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31 January 2018 Military News

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  • Trump Gives First State Of The Union Address RFE/RL 31 Jan 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has given his first State of the Union address to a joint session of U.S. Congress - a speech on January 30 that dwelt mainly on domestic U.S. issues, but was closely watched for clues about his intentions on foreign policy.
  • Trump demands U.S. foreign assistance money "only go to friends of America" People's Daily 31 Jan 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump asked Congress to pass a legislation to "help ensure American foreign-assistance dollars always serve American interests, and only go to friends of America" in his first State of the Union address Tuesday.
  • FBI Statement on HPSCI Memo FBI 31 Jan 2018 -- "With regard to the House Intelligence Committees memorandum, the FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it. As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memos accuracy."
  • FBI: 'Grave Concerns' About Accuracy of Classified Russia-Linked Surveillance Memo VOA 31 Jan 2018 -- The FBI said Wednesday it has "grave concerns" about the accuracy of a classified memo crafted by Republican lawmakers that allegedly shows bias at the Justice Department against U.S. President Donald Trump.
  • U.S. Senators Decry Decision To Hold Off On New Russia Sanctions RFE/RL 31 Jan 2018 -- U.S. senators have criticized President Donald Trump for not imposing new sanctions on Russia after his administration released a list of 210 officials and billionaires from the country's ruling elite, exposing them to scrutiny and potential future punitive measures.
  • US puts Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on terror blacklist Press TV 31 Jan 2018 -- The United States has put the leader of the Palestinian Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, on its so-called terror blacklist and imposed sanctions on him, raising tensions in the region following Washington's recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's capital.
  • State Department Terrorist Designations of Ismail Haniyeh, Harakat al-Sabireen, Liwa al-Thawra, and Harakat Sawa'd Misr (HASM) US Dept. of State 31 Jan 2018 -- The Department of State has designated Ismail Haniyeh, Harakat al-Sabireen, Liwa al Thawra, and Harakat Sawa'd Misr (HASM) as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224.
  • US Designates Hamas Political Leader as 'Global Terrorist' VOA 31 Jan 2018 -- Less than a week after threatening to cut aid to the Palestinians if they fail to pursue peace with Israel, the United States is sanctioning the political leader of Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls the Gaza Strip.
  • WP: Trump Administration Drops Victor Cha as Pick for Seoul Envoy KBS 31 Jan 2018 -- The White House will reportedly pass on its original candidate for U.S. ambassador to South Korea Victor Cha after he disagreed with President Donald Trump's policy on North Korea.
  • Briefing on the Preparations for a Safe and Secure 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea US Dept. of State 31 Jan 2018 -- Special Briefing by I. Steven (Steve) Goldstein, Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs; Michael T. Evanoff, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Diplomatic Security
  • Trump administration a racist billionaires' club: North Korea Press TV 31 Jan 2018 -- North Korea did not hesitate to lash out at US President Donald Trump over his country's "gross" human rights violations shortly after his first State of the Union speech in which he referred to the North's leadership as being "depraved." Pyongyang's "white paper" on the human rights situation in the US during Trump's first year in office accused his administration of being a billionaires' club engaged in a "policy of racism" while denying health care and freedom of press to its citizens.
  • Trump Condemns 'Depraved' North Korea In State of the Union VOA 31 Jan 2018 -- Calling North Korea a "depraved" and "cruel dictatorship," President Donald Trump, in his first State of the Union address, again promised to exert "maximum pressure" to prevent Pyongyang from developing nuclear missiles that can threaten the U.S. mainland.
  • Xi Jinping unanimously elected deputy to 13th NPC People's Daily 31 Jan 2018 -- HOHHOT, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- Xi Jinping was elected deputy to the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) by a unanimous vote at the first session of the 13th regional people's congress of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Tuesday.
  • Hong Kong Citizens Move to Taiwan in Waves After Political Upsets VOA 31 Jan 2018 -- As new problems surface this month between Beijing and Hong Kong, a world financial center under Chinese rule for the past two decades, the nearby democratic island of Taiwan is expecting another wave of fearful immigrants.
  • Iran blasts US spy chief's meddling remarks IRNA 31 Jan 2018 -- Spokesman for Iranian Foreign Ministry described the anti-Iran charges made by the director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as 'inexcusable and inappropriate'.
  • Iran MPs pass Rouhani's budget bill after initially rejecting it Press TV 31 Jan 2018 -- Iran's parliament has passed general outlines of President Hassan Rouhani's new budget bill after initially rejecting it over concerns that the proposed cuts could hit vulnerable people the hardest.
  • Rohani Says Iranian Leaders Must Listen To The People RFE/RL 31 Jan 2018 -- President Hassan Rohani has said that the Iranian people continue to support the clerical establishment despite foreign pressure but insisted that the country's leaders must listen to protesters behind a recent wave of unrest.
  • UK Government Ministers Pledge to Publish Brexit Impact Assessments Sputnik 31 Jan 2018 -- Documents leaked earlier this week revealed the extent of the government's attempts to cover up its dire economic projections for the aftermath of Brexit.
  • Egypt's Sisi vows to prevent repeat of 2011 uprising after election criticism Press TV 31 Jan 2018 -- Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has vowed to prevent a repeat of the 2011 uprising, threatening to take measures against anyone trying to destabilize the country, a day after opposition politicians called for a boycott of the March presidential election.
  • Powerful Uzbek Security Service Chief 'Dismissed' RFE/RL 31 Jan 2018 -- Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev has dismissed powerful longtime National Security Service (MXX) chief Rustam Inoyatov, removing an influential insider who had been seen as his rival, two senior government officials have told RFE/RL.
  • Media Blackout in Kenya as Odinga Takes Oath as 'People's President' VOA 31 Jan 2018 -- In Kenya, independent local broadcasters say the government orchestrated a media blackout Tuesday to prevent live TV coverage of opposition leader Raila Odinga swearing himself in as the so-called "people's president."



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