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21 January 2016 Military News

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  • British Judge: Putin 'Probably' OK'd Ex-Spy's Murder VOA 21 Jan 2016 -- A top British government investigator said Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin probably personally approved the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian spy-turned-dissident who was exiled in Britain after criticizing Putin and accusing him – among other things – of being a pedophile.
  • British Inquiry Implicates Russia, Putin In Death Of Ex-Agent Litvinenko RFE/RL 21 Jan 2016 -- A British inquiry has concluded that the Russian government was behind the 2006 poisoning death of former Russian security agent Aleksandr Litvinenko and that President Vladimir Putin 'probably approved' the killing.
  • British report finds Russian leadership behind 2006 killing of ex-KGB agent Sputnik 21 Jan 2016 -- Britain's Foreign Office has summoned the Russian ambassador to London after a British public inquiry alleged President Vladimir Putin behind the 2006 murder of former KGB agent, Alexander Litvinenko in the UK.
  • UK Report Claims Putin to Blame for Litvinenko Death Sputnik 21 Jan 2016 -- The killing of former Russian FSB secret service officer Alexander Litvinenko has been laid at the door of President Putin in a widely expected conclusion to a public inquiry.
  • Russian Media Shrugs Off Litvinenko Report RFE/RL 21 Jan 2016 -- Upon receiving long-awaited news related to the assassination of a former Russian security agent in London, the popular Moscow-based radio station Vesti FM was among the few state media outlets not to bury it.
  • Russia dismisses UK inquiry into Litvinenko murder Sputnik 21 Jan 2016 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry has strongly rejected as politicized the conclusion of a British inquiry into the 2006 killing of ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko in London.
  • Cameron: Report Confirms UK's Belief Litvinenko's Death 'State Sponsored' Sputnik 21 Jan 2016 -- UK Prime Minister David Cameron said that Thursday's report on the death of ex-FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko confirms both the previous and current UK governments' belief that the murder was state sponsored.
  • Kremlin: British Report on Litvinenko's Death Could 'Poison' Russia-UK Ties Sputnik 21 Jan 2016 -- The British inquiry into the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko is a quasi-probe that could damage Russia-UK relations even further, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.
  • Russia Dismisses British Litvinenko Inquiry Findings VOA 21 Jan 2016 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry is dismissing a British inquiry's conclusion that Russian President Vladimir Putin 'probably' approved a 2006 assassination operation in which the country's spy agency poisoned its former agent Alexander Litvinenko in London.
  • US to continue using sanctions against Iran, says Kerry Press TV 21 Jan 2016 -- US Secretary of State John Kerry has rejected Iran's criticism of new sanctions against the country, saying Washington is determined to impose more sanctions against Tehran when "appropriate."
  • Iran achieved almost all objectives in JCPOA: Rouhani Press TV 21 Jan 2016 -- President Hassan Rouhani says Iran has achieved almost all its objectives through a nuclear accord known as the JCPOA.
  • New Iran Sanctions Sought on Capitol Hill VOA 21 Jan 2016 -- Days after President Barack Obama hailed the fruits of diplomacy with Iran, Republican lawmakers pressed for tougher sanctions on Tehran for recent missile tests and other actions.
  • Tehran, Riyadh can accommodate each other: Zarif Press TV 21 Jan 2016 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic does not seek any tensions with Saudi Arabia, and that the two Muslim countries can coexist peacefully.
  • Muslim body calls for de-escalation Riyadh-Tehran dispute Press TV 21 Jan 2016 -- The head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has called for the de-escalation of recent tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, saying such a situation diverts attentions from the "real challenges" facing Muslims.
  • Ruble Leads Currency Retreat Across Former Soviet States RFE/RL 21 Jan 2016 -- The Russian ruble dropped to a new historic low against the U.S. dollar as currencies across the former Soviet Union continued to sputter amid persistently low oil prices.
  • Breaking Bad RFE/RL 21 Jan 2016 -- In many ways it all began with the assassination of Aleksandr Litvinenko. Not that Vladimir Putin's Russia was exactly a model global citizen before the November 2006 killing of the former KGB spy who defected to Great Britain.
  • US Tightens Visa Waivers VOA 21 Jan 2016 -- The United States Thursday tightened its Visa Waiver Program, ending easy access to the U.S. for travelers who have been in Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria in the last five years, as well as for citizens of those four countries.
  • Deported Bangladeshi Migrant Workers Weighed 'Armed Jihad,' Police Say VOA 21 Jan 2016 -- One day after Singapore deported 26 Bangladeshi Muslim migrant workers who had been arrested in November for allegedly supporting the ideology of Islamist terrorist groups like al-Qaida and the Islamic State, authorities in the southeast Asian nation said the men were contemplating 'armed jihad' in the Middle East and Bangladesh.
  • Indonesian Terrorism Law Reform Still Faces Opposition VOA 21 Jan 2016 -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo's call for strengthening the country's national security law could still face resistance in parliament, even after Islamic State-linked militants last week carried out the first serious terrorist attack in Jakarta since 2009.
  • Pakistan: Afghan Territory Used for Deadly University Raid VOA 21 Jan 2016 -- Pakistan says a deadly assault on a university in a northwestern city on Wednesday was "being controlled from a location in Afghanistan through an Afghan cell phone" by a fugitive member of the Pakistani Taliban.
  • Erdogan 'Abhors' Intelligentsia as 'Heartless and Despicable People' Sputnik 21 Jan 2016 -- Turkey's president lambasted members of the academic community, including teachers and professors, who called for an end to the violence in the Kurdish southeast.
  • Venezuela's Supreme Court Approves Maduro's Economic Emergency Decree Sputnik 21 Jan 2016 -- Venezuela's Supreme Court has declared the decree of economic emergency, issued by President Nicolas Maduro last Friday, constitutional.
  • Moldova Protests Call For Sweeping Reforms RFE/RL 21 Jan 2016 -- Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Moldova's capital for a second-straight day on January 21, calling for sweeping reforms amid widespread anger against what is perceived as a profoundly corrupt political elite.
  • Former Burundian Presidents Appeal for Peacekeeping Force VOA 21 Jan 2016 -- Two former Burundian presidents have appealed to the U.N. Security Council to press the current government to accept an African Union-led peacekeeping force.



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