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18 December 2007 Military News

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  • MYANMAR: Aid in a tight space IRIN 18 Dec 2007 -- Myanmar (formerly Burma), with a population of some 52 million, is one of the poorest countries in Asia, yet international aid had been negligible until recently.
  • UGANDA-DRC: Ebola under control but experts fear re-emergence in Congo IRIN 18 Dec 2007 -- Ugandan health officials said they had an outbreak of a rare Ebola strain under control in their country but expressed concerns that the disease could resurface in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
  • Castro Hints at Retiring from Cuban Leadership VOA 18 Dec 2007 -- Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said in a letter read on national television he does not want to stay in power forever, suggesting he may retire from leadership
  • South Korea's Presidential Campaign Nears End VOA 18 Dec 2007 -- South Koreans are just hours away from heading to the polls to elect a president. It is not the most suspenseful of votes - the conservative front-runner has been assumed to be the easy winner for weeks
  • Myanmar should take 'bold steps' to address national crisis - UN envoy UN News Centre 18 Dec 2007 -- The Secretary-General's Special Adviser for Myanmar has urged authorities in the South-East Asian country to take bold action to press ahead with an all-inclusive national reconciliation process.
  • Pan-African communications satellite RASCOM-QAF1 ready for launch Thales 18 Dec 2007 -- Thales Alenia Space and RASCOMSTAR-QAF (RSQ) are pleased to announce the upcoming launch of RASCOM-QAF1, the first communications satellite dedicated to Africa. The satellite is scheduled for launch by an Ariane 5 GS on Thursday, December 20 at the launch site in Kourou, French Guiana.



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