04 December 2011 Military News
- ISAF Releases Statement on Missing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Dec 5, 2011 ISAF 04 Dec 2011
- Ban meets with Afghan President ahead of international conference UN News Centre 04 Dec 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday stressed the unity of the international community in supporting Afghanistan for the long term, as he met with President Hamid Karzai in Bonn, Germany, ahead of the conference set to convene there on Monday.
- Delegates Arrive For Conference on Future of Afghanistan VOA 04 Dec 2011 -- Delegates from around the world are gathering in Bonn, Germany for a conference on the future of Afghanistan.
- NATO reports missing spy drone: DPA IRNA 04 Dec 2011 -- A US drone flying over western Afghanistan had gone out of control late last week and maybe the one Iran said it had shot down over its own airspace, the German Press Agency DPA quoted NATO as saying Sunday.
- US spy drone shot down in eastern Iran: military official IRNA 04 Dec 2011 -- A US spy drone was shot down by Iranian armed forces in east of the country, said an informed military official Sunday.
- US Official Disputes Reports Iran Shot Down US Drone VOA 04 Dec 2011 -- A U.S. official on Sunday disputed reports in the Iranian media that Iran's armed forces shot down an unmanned U.S. reconnaissance drone that violated its airspace.
Defense Policy / Programs
- USS Carl Vinson Welcomes Commander Naval Air Forces NNS 04 Dec 2011 -- The commander of Naval Air Forces visited Sailors aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during the ship's underway operations off the coast of California, Dec. 3.
- Syria Faces New Sanctions as Violence Continues VOA 04 Dec 2011 -- Syria faced new sanctions Sunday after ignoring an Arab League deadline to let observers into the country as part of a plan to end a military crackdown on protests, which the U.N. says has killed at least 4,000 people.
- United Russia Leads Vote Count, But With Sharp Drop In Support RFE/RL 04 Dec 2011 -- The ruling United Russia party has suffered a dramatic drop in support in national legislative elections but appears poised to hang onto its majority in the State Duma, albeit barely.
- Allegations Of Electoral Violations Made Across Russia - And Online RFE/RL 04 Dec 2011 -- A video posted on YouTube appears to show a group of young people being bused from polling station to polling station in Moscow, casting ballots over and over again for the ruling United Russia party in the December 4 legislative elections.
- Exit Poll: Russian Ruling Party's Majority In Doubt RFE/RL 04 Dec 2011 -- An exit poll broadcast on state television says Russia's ruling party, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's United Russia, is set to win parliamentary elections with less than 50 percent of the vote, putting its majority in doubt.
- Putin says election results 'optimal,' 'reflect real situation in country' RIA Novosti 04 Dec 2011 -- The results of the vote on Sunday in Russia's parliamentary elections were 'optimal' and 'really reflect the situation in the country,' Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said as early election results showed his United Russia party had suffered siginificant losses at the polls.
- Putin party fails to win Duma majority: exit polls RIA Novosti 04 Dec 2011 -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's United Russia party failed on Sunday to win a majority in legislative elections, exit polls showed, confounding forecasts and confirming waning popular enthusiasm for the country's dominant political organization.
- Russia votes for parliament in test for Putin leadership RIA Novosti 04 Dec 2011 -- Russians vote Sunday in parliamentary elections that will test the country's trust in Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his ruling party amid growing impatience with corrupt and ineffective government.
- Russia sends Black Sea Fleet ship to Mediterranean RIA Novosti 04 Dec 2011 -- The Ladny patrol ship of Russia's Black Sea Fleet has left its home port of Sevastopol and headed to the Mediterranean Sea to join a group of ships of the Russian Northern and Baltic Fleets, the Russian Black Sea Fleet spokesman said on Sunday.
- Observers register no violations in Duma poll, ministry reports election breaches RIA Novosti 04 Dec 2011 -- International observers monitoring Russia's parliamentary elections seen as a crucial test for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his ruling party registered no violations during Sunday's vote while the Interior Ministry reported hundreds of electoral breaches.
- No violations at Russia's parliamentary elections - observers RIA Novosti 04 Dec 2011 -- International observers monitoring Russia's parliamentary elections seen as a crucial test for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his ruling United Russia party, said on Sunday they registered no violations during the voting.
- Russian Ruling Party Weakened as Voters Choose New Parliament VOA 04 Dec 2011 -- Russia's Prime Minister is hoping for a renewed mandate from Sunday's parliamentary elections. Instead, Vladimir Putin's political party appears to have lost ground.
- Egypt's Islamists Take Commanding Lead in Elections VOA 04 Dec 2011 -- Partial results from Egypt's first round of parliamentary elections last week indicate Islamist parties captured an overwhelming majority of votes.
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