10 October 2018 Military News
- Afghanistan's Civilian Death Toll Rising VOA 10 Oct 2018 -- Afghanistan's civilians continue to die in record numbers, according to a new report released Wednesday by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.
- Blackwater Founder Meets With Afghan Powerbrokers, Aims to Privatize War VOA 10 Oct 2018 -- The founder of the U.S.-based Blackwater security firm has been meeting with powerbrokers in Afghanistan to rally support for his plan to privatize the Afghan war.
- Afghan civilians continue to die in record numbers IRNA 10 Oct 2018 -- The conflict in Afghanistan continues to exact a terrible toll on civilians, with the highest number of fatalities recorded for the first nine months of this year, since 2014, a United Nations report has revealed.
- Afghanistan: Civilians continue to die in record numbers, new UN report shows UN News 10 Oct 2018 -- The conflict in Afghanistan continues to exact a terrible toll on civilians, with the highest number of fatalities recorded for the first nine months of this year, since 2014, a United Nations report has revealed.
- More than 8,000 Afghan civilians killed, wounded so far in 2018, UN reports Press TV 10 Oct 2018 -- The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) says at least 8,050 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in the first nine months of 2018.
- U.S. Envoy For Afghanistan Visits Pakistan In Bid To Further Peace Process RFE/RL 10 Oct 2018 -- Washington's new envoy tasked with pursuing a peaceful settlement of Afghanistan's 17-year war is visiting Pakistan to seek help from Islamabad's new government in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table, the U.S. Embassy said.
- Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, Department of Defense Press Briefing on Hurricane Michael Preparedness DoD 10 Oct 2018 -- Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command; Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Davis, Public Affairs Officer
- Guard members mobilize as Hurricane Michael approaches Florida Army News 10 Oct 2018 -- Governors in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina have declared states of emergency prior to the landfall of Hurricane Michael, which is expected to hit Florida's Panhandle on Wednesday as a dangerous Category 4 storm, packing fierce winds of approximately 140 mph and triggering massive storm surges.
- N. Y. Guard deploys Army, Air assets for Michael response Army News 10 Oct 2018 -- The New York National Guard was preparing to deploy 75 Airmen and 11 Soldiers to Hurricane Michael response missions as the storm came ashore in the Florida panhandle on Wednesday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Air Force awards three Launch Service Agreements AFNS 10 Oct 2018 -- The U.S. Air Force announced today the award of three Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Launch Service Agreements to (in alphabetical order) Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, and United Launch Alliance. The award to Blue Origin will be for development of the New Glenn Launch System. The award to Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems is for development of the OmegA Launch System. The award to United Launch Alliance will be for development of the Vulcan Centaur Launch System.
- US Air Force Secretary: Chinese Military Threat Requires More Tanker Squadrons VOA 10 Oct 2018 -- The U.S. military needs more tanker aircraft squadrons to compete with a modernizing Chinese military, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Wednesday.
- Air Force leaders say increased funding is improving readiness AFNS 10 Oct 2018 -- Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein thanked Congress for providing the resources necessary to restore the service's readiness while testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support Oct. 10.
- SLATE demo highlights live, virtual, constructive environment for pilot training AFNS 10 Oct 2018 -- The Secure Live Virtual Constructive, Advanced Training Environment, program in the Air Force Research Laboratory's 711th Human Performance Wing, concluded a 40-month effort with a Phase III capstone demonstration in September at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
- Oregon Guard Soldiers saw more training due to Army 4.0 program Army News 10 Oct 2018 -- Thunderous booms echo across the high desert plains as Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers unleash rounds on their targets from M1A2 SEP v2 Abrams tanks and M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles. Their goal is to accurately project fire on steel and master the art of mechanized battle against heavy metal threats.
- Gulfport Designated as Remote Safe Haven for Hurricane Michael NNS 10 Oct 2018 -- Commander, Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar has designated the area within 150 miles of Gulfport, Mississippi, as the remote safe haven for personnel and families who evacuated due to Hurricane Michael, effective Oct. 9.
- USS Farragut Arrives in Portsmouth NNS 10 Oct 2018 -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) arrived in Her Majesty's Naval Base (HMNB) Portsmouth, Oct. 6, as part of a scheduled port visit.
- US Military Close to Fielding Laser-Guided M3 Carl Gustaf Recoilless Rifle Sputnik 10 Oct 2018 -- US Army and Marine Corps servicemembers may be getting their hands on a batch of new laser-guided munitions for the 84-millimeter, man-portable Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle in the near future.
- US Responds to China by Deploying B-2 Spirit Bombers at Pearl Harbor - Reports Sputnik 10 Oct 2018 -- The US' military deployment came after China made its much-debated "Guam killer" operational earlier this year, having detailed its extraordinary technical characteristics.
- US Upgrading F-35s Amid S-300 Delivery to Syria – Reports Sputnik 10 Oct 2018 -- The deployment of advanced S-300 missiles to Syria has set off alarm bells in the US and Israel
- 418th FLTS completes 10-year support of NASA Orion parachute tests AFNS 10 Oct 2018 -- For a decade the 418th Flight Test Squadron has supported NASA by supplying C-17 Globemaster IIIs and personnel to assist with the testing and qualifying of the Orion spacecraft's parachute system. That support ended Sept. 12 with the success of the final parachute system test over the Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.
- UK and German forces test military mobility en route to NATO's biggest exercise in decades NATO 10 Oct 2018 -- UK troops landed at Rotterdam in the Netherlands on Wednesday (10 October 2018) as German tanks boarded a cargo ship on their way to Norway for Exercise Trident Juncture 2018 – NATO's largest since the Cold War.
- UK troops deploy on largest NATO exercise in a decade UK MOD 10 Oct 2018 -- NATO's flagship exercise in 2018, Exercise Trident Juncture, is underway
- Argentina Slams British Military Exercises, Missile Launches in Falklands Sputnik 10 Oct 2018 -- The British embassy in Buenos Aires received a formal complaint by the Argentinian government on Tuesday.
- China's Top-Secret H-20 Stealth Bomber to Make Maiden Flight Soon Sputnik 10 Oct 2018 -- Beijing's Hong-20 stealth bomber is preparing to make its first trial flight after more than a decade of development.
- Indian Defense Minister Heads to France as Court Seeks Details of Rafale Deal Sputnik 10 Oct 2018 -- India's main opposition party, the Indian National Congress, claims that the price of each Rafale jet negotiated under the erstwhile government led by Manmohan Singh was INR 526 crore ($79 million) but has gone up to INR 1,670 crore ($251 million) under the present deal struck with France by the Modi government, which came to power in 2014.
- Iran's Naval Fleet docks in Karachi with friendship message IRNA 10 Oct 2018 -- The 57th Naval flotilla of the Strategic Naval of Iran, comprising three naval ships, docked in the Pakistani port of Karachi with a message of 'friendship and goodwill'.
- Iranian 57th naval flotilla arrives in Pakistan on goodwill visit IRNA 10 Oct 2018 -- Iranian 57th naval flotilla has docked at the Pakistani port of Karachi for goodwill-cum-training visit.
- Iran's 57th naval flotilla docks in Pakistan ISNA 10 Oct 2018 -- Iran's 57th naval flotilla docked at the Pakistani port of Karachi for goodwill-cum-training visit.
- Japan's Navy Sets Sights on More Women in Service - But Not Because of Equality Sputnik 10 Oct 2018 -- Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force wants more women in the service, but it has nothing to do with gender equality.
- Flag Stirs South Korean Anger at Japan VOA 10 Oct 2018 -- South Korea's Jeju Island welcomed nearly 20 fleets from more than ten countries as it kicked off a five-day international naval review. However, the ghost and painful memory of World War II atrocities appeared this week when Japan, a key U.S. ally in the region and less than 1,000 kilometers away, elected to skip this year's event after Seoul requested ships from the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force not to fly their naval ensign, the 16-ray rising sun flag. Despite Tokyo's absence from the event, the dispute over the flag is expected to continue between the two countries even after its conclusion.
- China to sell unmanned, strike-capable drones to Pakistan Press TV 10 Oct 2018 -- China has agreed to sell a batch of military-grade drones to Pakistan just days after India signed a multi-billion-dollar arms deal with Russia in defiance of US warnings against military transactions with Moscow.
- Tanks, Aircraft Used To Battle Fire At Ukrainian Arms Depot RFE/RL 10 Oct 2018 -- Kyiv says it has sent in specialized tanks and aircraft to fight a massive fire as explosions continued at an arms depot in northern Ukraine on October 10.
- Background Briefing on the Second Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America US Dept. of State 10 Oct 2018 -- Special Briefing by State Department Officials
- Department Press Briefing - October 10, 2018 US Dept. of State 10 Oct 2018
- 10 October 2018 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 10 Oct 2018
- Yemeni combat drone targets Saudi mercenaries in Hudaydah: Report Press TV 10 Oct 2018 -- Yemeni army soldiers, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have reportedly launched an airstrike against a position of Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to Yemen's former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, in the country's western coastal province of Hudaydah.
- 'Yemenis target Saudi military boat in counter-strike' Press TV 10 Oct 2018 -- Yemeni naval forces have targeted and destroyed a Saudi military boat off the war-torn country's northwestern coast, killing all aboard the vessel.
- Charges against Baha'i in Yemen must be dropped: UN experts urge release of detainees UN News 10 Oct 2018 -- A group of UN independent human rights experts have called for the immediate release of 24 people, mostly from Baha'i minority, who have been held by authorities in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, since the middle of last month.
- Lavrov: Eradicating terrorism is a priority in Syria IRNA 10 Oct 2018 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that eradicating terrorist threats in Syria is a priority, noting that Sochi agreement on Idleb which was reached on September 17th is being complied with.
- Terrorists attack north of Syria's Aleppo IRNA 10 Oct 2018 -- Terrorists launched an artillery attack on the demilitarized Al-Zahraa district in northwest of Aleppo.
- Mass grave of 1,500 Daesh victims discovered in northern Syria Press TV 10 Oct 2018 -- Syrian government forces have discovered a mass grave containing the bodies of more than one thousand people executed by members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the country's northern city of Raqqah.
- Daesh Seizes Chlorine Barrels After Fight With Nusra Front Militants In Syria Sputnik 10 Oct 2018 -- According to the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation, Daesh terrorists have attacked militants from Nusra Front and have seized at least two barrels with chlorine gas.
- Largest Mass Grave of Daesh Victims Discovered in Syria's Raqqa – Watchdog Sputnik 10 Oct 2018 -- Bodies of some 1,400 people killed by the Daesh* terrorist group have been found in a mass grave in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the head of Damascus-based Syrian Human Rights Network Ahmad Kazem told Sputnik on Wednesday.
- Israeli strikes in Syria to continue despite S-300 delivery, Netanyahu says Press TV 10 Oct 2018 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he has informed Russian officials that the Tel Aviv will continue to hit targets inside Syria, irrespective of Moscow's decision to deliver advanced S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to the Damascus government.
- Boko Haram terrorists kill 8 Chadian soldiers Press TV 10 Oct 2018 -- Boko Haram terrorists have claimed the lives of eight Chadian soldiers in the Lake Chad region in an attack that was repelled by the army troops who killed 48 militants.
- Russian Parliament's Defense Committee Denies Military Presence in Libya Sputnik 10 Oct 2018 -- Russia does not have any military presence in Libya, the deputy chair of the Russian upper house's defense committee, Alexei Kondratyev, told Sputnik on Tuesday following media reports claiming that Moscow was allegedly plotting to establish a stronghold against the West in Libya.
- Reintegrating former rebels into civilian life a 'serious concern' in Colombia: UN Mission chief UN News 10 Oct 2018 -- The reintegration of former members of the Colombian FARC-EP rebel movement, which signed an historic peace deal with the country's government in 2016, remains a subject of serious concern, said the head of the UN Verification Mission set up to monitor the deal, on Wednesday.
- Al-Shabab Executes 5 Accused of Spying VOA 10 Oct 2018 -- Somalia's al-Shabab militants have executed five men, including a British citizen, whom they accused of spying for U.S., British and Somali intelligence agencies.
- Researchers Say Human Toll of South Sudan War 'as Bad as Iraq or Syria' VOA 10 Oct 2018 -- The five-year war in South Sudan is among the deadliest the world has seen in recent years, according to a new analysis by researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
- Man Who Sold Stolen Identities Sentenced To Prison In Russia Probe RFE/RL 10 Oct 2018 -- Richard Pinedo, a man accused by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office of operating an online auction service for stolen identities, was sentenced to six months in prison on October 10.*
- Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Koktebel, October 10, 2018 Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 10 Oct 2018
- EU postpones vote to reinstate Russian voting right on council Press TV 10 Oct 2018 -- The Council of Europe has postponed a controversial decision on restoring Moscow's voting rights on the organization, stripped after Crimea's vote in 2014 to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.
- Russia To Start Importing Gas From Turkmenistan Again Next Year, Gazprom Says RFE/RL 10 Oct 2018 -- Russia's Gazprom next year will resume imports of natural gas from Turkmenistan that it stopped three years ago, the energy giant's chief executive has said.
- Land Grab? Why The Ingush Are Furious With Chechnya RFE/RL 10 Oct 2018 -- Magas, the capital of the southern Russian region of Ingushetia, has been at the center of fresh controversy in the volatile North Caucasus region of late.
- Russian Novichok Suspects Shadowed Skripal In Prague, Report Says RFE/RL 10 Oct 2018 -- The two Russian men suspected by British intelligence of poisoning Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in England in March shadowed the former double agent in Prague in 2014, Czech Radio (CR) has cited sources as saying.
- Russian Website Names Third Person Allegedly Involved In Skripal Poisoning RFE/RL 10 Oct 2018 -- Russian website fontanka.ru says a GRU military intelligence operative whose name is Sergei Fedotov is allegedly the third Russian agent involved in trying to kill former spy Sergei Skripal in Britain earlier this year.
- Czech Media Claim Salisbury Case Suspects Spied on Skripal in Country in 2014 Sputnik 10 Oct 2018 -- Cesky Rozhlas media reported Wednesday, citing Czech intel sources, that Russian citizens Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov accused by London of poisoning ex-officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, visited the Czech Republic in October 2014, where Skripal himself was supposed to arrive at the same time.
- Pakistan Appoints New Head Of ISI Intelligence Agency RFE/RL 10 Oct 2018 -- Pakistan has appointed a new head for its main intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) service.
- BrahMos Scientist Arrested for Spying, Was Honey-Trapped on Internet – Police Sputnik 10 Oct 2018 -- The arrested scientist, Nishant Agarwal, had been working at the production facility that makes propellants for the nuclear-capable BrahMos missiles and houses sensitive information on the program.
- Chinese Intelligence Officer Charged with Economic Espionage Involving Theft of Trade Secrets from Leading U.S. Aviation Companies US Dept. of Justice 10 Oct 2018 -- A Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS) operative, Yanjun Xu, aka Qu Hui, aka Zhang Hui, has been arrested and charged with conspiring and attempting to commit economic espionage and steal trade secrets from multiple U.S. aviation and aerospace companies. Xu was extradited to the United States yesterday.
- 'Unprecedented': Chinese Intel Officer Extradited to US Over Economic Espionage Sputnik 10 Oct 2018 -- Chinese Ministry of State Security officer Yanjun Xu was extradited to the United States on Tuesday, where he was charged with attempting to steal trade secrets from US aerospace and aviation firms, the US Justice Department announced Wednesday.
- US Charges Chinese Spy Over Aviation Secrets VOA 10 Oct 2018 -- The United States has charged a Chinese spy with trying to steal trade secrets from some of the country's top aviation and aerospace companies.
- Seoul Can Lift Sanctions Imposed on North Korea After 2010 Warship Sinking Sputnik 10 Oct 2018 -- South Korea is considering the removal of sanctions that were imposed on North Korea after the March 2010 sinking of South Korean corvette Cheonan, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha has stated.
- Russia, China, North Korea agree on five-way talks Press TV 10 Oct 2018 -- Russia, China and North Korea have agreed on the need for five-way negotiations including the US and South Korea to resolve tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
- UNSC Should Begin Reconsidering Sanctions Against Pyongyang – Joint Statement Sputnik 10 Oct 2018 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry has reported that Moscow, Beijing and Pyongyang support the idea of holding talks between the US, China, North Korea and South Korea regarding the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
- Trump says to meet DPRK's Kim after U.S. mid-term elections People's Daily 10 Oct 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that his upcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) , will be held after the mid-term Congressional elections in early November.
- Iran devises plan to keep oil trade as new US sanctions near IRNA 10 Oct 2018 -- The US wants Iran's oil exports to drop to zero and has threatened secondary sanctions on any country that continues to buy oil from the Islamic Republic.
- TFISC-IGC experts review JCPOA without US, its consequences ISNA 10 Oct 2018 -- Tehran Foundation for International and Security Cooperation (TFISC) and Institute for Global Studies (IGS) held a joint round table dubbed "EU, Iran Cooperation and Future of JCPOA" in Brussels during which conferred on the latest developments of US unilateral withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal and its consequences.
- UNSC should stand against country threatening others to disobey international law: Iran ISNA 10 Oct 2018 -- Ambassador and permanent representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Gholam Ali Khoshroo delivered a speech before the 6th Committee of the 73nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly on "The Rule of Law at the National and International Levels".
- EU's chance for fulfilling responsibilities regarding JCPOA not permanent: Iran ISNA 10 Oct 2018 -- Deputy director of the presidential chief of staff, Majid Takht-e Ravanchi warned the European Union that the chance for fulfilling commitments under the JCPOA is not permanent.
- ICJ hears Iran arguments in asset freeze case against US Press TV 10 Oct 2018 -- The UN's top court has heard Iran's arguments against the United States in a new showdown between the two sides over the freezing by Washington of billions of dollars worth of Iranian assets, just days after the tribunal handed Tehran a victory in a separate case.
- World must confront US threats to global order, Iran tells UN Press TV 10 Oct 2018 -- Iran's UN ambassador calls on the world community to confront the threats the United States poses to global order by backtracking on its international obligations, launching trade wars and slapping sanctions on other nations.
- US 'Pleased' Some States Moving to Stop Buying Iran's Oil - State Department Sputnik 10 Oct 2018 -- Washington is "very pleased" that several states and companies are "moving forward" to stop buying Iranian oil, US Department of State Assistant Secretary of Bureau of Energy Resources Francis R. Fannon stated.
- Iran Devises Plan to Keep Oil Trade as 2nd Wave of US Sanctions Nears - Reports Sputnik 10 Oct 2018 -- The US wants Iran's oil exports to drop to zero and has threatened secondary sanctions on any country that continues to buy oil from the Islamic Republic.
- German ambassador summoned over extradition of Iranian diplomat to Belgium Press TV 10 Oct 2018 -- Iran has summoned the German ambassador to protest Berlin's extradition of an Iranian diplomat to Brussels over his alleged link to a planned July attack against the terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) in France.
- Iranian Diplomat Extradited To Belgium To Face Charges In Bomb-Plot Case RFE/RL 10 Oct 2018 -- An Iranian diplomat who is the suspected mastermind of an attack that allegedly was planned on Iranians living in exile in France has been extradited from Germany to Belgium, security officials said.
- Extradition of Iranian Official Asadollah Assadi for Role in Paris Terrorist Plot US Dept. of State 10 Oct 2018
- US: China's Human Rights Abuses Increasing Under Xi VOA 10 Oct 2018 -- Protection of human rights in China has been on a "downward trajectory, by virtually every measure" since President Xi Jinping assumed power in 2012, a U.S. congressional study concluded Wednesday.
- China Cracks Down On Halal Products As Part Of Fight Against 'Extremism' RFE/RL 10 Oct 2018 -- Chinese authorities have launched a campaign against halal products to stop Islam penetrating secular life and fueling "extremism" in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, where Muslim indigenous ethnic groups of Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and Hui (Dungans) are facing religious restrictions.
- Full text of President Tsai Ing-wen's National Day address CNA 10 Oct 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (???) on Wednesday delivered her National Day address, in which she said the government will continue to safeguard Taiwan, maintain stability across the Taiwan Strait and ensure the country's sustainability.
- Taiwan President Vows to Maintain Island's Sovereignty and Security VOA 10 Oct 2018 -- Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is vowing to defend the self-ruled island against China's growing assertiveness.
- Taiwan a steadfast ally, trading partner of U.S.: President Tsai CNA 10 Oct 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Wednesday expressed gratitude for the United States' support of Taiwan's efforts to uphold democracy and said Taiwan was a steadfast democratic ally and reliable trading partner of the U.S.
- President Tsai outlines strategies for Taiwan's sustainable survival CNA 10 Oct 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said in her National Day address Wednesday that Taiwan must bolster its national strength in order to achieve sustainable survival amid a changing international landscape and challenges arising from China's coercion.
- President pledges stability, urges China to be responsible CNA 10 Oct 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has reaffirmed her policy of maintaining stability across the Taiwan Strait and urged China to be a responsible stakeholder that plays a positive role in the world rather than a trigger for conflict.
- Tsai: Taiwan to enhance 'national security' in face of China's pressure Press TV 10 Oct 2018 -- A defiant Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has said she will boost "national security" in the face of what she described as Chinese pressure to assert sovereignty over the self-rule island.
- Turkish daily reveals identities of Saudis suspected of killing Khashoggi Press TV 10 Oct 2018 -- A Turkish newspaper has published the names and photos of 15 Saudis, including several officials, who are suspected of having assassinated Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident Saudi journalist, in Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul before leaving Turkish soil.
- Missing Saudi journalist killed on order of Riyadh regime, Turkish officials say Press TV 10 Oct 2018 -- High-profile Turkish security officials have concluded that prominent Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing after visiting the kingdom's consulate in Turkey's largest city of Istanbul last week, was assassinated in the diplomatic mission on orders from the highest levels of the Riyadh regime.
- Trump Phones Senior Saudi Leaders Over Missing Journalist RFE/RL 10 Oct 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump said he spoke with a senior Saudi leader about Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident journalist and Washington Post contributor who disappeared from a Saudi consulate in Turkey last week.
- Top Trump Officials Talk With Saudi Crown Prince About Missing Journalist VOA 10 Oct 2018 -- The White House said Wednesday that top Trump administration officials have spoken to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about the mysterious disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, whom Turkish officials say they believe was murdered last week inside Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul.
- Turkey's Anti-Inflation Moves Unnerve Investors VOA 10 Oct 2018 -- Turkey's finance tsar has declared war on soaring inflation and called on the country's businesses to cut prices.
- Turkey agrees to increase water supplies to ease Iraqi shortages Press TV 10 Oct 2018 -- The Iraqi parliament speaker says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has agreed to increase releases of water from Turkey's Ilisu Dam on the Tigris River to neighboring Iraq, which is suffering from water shortages.
- Backed by UN, Asia-Pacific countries to advance space technology for 'development transformation' UN News 10 Oct 2018 -- Gathered at a United Nations conference in Bangkok, countries from the Asia-Pacific region pledged to work together on Wednesday to leverage the power of space technology and boost sustainable development.
- Pakistan's Currency Plunges Against U.S. Dollar As It Seeks IMF Bailout RFE/RL 10 Oct 2018 -- Pakistan's currency plunged by nearly 7 percent after the government said it would seek emergency bailout loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
- Sudan Economy Facing Crisis After Sharp Currency Dip VOA 10 Oct 2018 -- Many Sudanese are complaining after the government's sharp devaluation of the pound Sunday, cutting its official value almost in half, as an already serious economic crisis plagues the country.
- US Condemns Venezuela for Alleged Involvement in Death of Opposition Activist VOA 10 Oct 2018 -- The U.S. denounced Wednesday what it said was the Venezuelan government's participation in the death of opposition activist Fernando Alban.
- Cambodia Faces Potential Economic Collapse VOA 10 Oct 2018 -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is facing economic pressure to reverse a recent crackdown on opposition groups and basic freedoms in his country.
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