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30 January 2015 Military News

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  • Meet Yevgeny Fyodorov, The Russian Lawmaker Who Wants More Western Sanctions RFE/RL 30 Jan 2015 -- Russia's economy is tanking. The price of oil has flat-lined. New western sanctions are in the pipeline. One proposal -- to disconnect Russia from the SWIFT payment system -- could wreak havoc on the financial system.
  • Russia Sanctions More U.S. Officials In Response To Magnitsky List RFE/RL 30 Jan 2015 -- Russia says it has blacklisted an additional four U.S. citizens in response to Washington's decision to sanction more Russians suspected of human rights abuses.
  • New Saudi King Implements Major Government Reshuffle Sputnik 30 Jan 2015 -- Saudi Arabia's newly-inaugurated monarch, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, issued a series of key orders on Thursday; he has called for a major government shake-up and offered financial support to a large number of citizens.
  • Canada's Spy Agency to Be Given New Counter Terrorism Powers Sputnik 30 Jan 2015 -- The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) is expected to be given more powers in new anti-terrorism measures to be unveiled Friday, CBC News reported.
  • Islamic State Affiliate In Egypt Claims Attack That Killed Dozens RFE/RL 30 Jan 2015 -- Militants affiliated with Islamic State (IS) fighters have claimed responsibility for a deadly wave of attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on January 29 that officials say killed at least 26 people, primarily soldiers.
  • Islamic State Deadline Passes For Japanese And Jordanian Hostages RFE/RL 30 Jan 2015 -- The fate of a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian air force pilot held by Islamic State (IS) militants remains unclear after the passing of a January 29 deadline set by the captors.
  • Jordan, Japan Await News on Fate of IS Hostages VOA 30 Jan 2015 -- The fates of two Islamic State hostages -- a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian air force pilot -- remained unknown Friday, a day after the latest deadline passed for a prisoner swap.
  • Somali Terror Suspect's Light Sentence Raises Questions VOA 30 Jan 2015 -- When federal agents stopped 18-year-old Abdullahi Yusuf at the Minneapolis airport last May he had a ticket to Istanbul, Turkey. The Somali-American teen had gotten a passport just a few weeks earlier. He hadn't told his father where he was going. But the Federal Bureau of Investigation believed he wanted to join terrorist fighters battling the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad.
  • At African Union Summit, Ban promises UN support to build back Ebola-hit countries UN News Centre 30 Jan 2015 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today assured African leaders gathered for a summit in Addis Ababa of the support of the United Nations in helping the countries affected by Ebola "build back stronger than ever," while the head of the UN development agency tasked with leading the Organization's recovery efforts urged the world to stay the course in aiding hard-hit West Africa.
  • IFRC Warns Complacency Could Set Back Ebola Progress VOA 30 Jan 2015 -- The number of new Ebola cases in West Africa is dropping. But the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) says the fight against Ebola is not over and warns that complacency could lead to preventable deaths.
  • Erdogan slammed for seeking authority to dissolve parliament Iran Press TV 30 Jan 2015 -- A senior member of the Turkish opposition has criticized the president for seeking the authority to dissolve parliament, saying that such powers will turn Turkey into a dictatorship.
  • Chinese leadership stresses ensuring quality of reform People's Daily 30 Jan 2015 -- A plan approved by the central leadership on Friday mandated intensified efforts to improve the quality and implementation of reform measures.



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