16 August 2019 Military News
- Army announces upcoming 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade unit rotation Army News 16 Aug 2019 -- The Department of the Army announced today the winter 2019 rotation to Afghanistan of the 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade, stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.
- Army announces upcoming 10th Mountain Division Combat Aviation Brigade unit rotation Army News 16 Aug 2019 -- The Department of the Army announced today the winter 2019 rotation to Afghanistan of the 10th Mountain Division Combat Aviation Brigade, stationed at Fort Drum, New York.
- Trump Discusses Status of Taliban Talks With National Security Team VOA 16 Aug 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump met Friday with his national security team to discuss the U.S. negotiations with the Afghan Taliban, the White House said.
- Brother of Afghan Taliban Chief Killed in Pakistan Mosque Bombing VOA 16 Aug 2019 -- The younger brother of Afghan Taliban chief Hibatullah Akhundzada was said to be among at least four people killed in bomb blast at an Islamic seminary in a southwestern part of neighboring Pakistan.
- Brother Of Afghan Taliban Leader Reportedly Killed In Pakistani Mosque Blast RFE/RL 16 Aug 2019 -- The brother of the leader of the Afghan Taliban is reported to have been among those killed in a bomb blast at a mosque in southwest Pakistan.
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- Army announces upcoming 2nd BCT, 1st Cavalry Division unit rotation Army News 16 Aug 2019 -- The Department of the Army announced today the winter 2019 rotation to Europe of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.
- Army announces upcoming 3rd Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade unit rotation Army News 16 Aug 2019 -- The Department of the Army announced today the winter 2019 rotation to Europe of the 3rd Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade, stationed at Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia.
- Hawaii Army National Guard performs Counter-Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar System mission Army News 16 Aug 2019 -- Soldiers of the Hawaii National Guard's 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery Regiment are in the process of making history, all while performing a mission with important implications for the future of air defense artillery, field artillery, and the Hawaii Army National Guard. The 1-487th is the first field artillery unit to be assigned to perform the C-RAM protection mission.
- US, Moldovan Soldiers partner for artillery training Army News 16 Aug 2019 -- Moldovan field artillery officers are visiting the NC National Guard's 139th Regional Training Institute as part of a State Partnership Program engagement from August 12 - 17, 2019.
- Wisconsin Guard supports humanitarian project for Nicaragua Army News 16 Aug 2019 -- Equipment from a national hair salon in Hudson, Wisconsin, is on its way to Nicaragua to teach cosmetology skills to men and women, providing an opportunity to earn a dignified income. And the Wisconsin Army National Guard lent a hand in the effort.
- US Marine Corps Bumps Up JLTV Purchase to 15,000 After Reaching IOC Status Sputnik 16 Aug 2019 -- The US Marine Corps has announced that its new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program has reached initial operational capability (IOC) almost a year before the scheduled deadline.
- DOD Agency Keeps File Swaps Safe DoD News 16 Aug 2019 -- The Defense Information Systems Agency has taken over an online resource that allows Defense Department personnel to swap files too large to be sent via email.
- Mine countermeasures ships operation CENTCOM 16 Aug 2019 -- The mine countermeasures ships USS Sentry (MCM 3), USS Devastator (MCM 6), USS Gladiator (MCM 11), and USS Dextrous (MCM 13) completed operations July 5-18 in the Arabian Gulf.
- Putting the "High Mobility" in HIMARS USMC News 16 Aug 2019 -- U.S. Marines with 3rd Marine Division demonstrated the mobility and lethality of the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System during a simulated amphibious raid, Aug. 14, 2019.
- USS Donald Cook Visits Theoule-Sur-Mer, France NNS 16 Aug 2019 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) visits Theoule-Sur-Mer, France, for scheduled port visit August 14-16.
- USS Porter Departs Constanta, Romania NNS 16 Aug 2019 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) departed Constanta, Romania, Aug. 15 after completing a scheduled port visit.
- NMCB 133 Seabees set the precedent aboard USNS Carson City NNS 16 Aug 2019 -- A team of seven Seabees, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 detachment Ivory Coast and deployed with Task Force 68, embarked aboard the Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Carson City (T-EPF 7) in support of the ship's Africa Partnership Station (APS) deployment to the Gulf of Guinea, July 2-August 8.
- Ike Conducts Ammunition Onload at Sea NNS 16 Aug 2019 -- The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) conducted an ammunition onload with both the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and the dry cargo ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5), August 12-15.
- USS Scranton Celebrates COC NNS 16 Aug 2019 -- The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Scranton (SSN 756) held a change of command ceremony on Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego, Aug. 15.
- Pentagon Fears Losing 'Freedom of Manoeuvre' in Africa Amid Growing Russian, Chinese Clout - Report Sputnik 16 Aug 2019 -- Earlier, US National Security Advisor John Bolton accused Moscow and Beijing of "deliberately and aggressively" attempting to extend their "predatory" influence over the African continent, and said that all US efforts were aimed at "further[ing] US priorities in the region."
- Russia, Venezuela defense chiefs sign naval pact on warship port visits Press TV 16 Aug 2019 -- Defense chiefs of Russia and Venezuela have signed an agreement overseeing visits by warships of both nations to each other's ports amid persistent US efforts to undermine the government in Caracas.
- US, NATO allies team up for Icelandic Air Surveillance exercise US Air Force 16 Aug 2019 -- With alarms blaring and engines roaring, Airmen and pilots only use hand signals to communicate while pilots settle into their jets with little time before takeoff.
- UK's military dependence on US continues to grow, as Britain's armed forces shrink for ninth consecutive year. Press TV 16 Aug 2019 -- UK's dependence on the US as the military-power-in-charge continues to grow, as a new report reveals the size of Britain's armed forces has fallen for the ninth consecutive year. The Army, the RAF and the Royal Navy have all seen a decline in the number of fully-trained personnel - with the Army experiencing the biggest fall, new Ministry of Defence figures showed.
- Safety in Numbers? UK Armed Forces Slashed to Record Low – Report Sputnik 16 Aug 2019 -- Despite the reported fall in the UK army's size, the country's Defence Ministry insisted that the armed forces continued "to meet all their operational requirements."
- DPRK fires 2 short-range projectiles off east coast: S.Korea People's Daily 16 Aug 2019 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Friday fired two unidentified short-range projectiles off its east coast, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
- North Korea test fires two more missiles after rejecting talks with South Press TV 16 Aug 2019 -- South Korea says Pyongyang has fired two missiles into the sea off its eastern coast, shortly after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rejected any further talks with Seoul over a recent joint military exercise with the US.
- Seoul Claims DPRK Fired Two 'Unidentified Projectiles' - Report Sputnik 16 Aug 2019 -- Since late July, Pyongyang has carried out a number of tests of what are reportedly short-range ballistic missiles. The latest launch reportedly occurred amid the ongoing South Korean-US joint military drills, which kicked off on 5 August and will last through 20 August.
- FCO Minister Wheeler statement on the continued launches of ballistic missiles by North Korea UK FCO 16 Aug 2019 -- FCO Minister for Asia and the Pacific Heather Wheeler statement on the continued launches of ballistic missiles by North Korea, most recently on 16 August.
- North Korea Fires More Weapons; Criticizes South Korea VOA 16 Aug 2019 -- North Korea has launched a fresh round of short-range weapons into the sea off its east coast, South Korea's military reported - Pyongyang's latest apparent outburst of anger at continued U.S.-South Korean military drills.
- Japan to purchase 42 F-35B fighter jets from US NHK 16 Aug 2019 -- Japan's defense ministry has formally decided to purchase state-of-the-art F-35B stealth fighter jets from the United States.
- India hints at ending 'No First Use' nuclear policy Press TV 16 Aug 2019 -- India has hinted at the possibility of changing its "No First Use" policy on nuclear weapons, amid escalating tensions with fellow-atomic state Pakistan over the disputed region of Kashmir.
- Indian Defence Minister Hints at Possibility of Nuclear Policy Change Amid Tensions with Pakistan Sputnik 16 Aug 2019 -- India's Defence Minister has suggested that the country's policy regarding its nuclear weapons may be set to change for the first time since India became a nuclear power back in 1998.
- Iran says domestically-developed S-300 system to be unveiled next week IRNA 16 Aug 2019 -- "Bavar-373", an Iranian developed missile system which is known as "Iranian S-300", is ready to be unveiled and be delivered to the armed forces, said a senior official with the Defense Ministry on Friday.
- Admiral Boasts Tehran's Bristling Missile Capabilities Forced Enemies to Reconsider War Against Iran Sputnik 16 Aug 2019 -- The US is busy with the creation of a 'maritime security coalition' to patrol the waters in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, but so far, only the UK and Israel have expressed interest in joining.
- Taiwan's Air Force says it plans to add new wing of F-16V CNA 16 Aug 2019 -- Taiwan's Air Force said it is planning to establish a new fighter wing when new fighter jets are acquired after the Washington Post reported that the Trump administration is moving ahead with its US$8 billion sale of F-16V fighter jets to Taiwan.
- US Informally Approves Sale of Dozens of F-16 Fighter Jets to Taiwan - Reports Sputnik 16 Aug 2019 -- The United States has informally approved the proposed military sale of dozens of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, CNN reported on Friday.
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- Indian Firm Needs Fresh Sukhoi Aircraft Order to Keep Production Plant Running - Report Sputnik 16 Aug 2019 -- An Indian government facility manufacturing Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter aircraft under license of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation says it may have to close production by March 2020 if no fresh orders are received.
- Manila Voices Alarm Over Chinese Warships in Philippine Waters Amid South China Sea Dispute Sputnik 16 Aug 2019 -- Earlier, Philippine presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo denied allegations that Manila has abandoned the UN arbitral tribunal's decision that rejected Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea.
- Yemen conducts fresh drone attacks on Saudi airport Press TV 16 Aug 2019 -- Saudi Arabia's airport of Abha has been hit by more drone attacks launched by Yemeni forces, as part of their retaliatory attacks against the kingdom in a Saudi-led war.
- Saudi Arabia covered up unlawful war crimes in Yemen: Report Press TV 16 Aug 2019 -- An international law group has submitted a new report to the British government providing evidence that the Saudi-led collation has been covering up its unlawful airstrikes on civilian targets and its war crimes in the war on Yemen.
- Yemeni Houthis Reportedly Carry Out Drone Attack on Saudi Abha Airport Sputnik 16 Aug 2019 -- A spokesman for the Yemeni military group said Friday, that its militants launched drone attacks on Saudi Arabia's Abha international airport.
- Syrian army captures two towns near terrorists' stronghold in southern Idlib Press TV 16 Aug 2019 -- The Syrian army has captured two towns near the terrorists' stronghold of Khan Shaykhun in southern Idlib, reaching the edges of a major bastion of foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants.
- Russian Military Detects 35 Attacks in Syria's Idlib De-Escalation Zone Over 24 Hours Sputnik 16 Aug 2019 -- The Russian military has registered 35 attacks by militants in Syria's provinces of Aleppo and Latakia, located in the Idlib de-escalation zone, in the course of the past 24 hours, Maj. Gen. Aleksei Bakin, the head of the Russian Defence Ministry's centre for Syrian Reconciliation, said.
- Syrian Air Defences Repel Missile Attack in Hama Province - Report Sputnik 16 Aug 2019 -- According to the Syrian state-run broadcaster, the Syrian air defence system destroyed early on Friday a hostile projectile in the sky above the city of Masyaf in the Hama province. There have been no reports about damage or casualties so far.
- Haftar's Forces Say Hit Hangar With Turkish Drones in Western Libya Sputnik 16 Aug 2019 -- The Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar on Friday struck a hangar with Turkish drones and ammunition near the town of Abu Kammash in the west of the country, according to the media center of the LNA's Karama Operations Room.
- Myanmar Says Ethnic Army Attacks Were 'Acts of Terrorism' That Hurt Peace Talks Radio Free Asia 16 Aug 2019 -- The Myanmar government on Friday strongly condemned attacks by three ethnic rebel armies that left 15 security officers and civilians dead in the Mandalay region and neighboring northern Shan state, calling them "acts of terrorism" that could thwart the country's teetering peace process.
- Officials: Myanmar, Bangladesh Working to Repatriate 3,450 Rohingya Refugees Radio Free Asia 16 Aug 2019 -- Bangladesh and Myanmar said Friday they were working on the first repatriation of Rohingya refugees since members of the ethnic minority fled a massive military crackdown in Rakhine state two years ago, amid confusion over how the process would unfold.
- Two years after exodus, Myanmar's 'desperate' Rohingya youth need education, skills: UNICEF UN News 16 Aug 2019 -- The daily struggle to survive for Myanmar's Rohingya people in one of the world's largest refugee settlements, has caused "overwhelming" despair and jeopardized the hopes of an entire generation, the head of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), Henrietta Fore, said on Friday.
- Explosion in Pakistan mosque kills 4 people Press TV 16 Aug 2019 -- At least four people have been killed in an explosion that rocked a mosque near Quetta, the provincial capital of Pakistan's restive province of Balochistan.
- At Least 5 Killed, 11 Injured in Pakistan Blast in Balochistan - Report Sputnik 16 Aug 2019 -- The blast occurred on the outskirts of Quetta, the largest city in the Balochistan province. At least seven explosions have been reported in Quetta over the last three weeks.
- Pakistan says UNSC meeting shows Kashmir not India's domestic matter Press TV 16 Aug 2019 -- Pakistan says holding a meeting by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) "nullifies" that Jammu and Kashmir is a domestic matter for India, which scrapped the autonomy of the Muslim-majority Himalayan region earlier this month.
- UN Security Council Discusses Kashmir Escalation VOA 16 Aug 2019 -- The U.N. Security Council met privately Friday to discuss India's Aug. 5 decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, which has led to a security crackdown in the territory and an escalation in tensions with neighboring Pakistan.
- Hundreds Clash With Police In Indian Kashmir Ahead Of Security Council Meeting RFE/RL 16 Aug 2019 -- Hundreds of protesters in Indian-controlled Kashmir have clashed with police, even as New Delhi said it would begin easing restrictions in the disputed region after a nearly two-week communications blackout.
- At Least 4 Pakistani Soldiers Killed in Clashes With India in Kashmir Over 24 Hours - Army Sputnik 16 Aug 2019 -- At least four servicemen of the Pakistan Army were killed over the past 24 hours in clashes with Indian soldiers in the disputed Kashmir region at the border between the countries, the Pakistan Army said in a statement on Friday.
- Kashmir 'Curbs' to Be Lifted Gradually VOA 16 Aug 2019 -- Indian government officials say restrictions imposed on the Indian-controlled Kashmir region will be "lifted gradually."
- Two Turkish Surveillance Planes Allegedly Violate Greece's Airspace - Reports Sputnik 16 Aug 2019 -- Two Turkish CN-235 surveillance planes entered Greece's airspace over the Aegean Sea amid ongoing tensions between Ankara and Athens over Turkey's drilling operations off Cyprus' coast, local media reported, citing defence sources.
- Displaced by DR Congo violence, survivors' testimonies highlight brutality of armed militia UN News 16 Aug 2019 -- Two months since hundreds of thousands of people fled violence in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN humanitarians warned on Friday that armed militia continue to make their safe return impossible.
- UNHCR: 360,000 Displaced in Congo's Ituri Province Struggling to Survive VOA 16 Aug 2019 -- The U.N. refugee agency warns more than 360,000 people who have fled inter-communal violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's Ituri province over the past two months are living in squalor, struggling to survive.
- Israel jets conduct fresh airstrikes against Gaza Strip Press TV 16 Aug 2019 -- Israeli warplanes have conducted fresh airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, shortly after Israeli troops attacked and injured dozens of Palestinians during anti-occupation protests near the fence separating the coastal sliver from the occupied territories.
- Sudan: While Peace Deal is Signed, Feminists Fight for Representation VOA 16 Aug 2019 -- In Sudan, women are well-represented in the workforce. They are not lacking in any public spaces. And over the past few months, they have made up half, if not more, of the protest crowds making demands of their new transitional government.
- Sudan's Opposition Alliance Chooses Prime Minister VOA 16 Aug 2019 -- Sudan's Forces of Freedom and Change, the country's main opposition alliance, has nominated economist Mohammed Abdalla Hamdok to serve as prime minister in the country's transitional government.
- 'We Remember Chernobyl': Information Vacuum Around Arkhangelsk Blast Riles Locals RFE/RL 16 Aug 2019 -- For residents living next to the naval testing range on Russia's White Sea coast, weapons tests come with the territory: you get used to them.
- The Week In Russia: Nothing To See Here: Kremlin Shrugs As August Events Pile Up RFE/RL 16 Aug 2019 -- Russia has endured deadlier and more momentous developments in August in the past, but not always so many of them. Amid massive wildfires, weekly protests whose size has grown, and a mysterious blast that killed five nuclear specialists, the Kremlin seems to be working hard to look unruffled.
- British Police Say A Second Officer Was Exposed To Novichok RFE/RL 15 Aug 2019 -- British detectives said on August 15 that a second police officer was contaminated with a banned Soviet-era nerve agent that was used to target a former Russian spy last year in Salisbury, England.
- S Korean Unification Ministry Says North's Criticism of Moon Runs Counter to Joint Deals Sputnik 16 Aug 2019 -- Pyongyang's criticism of South Korean President Moon Jae-in harms inter-Korean relations and runs counter to agreements reached at the bilateral summits held last year, a deputy spokesperson for South Korea's Unification Ministry said Friday.
- S. Korean Chief Executive Blasted for His Anti-DPRK Remarks KCNA 16 Aug 2019 -- A spokesperson for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country made public a statement on Aug. 16.
- Unsealed Warrant and Forfeiture Complaint Seek Seizure of Oil Tanker "Grace 1" for Unlawful Use of U.S. Financial System to Support and Finance IRGC's Sale of Oil Products to Syria US Dept. of Justice 16 Aug 2019 -- A seizure warrant and forfeiture complaint were unsealed today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that Oil Tanker "Grace 1," all petroleum aboard it and $995,000.00 are subject to forfeiture based on violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), bank fraud statute, and money laundering statute, as well as separately the terrorism forfeiture statute.
- US unveils warrant for seizure of Iran-operated Grace 1 Press TV 16 Aug 2019 -- The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has unveiled a warrant for the seizure of the Iran-operated Grace 1 supertanker a day after Gibraltar's Supreme Court confirmed the release of the vessel.
- US Says It Has Warrant to Seize Iranian Oil Tanker VOA 16 Aug 2019 -- The U.S. government said Friday that it had a warrant to seize an Iranian supertanker caught in a diplomatic standoff off the coast of the British overseas territory Gibraltar.
- Iran-run Grace 1 supertanker requires repairs that may delay its departure: Lawyer Press TV 16 Aug 2019 -- The Iran-operated Grace 1 supertanker needs repairs, which may delay the vessel's departure after Gibraltar's Supreme Court confirmed the release of the vessel, according to a lawyer representing the ship's captain.
- US threat still looms as Iran tanker sets to leave Gibraltar Press TV 16 Aug 2019 -- Chief Minister of Gibraltar Fabian Picardo says Iran-operated "Grace 1" supertanker has been allowed to leave Friday but a last-minute legal bid by the US to seize the vessel could still end up back in court.
- Iran Renames, Reflags Seized Tanker As It Prepares To Leave Gibraltar RFE/RL 16 Aug 2019 -- An Iranian supertanker seized six weeks ago by Gibraltar is being renamed and reflagged as it prepares to sail after the British overseas territory said it was free to leave.
- The 14 Defiant Women Who Want To Change The Islamic Republic Of Iran RFE/RL 16 Aug 2019 -- Iranian human rights lawyer Guity Pourfazel wants to see change in her country and believes Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei should step down and the ruling clerical establishment be replaced with a democratic system.
- Israel, UAE engaged in secret talks on Iran arranged by US: Report Press TV 16 Aug 2019 -- Israel and the United Arab Emirates have been recently engaged in secret talks, arranged by the US, to share their information and coordinate their efforts against Iran, a report by the Wall Street Journal says.
- China releases white paper on vocational education and training in Xinjiang Global Times 16 Aug 2019 -- China released a white paper on vocational education and training in Xinjiang Friday.
- Xinjiang white paper justifies training centers Global Times 16 Aug 2019 -- China on Friday released a white paper on vocational education and training in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, clarifying the legal basis for the training centers and declaring a key victory against terrorism and extremism through these centers.
- White paper exposes lies on Xinjiang training centers Global Times 16 Aug 2019 -- China on Friday released a white paper on vocational education and training in Xinjiang. For the past two years, the vocational education and training centers have been the focus of debate on Xinjiang affairs. Western countries have been fiercely critical, while developing countries, including Islamic nations, have shown a general understanding and support.
- Chinese Ambassador calls for Western media to report Hong Kong in a just manner People's Daily 16 Aug 2019 -- Reiterating that the Central Government has enough solutions and enough power within the limits of the Basic Law to quell any unrest, Chinese Ambassador to the U.K., Liu Xiaoming, called for media from home and abroad to report the Hong Kong issue in a just and objective manner during a press conference at the Chinese Embassy on Thursday.
- Taiwanese Divided on Further Government Support For Hong Kong Protests: Poll Radio Free Asia 16 Aug 2019 -- While the president of democratic Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, has been a vocal supporter of anti-extradition protests in Hong Kong, it would appear that a sizable minority of the country's 23 million residents oppose further active support for the movement by their own government, a recent opinion poll has revealed.
- Tens of Thousands Rally, Call on World to 'Stand With Hong Kong' Radio Free Asia 16 Aug 2019 -- Tens of thousands of people gathered in downtown Hong Kong's Central district on Thursday to call on politicians in the U.S. and U.K. to stand with Hong Kong, and to condemn police violence against the anti-extradition movement.
- Hong Kong opposition-camp media confuse right and wrong Global Times 16 Aug 2019 -- Recently, a journalist from the Chinese mainland was attacked by rioters in Hong Kong.
- China rules out repeat of Tiananmen incident in Hong Kong Press TV 16 Aug 2019 -- China has issued yet another stern warning against weeks-long protests in Hong Kong, saying it will not sit idly by and watch as the unrest continues.
- 1 Ebola Fatality Confirmed in New Congo Region VOA 16 Aug 2019 -- Congolese officials have confirmed the death of one of at least two new Ebola patients in South Kivu province.
- Opposition Chief Sam Rainsy, Party Officials to Return to Cambodia From Exile in November: CNRP Radio Free Asia 16 Aug 2019 -- The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Friday announced that acting President Sam Rainsy and several other high-ranking party officials will return to Cambodia from exile in early November, despite threats by Prime Minister Hun Sen to imprison them.
- Ex-Kyrgyz President Atambaev Remanded In Custody Until August 26, Wife Under Investigation RFE/RL 16 Aug 2019 -- BISHKEK -- Arrested former Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev has been remanded in custody for another 10 days while an investigation has been launched into his wife's activities.
- 2-Week Power Outage Paralyzes Cameroon VOA 16 Aug 2019 -- Businesses, media and hospitals in Cameroon's capital have been brought to a halt because of an unprecedented power failure that has gone on for nearly two weeks. The government has ordered the electric company, ENEO, to restore power within seven days but the company says it needs at least three months to repair equipment destroyed in a fire.
- Nigerian Sheikh Abruptly Returns Home from Medical Trip to India VOA 16 Aug 2019 -- Controversial cleric Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky returned home to Nigeria after a brief trip to India, where he had sought medical treatment after four years in detention.
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