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23 January 2015 Military News

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  • New Saudi King Pledges Continuity VOA 23 Jan 2015 -- New Saudi King Salman is pledging to continue the policies of his half brother, the late King Abdullah, who was buried Friday in the capital, Riyadh.
  • Saudi King's Death Clears Succession Route VOA 23 Jan 2015 -- Within hours of ascending the throne in Saudi Arabia, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud announced a decision that settles a long-standing question of succession and, according to analysts, opens the way for a new generation to lead the Kingdom and perhaps institute awaited reforms.
  • New Saudi king vows to continue predecessor's policies Iran Press TV 23 Jan 2015 -- King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud's successor and half-brother Salman promises to follow in the footsteps of the late Saudi monarch.
  • Meet the New King of Oil: Salman bin Abdulaziz Sputnik 23 Jan 2015 -- Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, 79, a former Minister of Defense and governor of the province of Riyadh, has been named the seventh King of Saudi Arabia following the death of his brother, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who was 90 years old when he passed away.
  • Saudi King Abdullah Dies At 90 RFE/RL 23 Jan 2015 -- State TV in Saudi Arabia has announced King Abdullah has died after ruling as king for ten years. He was 90.
  • Obituary: Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Is Dead At 90 RFE/RL 23 Jan 2015 -- King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz al Saud, who ruled Saudi Arabia since 1996, has died at the age of 90.
  • Saudi Arabia holds funeral for late King Abdullah Iran Press TV 23 Jan 2015 -- Saudi Arabia has held the funeral ceremony of the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who died at the age of 90, state TV says.
  • Little Hope of Change to Poor Saudi Rights Record VOA 23 Jan 2015 -- Saudi Arabia's human rights record has long been the subject of widespread condemnation by rights groups. But within the context of the ultra-conservative, religious society, King Abdullah, who died Friday, was seen as a leader who gradually tried to lay the groundwork for rights reforms.
  • China's leadership warns of unprecedented national security risks People's Daily 23 Jan 2015 -- The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee warned China is facing unprecedented security risks and should remain alert.
  • Li: China ready to face challenges People's Daily 23 Jan 2015 -- China plans to withstand downward pressure and continue with its strategic focus in 2015, Premier Li Keqiang told the annual World Economic Forum in Davos.
  • Full Text of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's address at World Economic Forum annual meeting People's Daily 23 Jan 2015 -- Visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivered a special address at the World Economic Forum annual meeting here Wednesday.
  • China's Anti-Corruption Drive Builds in Xinjiang VOA 23 Jan 2015 -- Chinese state media say a record number of officials in the country's remote and restive northwest region of Xinjiang were put under investigation for corruption last year. The deepening crackdown came as Xinjiang saw a dramatic increase in what the government says were violent terrorist attacks.
  • DPRK FM Spokesman Accuses Israeli PM of Hurting DPRK's Dignity and Social System KCNA 23 Jan 2015 -- The spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA Friday assailing the Israeli prime minister for his provocative remarks hurting the DPRK's dignity and social system:
  • Over 8,000 Arrested in Northwest Pakistan on Suspicion of Terrorism Sputnik 23 Jan 2015 -- The newspaper cites a report compiled by the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) provincial government and given to the country's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. According to the document, 2,861 raids were held and 8,281 suspects were arrested in the region. The number includes 22 clergymen accused of hate speech. The raids were conducted in accordance with the National Action Plan to fight terrorism adopted in December, according to the newspaper.
  • UN health agency to hold special weekend session on Ebola; warns against donor fatigue UN News Centre 23 Jan 2015 -- The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that it will hold a special meeting on Ebola on Sunday, as one of its top officials noted that the outbreak is "still an incredibly dangerous situation" and warned against "a false sense of security" generated by the decline in new cases.
  • Cloud Hangs Over US Counterterrorism Efforts in Yemen VOA 23 Jan 2015 -- Senior U.S. security officials said Friday that U.S. counterterrorism operations had been suspended in Yemen, following the collapse of the U.S.-backed government.
  • US Woman Sentenced for Conspiring to Provide Support to IS VOA 23 Jan 2015 -- The U.S. Justice Department says a woman accused of conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaida and Islamic State has been sentenced to four years in prison.
  • Myanmar's Reform Roller Coaster IRIN 23 Jan 2015 -- The trials, tribulations and recent relative triumph of the international health charity Médecins Sans Frontières in Myanmar are a salutary reminder that the South East Asian nation's much heralded transition from military dictatorship to quasi-civilian administration has not been an entirely smooth ride. No one with any understanding of the country ever believed it would be. Early heady optimism has gradually settled into a mixture of cautious hope seasoned with liberal doses of regular frustration.
  • Ousted Thai PM Impeached by Junta-picked Parliament VOA 23 Jan 2015 -- In Thailand, the ruling military's hand-picked national assembly impeached the country's last elected prime minister Friday in a secret ballot. This comes eight months after Yingluck Shinawatra was forced out as the country's political leader.
  • CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling's Case Now in Jury's Hands Sputnik 23 Jan 2015 -- A federal jury is now in deliberation after hearing the closing arguments in the case of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, who is charged with leaking classified information about a mission to slow Iran's nuclear program to a New York Times journalist, the Associated Press reported.
  • Turkey, Israel Ties Further Weakened Over Paris Attacks VOA 23 Jan 2015 -- Turkey and Israel have been exchanging angry barbs in the aftermath of this month's Paris terror attacks.
  • Rosetta Mission Reveals Secret Life of Ancient Comet Sputnik 23 Jan 2015 -- The early findings of the Rosetta mission, which was sent to observe the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, are showing space scientists that comets are much more than the 'dirty snowballs' they have been labelled; they are more diverse than previously thought and home to a variety of features which offer information on the origins of our planetary system.



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