03 Jul 2015

China angered by new U.S. military strategy report

“China’s Foreign Ministry expressed anger on Friday after the Pentagon’s updated National Military Strategy slammed Chinese claims in the South China Sea as aggressive and inconsistent with international law.” Source: China angered by new U.S. military strategy report | Reuters

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03 Jul 2015

U.N. Blacklists Six South Sudan Generals

“The United Nations Security Council has imposed sanctions on six South Sudanese generals, in the latest international attempt to quell a grinding civil war in the world’s youngest nation. The generals, three from each side of South Sudan’s 18-month-old war, can no longer travel internationally and have had their assets

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03 Jul 2015

Iraq, Kurdistan Oil Deal Close to Collapse

“An oil-sales deal between Iraq and the semiautonomous Kurdistan Regional Government is close to collapse about six months after it was signed, undermining the country’s unity as it struggles to fight Islamic State and contain an escalating financial crisis.” Source: Iraq, Kurdistan Oil Deal Close to Collapse – WSJ

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03 Jul 2015

France refuses asylum request by Wikileaks founder Assange

“France on Friday rejected a request for asylum by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Assange has been living for the past three years in Ecuador’s London embassy, where he took refuge to avoid extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes. ‘France has received the letter from Mr. Assange. An in-depth review

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03 Jul 2015

U.N. says Burundi did not hold fair election, human rights violated

“Burundi’s parliamentary elections on Monday were not fair or free and human rights were violated, the United Nations said on Thursday. In Washington, the State Department said the United States suspended several security assistance programs it had with Burundi. Burundi has been locked in its worst political crisis since its

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02 Jul 2015

New Pacific Russian Nuclear Missile Submarine Facility Could Open by October

“Upgrades to the Russian Navy’s ballistic nuclear missile submarine (SSBN) base in the Pacific could be completed by October, Russian Navy chief Adm. Viktor Chirkov said on Wednesday according to Russian state-controlled media.” Source: New Pacific Russian Nuclear Missile Submarine Facility Could Open by October – USNI News

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02 Jul 2015

Romania May Restore Conscription

“Romanian Defense Minister Mircea Dusa is aiming to restore conscription as a result of Russia’s increased military activities in Eastern Europe and its intervention in Ukraine, reports local daily Gandul.” Source: Romania May Restore Conscription

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02 Jul 2015

European Police to Target Islamist Radicals on Social Media Accounts

“Europol, the European police agency based in The Hague, will create a new unit next month to discover and dismantle social media accounts used by Islamist radicals to spread their message and recruit foreigners, the agency announced on Wednesday.” Source: European Police to Target Islamist Radicals on Social Media Accounts

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02 Jul 2015

Afghan court quashes Farkhunda mob killing death sentences

“An Afghan appeals court has quashed death sentences imposed on four men for their part in the mob killing of a young woman in Kabul in March. Farkhunda Malikzada was attacked at an Islamic shrine after being falsely accused of burning a copy of the Koran. She was stoned to

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01 Jul 2015

China Approves Sweeping Security Law, Bolstering Communist Rule

“The Chinese government announced Wednesday that it had enacted a new national security law, one that amounts to a sweeping command from President Xi Jinping to maintain the primacy of Communist Party rule across all aspects of society. The law is expected to bolster the power of the domestic security

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