22 February 2014 Military News
- 'Stop killing civilians,' senior UN official urges the Taliban ahead of national vote UN News Centre 22 Feb 2014 -- Ahead of Afghanistan's national elections, the top United Nations official in the country is calling on the Taliban to stop attempts to disrupt the electoral process and to act in accordance with international law.
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- CTF 76 Completes Cobra Gold NNS 22 Feb 2014 -- Commander, Task Force (CTF) 76 and assigned forces completed Cobra Gold 2014, the U.S./Thai-led annual combined-joint training exercise aimed at developing interoperability and unity among participating nations, as closing ceremonies were held Feb. 21.
- Somerset Arrives in Philadelphia for Commissioning NNS 22 Feb 2014 -- The Navy's newest amphibious transport dock ship, Pre-commissioning Unit Somerset (LPD 25) arrived at its commissioning site of Philadelphia, Feb. 21 in preparation for its commissioning ceremony, March 1.
- Bilateral U.S., Japan missile defense exercise promotes security and integration AFNS 22 Feb 2014 -- Personnel from the U.S. military and Japan Self Defense Forces engaged in the week-long Integrated Air and Missile Defense Wargame V here to strengthen ties between the two nations and unite missile defense operations through bilateral training.
- Denver Conducts Survivability Exercise NNS 22 Feb 2014 -- Sailors aboard the Austin-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9) conducted a total ship survivability exercise (TSSE), Feb. 19.
- PCU Detroit Unveils Official Crest During Ceremony NNS 22 Feb 2014 -- The future Freedom-class littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Detroit (LCS 7) unveiled its official crest during a ceremony at Mariner's Park on board Naval Base San Diego, Feb. 21.
- New aircraft carrier to be named by the Queen UK MOD 22 Feb 2014 -- Her Majesty The Queen will officially name the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth at a ceremony in Scotland this summer.
- Syrian Kurds capture town from al-Qaeda-linked militants Iran Press TV 22 Feb 2014 -- Kurdish fighters in Syria say they have captured a town in the northeastern part of the country near the Iraqi border after days of combat with al-Qaeda-linked militants.
- UNSC demands immediate aid access across Syria Iran Press TV 22 Feb 2014 -- The United Nations Security Council has unanimously passed a resolution demanding humanitarian aid convoys be allowed to access millions of Syrians.
- UN Security Council Passes Resolution on Aid Access to Syria RIA Novosti 22 Feb 2014 -- The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution on Saturday demanding the Syrian government allow unhindered humanitarian access to all regions of the country, the UN said on its website.
- Unanimously approved, Security Council resolution demands aid access in Syria UN News Centre 22 Feb 2014 -- The United Nations Security Council today unanimously approved a resolution to boost humanitarian aid access in Syria, a move Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said can ease some civilian suffering, if it is implemented quickly and in good faith.
- UN Orders Syria Humanitarian Aid Access VOA 22 Feb 2014 -- The U.N. Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution on Syria's humanitarian crisis, demanding that both sides in the conflict provide immediate access to deliver essential aid to millions of people in desperate need.
- Iraqi forces retake control of Sulaiman Bek from ISIL Iran Press TV 22 Feb 2014 -- Iraqi security forces have retaken the northern town of Sulaiman Bek from al-Qaeda-linked militants after days of heavy fighting in the area, an official said.
- China expresses 'strong indignation, firm opposition' against Obama-Dalai Lama meeting People's Daily 22 Feb 2014 -- Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui on Friday night summoned Daniel Kritenbrink, charge d'affaires of U.S. embassy in China, to lodge solemn representations for U.S. President Barack Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama regardless of China's strong opposition.
- Xi's cross-Strait speech shows courage to break ground of political issues People's Daily 22 Feb 2014 -- Xi Jinping's recent speech on cross-Strait relations showed the courage and commitment to face up to political differences, said the mainland's Taiwan affairs chief here Friday.
- Commentary: Xi takes cross-Strait ties new level People's Daily 22 Feb 2014 -- Remarks on mainland-Taiwan relations by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, could be raising cross-Strait ties to a new high.
- US gen. calls for China-Japan dialog over disputed islands Iran Press TV 22 Feb 2014 -- US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno has called for a dialog between China and Japan amid a simmering territorial dispute over a set of islands.
- Upper Nile must keep crude flowing: South Sudan Iran Press TV 22 Feb 2014 -- The South Sudanese government has reversed a plan by local officials in the oil-rich state of Upper Nile to partially shut down oil production amid the ongoing violence in the area.
- EU troops expected to arrive in CAR in early March Iran Press TV 22 Feb 2014 -- The European Union (EU) is to dispatch at least 500 forces to the Central African Republic (CAR) in March to help contain the violence in the strife-torn country, a Greek minister says.
- 'You are not alone,' Ban tells people of Central African Republic in appeal to end conflict UN News Centre 22 Feb 2014 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has again taken to the airwaves to deliver a personal appeal to the people of strife-riven Central African Republic (CAR) to lay down their weapons, come together, and end the spiralling bloodshed and inter-communal violence that has plagued the country for months on end.
- Civil War? Coup? Fascism? Ukraine's Unrest Provokes Inflammatory Language RFE/RL 22 Feb 2014 -- A civil war? A coup? A terrorist insurrection, or a fascist uprising? RFE/RL takes a look at some of the loaded language that has been used during Ukraine's political crisis.
- Ukrainian border guards refuse Yanukovich's plane exit country VoR 23 Feb 2014 -- Ukrainian border guards refused to allow a charter aircraft with President Viktor Yanukovich to take off from the Donetsk airport in the country's east, local UNN news agency reported.
- Freed Ukrainian ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko plans to runs for presidency VoR 22 Feb 2014 -- Ukrainian ex-premier, Yulia Timoshenko, says she would run for the top office. Presidential elections in Ukraine are scheduled for May 25. Timoshenko, who has now been freed from jail, has left a Kharkov clinic and travelled to Kiev by special flight.
- Tymoshenko Urges Protesters To Carry On RFE/RL 22 Feb 2014 -- Ukraine's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has urged antigovernment demonstrators on Kyiv's Independence Square not to abandon their protests, despite moves by parliament to dismiss President Viktor Yanukovych and schedule early presidential elections in May.
- Tymoshenko tells Kiev protesters to keep up protests VoR 22 Feb 2014 -- Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko urged President Viktor Yanukovich's opponents on Saturday not to abandon their protests in central Kiev even though parliament has voted to oust him.
- As Pace Of Political Change Picks Up In Kyiv, Eastern Ukraine Balks RFE/RL 22 Feb 2014 -- While lawmakers in Kyiv were adopting resolutions and making appointments with breakneck speed, including dismissing President Viktor Yanukovych, a rump group of local officials and lawmakers from the formerly ruling Party of Regions met in the eastern city of Kharkiv for a hastily assembled congress.
- White House Hails Tymoshenko Release, Russia Warns Against 'Extremists' RFE/RL 22 Feb 2014 -- The United States says that developments in Ukraine on February 22 could help 'a de-escalation of violence, constitutional change, a coalition government, and early elections.'
- Parliament in Ukraine Impeaches President, Calls May 25 Vote RIA Novosti 22 Feb 2014 -- Ukraine's parliament voted Saturday to impeach the president as opposition parties rushed to consolidate their apparently growing hold on authority in the former Soviet nation.
- Parliament Votes to Oust Ukraine President; Ex-PM Tymoshenko Freed VOA 22 Feb 2014 -- Ukrainians gave newly-freed opposition leader and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko a hero's welcome as she addressed protesters in Kiev Saturday, where she urged them to continue demonstrations.
- Ukrainian Parliament Votes To Oust President, Tymoshenko Released From Jail RFE/RL 22 Feb 2014 -- Ukraine's parliament has voted to dismiss President Viktor Yanukovych and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been released from jail.
- Ukraine Parliament Votes to Release Tymoshenko From Jail RIA Novosti 22 Feb 2014 -- Ukraine's parliament voted Saturday to release former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko from jail in a session that also saw the appointment of a new Interior Minister and the dismissal of the country's top prosecutor.
- Yanukovych slams Ukraine events as coup Iran Press TV 22 Feb 2014 -- Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych has described as a coup the events that happened after he signed a deal with the opposition to end almost three months of unrest in the country.
- Ukrainian lawmakers vote to oust President Yanukovych Iran Press TV 22 Feb 2014 -- Ukraine parliament has voted to remove President Viktor Yanukovych from power only hours after he left Kiev for the northeastern city of Kharkov and denounced the events in the capital as a coup.
- Ukrainian President Leaves Kyiv, Parliament Speaker Resigns RFE/RL 22 Feb 2014 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has left Kyiv and his presidential offices in Kyiv have been left unguarded, with opposition protesters apparently in full control of the government district.
- Ukraine's West, Crucible for Protest and Model of New Order RIA Novosti 22 Feb 2014 -- As battles raged on the streets of Ukraine's capital in the bloodiest week of a three month-long uprising, the city of Lviv was already installing a new order.
- Ukraine mourning killed in protests amid MPs' atempts to topple Yanukovych VoR 22 Feb 2014 -- In spite of yesterday's peace deal sealed between Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and protest leaders, people still remain in the Kiev streets waiting for the latest developments and moves of the country's leadership.
- In Ukraine, Mourning Amid Political Drama VOA 22 Feb 2014 -- It was a day of mourning on Kiev's Independence Square for the dozens of people killed during the past week's clashes between police and pro-reform protesters, but it played out against a backdrop of political high drama.
- Obama, Putin Hold 'Constructive' Call on Ukraine Crisis RIA Novosti 22 Feb 2014 -- US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday discussed the implementation of a plan to resolve the bloody conflict in Ukraine, a conversation one senior US official described as "constructive."
- Putin, Obama hold 'constructive' talks on Ukraine VoR 22 Feb 2014 -- US President Barack Obama had a 'constructive' phone call with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Friday and agreed it was important that Ukraine's peace agreement be implemented quickly and that its economy is stabilized, a senior State Department official said on Friday.
- DPRK refutes UN report on its human rights People's Daily 22 Feb 2014 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Friday 'categorically' denounced a U.N. report on its human rights as 'sheer fabrication' and 'politically- motivated provocation.'
- UN Report Helps Cross-Border Korean Reunions VOA 22 Feb 2014 -- An unprecedented United Nations report this week, condemning North Korea for crimes against humanity, may have helped ensure cross border reunions of families divided since the Korean War. But political analysts warn the report may also encourage Pyongyang to further build up its military and nuclear weapons programs.
- North Korea rejects UN human rights report as 'lies and fabrications' VoR 22 Feb 2014 -- North Korea on Saturday rejected the findings of a UN panel, which accused the state of crimes against humanity that evoked Nazi-era atrocities, saying they were based on 'lies and fabrications deliberately cooked up by hostile forces and riff-raffs.'
- N Korea rejects UN human rights report as 'fabrication' VoR 22 Feb 2014 -- North Korea on Friday 'categorically' rejected a UN report on its human rights record, accusing it of being a 'sheer fabrication' invented by the United States and its allies.
- Deputy Minister: Pakistan's measures for securing joint borders not 'enough' ISNA 22 Feb 2014 -- Iranian Deputy Interior Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour said Pakistan's measures for securing joint borders with Iran have not been sufficient.
- Most-Wanted Drug Kingpin Captured in Mexico VOA 22 Feb 2014 -- The world's most wanted drug lord, Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, is behind bars after Mexican and U.S. agents captured him Saturday at a hotel in the Mexican resort of Mazatlan.
- Kerry criticizes Venezuela's use of force against protesters Iran Press TV 22 Feb 2014 -- The United States has strongly criticized Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for use of force and violence against anti-government protesters.
- Venezuelan pro-, anti-govt. supporters to hold fresh rallies Iran Press TV 22 Feb 2014 -- Venezuela is embroiled in tensions with both supporters and opponents of President Nicolas Maduro planning to hold rival rallies in the capital Caracas and elsewhere in the country.
- Venezuelans Hold Rival Protests VOA 22 Feb 2014 -- Supporters and opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro held rival marches Saturday in Caracas as he summoned all sides to what he described as a peace conference in the coming days.
- Malawi Government to Release 'Cashgate' Audit Report VOA 22 Feb 2014 -- A British forensic audit report on Malawi's 'Cashgate' scandal has been turned over to the government. The report is expected to detail how more than $250 million of taxpayers' money was looted from government coffers between April and September of last year in what is known as the Cashgate scandal.
- Iceland no longer willing to join EU, referendum canceled - Icelandic MPs VoR 22 Feb 2014 -- Iceland's government supported the proposal of Foreign Minister of the country Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson to drop the plan of joining the EU. The night before both the Progressive Party and the Independence Party reached an agreement to withdraw its application for accession to the European Union, Icelandic State TV and Radio Broadcasting Service reports.
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