22 September 2011 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 22 Sep 2011 [PDF]
- Panetta Cites Progress, Challenges in Iraq, Afghanistan AFPS 22 Sep 2011 -- The US and Iraq are in talks to chart military assistance Iraq needs after the pull-out of U.S. troops at the end of the year, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.
- Mullen Addresses Progress in Iraq, Afghanistan AFPS 22 Sep 2011 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said conditions in Afghanistan are steadily improving, and that American troops should remain in Iraq to help train the military there.
- Combined Force Detains 7 Suspected Insurgents AFPS 22 Sep 2011 -- A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained seven suspected insurgents during a search in Kunduz province.
- U.S. Military Chief Says Pakistan 'Exporting Violence' To Afghanistan RFE/RL 22 Sep 2011 -- US military's outgoing chief Admiral Mike Mullen has accused Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence of actively supporting Haqqani network.
- US Military: Pakistan Aided Embassy Attack VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- The top U.S. military official has accused Pakistan of exporting violent extremism to Afghanistan by using militants as an “arm” of its military spy service.
- Flournoy: Afghan Forces on Track for Build-up AFPS 22 Sep 2011 -- Development of Afghanistan’s security forces is on track as a main element of the Defense Department’s strategy for eliminating terrorist safe havens in that country.
- Afghanistan tells UN of future partnerships after departure of foreign forces UN News Centre 22 Sep 2011 -- Afghanistan is negotiating strategic partnerships with its international partners, including the United States and the European Union.
- Big Red One Soldiers, Afghan forces take on enemy during Operation Tofan II Army News 22 Sep 2011 -- Joint effort between coalition and Afghan National Security Forces to locate and destroy enemy strength designated as Operation Tofan II.
- Coalition forces deny insurgency movement, money in Afghanistan USMC News 22 Sep 2011 -- Military experts have long-deemed limiting the enemy’s movement as vital to an effective campaign.
- 1-14th Illinois ADT focused on Kunar mission Army News 22 Sep 2011 -- Approximately 60 Soldiers from across Illinois, as well as two Soldiers from Michigan and South Dakota, have been deployed to Kunar province since June.
- If Not The Taliban, Then Who Killed Rabbani? RFE/RL 22 Sep 2011 -- It has been nearly 48 hours since former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani was assassinated in a brazen suicide attack in Kabul.
- Rabbani's Killer Used Fake Peace Message to Gain Access, Karzai Says VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the suicide bomber who killed former president Burhannuddin Rabbani used a fake peace message to gain access to the peace broker.
- Afghanistan's Abdullah Abdullah: The Taliban Does Not Believe In Peace Talks RFE/RL 22 Sep 2011 -- Death of former Afghan president and leading peace negotiator Burhanuddin Rabbani in a brazen suicide attack has shocked Afghanistan.
- Drones: Pakistan Has No Leg To Stand On RFE/RL 22 Sep 2011 -- Recent drone attack that reportedly killed Al-Qaeda leader Abu Hafs al-Shahri in Waziristan is the latest result of a CIA campaign that began in 2004.
- Twin bombs kill 5 van passengers in NW Pakistan IRNA 22 Sep 2011 -- Two roadside bombs near passengers vehicles Thursday killed at least five people in Pakistan’s Bajaur tribal region.
- 2 children die in toy bomb blast in Pakistan IRNA 22 Sep 2011 -- At least two children were killed in a toy bomb blast in Pakistan’s flood-hit southern Sindh province.
- Shi'a Shot Dead In Pakistan En Route To Iran RFE/RL 22 Sep 2011 -- Armed men have gunned down 26 people, all of them belonging to the Shi'a sect, in Pakistan's southern Baluchistan Province.
- Pakistan Arrests Extremist Leader For Inciting Sectarian Violence VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- Pakistani police say they have placed a prominent Islamist militant under house arrest after accusing him of trying to incite sectarian hatred.
- NATO and Libya - Operational Media Update: 21 Sep 2011
- Press briefing on Libya by Carmen Romero, NATO Deputy Spokesperson and LtGen Bouchard, Commander Operation Unified Protector NATO 22 Sep 2011
- Defence Secretary welcomes extension of NATO mission over Libya UK MOD 22 Sep 2011 -- Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox welcomed announcement NATO is extending mission to protect the people of Libya for another 90 days.
- Bataan ARG Marks 180 Deployed Days NNS 22 Sep 2011 -- Sailors and Marines of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) marked 180 days of deployment Sept. 18.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Iran says deployment of NATO shield in Turkey "inefficient" ISNA 22 Sep 2011 -- An Iranian IRGC Commander said Thursday deployment of NATO missile shield would be inefficient in Turkey.
- Panetta: Defense Cuts Will Be Made Strategically AFPS 22 Sep 2011 -- Officials will make decisions on cuts to the defense budget strategically, with an eye to maintaining U.S. military dominance.
- Debt is Biggest Threat to National Security, Chairman Says AFPS 22 Sep 2011 -- Looming budget reductions are the biggest threat to the United States’ national security, said Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- Special Operations Leaders Outline Budget Concerns AFPS 22 Sep 2011 -- Success in special operations missions rests, in part, on critical enabling capabilities the Army, Navy and Air Force provide.
- General Cites Southcom Regional Challenges AFPS 22 Sep 2011 -- There have been several “good news” trends observed across the Caribbean and Central and South American regions over the past decade.
- Transcom Leverages Commercial Resources, Commander Says AFPS 22 Sep 2011 -- U.S. Transportation Command values commercial industry partners that assist its mission of transporting warfighters and supplies anywhere in the world.
- Navy Successfully Conducts DDG 1000 Round Testing NNS 22 Sep 2011 -- The long range land attack projectile, designed for the DDG 1000 Advanced Gun System, successfully completed two live-fire tests at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
- DOD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for Fiscal Year-to-date 2011, Through August DoD 22 Sep 2011
- 226th gears up for DCRF logistics mission Army News 22 Sep 2011 -- The 226th Quartermaster Company continues to train to be ready to respond to potential catastrophic incidents in the United States.
- 512th Quartermaster Company inactivates Army News 22 Sep 2011 -- The 512th Quartermaster Company was inactivated Sept. 15 during a ceremony behind the 260th Quartermaster Battalion Headquarters building on Hunter Army Airfield.
- Exercise integrates manned, unmanned aircraft Army News 22 Sep 2011 -- Systems on display at the MUSIC, exercise are expected to make their way to Afghanistan within the next two years.
- Army National Guard Aviation Soldiers from New York, Maine, and Connecticut Train for Deployment Army News 22 Sep 2011 -- More than 400 Army National Guard Soldiers from the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade , and other New York Army National Guard aviation elements, are training here to prepare Soldiers for a potential deployment overseas in 2012.
- DOD Announces Return of Facilities in Germany DoD 22 Sep 2011
- Military Tracks Errant Satellite for NASA AFPS 22 Sep 2011 -- As a 6.5-ton NASA satellite makes its way back to Earth later this week.
- BRAC recommendations complete, benefits for San Antonio ongoing Army News 22 Sep 2011 -- After $3.4 billion in construction and an estimated $8.3 billion in positive economic impact to the city of San Antonio, the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure recommendations are complete.
- Mullen: Personnel, Health Costs ‘Not Sustainable’ AFPS 22 Sep 2011 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff emphasized that the United States can’t break faith with military members and their families.
- Small Business to Repair WWII era Hangar at NAS Corpus Christi NNS 22 Sep 2011 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a $6.6 million contract Sept. 20 to EMR Incorporated Infrastructure and Environment, a small business in Niceville, Fla. for work at Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi, Texas.
- Small Business to Repair Hangar at NAS Meridian NNS 22 Sep 2011 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a $6.8 million contract Sept. 19 to American Contractor and Technology, Inc., a small business in Pensacola, Fla. for work at Naval Air Station Meridian, Miss.
- Taiwan F-16 upgrade budget to be spread over 12 years CNA 22 Sep 2011 -- The budget for a newly approved retrofit of Taiwan's F-16 A/B fighter jet fleet will be spread over the next 12 years.
- F-16 retrofit helps maintain Taiwan's security: president CNA 22 Sep 2011 -- President Ma: Upgrades to Taiwan's existing F-16A/B jets are aimed at maintaining the country's self-defense capabilities.
- Arms sale demonstrates U.S. commitment to Taiwan: U.S. official CNA 22 Sep 2011 -- The latest sale of a US$5.85 billion arms package to Taiwan demonstrates Washington's unwaivering commitment to sustaining Taiwan's defense capabilities.
- Government sees U.S. commitment to Taiwan Relations Act CNA 22 Sep 2011 -- Senior officials expressed their thanks to the US for agreeing to help upgrade the air force's F-16 A/B fighter fleet.
- U.S. still reviewing Taiwan F-16 C/D aircraft sales CNA 22 Sep 2011 -- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense: United States is still reviewing Taiwan's request to procure F-16 C/D jet fighters.
- Taiwan Upbeat Despite US Decision Not to Sell Fighter Jet VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- The U.S. government rejected Taiwan’s request to buy 66 advanced F-16 fighter jets.
- China Condemns Proposed US-Taiwan Arms Sale VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- China strongly condemned the latest U.S. plan to sell arms to Taiwan, and is calling on Washington to revoke what it is calling an erroneous decision.
- China protests against U.S. arms sales to Taiwan RIA Novosti 22 Sep 2011 -- China expressed its "strong indignation and resolute opposition" to the new round of U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, Xinhua said on Thursday.
- China warns U.S. firms over arms sales to Taiwan RIA Novosti 22 Sep 2011 -- Foreign companies supplying weapons to Taiwan are infringing the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China.
- Russia to build sea-based 'missile shield' - diplomat RIA Novosti 22 Sep 2011 -- Russia is planning to develop its own sea-based missile defense system.
- Vahidi: Iran has filed a lawsuit against Russia for S-300 missile IRNA 22 Sep 2011 -- Minister of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics Brigadier-General Vahidi: Iran has filed a lawsuit against Russia for non-delivery of S-300 missile system.
- Russia, Kazakhstan to set up joint air-defense system RIA Novosti 22 Sep 2011 -- Russia and Kazakhstan are planning to set up a joint air-defense system in the very near future.
- Russian nuclear sub damaged in collision with fishing ship RIA Novosti 22 Sep 2011 -- A Russian strategic submarine received light damage to its outer hull when a fishing vessel rammed into it early on Thursday.
- Russia developing high-speed helicopter RIA Novosti 22 Sep 2011 -- Russian Helicopters holding is developing a high-speed helicopter in a bid to capture an emerging and promising segment of the global rotorcraft market.
- Secretary Clinton Remarks at High-Level Meeting on Nuclear Safety US Dept. of State 22 Sep 2011
- Nuclear safety action plan endorsed at UN conference in Vienna UN News Centre 22 Sep 2011 -- The general conference of the UN atomic energy agency unanimously endorsed an action plan on nuclear safety.
- Fukushima accident a ‘wake-up call’ to boost nuclear safety, UN forum told UN News Centre 22 Sep 2011 -- The accident at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant earlier this year highlights the need to strengthen nuclear safety and security.
- IAEA Chief: Use of Nuclear Power Growing Despite Japanese Accident VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- The head of the U.N.'s nuclear monitoring agency: Global use of nuclear power will continue to grow, despite accident at a Japanese nuclear power plant.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney and Deputy NSA for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes on the President's Meetings at the UN The White House 22 Sep 2011
- DoD News: Contracts for September 22, 2011
- ATK Awarded $37 Million Contract to Provide Lightweight 30mm Ammunition to the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence ATK 22 Sep 2011 -- ATK has been awarded a $37 million contract to provide lightweight (LW) 30mm ammunition – including the M788 TP (target practice) training round and the M789 High Explosive Dual Purpose (HEDP) tactical round – to the United Kingdom's (UK) Ministry of Defence (MoD).
- Boeing CHAMP Missile Completes 1st Flight Test Boeing 22 Sep 2011 -- The Boeing Company and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) today announced that they successfully completed the missile's first flight test earlier this year at the Utah Test and Training Range at Hill Air Force Base.
- A400M passes key certification tests EADS 22 Sep 2011 -- The Airbus Military A400M new generation airlifter has passed a series of key tests in the last week as the aircraft continues to progress towards civil and military type certification.
- MBDA Germany prepares the way for C-RAM laser weapon system EADS 22 Sep 2011 -- The ability to direct 10 kW laser power over a long distance and reach a target with a high quality beam is a decisive forward step.
- Lockheed Martin To Upgrade Distributed Common Ground System Intelligence Sharing Capability Lockheed Martin 22 Sep 2011 -- Sharing intelligence data and services between the Department of Defense, Government agencies and coalition partners is becoming more seamless as Lockheed Martin upgrades the infrastructure that connects these multiple intelligence entities.
- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Continues Tests on Department of Defense, NASA Engines Pratt & Whitney 22 Sep 2011 -- In an impressive display of power and technology, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed a series of hot-fire tests on the certified RS-68A engine, the world's most powerful hydrogen-fueled engine.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 22 September 2011 United Nations 22 Sep 2011
- Security Council resolves to enhance UN’s preventive diplomacy efforts UN News Centre 22 Sep 2011 -- The Security Council voiced its determination to enhance the effectiveness of the United Nations in defusing potential and ongoing conflicts.
- European leaders stress vital role of UN in tackling global challenges UN News Centre 22 Sep 2011 -- From addressing climate change and helping the poor to defending human rights and preventing conflicts, the United Nations plays a vital role in responding to today’s global challenges.
- Côte d’Ivoire: UN has key role in strengthening democracy, President says UN News Centre 22 Sep 2011 -- President Alassane Ouattara highlighted legislative elections later this year as a critical step towards cementing democracy.
- UN expert calls on Member States to recognize Palestinian State UN News Centre 22 Sep 2011 -- An independent UN human rights expert called on Member States to recognize “the reality of Palestinian statehood.”
- Palestinian Bid for Statehood Creates Diplomatic Crisis VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- There are diplomatic and legal consequences for admitting Palestinians to the U.N. with full-member status or even with non-member status.
- Palestinians Demonstrate in Support of UN Membership Bid VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- Palestinians across the West Bank have been demonstrating this week to show support for statehood.
- Palestinians, Israelis Rally in West Bank Ahead of Abbas UN Bid VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- Thousands of Palestinians gathered in the West Bank city of Ramallah to show support of their leadership’s upcoming bid for full U.N. recognition.
- Palestinians Protest Over Obama's UN Speech RFE/RL 22 Sep 2011 -- Around 1,000 Palestinians gathered in the West Bank city of Ramallah on September 22 to protest against U.S. President Barack Obama's speech to the UN.
- Palestinians Undeterred in UN Statehood Push VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- Palestinian officials say they will continue their pursuit of full U.N. membership despite diplomatic efforts to persuade them to drop the bid.
- Palestinians to press on with UN membership bid despite Obama appeal RIA Novosti 22 Sep 2011 -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said he will go ahead to request full membership in the United Nations on Friday.
- Aide: Abbas to Stay Course on UN Bid VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- A senior Palestinian official says President Mahmoud Abbas will formally ask the U.N. Security Council to recognize Palestine as a full member of the world body on Friday.
- Russia to back Palestinian UN bid RIA Novosti 22 Sep 2011 -- Russia will support a Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.
- At General Assembly, Kuwait and Bahrain demand creation of Palestinian State UN News Centre 22 Sep 2011 -- The leaders of Kuwait and Bahrain called for an end to Israeli occupation of Arab territories and the creation of a Palestinian State.
- Erdogan Urges Pressure on Israel VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- Turkish PM Erdogan blamed the government of Israeli PM Netanyahu for the impasse in Middle East peace talks and called for international pressure on the Jewish state.
- Chemical weapons dump 'found in Libya' RIA Novosti 22 Sep 2011 -- Libyan rebel forces have discovered a chemical weapons stockpile in the country's south.
- New UN political mission in Libya begins UN News Centre 22 Sep 2011 -- The United Nations is moving quickly to deploy staff to its newly established political mission in Libya and begin work.
- African Union Ready To Help Libya Build Democracy VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- The African Union is ready to work with stakeholders in Libya to build a democratic society, following the ouster of long-time leader Moammar Gadhafi.
- Libya's Provisional Fighters Expand Control of Former Gadhafi Stronghold VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- Fighters with Libya's National Transitional Council are claiming control of the town of Sabha.
- Libya's NTC Claims Gadhafi Stronghold VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- Fighters with Libya's National Transitional Council NTC are claiming control in the town of Sabha.
- US Prepares to Reopen Embassy in Libya VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- The US is preparing to reopen its embassy in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, while NATO says it is extending its operations in the country for another three months.
- Libyan minister to discuss contracts in Moscow - Russian envoy RIA Novosti 22 Sep 2011 -- The energy minister of the Libyan rebel government will visit Moscow soon to discuss Russian contracts in the country.
- Amid escalating violence, UN human rights chief urges halt to abuses in Yemen UN News Centre 22 Sep 2011 -- The UN human rights chief urged the Government and opposition groups in Yemen to begin a genuine dialogue to prevent further violence.
- 9 Killed in Yemen's Capital VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- The death toll from five days of clashes between pro- and anti-government forces in Yemen neared 100 on Thursday after renewed fighting erupted in the capital, Sana'a.
- YEMEN: Hospitals struggling to cope as violence escalates IRIN 22 Sep 2011 -- Hospitals in the Yemeni capital Sana’a are struggling to cope with a stream of patients - victims of the violence that has gripped the country since February.
- ASEAN Maritime Specialists Discuss Guidelines to Resolve S. China Sea Dispute VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- Maritime specialists from across Southeast Asia are meeting in Manila to discuss a Philippine proposal for avoiding future conflicts in disputed territory in the South China Sea.
- Somaliland Delegation to Visit Mogadishu in Historic Trip VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- Somaliland plans to send a delegation to Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Saturday, in what would mark the breakaway region's first official visit there in more than 20 years.
- South Sudan President Meets With Obama VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has pledged to remain committed to helping the people of South Sudan, but called on President Salva Kiir to work on resolving issues remaining with neighboring Sudan.
- DR Congo calls for UN mission to move from peacekeeping to development UN News Centre 22 Sep 2011 -- With peace returning to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), President Joseph Kabila today called for a reappraisal of the United Nations mission which had helped to bring stability to the vast country, moving its focus away from peacekeeping to economic development.
- Deputy defense minister: Iranian territory cleared of PJAK terrorists IRNA 22 Sep 2011 -- Deputy Defense Minister for Political Affairs Naser Dehqan said the Iranian territory was cleared of members of the PJAK terrorist group.
- OSCE Welcomes Announced Resumption Of Transdniester Talks After Five Years RFE/RL 22 Sep 2011 -- The OSCE has welcomed the announced resumption of internationally-mediated talks on the Transdniester dispute.
- Moldova Hails Agreement On Resumption Of Transdniester Talks RFE/RL 22 Sep 2011 -- The Moldovan government has welcomed an agreement reached in Moscow on the resumption of official talks on resolving the conflict over the disputed Transdniester region.
- One dead, 60 injured in Makhachkala twin blasts RIA Novosti 22 Sep 2011 -- One person was killed and 61 injured in twin blasts in Dagestan's capital Makhachkala.
- Cyprus committed to reunification, President tells General Assembly UN News Centre 22 Sep 2011 -- The President of Cyprus told the General Assembly today that his administration remains committed to a mutually-agreed reunification of the Mediterranean island and ending what he described as the “occupation and illegal colonization of settlers by Turkey” in parts of Cyprus.
- Khmer Rouge Court to Try Former Leaders Crime by Crime VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- The Khmer Rouge tribunal said Thursday it would try the four elderly leaders of the ultra-Maoist movement that ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979 on a charge-by-charge basis.
- European court to decide on Georgia's lawsuit against Russia RIA Novosti 22 Sep 2011 -- The European Court for Human Rights will decide whether it should consider Georgian lawsuit concerning the 2008 war with Russia.
- Croatian President Says No Innocents Will Be Convicted of War Crimes VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- Croatian President Ivo Josipovic says Croatia will work to ensure that no one who is innocent will be convicted of war crimes.
- Secretary Clinton Remarks With Tunisian Foreign Minister Mouldi Kefi at Signing Ceremony US Dept. of State 22 Sep 2011
- Clinton, Panetta to Meet With Gulf Council Ministers AFPS 22 Sep 2011 -- U.S. leaders are committed to maintaining strong relationships with Persian Gulf nations and to bolstering security in the region, senior administration officials said.
- Arab Spring shows ‘new way of working’ needed at UN, United Kingdom says UN News Centre 22 Sep 2011 -- The UN must act with vigour to ensure people everywhere are able to enjoy important freedoms and opportunities, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom said.
- Ahmadinejad Speech Triggers Western Walkout VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- Diplomats from the US and Europe walked out of the U.N. General Assembly amid a strident address by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
- Western Nations Walk Out During Iranian Leader's UN Speech RFE/RL 22 Sep 2011 -- The U.S. delegation to the UN led a mass walkout in the General Assembly after Iranian President Ahmadinejad delivered a speech.
- New global order needed to defeat tyranny and misery, Iranian leader tells UN UN News Centre 22 Sep 2011 -- Iran’s President today called for a new global order, telling the General Assembly that “slave masters and colonial powers” dominate international affairs.
- Iran's Ahmadinejad attacks 'arrogant powers' in UN speech RIA Novosti 22 Sep 2011 -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used his speech at the UN General Assembly to accuse the U.S. and other Western powers of a range of crimes.
- Islamic awakening is evident more than any other time: President IRNA 22 Sep 2011 -- Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that today more than any other time the world is witnessing vast awakening in Muslim countries throughout Asia, Europe and America.
- '5 plus 1' group still committed to diplomacy with Iran: Ashton IRNA 22 Sep 2011 -- The US, Russia, China, France, Britain and German reiterated the need to pursue a negotiated solution with Iran over its nuclear issue.
- Iran 'in talks' with Russia over new nuclear sites RIA Novosti 22 Sep 2011 -- Iran is in talks with Russia to build new nuclear facilities, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said.
- Freed US Hikers Enjoy Family Reunions in Oman VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- Two American hikers released from an Iranian prison after more than two years in custody have spent their first full day of freedom with relatives in the Gulf State of Oman.
- Syria Says Ambush Kills 5 Security Personnel VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- Syrian state media say "armed terrorist groups" have killed five security personnel and wounded 17 others in an attack in southern Syria.
- Former Ivorian Ruling Party Quits Election Commission VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- Ivory Coast's former ruling party has pulled out of the electoral commission, saying the new government refuses to include opponents in planning for coming parliamentary polls.
- Thai Government Announces Sweeping Legal Review VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- Thailand’s government says it will review hundreds of prosecutions since the 2006 military coup that led to years of political turmoil.
- Zambia Opposition Leader Sata to Assumes Presidency Friday VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- Zambia’s Chief Justice is scheduled to swear-in veteran opposition leader Michael Sata as the country’s new president Friday.
- Zambians Anxious to Hear Outcome of General, Presidential Poll VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- There have been sporadic incidents of violence in Zambia as the country waits anxiously to hear the outcome of national elections held Tuesday.
- Riots in Zambia as Country Nervously Awaits Election Results VOA 22 Sep 2011 -- Violent protests broke out in north-central Zambia Thursday as the county awaited final results in a tight presidential race.
- Statement by the Press Secretary on the 10th Anniversary of the Durban Conference The White House 22 Sep 2011
- UN officials call for more action to ‘stem the tide’ of racism and intolerance UN News Centre 22 Sep 2011 -- Ten years after a global conference in Durban, South Africa, sought to uproot all forms of racism, much progress has been made.
- First Women Convicted In France For Wearing Islamic Face Veil RFE/RL 22 Sep 2011 -- A French has convicted and fined two women for wearing Islamic face veils in public in defiance of a ban which came in effect in April.
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