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04 August 2016 Military News

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  • Turkish-NATO Relations Under Strain Over Gulen Extradition Request Sputnik 04 Aug 2016 -- Relations between Turkey and NATO are becoming increasingly strained, following the attempted military coup in July, however, NATO will continue to deal with Turkey for strategic military reasons, Sputnik has been told.
  • Turkey issues formal arrest warrant for Gulen over coup Press TV 04 Aug 2016 -- A court in Turkey has issued an arrest warrant for Fethullah Gulen, a US-based opposition cleric blamed by the Ankara government for the failed military coup in the country last month.
  • Rights experts 'deeply disturbed' at erosion of media freedom in Venezuela - UN human rights office UN News 04 Aug 2016 -- The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, and the Inter-American Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, Edison Lanza, expressed concern at the eroding media freedom in Venezuela, citing a number of reported incidents of harassments of journalists and media groups.
  • White House Rejects Charges It Paid Iran Ransom To Free Prisoners RFE/RL 04 Aug 2016 -- The White House has rejected a charge from Republican leaders that it secretly paid Iran $400 million in cash in January as ransom for the release of imprisoned Americans.
  • US Denies $400 Million to Tehran Was Ransom Payment VOA 04 Aug 2016 -- Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. "does not pay ransom" amid criticism of the Obama administration's payment of $400 million in cash to Iran on the same day Tehran released four American hostages.
  • US Payment of $400Mln to Iran Not Negotiated by Nuclear Deal Team - Kerry Sputnik 04 Aug 2016 -- US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Washington's nuclear deal negotiator team did not discuss with Tehran the $400-million cash payment made by the United States.
  • Iran nuclear activities never stop: AEOI official IRNA 04 Aug 2016 -- Deputy head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Aliasghar Zareian said on Thursday that the country's various activities in the field of peaceful nuclear industry will never stop.
  • Iraq to expel remaining MKO terrorists in 45 days: Iran envoy Press TV 04 Aug 2016 -- Iraq is set to expel the remaining members of the terrorist anti-Iran Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) from its soil in the near future, a senior Iranian diplomat says.
  • South Africa Voters Rebuke Ruling Party at Polls VOA 04 Aug 2016 -- Election results released Thursday show South African voters turning away from the long-dominant African National Congress party in large numbers, and denying them an outright win in major urban areas.
  • Brazil impeachment committee recommends Rousseff removal Press TV 04 Aug 2016 -- A special Senate committee in Brazil has recommended that the full upper house should remove suspended president Dilma Rousseff from office, one day ahead of the opening of the 2016 Olympics in the city of Rio.
  • What Hong Kong's Loyalty Pledge Says About Its Future VOA 04 Aug 2016 -- Voters in Hong Kong will be electing members of the territory's Legislative Council September 4. During past election cycles, candidates only needed to attest they would uphold the freedoms guaranteed in Hong Kong's Basic Law and pledge allegiance to the territory; this time, however, candidates running for office needed to sign an additional pledge saying Hong Kong was an inalienable part of China.
  • Hindu Groups Oppose Entry of Islamic Finance in India VOA 04 Aug 2016 -- A Sharia-compliant international bank's plan to launch its business in India is facing opposition from Hindu groups that say an Islamic bank should not be allowed to operate in a secular country.



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