30 January 2018 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 30 Jan 2018 [PDF]
- American military bases in Middle East. Why does US have them? Press TV 30 Jan 2018 -- The United States has military bases in around 150 countries, some of which are not officially classed as American bases and some are not formally acknowledged by the US. The number of bases in total exceeds 1,000 worldwide, many of them are located in the Middle East.
- 'Human Error' Blamed For Reclassification Of Afghan War Data RFE/RL 30 Jan 2018 -- The U.S. military has said that "a human error in labeling" led to the accidental classification of previously available information about the war in Afghanistan.
- Taliban Reacts Sharply to Trump's 'No Peace Talks' Remarks VOA 30 Jan 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of peace talks with the Taliban has provoked a strong reaction from the Islamist insurgency, while lead Afghan clerics advocate against continuation of military action to end the war in Afghanistan.
- Pakistan Says 27 Taliban, Haqqani Militants Handed Over to Afghanistan VOA 30 Jan 2018 -- Pakistan disclosed Tuesday it recently extradited 27 suspected Taliban and Haqqani militants to Afghanistan as part of an effort to stop insurgents from using Pakistani soil for cross-border terrorist activities, information Islamabad kept confidential until now.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US Senators Slam Pentagon's Leaked Report Over Potential Risks of Nuclear War Sputnik 30 Jan 2018 -- More than a dozen of US senators in a letter warned President Donald Trump that the administration's policies detailed in a leaked Defense Department report will likely lead to the outbreak of a nuclear war.
- Trump Issues Order to Keep Guantanamo Open VOA 30 Jan 2018 -- A new executive order, issued as U.S. President Donald Trump gave his State of the Union address, cancels a 2009 order in which President Barack Obama promised to close the Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba.
- Trump Calls for Ending Sequester, Keeping Guantanamo Open AFPS 30 Jan 2018 -- The United States faces myriad dangers from rogue regimes and global competitors, and the nation must have a strong defense to discourage these rivals and forge a world of peace, President Donald J. Trump said in his State of the Union address tonight.
- Budget Impasse, Continuing Resolutions Pose Problems for DoD AFPS 30 Jan 2018 -- The Defense Department still doesn't have a budget and is still operating under a continuing resolution, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said to the Defense Writers Group here today.
- Selva Describes Reality of Great Power Competition AFPS 30 Jan 2018 -- Great power competition is back, and its emphasis in the National Security Strategy and the National Defense Strategy is a recognition of something "we should have recognized 10 years ago," the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at a Defense Writers Group breakfast today.
- Keel Laid for Future USNS Miguel Keith NNS 30 Jan 2018 -- The future USNS Miguel Keith (ESB 5) held a keel laying ceremony Jan. 30, at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard, San Diego.
- Boxer Receives Highest Ever Score on Supply Assessment NNS 30 Jan 2018 -- Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) passed the Supply Management Certification (SMC) 1.1 assessment Jan. 26, with the highest recorded SMC 1.1 score of any ship in the Pacific Fleet - 95.73 percent.
- US Upgrades Biggest Bunker Buster Bomb Sputnik 30 Jan 2018 -- The largest non-nuclear explosive in the US military – bigger even than the so-called "Mother of All Bombs (MOAB)" ordnance dropped by the US military on Daesh-affiliated militants in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan last year – has recently been upgraded, according to a recent report.
- Qatar to make US presence at al-Udeid airbase permanent: Defense chief Press TV 30 Jan 2018 -- Qatar's defense minister says Doha plans to expand US military's al-Udeid airbase and to make the facility and US presence there "permanent."
- 'Big Plan': Qatar to Make US Presence at Al Udeid Air Base Permanent Sputnik 30 Jan 2018 -- The government of Qatar is expanding US military's Al Udeid Air Base and seeks to make the facility and US presence there "permanent," Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah said during remarks at a think tank in Washington, DC on Monday.
- Russian Su-27 jet safely intercepts US spy plane over Black Sea Press TV 30 Jan 2018 -- A Russian Su-27 jet has intercepted a US Lockheed EP-3 surveillance plane over the Black Sea.
- Russian Fighter Flies Within 1.5 Meters Of U.S. Navy Plane RFE/RL 30 Jan 2018 -- Washington says a Russian military jet engaged in an "unsafe interaction" with a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the Black Sea on January 29, coming within 1.5 meters and crossing directly in front of the U.S. plane.
- Seoul Accuses China of Violating Their Air Defense Identification Zone - Again Sputnik 30 Jan 2018 -- South Korea accused China on Monday of flying a military aircraft through their air defense identification zone without alerting Seoul of the flight beforehand. This is the second alleged Chinese violation of South Korea's air defense identification zone in as many months.
- Military plane crashes in SW China's Guizhou: PLA air force People's Daily 30 Jan 2018 -- A military plane crashed in Guizhou Province on Monday during a training session, PLA air force said on its official Weibo account.
- Military aircraft crashes in SW China People's Daily 30 Jan 2018 -- A Chinese military aircraft crashed in Suiyang County, Guizhou during training, the Chinese Air Force has confirmed.
- China Needs Strengthened Nuclear Capabilities to Be Superpower - Newspaper Sputnik 30 Jan 2018 -- China must establish trustworthy nuclear deterrence capabilities and boost its nuclear counter-strike capabilities to strengthen the strategic balance of power and support the nation's global status as a superpower, the official newspaper of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), the nation's military, said Tuesday.
- Hungary Wants Exemptions To EU Arms Embargo On Belarus: Sources RFE/RL 30 Jan 2018 -- BRUSSELS -- Hungary is seeking the introduction of more exemptions to the European Union's arms embargo on Belarus, according to several sources familiar with the matter.
- Iranian Navy's flotilla of warships sets sail for high seas Press TV 30 Jan 2018 -- A flotilla of Iranian warships has left the country's southern port city of Bandar Abbas for high seas on a routine mission to maintain the Islamic Republic's power in international waters.
- Israel Leaning Toward F-15 Purchase, Away from F-35 - Report Sputnik 30 Jan 2018 -- The Israeli Air Force is closing in on a May decision deadline at which point the military must choose whether to buy upgraded F-15I or F-35 aircraft. The IAF general responsible for making the recommendation is leaning away from Lockheed Martin's fifth-generation aircraft, Haaretz reports.
- Taiwanese Military Practices Repelling Sea Invasion in Live-Fire Drills Sputnik 31 Jan 2018 -- Taiwan conducted live-fire drills on Tuesday to simulate fending off an amphibious invasion as tensions mount between Taipei, Beijing and Washington.
- Thailand praises capabilities of new tanks imported from China People's Daily 30 Jan 2018 -- The Royal Thai Army conducted tests of the China-built VT4 main battle tank, also known as the MBT3000, on Friday at the Royal Thai Army Cavalry Centre at Adisorn military camp in Saraburi. Reporters were there to witness the tests take place.
- 30 January 2018 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 30 Jan 2018
- Millions of children in crisis zones face 'bleak future,' UNICEF warns, launching emergency appeal UN News 30 Jan 2018 -- Children are the most vulnerable when conflict or disaster causes the collapse of essential services such as healthcare and unless the international community takes urgent action to protect and provide life-saving assistance to them, "they face an increasingly bleak future," the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned Tuesday, launching a $3.6 billion emergency appeal.
- China blasts companies for omitting South China Sea islands from national maps People's Daily 30 Jan 2018 -- Chinese authorities on Monday issued a "shame list" of eight companies that have misused China's national map, noting that such mistakes should not be tolerated.
- China, Japan Vow to Establish Military Hotline to Avoid Maritime Incidents Sputnik 30 Jan 2018 -- During Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono's visit to Beijing, the top diplomats of China and Japan agreed to establish a hotline to avoid maritime military incidents.
- Militants in South Yemen Seize Control Over Aden - Source Sputnik 30 Jan 2018 -- Armed units of the militant Southern Transitional Council have seized control over practically the entire territory of the city of Aden, a high-ranking Yemeni government source told Sputnik on Tuesday.
- Yemen Deadlock: PM Reportedly Plans to Flee as Palace Seized Sputnik 30 Jan 2018 -- More than twenty people have already been killed in heavy clashes between the pro-government forces and supporters of the Southern Transitional Council in Yemen's port city of Aden.
- Houthis Reportedly Fire Ballistic Missile at Riyadh Airport Sputnik 30 Jan 2018 -- Riyadh has yet to comment on the claims. The reported attack comes just 10 days after the Saudi military intercepted a Houthi missile fired from Yemen.
- Coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen calls on all parties in Aden to immediately stop all clashes, confirms it will take all necessary measures to restore security, stability in Aden SPA 30 Jan 2018 -- The Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen announced that, supplementing the statement issued on 10/5/1439 H on the events taking place in the city of Aden and the consequent disruption of security and stability and the fall of a number of civilian casualties,
- Yemeni army, allies fire ballistic missile at Saudi Arabia's King Khalid International Airport Press TV 30 Jan 2018 -- Yemeni army forces and allied fighters from Popular Committees have reportedly launched a locally designed and manufactured ballistic missile toward an area deep inside Saudi Arabia in response to the Riyadh regime's devastating aerial bombardment campaign against its crisis-stricken southern neighbor.
- Yemen's former PM to flee Aden as separatist seize presidential palace Press TV 30 Jan 2018 -- Yemen's self-proclaimed prime minister is reportedly preparing to flee to Saudi Arabia after the UAE-backed separatists seized the presidential palace in the southern port city of Aden, where they have been engaged in fierce clashes with rival Riyadh-sponsored militants.
- Turkey says 5 soldiers killed in Syria's Afrin as offensive continues Press TV 30 Jan 2018 -- Turkey's Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli says five Turkish soldiers and 24 allied militants from the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) have lost their lives in the ongoing cross-border offensive in Syria's northwestern region of Afrin against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).
- Five Turkish Servicemen Killed During Ankara's Op in Afrin - Defense Minister Sputnik 30 Jan 2018 -- A total of five Turkish troops have been killed since the start of Ankara's military operation against Kurdish forces in Syria's Afrin district, the country's Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said Tuesday.
- Turkey's General Staff Refutes Rumors of Using Napalm in Syria's Afrin Sputnik 30 Jan 2018 -- The Turkish armed forces are not using napalm, biological or chemical weapons during their operation in Syria's district of Afrin, the Turkish General Staff said Tuesday in a statement.
- Turkish Warplanes Reportedly Hit Targets in Iraq Amid Afrin Op Sputnik 30 Jan 2018 -- Baghdad has yet to comment on the information. The reported strikes take place days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that Ankara aims to clear its borders from terrorists up until Iraq.
- Syria targets Turkish military convoy with artillery fire: Reports Press TV 30 Jan 2018 -- Media reports have surfaced suggesting the Syrian army has targeted a Turkish military convoy traveling in the Arab country's northwest with artillery fire.
- Iran military advisory forces will leave Syria after terror fight success: Diplomat Press TV 30 Jan 2018 -- A senior Iranian official says Iranian military advisory forces entered Syria at the request of the Syrian government and will leave the Arab country after the success of the fight against terrorism.
- 8,500 Syrian refugees still held in Jordanian no-go camp: Aid groups Press TV 30 Jan 2018 -- International aid groups say about 8,500 Syrian refugees are still locked up behind barbed wire in a no-go section of Jordan's second-largest refugee camp.
- Russia's Sochi hosts final day of Syria talks Press TV 30 Jan 2018 -- Talks between the Syrian government and the opposition in the Russian resort city of Sochi enter their second and final day in the hope of paving the way for a peaceful settlement of the conflict gripping the Arab state.
- Russia-Hosted Syria Conference Calls For 'Democratic' Path RFE/RL 30 Jan 2018 -- A conference in Russia aimed at helping resolve Syria's seven-year civil war concluded on January 30 with a final statement that endorsed the country's territorial integrity and called for self-determination through "democratic" elections.
- Relentless fighting in Syria continues to exact terrible toll on civilians, says UN deputy aid chief UN News 30 Jan 2018 -- Hostilities in Syria continues to drive hundreds of thousands from their homes and the number of displaced in the seemingly unending conflict continues to rise along with the suffering of affected communities, the United Nations deputy humanitarian chief said Tuesday, calling on all parties to ensure the safety and protection of civilians caught up in the violence.
- Parties at Syria Talks Agree to Establish a Constitutional Committee VOA 30 Jan 2018 -- The U.N. Special Envoy on Syria says participants at peace talks in Sochi, Russia, have agreed to establish a committee that will draft the country's new constitution.
- US aid cut for Palestine fuels instability: UNRWA chief Press TV 30 Jan 2018 -- Head of the United Nations agency for Palestinians Pierre Krahenbuhl has slammed the "political dimension" of a US decision to cut funding for the body by more than half, warning that it could escalate instability across the Middle East.
- No US-Palestine talks until al-Quds decision reversed: Erekat Press TV 30 Jan 2018 -- Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat says Palestine will hold no talks with the US until the administration of President Donald Trump reverses its recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's capital.
- Jordan king urges global support for Palestinian rights in al-Quds Press TV 30 Jan 2018 -- Jordan's King Abdullah II has vowed to stand by the Palestinian cause, calling on the international community to defend the Palestinian nation's right to Jerusalem al-Quds amid US and Israeli attempts to change the ancient city's status quo.
- Palestinian Nation Reiterates Calls for Creation of Independent State – Envoy Sputnik 30 Jan 2018 -- Palestinian nation has reiterated its calls to end the Israeli occupation of its territories and called for the creation of an independent state within the 1967 borders with its capital in East Jerusalem, Palestine's Ambassador to Russia Abdel Hafiz Nofal said Tuesday.
- Amid funding crunch, UN agency seeks $800 million in lifesaving aid for Palestine refugees UN News 30 Jan 2018 -- Facing an acute funding shortage, the United Nations agency for Palestine refugees is seeking more than $800 million for its emergency programmes for Syria and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
- Nose to Nose: Ceasefire Between India and Pakistan on Verge of Unraveling Sputnik 30 Jan 2018 -- The fragile peace between nuclear powers India and Pakistan that has been continuously tested over the past few years has begun to break down, as both nations reported record number of ceasefire violations across the heavily militarized border that splits the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir.
- Indian Army Faces Murder Charges for Firing at Stone Throwers in Jammu & Kashmir Sputnik 30 Jan 2018 -- The murder charges have been slapped on the Indian army by the Jammu and Kashmir administration that has come under immense fire for not being able to stop civilian casualties in encounters between the security forces and insurgent groups seeking freedom of Kashmir from India.
- South Sudan Rebels Show Peace Gesture VOA 30 Jan 2018 -- The rebels of the Sudan People's Army in Opposition (SPLA IO), loyal to Riek Machar, said they handed over 15 South Sudan government soldiers to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) at the KoloPach airstrip in the Jonglei state.
- UN agency launches appeal to fund aid efforts in crisis-struck South Sudan UN News 30 Jan 2018 -- Amid worsening humanitarian situation in South Sudan and the number of persons in need of assistance continues to grow, the United Nations migration agency today launched a $103.7 million appeal to sustain critical and life-saving aid programmes.
- Thousands flee violence in eastern DR Congo, seek shelter in nearby countries - UN refugee agency UN News 30 Jan 2018 -- Surging violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is driving thousands of Congolese into neighbouring Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday.
- Thousands Fleeing DR Congo Amid Renewed Fighting in Country – UNHCR Sputnik 30 Jan 2018 -- A military offense against rebel groups by the Democratic Republic of Congo has forced more than 8,000 refugees into neighboring Burundi, Uganda and Tanzania in the past week, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesman Babar Baloch told reporters on Tuesday.
- President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address The White House 30 Jan 2018
- House Speaker Ryan Supports Release of Classified Memo VOA 30 Jan 2018 -- U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is defending a Republican-backed plan to release a classified memo allegedly showing bias at the Justice Department against President Donald Trump.
- CIA Boss Claims Russia Poised to Meddle in Yet Another US Election Sputnik 30 Jan 2018 -- Despite the fact that the ongoing US investigation into the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign has failed to produce any tangible results, a top American intelligence official now says that Moscow "will continue" to try and influence elections in the United States.
- CIA Chief Says Russia Will Try To Meddle In Midterm Elections RFE/RL 30 Jan 2018 -- CIA Director Mike Pompeo has said Russia will target U.S. midterm elections in November as part of the Kremlin's efforts to influence domestic politics across the West.
- Russia to 'target' US midterm polls: CIA chief Press TV 30 Jan 2018 -- The government of Russian President Vladimir Putin is preparing to "target" the midterm congressional elections that will be held later this year, says CIA Director Mike Pompeo, repeating claims that Moscow seeks to interfere in other countries' political affairs.
- US lifts ban on refugees from 11 countries, but adds they will face scrutiny Press TV 30 Jan 2018 -- The United States has resumed taking in refugees from what it calls 11 high-risk countries, adding however that refugees will face tougher scrutiny than in the past.
- Remarks at the High-Level Opening Session of the Inaugural U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue US Dept. of State 30 Jan 2018 -- Remarks by Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State, and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, and Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Muhammad al-Atiyah
- US Calls for De-escalating Tensions in Gulf VOA 30 Jan 2018 -- The United States is urging all sides in the ongoing Gulf dispute to de-escalate tensions and work to counter terrorism as well as Iran's influence in the region.
- Beijing responds to US jitters over cybersecurity People's Daily 30 Jan 2018 -- Beijing called for the international community on Monday to enhance dialogue and cooperation on the basis of mutual trust to jointly cope with cybersecurity threats.
- Background Briefing on the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) Section 231 US Dept. of State 30 Jan 2018
- Trump Administration Defends Decision Not to Immediately Impose New Russia Sanctions VOA 30 Jan 2018 -- The Trump administration on Tuesday defended its decision not to impose immediate sanctions on Russians named in a congressionally mandated report detailing the wealth and political activities of Kremlin insiders and billionaires.
- Russia's Elite Denounces US 'Putin' List VOA 30 Jan 2018 -- Russian officials from President Vladimir Putin on down have denounced the United States' publication of the so-called "Putin list" - a U.S. Treasury-issued registry of 210 Russians identified as close to the Russian leader - under a new sanctions law tied to allegations of Kremlin interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.
- US Issues List of Russian Politicians, Oligarchs But No New Sanctions VOA 30 Jan 2018 -- The U.S. Treasury Department has released a congressionally mandated list of Russian politicians and business figures who are close to President Vladimir Putin's government, along with their relationship to top leaders and their net worth.
- US to impose new sanctions on Russia soon Press TV 30 Jan 2018 -- The United States seeks to impose new sanctions on Russia "in the near future," under a new law designed to punish Moscow for alleged meddling in the 2016 US election.
- 'Kremlin List' signals breakdown of Russia-US ties: Senator Press TV 30 Jan 2018 -- Russian officials have slammed the US for publishing a blacklist of senior Russian government officials, with a senator saying the move is tantamount to a breakdown of already tense relations between the two sides.
- 'Kremlin Report' Targets Russian Elite, Putin Signals Muted Response RFE/RL 30 Jan 2018 -- The U.S. Treasury Department released a list of 210 officials and billionaires from Russia's ruling elite, exposing them to scrutiny and potential future sanctions in a move President Vladimir Putin called an "unfriendly act" and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said would "poison" ties for a long time to come.
- 'Hostile Provocation': Senior Russian Lawmaker Blasts Kremlin Report Sputnik 30 Jan 2018 -- The US Government has released the so-called Kremlin Report as part of its comprehensive sanctions package that targets Russia, according to leading Russian politician Frantz Klintsevich.
- US Treasury Secretary Says 'Kremlin Report' Will Trigger New Sanctions Sputnik 30 Jan 2018 -- The report that was published on Monday includes the list of over 200 top Russian officials and businessmen who could be sanctioned by the US administration in the future.
- US State Department: CAATSA Working, No Need for New Sanctions Against Russia Sputnik 30 Jan 2018 -- The US State Department informed Congress that sanctions legislation was already deterring Russian defense sales, hence additional penalties do not need to be imposed at this time. The move triggered a backlash from lawmakers who accused President Donald Trump's administration of being weak on Moscow.
- Moscow: Inclusion of Top Russian Officials in 'Kremlin List' Unprecedented Sputnik 30 Jan 2018 -- Senior officials of the Russian presidential administration and the government, including Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, have been added to the so-called "Kremlin Report," that could pave way for more anti-Russia sanctions.
- UN Mediator In Athens For Talks On Dispute With Macedonia RFE/RL 30 Jan 2018 -- UN mediator Matthew Nimetz on January 30 held talks with officials in Athens amid efforts to end a long-running dispute between Balkan neighbors Greece and Macedonia over the latter's official name.
- Somali leaders, international partners and UN determined to make Somalia famine resistant UN News 30 Jan 2018 -- One year after Somalia declared drought as a national emergency, famine has so far been averted due to collective and unprecedented humanitarian action, and on Tuesday, the country marked a turning point towards ending the cycle of recurring crises, with the launch of a Government-led, United Nations-supported humanitarian response plan.
- Doctors Arrested as Turkish Crackdown Widens on Dissent VOA 30 Jan 2018 -- Nine members of Turkey's medical association have been detained for voicing opposition to the ongoing Turkish-led military incursion into Syria against a Kurdish militia group. The arrests are part of a widening crackdown on dissent over the operation.
- UN warns sanctions starving North Korea children to death Press TV 30 Jan 2018 -- The United Nations Children's Fund has warned that hundreds of thousands of children could starve as a result of sanctions on North Korea. UNICEF said the inability of humanitarian staff to deliver aid there had put many children in lethal malnutrition condition.
- North Korean leader's brother met American before death: Lead Malaysian investigator Press TV 30 Jan 2018 -- The half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, who was killed last February, met a United States national, possibly an intelligence agent, at a hotel in Malaysia four days before his death, the lead Malaysian investigator in the case says.
- Deputy FM: Iran to stay in nuclear deal as long as its interest secured IRNA 30 Jan 2018 -- It was important for Iran that its enrichment right to be recognized, and Iran will stay in the nuclear deal as long as its interests are secured, said the Iranian deputy foreign minister.
- Iran will remain committed to JCPOA as long as EU continues to do so IRNA 30 Jan 2018 -- Head of Strategic Council on Foreign Relations Kamal Kharrazi said on Monday that as long as Europe remains committed to JCPOA and economic activities are in place, Iran will also comply with the deal.
- China's white paper on Arctic policy enhances trust, refutes "China threat" People's Daily 30 Jan 2018 -- China's white paper on its Arctic policy issued on Jan. 26 will enhance trust between China and international community and promote global Arctic governance, said People's Daily Overseas Edition in a report on Monday.
- Saudi attorney general: 56 elites still detained over corruption Press TV 30 Jan 2018 -- Saudi Arabian Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb says 56 out of 381 high profile figures previously detained as part of the country's so-called campaign against corruption are still in custody.
- All Detainees in Saudi Corruption Probe Released From Ritz Carlton - Reports Sputnik 30 Jan 2018 -- A number of former and incumbent Saudi officials, as well as princes, were detained by Saudi authorities amid the anti-corruption operation in the country, including 11 princes from the ruling family and four ministers from the current government. During the investigation, 320 people were questioned and over 2,000 bank accounts were frozen.
- UK worse off in all Brexit scenarios: Leaked report Press TV 30 Jan 2018 -- The UK will be worse off in all possible scenarios after leaving the European Union (EU), a leaked government report has revealed.
- Odinga symbolically sworn in as Kenya's 'people's president' Press TV 30 Jan 2018 -- Kenya now has a 'people's president' as the adamant opposition leader Raila Odinga is sworn in during a mock ceremony branded by the government as treason.
- Kenyan Opposition Leader 'Inaugurated President' by Supporters VOA 30 Jan 2018 -- Kenya's Interior Ministry has declared the opposition alliance known as the National Resistance Movement, or NRM, a criminal organization after the group's leader, Raila Odinga, in front of thousands of supporters, symbolically took the oath of "president" in defiance of last year's controversial election and of authorities who said his actions would be considered treason.
- In Ukraine, Ultranationalist Militia Strikes Fear In Some Quarters RFE/RL 30 Jan 2018 -- The gathering was large and formidable, with hundreds of mostly young men in fatigues keeping tight ranks on Kyiv's central Independence Square before marching in formation to a torch-lit fortress on a hillside in the Ukrainian capital.
- Criticism Growing Over Delays to Next Thai Poll VOA 30 Jan 2018 -- Thailand's military-led government is facing growing criticism for again delaying the next general election that is supposed to return the country to civilian rule, at least nominally.
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