Daily National Security News Briefing
20 January 2019
- Top US Senator Questions Afghan Withdrawal Numbers VOA 20 Jan 2019 -- An influential Unites States senator who is considered to be close to President Donald Trump cast doubts on reports that half of the United States troops in Afghanistan would be withdrawn soon.
- Afghan Presidential Hopefuls Submit Nomination Papers VOA 20 Jan 2019 -- The process of submitting nomination papers for the upcoming presidential vote in Afghanistan concluded Sunday, with President Ashraf Ghani and his ruling coalition partner Abdullah Abdullah among the candidates seeking the country's top office.
- Suicide attack kills 5 in eastern Afghanistan IRNA 20 Jan 2019 -- A suicide attacker targeted Logar governor's car with a bomb-laden vehicle killing 5 people and injuring another 5 , the province's Police spokesman said adding that the governor survived from the assassination.
- Afghanistan's President Ghani formally registers for re-election Press TV 20 Jan 2019 -- President Ashraf Ghani has formally registered as a candidate for Afghanistan's delayed presidential election, which is scheduled to be held on July 20.
- Taliban car bomb goes off among Afghan security forces Press TV 20 Jan 2019 -- A car bomb attack, claimed by the Taliban militant group, has claimed the lives of at least eight Afghan security forces in the country's eastern province of Logar.
- Afghan President Ghani Vows To 'Work For Peace' As He Seeks Reelection RFE/RL 20 Jan 2019 -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has registered as a candidate for Afghanistan's presidential election later this year, setting up a rematch with Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.
- Afghan Leader Ghani Officially Registered as Presidential Candidate Sputnik 20 Jan 2019 -- Incumbent Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced on Sunday that he had officially registered as a candidate for the upcoming presidential election.
- Militants Attack Convoy of Afghanistan's Provincial Governor - Reports Sputnik 20 Jan 2019 -- As many as eight people were killed and 10 others were injured as a result of a militant attack on a convoy of vehicles carrying the governor and other senior officials of Afghanistan's central Logar province, Khaama news agency reported on Sunday.
- US military claims 52 Shabab militants killed in Somalia airstrikes Press TV 20 Jan 2019 -- The US military claims that its airstrikes have killed 52 members of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militant group in southern Somalia.
- US Army study of its Iraq invasion concludes Iran was 'the only victor' Press TV 20 Jan 2019 -- The US army has described Iran as "the only victor" in its two-volume, 1300-page study of its brutal invasion of Iraq.
- CNO Visits the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group at Sea NNS 20 Jan 2019 -- The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) visited the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSSG) at sea, Jan. 19.
- US military using Russian-style air defenses in major drills Press TV 20 Jan 2019 -- The US military has been caught using Russian-styled air defense systems during major military exercises in the southern state of Mississippi, as the Pentagon shifts focus from operations in the Middle East to confronting Russia and China in the Pacific.
- U.S. Warship Donald Cook Heads To Black Sea For 'Security Operations' RFE/RL 20 Jan 2019 -- The U.S. Navy says the USS Donald Cook is heading to the Black Sea to conduct maritime security operations and enhance maritime stability with NATO allies in the region.
- Merkel calls for EU weapons system independent of US Press TV 20 Jan 2019 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on EU countries to share their capabilities in order to build weapons systems independent of the United States.
- PLA moves to integrate techniques, tactics with new weapons systems Global Times 20 Jan 2019 -- With the Chinese military mounting new weapons and equipment in recent years such as Type 99A tanks and J-20 fighter jets, officers and soldiers were urged to develop new techniques and tactics to integrate with the new weapons systems.
- PLA officers fill Party committees Global Times 20 Jan 2019 -- China has appointed military officials as members of provincial standing committees of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 31 provincial-level regions following the military reform.
- Iran's 59th naval fleet docks at Bandar Abbas port IRNA 20 Jan 2019 -- The Iranian Navy's 59th naval fleet docked at the country's southern port city of Bandar Abbas after ending its mission at high seas.
- South Korea to Invest $6.5Mln in Unmanned Vehicle Technology in 2019 - Reports Sputnik 20 Jan 2019 -- South Korea is planning to spend 7.3 billion won ($6.5 million) to develop aerial, marine and ground-based unmanned vehicles, Yonhap reported on Sunday citing the government.
- Laos Show Off New Russian-Made Military Equipment During Parade Sputnik 20 Jan 2019 -- A major military parade was held in Vientiane on Sunday to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Lao People's Army.
- Two killed as Saudi-led coalition intensifies air raids against Yemen's Sana'a Province Press TV 20 Jan 2019 -- The Saudi Arabia-led coalition has carried out deadly air raids against 15 targets, including a food factory, in Yemen's west-central Sana'a Province, prompting condemnations from officials in the capital.
- Joint Forces Command of Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Targeting and Destroying An Iran-Backed Terrorist Houthi Militia Integrated Network For UAV Capabilities and its Logistical Facilities SPA 20 Jan 2019 -- Colonel Turki Al-Malki, the Official Spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen stated: "The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition conducted on Saturday at (2245) an advanced targeting operation to destroy multiple legitimate military targets that comprise of UAV capabilities in (7) military support facilities throughout Sana'a."
- Saudi-led coalition bombs residential areas in northern Yemen IRNA 20 Jan 2019 -- Saudi-led coalition's fighter jets targeted residential areas in the Yemeni border cities of Sheda and Razah in Saada province, north of Yemen, on Saturday.
- Saudi-Led Coalition Airstrikes Pound Yemeni Capital - Reports Sputnik 20 Jan 2019 -- The Saudi-led Arab coalition has conducted a series of airstrikes against the positions of the Houthis Ansar Allah militants in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, local media reported on Saturday.
- Erdogan: Turkey Ready to Take Over Security in Syria's Manbij VOA 20 Jan 2019 -- Turkey is ready to take over security in the Kurdish-controlled Syrian city of Manbij, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday.
- Syrian air defenses confront Israeli aerial attack IRNA 20 Jan 2019 -- Syrian air defenses have confronted an Israeli aerial attack targeted the southern region and prevented it from achieving any of its objectives, a military source said Sunday.
- Lebanon's Aoun urges world powers to facilitate Syrian refugees repatriation Press TV 20 Jan 2019 -- Lebanese President Michel Aoun has urged world powers to "make all efforts" to help the repatriation of Syrian refugees as Syrian forces continue to liberate the country from the clutches of foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorist groups.
- Syria's air defense thwarts Israeli strike near Damascus: State media Press TV 20 Jan 2019 -- Syrian air defense forces have thwarted an Israeli aerial aggression in the Arab country's south, state media say.
- 'Huge' Blast Hits Damascus Near Security Facility RFE/RL 20 Jan 2019 -- A bomb blast has hit Damascus on January 20, in a rare attack in the Syrian capital.
- Russian Military Confirms Syria Repulsed Israeli Missile Attack Sputnik 20 Jan 2019 -- A military source indicated that air defence systems in the country's south have successfully repelled an Israeli air attack, preventing the attackers from achieving any of their objectives.
- Twin Bomb Blasts in Syria's Afrin Leave 10 Killed, 18 Injured - FSA Source Sputnik 20 Jan 2019 -- As many as 10 people were killed and 18 others were injured in two bomb explosions in the Syrian city of Afrin, a source in the Free Syrian Army (FSA) told Sputnik on Sunday.
- US Delivering Javelin, TOW Anti-Tank Missile Systems to YPG in Manbij - Report Sputnik 20 Jan 2019 -- Ankara has repeatedly blamed Washington for lending military support to the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), while the US insists its backing of the Kurds is needed to counter Daesh*. In February 2018, then-US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson claimed that the White House has "never given heavy arms to the YPG".
- 10% increase in Israeli demolition of Palestinian structures last year: OCHA Press TV 20 Jan 2019 -- The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says Israel's demolition and confiscation of Palestinian-owned structures in the West Bank soared by 10 percent last year as the Tel Aviv regime continues with its land expropriation policies in the occupied territories in blatant defiance of international law.
- Hamas slams US aid cut to Palestinians as 'political blackmail' Press TV 20 Jan 2019 -- The Hamas resistance movement has condemned the US decision to cut humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people as "political blackmail," urging international efforts to end Washington's anti-Palestine pressure campaign and pro-Tel Aviv bias.
- UN chief calls for Myanmar's cooperation to return Rohingyas IRNA 20 Jan 2019 -- The UN chief accused Myanmar government of delaying return of Rohingya Muslims from Bangladesh and urged Naypyidaw to establish more cooperation with international bodies.
- Ten UN peacekeepers killed in a terrorist attack in northern Mali UN News 20 Jan 2019 -- Ten 'blue helmets' from the United Nations Stabilization Mission In Mali (MINUSMA) were killed on Sunday following a complex terrorist attack against the mission's camp in Aguelhok, in the Kidal region, northern Mali.
- Al-Qaida Group Claims Deadly Ambush of UN Peacekeepers in Mali VOA 20 Jan 2019 -- An al-Qaida affiliate is claiming responsibility for Sunday's attack on a U.N. peacekeeping camp in northern Mali Sunday, killing 10 blue helmets from Chad and wounding 25 others.
- Russians Hold Protests Against Possible Kurile Handover RFE/RL 20 Jan 2019 -- Russians in Moscow and other cities across the country have protested against the prospect of transferring the disputed Kurile Islands to Japan.
- Japan's Abe Mulls Trading Peace Deal With Russia for 2 Kuril Islands - Reports Sputnik 20 Jan 2019 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been considering signing a peace treaty with Russia if it hands over two islands in a disputed chain off Japan's northern tip, Kyodo news agency said.e
- Tokyo's Claims to Kuril Islands Will Complicate Abe's Talks With Putin - Aide Sputnik 20 Jan 2019 -- Statements made by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about Tokyo's claims to the disputed Kuril islands will significantly complicate his upcoming negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Yury Ushakov, an aide to the Russian leader, said on Sunday.
- Trump Shutdown Deal Proposal: Relief for 'Dreamers', Increased Border Security Sputnik 20 Jan 2019 -- US President Donald Trump made a statement on Saturday in a bid to end the partial US government shutdown, proposing a 3-year legislative relief for the so-called Dreamer immigrants that could protect them from deportation. The US president also offered protections for immigrants who hold temporary protected status.
- Moscow 'Trump Tower' Talks Lasted Through 2016, Lawyer Says VOA 20 Jan 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani says Trump's discussions with Russian officials over construction of a Trump Tower in Moscow went on throughout the time he was campaigning for the White House in 2016, months longer than previously acknowledged.
- US President Trump Upbeat About New Meeting With North Korea's Kim - Pence Sputnik 20 Jan 2019 -- US President Donald Trump feels optimistic about his next meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and expects real progress on denuclearization, his vice president said Sunday.
- Iran exporting gas to 4 countries ISNA 20 Jan 2019 -- Turkey, Iraq, Azerbaijan and Armenia are the importers of Iran's gas, Iranian deputy Oil Minister, Hossein Montazer-Torbati announced.
- JCPOA defeat to endanger European security, Iran warns Press TV 20 Jan 2019 -- A high-ranking Iranian foreign policy official has warned that Europe would risk its security by allowing a landmark international deal with Iran to unravel.
- Spy Allegations Aim to Strain 'Historic Ties' Between Iran, Europe - Tehran Sputnik 20 Jan 2019 -- The German magazine Der Spiegel reported that the suspect had access to highly sensitive information, including the deployment of troops in Afghanistan, and passed it along to the Iranian secret services.
- Russian Space Corporation Ready to Design New Super Heavy Rocket – Director Sputnik 20 Jan 2019 -- Russia's space industry corporation Roscosmos is ready to design a new super heavy-lift rocket launcher, its director announced Saturday.
- Analysis: Under Moscow Pressure, Could Belarus's Balancing Act Come Crashing Down? RFE/RL 20 Jan 2019 -- Speculation that the merger of Russia and Belarus is just over the horizon has become so strident in recent weeks that top officials in both countries have made efforts to refute it.
- PM Modi faces ouster amid rural anger, Muslim discontent Press TV 20 Jan 2019 -- Hundreds of thousands of people have joined a massive demonstration in India to rally support for the ouster of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the upcoming general elections.
- Israel, Chad Restore Diplomatic Relations - Netanyahu's Office Sputnik 20 Jan 2019 -- Israel and Chad have announced the restoration of their diplomatic relations during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to the central African nation, his office said in a statement on Sunday.
- Netanyahu to AG: Graft Indictment Would Be Surrender to the Left & Media Sputnik 20 Jan 2019 -- Case 4000 pertains to corruption allegations against Benjamin Netanyahu, with suspicions that he assisted the Bezeq group, controlled by Shaul Elovitch, in exchange for favourable media coverage, while working as communications minister in 2014-2017, in addition to his prime ministerial post.
- Visiting Pakistan, U.S. Senator Calls For Trump-Khan Meeting RFE/RL 20 Jan 2019 -- U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has said he will urge President Donald Trump to meet with the Pakistani prime minister to reset long-difficult U.S. relations with Pakistan and push for a peaceful settlement in Afghanistan.
- It's Inevitable That Article 50 Will Be Extended - UK Brexit Spokesman Starmer Sputnik 20 Jan 2019 -- Earlier this week, Chancellor Hammond said during a meeting with business leaders that the government could extend Article 50 following cross-party talks on UK prime minister Theresa May's rejected Brexit deal.
- UK nabs 2 over Northern Irish car bombing; separatist group suspected Press TV 20 Jan 2019 -- UK police have arrested two people as part of an investigation into a car bombing in the British-run province of Northern Ireland, as authorities suspect a major separatist group carried out the attack.
- Police in Northern Ireland Arrest 2 Suspects After Bomb Explosion Sputnik 20 Jan 2019 -- Two men were arrested in connection with what police said was an "unbelievably reckless" attack in Derry city in Northern Ireland, Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said in a statement on Sunday.
- Russia to Launch First-Ever Arctic Weather Satellite - Source Sputnik 20 Jan 2019 -- The first Russian satellite for weather forecasting and monitoring climate and environment in the Arctic region, Arktika-M, is planned to be sent to near-earth orbit in June 2019, a source in the Russian space industry told Sputnik on Sunday.
- Fears of violence as Congo confirms Tshisekedi as president Press TV 20 Jan 2019 -- Democratic Republic of Congo's constitutional court has confirmed that Felix Tshisekedi won the December presidential election, rejecting a legal challenge by runner-up Martin Fayulu.
- Protesters Clash In Athens During Macedonia Name Deal Rally RFE/RL 20 Jan 2019 -- Protesters have clashed with police outside Greece's parliament during a rally that drew tens of thousands of people who oppose a name deal with Macedonia.
- Greece Rally Over Macedonia Name Deal Turns Violent VOA 20 Jan 2019 -- Protests turned violent Sunday between Greek demonstrators and police as tens of thousands of people converged on Athens to oppose a name-change deal with Macedonia.
- Sudanese-British Billionaire Mo Ibrahim Calls on Sudan's Al-Bashir to Stop Deadly Protest Crackdowns VOA 20 Jan 2019 -- A month of deadly protests across Sudan represents a "total rejection" of President Omar al-Bashir's 30-year rule, said Mohammed "Mo" Ibrahim, a Sudanese-British billionaire and founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.
- Sudanese police clash with anti-govt. protesters with live fire, tear gas Press TV 20 Jan 2019 -- Sudanese security forces have fired tear gas canisters at hundreds of anti-government demonstrators to break up their rally, as protest against the country's President Omar al-Bashir enters its second month.
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19 January 2019
- US should replace Syria troops with private contractors: Blackwater founder Press TV 19 Jan 2019 -- The founder of an infamous private military company says American troops in Syria could be replaced with mercenaries after a planned drawdown ordered by US President Donald Trump.
- US-Led Coalition: Militia Didn't Stop Iraq Survey VOA 19 Jan 2019 -- The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) Friday denied it was blocked by Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) from conducting a military inspection in Iraq's Anbar province near the Syrian border.
- Former Afghan Prime Minister Hekmatyar to Join Presidential Race 2019 - Reports Sputnik 19 Jan 2019 -- Former Afghan prime minister, warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar on Saturday announced that he will run in the country's presidential elections in July 2019, Afghanistan's 1TV channel reported.
- Taliban deny agreeing to talks with US in Pakistan as Khalilzad visits Islamabad Press TV 19 Jan 2019 -- The Taliban have rejected reports of upcoming talks with the United States in Pakistan, after local media claimed a meeting in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad was in prospect.
- Taliban Denies Being Ready To Resume Afghan Peace Talks RFE/RL 19 Jan 2019 -- The Taliban has denied reports that it is prepared to resume talks with U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad on ending Afghanistan's 17-year war.
- US Says It Seeks to Address 'Legitimate Concerns' in Afghan Conflict VOA 19 Jan 2019 -- The United States said Saturday that it was determined to address "legitimate concerns" of all sides in the conflict in Afghanistan to achieve peace.
- US Reconnaissance Office Announces Launch Date of New Spy Satellite Sputnik 19 Jan 2019 -- A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket is slated to send the newest US spy satellite into orbit from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Saturday, the National Reconnaissance Office announced in a press release.
- USS Donald Cook en route to the Black Sea NNS 19 Jan 2019 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) began its north-bound transit of the Dardanelles Strait, en route to the Black Sea Jan. 19, 2019, to conduct maritime security operations and enhance regional maritime stability, combined readiness and naval capability with our NATO allies and partners in the region.
- CNO visits Japan, Strengthens Alliance NNS 19 Jan 2019 -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson visited Japan, Jan. 17 - 18, to engage with forward-deployed Sailors, meet with senior Japanese leaders and reaffirm the U.S. Navy's commitment to peace and security in the Indo-Pacific Region.
- Russian Navy Monitoring US Destroyer in Black Sea – Control Center Sputnik 19 Jan 2019 -- Russia's Black Sea Fleet is currently keeping tabs on a US missile destroyer that arrived in the maritime on Saturday, the national defense control center said.
- Russia successfully test fires anti-satellite missile system: US intelligence report Press TV 19 Jan 2019 -- Russia has successfully test-fired an anti-satellite missile system that is reportedly capable of disrupting US navigation and communications satellites.
- Russia Mulling Sovereign's Eye Satellite Network to Watch 'Any Process on Earth' Sputnik 19 Jan 2019 -- Russia launched over two dozen satellites into space last year, and had some 146 civilian and military satellites orbiting the planet as of mid-2018, according to UN figures.
- Chinese naval escort fleet pays friendly visit to Philippines People's Daily 19 Jan 2019 -- The 30th escort task group of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy arrived in the Philippines Thursday for a five-day friendly visit.
- China firmly opposes Pentagon report hyping up "China threat" People's Daily 19 Jan 2019 -- China on Friday expressed strong dissatisfaction with and firm opposition to a U.S. missile defense report's hyping up "China threat."
- Iran unveils new homegrown radar ISNA 19 Jan 2019 -- Iran unveiled new homegrown radar in Vahdat-e-Birak radar site in Sistan and Baluchestan province on Saturday, ahead of 40th anniversary of Iranian Revolution's victory.
- Iran unveils domestically-built radar near Pakistan border Press TV 19 Jan 2019 -- Iran has unveiled a domestically-built radar in the city of Zahedan near the border with Pakistan.
- Israel Began Nuclear Weapons Program Without Telling Gov't, Knesset, Memos Show Sputnik 19 Jan 2019 -- Israel's longstanding policy has been to neither admit nor deny that the country has nuclear weapons. However, estimates by reputable intelligence companies suggest the country has between 80 and 400 nuclear warheads, making it the only nuclear-armed state in the Middle East.
- Syria urges Security Council to stop US-led strikes on civilian infrastructure Press TV 19 Jan 2019 -- The Syrian government has called on the United Nations Security Council to put an end to airstrikes being carried out by the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, saying the aerial assaults are targeting civilian and critical infrastructure in the Arab country.
- Russia warns Israel against more Syria strikes Press TV 19 Jan 2019 -- Russia has warned Israel against carrying out airstrikes near the Damascus International Airport in the Syrian capital.
- Iraqi artillery attack kill, injure 35 ISIS forces IRNA 19 Jan 2019 -- Commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) for Al-Anbar operation announced that the artillery units' attacks on ISIS positions have killed or injured 35 terrorists.
- Iraqi Hashd al-Sha'abi forces kill, injure dozens of Daesh terrorists in Syria Press TV 19 Jan 2019 -- Iraqi pro-government fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have carried out a counter-terrorism operation in Syria's eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, killing and injuring dozens of terrorists from the Daesh Takfiri group in the process.
- Colombia Asks Cuba to Arrest ELN Leaders VOA 19 Jan 2019 -- Following a deadly suicide truck bombing on a police academy near Bogota, the president of Colombia has called on Cuba to arrest 10 commanders of the Colombian ELN rebel group who are in Havana.
- Scores of Somali Militants Killed in Fighting, Airstrike VOA 19 Jan 2019 -- U.S. and Somali military officials said Saturday that scores of al-Qaida-affiliated fighters had been killed during an attack on a government military base near Somalia's southern port city of Kismayo.
- UNHCR Calls on Cameroon to Halt Forcible Returns of Nigerian Refugees VOA 19 Jan 2019 -- The UN refugee agency says it is shocked by reports that Cameroonian authorities have forcibly returned some 9,000 Nigerian refugees who fled across the border earlier in the week in search of safety from militant attacks.
- Hundreds Protest In Sakhalin Against Any Transfer Of Nearby Kurile Islands RFE/RL 19 Jan 2019 -- Hundreds have demonstrated on Sakhalin in Russia's Far East to protest against any potential transfer to Japan of any of the islands from the disputed Kurile chain.
- Remarks by President Trump on the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border and the Shutdown The White House 19 Jan 2019
- Trump Proposes Immigration Deal in Bid to End Shutdown VOA 19 Jan 2019 -- In a bid to end the monthlong partial shutdown of the U.S. government, President Donald Trump on Saturday offered Democrats compromises on his hard-line immigration policies, but they were knocked down by the opposition party even before he spoke.
- President Donald J. Trump's Plan to Reopen the Government and Fund Border Security The White House 19 Jan 2019
- Special Counsel Makes Rare Statement Casting Doubt On Cohen Report RFE/RL 19 Jan 2019 -- Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has disputed a report in BuzzFeed News that U.S. President Donald Trump directed his former lawyer to lie to Congress about a real estate project in Moscow as Congressional Democrats vowed to investigate allegations.
- White House says 2nd Trump-Kim summit to happen "near the end of February" People's Daily 19 Jan 2019 -- The White House said Friday that the second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), "will take place near the end of February."
- US, N Korea Officials Hold First 'Productive' High-Level Meeting - State Dept Sputnik 19 Jan 2019 -- Since the historic meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un in June, the denuclearization talks have reportedly stalled, with Pyongyang demanding immediate sanctions relief and Washington urging North Korea to take more steps to dismantle its nuclear infrastructure.
- Iran rejects reports on Germany-based military spy Press TV 19 Jan 2019 -- Iran has strongly rejected reports in the German media suggesting it hired a German-Afghan dual national to spy on the German military, saying the claims are part of a wider effort to undermine good relations between Tehran and Europe.
- Brazil's Authorities Show Suspicious Funds Transfers to President's Son Account Sputnik 19 Jan 2019 -- Brazilian financial authorities have identified suspicious money transfers into an account of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's son in 2017, the Globo news outlet reported Saturday, citing the country's Council for Financial Activities Control.
- 'Yellow Vest' protesters rally in France despite Macron's outreach Press TV 19 Jan 2019 -- Hundreds of "Yellow Vest" demonstrators have convened in the French capital, Paris, and several other cities for the tenth consecutive weekend of anti-government protests despite a national debate launched this week by President Emmanuel Macron aimed at relieving the discontent.
- In Serbia, Putin blasts West's destabilizing moves in Balkans Press TV 19 Jan 2019 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has censured Western countries and their allies in the NATO military alliance for actively seeking to destabilize the Balkans.
- Thousands Protest Serbian President In Belgrade, Other Cities RFE/RL 19 Jan 2019 -- Several thousand people marched through central Belgrade on January 19 to protest against President Aleksandar Vucic's rule.
- Congratulatory Statement on Madagascar's Presidential Election US Dept. of State 19 Jan 2019
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