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02 February 2016 Military News

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  • UN: North Korea Plans Satellite Launch This Month VOA 02 Feb 2016 -- North Korea has notified the U.N.'s International Maritime Organization of its plan to launch an "earth observation satellite" later this month, a move that has raised concerns in the U.S. and with other world powers that Pyongyang is trying to covertly advance long-range missile technology.
  • African leaders support pullout from ICC Press TV 02 Feb 2016 -- African leaders have endorsed a proposal by Kenya to push for withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC).
  • Iraqi Kurdish president calls for independence referendum Press TV 02 Feb 2016 -- President of Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Masoud Barzani has called for a non-binding independence referendum.
  • UN in Central African Republic releases $9 million to respond to urgent needs UN News 02 Feb 2016 -- The United Nations announced today that the Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) in the Central African Republic (CAR) has released $9 million for life-saving assistance to 2.3 million people who need urgent support, including those displaced by violence, returnees, refugees and vulnerable host communities.
  • JCPOA aimed at lifting enemy-imposed 'siege' on Iran: Rouhani Press TV 02 Feb 2016 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the main objective that Tehran was pursuing in signing the nuclear agreement with the P5+1 group of countries was to lift "the siege" that 'ill-wishers' had imposed on the Islamic Republic.
  • U.S. Judge Challenges Move To Drop Charges In Prisoner Deal With Iran RFE/RL 02 Feb 2016 -- A U.S. judge is challenging the government's move to drop charges against an Iranian man accused of sanctions violations as part of a U.S. prisoner swap agreement with Iran last month.
  • As Consumer Debt Rises In Russia, Collectors Get Violent RFE/RL 02 Feb 2016 -- Dubbed 'black bailiffs' and 'vultures of the crisis,' overzealous debt collectors have shot to prominence in Russia as its economy founders - an unsavory byproduct of a prolonged recession fueled by the collapse of world oil prices and compounded by Western sanctions over Moscow's interference in Ukraine.
  • Saudi fiscal reserves fall to four-year low on weak oil prices Press TV 02 Feb 2016 -- Saudi Arabia's fiscal reserves dropped to a four-year low last year as the kingdom was struggling to make up for an acute budget deficit caused by plunging oil revenues.
  • Battle Royal: The Prospects of a Palace Coup in Saudi Arabia Sputnik 02 Feb 2016 -- With rumors circulating in Riyadh over whether 80-year-old Saudi King Salman is planning to abdicate in favor of his son, which would effectively constitute a palace coup, Middle East expert Alexander Orlov provides his own take on the impact such a move would have on the Saudi dynasty, the region and the world.



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