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For the Night of 8 November 2009

Thousands of Japanese protesters on the southern island of Okinawa demanded the removal of U.S. military bases in the region, Reuters reported Nov. 8. Organizers of the protest said 21,000 people participated in the demonstration. Under a 2006 agreement between the United States and Japan, the Futenma Marine base in Ginowan is set to be closed and replaced by 2014 with a facility at Henoko, a more remote part of the island. There are 47,000 U.S. military personnel in Japan.

A senior Iranian lawmaker said Nov. 8 that Russia must follow through on proposals to sell Tehran the S-300 air defense system, Reuters reported, citing Iranian state-run media. Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of the Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, said that if Russia does not fulfill promises to deliver the missiles, it will harm relations between the countries. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in October that there have been no deliveries of the system to date.

Ukraine's problems paying for Russian natural gas supplies is "linked to the presidential campaign going on in Ukraine," Russian President Dmitri Medvedev said, RIA Novosti reported Nov. 7, citing a Medvedev interview with Der Spiegel. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin reportedly has said that Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko told him Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko had been blocking payments for the natural gas. Medvedev said those running for president in Ukraine were "hurting each other with the aim of scoring political points

The air force of Saudi Arabia on Nov. 7 struck Yemeni Shiite militant positions in the southern Saudi province of Jizan near the border of Yemen, The Age reported.

End of NightWatch for 8 November.

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