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Deal on Sudan's Abyei Region Coming Apart

A reported deal to ease tensions in Sudan's disputed Abyei region appears to be unraveling, as negotiations drag into a fourth day.

VOA correspondent Peter Heinlein is at the scene of the talks in Addis Ababa. He says that according a source involved in the talks, points which were previously settled have come unsettled, and the deal may be coming apart.

Pakistan Denies Arresting Army Major for US Ties

A report in Wednesday's New York Times quotes unnamed U.S. intelligence officials as saying Pakistan has arrested five people, including a Pakistani military official, accused of passing information to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency prior to last month's U.S. raid in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. The Times report exposes the growing friction between the U.S. and Pakistan in the wake of that operation.

NATO Official Warns Resource Issue Will Become Critical in Libyan Operation

A senior NATO official is warning that the issue of resources will become critical if operations against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi were to last long.

But French General Stephane Abrial, a senior NATO commander, said Tuesday that NATO so far has the means necessary to carry out its mission in the North African country wracked by violence.

The general made his comments to reporters during a NATO military conference in Belgrade, Serbia.

Clinton 'Concerned' by Chinese Trade Practices in Africa

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she is concerned by Chinese aid and investment policies in Africa.

Trade was a centerpiece of Secretary Clinton's trip to Africa this week as she met with business leaders to discuss continuing duty-free access to U.S. markets under the African Growth and Opportunity Act.

So it is no surprise that everywhere she went - in Zambia, in Tanzania and in Ethiopia - Clinton was asked about the country that has overtaken the United States as Africa's top trading partner: China.

Iran Denies Role in Syria Crackdown

Iran has rejected allegations from Britain and the United States that it is helping Syria crack down on domestic opposition with advice, equipment, and training. Iran remains a key Syrian ally, with the two governments finding common ground on such issues as Israel, Lebanon and Iraq.

Iranian officials dismiss recent comments by Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague that there is credible evidence of Tehran aiding the Syrian government in its suppression of dissent.

US Stops North Korean Ship on Suspected Burma Mission

The United States says its Navy intercepted a ship suspected of carrying missile technology from North Korea to Burma two weeks ago, forcing the vessel to return home after a standoff lasting several days.

Special assistant to U.S. President Barack Obama, Gary Samore, identified the cargo vessel as the M/V Light. He said the ship was suspected of carrying contraband, such as small arms or missile technology to Burma.

New Airstrikes Target Libyan Capital

A new round of suspected NATO airstrikes shook the Libyan capital early Friday, a day after allied and Arab nations pledged more than $1.1 billion to help Libya's opposition council and civilians affected by the country's conflict.

The 22-member Libya Contact Group announced the series of financial measures Thursday as it met in the United Arab Emirates to plan for a Libya without its embattled leader, Moammar Gadhafi.

ICLEI is voted out of Albemarle County!!!

Here is living proof that we are, and you can, have an impact. Earlier this year, the newly-elected Carroll County, MD Commission voted to opt out of ICLEI and abolish the County's "Sustainability" agenda, which we all have now identified as a UN-sponsored (through ICLEI) scheme to redistribute income, people and resources according to their Socialist designs.

NATO endorses decision to extend Libya operation

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFNS) -- NATO defense ministers have endorsed the decision to extend Operation Unified Protector by 90 days, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said here June 8.

The extension authorizes NATO to continue operations through the end of September, the secretary general said during a news conference at the alliance's headquarters in conjunction with a meeting of NATO defense ministers in which Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is participating.

The NATO effort in Libya has made progress, Secretary General Rasmussen said.

The heat’s on for Camp Lejeune – protect against it

On July 8, 1999, Lance Cpl. Giuseppe Leto participated in an eight-mile company hike aboard MCB Camp Lejeune. The company commander marched the unit too quickly with no rest periods in the near-90 degree heat. During the course of the hike, fellow Marines observed Leto vomiting and sweating excessively, and after the hike, he wandered off from the unit, only to be found dead hours later. The resulted cause of death was heat-related.

Britain Fends Off More Than 1,000 Cyber Attacks a Year

Britain's defense minister says his agency's computer systems fended off more than a thousand cyber attacks in the past year.

Police Presence Snuffs Out Rally for Zimbabwe's MDC

With political tension rising in Zimbabwe, the country's largest political party, the Movement for Democratic Change, held a rally in its Harare stronghold Saturday. Attendance at the event was unusually poor.

The MDC said a “star” rally was to be held on Saturday at a well-known venue, though police only gave them permission at the last minute. MDC “star” rallies in Harare usually attract many thousands of people.

This gathering would have been addressed by party leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who is also prime minister in the inclusive government.

Peru's Keiko Fujimori Concedes Defeat

The daughter of imprisoned former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori has conceded defeat following a closely-fought runoff against former leftist army officer Ollanta Humala.

Keiko Fujimori Monday said she recognized Mr. Humala's triumph in Sunday's election and she salutes his victory. Fujimori also said she wished Mr. Humala luck.

With about 90 percent of the vote counted, Mr. Humala had a lead of about 2.7 percent over Fujimori.

North Sudan Dismisses UN Call For Abyei Withdrawal

North Sudan's government has rejected a call from the U.N. Security Council to pull its troops out of the disputed Abyei region.

On Friday, the Council condemned the north's occupation of Abyei, describing it as a "serious violation" of the 2005 peace deal that ended Sudan's north-south civil war.

The north's foreign minister, Ali Ahmad Karti, responded late Saturday, saying the north cannot be asked to withdraw from Abyei because it is Sudanese territory.

Both north and south Sudan claim ownership of Abyei, an oil-rich land on the north-south border.


SOF went to Argentina to look into reports that communism was on the march down in that region. There is more to this, as SOF also went to check out an Argentine SWAT team!
By Dr. Martin Brass