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Sri Lanka Justices to Hear Appeal on Presidential Candidate's Arrest

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has cleared the way for an appeal to be heard challenging the arrest of former military chief and Presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka. The Sri Lankan high court has cleared the way for a hearing later this month on a fundamental rights petition concerning the detention of former General Fonseka. Justices also ordered the government to allow him to have access to visiting family members and medicine. The political opposition contends Fonseka's arrest Monday on conspiracy charges was illegal.

South African President Under Pressure for Personal Misconduct

Churches and opposition leaders in South Africa are criticizing President Jacob Zuma's leadership after he admitted to fathering a child out of wedlock. The criticism follows Mr. Zuma's state of the nation speech which appeared to be overshadowed by the scandal. The Anglican church of South Africa Friday criticized what it called President Jacob Zuma's misconduct.

VOA, BBC, Deutsche Welle Condemn Iran for Blocking Broadcasts

Voice of America, the BBC and Deutsche Welle have condemned Iranian authorities for what they say is the illegal jamming of their broadcasts to Iran. The international broadcasters released a joint statement Friday accusing Iran of jamming their shared satellite. They said the move violates international agreements and called on satellite operators to pressure Iran to stop. The U.S.

Tymoshenko Refuses to Concede Ukraine Election Defeat

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko continues to resist calls to concede election defeat despite growing domestic and international consensus that Sunday's vote gave the presidency to her opponent, Viktor Yanukovych.  In her first public appearance since the election, Ms. Tymoshenko did not mention the vote, but attacked projected winner Viktor Yanukovych for breaking campaign promises. Speaking at a meeting of her Cabinet, Ms.

IJC Operational Update, Feb. 12

An Afghan-international security force stopped an individual in Kandahar's Panjwayee district near Chalghur after intelligence information indicated militant activity and detained him for further questioning. In Logar last night, a joint security force searched a compound near the town of Kandwalah, in the Mohammad Agha district after intelligence information indicated militant activity.

Afghan-International Security Force Are Conducting a Joint Investigation Into Incident in Paktiya

The Interior Ministry and the International Security Assistance Force are conducting a joint investigation in the incident in Paktiya province in the Gardez district near the village of Khatabeh today. A joint Afghan-international security force found the bound and gagged bodies of two women and dead bodies of two men in a compound during an operation last night. "ISAF continually works with our Afghan partners to fight criminals and terrorists who do not care about the life of civilians.

Essex Completes Successful Cobra Gold 2010

The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex successfully completed exercise Cobra Gold 2010 (CG 10) Feb. 11 operating in the Gulf of Thailand and surrounding waters. Throughout the exercise, Essex Sailors and Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) worked alongside forces of the Kingdom of Thailand, Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Singapore and Japan to enhance multinational interoperability in the Pacific region. "Multinational exercises like Cobra Gold are invaluable," said Capt. Donald Schmieley, commander, Amphibious Squadron 11.

Airmen, Soldiers continue delivering troops, aid to Haiti

Airmen and Soldiers from Joint Base Langley-Eustis and Fort Lee, Va., continued support of Operation Unified Response, loading nearly 70 tons of gear and supplies and more than 70 Soldiers aboard two C-17 Globemaster IIIs Feb. 8 and 9. The 633rd Logistics Readiness Squadron team worked alongside Airmen from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., and Soldiers from nearby Forts Eustis and Lee to load the gear and people aboard C-17s from Hickam AFB, Hawaii. Air transporters from the 633rd LRS have worked around the clock since Jan.

USS Ronald Reagan Wins Third Battle "E" Award

Sailors assigned to aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) won the Battle Efficiency Ribbon, or Battle "E" Award, Feb. 10. Vice Adm. Thomas Kilcline, commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF), awarded the Battle "E" Award to two carriers, one in the Atlantic Fleet and one in the Pacific. The award is a tribute to the superior battle readiness of the aircraft carrier that receives it. "To say that I'm impressed and incredibly pleased is an understatement." said Capt. Ken Norton, Ronald Reagan's commanding officer. "This is yet another testament to a very impressive crew.

Seattle bus tunnel beat-down: What could a private citizen have done to intervene?

Charges, backlash in wake of bus tunnel beat-down in Seattle  

Somali Pirates Free Taiwanese Fishing Boat

Taiwan's Foreign Ministry says Somali pirates have freed a Taiwanese fishing boat held since last April. The Win Far 161 and its crew were released Thursday.   The French news agency, AFP, quotes a maritime monitoring group - Ecoterra International - as saying a ransom was paid, but the amount was not immediately clear. The group also says three of the 30 crew members did not survive the ordeal.

Thailand Prepares for Fresh Wave of Protests Ahead of Thaksin Court Verdict

Anti-government protesters in Thailand vow to step up pressure on the government and the Supreme Court ahead of a crucial ruling involving former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Protesters are expected to gather Friday in Bangkok, in front of Thailand's anti-corruption commission, in the first stage of a campaign against the government. The main anti-government group, the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship, plans a series of protests throughout the country over the next several weeks.