06 September 2018 Military News
- Afghan Attack Denounced as Fatalities Rise to 26 VOA 06 Sep 2018 -- Afghanistan mourned Thursday the death of at least 26 civilians, including sportsmen, rescue workers and journalists, in an overnight double suicide bombing in Kabul. Islamic State, via its so-called Amaq News Agency, claimed responsibility for the attack.
- UN condemns deadly twin bombings in Kabul, killing first-responders, sportsmen, journalists UN News 06 Sep 2018 -- The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned an attack on a Kabul sports centre on Wednesday, which killed at least 22 people, including first-responders, sportsmen, and two journalists who were covering the initial bombing for a local news agency. Around 75 others were wounded.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DoD Leaders Emphasize National Defense Strategy at Conference AFPS 06 Sep 2018 -- Defense Department military and civilian leaders participated in the Defense News Conference here yesterday to discuss the 2018 National Defense Strategy and how the U.S. military is evolving as it responds to global power competition.
- Army National Guard space support teams give ground commanders planetary view Army News 06 Sep 2018 -- It can sometimes be hard for commanders to get a full picture of the battlefield, whether that's on the ground in Syria or in the forests of Colorado. The "Space Cowboys" of the Colorado Army National Guard's 117th Space Battalion aim to solve that problem.
- 49th Missile Defense Battalion tests its METL Army News 06 Sep 2018 -- The 100th Missile Defense Brigade and the 49th Missile Defense Battalion conducted their most comprehensive and thorough external evaluation to date at Fort Greely Aug. 20-24.
- 'Tiger Stance' focuses on realistic, state-of-the-art cyber task force training Army News 06 Sep 2018 -- Cyber warriors from the Army Cyber Protection Brigade (CPB) had an opportunity for realistic state-of-the-art cyber training at the Indiana National Guard's Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC) here, Aug. 20-24.
- Wilson urges innovation in software acquisition model AFNS 06 Sep 2018 -- The process used by the Air Force to acquire software is archaic and needs to modernize now if the service is to win in a peer-to-peer conflict, said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson.
- Retrofit of Apache rotor 'strap packs' underway Army News 06 Sep 2018 -- The Army is about 19 percent complete with a retrofit of strap pack "mega-nuts" that connect Apache helicopter rotor heads to their air frame and keep the blades from spinning off during flight.
- Corps looks to increase comms, lethality with next-gen hearing system USMC News 06 Sep 2018 -- Marine Corps Systems Command will assess the systems to ensure they are compatible with Marine Corps radios and the Marine Corps Enhanced Combat Helmet, or ECH. Systems can be circumaural or intra-aural but must include versions that are both communications enabled and versions that are not communications enabled. Program Manager Infantry Combat Equipment at MCSC is considering options to purchase between 7,000 and 65,000 hearing enhancement devices within the next three years to be used in addition with the current Combat Arms Earplugs Marines wear.
- 1st Cavalry armor, engineers bring the boom at Atlantic Resolve live fire exercise Army News 06 Sep 2018 -- A Bradley Fire Support Team Vehicle loaded with combat engineers roared forward to the tangle of razor wire. Covered by the unit's tanks, the Bradley stopped and lowered its armored ramp. The engineer team ran out carrying Bangalore torpedoes, five-foot-long tubes filled with explosives designed to clear obstacles.
- Jason Dunham Counts 2,521 AK-47s Seized NNS 06 Sep 2018 -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) seized an illicit weapons shipment of 2,521 AK-47 automatic rifles aboard a stateless skiff in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden, Aug. 28.
- U.S. Navy Seabees Begin Water Well Drilling Exploration in Colombia NNS 06 Sep 2018 -- Amidst a nearly decade-long drought, a team of U.S. Navy construction professionals assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 began water well drilling exploration operations in the rural community of Riohacha, Colombia Aug. 30 as part of Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2018.
- US Considering Enhanced Military Presence in Greece Amid Regional Tensions Sputnik 06 Sep 2018 -- The US is exploring the possibility of boosting the numbers of drills and troops in Greece, which could lead to enhanced intelligence efforts in nearby hotspots like Libya, Syria and Turkey.
- Secretary General visits Skopje to discuss progress in NATO accession talks NATO 06 Sep 2018 -- Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg wrapped up a two-day visit to Skopje on Thursday (6 September 2018), which focused on the country's path toward NATO membership. At the Brussels Summit in July, Allied leaders decided to invite the government in Skopje to begin accession talks with the Alliance, which have now begun.
- Stoltenberg: NATO 'Ready To Welcome' Macedonia Once Name Deal With Greece Finalized RFE/RL 06 Sep 2018 -- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said the military alliance is "ready to welcome" Macedonia as its 30th member once Skopje finalizes an agreement with Athens to change the former Yugoslav republic's name.
- Secretary of Defense Mattis' Remarks at India 2+2 Joint Press Conference DoD 06 Sep 201 8-- Presenter: Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis
- Remarks to the Press US Dept. of State 06 Sep 2018 -- Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
- India Conducts First Air-to-Air Refueling of Home-Grown Fighter Jet Tejas Sputnik 06 Sep 2018 -- The Indian Air Force (IAF) has committed to purchase 324 Tejas, which means most of the shortfall will be fulfilled by the homegrown fighter jet. The jet is already integrated with Derby beyond-visual-range air-to-air missiles, while it will eventually boast advanced electronic warfare systems and the Russian-built GSh-23 autocannon.
- No Decision on Sanctions Waiver for India for Purchase of Russian S-400 - Pompeo Sputnik 06 Sep 2018 -- India has already made it clear that it plans to purchase the S-400 from Russia, and that this is not contingent to US sanctions waiver. However, efforts were made by the two sides to find common ground during the 2+2 dialogue in New Delhi. Sources told Sputnik that a separate bilateral dialogue may be initiated shortly to sort out the matter.
- India, US Sign Defense Pact to Share Critical Military Communication Technology Sputnik 06 Sep 2018 -- In the first 2+2 ministerial dialogue, India and the US have agreed to set up two new hotlines so that the defense ministers and external affairs ministers of the two countries can be in continuous contact with each other.
- Mattis: U.S.-India Partnership Important for Indo-Pacific Stability AFPS 06 Sep 2018 -- Defense Secretary James N. Mattis arrived here yesterday, ready to engage with senior Indian officials to ensure the Indo-Pacific region remains free, safe, prosperous and secure.
- U.S. Officials Seek to Boost Arms Sales to India AFPS 06 Sep 2018 -- A decade ago, U.S. arms sales to India amounted to virtually nothing. Today, the United States is the second-largest arms supplier to India, and U.S. officials say they hope to increase that business.
- U.S.-India Defense Cooperation a 'Key Driver' of Overall Relationship AFPS 06 Sep 2018 -- U.S.-Indian defense cooperation has emerged "as the most significant dimension of our strategic partnership and as a key driver of our overall bilateral relationship," Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said at the conclusion of the two-plus-two talks here today.
- US, India Ink Deal to Expand Defense Ties VOA 06 Sep 2018 -- The United States and India took a major step to expand defense ties Thursday, signing a deal that allows India to acquire high-end U.S. weaponry, including armed drones.
- Iran deputy defense min hails Bavar-373 air defense system IRNA 06 Sep 2018 -- Iranian Deputy Defense Minister Brigadier Qasem Taghizadeh praised the country's domestically-developed Bavar-373 air defense system, saying it has more capabilities compared with the Russian-made S-300.
- MND mulls attendance at annual defense meeting in U.S. CNA 06 Sep 2018 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Thursday it is still weighing whether to have the defense minister attend an annual defense meeting in the United States this year.
- Turkey Begins Construction of Site for Russian S-400 - Reports Sputnik 06 Sep 2018 -- Turkey has begun building a platform site for a Russian S-400 missile defense system, despite pressure from Washington to abandon plans to purchase the military equipment, CNBC reported on Thursday, citing a source with firsthand knowledge of an unpublished intelligence assessment.
- 'Legally binding' nuclear-test ban essential to prevent 'catastrophic impact' says UN chief UN News 06 Sep 2018 -- On the annual observance of the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, Secretary-General António Guterres has highlighted the "inextricable connection" between testing and eliminating nuclear weapons across the world.
- 6 September 2018 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 06 Sep 2018
- British Warship Sails by South China Sea Islands VOA 06 Sep 2018 -- China accused Britain of "provocation" after a Royal Navy warship sailed near islands claimed by Beijing in the disputed South China Sea.
- Beijing Slams London After UK Warship Spotted in South China Sea - Reports Sputnik 06 Sep 2018 -- The Chinese government slammed "provocative actions" by the UK after the appearance of a British HMS Albion Warship off the Paracel Islands.
- UK warship sails near controversial Chinese islands, draws angry response Press TV 06 Sep 2018 -- A British Royal Navy warship has sailed close to Chinese-claimed islands in the South China Sea, in a move that Beijing has slammed as a "provocation."
- UN Envoy working to 'overcome obstacles' barring resumption of Yemen peace talks UN News 06 Sep 2018 -- The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen met Government representatives on Thursday at the start of what were due to be the first peace talks involving both warring parties to be held in two years, vowing to "overcome obstacles" which have so far prevented the Houthi rebel delegation from showing up.
- Yemeni missile hits Saudi army's positions IRNA 06 Sep 2018 -- A Yemeni missile targeted Saudi Arabian army's positions and military equipment in south of the country.
- 37 Saudis injured in Yemeni missile attack on military camp Press TV 06 Sep 2018 -- In a rare announcement, Saudi Arabia has admitted that at least 37 people have been injured in a Yemeni missile attack carried out in response to the kingdom's military aggression against the impoverished neighbor.
- Saudi military base comes under attack by Yemen missile IRNA 06 Sep 2018 -- Yemeni Army's missile unit fired a ballistic missile at a military base in south of Saudi Arabia.
- Syrian army targets terrorists in Hama, Idleb IRNA 06 Sep 2018 -- Syrian army units achieved a new advancement in hunting down Daesh (ISIS) terrorists in al-Safa hills in the depth of Sweida eastern Badyia (desert).
- Daesh to lose all territory in Syria by 2019: French army chief Press TV 06 Sep 2018 -- The French military chief says the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group will have been flushed out from all the territory it once controlled in Syria under a self-proclaimed "caliphate" before the end of this year.
- Russia 'to fight terrorists in Syria until their obliteration' Press TV 06 Sep 2018 -- Russia has stressed that it will continue to fight terrorist forces in Syria until "their total elimination," as a full-scale liberation operation against remaining militants concentrated in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib draws close.
- US Treasury Sanctions Target Syrian Government's Petroleum Procurement Network Sputnik 06 Sep 2018 -- The US Treasury Department has announced new sanctions against four people and five entities who, according to the department facilitated petroleum shipments and financing to the Syrian government, accusing one of the companies of facilitating fuel trade between the Syrian government and Daesh terrorists.
- Russia Calls on US to Release Targets in Syria Tied to Alleged Chemical Weapons Sputnik 06 Sep 2018 -- The United States should release the list of facilities in Syria where chemical weapons are allegedly stockpiled and allow the OPCW to inspect these sites, Russian Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia told the Security Council on Thursday.
- Damascus Destroyed All Chemical Weapons With Support of US - Syrian FM Sputnik 06 Sep 2018 -- Two days ago the White House stated that Washington, together with its allies, was ready to respond to a possible chemical attack carried out by the Syrian government forces.
- Mattis Claims US Has 'Zero Intelligence' on Syrian Militants' Chemical Weapons Sputnik 06 Sep 2018 -- In late August, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that militants in Syria were preparing a provocation to accuse Damascus of using chemical weapons against civilians in Idlib.
- The U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Supporters of the Syrian Regime US Dept. of State 06 Sep 2018 -- Today, the United States imposed financial sanctions on four individuals and five entities that have facilitated weapons or fuel transfers, or provided other financial or material support, to the Assad regime in Syria.
- U.S. Treasury Imposes Sanctions on Assad Regime's Key ISIS Intermediary and a Petroleum Procurement Network US Treasury 06 Sep 2018 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated four individuals and five entities pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13582, "Blocking Property and Interest in Property of the Government of Syria and Prohibiting Certain Transactions with Respect to Syria." Those added to the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN List) as a result of today's action have facilitated financial transactions and shipments of fuel and weapons to the Syrian regime.
- Security Council must work towards 'common approach' as investigations continue into alleged Syria chemical attack UN News 06 Sep 2018 -- Experts continue to gather information related to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, earlier this year, the UN's nuclear disarmament chief told the Security Council on Thursday.
- Army units continue to advance against terrorists in Sweida IRNA 06 Sep 2018 -- Syrian Arab Army units continued to advance in their operations to take out the remaining Daesh (ISIS) pockets in al-Safa hills deep in the Badiya (desert) of Sweida province.
- ICC says it has jurisdiction over Myanmar crimes against Rohingya Press TV 06 Sep 2018 -- The International Criminal Court says it has jurisdiction to probe the forced deportations of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh as a possible crime against humanity.
- ICC Claims Jurisdiction to Probe Alleged Crimes Against Rohingya VOA 06 Sep 2018 -- The International Criminal Court ruled Thursday it has jurisdiction to investigate the alleged forced mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh as a possible crime against humanity.
- Serbian Abbot Likens Territory Swap To 'Ethnic Cleansing' RFE/RL 06 Sep 2018 -- Sava Janjic, the popular abbot of the Serbian Orthodox monastery Visoki Decani in Kosovo, is worried that any deal to redraw the border between Kosovo and Serbia would be costly for the entire Balkans.
- Haiti's security situation remains 'fragile': UN representative UN News 06 Sep 2018 -- Haitian authorities must do more to prepare the Caribbean island nation for the planned withdrawal of the country's UN peacekeeping mission, Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told the Security Council on Thursday.
- Verdict against South Sudan soldiers 'finally delivers justice' - UN Mission UN News 06 Sep 2018 -- The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has applauded the verdict by a military court on Thursday, that found ten government soldiers guilty of murder, rape and other crimes against civilians and journalists at a hotel in the capital Juba, just over two years ago.
- Trump staff says US officials working against 'amoral' president Press TV 06 Sep 2018 -- Many senior members of US President Donald Trump's administration are so alarmed by his "erratic" and "amoral" behavior that they are actively working to undermine him and protect the country from his worst impulses, according to an anonymous "senior official" in the White House.
- U.S., India Tout Defense Ties, But No Breakthroughs On Iran, Russia Purchases RFE/RL 06 Sep 2018 -- The United States and India vowed to cooperate more closely on defense matters, but reported no breakthroughs regarding U.S. threats to impose sanctions over New Delhi's purchases of Iranian crude oil and Russian weaponry.
- Closing Remarks at the U.S.-India 2+2 Dialogue US Dept. of State 06 Sep 2018 -- Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, and Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman
- Opening Remarks at the U.S.-India 2+2 Dialogue US Dept. of State 06 Sep 2018 -- Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, and Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman
- Senior State Department Official Remarks to Traveling Press US Dept. of State 06 Sep 2018
- U.S., Pakistan Optimistic About Improving Relations After Talks RFE/RL 06 Sep 2018 -- U.S. and Pakistani officials expressed have optimism about the possibility of improved relations after a meeting between top U.S. officials and Pakistan's new prime minister.
- Russia denies involvement in Skripal poisoning, slams UK's 'unacceptable' claim Press TV 06 Sep 2018 -- The Russian government has categorically rejected the UK's "unacceptable" claim that Kremlin had been involved in a nerve agent attack in March on a former spy in Salisbury.
- UK minister heaps blame on Putin for Novichok attack Press TV 06 Sep 2018 -- Britain's security minister has directly blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for a poisoning attack in March in the southern English city of Salisbury a day after London named two suspects for an incident that has caused relations between the two countries to sink to historic lows.
- Britain, Allies Urge Moscow To Accept 'Compelling Evidence' In Novichok Attack RFE/RL 06 Sep 2018 -- Britain, bolstered by strong backing from its allies, condemned Russia at the UN Security Council over the chemical attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter on British soil earlier this year, urging Moscow to accept the "compelling evidence in this crime."
- British Security Minister Says Putin 'Ultimately Responsible' For Skripal Poisoning RFE/RL 06 Sep 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin bears ultimate responsibility for the nerve-agent poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in England in March, Britain's security minister says.
- Kremlin Regrets London's Noncooperation With Russia on Skripal Case Sputnik 06 Sep 2018 -- Moscow has once again rejected London's newest claims over the Skripal case. On September 5, the UK police press service revealed photos of alleged suspects in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter. The two men were said to be Russian nationals.
- Putin Bears 'Strong Responsibility' for Skripal Attack - UK Security Minister Sputnik 06 Sep 2018 -- UK Minister of State for Security Ben Wallace said on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin 'bears very strong responsibility' for the poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the city of Salisbury.
- Russian operatives carried out Salisbury chemical attack alleges UK; accusations part of 'post-truth world' asserts Moscow UN News 06 Sep 2018 -- The United Kingdom and Russia traded a volley of words at the United Nations Security Council on Thursday, with the former laying out information which, it alleges, clearly places two Russian military intelligence operatives behind the deadly nerve-agent attack in the English city of Salisbury on 4 March.
- Kremlin: UK Accusing Russia in Ex-Spy's Poisoning 'Unacceptable' VOA 06 Sep 2018 -- Russia has again denied involvement in the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter, and said Britain's accusation that Moscow played a role was unacceptable.
- North Korean Regime-Backed Programmer Charged With Conspiracy to Conduct Multiple Cyber Attacks and Intrusions US Dept. of Justice 06 Sep 2018 -- North Korean Hacking Team Responsible for Global WannaCry 2.0 Ransomware, Destructive Cyberattack on Sony Pictures, Central Bank Cybertheft in Bangladesh, and Other Malicious Activities
- US Charges N. Korean Man in Sony Hack, Other Attacks VOA 06 Sep 2018 -- U.S. prosecutors on Thursday announced criminal charges against a North Korean hacker they said was involved in a string of brazen cyberattacks in recent years, including the 2014 invasion on Sony Pictures and a 2016 heist at the central bank of Bangladesh.
- Treasury Targets North Korea for Multiple Cyber-Attacks US Treasury 06 Sep 2018 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today sanctioned one entity and one individual tied to the Government of North Korea's malign cyber activities. In a related action, today the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed criminal charges against the same individual, Park Jin Hyok.
- Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Meets Special Envoy Delegation of S. Korean President KCNA 06 Sep 2018 -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, received the members of a special envoy delegation of south Korean President Moon Jae In who visited Pyongyang on Wednesday at the building of the headquarters of the WPK Central Committee.
- DPRK leader recommits to denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula: KCNA People's Daily 06 Sep 2018 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) top leader Kim Jong-un has renewed his commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Thursday.
- Koreas arrange new summit, North 'committed to denuclearization' Press TV 06 Sep 2018 -- North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has reiterated his commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, state media report, as Pyongyang and Seoul arrange a third summit.
- North Korea Could Formally End War With South Without US Troop Pull Out - Report Sputnik 06 Sep 2018 -- A South Korean delegation returning from Pyongyang brought important news from the socialist country: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is willing to sign an end-of-war declaration without the withdrawal of US troops from the South. Meanwhile, the North is preparing to celebrate its 70th birthday amid speculation about how militant the fete will be.
- Kim Jong-un, Trump Exchange Messages Via S Korean Envoy - S Korean Gov't Sputnik 06 Sep 2018 -- US President Donald Trump sent a message to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un through South Korea's presidential special envoy Chung Eui-yong, who visited Pyongyang on Wednesday, while Kim, on his part, asked the envoy to deliver a message to the US leader, South Korean presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said on Thursday.
- UN chief 'looks forward' to progress on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula UN News 06 Sep 2018 -- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un's commitment on Wednesday, to continue working towards the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
- North-South Korea Summit Set for Mid-September VOA 06 Sep 2018 -- A five-person South Korean delegation, led by President Moon Jae-in's top security adviser, visited the North Korean capital Wednesday and agreed to hold an inter-Korean Summit September 18-20.
- Iran potentially prepared to produce 190,000 SWU of nuclear fuel: MP IRNA 06 Sep 2018 -- Chairman of Iran Majlis (Parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Heshmatollah Falahat-Pisheh said on Thursday that it is likely both technically and based on time frame for Iran to produce 190,000 SWU of nuclear fuel.
- Now in India, US pursuing pressure campaign against Iran Press TV 06 Sep 2018 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis are on an official visit to India with a top agenda priority of pressuring New Delhi to stop buying Iran's oil.
- Iran: US abusing UNSC to divert attention from Israeli violations of intl. law Press TV 06 Sep 2018 -- Iran has censured US President Donald Trump's latest decision to chair a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting against the Islamic Republic, saying such a meeting is meant to divert the world's attention from American and Israeli violations of international law and the very same Council's resolutions.
- Iran Warns It Will Step Up Nuclear Activities If 2015 Deal Falls Apart RFE/RL 06 Sep 2018 -- Iran will relaunch its nuclear program and enrich uranium at a higher level than it has previously if Russia, China, and European powers follow the U.S. example and stop honoring Iran's 2015 nuclear agreement, Iran's nuclear agency has warned.
- Khamenei Warns Against 'Media War' To Generate 'Anxiety' Among Iranians RFE/RL 06 Sep 2018 -- Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused the United States and Israel of waging a "media war" to discourage Iranians, as the country faces economic hardship following the reimposition of nuclear sanctions by the United States.
- Tehran's Enemies Are Waging Economic, Media War Against Iran – Khamenei Sputnik 06 Sep 2018 -- Tensions between Iran and the United States and its Israeli ally have escalated in recent months after Washington pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal.
- Iran to enrich uranium beyond previous levels if nuclear deal fails: Official Press TV 06 Sep 2018 -- A senior Iranian nuclear energy official says Tehran is ready to enrich uranium beyond previous levels in case the remaining parties to the country's 2015 nuclear agreement fail to salvage it.
- Sino-African cooperation results in win-win outcomes: South African President People's Daily 06 Sep 2018 -- Aid given by China to African countries is not a sign of neo colonialism, but a gesture that is welcomed by African countries, while such fair cooperation can promote free trade and establish a multilateral world order, noted South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.
- Xi stresses exchanges on policies, vision People's Daily 06 Sep 2018 -- President Xi Jinping hailed the Republic of Congo as an all-weather friend on Wednesday as he called for greater efforts by the two sides to deepen mutual political trust and strengthen bilateral communication on issues of policy, vision and strategy.
- China Offers Debt Relief, But Most African Countries Borrow Elsewhere VOA 06 Sep 2018 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping promised Monday to cancel debt for some of Africa's least-developed countries.
- South Korean ex-president may face 20-year jail for corruption Press TV 06 Sep 2018 -- Prosecutors in South Korea have demanded a 20-year prison term for former president Lee Myung-bak over bribery, abuse of power, embezzlement and tax evasion.
- Brazil's Lula launches court appeal to save candidacy Press TV 06 Sep 2018 -- Brazil's jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has appealed a court ruling that bars him from running in the upcoming presidential election.
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