25 November 2012 Military News
- Kabul Closes Universities After Sectarian Clashes RFE/RL 25 Nov 2012 -- Afghanistan has closed down three major public universities in the capital, Kabul, for more than a week after sectarian clashes left one student dead and nearly 30 others wounded.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Marines train with Osprey at Ie Shima USMC News 25 Nov 2012 -- Marines conducted dual-point external training with an MV-22B Osprey at Ie Shima, Okinawa, Oct. 25. Landing support specialists with Combat Logistics Regiment 37, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, supported Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 during external training, which consists of lifting a 7,000-pound concrete block and moving it to different locations around a landing zone.
- Chinese Naval Jet Performs First Deck Landing RIA Novosti 25 Nov 2012 -- A Chinese Shenyang J-15 fighter jet has successfully carried out the first arrested deck landing on the country's only aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, Xinhua reported on Sunday citing naval sources.
- Defense ministry mulling plan to recruit more female soldiers CNA 25 Nov 2012 -- The Ministry of National Defense is considering recruiting more women into the military, in light of the fact that females are showing increasing interest in serving, according to a ministry spokesman.
- Syrian Rebels Claim Capture of Helicopter Base Near Damascus VOA 25 Nov 2012 -- Syrian rebels say they have captured a government helicopter base near Damascus as they try to close in on President Bashar al-Assad's seat of power in the capital.
- Gaza Cease-Fire Holds Amid Signs of Normalcy VOA 25 Nov 2012 -- A cease-fire that ended eight-days of fighting between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip is now in its fifth day.
- UN chief welcomes African leaders' call on M23 rebels to stop war in DR Congo UN News Centre 25 Nov 2012 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed a joint statement issued by the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Joseph Kabila Kabange, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, calling on the 23 March Movement (M23) rebel group to immediately cease fire in Eastern DRC.
- Regional Ultimatum to M23 Rebels Expires Monday VOA 25 Nov 2012 -- A regional leaders' ultimatum to the M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo to withdraw from North Kivu's capital, Goma, expires Monday, according to a spokesman for Uganda's government.
- Taiwan's top cross-strait negotiator to visit China in December CNA 25 Nov 2012 -- Taiwan's top negotiator with China said Sunday he has organized two trips to China in December to address the education problems faced by children of Taiwanese business people based there.
- Anti-Morsi Protest in Egypt Turns Deadly, Stocks Tumble VOA 25 Nov 2012 -- Opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi have stormed an office of his Muslim Brotherhood movement in the country's north, triggering a fight that killed one person and wounded at least 40 others.
- Egypt's Judicial Council Calls On Morsi To Limit Powers RFE/RL 25 Nov 2012 -- Egypt's Supreme Judicial Council has said President Muhammad Morsi's assumption of sweeping powers should be limited to "acts of sovereignty."
- Egypt Judges Protest Morsi Decree RIA Novosti 25 Nov 2012 -- Egypt's judges union has called for 'the nationwide suspension of work in all courts and prosecution administrations' in protest against President Mohamed Morsi's new constitutional declaration, which gives him sweeping new powers.
- Suicide Bombers Attack Nigerian Military Church VOA 25 Nov 2012 -- Twin suicide bombers have attacked a church inside a military base in Nigeria's Kaduna State, a volatile area known for sectarian and religious violence. Reuters news agency quotes a military spokesman as saying 11 people were killed and dozens injured.
- Basque Separatists Say 'Ready to Disband' RIA Novosti 25 Nov 2012 -- Spain's Basque separatist group ETA has said it is ready to disband and enter talks with the French and Spanish governments if certain conditions are met, a Basque news site reported.
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