05 December 2016 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 05 Dec 2016 [PDF]
- Counter-ISIL Strikes Target Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 05 Dec 2016 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 05 Dec 2016 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh
Defense Policy / Programs
- Newly redesigned TF33 engine tested at Arnold AFB AFNS 05 Dec 2016 -- Testing of the TF33 Pratt and Whitney engine is being conducted at Arnold Engineering Development Center to verify and validate newly redesigned components of the engine.
- USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Transits Suez, Enters US 6th Fleet NNS 05 Dec 2016 -- The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (Ike CSG) entered the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of European allies and regional and coalition partners as part of a routine deployment, Dec. 4.
- Coronado Increases Readiness Through Training, Operations at Sea NNS 05 Dec 2016 -- Following a five-day underway in the South China Sea, littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) returned to Changi Naval Base in Singapore, Dec. 5.
- U.S.-Japan Alliance Never Stronger, Secretary Says AFPS 05 Dec 2016 -- The U.S. alliance with Japan has never been stronger, Defense Secretary Ash Carter today told reporters traveling with him on an around-the-world trip.
- Pre-ministerial press conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg NATO 05 Dec 2016
- NATO Ministers to Meet With Trump on Their Minds VOA 05 Dec 2016 -- NATO foreign ministers face a busy agenda as they meet for year-end talks Tuesday in Brussels, with closer ties with the European Union topping the list.
- Sky's the Limit: Russia's Unique Jamming System Getting Upgrade Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- There is nothing to compete with the advanced Borisoglebsk-2 Russian electronic warfare system either at home or abroad, Danil Gatilov, spokesman for Russia's United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation, told Sputnik.
- Russian Aerospace Forces Adopt 2nd Regimental Set of S-400 Systems in Month Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- According to Russian Defense Ministry, Russia's Aerospace Forces have started adopting a new regimental set of the long-range S-400 Triumf air defense systems at the Kapustin Yar testing range in the Astrakhan Region.
- Russian Army Holds Drills in Far East Using Deadly Tyulpan Mortars Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- An artillery division in Russia's Far East practiced the deployment of self-propelled mortars 2S4 Tyulpan and struck a mock enemy avoiding the retaliatory strike.
- Government of Peru - Reconditioned Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicles DSCA 05 Dec 2016 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Peru for Reconditioned Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicles and related support, equipment, and training. The estimated cost is $668 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on December 2, 2016.
- Government of Finland - F/A-18 Mid-Life Upgrade Program DSCA 05 Dec 2016 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Finland for F/A-18 Mid-Life Upgrade Program and related support, equipment, and training. The estimated cost is $156 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on December 2, 2016.
- Government of Australia - AEA-18G Electronic Warfare Range System DSCA 05 Dec 2016 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia for AEA-18G Electronic Warfare Range System and related support, equipment, and training. The estimated cost is $115 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on December 2, 2016.
- UK Signs $125 Million Next-Gen Predator Deal Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- The UK has signed a $125 million contract to develop upgraded Predator drones from US weapons maker General Atomic; buying the new aircraft may push the deal to $1 billion.
- In China's backyard, India to Train Vietnam Pilots Fly Sukhoi Jets Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- India's main focus is to export naval vessels in order to make its presence felt beyond the Malacca Straits. But it is also trying to leverage the commonality of Russian equipment with Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia.
- Indian Army to Equip T-90 Tanks for Night Fighting Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- India is trying to play catch up with China and Pakistan in 24X7 armoured warfare. Only half of India's tanks are configured for night warfare as against Pakistan's 80 per cent and China's 100 per cent.
- Indian Navy Warship Suffers Massive Damage, Two Missing Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- This year's winner of the Indian Navy's "most spirited ship" award ended its life after an accident at a naval dockyard. In the past five years, Indian Navy has witnessed more than two dozen accidents leading to the loss of three major naval warships including a Kilo class submarine.
- Taiwan will not decommission Mirage fighters early: official CNA 05 Dec 2016 -- Mirage fighters purchased from France have superb performance and Taiwan has no plans to decommission them ahead of schedule, Deputy National Defense Minister Lee Hsi-ming (李喜明) said on Monday.
- China's rise cannot be contained: Singapore defense minister People's Daily 05 Dec 2016 -- Singaporean Minister of Defense Ng Eng Hen said on Dec. 4 that it is "neither possible nor strategically necessary" to contain China's rise.
- Chinese aircraft circled around Taiwan for first time: MND CNA 05 Dec 2016 -- Chinese aircraft circled around Taiwan on Nov. 25 for the first time on a long-distance training mission, Deputy National Defense Minister Lee Hsi-ming (李喜明) confirmed Monday.
- China Tests Nearly a Dozen Missiles Since Trump's Surprise Victory Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- After US President-elect Donald Trump defied recent geopolitical norm by speaking with the president of Taiwan, the Chinese military tested ten DF-21 missiles in November as part of a show of force, ostensibly intended for Trump, per the Washington Free Beacon.
- FM spokesman: Russia not to use Iran military base for time being IRNA 05 Dec 2016 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said there are no plans for Russia to use Iran's military bases for the time being.
- Seoul Fears North Korean Provocation Amid Political Crisis, Ready to Repel Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman Jeon Ha-kyu said any North Korean provocation would be equal "to self-destruction."
- South Korea to Increase Missile Defense Spending by $143Mln in 2017 Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- South Korea will increase spending on missile defense systems by $143 million in 2017 amid North Korean threat.
- 'Sky Turk': First Turkish Spy Satellite Blast Off From French Guiana Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- Turkey's first first high-definition reconnaissance satellite was launched on Monday from the Kourou space center in French Guiana, Turkey's NTV television reported.
- Pilot dies after warplane crashes in east-central Jordan Press TV 05 Dec 2016 -- A single-engine, supersonic and multirole F-16 fighter jet of the Royal Jordanian Air Force has gone down in the country's east-central province of Zarqa after take-off during a training mission.
- Philippines Working to Intensify Military Cooperation With Russia Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- Establishing a military alliance is not on the Manila-Moscow agenda, according to Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Jr.
- December 5, 2016 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 05 Dec 2016
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 12/5/16 The White House 05 Dec 2016
- 5 December 2016 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 05 Dec 2016
- Global humanitarian appeal for 2017 requires record $22.2 billion in funding - UN UN News 05 Dec 2016 -- The world is facing a humanitarian crisis that will require a record $22.2 billion in funding for 2017 to support nearly 93 million of the most vulnerable and marginalized people, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today as it launched a relief aid appeal.
- UN Launches Record Appeal for Nearly 93 Million Vulnerable People VOA 05 Dec 2016 -- The United Nations is launching a record appeal of $22.2 billion to provide life-saving assistance for nearly 93 million of the world's most vulnerable people in 33 countries.
- UN humanitarian agency appeals for $22.2bn in aid for 2017 Press TV 05 Dec 2016 -- The United Nations (UN)'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has requested a record sum of 22.2 billion dollars for its humanitarian work in 2017.
- UN agency urges EU to adopt stronger and more pro-active approach on refugees UN News 05 Dec 2016 -- The United Nations refugee agency today proposed far-reaching reforms of Europe's management of refugees, including the asylum system, recalling that scenes of chaos at borders last year led to a breakdown in the public's trust in the capacity of governments to manage the refugee challenge and played into the hands of those wishing to turn those fleeing for their lives into scapegoats.
- Saudi jets attack Pakistani boat off Yemen, kill six sailors Press TV 05 Dec 2016 -- At least six Pakistani sailors have reportedly been killed after a Saudi strike targeted their boat off the Yemeni coast.
- Russian Aircraft Carrier Off Syria Loses Second Fighter Jet In Weeks RFE/RL 05 Dec 2016 -- The Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov has lost an Su-33 fighter jet, the second warplane based on the ship to be involved in an accident since it arrived off Syria's coast as part of Russia's campaign in support of government forces in the civil war there.
- Russian Su-33 Skids Off Admiral Kuznetsov Aircraft Carrier, Pilot Unharmed Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- A Russian Su-33 fighter jet has skidded off the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean while landing but the pilot ejected and his life is not in danger, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday.
- Russia Delivers Over 710,000 Tonnes of Military Supplies for Syrian Operations Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- The Russian military has transported over 710,000 tonnes of military supplies to Syria since the start of its ongoing counter-terrorist operation in the Arab country, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Dmitry Bulgakov said Monday.
- Russian warplane crashes into Mediterranean off Syria coast, pilot safe Press TV 05 Dec 2016 -- Russia says one of its twin-engine air superiority Sukhoi Su-33 fighter jets has crashed into the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Syria, after it rolled off the deck while landing on the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov.
- Russia blames US, UK, France for militants' hospital shelling in Syria's Aleppo Press TV 05 Dec 2016 -- Two Russian medics have been killed in a militant shelling of a Russian field military hospital in the Syrian city of Aleppo, with Moscow blaming the US, UK and France for the attack.
- Russia will keep up support for Syria in anti-terror fight: Lavrov Press TV 05 Dec 2016 -- The Russian foreign minister says Moscow and the US will soon hold talks on the withdrawal of militants from the city of Aleppo, stressing his country's full support for Syria in its fight against the Takfiri terrorists.
- Moscow Says Russian Medics Killed In Aleppo Attack, Blames Rebels And West RFE/RL 05 Dec 2016 -- The Russian Defense Ministry says two Russian female army medics were killed on December 5 and a third medic was seriously wounded in what it said was the rebel shelling of a field hospital in the Syrian city of Aleppo.
- Russian Female Medic Wounded by Militants' Shelling of Aleppo Hospital Dies Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- One of the two Russian medics wounded by militants' shelling of a hospital in Aleppo has died, the Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said on Monday. Doctors are fighting for the life of the second wounded medic, a pediatrician.
- Security Council fails to adopt resolution calling for ceasefire in Aleppo UN News 05 Dec 2016 -- The United Nations Security Council today failed to adopt a resolution calling for a seven-day ceasefire in Aleppo that would allow humanitarian aid to reach people trapped in the war-ravaged Syrian city.
- Russia; China Block 7-Day Cease-fire for Aleppo VOA 05 Dec 2016 -- Russia wielded its U.N. Security Council veto Monday, blocking imposition of a 7-day cease-fire in the Syrian city of Aleppo so that humanitarian aid could reach the city's besieged eastern neighborhoods.
- Kerry: Syrian Settlement Still Possible, Talks Continue Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- A political settlement for the conflict in Syria is still possible and negotiations with opposition in Aleppo are continuing, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.
- 'Daesh retreats from major site in Mosul' Press TV 05 Dec 2016 -- The Takfiri Daesh terrorist group has completely withdrawn from a major site they were using for logistical and housing purposes in the Iraqi city of Mosul after destroying all buildings there as security forces approached, a report says.
- Iraqi Army Says Liberates Eight Villages North of Mosul From Daesh Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- Iraqi army liberated eight settlements north of Mosul from the Daesh terrorists, according to the operation command.
- Iraqi Troops Kill Daesh 'Oil Minister' of Nineveh Province in Mosul Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- Iraqi special forces on Monday killed the Daesh terrorist group's "oil minister" of the country's northern province of Nineveh during the operation to retake the occupied city of Mosul, Iraq's Counter Terrorism Service's press service said.
- Soviet-Made Floating Bridges Become a Lifeline for Mosul Operation Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- The Soviet-made military pontoon bridges have played a crucial role in supporting the US-led coalition's offensive on Daesh terrorists in Iraq's Mosul, according to the Russian newspaper Izvestia.
- Iraq: UN delivers live-saving medicines and medical supplies inside Mosul UN News 05 Dec 2016 -- United Nations health agencies have delivered critical medicines and medical supplies to treat almost 13,000 people in the Iraqi city of Mosul, where the Government forces have been staging a military campaign against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Da'esh) terrorists.
- Forces loyal to Libyan unity government fully liberate Sirte Press TV 05 Dec 2016 -- Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed government have fully liberated the militant stronghold of Sirte from the Daesh Takfiri terrorists, officials say.
- Daesh Defeat in Sirte Marks New Chapter for Libya Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- Libyan forces have announced that after six months of fierce fighting to vanquish Daesh from the coastal city of Sirte, the city has been liberated.
- Libyan Army Seizes Control of the Country, Declares State of Emergency Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- In an apparent attempt to restore stability in the beleaguered country, Libyan armed forces have declared a state of emergency, temporarily putting all democratic processes on hold.
- Paramilitary troops kill five militants in southwestern Pakistan Press TV 05 Dec 2016 -- At least five militants from the outlawed terrorist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) have been killed in a shootout with Pakistani paramilitary forces in the southwestern province of Balochistan.
- China dispatches third peacekeeping infantry battalion to South Sudan People's Daily 05 Dec 2016 -- China despatched the first 120 of a 700-member peacekeeping infantry battalion to Juba, capital of South Sudan on Dec. 4.
- Clashes in central DR Congo leave 23 dead: Official Press TV 05 Dec 2016 -- Tribal clashes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have claimed the lives of nearly two dozen people over the past three days, a government official says.
- Lebanese army raids northern town after deadly attack Press TV 05 Dec 2016 -- The Lebanese army has launched a search operation in the northern parts of the country to find the gunmen who killed two soldiers a night before.
- Central African Republic: UN completes investigations into allegations pf sexual abuse by peacekeepers UN News 05 Dec 2016 -- The United Nations announced today that it has completed an internal investigation into allegations of sexual abuse against Burundian and Gabonese peacekeepers deployed in Dekoa, Kemo prefecture, Central African Republic (CAR).
- UN Identifies 41 Peacekeepers Accused of CAR Sex Abuse VOA 05 Dec 2016 -- The United Nations says it has identified 41 peacekeepers accused of sexual abuse in the Central African Republic.
- At Genocide Trial, Prosecutor Says Mladic Wanted Muslims To 'Vanish Completely' RFE/RL 05 Dec 2016 -- Prosecutors have begun their closing arguments at the genocide trial of former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic in The Hague.
- Former Serb Military Commander Back in Courtroom for Closing Arguments VOA 05 Dec 2016 -- Former Serb military commander Ratko Mladic is back in The Hague Monday as his trial for genocide and war crimes in the 1990s' conflict nears an end.
- Tweets, Phone Call Shake China's View of Trump Presidency VOA 05 Dec 2016 -- Many in China initially welcomed the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States, viewing it as a win for Beijing and believing that as a businessman his approach would be more straightforward than that of his opponent.
- Taiwan's diplomatic situation stable after Trump-Tsai call CNA 05 Dec 2016 -- Ties between Taiwan and its diplomatic allies remain stable after the Dec. 2 phone conversation between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, the Presidential Office said on Monday.
- Ex-U.S. officials view Tsai's call to Trump as positive development CNA 05 Dec 2016 -- Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) congratulatory phone call to United States President-elect Donald Trump last week has been described by two former U.S. officials as a positive development in the ties between the two sides.
- Trump's talk with Taiwan's leader just a courtesy call: U.S. officials CNA 05 Dec 2016 -- United States Vice-President-elect Mike Pence and a senior aide to President-elect Donald Trump both said Sunday that Trump's phone call with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) last week was just a courtesy call and did not signal any plans to change U.S. foreign policy.
- U.S.-Taiwan ties, cross-strait peace not conflicting: MAC head CNA 05 Dec 2016 -- Taiwan thinks it is equally important to maintain good relations with the United States and pursue peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Monday.
- White House Says US-Taiwan Ties Limited, But Contacts, Joint Work Persist Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- US-Taiwan relations have for years operated within certain limits but still allow for some degree of communication and partnership, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Monday.
- Presidential aide warns against practical violation of JCPOA IRNA 05 Dec 2016 -- In the face of the US Senate decision on renewal of Iran Sanctions Act (ISA), Iran's response should be predicated on mechanisms provided by the landmark nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), says an advisor to President Hassan Rouhani.
- Speaker: JCPOA committee should address new US sanctions against Iran IRNA 05 Dec 2016 -- Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said here on Monday that the Committee to Monitor and Supervise Implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) should decide on how to deal with new sanctions against Iran.
- Judiciary chief: Iran to respond to US breach of JCPOA IRNA 05 Dec 2016 -- Judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani said on Monday that Iran is ready to give response to US breach of nuclear deal by extension of Iran Sanctions Act.
- AEOI chief strongly protests to US counterpart on extension of sanctions IRNA 05 Dec 2016 -- Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi strongly protested to the US Energy Minister Ernest Moniz on extension of sanctions against Iran.
- Chinese FM terms JCPOA as a multilateral document IRNA 05 Dec 2016 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is a multilateral document endorsed by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and should not be affected by domestic developments of countries.
- Qasemi: Iran not concerned with renewal of sanctions IRNA 05 Dec 2016 -- Foreign Minister spokesman Bahram Qasemi said the Iranian government will defend the rights of its nation and is not concerned with renewal of sanctions.
- FM spokesman calls on EU countries not to allow US to breach JCPOA IRNA 05 Dec 2016 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi on Monday called on European countries to play their historic role to discourage the US from breach of the nuclear deal struck by Group 5+1.
- Salehi: Iran will give strong reaction to US breach of JCPOA IRNA 05 Dec 2016 -- Vice-President and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali-Akbar Salehi said on Monday that Iran will give strong reaction to the United States breach of JCPOA.
- Iran vows tough reaction if JCPOA violated: Salehi Press TV 05 Dec 2016 -- Iran will show a "resolute and tough" reaction to any violation of a landmark nuclear agreement it signed with the P5+1 group of countries in 2015, the Iranian nuclear chief says.
- US not empowered to violate nuclear deal: Iran Press TV 05 Dec 2016 -- Iran says the United States is not empowered to violate the nuclear agreement reached between the Islamic Republic and six world countries last year.
- China FM warns against obstruction of Iran nuclear deal Press TV 05 Dec 2016 -- China has warned that no party to the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and world countries should allow its domestic upheavals to adversely affect its commitment to the accord.
- Iran reserves right to respond to US extension of bans law: Nuclear chief Press TV 05 Dec 2016 -- Iran's nuclear chief says the country reserves the right to retaliate as it sees fit against a move by the US Congress to extend the Iran Sanctions Act.
- Iran, China Urge Countries to Continue to Adhere to Nuclear Deal VOA 05 Dec 2016 -- The foreign ministers of China and Iran have urged the governments that signed the Iran nuclear deal to continue to adhere to the agreement regardless of "any changes in the domestic situations of the countries concerned."
- Iran Promises 'Prompt Response' if US Sanctions are Extended Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said December 4 that his American counterpart Barack Obama should not sign an extension of US sanctions against Tehran, because it would be a violation of the Iran nuclear deal.
- New Zealand's prime minister announces sudden resignation Press TV 05 Dec 2016 -- New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key says he is resigning after some eight years in office, taking the country by surprise with the abrupt announcement.
- New Zealand Prime Minister Resigns Suddenly, Says He's Not a 'Career Politician' Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key announced his resignation unexpectedly on Monday after eight years in office.
- Italy's Renzi Delays Resignation Until Budget Passed RFE/RL 05 Dec 2016 -- Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has agreed to delay his resignation until parliament approves the 2017 budget, which could be done as early as this week.
- Renzi Vows to Resign After Constitutional Referendum Failure Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Monday said he will resign later in the day amid exit polls showing the failure of the country's constitutional referendum.
- Four years on, frugality campaign curbs corruption and wins hearts People's Daily 05 Dec 2016 -- Antique dealer Mr. Zhang is concerned about his once successful business and how to feed his family on the pittance he now makes.
- South Korean tycoons line up for biggest corruption probe Press TV 05 Dec 2016 -- The South Korean parliament has kicked off an unprecedented series of hearings that will see top business heads grilled over their alleged connections with President Park Geun-hye's influence-peddling scandal.
- Russian Court Refuses To Throw Out Case Against Navalny RFE/RL 05 Dec 2016 -- A Russian court has refused to dismiss a politically charged case in which Aleksei Navalny, a prominent foe of President Vladimir Putin, is accused of large-scale theft from state companies.
- New IS Spokesman Takes Aim at West, Turkey and Iran VOA 05 Dec 2016 -- A new chief spokesman for the Islamic State is urging supporters to target the terror group's enemies wherever they find them and "burn the ground under their feet."
- Erdogan Calls for Protection of Turkish Lira During Crisis VOA 05 Dec 2016 -- Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims the sharp decline of the Turkish lira is the latest plot to unseat him from power. A failed coup took place in July, and Erdogan is warning that what conspirators could not achieve with tanks, they are now trying by financial means.
- Greek Court Rejects Extradition of Turkish Soldiers Accused in Coup Attempt VOA 05 Dec 2016 -- A Greek court has ruled against the extradition of three Turkish soldiers accused by Ankara of involvement in a failed coup last summer.
- UK Supreme Court to decide if government can trigger Brexit process Press TV 05 Dec 2016 -- The UK Supreme Court has begun a hearing into a landmark case to decide whether the government can trigger the process of Britain's exit from the European Union without the parliament's approval.
- UK Supreme Court Hearing Over Brexit Constitutional Claim Explained Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- The highest civil court in the UK, the Supreme Court, is Monday (December 5) hearing a legal challenge to the British Government that will have serious implications for the decision to leave the European Union as well as for the historic sovereignty of parliament, as Sputnik explains.
- Gambian Court Orders Release of Opposition Leader, 18 Protesters VOA 05 Dec 2016 -- A Gambian court has ordered the release of an opposition leader and 18 other political prisoners, just days after President Yahya Jammeh lost the recent presidential election and agreed to step aside.
- Philippines Vice President Resigns Cabinet Post VOA 05 Dec 2016 -- Philippines Vice President Leni Robredo has resigned from her Cabinet post after President Rodrigo Duterte banned her from attending Cabinet meetings.
- Cameroon Defends Security Forces' Response to Protests VOA 05 Dec 2016 -- The government of Cameroon says its security forces did not abuse protesters during clashes in two regions last month. Students and professionals in English-speaking parts of Cameroon were denouncing what they call the overbearing influence of the French language in the bilingual country. The United States has expressed deep concern about the situation.
- Mirziyaev Declared Winner Of Uzbekistan's Presidential Election RFE/RL 05 Dec 2016 -- Uzbekistan's Central Election Commission says that acting President Shavkat Mirziyaev has won the December 4 presidential election with 88.6 percent of the vote.
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