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16 May 2009 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • CIA Refutes House Leader Claim VOA 16 May 2009 -- The head of the Central Intelligence Agency is rejecting claims by the leader of the House of Representatives that the CIA misled her about the use of waterboarding on suspected terrorists during a 2002 briefing.
  • USS Porter Gains Skills for Real-World Efficiency Navy NewsStand 16 May 2009 -- As the multinational Joint Warrior exercise continues in the North Atlantic, May 11-21, USS Porter (DDG 78) participated in a series of drills and scenarios that will better prepare the ship for upcoming deployments.
  • Navy Christens Newest Arleigh Burke-Class Ship Gravely Navy NewsStand 16 May 2009 -- The U.S. Navy christened the newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Gravely (DDG 107), May 16, during a ceremony at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss.
  • Carl Vinson Commences Dock Trials Navy NewsStand 16 May 2009 -- NEWPORT NEWS Va. – USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Reactor department Mechanical (M) division launched Dock Trials May 4.
  • NATO drills in Georgia increase tension - Russia's Medvedev RIA Novosti 16 May 2009 -- NATO drills in Georgia have increased tensions and have not contributed to international security, the Russian president said after talks with Italy's prime minister on Saturday.
  • Germany to sell Leopard 2 combat tanks to Qatar: report IRNA 16 May 2009 -- Germany's national security council has given green light to the sale of 36 Leopard-2 combat tanks to Qatar although the German constitution bars arms exports to crisis regions, the weekly Der Spiegel news magazine reported Saturday.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • Sri Lankan President Declares Military Defeat of Rebels VOA 16 May 2009 -- Although sporadic fighting was reported to be continuing (early Sunday) on the very last patch of land held by the Tamil Tiger rebels, Sri Lanka's President has already proclaimed the group's military defeat. The fate of the leadership of the rebels, who have waged a quarter century civil war for an independent ethnic homeland, remains unknown.
  • UN Signals 'No' to AU Request for Somalia Peacekeepers VOA 16 May 2009 -- The United Nations Security Council has told the African Union it will not take over the AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia under current conditions. But African officials remain hopeful the world body will change its mind.
  • Fighting Continues in Niger Delta as Military Seeks to 'Flush Out' Militants VOA 16 May 2009 -- Nigeria's main militant group says it is prepared to unleash a new wave of violence in the volatile Niger Delta following the expiration of its deadline for the evacuation of all oil workers. Soldiers clashed with militants early Saturday during an operation to rescue 10 hostages aboard a ship seized by the militants.

News Reports

  • First case of H1N1 confirmed in India IRNA 16 May 2009 -- India's Health Ministry on Saturday confirmed its first case of the H1N1 flu (Swine Flu) in the southern city of Hyderabad.
  • WHO confirms 8,451 human cases of A/H1N1 influenza in 36 countries RIA Novosti 16 May 2009 -- The World Health Organization on Saturday confirmed 8,451 human cases of A/H1N1 influenza in 36 countries, with 72 deaths.
  • Navy Updates Number of Confirmed H1N1 Cases Navy NewsStand 15 May 2009 -- The Navy updated its confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza May 15 to 50 Sailors; the majority of those cases have now returned to duty.
  • Security Council, African Union agree to bolster cooperation UN News Centre 16 May 2009 -- Members of the United Nations Security Council today held talks with their African Union (AU) counterpart today in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, today, agreeing to enhance cooperation, especially in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peacekeeping and peace building.
  • People of India votes for secular govt: PM IRNA 16 May 2009 -- Visibly pleased with the emphatic win of the Congress-led UPA in Lok Sabha (Lower House of the Indian Parliament) elections 2009, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said, "People of India voted for secular government.
  • Congress-led UPA sets to form government IRNA 16 May 2009 -- As the trends received for the 543 seats of Lok Sabha (Lower House of the Indian Parliament) elections, Congress-led UPA surged ahead in the race for power in the world's largest democracy, India.

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