16 March 2003 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- Text: Commitment to Transatlantic Solidarity Washington File 16 Mar 2003 -- President Bush, Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair, Spain's President of Government Jose Maria Aznar, and Portugal's Prime Minister Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, who hosted a one-day meeting of the leaders in the Azores March 16, issued a "Statement of the Atlantic Summit: Commitment to Transatlantic Solidarity."
- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS VOA 16 Mar 2003 -- Israel has sealed off the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and deployed thousands of security forces across the country. The measures were imposed before a Jewish holiday to guard against possible Palestinian terror attacks.
- C-A-R/UNREST VOA 16 Mar 2003 -- Rebels in the Central African Republic say they have seized control of the capital.
- CHINA / NEW LEADERSHIP VOA 15 Mar 2003 -- China has put the finishing touches on its sweeping leadership transition with the selection of a new Prime Minister.
- CHINA / LAW VOA 16 Mar 2003 -- China has chosen a top police official with a tough reputation to be its new head prosecutor. China also re-appointed its highest-ranking judge, who has promised continued crackdowns on terrorists, separatists and "evil cults."
- INDIA KASHMIR VOA 16 Mar 2003 -- In Indian Kashmir, an attack by suspected Islamic militants has killed 11-people, including nine policemen. There has been a surge of violence in the region in recent days.
- SERBIA/ARRESTS VOA 16 Mar 2003 -- Authorities in Serbia say they have arrested one of the leaders of a criminal gang suspected in the assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. Authorities have made nearly 200 arrests in the case.
- ASIA/PNEUMONIA VOA 16 Mar 2003 -- International health experts are expanding efforts to contain the spread of a mysterious pneumonia that has killed at least nine people. Hong Kong officials say the disease continues to strike health workers.
- U-N-H-C-R/CHAD VOA 16 Mar 2003 -- The United Nations refugee agency, U-N-H-C-R, says more than four-thousand Central African refugees and Chadian returnees have fled to southern Chad over the past week, as fighting between the Central African government and rebels intensifies.
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