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09 May 2009 Military News

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  • Republicans: Closing Guantanamo 'Dangerous' VOA 09 May 2009 -- The opposition Republican Party said U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is "dangerous." A Republican lawmaker said the president is endangering national security.

    President Obama has long promised to close Guantanamo, where 241 suspected terrorists are held, by January, 2010. Senator Kit Bond of the central state of Missouri said the president has no plan for where to send the detainees when the facility is closed.
  • Petraeus says al-Qaeda has made Pakistan its global base IRNA 09 May 2009 -- Senior leaders of al-Qaeda are using sanctuaries in Pakistan's lawless frontier regions to plan new terror attacks and funnel money, manpower and guidance to affiliates around the world, according to a top American military commander.
  • Russia to link missile defense in Europe with nuclear arms treaty RIA Novosti 09 May 2009 -- Russia will link U.S. plans for a missile shield in Europe with the issues of strategic offensive armaments in relations with the United States, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Sunday.
  • India downplays Chinese presence in Indian waters IRNA 09 May 2009 -- Downplaying Chinese naval exercises with Southeast Asian countries in the Indian Ocean, Navy Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta on Saturday said it did not mean that they are establishing bases.

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  • Taiwan reaffirms sovereignty over South China Sea islands CNA 09 May 2009 -- Taiwan reaffirmed Saturday its sovereignty over several island groups in the South China Sea in the wake of recent bids by Malaysia and Vietnam to extend the outer limits of their continental shelves to include the disputed region
  • Thousands of Egyptians abandon Umrah plans amid flu fears RIA Novosti 09 May 2009 -- Thousands of Muslims in Egypt have cancelled their plans to conduct a pilgrimage to the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina this year due to the threat of A/N1H1 virus, Egyptian newspaper Al-Masri al-Yaum said on Saturday.
  • WHO: Swine Flu Spreads to 29 Countries VOA 09 May 2009 -- The World Health Organization announced Saturday that the new H1N1 swine flu virus has spread to 29 countries, while Costa Rica reported its first death and Mexico reported three additional deaths.



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