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10 December 2013 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
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Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • Texas National Guard Responds to Winter Storm AFPS 10 Dec 2013 -- Citizen-soldiers with the Texas Army National Guard's 176th Engineer Brigade provided support to state and local officials during Winter Storm Cleon, as named by the National Weather Service, in north Texas Dec. 5-9.

Defense Policy / Programs

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • World Leaders Honor Mandela Legacy In Johannesburg RFE/RL 10 Dec 2013 -- and of connecting people with each other...the true meaning of peace.'
  • World Leaders Pay Tribute to Mandela VOA 10 Dec 2013 -- Tens of thousands of South Africans gathered Tuesday to bid farewell to anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, a man loved around the globe for his long, difficult fight to bring equality to South Africa. The event at a Johannesburg soccer stadium brought together dignitaries and celebrities from around the world -- as well as masses of ordinary South Africans who braved long waits and bad weather to pay tribute to the man everyone here knows simply as "Tata."
  • Obama-Castro Handshake Draws Attention at Mandela Tribute VOA 10 Dec 2013 -- Tuesday's memorial service for Nelson Mandela generated some informal diplomacy and political controversy, alongside the praise for the late South African president.
  • Western Diplomats Try to Break Ukraine Political Deadlock VOA 10 Dec 2013 -- As Ukraine's street protests marked their third week, American and EU officials arrived here Tuesday to try to break the deadlock with diplomacy.
  • Russia slams West over Ukraine political crisis Iran Press TV 10 Dec 2013 -- Russia has criticized Western nations for interfering in Ukraine, saying protests against Kiev's decision to back away from an EU deal were destabilizing the former Soviet state.
  • EU Envoy Holds Talks In Kyiv Amid Ongoing Protests RFE/RL 10 Dec 2013 -- EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has held talks with President Viktor Yanukovych in Kyiv in an effort to defuse the political crisis.
  • Ukrainian President Tries to Defuse EU Crisis VOA 10 Dec 2013 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has met with three former Ukrainian presidents and the EU foreign policy chief in an effort to defuse tensions over his refusal to sign a long-anticipated European Union trade deal in favor of closer ties to Russia.
  • S. Korea: North Korea Engaged in 'Reign of Terror' VOA 10 Dec 2013 -- South Korea has called the recently announced political purges at the top of North Korea's leadership a "reign of terror" that could further destabilize their already shaky relations. Meanwhile, North Korean media continue to attack the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un who was very publicly removed from power.
  • Afkham: Removal of all sanctions, final phase of talks IRNA 10 Dec 2013 -- Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said based on Iran's proposed plan the final achievement of the nuclear talks should be the removal of all sanctions including the ones by the United Nations Security Council.
  • Iran sees an end to sanctions as final step of nuclear deal IRNA 10 Dec 2013 -- Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Tuesday that Tehran considers lifting of the arbitrary sanctions as final step of the nuclear deal with the western governments.
  • Experts: Iran-GCC Rapprochement Remains Elusive VOA 10 Dec 2013 -- Following its recent nuclear agreement with the six world powers, analysts say Iran is actively looking to mend fences with its Gulf neighbors. Foreign Minister Mohamed Javad Zarif recently completed a whirlwind tour of four of the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and secured promises of reciprocal visits. But mistrust of Iran runs high in the Gulf, particularly in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and experts say Tehran's recently diplomatic initiative is unlikely to sway its wary neighbors.
  • Concerns Grow Over Libyan Uranium Stockpiles VOA 10 Dec 2013 -- Inspectors from the United Nations nuclear agency will soon begin an assessment of the adequacy of security arrangements for thousands of barrels of yellowcake uranium stockpiled in Libya. The inspection comes amid rising anxiety among Western powers and Libya's neighbors at the lawlessness disrupting the transition from dictatorship to democracy since the ouster two years ago of Moammar Gadhafi.
  • Canada set up spy posts for NSA: Report Iran Press TV 10 Dec 2013 -- Canada has set up covert spying posts around the world and spied on trading partners at the request of the US National Security Agency (NSA), a report shows.
  • Bangladesh Set to Execute Islamist Leader VOA 10 Dec 2013 -- Bangladeshi authorities are preparing to execute a leader of the country's largest Islamist party, who was convicted of mass murder and rape during the country's 1971 independence war against Pakistan.

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