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01 February 2016 Military News

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  • UN Rights Chief Alarmed by Deepening Crisis in Burundi VOA 01 Feb 2016 -- United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said he is alarmed by the deepening crisis in Burundi and warns action must be taken to stop the country's descent toward a possible bloodbath.
  • AU Summit Decision on Burundi Peacekeepers Pleases Govt, not Opposition VOA 01 Feb 2016 -- The government of Burundi is satisfied by the AU decision to hold off on sending a protection force to Burundi, while the opposition feels betrayed.
  • African Union: No Peacekeepers to Burundi VOA 01 Feb 2016 -- At the African Union's 26th Summit in Addis Ababa over the weekend, Burundi was a primary focus of the group's agenda. During his opening remarks, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon urged action.
  • Uganda Explains Arrest of Former Intelligence Chief VOA 01 Feb 2016 -- The government of Uganda says the country's former intelligence chief, General David Sejusa, who has called President Yoweri Museveni a dictator, was arrested Sunday in Kampala by the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) following a 2½-hour search of his home by the military.
  • Zimbabweans Dismiss Mugabe's Call for Africa to Quit UN VOA 01 Feb 2016 -- Zimbabwe's main opposition and some citizens Monday condemned President Robert Mugabe's call for Africa to quit the United Nations. During the weekend the 91-year-old said if the continent was not given at least one spot as a permanent member of the U. N. Security Council, AU members would pull out of the world body.
  • U.S. Senator Predicts Revelations Of Putin's Wealth Will Destabilize His Rule RFE/RL 01 Feb 2016 -- A senior U.S. lawmaker says revelations about Russian President Vladimir Putin's wealth will be "destabilizing" to his rule as the Russian population becomes increasingly aware of them.
  • Russia Shrugs Off Allegations Against Putin VOA 01 Feb 2016 -- The story of Russian President Vladimir Putin over the last few years has been one of his steady descent from a leader welcomed and even feted around the world to one who has had allegations of murder and corruption levied at him.
  • U.S. Sanctions Five More On 'Magnitsky List' Of Alleged Rights Abusers RFE/RL 01 Feb 2016 -- The United States has added five more Russians to its so-called "Magnitsky List," which sanctions alleged human rights abusers that have been linked to the death of whistle-blowing Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and other violations.
  • Myanmar Parliament Sworn In; Next President Unknown VOA 01 Feb 2016 -- New members of Myanmar's parliament, most dressed in traditional garb, took a joint oath of office Monday in the capital, Naypyidaw, as the prelude to installing the country's first democratically elected government in more than half a century.
  • Institute Reports Sizable Drop in N. Korea-China Trade VOA 01 Feb 2016 -- Bilateral trade between North Korea and China fell nearly 15 percent last year in what appeared to be a reflection of a troubled relationship between the two countries, South Korea's state-run policy research institute said Sunday.
  • JCPOA springboard for Iran progress: Salehi Press TV 01 Feb 2016 -- The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has hailed the implementation of the historic nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries as a "springboard" for the further development of the Islamic Republic.
  • Govt.: Iran's $100 billion 'fully released' Press TV 01 Feb 2016 -- The government says Iran can now access more than $100 billion in frozen assets after the implementation of a nuclear agreement last month.
  • Iran Gets Access to Frozen $100Bln in Assets After Sanctions Relief Sputnik 01 Feb 2016 -- Iran can now access the previously frozen $100 billion of its assets over two weeks after implementing a landmark nuclear program deal, government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht told national media.
  • US Seeking Details from Saudi Arabia on Reports of American Detainees VOA 01 Feb 2016 -- The U.S. State Department says it is seeking details from the government of Saudi Arabia about reports that nine Americans have been detained in the kingdom as terror suspects.
  • Saudi to give millions of dollars to citizens who foil terror attacks Press TV 01 Feb 2016 -- Saudi Arabia says it intends to give anyone assisting the government in foiling terrorist attacks seven million riyals ($1.86 million) as a reward.
  • Report: Saudi Arabia Arrests 9 Americans Among Terror Suspects VOA 01 Feb 2016 -- A Saudi newspaper reported Sunday that authorities there have arrested nine American citizens and 24 people as terror suspects during the past week.
  • DEA and European Authorities Uncover Massive Hizballah Drug and Money Laundering Scheme Drug Enforcement Agency 01 Feb 2016 -- United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today announced significant enforcement activity including arrests targeting Lebanese Hizballah's External Security Organization Business Affairs Component (BAC), which is involved in international criminal activities such as drug trafficking and drug proceed money laundering. These proceeds are used to purchase weapons for Hizballah for its activities in Syria. This ongoing investigation spans the globe and involves numerous international law enforcement agencies in seven countries, and once again highlights the dangerous global nexus between drug trafficking and terrorism.
  • Indonesia Probes IS Leader's Contacts From Behind Bars VOA 01 Feb 2016 -- The Indonesian government says it is investigating how the imprisoned leader of the Islamic State group in Indonesia has been communicating with his followers from behind bars.
  • Zika virus an 'international public health emergency,' UN health agency declares UN News 01 Feb 2016 -- Meeting today on the Zika virus outbreak, the World Health Organization announced that the recent cluster of neurological disorders and neonatal malformations reported in the Americas region constitutes a public health emergency of international concern.
  • Turkey: UN rights chief concerned by actions of security forces and clampdown on media UN News 01 Feb 2016 -- The United Nations human rights chief today called on the Turkish authorities to respect the fundamental rights of civilians in its security operations and to promptly investigate the alleged shooting of a group of unarmed people after "shocking" video footage of the event.



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