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03 May 2009 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • Taliban Push in Pakistan Served as Wake-Up Call, Gates Says AFPS 03 May 2009 -- The recent push by Taliban forces to take more ground in Pakistan has served as a wake-up call for the government there, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today.
  • UN, Afghan officials urge opposition to take part in upcoming polls UN News Centre 03 May 2009 -- The top United Nations official in Afghanistan joined the head of the country's human rights commission in urging all Afghans, including those who oppose the Government, to take part in this year's presidential and provincial council elections.
  • Situation in Swat still tense IRNA 03 May 2009 -- Situation in Pakistan insurgency hit Swat valley has again started deteriorating after the provincial government and TNSM have not yet been successful to implement Islamic laws in the area.
  • Pakistani forces kill 16 militants in tribal region IRNA 03 May 2009 -- Pakistani security forces killed 16 suspected militants in the country’s tribal region early Saturday, state television reported.
  • Militants Dispute Pakistan Government Creating Islamic Courts VOA 03 May 2009 -- Authorities in Pakistan have announced the creation of an Islamic court in a troubled northwestern region as part of a controversial peace deal aimed at ending militancy there. But a pro-Taliban hard-line cleric, who mediated the deal on behalf of the militants, has dismissed the announcement by saying the government could not have set up the court and appointed judges without consulting him.
  • Turkish Navy Takes Command of Combined Task Force 151 Navy NewsStand 03 May 2009 -- US Navy transferred command of the Combined Maritime Forces' counterpiracy task force to the Turkish Navy.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Nepal's Maoist Prime Minister Sacks Army Chief VOA 03 May 2009 -- Nepal's ruling Maoists have fired the army chief, following a dispute that erupted over the army's failure to integrate former rebel fighters. But the decision has led Nepal's Marxist-Leninist party to quit the coalition. There are fears the fragile peace deal that ended Nepal's decade-long civil war is in jeopardy.
  • Nepal: UN urges restraint amid latest political developments UN News Centre 03 May 2009 -- The United Nations human rights office in Nepal today urged all parties to exercise restraint after the country''s Prime Minister reportedly fired the Army Chief.
  • Secretary Robert Gates Interview with CNN DoD 03 May 2009 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • Ban concerned at troop build-up along Chad-Sudan border UN News Centre 03 May 2009 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his concern today at reports of the recent build-up and movement of armed elements on both sides of the Chad-Sudan border, and called on the two countries to ease tensions.
  • Investigators To Set Agenda For Gaza Fact-Finding Mission VOA 03 May 2009 -- UN investigators begin a weeklong meeting in Geneva Monday in preparation for a fact-finding mission to the Gaza Strip and Israel. The experts are going to the region to look into allegations of war crimes and other human rights abuses during Israel's military offensive in Gaza at the end of last year.
  • Mbeki Says AU Panel on Darfur To Meet ICC Prosecutor VOA 03 May 2009 -- Former South African President Thabo Mbeki and his high-level African Union panel on Darfur are planning to meet the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to discuss the indictment of Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir.

News Reports

  • WHO expected to raise flu alert to highest level IRNA 03 May 2009 -- World Health Organization official said he thought that the agency's infectious disease alert level ultimately would be raised to its highest point.
  • Swine flu cases registered in 17 countries - Russian watchdog RIA Novosti 03 May 2009 -- The cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, also known as swine flu, have been registered in 17 countries, the Russian consumer rights regulator Rospotrebnadzor said on Sunday, referring to the World Health Organization.
  • Swine flu death toll rises to 19 in Mexico - minister RIA Novosti 03 May 2009 -- Mexico's health minister Jose Angel Cordova said that the number of people infected with swine flu had risen to 473 with 19 confirmed deaths.
  • No risk of getting influenza A(H1N1) virus through food, says UN health agency UN News Centre 03 May 2009 -- There is no reason to be afraid of consuming pork or to cull any pigs, the United Nations health agency once again stressed today, despite the detection of the influenza A(H1N1) virus in a swine herd in Canada.
  • US Officials: Swine Flu Less Deadly than First Feared VOA 03 May 2009 -- U.S. health officials are expressing cautious optimism the virus causing swine flu A-H1N1 may not be as virulent as initially feared, but they say aggressive steps to combat the infectious disease are still warranted.
  • Mexico: H1N1 Virus Declining VOA 03 May 2009 -- Mexico's health minister says the country's swine influenza A-H1N1 flu epidemic has reached its peak and is declining.
  • Swine Flu Strikes Canadian Pigs VOA 03 May 2009 -- The H1N1 swine flu virus has been found in pigs in Canada, but officials say the animals probably were infected with the virus from a human.
  • Egyptian Police Clash With Protesters Over Pig Cull VOA 03 May 2009 -- Egyptian police wearing riot-gear clashed with a mostly Christian group of pig-owners in a garbage-infested Cairo slum, as the government tried to enforce a decision to destroy the country's pigs. Police fired tear-gas as pig-owners threw stones to defend their main source of livelihood.
  • Mexico Angered over China's Detention of Mexican Nationals VOA 03 May 2009 -- Mexico says Chinese authorities have quarantined more than 70 Mexican nationals, after a Mexican tourist in Hong Kong became the country's first confirmed case of the H1N1 swine flu virus.

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