Leaders from North African and European nations will convene in Bamako to further develop plans for the military intervention to be launched in Mali’s north, currently held by Islamist groups. These efforts come a week after the UN Security Council passed a resolution asking for detailed plans for the intervention.
BBC News – Middle East
Early this morning, militants detonated explosive in a vehicle at a military base in the southern province of Abyan. A second group of militant then launched an attack on the base from the sea, “triggering fierce clashes with troops.” At least 14 soldiers and 12 suspected militants were killed in the attacks.
Shinji Fukukawa/Japan Times
Roughly a year and a half after the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Japanese government at a Cabinet meeting on Sept. 19 adopted its basic policy on new energy and environment strategies crafted as a response to the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant accident.
Andrew Freedman/Climate Central
During the past week, drought conditions have improved slightly across the U.S., but the majority of the lower 48 states continue to suffer from what is proving to be a widespread and pernicious drought event, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor statistics, released on Thursday.
A huge car bomb exploded in a street in central Beirut during rush hour on Friday, killing at least three people and wounding 86 others, Al Arabiya reported citing Lebanon’s Health Minister.
Moving beyond the country’s, and the world’s, existing energy menu, which is still by far dominated by abundant and relatively cheap fossil fuels, is hard, whatever your preferred path.
Jared Anderson/AOL Energy
The battle lines have been drawn for years, but the fight over nuclear power’s risks and benefits reached a new stage in New York this week where issues including public safety, reliability, the environment and ratepayer costs are being disputed.
Kevin Baron/Foreign Policy
With the presidential election less than three weeks away, many civilian and military officials in the Pentagon fearing even a toe-touch in the electrified political pool have gone radio silent.
The European Union will further tighten economic sanctions if Iran does not curb its nuclear activities, EU leaders said on Friday, urging Tehran to engage in “meaningful” negotiations.
On Our Flashpoint Blog
Water security in South and East Asia is a vital area of concern for American national security. Read about the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations’ report on this issue here.
A look back at Goldwater Nichols, 25 years after its implementation. How has the legislation streamlined the chains-of-command and what are its implications on military planning for future confrontations?
With the pivot to the Asia-Pacific region already in motion, the US military is restructuring its forces to better position for operations in a theater of oceans and islands. Leaders have identified some creative solutions to deal with the theater-wide transport and ship-to-shore movement challenges they anticipate facing in the Pacific.
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