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24 August 2009


Millions in VA Bonuses Questioned
from Military Top Stories Center

Outside the VA Department, wounded veterans have faced financial hardship waiting for their first disability payment. Inside, money has been flowing in the form of $24 million in bonuses. In scathing reports this week, the VA's inspector general said thousands of employees at the VA received the bonuses over a two-year period.



Japan opposition leader makes pledge on US nukes
from Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense

Tokyo (AFP) Aug 23, 2009 - Japan's opposition leader said Sunday he was determined to make President Barack Obama promise not to let US forces bring nuclear arms onto Japanese territory, one week ahead of general elections.



Mullen: Afghan Situation 'Deteriorating'
from Military Top Stories Center

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen described the situation in Afghanistan as "serious and deteriorating," but refused to say Sunday whether defeating a resilient enemy would require more than the 68,000 American troops already committed to the fight.



Iran's Cynicism on Terrorism
from Counterterrorism Blog by Douglas Farah

One of the clearest signs of the danger that the Iranian presence poses in Latin America is the decision by president Ahmadinejad to name one of the masterminds of the 1994 AMIA bombings as minister of defense.

Ahamd Vahidi, who at the time of the bombing was the head of the Quds Force, is the subject of an Interpol Red Notice, asking for his arrest for his part in the worst terrorist attack in Latin America.

He was deputy defense minister in Ahmadinejad's first government, and is now being promoted. Seven other senior Iranian officials are subject of Interpol Red Notices as well.



Obama to visit Beijing in November: US ambassador
from Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense

Beijing (AFP) Aug 22, 2009 - Barack Obama will make his first presidential visit to China in November to bring fresh impetus to relations between the United States and the Asian giant, Washington's new ambassador said Saturday.



Woman's caning postponed until after Ramadan
from CNN.com

A Malaysian model, who was set to become the first woman to be caned in the southeast Asian country for drinking beer in public, was inexplicably spared her sentence Monday, her father said.



H1N1 flu "serious health threat" to U.S.: White House
from Reuters: Top News

OAK BLUFFS, Massachusetts (Reuters) - The H1N1 flu poses a serious health threat to the United States, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology said in a report released on Monday.



Tobacco plants yield the first vaccine for the dreaded 'cruise ship virus'
from Avian Influenza News Feed

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2009 A- Scientists have used a new vaccine production technology to develop a vaccine for norovirus, a dreaded cause of diarrhea and vomiting that may be the second most common viral infection in the United States after the flu.



Marines Seek Crowd-Blasting ‘Venom’ Launcher
from Danger Room by David Hambling

The Marine Corps has issued an urgent request for a powerful non-lethal weapon that can fires volleys of 40mm grenades. And in parallel, the service is launching a push for a more futuristic version of the same weapon.




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