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03 December 2013 Military News

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  • NATO Urges Karzai to Sign Troop Agreement VOA 03 Dec 2013 -- NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels are urging Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign a security pact with the United States that would allow foreign troops to remain in Afghanistan beyond the end of the NATO combat mission there next year. President Karzai wants to delay that signing until after Afghan elections.
  • NATO Chief Says U.S., Afghan Pact Crucial RFE/RL 03 Dec 2013 -- The head of NATO says the military alliance will have to pull all its troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014 if Afghan President Hamid Karzai does not sign a security pact with the United States.
  • Rasmussen Urges Afghanistan to Sign Security Agreement AFPS 03 Dec 2013 -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen opened the NATO Foreign Ministerial in Brussels today welcoming the Loya Jirga's endorsement of the U.S.-Afghan security accord and urging the Afghan government give it a "timely signature."
  • NATO Secretary General looks forward to timely signature of US-Afghan security accord NATO 03 Dec 2013 -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen welcomed the recent Loya Jirga's endorsement of the Bilateral Security Agreement between the United States and Afghanistan and said that he looks forward to "its timely signature," during a short meeting with the media on Tuesday (3 December 2013) at the start of a two-day NATO Foreign Ministerial.
  • HMS Illustrious in the Philippines UK MOD 03 Dec 2013 -- Since arriving in the Philippines, HMS Illustrious and her 'floating warehouse' of emergency supplies have been a hub of activity.
  • RAF Hercules detachment hands over Philippines role UK MOD 03 Dec 2013 -- The RAF C-130 Hercules detachment involved in humanitarian inter-island aid transport has handed over to the Philippines Air Force (PAF).

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  • Seoul: Kim Jong Un Fires Uncle, Executes His Associates VOA 03 Dec 2013 -- South Korea's spy agency believes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may have fired his uncle from a top military post and publicly executed some of his associates.
  • Iran enrichment right enshrined in Geneva deal: Araqchi Iran Press TV 03 Dec 2013 -- Iran Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi says the country's right to uranium enrichment has been enshrined in recent nuclear deal between Tehran and the six major world powers in Geneva.
  • Who's Who In Ukraine's 'EuroMaydan' Protests RFE/RL 02 Dec 2013 -- RFE/RL looks at the politicians and street organizers driving Ukraine's 'EuroMaydan' protests following President Viktor Yanukovych's decision to reject an EU trade deal under pressure from Moscow.
  • Ukraine government survives no-confidence vote Iran Press TV 03 Dec 2013 -- Ukraine Prime Minister Mykola Azarov's cabinet has survived a vote of no confidence as anti-government protesters gather in front of the parliament.
  • Ukrainian Parliament Rejects No-Confidence Vote RFE/RL 03 Dec 2013 -- The Ukrainian parliament has rejected a no-confidence vote against the government.
  • Yanukovych's Base Eroding In Ukraine's Russophone East RFE/RL 03 Dec 2013 -- When political crises erupt in Ukraine, the fault line traditionally runs along the twisting Dnieper River which divides the Europe-oriented western half from the pro-Russian industrial east.
  • Ukraine Rules Out Using Army Against Protesters RIA Novosti 03 Dec 2013 -- Claims that Ukraine's army may be deployed against peaceful protesters are untrue and are merely a provocation, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said Tuesday amid a wave of anti-government protests in Kiev.
  • US Snubs Ukraine for Moldova Amid EU Row RIA Novosti 03 Dec 2013 -- US Secretary of State John Kerry plans to skip a scheduled trip to Ukraine and instead travel to neighboring Moldova to show support for the small ex-Soviet republic's decision to seek closer integration with the European Union, a path Kiev declined to pursue last week.
  • Ukraine's Parliament Defeats No Confidence Vote VOA 03 Dec 2013 -- After two weeks of street protests, Ukraine's parliament has debated and voted on a no confidence motion by Ukraine's opposition. But the hope of protesters, who chanted outside the parliament, were dashed, as the government defeated the move for a vote of no confidence.
  • European Rights Court Holds Hearing on Secret CIA Prison VOA 03 Dec 2013 -- The European Court of Human Rights has begun a hearing on whether Poland ignored human rights abuses by allegedly hosting a secret U.S. prison used by the CIA to interrogate terror suspects.
  • Thai Protests Abruptly Halt Ahead of King's Birthday VOA 03 Dec 2013 -- Following days of clashes in Bangkok, Thailand's prime minister is calling for all segments of society, including protesters, to work together to find a solution to the upheaval in the politically polarized country. A key opposition leader, however, is vowing to continue the struggle to bring down the democratically elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra.

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