16 June 2012 Military News
- Afghan lightning strike Army News 16 Jun 2012 -- Afghan soldiers from 4th Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 205th Corps graduated from the first ever Rado Barq Zadan "Lightning Strike" Pathfinder academy.
- Corps of Engineers announces upcoming contracts Army News 16 Jun 2012 -- The Afghanistan Engineer District-South announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has 52 construction and service contracts, worth a total of almost $712 million, to award in southern Afghanistan before the end of fiscal year 2012.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Cold War U-2 pilot gets posthumous Silver Star AFNS 16 Jun 2012 -- More than 50 years after his U-2 aircraft was shot down over the former Soviet Union, Capt. Francis Gary Powers posthumously received one of the military's highest decorations during a ceremony here at the Pentagon June 15.
- Weapons school integrates cyber warfare AFNS 16 Jun 2012 -- Eight Air Force weapons officers completed the first cyber weapons instructor course at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, 328th Weapons Squadron, June 16 here.
- Air Force space vehicle comes in for a landing AFNS 16 Jun 2012 -- The Air Force's unmanned, reusable space plane landed in the early morning of June 16 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., a successful conclusion to a record-setting test-flight mission that began March 5 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
- Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Dies RIA Novosti 16 Jun 2012 -- The crown prince of Saudi Arabia died 'outside the kingdom' on Saturday, al Jazeera television reported citing state media.
- Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Dies VOA 16 Jun 2012 -- Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud has died. He was in his late 70s.
- Polls open in Egypt after military shuts down parliament IRNA 16 Jun 2012 -- Polls opened on Saturday as Egyptians began two days of voting in the country's presidential runoff election, choosing between ousted President Hosni Mubarak's former prime minister and an Islamist candidate.
- Egyptians Vote in Presidential Run-Off RIA Novosti 16 Jun 2012 -- Egyptians are going to the polls in the second round of presidential elections, the first since Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down by an uprising in February last year.
- Low Turnout for Egyptian Presidential Run-Off VOA 16 Jun 2012 -- Voting in Egypt's presidential election got off to a slow start Saturday, the first of two days of balloting to select either an old guard candidate, an Islamist, or neither one.
- Myanmar's Suu Kyi Accepts 1991 Nobel Peace Prize RFE/RL 16 Jun 2012 -- Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday accepted the Nobel Peace Prize that she was awarded in absentia in 1991.
- UN Reiterates Concern over Humanitarian Situation in N.Korea RIA Novosti 16 Jun 2012 -- The humanitarian situation in North Korea is still tense and raising money for people requiring help there is complicated due to isolation of the reclusive communist state, UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said in an interview with RIA Novosti.
- Larijani: Nothing can affect Iran-G5+1 talks in Moscow IRNA 16 Jun 2012 -- Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani says no external factor or ballyhoo can affect the Moscow talks between Iran and the G5+1.
- Japanese Prime Minister OKs Restart Of Two Nuclear Reactors RFE/RL 16 Jun 2012 -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has ordered the restart of two nuclear reactors, the first restart since an earthquake and tsunami caused a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in March 2011.
- Japan OK's Restart for Two Nuke Reactors VOA 16 Jun 2012 -- Japan's government has given consent for a pair of nuclear power reactors to go back online. It is the first such approval since the Fukushima disaster 15 months ago. At present, all reactors in the country, which has scant natural resources, are offline.
- Pakistani Authorities Look For Safer Place To Incarcerate 'Bin Laden Doctor' RFE/RL 15 Jun 2012 -- Just weeks after a doctor who helped uncover Osama bin Laden's hideout was sentenced to a lengthy prison term in Pakistan, local authorities are looking for a more secure facility to house the divisive physician out of concerns for his safety.
- First Chinese Woman Astronaut Goes Into Space RFE/RL 16 Jun 2012 -- China has launched a rocket carrying its first woman into space along with two fellow male astronauts.
- China Launches First Woman into Space VOA 16 Jun 2012 -- China successfully launched its first woman astronaut into orbit on a mission that marks an important step in the country's plans to build a permanent space station.
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