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17 December 2013 Military News

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  • Snowden Offers Brazil Spying Info in Exchange for Asylum VOA 17 Dec 2013 -- Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden wrote an open letter to the people of Brazil, published Tuesday in the newspaper Folha de So Paulo. In the letter he asks for asylum, the second time he's done so.
  • US Judge Rules NSA Phone Spying Is Likely Illegal RIA Novosti 17 Dec 2013 -- A US federal judge on Monday ruled that the US government's mass collection of telephone data is probably illegal, a decision praised by fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who first disclosed the surveillance program.
  • Russia, Ukraine reach trade deal on bonds, gas price Iran Press TV 17 Dec 2013 -- Russia and Ukraine have reached a strategic economic and trade agreement under which Kiev is given significant discounts on Russian gas price and billions of dollars in credit.
  • Putin Pledges Billions, Cheaper Gas To Yanukovych RFE/RL 17 Dec 2013 -- Russia has promised Ukraine $15 billion in loans and cheaper natural gas amid ongoing protests in Kyiv calling for closer ties with the European Union rather than Moscow.
  • For Ukraine's Neighbors, Euromaidan Is A Revolution For All RFE/RL 17 Dec 2013 -- Among the dozens of tents lining Ukraine's Independence Square is one bearing the distinctive red-and-white five-cross flag of Georgia.
  • Russia Promises Ukraine Cheaper Gas, $15 Billion Loan VOA 17 Dec 2013 -- Russia has promised to reduce the price of natural gas exports to Ukraine by a third and lend it $15 billion, as pro-European Union demonstrations continue in the capital Kiev and other Ukrainian cities.
  • FM: Pressures lead to production of 18,000 centrifuges IRNA 17 Dec 2013 -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday that pressures exerted on Iran by the West not only were not effective but also they have led to the production of some 18,000 centrifuges in the country.
  • Iran, G5+1 to resume expert talks ISNA 17 Dec 2013 -- A senior member of Iranian nuclear negotiating team Abbas Araqchi said Iran and the G5+1 have agreed to resume expert nuclear talks.
  • Iran dissatisfied with US over deal implementation: Official Iran Press TV 17 Dec 2013 -- Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham says Tehran has informed US Secretary of State John Kerry of the Islamic Republic's dissatisfaction with Washington over the implementation process of the Geneva interim deal.
  • Iran, Sextet will continue nuclear talks: Araqchi Iran Press TV 17 Dec 2013 -- A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator says the Islamic Republic will continue talks with the six major world powers on its nuclear energy program.
  • Stage set for final nuclear deal: Advisor to Leader Iran Press TV 17 Dec 2013 -- A top advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has underlined Iran's resolve to continue its nuclear talks with the Sextet of world powers, saying the ground is prepared for a final deal.
  • National Memorial Service Held to Mark 2nd Anniversary of Demise of Kim Jong Il KCNA 17 Dec 2013 -- A national memorial service was held solemnly in Pyongyang on Tuesday, the second anniversary of demise of General Secretary Kim Jong Il.
  • Kim Jong Un Visits Kumsusan Palace of Sun KCNA 17 Dec 2013 -- Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, together with Ri Sol Ju, visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on Tuesday, the 2nd anniversary of demise of General Secretary Kim Jong Il.
  • Promises, Promises: Moscow's Record Of Broken Aid Pledges RFE/RL 17 Dec 2013 -- When Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych in Moscow on December 17, many believed he was likely to make some kind of aid pledge designed to shore up his embattled ally and keep Kyiv in the Kremlin's orbit.
  • Health official urges caution as more H7N9 cases reported in China CNA 17 Dec 2013 -- People traveling to China should take health precautions as 10 more H7N9 avian flu cases have been reported there since October, Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center said Tuesday.
  • Security Council extends UN counter-terrorism body for another four years UN News Centre 17 Dec 2013 -- The Security Council today extended the mandate of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) – an expert body that functions as a United Nations special political mission – for another four years.
  • Philippines: UN ramps up aid for 6 million child victims of Typhoon Haiyan UN News Centre 17 Dec 2013 -- With the lives of nearly six million children disrupted by the typhoon that devastated the Philippines a month ago, 1.4 million of whom lost their family homes, the United Nations is forging ahead with long-term programmes to restore schooling, protection, vaccination and other child services.
  • Final Deal Signed To Send Azerbaijani Gas To Europe RFE/RL 17 Dec 2013 -- The consortium developing Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz-2 natural-gas project has signed a final investment agreement, paving the way for the first deliveries to Europe.



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