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10 June 2020 Military News

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  • Former US Justice Lawyers Call for Investigation of Barr VOA 10 Jun 2020 -- More than 1,250 former attorneys for the U.S. Justice Department called Wednesday for the agency's internal watchdog to investigate the role Attorney General William Barr played in the aggressive police clearance of largely peaceful protesters from a park near the White House last week.
  • Fired State Dept. IG pressed not to probe into Saudi arms sales Press TV 10 Jun 2020 -- The State Department's former inspector general says US officials discouraged him from investigating arms sales to Saudi Arabia before he was fired by President Donald Trump last month.
  • Court-Appointed Expert Urges US Government Not to Drop Charges Against Michael Flynn Sputnik 10 Jun 2020 -- The US government should not drop charges against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, a former US federal judge John Gleeson said in an 86-page brief on Wednesday.
  • On the Passing of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza US Dept. of State 10 Jun 2020
  • Burundi's outgoing President Pierre Nkurunziza dies of heart attack People's Daily 10 Jun 2020 -- Burundi's outgoing President Pierre Nkurunziza has died of a heart attack in a hospital in east-central Burundi, said a government statement issued here on Tuesday.
  • Burundi's Nkurunziza Leaves Mixed Legacy, Poor Human Rights Record VOA 10 Jun 2020 -- The sudden death of outgoing Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza Tuesday came as a shock to everyone on the African political scene. Nkurunziza ruled Burundi with an iron first for 15 years, including a controversial third term that saw hundreds killed in protests and more than half a million fleeing the country. Some expect nothing will change on how the east African nation handles its governance.
  • Melting Down: Climate Change May Prove A Major Problem For Russia's Arctic Infrastructure RFE/RL 10 Jun 2020 -- Just a few days after thousands of tons of diesel fuel leaked from a storage tank and turned the waters of an Arctic river a sickly purply-red, the mining giant that owned the tanks offered a tentative explanation of what happened.
  • Retired Austrian Army Colonel Found Guilty Of Spying For Russia RFE/RL 10 Jun 2020 -- An Austrian court has sentenced a retired army colonel to three years in prison after convicting him of spying for Russia's military intelligence service (GRU) for more than 25 years.
  • Survey Suggests China Influence Over SE Asia Is Rising as America's Falls Radio Free Asia 10 Jun 2020 -- The United States is struggling to compete with China's growing influence in Southeast Asia, according to a new survey of the region's experts, even though there is strong support among them for democratic values.
  • Failing to Own Up to Mistakes Is Typical CCP Behavior Radio Free Asia 10 Jun 2020 -- In February 1952, the Chinese People's Volunteer Army (PVA) issued a joint statement with the North Korean government, alleging that United States troops were carrying out  large-scale bacterial or germ warfare during the Korean War. The United States denied the accusations. The world demanded the truth – after all, were the brave and heroic American troops boldly trampling on civilization, or was the great and never-wrong Chinese Communist Party making groundless accusations?
  • U.S. Says China 'Bullied' U.K. Over Huawei 5G Contract Radio Free Asia 10 Jun 2020 -- The United States has hit out at China over its "bullying" of the U.K., saying that the Chinese Communist Party "threatened to punish" the country over its refusal to allow Chinese telecoms giant Huawei to bid for contracts in the country's implementation of the next-generation 5G mobile network.
  • Harvard Professor Indicted on China Program Charges VOA 10 Jun 2020 -- The former chair of Harvard University's chemistry and chemical biology department was indicted today for allegedly lying about research funding while participating in China's Thousand Talents Program, the Department of Justice said.
  • Pompeo slammed for chiding HSBC's support of HK national security law Global Times 10 Jun 2020 -- The Chinese foreign ministry on Wednesday slammed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for sowing discord, calling his view "narrow-minded" and "ridiculous" after Pompeo chided British bank HSBC for supporting the national security legislation for Hong Kong.
  • UK should abandon double standards on Hong Kong: FM spokesperson Global Times 10 Jun 2020 -- What kind of freedom did the UK give to Hong Kong during its 156 years of colonialism, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying asked Tuesday at a press conference in response to the UK's expression of concern over the freedom of Hong Kong residents following the approval of the introduction of the new national security law.
  • HK national security law 'likely' within one month Global Times 10 Jun 2020 -- Setting up a new unit within the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) does not necessarily mean the capabilities of the Chinese mainland's affiliated national security agency in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) in enforcing the law would be weakened.
  • Hong Kong police arrest 53 rioters during new protest Press TV 10 Jun 2020 -- Police in Hong Kong have arrested 53 rioters during a protest against the passage of a national security bill in the global financial hub.
  • Interview: 'I'm Going to Stay Here And Fight to The Bitter End' Radio Free Asia 10 Jun 2020 -- Pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai, 72, who faces charges of"illegal assembly" for attending a pro-democracy rally in August 2019, says many in Hong Kong fear the consequences of impending national security legislation to be imposed on the city by the ruling Chinese Communist Party, but will stay in the city to fight on regardless. Lai was among thousands of others who defied a police ban on a protest march on Aug. 31, a date that was marked by a violent assault by riot police on train passengers at Prince Edward MTR station.
  • Fearing Arrest for Pro-democracy Activity in Hong Kong, Protestor Flees to Taiwan VOA 10 Jun 2020 -- As Beijing tightens control over Hong Kong, some Hong Kong residents who participated in months of pro-democracy protests are opting to self-exile to avoid being charged with the vaguely defined offense of rioting, which can carry a 10-year prison sentence.
  • More Than 50 Arrested in Hong Kong Anti-Government Protests VOA 10 Jun 2020 -- More than 50 people were arrested in Hong Kong on Tuesday night after thousands of protesters defied a police ban to mark the first anniversary of the city's anti-government movement on Tuesday evening.
  • Victims' Families Say Uighur Religious Leaders Main Target in China VOA 10 Jun 2020 -- A Chinese government crackdown on the minority Muslims in Xinjiang has taken a toll on the community's religious staff with the imams being most vulnerable to persecution, according to Uighur victims' families and scholars.
  • China Increased Detentions For 'Extremist' Religious Behavior in Xinjiang in 2019: Report Radio Free Asia 10 Jun 2020 -- Authorities in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) ramped up detentions of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities last year to implement "counterterrorism" measures that severely violated religious freedoms, the U.S. State Department said in an annual report released Wednesday.
  • US Accuses China of Intensifying Religious Repression VOA 10 Jun 2020 -- An annual U.S. government report finds religious freedom under assault throughout the world, notably in what the State Department calls Countries of Particular Concern – China, Iran, North Korea among others.
  • China, World's Biggest Creditor, Delays Debt Repayments for 77 Nations VOA 10 Jun 2020 -- China's announcement this week to suspend debt repayments for 77 low-income countries as part of the G-20's debt relief program gives Beijing a political boost with foreign allies at a time when China is under scrutiny for its role in the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • China launches HY-1D satellite to monitor maritime environment Global Times 10 Jun 2020 -- China successfully sent a newly developed maritime environment monitoring satellite into orbit at 2:31am on Thursday.
  • China's threats spurred visit to Taiwan: Czech Senate president CNA 10 Jun 2020 -- The president of the Czech Republic's Senate, Miloš Vystrčil, said Tuesday that threats from China and a desire to uphold democratic values strengthened his intent to visit Taiwan.
  • North Korea: US Has No Standing to Comment on Inter-Korean Affairs Sputnik 10 Jun 2020 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) criticized the United States on Thursday, saying the US has no standing to comment on internal Korean affairs. Earlier this week, Pyongyang severed contact with Seoul over propaganda distribution by defectors in the South.
  • North Korea Issues Veiled Threat on US Election VOA 10 Jun 2020 -- North Korea is urging the United States to "keep its mouth shut" about worsening inter-Korean relations, saying such silence will be beneficial if the U.S. wants to hold a successful presidential election in November.
  • Children Born to Unmarried Mothers in North Korea Excluded From UN-Sponsored Immunization Initiatives Radio Free Asia 10 Jun 2020 -- North Korea excludes children of single mothers from vaccination and nutritional programs sponsored by the United Nations because local law forbids registering out-of-wedlock births, RFA has learned from sources inside the reclusive country.
  • U.S. disappointed by DPRK cutting off inter-Korea communication People's Daily 10 Jun 2020 -- The United States on Tuesday said that it was disappointed by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) latest move of cutting off all inter-Korean communication lines, urging Pyongyang to return to diplomacy.
  • North Korea Expected to Step Up Pressure to Get Concessions from South Radio Free Asia 10 Jun 2020 -- North Korea's move to sever communications with South Korea appears to be a signal that more provocations are on the horizon as Pyongyang tries to extract more concessions out of Seoul, experts told RFA.
  • Iran's letter to IAEA about US' irresponsible conduct ISNA 10 Jun 2020 -- Ambassador and permanent representative of Iran to the International Organizations in Vienna, Kazem Gharib-Abadi in a letter to director general of the IAEA warned about the US irresponsible and inhuman behaviour regarding its international commitments in the fields of nuclear cooperation and creating obstacles in the field.
  • Russia, China should stand up to US' conspiracy: Iran's President ISNA 10 Jun 2020 -- Appreciating the efforts of Iran's medical and hospital staff in combatting COVID-19 over the past four months, the President said that with the exception of a few provinces that are in red conditions, we have reached the stage of controlling coronavirus in the country, adding, "The resilience of the Iranian people in the simultaneous fight against coronavirus and the severe, illegal US sanctions is well-known today and will be recorded in the history of the country".
  • China, Russia fighting off US 'snapback' threat against Iran at UN Press TV 10 Jun 2020 -- Veto powers China and Russia have written to the United Nations, arguing strongly against a US threat that it will try and bring about a return of all sanctions against Iran if the world body fails to extend an arms embargo against Tehran.
  • Rouhani: Iranians defeated America's knee-to-neck policy through unity Press TV 10 Jun 2020 -- President Hassan Rouhani says the Iranian nation has managed to defeat America's longtime "knee-to-neck" policy by staying united and standing up against Washington's pressure campaign.
  • Iran Sanctions Produced 'Excellent Results', Brian Hook Says Radio Farda 10 Jun 2020 -- Speaking online to the Heritage Foundation on Tuesday, the U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook United States will continue working to re-instate the arms embargo on Iran and that the sanctions have produced "excellent results" so far.
  • Iranian, Ukrainian diplomats discuss January plane incident ISNA 10 Jun 2020 -- A ranking Iranian diplomat and Ukraine's ambassador to Tehran have talked about various issues surrounding the January 8 crash of a Ukrainian passenger plane near Tehran.
  • Iran showed power by sending oil tankers to Venezuela despite US threats: IRGC head Press TV 10 Jun 2020 -- The chief commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the country displayed its power through sending fuel tankers to Venezuela despite threats by the administration of US President Donald Trump to take action against them.
  • Iran may take legal action to access funds in South Korea Press TV 10 Jun 2020 -- Governor of the Central Bank of Iran Abdolnaser Hemmati says the Islamic Republic may launch legal action to access its funds illegally being withheld in South Korea under pressure from the US.
  • Iran Escalating Pressure On South Korea To Release Billions In Oil Money Radio Farda 10 Jun 2020 -- Iran's Central Bank Governor has said that Iran reserves the right to launch legal action against South Korea if the country's banks refuse to unlock billions of dollars owed to Iran for oil exports, frozen in Korean banks for nearly two years.
  • Former Deputy Mayor Of Tehran Being Tried For Billion-Dollar Corruption Radio Farda 10 Jun 2020 -- Forty court hearings have been so far held in the trial of former Tehran Deputy Mayor, Issa Sharifi on charges of corruption, the spokesman of the Islamic Republic Judiciary, disclosed on Tuesday, June 9.
  • Iran's Guards Poised To Enter Country's $15 Billion Auto Industry Radio Farda 10 Jun 2020 -- The Chief-Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' (IRGC) Aerospace Force, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said on Tuesday, June 9, that the IRGC will transfer its research experiences to the automotive industry.
  • New details from Iran's latest satellite in interview with Sardar Jafarabadi Tasmin NA 10 Jun 2020 -- Mehdi Bakhtiari: On May 23 of this year, the Revolutionary Guards Air Force placed its first satellite, Noor, on a 425-kilometer Earth orbit by satellite to Ghased. This happened while, unlike previous satellite launches in the country, no one was informed about it until the operation.
  • Venezuelan Foreign Minister Accuses US of Aggression Over Actions Against Oil Tankers Sputnik 10 Jun 2020 -- Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza called Washington's actions that prevent tankers from arriving in Venezuela to export oil an attack on the Venezuelan people.
  • Myanmar Cautioned About Costly Borrowing From China Radio Free Asia 10 Jun 2020 -- Myanmar's auditor general has cautioned government officials about continued reliance on high-interest Chinese loans, as the Southeast Asian country begins to pay off debt taken on during decades of military rule and accept new loans under China's massive Belt and Road Initiative.
  • Barnier accuses UK of 'cherry picking' at talks Press TV 10 Jun 2020 -- In the latest blow to post-Brexit trade talks, the European Union's chief negotiator has accused the UK of making excessive demands on the bloc.
  • IMF Approves $5 Billion In Aid For Ukraine To Shore Up Economy Wracked By Coronavirus RFE/RL 10 Jun 2020 -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says its executive board has approved an 18-month, $5 billion standby arrangement for Ukraine aimed at helping the country cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Poroshenko A Suspect In Alleged Illegal Move Of Paintings RFE/RL 10 Jun 2020 -- Ukraine's State Bureau of Investigation (DBR) has announced that prosecutors consider former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko a suspect in a case about the alleged illegal transfer of valuable paintings across the border.
  • Lebanese Prime Minister Diab Says Country Was on Verge of Sectarian Conflict Sputnik 10 Jun 2020 -- The Lebanese government has thwarted plans to create a large-scale sectarian conflict in the country, which was close to becoming a reality after violent clashes took place this past weekend, Prime Minister Hassan Diab said Wednesday.
  • Lebanese Protest Local Currency Devaluation in Beirut Sputnik 10 Jun 2020 -- People gathered outside the Lebanese central bank's building in Beirut on Tuesday to protest the high cost of the dollar, which has been driving the local currency's exchange rate downward.

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