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20 February 2018 Military News

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  • Lawyer Pleads Guilty In Latest Move In Mueller Investigation RFE/RL 20 Feb 2018 -- WASHINGTON -- A lawyer has pleaded guilty to lying to U.S. federal law enforcement agents in connection with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's growing criminal investigation into interactions between Russian officials and associates of President Donald Trump.
  • Manafort Associate Pleads Guilty to Lying to Special Counsel Sputnik 20 Feb 2018 -- Alex van der Zwaan, an attorney who was a known associate of former campaign advisers to US President Donald Trump Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators on Tuesday.
  • US Special Counsel Unveils New Charges in 'Russian Probe' Over False Statements Sputnik 20 Feb 2018 -- The office of US Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged attorney Alex van der Zwaan with giving false statements to investigators in the so-called Russia probe about a Ukraine-related case.
  • Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Lying in Russia Probe Case VOA 20 Feb 2018 -- A London-based lawyer pleaded guilty Tuesday to lying to U.S. investigators about his contacts with Rick Gates, a former campaign aide to President Donald Trump, as part of the widening probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
  • Attorney General Sessions Announces New Cybersecurity Task Force US Dept. of Justice 20 Feb 2018-- Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered the creation of the Justice Department's Cyber-Digital Task Force, which will canvass the many ways that the Department is combatting the global cyber threat, and will also identify how federal law enforcement can more effectively accomplish its mission in this vital and evolving area.
  • Maldivian Parliament Extends State of Emergency for 30 Days - Reports Sputnik 20 Feb 2018 -- The Maldivian parliament endorsed a prolongation of the state of emergency in the country for additional 30 days despite a boycott by the opposition, the Avis Online news outlet reported on Tuesday.
  • Israeli police name Netanyahu confidants arrested in graft probe Press TV 20 Feb 2018 -- Israeli police have revealed the names of two close associates of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who were arrested at the weekend as part of a wide-ranging corruption probe.
  • Ethiopian FM: No Security Concerns in Country VOA 20 Feb 2018 -- Ethiopia's foreign minister has said there are no security concerns in the country, despite a state of emergency imposed by the government last week.
  • African Union to Provide Assistance for Zimbabwe Elections VOA 20 Feb 2018 -- The African Union will provide financial and technical assistance to Zimbabwe to help ensure credible elections later this year, the chairperson of the African Union Commission told reporters Tuesday in Harare.
  • Pre-emptive North Korea attack 'high risk, unpredictable' for US Press TV 20 Feb 2018 -- A pre-emptive attack by the United States against North Korea is "high risk" and "unpredictable," says a former top US military commander and intelligence chief, amid reports that the administration of US President Donald Trump is mulling a strike to take out the North's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.
  • Six People Said Killed, 300 Arrests At Sufi Protest In Iran RFE/RL 20 Feb 2018 -- Five security officers have been killed and 300 people arrested amid clashes between law enforcement authorities and Sufi Muslim protesters in Tehran, police say.
  • Explainer: Clashes Highlight Tensions Between Dervishes And Iran's Establishment RFE/RL 20 Feb 2018 -- Fresh clashes between Iranian security forces and Gonabadi dervishes follow years of tensions and persecution of dervishes, whose houses of worship have been destroyed and members detained.
  • Iran Protests Over Sweden's Granting Of Citizenship To Prisoner RFE/RL 20 Feb 2018 -- The Iranian Foreign Ministry says it has summoned the Swedish ambassador to protest over the country's granting of citizenship to a Stockholm-based scientist who is being held in Tehran and faces a death sentence.
  • Attack Meant To Stop Sweden Fighting IS, Uzbek Defendant Tells Court RFE/RL 20 Feb 2018 -- A rejected Uzbek asylum seeker who has admitted to a truck attack that killed five people in Stockholm has told a court that his aim was to force Sweden to end its fight against the extremist group Islamic State (IS).
  • State Department Designation of Ansarul Islam US Dept. of State 20 Feb 2018 -- The Department of State has designated Ansarul Islam as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. E.O. 13224 imposes strict sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.
  • Ebola's Impact Reached Beyond Death Toll to Basic Health Care VOA 20 Feb 2018 -- More than 100,000 malaria cases went untreated when Liberia's health care system buckled under the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, according to a new study.
  • Illicit Financial Flows Outpace Development in Africa, OECD Says VOA 20 Feb 2018 -- Through medication and narcotics smuggling, ivory and people trafficking, oil theft and piracy, Africa is, by conservative estimates, losing about $50 billion a year in illicit financial flows – more, in fact, than it receives in official development assistance.
  • Turkish authorities issue detention warrant for 346 over links to failed coup Press TV 20 Feb 2018 -- Turkish prosecutors have issued detention warrants for 346 individuals over suspected links to the so-called Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), which is accused by Ankara of orchestrating a failed military coup in mid-2016 in the Anatolian country.
  • Turkey frees top pro-Kurdish politician detained over Afrin offensive opposition Press TV 20 Feb 2018 -- Turkish officials have released the former co-leader of the country's main pro-Kurdish party, whom they had arrested a week ago over her opposition to Ankara's ongoing cross-border offensive in Syria's northwestern region of Afrin against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).
  • Egypt blacklists Abol Fotouh, links him to Muslim Brotherhood Press TV 20 Feb 2018 -- An Egyptian court has put Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh, a senior anti-government activist, on "terrorism" list over what they say was his secret links to the leadership of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood party.



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