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30 December 2015 Military News

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  • AU Threatens Sanctions if Burundi Factions Shun Peace Talks VOA 30 Dec 2015 -- The African Union has threatened to place sanctions on Burundi's rival political factions if they fail to attend peace talks next month, as it pushes all sides to resolve their differences and avert more violence.
  • Norway backs N. deal via helping natural uranium transfer to Iran ISNA 30 Dec 2015 -- Norway said it has helped verify a shipment of 60 tons of raw uranium to Iran as part of an international deal on Tehran's nuclear program.
  • Iran receives high-standard uranium stockpile since Islamic revolution ISNA 30 Dec 2015 -- Iran has received the most high-standard and most volume of uranium stockpile (yellow cake) since the Islamic Revolution of Iran, following uranium exchange between Iran and Russia, Hamid Baeidinejad who is the director general for political and international security affairs at Iran's Foreign Ministry said.
  • Iran Marks 'Epic' 2009 Pro-Government Rallies RFE/RL 30 Dec 2015 -- Iran is marking six years since tens of thousands of hard-line supporters took to the streets to show their support for the clerical establishment, countering mass demonstrations against the results of the country's 2009 presidential election.
  • Turkey detains 2 Daesh suspects for plotting attacks in Ankara Press TV 30 Dec 2015 -- Turkish police have arrested two suspected members of Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, who were allegedly planning bomb attacks in the capital, Ankara, on New Year's Eve.
  • Russia In 2015: Undaunted, Navalny Pushes Corruption Agenda Even More Aggressively RFE/RL 30 Dec 2015 -- You might think that someone who's been tried, convicted, and sentenced twice, has seen his brother imprisoned on questionable charges, and lives in a country where investigative reporters and political activists have been killed with impunity would seek to avoid the limelight. If it was someone other than Aleksei Navalny, you'd probably be right.
  • US continues spying on Israeli prime minister: Report Press TV 30 Dec 2015 -- The US continues spying on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu despite claims to curtail hacking its allies, says a report, quoting the National Security Agency officials.
  • Report: U.S. Spied On Israeli Leader During Iran Nuclear Talks RFE/RL 30 Dec 2015 -- The United States spied on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the Iran nuclear negotiations despite a pledge by the White House to stop spying on allies, the Wall Street Journal reported December 29.
  • Israeli Anti-Iran Deal Actions Provoked US Spying on Netanyahu Sputnik 30 Dec 2015 -- Israel's actions to counter the Iranian nuclear deal prompted the US National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on the country's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office, a member of the Meretz Party Executive Committee told Sputnik on Wednesday.
  • Report Says US Spied on Israel During Iran Negotiations VOA 30 Dec 2015 -- A U.S. newspaper is reporting that the United States spied on communications of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, although President Barack Obama promised two years ago to curtail eavesdropping on friendly heads of state.
  • Cuban president calls for U.S. embargo relief to normalize diplomatic ties People's Daily 30 Dec 2015 -- Cuban President Raul Castro Tuesday asked the United States to lift its economic sanctions against Cuba and return the territory occupied by the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo before normalizing bilateral diplomatic ties.
  • Cuba enters new phase of int'l economic relations: Castro People's Daily 30 Dec 2015 -- Cuba's economic, trade and financial relations with some countries have entered a new phase, President Raul Castro said Tuesday at the parliament after the island country managed to renegotiate its debt with some countries.
  • Japan reportedly to face comfort women issue beyond Korea: official CNA 30 Dec 2015 -- The Japanese government must have been aware of Taiwan's demands over the 'comfort women' issue, given that Japanese officials told NHK that their government will face the issue directly with countries other than South Korea based on different conditions, according to Taiwan's representative to Japan Shen Ssu-tsun (沈斯淳).
  • Taiwan to negotiate with Japan over comfort women compensation CNA 30 Dec 2015 -- Japan is willing to negotiate with Taiwan over the issue of comfort women who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military during World War II, and the negotiations will start in early January, Foreign Minister David Y.L. Lin (林永樂) said Wednesday.
  • Burkina Faso's new government a significant achievement for whole Sahel region, says UN chief UN News 30 Dec 2015 -- The inauguration of Burkina Faso's new president marks a significant development for the whole sub-Saharan Sahel region on the path away from tension and disputed elections, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said, also commending the opposition for their prompt acceptance of the election results.
  • China sends sophisticated satellite into Earth orbit Press TV 30 Dec 2015 -- China has launched a highly sophisticated satellite specifically designed to observe the Earth with high-definition imaging equipment.
  • Analysts: More Problems Ahead for Russian Space Agency VOA 30 Dec 2015 -- Russia's President Vladimir Putin liquidated the Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, on Monday – and replaced it with a state corporation, still called Roscosmos.



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