29 January 2019 Military News
- 'Hopeful Moment': What An 'Afghan-Led, Afghan-Owned' Peace Process Might Look Like RFE/RL 29 Jan 2019 -- After six days of talks in Qatar with Taliban representatives, the U.S. special envoy on Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, announced on January 28 that an agreement had been reached on a "framework" peace process to end the 17-year Afghan war.
- NATO, U.S. Officials Encouraged By Afghan Peace Talks After 'Draft Framework' Agreed RFE/RL 29 Jan 2019 -- NATO's chief and the acting head of the Pentagon said they were encouraged by the progress of peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan, after the U.S. special envoy for the conflict-wracked country announced that American and Taliban negotiators had agreed on a draft "framework" for a peace deal seeking to put an end to the 17-year war there.
- DOD Officials Testify on Military Support to Southwest Border DoD News 29 Jan 2019 -- John C. Rood, the undersecretary of defense for policy and Navy Vice Adm. Michael Gilday, the Joint Staff director of operations, told the House Armed Services Committee today that the support DOD personnel provided allowed Customs and Border Patrol agents to deploy where they were most needed.
- Pentagon Prepares to Send More Troops to US-Mexico Border VOA 29 Jan 2019 -- The Pentagon is preparing to send additional troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, even as some members of Congress question the appropriateness of deploying troops there.
- USS Chung-Hoon Conducts Second Drug Bust in a Month NNS 29 Jan 2019 -- While conducting maritime security operations in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden, the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) interdicted a shipment of illicit narcotics aboard a stateless vessel, Jan. 24.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Dunford Welcomes Thai Counterpart for Talks on Military Relationship DoD News 29 Jan 2019 -- Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hosted a welcome ceremony for his counterpart from Thailand at Conmy Hall here today.
- U.S. and Royal Thai Army soldiers begin bilateral exercise Army News 29 Jan 2019 -- Soldiers with the U.S. Army and Royal Thai Army officially began this year's Hanuman Guardian training exercise with an opening ceremony held Jan. 28, 2019, at Camp Nimmankolayut, Thailand.
- National Guard Soldiers outsmart the beast of winter during Operation Raider Lightning Army News 29 Jan 2019 -- Once again, Soldiers with the Tennessee Army National Guard's 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, prove to be stronger than the weather and circumstance surrounding them as they train through a vicious winter snowstorm at Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland.
- Off-Camera Press Briefing in the Pentagon Briefing Room DoD 29 Jan 2019 -- Acting Secretary Of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan
- Exercise Cutlass Express 2019 Begins NNS 29 Jan 2019 -- Maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe and the United States, as well as several international organizations began the eighth iteration of the annual multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express, Jan. 28 in the vicinity of Djibouti, Mozambique and Seychelles.
- U.S. naval officer reaffirms right of passage in Taiwan Strait CNA 29 Jan 2019 -- The Taiwan Strait is international waters and U.S. warships have the right to pass through the waterway, Chief U.S. Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson reaffirmed on Monday.
- Army Reserve chief: Balance is key to retention Army News 29 Jan 2019 -- The rate of attrition in the Army Reserve is the lowest it has been in 18 years, exceeding last year's retention goal by 118 percent, said Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey.
- Soldiers test new communication device designed to save lives Army News 29 Jan 2019 -- The Army's newest medical communication device is just one study away from being procured and fielded -- the Medical Hands-free Unified Broadcast, or "MEDHUB."
- Soldiers outsmart the beast of winter during multinational exercise Army News 29 Jan 2019 -- Soldiers with the Tennessee Army National Guard's 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment proved to be stronger than the weather and circumstances surrounding them as they trained through a vicious winter snowstorm at Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland.
- US plans to suspend INF nuclear arms treaty with Russia: White House Press TV 29 Jan 2019 -- The administration of US President Donald Trump is poised to suspend a landmark Cold War-era arms control treaty with Russia, a move likely to escalate already high tensions between Washington and Moscow.
- US begins production of Trump's low-yield nuclear warhead Press TV 29 Jan 2019 -- The United States has officially started to produce a new low-yield nuclear warhead following President Donald Trump's order last year to equip the Pentagon with tactical weapons that could be used in more realistic combat scenarios.
- J-16 fighter jet stealth-capable, able to carry all types of Chinese air-to-surface weapons Global Times 29 Jan 2019 -- China's multi-role fighter jet the J-16 is now covered by a coating that can provide near stealth capability and the jet is now confirmed to be able to carry all types of air-to-surface weapons in precision strikes, China's State broadcaster revealed on Monday.
- India Hunts for Night Sights for Detecting Enemy Tanks 1000m Away in the Dark Sputnik 29 Jan 2019 -- Over the last two years, the Indian Army has started to strengthen the infantry's night fighting capabilities by issuing a tender worth around $1 billion for the purchase of thermal imagers for rifles, machine guns, recoilless rifles/rocket launchers, handheld devices and others.
- Iran not to extend range of its missiles: Top security official IRNA 29 Jan 2019 -- Iran has no scientific bottleneck to extend its missiles range but, according to its defense doctrine, the country is only focusing on improving the precision of its missiles and not on extending their ranges, said the secretary of Supreme National Security Council of Iran on Tuesday.
- Iran's defensive self-sufficiency thorn in enemies' eyes IRNA 29 Jan 2019 -- Iranian Defense Minister referred to supplying all defensive needs inside the country, saying Iran's self-sufficiency is a thorn in enemies' eyes.
- Iran faces no scientific limits for increasing range of missiles: Shamkhani ISNA 29 Jan 2019 -- Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani stressed that the country faces no scientific restrictions for increasing the range of its missiles, but that it currently has no plans to do so and is only focused on improving the accuracy of its missile technology.
- Iran faces no restrictions for increasing range of missiles: Shamkhani Press TV 29 Jan 2019 -- Iran's top security official says the country faces no scientific restrictions for increasing the range of its missiles, but that it currently has no plans to do so and is only focused on improving the accuracy of its missile technology.
- Japan – AEGIS Weapon System DSCA 29 Jan 2019 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan of two (2) AEGIS Weapon Systems (AWS), two (2) Multi-Mission Signal Processors (MMSP) and two (2) Command and Control Processor (C2P) Refreshes and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.150 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- Japan Reserves Right on US Bases Decision in Case of Gaining Kuril Islands - Abe Sputnik 29 Jan 2019 -- The US must receive a permission to set up military bases in any area of Japan, despite the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the two countries, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday when asked about the possibility of US military bases appearing on the Kurils in case of their handover by Russia to Japan.
- Deploying surface-to-air missiles top defense priority: Tsai CNA 29 Jan 2019 -- Deploying surface-to-air missiles will be the top priority for Taiwan's military in beefing up its defense capabilities in response to China's growing threat, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Tuesday.
- 29 January 2019 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 29 Jan 2019
- Nearly $4 billion needed to protect 41 million children from conflict and disaster UN News 29 Jan 2019 -- Tens of millions of children living through conflict, disaster and other emergencies in dozens of countries urgently need protection, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday, in an appeal for $3.9 billion to support its humanitarian work around the world.
- UNICEF Needs Nearly $4 Billion to Help 73 Million People VOA 29 Jan 2019 -- The U.N. Children's Fund is launching its largest-ever appeal for $3.9 billion in life-saving assistance for 73 million people, including 41 million children affected by conflict, natural disasters and other emergencies in 59 countries.
- The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Joint efforts of the Coalition Command and the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen succeed in retrieving the Saudi Prisoner of War detained by the Houthi militia, and suffers from deteriorating health situation. SPA 29 Jan 2019 -- Colonel Turki Al-Malki, the Official Spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, stated: "at (2145) this evening, the Saudi POW Private 1st class Mousa Bin Shou'i 'Awaji arrived at King Salman Air Base in Riyadh."
- Yemen targets Southern S. Arabia with missile IRNA 29 Jan 2019 -- Yemen has fired 6 'Zelzal-1' missiles toward Saudi forces' positions in Najran, southern Saudi Arabia.
- Houthis blast Saudi regime's plundering of Yemeni oil resources Press TV 29 Jan 2019 -- Yemen has denounced exploitation of the country's oil resources by the Riyadh regime in the provinces of Hadhramaut and Mahrah, where troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are present.
- Yemen's rival parties must pull forces out of Hudaydah: UN envoy Press TV 29 Jan 2019 -- The United Nations' special envoy for Yemen has called on the country's warring sides to pull their forces out of the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah as soon as possible under a recent UN-brokered ceasefire.
- Iran to remain with Syria until final victory over the terrorists: Veep IRNA 29 Jan 2019 -- Iran's First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri stressed that Iranan government and nation will remain alongside the Syrian government and nation until the final victory over the terrorists.
- Assad Likely to Retake Syria, Avoiding Conflict With Turkey, Israel - Coats Sputnik 29 Jan 2019 -- The Turkish military has completed their preparations for a military operation in the northern Syrian city of Manbij, and east of the Euphrates River, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Tuesday.
- Turkey Completes Preparations for Offensive East of Euphrates in Syria - MoD Sputnik 29 Jan 2019 -- The Turkish military has completed their preparations for a military operation in the northern Syrian city of Manbij, and east of the Euphrates River, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Tuesday.
- Turkey Warns It's Ready for Strike Against Syrian YPG VOA 29 Jan 2019 -- Turkey claims its military preparations for a cross-border operation into Syria against a Kurdish militia are complete.
- Palestinian prime minister, government step down Press TV 29 Jan 2019 -- Palestinian Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah has officially submitted his resignation and that of his unity government to President Mahmoud Abbas, casting doubt on the prospects of reconciliation efforts with the Islamic resistance movement, Hamas.
- Israeli PM plans to boot TIPH observers protecting Palestinians out of al-Khalil Press TV 29 Jan 2019 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to expel an international observer group tasked with safeguarding Palestinians in the flashpoint city of al-Khalil (Hebron), in the occupied West Bank, claiming the mission is working against Israel.
- Government of Palestinian Authority Resigns - Reports Sputnik 29 Jan 2019 -- The national unity government of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah was formed in 2014 in order to reconcile the rival governments in the West Bank and Gaza.
- Palestine refugee crisis 'expanding'; leaving highest number at risk this century across Gaza UN News 29 Jan 2019 -- "Alarming and expanding" problems affecting Palestine refugees, risk further destabilizing the Middle East, the head of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, UNWRA, said on Tuesday.
- CAR Gov't, Armed Opposition Exchange Views at Peace Talks in Khartoum - Source Sputnik 29 Jan 2019 -- The delegation of the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and representatives of armed opposition openly exchanged views at a meeting during the African Union-brokered negotiations in Khartoum on crisis settlement in the CAR, an informed source told Sputnik.
- UN Seeks Nearly $1 Billion to Assist Displaced in Nigeria VOA 29 Jan 2019 -- The United Nations is launching a three-year Humanitarian Response Strategy together with the Nigeria Regional Refugee Response Plan. The $983 million appeal will assist millions of victims of Boko Haram attacks in northeastern Nigeria and hundreds of thousands of refugees who fled to neighboring countries.
- Maduro's Fate Seen as Resting With Venezuela's Army VOA 29 Jan 2019 -- The sanctions imposed on Venezuela's state-owned oil firm Monday by the United States have the potential to change the power dynamic in the standoff between Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, whose election is disputed by the U.S., and opposition leader Juan Guaido who has declared himself president, say analysts.
- US Warns Venezuela's Top Prosecutor Against Threatening Guaido VOA 29 Jan 2019 -- U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton warned Venezuela's attorney general that there may be "serious consequences" after the prosecutor asked the country's Supreme Court to keep opposition leader Juan Guaido from leaving the country.
- President Donald J. Trump Supports the Venezuelan People's Efforts to Restore Democracy in Their Country The White House 29 Jan 2019
- Protecting Venezuela's Assets for Benefit of Venezuelan People US Dept. of State 29 Jan 2019
- Venezuelan FM Says US Sanctions Expose Oil as Purpose of Coup Attempt Sputnik 29 Jan 2019 -- Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Jorge Arreaza said Tuesday that US sanctions against Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA proved that the real purpose of the coup attempt in Venezuela is oil.
- Venezuelan Opposition Leader Guaido Vows to Win Over Military Sputnik 29 Jan 2019 -- Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is optimistic he can woo the military, which remains loyal to President Nicolas Maduro.
- US Gives Venezuela's Opposition Leader Juan Guaido Control Over Some Assets Sputnik 29 Jan 2019 -- The US announced Monday that it was introducing sanctions on Venezuela's state-owned oil giant PDVSA just a week after recognising the head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the South American country's interim president.
- Guaido Says All Options in Venezuela on Table, Including Military - Reports Sputnik 29 Jan 2019 -- A day earlier, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido had told the Colombian newspaper Tiempo that he hoped the United States wouldn't use force in Venezuela, but limit pressure to diplomatic and economic measures.
- Guaido Says Venezuela Needs European Assistance to Rebuild – Reports Sputnik 29 Jan 2019 -- Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido said the nation needed not just US but European and ultimately international aid to implement extensive reforms, in an interview with Sky News out Tuesday.
- Russia Vows to Support Venezuela's Legitimate Authorities Sputnik 29 Jan 2019 -- According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the opposition in Venezuela is highly influenced by foreign forces and has been prohibited from contacting the government.
- Beijing Blasts New US Sanctions on Venezuela, Will Keep Cooperating With Caracas Sputnik 29 Jan 2019 -- China opposes the new unilateral sanctions the United States imposed on Venezuela and intends to maintain and develop cooperation with Caracas despite the restrictions, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has stated.
- Maduro is Not Protecting Russian, Chinese Investment - Venezuela's Guaido Sputnik 29 Jan 2019 -- Venezuela's self-proclaimed acting president and leader of the country's National Assembly, Juan Guaido, has told CNN in Spanish that incumbent Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, is not protecting Chinese and Russian investment in Venezuela.
- Venezuelan Oil Giant CEO Lambasts US Over Attempts to Seize US-Based Subsidiary Sputnik 29 Jan 2019 -- The assets of Citgo, a US-based subsidiary of Venezuela's state-owned oil and gas company PDVSA, are not estimated at $7 billion, Venezuelan Petroleum Minister Maj. Gen. Manuel Quevedo, who heads PDVSA, said.
- Venezuelan Opposition Leader Guaido Says Had Conversation With Trump Sputnik 29 Jan 2019 -- The head of the opposition-led Venezuelan National Assembly and self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaido, told the CNN broadcaster in Spanish that he had had a conversation with US President Donald Trump, during which the two politicians addressed the humanitarian situation in Venezuela.
- Russia Vows To Do 'Everything' To Support Maduro, Criticizes U.S. Sanctions RFE/RL 29 Jan 2019 -- Russian officials have lashed out at the United States over the upheaval in Venezuela, vowing to support embattled President Nicolas Maduro and sharply criticizing Washington for imposing sanctions on the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA.
- U.S. Imposes Sanctions On State-Owned Venezuelan Oil Giant RFE/RL 29 Jan 2019 -- The United States has hit Venezuela's state-owned oil company with new economic sanctions, as Washington turns up the pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro.
- Venezuelan envoy to UN says US preparing for 'military invasion' of Venezuela Press TV 29 Jan 2019 -- Venezuela's envoy to the United Nations says the United States is preparing for a "military invasion" of his country, amid Washington's recent move to impose sanctions on the state-owned oil firm PDVSA in its harshest financial challenge yet to President Nicolas Maduro.
- 'Alert Venezuela!' Maduro says US stealing oil revenue Press TV 29 Jan 2019 -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has lashed out at the United States over new unilateral sanctions imposed on the Latin American country's oil sector, vowing to take legal action in response to the move.
- Trump Ally Stone Pleads Not Guilty to Russia Probe Charges VOA 29 Jan 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump's longtime ally Roger Stone pleaded not guilty Tuesday to seven charges linked to the release of damaging hacked emails about Trump's 2016 Democratic opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in the midst of the presidential campaign.
- Trump Associate Stone Pleads Not Guilty To Charges Connected To Russia Probe RFE/RL 29 Jan 2019 -- Roger Stone, a longtime ally of U.S. President Donald Trump, has pleaded not guilty to seven criminal counts connected to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.
- Top U.S. Justice Official: Mueller Russia Investigation Close To Completion RFE/RL 29 Jan 2019 -- The top U.S. justice official has said that the investigation into alleged Russian election meddling being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is nearing completion.
- US Intel Chiefs Warn Washington Risks Losing Friends, Influence VOA 29 Jan 2019 -- U.S. intelligence chiefs are sounding alarms about an ever more perilous future for the United States, one in which the country is in danger of seeing its influence wane, its allies waiver and key adversaries team up to erode norms that once kept the country safe and the world more stable.
- US Needs Assist from Allies to Curb China's Theft of Advanced Technology VOA 29 Jan 2019 -- Senior U.S. officials and experts say the United States needs to rally allies to pressure China stealing advanced technology through cyber espionage. At the same time, key American lawmakers are questioning the readiness and capacity of the U.S. to counter such threats.
- DNI: Russia, China Most Serious Espionage Threats To U.S. RFE/RL 29 Jan 2019 -- Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats says Russia and China present the most serious espionage and cyberattack threats to the United States as the two seek to expand their global reach.
- China most 'concerning' counterintelligence threat, FBI chief says Press TV 29 Jan 2019 -- China is the most "concerning" counterintelligence threat against the United States, says FBI Director Christopher Wray.
- Huawei 'disappointed' to learn of US charges, denies violations of US law Global Times 29 Jan 2019 -- China's Huawei Technologies said it is disappointed to learn of the criminal charges officially announced by the US Justice Department, and denied that it or its subsidiaries and affiliates have committed any of the asserted violations.
- US Charges Huawei, Affiliates, CFO With Conspiracy, Stealing Trade Secrets Sputnik 29 Jan 2019 -- The US Justice Department unsealed on Monday indictments against China's Huawei Technologies, two subsidiaries and its Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou.
- China slams US for using national power to tarnish Chinese companies Global Times 29 Jan 2019 -- China on Tuesday urged the US to stop its unjustifiable crackdown on Huawei and urged Canada to immediately drop the arrest warrant for Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou after the US Justice Department formally filed criminal charges against the Chinese company and Meng on Monday and sent the extradition request to Canada for Meng.
- China urges US to stop "unreasonable suppression" of Huawei People's Daily 29 Jan 2019 -- China on Tuesday strongly urged the United States to stop the unreasonable suppression of Chinese companies, including Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., according to a Foreign Ministry spokesperson.
- China: US crackdown on Huawei unreasonable suppression Press TV 29 Jan 2019 -- China says the United States' legal measures against Chinese electronics giant Huawei are prompted by "political manipulations," following a move by Washington to formally indict the chief financial officer of the company.
- Iran's Cyber Spies Looking to Get Personal VOA 29 Jan 2019 -- Iran appears to be broadening its presence in cyberspace, stealing information that would allow its cyber spies to monitor and track key political and business officials.
- CIA Provided Intelligence On Lifting Of Deripaska Sanctions But Raised No Concerns RFE/RL 29 Jan 2019 -- The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) says it didn't raise any concerns over the lifting of sanctions by the U.S. Treasury Department on three companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.
- Navalny Office Manager Claims Russian Security Officer Tried To Recruit Her RFE/RL 29 Jan 2019 -- An employee of the Anti-Corruption Foundation run by Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny has alleged that a member of the Russian secret services attempted to recruit her and issued threats when she refused to cooperate.
- Russian Justice Ministry To Decriminalize 'Unavoidable' Bribes RFE/RL 29 Jan 2019 -- Russia's Justice Ministry has proposed a bill decriminalizing bribery and other corruption acts committed under "exceptional circumstances."
- Road Map to Denuclearization Key to Second Trump-Kim Summit VOA 29 Jan 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un must agree on a road map to denuclearization at their second summit to avoid the vague agreement that came out of their initial meeting, experts said.
- Trump Admin Divided in Approach to Second Denuclearization Talks with DPRK Sputnik 29 Jan 2019 -- As the Trump administration readies an economic package of seized assets as well as aid to encourage North Korea to accept the US program for denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, intelligence community leaders are casting doubt on the possibility that Pyongyang would ever truly give up its nuclear weapons.
- Bumusa Island inseparable part of Iran: IRGC Cmdr IRNA 29 Jan 2019 -- Bumusa Island is the beating heart of Iran and the enemies have to recognize the fact the island is an integrated part of Iran, said the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) on Wednesday.
- Iran increasing capabilities after Trump JCPOA pullout, Haspel says, acknowledging Tehran compliance Press TV 29 Jan 2019 -- Iran is preparing to "increase" its capabilities to deal with repercussions of the unilateral US withdrawal from the 2015 landmark nuclear agreement, the CIA chief says, also attesting to Tehran's compliance with the international accord.
- Iran Not Undertaking Activities to Produce Nuclear Device – Coats Sputnik 29 Jan 2019 -- Iran is currently not working to build a nuclear weapon, but the Islamic Republic could resume such activities if it does not reap benefits from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, US National Intelligence Director Dan Coats said on Tuesday.
- SPV to be announced within a couple of days: Iran deputy FM ISNA 29 Jan 2019 -- The payment channel known as the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) is going to be announced within a couple of days, Iranian deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, Abbas Araqchi said.
- Amirkabir's 2nd satellite built 40 times more accurate ISNA 29 Jan 2019 -- The second satellite, designed and built by Iran's Amirkabir University of Technology, is 40 times more accurate than "Payam" satellite, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi announced.
- China's Long March-5 rocket to resume flight in July Global Times 29 Jan 2019 -- More than 30 missions and 50 spacecraft will be launched into space in 2019, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) said on Tuesday.
- Sentencing of Wang Quanzhang US Dept. of State 29 Jan 2019
- PM statement to the House of Commons: 29 January 2019 UK FCO 29 Jan 2019 -- Prime Minister Theresa May made a statement to the House of Commons.
- Gov't Will Seek to End Free Movement in No-Deal Brexit Scenario - UK Home Office Sputnik 29 Jan 2019 -- On Monday, UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid set out provisions for EU citizens coming to Britain if the nation leaves the EU without a deal in place.
- Khashoggi's Death Was 'Premeditated Murder,' But CIA Chief Dodges on MBS' Role Sputnik 29 Jan 2019 -- During Senate testimony by US intelligence chiefs Tuesday, CIA Director Gina Haspel called journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death "premeditated murder" but refused to say if the agency believes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible, as a November leak indicated the agency had concluded.
- Balochistan suffers another deadly attack on Pakistani police Press TV 29 Jan 2019 -- At least five people have been killed and more than two dozen others have been injured in an attack by militants on a police office in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan.
- 9 Killed in Suicide Attack on Pakistan Police Complex VOA 29 Jan 2019 -- Authorities in Pakistan say a suicide militant raid against a police facility Tuesday in southwestern Balochistan province killed at least nine people and injured 21 others.
- Kenyan Court Says Four Suspects to Stand Trial in 2015 University Attack VOA 29 Jan 2019 -- A court in Kenya says four men must stand trial for their alleged role in the 2015 terrorist attack on Garissa University College in the northeastern part of the country. The suspects are accused of belonging to a terror group and committing a terror act.
- Ohio Man Indicted for Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS and Attempting to Commit a Violent Hate Crime Attack Against a Toledo Synagogue US Dept. of Justice 29 Jan 2019 -- A federal grand jury sitting in the Northern District of Ohio returned a three-count indictment charging an Ohio man with attempting to provide material support to ISIS, attempting to commit a hate crime, and possessing firearms in furtherance of a crime of violence stemming from his plan to attack in a synagogue in the Toledo area.
- 'New IRA' Group Claims Responsibility for Londonderry Car Bombing – Statement Sputnik 29 Jan 2019 -- A group calling itself the 'New IRA' has claimed responsibility for detonating a car bomb in Londonerry on 19 January and issued a statement to the Derry Journal, stoking fears of fresh conflicts which could threaten the 1998 Good Friday agreement.
- Human trafficking cases hit a 13-year record high, new UN report shows UN News 29 Jan 2019 -- The latest Global Report On Trafficking In Persons, released on Tuesday by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at UN headquarters in New York, shows a record-high number of cases detected during 2016, but also the largest recorded conviction rate of traffickers.
- Ukrainian President Announces Reelection Bid, Aims For EU Membership RFE/RL 29 Jan 2019 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has announced he will seek reelection in the March presidential election, and vowed to press for European Union and NATO membership.
- Kosovo's Thaci Tells Trump Deal With Serbia 'Within Reach' RFE/RL 29 Jan 2019 -- President Hasim Thaci says a deal to normalize relations between Kosovo and Serbia is "now within reach."
- Eastern Europe, Central Asia Failing To Make Progress In Corruption, Says Watchdog RFE/RL 29 Jan 2019 -- Transparency International says much of Eastern Europe and Central Asia is failing to make progress in lowering the perceived levels of public sector corruption, threatening democracy across the region.
- European Union denounces Bahrain ruling on Sheikh Salman Press TV 29 Jan 2019 -- The European Union (EU) has censured a ruling by Bahrain's Supreme Court to uphold a life sentence for prominent opposition figure Sheikh Ali Salman as "a further step against dissenting voices."
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