10 October 2019 Military News
- Former Afghan Warlord Hekmatyar Claims Two-Thirds of Ghani Votes Fraudulent VOA 10 Oct 2019 -- Two-thirds of the votes cast for incumbent Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in last month's presidential election were cast without proper biometric verification and fraudulent, a leading rival candidate, former warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said Oct. 7, joining a chorus of candidates making similar accusations.
- Statement from the President The White House 10 Oct 2019 -- "This will confirm for the first time that Ibrahim al-Asiri, a senior al-Qa'ida bomb maker and terrorist coordinator, was killed two years ago in a United States counterterrorism operation in Yemen."
Defense Policy / Programs
- Exercise KAMANDAG 3 begins USMC News 10 Oct 2019 -- The 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade and the Philippine Marine Ready Force opened Exercise KAMANDAG 3 on Wednesday, October 9th with a ceremony at the Subic Bay International Airport. KAMANDAG 3 will take place from October 9 to 18, 2019, at multiple locations on the Philippine islands of Luzon and Palawan.
- Commercial Partners Critical to DOD Success DoD News 10 Oct 2019 -- Commercial partners are critically essential to the Defense Department's success, the commander of U.S. Transportation Command said.
- Navy Osprey Wing Established in San Diego Ceremony NNS 10 Oct 2019 -- Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Wing (COMVRMWING) 1 was officially established in a ceremony aboard Naval Air Station North Island, Oct. 10.
- SECNAV Names Future Amphibious Transport Dock Ship in Honor of the city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania NNS 10 Oct 2019 -- Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer named the next San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, LPD 30, in honor of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
- US Army Creates 'Multi-Domain' Task Forces in Europe, Pacific – Report Sputnik 10 Oct 2019 -- The creation of the two units indicates just how difficult it is to implement an intuitive idea long advertised by TV shows and the entertainment industry.
- Tyndall AFB continues rebuild effort one year after Hurricane Michael US Air Force 10 Oct 2019 -- In the early hours of Oct. 10, 2018, many communities in Northwest Florida prepared for a storm expected to make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane.
- Secretary General praises Greece's contributions to NATO NATO 10 Oct 2019 -- NATO Secretary General arrived in Athens on Thursday (10 October 2019) for talks with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and President Prokopis Pavlopoulos. To honour fallen Greek soldiers, the Secretary General also laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
- Pakistan Warns India: Rafale or No Rafale, We Know How to Defend Ourselves Sputnik 10 Oct 2019 -- Days after Indian media platforms bragged about the new-found confidence of Indian security forces upon receiving the first of 36 Rafale fighter jets, the Pakistan government sought to clear the air with an indirect caution to its arch-rival.
- Majority of Swedish Parties Demand Halt to Arms Sales to Turkey Amid Military Operation in Syria Sputnik 10 Oct 2019 -- Over the past five years, Sweden's arms exports to Turkey have risen more than ten-fold. ?Sweden has consistently ranked among the world's 30 biggest arms manufacturers.
- Finland Halts Arms Exports to Turkey, Condemns Military Operation in Syria Sputnik 10 Oct 2019 -- According to Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne, Turkey's actions have exacerbated the already-complicated humanitarian situation in Syria and could potentially spark a new refugee crisis.
- Ukrainian Foreign Minister Says Russia To Give Back Impounded Navy Vessels Soon RFE/RL 10 Oct 2019 -- Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystayko says he is in the "final stage" of negotiations to return three naval vessels that Russia impounded in November 2018 in the Black Sea after firing on them and taking 24 Ukrainian crewmen captive.
- Tunisia - T-6C Texan Trainer Aircraft DSCA 10 Oct 2019 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Tunisia for twelve (12) T-6C Texan trainer aircraft and related equipment and support for an estimated cost of $234 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- Kuwait - M88A2 Recovery Vehicles and Related Equipment and Support DSCA 10 Oct 2019 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait for nineteen (19) M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lifting Extraction System (HERCULES) recovery vehicles and related equipment and support for an estimated cost of $281 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- Dual Bilateral Naval Drill Concludes in Jubail SPA 10 Oct 2019 -- The dual bilateral naval drill (bridge - 20) and the supported naval drill (waves - 4), organized by the Saudi Royal Naval Forces (SRNF), concluded here today in the presence of the Eastern Fleet Assistant Commander Vice Admiral Majed bin Hazza Al-Gahtani.
- Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure The White House 10 Oct 2019
- Remarks by Vice President Pence in a Press Gaggle | Waukee, IA The White House 10 Oct 2019
- 10 October 2019 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 10 Oct 2019
- New refugee data centre can inform policies, solutions worldwide: Guterres UN News 10 Oct 2019 -- A new UN refugee data centre will improve the way humanitarian agencies support "some of the most dramatically vulnerable people in the world", UN chief António Guterres said on Thursday.
- New Philippine Military Chief Expects No 'Shooting War' Over South China Sea Radio Free Asia 10 Oct 2019 -- The Philippine military backs diplomatic efforts to resolve tensions with Beijing over the South China Sea, the new commander of the armed forces said Thursday, casting doubt that war would break out despite Chinese forays into contested waters.
- Prolonged Saudi war to make Yemen world's poorest country: UN Press TV 10 Oct 2019 -- A new UN report projects that Yemen is on course to become the world's poorest country if Saudi Arabia's aggression against the impoverished nation continues.
- Senior State Department Officials On the Situation in Syria US Dept. of State 10 Oct 2019 -- Special Briefing
- Erdogan threatens EU with opening border to millions of refugees Press TV 10 Oct 2019 -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned the European Union that Ankara will allow millions of refugees to make their way toward Europe if the bloc keeps criticizing Turkey's military operation in northeast Syria.
- US senators move to punish Turkey with 'sanctions from hell' over Syria offensive Press TV 10 Oct 2019 -- American senators are preparing a bill that would punish Turkey with "sanctions from hell" over its decision to mount an invasion against America's Kurdish allies in northern Syria.
- Condemnations pour in as Turkey continues Syria military operation Press TV 10 Oct 2019 -- Turkey's military operation against Kurdish militants in northeast Syria has sparked a wave of condemnations from across the world, with the UN Security Council and Arab League set to hold emergency meetings.
- Turkey's Foreign Minister Says Ankara Was Forced to Start Syria Op Due to US Arms Supplies to Kurds Sputnik 10 Oct 2019 -- The Turkish military kicked off its 'Operation Peace Spring' in northern Syria on Wednesday, saying the campaign was aimed at clearing the border area of Kurdish militants and Daesh (ISIS)* fighters and at establishing a security zone along Syria's border with Turkey.
- Turkey Has Been Planning to Attack Kurds for a Long Time - Trump Sputnik 10 Oct 2019 -- Earlier, the US president said he would like to see something "much tougher" than sanctions done against Turkey over its military operation in northern Syria, which began on Wednesday.
- Turkish Forces Have Seized 'Designated Targets' in Northeastern Syria - Defence Ministry Sputnik 10 Oct 2019 -- On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the start of Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria, near the border with Turkey, against the Kurdistan Workers' Party, regarded as a terrorist organization by Turkey.
- 'Operation Peace Spring': Turkey Resumes Shelling YPG Positions in Tal Abyad, Syria Sputnik 10 Oct 2019 -- On Wednesday, Turkey kicked off Operation Peace Spring in northeastern Syria against the Kurdish militia and Daesh fighters, claiming that the offensive was aimed at clearing the border area of terrorists and establishing a safe zone for a safe return of Syrian refugees.
- Turkish Defence Ministry Outlines Reasons Behind Its 'Operation Peace Spring' in Syria Sputnik 10 Oct 2019 -- The military offensive, dubbed 'Operation Peace Spring', was launched by Ankara earlier on Wednesday in a stated effort to clear a border zone of Daesh terrorists and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
- Erdogan Plays Refugee Card as Criticism Mounts Over Turkey's Kurdish Offensive VOA 10 Oct 2019 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is threatening to "open the gates" to millions of refugees to enter Europe as criticism grows over Turkey's ongoing military operation against a Syrian Kurdish militia.
- Damascus vows to confront 'brutal' Turkish aggression by all legal means Press TV 10 Oct 2019 -- Syria has censured Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's latest remarks concerning his keenness to protect Syrian people and their rights as far from reality, emphasizing that the Damascus government will respond to Turkey's offensive into the northeastern part of the country through all available legal means.
- Iran calls on Turkey to 'immediately' end offensive in northern Syria Press TV 10 Oct 2019 -- Iran has called on Turkey to "immediately" end its military operation in northeastern Syria and withdraw its forces from the Arab country's territory.
- Heavy Fighting As Turkey Pushes Into Syria, Thousands Flee RFE/RL 10 Oct 2019 -- Turkey pressed on with its offensive in northeast Syria for a second day on October 10 as tens of thousands of people fled the conflict zone amid heavy fighting between Turkish ground troops and Kurdish-led forces along the border with Turkey.
- Cavusoglu Accuses US of Supplying PKK/YPG 'Terrorist Organization' With 'Sophisticated' Weapons Sputnik 10 Oct 2019 -- The Foreign Minister commented on Turkey's military operation in northern Syria while speaking to reporters in Ankara.
- Iran Demands Immediate Pullout of Turkish Forces From Syria - Foreign Ministry Sputnik 10 Oct 2019 -- On Wednesday, Turkish troops launched 'Operation Peace Spring', an intervention in northern Syria which Ankara has said was aimed at clearing the Turkish-Syrian border area of terrorists and establishing a buffer zone between the two countries.
- Civilians 'must not be a target', urges UNHCR, following military escalation in northern Syria UN News 10 Oct 2019 -- The scale-up in military operations in north-east Syria has forced tens of thousands of civilians to seek safety, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Thursday, one day after Turkey launched airstrikes and a ground offensive across the border.
- De-escalation of Turkish military operation in northern Syria 'absolutely essential' UN News 10 Oct 2019 -- A de-escalation of renewed conflict in northern Syria is "absolutely essential," the UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday. His comments follow the launch of airstrikes and a ground offensive by Turkey on Wednesday just days after the United States announced it would pull its troops out of Syria.
- UN Security Council Meets on Turkey's Offensive Against Kurds VOA 10 Oct 2019 -- The U.N. Security Council met Thursday to discuss the military operation in northeastern Syria that Turkey says is a "measured and responsible" anti-terror operation, while the mainly Kurdish fighters in the region appealed for help to "save our people from genocide."
- Humanitarian Concerns Mount as Turkish Incursion into Syria Widens VOA 10 Oct 2019 -- Humanitarian concerns are growing as Turkey's military incursion into northeastern Syria widens and desperate civilians flee on tractors, trucks and motorcycles, becoming the region's newest refugees. International and local aid agencies fear that hundreds of thousands of people could be at risk, as Turkey launches airstrikes and pursues a ground offensive to clear once-U.S.-backed Kurdish forces from the border area.
- Analysts: Russia Goes Along with Turkey, But Has Red Lines VOA 10 Oct 2019 -- Russian leader Vladimir Putin appears to have endorsed Turkey's military incursion into northeast Syria, but is drawing some red lines of his own, including that the offensive doesn't lead to permanent occupation by the Turks of Syrian territory, say analysts.
- Kurds Vow to Defend Themselves By Any Means as Turkish Incursion Into Syria Begins - SDC Sputnik 10 Oct 2019 -- Syria's Kurds are prepared to defend themselves by any means after Turkey launched a military operation in the northern part of the country, according to the Syrian Democratic Council's (SDC) US Representative and Member of Presidential Committee Bassam Saker.
- Pompeo Says US Did Not Green Light Turkey to Invade Syria Sputnik 10 Oct 2019 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday announced a military offensive against Kurdish groups within Syria following US President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to pull US troops out of the region.
- Colombia's peace process developments a 'precious opportunity' to end violence for good, says UN Mission head UN News 10 Oct 2019 -- Thousands of former fighters from Colombia's largest rebel group remain committed to the historic 2016 peace deal which ended more than five decades of civil conflict, but attacks against the ex-combatants have been a continuous cause for concern, the Security Council heard on Thursday.
- Ukraine's Zelenskiy Seeks Peace Talks 'In Any Format,' Ending War In East A Priority RFE/RL 10 Oct 2019 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said a formula proposed by Germany three years ago as a way of breaking the deadlock for achieving peace in the Donbas conflict would only be implemented once four-way talks take place with Russia, Germany, and France.
- Ukraine's Zelenskiy Says No 'Formula' In Place To Free Russian-Annexed Crimea RFE/RL 10 Oct 2019 -- Bringing Russian-annexed Crimea back into Ukraine's fold is impossible without the help of international partners, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has said during an interview with RFE/RL's Krym.Realii (Crimea Realities) television while visiting an arms show in Kyiv.
- Ukraine's President Says So Far No Alternative to Steinmeier Formula for Donbas Conflict Settlement Sputnik 10 Oct 2019 -- Earlier this month, the Contact Group on Ukraine signed an agreement on a peace plan called the "Steinmeier formula" which guarantees a special status for Donbas in exchange for local elections to be held under OSCE supervision.
- Trump Says Ukraine President's Comment Absolves Him of Wrongdoing VOA 10 Oct 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump is maintaining his phone call with Ukraine's president that has initiated an impeachment inquiry was innocuous.
- Ukrainian President Says 'No Blackmail' in Trump Call VOA 10 Oct 2019 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Thursday there was "no blackmail" in his July phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump that is now at the center of an impeachment inquiry by the Democrat-led U.S. House of Representatives.
- Zelenskiy Says Didn't Know U.S. Was Withholding Military Aid Ahead Of Trump Call RFE/RL 10 Oct 2019 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says he didn't know military aid from the United States had been held up before a phone call with President Donald Trump that is at the center of an impeachment inquiry.
- US Federal Judge Releases Giuliani Associates Parnas, Fruman on Bond, Hearing Set For 17 October Sputnik 10 Oct 2019 -- Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman - who reportedly helped US President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's alleged involvement in Ukraine - were arrested at Dulles airport on charges of violating US campaign funding laws as the two tried to board a flight out of the US using one-way tickets.
- Lev Parnas And Igor Fruman Charged With Conspiring To Violate Straw And Foreign Donor Bans DoJ - US Attorney - Southern District of New York 10 Oct 2019 -- Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), announced that LEV PARNAS, IGOR FRUMAN, DAVID CORREIA and ANDREY KUKUSHKIN were charged in a four-count indictment alleging that each of the defendants conspired to violate the ban on foreign donations and contributions in connection with federal and state elections. In addition, PARNAS and FRUMAN were charged with conspiring to make contributions in connection with federal elections in the names of others, and with making false statements to and falsifying records to obstruct the administration of a matter within the jurisdiction of the Federal Election Commission ("FEC").
- Two Soviet-Born Men Linked To Giuliani Arrested For Campaign-Finance Violations RFE/RL 10 Oct 2019 -- Two businessmen from the former Soviet Union have been arrested for allegedly breaking U.S. campaign finance laws.
- 2 Giuliani Associates Arrested for Campaign Finance Fraud VOA 10 Oct 2019 -- Two associates of President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, have been arrested on federal charges of making hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal contributions to Republican campaigns, including a pro-Trump super political action committee (PAC).
- Trump Administration Touts Drop in US Border Arrivals VOA 10 Oct 2019 -- The Trump administration is touting a drop in enforcement actions along the U.S.-Mexico border for a fourth straight month as proof it is successfully reducing illegal immigration into the United States.
- Press Briefing by Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence The White House 10 Oct 2019
- Russian Court Jails 72-Year-Old For 12 Years In Treason Case RFE/RL 10 Oct 2019 -- A court in southwestern Russia has sentenced a 72-year-old pensioner to 12 years in a high-security penal colony for high treason.
- US counter-terror analyst arrested for leaking classified information Press TV 10 Oct 2019 -- A counter-terrorism analyst at the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has been arrested for allegedly leaking top secret information to two journalists, according to the US Justice Department.
- Spokesperson for DPRK Foreign Ministry Denounces U.S. Moves against DPRK KCNA 10 Oct 2019 -- A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) released the following statement on Thursday:
- U.N. Sanctions Keep Coal Prices in North Korea Stable Ahead of Winter Radio Free Asia 10 Oct 2019 -- Coal prices in North Korea are expected to remain stable at a time of year when sharp price increases are usually the norm because people scramble to stockpile the country's most accessible heating source ahead of the winter, local residents say.
- North Korea Threatens Increased Provocations Following Breakdown in Nuclear Talks VOA 10 Oct 2019 -- North Korea Thursday warned its "patience is running out" and threatened to increase provocations following the breakdown of nuclear talks with the United States.
- Iran to boost output in oilfields shared with Iraq by nearly 60,000 bpd till March Press TV 10 Oct 2019 -- Iran plans to increase oil production in four oilfields shared with Iraq by nearly 60,000 barrels per day (bpd) until March 2020, according to a report by the official IRNA agency.
- Zarif: Implementing HOPE initiative needs collective measure, consensus Press TV 10 Oct 2019 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says all regional states at various levels, including experts, think-tanks, the private sector, senior officials, ministers and heads of state, must hold meetings on the Hormuz Peace Endeavor (HOPE) proposed by Tehran to facilitate implementation of this regional initiative without need for any foreign contribution.
- China Mulls Visa Curbs on U.S. Nationals With Human Rights, Intelligence Background Radio Free Asia 10 Oct 2019 -- Authorities in China are considering limiting visas issued to U.S. nationals linked to 'anti-China' organizations including rights groups and U.S. intelligence agencies, Reuters news agency reported.
- Apple Removes Hong Kong Police-Tracking App Used by Protesters Radio Free Asia 10 Oct 2019 -- Apple has removed an app that helped Hong Kong protesters track the movements of the city's police force after official Chinese media published an op-ed article slamming the company, amid continuing reports of police violence against protesters.
- Family of Uyghur in Belgium Under House Arrest After Abduction From Embassy in Beijing Radio Free Asia 10 Oct 2019 -- The wife and children of a Uyghur man living in Belgium are under house arrest in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), months after they were abducted from the Belgian Embassy in Beijing by Chinese authorities, according to the man.
- Full text of President Tsai Ing-wen's National Day address CNA 10 Oct 2019 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) delivered her National Day address Thursday, in which she pledged to safeguard the sovereignty of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the status quo across the Taiwan Strait amid Beijing's military threat.
- President rejects one 'country, two systems' in National Day address CNA 10 Oct 2019 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) rejected the "one country, two systems" model proposed by Beijing as the future path of cross-Taiwan Strait relations during her National Day address to the nation on Thursday.
- Taiwan's Tsai outs self as fully anti-China Press TV 10 Oct 2019 -- Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen has rejected China's "one country, two systems" model for the self-ruled island, claiming that that arrangement has affected regional stability.
- Ebola on the run in DR Congo, 'now we have to kill the virus': UN health agency UN News 10 Oct 2019 -- Efforts to eradicate the deadly Ebola epidemic in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are proving successful but "now we have to kill the virus", the UN health agency said on Thursday.
- Ebola Virus in DR Congo Significantly Contained, But Remains Dangerous VOA 10 Oct 2019 -- The World Health Organization reports progress in containing the Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, but says many challenges to its elimination remain. WHO reports the number of cases in the outbreak now stands at 3,207, including 2,144 deaths.
- Treasury Sanctions Members of a Significant Corruption Network in South Africa US Treasury 10 Oct 2019 -- Global Magnitsky designations target members of family business engaged in corruption, including bribery and misappropriation of state assets
- South African Minister: Ban Migrant Workers From Informal Jobs VOA 10 Oct 2019 -- South Africa's Minister of Small Business Development is pushing a radical solution to last month's clashes between locals and foreigners over jobs: Ban the foreigners.
- Planned China Railway Raises Fears of Land Grabs in Myanmar Radio Free Asia 10 Oct 2019 -- Residents of central Myanmar's Mandalay region said Thursday that they are increasingly fearful of forced property confiscation lost farmland in areas slated for the construction of a high-speed railway running from Kunming in southwestern China to their city under the massive Belt and Road Initiative.
- International Warrant Being Drafted For Ukraine Billionaire Zhevaho RFE/RL 10 Oct 2019 -- An international arrest warrant is being prepared for Ukrainian billionaire Kostyantyn Zhevaho, who the newly created State Bureau of Investigations (DBR) suspects of large-scale money laundering and embezzlement of funds from a bank he formerly owned.
- Ennahdha finishes first in Tunisian parliamentary elections Press TV 10 Oct 2019 -- The Muslim Ennahdha Party has emerged first in Tunisia's parliamentary elections, the official preliminary results show.
- Cambodian Authorities Arrest Three More Opposition Activists as Crackdown Continues Radio Free Asia 10 Oct 2019 -- Authorities in Cambodia arrested three more activists from the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Thursday, accusing two of them of plotting a coup after they voiced support for the planned return from self-imposed exile of the party's acting president, Sam Rainsy.
- Kosovo's Likely PM Says Relations With Serbia Should Be Based On 'Reciprocity' RFE/RL 10 Oct 2019 -- Albin Kurti, the leader of Kosovo's leftist-nationalist Vetevendosje (Self-Determination) party that won a plurality of votes in the recent snap parliamentary elections, said normalizing relations with Serbia requires "solid dialogue" and "reciprocity."
- Trump's Envoy For Kosovo-Serbia Talks Meets Serbian President in Belgrade RFE/RL 10 Oct 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump's special envoy for talks between Balkan rivals Serbia and Kosovo has met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade.
- Kosovo's Election Winners Enter Coalition Talks Just Days After Vote RFE/RL 10 Oct 2019 -- Kosovo's leftist-nationalist Vetevendosje (Self-Determination) party and the center-right Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) have started coalition talks following this weekend's general elections.
- Romanian Government Falls In No-Confidence Vote, President Floats Snap Poll Option RFE/RL 10 Oct 2019 -- Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's beleaguered left-wing government has lost a no-confidence vote a year before a general election and just weeks ahead of presidential polls.
- Romanian Parliament Passes Motion of No-Confidence in Prime Minister Dancila's Government Sputnik 10 Oct 2019 -- The centre-left government of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila faced a no-confidence vote Thursday, a year before planned parliamentary elections, and one month before the November 10 presidential vote.
- Botswana Braces for High-Stakes Election Later This Month VOA 10 Oct 2019 -- Election fever is mounting in Botswana as voters prepare to go to the polls October 23.
- Ethiopia Condemns Egyptian Proposal for Nile Water Usage VOA 10 Oct 2019 -- Ethiopia is condemning an Egyptian proposal for water allocation amid tense negotiations over the countries' use of Nile River waters.
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