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17 May 2011 Military News

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  • 17 May 2011 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General Unite Nations 17 May 2011
  • Libya to honor UN resolution if NATO ends airstrikes - Russia RIA Novosti 17 May 2011 -- Libya is ready to comply with UN Security Council resolutions if NATO ends its airstrikes and the rebels cease hostilities, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.
  • Hundreds of refugees returning to Libya to attempt boat passage to Europe – UN UN News Centre 17 May 2011 -- The United Nations refugee agency today reported that hundreds of people who had entered Tunisia after fleeing the conflict in neighbouring Libya have now returned intending to board boats and travel to Europe.
  • Obama, Jordan's King Discuss Mideast Developments VOA 17 May 2011 -- At the White House on Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama and Jordan's King Abdullah discussed the popular uprisings in the Middle East and efforts to move Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts forward.
  • UN relief chief urges end to Israeli policies of evictions and demolitions UN News Centre 17 May 2011 -- The top United Nations humanitarian official today urged Israel to end its evictions policy after visiting communities in East Jerusalem where residents have been forced from their homes to make way for Israeli settlements, even as other residents face the prospect of having their houses and schools demolished.
  • Netanyahu Gives No Hint of Concessions to Palestinians VOA 17 May 2011 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to travel to Washington this week in an effort to muster U.S. support for Israel in the face of political changes in the Arab world and rising pressure from the Palestinians.
  • ISRAEL-SYRIA: Golan's Druze community divided over protests IRIN 17 May 2011 -- When thousands of Palestinian refugees gathered on the Syrian border with Israel near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights recently, local villagers were stunned. It was the first time in more than 20 years that there had been trouble on this border.
  • Former Army Chief Convicted in 1994 Rwandan Genocide VOA 17 May 2011 -- The International Criminal Tribunal today (Tuesday) sentenced former Rwandan army chief Augustin Bizimungu and ex-paramilitary chief of the gendarmerie Augustin Ndindiliyimana to 30 years in prison for their part in the 1994 genocide. Ndindiliyimana was released because of time served and because the tribunal said he had limited command over his men and was opposed to the killing.
  • UN official urges continued support for Burundi's peacebuilding efforts UN News Centre 17 May 2011 -- Burundi is making commendable efforts to consolidate its post-conflict peacebuilding process, the United Nations top official in the central African country told the Security Council today, calling on the international community to continue supporting its steps towards sustainable development.
  • Tensions and insecurity persist in western Côte d'Ivoire, UN reports UN News Centre 17 May 2011 -- Security in Côte d'Ivoire's biggest city, Abidjan, is improving and commercial activities such as retail trade and banking are resuming, but tensions remain high in other parts of the country, notably the west, where outbreaks of violence have been recorded, the United Nations reported today.
  • Sudan restricts movement of aid workers in Darfur, UN reports UN News Centre 17 May 2011 -- Sudanese authorities have announced that they are immediately restricting the movement of humanitarian workers operating in the south of the war-torn Darfur region because of ongoing military operations and security threats, the United Nations reported today.
  • KENYA-SOMALIA: Endless stream of refugees IRIN 17 May 2011 -- Facilities in refugee camps in northeastern Kenya have been stretched to the limit, aid workers say, as more and more Somali refugees flee the conflict at home.
  • Judges hearing Karadžic case at UN war crimes tribunal visit Sarajevo UN News Centre 17 May 2011 -- Judges at the United Nations tribunal conducting the genocide trial of the wartime Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžic today began a five-day site visit to Sarajevo, the subject of a notorious and protracted siege during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s.

News Reports

  • US, EU Warn of New Steps Soon Against Syria VOA 17 May 2011 -- The United States and European Union are warning of new action against the Syrian government in the coming days if it does not halt its crackdown against protesters. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and EU chief diplomat Catherine Ashton discussed Syria and efforts to get Iran back to big-power nuclear talks.
  • Assad Family Grip on Syria Hampers Reform VOA 17 May 2011 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown on anti-government protesters has been leavened with at least verbal concessions to reform. But given the history of the country, the government and his family, some political analysts believe those promises will never be fulfilled.
  • Mubarak to apologize to Egyptian people - paper RIA Novosti 17 May 2011 -- Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak said on Tuesday he will apologize to his country for violently suppressing an anti-government uprising at the beginning of the year, the al-Shorouk daily said.
  • YEMEN: Timeline of protests since 5 April 2011 IRIN 17 May 2011 -- Several hundred people have been killed or injured since the start of a nationwide revolt against the 32-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the first week of February 2011. Below is a timeline of key events from 5 April to the present:
  • Iran FM says Bushehr nuclear facility started up ISNA 17 May 2011 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Tuesday the country's Bushehr nuclear plant has been started up.
  • Japan Revises Plan to Bring Fukushima Reactors Under Control VOA 17 May 2011 -- Tokyo Electric will step up measures to prevent groundwater contamination at the stricken Fukushima nuclear-power plant amid worries that highly radioactive water is leaking from the core of at least one reactor.
  • Endeavour to dock with ISS on Wednesday RIA Novosti 17 May 2011 -- The U.S. space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to dock with the International Space Station at 2.15 pm Moscow time (10:15 GMT) on Wednesday, Russian Mission Control said.
  • Space shuttle Endeavour takes off on final mission RIA Novosti 17 May 2011 -- The U.S. space shuttle Endeavour took off on its penultimate mission (STS-134) on May 16 after having been postponed several times due to additional engineering preparations and malfunctions at the launch site in Florida.
  • Endeavour Crew Prepares for Space Station VOA 17 May 2011 -- The crew on the U.S. space shuttle Endeavour is getting ready for Wednesday's docking at the International Space Station.
  • Calling Taiwan a 'province of China' totally unacceptable: MOFA CNA 17 May 2011 -- Taiwan's Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta told a World Health Organization (WHO) official Monday that calling Taiwan a province of China - as it did in a September, 2010 letter - was 'totally unacceptable,' according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Details of new round of cross-strait talks not yet decided: SEF CNA 17 May 2011 -- Cross-Taiwan Strait negotiators have not yet decided when and where the next round of high-level talks between Taiwan and China will take place, Taiwan's top negotiator with China, Chiang Pin-kung, said Tuesday.
  • No U.N. agency should determine Taiwan's position: U.S. CNA 17 May 2011 -- U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Resources Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that no organization of the United Nations has a right to unilaterally determine Taiwan's status.
  • Cold war ends, now OK to advocate communism in Taiwan CNA 17 May 2011 -- A Legislative Yuan committee approved on Monday an amendment that negates the ban on people for advocating communism or the idea of splitting the national territory.
  • Security Council urges Haiti's new Government to ensure stability and rule of law UN News Centre 17 May 2011 -- The Security Council today urged Haiti's new Government to focus on the critical tasks of rebuilding the country and ensuring stability and rule of law in the Caribbean nation as it congratulated the country's people for conducting elections peacefully.
  • NIGERIA: Nailing the perpetrators of violence IRIN 17 May 2011 -- Following post-election violence in which an estimated 800 people were killed and 65,000 displaced, according to Human Rights Watch, state prosecutors need to follow through on arrests to try perpetrators and seek justice, rather than initiating new commissions of inquiry that will go nowhere, say civil society and human rights groups.
  • Burma Frees Prisoners as US Renews Sanctions VOA 17 May 2011 -- Burma began releasing thousands of prisoners Tuesday under a limited clemency program that will have little impact on the nation's political prisoners.
  • IMF's Poorer Beneficiaries Look At Scandal And Ask: Time For Fund To Change Its Ways? RFE/RL 17 May 2011

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