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14 October 2016 Military News

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  • Thai King's Body Returns to Palace as Year of Mourning Begins VOA 14 Oct 2016 -- Thailand is shrouded in grief, with residents wearing black as they begin a year of official mourning following the death of beloved King Bhumibol Aduladej at age 88. He died Thursday.
  • China supports Philippine anti-drug campaign: FM spokesman Press TV 14 Oct 2016 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman says his country supports the Philippines' crackdown on illicit drugs and will cooperate with the Southeast Asian country in the war against narcotics.
  • Ukrainian Nationalists Stage Torchlight March In Kyiv As New Far-Right Party Is Born RFE/RL 14 Oct 2016 -- Thousands of nationalists have marched through Kyiv in a torchlight procession to celebrate Ukrainian fighters past and present on a day that saw a fearsome far-right military force formally enter the country's political fray.
  • Turkey may hold vote on presidential system in months: Minister Press TV 14 Oct 2016 -- Turkey says it may hold a referendum in the coming months on adopting a presidential system instead of the current parliamentary one as well as other amendments to the constitution.
  • Calls Increase for Investigation of Turkey's Ruling Party VOA 14 Oct 2016 -- As authorities in Turkey continue to make arrests in connection with July's failed military coup, some observers there are asking why the crackdown has not affected the ruling AKP party, given that the coup attempt's alleged ringleader, U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, once had close ties with the party and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
  • Haiti: UN supporting government to provide emergency food assistance to 750,000 people UN News 14 Oct 2016 -- United Nations relief agencies are continuing work on the ground to assist Haiti in the aftermath of powerful Hurricane Matthew with the World Food Program (WFP) today helping to provide supplies for some 750,000 people, while the UN health agency and its regional partner have appealed to donors for $9 million for emergency health operations.
  • UN deputy chief briefs Member States on new UN approach to cholera outbreak in Haiti UN News 14 Oct 2016 -- Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today that the first track of the new United Nations approach to tackling cholera involves intensifying efforts to treat and eliminate the disease and boost access to clean water and sanitation; and the second track aims to develop a framework proposal to Member States for material assistance to those Haitians most affected by cholera after the 2010 outbreak.
  • President Obama Further Eases Restrictions on Cuba VOA 14 Oct 2016 -- U.S. President Barack Obama's administration announced Friday the easing of restrictions on Cuba in an attempt to create more economic opportunities between the two countries.
  • Syrian Terror Suspect Wasn't Placed in 'Secure Cell' Due to Legal Restrictions Sputnik 14 Oct 2016 -- On Wednesday night, 22-year-old Syrian migrant Jaber al-Bakr, suspected of plotting a terrorist attack in Germany committed suicide in one of the pre-trial detention facilities in Leipzig. In an interview with Sputnik, Saxony's Minister of Justice Sebastian Gemkov commented on the issue.
  • Two Wisconsin Men Charged With Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIL US Dept. of Justice 14 Oct 2016 -- Jason Michael Ludke, 35, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin has been charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization. Yosvany Padylla-Conde, 30, also of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was charged in the same complaint with aiding and abetting Ludke's attempt to provide material support to ISIL.
  • UN refugee agency welcomes France's decision to close Calais 'jungle' camp UN News 14 Oct 2016 -- The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed the announcement by President François Hollande earlier this month that France will close the informal camp for refugees and migrants in the northern port town of Calais, stressing the vital importance of finding proper alternative accommodation for the thousands of people there.
  • Twitter Tricks: Will The Real Gulnara Karimova Please Stand Up? RFE/RL 14 Oct 2016 -- Speculation about the fate of Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of the late Uzbek President Islam Karimov once tipped as his potential successor, has gripped Central Asia and observers of the region ever since she vanished from public life amid a corruption scandal more than two years ago. So Uzbek social media was understandably set ablaze when a new Twitter account earlier this month began publishing a stream of posts suggesting Karimova herself was the author of the tweets.



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