25 January 2015 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on New Defense Cooperation with India DoD 25 Jan 2015-- Today, on his historic visit to India, President Obama and Prime Minister Modi announced new, ground-breaking agreements on defense cooperation between India and the United States that promise to open a new chapter in our defense relationship and mark an important milestone in the U.S.-India strategic partnership.
- Japanese protesters hold anti-US demo in Okinawa Iran Press TV 25 Jan 2015 -- Japanese demonstrators have staged a rally in the country's southernmost prefecture of Okinawa to express their outrage over a controversial plan to relocate a US military base there.
- Russia to produce military UAV, S-500 missile system Iran Press TV 26 Jan 2015 -- The Russian deputy defense minister has announced imminent production of a military drone as well as the S-500 missile system as part of military modernization bid.
- Russian Army to Introduce Advanced, Long-Range UAV Sputnik 25 Jan 2015 -- The sophisticated drone will be capable of performing reconnaissance missions and destroying targets that have been detected, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said, according to the Russian News Service network.
- Germany Stops Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia Amid Instability in Region Sputnik 25 Jan 2015 -- Germany ceased arms exports to Saudi Arabia, with some of the delivery contracts cancelled or left for later revision amid region's instability, the Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported Sunday citing government sources.
- US, EU Threaten New Russia Sanctions Over Ukraine VOA 25 Jan 2015 -- U.S. President Barack Obama and European leaders are threatening new sanctions on Russia after pro-Russian rebels launched a deadly rocket attack on the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol.
- Ukraine Holds Day Of Mourning After Mariupol Attack RFE/RL 25 Jan 2015 -- Ukraine is holding a day of national mourning on January 25, following a series of rocket attacks in the southeastern city of Mariupol that killed 30 people and injured more than 90 others.
- Poroshenko Says Kiev Has Killed 600 Pro-Independence Troops Since Friday Sputnik 25 Jan 2015 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Kiev forces killed 600 pro-independence militiamen and destroyed eight Grad multiple rocket launchers in the last two days in the Donbas region.
- Kiev Announces Reinforcing Positions in Donbas Conflict Zone Sputnik 25 Jan 2015 -- The Kiev troops are strengthening their positions in the areas where clashes between the Kiev forces and the Donbas militia are taking place, Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said Sunday.
- UNSC Fails to Agree on Statement on Mariupol Attack in East Ukraine Sputnik 25 Jan 2015 -- The UN Security Council could not agree on a press statement following an attack on the city of Mariupol in south-eastern Ukraine, which killed at least 30 civilians, the Russian Mission to the United Nations has announced.
- Biden Blames Donbas Violence on Militia, Wants Harsher Sanctions on Russia Sputnik 25 Jan 2015 -- US Vice President Joe Biden thinks independence supporters in southeastern Ukraine (Donbas) are responsible for the escalation of violence in the region, claiming that the militia is Russia-backed and thus Russia should be targeted by more Western sanctions, the White House has said in a press release.
- Kobani 90 Percent Free From IS Militants, Peshmerga Forces Report Sputnik 25 Jan 2015 -- Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) together with Iraqi Kurdistan's Peshmerga forces regained control over 90 percent of the city of Kobani in Syria, fighting off Islamic State (IS) militants, Col. Deham Ibrahim Gergeri of Peshmerga forces told Sputnik on Sunday.
- Unknown gunmen kidnap Libyan deputy FM in al-Bayda Iran Press TV 25 Jan 2015 -- The deputy foreign minister of Libya's internationally-recognized government has been kidnapped in the eastern city of al-Bayda.
- Boko Haram terrorists seize Nigerian town of Monguno: Sources Iran Press TV 25 Jan 2015 -- Takfiri Boko Haram terrorists have captured Nigeria's northeastern town of Monguno after fierce clashes with the West African country's army, security sources say.
- Boko Haram terrorists attack key Nigerian city of Maiduguri Iran Press TV 25 Jan 2015 -- Takfiri Boko Haram terrorists have launched an attack against the key northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri amid reported clashes with government troops.
- Boko Haram Onslaught Continues, Despite Army Resistance Sputnik 25 Jan 2015 -- Boko Haram was able to seize the town of Monguno, to the north, although the offensive on Maiduguri was beaten back according to a Nigerian daily, the Premium Times.
- Kerry: US Supports Nigeria in Fight Against Boko Haram VOA 25 Jan 2015 -- U.S. Secretary of States John Kerry said the United States will continue to support the Nigerian military in its fight against Boko Haram.
- Yemen MPs Postpone Session as Protests Rage VOA 25 Jan 2015 -- Houthi rebel militiamen fired automatic weapons to disperse protests Sunday in Yemen's capital amid popular anger over their power-grab last week in which President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his government resigned.
- AU Condemns Latest Violence in Mali VOA 25 Jan 2015 -- The African Union Mission to Mali and the Sahel has condemned the ongoing violence in Mali's north and urged all parties, including Tuareg rebels, not to abandon peace talks.
- One Tumultuous Year in Power for CAR's President VOA 25 Jan 2015 -- This month marks the first anniversary at the helm of the Central African Republic for interim President Catherine Samba-Panza. Elected as sectarian violence raged across the country, she has a Herculean task: to end the civil war and put the country back on the right track.
- Anti-Balaka militants kidnap CAR sports minister Iran Press TV 25 Jan 2015 -- Gunmen believed to belong to the Christian anti-Balaka militant group have abducted the minister of youth, sports, arts and culture in the conflict-ridden Central African Republic (CAR).
- Obama claims to 'reach nuclear breakthrough' with India Iran Press TV 25 Jan 2015 -- US President Barack Obama says he and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have reached a landmark agreement to unlock billions of dollars in nuclear trade and to deepen defense ties, as Obama begins a three-day visit to the Asian country.
- India, US Reach Breakthrough on Nuclear Deal Following Obama Visit Sputnik 25 Jan 2015 -- US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have announced a breakthrough on a nuclear deal between the two countries following a meeting, Reuters reported.
- Obama, Modi Break Nuclear Deal Deadlock VOA 25 Jan 2015 -- U.S. President Barack Obama and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke a deadlock on a long-stalled civilian nuclear pact Sunday, with both leaders noting their 'friendship' as the catalyst for closer diplomatic ties.
- Anti-austerity Leftists Winning Greek Election VOA 25 Jan 2015 -- Greece's anti-austerity Syriza party and its leader Alexis Tsipras appear headed to a decisive national election victory, in a vote lodged against repeated European demands for fiscal restraint in Athens.
- Opposition Syriza party wins Greece legislative vote: Partial results Iran Press TV 25 Jan 2015 -- Partial results from legislative elections in Greece show the opposition Syriza party has garnered a big victory, with the Greek prime minister conceding defeat to the leader of the anti-austerity party.
- DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesman Blasts Obama's Anti-DPRK Accusations KCNA 25 Jan 2015 -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK Sunday gave the following answer to the question raised by KCNA as regards a string of accusations again let loose by U.S. President Obama against the DPRK:
- Pyongyang Dismisses Obama as Grumbling Loser Following Anti-DPRK Comment Sputnik 25 Jan 2015 -- The North Korean Foreign Ministry commented on Sunday on a Youtube interview of US President Barack Obama, according to The Korea Herald.
- Experts Predict Tighter US Sanctions on N. Korean Front Companies VOA 25 Jan 2015 -- North Korea experts in the United States say they expect Washington to strengthen sanctions against the communist country's front companies abroad. They also argue, however, that sanctions on Chinese financial institutions which engage with the North will not be as easy.
- Lifting all sanctions a test to West's honesty: Shamkhani IRNA 25 Jan 2015 -- Secretary of Supreme Council of National Security Ali Shamkhani said nuclear negotiations with the Group 5+1 is a test of these countries' commitments to the talks and lifting all the illegal and oppressive sanctions.
- Iranian negotiator calls Zurich talks 'constructive' ISNA 25 Jan 2015 -- Senior Iranian nuclear negotiator described as constructive a deputy-level meeting between the country and the United States in the Swiss city of Zurich.
- Araqchi describes talks as positive IRNA 25 Jan 2015 -- Senior Iranian nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi described the atmosphere prevailing talks in Zurich, Switzerland, as positive.
- IS Changes Tactics on Japanese Hostage, Offers Swap Deal for Suicide Bomber Sputnik 25 Jan 2015 -- The Islamic State has demanded the release of Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi, a failed suicide bomber detained in Jordan since 2005, in a swap deal for Japanese hostage Kenji Goto Jogo, in a change of tactic from previous ransom demands.
- UN Security Council strongly condemns killing of Japanese civilian by ISIL militants UN News Centre 25 Jan 2015 -- The United Nations Security Council today deplored the "apparent murder" of Japanese citizen, Haruna Yukawa, by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – the latest atrocity to be committed by the militant group against a captured civilian.
- UN Security Council Deplores IS Execution of Japanese Hostage Haruna Yukawa Sputnik 26 Jan 2015 -- The United Nations Security Council unanimously agreed to issue a statement on Sunday deploring the apparent murder of Japanese citizen Haruna Yukawa by the Islamic State (IS).
- Ebola: UN health agency urges better global preparedness against future outbreaks UN News Centre 25 Jan 2015 -- The Ebola outbreak is "clearly" in retreat throughout the affected countries of West Africa but the continuing emergency response shows the need for urgent changes so that "never again should the world be caught by surprise," the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told a special meeting on Ebola today.
- Edgar Lungu Wins Zambian Presidential Elections Sputnik 25 Jan 2015 -- Edgar Lungu was declared the victor in the country's presidential elections on Saturday, Agence France-Presse reports.
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