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23 February 2016 Military News

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  • US, China Report Progress on N. Korea Sanctions VOA 23 Feb 2016 -- Top diplomats of the U.S. and China said Tuesday that they had made 'significant progress" and were hopeful of reaching an agreement "in the near future" on a new U.N. Security Council resolution for tougher measures against North Korea after its recent nuclear and missile tests.
  • DPRK Accedes to Space-related International Agreements KCNA 23 Feb 2016 -- The DPRK acceded to the agreement on the rescue of astronauts, the return of astronauts and the return of objects launched into outer space and the convention on international liability for damage caused by space objects on February 22, Juche 105 (2016), according to the decision of its government.
  • Burundi: Ban welcomes promise of 'inclusive dialogue,' release of detainees UN News 23 Feb 2016 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the decision today by the President of Burundi to withdraw some media bans, cancel arrest warrants and release detainees as goodwill gestures to try to end months of violence in the crisis-torn country.
  • UN Chief: Burundi President, Opponents Agree to Hold Talks VOA 23 Feb 2016 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has agreed to begin talks with the opposition to bring an end to a nearly year-long political crisis.
  • Vucic Says EU Membership Has 'Lost Magic Power' For Balkans RFE/RL 23 Feb 2016 -- The European Union has lost some of its allure for Balkan countries seeking to join, thanks to the migrant crisis and concerns about Britain leaving the bloc, Serbia's prime minister has said.
  • Georgian President Remains A Divisive Figure RFE/RL 23 Feb 2016 -- The unexplained resignation in late December of Irakli Gharibashvili from the post of Georgian prime minister put an end to two years of friction between him and the country's president, Giorgi Margvelashvili.
  • European Court Rules Russia Violated Navalny's Right To Fair Trial RFE/RL 23 Feb 2016 -- The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that Russia violated opposition leader Aleksei Navalny's right to a fair trial, and has ordered the government to pay him 56,000 euros (61,700) in legal costs and damages.
  • Despite Harassment, Russian Opposition Leader Presents Scathing Kadyrov Report RFE/RL 23 Feb 2016 -- At a press conference that was repeatedly interrupted by a bomb threat, police with bullhorns, and hecklers, liberal opposition politician Ilya Yashin has presented a report condemning Chechen Republic leader Ramzan Kadyrov and calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to dismiss him.
  • Estonia Jails Three Men For Spying For Russia RFE/RL 23 Feb 2016 -- Estonian authorities say they have jailed three men convicted of spying for Russia.
  • Italy calls in US envoy over NSA tapping of Berlusconi's phone calls Press TV 23 Feb 2016 -- Italy has summoned the US ambassador to Rome in the wake of reports that the US National Security Agency (NSA) tapped the telephones of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his aides.
  • NSA eavesdropped on Netanyahu, Berlusconi: WikiLeaks Press TV 23 Feb 2016 -- The US National Security Agency (NSA) tapped a phone conversation between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his former Italian counterpart Silvio Berlusconi, the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has revealed.
  • New documents expose widespread US espionage on Merkel Press TV 23 Feb 2016 -- A German newspaper has cited new classified documents by the online whistleblower WikiLeaks showing that the United States spied extensively on German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • US spied on Ban to protect its oil firms: WikiLeaks Press TV 23 Feb 2016 -- The US National Security Agency has spied on United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's private meetings to save American oil companies, WikiLeaks new release says.
  • Anxiety Grows in Fight Against IS, Extremists VOA 23 Feb 2016 -- Even as U.S. officials highlight military gains against the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria, there is a growing sense of unease among former officials and analysts that the current strategies are not enough.
  • For Iran's Reformists, Getting To The Polls Is Half The Battle RFE/RL 23 Feb 2016 -- Kazem has vowed, via a social network that's not blocked to him and his fellow Iranians, not to vote in this week's elections.
  • Uganda: UN concerned over arrests of opposition leaders, use of force since elections UN News 23 Feb 2016 -- The United Nations human rights office expressed concern today over the "tense" post-election situation in Uganda, following reports that at least two people have been killed and an unknown number of people injured, heavy military and police forces deployed in the streets of Kampala, and the arrests of four opposition leaders since Thursday's elections.



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