09 November 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 09 Nov 2010 [PDF]
- Airpower Summary for November 07 AFNS 09 Nov 2010
- Airpower Summary for November 06 AFNS 09 Nov 2010
- Airpower Summary for November 05 AFNS 09 Nov 2010
- Airpower Summary for November 04 AFNS 09 Nov 2010
- Airpower Summary for November 03 AFNS 09 Nov 2010
- U.S. Forces transfer border outpost to Iraqis Army News 09 Nov 2010 -- Just a stone's throw away from the Iranian border, United States Soldiers spent their final day at Joint Security Station Al Tib before pressing forward with their next mission.
- Army advisor helps Maysan crops grow one drip at a time Army News 09 Nov 2010 -- The Maysan Provincial Reconstruction Team, with the help of Laythe Salem, economic and agricultural advisor, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, held an agricultural seminar for 20 local farmers.
- Gates: U.S. Open to Talks on Post-2011 Presence in Iraq AFPS 09 Nov 2010 -- Expressing hope that the Iraqis are making progress in forming a new government, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today it will be up to the Iraqis, if they believe it necessary, to ask the United States to keep troops there beyond the 2011 deadline.
- US Ready to Extend Stay if Iraq Asks VOA 09 Nov 2010 -- The U.S. defense secretary says the U.S. is willing to keep troops in Iraq past the current deadline, but only if that is what Iraq's leaders want.
- NATO Trainers Work to Professionalize Afghan Forces AFPS 09 Nov 2010 -- As the organization begins its second year, NATO Training Mission Afghanistan is pushing forward in its effort to professionalize Afghanistan’s security forces, the general in charge of that effort said today.
- Afghanistan Strategy Review on Track for December AFPS 09 Nov 2010 -- President Barack Obama should receive a report on a review of his Afghanistan policy next month, a senior administration official said today.
- Blazing The Bumpy Road To Peace In Afghanistan RFE/RL 09 Nov 2010 -- Mohammad Mohaqiq lays claim to one of the more notable transformations in modern-day Afghanistan.
- Coalition, Afghan Forces Detain Numerous Insurgent Leaders AFPS 09 Nov 2010 -- Coalition and Afghan forces have captured multiple Taliban leaders involved in enemy operations in Afghanistan in recent days, military officials reported.
- Afghans Detain Suspected Insurgents On Board Plane RFE/RL 09 Nov 2010 -- NATO-led forces say that Afghan and international troops detained four suspected insurgents at Kabul airport after ordering the commercial aircraft on which they were flying to return to Afghanistan.
- Australian Ties to Afghan Warlord Harms Stability, Rights Activists Say VOA 09 Nov 2010 -- Afghanistan's independent human rights commission has criticized Australia's decision to train with militiamen reportedly loyal to an Afghan warlord. The six men have been in Australia to instruct the country's special forces in how to tackle the Taliban insurgency.
- Poll: More Afghans See Their Country on Right Track VOA 09 Nov 2010 -- A new survey says more Afghans think their country is heading in the right direction, even though many believe it is still plagued by a lack of security.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Defense Giving Closing Argument in Guantanamo Detainee Trial VOA 09 Nov 2010 -- The defense is giving its closing argument Tuesday in the case of the first Guantanamo detainee to face a civilian trial.
- Army Releases Fort Hood Internal Review Report Army News 09 Nov 2010 -- The Army today released its internal follow-on review of force protection policies, programs and procedures in the wake of the November 2009 shooting at Fort Hood. The report, the Army's portion of the larger Department of Defense-led effort, outlines concrete and specific actions to mitigate threats, better ensure force protection and more effectively share information across organizations.
- Air Force Command Brings Focus to Nuclear Enterprise AFPS 09 Nov 2010 -- Over the past 15 months, the Air Force has built from scratch a model new command that will sustain and modernize U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile wings and the nuclear-capable bomber fleet, the general who leads the new command said today.
- Joint Press Conference with Secretary Gates and Minister Zahid from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia DoD 09 Nov 2010 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Minister of Defense Datuk Seri Zahid Hamid
- ABC News Interview with Secretary Gates and Secretary Clinton DoD 09 Nov 2010 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
- USS Ronald Reagan to Provide Assistance to C/V Splendor Navy NewsStand 09 Nov 2010 -- At the request of U.S. Coast Guard District 11 in San Diego, 3rd Fleet has diverted USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Nov. 9 from its current training maneuvers to a position south near the Carnival cruise ship C/V Splendor to facilitate the delivery of needed supplies.
- CNO Releases United States Marine Corps Birthday Message Navy NewsStand 09 Nov 2010 -- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead released the following Marine Corps birthday message to the fleet Nov. 8:
- PCU Jason Dunham Arrives at Port Everglades Navy NewsStand 09 Nov 2010 -- The city of Fort Lauderdale welcomed the Navy's future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Jason Dunham (DDG 109) in Port Everglades, Fla., Nov. 5.
- Navy Establishes New Surface Ship Maintenance Activity Navy NewsStand 09 Nov 2010 -- Navy leadership officially established the Surface Maintenance Engineering Planning Program (SURFMEPP) during a ceremony Nov. 8 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard.
- Performance Evaluation Error Codes Are Not Board Disqualifiers Navy NewsStand 09 Nov 2010 -- Navy Personnel Command (NPC) is reporting a slight increase in rejected evaluations due to a change to the Navy's physical fitness assessment (PFA) codes, which was implemented Aug. 1 in NAVADMIN 193/10, said Navy Personnel Command's (NPC) Performance Evaluation Division.
- NAVSUP Commander Releases FY11 Guidance Navy NewsStand 09 Nov 2010 -- Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Commander Rear Adm. Mike Lyden released his FY11 Commander's Guidance Nov. 9. The Guidance remains aligned to the Chief of Naval Operations' priorities to Build the Future Force; Maintain Our Warfighter Readiness; and Develop and Support Our Sailors, Navy Civilians, and their Families.
- Senior U.S. official expresses concern over START delay RIA Novosti 09 Nov 2010 -- The delay in ratification of a new strategic arms reduction treaty could hamper the progress in U.S.-Russian relations, a senior U.S. diplomat said on Monday.
- Eye in the sky AFNS 09 Nov 2010 -- The last 28th Bomb Wing B-1B Lancer received the necessary modifications to operate the Sniper advanced targeting pod Oct. 18.
- 21st Operational Weather Squadron equipment 'forecast' saved millions AFNS 09 Nov 2010 -- As the Sembach Annex realignment plan pushes forward to transfer control to the Army of the former Air Force base, members of the 21st Operational Weather Squadron are making smart resource choices to save taxpayer dollars in unnecessary equipment moves.
- Jordan, US conduct exercise in Southwest Asia AFNS 09 Nov 2010 -- Falcon Air Meet 2010, held at Azraq Royal Jordanian Air Base, Jordan, brought men and women from various countries together to share their different cultures, reinforce standards, and build relationships, trust and respect.
- Reserve units stand up force support squadrons AFNS 09 Nov 2010 -- In the coming months, reservists serving in mission support and services career fields will realign under force support squadrons in the Air Force Reserve Command.
- DOD Call Center Links Troubled Troops, Resources AFPS 09 Nov 2010 -- Troubled troops, veterans and family members have a round-the-clock, free resource for locating the help they need to deal with psychological health problems and traumatic brain injury.
- Artillerymen train for a dismounted fight Army News 09 Nov 2010 -- Although shooting rounds at targets dozens of kilometers away might be their primary occupation, the war has put a new emphasis on having a well-rounded artillerymen.
- Coalition partners help prep IBCT for Afghanistan Army News 09 Nov 2010 -- Troops from eight coalition nations joined Soldiers from the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team recently to train them for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.
- NTC prepares 1st Cav scouts for upcoming deployment Army News 09 Nov 2010 -- Greywolf troopers incorporated aspects of a rescue mission, Nov. 1, at the National Training Center, on Fort Irwin, Calif.
- RCT-8 Marines hone TRAP skills USMC News 09 Nov 2010 -- The heavy beating of propeller blades from the MV-22 Osprey resound throughout the desert while patrolling the landscape. A puff of smoke or reflection gives notice to where a crew from a downed aircraft is possibly hiding, awaiting safe passage back home.
- Gates: U.S. Has Strong Friends in Extremism Fight AFPS 09 Nov 2010 -- While expressing concern about the al-Qaida terrorist network’s expansion, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates emphasized today that the United States has “strong friends” standing up against this growing threat.
- Gates Cites New Opportunities for U.S., Malaysia to Engage AFPS 09 Nov 2010 -- Citing opportunities to expand a 25-year military partnership in ways that benefit both countries and the entire region, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to Malaysia.
- Mullen Thanks Tonga for Steadfast Support AFPS 09 Nov 2010 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff stopped at this island nation today to thank Tongans for their efforts to promote peace and stability in the world.
- Gates Arrives in Malaysia to Bolster Closer Bilateral Ties AFPS 09 Nov 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here today to acknowledge contributions Malaysia is making in the immediate region and beyond and to explore ways to broaden the two countries’ military-to-military relationship.
- Chairman’s Corner: Marine Corps Birthday, Nov. 10 AFPS 09 Nov 2010 -- For 235 years, United States Marines have earned a privileged place in our hearts. For we know that when there is a tough job to do, we can “send in the Marines,” knowing that they will get the job done.
- Prepared at all times; 31st MEU conducts urban training exercises in Singapore USMC News 09 Nov 2010 -- Marines with Company A (Reinforced), Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted urban training exercises with the military of the Republic of Singapore, Nov. 6.
- Air Force Takes Steps to Defend Cyber Domain AFPS 09 Nov 2010 -- Computer networks can do a lot of things. They can turn your neighbor’s kid into a viral video phenomenon, they can let you know you’re about to miss your connection in Atlanta, and they can be a line of defense in protecting national assets.
- Code For Security Firms Reins In Violence, Mercenaries RFE/RL 09 Nov 2010 -- A U.S. and British-backed code of conduct has been signed in Geneva by major private security operators, including some operating in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Boeing awarded contract to produce helicopters for Taiwan CNA 09 Nov 2010 -- Boeing Co. has been awarded a contract to manufacture 31 AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters for Taiwan, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Monday.
- Delivery of Apache combat helicopters to be completed by 2014: MND CNA 09 Nov 2010 -- The United States is expected to complete the production of 30 Apache AH-64D helicopters ordered by Taiwan by the end of 2013 and to deliver them all to Taiwan by the third quarter of the following year, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced Tuesday.
- Only 1.15% military personnel unable to vote in elections: official CNA 09 Nov 2010 -- An estimated 1.15 percent of military personnel will be unable to cast their ballots in municipality elections Nov. 27, a Ministry of National Defense (MND) official said Tuesday.
- Minister backs ex-president's remarks on German int'l military role IRNA 09 Nov 2010 -- German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg here Tuesday voiced strong support for comments made by former German president Horst Koehler who had said his country's global military role was aimed at preserving its economic interests abroad.
- Deputy UN chief urges more States to join cluster munitions ban UN News Centre 09 Nov 2010 -- Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today praised the parties to a convention banning cluster munitions and urged more States to support the international agreement that outlaws their use.
- New head of NATO's Moscow office to arrive in Russia next month RIA Novosti 09 Nov 2010 -- The new head of the NATO Information Centre in Moscow will arrive in Russia in December, a popular Russian daily said on Tuesday.
- Russia, China sign military cooperation protocol RIA Novosti 09 Nov 2010 -- Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and the head of China's Central Military Commission, Guo Boxiong, on Tuesday signed an agreement on developing military cooperation between the two states.
- November 9, 2010 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 09 Nov 2010
- Press Conference by President Obama and President Yudhoyono of Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia The White House 09 Nov 2010
- Press Gaggle by NSC Senior Director for Asian Affairs Jeff Bader and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication Ben Rhodes aboard Air Force One en route Jakarta, Indonesia The White House 09 Nov 2010
- Press Conference by President Obama and President Yudhoyono of Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia The White House 09 Nov 2010
- Obama in Indonesia to Improve Muslim Relations, Trade Ties VOA 09 Nov 2010 -- President Barack Obama is in Indonesia for a less than one-day stay that includes talks with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and a planned address to the Indonesian people on Wednesday.
- DoD News: Contracts for November 09, 2010
- BAE Systems Receives New Soldier Equipment Orders Worth $22 Million from U.S. Army BAE Systems 09 Nov 2010 -- BAE Systems has been awarded two contracts valued at more than $22 million to produce Modular Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment (MOLLE) for the U.S. Army. The contracts include various MOLLE compatible items, including both large and medium rucksacks, pockets, and pouches in the MultiCam® pattern, as well as medium rucksacks and Tactical Assault Panels (TAP) in universal camouflage.
- Boeing Receives $106 Million Small Diameter Bomb Contract Extension Boeing 09 Nov 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced it has received a $106 million contract extension from the U.S. Air Force for nearly 2,700 Small Diameter Bomb Increment I (SDB I) munitions and approximately 380 BRU-61 carriages.
- First Navy F-35 Arrives At Pax River Lockheed Martin 09 Nov 2010 -- The first F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, the U.S. Navy’s first stealth fighter, arrived at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Md., on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 2:37 p.m. The aircraft, piloted by David “Doc” Nelson, departed NAS Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base at 11:31 a.m. (Eastern) and achieved successful air refuels at a maximum load of 19,800 pounds during the flight. At Patuxent River, the F-35C will conduct air-to-air refueling and performance testing.
- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Wins Contract to Develop Computation Tools to Predict Combustion Stability on Hydrocarbon-Fueled Rocket Engines Pratt & Whitney 09 Nov 2010 -- The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory awarded Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne a $1.35 million contract to develop improved computational tools to better predict combustion stability of hydrocarbon-fueled liquid rocket engines. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Wins $2.35 Million Contract to Perform Risk-Reduction Tests on Third Generation Reusable Booster Engine Pratt & Whitney 09 Nov 2010 -- The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne a $2.35 million contract to perform risk-reduction tests on key components of the Third Generation Reusable Booster (3GRB) rocket engine design. The 3GRB is a technology demonstration program for future U.S. Air Force spaceflight missions. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
- Kazakhstan teams up with Sagem Defense to build UAVs RIA Novosti 09 Nov 2010 -- Kazakhstan Engineering and Sagem Defense Security have signed a deal to set up a joint venture to manufacture tactical unmanned aerial vehicles, the Kazakh company said on Tuesday.
- 9 November 2010 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 09 Nov 2010
- UN agency assisting over 15,000 refugees fleeing fighting in Myanmar UN News Centre 09 Nov 2010 -- The United Nations refugee agency is assisting more than 15,000 refugees who fled into northern Thailand on Monday after fighting broke out between ethnic Karen rebels and government troops in Myanmar.
- Burma Fighting Cools on Thai Border VOA 09 Nov 2010 -- Fighting between Burma's military and an ethnic militia has cooled down and Thai authorities are sending home more than 10,000 people who fled the violence. But many who fled are worried about further clashes.
- THAILAND: Thousands flee Myanmar fighting IRIN 09 Nov 2010 -- An influx of about 20,000 refugees from Myanmar to Thailand over the past two days has left Thai authorities and aid workers scrambling to address their humanitarian needs.
- Ashton 'extremely concerned' over new Jewish settlements building IRNA 09 Nov 2010 -- The European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said she was 'extremely concerned' over newly-published plans by the Zionist regime to build over 1,300 homes on Palestinian land, officials in Brussels said Tuesday.
- Obama Urges Israel, Palestinians to make 'Extra Effort' VOA 09 Nov 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has expressed growing concern about the Middle East peace process, criticizing Israel and the Palestinians for not making what he called the "extra effort" needed to build trust.
- Ban urges greater focus by Israel and Lebanon on reaching permanent peace UN News Centre 09 Nov 2010 -- Noting that the security situation along the Israeli-Lebanese border is still fragile, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on both sides to step up efforts to move from the current state of cessation of hostilities, as agreed to in August 2006, to a permanent ceasefire.
- Sudan: UN official urges Government to recommit to unhindered aid delivery UN News Centre 09 Nov 2010 -- The head of the United Nations relief wing has asked authorities in Sudan to renew their commitment to ensuring unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid to people in need, without regard to political, ethnic or religious consideration.
- SOMALIA: Fight over water, pasture sends hundreds fleeing IRIN 09 Nov 2010 -- Fighting between two sub-clans over grazing pasture and water has left 20 dead and thousands of families displaced from several villages in central Somalia, say locals.
- Georgia ready for talks if Russia shows 'good will' - Saakashvili RIA Novosti 09 Nov 2010 -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said on Tuesday that Tbilisi is ready for negotiations with Russia "without preconditions" if Moscow shows "good will."
- More Armenian, Azerbaijani Bodies Exchanged RFE/RL 09 Nov 2010 -- Military officials in the breakaway Azerbaijani region of Nagorno-Karabakh have handed over the bodies of two Azerbaijani soldiers and received an ethnic Armenian corpse in an exchange agreed to by the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents last month, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
- Ivorian Presidential Poll Delayed to November 28 VOA 09 Nov 2010 -- Ivory Coast's Prime Minister Guillaume Soro says the country's presidential runoff election will take place November 28, a week later than previously planned.
- Remarks by President Obama and President Yudhoyono of Indonesia Before Expanded Bilateral Meeting The White House 09 Nov 2010
- Remarks by the President in a Toast at the State Dinner in Jakarta, Indonesia The White House 09 Nov 2010
- Former U.S. President George W. Bush Defends Legacy In New Book RFE/RL 09 Nov 2010 -- George W. Bush has been almost invisible since he left the White House nearly two years ago, living a quiet life at his home in Texas. But recently he's back in the media spotlight to promote his new book, "Decision Points."
- Bush Memoir Says No Need to Apologize for Iraq War VOA 09 Nov 2010 -- Former U.S. president George W. Bush says he continues to have a "sickening feeling" about the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, his main justification for approving the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein.
- Pakistan angrily reacts to Obama's support for India UNSC seat IRNA 09 Nov 2010 -- Pakistan Monday angrily reacted to US President Barack Obama’s support to for a permanent seat for India in any reformed Security Council.
- Pakistan Criticizes US Endorsement of UN Security Council Seat for India VOA 09 Nov 2010 -- Pakistan's Foreign Ministry is criticizing Mr. Obama's decision to endorse India's desire for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, saying the U.S. move will further complicate efforts to reform the group.
- Iraqi Power-Sharing Talks Stall with Key Leaders Absent VOA 09 Nov 2010 -- Iraq's political leaders met for the second straight day Tuesday in an effort to end a months-long political deadlock, but key figures stayed away from the all-party talks meant to produce a power-sharing deal ahead of a looming court-mandated parliamentary session.
- Sweden to probe illegal US spying IRNA 09 Nov 2010 -- Sweden is launching a formal investigation into the legality of information gathering activities carried out by the US embassy in Stockholm without the country’s knowledge, Swedish media said on Tuesday.
- UK refuses to condone Bush use of waterboarding IRNA 09 Nov 2010 -- The British government Tuesday sought to distance itself from former US president George W Bush’s admission of authoring waterboarding by saying it considered the simulated drowning technique as “torture.”
- Jailed CIA agent confirms contacts with Russia RIA Novosti 09 Nov 2010 -- A former CIA agent serving a 23-year prison term in the United States for spying for Russia has confessed that he has been maintaining contacts with Moscow, BBC Russia said on Tuesday.
- Georgian president hails security services over 'Russian spy' arrests RIA Novosti 09 Nov 2010 -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on Tuesday thanked security service officers for the recent operation in which 15 suspected Russian spies were arrested.
- Georgia should allow diplomats to meet with alleged Russian spies - Lavrov RIA Novosti 09 Nov 2010 -- Tbilisi should allow Russian diplomats to meet with alleged Russian spies detained in Georgia, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.
- Limited US Options in Yemen Raise Saudi Role VOA 09 Nov 2010 -- The United States has been pursuing counterterrorist measures in Yemen for years, but extremists continue to find a safe haven in the impoverished Arab nation. Their recent attempt to send bombs through air cargo packages was foiled reportedly with Saudi help, raising hope that Yemen's neighbor to the north may be one of Washington's best partners in tackling local terrorists.
- US Increases Air Cargo Screening after Foiled Plot to Mail Bombs Uncovered VOA 09 Nov 2010 -- The United States is taking additional security precautions for air cargo, following a recently thwarted terrorist plot to send mail bombs from Yemen to the U.S. Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano says the U.S. is extending a ban on air cargo, which is already in effect for Yemen, to include Somalia. Napolitano says toner and ink cartridges weighing more than a half-kilogram are banned on passenger planes on domestic and incoming international flights.
- China Bans Rights Lawyers From Travel China VOA 09 Nov 2010 -- China has prevented a high-profile human rights lawyer from leaving the country. Mo Shaoping, whose law firm represents jailed Nobel Peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo, was trying to travel to an international legal conference in London when police officers stopped him and a colleague from boarding their plane.
- Cuba's Communist Party to Hold Congress VOA 09 Nov 2010 -- Cuban President Raul Castro says the ruling Communist Party will hold a congress in April, the first party congress to be held in Cuba since 1997.
- IRNA Man Dir says IRNA in line with national interests IRNA 09 Nov 2010 -- Media Consultant of President and IRNA managing director said here Monday night IRNA is a national media, moving in line with national interests and expediencies.
- Iran: G5+1 must prove good will in upcoming talks IRNA 09 Nov 2010 -- Ambassador and deputy permanent UN representative of Iran said at UN General Assembly Monday G5+1 must prove good will to Iranian side during upcoming negotiations.
- FM suggests G5+1 to change approach towards Iran IRNA 09 Nov 2010 -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki advised members of the Group 5+1 Tuesday to take a constructive view and change their attitude concerning Iran.
- Iran's offer on table at 5+1 talks, UK confirms IRNA 09 Nov 2010 -- The 5+1 is seeking to make “serious progress” at the forthcoming talks with Iran leading to transformed relations and enhanced cooperation in nuclear, technological, economic and other fields, the British Foreign Office has said.
- Russian deputy FM: Fuel swap deal should be discussed in Vienna Group talks IRNA 09 Nov 2010 -- Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said here on Tuesday that the issue of fuel swap should be discussed during the Vienna Group's talks with Iran.
- Only military threat could stop Iran's nuclear program - Israel RIA Novosti 09 Nov 2010 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called on the West to convince Tehran that a military strike against Iran over its controversial nuclear program is a real option, the Haaretz newspaper said.
- Iran Says Nuclear Talks May Resume Next Week VOA 09 Nov 2010 -- Iran has offered to resume nuclear talks with world powers as early as next week, after pushing for the venue to be changed to its ally, Turkey.
- Burmese Opposition Lowers Election Expectations VOA 09 Nov 2010 -- Burma's main pro-democracy parties are lowering their expectations from Sunday's national elections, saying persistent cheating appears to have robbed them of seats they had expected to win.
- Pro-Military Party Claims Almost 80 Percent of Votes in Burma Election VOA 09 Nov 2010 -- A party allied with Burma's military appears to have captured most of the seats in national elections. But the largest pro-democracy parties and rights groups accused the military government of openly manipulating the vote.
- First Session Of New Kyrgyz Parliament Set For November 10 RFE/RL 09 Nov 2010 -- Kyrgyzstan's newly elected parliament is to hold its first session on November 10, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.
- Kyrgyz Protesters Win Land Plot Promise RFE/RL 09 Nov 2010 -- Protesters at the center of a land-grab dispute in southern Kyrgyzstan have been promised plots of land, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.
- Bakiev, Associates To Be Tried In Absentia Next Week RFE/RL 09 Nov 2010 -- Former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev is to be tried in absentia next week in connection with the deadly clashes that prompted his ouster in April, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.
- EU urges Azerbaijan to deal with election 'shortcomings' RIA Novosti 09 Nov 2010 -- The European Union's top diplomat said parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan did not constitute "meaningful progress" in the country's democratic development, and urged the authorities to deal with "shortcomings" reported by international observers.
- Russian, Kyrgyz police sign cooperation agreement RIA Novosti 09 Nov 2010 -- The Russian and Kyzryz Interior Ministries on Tuesday signed a cooperation agreement for the next two years.
- Warships alone will not deter piracy off Somali coast, Security Council told UN News Centre 09 Nov 2010 -- The growing problem of piracy off the Somali coast demands more than just military efforts, the United Nations political chief told the Security Council today, calling for simultaneous action on three fronts – deterrence, security and the rule of law, and development – to combat the scourge.
- Jordanians Vote for New Parliament VOA 09 Nov 2010 -- Jordanians are heading to the polls to select a new parliament, but one most observers say will be devoid of any real opposition.
- Top US Economic Advisor Predicts Progress With China Over Currency at G20 VOA 09 Nov 2010 -- President Barack Obama's top economic adviser, Lawrence Summers, says he expects an agreement to be reached over currency adjustments this week when the leaders of the world's biggest economies gather at the G20 summit in South Korea.
- Gambian Opposition Leader Critical of Bid to Make President Jammeh 'King' VOA 09 Nov 2010 -- The leader of Gambia’s opposition United Democratic Party told VOA no leader can change Gambia from a republic to a monarchy without first going to a referendum.
- Volunteer Militias Are No Solution For Pakistan's Taliban Problem RFE/RL 09 Nov 2010 -- The people of Pakistan are arguably the most unfortunate people on Earth, victims of decades of government policies that often seem targeted against them. The November 5 violence in the semi-tribal town of Darra Adam Khel (called Darra for short), about 40 kilometers south of Peshawar, is just the latest example. More than 80 people were killed when a suicide bomber struck a mosque and an elder's guest house. About 70 people were injured. The purported reason for the attack was in-fighting among rival militant groups.
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