25 November 2019 Military News
- Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Supports Operation Inherent Resolve NNS 25 Nov 2019 -- The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ABECSG) began air operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), Nov. 22.
- Afghan Authorities Urged to Release Human Rights Investigators VOA 25 Nov 2019 -- An international rights group on Monday demanded authorities in Afghanistan immediately release two local human rights defenders who exposed an alleged pedophile ring involved in the abuse of hundreds of school children.
- UN condemns killing of int'l staff in Afghanistan's Kabul People's Daily 25 Nov 2019 -- The UN mission in Afghanistan has condemned a bomb attack which claimed the live of a UN international staff member in Afghanistan's Kabul, a statement of the mission reaching Xinhua on Monday said.
- Taliban attack repulsed, 4 militants killed in northern Afghanistan People's Daily 25 Nov 2019 -- Taliban attack on a military base in Dawlatabad district of Afghanistan's northern Balkh province has been repulsed and the militants fled away after suffering casualties, army spokesman in the northern region Mohammad Hanif Rezai said Monday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Trump, Defense Secretary Offer Conflicting Accounts of Navy Leadership Shakeup VOA 25 Nov 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday offered another conflicting account of a leadership shakeup at the Pentagon, while defending his decision to intervene on behalf of a Navy SEAL convicted of battlefield misconduct during the fight against the Islamic State terror group in Iraq.
- Esper Asks SEALs, Navy to Focus on Standards, Ethics DoD News 25 Nov 2019 -- Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said he wants the Navy and the SEALs to focus now on professionalism and ethics following the resignation of Richard V. Spencer as Navy secretary.
- Trump Says He Gave Order for Controversial Navy SEAL to Retain Status VOA 25 Nov 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has defended his intervention in the case of a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes in Iraq.
- Remarks by Secretary Esper in a Press Gaggle DoD 25 Nov 2019 -- Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper
- US Navy chief fired amid Trump's backing of convicted SEAL Press TV 25 Nov 2019 -- US Navy Secretary Richard Spencer has been fired over his handling of the case of Eddie Gallagher, a Navy SEAL convicted of battlefield misconduct in Iraq and later supported by President Donald Trump.
- Trump Names New Navy Secretary Following Spencer's Resignation Sputnik 25 Nov 2019 -- US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper on Sunday fired US Secretary of Navy Richard Spencer over his controversial handling of Navy Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher' case, an elite soldier earlier demoted and accused of committing war crimes in 2017.
- DoD Chief Asks for Navy Secretary Resignation Amid Probe Into Court-Martialed Navy SEAL Sputnik 25 Nov 2019 -- Secretary of the US Navy Richard Spencer earlier denied reports alleging his resignation if US President Donald Trump was successful in subverting the process of demoting Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher.
- International Unit Serves Critical Role in Persian Gulf DoD News 25 Nov 2019 -- The International Maritime Security Construct would look more appropriate in the mountains of Eastern Afghanistan or the deserts of Iraq than at the Navy Support Activity in Bahrain.
- Chairman Aims to Reassure Allies in Middle East DoD News 25 Nov 2019 -- Assure and deter is the message the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is delivering during a trip to the Middle East.
- Deadly Force: Ike Conducts Force Protection Exercises NNS 25 Nov 2019 -- Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (IKE) commenced Force Protection Exercises (FPEX) at Naval Station Norfolk, Nov. 18, as a part of the ship's continual push to be operationally ready.
- NAS Whiting Field Milestone: 35,000th Helicopter Pilot winged NNS 25 Nov 2019 -- MILTON, Fla. – Training Air Wing (TRAWING) 5 celebrated a milestone in Naval Aviation when the 35,000th rotary wing student naval aviator walked across the stage at Naval Air Station Whiting Field to receive his coveted "Wings of Gold" Nov. 22.
- MacDill AFB supports joint force exercise US Air Force 25 Nov 2019 -- The skies over MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, buzzed with the sounds of HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters as the base hosted a joint force deployment readiness exercise this month.
- Joint press point by the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Egils Levits, President of Latvia NATO 25 Nov 2019 -- (As delivered)
- NATO Shows Off Missile Base In Romania, Calling It 'Purely Defensive' RFE/RL 25 Nov 2019 -- NATO's land-based missile defense system in southern Romania has been a bone of contention between the alliance and Russia since it began operations at the start of 2016.
- Commander of Russian Ground Forces Presents New Military Robot Sputnik 25 Nov 2019 -- The Kungas robot, designed for the Russian Armed forces, has been tested successfully, Army General Oleg Salyukov said in an interview with the newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda.
- 240 Chinese peacekeepers return from South Sudan after mission People's Daily 25 Nov 2019 -- The first echelon of China's fifth peacekeeping infantry battalion to South Sudan has returned after finishing a one-year United Nations peacekeeping mission.
- Report Warns Chinese Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles Outclass US Navy Radars Sputnik 25 Nov 2019 -- The US Navy has inadequate surveillance assets to support and protect its expanded fleet, according to a new report by The Hudson Institute, which warns that when facing Chinese forces with increasingly long ranges, US commanders will be unable to "shape the combat environment."
- France designates Abu Dhabi as Persian Gulf European mission HQ, moves to upgrade Saudi air defenses Press TV 25 Nov 2019 -- France has designated Abu Dhabi as the headquarters for a so-called European-led naval coalition in the Persian Gulf, shortly after announcing that it is bolstering Saudi air defenses with new equipment.
- S.Korea expresses regret over DPRK's artillery firing drills in border island People's Daily 25 Nov 2019 -- South Korea expressed regret Monday over the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s artillery firing drills in an inter-Korean border island.
- North Korea's Kim Observes Military Drills, Stresses Importance of Real Combat Readiness Sputnik 25 Nov 2019 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday visited a military unit on the Changrin islet, located just north of the western sea border with South Korea, the North's state-run media reported.
- Seoul Enraged as Tokyo Denies its Side of the GSOMIA Bargain KBS World Radio 25 Nov 2019 -- While announcing last week its decision to postpone the expiration of GSOMIA, an intel-sharing pact with Japan, Seoul explained that arrangements had also been made to discuss export control measures the island neighbor erected against South Korea's private tech sector.
- Indian Air Force Seeks More Assets to 'Deter Misadventures from Adversaries' Sputnik 25 Nov 2019 -- The statement comes against a backdrop of a severe shortage of fighter jets, unmanned air vehicles, trainer jets, helicopters and air defence capabilities. The IAF wants to enhance its capabilities in the short-term but a scarcity of funds is holding it back.
- India to Host 41 Nations Including Russia, US during Largest Indian Ocean Naval Exercise Sputnik 25 Nov 2019 -- India hopes to pursue joint defence-related initiatives with "friendly" countries during the biennial Naval Exercise "Milan" in the Indian Ocean. The naval drills will also include structured interactions involving staff and steering groups.
- Ankara Defies Washington Over Russian Missiles VOA 25 Nov 2019 -- Turkey and the United States are seemingly closer to a collision course as Turkish media report Ankara testing a Russian anti-aircraft weapon system, despite threats of Washington sanctions.
- Turkey to test Russian S-400 systems despite US warnings: Report Press TV 25 Nov 2019 -- Turkey is set to test its Russian S-400 defense missile system despite repeated warnings from Washington that it could lead to sanctions, Turkish media report.
- Erdogan Visits New Turkish Military Base in Qatar, Vows to Help Secure Gulf Region Sputnik 25 Nov 2019 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday visited the newly built Turkish military base in Qatar and praised it as a security mainstay for all countries in the Persian Gulf.
- Turkey-Qatar force command serves stability of region - Erdogan TRT 25 Nov 2019 -- Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that construction of the new Turkish military post in Qatar has been completed and it will be named after the famous Muslim commander Khalid bin Walid.
- Netherlands to Join in French-Led Maritime Mission in Strait of Hormuz - Report Sputnik 25 Nov 2019 -- Earlier this year, France called for the creation of a European maritime coalition that would be a force independent from the one led by the US.
- Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Borissov of the Republic of Bulgaria Before Bilateral Meeting The White House 25 Nov 2019
- Remarks by President Trump at the Arrival of Prime Minister Borissov of the Republic of Bulgaria The White House 25 Nov 2019
- Joint Statement by President of the United States Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Boyko Borissov of Bulgaria The White House 25 Nov 2019
- 25 November 2019 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 25 Nov 2019
- 2 Asian Allies Reweigh Their China Ties as Territorial Disputes Grow VOA 25 Nov 2019 -- A summit this week between leaders of Pacific Rim allies South Korea and the Philippines is expected to show that both lean toward the West rather than China despite their efforts to get along with Asia's superpower, analysts say.
- Yemen's missiles, drones pound Saudi troops' positions in retaliatory attack Press TV 25 Nov 2019 -- Yemen's army and allied fighters from Ansarullah movement have launched an extensive attack on the positions of Saudi troops and their allies in Mukha.
- Syrian army troops clear more villages of Takfiri terrorists in Idlib Press TV 25 Nov 2019 -- Syrian government forces have liberated more areas in the southern countryside of the northwestern province of Idlib from the grip of foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants, as they are tightening the noose around the extremists operating in the region.
- Syrian Army Recaptures 4 Villages in Idlib Province From Militants Sputnik 25 Nov 2019 -- The Syrian army recaptured four villages in the northern province of Idlib from militants over the past four days, Sputnik correspondent reported on Monday.
- Moscow Will Facilitate Dialogue Between Kurds, Damascus - Deputy Foreign Minister Sputnik 25 Nov 2019 -- Moscow intends to facilitate dialogue between the Syrian government and the Kurds, and remains in contact with all parties interested in the Syrian settlement, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Monday.
- Turkey Has No Plans to Resume Offensive in Northeastern Syria – Reports Sputnik 25 Nov 2019 -- Turkey last month conducted a military incursion into Syrian border areas controlled by Kurdish militias. The operation was put on pause after Russia, a major player in Syria, struck a deal with Turkey and secured a withdrawal of Kurdish forces from the border area.
- Arab League foreign ministers against US move on Israeli settlements Press TV 25 Nov 2019 -- Foreign ministers of the Arab League have rejected a decision by the administration of US President Donald Trump that reversed Washington's four-decade-old position on Israeli settlements in the occupied territories.
- Chinese Police Swarm Tibetan Township After Independence Protests Radio Free Asia 25 Nov 2019 -- Chinese security forces, many in plain clothes, have poured into a Tibetan township in Sichuan's Kardze prefecture following protests last week calling for Tibet's independence from rule by Beijing, Tibetan sources say.
- Myanmar Considers Chinese Envoy's Proposal to Kick-start Rohingya Repatriations Radio Free Asia 25 Nov 2019 -- Myanmar said Monday it will consider a Chinese envoy's proposal to kick-start Rohingya repatriations by allowing some refugees to return home and report back the on-the-ground situation to their relatives via cellphone, a day after Bangladesh's foreign affairs ministry hit back at the country for blaming it for delays in the long-awaited refugee return process.
- Ex-'Mayor' Of Separatist-Controlled Town Was Ukraine Informant RFE/RL 25 Nov 2019 -- The former "mayor" of Horlivka, a town in the Donetsk region controlled by Russian-backed separatists, has been a Ukrainian military intelligence agent.
- US Calls Back South Sudan Envoy for Talks on Failure to Form Transitional Government Sputnik 25 Nov 2019 -- The US envoy to South Sudan has been called back to Washington for consultations on the failure by the parties in that country to form a transitional government, US Department of State spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a statement on Monday.
- UN Mission, community leaders, condemn South Sudan violence which left two dead at camp UN News 25 Nov 2019 -- Community leaders issued an apology on Monday after rioting on 21 November by "drunken youth" within a UN Protection of Civilians site run by UNMISS in South Sudan, left two dead and eight UN personnel injured, including five police officers.
- Guterres holds 'focused and frank' informal discussions over future of Cyprus UN News 25 Nov 2019 -- The UN Secretary-General held "focused and frank" informal talks with the leaders of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities on Monday in order to "take stock of efforts" to finally reach a settlement over the divided Mediterranean island.
- UN mission in DR Congo appeals for calm as violent protests continue UN News 25 Nov 2019 -- The head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has met with national authorities in the wake of an attack against its headquarters in Beni on Monday, which left the building badly damaged.
- McGahn Must Testify, Judge Rules VOA 25 Nov 2019 -- A U.S. federal judge ruled late Monday that former White House counsel Donald McGahn must comply with a House subpoena for his testimony in the Trump impeachment inquiry.
- Nunes Mulling Lawsuit Against CNN, Daily Beast Over Claims He Met Ukrainian Prosecutor Sputnik 25 Nov 2019 -- As the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes has been the Republican leader during the impeachment probe into US President Donald Trump and has repeatedly attempted to defend the actions of the US president.
- Russian Parliament's Upper Chamber Approves 'Foreign Agents' Bill That Threatens Journalists With Libel RFE/RL 25 Nov 2019 -- The Russian parliament's upper chamber, the Federation Council, has approved a bill giving authorities the power to label reporters who work for organizations officially listed as foreign agents as foreign agents themselves.
- Defector Offers Details About Beijing's Spying Ops in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia Radio Free Asia 25 Nov 2019 -- A Chinese defector seeking political asylum in Australia has claimed to have inside knowledge of Beijing's influence and spying operations beyond its borders, including in Australia, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
- HK firm executives stopped at Taiwan airport amid spy probe CNA 25 Nov 2019 -- Two executives with a China-funded company in Hong Kong were stopped by investigators at Taoyuan International Airport on Sunday for questioning over allegations by a self-confessed Chinese spy that their firm was helping Beijing control Taiwan media.
- China rejects allegations of meddling in Australia affairs Press TV 25 Nov 2019 -- China says it has never been interested in meddling in the internal affairs of other countries amid claims that the Chinese Communist party sought to infiltrate Australia's parliament.
- China, Australia in war of words over claims of Beijing's meddling attempts Press TV 25 Nov 2019 -- Australia has engaged in a war of words with China after a media outlet accused Beijing of plotting to install an agent in the country's parliament, allegations rejected by the Chinese government as "fabricated."
- Australia hyping China 'spy' stories reflects extreme nervousness Global Times 25 Nov 2019 -- Australian media and politicians, after repeatedly publishing and hyping cases of so-called Chinese spies based on non-factual background in the past few days, were slammed by Chinese observers and officials on Monday, as another show of its unnecessarily extreme nervousness when handling China-related issues and another attempt of promoting China threat theory.
- Alleged Chinese Involvement in Australian Internal Affairs 'Disturbing' - Canberra Sputnik 25 Nov 2019 -- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday that the alleged Chinese involvement in the internal affairs of his country was "disturbing" and "troubling," but urged the public to not jump to conclusions.
- Australian media slammed for hyping up 'spy' story Global Times 25 Nov 2019 -- Chinese experts slammed Western media for defaming China in disregard of the facts after Shanghai police clarified that self-confessed "Chinese spy" Wang Liqiang, who has applied for political asylum in Australia, is in fact an ex-con.
- 'Chinese spy' makes fool of Western media Global Times 25 Nov 2019 -- Australian media recently reported that a "Chinese spy" named Wang Liqiang had decided to "defect to Australia." According to anti-China newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald, Wang worked in Hong Kong at China Innovation Investment Limited, a company that the media claimed was set up to "infiltrate into Hong Kong's financial market" and to collect "military intelligence."
- Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un's Feats for Great Heyday of Construction KCNA 25 Nov 2019 -- The great heyday of construction in the DPRK, provided thanks to the energetic guidance of Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, is run through with his ardent love for the people.
- Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Inspects Changrin Islet Defence Detachment KCNA 25 Nov 2019 -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, inspected the Changrin Islet defence detachment on the western front.
- Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Inspects Women's Company under KPA Unit 5492 KCNA 25 Nov 2019 -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, inspected a women's company under Unit 5492 of the Korean People's Army.
- No price hike for diesel planned until March 2020: Iranian minister Press TV 25 Nov 2019 -- An Iranian minister says there has been no plan in the government for increasing the price of diesel in the country after an abrupt decision to increase the price of gasoline sparked concerns about similar moves on other fuels.
- IRGC to Iran's enemies: You will be destroyed if cross our redlines Press TV 25 Nov 2019 -- The chief commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has warned enemies of the Islamic Revolution that they will be destroyed if they cross the redlines that the Islamic establishment has set for defending its people.
- Iran's Revolutionary Guards Threaten U.S., Allies Over Protests RFE/RL 25 Nov 2019 -- The head of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) threatened the United States and its allies as he addressed a massive pro-government rally denouncing last week's protests over fuel-price hikes.
- US, Israel, Saudi Arabia Will Be Destroyed If They Cross Iran's Redlines - IRGC Chief Sputnik 25 Nov 2019 -- Last month, the Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy warned of "bitter fate" for those who breach Iran's borders amid the ongoing political standoff with the US.
- Iran urges IAEA to keep its impartiality IRNA 25 Nov 2019 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Monday that US officials are not in a position to comment on Iran nuclear deal but Iran will continue with its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
- Iran, IAEA agree to cooperate on 4 new nuclear projects ISNA 25 Nov 2019 -- Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have agreed to launch four new projects in the field of nuclear energy.
- Hong Kong Leader to 'Seriously Reflect' on Election Results After Landslide Pro-Democracy Win VOA 25 Nov 2019 -- Hong Kong's leader said she respects the results of local elections in which pro-democracy forces scored a sweeping victory and said she would reflect on them seriously.
- China's Netizens Snub State Media's Interpretation of Hong Kong Election Results VOA 25 Nov 2019 -- State-controlled media in China on Monday downplayed the landslide electoral victory claimed by pan democrats in Hong Kong with an editorial calling the race an "unfair… manipulation."
- Foreign Secretary Statement on Hong Kong elections, 25 November 2019 UK FCO 25 Nov 2019 -- The Foreign Secretary made a statement following the Hong Kong district council elections
- Pan-democracy win should end violence in HK Global Times 25 Nov 2019 -- Votes counting process of the 2019 Hong Kong District Council elections is yet to finish after a whole night and the final result hasn't announced either, but current situation showed that the pan-democracy candidates won against their pro-establishment opponents.
- New district councilors should cooperate with govt to end riot: former HK police chief Global Times 25 Nov 2019 -- Hong Kong's former police chief expects newly elected district councilors to cooperate with the government and police to end the riots and restore social order, saying the election result will not affect the direction of police work in ending the riots.
- HK elections spark reflection Global Times 25 Nov 2019 -- While pan-democrats scored a big win in the 2019 Hong Kong District Council elections on Sunday, the pro-establishment group and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government called for a thorough introspection of deep-rooted social issues while saying the election was "entangled with emotion," which has also been highly politicized amid the ongoing social unrest.
- Hong Kong leader vows to 'listen humbly' to voters as opposition wins landslide in elections Press TV 25 Nov 2019 -- Hong Kong's leader vows to "listen humbly" to the people after they turned out in record numbers and voted heavily in favor of opposition candidates in local elections, which went ahead peacefully despite months of violent protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
- Hong Kong District Poll Shows Huge Public Support For Pro-Democracy Movement Radio Free Asia 25 Nov 2019 -- Millions of voters in Hong Kong delivered a stunning rebuke to Beijing and the administration of chief executive Carrie Lam with a landslide victory for pro-democracy candidates across the city's 18 District Councils as vote counting was wrapped up on Monday.
- Taiwan president, political leaders welcome HK election results CNA 25 Nov 2019 -- Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and several political leaders on Monday welcomed the landslide victory of pro-democracy candidates in the recently concluded Hong Kong district council elections, in which the result is being seen by many as a rejection of the Beijing-backed Hong Kong government.
- China, Russia Tighten Ties With Gas Pipeline Radio Free Asia 25 Nov 2019 -- After nearly 20 years of proposals, stalled plans, and complex negotiations, Russia and China are poised to open their first natural gas pipeline connection, raising interdependence to a new level for decades to come.
- HK shares unshaken by external factors Global Times 25 Nov 2019 -- No stocks tumbling. No capital flight. Hong Kong's capital markets have been as solid as a rock despite external interference, especially the passage of a bill by the US Congress that supports Hong Kong rioters.
- Newly Leaked Official Chinese Documents Include Operating Manual For Xinjiang Internment Camps Radio Free Asia 25 Nov 2019 -- Newly leaked Chinese government documents include the first known "manual" for operating internment camps in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), providing local authorities with guidelines on how to prevent escapes, keep the program a secret, and use "points" to grade detainees.
- Details Leak From China's Mass Detention Camps in Xinjiang; US Official Blasts 'Concentration Camps' VOA 25 Nov 2019 -- A new leak of classified Chinese government documents has revealed how authorities are using a massive data collection program to target and detain an estimated one million ethnic minority Muslims in the country's Xinjiang province.
- Reports: Classified Chinese Data Leak Shows 'Orwellian' Surveillance System Of Ethnic Minorities RFE/RL 25 Nov 2019 -- A trove of highly classified documents released on November 24 spell out how China controls the minutiae of life for up to 3 million people who are interned in the mass detention camps of the far-western region of Xinjiang.
- Despite Efforts to Stamp Out Corruption, Laos Remains Corrupt Radio Free Asia 25 Nov 2019 -- Laos continues to struggle with rampant corruption despite recent efforts to eliminate it from the halls of government, according to the country's State Audit Organization (SAO).
- Saudi Arabia puts more dissidents behind bars amid widening crackdown Press TV 25 Nov 2019 -- Saudi Arabian officials have placed at least eight people, mostly intellectuals and writers, behind bars, as a crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman against pro-democracy campaigners, Muslim preachers and intellectuals widens in the ultra-conservative kingdom.
- Ukrainian Soccer Association Seeks Probe Into Millions Of Allegedly Embezzled UEFA Funds RFE/RL 25 Nov 2019 -- Ukrainian soccer's governing body has called on law enforcement agencies to investigate its former president, who is now a lawmaker, on suspicion of embezzling up to 380 million euros ($418 million).
- Georgian Opposition Protests Ruling Party's Refusal To Change Electoral System RFE/RL 25 Nov 2019 -- Several thousand people have gathered in the center of the Georgian capital after the ruling party ruled out electoral reforms despite opposition protests.
- Kyrgyz Protesters Demand Government 'Properly' Investigate Graft Scandal RFE/RL 25 Nov 2019 -- About 2,000 protesters have rallied in central Bishkek demanding "punishment" for those at the center of a joint investigation by RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service, the OCCRP, and the Kyrgyz news site Kloop about possible wide-scale corruption in the country's customs service and massive outflows of cash from the country.
- Macedonian PM Hopeful EU's 'Historic Mistake' Can Be Rectified RFE/RL 25 Nov 2019 -- North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev says he is aware of the deep public disappointment over the European Union's failure to open membership negotiations with Skopje despite a landmark agreement with Greece, but voiced hope that the "historic mistake" will be rectified.
- Iohannis Reelected President On Pledge To Build 'Modern, European' Romania RFE/RL 25 Nov 2019 -- Romania's pro-Western President Klaus Iohannis has won a second term by a landslide, confirming the pro-European trajectory of the eastern EU member state with a pledge to turn the country into "a modern, European" country.
- 'Peaceful' Presidential Election in Guinea-Bissau VOA 25 Nov 2019 -- The voting process Sunday of Guinea-Bissau's presidential election was "peaceful, calm and orderly," said Oldemiro Baloi, who heads international observers of the Community of Portuguese speaking countries. Results of the balloting are expected Thursday.
- Text of a Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Situation in Nicaragua The White House 25 Nov 2019
- Text of a Letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate The White House 25 Nov 2019
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