06 July 2011 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 06 Jul 2011 [PDF]
- Pakistani Panel Bars Bin Laden Family From Leaving Country VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- A Pakistani commission investigating raid that killed Osama bin Laden said the terror leader's family can not leave the country.
- Pakistani Panel Seeks To Prevent Bin Laden Family From Leaving RFE/RL 06 Jul 2011 -- A Pakistani panel has told the Pakistani authorities not to repatriate Al-Qaeda leader's family members without its permission.
- Pakistani commission on Osama operation begins probe IRNA 06 Jul 2011 -- High-level commission constituted by the Pakistani government to ascertain the facts about the presence of Osama bin Laden and raid.
- Pakistan wants CIA to undertake not to attack Pakistan anymore IRNA 06 Jul 2011 -- Pakistan has demanded the US Central Intelligence Agency to undertake not to attack Pakistani soil anymore.
- Pakistani, US officials start counter-terrorism talks IRNA 06 Jul 2011 -- Top US and Pakistani officials started counterterrorism talks, aimed at boosting cooperation to fight terrorism, organized crimes and curb drug snuggling.
- NATO and Libya - Operational Media Update: 05 Jul 2011
- NATO cuts off pro-Qadhafi access to fuel in Brega NATO 06 Jul 2011 -- On 6 July 2011, NATO aircraft struck military refuelling equipment to deny pro-Qadhafi forces access to fuel in the Brega area.
- Small RAF crew in Sicily support operations over Libya UK MOD 06 Jul 2011 -- The detachment of around 200 personnel at Trapani, on the Italian island of Sicily, is playing a key role in the RAF's contribution to Operation Ellamy.
- NATO Officials to Meet With Libyan Rebels VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has confirmed reports the alliance will meet their representatives next week.
- NATO should be impartial in Libya - Russian envoy RIA Novosti 06 Jul 2011 -- NATO should remain impartial in the Libyan conflict, Russia's envoy to the military alliance, Dmitry Rogozin, said.
- DOD News Briefing with Lt. Gen. Rodriguez via Teleconference from Afghanistan DoD 06 Jul 2011
- Forces Detain Haqqani Leader in Eastern Afghanistan AFPS 06 Jul 2011 -- A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained a Haqqani network leader during an overnight operation in eastern Afghanistan.
- Combined operation kills 100 insurgents in eastern Afghanistan Army News 06 Jul 2011 -- Coalition Forces killed approximately 100 insurgents and wounded more than 40 while conducting combat operations in the Watahpur Valley.
- Officials: Afghanistan Militants Attack Pakistani Villages VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- Pakistani officials say hundreds of militants have crossed from Afghanistan and attacked several border villages in Pakistan's northwest.
- Rodriguez Outlines ISAF's Drawdown, Transition Plan AFPS 06 Jul 2011 -- The drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan will begin this month with some 1,600 troops set to redeploy without replacement by fall.
- Britain to Withdraw 500 Troops from Afghanistan VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- Britain says it will withdraw 500 troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012.
- Britain To Pull Out 500 More Troops From Afghanistan RFE/RL 06 Jul 2011 -- Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron says that a further 500 British military personnel will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of 2012.
- S. Korean Forces Attacked in Afghanistan KCNA 06 Jul 2011 -- A unit of the south Korean army in Afghanistan was attacked by rocket shells of the armed forces of the country on July 3.
- Afghan transition to greater ownership must be about more than security UN News Centre 06 Jul 2011 -- Top UN envoy: The transition towards greater Afghan leadership and ownership is on track.
- UN: Afghanistan at Crossroads VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- The top United Nations diplomat in Afghanistan said Wednesday that the country is at a crossroads as it begins taking on responsibility for its own security.
- UN Chief Names New Afghan Mission Official VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Britain's Michael Keating as his new Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan.
- All Nine Crew Killed In Afghan Plane Crash RFE/RL 06 Jul 2011 -- The Afghan Transport Ministry says all nine crew have been killed aboard an Azerbaijani cargo plane which crashed into mountains overnight in northeastern Afghanistan.
- Cargo Plane Crashes North of Afghan Capital; 9 Feared Dead VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- Officials in Afghanistan say an Azerbaijani cargo plane with nine crew members on board has crashed into a mountain in eastern Afghanistan.
- Azeri cargo plane with 9 crew crashes in Afghanistan RIA Novosti 06 Jul 2011 -- Fragments of a crashed Azerbaijani cargo plane were found on Wednesday to the north of Kabul.
- 3 Pakistani soldiers die in bomb attack IRNA 06 Jul 2011 -- At least three Pakistani soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb attack on a convoy of the security forces in North Waziristan tribal region.
- Violence in Pakistani port city of Karachi on rise IRNA 06 Jul 2011 -- The death toll from targeted killings in the Pakistani port city of Karachi has reached 21 while 25 people were injured in various incidents of violence.
- U.S. Troops on Target to Leave Iraq This Year AFPS 06 Jul 2011 -- The US intends to abide by its commitments in the 2008 U.S.-Iraq Security Agreement, including the obligation to complete the drawdown of U.S. forces there by the end of the year.
- Six years success in southern Iraq, Mission complete for U.S. reconstruction team Army News 06 Jul 2011 -- In a few weeks, the Babil PRT will close its doors on Contingency Operating Site Kalsu.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Fort Hood Commander Refers Hasan to Court-Martial AFPS 06 Jul 2011 -- Fort Hood Commander Army Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr. will refer the capital murder case against Army Maj. Nidal M. Hasan to a general court-martial for trial.
- Ft. Hood Shooting Suspect Gets Military Trial VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- The commander of the Fort Hood military post says the U.S. Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people in a 2009 shooting at the base will be tried in a military court.
- Court Orders Halt to 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Enforcement AFPS 06 Jul 2011 -- The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered the government to stop enforcing the terms of the law that prevents openly gay service members from being in the military.
- Statement by the President on Change of Condolence Letter Policy The White House 06 Jul 2011
- White House Reverses Policy on Suicide Condolence Letters AFPS 06 Jul 2011 -- President Barack Obama and Defense Department officials will send condolence letters to the families of service members who commit suicide in a war zone.
- US Attempts to Use Nuclear Weapons at Very Beginning of Korean War KCNA 06 Jul 2011 -- It was disclosed that the United States attempted to use nuclear weapons at the very beginning of the Korean war.
- KCNA on "Two Plus Two" Talks Held in Washington KCNA 06 Jul 2011 -- A meeting of the U.S.-Japan security consultative committee took place in Washington recently with the attendance of the U.S. state and defense secretaries and the Japanese foreign and defense ministers
- Eisenhower Completes Flight Deck Certification NNS 06 Jul 2011 -- USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and embarked Carrier Air Wing 7 Sailors completed carrier flight deck certification, July 6.
- Unmanned Aircraft Systems Forum Fosters Trust Army News 06 Jul 2011 -- More than 400 attendees flocked the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Warfighter Forum from June 21-24 in Tucson, Arizona..
- 'Aerial layer' expands Army network during evaluation Army News 06 Jul 2011 -- Aerostat blimps and Shadow Unmanned Aircraft Systems configured with JTRS have been flying during the Army's Network Integration Evaluation.
- Israeli Air Force looks at MV-22 capabilities USMC News 06 Jul 2011 -- Israelis, according to some reports, see aircraft as a possible platform for search and rescue operations, and for covert special operations.
- USS Preble Arrives in Brunei NNS 06 Jul 2011 -- USS Preble arrived in Brunei, July 5, to take part in the Brunei International Defense Exhibition (BRIDEX), being conducted July 4-9 in Muara, Brunei.
- Tobyhanna Army Depot: Center of Radar Excellence Army News 06 Jul 2011 -- A large, white radome dominates the high ground at Tobyhanna Army Depot in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.
- MRAP course gives Soldiers feel for navigating roads of Afghanistan Army News 06 Jul 2011 -- The program is meant to help increase safety and decrease deadly accidents caused by unfamiliarity with the vehicle and terrain.
- Seabees Participates in First Silver Flag Exercise NNS 06 Jul 2011 -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 participated in an eight-day training exercise monitored by the U.S. Air Force 554 Red Horse Squadron, Detachment 1.
- Allied Strike 11 brings multinational feel to close air support operations Army News 06 Jul 2011 -- US servicemembers and 15 NATO nations are fully integrated for an 11-day training exercise, conducted at the Grafenwoehr Training Area.
- Reservists deliver aid to Haiti over holiday weekend AFNS 06 Jul 2011 -- Members of the Air Force Reserve's 315th Airlift Wing departed here July 1 aboard a C-17 Globemaster III on a humanitarian aid mission to Haiti.
- Serving Alongside our Soldiers - ACC's Deployable Cadre program Army News 06 Jul 2011 -- The U.S. Army Contracting Command's Deployable Cadre program supports critical contracting requirements.
- First wind turbine in Army begins generating energy at Tooele Army Depot Army News 06 Jul 2011 -- All eyes were on the sky at Tooele Army Depot July 7, as the members of the workforce waited to see the blades of their first wind turbine spinning.
- AF officials boost personnel support to warfighter AFNS 06 Jul 2011 -- The Air Force Personnel Center is partnering with Headquarters, Air Force Manpower, Personnel and Services and U.S. Air Forces Central to provide additional personnel support capabilities for deployed Airmen in AFCENT's area of responsibility.
- USS Philippine Sea Rescues Brilliante Virtuoso Crew off Aden NNS 06 Jul 2011 -- USS Philippine Sea responded to a distress call issued by the Marshall Islands-owned, Liberian-flagged, motor vessel Brilliante Virtuoso at approximately 3:30 a.m. (local time) July 6.
- Russia, NATO must settle 'missile shield' issue soon RIA Novosti 06 Jul 2011 -- Russia and NATO still have time to resolve the controversy over the future European missile defense network.
- Russia to Spend $730 Billion on New Weapons VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- Russian PM Putin has announced his government plans to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on weapons modernization by 2020.
- Medvedev demands clarity on arms procurement RIA Novosti 06 Jul 2011 -- Russian President Medvedev ordered Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov to submit report on the implementation of defense orders.
- Russia plans to rent naval pilot training facilities in Ukraine RIA Novosti 06 Jul 2011 -- Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov formally asked on Wednesday his Ukrainian counterpart Mykhailo Yezhel to rent facilities on Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula for naval pilot training.
- Russia to file proposal to UN in 2012 for Arctic shelf borders extension RIA Novosti 06 Jul 2011 -- Russia is planning to file a proposal a UN Commission in 2012 to expand its Arctic shelf borders.
- Russia concerned by NATO, Asian states' activities in Arctic RIA Novosti 06 Jul 2011 -- Russia's economic interests are threatened by the activities of NATO and a number of Asian countries in the Arctic.
- S. Koreans to Stage Field Tactical Drill KCNA 06 Jul 2011 -- The 25th Division of the south Korean army announced it would stage large-scale field tactical drill in Phaju, Yangju and Ryonchon, Kyonggi Province.
- Monthly press briefing by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen NATO 06 Jul 2011
- Merkel gov't facing political heat over controversial Saudi tank deal IRNA 06 Jul 2011 -- The German government is facing fierce criticism over the reported sale of up to 200 Leopard combat tanks to the authoritarian Saudi regime.
- Iran Fires Missiles at Sea Near Strait of Hormuz VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- Iran announced it had successfully test-fired several anti-ship missiles at sea as part of a 10-day military exercise that began last week.
- Iran tests indigenous anti-ship missiles in Gulf drills RIA Novosti 06 Jul 2011 -- Iran tested domestically-designed anti-ship missiles as part of annual large-scale military exercises in the Persian Gulf.
- Iran wraps up missile maneuver IRNA 06 Jul 2011 -- The second and last phase of Iran’s missile maneuver codenamed ‘Great Prophet VI’ ended after the targeted objectives were achieved.
- Iran successfully test fires indigenous missiles ISNA 06 Jul 2011 -- Iran successfully tested fired up-graded, radar-evading and smart missiles on Wednesday as it wrapped up Great Prophet 6 war game.
- Taiwanese legislators head for U.S. to push for F-16 C/D sale CNA 06 Jul 2011 -- A group of legislators across party lines will leave for the US to lobby to approve Taiwan's request to acquire F-16 C/D fighter jets.
- Number of private security guards booming worldwide, UN survey reveals UN News Centre 06 Jul 2011 -- The number of private security guards is now almost twice that of police officers, as governments around the world outsource many of their security functions.
- Study Finds Small Arms Have Serious Impact on Fragile States VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- A new study finds the global authorized trade in small arms, light weapons, and their ammunition is worth nearly $7.1 billion a year.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing, July 6, 2011 US Dept. of State 06 Jul 2011
- DoD News: Contracts for July 06, 2011
- General Dynamics Awarded Enterprise Communications Services Contract by Defense Intelligence Agency General Dynamics 06 Jul 2011 -- General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a task order to provide enterprise communication services under the Defense Intelligence Agency's (DIA) Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise (SITE) contract.
- Airbus Military and PT Dirgantara Indonesia sign strategic collaboration agreement EADS 06 Jul 2011 -- Airbus Military has concluded a strategic collaboration agreement with PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) under which it will assist with the revitalisation of the Indonesian national aerospace industry.
- Lockheed Martin Delivers First VNsight Sensor to the U.S. Army Lockheed Martin 06 Jul 2011 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] recently delivered the first VNsight production unit for the U.S. Army's Apache Attack Helicopter, which adds a low-light-level display capability to the AH-64D Apache's combat-proven Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS), or Arrowhead®, system.
- Northrop Grumman's Battlefield Airborne Communications Node System Completes 2,000 Tactical Missions Northrop Grumman 06 Jul 2011 -- The Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) system, developed by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) for the U.S. Air Force, completed its 2,000th mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on June 25.
- Sikorsky Aerospace Services Advances State-of-the-Art BLACK HAWK Training Center in Colombia Sikorsky 06 Jul 2011 -- Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) announced today that construction of a new UH-60 BLACK HAWK Helicopter Flight Simulator Training Center at the Colombian Air Force Base in Melgar is well under way and on schedule for completion this year.
- Satellite Command & Control System Developed By Lockheed Martin Extends Capability With Launch Of Ors-1 Satellite Lockheed Martin 06 Jul 2011 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] announced that the Multi-Mission Satellite Operations Center Ground System Architecture recently extended its mission capability to Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., with the successful launch of a new Air Force Operationally Responsive Space mission satellite, ORS-1. The ORS mission will be deployed by the 1st Space Operations Squadron, a component of the 50th Space Wing at Schriever.
- STSS Demonstration Satellites, Built by Northrop Grumman, Show New 'Remote Cueing' Capabilities During Aegis Test Northrop Grumman 06 Jul 2011 -- The Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) demonstration satellites, built and operated by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), contributed to a successful sea-based missile defense test April 15 by acquiring, after being cued remotely, a target missile during the midcourse phase of its flight.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 6 July 2011 United Nations 06 Jul 2011
- Press Conference to Launch Report 'Progress of the World's Women: in Pursuit of Justice', 6 July 2011 United Nations 06 Jul 2011
- Press Conference on Launch of United Nations Rule of Law Indicators, 6 July 2011 United Nations 06 Jul 2011
- UN launches rule of law indicators for countries in transition UN News Centre 06 Jul 2011 -- The United Nations launched a set of rule of law indicators designed to help post-conflict and other countries in transition to strengthen governance.
- Rebels Seize 2 Towns Near Libyan Capital VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- Libyan rebels have seized two small towns south of Tripoli following a six-hour gunbattle with forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi.
- Libyan Rebels Launch Assault Near Capital VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- Libyan rebels have launched an offensive in the mountains southwest of the capital, Tripoli.
- Libyan Rebel Official: No Direct Talks with Gadhafi VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- In Libya, a rebel official says the Transitional National Council will not negotiate with President Moammar Gadhafi.
- Libya Denies Russian Report On Qaddafi RFE/RL 06 Jul 2011 -- Libyan officials have denied a Russian media report that Muammar Qaddafi is considering handing over power and seeking refuge abroad.
- UN starts regular food supplies to besieged Misrata RIA Novosti 06 Jul 2011 -- The United Nations has opened a regular sea route to transport humanitarian aid to Libya's besieged city of Misrata.
- Russia sends humanitarian aid to Libya RIA Novosti 06 Jul 2011 -- Russia's Emergencies Ministry has sent humanitarian aid to rebel-controlled Benghazi, Libya.
- YEMEN: Soaring food, fuel prices hit poor hardest IRIN 06 Jul 2011 -- Motorbike taxi driver Abdulkarim Mohammed has been finding it increasingly difficult over the past few months to buy sufficient food for his eight-member family in Yemen.
- President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of South Sudan to Attend the Ceremony Marking the Declaration of the Independence of the Republic of South Sudan The White House 06 Jul 2011
- Ban renews call on Sudanese parties to cease hostilities in South Kordofan UN News Centre 06 Jul 2011 -- Secretary-General Banvoiced his disappointment over the continued fighting in South Kordofan.
- Northern Sudan Reinforces Military in Southern Kordofan State VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- New satellite images show a continued build-up of northern Sudanese forces in Southern Kordofan State.
- South Sudan Prepares for Independence VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- The spokesman for the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement says there is "unbridled" euphoria as the public gets ready to celebrate the birth of a new nation.
- South Sudan Could Join UN Shortly After Independence VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- The president of the United Nations Security Council says south Sudan could become an official U.N. member as early as next week.
- Joint UN-African Union mission in Darfur presses for release of detained staff UN News Centre 06 Jul 2011 -- The head of the joint UN-AU peacekeeping force in Darfur has once again called for the immediate release of two national staff members.
- Greek authorities ban Freedom Flotilla II vessel from leaving port RIA Novosti 06 Jul 2011 -- Greek authorities banned another vessel of the Freedom Flotilla II from leaving its port city of Perama.
- Romania Favors Two-State Solution to Israeli-Palestinian Conflict VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- Romanian PM Boc has told his visiting Israeli counterpart that Bucharest opposes unilateral solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
- Israeli Authorities Brace for Palestinian 'Fly-In' Activists VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- Dozens of Israeli police have been deployed to the country's international airport at Tel Aviv in anticipation of the arrival of hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists later this week.
- S. Korean Minister of Unification of Creating New Department for Anti-north Operations KCNA 06 Jul 2011 -- Hyon In Thaek recently reported to have created a new department for "coping with crisis" inside his ministry.
- KCNA on S. Korean Human Rights Policy KCNA 06 Jul 2011 -- The campaign kicked off by south Korea over its "human rights issue" is a base farce.
- KCNA on Provocations against DPRK KCNA 06 Jul 2011 -- The south Koreans' daily escalating provocations against the DPRK are a blatant challenge and a clear declaration of a war against the DPRK.
- US to Test al-Shabab's Willingness to Allow Food Aid to Somalia VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- The US is prepared to "test" the willingness of the Somali rebel group al-Shabab to allow Western food aid to reach millions of Somalis threatened by drought.
- Lord's Resistance Army killed dozens in DR Congo last month, UN reports UN News Centre 06 Jul 2011 -- The rebel Lord’s Resistance Army killed 26 persons in 53 separate attacks on villages in the DRC last month.
- Mass rapes in DR Congo could be crimes against humanity - UN report UN News Centre 06 Jul 2011 -- The rapes of hundreds of people in eastern DRC last year could be considered crimes against humanity and war crimes.
- Congo Rape Inquiry Suspended After Reprisals VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- An investigation into mass rapes in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been called off after some of the victims were attacked.
- Serbian President Visits Sarajevo In Bid To Improve Ties RFE/RL 06 Jul 2011 -- Serbian President Boris Tadic has paid a rare official visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina in a bid to improve ties between Belgrade and Sarajevo.
- Security Council amends judicial eligibility rules for UN tribunal for Rwandan genocide UN News Centre 06 Jul 2011 -- The Security Council tamended the statute of the UN tribunal for the 1994 Rwandan genocide to make non-permanent judges eligible to both vote for the presidency of the court and to become president themselves.
- At Least 22 Reported Killed in Flashpoint Syrian City VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- Rights activists: Death toll from violence in the central city of Hama is at least 22 after Syrian security forces opened fire on civilians.
- Syria completes draft law on media freedoms RIA Novosti 06 Jul 2011 -- A special committee, set up in Syria in late May to draft a law on the country's media, has finished its work.
- Amnesty International: UN Should Take Syria To International Criminal Court RFE/RL 06 Jul 2011 -- Rights watchdog Amnesty International has issued a report saying Syrian forces could be charged with crimes against humanity.
- Bahrain Dialogue Receives Mixed Reaction VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- Bahrain's Sunni rulers are sitting down this week with opposition leaders for the first time since anti-government protests brought the country to a standstill earlier this year.
- Bahrain Sentences 3 for Spying, Reportedly for Iran VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- A Bahraini criminal court has sentenced three people to prison for spying, reports say on behalf of Iran.
- EGYPT: More protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square IRIN 06 Jul 2011 -- Frustration has grown at what citizens perceive to be slow progress on reform, prompting some to pitch camp again in Cairo’s Tahrir Square where the initial revolt started.
- Protest Erupts Over Egypt's Police Trials VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- Egyptians hurled stones at a government building in Suez after a court upheld a ruling to release police officers accused of killing demonstrators during this year's anti-government uprising.
- Head Of Probe Into Kyrgyz-Uzbek Clashes Willing To Meet Kyrgyz Deputies RFE/RL 06 Jul 2011 -- The head of the Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission says he is willing to explain his commission's findings to parliament.
- Japan To Stress-Test Nuclear Plants In Bid To Reassure Public RFE/RL 06 Jul 2011 -- Japan plans to carry out stress tests on the country's nuclear power plants.
- Japan to Run Stress Tests on Nuclear Power Plants VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- The Japanese government says it will conduct stress tests on all the country's nuclear reactors.
- Belarusian Opposition Plans More Protests As Economy Weakens RFE/RL 06 Jul 2011 -- A Belarusian opposition leader says protests against the president will continue.
- Boeing Prepares Space Shuttle Atlantis for Final Mission Boeing 06 Jul 2011 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] engineers and technicians are preparing Space Shuttle Atlantis and its payload for the program's final mission, which is scheduled to launch from Kennedy Space Center on July 8.
- Farewell Atlantis! Farewell Space Shuttle! EADS 06 Jul 2011 -- On 8 July 2011, when Space Shuttle Atlantis blasts off from the Cape Canaveral spaceport on its final mission, the end of the Space Shuttle fleet will be almost upon us: flight STS-135 will be the last time a Space Shuttle sees active service.
- Food security key to achieving global anti-poverty goals - Secretary-General UN News Centre 06 Jul 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban underlined the importance of promoting food security, saying that ensuring everyone has enough to eat has a positive spill-over effect.
- Effort to Boost Global Maize Supply Gets $170m Injection VOA 06 Jul 2011 -- Research into improving global maize supplies got a $170 million dollar boost today.
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