop Grumman Highlights Unmanned Systems Capabilities at UV Europe 2010 Northrop Grumman 28 Jun 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is participating in the UV Europe conference and exhibition where it will highlight its comprehensive capabilities and experience in unmanned systems.
- Boeing NewGen Tanker Win Would Bring 230 Jobs, $11 Million to Minnesota Boeing 28 Jun 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that Minnesota will benefit from approximately 230 jobs and an estimated $11 million in annual economic impact if the Boeing NewGen Tanker is selected as the U.S. Air Force's next aerial refueling aircraft.
- Lockheed Martin Opens Facility for Integration and Testing of Joint Communications Network Equipment Lockheed Martin 28 Jun 2010 -- Various equipment sets essential to providing secure, ubiquitous communications for a next generation joint services tactical network will be tested at a state-of-the-art facility opened by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]. The Lockheed Martin Systems Integration Facility in San Diego, Calif., will be used for the integration and testing of the Airborne & Maritime/Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System (AMF JTRS), a secure Internet-Protocol network that will provide real-time, non line-of-sight communications for warfighters in all services within the Department of Defense.
- Lockheed Martin-Built Trident II D5 Missile Achieves New Record of 134 Successful Test Flights In A Row Lockheed Martin 22 Jun 2010 -- The U.S. Navy conducted successful test flights June 8 and 9 of four Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missiles (FBMs) built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT). The Navy launched the unarmed missiles from the submerged submarine USS Maryland (SSBN 738) in the Atlantic Ocean.
- Pratt & Whitney F135 Propulsion System Achieves Historic Supersonic Success Pratt & Whitney 28 Jun 2010 -- The Pratt & Whitney F135 propulsion system has powered the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing (STOVL) variant through another major program achievement, with the first supersonic flight of the STOVL F-35B aircraft. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
- DCNS displays MSS innovations at MAST DCNS 28 Jun 2010 -- The MAST Americas 2010 Maritime Systems & Technology show* held in Washington DC from 22 to 24 June gave DCNS an excellent opportunity to showcase its latest studies and innovations to combat maritime insecurity and monitor changing naval missions.
- Charting a course for continued success – Rheinmetall’s MASS naval countermeasure system Rheinmetall Defence 28 Jun 2010 -- The navies of many nations know they can count on Rheinmetall’s MASS countermeasure system to protect their fleets from enemy missile attacks. Standing for "Multi Ammunition Softkill System", MASS is the world’s most advanced system for protecting frigates, corvettes, minesweepers and patrol boats. Outmanoeuvring the international competition, the company has just booked three more important orders for this state-of-the-art force protection system.
- Thales selected by the Royal Navy of Oman to provide self-defence capabilities Thales 28 Jun 2010 -- Thales announced today that it has signed an agreement with the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) to equip patrol boats and corvettes with Vigile ESM (Electronic Support Measures) systems that include Vigile 200 and Vigile 400 systems.
- The Observation Satellite "Ofeq 9" Produced by Israel Aerospace Industries Has Successfully Transmitted Its First Images Israel Aerospace Industries 28 Jun 2010 -- Itzhak Nissan, President and CEO of Israel Aerospace Industries: "A flawless technological achievement that will improve the Israel Defense Forces' operational capabilities."
- 28 June 2010 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 28 Jun 2010
- Obama: World Must Send Clear Message to North Korea VOA 28 Jun 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama says nations must step up pressure on Pyongyang until North Korea decides to change its behavior and comply with international norms. The president was responding to reporter's questions about the sinking of a South Korean naval vessel in March that an international investigation concluded caused by a North Korean torpedo.
- US: North Korean Ship Attack Violated Armistice, Not Act of Terrorism VOA 28 Jun 2010 -- The Obama administration said Monday that it considers the sinking of a South Korean warship in March, attributed to North Korea, to be a violation of the Korean War armistice and not an act of terrorism. Since the attack, there have been calls for North Korea to be returned to the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, which carries with it major sanctions.
- Israeli Flotilla Inquiry to Question PM Netanyahu VOA 28 Jun 2010 -- The Israeli commission investigating last month's deadly naval raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla plans to summon Israeli PM Netanyahu to testify.
- Israel begins investigating raid on Gaza-bound aid convoy RIA Novosti 28 Jun 2010 -- An Israeli commission set up to investigate the May 31 raid on a Gaza-bound humanitarian convoy in the Mediterranean Sea held its first session.
- Israeli Air Strike Kills Suspected Militant VOA 28 Jun 2010 -- Palestinian medical workers say an Israeli air strike on Gaza has killed a Palestinian militant and wounded two other people.
- Gaza: UN officials condemn latest attack on recreational facility UN News Centre 28 Jun 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban and the head of UN relief operations in Gaza deplored attack on a recreational facility used by children in the territory.
- Outgoing UN envoy encourages Somali leadership to build on recent gains UN News Centre 28 Jun 2010 -- Outgoing UN envoy for Somalia has called on the country’s leaders to remain focused on the priorities ahead as it seeks to overcome years of conflict and build peace.
- Praising Eritrea's engagement with neighbours, Ban urges compliance with resolutions UN News Centre 28 Jun 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban: Eritrea deserves credit for its recent constructive engagement with its neighbours and the international community.
- Two Killed in Street Protests in Indian-controlled Kashmir VOA 28 Jun 2010 -- In Indian-controlled Kashmir, two people have been killed and several injured when police opened fire to quell violent street protests.
- One killed as Indian security forces open fire to quell mob in Sopor IRNA 28 Jun 2010 -- One person was today killed when Central Reserve Police Force troops opened fire to quell a mob in North Kashmir.
- Sudan Closes Libyan Border Over Rebel Threat VOA 28 Jun 2010 -- Sudan says it will close its border crossings with Libya to protect travelers from attacks by rebels.
- Sudan’s Ruling Party Committed to Peace Accord VOA 28 Jun 2010 -- A top official of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) told VOA the creation of a commission to organize southern Sudan’s referendum shows the commitment of the party towards the full implementation of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).
- Ban calls on Turkish Cypriot leader to reach towards settlement UN News Centre 28 Jun 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban urged the Turkish Cypriot leader to “grasp the current political window of opportunity to reach a settlement” in the dispute over Cyprus.
- SRI LANKA: Post-war recovery snagged by language hurdle IRIN 28 Jun 2010 -- A communication gap between Tamil-speaking locals and a predominantly Sinhala-speaking police force threatens to hinder recovery in the region.
- Ten Alleged Secret Agents Arrested in the United States U.S. Department of Justice 28 Jun 2010 -- Eight individuals were arrested Sunday for allegedly carrying out long-term, "deep-cover" assignments in the United States on behalf of the Russian Federation, the Justice Department announced today. Two additional defendants were also arrested Sunday for allegedly participating in the same Russian intelligence program within the United States.
- 10 Alleged Russian Spies Arrested in United States VOA 28 Jun 2010 -- The 10 people arrested over the weekend in several U.S. eastern states on charges of conspiring to spy for Russia appeared in federal court on Monday, five of them in New York City.
- US Says 10 Arrested On Charges Of Spying For Russia RFE/RL 28 Jun 2010 -- The United States has announced the arrests of 10 people for allegedly spying for Russia.
- Ahmadinejad: Iran ready for fuel swap based on Tehran Declaration IRNA 28 Jun 2010 -- President Ahmadinejad: Iran is ready for swap of enriched uranium within the framework of the May 17 Tehran Declaration.
- President: US weak management of nuke bombs puts nations in danger IRNA 28 Jun 2010 -- President Ahmadinejad: Majority of nations are now in danger due to the US weak management of nuclear bombs.
- Iran's Intelligence Ministry Urges Moving Away From Russia RFE/RL 28 Jun 2010 -- Iran's Intelligence Ministry called for a "decrease" in ties with Russia.
- Russia's Medvedev says worried with U.S. intelligence data on Iran RIA Novosti 28 Jun 2010 -- Russian President Medvedev worried with U.S. secret intelligence data that Iran has uranium for two nuclear bombs.
- President says Iran wise enough to know nuclear weapons are useless IRNA 28 Jun 2010 -- President Ahmadinejad: Iranians are wise enough to know that nuclear weapons are useless.
- President: Names of other states joining nuclear talks to be announced soon IRNA 28 Jun 2010 -- President Ahmadinejad: Names of other countries besides the G5+1 with which Iran is ready to hold talks on its nuclear program will be announced.
- Ahmadinejad: Iran Will Resume Nuclear Talks in August VOA 28 Jun 2010 -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran is willing to resume nuclear talks, but not until August, so as to "punish" the West.
- Iran to Delay Nuclear Talks Until August VOA 28 Jun 2010 -- Iran's President Ahmadinejad says Iran will not hold talks on its nuclear program until August because of new economic sanctions.
- Iran postpones nuclear talks until late August as 'punishment' RIA Novosti 28 Jun 2010 -- Iranian President Ahmadinejad: Tehran will put off talks with the Iran Six over its nuclear program until the end of August.
- Iran To Delay Return To Nuclear Talks With West RFE/RL 28 Jun 2010 -- President Ahmadinejad: Iran was prepared to return to talks with the West over Tehran's controversial nuclear program but not until late August.
- President announces Iran's conditions for nuclear talks with G5+1 IRNA 28 Jun 2010 -- President Ahmadinejad: End of August will be the date for talks with foreigners on its nuclear program.
- Tehran does not heed disinformation campaign over nuclear program IRNA 28 Jun 2010 -- FM spokesman Mehman-Parast: Tehran does not heed disinformation campaign over national nuclear program.
- French Oil Company Total Says Halting Oil Shipments To Iran RFE/RL 28 Jun 2010 -- French oil company Total today said that it has halted oil shipments to Iran, just days after the U.S. passed new sanctions on Tehran.
- UN welcomes smooth and peaceful conduct of Kyrgyz referendum UN News Centre 28 Jun 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban and his special envoy for Kyrgyzstan have welcomed the peaceful and orderly conduct of the constitutional referendum.
- Kyrgyzstan's Leader Says Voters Approve New Constitution RFE/RL 28 Jun 2010 -- Two weeks after ethnic clashes rocked southern Kyrgyzstan, the government says it will adopt a new constitution after people across the country voted in a referendum.
- OSCE Praises Kyrgyz Referendum, As Russia Warns Of Risks RFE/RL 28 Jun 2010 -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has praised Kyrgyzstan for holding a "largely transparent" referendum on a new constitution.
- OSCE praises Kyrgyz referendum RIA Novosti 28 Jun 2010 -- Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe praised the results referendum in Kyrgyzstan.
- Kyrgyz Citizens Overwhelmingly Approve New Constitution VOA 28 Jun 2010 -- Kyrgyz election officials: Voters overwhelmingly approved a new constitution, weeks after deadly inter-ethnic clashes threatened to destabilize the country.
- Kyrgyzstan adopts referendum on new Constitution - Election Committee results RIA Novosti 28 Jun 2010 -- The new Kyrgyz Constitution referendum has been supported by more than 90% of voters in the Central Asian country.
- Death toll in Kyrgyz ethnic clashes jumps to 294 - Health Ministry RIA Novosti 28 Jun 2010 -- The death toll in ethnic violence in the south of the ex-Soviet Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan has increased to 294 people.
- EU: Sudan Elections Marred by Flaws VOA 28 Jun 2010 -- European observers said Monday that Sudan's April election was marred by several problems, but still marked a step forward.
- Guinea earns UN plaudits after peaceful staging of presidential election UN News Centre 28 Jun 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended Guinea for the successful staging of presidential elections, widely regarded as the first democratic polls in the West African country since independence more than 50 years ago.
- UN report urges Central Africans to press ahead with elections preparations UN News Centre 28 Jun 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban has urged all parties in the Central African Republic to forge ahead with preparations for elections.
- Minsk, Moscow to sign gas transit fees deal by Thursday RIA Novosti 28 Jun 2010 -- Belarus gas pipeline Beltransgaz and Russia's gas monopoly Gazprom have finalized a supplementary agreement to a gas transit contract.
- G-20 Leaders Pledge to Slash Deficits VOA 28 Jun 2010 -- Leaders of major industrialized and developing nations have returned to their home countries, after endorsing a plan that calls for the world's richest nations to cut deficits in half within three years.
- G20 leaders agree on steps to ensure sustainable global growth RIA Novosti 28 Jun 2010 -- The leaders of major economies agreed on the next steps to create sustainable and balanced growth and to reform and strengthen financial systems.
- Russia may join WTO in spring of 2011 RIA Novosti 28 Jun 2010 -- Russia could join the WTO no earlier than the spring of 2011 and on condition that the United States approves the country's bid this September.
- Confirmation Hearings Open for Obama High Court Pick VOA 28 Jun 2010 -- Senate confirmation hearings have begun for Elena Kagan, President Barack Obama's nominee for the US Supreme Court.
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