09 June 2020 Military News
- Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate The White House 09 Jun 2020 -- "I am providing this supplemental consolidated report, prepared by my Administration and consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148), as part of my efforts to keep the Congress informed about deployments of United States Armed Forces equipped for combat."
- Pakistani Army Chief in Kabul as Part of Push to Start Intra-Afghan Negotiations VOA 09 Jun 2020 -- In a continuation of a U.S.-led push to encourage intra-Afghan negotiations, Pakistan's army chief took a one-day trip to Kabul Tuesday.
- Taliban militants surrender in N. Afghan province Global Times 09 Jun 2020 -- A local Taliban leader and his five associates have given up fighting and surrendered in Afghanistan's northern Faryab province, an army source said Tuesday.
- Iranian Links: New Taliban Splinter Group Emerges That Opposes The U.S.-Afghan Peace Deal RFE/RL 09 Jun 2020 -- A new breakaway Afghan Taliban faction that has close ties to neighboring Iran and stands in opposition to efforts aimed at ending the 18-year insurgency in Afghanistan has emerged in the war-torn country.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Memorandum on Safeguarding U.S. National Interests in the Arctic and Antarctic Regions The White House 09 Jun 2020
- Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO Expands its Maritime Operational Capabilities NNS 09 Jun 2020 -- Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) executes Baltic Operations 2020 (BALTOPS 20) from its newly functional Joint Operations Center (JOC).
- US House Republicans Urge Trump to Reject US Troop Pullout From Germany Sputnik 09 Jun 2020 -- More than 20 Republicans of the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Tuesday urging him to reject reported plans to draw down the number of US troops stationed in Germany.
- Trump Directs US to Develop Polar Security Icebreaking Fleet for Arctic, Antarctic, White House Says Sputnik 09 Jun 2020 -- NATO member states have doubled their military activity in the northern polar region over the past five years, the Russian Foreign Ministry's Ambassador at Large for Arctic Cooperation Nikolay Korchunov said on 22 May.
- Amid COVID-19 pandemic, US Marines deploy to Norway, successfully integrate with Norwegian allies USMC News 09 Jun 2020 -- Whether in the face of the enemy or a deadly global pandemic, the U.S. Marine Corps not only stays ahead of the curve but also flattens it.
- Findings From USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Health Investigation Support Force Health Protection NNS 09 Jun 2020 -- The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released findings from a joint public health outbreak investigation into how the COVID-19 disease affected crewmembers aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (TR).
- U.S. Navy Navigates to 'New Normal' NNS 09 Jun 2020 -- The Navy has incorporated lessons learned from the initial COVID-19 outbreaks onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and USS Kidd (DDG 100) into guidance to sustain underway operations while fighting the virus during future outbreaks at sea.
- Secretary General congratulates the President of Montenegro on third anniversary of accession to NATO NATO 09 Jun 2020 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed President of Montenegro Milo Đukanović at NATO Headquarters on Tuesday (9 June 2020) and congratulated him on the anniversary of his country's accession to the Alliance three years ago.
- Kyrgyz Parliamentary Committee Approves Bill Increasing Russia's Military-Base Fee RFE/RL 09 Jun 2020 -- A parliamentary committee in Kyrgyzstan has approved a bill that would increase Russia's annual fee for renting land for its combined military base in the Central Asian nation.
- China urges U.S. to honor commitment of suspending nuclear tests: spokesperson People's Daily 09 Jun 2020 -- China urges the United States to meet its due obligations and honor its commitment of suspending nuclear tests under the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Monday.
- China says has no plans to join US-Russia arms control talks Press TV 09 Jun 2020 -- China says it has no plans to participate in negotiations on arms control with Russia and the United States, after being invited by Washington to take part in the talks, to be held later this month.
- PLA paratroopers hold intensive tactical drills in Northwest China Global Times 09 Jun 2020 -- Since the long-distance maneuver to Northwest China's desert regions was held in mid-May, Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) paratroopers have held intensive tactical drills and mock battles in June, Chinese military media revealed on Tuesday.
- Militia's combat-led training fast-tracked to enhance support capability PLA Daily 09 Jun 2020 -- The Huaihua military sub-command in Central China's Hunan province recently organized a combat-led training for a specialized militia detachment.
- Taiwan to conduct annual war games in July and September CNA 09 Jun 2020 -- Taiwan's annual Han Kuang exercises (漢光演習) will be conducted in July and September and will test the country's asymmetric capabilities to ward off hostile forces at sea and along its beaches, the Ministry of National Defense said Tuesday.
- Annual public air raid drills to be streamlined amid COVID-19 CNA 09 Jun 2020 -- The annual Wan An drills, which involves the public, will be limited to one day this year in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Tuesday.
- Navy holds keel-laying ceremony for amphibious transport dock CNA 09 Jun 2020 -- The ROC Navy held a keel-laying ceremony for an amphibious transport dock at CSBC Corp. Taiwan's factory in Kaohsiung on Tuesday to highlight the construction of the warship and Taiwan's policy to build weapons at home.
- UK's operational F-35 jets mark first landing on HMS Queen Elizabeth UK Royal Navy 09 Jun 2020 -- The decks of HMS Queen Elizabeth are roaring with the sound of F-35 Lightning jets as the famous Dambusters squadron landed on the aircraft carrier for the first time today.
- 9 June 2020 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 09 Jun 2020
- Philippines Inaugurates Beaching Ramp on Manila-claimed Island in South China Sea Radio Free Asia 09 Jun 2020 -- The Philippines inaugurated a beaching ramp on Pag-asa Island on Tuesday, with officials describing it as the first of many upgrades on the territory that Manila claims in South China Sea waters near where Beijing has established military outposts.
- Japanese conservatives disrupt recovering China-Japan ties by hyping Diaoyu Islands dispute Global Times 09 Jun 2020 -- Japanese conservative forces attempt to use a dispute over sovereignty with China to interrupt fast-recovering bilateral relations, said Chinese diplomatic experts on Tuesday, after a local government in Japan mulled to change the Diaoyu Islands' administrative designation.
- Locals protest against US-backed SDF militants in Syria's Dayr al-Zawr Press TV 09 Jun 2020 -- Dozens of people in Syria's eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr have staged separate rallies to denounce the presence of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and arbitrary practices of the US-backed militants, including abduction and killing, against locals there.
- Situation in Syria's Idlib Stabilizing, Turkey's Erdogan Says Sputnik 09 Jun 2020 -- The situation in Syria's Idlib is stabilizing, despite isolated incidents in the area of the M4 highway, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
- Iraqi PMU hits major command center of Daesh Press TV 09 Jun 2020 -- Iraq' Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) says it has hit and destroyed a major command center of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group in an offensive in the north-central parts of the Arab country.
- Iraq's PMF Destroys Daesh Stronghold Allegedly Used by Iraq Group Leader, Militia's Spokesman Says Sputnik 09 Jun 2020 -- Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), an umbrella grouping of Shia armed militias also known as Hashd al-Shaabi, in cooperation with the country's security service, have liquidated a large Daesh stronghold in the country's north allegedly used by the group's leader in Iraq, PMF spokesman Ali Hashem al-Husseini said on Tuesday.
- Erdogan, Trump agree on 'some issues' regarding Libya Press TV 09 Jun 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he and US President Donald Trump have come to unspecified agreements about the conflict in Libya, where a host of countries are aiding rebels against a Turkish-backed government.
- Armed Men Capture Haftar-Controlled Oil Field in Libya's Southwest, Largest in Country Sputnik 09 Jun 2020 -- The oil field has been under the control of the Tobruk-based Libyan House of Representatives and forces of the Libyan National Army led by general Khalifa Haftar since February 2019, but restarted extraction activities only recently.
- Roadside bombing kills two, wounds eight in Turkey's Van Press TV 09 Jun 2020 -- A roadside bomb planted by PKK terrorists has detonated in eastern Turkey, killing two and wounding eight others aboard a personnel shuttle.
- Nepal repeats call for talks with India to resolve border disputes Press TV 09 Jun 2020 -- Nepal has reiterated an offer to hold talks with India to resolve territorial disputes that have strained relations between the two South Asian countries.
- Indian, Chinese Armies Disengage at Multiple Points in Ladakh, Ending Weeks-Long Standoff - Report Sputnik 09 Jun 2020 -- The armies of India and China have stood face to face at several locations along the Line of Actual Control that separates both the countries in the Ladakh region over the past several weeks. There have also been unverified media reports of skirmishes, which both sides have denied.
- ICC: Israel war crime probe faces no obstacles Press TV 09 Jun 2020 -- The International Criminal Court (ICC) says a potential probe of war crimes committed by Israel against Palestinians can proceed despite warnings and allegations to the contrary by the regime and its ally the United States.
- Palestinian Leadership Threatens to Declare a State VOA 09 Jun 2020 -- Palestinian officials are stepping up pressure on Israel to cancel its planned annexation of part of the West Bank next month, saying that if Israel proceeds, they will immediately declare a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Leaders say they have given up on the peace process with Israel, and will now seek international recognition.
- Hezbollah Called to Reform Amid Protests, Political Pressure, Possible Sanctions VOA 09 Jun 2020 -- Protests in Beirut in recent days over government corruption and mismanagement quickly escalated into rioting and sectarian violence that included clashes between Shi'ite Hezbollah supporters and other demonstrators. Analysts say there are now renewed calls for the powerful Hezbollah militia, also represented in the government and parliament, to disarm.
- Greece and Italy Reach Agreement on Maritime Boundary Delimitation After Years-Long Talks Sputnik 09 Jun 2020 -- According to Athens, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio will give a press conference on the agreement later on Tuesday.
- The Troika Calls on the Government of South Sudan to Appoint Governors US Dept. of State 09 Jun 2020 -- The following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and the Kingdom of Norway.
- Arrest of Sudanese war crimes suspect 'extremely significant': UN rights chief UN News 09 Jun 2020 -- The arrest of Ali Muhammad Ali Abd–Al-Rahman, commonly known as Ali Kushayb, an alleged former Janjaweed militia leader in the restive Darfur region of Sudan, has been hailed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, as an "extremely significant development".
- Accused Darfur War Criminal Ali Kushayb in ICC Custody VOA 09 Jun 2020 -- A former militia leader accused of war crimes in Sudan's Darfur region is now in the custody of the International Criminal Court.
- COVID-19 is Threatening Food Security in Nigeria VOA 09 Jun 2020 -- Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy and most populous country, is reeling from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. A steep drop in international oil prices, Nigeria's major export, since the outbreak of the coronavirus has sparked fears of a recession.
- Conflict-hit Nigerian families living under COVID-19 lockdowns, on 'life-support' UN News 09 Jun 2020 -- Help and funding are needed urgently for millions of people in Nigeria who have been hit severely by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, including conflict-hit communities "on life-support" in the north-east, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday.
- UN Refugee Agency Out of Money to Care for DRC Displaced VOA 09 Jun 2020 -- The U.N. refugee agency reports it is practically bankrupt. Because of underfunding, it warns it will not be able to assist and protect one-half million refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo and many of the millions of internally displaced from surging violence and COVID-19.
- Malaysia Plans to Expel Rohingya Who Arrived by Boat in Langkawi Radio Free Asia 09 Jun 2020 -- Malaysia plans to expel 269 Rohingya refugees who were detained by local authorities after their disabled boat was towed in and allowed to land for repairs at Langkawi Island, the country's defense chief said Tuesday.
- Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea Agree to Demarcate Border after Skirmishes VOA 09 Jun 2020 -- Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea have agreed to jointly map out a disputed border area after skirmishes between their troops left several wounded and property destroyed. Officials from the two countries are asking hundreds of traders and farmers who relocated because of the clashes to return to the disputed area but, some are reluctant.
- Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza Dies at 55, Government Says Sputnik 09 Jun 2020 -- Presidential and parliamentary elections took place in Burundi on 20 May. Evariste Ndayishimiye, the former secretary general of the governing CNDD–FDD party, was elected president with 68.7 percent of the vote, while the CNDD–FDD secured 72 of the 100 seats in the National Assembly.
- Burundi Government: President Nkurunziza Dies of Heart Attack VOA 09 Jun 2020 -- Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has died after suffering what the government said was a heart attack.
- Burundi Politicians Broadly Accept Ruling Party's Win in Presidential Vote VOA 09 Jun 2020 -- Burundian opposition figures have signaled their acceptance of election results showing the ruling party hanging on to the presidency, though some civil society groups continue to express concerns about how the election was run.
- COVID-19 Offers 'World of Opportunity' For Spies, Terrorists Australian Spy Boss Says VOA 09 Jun 2020 -- Australia's spy chief is warning of a surge in espionage, extremist propaganda and cyber-crime during the COVID crisis.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on June 9, 2020 PRC MofA 09 Jun 2020
- Hong Kongers Still Defiant One Year Later As National Security Law Looms VOA 09 Jun 2020 -- On June 9 last year, some one million Hong Kongers staged a peaceful protest against a proposed extradition law that would allow individuals to be sent to China for trial. Little did they realize it was just the first of more than 1,000 protests in a drawn-out anti-government movement that would plunge the Asian financial hub into one of the deepest crises in its history.
- Riot Police Charge at Protesters Marking First Anniversary of Hong Kong Anti-Government Movement VOA 09 Jun 2020 -- Riot police officers charged at thousands of protesters who defied a police ban to mark the first anniversary of the city's anti-government movement on Tuesday evening.
- Hong Kong Police Fire Pepper Spray As Crowd Marks Protest Anniversary Radio Free Asia 09 Jun 2020 -- Hong Kong police on Tuesday fired pepper spray at protesters gathered in the city's Central business district to mark the anniversary of a million-strong peaceful march last year to oppose government plans to allow extradition to mainland China.
- China's Ambassador Says Hong Kong's Security Law to Make Social System Stable, Governance Effective Sputnik 09 Jun 2020 -- The central authorities' national security legislation will only strengthen Hong Kong's legal system, while people's freedoms and interests of investors will remain unaffected, Chinese Ambassador to Russia Zhang Hanhui said in an interview.
- Chinese FM Calls on UK to Respect Country's Right to Protect State Security in Hong Kong Sputnik 09 Jun 2020 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in a phone call with his UK counterpart has expressed hope that London will not meddle in Hong Kong's affairs amid a national security legislation debate, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
- On China's Attempted Coercion of the United Kingdom US Dept. of State 09 Jun 2020 -- "The United States stands with our allies and partners against the Chinese Communist Party's coercive bullying tactics. In the latest example, Beijing has reportedly threatened to punish British bank HSBC and to break commitments to build nuclear power plants in the United Kingdom unless London allows Huawei to build its 5G network. Shenzhen-based Huawei is an extension of the Chinese Communist Party's surveillance state."
- Britain should respect China's legitimate right to safeguard national security in HK: Chinese FM Global Times 09 Jun 2020 -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed hope that Britain will respect China's legitimate right to safeguard national security in Hong Kong during a phone conversation on Monday with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
- Western politicians care about 'freedom' to undermine China's security rather than freedom of HK residents: FM spokesperson Global Times 09 Jun 2020 -- The strong reactions from US politicians on the National Security law in Hong Kong had nothing to do with providing Hong Kong residents with freedom. What they care about is the "freedom" to do everything they want to sabotage China's national security, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Monday at a daily press conference.
- Everyone must draw lessons one year after anti-extradition bill protests: Carrie Lam Global Times 09 Jun 2020 -- Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that everyone, including herself and members of the Legislative Council, must draw lessons as Hong Kong has gone through many difficulties and serious situations in the past year since the anti-extradition bill protests, which evolved into months-long street riots.
- HK needs '2nd return': official Global Times 09 Jun 2020 -- Hong Kong needs to "return to China for a second time," the deputy director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council said on Monday, citing views from an international scholar as he addressed the city's current issues of governance and recognition of national identity.
- Xi says ready to promote China-Philippines ties to new levels PLA Daily 09 Jun 2020 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday that he is willing to work with his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte to continuously lift their countries' relationship of comprehensive strategic cooperation to new levels.
- Military planes from China and the U.S. enter Taiwan's airspace CNA 09 Jun 2020 -- Several Chinese Sukhoi Su-30 fighters and a U.S. C-40 Clipper military transport plane flew in Taiwan's airspace Tuesday morning, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has confirmed.
- PLA Su-30 fighter jets edge near Taiwan as US military aircraft flies through the island Global Times 09 Jun 2020 -- The island of Taiwan's defense authority said fighter jets of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) approached the island on Tuesday, the day a US military aircraft flew over the island that's bound to further raise cross-Straits tensions following a series of US arms sales to the island, and a US warship transit through the Taiwan Straits.
- China will precisely retaliate against Czech Republic Senate speaker who plans to visit Taiwan Global Times 09 Jun 2020 -- The speaker of the Czech Republic's Senate announced on Tuesday that he will visit China's Taiwan, a move which shows support for the separatist Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities on the island, despite warnings from the Chinese mainland and a recommendation from his own government that he not take the trip. Analysts said China's retaliation should precisely hit politicians who provoke China's sovereignty and avoid harming innocent Czech companies in China.
- UN expert urges reconsideration of sanctions on North Korea amid pandemic Press TV 09 Jun 2020 -- A United Nations (UN) human rights expert has called on the UN Security Council to "reconsider [the] sanctions" imposed on North Korea as they are worsening an alleged humanitarian crisis in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- DPRK to cut off inter-Korean communication Global Times 09 Jun 2020 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will cut off all inter-Korean communication lines at noon Tuesday, the Korean Central News Agency reported on Tuesday morning.
- North Korea Cuts Off Communications With South Over Leaflet Launches VOA 09 Jun 2020 -- North Korea says it will cut off all lines of official dialogue with South Korea, the latest escalation, some analysts say, in Pyongyang's effort to unilaterally ramp up tensions with Seoul.
- North Korea severs hotlines with South, citing 'treachery' Press TV 09 Jun 2020 -- North Korea has severed its military and presidential hotlines with the South as a first step toward terminating all contacts with Seoul, citing South Korea's "treacherous behavior."
- Spox: China always committed to upholding JCPOA IRNA 09 Jun 2020 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying once again slammed US unilateral withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal, also known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), saying China is always committed to upholding JCPOA.
- Top EU diplomat: EU: US no longer party to Iran deal, can't invoke JCPOA Press TV 09 Jun 2020 -- European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell says the US has already pulled out of an international 2015 nuclear agreement signed between Iran and major world powers and cannot currently use its former membership of the deal to seek a permanent arms embargo on Tehran.
- Senior Iranian Official Slams Europe for Failing to Stand Up to US Over Nuclear Deal Sputnik 09 Jun 2020 -- A senior adviser to the Iranian parliament speaker in charge of international affairs criticized Europe on Tuesday for failing to shield his country from US sanctions in return for Iran staying in the nuclear pact, the Tasnim news agency said.
- US Issues An Updated List Of Sanctioned Iranian Ships Radio Farda 09 Jun 2020 -- The U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) updated the list of Iranian ships subject to sanctions on Sunday, June 7, and added several other Iranian ships and oil tankers to the list.
- US Reportedly Seeks to Sanction Up to 50 Tankers Over Iran-Venezuela Oil Trade Sputnik 09 Jun 2020 -- The United States is planning to designate a number of tankers that facilitate the oil trade between Iran and Venezuela, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
- Major Corruption Case In Iran Plays Out In Europe As 8 Suspects Hide Abroad Radio Farda 09 Jun 2020 -- A major financial corruption case involving several judges and high-ranking officials at the Iranian Judiciary which is being investigated at a court in Tehran is playing out in the streets of Berlin as Iranians await the arrival of one of the fugitive suspects at the Iranian Embassy in Germany.
- Iran rejects Turkey excuse with warning, expects gas flow to resume Press TV 09 Jun 2020 -- An Iranian energy official says he expects Turkey to resume gas imports from Iran by mid-July, putting an end to a relatively long gap which raised many eyebrows.
- Iran Limits Amount Of Foreign Currency People Can Keep Radio Farda 09 Jun 2020 -- Amid economic crisis and a sinking national currency, the Central Bank of Iran has issued a new directive limiting the amount of foreign currency people can keep or carry.
- Six arrested in downed Ukrainian plane case, Judiciary spox says IRNA 09 Jun 2020 -- Iran's Judiciary's spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaeili said on Tuesday that six people were arrested in the case pertaining to the crash of Ukrainian airliner that killed 176 people on board.
- Iran's Judiciary Refutes Own Spokesman On Spy's Role In Soleimani Killing Radio Farda 09 Jun 2020 -- Hours after Iran's Judiciary spokesman announced on Tuesday that a "collaborator" has been sentenced to death for informing the CIA and Mossad about the whereabouts of Qassem Soleimani', Judiciary's media center said the spy case had nothing to do with Soleimani's targeted killing on January 3.
- Iran To Execute 'Collaborator' For US Targeting Of Soleimani Radio Farda 09 Jun 2020 -- Iran's Judiciary Spokesman Gholam-Hossein Emaili on Tuesday said a "collaborator" who had provided foreign intelligence services with details of movements of Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani, has been sentenced to death.
- CIA, Mossad spy sentenced to death, Iran's Judiciary spox says IRNA 09 Jun 2020 -- Iran's Judiciary's spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaeili Mahmoud Mousavi Majd who was linked with CIA and Mossad and has provided them with intelligence from security bodies, especially armed forces like IRGC was sentenced to death.
- Iran to Execute Alleged CIA Spy Involved in Killing of Ex-Quds Commander Soleimani Sputnik 09 Jun 2020 -- On 3 January, a US drone strike, authorised by President Donald Trump, killed Qasem Soleimani and Shia militia commander Abu Mahdi Muhandis who both were in a car at the Baghdad International Airport.
- Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Chairs Cabinet's Virtual Session SPA 09 Jun 2020 -- The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chaired today a Cabinet's virtual session.
- Private sector will be allowed to use ISRO facilities and other relevant assets to improve their capacities: DrJitendra Singh India PIB 09 Jun 2020 -- Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that private sector will be allowed to use Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) facilities and other relevant assets to improve their capacities.
- Turkey issues arrest warrants for 275 military personnel over 'links to coup mastermind' Press TV 09 Jun 2020 -- Turkey has issued arrest warrants for 275 more people, mostly military staff members, over their suspected linked to of US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, who stands accused of having masterminded a failed coup in 2016.
- Guyana Opposition Party Candidate Poised to Take Office VOA 09 Jun 2020 -- Guyanese opposition candidate Irfaan Ali is expected to be sworn in as president.
- Tajik Religious Cleric, Relatives Convicted Of Being Members Of Banned Religious Group RFE/RL 09 Jun 2020 -- A Muslim cleric and his relatives in Tajikistan's southern region of Khatlon have been sentenced for being members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group.
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