20 March 2019 Military News
- Trump: 400 US Troops to Remain in Syria With 200 Stationed 'Closer to Israel' Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have since February been slowly breaking through the defensive positions of Daesh in Baghuz, a small city on the Euphrates River near Syria's border with Iraq, considered by Washington and its allies to be the last stronghold of the terrorists in Syria.
- Afghan Official Refuses to Apologise Over Verbal Attack on US Envoy - Reports Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- Afghan National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib has refused to apologize over scathing remarks aimed at US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, NBC reported on Wednesday.
- Afghanistan Again Postpones Presidential Election VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- Officials in Afghanistan have delayed the country's presidential election for a second time, setting Sept. 28 as the new date. They also announced Wednesday that provincial council elections in all 34 Afghan provinces would be held on the same date.
- Afghan Presidential Vote Delayed For Second Time, Until September RFE/RL 20 Mar 2019 -- Afghanistan's presidential election has been postponed by more than two months to give the authorities more time to organize the ballot and fix the problems that occurred during the October parliamentary polls, the Independent Elections Commission (IEC) says.
- Amnesty: US behavior in Somalia can amount to war crimes Press TV 20 Mar 2019 -- "The Hidden US War in Somalia." That is what Amnesty International names its recent report on the United States' military involvement in Somalia that has witnessed a substantial rise in US airstrikes and "unlawful killings," which could well amount to "war crimes."
- Military Officials Dispute Amnesty International Allegations of Civilian Casualties DoD News 20 Mar 2019 -- Allegations by a human rights group that U.S. Africa Command is responsible for civilian casualties in Somalia are not correct, Defense Department officials said.
- US Says No Civilians Have Died in Somali Airstrikes, Contrary to Probe Findings Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- US Africa Command is pushing back against an Amnesty International report claiming US airstrikes in Somalia have caused massive civilian casualties. However, the Trump administration has long abandoned any consideration of civilian deaths, and commanders have admitted they don't investigate until complaints arise.
- Guardsmen Spring into Action for Rescue, Relief Operations in Nebraska DoD News 20 Mar 2019 -- In the true nature of the force, the Nebraska National Guard sprang into action when unprecedented flooding hit the state.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Shanahan: Space Force to Preserve Margin of Dominance, $19 Trillion Economy DoD News 20 Mar 2019 -- If the gap is to be maintained between what the United States has in space technology and capability and what its closest competitors have -- a gap that's closing fast -- it'll be the recently approved Space Force that maintains it, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said here today.
- East Africa Response Force deployed to Gabon Army News 20 Mar 2019 -- A crisis on a continent as large, diverse and complex as Africa requires a robust whole of government approach where the Department of Defense and Department of State work together to quickly provide for the safety of American citizens and facilities. A key component of this response rests in the East Africa Response Force, located at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.
- New combat vehicle coating to increase Soldier survivability Army News 20 Mar 2019 -- While Soldiers wear camouflage to blend into the environment, it is also important to ensure ground vehicles are not easily detected. The Army now has a new advanced coating system for ground vehicles that suppresses ground vehicle heat signatures, making the vehicles much more difficult to detect.
- Polish President Duda visits Battle Group Poland Army News 20 Mar 2019 -- Soldiers assigned to Battle Group Poland (BGPOL) received a special treat this week - a historic visit from the Polish President himself, Andrzej Duda, March 6. While visiting the Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland, (BPTA) to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Poland joining NATO, President Duda wasted no time in expressing his pride and gratitude towards the Soldiers standing before him.
- Navy Awards Contract for Multi-Year Procurement of F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet Strike Fighter NNS 20 Mar 2019 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded The Boeing Co. a contract for the procurement of 78 F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet aircraft; a multi-year procurement (MYP) of 72 between fiscal years 2019-2021, and six from fiscal year 2018.
- Acting Pentagon Chief Subject of Ethics Probe VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- The Pentagon's Office of Inspector General has launched an investigation into allegations that Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan violated ethics rules by promoting his former employer, Boeing, while serving in the Trump administration.
- Washington's Homeland Response Force participates in joint exercise Army News 20 Mar 2019 -- The Washington National Guard's 10th Homeland Response Force traveled to Boise, Idaho to participate in Idaho Response 2019. The exercise simulated a response to an earthquake with a potentially toxic chemical release in order to evaluate the different elements.
- Idaho quake response exercise flexes multiagency muscle Army News 20 Mar 2019 -- A team of personnel from the Washington National Guard's 10th Homeland Response Force, dressed in tan protective suits, entered a partially collapsed building in search of possible survivors.
- U.S., European Reserve Navy Partnerships Build Strategic Depth NNS 20 Mar 2019 -- Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. Luke McCollum participated in a week of Navy Reserve maritime counterpart visits in the United Kingdom and Germany, March 11-15.
- Watchdog: US Navy's F-35s Nowhere Near Combat Ready Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- Despite reaching initial operating capability status in February (on the very last day of a much-extended deadline), the US Navy's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program isn't anywhere near ready for combat, the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), an independent watchdog group, said in a Tuesday report.
- US Command Explains B-52 Bombers Flying Close to Russian Borders Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- NATO planes have been regularly conducting flights close to Russia's borders since 2014 sometimes forcing Russian jets to scramble and escort them during the flight to prevent airspace violations.
- US Navy Enterprise Surveillance Radar Starts Live Testing on Virginia Island Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- The US Navy's new Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR) is beginning live testing at the Wallops Island Test Facility in the state of Virginia, the Raytheon Company said in a press release.
- 2nd annual C-130J fly-in grows Herc Nation US Air Force 20 Mar 2019 -- Representatives from eight C-130J Super Hercules units came together to train and enhance mobility partnerships across the C-130J enterprise during the second annual fly-in at Little Rock Air Force Base, March 9-16.
- SOUTHCOM Military Deputy Commander Meets with Leaders in Colombia US Air Force 20 Mar 2019 -- Lt. Gen. Michael Plehn, U.S. Southern Command's military deputy commander, visited Colombia March 17-19 to meet with Colombian military leaders to discuss strengthening the U.S.-Colombia bilateral security relationship and to deepen understanding of the rapidly changing security situation in the country.
- Bombers fly coordinated missions from Indo-Pacific, Europe US Air Force 20 Mar 2019 -- B-52H Stratofortress bombers launched from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam and RAF Fairford, United Kingdom, March 18, to conduct simultaneous theater familiarization training in the Indo-Pacific and Europe.
- US Space to Counter Alleged Hypersonic Weapons Threat - Shanahan Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- The United States will use its new space force military branch to counter the alleged threat of hypersonic weapons systems that are being developed by China and Russia, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Wednesday.
- More Charges Announced in Ongoing Investigation into Bid Rigging and Fraud Targeting Defense Department Fuel Supply Contracts for U.S. Military Bases in South Korea US Dept. of Justice 20 Mar 2019 -- Two Additional Companies Agree to Plead Guilty and Enter into Civil Settlements; Indictment Against Seven Individuals Unsealed
- Lavorv: Limited nuclear war possible if US refuses to resume disarmament Press TV 20 Mar 2019 -- Russia has called on the United States to resume bilateral efforts towards nuclear disarmament and stop fueling speculations about the possibility of a limited nuclear war, as both countries are poised to leave a crucial Cold War-era arms control treaty.
- Swedish Military Intel Boss Sees "Threat" From Russian Missiles, Chinese Bases Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- A fresh Swedish military intelliegence report points out Russia's increased defence capabilities and China's growing interest in Europe and the Arctic as the most important security trends.
- US to Hand Over Two Additional F-35s to Turkey Amid S-400 Spat – Report Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- F-35 deliveries to Turkey have been under threat since the country signed a contract with Russia in December 2017 for the purchase of S-400 air defence systems. Washington believes the S-400s could reveal weaknesses of the F-35 and that the data could be relayed to Moscow, leading the US to warn it could block the delivery of its jets to Ankara.
- Turkish Media Reveals First Deployment Site of Russian-Made S-400s Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- Turkey has remained committed to the acquisition of Russian S-400 air defence systems despite US threats to impose sanctions on Ankara or freeze the sale of American-built F-35 fighter jets.
- Buddy refueling exercise shows aircraft carrier combat capability: experts Global Times 20 Mar 2019 -- China's aircraft carrier-based fighter jets can now have a larger combat radius and longer endurance and can also carry more weapons, thanks to aerial refueling, experts said after state media released a video of a buddy-to-buddy refueling exercise for the first time.
- US 'very strongly' considering NATO membership for Brazil Press TV 20 Mar 2019 -- US President Donald Trump says he is "very strongly" considering NATO membership for Brazil or some other formal alliance with the Latin American country as he hosts his far-right counterpart in Washington.
- India to Buy More Air-to-Air Missiles Amid F-16 Deployment by Pakistan - Report Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- The Indo-Pak border has become a hot-bed of hostilities after the 14 February Pulwama terror incident. Indian fighter jets are doing patrol sorties on a continual basis in fully weaponised mode carrying air-to-air rockets.
- Joint Statement of the Third United States-Kuwait Strategic Dialogue: "Enhancing Our Strategic Partnership" US Dept. of State 20 Mar 2019 -- The governments of the State of Kuwait and the United States held the third U.S.-Kuwait Strategic Dialogue, the first such dialogue hosted in Kuwait, on March 20, 2019. U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah co-chaired the opening session.
- Remarks With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras US Dept. of State 20 Mar 2019 -- Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
- Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure The White House 20 Mar 2019
- 20 March 2019 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 20 Mar 2019
- Yemeni army targets Saudis' positions with missiles IRNA 20 Mar 2019 -- The Yemeni missile unit fired two Badr-1 ballistic missiles toward Saudis' positions in southern Saudi Arabia.
- Bosnian Serb War Criminal Appeals Sentence, Ends Up With More Time in Prison VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- A United Nations court has increased the sentence to life in prison for convicted Bosnian Serb war criminal Radovan Karadzic, after hearing his appeal of the original sentence.
- UN court increases sentence of former Bosnian-Serb leader to life imprisonment UN News 20 Mar 2019 -- A United Nations appeals court on Wednesday increased the 40-year sentence initially imposed on Radovan Karadžić, former leader of the Republika Srpksa region of Bosnia and head of the Bosnian-Serb Army, to life imprisonment.
- Relatives, Survivors Await Court Ruling On Karadzic Appeal RFE/RL 20 Mar 2019 -- Relatives who lost family members in the 1995 massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica will be closely watching United Nations judges' ruling of an appeal by convicted Bosnian Serb war criminal Radovan Karadzic.
- Appeal judgment on Radovan Karadžić: Foreign Secretary's statement UK FCO 20 Mar 2019 -- Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has commented on the appeals judgment by the IRMCT in the case of Radovan Karadžić.
- Clearing Ops Underway in Islamic State's 'Tent City' VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- U.S.-backed forces are starting to search through the remnants of the Islamic State's final enclave in northeastern Syria, looking for fighters, mines and booby-trapped explosives.
- Turkey, Iran Join Forces Against Kurdish Rebels VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- Turkey is heralding as groundbreaking a joint military operation with Iran against Kurdish rebel groups. Turkish-Iranian relations have markedly improved, to the concern of Turkey's Western allies.
- Iran military Spox denies any joint operation with Turkey IRNA 20 Mar 2019 -- Spokesman of the Iranian Armed Forces Abolfazl Shekarchi said Iran has no plan to hold joint military operations with Turkey at border points.
- UN Hopes April Conference Will Prevent War in Libya VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- The U.N. will sponsor a conference on Libya next month that could spell out the details of the long-awaited elections in the divided and troubled country.
- Libya stands at a 'critical juncture', UN mission head tells Security Council UN News 20 Mar 2019 -- Predicting that the "days ahead will prove foundational to the years ahead for Libyans and the region", the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday, that it was no exaggeration to describe the oil-rich nation as having reached "a crucial juncture".
- Six Pakistani Security Officers Die in Terror Act in Balochistan - Reports Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- Six Pakistani security officers were killed on Wednesday during a terror attack on a security checkpoint in the country's southwestern Balochistan province, Pakistani Dawn reported, citing local officials.
- Terrorists kill six security personnel in SW Pakistan IRNA 20 Mar 2019 -- At least six security personnel on Wednesday were killed in a terrorist attack on a check post in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, local media reported.
- India, Pakistan Hold Meeting on Kartarpur Corridor Despite Tensions Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- The Kartarpur Corridor, slated to be operationalised this year, is an Indo-Pak people-to-people exchange project to facilitate Sikh pilgrims from India to visit the final resting place of Sikhism's founder and its first guru, Guru Nanak Dev. The place is located at Kartarpur in Pakistan at a distance of 3 kilometres from the international border.
- Ukraine Imposes Sanctions On Russians Over Kerch Bridge, Seizure Of Naval Vessels RFE/RL 20 Mar 2019 -- Ukraine has imposed economic and other sanctions on hundreds of individuals and entities for their alleged roles in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia over the Crimea region and the war in eastern Ukraine.
- Hundreds of Trucks Blocked on Cameroon-CAR Border VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- Hundreds of trucks transporting food and humanitarian assistance to the Central African Republic are blocked at the border with Cameroon, as rebels have cut off the road to the capital, Bangui. The rebels acted to protest the president's new cabinet, which they say is not being representative enough.
- Israeli Army Warns of New Hezbollah Threat VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- A Hezbollah commander who allegedly headed a 2007 raid on an American base in Iraq, which ended with the slaying of kidnapped American soldiers, is now building a secret force that could attack Israel from Syria, according to an Israeli military intelligence report.
- Venezuela: 'A worrying destabilizing factor in the region', Bachelet tells Human Rights Council UN News 20 Mar 2019 -- Expressing deep concern at the "magnitude and gravity of the human rights impact" of Venezuela's current crisis, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Wednesday that the country had become "a worrying destabilizing factor in the region."
- UN Concerned by US Sanctions' Possible Impact on Venezuelan People Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- The United Nations is worried that the latest sanctions against Venezuela's oil sector will lead to greater economic deterioration in that country and will further affect people's well-being, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Wednesday.
- Venezuela National Assembly Names PDVSA Subsidiary's Directors Board - Guaido Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- The Venezuelan National Assembly, which all the other governmental branches have been refusing to recognise, has appointed its ad-hoc board of directors of petrochemical enterprise Pequiven (a subsidiary of state-owned energy company PDVSA), self-proclaimed interim leader of Venezuela Juan Guaido claimed.
- Of Suspicious Minds: Medical Experts Cast Doubt On Lesin Autopsy RFE/RL 20 Mar 2019 -- A neck bone that rarely breaks, and when it does, it is almost always due to strangulation or asphyxiation. Soft-tissue hemorrhaging on muscles running along the sides and back of the neck. A swollen brain. Extensive bruising and cuts on legs, arms, hands, chest, face, and skull.
- Russia Pledges to Respond to Australia's New Anti-Moscow Sanctions Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry pledged a response to Australia's new anti-Russian sanctions over the Kerch Strait situation.
- UN allocates $20 million in emergency funding, as Cyclone Idai disaster unfolds UN News 20 Mar 2019 -- As the full scale of the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai in South-West Africa continues to be assessed, the UN and humanitarian partners are ramping up the provision of emergency food, shelter, water and health care supplies to hundreds-of-thousands who have been affected across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
- Mozambique Begins 3 Days of National Mourning for Cyclone Victims VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- Three days of national mourning began Wednesday in Mozambique after one of the most destructive storms to strike southern Africa in decades killed hundreds of people..
- Iran dismisses Israeli hacking claims as 'lies' meant to spread Iranophobia Press TV 20 Mar 2019 -- Iran says reports that it has hacked into the phones of Israeli officials are part of the "lies" Tel Aviv spreads against the Islamic Republic on a daily basis, asserting that Tehran would rather put its technological prowess to good use.
- Pompeo, Netanyahu Vow to Roll Back Iranian Aggression VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are vowing to counter what they call Iran's aggression in the Middle East.
- Pompeo, Netanyahu Discuss How To Counter 'Iranian Aggression' RFE/RL 20 Mar 2019 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have discussed ways to "roll back Iranian aggression" in the region and around the world, the Israeli leader said after the two met in Jerusalem.
- In Middle East, Pompeo Seeks Regional Support Against Iran VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the Middle East for regional security talks as Washington looks to draw new support in its opposition to Iranian aggression.
- Iran will never allow others to decide its fate: Zarif Press TV 20 Mar 2019 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Iranian nation's struggle to nationalize the country's oil industry in 1951 is proof that the country will never allow others to decide its fate.
- Iran's new gas phases free up export capacity for Asians Press TV 20 Mar 2019 -- The first shipment from phase 13 of South Pars, including 300,000 barrels of gas condensate, has been delivered for export, operator of the phase which was inaugurated Sunday has said.
- Iran vows to defend oil shipments, urges UNSC to address Netanyahu's threats Press TV 20 Mar 2019 -- Iran has called on the United Nations Security Council to address the Israeli regime's "provocative" policies, warning that it will not hesitate to exercise its right to self-defense if the regime proceeds with its threats of blocking Iranian oil shipments.
- US Extends Iraq Waiver for Purchasing Electricity From Iran for 3 Months Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- The United States has extended for 90 days its waiver which exempts Iraq from sanctions for buying electricity from Iran, a State Department spokesperson told Sputnik on Wednesday.
- US renews waiver for Iraq to continue Iran trade Press TV 20 Mar 2019 -- The Trump administration says it is extending a 90-day waiver for the second time to let Iraq continue energy imports from Iran which is under draconian US sanctions.
- U.S. Official: Iran Destabilizing Region, Heightening Risks Of Arms Race RFE/RL 20 Mar 2019 -- Iran's missile program is destabilizing the Middle East and raising the risk of a "regional arms race," a senior U.S. arms control official has said.
- U.S. Extends Waiver To Allow Iraq To Buy Iranian Energy Supplies RFE/RL 20 Mar 2019 -- The United States is extending a waiver to allow Iraq to continue to buy electricity from Iran, despite sanctions imposed by Washington targeting Tehran's energy sector.
- Xi underscores firm implementation of major reforms People's Daily 20 Mar 2019 -- President Xi Jinping stressed firm implementation of major reforms at the seventh meeting of the central committee for deepening overall reform Tuesday.
- Trump Linking Huawei Criminal Case, China Talks Deepens Concerns Over Interference VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- President Donald Trump shocked some last month when he suggested that the criminal charges against Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies and its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, might be used as leverage in his administration's ongoing trade talks with China.
- The untold truth about Xinjiang Global Times 20 Mar 2019 -- Misleading headlines, groundless accusations, obscure interviewees, double standards are not hard to spot in many articles covering China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in Western media outlets.
- New rocket engines in making for moon, Mars People's Daily 20 Mar 2019 -- Chinese engineers are pushing forward with the research and development of engines to be used on the country's next lunar probe and its first Mars probe, a project leader said.
- The Philippines eyes more Chinese investment, dismissing debt trap Global Times 20 Mar 2019 -- A delegation of senior Philippine officials from key departments including finance, infrastructure and energy is in Beijing, in a bid to deepen cooperation with China and attract more Chinese investors.
- Why China's Financial Incentives for Taiwanese Flatlined VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- Just over a year ago the Chinese government announced 31 incentives for Taiwanese to work, study and invest in China, a market where salaries can run higher than in Taiwan and the number of consumers has no equal. The Taiwan government fretted then that China was trying to attract Taiwanese people as a way of pressing its case for political unification – a goal that Taipei opposes.
- Delaying Brexit to June 30 would have political risks: European Commission Press TV 20 Mar 2019 -- Britain's request to delay the Brexit deadline from March 29 to June 30 would bring "serious legal and political risks", says the European Commission.
- UK Will Not Leave EU on March 29 - Prime Minister Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- British Prime Minister Theresa May has said her country will not leave the European Union on March 29, as originally planned, but said the departure wouldn't be delayed any further than June 30.
- Britain Asks for Brexit Delay Until June 30 VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- British Prime Minister Theresa May asked the European Union Wednesday to delay Britain's exit from the 28-nation bloc for three months, until June 30.
- Kazakh Leader's Controversial Legacy Continues After Presidency VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- A day after Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced his resignation, the Central Asian nation south of Russia and northwest of China watched on live television as the outgoing president, seated at a position high above the stage, looked on as former chairman of the country's Senate, Kassym-Jomart Kemelovich Tokayev, was sworn in as the country's leader.
- Nazarbayev's daughter appointed as Senate speaker IRNA 20 Mar 2019 -- Members of Kazakhstan Senate have appointed the eldest daughter of former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Dariga Nazarbayeva as speaker.
- Nazarbaev's Daughter Handed Powerful Senate Post As Kazakhstan Gets New President RFE/RL 20 Mar 2019 -- Former President Nursultan Nazarbaev's eldest daughter was elected speaker of Kazakhstan's upper parliament house a day after her father announced his resignation, thrusting her into a highly prominent role just over a year ahead of the next scheduled presidential election.
- After Nazarbayev's resignation, interim president takes oath of office in Kazakhstan Press TV 20 Mar 2019 -- The head of Kazakhstan's senate has been sworn in as interim president of the country after long-time leader Nursultan Nazarbayev stepped down in a surprise move.
- Kazakhstan's New President Pledges to Continue Nazarbayev's Policies Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- Kazakhstan's acting President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said Wednesday that he will continue the policies of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the country's former head of state who announced his resignation yesterday.
- Pakistani Party Leaders Grilled In Anticorruption Probes RFE/RL 20 Mar 2019 -- The leaders of one of Pakistan's main opposition parties have been summoned by the country's anticorruption agency to face questions in three separate cases.
- Did the Indian Prime Minister Create Enough Jobs? VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- For people streaming in from rural areas around New Delhi, the first stop is a collection of busy city intersections where contractors select daily wage labor from the crowds of young and old waiting every morning to get work.
- Tax Authority Warns it Will Name Corrupt South Sudan Officials VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- The South Sudan National Revenue Authority is threatening to publicly shame government and bank officials who steal tax revenue.
- Malawi Launches Campaign Period for May Elections VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- Malawi's Electoral Commission has officially launched campaigning for May elections with calls against political violence. Political violence is on the rise in Malawi as the country prepares for May elections. The victims are mostly opposition party members beaten by suspected supporters of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.
- Thais Braced for Vote, Marking 'Return to Democracy' VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- Thailand's military chief, Prayut Chan-o-cha, is applying all resources to ensure his prime minister position remains unchallenged Sunday, when the first poll since 2011 is held here.
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