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27 January 2015 Military News

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  • Obama Seeks to Bolster Ties With Saudi Arabia VOA 27 Jan 2015 -- U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, leading an array of current and former American statesmen in paying respects following the death of King Abdullah.
  • Moscow Condemns Arrest of Alleged Russian Spy in NYC VOA 27 Jan 2015 -- Russia on Tuesday condemned the United States for the arrest of an alleged Russian spy, condemning the move as a 'provocation' that would further damage already strained ties.
  • Moscow Says US Fails to Provide Evidence for Accusations of 'Russian Spies' Sputnik 27 Jan 2015 -- The United States has not provided any evidence to support the charges against three Russian nationals accused of gathering data and recruiting agents in the United States, Alexander Lukashevich, the spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said Tuesday.
  • Russian Bank Identifies Alleged Russian Spy as Employee Sputnik 27 Jan 2015 -- Russia's Vnesheconombank (VEB) confirmed Tuesday that Russian citizen Evgeny Buryakov, detained in the United States on spying charges, served as a deputy representative to the bank in New York.
  • Questions Remain Unanswered: Inquiry Into Litvinenko's Case Opens in UK Sputnik 27 Jan 2015 -- More than eight years after the death of ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, a public inquiry into his case opens on Tuesday, the Telegraph reports.
  • Russian Alleged Agents Worked to Obtain Intelligence on Sanctions Sputnik 27 Jan 2015 -- A Russian alleged intelligence ring broken up by the FBI on Monday was working for the economic branch of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) and directed to obtain intelligence on sanctions against Russia and US energy markets, court documents filed in the US District Court for Southern New York reveal.
  • Prosecutor's Mysterious Death Prompts Argentina to Dissolve Spy Agency Sputnik 27 Jan 2015 -- Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez has announced plans to dissolve Argentina's intelligence agency, reports BBC.
  • Key Senator to Hold Off on Iran Sanctions Vote VOA 27 Jan 2015 -- Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Menendez said Tuesday that he would hold off on pushing his bill to impose additional sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program until after March 24, an interim deadline in the international talks with Tehran.
  • Iran serious about peaceful use of N. energy, says Rouhani ISNA 27 Jan 2015 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated that the Iranian nation is serious about employment of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
  • Iran, G5+1 now discussing details, says Zarif ISNA 27 Jan 2015 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran and the P5+1 group are close to reaching a final deal over the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program, adding that details are now being worked out in the talks.
  • South Korea rejects North bid to detain businessman in joint zone Iran Press TV 27 Jan 2015 -- South Korea says it has rejected a North Korean bid for the right to arrest South Korean businessmen working in the Kaesong joint industrial complex if they are found not carrying out their contractual duties.
  • S&P downgrade shows excessive pessimism: Russia minister Iran Press TV 27 Jan 2015 -- Russia's Finance Minister Anton Siluanov has slammed Standard & Poor's rating agency for its move to downgrade the country's rating from investment-grade to 'junk' status.
  • Worried About Moscow, Belarus's Lukashenka Drifts Toward Brussels RFE/RL 27 Jan 2015 -- Alyaksandr Lukashenka isn't known for waxing poetically about the Belarusian language. But that's exactly what he did at a youth gathering in Minsk earlier this month.
  • Obama: America Can Be India's Best Partner VOA 27 Jan 2015 -- President Barack Obama said India and the United States are not just natural partners, but that America can be India's best partner.
  • Ebolanomics - the search for a vaccine IRIN 27 Jan 2015 -- When Ebola hit West Africa last year, it was a disease with no sign of a vaccine or cure. To those affected that may have been an indication that the wider world didn't care about them or the diseases that affected them, but in truth there has simply been no incentive for anyone to develop these therapies. Yet now pharmaceutical companies are racing to produce an effective vaccine, and on 23 January the British company GlaxoSmithKline shipped the first 300 doses of its candidate to Liberia to start phase II trials.
  • IS Renews Threats Against 2 Foreign Hostages VOA 27 Jan 2015 -- Islamic State militants have threatened to kill two foreign hostages by Wednesday if demands for a prisoner exchange are not met, according to an online video message attributed to the group.
  • Thailand Plans Major Infrastructure Upgrade VOA 27 Jan 2015 -- Thailand's military-backed government is looking to boost the country's ailing economy with a more than $100-billion infrastructure spending program that includes upgrading the national rail network and opening links to Southern China.
  • Five New Space Missions Observe Earth VOA 27 Jan 2015 -- NASA is preparing a Thursday, January 29, launch of the first U.S. satellite to observe Earth's water cycle. The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) will help scientists better predict extreme weather, climate change, flood and droughts. The new instrument will join four others in what has been the U.S. space agency's busiest 12-month period in more than a decade.



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